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  1. Seattleites were deeply honored to have the late Pau Allen part of the great Pacific Northwest. Paul is mostly known for starting Microsoft with Bill Gates. What is little known of MR Allen is his incredible philanthropic endeavors, many of which are unknown to the general public, some better known are Brain research, Cancer research, and many more. He had incredible wealth and shared it for the betterment of man kind. His generosity in supporting and underwriting numerous endeavors for the benefit of the world. He was deeply involved in the history of World War 2 due to some of his families participation. His deep sea explorer is an extension of that interest. He also funded a world class aviation museum in Everett Washington. Many different aircraft are restored to perfection and on public display. The emphasis is WW2 war birds. I'm betting he is looking down with intense pride at the recent discovery of the USS Hornet flat top one of the greatest WW2 fighting ships . He also owned 2 professional sports teams the Portland Trailblazers, and the Seattle Seahawks. He put his money up to keep the Seahawks from being sold and moved to another city. He did this for his civic pride and for the citizens of Seattle. While being one of the richest men in the world, he was a true sports fan and a hands on owner. Before the games he could be seen walking about on the field talking to fans and members of the team and staff. Seattle collectively cried the day we heard of his passing. He was a quiet giant among men and his philanthropy and support will be felt for many years to come. When I go to Seahawks games I look across to his suite and say a prayer for a great man now gone far to early in his life. just sayin' brasscarguy
  2. Let me offer a bit of perspective on the value of "real" original unrestored race cars as I have some recent hands on experience. I owned and sold the original "Riverside special' this is the Frontenac dual overhead cam single seat dirt car mounted on a 1925 Model TT truck Frontenac powered tow vehicle. This car had lots of history including one time owner Floyd Clymer. This dirt car was last raced in 1939 and the car had not been removed from the TT truck from that date. I sold it several years ago for something north of the 200k they are asking for the Hudson. In my humble opinion if the Hudson is the real deal their idea of something less than 200k is well within recent values and sales. There are lots of "tribute" repop's out there but the real ones are few and far between. Do your research and due diligence, then get off your wallet and buy it. just sayin' brasscarguy
  3. Describe the style of Klaxon horn you need. I have a collection of old Klaxons that I inherited from my father and would like to dispose of them brasscarguy@comcast.net
  4. I have a couple of Overland spindles plus some other misc Overland parts. I have a set of Budd wire wheels, hubs and nuts, maybe some spring leaves, and chassis parts if you are still in need brasscarguy@comcast.net
  5. Hi Mike, Just a bit of Harrah's history, having worked there back in the late '60's doing research, I was often down on the shop floor checking our progress on my restoration projects. The thought that they never started a motor until the car was finished simply not factual. Most if not all engines were started long before the cars were in their completed stages. For example the Bugatti Royal under restoration had a severely cracked block. After welding as much as was accessible, the engine was assembled and set on a running stand. Then the engine was hooked up to a tank of KW block seal and the engine was started and ran for several months off and on to get the tiny cracks and crevasses sealed. This particular car actually used a block from a rail car which was the same as used in the Royals. To this day I'm sure the present owner has no idea how badly cracked and broken that block was. I never had heard that particular story of not starting the engines until finished. The cars were mechanically finished and the cars then started and driven around the parking lot checking all adjustments and drivability. Where this thought may have started was, once a car was totally finished it received a red star designation. Then all cars had to complete a 500 mile road test. Once the 500 miles was obtained and the car had all the adjustments and issues corrected, Mr. Harrah then drove the car and it had to meet or exceed all original specifications. Once he gave his approval the car then received its "gold star" which was the best of the best. I remember one particular SJ Duesenberg Murphy roadster that had its "red star" and the required 500 miles. Mr. Harrah came out to the collection to take it for its final road test and it blew a seal inside the super charger. He limped it back smoking like a train. The guys jumped in and redid the seal and got it back running. A few days later Mr. Harrah came back to test drive it . 1st you would need to know Bill Harrah had a need for speed, a very heavy foot and love loud and very fast cars. For example he drove a Ferrari V-12 powered Jeep Wagoneer daily. A super charged Mk 2 Continental, amongst many others. So he jumps on the throttle of the Duesenberg and again the super charger blows the same seal. Seems none of the mechanics and shop people had the kahuna's to put their foot in it!!!!!. After yet another rebuild they got it right and Bill Harrah could not "blow the seal" and the car got its "gold star" designation. Those days were incredible and for a 24 year kid, it was the ultimate place to work. just remembering, brasscarguy
  6. PRICE REDUCTION!!!!!! I am moving and really don't want to move and store this Reo. So I will take $20,000.00 otherwise is goes into deep storage and forgotten. It is a really good brass era car and will offer some one a very nice car to tour with. I can store it until spring at no charge. It's up to you now if you want a great running brass era automobile. I can email a video of the motor running if you would like it. brasscarguy 206-919-1949.
