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  1. The first iteration of this forum was started in June 1997. There are now 100++ forums, 30+ participating clubs, and 95,000 registered users from all over the world. In our most recent full month, we saw over 15,000 new topic/posts, 500,000 visits, and over 3,000,000 page views. The AACA forums is now arguably the largest forum of its kind, focused exclusively on antique automobiles of all makes and models. I want to thank the AACA Board of Directors and specifically Steve Moskowitz. A few other standouts who have managed and mentored me (ie drove me crazy sometime) including Howard Scottland, Terry Bond, Earl D. Beauchamp, Jr., Janet Ricketts, and in particular - Ron Barnett. They followed (and funded) my vision since day 1 to keep this a free open forum for antique automobile enthusiasts. A few participate in this forum even today. Others have passed, and as I write this, I'm reminded of how much they are missed. I want to thank the Moderators. Without them this forum would have gone the way of many other car forums due to off topic posts and personality clashes. Their time and efforts go unrecognized and unappreciated but make this forum what it is. I especially want to thank the forum users. 99.99% of you follow the forum rules and freely contribute your time, knowledge, and talents to enlighten and educate people about automobile history, and to help keep our antique automobiles on the road and properly restored. I never visioned 24 years ago I'd still be managing this forum. Few in my personal life know (or care) about this forum, but for me it's become my unique mission to help keep our antique automobiles and this hobby alive. Thank you for participating. Peter Gariepy
    7 points
  2. I have this recurring nightmare that I'm going back to my 50 year high school grad reunion. I leave home in my '65 Corvette. Life has been good. I'm feeling fine and I'm walkin' tall. This is going to be a great event! But, as I start my trip, for some reason I have to take detour after detour and this drive starts taking forever. Suddenly it's late at night and the car starts running a little rough, I get lost in a very seedy, hilly neighborhood with winding roads as my clutch starts to slip and burn so I can't exceed 30 mph and the brake pedal is fading to the floor. Then the headlights start flickering on and off but I can still see fairly well because the lightning from the thunderstorm is flashing pretty steadily by now and I'm getting very wet because the driver's window won't roll up. I know the car is overheating but the lenses are so dirty I can't read the gauges on the dash, except for the gas gauge which is below E. I feel my sphincter involuntarily tighten. The seat upholstery is ripped and missing in big patches and the seat springs are digging into my backside and tearing holes in my shirt on every bump as all 4 shocks seem to have failed at once. Only one windshield wiper works and of course it's the passenger side. Oddly enough the dome light works. In fact I can't get it to turn off. It stays on constantly making it more and more difficult to see out into the dark through the filthy windows which are starting to fog up and the only thing I have to wipe them with is a piece of college rule notebook paper til they become so smudged that I have to start driving with my head out the window, craning my neck like a deranged Labrador. The wind and rain suddenly increase and my eyeglasses are blown off into the maelstrom. I'm beginning to think this trip may not be going as well as I'd hoped. But, come Hell or high water, I'm going to make it to that reunion. It's then I realize, with dread, that I'm no longer driving my own car, I'm driving this car! A big rusty, rattling, smoking 70's Ford sedan. The only thing missing is the vanity plate that says PLZKLLME. And that's just about the time I finally pull up in front of my old school and find that the reunion has just ended. I missed it and the entire class is standing out front laughing and jeering as I rattle up in this wreck. The driver's door won't open so I have to climb over the seat and exit one of the rear doors, humiliated, torn and dirty. Then, just when I feel it couldn't possibly get worse I (squintingly) find that I'm suddenly standing face to face with that super hot blonde I had a big crush on in high school. She just looks at me with a combination of pity and disgust, turns and walks away without a word. Oh, and the final degradation, for some unfathomable reason .....I'm not wearing any pants. 1973 Ford Galaxie 500, Runs Great! - $5,500 (San Diego) https://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/cto/d/san-diego-1973-ford-galaxie-500-runs/7333135818.html Runs great. Was going to be son's first car, but wasn't comfortable driving a big old cruiser. Just spent $3k on new brakes and suspension. Redid the exhaust, all new tires, replaced the blinker switch so all lights are working. 65k miles. The interior needs to be totally redone and the exterior needs work as well although appears to be largely surface rust. Windshield is cracked, front passenger door sticks. Registered Here is a link to additional photos: https://offerup.com/redirect/?o=aHR0cHM6Ly9waG90b3MuYXBwLmdvby5nbC9HTlRSU2FWTUJDTW1WOW5tOA==
    7 points
  3. It’s faster and cheaper to buy a real car.......by 200 percent.
    6 points
  4. Take comfort in knowing that the hot blonde in high school is now 68 years old.
    5 points
  5. Certain features have combined to make purchase this project 63 Special Wagon 215 2bbl 3 speed column shift looks like a solid start. more when it arrives from the road.
