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A. Ballard 35R

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  1. Perhaps it was hinged to avoid hittng the cowl lamp which is missing and probably off to be repaired.!😀
  2. Packard used a spark plug on the side of the carburetor on the single sixes in the 1920's and called it a "Fuelizer".
  3. Common practice was to always remove top from the bows as top was being lowered in order to prevent flat folds and possible damage to top. Perhaps trimacar can offer additional thoughts.
  4. Do they have the Mercer running? It was waiting to have work done the last time I saw it which was many years ago. As many are aware, this Mercer is the one that belonged to writer Ken Purdy and was the subject of various articles he wrote.
  5. I have no problem with the evolution of electric cars as long as it is market driven and not government driven. It's the latter that scares many of us.
  6. Typically cars of this era and older used these sizes which of course resulted in back pressure which in turn prompted the use of cutouts. Can't remember if Ed said there was a cutout but this engine should really bark with one. I was typing this just as Ed posted.
  7. At the risk of straying further I remember a quote by Ted in the Mercer chapter of Ken Purdy's Kings of the Road book where Purdy is extolling the virtues of a T-Head raceabout. Ted was obviously not in agreement and said, ".....that I can trim any stock Mercer built prior to 1915 in a one mile run up to a medium steep grade in third speed with my 1912 White seven-passenger touring car....." I would think that Ed's newer White would perform even better.
  8. Ted was well known to my family and I knew him when we lived close by to him. He was of medium build about 5' 10" as I recall. That car is huge.
  9. With the top up that must be around 9' high which would be taller that a 1916 1st Series Packard Twin-Six which is 93" or &' 9". Wonder where the car is now. '
  10. Do you know who has the huge 1912 Model 60 that belonged to AACA founding member Ted Brooks. At 132" wheelbase, six cylinderrs 41/4 x 53/4, and a 4 speed it was very impressive. Always wondered who has this rare and desirable car now.
  11. Remember that the Packard Grey Wolf in January 1904 set three world speed records for one kilometer, one mile, and five miles. Guess these don;t count since they were not actual races.
  12. Just spoke to seller who says he has most of missing parts including items that have been re-plated. Engine rebuilt but obviously not running. Says he can get NH registration. Interesting project for someone but not me.
  13. Could be in the Collier collection in Naples by this time.
  14. Does the engine turn over freely when in 3rd and the car is gently pushed?
  15. Great picture, one that i have not seen before - would be wonderful addition on the early race car thread. Most likely Tim Kuser has seen it and can identify driver, riding mechanic, and perhaps specific race. Could very possibly be at the 1911 Savannah races. Car is definitely a 1911 due to the pumps on an angle plus some other identifying items. Most likely one of the factory cars which ran at Indianapolis, Fairmount Park, and Savannah. The Fairmount Park cars were number 5 (DePalma) and number 11 (Hughes).
  16. Definitely a Mercer but not sure which year, could very well be a 1911. There is only one hood strap.
  17. Howard Henry was a well known and liked Packard collector. If you search the www.packardsonline.com you will see the various Packards he and his wife owned.
  18. The Derham body company in Rosemont, Pa., used to store "off season" bodies in the upper floors suspended from the ceiling by rope block and tackle. Frequently the cars were sold and the second body was left hanging at Derham.
  19. Walt, that picture sure brings back some pleasant memories. At the Mercer reunion in Trenton earlier that year, Jerry strongly pushed for my son, a friend, and me to attend the 80th event which we did. It was quite a time with David Helck taking my son for a ride in 16. I came out of the restaurant and saw no sign of my son or 16, whereupon David's wife said that they were off in 16. At least I had my turn later. You did a great job, Walt, on organizing the event that was marred only by standing next to Jerry when a NY state cop informed Jerry that his mother Priscilla had died. The next time I saw 16 was at the Philadelphia Vintage Gran Prix when I was fortunate enough to have Jerry bring it to the event and parpticipate in our exhibition "race" around the Fairmount Park course. Needless to say, David started in first place and finished in first.
  20. Steve, your patience in handling this miserable set of circumstances over which you have no control is truly commendable. Why is it so hard for people to understand that you and others in Hershey are working with an incredibly frustrating situation due to there being no idea of what Harrisburg will allow.
  21. That is one huge auction of everything from Stanley parts, brass lamps, license plates,and Packard parts. The items from the Marshall collection are all pre-war.
  22. Yes, it was done during the war by T. Clarence Marshall and has been covered in an old thread. Needless to say it was not a very successful conversion. I remember seeing the car at the time but don't recall ever seeing it running. Perhaps StanleyRegister will provide an update.
  23. I think dusty is correct in identifying the hood bracket as the hood strap guide.
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