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1917 Riker (Locomobile) big project

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That is a nice project Alan. It would be cool if you could find a Riker to put it in. 

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Are you missing the magneto Alan? I may have a few Eismann that may fit. If you get a better picture of the carburetor I may have one of those also. 


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Hello Tony,
I may be interested in magneto as I am missing the original magneto.  I do have a nice retored D4 Bosch and also a two spark Delco distributor that could work.  I will try to get and post a better picture of the original carb.  Do you have original Riker/Locomobile truck pieces?  I am hoping that someone on this forum will have or have seen some Riker pieces that can help this potential restoration of a true blue WW1 military truck.
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Stick with the D4 Bosch. The Caterpillar Twenty Eismann G4 mags I have are ten years newer than your motor and would need restoring. I have no other Riker/Locomobile truck pieces. Keep us posted on your progress. Thanks.


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Archie Crippen had a large collection of trucks in Fresno, California. When he passed away he left a truck of their choice to each family member, and the rest were auctioned off in 2009.  He had a Riker that appeared to be pretty complete. I don't know what became of it, but someone here may know. 

https://auctionpublicity.com/2009/07/10/archie-crippen-classic-trucks-go-to-auction/

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Thanks Jeff for the note on the Riker truck from Northern Calif.  Can anyone here on these forums head me in the right direction to locate the Riker mentioned above or any other chassis, axles or wheels?  Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Here is why Riker trucks are actually quite rare here in the US.  Most were built on Military contract and were shipped overseas to help out in the Great War.  This factory photo shows 150 Riker trucks in convoy going to Maryland to prep and ship across the pond.  The photographer must have been riding the Harley, lower left in the picture.
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Here is another picture of WW1 Riker military contact trucks getting ready for shipment overseas.  If you see or know of any running/chassis pieces that look like the ones in the pictures, pleasehttp://forums.justoldtrucks.com/uploads/images/07245a19-2a9b-49f3-bfc3-172.jpeg share a reference.
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Al, was your Riker engine a new old stock engine that was shipped and stored in that frame?  Is there more to its history of surviving a hundred years?

Also, Mr. Riker was chief engineer for Locomobile.  Does your Riker have any commonality with Locomobile engines?

Bruce


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