wayne sheldon

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  1. Hey there HD ! Some interesting points. And I believe you may be onto something. Hardening is a tricky process. If they had inexperienced workers attempting it, It would be easy to over-do it. Unfortunately, a bit on the soft side is usually better than too hard. When gears are too hard, they can crumble like glass in a short while under stressful loads. Sad that the government even then treated some corporations that way. Charles Metz dove into wartime production to support the land that he loved. It has been suggested that the US government did not pay him what they owed in a timely manor due to his German heritage (not sure about that myself, however it would not surprise me). By the time he did get paid, his company had folded because he was unable to pay his suppliers. How is your '17 Maxwell truck coming along? I haven't seen much about it in some time now. Kevin's '22 touring should be a wonderful car to tour with! I think they had those issues mostly worked out by then, and Walter Chrysler was changing things quickly. I don't know if he has sold it yet or not? But it sure is a nice one!
  2. Looks like a nice enough car! Antique automobiles always need something. If it is running enough to hear a windshield rattle, you should be halfway there! Some detailing. Paint those wheels! Certainly some bugs to work out to be a well sorted tour car or ready-and-willing driver. How is the interior? All the Chrysler cars during those years tended to be good and reliable automobiles. Looks like a car that could be enjoyed for many years to come. Welcome to the affliction!
  3. I have GOT to get there some year soon! Such an incredible display of fantastic automobiles! Every year, I look forward to seeing as many pictures as I can find on the several forums I haunt. I have quite a few forum friends that go often. Just gotta get there myself, preferably with one of MY cars! First, get one of them roadworthy. Thank you to all that post such wonderful photos!
  4. When I was learning, well, actually I like to think I never stopped learning, but years ago, they called it "wolf packing". Bunches of cars all clustered together with large empty areas between them. Like you, I will speed up, or slow down, and get into the emptier areas. Everybody does make mistakes. Even me. Whether it is me, or somebody else making the "oops". I like to have a way out.
  5. Thank you B-i-B. I know who owns the red roadster. He is quite passionate about early ( pre-T) Ford history, and particularly the model K and Ford's racing history of those days. There was some hope of having four model K Fords at the OCF, however, I haven't heard much about that lately, so it may be that one of the cars wasn't going to be there. They did have the four Ks together last year. The model K has been given a bad reputation they do not deserve. Rob has done considerable research and found that they were well respected in there day. Tim Kelly, Rob H, A fellow in Australia (who's name I will recall later?), Dean Y, Kim D, and a couple others are finding that a well sorted model K Ford makes a very nice tour car. Compared to most expensive cars of that time frame, they were actually very well built (given the technology of those days), and reliable. Enjoy the OCF! And the after.
  6. Thank You Brass is Best! Is that Timothy Kelly's Ford model K up there? He passed away awhile back (I was so shocked to hear about it when it happened!). Do you know who had this one there?
  7. Ever wondered how a bicycle would bounce? I was doing about 70 mph on a four lane freeway in heavy traffic when a van passed me (must have been doing close to 90!). He was less than a hundred feet ahead of me when the bicycle came off the back. A bicycle bounces like a football. First one way. Then another. It went from lane to lane to lane, then back and again. I did a masterful job of missing it (and all the other cars!) if I do say so myself. I avoided a full-grown bear one night. It was a dark and moonless night, a bit of rain had fallen, and everything was really dark way out on a two-lane road. But I saw it, a big black thing in the middle of the black road. The very first thought I had was "Some idiot dropped a sofa in the middle of the road!" Why would I think such a thing? Simply because I had avoided several sofas and/or folding recliners dropped in the road over the years. I didn't realize it was a bear until after I braked and went by at a safe speed. It was the first bear I had seen ON the road. So naturally my first thought was it would be a sofa. As I said. My dad taught me well. Plan ahead. Look ahead. Be prepared to change your plans on a moment's notice.
