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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Maxwell ?, looks like their emblem. Greg in Canada
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. I am sure you are both enjoying the shop time. My 19 year old son has at this point little old car interest. Music and sports yes, old cars no. He just views cars a transport appliances, a necessary evil. At least part of the picture is probably the way I have approached the hobby for the last 25 years. Lots of interest, but glacier pace progress. A steady dilemma over hobby cost vs other expenses . I have been involved for over 45 years so by the time my son arrived the only cars that interested me were cars that were on the brink of being unaffordable to someone with my income. So several needy projects, definitely a mistake. All very interesting cars to me, but I now realise young people need to see and experience old cars that can be driven and used if they are going to catch the bug. No easy solution, projects are nearly unsellable these days regardless of price. And each passing year makes the already scarce hobby money just a bit more scarce. Even I get a bit discouraged at times despite owning a couple of cars I feel extremely lucky to own , so easy to see how a 19 year old might see no upside to the hobby. Greg
  16. I agree with you keith, electrics are probably little if any better for the environment than IC vehicles. But it is public perception that matters most of the time, facts not so much it seems. And I have also heard similar evidence about air travel. A very large indeed overall emissions source. Somehow air travel is being almost completely overlooked by many , I guess cars make an easier target. I doubt even zealots blame the car hobby for the current state of the environment. But the car hobby does make an easy target in that it is a 100 % optional and in reality unnecessary activity. It does not serve any realistic transportation need. Lots of fun , much the same as vacation travel . But no justifiable , "can't do without" purpose. Motorsport and recreational boating are in a similar spot. As the climate action situation evolves over the next 20 years I would expect all of these " unnecessary " fossil fuel uses to come under increasing scrutiny . Greg
  17. Policy makers around the Western World are jumping on the anti fossil fuel bandwagon. A series of lifestyle adverts on British Columbia TV these days showing young , prosperous , happy family's and their electric cars is in fairly heavy rotation. . Also promoting the tax payer funded program to significantly reduce the purchase price hurdle on electric cars. Quite mainstream, and clearly the writing on the wall of overall opinion for many younger , urban family's in these parts. The future is happening fast and it does not appear to have much interest in fossil fuels. Urban British Columbian's are often very health and environmentally active / concerned. Quite a bit of support for electrics. Greg in Canada , all for a healthy lifestyle and environmental protection right on up to the gasoline vehicle elephant in the room.
  18. I am afraid the at times astonishingly low auction prices pre - war , non Ford sales prices show definitely supports the theory that interest is waning. Post war interest might be making up the difference in overall numbers but segments of that market are falling as well. I think we will continue to see the trend of pre - war cars being sold overseas. Some of the auction prices in the Lincoln thread and other auction result threads are quite an eye opener. Greg in Canada
  19. One of my friends sons actually was well on track by 24. 27 now and doing very well in a demanding career. Hardest working , most determined person I have ever met. But truly exceptional. His slightly older brother is almost the exact opposite. Almost exactly the same job environment, genetics, home life , social environment, parental support and guidance. One remarkable success , one vastly more ordinary result. My friend and his wife as well as everyone else are baffled to explain the difference. Greg
  20. Lots of the young adults I knew when I was 21 still had some serious growing up to do, myself included { 21 in 1979}. College life included some behaviours that could have some very serious long term consequences, primarily drugs and alcohol . When combined with the cheap muscle cars of the day there were some really close calls . Fortunately no deaths or life altering injury's within my immediate circle, but ample opportunity. Gives me a cold shiver at times when I think back. 21 is still pretty young with some people. None of really got a decent start in proper careers until our later 20's , the 80's were pretty bleak economically in Western Canada. But persistence paid off, life shaped up for most of us by our early 30's. The U.S. is probably different but Western Canada has most of the time over the last 40 years been a difficult place to start a career. All of us eventually put our substance problems behind us except one. He was the most promising of us all, extremely smart in Uni. eventually a Marine biologist with a partnership in an environmental consulting co. But over the last 4 decades the booze has taken a terrible toll on his health. Very seriously diabetic and a recent limb amputation. He does not drink any more but the light bulb went on 30 years too late. I would like to think 21 is a milestone for youthful maturity but in my experience not such a certainty. Actually by 21 none of us were finished school let alone established in a career. Too many interruptions to earn enough to pay tuition and living expenses. Plus a couple of us have post grad degrees. As far as " prepared right " I think we were all prepared by our parents very well in my opinion. Middle class, hard working , generally blue collar parents. Work hard and get a good education was the nearly universal parental mantra. We all worked very hard, wouldn't have ended up where we did otherwise. Often juggling work and school, very long hours, very hard work. But definitely played too hard as well. Greg in Canada
  21. I was young when I first laid eyes on 01 { 1984 } , it just took a lot longer than I expected to buy it. But patience is at times a virtue. Another 4 or 5 years and it should be back to the condition I first saw it in. Just time and money but my big need is a proper shop. Lots of tools , experience, machine tools etc. But buildings are a lot more expensive than cars. You can only do so much in a Quonset without a concrete floor. And the smallish double garage attached to the house is the machine shop, no room for cars. And not safe for welding . Just try explaining to the wife you burnt the house down. Greg
  22. I have an 1980's { borderline collectible } car myself. It is AACA eligible but that's not it's native territory. 1983 Royale RP 33. One of those odd little British cars. And only 105 HP, it probably can't get out of its own way. Still a work in progress after a shunt and a couple decades gathering dust prior to my ownership. I tried to buy it in 1992 but came up short, finally bought it a couple of years ago. There is an AACA class for it but that's not where you will find it. The white 01 is my car with its original owner when it was only a year or so old. 42 now lives just South in Washington State. Greg
  23. $100.00 bills have become common in Canada { bank machines even give them out }, but anything larger is quite rare. I always pay cash but all my cars have been in the $10,000.00 or lower category { and will be indefinitely }. Greg in Canada
  24. Looks like you are a true Buick guy . My wife's daily driver in the late 1980's / early 90's was a 1969 GS 400 HT. We still have it out in one of my sheds. Possibly a restoration project some day, but with the price of gas locally these days not very high on the priority list. The demise of leaded gas led to it being parked in the first place, then the decades took their toll. Greg in Canada
  25. Understood, but that very fact is part of why I let my AACA membership slide . And continue to maintain my HCCA , and local pre - war group membership. Where I live the AACA has 0 activity . So the only benefit to membership is the magazine, a relatively expensive magazine at that, I live in Canada so membership is quite a bit more expensive. But over time the magazine content became much more oriented toward newer cars and I could no longer justify the cost. I have been in your shoes and it really didn't change a thing with my personal activity. In the mid 1970's I was very attracted to MGA's. They were just used cars. But they were fun and affordable. I still own a couple to this day. 40 + years of owning and enjoying cars I like. British car shows at the time were largely T series MG's , Morgan's and perhaps a MGA Twin Cam or XK 120 or two. I went to the shows and enjoyed them , but my driver MGA was always in the general parking lot. One show I did park with the entered cars but it was at the organisers request, fun but a one off. The show area was in my mind for exceptional British cars. It's all personal choice. If you think your 1991 Chrysler is show worthy then why not. Just don't expect everyone to see it the way you see it. Many AACA members would walk right past a MGA without a moments glance. It does not upset me. MGA's have become blasted expensive over the years as it is, last thing I want is even more people wanting to buy them. As I said , I would never complain about someone's choice to enter a newish car at a show, it's their choice. I just walk on and spend my time looking at cars I am interested in. Hard to see how that is a problem to anyone. Greg in Canada