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wayne sheldon

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  1. Wow Ed M! A bunch of wonderful photographs! Several fantastic electric cars, and a bunch of eye-candy for Kevin and the Cole crowd! I will need to zoom in on a few of those pictures later when I have some time. Thank you for posting such great photographs.
  2. I mostly agree with that. Where I would differ somewhat, is that I wouldn't go quite so far as to say they were "meaningless". However, we need to be tolerant of other people's interpretation of the words. Their perspective will come from a somewhat different area, or amount of interest in different marques. This why I began tossing out my "colloquialisms, why is it always colloquialisms" line. Although language must have MEANING, and words MUST mean some defined parameter? Time and distance alters meanings constantly. (Oxymoron? "Alters" and "constant"?) Of course, marketing always tryi
  3. The photo a few above here, of the early (1908ish?) touring car with four men in it (two wearing bowler hats) is taken in front of the Plymouth Rock monument in Massachusetts. This is the monument built about 1870, and apparently later torn down to be replaced about 1920 by a new "Pilgrims" monument for the 300th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower. I tried to google information about this monument awhile back because of other photos (shown about ten to twenty pages further back?) in this thread. I found a very few real photo post card (RPPCs in the collector world) images posted in ma
  4. Linguistics is a fascinating subject to study! Colloquialisms. Why is it always colloquialisms? It is interesting how the favored terms can vary greatly over even short distances, and then change over just a few years. When I had the '25 Studebaker, we always called it a "coach". That was what the Studebaker expert said it was called. Forty years ago, nobody wanted to argue with that. Since that time, calling that body style a "coupe" has become more popular. No argument that there is historic precedence for it to be called a coupe. A few manufacturers back in the day called their cars of that
  5. My "guess" would be that the hinge would be placed at a slope so that the lower panel pulls forward as the hood is raised. This so that the bottom rear corner of the hood pulls forward as it is raised and doesn't try to gouge its way into the exposed firewall. Then when lowering the hood, the rear corner will begin about an inch away from the firewall, and smoothly swing back to nest neatly in its proper corner. Eliminating a very common problem with straight hoods and exposed firewalls in those years.
  6. Ed M, A. J., John M, Thrimacar, and at least a couple dozen others. Someday, somehow, I have got to spend about a month back East and meet you people face to face!
  7. Wonderful stuff! I enjoy reading about this incredible car and your adventure with it. Looking at the picture of the windshield frame, I can see what you mean about being so fantastically over-built. The heavy casting, the wing nuts, and the stops to hold the upper glass in a lowered position are incredible! I recall you saying some time ago about how heavy that frame was. Interesting now to see it this close. You commented again about the many tapered leaves springs on this beast. Working on many antiques cars over the years, and early model T Fords in particular, I always f
  8. If you need to tighten a wheel? It should be tightened from the center out. The spokes should be shimmed out from the hub, and as much as needed between a few spokes to make that tight. The tenons NEED to be pushed into the felloe, otherwise they will work and wear loose again in not many miles. If the tenons are loose much at all, metal shims around the tenon can help. However, if the tenons are very worn? The only safe repair is new spokes! Today we have a reasonable option of fairly priced re-spoking of wheels by several different wheelwrights from coast to coast. Most of them are quit
  9. I knew those were rare and quite desirable, but wow! I wish I had that much money to buy a car!
  10. I feel a bit better now. This one at 45K, and the 1918 went for $30,000. I think a fair price, but still way beyond my current hopes and dreams. The '18 had VERY wrong fenders, and a bad paint job, but otherwise looked pretty nice.
