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  1. 34 points
    Seems like decades since my search started and I would never be in the right place at the right time to buy one of the cars at the top of my bucket list. Well thanks to a lead from Ed and him stepping back (a big thank you is due) so I could get it, the day has arrived and it's sitting in my Garage. Unfortunately with winter and the uphill grade to the garage we unloaded it right into the garage so pictures will be forthcoming but not real good like outside photos with natural lighting. Is it time for a name change from Auburnseeker?
  2. 25 points
    "deep sigh....." How come, on every forum, when a member decides the rules need to be altered to suit his private needs (when they are usually clearly defined at registration) the Moderators are painted as some type of Draconian jack-booted tyrants for enforcing those agreed upon regulations? Then they sign off with a final insult post and an "I'm going home and taking my ball with me!" attitude. I have been a car forum Moderator. I recognize the time involved, the balance needed to juggle varied personalities and it's all volunteer work. I have seen forums cave in to others needs for slacker rules and some of those forums have degenerated to pretty unfriendly places where belittling and swearing at one another take precedence over actual car sharing information. When I choose not visit that type of forum any longer, I just leave. Quietly. Without a public decree. Maybe all of us remaining members can take a breath and realize just how informative and friendly this board is. I do. And it's exactly what keeps me coming back. Greg
  3. 25 points
    Here she is. Unfortunately with the cold gray day, I have to post a photo the seller sent me. I'll try to get it out over the weekend for a few better shots. Winter has been knocking on our door today. Lets hope it passes us by. I would love to drive it once or twice this fall, if for nothing else, than to find the gremlins most old cars have so I can sort them over the winter. She doesn't look like she's had much use in the last 20 years with about 3000 on the odometer according to the owner restorer. I have seen a few and remember seeing one for sale when I was around 16 or 17 in much worse shape for ironically not alot less money and that was 30 years ago. She runs very well. Most chrome is new, Nice top and decent interior. Very good straight body with good paint and since it's been on there a long time I should be good to go. Needs alot of detailing. Looks about as dirty in person, but that's some of the fun. I haven't had a chance to test everything out so I can't give a full report. Should be a fun driver by next summer. Now the question. The Bedford Classic tires are probably 20 years old so they need to go. Correct white walls or Blackwalls? I probably won't go the expense of Radial whites so they would be probably a Bias Firestone white. Had them on my 48 Plymouth conv't and it drove very well without even balancing the wheels. No I'm not going Chrysler Wires Though I do have a full painted set that came off a 54 Dodge sedan in a junkyard back in the 60's.
  4. 23 points
    I have been considering this for some time; the cost of the hobby from an investment perspective. In my old, pre knee replacement, life I was a marathon runner. I did most of the big ones including Boston twice (the Pebble Beach of the running world). While running in its purest form is very inexpensive, basically you need shorts, socks, a T-shirt and a pair of running shoes, when you get into marathons the costs pile up fast. This is particularly true if you decide to be a 50 stater (running a marathon in all 50 states) or even more so, if you want all 6 of the majors (New York, Boston, Chicago, London, Berlin and Tokyo) or the 7 continents. So what's my point? Never in 40 years and 50,000 miles of running did I ever hear of a runner complaining about cost. Never. Nor did I ever hear of a runner holding any expectation of getting a return on their investment. Instead they simply enjoyed their experience. That is what I hope to impart to our hobby for the upcoming year. Lets enjoy the cars, the drive, the shows, the publications, this website and most importantly, the people of the hobby. The cost? In my humble opinion, it's worth it. Happy New Year 2020 website friends. Eric Macleod
  5. 22 points
    I have been very reluctant to share anything about this accursed car given how badly it has gone in the past. Some of you surely remember those threads and may also be thinking, "Oh, God, not this nonsense again," and that's totally fair. My ownership of this car has been nothing if not tumultuous and this will be the third thread in which I've attempted to share some of the work I'm doing on it. Is it a mistake? Maybe. People seemed to like to take pleasure in taking pot-shots at my misery and given that my skin was worn pretty thin by the whole thing, I did not react with kindness. Jerks beget jerks, and all that. Nevertheless, my motivations remain sincere: One, I won't ever forget my friend AJ saying that even threads full of failure are useful because they show others that even people with significant resources can experience setbacks and frustrations (or perhaps showing that the purpose of my life is only to serve as a warning to others). Two, as I mentioned to someone just today, project threads like these are an excellent source of real, hands-on information and problem-solving that isn't always available in other areas unless someone specifically asks about that very thing. And three, I really do enjoy writing about working on cars and find it therapeutic--the promise of sharing what I've done often gets me out in the shop to do things that I can share, and I suppose that's good for my sanity. So, to bring everyone up to speed, I bought this 1935 Lincoln K almost two years ago and it has been a never-ending source of misery ever since. Some of it was related to the fact that expectations were not properly managed (I did not set out to buy a project car, I set out to buy a new tour car that just needed some tires), and some of it was related to the fact that the "project" part turned out to be a far more significant job than anyone expected. In short, every time I fixed something on the car, the thing next to it broke, up to and including a hole in the side of the block that was a total surprise to everyone except perhaps the guy who smeared JB Weld over it to hide it. It totally broke me. I gave up. Ultimately, I pushed it into a corner of the shop, covered it up, and walked away planning never to look at it again. Whomever moved into our building at some distant point in the future after we're gone would get a 4800-pound