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Not a Stearns, but a Moline Knight.  Pretty cool, even with used car dealer ruining picture

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The Brunn bodied J8-90 car is for sale.  See attached picture.  Chance to own something nobody else has.   I would like someone else to step up so I don't have to.

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Stepping up to a one off car like that is easy.........jumping off the cliff over the asking price is another thing. I like the car, but the list of purchasers for such a machine is smaller than most people can imagine. It's not a select market, or a slim market, its a non existing one.

 

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1 hour ago, edinmass said:

Stepping up to a one off car like that is easy.........jumping off the cliff over the asking price is another thing. I like the car, but the list of purchasers for such a machine is smaller than most people can imagine. It's not a select market, or a slim market, its a non existing one.

 

Coachbuilt open car, documented auto show as new,  3 owners,  big motor full CCCA Classic chassis.  Only one known to exist of the 3 built.   What else do you want?

 

 

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Even better body styling would be my biggest complaint.  I don't think that body is all that great looking. Top looks kind of clumsy and doesn't look like it flows well to the 1/4.  Could also be the angle of the photo.  Just my 2 cents. 

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5 minutes ago, auburnseeker said:

Even better body styling would be my biggest complaint.  I don't think that body is all that great looking. Top looks kind of clumsy and doesn't look like it flows well to the 1/4.  Could also be the angle of the photo.  Just my 2 cents. 

 

A view when new.  It is not Brunn's greatest design but I think it is ok.  A blind rear quarter would have been better.   According to notes from the 2nd owner,  the body was originally intended for the smaller 135 inch wheel base.  This car has 145.

 

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58 minutes ago, auburnseeker said:

Any side shots with the top up? 

 
Best I could find.

 

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I think it's handsome and given what it is, I don't think the price is crazy. As with any orphan brand, the number of buyers is small, but I don't think it's zero. I can think of three of my own clients who own such unusual stuff and to whom it might appeal.

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Not terrible,  I think it could be a little better,  more worried about the engine rebuild needed from the looks of the exhaust. 

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3 minutes ago, auburnseeker said:

Not terrible,  I think it could be a little better,  more worried about the engine rebuild needed from the looks of the exhaust. 

 

It's a Knight sleeve valve--if it's not smoking, it's broken. And if it's a former Aseltine car, the mechanicals are going to be right. Nobody knew more about these cars than he.

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44 minutes ago, Matt Harwood said:

 

It's a Knight sleeve valve--if it's not smoking, it's broken. And if it's a former Aseltine car, the mechanicals are going to be right. Nobody knew more about these cars than he.

 

This one smokes a little more than it should.  According to the notes with the car,  the original owner drove the car over 250k miles including multiple times across the country.  The car is mostly original including the interior.  It was painted or partially painted in 1951 by the first owner.   I think the buyer should assume a motor rebuild.  

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18 hours ago, alsancle said:

 

Coachbuilt open car, documented auto show as new,  3 owners,  big motor full CCCA Classic chassis.  Only one known to exist of the 3 built.   What else do you want?

 

 

FANTASTIC CAR !!!  The fellow who owned for eons was the point person for Stearns Knight "everything", including parts -  fantastic car (also a huge care) and well documented from its first Auto Show to today. 

 

Sleeve Valve - they all smoke and does not matter how good the engine rebuild or how low the mileage - good news is your exhaust will never rust out.  

Most have a Skinner Oil Rectifier and that helps a little with the smoke. 

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Not quite as  nice as the one in the ad, but the next best thing.

 

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5 hours ago, pughs said:

Not quite as  nice as the one in the ad, but the next best thing.

 

Do you have it running yet Steve?   How about an update on the J-8-90?

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On ‎1‎/‎21‎/‎2020 at 5:21 PM, alsancle said:

 
Best I could find.

 

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I also like the looks of that.  I seem to remember an all-black Duesenberg with a similar almost square roll-down rear quarter window that was in the "Duesenberg Room" at the old Imperial Palace Museum around 1995 or so.

 

Craig

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2 hours ago, 8E45E said:

I also like the looks of that.  I seem to remember an all-black Duesenberg with a similar almost square roll-down rear quarter window that was in the "Duesenberg Room" at the old Imperial Palace Museum around 1995 or so.

 

Craig

 

If you look at the factory photo and the the side shot,  I think what needs to happen from a cosmetic perspective is:

 

1.   Fenders and wheels are the dark dark brown currently on the molding.

 

2.   Snap rings are chromed

 

3.  Tires are black.

 

Voila!   Much better looking

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14 hours ago, alsancle said:

 

Do you have it running yet Steve?   How about an update on the J-8-90?

I haven't touched the 1927 Victoria coupe pictured above but I have been working a lot on the J limousine. As you may know, the engine was seized when I got it. I spent about 8 months pouring stuff into the cylinders and trying to turn the crank shaft using a strap wrench on the fan pulley and a 4 foot piece of pipe. I used to try to turn it almost every day. Finally, after 8 months it moved about a quarter of an inch. Each day it would move a little more. After two months, I turned it a full revolution. All of the accessories and radiator were off the car when I got it. I put the starter back on, hooked up a battery, changed the oil, and turned it over continuously with the starter for about half an hour. I put the rest of the accessories back on, put the carburetor and ignition stuff back on, poured some gas into the intake manifold. It started and ran for a few seconds. I did this several times. I went to hook up the gas tank and fuel pump and found that there were holes in the gas tank. I removed it and sent it out to be repaired. I sent the sending unit to your friend Mike to fix the broken sending unit. The gas tank is back and I am waiting for the sending unit. I expect to have it running and drivable in the next few months.

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On 9/18/2017 at 9:23 PM, alsancle said:

So this looks like an 8-90 as they have some engine shots and the body is now back on the chassis.   Mike Gassman and I grew up together but I haven't seen him in 35 years.  It looks like he's doing a great job on the Stearns.

 

I talked to the owner of this car last week.  Horrible story.   Car is a H-8-90 and was the only known 5 passenger coupe.  Burned completely to the ground.

 

https://www.whsv.com/content/news/Fire-on-Spring-Hill-Rd-destroys-building-behind-home-558854301.html

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On ‎1‎/‎28‎/‎2020 at 7:25 PM, alsancle said:

 

I talked to the owner of this car last week.  Horrible story.   Car is a H-8-90 and was the only known 5 passenger coupe.  Burned completely to the ground.

 

https://www.whsv.com/content/news/Fire-on-Spring-Hill-Rd-destroys-building-behind-home-558854301.html

 

VERY sorry to hear of this loss; especially where there are no other surviving examples around.

 

Craig

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3 minutes ago, 8E45E said:

VERY sorry to hear of this loss; especially where there are no other surviving examples around.

 

Craig

 

He spent something like 28 years restoring it and was about 98% done.   It had an all aluminum Phillips body.

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Another slide from Jason.  Taken in 1973.   We are both wondering if this car became the pumpkin car?

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36 minutes ago, alsancle said:

Another slide from Jason.  Taken in 1973.   We are both wondering if this car became the pumpkin car?

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Could be same car - if so they missed the memo about green and went so something even more challenging in colors.

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