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Number 12                                                       by Ken Kaufmann                                                       December 1999 
 I received our annual letter and update from Alan Schier this pass January in which he wrote in part: 
 The New Year is off to a busy start. I’m trying to get back to George Geers house in N.H. to get what does seem to be a "D" frame. We ended up swapping parts straight across and I came home with the rear, springs, front axle, and a few body panels for a "D." The frame is much heavier than a Model C. I thought it would go on top of my wagon. 
 I was help to George’s project, leaving him with three Houk hubcaps, ignition switch, and hood latches I had collected as spares. 
 I was hoping his rear would solve my "C" rear end problem of gears. Even though specs list the same 56-inch track, the "D" rear end is much more massive. Now I am considering collecting up "D" parts to build a car even though I’ll never finish it. I have written Peter Kesling in Indiana to see what he wants for his engines and remains. He had written me approximately two years ago thinking I had already collected up George’s parts. He seems willing to part with the stuff. Convincing the wife is another maddening project. 
 It was interesting exchanging detail on Model C’s with George. Our "C’s" seem to be in like condition and a long way off from moving. His car has steel running boards, mine originally oak with alloy trim. George’s has an extra compartment where booze and tube was. He seemed willing to part with the "C" spares if it helped me. He has some other nice classics and projects. 
 I will have to part with some of my other classics if I am ever going to get on with my Scripps-Booth projects. My job has been quite demanding, then there’s the house and the four-year-old. My 21-year-old has gone back to San Diego with his wife to be. They said that Shaw’s dealer’s address should be near the courthouse. 
 I wrote Robert Jensen on his spares. I may need steering wheel, a steering column if he has that for a "D." I may have to collect parts for a special S. B. if the Ferro engine is too expensive. I had bought a "C" gas tank and hood latches in the past from Robert, but didn’t know he had more spares till your fine newsletter arrived. 
 If you ever want to take on a large S. B. project, I may have one. 
Alan Schier 
 Thanks Allan for your newsy letter. I am sure all the readers appreciate hearing from you and keeping up with the progress you are making. I hope you letter will en-courage other readers to write down their Scripps-Booth trials and tribulations. 
 It is interesting that you have the makings for a Model D Special. I have always thought it would be neat to make a reproduction of the 1916 Vitesse Roadster (the New York Automobile Show Car). But for now I am still working on getting my 1918 Model D5 (Chevrolet V-8) back on the road and plan on taking it to the VCCA 40th Anniversary Meet in Springfield, Illinois in July 2001.  I hope some of the Scripps-Booth owners who live in the Mid West and own a Model C, D, G, or H will consider bringing their cars to this once in every five years Chevy Meet. Remember the Vintage Chevrolet Club has a special class set up for the Scripps-Booth 4’s and V-8’s. There has never have been a Scripps-Booth displayed at any of the previous six VCCA National Meets. 
 We all know the 1916 Model D V-8 prototype was the sporty 2 passenger Vitesse Runabout on a 115 inch wheel-base that was the pet project of and personally designed by James Booth. James lost the battle with his bosses, and by the time the Model D reached production in Spring of 1916, only the 4 passenger Chummy Roadster was offered on the longer 120 inch wheelbase chassis. 
 I recently acquired a little book put out in March 1916 by the Maryland Motor Car Insurance Company titled a "LIST OF AUTOMOBILES" showing Model, Type of Body and List Price with Horse-Power and Collision Insurance Ratings. Listed under the Scripps-Booth Company, Detroit, Michigan is: 
Adv. H.P.
Type of Body
List Price
Ins. H.P.
Coll’n Class
D (8cyl.)
Chummy Run.
Vitesse Run.
 Under the Explanatory introduction page is mentioned that under the heading "Year" the model and not the actual year of manufacture us indicated: as for instance, many 1916 models are listed, although being manufactured and sold in 1915.  All of the prices given are taken from the manufactures’ catalog. Premiums   for  Property Damage (like Liability Insurance) must be based off the column headed "Ins. H.P." 
