Terry Bond

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  1. Terry Bond

    YEAHHHH!!!! RETIRED!!!!!!

    Well, after 21 years with the same company helping to recruit and hire healthcare professionals, I've officially RETIRED! Of course I've done it before when I retired after 23 years in the U.S. Navy, but this time I'm not wondering what my second career will be- it's already happened, and it certainly was enjoyable and so satisfying. To think the people we hired made such a difference in peoples lives is awesome. Proud also of the projects I initiated to hire our veterans. Those talented hospital corpsmen and medics can do so much more than what is normally allowed in the civilian world, and now we're successfully breaking down barriers for them and putting their experience and skills to work in the right place. Friday was officially my last day at work, although I'll go back later this week for my retirement luncheon and to pick up a few things still in the office. I woke up this morning without an alarm clock, didn't have to fight traffic, and spent the day leisurely sorting and packing for Hershey. Best part of this is I won't need to work by axx off so I can go, ain't worried about what's going on while I'm gone, and won't have to unscramble some crisis when I get back. Sweeeeeeettttttt! So-if I walk by at Hershey with a kinda frozen smile on my face just figure I'm having a really great time! Terry
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    New eBay issue - Advice on fraudulent activity

    Maybe I read through everything too quickly but I'm wondering how you know for sure your carb is in Michigan? I've heard that people "steal" ebay photos and listings all the time. About a year ago i had watched as nice piece of automobilia sell for a handsome price - and a few weeks later the same listing re-appeared. I had saved he image on the original listing and when I compared it with the new listing, it was a total match, including background! The "new" listing had a tempting buy-it-now price but recognizing a fraud, I reported it to ebay. I actually got a fast response - although it was a listing supposedly in New York (the original item was sold from Florida to an unknown buyer), I learned from the ebay response the paypal account was someone in China! So-where the item is listed actually has no bearing on this. Someone may have just stolen your listing! Terry
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    YEAHHHH!!!! RETIRED!!!!!!

    i guess it's a natural reaction to think about the folks left behind in the office to continue fighting the same battles over and over again, especially for those who have leaned on me over the years and sought advice. But - I'm sure I'll be missed mainly for the stories of weekend escapades and trips with the old cars . I'll never forget the "retirement" speech Howard Scotland gave when he retired from the AACA Board of Directors - he stuck his finger into a glass of water, pulled it out and asked us what size of hole was left behind! Hershey was a blast and the best part was NOT going back to work on Monday morning. Next year I'm going to try and stay over for the Hershey Hangover Tour! Terry
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    Virginia Personal Property Tax

    THANKS for the history on it Earl. I well remember the battle but with Tom leading the way, and support from your region and the Old Dominion Association clubs Va became one of the best states to live in and own an antique auto. You are correct that the law prohibits localities from collecting personal property tax on antique cars at a rate greater than the state does - and that is Zero! Terry
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    What did you buy at Hershey this year?

    Here are a few more goodies I managed to bring home this year. I've collected old duster and auto related buttons for a long time and this was the best I've ever found at Hershey. The boxed set is only the second one I know of. They are hand painted under glass and are quite small. The last pic is a die-cut embossed calendar from 1909. Amazing it has survived in such fine condition. This year I also added a nice load of spark plugs to my collection including this set of four top-primer plugs. Despite the Thursday rain, it was one of the best Hershey meets I've ever been to. Jay wanted to stop for a photo but I was too busy treasure hunting! Terry
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    What did you buy at Hershey this year?

    This year was simply amazing for me. I needed to make up for last year when I was mending my broken leg and didn't get to see much of it, so was determined to cover as much as possible. My best finds were actually on Thursday during the rain. Vendors with covered spaces were eager to sell and I was braving the elements in search of great automobilia. One of my best acquisitions this year was a superb early French bronze figurine of a lady in an early automobile. I'm trying to research some history on it so any help would be appreciated. One like it was sold at an auction in Germany in 2008 and it was listed as "Hulcan Trophy 1904/05 signed Hippolyte Francois Moreau" Moreau was a French sculptor and supposedly the original trophy is in the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. Not sure how many of these bronze editions exist. Found a bunch of great spark plugs for my collection, more pins and buttons, and another great early inkwell/pen-tray. Already making off days on the calendar until next year. Terry
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    What did you buy at Hershey this year?

    Just got home and have not unpacked the goodies yet, but it was one of the best Hershey events ever for me. Found some amazing early automobila, spark plugs for the collection, literature, and some really cool things that were just there waiting for me. Actually the BEST day of all finding stuff for me was Thursday during the rain. Vendors in their tents and under their awnings were eager for lookers and ready to sell Enjoyed seeing so many olds friends as always. Susan's cousin joined us for his first time visit to Hershey. He was literally overwhelmed at the size and scope of it all. He'll be back again and is shopping for a good car. Think he's zeroed in on a Cougar. When I unpack tomorrow I'll shoot some pics and post them. Terry
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    Getting old I guess

    What Steve says is golden. I had a broken leg last year for Hershey and rented a scooter from a place in Harrisburg . It was delivered to my hotel. Easy to load in the van and when we got on the field, rode it over to the designated check-in spot on the lower right side of the Giant Center. They checked my drivers license, handicapped card and put a little colored tag on the scooter. Good-to-go all week. It was a blessing to be able to get around and enjoy the event. Follow the Dr's (and your wife's) orders and you'll heal quickly. I'm not renting a scooter this time! Terry
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    YEAHHHH!!!! RETIRED!!!!!!

