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  1. Wanted. 1930 Essex super six instrument cluster... no need for speedo. Any condition considered. Must be the style of the ones pictured....
  2. Wanted. 1930 Essex super six instrument cluster... no need for speedo. Any condition considered. Must be the style of the ones pictured.
  3. Wanted, 1934 Desoto instrument cluster, 4 in one. Like the ones pictured. I can be contacted direct at gavinnz@xtra.co.nz Thanks, Gavin
  4. Hiya, The chassis number on the Italian built Fiats of that era were only on the brass chassis plate that was mostly on the dash or the firewall. That dual ignition system is an American system, it you want to know more about them I have scanned and posted a period book on them for everyone to see. https://www.flickr.com/photos/59346333@N03/albums/72157630174833670/with/7393409074/ Pictures of my 1915 Italian built Fiat are here also... https://www.flickr.com/photos/59346333@N03/albums/72157629167133050 Regards Gavin New Zealand
  5. I am thinking of maybe selling my 1915 American LaFrance Speedster project. If anyone is seriously interested contact me for details. It is all 1915 gear, with the correct dripper 6 motor with dash mounted Pederson pump. Comes with lots of great parts old and new that have been bought for it over the past 5 years... Chassis shortened 14 inches to 12 foot wheelbase.... New tyres/tubes, rims (new), with hubs machined down ready for wood, 4 huge friction dampers (new), fully and recently rebuilt period dual ignition/twin spark magneto, Corbin tacho, full instruments. LOTS of brass, including a full set of head side and tail electric lamps from CM Hall. Newly made gas tank in stainless. New Momometer and rad cap, new drive sprockets machined to fit, and lots more I can't remember. I even have a oil tank lever from a genuine Simplex to go on the dash. Some pictures of the Speedster are here... http://www.flickr.com/photos/59346333@N03/sets/72157629630294377/ Car is in New Zealand but can be packed in a container for shipping anywhere. Regards Gavin gavinnz@xtra.co.nz
  6. The 1600 uses a different engine completely. OHC for the 1600RS BDA Rally derived cars and OHV for the normal 1.1, 1.3 amd 1.6 road models. The 1.1 is a very slow car! Try and find a 1.3 Mk1 2 door.... or a Mk2 1600 Sport. I have the honor of having owned EVERY body style of Escort.... 2 door, 4 door, van and station wagon!
  7. For me it was watching the short lived US TV show "Bearcats" as a kid that had to guys driving around the wild west in a Stutz Bearcat.... (replica for the action shots). I still vividly remember them driving fast around a slight uphill bend at speed and the car shooting rocks and dust out the back as it slid around the corner... That show is the reason I an building an American LaFrance Speedster... Regards Gavin
  8. I have a Manzel Brothers Company, Buffalo NY, compressor Type AG that is missing some drive parts. I am after any information on what RPM they were designed to run at when hooked up to a idling car?? Anyone have ANY information on them???? Guesses are ok too! It's hard to get scale in the photos, but it's only 7.5 inches tall to the top of the brass fitting.... the crankcase is only 3 inches high for example. Here are a couple of pictures at...... Manzel Brothers Company Buffalo NY compressor Type AG | Flickr - Photo Sharing! Manzel Brothers Company Buffalo NY compressor Type AG. | Flickr - Photo Sharing! I am gearing it to run it with a small antique Nelson Brothers Little Jumbo hit and miss stationary engine that has a maximun rpm of 450rpm. I am building it as a "period workshop tire inflating rig" for my 1915 cars. The ratios I have to hand would give it either 125 or 160 rpm max when the engine hits to top rpm... Regards Gavin
  9. Thanks for that idea. I will see if I can find the thread type when I go back on Friday. To small for a truck. If it is a car engine it's a small to medium sized car maybe? Regards Gavin
  10. This is in the shed of a friend who has no idea what it might be. Can anyone help with an ID for it? Marine? Car? Make, age?? Regards Gavin
  11. I visited an old friend today and he produced this old horn. Can anyone tell me anything about it? Age? Make? Value? Was it standard on any car or just an accessory? What looks odd to me is that the air line from the bulb to the horn appears to have some sort of woven metal outer..... like a modern stainless armored hose.... but this looks like it might be period?? The horn is nickel plated brass construction with no makers name or marks I could find. He and I would be interested in any comments. Regards Gavin
  12. My car list is nothing much, but I did own for a while the "remains" of one oddity... a Hillman straight 8. I think it was a 1929 model. Sold it along with most of my other cars, bikes and soul to buy a Ferrari. Regards Gavin
  13. Bosch high tension Dual ignition systems. This is a link to a flicker page with scans I have done of a small booklet I bought a few years ago off ebay. Their is no date but I expect it is pre 1915. Lots of good information for people who might want to know about these early ignition systems. Regards Gavin Bosch high tension Dual ignition systems - a set on Flickr
  14. How many of us are into cars but maybe started out on bikes? Or have a few motorcycles tucked away at the back of the shed? I know I do! I didn't even own a car for years when I was riding bikes. Bikes are so much easier to store and smaller to work on, but everything on old bikes is "on show" so their is a lot of detail work that goes into a restoration! Regards Gavin
  15. If you are building a brass era Speedster and you have the freedom to shape things as you like then I have some basic ideas that were helpful to me. Gas tank size. A good starting point for size if you have a barrel shaped tank behind the seats is half the outside diameter of a tyre. Seat height. The amount the seat is lifted off the chassis rails is related to the wheelbase. What will look right on one wheelbase will look out of place on another. General "lines". Even with all the parts seeming to be quite unrelated on a brass speedster you can still give the car some over all "line". Think of a line starting at the radiator cap, coming along the hood, then in a gentle curve, passing the centre of the steering wheel, top of the seats, top of the gas tank and down the spare tyres. Where you can have most variation is the rear end. Too boxy and it can look homemade and rear heavy. Check out the rear of a Mercer Raceabout for some style. Fender lines. Heaps of variation to be had here..... Straight like a Simplex, curved and coming hard down to the running board like a Bearcat, angling down like a Mercer...... curved over the wheels, or straight out..... artistic flick at the ends of the rears. Running boards or a step? No fenders at all! The sky is the limit with fenders as a way to change your look. Scuttle/dash hood or nothing? Depends on the years you are aiming for.... their are literally hundreds of ways of shaping a small dash hood that can look nice. Seats. The seats and upholstry are a big parts of the look of a basic Speedster and can be shaped any number of ways, some nice brass or wood trims can add a touch of class. Their are just some random thoughts! Speedcars are a perfect way be a little creative..... after years of slavishly restoring cars to factory spec it can be a lot of fun to do! Regards Gavin