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  1. 34 points
    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?
  2. 29 points
    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 the restaurant. I was served two scoops in a waffle cone, which I ate sitting behind the wheel of the Cadillac on a brilliantly sunny spring day. Trifecta! Then I drove the Cadillac about 15 more miles, including a gravel road through a federal wildlife preserve. The toilets were closed, but the trees weren’t. The hikers and dog-walkers loved the car. And, since the ice cream was mint chocolate chip, my wife’s food group was included, too! Gil Fitzhugh the Elder, Morristown, NJ
  3. 28 points
    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
  4. 25 points
    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 declaration later at Doctor's helped us endure it. Howard Dennis
  5. 25 points
    "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 needs for slacker rules and some of those forums have degenerated to pretty unfriendly places where belittling and swearing at one another take precedence over actual car sharing information. When I choose not visit that type of forum any longer, I just leave. Quietly. Without a public decree. Maybe all of us remaining members can take a breath and realize just how informative and friendly this board is. I do. And it's exactly what keeps me coming back. Greg
  6. 25 points
    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 17 in much worse shape for ironically not alot less money and that was 30 years ago. She runs very well. Most chrome is new, Nice top and decent interior. Very good straight body with good paint and since it's been on there a long time I should be good to go. Needs alot of detailing. Looks about as dirty in person, but that's some of the fun. I haven't had a chance to test everything out so I can't give a full report. Should be a fun driver by next summer. Now the question. The Bedford Classic tires are probably 20 years old so they need to go. Correct white walls or Blackwalls? I probably won't go the expense of Radial whites so they would be probably a Bias Firestone white. Had them on my 48 Plymouth conv't and it drove very well without even balancing the wheels. No I'm not going Chrysler Wires Though I do have a full painted set that came off a 54 Dodge sedan in a junkyard back in the 60's.
  7. 23 points
    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, Chicago, London, Berlin and Tokyo) or the 7 continents. So what's my point? Never in 40 years and 50,000 miles of running did I ever hear of a runner complaining about cost. Never. Nor did I ever hear of a runner holding any expectation of getting a return on their investment. Instead they simply enjoyed their experience. That is what I hope to impart to our hobby for the upcoming year. Lets enjoy the cars, the drive, the shows, the publications, this website and most importantly, the people of the hobby. The cost? In my humble opinion, it's worth it. Happy New Year 2020 website friends. Eric Macleod
  8. 22 points
    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 beget jerks, and all that. Nevertheless, my motivations remain sincere: One, I won't ever forget my friend AJ saying that even threads full of failure are useful because they show others that even people with significant resources can experience setbacks and frustrations (or perhaps showing that the purpose of my life is only to serve as a warning to others). Two, as I mentioned to someone just today, project threads like these are an excellent source of real, hands-on information and problem-solving that isn't always available in other areas unless someone specifically asks about that very thing. And three, I really do enjoy writing about working on cars and find it therapeutic--the promise of sharing what I've done often gets me out in the shop to do things that I can share, and I suppose that's good for my sanity. So, to bring everyone up to speed, I bought this 1935 Lincoln K almost two years ago and it has been a never-ending source of misery ever since. Some of it was related to the fact that expectations were not properly managed (I did not set out to buy a project car, I set out to buy a new tour car that just needed some tires), and some of it was related to the fact that the "project" part turned out to be a far more significant job than anyone expected. In short, every time I fixed something on the car, the thing next to it broke, up to and including a hole in the side of the block that was a total surprise to everyone except perhaps the guy who smeared JB Weld over it to hide it. It totally broke me. I gave up. Ultimately, I pushed it into a corner of the shop, covered it up, and walked away planning never to look at it again. Whomever moved into our building at some distant point in the future after we're gone would get a 4800-pound bonus. That was my plan. Shortly after that, my lovely wife, Melanie, quietly made arrangements to dispose of the various parts of the car, such as it was. Being in the car business, she used some of our contacts and found a buyer for it. She didn't tell me about it, she just quietly made a deal. However, when that person showed up with his trailer one Saturday afternoon, he was displeased--even though Melanie clearly told him the car was in pieces, he somehow expected that we would put it back together for him and sell it to him for roughly 15% of what I paid to own it. Yeah, some doofus expected a running, driving Lincoln K for $7500--if I was going to do all the work to make it run, I was going to keep the stupid car. I guess it goes without saying that he left without a Lincoln. Melanie apparently had a few other inquiries, but it seems that a disassembled Lincoln K sedan is something nobody wants at virtually any price. One fellow even offered to take it off our hands (for free) if we'd pay to ship all the parts to him. It seems that word of my duress had spread far and wide and there was no shortage of dipshiats looking to take advantage of it. When I told Melanie I was going to crush it instead, she was OK with that idea. But I should also mention that she wisely pointed out that the money is still gone and the car is still here. Crushing it might bring a perverse kind of satisfaction, but it would be momentary. It wouldn't fix my crippled enjoyment of the hobby and the opportunity that the car represents would be lost. She didn't care, do whatever you want, but it started to sink in that maybe I could turn my hate and resentment into something positive. I decided that I would beat the car by fixing it. Or at least that's what I'm currently telling myself. To sum up: bought this car and wiped out my savings, car crapped itself with a hole in the block, eventually got the hole fixed but since that involved removing the engine and disassembling most of it, the car is now in pieces. My constant disappointment and frustration with the car has caused me a great deal of pain and stress. Nevertheless, I have decided to fix it, if only to prove that I'm stupid but not crazy. Tasks that have been done so far: All-new fuel system, including fresh gas tank, lines, electric and mechanical fuel pumps, and rebuilt carburetor All-new starting system, including batteries, cables, and starter motor Repairing and repainting the headlight buckets, which had been damaged multiple times in the past and were about 30% bondo at this point New plugs, wires, coils, and install factory wire conduits Clean out