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The Trice

Author: Stewart Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The TriceJust acquired a wonderful 1932 Morgan V - twin J.A.P special that has a fabulous history and was campaigned since the sixties by the late Stewart Gordon a well known and well liked Gentleman from my native Scotland. " The Trice " will be out and about and crackling up  the hills this year.

Early Engine

Author: John Stokes Sunday, 12 March 2017

Early EngineDear Sir, I'm wondering if your readers can identify this engine. It appears 1900-'06. Overhead atmospheric inlet and side mechanical exhaust. It was made in England as the nuts holding the block to the crankcase are 1/2 inch Whitworth, which is different pitch to US 1/2 inch UNC. There is no makers name, only some numbers on the crankcase, it would be about 6hp at the most. The external flywheel is tapered inside to take a cone clutch. Regards John Stokes

Mystery Chassis in Adelaide, Australia

Author: Mark Brown Thursday, 09 March 2017

Mystery Chassis in Adelaide, AustraliaHello,

I was wondering if anybody might be able to identify this chassis. The double dip at the rear is very distinctive and a little like a 30's Hudson but doesn't have that vehicles X-bracing.

Any assistance is greatly appreciated as so far it has drawn a complete blank.

Mystery 15" Brake Drum and Backplate

Author: Steve Thursday, 09 March 2017

Mystery 15" Brake Drum and BackplateI would like to know if anyone can identify these large 15" diameter brakes.

The only identifying mark on the backplate is "PATENT No 181800/21.

The 8 stud pattern on the drum seems unusual as it is not symmetrical. 


Author: Potomac Classics Tuesday, 07 February 2017

Original Belgian car. 6 cylinder sleeve valve.

Saxon powered doodle bug.

Author: Gary Hawkinson Wednesday, 08 March 2017

Saxon powered doodle bug.This was my late fathers find. Unknown info as per who built it but has a Saxon 4 cylinder engine,Wooden steering wheel,Dodge brothers front end,Model A rear end and transmission.

4 cylinder L head 5 liter engine aprox 1910

Author: Gardin Marc Tuesday, 07 March 2017

4 cylinder L head 5 liter engine aprox 1910Can anyone help me to identify this engine from +- 1910

Origin of the axes

Author: Arnold Beyer Sunday, 05 March 2017

Origin of the axesDear sirs,
enclosed we send you some pictures of two axes, we `ve found nearby at a farm.After ww2 they were used at a horse-drawn vehicle.Thats why there were modified (shorter and without diff.)
We have no idea about its origin ( Autobrand/year) but we are very interested in its history! Thereis no sign or number at the parts.The tires size: 19``.
We asked at several historic-car-museums and some enthusiasts, but they all have no idea, but could be an american car of the early 20ies.

Has somebody here an idea and further information?
Thanks for the support, Arnold Beyer, Vogt/Germany

Ansaldo 4CS semi-sports 4 seater

Author: Juerg Weber Thursday, 09 February 2017

Ansaldo 4CS semi-sports 4 seaterHi there
I am in the process of restoring a 1923 Ansaldo 4CS rolling chassis and having a bodywork rebuilt. As a reference for the bodywork I am using the car shown in the attached photo.
I am wondering whether you would publish the photo and ask the readers whether such a bodywork would still exist somewhere. I would like to contact the owner in order to get some more information on the bodywork.
I am also attaching a picture of my Ansaldo which is in the workshop of my bodywork builder as well as one from Sep 16, just before I moved it to the bodywork shop.
Thank you and cheers,

Two fun period Hawaiian Pictures

Author: jeff Perkins Friday, 10 February 2017

Two fun period Hawaiian PicturesI spotted thes two pictures from the early days on a Hawaiian Historical Society photo series. I asked a friend who is a resident and native Hawaiian for her take on these is what she had to say:
 What cool photos!  Love's Bakery is still in existence.  It's based in Honolulu (island of Oahu), but distributes products throughout all the islands.
The 2nd photo indicates "Lihue Store" on the car.  Lihue is on the island of Kauai so I'm not familiar with that store.  However, looking at the store window behind, it shows Schuman Carriage which is an auto dealership on Oahu.
Also, if you enlarge the photo, you'll see a street sign on the upper left side.  It says "Merchant".  There is a Merchant St. in downtown Honolulu, so I'm guessing this photo was also taken in Honolulu.
Love the cars!  :)   Thanks for sharing!

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