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1928 McLaughlin-Buick Royal Tour car

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Author: Richard Spiegelman Monday, 10 May 2010


Joris: deze foto gebruiken als quiz voor volgende week? (RB)

This is one of two long wheelbase phaetons built for the royal tour of Canada by the Prince of Wales in the summer of 1927. The car is part of the collection at the National Museum of Transportation in Ottawa Canada. It is part of a special display of Canadian built cars that the museum will have on this year. The sister car was in India. It was sent to India for diplomatic use shortly after the royal tour in 1927.

Renault KJ1

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Author: Joseph Schmitt Friday, 04 September 2015

Renault KJ1

First running Renault KJ1 1923

Ford's are everywhere

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Sunday, 11 September 2016

Fords are everywhere

Vera's car

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Friday, 12 June 2015

Veras carSee my comment in Robin Bachelors post.

Antwerp Concours Photo Competition.

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Monday, 09 June 2014

Antwerp Concours Photo Competition.William Hearne's favourite car. The 1955 Alfa Romeo Monoposto Racer. Has run at both the Prescott and Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb Venues.

antwerp classic belvedere

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Monday, 09 June 2014

antwerp classic belvedere

concours car. Not restored concours but the onley of its kind in europe.

Oakland 1910 tourer.

If motorcycles are welcome i adet my Gillet Suppersport 1929 all original, never restored, even mechanical.


Contest for Free Entry Concours near Antwerp

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Monday, 09 June 2014

Contest for Free Entry Concours near AntwerpHi, 
I saw your news about the contest for a free win ticket for the concours near antwerp.
I dont know if I only had to upload photos from only 1 car which in my opinion is a true concours car but I uploaded 7 photos from 3 cars, I hope it isnt a problem.
They are all cars from my private collection in Portugal, all restored or preserved nearly untouched like the 1913 Marion.

Photo 1,2,4 - 1904 Cadillac Model C Rear Entrance Tonneau 10hp. 1 of the 4 surviving models C of Cadillac built between November/December of 1904, had 6 years of restoration and very complete now, made many runs in Portugal and from 2007-2011 did the LBVCR and has VCC.

Photo 3,7- 1916 Mitchell C-42 Special Roadster 3 seats 6 cilinder 60hp. This car is one of my favourites from my collection, belonged to an american Actor from Warner Bros, Jack Barry. The car was in really bad condition in an abondoned shelt in a property of the actor grandchild. The car suffered a general restoration in Portugal and is in a good state. The car is the only 3 seat Mitchell that is alive with such body and engine, it is a very rare and fast car and has a national speed record of 1km in 42,24 secs with a maximum speed of 137km/h, a record that wasnt broken since 1907.

Photo 5,6- 1913 Marion 48-A De Luxe Touring. This car is quite intrigant, I have seen many Marion Bobcats but this is 1 of 2 Marion Touring that are alive today and the only surviver of the most expensive model of Marion, 48-A, this model was expensive due to Westinghouse Electrical System, 6litres engine, 4 cilinder, 2tons of weight, maximum speed of 120km/h and 36*3 inches wheels. This car belonged to an American Senator and when I bought the car, we had to restore the engine, the hood and the radiator due to a leack caused by a Bullet hole in the radiator and the bullet was still inside the radiator when we were fixing it. Its a wonderfull car and very advanced for that time, and as many expert says, a true "Stutz Bearcat" Grandfather since the engine of Marion was projected by Henry Stutz.

This are my choices, I hope you like the cars.
I wish you a good Night. 

Town Car

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Saturday, 16 November 2013

Town CarAny ideas what this body tags or ID.


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Saturday, 16 November 2013

MercedesFound in a barn in the Midwest United States. Much more there, more pics to come.

1909-12 Mack/Stephens Motorcycle Engine

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Thursday, 22 November 2012

1909-12 Mack/Stephens Motorcycle Engine


Just after the turn of the century, James S. Stephen and his son Ralph were involved with aeronautical and automotive inventions that lead to the design and construction of the 1911 Steco Aerohydroplane and the development of the 1909-12 Steco Cycle-cars. The aircraft is a one-of-a-kind that was stored with the cars and a 1909 Gnome Omega rotary engine around 1914 at the out break of WWI. This ceased further development of his ingenious and magnificent engineering on the two historic mechanical pieces. The aircraft, cars and engine were recovered in 1990 from a house and garage in Maywood, Illinois and now stored again in the St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minnesota area until a suitable facility can be found to display them.


