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About oldcarfudd

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  1. My Reatta will not be in the record books

    My '07 Cadillac must need a tune-up. It won't go that fast. Even back in '07, it probably never got over 30 mph. And with only one cylinder and 10 horsepower, that was fast enough.
  2. Corcoran lamps

    I've been told, but with no supporting documentation, that my 1912 Buick Model 35 was supposed to have Corcoran lamps. I've also been told, by someone whose father was a Buick dealer back in the day, that cars were shipped to the dealer without lamps, and the dealer was expected tp buy lamps locally for delivery to the customer installed on the car. The lamps on my Buick are very nice, but unmarked, so I have no idea where they came from. If your research turns up any documentation of Corcoran supplying lamps to Buick, I'd appreciate hearing from you.. Many thanks!

    Bob G, I’ll probably be accused of ignoring your original post, in which you said you’d like to take your car to a meet and have it judged. Since then, much of the discussion has been about whether the point deductions for radial tires are fair, versus whether the car drives better with radials. The bottom line seems to be that it will be hard for you to have both top-notch driving and top awards with your beautiful Corvair. A few people have suggested that awards aren’t worth all that much – ”You can’t drive a trophy”, or “The car IS the trophy”. I like that approach. I take cars to Hershey long after they got a senior, as well as cars that will never get a senior. I enter them in their respective judging classes and park them with their peers – NOT in DPC! And I specify “Do Not Judge”. I get all the admiration and none of the white-glove nitpicking. I can sit in my car and chat with visitors. If someone asks about authenticity, we can have a civilized discussion and not a fight, because no trophy is at stake. I don’t have to obsess about cleanliness, which is great, because I typically DRIVE my car 30 miles from my son’s place to Hershey. And these are brass-era cars; they don’t just drip oil, they hurl it all over the place. A couple of times I’ve driven a single-cylinder, 1907 Cadillac the 30 miles to and from Hershey, about 1-3/4 hours each way, and arrived with the underside of the car marinating in oil. And I’ve had a ball! “Do Not Judge” was a great invention. Think about it!
  4. Are show cars still historic vehicles

    About a dozen years ago I bought a beautifully, and correctly, restored 1913 Ford runabout to drive on HCCA and Model T tours, and to give rides and driving lessons, and to take to yoga/the bank/the pizzeria/the ice cream store. I never entered the car in judging, though it would have done very well when I bought it (less so after maybe 15,000 miles of enjoyment). I got many compliments and thumbs-ups on the car. I also paid serious money to have a 1907 Cadillac and a 1912 Buick restored to senior level, and I have a 1911 Stanley restored maybe 50 years ago that’s a very presentable car but not trophy-worthy. They all get used in the same way as the T runabout, except for driving lessons. I also get many compliments and thumbs-ups on those cars. A year ago I sold the T runabout and bought a 1914 T touring car, just because I could pile more people into it for rides. It runs very dependably, but it’s not well restored cosmetically. The seat bottoms don’t fit, the upholstery is shiny vinyl, there are nicks and dings, and it was sloppily painted over those nicks and dings a lot of years ago. I bought it sight unseen, and was disappointed when it arrived. Yet everybody loves it! A month ago I did a 60-mile local HCCA tour in the rain, including 10 miles of muddy unpaved road, and I haven’t washed it or polished the brass since. A couple of weeks ago I drove it, still unwashed and unpolished, 96 miles on a charity road rallye, the only antique car in the event. I get just as many oohs and aahs over it as over any of my other cars. Although it’s not HPOF-worthy, people see it as a survivor, and they fall all over themselves to get their picture taken with it or in it. Bottom line – it’s all good.
  5. This Just Ruined My Day.....

    Damn auto-correct! That ain't what I typed!
  6. This Just Ruined My Day.....

    Many years ago before I knew him, my brother-in-law took a gull-wing Mercedes 300SL and stuffed a Chrysler semi-head in it.
  7. Was that tube supposed to fit into that tire?
  8. Early REO, what year?

    I rode in that '08 back when Art Wilkinson had it. It had no top or windshield then, a fact that was brought to my attention when it started to rain.
  9. Early REO, what year?

    Sorry, that should have been a 1908.
  10. Early REO, what year?

    Here's an ")* that belongs to Mike Romano, formerly belonged to Art Wilkinson.
  11. This young man is a neighbor I taught to drive a Model T when all he had was a learner's permit - not yet old enough for a license.
  12. Grant Six Firewall Tag

    The HCCA roster lists only pre-1916 cars. It shows a Werner Rase in Columbus, Ohio, having three 1914 Grants, and a Dennis Long in Beavercreek, Ohio, as having one. Either of these people might have a later Grant that wouldn't appear in the roster. Gil Fitzhugh
  13. Mom posing with Dad's car - tag 1938

    '36 Ford
  14. Show me your Foliage!

    VictoriaLynn, that's a beautiful car in beautiful settings. Where in Oregon? I have a stepson and his family in Ashland, but since I'm in NJ I don't get out there very often.
  15. Show me your Foliage!

    Like many of you, I have no fall color pictures this year because we have no fall color. Here are a couple of pictures from prior years - not great color, but decent pictures. And the Stanley picture was taken at a Cars and Croissants gathering on New Year's Day 2016 temperature 28, and definitely no fall color!