cooling system, install new hoses with restrictors to fight overflowing radiator cap, install aftermarket temperature gauge in glove box Re-pack water pump New fluids throughout Rehab power brake booster system Tuning. Lots and lots of tuning. Eventually got it to start instantly just by reaching in the window and touching the button. Hope I can duplicate it. Install fog lamps And after all that, we still had a hole in the block so next steps: Remove front-end sheetmetal, sidemounts, and lights Remove radiator, steering column, steering box Remove engine, which was a pretty big job, seeing as it was installed at the factory before the body was in place Build crate and stand for engine to be delivered to New England where the block would be stitched Remove 58 rusty head studs. Successfully remove 16 of them. Break 42 of them. Spend seven months slowly drilling them out. Build a custom engine stand to hold the giant V12 Most of the car sits in a corner of our shop under a cover. Parts of it are scattered throughout the building and with various subcontractors. The engine is on a stand being rehabilitated--since we did not need to fully disassemble it to repair the hole in the block, I'm hoping that the rotating assembly is OK. It has .030 oversize pistons in it already, so it has been rebuilt at some point in the past. Engine builders Frank Seme and Dale Adams both told me that rebuilding a Lincoln K V12 is a $30,000 job, so we've worked hard to keep the bottom end intact. I am still optimistic that it can be rehabilitated and will run and drive properly when I'm finished. If not, that will be a very, very bad day. Hope is indeed a dangerous thing. Anyway, I'll document my work from here. If you have questions about things I've done already, send me a private message and I'll fill you in. There's a lot of information related to this project that I've accumulated, so I'm happy to help in that regard. And if you're one of the guys who likes to gloat when a dealer gets burned, well, do that in a PM, too. That more or less brings us up to date. A lot of the work I listed up above is going to have to be re-done, so I'll do it again. And as long as the engine is out and it's all in pieces, I may as well restore it to show standards. So that's what I plan to do. Let's get started...
  9. 22 points
    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 for the last many years, as he was always meticulous in his care for all his possessions, but most especially his tools and his shop. The chaos I found was beyond my comprehension. It saddened me that I hadn’t known what he was going through for so many years, and he lived so far away. I saw his struggles in everything in his shop. I can’t explain it, but that’s when everything he was dealing with really hit me. It was so obvious to me. I guess I'm posting this here because I think you would understand. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy that my father is no longer suffering, but a huge part of me is lost without him. I will never see him again. I will never see him working on a car or lovingly detailing one. So many years passed between the time I moved away and when I went to help him, but suddenly, when I went to Texas, I was his little girl again. My father and his cars were one in the same. I’m sure many of you are like that also. Don’t ever underestimate what that means to the children you raised. It’s an indelible memory to picture your father in his shop. If you have children, grown or otherwise, please spend time in your shop with them. It is very likely that they will cling to those memories when you are gone.
  10. 21 points
    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....
  11. 21 points
    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 boy looks at me and says. "Why did I not know you had a fire truck?" I told him I just bought it. He thought for a second and said "Well I should have known sooner." The 2 boys climbed all over the truck for about the next hour and tried every button and switch. Then they went for a ride around the block, only after getting their plastic fire helmets from in the house. A few days later the Older boy went to school and for show and tell took a toy fire engine. He proceeded to tell his class all about the fire engine his friend had brought over for him to play with. When his Mother picked him up from school the teacher told her about his great imagination. How he made up a story about his friend having a real fire truck. His Mother laughed and told the teacher his friend dose have a fire truck. His friend is 40 years old and then she pulled out her phone and showed the teacher pictures. This is why everyone should own a fire engine.
  12. 21 points
    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 even know some non-computer folks who are now watching the forums almost religiously every day. One guy reports the parts for sale section is even better than evil-bay. Terry
  13. 21 points
    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.
  14. 21 points
    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 experienced in the hobby than most spouses, I guarantee she will just dumpster all of it, too. It's just too much work to deal with on top of everything else that comes with a dead person. If you're old, sell your stash NOW while someone can still use it. It's not only selfish to force your family to deal with your junk but it's irresponsible towards the hobby to just assume someone will show up to help. Nobody cares, nobody will help, and the only guys who show up are going to be vultures who will make your widow's life a living hell--do you really want that? She honestly hasn't been paying attention all these years when you've been explaining the difference between a model 32-035263 and a 32-0356248 horn button. It's just junk and she (and likely your kids) don't know, don't have any way to find out, and don't care enough to do anything but dump it for whatever scrap value is. And then it's all gone forever. If it's valuable to you, sell it now while it has value to someone and can be correctly identified and marketed, because I guarantee your family doesn't want to deal with it no matter how much you think it's worth.
  15. 21 points
    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 individuals and divisions. I also suspect some of the decline in existing users here is due to the same. I know I don't come here near as much as I use to, partly because of all the complaining, pissin and moaning and negativity that went on during the last round of elections. I've never felt this is the place for national or BCA Club politics to be discussed. It is impossible for a Moderator to deal with some of the issues that need attention in these discussions without they themselves being misinterpreted or wrongly perceived and often times thrown under the bus for just trying to do their job. Ask me how I know THAT. I am not saying these discussions are not beneficial, they are, and they often bring about needed change, I'm just askin is this the place for it. If it can even be done, a BCA website Members Only discussion forum could provide an alternative. Something for the BOD and website manager @Peter Gariepyto possibly discuss and consider? Maybe, maybe not...... and I'll just throw it out here for some preliminary discussion. or at least give it a "Like" if you agree it's worth considering or a "HaHa" if it's a crazy idea
  16. 21 points
    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.
