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#35892 of 38510 Re: Help a Genealogist [rtfi12345]
Feb 12, 2013 (4:07 pm)
The car is mid 20s, wood wheels, the drum headlights make it probably no later than 1925-26, nickel radiator shell probably 1922 or later. Clothes are mid-late 20s looking.
Can't 100% tell what it is, radiator shell is kind of Buick-y in shape (also kind of Packard-y, but the car doesn't look fancy enough), but I don't think that's it. Lots of dead brands from that era, so hard to tell.
The Antique Automobile Club of America Identification Forum has more experts and activity,they will know.
#35893 of 38510 Re: Help a Genealogist [fintail]
Feb 12, 2013 (5:40 pm)
The only thing that I'd add is that the car looks well-used, I suspect it's at least 5 yrs old. Note the poor condition of the paint on the hood and the top doesn't look so hot either.
Possibly this is a 1922-23 car photographed ca. '27-'30.
#35894 of 38510 Re: Mystery wagon> [andys120]
Feb 12, 2013 (5:45 pm)
I figured it was the rare 'eggplant' edition.
#35895 of 38510 Re: Help a Genealogist [andys120]
Feb 12, 2013 (5:51 pm)
I agree with that. Cars aged really quickly then, too.
Here's my great-grandmother and great-great-grandfather with a roughly 1911 car, photographed around 1913. It's pretty beat, too:
#35896 of 38510 Re: Help a Genealogist [fintail]
Feb 13, 2013 (6:02 am)
I'm sure the poor road surfaces contributed to wearing out the cars back then.
It's funny today a car with minimal care can still look very new even being 10 years old. IMO the biggest thing that makes a car looked aged is cloudy headlights. My boss has a first generation (very miled up) Infiniti G and it still looks great except for the headlights.
#35897 of 38510 Re: Help a Genealogist [tjc78]
Feb 13, 2013 (6:03 am)
For his bday give him one of those headlight restoration kits.
#35898 of 38510 Re: cockpit [stickguy]
Feb 13, 2013 (7:12 am)
'67 was the best-ever full-size Chevy panel IMHO. Love how the instruments are behind a clear plastic cover.
I'd like a radio and an uncracked dash pad on mine, though.
#35899 of 38510 Re: Help a Genealogist [tjc78]
Feb 13, 2013 (7:23 am)
The roads were the factor, for sure. Especially pre 1920s, when there were virtually no paved roads outside of cities.
Cars age better now than ever - styling evolution has slowed, paint is better. The Infiniti owner needs to invest 15 minutes on those lights, it would be worth it (for safety too).
#35900 of 38510 Re: Help a Genealogist [ateixeira]
Feb 13, 2013 (2:48 pm)
One bad feature of my Integra was the lights. Quite yellowed, and opaque. But, the seller threw in a cleaning kit he had bought but never used. 15 or so minutes with that, and they went from yellow to clear. Effectively look like new now. I highly recommend it to anyone with cloudy lights. A whole heck of a lot cheaper than new lenses or light assemplies!
#35901 of 38510 Re: Help a Genealogist [stickguy]
Feb 13, 2013 (6:00 pm)
Yeah the kits work. I did my stepdad's 03 Camry two/three years ago. They looked great for a while, but now starting to cloud again.