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    I identify as from WY, KS, VA, NJ, CA, AK, OH, OK, TX & Japan, but live in ID.

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  1. A 1929 Model 120 listed for sale on collectorcarads.com back in 6/19/18. They were asking $22,500. Car is in Indiana. The very-rare Gardner Griffin radiator mascot implies a very complete vehicle. The model seems to have eluded Full Classic designation, but after replacing those little sealed beams and cleaning it up you would have a very classy car. It is a New Series Eight-In-Line Sport Sedan. Lycoming engine with 225.7 Cu. In./ 76 HP. Ad text: "This is a very rare vehicle that does need a complete restoration, 98% of the original parts are still there and it has been garage kept for all of its life. The odo reads 60k and it is a 4 door with suicide doors. The original running gear is all there including a straight 8 and a 3 spd manual. This vehicle has a title and is coming with all of the original tools. You can look, however i don't believe you will find a better Gardener restoration candidate anywhere.Give our friend Don a call at 812-443-5435"
  2. You don't see one on every street corner, but several models are CCCA Classics, partly due to the adoption of straight eights in late 1924. Here is a 1927 Model 90 that 1937hd45 posted eleven years ago + a 1930 Model 140, pictured in Nov. Hemmings, for sale by Volo Cars in Iliinois:
  3. jeff_a

    Peerless Trucks

    The Peerless cars and trucks had rad shells of similar shape in the 1910s, but I doubt they were the same. It is possible the 4 cyl T-head four used until 1912 by Peerless in cars has some connection to the Peerless truck motor, though. Both around 415 Cu. In. and 40 h.p., if I recall correctly. So, the former Ambassador to England moved or sold his Green Dragon car? I've never seen it in person -- but there are some interesting stories swirling around it -- it's even been discussed here on the Peerless Forum. More later. Is the Museum of Speed still there? Thanks for your interest in Peerless! It's an uncommon car of uncommon quality.........like Locomobile.
  4. Hell no, went straight to New Zealand. When you buy a ticket to "Lord of the Rings" you help pay for it.
  5. jeff_a

