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Les

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About Les

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  • Birthday 02/10/1942

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    Cambridge, Ohio
  • Interests
    Antique cars, especially Dodge Brothers Motor Vehicles 1914-1938. Own a 1918 Dodge Brothers Touring car.
    Membership Director for the Dodge Brothers Club. Also belong to the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) and the Veteran Motor Car Club of America (VMCCA).
    Ohio State Buckeyes fan.
  1. Les

    Ohio National Road Rally

    No. Just had too many other things to do.
  2. Les

    Ohio National Road Rally

    I live in Cambridge, about 17 miles from the museum. Had planned on being at the cruise-in with the 1918 Dodge. (My post about the trip from Indy to NY in 1921 posted last year). However, we had a mishap at our Dodge Brothers annual meet in Kokomo, IN last July. Car will not go into our enclosed trailer with the top up! Repairs are still forthcoming. We still may come by without the car. Les
  3. Les

    Trip Journal From 1921

    I have seen the picture before. I believe it was sold at auction from Harrah's. It is either 1915 or 1916. A very few were built in late 1914 that would look the same. Les
  4. Les

    Trip Journal From 1921

    It just occurred to me that one reason he would have had it in the garage is for an oil change and other lubrication. It was recommended to change oil every 500 miles. Probably also needed to refill grease cups for engine fan, spring bolts, water pump, distributor, steering knuckles, clutch throw-out bearing, etc.
  5. Back in the late 40's and early 50's, when I was in grade school, I remember a malt-shop-type diner my parents would take me to. This was on Lemay Ferry Road, in a suburb of St. Louis. It was before a lot of the chains existed (in our area) so choices were pretty much one of a kind. What I remember about this place, besides having good food and being clean, was their name and their "slogan" on a neon sign out in front. There was a tombstone outlined in neon and the words, "Wild's Palace of Poison, eat here if it kills you, we need the money." It has been gone for a long time.
  6. Les

    Trip Journal From 1921

    Thanks for the trip post. My wife and I own a 1918 Dodge Brothers touring car (below) like the one in this trip. I always like to read about the dependable Dodges. Your aunt did not mention any flat tires along the way. Can't imagine a trip like that without a few, considering the tire quality back then. We've driven our car when the temperature has been in the low 90's. As long as you are moving, there is a lot of air movement that keeps you cooler than you would think. Of course when you stop, it gets hot. Maybe that's why he wanted to keep going and eat on the road . Even though the original speedometer in these cars indicates 60 mph on the face, I suspect they were probably running around 30 mph. 30-35 is a nice cruising speed for these cars. They do not have front-wheel brakes, just rear wheel mechanical ones, so coming to a stop needs to be planned ahead of time. We've enjoyed riding on some of the old two lane roads in our area, but haven't done the tent or sleeping on the ground thing yet. Thanks again for the post. I really enjoyed reading about their trip.
  7. Les

    Welcome - Please Introduce Yourself!

    Hi, Les here. My wife and I own a 1918 Dodge Brothers touring car and thus an interest in the roads these cars used to travel on. We live in Cambridge, Ohio where we get to see remnants of the old National Road and specifically a couple of the restored S-Bridges. I saw the posting about the trip from Indianapolis to NYC in 1921 in a 1918 Dodge Brothers, so I will add a reply there soon. Thanks for the forum.
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