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wayne sheldon

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  1. So wonderful to hear! I have wondered how you were progressing on your recovery. Between you and Auburnseeker, this has been a fantastic day for good news on this forum!
  2. I just now wandered in here for the first time today, and cannot hardly wait to type out "CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!" I feel so good for you! Back when I had had my '25 Pierce Arrow series 80 sedan, truly a car of my dreams, I went out to the garage almost every night and stroked one of the fender headlamps! I sure wish I could have kept that car, but family needs got in the way. Some day I hope to know that feeling again. Wonderful. Enjoy this one for a very long time.
  3. My first impression is one of the last Maxwell cars. About '21 to '24. I am not 100 percent sure, the radiator's front is in the shadow, and something appears to be sitting on the bumper brackets (deer antlers?). A friend years ago had a '22 Maxwell touring car, with disc wheels, very much like this car. Hopefully, a couple others can be more definitive.
  4. A reality too many such sellers do not understand. They basically have three optional directions. One. Price it way high so that they get every dollar they deserve, and keep it in quality storage, or garaged, safe so that it can survive unharmed until they find a fool ***** I mean a hobbyist ** willing to pay their price. Of course, that storage WILL cost some amount of money! Maybe the garage won't cost much. On the other hand, some storage can cost a couple hundred dollars a month for month after month after month for years and years and--------. Two. Price it way high with it sit
  5. This reminds me, oh so many years ago (I think about 45 years ago?), at an antique and collector cars for sale and show. There was a '50s Austin Princess limousine, with a Rolls Royce grille grafted in place of the original Austin Grille. It was impressive, from a few feet away, if someone didn't know better. Get up close, the hood didn't fit the shell. Some effort was made to fill gaps and shapes with painted wood (Actually sounds worse than it really looked, if you didn't look close?). The car had the Austin Princess ("P") hubcaps, and several other giveaway details. The car was really in fi
  6. An all to often sadness in this hobby where so many of our good friends and advisers are so much older than we are. And now so many of us are reaching that age where our day is coming sooner than we thought it would. My heart goes out to his family and close friends, their loss is much closer and more personal. On a personal note. Organ transplantation is a wonderful thing today. One of my longtime best friends passed away about eight years ago. All of his many close friends benefited from the kidney transplant he had received almost twenty years earlier. The massive and sud
  7. "IT came from beneath the leaves!"
  8. Not the same car. The OP car appears to be a '28 model based upon the smooth crown fenders. It also appears to have been some sort of a coupe, an enclosed body style. Looks like an enclosed base of a windshield. I don't have the proper reference books, or the body code numbers could probably identify for certain the year and body style. The one Jeff P (hey there Jeff!) posted appears to be probably a '26/'27, it appears to have what I would call "double crown" fenders. It also appears to have what is left of an open car windshield. That roadster could maybe still be an interesting
  9. Chemistry and metallurgy are not among my strong subjects. However, some of what I know about aluminum. Aluminum is one of if not THE most common metals on Earth. It has been known for a couple centuries (If I recall correctly?), but it was not until the late 1800s that a practical way to refine and process aluminum was discovered. Pure aluminum is NOT silvery colored! It is basically black. The silvery colored piece you can hold in your hand is aluminum oxide on the surface. Inside, it is black. I have not seen it myself, however been told by people in the aerospace industry that have seen it
  10. Yet another "is facebook good or bad" thread. The fact hasn't changed. I, and a few million other people in this country, do not have reasonable access to real "high speed" internet connections. I still cannot see hardly anything linked onto facebook. When was the last time I tried it? Right after the last past similar thread on this forum a couple weeks ago. Tried a few links. Saw none. Situation same as before. I still say a facebook presence may be an important part of hobby connections to reach out to the rest of the world. It is a good way to reach millions of people that may ha
  11. This sort of thing has been going on too long. As little as I buy and sell (cars or parts), I have run into several such scams. Just a year ago, my only modern car (Ford Expedition) died. What made it worse was that six months earlier, I had sold my last running antique automobile (model T), so I didn't even have that to fall back on. In my hasty search for a quick cheap replacement, I ran into at least two full on scams! (Hurry, must buy it NOW! NO you can't come and see it right now! But send me the money and I will bring it to you!) About eight years ago, before things blew up o
  12. Yeah Frank, I didn't state that as well as I should have.
  13. EMF had a quite standard four cycle flathead engine. There is nothing new about building speedsters! For many years now, I have called "building speedsters" the longest running hobby for automobiles. Speedster were being built years before Henry Ford introduced the model T ! I know of a model N Ford speedster, an original brass era-built fabric covered body car, known history, originally finished in 1912 if I recall correctly. I have seen pictures of a model K speedster built before the model T's introduction. The list is rather long.
