Sign in to follow this  
glennwood34@yahoo.com

1916 Crane Simplex Preservation

Recommended Posts

I recently purchased a 1916 Crane Simplex automobile Serial #2084 the original body was Brewster #1403 purchased by Mrs. William Thaw Jr. This vehicle was re-bodied by the Derham body company in 1927.  I am looking for a number of parts to repair and preserve this vehicle.  This is an historic automobile which is very well preserved.  I am hoping to find: one or more original headlights and forks, a Crane Simplex Newcomb carburetor, a 4-cylinder Kellogg air compressor with gear and lever, a cast aluminum wind-up firewall mounted trouble light, an original tail light, an original knob for the upper cowl ventilator, two rear friction type shock absorbers, an original or copy of "Instructions for the care and operation Simplex Motor Cars" and a data plate that is fastened on the firewall.

post-142995-0-99000000-1450571424_thumb.

post-142995-0-43544800-1450571437_thumb.

post-142995-0-19512700-1450571459_thumb.

post-142995-0-69534700-1450571466_thumb.

post-142995-0-27183300-1450571474_thumb.

post-142995-0-91447800-1450571493_thumb.

post-142995-0-07532900-1450571512_thumb.

post-142995-0-64597300-1450571524_thumb.

post-142995-0-27799200-1450571536_thumb.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Was she the mother of Harry Thaw? If she was, and you don't know about them, you should google "Harry Thaw & Sanford White". Harry Thaw murdered White in front of dozens of witnesses... it was of the most notorious crimes of the early 20th century. In the 50's a movie was made about it titled "The Girl on the Red Velvet Swing." The Thaw's were wealthy coal barons and managed to get Harry declared insane (which saved him from the death penalty). After a few years in a sanatorium, he went free.

Edited by JV Puleo (see edit history)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What does the air compressor have to do with the operation of the vehicle or is it just to pump up tires?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a 4 cylinder Kellogg air pump Model 4F with gears and lever on

display in my office, looks close to your photo, contact me if you wish I

can send photos ( I think my son also has a 2nd one), I always thought it

was an early air starter

 

Bob 585-329-4809

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I found this Crane Simplex factory tool crib tag in an old tool box at Zepher Hills Swap Meet last week.post-77184-0-68317800-1456619065_thumb.j

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
Sign in to follow this