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Edinmass posted this a page back. 

I don't think I have ever seen one of the Buick Bugs naked before. Getting a mite risque?

Looking at the men's attire, and a few details on the car (including tires), I question when the picture was taken. I would guess possibly the 1930s, or maybe even after WW2.

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Edinmass also posted this on the previous page.

 

 

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A Biddle I believe. Not many of those around. However a long-time friend has one. His is a 1915 sport touring car. It was custom built for a member of the Biddle family in '15. His is a very interesting car. No doors! There are step plates mounted on the frame and sides of the body to step up like a staircase, and over to get inside! It was the only one like it built. It sounds great also!

I am not familiar with the pictured car. But I would guess it to be maybe about two years newer.

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My grandfather, Stanley Dean Miller "Pop", built this touring car. He took a 1911 Cadillac chassis and converted it from RH to LH drive. He built the body from sheet metal and the roof from wood with stretched canvas. It was yellow. When the depression hit it was too expensive to buy tires for it, so it went to the scrapyard. What a shame. We consider this the foundation of our love of the car hobby. Truly a custom car.
 
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On 9/26/2020 at 6:56 PM, edinmass said:

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This car is identical to a 1920 model 48 Velie except the frame has been lengthened. Even appears to be a V on the hubcaps. Those are Pasco wire wheels by the way. I believe it may have model 39 fenders on it. Any chance the California Car Company took stock model cars and lengthened and rebadged them and sold them as their own? I bet if you could see the car from the front, there would be a Velie radiator badge on it.

 

Ok, I went back and googled the California Motor Car Corp. Today they do sales and rentals of vintage vehicles. This car is called the "Club Express" Airport Model but it is undoubtedly a lengthened model 48 Velie. The model 48 styling stayed the same for three years, in 22 it had a nickel radiator shell. This car is most likely a 20 or 21, though with the modified body, I can't be certain. The Velies were well built cars, I know of one that was driven daily till up in the 50s.

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1 hour ago, 1937hd45 said:

Speaking of Auburns, just how well would this car be on off Interstate touring? I really like the looks of it, but don't know a thing about it. Bob 

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They do pretty well for touring, but still 50-55 mph is tops for long term consistent driving.

Decent sized 8 cylinder engines

(but they did make a 6 cyl too and that does well enough as well as still decent horsepower and then a little less weight)

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1 hour ago, John_Mereness said:

They do pretty well for touring, but still 50-55 mph is tops for long term consistent driving.

Decent sized 8 cylinder engines

(but they did make a 6 cyl too and that does well enough as well as still decent horsepower and then a little less weight)

 

With an overdrive or gear splitter they do fine. I was on several tours with one that was exceptionally well done.......and it drove fine. It kept up with everything else on the Caravan, and it was bone stock.

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1 minute ago, edinmass said:

 

With an overdrive or gear splitter they do fine. I was on several tours with one that was exceptionally well done.......and it drove fine. It kept up with everything else on the Caravan, and it was bone stock.

Wire wheels really help the cause (you can get rid of that uncertainty feeling on front end a lot easier - still takes work, but a lot easier) as does having a competent engine rebuilt.   I have only worked with 8-90's  assume an 8-120 or 8-125 probably helps the cause too.   Good car too for overdrive as you have an open driveshaft.  Cars usually have pretty good gearing - as is. 

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3 hours ago, John_Mereness said:

Wire wheels really help the cause (you can get rid of that uncertainty feeling on front end a lot easier - still takes work, but a lot easier) as does having a competent engine rebuilt.   I have only worked with 8-90's  assume an 8-120 or 8-125 probably helps the cause too.   Good car too for overdrive as you have an open driveshaft.  Cars usually have pretty good gearing - as is. 

 

 

Thanks guys, that means a lot, not that I can fund another project, but it is good to know this is more than just a great looking car. Collecting literature & photos isn't out of reach. Was it made for several years, stock or custom body? Bob 

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15 hours ago, 1937hd45 said:

 

 

Thanks guys, that means a lot, not that I can fund another project, but it is good to know this is more than just a great looking car. Collecting literature & photos isn't out of reach. Was it made for several years, stock or custom body? Bob 

The close coupled body style like the one pictured is roughly, 1927, 1928, 1929, & 1930 (basically the whole series of the car from first year to last).  They are around, but the problem with sedans (and any Auburn) is that they tended to use Poplar for wood (I found what I think is Apple too) and while it is a hardwood it also is a softer hardwood and tends to rot a little more quickly via water exposure - killed a lot of the cars off prematurely.  The best way to find one is to join ACD Club and then start calling around to the owners with like cars - does not take too long to find most owners are loyal to the brand and have more than one car with a project sitting in the back of the garage. 

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The armored car [panel truck was built by Shop of Siebert of Toledo, Ohio for a Whippet 1 1/2 ton truck chassis. Dates from 1929.

Details as to what steel gauge , glass etc were noted in the Motor Vehicle Monthly magazine for December 1929.

Photos are of a 1933 Chrysler CQ Imperial taken in July of that year. The 1941 Chrysler "Newport" has a 1947 California tag on it as far as I can make out.

Both the Chrysler photos were very small prints.

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