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by MochetVelo
Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:59 am
Forum: Restoration Tips & Advice
Topic: Polishing Brass
Replies: 2
Views: 12499

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: 5002

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 4:25 pm
Forum: Restoration Tips & Advice
Topic: water pump / wood spokes
Replies: 4
Views: 5520

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 7:45 pm
Forum: Restoration Tips & Advice
Topic: Brass Tack Source
Replies: 0
Views: 3664

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 5:48 am
Forum: Restoration Tips & Advice
Topic: Work-Hardening & Annealing
Replies: 1
Views: 3371

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 5:16 am
Forum: Automotive Discussions
Topic: Acetylene Gas tank
Replies: 9
Views: 9723

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 6:30 pm
Forum: Automotive Discussions
Topic: Any good books focusing on pre-1916 automobiles?
Replies: 3
Views: 3495

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
by MochetVelo
Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Automotive Discussions
Topic: Custom Hub Puller
Replies: 1
Views: 2053

Custom Hub Puller

I thought I would show off my new hub puller made by George of customhubpullers.com. George makes these pullers to order, though he keeps the more common sizes in stock. This one fits my 1924 Citroen, which has metric threads. If anything, this puller is over-engineered. My hubs were stuck, and they...
by MochetVelo
Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:07 am
Forum: Automotive Discussions
Topic: Acetylene Gas tank
Replies: 9
Views: 9723

Re: Acetylene Gas tank

All the Prest-O-Lite tanks were mounted outside, usually on the running board. When you ran low on acetylene, you just traded it out at a dealer, sort of like propane tanks today.

Phil
by MochetVelo
Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Automotive Discussions
Topic: Acetylene Gas tank
Replies: 9
Views: 9723

Re: Acetylene Gas tank

A lot of guys are using the old carbide generators. They work fine. Check out the MTFCA Forum for lots of discussions. The under-body tank is safe if it's installed correctly. It has a pressure regulator and shut-off valve. I believe the set-up uses a MC tank, the smallest size (MC meaning "motorcyc...
by MochetVelo
Fri Jan 13, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Automotive Discussions
Topic: Acetylene Gas tank
Replies: 9
Views: 9723

Re: Acetylene Gas tank

The old Prest-O-Lite tanks were designed to be horizontal. You can recognize them by their off-center valves. You can still sometimes find them at welding supply houses. The original car tanks had a gauge on the bottom, buy they are too old to be refilled. The Horseless Carriage Gazette had a nice a...
by MochetVelo
Mon Jan 02, 2017 6:30 am
Forum: Restoration Tips & Advice
Topic: Waterless Coolant: for Brass-Era Cars?
Replies: 7
Views: 10101

Re: Waterless Coolant: for Brass-Era Cars?

Correct. Hence, my original post of the question and response from Evans.

Phil
by MochetVelo
Sun Jan 01, 2017 7:35 am
Forum: Restoration Tips & Advice
Topic: Waterless Coolant: for Brass-Era Cars?
Replies: 7
Views: 10101

Re: Waterless Coolant: for Brass-Era Cars?

The reason I question this is because I assume a number of people are using the Evans products. I know Jay Leno says he uses it in all his cars. Also, it's featured in the Restoration Supply Co. catalog, which caters primarily to brass-era car owners.

Phil
by MochetVelo
Sat Dec 31, 2016 7:18 am
Forum: Restoration Tips & Advice
Topic: Waterless Coolant: for Brass-Era Cars?
Replies: 7
Views: 10101

Re: Waterless Coolant: for Brass-Era Cars?

I don't understand. Why won't it circulate?


Phil
by MochetVelo
Wed Dec 28, 2016 2:10 pm
Forum: Restoration Tips & Advice
Topic: Waterless Coolant: for Brass-Era Cars?
Replies: 7
Views: 10101

Waterless Coolant: for Brass-Era Cars?

I received an email today from Dave Wright, Technical Sales Manager of Evans Cooling Systems, makers of the popular waterless engine coolants. I heard about this product in one of Jay Leno's videos. It has several advantages over the regular antifreeze/water mix. You can purchase it from Restoration...
by MochetVelo
Tue May 31, 2016 7:05 pm
Forum: Restoration Tips & Advice
Topic: Removing Painted Pinstripes
Replies: 0
Views: 5426

Removing Painted Pinstripes

Perhaps you'd like to change your pinstripes or remove a faulty job. The first step is to determine the paint used for the car body and the stripes. The most common "older restoration" paint was nitrocellulose or acrylic lacquer. Starting in the sixties, enamels were more commonly used by do-it-your...
by MochetVelo
Mon May 30, 2016 7:25 pm
Forum: Automotive Discussions
Topic: Brass lamp repairs and parts
Replies: 2
Views: 5653

Re: Brass lamp repairs and parts

I use Britten's Brass Works in Michigan and Metzler Brass in Indiana. Both these small shops doi excellent work. They could advise you on the spinning, but that is a pricy option, as a pattern must be made.

Phil Jamison
by MochetVelo
Tue Mar 29, 2016 5:08 pm
Forum: Automotive Discussions
Topic: 1934 Tire Factory Film
Replies: 2
Views: 3793

1934 Tire Factory Film

The Brunswick tire factory in operation:

https://youtu.be/YZISUfi-6Ik




Phil
by MochetVelo
Fri Mar 25, 2016 6:55 pm
Forum: Automotive Discussions
Topic: Who builds wood wheels, west coast or other
Replies: 7
Views: 9808

Re: Who builds wood wheels, west coast or other

Stutzman's Wheel Shop in Baltic, Ohio are my favorite. High quality, reasonable prices, fast service.

Phil Jamison
by MochetVelo
Wed Mar 09, 2016 5:15 pm
Forum: Automotive Discussions
Topic: Gary Hoonsbeen, RIP
Replies: 2
Views: 3420

Re: Gary Hoonsbeen, RIP

Gary's articles were my favorite part of the Gazette. His photos and descriptions were clear and interesting. Will someone step forward to take over where he left off?

Phil Jamison