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  1. I am pleased to hear things are as good as they are. Thank you for the update,and take care of yourselves.
  2. Someone's really BAD idea for a hotrod. V8 era Ford axles, model T frame (not nearly strong enough to handle the power intended for the axles and drive-line). The torque tube has been removed, with a U-joint added, showing intention for a likely modern engine. Some strange use of later radius rods both front and rear. I love model T Fords! And hotrods can be alright if done properly. This? NO.
  3. We are so much hoping for the best possible for you!. Take it easy. What you will find around your place will be difficult to see. I have never been personally involved in anything so severely destructive as your town's fire. Well, maybe I should take that back. A long time ago, my dad owned and operated a pioneer cable television system in northern California. We were among the first "outsiders" allowed in after the 1964 Northern California flood. Whole towns were literally washed away! The cable television system was considered part of the communications and news reporting systems in the are
  4. I find it interesting that the Phil Foster 1903 Holley was misidentified as a De Dion. However, that was actually quite common in the early days of the hobby. In those early years of automobile manufacturing, European designs were ahead of American engineering. Many European manufacturing companies actually licensed other companies around the world to manufacture copies of their cars and/or engines. Numerous companies in the USA and at least a few in Canada built clones or copies of De Dion engines. And if one reads through enough era advertisements for automobiles built in the Americas, one
  5. Ozstatman, I can partially answer your number one question about the doors. A lot of American cars during the 1910s had this feature. A simple catch and clasp arrangement, often spring loaded to keep it out of the way when going in or out unless one made a small effort to hook it, would hold forward facing doors out about an inch open for cabin area ventilation on hot days. Such devices were common on many cars with doors opening to the front. Some cars as early as 1910, and continuing until almost 1920. The door then acts as an air scoop. I have seen several cars with this feature, both major
  6. I generally agree. Although it is possible the photo could have been taken a bit later. Maybe late '30s, could possibly even be post-war? The car on our left appears to be a 1903 Ford based upon the radiator. Cadillacs looked quite similar from the front, however their radiator was slanted, not straight. If I recall correctly, the 1904 Ford had an additional row of tubes at the bottom of the radiator (I could be wrong about that?). I don't know what the car on our right is. That style front was quite popular 1900 to 1905 in the USA. It was copied from French designs began in the late 1890
  7. Looking at the wiring box and cables, my first thought was "And I thought my '15 Studebaker's wiring box and housings were over the top!" That car is simply awe-inspiring.
  8. Amazing the knowledge we take for granted today, things that simply were NOT known a bit over a hundred years ago. Automotive and petroleum engineers debated for a couple decades over whether "oil" was only good for one time through the bearings or could it be recirculated safely and reused. Many of the world's top experts truly believed the molecules in oil would break down going through the bearing and allowing the oil to be reused would risk severe damage to the engine. Articles in magazines such as "Horseless Age" and "The Motor" (if I recall it correctly??) during the 1890s and first deca
  9. Don't completely eliminate Reo. I do not know if it is from a Reo or not, however, Reo did offer disc wheels on some cars in the mid '20s. I have seen a few pictures as well as a car or two over the years. Just a thought. That could also fit some wire wheels.
