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  1. 15 points
    JUST REALIZED A MILESTONE - MY 4,000TH POST ON OUR FORUM. Ten Days short of Ten Years Since Joining, and averaging just over one post per day since that time, This is an appropriate time to take note, and for me to thank the many, many individuals who make our FORUM the exceptional interchange of information, expertise, experience, humor, and sharing. My vehicles show the benefit of your comments, as does my life. I've had the benefit of meeting many of you in person during our travels, on Tour, while Judging at our Meets, or just on vacation. Regrettably, I'll never have the experience of meeting most of you. We come together from many different walks of life, differing life and work experience, are geographically dispersed, chronologically varied in age from teens to nineties and possibly beyond, perhaps favor many differing types of vehicles, yet all contribute to the overall community, each in a special way. Some of us collect, or restore, or maintain, some broker or flip, and others may simply observe! - some prefer the technical aspects and others maybe not? - some restore simply for the end result, others are dedicated to the competitive aspects of Show/Meet/ Concourse, and still others are dedicated to literature or to the Tour/Driving portion of our lifestyle. The choice of era - Brass, Nickel, Glidden, Chrome, Tuner, etc - Four-wheeling, or Two (or three?)- gas, diesel, electric, hybrid- all of the above? ... but our dissimilarities make us all the more similar and comparable - and hopefully the collector vehicle community is better for that ! I simply want to thank all of you who make our FORUM the pleasant, safe, informative, educational, fun and enjoyable place it has become, and with proper guidance, will continue to be. With best regards to all with our wish for health and happiness for the holiday season and the new year, Marty
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    Fall is winding down here, and it actually snowed a little bit yesterday. It's certainly been cold! But today was another bright, crisp, sunny day and had a chance to get the 56 out for a breakfast run. After reading the positive review on this place on Sunday, Ed and I decided to meet here: When I pulled in I thought I was lucky to get this spot in front for a picture. But then I realized the place was closed on Tuesdays. Just my luck! So when Ed arrived we cruised over to another spot in town and got a nice parking spot right in front anyway. It was great to get the car out !
  3. 13 points
    Last week in Cyprus as winter approaches, tourists gone , be tucking up Ruby this week , so made the best of this week end , Saturday went to beach restaurant , but season finished , deserted , but still did a good omelette and fries. Today in U.K. Is Remembrance Day , Here in Cyprus the brits held a memorial service for the 400 British soldiers killed here in 50s and 60s by EOKA Greek terrorists. Ruby wore a poppy .Had a nice lunch in Turkish restaurant, fresh sea bass , starters and wine only $25 total , but obviously a bit sombre , my dad was 8th army in North Africa WW2, looked after Sherman tanks which were American. cheers pilgrim
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    That is a crying shame. I am constantly amazed at people who claim to be “car guys” and yet they don’t know or understand the mechanics of cars older than the 60s. Recently, I was asked, yet again, when I was going to put a SBC 350/auto in my 1929 Studebaker President. I asked why? I was then lectured on how any car older than the mid-60s is unusable unless the original drivetrain is upgraded to a SBC 350/auto. I informed the gentleman that I drive my 29 Studebaker everywhere it needs to go. I don’t own a truck and car trailer. I told him that the last tour I completed was a six day 1,000 mile tour that included driving my Studebaker over several mountain passes. He stated it was not possible and that he did not believe me and walked away. Here is a picture of my 1929 Studebaker at the summit of one of those passes with the elevation sign visible. I guess I must have faked the picture, according to some people, since it is not possible in a stock 1929 automobile. Also, another picture taken in the middle of nowhere with a snow covered Mount Shasta in background.
