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  1. Eric, I am pleased to hear that. You do need to share pictures of your Caddy, or tell me where some are posted so I can look at them! If I had the money, and any way to have done so, I probably would have jumped on this Franklin the minute I first saw this posting. That in spite of the fact it is really two years too new for my interests! My dad bought a '31 (I think?) Franklin when I was about five. He never did much with it and sold it about three or four years later. He loved Franklins, and I in turn have always had a fascination with them. Every couple years a couple come along
  2. One of the auxiliary transmissions I had in a model T speedster some years back (I don't recall which one at the moment?), had underdrive where your 2nd is, direct where your direct is, and overdrive where your 4th is located. Not entirely unlike your White's shift pattern. I very quickly got used to that upside-down "U" at the bottom of the H for shifting from low to direct. And throwing the lever full forward for overdrive became like "FULL SPEED AHEAD!!! I suspect you will adjust to it very quickly.
  3. Is that carburetor a "barrel" throttle? I do need to go out and work on my car some (in spite of almost 100 degrees today!). But no complaints from me! Keep posting this wonderful gem!
  4. Language is a funny thing. Communication IS the most important aspect and reason for language. Sociological historians generally agree that language, not the wheel, nor even farming, was the most important invention by mankind. Language, words, MUST mean something! However, while language needs to be stable, it must also be flexible. Needs, and meanings for words do have to change. Ah, therein lies the rub! For many, especially in this hobby, "original" means "unrestored", essentially as it was when it was new. Unfortunately, for many others (especially on outer fringes of the antique aut
  5. Got interrupted again. Continuing my train of thought. Few people in the world at that time, could have accomplished what Henry Ford did. Something very few people are really aware of, or really thought about, is just how close the world came to NOT having a Henry Ford to study today like we do. Henry was born too early! He was in his 30s when he first drove his first automobile, the quadricycle. And months short of 40 when the Ford Motor company was founded! When he was doing all the things he did to make the Ford Motor Company famous, and the largest builder of automobiles the wo
  6. It is pretty well accepted, that Henry Ford made one of the greatest impacts upon humanity and the world stage as any other human being ever. Nearly every other huge impact had more than one person in the same time frame making similar discoveries. Benz and Daimler lived about a hundred miles apart, and built very similar "first automobiles" in 1886. Benz's claim for first was better recorded (personal letters), and historians credited him with being first. Neither knew the other before, but had Benz not done what he did when he did it, the world would likely have followed in Daimler's footst
  7. I won't claim to know the "whole truth"? However, I have always read that it was Canada that hit Ford with heavy taxation on imported cars, and stiff lesser taxes on parts. Assembly in Canada lowered the taxes from the start, and little by little, production of the parts was sourced in Canada as well. Regardless, this was done to avoid oppressive taxation and be more competitive in the world market. Henry had his eyes on a fantastic future from early on, and as soon as production got going in the USA, he expanded into Canada.
  8. Ah YES! The great master pool shark and juggler himself. Have you ever seen the 1926 (I think?) silent "Sally of the Sawdust"? One of several W C Fields' silent films where his now best known character traits couldn't be used. However, the movie is wonderful! I have never seen so much of his incredible juggling!
  9. Secret Squirrel was a Hanna Barbera production. Bullwinkle and Rocky were by Jay Ward Productions. However, I do enjoy the reference. (My sense of humor often wanders into the bizarre!) I tend to prefer Bob Clampett myself.
  10. (I am chuckling) Now, get some rest. You have a wonderful new toy to play with! (And some sleep is essential to proper enjoyment! Although, many of my fondest memories are of multiple days on very little sleep!)
  11. So what does the wife think of it? (No response required.) We of course think the car is fantastic! A truly incredible find this late in the game. Now get some sleep.
  12. AHa, THAT is an incredible story! And whoever wrote it wrote it very well. It is amazing some of the wrecks that people survived. In that case, they surely were thrown out a fraction of a second before the car was hairpin bent. This is an excellent example of why I would never willingly put seat belts in my model T speedster or racing car. I would no more want seat belts in such a car than I would want to be tied onto a motorcycle!
