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wayne sheldon

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  1. The ones with rear view mirrors are especially nice. I had a similar one on the 1915 Studebaker I used to have. It was handy, and satisfied the rear view mirror requirement. Nice lamp.
  2. I saw the thread in the list and your name, immediately thought "Haven't heard from him in awhile?" Nice to hear you are doing okay. I hope to hear from you more.
  3. Side draft carburetors go way back to the beginning. Forerunners of Holley were made in 1899 if I recall correctly. I have one (probably about 1902/03) that came with my early gasoline carriage project. Downdraft carburetors were used on military aircraft during World War One, and later. A WW1 aircraft downdraft carburetor was tried on a racing car about 1920, but was problematic and never really raced that way. This was reported in one of the automotive magazines of the day, and is the one best known trials before the Winfields of 1929. I had the information on this bookmarked on my old compu
  4. Reading the "Period images to relieve some of the stress" thread, page 247, reminded me of something. When researching speedsters and racing cars of the era, always remember that they very often were run for a period of years, and changes were often made. So, in photos, one needs to consider not only the car's claimed model or build year, but also where in the progression of changes a photo was taken. There is a photo of a car in that thread said to have been originally built in 1923, however the photo is of a restored version of the car more or less how it had been rebuilt after 1930. Later,
  5. 1910 Pickard, I had wondered about the name? And I knew I had heard of such a car. I probably saw it at Harrah's collection back around 1970 when I went through it a couple times, or maybe just read some mention of it somewhere. That is a wonderful and intriguing automobile! I hope you do get to use it some for Horseless Carriage activities. As a few people have commented, building up a speedster/racer from a pile of junk is fine, and beyond fine. It is a good way to make good use of bits and pieces of both rare or common antique car parts for which there are not enough need or demand for
  6. I have no desire to get into a pissing match over bad ideas. And, believe it or not, most of my post was intended to be somewhat constructive. Perhaps poorly executed. I just hate to see someone making a mistake that I have seen way too many people make. I have seen too many cars done in ways that were just not really done way back when. I have talked with too many people that did them, and they wondered why nobody would buy their prized possession for what they thought it should be worth. Spending boatloads of money to make something extremely nice, but very wrong, usually en
  7. One of the most truly enjoyable threads I have followed on any forum! And my kind of incredible car. We all thank you.
  8. I am sorry. But I have never gotten the idea of building a "wanna be" out of a "never was" using a few antique pieces, a bunch of decades later stuff and pieces that are nothing like the era imagined, coupled together using modern materials and methods. It becomes an "art piece" that will appeal to a few people that don't understand the history of the real thing. Faithful recreations I can very much appreciate. They fill in lost history. Well done "tribute cars" can be okay also. They allow us to get a feel for what it was like and experience first hand the thrills of the races of th
  9. On the subject of misspellings? Perhaps thou needs retake English?
  10. Way back when, there was an after-market accessory manifold cooker made to fit a model T Ford engine. Originals were very rare, but I read an article about them about forty years ago. Since that article, someone made reproductions of that original accessory, and sold them through the club's magazine and eventually through some of the model T parts suppliers. Someone in the club also published a small recipe book for manifold cooking. It has been awhile since I have seen anything about it, but for a few years, one of the club chapters in the mid-West made it a club thing to have manifold c
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. "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?
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. Interesting and important history! Thank you both.
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