Buffalowed Bill

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    Hudson auction

    I doubt that this is public record, but does anyone have an indication of how many of these cars are going overseas?
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    Hudson auction

    Here's the link: Hostetler's Hudson Auto Museum Auction 2018 | Worldwide Auctioneers https://www.worldwide-auctioneers.com/auctions/hd18.cfm Auction Location: Hostetler's Hudson Auto Museum Auction 760 S Van Buren St Shipshewana, Indiana 46565. Auction Date & Time : Saturday, August 4, 2018, ...
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    As I've indicated before, for me a car event is all about the car and what it can mean to enhancing the education and enjoyment of the spectators. It wasn't always so, I am not without ego and at one time an award that my car received was important to me, but far more important became the edification of the old car elite. There was a story to be told and my mission was to help tell it. I have been very fortunate that the car's successes has done that and more then I could have dreamed possible. The twenty seven year process has taken the car to the most prestigious venue in the car world, and in the process dragged me along with it. The car's successes have made me proud, humbled and satisfied. In looking back on the those years, what stands out to me is the dozens of stories, the eyes that it has opened and the process still continues. I take pride in the fact that there are people everywhere that know the car, but haven't a clue as to who I am. To me that's the way it should be! None of this would have been possible without the network of judging events that were in place. Whatever one thinks of the flawed judging process, without it our hobby would be a shell of what it has been. Each level of judging venue provides a viewing forum for a different level of interested spectators. I wonder if anyone on this forum would be willing to risk loosing any part of what it has come to mean to history and to the hobby! My personal thanks goes out to all who sacrifice to put on, and to sustain an event, and to the participants, each of whom sacrifices far more then most will ever be aware.
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    Interstate Highway System Map

    I-80 used to be a favorite road to travel with an old car, not anymore! I remember running out of gas between Wells and Elco Nevada in about 1968. I was too cheap to pay the price of gas in Wells so I ran out of gas several miles outside of Elco. I was driving my 1963 Cutlass convertible, with the top down, of course. I never would have guessed that there wouldn't have been any gas along that 130 mile stretch of road, but that taught me a lesson. I had only walked about a hundred years when I was picked up by a passing motorist. I still use I-80 when I want to make time, but it's not the same road and the times are very different.
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    Dealing with Extreme Surface Rust

    I got a chuckle when I thought about the morass I might be letting myself in for by using molasses for rust removable. We live in the Cascade foothills, backed up against the Seattle water shed. We share our habitat with all sorts of fauna, some of which we seldom see. That is until we might be stupid enough to put out a bathtub full of molasses mix. Just use your imagination, I shouldn't have to draw you a picture.
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    HPOF Rules on Interior and Dent Repair?

    A couple things come to mind. I really appreciate an original car when I see it. When looking at an original car first question would be does the car seem to have it's original parts and livery, and does the patina seem to match? My next question needs to be what is the history of the car, and can it be verified? Failing either one of these tests, what the car is, becomes a guessing game. It becomes vetting process based on educated best guess by the owner or group of judges. A factory build sheet can be all important and it would be great if every original had one available, but we know that this is not always the case. If the history of a particular car is not known, whose to say that some of of the original components were not replaced at some time in the past. In this case does it really make any difference? The car is what it has become, and quality and condition should speak for itself. Automotive history has become as important, as whether the paint shines, or whether the engine compartment is spotless. It always seemed sad that the original cars were lost on a show field. I have several original post war cars, and when I show them I include my narrative of the car's history. It really goes a long way in enhancing viewer understanding and owner enjoyment. It may sound smug, but I have had my place in the sun. Personal awards are secondary to the car and viewer appreciation.
  7. Robert, Tell your customer to check Steele rubber products catalog. It took me 2 minutes on line to come up with a match, #40-0033-52.
  8. I couldn't find anything on the schedule, or route of the tour. Does anyone have the information, or a link?
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    locomobiles wanted

    About five years ago we had an Antique Studebaker tour out and around, St Regis Montana. I was riding with a friend in his beautifully restored, 1922 Studebaker, Big Six touring car. That was at least until the afternoon tour, which was to travel a winding dirt, switchback road, up through a bison range. My friend evidently didn't feel up to driving the route and get his car mussed. I say evidently because the first indication of his change of plans was when I saw him in the back seat of another car, as we were preparing to leave. Sensing that I was going to be left behind, I ran the line of cars looking for a ride. The first, and maybe the only, ride I was able to find was a rather frousty looking 1925 jr8 touring. The car was an unrestored original touring, but with no top in site. Under other circumstances I might have been a little reluctant to make the daunting trip in a car that looked like that, but this was an emergency, and they seemed happy to have me join the rest of the four occupants. So I said what the h... and jumped in the backseat. First gear up and first gear down, to an altitude of 8-9K feet elevation. Going down I remained ready for a quick exit if it became necessary, but the car never missed a beat. A very enjoyable ride in an impressive car, glad to have had the opportunity.
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    Pre war cars insane prices

