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  1. Glad to see there is still life on here! Been many years since I posted anything. I was just looking at the National Road U.S. 40 Forum and the old brick road road in Norwich, Ohio. In 2017 our Ohio/W Penn Region of the Dodge Brothers Club hosted a meet in Cambridge with side trips. One trip was to go across the brick road in Norwich with our cars. I have a 2.5 mb video of a 1926 Dodge Brothers touring car driving most of the length of that section.


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  2. Jake, mobilene, others? Any further plans on this?


    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.



  3. Les,


    I figured you or Roadmaven might be able to identify the Dodge in the old Harrah's collection (see More 1967 Harrah's...under General Discussion. Do you know the year?


    Keep the Show on the Road!




    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.



  4. I read part of my great aunts journal while they were in New York City, and there were a few occasions where my grandpa "had the machine at the garage". Apparently someone they knew there owned a garage, so he did some sort of work on it a couple of times.


    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. This isn't his car, though I'd like to find out if any photos of it exist, but this is like what they cruised in. Man, I couldn't imagine what it would've been like driving through the dead of summer in one of these!


    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. 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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