Posted 7 years ago
History is vague at best. I just bought it from a guy in who purchased it from an estate sale somewhere in Seattle about 20 years ago, previous owner reported deceased. No information at all.
Seller said he never did anything to it but move from house to shed to office to living room to shop to garage, etc. Never tried to start or tinker. And based on the condition, I believe him.
Branding appears non-existent. Other than the license plates, I can find no nameplate, tag or other plates or stamps anywhere on the car, so far. No manufacture information, name, date, location, anything.
I think it could be a custom toy made for rich kid, although much of it looks to be shop made. The body is well stamped, uniform in shape side to side. Headlight domes uniform as well as the taillight peaks.
The front grill is welded to the body, but the grill itself appears chromed while the car is painted. Both bumpers are painted.
License plate is Wheaties 1953 Washington like what you can get on eBay.
Engine: No idea of manufacturer, there is no name on the housing.
Numbers on cooling fins are: Model 61-D C
Serial no: ’49 C’
Exhaust manifold is cast ‘2747’ (goes to flex hose then pipe to rear of car)
Cast on the cylinder is ‘2604’ and the word ‘ALCOA’ below
I am convinced the engine would fire right up with some clean gas and a new pull rope.
No instruments on the dash. Steering wheel, throttle knob, hood release, cap nut and lever.
Lever serves two simultaneous functions. Pulls to engage idler pulley making car go forward only, and loosens brake belt (short piece of v-belt fastened around pulley on jack shaft)
I do not see any brake pedal in the car.
Throttle knob – pull to speed up.
Cap nut – in engine compartment, this appears to open/close gas petcock. (used to shut engine off?)
Hood release – pull to disengage two pins through catches on hood.
Steering column/box has ‘FORD’ cast into it
Hard rubber, Molded in the sidewall is ‘GATES RUBBER CO’ ‘S 507’ and ‘10x1.75’
The inside rear tire view shows geared system inside the wheel. This is not used for anything on this car because it is v-belt driven.
Last time I saw one like this it was on an old self-propelled lawn mower.
All these need to be replaced
The headlights are glass, made by S&M Lamp Company, Los Angeles. The lens is quilted looking. The tail lights are tiny capsule looking things. At one time all were wired up, even though there I see no place for a battery. Someone has supplied a bicycle generator but it is loose, so I don’t know where it was powered from, yet.
Has a big horn mounted on the steering column, one of those rocket looking things about 7.5” long and 3” diameter, also, there is a horn button in center of the steering wheel.
Has coil springs for suspension.
Bumper to Bumper is about 68”, width is about 32” and height to top of hood is about 20.5”.
The plastic windshield is broken, and the right support need re-welding. Pieces are there for pattern.
Front grill appears to be pushed in a little.
Only other damage is where the hood ornament mounts, it was bent in about ¾” when something dropped on the car. (Same time windshield was broken) Ornament appears to be a carved dog head, of a Scottish dog, yellow and black.
All bolts are SAE, not metric. (Did not check on engine)