Popular Content

Showing content with the highest reputation since 08/15/2018 in all areas

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 15 points
    I attended a small car show in the town of Hood located along the Sacramento River south of Sacramento, California. I drove my 1929 Studebaker President Brougham and my brother drove his newly acquired 1929 Studebaker President Cabriolet. Our two Presidents were oldest cars in attendance.
  4. 14 points
    Well, I sold my 70 Skylark in October this past year. I kept saying I wasn't going to buy another car for a while, but sometimes they just fall into your lap. I am picking it up on Tuesday (possibly Monday if I can work the schedule). A bit of a long-winded story, but I'll try to keep it short. Lance and I went to go look at a 57 Roadmaster 75 coupe that is currently advertised on eBay. It is local to me, so we made a day out of the inspection. The coupe came from a wealthy collector in Southern CA that is having this dealer broker his cars. Apparently, he is selling anything that is not valued at $1 million or more. Oooook then. We were less than impressed with the coupe, so proceeded to small talk the dealer, and found out the owner has another 57 that he sent over in another building. He said "You don't want to see it, it's a turd and the transmission is out." We said, "we'd like to see it please." So 30 minutes later, a guy brought a key to the other building and opened the door. What we saw was this car in the photos. Yes, the transmission is not currently "working," but I am hopeful that it's a simple fix. Even if it's not, I'm not concerned. It does need an exhaust system, the current one is pretty rotted. It originally was all garnet red top and bottom, but sometime in its life it was painted its current combo. All (or most) of the chrome is original clean, no pits. Interior has been redone is mostly correct fabrics. Dash pad and upper door panels are not quite right, but I can handle that. Headliner has a white perforated material that isn't right either, but that's a pretty easy fix. It's just a clean car. Factory AC and wonderbar radio. Not a speck of rust to be found anywhere. I've been hounding the guy for 2 weeks to get a price from the seller, and he finally got back with me yesterday. Today, the deal is 99% done. I just have to sign some paperwork and pay him. We currently have snowmageddon 2019 happening, so I can't get back out there until Monday or Tuesday. If I could've picked it up today, I would have. Darn snow storm rolled in about 1pm today. I plan to have this in OKC this year. I have to thank Lance for allowing me to buy this ahead of him. We were both salivating at the prospect. I'll have to make sure I get his black 57 extra spiffy for him. This is the "turd" ...it's better in person. It still has all the grime on it from the trip East..
  5. 14 points
    May 11, 2012. 7:10am Jeep Wrangler turns into the path of me on my motorcycle and hits me head on at 45mph. Ambulance takes me to hospital followed by helicopter transport to major trauma center 50 miles away. Four months in hospitals. Outcome-permanently paralyzed from the waist down, right leg completely amputated. Employer cancels my employment as I cannot meet job requirements. Insurance will not insure me now that I’m a risk. Can’t live in existing home due to layout wont support my new disability, have to sell and find and modify a ranch style house. Have to sell my 1964 Plymouth with 49k miles, my small collection of automobilia, tools and more things than you can imagine at fire sale values, including car and house. No time to wait for fair offers or negotiate better prices. Life is not fair as I think as this happening. I was 60 when the accident happened, just turned 67 last week. Why am I telling you this? Life goes ON! Yes you had setback and yes your car did not sell at the point you wanted but you are alive and you can make the best of it if you choose. What happened with your heath and your car is over! You have the opportunity to continue to live and enjoy what it offers. It may be different that you hoped for but you are here! It’s not the end of the world, it’s not fair in your eyes but it is a lot better than many others may be facing. I wish you all the best as you adapt to a new life. Terry
  6. 14 points
    Here's a little bit of "back story" to fill the gap between my last update in March and the recent posts from Oklahoma. Immediately after the Detroit Autorama show, we left for a well-deserved vacation in Arizona. Then, I made a couple of improvements to the car before heading to the Cincinnati Concours on June 9. I installed the seals to close out the outer wheel wells to the quarter panels. They were installed with stainless steel staples and sealed with a heavy bodied sealer between the seal and the wheelwell. This picture shows the first 2 staples installed on the left side seal. It was a tight environment and took some creativity to figure out a way to crimp the legs of the staples in a very small space. Here's the completed installation: I also applied undercoating to the floors and under-body as it was applied