Thursday, August 18, 2011

In the Shop: 1921 Daniels

by Willy Vinton

This is our 1921 Daniels Model D 6-passenger touring car. It is a very original car that is in original condition, with the exception of a 1960's paint job.  It is equiped with a 404-cubic-inch flathead V-8 built by the Daniels Motor Car Company .

Here is the engine when we began work on it. As you can see it is a rather large one that will produce good power.

As is common with these older cars that have not had the best of care in the past, we found a lot of rust and corrosion in the water jackets. The crew spent a lot of time cleaning this one up before we could install the new radiator. Needless to say, Charlie and Mike got a little dusty before this was finished.

The radiator had to be repaired, so we crated it up and shipped it out to PA for a new core. Daniels made their radiator shells from cast pewter, and this is by far the heaviest radiator we've had to handle.
Here's the engine after being cleaned and repainted.

And here is the Daniels being fired up for her maiden run around Wedgewood Resort. She ran great, as you can see in this video.

No we didn't run over Mike, really, he was just checking to see if we had any coolant leaks. Besides, he is much faster than me and able to get out of the way in time. Many thanks to all the docents that helped with this project and the others as well. Good job!

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