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This belongs to my Henney, but what I need to know is what manufacturer made the chassis. Hopefully the wheels and front axle will give a good hint as to the make. The few brake parts I have for this car are for external contracting drum brakes, would this have been correct? Going off of what I've found so far I believe it to be a '27, but if anyone knows otherwise I'd like to hear it.

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There were specialist chassis frame makers for the auto manufacturers that did this press and usually also assemble and rivet work for them. I am pretty sure that there is film somewhere of operations in A O Smith; and certainly an animated cartoon type interpretation of the rivetting devices at work as though they were a team of diligent, intelligent creatures. I recall that there was a series on A O Smith about 30 years ago in either Antique Automobile or HCC Gazette. Parrish & Bingham was another chassis frame maker. I think I have seen an AOS identification stamp on a chassis, but P&B left no such identifying mark on my Roamer chassis.

The style of the work is sometimes a clue, but it might be hard to identify because there were 8 makers of frames for cars listed in MoToR for January 1921. If you go to prewarcar.com, there was a quiz photo a week a week ago that turned out to be a Henney that one of there long-time participants had seen some years ago. They could probably put you in touch with the man who took the photo so you might trace it. Ivan Saxton

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Thanks for the information Ivan!

I decided to go out and take another look at the chassis and came up with a few markings that were previously covered with dirt and grease. Both the front and rear axles have Salisbury markings. From a quick search I found that the Salisbury Axle Company was acquired in 1919 by the Spicer Manufacturing Company (later to be known as Dana). Since Spicer also bought out another company which could produce frames in the same year, maybe there are other Spicer components used in this chassis. Once again...any thoughts?

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The chassis actually belongs to a 27(ish) Henney hearse/combination car. As far as I can tell, mine shares the same disc wheels as this Henney. The rear wheels on the car I have aren't correct and I wasn't sure where I should start looking for a matching pair. I also wanted to identify which chassis my Henney uses so I can possibly locate other needed parts.

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Your frame was made by Parish frame company of Chicago. Parish made frames for the 1929-37 Duesenberg J. Those frames are somewhat close to the 1930-33 Henney frames with were 156 inch W.B. I owned 3 1932 Henneys in various stae of repair and disrepair in the past years,but none now. The axles on the 1930-33 ones were made by Columbia. Hope this helps. George Albright,Ocala,Fla. email gnalbright@gmail.com

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Thanks, that actually does make quite a bit of sense since Spicer Mfg. Co. owned both Salisbury Axle Co. and Parish Pressed Steel Co. at the time my Henney was made.

Information regarding the early 30's and prior Henney's has been difficult to come up with other than some brief information here and there. Since you have had three pre-Packard Henney's, are there any resources you recommend for researching these earlier cars?

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