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  1. Barney's collection was amazing. Here is a link to some info about Barney and his cars. Enjoy! http://www.expat-online.com/about/bjpollard/index.cfm Terry
  2. Progressing well-hope to get some pics posted of our progress but I have a question about brake fluid. I am considering using synthetic fluid after hearing a couple of people tell about how their new paint was ruined by fluid leaks caused by the standard fluid. Im working on brake lines etc at the moment and am wondering about the conversion process. The M/Cyl is one that came from another car and is in perfect working order, just looked ugly, so its had a cosmetic overhaul. Should I install a new "kit" before using the synthetic fluid or just drain it and put in the synthetic fluid? Any experience/advice appreciated. Terry
  3. Its actually a bracket that holds one of the 2 gallon "petrol" cans. Its British and made to attach onto a running board. Those gas cans are very much sought after, especially odd-ball brand names. Check them out on Ebay, its a pretty big collectors item in the UK. Hundreds of different brand names were embossed into cans. Shell of course is one of the more common. The era on these is right up into the 30's. Terry
  4. Thanks Pat/Steve, and just to let all the brass car guys know, the "Alphabet Ford" Collection there is unique and superb. We will be working on an article about how the collection was amassed and how important it is. Its certainly another one of our Museum's exhibits to be proud of. Terry
  5. Thanks for the clarification Tom - the info I posted a bit earlier was indeed incorrect and was based on info sent by email from a normally very reliable individual who does a pretty good job tracking these things. I think it was Ronald Regan who said "trust, but verify" and I didn't do that. Yes, there is still a lot going on with this legislation and I am not yet ready to take a doom-n-gloom view of it. I know there are lots of folks out there ready to do battle but I think patience and quiet dipolmacy as you suggest is the best approach right now. Terry
  6. Va does not limit the total miles driven. For everyone's info, I just learned that the provision to use properly registered antique vehicles for occasional pleasure use (not hobby related) up to 250 miles from home has been written back into the proposed legislation. Terry
  7. Looks like they listened as the new bill has a specific mention of that - "no use back and forth to work or to worksite." The bill doesnt restrict the amount of miles you can put on a vehicle, only the distance from home that you can use it for occasional pleasure use (i.e. not associated with an antique car related activity). The Va Car Club Councils are on top of this and are actively working on it. AACA's Tom Cox of Roanoke Valley Region AACA is once again leading the way. I'll email Tom and have him jump on the forum to provide updates. Terry
  8. I think Ford was the last to hang on to the gas lamps - 1914 was really the last year although some very early 15's are shown with them fitted in sales literature. I know the early 15's used the same fork to mount the "new" electric headlamps. It is true that gas headlamps lingered on trucks much longer than on cars - well into the 20's I think. In Europe, they were in common use on motorcycles into the 20's also. I have some neat early aftermarket accessory catalogs in my collection that show gas headlamps being available into the late teens/early 20's. Terry Terry
  9. There were quite a few different ignitors available, in fact some of the same ones used in household applications worked very well for automotive lamps. They all used a flint/striker mechanism and generally had a knob or pull-chain hanging out below the lamp burner that one could pull or turn to make the spark that hopefully would light the lamp (without blowing it up). It saved lots of trouble especially on windy/rainy nights. Ive got several varieties of these items in my collection of lamps/stuff. Occasionally they turn up on ebay. Terry
  10. I tend to think they are generic brackets. The fact that they've not been drilled probably means they were designed to fit a variety of applications (drill holes where needed). As Bob suggested, they could be reproductions cast not that long ago. Most early lamps used the flat spade type mount as it was more stable. Some of the earlier bail handled lamps used fork mounting or a round bracket, so these brackets are most likely for a pair of square lamps of pretty fair size like Solar, Castle, Hall, etc. I see you are located in Virginia - how close to Norfolk? Im anxious to learn more about the parts and where they came from as often the rest of the story can help us fill in some missing gaps. If you've acquired parts from someone who was a collector, then knowing what kind of cars that person had might get us closer to positive ID on what you've got. Terry
