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    Dad had a Ford Crestline, Chrysler Saratoga, Karmann Ghia and a Corvair, but he made the mistake of taking me and my brother to the Chevrolet Dealership in the fall of 1969. The new '70 models were parked out in front of the dealership and the left over '69's were in the back lot. Mom and Dad picked out a '69 Impala Sport Sedan and I was hooked. I've had four over the years.....I currently have two, original 327 Impala and a SS427 Impala that I'm restoring now. I restore a Custom Coupe years ago and painted it black. I did have a 1974 AMC Javelin during High School... very cool car and fast ! ( did some street racing with that one ) Steve
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    This Lincoln floats my Boat - love a good close coupled sedan !
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    China has been subsidizing their manufacturers to undercut US manufactured products for years. They can uncut a lot of US businesses that way for the cost of a military tank. It is a strategy. And one that has been working very well. The price can be made even sweeter if the retailer agrees not to buy US made products. That's where the professional purchasing agent sells out. Just imagine spreading out the cost of two or three jet fighters to American businesses to help pay for unfunded federal mandates, there'd be chaos in Washington of that idea. Looks fine in China. The last President put a 35% tax on Asian made tires, not that newsworthy, I guess. Not many knew. There has been a war going on for quite a few years, ask the furniture companies in North Carolina. US imports going into China have faced a 75% tariff. Our companies working there know. Maybe not so much of the public. Anyone remember the stories about Detroit converting to build war equipment. Detroit is not so capable today. Maybe a 36 month lease on a Hyundai tank?
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    All the wheels are done. I still have to add the tire valve; the hole for it is done. On the picture, the back side from two wheels is shown. During the work, my super tool "Dremel Stylus" went north (or south?): by grinding the spokes at the rear of one wheel, suddenly the machine went full speed, the rotating knob to modify the speed ad no effect and I could not stop the machine! I let it run and run until the battery was empty. I opened it later (I'm curious) and saw, at the speed regulator a black electronic component which has an obvious mark of overheating. Could be it repaired? Maybe but not by me! I ordered another one. What's next? I just don't know, there is so much to do!
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    Sometimes we cannot see the forest for the trees. Facts: The US Economy is today the strongest in the world, and appears to be well positioned to stay there. The unemployment rate is at an historic low. As a very wealthy country, it's citizens have more discretionary money to spend than any other country on the planet (the old car hobby for example?). As a result of it's great wealth, it is a "consumption" country, and it's population buys more goods and services from other countries than other countries can afford to buy from the USA. This imbalance of wealth between countries is the primary reason for several things: It causes the USA to run a large trade deficit world-wide (not China's fault, not France's fault, not Mexico's fault). Because the standard of living is so high, wages are high generally compared to the rest of the world, and so over the past 50-60 years, companies have sought ways to manufacture goods off-shore in order to keep American consumers satisfied with prices. But the resulting economic model is still a very strong one. A company buys a well made dress shirt in China/Vietnam/Bangladesh for $5, and it eventually retails for $100. The company and it's wholesalers employ warehousers, stockers, shippers, truckers, retail sales people and managers to sell the shirt, never mind the property and buildings they develop with the profit. In a nutshell that is the nature of the modern economy in North America. The "what some may call" menial tasks are out-sourced, and the rest of the margins are on-shore. It is a clear solid global economic model, being used in all western industrialized countries. Anyone advocating returning all these menial jobs to the USA is blowing wind. No one would want a return to sweat shops. The trade war begun with China is senseless, as the economic model running the USA is not one China is creating. It is created by American business interests, and it is a good one. The biggest problems faced in the USA are not of China's making. There is a huge wealth gap, the top 1% of population control 90% of the wealth. China has not caused that. Health care costs 3x the cost of health care in any other industrialized country and some people have no coverage. China has not caused that. Deaths by gun is 50-100 times higher than most industrialized countries, China has not caused that. More citizens reside in jails than any other developed country. Not China's fault. My point is that China has become an easy target because they do have some unacceptable trade practices. However, solving those matters (intellectual property, currency manipulation) requires a global partnership approach, and not unilateral action. America is a great country, the envy of the world in many respects, but it needs to begin respecting other countries and their rights and challenges, and return to being a full partner in the world affairs.