  17. 21 points
    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 were talking about a few cars, he pointed at my 1910 Buick and said "Well, those cars are worthless, anyone who would have wanted one is dead now....." He was dead serious, that's his belief. It's called projection, I think, in psychology, "I have no interest in that kind of car, therefore NO ONE has any interest in that kind of car. I proceeded to explain to him that the HCCA is alive and well, early cars are bringing more dollars than they've ever brought, there are tons of tours nationwide for early cars, the Model T clubs are strong and have a lot of young members. He looked at me like I had three eyes, really? he asked, that's hard to believe..... Taking one event and saying that's the harbinger of things to come is not the way to analyze the market. Besides, it's a hobby, and this whole investment thing has taken away a lot of the focus from the hobby itself.
  18. 20 points
    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 you can add to this with your images, please do. I sincerely wish all of you well , and hope in some way this makes all of you feel a little bit better. Walt on long island.
  19. 20 points
    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! People's Choice winning 1930 Cadillac V16 owned by a friend of mine, Mike Pinchot. Some of you might remember me asking about this car a few months ago on his behalf. He obviously bought it and it has required some sorting, as expected. It is a lovely car, even though the colors are a take-it-or-leave-it proposition. Seemed to run well and he's spent quite a bit getting it into tour-ready condition. Another important note is that this Cadillac won the popular vote of the attendees--we don't pick the winners. Add that to last year's winner, my friend Phil Tobin's 1941 Buick 91 Limited touring sedan (below, at the show this afternoon), and the 1932 Pierce-Arrow that won two years ago, and it indicates that the average show goer loves to see pre-war cars at shows. There were some amazing cars at this show, some impressive hot rods, and some cool muscle cars, but when given a choice, people seem to consistently pick these as their favorites. That seems to suggest that getting them out where people can see them is the single best thing we can do to find new hobbyists. It really makes a difference! Phil Tobin's 1941 Buick 91 Touring Sedan. My friend Tony Gulatta brought this wonderful 1941 Dodge panel van dressed in vintage washing machine repair livery. His commitment to the illusion is pretty impressive, right down to the vintage washing machines in the back. Tony has more fun in this inexpensive panel truck than anyone else I know. It's stock except for a late-model Dodge Dakota rear end, which allows it to cruise at 60 MPH pretty easily. I love the crazy thing and it proves that you don't need to spend a lot to have something unique, attention-grabbing, and fun. What a neat little truck! Other stuff: I loved this 1990 Nissan PAO. Japanese-market only, but so cool looking! You could own this one-owner MG Midget with 35,000 original miles for $5000 (I know the owner, contact me if you're interested). This 1942 Cadillac should look familiar to folks on this board. One of my very favorite cars in recent memory--just as nice as it appears! All-original 1932 Packard that we sold a few months ago with its happy new owner. Our friend Gerard "Bart" Bartasavich owns what is probably the nicest 1957 Thunderbird I've ever seen. Mike Herchick brought two of his incredible muscle cars. All-original triple black 1970 Chevelle LS6 4-speed with 54,000 original miles, and an ultra rare 1969 Camaro Z10 "pace car coupe" with an L78 396/375 and a 4-speed. He's always got something new and amazing. Look for this gorgeous 1956 DeSoto Sportsman in our showroom in the next few weeks. Just as nice as the last pink one we sold in April and possibly even prettier. Laser-straight Buick Wildcat from California. Very straight and clean 1960 Cadillac Coupe DeVille.
  20. 20 points
    The first 400-point judging was in Batavia, NY for the 1989 national meet. I am a bit frustrated and depressed over the phone call I got this morning from a chapter director who shall remain nameless. He was upset that some of his members did not do better in the judging. They brought home Silver awards instead of Gold and were so upset that they were "crying" at the awards banquet, if you can believe that. It was a phone call of 10-12 minutes of whining and sour grapes. Apparently the only thing these people come to a national meet for is to get a Gold or a New Senior award, and if they don't they think it's the judges' fault. That's pretty sad. I suggested to him that some of his members might want to take a look at their priorities in life, and I"m sure he didn't like that either. I go for the selection of old Buick parts, and the chance to renew friendships with old friends and to see wonderful cars, many of which I have never seen before. Yes, I occasionally enter my car in the 400-point judging, but the best I have ever done is a silver award, and guess what--I do not demean the judges or complain to the meet organizers about it. This is national competition, and if every car that's entered goes home with an award, then the awards aren't worth much. Period. Pete Phillips, BCA #7338
  21. 19 points
    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 me $1500 just to get it clean again!" Americans, sadly, just aren't able to understand that you get what you pay for. They just want to pay less... for everything. Clothes, cars, taxes, transportation, whatever. And then they wonder why everything around them is shit.
  22. 19 points
    Old Cars recently announced their 2019 Golden Quill Award recipients. The Buick Bugle was honored to have been selected again. Thanks to everyone who works on making the Buick Bugle a great magazine, including the members who submit material. Congratulations to editor Pete Phillips. View the full list of winners at https://www.oldcarsweekly.com/news/old-cars-golden-quill-2019-awards.
