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  1. For whatever it is worth. For wooden spoke wheels, the common steel felloe types used during the '20s. I have put cut-to-fit pieces of water pipe on the lug bolts to balance wheels. These pieces are placed on the lug bolts inside the steel felloe, out of sight and out of mind. With only four or five (depending upon the car and wheel) places for the bolts to hold the pipe pieces, balancing gets a bit tricky. However, a larger weight on one bolt, with a smaller weight on an adjacent bolt, shifts the weight point to an area between the bolts. I fit them snug so they don't rattle. And they work fi
  2. Could these have been cut down? Maybe during the war to accept a tire size that was available? I know that snap ring rims were used on light trucks in a variety of sizes throughout the late '30s through the '60s. Many years ago my dad had a '51 Chevy 3/4 ton pickup with the unusual size of 15 inch snap ring rims on it. (I was changing tires on those by myself when I was twelve!) He later had a '68 Chevy pickup with 16 inch snap ring wheels. I had a '65 Ford pickup also with 16 inch snap ring wheels for seventeen years (put half a million miles on it running systems service work!). And I have s
  3. That is one of the reasons that I don't like driving other people's cars very much. One very close friend, many years ago, he and I went so many places together, sometimes in my car, often in his (he had a better car than I had!), I would end up driving his when/if he got tired. I have driven quite a few other people's antiques over the years, usually when a second driver was needed, or a second opinion of a mechanical issue. And sometimes just to get the feel of some wonderful car! However, over the ears, I have turned down many opportunities to drive even some incredible cars! I know, if it
  4. Model T Fords are easy to drive. They along with many other planetary transmission cars were meant to be driven by people that had never ever before driven an automobile. What I have told people when teaching them to drive a model T is to remember back to when they were seven years old. You knew daddy turned the steering wheel, but you really had no idea how the car reacted to that motion. And daddy pushed pedals with his feet, and pushed or pulled a lever to change the speeds, but you didn't know what any of that really did! A model T is easy, but it is really different than what anyone that
  5. It would be a shame to let that Chevy go. I have known of several "totaled" cars restored after nasty accidents. Often, most of the parts are easier to freshen up than than it is to restore usual rusty and bent stuff. Generally, the "impact" zones are much worse, and may require more work to straighten distorted metal than many restorers are willing to do. If those items are available? Replacing them is the way to go. Sometimes, the "domino" effect comes into play. It isn't the parts directly hit in the collision that are the real trouble. It is the twisted frame that broke the clutch ho
  6. There were so many! Morton & Brett built several models, some very close to that including the slanted louvres. Some were marketed under other names including Speedway and Race-way. I seem to recall a Bub body that was similar to this one also? It likely is an after-market body on model T chassis. I can't be certain about it being a model T as so little of the chassis shows, but I 'think' I can see the flywheel sump peeking out from under the side apron? Several companies offered steel disk wheels for Fords and other small and mid-size cars. One is remarkable as having three bol
  7. I think I remember seeing that "project" advertised someplace? The pictures and description all looks familiar. Since a longtime good friend owns one of the best 1907 Thomas Flyers in the world, I tend to notice such things. I am one of the people in the world that can honestly say I have ridden in a 1907 Thomas Flyer! Just not THE 1907 Thomas Flyer. I remember when I saw the ad, I wasn't very impressed by it.
  8. It sounds as if you may have had some experience in these matters as well? Somehow, I have had to deal with several people in my life that had Asperger's. My experiences with my dad prepared me well to do so.
  9. I am really enjoying this thread! Thank you Bob in Virginia. I cannot recall ever seeing an American Underslung on a tour, or running anywhere. I have seen a few of them in museums. I did come close to buying a Regal Underslung almost fifty years ago. It was actually a pile of parts from two cars (the seller said it was 1909, but even then I knew it was later than that). One of the original cars had been a roadster, the other a small touring car. A lot was missing, but between the two, one car could probably have been resurrected. I didn't have much money in those days (probably actually
  10. I had a 1929 Reo Flying Cloud Master semi-sport coupe as my first running antique car. I even drove it to high school. It was a wonderful driving car. For a mid priced car of the era, it was fairly powerful and fast. However, I came to realize that 1929 was just a bit too modern for my interests, so I sold it a few years later and got a 1925 Studebaker. It also was a wonderful car to drive. And just a bit earlier styling. I think the OP car is a '27.
  11. It sounds as though he may have Asperger's. It is an autistic spectrum disorder. Asperger's has only been seriously studied and diagnosed for a bit over thirty years now. It is very likely that my dad had Asperger's, but was never diagnosed. Asperger's tend to be very socially awkward, not understanding boundaries, or social norms. Asperger's very often don't know the difference between being cute or funny, and being downright rude. Asperger's generally tend to be highly intelligent, sometimes even genius level IQs. And very often they can be very kind and helpful (if you can deal with their c
  12. I have always said that I would rather have the worst car on a club tour, than the best car in a garage. Been too long now, but I used to have other people drive some of my cars. Although I tend to be too nervous to allow them to take it for very long without me. I have always encouraged kids to sit in them. I also tell them that it is only to be done when the car's owner says it is alright, never without permission.
