Waltham on Wheels July 10th Gathering Photos.

Thanks to David Adams for the photos below.

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Waltham on Wheels July 10th 25 Lexington St. Waltham, MA

Rain or shine the Metz gathering will happen at the Waltham Museum. If you have an interest in these automobile it is well worth the trip with or without your car. At 2PM, Al Arena will present a slide show and history lecture on the Metz,Orient and Waltham Automobiles. Several owners are planning to return again this year and depending on the weather display their cars.

Additional NEWS:
George Albright Metz Room at the Waltham Museum

When the new elevator instalation is completed, we hope to occupy part of the garage for our 8 Metz and Orient cars. The Metz Room when completed is sponsored by George Albright of Fla. who donated a 1905 Waltham Orient Deluxe automobile.
This is the only Waltham Deluxe automobile known to exist. When this room is completed and the automobiles installed we plan to hold a very special event because their will then be the worlds only Metz Auto Museum in the city where they began. Our our goal is winter of 2010. This will be an International attraction for Metz owners and historians around the world.

1906 Orient Buckboard #2613

Orient Buckboard #2613

Good Morning;
Well, we are not be going to be present for your July 10 gathering but I will share the latest pictures of the 1906 Orient buckboard, serial number #2613 that I have been working on for the last eight months. I drove it in a local parade on June 5th, 2010. Put about 15 miles on the car and it drove and ran extremely well and we won a blue ribbon in the antique car class. The restoration will be on going for several years as the museum has funds available for small items like the carburetor air filter and kerosene headlight and side lights … Do you have any idea what a pair of original style side lights would cost???
Thanks for keeping us in the loop.
Bob Stewart

Grant County Historical Museum.in Canyon City, Oregon. We have what is supposed to a 1906 Orient Buckboard that has been in our museum since 1962.It is in remarkably good shape for as old as it is. Recently the board decided to try and fix it up and enter it in 2009 Grant County Fair parade.According to the original owner ours is a 1906 model.I am wondering if our information is incorrect? It appears to be a dual fuel engine, starting on gasoline and maybe running on kerosene after warming up,but we really don’t know.There is a very small fuel tank under the seat and a larger tank behind the seat.I hand cranked the engine over for the first time in almost 50 years. It has good compression and turns over easily with the compression release pushed down.We are needing a few parts that we can see so far.

1) distributor cap

2) air filter assembly

3) ignition switch

The ignition switch is all there but when the knob is pulled out, it comes all the way out in your hand. The air cleaner apparently screwed onto the carburetor as there are threads on it and the rest is missing. A wiring diagram would be most helpful.We have purchased 4 new tires and tubes from Corker Tire Co. The wheels are made of wood with steel spokes. Mounting the new tires without scaring up the wooden wheels will be a challenge. The wooden fenders are shot, the rears have been replaced with metal ones and the fronts are plywood which are falling apart. We think that they can be replaced with a good quality 7-ply marine grade 1/4″ plywood. What do you think? Any help would certainly be appreciated. Please share your comments with everyone in the comment section at the bottom of this post.

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Published in: on June 22, 2010 at 12:33 am  Comments (4)  

1912 Metz Model 22 Roadster up for auction

“After much deliberation and upon the advice of professionals, we have decided to turn the sale of the Sichel Trust collection over to RM Auctions. The car collection as well as memorabilia will be auctioned in Hershey, Pa., in October 2010. At that time, bids may be taken in person, by telephone, or over the Internet, and we will advise you of the process as the time grows nearer.”

2nd Annual Metz/Waltham/Orient Gathering July 10th.

The 2nd annual Metz Auto and transportation gathering will take place at the Waltham Museum on Saturday July 10th from 9AM-3PM. All owners of Metz/Waltham/Orient transportation vehicles are welcome to join us to display their vehicles. Please call the museum at 781-893-9020 to reserve your space. Please provide your name, telephone number,year and model of the vehicle you plan to display by July 5th.

Look back in our web site archives to see the photos and video of last years event.

History Channel:American Pickers TV Show

The TV show American Pickers latest episode features an Orient Bicycle and a Orient Buckboard. We will post the show when it is online.

We havn’t been able to find the show online yet but click the link above and you may find it any time.

Published in: on March 9, 2010 at 7:15 am  Comments (2)  

1913 Metz Torpedo # 19189

DA Torpedo

1913 Metz Torpedo # 19189

1913 Metz Torpedo # 19189

1913 Metz Torpedo # 19189

As identified by Metz Specifications compiled by Franklin B. Tucker (“Antique Automobile”, March-April 1967) this was the 888th out of 4648 cars produced for 1913. On March 12, 1913 the Commonwealth of Kentucky (that’s “State of Kentucky” for those not from Massachusetts, Virginia, Pennsylvania or Kentucky) issued a Certificate of Registration to J.A Robinson of Waddy, Kentucky, certifying ownership. A Certificate of Registration would again be issued by Kentucky on March 2, 1918 to what I decipher to be “J.A. Robentson” of Waddy, Kentucky. The records that came with the car next identify it as being registered to Leo E. Hogan of Park City, Kentucky, on March 27, 1972. Mr. Hogan’s estate sold the car to Marshall “Jack” Armstrong of Meredith, New Hampshire (from whom I purchased the car), in November 1999.

Photographs of the car from April 1972 show the car painted canary yellow with black fenders and radiator shroud. Restoration of the car was started in January 1979 by Mr. Hogan, during which it was painted the current vermilion with black fenders and white pinstripe.

