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  1. WOW! What an experience THIS has been. Thank you, thank you so very much all of you who have been concerned about Cherrie and me. I always hear about this stuff happening to others and I know for a fact I never thought we could dodge a bullet like this. I always expected it to happen since we live so close to forests. I am practically in tears whilst writing this. We were extremely lucky to have been spared the agony of losing our home and our cars. We got out a few minutes before the fire reached our part of town and ended up at the coast in Brookings, Oregon where Cherrie's brother lives. We
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  2. Seems like decades since my search started and I would never be in the right place at the right time to buy one of the cars at the top of my bucket list. Well thanks to a lead from Ed and him stepping back (a big thank you is due) so I could get it, the day has arrived and it's sitting in my Garage. Unfortunately with winter and the uphill grade to the garage we unloaded it right into the garage so pictures will be forthcoming but not real good like outside photos with natural lighting. Is it time for a name change from Auburnseeker?
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  3. If you're a white guy older than 50 and still sporting dreadlocks, you have made a very wrong turn in your life somewhere.
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  4. I'm looking into my all-seeing/all-knowing carbide headlamp right now and it's telling me that if I like old cars, I can continue playing with them. When I'm gone someone else can worry about how much my car is worth. Meantime, having fun is worth spending money on. Terry
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  5. Received latest issue of Hemmings Motor News yesterday. You know, the bible of the old car hobby, the source for cars and parts that we've used for years. I first started subscribing in 1965, and never missed a year. So, last month they ran an editorial that discussed, among other things, the death of the old car hobby, in regard to pre-war cars. That's pre-World War II, for you young'uns. Oh wait, there are no young people interested in those cars, according to some. From the letters section, two things, both from same letter, and Sir, if you read this forum, no ap
    30 points
  6. I believe @edinmass said something like "Sometimes the cars just find you when you are staying quiet and not even looking' in another thread. Well, I had the same happen to me. There was a 1920 Cole Aero 8 7 person Tourster powered by a 346.4 cubic inch V8 that I had known about as it was featured in an old Automobile Quarterly and some other places out there. Two months ago, I received a message that it was time for the owner to part ways with it and they wanted it to go to the right home. It had been sitting for 8-10 years since last driven and probably not seen in the public since the 1
    29 points
  7. I have long said, only partly in jest, that the three basic food groups are beer, pizza, and ice cream. (My wife says chocolate is a fourth.) Today, having replaced the spark plug on my 1907 one-lung Cadillac and lubricated everything I could reach, I sallied forth in search of a pizza. My favorite pizza joint made me one – to go, of course. But while waiting for it, I noticed they were serving ice cream cones. I hadn’t had one for months, since the lockdown. I took my pizza home, had three slices with a good craft beer, froze the other slices, and drove the Cadillac back to t
    29 points
  8. Obviously time to put the top up!
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  9. Well....it has been about 5 years since the planets were aligned enough for me to get my 1931 DB 2 person coupe back on it's feet and running. Thank you so very much to my friends, Pete Bedia and his friend Sarge for all that they did for me. They brought an extra 1931 DB engine up to me from Los Angeles. While they were here, they helped my replace the master and wheel cylinders, bought me a new battery and got most of the new wire loom hooked up. I still have some wiring to figure out, but they must have done something correct because it actually started up! As soon as I get the rest of the
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  10. Here she is. Unfortunately with the cold gray day, I have to post a photo the seller sent me. I'll try to get it out over the weekend for a few better shots. Winter has been knocking on our door today. Lets hope it passes us by. I would love to drive it once or twice this fall, if for nothing else, than to find the gremlins most old cars have so I can sort them over the winter. She doesn't look like she's had much use in the last 20 years with about 3000 on the odometer according to the owner restorer. I have seen a few and remember seeing one for sale when I was around 16 or
    27 points
  11. My Curved Dash Olds, on a day I did NOT go touring; my 1912 Buick on a tour in Delaware a few years ago; my 1911 Stanley, steaming up at daybreak on last year's HCCA one-and two-cylinder tour.