    Sad to say what strikes me about this young man's narrative, is his self centered, convoluted sense of entitlement. My take is that he is asking me (us) to pass on a car that I have, for a value much less then market. His only provocation for this seems to be that I have the car and he wants it, and that I'm old and will dye soon, and he is young and can enjoy it more then I can, and he wants it right now. Not only does he want a car for less then market, but he wants a car that he can use right away, and one that he doesn't have to do any work to. I'm speaking for myself, I don't sell my cars vary often, but when I do it is because the buyer willing to pay market value, and is a person who has earned my respect. This means that by deed or action they have shown that they are willing to maintain the car as I would, or are willing to take the car to the next level. If I pass on a car for less then what I think that it is worth, it has to be to a friend. In other words, the new owner has had to have paid his dues. I don't see this young man's willingness to do this on any level. It will be interesting to find out if this gentleman is able to find what he is looking for.
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    Pre war cars insane prices

    This is for my Canadian friends, but could apply to US car people as well. I realize that most of the cars that were in the Ratsoy collection, are not what P/WQc is referring, but still a mystery how that collection escaped to China.
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    Pre war cars insane prices

    I'm not trying to be too critical, but I have not seen PreWarQc respond to the questions about what he's really locking for. Pre-war covers a lot of ground. Are you talking about late 30's fat fendered, late 20's-30's Classic era, 20's or earlier non Classic, or even earlier? What do you consider affordable? In the fifty years that I have been collecting cars, I have never seen the supply better, or the the prices more affordable then they are now. Are you looking for a turn-key or will you accept some level of a project? It shouldn't come as a surprise that we old timers were young once too. We had to go through the same balancing act, that you are faced with today. I don't remember complaining about people who were unwilling to part with their cars, and at a price that I wanted to pay for them. Whatever that price may be, in your case. Normally I would suggest patience, but in your case you have waited for ten years and still not been able to find what you want. I think that it might be time for some soul searching. This may not be a question of current owners and the market, but one of your ability to make a decision. The world is yours to make a choice from an amazing selection of cars available today, then it's a matter of determining what you can afford and getting to where you need to be, to get it into your garage. Have you considered financing? Credit is still very affordable and available. That's the way I bought my first Classic Pierce Arrow, some forty two years ago, when credit was much less affordable then it is today. I personally have always thought that it is strange that a person who will finance a $40K pickup, may never consider financing a $20K collector car. I doubt that many of us old timers worried about what the market would be in ten years, or about the exchange rate of currency, when we started in the hobby. Most of us have had to pass on a car because we just couldn't get to where we needed to be. It also shouldn't come as a shock that no mater how old some of us get, that we still have our unfulfilled dreams.
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    1936 Studebaker Dictator info?

    I'm wrong on this one. Your beautiful 1938 must have been painted with lacquer, nitrocellulose was the standard paint used during the 30's. I was mixing up Duco, with enamel, that would become the most commonly use paint post war and through the early 60's. I want to take the opportunity to say, how fortunate you are to have found such a beautiful original car. It's pretty unusual to see an 80yo car that still looks that good after 80 years.
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    Why did the UK have poor quality fuel in the 1940's

    Spinneyhill's comments regarding US support for Germany and lack of same for Great Britain, are completely at odds with the facts. While the Marshall Plan was initiated and overseen on site in Europe by the US, the amount of the loans, and the manufacturing aid that was required by each European nation, was decided by each nation. It's true that prior to the initiation of the ERP (Marshall Plan) the US had already contributed about 6% of it's GNP to reconstruction, but all of the countries of Europe shared in the aid. This is coupled with the fact that the three signers of the Versailles agreement, at the end of WWI, chose to forgive their share of Germany's debt, at the end of WWII. All of the victorious allied nations chose not to repeat the punitive mistakes made after the first war. It must be remembered that estimates of 70% or German housing had been destroyed, in addition to most of it's manufacturing capacity. By enabling a rapid reconstruction of the infrastructure the process was able to fend off more human misery, and political chaos. Any complaints today about the program, seem to be a revisionist view of history.