  5. 11 points
    Reflecting, giving thanks, and feeling very fortunate
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    Monday November 13, 2017 to Wednesday November 15, 2017: Front Fenders, Running Boards, Fender Lamps and Bumper Irons The past three days was all about getting the front fenders from the paint shop, transporting them home, prepping them and finally today installing them onto the car. Monday morning. At this point, I already picked up the passenger's side fender, and the driver's side is getting sanded in preparation for the machine polish. Tuesday morning, the fender was ready and I bought it home. You need two people to transport these things around. Especially after they are painted! Once back in my garage, I first measured the welting for the rear section. I used this really great double backed tape to affix the welt to the fender. This stuff is easily molded around the bends and curves and holds tight. I started the welting at the bottom, and slowly carried it around the bends. Here it is installed with the tape holding it firm. I think I went too far with it, but I'll custom trim it to fit the hood once I get to that point. Using this Copper-Eze, I ran a fender bolt into every hole to be sure they were all tapped, clean and wouldn't fight me. I did the five rear bolts that go into the body, the front five into the clip and the three that run through the chassis rail. This morning, all set up. I was waiting for John to come over to help me lift the fenders into position. First, we laid out all the fasteners so they were easily reached when holding the fender. Team lift. My car has three studs up front where the front fender support bolts to the chassis. I aimed for the studs and allowed the fender to rest there while I started running some bolts in. While John held the rear, I was able to start the front clip bolts. Only finger tight. Then got the five rear body bolts inserted, everything finger tight only. Repeat for the other side, then install the fender support iron loosely at the frame, while inserting the nut and bolt that secure it to the outer fender edge. Before tightening the fender support iron, we went to the other side and installed the same outer fender edge bolt. So, at this point, the only tight bolts are the outer fender bolt under the front lip of the fenders. Everything else is still finger tight. Then it was back and forth: Front support iron L and R, rear support iron L and R, front clip L side, then front clip R side, all 5 rear bolts L, then R and finally the three chassis bolts. (We had the entire front clip only "finger tight" before we started this fender installation so everything could move and line up as needed.) All told, there are 20 bolts that affix the fenders to the body: 5 into the body cage nuts at the rear of the fender 5 into the front clip 3 into the chassis 3 hold the front fender support iron to the frame (radiator frame) 1 into the outer edge fender support (that same front fender support iron) 2 hold the rear support iron to the firewall brackets 1 holds the front clip to the top of the fender where the hood drops down. Once the fenders were installed and tight, we moved on to the running boards. In a previous post, I went through the running board restoration and all the hardware used. We determined it was much easier to mount the chassis support irons first. So, we removed them from the underside of the running boards and secured the irons to the frame. Keeping everything loose under there, it was easy to get the running boards aligned to the car. Again, we installed the running boards, but kept the bolts only finger tight so I can make all final adjustments when I install the rear fenders. The restored running boards look great. They add so much to the car! I restored the fender lamps previously, so installation was a breeze. New rubber grommet and run the wire through the fender iron and into the engine compartment. It's really starting to look Buick! Classic And finally.... Starting with the original bumper support iron nuts and bolts, I was once again at the wire wheel..... And again, scrubbed in acetone, primed and painted gloss black. Slide the bumper rubber seals into position and align the iron to the chassis holes. Get everything aligned and bolted tight. Then I installed the Trippe Lights onto the bumper irons. I looked at them from every angle to be sure the lenses were at the same forward position, the same angle, the same distance from center..... And so, the day ends. Nice day. It's nice to be back! Have a great night out there! Gary
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    If I owned an old pickup, I would want it to look like this
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    How 'bout them Dawgs Elvis jealous because I’m watching some other Dawgs on tv
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    This is my 1954 Special. Original unrestored with 35,000 miles. My aunt bought this car new in 1954 and I got it from her in 1974 with 14,000 miles on it.
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    This gem was in an old family album.The McLaughlin-Buick belonged to my great great uncle (standing).My grandmother is the young lady seated.Taken ca.1917 near London,Ontario. Jim
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    AACA - Texas Region meeting at a member's "car barn" in Decatur, TX today - about 60 miles from home. It was a beautiful clear and cool day, so the meeting was well attended and a number of members drove their club cars. Hope you enjoy the photos of some of the cars.
