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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. We might as well face the truth, any old car is a unnecessary indulgence . Younger people are in many cases just barely covering the basics let alone the space and spare cash for an expensive hobby. I know the argument has been made that lots of other hobby's are in the long run just as expensive. Golf is often mentioned. The big difference is that other than a set of clubs it's a pay as you go thing { and thrift stores seem to have an infinite supply of $1.00 and $5.00 golf clubs. . Golf club membership is more of a truly wealthy persons social expense. Many golf courses are open to non members, just pay the daily fee. So you can spend as much or as little as your cash on hand at the moment allows. Old cars on the other hand require a substantial up front cost, garage space, tools, spare parts / tires and over time much more. I suspect if a person was thrifty $1000.00 a year would buy a lot of Golf. I know my father played with a group of over 65 's that got great discounts at many of the local courses as long as they booked times that were mid day / mid week. That wouldn't apply to people under 65, but 65 and up covers a pretty good amount of old car guys these days. How much old car expense does $ 1000.00 a year cover? Not very much I am afraid. For a good chunk of the population the old car hobby has simply become too expensive. And way to much of an up front cost. Greg in Canada
  2. When I read the article I was astonished to read that the owner spent over $200,000.00 building it. Definitely more money than brains. Think of the car that sort of cost could fund. You just have to shake your head and wonder. Greg in Canada
  3. It's better than many of the "outlandish" things I have seen on this forum. Swap in a more street usable engine , put a hood on it. And perhaps some more conventional sized wheels, 15" or even 16". And In my opinion it would be decent. Greg in Canada
  4. Maxwell ?, looks like their emblem. Greg in Canada
  5. Firestone rims are a bit of a mixed blessing in my experience. They are popular and well documented , but that just means there are quite a few people looking for the same parts you will be. I am not aware of any good re - productions but if there are no doubt they will be quite expensive. Not a simple rolled rim, the inside where the rim bears on the fellow band has two tapered ridges. Difficult to re - produce without very expensive tooling / rolling dies. I am still looking for some correct rim clamps myself. Either type B, C or E rims can be used . But all of them are hard to find in decent condition. Greg in Canada
  6. Have you carefully inspected the steel rim bands { fellow bands} ? They often had a makers mark stamped into them, sometimes even a part number.. Use emery strips or similar and shine up the whole outside surface, sometimes the stamping is quite light. Greg in Canada
  7. The Kissel and the McFarlan I get 100 %. A vast collection of Tornado's not so much. His time and money. And a great storage building. Seemingly no trouble paying for his hobby. Most of us can only dream of a fraction of this set up. Actually even if money were no object I don't think I would own 20 odd Tornado's. A great shop, decent storage building, 8 or 10 cars tops. Greg in Canada
  8. Cars with a subframe for mounting the engine and gearbox are usually quite early. 1910 - 12 at the newest. I don't know what it is but someone is definitely going to want it. Tell your friends son to keep looking for any more parts. Running board brackets suggest a runabout or roadster. You might also try an advert. on the HCCA site, the more brass era guys on the job the better on one like this. Greg in Canada
  9. It probably depends on price. I see the earlier 1950's issues on ebad for up to $20.00 a copy, I doubt many sell. $2.00 - $3.00 each I am sure you will sell most that are in decent condition. Pre 1955 perhaps even $5.00 each. I have bought quite a few over the years at the Portland swap meet in the $2.00 range. Great reading in those years. { 1950's and 1960's } Greg in Canada
  10. If it is automotive it is one of the many accessory lens's sold in the early 1920's . Almost certainly not O.E.M. for a specific make and model. And usually not much value except as a curiosity. Greg in Canada
  11. He is 19 now, spare time in his life is all about girls, his music buddies , his sports buddies. Not much space for old cars. Greg
  12. Amazing car ! We can all dream at least. And your 120 sounds like a blast. Affordable definitely means different things to different people. Drove my MGA for several years with no top so I can definitely relate. I always parked it from November to March to save it from the salt. Unlike Washington B.C. uses lots of salt in the winter. Thank goodness for old Toyota's , cheap winter transport. One of my all time favorite cars is a XK 120 factory lightweight that lived in the Vancouver area for 20 or so years. Gone back to England quite a few years ago. D type engine and lots more besides the special alloy body . I believe 4 were built as back up cars for le Mans in case the C types had trouble. But only 3 were finished at the time. The 4 th body was eventually built up as a club racer by a Jag apprentice some time in the 1960's. In the early 70's it made its way over here. MWK 120 { also known as LT1 }is its plate number , there should be information on the web if you are curious. Stunning in real life. More subdued than your friends Maserati but surely one of the ultimate XK series cars. Greg in Canada
  13. Back in those days Blue Streaks had a bit of tread didn't they ? Probably a lot softer compound than X's. Best all round tires I had in the 1980's were Michelin XWX's. Too pricy new for my pocket, but the guy at the tire store the shop I worked at did quite a bit of business with used to put any used ones that came in aside for me. The only Blue Streaks I have experience with are the final generation. Pure race slicks, completely useless in the wet. Just before the name change to Goodyear Eagle. I can't imagine how deep your pockets would have to be these days in order to race an XK 120. My little 4 Cyl. car is bad enough, a fraction of the cost to buy. And way lower costs in every other regard as well. Far easier on tires, and engines are less than 1/2 the price. Faster as well in the right hands. Greg in Canada
  14. Hard to imagine racing in conditions like that. Mind you tires were bit more dual purpose in those days. But extreme to say the least. Greg in Canada
  15. One of my mistake was to start buying up the necessary parts to build a 1914 / 15 Model T speedster. I thought back to when I was 12 years old and that would have been a real thrill to me if my father had have been involved with something similar. My father was a vintage car fan, and took me to lots of shows , the Easter vintage parade etc,., But never owned a vintage car himself. Mainly a sports , hunting and fishing guy with a strong but secondary interest in vintage cars. Trouble was it is not 1970 anymore. A model T has 0 interest to my son, and less than 0 when in parts. In my view a young person could not help but be thrilled with a T as a first car, but much has changed over 50 years and I was slow to grasp that fact. Placing your own ambitions on your child I now realise is a common parenting pitfall. I took my son to lots of events when he was about 8 - 15 years old, but eventually it became clear there were things he would rather be doing. One still hopes, but things don't look very promising. Greg