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Number 13                                                       by Ken Kaufmann                                                       December 2000 
 Comments on Instrument Panels: The question if the dash should be covered with leather or polished mahogany wood is an interesting question. Upon looking though my files, I found the following references: 
 THE LIGHT CAR for January 27, 1915 reporting on the New York Show to its British readers, states that, “All the inside of the doors, even the dash, is lined with padded leather, which gives a great feeling of warmth and comfort.”
  THE AUTO MOTOR JOURNAL for June 17, 1915 shows an illustration of the interior of the body. It reports, “The interior paneling is upholstered right up to the dash, in which are let, one on either side, two large pockets for maps and such-like small articles. Polished walnut beading and instrument board add the necessary high-class finish. 
 THE LIGHT CAR for September 22, 1915 printed a photograph of a 1915 Model C with English license plate EM500 that shows a quilted leather dash. THE AUTOCAR for November 20, 1915, printed the a photo of a 1915 Model C with English rego DU6952, showing its interior and states: “In place of the polished dash, it is now quilted, square tufted, leather covered, this applies to the instrument board, scuttle sides, inside of doors, etc.” The door pockets appear to be open on top with no hinge flap covers. The leather covering extended over the top of the doors in place of the wood door molding used on the early models. That is, the tops of the doors were now trimmed with leather in place of the former wood trim molding. 
 The Scripps-Booth Sales Brochure (6”x7”, 24 pages, undated), that was probably printed in mid September 1915 for the Fall Selling Season, covers the 1916 Model C’s that started with Car No. C3101 with Sterling Engine serial #3001 [3” bore open valve]. Illustrated on page 8, is the interior through the open door. On page 9, it states: “The exceptionally careful finish of the upholstery and interior leather work, including the square tufted instrument board. 
 THE AUTOMOBILE for January 6, 1916, reporting on the New York City show cars, claimed that “One alteration is abandonment of the quilted leather finish of the cowl board in favor of the more customary polished wood.”
 The later Sales Brochure titled, The Luxurious Light Car As Originated by Scripps-Booth (5”x6˝”, 22 pages, un-dated, printing by the Cadillac Press), that I have is a later edition of this brochure, that must have been first printed in 1916. My version appears to have the first 16 pages of text still applying to the 1916 Model C, while the page 17 Speci-fications for the Four Cylinders was updated from the Model C to the 1917 Model G. For example, it describes “The high-speed motor with its enclosed overhead valves with outside adjustment…” This statement applies to the Sterling engine serial #10,001 up, but not the 1917 Mason engine listed in the Spec. page that had 3 11/16” bore cylinders. The Road-ster was priced at the Model G $935 cost and not the  $825 Model C cost. This brochure states, “Beneath the base of this wind screen and at the rear finale to the hood is a leather-covered instrument arrangement.” 
 THE LIGHT CAR October 31, 1917 article was on a handsome coupe body by the Belgravia Coachworks on a Scripps-Booth chassis. It referred to “A polished mahogany instrument board is fitted to the scuttle-dash…” I think this dash was added by the body builder just like the windscreen was also “framed in narrow polished mahogany.”
 In conclusion, it appears the early 1915 Model C’s, perhaps the first 400 built, had padded leather dashes. Then between C401 and about C2000 at the end of July 1915, the polish walnut dash was used. About August 1st the quilted, square tufted, leather covered dash commenced up to December 31st, 1915 to C5000. The improved Model C’s that were specially built for the 1916 Automobile Shows for January through March (estimate C5001-C5025) changed back to polished walnut. The production Model C’s that started in April 1916 came again [I believe] equipped with the plain black leather dash. 
 Comments on Instruments
The Steward speedometer used in 1915 is its Model 100. The dial face is 3 inches with a nickel-plated bezel ring. The season and trip odometers are located below the miles per hour speed drum. The dial face for 1915 is silver plated and has the code letter “G” stamped in the face just above the word ‘patented.’ The trip meter is reset by pulling out and turning the wheel on the right. The speedometer is set off with a polished nickel flange that has an opening for the reset wheel. For 1916 and later, the face was black with white letters, and had the date code of “H. In 1918 the “K” date code included the month, such as K-3 for March 1918. 
 I have photos that were taken in the early 80’s of the Harrah’s Museum Model C that was built about June of 1916. This was a low 6,000-mile car, and it appears the dash had the original leather covered dash. The Car No. plate is missing, but with a Sterling Engine #10681, I would estimate this car would have a serial number around C5800. The nameplate on the dash under the choke knob is that of the Southern California distributor, R.C. Hamlin. 
 The center mounted Ignition OFF-ON Switch for the 1916 Model C’s was made by Briggs-Stratton with the 4 button light switch made by Connecticut Electric and Tele-phone company Note the B-S switch cover originally was painted black. 
 Of course the system voltage was changed to 6 volts from 12 volt at Car No. C5001. I presume your C3266 was updated to 6 volts when the Mason engine was installed and the ignition switch you got from Hershey is this type of ignition switch? The 1915 Model C’s with the Bijur Starter/Generator used a combination ignition/starter switch, with the early switch only two positions with the later [C1101 up] being a three position with the center position “Idle” being added.
 Nickel-plated mounting flanges are also used for the ammeter and the oil sight gauges shown. I have no informa-tion who the suppliers of these gauges are?
 Comments on Upholstery: 
There is some question as to when the 1916 Model C’s started production, but most sources claim it was at Car No. C3101, that I figure must of been built towards the end of September 1915, with the last Model C built before the end of December 1915 to be C-5000. I estimate your Model C, Car No. C3266, was built about the first week in October 1915 as a 1916 Model. In our S-B Register, we list the 1915 models by year of manu-facture, since our Horseless Carriage Club uses this as the cut-off date. 
