x HCFI Newsletter, Spring 2009



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Major support by the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation

Spring 2009 “The Information Place” Volume 11 #1

Hanging out at the Hangars

John Adams’ fabulous Hanger, housing his airplanes and Bugattis

Another Hanger we toured
Bill Allen’s custom built hanger is located next to John Adams hanger


The March 1st, 2009 HCFI Annual Membership meeting had an unusual background that attracted a large crowd of members and their guests. John & Marilyn Adams offered to host the Sunday afternoon event at their custom built airport hangar, one of more than a half dozen designed by John Adams for multiple uses.

John Adams’  1934 Type 57 Bugatti inside the hanger area HCFI Officer Greg Long arranged for a variety of refreshments that were served on the well furnished second floor of the Adams hangar. The Adams hangar houses two small planes and a gathering of rare and unusual Bugatti’s along with an MG roadster awaiting restoration. John’s recently acquired 1934 type 57 Bugatti pillarless coupe was very prominently displayed, along with his 1936 type 46 chassis and the 1939 type 64 Bugatti that are still undergoing restoration in his shop area. Only 4 chassis were made for the type 64 that was intended to replace the type 57 3.3 liter straight eight Bugatti and only one car was completed before the outbreak of WWII halted all production. The Adams type 64 was bodied by a Belgian dealer after the war and was brought to the United States by the late Richard Adams Sr. to become a part of his large collection of Bugatti’s now owned by members of the Adams family, John, Richard Jr. & Betsy Adams.
The visit included a tour of Bill Allen’s nearby & much larger hangar that houses his collection of vintage airplanes along with movie memorabilia and an impressive gathering of his early family aviation artifacts of museum quality. Bill Allen conducted a personal tour of his 11 thousand square foot hangar that also contains his twin engine commuter plane and later fired up his Vintage Stearman airplane that was once owned by Steve McQueen and put on a display of low level aerobatics complete with smoke trails. In the Hanger
Debbie Goddard, Anne Ottoman and Gail Wilson chat in an aviatic atmosphere

Some members drove their cars to the reception including Eric Rosenau’s rare 1938 Pierce Arrow, Model 1803 and Dan & Diane Seeman’s 1909 Buick.

Morre driving to the reception Article by Reid Carroll with photographs by Boyd Goddard

Moderate Crowds at Chickasha Swap Meet

The Chickasha Swap Meet opened to beautiful weather and lots of venders. Buyers were in short supply this year but those in attendance were definitely buying. The majority of the vendors were selling real well and were pleased with their sales. Several cars sold including an air cooled Franklin and Ford Model Ts. The Library concentrated on demonstrating the research scanning program which should be on the internet soon. Our Webmaster is working very hard to get the information available. We have had to secure a larger server do to the quantity of information that will be available. Mike and Susie Ersland were the perfect hosts as usual. Flyers for next year’s event will be available at the Bakersfield Swap meet on April 17th and 18th.


Boston, July 19—Eye tests for all drivers of motor cars will be embodied in a bill to be presented the next legislature in Massachusetts, according to citizens who are interested in safe and sane driving. This means that other infirmities will be given attention at that time. Under the present law, there is the question, “Have you any mental or physical incapacity or infirmity of which you are aware?" embodied in every application for a license to drive a motor car, and the answer is always “N o “ Dr. Prank E. Draper, former assistant ophthalmic surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital at Boston, says there is need of a change
"Too many blind people are driving motor cars through the streets of our cities. " says Dr. Draper. "About 25 per cent of the drivers running machines have defective eyesight. No one should be allowed to run a car who has not had his eyesight tested. Engineers have to have their eyes tested, and yet they do not run big powerful machines on public highways. Because there are many people who are not aware that they have defective vision, everyone running a car should be compelled to submit to an examination." Motor Age July 24, 1913

Polo Pneumatic Alarm

The Polo Pneumatic Alarm Manufacturing Company, of Clear Lake. S. D., are the makers of Polo Pneumatic Alarms. This device is designed to warn motorists when the air pressure in the tires becomes too low. The alarm is bored from solid brass and the tension spring is made from an alloy of metals, said not to be effected by heat or cold, and all visible parts are nickel-plated. The device is set at the factory to give the alarm when the pressure drops down to thirty, forty or fifty pounds, according to the tire with which it is to be used. The method of using the device is simply to pump up the tire to the proper pressure, screw on the alarm, and when the air pressure drops to the danger point the device will warn you by a whistle. The makers call attention to the value of this feature for night driving, when it would be impossible to read a device that required visual consultation Motor January 1914

Gas Saver The Crary Company, of 650 Woodward Ave., Detroit, Mich., manufacture the Auto- Valve Gasoline Saver, which is simple in construction and consists of but two parts, a lever control located on the dash, which opens and closes an automatic air valve under the hood, and a connection to the intake manifold just above the carburetor. The automatic air valve admits the proper amount of air into the intake manifold. It is said to give the motor a more efficient mixture, more air and less gasoline, without changing the carburetor adjustment, and, further, that the introduction of air above the carburetor reduces the suction at the needle-valve, causing less gasoline to be used. Motor January 1914  

One or Two Cylinders Miss.


