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That’s a 1914 or 1915 small series 28 horse power car on a 115 inch chassis. Looks a bit like the later and larger cars......but in reality it’s more a mid level car compared to the 6-60 and 16 Valve cars. That car in the auction is a factory body unit. A nice car.....but not a top of the line machine. Earlier and more conventional is a very accurate description. 

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Paperwork arrived on the car today......now I have to wait for an appointment at the RMV till Tuesday next week. Long story on the final result.........I will opine after Tuesday’s appointment. The open road is only a few days away........we are in a very heavy rain cycle here........so driving isn’t an option till Monday anyway.

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Video of a long drive will post soon...........got to have someone who can play the “Ballad of Jed Clampett” while we are driving, I plan to sing along..............so it ain’t gonna be pretty!

 

 

 

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Guess what we are doing!👍
 

Insurance and Title. Still no registration.........xxxx it!👍


 

Those are the original plate bolts and wing nuts!

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21 minutes ago, edinmass said:

Those are the original plate bolts and wing nuts!

Reminds me of Austin Clark's column he used to write for Old Cars newspaper in the early 1970s ( I was working for him in his library at the time) "Young Nuts and Old Bolts".

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If you now have the title and insurance, may be able to get a plate on line.  but first go here to make sure the title is in the system.

Be nice if you could print a temporary tag. Life is a lot easier if you have a valid plate to transfer, have now used all of mine.

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Fifty years in the hobby, and only for the second time in my life I drove a Pre WWII car that had more power and speed than I have balls. Adjusted the clutch, and off I went with me driving and my trusty helper “Phil” with the hands like George the Animal Steel. Phil and I together tip the scale at 500 pounds total. We are a NOT thin! Anyways, it shifts fantastic when you get use to the personality of the transmission. We drove it through the neighborhood and then took it out on the devided highway. We pulled out with Friday evening rush hour traffic...........went through the gears, and finally hit OD. Shit......this thing has long legs! We got the thing going like a freight train..........had Waze running for an accurate speed by gps. We went through 40, 50, and 60 with ease.......we were well on our way to 70 and then we had a bit of shaking and vibration......so.......we do what any good mechanic would do........fxxk it, step on the gas! At 72 MPH I felt an issue.........front end started dancing, and then............SMOKE! Backed it down and jumped off the highway.........and got about 100 yards past the turn off.......and the White was NOT happy. Pulled over.......and while Idling on the side of the road we were having a smoke show. Turned out the left rear brakes were smoking like a chimney. We sat on the side of the road......with no tools.........after all, the car was thought to be properly prepared..............and within three minutes, it cooled down and released. So we drove it back to the shop. While we had driven it just a bit around the shop........out on the open road we got tons of looks and thumbs up’s. This thing is insane..........you need a lot of testicular fortitude to run this thing fast. We need to go through the brake system......and I think a tasteful but modern upgrade is going to be needed to drive this thing to the edge and do it safely. IMPRESSION.............one of the best driving cars pre 1931 I have ever driven......never mind it’s a 1917 automobile. We parked the car, and went to the bar for some Rye. More later.........tomorrow........more driving, and with some luck, a video that will blow your hair back. Remember our shop motto.........”Drive it like you stole it!” In this case......we did......but the car beat us.........THIS TIME!

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At 70 be glad it wasn't a speed wobble sounds like one was starting then the brakes saved you. Would be an interesting safety item: if front end starts dancing, apply rear brakes.

ps "good mechanic" ^H^H^H^H (anyone remember that) Roadkill.

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When in doubt.......give it gas! You either pull out of it......or the crash is spectacular? Either way.....lots of thrills and adrenaline!

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72 with a dragging brake!  What a beast!  They thought they had a great White in the movie Jaws it’s on the road in Florida!  
Have fun be safe 
 

edit - C Carl is right and giving good smart advice below. 
 

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Ed, I feel compelled to give you some advice : Slow down. I have been spellbound reading your resurrection here. Seem to remember that the tires are old. Seem to remember that this is a 2 wheel brake 100+ year old platform. The car has just warned you. I am warning you. SLOW DOWN, ED ! SLOW THE HELL DOWN !!! You are a real "people person" who seems to love your fellow old car nuts as much as the cars themselves. We all love you and are grateful for all that you share, and the help you generously lavish upon us. You have just got away with proving a point, and do not have to equal or beat it again. This is not a well sorted Duesenberg J with big juice brakes on all 4. Please slow down, precious irreplaceable forum friend.     -     Carl 

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No worries fellas......I know my car and my limits......I had no intention of holding any high speed......just rolling up to some theoretical place and backing down. I won’t run the car that fast again..........no need to. Was more interested in understanding what zones the car is safe and stable. 60 mph seems fine and steady without being nervous, or busy.........either the chassis or engine........the driver is up on pucker! We still need to deal with the top and secure and stabilize the material. I expect for the next few weeks 45 will be our top end. 👍
 

Also remember boys......I had this car all apart, inspected, adjusted, and lubricated. Calculated risk is reasonable..........for short spurts. It also proves radiator flow........we didn’t push water out of the overflow or the cap. Pushing a car is part of sorting a car. Road selection is also important. The highway today had full break down lanes on both sides of the road.......open with no trees......we were going along a reservoir. Safety was number one. 👍👍👍

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Found a huge amount of information on the car today. It was sharing a garage with six Bugattis and a 4 1/2 Liter Bentley. This guy had great taste, disposable income, and free time. Story on the car is evolving, but every lead and history remembrances have all been accurate but jumbled. The car went from the Auto Salon floor to Flushing in Queens, out to Long Island, then up to the Hudson River Valley along the Hudson River near Hyde Park. Lots of fun stuff..........more artwork and a possible photo of it with the original owner are on the program for lunch tomorrow.

 

And yes......I have photos of the Bugattis and Bentley. Odds are we will get a photo of the White in the carriage house with the others. The little boy on the right is now elderly and still sharp.......we are trying to contact him. 
 

PA- Want to see the car today? Call Leno for a tour.......he has it now. The car came East from Bunny Phillips........the 1937 Indy driver that had the terrible crash. Google it.

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Wow, kid's clothes look like 1950's. Only thing different was I had a Tom Corbett suit (though built more like Astro).

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Walt......did you know the Bugatti collection on Long Island that moved to the Hudson Valley in the 60’s. I’m sure Austin knew him.

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