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  1. Have you considered the possibility that one or more valves might be sticking in their guides when hot?
  2. Make sure that the brake levers all lean backwards and pull toward centre. If they pull over centre all leverage is lost and little braking occurs. Also the brake linings should be adjusted to allow .015" clearance from the drums (use a feeler gauge). This will give you even braking on both wheels and avoid dragging. Start all adjustments from the back and end with the pedal. The pedal should be about 1" from the toeboard when the brakes lock the wheels. All this is set out in the Book of Information. Make sure the starter contacts are square and that you have a good earth.
  3. Probably a bit late now but an alternative would have been to obtain suitable ball bearings. Anneal them in order to drill the holes and re-harden and temper.
  4. You have the rubber back to front. The long side should be inside the car. That way the top and bottom sashes can fold out with the rubber sitting on the bottom one.
  5. The correct size is 5.25 x 21. (Chambers, Dave. 1914-1964 Dodge Brothers First 50 Years. Antique Automobile November 1964.
  6. There should be four pieces in the felt set. One goes in the nose of the pan to bear on the front engine mount surround, two in the channels at rear which flare out under the block and the fourth is glued with gasket cement between the grooves on the rear main bearing cap. This one bears against the rear pan baffle. Any oil that manages to get past it is returned to the pan by the pipe in the baffle.
  7. Do you have equivalent info on front springs?
  8. Thanks Bob. Curiosity satisfied.
  9. Can anyone tell me if the air pump for the fuel feed used in 1915 is driven from the number four exhaust cam or does it have its own cam? In other words, is the 1915 camshaft different to those used later when vacuum fuel feed was introduced? Thanks in anticipation
  10. He was robbed! This one was 25 pounds in 1957.
  11. Another thought. Some time ago I read an article in The Horseless Carriage Gazette about making a replacement water pump impellor by CNC for a very early car. The make escapes me but the original had straight fins and the replacements were curved. This article explained the rationale for the change in terms of hydrodynamics. It appears to have worked. Unfortunately I don't have access to the Gazette due to the current lockdown (club archives) but it would have been published sometime in the last 15 years.
  12. The impellor was most probably fixed with a standard taper pin (1/4 inch to the foot taper). I recently dealt with one on my 1925 Dodge - which was also offset to the shaft. When replacing the shaft I turned up a stainless steel taper pin, reamed the hole with a matching taper reamer and fixed it with Loctite. Should be good for some time.
  13. For those interested in an informative read the author of America Adopts the Automobile 1895-1910 is J J (JIm) Flink, then Professor of Transportation and Cultural Studies at the University of California. Some of his other transport related stuff is also worth chasing up. Unfortunately I understand that his interests subsequently moved on to the history of jazz.
  14. An easy one. This arrangement when used in the context of steam engines is called a Scotch Yoke. Not that its origin lies in Scotland but in that the yoke is scotched (restrained). What you may know as a chock (to stop your wheeled vehicle running away) is in steam parlance a scotch. I also have a vague recollection that Subaru has recently used this device in a power steering pump or something similar. Was a patent granted? I'm pretty sure that the use of the Scotch Yoke goes well back into the nineteenth century.
  15. With regard to downshifting , engaging neutral brings the main shaft and layshaft into mesh relatively easily because of the oil drag. Revving the engine at this point raises the speed (inertia) of both shafts. As the lower gear is selected there will be a disparity when the layshaft starts to slow. However, the higher the layshaft inertia the less this disparity will be and the better the chance of a silent mesh of gears. At least this is my theory as it appears to work .
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