  11. After reading the brief history of the vehicle and its European connections, my guess on this is its a mascot from a car called a Graf Und Stift. The Graf Und Stift was known as the "Rolls-Royce of Austria," it was built for the same high end market. A silver lion on the radiator cap was the mascot. Im sure Gergano's complete encyclopedia of motorcars can provide more info on it, and I'll double check Williams book on Mascots to confirm, but im pretty sure you've got a neat one. One I check those reference books I'll probably be able to give you a more precise guestimate on the year. Terry
  12. Gas headlamps were used to illuminate the road ahead while the side and tail lamps were intended only to safely mark the car at night. A lot of towns and states passed laws quite early that required lights marking the width and rear of a vehicle so approaching vehicles could stop in time, or so passing vehicles would know about how far out into the road a parked vehicle would be. It was common to park an early car on a city street with the side and tail lamps still burning. On some smaller vehicles, and some of the early 1 & 2 cylinder cars, there were sometimes only a pair of oil lamps used up front. Most of those vehicles didnt go fast enough to drive beyond the area that was safely illuminated. Separate but related subject - I collect brass lamps (among other things) and would be interested in getting in touch with others who also collect them. Terry
  13. Letters are on their way to those who will be receiving the coveted Master Web Master awards in Philly. We hope that everyone receiving this important recognition will be able to attend. All award certificates (Merit, Distinction, Excellence) will be available for pick-up by your Region or Chapter President if they are going to be there. Any that are not picked up at Philadelphia will be mailed to the Region or Chapter President. Final results will be posted here at the time announcements are made in PA. As a matter of interest, the committee reviewed all websites linked to the National site throughout the year. The best sites were those that were kept alive and active through regular updates. Remember, the internet and your web site represent a most important recruiting tool. To be effective in that regard your web site should make your club appealing to prospective new members by giving them enough information to excite them and enable them to easily participate or to contact others (including club officers). Being current is very important, so if you still have a registration form for your summer meet posted, its perhaps time to "clean house." The earlier post outlining the criteria used to evaluate web sites is still important info that you can use to take a look at your own site and tweek it a bit for the coming season. Next year it will no doubt be a new committee doing the looking but the bottom line will remain - your web site (like our club newsletter) has a big job to do. It deserves the effort required to make it GREAT! Terry Bond Chairman, AACA Internet Committee
  14. Good stuff Dan - I'd add that brass cars are also often called "pioneer" cars because they represent the early ages of motoring when a trip in a car was a real adventure that you planned well ahead of time. Roads left much to be desired and there were no signs to mark the way. I have some primitive travel guides in my collection of literature that tell early motorists to "turn at the Smith farm" or "take a left turn where the stone fence ends." In addition to the challenges of the highway system (or lack of) there were also challenges for the driver, who often needed to be a combination of mechanic and blacksmith. Many of the earliest cars were still "experiments" and their reliability was questionable. Night driving was always fun with gas headlamps and oil sidelamps to light the way. Today, a "brass car tour" (or as our club calls it "Square Car Tour") can be a challenge for the restorer to keep those early cars on the road motoring along. We honor the heritage of our pioneer motorists with tours like the Glidden and Reliability, and in many ways through special events like 1 and 2 cylinder car tours, or steam car tours that are often hosted by groups like HCCA. The brass cars represent real history - to be more precise, ancient history. To recreate that is the thrill of brass era motoring/touring and everyone I know who has tried it absolutely loves it, especially when you have a chance to even dress the part. BRASS IS BEAUTIFUL! Terry
  15. Great lookin car Earl - and Im sure it'll fit into Bob's new trailer too. As for me, the new TP Bead blast cabinet is a much needed addition to the shop that will enable me to finish up the 74 MGBGT. Im down to cleaning and finishing small bits and pieces and I need to keep a steady stream of stuff hanging on the wall so the reassembly moves swiftly. Sue got me one of the Franklin Mint 1893 Duryea models from the AACA link-wow, its really neat and the detail is absolutely fantastic. See you all in Philly. Terry