My 1913 Buick (Splitdorf magneto) will occasionally for several miles fail to fire in the second cylinder. Tests show that with the plug in excellent condition a very weak or no spark is delivered. This condition may also affect the third cylinder slightly at the same time, while cylinder one and four receive good hot sparks. Without any adjustment this trouble may cease and all cylinders fire regularly. Can you suggest anything in helping to locate the trouble? E. C. [It would appear from the symptoms that there is a leak in the timer at those contacts which make the connection for the second and third cylinders. If such a leak was present the impulse created by the breaking of the circuit would be reduced, and a light spark would result. Of course, there is also the possibility of a leak in the secondary circuit, on the cables leading to the spark plugs. We can only suggest that you carefully examine these high tension cables as well as the timer contacts]
April 23, 1913 Horseless Age

Editor Motor Age—

In Motor Age, issue of June 26, Winfield Morcross asked how the Ford could be arranged so that 30 by 3 1/2 tires could be used all around. Several owners in this section simply purchased rear wheels minus the hubs from the Ford company and substituted the front hubs from the old wheels in place of them. This has proved satisfactory in many cases.— Beader.

Motor Age July 24, 1913

100,000 Miles on 1909 Warner Odometer.

The Warner Instrument Company's odometer for 1909 will show a season total of 100,000 miles instead of 10,000, as stated in our January 7 issue. In the past most speedometers for mileage recorders have shown only 10,000 miles, but letters received from many car users indicate season mileage of 30,000 and 40,000 miles, thus necessitating a larger instrument. This new model, as well as all others, will have the new shaft and simplified drive. This is a pressedsteel, hand-riveted, hardened-shaft which will make but one-half the number of revolutions made in former instruments.

The Automobile January 28, 1909

Dykes #7, 1 Dykes #7, 2
Dykes #7, 3

Dykes #7, 4


Dykes #7, 5 Dykes $#7, 6
Dikes #7, 7 Dikes #7, 8
Dikes #7, 9 Dykes #7, 10

Vintage Ford Magazine

The Model T Ford Club of America has honored the Foundation with the Vintage Ford Magazine on CD. This is a 7-CD set that includes the first 35 years of the Vintage Ford Magazine. The Foundation really appreciates this donation as it helps us to research the Ford Automobile.

Stop Thief

The Auto Protection Company, of 1001-2 Hollingsworth Bldg., Los Angeles, Cal., manufactures the "Auto Stop Thief" which is inset in the dash, or any convenient place desired by the owner. All that can be seen of the device is an etched silver plate, three by six inches in size, in which are set ten push buttons. Among these buttons are three, four or five—as the case may be—combination buttons; the others being called dummy buttons. The mechanism is operated by pushing the buttons. This mechanism is technically described as a permutation switch. The connection from the battery, or magneto, to the spark plugs is established by the operation of this switch. A certain combination of buttons must be pushed in perfect order to make the connection. ' The breaking of the circuit by the dummy buttons, and the necessity of completing the switch by pushing the buttons in a perfect order, makes it practically impossible for one unfamiliar with it, to operate the combination. The wire connections are so arranged and enclosed in plier-proof steel conduits that it is said to be impossible for a person to establish a connection outside of the machine in any time in which a thief would ordinarily have to steal a car. Motor January 1914


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Member News

Gifts In Memory Of:
Malcolm Luis
        George & Frances Sherman
James Childs
         Jack & Gail Garrison
Doris Gibson
         Modesto HCCA
Gracie Cook
         Modesto HCCA
Robert Dathan
          No. CA. HCCA
Millie Eastwood
          Jack & Gail Garrison
David Stewardson
          Jack & Gail Garrison
         San Diego CA HCCA
Bill Larsen
         Sam & Ann Gurnee
         Central CA HCCA
Charles Berryman
         Lear Simpson Family
         Marie Judd
         San Diego CA HCCA

Gifts in Kind:
George Coffin
Pioneer Auto Trails Historical Soc.
Philip Reed
Les Judd
Connie Burnside
Fred Hayward
Model T Ford Club of America

Cash Donation:
Don & Becky Sable have graciously
donated funds for the development
of the Scanner Project, refreshments
for the Annual Reception, and the
accommodations for the staff at the
Chickasha Swap Meet in Oklahoma.
We thank them for their support of
the Foundation.

Scanner Donations:
John Murray
George Dorris

Dr. Merl* & Joy Ledford
Philip & Joy Reed
Steve & Blanche Gordon
Paul* & Dorothy* Kettenburg
Thomas & Kris Kettenburg
George & Frances Sherman
Jack & Gail Garrison
Edward & Jean Johnson
Don & Becky Sable
* deceased

Philip & Joy Reed
Marian Teague
Jeanne Deringer
Peggie Eccles
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Paul Kettenburg*
Jack & Gail Garrison
Mr. & Mrs. Ross Bewley
David & Sondra Gast

New HCF Members:
August Motmans
Edward Duling
Darwyn Lunley
Richard Mc Garth
Lowell Boynton
Chris Jones
Ernest Toth
Dennis Mielke
Terry Stines
Bill Allen
John Adams
Chris Cunningham

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HCFI 2009 Board of Directors
President Donald Sable, OK
Vice Pres. Greg Long, CA
Treasurer Thomas Kettenburg, CA
Secretary Gordon McGregor, CA
Public Relations Reid Carroll, CA
Director Jack R. Garrison, CA
Director David Gast, CA
Director George VanBeek, OR
Director Tony Bowker, CA

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Chris Watkins Mac McPherson
Joe Whitney Jim Brody
Clyde & Sandy Jurey


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