John348

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    Hershey 2018, right hand drive theme?

    I love playing pranks and that would be pretty believable one as well, but I doubt that they ever made any Nomads for export
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    Hershey 2018, right hand drive theme?

    I have seen that happen many times...
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    New Trend on eBay?

    Sort of makes sense on their end, they don't make money off of stuff already sold, they hope you pull the trigger on the item they show that is still for bid or sale, not that I agree with it, Just a matter of time before they charge a buyers premium
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    New Trend on eBay?

    Most everything ebay does works against the seller
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    trailer weight question

    Gary, I thought the first time was a mistake, so the second time I did pull off and asked the person at the scale "Am I supposed to stop here, I am non commercial" he said "yes sir" I tow my cars in many states and Maryland is the only one that says "ALL VEHICLES" Just like the agricultural stop entering and leaving Florida that to is more specific stating all vehicles with trailers, rentals, blah blah blah..... I am not commercial everything but. The initial time I was stopped my trailer was empty and he was questioning as to why, and did not think it was his business. I am just a retired guy going between my home in Florida and my home in NY who stores some of his cars in Florida, his answer was (typical) "Ignorance and a failure to read and understand the law is no excuse" and went on to tell me to share this with all of "my car club buddies" "that Maryland is all vehicles not just commercial" And yes I drove past the Maryland scale south bound on I-95 two weeks ago and the was a real long line of vehicles. and yes there were RV's on that line I had no trailer so I went past but they seem to be now more prepared for the anticipated traffic flow. Do what you want, I personally just need to invite any of Maryland's finest trying to take my pension money. All I can do is share my experience which is similar to Robert's. I am not a retired law enforcement member so I don't have any magic ID cards, and I know the hard way debating the law with a law enforcement officer is not a going to be a winning proposition for me at the time and place of the situation
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    What cars use this..

    Looks like the ones I remember seeing on the Checker Taxi Cabs in NYC when they were in use, also has an early 50's Mopar look
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    Wrapping Patina

    The newer cars I own, one requires me to take a controlled fall to get in it, I cringe when I attempt to get out, the truck I cringe when I attempt to climb in and get out by a controlled fall
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    Wrapping Patina

    Not every day for me but when ever I can drive mine I will, (I know it is a 49 hood ornament on a 50, but the hood ornament was on my Grandfathers car), and your right it is pretty wierd
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    trailer weight question

    Well gary, all I can say is what happened to me, and what the sign says "ALL VEHICLES OVER 10,000 POUNDS"
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    New Trend on eBay?

    My apologies I missed the best offer part.
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    New Trend on eBay?

    Yes and it is insulting. A realistic offer is one thing but a "LOW BALL OFFER" is another. Dave, think about it $2 less.... $12 was too much? As both a seller and a buyer on ebay I understand how the seller feels with the counter offer, and I have done the same. As a seller I must ask if the buyer really needs it, because $2 should not make a difference, if you really needed it.
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    trailer weight question

    Maryland does not have a facility on 81. They were state troopers who requested my license, my truck was 2 year old GMC 2500 diesel and the trailer was a plain gray that was three years old, and it was empty. From what I could gather they were looking for pirate car transporters not paying road use tax, who use the similar rigs as us... Do what you want, but it looked like they were looking to make money for the state
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    trailer weight question

    Ed I thought that too on my back up to NY, I got pulled over for driving past the scale. Took my license said I would get it back at the scale house. I had to turn around at the next cloverleaf pay the toll going south, turnaround and pay the toll going north again and pull off on the scale. Told me to go to the impound yard for a safety inspection... it was a two hour ordeal and cost me 3X the tolls so it is your call. By the way the troopers did not like me telling them about federal laws, so if it happens to you I suggest not even mentioning it, be safe
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    trailer weight question

    Not in Maryland! as the sign says "ALL VEHICLES OVER 10,000 LBS MUST EXIT"
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    1954 Chevy Bel air. An impossible restoration?

    Very true, so I can only share my mistakes. However I have restored a few very high caliber cars doing the majority of the work myself, and it still cost a small fortune. Remember this nobody figure shipping into the cost of a restoration and is almost 1/4 of the total cost. By the way those spare parts were accumulated for cars that all ended up being restored, and I still never needed the parts. I had the discretionary cash to purchase them and it did not take away from the finances needed to restore the car
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    1954 Chevy Bel air. An impossible restoration?

