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  1. As a 17 year old in 1959, my summer job was driving a Cushman Truckster with a 4 ft sq by 30 in high freezer box.  It was cooled by dry ice blocks lasting about 12 hours.  It was a great tool for picking up girls & the money was good.


    This was years before the post office scooters.  My scooter did not have cab and the front looked like a late 40s vintage including a handle bar.  The engine was under the seat and the shifter was on the right side.  Later models used a steering wheel with the shifter on the column.  Meater maids used the later versions.


    The ice cream model was an 8hp motor with a Crosley clluch, trans, and rear end unit.  The truckster weighed 1,000 pounds & max speed was 35 mph.  They also sold units with a small pickup box but they were geared higher.

  2. Provide us with a towing rule & someone will show us of successfully breaking  it.  Years ago I pulled a 4,000 pound camping trailer with a 4,400 67 Chrysler.   With 87,000 miles, the transmission clutches had to be replaced.  I towed slower & was very careful when off pavement.  My best advice for towing was to always know how you getting out before you go off pavement.  Four wheel drive reduces problems & I believe well worth the cost.  I tow an open car trailer with a 2wd 1500 Silverado with an equalizer hitch, sway bars, & trailer brakes no faster than 65 mph.  A 3/4 ton 4 wd would be a requirement with an enclosed trailer.

  3. An alternate option is to find a tire shop that can work on truck split rims.  Look for an older shop in a small town.   Many farm communities can handle split rims on older equipment.  Take your spreader.


    I use a large screwdriver with square shaft & use a vice grip to clamp & turn the rim release.  I also use the rim spreader in connection with release.

  4. I am told the car is a right hand drive 1907 White Steam Car.  My grandfather never owned this car & was the passenger.  The photo was taken between 1907 & 1909 in San Francisco or Los Angles.  He worked in San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake but would take the train to L.A. to warm up in the summer.  He gave this photo to my grandmother when they were dating about 1909.  She was an old maid school teacher in Winslow AZ and spent her summers in Anaheim and Sundays at Long Beach.   He was a tall man at 6'6" and about 26, then again my grandmother was 5'9" and 3 years older.  He was raised near Green Bay, Wi and she was from near Pittsburgh, PA. 



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  5. Try checking the vacuum line from the fuel pump to the windshield wiper.  

    My car has a 5 inch rubber hose under the dash connecting the two metal lines.  

    The hose was hard and cracked, replacing it cured my problem.  

    I was tipped off by an 85 plus year old mechanic. 

  6. Is there a vacuum line from the tank to the vacuum windshield wiper?

    My car has a metal line to under the dash, a 4 inch rubber line, then a metal line to the wiper.

    Replacing the rubber line fixed my slow wiper problem.


    I have converted to a 6 volt electric pump next to the tank in the rear, you will also need a fuel flow regulator.


  7. The Historical Society in Lebanon, Ohio moved the Shell station and restored it 10 or 15 years ago.  

    They have it set up so you can pull off the street to take photos.

    When I took this photo, the local cop stopped to watch, waved, and drove on with a smile.



  8. MAC's Auto Parts, Model A Catalog sells the Bendix Starter Drive.

    You can purchase Spring for 7.95 or the whole starter drive (American) for 39.95, plus shipping.

    You should be able to pick up the parts at most Model A parts store.

  9. I have a 2 5/8 bell shaped wheel puller for $50.00 plus UPS shipping.

    If you are interested, I can get the shipping cost.

    If it doesn't work, send it back plus a stamped envelope & I will return the $50. 

    You can also wait and return it to me at Hershey.

  10. First, what ever anyone else or myself tell you, someone will break the rule with success.


    I pull a 3,000 pound 1931 sedan (driver) on a 2,000 pound open trailer with a 2006 1500 Chevrolet Extended Cab and a 5.3 engine.

    The 5.3 engine will pull the truck, trailer and car up interstate hills in 3rd gear when needed, normally I run in 4th gear.

    I use an equalizer hitch to reduce trailer bounce and better stability.  I also use a cap on the bed reducing some headwind.

    I always tow with the "Trailer" button on the end of the shifter pushed in,  Changes the shift points but I don't have high mileage.

    My preference would be to upgrade to a 3/4 ton if I used an enclosed trailer.

    Car in photo is a friends, not mine.




    If you run 65 MPH, you can expect around 13 to 14 MPG.  I have 52,000 miles on my 2006 and only tow 2,000 to 2,500 miles a year.

    I normally pull the trailer empty about 500 miles yearly as I store the trailer about 40 miles away.

    Many people will drive 10,000 to 15,000 miles a year while towing about 3,000 miles. 


    I have been investigating upgrading to a newer truck. 

    I am leaning toward a Ram with a 5.7 gas V8.  With coil springs on the back, the empty ride is the best.

    However, Chevy, Ford, Ram, Nisson, or Toyota should all work.

    The Nisson is classified as a 5/8 ton and has a harsher ride and the steering seems slow

    The dealer offered me a 61,500 loaded 2016 Cummings 5.0 V8 diesel truck for 45,000 3 days ago.

    Way too heavy duty for my needs.




  11. I pull  a 3,000 pound car on a 2,000 pound open trailer with an extended cab Chevrolet 1/2 ton (1500).

    It pulls acceptable but I would upgrade to a 3/4 ton with an enclosed trailer.

    I know someone who pulls a 24 ft enclosed trailer & a 3,000 pound car with a 1/2 ton F-150 Ford without problems.


    You will be more comfortable pulling a 24 ft closed trailer.

    A 20 foot will work but things will be tighter inside.


    Plan on buying Hold Down Straps.

    I run the straps from the floor loops to the axels.

    You can also use ones that go around the wheels.


    Load the car on the trailer, tie it down, and be sure to tow it down the road before you write the check.


  12. The video appears to show him putting it in 1st gear of a 4 speed trans.  My assumption is it also has a limited slip rear end.  This works well when one wheel has good traction.  If you have ever tried to drive on snow, you will know to keep your foot out of the throttle.  My guess is the driver wasn't experienced with driving a manual.  At 16, my father required me to release the parking brake slowly and slide the clutch in 1st so the car didn't go forward or backward.   It still hurts to watch the video.

  13. The Ohio Region consists of seven chapters.  Each Chapter usually has a monthly tour from April through October with gatherings at a restaurant some of the other months. 


    Three times a year, April/May, July, & October we have an OHIO Region weekend tour hoisted by a chapter. 

    Attendance at the Region Tours are open to everyone.


    October of 2016 we met in Logan, OH in the Hocking Hills area. 


    We will be having the May 2017 Region tour the weekend of May 5-7 at Painsville OH at the Quail Hollow Resort.  Friday, we will have an early bird tour to Fairport Harbor to visit the Finnish Museum and lighthouse.  Saturday, we will be touring Amish country with stops at two car collections, Rothenbuler Cheesemakers, Antique Shop.   Saturday evening we will have a banquet with an activity planned. 



    July 21-23 weekend, we will meet in Richmond IN for an early bird visit to the Wayne County Historical Museum. 

    Saturday, we will tour to the Wilber Wright Birth Place, Candle Outlet, Model T Museum, Antique Shopping Mall with an evening banquet.


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