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  1. 70's Chrysler Daily Driver?

    Don, a station wagon like you describe would be a very scarce car, and worth preserving. People think of rarity in terms of production numbers, but that is no longer the case for many cars: Certain glamorous models get preserved, while many others, once routine, are almost never seen. I know you'll be careful, but please don't let your enthusiasm take a rare station wagon from a beautiful survivor to a banged-up grocery shuttle.
  2. Name written on the transmission!

    An address and telephone number have been in phone books for many decades, so I see no inappropriateness there. It's all the OTHER information which the internet collects about people that has been considered invasive.
  3. Spring Carlisle

    On Tuesday, there were snow flurries in the air in south-central Pennsylvania. They didn't stick much to the ground, however. This has been one of the coldest springs I remember, with temperatures often 20 degrees below average. Spring weather is always variable, but this year's has been almost consistently cold. It has been "The Spring that Hasn't Come!"
  4. 70's Chrysler Daily Driver?

    Rusty, in your experience, or from what you know, which ones were worse? It's always interesting to hear people's experience from thousands of miles of driving. In my 1981 Buying Guide Issue from Consumer Reports, about the only vehicles worse than the Aspen/Volare were the imported Fiats and the Audi 100. Others that were unreliable were the AMC Pacer, the 1978-79 Chevrolet Corvette, the Chevrolet Monza, the Dodge pickup truck, certain years of the Volkswagen Dasher... The big Ford Motor Company cars, and the big GM cars, were actually rated "Better than Average." That's probably one of the reasons that Oldsmobile was booming at the time.
  5. Future of the antique car hobby

    I've often thought, if I would ever sell a car, that I would put some restrictions in the contract to make sure it went to a good home. They would have to be enforceable in some manner. And a good, sincere buyer should have no problem whatsoever with these conditions: "This car shall not be sold, leased, loaned, or resold for 36 months after the purchase." "This car shall be kept in factory-authentic condition for as long as the buyer owns the car. No non-factory modifications shall be made." I wonder if the seller of that car knew what the current owner would do with that beautiful Packard. Ruining history isn't good stewardship of an antique.
  6. Future of the antique car hobby

    Wow, what a nice Packard phaeton to ruin for the $5000 engine price! I see that his Ebay user name is "Carlover1954." I'd hate to see what a "Carhater" would do!
  7. 70's Chrysler Daily Driver?

    Your parents' experience with the Plymouth Volares concurs with the respondents to Consumer Reports. In the 1981 Buying Guide Issue, the 1977 Volare was rated "Much Worse than Average" in 8 out of 18 reliability categories; and "Worse than Average" in another 3 out of 18, for an overall rating of "Much Worse than Average." If your child came home from school with "Average" grades, you'd probably accept them but urge him to do better. If he was "Worse than Average," you probably wouldn't be happy. If he was "Much Worse than Average," what would you say? Even so, a majority of Chrysler product vehicles had overall ratings of "Worse than Average" or "Much Worse than Average" at that time. According to the owners of the time, the Dodge Aspen and Plymouth Volares had the most faults. The Chrysler Newports and New Yorkers were a step better, being only "Worse than Average."
  8. 1922 Elcar K6 Coupe Ultra Rare For Sale

    Mr. Laufus, thanks for giving your location. You still should provide some contact information. Someone seeing this ad may want more information; and newcomers to the forum tend not to check their pages every day. Furthermore, not every car fan has joined this forum, so non-members would have absolutely no way of posting or sending private messages. We trust (for now) that you're not a scammer!
  9. gardner automobile

    You were probably thinking of Ned Chevrolet, the race car driver, or maybe Ned Chrysler, the mechanical genius who started his own company--- (Well, as long as we're having some fun.)
  10. Mike, I'm quite sure that that website is not a legitimate one. From discussions on the AACA part of the forum, I believe it's actually run from Russia, and the website reuses old ads and pictures without authorization.
  11. Many dealers ask double a car's value, and often double what they just paid. I've seen MORE than double being asked. Asking prices are sometimes so high that they are really irrelevant, so don't assume they will get even close to that price. Black may be seen today as a sporty color-- there are an awful lot of blacks, whites, and grays filling today's somber parking lots-- but in 1973 black was seen as more of a formal color, or even one reserved for funerals. In the late 1970's, a friend of my parents' bought a new 1977 Lincoln Town Car. He wanted black, but the dealer told him it would be hard to resell to anything but a funeral home, so he got a beautiful maroon. I think a good, fair mark-up between friends or fellow Buick hobbyists is a much better path to take.
  12. 70's Chrysler Daily Driver?

    The "Lean Burn" engine was replete with problems, but there is a way to bypass the system. I think the big Chryslers from the late 1970's are attractive, even beautiful, but according to the experiences of thousands of people who owned them and reported their experiences to Consumer Reports, Chrysler Corporation cars were the least reliable of the Big 3. I have their reliability summaries, over quite a few mechanical systems, that document people's exeriences. As you know, the company's sales fell during that period, leading to financial problems and the well-known bail-out. People didn't stop buying the cars for no reason. But let's hear encouragement, too, from satisfied owners. It's not that every example was poor in every system-- just that the percentage of problems was greater. If he gets a decent car, Don's venture sounds like fun.
  13. Picture of an 1961 Lincoln "owner's name plate"?

    John, that's great! That shows the importance of clubs, and networking to help each other out in our hobby. What is the emblem on the left side of the plaque? An old knight's helmet, as Lincoln used in the 1950's? And just for our education, do you know what years Lincoln offered this style of plaque?
  14. gardner automobile

    Bob Gardner visits our Forum from time to time, and he is an expert on all things related to Gardner cars. His wife is knowledgeable too. (They're no relation to the company.) Bob maintains the Gardner car registry, too, and you may find that he knows about that '24 car for sale. Here is the website he maintains, and you should be able to contact him via e-mail through that website: http://www.gardnermotorcars.com/ Happy Gardening!
  15. Hudson Museum Closing Controversy

    From what I have read, it's not the case that the town made a noble effort to have a great museum, but failed with a heavy heart. I gather that they didn't really want the Hostetlers' museum, and undertook all sorts of machinations--underhanded, I believe--to get rid of it. If the town had acted differently, wouldn't the Hostetlers be proud to see that their years of car collecting and care were preserved for future generations to learn from!