Monday, February 28, 2011

Auburn in the Shop

by Willy Vinton

Well, the time arrived for the 1933 Auburn to come into the shop for a checkup. Like all the projects that start off rather simple, the Auburn was rather lethargic and required more work than anticipated. Upon close examination we determined that the problem would require some minor surgery, as the heat gates in the manifolds were seized up and would not close to put heat to the intake.

Charlie removed the manifolds and cleaned them up and got both gates freed up so that they operated like new, and made repairs to the fuel pump,
and both carbs got cleaned and adjusted. At right is the intake and exhaust manifolds after getting cleaned up and ready to reinstall on the 45 degree V12 .

This is one of the heat gates that was seized up.

The speedster is now up and running like it should, and we are just waiting for warm weather so we can get it out on the road.  When Dennis Gage came up and filmed a show on the museum last summer, we pushed four cars out to drive. Lo and behold, the Auburn was the only one that did not want to run. We found fuel pump issues that caused that problem and made all the repairs, so now if Dennis wants to come up again he will be able to see how well this beautiful car runs.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

1917 Pierce Arrow model 66A4

If you like lots of power, and muscle, you need to come in and take a look at this car.  We pulled the radiator out and having it sent out to PA to have it recored.  The radiator will be out for some time, so we decided to put the car on display with the engine open so that you can see it in all its glory.

This is a very large 7 passenger touring car that is a great addition to our collection, and will be a fun car to drive this summer. It sports the largest production engine used in an american automobile. It is rated at a conservative 100 HP, at 1800 RPM, and is 825 CID. Yes thats correct, 825 CID. The torque of this thing is impressive, and until you drive or ride in this car you cannot appreciate it.
Here is a front view of the engine, showing the inline 6cyl engine sporting 3 spark plugs per cyl.              Remember that this friday the 11th of February 2011 is the Gala Event of the year, Dancing with the cars, sponsored by the UAF, and it is always fun and the staff here is excited to help make this a success again this year. So when you come in, make sure to take the time to look at this wonderful car.

Thanks, Willy

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Featured Vehicle - 1919 Studebaker Series 19 Big Six Wrecker

by Nancy DeWitt

It's not the most handsome vehicle in our collection, but our bright blue 1919 Studebaker Big Six Wrecker certainly stands out in a crowd.

After making their fortune supplying wagons during the Civil War and Westward Expansion Movement, the Studebaker Brothers entered the car market in 1902. With a decade of electric car production and brief collaborations with Garford and the Everitt-Metzger-Flanders Company under their belt, Studebaker finally began manufacturing their first complete, gasoline-powered cars in 1913. These included their first Sixes, which, along with Premier, were the first mass-production cars to have six-cylinders cast en bloc.

Like the first tow truck invented in 1915, all wreckers of the era were developed by converting a sturdy automobile into a truck. The Studebaker Big Six certainly qualified as sturdy: its 354-cubic-inch, L-head engine was rated at 60 brake horsepower, more than adequate for towing a broken-down Reo or Ford. The wooden plank mounted on the front was used for pushing disabled cars.

Our truck started life as a Studebaker four-door, seven-passenger touring car, the only Big Six body style offered in 1919. According to old titles that came with this vehicle, its original owner converted it to wrecker in 1926. 

Manley Manufacturing Company of York, Pennsylvania made the towing mechanism. They claimed theirs was the first automobile wrecking crane manufactured for dealers and garage owners. The crane’s swivel-nose mechanism allowed disabled vehicles to be directly pulled from any angle.

The Studebaker wrecker is presently one of three trucks in our collection, the others being a 1915 Mack and a 1918 Duplex.