 It is interesting to note that Scripps-Booth must of printed a catalog for the $1125 Model D Runabout with door(s) like they did for the $1250 Vitesse Runabout that had no doors. I have the 1916 Model D 3-passenger Roadster Specification Sheet as printed in the N.A.C.C. Hand-book that list the 110 inch wheelbase chassis with the V-8 engine and 32 x 4 inches Houk wire wheels, but the illustration shown, appears to be the standard Model C equipped with its regular 30 x 3 inch wheels. I also have a copy of the 6 page $1250 Vitesse Speedster folder, but have never seen anything else about this $1125 more conventional runabout Model D V-8. I would be interesting to hear from anyone if they have more literature or information on these Model  D V-8 Runabouts and Vitesse Speedsters. 
 I also find it interesting to see how the automobile insurance rates were based in 1916, with only the SAE mathematical hp rating used and not the actual developed hp or body type. And the only other factor for optional collision coverage was the price class, with all the Scripps–Booth open cars coming under the lowest price class A, that was less than $1350. So what this means, the owner of both a 1916 Vitesse and a 1916 Chevrolet 490 Touring, whose 4 cyl. only put out 24 hp, but had the same 22 hp SAE rating, paid the same insurance premiums, since they were in the same low car price Class A and had the same 22 hp rating. What an insurance break for the young would be Vitesse driver of a speedster that was advertised as capable of 75 to 80 mph! 
 I ran across No. 11 of the S.B. newsletter today and eagerly re-read it on a rainy Seattle Sunday. I’m grateful that there were several contributors – it was the most interesting newsletter that I’ve received. 
 My 1920 B39 has been restored with new upholstery and a new top installed in 1997. It took the fellow all summer off-and-on to finish it. Since then I’ve put about 200 miles on it. In 1998, again off-and-on all summer, a shop tried to stop the oil leak in the rear main and transmission bearings – with absolutely no success. But with that inconvenience as a part of the package, it runs like a champ – which it certainly is. 
 Mr. Rothher had all sort of parts before he began the reconstruction, so I have quite a bit of stuff left over – a set of spoke wheels, a rear end, transmission, engine block with most of its major components, several distributors, etc. If anyone has a need, come see and make an offer. In fact, for $15,000 I’d sell the whole works, car included. 
Al Hillstrom 
CAR FOR SALE – 1919 Six-39
  I was advised last year by John and Ross Lyberger that their 1919 Touring is for sale. I saw John’s ad in OLD CARS for February 18, 1999. I have not heard if this car has been sold or not? The ad listed: 
1919 Scripps- Booth Touring car, six cylinders, overhead valve engine. Runs and drives. Very old restoration. Needs Paint. Price of car $12,000, CA 909-683-8787. 
 Hello.....I've got an original Scripps-Booth Cyclecar color cover brochure in perfect condition, with a one page insert in the center. It measures 8 by 11 and the cover shows a man and woman in the car in front of a large ocean liner. The screened photos of the car with cutaways are very well done. If it's something someone may need, the first postal money order for 150 dollars gets it. If not satisfied, I will refund your money. 
 Jim Davis    Email: sivad@harborside.com
 This is an original from Henry Motor Co., Grand Forks, N.D. Six cylinder models Series "B." Sixteen pages of pictures of the models and information. There is also a price list on the back page. There is one page loose in the center, and the last page has a 1" piece torn off the bottom corner. For its age, I think it is very nice. Henry Motor Co., Grand Forks, is stamped on the top of the cover. This is a RARE sales book! COLLECTORS, DON'T PASS! Money order results in immediate delivery, while personal check delays shipment 10 working days. Buyer to pay $4.05 S&H&I in Continental U.S. Reserve on the Scripps-Booth brochure is $75.00, if you have an interest. 
 Larry Dobson  Email    ldobson@frontiernet.net 
 August 15, 1999    Sorry - this is too much for me - but will list your name in the next Scripps-Booth Register newsletter. 
          December 23, 1998 
Dear Ken, 
 I received the issue # 11 of the register and I am very pleased to know that you have a web page on the Internet. Since the last time we get in touch, I found the two wheels missed, therefore my Model D has the 5 Houk wheels again. 
