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  1. By the way, here is contact information for the Automotive Research Library... D. A. “Mac” MacPherson Executive Director, HCFI Automotive Research Library Street Address: 8186 Center St, Suite F, La Mesa, CA 91942 Mail Address: PO Box 369, La Mesa, CA 91944-0369 Phone: 619-464-0301 Email: research@hcfi.org Website: www.hcfi.org Mr. Mac is a heck of a nice guy, pleasant to converse with, and very knowledgeable.
  2. Thank you for your input. AllData does not go back to 1965. I was able to get some information from "Mac" MacPherson, Executive Director of the Automotive Research Library in LaMesa, CA. I sent an email with my question and he called me back directly to make sure that he understood what I was looking for. Then he sent a couple of scans that were very helpful. I would recommend becoming a member of the Research Library not only for the technical support that is available, but also because it's a great resource that supports the hobby. Between the information that Mac sent me and the notes I took when disassembling the dashboard I was able to figure out how the system is plumbed together. Black is the source. It goes on the right hand nipple at the bottom of the switch. Red goes from the the left hand nipple at the bottom of the switch to the nipple on the top of the controller diaphragm that is located under the hood just inboard of the left hood hinge. White goes from the nipple on the bottom of the controller back into the cabin to the nipple that is in the center of the switch I hope this helps solve the mystery for anybody else who is trying to fix their intermittent wipers on an old Mercury.
  3. Hi, Tom: Thanks so much for taking the time to respond and provide some references. Unfortunately, it appears that most of the contributors in the links know even less about the system than I do. I was able to get some information from Mr. MacPherson with the Horseless Carriage Club museum. He solved the mystery about which color hoses connect to the two nipples on the controller but I'm still clueless about what hoses connect to the three nipples on the switch. Anyway, I know the information is out there; I just have to find it.
  4. Oops. Just now seeing this response. Thank you, JJ! I've sent you a private message on the matter. If we are able to solve this mystery, I'll post the findings so that nobody else has to go through the ordeal.
  5. Greetings! I can be sure that they are not for a 1928 President State FA second series. I am going to have window cranks and interior door handles recast for my car. If anybody is interested in adding to my order, let me know. Price will depend on quantity of the order but expect a couple of hundred per handle. jimmasone@bellsouth.net
  6. Greetings! Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy throughout this public health crisis. Hopefully the end will soon be in sight. I have located a shop in Birmingham, AL who can/will reproduce the baffles in stainless steel. If anybody needs just the baffle, message me at jimmasone@bellsouth.net and I'll fill you in on the specifics.
  7. I need to know how the vacuum lines for the intermittent wiper system are routed. There are two ports on the delay modulator and three ports on the wiper switch. The lines on my Colony Park were cut when I got the car. The shop manual mentions nothing about the intermittent function except how the switch should be operated. I have been unable to find anything on the web about them except that they were notoriously unreliable. I found a wiring diagram for the wipers but there is no mention of the vacuum lines. Anybody have any insights on how to plumb the switch and governor/modulator? Thank you!
  8. Sorry but we did not discuss a price point. He's a smart, professional, respected, and well-connected source who is dedicated to the hobby. Point being, I know he is aware of the scope and scale of the demand. I don't think doing a run of these things is as easy as we might imagine. I got the impression that he needs to make some changes to the tools that he has so that the manifolds can be run on modern production equipment, thus keeping the cost under control. Here's what I would propose: Let's all be patient and let the man work in peace to do what he needs to do to build a product that he will be comfortable selling In the meantime, I'll be glad to facilitate compiling a list of customers When he is ready to go into production I strongly suspect that he will follow up with his known customers and he will likely advertise in the appropriate publications and on the web I have set a reminder for myself to follow up in six months if I haven't heard anything before then. Please feel free to reach out to me if you haven't seen any movement on this issue by September of 2019. To crib Mr. Trimacar's quote above, "If we can't be patient then we shouldn't be working on old cars." Truer words have never been spoken. I'll add my truism which is "Good things are worth waiting for." Hope this is helpful.
  9. Greetings! I located a gentleman in the Antique Studebaker Club who has patterns, plans, and dies for these things but he doesn't have any in stock. He plans to reproduce them within the next six months. I asked him if I could post his contact information here and he requested that I not do so because he already has a long list of customers. However, if you REALLY need one and you can wait for a while, I'll be glad to pass your contact information on to him. There will be no monetary consideration on my behalf because I'm just happy to help folks keep their cars healthy and on the road. Please send me a private message: jimmasone@bellsouth.net Best wishes... Jim Masone Atlanta, GA/Birmingham, AL
  10. Wow, how timely is this?! I just pulled the manifold off of the side of the engine of my mother's 1928 President FA second series yesterday. Her's is in pretty good shape but I'd like to change the distribution plate to brass or copper so that rusting is never an issue again. As I recall, there was someone in the Antique Studebaker Club who advertised in the Review that offered these things in brass or copper. When I checked this month's edition of that publication I could not find the ad. I'll check in some old Reviews and see if I can figure out who was manufacturing and selling them. My urgency is that Mom is in her last days on this this plane. We wanted to have her two antique cars in her procession. I might just slap it back together and deal with it after Mom has gone to Heaven. Incidentally, Mom and her President are the same model year.
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