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    I've been driving the limousine every day for a few weeks because the transmission on my Cadillac CTS failed and it's been working pretty well. It doesn't seem to mind the cold and it hasn't really snowed yet so there's no salt on the road yet. The Cadillac should be back early next week so that should work out OK. I also acquired this lovely little 1941 Super convertible from my friend Doug Seybold. It showed up a few days ago and for the most part it's an original car. Paint, interior, top, most of the chrome, all original. Chenanga Gray with red leather that's in fantastic condition. At the moment, I'm not sure whether it's a keep or a sell--I'm still digging out of the hole created by The Car Which Shall Not Be Named, so it doesn't make any sense to buy another car. But I sure miss my green 56C and driving this one doesn't make that go away. Doug went through it mechanically, including brakes, so it runs and drives pretty well. Today I tweaked the carburetors a bit to make them idle a little better and the shocks were bone dry so it bounced and wandered all over the road. You can see here that the shocks were not doing their job: I filled the shocks with appropriate ISO 100 hydraulic oil, which really made a difference.If not for the square tires, it would be a wonderful tour car. Still, it drives quite well so I took a little drive to test the shocks:
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    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! 🦃
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    I have an old RCA tube type radio box and head controls for my 35 Buick which no longer works. I found a radio shack portable radio that works on a/c or 6 volt dc with 3 c batteries. I took it apart and hooked up my 6volt battery charger to the battery compartment wires and was happy to hear that it works! I had the switch on the side on dc. I know it's not original but hey it sounds. I had it in the car before but running on batteries which was a real pain to change out. I just ordered some correct speaker fabric.Now all I have to do is install it on the car. Greg
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    One of the most important things I've learned while sorting out various cars is that you have to forget what you think you know. We tend to assume that after 60 or 80 or 100 years, we're smarter than the guys who built these cars. We have access to tech that they didn't. Therefore, anything we know today is better than what they knew then. When we see something on an old car and we don't understand why it was built that way, we assume that the guys who built it just didn't know what we know today and did it wrong. And then we set about trying to "correct" or "improve" their work using all our accumulated knowledge and tech. We are often surprised when it fails. Case in point: I had a guy in my showroom a few weeks ago who said, "I always convert all my cars to Pertronix. I don't want that unreliable old points crap in there leaving me stranded." I pointed out to him that points will often continue to work in failure mode but a Pertronix unit will completely and totally stop working in a microsecond puff of smoke and leave you paralyzed. He was completely unable to process what I was saying. The only solution for him was a modern upgrade--after all, we're smarter than those guys back then, right? The same goes for things like the aforementioned hardened valve seats, 8- and 12-volt conversions, and other "solutions" to "problems" that are really just someone not understanding how something works. In many cases, their solution is simply changing it into something they do understand. Repair shops are notorious for this. I recently had a '56 Olds with a fresh Jetaway transmission in it that leaked all over the new owner's floor and it shifted incredibly harsh. He took it to a shop in Florida where they told him the Jetaway was junk even when it was new and that it couldn't be fixed and that it would never work properly. Oh, and they'd happily put a 700R4 in it for $7000 and that he should ask me to pay that bill since I sold him the car. I told him to find another shop that understood vintage transmissions--when he did, they found a leaking fitting from the cooler line and the shift linkage was misadjusted. Fixed, good as new, working properly, charged him $150. One shop understood the problem and one shop only thought they knew what the problem was and decided they could out-smart the Oldsmobile engineers (and me, but that's a different subject). My point is that the guys who built our cars, regardless of age, were probably very smart guys. They were keen to the cutting-edge technology of their time and understood how things worked. They were working at the top of their fields and a lot of money was involved, so they didn't have the opportunity to make junk. It is important for us not to try to outsmart them, because whatever they did, they did for a good reason. Always start there. Resist the temptation to "improve" a design because you think you see something they may have missed. Ignore the guy at the local car show who talks like he knows all the answers and just because it's on YouTube doesn't mean that guy's an expert. If there's a part on there that seems superfluous, it's not. I promise that however weird something looks, the factory didn't make a mistake; it's that way on purpose. If they had to spend money to put it on the car, then it was necessary (God, I'm so sick of seeing GM automatic transmissions with missing torque converter covers on the bottom--it's there for a reason, you idiots!). Most of all, if you don't know the right information, find out before you start trying to reverse-engineer something and make everything worse. If you want your car to work properly, the only way to make that happen is to put back to it the way it was designed to work. Do it their way, even if you don't really understand exactly why they did it.
