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1911 - 1926 Locomobile 48 & 38 Gathering Place

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The red car was restored, I understand, from the

late 1960's to the mid-1970's, two owners ago when

David Viau, D.D.S. was its owner.  I've spoken to him

and gotten quite a bit of information, but the history

of the car before him is unknown.  It won an AACA

First in 1976.  After that it was owned by Bob Bayuk,

and I got it in 2010.  The picture of my cousins was 

taken in 2013.

 

I don't have pictures from before the restoration, since

it was done long ago by a previous owner.

 

I have driven the car regularly, 10 or 20 or 40 miles in

a day.  At times it has been driven every week in nice

weather.  In fact, I have vowed never to own a trailer.

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Hello John,  Thanks for the bit of information on your Locomobile 38.  I have seen your AVATAR picture but didn't realize that it is your Locomobile.  I hope to have my Locomobile in a condition as nice as your car someday.  Do you know of other running 38's in your area or anywhere?  I have ridden in a 38, similar to your car, that is currently in central California.  What a power house of a car they are!

Al

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1 hour ago, alsfarms said:

 Do you know of other running 38's in your area or anywhere? 

 

I can't say that I do.

The car, according to its Instruction Book, has 62 horsepower.

That same book lists all the various states' speed limits, and

in Pennsylvania, the state speed limit was 12 m.p.h. in town

and 24 m.p.h. in the open country.  So the car is geared to be

in top gear (4th) around 25 m.p.h., and its "sweet spot" for

cruising comfortably and effortlessly is 25 to 35 m.p.h.

 

Thankfully, my area has plenty of small country roads where

such driving is easily done.

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Hello John,  I am not real familiar with the  Model 38 Locomobile.  What is the bore and stroke of your 38?  I would think that the 38 could pull stumps as it is probably designed with plenty of low end torque.  Could you post a picture of the dash board, I am curious to learn  if they were very similar to the 48's.

Al

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From what I have seen with my 1916 and read in

Locomobile sales literature, the Model 38 is virtually

the same as the Model 48, except slightly smaller:

140" wheelbase instead of 143";  425 cubic-inch

6-cylinder engine instead of 525.  I believe the 

dashboard is the same, and here is my car's:

 

1916 Locomobile dashboard.JPG

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Hello John,

 

I am full of questions.  What ignition type is used on your 38?  Likely a Delco system, but I also see a Bosch mag switch.  Does your car have a dual or triple ignition system?

Al

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Does anyone here know the history of this pictured 1918 Locomobile  48 Sportif currently for sale on EBAY?  This car is located in Barcelona Spain.  The car looks nice and clean but am not sure of some of the "things" I see under the hood.  It would be nice if all of the pictures were in clear focus.  Check it out over on EBAY.

Al

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Al,

Did you see the Locomobile chassis for sale? Looks like a motor is sitting in the frame. In the "For Sale" section . Tim

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Hello Tim,

Yes, I did see the Locomobile chassis and engine.  I have also spoken with Eddie Hardy regarding some parts i have that could help out a project he has.  He has gathered up quite a pile of stuff and good for him.  Maybe a few more projects or speedsters can be built as a result of his efforts.

Al

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In terms of driving, I took my '19 Model 48 Sportif on the Glidden Tour in Defiance, Ohio several years back. Drove about 500 miles in a week. I wound up with the "fast car" group as I wanted in the same group with my brother. Had no problem keeping up running 50 MPH. But my car has the 3.2 rear end ratio, 35x5 tires (standard) and a rebuilt engine.

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Do you have any pictures of the Glidden tour you refer to that include your Locomobile?  What "fast" car was your brother in to be in the "Fast car group"?

Al

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My brother was driving a '38 Chrysler with overdrive.

I don't have any pictures from that Glidden, due to an I-phone glitch at the time.

There were two Model K Fords on that tour, and those things will run.

At one point I was behind an early '30s Cadillac and we were covering some ground. Afterward he asked me if I knew how fast I was running, and I told him no, my speedo cable broke. But he was impressed that I could stay with him.

Another time I was in front of an early '30s Plymouth, and the driver complained to his wife they were stuck behind a slow car. Turned out he couldn't keep up with the Loco.

A number of people told me they were impressed with the Loco's size, speed and the rumble of the engine. And as a result of that year's Glidden being an AACA-sponsored national tour, the Loco was nominated for a national restoration award, but did not win.  

Attached is a current picture of the car. The restoration dates back to 1971, which is when it won its AACA Junior and Senior. Has really held up well.

 

Locomobile 2019.JPG

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That is a fun story that involves your Locomobile.  You do have a very nice well taken car of Locomobile for sure.  Thanks for posting.

Al

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