by the factory. To begin, I masked off the frame and other areas that did not receive the factory undercoating. In this photo, you can see the masked areas and some of the undercoating already applied to the floor pans. Originally, the underside of the tire well was undercoated, but the floor pans were undercoated only to the back of the rear axle and not above the fuel tank. Go figure... I also added the 6 sets of seat belts. I chose contrasting, brown belts with the chrome lift latches. Here, I have attached cords to the belt anchors to assist with inserting the belts between the seat cushion and the seat back. I also used a piece of harness wrap to help push the cord through the gap Then, bolted the belt anchors to the underbody anchor plates that were installed when the metal work was completed. It's a nice, clean look. Installation of the rear seat belts was a little easier, since the cushion and the back can be separated. I also wanted to improve the appearance of the rear liftgate windlace. It was very wavy and didn't fit snugly against the liftgate opening. Every time I opened the gate, the windlace looked like it had been pushed out of position by the upper liftgate frame. I removed the windlace, tore the stitching out of the cloth cover and slit the foam core to accept a plastic reinforcement: I re-stitched the cover to the reinforced foam core, while adding a 3mm thick foam rubber "gasket" to tighten the fit of the windlace to the upper liftgate opening. The gasket won't be visible when the windlace is installed because it is trapped between the metal garnish molding and the liftgate opening in the body shell. Much better!!! The windlace is held tightly in place. It flexes "down" when the upper liftgate is closed, but it does not move out of position. It's straight and neat. In the circled area, you can see that the trim cover on the front seat has begun to pucker. The cover was too loose on the cushion. I pulled the front seat out of the car to re-pad the seat cushion. I removed the top 2 layers of cotton/poly padding and foam and replaced them with a thicker, firmer layer of bonded foam. The cover is much tighter and the seat holds a more defined shape at the perimeter. Ready for Cincinnati! The Caballero was placed in a Featured Class, celebrating Mid-Century Modern design. It was in a group comprised of 1958 to 1965 closed cars. "Best in Class" (Blue Ribbon) went to a beautiful, silver, fuel injected 1963 Corvette coupe. We got "First Place" (Red Ribbon) in the class. Essentially, first runner up.
  7. 14 points
    You do know that you can call b-----it on that show even though it may be enjoyable to watch. All those "finds" are orchestrated ahead of time. If you think about it, they go into someone's house or barn loaded with all kinds of re-saleable items and they NEVER offer to buy the lot even though the "business" they're allegedly in is buying and selling antiques and old junk. (The real business is selling their bs to their tv audience). It would be like going into an old dealership for one of us, we'll say Chevy, and instead of buying several hundred NOS pieces all from the 60's, we say we only want to buy stuff for a '64 Impala. Again, the show may be entertaining, but it's not of the real world.
  8. 12 points
    I have been trying to get a good set of medallions for my 1937 Coupe for a year. Both the grille badge and the one on the nose. I looked at restoring mine and the cost was prohibitive and the wait times too long. I ended up sending my originals to Nostalgic Reflections in Washington state and they have made a set of reproductions. My belief is that they will be making these in batches of 10 or so so and selling them in the $200 range. Once i know I will post an update. I have zero commercial interest in the sale of the reproductions just posting to let people know there may be a solution to the problem I had. I doubt many McLaughlin badges sell but beat up original nose badges are on eBay and the prices can be high and the quality rough.
  9. 12 points
    I usually don’t get sucked into this kind of BS story, but since you are asking for it I figure why not... Your car might have been nice years ago, but that splotchy paint in the cowl is probably hiding a rust issue that is well known in A’s and not inexpensive to repair properly, the lineup between the front and rear door looks to be off by a solid 1/4” which adds to the concern of any potential buyers, although the generator might work fine it looks like rusty sh*t which makes me concerned about what else is going to be an issue under the hood. Quick observations from two pictures, added to all this is that it’s a Fordor as opposed to an open car which I love but there’s not a lot of interest in. It’s a hard sale. A couple years ago I sold a roadster and a phaeton both being priced in the mid teens, that roadster had a fresh engine in it from George King who was as reputable as Schwalm or J&L etc. Just my opinion, but you are overly optimistic that you have a highly desirable car, and I believe it’s going to take you a long time to find that right buyer, crying about it ain’t going to work...
