Terry Bond

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  1. Is there Interest in an AACA group in the PNW?

    Bill, have your been in touch with AACA HQ? they can provide a list of nearby AACA members as a starting point. All it takes sometimes is a "spark plug" like yourself to make contact and see if something can be accomplished. I'm sure the folks at our HQ can also put you directly in touch with those responsible for Regions and Chapter development and support and/or membership to assist. We certainly need some activity there-it's such a fabulous part of the country and I know there are old car enthusiasts out there. Where are you located exactly? Terry
  2. Radiator Emblems

    For collectors, historians, restorers, and anyone interested, i received an email from good friends Mike and Murray Shears in England and they have launched a new website featuring their work, research and collecting of automobile emblems. http://www.americanautoemblems.com/ Mike and Murray are some of the most dedicated collectors I know in this area and over their years of collecting have traveled the world in search of rare and high quality early auto emblems. They have been researching history and are launching this American edition first, and no doubt, more emblems from around the globe will follow in the months to come. We are indebted to them for their dedication and thorough research not only on emblems and their manufacture but the history of collecting itself. Please enjoy and if you have anything to contribute to this important work of research I'm sure they would be appreciative. Happy new year and happy collecting to everyone! Terry
  3. Videos Galore..Some Cool Old Stuff!

    Fabulous! Hats off to our Library staff for their hard work digitizing the old films. They are a very dedicated and creative crew and are helping preserve automotive history as well as the history of our hobby! I remember once having to go thorough the hoops to borrow and show an old 8MM movie of one of the Hershey events at a club meeting. Now, these are available for everyone with the click of a mouse! Many years ago I listened to, and even perhaps gave a speech somewhere about the future of our hobby and what a key role technology will play and how it's essential to our survival. Thanks again for sharing. Terry
  4. Is a Speedster eligible for Reliability tour?

    I have seen speedsters on the Reliability Tour before. They were of the era the tour recognizes and properly registered as vehicles of the appropriate year. Ford sold a bare chassis to anyone who wanted to build their own truck, race car ( or speedster) and there were many companies back in those days who made bodies to use on the Model T Chassis. Terry
  5. Neat turn signals. There are hundreds of different varieties of these things and they sure have become popular collectibles in the past few years. Lets talk motometers for a minute. We've all got a few, and my collection is rather eclectic. I've got a few NOS in the original boxes on display in a showcase in my recreated auto parts store but once that cabinet filled up I essentially stopped collecting, except for the occasional chance discovery. I recently snagged a nice Junior Boyce (no car name) in an antique store in NC for $20. I see them all the time on ebay with prices ranging from $50-$500. There are several listed on ebay right now with buy-it-now prices at $350 and above. There is nothing special about them and even those with car names on the faceplates are common (Buick, Chevrolet, etc). I'd imagine some of these sellers are just fishing and have no true idea of what they are worth. I've always enjoyed the offerings at Hershey and still see them for what I consider reasonable money. I did buy a nice one last year mounted on a good flip-top dog-bone cap for $125 and thought that was fair and warranted by the very nice condition. I believe the high prices being asked on ebay are not representative of their true worth, but look what it's possibly doing for the casual flea market vendor or antique shop owner who doesn't have a clue and uses ebay to guide in setting asking prices! What are your thoughts on the price of motometers? I know it's always been a "poor man's mascot" but are we facing a surge of "values"? Should we be "investing" in them or buying them now before the prices get so far out of reach we need to turn to collecting other things?
  6. Here I go again...Another New TV show

    http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/822076/824459.html?1515265136 This was also on the Model T Ford Club forum recently, Looks like they are really trying hard to pull some interesting stories together. It'll be interesting to see what survives the editing process on these, but it sounds like an interesting concept for a show. "Hello! I am a casting producer in Los Angeles working on a new TV Series for The Discovery Channel. We are especially interested in finding someone with a Model T Ford who’s family has owned it since coming off the assembly line. ...Or finding someone who has as interesting a story to share about the history of their Model T! Discovery channel is seeking car owners with antique, barn-finds, restored American muscle, rusted-out treasures, rare cars, etc for a new series on Discovery. In short, it's a bit like "Antiques Road Show" on PBS but just with cars. Interested parties (if selected) would have an all-expense paid trip, plus safe insured shipping of their vehicle to Los Angeles to appear on the show, and be appraised by individuals that I believe even your members will find to be excellent choices for the appraisals. STORY IS WAY MORE IMPORTANT THAN CONDITION!!!! If you have something that's rusted out, needs work, etc but has been in your family for 4 generations...they'd love that. Anything from very old cars with one owner, never restored, re-discovered family vehicles, cars that have taken decades to restore, you name it! Interested parties should apply here; https://untitleddiscoverycarseries.castingcrane.com/ If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or write. Best, Michael Warwick Casting 310 993 5524
  7. Curious: what time is it?

