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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. MochetVelo

    Radiator Badges For Repair

    I managed to find a couple badges on eBay. Phil
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    Hupmobile Model 32 Dimensions

    Could someone give me the length and width of the 1913 Hupmobile 32 touring? I read that it has a 106" wheelbase, but would like to know the overall size. Phil
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    Modern castable Bakelite replacement material needed

    How about Bondo (polyester body filler)? Check this thread out (from MTFCA Forum). Go to the post by Rich Eagle. Here is a photo Rich posted where he made Bakelite handles for a Model T Tudor using wood and scuplty clay for the molds. Phil
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    Radiator Badges For Repair

    Seeking defective enamel radiator badge(s) to practice on. Any make. Anyone have any to spare? Thanks, Phil
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    Ebay down payment, shipping of car etc

    Request a copy of the title (they can photograph it and send it in an email). Name should match seller's name. If it does not, make sure seller gets the title transferred to his name. If you're buying on eBay, pay with a credit card via PayPal. Make sure the hauler has the car in his possession before you pay the credit card bank. Most haulers can send you photos of the pick-up and paperwork, if you request it. On more recent cars, you can run the VIN on the internet to see the car's history.
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    1920's Lake Maroon Paint Help

    (from Wikipedia) A lake pigment is a pigment made by precipitating a dye with an inert binder, or "mordant", usually a metallic salt. Unlike vermilion, ultramarine, and other pigments made from ground minerals, lake pigments are organic.[1] Manufacturers and suppliers to artists and industry frequently omit the lake designation in the name. Many lake pigments are fugitivebecause the dyes involved are not lightfast. Red lakes were particularly important in Renaissance and Baroque paintings; they were often used as translucent glazes to portray the colors of rich fabrics and draperies.
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    Hupmobile 20 Hill Climb

    I just read a Sept/Oct 1997 article in the HCCA Gazette about the "Dead Horse Hill Climb" in Worcester, MA. This is a rather steep hill that apparently defeated a number of cars (and horses) long ago. The first hill climb occurred there in 1905. The cars got a 200-foot slight downhill run to build up speed, then a one-mile haul up an 842.2 ft grade. The 1905 timed race hosted 70 cars and 10,000 spectators. Only four cars did not finish. The 1997 contest was also for brass-era cars. The rule was the driver and a 90lb+ passenger (one guy had a big dog). Fifty-eight cars entered with times from 1.0097 minutes (a 1908 Stanley) to 7.2991 minutes (1904 Curved Dash Olds). The fastest internal combustion car was a 1911 Simplex at 1.2569 minutes. My interest here was in the two Hupmobile Model 20 cars entered. The fastest, a 1910 roadster driven by John Kendrick, made 1.5321 minutes: the 16th fastest on the course. It beat out Stevens-Duryea, Speedwell, EMF, Cadillacs, a Rambler 54, plus many others. The second Hupp 20 (another 1910, driven by Andrew Wilsack) made 4.0290 minutes. I would sure like to look under the hood of the Kendrick Hupp. Phil
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    Metz automobile was for sale in Finland in 1914

    Charles Metz was an interesting businessman, designer and salesman. The 1909 "Plan Car" was his idea to salvage the remains of the defunct Waltham Manufacturing Company. The "kit" arrived in 14 shipments. The first shipment contained the frame pieces (which you assembled yourself), the fasteners and a tool kit, the second group was springs and axles, and so forth until the final (14th) shipment. Each shipment was sold separately for cash. I believe the kit also included a can of gray paint and a brush. Metz actually hadn't enough parts to complete the orders. The engine (10HP, 2-cylinder air-cooled) had not even been designed when the first shipments were sent out. Total price for your car was $300 (later $350). By contrast, his fully-assembled car, introduced in 1911, sold for $600, then $495 that same year, and finally to $395 in 1912 for the "Metz Special," a stripped-down roadster. Phil
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    Swift Wireless Turnsignals

    I use my (bicycle) wireless signal in a roadster with no problem. Maybe you need to hold your control unit out the window!
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    Thoughts on media blasting of steel fenders/body

    I really prefer to send body parts out to be stripped, as I dislike that job. That can be easy or hard, depending on where you are. Here is a mobile stripper in VA. Phil
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    Swift Wireless Turnsignals

    Search eBay under "wireless led bicycle turn signal" and you'll see some inexpensive options. I got a set like those offered by Egypt Garage, but without the control mounting bracket, for $39.99. They work with a strong magnet. Phil
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    Metz automobile was for sale in Finland in 1914

    It might have looked like this one. Metz used the old Waltham factory parts to make the Plan Car, which was sold in kit form. In 1912, he introduced his own 4-cylinder engine. Interestingly, the fully-assembled Metz car sold for about the same money as the kit. Phil
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    Citroen: 100th Birthday, 2019

    ...hardly a name that would work in the USA. What about Jack Lemmon?
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    Brake Drums Too Tight

    The drums now slide over the shoes, but they do rub slightly when turned by hand (no wheels installed as yet). I assume the linings will conform somewhat during operation, but wonder how much rubbing is too much. Phil
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    Brake Drums Too Tight

    Thanks for those tips! I'll refrain from turning the drums. For some reason, I didn't think of removing shims that were installed over the cams. They must have been used to used when the linings were worn or thinner. This seems to be the trick. Phil