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  1. Here is an enlarged view. Note that the car appears to have the parking lights on the cowl, just to the rear of the hood.
  2. It's a 1933 Cadillac.
  3. Re. the B pillar lights - - - The pendant style carriage lights were used as original equipment on some chauffeur driven cars of the period. These lights could be original equipment or added at the time of the conversion to a taxi. A 1914 Case limousine is shown below.
  4. The shape of the Selden hood, on the side of the upper panel, does not match the unknown car. Note that the unknown car evidently has some hood damage (a slightly depressed area near the centerline hinge) due to a aggressive opening of the (aluminum?) hood.
  5. Re. the object on the lower rear side of the back door - - - The object is an exterior door hinge, which can also be seen in the factory photo of the circa 1917 Marmon. The upper hinge(s) are of the concealed type. An exterior door hinge was used because of the slight inward curvature of the lower body.
  6. Re. the question of the car being a taxi - - - The car appeared in the 1920 movie "His Royal Slyness", staring Harold Lloyd. When new, the car was high priced and extremely unlikely to be used as a taxi at that time. By 1920, the mid-teens car was an older used car that was converted to a taxi. The conversion likely included the replacement of the original bail type exterior door handles with a straight type.
  7. The fairly straight cowl and the minimal intrusion of the rear fender into the rear door indicates a long wheelbase large car and not a taxi. Could be a circa 1917 Marmon.
  8. Re. the finish on the harmonic damper (question from Bloo, above) - - - The harmonic damper is fitted to the engine after the engine is painted. I am not sure what the correct finish is for this part. From the factory photo, it appears that the damper has a couple of different finishes; it looks like the pulley on the damper may be cadmium plated. I will have to check into the correct finish for this part.
  9. Re. the finish on the shock absorbers (question from kgreen, above) - - - The factory photos of the assembly of 1941 Buicks at the Linden, NJ, plant clearly show the shocks painted chassis black. I would go with a black finish.
  10. Re. engine running hot - - - A friend had a 1941 Buick Super in his shop that was running too hot. The engine had been hot tanked and rebuilt by others. With the use of a pressure washer (garden hose water connection and a compressed air connection) he cleaned out the water jacket in the back of the block through a water pump opening. He used a straightened coat hanger to reach the rust debris that had accumulated in the block. The cleaning took a couple of hours, but yielded a lot of rust debris. Also, note the finishes on the shock absorbers and the generator pulley.
  11. The odd looking fan on the 1941 Roadmaster engine is designed to produce less noise. From my experience with my 1941 Roadmaster, the fan may make less noise, but doesn't cool the engine very well. Buick recognized that there was a cooling problem and redesigned the fan postwar. I installed a 1952 Roadmaster fan on my car and it does cool the engine a bit better.
  12. Another thought - - - If the unknown car is a six cylinder Knox, perhaps the factory fitted the car with a Knox truck transmission because of the massive torque of the large engine. This theory could account for the difference in the design of the transmission shifter gate / hand brake assembly. Unfortunately, I unable to find any online images of the shifter / hand brake assembly for a circa 1913 six cylinder Knox passenger car or a Knox truck of the same vintage.
  13. Additional comments on the engine pictures I submitted (above) - - - • The engine with the normal looking fan is a Special / Super engine. • The engine with odd looking fan is a Century / Roadmaster engine.
  14. The pictures, below, are 1941 Buicks being assembled in Linden, New Jersey, USA. The 1940 Buick engine is likely painted in the same fashion - - - Engine color on the manifolds, a cadmium plated water pump pulley, the harmonic damper is fitted after the engine painting (but not sure of the color), the exhaust pipes are painted chassis black, the generator mounting bracket is painted engine color, and the fuel and vacuum lines are painted engine color.