wayne sheldon

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  1. You think THAT is being a "hoarder"? My wife sometimes thinks I am a hoarder, but then I remind her of my dad. I have a lot of stuff. But my dad? HE was a hoarder! I grew up with it. The reason the '27 Paige 6-45 sedan I have has never gotten restored was that he bought it as "the great family project", took it apart and then promptly buried it in the garage. A nice big two car garage that you could not see had a '20s sedan under all that stuff! Over the years, I restored nearly a dozen cars. Eventually I ended up with the Paige, but between family and finances I didn't have the resources by then to do the car justice. I am still restoring cars, but not to the quality the Paige deserves. Hopefully, maybe in a few more years? I may try to get it done yet. I used to say that when my dad died, the first thing I would do is get a BIG dumpster and fill it up! And I did. We gave away several cars that he never restored. I gave away a Bridgeport mill and a nice medium size metal lathe because I had NO place or time to put it. My brother spent about three years selling off hundreds of antique radios, clocks, tools (many I wanted to keep!). Meanwhile more piles of stuff was taken in for scrap. The last twenty years of his life, my dad would go to auctions and estate sales, see one item he wanted and pay a few dollars to get it, along with about a pickup load of other crap! It could have been okay if he kept the couple pieces he could use, and disposed of the rest. BUT HE KEPT IT ALL!!!! After my brother passed away, my sister went in and got rid of most of what was left. I KNOW what hoarding is. I am a collector. (Anybody buy that?)
  2. Mugger, "Your money or your life!" (Silent pause) Mugger, "Well? What is taking so long?" Jack Benny, "I AM THINKING IT OVER!" Beautiful Maxwell! A good friend many years ago had a '22 Maxwell touring car. He loved it, and drove it on many tours for years.
  3. Still there!? I saw that in Williams a good ten years ago! Yes, as Layden says, a Chevrolet. But then, Layden is nearly always right! And if you are there? One does want to get lunch (or dinner!) at Granzellas! About four to six blocks from where this chassis was (is?) sitting. No connection to the restaurant, I just love their chocolate milkshakes and well-made sandwiches! I was there to get lunch when I decided to stop in the antique shop when I saw the chassis.
  4. Don't think anything I might say can help you any. Although I like and appreciate many cars from the '50s, they are much too modern for my collector interests. I didn't buy it, own it, or drive it. However, many (nearly fifty) years ago, I looked at and seriously considered buying a Kaiser Darrin. It wouldn't have worked out. My life never did. I had to sell every car I ever had and wanted to keep for the rest of my life, every one, for one reason or another, usually the "needs" of family. Still, to this day, I remember that Kaiser Darrin as the ONE 1950s car that I regret not getting.
  5. BearsFan315, That is not the spliced version I saw some years ago. The one I saw had the frames cut and spliced together probably frame by frame. I figure it was likely done digitally. One side of the street showed the before while the other side showed the after. It certainly wasn't totally lined up and clean as the filmings weren't exactly matched. But the one side of the street being beautiful and the other side being rubble created an unforgettable image. The before film was with a camera mounted on the front of a cable car (you can see the tracks in the road). The after was likely on some sort of wagon as I think it took awhile before the cable powerhouse was operational again. The cable car tracks are still visible in the street in the after film, and the camera was bounced around a bit.
  6. I don't even have to see the video of the film to know what it is. I have seen it many times, and it has been discussed on many antique automobile-related forums for many years. All good, it is an incredible look into a rare moment in time so soon before a huge catastrophe changed the face of a place forever. It should be looked at by anybody interested in history of the past two hundred years. And it should be discussed often. As I recall, about half the cars passing and turning around are of a single marque. If I recall correctly (getting worse each passing year?), they are Wintons. Apparently, the local Winton dealer got wind of the film being made and sent all his inventory and a couple personal cars out so that they would be "seen". Looking at the cars carefully (I did this some years ago!), there are at least three touring cars that are of the same year and model, and even have the same passengers sitting in the cars as they pass in review of the camera over and over again. Another car seen is an Autocar of about 1904-05. Incredibly, that Autocar is believed to still exist in a private collection. I do not know who owns it, but have in the past spoken with a couple people that do know the owner and the car, and swear it is absolutely known to be the same car! Makes a good story at least. Not seen so often, a followup film was made about a month after the earthquake, following the same route, and at about the same speed. It showed the same area and buildings as they looked after the quake and only some cleanup done. Also, about eight or ten (?) years ago, someone took the two films, and spliced them (I think using digital technology, but I do not know for sure), one side showing the before, the other side showing the after the quake. That was a startling image to watch.
