Sloth Posted October 16, 2019 Share Posted October 16, 2019 (edited) Hello, this is my first post about restoring a 1903 Cleveland. My name is Harm and I am married with Anna. We live in the northern part of the Netherlands and like pre WW1 cars. We own a Flanders20 of 1910, which we drive regularly. Anna and I like pre 1905 cars, but these where financially out of reach. But, in 2001 a friend called, and told us he saw an ad on the HCCA site: For Sale: 1903 Cleveland 1cyl; rear entrance touring. Fairly complete chassis with engine,trans steering column, pedals, firewall and Renault style hood. Has set of wire wheels and tires (not correct) engine is very clean and has good compression. Complete except for model t carb. Should start right up with a little gas and spark. It's one of two known to exist. Photos and measurements are available to build new wooden body. Not bad at all, long story short, we bought the Cleveland. Receiving a large crate with all the parts as shown in the pictures was an exciting experience. Sorting out what belonged to the Cleveland, and what not, took some (a lot of) time. Luckily, after some research, I contacted Mr. Roger Weiss, as he owns the only known 1903 Cleveland Rear Entrance Tonneau. He was a great source of information and help for us. Unfortunately a few years ago we lost contact. In 2002 restoration started, first I needed wheels, wire wheels as came with the car are not correct. Originally the Cleveland was delivered with Midgley Tubular Steel Wheels, nice, but not available. A friend advised us, to contact an Australian gentleman who was in the businesses of rim manufacturing. This gentleman also made complete wheels. We ordered 4 wheels and were very happy with the quality. Restoration went on very slowly, and came to a grinding halt. This because Anna fell in love with a very very dilapidated old farm, so after giving up my resistance, we moved. Restoring the old farm took about 12 years. Anna and I did all the work our-self. So after finishing, I re-started the restoration of the Cleveland, but as it happened, my wife and I experienced some health issues. But we are both fine now, no health issues anymore. At the first of June this year, Anna and I both retired, I am 66 now and Anna is a bit younger. So again I re-started the restoration of the Cleveland. In de next installments I will post more pictures of what already has been done, and what I am doing now. Sorry for my somewhat Dutch English, but feel free to comment. Regards, Harm Edited September 3, 2020 by Sloth some spelling errors (see edit history) 9 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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