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  1. Saxonmotorcars.com will answer your questions. The B5R series roadsters were 1917. The brass plate is self explanatory. These four cylinder engines are first rate, and plentiful. They tended to outlast the cars, and many of them ended powering sawmills, boats and other homemade stuff.  The value of the engine depends upon its originality, it’s completeness and whether it runs or not. Look especially at the gearing, in the back of the engine, that runs the AK timer,,or distributor. If that is intact, the engine may have some value. You can buy a good Saxon engine for about $500, if it has good compression and a working timer. 

  2. Does anyone have a good source for vintage windshield wiper arms and blades? For some reason I can’t seem to have much luck fitting arms and blades on some of my cars, like the Airflow and the Franklins. These are fairly short arms and blades. There must be someone who deals in the old stuff.



    If that one isn’t available ( and it looks like a good one) I have a couple that would work. Do you need just the radiator, or the radiator and shroud?

  3. There are some beautiful old air cooled engines from the early days besides the superb Franklin. They were the engine of choice in the desert where water cooled engines gave out. I’m thinking particularly of engines like the Knox, the  so-called “porcupine” engine, that looked like a can with hundreds of spikes in it. Some great innovative engineering back in the early days.

  4. Actually Saxon parts are very easy to find, especially the more common four cylinder roadsters. This is because, though brilliantly designed, they were assembled cars using very high quality but common components...continental engines, Timkin bearings, Rayfield carbs, standard size wheels, etc. There were over 100,000 of them built, and in 1916 and 1917 they were the eighth largest manufacturers of car in America. Saxon had a great distribution system, and so many lurk in barns around the country. They are very sturdy and easy to restore. The problem is that owners over-value them, as does the owner of the car that started this thread. And the owner, now estate, of the car you listed starting trying to sell his touring car nearly a decade ago for $50,000. The price is now down to a more reasonable $16,000. It is known to be a very good and original car, and is probably worth the price. If I didn’t own five of them, I’d consider it.

  5. General suggestion on paint: if you are going to change colors from the original, get a sales brochure and see what colors the manufacturers chose for your model. A great deal of time and money is spent on deciding these original colors for maximum sales, and, generally, those colors remain the most popular, for that model, today.

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  6. Scott,

    It took me a little sleuthing to get the number, etc. I figured out the guy was in Okeechobee, emailed him, and got the right number. I could tell from the phone call that this car wasn’t going to be worth the visit. But it was right on our way to Arthur’s. That’s why I posted the photos with as little comment as possible. Mike got it right...one too many zeros.


  7. I didn’t put this in the for sale section, because this is just a review. In the recent Service Station there was a 34 Olympic for sale in Florida. Since we were driving across the state to attend a lecture about Franklins with Arthur Einstein at the Elliott Museum in Stuart, We thought we'd stop by to see it. It is a very late “C” model, rear spare, with the Vee grille. Though it seems to be intact, it needs everything, having been parked in a semi-open garage near Lake Okeechobee for thirty years. Rust, mold etc. the car was under some old junk, and the owner was finally able to lift part of the hood to let me take a photo of the engine.  The owner is asking $20,000. I leave it to you.0ECFBDD8-AF64-423D-A662-91C1DDF2F156.thumb.jpeg.4e6988d08308ed8bc39d012ee70f358f.jpegD40854AB-39FC-448B-9972-D3680478BE4B.thumb.jpeg.9fed7505e00c9ff388b236fc874edfa1.jpeg388E9D88-0D1D-495D-AF53-58C37D67DBF1.thumb.jpeg.7c98a98cc281e8476dd42514e10648cc.jpeg

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