bonus. That was my plan. Shortly after that, my lovely wife, Melanie, quietly made arrangements to dispose of the various parts of the car, such as it was. Being in the car business, she used some of our contacts and found a buyer for it. She didn't tell me about it, she just quietly made a deal. However, when that person showed up with his trailer one Saturday afternoon, he was displeased--even though Melanie clearly told him the car was in pieces, he somehow expected that we would put it back together for him and sell it to him for roughly 15% of what I paid to own it. Yeah, some doofus expected a running, driving Lincoln K for $7500--if I was going to do all the work to make it run, I was going to keep the stupid car. I guess it goes without saying that he left without a Lincoln. Melanie apparently had a few other inquiries, but it seems that a disassembled Lincoln K sedan is something nobody wants at virtually any price. One fellow even offered to take it off our hands (for free) if we'd pay to ship all the parts to him. It seems that word of my duress had spread far and wide and there was no shortage of dipshiats looking to take advantage of it. When I told Melanie I was going to crush it instead, she was OK with that idea. But I should also mention that she wisely pointed out that the money is still gone and the car is still here. Crushing it might bring a perverse kind of satisfaction, but it would be momentary. It wouldn't fix my crippled enjoyment of the hobby and the opportunity that the car represents would be lost. She didn't care, do whatever you want, but it started to sink in that maybe I could turn my hate and resentment into something positive. I decided that I would beat the car by fixing it. Or at least that's what I'm currently telling myself. To sum up: bought this car and wiped out my savings, car crapped itself with a hole in the block, eventually got the hole fixed but since that involved removing the engine and disassembling most of it, the car is now in pieces. My constant disappointment and frustration with the car has caused me a great deal of pain and stress. Nevertheless, I have decided to fix it, if only to prove that I'm stupid but not crazy. Tasks that have been done so far: All-new fuel system, including fresh gas tank, lines, electric and mechanical fuel pumps, and rebuilt carburetor All-new starting system, including batteries, cables, and starter motor Repairing and repainting the headlight buckets, which had been damaged multiple times in the past and were about 30% bondo at this point New plugs, wires, coils, and install factory wire conduits Clean out cooling system, install new hoses with restrictors to fight overflowing radiator cap, install aftermarket temperature gauge in glove box Re-pack water pump New fluids throughout Rehab power brake booster system Tuning. Lots and lots of tuning. Eventually got it to start instantly just by reaching in the window and touching the button. Hope I can duplicate it. Install fog lamps And after all that, we still had a hole in the block so next steps: Remove front-end sheetmetal, sidemounts, and lights Remove radiator, steering column, steering box Remove engine, which was a pretty big job, seeing as it was installed at the factory before the body was in place Build crate and stand for engine to be delivered to New England where the block would be stitched Remove 58 rusty head studs. Successfully remove 16 of them. Break 42 of them. Spend seven months slowly drilling them out. Build a custom engine stand to hold the giant V12 Most of the car sits in a corner of our shop under a cover. Parts of it are scattered throughout the building and with various subcontractors. The engine is on a stand being rehabilitated--since we did not need to fully disassemble it to repair the hole in the block, I'm hoping that the rotating assembly is OK. It has .030 oversize pistons in it already, so it has been rebuilt at some point in the past. Engine builders Frank Seme and Dale Adams both told me that rebuilding a Lincoln K V12 is a $30,000 job, so we've worked hard to keep the bottom end intact. I am still optimistic that it can be rehabilitated and will run and drive properly when I'm finished. If not, that will be a very, very bad day. Hope is indeed a dangerous thing. Anyway, I'll document my work from here. If you have questions about things I've done already, send me a private message and I'll fill you in. There's a lot of information related to this project that I've accumulated, so I'm happy to help in that regard. And if you're one of the guys who likes to gloat when a dealer gets burned, well, do that in a PM, too. That more or less brings us up to date. A lot of the work I listed up above is going to have to be re-done, so I'll do it again. And as long as the engine is out and it's all in pieces, I may as well restore it to show standards. So that's what I plan to do. Let's get started...
  6. 22 points
    Having spent the last several years disassembling my father’s shop, and remembering him working in his as a child, I can’t tell you how many times I wish I could still walk into his on a daily basis. I long to see him working on a car, old school country music in the background, the smell of grease, a friend helping him, and all the tools in an orderly fashion, around the shop. (Ok, maybe a few swear words, or loud yelling, here and there, as he wrestled with an uncooperative part also). When I went to his garage five years ago, it was a mess. Evidence of his struggles for the last many years, as he was always meticulous in his care for all his possessions, but most especially his tools and his shop. The chaos I found was beyond my comprehension. It saddened me that I hadn’t known what he was going through for so many years, and he lived so far away. I saw his struggles in everything in his shop. I can’t explain it, but that’s when everything he was dealing with really hit me. It was so obvious to me. I guess I'm posting this here because I think you would understand. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy that my father is no longer suffering, but a huge part of me is lost without him. I will never see him again. I will never see him working on a car or lovingly detailing one. So many years passed between the time I moved away and when I went to help him, but suddenly, when I went to Texas, I was his little girl again. My father and his cars were one in the same. I’m sure many of you are like that also. Don’t ever underestimate what that means to the children you raised. It’s an indelible memory to picture your father in his shop. If you have children, grown or otherwise, please spend time in your shop with them. It is very likely that they will cling to those memories when you are gone.
