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  1. Likely for a vacuum operated convertible top from the 1940s or very early 1950s. Don't know what make & year auto.
  2. Shown is the original clamp for the air hose for the fresh air intake.
  3. The unknown car seems to have a large oval shaped rear window.
  4. A speed of 70 mph can be seen on the speedometer. There is another marking at a higher speed, which is likely 80 mph. Thus, 80 mph appears to be the maximum indicated speed. My guess is that the cast dash panel is an aftermarket overlay part for a commercial vehicle.
  5. The second picture is not a Chalmers. The hood louvers on a Chalmers are vertical; the car in the second picture has angled hood louvers.
  6. 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.
  7. It's a 1933 Cadillac.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.