Plans were made to build 5 cars as parts were being assembled in the Chicago area. Only one car was completed before they were stored with the parts for the other 4 cars. Pictures and documents obtained during the recovery show it being driven or tested by Ralph as we know it. There are pictures of the car with the body removed that clearly show the original (Perry) Mack “V” twin motorcycle engine installed. It was modified to have a belt driven fan in front to aid in cooling. Later, Stephens wanted his own engine, thus this engine is rightfully called a Mack/Stephens engine. It was found in the attic of the house along with Car #2 that was being upgraded and modified. This engine never ran until September 24, 2011. More about that later.


The original Mack engine worked very well on car #1. Unfortunately car #1 now is a basket case, but parts from car #1 were incorporated into car #2 which is under restoration.



Stephens designed his own crankcase with the name of his company in raised lettering on the rear case so its actually not a crankcase but and oil tank. There is a feeder line from the bottom of the engine going up to the oil pump. On the Mack engine the oil tank was mounted in the nose cone of the car that gravity fed to the mechanical worm gear oil pump on the front external part of the engine. Since there was no actual crankcase, the oil after going through the engine in both cases was expended via breather tube on the front. Normal lubricating this engine is standard automotive 10W-30W oil.



Again Stephens had to get away from the Mack design. The Mack engine used a regular  magneto mounted on the left side and wired to the Atwater Kent “F” type distributor and to electrical lights and ignition switch that had a small pull out shaft (key) to isolate or disable the ignition switch from being activated.


The Stephens ignition system utilized a 6 V battery in the rear trunk wired to an Atwater Kent “F” type Unisparker box located on the left floorboard of the car. The Unisparker is like a Ford coil box that boosted the voltage from 6 V to about 20,000 to 25,000 volts that went to the distributor. Both systems worked. The trunk battery had no way of being recharged until it was done at his home. The battery also powered the same electrical systems as the magneto.



Actually they are one in the same except for the upgrades or modifications. The starter was a coiled cable hooked up to a recoil flywheel on the backside of the engine, much like a lawnmower, snow blower or outboard motor. Starter handle was located on the right side of the car with an external oblong grip with a cable tube that went to the flywheel.


Both engines had a exhaust manifold the went from 2 cylinders into 1 single exhaust pipe and into a muffler with a cut out that would either be loud or quite.


It utilized a Schebler carburetor with a choke and if needed a primer pump was located on the underside of the dashboard.


The push rods were externally mounted in front of the engine. Pre-oiling of the rocker arms is essential and was done by removing the rocker arm box cover and standard engine oil was used since no oil was pumped up to them.



For the first time in almost 100 years we decided to make it operational. It was taken to Jefferson, Wisconsin to a mechanic who restores old motorcycles and engines. After a few months he called and said it's running. I went to his shop as we proceeded to run it, it ran for a short period before shut down. I brought it back to St. Paul, MN and it was taken to the Anoka County Airport where we were working on the 1911 aircraft. It was started again and it ran a bit rough so we decided to shut it down again. Analysis determined that the rough running was possibly due to it not being balanced. It was taken to Jon Foreman’s fabrication shop. It was literally disassembled piece by piece and examined. The crankshaft was pulled and balanced with almost a pound of counter weights. We found the the push rods were to short, they were lengthened. It needed new sealed bearings, gaskets and oil seals throughout and some were hand made that fitted perfectly. Once again it was started and ran, but the ignition timing was off. Jon determined that it was the Unisparker box. The distributor was an “F” type and the unisparker box should match. The box we were using was a “C” or “D” as the internal wiring was different. We retrieved several additional boxes during the 1990 recovery, but they were not marked. One was taken out of car #2 and it replaced the on on the test stand so it was an “F” type and it worked beautifully. So now we have a fully operational 100 year old Mack/Stephens engine running. We're planning on running both these 100 year old engines the Mack/Stephens engine and the 1909 Gnome aircraft engine on September 24, 2011 in the St. Paul-Minneapolis area at the Minnesota Air National Guard Museum.



Denny Eggert

St. Paul, MN

Chief Mechanic



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