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  1. Effective Immediately: Non-hobby related political posts, responses, private messages, comments, or emails and social media originating from the forum* will be deleted without comment. Those that make them will be banned for 90 days. Second offenses will get them banned for life. * Moderators and other forum users have reported harassment from other forum participants in personal emails and on their social media accts. Forum Rules
    30 points
  2. What an expensive way to ruin the look of your car.
    25 points
  3. she can outrun ol Papa 🎶The wheels on the bus go round and round🎶 “This, this is the one I want”
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  4. I just purchased this 54 Chevy from my close friends estate. My friend's story mirrors Steve's editorial in the last issue of Antique Automobile. He did not have any relatives, and nothing on paper. Sadly the State of New Jersey got everything, whom I purchased the car from. This car is a looker!
    21 points
  5. Earlier this year, we acquired a 1910 Thomas Flyer (ex Harold Coker Estate) at auction. It had been a trailer queen since complete restoration many years ago. I do believe in driving our cars, just using them only as static displays. I reached out to a great Thomas restorer, Jeff Keysor and mechanic and had him go through everything. Make sure all lubrication points addressed. Brakes in top condition, steering, suspension and, of course the engine and running gear. We removed the windshield for easiest transport (and gave it a racy look.) While to nomenclature was a 6/40 designation,
    19 points
  6. Attached is a link to a short video of my Dad, Al, who is 92 years young driving his Buick for the first time. It was our goal to get it running and with the help of many we were able to get it going. I'm an old Packard guy, but this is really a great car! https://youtu.be/VTEhuyZxNeo
    18 points
  7. working on it lance. Using a combination of one part Mean Green, one part Barkeepers Friend and 4 parts Elbow Grease to get the 5 years of pecan tree sap and mold off the exterior. Then blowing and vacuuming the foot deep layer of leaves in the floor. Pulling up some carpet revealed the floors as well as the trunk and pan are all solid. There are some rust bubbles in lower rear quarter. more to come 😊
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  8. Not exactly an antique like most of us think of one, but the car is 40 years old. 1980 Cadillac Coupe De Ville. Nice clean southern car with 85,000 miles on it. It's of the era of low power and the 85 mph speedometer. Drives nicely and can go 70 on the freeway. Everything works but the FM band of the radio.
    16 points
  9. Pay attention to the details not only in old cars but in everything you do and you will eliminate many problems. Perfection is a goal never reached but well worth striving too accomplish. dave s
    15 points
  10. Well, that because you probably don't buy stud finders from Harbor Freight like I do. For some reason I can't stand spending $50 for a tool that works when I can spend $25 for one that doesn't work. 🙄
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  11. Insurance isn’t a problem. Geico insures my 1917 White as an every day driver at state minimum levels, no questions asked. Most states in New England will insure any car regardless of year by statute. He is probably trying to get full coverage on it because of the loan, and most old car companies won’t insure it as an every day driver. As far as taking it back.......that’s asinine. It’s his car, let him sell it. You can’t fix stupid.
    15 points
  12. I have this car insured, and drive it all the time. It is not insured as a classic, or stated value. It is insured as a old car. Photos are taken. Inside and out. Payment is low, because book value is low. Can't say it got scratched. It has scratches everywhere. If it got in a wreck, would not be hard to go over the value. Chance you take. I do laugh when people are surprised that you can drive a old car everyday. In 1949 did the cars only run till 1950? Everybody drove a old car in 1929, 1935, 1946 and 1958. British cars kept England moving. Some cars make for better daily driver's. Just cho
    15 points
  13. I worked with a guy named Phil who was the VP of sales who read all the corporate "be a better company/boss/employee/salesman" books and always had a new idea or phrase that he picked up from one of those books and he'd bring them to meetings. Always with the "paradigm shift" or "working the perceptions" or non-word nonsense like that. So a buddy and I decided that we were going to insert new vernacular into his vocabulary and see if Phil would pick it up and run with it. We started saying, "We're going to put the cat face on it," in meetings, meaning we're going to try to make it look its be
    15 points
  14. I’m sure the imbeciles that came up with a new logo are very proud of themselves. I bet you they put seven or eight hundred grand into coming up with their genius idea. I’ve never seen such a crappy logo for such a big company in my life. Looks like it was designed by committee. Obviously it’s so bad that they had thousands of hours of time in it. Same way that Ford came up with the Edsel name. It’s embarrassing it’s so bad. Too bad car people don’t run car companies anymore. Normally I would ask upon seeing something so ridiculous “ what were they thinking“, it’s obvious not one person who is
    15 points
  15. Works better than "forgot to tell wife I bought another car and now can't find anywhere to hide it." I know I've been sworn to secrecy many times by friends in that situation. Terry
    15 points
  16. Wait 'til we have electric fighter planes. Can you imagine a dogfight with all those extension cords getting tangled up?