 I participated in an Old Car Tour in 1997 that covered about 300 miles in two days and the car made it good, tough I just had problems at night, because of I could not see more than 30 meters ahead, the headlights needed adjustments. The Tour was very funny and if you want I can send you a video in which you can see the car traveling in the south of Chile. [I was sent the Tour’s video – Ken] 
 I want to thank you for all the work that you have made in order to get together the Scripps Booth owners and it would be a good idea to organize a Scripps Booth world meeting one day. 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !!! 
Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo. 
Gigio Isola O.    Isola-quezada@entelchile.net 

I again received Christmas Holiday [1998] card with nice words of encouragement from Elizabeth Downing of Macomb Illinois. 
 I received a phone call from Ken Blair of Howe, Indiana, that he has purchase from the estate of Dennis Easter-day, his 1921 B-39 Touring which is still in original, unrestored condition. 
 Ken Blair reported this B-39 Car Number as 30306 which up to now was unknown. So I have added his car number under the VIN number column in the latest December 1999 Scripps-Booth Car Register that is attached to this newsletter. 
 There are still a lot of question marks shown under both  the VIN and engine serial numbers columns! Please take the time this coming spring to take a good look at you car, and report to me your serial numbers so we can fill in all those blanks. 
 Jerry Cook of Bentonville, Arkansas, also phoned me this summer that his Uncle, Edward D. Cook died May 18, 1999. Jerry inherited his Uncle’s 1916 Model C with some other old cars, and wanted me to estimate what this Model C fair market value is? 
 I check the prior correspondence and photos that had been received from Mr. Cook when he purchase this incomplete car from Tom Ruggles in 1992. It had a modified frame that had been cut down, so he purchase a frame from George Geers that was cut in three section for ship-ping and ended up with both a 1915 and 1916 frame. The body appears to be incorrect, not staggered seating, with the rear half of body missing. 
 This would be a challenging restoration and I am not sure how much progress was made during the past seven years? I have added Jerry’s name to the Register, but he told me he would be willing to sell this project car and can be reached at his company’s phone number 800-234-6323. 
Dear Sir, 
 My son  and I are  restoring a 1919 model Scripps-Booth. Unfortunately we can find no information concerning the measurements and shape of the hood-bows and hood. Mr. William E. Swigart Jr. owner of Swigart Museum, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania referred me to you as a possible source of help. 
 These cars are very rare in Australia – apparently only a ‘handful’ exist. I would be very appreciated of any  help that you  may be able to give and will reimburse you for any expenses involved 
 Yours sincerely 
 Ken Templer      South Australia 
 Email:   viken@senet.com.au 
Hi Ken,           September 15, 1999 
 I am now in charge of maintaining the Scripps-Booth Register and your recent letter was forward to me. It is good to hear from a new Scripps-Booth owner, and I will add you to our Register and to the mailing list. 
 We have another member in South Australia named Michael Halstead. Mike’s address is: 
  Wright Road, Ingle  Farm, SA 5098. My records shows this car to be a 1919 Six Touring  with Car No. 6/39 12197, Engine No. C42850, Chassis No. Model 34S Car No. 4133 and is Left Hand Drive and is in good original condition. About 12 years ago Mike had new top irons made up in Canberra NSW since his top was missing also. I am now wondering if you are now the owner of this same car or if your car is a different one? Is yours RHD? 
 Here are two photos after the new top was installed. 
 You might want to visit my Scripps-Booth website that has the last 3 Register Newsletters. These are usually mailed out around the end of the year. See: 
 My email is: scrippsbooth@earthlink.net 
 I will be spending the school holiday in Australia the next two weeks (arrived Sydney on Tuesday) and will be attending the 4 cyl Chevy Tour in NSW and visiting old car friends in VIC for a few days before this tour starts. Sorry  -  don’t have time to get over to SA on this trip. 
 Please, let keep in touch – let me know your car numbers, when you get a chance. 

 Really good to receive email from you, and that you confirmed you have another Scripps-Booth in SA. 
