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  1. Looks like the guy on the motorcycle is checking out the brand new 57 Ford. I can’t see any other 57 models in the photo but it appears the car on the other side of the bike is a 56 Merc. Or maybe the guy on the bike doesn’t notice the new Ford for what’s on the other side of it!
  2. My great grandfather worked at the McLaughlin plant in 1914. May have even had a hand in your car, who knows. The thing that bothers me most is that when push came to shove during WW2, it was the manufacturing plants in North America that retooled to build what was required at the time to defend our freedom. Without manufacturing plants, what are we going to do the next time the chips are down?
  3. If you get snow in your area you’re better off with a round top tent, they are more money but a stronger design and more or less self sheds the snow off, then it piles up along sides and helps to further strengthen it up and hold it down. There’s always gonna be that one blustery storm that hits in the middle of the night that could turn the whole thing into a pile of junk and damage what’s inside. Even with the best ones you’re rolling the dice.
  4. In Canada, November 11th is known as Rememberance Day. The Veterans who enlisted for all allied nations are certainly at the forefront of our mind today for the great sacrifices they made to provide the freedom we all enjoy today to live a lifestyle of our choice, many here who enjoy the preservation of old vehicles and machines. I just wanted to also note and thank all the men and women who weren’t technically veterans but did their part to ensure the allied forces were supported. The factory workers, the farmers and fishermen, the loggers and construction workers who might never have been on the front lines but did what was needed of them by their country when it needed them the most. I had my grandfathers roadster out today, thought a great reason to get it out for some exercise. He was 15 in 1941 and didn’t enlist, but he got a job working on the Alcan Highway which was completed in ‘42 to link Alaska by road to British Columbia and therefore the lower 48 states. He told me he learned how to oxy acetylene weld while working on the highway job, a skill he used later in the 60s when he restored the roadster. It was finished in 1967 and today turned 3195 miles since restoration.
  5. All that effort to create the look of a toy in full scale and they forgot about the red band tires! ?
  6. Interesting story. There have been comments made regarding why someone would create a forged registration in 1955? Is it possible that the 1955 dated document was actually forged in 1985, which by this time the car had more historical significance and value? Possibly it was a trick that a well connected collector car dealer had used successfully in the past to import vehicles that had no paperwork.
  7. Great idea. As long as the fan is on it’s own dedicated circuit and the fan doesn’t give up the ghost overnight. What a disaster it would be to have inflation problems during painting or drying processes. Anyone who’s painted before knows that no matter how prepared you think you are, there’s often something unforeseen that comes up during spraying and you end up scrambling trying to keep the job from going sideways.
  8. Thanks Peter. Beautiful car. I had thought Vern’s car wasn’t a sleeve valve engine but couldn’t recall for sure. I was fortunate to get a ride in it from Vern. Yes it will be great to see them both together. Cheers
  9. Is this the same 1910 Russell from the Wellburn collection? Or were there both Russells and Russell Knights made at the same time?
  10. I agree the JBL flip is a great little speaker for the price, my wife has one and always brings it in the old cars. Just to add a point that it does have an input jack so if you have an older MP3 player or iPod you can still use them. Apparently you can pair two of the flips together wirelessly but we’ve found that one does a fine job of covering up road noise with music.
  11. Long shot here but since we’re on the topic of Victoria cars, is there anyone out there that remembers a 62 Lincoln Convertible in town. Originally White with beige interior then painted light green metallic. Supposedly it was bought new by an NHL hockey player but the guy I bought the car from 9 years ago didn’t have much history on it. I’m not even sure if it was sold new in Victoria or not but would love to hear from someone who remembers the car.
  12. I had the great fortune of working with Vern when we replaced the engine in the Stanley about 8 years ago. He was a walking encyclopedia of history on so many topics from early automobiles to logging (Wellburn Timber bought the first Stihl chainsaw used on the BC coast in 1938). I really miss hearing Vern’s stories at the local events, he was quite a guy and a great ambassador to the hobby, giving countless people rides in the Stanley, getting their first “bite” by the steam bug. Glad the car went to a home where it’s used and loved as much as Vern did. It’s a very special car.
  13. Vancouver Island has an abundance of collector cars and Victoria has always had a reputation for uncovering some low mileage gems that have been tucked away for years. One of BC’s pioneer car collectors lived in Victoria, Phil Foster who ran Speedway Motors on Douglas. In the 50s he saved a great deal of significant local cars that survive today after he took ill and the collection was sold to Gerry and Vern Wellburn of Duncan BC. The collection was broken up eventually but many of the vehicles are still around Vancouver Island and Vancouver. Some of the vehicles from the Foster/Wellburn collection that are still around are 1899 Locomobile 1902 Holley 1907 Ford Model N 1910 Russell 1911 Stanley (owned by the Butchart family) 1912 Detroit Electric (which was stored in the basement of the Empress Hotel for decades until the 50s) 1912 Ford Model T (on display in the BC Provincial Museum) 1913 American Lafrance (the oldest known fire truck in unrestored running condition)
  14. I have nothing but praise for the pertronix units and have one in each of my 60s Fords, one of them has been installed for over 10 years now. I think your problem could be a vacuum leak or too high of a float level causing dripping from the discharge boosters. Is it also hard starting after sitting for a few minutes after shutdown? Once warmed up, a 60s Ford in good tune should fire up after sitting for a half hour without having to touch the throttle. Run the car then shut it off and remove air cleaner lid and look down primary barrels with a flashlight to check for fuel dripping. This will indicate a high float level and cause poor atomization and stumbling.