  10. I love inner tubes like that. But they are nearly impossible to save. The best way I have found to preserve them is locked away inside a tire mounted on a rim, and maybe 10 psi maximum. No light. No UV. No ozone. No exchanging of oxygen (once used up it stops causing deterioration). Keep in a cool dark place, and a tube like that could last for centuries. Otherwise, encased in a near vacuum, and total darkness. I once pulled a beautiful red tube out of a fifty year old tire. I had run into this before. But had family goings-on, and didn't get back to it for a whole week. The tube once out
  11. No plans to sell it, however? I have one similar, probably a bit earlier. "Brown E A M Universal" and "Mid Lite" are stamped in the reflector. Oval shape with nice clear convex lens, silvering on the reflector is not quite perfect (very nice for anything short of 100 point show car!). Black paint on the back is shot, and nickel plaiting on the rim is maybe fair, more likely call it poor (I have never tried to polish it). Part of the clamp bracket is missing, but easily made to fit anything. The back bracket is a simple flat steel piece with a dished end to fit the bracket on the bottom of the
  12. Ron H will have to look at this one. Could be a KIssel. The top is unusual, not only the porthole, but the unusually long back sides. Such "portholes" (sometimes called "lites" or "lights") were sold after-market and could be used on any car, but the odd top suggests it to be original to the top at least. There appears to be a small lamp near the bottom of the windshield bracket. That could be a clue, or another after-market marker lamp (required in some municipalities). The car also bears some resemblance to one model of Studebaker, and a few of Paige. However, I doubt it is either of th
  13. I had to laugh, and fully enjoyed the short and to the point to me comment. A few years back here, there was a thread, I don't recall who started it or exactly the point of the thread, but John (keiser31) was being congratulated on reaching some significant number of postings (may have been 25,000?). I had been posting here on and off for awhile then, and had only I think a bit over 200 posts here at that point. I made some remarks about his impressive count, and went on to mention that on another antique automobile (model T) forum that I spent too much time on but did not have an accurate tot
  14. I wish I had the money. The Lincoln looks like a great buy (please Matt, no?), however it is one year too new for me. And the Studebaker looks like a good car at a fair price! I just wish I had the money.
  15. I do not know if I will ever be able to buy another car or not. Family issues over the years have forced me into selling all the cars I had acquired and hoped to keep for the rest of my life. I had basically all the cars I wanted, several in good tour-ready condition. All I have left is several project cars that I would have liked to have sold years ago. But those will do for now. If I can get a couple of them done, at least I can begin to tour again. If I do somehow manage to alter my circumstances enough that I can seriously consider buying a decent car again, I will be in a slightly wo
  16. The gap would most likely be either inside or just below the "brass hat". I saw a set (probably a couple decades earlier?) some years back that had the gap inside a glass insulator. The advertising said it was so that you could "see the plug working", but also mentioned their ability to "clean off the oil fouling". Whether the secondary gap would be visible or not on your plugs when running, I do not know.
  17. Ed, I truly enjoy your ruminations on the White. Your prose is nearly poetic, and quite thought provoking. As I savor the words, and thoughts, it is almost like I was there, enjoying the journey alongside you and Phil. Wish it were so. Model T speedsters seem so crude in comparison, but I have had a lot of fun with them over the years. I had one, resurrected from a pile of original era T race car pieces. The chassis was shortened, the front end moved forward about six inches for better balance, and steel disc wheels. The engine was a model T flat head. The block, original era-built, heavi
  18. Now, THAT I feel for you about. I worked much of my career in cutting edge technologies. I worked with REAL engineers. I was trained by REAL engineers. And I did the work of an engineer like a REAL engineer. Twenty to thirty years ago, I watched helplessly as there was a paradigm shift in the world of engineers. We had what amounted to a code. To make it WORK. To make it SAFE. And to make it usable by "normal" people. In the mid 1990s, at a round table discussion about emerging battery technologies, their care and maintenance, I stood before a room full of engineers, held up my cell phone (the
  19. I can wait, but looking forward to it! Car first. Safety second. Video when ready.
  20. It may have a secondary gap near the top connection. An old mechanic's trick with a tired engine fouling plugs with oil, was that with the engine running, hold the spark plug wire with the contact end about a quarter inch from the plug's top connection. That "secondary gap" causes the coil to build a higher voltage to discharge creating a hotter spark inside the cylinder. Often (not always) the hotter spark will push through the oil foul and in turn burn it off. This temporarily allows the engine to run better. After-market companies sold many devices to accomplish the same thing on engines wi
  21. Hung, drawn,and flogged to death would be too good for him. MY apologies if my comment offends anybody.
  22. Jeffery was the precursor of Nash, and Nash was famous for not only cars, but incredible trucks. The Nash Quads of the Great War (WW1) were legendary. I recall reading many years ago that trucks were also built by Jeffery before Nash took over.
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