  23. 19 points
    Well, as it says in the title, I'm a brand-spanking new member of this forum! Let me tell you, I'm rather excited to be here, as I think this to be a very worthwhile group. Let me tell you a bit about myself first. I am 19 years of age and my first car is a 1962 Studebaker GT Hawk that I've had for a couple of years now. When I was a young lad of seven, I had my earliest and one of my most vivid memories of a car and all that they really meant. It was an Austin-Healey 3000 Mk. III dressed in red with a stunning camel tan and burled walnut interior. The throaty rasp of the 3.0 liter Austin straight six kept itself at a full baritone and was truly glorious. The four speed manual gearbox was also sweet as pecan pie. Needless to say, I was a full convert over to Automobilia! From that point forward, I patiently saved up my money for a full seven years working odd jobs and doing well at school, anxious for the day when I could finally declare to the world that I had wheels all my own. While I did consider imports and Big Three-mobiles alike, I came to the conclusion that an Independent would be more my taste.While I believe that you all at the AACA likely know what the Independent moniker means, plenty of people don't. It is in reference to those American car companies that both survived WWII and were not connected with the Big Three in any way. Nash, Hudson, (later) AMC, Packard, Studebaker, Kaiser, Willys, and Crosley all are a part of it. I chose Studebaker out of all these because I was captivated by their history as well as the refreshingly different styling of their cars. Now for the engine. The Studebaker 289 cu. (or 4.7 liters, which isn't actually that big by American standards) V8 is a marvel of engineering that dates all the way back to 1951. The Ford 289 cu. V8, which mine often gets mistaken for because people are ignorant, weighs 450 pounds with all accessories. Meanwhile, the Stude unit weighs closer to 700 pounds. This gives the engine ungodly reliability, and even a fair bit of power potential too. In R2 and R3 trim, this lump could generate up to 450 hp. to the rear wheels. Mine is a basic one with a Carter 4-venturi (barrel) carburetor that I have not set on a dyno yet. If I had to make a guess, though, it would probably deliver 200 hp. to the pavement and I am fine with that. Daisy-Mae here is a cruiser, to be dignified and enjoy life in, not to race around. I have been a Scout for 10 years now, culminating in the rank of Eagle Scout. I've since used those skills to better my community as well as promote my Studebaker some (as I believe it to be a worthwhile thing to do). with a lot more planned It was featured in: The Wall Street Journal on July 3, 2019 and again on December 30. The December 2019 edition of “Classic and Sports Car” - a very notable UK based enthusiast publication Several YouTube videos within the past year, most notably on Scotty Kilmer’s channel The 2020 Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance as a part of the "30 under 30 group" Anyway, I'm excited to be here and look forward to participating in it more. Hello I suppose!
  24. 19 points
    Yachtflame, I can no more condone or look the other way on the sale of titles than i can can stolen parts. Before you say "let others live" you need to consider that! Merced09, Yes. Title sales are illegal. You were informed (privately) that if you continued you'd be banned. Your stab at the forum usage seems petty, and also incorrect. If you chose to leave the forum so be it. Otherwise, simply follow the forum rules, including refraining from attempting to sell car titles or any other illegal activity.
  25. 19 points
    Lets talk about my old cars first, and last, just to keep from being zapped by an over zealous stickler to protocol. They are fine cars. When I tell them to go...they go. When I tell them to stop...they stop, and do everything in between just as I ask. So I bought a 2019 Jeep. Nice car. Comes standard with a bunch of gee whizz features to make life easier, safer, nicer. Even has a place to plug my phone in so my phone can talk to my car (behind my back I'm thinking).........WTF? Car doesn't come with an instruction book. That's a special order item. Seems EVERYTHING you need to know about the car is embedded in it's on board computer to be accessed only by using it's onboard computer. Can you say catch 22?........WTF. First time wife backing out of the garage the car slams on it's brakes. Can't go forward or back. Wife's screaming....."WTF !" I have no idea of WTF. Twenty minutes later of making nice with the on board computer "it" tells me the car detected an obstruction ( the garage door frame). Another twenty minutes it tells me how to disable that "feature" so we can get out of our garage and actually use the car. Wife has long since left the scene in our 2004 pick up truck. The one that actually does what you tell it to do. First time I stop at a lite the car stops running....WTF! New car and it stalls. I take my foot off the brake and it starts...WTF! Is this voodoo? Another 20 minutes with it's computer says "this is a normal "feature" to save gas.....WTF! A call to the dealer tells me how to disable that "feature" but I must do it every time I start the car or it will stall repeatedly, with dogged determination, to help save the planet or whales or WTF'ever. I finally got the "book" today and skimmed through some of the "features". It seems there is quite a bit that the car will be deciding as I cruise to Grand Ma's. It will select braking force and distribution, throttle position, steering wheel feed back, sway control, roll control and a whole lot of things I never knew I needed and all without any input from me or even informing me. But the best is the voice control. I can talk to my car and it talks back to me. It's like having a wife. Just like having a wife. It seldom understands what I asked for. So now even when driving alone I can have a nice argument about the most trivial thing. Just like having a wife. If the new Jeeps could cook a good meal and be coaxed into bed there would be little need for a wife. Tomorrow I think I'll go down to the dealer and see if I can order a nice new 1955 Buick and keep my old wife. To paraphrase Pogo... We have met the enemy... and he is us............Bob
  26. 19 points
    The single biggest thing that makes this hobby suck is the fact that everyone thinks it should be profitable. It is not. It never has been. Somewhere along the line people just assumed that cars getting older also means they're getting more valuable. Like most things, value is subjective and it's just as likely that prices will go down as go up. As they say in the stock market: past performance is no indicator of future gains. If you own a 55-57 Chevy or Thunderbird or a dozen other formerly blue-chip "collector" cars, you're already upside-down. Model As are in the same boat. Do you expect to make money when you go on vacation? Do the guys who golf or fish or boat or whittle things out of wood expect to get their money back when they're done? Do the guys who watch sports or play video games or join virtual sports leagues expect to make a little cash for their efforts? Do guys who build models expect to sell them for a profit? Do guys who play softball figure they can sell their mitts back to the store when they're done for full retail plus a little extra because they broke it in and oiled it? Why are old cars special? Why do they need to be profitable? Spend your money, have your fun, and you still get A LOT of your money back! What other hobby even does that much for its participants? None, that's how many. If you sell your car for half what you paid for it, the fun you had STILL only cost you $0.50 on the dollar. Walt Disney World sure as hell isn't giving people 50% rebates after they get home. Honestly, how much time have you really spent on the car to get it ready? Everyone here is right--spend a weekend really cleaning and detailing that thing like your life depends on it. Get a cleaner wax and go over the entire car carefully. Yes, your rags will turn green and black, that's the point. You're uncovering fresh paint, removing oxidation, and bringing out the shine. Do it by hand and you won't hurt anything, don't use a machine. See if you can find some paint that matches better than the John Deere green spray can someone used to touch up the cowl and roof. Degrease the engine and get some Ford Green engine enamel and brush-touch the areas that are flaking and if they're rusty, hit it with a Scotch-Brite pad before you dab the paint on. Paint that rusty generator--just plain satin black would be fine. Clean the firewall as best as you can without removing paint. Clean the fuel stains off the carburetor (I can't see them, but I know they're there). If the exhaust manifold is rusty hit it with a wire brush and paint it satin black with the high-heat exhaust paint. Get those whitewalls white--I mean REALLY white. I can't see the interior but I presume it needs vacuuming, so do that. I bet the instrument panel is tarnished, so go after that with some Nevr-Dull or very fine steel wool. And lose the mud flaps. All that is stuff that you can do that primarily costs time and not much money. Presentation matters--look at Auburnseeker's post with the same Cadillac before and after. Why do I have a full-time detailer on staff? Presentation matters and the moment you give someone an out, they're moving on to the next car. Everyone says that young people are ruining the hobby. You know what really ruins the hobby? People trying to get all their money back plus the money they spent on repairs/maintenance/storage/insurance along the way plus a little profit just because. THAT is what sucks about the hobby.