    Who cares? When I'm on the forum time stands still. Other than that, how many days until Hershey? Terry
  8. What insurance do you use?

    Yes, one of the most "popular" topics on not only this forum but a lot of other car club forum I frequent (MG, Model T, Etc). Like anything else, you won't know how good the company is until you have a claim. Cheap and best do not always fit in the same sentence! That's why I always recommend J.C. Taylor based on personal experience. I've seen them in action, then a couple of years ago, had a claim on one of our MGs that got the rear end bumped. Could not have asked for nicer folks to deal with. No hesitation on repair shop or parts. So, if you shop for the cheapest, you're approaching this the wrong way. Listen to what folks here have to say about their claims. Whatever you do, just go with one of the specialty insurers.
  9. Anybody know what ~1907 car this is?

    Thanks for mentioning the Collier tie-in to the autos Bob. The Revs Institute in Naples is indeed a world-class auto museum, the basis of which is the Collier collection and archives. If you love racing history you need to include this museum. Best part, no barriers around the cars so you can get up close and personal, and take some amazing photos. The staff is very helpful. Of course the Colliers originated racing in Watkins Glen, and they campaigned an MG! We had our 48 TC up there a few years ago for their big anniversary reunion. Biggest thrill for us was on the old original course through the village, rounding Miliken's corner as we came into town. It felt just like it must have felt back in 1948 with crowds on the corner waving, cheering and snapping photos. Terru
  10. Anybody know what ~1907 car this is?

    We can imagine what the story depicts - that's the true talent these early artists. That's why their artwork has such broad appeal. I've got a lot of favorite artists and would love to find more about some of them. The Lady Driving in pic number one was also used as a cover advertisement for the 1908 International High Wheeler catalog. The next one is a print by Underwood entitled Lessons in Motoring. They all tell a story. Any info appreciated and would love to see pics of your favorite wall-hangers. Terry
  11. Anybody know what ~1907 car this is?

    Love those Lyendecker illustrations. Although he was a prolific magazine cover illustrator there are a lot of prints and even some original cover artwork that survives in collections. Here is an example of a magazine cover and the original artwork..
  12. Thanks and Happy New Year

    Thanks to our board, the great HQ Staff - including the Library folks, West Peterson, and of course Steve. It's not only about keeping the day-to-day ops going, but all about looking ahead and planning for the future. The new HQ Building is a perfect example of the strategic planning that has taken place there behind the scenes. As we look towards a brand new year, the future of AACA looks very bright indeed. Happy New Year to all. Terry
  13. Cool stuff and such variety! Although I have a mess of emblems, my favorite related stuff is my collection of stickpins. Here are a few I've photographed just so I know what I've got. Those little golden cars are actually pin cushions that I use to display the pins in. It's a natural! I find these little things in antique shops, flea markets, etc. Terry
  14. Original poster needs to get some pics and more info on here. It's pretty obvious we don't know exactly what he is talking about. Terry
  15. MERRY CHRISTMAS to all

    And a happy new year. Packages are wrapped, pies are in the oven, the ham is ready for tomorrows family feast and we are going to settle back for a little music and a we dram of single malt to toast the season. At the very least, that's good for chasing away the remnants of my annual head-cold! Wishing everyone the merriest holiday season and all the best for the coming year. Save travels, great weather, peace and good health to you all. Terry
  16. If it's the 1928AR Roadster Pickup it would be an interesting Model A. If it's a T pickup on a passenger car chassis also interesting but not as valuable as the early Model A. From the initial description however it sounds like it is a commercial vehicle, which is entirely different. We'll see what additional information surfaces. Terry

    Tidewater Region has grown again this year. It does ebb and flow over the years. We count members as "voting members" so husband and wife count as individual memberships rather than just one single. I don't think that's a unique way of tabulating the size of any organization. What is the "national trend" and what kind of research has been done on that? Would be interesting to see. I know a lot of clubs are concerned about declining membership, but has anyone studied the topic and come up with some data to ponder? I've always thought an interesting number would come from our specialty insurance companies - how many collectible cars do they insure? That would be a good reflection of the size of the hobby in general, and the potential. I'm looking forward to being in your backyard twice next year John. We're going to be there for the big National MG Club event and a couple of weeks later will be back for the Chesapeake Region hosted National Meet. Hope these events provide some good opportunities for you to recruit some new members. I think that the MG club event especially may provide a chance for some cross-over growth opportunities. Too often people forget that there is a lot of potential in the single marque clubs. Lots of nice cars, enthusiastic people, new ideas, hard workers, etc. Part of our success has been linked to that. We have a lot of members who are active leaders in our local MG, Mercedes, Chevy, Packard and Model A clubs. AACA provides a lot of new opportunities for them to enjoy and share the hobby. See you this summer. Terry
  18. Impossible to answer your question without a lot of addnl info, Photos especially would be helpful. If it's the commercial TT it's really not that usable without some updates. You say it's "original" but that means a lot of different things. When I hear "original" and "doesn't run" in the same sentence I hear "unrestored." It could be such a nice well preserved example it's worth keeping that way. It could also be so deteriorated that major repairs are needed to make it usable. Big difference in how much it's worth. There are some Model T guys here who will be glad to advise if you post more info. Terry
  19. Congratulations Tracy!!!

