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About 1912Staver

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  • Birthday 06/30/1958

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    Langley, B.C. Canada
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    Brass era cars, Packard trucks, Vintage racing cars, Sports cars

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  1. As vintage and street rod material becomes rarer in Canada ; due in no small part to exports to the U.S., the asking prices stay high. Someone wanting to build ; and having the resources to build , a vintage car have a pair of no clear winner choices . Buy a vehicle in the U.S. and face pain at the bank on exchange and potential major ordeal at the border for the export approval { U.S. Customs } and the import costs {Canada Customs}. Both can be a real minefield, but mainly the U.S. part.. Last one I personally bought in the U.S. , about 6 months ago still gives me a shudder when I contemplate doing it again. In short the Broker screwed up, told me I was good to go. Traveled down to the seller with my truck and trailer, paid , loaded, presented myself at U.S. customs for the final stage of the export process. Hit a brick wall. Documents were not filled out correctly. Had to find temp storage for the car and return to Canada with an empty trailer. Duked it out with the Broker, resubmitted the paperwork, waited the prescribed process period {72 hours} picked up the car, paid the storage bill, and finally cleared U.S. Customs for export approval. Canada was easy, they just want money. Or try to find something in Canada that fits the bill. No easy task. Canada doesn't have that many old cars anymore, and prices are by the standards of our economy quite high. Unlike the U.S. there just are not that many viable starting points left in the great white north. Greg
  2. Sadly you would be hard pressed to sell this in a year let alone a month. I agree with licespray that there are probably some good project cars here. But the logistics of even moving all those cars across the street would use up a month. To get involved with something like this she would have to be offering them for say double scrap value. The best 20 or 25 might get saved before the buyer runs out of time and has to scrap the remainder. The way the lady has things set up they all are going to get scrapped. Greg in Canada
  3. The mildly modified MGB 1800 makes the car more pleasurable to drive. They had decent performance by 1960 standards but sort of slow today. There are a couple in my area with Miata engines and gear boxes, a nice solution. The gearbox is worth the trouble of conversion on its own. Greg
  4. I used to work there. It's expensive but a regular car or even a pickup and trailer is quite a bit less than that ,about $70.00 each way for a regular car. It was probably a large commercial truck { semi ?} , they pay pretty sky high rates. Greg
  5. Shipping to Canada is very expensive. I luckily live very close to Washington State and have a U.S. mailing address. Otherwise my small scale participation would be no participation at all. It really pays to have either a U.S friend that can receive things for you or a U.S. mailing address. Canada customs is a breeze . Be 100 % honest about values and I have never had a problem, rarely do they even charge me anything on lower value parts, say below about $250.00. Brokerage fees on direct shipments are a complete rip off. Greg in Canada , about 5 miles from the U.S.A.
  6. One big part of the organized, dues paying sort of club as opposed to the instant information, virtual club is liability insurance. If a club ever moves from the pop up sort of event to one where the general public might attend insurance is sooner or later going to rear its head. And all the rules , costs that comes with liability coverage. Keep it small, keep it spur of the moment thanks to instant information and you have it made. But not something keeping vintage cars in the public eye. Greg in Canada
  7. I have the feeling the hobby will ultimately evolve toward this sort of model anyway. The only potential speedbump is the abrupt transition between the youthful "instant information" participants and us dinosaurs. It's going to happen one way or another. Time stands still for no one. By the way many of us gray hairs don't care much for the at times needless back and forth seemingly inherent in club administration . But it seems to come along with nearly any larger organization. And generally speaking any event of more than a dozen or so participants seems to need quite a bit of behind the scenes work. I like your point of almost no person under 35 carrying cash. Perhaps that is why they are so rare at swap meets where cash is generally the only way to pay . Commercial venders excepted of course, but they are 99% on the web anyway. Swap meet presence are generally just a local delivery system for items pre sold electronically. There might be a few hiccups along the way for pop up events, however I am sure time and evolution will win out. Time has indeed slowed down within the old car hobby, that is after all part of the attraction. But no doubt the changing generation will bring the principals of "launch quick, learn , adapt and optimize" to the fuddy duddy world of old cars. It took all we could muster as a group several generations just to master learn. The millennials are truly Uber. P.S., your post has reminded me just how I have stood still since I was 35 or 40, 100 years ago ? Still pay cash for everything ...as advised by nearly every personal finance person out there. Still the only phone I own is the one connected to the wall with a wire on my kitchen counter. A symptom of Canada's more or less highest in the world cell phone rates. The more the world changes , the more obsolete us dinosaurs become. Greg in Canada
