charlier

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  1. Future of the antique car hobby

    In the late 1990s and early 2000s a lot of young people were buying old, water cooled VWs from the 70s to late 80s because they were cheap and parts were plentiful. They would lower them, install different wheels and tires, swap in different engines and transmissions, bolt on other engine items and do body modifications. One thing that has changed is that VW owners now are doing these modifications to newer VWs because of the lack of older VWs to purchase at cheap prices. One thing that has not changed is that there are fewer and fewer VW owners are actually doing the work themselves. They just write a check. Back then and even now I have younger people approach me and tell me that if they had one of my VWs they would do this modification or that modification. I usually tell them that I am into preserving the history of the car by keeping it all original. Then I usually get a few funny looks. What most of them do not realize is that modifying one of these vehicles from it's original condition easily drops it's value by a HUGE amount since it is then just an old, modified VW (in some cases just a hack job & mess that does not even run right). Some of my VW friends from back in the day realized this and only did modifications that could be reversed and kept all the original parts. When they sold the cars they would put them back to stock and sold the modification parts separately. In almost EVERY, SINGLE case they came out ahead financially. Those that did not usually lost a lot of $$$ selling the modified vehicle. You are absolutely right in that 1970s, 80s and early 90s watercooled VWs in original condition have increase in value. The increase in value for a #1 level car would shock the living daylights out of some forum members here. The lack of OEM parts for these vehicles and the fact that no one makes 3rd party parts for them and the number of modified cars from this era (ie no used original parts) makes restoring them to original condition VERY difficult. I suppose the moral of this story is that younger people looking to get into the old car hobby should be careful when it comes to certain brands of vehicles from the mid 1970s to early 1990s. While their values are increasing the lack of spare parts makes owning them, keeping them on the road and restoring them a challenge to say the least.
  2. Future of the antique car hobby

    My next door neighbor owns a few NAPA parts stores here in my area. He tells me that the vast majority of his store's customers (95%+) are independent car repair shops and car dealers. They seldom see many retail customers even though his stores are located in some fairly populated areas. Rock Auto is a good resource for many maintenance parts for older cars. Sadly, they cannot and do not carry every part needed to keep old cars on the road. I just found out I need such a part for my 1985 vehicle. No Longer Available from the dealer (many years ago now), no third party makes the part and this vehicle is seldom seen in auto recycling yards. At least I have 2-3 months before the car requires state inspection to find this part. If not, the car fails and it will sit until I can find the part. Lucky for my car I have connections and I am not scared by the hunt for parts. Sadly, a younger person might find this too difficult and would sell/scrap the same vehicle due to lack of time/money to find a part such as this.
  3. Future of the antique car hobby

    A friend of mine is a automotive tech at a new car dealer who also happens to be an old car guy as well. Take on guess as to why he is their best tech and always gets the nightmare vehicles? Yup, he thinks outside of the scan tool box. Scan tools are great but they make many techs LAZY and are a BIG crutch for techs that CANNOT THINK for themselves. Over the years if I had money for every time my friend told me a story about a nightmare vehicle and found that the scan tool was giving misleading info you could EASILY pay for your next CCCA Annual Meeting with $$$ leftover. Heck my 1980 car didn't idle perfectly in 10 degree weather when it was new. After it was fully restored and it's carb was rebuilt it has run much better. Each of my vehicles (old and new) have their own quirks. I learned long ago to "listen" to each of them by rolling down the windows while driving. Between that and just the feel of the vehicle and how it performs I can usually tell if something isn't quite right. I try to drive and/or run my vehicles as much as I can during the spring/summer/fall. Sadly it seems I always plan/long to do it more than I can. Maybe that will change someday. I consider myself lucky that I have a few friends that I can consult with when I am stumped by an issue with one of my old vehicles. I am also very lucky that when I do not have the expertise or the tools or desire to do certain jobs I can take my vehicles to a family owned shop which can handle those jobs. The techs there like it when I bring in one of my old cars and are always happy to see the "old skool" stuff.
  4. Dangerous hydraulic jack

    In some vehicle owner communities these jacks are known as "Widow Makers". Sadly, there is a reason for that name.
  5. Southeastern National Spring Meet, April 7