  15. Not to take anything away from George Shuster and his team but it’s a known fact that they stopped in Buffalo to change the front axle to a different design so it wouldn’t drag so much snow. They were also permitted to travel through some railroad tunnels owned by American railroads but the foreign cars were not granted permission and had to go the hard way. National pride for all teams was huge at the time and there were acts of sabotage against the teams by proud patriots. One team discovered nails had been thrown into their gearbox through the oil fill hole when their car was unattended. All three cars that completed were winners. But it was the men who coaxed them around the world and they were the real stars. All that being said, the Thomas was a very fine car and I think the best made car did indeed come in first.
  16. Great pictures! Emilio Sartori pictured in the Fiat was one of the drivers of the Zust in the 1908 Great Race.
  17. Interesting how the marine gear is driven off the front of the 430. The engine is backwards to how it would typically be mounted. Must have a unique intake manifold to angle the carburetor on the opposite angle to the automotive application. What a great boat!
  18. Perhaps you have a problem with your accelerator pump diaphragm or check ball. If the check ball gets stuck then a good portion of the gas squeezed out of the diaphragm goes right back to the float bowl rather than out the discharge nozzle. If you shut off the engine with a full float bowl it should last at least a week or two before evaporating, especially this time of year. I would suspect you should have enough fuel in the bowl after a few days of sitting unless it is leaking out, possibly down the intake. I’m presuming a 35 Buick isn’t updraft but I’m not sure.
  19. I have used SEM brand vinyl spray with good results. Like you say the key to it all is really how well you can prepare the surface. I used SEM vinyl cleaners and did several treatments. You probably will need to use a fairly stiff bristled brush like a nail cleaning brush depending on how coarse the grain of the vinyl is.
  20. I am lucky to have an understanding wife who likes old stuff so she doesn’t mind having my grandmothers old china cabinet in our living room which I have full of old tools. The adjustable wrench shown in the picture is an interesting design. Patent date is hard to read conclusively but the last 3 numbers are 7 9 7. Most likely 1897 manufactured, did they have the ability to make something like that in 1797? Looks to be forged. The pliers I have no idea what their purpose is but the patent date is quite clear on this one July 21 1803. The wrench set has special value to me because they were given to me by a great guy that I had the great fortune to make friends with. They are Canadian made Gray brand that he bought new in 1936 when he was just a young guy starting out in the logging industry in Lake Cowichan, BC. They are in their original canvas pouch. The tools are great but the story behind each one is what makes them special.
  21. I just wanted to post this link for the benefit of others here who may not have discovered this great restoration video series on YouTube. It is presented by a fellow in Colorado who runs a high end restoration shop that specializes in the full classics. It is such a breath of fresh air to watch car videos without the nonsense drama and garbage that has become the norm on the television programs. Thankfully there is Leno’s YouTube channel and now this one which I feel will be a new favourite for many guys here. https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCB8k4TQZjTrStSiFk7g54Qg
  22. In my opinion the three cars that finished that event were all winners. It was the determination of the crewmen of each team that got the cars around the world. Against impossible odds really. The Thomas was permitted to travel through some railroad tunnels in the Rockies while the other teams had to go the hard way. There was a case of sabotage to one of the foreign cars while the team were asleep. Simply a case of someone trying to be patriotic and give their countrymen an edge towards victory, but the Italian team had trouble with their transaxle and took the top cover off to discover a handful of nails had been thrown inside. The team lost several days waiting for replacement gears. At many of the overnight stops, the local Germans, French or Italians had welcomed their respective teams with a patriotic celebration that would often carry on into the early hours with plenty of booze and the poor guys would have to get up early to hit the road again. And the next night repeat the celebrations. In a small village in Siberia the Italian Zust car passed by a horse and carriage which got spooked and tragically a small child was killed. The crew members were imprisoned for several days. Pretty hard to win a race when you’re behind bars and can’t speak the language. It was really an endurance test of the men as much as the machines.
  23. Those wheels are very much in demand with the traditional style hot rod crowd. You should have no problem getting a good buck for them. Most often seen on 28-34 Ford Hot rods nowadays.
  24. I believe it’s 12 sided. The posts are steel, most likely old boiler tubes, the beams are solid Douglas Fir about 6x18. It’s nice having just the one door, allows for better insulation of the building and more wall space for displays.
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