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About capngrog

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    I enjoy both classic and modified (hot rods) cars. I'm lucky in that I enjoy doing all my own work, because I couldn't afford to pay someone else to do it for me!

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  1. I've neither seen nor heard about those cars, although the one shown looks very interesting. Can you give us a bit more information about these cars? For example, do they have gasoline engines or electric motors? Cheers, Grog
  2. I recently ordered some parts from Rock Auto, but one set was incorrect. I went to their on line site in an attempt to contact them, but could not find any contact information on their website. I think that from now on, I'll stick with folks like Summit who are easy to contact and are knowledgeable and courteous. NAPA is great, but their prices tend to be pretty high. Cheers, Grog
  3. The Snow Cruiser was developed for use in the Antarctic in the late 1930s, but, as mentioned by alsancle above, didn't work out so well and was abandoned in place. The thing was uncovered in 1958, but again disappeared under the snow soon thereafter. I guess it's still there ... somewhere. For more information, here's a link to the Wikipedia article on the Snow Cruiser: We don't have much snow here in Paisley, and that's the way I like it. Cheers, Grog
  4. Sure, feel free to contact me via the Private Message feature of this forum. If you send me a PM, just let me know in this thread (I check the threads out several times per day, but often fail to notice that I've received a PM). With that said, I think it is informative to post discussions on a thread instead of via PM. I also should mention that my knowledge of the horn doesn't go much beyond what I included in my above post. Cheers, Grog
  5. "Would you take a vacation driving around the country in this?" NO. I probably would have in my younger days. Cheers, Grog
  6. That horn is similar to one that I have which is a "Klaxon"™, manufactured by Remy Electric Co. of Anderson, Indiana. As I recall ( my recall isn't as reliable as it used to be) the "Klaxon" horn was originally manufactured in New Jersey, around 1910. The original manufacturer merged with, or was absorbed by Remy Electric Company, which became (through a merger) Delco-Remy around 1925 or so. The Delco-Remy "Klaxon" remained in production for many years and was produced in both electrically and hand-driven forms. As zepher pointed out above, it appears your horn is missing its housing or "cap". Except for the data plate riveted to the housing of my horn, the horn itself is unmarked, so I'm not sure how you would be able to definitely identify your horn without a housing. Regardless of who manufactured your horn, they are pretty cool and make quite a racket. Does yours work? My horn is 6V, but I've operated it a few times using a 12V battery. I need to provide some sort of resistor to drop voltage from 12V to 6V. I've considered using a ballast resistor, except that a ballast resistor isn't designed to handle much in the way of amperage. Anyone on this forum have suggestions? Cheers, Grog
  7. In my memory, people frequently referred to the large Cadillacs as boats. Well, I guess they were right. I believe that this worthy craft still operates out of the Lorelei Bar/Restaurant/Marina in "Islamodora" (Islamorada) in the Florida Keys. Cheers, Grog
  8. Not only is he a really smart guy with too much free time on his hands, he also has way too much stuff! Cheers, Grog
  9. Or ... not long enough! In any case, when commenting on such a ribald account as above, the term "too long" should be avoided. Perhaps something like "inordinate amount of time" or ... Cheers, Grog
  10. You can only hope to get what you have paid for, because we don't always get what we have paid for. Said a bit more accurately: "You pay for what you get". While the concept of "caveat emptor" prevails in the word's economies, that concept is meaningless when confronted by outright theft, fraud etc. as outlined in the Original Post of this Thread. As pointed out by Flackmaster and John S. above, one of the most effective ways of avoiding an unpleasant transaction is to only deal with reputable individuals or organizations. What's the worst crime that the driver of the transporter (described in the Original Post) could be charged with? Grand theft auto? Unfortunately, GTA is rarely vigorously prosecuted these days, and usually results in what amounts to a slap on the wrist of the perpetrator ... especially if the perpetrator is a juvenile. Fortunately or unfortunately, incompetence is not a crime, and I doubt that any charges could have been brought against the management of the trucking company. Of course there is the alternative remedy of civil litigation, but that's a whole 'nother kettle of eels. Be careful out there. Cheers, Grog
