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  1. 1923 Buick, 1927 NASH, 1923 STUDEBAKER ocala FL craigslist

    That's the way my estate sale will go. I have seen too many heirs left with distorted values for old cars and automobilia. My Wife has a spreadsheet of the live and dead prices. Her response to it was "Really!" I reached into my pocket and pulled out a few crumpled bills, gave her my best Beagle eyed look, and said "Except for this and the cars, you got all the rest." Don't make the inheritance a curse. Bernie
  2. 1956 Rambler Station Wagon

    I added the picture to my Craigslist cars sunk in the ground.
  3. Novice winching car with no front spindles

    It will skid on almost anything. If you put down a couple 4X4 sheets of plywood it will dig in and slide the plywood, protecting the trailer deck. An old hood or trunk lid will work, too. Don't overthink the job. My son and I pushed my tractor with a bucket loader into my garage with a 4X4 under the bucket. He asked what happens when you get to the end, I said we jack the bucket and slide it out. Turned out the edge of the bucket dug into the 4X4 and we rode it all the way. Just push it. The two most dangerous words in the English language are "I thought." Overthink it and you will be sitting there with a big mess and the first two words you hear will be "I thought" I dare you to keep track of what happened right before you hear those words. Bernie
  4. The only reason to squeeze the high buck from a car one flips is to be sure the new owner makes a really firm commitment to the car and doesn't treat it lightly, possibly to an early demise. I have had to suffer a bit of added profit a few times. But the money only goes back into my car hobby.... or an occasional dinner out for my Wife. The real priority it preservation of the car. Bernie

    I was looking for an example of a '39 Roadmaster convertible for the post above and came across this: https://www.barrett-jackson.com/Events/Event/Details/1939-BUICK-ROADMASTER-CONVERTIBLE-208961 Anyone else get a smile? I wonder if the "legendary" car dealer might have been more "notorious" than legendary. Think the buyer figured it out yet? Bernie

    This car came very close to becoming a Roadmaster 4 door convertible. The whole time I owned it the high rear deck cried out "39 Roadmaster to me. And I am not a stranger to lopping the roof off a car to make a convertible. I could see the flavor of this in an updated version. Any experts out there recognize that I "station wagonized" the side strips on that '94?
  7. Ride height

    All my springs are new. The fronts are Moog from NAPA. The rears are the second set from a company, Suspension Specialties (?). The first were too high. All the suspension bushings are new, the body mounts are all new, and it rides on the original spec 7.10X15's with gas shocks. All suspension pivot points were free and the bolts were tightened with the car resting on the floor. It sagged quite low when I bought it for a combination of reasons. The body mounts probably gained me at least an inch, The ones over the rear arch of the frame were the worst and may have had the most visual affect after the springs themselves. It is still a low car when you stand next to it and I am happy with the results. The rear of the body on these cars has surprisingly low weight. If I was real fussy I might loosen the rear suspension and preload it to get a 1/2" more drop. I guess I could always throw in a set of period luggage. BTW the vinyl is gone and a lot of paint has been scuffed up with sandpaper. This year the new paint goes on. Bernie
  8. Ride height

    Same here on my '64. I took it with a grain of salt.
  9. Those "Boomers" came of age in the mid 1970's and through the next decade. They brought the middle class money into the hobby and, with the help of the 1980's economy, expanded the participant side of the hobby to the proportions of today. Cars have always been expensive toys. Overestimating one's ability has always been the basis of today's Craigslist sniper, just a different media. I have been involved in old cars since the summer of 1959. And went to work in 1960, at 11, to fund the addiction. Look at those early Hershey YouTube vids and the older club magazines into the '80's. You can tell from the dress that those early hobbyists are professional people, business owners, and a relatively high income group for the time. The other group was farmers and, of those with factory jobs, supervision and management; maybe a few of those odd 1950's families with working wives. There was a basis of support in the group that could best be referred to as old tightwads. The last of them are dying out. They are the ones who had access to money in the mattress and took advantage of good cars at low prices and fire sales. I know a few. The old farmers held many of those cars dearly. And had the cash on hand from selling a cow, horse, or wagon load of hay to fund their hobby. That leveled their income with the professionals. 1974 and 1975 saw increases in the trades union pay that started annual salaries to bump by additional $10,000 increments. That is what put a lot of money into the hobby and funded the associated cottage industries. Twenty-five years before groups of 3,4, or 5 military vets were pooling $40 to $100 to buy a preteen car. I knew a few of those, as well. As the 1950's drew to a close the sense of community that brought those service guys together was replaced with the independent individual. Once income caught up a working guy could buy his own extra car for a toy. I figure I have skimmed of about 5% of my life's earnings toward my hobby plus a bit for selling cows, horses, and hay (my Daughter calls that a metaphor). So I got a pretty good ride on that cycle. And we are in a new cycle. The innocence of Craigslist doesn't even know the quart of paint and gallon of reducer on my bench totaled $180. But then, all my best dreams were when I was in the dark. As dreams should be. Bernie
  10. Winching into a trailer the easy way.

