Buffalowed Bill

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  1. Buffalowed Bill

    rear diff ratio's in 1931

    If memory serves me, I believe there were some after market gear sets made in the 3.5 ratio range. I believe that they were made for the bigger 30's cars including the Pierce Arrow. I remember the 3.31 ratio that Gary has used, was standard in the last of the Big 6 Commanders in 1928. That setup with that engine and trans combination was simply amazing. Too bad that it was the last of it's kind.
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    Rarity ? Pure sales talk?

    A couple comments come to mind that I want to get off my chest. In my youth I was probably guilty, as anyone, by making the statement that a particular car was of no collectible value. The statement was stupid, I had no psychic powers or Crystal ball. About twenty five years ago I had mind set change which amounted to a 180 degree reversal. I can't pin point any one thing that changed my thinking, but it was tied to a new appreciation of automotive history, and the survival story that went with an individual car. IMO the mix up happens when we mix up monetary value with everything else that goes along with a vintage car. Just because a car doesn't carry a large dollar value doesn't mean that it isn't interesting. Case in point, this past weekend I spied something at a large car show that really piqued my interest. There was a car model there that I had never seen before. It was an all original 1960 Edsel, four door htp. It had beautiful original paint and interior, and what's more had under the hood a 223 cu" straight six. On the unlikely occasion that I might have seen the car in my youth, I'm sure that I would have just blown it off. But there it was a survivor that just drew me to it like a magnet, as I askewed many of the cars that I had coveted in my youth. The owner indicated that there were one hundred fifty four, four door htps built, and his research had not turned up another on like it. To me my interest in that car had absolutely no relation to it's dollar value. I want to also note that the car's rarity was only part of the equation. I was drawn to the car irrespective of it's production totals. My interest in all things automotive may not be mainstream, but people like me are surprisingly numerous and we are passionate.
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    Is there a following of the newer Thunderbirds?

    Kaiser, Are you talking about the 2002-03 convertibles or the "fat birds," 1989-1997? Since you asked I guess that I should reply. The values and interest in the convertibles seem to be holding up pretty good, lots of them from which to choose, but I really know little about real collector interest. They have always seemed to me to be a women's car. I hope that I'm not being too politically incorrect, just based on who drives them. As for the fat birds, I drive and I like these cars, but I am defiantly in the minority today. Like all cars that came before them their is a lull in interest at about 20-25 years old. This is when the cars leave daily service, the well used versions being relegated to beater status and finding their way into the wrecking yards. The better cars have a really spotty response in the market. That's when I like to find them and drive them. I view driving them as an opportunity to drive one of the last rear wheel drive, V8 powered two door, American personal luxury car. Inexpensive to buy, economical to operate and comfortable to drive. As an aside this last issue of "Collectible Automobile" did a full article on them. Maybe a little premature, me thinks. Probably more prater and less substance then you wanted but thought I should respond. Bill
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    gas tank needed

    Rex, Contact Don Kelstrom. he has been given the job of disposing of the stuff that Al Ticknor had accumulated. He has that 1931 President that Darryl Dye had years ago, before it came to the PNW. I think that it will, in all likelihood, be for sale. I really don't know if they are going to hold out for selling the whole car or are going to part it out.-Bill
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    Looky What I Found Now!

    Rex, Where were you a year ago? Do you know what happened to the car, and do you know if it was a model 82 or 73?-Bill
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    Rarity ? Pure sales talk?

    This may just tend to muddy the waters, but I have used a very unscientific equation, as ballpark to survival numerous times. Some forty plus years ago I bought a book which supposedly was going to help me make money in the old car hobby. What a joke that was! The source for the information was, as I remember, the US Department of Transportation, and I believe that it was an estimation based on registration records. But all this is very fuzzy because I can't find the book. The crux was that there was a survival rate of less then 1%, twenty years post production. This is across the board estimation and fails to take into consideration model desirability, or anything else that might skew the figures. For instance we all know that the survival of a 1953 Buick Skylark is going to be much higher then a regular production Buick, but it's numbers would be dwarfed by the total number of all of the 53's produced. Or take the 1963-65 Buick Riviera, of which 120K, plus or minus, were produced, but a good guess at their survival would be 15-20K, ten to fifteen times what might be expected. Because some car models have virtually vanished, it's obvious that this would only help to set the upper reaches of it's survival. It also fails to take into consideration survival rates based on geography, or whether a car was produced twenty years ago, or one hundred twenty years ago. It seems to me that the best way to make a guess at how many of a desirable model have survived, is to find out if there is a dedicated car club or forum attached to that model. It's a pretty good guess that low production, specialty models are going to be fairly well documented. If however your car of choice is a 1960 Plymouth, four door, good luck!-Bill
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    E15 Fuel

