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  1. I am in the final stages of writing a book for History Press that chronicles the evolution of the American taxi industry, 1895 to present. At this stage I am seeking photos suitable for use as illustrations (high res, minimum 300dpi). Photos or leads would be most appreciated. Thank you. .
  2. A new book project required a week long exploration of Route 66. Along the way I made a few interesting discoveries. In Carthage, Missouri, I found a long closed garage with a De Soto Plymouth sign hanging on the corner. ROUTE 66 CHRONICLES: IT IS A LIVING TIME CAPSULE WITH AN OVERLAY OF DISNEYLAND Bristow, Oklahoma had an operational Ford dealer in a building unchanged since at least the mid 1930s and in El Reno, Oklahoma there was another closed dealership with a Chevy bow tie in stone over the door. In the next few weeks, as a I sort out photos, I will post a few of the more interesting discoveries from the trip.
  3. Yes! I was trying to remember where I saw an emblem with script at this angle. I though Buick but the lights and hood just didn't seem right. Thank you. Pretty cool picture.
  4. A friend sent this photo discovered in his research about Route 66 and the National Old Trails Highway. To date this photo we were examining the car. My best guess is Buick, 1915, plus or minus a year. It doesn't look like an old car in the photo. https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/hlbLbWxWRGKKUMS9sbQw-9MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=email
  5. At the risk of sounding like a name dropper, I was at Jay Leno's garage in November to record a couple of interviews and we discussed this as he was adding a hidden disc brake system to a Doble.
  6. During the period between 1900 and 1920 it seems every town was trying to land an automobile manufacturer including Enid, OKlahoma (the Geronimo). However, as noted, the money and resources were centralized in southern Michigan. Take a Look at Jackson as an example. David Lyon wrote an interesting book entitled the Kalamazoo Automobilist that is a fascinating, well researced study on the rise of the auto industry. It explains the reasons for the industries development in southern Michigan with clarity.
  7. Another reason for the scarcity of Checker built vehicles is a program where Checker took old models in trade, refurbished them, and then sold them overseas. The prewar models are some of the more interesting ones. There were models built in conjunction with the Auburn Saf-T-Cab, styling touches by Dietrich, and an odd "Suburban" model promoted as a one ton, nine passenger station wagon that converted into a hearse or panel truck.
  8. As a footnote to this story, Reeves initial foray into automobile production was to promote a VST transmission of his design.
  9. To answer a few questions that have popped here. First, as I recall the red and black Checker is actually a 1940 Model A. When I wrote the book this car was on display in Kalamazoo and was the only known model to exist at that time. In fact, when I did the research on Checker I was quite surprised to learn there were less than two dozen existent models known to represent the years from 1922 to 1958. My initial point was surprise at the obscurity of Checker history. Everyone recognizes the last generation cabs and I think we can all agree styling was not the high point of these cars. Still, this is a manufacturer that produced automobiles for sixty years, has roots going back even further, and that continued producing automotive components for another twenty years after automobile production was discontinued. You have a rags to riches immigrant story in the founder, direct association with E.L.Cord (there was an early Checker at the ACD museum in Auburn), and extensive innovation including the first use of a diesel engine in a mass produced American passenger car. This is a company that was building four wheel drive, four wheel steering vehicles in 1940 and various versions of transaxle models in 1946. The company built city busses, trucks, station wagons, ambulances, a wide array of specialty vehicles, and even limos for the state department. So, again, why the obscurity?
  10. I am curious about Patriot and Republic trucks, specifically with Hinckley or Hinkley engines.
  11. You might check around the DeSotoland website and forum.
  12. When writing the book on Checker another collector told me of Bob Hinckley. No relation but it gets even stranger - my dad is Robert "Bob" Hinckley.
  13. This is a Model M Checker. A dramatic change from the boxy, work horses of the 1960s and 1970s.
  14. Your right about the wheels being driven off Checkers. An industry study conducted in 1927 found that 60% of all Checker buillt cabs were still on the road. Additionally, many had clocked more than 240,000 miles. In later years, Checker had a program where they took old cabs in trade, refurbished them, and then sold them overseas. This coupled with low production equals rarity. When I wrote this book there were less than 20 models manufactured between 1922 and 1958 still existent.
  15. This is a great movie if you want to look for old cars. Its more than corny but it was meant to be silly. We watched this again a few nightss ago and it was the cars in the background and on the streets that interested me the most.
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