  7. 22 points
    "With that in mind, can anyone summarize--perhaps without using names--what, exactly is going on? Can both sides be explained in a cool, calm way so that someone like me (and I presume a great majority of the BCA membership) can sort of understand what's going on?" Since I am a writer, I will try to summarize: I think the bad feelings began when the Driven Class (not judged to high standards, but a little more than just "display-only) cars were relegated to a remote parking lot that was walled off from the rest of the meet by a high fence at the South Bend, IN. national meet. This led to a feeling among Driven Class and non-judged car owners that they were being treated as unwanted step-children compared to the cars being judged in the 400-point classes. The awards banquet at the end of each national meet tends to reinforce that perception, with most of its emphasis being on trophies and awards. Pre-War cars, being harder to get parts for and tougher to keep in an original state--especially if you want to drive them on today's roads--tend to congregate in the Driven Class, the Modified Class, or the Display-only class, unless the owner is well-heeled enough to do a total restoration and bring the car to the meet in an enclosed trailer. There are exceptions, but that's the norm. The bad feelings got worse when in subsequent national meets the Pre-War (and other) cars were separated from each other depending on what they had signed up for (400-point; Archival; Display-only; Modified, or Driven Class), and at some meets there were assigned parking spaces for the entire meet, based on what type of judging or non-judging the car's owner had signed up for. In the meantime, people got elected to the BCA Board who were and are quite stratified in the types of Buicks they focus on. We have some Board members who are only interested in Pre-WWII cars, and have little knowledge or interest in newer Buicks. Likewise, we have some Board members who are only interested in the later model Buicks and have little knowledge or interest in the older ones. This deepens the divide. Add to that, a lack of financial reporting to the membership of the club for nearly three years, following the sudden death of our long-time club accountant, Joel Gauthier, and suspicions tend to build up about what is going on with the club's finances. This has recently been rectified, with the publication a few months ago of an annual financial report in the magazine, but it took nearly three years to do so and a lot of reputational damage was done in the meantime. In addition, an outside auditing firm has recently been hired, after a Board member made an issue out of the lack of audits and adequate financial reports for many years and the club's build-up of a large financial reserve, which, (from my perhaps uninformed point of view), the reasons for and size of the reserve were not adequately communicated to new Board members as they came onboard. When the reserve reached or got close to $700,000, one alarmed Board member reported the club to the IRS, out of fear that it would lose its non-profit status, and when he could not get a majority of the Board to acquiesce to his concerns. He also alleged wrong-doing by some, but that has not been proven and should not be brought up unless or until it is proven, and I doubt that it will be. Carelessness--maybe. Evil or bad intent--I sincerely doubt it. This has made the divisions and bad feelings even worse. At about the same time, the BCA Board majority removed the Director of the BCA's Pre-War Division due to concerns that the division's membership records were not being tracked and newsletters were not being distributed with regularity. The majority of the Board then took the step of appointing another Pre-War Division Director, and this person at about the same time attacked the Board member who reported the club to the IRS, with a petition for his removal from the club. At the same time, the Pre-War Division held their own election and elected another member as their Director. So, now you had two competing directors for the same Division--one with a lot of "baggage" due to his very public attack on the Board member at a national meet and not having been elected by anybody other than the Board majority, and the other duly elected but by a somewhat questionable list of Pre-War Division members. This brings us down to the current BCA Board election situation, in which there is a definite "us versus them" group, as well as a couple of unaffiliated or perhaps uninformed Board candidates in the current group of eight candidates. Much like the national Republicans versus Democrats, each camp is making claims about the other that are probably more extreme than reality. For example, the establishment group (for lack of a better term) is not against Pre-War cars or non-judged cars as the challengers might have you believe; and the challengers (for lack of a better term) do not want to eliminate BCA judging (as the establishment group would have you believe), they just feel there is too much emphasis on it. So, that's where we are, and I will probably be attacked by one group or the other for what I have written above--so be it. I'm a 40-year BCA member who has had a lot of involvement with the club and that's my perspective, as fairly as I can write it. Pete Phillips, BCA #7338
  8. 21 points
    I think the problem (and the largest threat to the continuing maintenance of old cars) is that collectors amass stashes of parts "just in case." Then they die. Their families not only have no idea what the parts are, but they don't even have a clue what to do with the stuff or where to turn to get rid of it. Then Mom sells the house and all that "junk" needs to go so they throw it in the dumpster in order to vacate the house. And then it's all gone forever. I see it happen over and over and over. I am guilty of gathering unneeded parts myself and while my wife is far more learned and experienced in the hobby than most spouses, I guarantee she will just dumpster all of it, too. It's just too much work to deal with on top of everything else that comes with a dead person. If you're old, sell your stash NOW while someone can still use it. It's not only selfish to force your family to deal with your junk but it's irresponsible towards the hobby to just assume someone will show up to help. Nobody cares, nobody will help, and the only guys who show up are going to be vultures who will make your widow's life a living hell--do you really want that? She honestly hasn't been paying attention all these years when you've been explaining the difference between a model 32-035263 and a 32-0356248 horn button. It's just junk and she (and likely your kids) don't know, don't have any way to find out, and don't care enough to do anything but dump it for whatever scrap value is. And then it's all gone forever. If it's valuable to you, sell it now while it has value to someone and can be correctly identified and marketed, because I guarantee your family doesn't want to deal with it no matter how much you think it's worth.
