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A Wolseley Hornet in Michigan

Wolseley Hornet for 5000

Robb Stewart - you may know his name as he is a three time winning jury member - reports about his Wolseley project:
"Answering your request for entries in your 5000 contest, I thought that I'd share my obsession. This is our 1933 Wolseley Hornet Special, #99 of sanction 78, Eustace Watkins Daytona with cycle wings, coachwork by Whitingham & Mitchel. We acquired it out of a barn in Michigan in 2008 and I've been working on it since then. You can see that it had been allowed to deteriorate to a frightful state, but this was my only chance to own such an interesting car. I try to devote 8 to 10 yours a week to the project and expect to have it running in a year or so."

(edition 5000 competition , comp5000 )
  
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

My 1925 Dodge named "Dudley"!

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Photo's 2 & 5 are very small, but all I have of the car in the 70's, 1 is arriving home in April 2013, rest having fun on rallies in 2014. 

Nick Hunt from Kalangadoo (Australia):"I am a farmer in South Australia, and about 5 years ago, decided that I had reached a stage of life (mid-life crisis?) where a little extravagance was warranted so after much deliberation, purchased a 1929 DeSoto tourer. This proved most rewarding, making a new circle of friends and enjoying being noticed in a beautiful car. However the tidy and shiny tourer left something missing for the farmer image, the old buckboard with the dog on the back!

The morning internet search was rewarded in April 2013 when an original and mostly complete 1925 Dodge buckboard was advertised. While around 500 kms from home, with  the suggestion of a shopping trip combined, my good wife was happy to join me the next day with a car trailer in tow! The Dodge had been under a tarp' for the last few decades, a restoration project that stopped when the owner's health declined. While his son intended to complete Dad's project after he passed on, after 25 years he realised this wasn't going to happen. Thankfully restoration had stopped at a body off chassis strip and paint, with the body still original, as I wanted!

I am fortunate to have a retired mechanic mate living close by, who enjoyed helping pull the old motor apart, which, although hadn't been started for 35 years, and was last registered 50 years ago, it was still in good condition. With help from local and American friends and parts suppliers, we were able to get it going over the next 10 months. When my mechanic was tied up with other things, I got to work on the tray, building a new one from some re-cycled baltic pine that I had in the shed.

I was keen to keep the original leather seats, but they were tearing a little more each time I jumped in, so after much consideration, the ideal look was found, - old hessian potato bags! While it did come with the original roof bows, I found it extremely difficult to get in and out with them attached, so again after scouring photos on the internet, I have found the ideal solution, - a convertable - made from an old rusty bullnozed verandah! Easily detached with 2 wing-nuts and 2 bolts, it is reasonably rain proof and great shade on a hot day, but most importantly, looks good! The only finishing touch I was missing was the red kelpie dog on the back.... this was fixed with "Jess", even if she is distracting some on-lookers away from the Dodge! 

Motivation to complete the project quickly was the Centenary of Dodge events taking place in 2014, the highlight in Australia being a Nationaly Rally around Forbes. While over 1000 kms from home, this proved a most worthwhile trip, it was on the trailer to get there but enjoyed doing around 650 kms in a week with 100 other 1914 to 1938 Dodges! Complete with a bale of hay, rusty milk can, sheep shears and rabbit traps, I have taken care to restore the car to a reliable and safe vehicle, but also one that still looks its age. It has been a most rewarding project, and must really frustrate other drivers of fully restored shiny models when this rusty feral parks next to them and gets all the attention! For the mechanically minded, Dodge Brothers started with a good motor that didnt change from 1914 until just after mine, in March 1926. They were all 4 cylinder, 12 volt positive earth, 212 cubic inch motors of 24 horsepower. My engine number is A452-441 and chassis A380-853, giving a build date of July 11th, 1925 (they were turning out 830/day at that time from the one Detroit factory!).

( edition 5000 competition , comp5000 ) 
 
      
Monday, 26 January 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

My 1910 saw-bench Delage

My 1910 Delage

David Barker tells about the remarkable history of his Delage:
"The engine is a 1500c.c. side-valve Ballot 4G3 with a fixed head. It has a four-speed gearbox and because it has is no starter-motor, dynamo or battery and now carries a ‘voiturette de course’ type body, it is quite light and remarkably fast. It was exported to New Zealand as a new car in 1910 and was owned for the first ten years by the night watchman at Ballantynes Department Store in Christchurch. In about 1920 he sold it to a man called Ian Foster who took it to Cheviot in N.Z. where an engineer called McArthur cut it in half so that the front half could be used to power a saw-bench.

This it did for many years until it was bought in 1960 from Ian Foster’s son Don, by an enthusiast called Graham Pluck who spent the next forty years collecting as much of the rest as he could find. Unfortunately he did not live long enough to start putting it together, and never found the gearbox or steering and quite a few other bits. In 2007 his widow sold it to me, I shipped it back to England, found most of the missing parts and finally got it all restored in time to take it to the Gaillon Hillclimb near Paris in September 2009. I now use it regularly for competing in hill climbs, sprints and driving tests in England, the Isle of Man and France."

(edition 5000 competition , comp5000 )

 
Sunday, 25 January 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

About Quiz #386: Protos-Siemens-Schuckert

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Sorry it is no Steyer, no Puch and no Alfa Romeo. The famous international rally to which we referred was of course the New-York to Paris of 1908 (see the car). No less than seven competitors produced the Make Protos. When you click the photo you'll that the idea behind quiz 386 was an advert of the Moll company (motorcars & motor-cycles) in Holland.  

No less than seven competitors and jurymembers identified the car as a Protos C type. Martin Reichmayr,  Moritz, Bernard Correge,  Fedor, Hugo Modderman  and jury members Ingo Jost, Fritz Hegeman and Ronnie Marenzi.  Only jurymember Robbie had the guts to add a single year to this car: 1919 and he must be pretty close as the advert apeared in December 1922.  The coachwork is a T4 as mentioned by Hugo Modderman, while at the same time is it intersting to learn that Heinzgerd Schott claims that the body is presumably made by Karl Weinberger from Munich who did many Protos cars. In the end we decided to honour Mr. Moritz who came up withe the right answer, plus the fact that the V-shape radiator is an hommage to Protos designer Ernst Valentin who before Protos also worked for Gobron-Brillié, Nagant,  Rex-Simplex and the Berliner Motorwagen Fabrik. Congratulations Moritz. We love to learn!

(quiz idea Gerard Brands)
Saturday, 24 January 2015 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail
   

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