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4x4Founder

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  1. Simply awesome! Worthy of an old soldier's salute.
  2. The Old Soldier lives again! Beyond awesome! Your dedication to this project is inspirational!
  3. Bob, I agree. That is a fantastic compromise. YOu are doing that truck right!
  4. You are making some serious progress. Awesome work on that fine, old FWD!
  5. What year catalog is that from? I see a couple of different power ratings, one as high as 58 hp @ 1700 (brake) in a Mercer (per Langworth's Mercer history) and one resources lists 60 hp for the Stutz. The Stromberg on the FWD unit had a 1.5-in. bore. I was looking for the materials on the Stutz or Mercer carbs, but I have evidently filed them too well. I hate to quote from my feeble memory but 1.75 inches keeps coming into my head.
  6. I have read that a lot of war suprplus FWD Model Bs lost their engines to those "hotrodders" driving Stutz Bearcats. From what I remember, the only real difference in the engines was that the Stutz had a larger bore carburetor and spun up a little faster. Maybe some difference in the mags, though I recall less about that. Too busy this morning to dig out those files.
  7. You are living the dream, my friend! I've rebuild hundreds of engines but a Wisconsin T-Head is not on that list... nor any truly classic engine. It looks amazingly good considering.
  8. Was that from Don Chew's estate? Looks like you can also get a matching wheel replace the off one, right?
  9. Made me want to stand and salute! Two FWDs as well!
  10. Fantastic work! The crew should be proud of their work and the museum proud to display it. You need to get the Chieftain back to do an in-depth feature on it!
  11. Yeah, Bruce's truck, right? Have driven that one in the distant past. IIRC, it's a '21...?. Can't remember if it's a rare 2-wheel steer. Anyway, I saw that truck stripped down to bare bones and know it was done very well.
  12. So awesome that you have images of this ancient truck when "living" and have some idea of it's early history. THe images are great but they must induce at least a little intimidation at seen just how far you have to go. If you aren't intimidated, you are a better man than me, Gunga Din!
  13. That makes sense. I did not fully adapt my brain to the inadequate braking technology of 100 years past. Was that a vintage carrier for the Holt? It looked it... but I don't know much about British transport from that era as it relates to a steamer.
  14. Did that lowboy with the Holt really need two tractors? I know it looked good that way but having seen similar tractors move some ponderous loads and drag sleds down a tractor pulling track with impunity, I wonder. Awesome video!
  15. Wondering how you mean that? Certainly, if unarmed people are rounded up by armed men, lined up in front of a wall and shot... those lives have been taken! A soldier who volunteers is essentially "giving" his life, at least potentially. If he doesn't understand that, he probably isn't intelligent enough to be a soldier. Conscripted soldiers are admittedly a grey area. In one sense, being a voluntary citizen of a country (when you are allowed to leave your country in protest of it) knowing your country conscripts troops, you are a defacto "volunteer" if you chose to continue to
  16. I know that truck and have driven it! Owned by a friend of mine. I nearly sobbed when I heard he was selling it... mostly because I wanted it and can't have it! A very good runner!
  17. I've said it a lot in my visits here, but at the risk of belaboring the point, I will say it again: I am just in awe of you guys. All of you here that take something just two steps up from a pile of rust flakes and bring it back to glorious life... my admiration knows no bounds.
  18. I'll add my voice to the "Well Done" chorus. Looks like this is being done very thoughtfully and carefully. I love it when a museum undertakes more than just a cosmetic restoration and makes the extra effort to create a living display. No doubt you have volunteers deeply involved and to those people, another big salute!
  19. I've always found the modifications/upgrades a vintage vehicle acquires over a long life interesting in themselves. For example, an FWD Model B as it was issued in 1917 vs the same model in 1925 with pneumatic tires, electric start, lights, etc. Since you can't run down to the local truck parts store to pick up a new part, certain compromises must often be made on the originality front but I am in awe when I see a restorer who stops at almost nothing to make a truck as close to 100 percent accurate as his time and effort can make it. Just had a tour of a much more modern MV where the owne
  20. I guess the debate isn't really about whether screws or nails are "better," it's about how the original seat box was constructed and is the reproduction a faithful or typical representation of it. I am not knowledgeable enough to have an opinion either way. I got a lecture from a noted pre-standardized jeep restorer yesterday about reproducing what you find on the vehicle versus researching and reproducing what you find in period pictures or other documentation. His point is that decades... or nearly a century in this case... down the road, what remains on the vehicle today (old as it may
  21. Congratulations! What an honor to have such a milestone vehicle in your possession. It appears you have done your duty in maintaining it at the level of care such a milestone deserves and shared it with others so the history isn't lost. A big HMV salute to you, sir!
  22. Which is strange, because the Quad was the first time a manufacture started development of a 4x4 truck with a list from the Army on what it wanted. Also, how many of them left there were US Army versus those sold to France? Overall, I think the FWD Model B was a better truck but, at this time, FWD was not very accommodating in making changes to their trucks for military service and that may have led to Jeffery being able to make sales inroads.
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