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  1. To RockHavenFarm, that information on Dr. Garland is priceless. We need to talk. I have found nearly nothing about him other than Census records, vital statistics (his 1921 death) and his brief obituary in the Boston Post. Having no children or heirs to speak of, that likely orphaned the cyclecar until it emerged in an auction after WWII according to the earliest known non-Garland owner I've spoken to whose dad bought it. The son is now 75 years old. To KMike6024, it's engine dates to 1923 by serial number and as you can see it was a high quality customization of the Henderson motorcycle engine -- the front end crank and fan for instance. Other cyclecars were v-twins running Harley or Indian engines, making the few cyclecars with Henderson engines very unique, powerful and desirable. Way to go, Dr. Garland! To Wayne, I am getting more and more comments that it is a Chevrolet transmission, including the town historian of Hanson, MA where this car was reputedly built, whose grandfather (ironically) also grafted a Chevrolet transmission to their Model T, which remains in the family today. Thanks for the postings you guys! I can be reached at work in Kansas (Chance Rides, Inc. - amusement ride manufacturer) at 800-242-6234 ext. 7770. Jeff
  2. Thanks for the opinion and the excellent posting idea. Here are a few other views of the car.
  3. Greetings from an AMCA (Antique Motorcycle Club of America) member in search of identifying the transmission in this prototype cyclecar by a Dr. Kirk Garland practicing dentistry at the time of manufacture in Hanson, MA, circa 1918-1925. It transfers power from a 1925 Henderson Deluxe motorcycle engine to an upsidedown Model T rear end since the Henderson crank is opposite than automobile rotation. It is the only example known to exist. It's transmission is a 3-speed with reverse. The cover has this cast in it: 14182, above a 3. The case has the numbers 14181, followed by a curious trademark that appears to be the letters H C G superimposed on each other, sequence unknown. The input shaft appears to be one inch square. I hope the photos help. Can post other views if that would help. Thanks for looking.
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