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  1. Nice pair. Chrome has pitting , so use on your driver or restore for show. White sections of the lenses have some crazing. $150 for the pair with free shipping.
  2. From a 4-door: All front end parts including nice fenders with sidemounts; grille surround without insert; hood; bumpers; trunk lid (only rusty part); rear fenders; dash panel with gauges; wood garnish in great shape; many other small parts in boxes. Parts are located in MD; 30 minutes south of Gettysburg and 1 hour from Carlisle. Delivery to Charlotte in April, or Spring Carlisle possible. Entire grouping available at $1650. Inquire about individual parts. Send PM with your email address.
  3. Great entertainment. Tape it and then watch in FF until something nice comes along. Or look for humor: A nice looking ‘55 Crown Victoria was was quest up outside, waiting it’s turn on the block. As the show went to a commercial, the overhead camera showed the Ford puking its guts out (coolant) on the pavement- someone put a rug down to collect the flow. I guess idling for an extended period in the Arizona warmth was too much for its cooling system.
  4. If you google “Corvair lifter noise”, you’ll find a discussion on a site known as Corvair Center.
  5. The COE trucks are not as well documented as the regular truck bodied units, but I don’t think this 2-piece grille treatment arrived until 1941. Of course, the big war interrupted domestic production in 1942. Some larger trucks were produced during the war for approved war-related use. The grille changed again in 1947, but there are early ‘47 trucks that retained this grille. So your truck could have been anywhere between 1941-47. There is a book: “GMC, The First 100 Years”, published in 2002 by Krause Publications. Basically a coffee-table book for GMC. It shows many of these trucks, including my ‘46 pickup you see here.
  6. Great collection of MHR programs: 1989-83; and 1997-2002. Great condition. Fantastic photographs of the historic race cars. $125 with free shipping to the US.
  7. The preservation process is completed. The wood looks great, but not refinished. The Tung oil replaces the essential oil that have been lost over the past 96 years. See the “after” pictures below. It looks dramatically better than the forlorn relic I found in the antique store. What is remarkable is that the wood never split, checked, or rotted. Most likely it’s American Black Walnut. During my internet research, I stumbled upon the company that built the steering wheel; and a curious patent infringement case that resulted from another company attempting to make a steering wheel for Cadillac. The patent case summary includes the patent drawing for this wheel. Sadly, after the American Wood Rim Company prevailed in its patent case, a fire destroyed the factory in Michigan. By the next decade, other materials began to replace wood in steering wheel manufacture. Stop in at my Hershey spaces in October to see the wheel. GAI 18-19. Maybe the owner of a 1924 Flint will want to adopt it!
  8. Update: The steering wheel has received its first coat of Tung oil and is drinking it up like a drunken sailor. My wood guy, a gun stock specialist, thinks it may be Cuban Mahogany or possibly Walnut. Curious to discover who may have made these wheels, I found the following article on the internet. If our wheel is in fact from a 1924 Flint, it seems very likely it was made at the Onaway (Michigan) plant, just 2 years or so before the plant was destroyed by fire. I'll post a few pictures of the wheel as soon as the preservation is completed. Given that these wheels were not made "in house" by early car makers; but were purchased from outside vendors; there is the possibility that our wheel (separated from the center elements) may interchange with other cars of the early to mid 1920's.
  9. Wayne: You’re probably correct. With the center quadrant removed, the actual wood piece looks quite similar to many wheels I have seen from 1924-27. The distinctive style of joinery matches early Buick wheels very closely. I can only imagine there was a supplier making the wood wheels to a spec; and various car makers inserted their own mastheads to complete the assembly. I doubt a small maker like Flint would maintain a staff of wood craftsman for a part they could source elsewhere. In fact, I read somewhere that Billy Durant experimented with making cars from “assembled parts”. Ironic, that is essentially the car manufacturing business today. We are going to treat the wheel with tung oil this week; and then I’ll bring it along to Hershey in October.
  10. Please look at the pictures below. The steering wheel resting on my sofa is the one I found this week at an antique mall in Western Maryland. The second picture was grabbed from a Hemings article on the 1924 Flint automobile. The only obvious difference is the word “gas” on the ‘24 Flint. I guess we have moved into the realm of really obscure. Now where to find a Flint in need of a steering wheel........
  11. The center of the mast has been removed to make the wood treatment easier. The center hub has a maker’s mark. Perhaps another clue?
  12. I bought the wheel. It was marked down to $100 with its Christmas discount. I have decided to lightly preserve the wood which is in amazing condition but quite dry. As for its application, it remains a mystery. I have seen Lincoln wheels from the 1920’s with identical wood work; but I have not seen a match for the metal pieces. I would sell it to someone who has a use for it; otherwise you can see it next October in the green field (GAI 18-19).
  13. Here are a few more pictures. Note the unique wood joinery with dowel pins. Somebody with real skills built this thing. The steering shaft is a hardened steel with a movable core for the spark adjustment. The horn wire runs down the very center.