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  1. I believe the Model B, which was a much bigger car than the 2-cylinder Fords, took a 32x3-1/2 tire, which would now be replaced by a 33x4 oversize. But if it has to be a clincher, your choices are limited.
  2. I suggest you ask this question on the Model T Ford Club of America website. You'll probably be inundated with Texas Model T owners wanting to teach you all about them. I can only tell you, they're an absolute hoot!
  3. The HCCA tours in Amish country a lot. Generally, the Amish enjoy seeing our cars, and several of us use Amishmen to make upholstery, tops, and new wooden wheels for early cars. A couple of weeks ago I took two Amish boys and their sister - one at a time - for short rides in my Curved Dash Oldsmobile. When the girl got aboard, her dad said: "You look like you're in a courting buggy!" I told them the car had been a courting buggy, and sang "In My Merry Oldsmobile". But there are hazards. I set out to pass an Amish buggy, and the chugging of my single-cylinder engine spooked the horse, which broke into a full gallop. I backed off, and got behind the buggy, and the horse stopped abruptly. Yikes! This kind of thing must have happened a lot, back in the day.
  4. vintchry, right on! When I got back into playing with cars after a 24-year layoff (don't ask!) I started with a Model A roadster. Model As are wonderful cars, and you can go anywhere with one, even on an Interstate if you're careful. And I did. But I joined the two local Model A clubs, and found they only toured in a snake. Nose to tail, like circus elephants. Boring and dangerous, in my opinion. I sold the Model A, got a brass car, and have never looked back. But, once in a while, I miss the Model A!
  5. I've been quite active in HCCA touring for several years. I have a 1907 one-lung Cadillac (soon to be for sale); a 1914 Model T Ford; a 1912 Model 35 Buick (the entry-level Buick that year); and a 1911 10-horsepower Stanley steam car. My only prior exposure to CDOs was 50 years ago, when a wonderful Minnesota collector named Norm Nielsen let me drive his. I drive pre-1916 cars about 5,000 miles a year. I mentioned going to a Cars and Coffee. The one around here started out meeting at a French bakery, now long outgrown, and has always been called Cars and Croissants. It's mostly modern expensive exotics. I was asked to join because "we like anything interesting, and your cars are interesting". I've told some of the guys that I'm sorry for them. They spend tens of thousands - sometimes hundreds of thousands - of dollars for cars with performance they can't possibly use unless they go to a race track. They can go from 0 to lose-your-license on almost any road in North America in 6 seconds or less. I, on the other hand, use all of the performance my cars offer, every time I go out on the road. The car and I have to work together and understand each other, or we don't get there. Or back. I don't have the mechanical smarts to do a progressive tour, where you might find your car at the side of the road and your trailer 700 miles behind you. If I ever drive an early car across the country, it will be a well-sorted Model T, where most repairs are easy and infrequent and most parts are available in a day or two. The guys I envy are the ones who make very long trips in Brand X brass-era cars, knowing they might have to do blacksmith repairs in a pinch. And, of course, those guys' cars are so well fettled that repairs are seldom necessary. But hub tours - going somewhere in the morning, coming back to the trailer for the night, and then going somewhere else the next day - are lots of fun. And the HCCA all over North America, AACA Snappers in the east, the Model T clubs and the steam car guys have many tours like this for brass cars every year.
  6. 1904 Curved Dash Oldsmobile. It's done the run three times with the prior owner and has VCC certification. I've had it 6 weeks and run it about 150 miles. It needed a new coil (the old one died on the BBC tour) and batteries and a bit of tweaking, but it chugs along quite contentedly at about 23 mph with plenty left for the many hills around here. I drove it 37 miles yesterday to a Cars and Coffee, to the amusement of the Corvette, Jaguar and Ferrari owners, and then to an ice cream place. Tiller steering sure is quick!
  7. I just bought a London-to-Brighton-eligible car that has done the run three times. I'm too committed to go this year, but it's on my list for next year. I'll be 84 then, so I'd better not wait too much longer!
  8. There are a couple of fascinating stories of people who recently took cross-country vacations in brass-era cars. Joe and Betty Swann spent the summer of 2016 driving their 1912 E-M-F from Pennsylvania to the west coast and back. The E-M-F website, emfauto.org, has their blog, and it's a great read. Separately, a past national president of HCCA, Don Rising, set out to travel from California to Virginia with two of his sons and two of his grandsons in 1910 and 1911 Model T Fords. One made it; the other broke an axle. Their blog is ca2vabyt. In both blogs, they tell about what precautions they took, what went well, and what didn't. And they both thoroughly enjoyed the adventures. It can be done!