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    I am a course thread pre ‘54 Mopar guy. Some of my early cars as a teen were Mopar. I fell into the marquis. Now that I am gaining so much vintage Mopar knowledge, I like the idea of sticking with the brand. I figured out I am not into collecting vintage cars. I’m into the vintage car hobby. Revival, wrenching, repairing, driving and a social network around the old cars sorta defines me. Shop towels, hand cleaner, degreaser, oils and countless parts come and go thru my garage very often. Laying on my back or over a fender is not a problem at this age.I crave the new knowledge and experience I gain every week. I’m pulling a tranny apart right now to repair. This is right up my alley. I’m enjoying the heck out if it.
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    Any Pierce Arrow with a custom body looks good..........
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    Every year I help put on a local car show on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Today we had a total of 107 cars registered for the show. It was a nice day despite being cloudy all day. In addition to my 1937 Century Model 61, there were 2 other 1937 Buicks as well as a 1935 Buick and a 1922 Buick.
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    Great thread! Three current interests for me: (1) old Volvos (fits with Swedish heritage: I have two, a sedan that's been in family since new, and a sporty 1971 1800E), (2) pre-war American (my father was born in 1904, but was in his fifties when I was born, so I grew up hearing a lot about cars of the pre-war era; I don't have any right now, but do have a short list for when I retire and have more time/space -- likely a Model T and a late '30s Packard or Cadillac); and (3) auto books (hundreds, going back to early 1900s). This forum is a fabulous resource for learning about early cars and how to deal with them today. Thanks to all who share their knowledge!
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    Sometimes very high quality tools do turn up at garage and estate sales. But, there is a lot of overhead shopping that way. Oh for the good old days of the Boeing Surplus retail store here ! THAT was real hard to beat ! I would like to take this opportunity to salute our fine Northern neighbors. Can not imagine any country in the world having such a great friend across any border. Whether you buy anything from here or not ! - Carl
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    It had all day to warm up and it appears to have hit 30 degrees. Went out for a ride along the Erie Canal. It has been drained and the water replaced by a steady flow of wind from the west. Here's a stop by one of the wide waters where, some might say, three old barges could be seen.
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    I think Matt Harwood's well reasoned summary covers most of what needs saying. A tariff war solves absolutely nothing, and has all kinds of unintended consequences, such as the lot the poor farmers find themselves in and the OP's gripe about "surcharges". The North American Economy should be the focus of current efforts, and the NAFTA and potentially NAFTA II were aimed at creating a stronger 3 country economy among its partners, with a combined population of about 500M. A strong Canadian economy, and a strong Mexican Economy are both good for the USA in the long run. The second flank of trade positioning was the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) a trade undertaking aimed at setting up a strong trading regime between North America and it's Pacific Rim trading partners, exclusive of China. The proposed TPP pact (while not perfect) would have established a strong buttress among nations against China's perceived manipulation of trade practices (currency manipulation, theft of intellectual property,etc) let alone its huge population advantage. However, the incoming President cancelled this pending deal with no valid reason given, leaving the remaining countries with the task of forging a new agreement. While the current USA administration may believe they are a trading powerhouse who can go it alone, the reality is there is strength in numbers and Global Trade is a fact we all have to live with for the foreseeable future. With a world-wide population of 7B people, all of whom in this decade are trying to rise in the world vis-a-vis their standard of living, the USA can no longer rely on brute strength or financial leverage to have it's way. The other countries do have a say, and at some point this reality will strike home.
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    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.
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    Regardless what we say or discuss the fact remains North America is the land of 'milk and honey" People from all over the world spend years as refugees in different countries before finally reaching their goals Canada or the US. The US is the first country to jump in the fray to help a fellow country in trouble. It is a daunting task to bridge the gap between the rich and poor countries. As long as there is "poor' there is going to be "rich"
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    I slept on the idea of the engine stand. I felt I needed just something simple. Also, I wanted to use bits of metal I had lying around, rather than buying it new. The next morning I had a measure up of the box section I had available. I refitted the original engine mounting plates. . . . . and came up with this. It seemed to hold the engine nice and firmly. One of the old nuts that bolted the big end pin to the flywheel was a nice tight fit on the thread at the gearbox end. This big old spanner turned the engine over easily. The right hand barrel was fitted and bolted down. The dial gauge was then fitted and the engine turned over to find the top dead centre. The gauge set to zero and the engine rotated again just to check it was still sitting on zero at TDC. I am now going to keep you in suspense, until tomorrow, when I will inform you of the answer to the compression height differences between the two cylinders.
