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Got Mud? This Dodge Brothers Special Has Plenty

Reader David Dunlap sent in this image and would like to know the make of the car, what type of an organized run it might have been in and who was the driver. The image was taken in East Liverpool, Ohio, in front of the Carnegie Public Library and appears to be a press photograph taken after an event. David also wrote, “The Lincoln Highway goes through East Liverpool, and I noted an American flag on the back of the car.”

The car is a Dodge Brothers four-cylinder model produced between the years of 1914 and 1927. It was stripped down and equipped with a small iron and wooden bench seat, and a framework to support the dashboard. Hopefully, a Dodge enthusiast can date this chassis.

The City of East Liverpool is located near the Ohio and Pennsylvania border and is thirty miles northeast of the City of Pittsburg. Could this car and driver have been in some sort of a trial or endurance run in the area and can any of our readers find any information about it?

Dodge Brothers Four speedster circa 1915-1927 East Liverpool ohio

12 responses to “Got Mud? This Dodge Brothers Special Has Plenty

  1. Judging from the mud, I’d guess the event the car took part in happened in the early spring.

    And it picked up that much mud when it still has its front fenders? Impressive.

    • The mud came from the rear tires with the chains.

      The front fenders keep the mud off of the driver when cornering.

      By the looks of the faces of the people in the photo, I think that the race was put on by the temperance league! (;-)

  2. Odd that they would leave the engine and instruments exposed to the water and mud. I can’t imagine how that would help the car’s endurance.

  3. Looking at the mud pattern on the front fender, I’d suggest that most of it was flung off the rear tires with the chains fitted. Without chains, the front tires aren’t going to toss much mud around IMO.

  4. The first cars with the headlights forward of the radiator were built in October 1916 and the wheel size was reduced from 25″ to 24″ in mid 1920. This car looks as if it might have the taller 33×4 tyres so I think it could be anywhere between the two dates.

  5. That library is still there. I attended a British Invasion car show on that street a few years ago. (get it, “Liverpool”?). I don’t think we got that muddy on the way.

    I didn’t know the Lincoln Highway ran through there.

  6. David, I put this at a late ’15 to early ’17 DB. It has a vacuum tank, which early ’15’s did not. It has a bent neck intake which they used until ’17. If you could clean some of the mud from the rims and count rim clamps late ’17 had 7, before there were 6. Also if you could tell if it has a magneto, that stopped part way through ’16. If I squint real hard it almost looks like it has ’17 style front fenders. The early fenders were shaped different in front beside the radiator, were more open. I have never seen this picture, looks like a fun ride!!

    • Adding the info I provided re the headlights to this would narrow the date down to late 1916 to very early ’17. No doubt like many makers the changes and updates occurred at intervals during the year as older style parts were used up and new ones arrived.

  7. East Liverpool is about 40 miles west of Pittsburgh, PA via US 30 (33 miles, as the crow flies). East Liverpool is on the Ohio River, across from Chester, WV, the northernmost community in West Virginia. After leaving East Liverpool, US 30 eastbound traverses Hancock County, WV, and enters Pennsylvania. US 30 (Lincoln Highway) joins US 22 (the William Penn Highway) in Imperial, Pennsylvania. US 22/30 from that point is known as the Penn-Lincoln Highway.

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