  13. One of my (for lack of a better phrase?) bucket list things has always been to buy a pre-1930 car two to three thousand miles from home and fly out to drive it back! I would have expected enough problems, no silly illusions there. However, all that would have been part of the adventure. A bit over fifteen years ago, my eldest son bought a 1984 AMC Eagle station wagon that was located in Florida. At the time, we lived near one of the Western most points in the 48 states. We were one mile from the Western most bar (drinking establishment) in the 48 states. Rob wanted someone to ride along a
  14. BobinVIrginia, Yes, like all things to do with human beings. There are good people and bad people everywhere. Over the years, I have met a good number of very good machinists. Some could fix or make almost anything, and do a beautiful job of it. Others, NOTHING on an antique engine is anywhere near good enough to try and use it. EVERYTHING had to be completely re-machined to modern tight tolerances, and surface finished to .001 inch. When done, it not only looks nothing like it originally did? They cannot get it to run for even a minute before the pistons seize up. I have seen model T engines
  15. I have heard and personally seen so many horror stories about modern shops and craftsmen (?) and machinists working on antiques. I took an adult education course (three semesters!) in machine shop about fifty years ago so I could make some parts for one of my cars. The side benefit to me was that it gave me an insight to the mind of the modern machinist! That insight also carries over into people rebuilding modern high performance cars. As a group, they generally have an arrogant belief that people a hundred years ago didn't know anything about what they were doing. Therefore, the "modern mach
  16. Believe me. "Pixilated" IS what they are. Definition per Merriam Webster on line; Definition of pixilated 1: somewhat unbalanced mentally
  17. I don't know about "period correct"? But it would make a fantastic fantasy car! Personally, when I first looked at this listing last night, my first thought was I have heard of a few top-end custom sedan bodies that were removed and replaced by recreated open bodies. Somewhere, there MUST be a perfect custom sedan body that could be had for a fair price and put on an ideal replacement chassis?
  18. Marty Roth, Well, I guess you got an answer to your question! Seems a fair number of people are interested in talking about the cars. I don't have anything good to add myself, however, am enjoying reading other people's thoughts and remembrances of these cars! I do often like looking at pictures of their cars of the 1920s.
  19. Heights don't bother me. But structure is very important. A rock like in the picture above? Would be a tough judgement call. One of the towers I climbed more often than any other, was right at 150 feet. We engineered it. We installed it. We dug and poured the foundation. We set the guy wires/cables. It was straight and solid and firm under my feet. I could climb that thing and spend a whole day up there. The most scared I ever felt on a tower? No idea who put it there. On the side of a mountain, no foundation. The soil drift had caused the tower to lean a good fifteen degrees (feels a lot
  20. One of my long time best friends has for most of his adult life done the kind of work you do. That is one of the reasons I have been able to hang around some of the fantastic cars and major collectors that I have been able to, and have ridden in some of the best brass era cars in the world. He too has his own small collection of very good cars. It is a lot more fun when it is yours.
  21. Congratulations! A battle well fought, and a truly deserved win. Car looks proud to be out in the world again!
  22. I would be that fellow sitting on the rim of that canyon! I do like to think that I have a healthy respect for heights? Maybe? There are a lot of things I would not do because of heights and other situations. I don't have any real fear of heights (or small spaces either). I made most of my living doing communications systems contracting. Oh, it was dirty work, even had to dig trenches from time to time. However, I was also that guy a hundred or more feet above the ground on a steel tower installing or repairing antennas. Large and small, I climbed towers thousands of times, and still have my b
  23. That is a possibility, and one that I had never considered. It has been a long time since I did most of my reading on the subject. I know from a good internet friend that there were a couple important races run in 1907 that included Thomas Flyer automobiles. The most popular racing format in this country in 1907 was 24 hour endurance runs. Usually on mile or more oval tracks going around and around trying to rack up the most miles. There were actually a couple different formats in how the races were run, regardless, the Thomas cars performed very well in those races! Jeff Mahl, We
  24. The car is a 1914 Metz, and the official factory and sales model name for that IS "Speedster"! To drive another 'era correctness' bugaboo crazy, the original color for that car is orange! I have a project parts pile for a '13/'14 Metz that includes part of the radiator from that model, with good samples of the original paint. There have been several articles written and published about this very journey, and some are well worth reading. In 1914, the car was driven down one side of the Grand Canyon, crossed the river, and then driven back up the other side of the canyon. Try googling
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