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About tomcarnut

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  1. Had a younger friend over to crank my 1911 Model T Ford. Taught him to drive it. Also fired up the 1912 McLaughlin Buick. He also drove it catching on to the double clutch quickly. Taking the T to Auburn. Hope to drive it around town Friday to see the ACD Museum after parking the my HPOF 1984 Tioga Motorhome I use to tow the T and other brass stuff. Also in the process of getting 6 of my cars running for my daughters wedding in June. The 36 Ford is next with a 40 year issue missing or not starting when hot. Probably going to give up and put on a modern 6 volt electronic distributor. Next weekend is tour in Eastern Cincinnati with 12 Clubs including our local AACA with 200 cars on four different routes starting with cars with coffee and ending 5 hours later with a cruise in. Taking the 70 Vette and letting my cranking friend drive the 67 Camaro. Tom Muth Cincinnati, Ohio
  2. West is also a member of our local AACA Southern Ohio Chapter. He has been on several tours with his family in his nice Packard and brought in few members too. We are very lucky indeed to have him as our editor of the Antique Automobile. Tom Muth Cincinnati, Ohio
  3. I look at Hemmings Ads online public site about every day. I found my 1912 McLaughlin Buick online about 13 years ago. My dad subscripted for years as did I after leaving home in the 80's. I now get Hemmings Classic Car and just sent in a subscription for the Hard copy of Hemmings as I enjoy the articles in it and can pass along to young friends along with having access to the online version. I decided to sign up as a I my source of hand me down hard copy moved away. I missed reading the auction reports and other articles. Tom Muth Cincinnati, Ohio
  4. Thanks all to the reply's from this old post. I ended up using Autozone conventional Green (inorganic) with distilled water. The 36 Ford and 57 TBird had no issues so far. The 1911 Ford had some serious coolant leak out somewhere over the winter but seems fine now. I think it was at a hose connection. I did check the oil for coolant but seemed fine. I added coolant and started it this weekend and no leaks yet but have not checked since cool down. The 1912 Buick had some very small leaks somewhere over the winter. This car had a ground up restoration about 20 years ago but never sorted out. Have not attempted to start as it had some carb issues the last time about 8 years ago. Tom Muth
  5. Finally got my AACA magazine last night a week later than the rest of you. I agree very much with Tom on the issues of getting new members. I grew up in the hobby with brass and prewar cars but liked stuff my class mates like too being cars of 60's and 70's we could afford. In 1980, I bought my first car a 66 Chevy Impala convt with 25000 miles, original paint, top, interior and spare tire in trunk for a third of the price of a new car in 1980. I was able to park it away and drive only on weekends and some tours with the local Canton Chapter AACA. Did not get any grief as they knew I purchased it from an older member of the club. That member had brass cars in his younger day including 1911 White he drove to Reno from Ohio and back in 1958. I just read about this trip in an Horseless Carriage Gazette from that year. Bill Harrah(Jay Leno of that period) was of course very involved with Reno Tour. In the same magazine is several pictures of Classic(CCCA defined cars) at meetings, shows and the for sale section along with more common cars like Fords from the 1930's. Hey, they were just 20-30 year old "used cars" in 1958. Later in the late 1980's I joined the Southern Chapter AACA and did a few events where I would hear the "used car" term at show or tours when I bought a 1970 Corvette and drove it or the Impala. It pissed me off then and still does. The same old farts that said those things while in their 30's cars now drive the 60 or 70's cars. While I have four brass cars now ranging from 1909 - 1912 one of which I plan to bring to Auburn, a 36 Ford and 48 Caddy, I also have a 1996 Buick Roadmaster my Dad bought new and is low mileage. I took it on a local tour last summer( wife liked the AC) and plan to show it in four years maybe for regular judging or HPOF. As it has the tow package, I use it to tow the brass cars along with my HPOF original 1984 Ford Tioga motorhome. (Got some grief from the guy next to me in HPOF 20's Buick roadster with my old (Cusin Eddie Motorhome) at Auburn a few years ago) At the same meet, I met a young man from our area with 1989 Caddy Deville all original that he got his first Junior. He was very excited and took it out west to get a Senior and later joined us on some local tours. The point is we need to encourage any way we can the youth interest in cars. I always let kids sit in my brass cars and let them blow the bulb horn and take as many that want for rides. We have neighbor kid now in college that inherited a 1970 Torino from his grandfather. I am always on him and other neighbors with old cars to join us on tours with some success. I