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wayne sheldon

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  1. O-o-o-oh Yeah! Twenty-six seconds of the best ride I have had in over a year! That thing sounds so perfect! Wow, IF you do get out here for Modoc next year? I don't know if I will be able to get away, but I will WANT to get out and see that fantastic car!
  2. Almost exactly the same thing happened to my wife and I about thirty years ago. Except that it was Jay Leno driving a 1931 (or was it '32?) four seater Bentley. We were visiting Southern Califunny for a model T club national tour on Catalina Island. He had seen several Ts being driven or trailered during the day (and we had actually seen him driving the Bentley on the freeway earlier ourselves!), so we had quite a chat about the Bentley, the tour plans, and other hobby stuff. He did (for my wife) autograph the map I had bought so I could find my way to the docks where the Ts were to be loaded
  3. Basic 19 inch tires are common on antique cars. The 1930/'31 model A Ford (one of the most common antique automobiles) used that size, as did dozens of other less common cars. Decent used tires in that size should be fairly easy to find and get. Again, checking with the local clubs may help. Worn out tires are often kept and used as "rollers" (tires to roll the car around on while it s being restored). While a lot of different cars did use that size, they were only commonly used on new cars for a few years, basically 1928 to '31.
  4. It looks like a common (In those days!) "collapsible split rim". Those really need to be done with any one of several types of "collapsible" "split rim" tools. The split rim jacks are fairly common, and not too difficult to use, but do require some instruction in order to not damage the rim or yourself! The collapsible split rims are not nearly as dangerous as the two-piece (or three or four piece?) "split" rims. The language is confusing. Two wholly different designs called by the same name. Both types are commonly called simply "split rims", even though they are quite different. I prefer to
  5. JV P, I find that very interesting! I had read a few things similar, but without someone I know being involved a bit, I tend to put it in the unconfirmed mental file. About forty years ago, before the government released confirmation of Japan's balloon bombs, I met someone through a friend that during the war had seen the site and damage caused by one of those up in Oregon. He was with some military personnel and sworn to secrecy at the time. There is a lot of crazy stuff out there. One often doesn't know what to believe. Just as a blanket statement, Japan and the Japanese people t
  6. I was saddened to hear that also. I met Tad Burness about forty years ago. I was actually studying cartooning at the time. Along with our mutual like of antique automobiles, we hit it off really well. We both also collected 78 rpm records. He was trying to collect a complete run of Romeo Records from the 1920s. Romeo Records may not be well known, but they tend to have some of the best 1920s jazz, hot vocals, and dance numbers I ever heard!. I had about 2000 78s in my collection, with special record books for the fifty or more Romeo Records I had. He had about a thousand Romeo Records alone, p
  7. First off, it Is a "Glide" automobile. Built by the Bartholomew Company. Glide automobiles were built from about 1902 until about 1920 when the company dropped the Glide and moved to join Avery trucks. I got some of that from Wikipedia. Some of it I knew. Their famous slogan was "Ride in a Glide, then decide!" (that I did not have to lookup!). Secondly, it appears to be late 1910s. It is a long way from being 1909. It is a rare car! Actually appears to be mostly there, and not in terribly bad condition. Believe me, I have restored much worse! I Have only seen two or three of t
  8. Fears on both coasts at that time were real. At least to some extent. The Japanese sent balloons aloft carrying small bombs or fire starting devices. It was not reported at the time, but several of those carried by the prevailing high winds did reach the northwestern states, detonating in Oregon and Washington. Although a few stories were told, the US government did not confirm these until just a few decades ago. It was also confirmed a couple decades ago that a Japanese submarine was spotted off the coast of California in the early days of the war here. It is still denied that the blimps that
  9. Not that specifically. However, such various things took place all over the country in those days. One of my cousins got most of the stuff, which is fine. He is also into family history, and has the place and money to preserve and display a lot of it. Our moms' parents had a ranch in Modesto California before the war, and our grandmother was a little active in local politics. Their ranch was selected to be one of the official aircraft tracking sites during the war. A soldier was on duty most all times, an official car assigned (not for grandparents' use!), a designated telephone, log book
  10. I don't do facebook, for some reason, my computer won't load almost anything from them. So I asked my wife to look on her computer. She found two facebook marketplace listings for this. Two different phone numbers, both "helping a friend". Green Car Delivery Inc, Government office???? 11062 Trask Av Garden Grove CA on both ads. Price (?) on one ad says $999.The other ad says $9,999. One says any offers considered. 714-606-3660 Garden Grove CA 909-927-3614 Hemet Ca Some funky stuff connected to the ad! A "cannabis" license? A Department of Pr
  11. Many museums, to save a few thousand dollars, will stop taking care of things like automobiles, and put them into very bad storage situations where the damage done to the cars will be many times the money saved. Often, donated items simply disappear, likely sold or given to buddies. How do I know? A good friend used to be a museum administrator. He was "let go" due to budget cuts, and that is what happened to the public owned museum after he was "asked to leave". My friend is a good man, a dedicated hobbyist, and truly cared about the artifacts in the "public's" museum. Higher government admin
  12. It is an oil lamp. It uses kerosene or other lamp oil. It looks a lot like a 1913/'14 model T Ford sidelamp. Ford in those days was producing cars faster than the lamp companies could supply lamps, so they bought them from several companies, and they changed slightly from production run to production run. Matching up a set can get difficult. Most Ford sidelamps had the manufacturer's name and a model number on the brass top piece. Many of them (not all) also said "Ford". However, some did not have anything stamped or pressed into that brass top piece. To make things even more confusing, m
  13. I gave some advice to someone facing a major re-wooding project on a thread in another sub-forum. Some of it may help here, so I found it, copied, and pasted it. Your project isn't very bad, so much of this isn't really necessary. However, here it is. A trick from a few people that have done it. Get everything crudely framed, and clamped together using scraps of wood. Make it reasonably square. Take each individual major piece one at a time. Using cheap and scrap soft wood, make a piece to fit. Cut, trim shim and glue as needed. Make it fit nicely between the wood and sheet metal.
