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wayne sheldon

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  1. I just HAD to go out and look at it. The amazing thing is it only took a few minutes to find it amongst all my junk. For about fifty years, I have had a Raulang Body tag, and I knew it was an oval. Looking at it closely for the first time in a decade or two, I would say it is likely a rounder oval than the body tag on that neat looking roadster. So I would say body by Fisher and/or Fleetwood is still more likely.
  2. Studebaker also drove modern hobbyists crazy in the mid to late '1910s. In 1915, in June, Studebaker introduced what they called their "1916" model cars. This particular series was only manufactured for about seven months. On December 28 1915, Studebaker introduced the next series of updated models, which had been in the manufacturing process for a couple weeks. So, NONE of the cars said to be 1916 models were actually manufactured in 1916! In January of 1917, Studebaker announced going with a "series" model designation. Which they only did for about three years. A lot of other manufactur
  3. I would be curious to hear the answer to that myself. I never got to see the engine from that truck very well, just looking through the fence as it sat on the ground after being taken out of the truck. I had the impression that it was a four cylinder engine, but couldn't really tell. Later I was told it was going into a car, and that it was a six. I have always somewhat doubted that myself, but that was what I was told.
  4. You are correct on all points AHa, the "high wheel" era was sort of an anomaly in the historic line of the automobile. A fair number of very early experimental cars in the 1890s were of high wheel carriage designs. Consider the well known first cars of Haynes, Apperson, Black, and Duryea (there were literally a hundred others). Although another line of thought were built around lightweight bicycle methods and technology. Henry Ford's Quadricycle was this sort. For manufactured "high wheel" automobiles, the Holsman was the standout, beginning production in 1902. However, the "high wheel" e
  5. When I was young, before high school, there was a very old brickyard that had been manufacturing red bricks for construction for many decades right alongside the field track of the high school. I would sometimes ride my bicycle over to the school, and cut through the field. Sitting there, for decades I am sure was a big old Pierce Arrow dump truck next to a '28 Chevrolet chassis. The PA truck was pretty complete, radiator and all, but in somewhat rough shape. I had dreams of saving it someday, but alas it was not to be. Along about 1966, or about when I was a sophomore on the way to school in
  6. Yes. I have ridden in it. However I am not at liberty to name the owner, although it isn't really a secret. The car has been shown at Pebble Beach.
  7. I thought maybe this is your secret new new toy? I have been waiting for weeks now for the unveiling! (I do recall you saying something about where the new car was built however, and it wasn't Buffalo?) Incredible car regardless! So few actual intact original 66 Pierce Arrows. Most of them were put into heavy duty services once they became a few years old because they were so solid and powerful. They made incredible tow trucks. I know of a couple of 66s. I don't tell which ones I know have recreated bodies. I figure most of the top Pierce Arrow collectors know them all anyway. This P
  8. I don't think it was ever intended to be used primarily as a truck. The suspension is too light. A few manufactured high wheel automobiles were sold using steel bound buggy type wheels. That could be a clue to who built it? Most marketed high wheelers had soft solid rubber tires. It also may be possible that the rubber tires were changed at some point, or they may have been that thin when new? A fascinating puzzle to be sure.
  9. "More money than brains" is a phrase that may apply here. But I am afraid that money and brains in many people seem to be one of those inverse relationships. Some of these really wealthy people? I think if they could barely scrape up enough money to buy a cup of coffee, they would still have more money than brains. Although maybe if they had no more than a couple dollars to their name? Maybe they would be willing to learn something?
  10. T Flyer, Most of what I know about the race, I learned reading numerous books and articles thirty to fifty years ago. I have always been fascinated by this incredible challenge met with such resolve. I really enjoy reading your additional comments and insights shared here with us. Thank you.
  11. The reason is actually very simple. Because I cannot draw and post such pictures very well, let us see if I can explain it. The weak area in the crescent type wrench is that area where the spiral thumb wheel is mounted inside the handle. The cut and machined area between the thumb wheel and the jaw is the absolute weakest link in the design. A little tough to visualize, however if the wrench is used the wrong direction? The jaw applies pressure to spread that machined and thin area. Spreading that area will much more easily cause it to break than compressing the area does. Using the wrenc
  12. Yes, Paige, one of the larger models. 6-65, 6-72, 6-75, or 8-85. It looks to be a convertible coupe/cabriolet, so maybe the 6-75.
