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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?
    34 points
  3. 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
    31 points
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. "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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
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  13. 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
    22 points
  14. 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
    21 points
  15. 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
    21 points
  16. 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
    21 points
  17. 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....
    21 points
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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.
    21 points
  21. 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
    21 points
  22. 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
    21 points
  23. 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
  24. OVER 105,000 VIEWS OF ONE THREAD! Period Images to Relieve some of the Stress A NEW FORUM RECORD! THANKS TO WALT GODSON FOR STARTING IT AND THANKS FOR ALL THOSE WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED. PRETTY REMARKABLE AND FASCINATING.
    19 points
  25. I'd like to give a thumbs up to our forum member Bhigdog. While reading these forums, I've noticed that many members have varying skill levels and areas of expertise. I needed some help in machining a new bezel for my 13 Jackson. I PM'ed Bhigdog for some advice. He asked for some dimensions and sketches and about a week later he sent me the bezel. Fit like a glove. About a week later, a second bezel arrived so I could keep it assembled and send one to plating. How about that! Just like it's supposed to be. Thanks again, Dennis Long
    19 points
  26. 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.
    19 points
  27. 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 o
    19 points
  28. 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.
    19 points
  29. 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
    19 points
  30. 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!
    18 points
  31. 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
    18 points
  32. No loud music, no hot sun, endless coffee...
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  33. 50 or 60 years from now, there's going to be a bonanza of barn finds for whomever comes after us, should they be interested in old cars. Fewer and fewer people are going to sell their cars because everyone wants to get their money out of their cars plus some profit, so they'll foolishly "wait for the market to come back." Their heirs won't sell because dad told them it was worth three times more than it is, and it's getting less valuable every year, not more. As a result, the cars will just sit and rot waiting for a payday that will never, ever come. Eventually there will be scrappage the like
    18 points
  34. 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
    18 points
  35. 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.
    18 points
  36. 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! 🦃
    18 points
  37. 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 ever
    18 points
  38. 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.
    17 points
  39. Since the car is basically complete, I drove it to lunch today.
    17 points
  40. So I am now the proud owner of a 1969 Riviera I just bought out of Georgia. Car has been restored/rebuilt front to rear bumper, mechanical, body work and paint, complete new interior. Chrome rally wheels to be added, complete console with shifter to be installed, console tilt column also to be installed to make it factory special with options. Color is Twilight Blue Poly which is a medium blue metallic which sparkles and the interior is the lighter blue. Looking forward to adding a few options and enjoying the Riv. Coil springs were replaced but look too high to me so I may replace them again
    17 points
  41. Had a rather expensive car show up last week. Seller raved about the quality of the guy doing the work, how he had restored cars for Pebble Beach and Jay Leno (that's always BS, but whatever), and that he has a waiting list two years long for people trying to get into his shop. The car also came with a stack of receipts an inch thick, probably adding up to close to six figures. Blah, blah, blah. The usual stuff when a guy is happy about spending money on a car. I drove it around the block, my usual test drive that's about 8 miles. Enough to get to know it a bit, get it up to temper
    17 points
  42. 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
    17 points
  43. 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 Br
    17 points
  44. 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
    17 points
  45. 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
    17 points
  46. 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 chai
    17 points
  47. 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. Th
    17 points
  48. Be careful about lumping all the people in a given profession into the same group with a guy who is a criminal. Whatever job you guys all do, I'm quite confident that there are members of that profession who have ripped people off. That doesn't mean you're a crook, too, just because you do that job.
    17 points
  49. 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.
    17 points
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