  9. 21 points
    Some recent club political oriented posts here in this General Discussion forum brought me to wonder... again ... "Is this the place for Club Politics to be discussed or can there be a Discussion Forum set up in the BCA website "Members Only Area" where such BCA business and political discussions as this can be held amongst Members so it is not hung out here in a public forum like dirty laundry for all, including possible future members to see. I can only imagine what newcomers to this forum might think about joining a club where there is this much continued bickering and ill will between individuals and divisions. I also suspect some of the decline in existing users here is due to the same. I know I don't come here near as much as I use to, partly because of all the complaining, pissin and moaning and negativity that went on during the last round of elections. I've never felt this is the place for national or BCA Club politics to be discussed. It is impossible for a Moderator to deal with some of the issues that need attention in these discussions without they themselves being misinterpreted or wrongly perceived and often times thrown under the bus for just trying to do their job. Ask me how I know THAT. I am not saying these discussions are not beneficial, they are, and they often bring about needed change, I'm just askin is this the place for it. If it can even be done, a BCA website Members Only discussion forum could provide an alternative. Something for the BOD and website manager @Peter Gariepyto possibly discuss and consider? Maybe, maybe not...... and I'll just throw it out here for some preliminary discussion. or at least give it a "Like" if you agree it's worth considering or a "HaHa" if it's a crazy idea
  10. 21 points
    We have family from up north down here in southern Florida visiting for a couple of weeks. This morning’s treat is a drive along the ocean down to Delray Beach for breakfast watching the sunrise come up while heading south. It’s always a treat to give people rides. Yes, you can drive your antique car in the dark, you don’t need a 12 volt electrical system. Don’t need halogen headlights. Correctly prepared prewar cars are fun and reliable.
  11. 21 points
    I get amused, my wife just reading me an article about the "only 245.5 million dollars in sales" at the recent auctions, and how the old car market is in a slump. Really? Where can I find all these bargains? The auction problem is that the auctioneers and media have filled the owner's heads with dreams of hundred dollar bills, so they set a reserve that's not realistic, and they don't sell. That's not an indication of ANYTHING other than greed. I had a friend visit the other day, he doesn't like original old cars at all, he's totally into hot rods and customs. We were talking about a few cars, he pointed at my 1910 Buick and said "Well, those cars are worthless, anyone who would have wanted one is dead now....." He was dead serious, that's his belief. It's called projection, I think, in psychology, "I have no interest in that kind of car, therefore NO ONE has any interest in that kind of car. I proceeded to explain to him that the HCCA is alive and well, early cars are bringing more dollars than they've ever brought, there are tons of tours nationwide for early cars, the Model T clubs are strong and have a lot of young members. He looked at me like I had three eyes, really? he asked, that's hard to believe..... Taking one event and saying that's the harbinger of things to come is not the way to analyze the market. Besides, it's a hobby, and this whole investment thing has taken away a lot of the focus from the hobby itself.
  12. 20 points
    We had our annual open house and car show today and it was a huge success. No cost, no judging beyond a people's choice award (more on that in a moment), plus music, food, and other stuff. We had about 150 cars in our parking lot and hundreds of spectators visiting us. A lot of work but also a lot of fun--big thanks to Melanie's brother and his friends from Toronto coming down to give us a hand and help park cars. Everyone seemed to have a good time and everything went off without incident. Thanks to everyone who came to enjoy the day! People's Choice winning 1930 Cadillac V16 owned by a friend of mine, Mike Pinchot. Some of you might remember me asking about this car a few months ago on his behalf. He obviously bought it and it has required some sorting, as expected. It is a lovely car, even though the colors are a take-it-or-leave-it proposition. Seemed to run well and he's spent quite a bit getting it into tour-ready condition. Another important note is that this Cadillac won the popular vote of the attendees--we don't pick the winners. Add that to last year's winner, my friend Phil Tobin's 1941 Buick 91 Limited touring sedan (below, at the show this afternoon), and the 1932 Pierce-Arrow that won two years ago, and it indicates that the average show goer loves to see pre-war cars at shows. There were some amazing cars at this show, some impressive hot rods, and some cool muscle cars, but when given a choice, people seem to consistently pick these as their favorites. That seems to suggest that getting them out where people can see them is the single best thing we can do to find new hobbyists. It really makes a difference! Phil Tobin's 1941 Buick 91 Touring Sedan. My friend Tony Gulatta brought this wonderful 1941 Dodge panel van dressed in vintage washing machine repair livery. His commitment to the illusion is pretty impressive, right down to the vintage washing machines in the back. Tony has more fun in this inexpensive panel truck than anyone else I know. It's stock except for a late-model Dodge Dakota rear end, which allows it to cruise at 60 MPH pretty easily. I love the crazy thing and it proves that you don't need to spend a lot to have something unique, attention-grabbing, and fun. What a neat little truck! Other stuff: I loved this 1990 Nissan PAO. Japanese-market only, but so cool looking! You could own this one-owner MG Midget with 35,000 original miles for $5000 (I know the owner, contact me if you're interested). This 1942 Cadillac should look familiar to folks on this board. One of my very favorite cars in recent memory--just as nice as it appears! All-original 1932 Packard that we sold a few months ago with its happy new owner. Our friend Gerard "Bart" Bartasavich owns what is probably the nicest 1957 Thunderbird I've ever seen. Mike Herchick brought two of his incredible muscle cars. All-original triple black 1970 Chevelle LS6 4-speed with 54,000 original miles, and an ultra rare 1969 Camaro Z10 "pace car coupe" with an L78 396/375 and a 4-speed. He's always got something new and amazing. Look for this gorgeous 1956 DeSoto Sportsman in our showroom in the next few weeks. Just as nice as the last pink one we sold in April and possibly even prettier. Laser-straight Buick Wildcat from California. Very straight and clean 1960 Cadillac Coupe DeVille.