    14 points
  17. Having dealt with more customers and their cars than I can remember, my view is generally falls to the 80/20 rule times 2. That means that 80% of the customers will buy a product and be happy or reasonably happy with the purchase. Good people that go on with life. Then there are the 20% that just want to complain. Just their nature. If you do something, even just talking to them 80% of that 20% will become happy. The real problem is the 20% of the 20% which is 4% of the total, these people are miserable and their mission in life is to make everyone around them also
    14 points
  18. Buy it back? Not "NO", but "HELL NO" !! As a good faith gesture despite his rediculous decision, you might offer to represent the car for resale on his behalf, where he is responsible for any and all costs, as well as for any profit or loss, and we probably know where this will go.
    14 points
  19. Engines stick while sitting only for only a few reasons. Water causing rust, animals inside causing rust, and old oil turning into a “glue” like wax. Forcing things is a bad idea. Lots of good comments above. Recently I used a new type of technique.........while doing all the regular things above......I also heated the coolant with a pail heater and circulating the water through the block. The temperature got up to 185 degrees.........the heat helps to expand the surfaces and allows the oil to run past the rings easier. In this particular case the problem was not rust......it was oil “glue”. T
    14 points
  20. A whole lot to miss! I miss my friends and AACA family who we have had relatively small contact with this year. Thankfully the two shows in Gettysburg were great. I miss the certainty when and if events will be held as it has been a difficult year for us here at the home office. I too miss the smiles and inevitable hugs at Hershey. Best week of the year for me. Most of all I miss a normal world, free from a pandemic, free from political and social unrest, free from disrespect of others and free from a lack of sense of humor. I grew up in a small New England town and was shield
    14 points
  21. I would to thank all of you for your congratulations, it was a sad yesterday picking it up. As I walked through his house his entire life was packed up in plastic bags to be placed in a dumpster that was arriving today. The Attorney representing the estate for the State of NJ is a real nice guy. The past owner and I were Hershey partners and roommates for pretty close to 25 years. He got his Senior at Hershey with it in 1999, and has driven the car to the 15th VCCA Anniversary Meet in Colorado Springs the 40th Springfield Illinois in 2001 the 50th in Flint Michigan. Below is a photo I took of
    14 points
  22. I learned with great dismay that my long-time friend and restorer Dale Adams passed away over the weekend. He was a massive talent who brought us some extraordinary automobiles and whose talents were largely unmatched in the restoration world. His was a brilliant mind that also brought us the "Bone" creeper and delivered cars that were not only gorgeous, but which typically run and drive even better than new. His custom creations were spectacular in their imagination and craftsmanship and his only real flaw was knowing that he was probably better than the guys who did it originally. If you nee
    13 points
  23. My father has been gone now just over 20 years ( 2-3-31 to 12-25-00 ). He was a huge influence in my life when it came to playing sports and motor vehicles. As a young kid, it was my job to hold the drop light as he went along and did a tune-up on the family sedan, he would explain everything to me as he went along. When my parents went to the local Chevrolet Dealership back in the fall of 1969, they took me along and I remember to this day my Mom picking out the Dover White Impala Sport Sedan ! He probably didn't realized it, but he "planted the seed" into a four year old to where I am today
    13 points
  24. If you're at all worried, spend the money you'd spend on the inspector on a plane ticket instead. It's the only way to be sure. There are two kinds of inspection companies. The first is the kind that hires amateurs and part-timers to look at cars and they don't really know what they're doing, so they just fill out the form that the inspection company gives them. They take a few extreme close-up photos of every flaw in the paint. Maybe they listen to it run and/or take a ride with someone else driving. Not much better than no inspection at all except you get some guy's uninformed op
    13 points
  25. OK, to reel things in a bit. One, yes, of course we have a purchase agreement that says "as-is, where-is" and that there are no guarantees or warranties. Case law concerning used cars is pretty well established. Nevertheless, there's a pretty wide gray area in which we actually do business. I'm not the sort that just points to the contract and tells people, "Too bad." This is a hobby, it's supposed to be fun, not stressful, and I look at it as my job to facilitate that. Two, there's absolutely a limit to my goodwill and you can use it up before you even finish the purch
    13 points
  26. Momentary update: we're exploring other options and calling in a favor with the big insurance company that underwrites our business. It isn't reasonable to insist that everyone have a separate car to drive every day--what about guys who live in New York City or Chicago and don't need a daily driver but still like to have hobby cars? No reason they shouldn't be able to get insurance, right? Failing that, the lender (who is apparently a personal friend of the buyer) has offered to sell the buyer a "beater" for $800 so he can have a modern daily driver in order to get insurance.
    13 points
  27. OK, who in this group can speak to the range of electric vehicles. I can see that for the Federal around town cars, FBI and CIA and all the other groups that do stuff, maybe driving a maximum of 100 to 200 miles is acceptable. Though, now that I think about it, chasing a suspect, and the suspect has a car with a Hemi, might be an issue. But I digress. Mail vehicles, well, maybe that would work. I live just outside a 25K population town, and I talk to my postman quite often. He's on the road all day long, over 600 mailboxes to service. Yeah, I guess that might work.
    12 points
  28. Many times you are better off doing more of what you do best so you can afford to pay someone to do what they do best.
