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wayne sheldon

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  1. That is wrong on SO many levels. Not the least of which is he is pulling at the wrong angle. Maximum pressure angle is slightly under 90 degrees from the wrench handle. ANY deviation off 90 degrees must pull/push the wrench onto the nut, NOT pull the wrench out from the nut. By the way. While the facts I gave are accurate? I am making a joke myself. I rarely claim to have a sense of humor.
  2. I did get a reply from my friend. He hasn't heard anything recently either. He did suggest calling the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento. However it sounds like you are on track to an answer anyway.
  3. This is one of the best hobby passions in the world! I am about as close to a financial nobody as anyone can get. Yet I have known as good friends, quite a few people with net worth in the hundreds of millions. They see me, and greet me, at tours and swap meets. I follow their quarter million dollar brass car on tours with my model T, and they treat me like an equal. I have sat and eaten at banquet tables with them, talked about the days events, and business in general. A very close friend, slightly better off in family and financially, had driven about fifty miles in his 1915 Buick to at
  4. I am afraid Al, that you may be looking for an elusive answer. I will send an email to a good friend that lives near that area, and used to be a museum director for his county before they decided to cutback and lose tens of thousands of dollars worth of artifacts rather than pay a salary to a qualified and passionate director. Typical bureaucratic mentality. I don't live far from there myself, but one thing or another, I never did get to visit that museum myself. I was quite displeased when I heard they were closing a few years ago, but was tied up with sick family. Frankly, I just haven'
  5. Well, the front axle and chain-drive rear axle are both manufactured items, not home made or blacksmith built. That coupled with the unusual suspension suggests that it (that much of it) was at one time a high wheel automobile. Pure speculation, the original engine likely failed as so many of those did, and was removed and lost. It is also possible that the motor was removed when only a few years old and used to pump water or power a saw or other farm machinery. Regardless, the chassis was allowed to sit out for many years until someone decided to make his "horseless carriage toy", putting in
  6. Must be some good story to those two pictures of all the White automobiles. Like so many things of the era, I am not an expert in military history of the Great War, although I have read quite a lot about it and have some amount of collectables from that war. What I find so interesting in these two pictures, are the uniforms and the 'dress' of the several dignitaries that can be seen around the cars. Top hats (remarkably tall ones at that!) and tails suggest some important dignitaries or activities. The uniforms suggest French officers, and not just the run of the mill new recruits for the then
  7. The second picture does appear to be a model T center-door sedan, but it has a couple unusual features. first, those are not Ford fenders. They are an early after-market offering supposedly to update the old Ford into a newer style car. Unfortunately, the edges of the fenders, and door, are blocking details to be more certain of the year of the car. The wheels are also after-market demountable rim wheels. This suggests that the car most likely would be 1918 or earlier. 1919 center-door sedans had demountable rim wheels as standard equipment (except for the earliest ones built in late 1918 beca
  8. Can better performance be gotten out of those early engines? Oh YEAH! Unfortunately, one of the big mistakes this hobby has made through the decades, was to do just that. Back in the '60s, throughout the '70s, and even in the '80s, a lot of horseless carriage crowd did just that. They raised compression. Enlarged valves. Light aluminum pistons, balanced crankshafts and improved oiling. And then they drove their cars faster. And they went up hills faster. And now a lot of those cars have bad crankcases, and blown cylinders. Cracks have formed where there weren't any thirty years ago.
  9. My dad entered high school during the war, so no real involvement there. However, an uncle, my mother's brother was a navigator on a mid-range bomber during the war, I think a B-29, but am not sure. I was always interested in history, and many times asked him about his service. However, like so many of that generation, he never wanted to talk about it. Fortunately for me, years later, and shortly before he passed away, one of his grandchildren got him to open up. She wrote about ten typewritten pages of stories and copied them to share with the family. The best story. As a navigato
  10. You (both) are correct! I have gone and edited my error. Thank you both for catching my misremembery. Terry B, Now, THAT is the reach I remember on my Metz engine!
