Orrin W. Fox’s used car lot was located at 2345 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California, when this promotional photo for Fox, dated by the source was taken in 1933. 126 more words
Took a visit to Richard Edmonds Classic Car, Motorcycle, Automobilia and Parts Auction viewing day.
Not a great deal of American stuff, but what was there was pretty good 🙂
Very well run viewing day with some interesting Cars, Bikes, Parts, Automobilia and Tools all ready for auction.
Richard Edmonds website is here
Seriously? It’s April 4! This is not roadster weather! Actually, I don’t mind, because I’m not finished up yet anyway. We have driven the car a couple of times, it has 20 miles on the odometer, enough to find a couple of little bugs that I’ve taken care of (the shifter selector shaft seal, and a radiator hose that wasn’t quite tight enough, which I fixed, but now the gas gauge isn’t working), and I still need to get the canvas on the top made and get it licensed, but, there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
I had “Fly’n Brian” painted on the tail pan at “Motorama” at Cobo Hall, in a tribute to the cars original name, “Flying Flathead”, where we debut the car. I’m very happy with that, although the casual observer won’t know the story. I also got the set of steel ’49 Chevy…
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Whilst I was over at John’s I had the chance to look at the progress on his Model Roadster build.
Rolling chassis more or less done body panels being test fitted before patch panels applied and bodywork done.
Took the Model B gearbox over to my friend John to give it a look over, not surprisingly we found very little wrong with the exception of some damaged threads where the gearbox top mounts
The Model B into Model A conversion is rarely done and is quite complex meaning quite a bit of research and parts gathering will be required. John has kindly started to gather some of the parts as you can see below.
An adaptor plate to secure the Model B gearbox to the Model A engine, tailshaft/torque tube adaptor and sheet metal to modify the Model A sump have already been sourced by John. A number of other challenges such as mounting the handbrake, swapping the release arm to LHD, pedal box and radius arm modifications and Flywheel machining just to name a few! A gear lever for the Model B gearbox is on the way.
The Bullitt Charger Clone originally bought by Demi Moore for Bruce Willis and then imported into the U.K. and restored by Jamiroquai front man Jay Kay recently crossed the block at the Silverstone auction. The car raised £94500
The Silverstone auction page is here
My friend John Cochran put me in touch with a very nice chap in Scotland named Ian Caldwell who happened to have a Model B gearbox for sale. The Model B gearbox offers the advantage of synchromesh over the Model A by removing the need to double declutch.
In a synchromesh gearbox, to correctly match the speed of the gear to that of the shaft as the gear is engaged the collar initially applies a force to a cone-shaped brass clutch attached to the gear, which brings the speeds to match prior to the collar locking into place.
Now I still need to gather quite a lot of extra parts to effect the conversion, these include a clutch pedal, shift lever. I’ll post the progress!
This little project has been bouncing around in my head for a number of years now and I finally got round to doing something about it. When my car was restored I kept the original Mustang Coral from the grill for a while even though one of the support legs was broken. But, I repaired it and fitted back to the completed car as i wanted the original on the car, people kept saying “why the old Coral it’s a bit knackered?” Eventually seeds of doubt were sown, then I got worried that the Coral would fracture again and fall off causing all sorts of damage. It was a sad day when I took it off, but I replaced it with a nice shiny one and I stopped getting the same question. So, I still had the original Coral, and some original emblems that were on the fender. Those 289 emblems…
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Really interesting piece from The Old Motor especially being a Model Sport Coupe Owner albeit a 29 🙂
The article shows a damaged 1930 Sport Coupe pictured at a body shop for what we can assume is estimate and eventual repair.
The 1980 Shay Super Deluxe Roadster provided classic Model A fun with modern safety and accessibility
I nearly bought a Shay but ended up with the real thing, I’m glad when you see them next to each other you can see the real deal is better as I did at Volo. you can read the post here
Don’t get me wrong I think they have their place and are a good fun option.
Some more on Shay and the replica car movement here