 The improved Model C with price increased from $775 to $825 was first announced at the NYC Automobile Show the first week of January 1916, starting with Car No. 5001 up, with Sterling Engine #10,001 and up, with enclosed valves and 6 volt Wagner starter and generator, 
 The two photos I have of Car No. C6426S, that I estimate was built during the last of August 1916, shows the original 1916 interior, with the seats to be that of the diamond button style used on the Model C's. These Janu-ary 1916 improved models had plain leatherette door panels with pockets with flaps that fasten down on each side.
 The driver's side toolbox compartment did not start until about Car No. C5160 in mid April 1916 when the battery was relocated under the driver's seat from the trunk. Several previous owners have copied this compartment and added it to earlier bodies because they liked this feature and wanted to update their cars.
 Wheels Comments:
Dick Minnick probably purchased the reproduction Houk No. 4 hub emblems (not NOS) with the Scripps-Booth logo from the popular East Coast swapmeet Emblem and Nameplate vendor, Bill Willaims. His firm is called Pulfer & Willaims, and he does a mail order business at P.O. Box 67, Hancock, New Hampshire 03449. 
 Bill took over the making of nameplates and emblems from the famous Southern Californian collector and ven-dor, Harry Pulfer in the early 70’s. I first met Harry in 1963 when I bought a 1923 3-port Olds cylinder head and exhaust manifold from this elder gentleman. 
 Windshield Comments: The later Model C Parts Price List believed printed in mid 1917 shows the 15C47 Windshield for the first 5000 Cars and Overlapping Wind-shield #15C447 on cars above #5000. The early wind-shield’s upper glass was 10 x 35 3/8 inches with square corners, with the lower glass measures the same width and 8 inches at its highest part. I gather the improved overlap-ping type referred to the upper class overlapping the lower glass by a small amount, so rain spray doesn’t leak by the air gap that the early models had.
 I received several letters and updates from Alan Schier this pass year in which he wrote in part:
 Thanks for writing and showing so much interest in the obscure S-B history.  It seems that it's been you and me, mostly, trying to keep the interest going. I was glad to hear of Aksel in Norway finding a "C" and showing so much interest in making his car as original as possible.
 I researched my ads and owners handbook the morning after I received your letter. Our S/N 2525 has the diamond pleating "padded" on side panels and instrument area.  It is of a cloth backed leatherette material.  The seats are top quality deep grained leather, deep rolled and tucked Turk-ish style.  This I was told was to absorb the bumps and jars as in carriages of earlier times.   My info comes from the 1914 Model "C" ad in Literary Digest, reprinted in Car Topics, the ad with the stream lined fenders.  It shows the diamond pleats.  I believe that Mr. Gears' car was not diamond pleats on the dash area but leatherette fabric.  The side areas on my seats are the cloth materials also.  The model "G" ad seats seem the same.  The amp gauge was made by Roller Smith of Bethlehem, PA. (Bethlehem PA is a stone throw from us, a 30-minute drive)  My car also says BIJUR system on it.  I have collected extra gauges without the Bijur markings.
 I have contacted Jerry Cook who owns the ex-Ruggles car.  I have pictures of this project, which I received in January of '91.  It seems I know more about the car than Mr. Cook, as he has no interest in these old cars.  I gave Mr. Cook an approx. value of the S-B remains, and he is willing to sell it to me.  I am considering buying his project to speed up restoration on my car. One of the pieces of this project is a restored engine.   As I have a cousin in Missouri who has been begging us to visit and Mr. Cook is only 45 minutes from my cousin, I'll now be able to do two things at once, and have free lodging to boot!  I have been working now for 2 months for Continental Airlines out of Newark, NJ, so getting there will be easier than driving.  Can't beat those arrangements!  I will need to sell some other car first to make the purchase happen, so it could be another year or so before I am able to take possession of Mr. Cook's project.
 Mr. Geers' frame remains seems to have been a "G" 110-inch frame.  I was wrong in saying that it was a "D" frame.  And it is so much heavier than a "C" frame.  I am sorry to say that I cut up the frame rails for scrap, but saved the spring castings, axles, and brake cross rods.  What didn't make sense was the width dimensions of the splash apron.  The body door is much larger also.  I have turned up no info on a V8 runabout.  Neither Mr. Jensen nor Mr. Kesling ever got back to me so I decided to dice up the frame.  Now I have had second thoughts, lots of spare pieces.
 I would be interested in copies or trading literature for the 1915 "C" parts list. Regards, Alan
 I bid $1350 on a set of four 23" Houk Wire Wheels, two hubs, and two caps off of a Scripps-Booth this morning, and lost out in the last minute when a Model T Speedster guy outbid me and got them for $1375. I can't tell if these are left or right hubs? Are the Scripps-Booth hubs the same for the front and rear? Can you tell if these are front or rear hubs? 
 I have thought about installing Houk 23 inch Quick Detachable wire wheel on my 1912 Little runabout. This would replace the wood spoke 24" Wheels with 30 x 3" tires with 30 x 3˝" tires, which should give a better ride. Chevrolet actually offered as a factory option in 1914-15, Houk 25" wheels for its 32 x 3˝" tires. 
 My good friend Tom Meleo has Houk 25" wheels with oversize 34 x 4˝" tires on his 1918 Chevrolet Model D5 Touring and I would like to find a set of Houk 26" wheels and hubs/caps for 34 x 4" tires for my '18 D5 also. An-other Chevy friend is planning to have the front and rear #4 hubs for the 1917-22 large Chevrolet cast since they are almost impossible to find anymore. 
