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  1. 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible

    Chris, was the contrasting white paint between the sweeping side moldings available from the factory? It looks good, though I've seen only single-tone paint on comparable 1960 Eldorados. If such a 2-tone was a factory option, could the buyer select ANY two factory paint colors?
  2. The UK, and other countries, to ban ICE engines.

    I grew up in northern Pennsylvania, and you're right, Wayne, it's comparatively cool there. Though there are plenty of days with highs in the 80's, and maybe 3 days where the temperature reaches 90 or 92, the typical high is about 79. There's a tremendous amount of woods and open space, some attractive small towns, and the area is very affordable too! Staying on topic, I'll point out that Pennsylvania's electric rates are reasonable, since we can shop around for an electricity supplier. I currently pay 10.2 cents total per kilowatt-hour. An electric car such as the Volt would be interesting, but I want it to be my choice, not someone making the choice for me.
  3. The UK, and other countries, to ban ICE engines.

    Mr. Marrs, we wish you the best in your research, but please don't be like many of today's newsmen, who approach an article with a preliminary conclusion already drawn, and who seek to find data primarily to corroborate their own thoughts. Journalism never used to be like that. The comment above about those who prefer gasoline engines, contrasted with the other view that you call "reality," shows that you may have a conclusion already in mind. Your article will be much more interesting if you give equally valid time to both sides of the discussion. Please be gracious and fair.
  4. The UK, and other countries, to ban ICE engines.

    I think the United States is better at adhering to the will of the people--the people who constitutionally control the country--and has less of a chance of government officials, servants, trying to impose their will on the populace. Such an attempt in the U. S. by elected officials would produce major objections. And if some international treaty brought other countries into such an agreement, the United States would be most likely to retain its sovereignty and not accede. Accordingly, the United States would be less likely to have such an automobile ban. In that case, yes, I believe that cars with gasoline engines would see less demand in those countries with the ban. That would diminish the demand there, and with the supply being constant, the prices should fall noticeably--but only in those countries with such a ban. In that case, many collectible American cars that have been exported to Scandinavia, especially Sweden, would likely find their way back to the United States.
  5. '62 Dodge Dart 440

    Mr. Kayotic, I don't know specifically about street rods, but I can answer questions about old cars in general. Here are a few tips: ---Old cars do best when they are driven occasionally. You would probably store it for the winter, but don't let the car remain idle longer than that. Putting perhaps 200 miles (or more) on the car per year will minimize any problems you'll have. ---Unless the old car's drivetrain is modern, put an ethanol-protectant as an additive in your tank with every filling. It will keep the ethanol from breaking down and forming acid, which is harmful to various parts of older cars. Alternatively, buy ethanol-free gas if it is available. ---Join a local car club so you can know and interact with other car fans in your area. Street-rod clubs tend to be separate organizations from antique car clubs. Events may include an annual show, occasional scenic tours on back roads, perhaps a dinner or picnic. You'll learn a lot from other people, and attending their activities will make you a lot of new friends! ---If you have children, take your family with you so you can share the experience and make some memories for them. You should find that owning an old car is quite an easy experience. More than just making a living, you'll be making a life!
  6. How does your club handle "secret" data tag decoding?

    Today, there are so many GTO's and Cutlass 4-4-2's that, as nice as those cars may be, I'd rather see the many other models than those often-seen muscle cars. I believe car clubs should be gathering and disseminating information, so any codes and other specifics should be made widely available. Car clubs don't exist to keep information "secret," but instead help restorers and owners understand their cars better.
  7. For Sale 1958 Buick Super 2 door Riviera Hardtop

    The seller has made only 7 postings; and if you click on his name, you'll see that he hasn't been on the forum since September 2016. Thankfully, he left a telephone number. (Some people neglect to). Maybe this '58 Buick will end up at your house soon!
  8. strange situation

    Well said, Joe. We don't know all the facts of the situation. If storage fees must be charged eventually, they certainly should be the reasonable kind.
  9. 1953 Skylark, EBAY Fraud?

    I've gotten that impression, too, of a few "dealers." "Classic Car Deals" is another one that apparently does the same thing--taking text and/or pictures from hundreds of other ads and simply relisting them, even while the original ad is still on the internet! And they list their OWN contact information, with a asking a higher price than the owner does! I think there's a third one that does the same thing. Isn't it great when friendly club members can buy and sell among themselves and by-pass all the shenanigans?
  10. Bring A Trailer auction site

    Is "Bring a Trailer" only an auction site now? Auctions are all I see. In the past, it was a good site where people would bring to light interesting cars that were good buys elsewhere on the internet, and comment on them.
  11. A great opportunity or a seller looking for some suckers?

    Good points, Auburn Seeker. My impression is that the cars are in the family, but that the sellers don't know much about antqiue cars or how they're sold. They sound sincere but unknowledgeable, overestimating the demand. They sound like 2 family members who don't live all that close, getting together on one day at the collection. Somehow, they came up with this idea on their own, thinking that they have to manage the hordes of potential buyers who will call, and who would otherwise storm the place. They don't realize that it insults the people who would be interested. If anyone is interested, they should "call Nick 774-289-5814 or Breeda at 508-944-2108" and maybe feel a little sorry for their family situation. Maybe they'll ask your advice and loosen up a bit.
  12. Studebaker 1926 Std 6

    I hope someone here can be of help to you, Bill. But if the car is a bit too obscure, going to the old Studebaker specialists might bear fruit: The Antique Studebaker Club, Here's to a successful search!
  13. To register for the meet, request the registration form from AACA Headquarters in Hershey, Penna. At this fairly late stage, I would telephone them: their phone number is (717) 534-1910. The absolute deadline for you to send back the registration form with your check is August 15, even though the show is in October. I myself don't know about registering via the internet, But you still have to mail in the registration form with your check. Lots of Buick fans will appreciate your son's Grand National! You'll be sure to enjoy the big event.
  14. Forum New Look

    I agree with Mr. Earl. Keep it simple, without the extra steps. Offer the "like" button if you will, but please: Not the other types of "reactions."
  15. 1930 coach

    In the early days of motoring, tires weren't nearly as reliable as they later became. Flat tires were commonplace. Therefore, it was quite common for cars to have TWO spare tires. Roads and tires were better by the time of your Ford Model A, but the provision of two side-mounted spare tires was offered in some cars up to around 1941.