    4 points
  6. Hello everyone, here are some pictures of the little walk we did on Saturday June 5th with my brother and my uncle The meeting point was in the town of "la Salvetat Saint Gilles" not far from Toulouse in the south of France. First, a short stop at the gas station with my uncle's Renault 5 Alpine Turbo 1984 and my brother's 1984 Peugeot 205 GTI 1.6L. And off we go to " La Salvetat Saint Gilles " Arrived at " La Salvetat Saint Gilles
    4 points
  7. I am to the point where it would be more cost effective to jack up my hair(if I had any) and slide a new body under it.
    4 points
  8. Not a period photo but an awesome one. J.M Schneiders Quality Meats: The Company' Antique Truck Collection
    4 points
  9. This will be me driving on the field at Amelia when Ed has his "toy car" Class in 2023.
    4 points
  10. And a few days later it’s almost ready for a topcoat! All masked up and some filler going on. First rub down - Matt’s taken out all the bumps I put in:) A coat of high build and it’s starting to look like it could be a real car again. Another rub down to get all the small lumps and bumps out. In primer, she’s looking great!
    4 points
  11. Work has been a little slowed by lockdown 4.0 in Melbourne but here’s a brief update of progress just before we went into lockdown: * Finished off the rear floor panel and stretched the battery box access opening, as the original was too small to remove the battery without lifting the floor. Coated the underside of floor panel in black. * New battery and starter cables fitted to starter switch and mounted to toe board. Starter works! * Valve clearances adjusted and re fitted the side covers. * Vacuum tank and brake fluid reservoir fitted to the firewall and pipes connected up. punched holes in the new firewall insulation panel. * Attached the new insulation panel with bifurcated rivets, but need a few longer ones (1inch) to complete the job. * Re fitted the manifold. * Re installed the steering column, wheel, and pitman arm etc. * JJ has made up a pair of stainless rear bumperette ends and is in the progress of making mountings. Hopefully the lockdown will be over on Thurs!
    4 points
  12. OK, so the Pierce meet and tour and show is in Pennsylvania this week. Too close not to go, drive my Pierce, and see old and new friends. I really wanted to service the Pierce. Been a while since oil was changed and other things checked. My problem these days is that I can get down on the floor and reach under, sort of, but getting back up is an issue! I went to my warehouse and got the '31 Pierce going, then thought that the oil needed changing, and checking tire pressures not a bad idea. Left in my Suburban. I deal with a local company that sells tires and does what I'd call medium work. They'll change a transmission but not an engine, new tires and balancing and so forth no problem Walked in, hey would you change the oil on an old car? I have my own, special stuff just for old cars. They got on intercom, called in Kevin the Mechanic. Would you work on my car? Well what is it. Uh, 1931 Pierce Arrow...SURE he said, would love to do it.....so I brought it back, he drained and changed the oil (after telling me that the oil pan bolts weren't tight but he snugged them up), topped off the transmission and rear end oil, greased all the fittings underneath (he even commented that it was great to see them, new cars are "sealed" yet still fail), and got my tires to correct pressure after I warned him they were the split rings and he said no problem. I tipped him $10. The guys in the office charged me $28. Why would I ever bring my car or cars anywhere else? It's such a pleasure working with people who like to work and take pride in what they do...becoming a rarity these days... Also, the car had everyone that worked there, and customers too, asking "Whatsit" and taking pictures...it was a good day...
    4 points
  13. That's what's killing me is not driving it more. A couple more shows and then the roof is coming down and the wife and I are going cruising!