also have recruited a few members in our area from this forum. One in fact who joined came to many of our tours last year and is coming this Sunday for lunch meeting. I am very upbeat on the hobby and recruit members for other Ohio Region Chapters all the time all over Ohio from my business contacts that take me all over the state. The point is we need to look at multiple avenues of recruitment. In my opinion, tours are a way to get the whole family involved more so that shows. Those family members not so interested in cars can see some neat places in their area and have some ice cream. By the way, I hope to get that first car, the 66 Impala that is as nice now as in 1980 but with additional 25000 tour driven miles to the Huntington WVA meet for an HPOF certification. We will see if this "used car" is good enough. Tom Muth Cincinnati, Ohio
  6. Let me throw in my two cents. A friend who is died a couple years ago did this in the 1990's in a purple 1929ish Marmon sedan. He put a F250 Manual tranny in it. He showed us a movie of the adventure. He was sick most of the trip after eating something bad early on and laid in the back seat leaving the driving to his partner. A closed car would be best with extreme conditions. Tom Muth
  7. I would look for another car. Manuals were rare accounting for a small percent of T Birds in 57. A lot of guys like myself prefer the stick and better yet overdrive. With all the T birds for sale their are plenty with an automatic. Good Luck, Tom Muth Cincinnati, Ohio
  8. Victoria, I always enjoy your post since I am dealing with some of the same issues. My father died a little over a year ago and my mother has declined rapidly with Alzheimer's. I am very blessed that I do not have to deal with financial aspects that you have had to deal with. Dad willed me six collector cars ranging from a 1911 Ford to a 1996 Buick Roadmaster. Since I have five collector cars, it took some time to make room for Dad's. We were able to take my Mom on several tours in couple of their cars last year. She also got a couple rides in the 1911 Model T Ford. She has trouble feeding herself now and can not carry on a conversation. While waiting with her for a doctors appointment last week, I was showing her pictures of Dad's cars. She did not say anything until she saw the 1911 and said Model T. Yesterday I showed her letters from several of their local AACA club members that have written to her several times over the last year. Until recently, she remembered all of them. The point of my comments is the friendships you develop in the car hobby can be long lasting. My parents along with myself and my wife loved and still love going on tours. I do a few shows but prefer driving back country roads seeing others car collections, historical places in between stops at cool diners and ice cream parlors. A 59 Ford retract is great car for touring. A friend who is now 95 drove one back to Ohio from California for another friend in the 1970's. He loved the drive with top down most of the way. They can ride at highway speeds to get to tours and have plenty of room for luggage on overnight trips. AACA and VMCCA have local clubs that do seasonal monthly tours. They also have national weeklong tours around the country. While the hobby is dominated by mostly guys, we have few ladies in our local clubs. One grew up like you with old cars with her father. Two others are widows that have stayed involved with hobby after the passing of their husbands. In fact one has been posting several car events in Florida this past week on Facebook while visiting some snowbird car friends from Cincinnati. One of my Dad's cars is 1957 Ford T Bird with 24000 miles he bought new and brought me home in 1958 and other than a trip in 1957 to Colorado, never seen rain. It runs like a new car. Yes it is worth about the same as your retract given its condition. I plan to put on new tires(two are original recaps) and drive it some on local tours and maybe take it to an AACA meet like Auburn to get an HPOF certification. Weather it is the 1911 Model T Ford we drove on a 200 mile Model T Jamboree or my Mom's 67 Camero Rally Sport Convt we drove 500 miles last year on tours, driving them brings back lot of good memories of my parents and creates lots of new memories and friends. GET THAT RETRACT ON THE ROAD and enjoy it. Tom Muth Cincinnati, Ohio
  9. My Dad converted to dot 5 about 30 years ago in a 57 Tbird I now owns. No issues except the brake switch issue he replaced about 10 years ago. I put dot 5 in a 70 Corvette about 5 years ago after years of issues with air in the system. Redid everything but the lines and have had no issues. Plan to put it in a 66 impala this spring after a rebuilding everything. Tom Muth CIncinnati, Ohio