  13. 20 points
    The first 400-point judging was in Batavia, NY for the 1989 national meet. I am a bit frustrated and depressed over the phone call I got this morning from a chapter director who shall remain nameless. He was upset that some of his members did not do better in the judging. They brought home Silver awards instead of Gold and were so upset that they were "crying" at the awards banquet, if you can believe that. It was a phone call of 10-12 minutes of whining and sour grapes. Apparently the only thing these people come to a national meet for is to get a Gold or a New Senior award, and if they don't they think it's the judges' fault. That's pretty sad. I suggested to him that some of his members might want to take a look at their priorities in life, and I"m sure he didn't like that either. I go for the selection of old Buick parts, and the chance to renew friendships with old friends and to see wonderful cars, many of which I have never seen before. Yes, I occasionally enter my car in the 400-point judging, but the best I have ever done is a silver award, and guess what--I do not demean the judges or complain to the meet organizers about it. This is national competition, and if every car that's entered goes home with an award, then the awards aren't worth much. Period. Pete Phillips, BCA #7338
  14. 19 points
    Yachtflame, I can no more condone or look the other way on the sale of titles than i can can stolen parts. Before you say "let others live" you need to consider that! Merced09, Yes. Title sales are illegal. You were informed (privately) that if you continued you'd be banned. Your stab at the forum usage seems petty, and also incorrect. If you chose to leave the forum so be it. Otherwise, simply follow the forum rules, including refraining from attempting to sell car titles or any other illegal activity.
  15. 19 points
    Lets talk about my old cars first, and last, just to keep from being zapped by an over zealous stickler to protocol. They are fine cars. When I tell them to go...they go. When I tell them to stop...they stop, and do everything in between just as I ask. So I bought a 2019 Jeep. Nice car. Comes standard with a bunch of gee whizz features to make life easier, safer, nicer. Even has a place to plug my phone in so my phone can talk to my car (behind my back I'm thinking).........WTF? Car doesn't come with an instruction book. That's a special order item. Seems EVERYTHING you need to know about the car is embedded in it's on board computer to be accessed only by using it's onboard computer. Can you say catch 22?........WTF. First time wife backing out of the garage the car slams on it's brakes. Can't go forward or back. Wife's screaming....."WTF !" I have no idea of WTF. Twenty minutes later of making nice with the on board computer "it" tells me the car detected an obstruction ( the garage door frame). Another twenty minutes it tells me how to disable that "feature" so we can get out of our garage and actually use the car. Wife has long since left the scene in our 2004 pick up truck. The one that actually does what you tell it to do. First time I stop at a lite the car stops running....WTF! New car and it stalls. I take my foot off the brake and it starts...WTF! Is this voodoo? Another 20 minutes with it's computer says "this is a normal "feature" to save gas.....WTF! A call to the dealer tells me how to disable that "feature" but I must do it every time I start the car or it will stall repeatedly, with dogged determination, to help save the planet or whales or WTF'ever. I finally got the "book" today and skimmed through some of the "features". It seems there is quite a bit that the car will be deciding as I cruise to Grand Ma's. It will select braking force and distribution, throttle position, steering wheel feed back, sway control, roll control and a whole lot of things I never knew I needed and all without any input from me or even informing me. But the best is the voice control. I can talk to my car and it talks back to me. It's like having a wife. Just like having a wife. It seldom understands what I asked for. So now even when driving alone I can have a nice argument about the most trivial thing. Just like having a wife. If the new Jeeps could cook a good meal and be coaxed into bed there would be little need for a wife. Tomorrow I think I'll go down to the dealer and see if I can order a nice new 1955 Buick and keep my old wife. To paraphrase Pogo... We have met the enemy... and he is us............Bob
  16. 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.
  17. 18 points
    A while back I bought a 1953 GMC Fire Engine. Why you ask? Why not I say. So one of the first nice days after buying the truck. I call my friend who has 2 young boys 5 and 3 at the time. I ask if he and the boys are home and they are. I tell my friend not to tell the boys, but that I am coming over with a fire engine. He agrees to take the boys out in the yard to wait. I come down their street lights and sirens and pull into the driveway. The oldest boy is so excited he can't speak. He is just jumping up and down and screaming. His little brother is the same way. After a few moments the older boy looks at me and says. "Why did I not know you had a fire truck?" I told him I just bought it. He thought for a second and said "Well I should have known sooner." The 2 boys climbed all over the truck for about the next hour and tried every button and switch. Then they went for a ride around the block, only after getting their plastic fire helmets from in the house. A few days later the Older boy went to school and for show and tell took a toy fire engine. He proceeded to tell his class all about the fire engine his friend had brought over for him to play with. When his Mother picked him up from school the teacher told her about his great imagination. How he made up a story about his friend having a real fire truck. His Mother laughed and told the teacher his friend dose have a fire truck. His friend is 40 years old and then she pulled out her phone and showed the teacher pictures. This is why everyone should own a fire engine.
