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DeSoto Frank

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  1. T-head, In his memior "The Birth of Chrysler Corporation, and its Engineering Legacy", Carl Breer talks about his early days (pre-1920) at Chalmers and then Studebaker, and I believe he spends a few paragraphs on vibration / crank problems with the Studebaker Big Six... if I remember correctly , this issue was related to "torsional vibration" (nowadays eliminated by the "harmonic blanacer"?). Regards, De Soto Frank
  2. Car in uper right photo looks like a '25 Chevy Coach ? Car in bottom two photos apears to be same car - 1929-'30 ? Upper left photo - car on left might be same Chevy coach or Ford Tudor ?
  3. Thanks for the additional resources, West. When I meant a "two=plate" state, I meant each vehicle having two license plates, one up front and one on the rear. During my lifetime, PA vehicles are issued only one plate, and it goes on the rear. But I have pair of matching 1941 Penna plates for my De Soto, so apparently, there was a period when PA vehicles carried two tags. Will check out ALPCA...
  4. This is photo is truly a sad scene. The tractor in the extreme left background is a "Styled" 2-cylinder John Deere, and it looks like it's chained to the Duesenberg, to drag it onto the scale. Judging by the absence of tires, I'm guessing this J was doing its bit for the war effort, having been turned-in for scrap.
  5. Pretty true... I let out a guffaw over the "reality fairy"....
  6. Wes, Sounds like "Mr. New Cadillac" is a wind-bag, looking for a "quick flip". If you've got the time and are not pressed for space, sit back and wait. If you're in a hurry to dump the car, then you're at the mercy of the marketplace... (which stinks right now... it's a buyer's market. Few people have "mad money".) Unfortunately, there are lots of "tire-kickers" out there; some are nice folks, some are bozos (see comment at top)... I have to admit to being a "recovering" tire-kicker myself... And I've had to let some darned good vehicles go for less than they were "worth"... most went to "goo
  7. Am going to be looking for some Pennsylvania Year-of -manufacture license plates for my 1928 Ford. Have seen several varieties on eBay... Couple of matched sets (pairs), some with six numbers separated by a hyphen eg: 000-000, and others with a letter, followed by some numbers, eg: A 00-000. So, my basic questions are: 1) Was Pennsylvania a two-plate state in'28 ? 2) Correct alpha-numeric sequence for a civilian passenger car ? Thanks !
  8. Well, it has an Elgin clock, so that would make me think is from an American car...
  9. Looks like the "Davis" logo on the spare tire cover, right at "12 o'clock"... ( Have to click on photo and enlarge to largest view) Not many cars of that era had four-lug hubs... Ajax Six and Moon are the others that come to mind.
  10. Thanks, A. I'll check out the links. Regards, Frank
  11. I believe Lawn-Boy used needle-bearings on their mains "forever"... at least on their 2-stroke engines.
  12. Point taken about leaving some headroom in the top-tank. Believe the MM is popping from vibration as opposed to pressure... Don't get the geyser until a long pull... (another kettle of fish...) Will pull the whole thing and give it a good cleaning. Are there supposed to be any locking detents on the moto-meter lugs ? (Definitely not getting 1/4 turn out of it...)
  13. Have been reading Jim Schildt's "Model A Restorer's Shop Manual", and he makes reference to a Ford Motor Company service bulletin / instruction sheet for conversion of the trunk to a rumble seat from the Model A era... Apparently the floor pans and such were bolted to the body, as opposed to being welded ? Does anyone know if the Ford instructions are available on-line ? I'm trying to finish a conversion that was started on my '28 coupe... Thanks !
  14. I have found another little quirk as I continue my "shakedown cruise" of my '28 Ford Special Coupe... The repro Boyce Moto-Meter keeps popping open... not a huge deal, except that any coolant overflow tends to splurge all over the hood instead of going out the overflow tube. 50/50 does NOT make for a good windshield-wash ! Anybody else have this issue with their moto-meters ? Any tricks to keep them locked-down ? ( My issue seems to be confined to the cap and base assembly, not where it threads-on to the factory radiator neck. ) Thanks ! :cool:
  15. Dean H - VERY COOL !!! :cool: I would love to have a McCormick 10-20 or 10-30 some day ! ( On steel or rubber) I had an early Farmall A as a kid - crank start, mag-only... s/n FAA-1829. Tough old machine !
  16. Can anyone else tell if the runningboard splash=aprons have a raised bead or raised inset panel ?
  17. International also used a ball-bearing crank in its four-cylinder engines in the teens & twenties, one BB at each end - a "two-main" engine. AFAIK, these were robust engines, and IHC probably used the same construction in their agricultural engines. I believe Stutz also used ball-bearings on their four-cylinder mains... ? I think the issue had more to do with "crankshaft whip" at higher RPMs, due to lack of support at the center... maybe not an issue when engines didn't spin more than 2000 rpms...
  18. I took a close look at the re-sized photo, and the cowl lights appear to be the more conventional type "drum" cowl lights. The first time I looked at the original photo, I thought they were more like the nautical "deck vent" cowlights as used on Premier, Stude Big Six, and other early '20s cars... The strong shadow in the photo makes the cowl lights look like their rear side fairs into the cowl...
  19. Willys-Knight or Buick ? ( So, the initial photo was "stretched" ? That had me looking for huge behemoths ! )
  20. Locomobile 38 ? Locomobile and Pierce and Stutz were among the last US automakers to switch to left-hand drive, around 1920. John, not trying to be tacky, but were your grandparents "well-off" ? All the cars mentioned thus far were high-end vehicles, not cars for the middle class or hourly wage earner.
  21. You beat me to it, Matt ! ( I don't think I've ever seen a RED Bugatti.... )
  22. And, just how many non-detergent oils "back in the day" had zinc in them ? The zinc issue seems to be the hottest topic since the "unleaded-gas destroys vintage valves" controversy that started about 25 years ago... Much of what I have been reading about the benefits of the ZDDP additive is that it is most relevant to proper break-in of new cam & lifters in flat-tappet engines. Apparently there were issues with some Detroit Iron leaving the factory with "soft cams" during the 1960's and '70s (?) and the ZDDP helped prevent early camshaft failure ("wiping"). I have been hearing that Shell
  23. Actually, I think this was cut-down from a Tucker station-wagon... And here I always thought that Corvair made the first rear-engined pick-up ! Wonder if they'll find the prototype Tucker "Ute" for export to Australia & New Zealand?
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