Buffalowed Bill

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    Bill Hallett
  1. Advice for an open touring car 1929-1934?

    Rusty, Got a chuckle out of the sample, 1932 Studebaker that you indicated might be a better buy. That car is one of two extent, and has just won it's class at Pebble Beach. Plus I doubt that the owner would sell, anyway. If the gentleman inquiring about a convertible sedan, with "reliable classic lines," and "high end marques,", would be willing to define his terms. All the big Studebaker Presidents 1928-33 (less the 1933 Model 82) and the larger Nash offerings are CCCA "full Classics." They are also are more rare, then a similar Pierce, Packard or Cadillac. One of the smaller offerings of these companies, might be less expensive, if one can be found.
  2. Studebaker Identification

    Sorry to hear about your loss. None of that could have been easy. Healing from something like that could take a lifetime, I hope that you have been able to move on. No doubt your memory is better then mine, but one thing that I can assure you of "run of the mill six that somebody stuck President lights and bumpers on," are not my words, but other then the words "run of the mill," the rest may have been the conclusion that we reached. I'm sorry that our efforts to help you understand what you had, were misunderstood. I don't know how you could feel the need now to slam our efforts, by inferring that our attitude was surly, or demeaning. None of the rest of us shared your memory of the meeting, the same way you did. You couldn't have gotten it more wrong, if you tried. As Strother Martin said "What we've got here is failure to communicate." I admit to being disappointed at your failure to respond to Mary's invitations. However you choose to think of me, she deserved more consideration then you were willing to give. I apologize for letting my irritation spill out, in my comments. It's really not like me, but I really do think that she deserved better. Enjoy the ride, and take comfort in the fact that you were able to do it your way.-Bill
  3. Harrah's collection, 1985 panoramic picture for sale

    During the 70's a friend and I made yearly pilgrimages to Harrah's. We would spend about three day's there at each visit. It was like a huge car guy's theme park. In those days there were numerous restorations, in process. On the premises Bill had everything a chrome plating shop, an upholstery facility, wood working etc, it was a real production line, and all visible to the public. Three thousand cars, on display in five or six huge warehouse like buildings. The cars were so closely packed in some buildings, that there was scarcely room to walk between them, and nary a post war car to be seen. It was impossible to prepare yourself for what you would see on your first trip. Bill had a special love for the Classics Pierce Arrow, Duesenberg, Franklin, Packard etc., and a dozen or more of each on display. But maybe his biggest contribution was in teens cars and earlier. He was restoring these cars irrespective of value. Virtually no one was doing this, on that scale, at that time and will never be seen again!
  4. OK You Old Timers! What were Project Cars like in 1975?

    To be honest, there really wasn't a great deal of restoration going on in 1975. I was restoring a car, because it had been my driver, I wore it out and sentiment got the best of me. Most of the cars being restored were pre-war, and very little was happening with the late 40's and 50's cars and of course nothing out of the 60's. Restorations in 1975 didn't much look like those that were to become the, standard over restored cars, that would in the 80's, became common place. The standard that was remain in place, for the next two decades. If cars were decent cars we drove them, fixed what needed to be fixed, and maybe gave it a paint job. Many 50's cars just got scrapped, when today we would see them as an opportunity. It would take the emergence of the Baby Boomers, as players, to change the car world. Middle aged and comfortably fixed, they could now afford what they wanted. Once this pent up demand was unleashed it turned the car world upside down.
  5. Studebaker Identification

    Rod, Sorry for my abrupt response, but it may still help answer some forthcoming questions. These are only my opinions and you can take them for their face value. Unfortunately your car has been so altered that coming up with a definitive answer is going to be difficult. It's going to require some assumptions that may be true, but may not. Is the chassis Studebaker, and if so, was it originally married to that body. You indicate that you have discovered the stamped number on the frame, this is all important. My 74 yo brain can't recall what our wheelbase measurement that we took. The longer wb would have immediately excluded the larger Commander, but I do not remember it as being a 54R, either and we know that it is not a President. The body always seemed larger, then would have been on a 54, but that's just my opinion, and I am no "expert." As you indicated, the bumper is not the double bumper, as used on the 54R. The President bumper would be larger top to bottom, then that used on the Commander and the Dictator. Another obvious fact is that the oval headlights are not for this car. They are probably from a President, since the optional oval headlights used on the Commander and the Dictator, were considerably smaller. 1931-33 Presidents all use the oval headlights but they changed manufacturer every year. Unless the plating process removed the inscribed script on top of the housing, or the lenses have been changed, you should be able to determine what you have. If it turns out to be a Dictator or Commander it may be more rare then the 54R, but I don't think that even matters. Whatever the car began life as, it is not now, and only an extreme amount of dedication and resource allocation, could restore it to that condition. What it is now is a street rod, fashioned fifty five years ago. That is where most of it's interest is going reside, and that is going to be where the value is. Most street rodders could care less if the car is a Studebaker, to them it is what it has become. My opinion is that you should hire a certified appraiser, someone familiar with this type of car, to set an insurance value, that will protect your family. It was obvious from our visit, that you were part of a busy family, and that you personal interest was in exotic cars. The Studebaker was an obvious departure from your interest and comfort area. You were invited to attend a number of chapter events. Mary sent you Emails, for several outings, to which you failed to respond. Good luck on your quest, solitary enjoyment of your car, but we'll be here when you need us.
  6. Selling Classic Cars on E Bay ?

