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  1. There is a fine line between collecting and hoarding. Exactly what or where that line is remains open to interpretation and debate. I suspect that someone that doesn't "understand" car collecting could probably point the finger at any number of us and call us hoarders. It all depends on what the criteria is. I sure don't think hoarders are the root of all evil in the automotive hobby. How are they any different than someone like Jay Leno that owns hundreds of fine cars and doesn't sell them? Is it because Leno is a public figure? is it because many of his vehicles are restored? Is it because
  2. I sure hope it has an upside for you guys at Phipps Auto. If nothing else, it's a once in a lifetime experience to have been involved in something like this. I did see Dewaine on channel 8 news a while back (yes, I'm local to you but don't have any old cars...my old stuff all has two wheels). I thought it was great that they came out and had him on.
  3. I am not going to directly answer the original question as I have no experience with restoration shops in MA, but wanted to offer up the following as a general thought: If at all possible, try to find the best shop or person for the job regardless of their location. To me it would be "worth it" to have my car in the "right" shop vs. the "close" shop, keeping in mind the end result. Identify the experts in your make and model; when the stars all align and you stumble upon that magic combination of an expert on your vehicle that has a shop and does superior quality work, you've really found som
  4. Let me begin by saying that I do NOT know the law and procedures in North Carolina, however the quote (above) about the car having had a good PA title seems, to me, like a significant tidbit of information. Why can you not take the PA title (which I presume you received when you purchased the car) and go to the DMV in North Carolina to have the title transferred into your name in NC, car registered, etc.? Are you saying that NC does visual inspections of "antique vehicles" and that all of the replacement parts you've mentioned were installed recently, thus causing the issue with the fender t
  5. That update was on the Forall, not the Lowther. I didn't think I was unclear, but my update post was getting back to the original topic, the Forall, which has been dated to 1960. Your Lowther was a 1949.
  6. UPDATE: Dave Lewis of Dave Lewis [Car] Restoration in Springfield (davelewisrestoration.com) has confirmed that it is actually a 1960 model and he even sent me a scan of a factory advertisement dated 3/60 to prove it. Dave is something of an expert on Forall Scooters, having lived in Springfield, Illinois growing up and having received a 1958 model from his father for his 8th grade graduation. In 1994 he wrote a multi page response to another enthusiast that had tracked him down that details the origin and production history of the Forall Scooter. That letter ended up posted to the US S
  7. This reminded me of one other thing that has not been mentioned that could be a perfectly legal way to buy and title the car that was originally mentioned: bonded title programs. This may absolutely not apply since I don't know the laws in NY or in FL, but I know that Texas has a bonded title program. I will not go into all of the details of how this works in Texas (you can easily find it online if you really want to know), but basically you submit a bill or sale and statement of facts to the county tax assessor that they can either accept or deny. If all is well, they then make you buy a bond
  8. Cars with no paperwork are different than cars with wrong paperwork. If you decide to buy this car and decide to use a title service, my advice to you would be to proceed as if the car has zero paperwork rather than the car has a title with the wrong VIN and the wrong year. The existing tile (in a legal sense anyway) is not title to the car you want to buy, which is likely how the DMV will see it, of course. They won't just take it as a typo and go in and fix the numbers to match. So, for me it would come down to buying the car without a title or not buying it at all. Unless it was strictly (
  9. Technical problems just announced on-air. No more fantasy bidding for Thursday. They hope to have it fixed by tomorrow (Friday) night.
  10. They seem to be experiencing massive technical issues. I have played every year and enjoy doing so...never manage to win the prizes even when I'm completely on the money with my fantasy bid, but it's fun to guess anyway. This year has been frustrating: problems registering, problems logging in, problems registering my bid (it did not count my bid for car #1 for some reason...seems like their servers crashed). Oh well...I'll play if it works and have no expectation that I'll win any prizes.
  11. Maybe I'm completely wrong about this, but I think I've seen the YR2 used on Packards from the late 1930s - early 1940s??? I don't know what those Packards are supposed to have, so again, possibly totally wrong. I suppose if they were a replacement carb, it's possible.
