Metz for sale

Not much is known about this car it has been stored in a barn for about 50 years. We are attempting to obtain the engine number and will keep you posted. Please email if you are interested in the car. $5,000.00. If you have any information on the model please send a message to the comment section below.

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Improved Orient Buckboard.

The Automobile
November 23, 1905
Page #579-580
Improved Orient Buckboard

Changes in the Orient Buckboard make the 1906 model a very different machine . from the earlier models of this simple, light, low-priced road vehicle for two persons. While retaining the vertical single-cylinder air-cooled motor, located over the rear axle, the drive, instead of being by direct spur gearing, is by friction wheel and disc to a countershaft and thence by two side chains to the rear wheels. This arrangement provides a very flexible transmission through all speeds from zero to the maximum without gears, enabling the driver to suit his speed exactly to the conditions of travel and the power of the engine. It also results in the avoidance of any noise of meshing gears.

The engine is rated at 4 horsepower, but is said actually to develop 5 1-2 horsepower. The cylinder dimensions are 3 1-4-inch bore by 4 1-4-inch stroke. The friction disc occupies the position of the flywheel on the fngine shaft and has a smooth metal face. The wheel which engages upon it is faced on the periphery with a special fibroid that has remarkable adhesive qualities. Pressure of this wheel against the disc is regulated by a ball thrust in the rear of the disc, which is operated by a left-foot pedal having a ratchet permitting of five different degrees of pressure.

The friction transmission permits of reverse motion at any desired speed up to the maximum forward speed, and is accomplished merely by shifting the friction wheel across the face of the disc to the opposite side. When the wheel is in the center of the disc it is in neutral position, but to prevent wear it can be moved back out of contact altogether. The position of the wheel with relation to the disc is regulated by a hand lever at the side of the car. The maximum speed of the buckboard, as regularly delivered, is thirty-five miles an hour, but special racing front sprockets can be supplied to increase the speed to more than forty miles an hour. A right-foot pedal actuates the brake.

Instead of being mounted directly upon the axle, as in earlier models, the engine in the 1906 buckboard is mounted on the rear of the frame, which is supported by four ip-inch full-elliptic springs on the axles. This reduces vibration to a minimum, and also increases the clearance of the machinery from the ground to ten inches instead of six. An Orient carburetter furnishes the gas mixture. Cooling is assisted by a four- blade fan mounted in front of the motor. A four-cell dry battery furnishes ignition current and a wipe contact Orient timer of French type regulates the sparking. Lubrication of the cylinder and bearings is by a sight-feed oiler operated from the seat.

A “duck back” covers the transmission machinery back of the seat and a hood and dash have been placed at the front, giving the machine a near approach to the form of the larger runabouts. The hood is a storage receptacle. There is also a light metal case beneath the machinery to protect it from dirt. Mud fenders are fitted above all wheels.

The weight of the car complete is 525 pounds. It has a wheelbase of 80 inches, and the seat comfortably accommodates two persons. The standard gauge or track of the machine is 42 inches, but for sections in which the road conditions require it, a tread of 56 inches—standard wagon tread— can be supplied. The body is of ash, natural finish, mounted on a truss frame. Axles are of  1-inch toughened steel. Wheels are 26 inches in diameter, fitted with 2 1-2-inch Goodrich single-tube tires.

The cylindrical gasoline tank at the back of the seat has a capacity of 3 1-2 gallons, sufficient for a run of about 100 miles. In recent tests this machine is asserted to have traversed 121 miles in 6 3-4 hours on a consumption of four gallons of fuel and 1 3-4 pints of oil and, on another day, was run 93 miles in 5 1-4 hours on three gallons of gasoline and one pint of lubricating oil. Immediately following these tests it ascended Old Boston Rock in Boston, an elevation of 562 feet, and climbed the flight of thirty- five stone steps at the top having an official grade of 32 per cent. On the reverse it climbed a grade of 22 per cent.

The Orient Buckboard has been designed especially to adapt it to rural mail service and use by telephone, telegraph and electric lighting companies, but is equally suitable for country use by private owners as a quick and inexpensive means of transportation.

The sales department for these little cars, as well as for the larger Orient automobiles, has just been removed from New York city to Waltham, Mass., where the factory and general offices of the builders, the Waltham Manufacturing Company, are located.

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Metz ” 22″ Wins Glidden Trophy


The Medical Herald

Page# 479


Walter Metz 1913 Glidden Tour Team Vehicle

Walter Metz 1913 Glidden Tour Team Vehicle



Metz ” 22″ Wins Glidden Trophy.

Over roads that would test any make of car, and particularly the big high powered gear transmission car, the Boston team of three Metz cars of the gearless transmission ‘ type, demonstrated their ability to negotiate anything in the line of rough country that any automobile could be driven over, in the long grind on the Glidden tour from Minneapolis to Glacier National Park, Montana, and entered the last control with a perfect score, and the winner of the Glidden and Anderson trophies. The famous cup of the Classic and American automobile road contest, comes back to the city in which it originated, and which the donor, Charles J. Glidden, claims as his home.

The winning of the three Metz cars not only brings fame to the makers, but honor to Boston, and added prestige to the gear- less transmission type of automobiles.

The winning of these trophies was of such a decided character that there was no doubt left in the minds of the judges that the cars had shown exceptional durability, and the drivers splendid judgment.

Over some of the long prairie trails the big cars plowed up to their hubs in gumbo, and made bad weather of it, and several times on the trip, the Metz team was actually compelled to leave the road and make a detour through the fields to get around some of the large, high powered cars which were ditched or stuck in the ooze.

The Metz team being obliged to start last on the tour was badly handicapped and had all its difficulties and obstacles ahead of it so that its perfect scores at each control were all the more remarkable.

Just before the control at Minot, N.D., was reached one of the cars struck a concealed rock and smashed a wheel, which necessitated reshipping a spare wheel and naturally some time was lost, but in this case the car was driven over the roughest kind of roads at the rate of 33 miles for the last hour, and arrived at the control with minutes to spare—a wonderful test for the little machine and its driver.

If ever a comparison was a test between the gear type of transmission and the friction driven car, it was had on the Glidden tour just ended, and the gearless type of transmission came out with fiying colors.

At every control the drivers of the Metz team, which included Mr. Chas. H. Metz, president of the Metz Company, and his son, Walter Metz, were .given a most enthusiastic reception. They were feasted and entertained several times on the trip, and at the big pow-wow arranged by President Hill of the Great Northern road, they were the center of attraction and were critically examined by the Indian chiefs. An Indian interpreter gave the little cars a characteristic name when he called them “the little iron bronchos from the east.”— From Publicity Department, Metz Co., Waltham, Mass., July 23, 1913.

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