    Peerless Trucks

    Found this postcard for sale on ebay. Couldn't resist posting it. F/S by "foundation*antiques" sellers for 25 bucks:
  6. GreatWarTruck and Blastermike here on the forums are the authorities on that. An agent for the War Department(Britain) showed up in the States and more or less wrote a ticket for a 12,000-unit purchase of Peerless trucks about 1914, so the Brits got most of them. A chassis converted into a sheep hauling wagon turned up in Kansas or Montana a few years ago, then disappeared. 15 years ago, there was a complete 1914 Peerless truck in the Sierra Mountains, a town called Quincy, CA, but it and the owner, Richard Egbert, have vanished. No one here on the AACA Forums is from that area, so the truck is pretty well hidden for now, whatever happened to it. As Tim and Mike could tell you, there are some survivors on the other side of the pond. Sandstone Estates, an agriculture, railroad, and vehicle museum in South Africa, has one that still runs. In Ireland and the U.K. there are a few frames, 2 Peerless Armoured Cars, one chassis with a plywood armoured car body used in a Liam Neeson/Julia Roberts film, one truck at a clay quarry museum found under some rubble, 1 being restored by GreatWarTruck, and a Condition #1 TC-4 restored by Richard Flynn as a beer cartage truck. A friend of mine, David Baird, offered to fly me to the UK for the Bonhams auction when all of Richard Flynn's vehicles were sold so I could bid on it. We decided not to follow through on that due to not deep enough pockets. Wise choice: the billionaire movie producer who took it home with him could have outbid us even if I had offered one million pounds. I'll see if I can drag a piccie of the little truck here so you can see what the attraction was.
  7. Thanks, my father really liked the car. I read that Lincolns and Thunderbirds were using the motor about then, and that there was a Super Marauder in an earlier Mercury with two 4-barrels and 400 h.p. It sounds like thatversion never made it to 1960.
  8. Looks like they pocketed about 17 grand for the whole kit and kaboodle.
  9. If only these trucks hadn't driven off into the sunset. I read a report from The Front from a transportation captain a century ago who said that his motorpool started out with heavy trucks from 5 different manufacturers, and after a year only the Peerlesses remained. No one is alive who can remember it, but it's also written that the Peerless trucks changed the tactics of the German military during the Great War. .............Hundreds were equipped with 13-pounder AA guns, manned by Royal Naval Air Service crews, and forced German reconnaissance planes to stay above 10,000 feet. Here is a Mark I gun in service on a Peerless TC-4 lorry, Wikipedia photo.
  10. Believe it or not, it's just an old postcard. Who would make a postcard of a bunch of old trucks? I guess the answer is it's not a bunch of old trucks, it's a new technology. After a couple of centuries of horses lugging everything around in the military; supplies, men, cannons; they are just starting to be replaced. Took awhile to find, but here it is: F/S by "foundation*antiques" seller, VT, USA, price: $25.00
  11. Steve, Thank you for trying, even if it didn't work out. I never did sign up for it, but there is a lot of promise in the technology you're talking about. I am involved with Peerless, a company that hasn't been making cars for quite awhile, despite their lingering effect on the American auto design. Occasionally, I hear from someone wanting a spare engine, a head, a ring gear, etc. Generally one has to search for old stock or dismantled stock. Wouldn't it be great if someone could pass their hand over (scan with Computer Controlled Machining device) one of these things and get a couple of duplicates for a hundred dollars? In 40 years it will probably be a reality. O.K., so a new head for a a DV-32 will be more than that. "Computer, make me a Model J Duesenberg block" , same deal. I know people in Australia and Africa that each need a new head for a Continental 18C six. One approached a foundry and was given an estimate of $8,000, and he couldn't see that as an option. Maybe that's the going rate for precision casting & custom fabrication of something like that...and if he had ordered 100 the price would've gone down to $800 per/unit. The problem there is that only about 20 cars of the model these gentlemen own exist, so a run of 100 is unrealistic. They own 1929 Peerless Model Six-81 cars. I used to work in a foundry, and if someone waltzed in with a part to duplicate, we would have had the pattern maker build a wood pattern, create 2 mold halves, and we would have poured one. Probably would have been pricey, but we were doing runs of 100 to 500 parts of that size at a time for Cessna and John Deere, where the unit cost was probably on the order of 50 bucks. I worked in production, not accounting, so have no idea. Jeff
  12. I was looking on ebay yesterday and there was a great photo for sale of a quartermaster's yard at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas with a row of 10 Locomobile trucks on the left..........and 20 Peerless trucks on the right.
  13. Barry Lowe bought a Peerless Boat Tail Coupe on August 2nd, 2018. Which model, state, province or country is still TBD. Logic suggests he bought the one for sale at Significant cars in Indianapolis, with a fantastic amount of restoration already done: rebuilt Continental 8U 230 Cu. In. engine wood replacement complete body work complete
  14. Derek, I hope things are going well with you at the new museum position. Is there a lot of buzz regarding the mid-engined Corvette? When David Baird and I were running the Peerless Booth at the Hershey meet in 2013, a guy came in out of the rain, sat down next to me, and said he was the engineer who oversaw fuel injection going into the Corvette, and how that was a Big Huge Deal. I'm sure the 2020 model is a big deal, too. I was at my local car dealer yesterday and they just got in the first 2019 Corvette I ever saw. Pretty slick, but it will be an antique before I can afford it. I found a photo yesterday of a Peerless very close to yours. Someone has a book for sale for $1,500 on ebay with saleman's photos from the Southern Wheel Corp. of Dallas. This looks like a 1923 or 1924 Peerless Model 66, or Type 23, V-8. Definitely from the Cadillac Lookalike Years, reflecting Richard Collins' touch(President Cadillac Motor Car Co. 1917-1921, President Peerless Motor Car Co. 1921-1923). Some of these had painted radiator shells, some were nickeled. The wheels/rad shell/lights all appear nickel-plated here. Looks like another of the Peerless permanent cloth tops, too. Another view of the car from a distance: ...... Here is another Peerless Model 66, a 1923 owned by Frank Hebl in Wisconsin when photographed 12 or more years ago:
  15. C Carl: ---- Special Edition '76 Eldorado "Last Convertible" Collector Car.[Cadillac] ---- 1 of several V-12 & V-16 cars built by the company whose current brand is the No. 1 seller in South Africa and the U.K., can't remember😕 the automaker name😉, but they built bicycles and laundry equipment going back to 1865. This example was taken out on Muroc Dry Lake and went over 100 mph. Only driven from Ohio to California and back, and to Saratoga Springs & back for a honeymoon....[Peerless] ---- Type 57-something made by that Italian guy in Alsace-Lorraine, still made, kind of, so maybe you can still get spare parts for it...[Bugatti] ---- Not a Siegfried Marcus Car. Made by that carmaker that's famous for making the 2nd gasoline powered car as far back as 1885. Still a pretty-good car, worth more than the building behind it. [Mercedes-Benz]