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Over the weekend I purchased a 1915 Regal Light 4.  The car is a project car. I am in the process of looking for information and photos 1915 Regal.  Also needing some parts. Looking Radiator, radiator shell, owner's manual and dash gauges.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks 

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I've seen (and used to own one) earlier Regals, but don't think I've ever seen a 1915.....they were produced until 1918, but the later ones seem to be scarce.

 

Did you purchase the California one that was recently advertised in Hemmings?  Should be a fun project!

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Trimacar.

What year of Regal did you have?

 

I got the car out of Newton, Kansas. The guy I got the car from bought the Regal 40 years ago around the Newton  area. He took the car apart into the bigger components. Engine/transmission , body, frame, rear end.  Had the wheels rewooded. Thats all the farther he got. 

 

I have found some information sent I first posted. Lot of the components

( speedometer, distribution parts)  I am missing I have figured out what they are. 

 

 

 

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I was searching Ebay one day for "1910 Buick", when a listing for a "1910 Regal, not a Buick" popped up.  The car was a chassis with radiator and hood, and a couple of hours from me and inexpensive, so I bought it.  It was a project that I didn't have time for.  I think it was closer to a 1911 or 1912, it was an underslung.  I decided to sell it, it went overseas and has now been restored in speedster form. Here's a picture of it at an exhibition overseas before it was restored.

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Still looking for parts for 1915 Regal.

 I am doing more research to find out what was used for gauges on the dash.

 

I come across some information that stated the company that made the starter generator also made the switch. It was a Dyneto made out of Syracuse New York. 

Has anyone come across a switch for a Dyneto ignition system? 

 

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Thanks for responding Al

When I got this car it was already apart. Luckily  it was a teacher that took the car apart and did a pretty good job if keeping everything organized. 

Kept some decent notes.

Whats missing is radiator, hood, all four doors, dash and its components.

 

 

 

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Yes 1915 was considered the model D. 

It had a conventional front axle setup. With a cantilever rear end. So the rear end mounted on the end of the springs and not the center to help keep the car sitting lower. Regal also has a full floating rear axle. All in one starter generator unit for the light 4. 

Also the first year to use a V8 in the it the big model. 

The doors themselves won't be bad to make.  It's not having any of the door latchs or hinge hardware  that will make things difficult. 

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Oh here there in yonder. Mostly small stuff that was used on multiple cars like speedometer. 

I have been able to find out a fair amount about Regal. 

 

I am currently working on the water inlet. Trying to get it ready for casting. It was broken in couple pieces when I got Regal. 

 

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I try to take inventory best I could. Mechanically everthing there.  Looks to be a ease restoration.  Fingers crossed. 

This winter I plan on putting the rear tub and cowl on the frame and see about making doors and the front seat. 

 

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 I may have just figured out how mine and other Regals made it to Central Kansas.

Ollinger-Center motor car company of Salina Kansas. They sold Oldsmobile and  Regal products on North Santa Fe Ave. 

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Rootlieb will make a hood for you. You should be able take measurements from the cowl and details from the pictures. Doors should be relatively easy to make. They were simple construction with metal formed over the wood. If you are not a member, join the Horseless Carriage Club. They produce a roster that might help identify other 15 regal owners.

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Don't know if it will work, but stranger things happen. 

 

I have a set of doors for a 1917 Buick Model D-35, the small Buick for the year.  It was the small 4 cylinder car.  If you can use the doors or any other sheet metal, let me know.  I can take pictures and measurements if you like.

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Aha I have been an HCCA member for several years. Know about the membership book. Have used it. 

 

  I've talked to several different Regal owners over the past couple of years. Most of them have early cars and parts. Most really don't know anything about the later Regals other than they exist.

 I have been able to find literature and photos. That has helped with door demonstrations, interior and other things that I had questions about.

In fact one of the pieces of literature boast that the doors are 23 in. wide allow for better  access.

 

 

Larry

Now that I have an idea what the doors are supposed to be. I think I have a good idea on how to make them. The fun part is going to be finding a door mechanism for opening and closing.

 

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Aha I have been an HCCA member for several years. Know about the membership book. Have used it. 

 

  I've talked to several different Regal owners over the past couple of years. Most of them have early cars and parts. Most really don't know anything about the later Regals other than they exist.

 I have been able to find literature and photos. That has helped with door demonstrations, interior and other things that I had questions about.

In fact one of the pieces of literature boast that the doors are 23 in. wide allow for better  access.

 

 

Larry

Now that I have an idea what the doors are supposed to be. I think I have a good idea on how to make them. The fun part is going to be finding a door mechanism for opening and closing.

 

 

Might not be technically correct, but you can easily buy Model T door latches & hinges. These would be a reasonable cost and doable. 

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Well I decided it was time to make some progress on this old Regal. First project of the restoration is to get the water Inlet recasted.

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Good to see progress!

On the inlet pattern - good idea splicing the broken casting. Rather than carve the flange etc. out of one piece I would suggest

cutting a thin piece of wood for the flange and laminating an oversize piece to it for the dome shape than shaping it all up.

That way you not fighting grain and it would be stronger.

 

Maybe some fiberglass cloth to bond it to the casting??  sand out and smooth with bondo should work.

 

 

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This evening I decided to take the combination generator starter off the Regal to get rebuilt at local shop.

On the back side is the distributor. And I can't say that I've ever seen one quite like this. It's was made by Connecticut telephone and electrical company. Designated as a model 15. Anyone have some parts for one of these?

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Andrew. Thank for sharing. This is what. My Dis. looks like. 

I talk with old buicks 2 couple weeks back and explain how it come apart. At the moment I am trying to get the bearing loosen up so I can take the points cover off. 

Your photo show more details. Which will help with the rest of the disassembly and reassembly. Thanks.

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