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  1. Funny you should say that. Angie's List actually DOES have an automotive restoration division. I have not used so I can't speak to what the contents are. I do know that Angie Hicks and her husband have a nice personal collection of cars and many motorcycles (and rebuilt a 1910's era garage into a showplace for the collection -- it's nice!) so this is, perhaps (???) something of a pet project for them. As for the posting rules here, they've been discussed many times in threads like this. While I personally don't agree with the AACA's reasoning on some of their policies and feel as though the
  2. There is Intellectual Property Law that would maybe protect your invention without a patent. Just remember that once you put your invention out there without real patent protection it will no longer be a secret and will be subject to the public domain. Anyone that figures it out, copies it, or improves upon it will then become your competition in the market. Assuming your invention is patentable (not everything is - an important part of the process is a patent search), if there is ANY potential for market success, you should at least consider the possibility of patent protection and using
  3. Although Zymol really does make good stuff, it's a marketing thing (look up Zymol Royale - $8500 wax). It's not really any better than other quality waxes available for less (or even similar) money. Check out a site like autogeekonline.net for virtually any car detailing product you can think of and many, many different wax brands at all sorts of price points. They have a forum there, too, and some of them drop serious dollars on detailing products. Keep in mind that just as with a fine paint job itself, how good your car looks after waxing will depend mostly on the prep: how well it was wa
  4. I was originally thinking electrolysis, but I'm now having second thoughts about if it would be safe for chrome. I know that it works well, but I've never tried it on chrome. You might be better off trying something like Evaporust, though the stuff is a bit expensive for use on a large scale.
  5. Are you able to remove these parts from the car and soak / submerge them or is a requirement that they stay on the car?
  6. This is an excellent point and not something to take lightly. If the car you just must have doesn't have any paperwork, I'd highly recommend doing whatever it takes to get the car legal before you invest any other time and money in the project. If the car pops up stolen or simply cannot be made roadworthy (in the legal sense), you want to know that sooner rather than later. The best way to avoid that potential pitfall is to buy a car with a good title to begin with.
  7. -- How to determine if an engine turns over. Turn the crank pulley by hand with a socket. Just remember that just because it turns, doesn't mean you're out of the woods. Be careful doing this, too. You can bend vales and do all kinds of terrible things to a locked up motor when you try to force things. -- How to test electrical if there are missing headlights or instruments. Electrical is almost always shot, especially is field cars, barn finds, and real "project" cars. Not worth testing unless the rest of the car is pretty much in "driver" condition or better. On almost anything else you're
  8. Any report from the event? I know that the scooters exhibit was scheduled to open there this past weekend, too. Details on that have been hard to come by so far, but if you saw it, I'd love to hear about it. Otherwise I'll just have to wait until mid July when I'll be able to see for myself.
  9. Funny how there is always talk of the future of "the club" (be it AACA or otherwise) along with getting young people involved in the hobby only for them to have experiences like this when they take the first step: attending an event. AACA or not, this isn't good. And, sadly, as a "young person" myself (30), I can say that my own experience has proven that this is common. Just something to think about the next time you see "us" at an event.
  10. For me it's the '41 Chrysler followed by the '78 Corvette. Opposite ends of the spectrum, but I like 'em!
  11. Want to buy: Burgess 2F4 battery. Being functional is not an issue, but it needs to be in good to excellent cosmetic condition. Not interested in any other models. FYI- this particular battery was used to power accessory lighting kits on motor scooters in the 40s. It is not a full size car battery.
