Archive | November, 2012

Jay Leno describes his own 1909 Baker Electric

20 Nov

Television talk show host and vintage car collector Jay Leno describes his 1909 Baker Electric in this Youtube video:

 

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Bells and wheels

13 Nov

Now that the Baker is in the shop, Sean Crimmins had the opportunity to take a closer look underneath the floorboards:

While taking a look  underneath, Sean was able to locate the bell and relay, which was used like a modern day car horn. The anti-slip foot-step with the Baker logo molded in place is made from rubber.

Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum board President, Mike DiGiacomio was at the Aerodrome this weekend helping out at one of our fall volunteer work parties to button up the Aerodrome for the winter.  He also visited the Baker Electric with his family while at the museum.  Here he is with his wife JoAnn and their son Anson, who recently celebrated his first birthday and already loves old aeroplanes and cars…smart kid!

Last photo for today…One of the Baker hubcaps with the Baker logo stamped in place.

Photos from the turn of the century…

9 Nov

Here are a couple of photos from the turn of the century…I’m talking about this century!  These were taken right around 2000 at Old Rhinebeck when the Baker had been prominently featured in the shows. 

Sarah Ulfik and Janet Traweek help bring us back to 1911 or so with their vintage fashions.

Baker in the shop

5 Nov

Sean Crimmins provided the following photos, which he shot yesterday.  The Baker is now in its winter home in the Fokker hangar at Old Rhinebeck along with a few other projects that will receive attention during the winter break.  These include a re-cover of the tail surfaces of the Aerodrome’s 1910 Hanriot, and work to get the Aerodrome’s Ural motorcycle and side-car back into operating condition.

Here’s a closer look at the Baker in the shop:

Detail of the driver’s seat within the electric car. Note the tiller steering!

Detail of the interior upholstery on one of the doors:

The floorboards of the electric car can be removed to give upper access to the motor/resistor assembly.

The different “gear speeds” within the electric car consist of a lever that changes the resistance of the charge going to the motor. There appears to be 3 forward positions and three reverse positions.

Detail of the electric motor/resistor assembly. The driveshaft turns a regular differential to spin the wheels.

Baker back on airfield…a closer look at the machine

4 Nov

After a safe trip down the parking lot hill, the Baker returned to the Airfield side of the Aerodrome.  Here are a few photos that were snapped just as the crew took a quick break.

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Inside:  Needs some cleaning and upholstery work.  The tiller is retractable and can be seen to the left of the blue X.

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Sean lifts one of the two hoods to reveal the location where the batteries are stored.  The Baker uses eight 6-volt batteries with four stored under this hood and four stored on the opposite end of the car, which has an identical hood.

Here’s a closer look under both hoods:

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Out of storage in October 2012!

4 Nov

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While buttoning things up for winter in NY at the end of 2012 the season, Sean Crimmins, Patrick Walker and Mike Traficanti moved the Baker out of museum storage to have it accessible to work on over the winter.  Here are a few photos of the move:

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While the Baker appears to be towing the John Deere, the rope was actually being used to prevent the Baker from rolling down the Aerodrome’s parking lot hill too fast.

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Sean steers the Baker with a tiller (the Baker had a tiller instead of a steering wheel), and Patrick Walker mans the tractor. The trees show what fall looks like in the Hudson Valley, just after peak.

 

Making it happen!

4 Nov

Sean Crimmins is heading up the project and has been largely responsible for getting a number of the Aerodrome’s vehicles back “on their wheels” and in use in the shows over the past couple of years.  Here’s Sean with the Packard Moving Van, which had not been used for several years until Sean came into the picture to get it running  again.

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Sean is a man with a ton of enthusiasm for these early machines, and he makes thing happen.  The Aerodrome is fortunate to have him on the team.  He’s also a gifted musician and song-writer.

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Below, Sean (right) assists another gifted volunteer mechanic at the Aerodrome, Kurt Muller (left) in getting the Aerodrome’s American La France firetruck running. That’s me in the middle pretending to get my hands dirty for a photo-op!

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