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    I was looking through old files when I got that '50 Woody picture out yesterday and found these to share. Bill Antelli owned this 1932 Model 90 from age 15 until he passed away about 2 years ago. These are from the day I helped his start it after much restoration work. We got him to bring it, unfinished, to our Chapter's 2005 BCA Nationals. Bill, Scott Heise, and I used to pile into my '60 and have lunch at one of the restaurants where the owners had excellent taste in waitresses. Scott and I had lunch there last week. We miss Bill.
  14. 9 points
    This is my favorite of all! Wife: "Gary, what the heck are you doing? We have to be at the party in 10 minutes!" Gary (dressed in his tux and immaculate dress shoes), "Just a minute, darling, I'm just putting a fender on the Buick!"
  15. 9 points
    Drove my 67 LeSabre to the local Lowes today to get a new humidifier. If you don't have a truck, you need a car with a real trunk to go to Lowes.
  16. 9 points
    I had that exact thing happen, except with a WHOLE CAR. The guy placed THREE separate bids at three separate times and then E-mailed to say that "he thought it was a different car." YOU BID THREE TIMES, DUMBASS! On a car with nearly 100 photos! With the year, make, and model right in the header! And a 1200-word description where the year, make, and model are mentioned multiple times. I let him off the hook, but I did point out how stupid he was, both in an E-mail message to him and in the "reason for canceling bid" which was "Sadly, this guy is too dumb to be allowed to own a car," which is sent to him, as well. I didn't hear back from him, so I assume he agreed with my assessment. People on Ebay are shockingly stupid. It makes me weep for our country, because they represent a significant fraction of the rest of the population. Whenever I think I've met the dumbest person I can imagine, a challenger appears. I'm particularly amazed that such stupid people are able to earn enough money to purchase a car. I'm done being nice to idiots. Being stupid should hurt.
  17. 9 points
    We took our 68 Riviera to the Carolina Collector Auto Fest car show in Raleigh, NC this past weekend. We took home the "Best Buick" trophy. We went home pretty pleased with ourselves and the Riviera. (yes that 1970 Cuda convertible next to us is fully restored and is gorgeous!)
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    One of my '65 Riviera Gran Sports
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    Wonderful cars and superb photographs in this topic, which I had previously overlooked. Adding my 1959 Electra:
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    My 1956 Buick Model 63. Original and unrestored.
  22. 8 points
    Bit of a Christmas Vacation moment...
  23. 8 points
    Being a hopelessly devoted member of the Brass Era Car fraternity, I am often shocked to find the same attitude towards the driveability/reliability of these cars coming from fellow antique car owners of the 30's-50's. Many years ago while participating in the AACA 50th anniversary tour out of Valley Forge, PA I had an amusing experience. We had finished the days touring and a group of us had retired to the parking lot lounge for a few adult beverages and some BS time. I was reclining on the running board of my 1913 Jeffery, which was a virtually completely original car, when a fellow walked up and asked if that was my car (BTW - I was still under 30 years of age at that time and there were those that seemed disturbed by such young guys owning "really old" cars). I responded that it was indeed my car. The fellow responded that he had been told that I had actually driven the car from home to the tour and wanted to know if it was true, and if so where was I from. After learning that I had indeed driven the car the 150 or so miles from home, mostly down the PA Turnpike no less, he made the statement that it just shows why "kids" shouldn't own antique cars and started to walk away. I asked him if he had a car on the tour, and he proudly stated that he did, a Model 'A' roadster. I asked him where he was from and if he trailered it to the tour site. His response: "Of course I trailered it here and I'm from Cherry Hill!" (Cherry Hill, NJ is just across the river from Philadelphia). The laughter this elicited from the assembled group was still going on as his back disappeared from view. I am obviously from the school of keep 'em stock and drive 'em too. I went it one better and ran the AACA 75th anniversary tour in my 1907 Franklin. Guess that one would have really upset the Model 'A' guy too.
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    Today, I spent most of the day at a local car show. I am one of the two local AACA members who run this local show for a local non-profit organization. I drove my 1937 to the show. We also had two other local 1937 Buicks and a local 1935 Buick among the 124 cars at the show.