    25 points
  12. A well known restoration shop has rebuilt this corner service station in their town, very nice. If you're ever through White Post Virginia take a look!
    25 points
  13. Wife and I can relate to this. Yesterday was my 6 week check up to see if last bladder cancer treatment was successful and we wouldn't have been out at all if not for this important test. Just 2 miles into trip at 10 AM we stopped at a traffic light and were rear ended by some "high" idiot who was taken away in cuffs for DUI all the while screaming obscenities at wife and I as well as the police officers! Very proud of how well our 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV endured the full speed crash as witness's claimed he never even touched the brakes. Rough start to our day but cancer free declaratio
    25 points
  14. "deep sigh....." How come, on every forum, when a member decides the rules need to be altered to suit his private needs (when they are usually clearly defined at registration) the Moderators are painted as some type of Draconian jack-booted tyrants for enforcing those agreed upon regulations? Then they sign off with a final insult post and an "I'm going home and taking my ball with me!" attitude. I have been a car forum Moderator. I recognize the time involved, the balance needed to juggle varied personalities and it's all volunteer work. I have seen forums cave in to others n
    25 points
  15. Dear friends, Yesterday I submitted my request to Steve Moskowitz and Peter Gariepy to remove my status of BCA Forum Moderator and thanked them for the privilege of doing it for the last ten or so years. I have not received a reply, but feel it important to go ahead and announce it so that a new moderator can be selected/appointed. For a couple of years now I have not spent much time with my cars and tried to make up for that by starting the My Buick Sales and Service garage thread but now I'm not even able to spend time with that. I think it is important that a moderator be
    25 points
  16. Discussions of BCA Club Business/Politics Folks, we have come to a 3 pronged fork in the ol’ Buick Highway in relation to the discussion of BCA Club Business and Politics. One would have had to have been hiding under a rock if they are not aware of the disruption and disturbance that a recent thread brought to our generally peaceful and friendly forum. I have always tried to allow discussions to ebb and flow unchallenged and unimpeded but feel that I may have been negligent in intervening in a few in the past. I would first like to say that contrary to some of yall’s perceptions that I h
    25 points
  17. First you need to know the legal disposition of the estate. If there's no will, then probate court will probably decide the widow gets everything. Or maybe one of the kids contests it. That makes things sticky. Until things are finalized legally, there's nothing you can or should do. If the widow tells you to sell the cars but one of the kids decides he or she wants it, that makes all kinds of headaches. Let them finalize the estate and put everything into place legally before you do anything. However, there's something important you can do to help right away. We deal with a lot of
    24 points
  18. Well, after 21 years with the same company helping to recruit and hire healthcare professionals, I've officially RETIRED! Of course I've done it before when I retired after 23 years in the U.S. Navy, but this time I'm not wondering what my second career will be- it's already happened, and it certainly was enjoyable and so satisfying. To think the people we hired made such a difference in peoples lives is awesome. Proud also of the projects I initiated to hire our veterans. Those talented hospital corpsmen and medics can do so much more than what is normally allowed in the civilian world,
    24 points
  19. I'd like to just take a moment, and thank the AACA (and the moderators!) for providing this great forum, and to all the Forum members who share their thoughts and knowledge. It's a lot of fun, both entertaining and educational, and we should all be very thankful it exists. I've really enjoyed it, as it helps me stay in touch with people now that I'm retired. You read a lot of articles about having enough money for retirement, but rarely is mentioned the fact that when you leave a business or profession, you also leave behind a lot of contacts and "business friends". S
    24 points
  20. With all the current stress going on in the USA and the world concerning health issues, I thought perhaps it would possibly be good to share some period photos of vehicles that we all love. The old cars and trucks make us happy. So for a few moments viewing what I have posted here may relieve you from some of the stress now upon all of us. I hope the images, even briefly, take away that cloud of worry and concern. We are not only thinking about ourselves, and family but dear friends across the world who are like family because of our common interest in older cars. If yo
    23 points
  21. Our Tidewater Region has long been blessed with strong leadership, often bred thorough a military background. Congratulations are in order to another one of our members currently immersed in their military careers. I'm proud to let everyone know that our AACA Region newsletter co-editor (The Mudflap) Ken Packard was recently selected to a Submarine Command position. He is following in the footsteps of another of our Tidewater Region leaders (and past president) Ivan Joslin (Captain, USN, Retired) who commanded one of the last Diesel powered submarines on active
