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I have recently purchased a 1910 Chalmers Detroit touring and would like to make contact with other Chalmers Detroit owners as I have some questions about my car and its operation. I would also welcome any information or copies of literature or manuals that members might be willing to share.

Thanks.......PAI

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pistoncollector...a good bet conerning factual data and copies of the same would be to contact the AACA Library & Research Center. (scroll down to the AACA Library icon). Request for information form is self explanatory.

Regards,

Peter J. <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

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There is a guy out here in Cheyenne, named Binger I think, who used to have one of those. shocked.gif He never could get it to run right crazy.gif so I think he passed it off on some guy in the Southeast. smirk.gif Know anything about that one? confused.gifsmirk.gifgrin.gif

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Howard, No it's the one I stole in Oklahoma from a guy named Binger. And I assure you all that Piston Collector did not turn down the first scotch and water, or the second, or the (well you get the picture) and then he took the Chalmers away. Easy come, easy go!

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OK Howard, Dan, Ron, and Rick. If you keep this up you might scare any other Chalmers Detroit owners away, if there are any out there. I am serious about wanting to find these other owners so that I can ask some questions about timing and related subjects. I would hate to haul this thing around the country and not get to drive it sometimes.

And the Scotch was GOOOODDDD in Alabama.

Paul

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The best running Chalmers-Detroit was the one restored by the late Fred Haller of Pittsburgh, Pa. and run on the 1957 Anglo-American ralley. I got to see it 2-3 years ago at a meet in Connicticut, his grand daughter owns it now. grin.gif

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I recently acquired a 1909 Chalmers 2 door roadster. This vehicle has two four cylinder motors and appears to be in excellent shape the problem is that I have no idea what I have and what to do with it. Can you help or know anyone that provide me with any leads.

Thank you for any help

Kevin Seward

Nampa, ID

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Kevin, Welcome to the Forum, I'm guessing your Chalmers-Detroit is the one that was in the Bill Harrah Collection untill the September 29, 1984 auction. I think I may have seen it at Hershey some time after that.

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There is a Chalmers owners registery that lists the names and addresses of most owners. They publish a good newsletter with wanted and for sale ads and good historical articles. Would you be interested in subscibing?? I will look up the information if you are interested. Unfortunately I am not at my home office right now so I will have to look it up later tonight .

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I also had heard that it once belonged to Bill Harrah but did not know it was that long ago. I can't find any information about it on the Internet, is it the "inside drive coupe"? How many are out there? How valuable might this car be?

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The 2 engine Chalmers, also known as the Duckbill Pludapus, is originally from Northern Idaho and was acquired from an old mine by Rich Morgan of Lewiston Idaho. Rich bought the car for extra engines for his 1909 Chalmers Detroit. I think he sold it to Bill Harrah. When in Rich's possession, the car was put into running condition. It always had cooling problems and was never toured.

Rich is still alive, well, and touring out of Lewiston, Idaho. If you need his number, write me directly, and I'll pass it on. I'm sure he has pictures and more info on the car.

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DGPoff,

Thanks so much for the info. I have been in touch with Rich and am hoping he will be able to help me. I am short some parts on the motor i.e. 2 carburators, 1 distributor and I am pretty sure they will be hard to replace. Any idea how rare of a car this is? Why didn't Harrah restore it? I am excited to see it finished. I almost have it stripped to the frame and then off to powder coating! Thanks for all the insight

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">DGPoff,

Thanks so much for the info. I have been in touch with Rich and am hoping he will be able to help me. I am short some parts on the motor i.e. 2 carburators, 1 distributor and I am pretty sure they will be hard to replace. Any idea how rare of a car this is? Why didn't Harrah restore it? I am excited to see it finished. I almost have it stripped to the frame and then off to powder coating! Thanks for all the insight </div></div>

Do yourself a favor before you get too far. Do research on what finishes were correct for that car. Be sure of what you are doing before doing it. Powder coat sounds nice, but is not correct. This could potentially harm the value of the car. Ask LOTS of questions before so you won't regret decisions later. Remember there are no stupid questions! (yes, some stupid answers exist! grin.gif)

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