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Are any European Locomobile - Riker truck owners checking in here?  Drop a note if a you are and let us know what you are doing and on what truck.

Al

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Has anyone had your Locomobile out for a drive lately.  Share a video or post a picture.  I am anxious to see what is up and running and where.

Al

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What stress, is put on your life-style, brought on by the current Pandemic?  Are you all able to keep a low profile and simply stay out in the garage working on your early Locomobile/Riker truck projects?  Do you have any projects underway, that could be of mutual interest here and to other antique automobile/truck  guys?  It may help us all "keep it together" if we have a daily goal to let others know what is going on while we survive Coronavirus.....

Al

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Hi Al

ive not heard of any new finds that is locomobile or peerless truck related, 

being stuck at home for a month now gave me a chance to start on building the cab for my 1926 Albion model 24, these are scottish built trucks and i also have a ww1 era Albion A10 restoration underway,  i will post some pictures, hope this is of interest mate

mike

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Mike , it is nice to hear from you.  Your Albion projects are certainly nice.  Thanks for the pictures and they definitely are part of the big WW1 picture just as Locomobile , Riker and Pierce-Arrow, (and others).  What early rigs do you have that are up and running?  I noticed a Nash Quad was for sale just lately.  Those are very unique ad I have an interest in them also as I have a couple of Nash projects that I am warm on.  More pictures and story please....

Al

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Hi Al,  yeh Albion built approx 6000 trucks for ww1, mine is from that era being chassis nos 1979F, but i couldnt tell you if it had gone to the front but it is a WD model 3 ton version, i have a few other trucks from that era the liberty being a well known make and a 1918 white 5 ton model TC, and i have a packard like you, mine is a 1915 model D, 3 ton size,    i dont have any of these restored or runnig yet and have being concentrating on finding missing parts for each one of them, 

the most success i have had lately is finding a complete running continental engine for my second type two Liberty chassis, which i have bought but are waiting for the shutdown to be over so it can be shipped back here, a bit frustrating but just got to see this virus thing through, 

i will add a couple more pictures of the unrestored gems !! sorry not good pics though,

cheers mike

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Hello Mike,

Nice pictures or your early trucks!  I would sure like to have your shop floor space to spread out a few of my projects on!  Automobiles are bad enough for taking up space let alone the massive size of the early trucks.  The Packard truck I owned at one time was most likely a 5 ton and was certainly a hand full.  The 1913 American-LaFrance city service ladder truck is my largest project and is simply to big to put in any of my shops.  I intend to return it back to the functionality of the original specification which is a Hose car.  When I remove the stretch, I will be able to deal with the total length much easier.  What is the most important thing you have on your "NEED" list?  As I meander around I will keep my eye open for you.

Regards,

Alan 

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Hi Al,  yeh these trucks do take up a lot of space allright, well im on the hunt for a few things as you never find these old trucks complete usually, 

the most important parts im looking for are the correct front steel spoked solid rubber wheels for my 1926 pierce arrow truck, ive posted pictures of the rears in the PA thread, and im also looking for some sheetmetal for the White which the model 45 white 5 ton models shared hood and fenders same as my 5 ton model TC, 

Al do you have any pictures of the big packard you had, if it was an early one it would of been a chaindrive monster of a truck ?, with wood spoked wheels? 

Did the guy you sold it to ever find the missing parts and restore it? or is it still a project in waiting? love to see it

cheers mike

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Hello Mike,

The Packard truck, I owned, was pre digital images.  I know I have a hard picture or several, but they are in my 35 mm picture file and that file is very buried.  When I decide to rummage through my pictures I will post some here.  It was on pneumatic tires and later in life served as a Utah State road truck.  The wheel type was cast iron spoked and huge.  The bad part was it was missing the radiator and one front cast wheel assembly.  I think it was a donor to build another truck but a later heard that it was the basis of another truck build.  Are you interested in Packard trucks?  I know of one that could very well be purchased, (unrestored).

Regards,

Al

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Yeh Al allways interested in quality made trucks from the early period,  if you want pm me the details

thanks mike

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Has anyone checked out the Riker engine that is advertised in the current issue of the HCCA Gazette?

Al

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Does anyone here have information on the Riker trucks and also Locomobile trucks?  How many different engines were available in Riker trucks and also Locomobile trucks?  What were these engine differences?  Were all Riker trucks worm drive?  How similar were Riker trucks to Locomobile trucks?  Was the relationship, between Riker and Locomobile, similar to the modern relationship that exists between GMC and Chevrolet trucks?  When did the electric starter show up on Locomobile and Riker trucks?   How many years were Riker and Locomobile trucks produced concurrently?  What year was the first Locomobile and also Riker trucks built for public consumption?   What was the last year both Locomobile and Riker trucks were manufactured and sold?  Share your knowledge if you can.

Thanks,

Al

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Here is a page from a 1918 Riker sales brochure....

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Here is another picture from the same brochure...

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I will post a few pictures of a new addition to my collection.  This new addition is an approximately 1916-1917 Riker engine.  It is complete less three valve covers, the fan assembly and the ignition system/generator.  I can certainly see the direct companionship that existed between Locomobile and Riker, much the same as GMC and Chevrolet.  This engine does certainly provide for some fun in the future.

Alan

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I am impressed, long stroke, five main bearings, full pressure oiling and the Locomobile trademark Manganese Bronze crankcase.  Sadly, this engine is "stuck" but I can see no visible freeze cracks.  I will start the loosening up process and report back on the progress.

Al

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Hi Al , interesting engine, were these engines used in cars and trucks, ? I use diesel to free up stuck engines, works on most of them, keep us updated

Thaks mike.

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Hello Mike,

Actually no, this is a truck engine.  Many of the mechanical pieces are borrowed from the automobile side of Locomobile.  The motor  mount cradles would need to be modified in order to facilitate installation into an auto mobile frame, (but is doable).  First thing is to get the valve cage covers out so I can see what is in the combustion chamber.  Then diesel or some other concoction to get it loosened up. Then the fun starts.  I am anxious to learn more about the interchange of motor pieces between a Locomobile passenger car engine and this truck engine.  This engine is no sleeper as it is 340 CID and rated at 42 HP.  More later.

Al

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I will be posting pictures, over the next few weeks, of early Locmobile and Riker trucks and parts being built new at the factory.   I think you will enjoy these pictures when posted.

Al

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Riker picture 2 

(I wonder if my engine is in this lineup)?

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