  12. I don't have any leads or information for you, but have to say that that thing is very cool! I've never seen one of these before. I'd love to have one myself...hmmmmm
  13. I would back up and say that there has been a resurgence of mainstream interest in "old stuff" (not just cars) driven, at least in part, by several things: Television: Barrett-Jackson auctions on Speed, American Pickers, American Restoration, Chasing Classic Cars, Chop/Cut/Rebuild, Fast n' Loud, Overhaulin' and so on. Many of these shows don't paint a realistic picture of market value and have only caused many people to think that old stuff automatically equals valuable stuff. Internet: It's easy these days to hop online and discover that there are people out there buying, selling, and collec
  14. I looked through the completed listings on Ebay and think that I found your car (it was sold twice virtually back-to-back out of Colorado Springs). The title thing is kinda sticky...the actual auction narrative description did say "no warranties and sold as is," but didn't mention anything about the title in either of the auctions. However, the description tab (on all ebay car listings) DOES say "title: clear" which would indicate (to me) that the car did in fact have a title as that information is supplied by the seller. So, the buyer does have a leg to stand on, in my opinion, if he wants hi
  15. In that case, it seems to me that if the car was sold by you (or your designee in Colorado) without a title and was bought and paid for by someone (a broker or not), coming up with the title is now the buyer's problem as they paid and took delivery of the vehicle without a title. The fact that they want to get the car out of the United States also seems like it's the buyer's problem, not yours. The fact that the car was sold on Ebay probably doesn't help, BUT if it was disclosed that the car had no title and the buyer purchased it anyway, I see no reason that you should have to refund the pay
  16. The car cannot be exported from the United States without a valid title. Lots of information on the specifics of which can be found at the Customs and Border Protection website. Attempting to export the car anyway could result in the car being seized and/or legal action against the owner/seller/exporter. IF the car does, in fact, have a title (that is just lost or was not supplied with the car), even the person listed as the legal owner on the title could be implicated if it were exported. Is there a bill-of-sale that was done? Any notarized paperwork stating that the vehicle was sold "as is"
  17. I agree with you about the show...the early years were interesting but I grew tired of the drama (real or fabricated) and then it got to be one "theme bike" after another. After some time, they all began to look the same and they seemed to have run out of original design ideas. I just didn't know that the show had been cancelled, so the announcement came as a surprise to me last night.
  18. I watched the two night series they did on the build-off and have watched both Fast 'N Loud and American Chopper off and on since both of them first went on the air. I didn't personally care for any of the bikes very much, but the Gas Monkey bike was my favorite of the bunch...the "old school" nostalgia type of chopper. And it literally was a chopper...born from a '67 Harley Davidson Shovelhead. I have mixed feelings about the nice original being turned into a chopper, but STILL liked it much better than all of the others. I found it rather annoying that more than once it was mentioned that no
  19. As far as I can tell, the clutches are identical except for the difference in the crankshaft size they are intended for. I do know they can be repaired and the 1/2" can be refit for 5/8" to work with a Doodle Bug. Give Don Jackson a call about that. He and I have discussed exactly that operation. Every now and then he has a real fluid clutch around, too...worth asking about.
  20. The correct crankshaft size is 5/8" The clutches can be rebuilt and repaired by (I know I sound like a broken record here) Don Jackson at Yesterday's Rides Metalworks. He has done one for me and is going to do another for me soon. Also a word of caution to anyone looking for a fluid drive clutch: a similar fluid drive unit was used on washing machines (also manufactured by Beam Manufacturing), but they are 1/2" instead of 5/8" I actually purchased a washing machine fluid drive once because I got caught up in an auction and didn't carefully check the size beforehand. Oops.
  21. I collect scooters, old mopeds (back when they actually had pedals, ha!), small motorcycles...things of that sort. I generally pick stuff that I like and want to keep, so I rarely sell anything. PS- Indy is great...lived there for only a touch over three years, but I loved it. I spent lots of time at the Speedway and at all of the major automotive sites across the state. There was actually a scooter made in Indianapolis called the Cycle Scoot and the model name was "Indianapolis 500." Hmm....I wonder about that! They were built from around 1954-1957 or so. The exact years are hard to pin down
  22. No, that's not what I meant... The scooter I am restoring is the machine in question that was on Ebay. I was not buying it for parts to finish another, I was buying it to restore THAT one. I am not saying that it was misrepresented or that the person I bought it from was dishonest or anything of the sort. He had absolutely every right to do whatever he wanted: sell it complete, part it out, withhold specific parts...so on and so on. No argument from me about that. I do not claim that there is nothing unethical, immoral, illegal, or "wrong" with what he did. There was no scam. He had every rig
  23. I am 100% with you here! I have a scooter that I'm working on right now that was originally sold on Ebay as a complete machine. It had a very reasonable buy-it-now price and sold to another person before I saw it (I got an email about it, but it was too late). About one month later the same scooter appeared on Ebay being sold by the person that purchased it when it was on Ebay the first time. The only difference is that it had been disassembled and was being offered as a rolling chassis only. I was still interested, so I bought it. However, I knew that this had been a complete scooter until th
  24. Tell them it means "shipped" or "mailed to." That should clear it all up. Good luck.
  25. I think you'll discover that violins and antique string instruments are a whole different world. You're dealing with varnished wood (the varnishes on antique instrument are, in some cases, considered priceless) vs. raw wood and it's considered a sin to refinish an old instrument or to try to "clean" them. The absolute best thing for antique string instruments it to be played regularly (thus kept in tip-top condition) and to be stored in climate and humidity controlled environment when not in use. Playing them regularly helps the wood stay "alive," which is why you'll hear people say things ab
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