 Have you found any Houk factory literature? Ken 
 I have a Certificate of Title for a 1915 Scripps-Booth roadster, dated September 19, 1925, in the name of Harry G. Humphreys. Engine #525F - Serial # 0114 - Horse-power 18 - power gas - style roadster - year 1915. On the back it has been assigned to Fred Duesenberg (of the auto fame), by Mrs. H. G. Humphreys, and has a notary public signature and seal. It has a penciled address change at the top, and it is in very good condition. It has been folded, but it is very clear to read. The paper is old but in good condi-tion. I believe it is the original title. Jim
 Thanks for the title info and the engine serial number. Unfortunately, the #525F is the early Sterling 2 7/8" bore cylinder block part number that is cast into the side of the block. The "F" stands for the FERRO foundry in Cleve-land, Ohio who cast the block. This was a common mis-take made back then because the engine serial is often hard to locate since it is stamped into the block on the right side at the base of the front cylinder and is often covered over by paint. 
 These Sterling engine that went from #1 to 3000 were used in the 1915 Model C's that were built from Feb. to September 1915. I believe your title for #O114 is also a mistake and should have the prefix "C" for Model C, so should be #C114. It is estimated that first batch of 25 Model C’s built in Feb-Mar 1915 were all built for the large city Automobile Show - so I bet Car No. C114 was the Indianapolis Auto Show Car and the first Scripps-Booth in Indiana? 
 It is interesting that C114 was still on the road 10 years later in 1925 and Fred Duesenberg would want it? Ken
 Received your note on Model C title. It may be of some use on Ruggles - Cook car if I or someone else ends up with that project.  Mr. Cook said there is no known s/n & doesn't believe there is a title.  I still must get back with Mr. Cook.
 You missed out on some rare Houk stuff.  Some #4 parts were used on Dodge, Monroe & others. The rear hubs on my early C rear are square shaft axle type tor-qued tight with nut.  A raised cast # on each one matches my C parts book, most definitely S-B manufactured or made for them.  Check sequencing #’s in S-B parts book.  Left p/n hubs have clockwise threads and right hubs opposite, to self tighten when driving forward.  The spare
cap I believe is a left.  The front hubs use an inner bearing larger than the outer and can slide off once the nut is removed and thread direction determines left or right.  Don't know about casting #, they may have been univer-sally supplied by Houk.  The believed "G" rear swapped from Mr. Geers' car uses tapered axles with key-way and may have been supplied by Houk by that time. 
 I have a bit of history that Sue researched from the Buffalo library on Mr. Houk & Company.  I believe it became the Buffalo Wheel Co. and later Wire Wheel Co. of America.  The Pfund car had the alloy wrench for caps with Houk cast name on it.  I purchased a steel Buffalo wrench at pre-'15 meet at Rhinebeck, NY a few years ago, best I can find so far.  I have also purchased a Houk spoke wrench, name stamped on it. 
 On the subject can you tell me if any of the S-B tools supplied as in Model C parts book or other models have the words Scripps-Booth on them.  I've been unable to find any from people selling car tools at Hershey, etc. Alan
 We had a nice time at the Macungie, PA car show last weekend. We go almost every year, as it is about 50 minutes away, west of Allentown.    It has a large antique toy show Saturday morning, which we spent about 3 hours at. The car show is 1000 plus cars and trucks. It is big enough but not too big. I bought a 1915 piece of literature I didn’t have or seen before for $35 – “ouch.”   He had a large $100 piece on the 1915 C but held off on that one. Also he had a 1920 and 1922 Scripps literature. 
 I have determined my wire wheels should be claret lake red instead of white as other ads for the C’s showed. This is why I kept finding red paint around my spoke nipples as I reworked them.   The ad shows the stream-lined rear fenders and $775 for the list price and also coupe picture and specifications. 
 He also had a Crow Elk-Hart literature that looks like a Scripps. I still think there is a link in the two companies with the Sterling Motor Co. and being sold in London together - the Morris London link. Cars were brand im-ported to England in 1916 during the war, and then in 1918 were exported.
 A guy that sells antique tools at swapmeets has a picture of his Dad’s Model C with exposed push rods engine he raced at Paterson & Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ dirt tracks in 1921 to 1923 eras. He says I can come and see the picture but his Dad is dead now. He used a magneto on it like the English magazine ads had conversions for the Scripps. 
 Enclosed is a duplicate Model C picture Gary L.  gave me showing radiator spurting over and guys arm around the lady driver-“Armstrong Heater?” Also enclosed is a copy of a J.S.B. letter dated January 3, 1953 from my collection. Thanks for the 1915 Model C Parts List copy. 
 William E. Swigart Jr., a pioneer in the antique automo-bile hobby, died this pass July in his native Huntingdom, Pennsylvania. His Swigart Museum is the oldest antique auto museum in the United States having been started in 1920 by his Dad.
 Mary Isham reported her husband Oren, a collector of antique auto engines from Enumclaw, Washington, died this past year and she needs to sell off his large engine collection. Oren had two 1916 Scripps-Booth engines and transmissions units mounted on display stands, one a Sterling 4-cyl. serial #11829 and the other a FERRO Model 13 V-8 serial #FS73. Both have found new homes.
 Richard Penaluna in Spokane sent me a nice note and photo of his 1920 B-39 Touring he got from Al Hillstrom.  Richard worked on this car most of the winter polishing up the trim and repainting it from the old blue body to dark green that  “should last another 80 years.  The green is almost black - looks really green in the noonday sun.”