  18. 18 points
    Today, was my first day that I have been allowed to drive after my brain surgery. In honor of the occasion, I took the Studebaker out for a drive for the first time since July 4th, 2019. It was great to be behind the wheel of the Studebaker President once again. She behaved beautifully and it was a great day.
  19. 18 points
    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! 🦃
  20. 18 points
    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.
  21. 18 points
    Can anyone name another hobby where you get most of your money back when you're done? Sporting events? Nope. Concerts? No. Vacation? Nay. Golf? No way. Boating? LOL Fishing? Bigger LOL. Woodworking? Meh, if you're good maybe you can sell some stuff but your time is still free. Electric trains? Unlikely. Music? Only if you really get the gig, which you won't. Stamps? Maybe, but only if you can find someone else buying--you guys think OUR hobby is dying? These poor guys are already dust. Coins? See Stamps. Video games? Um, what? So tell me what other hobby can you do where you get a big, fat rebate when you're done with the fun? And why the hell should that rebate be 110% or 120% of what you spent to buy the fun you had?
  22. 17 points
    Folks, please!!!! Common sense WILL be the rule of the day! We just reaffirmed, tightened up the criteria. Our moderators hopefully will make sensible decisions and maintain the SPIRIT of what we are trying to accomplish with our forums. We will not always be perfect in our decisions but at least everyone now should be clear about what our forums are all about.
  23. 17 points
    I’m the buyer. I saw the car 14 minute after the ads was post on Kijiji without phone number. With the name on the ad I find the women on Facebook and ask her to call me. Spare engine and transmission are include in the price. I’m at 8hours from the car so I drive all nigh long to be there at 7h30 this morning. Like Carl said: you need to move at speed of light for good deal
  24. 17 points
    I get it and I like it. At a glance, it may be viewed as a cop-out and an attempt to cut costs, but there's an undeniable appeal to a well-used but still functional piece of machinery. I don't much care for the fake patina, but if your car has earned it honestly then I'm all in favor of keeping it that way if it pleases you. I also understand the new hardware underneath--at that point the patina isn't a financial choice but an aesthetic one, and I still get it. A machine that works properly is a joy so go ahead and do what it takes to make it operate to your standards. My favorite leather chair is creased and rubbed bare in places--it took me years to get it that way and in my opinion it has only gotten better. I wouldn't trade it for a brand new one. And I have to admit a low-maintenance collector car has its appeal. I've discovered that it's very liberating to have a car that doesn't worry about bugs or road debris or weather. Go to any show and you'll see virtually everyone walks right past all the shiny, perfect cars but a vehicle with some age and "patina" and signs of use will make them stop and admire and ingest the car's history almost through osmosis. For instance, I don't think this Model T would have been nearly as appealing with a shiny, fresh restoration. The engine and transmission were rebuilt, the brakes were new, the front wheels had been freshly re-spoked, and all the hardware had been freshened, but they left the look alone. It drove like new, but looked every bit of 100 years old. I do not think a gleaming coat of black paint (or God forbid, taking it back to "original" touring car configuration) would be any kind of improvement:
  25. 17 points
    This past weekend I started my 1929 Studebaker President up and let it run until warmed up which right now is all I can do. I had not done the winter oil change and wanted to get that taken care of. I was stopped by my wife and adult daughter because I am suffering from a medical issue that I hope will be solved by an upcoming brain surgery procedure. My daughter said to me “Let me change the oil, after all I need to learn how to do it if I am going to take care of the Studebaker.” She crawled under the Studebaker while I sat nearby telling her what to do to complete the oil change. This got me thinking about all of the things I know that I haven’t passed on to my daughter who will someday be the next caretaker of my Studebaker. I am left wondering how to pass on everything I know about maintenance and driving of a car that I have taken 50 years to learn. I guess I should not have waited so long to get started. Now I wonder how do I make up for lost time? Earlier this past April, before my medical issues got in the way, I started to teach her to drive the Studebaker. The lesson was not real successful because she has never driven a manual transmission before. However, she got the basics. Here is a picture of her smiling behind the wheel after her first drive in the Studebaker.
  26. 17 points
    This past Saturday, I took my 1938 Buick Special to the last auto show for the year in my area. My car won Best In Show For The Pre War Division. The photo posted was taken by a professional photographer. It shows the detail of the horn ring and button of my Buick. It was downloaded to his web site showing photos of the car show.