  13. That has always been one of the best things about this hobby! I have never found anyplace in this world that I feel I belong as much as with the people passionate about their antique automobiles. As I have said for many years, antique automobiles seem to endow their caretakers with a genuine understanding of history, both general and personal. Antique automobile owners are much more likely to truly know their place in the world, and its history as well as future. Antique automobiles can beat you up, breakdown the day before the tour you have been looking forward to all year, and the peop
  14. Interesting and important history! Thank you both.
  15. I have debated with myself whether to comment here or not. However, I have found myself in a boat very similar to AHa's. I am both the best and the worst of this. My dad, on the other hand, while in so many ways a wonderful and brilliantly intelligent person, had absolutely NO concept of time. As long as I can remember, he wanted to restore an antique automobile, take it to shows and drive it lots of places. When I was fifteen, he bought the 1927 Paige that was supposed to be the great family project. We were all going to work on it and restore it for all of us to enjoy. Like so many other peo
  16. Brass or steel tube? So many details to figure the vintage.
  17. That is wrong on SO many levels. Not the least of which is he is pulling at the wrong angle. Maximum pressure angle is slightly under 90 degrees from the wrench handle. ANY deviation off 90 degrees must pull/push the wrench onto the nut, NOT pull the wrench out from the nut. By the way. While the facts I gave are accurate? I am making a joke myself. I rarely claim to have a sense of humor.
  18. I did get a reply from my friend. He hasn't heard anything recently either. He did suggest calling the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento. However it sounds like you are on track to an answer anyway.
  19. This is one of the best hobby passions in the world! I am about as close to a financial nobody as anyone can get. Yet I have known as good friends, quite a few people with net worth in the hundreds of millions. They see me, and greet me, at tours and swap meets. I follow their quarter million dollar brass car on tours with my model T, and they treat me like an equal. I have sat and eaten at banquet tables with them, talked about the days events, and business in general. A very close friend, slightly better off in family and financially, had driven about fifty miles in his 1915 Buick to at
  20. I am afraid Al, that you may be looking for an elusive answer. I will send an email to a good friend that lives near that area, and used to be a museum director for his county before they decided to cutback and lose tens of thousands of dollars worth of artifacts rather than pay a salary to a qualified and passionate director. Typical bureaucratic mentality. I don't live far from there myself, but one thing or another, I never did get to visit that museum myself. I was quite displeased when I heard they were closing a few years ago, but was tied up with sick family. Frankly, I just haven'
  21. Well, the front axle and chain-drive rear axle are both manufactured items, not home made or blacksmith built. That coupled with the unusual suspension suggests that it (that much of it) was at one time a high wheel automobile. Pure speculation, the original engine likely failed as so many of those did, and was removed and lost. It is also possible that the motor was removed when only a few years old and used to pump water or power a saw or other farm machinery. Regardless, the chassis was allowed to sit out for many years until someone decided to make his "horseless carriage toy", putting in
  22. Must be some good story to those two pictures of all the White automobiles. Like so many things of the era, I am not an expert in military history of the Great War, although I have read quite a lot about it and have some amount of collectables from that war. What I find so interesting in these two pictures, are the uniforms and the 'dress' of the several dignitaries that can be seen around the cars. Top hats (remarkably tall ones at that!) and tails suggest some important dignitaries or activities. The uniforms suggest French officers, and not just the run of the mill new recruits for the then
  23. The second picture does appear to be a model T center-door sedan, but it has a couple unusual features. first, those are not Ford fenders. They are an early after-market offering supposedly to update the old Ford into a newer style car. Unfortunately, the edges of the fenders, and door, are blocking details to be more certain of the year of the car. The wheels are also after-market demountable rim wheels. This suggests that the car most likely would be 1918 or earlier. 1919 center-door sedans had demountable rim wheels as standard equipment (except for the earliest ones built in late 1918 beca
  24. Can better performance be gotten out of those early engines? Oh YEAH! Unfortunately, one of the big mistakes this hobby has made through the decades, was to do just that. Back in the '60s, throughout the '70s, and even in the '80s, a lot of horseless carriage crowd did just that. They raised compression. Enlarged valves. Light aluminum pistons, balanced crankshafts and improved oiling. And then they drove their cars faster. And they went up hills faster. And now a lot of those cars have bad crankcases, and blown cylinders. Cracks have formed where there weren't any thirty years ago.
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