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Today 01:54 PM
Joe G
Originally Posted by boothboy View Post
Some one jump in.
Here's one I've been saving for a while:

What was the first year and model of Chevrolet with factory narrow whitewall tires?

Today 01:31 PM
35terraplane I know the Bi-Autogo was first but never produced. The King or Caddy were the first produced auto in 1914 I think for the King.

Today 12:50 PM
Dave57210 One of the more fascinating things about it was the idea of the retractable "training wheels" that were extended to hold it upright when stopped and retracted for driving. (Manual extension & retraction via a lever in the cockpit - in today's Hi-Tech world they'd be automatic!)

The copper pipes were the radiator for the V8 engine!
Today 09:39 AM
boothboy Well two of you PM'd me with the correct answer so I'll tell everyone else. The question was "What was Detroit's first V-8 and who used it?"
The answer is;

James Scripts Booth's Bi-AutoGo.

Built as a design study and unveiled in 1913 Booth at the age of twenty four, designed and built the vehicle. The vehicle featured the first V-8 engine ever built in Detroit, possessed a compressed air self-starter, had a four-speed transmission, and even boasted a retractable arm rest. Aluminum bodied with no visible hinges and flush doors, it seated three with the front seat tipping forward to allow passengers entry to the rear. Apparently it steered lousy at slow speeds and that was a contributing factor as to why it was never produced.
Pretty nifty vehicle!


Some one jump in.
04-15-2014 08:51 PM
Originally Posted by Dragonoake View Post
You never said it was in a car .....
Your absolutly correct. I never said it was in a car.

It's not in a airplane either.

No one has got it right except a secret PM'er.

04-15-2014 07:48 PM
Originally Posted by boothboy View Post
Go back and read the question I asked.
You never said it was in a car .....
04-15-2014 05:55 PM
boothboy All of those manufactures used v8's Including Antoinette in1902. Cadillac in 1914. Packard didn't produce a V8 until 1955 and Hudson really never built their own V8. They used the Packard V8 also in 1955.

Go back and read the question I asked.

04-15-2014 04:59 PM
496CHEVY3100 I know Chevrolet had a V8 1917-1919 then discontinued but I had a picture of a Caddilac thet had individual cyls like a motorcycle I think 1906 for automotive use ,but not sure ,???

1902 for aircraft be the French ,,antiinette ??
04-15-2014 04:50 PM
Trophyman I would think Cadillac, Hudson or Packard. Somebody like that with the big uns.
04-15-2014 11:12 AM
boothboy Hey Bob ! Good to hear from you again!

Nope not Chevy.

04-15-2014 10:50 AM
35terraplane I think it was chevy?

04-15-2014 10:42 AM
boothboy Well Brian didn't follow up with a question so I'll ask one. I just ran across a very interesting article about Detroit and it's automobile heritage. That prompts me to ask all of you bright automobile aficionado's the following query.
What was Detroit's first V-8 and who used it?


Inquiring minds want to know.
04-11-2014 03:14 PM
MARTINSR I think I have that Custom Cars issue, that's probably why it rang a little bell in my head.

04-11-2014 03:00 PM
Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
My brother bought it on ebay, he's making a motorcycle that will be powered by it.
I was thinking it was about the right size for that
I understand Frost King used the engines to power their reefers; and Fageol, Crofton, and possibly Homelite stood them on end for use in out-board boat motors
04-11-2014 02:43 PM
Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
I don't recognize the car but Joe Bailon jumps out.
Yeah, it pretty well screams Bailon
The car blew me away when it first showed up in a magazine in the mid-80's

A little more info on it:
Jim Doyle's 1952 Mercury - Kustomrama
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