  7. My dad used to say that such air filters were designed to keep small rocks and low flying birds out of the engine. Regardless, no proper restoration or preservation of a car that had such a filter is complete without one. But if you think that needs a replacement? You haven't resurrected anything bad yet! Looks like an easy fix.
  8. Sometimes fun to read these old threads again. I have through another antique automobiles forum gotten to know a fellow that owns two Gray automobiles. He is finishing one, and hoping to restore the other. It is still believed to be about ten (give or take one or two?) surviving complete Gray automobiles existing in the world. Gray, Dort, and Star, all seem to get mixed up together. On-line and book references are confusing, and not consistent. However, I do not think the Gray and the Dort are one and/or the same.
  9. I figure this car is worth maybe half of the '28 Frank Wilkie is trying to sell. And even at that, Frank's would be the better buy by far! He has been asking $18,000 for awhile now. So that makes this worth how much? I do really wish I could consider Frank's '28. It is beautiful! And could be parked proudly next to almost any restored '20s or early '30s car!
  10. Very unlikely that a 1918 Dodge would have had 19 inch tires. Very few cars that year used tires for rim sizes under 23 inch. Dodge probably did not use a 19 inch rim size until at least 1925, and probably closer to '28. There were smaller sizes way earlier, some cars around 1905 used 28X3 tires which fit on a 22 inch rim, a few small early cars used smaller sizes. Otherwise, pretty much nobody used rim sizes below 20 inch before 1925. So if your tires are 19 inch, the wheels are likely late '20s at the earliest.
  11. What a wonderful gathering of fantastic cars! The Cole most certainly deserves more of a following in the hobby. You should be proud! And, hopefully, you can do this again in a couple years.
  12. I wish I could be happy with one antique car. But I just ain't built that way. One of my longtime best friends (passed away too young about seven years ago) was good that way. He restored a '29 model A Ford Murray body town sedan beginning when he was in high school. He finished it after a few years in the Navy and drove it happily for several more years on antique car club and group outings. For several years, he actually drove that model A as his only car. He toyed for a short time with getting a model T. Then decided instead to get a bigger, better one antique, and a modern car for work. He sold the model A, bought a nice older restoration 1925 Lincoln seven passenger sedan. A car big enough to carry lots of friends. For about thirty years, he was quite happy with his one antique car. Joined a model T club (the '25 Lincoln was built by Ford in the model T era!), went on tours with them, CCCA, Lincoln owners club, and other clubs and groups interested in that era of cars. He took very good care of that Lincoln. Tinkered and improved the car quite a bit, rebuilt the engine (twice). His wife still has the car, and it gets driven occasionally, usually by one of his many friends that still keep close. For me? I lean toward older cars. Brass era, horseless carriage, both the bigger ones that go fairly fast, and the really slow ones. No one car really fits both those things. On top of that, I really like a model T speedster, properly restored to era correct in accessories, materials and construction. They represent an exciting area of automotive history, and they can be driven considerable distances at fairly high speeds. Gotta have one simple model T just as Henry built them, and because I really like to drive all year 'round, I do really want a nice Nickel era sedan. Over the years, I have had and toured nearly all the cars I really want. Unfortunately, family "needs" along the way forced me to have to sell all of them. So, I am left with piles of parts and projects hoping to get a couple cars back together to drive and enjoy again. None of the parts or piles is worth enough to be worth selling. Anything that was worth much already got sold. Besides, I like working on those really bad project piles and seeing them turn into a decent and enjoyable antique. I just need to keep them from now on. So my minimum collection would be one good T speedster, a '10ish one or two cylinder, a '15 T touring car, and a mid '20s sedan (CCCA acceptable preferred). That should do me just fine. None need to be high end expensive cars. Older restorations are fine, no show cars necessary.