  14. Ah, a fellow user of ancestral tools! I have hundreds of wrenches, blacksmithing, and other tools that belonged to my mother's father, and some from his dad (my great grandfather!). Quite a lot of them, I use regularly. I just a few minutes ago came inside from using his tinsmith's anvils to repair and fit top sockets for my 1915 model T runabout! I also have a lot of my dad's tools, he passed away about fifteen years ago. I use his oxy/acetylene torch a lot! He bought it second hand before I was born. Using their tools is like working with them. It is like they are still with me.
  15. You are a Roman numeral II ? My condolences. So am I. I have often said that that was the cruelest joke my dad ever played on me. I don't know how it is or was where you grew up, but in Califunny, nobody could figure out what to do with that II. The "named after dad" was often called "junior", but my dad hated that one. And sometimes the Arabic number "2" was used (I actually use that sometimes, also why I sometimes sign off of posts with a "W2"). The third in line usually gets a Roman numeral III, that is common enough that schools and government offices can usually handle it. But a Roman num
  16. I like green cars! As for two-tone beige/brown? Many years ago, a very good friend had a 1927 Cadillac limousine. One of two built Fleetwood body (if I recall correctly?), with divider window and leather upholstered driver's compartment. The car was very original, including the two-tone brown paint. And it was beautiful. He eventually sold it, to buy a Rolls Royce that needed significant restoration. Basically a solid running car, but the body had been abused and repainted badly a few times.. The aluminum had numerous small dings and dents in it, as if in storage it had been used to lean
  17. bdc, He means a whole bunch of sacks of feed at a hundred pounds apiece. Or a couple tons total? We have become a nation of lazy and fragile people. I am 68, the other day I went into Tractor Supply for a couple things. Walked up to the register with a 44 pound of feed under one arm, and a 20 pound bucket in the other hand (all I went for, I saw no need for a cart?). Put them on the counter, paid for it, and grabbed them up again, As I headed for the door, it just hit me, I had to say it. "I may be getting old, but I still ain't no wimp!" The checker and a customer busted up laughing.
  18. Sadly, I have not been able to participate in touring much at all for far too many years now. But I do hope my circumstances can change enough before it is too late so that I can do a bunch more of it. One of the things that I noticed a long time ago, was how often people would join in on a club tour that was taking place within a few miles of their own home. And how often, seen people on those tours that were active and involved by their own nature, would wind up at some incredible picnic site, or museum, or historic building, that was within a twenty minute drive from their home, and ye
  19. And apparently musical accompaniment? I do love the sounds o' the bagpipes! Beautiful Cadillac.
  20. How old were those bonded shoes? Many years ago (40 to 50), bonding shoes wasn't quite up to par yet, and bonded shoes sometimes failed. If those early ones sat a long time? Separating wouldn't surprise me. I still like riveted shoes, however, haven't had trouble with bonded shoes in a long time. (Excepting for the time I just mentioned in the Classics Aesthetics vs Engineering thread?) Basically, I would have no fears of using bonded linings today, provided they are well done. Very important! If you get riveted linings, MAKE CERTAIN that the rivets are really BRASS! NOT brass plat
  21. Brake fade is fun! NOT! About thirty years ago, the environmentalists banned asbestos for brake linings. And before compromises and alternate solutions were found, brake linings got really funky. I had replaced the brake shoes on my '65 Ford pickup I drove everyday for work (hey, I didn't consider it an antique!). A few times, on hot days, a single panic hard stop from 70 mph (a common occurrence on Bay Area freeways) would result in brake fade just about when I reached my short limit for stopping. (NOT fun!) One day, very hot, I had to run a service call to a failed system up in the Mount Ham
  22. A 1921 Sayers touring car I had many years ago, had a bumper like that on it. It was clearly an after-market add-on. The ad mentions not needing to drill holes in the frame. It was held on with "J" bolts. I doubt it would have held up well in a collision. Wish I could have kept the car and restored it. I have never seen or heard of another survivor.
  23. This one was on the MTFCA (model T) forum this morning. I thought some people here would really enjoy it. Thanks go to Tom Rootlieb. I am not sure, and when I zoomed in, couldn't quite make out the script on the radiator, but I think this may be an EMF/Studebaker. The script looks like it may be Studebaker. For awhile in around 1911 through '12, cars were sold badged either way. Studebaker had experimented with automobiles for awhile in partnership with others to see where they wanted to go in the automobile business. For 1913, they dropped the EMF name and became simply Studebaker
  24. I don't see the idea of not AACA eligible? They were small productions, as were a thousand other cars? They outsourced their bodies? So did MANY major Classics, and my 1915 model T Ford runabout (I 'think' my runabout is a Beaudette body, Ford sourced from at least five body companies in 1915). Ford did not begin building bodies inhouse until about 1917, and even at that continued to outsource many bodies throughout model T and model A production. The 1924 T coupe I used to have was a Fischer body. I often argue that drawing firm lines in the sand is not really possible. There are
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