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    Looks like the truck up the road from me....
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    You do great work Ted. Love what you do. John
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    Roger, that is REAL!!!!!!! Beautiful does not describe it!!!!!
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    I just want to chime in as well, Matt. I too have had, and am having a bit of a crisis of faith, as you put it. Can't get into working on the cars much of late, and I'm not even in the business. You saw my '41 when you were here, and more than once during the long restoration I felt like torching everything. Though having worked in sales in different parts of my life, I can attest to how lousy some people will treat you, just because you're the sales guy (person) for whatever reason. My first job was in sales, part time, selling cameras in a department store, something I knew a reasonable amount about. More than once I went home fighting tears because of abuse of customers. Then a manager was around one day, and helped me deal with the negativity some people exude. Being a young person, some were coming in, in a bad mood, and taking it out on me, as I looked more vunerable, due to my obvious youth. Put me off sales for many years! Now I try to be a good customer, unless I have a genuine problem with their product. As you are the dealer, then some will try to take unfair advantage of you, just because of that, like they did me. Take care, my friend! Keith
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    The problem with the US being the partner is we are never perceived as the partner, We are perceived as the gullible sap with an open check book. Well we used to be. I think the US does more than it's share around the world. Natural disaster in any country results in instant aid from our country. We protect many countries with our military so those Gov'ts don't have to foot the bill for a full military. Without our presence those countries would have been taken over by their neighbors. We might be the wealthiest country but we spend it to help others all around the world. We are also wealthy because of that freedom our founding Father's fought for so we could forge a strong country that fosters innovation with the least possible intrusion from the Govt. The freedom is sometimes hard for others from other countries to understand and why our country has gotten to the position it's in. It's from the fostering of enterprise not stifling it like some Govt's around the world have done.
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    I remember sometimes in the 1980's Dan Rather on the 630 CBS news mentioned the price of an Arrow shirt made in China costing 7 dollars and was selling by Macy or some other store for 40 dollars. The store had outsourced the work. The point he was trying to make is taking advantage of poor workers slave like labour and making a huge profit. Profit is an indecent word in some quarters. He was referring to the huge spread in profit. The US consumer did not benefit. Next time you go on vacation and get an artifact at a very low price, the end game is somebody wins and somebody looses. That is reality. That is how the world spins. When greed comes through the front door ethics and honesty flies through the window.
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    Work had slowed so managed to spend some time on the Limited this evening. The bias ply tires have not been holding air so wanted to change out rims with the Special tires for rollers while working on the car. The garage needed some organisation to get to this point but with an electric radiant heater it was a perfect evening. Between the effort of taping the garage door with the insulation that had fallen out and wanting to change out the tires with the rollers from the Special the evening was good! I had cleaned and painted the rims from the parts car some time ago and had them mounted so put the drivers side on as a first step. Decided to clean up the hub cap that was on the car for now but have a set of NOS with nice centres when she is ready for the road but these will do while getting ready for that day. I have some new led lights to install that my son bought for me so that will be the next moving forward...
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    Little Google time and it is alive and well Vintage Racing in Montlhery, France. Photo 3 shows the nose of the Schafer 8 Buick that is also in Europe now. Bob
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    This is the right stuff. There are thinner oils but for rear shocks, I have best success with the ISO 100 (which is about equivalent to 30 weight oil). There's also ISO 32 (10 weight) and ISO 46 (about 20 weight). I like the ISO 100. Rear shocks are bolted to the brake backing plate and have a filler on top. it's an 11/32 square bolt. Be gentle unscrewing it, it might be tight. Front shocks have the filler on top, you'll see it when you look down on the shock from inside the engine bay. Bounce the car while you fill it to work out any air bubbles. Don't over-fill, either, it needs a little space to expand. When it starts to firm up, add a little more then stop. And be prepared for them to leak--most shocks that are empty are empty because the seals have failed. I'm surprised that the shocks on the Super are holding oil, but we'll see what the look like in a few days...
