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  1. Steve - Do your cars get driven much, or only kept inside except for the occasional show? I imagine there would be a huge difference to the longevity of clear-coated brass, no matter how professionally done. Gil Fitzhugh
  2. I imagine a run of newly cast crankcases might well sell out. Steve Bono has a 2-cylinder REO whose crankcase broke one too many times. He looked at the cost of casting new ones and gulped pretty hard. Then he got the word out he might have some made, was anyone interested? He ended up having made, and selling, 23 crankcases.
  3. The HCCA has a Sears Register which might help you.
  4. The Latin motto of the Veteran Car Club of Victoria, Australia, and the title of the book of its history, is "Dementia Prodest". Rough translation: "Madness is Useful".
  5. There's a past president of HCCA who doesn't think speedsters like this should be allowed on HCCA tours. The current HCCA national secretary, who will probably rotate up to president in a couple of years, has a bitsa Model T like this one that he has driven on HCCA tours. Judging no-nos like auxiliary transmissions, extra brakes, distributor ignitions, demountable rims, starters, extra wishbones, later engines, and all sorts of stuff that Henry never put on a brass-era T appear on a lot of Ts on HCCA tours. Too many of those things on a particular Model T lower its money value; they don't lower (and may enhance) its fun value. Bring the car on an HCCA tour; no one will throw you out. And any Model T club tour will welcome it.
  6. ¡Feliz navidad y prospero año nuevo! Gil Fitzhugh
  7. My toys are brass-era. When someone asks me whether I have pre-war cars, I say: "Well, yes, but which war do you have in mind?"
  8. That much tailwind isn't something I want to be airborne in unless it's in a commercial jet, a LONG way up. At some point, I'd have to turn around and land into that wind, and I'd be going backward over the ground. I presume people who advertise speeds in aircraft are talking about airspeed. In a rotary-wing aircraft, helicopter or autogyro, one blade of the main rotor is going forward relative to the fuselage and the other is going backward. The blade going backward has to be moving at a helluvan rpm so that more than just the tip can generate lift. If the other, advancing blade, is going the same rpm - which it will be - the airspeed of its tip is humongous, possibly supersonic. I prefer to observe from the ground, well to the side of the flight path.
  9. I want to comment on a couple of the most recent posts. 1. I, too, would like a gas-sipper (or electric) car for my daily driver. But I play with brass cars, which I haul in a 24-foot box trailer to (mostly) HCCA tours. I can't do that with a Miata or an electric. I have a VW diesel Touareg that gets about 25 mpg in normal driving (about half my annual mileage) and 12 when dragging a trailer (the other half). It would be a LOT more expensive to have a second daily driver to use when I wasn't hauling a trailer, than just to put up with 25 mpg instead of 50 or 60 in daily driving. 2. I also go to cars-and-coffee events, but I drive (I don't trailer) a brass car. I get very little chance to see the other cars - and, in truth, there aren't many I want to spend time looking at - because I'm mobbed with people, both casual spectators and the other car guys, wanting to know how my car works. I'm forever cranking, or pulling off some part, or pointing out the primitive but effective ways people did things 100+ years ago. Last Saturday I let a couple of guys crank my one-lung Cadillac, and they were enthralled. My favorite question, from non-car-guy spectators: "Does that car really run?" My reply: "I sure hope so, 'cause it's too heavy to carry and too far to push!"
  10. A 200-mph autogyro? It boggles the mind. Either the advancing blade would be supersonic or the retreating blade would be going backward.
  11. The gray car is a Ford Model K roadster, 6 cylinders, guaranteed to do 60 mph. Certainly the fender and hood lines look like the one's in the original post. Rob Heyen in Nebraska has one of these and has done extensive research into them from original sources.
  12. I enjoy seeing cars of many eras. At Hershey, I will husband my aging energy to walk over to look at Model As, Model Ts, sports cars, full classics, tri-5 Chevies and HPOF. Oh, yes, and trucks. But my principal interest is touring in open cars of the brass era. I enjoy driving them, talking to the public (especially kids) about them, giving rides in them, and hanging around with the other nuts who drive them. I typically do 6 week-long brass-car tours a year, plus a lot of day rides, plus going to the bank, the pizza place, the barber, or yoga any chance I get. I have five brass cars, which is probably one more than makes sense, and they’re all different from one another. In those days, everyone was trying to figure out how to make a car work, and the number of ways they came up with was fascinating. Nowadays, if you own a Chevy, you can rent a Toyota and have no trouble driving it, although you might not be able to figure out the radio. But being able to drive my Model T doesn’t prepare you for the Curved-Dash Olds, or the 1912 Buick, or (heaven help you!) the Stanley steam car.
