Ben P.

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  1. Heard someone recently remark, “The older then vehicle - the nicer the people.” That fits my experience. I’ve never been to a tractor show, but 30 years ago I went to my first car show. Walked around and looked at each car - some guy stood back and said, “Studebaker — you’ll never own a CAR like that.” My mother, appalled, said, “Aren’t you going to tell him?” I just shrugged (It was my car). Good number of experiences like that over the years. Have come to the conclusion that all it takes to own a post-war car is a pile of money and a space in the garage. That’s it (more on this later). Then they want to go to a show and let people know how much $$$ their paint-job cost. Make the mistake of showing up with a pre-war car at a show dominated by post-war cars and they get p*ssed because that car draws all the people. I have no time for those people. Not to malign post-war people, but seriously, I owned that Stu for 30 years — the things it allowed me to get away with not knowing... I dropped the oil pan and changed the gaskets once. Never looked in there again. Sent the carb. out to be rebuilt when I first got it. When I got this (restored) 1918 and tangled with that Marvel carb. I kid you not - I had gasoline coming out the tail-pipe at one point. I called the guy I gave the Stu to and said, “Bob, go out and look at that carb. and tell me what the float is made of.” He called right back, “It’s brass!” In 30 years and I had never once seen that float! Never needed to. Just to keep a pre-war car on the road is much more a collaborative effort. Comes with the territory. First time I took it out it broke down. It was a game day so it took my brother a couple of hours to show up with the trailer - but you know every single person on the road that day stopped? Every single one. All the clunker cars I’ve owned over the years - no one stops. Not even the police. Got the impression that to these people it was like an alien had come and landed. Probably had more fun than had I actually gotten to where I was going.... (might not look like it, but that was one heck of a hill too⬇️ Carb. clucked like a hen - knew just what had happened.)
  2. Reason I ask is: There was a nice article on here re. testing the glass to see if it was plate glass or safety glass — something about sunlight and water drops. Tried it out and couldn’t make heads or tails of it. Not really anxious to ‘fix what ain’t broke’ and open that can of worms... But as I can’t tell....
  3. I see the windshield glass is out in the later pictures. Are you going to replace it with safety glass - or what are your plans with that?
  4. I watched the one video where you got into that... I had the assumption that the gear was supposed to be fiber and someone switched it out for steel in the past? Haven’t even seen mine yet - engine up in Lansing. I know someone who had a fiber gear shred apart though while driving - it was a catastrophic mess. Said the ‘reproductions’ available not really suitable and he spent 3 years looking for an original.
  5. Wait, what? They weren’t fiber before ‘24? The only thing my 1918 parts book says about the gears is they are “not sold separately”. Also, the illustration isn’t worth a... sneeze.
  6. Surely it’s because of the Weed bumper... Wonder if this guy invested in that Durant? (Seriously, whatever happened to that $75,000.00 Durant? Advertised in HMN for 5 straight years or something like that.)
  7. Gas mileage — and that it was super cheap in comparison with today is the biggest myth out there.... (sorry, I don’t know how to quote old posts - screenshot) Find actual gas prices printed in the 1920’s-40’s and check for yourself: With overdrive (which I never understood how it was tied in with FW until Grimy’s above post) my ‘52 Studebaker V-8 got 26mpg (it was a 3,500lb car). I never used FW. My last V-8 couldn’t do that....
  8. My first car was a post-war Studebaker. When I first got it an old man saw me with it and flagged me down. He said, “That’s got free wheeling. DO NOT EVER USE IT IF THE ROADS ARE THE SLIGHTEST BIT WET!” So of course I tried it. It was like being on a roller-skate with 4 wheels going different speeds. Never used it again. 30 years later I gave that car to a coworker. He called me one day, “You explained that free wheeling - but I forget, how do you turn it off?” I couldn’t remember so I drove out there. His house is at a strange 3-way intersection in the valley of very steep glacial sand hills. Pull in there and there was this deep trench that cut across his front yard - up to within 3 inches of his neighbor’s foundation - around back through the backyard - and up back around into his driveway. Looked just like an old one-blade horse plough had dropped and made a cut — grass roots folded right over. He had gotten the car running and took it out for a test run without first adjusting the brake pads. He had come down that hill, missed the stop sign - too fast to make a turn so he jumped the ditch and into his driveway. I don’t know how he missed the house. I thought, “Well gosh, I knew you sounded a little excited on the phone...” I think this was a day later. He was still so shook up he couldn’t tell the story standing still - kept walking in circles around the car. My new LaCrosse has something similar to free wheeling - all computer controlled. Gets 32mpg average. It also has a version of Studebaker’s old ‘hill holder’ which another company (Subaru?) brought back 10-15 yrs ago for one of their manual-transmission cars. The ‘hill holder’ - now that was flawless. Really spoiled me learning to drive a stick. *enough*
  9. According to Walter M.P. McCall’s ‘80 Years of Cadillac LaSalle’ — which I have found perfectly brimming with error — the Demi-Tonneau and the ‘front-doorless standard touring car’ were both dropped for 1912. There is no mention of brass being offered as an option - nickel appears to have been standard. (Though not being an expert - I’ve only seen these Cadillacs in books.)
  10. Carl, Is this the one?
  11. Re. actually finding one of these Delco keys: Terry Wiegand sent some helpful tips - screenshot below. eBay is the place to go for these keys - they come up regularly. Out of 17,000+ ‘vintage key’ listings on eBay, there are 5-6 of them at any one time - always part of a larger mixed lot. People do not know what these are for. Do exactly what he says — keep your mouth shut and don’t tip anybody off as to which one you are after. As an evilBay rookie, I’d add just one thing: Your only competition will be ‘steampunkers’. There’s no telling what in a lot they are after — but it’s certainly not this boring Delco key. The moment you sight one, place a bid in on the lot for $1 over open. This will lock it in so some hyena can’t convince the seller to end the auction early. In the final hour of the auction, increase your bid to the maximum you’d be willing to pay. If you increase it to your maximum BEFORE the final hour, it will draw more steampunker attention. Do NOT do what I did and get frustrated by the steampunkers. For a lot of 10-12 you should be able to get one reasonably. Above that, just let it go. You’d be surprised what they are willing to pay for a particularly ornamental key.... You should also be able to turn around and re-sell that lot -1 for about the same money. Good luck, Ben P.
  12. Nice car. Bumpers were not yet factory on these cars. The Lyon Resilient Bumper is, IMO, the nicest looking accessory bumper for these cars hands down. They look built for it. My ‘18 had one, didn’t know what it was until running across that original ad posted on this thread: Many other photos of it were added. With your car, that makes 3 Lyon bumpers I’ve seen.
  13. The tires A R E N O T A F A C T O R. Not to a buyer anyway....