  7. I have a teens Haynes frame. Has been dipped and phosphate. It has front to back trusses and is quite well built. I think the wheelbase is 125" . Here is the best part it free!!!!! I am moving and no longer going to pursue this project. I also have a large early brass era right hand drive steering unit, and an incredible early large VEE brass radiator for sale as well. I have several interesting larger early gas and oil tanks, and a lot of misc bits I have collected for this project for sale which as I said is not going to happen. If interested email me at brasscarguy@comcast.net
  8. The heck with the car, your moms hot!!!!! just sayin' brasscarguy
  9. It is a 1907-08 Reo 2 cylinder. It has metal fenders and a tubular axle. In 1909 the axles were I beam. 1906 Reo used wood fenders with no lips around the underside. My 1908 2 cylinder barn fresh Reo has a tubular axle, metal lip fenders. just sayin' brasscarguy
  10. Selling our 1913 Reo Roadster runs and drives well. this is an original barn fresh car with a rebuilt motor. It is listed Ebay #132870282500 thnx brasscarguy
  11. The address for Bud Meadows at 4724 Roosevelt way was the original home of Wockner Pontiac that I referenced above. just sayin' brasscarguy
  12. There was another Pontiac dealer in Seattle in the university district. Wockner Pontiac. This dealer was at the time the only non union dealer and the local auto machinists union had to hire pickets to walk the sidewalks in front of the dealership for a number of years. To finally beat the union Wockner sold to Bud Meadows who moved the dealership to 125th and Aurora. This dealership had a round showroom which still stands now selling used cars. just saying, brasscarguy
  13. Let me chime in here as a past National President of the HCCA. With ALL of the incredible past presidents that have served the AACA over many years through good and bad times, why would you pick 2 out of this esteemed group of past presidents and want members to cough up money to honor just 2? This my friends is an terrible insult to the many that have served in the position and offered, nurtured and guided this fine organization through the many years of its existence. I think a "Presidents" room is a fine and proper reward for their service. To establish a special room to honor just 2 is a terrible insult to those that came before and after. This amounts to make some sort of honor to a very exclusive and personally selected pair of men. I would offer a donation if the room became an all encompassing room honoring ALL past presidents. I personally know of the costs of being a national president and honoring all would be a far more fitting tribute to their efforts on behalf of the AACA. After your museum debacle maybe this will be yet another mess the board and its employees will get us into. Members, don't write the check until this is solved to the satisfaction of the members, this proposal ain't right and has a peculiar odor to it. just sayin' Howard Musolf National HCCA President 2001 I
  14. Back in the days when I was restoring cars regularly I always planned my trips to Hershey to purchase his exceptional leather. The show prices were great as well as the quality and service. It was a pleasure to chat with Bill and he was always outgoing and helpful. Sadly once again we have lost one of the really fine "old time" antique car guys. Rest in peace Bill, and wait for the rest of us to join you!!!!!! just sayin' brasscarguy
  15. Based on the photo, the engine is a 2 cylinder Reo. There are some modifications such as the exhaust exiting out the left hand side. It appears they have changed or modified the engine oiler which originally was mounted on the top of the crankcase centered between the cylinders. Reo used 2 pet cocks on the bottom of each cylinder as shown in this photo. One was to drain the water from the cylinder and the other was to drain the excess oil from the cylinder. In the photo, construction they used a Reo radiator and tilted it backwards. They used different gas and water tanks to lower the profile. The steering wheel spyder appears to be Reo as well. I copied the photo and used my 1907 2 cylinder Reo for comparison. Reo did not start production until 1904 so the 1902 date is incorrect for what ever reason. just sayin' brasscarguy