Richard Penaluna    email: Mmpdlp@email.msm.com
 Sorry about the delay in replying to you. I have been having medical problems, but am improving now. Please amend your records to show Peter J. Templer (at this address) as owner of the Scripps Booth. Peter has also purchased another Scripps Booth as follows:
 Year 1920 or 1921. Radiator flat. Wheels wooden artillery spoked. Chassis: no number discernible. Front and rear axles with wooden spoked artillery wheel hubs. Gearbox. Engine, Northway (I think) number BD5027-2X. Steering column, pedal assemblies, various brackets etc. Peter is overseas at present. When he returns we'll try to find more numbers of the first car.
 Regards Ken Templer.
 The Scripps-Booth is still owned by Ray Enstine. He has about 12 other cars and is trying to reduce the size of his fleet.  I got to see and drive the car on Monday, No-vember 22, 1999. It runs fine as far as I can tell. The engine was rebuilt in 1994 by a mechanic in the Water Mill, NY area. I did not get a chance to check the serial numbers. The car is in nice shape with a few blemishes and body scrapes. Looks like minor bodywork has been done in the past. The jump seat is missing, no wipers (I don't know if there should be any), no side curtains (I don't know if there should be any), no S-B wheel covers, speedo not working, etc. I am seriously interested in the car. Best regards, Tom Booth
 I am happy to say that my wife and I have completed the purchase of the 1916 Model C formerly owned by Ray Enstine. The car is still in New York but will arrive here in Michigan sometime in the next few weeks. Tom Booth 
 Hi Stuart, Thanks for leaving a message in my web site guest book. Yes, there are separate Scripps-Booth In-struction and also illustrated Parts List for both the 1915 Model C and the 1916-17 Model C Roadster. The 1916 Model C, starting at Car No. C5001 and up, is covered in the: BOOK OF INFORMATION, MODEL C, 4-Cylinder Roadster, 48 pages. INSTRUCTIONS for WAGNER STARTER and GENERATOR, SCRIPPS-BOOTH CARS, FOUR AND EIGHT CYLINDER, 26 pages Parts and Price List, 4 Cylinder, Model C, 48 pages. 
 Do you have a Scripps-Booth or are you thinking of buying one? I usually make free copies of the manuals for new owners who can provide a Car No. and Engine serial number along with a photo and description of their car.  I have been researching S-B for about 35 years and am still looking for the right S-B for me to buy. Are you the Stuart Shuster of the GM Truck Designer fame? Regards, Ken
 Thanks for your prompt reply; yes I worked in the Truck areas at the Design Center in Warren.  I was the assistant Chief Designer for all GM truck interiors for approx. 10 years.  One of my last projects was the interior for the Cadillac Escalade.  Now I am retired, however I am back on contract working with our educational relations group.
 My interest in Scripps-Booth is associated with Tom Booth who is also in your Register.  He just received a 1916 SB Model C from a man in the East Coast.  He had a problem with the accelerator pivot near the steering column, fixed that, but now engine will start, but stalls upon trying to drive. I will forward our transmissions to Tom; He will be interested in this info.
 One item of interest is, I have one of the last 69 Corvair Monzas owned by Ned F. Nickles [GM stylist] who among other cars designed the original Corvair under direction of William Mitchell.  The Corvair remains in original condition as Ned customized it.  In those days, when they received their buy cars, they would send them down to the styling shops to try out new ideas, etc.  Best to you, Stuart
 I would describe the car as a “driver”.  It runs fine and I drive it around the area when the weather is nice.  The car was restored in 1972 and now has body flaws such as small nicks, dents, scratches, etc. as you would expect.  The top is fine but without side curtains.  I replaced the rear window glass that was broken.  The jump seat is missing, the speedometer does not work, the ignition switch has a key slot but a key is not required, the clutch pedal does not return fully unless the floor board is removed, etc.  The engine was rebuilt in 1995 and runs nicely.  I am not complaining and think the car is fun and nice to have.  I will work on these items that need attention as time per-mits. The engine number is 10943C, which is cast into the block on the right hand side. The body number is C5793S. 
 There is an oval plate nailed to the heal board below the right front seat. 

 The door sill plate appears to have “Scripps - Booth” embossed on it but has been painted and is hard to read.
Best regards, Tom Booth
 Glad you found us on the Internet. I always get excited when we find a new Scripps-Booth car to add to our Register - especially from overseas! 
 I have attached an updated Register and Owners Addresses for your use until the annual newsletter is sent out in December. You might have to edit it a bit if you print it out on your odd A size paper. Let me know if you have any problems downloading these word.doc files? I will add your engine Serial # when received - it should have a BD prefix. Did your car have a Scripps-Booth Nameplate with the CAR NO.? [like 30000]? Also send me your mailing address for the list. 
 Below is a message I received from my friend Jim Hickman concerning an S-B in Te Aroha. I believe the man's name is Johnson, but I have not yet tried to contact him. 
 Just returned from a car rally in New Zealand and located a man who said that he is the owner of a Scripps Booth (unrestored). I believe the car to be a 1915. The man's name escapes me now, but he can be contacted as follows: Te Aroha Lawnmower Service, Whittaker St., Te Aroha, New Zealand.
