Category Archives: Maxwell

This is a collection of posts related to the cross country trip in a 1917 Maxwell.

Visit the Maxwell Chronicles for video clips of the adventure.

Day 3 transcontinental run

The weather was terrific today. Sunny and low 70’s as we drove along Rt40 West. We made it as far as Indianapolis. We also solved the engine knock / tap noise and are thrilled the Maxwell sounds and runs better. Be sure to check out the Maxwell Chronicles page for today’s pictures and a couple of videos.

We were in Indianapolis when the weather turned bad with hard rain and dropping temperatures so we left the Maxwell at the shop where repairs were done. Ate dinner at the Olive Garden (after missing lunch) and called it a night.

Chambridge City Indiana
Chambridge City Indiana

Day 2 transcontinental run

It has been a long busy day and we are all beat.  John and Doug are already asleep and I have been working on uploading pictures and videos from today’s adventures. We did land in Springfield Ohio, a little shorter than our goal, but we are making progress. Please go to the Maxwell Chronicles to see more details. We also learned we made the front page of the News Times today.  Cool.

early morning prep for today’s leg. lubed, oiled and greased up the Maxwell

Day 1 transcontinental run

It has been a long day but exciting. We left 544 Broad street at 6:30 AM in hopes of avoiding some traffic. ha ha that did not happen and the trip down US1 to Pennsylvania was painfully slow with many lights and lots of traffic.  We also had a tire go bad and hit rain. We only did 225 miles today and stopped at Chambersburg for the night. We hope to make up some time as the adventure continues. Visit the Maxwell Chronicles for a small sample of the pictures and video taken.



Cross country trip in a Maxwell – November update

We are just about a week away from the start of the celebration of history with a transcontinental trip in a Maxwell. Today we did more road testing. The Maxwell is running great. We added a couple of short videos on our Maxwell Chronicles webpage. Be sure to go for a ride with us in the Maxwell by watching the videos.

June Tuthill Bassemir the daughter of CW Tuthill


A heart filled thank you to many many folks that have gotten us to this point. Your technical expertise, your words of encouragement, the loaned parts, your offers to help, and of course those generous financial contributions that help defray our expenses. You are all part of Team Maxwell.  We hope to make you (and CW Tuthill) proud.

The next planned posting will be when we are on the road (and able to get internet coverage).

Rich / Doug

Cross country trip in a Maxwell – October update

We are just a couple weeks away from our planned departure (November 16).  In October we got a lot done and we started road testing the Maxwell. We fixed a leaking radiator and working on tuning the carburetor and ignition.  In October we also added a new top.  Several pictures and videos can be seen on our Maxwell Chronicles page.


A new oil leak has surfaced this weekend. We are investigating the cause. Here is a video of the problem. If any of you folks have seen this before or have advice, drop us a line.

Interesting look at the pulley removed shows an unusual machined surface on the inside of the pulley.


It is good this problem surfaced now and not when we are on the road.

Team Maxwell

Road trip schedule update

Hello all,

The “launch” is fast approaching as we continue to prep the Maxwell for the trip. Since our last update we had the top installed by Rob.


The radiator has been rebuilt to repair a leak and Coker Tires has donated a tire cover for our spare. Our punch list is getting shorter.

We have also worked some more on our route and schedule. Of course it is subject to change once on the road but many of you have been asking when we will be passing through their town.

Day 1 – Newark, NJ to Laughlintown, PA – 320 miles
Day 2 – Laughlintown, PA to New Paris, OH – 327 miles
Day 3 – New Paris, OH to St Louis, MO – 321 miles
Day 4 – St Louis, MO to Emporia, KS – 358 miles
Day 5 – Emporia, KS to Lamar, CO – 380 miles
Day 6 – Lamar, CO to Santa Fe, NM – 330 miles
Day 7 – Santa Fe, NM to Springerville, AZ – 297 miles
Day 8 – Springerville, AZ to Grand Canyon, AZ – 253 miles
Day 9 – Grand Canyon, AZ to Needles, CA – 240 miles
Day 10 – Needles, CA to Los Angeles, CA – 286 miles
More pictures and information is on our Maxwell Chronicles page.