 I had a great time last month on the Chev 4 Tour in Wellington, NSW. I got down to Gibbsland to visit a friend who is building a 1914 Chev Royal Mail roadster and checked out cars available at Shannon's auction show-room in Melbourne - but didn't get time to go to SA. Will try and get to SA next visit/vacation in 3 years. 
 I will add your car and name to the Register. Thanks for your car's chassis # 10500 stamped on the oval brass plate located on the side of the frame above the right rear axle. Your plate states: SCRIPPS-BOOTH CORPORATION 
DETROIT, MICH, USA Model 34-S CAR No. 10500. We are not sure what this chassis number stands for? And only the 1918-19 models have this chassis nameplate. 
    Please send me your Car Serial No. that is located on a small brass plate attached to the right side engine firewall that starts with the model #6/39. An example is Michael Halstead tourer that is 6/39 12197. I have seen this Car No. Plate attached to under the drivers seat on the right side, or on the right front seat frame. Please let me know where this plate is located on your car or if it is missing? Since you have a James Flood body perhaps it was attached to some other part of the body? Your engine serial # should be stamped on the right hand center of the crank-case/block. An example of a 1919 number [Halstead's] is C 42850. Your engine # should be close to C 80000. 
  The wire wheel option was sort of rare on the Scripps-Booth 1918-22 6 cylinder models but they are sure good looking. I have a 1918 Chevrolet Eight Model D5 Tourer that I would love to find a set of 26 inch Houk Wire Wheels and hubs for my Model D. 
 Tom Booth, James Scripps Booth’s grandson, brought to my attention this August 24, 1999 on-line story and photos by Richard A. Wright. Tom wrote: There is a story in the Detroit News that shows a S-B. (There are some factual errors in the story.) The car is owned by Maggie Allesee here in Bloomfield Hills. I was talking to her when the photo was taken. I sent her a copy of the S-B register and suggested she contact you for more info. 
URL: http://detnews.com/joyrides/1999/carillon/carillon.htm 

By Richard A. Wright, DETROIT NEWS,  8-24-99 
 Maggie Allesee of Bloomfield Hills took the Rector's Choice Award for her 1919 Scripps-Booth "Chummy" roadster. With her is Tom Booth of Bloomfield Hills, a member of the family and an executive at Delphi International. 
 Carillon fans were invited to bring any interesting wheels they might have and an afternoon of music and car inspection was had. "It's called a 'chummy' roadster be-cause of this little seat which folds out from beneath the dashboard," she said. "A small person could sit on it, or the right front passenger seat occupant could use it as a footstool. It was called a 'chummy' seat." 
 The Scripps-Booth was built by James Scripps Booth, of the newspaper family, which was instrumental in building  Cranbrook School & Christ Church Cranbrook. 

EMAIL FROM TOM BOOTH -  Nov 14, 1999
 No. I did not know about the website. Thanks for letting me know. I was just thinking it must be time for another edition of the Scripps-Booth register. 
 I recently purchased a copy of a book from 1919. "Information; Elementary Electricity; Motor Car Electric Systems; The Gas Engine from an Ignition Point of View; Driving the Car" written by Harvey E. Phillips. Very informative and detailed. It includes information about many electrical systems including Delco, Auto-Lite,  Wagner, etc. It includes Remy diagrams for the S-B Model G and 1918-9 six cylinders.. I could send photocopies to you of some sections if you think it would be helpful. The Allesee car was formerly owned by Barney Pollard. It is yellow with green pin stripe and is driveable. I saw this car twice this summer at different events. 
 I found a cousin recently. We were both bidding on S-B items on eBay and I got curious because the other person seemed to be interested in Scripps items. He is Mike Scripps who now lives in New Orleans (I think), and I gave him your address in case he wanted to get the Register and more information about S-B cars. 
 Every year here in the Detroit area there is a large cruise car event on the third weekend in August. It is the Woodward Dream Cruise and attracts more than 1,000,000 people. If you like cars and are ever in Detroit, you should make a point of seeing the Woodward Dream Cruise. It is hard to describe. 
