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  1. I used to be an Engineer on that ferry. The Dodge wasn't there in those day's. Sure looks run down compared to when it was a working ship. I always thought one of our retired ships would make a great storage space / workshop. But waterfront land to either tie it up , or land it ashore if worth huge money in this part of the world. A few of our ships went for very low prices when they reached retirement. The plan was to dig a big trench with a cat , float the ship in ; they actually are a lot smaller underwater than you think, and backfill the trench with the cat. But the land you would need
  2. The holes are most likely access points for grease fittings. The two stanchions are Westinghouse { probably , there were a couple of other makes on the market but Westinghouse was the most popular} air shocks, a somewhat common option on high quality cars in this era.
  3. In parts of Canada things are even more restricted. No non essential travel, to work and back and to stores for essential purchases. But most places are at about the same stage of restriction as you are . Here in British Columbia we are slightly more relaxed than much of Canada. No Curfew but a very strong advisory to limit activity to essential only. No checkpoints { yet }. Your bearing shells are looking great ! Greg
  4. I would tend to agree Ed, but like many things these day a lot is going to depend on where you live. A good friend decided to retire 5 years early from his high pressure job as shop foreman in a very busy , large ,aircraft machine shop . And start his own one man operation. But he had to rent space . Property is so expensive around here that he and his wife always lived in a town house. Very skilled guy, but it was feast or famine . A mix of aircraft , general commercial machine shop work and quite a bit of hobby car and vintage motorcycle work. In an area where a very basic starter hous
  5. I also see the situation as being the result of the drive for ever lower production costs. And overall operating costs. The Company I worked for has a good sized fleet of Costal Ferry ships. everything from small 25 or so car capacity vessels, right on up to 350 car capacity ships . Close to 40 ships in all , and ranging in age from 40 years old all the way up to brand new. When I first started 35 years ago the company repaired everything. If parts were no longer available we just made new ones in house. The Company had a comprehensive machine shop, and there were local foundry's t
  6. Fiat's and Alfa's would both would be great cars for someone who lived in Arizona... or the Sahara desert. I owned a couple of each , but they started composting almost as soon as the paint dried at the factory. 1960's and 70's Alfa's have shot up in price over the last 15 or 20 years, but Fiat's are still largely shunned by old car guy's. If you can find a good 124 , they have a lot of merit. But strictly as a nice day car. Greg
  7. For a second gen Capri I would say the price is optimistic. It does look like a decent example however not nearly as popular as the first model. I can see a 1970 - 75 car hitting this price reasonably easily, but these facelift versions 1976 - 1979 don't have nearly as strong a following. Greg
  8. Seller is as you say, 1st class bs artist. But $10,00 G's for a Buffalo wheel, open Lincoln doesn't strike me as a truly " crack pipe " price. A few of us like big Classic tow truck conversions and with a certain amount of flexibility on the part of the seller this could be a good start. I even have a spare 314 Caddy engine and trans to swap in and give it some real class. Greg
  9. For a long time the dream was a cheap, fast " Saturday night " car. I fell into it myself as a young person in the late 1970's and early 1980's. These days the dream has shifted. I often see comments on a couple of other forums I look at along the lines of " that would make a cool EV conversion ". All the performance of a Tesla at 1 / 4 of the price is the new dream, Just the flavor of the month. Greg
  10. I agree, my wife inherited a very low mileage Chevette when her grandmother passed away . It gave several years of quite reliable service. Nothing fancy at all , just basic good service. She eventually sold it to a young guy who intended a V8 swap. Greg
  11. It looks a lot like the one that was for sale just across the border in my neighborhood a year or so ago. I don't think they are the same car but it seems a bit of a coincidence thy are both complete except for the taillights. , and within 100 miles of each other. It was about 1/2 the price and sold in a blink. Greg
  12. By 1914 they were becoming more standard U.S. Buick than the previous models. The door latches are quite possibly the same as a Buick B 37 . McLaughlin often made their own spare tire mount , but it usually attached to the frame the same as a Buick version and in a pinch you can substitute a Buick mount. On the slightly later cars the spare mount could hold 2 spares. I am not sure if the 1914's had this feature. Greg
  13. Hi Philip, great to hear from you ! The main reason I am attracted to purpose built cars rather than an adapted production car is cost and ease of maintenance. They are very light compared to a production based car, and need a lot less HP to achieve good lap times. This helps keep tire costs within reason. I used to be involved with a friends former Trans Am series 1970 Boss 302, A great car but the running costs; particularly tires, were way beyond my budget. And as I am a one man band the ability to have the car up on a set of stands with all the body off and out of the way in about
  14. These cars are quite a bit safer than an older Formula Ford. The later Formula Fords { mid 1980's and up } have a very robust structure but generally a tight squeeze for people of my stature { 6'2" }. Sports 2000's are generally either a full aluminum tub or a tub front 2/3 , fabricated tube rear 1/3 . A few of the real early ones are full tube construction. They will absorb a significant impact and still protect the driver. Not as safe as a sedan with a full cage but so much lighter and easier to work on. And in the vintage classes the really dangerous stuff is kept to a minimum . The i
  15. And I thought you were an old SCCA guy. S2000 { Sports 2000 } has been around since about 1975. A real race car chassis with a easy to afford and maintain, blueprinted , 99 % stock Ford 2000 S.O.H.C. Pinto and Capri in North America, a bunch of things World wide. The older cars like my Lola and these Royale's generally run in VS2. { Vintage Sports 2000}. In the U.K. there is now a Duratec S2000 series for the newer cars and the latest generation of Ford's 2 litre. Quite a bit faster than the older cars but also a lot more $. I think there are a few of the Duratec cars in North America but no
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