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About tomcarnut

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  1. Yes, one can modify their car with other cars parts like a friend that had a 1911 Overland his Dad put in a 26 Chevy rear end and others I know have put in a late model trannys. You can also drop a small block Chevy in them too but all of this is basically hot rodding. Not my bag or AACA's. My 12 Buick project that included new axels and a few other things was estimated to be $5-8m but turned out to be more than double that because of other internal parts that had to be made. Had I known, I would have sold the car or found someone to put in a different rear end but did not find out till I was handed the bill. Basically if you want a tour ready driveable brass era/ pre 20s car that is AACA/ VMCCA/HCCA eligible and somewhat close to era mechanically, get ready for some big bills unless you are talking Ford. Then again, sometimes you can get lucky and have limited issues with cars of this era but the point is only Fords have affordable mass reproduced parts in this era of cars. Tom Muth Cincinnati, Ohio
  2. These are great tour cars with a V8 but a 1916 is one year too new for HCCA national tours or AACA Reliability or Snappers. The Caddys of this era were used in WW1 by the US so great for WW1 events like the Dawn Patrol Rondevous's every two years at Wright Paterson Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. A friend of mine has 1915 he just drove last week on a Snappers Tour in Indiana. He toured last year with no issues but had some distributor issues this year that was solved on the tour with daily cleaning of carbon build up. As far a parts, the ONLY car of this era that has any parts made is a Model T Ford. Any mechanical parts for a Caddy or any other non Ford of the is era if not found by chance or by networking with other owners have to be made. I have 1912 Buick that had a broken ring and pinion along with several other parts in the rear end. The ring and pinion cost $2200 and that was the cheap part of the project. Tom Muth Cincinnati, Ohio
  3. Good to hear you made it home. Hope my daughters do the same for me if I have the same issues as your Dad. My Mom is in late stage of Alzheimer's too but has rallied a bit lately when my oldest Daughter(who lives in Perth Australia) got home a few weeks ago to prepare for her wedding later this month. On good days Mom lights up and says Model T when I show her a picture of my late Dad's 1911. If all goes well we will have my Mom at the Wedding along with Model T and Mom's 67 Camero RS Convt and some other cars. Hope you can enjoy yours on some tours in the Northwest.
  4. I plan on attending the Car and Parts Show this weekend as it is the biggest in Ohio covering a 100 plus acres with lots of cars for sale and parts vendors. It is at the Clark County Fairground off I70 east of Springfield and run by an AACA member and active AACA forum writer know as LUMP! Takes about a day to see if the weather is good which it looks like at this point. A fair amount of prewar stuff along with lot of the 50-90's stuff and not too many hot rots. Some times you might even see a brass car. Tom Muth
  5. Had a great time at Auburn showing my 1911 Ford DPC that was last shown in the Old Car Fest in 1955 by my Dad just after restoring. In fact he was next to Dick Teague in Rambler who had my Dad follow him to a Greenfield Village Barn when it stopped raining. No such problem at Auburn. Loved the McCartney Band in fact the lead singer sounds better than Paul. My wife plans to use them in Cincinnati at some events for her job. Other than my HPOF Original 1984 Tioga Motorhome breaking down on the way back with the T in tow, it was a perfect weekend. Hope to be back with other cars in the future. Great job by the AACA staff!!! Tom Muth
  6. The first car I drove was my Dad's 1911 Model T Ford at age 13. I took the drivers test in my Mom's 1967 Camaro RS convt . I now own both. Tom Muth
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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