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1901 Cad Engine posted for Dave in Holt


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Old 01-14-2003, 11:05:26 PM
Jim Tremble
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Default 1901 Cad Engine posted for Dave in Holt

What a nice looking engine.

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Old 01-14-2003, 11:26:18 PM
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Jim, Does CAD engine Mean Cadallac?

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Old 01-14-2003, 11:43:17 PM
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Nick

YES. I posted the photo for Dave and I have no info on the engine.

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Old 01-15-2003, 12:18:52 AM
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Very nice looking engine but a little early. The first Cadillac automobile was produced and tested in October 1902. Production started in 1903. Henry Leland was the man who started the Cadillac car company in 1902 and also the man who started the Lincoln car company in 1920. Cadillac celabrated 100 years in 2002 as that was when the company was incorporated even though cars were not made till 1903. Ford will be celabrating their 100th year this year. No offence, just a little history.
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Old 01-15-2003, 05:50:09 AM
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First of all, Thank you Jim! You were able to do what seems like the impossible for me. Further, John, Your are correct. That date agrees with the sign that was posted above this engine. One of my friends asked" nice engine, does it run?" I said, ya, about 99 years ago. Jim, thanks again. Dave in Holt.
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Old 01-16-2003, 12:42:20 AM
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I believe Cadillac was started by Ford with Leland as a supplier. Leland took over and Ford started his next car company.
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Old 01-16-2003, 01:39:51 AM
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Wrong, wrong, wrong. Henry Leland was hired by the financial backers of Henry Fords second venture, The Henry Ford Co. The backers lost faith in Ford and he left taking his name with him. The backers with Henry Leland then formed the Cadillac car company. Ford and Leland never got along and later when Lelands new Lincoln car company got in financial trouble in 1921, Ford bought it and had Henry Leland carried out the door. Ford had nothing to do with the Cadillac car company. The Ford Motor Co. of today was his third venture.

By the way, The 1 cylinder Cadillac was made up till 1907

Sorry to get carried away. As a automobile historian, I like to see the facts be told correctly. I have been with old cars for over 50 years. I still have the 1923 Dodge touring car I bought from the original owner in 1951 for $50.
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Old 01-16-2003, 02:01:17 AM
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I knew a gentleman that had several brass era cars, pre-1915, and one day he was very excited. He had parts of a Cadillac, but no engine, it seems he acquired an engine from Wyoming, where it was used on a water pump. Badly worn, but still in running condition. An unusual component of this engine, were the sparking plugs, two separate plugs, the gap was adjusted by turning the two plugs, as each only had one electrode. As a young farm kid I was fascinated by all this. And I wondered where all this started! John
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Old 01-16-2003, 08:41:06 AM
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We do not disagree. What I wrote was a simplifcation intended to show a tie in.I reread it and it does make it seem that Ford had named the company Cadillac. Not my intent. Of course Leland named it Cadillac when it became his company. Leland is one of the many unsung heros of the early auto business.
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Old 01-17-2003, 11:41:19 AM
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The spark plug for the 1 cylinder Cadillac engine is very diferent. The unit is made of 2 mica insulated screw in "plugs" with no ground, electrode only, screwed into a casting at a angle that sets the gap. This is a non grounding system. The casting that the 2 "plugs" screw into in held onto the engine with a "dog" that holds it down with a gasket between. I am looking at the unit as I type this out. This is part of my spark plug collection. -- John D.


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Old 01-17-2003, 09:12:31 PM
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Dave, Thanks for that pic, am real glad my memories of over 30 years ago aren't all going away. John in Ne.
 

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