  13. I have a pile of '13/'14 Metz parts. What I have looks to be in worse condition than what you show here! Not looking to sell. Not in a position to buy (too broke, and getting too old). But I could maybe be interested in parts for cheap if not far from where I am. What I have coupled with what you show could almost make a decent project. Although I am not looking to sell, realistically, I should, and if you happened to be within a few hundred miles, I would consider working something out. Believe me, my stuff would be cheap! But only to someone with a serious interest in restoring one. And something like my pile could make the difference in making your project worthwhile.
  14. The engines turn slower, but a lot of mid-teens cars are higher geared than the big cars of the mid '20s to early '30s. I was on a nickel age tour about fifteen years ago with the '15/'16 Studebaker six cylinder touring car I used to have (sure do miss that car!). I pulled into a museum stop after about thirty miles of nice two lane open road. A few minutes later a fellow club member pulled in with his Wills St Claire roadster (a six, not the V8) and asked me if I had been going as fast as I could? I replied "No, I had a fair amount more top end yet". He seemed a bit upset, then told me he had tried to keep up with me (I was keeping up with a '15 Locomobile!) for awhile then he decided he had to back off a bit. I had been watching him in my rear-view mirror and lost him at one of the very few traffic lights we saw before the museum stop. Afterwards, I sped up a bit to catch the Locomobile because I knew (from the excellent tour instructions!) that the museum stop was only about five miles ahead, and if he or the others behind me had troubles and didn't show up within a few minutes, we could know to go back and check on them. The Wills St Claire flat out could not keep up with my seven year older Studebaker, let alone the Locomobile from my same year. I am fairly sure the Locomobile could have left me in the dust if he wanted to. Most of the CCCA eligible '10s era cars will keep up just fine with most other CCCA tours or Caravans. In the early '20s, most automobile manufacturers lowered gear ratios because as roads became better (a bit counter-intuitive!), and more cars were driven within cities, it became more difficult to open cars up to what amounted to ridiculous speeds in most driven areas. Low speed performance and city driving with significant traffic became the norm. Therefore, lower gearing became more practical than bragging rights over who's touring car could go the fastest on some rare smooth back road someplace. In the depression years, automobile engineers worked on improving engines to turn faster, therefore pushing the top speed back up again with the public works projects further improving highways.
  15. This is an area where I tend to buck the "conventional wisdom". However, if the casing is cotton cord? Definitely, do not trust old tires. Even the tiniest surface cracking can allow water to invade the cotton cord. A fungus common to cotton can grow and (literally) eat the fibers of the cotton resulting in severe weakness. This is not unlike dry-rot in wood. Nylon cord on the other hand, does NOT rot! It can deteriorate due to UV exposure (like most synthetic plastics and fibers). Unless the surface cracking gets so severe that the nylon fibers become visible to the naked eye? They can last many decades with only minor loss of strength. Most nylon cord tires (not otherwise physically damaged) as long as the rubber is somewhat pliable, can be safe to use even at fifty or sixty years old. I have a few Sears Allstate tires in model T/A 21 inch size that are known to be from the late 1960s. Personally, I wouldn't hesitate to head out on a coast to coast tour with them if I had a car that used that size. On the other hand, I have a 30X3.5 model T size clincher tire that was about fifteen years old when I got it about fifteen years ago. The silly thing looked new-old-stock. Nearly perfect. No visible cracking, checking, no obvious signs to be concerned about. When I went to mount it on a model T rim (about twelve years ago), the bead ripped. And again, and again, and again. Finally accepting that it wouldn't work even as a shop roller (all that I wanted it for at the time), I took it off and looked it over carefully. Then I grabbed the tire with my bare hands and ripped the sidewall like a cheap catalog! I know a lot of people disagree with me. But for me (a broke cheapskate!), whether an old tire should be used or not depends mostly on what the casing is made of. As long as it hasn't sat in the sun too much or been damaged in other ways. A lot of Allstate tires were nylon cord, many of them labeled as such. Unfortunately, many tires (Allstate and many other companies) are not labeled what material cord they used.