    I am not sure from the title of the thread "54 Belair an impossible restoration?" if you desired encouragement or honesty. (it is not a belair by the way it is a 210) The internet is like sitting in a bar and asking for an opinion, sooner or later someone will give you the answer you need to hear. Most of the time it is the bartender to get you to spend more money while he encourages you. Yes any car can be restored, but it comes for a price, regardless of who does the work. You could buy one in much better shape for very little more. In almost 50 years of being around this hobby I have seen this story numerous times, and only one was ever done, all the rest went on to become a parts cars for the next guy, at huge financial loss for the seller. If you think you can get it done, well I am not the one to question it. Would I do it,? never....... I would not even consider it for free, but thats me. having a garage full of spare engines, transmissions, heads, and windshields that I never needed in over 40 years and some for cars i don't even own anymore . There is nobody really knocking my door down for then either Good luck ,
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    1975 Cosworth Vega FOR SALE

    I have decided to start to thin down my collection, and after long consideration I decided that this car would be one to go. I have owned this car for 6 years and bought the car from the original owner. It was sitting in storage prior to that from 1985. I have the original bill of sale and build sheet. This is car 0718 out of the 3508 of total production in 1975 and 76., with a few hundred known to be left that are running according to the Cosworth registry.The car has 79,000 miles and runs GREAT! In 1975 the Cosworth sold for on $500 less than the Corvette and $800 more than a Camaro. This car is a great fun to drive, and rivals the feel of driving a British sports car of the same era. I had come upon the rare aftermarket Hutton Weber Carburetor set-up, and replaced the original problematic Electronic Fuel Injection set-up, I do have all of the original parts and they will go with the car. Some of the paint is still original in areas but it has been touched up. Since I have owned it I had the original rims restored, 5 new tires, new exhaust from the original factory stainless steel header back, new tie rod ends and center link, new fuel pump, new Delco clutch, new clutch cable, the close ratio 4 speed transmission was overhauled with new bearings and syncro rings, new U joints were installed. original starter was rebuilt, new brakes, radio speaker was rebuilt, new hoses and radiator was boiled out. new Steele weatherstrip on the hatch and the doors, had a new headliner installed, and I am sure there were many other items I had forgotten. I have an additional engine that will go with the car as well as other parts. Car is very fast! Car is registered to me and is located on Long island New York. It turns heads everywhere we take it! I know that these two words were seldom mentioned in the same sentence 'solid' and ' Vega' but it is.... a solid vega. I feel it is priced very reasonable at $14,500 for a car you start and drive anywhere tomorrow., all supported by a great national club of extremely knowledgeable fellow Cosworth enthusiasts. I must have well over 150 magazines from the COVA loaded with GREAT tech articles, like it should be! If you are interested please PM me for more information. I will have some more photos posted on the undercarriage in the next day or so more history on Cosworth Vegas please go to http://chevyvega.wikia.com/wiki/Chevrolet_Cosworth_Vega Thanks for looking and feel free to contact me for more information 9am to 9PM EST
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    Who did ‘57 Better? Ford or Chevy?

    Well I am sold on the 57 Ford after looking at the latest issue of Antique Automobile that arrived today! That black and red retractable is real sharp
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    Who did ‘57 Better? Ford or Chevy?

    Of course in thread about 1957 Fords and Chevrolets it's only natural to mention something else and unrelated
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    1954 Chevy Bel air. An impossible restoration?

    it pretty much bolts in and is a common swap because the 235's have full pressure oiling.
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    1954 Chevy Bel air. An impossible restoration?

    Silver paint is a lot cheaper then chrome but that is long way off. Just to get it to stop will cost close to $750 just in parts and shipping.... I don't know about getting involved with it
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    Who did ‘57 Better? Ford or Chevy?

    The great thing about Franklin Mint Cars, they are easy to find in good shape and a heck of a lot cheaper and smaller
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    1954 Chevy Bel air. An impossible restoration?

    Looks like 210 not a Belair, Sedan windshields are the same 2 door or 4 door. I think the back window is the same, I have to check
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    1954 Chevy Bel air. An impossible restoration?

    I think it will eat a lot of money just to get it to start, run and stop safely, and you still did not touch any of the sheetmetal. As an owner of a 50 and a 53 the four doors are really not that desirable. If you really want one I would find a solid one and use the one in the photos as a parts car. I myself would not get involved with trying to restore it, or even just fixing it up. There is always a demand for parts, but from what I found it is a limited demand for these cars in the four door version. There are plenty of examples that can be had for a relatively low price in the Chevrolet world. There are always guys looking for the 235 six's to install inte early six cylinder cars but how much they are willing to pay is another story, plus shipping......