    Just curious, is this an Essex?
  11. 64 Front Disc Project

    I have ridden with my Sister and highly recommend disc brakes on anything she drives. Me, not so much. Bernie
  12. 1962 Buick - For "The Birds"

    In 2009 one of the last surviving seagull extras was visiting a wildlife preserve in western New York. He "spotted" this delightful piece of eye candy and shared it with his friend, Jonathan. Although the picture is held in high regard by seagulls, it is not copyrighted, share as you like. Bernie
  13. Cadillac flower truck?

    it doesn't have the 4" raised cowl of the quality jobs and it looks like a standard 60S wheelbase. Even the rear roof section. It may have actually been modified by a fire department during the '50's. In my area there have been a few cut down Cadillacs and one Packard fire cars over the years. If I had that car I would toss that pickup box and fabricate a deck lid. Then I would swear it was a long lost Dietrich coupe. They captured the style. I wonder if those are Model 75 coupe quarter panels. Bernie
  14. Discovery Channel Called Today About the 57 Skyliner

    That's a Wing and Gable style house, like mine, but newer, maybe late 19th century. Mine is an 1853. It is a traditional American farmhouse. The wing probably went up first. Lots of archaeology in those places. I have the whole history of mine sorted out, original kitchen, chimney, and back yard broken pottery pile (under the lawn). I have been thinking about a home on Grand Cayman and a summer cabin on Ruby Ridge. Diversity. Bernie
  15. Interesting project car in the Ford. Here is my Dad's '63 1/2 that he ordered with the new 289, three on the tree. I took my driver's test in that one. \ Ten years later was 1974 and this was my $1,000 '39 Buick project car. And my project girlfriend. Sold the car and never got the girlfriend to wash a car again. In 1974 my daily driver was this. Owned this around the same time. And in '78 I bought this. Scary, huh. I bought a lot of project cars, but the ones that needed lots of work.... I sold. Seems to be my pattern. Bernie
  16. I had a '79 Buick Estate wagon That was a 9 passenger, green inside and out. The fronts were cloth, the second and third rows were vinyl.. Try to be at least as consistent as Buick. That will give you some leeway. Bernie
  17. Auto Inspection Companies

    Father, see what Wiki says about the O'Daly's. "Mama tried" Bernie
  18. Selling Classic Cars on E Bay ?

    There was a rumor that Ebay's search algorithm would set you back in priority if you had lots of lookers whom didn't bid or buy. The programmers thought you may have a poor presentation that was not compelling enough to move the buyer off the pot. It is an example of Ebay looking after THEIR customers and keeping lame presenters out of the mainstream.
  19. Auto Inspection Companies

    I have been diagnosed as a Baby Boomer with the work ethic of a GenX'er. It could be genetic. Bernie
  20. Interior/exterior

    My '64 Riviera was bronze mist until 1980. It has been claret mist since then. I did that, don't care much for brown cars. Now it has been red longer than it was brown. Today is our wedding anniversary. I have been married just as many years as I wasn't. Sometimes having just one thing your way is a pretty nice feeling. Paint it! Bernie
  21. 1960 Electra 225 "flat-top", TX. car since new

    Lots of times collateral costs are not figured in. This picture doesn't even show the living room carpet, couch, and loveseat that went into this job.
  22. Selling Classic Cars on E Bay ?

    Since about 1990 I have been hanging around a Rolls-Royce repair shop run by a square head German . You think that makes a difference? Bernie
  23. 1960 Electra 225 "flat-top", TX. car since new

    A good Buick will stay pretty nice for about 50 years without needing major attention. Right now those are approaching 60 years old and some major items (expenses) are going to be inevitable. That is the separation point where survivors begin some level of restoration. Does anyone remember the restored 1956 chassis in Flint at the 100th Anniversary, 50 years old and previous to that not many '56's had gone to that level. It confirmed some of my thoughts back then. I think the price of the car listed here is very much in line with the value. There is usually a shortfall between what a buyer assumes they are getting and what they actually get. A $6,000 to $8,000 '59 or '60 Buick is going to have a whole lot of 60+ years old parts that are "out of sight, out of mind". I bought my car back in "02 for $850 and every year since then I have done a relatively large job on some non-cosmetic part of the car. Important stuff with attention to detail. Like when I redid the radiator; the core and tanks were painted with radiator paint and the brackets got a coat of polyurethane satin black separately. That effort goes unnoticed when sorting the classified ads by price. Price is very objective. Bernie
  24. Selling Classic Cars on E Bay ?

    I tell my Wife that I don't stereotype. I make generalizations. Picking out the owners of various brands has become very easy over the years. One thing I have found odd. No matter what I drive, if I am sitting in some little diner, people make a bee line to me and ask about my car out front. Maybe I don't look like I belong in a diner. Bernie Oh, and once I heard the Brits don't believe life should be too easy. They heat their house with a little scuttle of coal lumps and wear sweaters, drink warm beer stored in Lucas refrigerators, and include a tool kit with new cars. Wealthy Brits own two cars so they are always sure one runs, generally.
  25. Selling Classic Cars on E Bay ?

    Liters are for soft drinks. Torque is Boomer American style. When you grow up comfortable with a 4 to 4 1/8" bore it is pretty hard to get a stroke to make those little displacement number. Every time I stop behind a car with an emblem on 2.8, 3.8, 4 or thereabouts I wonder if they are looking for empathy or warning me. I am for taking my living room where I drive. The whimpy buzzy stuff is for a whole different species of driver. I have been looking for a less utilitarian replacement for my Silverado. Friday I tried out a 2017 Cadillac XTS 3.8. I read a lot and they are the DeVille "big commercial service" car. Walked away and didn't look back. Why play with a Piper Cub when you can fly a 747? One look at the Cadillac and it is over. FIVE times, I have stopped in a town just north of me and looked at this: 6 liter V12, 4800 pounds. And a longitudinal engine with rear wheels pushing. Kind of like my truck! I can do a lot of maintenance myself on the high predicted upkeep. And justify that second lift I want in oil charge expenses alone. Five visits, anyone who knows about Navy anchor pools would be buying chances on which trip it comes home with me. I like them furin cars, but I lean to the teutonic ones, maybe even teu and a half tonic. Big, I want the living room. Bernie