  27. 18 points
    Terry you are correct! The trailer and car inside have been located and returned. It was locate and picked up yesterday afternoon. By the time i got back some and got settled i was/am beat. I appreciate everyone's assistance in sharing and keeping an eye out for this. Thank you all!
  28. 18 points
    Most of you, I'll assume, have been on a car tour with your antique or Classic car. If it went well, you had a great leader who did everything right. Sadly, I'm finding that it's increasingly rare to succeed like that so I thought I'd offer some tips for those of you who might be considering organizing a day tour or weekend outing for old cars. Over the past three weeks, we've done three day tours, which were really rolling car shows. Meet up somewhere, drive in formation to a few hospitals and retirement homes, honk and wave, go home. But all three were frustrating simply because the organizers overlooked the basics or didn't take some factors into account or just didn't manage it correctly. These tips aren't aimed specifically at them, but they are a result of seeing problems in action while we were trying to participate. 1. Drive a reasonable speed. If you're in a modern(ish) car, remember there might be older cars that can't go 75 MPH on the highway. This is not really a problem in my experience. The actual problem is going WAY too slow. That may seem like a non-issue, but on all three of these outings, the tour leader at the head of the line went so slow in an attempt to keep the whole group together that it caused all kinds of new problems. At one point we were on a two-lane country road with a posted 50 MPH speed limit and my speedometer showed 11 MPH (remember, my car reads 6 MPH slow). I put my car in 1st gear and let it idle and I still had to ride the brakes. Meanwhile, traffic is backing up behind us with people trying to go about their daily lives. We motored along that way for maybe 15 minutes. Not cool. This is probably a flat-out awesome way to make the general public hate old cars and think they're slow death traps that can't be used in the modern world. There's also the problem of cooling, brakes, and clutches at that speed. Two older cars, a Model A and a 1935 Ford, dropped out before the second stop today due to the insanely low speeds and stop-start that resulted, wreaking havoc on their cooling systems. Riley took these photos from near the back of the line of one of the tours. He was in the back of Melanie's Chrysler wagon, which has pretty modern performance. She was incredibly frazzled by the time we reached the first stop. Going slow can be scary, too. Photo taken on a 50 MPH road. Actual speed, under 20 MPH. The '32 Buick is second from last in line. Note the traffic backing up in the distance. NONE of them were happy to see old cars on the road that day. The Buick was the oldest car on the tour and can cruise at 50 MPH without issues. There's just no need to drive at parade speeds. Creeping through the hills at 20 MPH. No momentum to get up the hill, and downright terrifying on the way down because the tour leader was riding his brakes to keep everyone together at 20 MPH. Cars bunched up, brakes got hot, and it was scary as well as frustrating. We have to remember that people will think old cars are cool until we start to screw up their day. Just go the speed limit, more or less, and count on everyone else to keep up. There aren't many old cars on these outings that can't comfortably run at 35-40 MPH. Go an appropriate speed and let the slower cars manage themselves--they're used to it anyway. And if you're really concerned about people getting lost, give us addresses for each stop so if we do get separated we can punch it into our phones and at least get there to rejoin. Also, it probably goes without saying that the tour leader should not stop to let everyone catch up right in the middle of a road, which happened several times today. Trust the people in the other cars to be able to figure it out, unless you've completely failed at rule #2... 2. Make good directions. If you are familiar with the area, pretend that you're not because there might be tricky areas that you don't spot simply because you're familiar with them. If you're downloading instructions from the internet, say on Google Maps, drive the route a few times to be sure it's navigable by old cars. Lots of highway driving, congested areas, or construction zones are no-nos. Again, this seems obvious but last week's tour required about 10 miles of high-speed highway driving with traffic, and that was a problem for, say, the 1912 Cadillac that was with us. Just because your "collector car" is a 1987 Lincoln, don't assume everyone has that much performance on tap. Also, try to add landmarks to your directions. Mileage indications are useful, but odometers can be inconsistent, so add landmarks both to warn people that a turn is coming as well as along the way when nothing is happening so that people can verify that they are on the right path. One of our instructions today, for instance, was, "Follow the curves and when the road goes straight, turn left." Um, what? They were trying to say that there was a left turn branching off the main road, which was kind of making a right turn, but it was confusing as hell and a lot of cars shot right past. How about a street name at least? Landmarks, street names, and other indicators can be extremely useful. When Melanie and I make a tour, we often take photos of large landmarks and include them in the directions so people know what to look for. 3. Be aware of your surroundings and react. For a while last week, I was second in line following the tour leader, who was in a modern car (PT Cruiser convertible LOL). There was a long downhill run and he simply rode his brakes all the way down at about 20 MPH. I suppose modern brakes can handle that. On the other hand, those of us in the 5200-pound limousine with 80-year-old brakes were white-knuckling it all the way down the hill terrified that we were either going to plow into the car ahead of us or the brakes were going to catch on fire, even with the transmission howling in 2nd gear. Again, PLEASE take into account the capabilities of the cars around you and drive appropriately. The PT Cruiser could have scooted ahead to give the old cars behind him some room without losing the group at the bottom of the hill. He owns several old cars, including a Pierce-Arrow, so he knows all about old car brakes. THINK! 