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wayne sheldon

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  1. I read that somewhere myself about thirty to forty years ago. I Am fairly sure I read it in one of the hobby magazines. It could have been almost any of the major ones, AACA, HCCA, VMCCA, Car Classics (Remember those?), or even Old Cars Weekly. So I won't be of much help to you. Detroit in trying to stay in business, as well as providing for their long standing customers, about 1930 or so was buying back their older models from estates and rebuilding them with some updating in appearance. The cars when redone would look like a 1915 Detroit Electric with Ford V8 wheels on them. (I don't t
  2. I wish I could buy that Lincoln! One of my long-time best friends had a 1925 with almost the same body, with wire wheels etc. I don't really like to drive other people's cars, but we went so many places together, shows and tours, silent movies, jazz clubs. Sometimes when he got tired, he just had me drive. It and the model A sedan he had before the Lincoln were probably the two "other people's" cars (other than my parents) that I drove more than any other. I drove that Lincoln for hundreds of miles. A wonderful driving car! My friend has been gone for too long now. Some underlying health issue
  3. Okay, I first say loud and clear that I know NOTHING about this Learium stuff. However, Ozstsman's comment that it may have been related to Freon triggered a memory. Freon is interesting stuff. All things expand or contract to changes in temperature. That is what makes thermosyphon work for my model T Ford (and many other earlier automobiles). Most materials expand and contract an imperceptible amount, we cannot see or feel the change in size without some instrument to measure it with. Freon has incredible amounts of expansion over a small change in temperature. Among my dad's early jobs whil
  4. Sounds wonderful! I look forward to photos and updates.
  5. Henry Ford was indeed an early collector of automobiles! He was becoming quite old by the end of model T production, and beginning to exhibit early signs of dementia. (Discussion of the "evil" Henry belongs in a different time and place!) He was also beginning to consider the legacy he would leave behind. To that end, he began building Greenfield. He actually began a bit earlier, in the mid '20s when he realized that he didn't have a model K Ford (belying historical records saying he hated the car!), and set some of his marketing staff to acquire one in good solid condition. It is believed tha
  6. I believe it is a 1908 Ford model S Roadster. The winged pyramid sign would put the photograph at about 1911 if I recall correctly.
  7. Last night I was looking through the entry list for the upcoming London to Brighton Run. The list is very short this year (usually in the hundreds by now!). However I noticed three 1904 Stanleys listed! I know a few have made the run in years past, but do not recall a year with that many before.
  8. I haven't had time to dig out the magazines yet, but I am fairly sure that was who I was thinking of.
  9. And consider the London to Brighton Run. Reenacted first in 1927, and run most years ever since! The reenacted run was limited to cars built before 1904, and continued that way ever since. For some time a couple years ago, the HCCA Gazette ran a series of articles about the early days of our hobby. They covered in depth some of the earliest collectors in this country, a lot about a fellow in Southern California (I will need to go look up his name?), who started collecting in the mid 1920s. The 1929 Los Angeles automobile show had a historic vehicle display section! Sadly, an a
  10. I noticed that also. Looked like they painted everything else white. I wondered why they didn't paint the tires white. Still thought it was funny!
  11. Always sad to lose a friend. No matter how or to what. I have been fortunate so far with this bug. I don't know of anybody I know having it. Unfortunately, I have been a bit out of touch for a few years now, and there could very well be friends that have it and I not know it. My son however has some health issues that put him at higher risk than the average person. HIs girlfriend's grandmother passed away a couple weeks ago. They drove from Oregon to Chicago rather than fly for a final visit. Then she passed, and they stayed an extra couple days. He needed to be back for a business thing and
  12. An hour go, billorn said "a few guys will get this." I think it took me about one eighth of a second. It had only scrolled about halfway up from the bottom before I started laughing! I think a LOT of people here will get that one!
  13. The bad news is that most people survive it. They just get so sick they wish they would die before they find out they have to suffer a couple more weeks first. All kidding aside, I hear it is really nasty for a lot of people, many will suffer after effects for the rest of their lives, while many more get it and never even feel sick. That is part of the danger about it. Most people that can spread it, don't even know they have it. Feeling safe themselves, they risk exposure to people that are serious risk health-wise. Get better!
  14. Thank you Peter G. I would say "consider yourself hugged", but I am not the "huggy" type.
  15. This site is mostly inhabited by people that prefer to restore back to like original. Frankly, like original tends to appeal to a wider audience, and become worth more than reshaping a vehicle to personal tastes. If a car is well done like original (or actually a true original), it will appeal to everyone that prefers them that way. Modified or customized to personal tastes will mostly appeal to the few that want it "that" way. And welcome to the best website for antique and collector cars!
  16. We are insane because we CHOOSE to do this! On the other hand, there is little in life as satisfying as meeting that challenge, and conquering the complications. Keep feeling better!
  17. That as found photo of the Thomas at HAC's place was also published in Floyd Clymer's "Treasury of Early American Automobiles", page 142, copyright MCML (1950). I think that made it a very current photo of the car at that time! The book was quite popular, and copies show up for sale often. I have had my copy for about sixty years now! I remember watching that "What's My Line" episode when I was about ten.
  18. Also a fantastic looking car! I think the choice of the wide whites on this car was the right choice. I tend to prefer black tires on many cars of that era.
  19. Looks like a Lester wide white walls! Fantastic looking wheel!
  20. CHuDWah, I think you and I are very close on this. I wasn't meaning you drawing lines in the sand, just an issue I have fought for a very long time on a great many subjects and debates. The Horseless Carriage Clubs have been debating cutoff dates and allowable percentages of original versus reproduction or replaced materials. Every time they begin to debate it again, they discover instead of cutting back on bad model Ts, they eliminated half the Stanley Steamers and curved Dash Oldsmobiles instead! People in general seem to want easy white or black. Just doesn't work in the real world.
  21. I believe that by law, he needs a red flag on the back of that!
  22. Yes a '28. I am not a Buick expert, however I 'think" it is a Standard (smaller) model. Looks pretty nice for the price. I do see a few things wrong with it, mostly not a big deal to fix. Of course, look any car over carefully before agreeing to buy.
  23. Yes Linus T, a bit disappointing. But a very nice looking car. Unfortunately, a lot of people think bad steering and shifting was how cars were in the old days. That has always been a problem in the hobby. The 1915 Studebaker six I used to have? The previous owner had driven it on several tours. He told me the brakes didn't work very well. When I got it, the first time i drove it it had practically NO Brakes. I crawled under the car, saw the problem. A main brake rod was too short resulting in a severe maladjustment of the brakes. It took a bit over an hour to go to the hardware st
  24. Edinmass also posted this on the previous page. A Biddle I believe. Not many of those around. However a long-time friend has one. His is a 1915 sport touring car. It was custom built for a member of the Biddle family in '15. His is a very interesting car. No doors! There are step plates mounted on the frame and sides of the body to step up like a staircase, and over to get inside! It was the only one like it built. It sounds great also! I am not familiar with the pictured car. But I would guess it to be maybe about two years newer.
  25. Edinmass posted this a page back. I don't think I have ever seen one of the Buick Bugs naked before. Getting a mite risque? Looking at the men's attire, and a few details on the car (including tires), I question when the picture was taken. I would guess possibly the 1930s, or maybe even after WW2.
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