  14. I think edinmass has given some great advice. But let me add a fifth option. No, it wouldn't be highly recommended. And there are a lot of people that would be disgusted by it. However, over many years in this hobby, I have seen some may be ugly but well done patch repairs that apparently worked quite well. Many years ago, I saw a '27 Chandler that nearly half the left side of the aluminum crankcase had been pieced back together and everything bolted in place using bits and pieces of aluminum plate. Clearly the car had thrown a rod, and whoever got it back together for more years of serv
  15. You could try checking with the early Buick crowd. I know that several Buick crankcases have been reproduced due to weak castings failing. I know someone that did a one-off transmission case for a big Simplex. The castings were poor quality originally, and his had been welded several times. I know the work involved with that project, and you don't really want to know all the details. I am sure the transmission case was a bigger and heavier casting, involving two major pieces. I am pretty sure the required machining to align all the gears was more difficult than a two cylinder Maxwell cran
  16. For whatever it is worth. A few years back I picked up a 1914 Califunny porcelain plate for really cheap because it was in poor condition. I didn't (and don't) have a 1914 car, but for the price I just wanted it (a single, only pairs can be used for YOM) just to hang on a shop wall. After I straightened it a bit, I mixed model paint for color with two-ton (slow setting) clear epoxy. I used bits of window screen to fill two sizable holes (carefully cut for a tight fit), and electrical tape as a form on the bottom side. Laid the plate flat and level, painted the epoxy/paint mix carefully to the
  17. Good for you Eric M! Over the years, I have had many conversations with antique auto hobbyists on this subject. Most true hobbyists here agree. But for some reason, the hobby also seems to attract a lot of people that truly believe THEY should be financially rewarded for whatever they spend. Every year I see cars for sale where some fool has spent tens of thousands for a really wrong restoration. Everything is done wrong, workmanship is lousy, incorrect (by a long-shot!) materials, everything. But they insist they should get all their money back on a restoration most of us wouldn't have for p
  18. The little touring car parked against the curb on the near side of the curve, I am fairly sure is an Overland four cylinder from about 1920 to '23. It would have been about ten years old when the picture was taken. Actually, there are quite a few cars from 1920 to '25 in this picture, for a photo with a few cars from '30 to '31.
  19. I have a few (very few) cheap repros, and two real originals in fair condition. One rectangular Studebaker sign, probably from the mid '10s or very early ''20s. And one Paige and Jewett sales and service sign (mid '20s). The Paige sign I bought for $40 about fifty years ago, and my wife gave me the Studebaker sign over twenty years ago. I know she paid too much for the Studebaker sign at the time, but I imagine it is worth a bit more now? (Kidding!) Actually, I would almost be afraid to find out what they might be worth. I really do not want to sell either of them, and do have a friend I would
  20. To me, the word "patina"is right up there with phrases like "barn find" and "numbers matching". While there WAS an actual meaning some time ago, they quickly morphed into buzz words meant to trigger a reaction rather than convey a meaning. "Barn find" began as finding a decent true original car in a barn (generally a car that had been in that barn since about WWII, or before). And basically everybody in the antique automobile hobby knew what meant. Now it has come to mean any old car that hasn't been out for a couple years. It can be found in any place from an attached garage to a back field.
  21. Thank you Billy K! I did discover it sometime later and enjoyed looking over your list! Carbking, Thank you. Pretty much what I figured. I do also have a '10s era brass Johnson. I don't know what it is of off, and have kept it as I may have a use for an earlier small brass carburetor. It appears to be in decent condition.
  22. If you can all pardon a bit of further thread drift. A couple posts including from carbking were about Johnson carburetors, and comments about their lack of "rebuildability" brings a few comments and questions. The 1927 Paige 6-45 used a Johnson model H carburetor. I don't know just how many variations they had, but I have seen at least four different ones. My car had a '30s Ford four cylinder carburetor on it when my dad bought it way back in '67. The carburetor it had turned out to be somewhat rare, and I gave it to a fellow that needed it a long time ago. In addition to the model H, I acqu
  23. TXSearsGuy, I was hesitant to mention it, but I have met Karl Chulick, and had a ride in his Krotz! It is a beautiful restoration of a very interesting car! I have always wanted a Sears autobuggy, and have come close to buying one a couple times. Once, a fellow in Califunny and I agreed on a price, for his unrestored original car, only for him to pass away a couple days later before I could get back to his place and finalize the deal. His son wanted to get a lot more, so he refused to honor his dad's agreement, only to sell the thing a year later to someone else for less than I had offered. I
  24. Notice also the windshield on that car. It is called a "Cambridge windshield". I am not sure of the origin of the name, I tried Mr Google, but all he wanted to do was sell me a replacement windshield for my modern car in Massachusetts. It is a canvas and isinglass wind screen held in place by a fixed steel rod framework. That was the standard optional windshield for the Metz automobile at that time. Many Metz automobiles at that time were still sold without a windshield. I am not sure exactly when Metz moved up to a more standard frame and glass windshield, but I think it was in 1915.
  25. It is considered a 1914 model 22. That particular rear deck/trunk was actually introduced in mid 1913 and used on the three Metz automobiles run on the last of the original Glidden Tours which was run in 1913 and for which Metz claimed a victory with a perfect score. The trunk became available mid year 1913 as an option on their standard roadster, but was generally considered a '14 model.
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