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  1. I talked to Temple Baldwin, the Peerless 60 Six restorer, several times late last week, and he did not seem to wish to talk at all about ANY possible ideas to find, & eventually rig, a replacement powerplant to this old ancient sawmill. As I have stated this is the mill owner's #1 concern before letting this Peerless engine go to anyone. Temple Baldwin the restorer said also said that he had a fellow "Greg Cohen", an "engine expert", that was supposed to contact me about inspecting this engine late last week for Temple. Greg in fact called me at almost 11:00 PM while I was already sle
  2. Lets hope this is not the case here. Perhapps the restorer/future Peerless engine buyer Temple Baldwin can get some sort of contract written up with the sawmill owner that outlines everything that must be done before he can take delivery of the Peerless engine. ? My only part in this entire saga is just to get these two guys to finally meet-up in person so THEY can sort-out any possible transaction details themselves . I really do not know the Peerless restorer Temple Baldwin at alll; and only know the sawmill owner from buying firewood from his late father & him for many years . I w
  3. I was just told by the noted Brass-Era auto & Peerless restorer Temple Baldwin, who is in fact working on these two Peerless restoration/recreation projects, that this Giant 13.5 Liter /850 Cu In Peerless 1912-1914 engine only has a top speed of 1200-1300 RPM max. As it is used on the sawmill now I am guessing it only runs at about half it's rated top speed. I will use a hand heald tacometer to see for sure. The real issue for Temple Baldwin is what the heck would you replace it with today in a more modern powerplant that would have enough torque to run this ancient sawmill rig at s
  4. You have to remember that quality hardwood lumber is the sawmill owner's family business. It has been for generations. It is still very much a working sawmill. One of the very few left in Penna. He supplies quality hardwood, oak & maple for home builders, timberframe lumber & the hardwood scrap "slab wood' with the tree bark still on for firewood. He also sells quartered firewood. This sawmill must remain in operation. I think he owner is smart in demanding that a newer more modern powerplant be set-up by the Peerless engine buyer BEFORE he gives them this old beast. The very l
  5. Update~ Since Jeff & I posted about this very rare Peerless 60 SIX I have been contacted by six people . Four are Dealers who have no real valid need for this rare engine. Their only real interest is to buy & "Flip It" to make BiG BUCKS $$$ off this rare engine. Another is a noted & well known auto Museum who wishes to put this engine on static display. The last is a noted Brass Era auto restorer who is trying to put two additional Peerless 60 Six autos back togeher again. Several wanted to look at this engine during the upcomming AACA Hershey Meet week in October. The Sawmill &am
  6. It appears that there has only been one known complete original Peerless 60 Six in collector's, & Museum, hands for many decades. Jeff a here just put me in touch with a noted brass-era restorer who is now in fact building-up not one~~~ But TWO additional Peerless 60 Six autos from a very large chache of old parts. This restorer will now investigate this eastern Pa. area sawmill Peerless engine for a possible acquisition for one of these two ongoing restoration/recreation projects. Lets' hope that this very Rare 13.5 Liter/ 825 Cu In six cylinder monster of a Peerless engine/flywheel +
  7. You have to remember that this sawmill rig not only runs the circular saw blade itself but actually moves, and feeds, the entire weight of the tree log into this blade back and forth. A four foot blade can also be used; if this rig is re-configured for larger diameter trees. This old Peerless engine just breezes along with little effort. Who knows what power & torque he really needs to use here ? I am not a sawmill expert by any means.
  8. Jeff~ Do you happen to have any photos of the Crawford Museum's Peerless 60 Six engine ? I'd like to compare it to the Big Peerless Six engine that I just inspected at this fellow's sawmill. I am convinced that is is indeed a Peerless 60 engine ~~~ And so is the current owner. In the distant past 50-60s several "Antique" auto collectors have indeed inspected this engine. He remembers his late father showing this powerplant to the late Mr. J. B. Van Sciver Jr. & others in the early to mid 60s . It would seem that this sawmill Peerless engine was well known to a number of Philly area
  9. Bryan~ The engine is located just about 10 miles from my Huntingdon Valley Pa home here just outside Philadelphia. I have some cellphone camera photos of this engine & sawmill set-up~~~ The owner does NOT want me to post these photos on the internet ? He was NOT happy that I wanted to take these four photos. The real problem is he needs a very high torque at a very low engine speed as his sawmill's pully ratio & belt is now set-up . The long stroke & large displacement bore of the Peerless 60 seems ideal for his set-up. The 454 Chevy, or 455 Olds, V8s make their high t
  10. Jeff~ After our great weekend conversation, just for kicks, I drove to this lumber sawmill & the giant 60 Peerless engine is indeed still sitting under a tarp hooked up to this sawmill with a wide leather drive belt. I knocked on the door of the owner's nearby house and the owner stated that he would consider selling, or a trade on this engine. The catch is he wants another replacment sawmill drive engine set-up that has equal ,or greater horsepower & low end torque in trade for this old giant Peerless 60 beast. The replacement engine/drive package should have lots of lo
  11. Ivan & John ~~~ Thank's for contacting me off-forum about this Mercer. I have a fair size family collection of Brass Era, and Full Classic autos. I have a real interest in this Mercer. Please email me several digital photos of this auto. A photo, or two of the engine also greatly appreciated. Please email, or call, with the asking price of the Mercer. Best time to call is over the weekend in the evening. If you email me your phone contact number I will call you on my "dime". Any other information or photos greatly appreciated. Thank's Brad Hunter 1 215 947 4676 (Ho
  12. Does anyone know anything about Ford & Holman~Moody race history and their race-built Ford based 289 & 302 engines ? They also built Ford 427 side-oiler reace engines. Holman~Moody supposedly had a special exclusive contract with Ford. Ford was to supply base hi-performance long-block engines to Holman~Moody who would then turn these 289 & later 302 engines into full-worked race engines for auto race teams and powerboat race teams. This is similar to the deal Ford also had with Carroll Shelby. Both Auto & Marine engines were exactly the same with the exception of the speci
  13. Great Old Car Photo ! He doesn't seem to think it's a step plate~~~ He think's it's a Doggie-Seat ! You couldn't get a better photo of those pupps~~~ It's as if they knew they were modeling for the photographer !
  14. Guys: I think we are far out-numbered by the Hotrod/Streetrod folks today who watch a lot more TV & "Reality Shows" . They also enjoy watching shows like this more than we Antique car guys do ! TV is all about getting high ratings & advertizing money !
  15. I have seen old newsreels on TV of old Henry Ford, T. Edison, H. Firestone, and their friends camping out of their cars in the early automobile years. It was said they did this quite often !
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