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  1. See 3 photos. One shows the original switch parts and the other two are 2 views of the original parts and new switch and machined parts to mate the pieces togather minus the actual original switch internals. This combination of new and original parts will control 12 volts that will in turn operate a Curtis/Allbright contactor handling 84 volts. I believe Milburn used this switch for a couple of years only and then replaced it with one of another design. I can provide measurements of the original Milburn pieces for those who want to fabricate a copy. Personnaly I would not trust the original switch to work without problems. I will sleep well knowing that 84 volts is controled by new switch gear. JW




  2. I've decided to use 12 volts to operate a replacement ignition switch that will then trigger a solonoid operated contacter rated for 84 volts. I have made parts that will allow the new ignition switch to mate to the back side of the original Milburn switch and not be visible once the switch is inserted into it's mounting hole in the panel. I'm using only the accessory side of the switch to maintain the counterclockwise movement to the "run" position. I also provided a positive stop so the switch can move to "run" only. I also plan on making the charge circuit bypass the master switch. I'm working on this car now and will report back soon. John Worden

  3. Phil, Look for a restoration or hot rod shop in your area that has and knows how to use a Pullmax nibbler. Long louvers can be made with a Pullmax or other brand of recipricating nibbler. See photos of my machine at work and the result. Luck. John Worden



  4. Sounds like the cylinder is frozen in the casting due to the swollen pot metal. A locksmith may do the proceedure to release the cylinder and it may not freely come out due to the swollen pot metal. This will sound crazy but it might just work. Have the locksmith release the cylinder and then place the casting with cylinder stuck in place in your freezer for a few hours. Due to differences in contraction and expansion of different metals the severe cold may loosen the fit of the cylinder in the casting. Insert a slim hooked pulling tool into the key slot to pull with. If freezing does not work try heating instead. If these tricks don't work I suggest cutting the casting off the cylinder with a cut off wheel. Make as few cuts as possible and the pieces can then be inspected and measured for machining a new one. Cut carefully so as not to damage the cylinder. Good luck! JW

  5. I think the guts should come out without cutting the casting. I suggest you show it to a locksmith and ask if it can be removed. There is probebly a way to release the cylinder from the casting. I believe it would be like removing the lock cylinder from a more modern non- plunger type ignition. Probebly have to have the plunger pulled in as far as possible. Once the lock is out you will be able to look inside and possibly remove the swollen material. JW

  6. Thanks for posting the photos. Can the swelling be filed or carefully ground off allowing the cylinder to function? Would a new one have to be plated? Can you remove the lock? A locksmith probebly can if you can't. There appears to be a groove running around the cylinder. Does it have a purpose? This looks like a fairly easy job for a machinist. Have you shown the part to one and asked if he could make it? John W.

  7. Mark, What dollar value would you put on one of these cars in beautifully restored condition? I saw where one sold at Barrett-Jackson in 06 I think for $39,000+ How many of the 900+ built still exist do you think? I could probebly make fender skirts for your car. I would want to have your fenders in my shop to fit them to. I have been in the restoration/custom business for 31 years and can send photos of my work if you are interested. Thanks. John Worden

  8. The battery switch in this 1915 Milburn shows signs of repair with solder. Do I repair or make new pieces for it or replace it with a modern switch? I could conceal it easily and I would sleep well using one but I can't find either a disconnect or selector switch rated for 84 volts. I'm learning as I go and any help is appreciated. Thank you. John Worden 641 474 2313 in Iowa

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