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  1. Didn't Tom McCahill write that Detroit advertising copywriters had a family of 'vertically handicapped' individuals for the manufactures to hire to make their cars look larger in advertising photos? Of course that doesn't apply to the OP photo.
  2. I like it. Personally, I don't mind the wind noise here, it doesn't seem excessive. I agree the horizontal camera axis would be more visually appealing. Overall a nice video.
  3. Hooven, Owens, Rentschler Co. I think they should have stuck with steam and coal-gas engines. They designed and built a series of compact, high output diesels for the Navy Department in the 1930s for use in the (then) new Fleet-type submarines which failed spectacular fashion when put into real wartime service conditions. They were referred to as HOR (get it?) engines in the fleet and some of the failure reports are hilarious. The HOR debacle was a shot in the arm for GM and Fairbanks-Morse diesels, however.
  4. I'm thinking thats on the museum's Lombard dump truck? First thought: sometime in the possibly distant past someone got a tad over-enthusiastic tightening the tracks and sometime later forgot where the grease gun was stowed. Just saw Terry's update with the cuts of the assembly. I was going to suggest looking at the other sprocket bearings but Terry beat me to it. The price of the bronze bearing stock may be the reason the babbit bearing is there. I'd call around to the heavy equipment shops locally, thats not a really large bearing in heavy machinery world and there may be a bearing on the shelf you could modify in your shop. Keep us posted, Terry.
  5. First visit to the Seaport was in Memorial Day weekend of 1962, it happened to coincide with what I would assume to be a Packard Club event, many teen to late twenties Packards, mostly open cars but a few formal cars, most of them un-restored as I recall. I try to get there for the Sea Music Festival, seem to manage it every five years or so. It was out honeymoon, which reminds me not to forget this coming Memorial Day weekend or I might be in a spot of trouble.
  6. Heres a link to an article in Workboat re the 9/11 attack about the evacuation of thousands of people from lower Manhattan that day by tugboat. I was engrossed in pulling a generator engine on an ocean tug in drydock at a shipyard on Staten Island. There was an excellent view of the skyline from the after deck. Everyone has a story, don't they? https://www.workboat.com/coastal-inland-waterways/remembering-9/11-calling-all-boat--20-years-later?utm_source=marketo&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_content=newsletter&mkt_tok=NzU2LUZXSi0wNjEAAAF_bGn2csOasy6fg7PRvfLvzSoElyd0XdRYUvEbg1Wy0rFIfcW10PFE8RRuwpMOPfpSa11WZuah4FPs67L49rX4erAhxTPOisRtmVHeR_6oQPhw
  7. Lignum vitae is certainly worth a try. I'm assuming you have enough stock on hand to do the job, I have a feeling sourcing that particular wood may be problematic. I made a set of grips for a SA Colt revolver from Lingum vitae many years ago, difficult to work with hand tools. In 1974 I had to have the propeller shaft bearing replaced on one of the Bath-built Marshal Plan trawlers the company I worked for had re-repatriated from France. It was a machined bronze casting ~six feet long with channels machined to accept precut Lingum vitae sections about three inches wide and eight inches long and an inch or so thick and bored to fit the shaft. Worked fine and as far as I know still there. Unfortunately the trawler is on the bottom somewhere west of Kodiak Alaska.
  8. Seal Cove had one of these rectifier tubes on display with a Detroit Electric when I visited there last year. My WW2 vintage radio transmitter used in heavy aircraft is a Collins ART13 with a 900 to 1500 V variable power supply with a pair of (much smaller) mercury rectifier tubes which have a purple glow that modulate with voice peaks. Calling Dr. Frankenstien.
  9. To charge a bank of batteries the machine probably would need some kind of load regulation, full output to a bank of batteries could be exciting. My experience is with DC to AC converters is on ships with DC systems (Usually 120 or 240 DC) that required AC for modern electronics. By ~ 1962 most, probably all, newbuilds were 440 3ph AC.
  10. Just for the heck of it, reinstall the pump, plumb your shop water hose into the lower connection and direct the water from the upper connection into your (empty) drum. Start the water flow and when all the air is purged from the engine, run the engine and monitor the discharge water temperature. Lets see what the result of the experiment brings us. Have you verified the flow rate thru the radiator? I think you are close to success.
  11. Another (for what its worth) thing is that any centrifugal pump won't pump air, which I have found out several times to my chagrin. There could be an elusive air bubble in the system. Just tossing it out there.
  12. The Stanley Museum has been a stop for our chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club tours for two years. Glad you got to tour with the steamers, Terry.
