Cedar Rapids tiller steered car-Photo

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Herb Iffrig on Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 09:24 am:


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By george house on Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 09:35 am:

Isn't every tiller steered car a CDO? . . NO . . . I'd say a '03 or '04 CDO


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jim Thode Chehalis Washington on Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 10:34 am:

Since many all people here today were not there then, CDO = Curved Dash Oldsmobile. The car in the photo appears to have to have an ogee curved dash and that would indicate not a CDO.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Erik Johnson on Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 10:52 am:

Possibly a 1903 Northern.

Definitely not an Oldsmobile.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Gary H. White - Sheridan, MI on Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 07:23 pm:

Saddled horse on right looks starved.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John F. Regan on Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 09:07 pm:

CDO is right hand driven.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Harold Schwendeman - Sumner,WA on Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 12:38 am:

Boy! Ya' lost me on that one John! I realize you own a Curved dash Oldsmobile, so you'd certainly know, but not sure what you mean by "right hand driven"! I guess you'd steer with your right hand, as the guy in Herb's picture is steering with his right hand, but what little I know about curved dash Oldsmobiles, as far as I know, the pivot point for the "tiller" always seems to be located right in the center. Maybe you're talking about which side of the differential the drive chain is located on? Just wondering what you meant.

By the way, if I ever get back to the Chicago area to visit old friends, ( wife & I grew up in Franklin Park) I'd sure like to see your curved dash Oldsmobile! From what I've read about them, for as early as they were, they were reputed to be well built and pretty dependable.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Eric Hylen- Central Minnesota on Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 01:06 am:

Harold, if you sit on the left side of the CDO, you'll have to do some pretty fancy dancing to reach the pedals.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wayne Sheldon, Grass Valley, CA on Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 01:20 am:

If I recall correctly (I never owned one). The tiller is indeed mounted in the center of the Curved Dash Oldsmobile, but there is also a throttle control and a pedal (I believe brake). They are on the right side of the car, therefore, the car must be driven from the right hand side. SNOWDON'S behind the horse-drawn delivery is written correctly, so the photo has not been flipped.
Actually, most USA built cars were tiller steered before about 1902. Many tillers were mounted on the side by the driver's seat. Some front mounted tillers were center mount, some were offset onto the driver's side. Some country road type high wheelers had tillers as late as 1912 (including the Sears). Electric cars continued with tillers well into and through the '20s.
I do not recognize the car. I am fairly certain it is not a Rambler or an Autocar. I thought it may be a Knox. But I just looked in my Kimes and Clark Standard Catalog of American Cars. This appears to be the wrong type of tiller.
There must be fifty good possibilities. Any other guesses? That type of front was fairly common for only about three years.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Wayne Sheldon, Grass Valley, CA on Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 01:23 am:

I do type slow. Actually, I got interrupted about four times in that short piece. SOP around this place.
Thank you Eric H!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Harold Schwendeman - Sumner,WA on Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 01:36 am:

Ahhh,......pedal placement,.....right hand side! Got it! Thanks Eric and Wayne,.........harold


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dale Peterson on Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 02:21 am:

Back to the saddle horse, I was in northeastern Nicaragua a couple years ago and all the horses I saw there looked like that. Sort of smallish too. I thought the riders should be carrying the horse rather than the other way around!


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