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1926 Duesenberg

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I have become an owner of what I believe is a 1926 Duesenberg, but it doesn't have the orginal engine. How can I know what it really is?

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Please post some pictures and we can tell you what you have. In the engine a straight eight?

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Some pictures will tell the story. The average hit ratio on the "I found a Duesenberg" story is about 1 in 100 so I wish you luck.

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nope, fraid not, it says ford on the radiator. ...and Bosch on the taillights

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I would say a assembled group of parts from many different kinds of cars (none of which were Duesenberg)

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Tail lights are VW bettle. The Ford badge on the front has been added to radiator shell of who knows what make.

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I had a guy from yearone in Atlanta, that came by and took a close look at it. He said that there was alot of put ons, that was not orginal, but he could tell that was an antique. The Ford radiator is mounted in front of the orginal one. The taillights was not orginal, alone with other parts.

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"put on" are the key words. Those look like 80's GM wire wheel hub caps which are antique now.

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The guy from Year One is FOS. That is not, nor has it ever been a Duesenberg. There do seem to be some old parts there, but it is a hideous contraption. Run away while you can

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Tail lights are VW bettle. The Ford badge on the front has been added to radiator shell of who knows what make.

Chevy radiator shell. Ford Model A front fenders, chevy rear bumper, Some of the body tin looks early GM, so maybe the same chevy.

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The average hit ratio on the "I found a Duesenberg" story is about 1 in 100 so I wish you luck.

Revise that to 1 in 101.

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Did this car come out of Baltimore,Md?. I had a guy recently who told me he found a Deusenberg in there. Then he called back and said,"Forget it.It's a kit car".

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Revise that to 1 in 101.

Those that have seen this before will get tired of me saying it, but there has not been an undiscovered Model J Duesenberg find since the early 1960s. What that means is that every single Model J that has been "found" in the last 50 years was known by the Duesenberg guys. This post would have been about a Model A which a few probably have been discovered as they are not tracked with the same vigor of the Model J.

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This would definately be a lot of fun to give to three or four teenagers, to play around with, learn a bit, and maybe drive in a small town parade. Unless the OP can figure out what this is based on, (see modern steering wheel and column in one pic) the frustration will be in identifying the mechanicals to repair assuming it was up and running at one time.

Better than endless video games... ;)

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The little detail I can see of the front and back ends of the chassis is definitely nothing like the chassis detail of my 1922 and 1923 A Duesenbergs.

You would have to get underneath for flash photos of the front and rear axles as well as the chassis so you might expose any detail which may be confirmatory. The design style of all the components of a Duesenberg make them quite distinctive. My guess is it may have been a special build for film or TV, and only you can tell whether it even had an engine or was a static prop.

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In response to Dale: You cannot pull up one photo of a Model A Duesenberg and make a decision. They're all unique. Ivan's argument is much more supportive.

I only proposed the possibility that the fenders looked like they could be Duesenberg, giving the OP the benefit of the doubt. However, in my opinion, the body tub, doors, hood, bumper and fenders look more like a Chrysler product of the period, sedan specifically.

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Wouldn't the cut outs in the front fenders (one side is boxed) that appear to accomodate A -arms be indicative of a more modern chassis underneath? This, along with the modern steering column & wheels/tires seems to support that IMHO.

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In response to Dale: You cannot pull up one photo of a Model A Duesenberg and make a decision. They're all unique. Ivan's argument is much more supportive.

I only proposed the possibility that the fenders looked like they could be Duesenberg, giving the OP the benefit of the doubt. However, in my opinion, the body tub, doors, hood, bumper and fenders look more like a Chrysler product of the period, sedan specifically.

I would say those items tend to look more like a 1927 Chevy.

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