    I guess it's ok if we "loan" Tracy Lesher to the Horseless Carriage Club of America (HCCA) for a while... I've just seen the announcement she has been selected as the new Editor of the Horseless Carriage Gazette! https://www.hcca.org/Tracy-Lesher.html Tracy and Jeff are great brass car folks who involve the entire family in the old car hobby. Congratulations Tracy. Look forward to touring with you again in the coming season. Terry
  20. Corcoran lamps

    Documentation for a specific application would most likely come from the car manufacturer. The brand of lamp however may not have actually been specified in sales literature or even a parts list. Photographs or catalog illustrations in factory literature would serve to identify the lamps to a collector with a good kowledge of what the lamps looked like. The Corcoran's used on early Buicks were distinctive, however they were also available as aftermarket lamps so they could be purchased and used on anything. IL'vee also seen the bullet-backet Gray and Davis lamps used on early Buicks but don't have any idea what the factory documentation might indicate. Another reason to support the AACA Library and Research Center. Back in the day, car owners had their own favorites, or perhaps the dealers had lamps some parts salesman give the a good deal on or incentive to install their lamps. It becomes difficult to say that a particular vehicle used a certain lamp brand unless that factory documentation exists. It is true that a lot of early cars came without lamps, and some that lamps were optional extra cost items for. So, a thrifty buyer back in the early 1900s might save a few bucks buying a car without lamps, and re-using was was saved from a previous car. Back them there was not concern for keeping the car totally authentic, so lamps came from a lot of different sources. I wish there was a list of what was actually supplied (or recommended) for specific cars.
  21. Corcoran lamps

    I was actively participating in the earlier thread on the company history. I have heard that a book was published many years ago detailing the history of the John Brown company. I've not been able to confirm that or locate a copy if it exists. Further research is needed but too much is competing for attention at the moment. Perhaps as a retirement project i'll begin working on a book of automotive lamps. I know that books have been published on carbide bicycle lamps, but don't think a reference work has ever been produced on automobile lamps. It would be an interesting project for sure. Terry
  22. CHRISTMAS Cards

    I've collected antique postcards for a long time, and have quite a few Christmas themed cards showing Santa motoring about in the latest - here are a few. How about posting pics of some of yours. Even reglar Christmas cards with cars on them can be neat and I know I've not seen them all yet. Terry
  23. Corcoran lamps

    Jeff, as an enthusiastic collector of brass lamps I'm very interested in any history you can provide. Is there a link you can provide to any internet resources for such info? I recall meeting a descendant of the Davis part of Gray and Davis and he was working on a history but never heard any more about that company. Let me know what you can share. Thanks, Terry
  24. Antique Mall Finds

    Great find! Actually, I snagged a neat item in McKinney Texas a few years ago. I was on the way to the National Meet in Paris Texas and arrived in Dallas, connected with Doug Drake at the airport and we shared a rental car from there. As we passed through McKinney, I noticed an antique shop in the center of town so managed to get Doug to stop and look around. He was a bit slower than I was going through the place and while I was waiting up near the front door for him to catch up, I looked down right by where I was standing and noticed a small table lamp. Hidden under the over-sized lamp shade was a Pierce Arrow archer mascot. It had been used to make the lamp but was not damaged. I bought it pretty cheap. Later when we arrived at the motel in Paris, some friends in the room next door teased me about not being able to do much antique hunting from the airplane. They had traveled cross country and in the past three days had hit every shop possible. Their display on the bed for me to view consisted of a number of scratched-up oil cans, a few tire pressure gauges, a couple of Model T wrenches, and some old cut-out magazine ads. Not much of any quality really, but they were convinced they had me stumped. I told them I'd only found one thing on my way from Dallas and invited them to see it - will never forget the look on their faces as they saw that beautiful archer. I guess it helped me earn a reputation as a pretty good treasure hunter. While you're on the thread, wondering how things are going there in McKinney? I remember a bunch of fun, enthusiastic folks and thoroughly enjoyed my time there. Would love to come back again. Any chance for another meet our tour there? Terry