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About Frantz

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  • Birthday 06/28/1983

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    Old machines in general, From my 1917 Singer 31-15 to my 54 Ford to a 1969 Massey Ferguson. My dad and I have started some small farming projects as well.

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  1. On a budget? '56 Mercury... even the four doors look awesome. Just the right amount of chrome with the typical understated FoMoCo styling.
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    1953 Merc?

    Good car to go with if the body is all in good shape. Not as many parts as say a 1965 Mustang, but parts are out there and not too bad, especially mechanical stuff. The less it needs the better but I'd take a car that won't need anything other than a wash to get cosmetically to your satisfaction that needs mechanical work over one the other way around. Depending on the price, I'd buy it anyway, but that's why I have so many unfinished projects.
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    Datsun 240Z

    It's actually an interesting situation. They were reconditioned to manufacturers spec and sold in a showroom. The VINs and odometers were unchanged, but additional badging was added to designate the cars. Tires, notably, were updated. Such a car will reach a new 25 year mark in a year or so. I would say they SHOULD qualify for an acceptable vehicle as reconditioned by the manufacturer, of course with documentation. While I don't have that documentation, it does look like a factory job and for 40 cars, clearly not a one off. I mean... we let that Safari thing on the showfield and they only made what, three? And I don't buy into any intent to mass produce that thing! To the OP... if it was a dealer option then the wheels would be wrong... if it was a factory accessory that the dealer ordered and installed you'll be fine, but yes, certainly hunt down some factory documentation. Judges aren't trying to take away points just to do so, but if we catch something we don't think is right and there isn't documentation then you'd likely lose some points.
  4. I had a cheap shelter like some of those above and it worked okay... then a really strong storm came and caused more than $500 in paint damage because I didn't have it set up quite sturdy enough. I've also seen tents like those above attached to platforms and have held up for over a decade with no issue. I'd imagine both the platform and the tent each are over $500 for those quality ones that won't get damaged by the sun after a year. I'd bet you could find a local barn with a little space for $500 for the winter. I rent a 20x60 shop with electric for $200 a month from a local guy. It's a better than normal bargain, but they can be found.
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    Pollution Controls

    AACA is not as much about being competitive against one another as it is against yourself and history. Our clubs goal is to preserve cars to showroom new. It's the job of owners to do that. Judges do not know, nor are they expected to know the ins and outs of the cars they judge. It's up to the owner to be honest about such things. There isn't anything to be proud of in sneaking something past the judges. As was said above, in many cases the wrong transmission isn't enough to knock a car out of a 1st Jr anyhow if the rest of the car is right. You can't even see the transmission for a RWD while judging all that well. Youd lose max points for transmission drive and for the shifter. I'd say it would be better placed in DPC. If you insist judges have to know they car they judge, half the cars wouldn't be judged at all. AACA isn't trying to claim to have the strictest judging standards, there are marque specific clubs for that. Judges are volunteers who give up our time to be there and help facilitate events and do their best with standards specifically designed to judge cars that you may not be familiar with. There are plenty of cars that have awards that wouldn't on a different day with a different judging team, I don't think that's bad for the clubs intent at all. I don't think a 1958 Ford Consul with an automatic transmission but otherwise fully restored is doing anything to hurt the hobby unless the owner is going around telling people it's stock... but if it's because his wife can't drive stick, it doesn't sound like that's happening. Would it be better for the hobby if he never restored the car and never showed it at events? I don't believe so.
  6. No Im just asking for the link.
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    My 2nd newbie question regarding judging

    I judge the 36E category fairly often, which the "bigger" motor AMXs fall under. Great class that I would love to see more entries. You'll find some classes harder to compete in than others. There are more 400 point Mustangs in 36D than AMX's in 36E. So while you don't directly compete against another AMX, it's generally more likely to get a 1st with a performance AMX than a performance Mustang because there are fewer "perfect" examples. There are some classes where folks get a 1st that would not do well in others. Generally the cars with more aftermarket support are the ones more challenging to place in, so while not the intent by any means, there is a sort of fairness to it. If you aim for 390 or more points you should be good to go! If you don't want to judge, at least read the guidelines a few times and mock judge your own car. There is a good chance you know it better than the judges (another advantage of not having a Mustang).
  8. If you are able to do brake work youself... do so. Drums work just fine and will be cheap to fix. Dont touch the paint. Motor just needs to run. If it can move and stop then thats your max return. Of course you should really just keep it and learn a thing or two. Youll be driving and enjoying it in no time.
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    Does it even have to run?

    We all are guardians of history from time, but its also an eventual loss. I think they get more people interest when running and like it or not...people are the reason we care.
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    Bending glass

    Its that first one that opens the door for all the rest!
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    Third Rock Rambler

    Ramblers were pivotal for me not only to get into the classic car hobby, but in my transition from just caring about performance to getting excited over the people and history of the machines. They have some of the oldest lineage in domestic companies, predating all surviving domestic auto makers (other than autocar).
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    Third Rock Rambler

    it's a 62 American.
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    2018 Eastern Fall Meet - Hershey Winners

    Congrats to all, and thank you for bringing your cars out to a wet show field!