  16. My wife Susan would rather be in the garage than the kitchen any day! She isnt at all hesitant about pulling an engine, replacing a clutch, bolting it up and then driving 2,000 miles. She knows every inch of the MGBGT and there probably isnt a nut/bolt on it she hasnt messed with. Just last evening we were headed out towards the beach to do the Christmas light exhibit on the boardwalk and she picked up on a strange rattle and pegged it right away-she had recently rebuilt the heater box on the MG and there was a clip missing on the control cable that she wasn't able to reach/replace, so the cable housing now rattles against the firewall at a certain engine speed. We're almost finished restoring the 74 MGBGT and as soon as that one is back on the road, she'll be tearing her car apart for a re-do. Its mechanically fine but needs some rust repair and a repaint. Yes, there is something about a pretty lady with grease under the fingernails! Terry
  17. Yup on the chin strap Dan-even my 14T goes fast enough that it'll blow your official AACA ball-cap off! There ain't nothin better than an open car on a tour. The only reason we ever put up the top is to provide a little shade at the rest stop. Terry
  18. We are finalizing results now and hope to issue letters to the Master Webmaster winners just after 1st of the year. The Master Webmaster awards are the ones presented at the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. For anyone unable to attend, he awards will be forwarded to you. Certificates recognizing Region and Chapter web sites are always available for pick-up at the Annual Meeting. Any not picked up there will also be mailed out after the event. As usual, we'll post a complete list of all winners here after the Annual Meeting. Terry
  19. Did you see the article in Old Cars about the 21 semi-trailers filled with rare muscle cars and parts? Wow - my son sent me the following link for some more pictures of the hoard. Supposedly a Yenko Camero in there with 45k miles on it, Vettes, parts, and there are more trailers to unload and strong probability of another Yenko Nova stashed somewhere. I can remember once discovering a similar load (smaller scale) on an old farm in North Carolina and there were trailers full of 20's and 30's cars & parts. Where it all ended up I have no idea, but isn't it amazing whats still out there! Terry http://www.depereautocenter.com/parts.html
  20. Some more pics showing all sides might be helpful. It could be an auto trunk, many were made from wood but covered with a canvas or some kind of grained covering. Any hardware on it? Some auto trunks also had fitted compartments or specially shaped boxes that would fit into them. It might be hard to assign it to a particular make car as West states since so many were generic after-market accessory items. Try marketing it on ebay. Terry
  21. There were actually several Sterling cars - the earliest was built in 1909 by the Elkhart Carriage and Motor Car Company in Elkhart, Indiana. I think this was the predecessor of the Elcar automobile. Georgano's Complete Encyclopedia of Motorcars lists a Sterling built in Brockton Mass by Sterling Motor Car Company between 1914-1916, and also a Sterling-kight (1923-25) built by the Sterling-Knight Motors Co in Cleveland and Warren Ohio. There was yet another Sterling car called a Sterling New York and an AMS-Sterling built by a company called Sterling Automobile Manufacturing Company in Paterson, NJ. The AMS-Sterling was built by the Amston Motor Cr Company in Amston, Conn. The Brits even produced a Sterling in 1913. It was one of the small "cycle-cars" (Sterling Engineering & Automobile Company, Leeds, Yorkshire). Any survivors??? Terry
  22. Sure thing-I seem to have misplaced an early booklet from my collection that was published by some early auto club that shows "recommended locations for hiding auto parts." As soon as I find it I'll let you know. Terry
  23. Ok-here's my list: 1. Genevive - the number 1 all time movie specifically about antique cars! 2. Christine - 58' Plymouth's became scarce overnight-think they used 30 for this show! 3. American Graffiti - my all time favorite! 4. Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang - Love it! 5. Bullit - Even played backwards, the chase scene is a heart-stopper! 6. J.Edgar Hoover story - just lots of goooood old cars! 7. Tucker - One of the best. 8. The Great Race - wonder what ever happened to those studio props? 9. Herbie-the love Bug - nothing more lovable than that beetle! 10.The Italian Job - Mini-Coopers all over the place! And a few more for "cushion" Thelma & Louise Back to the Future Smokey and the Bandit
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