  27. 8 points
    that whole post talks about investments and cars as the things to buy to make $. I worked my whole life to buy an old car(s) because they give me pleasure to look at, drive, smell (leather, old mohair etc) and yes work on as well. The satisfaction of pride of ownership, and that an 80+ year old car (I collect pre war) can still go down the road as it was made to I think is the reason most of us collect and own the cars we have. They have survived scrap drives, abuse, harsh weather conditions , neglect, but yet here they still are and here we are as caretakers. That article addresses none of that. Everyone has things that they do or own that make them feel at the end of the day. Old cars are what do it for us. I live right next to (for over 60 years) one of the major horse race tracks in the USA, the site of the third and final race of the annual Triple Crown of racing, people say to me "you must be there all the time" I tell them, I have been there exactly 4 times, and each time was to celebrate some historic anniversary. I have never placed a bet, wouldn't know how to. They are taken aback when I say that and start to shake their head in wonder when I then add "I'd rather spend my $ on a rusty old car part, old toy or some period car literature" My personal investment in old or collectible cars is because it makes me feel good as well as a lot of other people who I may take for a ride, or wave at when they stare as I drive by. You can't put a price on a smile on someones face including mine.
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    I continue to be shocked by people with garages full of toy cars complaining about the $50-100 it takes to belong to a club catering to those cars. Seriously? But to go back to the original subject and how to get new members, I don't think there's any single answer. People aren't trying the club and deciding it isn't for them; they're just not bothering. Making it cheaper or changing the magazine or how cars are arranged at shows or who does the judging won't shift membership numbers in a notable way. I think I have a better view than most into the demographics and motivations of today's hobbyists and the truth is, we all gravitate towards cars that not only interest us, but cars that have an emotional connection. My father drove a 1941 Buick when I was a kid, so that's what I collect. I was exposed to the Full Classics as a child so those are what I aspired to when I grew older. My father had a 1968 Camaro SS396 convertible when I was a kid (he bought it new) but all I recall of that car was that we called it "the clunker." I don't care for muscle cars, although they're closer to what my generation might have connected with. It's all about exposure, and usually at a young age. What I'm saying is that when a 30- or 40-something walks into my shop and says he's thinking about getting an "old" car, he's initially pretty open. My first move is usually to show him a flathead V8 Ford. Good performance, good looks, fun to drive, good club support, good parts availability, and reasonably priced. Then they ask me about horsepower and speed and I say, "Well, about 100 horsepower and 60 MPH." Their eyes glaze over and they wander over and look at the 1969 Camaro or 1966 GTO or 2007 Corvette sitting on the other side of the showroom. There's no touchstone there, no connection to cars of the '30s and '40s, but even if they weren't around in the '60s, they can at least understand those cars and know they have modern performance. It is a very, VERY hard proposition to make to younger people. They have no frame of reference, no understanding that going fast and getting there quickly isn't the point. Hell, I just sold a 1993 Cadillac Allante to a couple, and the wife was losing her mind that it didn't have side airbags and automatic braking protection and a back-up camera and all the other safety stuff that comes on a modern car. Get over yourself, lady. The world isn't that dangerous. But she literally thought that it was unsafe to drive a car without those things. How to combat that kind of thinking? When I take my 1929 Cadillac to the local cruise night, people are flat-out FLABBERGASTED that I'm actually able to, you know, drive it. The next guy who says it should have a big block Chevy in it "just so you can use it" is going to get punched. Larry has exactly the right idea by putting his older vehicles in front of people and actually letting them experience it first hand. That's why I take the old cars to the cruise nights so people can see that they work like real cars. When I tell them that my '41 Buick will cruise all day at 65 MPH, they're flat-out stunned. A great many "car guys" still think cars older than the 1950s went about 25 MPH and were miserable to drive and always overheat and are hard to start with 6 volt electrical systems. When they see these old cars out and about, it changes their perspective a bit. When they see my 1929 Cadillac starting in less than a second and idling almost silently, they're impressed. A light goes on and they start to understand. The thing to remember is that most car guys (present company excepted) don't have any vision, imagination, or courage. A red 1970 Chevelle SS is safe. Nobody's going to criticize that choice. Same with a 1969 Camaro or a 1966 Mustang. They know those cars are OK because all their buddies have those cars, too. But asking them to go outside