  11. I seem to recall from the deep dark recesses of the remains of my mind, that if one decorates one's vehicle with a business name etc., then it changes the insurance requirements. My information could be dated or I could be just flat out wrong. Does anyone on this thread know anything about this possible change in underwriting? Cheers, Grog
  12. The car owner describes his car as a "race car" yet says he drives it every day to and from work. He needs to leave for work a little earlier each morning so that he doesn't need a "race car" to make it to work on time. Race cars don't fare very well in daily street traffic, so maybe the problem will cure itself ... sooner than later. Cheers, Grog
  13. When does a re-build become closer to a scratch build? Cheers, Grog
  14. I was able to find the information that David wanted, but we corresponded via P.M. and email; consequently, the information, which I found to be very interesting, was not shared on this Forum. I found the requested article in the Aviation Week on line archives, but I had difficulty copying it in any usable form and finally ended up just transcribing the first few paragraphs of the article. In addition to text, the article itself contained several photographs and drawings of the workings of the Claudel carburetor. Below is what I've transcribed from the introduction to the article on the Claudel Carburetor, published in the May 15, 1920 edition of "Aviation and Aeronautical Engineering" - now "Aviation Week and Space Technology". I find it interesting that we are approaching the centennial of the article, which will be next Friday. "The Claudel Carburetor" "The Claudel carburetor, widely used in Europe for twenty years, is now made in America by the Claudel Carburetor Co., Long Island City, N.Y. This highly-perfected, plain-tube mixing device was designed by Charles Henri Claudel, the pioneer in the development of the plain-tube type of carburetor, who is recognized as the foremost European authority on carburetion. Records made by the Claudel carburetor in European racing before the war were both numerous and comprehensive, ninety-three first prizes being captured in 1913, in addition to the Indianapolis race and the breaking of all world's records on the Brooklands track in England. As a result, Claudel carburetors were employed extensively on the foremost Allied aviation engines from the beginning of the war in 1914 until the end. Among these were the Rolls-Royce, Sunbeam, Peugeot, Salmson, Hispano-Suiza and Renault. Claudel carburetors made the first round trip across the Atlantic from England to America on the Sunbeam engines of the British dirigible, R-34. They were also used on the Rolls-Royce engines of the Vickers-Vimy airplane which was the first plane to make a non stop flight across the Atlantic. The fact that this craft completed its long flight with one-third of its fuel unused is a striking commentary on the fuel-saving ability of the Claudel. Another record held by the Claudel carburetor is that for power and speed established by Sadi Lecointe, the famous French aviator who set a new world's speed record of 232 miles per hour. Americanized in Design The engineers of the Claudel Carburetor Co. have Americanized the European model of the Claudel to meet the particular requirements of engineering needs in this country. They have added several features demanded by the American motorist, such as a quick starting device and rapid acceleration with a cold engine. The Claudel Carburetor Early carbureting devices employed a spring-controlled air valve in an effort to secure the proper mixture balance throughout a wide range of engine speeds. In 1903 Charles Henri Claudel, of Paris, France, patented the first tube automatic compensating carburetor without the use of moving parts. His early principal of breaking up the gasoline by a swift current of air, making an emulsion inside the jet itself before delivery to the carburetor proper was original with him and has since been widely copied. The modern Claudel retains the same principal, refined and improved to vaporize the heavy fuel of today." Cheers, Grog
  15. Having been born in, and lived in Florida most of my life, I have to agree that Vermont Boy's advice about seeking out a "rural DMV" is good advice. I lived for many years in the Dade County (Miami) area, and I can tell you from experience, that involvement with that local DMV was anything but pleasant. I'm now in Lake County, and have found the local DMV experience to be a relative breath of fresh air. Before contacting your local DMV, you should study the applicable Florida Statutes as linked by Joe Padavano above. The site linked by Padgett for checking VINs is also very useful. Unlike some states, I think that, in Florida, you'll be able to get your titles without too much trouble ... unless there are some unusual circumstances regarding your vehicles. Good luck, and let us know how it works out. Cheers, Grog