    4 points
  14. .....and there is just one more example of the work no one has seen that has been done by you over the years. Every time we have had to do a software change or upgrade you have been there to handle the job which was always SUPPOSED to be simple but never was. While there have been times I wish these forums did not exist I do realize there are those that are willing to be good citizen's of this free service, play by the rules and those that respect the club's right and responsibility to have rules. Thanks to your efforts Peter tens of thousands of people have made lifelong friends, learned more about the hobby and had problems solved along with being entertained. Thanks for all the hard work!
    4 points
  15. I have no issues with old threads being brought up. The forum is a database to me. Some people view it as a chat forum which is short sighted in my view. The reason it came back to the top is somebody "liked" a post I made 10 years - probably because my posts are so flipping smart that makes sense for you guys to go back and read them again. 😉
    4 points
  16. For Sale: 1934 Hudson Terraplane sedan - $6,300 - Ogdensburg, NJ - Project 1934 Hudson Terraplane - cars & trucks - by dealer - vehicle... (craigslist.org) Ready for restoration , You are looking at a very rare 1934 Hudson Terraplane 4 door sedan. This car has been sitting for years, but I was able to get it running I did drive the car in my yard. The engine sounds good No knocks or noise. The brakes do stop and the clutch did grab. All the tires are holding air , side glass is all good. The body on this car is very solid, very little rust on bottom of doors. the floor, roof and trunk will need some work. The interior is in poor condition but complete. This is a project car , but you just don't see Hudson Terraplanes any more. This car is available and recommended for for inspection Contact: please call (973)-8-two-3-0-two-two-8. Copy and paste in your email: 864f33309b433526aedd79520632cd32@sale.craigslist.org I have no personal interest or stake in the eventual sale of this 1934 Hudson Terraplane sedan - Project.
    3 points
  17. Have to admit, I’m impressed with the enthusiasm which Buick folks approach their cars. Also, it’s been great to hear from a variety of folks around the country as I network out by phone. Lots of smart people who seem like a lot of fun. After I drive and inspect the car, and make a decision I’ll let you know how it turns out. Though not as smart as this whole bunch, I’m getting better informed which will lead to a more informed decision. If this does work out, I suspect I’ll be pretty happy in this community. Thank folks!
    3 points
  18. @Bloo is exactly right. If the wiring harness is factory original there are two smaller wires that connect to the solenoid. One is black with parallel tracers which goes from the starter solenoid to the Vacuum starter switch on the intake manifold. This wire should have Positive 6 volts when the ignition is on and the throttle is pressed (engine not running). The second wire is Green with crossing tracers. This wire connects from the solenoid to the A terminal on the voltage regulator. This provides the ground for the solenoid via the generator armature when the generator is not turning and therefore not generating. There are some simple tests to get you started (no pun intended) with a simple test light. First with the test light clip connected to a GOOD ground place the probe on the small terminal with the green wire. With the ignition on work the throttle to activate the vacuum start switch. The light should light up. If it does the starting circuit and switches are good and working properly. If it does not light there is a problem between the ignition switch and the solenoid. Assuming the light lights, do the same test with the probe on the small black wire. If the light lights this time there is a problem between the solenoid and the generator as the generator armature provides the ground for the solenoid to operate. If the light does not light and the solenoid does not operate the problem is the solenoid. Below is a link to the wiring diagram for your car. Good luck and keep us posted!!! 1942 big series wiring diagram
    3 points
  19. The museum the club started is no longer affiliated with our national club. Just wanted to make that clear as they continue to share our name. It is a museum certainly worthy of a visit. When you are in Hershey next time visit your AACA Headquarters and Library. it is free and there are many things to see and of course the word's largest public automotive library is right here in this building.
    3 points
  20. 34 was a great year for Hudson products. Very nice styling, grill shells got a little thick in 35. Hudson design was different in 34. Terraplane had different hood sides and grill insert.
    3 points
  21. The replacement parts we now sit around and talk about are for us, not for cars. That’s the scary part! Almost all the over 60 group in my neighborhood have received NORS joints of some kind. If Moog wants extra business they can start making high performance knee and hip joints and give us a neat decal to put on our arm.
