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Robert recently rescued this chassis from under a farm trailer and hopes someone can tell him more. He writes: "Clearly it is a large Daimler with their own distinctive wire wheels. These have splined hubs and carry 33 x 5 tyres and have the remains of Ace or similar aluminium wheel discs. The dumb-irons have been cut and brought together and the back axle (which appears to be complete and undamaged) is now bolted direct to the chassis. There is a small plate with 'Daimler List No. 20124 Please quote List No. when ordering replacements'. I would very much like to know the date and model before deciding what to do with it."
Editor: well Robert, congratulations with your find! If all fails you can always restore the chassis and turn it into the poshiest farm trailer in the world...
Robb Stewart sends this photo and adds: "I thought that you might be interested in this little piece of prewar Southern California hot rod culture. We think of hot rods being created for the first time in the late 1940s by the enthusiasm and talents of young men returning from war in Europe, Asia and Africa, but the seeds were planted before they left. This 1927 Ford was my father-in-law’s first car in 1937, when he was 16 years old. His name is Dick Meyer and he is 94 years old now. Five years after this photo was taken, he joined the army and went to Africa, eventually being in charge of top secret communications between the command there and in Europe. Sitting on the car is his sister Margaret and brother-in-law Jim Lamparter. We attended Jim’s 100th birthday party this year.
Notice the severely dropped front axle and shortened spring that lowers the car as much as that modification could (editor: also note the flipped tires to keep the white walls out of sight for a more sporty look). I asked Dick if he remembered how the rear might have been lowered, but he couldn’t remember the details. The top half of the windshield has been cut off and all four fenders were removed. The hood sides are missing and the top is held on by leather straps. I asked Dick if the engine had been hopped up, but he thought that it was a stock unit. This car was not a big investment, but rather getting the most fun out of what was available during the Great Depression. I also asked about the radiator mascot and figure on the front of the radiator. Unfortunately, his memories are a bit sketchy, but when I suggested that the figure on the radiator looked like the Felix Chevrolet (a Los Angeles Chevrolet dealer, still in business) Felix the Cat, with the emblem cut off, he chuckled and said: “I was strictly a Ford man”. Dick’s next car was a Ford Model A that was more practical, but not as much fun."
We do not often see expensively nickel-plated rear axles because, of course, this English-made chassis was prepared for the Motor Show at Olympia to attract customers. We'll tell you it was 1919, the first year of production, but you have to tell us which make. That first year saw almost no production, the early cars having faults which earned them a poor reputation, with 'weak rear axles,poor brakes and unsatisfactory steering'. Nevertheless, a sports model was bought by a famous pioneer aviator who once attempted (unsuccessfully) to fly the Atlantic. The more details you can give us about this car, its engine lubrication, starting arrangements and the company's destiny, the more likely you are to WIN.
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Answers in the comment box please. Post that before Monday November 23rd and you may become the winner of this week's pre-war Quiz and will get the infamous PreWarCar T-shirt. Be careful though, check the Rules under 'Read More' first. Results and source of photo will be published next Saturday, November 28th. Enjoy the weekend!
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