  10. 12 points
    I will say that virtually every guy who brings a hot rod in to sell in my shop says the same thing: it's boring. I don't know what their goal was when they started or what they expected, but it's rarely what they want when it's done. I don't even think they know what they want, only that they've convinced themselves that an old car isn't what they want. That mindset probably comes from what they've heard from other people or things they assume about old cars being unreliable or hard to drive (you should hear how many grown men whine about needing power steering, but that's another story for another day). I bet the owner of that Chrysler will say it drives like a modern car. Unfortunately, I already have a modern car. What I don't have is a car that drives like a 1940 Chrysler New Yorker.
  11. 11 points
    I love a good tale - and have often told the story of how I discovered this neat early Ford Garage advertising piece. Years ago I purchased a fabulous antique tool cabinet full of tools, many of them used on Model Ts. The cabinet was at one time hung on the wall of an old Ford garage in West Manchester Ohio. Little did I realize when I purchased that cabinet, there was a cardboard sign tacked onto the back of it advertising the H.A. Geeting Ford Garage in West Manchester Ohio. The old cabinet is proudly mounted on the wall in my re-created old auto parts store. The sign, framed and on the wall. This past week, while driving home from the AACA Annual Grand National meet in Auburn Indiana, I ventured a bit off-course specifically to get a photo of the old garage it came from. I'm going to print out the photo, frame it, and display it along side the old sign. A quick internet search revealed that H.A. Getting was reputed to be one of the oldest Ford dealers in Ohio. It was a fabulous place, but unfortunately I could not get into the old building to see if anything remained. I fear the building will not be around much longer. Although it is a small community that time seems to have by-passed, the basement is full of water. Glad to have had the chance to stop and get the pic though. Terry
  12. 11 points
    Just an opinion as a member that has participated in the judging program since its inception. All single marque car clubs have judging as a part of their National meets. The BCA 400 point system works better than most because it is in fact judging an automobile against a standard. A plain black 2 door sedan "stripo" model has exactly the same chance of wining an award as does the yellow convertible in the same class. If a member wants to have his car judged, It is the fairest system I have seen It was originally derived from the AACA system. For members that want to be recognized with an award and have driven their car, they can apply for a driven award. Those that have a totally unrestored car can achieve an archival award. Those that just want to sit and have fun with their friends can just display their car. Those that just want to tour can register for the driving tours , that are usually part of any national Meet, or they can join the BDE and go on an after meet tour. I don't know of any other Club , that offers that many possibilities for "FUN" . The one issue is the no man's land of judging as Larry D had stated. That roadster did not really fit in any category. But I had a talk with the owner early on telling him that, and he did new seem to care. He was thrilled that his car was featured . I do not know of a simple solution to the issue of cars that fall through the cracks in the judging process, but I have to go back to the original thought process behind 400 point judging, and that was to insure that a car wining an award at a BCA meet would be "as it left the factory". The only real trophies that matter to me in my garage are the cars them selves. All that said, I do believe that going forward, the modified cars should be more integrated in to the Chief judges wheelhouse . They currently get judged separately,. and on a different standard than 400 point cars. Another going forward will be "Clone" cars as we get more more GS cars in the club. That issue came up in Denver last year. No system is perfect. The important thing is that the Club works proactively to correct issues as they come up. I had included a questionnaire in this year's registration packet inviting comments on the National Meets in general. So far, I have receive back just under thirty replies. The members sending in the forms overwhelmingly (95%) indicate that their favorite reason for attending is seeing their friends and seeing the cars., Other reason were to have their car judged (35%). The logic seems clear to me that , if we had no cars, we would not have had attendees. Approximately 25% indicated that their favorite part of a National is the tours . Virtually all replies indicate the meets should be moved around to various parts of the Country. No one sending back form indicated anything about the meets, they did not like. We got sone good suggestions about other possible activities. The BCA is a healthy Club in every respect. We have room for everyone to enjoy a National Meet with out wanting to rain on others' parade. JUST GIVING MY OPINION
  13. 11 points
  14. 11 points
    Technically today isn't on the weekend but it is my day off!!! New Diamondback triple stripe whitewall 235/75-15 tires and new stainless steel lug nuts were installed on The Aqua Zephyr today. I like how the taller tires fill the wheel wells compared to the old tires.