    More then twenty years ago a friend and I drove his 1930 Pierce Arrow to a yearly concours event in Forest Grove Oregon. On the way home, the ambient temperature had risen to the mid 90's. The car had performed nicely in the morning, but on the way back it began to buck and kick. I told him he needed to pull into a parking lot or he risked being stuck in traffic. When we got out of the car you could actually hear the gas boiling in the non-pressurized gas tank. I asked him where he got his gas, and was told that he got it at a station that use alcohol as it's oxygenating agent. MTBE was still available, and topping off the tank solved the problem. That was the first time, but certainly not the last time the problem could be traced directly to alcohol laced fuel in an old car.
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    1928 Studebaker Dictator for sale

    Fenders, running boards, bumpers?
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    gas tank needed

    Rex, I thought that you had everything for these cars! This may not work at all, but I seem to remember that John Cislac (pierceparts@aol.com) had re-popped these things for PA/Stude. I looked through some of my stuff but couldn't come up with what I was looking for. Going strictly by memory gets harder all the time!-Bill
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    I'm a car guy, have been all my life. A good car is a good car, no mater where the hell it comes from. Arguing about where the car is made, or by whom, is just plain stupid.There are always people ready to politicize anything, but it simply does a disservice to what we should be discussing, the car itself. The historians will have plenty of time to parce out details. It's obvious that this car stirs car people to a level of passion that few cars today can approach. The fact that this car is special is obvious by the fact that in a very short time this thread has garnered ten pages of responses. There are few fence sitters, when it comes to this car, someone either likes it or they don't. I'm sure that there are people here that still don't like the Datsun 240Z, without ever having owned, or driven one, but it doesn't diminish what it was or is.
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    Does anybody have a time machine?

    "I see said the blind man," all I had to do was look at the whole picture to see the coupes, duh! Another thing how the hell did they get anything into the yard. Every time I try to follow a possible aisle it seems to be blocked by another car. Obviously the Studebaker sign has very little relationship to the cars that are staged in it's vicinity.
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    Does anybody have a time machine?

    Yards like these were destined to disappear quickly as the WWII scrap drives went into high gear.
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    Does anybody have a time machine?

    Great picture! I'm struck by the fact at there seems to be little body damage on any of the cars. Slower speeds, less traffic and fewer miles driven maybe led to less accidents? I guess contrived obsolescence did survive throughout the Depression. I also notice that in addition to no open cars, there are no business coupes. I guess that could be expected since they were probably the lowest produced closed body style. Maybe saved for hot rods or for use as stock cars.
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    '65 rear bumper chroming cost?

    Queen City plating was already mentioned. I haven't used them in years, but at one time they were as good as any plating shop in the world. But they are expensive! For an honest show quality job I use "Art Brass" in south Seattle. I have used them for fifty years, without a complaint. Plating is an art and as such is only as good as the polisher who does the work. Whenever you want a job that is done right ask about the polisher, and the cars that carry his work. It doesn't hurt to let the polisher know that you have seen his work, and that is why you are there. This is a tough job for which appreciation is not often voiced. Dare I say a personal gratuity might be a nice gesture. Just a thought.
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    What's your most 'unexpected' part find?

    I freely admit that I am not really built for swap meets. I am not an early riser and get bored quickly pawing through seemingly endless piles of parts, most of which I can't identify and most of what I can ID, I don't need. The usual scenario would see me bring home more stuff to add to the clutter. Thirty years ago I changed my MO to better adjust my swap meeting to better suite my proclivity to late rising. After a good breakfast I would walk into the meet at mid-day and chat with old friends. Sunday became my favorite day, the crowds were down and it was just generally more relaxed, and I stopped digging too deeply into the stuff. One late Sunday afternoon as I strolled down the isles of stuff, that was now being boxed and loaded, I heard my name called. I turned to see a friend who was a regular seller. He said Bill come over here I want you to look at this. I couldn't believe what I saw. There in front of me were two beautiful 1934-35 Pierce Arrow side mount covers. They had magically survived the whole meet and were still available, at a price of $75. At the time I owned one of the two surviving 1934, 840A Club Broughams known to exist. The side mt. covers were one of the last things that I was missing for the car. More then ten years of searching had been fruitless, but here they were. The ripping the pants picture fits my hast at getting my wallet out of my pocket. The kicker was that my friend Bob indicated that just an hour before there had been original tires, wheels, with hubcaps, that someone had bought, but had ignored the side mt. covers. Go figure! Sometime later I began to wonder what the history of the parts was, and whether thy might have been stolen. Still wonder, but that was thirty years ago and the car is long gone, sold at time of a divorce. As an aside anyone recognize the car's description? I have been told that it might now live in Colorado. If it does and you have any contact info. I think that it might be fun to make contact, just for fun.-Bill