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  1. Most marinas sell non-ethanol gas. Also here in the mid west it is very common at many stations. You may want to consider a move to North Dakota.
  2. I had a similar experience. I will never again store a car with ethanol fuel in the tank. What a mess. It turned the fuel green from the copper gas lines and became a consistency closer to jello than water. I now do my best to fill up at 91 octane non-ethanol pumps. Winters here in the northland are Lo-o-o-g, so proper fuel storage is essential.
  3. I had the opportunity to ride in that gray seven passenger sedan when it was still in Connecticut. It was an original Connecticut car which was found and restored by the owner of Clyde's Cider Mill in Old Mystic. Fast and smooth!! Being a north east car it has an exhaust heater with the vent in the back seat. Harold used interior door handle brass casting that Art had made. They were not plated due to some loss of detail. The stainless steel casting available from Australia are excellent (Vintage and Classic Reproductions). The 2007 WOKR meet in Vernon, CT may have been the last national meet that Art and Sarah Aseltine attended. Harold loaned the gray car to Art for that meet. The only issue that I am aware of is that Harold had significant difficulty in sourcing an original fuel pump for the car (AC -no model # with a '27 date). Harold ran an electric pump.
  4. The Skinner Oil Rectifier was used on a number of cars including Packard. On the sleeve valve cars it used vacuum to pull oil off the sleeves and then "refined" the oil by burning off gasoline or other contaminates. If that ball valve at the bottom sticks, your car will smoke like crazy. A good hard tap with a wrench usually fixes it. I had an experience in my 1929 Willys Knight Varsity Roadster in 2019 that caused the car to smoke excessively. We were descending a very long steep hill in either 1st or 2nd gear when it began to smoke like crazy. I did rap on the rectifer at the bottom and it did quit smoking, but it also may have been caused by the engine braking. I did a little research on the Skinner company and believe it is now known as Purolator.
  5. Thank you Peter! I note that the Caravan was let by club president Lindley Bothwell in his Stearns Racer formerly owned by Barney Oldfield. Is that the 45-90 now wearing a touring body near San Francisco? If not, does it still exist somewhere?
  6. Perhaps this group could help me solve a minor mystery about the '12 Stearns Knight. On it's dash is a plaque commemorating a tour (or caravan) in 1948. I have not been able to find any information about this event. Inquiries to HCCA have not been productive. Thanks for any information you can provide.
  7. Here is the legend: 1911 to 1940: The '12 was sold in L.A. - likely in late 1911 but prior to the introduction of the standing knight mascot in November of 1911. It was used extensively by the first owner who, when done with the car, turned it over to the sales department of his company in L.A. They used it on sales calls all over the area for many years. 36x4 Tires became unavailable and wheels were cut down to 23" wheels. 1940- 1950 Car owned by Lynn Kelsey-Councilman District 14, L.A. Township. Kelsey verified to Robert Gottlieb that the the car had 320,000 miles accumulated by the first owner. Kelsey used this as his only car during WW-II. He commuted daily from L.A. to San Diego adding about 90,000 miles to the car during his ownership. 1950 - 1954: The car entered the collector world. Robert Gottlieb of L.A. became the owner. He was a collector and writer. He gave the car it's first repaint, changing the color from blue with yellow wheels to burgundy with red wheels. Much, but not all of the upholstery was also repaired or replaced. While on tour in San Diego, traveling at 60 mph (with the smaller wheels), Gottlieb broke a sleeve. The sleeve was brazed and the car was subsequently sold. 1954 to 1964 Car was owned by Harry Blades of Garden Grove, CA. l964 to 1966 Car was owned by Ralph McCune of Orange, CA. During his ownership the sleeve brazed by Gottlieb broke and the engine was disassembled and sold. 1966-2014 Art Aseltine purchased the car in 1966. He repaired the motor, put on the correct size wheels, sourcing front wheels from a Hudson and having new rear wheels built. 2014 to Present. Mark and Barb Young bought the car and immediately brought it to Jerry Szostak for an engine rebuild. The car now boasts new eccentric shaft, sleeves, bearings, pistons, heads, repaired jugs and literally all new or rebuilt rotating parts. This was a massive job, and I know of no one else who I could have trusted to get it done. The result is fantastic. We are still breaking in the engine rebuild. I've not pushed the car over 50 mph yet.