  12. As mentioned, there is no general process. From what I've heard from my friends and read on various forums, Illinois is a mixed bag and your success depends completely upon where you go and who you talk to. Some owners have indicated massive problems, while others have sailed through the process with no questions asked. Similarly, I've heard that Florida is seriously tightening up their title process and giving owners the run around. My suggestion would be to seriously consider taking advantage of vehicle registration laws in Vermont. They don't title anything older than 15 years and the only
  13. Ok, I should have been a bit more specific. Lowering vehicles unavoidably effects the toe, camber, and caster (all the stuff that makes up "alignment") which can sometimes not be adjusted out, thus the tire wear on the front, typically on the inside as I mentioned. In my case having alignments done to address issues with toe, camber and caster accomplished little and I was left dealing with excessive wear on the inside front tires as a consequence of the suspension modifications, so it absolutely CAN be true...it all depends on the individual situation. Sometimes you just can't get back to fac
  14. I encourage you to seriously investigate and consider the consequences of altering the suspension geometry. I had a late model vehicle for several years (daily driver for 100k miles) that I modified with Hotchkis Suspension all-around along with new wheels and tires. Hotchkis makes extremely high quality, well engineered race-grade suspension components, the sort of stuff road racers and autocrossers use. The vehicle cornered like it was on rails, but the ride quality was harsh (at best). I didn't realize just how bad it really rode until I sold it and moved on to something different. Lowerin
  15. This is neat. There is a small farming/rural life museum not far from me that has offered open-to-the-public classes on how to operate a Model T, which I thought was a really great idea (sort of the "living history" approach). For $10 and your signature on some liability waivers, you get 3 hours of history, instruction, and a chance to drive the car yourself. Unfortunately due to a schedule conflict I was not able to participate...I sure would have liked to! This same museum is currently offering a similar program for antique tractors, but I keep watching for the Model T "class" to be offered
  16. Of course you are correct. No, I wouldn't take a hot rod to an AACA show because I know that it doesn't qualify for judging and isn't what that particular club is geared towards. And that's all fine. The AACA's stance on hot rods as an organization (which I have no issue with) and what has happened to some local chapters is a whole different can of worms and isn't something I got into at all. Don't get me wrong...I'm not advocating that the AACA is the place for rods and customs, just pointing offering up my opinion and my experiences and suggesting that perhaps some of us don't need to get s
  17. I've watched a fair number of these kinds of threads come and go over the years on this forum. I have to say, quite honestly, that the AACA forum is the only place where the issue is treated as an "us" versus "them" sort of thing to the point that people get angry about it. I have never encountered so much negativity in the hobby anywhere discussing nearly anything as I have when rodding gets brought up on this forum. Apparently it's easy to sit more-or-less anonymously behind a computer and rant away about the evils of rodding, but I have NEVER experienced the same sort of attitude in the "r
  18. I did not know Mr. Cammack or the extent of his collection, but am sorry to hear of his passing. He seemed to be a passionate collector and was willing to share his collection and his knowledge freely with others, certainly something to be admired. I have to say that I'm absolutely floored by the contents of his collection. The blueprint collection alone...WOW! (not to mention the cars, engines, and other memorabilia)! It must have taken a lifetime to hunt down all of that history.
  19. Each time that I see one of these I think to myself "if Buck Rogers rode a scooter, it would have been a Salsbury 85."
  20. I do not know for certain what the situation is presently, but strongly suspect that the "experts" do receive some sort of compensation and/or an appearance fee for being on the show.
  21. I don't really disagree with you at all. It's certainly not always about the money, though sometimes one's commitment to not having it be about the money can have real financial implications, just as you pointed out: taking $1000 hit selling a car to your preferred buyer, for example. Some people will eat that $1000 and feel good about what they did, but not everyone can do that. Yes, in that context I meant "better" to mean more money, as the original post indicated that finances dictated he could not finish the car for the foreseeable future and that the offer received was fair. I would not
  22. I understand the desire to find the best home you can for your car, but you can't have it both ways. If you sell it, it's not your car anymore and what the next owner does with it is their business. You've decided you'd rather have the $$$$ than the car, and that's ok...folks do that all the time. There is no way to ensure that the next owner isn't going to use it as a demolition derby car, for instance. Perhaps that's a bit of a stretch, but I suppose it could happen. And even if you find the "right" buyer, what's to say that person isn't going to flip the car and have to go to a customizer?
  23. There is Antique Archaeology (the store/business) and there is American Pickers (the TV show). I'll be the first to say that the SHOW really blurs the line, but they are two distinctly different things. Antique Archaeology existed before the show came to be. I stopped in there a few times before anyone had heard of these guys and before American Pickers existed and before they opened a Nashville shop. LeClaire, Iowa was great, but the town was dead...nobody really had any reason to stop there and most kept zooming past on I-80. They specialized in motorcycle and transportation items (ie right
  24. I actually would highly recommend paypal for transactions happening over the internet between strangers. The key to getting the most protection out of paypal is to pay with your credit card through paypal. This way you get someprotection from paypal as well as the protections offered through your credit card company. Paypal is a sophisticated operation, as are most credit card companies meaning that they can track and trace your transactions with incredible detail. Perhaps I'm paranoid, but I won't even send a personal check to someone I've never met or don't know. It's much easier to preserv
  25. This is absolutely right. I would all that a lot of it depends on what you are starting with and what you want to end up with. Generally speaking... The vehicle of choice is essentially irrelevant, at least in principle. With extremely rare exceptions (and yes, I do mean extremely rare) folks will always end up upside down on a restoration; meaning that the vehicle will never be worth what was invested in it to restore it if all costs were truly accounted for: cash outlay for car/parts, outside services (ie shops), and even your own time. Coming up with a value for your own time is where cost
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