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  1. Hey man, he gets a new car, she does a little shopping. Sounds fair to me. 🤷‍♀️
    10 points
  2. Thanks to you all for the input. I really appreciate it. Thanks to you Matt for taking the time to give such a detailed answer. I do believe that I will take the trip to see it in person. I have been looking a long time to find one of these that wasn't chopped and customized. My wife gave me the green light, and it would not be good to have problems dropped off at my door. A few days out of the PA winter doesn't sound bad at any rate.
    10 points
  3. If you're at all worried, spend the money you'd spend on the inspector on a plane ticket instead. It's the only way to be sure. There are two kinds of inspection companies. The first is the kind that hires amateurs and part-timers to look at cars and they don't really know what they're doing, so they just fill out the form that the inspection company gives them. They take a few extreme close-up photos of every flaw in the paint. Maybe they listen to it run and/or take a ride with someone else driving. Not much better than no inspection at all except you get some guy's uninformed op
    8 points
  4. I just got the silicon bronze castings for the new water pump impeller. Ed wanted one and a spare, plus two for other Whites in museums. The "lost wax" investment casting using the 3D printed patterns in PLA plastic worked well. All the details got preserved, even sharp edges. One casting has a flaw in the base that might be mostly removed during machining, but the others are great. There is a little plaster coating here and there from the investment, but it washes off with hot water and stiff brush. Of course, in bronze, the finished impellers will weight three times what the original a
    6 points
  5. Very beautifully styled coupe...but in today's climate you'd best be careful when telling people you admire dictators from the 1930's. 😉
    5 points
  6. Take the wife, she will love the weather and the quaint shops in Fredricksburg! Also, Lukenbach is close by. I like to see the Riverwalk in San Antonio when I go also.
    5 points
  7. Factory-offered accessory on Pierce-Arrow open cars at least 1914-1920. Some originals survive but I can't find photos today. These were usually canvas with leather-trimmed edges.
    4 points
  8. Perfect shirt for you...after seeing the shop! We are all going to start to dislike you if you keep sharing all the wonderful things you get to do!
    4 points
  9. Learned more about my lathe over the last couple days. It seems South Bend kept excellent records and I should be able to find out the day my lathe was ordered, who ordered it, what options were ordered, and the day it was delivered. Looking at the generic SB date line by serial numbers my lathe was most likely made in 43’-44’ putting it right around 77-78 years old. It was originally built as a production turret lathe with a 6 hole powered turret, slotted cross slide, coolant pump system, and lever type collet system. Some were also ordered with conventional cross slide and tool post holders
    4 points
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  11. You have opened up the proverbial can of worms. I vote you go see the car yourself. Unless you have your own trusted resource to send, you really can't rely on someone else. The selling dealership can take photos and videos which would be just as good as sending a stranger if you want to take a chance on sight unseen.
    4 points
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  13. My new Florida car buddies all buy this modern plastic, carbon fiber, sports cars. They ride like manure, are loud, uncomfortable to ride in, and difficult to get in and out of. Just like pre war cars! They also get poor mileage and are more expensive than they should be. So things really haven’t changed that much in the car hobby. They are just a bit faster than what I usually drive. We had both of them up to the speed limit.......😇 and I can say, the AMG was my preferred drive. The Lambo is a 2020 special edition, as was the 2019 AMG. Next Saturday we will road test the new BMW I8 and a McLa
    3 points
  14. LOL, I'd like to see someone steal that White. Instead of fighting them off, let them try to take it, make it run, and record the fun! It's like every Derpstein at a car show who says, "Hey, you left your keys in the car, ain't you askeered someone's gonna steal it?" I tell them, "If you can figure out how to start it, it's yours."
    3 points
  15. As the pieces are shaped and tacked together. A person has to eyeball the overall shape of the roof. I am dealing with floating roof skins that need to be supported by the side pieces. Back and forth tacks, and cutting tacks to draw down areas. Easy to go down with pieces, hard to go up. Relief cuts are only your friend when the gap gets smaller. Cutting away material under the new pieces as you go. By tacking the whole thing together. A person can fine tune the roof as you weld it up.
    3 points
  16. I agree that a personal inspection is MORE than worth the cost. It could save you thousands of dollars if the car isn't represented well. And San Antonio's Riverwalk is spectacularly beautiful. I've never been there in winter, but otherwise, there's nothing like it. Staying in a hotel right along the Riverwalk magnifies the wonder:
    3 points
  17. If my King's English is correct, taking it from a two-door coupe to a four-door makes it a 'saloon', which is where it looks like it was designed, after a wee dram or two...As noted above, just because you can doesn't mean you should.
    3 points
  18. In a heartbeat? Or in a flat line?
    3 points
  19. ARRRRGGHHHH, I kinda like it. What is happening to me? Where's the antidote? Ahh, good ol ' single malt to the rescue again! Cheers, Grog
    3 points
  20. Castration will solve the problem of second generation car designs from that family.
    3 points
  21. I believe you are referring to “Street Dreams”. I’ve been there many times and I know they sell a lot of cars because the local DMV office is where I went regarding my dad’s cars and I saw the paperwork in their “inbox”. Yes, they have their own inbox at the DMV. The cars I saw all looked really nice and all the cars were high dollar. I asked them if they were interested in buying any of my dads cars and their offers were really low because obviously they want to make a big profit. I get the sense that you will pay much more from them then you would a private party. Austin and San
    3 points
  22. Just because someone has Photoshop doesn't mean that they should use it. And sorry, but "Porsche truck", "Alfa Romeo truck", "Maserati truck", "Mustang truck", etc are all oxymorons.