  13. I think we should table that discussion.
  14. You think this isn't planned? For a couple decades now automakers only care about the initial buyer. You are not supposed to keep a vehicle long enough to need new bulbs or batteries. A bit over a year ago, my 2001 Ford Expedition's fuel pump failed. The estimate to replace it was about a thousand dollars,and no guarantee they wouldn't run into more serious troubles to cost even more. As I often say about replacing the unobtaniam parts for our antique automobiles, get creative. With a fair amount of engineering background, I carefully measured, assessed the structural impacts
  15. FANTASTIC! Just another reason I HAVE to get back into touring, so I can go on your camp out next year and see this treasure. Not quite the same, but I had a '25 small six Studebaker years ago and loved it! I also had a '15 ED six which was the forerunner of your new car's series. I really loved that car! Pre-WW2 Studebaker automobiles, then and now, are one of the best cars for the money one can get. And the big ones are the BEST! Congratulations!
  16. I am not sure if Jennings lost? Or won? Although music and automobiles of that era are not among my top interests, some cars, and some music I do very much like. "American Pie" touching upon so much of the general history of that era has intrigued me from the beginning. However, as many things as I have read about it, I do not recall having heard that the "Levy" was a bar, and to me, the spelling was always in doubt. As a general note of the times, in many farming areas where irrigation levees were common, and often automobile accessible, they were often popular "make-out" places
  17. Wood spoke wheels are a lot tougher and more resilient than most people will ever believe! About 45 years ago, I was very fortunate to be involved in one of the best ever vintage racing reenactments in the past half century.One weekend every summer for four years, a half dozen or more model T racing cars got together and put on quite a show. Over an hour in the morning, and again in the afternoon both Saturday and Sunday. Cars ranged from basic T speedsters on up to full overhead valve racing cars (I was just a kid and had one of the slowest cars). the track was an over half mile dirt track us
  18. Sounds like she needs to move up from a model T runabout to a touring car! 🙂 Tell her "congratulations!"
  19. That "picture" has been discussed numerous times on many forums. The car has been superimposed photographically jumping over several things, including whole small towns. It was a popular "real"photo post card way back when, and has been altered and reused several times. Such post cards were quite popular back in the day. Photographically superimposed images offered post cards with street cars in towns that never had them, airplanes where they had never flown, the biggest fish you ever saw, and literally many dozens of other things. Traveling photographers offered such images altered to fit man
  20. I will tie the model T down a bit more (there are some that could do even better than I). It is a "real" 1914 model, not the carryover that was manufactured during production delays for the "new" 1915 style cowl bodies. The new '15s were supposed to make it into production by September of 1914 (the usual model year change time), however, difficulties in stamping the more complicated body panels resulted in significant delays. To keep production going, Ford continued to build the 1914 style well into the 1915 model year. Production of the '15 style cars finally got a slow going in January of '
  21. Marty R, Doesn't your Hudson need that little T to carry in its toolbox? For those that do not know, that is a VERY old model T joke.) Nice looking and enjoyable T! Wish I could afford it.
  22. There were several companies both foreign and domestic that manufactured variations in the vacuum fuel delivery system. The Stewart Warner was the most common in the USA, and the only one I have worked on any significant amount. They are one of the most "Rube Goldberg" silly contraptions ever actually applied to common use ever. Yet, as long as there are no rust-throughs in the tanks (inner, outer, or elsewhere), no leaks in fittings, gaskets, or failed valves? They work amazingly well! The double valves switching system is fun to look at and try to figure out. It generally cannot be taken apa
  23. A very good friend had a Buick very similar to that a long time ago. If I recall correctly, it had a cone clutch. Cone clutches are a bit problematic, and tricky to use. They tend to grab quickly and one needs to learn to use them with care. All that said, if the lining in the cone clutch is not just right, they will be difficult. Original lining was usually leather, but only certain types of leather are suitable. If the leather has dried out, they will become excessively grabby. Neatsfoot oil is often recommended, and they should be oiled regularly. Excess oil will be squeezed and thrown out.
  24. If you look at the picture under my name (currently?), you can see the dash from the '24 model T coupe I used to have (really miss that car!). The car was from the hills of San Francisco, and had an after-market hand pump to pressurize the fuel tank, and a five pound gasoline (air) pressure gauge to monitor the pressure. If I ever get another car running and drivable, I will change the picture (so someone reading this in the future may know why?).
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