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  1. Thanks. My first thought was that the "Job Number" of 50-656 might have meant is was from 1950.
  2. Hello everyone. I found an old De Soto data plate/vin tag/not sure what to call it and was hoping one of the experts here might be able to help me decode it so I will know what kind of De Soto it came from. It is rectangular measuring almost 5 inches wide by 3 inches high, is made of aluminum, is painted black on the front, and has 7 lines of raised text and numbers: Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Thanks! DE SOTO MOTOR CORP. DETROIT MICHIGAN CORRESPONDENCE PERTAINING TO THE BODY MUST BEAR THESE NUMBERS S32T-7657 808-565 JOB No 50-656
  3. This is not a new thing in non-profit clubs and organizations and even small town governments. it can be either a hostile take over with bad or even criminal intent, or just a meandering due to apathy. This is one of the soft spots in democratic structures of such organizations where elected boards of directors or city councils or such are given very strong powers to make decisions and changes in charters or other underlying governing rules/bylaws/laws/etc. A group of people with harmful intent and cleverness can identify such organizations that have largely apathetic memberships or citizen
  4. There were a great many "after market" hood ornaments made and sold. These were ornaments that did not come with the car as an original part, but instead were made by companies that sold them to car owners who wanted a hood ornament for a car that either did not come with one or where the car owner wanted something different from what came with the car. It is the same situation today were companies make all kinds of parts for owners to buy to "customize" their cars to their personal taste.
  5. Collectors of hood ornaments, or tools, or data plates, or emblems, or horn buttons or whatever are doing the hobby a seriously good service. Typically these are the kinds of artifacts would otherwise get tossed in the trash over the years since there are far more of these kinds of things than there are car owners who are restoring a given model. Also, collectors of such things are often the source for companies who want to reproduce such an object from an original when there are no others known. And many such collectors are more than happy to help out someone doing a restoration by trading or
  6. How do you know it is from a WW I truck as opposed to any other truck or vehicle of the day? I see that the lens shows a patent date of 1914 but that was before the US even thought of entering the war (late 1917) and before there was much of a build up in the Army buying equipment (1918). Also, I do not see any military markings on it which I would expect to see given the penchant for the Army marking pretty much everything to show it belonged to them and to deter things from walking away.
  7. If you can get some good closeups of the instruments, both the front and the dataplates on the back I might be able to narrow down the year they were made. Also, try shining a light obliquely across the dials and look really, really closely. Sometimes they have their data printed in black ink on top of the black face of the gauge - near the middle area. As you mention, these kinds of gauges were pretty much one size fits most aircraft of the late 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and even more recently. In the meantime, when doing research I encourage you to use Occam's razor - - - when you have sev
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