Dave B.

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  1. This ad surfaced on the Bring-a-Trailer forum. I know nothing about this car, but I thought some of our forum members might like to be aware of the sale. https://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/cto/d/1936-auburn-boattail-speedster/6284527701.html
  2. Buicks, Buicks Everywhere

    Sorry if this has been posted before. I did a search, but nothing showed up. I found this video on (of all places) a Chevy Nova forum! The video shows the unloading of several train cars filled with new 1928 Buicks! The video has some sort of protective device attached, so I couldn't insert it directly... but here's the link: (Just click on the "Watch on Vimeo" button)
  3. I'm not much for cross-posting other people's cars, but this LaSalle was just too beautiful not to let the folks on the AACA forum know of the sale: http://bringatrailer.com/listing/1940-lasalle-5267-special-series-52-convertible-coupe/
  4. Very, VERY nice Biscayne!! 348 car? DB
  5. I was selling new Chevys in the early '70s. We received a new Caprice coupe in "Covert Tan" with a darker vinyl top and interior. Our sales manager loved combinations like that, so he ordered the car to be detailed for showroom duty. After the clean-up guys parked it on the showroom, my fellow salesman Dennis and I noticed that it had a big dent in the passenger-side rocker panel, which we immediately reported to the sales manager. Now, this dent had absolutely no scrapes or scratches in it, which led us to believe that the panel was installed WITH the dent and then painted. While I was out to lunch, a customer came in and fell in love with the car. Dennis later told me that, not wanting to lose the sale, he did his entire spiel standing in front of the dent. The customer bought the car and later brought it back when he found the dent. Dennis, being the slick salesman that he was, feigned surprise when the customer showed him the problem but - of course - offered to have it repaired at no charge... Then there was the two-tone Nova coupe that had the Exterior Decor Package (bright window moldings, full-length body side moldings, etc.) on the driver's side but not on the passenger's. The list goes on, but yes, quality control was often spotty at best!
  6. Joe Thanks for the heads-up on this book. It's already in my basket for my next Amazon order! I knew the folks on this forum would have the input I was looking for!! That reminds me of a post I made on a GM forum (not concerning Novas and also not to be named here) a couple of years ago. There was a discussion going on about when a particular change had been made. Having worked in both the parts and new car sales departments of a Chevy dealership back in the day, I knew the answer without having to do any research. When I posted it, I was jumped on by every ‘expert’ on the site! I ended up having to dig through my archives and also those of a good friend to come up with the ‘proof’ that I was correct. Just as in your case, the thread ended without any further posts… I'll also have to say that, while we don't get a lot of high-profile attention, the Nova community has done a very good job of researching the various models and options that were available 'back when'. We're constantly trying to add to our knowledge of what is and isn't 'correct' when it comes to accurate restorations. Dave B.
  7. John (and others reading this topic) Thanks for the reply. I hadn't thought about Consumer Reports since I rarely read that publication. Hind-sight being 20-20, I should have been more specific in my first post. Besides the information in the road tests, what I'm really interested in is photos of the cars as they were on Day One. The idea for my request was born from several discussions on other forums. We were lamenting the lack of photos that show things like cable and hose routing, decal placement and related bits. Survivor cars are few and far between, especially when looking at performance models, which were often modified shortly after purchase. And, you simply can't rely on showroom brochures, as they are usually put together months before the models are released and may not contain the details of items that were changed prior to introduction day. These problems are compounded by 'restorers', however well-intentioned, who rely on memory when replacing parts and decals. While most articles from the early-mid '60s were black and white, there is still a lot of knowledge to be gained from them! I'll keep looking through the stacks magazines at swap-meets, but I'll also continue to hope that I find that magazine collector with a OCD degree in organization! Best regards, Dave B.
  8. Buyer's Dilemma

    The Studebaker is a nice car, but I've never liked the 'all chrome' '55 front end. If I were in your place, the Kaiser would already be in my garage!
  9. Hi all This is a real long-shot, but I thought I'd give it a try. I've owned several 1962-1967 Chevy Novas. I'd like to buy some U.S. magazines that contained Nova road tests from that period. I'm not asking to buy your issues, just for some guidance on what titles/issues to look for. I have a copy of the May, 1966 issue of Car Life (327 c.i. - 350 hp - 4-speed) and the July, 1966 issue of Motor Trend (327 c.i. - 275 hp - Powerglide) but these are the only original road tests I've been able to find. I've done a Google search, but haven't come up with any others. So, if you're looking through your collection and come up with any other examples, I'd really like to hear about them! Best regards, Dave B.
  10. Update: Bud called and wanted me to thank everyone who has responded to this thread. As of today, he has had two offers from readers who have indicated their willingness to drive hundreds of miles to pick up the brochures. He also told me that, if both these two offers don't pan out, he will let me know and I will update the thread again. Dave B.
  11. 985 'showroom' brochures packed in 5 plastic tubs. 1952 - 2014, many from the '70s and '80s. Various makes, but a large number are for Chrysler products. The person who has them is moving soon and needs to dispose of them quickly. Brochures must be picked up by new owner. Located in Flatwoods, Kentucky (near Ashland). Owner is not interested in pulling out specific brochures or shipping them. Please don't contact me - I'm just posting this as a favor to him. If interested, call Bud at 606-836-4991
  12. Barnfind Betty

    I've always had a soft spot for '41 Oldsmobiles and yours looks to be a really solid barn find! Congratulations!! And, I hope you keep this thread alive with updates on your experiences with Betty. Not of any real help or importance, but I thought you might get a smile out of this photo... It's my late uncle, Glenn Webb, leaning on the fender of his brand new 1941 Olds.
  13. ID year/make from an old newspaper photo

    Thanks to all who replied! This ID is turning out to be more difficult than I expected... I've been doing some digging on my own, too. Any chance that it might be a Jackson? Best regards, Dave B.
  14. This photo appeared today in our local newspaper. The photo is of the St. Cloud Fire Station in 'Central City', now a part of western Huntington, WV. The caption says "1905", but I believe it's later than that. Can anyone ID the year/make of the car? Thanks in advance! Dave B.
  15. 1950-51-52 Chevy bumpers

    Just bought a '51 Chevy business coupe. The bumpers are definitely the worst parts on the car - not mangled, just lots of flaking chrome. These are 3-piece bumpers with bumper guards on both front and rear. I'm trying to decide whether to have them re-chromed or to find a decent used set. Also don't know how expensive shipping is for parts of that size/weight... If you have bumpers/guards/parts for sale, shoot me a PM or send me an e-mail at: ra11ydave@yahoo.com (Please note: the third and fourth characters are the number "1", not the letter "L".) Also note: I'm really not interested in the optional 'wings' or 'over-riders' that go out on the corners... Thanks for looking!! Dave B.