  10. Wonderful!! Hopefully I will see it at Auburn AACA meet in May or Hershey. A mechanic friend of mine had a 33 convertible coupe with a fold up windshield in the rumble seat in his shop from a guy that inherited it and wanted to get it running. My friend had a new gas tank made and got it running but could not get ahold of the owner for over a year till I saw the car in an auction bill at Auburn. He called the auction company who called the owner who finally came and got the car after 1.5 years. In the meantime he had to store it outside for a few months but put it in a another friend's barn for a while at my urging. Great running cars with the V8. Get all the trophies first and enjoy it on tours. Should be able to do 60 all day long. Tom Muth Cincinnati, Ohio
  11. Jan, Their may be a modern piston that may fit making it inexpensive to do all of them. The previous owner of my 1912 McLaughlin - Buick found that V6 Ford Ranger pistons fit fine and have 5 thousand miles on them in over 15 years. Just need to measure see if their is an match. Anyone else had luck with that? Tom Muth Cncinnati, Ohio
  12. Their are a few around the country used on 1 and 2 cylinder tours like the New Brighton to New London tour in Minn and the Lancing to Dearborn run. I believe their is picture of the 2016 run somewhere with Paul Schaffer from Valley City, Ohio near Cleveland driving his Brush. He is an expert on these types of cars. You may want to try and track him down. Sorry I do not have his phone number. Tom Muth Cincinnati, Ohio
  13. So JIm, are you going to drive the Shamrock special on a SOC tour this year? Tom Muth
  14. The Gray 1913 Stevens Duryea was owned by for over 20 years by local AACA member in Dayton, Ohio who pasted away a few years ago and sold by his widow last year by RM. It was toured all over the country with Snappers, HCCA and AACA. Great car once you figure out the progressive tranny. Sort of kicking myself for not buying it. Their are a few others around the country like that one in Northern Ohio, Michigan and Canada. David, you may want to check in the HCCA member directory for other Stevens owners that may be the best source of info. It is a small group but they know each other. Tom Muth Cincinnati, Ohio
  15. Victoria Lynn, I have enjoyed reading your posts over the last few months as I am in similar situation. My Dad died a year ago and my Mom has Alzheimer's. They lived three hours away. She lived with us for a month till we could get her in a Senior Living apartment that had care. Moved her again this summer to a memory unit in the same building. My dad had six collector cars and lots of parts and the also collected lots of other stuff. It took five weekends to get the stuff out of the attics to get ready for the auction. I am a car nut too with five collector cars, antique Motor .Home(HPOF at Hershey) and my wife's antique boat. Dad TOD's the cars to me requested by me. I am a only child and my Mom does not need the money for her support. So now I have 11 collector cars ranging from 1909-1996 along with a Motorhome and boat along with lots of parts. It has taken all of my free time this past year to add lifts in my barn, have a loft built for the parts and move everything along with dealing with my Mom. Almost ready to put the house up for sale. My wife and daughters wonder why I am keeping everything and why I need two 1912 Buick Model 35's. One is a McLaughlin I bought and the other was my Dad's and is an American version nearly fully restored that I would like to show at AACA events. At that point I may sell one or both. Except for a project 48 Caddy Convt, all run but a couple need some mechanical sorting for tours. Parting with most would be difficult as one is the car I came home from the Hospital (1957 T-Bird 24000miles),one is the first car I drove at 13(1911 Model T Ford) another is the car I took the drivers test, first date, prom and was in when I heard Elvis died(1967 Camero RS Convt) and another is my first car I purchased in 1980 used in our wedding, brought both kids home from the hospital etc(1966 Chevy Impala Convt). Several I plan to have this coming summer for my daughters wedding party. I have been hearing a lot of "what of we going to do with this stuff" from my wife and daughters who have no interest and live in Perth AU and Denver, Co. While my Aussie Daughter is engaged to a great guy she met in Perth who also has no interest in cars, I am hoping the Denver girl may find a guy with interest or have kids that I can influence. Baring that, I plan to sell most of the parts from cars I do not have at Hershey over the next few years and get thing organized so my wife or kids can do an auction. I will probably sell some as I age. I am 58 now so hope to have some time to enjoy them on tours. I your case, I would seriously look into an auction to be done with it. Been lots of auctions in very rural places like Kansas, Nebraska etc over the years advertised in Hemmings. You need to get on with your life and get your income going again so you can retire some day. That would be my advise as a car guy, financial advisor and parent. Unless you can find a great source of income in rural Texas that can allow you to take your time liquidating the stuff, I would say auction it off even it if means lower proceeds. Your loss of income at your stage of life is not good financially and mentally. Hopefully you can keep one of the cars and we can see you on a tour or show. Best of Luck, Tom Muth Cincinnati, Ohio