  16. Don't know if I want to say anything or not. But questions asked should be answered. It appears to be a Canadian touring car (Since it is in Canada, why shouldn't it be?). It has several Canadian T features. The slanted windshield frame appeared on Canadian cars about two years (maybe three? Still some debate on that) before the slanted windshield appeared on USA cars for the 1923 model. The Canadian windshield also has both upper and lower frames folding whereas the USA cars only had the top frame fold (bottom half was fixed in the frame). The "one man top" also appeared in Canada well before it did on the USA produced cars. People familiar with USA Ts would automatically say it was a '23 to '25, if it is the low hood/radiator which I think it is, most would instantly guess 1923. However, being Canadian, it may be as early as a 1920 with that top and windshield. As to condition and value. A couple pictures don't tell us much. However, the top and the interior are very poorly done. Not the worst I have seen, but not good at all. Can't see a lot of the rest of it, however the long lower radiator hose and no steel connector pipe also indicate some corners were cut in its restoration. No telling how much work would be required mechanically to have a sound tour car. But with a few "red flags" already? 7000 USD is about the most it might be worth here, a little more if it runs really well. Local markets vary depending on local interest and demands. It could be worth a bit more or less there.
  17. Strictly in the "for whatever it is worth" department. I haven't bought anything from 5Barn Auto for a few years now, or ebad either. Basically because my financial situation had gotten worse, and I couldn't afford to look for things I couldn't afford to want to buy. However, before things went from bad to worse, I did find myself buying quite a few items from 5Barn. I still have their old business cards, with the same scripted logo on them. I bought several things from them over a couple years time, probably close to a dozen different purchases, some of which included a half a dozen different items. I was always very pleased with the transactions. In full disclosure mode, I will admit I was unhappy with one item (It was a model T timer as I recall?). I contacted him, and with no objections, no issues, no foot dragging or excuses of any sort, he sent a replacement that I was quite happy about. What more could any reasonable person ask? I am not a big fan of eBad (why else would I refer to them as "eBad"?), but 5Barn Auto was one dealer I liked and would continue to do business with (if I wasn't too broke to go looking for things). For whatever it is worth.
  18. Chevrolet varied from model to model and year to year. However, most years and models from 1924 through 1929 were available in either wood spoke or steel disc wheels. Wire wheels became available as a third option by 1929. Whether the wood or the steel wheels were the standard issue or the option seemed to change by years, models, points of origin, or destination. Personally, I like wood spoke wheels. NICE Chevy!
  19. Vacuum tanks are a marvelous work of old era technology! For getting the car going for the first time in years, first check to make sure the tank is not rusted through or leaking. Often, it is best to carefully remove the top. However be careful, those eight little screws do like to break. Then getting the broken end out of the tank is a royal pain. If the vacuum tank is good, and the lines to the carburetor are good and clean with no leaks? You are all set up with a low volume temporary tank already mounted on your firewall to put one to two quarts of gasoline in and try to start the motor (of course after all other motor checks,fluids, and gaskets are ready!). If you can't or don't want to take the top off the vacuum tank? Take the fuel line input to the vacuum tank (the line from the gasoline tank) off carefully. These fittings usually come off easily, usually nothing wants to break. Then using a funnel, put about one cup of gasoline into the tank. Check for leaks. If leaks are found, repair them. Hopefully just taking fittings apart and reassembling them with some proper sealant (not too much, don't want to plug up the fuel flow!). If the bottom of the vacuum tank itself leaks? Then it is a more complicated repair. If no leaks are found, or have been sealed? Then add another cup of gasoline. Two cups should get the level above where leaks usually form. To start the engine? Once the vacuum tank has passed the first simple checks and fixes? One to two quarts of gasoline can be poured into the top of the vacuum tank with a funnel into the inlet fittings. Best to temporarily block off the vacuum line so to not cause a vacuum leak issue with the carburetor. Beyond that, the one to two quarts of gasoline is a controllable enough to run the motor for short whiles. It allows you to monitor amounts and times without wondering whether the vacuum tank is working properly, the fuel lines don't leak, the gasoline tank isn't plugged (it doesn't even have to be installed!). Once you know the motor is running fairly well, THEN you can sort out those other details. You can even do a short test drive running on that quart or two in the vacuum tank. Just don't go too far. A quart or two may take you a block or two, up to maybe a mile or so. Depends a lot on how much you used to get it started. Years ago, in my '29 Reo, I would put a quart in the vacuum tank, then drive three long blocks to the service station to fill the gasoline tank before going on a tour. (I often kept the tank empty when not being driven.) Beautiful Packard! I love it!