  9. Last Tuesday I provided my own music at a car show. Sort of. I was on the HCCA tour in Lancaster County, PA. Tuesday was a short driving day, only 50 miles, and we visited a lot of Amish establishments, so I drove my newly-acquired 1904 Curved-Dash Oldsmobile. A father and his three pre-teen kids, two boys and a girl, took a special interest in my car, so I gave each kid a short ride. When the girl got aboard, her father said: "You look like you're in a courting buggy!" I said this had been a courting buggy back in the day, and that a song had been written about it. Then I sang "In My Merry Oldsmobile". They seemed to like it. But if I still had a day job, it would be a good idea not to quit it.
  10. VL, you don't need better weather to enjoy a ragtop! The Stanley picture was taken at an event on New Year's Day a couple of years ago. The temperature was 28, and I was wearing cross-country ski clothes and a snowmobile suit. The Biuck picture was taken at Hershey in the rain, and includes me, my son and my grandson. The others were just fun times.
  11. We sure can agree on not letting kids slide down our fenders! And I can erupt in a hurry if a parent encourages his kid to treat my car, or anybody's car, like an amusement park toy. Fortunately, most people are decent.
  12. Giving rides and going to shows are related ways of engaging with the public, but not the same thing. I give lots of rides. In my steam car, I ask kids whether they know "The Little Engine That Could." They all do. I find a hill, start up it, and slow to a crawl. CHOO - - CHOO - - choo - - choo - - CHOO - - CHOO - - choo - - choo - - I - - THINK - - i - - can - - I - - THINK - - i - - can. When they're all hollering it in cadence with the engine, I feed it a bit more steam and away we go: I THOUGHT i could I THOUGHT i could. The kids love it. Often, someone will ask me if it's OK to take a picture of his kid in front of my car. I say no, it's not OK - put him behind the wheel! A couple of our town's charitable groups raise money by running silent auctions. I offer half a day of Model T instruction, and get several bids. I've taught several neighbors, including kids with learners permits, how to drive a T. And yes, I let them do it. So if you want to chew somebody out for not sharing his cars with the public, pick on somebody else.
  13. If the charity is charging the public to come and see the cars, so that my car's presence might draw more people and more money for the charity, then I'll take a car to help the charity. But if the public gets in free, and I have to pay to enter my car, no way. If it's a charity I choose to support, I'll donate the entry fee and then enjoy my day doing something else. I have five pre-World-War-1 cars (one will be for sale soon), and I get no thrill out of spending a day surrounded by hot rods.
  14. My cars are for driving, not (usually) for showing. Other than Hershey, I don't enter shows I have to pay for. I'll be happy to let you look at my car for free, but I'll be damned if I'll pay to have you come and look at it.
  15. OldCarFudd because I'm an old fudd with old cars. When I post tour reports to the HCCA website I usually sign off with Gil Fitzhugh the Elder, to distinguish myself from my son, who's also in the hobby. So I get called Fudd or Elder on tour, and people sometimes respond to one of my posts by calling me GFtE.
  16. Last year's Hershey Hangover, 2-1/2 days of brass-era touring for AACA and HCCA members right after Hershey, went there. Here's the article I wrote for the HCCA website. https://hcca.org/BOARDS/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1135&sid=6f3165b49b0e5ac3c27325631f4ac01d
  17. Also Petrel, I believe, and Sears highwheelers. And my self-propelled modern snowblower!
  18. JamesR - I've heard that the word dashboard comes from horse-and-buggy days. When the horse was dashing, he was kicking up whatever was on the road. The dashboard, at the front of the buggy, kept this stuff off the passengers. In early cars, the dashboard came between the power plant and the passengers, too, and kept the messy engine from slinging oil on the people.
  19. Just what is a "non-driven show car"? Do you drive it from your garage to the trailer, and from the (possibly remotely parked) trailer to the show field and back? Do you drive it to get gas? While you're at it, since it's a nice day, do you go on into town and get a haircut? If your Aunt Minnie comes to visit, do you take her for a ride? If an insurance company gives you a price break because of minimal use, and you have an accident, you'd better be mighty sure that the use you were making of the car was well within the minimal use the company thought it had agreed to. Otherwise, I'd suggest you stick with companies that insure driven antiques, even if it costs you a few more pesos a year.
  20. When I park my Stanley, I lock the throttle and shut off the main fuel. If I can't keep an eye on the car, I shut off the pilot fuel, too. There are at most 300 people in the country who would know how to steal it, and none of those 300 would do so. On the other hand, I avoid places that only allow valet parking.
  21. It was just a guess. But that shifter lever looks like the one on a Maxwell planetary transmission. Hupmobiles had sliding gear transmissions with very different levers.