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The Sunday Edition No. III – Coachbuilder Mark Nugent – A Mystery Pierce-Arrow – Downtown Sioux Falls – A Model T Motorhome
Ross Colebatch, Digital Communications Producer at the Australian Design Centre contacted us this past week to let us know about the video he has produced about Mark Nugent, of Dubbo N.S.W. and his coachbuilding operation. The Design Centre is an arts and crafts promotional organization supported by the Australian Government.
In this video of Mark in his shop, he explains the history of coachbuilding and the process of designing and making the coachwork on vintage BMW 328 chassis for an American client – a two and a half year process. The custom coachwork being built on a Bentley chassis is also covered. Learn more in our earlier coverage on Mark Nugent’s shop.
Lee Martin sent in this photo of his great-grandfather, second from the left who was from Schenectady, New York. He reports that he was a very successful and influential businessman who helped to promote the cause for better streets and sidewalks in the City. He would like to know more about the car, which appears to be a circa 1912 Pierce-Arrow. We will leave it to the Pierce experts to tell us if it is a Model 48 or the larger Model 66.
Reader Frank Barnes sent in this photo which he believes was taken during 1958 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Can any of our readers tell us more about the scene and date the newest car in the image, which might help in narrowing down the year?
And finally, Scot Carr has this very interesting photo of a very quaint-looking Model “T” Ford motorhome. He is wondering what year the chassis might be, and if anyone knows anything more about the car or the circumstances behind its construction. It appears to be post-1918 judging but the chassis construction, but let us know what you may determine.
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Here are three more interesting photos courtesy of The Henry Ford Museum. The photo (above) shows Millenbach’s Ford Service Station at the corner of Russell and Gratiot in Detroit, Michigan. The photo is dated August 13, 1934 and shows another of the service stations we have shown here, that were part of a three year Ford program between 1934-1936.
The Ford Motor Company tried the experiment to get a larger part of the service, parts, gas and tire market and also sold new and used cars at some of the stations. It was very unpopular with Ford dealers already in business and also the garage and service trade and was dropped after the three years.
Check out the details in the enlargements above and note what appears to be an accessory Potter trunk in the front window.
* Update * Mr Pushbutton reports: That corner is vacant today. Its a shame, as the building just past it was beautiful, as was much of Detroit then. “the Paris of the midwest”.
The modern Model Model A Ford showroom is seen in this photo (above) taken in 1931. Left to right is a Roadster a Fordor Sedan as Ford referred to it and a Coupe. Note the lighting and decorating, along with the open concept office.
Ford posters can be seen on the walls and it is interesting to note the the cars all have drip pans under them. It was common for even new cars to drip a bit of oil and gas at the time and even much later, but one would think Ford would not want to draw any attention to that in a promotional photo.
Not much we can say about the JUMBO Model T Ford motor home seen (above), other than it is one of the largest and well built examples of the many we have seen photos of. The unit is built on a Ford truck chassis, that was called the TT. Note the dual white walls and the rear porch. If anyone knows any of the history behind this house on wheels, please let us know.
David Traver Adolphus at Hemmings Daily has come up with a very interest-ing story, along with excellent photos of Carcajou, a luxury motor home. Paul Seiler president of the Yellow Truck & Coach Mfg. Company, which was also known as General Motors Truck Corp. had it built in 1929 as his vacation home on wheels. And wouldn’t it be neat to have one for our very own?
Left to right (above) you can see the driving compartment and luxury arm chairs for passengers, the bathroom complete with a stained glass window and finally a view to the rear and the master bed room. The spare tires (below) were carried behind an ornate platform and rack on the back.
The lure of the open road must have been what prompted H. D. McCracken to build this Model T Ford camper, shown in this photo courtesy of The Collections of the Henry Ford.
McCracken was a self-proclaimed “Creative Texan” who built this camper body during 1921 on the the Model T Ford chassis. He and his wife and maybe the dog in the photo, set out in this motorhome across the country to see the sights. They were like many others, who after WWI, when the car became more affordable and auto travel a possibility because of improved roads headed out to see Americas attractions.
Note the line of Fords behind it in the photo and a pair of heavy duty, after market front end radius rod (wishbone) braces, that were popular at the time to keep the axle from bending backward under the radius rod when strained. Ford later eliminated the problem but mounting it to the bottom of the axle instead of the top. Visit the Henry Ford to learn about all the institution has to offer.