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    How are you Stewart. Here is a factory photo of my 1909 Locomobile. Al
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    My first car when I started driving was a 1970 4dr Toyota Corona. I didn't really care for the car since my friends had faster and more funner cars. I didn't have it too long since it wasn't very dependable and my dad got tired of working on it. I saved up some money and my Junior year in high school my brother found me a 1965 Malibu SS for $700. The original motor and 4 speed trans were gone, but it was transplanted with a 66 GTO 389 engine with a Ford 3 speed top loader when I got it. I had fun with it, raced a few folks on cruising nights and did pretty well. Needed rear quarters and other stuff, but being young I never had enough cash or a place to get it done up. I had to sell it when I went into the military. I miss that one. I had a 1966 Chevy short bed fleet side truck too, that one had to be sold since it wasn't dependable at the time and I needed good wheels for getting to and from work. Miss that one. Original 283 truck. So you could say I'm a Chevy guy. Have had a lot of them through the years. Still own some now. The Mercury was something that I liked and was different. Maybe I will convert to a Ford guy. Maybe
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    With a current varied collection from 2 Willys cars, a Nash and a '52 Ford F1 I'm still a die hard '58 Buick guy! Like others have said, your 1st car does sway you and in my case keeping the first two '58's to this day quantifies me as a '58 Buick Car Guy!!
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    Sorry, didn't have the camera or cell phone for a current picture, but moved the 1937 Roadmaster Phaeton from one storage to another- Bright sunshine and 80 Degrees today here in jazzy New Orleans - Go Saints ! but here are older pics at the National World War II Museum here in New Orleans, with Katherine Smith as Margaret (Missy) LeHand, Secretary to Franklin Delano Roosevelt :
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    When we bought our house in 1981 I bought this 1950 Super to carry her garden supplies in. It ended up in a friend's woods as life went on. He died and I took a few pictures of my old cars before they cleaned up. I have about 40 pictures from its last days in the woods. Send me an email at bernie@berniedaily.com and I will send the batch, too big for here. There might be a detail that will save the day in the future. And just to broaden your son's horizon, ask him what happens if you finish the wagon and figure out you are too old to start another project, just sit around and polish your Woodie all day? Bernie
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    I think our individual pasts have a great influence on what kind of cars we collect and appreciate--it is probably the single greatest driver of this hobby. However, now that I've had the job that I have for as long as I have, I've learned to be an open-minded car guy. We box ourselves into a niche with things we like or that we understand and tend stay there. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that and I'm guilty of it myself with 1941 Buicks (which, of course, were my father's favorites). In the past 10 years, I've had cars that I've always wanted and they turned out to be a disappointment. I've also had cars that I never in a million years would have expected to like and just fell in love. I'm a pre-war guy, but sampling certain post-war cars has opened my eyes as well. For example, Melanie's 1956 Chrysler wagon is one of the best old cars I've ever driven, period. I wouldn't have picked a 1956 Chrysler as a car I wanted to own, but now that I have one, I'm a convert and it delights us every time we use it. Another example: I've always wanted a 1934 Packard, ever since I was about 8 years old. I'm not alone and they're wonderful cars. I've now had three of them and none really made me excited. I WANTED to be excited about them, but they were just OK to me. Granted, none was a Twelve, none were open cars, and none were exceptional cars, but if a car was really going to talk to me, those factors wouldn't be as critical. I spent 40 years waiting for a 1934 Packard and when I got one... meh. I remain open to owning a great one because I still think they're beautiful and I do browse "1934 Packard" with regularity on all the major sites. But I'm no longer hungry to own one. Example three: A fellow in Pittsburgh called me a few years ago and said that he was moving into a retirement home and had to get his son's old car out of the garage. It was literally that story: his son had died in Vietnam in 1970 and his car had been sitting since then. It had to go now that he was moving. He just said it was a black Chevy convertible. I wasn't terribly excited, the guy didn't know how to send photos, but it was only 2 hours away so why not? I get there, we hike into the back yard where there's a building, and we drag the doors open on this garage. The first thing I see is a big hulk covered with