1915 Crane Simplex Gentlemen's Speedster (project)

As of 2015, five years have been spent on this restoration to get it to this point. Factory original Crane Simplex headlights attached. Factory original Crane Simplex headlights attached. Factory original Crane Simplex headlights attached.
New interior floor installed. Original Newcombe carburetor installed. Factory original Crane Simplex made gas/oil tank fitted behind rear seats. Engine compartment.
A-coil in all original Crane Simplex gauge cluster and switches fitted to dash Shifter and brake lever attached to transmission tower. Engine compartment. Engine compartment.
Frontal view. Construction of rear deck begins. Front fenders removed and prepared for paining. Hood being fitted in preparation for painting.
Cowl section and lower body newly painted. Lower rear deck completed. Hood in place and ready for paint. Newly painted hood and cowl section.
Non tread 30-inch all-white Coker tires installed. Left front view of newly painted hood and cowl section. Newly painted fenders refitted. Left front view of newly painted hood and cowl section.
Front view without fenders. Newly painted, gas and oil tank, and extra oil tank painted and in place. Newly painted, gas and oil tank, and extra oil tank painted and in place viewed from right side. View of steering wheel before restoration.
Factory original Crane Simplex tail light fitted to left rear fender. Primer cup installed. Rear section. Right front view of painted hood, cowl, fenders, and seats.
Left front view of painted hood, cowl, fenders, and seats. Right front view of painted hood, cowl, fenders, and seats. Closeup of right rear. Painted seat and pinstriping begins before upholstery.
All body components (fenders, running boards, seats, tanks, rear deck, etc.) in place. Expert upholsterer Loren Burch begins the diamond tufting style upholstery. Expert upholsterer Loren Burch continues the diamond tufting style upholstery. Completed diamond tufting seats.
Completed diamond tufting seats. Completed diamond tufting seats. Left rear view with spare tire attached to new decking. Period-correct 3-digit Connecticut license plate attached to tail light.
Rear view of spare tire attached to completed rear decking. Rear view of spare tire attached to completed rear decking. Lower view of completed rear decking. Painted and completed gas and oil tank in place.
Very rare mechanic's (mechanician's) seat mounted on right side. View of all completed seats. Factory Crane Simplex horn and Kellogg air compressor. German silver radiator shell after polishing.
Primer cups were removed and six additional spark plugs were installed to accommodate dual ignition. Restored steering wheel and hand controls (spark advance/retard and throttle levers) in place. Restored steering wheel and hand controls (spark advance/retard and throttle levers) in place. Left side dash gauges.
Period-correct bumper. Period-correct headlights and  shock absorbers in place. After 14 months in the hands of experts, the fully restored engine is coming home. Rick Saran securing the car in the trailer for transport.
Rick Saran securing the car in the trailer for transport. Right side of completed and running engine. Left side of completed engine with temporary Ford carburetor with all new linkage, plugs, wire harness, thermostat control, etc. Left side of completed engine with temporary Ford carburetor with all new linkage, plugs, wire harness, thermostat control, etc.
Completed dash with all gauges functional. Horn, headlight, and headlight bracket as seen in a factory sales brochure. Gas/oil tank as seen in the factory sales brochure. The number "2101" as displayed on the transmission.
The number "2101" as displayed on the transmission. "2101" as displayed on the engine's lower case. Body tag displaying the car's model and serial number. 1915 Crane Simplex Gentlemen's Speedster 2018-11-20 IMG 8097
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Gas/oil tank as seen in the factory sales brochure. The number "2101" as displayed on the transmission. The number "2101" as displayed on the transmission. "2101" as displayed on the engine's lower case.
Body tag displaying the car's model and serial number. 1915 Crane Simplex Gentleman's Speedster 2019-05-27 IMG 9219 1915 Crane Simplex Gentleman's Speedster 2019-05-27 IMG 9220 1915 Crane Simplex Gentleman's Speedster 2019-05-27 IMG 9221
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