  15. 11 points
    Not wishing to hi-jack the thread about "cab over engine trucks". I was thinking that very few people here have knowledge of local trucking in the teens, twenties and thirties and I would share some information told to me by my Grandfather. Prior to the Great Winnipeg General Strike in 1919 he was driving a 1911 Commer truck for Teese & Persse. Hard rubber tires and slow speed were not a real problem because his trips were from one of Winnipeg's three rail yards to the warehouse. CPR and Midland of Manitoba were 1/2 mile each way and what was to become the CNR was 1 mile. He made three or four trips per day, six days a week. After the strike he drove for the G MacLean Company driving a 1919 Commer. Similar speeds and distances. Remember at this time all the warehouses and manufacturing was on a spur line or very close to the railroads. In 1934 they replaced the last of their solid tired trucks which had included a Nash Quad with four wheel steering (apparently a good truck for backing into places but very hard to park to side load from a boxcar) and had a fleet of 3 Diamond Ts', 3 GMCs'. Four and usually five of these delivered goods to the retailers and my Grandfather brought most of the freight from the railways to the warehouse. Usually three or four trips a day, remember everything was loaded and unloaded a piece at a time, no pallets or pallet trucks. Shortly after WWII they started replacing the old fleet. The GMCs' were the first to go as they had a terribly large turning circle.The last one to go was the 1934 Diamond T that my grandfather until his retirement in 1962. It had a total of just over 29,000 miles in 28 years. The last picture, taken in 1955 is my Grandfather (76), my nephew (4) and myself (13) beside the '34 Diamond T.
  16. 10 points
    I see myself as this: But I suspect others see me as this:
  17. 10 points
    Body work is 99% complete. Tweaking the wheel shields (fender skirts) and rear bumper stone guard which are originals purchased from @2carb40 (Thanks yet again Greg!). The car is in primer stage and blocking. The car is fully assembled including underside panels like stone shields so that anything that can affect body panel alignment is in place for verification of final assembly. Since the doors were totally reconstructed, the window frames and crank mechanisms and ventipanes will be installed also to be certain that everything will line up after paint. Paint isn't scheduled until winter sets in with low dust and humidity and Dan's ability to control heat and airborne moisture content. The car will be totally disassembled with the body put on a rotisserie for ease of painting, sanding and finishing. Everything will be painted separately. Originally Buick painted the body with the doors and I believe the deck lid installed. At this point, everything except the window frames and ventipanes is in for replating. For replating, I found Rick at R&D Finishing. He used to do all of Lewis Jenkins plating.
  18. 10 points
    Arrived safely in Simcoe, Ontario this afternoon in time for dinner at Keith's (Buicknutty) place. Beautiful area and the drive from Niagara Falls to Simcoe was spectacular--just quiet 2-lanes with 50 MPH speeds and no traffic. Weather was perfect with light clouds and about 75 degrees, so the Limited ran superbly all the way. 60-65 MPH on the highway was effortless. I'll admit that I always worry a little on a long road trip, but this car has never given me a moment's worry so by the time I crossed the border, I was totally relaxed and just let the car do its thing. For some reason the idle is a little rough after the drive, but we'll see how it acts in the morning. Maybe it was just hot. Fuel economy is still surprisingly decent--180 miles on 13 gallons works out to about 14 MPG. Not bad and 40% better than Melanie's '56 Chrysler wagon last week going to Detroit! Quite a few interesting cars on this tour and I'm glad to be here. Seems like a great group of people, too. Fantastic roads in Ontario. A great drive! Limited was totally composed (remember that my speedometer reads 8 MPH slow). Stayed at 160 except for 20 minutes in traffic outside Erie, PA, where it showed 185 or so. Just a few of the cars at Keith's house for the tour. Nice! Followed a green Nash sedan back to the hotel after dinner. Back at the hotel. Buicks are popular here!