  13. In the three min. 28 sec. test was the coolant at the upper radiator tank at 210 deg? If it wasn't then wouldn't that indicate a lack of circulation? My thermodynamics are rusty but it seems as if the BTUs to raise the coolant from 80 deg. ambient to 210 deg. in a three min. 28 seconds time span should be an impressive number. I'll be interested to hear the results of the radiator flow experiment.
  14. Heres video that will give you some answers to your questions and more... I usually recommend having a copy of Motors Manual (From Ebay or a used book dealer) for appropriate year of the car under consideration. The books are written with the DIY mechanic in mind. Good luck.
  15. Matt- I would be curious to see what the clearances between the gear and the cover or body of the oil pump are along with any shaft wear. Thats assuming the K engine has a positive displacement gear pump I've come to see as normal in automotive engines. Thanks for the update.
  16. Consider this a comment, not advise because my experience with this car is circa 1965 to ~ 1970. I THINK the starter has a gear reduction that may be failure prone which could jam and cause your overheated cables. But.. while the starter is off, be sure the engine is free to turn. You may be digging deeper. My '63 880 convertible was the same color with a white top and gave many years of service. One of my best cars. Good luck.
  17. Glad this museum survived the pandemic, I expected the (antique auto museum) casualty rate to be higher than it seems to have been so far. I visited ACM in 2019 when there were probably some 'teething pains' which appear to have been outgrown, glad to see it continue in existence.
  18. A good day indeed. Drove ~3+ hrs to visit the Maine Forestry and Logging Museum with my daughter, our first visit, hopefully not the last. Probably the largest collection of Lombard iron in the country. Recommend a visit if you are in the Bangor area. Jim Richardson
  19. Well, given the time period (1904), I would suspect that few or any of the club members would be classed as 'working joes' or blue collar workers. I can envision the Albany Automobile Club as a fairly exclusive operation with club meeting house and garages available and hefty membership dues and fees. Maybe most of the members autos were chauffeur driven and maintained? The disparity between face value of gold coins and the price of gold is probably why gold coins were recalled during the '30s, I think. Interesting letter, thanks for posting, Walt.
  20. In the early 1960's (before I started playing with boats) I worked for a NAPA jobber (wholesaler) serving garage and industrial accounts in the hills of central and western Maine. The company had two full-time outside salesmen who were supplied with leased station wagons equipped with commercial two-way radios and three branch stores all connected with each other and the moblle stations in the cars. The base station operated on ( I think) a commercial portion of the 80m band on channelized assigned frequencies and was quite short range but mostly really helped with customer service. AFAIK Ma Bell was not involved. The FCC was involved as I had to get a very limited operators license. As I recall the radios were dependable but I also recall some spectacular transmitter capacitor failures. I suspect this was the forerunner of the phone service the OP was referring to. NAPA at that time was an auto parts supplier to the wholesale jobbers and did not operate independent parts stores. The company I worked for had been a Reo truck and auto dealer in the thirties and was a Collins Radio distributor which probably explains the (relativity) early use of commercial mobile radio.
  21. Assuming it has Kettering (points, condenser, coil) ignition, it should be basically similar to the '30s era system, but I am not a Chevrolet guy. I think a lot is going to depend on the condition it was in when it was last run. Seems like theres some risk of damage in 'just starting it up'.
  22. Barney Pollard - https://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2011/06/barney-pollard-car-collection-over-half.html This may offer some insight on the government pressures on the heavyweight collectors during WW2. Interesting that Mr. Pollard and Mr. Ford clashed to some extent.
  23. Good for you being willing to jump into this very nice-looking project. Some things that would make life easier for you with the car: You may want to look for a mentor with early to mid fifties car experience, they won't need to be an expert. Maybe attending some local shows or even striking up a conversation with the owner of a car of the period. You also might do some digging on the net (even this forum) re waking an old car from storage. Its not rocket science. Something else that would help ground you in basic automotive repair and maintenance of the period is a copy of 'Motors Automotive Repair' which was targeted at the DIY-er of the period. They are usually available on Ebay or used book dealers. Also I'd recommend looking into Keith's Garage YouTube videos, very informative and Mopar targeted. Good luck.
  24. Years ago I relieved the Chief on a tanker which was built in 1934. Behind the main switchboard (it was a slate board, 240 DC power) were two boxes marked "Blown Fuses" and another marked "Burned Out Light Bulbs". ☺️ I asked the Chief when I saw him again what he was saving the fuses and bulbs for. The answer was, "Well, you never know...".
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