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  1. You may have been the person who corrected my suggestion of Lycoming engines at the meet that day. I'm still very fuzzy on the later Peerless cars, my interest is on the early cars and I had just come from the Auburn, Cord Dusenberg Museum, so mea culpa.
  2. I had no idea this was open! I'm going to head there this weekend. I didn't think there could be a museum more out-of-the-way in Texas than the Terrill Auto Museum in DeLeon but I think you've found one!
  3. That's not a list, it's a selection. I haven't looked at the AACA list recently, it is difficult to keep up with which ones are still open. There are nearly 300 car museums in the US, from the AACA Museum in Hershey to Zunker's in Manitowoc, MN. If you like antique automobiles you should visit one every time you can. If you value antique automobiles, take a friend with you.
  4. If I never see another mannequin in an auto museum, it will be a good thing. I see from the other comments, I am not alone in this.
  5. This may be the best remaining public auto museum in Texas since the close of Dick's Garage Museum. Just over a dozen cars, the oldest is Howard Coffin's 1901 steam carriage. Henry Ford bought it and later donated it to the Smithsonian. I do not yet know how it ended up in DeLeon, Texas. There's a pretty little Buick Model 10 Toy Tonneau and my favorite, a Crow-Elkhart Cloverlear Roadster. No theme, this is just the collection of one man's car interest in a little (not small... little) mid-Texas town. De Leon is between Dallas and Abilene, about two hours west of Ft. Worth. Keep the hobby vital, take a friend to visit.
  6. The Boyertown Museum is my favorite museum in the northeastern states. Beautiful layout of the cars; the collection of Duryea's is inspiring. There are lots of surprises for anyone visiting, it's so eclectic that it defies description. Call it a Nethercutt in minature.
  7. Thanks for sharing this. I am not a bike fanatic but I enjoyed visiting these pages.
  8. The passing of Mr. Litchfield is a great loss to the automobile hobby and to Peerless fans in particular. His book "The History of the "Peerless Motor Car Company" is a landmark work, well researched and with lots of rare information. I'm sure that all extend our sympathies to his family. If you happened to see the video of Mr. Litchfield driving his 1916 Peerless on Facebook, you will know what a fine tribute it is to him. If I may add, it is also a fine tribute to the Peerless automobile he is driving. BTW, looking at the tapered water tube Mr. Litchfield made, he may have had the skills to manufacture trumpets and trombones as well! Congratulations on a life well lived!
  9. South_paw, Thanks for the pictures of the Peerless Building. I thought I had collected a fair number of photos but that layout of the interior was a phantastic find. If you have a larger version, please post it. I don't have the reference in hand but the official name of the building to City of New York departments was the "Demerest/Peerless Building." Demerest was a publisher. Peerless began to close all its Agencies in US cities in 1913. The property in New York, Boston and Chicago was among the assets of the company that a corporate raider could sell off for a tidy profit. The Boston building still exists, too, at 660 Beacon St. and is quite a handsom building even now. This is the Google Map photo of the Peerless Building location, 3 blocks South of Central Park. That's Broadway sweeping up to the park. Alex www.theantiqueautoguy.com
  10. I don't think the one and two-cylinder Peerless engines (1900-1902) were designed by Misch, these were the engines that Peerless had been making for De Dion-Bouton. The 1903 16-hp 2-cylinder engine was designed by Louis Mooers (correct spelling) and his descriptions indicate they built them in-house, though it is only categorically stated that they assembled the engines. Teetor Hartley made engine components for some manufacturers including Franklin and Auburn. I have never seen a reference to pre-1915 Peerless using Teetor-Harley engines except on forums like this. In 1915 Peerless used both a 4-cyl and a 6-cyl engines in their "All Purpose Line." That line of cars lasted only one year, Peerless officials said they lost money selling them as cheaply as they did. Next year's (1916) V-8 cars actually sold for LESS that the 4s and 6s, so something doesn't add up. The Peerless V-8 engines of 1916 and later, the so-called "Two-power range engines" were supplied by Hershell-Spillman.
  11. I had quite a time joining them about a year ago, maybe more. In this age of online functionality, I felt the experience with them was decidedly old style.
  12. Thank you for sharing that. I really enjoyed the ride. Funny how much stuff is "loose" and dripping or shaking. 15mph much seem like NASCAR in the Motorette.
  13. I am pleased and relieved to announce the release of my book Peerless Automobiles in the Brass Era: 1900 ~ 1915. Brass Era cars fascinated me and there was nothing of substance published about Peerless. As I say on the website, Peerless was an important chapter of the American automobile history that was only known as one of the three P's. A little light has been shed on the brand now. I have had my head into it for so long that I feel like I'm finally coming up for air. If you are one of the 16 Peerless Automobile fans and are interested, visit the book's website and have a look. http://www.theantiqueautoguy.com/
  14. I have jpgs of all of the Peerless Girls, some in posters, some in ads. Nary an ankle or wrist shows in any of the pictures.
  15. Thanks for your kind notice. This could be a roll up but it is a 1912 model and I haven't found a source for 1912 window cranks. I may even have to edit my first comment to 1914, not 1913 but I'm working on it. Nothing like a fast post to make you scramble to check your sources. Prior to 1914, windows could be raised and lowered by means of a sash that hung inside the door. Effective but clumsy with heavy plate glass windows. Below are photos of the interior of the 1912 48-Six (or the Model K or the Model 36) Limousine. Notice the sash on the door.
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