 This man owns the shop. He also told me (or a friend of his told me) that the car will have to be re-bodied. I only found the car because he had the ignition switch in his shop window. He did say that he had owned the car for some time and that he hoped to get around to restoring it sometime. Hope you can use this information. Jim Hickman
 Perhaps if you get the chance, you might try and get this car's engine # and what model it might be? Would like to add this car to the Register too. Ken
 I was happy to discover that someone had a web site on Scripps Booth cars. I have been involved in Scripps Booth restoration and searching for parts on and off for the last 19 years. I have a 1920 Scripps Booth Model B Tourer which is almost road worthy. This car has been a major project and has involved reconstructing the timber frame by using the old body panels, which were only good for pat-terns. Every panel on the car has been made by hand and is as close as possible to the original patterns. We tried for years to find another Scripps Booth of similar model in order to obtain photos of the original interior and confirm the odd dimensions. If you would like I will send you some photos and a brief history of the restoration. 
 The Scripps Booth that your friend would have seen last February was probably the unrestored 1919? Scripps Booth in Te Aroha, North Island, New Zealand, which is missing all it's body panels except for the scuttle. I know of a 1919 model roadster, which 10 years ago was in Auckland and owned by a Mr. Power. That is the only other restored Scripps in this county that I know of or have heard of. Also know of an early 4-cylinder model, which has been rotting away for the last 20 years but is unobtainable. I have heard that this car is reasonably complete and have taken photos of what is left of the chassis, front axle, diff and wheels. I plan to keep trying to obtain this car, as I have plans to put one together. So far I have a 4 cylinder model chassis, wheels, a few motors, a radiator and a rear body panel for a roadster. 
 I would like to correspond with people that may have spare parts for sale for this particular model (I maybe able to swap some of the spare parts that I have collected over the years), and would also like to correspond with people that own the same model Scripps Booth as my Tourer. I also have a 1920 Oakland model 34C roadster which is virtually identical mechanically to the Scripps. 
 I also know of a 1920 Scripps Booth owned by a Mr. Les Francis in Melbourne, Australia. This car is restored, but like mine has been a major rebuild. 
 I will look up the original engine number of my car so you can add it to your register. I hope you find this infor-mation useful.  I look forward to further correspondence. Keep up the good work. Brendon Fox 
 I would be interested in finding out the engine # and any casting numbers or casting codes that are from the other 4 cylinders engines you have as well as data/numbers from your Oakland so we can make sense of these numbers?
 There are only 7 1920-1 Model B cars known - I have CC Richard Penaluna this note since he has an email address and might be able to give you information on his Model B.
 See my last few Newsletters on my web site for what few spare parts that might be available? We knew about a Les Francis with a Six Touring in Victoria but lost contact about ten years ago and thought he died? Do you know his where about? 
 I don't own a Scripps-Booth but have been looking for the right Model G since 1972 to purchase. My interest in S-B stems from the Chevrolet connection - the Model G is a lot better looking than the plain Jane Chev 490 roadster! I currently own two Veterans Chevs - a restored 1912 Model Little 4 RHD runabout and a 1918 Model D5 "EIGHT" Touring which I should finish the restoration of by next summer. I attended the Vintage & Veteran Chev Club's tours in Australia in 1997 and 1999 and plan on their tour in 2002 - so might stop off in NZ for a few days or longer in about two years.
 Just a quick note to let you know I have found the engine number from the original block for my car. The number is MD32771, and also I see you have listed the car as having wood spoke wheels, but it is actually on wire wheels. They are Buffalo, beaded edge, jelly mold, 24-inch wheels. Due to the state my car was in before restoration started, the only number we could find anywhere was a number stamped down the side of the wood work of the driver's door, it was 1885. I don't know if this is a part number, or if it is of any other significance. I haven't looked for the Oakland numbers yet, but will contact you when I get time to check them out. 
 Have you heard from Les Francis yet? I phoned him a week ago and informed him about your site. He seemed keen to look you up. I will also contact Mr. Johnson for you and find out if Mr. Power up in Auckland still owns his Scripps Booth Roadster that is restored. We haven't heard from the other Ken yet, but I am keen to make contact with him especially to find out if he has a spare ring that screws on to the fuel tank to secure the petrol gauge for my car. Do you have his email address?  Brendon Fox
 Thanks for your input and serial number. Are you sure your engine number prefix is "MB" and not "BD”? All the other S-B engines for 1920-21 I have heard of have the "BD" prefix. The Oakland serial # chart that was printed in the S-B Register Newsletter Number 11, indicates the late 1919 Oaklands used a "MC" prefix, but I have never seen a "MB" before? The #1885 stamped in the wood is proba-bly a body serial number with yours as the first body number reported. 
 Interesting about the Buffalo Wire Wheels - sometime in the early 20's Buffalo took over from the Wire Wheel Corp. of America who made the Houk Wire Wheels for the earlier S-B that used a pin driven hub and switch to the House type driven hub that the Buffaloes used. The only other 1920-22 car that has wire wheels is Car No. 25961 and they appear to be pin driven Houk type, but I think they might of been switch from an earlier chassis parts car? Did your Buffalo's come with your car from the factory you think, or were they installed later? 
 I am looking for a set of #4 Houk 25" or 26" to install on my 1918 Chevrolet Model D V-8 because I like the way they look. 
 If your engine is MD32771, it falls within the range of a 1920 model serial number so I will shift it between BD22798 and BD37719 on the Register when I update it next. I bet you can find the block casting date code of 20 for 1920 somewhere on your block? What engine do you have in your S-B now? 
 It is exciting you got hold of Les Francis, but he hasn't contacted me yet. Thanks for contacting other owners. I don't think Ken Blair has email? Regards Ken 
 I am quite sure that the original engine block for my car has a "MD" prefix, I haven't looked for any casting date codes on it yet. However I have some other engine num-bers from other engine blocks I have which have the following numbers: 
 [Okay - It could be that the prefixes were different because of export models that could have indicated RHD and/or magneto equipped. Are all these S-B and Oakland RHD in NZ and some have magnetos?] 