that comfort zone is very, very difficult. Not only don't they understand the cars outsize their zone, but they're afraid that their peer group will criticize the decision. I know most aren't in love with the cars they own (else I wouldn't have a showroom full of them) but they do feel comfortable in that "zone of mediocrity." And that's really all they want. They don't really know their cars are garden-variety but they probably don't care, either. Exposing outsiders who are already car guys to cars that they never would have considered is probably the best avenue for growing the ranks. It's still a huge uphill battle, but when those guys see something they wouldn't in a million years have even considered owning and see that they like it, maybe a fire is lit. They're already car guys, they just need to expand their horizons a bit. If you can show them that a truly old car can be usable and fun, not a handicap and a death-trap, maybe those perceptions start to change. But that's a big battle and it involves getting the cars out and using them outside of the BCA. I drive my old cars to work every day. We take them to dinner and park them in the parking lot like any other car. I drive them in the rain. It's 18 degrees and snowing today yet I drove the '41 Limited to work so I can install my new fog lights. I am USING MY CAR AS A CAR. And that, above all else, is what I think the great many people don't understand about old cars--they are still functional as cars, not static art. But unless everyone gets out and starts using them, there's no proof. Instead, we hide them in garages, shuttle them around in enclosed trailers, and go to shows where we're already preaching to the choir. In the same way that most car guys are narrowly focused in the "zone of mediocrity" members of most clubs are insulated by the club itself. It's awesome to go to a BCA event--hell, I felt like a celebrity driving that '41 Limited onto the field in Allentown because BCA people know it's an amazing car. The public, however, just sees a big, frumpy old car that they think is going to hold them up in traffic. But if they see it blasting along on the highway with a happy family inside, if they see it at muscle car/late model shows with the hood open and showing of the state-of-the-art dual carb engine, and the see it starting, idling, and just acting like a real car, then maybe a seed is planted. This is a lot of words. The problem isn't the club or how it's run, it's the public that has no connection to these cars. And the only way to connect them to these cars is to actually connect them with the cars. Drive them. Show them in non-club events. Be receptive to any curiosity at a gas station, no matter who it might be (that African-American kid with the loud stereo and 24-inch wheels on his Caprice is probably more into your old car than the white suburban teenager with a new Honda). I'm sure this has all been said before, but in my business, all I see are people who just don't get it and those people make up 90% of the hobby. They simply don't know any better.
  30. 7 points
    Out moving vehicles around to work on them yesterday. Also first day the snow stayed on the ground.
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    More fun than a barrel of monkeys. Buick inline 8 powered speedster.
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    Probably one of the last weekends before the winter sets in so took advantage of the dry weather and stopped for a photo oportunity.
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    Indeed, Christmas did come early for a certain early Buick enthusiast out in Doo Dah, America. The 1916 D-45 does not have a heater in it, so to keep warm during cold weather jaunts a person, or persons, needed a lap robe. Well, Barbara asked me last Spring if we might be needing a nice lap robe for cold weather motoring in an open bodied car. She told me that she was going to make one for the car. The colors and the pattern she found in some old magazine dating from the middle teens and then she went to work on making this robe for us to use in cold weather driving. Now, the car does have a full set of side curtains, but this just keeps the wind out of the car. They really do not do that much toward keeping the passengers warm. Barbara is a buyer of hardware for an aerospace manufacturing supplier in Wichita, Kansas. She works with computers every day all day long and her stress reliever is working with needles and thread. So, after about 150 hours of playing with the material, here is the result of her work. She tells me that she is going to make one for the 1920 and 1922 Coupes. Different colors and patterns of course and she was very quick to let me know that she does not hire out on making these. She tells me that anyone else could not afford her work on one of these. So, here it is for the early, open Buick enthusiasts to check out and enjoy. Almost forgot an important detail - the robe is 52 inches X 76 inches. Terry Wiegand Doo Dah, America
  36. 7 points
    Remembering a special visit. July 9th 2013. These fine fellows graced my humble abode with their presence. The four Aussies. Ben
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    Wishing a HAPPY THANKSGIVING to those who celebrate it now, or at any time! I hope you have a great day with your family and friends, and I hope you can steal some time with one of your favorite toys!