  19. 10 points
    Avoid trying to polish that on a pedestal buffer if you are not experienced. That has very sharp edges and will catch very easy if you are not real familiar and used to buffing such items. It's also quite large and if caught , there is a good chance it will maim you. Even with all the buffing I have done, that piece would have me a tad uneasy buffing it. Besides the fact of personal injury, if it catches it will most likely be destroyed beyond repair. Pedestal buffers require alot of respect for the tool and what it will do if you do anything wrong. Regular moldings aren't scary pieces like this. I would go along with Bill's suggestion. Especially the air grinders as they don't have the torque of electric tools to get you in trouble. Mother's Mag and Aluminum polish also works well. You can even buy small buffing wheels , even conical ones made of the same materials as the big buffing wheels and use regular polishing compounds with the air grinder. In the end, it's all about time. When polishing metal, the more time you spend polishing , the better the finish you will have as you are actually taking a very tiny amount of metal off to get to the smoother layer underneath.
  20. 10 points
    Here in the Northeast "rust" means there is a hole thru the body. Surface rust is "patina". It's not rust unless you can poke your finger thru it.
  21. 10 points
    He sells rare and desirable car's he is nothing but honest on his description.He can bypass this site,so no one knows what he is pulling out the barn,hope not.
  22. 10 points
  23. 10 points
    Took the fraternal twins out yesterday for their first rides of the year. The first nice day since the Fall.
  24. 10 points
  25. 10 points
    This 1913 American Lafrance Type 10 is completely original, right down to the lower radiator hose which will leak for awhile each spring when we fill the cooling system. It seems like some kind of rubber coated canvas and will stop leaking after awhile when it swells up. Tires are original foam filled. We believe it to be the oldest surviving unrestored fire truck in operable condition. If anyone knows of one that’s older I would enjoy hearing about it.
  26. 9 points
    Larry, quit drooling on the spam
  27. 9 points
    Went to a small (25 car) show today in my town at a retirement facility. I was asked by a friend whose been a great help. The 65 Malibu won 1st and has a great pedigree and such beautiful condition. I voted for it. Dad’s car got second and the 56 Chevy belongs to a friend who helped me with dad’s cars and also is in beautiful condition. Very honored to be in the same category as these cars. I’d post more pics but my thread to remedy the photo issue was apparently deleted. They haven’t realized yet that interacting and photos is important to this forum. 😭
  28. 9 points
    I have somehow deleted the project form the forum so I will start over with the story of my project. That must be why at work they say stay away from the computer. My project was so rusted most people would have said that it is a parts car. I am far enough along with the rust repair I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I will keep pressing on, I was lucky enough to find a four-door parts car with little or no rust. It had the drivetrain removed and some other parts pulled but the body was still intact it has provided many needed floor parts. I have floors cut out and replaced, Trunk floor cut out and replaced. I will post a few pictures before and after. I am working on the frame and chassis now, Engine assembled and test ran broken in on test stand, ready for install, once the Dynaflow is ready. Differential has been taken apart checked out and is ready for install. Brakes are at the reline shop now, found an old hand that does this just up the road he will arc the shoes to the drums when he is done, Brake booster is back and installed it should stop as it did back in the day. I have come to realize how important pictures are when working on a project. I use this site checking how others are dealing with their project; this helps me keep going forward. I also use my parts books cross checking part numbers and looking at the exploded view. I wish I had taken this car apart but I did not I found it lying all over the floor and on shelves and some parts missing, I must like a challenge. I want to thank everyone that has helped me get this far on my project Steve
  29. 9 points