4. If you need photos of the event, please appoint someone else to do it. The tour leader today stopped every time we were about to turn into a retirement home driveway, waved everyone AROUND his car, and took photos of the line of cars as they maneuvered around him. Meanwhile, radiators are getting steamy, we often had to pull into oncoming traffic to go around his car, local traffic is being blocked, and, well, it's just a mistake to stop like that. Have someone zoom ahead to each stop and take the photos instead. 5. When you have the chance to merge into traffic, TAKE IT. Last week we sat for about 15 minutes at a right turn because the tour leader was waiting for a large enough opening in traffic for ALL the cars to make the turn. Not going to happen. JUST GO. We'll catch up and hopefully traffic will see what's going on and not make too much congestion. If you did rule #2 well, everyone will eventually catch up. 6. If you've got some horsepower, don't be afraid to use it. I don't mean do something stupid like spin the tires, but there was an old guy today in a 1970 Oldsmobile 442, and he drove that thing like it had 20 horsepower. He slept through the first 10 seconds of every green light and accelerated slower than someone in an electric wheelchair. Meanwhile, everyone behind him has now missed the light or the turn and clutches are getting torn up. Yes, there are probably some slow cars on the tour, but if you can scoot along at normal traffic speeds and get out of the way, it'll help everyone keep up and make a smoother drive. Just keep moving with the flow. Creeping along because you think you need to go as slow as the slowest car isn't helping and can make for dangerous situations. The slow guys can handle themselves, I promise. And this last suggestion is for everyone on the drive, organizers and participants alike: PLEASE PAY ATTENTION. Don't just fall asleep and follow the car in front of you like a zombie. At one stop today there was a circular driveway around the courtyard of a rest home. We circled it and then were supposed to exit to the right. Well, at one point, a car died in the circle and by the time he got it going again, the line ahead of him had already pulled out of sight. He saw old cars pulling in, and just followed them to the left, back into the circle. And then the guy behind him followed him. Pretty soon we were locked in an ouroboros of idiots in automobiles where nobody could move because it was totally gridlocked. Come on, guys! You're grown men smart enough to make enough money to buy an old car. Surely you can figure this simple stuff out. I just couldn't believe my eyes as I watched them stupidly continue to pile into the lane and jam us all in place. Two cars had to drive across the grass to break the gridlock and open the path again. It was soooo stupid. This isn't hard, I guess, but if you're inexperienced maybe this will be helpful. If you're an experienced tour participant, maybe help where you can. Melanie sometimes gets out to direct traffic when people get mentally mushy and I occasionally will block an intersection with the giant car to clear a clog. All it really takes is a little bit of extra thought to make everything smooth and easy.
  29. 18 points
    No loud music, no hot sun, endless coffee...
  30. 18 points
    I went to pick up the car today. When I arrived, Levi was rinsing the car off with a water hose. It seems that a few minutes before I arrived, some landscapers had decided to operate some leaf blowers in the area and had stirred up a major dust storm on the car just after Levi had pushed it out of the shop awaiting my arrival. After writing him a check for my final payment, I hooked up the battery cables, hopped in, and started it up. I had a friend follow me since the car did not have any taillights on it. The approximately 8 mile drive home was uneventful, but I do have some good advice for anybody who ever plans to pick up a car without a windshield and drive it... wear some goggles!. I probably only drove about 35 miles per hour for most of the trip, but my eyeglasses did not keep the wind out of my eyes anywhere near as much as I thought they would. In any case, it was fun driving it again and nice having it home so I can finish the rest of the restoration. She is now safely tucked in the garage next to my 1937 Century.
  31. 18 points
    Today, was my first day that I have been allowed to drive after my brain surgery. In honor of the occasion, I took the Studebaker out for a drive for the first time since July 4th, 2019. It was great to be behind the wheel of the Studebaker President once again. She behaved beautifully and it was a great day.
  32. 18 points
    Well, last night I was out for an evening with friends and had a few drinks. Don't judge... short week... it ends in pie and shopping anyhow 😁. Knowing full well I may have been slightly over the limit, I took a cab home (I know... old school, but the cab was right there). Sure enough, I passed a police roadblock, but since it was a cab, they waved it past. I got home safely and without incident, which is a real surprise, as I have never driven a cab before and am not sure where I got it, or what to do with it now that it's in my garage. 🤔 Happy Thanksgiving y'all, have a great week! 🦃
  33. 18 points
    First, this. Second, you have to realize that this is exactly what tariffs do. China is most certainly NOT paying them; the Americans buying products made in China are. That means most retailers are passing it along directly to you, the consumer. I suspect that the seller in this case had a sudden and dramatic rise in the cost of his products due to tariffs and wanted to make sure his customers knew it wasn't him gouging them but rather the idiot government haphazardly playing roulette with the economy. These new tariffs essentially amount to a $1000 tax increase on every household in the US at this point, never mind how much of YOUR money is being used to bail out the farmers being buried by them (currently at twice the auto bail out with 0% chance of payback, unlike the auto bail out which has been paid back 100% plus interest). What, you expected everyone except the consumer to just suck it up and eat a 25% pay cut? LOL! So yes, it is essentially the seller passing the cost along to you as if you were the importer. Would you rather they have simply raised the price 25% without telling you why? Would you ever shop there again if they did that? At least this way you know where to aim your ire.
