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  1. Thanks for posting the photos of the Russell I was fortunate enough to have Vern give me a ride in it not long before left us. Just a wonderful car. It had been mentioned earlier the Russell cars were built by the CCM company, the Canadian Cycle Manufacturing company, which later went on to make all kinds of sports equipment so when I see CCM on the front of a hockey helmet while watching the Stanley Cup playoffs it always reminds me of that ride with Vern in his Russell.
  2. I had forgotten about the Model N which the Nanaimo club is the caretaker of. I never knew about the Mitchell I wonder what became of it.
  3. Mrs Frenchs Detroit Electric was another car from the Phil Foster collection later became the Wellburns. Vern told me they donated it and the Lafrance to the Cloverdale museum. When the museum closed the original battery charger to the car went missing and the car went to the care of the electric car club. Vern was just disgusted that the museum people lost that battery charger. A list of the Phil Foster/Wellburn cars: 1904 Holley 1910 Russell 1911 Stanley 1912 Detroit 1913 Lafrance can anyone help add to it I think there was more?
  4. Beautiful Oakland! Thanks for sharing, it’s nice to see some of Jimmy Blackstaff’s talents on display. He was a friend and mentor and was an absolute master at turning what most would consider absolute junk back into flawless art. A very skilled man who had a quiet demeanour and let his work speak for him. He restored literally hundreds of items in his short 57 years from steam tractors, engines, full size and model locomotives, cars, fire trucks, the guy never stopped. Hard to say just how many cars he did for members of the VCC, they never really kept track. He left an amazing legacy be
  5. Unrestored 1913 Lafrance originally bought new by the city of Nanaimo BC, they bought two of them and both survive though the other one has been restored. This truck still runs on the original tires and fabric radiator hoses. Formerly of the Phil Foster collection which I believe was purchased in its entirety by Gerry and Vern Wellburn around 1962. It remains in a private collection on the island.
  6. Western Canada of course was originally under the British Empire the capital of B.C. was originally New Westminster then moved to Victoria, both of these very British sounding names, one can imagine how much influence Great Britain had on the early development. Many British settlers initially brought their customs and social status to the west, creating businesses that would import British goods to their towns and growing cities. Hence the early adoption of right hand drive vehicles and many Agencies or dealerships of cars and products built in England. The city of Victoria is on an i
  7. Wow! Amazing car. What a beauty! Thanks for sharing. It’s nice when cars like these find the right caretaker like yourself.
  8. My vote would be for the 1905 Fiat 60hp. It had automatic spark advance ignition decades before most others.
  9. I couldn’t agree more. Well done. The only ones who really care about the value are ex wives and people waiting for an inheritance.
  10. They are a potential fire hazard. If the float bowl ever spills over the fuel goes straight down to the filter which will absorb gas. Being right beside the exhaust down pipe from the manifold they have been known to catch fire, and with the fuel tank right above it things can get exciting in a hurry. I’ve never thought that a little dirt reduction to the engine was worth the risk of losing the car to a fire.
  11. Congrats! That’s in very nice shape, perfect size project to enjoy and improve the mechanicals as you go. Nice to see it’s getting a new lease on life so others can see it being enjoyed.
  12. There is one at the museum in Winthrop, Washington. What a cool place with lots of nice original condition artifacts.
  13. I’m probably going to get a lot of flak for this comment but my experience has been that most baby boomers rate wealth as a major indication of success. I’m 44 and own 6 vehicles that I consider fall into the collector car category, one I inherited but the rest I have put my own hard work and as little money as possible to bring back to life, they aren’t blue ribbon cars but very presentable. I have a 66 F250 4x4 that I bought out of southern Oregon in 2008 for $4000, a very solid truck that I repainted and made look nice, bought a parts truck and chose the best parts of each and
  14. Found some pictures on another forum of a 28 Pontiac truck
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