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  1. Is this a 1932 Reo? Any guesses what the car is in the background? It appears to be a close coupled body and has a trunk (boot) lid. At sometime I saw photos of a car with a trunk like that but I am blank on the identity now.
  2. A photo of a mystery steamer ? was posted earlier. Is there something on the car that shows it is a steamer? I searched my photo files and the closest visual match I could find was a 1908 ad for the Waltham Model 18 runabout, but the Waltham was not steam powered.
  3. A junk car lot showing a pile of used wood spoke wheels, and one car with what appears to have a Tuarc steel wheel as its left rear. This is an interesting photo that illustrates how wasteful of forest wood it was to not only create bodies for cars and to make wood wheel spokes. Not just any cut of wood will do for a wood spoke. There were a number of articles in the late teens and early 1920s about the depletion of second growth timber because of automobile production. This subject area alone has a lot to do with supply and demand, conservation of forest products, economic production, and
  4. Walt, thank you for the advertisement page for the Disteel wheels. The idea of a steel wheel versus a wood spoke wheel was not new in the 1920s. A November 1, 1907 article (page 228) in the Cycle and Automobile Trade Journal provided information about the Indestructible Steel Wheel Company, of Chicago. The article mentioned that a Premier roadster automobile was driven on a promotional trip through Indiana, Ohio and Michigan demonstrating the new open pattern of their steel wheel. The article said that many factories placed orders for the wheels for their 1908 output of cars. The inferenc
  5. Well, yeesh, your are correct. It does have a crank handle; presumably that rules out the first and only hand cranked steam engine. Ha. I hear "Maryland my Maryland" playing in the background.
  6. Wayne, who doesn't like a good mystery? Mysteries are to research, document, speculate, postulate, document; it keeps a person's mind involved in the subject matter. I do like the complimentary fender and running board flow lines of the Maryland and the mystery car. I do realize that it may only be a common feature and not the true identifying feature. The general appearance of the mystery car kind of suggests an underslung but obviously it is not an underslung. Nonetheless it does seem to have a "low rider" look about it that was common with the underslung cars. In a way that I can't qu
  7. The identify of the mystery car may now be solved. The closest match of identity features seems to show a 1908 Maryland. The mystery car has the unique or peculiar mating of the rear of the running board with the front of the rear fender. The front and rear fenders and the integration of running board with rear fender appears to be a very good visual match for mystery car and '08 Maryland. This fender-running board-fender profile is different with the 1910 Otto (the yellow museum car).
  8. This is a mystery car. I don't think it is an Otto. A 1910 Otto ad shows a touring car with a hood (bonnet) that is not as long as the mystery car. Also a prime recognition feature of the Otto was the arched front fenders and straight rear fenders. The mystery car has straight fenders at the front and curved at the rear. Comparing the mystery car to the 1910 Otto there is a significant difference in the dash, with the mystery car having a curved (pressed ?) dash whereas the Otto has a more or less straight dash. The Otto also mounts the gas headlamps differently than the mystery car.
  9. An armored car -- literally a car with armor added on. It appears to have the general appearance of a 1934 Ford. The photo suggests a weapons crew of no less than three - two M-1917 Enfield riflemen, a machine gunner, plus a driver. Normally a manned machine gun, as shown, requires two men, hence there could be five men in the fighting compartment. The top of the automobile must be open to provide operating room for the water-cooled Browning machine gun. Identification of the M-1917 rifles is positive based on what is visible protruding from the firing ports.
  10. This photo was posted earlier; my attention was drawn to the right rear wheel of the left most car. Maybe it is just me, however the spoke wheel appears to be rather large for the car. The car is an unidentified roadster and should not carry so heavy a load that it warrants a 12-spoke wheel. That car does appear to be relatively larger than the coupe at it's right side.
  11. What is the story about the wheels / hubs of this Cadillac with the three well dressed men? Looking at period photos of the same year and year-class of Cads, I see wood wheels, wire wheels, hub covers, and a more modern pressed steel wheel with a hub cover. Back to basics, which wheel or wheels did Cadillac actually produce and roll out the factory door? Which wheels are after market types, and are after-market wheel considered to be true to the make of car? Presumably all of these six attached photos show 1934 Cadillacs. Sometimes on the internet sites the year-date ascribed to a vehicle
  12. Wayne, thank you for the information about my grandfather's Ford TT truck. The steam engine was used for harvest / threshing season and the rest of the time he used it in either the sawmill at town or for the mobile saw rig he took out to farm properties. It was a 23 horsepower steam engine, which doesn't sound like much but it was 23 horse at the drawbar. The power of the machine was amazing with steel lugs bolted to the drive wheels. The attached photo is one of his two Minneapolis gas tractors that was also used for threshing season and he is again running the Minnie on a belt with the
  13. Can anyone identify my grandfather's truck? Behind the truck his steam engine is running on a belt to the Red River Special threshing machine. Presumably it is the same truck that he removed the water tank used to service the steam engine and replaced it with a "camping" box-body. Possibly a Ford TT? There is a deer with a serious rack of antlers on the left fender.
  14. In addition to the after market enhancements put on this fine motor car, what is with the tires? The tread pattern is U.S. military, as seen on Jeeps and up to 1 1/2 ton utility vehicles. We had an old Army ambulance having tires with that very same U.S. government approved, military tread pattern.
  15. Lots of red 47 Olds, but there are others.
  16. It was just another day workin' in the junkyard with a John Henry size hammer. Hopefully that beautiful Chrysler roadster wasn't next.
  17. What is with the headlights? I have never seen lights like that before. The sad and unsafe right front tire is really a sight to see. There has been a lot of photos in this thread showing worn tires but this one is a prize winner. The front fenders are definitely minimal. Does anyone know the make of this car?
  18. OK, my thank you to both dl456 and Jon37. I never knew about acetylene starting until now. The only Hudson product I have owned was a barn find 1935 Terraplane four-door sedan. Thanks again.
  19. On Hemmings there is '12 Hudson for sale. A photo of the engine shows spark plugs with out wires. I don't understand that. It seems it is easier to simply carry along spare spark plugs instead of having a complicate cylinder head with spare/unused plugs screwed in. Unless this is a straight 8 with small cylinders, and with 4 of them unused. ?
  20. Walt, your postings of the used prestige cars by the Rolls-Royce dealer is educational. It is interesting to learn the amount of "beating" the former owner took in order to acquire more prestige with a more expensive car. Thank you for the postings.
  21. Walt, I believe this Packard panel is what you referred to. 1st photo is a good view of the Packard, the 2nd photo is a Packard panel body that appeared several pages back. That particular panel body photo was identified as a body for a '37 Packard Model 115 chassis. That photo of the body was kind of dark so I put it into photoshop and cropped it to cut down on the amount of background white light, then increased the lightness to bring out more of the detail on the dark panel body. And it indeed looks like the body for the Packard, unless there was more than one of the Packard panel truck
  22. My father, tending the Shell gas station in St. Cloud, Minnesota in the 1930s. The Hamms beer sign is more of a Minnesota tradition that is Shell.
  23. This doesn't appear to be Duesenberg country.
  24. Interesting accident photo, automobile not identified, sourced to the City of Toronto Archives.
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