  34. 18 points
    Can anyone name another hobby where you get most of your money back when you're done? Sporting events? Nope. Concerts? No. Vacation? Nay. Golf? No way. Boating? LOL Fishing? Bigger LOL. Woodworking? Meh, if you're good maybe you can sell some stuff but your time is still free. Electric trains? Unlikely. Music? Only if you really get the gig, which you won't. Stamps? Maybe, but only if you can find someone else buying--you guys think OUR hobby is dying? These poor guys are already dust. Coins? See Stamps. Video games? Um, what? So tell me what other hobby can you do where you get a big, fat rebate when you're done with the fun? And why the hell should that rebate be 110% or 120% of what you spent to buy the fun you had?
  35. 17 points
    Figured I’d share as we can use some mental distraction. My Pop and me and my sons are new proud caretakers of our family’s 1928 Pontiac landau coupe. 😀 You may have seen it at Hershey. Pops brother restored it and It was a senior winner in 2013. It will be at Allentown in July. I run it once a week and we try to get it out if it is dry outside. I should have shot the engine bay too, it’s just as pristine. One small issue, what causes the speedo drum to bounce?. Lube dry?? Thank you! Mike Schweikert Jamison PA
  36. 17 points
    I recently finished prostate radiation treatments at Emory University Cancer center and had no issues. During my last week I thought I might have a way to get a smile out of the people at the facility. I made a sign that said " WILL WORK FOR TOILET PAPER" and hung it around my neck with a test lead. When I walked into the facility the staff cracked up. They took a picture and blew it up and put it on the bulletin board that you see when you first enter the building. Make your own sign and wear it when you go out when needed and watch the response you get. Take care and stay safe. Steve and Brenda Rinaldo
  37. 17 points
    A friend of mine, an active car enthusiast, wrote in our AACA newsletter while I was editor about his experience: In 1939, while in college, he bought a used 1918 Cadillac from Bailey Brothers' Auto Parts, a junkyard in West Lebanon, New Hampshire. His family had had a 1918 Cadillac from new, and spoke well of that model. Also in the junkyard at that time were a 1914 dual-windscreen Rolls-Royce, a gas-lighted Pierce mountain wagon, and a 1920 Stutz Bearcat. Such were among the choices in that junkyard in 1939. People must have discarded it because it was outdated, not because it was in bad condition or beyond repair. The Cadillac he bought had one bad cylinder but ran readily with only a new battery, some fluids, and air in the tires. It ran well on seven cylinders. It turned out that both valves on the left-front cylinder of the engine were inoperable. The Cadillac dealer corrected the problem with used parts for $38. My friend just turned 100 and still goes to work for part of each day, maintaining an office and a secretary. He drove that Cadillac for more than 20,000 miles before World War II. More than 80 years later, he still owns and drives that car.
  38. 17 points
    Folks, please!!!! Common sense WILL be the rule of the day! We just reaffirmed, tightened up the criteria. Our moderators hopefully will make sensible decisions and maintain the SPIRIT of what we are trying to accomplish with our forums. We will not always be perfect in our decisions but at least everyone now should be clear about what our forums are all about.
  39. 17 points
    I’m the buyer. I saw the car 14 minute after the ads was post on Kijiji without phone number. With the name on the ad I find the women on Facebook and ask her to call me. Spare engine and transmission are include in the price. I’m at 8hours from the car so I drive all nigh long to be there at 7h30 this morning. Like Carl said: you need to move at speed of light for good deal
  40. 17 points
    I get it and I like it. At a glance, it may be viewed as a cop-out and an attempt to cut costs, but there's an undeniable appeal to a well-used but still functional piece of machinery. I don't much care for the fake patina, but if your car has earned it honestly then I'm all in favor of keeping it that way if it pleases you. I also understand the new hardware underneath--at that point the patina isn't a financial choice but an aesthetic one, and I still get it. A machine that works properly is a joy so go ahead and do what it takes to make it operate to your standards. My favorite leather chair is creased and rubbed bare in places--it took me years to get it that way and in my opinion it has only gotten better. I wouldn't trade it for a brand new one. And I have to admit a low-maintenance collector car has its appeal. I've discovered that it's very liberating to have a car that doesn't worry about bugs or road debris or weather. Go to any show and you'll see virtually everyone walks right past all the shiny, perfect cars but a vehicle with some age and "patina" and signs of use will make them stop and admire and ingest the car's history almost through osmosis. For instance, I don't think this Model T would have been nearly as appealing with a shiny, fresh restoration. The engine and transmission were rebuilt, the brakes were new, the front wheels had been freshly re-spoked, and all the hardware had been freshened, but they left the look alone. It drove like new, but looked every bit of 100 years old. I do not think a gleaming coat of black paint (or God forbid, taking it back to "original" touring car configuration) would be any kind of improvement:
  41. 17 points
    This past weekend I started my 1929 Studebaker President up and let it run until warmed up which right now is all I can do. I had not done the winter oil change and wanted to get that taken care of. I was stopped by my wife and adult daughter because I am suffering from a medical issue that I hope will be solved by an upcoming brain surgery procedure. My daughter said to me “Let me change the oil, after all I need to learn how to do it if I am going to take care of the Studebaker.” She crawled under the Studebaker while I sat nearby telling her what to do to complete the oil change. This got me thinking about all of the things I know that I haven’t passed on to my daughter who will someday be the next caretaker of my Studebaker. I am left wondering how to pass on everything I know about maintenance and driving of a car that I have taken 50 years to learn. I guess I should not have waited so long to get started. Now I wonder how do I make up for lost time? Earlier this past April, before my medical issues got in the way, I started to teach her to drive the Studebaker. The lesson was not real successful because she has never driven a manual transmission before. However, she got the basics. Here is a picture of her smiling behind the wheel after her first drive in the Studebaker.