    23 points
  22. Tonight I feel compelled to tell any new person, thinking about getting into old cars is...The hobby can be so unbelievably satisfying. If you are lucky, you might find an old clunker that is in need of care and attention. If you want a great hobby, if you can do all the work yourself, it can be so incredibly rewarding. It does not have to be expensive. You don't have to know how to do all the work yourself. You might just have the desire to want to do all the work yourself. Where there is a will, there is a way. I did this very thing. I picked up an old 4-door sedan with great cur
    23 points
  23. I have been considering this for some time; the cost of the hobby from an investment perspective. In my old, pre knee replacement, life I was a marathon runner. I did most of the big ones including Boston twice (the Pebble Beach of the running world). While running in its purest form is very inexpensive, basically you need shorts, socks, a T-shirt and a pair of running shoes, when you get into marathons the costs pile up fast. This is particularly true if you decide to be a 50 stater (running a marathon in all 50 states) or even more so, if you want all 6 of the majors (New York, Boston,
    23 points
  24. Please allow an old man to brag a bit. After 37 years of restoring professionally the business was turned over to my 35 year old Son Devon two years ago. I still come in every day and do a bit of upholstery and woodwork but for the most part I just get in the way. At last week's Hershey we showed a 1960 Eldorado Biarritz which was the first full restoration run completely by my Son from start to finish. Happily it was well received and garnered a First Junior Award. I can now rest easy knowing the business is in good hands
    23 points
  25. Early this morning, I received a text from a forum member and twenty five year friend from the CCCA and Pierce Arrow Society. It was a quick note of a obscure car he has known of for years, coming up for sale. I texted him back for more details........although I wasn’t too intrested. I have learned over the years, cars find me when I am not looking, and usually not intrested in them. Suffering car withdrawal from shows and tours, and I haven’t been on a “car adventure road trip” for well over a year for myself, I decided to sniff out the car just a bit. I did ten minutes research, and inquired
    22 points
  26. 26 T found in a barn while doing a corn inspection last year
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  27. In finding my wife, I scored big time, I won't go into all the reasons, but I will list one.......She came with great parents. My inlaws are wonderful, and as an added bonus, my Father in Law is a car guy, spent years of his adult life on a restoration of a 56 Ford pickup, and in doing so exposed his daughter (my wife) to the idea of having classic cars. For the first 20 years of our marriage, I would love talking cars with him and the conversation would alway end up with him talking about getting a 36 Ford.... his birth year and his favorite car. As the years went by, it was obvious he wo
    22 points
  28. I have been very reluctant to share anything about this accursed car given how badly it has gone in the past. Some of you surely remember those threads and may also be thinking, "Oh, God, not this nonsense again," and that's totally fair. My ownership of this car has been nothing if not tumultuous and this will be the third thread in which I've attempted to share some of the work I'm doing on it. Is it a mistake? Maybe. People seemed to like to take pleasure in taking pot-shots at my misery and given that my skin was worn pretty thin by the whole thing, I did not react with kindness. Jerks beg
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  29. Sadly, this is simply another manifestation of Americans' obsession with cheapness, always confusing a low price with a good value. It is probably the single biggest problem facing us as a society, and it is sending us down a spiral from which we may not recover. When I tell a guy it'll cost him $1800 to move the car from my shop to his home in California, he loses his mind, calls me a crook, finds a broker on the internet who will do it for $600 on an open transporter in the middle of February, and then calls me to say, "Do you always send your cars out looking like this? It's going to cost m
    22 points
  30. Having spent the last several years disassembling my father’s shop, and remembering him working in his as a child, I can’t tell you how many times I wish I could still walk into his on a daily basis. I long to see him working on a car, old school country music in the background, the smell of grease, a friend helping him, and all the tools in an orderly fashion, around the shop. (Ok, maybe a few swear words, or loud yelling, here and there, as he wrestled with an uncooperative part also). When I went to his garage five years ago, it was a mess. Evidence of his struggles
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  31. "With that in mind, can anyone summarize--perhaps without using names--what, exactly is going on? Can both sides be explained in a cool, calm way so that someone like me (and I presume a great majority of the BCA membership) can sort of understand what's going on?" Since I am a writer, I will try to summarize: I think the bad feelings began when the Driven Class (not judged to high standards, but a little more than just "display-only) cars were relegated to a remote parking lot that was walled off from the rest of the meet by a high fence at the South Bend, IN. national meet.