  13. If the pictures were in color, they'd look like an HCCA tour today!
  14. The Model 16 was available as a roadster or a toy tonneau. The 17 was a full touring car, with a much heavier-looking non-detachable rear body.
  15. 1910 Buick Model 16 toy tonneau
  16. The safety bolts weren't used only on racing cars. My Curved Dash Olds has them, and so did a 2-cylinder Buick I used to own.
  17. DAMN autocorrect. That was supposed to be rapelled!
  18. I'm 83. Last March, as a mere stripling of 82, I bought a Curved Dash Oldsmobile. This summer I drove it on the New London to New Brighton in Minnesota, in pouring rain. Next year, as a creaky old geezer of 84, I'm going to ship it to England and do the REAL London to Brighton, probably in COLD pouring rain. My child bride of 80 did a week-long horseback trip in Argentina this year, followed by one in Ecuador, followed by a trip to Central America with her 51-year-old son where they hiked to Mayan ruins and appealed into caves. We figure we're going to be dead a long time, and there things we want to do before we get there. Don't wait!
  19. Peter, we should have a drag race! But first I'd have to strip my car of all unnecessary weight, like lamps and top. Also, Coker sells smooth, untreaded tires in 30 x 3-1/2 size. Maybe we should mount them, at least on the rear wheels. When the throngs of adoring spectators came to watch us race, we could tell them the tires were the last word in racing slicks! Gil Fitzhugh the Elder
  20. I've had (youngest to oldest) '21, '15, '14, and '13 Ts. I also have a National-first-prize-winning 1912 Buick. And some other early toys, but they're not relevant to this discussion. The Buick is the entry level Model 35. It can cruise more comfortably at a higher speed than a T. 40 mph is easy, where it feels strained in a stock T. With an intermediate gear, it can climb better than a T, despite having a slightly smaller engine and 50% more weight. It doesn't have to be shifted often, which is a blessing, because the gearshift is an abomination before the Lord and all the saints. It's not the ratios, which are ideal, but the mechanism for going from my hand to the gearbox, which is beyond unspeakably vile. A T, on the other hand, is a constant delight. When I'm driving a T, I'm constantly thankful that my grin doesn't go any further around my face, because if it did, the top of my skull would fall off. And I've taught lots of people - 16-year-old kids, young women, senior citizens, you name it - to drive a T. A few years ago, at a New England Brass and Gas tour, there was an afternoon ladies' driving school for Model T's. The granddaughter of a longtime club member asked it I'd give her a lesson; she was the only one of Grandpa's kids or grandkids who had ever shown an interest, and Grandpa had her along as a navigator - she'd never driven an antique. I took her through the basics, and her judgment seemed good, so we moved on to parallel parking, and starting on a hill. She was doing well, and not scaring me, so I said: "Tell Grandpa that tomorrow he gets another navigator. You're coming with me, and I'm going to navigate." The next day she drove my T 94 miles on Massachusetts roads. We were three happy people: her, me, and grateful Grandpa. I'm into touring, not showing, and almost all my activity is with the Horseless Carriage Club. With very few exceptions, that means my car has to have been built before 1916. If it were not for that limitation, I would have owned ericmac's car for about 3 months now. I can't imagine you'll ever find a better one. And, if you're willing to dedicate the time, you can drive that car without devaluing it. Pete Ratledge has an '11 T that's just as nice as ericmac's. He restored it about 20 years ago. it's won the Stynoski like ericmac's, it's won AACA grand national senior, and enough preservation awards to line the walls of a modest NY apartment. He drives it everywhere, including dirt roads in the rain, and the car looks as good now as it did when he rested it. It takes a ton of work, but it can be done. Buy a T!!!
  21. Lamps often were different. I have an entry-level 1912 Buick with bale-handled side lamps. I'm often asked if they're original to the car, since bale-handled side lamps weren't seen much after about 1910. And, in fact, I have no provenance on the car. But a few years ago I saw a similar car with similar lights, and I knew that car's prior owner. I called the prior owner to ask about the lamps. It turns out his father had been a Buick dealer back in the day. He said cars often came from the factory without lamps, and the dealer sourced the lamps locally. But the other car and mine couldn't have come from the same place, since my acquaintance is in Minnesota and my car is a southern wide-track with 60-inch tread. Go figure!