  11. It could of course have been from any of a couple dozen other cars of the 1930s.
  12. Hey there Chris B! Pull the shifter top and look at the gears. IF the gears are straight cut (square?)? The transmission will be fairly early, on the order of before 1935. Square cut gears were disappearing quickly by 1930. Helical cut gears had been around since the 1890s, however did not become common on American automobiles until the late '20s. From the look of it, the long housing and tail shaft, I would guess it to be 1930s. It could be General Motors, although nothing I have seen looks quite like that. The clutch spline has a GM look to it, as does the throw-out bearing. Chevrolet
  13. Peter G et al, Just curious about a tread being moved. Most moves I have noticed were obvious to me, and made a lot of sense. The title of this one sounds like it would belong in the "What Is It?" category, however the content to my thinking really does not. Matt H knew what it was. He was not looking for an identification. He was using the title as a teaser, and the thread to stir interest in his new acquisition. The discussion that followed is very marque oriented, and I thought interesting and entertaining. It seems to me that the "General Discussion" is where it re
  14. It could be easily adapted to any of many roadsters of the '10s or '20s! Good tops are getting harder to find, and very rarely can they be truly identified. Dimensions would help a lot to find if it is a close fit for a roadster missing its top. This top appears to have "oval" sockets. Ford used oval sockets up though part of 1918 if I recall correctly. In 1918 they switched to "square" sockets for the rest of model T production. However Ford also used "two-man" tops in USA production through 1922. This is a "one-man" style top. There could be a slim chance it might be a Canadian For
  15. I know that there were some companies that did offer natural finished wood spoke wheels throughout the early decades of the automobile. I don't offhand recall any specifics, but have over the years run into a few mentions in original sales literature. I also know and have seen advertisements for after-market demountable wheels (Firestone for certain!) as early as 1915 for Ford's model T. Often, in original era photographs, the wheels can be so dirty from the mud roads that what finish they had can be really tough to figure. I have seen a few, not many era photos from the early 1900s up u
  16. Terry B is right on the model T Fords. And me personally, I love the look of black painted wheels! Or blue, green or red IF the car is early enough to have had that originally. Oh so many people love their "natural" varnished wheels on their model Ts. Whatever. However, as a person that is really passionate about the history of our cars, I have been studying it since I was in middle school (quite a few years ago!). About fifty years ago, this was a popular discussion at model T club meetings. This discussion went off and on for a couple years. A couple of club members that were into
  17. My opinion? Wolf whistles belong on jalopies in the 1940s. Not on any car representing any era before WW2, let alone an exquisite and classy automobile. But that is just my opinion.
  18. First item on the "to do" list? Get rid of that whistle on the intake manifold! Except for the paint, condition and color, and the different magneto? It looks a lot like the one I was looking at about thirty years ago.
  19. You don't want to get me started on modern technology! A "techno-phobe"? I am NOT! However, after working with it with real engineers for a good number of years, I got sick of the bad designs and marketing that took over the industry. Ed, That gasoline tank looks beautiful! Funny how some of us crazies think of beauty? I was really hoping it would turn out better than your expectations. Although having worked with a few very old gasoline tanks over the years, I know that one should not count on them being really nice inside!
  20. Andre' the giant?! You got me! I saw a talk show on television about thirty to thirty-five years ago. Andre' was there, chatting with the host as Andre', not the persona he played so often in his career. I found him quite charming and interesting being himself.
  21. Criminy! I wish I could see his and my dad's hands side by side. My dad (gone about fifteen years now) was six foot four (he liked to say five foot sixteen),and had the biggest hands I ever saw! He liked to play the piano, but had trouble because his fingers were as wide as the keys!
  22. Now nobody will "get" my joke. The original title was simply "dipstick". I thought someone was calling out to me. All kidding aside Peter G, thank you for riding herd over us crazies! A lot of your title changes do help.
  23. Rusty beat my post by less than a minute. My plan was to not mention the name. However I will tell just a bit more about the car I saw. The car I saw was said to be a 1925, and one of the last in the line. It was surprisingly small for a towncar/limousine, probably very practical for a crowded big city. It has been long enough now that I don't know if it had a folding landau top or not. The car was in very nice original condition. The paint was claimed to be the original, and very well may have been. The paint was very nice overall, with good color and still some shine to it. However in t
  24. I know what it is. I looked at one for sale here in Califunny about thirty years ago. The one I saw was painted "--"Green.
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