  8. Cadillac did use such cast iron steps on their one cylinder cars before about 1910. The smaller round one was usually the front step for touring cars, or the only (one each side) step into a runabout. The larger one was usually used for access into the rear seat of side-entrance tonneau and/or touring cars. If I recall correctly. Also, these steps were used on the earlier and lesser models without running boards which were on many of their cars through those years.
  9. My dad loved to tell of the time on a four lane road, he pulled up to a red light, he in the right lane. To his left, a ton or so flatbed truck with one of the largest old iron and concrete safes you have ever seen sitting on the back. He wasn't thinking much about it. But when the light turned green, my dad started forward, looked over his shoulder and watched as the safe stayed right where it was as the flatbed truck drove out from under it. The four iron wheels under the safe went right off the edge of the bed, the two wheels closest to the back first tipped the safe back and the second set of wheels flipped the bottom up so that the safe landed flat on its side in the middle of the road. My dad taught me well. I always have at least two tie-downs forward (often three with a front rail as well), and at least two tie-downs back. All independent. Any one breaks? No problem. And I check ALL tie-downs, hitches, and chains at every stop. Most people today really are stupid. They arrogantly believe the road ahead belongs to them alone, and make NO attempt to avoid hitting even the obvious. I have watched helplessly as drivers ahead of me have hit deer standing still, a table dropped in the road (also not moving!), stalled cars, barricades with flashing lights, even fallen trees. I frankly do not know if autonomous cars are going to make things better? Or worse!!?
  10. Between all the bottles and that bra, it seems all anyone does is leave the empties? Sorry. I couldn't resist. One of my best friends in his '31 model A Ford sport coupe he bought to restore, found an odd square hollowed out space in the seat back cushion. Had a marijuana joint in it.
  11. And to think Kevin, it isn't a Cole! Thank you my friend!
  12. I zoomed in as best my limited computer skills allowed. Saw something interesting. The rear hubcap appears to have a "Trident" on it. Google sure loves to cram modern Maserati cars down one's throat! They must be getting a commission on modern Maseratis sold! I did manage to find a few photos of actual prewar Maserati racing cars, mostly modern photos of collector cars. And a very few era photos of road cars. None looked like this, but one had some similarities. Food for thought?
  13. Well, I am no expert on European cars. But the overall styling to me is reminiscent of early Alfa-Romeo. I suspect if it were one, someone by now would have already nailed it. Since they haven't? It is such a fine looking '30s sport car, that I can't imagine it wouldn't be a known car, even if it was a one-off. It appears well constructed, has wonderful flowing lines? The way the fenders cut off, blend in. Then or now, most small shop one-offs never look so good.
  14. I should have been born wealthy instead of, well, whatever I was born? THAT is a car I could really fall in love with! I need to go out and work on my model T so I can go on tours again.
  15. My son and I on an Endurance Run in one of the boat-tail roadsters I used to have. (Wish I still had it!) I bought a couple original '20s & '30s flyer's/motorcycle leather helmets many years ago. I also bought a reproduction WWI flyer's helmet that was being made about forty years ago. Still have them, waiting for my next speedster to be on the road! I looked at a couple of the links posted by others, and they look pretty good! I would go with those. Originals are difficult to come by these days, and tend to be expensive, also fragile due to age. Finding originals to fit us fatheads ain't easy anymore either. I also recommend ear plugs under the leather helmet. Even with the helmet alone, the buffeting wind tends to be tough on ears. I am paying for that now.
  16. The HCCA Gazette for several years ran a series of articles called "The Old Oil" (if I recall correctly). It was about pioneers of our hobby, and the collecting of antique automobiles and parts. It was interesting to follow several collectors building their collections a decade before the AACA or HCCA were formed as clubs. I do seem to recall a few mentions of what we would call swap meets happening in the early '30s, and maybe even the late '20s. The famous fire at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 1929 destroyed more than new cars. There was a display by a few early collectors showing several very special early cars. Again, if I recall correctly, one of the cars destroyed was one of the most significant early Packard automobiles, along with several other early Packards. It truly was an incredible loss. That fire has been written up in other hobby magazines through the years as well.