  42. 17 points
    This past Saturday, I took my 1938 Buick Special to the last auto show for the year in my area. My car won Best In Show For The Pre War Division. The photo posted was taken by a professional photographer. It shows the detail of the horn ring and button of my Buick. It was downloaded to his web site showing photos of the car show.
  43. 17 points
    I'm constantly amazed by the experience, breadth of accumulated knowledge, willingness to share, and assistance offered by the participants of our FORUM. I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to the FORUM community in general. A big Thank You to you who make the old car hobby better than it might otherwise be! SEE YOU DOWN THE ROAD, AND TAKE A KID, HIS PARENTS, AND HIS GRANDPARENTS, TO A CAR SHOW
  44. 16 points
    Hi All, A few days ago, I became the owner of a 1936 Chrysler Airstream convertible that was being stored since 1971 in an old downtown building near where I live. The gentlemen storing it has approximately 90 vehicles stored in various downtown buildings he owns. Walking through these old buildings and seeing all of these cars that have been stored (some since 1950) is amazing. I have known the 92 year old gentlemen who owns the buildings for about six years, and he is a close friend. I have told him that if he ever wanted to sell the Chrysler, I wanted to purchase it for whatever price he wants, no negotiation.. Two weeks ago he had a health scare that landed him in the hospital for a few days. When he got out of the hospital, he called me and asked me to to meet him at his office (he still works every day). I thought it was odd when he asked me to tell him when I was 30 minutes away so his wife could meet us there. I get to his office and sit down. His two secretaries and his wife gather around and he picks up this large envelope and hands it to me. Choking up a bit, he says here... you are the only person in the world I want to have this car. He told me I could pay whatever I thought it was worth. The car is unrestored except for having been painted once over 50 years ago. The upholstery was done at the same time. There is no rust, and I have all the ownership documents since it was first purchased. The only thing I can find missing thus far is one hubcap, the sun visors, and the ash tray cover and knob. I am attaching some images.
  45. 16 points
    I mentioned my daughter Sarah on the USS San Jacinto. They passed a milestone on April 27 of 100 days a sea without touching land. No port calls because of Covid-19. No end in sight now maybe June or July. She's still smiling and has some of the care packages left I sent.
  46. 16 points
    Coming soon - Never forget.
  47. 16 points
    A couple of things. First, the vast majority of the members of this forum have always supported our mission and understood what we are about. We do our best to listen, however, to everyone. In an effort to be all inclusive we stated that the board would discuss our forum rules and they will. Peter, in an individual, effort tried to take the pulse of the forum members. Peter has served this forum well for several decades as our unpaid Webmaster. He deserves that opportunity. So we are trying to listen. Some of the replies are exactly why at times I (we) wonder why we continue to do this! Just too many people making more of this then they should. It is AACA's site, we pay for it and handsomely. Michael you forget the cost of the software we use and I need not try to justify why we use Invision. They are a leader in the field and came highly recommended after a lot of research. Along with the forums, we have the cost of our main website and now are going to spend a lot more money on a new design as we need to move away from our current software. I sign the checks for all of this so I know full well what it involves. A lot more to our website than just the forums. I don't want to stop Peter's poll otherwise I would lock this thing up now but suggest everyone to relax. WE WILL NOT MAKE EVERYONE HAPPY! I guarantee you that. The club has very strong views on doing everything it can to support the hobby which is the reason it has a multi-million dollar public library that continues to grow leaps and bounds and a website that is free to other clubs. It also will have two other national clubs joining us this year with no charge to those clubs. We are NOT going to try and be all things to all people is my strong guess. Someone has to stand up for the preservation of history and we will always be at that forefront hopefully. As to the future of the hobby as many of us know it, there are those that continue to believe that we are doomed. They have a right to their opinion, we respect their reasoning and certainly are aware of those forces but AACA chooses to believe we can create our own destiny by hard work, loyal members and supporters. We have an equal right to believe in what we are doing. Our segment of the hobby may end up smaller but it will still be vibrant if we have anything to say about it. So, as I stated earlier, the board will take this subject up and I will report back later on their answer. We will make it clearer than ever what our policies are. After that, come here and enjoy whatever we allow but if it does not fit your beliefs we hope you can find a forum that better suits you! It is really that simple,
  48. 16 points
    After swearing off prewar cars a number of years ago this one has brought me back. It is a 1934 Chevrolet DC Standard 3-window coupe and I received it this past Tuesday. It is an 85 year old, 95% original car. The story is that the previous owner bought it in 1992 to chop up for a hotrod but it was in such good shape he decided to leave it stock appearing. What he did do is interesting - he rebuilt all the mechanical systems, engine, transmission, brakes, suspension, using stock parts but he went out of his way to leave everything visible in original worn condition. He also used some hidden hotrod tricks to update the car, just yesterday I discovered that the headlamps and taillight were converted to full LEDs which are surprisingly bright. I am still looking and inspecting and think I will find more updates. I have replaced the 6 year old battery and replacing the ancient Montgomery Ward Riverside tires will be my first priority. The engine starts easily and runs quietly and in the very little driving I've done the only issue is a very grabby clutch but I am getting used to that. I was pleasantly surprised to see the trunk filled to the brim with spare parts plus a full steering wheel, column and gearbox sitting on the seat! My 63 Olds Starfire is up for sale and in storage and the 34 is sharing the garage with my daily and my 66 Monaco Wagon.
  49. 16 points
    It's an "awful hobby" because you cannot recoup the money you spent? Do you golf? Travel? Collect comic books? Do you expect to recoup the money you spent on those hobbies? If you did not get enough enjoyment out of the car to offset the possible loss when you sell it maybe you picked the wrong hobby.
  50. 16 points
    I now have 49 new miles on the Caballero since I put it together. For one of my shakedown runs, I took it to "Cars & Coffee" at Pasteiner's Collectibles & Hobbies in Birmingham, Michigan on Saturday. It was a big hit! And I took a few pics on my way home...