Best regards, 
Tom Booth   Email: tlbooth999@aol.com 
  I purchased this rare 1922 Scripps-Booth Model F brochure recently. It has eight pages plus covers. It announces "The New Medium Weigh Six" equipped with the sturdy Continental Red Seal Model 7 engine rated at 50 horsepower. All four body styles all illustrated, but there was no mention of who supplied the bodies? Only the claim that the open and closed bodies were exclusive Scripps-Booth stream-line. There is also no reference to General Motors Corporation either. 

 No one has seen the ex Gary Leuthauser Model D 4- passenger roadster for about the last 15 years – or a least no one has reported its current owner to the Register. This is the Model D that was featured in Automobile Quarterly 3rd quarter, 1975 issue on Scripps-Booth. I figured it must have ended up in the hands of a private collector in Japan? Well, a this summer when I was searching the web for Scripps-Booth hits, this photo was found on the Horseless Carriage Carriers, Inc web site, promoting its enclosed car carriers transportation services. The photo shows this fabulous Model D being unloaded from the car carrier, perhaps at some new owner’s driveway?  Does anyone know who owns this Model D?

 This pass year I ran across and purchased an early Model C Parts List. Back in Register No. 10 when we were researching the "smooth Vs hump" type rear fenders, it was questioned that there must have been a Parts List printed in 1915 that covered up to about C3100? 
 This book is has a different format then used in later parts books. It has 51 pages, printed on one side only, with the pages being loose leaf, attached to the brown 5.5 x 8.5-inch cover with two brass fasteners. The book is undated and is stamped on the cover with the dealer imprint of the Locust Motor Sales Co, 3135 Locust St., St. Louis, MO. 
 The parts are index in 16 major groups, with Group 15 including the body and fenders. Therefore the part number  of the rear fenders, 15C414 right and 15C415 left, is broken down to stand for: 15 is Group Number, C is Model,  4 is Size of Drawing, and 14  & 15 are the 56" Tread part numbers. The only other part numbers shown are 15C410 for R. H. 40" Tread and  15C411 for L.H. 40" Tread, with this narrow tread used for some export markets. The mystery between  the "Smooth Vs hump" fender continues. 
 This book does list Coupe parts but not the RHD Export  model  parts or  the wide 60" Southern Tread – so there must still be a supplement to cover these  parts. 
 The early Model C’s had a leather faced cone clutch, before the switch was made to a multiple disc design. This book  list  both types which the later 1916 Parts List does  not. Unfortunately this book is not illustrated and not all changes are documented by serial numbers. 
 As I finishing this newsletter, I received the following email from Norway - that a Model C and D survives there. 
 The Scripps-Booth Web Site can be access from most search engines or: 
Hi Ken    November 28, 1999 
 I am about to undertake the restoration of a 1916 Scripps-Booth Model C. In attempt to ensure that the car respects the exact detailing as original, I seek your organization for information.  I have been searching the web and found the S-B Register and No. 9, 10, and 11 of your newsletter.  In No. 10, page 5, I read an about an S-B in Europe, where the editor refer to a letter from Norway.  For your information, I can add the following information. 
 There seem to have been a very successful car-importing firm Nielsen & Bjørnstad.  I have been looking at old ads from spring 1916 where 62 cars were imported to Norway.  In opposite of ads today, ads then where mostly correct and reliable.  Because of days of delivery and shipment to Norway, car must have been produced late in 1915 and early in 1916.   In the years 1917-1918 there was nearly no importation of cars, because there were gas restrictions. Later in 1919, S-B during GM management, again cars are imported, but then with another firm Paaske.  According to registration journals in 1921, there were a total of 76 SB cars, later in 1927 there were a total of 83 cars.  To illustrate how successfully Nielsen and Bjørnstad was as a car importing firm, the S-B was the 14 most popular car in Norway in 1921 (Ford No. 1 with 951; Chevrolet No. 5 with 258) 
 In the years 1917-1918 I have a photo of a SB with registration no A 797 with carbide cans as alternative fuel arrangement.  I will mail this to you. 