    Had an awesome event last night with the Ohio Region CCCA: a drive-in movie! Hosted at a member's house with a big yard, they put up an inflatable screen and a HD projector to show "The Sting," which is full of great old cars: villain Robert Shaw gets chauffeured around in a lovely '35 Pierce-Arrow club sedan and the "Feds" drive a pair of late-20s Buick 7-passenger touring cars. There were a handful of old cars in the field and a bunch of modern cars, which is always a bummer but I guess everyone is getting old and the weather looked like it might rain. Still a nice night and a pleasant 1-hour drive each way in the Limited, which seems to be in excellent health following the big drive to Canada last week. I always enjoy driving that car at night, particularly now that the gauge lights are nice and bright. Yeah, it rained on the way home at 11 PM but the big limo doesn't care. Even the heater put out some just right heat for the cool night. Cars lining up for the show. You can see my Limited on the far right side of the field. 1938 BMW 328 right in front. Attractive 1926 Studebaker roadster Extremely nice 1926 Buick Master 7P sedan Bob Brown's 1941 Cadillac 60S, which wins the "most miles driven" award every year because he drives it back and forth to Florida each season. Talk about a fast, reliable car! Dave Heinrichs arrives in his 1916 Cadillac touring
  30. 9 points
    Had to wade through usual sea of 85% modified cars yesterday at a local show, but rewarded with some cool sights... Franklin
  31. 9 points
    Here are my photos from todays pre war tour in Ontario. After supper I asked the driver of the big 6 1914 Buick b55 if he would give me a ride in his car and before he could start the engine he had a car load of guys. With the cool dusk air blowing we felt the torque of the 55 HP engine and everyone of us enjoyed the experience. Life is grand. Regards, Gary
  32. 9 points
    Just finished up the roof. Now to finish up a little machining for a friend.
  33. 9 points
    At the BOD meeting last evening Kevin Kinney was appointed to replace John Steed as BCA Chief Judge. Roberta Vasilow was appointed Chapter, Region and Director CoOrdinator . Both appointments will be for a five year period as per the BCA ByLaws. The changes proposed by the SOP committee were approved with modifications as presented , and will be posted in a future Bugle for the membership to comment on , before being implemented. A Finance committee was created by President John Steed with Bill Stoneberg as Chair and Sydney Meyer and Jerry Courson as members. A Membership growth Committee was established by President Steed with Alan Oldfield as Chair. Members will be approved for this committee going forward. Several names have been put forth. A six month budget was approved so that the BCA can switch from a July 1 fiscal year beginning to a Jan 1 beginning. The paper work to accomplish this has been provided to our accounting firm. More detail on the BOD will be provided on the BOD meeting in upcoming minutes.
  34. 9 points
    Finally got my Buick out of storage and drove it today. This rainy weather in the midwest is like car show repellant.
  35. 9 points
    I am bringing my dad and his roadster to the meet. He’s BCA #99. Had this car since 1952.
  36. 9 points
    I put about a 100 Miles on the "puff" since taking it off the U-haul, trailer then Sunday I got the transmission filter and oil for the transfusion and made a mess of my driveway, which I expected, having done one of these before, and hopefully will run for while, Oh and I washed it yesterday by hand!
  37. 9 points
    I think just once I'd like to see someone buy a well-known hot rod that has won awards and then restore it to stock configuration. I would enjoy the teeth gnashing of the community that claims it takes a real man to cut up a car and who think that we're kooks for not wanting a small block Chevy in everything we drive.
  38. 9 points
    Today I was able to get the drivers side front fender painted and cleared. WHooooo Hoooooo. I'm happy with the results. Once it sets for a few days, on the car it goes . The other will be done shortly. Moving along.
  39. 9 points
    I would invite you to please come see it in person before making a judgement. All of your "issues" are either non-issues or can be explained, although I suspect that me trying to explain them would simply sound like a salesman trying to hoodwink buyers for a quick sale (because obviously faking low-mileage plain-Jane 1956 Oldsmobile sedans is a VERY lucrative business). I'm not a rookie or an amateur, I've been doing this for more than 40 years, and I would not have made this mileage claim without thoroughly investigating it myself. Please don't imply that I'm a fool or a crook without having a look yourself rather than speculating based on photographs. The car measures up in every way that I can think of. I would enjoy the benefit of your expert examination and if I've made a mistake, I'll happily correct it. Please come see it and then decide.
  40. 9 points
  41. 9 points
    My son used Photoshop to "age" this picture taken a couple of weeks ago at the local pioneer village. The car's original owner was a doctor,the house belonged to a doctor and "the doctor" was in !