    3 points
  22. Dave, Your last line of your comment says it all. I have always thought that the phrase 'you inherit your relatives and pick your friends' applied to me so well. I was viewed for decades by cousins who were my age or older as one who was "odd", - they all thought -he is an artist and teaches art and spent his time and $ on old used cars . Well when the cars started to become more valuable $ wise their thought about me was now I was the relative that "was the rich eccentric". I feel I am still the same person, my opinion and likes are the same . As a single child my old car friends became my family , they were and are the ones I have the fondest memories of. They shared the same passion for the same reasons. Friendships continue to be made , I have many new ones made here via these forums that I hope to meet in person once this worldwide health crisis is done. I sincerely hope that is this October in Pennsylvania at the national AACA Eastern Fall meet. I think of that as "the annual worldwide gathering of squirrels " Squirrels that collect old cars not nuts, so have to gather in the Fall of each year to reassure themselves that there are so many people just like them of all ages, genders, colors, speaking a variety of languages.
    3 points
  23. 1931 Buick 8-66S, Trippe Jr's purchased from Steve Moskowitz
    3 points
  24. Hi (and thanks to Ed for pointing out this post to me as I'm almost never on the forums anymore), Henry C. Fownes was the original owner of LeBaron Convertible Sedan J-522 / 2546 and Murphy Convertible Sedan J-518 / 2544. I believe the LeBaron is pictured in Fred Roe's book.
    3 points
  25. Kick panels Matt The Door cards are next
    3 points
  26. Did the world just run out of Toyota Corollas? Why not buy the kid a t-shirt that says "Kick Me" while you're at it? Concours de Lemons candidate, big time.
    3 points
  27. This is a little more DB! sort of. Looks better than what I had originally.
    3 points
  28. You can check for clutch drag with the following: Park car, set brakes Put trans in gear (first is fine) Depress clutch - start engine Hold clutch down while moving lever from first to neutral then neutral back to first - All while continually holding clutch to floor Having trans in 1st while starting & running (with clutch depressed) will keep the gears from spinning. Then when moving lever into neutral will allow the gears to spin. Any spinning will solely be the result of however much dragging the clutch (or pilot bearing, etc.) is doing. With the clutch continually released (pushed) the spinning of the gears should be very minimal. So minimal that you should be able to shift between first and neutral and back as if the engine was not running. If it grinds or clashes (as if you are driving) or you can not get it back into first at all, then the clutch is dragging or not releasing. The amount of difficulty moving between gears will tell you how much clutch drag there is.
    3 points
  29. @MrEarl, got a small trick for that issue when posting many photos...when you get to the point where get that message "Max total size 9.77", just click "OK" and then scroll all the way back up to the top of the forum your in and click the button to back out of that forum. Once out, go right back in to the forum you left your uploaded photos in (they will still be there). You can now continue to upload more photos. You can do this as many times as you need until you upload all the pictures you want. Didn't mean to hijack this thread but I know you have been upset with this for a while.
    3 points
  30. Delivering Coal in Chillicothe, Ohio
    3 points
  31. Merci beaucoup Pilgrim65 , and I see that you speak very well in French . My grandpa wanted a Renault Caravelle when he was young, but he couldn't have one, and it's a very nice car. A friend of my cousin took a Renault Floride out of a broken barn, it is not in good condition and the engine is missing. But he may sell it or restore it Here are some pictures of the Renault Floride out of the barn :
    3 points
  32. 3 points
  33. Jaguar Simca Aronde Renault Juvaquattre
    3 points
  34. This photo is from TheOldMotor.com but I thought it was just too cool not to share. 90 Series Buick coupe towing a slick looking trailer. Check out those heavy-duty wheels on the Buick and the extra-wide rear fenders!
    3 points
  35. Work has continued on the Electra. Slow because of sickness and way too much rain. But now its been clearing so we can get around to painting the frame, suspension parts and firewall. I am hoping towards the end of this week to get to Austin and put the suspension together. Also Rob has finished the Dynaflow and it is ready to go back into the car. New ring gear installed and all the parts that were replaced in the transmission. We have been dog sitting the past two weeks and he finally went home so I can leave the house for the day. Poor dog had a broken leg but that didn't seem to slow him down a lot. Big Greyhound who is sweet and got along with mine just fine.
    3 points
  36. More photos and story later.......busy loading up for the meet....... Car is in Hershey Pa this week, then Springfield Mass after the meet.