 There is a Model D in Norway [Car No. D-791?] owned by a friend of mine; this car was originally registered with No. A 758.  His car is still unrestored and is a very original four-passenger car similar to the car in Automobile Quarterly owned by Gary D. Leuthauser.  This car broke a piston in 1927 and was later stored in a barn.  Unfortunately the piston also broke the engine block, and the Ferro engine is totally damaged. The car is original with original leather interior.  My friend is aware of your organization and will contact you himself in the future. I do know he is desperately seeking a new engine, if your organization can provide information, I would bring this to his attention. 
 Recently I bought my Model C restored as is. An earlier owner of my car was Torbjørn Haugen. The car was produced early in 1916 as Car No. C 3266.  The car was originally sold new in Norway April 1916 and registered as A 759.  Parts of this car (mostly of the chassis including cowl, gas tank, steering, windshield) was found in a barn in the 80`s and was undertaken restoration then.  The car is put together with other parts from other S-B remaining, and most of the body is redone. The car is colored in red and black with wheel in white, and not blue-black as in specifications. The motor installed in car was a 1926 Chevrolet Superior engine  that was replaced with a Mason 490 engine. I am aware that the car probably was delivered with a Sterling engine, but there is none available in Norway.  I will make an S-B valve cover to fit this engine 
 Instruments: According to sales catalogues and illustrations, they show the instrument panel covered in leather along with the interior of the doors.  The Light Car article of Oct. 1917 refers to the dashboard as being of polished mahogany. My car will now be redone in polished mahogany. I am interested in photos that show the instrument panel arrangement and type of instruments.  I do have most of the original instruments, but there seems according to photos to be a ring surrounding instruments.  Recently a friend bought starting/light switch at Hershey. 
 Upholstery: The driver's seat is slightly in advance of the passengers seat, an extra swing out seat for occasional passenger is not installed but available. According to photos the 1916 Model C seats seems to be of deep buttoning of diamond type, while my car has ordinary pleats stripes similar to the 1917 Model G in Antique Automobile.  The chairs in my car have separate backs but jointed seat. I am interested in details photographs and notes which describes the coach trimming, seat arrangement, and access to the luggage room behind the driver’s seat.  Access is easily done with seat arrangement as is, but unknown when chairs with deep buttoning of diamond type are fastened to the body? If the interior has been unsuccessfully restored, it will probably be redone according to authentic information. 
 Wheels: My car has five demountable Houk wire wheels.  The spare wheel has an original hub cup with the Norwegian car dealers name marked in it. The four wheels are all missing the hub plates bearing the logo.  According to the article in Antique Automobile, there is referred to a flea market where the owner did buy new hub plates with the logo, replacement dash instruments etc.  Are you aware of dealers with NOS hub plates? 
 Windshield: My car has a windshield which do not look exactly similar to the other S-B I have seen, but was found as is in the barn. 
 Inner wing rear: Between rear wing and the body there is an inner wing which is missing and will be made  as soon as I know how these looks from behind the car? 
 General information: I am very interested in services you can provide.  I am particularly interested in pictures describing original details which might be incorrect in my car. If there are available copy of parts list or other manuals, I would be most obliged.  For your information I do have the following material, and will make a copy if you are missing some of these: 
Model C Instruction Book  [1915]    24 pages 
Autocar 20/11/1915 article   3 
The Car Illustrated 16/06/1915 article   2 
Antique Automobile Mar/April 1981    6 
The Light Car 10/01/1915   1 
The Light Car 22/09/1915   3 
The Light Car 31/10/1917   1 
Sales Catalogue 1916  [Cadillac Press] 14 
Norwegian ads 1916   3 
Norwegian ads 1919   1 
 Further more, I do have the Automobile Quarterly Vol. XIII No 3, page 228-247 concerning Scripps Booth, and your annual newsletter No 9, 10 and 11. I would like to receive earlier newsletter 1-8. 
 I suppose that your organization is familiar with the detailing in the needed information.  If you have any information that would help my quest, I would be extremely grateful to receive it. 
Yours faithfully 
Aksel Erlend Kopperud   Email:     rev12@online.no 


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