  20. I may be the strange one. I have never really been drawn to fire trucks a whole lot. However, I truly appreciate anything that old in really original condition! That truck is wonderful! And your pictures of the interior bring back so many memories. My family had a whole bunch of Chevrolet and GMC trucks so many years ago. I did a lot of my learning to drive in several of them. I drove hundreds of miles in a '54 GMC ton and a half lineman's extension ladder truck! It had a small bucket to stand in at the top. I was using the ladder for service repairs before I could legally drive (NO hydraulics in those days, the ladder was raised and extended, positioned and handled all by pure brawn!). My dad had a two-ton Chevy flatbed, several panel/service trucks, pickups, among others in the family that I also drove. But what caught my eye? The Motorola radio. I still remember the call signals used in the television service business. K-M-K, 2-4-2, Mobile two to base (or mobile six or?). And, to keep this connected. We (my family) were headed to a family visit when we spotted a car fire just starting up going the other direction. My dad swung our car up onto the next overpass (we were just outside our normal range from the base, and needed the added elevation). My dad then radioed the base, to call for a firetruck. After making contact, we got back onto the freeway (one of the few in the greater San Francisco Bay Area at that time!) and headed to where the car had pulled off the road, its trailer almost fully engulfed at that point. He then unhooked the trailer before the fire could spread to the towing car, just as the firetruck arrived to extinguish the trailer, which was a total loss. It may not be "brass era" or "nickel age", but that truck is a wonderful, and so very excellent original, piece of history! I hope you enjoy it for a long time while you figure out what to do with it.
  21. Good family should be cherished as much as one can, while one can. I can see you have some good family there. Day by day, enjoy the lucid moments. Remember the better days. Make the best you can with time you have left. If I ever get my project looking like a real car, I will try to post a few pictures.
  22. vl2, I have read many comments about your dad here. Good to see a picture of him. Mental issues are particularly sad and difficult to deal with. You have my sympathies. By the way. Grass Valium here today hit 80 degrees!. I may yet get my project painted.
  23. There is a lot to like around here! And some? Not so much. A lot of wonderful back roads! Most of them separated by local highways not very agreeable to a model T Ford. On the other hand, many of the locals don't drive their modern cars much faster than a model T can go anyhow. When we moved here a bit over thirteen years ago, I knew the mountainside wasn't a great place for fruit trees and vegetable gardens. Now, my little acre has way over a hundred trees on it. Black oaks from huge century plus, to still small twenty year-olds. Ponderosa pines way over a hundred feet tall! Dozens of other "small" pine and fir trees (if you think thirty to fifty feet tall is "small"?), and more struggling to reach the sunlight. Also about a dozen cedar trees, plus hundreds of cedar seedlings popping up all over the place. My house cannot be seen from Google Earth! Too many trees. It is a bit difficult to find even from the street. But I wanted a few fruit trees anyway, so I planted some. Of course my "black thumb" didn't help any. Clearly, my grandfather's farming genes got lost along the way. However, it almost never failed, as the trees grew, and they began to blossom? Almost every year, within three days of the blossoms opening? We got a torrential rain or hail storm. In ten years, I got three edible peaches, and one good pear. The deer tried harder and ate the apple tree in spite of the wire mesh around it.
  24. And in Grass Valium, Califunny, a few days ago, we had our annual torrential rains that knock all the blossoms off the fruit trees!