boxes, debris, lawn equipment, and 40 years of neglect. But I also see this: I say, "I'll take it," without looking any closer or even cleaning it off. Here it is when we finally got the junk off it and pulled it out into the light: Then we spent more than a year on it, cleaning, fixing, servicing, sorting. New fuel system, new brake system, new top (the original just couldn't be saved), new tires, new exhaust, rebuilt everything like water pump, fuel pump, carburetor, alternator, starter, etc. We buffed the paint and removed the interior to clean it--we pressure washed the carpets out in the parking lot and put them back in when they were dry. Not restored, but serviced, cleaned, and resuscitated to run like new. Result? Matching-numbers triple black 1966 Impala SS427 convertible with just 28,000 original miles. Loaded with options and we even found the build sheet under the rear seat. Anyway, I'm digressing other than to say I LOVED this car. One of the very best cars I've ever laid hands on, never mind owned. Drove like new: fast, powerful, smooth, no squeaks or rattles, and while the '66 Impalas are a little plain, I found it handsome in its own way. This was a car I never, ever would have expected in a million years to fall in love with, yet here it was. I loved looking at it, I loved sitting in it, and I loved the endless reserves of smooth, effortless torque it delivered. I deeply regret selling it and this is one of two cars where I've asked the new owner to sell it back to me when he's done. He's still got it with no intentions of giving it up. So this is a long way of saying that you should try to keep your options open if you're browsing for something new, because there are great cars out there that you haven't discovered for yourself yet. Everyone loves something, and I've found it worthwhile to explore why other people love the cars they do--they're not fools and maybe there's some merit to their choices. I've never been a Chevy guy, let alone a post-war or muscle car guy, but this is my #2 all-time favorite car. I would not have picked it out of a lineup of cars I wanted to own and if you said I could own 100 cars to fill out a collection, I'm pretty sure this car would not have made the list prior to me owning it. Nevertheless, I found something that I would not have discovered otherwise and it was awesome. So be an open-minded car guy. You might just be surprised by all the amazing stuff out there you never would have considered...
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    Are you a fine thread nut or a coarse thread nut? The fine thread car nut can be seen, beautifully dressed, beside his shiny restored car at Pebble Beach. A team of flunkies are cleaning the tire treads with toothbrushes and polishing the chrome. If you asked him a technical question about his car, he would be stuck for an answer. He buys wax by the case. The coarse thread car nut wears jeans and T shirt, dungarees or greasy overalls. You will find him in the garage, lying under his car on a piece of cardboard. He can tell you the specs of his engine down to the finest detail. If you ask the color of his upholstery he will have to look at the car or think for a minute. He buys hand cleaner by the case.
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    Interesting topic! I am just now taking a break from typing a story I wrote on a coach work builder - so yes Ed, I am a coach work guy ( thank you very much) and I also , like my friend Bob , identify myself as a Pre War car guy , that being said I have come to appreciate and enjoy post war cars as well in the past year or two. It would be very difficult for me to pin myself down to a specific make of car - I owned a Franklin for over 40 years but now have a Packard and a Buick - both pre war. Many cars I would love to experience and own: Reo Royale, Cunningham, Pierce Arrow , model L Lincoln , Studebaker Land Cruiser , the list will be endless so I will stop now, go back to finishing the typing - then look at the list of at least 2 dozen stories I have ideas for and the material to look at/ research that haven't and need to be told. So this is retirement????
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    Pre War car guy, I was 10 years old in 1961 when Mom dropped me off at the Fairfield County Region HCCA Fall Meet here in Ridgefield. There was a 1942 cutoff date, and some of the finest cars in the world showed up there with owners that helped shape my interest in Antique cars. Being young I'd often get a call from someone retiring or moving South, so I've always been a Parts Guy, only do Hershey now, internet is a lot easier. Unfinished Projects guy is how I'll be remembered. Bob
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    The site is up and running again. Trunk emblem is the same red, white and blue as the American flag just as Lamar stated. I was able to purchase a NOS badge from Jan. Colors are old glory. The side emblem I used the same red as the trunk badge.
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    Edinmass, These are some of the pictures from the broken link above.
