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    My first car (1968): 1929 Ford Standard Coupe. Now restoring 1921 Peugeot Quadrilette 161, 1913 Metz "22", 1911 Hupmobile "20".

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  1. My plan is to make a wood pattern and then mold black urethane onto the brass part. I used the blueprint to get an accurate outline of the cap for my pattern. It's actually quite small: 2-1/8" diameter. Pictures to follow. Phil
  2. Then-&-Now does sell vulcanized rubber products, but the Overland radiator car is a unique part. It's not actually a "cap," nut really a "bolt" in that it tightens down the actual cap. Here is a photo. The rubber is cast over the star-shaped brass knob. Perhaps I could make a mold from another cap. Phil
  3. Thanks, Bruno! Your car looks beautiful. Still working on mine; sidetracked on my '24 Citroen, but that's another story! Today, I wet sanded and buffed the Overland radiator shell. I hadn't even noticed it, but the radiator cap was missing. Only the inner brass casting was in place. It was originally encased in hard rubber. I'd like to make a mold to reproduce this part. In the original blueprint, it's the part with the bold lines. Maybe with 3-D printing? Phil
  4. What are the symptoms of a slipping Model 20 clutch? Mine doesn't seem to slip going up hills (which I do in low gear and the accelerator fully depressed). However, the car bucks when starting off up a mild incline. Phil
  5. A pair of brass era "tire savers" used to lift up the wheels slightly during storage. In good shape. $25 + postage. Phil
  6. Here is a link to the story about the Metz 22 trip to the bottom of the Grand Canyon by L. Wing, the Metz dealer in Los Angeles. Phil
  7. I often read in automobile forums about how electric cars pollute as much as I.C. cars because electricity is often generated by coal and oil. This is actually not the case. Here is a quote from a 2017 article in the Guardian: "Multiple studies have found that electric cars are more efficient, and therefore responsible for less greenhouse gas and other emissions than cars powered solely by internal combustion engines. An EU study based on expected performance in 2020 found that an electric car using electricity generated solely by an oil-fired power station would use only two-thirds of the energy of a petrol car travelling the same distance." Alac, electric cars don't have the energy to haul our heavy trailers around very far, but they are improving.
  8. There are a lot of cheese steaks in Philly. The Reading Terminal Market is an easy walk from our hotel, and has three places: Carmen's, By George!, and Spataro's. When you order at Carmin's, they hand you a playing card for pick-up. The Terminal is not only a tourist attraction, but a favorite of locals. Lunch on a Saturday is crowded, but you can visit earlier in the day for take-out. Just follow your nose to the steaks. Phil
  9. Most of the older buildings in my town in SE PA have terne roofs. My shop and house both used this material, and are holding well after 100+ years, the downside being that they must be painted every 8 years or so. The only terne maker, Follansbee Steel of West Virginia, went out of business in 2012, and the roofers here now use copper. I wasn't aware there was a new source.
  10. Improved tubes would find a ready market. Their quality has been poor in recent years.
  11. You're right, CHudwah. It's interesting that Bonanza and Ponderosa Steakhouses were separate companies, but eventually merged. I wonder if NBC got anything out of it? Phil
  12. The popular and kind-hearted Blocker didn't start the Ponderosa/ Bonanze steak houses, but was a spokesman for them. Read his bio here. Here is an extract: Blocker, a performance automobile fan, once owned a 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 "Z-16" (RPO Z16 option), as Chevrolet was the commercial sponsor of the show. He also owned a 1965 Huffaker Genie MK10 race car, nicknamed the "Vinegaroon". The car was run by Nickey Chevrolet in the 1965 and 1966 U.S. Road Racing Championship series, as well as the 1966 Can-Am championship. Phil
  13. I suggest trying yacht paint which is designed for roller application which is then "tipped" lightly by brush. These paints are formulated to lay flat and, being used on boats, are resistant to the elements. Two I've tried: Epifanes is a simple, one-part enamel, while Alexseal is a 3-part high-tech finish. They only come in pre-mixed (though attractive) colors, and are both pretty pricey. You can find some YouTube videos on the process. Another cheaper paint that lays down quite nicely is regular Rustoleum. Phil
  14. Sir Wilfred: "The trouble with these international affairs is they attract foreigners." [from Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines]