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Anderson Coachbilt Six: “A Little Higher in Price but Made in Dixie”


7 responses to “Anderson Coachbilt Six: “A Little Higher in Price but Made in Dixie”

  1. Many early ” assembled ” autos used Continental engines. As I recall there were
    “Red Seal” and ” Blue Seal” engines. The arcticle states that this car suffered from ” engine failures”. Was there a history of Coninental engine failure or unreliability?

  2. I think this Speedster is a great looking car. I like the simple step in place of a full running board.

    The nice car designs look like they are moving, even while standing still.

  3. With a longer wheel base this car would be sensational. Note they couldn’t fit a full size golf door on this short chassis. Looks like a customized Ford; needs more wheel base to go from cute to classsic.

  4. MY guess is that the Continental engine installed in the “Sporting” style Roadster with no windows , —fold down top — and golf-bag storage door and versions of this car — might have been exposed to “drivers” that had absolutely NO patience for observing Break-In Procedures (!!!) —critical to engine longevity !!! a False Erroneous reputation from the “word” of: big mouthed Poor driving habits, as piston to bore clearances and piston ring end gaps had to be: Properly”Broken In!” As I am familiar with the (successful) Millions & Decades of Continental Engines in many: Automobile, Truck . Checker Cabs, Fork Lift , Water Pumps, Fire Engines , Generators, Welders, Marine & Riverine Vessels (to name a few) including hundreds of makes of automobiles that have come & gone ( for other than engine “issues”), — but the Continental Engines are a “Gold Standard” for reliability and endurance! This (former) Checker Factory Branch Mechanic, (Me), — can assure you of very high mileage Continental engines creating their deserved durability legend!!! GO ask a Cabby!!! Ask a professional Welder!!! Ask a Ski Resort Chair- Lift Owner. Ask a Hospital ask a Carnival Operator EXAMPLE : 1928 Ford Cars bore this Admonition/Warning on the lower LHS of the windshield : This Car must not be driven over 25 MPH!!! for the first 2,000 miles , in order to properly “break in” the engine’s piston rings, cylinder bores and crankshaft bearings !!! Today’s Engines are not that critical! Yesterdays engines were ALL that critical! It causes no harm to go easy on a modern engine when new it DOES on an old engine design , older Continentals included!!! Edwin W.

    • edwin, well said. you sound like a continental guy. well, i am retired in chapala mexico, where i live with my spouse, a 1920 Columbia LSR roadster. which you may have guessed has the origional 1920{?} continental engine. i ? the year because i have no proof of the year of my car. i have the origional id plate of the car, which matches the engine numbers. all info i ever found indicates that 1917/18/19 columbia cars have a rutenberg engine, and 1920 thru the end of production in 23 or 24 had the continental. the car id has a date of manufacture but its worn off. my title says 1917 but that is wrong, and is not an origional title anyway. i brought the car running poorly to mexici in 2014, and was banned from driving in town because it smoked so much. i told the one cop that it was a diesel but he was too smart to fall for that because the engine ran whisper quiet, i guess from oil being splashed all over everything inside and out. ha ha. the next cop i told him that i was mesquito control, but again it was the dry season and , you guessed it, no mesquitos. well, after a year and a machine shop in guadalajara that rebuilt caterpilllar engines, my baby was good as new. we traveled 5000 miles not burning a drop of oil. but alas we melted off one of my new babitt bearins. we are convinced the problem is the weak connecting rods, all of which are bent a smidgen, but one too much, and that is of course the one that killed the babbbitting. we straightened the rods this time, but my guy said it was too easy. he fears theywill fail again. anybody have continental 302 connecting rods? or an idea on strenghthining the ones i have. i asked him why he couldnt weld on a piecs of rebar or something to either side. he was worried about balance and weight. but we already lightened everthing by using aluminum pistons. any thoughts, please? i want to drive around the world and i think a continental can do it. super sincerely, steve noll

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