  11. Deep reach plugs like that were also used on some Metz automobiles. The Metz may have actually used a slightly longer reach than this one. I don't have ready access to the details anymore. I know a couple people that would like to get some of them. Curious about the thread size. It appears to be a tapered pipe thread. Could it be a 1/2 inch pipe thread? That is what a lot of early cars used, including model T Fords and the Metz. The model T used a standard short reach plug, and not a long or deep reach like this one. Most Metz owners use model T plugs in their cars because the long reach
  12. I don't generally have much to add to this thread. However, I do wish to thank all, especially PFindlay, for all the wonderful remembrances and photographs they have shared here. The history of our hobby is important also. We owe a debt of gratitude to those that brought the hobby forward to us, and all the wonderful cars that they saved for us. Their area in Canada is far enough removed from where I have lived my life that I never really knew these people, or their cars. But reading about them reminds me of the many people I have known and/or met in those years long ago in my life. Seeing the
  13. The problem is that they do not stay together, it is now several threads below. So, I will copy and paste my post from that thread: Hard to tell. Better pictures of the front axle and steering would help. When the antique automobile and horseless carriage hobby was just beginning, in the mid 1930s, and on into about 1960, a lot of people just didn't 'get' what it was all about. What it was 'about', was preserving our automotive heritage by collecting, restoring, and driving real 'antique' automobiles. Many people that wanted to join in on the fun, decided to buil
  14. I wouldn't admit to that! It is funny! But I still wouldn't admit to it.
  15. See my answer in part one. It took me well over an hour to type as I got interrupted, again, and again.
  16. Hard to tell. Better pictures of the front axle and steering would help. When the antique automobile and horseless carriage hobby was just beginning, in the mid 1930s, and on into about 1960, a lot of people just didn't 'get' what it was all about. What it was 'about', was preserving our automotive heritage by collecting, restoring, and driving real 'antique' automobiles. Many people that wanted to join in on the fun, decided to build their own using old horse drawn carriages and whatever else they could scrounge up. It should seem odd to us today, that back in those decades, when so man
  17. This car is a six cylinder racer. The original 999 was built and wrecked and rebuilt and altered and sold and altered and altered. But it was always a four cylinder car, as was its twin, the 'Arrow'. Both cars seem to look different in almost every original era photo, and there is even some confusion over which car was which from time to time. Around 1906, Henry Ford started tinkering with a six cylinder idea, building this prototype engine and pushing the model K into production. I believe this may be that first Ford six cylinder car. It was at sometimes called the "new 999", so calling it th
  18. If it weren't for the garbage-for-gas we have today, fixing old gasoline tanks in marginal condition would be a piece of cake! I did several of them years ago and got many good years of service from them. In those days, minor pin holes and seam weepages could be remedied by any of several very good gasoline tank sealers. However, now, the alcohol in the 'gasoline' weakens and in many cases dissolves the sealants. Other and future alterations also cast additional chemical issues and doubts. Old repairs have gone bad, and new repairs aren't trusted because of the problems that continue. I think
  19. Saddened to hear about Phil being sick! However very pleased that the prognosis is good. Be easy on him. From what I hear about this nasty bug is that the real issues may well be the lingering aftereffects which seem to vary greatly from one person to another. I still don't personally know anyone that has had it, and hopefully it can stay that way. However it is having a resurgence around here. The numbers here have jumped up again, and officials are hinting at further lockdowns.
  20. Congratulations! I am pleased to see such progress! And glad it seems to be progressing well.
  21. ?????? What car are we discussing here? The OP photo car may or may not be a model T Ford chassis with an after-market speedster kit installed. But I am about 99 percent sure that it is not an Austin, English or otherwise. The overall styling indicates something around 1919 to 1925, and probably American, although it could be English or European. The side skirts obscure too much of the chassis to be sure, but I think it is a model T. The small amount of pan profile that can be seen is right (but open to other possibilities?), and I think I can barely make out the front of the brake rods a
  22. It was! I like to look through the 'for sale' stuff most days. '50s cars aren't my 'thing', but occasionally, I see one that I think "I wouldn't mind having that?" This was one I thought that about. Congratulations on a nice sore!
  23. When I was little, my great uncle and aunt had a Powell pickup. I never did get to see it outside the barn he kept in in, but loved to go out and look at it! I often wonder what ever became of the thing? It was so different, and odd, even to my seven year old eyes. I have always wanted one, but seen only a couple since his. (His was all red.)
  24. Oh please don't toss it! It may not have much value dollar-wise, but would be a great piece to show the ingenuity of American farmers during one of the most devastating financial eras in a hundred years. Many people would like to see that 'truck' restored to its former glory as a truck. And I do not think you should have any troubles finding a caretaker willing to pay a few dollars for it, and then cherish it for the role it played in history! Some fixing up would be in order. The missing fenders can be had, mid'20s Dodge parts are generally available, Running boards not much of a problem
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