    Thanks for all the thoughts. Oh, what a list I've got! First priority when I get back from Hershey is to get ready for our annual MG Club Tech Session/"open garage"" day here. Always fun but I've always been stretched to do everything (clean out the garage, etc) because of work. Now I can dedicate the time needed. Also have one MG to finish restoring, two more cars waiting their turn, lots of house-type stuff to get caught up on, addling on to the back of the garage, two new antique showcases to restore, various collections to sort out and better manage, and I'll still be speaking to groups of transitioning military veterans as they make their journey to civilian life, etc.etc. Then there are all those retired car friends nearby. I've already been asked to help strip an MG Parts car, help organize a model T tour and of course I'm very aware that all conversations will begin with..."since you are retired, can you...." Yes, Susan has been very encouraging and no doubt, she plans to help keep me occupied. I can remember being asked in college what I really wanted to do. My only two requirements were that I had to be proud to tell people where I worked, and I had to be satisfied with what I did. In both careers I feel I've accomplished that. Terry
  10. Annie, can't believe you sold the Burb! I'm sure you'll find something to love in the field somewhere. Can't wait to see your post when you do find it. Drop by and say hi when you can - GCC5-6. If we're not there were out shopping. Terry
  11. Our 45 Annual Meet is now in the history books. "Wings and Wheels" held at the Virginia Beach Aviation Museum on a perfect day brought out some fantastic vehicles once again, and displayed them along with flying vintage aircraft, including a demonstration by one of the only flying Dehaviland Mosquitos (Google that to learn more about this amazing antique WWII airplane). Check out website for more info and some photos, more will be posted here soon I'm sure. http://www.traaca.com/ Although the AACA Bookmobile didn't make it due to some trailer scheduling conflicts at the last minute, our AACA Librarian Chris Ritter and son did attend and participated in our Hagerty sponsored youth judging program. They had a blast and some great cars to look over too. Big thanks for meet co-chairpersons Barry Basnight and Marion McAlpine, Jerry and Ellen Adams, Jim and Donna Elliott and all of the other hardworking TRAACA members for making it such a success. We're proud to be one of only a few AACA Regions who are using traditional AACA style judging and vehicle classifications. See you all next year in September! Terry
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    Hershey 2018

    From last year when I was kinda stuck with a broken leg. Bionic now so expect to do a lot more hunting this time. See you there! Terry
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    Anyone Built Their Own Roadway Antenna?

    Hidden antennas are readily available. We bought one for an MG. Check Moss Motors https://mossmotors.com/hide-away-amplified-antenna-by-retrosound Terry
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    TIDEWATER REGION DOES IT AGAIN!

    Yes - we were honored to have Chris with this for the meet. Thought I'd get a photo of him just to prove he was really there and not lounging on the beach at the ocean. We missed having the Bookmobile there but he said he'd bring it next year if he had to drive it. Recommend fitting some aftermarket AC for him though as it was pretty hot over the weekend. I'm hopeful that Marc or Bob will post some additional photos soon-I didn't take too many unfortunately. Got tied up with judging then presented a seminar. Next thing we knew, it was time for the awards. I just love this meet, not only because it's the "home team" but it's a great location with lots to see and do. We competed with the Oceana Air Show (Blue Angles) and a bunch of other local events, but it's all a big draw to Va Beach this time of year. Terry
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    Hershey 2018

    Dave - I'm sorry I sold my mud in a jar several years ago. What year was yours from? Mine was 1976, the year of "the big one." Terry
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    Hershey 2018

    Since 1970! Still finding spark plugs, but bring more if you can. Stop by and visit. If I'm not there I'm out finding stuff. If I've already found stuff, I'll be there raising capital for more stuff. Say hi to Susan and bring her something MG related too! Terry
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    Former National AACA President Jack Macy

    Sad news,, another great passes. Jack was my first team captain on the judging field at Hershey in 1970. I'll never forget him for that experience. In those days, there was no apprentice training. You were assigned to a team as an "extra" and judged "under observation." At the breakfast, Jack vowed to make sure my first experience would be great. As a Model A enthusiast, I felt that was great training ground and sure enough, was assigned to Jacks team on Model As. Do you know how many model As were on the show field back in the 1970s? Well the line of them was almost as far as the eye could see! My training was literally trial by fire-we were one person short on the team and Jack asked if I was ok judging engines. How could I turn down that opportunity. I was confident with my experience helping a friend restore Model As I would be ok, as long as Jack was looking over my shoulder. He made be feel like an old pro and I'll never forget the things he taught me that day about judging. His message from that morning in 1970 is the basis of my speech to judges and when I'm doing CJE to this very day, I'll be forever grateful and his legacy will live on in others. Jack was a fine gentle person with a great sense of humor and I'm proud to have known him. Rest in peace Jack. Terry
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    Spark plugs

    Hey Rich, I've not had any contact from him either. Saw that he did contact SPCOA on the web site and Lanny responded. Guess we'll find out at Hershey what he has been able to do with these plugs. Terry
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    Saw this clean MGB today....