  27. 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
  28. 16 points
    A couple of things. First, the vast majority of the members of this forum have always supported our mission and understood what we are about. We do our best to listen, however, to everyone. In an effort to be all inclusive we stated that the board would discuss our forum rules and they will. Peter, in an individual, effort tried to take the pulse of the forum members. Peter has served this forum well for several decades as our unpaid Webmaster. He deserves that opportunity. So we are trying to listen. Some of the replies are exactly why at times I (we) wonder why we continue to do this! Just too many people making more of this then they should. It is AACA's site, we pay for it and handsomely. Michael you forget the cost of the software we use and I need not try to justify why we use Invision. They are a leader in the field and came highly recommended after a lot of research. Along with the forums, we have the cost of our main website and now are going to spend a lot more money on a new design as we need to move away from our current software. I sign the checks for all of this so I know full well what it involves. A lot more to our website than just the forums. I don't want to stop Peter's poll otherwise I would lock this thing up now but suggest everyone to relax. WE WILL NOT MAKE EVERYONE HAPPY! I guarantee you that. The club has very strong views on doing everything it can to support the hobby which is the reason it has a multi-million dollar public library that continues to grow leaps and bounds and a website that is free to other clubs. It also will have two other national clubs joining us this year with no charge to those clubs. We are NOT going to try and be all things to all people is my strong guess. Someone has to stand up for the preservation of history and we will always be at that forefront hopefully. As to the future of the hobby as many of us know it, there are those that continue to believe that we are doomed. They have a right to their opinion, we respect their reasoning and certainly are aware of those forces but AACA chooses to believe we can create our own destiny by hard work, loyal members and supporters. We have an equal right to believe in what we are doing. Our segment of the hobby may end up smaller but it will still be vibrant if we have anything to say about it. So, as I stated earlier, the board will take this subject up and I will report back later on their answer. We will make it clearer than ever what our policies are. After that, come here and enjoy whatever we allow but if it does not fit your beliefs we hope you can find a forum that better suits you! It is really that simple,
  29. 16 points
    After swearing off prewar cars a number of years ago this one has brought me back. It is a 1934 Chevrolet DC Standard 3-window coupe and I received it this past Tuesday. It is an 85 year old, 95% original car. The story is that the previous owner bought it in 1992 to chop up for a hotrod but it was in such good shape he decided to leave it stock appearing. What he did do is interesting - he rebuilt all the mechanical systems, engine, transmission, brakes, suspension, using stock parts but he went out of his way to leave everything visible in original worn condition. He also used some hidden hotrod tricks to update the car, just yesterday I discovered that the headlamps and taillight were converted to full LEDs which are surprisingly bright. I am still looking and inspecting and think I will find more updates. I have replaced the 6 year old battery and replacing the ancient Montgomery Ward Riverside tires will be my first priority. The engine starts easily and runs quietly and in the very little driving I've done the only issue is a very grabby clutch but I am getting used to that. I was pleasantly surprised to see the trunk filled to the brim with spare parts plus a full steering wheel, column and gearbox sitting on the seat! My 63 Olds Starfire is up for sale and in storage and the 34 is sharing the garage with my daily and my 66 Monaco Wagon.
  30. 16 points
    It's an "awful hobby" because you cannot recoup the money you spent? Do you golf? Travel? Collect comic books? Do you expect to recoup the money you spent on those hobbies? If you did not get enough enjoyment out of the car to offset the possible loss when you sell it maybe you picked the wrong hobby.
  31. 16 points
    I now have 49 new miles on the Caballero since I put it together. For one of my shakedown runs, I took it to "Cars & Coffee" at Pasteiner's Collectibles & Hobbies in Birmingham, Michigan on Saturday. It was a big hit! And I took a few pics on my way home...
  32. 16 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.
  33. 16 points
    OK, so yes, this could just go in the ACD section, but thought it might be of more general interest. Sometimes things happen that make you scratch your head while wondering what cosmic forces are at work. I own a 1937 Cord phaeton, unrestored, which means it's not totally "original" as far as paint goes, but it's never been taken down to it's component parts. A number of years back, I took it to the ACD Festival in Auburn. While there, I had it "certified" by the ACD club, which basically means it's a real car, has genuine factory components, and is now documented in the Club's archives. While having my Cord certified, it was pointed out that my car did not have the correct engine, but not to worry, a LOT of Cords have replacement engines. The "factory" in Auburn was kept open (by another person, but that's a longer story) into the 1950's for ACD repair and refurbishment, and the thought is that my engine and transmission were changed out then. My transmission has traces of red paint, which I was also told may be an indication of a 50's refurbishment. So, by now you're asking, where is this story leading? I'll make it simple. The fellow in the ACD club who's in charge of the Certification project was a recipient of a few emails from me about another subject, and he casually mentioned "Oh, by the way, I have the engine out of your Cord..." WHAT?? Yes, data plate on the car shows engine number FB 2035, I have that engine that was in a group of parts that I found. So, let me make this clear. I bought a Cord in 1985, with an engine that had been replaced at least 30 years prior to that, and here it is almost 40 years after I bought the car and YOU HAVE THE CORRECT ENGINE FOR IT?!?! I made a trip into the wilds of Pennsylvania today with a good friend of mine, and acquired the engine. I have no plans to rebuild and install, although the block is in great condition, but just having it with the car means a lot to me. Attached pictures of car data plate and engine number. Am I blessed with some good luck, or what? And don't say "what"....
  34. 15 points
    With all the current stress going on in the USA and the world concerning health issues , I thought perhaps it would possibly be good to share some period photos of vehicles that we all love. The old cars and trucks make us happy , so for a few moments viewing what I have posted here may relieve you from some of the stress now upon all of us. I hope the images ,even briefly, take away that cloud of worry and concern. We are not only thinking about ourselves, and family but dear friends across the world who are like family because of our common interest in older cars. If you can add to this with your images, please do. I sincerely wish all of you well , and hope in some way this makes all of you feel a little bit better. Walt on long island.
  35. 15 points
    I see that @Cindy Livingston is retiring soon (middle of February 2020) and just wanted to say THANKS FOR ALL YOU CONTRIBUTED to this Club! You have been a great Buick Club supporter and it will remain very much appreciated! Hope you will still come to some of the Meets in the future! And wish you and Steve a long, happy, and healthy retirement!