    3 points
  23. I suppose for the same people who like their Porsche to look like this: But to me both are just wrong
    3 points
  24. Doubtful most gm brass knows what an Oldsmobile is anymore. They had sure forgotten what an Oldsmobile was supposed to be the last fifteen years of the marque's existence.😡 It's what happens when you hire a general manager/VP whose experience was laundry soap and toothpaste, and who believed putting the same formula in different packaging would work with cars the same as it did with laundry detergent. An MBA from an expensive big-name business school doesn't mean a thing if you do not understand your business.
    3 points
  25. Yes, Presidents, with their longer hood are very classy looking:
    3 points
  26. I guess you can't please everyone, but in my opinion the saga of Great White is one of the best old car story's I have ever seen. Joe's Mitchell thread is right up there as well. Five stars !! Greg
    3 points
  27. Let’s see.......mine was an AMG ragtop with 44 k on the clock. 100 mph on 95 felt like you were idling. It was expensive to drive, as I went through tires quite a bit. I only sold it because of the assxxle protesters down here making it a target while driving through downtown. Four problems in less than 90 days. Two looked down the wrong end of my SIG to get them to back up. Which they did. Yesterday I had an issue with them coming up to my White while parked at a long stop light. They were bitching at me, and as they started to head over they got the same treatment. You can work hard all your
    2 points
  28. We have explored all sorts of ideas for sending out membership cards including putting them in the magazine but so far for a variety of reasons it does not work for us. Yes, other clubs can make it work but we have some unique issues with doing it that way. You can request a second card to be mailed or we can email you a pdf quickly. As to the Baush & Lomb guy, Ron Zarella, maybe the worst executive I have ever come across. He made Karen Francis GM of Olds and talk about incompetence! If I said all I want to, I might cross the legal line. All I can say is that he was over-c
    2 points
  29. Not to hijack the thread and turn it into "travel channel" but we attended an AACA tour there in 2010 and it's a fantastic area to visit. Highly recommended! Terry
    2 points
  30. It might damage your wallet if they are outlawed in your state!
    2 points
  31. The photo posted earlier (attached) looks a lot like a 1908 International auto Buggy, Model A.
    2 points
  32. My Buick lady.....
    2 points
  33. The Wifey has owned her '93 Honda DelSol since '96 and is still her DD. Cold A/C, Stone reliable, 30+ mpg, top comes off, rear window rolls down, enough power to be fun, even decent trunk space. Not sure about the 6'-4" fitment though. Might be tight. If I were 6'-4" I'd consider a mid 80's Pontiac Firebird or Camaro/IROC-Z or Buick Regal T-Type turbo.
    2 points
  34. I think the multi-door Porsche looks pretty good; the "re-imagined" Jaguar E-Type, not so much (I'm being charitable here). Cheers, Grog
    2 points
  35. 1986, Hemmings ad for a 53 Carribean on the Georgia/Florida line in a town right out of "White Lightening". Guy sends 5 polaroids, tells me you can drive the car home no problem. My dad says, lets call the Chief of Police and see if he knows somebody in town that can look at it. Chiefs says he's a car guy and would love to check it out for us. Calls back and says car is great, you can drive it home no problem. 24 straight hour drive, Chief is spitting image of Ned Beatty and meets us at the police station to drive us over to see the car. We show up at th
    2 points
  36. The “Continental “ spare tire typically rotated and pivoted off to the left for easier trunk access, but getting it off for use takes a bit more effort, and keeping a backup spare more accessible in the trunk makes life easier (ask me how I know)
    2 points
  37. Not a bad looking car for the price. The hardtop is not correct (55s did not have portholes) and vinyl covered roof was not an option. Being a California car is a definite plus, little problem with rust. Appears to be lightly optioned, with only overdrive, which was a option. The power seat was standard in 1955. The interior door cards and upholstery are incorrect, although they look in reasonable shape. As for legroom, I am 6'2" and have all the legroom that I need. The telescoping steering wheel is a definite advantage in gaining more room. I should also point out that the interi
    2 points
  38. Back half is placed on the body, and tacked welded on. First pieces to tie the back half to the front, will be the small lower pieces that carry around the body line/bead. This is where a person has to guess on how much the top will come up with seals under it. If I want to carry the upper trim on the body around the top. This area must line up. I am holding down this line a little. This area will not be welded up, until a seal is fitted. In case I need to change/lower this body line on the top.
    2 points
  39. Typical Wray built equipment. No flex, no twisting........just a hernia if you ever need to move it. Looks great, and as there is no doubt.....it works great. I would have been passing out running that pan through it after all that work. I would have done about ten test runs on some old flat stock first. 👍
    2 points
  40. they date back quite a ways
    2 points
  41. So after looking at pics of a lot of other cars with kits, I’m thinking mine doesn’t look nearly as bad. 👍
    2 points
  42. It would be wise to post some pics of the car here where very experienced eyes can pick up on the slightest visual concerns.
    2 points
  43. My favorite threads that I always look forward too: Joe's 1910 Mitchell project Ed's saga of the Great White What are you working on right now? I always learn something and its very entertaining.
    2 points
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