    12 points
  29. I think that most people are just trying to connect about us and our old cars. Sometimes I get playful, like my in my original post, then I laugh and so do they. My grandfather (father, uncle, aunt,...) had one like this. Respond in kind. Could they imagine the value of a brass car? Squint a little bit and don't think, in some way, that our cars do look like giant Model Ts to the uninitiated? If they mention that it looks like "Chitty....." I just agree. Could be! I liked the movie and wouldn't it to be fun to have a car like that? Then I offer them to sit in my "Chitty.. " and take
    12 points
  30. I've posted this before but you did ask. My father was a Ford man as was his father. One of my first car related memories was sitting on the fender of my Mom's daily driver '30 Model A watching my Dad change the plugs. He bought a series of new Fords, 52, 55, and 60, all basic 2 door sedans with V-8s and automatic, he was a wholesale sales rep for a food service company and put a lot of miles on. In 1964 the 55 was my Mom's car and needed an engine overhaul so my Dad did it himself. In our gravel driveway. With the car on a bumper jack and some wood blocks. I held the light and passed the tool
    12 points
  31. I wouldn't take the car back. You can't fix stupid but you can teach it a lesson. Sorry you have to go through this. 99 percent of car collectors are great, logical people. Unfortunately, the 1 percent that fall into the category of your MG buyer stand out.
    12 points
  32. The old logo has an air of strength and confidence. The new logo looks weak and childish in my opinion.
    12 points
  33. The "g" remind me of the "g" in Goodwill Industries.
    12 points
  34. I thought some of you may enjoy seeing the progress on this ongoing restoration. This is a 1901 Model 65 Conrad steamer originally built in Buffalo, NY. It is the last one known to exist. The body and upholstery is completed and goes on next.
    12 points
  35. Ok......now I see the problem. It’s a ratio issue. Basically your house to garage ratio is 1 to 1. Big mistake. My house is 1800sq feet. My total garage and shop space is 11,400sq feet. That works out to 1 to 6.33 Yours house isn’t too big, your garage is too small. If necessary, your wife can call me, and I can explain it to her for you.......after all, cars guys need to stick together! 👍
    12 points
  36. It steers again! I fixed the horn ring as well, which was missing a part and installed a new turn signal lever. I still need to hook up the neutral safety switch and turn signal switch. Next, I'll install the gas pedal and the footboard plate around the column. I took my collection of horn emblems and found 2 very nice ones, and a very nice bezel forv this car. The other emblem I'll be installing in an NOS bezel for the 76C.
    12 points
  37. This would be on my list of dream cars , it is just stunning to me .
    12 points
  38. Went for a longish ride today which was just what the doctor ordered under these dire circumstances. Everything worked, no weird noises, stumbles or mis-shifts. Very satisfying indeed. We are a lucky few to own these cool cars, roadworthy or not, something to be grateful for. Happy New Year to my distant Buick buddies. peter
    12 points
  39. 1934 Dodge Dr 6 Wheel Convertible Coupe - The Phantom This car has been cared for by four generations and, as a result, runs like a champ. . With only little more than 1,200 ever being produced by Dodge, it is truly one of the rarest early models of Dodge extant. The Phantom is powered by a 218 cu in. 3.6 liter Straight Six producing around 160 ft lbs 87 hp. One of the more interesting features of this model is that all the window frame hardware can be cranked down into the body and the windshield folded forward, leaving a completely flush, uninterrupted steel torpedo of a body. Ther
    12 points
  40. It's a lot easier to fool someone than to convince them they've been fooled. Look at the world around us--you really think it's at all difficult to pull the wool over people's eyes with just words?
    11 points
  41. Besides the neighbors kid?
    11 points
  42. One of our easiest driving brass cars. 1913 Marmon Speedster 48B. 9.4 liter, six cylinder, 145" wheelbase (Limo type length) Frame off restoration. Marmon Owner's Club state that this was the only Marmon built as a speedster in 1913. Successor of the 1910 Marmon Wasp that won the first indianapolis 500.
    11 points
  43. Happy New Year. One down...need more epoxy for the next one.
    11 points
  44. Yesterday and this morning I performed my service/maintenance and safety inspection on my Model A Ford. I found some interesting things such as a loose sidemount bolt on the frame, loose distributor, corroded ground strap on the frame. Some slight fraying on the fan belt was noted so it was replaced. I think I will rotate the tires for one more season then replace them next winter. All in a days fun but I will be ready to go as soon an the snow disappears next spring.
    11 points
  45. I finally got my 1931 Buick Model 67 inspected by the WA State Patrol this morning. It was recently gifted to me by an old Buick buddy that passed away. It is a non-runner that was loaded into my trailer via winch. But today it was unloaded via starter motor in reverse gear. The driveway into my storage barn is up hill. A friend and I tried to push it out of the trailer but didn't have the push to get it done. So, I "drove it" out and into the barn using the starter motor while in reverse. It worked nice and slow as my friend directed me from the rear. Now I can start worki
    11 points
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