  42. 8 points
    We are often asked to do "less than perfect" meaning "cheap" paint jobs. I always ask "by less than perfect do you mean runs are ok?" "Well no.." "Are you ok with a little dirt in the paint?" "Well no..." " How about the body work? Are you ok with seeing the bodywork thru the paint?" "Well not really..." "Then please tell us what you want our bodyman/painter to do? Close one eye? Not sleep the night before he sprays your car? Drink 6 cups of coffee before picking up the gun?" It is a simple concept that many seem not to understand If you pay for less than perfect work you will get less than perfect work. Many years ago we made the decision to do only one quality of work and that is the best we can do and that decision has served us well. "
  43. 8 points
  44. 8 points
    Is interest in pre war cars fading? Here are fifty Pierce Arrows on tour this week in the mid west.
  45. 8 points
    The doors are on the car now. I had to make new rubber door bumpers as the original ones were hard as a rock. The correct rubber to use is 30 durometer if you are looking. Not too hard, not too soft. Not expensive, and the 36" x 2" piece is enough to share with another Buick friend. The following is how they are cut. They sometimes take a little trimming to get them just right, but you can do that with a brand new single edge razor blade. I did find one place in Australia that carried them, but none in the US. http://www.oldera.com.au/door-buff-block-all-gm-to-1925-28/. They also sell replacement rubber for the door dovetails - as Bob's Automobilia does as well. I do not know the span of years these were used on, and if these are only for the open cars or closed cars as well. The old ones had a single nail thru them, but I do not know if that was original, or if someone did that to keep them from falling out. Hugh
  46. 8 points
    Helped out my 80+ year old friend today. He needed to remove a flat tire from one of his all original CarterCars so he could have a guy fix it....easy, peasy. He was afraid he would have to remove the whole wheel with hub and all. I educated him.
  47. 8 points
    No, it is not an antique car. But it is a true one of one.This prototype of the John Deere Electric rear engine rider was rescued from a weed patch at a farm auction in central Missouri about 30 years ago. We stored it inside until we had the opportunity to have it professionally restored (no, I did NOT do the work.....I cannot paint )The mower deck is still at the restoration shop. It was an absolute mess, rusted badly from the TOP side. One of the reasons for the electric was to sell it to suburban yuppies to be able to mow with less noise. However, Deere found that the noise of the whirling blades was almost equal to that of the engine on gasoline powered mowers. So they glued insulation strips on the outside of the mower deck to attempt to quiet the sound. These absorbed moisture and caused rust (just like the *&^%$#@ car cover I stupidly put on one of my GTO's......very bad idea in areas with high humidity). I will post a picture of the deck when it is finished.John Deere was way ahead of the public with these electric mowers (they debuted in 1970). The prototype was probably assembled in 1969. The Deere dealers literally hated these, and the general public wasn't much different. They did not sell well.I have been interested in electric vehicles my entire life; and would have purchased an electric car in the 1970's except for what I considered a silly Missouri law which has now been repealed.About 1980, when Dad and I were trying to acquire parts, information, etc. on the electrics, I asked a sales manager who had been at the dealership long enough to remember the Electrics why the dealers hated them as they did.He laughed, and said there were two ways a salesman could get fired from the dealership. The first was to have an affair with the bosses wife, the second was to trade for a used electric.After we finished laughing, he told us that because the electric drive motor was so quiet, the motor was often left on, running down the batteries. And the servicemen were not then really up on electronics; and the onboard charger was not overly reliable.But this is the only one of one vehicle I have ever owned (I do have quite a few one of one carburetors), and I found it strictly by accident.The mower actually works very well, and if one will mow about once every five days, 3/4 of an acre may be mowed on a battery charge.Jon.
  48. 8 points
    Thank you to Adam Martin (Smartin) for letting me know about this article yesterday. I have not yet recieved my copy in the mail. Nice to be able to go online and see it there. Also a big Thank you to Pete Philips for the article. It was a pleasure to see you at Hershey. And the Biggest Thank You to John Csordas for all you continue to do and have done. What a great way to start the year!
  49. 8 points
    I hope folks in SE North Carolina evacuated. Here in Durham all is well.