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About Frantz

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  • Birthday 06/28/1983

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    Lewisberry Penn
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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. digital living library

    You know, there really isn't a reason we shouldn't just become better contributors to wiki... That's a darn fine point. They already have the infrastructure, audience, and funding, we just need to become the labor of love and document it right. Maybe I should try and set a Sunday up once a month to get over to the library and see what I can do. Thank you for the feedback!
  2. Brass Era Mystery

    I was looking at the starter option and there were a few other cars with starters prior to the 1912 Caddy.... but not electric starters. Most of the examples I found were Euro. I didn't see any examples that matched this one.
  3. Happy Hanukkah

    Started last night right? Have a meaningful season!
  4. Brass Era Mystery

    Taxi's and their equivalents go back to horse drawn era. I didn't think this body looked quite 1905 though? I was thinking 1910-1914... are their details I'm missing to suggest older?
  5. Brass Era Mystery

    From a practical standpoint.. there are some merits to the taxi idea. A limo driver would probably be expected to provide service to the doors, and having no door himself, it would have been a challenge to get out and open them. Having the extra seat up front would provide an extra fare as well. The New Years Ball with very classy department store girls seems like quite a bargain too. I did the inflation calculation on 50 cents per couple and it's up to $12.21... Considering our regional Christmas party is tonight is $53 a couple... that might not be limo worthy, but maybe limo use was more common back then when not everyone owned a car? I don't see any auditorium type building at that street corner today (though there is a little strip mall that is a big enough property that perhaps it was there). If this is the case, I would think the car would have an electric start as well, because again, in the event of needing to restart the motor, the driver would have to exit over a passenger seat in order to get the crank. That may be a stretch in logic.
  6. Reading over some of the comments in the "RIP Cars and Parts" thread got me thinking. In our hobby, we aren't just seeing a decline in quality printed media (though I would argue Hemmings generally does well, and they have my sole subscriptions), but we aren't seeing it replaced with online content. It's a effect of the also talked about declining numbers and interest. It would be great to see an effort not only to digitize the AACA library along with private collections, but to process it and begin generation of a historical tree of information, just like a family tree. A timeline of auto history and the connections between brands and people of the industry and singed to the history of the world as well. Huge undertaking but once a database structure would be developed it could be edited and given verification points. Frankly I always found value in the way the US military treats the validity of intelligence reports with a two part score, one score for the credibility of the source, and one score for the information itself. This way any registered user could add information to the tree, other users could confirm or rebut the information and scores build up over time allowing for a better understanding of the information. Maybe we could even find a college professor willing to help out with a combination history/technology project for students (and accidentally get them interested in cars). Lots of possibilities, and lots of value. A deeper conversation would be worth having.

    There is a Seville at a local used car dealer. If it lasts the winter I may see what they're willing to do. I need a cheap classic for AACA runs while I work on my projects.
  8. Brass Era Mystery

    That's pretty darn cool. I didn't get to go too deep, but look through Motor Vehicle Manufacturers based in Illinois and didn't see any local makers that seemed to fit. Does the sealed door area appear factory or does it look like a modified roadster body? I'm no expert... at all... just coming along for the education and fun of the mystery!
  9. 1940 Coolant checker

    Yeah, but the new ones don't give specifications for Hudsons and Packards!
  10. Car Ads which don't include the price

    As a former car salesperson I can tell you that most customers who buy new cars should be leasing. I do think used cars are a better value, but there is nothing wrong with liking new, and frankly folks who find value in that want to do it sooner than later, and leasing saves money compared to trading in before your loan is up. Frankly, it usually saves money even if you do wait until your loan is up! You have to keep a vehicle 8-10 years to really "break even" compared to a lease. This is simply the math compared to buying brand new, and you get the added gain of a new vehicle more often with less repairs, more flexibility in your families vehicle needs, and better aversion from deprecation risks. There are exceptions, but not too often from what I saw. Why do car sales people focus on payments? Two reasons. First, 99% of people come in with a payment in mind more than price. Second, it has potential to hide profits. Frankly, the first one is more important. It's far more important to make the sale than to make lots of money on the sale. Not making the sale is no money. Most customers come in with a payment completely unrealistic to the price of the vehicle they want. As a salesperson, you really have to cater to the 80-90%, not the few who bother to do basic math before coming in. Some folks try to be savvy and go just for the price, and honestly, most of them try to negotiate they payment then too because the payment is higher than their budget! Most people really don't agree to a $500 payment on a $20k car... And the real price you pay is payment times term... so while a salesperson can hide things in a payment, a two second calculation also shows the entire cost and any customer able to make that math would be able to see if something was hidden. Why does it matter? Well there are lots of hidden fees, and these do vary by state. Doc fees differ, and are even mandatory in some states. Some places allow destination to not be part of the price, and rather an added fee. Some places charge preparation fees on top of this. So it's very easy to find a pick up truck identical in two states advertised for $2000 difference, but the reality is they are priced identically. Most customers don't realize this, and for some reason, most online articles don't talk about this (too focused on all the sneaky ways a dealer tries to make a few hundred bucks on a car than how to make sure you get a really great price from your local deal who should be there when you have issues if you build a relationship with em). Sorry for the long rant. In the end, it was part of why I left the industry (the other being I have doubts of sales peoples future in the new car industry at a professional level). Customers really don't want someone to help them through the process, and most folks assume the sales guys are ripping them off and the dealers have some secret huge income (other than the service department). You lose alot of sales and money trying to help people. All that being said, I sold plenty of vehicles at full sticker over the years. Funny, not one person who paid "too much" gave me less than a perfect survey... The folks who we nearly broke even on, or even lost money, were the folks most likely to give a bad survey, to the point that when I started getting a sense someone was a likely bad survey I'd send them down the street. You see, part of our bonus structure is based on survey scores, so even worse than making no money losing the sale is losing money making a $100 commission and losing your bonus! Selling insurance actually feels so much better and customers treat you much better too. So do a little research (cell phone), bring a calculator (cell phone), buy local, and once you've picked a make and model, shopping around wastes everyone's time, especially yours with very little gain in 99% of cases. Used cars and antique cars... that's a whole different world. List a darn price!
  11. 1940 Coolant checker

    So this is pretty cool. As you can see the bulb is broken and I believe it is missing a few parts but it's a gauge to check the strength of your coolant. It lists several types of coolant (I thought that was just a modern problem) and on the other side of the sheet it lists the makes and models of the day and where their coolant should register. Copyright 1940 by the E Edelmann company of Chicago. When I was cleaning out our home for renovation I came across it (family farm home for several generations so all sorts of stuff). Frankly I forgot about it and was looking for something tonight and found it again.
  12. Question for you experienced guys

    Hire an agent or suck it up and go do it yourself. Too many scams happen this way, I can't see the cost of a weekend trip to PA being higher than the cost of risk. The dealership idea would work legally, but I don't think you'd find any willing to do it. You couldn't pay them enough to want to be involved in that. Too much liability.

    It's snowing here is festive Pennsylvania! Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year to all!
  14. I love the '56 Fords and Mercs
  15. Help Identify this hood ornament

    Broken Pontiac. 1931?