  8. I'll take a moment to shed a different light on the mechanic (actually a certified mechanical engineer) who owned the Brunn as well as my '12 Stearns Knight four for about 50 years. This same mechanic is responsible for the restoration of the four Stearns Knight cars in the AACA museum - which are fabulous. Restorations he did for others were award winning at major shows. The Brunn and the '12 were his personal cars. They were kept in a heated garage with the idea that he would get to them "some day". Ill health and his passing occurred first. He often quoted this passage from the 1912 Stearns Knight “Instructions for Care and Operation Stearns Knight Motor Cars” page seven. “It is much cheaper to burn oil than machinery, and too much oil is better by far than too little." That passage is from a day early in automobile development and when oils were poor compared to those of today. Most of the sleeve valve experts today disagree with the "burn oil not metal" mantra. All well worn motors burn oil. Sleeve valve motors without rectifiers smoke a little bit. Those with them do not or should not. The Brunn engine is thought to have over 250,000 miles on it with no major overhaul - just repairs. My 1912 Four just received it's first major overhaul after a documented 420,000 miles. It was completely worn out and had been kept running over the years by a succession of shade tree mechanics prior to Art's ownership. If you see a sleeve valve car running down the road and it smokes a bit consider that there is a 98% chance it still has it's original sleeves and has a ton of miles on it. I want to give high praise to Ed for sorting out the issues with the Brunn!! I also want to commend it's long term previous owner for saving and preserving it and almost single handed promoting of sleeve valve cars for over 50 years! The biggest praise though should go to the engineers like Pete Sterling and F.B. Stearns for their development of Charles Knight's design.
  9. There is a glaring problem with the video . . . . . . . It leaves me wanting MORE!
  10. Peter and I have a die to make those covers. We'll send you two. Ed will have to assemble them.
  11. A speeding ticket at a higher than posted highway speed limit would be a trophy in a 92 year old car! The higher the over speed, the more value it has. Well, as long as the ticket price is paid by someone else, or perhaps by YouTube video ad proceeds. So, Ed - get it out on the highway and drive like you're in Florida. I'll promote your video views. I'll even ask all six of my friends to watch it as many times as possible.
  12. Looks like a great breakfast! I'm sure the Stearns is watching you through the window as you enjoy it. The Stearns has been enjoying all the attention, new shoes and all new fluids, and will reward you with some great runs at speed. I took the Brunn's grandpa out for a run yesterday afternoon with a spurt up over 50. Not bad for a car built in 1911. Still breaking in the new motor rebuild (new sleeves, pistons, heads, etc thanks to Jerry S.). Will A.J. pay your speeding ticket after your speed run?
  13. OK, I know somebody doesn't like sidemount mirrors, but note: they are in all the vintage pictures. Also no mirrors make lane changes dangerous. I assume you will be driving it in at least some traffic. I added side mirrors after some lane changes I made that resulted in extreme honking. Save the sidemount covers, I'll be glad to rescue them.
  14. I bought freeze plugs at NAPA. Stopped at Autozone first because it is closer to me. Autozone clerk: "Hi can I help you?" Me: "Yes I'm looking for some freeze plugs, here are the sizes" Autozone clerk: (funny look on his face) "Oh, are those for and engine?" Off I went to NAPA.
  15. The very late serial number Stearns Knight H engines (chassis were either H - 137" or J - 145", and all engines were H)) did not use a traditional junk ring. The Brunn car is very near the end of the S/N list for known cars, so I suspect that it does not have them. In their place is a double wide, double deep ring groove. In that groove are 4 compression rings - 2 high and 2 deep. I had trouble sourcing these rings and had them made for engine #11961. The car had been idle for 50 years, and all rings were very stuck despite being replaced a couple year prior to being parked. I don't think I have any service bulletins or other documentation about this change. I think these engines are more simple than a poppet valve engine and have fewer parts. They are just different. And yes - getting a ride in and driving the Brunn was a major blast! Mark
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