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About edinmass

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    I love old cars and young ladies.

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  1. Neat car. Cord, I know you dad and have done some business with him over the years. Sorry he is not well. AJ is one of your best possible people who can give you guidance. I would also be happy to chime in on the phone. Getting help with this car is a good idea. It's far from normal, and needs certain considerations to be properly vetted. Only then will you be able to establish a value. Which, I am quite certain can be done without too much difficulty. Short story, the more paperwork and photos, among other things, the more value. Send me you phone number by PM if you would like me to call. Ed
  2. My local shop help set up a car for the same rally. If your serious about completing this thing, you need lots more than just a car. Extra wheels, tires, water pump, starter, generator, just to start. I would have extra springs all around, shocks, .......the list is endless. We upgraded known weak points on the early thirties straight Eight we helped out with. New shackles and pins, all new front end parts, rebuilt steering box, spare clutch and pressure plate, even extra glass all around. I would recommend buying two cars, one for spares and one to drive. It's not the make that is important, it's the preparation. Figure that if you start with a well restored car, your gonna need to spend fifty grand in upgrades, plus extras. Test miles, gearing, mpg, oil consumption should be all figured out ahead of time. At the end of the race, plan on throwing the car away, of doing a total restoration. I have seen people with very deep pockets fail in this endeavor, and also, plan on a master mechanic to ride with you , your gonna need him! I see you looking at "cheap" cars to make this run, very bad idea, cheap cars usually have not been maintained. If cost figures in on this trip, don't do it. I have seen a team with almost limitless money fail. Money won't fix a broken 90 year old car in the middle of nowhere.
  3. Anyone want to place bets when we see it in the preservation class at Pebble? 2018 is a good bet. To be fair, I looked it over quickly, and it was very nice. I couldn't tell if the paint was factory, as it was overcast and getting dark. Looked like a very nice car.
  4. It wasn't priced too high........you must be one of those "cheap" car collectors!😋
  5. Cadillac, Packard, and zpierce Arrow sold them at their dealerships in the twenties and thirties. Often sold along with spare light bulb kits, wax and chrome polish, etc. Often seen in store counter displays. They are collectible. Ed
  6. My restorer spoke to him recently.........last 14 days......
  7. The handle is much harder to find than the jack. It's probably worth three times the jack. Looks earlier than 40's to my eye. I would think 25-30 or so........
  8. I have a 36 Pierce Arrow chassis in western Mass. let me know if that does you any good.
  9. They were also available in raised red letters, and I had a set on my 1914 Cadillac. They were non-skids. Firestone reproduced them in 1946 for Henery Ford and a few of the very early collectors. Austin Clark got several sets. It's interesting to note that they were available in late 1912, although I have never seen an ad for them. Ed
  10. Neat car, great story.
  11. I couldn't agree more with John S, a perfect statement and a true and correct understanding of the hobby.
  12. Ok, I'll kick over the hornets nest. It's a great car. I find it interesting, and it looks in great shape. It isn't an investment. It's a toy. A piece of American history. Fun to drive and show. If you don't use it on the open road and enjoy it, it's a large expense of taxes, matainance, insurance, storage, time, and a loss of the time value of money. I understand keeping it for sentimental reasons, and that is a good of a reason as any other. I make my living in the car world. I have owned and operated a large modern repair garage along with a large rental car fleet and used car license. I have been in the old car hobby for forty five years. I have owned some of the worlds greatest cars, and currently still do. I'll offer this piece of advice that I have given to people many times. Unless YOU like the car and intend to participate with it in the hobby(any or all aspects), sell it. The car is unlikely to appreciate in value and probably won't keep up with inflation. My similar situation to yours and your fathers, I promised my dad something on his deathbed. His only regret in life was not finishing a restoration he started thirty years before. It was a 1931 Cadillac Fleetwood Cabriolet. It was in terrible condition when purchased thirty years before and we spent twenty five years at Hershey finding all the missing parts. I knew it would still require 250 thousand dollars to finish the restoration. He soon passed after I made the promise, and I intended to keep mine and finish the car in my retirement. Several years passed, and a collector with hundreds of cars stopped by my shop to look at another one of my cars for details on one of his current restorations. He saw my fathers car in the corner and asked about it.......... I knew if he acquired it he would restore it properly and display it in his museum. I sold him the car and another parts car for a song...........knowing I would save myself 400k of my retirement savings. I made the deal, even though I wouldn't finish the car myself, the promise would be kept. I asked the new owner to let me drive the car when it was done. Two years later he called me and said, come on over on Friday, the car will be ready for its first drive. He kept his promise to me, and I drove the 100 point car down a dirt road with snow and mud for the first time. It hadn't run in more than fifty years. I cried the entire time I drove it, with my local car buddies looking on.........it was an incredible day. I was finally able to let my father go that spring morning, years after he passed. It was the day I came to terms with his passing and our relationship. I don't regret for a second selling the car to get it done. It was the right thing to do, and the car has a special place in the museum. I visit the car more often than my fathers resting place, as I am sure he would want it that way. Maybe be the best place for your Ford sometime in the future, is some where your dad would approve of it if he could. Take you time and figure it out. I think your doing a great job dealing with all of your dads cars. My best, Ed
  13. Is that short hood car a six? Did it have the weird semi auto transmission?
  14. AJ, my new place will be a bit bigger than my current as far as square footage goes, but the yard will be MUCH smaller! You and Pam can come down and vacation in January and Feburary and stay with us, I'm going to need an assistant to help clean and wash cars!
  15. Chassis is 1929, I can tell from the early style hub cap. I have never seen these photos before, and ran them by my secret 100 year old PA mentor. He said they were cut up,about 65 years ago in the Buffalo area. Ed