  8. In Canada enclosed trailers are a lot more expensive. A good open trailer is about 3 G's . Enclosed trailers start at 9 G's and go up. Someone with a project GT6 is probably not too flush with cash. My open car trailer came from my friends father who used it to haul his Duesenberg Model J during the various stages of restoration. Once the car was finished he bought a enclosed trailer and the open one was surplus to his needs. Otherwise they are both a big chunk of cash and a real pain to tow around. Particularly to back up singlehanded. Greg in Canada
  9. Afraid to say my limited personal observations support this idea. All the events I have attended in the last few years ; 80% swap meets , show a very heavily weighted towards the "gray" participant. That's not to say swap meets are a geriatric ward...……..yet. But it is sure trending that way. I realize there are definitely auto events with more of a youthful orientation but swap meets are the wellspring of the old car hobby. Catalogs full of offshore junk and the U.P.S. man may feed the street rod segment, but not nearly so much the vintage car arena. And ebay seems to have shrunk significantly in importance to the vintage car hobby as well. Several years ago there were a huge amount of listings of "real" old car parts ; as opposed to todays huge listings of "will fit" offshore do dads. And these days I rarely find anything I am even interested in let alone willing to bid on. Just a personal observation. Yes there are many people out there with extremely nice old cars. But in general I get the impression the average age is creeping up year by year. Yes there are young people involved, but as far as I can see not even close to the number of replacement stock required as the current old car people become obsolete. But the lifeblood of the hobby in my humble opinion; people actively engaged with the nuts and bolts of all things old car related, fall in numbers every year. It's one thing to have the interest and means to BUY a nicely restored old car and take it to a few events each year. It is another thing altogether to spend your life learning every aspect of old car design, engineering, construction, mechanics, finishing techniques, troubleshooting , maintenance, and so on. Buying tools and equipment, building back yard shops, all with hard earned and with each passing year , rare dollars . It's those "all in " people who are an endangered species. We all know modern times have put tremendous wealth in the hands of a substantial minority. And human nature dictates that at least some of those individuals will develop an interest in old cars. But the people willing to devote a large part of their lives to the understanding of many as possible of the numerous aspects of old cars are a truly threatened group. They are often not part of that top 20% or so whose affluence increases each year. Usually not wealthy enough to belong to the "arrive and drive" group, and increasingly not wealthy enough to make the uphill, lifelong journey worthwhile or practical. Greg in Canada
  10. Mine is just a pretty used up 1600 MK1. Decent runner, early MGB 1800, with a mild cam, larger intake valves. It really needs a body restoration but I already have a couple other projects on the go so I am leaving the MGA as is until I finish at least one of the others. I had a 1959 coupe quite a few years ago. Greg
  11. It was on display at a restaurant near where I lived in West Vancouver for years. Frank Bakers. After the initial interest died down it just languished outside the restaurant in a glass case . Eventually it was sold for a reasonably modest sum. My how things have changed. Greg in Canada
  12. I don't mind 39's but definitely prefer 38 and older. The 41-48 are also just OK in my opinion. 1949-54 are an improvement. Greg
  13. The Middle east is a truly strange place. Most of our Western rules of thumb are turned upside down. Greg
  14. That part is often salvageable from badly rusted frames. Yours looks great however it must have taken a lot of time to fabricate one as nice as yours. MGA are great cars. I have owned several over the last 45 years. My current one ; getting pretty rough these days, since 1978. Greg
  15. Man o Man, if one only had the resources to be a part of that.....auto nirvana ! And I bet the surrounding roads are old car friendly as well ! We can all dream. Down to the lotto store for me. Greg in Canada