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OT: Old Car Help

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by Jollytrapshooter, Sep 15, 2008.

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  1. Jollytrapshooter

    Jollytrapshooter Member

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    A guy I know recently bought a 1908 Sears Model J car, which he knows nearly nothing about (except how much it's worth I guess). So, he's given me the task of finding information on the thing. I've spent an hour surfing the web and going to every search engine I can think of, and have only found pictures of it, and I found out that it was Sears Roebuck's first attempt at car sales; but that's it. Anyone on here know anything about these cars or even heard of them? Pretty sure this thing even surpasses the age of some of you on here (LOL). Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks, Josh.
     
  2. Quack Shot

    Quack Shot Active Member

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    Try these urls:

    http://books.google.com/books?id=0uB15d5hE38C&pg=PA158&lpg=PA158&dq=sears+cars&source=web&ots=cZ0F8gZN6e&sig=uLK6fAHU-30fKTV0_cFHMizOyWw&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=5&ct=result#PPA160,M1

    http://www.bobconnelly.com/061805/carstory.html

    http://www.coachbuilt.com/bui/h/hercules/hercules.htm

    http://books.google.com/books?id=YzVLAAAAMAAJ&pg=RA1-PA184&lpg=RA1-PA184&dq=Sears+Motor+Buggy&source=web&ots=OJUK491KpV&sig=Q2Y9GEnRrLYeu63TEMe-aLFDD8o&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=16&ct=result

    If they are what I think, they were available in models from G through L, the higher letters in the alphabet would be a more deluxe model. I think they were equipped with a two cylinder engine with about 10 to 14 horsepower. I don't know exactly who made them, but the later Sears cars were made by Allstate or Kaiser. Sears rarely made anything of their own. It was reported to be the "Sears Motor Buggy Factory" or "The Lincoln Motorcar Works" located in Chicago. It might have started production by the Hercules Body Company.

    Good luck searching! There used to be lot's of old books, but many are long gone. Google has a few of them in their repository.
     
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