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    I wish to say Kudos! to the person responsible for placing a copy of the Monthly Bulletin in this months club mailing.

    I found it to be most interesting and informative. Among the elements I learned about was the prevalence of adding electric starting and lighting equipment onto earlier cars. Of course when given a choice who would prefer handcranking a 48HP engine?? Also surprised to see the fitting of Jiffy side curtains onto a Pierce in place of the factory sidecurtains.

    Does anyone have technical information with regard to the system components for the cited Rushmore Starting and lighting system?

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    When electric self starting came out around 1912 it caused cars not so equipped to take a hit on resale.A number of firms like Rushmore,Westinghouse

    and others made available kits to retrofit cars not so equipped.A Dykes Auto Encyclopedia of the 1913-1920 should discuss some of these systems as well as other automobile technical books of that era.

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    Apple Electric Company converted gas lights to electric in 1907. In

    1910 my Rambler came stock with electric sidelamps and tail light. I

    once got a ride in a 1907 Packard 30 that had been converted to a

    period electric starter that hung where the crank would be. The wires

    were very thick.

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