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  32. 1954 Cadillac Series 62 - Used by Cadillac Dealer's wife for first 25 years, and in a private Colorado collection for next 30 years, now AACA DPC, shown, and driven on multiple tours, and driven 10,000 miles in a 3-month period from New Orleans to judge at Palm Springs, then on to the Los Angeles Museums and our family, up the Pacific Coast Highway to an AACA Divisional Tour at Yosemite, and on to Portland, Vancouver, back to judge at Auburn, tour at Gettysburg, drive to Minneapolis, and the Grand National at Independence, Missouri. 1941 Cadillac cabriolet, deliver
    21 points
  33. Had a great day driving a long term stored 1966 Ford Country Squire wagon from North Central Ontario back to South West Ontario on the back roads. Normally I would have a car like this flat bed towed, but the seller (a small town car dealer) told me he drove it home from long time indoor storage and putted around town with it before I bought it, figured I would take the chance. I brought 2 spare tires to replace the rock hard front bias plys' that had no tread wear but were at least 40 yrs old. He really was an honest guy for a change! This rig was far better than he described and super low mi
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  34. Yesterday, I had a group of 8 Steamers on their tour stop by the workshop for a coffee stop and tour of the Cole Motor Car collection. It was a great time and a real joy for my son and I to see all of those steamers in action! A great group of people as well.
    21 points
  35. What have you learned on this sight? (see below if you question my spelling) Here's my list: THINGS I’VE LEARNED ON THE AACA FORUM The best and most relevant advice you can give a would-be seller is “call Jay Leno”. A car in a nice metal building with fluorescent lights can be called a barn find. Leaving the dust, dirt, and pigeon droppings on a found car tremendously increases the value of said car. Every unidentified car in a picture is a Ford. If it’s not a Ford, then it’s a Packard. The forum is on a sight, not a site. There are breaks on car, not
    21 points
  36. Last night the Spyder was loaded up for the trip home to Oregon. She has New Hampshire plates, registered last in the early 80’s and I know she was shipped down here a few years after that. It’s bittersweet to remove her from her long sleep, as she is the very last thing I am taking out of dad’s shop. It’s a relief to know that I somehow managed to get both shops and his home cleared out, but it’s an odd feeling to leave Harper and know that I never have to go back. The timing feels right, as a huge pipeline is going in just behind his properties. I know my dad would have not liked th
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  37. I hate the Packers but in the words of Aaron Rodgers, R-E-L-A-X it has been restored! Now do you guys love me and Peter! 😁 Greg, you can take the bullets out of the chamber now....
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  38. A while back I bought a 1953 GMC Fire Engine. Why you ask? Why not I say. So one of the first nice days after buying the truck. I call my friend who has 2 young boys 5 and 3 at the time. I ask if he and the boys are home and they are. I tell my friend not to tell the boys, but that I am coming over with a fire engine. He agrees to take the boys out in the yard to wait. I come down their street lights and sirens and pull into the driveway. The oldest boy is so excited he can't speak. He is just jumping up and down and screaming. His little brother is the same way. After a few moments the older
    21 points
  39. Don't know about the rest of you but for quite some time now I've got my morning coffee and instead of turning on TV news, I turn on the computer and read through the AACA Forums. It sure beats all the doom/gloom stuff and political bs, and keeps our hobby alive and going strong. I know there is another thread on being a member - or donating/supporting the forum, but thought it worth mentioning again and encouraging that. For me and many others here, this has been one of the best resources for old car stuff that can be found anywhere. I've also encouraged others to look for themselves. I
    21 points
  40. We've become known as a good car spotting location--whenever I buy a car I try to drive it home to get a feel for it.