 BDM51192 - This I believe came from Scripps Booth. [This is normal S-B prefix but with a "M" - does if have a magneto?] 
 MC81553 - Unknown. [Both S-B & Oakland used "C" prefix engines for 1918-19 - does this one have a mag?] 
 C42803 - This engine is restored ready to go into my Oakland and I believe it came from an Oakland Tourer. 
 DM8925 - And has a casting date code of 1-27-20 and I believe this is the original engine block for my 1920 34C Oakland Roadster. The original chassis number is 12629034. [The Oakland used the D prefix for 1920 engines - does this engine also have a magneto? From old rego records in England there was an Oakland chassis # 130866 34 that had an engine with a serial # of DM7756 that was first rego in January 31, 1923. This at least shows the "DM" prefix was used in both NZ and England in early 1920.] 
 The Motor that is currently in my Scripps Booth has no alphabetical prefix and simply 24538.5. I appears that the number has not been tampered with. [This is a mystery to me? I presume you found this number stamped in the same location you found your other serial num-bers and you have enough blocks that you know what you are looking for? So this shouldn't be a casting number or date code? However, the owner of a 1918 S-B Coupe reported his engine is: 24538-6W so I'm at a lost what these two almost identical numbers are? Does this replacement engine have a valve cover? Could it be an early 1918-9 engine?] 
 I also have a 4 cylinder Chev type motor that I pur-chased on the understanding that it had come from a Scripps-Booth, the number is R1582582, Casting Number 344624 /12. [Both the serial # and the 344624 cast number proves this is a 1925 Chevrolet engine. My 1925 Chev 4 engine is serial # 1729277 with cast # 344624 /10 with a date code D 8 5 (April 8, 1925) with a cloverleaf cast mark with the letters SPC within the cloverleaf indication GM's Saginaw Prod-ucts Co. FERRO was also used as a foundry during this period. The 1917-9 S-B Model G that used the basis Chev 490 engine/transmission, except it had a jacket water heated intake manifold, aluminum valve cover, and aluminum push rod/lifter covers (lower half). The serial # was different then a Chev 4 but still stamped on the flywheel like the 490's.] 
 In regard to wheels I have a Scripps Booth sales bro-chure featuring flat radiator models which have pin drive wire wheels. My Buffalo jelly mold wheels were original for the car, and Les Francis also has the same on his car. I see in my 1920 Oakland parts brochure that the jelly mold wheels were listed, but not the pin drive ones. 
 Would you like to send me more information on the wire wheels that you are searching for, I assume they are pin drive, but are they beaded edge or straight-sided rim? In either case they are very hard to find as people are reluc-tant to part with them, but I will see what I can do. As a last resort if we could find some centers, the rest of the wheels can be manufactured here in New Zealand. [I am currently researching the Houk Wire Wheels for a story for the Chev Club and will add more later. The type I am looking for are 26" demountable rims with locking ring for Straight Side 34 X 4" Tires. The # 4 Houk hub has 6 drive studs on 6 1/4" centers. A friend who has a 1920 Chev FB is going to cast the correct Chev front and rear Houk #4 hubs [same as my Model D5 EIGHT], so perhaps the cheapest in the long run is to buy 5 good Houk #4 wheel hubs and have the wheels remade with new rims, lock rims, and spokes in NZ. I have yet to find any #4 (or #5 hubs) 26" wheels, and all the smaller 25" wheels I have seen are rusty junk with bad rims and missing lock rims, and the vendor still wants $300-400 each for them. This would sure give me a good reason to spend a holiday in NZ to pick up a set of wheels to take home? I know I am going to Australia in Sep-tember 2002 for the VVCAA Anniversary Meet.] 
 Recently I managed to find some rear mudguards for a 4-cylinder model, and I am still looking for various other parts such as steering column and gearbox, diff and front axle. Do you have a parts brochure featuring a steering box, etc for the 4-cylinder model? Regards Brendon Fox  [Attached is the page that illustrates the Model G steering - all in pieces. Good Luck, Ken] 
 All are right hand drive New Zealand motors and all were magneto equipped, except for the 2 Oakland motors.
 Re: Block Number 24538.5: All of the reasonably complete engines that my father and I obtained for the Scripps had no valve covers and had exposed push rods except for the engine from the original car which also had a one piece exhaust inlet manifold. So there is a strong possibility that it is from an earlier car. However, I cannot rule out the possibility that we obtained this engine block simply in its bear block state. I recall that there is a differ-ence between the engine sumps where they seal around the rear main bearing? This one seals across the bearing cap as opposed to sealing around it. I don't know if there is a difference in the engine blocks to make allowances for the different bearing caps that accommodate this type of sump? The casting number on this block 1-13 C-3575-W-4
Perhaps these blocks without alphabetical prefixes were supplied as replacement blocks in the early days?
 Re: Chev Motor: Thanks for confirming my suspicion. I have two 4 cylinder motors with Scripps-Booth cast into the side of them in the amongst the rusty treasures. I will send you the numbers when I gain access to them. 
 Re: Wheels: Recently I had a brief encounter with a friend that has searched for similar wheels in the past. He informs me that there were Houk wheels produced with 6 studs and 6 and a quarter inch centers, but the centers still varied according to the size of the wheel. He seemed quite sure that you would find good wheels in the USA, so next time I see him I will ask him to be more specific. In the meantime I will look for the wheel manufacturer’s ad and will send it to you. In the meantime I found some photos of my Scripps restoration and of Mr. Johnson's car which I will send to you. Also one of my car restored.
