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  1. Is that an air vent on the roof, center-rear? Get rid of the cigar and pipe smoke?
  2. It would be interesting to learn how a Cord in Indiana State Police colors would fair at a judging event.
  3. A first showing of a new 1938 Packard - - - with a rear door handle out of alignment.
  4. Here is an article in Popular Science Monthly, May, 1938, page 34. "Rubber Spokes Give Bounce to Airless Safety Tires Hard wood, embedded in rubber, forms the rim of a new safety tire invented by J. V. Martin of Garden City, N. Y. Said to be more resilient and lighter than pneumatic types, the safety tire has hoops of hickory incased in rubber and fitted with criss-cross spokes of ribbed rubber. Puncture proof and blowout-proof, the airless tires absorbed practically all vertical movement when a springless test car drove over four-inch blocks strung along a concrete road in a recent trial, it is claimed." The airless tire of 1938, shown in the magazine photograph, appears to be a finished product at that point in time. Having been associated with Research, Development, Testing and Evaulation (RDT&E) for many years I know that a finished and marketable product had a number of R-D-and T versions and underwent a number of evaluation tests (and failures) before reaching the market. Some good inventions are too ahead of their time and are not marketable. In the case of the airless tire produced by Mr. Martin, it has been involved in renewed testing of materials and markets into the 2000s. Although no documentation has yet been found regarding airless tire prototypes and testing prior to 1938, a photo of such a tire hull or husk was presented earlier in this forum. A photo of that particular tire clearly shows an interwoven husk of what appears to be metal hoops underlying a heavy rubber tread that is fitted over a standard rubber tire. The underlying rubber tire may or may not be inflated, but regardless of inflation the pneumatic tire hull is supported by the interlocked wire hoops. The wire hoops appear to interlock much like middle-ages chainmail armor. A number of tire manufacturers today continue to work with the airless tire technology, including Michelin, Bridgestone, Goodyear and others. Modern rubber compounds, chemistry, synthetic materials and fibers greatly improve on the 1930s "hickory hoops" of wood encased in rubber. Airless tires are produced for automobiles, all terrain/utility vehicles, and heavy earth moving vehicles. Because of a significant savings in weight of airless over pneumatic tires, perhaps one day airless aircraft tires may reduce the dead weight of commercial and military aircraft.
  5. Howard, it does appear that you are correct. The rumble lid does look like it is short and the windscreen could be on a hinge and mate with the lid in collapsed configuration. Hmmm, kind of wonder if it rattled?
  6. Regarding the 1929 Chrysler roadster. Is it fitted was a version of a second windshield similar to what is found on a dual-cowl? This photo is the only instance that I have seen of what appears to be a windshield / windscreen for occupants of a rumble seat. How and where is it stored, how is it supported; support arms of any sort are not observable in the photo. Several comments have been made about the various paint schemes on this vehicle. Agreed, so what color/colors of paint would look good? What about the wide-white wall tires? Regardless of the paint the wide-whites seem to overpower the visual presentation of the car overall. The first thing I see is the white-whites, then I need to ignore the tires and view the car and that is wrong. It does seem that plain black wall tires are more complementary for this car.
  7. Great photo, thank you for post it. I focused on the car's wheel. It does not appear to be a wooden wheel, IMHO. Do you happened to know if it is a wheel made from two pressed steel spoke patterns, welded together to resemble a wooden wheel?
  8. The second race car from the left is a Coey. The Coey Motor Company of Chicago built this cyclecar.
  9. This photo is labeled 1907 American; not sure where it came from. It possibly was posted on this site hundreds of pages ago. My photo files have twenty brands of cars with American in the name but none of them look like the car in this photo. The car fits the description of being a high wheeler but that is no help to identify the builder.
  10. A 1901 Oldsmobile had no complaints over a little mud. The mud isn't quite up the hubs yet.
  11. An article in "The Automobile", October 13, 1910, page 624 carried information about a two-cycle "wobble-gear" engine. The article cited a previous article about it in the "Automotor Journal". Did a wobble-gear engine ever appear in an automobile? In those early days some novel things were tried, such as the three-cylinder and five-cylinder horizontal rotary engines in the Adams-Farwell. The Adams-Farwell actually attained production status but thus far I have not found any automobile listing a wobble-gear engine. The third photo shows a 1906 Adams-Farwell Model 6A horizontal rotary engine. This type/configuration rotary engine was used in World War One fighter airplanes. The shaft is stationary and the bank of cylinders revolve around to provide power; and a dangerous amount of torque that could be lethal to pilots.
  12. Great view of the Rapid Truck. It certainly does appear to be vintage 1910 era. The second attached photo of a Rapid freight truck is captioned as a 1910 model. Third photo, a Rapid "panel" appears to be complete with a English bull dog. Fourth, a photo of a pre-1910 Rapid (hauling bed springs) has the engine under the body and shows the same chain drive configuration as the newer 1910 model that has the engine front-mounted under a hood. An article in "The Automobile", November 24, 1910, page 898, col. 1: Four-Cylinder Rapid Truck Announced Pontiac, Mich., Nov. 21 -- The Rapid Motor Vehicle company, of this city, has begun the construction of a new truck. A sample truck, which is the design of Engineer F. C. Frank, has been in use on the streets here. The new Rapid is of two-ton capacity and has the engine under a hood on the front of the car instead of under it. The engine is of the four-cylinder type. The new model, after being thoroughly tested, will be exhibited at various automobile shows throughout the country. It is planned to ultimately discontinue the manufacture of the old two-cylinder truck.
  13. Some photos just kind of makes the daily grind come to a stop. This photo for instance. While the headlights appear to not jive with the probable year of the car, the running light/parking light by the cowl appears to be a smaller version of the headlights. While that is not a show stopper whatever the person is wearing on his/her head is a show stopper. It looks like Easter Bunny ears. What in the world is that, and why would he/she, 1) be seen in public with it (in those days), and 2) how well does it "ride" in a speedster? One other quite curious thing is what are the two white marks on the road under the rear axle. The day appears to be cloudy, no direct sunlight, yet underneath the car are two white-looking marks as if sunlight shines there.
  14. A true vintage photo. The men wear hats; not commonly done these days. Bald tires -- check. Gouged right front tire with a blown out hole -- yikes. Model T jack -- got it. Mud speckled paint job -- looks authentic. Bent front fenders supported by an adjustable rod -- nice touch. Hopefully the fender-mounted rolls of tarp do not prevent venting the engine compartment. How in the world was the license plate bent with the crank handle in front of it? A person just doesn't see this level of authenticity at judging events.
  15. Dave, is there any other information about this 1903 Standard 6 HP? My meager holdings of a Standard automobile has a 1913 Standard Electric, manufactured by Standard Electric Car Company, Jackson, Michigan, a Standard 4-cylinder by Standard Motors in Jersey City, a 1915 Standard, manufacturer identified or headlined as being in Pittsburgh, PA (in a June 8, 1922 article in The Automobile), and a 1910 "Standard" manufactured by the St. Louis Car Company in Missouri. Some manufacturers produced both electric and gasoline powered vehicles. Studying the photo of the 1903 Standard 6 HP, I see what looks like a transmission housing and drive shaft going to a differential, but I cannot see how/where a gasoline engine engine fits in. Hence, is this an electric or does it have a flat opposed cylinder type engine?
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