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  1. Buyer's premium

    Who is responsible the cash exchange? Just the cost of transport with temperature and humidity requirements was expensive and probably the auction house's expense, as well as handling insurance. I was involved in environmental conditions for a Degas exhibit one time and spent a year meeting the owner's requirements. That stuff is not like restoring a car where just a wave of the hand gets the job done.
  2. Buyer's premium

    I had an owner contact me about selling his car 0n Ebay. He wanted $70,000 for it. I told him I would do it for a non-refundable $500 photo and listing fee with 5% commission on the total sale. All of the transfer of funds and title were my responsibility. The fiduciary part was my greatest concern. His Wife was listening on another line. I guess she was good at math in her head. She went nuts! And saw very little or no value in promoting the car OR handling the $70,000. As long as the fees aren't hidden and provided in the initial terms it is just the way business is done. On the job I mentioned, I didn't do it or even consider a reduced price. Actually, I would have charged extra for the nuttsy wife's involvement, but I let it drop in my best interest. As far as I know the car is still sitting in the garage. No one has been able to match their (her) perception of value. I don't use auctions. I like my purchases one on one in a controlled atmosphere, not at a circus. Bernie
  3. Will the orphan car survive..

    I would like to see the graph in the article plotted against the death rate of males over 65. Old car guys are dying. Potential new collectors aren't out there. As soon as the current political football get kicked up to the coming elections the topic will revert to the nationwide issue of minimum wage. That is not the era of budding car collectors like the prospering country we started collecting cars in. I have always told my kids that the prime reason for an author writing an article is to put a couple of bags of groceries on the table, nothing more. "People" sit on the edge of their seats waiting for "someone's" conclusion on "everything". Collect the facts and draw your own conclusions. At least they won't be shallow or biased, I don't think I have ever drawn a shallow or biased conclusion. Bernie
  4. Buyer's premium

    Hear, hear! That has always been my argument against conspiracy theories. I guess it would work for auctions, too. Just a random thought, what would you think of a group of bidders getting together and planning to stick it to the auctioneer? Imagine an auctioneer bringing THAT case to the Attorney General. Bernie
  5. Headlight Resilvering - Who does it?

    What , no last minute deadline, no know-it-all boss, no stupid helper to abuse, no dramatic background music or 20 year old hard rock with flashing video? That's disconcerting, do the automotive shows they produce reflect their opinion of the audience? Shouldn't the guy hooking up the vacuum pump have stood back with his arms crossed and feet apart? Maybe a sign "Attach vacume here" Not even a piercing, a tattoo, or a Ninja warrior pony tail. Chameleons. Bernie
  6. Headlight Resilvering - Who does it?

    Discovery Channel, I'd love to see a reality show about that project. I could outline the script. Makes me smile when I think about what "breaking news" would be to an astronomer. "Just in, supernova at 10 million light years. Details and 11." Bernie
  7. Buyer's premium

    Here is a discussion from a group of people whom actually collect automobiles the way kids collect toys. And the tone is whining like they are all on the way to the poor house. Sotheby's stock is about 40 bucks a share and I am sure many others are traded on the open market. You are missing a powerful message. Anyway, thanks for the tip. Bernie
  8. AACA Badge for Model T

    I just had a flashback, not a senior moment, the memory is too vivid. Grimy can ask Tony next time they get together. This is what was sitting on the other side of the depot by the freight loading dock. It was one of two cars that sat in storage for a while. I was charged with getting both running, what is going on in the picture. Then I had to learn how to drive it. The vivid memory is how after I learned how to drive it through town I tried to teach my friend who owned it. In the end neither of us got the hang of the high-low shift without applying the brakes. He did a lot worse that I and I really can't remember laughing so hard. I think the only thing that made me laugh harder was watching the frightened monkey ride in the saddle of the jumping dog at the circus. We drove it one time, parked it in the garage, and it was sold to a construction contractor the next week. I'm thinking about that load of kids riding with US driving them. If anyone recognizes the truck PM me. I know more. Bernie
  9. I found this site interesting: http://topclassiccarsforsale.com/buick/297053-928-1929-buick-standard-six-doodle-bug-most-mechanical-parts-restoration-pieces.html That is my parts car and I never listed it with classiccarsforsale.com. And I couldn't contact myself through the contact link. There appear to be 18,000 pages of cars for sale and nowhere to list one. Over the years I have seen a couple cars I was interested in through this site but never follow up on. Probably because I think classic is a lame term used by, what Frank D. Graham would call, greenhorns, misfits, and non-descripts. Kind of like Victoria's : Opinions can make a person smile so wide. Anyway, I would stay away from cars listed there, especially if I can't even buy my own from myself. Who Googled "Frank D. Graham"? Bernie
  10. Although my Son's 2000 Buick Park Avenue is still drivable and could get him back and forth to a part time job while he finishes full time college, it is throwing a code for the transmission and can not be driven and appears to be a great treat to the environment. Meanwhile. And that's the calm beginning of the trip. At the other end. Ecology- 1 Buick-0 And technology heads for the million mile engine fooled with corn licker, er, a, fueled. Bernie
  11. What we used to call extremely high mileage is very common today. When I was a kid we saw cars in the junkyard with 80,000 miles on them and that was typical, although I know exceptions existed. Ten years ago I was surprised to see cars going through a dealer auction with 200,000 to 250,000 and selling wholesale. In my mind, the two greatest contributors to the extended mileage are fuel injection and overdrive. Fuel injection did away with automatic chokes that washed the lubrication from cylinder walls for at least 5 minutes when they worked right to constant. Overdrives just keep getting better, 1700 RPM at 70 MPH is light work for an engine. The only real problems that arise are engineering assumptions that go into production, fail in service, and don't get changed. Cadillac's fine threads taped into aluminum, GM's clunking steering intermediate shaft, and other things manufacturers seem to be amazingly oblivious to. I remember looking at a new 1979 or '80 Camaro for my Wife and asking if they had done anything to keep the mirrors from falling off the door, just got a bewildered look. Or the S-10 pickup i traded after 18 months because I didn't want to carry the driver's door home in the back like other guys had. I have reverse cooling in my LT-1 and know the befits of that. And those 4.6 Lincoln Town Cars must hold some kind of record. It all contributes, but Fuel Injection and Overdrive are the keys. Bernie
  12. I heard they only use bull hides so they don't have imperfections due to pregnancy stretch marks. Some say Bugatti will be offering a limited "Coach Edition". The seating surfaces will be made from Butch Jones. Bernie
  13. Brighter headlights on our old machines

    How often do these old car reflectors get polished? Although physics doesn't change technology does. The lights in this topic generally have some level of tarnish on the silver reflector and the light travels through a diffusing lens, without the projector exiting we get used to on modern cars. The silvering of an antique headlight lens could be a lot less precise, as well. I worked on a reflective coating system, years ago, that used a cryogenic process to remove water molecules that could be trapped under the surface during the plating process. That was a company that ranged from scientific equipment to disposable contact lenses. I only worked on the cryo side, but that should be more common today. The surface of automotive resilvering probably looks like a corn cob next to high end stuff. When you think about this era of vintage car the majority are positive ground. So the downstream side of the load is where we find the switches and junctions is the location of the ground resistances in a negative ground car. That is important to keep in mind when servicing. Hundred year old technology in today's world might mean staying home after dinner and sitting on the porch would be the best option. Live the lifestyle too. On the painting white thought, white is white because it reflects all light. Bernie