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  1. I need to fix my Starter/Generator now that you mention it. I put new brushes in and got nothing registering. So time to pull it again! Oh well, nothing ventured nothing gained!
  2. You may know this but you are missing the metal band around the rear of the starter generator. Also hard to see in the photo if the oil float is there between the first and second cylinders. It may have sunk due to a whole in the float (common issue). If you are lucky you may be able to see the top tip of the thin rod in the hole.
  3. I see that you are around Chicago. Any marina should have non ethanol gas. Probably only 91 octane to boot. Surprised that your 1973 Riv isn't already compatible with 'unleaded'. My 1972 Cadillac is and runs fine with todays gas.
  4. Can’t believe someone would leave that outdoors like that. Looks like a great project. Slanted windshield is typically after 1920 or so. GB made the chassis and Cantrell the wooden body. I have seen the wooden bodies have 2 bench seats behind the driver. The delivery trucks were ‘screensides’ and had more metal in the rear than the wooden bodies - although the roof is very similiar.
  5. There is a green and white 30 minutes north of me for $3800 (going from memory). Better shape than this one if someone is interested. It should be on the Huntsville,al Craigslist or Facebook marketplace. No affiliation at all, just sharing.
  6. In AL, it is now $35 (one time) for an antique plate. I originally paid $25 for my caddy 25 years ago. I think I had to pay more for my YOM plate but it wasn't much more.
  7. Best to post photos. Then many of us can compare to our early cars. the engine number is on a raised pad just above the carb. If you go to the Dodge brothers web pages you can see what date range the engine was manufactured. Engine numbers dont match the frame number (typically off by 50K or so). Frame number will be on the frame cross member (top) in front of the front seat. Most early bell housings were aluminum.
  8. I think this was just common practice back in the day if you did not have a bracket. My touring was missing the spare tire bracket when I bought it (even though it is basically a straight bar of metal) and the owner just drilled a hole in the center of the left fender. Remember this is not a brake light, just a lamp and the only one on the rear. Most DB cars and trucks had *some* kind of mount for the plates and lights. I suspect there is a bracket for this but I think it will take time to reveal itself....
  9. Haha, i still put my batteries on a wood on top of concrete! what is the opinion on covering tires on trailers with garbage bags or other covers to prolong the life
  10. I was about to post that the gas tank looked 1919-1920ish, but I see the serial number is in that range. So, now the question arises about the sloped windshield. Are the windshield stations bent? or has a later model front been placed on the frame? This would explain the drop down behind the front seat to the rear tub. BTW, my 1919 has the steel fellow, wooden spoke, 33 inch tires.
  11. I too jumped into an early (1919 Dodge) car with the same thoughts. I was very limited locally (Ts, As, and the Dodge). For the Dodge 30-35 is about as fast as you want to push it and yourself. These cars take both hands and feet at all times. Running joke in my family is the "prepare to stop" announcement as the two wheel brakes take some getting used to. Pros: Unique in my area, reliable as it starts and runs easily even after long slumbers, brings a smile to everyone that sees it, Durable, Very easy to maintain. Strong support with club and parts. Cons: Limited to ne
  12. And you get to learn something new...even if you have to do it twice
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