 Brendon Fox bdfox@voyager.co.nz 
By James M. Miller / Special to The Detroit News
     Flushing residents occasionally have the chance to see something very rare: a Scripps-Booth on the road. Barry Jensen, who lives near the city, said when the mood strikes, he uses the 1917 roadster for routine errands to town. “I drive it around once in a while. The other day I took my son to the pool," said the Flushing Township resident, who owns Davison Road Glass in Flint. There are a few other Scripps-Booth cars in Michigan, but most of them are in museums. Jensen said from reading club lists, he believes his family's car is the only one licensed in the state. The Scripps-Booth company built cars in Detroit from 1912 to 1922. Jensen's car is a three-passenger roadster. It is an export model, so the driver's seat is on the right, slightly ahead of one passenger's seat, with a hatch behind the driver's seat serving as a glove box. The second passenger perches on a small jump seat that is mounted underneath the dashboard on the left side and swivels under the dash when not in use.
    The Scripps-Booth car was designed by James Scripps Booth, who was related to two families important in Michi-gan newspaper history. He was the son of George G. Booth, founder of the Booth newspaper chain, and the grandson of James E. Scripps, founder of The Detroit News. During the cyclecar fad of 1913-15, Booth built a small cyclecar called the Rocket, a two-passenger ma-chine with the passenger sitting behind the driver and V-2, 10-horsepower engine that powered the rear wheels using a belt. Then he got the idea for what he called a luxurious light car, and began to base his advertisements on the image and quality, when many other manufacturers were still selling based on facts and figures. The 1917 boat-tailed roadster has a cowl that is much more sculpted than some of the other designs of the time. It has a small four-cylinder overhead-valve engine, rated at about 25 horse-power. Jensen said the Model C was the first car to have the horn button mounted in the center of the steering wheel, and the first to have the spare tire fully mounted on a wheel, rather than a separate tire that had to be mounted on the wheel when needed. 
 He said his father, Robert, bought the car in 1972, and they restored it together. “I was in high school at the time," he said. "He wanted something different, something un-usual and it is that. He didn't know anything about the company. He'd never heard of it, so he bought it." The car was reasonably complete when they got it, he said, and came with new fenders that had been made for the previ-ous owner. The Jensens found a man trying to sell some Scripps-Booth parts, and bought the entire package. Rob-ert Jensen died in 1991. "I took him for a ride, a little while before he died, but I don't think he ever drove it," Jensen said. Jensen said about three years ago he decided the old car was due for a new paint job. “In six hours I had it completely stripped, ready to paint," he said. "But it took me 50 hours to put it back together."
 Jensen said he enjoys the unusual Scripps-Booth and has taken it to the Old Car Festival at Greenfield Village three times. It was one of the feature cars at the Sloan Summer Fair this year. Like many cars it is a simple design: The gas tank is under the cowl, so the system works by gravity feed and there is no fuel pump. There is no water pump because the car uses the "thermo-syphon."
 The car uses two quarter-elliptic springs in the rear, and they carry the rear axle behind the end of the frame. 
Many cars in the 'teens had their own shift pattern or layout for foot pedals. The clutch pedal is on the left in the Scripps-Booth, the brake is on the right and the accelerator is in the middle. Scripps-Booth was an independent com-pany until it was bought by Chevrolet in 1917. The Scripps-Booth brand gradually became less distinctive, with an Oakland chassis and Northway engine, and the brand was discontinued in 1922.
 I was wondering if you knew of someone that has an engine hood for sale that would fit my car? The one that went with my car was stolen not too long ago. Also, I am interested in buying the following parts: 1) Replacement front and rear fenders.  2) New Tires.   3) Louvered engine hood cover. 4) Sales Brochure. If you know where I can get the above-mentioned items I would appreciate you letting me know. Thanks again for sending the news-letter. It has been a valuable source of information!
Jacob F. Kratz    email: jacob_kratz@hotmail.com
 In the HCCA Gazette for May/June 2000 is found:

Wanted: 1915-6 Scripps-Booth Chassis and/or engine & transmission. Can be in virtually any condition – Don Schep-pelman, 429 S Meade, Flint, MI 48503 – email:

For Sale: 1915 Sterling 4-cyl. engine with starter generator.   Running unit when removed from vehicle, $2000  – Jeffery Vogel, 14 East 90th St., New York, NY 10128  – 213-360-1216 or email:  paezival@pipeline.com

 This Sterling engine is a 1916 model built towards the end of September 1915 using the improved 3” bore block that had the casting number of 645F, starting at serial  #3001. This engine was removed from an Isotta Fraschini is serial #3005 and has a water pump added. 
 I am sending details of the following for your upcoming Scripps-Booth newsletter: The original, one-of-a-kind signed artwork master of their radiator emblem logo to be used in this unique Moto-Meter, May 7, 1921. See lengthy historical background, together with list of much other original automotive and truck logo artwork, on our site at
 Photocopies of artwork by mail only, $4.00 each, de-ductible against purchase. $345.00. Hubcap. Aluminum, 3" diameter. Later style (plain threaded). Usual service wear, but attractive. Two "SB" initials probably repainted inside $145.00. Radiator emblem. N.O.S. $170.00. Owners manual. 1919, 6 cylinder. Cover edges considerably mouse chewed, text satisfactory. Ex-N.A.C.C. Library, then William Todd Collection. $80.00. Wiring diagrams. Vari-ous. $5.75 Cordially, Bob Snyder, Cohasco, Inc., P.O. Drawer 821, Yonkers, NY 10702, 1-914-476-8500, Fax 1-914-476-8573, http://cohascodpc.com Est. 54 Years
    I've got original Scripps-Booth Parts List Booklet, 70 pages. I wonder what it's worth and who might want it? Stewart Gray stewbie1@mindspring.com
 You request was forward me since I run the Scripps-Booth Register in which we have about 50 members. 
