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wayne sheldon

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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. I can wait, but looking forward to it! Car first. Safety second. Video when ready.
  13. 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
  14. Hung, drawn,and flogged to death would be too good for him. MY apologies if my comment offends anybody.
  15. 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.
  16. Music to my ears, and my mind! Incomparable Beethoven and the knowledge that IT RUNS! I listen to a lot of classical music, including opera. Beethoven is among the best known for very good reasons. Such total mastery over tonal interactions.
  17. I don't know if my opinion really matters or not, but awhile back (a couple years ago), "for Sale" had all the cars and parts mixed together. I thought dividing the cars from the parts was a major step forward. People wanting to look for parts want to browse through appropriate parts listings. People wanting to browse through "Cars for Sale" do not want to look through many times more parts listings hunting for an occasional car. Even people looking to buy a car will lose interest after awhile and look through other forums (ebay, Hemmings, etc). My other observation, is that as it has bee
  18. 8E45E, We used to have a chart very similar to that one on our office wall, just to remind ourselves of how little of that spectrum we actually worked with! The part that really amazes me, is how little of that spectrum can be "seen" by our natural senses (mostly just the visual spectrum and the low end electrical that we can feel). I often wonder just how much spectrum we don't even know about yet? A point to ponder? I also often wonder what intelligent life on other worlds may "see"? Or "hear", "feel"? As I mentioned, some of my family being colorblind has made me think a lot about how diffe
  19. And you my friend I think earned a gold star! A bit too much drift. But I hope some information pertinent to the thread. Hopefully some here can find something useful in all that. Thank you.
  20. This thread has grown considerably while I was out of touch due to Califunny's "Public Safety Power Shutdown". And an interesting time to discuss "color" it is. Even so-called "natural light", bright sunlight, etc, are not consistent. Our sun is but one of millions of billions of stars in the universe and galaxy. All are slightly different. What we consider "natural" is what we were born into and become used to. The biggest thing affecting our color perception is simply what we learned from an early age. Our sun is a relatively small, unremarkable star on the outer edge of an unremarkabl
  21. So pleased that you two are okay! So saddened by so very much loss to so many others. This wildfire business is beyond comprehension. Take care and continue to be safe!
  22. Years ago, I used to get those "please sell it to me give me a call" requests. I often would ask what they would consider paying for it. NOT ONE ever made an offer even half of a bargain price. They were all just flippers looking to make a quick buck on anything. One car I was needing to sell, I almost slugged the guy (not my usual nature!) for flagging me down, begging me to sell him the car, and making an absolutely insulting offer (I sold it about a week later for about four times his offer.
  23. I was just going to comment that I may be unreachable for a few days. We are being hit with one of Califunny's PG&E "Public Safety Power Shutdowns". No power, no internet (most of the time?). So if one wishes to contact me, it may be a couple days before I get the message. Mark W, On these type grab/pulls, usually the rope is spun onto the bracket before the braiding and mohair ball is attached. Changing the bracket is not a simple task, but it can be done.
  24. No takers yet? I saw this last night and hoped they would be gone by now. Thirty dollars plus reasonable shipping sounds very fair to me. They would be nearly perfect for my 1927 Paige, if I ever can get to restoring it. Frankly, I would prefer they go to someone else that is more likely to actually get them into a running car. Things look worse for my Paige with each passing year. These are likely reproductions. Someone made a bunch of them about fifty years ago. However it has been awhile since I saw any. But if nobody else wants to take them, I will.
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