28th Annual Bakersfield Swap Meet 2019

Bakersfield swap meet can be dusty or muddy depending on the weather. This year it was neither, the weather was perfect!

Bakersfield Pre – War Swap Meet is a joint venture of the Horseless Carriage Club of America and the Kern County Model T Ford Club. The majority of the parts offered for sale by vendors are Model T Ford, but that is understandable considering that the Model T Ford was the most prolific car in the era prior to WWII. Without a doubt Studebaker was the second best represented make at this meet.

A good looking black era Model T van was near the entrance.
The meet was well attended by both vendors and buyers.
If you were willing to dig through piles of stuff there were bargains to be had.
The metal objects on the ground are “buggy irons” for an early top, circa 1908.
A nice selection of brass items were on sale by several vendors. This one has reproduction carbide generators and some nice JNO Brown #19 headlights for 1911 – 1912 Ford.
This fellow had a ginormous amount of Model T chassis parts for sale.
A nice 1913 Canadian Model T Ford touring was nearby.
The blue paint was fresh. Cowl lamps are the later 1914 style with no jewels.
Upholstery was old leather, probably original.
Interior of the ’13 Canadian touring.
This vendor didn’t have many if any automotive items. Just a bunch of old stuff. Buyers were interested.
Unrestored 1914 runabout had a secret under the hood……..
A four valve Rajo offers sprightly performance! The car was being offered at $18,000 or best.
Interior of the ’14 was mostly removed to show the outstanding original wood in the body. A Ruckstell shifter is in the middle of the floor boards.
Period accessory brakes were installed too, and very necessary given the 40 horsepower under the hood.
This is the view most drivers of other Model T’s would see on tour.
Not sure if this trailer was part of the deal but it looked the part.
There was no shortage of Model T chassis parts.
This probably looks like an antique motorcycle but in fact it is a movie prop powered by an electric motor. It was for sale.
Same guy had a box of vintage 1960’s model airplane engines and propeller parts. This is often what came home with me after a crash during my model airplane days of that era.
Accessory overload springs for Model T were all over, as were various Model T shock absorber sets.
Terry H was selling a mostly complete T speedster.
The next several photos are from the Studebaker club display. This little Studebaker pickup was for sale and appeared to be nearly tour ready.
Another Studebaker.
Another lovely Studebaker.
Yes, another Studebaker. This is an early one, I suspect 1914.
Another very reasonably priced set of Model T spring shocks.
A Stevens drive shaft bushing tool kit for Model T Ford, in the original box!
If you needed a Jones speedometer this guy had you covered.
1913 Bugatti had completed the HCCA tour and was not for sale.
SOHC Bugatti four is one of the earliest Bugattis not owned by the Schlumpf museum in France.
Single cylinder REO had re – wooded wheels and was mostly complete, ready for a restorer to finish.
Best I could tell this was a 1917 – 1918 runabout. It had some 1926 – 27 Canadian Hayes wire wheels that are very desirable. Someone made it into a “1915” at some point. It would make a great 1917 for the right price.
The 1917 – 1918 windshield and door latch give this away. Still, there was a deal to be had.
I heard the asking price for this car was $80K.
Really nice ’24 touring was nearby. I never heard if it was for sale or not.
Interior of the ’24 was really nice.
DOHC Gallivan engine is Model T based. These were made in the 1970’s – 1980’s during the heyday of the Long Beach hill climb. No telling how much power one of these could make. A counterbalanced “T” crankshaft is on the ground in this photo.
The Gallivan has superior design and machine work. It is almost too pretty to operate.
A late 1912 block was for sale showing the rare serial number / date combination above the water inlet. This block needed a lot of work but could make a nice addition to someone’s project.
This hogshead was offered by the same guy. It is also a 1912 part, with the distinctive lack of reinforcement around the bolt holes.
Hogsheads made in this era are easy to identify because the casting date is quite easy to identify. This one reads “DAY 5 22 12” which of course means this hogshead cover was cast on May 22, 1912. A perfect match for the engine block which was cast May 7, 1912. Both would be appropriate for a car built in early June of 1912.
Weaver tire changing tool from the 1920’s was complete and operable. And heavy!
The swap meet consists of approximately 5 aisles like this, each about 1/8 mile long.
Several vendors were offering accessory Model T wire wheels and hubs.
Lovely 1929 Chevrolet coupe needed nothing except a new owner.
Rare Chevrolet touring in immaculate shape was being offered at a very attractive price.
Probably the best deal offered at this swap meet was a very complete 1909 EMF project. The asking price was $13,900.
The EMF 30 tourabout was very impressive. I overheard a fellow saying he was thinking of buying it to build a speedster which to me would have been a crime.
If you had enough cash these could be yours.
Or these….
Not sure if this was actually authentic but it sure was neat. The 1931 Pierce in the background was offered at $35K and was a nice driver with original paint and interior in excellent condition.
Locke bodied Lincoln phaeton was a nice project with excellent sheet metal. It was mostly complete, and not cheap.
The ’28 Lincoln would make a fabulous restoration candidate.
Need a body for that T chassis? Many were at the swap meet for sale at reasonable prices.
Lovely 1911 Overland did not appear to be for sale. I wouldn’t want to sell it if it were mine.
We spent about $125 at the swap meet and came home with a few treasures including this Winfield carburetor choke assembly.
Arrometer was a competitor in the water temperature indicator business. They made very high quality meters that used an arrow to show temperature.
A new old stock 1915 Model T horn tube was a nice find.

We had a great time at the Bakersfield swap meet. It’s worth a visit for those planning for next year.

The 1915 Model T Ford Part 3

An upside down 1915 touring is wrecked early in the car’s life. Many interesting details are visible such as the asbestos wrapped muffler, straight tail pipe, wood blocks between the running board brackets and the running board, and the 1913 – 1914 style rear axle assembly.  The new “1915” rear axle assembly was approved for production as early as August 1914, but there are so many surviving examples of 1915 cars using the earlier version that it is clear to us that the new design was not implemented until months after it was designed.

The 1915 touring body style is a complicated subject indeed. We have spent a lot of time at the Benson Ford archives trying to identify when the new “1915” body style was introduced, and how the new cars appeared. A fortunate set of objects exist in the Benson Ford archive, which are the (so called) Cost Books. This collection of volumes is incomplete for most model years, but for 1915 it is very nearly complete. The Cost Books are leather bound, typed reports that show the actual costs incurred by Ford Motor Company during each month. The amount of detail is staggering. The accountants provide a cost for every item in the car’s construction. Even cotter pins are detailed by quantity, size, price and location.

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Repairing Block and Cylinder Head Cracks on the Model T Ford

A friend has had this lovely 1910 touring since about 1960. If you look closely at the lower part of the engine block just forward of the intake manifold you can see where water constantly drips between #2 exhaust valve lifter and #3 exhaust valve lifter, staining the block.

Our friend owns this beautiful 1910 touring. Its open valve engine has a water leak from the center of the block where the water jacket has rusted through and cracked. If it was a later block with enclosed valves this would cause water in the oil. Since this is an early block, it mostly causes a big mess.

We decided this was a perfect defect to repair with fairly easy methods. Read below to see what we did to repair this common problem.

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