Friday I was at a antique center that I'm a regular at . I overheard a man asking the woman behind the counter if she knew of anyone who knew about old cars . I jumped in and asked him what he had . He had told me that his mother had passed away and left him a 1917 maxwell touring car. After telling him I was in the model t club . He wanted to know if there was anyone who knew about maxwells who is somewhat local . The man told me that he lived in Albany ny. Does anyone know anyone who does maxwell stuff around there.
He wants to get it running . He said it has not been running in 20 years but still has compression . I was thinking about going up there and seeing if I could get it going but I figured that if there was a maxwell collector nearby I would leave it to the expert .
Here is a recent thread about starting a 1917 Maxwell:
Thanks Jim. I'll use that when I go up there .
Michael, There are only a handful of folks with Maxwell 25's. That probably is what you found. Except for the goofy Starter/Generator it is a fairly simple car like a Model T. Howard Dennis concluded, after disassembling many differentials that the metallurgy changed about '15 or '16 and most of the gears ground into mush after a few thousand miles. Therefore many were scrapped and many have not been kept in running condition. Lots of parts show up at swap meets and on ebay as most folks don't know what the parts are. Parts books show up and I think there is one on-line.
It's good if you are willing to help him. There may not be a Maxwell person nearby. Take some pictures if you go.
Michael, check out this thread to see what type key you need, if it is still all original: http://forums.aaca.org/f130/1916-maxwell-key-357205.html
The switch marked Dim Off On only controls the headlights. The key when inserted by pushing in and 1/4 turn to the right pushes a set of points and either ungrounds the magneto OR feeds the distributor electricity.Early 1917 had a magneto and late 1917 had an Atwater-Kent coil & distributor.
Michael, This and the one Tom C. posted in the other thread might get you or the fellow with the Maxwell through any Electrical problems. As Howard mentioned they did use different ignitions from year to year.
PM me and I'll send you contact information for people in your area from the Maxwell registry. Vern Campbell, who occasionally posts here, is one of the organizers of the Maxwell information.
I own a 1919 Maxwell Operator's Manual. I can look in it, if you like.
Thanks . I just hope I can get this guys car running .
I have the only 1912/13 Maxwell Model 30 touring car in existence. There is a Model 30 Roadster in Wisconsin....... or was about ten years ago. This is the last of the J D Maxwell designed cars with the big aluminum crankcase and the cast in pairs cylinders. After Maxwell went into receivership in 1912 the assets were bought by Flanders. They tried to get an updated Maxwell on the market, couldn't get any power out of the engine and combined the engine from the Maxwell 25 or Messenger with this body to make the 30. About 200 were made, only two survive. I have the original advertising for it and the factory hype books. Interesting car but I will never get it restored. Much different car than the later Maxwells were.