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    A Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to all my comrades here on the best Buick forum going, may your day be filled with Thanks and Giving!
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    Wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to all here on our FORUM, and to all your extended families. Looking forward to all of us having the opportunity to share our great hobby
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    Thursday November 23, 2017: H A P P Y T H A N K S G I V I N G !! From my Family to You and Yours Best wishes for a Blessed Thanksgiving! Enjoy the day Gary
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    Just brought home a 1937 Lincoln V12 Willoughby Limousine. Am charging the battery and checking fluids before starting it. Seems that all is well. Appears to be a survivor in great condition. It was used by the American Ambassador in Sydney Austraila in WWII. General Douglass MacArthur used it. Looking under the seat cushions for his corn-cob pipe. I very much like the coach-built cars. One of 60 made. A massive car at three tons weight, with a 145-inch wheelbase and is about 6 foot 2" tall, like me, <grin> The engine is a work of art. Regarding the weight, I pulled it home on a triple axle trailer with my diesel dually pickup and could feel the weight! Picture of my good friend, Jeff Knowles. He was Truett Cathy's car manager and this was one of his absolute favorites. My dog. Xander wants a ride in the back. I love BIG. Will get more pictures later, but here is a start! BTW Can't find the AACA Willoughby Thread!! <grin>
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    Spent a good amoutn of time on Thursday night putting this cool 1969 GS 400 back on its feet and took it for a drive on Friday when it was sunny and dry. What a great car! Smooth, powerful, fun to drive with the 4-speed and a burly 455 under the hood. We upgraded the wheels/tires (it had some goofball '80s Centerlines on it) and adjusted the ride height because it looked like it just came off the drag strip in 1981, and now it runs and drives like a Buick should. Also reinstalled the stock GS ram air air cleaner on the engine so it looks right. Smooth, comfortable, solid. Not exactly quiet with that 525 horsepower motor, but not crude in the least. I'm very pleased with the car in every way. Someone's going to get something AWESOME--if this was a Chevelle or a GTO, I could sell it for $60,000. Buicks are half price for reasons I don't understand. Just another reminder why I love Buicks. They just feel different.
  43. 7 points
    He bought his two classic cars — a 1986 BMW M6 and a 1986 Porsche 911 Cabriolet... Fortunately, the values of "classic" 1986 cars are not the sole indicator of the entire collector car market. I have often told my clients that expecting your collector car to get more valuable each year is as foolish as expecting the souvenirs you bought at Disney to get more valuable when you get home. HOWEVER, most genuine collector-grade cars (not simply old cars or cars that have merely been lucky enough to survive for three or four decades) will typically hold their value and you can usually sell them for about what you paid. Few will pay you back for your repairs, storage, insurance, tires, and other factors that go with owning an old car, but if you paid $35,000 for it five years ago, you can probably turn it into $35,000 today. A lot of guys figure that whatever they "have into" a car is what it's worth and that merely getting older means the cars are also getting more valuable, which is what drives articles like this one. That is not true in 95% of the cases. Still, I ask you: what other hobby allows you to buy the hobby item, enjoy it for an indefinite period of time, sell it, and get most of your money back? Golf clubs? Boats? Guitars? RVs? Skiing? Video Games? No. Collector cars remain one of the very few places you can safely park some money for an indefinite period of time and still turn it back into a similar pile of money when you're done playing. And barring some catastrophic financial event like 2008, it tends to stay that way regardless of what other market forces do. Like most "investments" there are some that perform and some that are losers and some that stay the same. Your parents probably thought highly of GM stock or the phone company, not because they were getting rich but because they could count on them to not lose value. You see these factors in the stock market daily, so it's not unique to the collector car world. I don't think the Ferrari market can continue on its current trajectory. Early 911 Porsches bringing six- and seven-figure price tags probably can't continue, there are just too many of them. I think the mini car thing is almost over. Pagoda Mercedes SLs are peaking. Toyota Land Cruisers have faded like the Cleveland Indians in the playoffs. Hemi Fever is DEFINITELY over. But those are all operating on the fringes of the hobby. If we consider ourselves the bulk of the hobby, meaning modest cars purchased with modest means, then it remains pretty stable. Sadly, that also means your Model A will never get more valuable than it is today so it's best to go out and enjoy. It's impossible to say what "the market" is doing in regards to old cars, a question I get almost daily. Some segments are strong, some are soft, some are dead. I suspect it has always been thus.