As for how this car came to be a “Torpedo”, it is currently an enigma. As identified by F.B. Tucker, the “Torpedo” body style was not offered in 1913. The “Torpedo” body style not appearing until the 1914 model year. However, it is known that “Torpedoes” were built during the 1913 production. Most notably, three (3) “Torpedoes” (identified by F.B. Tucker as “1914” model cars) being entered in to the Glidden National Tour in July 1913. [Note: Metz was the winner of the Glidden Tour that year.] The engine number identifies this car as being early 1913 production, well before the Glidden Tour. The body matches the design of the Number 6 car of the Tour with the exception of the Glidden Tour cars having “Prest-O-Lite” tanks, whereas this car has a carbide generator – standard equipment for 1913 production Metz cars. As this car was already in Kentucky four (4) months before the start of the Glidden Tour, and the Glidden Tour cars bore Massachusetts registration plates, we can surmise it is not one of the Glidden Tour cars. The Kentucky registration certificates of 1913 and 1918 do not shed any light on the matter as Kentucky merely identifies the cars as a “Metz made by Metz Motor Co.”, with no mention of body style or type, and no mention of color. Was the turtle deck an option for the “Roadster” in 1913? Was the turtle deck added at some unknown date between 1913 and 1972? The question is open to debate, although the car does look to this neophyte to be in its original configuration as delivered from Metz.

The original brass manufacturer’s identification plate, as described by F.B. Tucker, is missing. However, included in the paperwork for the car (not attached to the car) was an enamel oval radiator medallion of the form identified for later production (particularly for the Model 25, but also seen on pictures of the Model 22 Fore door), i.e. white background with black lettering “METZ WALTHAM-MASS-USA”.

A few tasks still need to be tackled before the restoration Mr. Hogan started will be complete. At some point of the car’s life, the engine, transmission and drive chain splash shields were lost and will need to be replaced. The hardware to hold the headlight lenses to the rims has also gone missing and needs to be replaced, and I need to fix the latch on the taillight lens. The roof bows are only useful as patterns. The headlight and taillight rims need to be re-plated. Should the cowl lights also be plated nickel, or left brass? I need to recreate how the exhaust brake looked and was connected, and re-plumb the headlights (or convert to electric?). I note that the steering column is designed to accommodate a lever for control of spark advance. However, there is no sign of the car ever being equipped with a lever for manual control of spark advance. The magneto (Bosch DU4) is not equipped for a spark advance lever. Ideas, helpful hints, direction to parts, etc., can be sent to me: David C. Adams at dcamcpuffin@aol.com.

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Attempting to identify a car and we need your help!

I attached images of the components I think point to Metz origin. If you feel I am correct in my guess, could you venture an approximate date of the chassis? (I know that the car has been highly modified.) If you feel that it is not a Metz, would you have any idea what it might be? Thanks for any help you can give.

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1914 Metz Roadster #23382

1914 Metz Roadster #23382

1914 Metz Roadster #23382

More information coming soon.

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1903 Orient Buckboard #528B

In March 2006 Tellus Northwest Georgia Science Museum acquired our 1903 Orient Buckboard from collector George Albright of Ocala, FL. This was indeed a “barn find”. The Buckboard was disassembled and was missing tires, had two badly damaged fenders and came with steel rims of unidentified source. The photos reveal the Buckboard as it is now on display in the Tellus museum. The finished product is a culmination of much painstaking search for authentic parts to produce a car as original as possible.

Only one of the two damaged fenders was repairable. The second fender had to be scrapped and a new one (made to look 100+ years old and a match to its three brothers) was created by a “maestro in all things wood”, Jim Eller. We contacted an Orient expert and collector in west Florida (who was elderly then and we have subsequently lost all contact with) who directed us to authentic wood rims. The painstaking task of the wooden wheel construction, and indeed the majority of the work on our Buckboard, was accomplished by Bob Burns and Randy Harris.

We were frustrated in locating authentic tires. As others on this website have mentioned, we contacted Coker tires. Coker tires that fit the wood rims were finally settled upon as being “the best we could do”, but these tires are black. Worse, the tires have an inauthentic button tread rather than being smooth. If anyone has a suggestions or comments on more authentic tires it would be appreciated.

Prior to placing the Buckboard on display the engine was started and run. Bob Burns insisted on this as an attempt to prove to ourselves, more than anyone else, that the buckboard had indeed been assembled, wired, and plumbed correctly. Bob and Randy determined starting the engine would be the “litmus test”. No one was more surprised than us when. . . IT RAN! We made a video to prove it.

The Buckboard was delivered from Bob and Randy’s workshop to the Tellus Museum which opened January 2009. In the museum’s Science in Motion Gallery the Buckboard is presently comfortably retired in climate controlled comfort for the enjoyment of our visitors. The Buckboard’s immediate neighbors are a 1908 Indian Motorcycle, 1903 Holsman, 1899 Locomobile the 1903 Wright Flyer replica. . . and the list goes on.

Check us out at tellusmuseum.org. Better yet, please come visit Tellus Northwest Georgia Science Museum to see a beautiful original example of a 1903 Orient Buckboard. We are located north Atlanta on I-75 at exit 293 in Cartersville, GA.

Brock Cooney, Tellus Northwest Georgia Science Museum

1903 Orient Buckboard #528B (3)

1903 Orient Buckboard #528B


1903 Orient Buckboard #528B (2)

1903 Orient Buckboard #528B

1903 Orient Buckboard #528B (1)

1903 Orient Buckboard #528B

1903 Orient Buckboard #528B

1903 Orient Buckboard #528B

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