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by MochetVelo
Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Automotive Discussions
Topic: I.D. These 3 Brass Era Cars
Replies: 1
Views: 2336

I.D. These 3 Brass Era Cars

I got this plaque today. It appears to be enamel on copper. The cars look c1905 and quite detailed, including license plates. Can anyone identify them?

Phil
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by MochetVelo
Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Automotive Discussions
Topic: New York City, 1911
Replies: 0
Views: 7994

New York City, 1911

Interesting footage of New York in 1911. You're sure to notice a lot of interesting scenes... and machinery. Good soundtrack added, also.

Phil

by MochetVelo
Mon Mar 26, 2018 5:25 am
Forum: Restoration Tips & Advice
Topic: Installing A Starter Motor
Replies: 32
Views: 21319

Re: Installing A Starter Motor

Well, I did learn from Howard Hodson that a belt-operated starter motor only will not work, as it cannot withstand the speed of rotation. A motor-generator, however, is designed to turn quickly (above 12,000 rpm).

Phi
by MochetVelo
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Restoration Tips & Advice
Topic: Installing A Starter Motor
Replies: 32
Views: 21319

Re: Installing A Starter Motor

My switch was non-original, but I got a nice repro from someone. Here is a photo of what they look like. This Hupp has a choke knob, but I don;t think that is original. My Metz has an even simpler switch: a brass tab that contacts a bolt on the firewall.

Phil

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by MochetVelo
Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: Restoration Tips & Advice
Topic: Installing A Starter Motor
Replies: 32
Views: 21319

Re: Installing A Starter Motor

No, the Hupp has magneto only; no coils. It puts out quite a hot spark, which I noticed when holding it and turning it slightly. It does have an on/off switch on the dash.

Phil
by MochetVelo
Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Restoration Tips & Advice
Topic: Installing A Starter Motor
Replies: 32
Views: 21319

Re: Installing A Starter Motor

Yes, the Hupp uses a Bosch DU4. It's the non-adjustable timing type.

Phil
by MochetVelo
Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Restoration Tips & Advice
Topic: Installing A Starter Motor
Replies: 32
Views: 21319

Re: Installing A Starter Motor

My Hupmobile Model 20 has no battery setup; just magneto. My plan is to use a 12v battery and recharge it from outside the car (that is, not use a generator), just for simplicity. I'm hoping to use the starter motor until I can get the car to running on the first or second pull.

Phil
by MochetVelo
Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: Restoration Tips & Advice
Topic: Installing A Starter Motor
Replies: 32
Views: 21319

Re: Installing A Starter Motor

What engine are you trying to start, Al? Is your flywheel in the rear? Mine is a 4-cyl., 16hp engine with front-mounted flywheel (Hupmobile). I have a fairly compact 12v Toyota starter motor I plan to try.

Phil
by MochetVelo
Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Restoration Tips & Advice
Topic: Installing A Starter Motor
Replies: 32
Views: 21319

Re: Installing A Starter Motor

Why not use a modern starter-generator unit like the Cub Cadet suggested in the HCCA article?

Phil
by MochetVelo
Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Restoration Tips & Advice
Topic: Installing A Starter Motor
Replies: 32
Views: 21319

Installing A Starter Motor

I enjoyed the article by Howard Hodson in the March/April 2018 Gazette concerning installation of a starter/generator in brass-era cars. Perhaps others with experience in this line could add some ideas. Here are some that came to mind: - A starter motor with no generator could be added to a car. The...
by MochetVelo
Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Restoration Tips & Advice
Topic: Removing Broken Taps
Replies: 0
Views: 8669

Removing Broken Taps

Taps tend to break off, especially smaller ones. This is a frustration, but it happens to the best mechanics. Here are several ways to remove them. 1) CENTER PUNCH METHOD This simple idea actually unscrews the tap a tiny bit at a time. You get a center punch and hold it at one edge at the steepest a...
by MochetVelo
Sun Jan 07, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Automotive Discussions
Topic: Your best brass car trailer specifications?
Replies: 8
Views: 9266

Re: Your best brass car trailer specifications?

Another good source is the Model T Forum where there have been numerous trailer discussions. Search Google under "trailer mtfca" or similar to find some.

Phil
by MochetVelo
Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:59 am
Forum: Restoration Tips & Advice
Topic: Polishing Brass
Replies: 2
Views: 15368

Re: Polishing Brass

Just forgo the lacquer/sealer after polishing, and you will get a nice patina in a few weeks. Here are a couple videos I did on removing heavy tarnish:





Phil
by MochetVelo
Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Automotive Discussions
Topic: How Late Use of Chain Drive And Friction Drive Transmissions
Replies: 4
Views: 7234

Re: How Late Use of Chain Drive And Friction Drive Transmiss

According to Wikipedia: The last popular chain drive automobile was the Honda S600 of the 1960s. Frazer Nash built a chain-driven transmission into the '30s. In my opinion, Metz was the last car to use friction drive in the form of a spinning flat plate. I think that was about 1917. This drive syste...
by MochetVelo
Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Restoration Tips & Advice
Topic: water pump / wood spokes
Replies: 4
Views: 8144

Re: water pump / wood spokes

Kwik Poly is another water-thin epoxy popular in wood restoration work. It's available from Lang's and Restoration Supply. Some guys add metal shims to loose spokes. You must be careful that your wheels are solid and tight, however. They should require a screw press or the like to push them into pla...
by MochetVelo
Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Restoration Tips & Advice
Topic: Brass Tack Source
Replies: 0
Views: 6395

Brass Tack Source

DB Gurney has been making tacks and nails since 1825. It's the only place I've found that can supply solid brass tacks. They also sell a large selection of fasteners that would work on our cars. They made hob nails for Civil War soldiers, and still make them today using the same machines. http://www...
by MochetVelo
Thu Feb 02, 2017 4:48 am
Forum: Restoration Tips & Advice
Topic: Work-Hardening & Annealing
Replies: 1
Views: 5922

Work-Hardening & Annealing

Here is a good article about work-hardening and annealing. It's in the form of a student lab experiment, but the explanations are excellent. As you know, non-ferrous metals become brittle after shaping and forming. The common ones used in automobiles being copper, brass, and aluminum. http://materia...
by MochetVelo
Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:16 am
Forum: Automotive Discussions
Topic: Acetylene Gas tank
Replies: 9
Views: 13540

Re: Acetylene Gas tank

These tanks are not for welding. They supply acetylene gas for the headlamps of pre-1916 cars.
by MochetVelo
Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Automotive Discussions
Topic: Any good books focusing on pre-1916 automobiles?
Replies: 3
Views: 5289

Re: Any good books focusing on pre-1916 automobiles?

The best book is "The Standard Catalog of American Cars, 1805-1942". It was recently reprinted. The photos are small, but the information is invaluable. Also, Floyd Clymer's books are fun. They're out-of-print, but you can find them online.

Phil