  17. Squarish spokes almost always mean truck. The size front and rear being the same with single tires on the rear indicate it would be a medium size truck, not over a ton rating. I don't recognize them, and there were literally hundreds of truck, specialty trailer, and custom builders during that era. Many builders were small regional sellers only.
  18. The '15 Studebaker touring car I used to have had side curtains when I bought it. They weren't made all that well, but they looked good on the car. And I loved driving it with them on. I think I didn't take them off for nearly two years one time.
  19. I have never seen so many different variations of "Touring"! I have had a set (the 1926 type pictured earlier) for almost fifty years now. YIKES! I just realized I have had it longer than it was old when I got it! Oh well. We played it for kicks a few times. I also have a set of "Lindy" in the little brown box. Thanks to all that showed newer and older versions of the game (and others). I did not realize there were so many.
  20. I sure do like to see good pictures of beautiful cars without being blocked by other people. However, I also enjoy seeing people in the backgrounds as well. In part, I like to see people enjoying a wonderful day. I also sometimes get to see people I know in the backgrounds! And I really enjoy that! Thank you for sharing the photos!
  21. My first question was going to be "are you thinking of Lambert?" They built friction drive cars small and large in those years. I don't think it is a Lambert. Then I thought, maybe you are thinking about Cartercar? It just may be a Cartercar. They were about the same size as Buick of any given year back then. MAny of their '10 to '13 models had ten spoke front wheels (a GM thing). Cadillac used ten spoke front wheels on many models around 1910, and Cartercar was acquired by General Motors after Carter's untimely death. The shifting lever looked similat to what this car has. I did not on my quick look find a picture of a really close body style however.
  22. When I was about four years old, my dad bought a Franklin to restore. Sadly, he never got around to it, and sold it a few years later. No pictures exist of it that I know of, and he couldn't remember what year or model it was when I asked about it many years later. When I was quite young, It was one of my favorite toys. I LOVED to sit it it, pretend to drive it, pretend to restore it. Probably one of the things that warped my being forever! It looked a lot like this car, and he said he thought it was a '31 Airman sedan, but wasn't sure. His did not have wood spoke wheels, but I am not sure what it did have. I also clearly remember the side pockets in the rear doors on his. If I wasn't at that age where I cannot take in any more projects, and if I had the money (I do not!). I would love to save this thing. Just for memories sake.
  23. I have actually used quite a bit of J B Weld to fill pits and even small amounts of rust through and pin-holes in rough parts. I usually use slow setting, however, the five-minute may actually be better for quick work. Part of the reason I usually use slow setting is because I use a fair amount of it for tasks that can take awhile to put together, or require that bit of extra strength, so I usually have it. You should see the pair of 1915 (rare early variation) model T Ford headlamps I just restored! They were nearly unrestorable when I got them. Dents, dozens of rust throughs under the size of a dime, must have been another hundred or more pin-holes! Even the mounting posts were pitted and one deeply gouged with a pipe wrench. After a good de-rusting (I used molasses, followed by a rust converter), I worked out the dents. Then brazed several places that were broken and the worst rust thoughs (and one of them the threads on the mounting post were nearly GONE!). I also braze filled the worst pipe wrench gouges. Then, the J B Weld came out. I about thirty percent covered both buckets inside and out. Allowed to dry for a day, then filed all the outside (the inside I left a bit rough). Filled a few more areas. Filed a bit more. Then began priming and painting. Small amounts of spot putty were used to final smooth a few rough transitions. They're not ready for a show winning restoration. But they look darn good!
  24. Not a model T Ford, for whatever that is worth. Otherwise, I am not certain of any make. Car's year appears to be early to mid '20s. The "rumble seat" is clearly a home-made job, and far from the best I have ever seen. But hey! Whatever works! Rumble seat kits were made and sold after-market for many cars including model Ts, Chevrolet, Dodge, and many others. I have seen a few of the kits on restored cars. Some of them looked really nice. I zoomed in a bit closer, but couldn't make out the state or year of the license plate. However, most states went to the larger size by 1929, so likely the picture is from before that. Looks like a young family, and that should do well for them for the few years just ahead.