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Ropkey Armor Museum -
This museum permanently closed
on July 31, 2017. I will keep this webpage open for history
purposes. DDJ 11-14-2017
The Ropkey Armor Museum is
located at the Ropkey residence about 30 minutes west of Indianapolis
just off of I-74. The late Fred Ropkey had been collecting armor for a least 50
years and now has one of the finest private collections in the world,
which is open to the public most of the year on weekdays. Within
Fred's pristine collection we were able to find the Delco-Remy components
below that helped win WWII.
This WWII era Cadillac engine has both a DR Starter
and Distributor on
it. Cadillac produced 10,663 M5 Tanks during WWII at not only its
Detroit Plant but at the BOP plant in South Gate, CA. Each M5 tank
had two Cadillac V8 engines so Delco-Remy would have provided at least
21,326 distributors, coils, DC generators and starters for the tanks.
It is unknown whether Delco Batteries also came as part of the DR package
Here one can see the Delco-Remy Starter in the
lower left and the Distributor on the top of the engine. The coil
and DC generator are missing.
The starter looks to be Delco-Remy Model
Number 1108118 and Serial number 1430.
From this view the Delco-Remy distributor with
DR tag is plainly visible.
The DR tag on this shows it being Model Number
1110611 and Serial Number 19672.
Here one can view the lubricator cap. Before self lubricating
bearings and bushings oil needed to be added periodically to the
distributor, probably at oil change time.
Cadillac and Massey-Harris produced 4,731
M24 Chaffee tanks during WWII, so again Delco-Remy would have produced twice this number of
electrical components plus spares for the war effort.