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by wmacdonald
Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Automotive Discussions
Topic: Brass Era Mystery
Replies: 1
Views: 1985

Re: Brass Era Mystery

To close the circle on this for posterity, through some exploratory work it was discovered that the body was modified to accept a later chassis and appear more modern, likely in the teens. All of the modifications have now been removed, leaving a body that probably dates to 1910, give or take a year...
by wmacdonald
Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Automotive Discussions
Topic: Brass Era Mystery
Replies: 1
Views: 1985

Brass Era Mystery

Okay, brass era sleuths. Here is a mystery for you. Can anyone identify this hood former, dash, and cowl combination? It belongs to a limousine body that just followed me home from Chicago. The intention is to reunite it with an appropriate chassis. Along with the accompanying photos, here are eight...
by wmacdonald
Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:27 pm
Forum: Automotive Discussions
Topic: Gemmer Spark & Throttle Controls
Replies: 4
Views: 5936

Re: Gemmer Spark & Throttle Controls

spark throttle controls.jpg Thanks for the responses. The project is nearing completion. As for the control quadrant, I made one out of brass. (pictured). I'm guessing that the originals were at least sometimes made of steel with serrations on the edges to help hold the levers in position. Razzco, ...
by wmacdonald
Tue May 22, 2012 6:21 pm
Forum: Automotive Discussions
Topic: Little Giant bus
Replies: 7
Views: 9354

I've been remiss in posting photos of progress on the bus, as requested. All of the boxes of parts I got with the project are now empty, which I think is some kind of major milestone in a restoration. I have been working on the body since the first of the year, while awaiting some major pieces of th...
by wmacdonald
Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:50 pm
Forum: Automotive Discussions
Topic: Dimension and thickness of early angle iron frames
Replies: 7
Views: 8210

Little Giant frame dimensions

For what it's worth, the frame on my 1911 Little Giant bus is made up mostly of 2 x 2 x 1/4 angle, with two angles being used per side in the middle of the frame. This chassis has a 1 ton capacity so the design won't directly apply to a passenger car. <img src='http://hcca.org/images/BOARDS/wmacdona...
by wmacdonald
Tue Jun 14, 2011 5:26 pm
Forum: Automotive Discussions
Topic: Little Giant bus
Replies: 7
Views: 9354

wjguthrie, thanks for the response. On your International, is the surface of the quadrant that the pins and springs push against perfectly smooth, or are there serrations or grooves or any other kind of feature to help hold the levers where you put them
by wmacdonald
Sun May 22, 2011 12:10 pm
Forum: Automotive Discussions
Topic: Gemmer Spark & Throttle Controls
Replies: 4
Views: 5936

Gemmer Spark & Throttle Controls

My ca. 1912 Little Giant bus (in restoration) has Gemmer steering gear, which I doubt was unique to the Little Giant product. The pieces of the spark and throttle controls that I have are shown on the attached photos. Not shown is the brass column which is 1 1/2" OD by 31 1/2" long 1. Does anyone re...
by wmacdonald
Sun May 22, 2011 12:05 pm
Forum: Automotive Discussions
Topic: Muffler Theory
Replies: 1
Views: 3672

Muffler Theory

The attached photo shows the muffler pieces as-received with my ca. 1912 Little Giant bus. The four shells are 4, 5, 6, and 7 inches in diameter and 20 inches long. The exhaust enters the inner shell through two 1 3/8" diameter pipes (one from each cylinder) and gets from one shell to the next thoug...
by wmacdonald
Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:33 pm
Forum: Automotive Discussions
Topic: Little Giant bus
Replies: 7
Views: 9354

Little Giant bus

I am restoring a 1911 Little Giant (Model D) 8 passenger bus, manufactured by the Chicago Pneumatic Tool Co. in their Franklin PA factory. This one ton chassis was available from the factory with several stake, panel, and express bodies, as well as the bus. I am looking for sources of parts, literat...