  36. 15 points
    Thanks to everyones contributions trying to help me find my Reo Royale Victoria ashtray. I found one that has the two ash holders and I can modify the wood style. For a $50 purchase price and 5 years of looking I got one. I have seen some going not my style for $200 I got this on eBay from Classic and Exotic
  37. 15 points
  38. 15 points
    I have already exceeded my yearly quota of watching Chevelle and Camaro restomods cross the block.
  39. 15 points
    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.
  40. 15 points
    To give credit where credit is due my Dad was the big influence with me regarding cars. Having antique cars as a hobby and membership in a car club gave me a great foundation. I watched as he bought this 1928 Whippet Cabriolet as a project having changed hands many times getting it to this point. It took him 28 years to finish the amateur restoration and lived long enough to have some fun adventures attending many car shows and events. This one was especially rewarding at the Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show in Michigan which my son and I attended with him. I cherish those times and especially this moment. Thanks Dad.
  41. 15 points
    Last time I checked, the value of everything is based on supply and demand. Just because one thinks his car, house, watch, or any other asset is worth XXX dollars doesn’t make it so. Any tangible object has a market price that it will sell at, often times the seller doesn’t have a realistic number. This isn’t a car market issue.........it’s a seller with a temper tantrum. What’s the car worth......I have no idea, as post war cars are of no interest to me. If he gave it to me I would have refused. I’m sure there are many people out there that would have gladly purchased it. The guy is an idiot........in the literal sense of the word.
  42. 15 points
    Earlier this month I attended a convention in Toledo, Ohio. While there, I took time out to visit Snook's Dream Cars in Bowling Green, Ohio. I took over 600 photos so I am not going to share them all, but I will give a little overview and a link to my website where all of them are posted. The memorabilia collection is extensive, and starts before you even go in the front door. the collection includes some older gas pumps. This is what you see as you open the front door: Aside from the museum cars, they also work on old cars and trucks for clients...and you are welcome to come into the garage area. This 1938 Ford Pickup was getting new brakes while we were there. There are old games (most of which actually work) and old bicycles in one of the rooms A map of all the cars made in Ohio before WWII. Although the top blurred here, I do have detail photos of it as well. The front room is mostly memorabilia. When you open the door to go into the section of the museum where the cars are stored, the first car I saw was the Kaiser Darrin...one of the cars that I had on my list of cars I wanted to see, but never had before. an Auburn in the musuem This Pontiac is a replica of the car the late museum founder drove post WWII. His son operates the museum these days. Some overviews of the museum The room with the cars is rather dark so getting clear photos was not particularly easy. It's absolutely worth the trip to see this museum. Although it's on the smaller side, it's jam packed with automobilia and things to look at. It's less than 5 minutes off of I-75 as well. Here is the link to my website where I have all 601 photos I took: https://public.fotki.com/ElCaminoBilly/automotivephotography/car-museum-trips/snooks-dream-cars/ Thanks for reading.
  43. 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.
  44. 15 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.
  45. 15 points
    At the end of the day, we should all just be grateful to be alive and hopefully healthy enough to still drive and enjoy our cars and the old car hobby. Plus celebrate the fact that so many Buick's from years past have survived in ANY condition without having been recycled into refrigerators or tuna fish cans!
  46. 15 points
    Do you know why your daily driver is reliable? Because you drive it every day. Do the same with an old car and you, too, can have the confidence to drive it anywhere. As you service it in daily use, you'll get more and more familiar with it, you'll have a better understanding of what it requires, and repairs will be easier. The more you drive it, the more items you'll repair, and pretty soon you'll have a bulletproof car that you can trust. Taking a car out once or twice a year and hoping that it will be 100% is a fallacy--cars that are used are always healthier than cars that are stored and protected and babied. Cars are meant to be driven. It's what they were designed to do, it's what they want. Oblige them!
  47. 14 points
    Placing seatbelts on a wooden coach built car is of no value, and probably a detriment. In a serious crash, the body will separate from the frame........attach the belts to the frame.......your dead in a very ugly manner. Attached to the wood.........you may or may not stay with the splinters and tin tossing down the street. Your better off with nothing and taking you chances of being thrown clear. Better yet......avoid all risks that you can, drive defensively, use your head. Much better and safer than belts in an old car.
  48. 14 points
    All this anguish and pearl-clutching and gnashing of teeth and it sold in a week?!? A f&k#ing week? On f&k#ing Craig's List? Shoot me.
  49. 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
  50. 14 points
    Thanks to all of you. I am so happy to have found this site years ago. It has taken me soooooo long to get back to my 1931 Dodge restoration and now I have the confidence to continue it. You folks have inspired me with all of your ideas, auto work and stories. I especially like the restoration stories as I have one myself that has taken me from about 1966 to now and the car STILL isn't done. Perhaps with my new outlook on the situation I may actually finish my first car. I will be getting my blue and black '31 back on the road in about a month or less and getting my first '31 back on the work schedule is a bonus. Something else that has inspired me to progress is when I get a visit from a member here or a car folk from somewhere else. It pains me to have to weave my way back to my car to show people that there is actually a car under all of that stuff. I must apologize to all of those who have visited and had to strain their eyes to see my car in the dark reaches of my garage. I can now work on the car, sit out in the garage and b.s. or just sit back and admire what will be a car again....