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  1. Thanks Greg! I bought a couple of the photos and they have great detail. Does anyone know how the 1913ish Cadillac clutch throwout bearing was arranged? You have to pull on the clutch to disengage it. I'd rather not re-invent the clutch!
  2. Thanks Greg. I appreciate your thoughts on this project. I went to my folks' house tonight and took some more pics. The current wood subframe is indeed higher than the original frame. Dad's got a lot of goodies for it. He has a couple sets of pedals and hopefully we can make something work. The steering needs to be moved over as well, to match the 1913 Cadillac RHD column. Not sure how we're going to do that yet. Oh, and apparently there's just Model T frame rails laying in the leaves over there. Oh yeah, Dad's got a sweet brass searchlight for it too!
  3. I'll thank you for my dad. He's a former national president of the Horseless Carriage Club of America, so he's pretty into it! He's Jim Boyden. Some of you might know him. He lives in the Bay Area. Thanks Bud! I'll take a look. I *think* the engine is going to be used as is, at least initially. It looks like it's in great shape, and as mentioned it was powering a large touring car. I found some more pictures... Does anyone know a good way to build frame mounts for the engine and transmission, so that they look period/factory correct?
  4. The diff is a Timken, and yes it's 5 to 1. Does anyone have any suggestions on who could make a ring gear and pinion for something like this? Dad has always done restorations, so this is a little uncharted for us. The engine should have great power. Dad bought it from someone on the East Coast who had it in a large touring car. Will do. The big question right now is how to do the clutch and steering linkage. We're attempting to make it right hand drive. Dad has a Model A right hand drive steering column we might use. I agree! The stars just kinda aligned when he rescued the chassis and got a screaming deal on the engine. It really is a nice engine. It should be a beast in the fenderless speedster. I hope we can make good progress on it and get it done. Dad's really working on a '35 Ford Phaeton this year so I'll see what I can get done. He's running out of cars to restore, so it'll get done at some point. He's restored a '10 T Touring, '24 T Sedan, '32 B Woodie Wagon, and '32 B 5 Window. He's also got a restored '39 Convertible Sedan, and the only non-Ford- a 1913 Oakland Touring, a mostly unrestored driver. If anyone has any pics or suggestions of how to do the clutch linkage on a cone style clutch like this, I'm all ears! PS- Here's a shot of me driving the '10 T since everyone loves pics. It had been converted to a pickup and dad bought it from Bill Harrah.
  5. Guys, I'm new to the forum, and have a speedster project with my dad. He's not making any progress on the car so I offered to help. It's not going to be easy, but it should turn out to be a gorgeous racer. The base of the project is a "field find" 1912 Century Electric chassis that dad bought for 25 dollars about fifteen years ago now. As you can see it's underslung which should be a great chassis for a speedster. He found a nice Wisconsin T head engine, a Cadillac clutch, and a buick transmission. What will make it tricky is we're trying to make it a right hand drive. Anyway, here's the obligatory pics. Andy
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