 The Parts Lists worth vary in price from: 
1915 Model C $40; 1916 Model C $35; 1916 Model D $60; 1917 Model G $30; 1918-19 Six Cylinder Models $25; 1920-21 Six Cyl Models (B Series) $20; 1922 Six Cyl Models (F Series) $30. I would be willing to buy your Part List for the above models for the price stated. Hope this is of some help. Ken 
 I was recently prompted to try the 'net to search for our father's 1917 S-B roadster. Our dad died in 1958 at age 44, just before we were to start a restoration on his car, preserved (sort of) in his home town of Cedar Vale, KS in a barn since his being drafted for W.W.II. With his brother Dick, of Wann, OK, we had recovered the car during a visit from CA in 1957. It was in generally poor shape, which disappointed Dad, because he had left it with the shop teacher in the local high school where he was teach-ing English (he was later Principal.) 
 Before we could transport it to Alturas, CA, where he lived, he succumbed to a heart attack. Regretfully, we weren't well off, and agreed to sell it to an OK acquain-tance of Uncle Dick's who was going to restore it. When we looked the old fellow up in 1984, he'd become a bit senile, and couldn't recall who had bought and restored the car, though he was sure it was a museum. Of course, we'd seen the Roadster black & maroon that Bill Harrah had back in the 'Seventies, and photographed it. A local re-storer, Duane Schotthauer, had mostly redone a later coupe, back then, also.  Recently, our Mom received a 1937 Pittsburg KS newspaper with an article on the S-B, as a pet vehicle on 
campus of KS State Teachers College, with it's history from new (just as I recalled Dad telling us), as well as an original dealer brochure in fair condition. This was from the widow of a college pal of his who was noted as co-owner.
 I suppose deep in my heart, I'd like to think that 1.) Dad’s S-B still exists, 2.) that it might be available, and - faint hope -3.) my two brothers and myself might be able to afford it
 I'd be glad -- technology permitting -- to send you a the
scan of the aforementioned literature, if you like. Alas, we don't know his VIN or anything but perhaps the color (blue and black -- though it may have been painted) and that he had to replace the original vee-radiator with a conventional flat one due to damage by the original owners. Though I was only twelve when I last saw it, I can still recall many details of the sad little car in Grandma's barn. 
 Thanks for your attention, and any help you can render. I did print out your 2000 register of cars. Wick
 Thanks for your most interesting message. Perhaps you can describe the literature you have first since I might already have it. Was the 1937 article about the same car you Dad later had? When you say it was a 1917 Roadster - was it a Model C or a Model G that used the Chevrolet engine. The Model G also had the fuel tank in rear of car and used a vacuum tank on firewall while the Model C had a dash mounted gravity feed fuel tank. 
 I do not know of any S-B that came from Kansas? But am sure there are still S-B out there we do not know about? Regards. Ken 
 Thanks for the quick S-B reply! The newspaper article was indeed about dad's 1917 roadster, while he was at Kansas State in '37. He owned the car for over twenty years, was the second owner, and knew all its history up to then. When it was sold, it probably was sourced from the Bartlesville OK area, not KS. The finder gave me a ride through Bartlesville with my uncle back when I visited in the summer of '62, but not in the Scripps, rather a Model T phone booth coupe he'd restored. He'd sold the S-B before that date “to a restorer (or museum)” 
 No, I have no sure way of telling what model it was, as so far we haven't found any photos of dad and the car. I don't believe it had a Chev 4 however, as I seem to recall an I-head and I think it said FERRO. I had some stock 8CM Mercury heads for a '51 Ford that were branded Ferro, back when. It had a little boat-tailed trunk. We all recall the 'starting strangler' and four separate light switches, however. As I recall, it was a dead ringer for the car that Bill Harrah used to have, except for color. Anyhow, I sure liked looking at the photos in your Register files. I included an S-B roadster in a novel manu-script I'm writing (being squired around by two Army Air Service officers in 1922 in San Antonio) just because of the interest I have in it. We're having a family reunion up by Mt. Shasta this weekend, and the brothers will be tickled to know I've heard from you! 
 I believe there is an S-B owner in Paradise CA, possibly the coupe that Scholtthauer restored back in the early seventies. I'll try to call him, if so...both my married kids live in P-dise. Thanks again, Wick
 Yes, it sounds as if you Dad's S-B was a 1917 Model C with the Sterling engine, which was a small OHV engine with a 3” bore. Sterling used block and head castings from FERRO (as did Chevrolet in the 1923-28 period) and FERRO supplied the small 2 main brg V-8 engine for the S-B Model D 4 pass roadster - which was the first mono-cast block and also OHV. My Chev V-8 is a 2-piece block that is bolted vertically in the middle. 
 Yes the S-B Coupe in Paradise is a 1918 Six cylinder that has been in a fire since it was restored. I will print you letter in the next annual newsletter in December. I would be interested in a copy of that 1937 newspaper clipping to include also in the newsletter. Regards Ken
 There was enough material submitted this year to fill another 8 pages. It will  have to  wait till  next  year.   Remember, the  Scripps-Booth  Website  is access  at:


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