    Bernie, You're a real kick, you always make me laugh! I hate this LOL thing, but your words of wisdom really make me laugh out loud. I have to admit that sometimes I have to reread them, before I get it. My old brain just has some trouble catching up. EBay has worked for us. I don't pretend to be an expert, one car bought and another sold. The first was a car bought more then ten years ago, not well bought! I took the responsibility for making a bad choice. The number of mistakes I made on this transaction could fill a chapter, on what not to do, but lessons learned have been invaluable The second was the sale of a car, to a buyer in Florida. The transaction went off without a hitch. We couldn't be happier with the outcome. EBay's dispute resolution process, has gone a long way to making the process safer, for both buyer and seller. Vetting of the seller, and trying to weed out the scammers, has made for a much better environment. It seems to me, that the cars that sell on eBay, would probably sell on any sales forum. Many cars of the independent manufacturers, and cars in poor condition, are in for a struggle.
  7. I believe that it used to be called Pegasus. Some years ago, the most recent owners purchased the yard, and tried to sell parts on line. There are defiantly cars there worth saving, but with the hobby the way it is today, few are going to find a new home. Sad to say, they lost out on any chance for success twenty five years ago.
  8. Studebaker Identification

    i know your car very well. We were down in Olympia about ten years ago to see it. I believe that all your questions were answered then. The car has not change and it is, what it is. If you are asking about selling, this is the wrong forum for this car. If you are wondering if the value has gone up, it has not. If you are asking, if restoring it to original will be sustainable, in today's market, it will not. If you are asking whether refreshing, what was done years ago, will increase it's market value. Only God knows, and he doesn't reside on this forum.
  9. Chrome questions

    I completely agree with whats been said. Two things that I would like to add. 1) Plating is only as good as the polisher. The reputation of the company is dependent on his work. I have seen a good company go down hill, when they lost their polisher. If need be, get to know him personally. Make sure that you are familiar with his work, and make sure he knows how much you respect him for his work. A tip can't hurt, either. 2) Make sure that your shop is willing to guarantee their work. If they decline to guarantee, walk away, you are in the wrong place!
  10. Lots of weather misinformation, lets at least get it right. Spokane get about 17" of rain a year, which makes it as dry as LA. It's not as dry as the central part of the state, parts of which only get about 3'' a year, but by most standards it's dry. It does get snow and, they have used salt for years, so some care advised. Seattle is not a rain forest! Protected by the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains the city gets 37" a years, and with the mild climate, salt was never used, that is up until the last for or five years when politicians decided that it was necessary, if there was even the threat of black ice conditions. For you Canadians Seattle is climate wise about in the middle between the harsh extreme of Vancouver, with the Fraser River outflow, and the milder Victoria, which is protected by the Olympics. The whole of the area is affected by micro climes, caused by proximity to water and mountains. The weather differences that thirty miles can make, can be just staggering. Phew! got that off my chest. Upshot is that this is a better place to get a car then about 3/4 of the country.
  11. ASBESTOS IN ANTIQUE CARS.

    Was the recent huge tide of American iron, exacerbated by any knowledge of the this impending legislation? If not, how do you Australians, characterize the movement, and how do you foresee the future?
  12. EYE ON DESIGN 17, A FEW PICS

    Thanks for whomever chose to share. I really enjoyed the photos, and enjoyed the comments too, I think. I chuckled when I saw the comment regarding the six hundred mile, one way, trip. I only wish that the show was driving distance from me!
  13. 1931 Studebaker President wheels

    Dave, Think Pierce when you are cross referencing, 19"-1931,18"-1932 and 17'-1933.
  14. Corvette crushed

    The government's problem is, more then likely, the exorbitant import duties, not just the smuggling. The smuggling would be of no real value, if the duties were not so high. High import duties, always seemed silly, especially when there is no domestic production that the govt. seems to want to protect.
  15. Where might I try to get a piston from?

    Sorry but I had to give up on Egge. There catalog showed pistons for my 1937 Studebaker, straight 8, but when I called they said that they were out, and not expecting to make more. I had used these guys several times, over the previous 40 years, and that was an unexpected change that I wasn't expecting. I persisted, but was genuinely rebuffed. He finally said of course they could make one set, as a special order. I asked how much and when could you do the work? A couple of months and better part of $2000 for as set of cast pistons. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry, what a joke! Went to Aries for a set of beautiful forged pistons, and rings for about the same price. I won't waste my time with Egge, in the future. I hope that others have had a better experience then I did.