    3 points
  37. Agreed John. This one seems to be over priced by about $5,400 and it's only possible future is in a demolition derby. I have to believe this listing is a joke. Good Heavens, could ANY father really be this out of touch with his own son!
    2 points
  38. As Bioo said, the relay should close those contacts. Does it click when you jump the manifold switch? With 6V applied to the solenoid terminal from the manifold switch(and the starter grounded) the coil in the solenoid should pull the contacts together and push the pinion into the flywheel. If nothing clicks, my bet is the coil is bad. If you know this I apologize: The round can is an electromagnet. There is a steel plunger inside that the magnet pulls up when energized. The plunger closes the contacts and pushes the pinion. The magnet coil could be bad or the plunger stuck.
    2 points
  39. I was thinking this was a Steyr, but the V windshield gives me pause. Thoughts?
    2 points
  40. Boy did I want one of those Schwinns when I was a kid.
    2 points
  41. As ply33 stated, this is an insert, not a structural complete roof. It’s main purpose is to fill the hole in the steel roof that is there because they couldn’t stamp a complete roof at that time - the technology wasn’t there yet - and to provide bows to staple the headliner to. The existing wood is not ash - it’s not dense enough even if it has dried out some over the decades. It is realativly soft, even softer that the poplar I have in the shop. I also have some extra marine plywood left over from the floorboard project. I may try both and see what works the best.
    2 points
  42. Not strictly old car related, but I know first hand about aging , becoming obsolete electronics. The Ship I worked on full time for the last decade before I retired 2 1/2 years ago { and part time for the decade previous as well } was a perfect example of the concept. It was truly " state of the art " when first constructed in 1992. A very heavily automated engine room , and secondary systems all over the ship. But by the time it was 10 years old, electronic failures started showing up more and more frequently. At first it was just a matter of having ample parts back up and the crew learning the troubleshooting procedures needed to keep it functioning . But eventually the problems became serious enough that Factory electronics tech's { mostly European based } would have to come over to solve the larger problems. Especially if the central control computers were involved. And bit by bit the various components were no longer available as a spare part, usually a specialist contractor would have to repair as best possible. It finally got to the point that the entire system was replaced in one massive 8 month long upgrade. And many millions spent. The ship itself was about at the mid life point. But the electronics were nothing but about 25 Million $ of E - waste.
    2 points
  43. Great to see such a beautiful and rare car being enjoyed on the road. Too often, such cars become trailer babies!
    2 points
  44. When I was a kid barely of driving age, I worked in a gas station on weekends and was trying so hard to learn how to work on cars. I was desperate to be like my Dad. And I had often noticed that my Dad would stop and assist anyone broke down on the side of the road who really, really needed help...such as old folks, ladies, or anyone who had little chance of helping themselves (In the day WAY before cell phones). Therefore, when I finally was able to drive, I would often stop and see if I could help someone who needed assistance. I clearly recall one day stopping when I saw two elderly ladies with a flat tire, standing outside their car and looking both bewildered and frightened. They were parked facing uphill on a long hill in an urban neighborhood. When I asked if they needed help they said something like, "Oh, yes, PLEASE! We have a flat, and don't know what to do." This was my chance to be helpful and kind to someone who knew less than I did about automobiles...like my Dad would have done. I got their bumper jack out of their trunk, and loosened all the lug nuts, then put the bumper jack on the left rear side of their car, and began the slow process of jacking it up. Instantly I saw that the car was going to roll downhill right over top of that flimsy jack...and me! A wiser, more experienced person would have stopped and made a phone call, to get professional help. But instead I told the lady to sit behind the wheel and hold the brake pedal down firmly, to prevent the car from trying to roll down hill. She did, and then I re-positioned the bumper jack and tried again. It worked. I jacked it up just barely high enough to switch tire/wheels, quickly put back on the lug nuts, and tightened a couple of them. Then put the car back down on the ground. I told the lady to continue holding that brake pedal, until I was satisfied that the lug nuts were sufficiently tight. I put the flat tire and the jack back in her trunk, I said goodbye. The lady insisted, even demanded to pay me for my service. But I refused. I told her I wanted to be like my Dad and help people. She and her companion couldn't believe I wouldn't accept payment, but I was firm. They said many grateful things, and then drove away. For that one moment in my teenage life, I felt sorta like the image I held of my Dad...like a real man.
    2 points
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