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  1. That’s a very rare truck. I’ve only ever seen a period photo of one configured that way. I’ve had an AA and a BB in the past, there’s a Model AA club and forum with good people and information on the big iron. Seems the BBs with the V8 are more desirable for obvious reasons, and a warford overdrive and the 5.17 high speed rear will push the price and desirability up if equipped. Those rear fenders are super rare. Really nice truck you have there, my guestimate price range would be 8-12K as it sits. These trucks are slow so that diminishes the number of guys who want one, and the nicer you
  2. It’s on the cusp of fitting into the prewar category of this great thread you started but it’s such a gem I had to share it. The chassis was completed in 1940 and remarkably it was all done during wartime years. It originally had a flathead but was upgraded to a 289 and a new paint scheme from the original white and blue in the 60s. People often remark that it looks like a Volkswagen, which I don’t agree with but I suppose there is some resemblance. This predates the arrival of the first VW in Canada by more than a decade. It must have really been something to see back in the day
  3. This is is the Spirit of Tomorrow, built in Victoria BC in the early 40s by Barney Oldfield. His wind tunnel was a creek behind his shop where he whittled a wood block into the shape he desired and held it in the current of the river noting the drag on a spring scale and how the water flowed around it. When he settled on a shape he extrapolated the dimensions full scale and hand crafted the aluminum body. Powered by a rear engine Ford V8. The car is still in the original family’s care and the shop on West Saanich Rd where it was designed and built still stands.
  4. I was fortunate enough to get to meet Jeff Mahl a few years ago, he is George Schuster’s grandson. He knows the story of the Thomas better than anybody. It was great to hear first hand how Bill Harrah tried relentlessly to convince his grandfather to accept his all expenses paid visit to come to Harrahs shop to authenticate the car. I guess George Schuster was in disbelief that it was the same car. Finally Harrah was able to convince Schuster, in his 90s at the time to visit the car. Underneath one of the seat bases was some initials of a Thomas factory worker that Schuster recognized (
  5. This photo just surfaced on Facebook today so I thought I’d share it here. A 1915 photo of both of the Nanaimo Fire Department 1913 American LaFrance chemical trucks and the Chief’s car at the foot of Nicol St. in front of the Firehouse building which survives today as the Firehouse restaurant. Another shot of the unrestored #1 truck at the 2009 Duncan Truck show held at the Forest Museum which former owner of this truck, Gerry Wellburn created by donating his collection of steam locomotives and logging equipment to the province of B.C. The #2 truck has been restored and is
  6. So similar to the Zust that Buck Rodgers discovered. Arguably his most important find. I wonder if he had the Zust at the time he took these pictures of the Fiat, perhaps to see in person the missing parts in hopes of copying them. I don’t believe this Fiat would be the same one as the one which was at the Lemay as it was from what I understand the Anhauser Busch car. Unfortunately I never got down there in time to view it and I believe it has gone back to Europe now after the auction a few years ago. Were you able to get Buck’s personal photo collection? You sure have posted some
  7. Thanks for posting the stories behind these cars. To me the stories attached to the artifacts are as exciting as the exhibits themselves. Yes Jim Morley did a beautiful job on the ‘14 Cadillac and it was interesting to learn it had been a taxi at one time. If I recall correctly Dave’s 1910 REO was a Canadian built car? I like that he left the front axle unpainted so everybody can see it in all it’s bronze glory.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. Wow! Amazing car. What a beauty! Thanks for sharing. It’s nice when cars like these find the right caretaker like yourself.
  15. My vote would be for the 1905 Fiat 60hp. It had automatic spark advance ignition decades before most others.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. There is one at the museum in Winthrop, Washington. What a cool place with lots of nice original condition artifacts.
  20. 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
  21. Found some pictures on another forum of a 28 Pontiac truck
  22. Pontiac did build it’s own truck for one or two years 1927-28, but I have no idea if they were manufactured in USA or Canada or both. A friend of mine on Vancouver Island has one if anyone out there is looking for parts to restore theirs we would like to find someone who can use it.
  23. Give some more details here, I don’t want people thinking it’s a good idea to sand base coat because it is not. Base coat is so thin and flashes so fast you would have to be the worst painter in the world to get it to orange peel and run. If you screw up, yes it can be sanded and reapplied but if you’re sanding between clear you’re taking a big gamble on having a sand through on a product that doesn’t have much mil thickness. If you pulled it off, all I can say is: 1: you were lucky 2: get a better spray gun and practice so you don’t get runs If you’re talking clear over a single stage
  24. Seems like a perfect opportunity to teach yourself how to do it. Autobody101 is a forum that helped me answer a few questions and YouTube has all kinds of helpful stuff, there’s an Aussie that calls himself The Gunman who has some excellent videos. Its very rewarding to accomplish your own paint and body work, all it takes is time.
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