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  1. Coincidentally I was paging thru a program for the 12th National Automobile Show at Madison Sguare Garden in 1912 and came across an ad for Northway Motor & Mfg. C., Motors-Clutches-Transmissions and Unit Power Plants. Their display was in Space No. 319.
  2. My early Dykes Manual lists Scripps-Booth for 1920 as having a 6 cylinder Northway Engine. Only listing for a Northway 6 among more than 150 cars.
  3. I judged, understand there were 475 cars? Very nice location, excellent group of cars.
  4. The Ford would be "a" winner not "thee" winner....
  5. I believe "ribbon" refers to the way in which honeycomb radiators are made, if you ever cut one open you'll see that they are actually made from a long "ribbon" machine crimped into a 1/2 honeycomb configuration and soldered to a second "ribbon" to create closed honeycomb cells. I'd say there is about a 50% chance I'm correct. Forget using your old core, even if it looks good it's probably rotten.
  6. I particularly enjoy structural woodwork on the early cars. Doing a '49 Bentley now and it has more wood than Noah's Ark. And firing up an engine that has sat idle (in one case about 70 years) is a real rush....
  7. Re ALF Speedster...the firetruck had already been chopped when the project came to me..otherwise I would not have taken it on. Engine is completely rebuilt, no changes to the engine. Using a bit of "reverse engineering" we started with the tires manufactured for the WingFoot Express tour, the only ones heavy enough to carry the weight safely, about $500 each, glad it isn't my money, then had new 24" trailer rims cut in half, rewelded to the correct width with rings lathed to adapt the new rims to the original (and extremely strong) wood wheels...that consumed maybe another $2500. I fgure, having eliminated about 5000 lbs from the thing we should be ok...anyway, probably another year away from completion...
  8. By the must be a REALLY OLD fart....?
  9. Pete, this is off the subject but what the h..I always did ramble. The Alf we're doing (for a customer) is, and this is just between you and I, hope no one else is listening, a SPEEDSTER !!!! I figure if the guy lets me work on his Silver Ghost we'll work on the speedster. We lathed 97 lbs of excess metal from the flywheel, reducing its weight to a mere 103 lbs or so, doubled the size of the drive sprockets...if you calculate it out the top speed at 1800 rpm should be somewhere North of 100 mph. Plan is to take it to Bonneville and see if we can set a record for 6 cyl., 980 cu. in. 2 wheeled brake, wooden wheeled cars...somethings ARE worth risking your life for
  10. Check your facts, 1n 1948 98,897 Packards were built, second best year on record, 1937 having been the best. Personally I think they're ugly with a capital Ugh but heh, I've even heard of people who collect Studebakers ! Of course after the war about anything even remotely resembling a car was saleable. Over the years I've made a minor hobby of looking at parts cars to see if they still had license plates and if so, the last year of registration...I've seen many early 30's cars, rusted beyond hope, but still showing plates from the early 50's.
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    straight 12

    No question about the stresses inherent in any long inline engine but Manufacturers built quite a few things that, looking back, makes one wonder "What in the hell were they thinking? " We restored a 1917 Bell automobile with a 4 cylinder Lycoming had NO center main bearing...tramp on the gas and you could feel the crank flex...chuck a Straight 8 crankshaft in a lathe, set up a dial indicator and notice that you can flex the thing several thou just with the pressure of your little finger...thus the 9 main bearings...
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    straight 12

    Inline 12 currently in production; Not a Monobloc but still interesting: Wartsila NSD RTA96-C Inline 12 Bore 3'2" Stroke 8' 2" 89,640 HP @ 90 RPM Fuel Consumption 1660 gal/hr Crankshaft weight 300 TON
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    straight 12

    Pete, you would make a good attorney....when the facts are with you argue the facts, when they are against you argue the law....Please explain why my ALF 980 cu. in. 6 cylinder runs and runs well..the crank certainly is as long or longer than a straight 12 would what point would an engine self distruct? Would 9 cylinders be ok ? How about 10? Or is 12 the magic number ? Apparently Packard made a mistake building all those inefficient Straight 8s...if they were ignorant enough to build them doesn't it follow that they might also have been ignorant enough to build an inline 12 ? And if the V-12 was so wonderful why did they continue building Straight 8s ?
  14. It would fit nicely on a '55 Special chassis I would think ?
  15. Of course if one were thinking street rod there wouldn't be that much difference would there?
  16. Mighty big difference between a 1930 Model A Roadster and a 1935 V-8 Roadster.
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    straight 12

    I suspect that if the Cadillac V-16 had not actually gone into production we would be hearing the same arguments re how ridiculous the concept was, why Caddy engineers would never waste time on something so frivolous, why it would never work....etc...and exactly why wouldn't an inline 12 work efficiently? Certainly there have been longer and heavier engines used in marine applications for example. Inline 6 engines are noted for their reliability and longevity..what are the limiting factors in going to 12 ? After all, that's only 4 more cylinders in a row than the Straight 8, which was fairly successful I think.
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    Packard movie

    MAN OF A THOUSAND FACES...principal actor, whose name escapes me at the moment, drives a 1932 Model 900 Convertible in several scenes...can't imagine them using a 900 instead of a "real" Classic...
  19. Anyone need a car transported (open trailer) to the New Bern AGNM from the Harrisburg, Phila., Baltimore or Washington area at a reasonable cost ? I'll even show it for you if necessary.
  20. Any information on the Kline automobile built in York, Pa.? Company later moved to Richmond, Va. I'm interested only in the cars built in York.
  21. I'm a fairly big guy, only one in the shop who could crank start a '28 Autocar we restored. Boy was I smug until I found myself in the emergency room with a badly broken right arm. Yea, I know all about keeping your thumb on the outside etc. etc. Needless to say the beast now has an electric starter.
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    Regarding the 900 Coupe Sedan: Leaving the asking price aside the 900 two door sedan is indeed a rare car. I am the roster keeper for the 900 and know of only 5 existing examples including the remains of 1 in my parts yard which literally washed out of a creek bank in Minnesota. It's probably restorable with Herculean effort, if anyone is interested it's available for about the same cost as a restorable Model A Ford. Who says Classics have to be expensive? If you saw the 900 Coupe Sedan at Hershey (the one currently advertised) you might agree that it is a strikingly attractive car. Unfortunately for the breed the low windshield and rakish lines of the 900 are very appealing to street rodders, several sedans and at least 1 convertible coupe having met this fate. Again, anyone out there wanting to spend God knows how many hours restoring a terribly rough but basically complete 900 Coupe Sedan (but having something of value and rarity upon completion) contact me, but don't say you wern't warned!
  23. We're restoring a 1909 ONLY, so named because it had only 1 cylinder...unfortunately only 14 ONLY cars were built before the company went bankrupt. "You're restoring an Only? Are there any other ONLYs known?" "No, we're restoring the only ONLY". "Parts hard to find?" "Yea...most parts for the Only are Only only"......shades of "Who's on first"
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    My final words on the subject...once again my "Spare Parts Theorem" has been validated...At any given time there are more horses asses in the world than there are horses, kinda like Tucker parts.
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    So then you're saying that things are exactly as they appear...while you (assuming you represent the CCCA) are perfectly willing to take my membership money I should certainly not have the audacity to assume that my chintzy 900 convertible in any way allows me to use the mantel of "Classic" when referring to it. Frankly, I fail to see much classic styling in those bulbous late 30's Twelves...classic performance perhaps, but styling ?