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    To paraphrase Bob's comment up above, how many of you are willing to pay significantly more for the things you use all the time? Buy tools at Harbor Freight? Clothes at Walmart? Hardware at Home Depot? Tires? Consumer electronics? Furniture? You want production and jobs in America (I certainly do!), well, it'll cost you more. Probably quite a bit more. Fair trade-off? If you've complained about the cost of that new tool you needed or your last set of tires, you're part of the problem that tariffs are intended to cure, but maybe the cure is worse than the disease. I agree that tariffs might appear to be leveling the playing field at a glance, but do you really think that tariffs will force industries to relocate back to the US? Will they close expensive factories staffed with $2/day labor and come back here and build expensive new ones to staff with Americans who won't even get out of bed for less than $20/hour? Especially when they can pass the tariff costs on to the consumer who will have no choice but to pay them? Given the costs involved, even with tariffs, it's probably STILL cheaper to build overseas. The only reason you're feeling the price increase now is because we've gotten so used to dirt cheap Chinese stuff. You can't have it both ways. Ultimately, making stuff in America or forcing tariffs on other countries will only cost YOU more in the end. It doesn't punish anyone. That's the net effect. Is that REALLY what you want? If your goal is to raise the standard of living for people in the US, making everything more expensive probably isn't the way to do it. You may also be surprised by how few things are actually made here. Maybe the factories move back, but how long until they're up and running? Years. And even if things are made here, are they made with stuff you can buy here? For example, China appears to be the world's only place to buy the primary ingredients in the batteries powering the laptop computer you're using right this moment. The US doesn't have much Bauxite (which is where aluminum comes from) in-house (even Vietnam has 30x more than we do), so we import a lot of it. No amount of tariffs will cure that kind of supply-side issue. And there's no way other countries will ever say, "OK, OK, you win, we give up!" That's not how it works. Tariffs only escalate, they don't de-escalate. There are plenty of other countries with rapidly industrializing populations who will happily buy and consume all that aluminum we've tarriffed out of our supply chain. And, as a secondary concern, by putting tariffs on things coming into our country, the countries that buy our goods will start shopping for new sources with friendlier partners. Remember those soy farmers who used to sell like 60% of their soy beans to China? Yeah, China's buying those from Brazil and Argentina now and they're getting all the money that used to be ours. Even if those tariffs go away, do you honestly think China will switch back and hope that we don't get taciturn someday and re-enact the tariffs? No, they aren't coming back. Sorry, farmers, you're screwed for the semi-long-term, and maybe forever. Hope Americans REALLY like soy beans so 350 million of us will eat as many soy beans as 1.6 billion Chinese people because we can't keep giving you free taxpayer money forever. This is a poorly-thought-out policy enacted by people who don't understand even a little bit of how economics work, people who honestly believe that the government of China is paying the tariffs and suffering for it. There's a fundamental misunderstanding of how global trade works and it won't be solved by merely making one country's stuff more expensive. We didn't become the biggest and best by only being the biggest and best--we were mostly the only game in town. It isn't 1958 anymore and if we keep giving away our economic advantages, we'll keep sliding backward instead of moving forward. All those little countries that are nipping at our heels will start taking bigger bites out of our legs until we fall over and they run right past. Yeah, I know stigginit feels great, but it's nothing more than cutting off our nose to spite our face and everybody loses when that happens. Trade isn't a zero-sum game where someone has to lose in order for someone else to win. Yet here we are.
  48. 1 point
    Tire locks, there is a threaded stud that goes thru the wood felloe and has a formed plate on the end that presses on the clincher part of the tire from the inside. A nut on the outside of the wood felloe draws the plate tight. Sorry I do not have a drawing that would better explain. This picture shows 2 different examples of the nuts. More often these are seen on single tube tires. The intent is to keep the tire from rolling off the rim on turns. White early all natural latex rubber tires were quite flexible. On the front wheel at the 10 o'clock position the fitting looks a bit larger. That would be the tube stem to inflate the tire. With metal stem tubes and a rim nut threaded on the outside of the stem, both inflation and locking can be both done at that location.
  49. 1 point
    Steve, you know I did 25 miles the weekend before. I'm easing my way to 30, then 50, then Caravan time! All it requires is an unlimited amount of time and money.
  50. 1 point
    Almendrón took best of class, post war till 1957 at the MIDFLORIDA 20th Anniversary Lake Mirror Concours at Lakeland, Fl. This past weekend. Due to tropical storm Nestor with heavy rains and nearby tornados the show was moved inside to a downtown parking garage adjacent to the lakefront venue. Still had a good time