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About oldcarfudd

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  1. Help my neighbor ID this car

    The one in the OP's picture is a year or two older, since it has gas headlamps and oil sidelamps.
  2. What year?

    The newest car I can identify is a 1916 Ford. Most of the cars are a bit older.
  3. Looking For Help Cheering Up Grandparents

    You might, in that case, want to contact the local Model A Ford and Flathead Ford V-8 clubs. Those cars are very popular, and their owners love to drive them. You might even end up with a caravan!
  4. Lottery winnings

    In my working life I was an actuary. I know about odds. I don't buy lottery tickets.
  5. Letter from the "aaca" museum

    There are ways to lend your car to a museum for display, without giving up ownership. If the museum doesn't comply with the terms of the loan, the car can come back to the owner, or to some sort of trustee, for further disposition by the owner or the terms of the trust. I don't have a dog in this fight, but one thing interests me: What happened to all those regional club artifacts? If the museum thought it owned them, it could continue to display them (apparently not what was done), put them into storage (easy enough to say so if that's what happened), sold them (to whom? They have no cash value except to the donating regions or to a sign hoarder), given them away (again, to whom?), or chucked them in a dumpster (easy to do, but not very nice). If the museum thought the donating regions still owned them, it could have returned them when they were of no further value as display items. In any event, the question of their disposition would be easy to answer. So, why hasn't it been?
  6. My car's weight and trailer advice

    I'm with MartS. I have a 24' aluminum Featherlite that I have pulled with a Touareg diesel for the last three years. For the prior 11 years, I pulled trailers with a 2004 V-8 gas Touareg. I tow about 6000 miles a year, going to HCCA tours. I have a '14 Ford, a '12 Buick Model 35 (the entry level Buick of its day), an '11 Stanley 10-horse toy tonneau, and an '07 single-cylinder Cadillac. They aren't heavy, and I can haul any two together except the Buick and the Stanley. I can go up and down any hill on any Interstate faster than any sane man ought to go, and the rig is as steady as a train. (If I'm doping off, I'll occasionally feel a momentary side-to-side wiggle, no more than three inches. That means I'm about to be passed by a bus.) I have the wheel web tie-downs, so I never have to criss-cross and my tie-downs stay out of the middle of the trailer where all the oil drips are. My current VW was one of the dirty lyin' Nazi cheatmobiles caught up in the diesel scandal. It has just undergone the factory fix. Without the trailer, it still runs fine. I haven't pulled the trailer anywhere since the car was de-toxed, but I suspect it will still do fine. I heartily second all the comments about getting heavy-duty tires and axles, and not trying to go too many years on a set of tires. I, too, carry an extra VW wheel and tire in the trailer as well as a trailer spare. I learned these things the hard way with my prior trailer.
  7. Mystery early roadster

    Possibly a 1913 Abbott-Detroit.
  8. Funny car stories

    A few years ago, when Donald Trump was just a rich guy with some real estate, the Trump Foundation had a car show at the Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, NJ. I drove over in my 1912 Buick. An Indian fellow with a Bentley walked over and started asking the usual questions. One question was where did I get tires? I replied: "We get them from you guys." "What do you mean?" "A compan bought up all the molds for old tire sizes. Now the small tires are made in Vietnam, and the bigger ones in India." I knelt down on the grass and searched the sidewall of my 33x4 tire until I found the little legend: "Made in India." Well, gang, I've had people take pictures of every part of my car, many times. But this is the only time a fellow in a suit and tie squatted with his cell phone to take a picture of a 3-inch-wide piece of my sidewall. Separate story: A friend demonstrated crank-starting a Model T. A lady asked him how far it could go. He said a full tank was good for about 180 miles. She said: "I mean, how far until you have to wind it again?"
  9. Auto in old photo

    In 1908 cars still had brass trim, gas lamps, and wood spoke wheels. If that woman died in 1908, her ghost takes a mighty good picture.
  10. Very few people are alive who bought a pre-WWII car new. No one is alive who bought a Model A new, let alone a Model T. No one is alive who rode in a new brass car, even as a small child. But Glidden tours remain popular. There are two national Model A clubs and two national Model T clubs that have glossy magazines, active websites, and LOTS and LOTS of tours. The Horseless Carriage Club's membership has been stable for over 20 years, and there are brass car tours all over the country. Model As and Ts aren't fancy cars, and while some cars on HCCA tours are big and impressive, most are Model Ts or other small cars. Maybe part of what keeps these cars popular is that there's more to do with them than go for ice cream (though every good tour has ice cream stops!) or sit in a hot parking lot all day hoping to get a trophy.
  11. Need title for news article

    Awesome Grandmas and Their Fabulous Rides
  12. Gmoney, the system for responding to a private message seems to to be cooperating. Write me directly at oldcarfudd"at"aol"dot"com.
  13. If your interest is in bringing a tired car back to its youthful vigor, you want something that's pretty complete, or you'll be in over your head moneywise if not skillwise really quickly. Many folks here advise buying a really nicely preserved car and enjoying driving and maintaining it. There is a 70-ish-year-old lady near me who has a 1986 (I think) Oldsmobile she bought new and has maintained very well. She recently bought a new SUV, because she now has a Russian wolfhound she schleps around to dog shows. The Olds is for sale. It's a lovely original car. I don't know how much she wants, and I have no stake in the car. If you might be interested, send me a private message and I'll put you in touch. And, by the way, welcome to the hobby! Gil Fitzhugh the Elder, Morristown, NJ
  14. The Susquehanna Valley Regional Group is very active. Its annual meeting will be Sunday, March 18 at 2 PM in Pine Grove, PA. They will discuss the tours they sponsor: 1. BBC, a Sunday swap meet for pre-WWII stuff followed by 4 days of pre-'16 touring in May 2. The Hershey Hangover, 2 days of pre-'16 touring on the Sunday and Monday following the Hershey car show. 3. Their local summer one-day tours, at which cars through the '20s are welcome. Contact me for details. We'd be happy to meet you! Gil Fitzhugh the Elder
  15. Welcome to HCCA! Where do you live? Maybe you can snag a ride with someone in a brass car while you sort out how to get your own. Maybe you can get your wife to come too. Some wives warm to the hobby when they join people having fun in it.