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    Sorry to be critical of the article, but I think it's a shallow, valueless piece written by a newswoman who knows nothing about cars, and who just had an assignment to fulfill. And the whole tone of the piece sees cars as commodities, missing the whole point of ownership. If Miss or Mrs. Verhage, the author, could spend a day with a long-term hobbyist, take a scenic ride in an old car, meet the family that has owned the car for 20 years, go to a club event where she would see the camaraderie the hobby offers, she would get a far more realistic picture. She would then stop thinking of cars as statistics. Maybe then she'd even want to get an old car for her family. There's far more to antique cars than tracking money.
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    RED (Remember Everyone Deployed) Friday HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARINES and don’t forget Veterans Day tomorrow
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    An original car is what I really like. I know a fellow that has show quality cars, a Rolls, Bentley, Buick all in the late 20’s and a Cord. He saw the Studebaker and asked me how often I drove it. The answer was every chance I can, I’ve put about 4500 miles on it in the last two years or so. I asked how many miles he had but on his and his answer was less than 10 miles each in the 10+ years he owned them. Then he said he wished he had a driver like mine. What a shame to just keep them in a garage or only on a show field. I don’t think mine would ever be allowed to on a show field even in a survivor class from what I’ve seen called a survivor. The judges would probably have a heart attack or die laughing. That’s ( the laughs not the heart attack ) perfectly ok with me. I’m 71 the beast is 80 (made Aug 27 1937) and I’m sure it is going to out last me so I’m going to drive it, enjoy it and not give a damn if anyone else thinks that’s wrong because it’s mine not theirs. Have fun. Dave S
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    November 24, 2017 update Well, I was overly optimistic. The car did not get painted 2 weeks ago, but the doors, tailgate and hood got painted on Wednesday, the day before US Thanksgiving: I think the color looks great! Back in my garage, I continue to rebuild, repair and prepare parts for assembly. Here is an assembled, rear-view, fender-mounted mirror. I think these are SO cool. I made patch panels to replace the rusted sections of the instrument panel pad carrier: Patch panels clamped in place and almost ready for welding The seat covers and door/quarter trim panels are in typical "desert" car condition. Brittle vinyl, separated seams and shrunken parts are making it quite challenging to get good sew patterns. Tail light lenses cleaned and polished, getting ready to install new sockets for the tail lights and backup lamps. Heater control lenses were disassembled, old paint removed, repainted, polished and re-assembled. Here are the polished lenses before assembly: More soon!
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    We went shopping yesterday and it was a nice cool day. I took this picture of our car as it is about a tear after it was painted. This car has never been apart and even when it was painted it was just sanded and carefully masked and sprayed with single stage paint, no clear. Nothing was taken off except the tail light lenses. It runs like brand new, we use it daily.
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    Since we are way off base [ I think? ] from where we started this thread, I thought I would insert this little bit of FWIW info 1978 prices converted to today's dollars. Why '78? 'cause that is the Bugle copy I plucked off the shelf. 1978 2017/2018 BCA membership = $12.00 $46.68 $50.00 1978 West Coast Buick Meet/Show Denver National Registration, per car= $8.00 $32.12 $40.00 Rooms/double $29.00 $112.81 $115.00 From their web site today Banquet per person $10.00 $39.90 $60.00 Used an online calculator. Not vouching for accuracy. By the way, August 1978 Bugle is a B/W 24 page magazine, only 2/3rds the size of today's. Ben