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  41. I think the problem (and the largest threat to the continuing maintenance of old cars) is that collectors amass stashes of parts "just in case." Then they die. Their families not only have no idea what the parts are, but they don't even have a clue what to do with the stuff or where to turn to get rid of it. Then Mom sells the house and all that "junk" needs to go so they throw it in the dumpster in order to vacate the house. And then it's all gone forever. I see it happen over and over and over. I am guilty of gathering unneeded parts myself and while my wife is far more learned and experienc
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  42. Some recent club political oriented posts here in this General Discussion forum brought me to wonder... again ... "Is this the place for Club Politics to be discussed or can there be a Discussion Forum set up in the BCA website "Members Only Area" where such BCA business and political discussions as this can be held amongst Members so it is not hung out here in a public forum like dirty laundry for all, including possible future members to see. I can only imagine what newcomers to this forum might think about joining a club where there is this much continued bickering and ill will between indi
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  43. We have family from up north down here in southern Florida visiting for a couple of weeks. This morning’s treat is a drive along the ocean down to Delray Beach for breakfast watching the sunrise come up while heading south. It’s always a treat to give people rides. Yes, you can drive your antique car in the dark, you don’t need a 12 volt electrical system. Don’t need halogen headlights. Correctly prepared prewar cars are fun and reliable.
    21 points
  44. I get amused, my wife just reading me an article about the "only 245.5 million dollars in sales" at the recent auctions, and how the old car market is in a slump. Really? Where can I find all these bargains? The auction problem is that the auctioneers and media have filled the owner's heads with dreams of hundred dollar bills, so they set a reserve that's not realistic, and they don't sell. That's not an indication of ANYTHING other than greed. I had a friend visit the other day, he doesn't like original old cars at all, he's totally into hot rods and customs. We we
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  45. We had our annual open house and car show today and it was a huge success. No cost, no judging beyond a people's choice award (more on that in a moment), plus music, food, and other stuff. We had about 150 cars in our parking lot and hundreds of spectators visiting us. A lot of work but also a lot of fun--big thanks to Melanie's brother and his friends from Toronto coming down to give us a hand and help park cars. Everyone seemed to have a good time and everything went off without incident. Thanks to everyone who came to enjoy the day! Peop
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  46. While taking time at lunch to watch a celebration of the work and life of Martin Luther King Jr., I couldn't help but think that as old car lovers we often find ourselves reminiscing or fantasizing (for those younger members) about a time gone by. Let's not forget about the trials and struggles that got us where we are today. Let's not forget, the past is different for everyone, we all have a different journey, some not so rosey. I for one appreciate the style and simplicity of the past, however I would never live there. Appreciate the treasures we care for from the times gone by, but also
    20 points
  47. This past Friday I boarded an American Airlines plane for DFW connecting to Calgary, final destination Kelwona, BC. As is obvious from my handle I have a 1938 Buick Roadmaster Model 80C the convertible Sedan (of Phaeton as Buick referred to it) . What you may not know is that my father has 1938 Roadmasters as well. A Model 81 (Trunk back sedan) and a Model 81F (Formal sedan with divider window and the rarest of the 4 Roadmaster models produced). So that's 3 of the 4 '38 Roadmaster Model...The 4th is a Model 87, the sport sedan AKA a slant back sedan. Buick made 466 Model 87's in 1938 exporting
    20 points
  48. Having attended the 2017 Annual Membership Meeting in Philadelphia this past weekend, I want to share an image that I think exemplifies the character of the man we are fortunate enough to have as our 2017 National President. It may not look like much - in fact, it doesn't even look like he is doing anything connected with AACA, discussing a lapful of vintage vinyl records with a young man obviously too young to own an antique car. What makes this image special to me is that is was taken right after the afternoon round table where Tom, along with the entire AACA National Board and staff, endu
    20 points
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