    Mark, Thank you for posting the photos from the car show. In some of the photos it looks like the owners of a few cars are using some of the recalled Kidde Fire Extinguishers that I posted about last fall. Do you know if the AACA judging teams are informing the car owners about the recall when they see potentially recalled extinguishers on the show field? If not, maybe the VP of Class Judging can have someone make copies of the recall information that can be given to judging teams to hand out to car owners at future AACA events this year who still have/use the recalled extinguishers?? Yes, I do realize that the post about the recall was here on the forums for a long while and in the Speedster and elsewhere. Still, it appears that some AACA members missed it. Charlie
  6. Retired #oldcarprincess

    Congratulations on your new career and job! You know where to find us when you need a break from work or some old car advice or to just check in to make sure we are behaving ourselves.
  7. Website skimming eBay ads/pics

    I would be curious to know how long he has been practicing this type of law specifically related to the internet? Maybe there were lawyers back then that could have helped me. Then again I have to wonder since both the person who "copied" my web site and their internet hosting company were both located in a foreign country which made dealing with both a challenge.
  8. Website skimming eBay ads/pics

    VL, I think some here took the off ramp in this thread and are currently on a back road. Somewhat related to your original post... I have had a web site on line since the mid 1990s based on one of my vehicles with 1000s of pages and many more photos. One day I received an email from another enthusiast for the vehicle on my web site telling me someone had stolen my web site. I came to find out that an individual in another country had basically copied large parts of my web site and was passing it off as his own. I did not have the $$$$ to hire a lawyer. Even if I had a lawyer back then there were virtually no laws at all governing the internet so it would have done no good. Anyway, between myself and the company where my web site was hosted from we got the fake site shutdown. I am guessing that the web site provider for the fake site did not want to deal with situation. Glad your situation was resolved in your favor. Thanks for letting everyone here know what happened. Charlie
  9. Southeastern National Spring Meet, April 7

    Are the trucks actually for sale or just using the car corral as parking spaces closer to the action?
  10. Southeastern National Spring Meet, April 7

    Hmmm... I seem to remember someone saying that the last time I judged Chassis in the rain, on grass, at an AACA Meet. Hopefully the weather turns out to be dry for the meet this weekend. I had hoped to make it to this meet (for the first time) this year. Unfortunately, that little thing called work messed up my plans. Oh well, I hope to see everyone at the Grand National or Gettysburg or Hershey. Have a Great time at Charlotte! Charlie
  11. Is this peeling my fault

    This is some of the 3M Tapes I have used without a problem.. Did you use the tape on a freshly painted area or did you use it on an area that was not freshly painted that you were trying to protect from over spray? I have used the above tapes in both situations and not had a problem.
  12. Is this peeling my fault

    Just wondering exactly what type of tape you actually used. 3M makes dozens and dozens of tapes. Some are perfect for tasks like this and others will do what happened to you since they are not quite right for what you are trying to do. When painting etc, I use the 3M Blue Painter's Tape (it comes in other colors as well). I have left this stuff applied for weeks or longer and not had problems when I removed it. Charlie
  13. Letter from the "aaca" museum

    Sorry everyone, the link did not work. I originally did a Google search and found the article and was able to read the whole thing. Then I included that link in my post. Apparently that link that I posted only shows a small part of the beginning of the article and the request to login or signup for the Wall Street Journal. If you use Google to search for the article" How to Succeed in Philanthropy Without Really Giving Anything" then click on it in the Google search then entire article is vie-able if you are logged in with a Google account. Then you can read the entire article without having to log-in or subscribe. Charlie
  14. Charging the breakaway battery?

    I agree about it depending on the wiring. The breakaway battery for my trailer has a small electronic device in the wiring just before the connectors to the battery. The way my tow vehicle and trailer are wired the brake away battery as well as the winch battery inside the trailer are charged by the tow vehicle when it is running and connected to the trailer. During the season I put a Battery Tender charger on the trailer winch battery. That connection also charges my breakaway battery. In the off season I bring both batteries indoors and put them on the Battery Tender. I got 7 years out of the first winch battery and I am going into year 6 with the second winch battery. Last year I replaced the original breakaway battery after 12 years. It still worked okay but I thought it was time to retire it. Charlie
  15. Letter from the "aaca" museum

    The following article I've linked to may provide some insight into the ownership of the Tuckers. Cammack Family Tucker Collection If I understood the article correctly, the way the "Supporting Organization" (SO) was set up for the Tuckers, the SO retains control over the Tuckers.