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  1. Links to the Eagle and Black Point: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Eagle_Boat_56 http://www.usmm.org/blackpoint.html
  2. The rooftop watchers were very much in evidence in the hills of central Maine during WW2, my hometown historical society has logs and ID posters from the period. The program was reinstated at the start of the Korean conflict and was somewhat active in the early cold war years. The sub Mr Puleo is referring to caused a considerable amount of mischief, sinking the USS Eagle PC56 and a few days later the SS Black Point. I sailed with the son of one of the surviving crewmembers of the Eagle, the wreck of which was finally located a few years ago. The Captain of the SS
  3. FWIW, some of the questions on this thread are addressed in this book: "Race of the Century" by Julie M. Fenster, Crown Publishers, New York,2005. I found my copy at Abe Books.com a few years ago, pretty good read. There are quite alot of books out there on the subject. I get the feeling it was a publicity stunt to sell papers that took on a life of its own.
  4. You probably could increase your exposure quite a bit if you posted a inquiry on the Studebaker Drivers Club forum https://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/ The tool in the picture looks simple enough to copy if you had the measurements. If you happen to locate the tool, please post the measurements. Good luck Jim KB1MCV
  5. I suspect the microphone is probably generic aftermarket since the intercom systems (I think) were supplied by the body builder or dealers. It works on the same principal as a public address system, just at a reduced output to communicate with the driver. The mic looks very much like the crystal mics used by amateur radio operators of the period and still used to an extent today. There should be a power supply and a speaker system with the mic, do you have them?
  6. The naphtha engines I linked to are external combustion using vaporized naphtha as an expanding gas to drive the engine. After doing its work it is cooled back to a liquid and heated and vaporized once more, similar to the steam cycle. The heat used for vaporization is usually supplied by burning naphtha as well. I think there were internal combustion naphtha engine in use but thats not what I'm referring to here. There was just a small amount of irony in my statement about not understanding why the naphtha cycle didn't catch on. Remember, the steam gener
  7. I was thinking that the Lear steam bus was touted in the magazines as using a freon expansion engine. Steam is pretty scary stuff. Heres a link to an alternative, can't understand why it never became popular. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naphtha_launch
  8. Ed, maybe some cleaning supplies in the Tehran-bound box as well?
  9. To me it looks like a generic drum pump used to transfer any liquid, usually some kind of oil but not always. My first exposure to these pumps, I think was transfering the contents of twenty 55 gallon drums of Taro 440 lube oil into my ships L.O. tanks from the end of a dock in northern Norway in the dead of winter. It took a while. I think that was in 1969.
  10. Here's a small news flash- Theres a bunch of New York and New Jersey folks who seem to be coming the other way. The yellow-black NY plates are becoming much more common in Maine this summer. I'm not sure if they are visiting or settling, and the winter may discourage them, time will tell. We do live in interesting times.
  11. I think it is 'Spanley', great movie, it was on Netflix some years ago.
  12. https://forums.aaca.org/forum/2-buick/ It might be a good idea to ask some questions re installing an OD in your Buick over here, under Pre-war Technical. It should be doable but as stated above, the torque-tube drive makes it a challenge. There is lots of Buick specific information there. Good luck.
  13. 😄 "Does this bumper make my *** look big?"
  14. What is it that threads into the hole in the drive gear/shaft? Is there a spring-tensioned assembly against a bearing surface on the front cover to help control thrust generated by the helical drive gear? My first thought was the gear could be made separately but I don't think that would work. Interesting.
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