    The are becoming popular around here. Despite the inherent issues with them the MGB is still a decent entry-level enthusiasts car. They are reasonable, parts are available, you can actually work on them yourself (if you hands are small) and there are plenty of "support groups" around. Our AACA Region (Tidewater) is full of MG owners and enthusiasts. Safety fast! Terry
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    Florence

    Just got a text msg from Natalie Weaver from HCCA NC Region. She has been in touch with several folks in the Wilmington area. She reports that Marshall VanWinkle, Bob and Jennifer Lancaster and Michael Hamby are all ok. Marshall reported that some roads are flooded and those in Wilmington are still enduring the heavy rains and wind. Trees are down and many are without power, but seems to be only minor damage from those we've heard from. It'll be a long night but there is some sunshine up there somewhere just waiting for you! Be safe. Terry
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    Buying on ebay. Don't use your phone!!!!

    Not to change the subject at all but I do agree it's probably a phone issue. I've been in HR for 21 years now and have seen millions of resumes. In the last couple of years companies have made it "easy" to apply jobs by enabling you to fill out an application and do your resume one your "smart" phone. The result is: "hit ur opning n am sub my app. Have 3 yrs xp and am egr 2 join ur co asap." I'm sure idiots like this are also buying your literature on ebay! Terry
  22. One of these sold just earlier this year (March) at the Copake auction in NY for $1298. Terry
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    Florence

    Here in southern Chesapeake we're going ok. Some rain, wind gusts occasionally but no problems. Getting some rain bands coming thru this morning. The yard is hidden now beneath wet leaves and twigs blown from our trees. So far, not much worse than some of the Noreasters we have blow through here occasionally. Were only a few minutes from the NC state line and a direct shot down to the outer banks of NC. It's amazing what that difference can make. I know that all our friends in New Bern are experiencing flooding but I've heard winds were not as bad as anticipated. Out Grand-Daughter and her husband evacuated from Camp Lejuene NC. He is a Marine stationed there and their house is on base, with water right behind them. Although they buttoned up pretty tight, regular contact with friends who stayed behind indicate flooding and lots of stuff getting blown around. Power is out. They have no ideas when they will be able to get back or what shape their home might be in. Fortunately, it's fairly new and built to codes that will help it withstand the storm. Hope what's left does not move into PA as it heads back north. You've had enough up there too. Terry
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    What's your most 'unexpected' part find?

    This is a great thread! Dave, that Winchester flea market brings back loads of great memories. It was a regular when we lived in the DC/Baltimore area years ago. In it's prime back then with lots of boxes of old stuff just cleaned out of garages, basements and barns. I've got a few more stories waiting in the wings just in case the discussion starts to wane a bit - but for now, let's keep it rolling. This is the kind of stuff we used to talk about at Hershey in the evenings. Far better than talking about joint replacements and how hard it's getting to walk around the swap meet! Terry
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    What's your most 'unexpected' part find?

    Back to the 1912 Triumph Motorcycle - one of the most difficult challenges I had was with the rear hub and free-wheeling gear. The Triumph gets started while on the kick-stand. You go through a little ritual, priming the carb, adjusting spark, throttle, air, etc then "pedal furiously." Once the engine fires, the machine is ready to go and the free-wheeling gear allows the pedal mechanism to disengage. The gear assembly is a bit complex, and to make things worse, is threaded internally, reverse thread of Triumph's own pattern, to screw onto a hub that has a bearing surface for the outer rear wheel bearing. An old motorcycle restorer there in Scotland suggested I try to reach an old retired machinist at a company in Birmingham England (T.D. Cross and Sons). That company had at one time even produced their own brand of motorcycle in the mid teens. They had been in business over 100 years and were at that time making industrial drive and transmission components. I was told he might be able to rummage around in their engineering department to find something I could adapt. I was told they never threw anything away. Eventually I was able to contact the guy, who had long ago retired, but worked there occasional evenings sweeping the floors and tinkering. I sent him a detailed sketch and held my breath. I heard nothing and could not get an answer to my numerous phone calls. About 3 weeks later, an unexpected package arrived in the mail. Inside, packed in straw was an old steel free wheeling gear assembly. I was excited to have something I could at least modify somehow to use. I measured it - correct! I counted the teeth on the gear - perfect! I then mic'd the inside diameter - no, it couldn't possibly be that close! Checked again and then noted it was reverse thread! Tried to screw it on to the original hub and it screwed right on smoothly. Checking the original parts catalog I had - there was the stamped name of the company and the serial number - no, it COULDN'T POSSIBLY BE!!! Pinch me - it was the absolute correct 1912 Triumph free wheeling gear made by the same company that made the originals. All I needed to do was get it nickle plated. Sadly though, I later learned the guy who had been my miracle worker in Birmingham had passed away. I've told this story many times to those who will listen. If you want a wee dram of good scotch, there are a few more too. Terry