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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. Some paint removal today on the body. I used chemical stripper, and the finish came off in about 2 coats. The metal looks good with no body filler (unlike the fenders).
  2. Another visit to the engine shop, this time with the flywheel and newly-installed ring gear (done at a machine shop with a larger lathe). The engine itself is coming along. Fred has finished the connecting rods. He installed new bronze bushings on the piston ends. Turns out that two rods had been installed backward. The oil scoops should draw oil from the pan and up into the large bearings. Photos show them set up correctly.
  3. I checked the starter motor and the Bendix is normally out and pulls inward to turn the flywheel. I'd just assumed they all pushed outward. Another lesson learned. Phil
  4. I'm replacing the ring gear on my '16 Overland. The teeth on the new gear have a taper on one side. Should this taper be on the front of the gear (see illustration of the engine)? I assume that the Bendix on the starter drive pushes outward to engage the ring gear? Phil
  5. A visit to then engine shop today revealed the crankshaft and bearing caps installed with everything clean and shining. Several steel shims dropped out of the engine while it was in the hot tank. These were apparently rattling around somewhere inside. The crank bearings (zinc) were adjusted to obtain the proper clearance, and the crankshaft turns smoothly. The next step is to fit the rods, which have babbet bearings. These bearings look OK, but I must wait to see how well they fit. I picked up the damaged flywheel and brought it to a machine shop to get a new ring gear installed. It must be turned down to 17-inches and the ring gear heated to 400-degrees and dropped on. I'll try to bring my camera next time. Phil
  6. The engine is now at the machine shop for new pistons I purchased from Egge. The machinist says the rings are the same as big-block Chevy. I also found a replacement ring gear (see previous photo) which I will have installed at another shop that has a large lathe. The original gear worked, but I figured now (with the engine out) was the best time to replace it. Overall, the engine does not have heavy wear, and the new pistons are the original O.D. The fenders are now in epoxy primer and next will be leveled with polyester filler. Phil
  7. I wanted to install old-fashioned window shades in my home, but never found any. It was an opaque, stiff woven cloth with a sheen.
  8. According to Franklin Tucker, the Model 25 numbers are: 33,000-36,380 (1915) 36,381-40,248 (1916) 40,240- 44,600 (1917) Phil
  9. Another trick to tell plastic from glass is to heat a pin or bent paper clip with a match. Touched to glass, it will have no effect, whereas it will melt into plastic. Obviously, you need to find a non-visible part to do this. This is used by antique dealers to tell ivory and bone from plastic, also. Phil
  10. The HCCA has a Single-Cylinder Touring Registry plus a few other groups you may like. Go here to see more. Phil
  11. Kudos for actually driving your Metz to the Gathering! How did the trip go? Phil
  12. Nice story. First time I've heard the Hupp 20 described in comparison to the Corvette. Keep us informed of your engine rebuild. Phil
  13. Here is Lee Iacocca's appearance on Leno's YouTube show back in '83.