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  1. Actually, it turns out that what I bought was an Econolite which is made by Featherlite but has a steel frame underneath and aluminum (including floor) everywhere else. (yup, should have done my homework and research to recognize the difference up front). No matter, it turned out to be a really nice trailer and, based on the comments here, probably offers the best of both worlds balancing strength and weight. Rotting wood will never be an issue. I did replace all of the bearings and brake assemblies, rewired the harness plug, new breakaway battery, updated some lighting to LED, etc. It already had new wheels and tires. It should be good to go for many more years. I almost wound up selling it due to some financial setbacks and I am pretty sure I would have gotten back what I have into it. Fortunately, things turned the corner and I was able to keep it.
  2. Just saw this after posting in the general forum. This bill has passed the House and is now in Senate committee review you now need to start working on your state senators, it is already approved by the house. See the following link .... http://www.semasan.com/page.asp?content=aa_2015PA4&g=SEMAGA I wrote to my state Senator and the committee members this evening. Ethanol in the past 5 years has cost me two Jaguar fuel pumps, a Cutlass fuel sender, a Porsche fuel tank, a John Deere carb, a buick fuel sender, the list goes on. Every single PA based AACA member should be on this. Here is the letter I sent to my state rep and the committee members. ========================================================================== The Honorable Senator John Rafferty Harrisburg, PA 22 January 2016 Dear Senator Rafferty, I am writing you to request your support for House Bill 471 which removes the ethanol mandate for gasoline. I realize that this bill is currently in review by the Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee, I have already contacted all members of that committee via email. As an owner of several antique and classic vehicles, I have experienced first hand the damages resulting from ethanol blend fuels. Fuel pumps, carburetors, sending units, and most recently a fuel tank have all been severely damaged or destroyed resulting in thousands of dollars in unnecessary repairs. To preserve some equipment, I now travel over 100 miles twice a year to fill fuel cans with ethanol free gasoline. Of even greater significance are the ethical implications of turning food into fuel. Studies have shown that the claimed environmental benefits are based on unrealistic crop yields and thus, the environmental impact of producing ethanol actually exceeds the benefit. Clearly the introduction of ethanol into fuel was not based on good science but was designed to placate the farm lobby at the expense of the public. I appreciate your help and ask that you support the passage of HB 471. Thank you for your time and considering my request. Sincerely,
  3. Commutacar / Citicar was essentially a golf cart with a fiberglass body thrown on top. As I recall, CU described it as the worst and least safe vehicle they ever tested. Oddly, I do know three people who have owned these, they all got bored with them pretty quickly.
  4. So, earlier this evening I was preparing to send a letter to my state legislators to grumble about the ethanol fuel mandate here in Pennsylvania. Turns out that a bill has already passed the house to eliminate the mandate, and is now is Senate Committee. Here is a notice from SEMA followed by the letter I sent to my own representative and each of the committee members. I would certainly encourage any PA based AACA members to do the same ... =========================== URGENT LEGISLATIVE ALERT (UPDATE) Pennsylvania Bill to Eliminate Ethanol Requirement in Gasoline Approved by House; Moves to Senate Legislation (H.B. 471) to remove the requirement that gasoline offered for sale in the state contain a percentage of ethanol was approved by an overwhelming margin in the House of Representatives and will now be sent to the Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee for consideration. Currently, the state requires that “All gasoline sold or offered for sale to ultimate consumers in this Commonwealth must contain at least 10% cellulosic ethanol by volume . . .” . Please Contact All Members of the Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee (List Below) Immediately to Request Support for H.B. 471 H.B. 471 recognizes that ethanol fuels cause problems with fuel pumps, fuel gauges, as well as other engine performance issues, especially over a period of time when the vehicle is not used. Current high performance specialty parts along with pre-model year 2001 cars and parts may be most susceptible to corrosion. H.B. 471 acknowledges that ethanol has been shown to decrease fuel mileage. H.B. 471 recognizes that the life span of vehicles and equipment can be dramatically reduced with the wrong fuel and that owners could be confronted with break downs. Anti-corrosion additives are available for each purchase of gasoline but can become expensive, burdensome and require consumer education. DON’T DELAY! Please contact all Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee members to request support for H.B. 471. Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org. Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts. Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance. Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee Senator Gene Yaw - Majority Chairman Phone: (717) 787-3280 Email: eyaw@pasen.gov Senator John Yudichak - Minority Chairman Phone: (717) 787-7105 Email: yudichak@pasenate.com Senator Camera Bartolotta Phone: (717) 787-1463 Email: bartolatta@pasen.gov Senator Joseph Scarnati III Phone: (717) 787-7084 Email: jscarnati@pasen.gov Senator Elder Vogel Jr. Phone: (717) 787-3076 Email: evogel@pasen.gov Senator Kim Ward Phone: (717) 787-6063 Email: kward@pasen.gov Senator Donald White Phone: (717) 787-8724 Email: dwhite@pasen.gov Senator John Blake Phone: (717) 787-6481 Email: senatorblake@pasenate.com Senator Andrew Dinniman Phone: (717) 787-5544 Email: adinniman@pasenate.com Senator Daylin Leach Phone: (717) 787-5544 Email: dleach@pasenate.com Senator Scott Hutchison Phone: (717) 787-9684 Email: shutchison@pasen.gov ========================== The Honorable Senator John Refferty Harrisburg, PA 22 January 2016 Dear Senator Rafferty, I am writing you to request your support for House Bill 471 which removes the ethanol mandate for gasoline. I realize that this bill is currently in review by the Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee, I have already contacted all members of that committee via email. As an owner of several antique and classic vehicles, I have experienced first hand the damages resulting from ethanol blend fuels. Fuel pumps, carburetors, sending units, and most recently a fuel tank have all been severely damaged or destroyed resulting in thousands of dollars in unnecessary repairs. To preserve some equipment, I now travel over 100 miles twice a year to fill fuel cans with ethanol free gasoline. Of even greater significance are the ethical implications of turning food into fuel. Studies have shown that the claimed environmental benefits are based on unrealistic crop yields and thus, the environmental impact of producing ethanol actually exceeds the benefit. Clearly the introduction of ethanol into fuel was not based on good science but was designed to placate the farm lobby at the expense of the public. I appreciate your help and ask that you support the passage of HB 471. Thank you for your time and considering my request. Sincerely,
  5. Hi all, i picked up the featherlite today, towed it about 75 miles smooth and easy. For $5k I am very pleased. A few scuffs and battle scars but overall in very nice condition. Even though it is 20 years old, the build quality really shows. For the money I think it is a far better choice than some of the newer stuff that is seemingly stapled together. thanks mike
  6. There has definitely been a big consolidation in the industry. Clearly moving to a model of single suppliers with various brands of differing quality at varying price points.
  7. Haha, thanks. I'll keep that in mind. 24 foot. Not a v-nose Besides the ramp door, there is a door on the front right but no driver side door.
  8. Check out the SPOT Trace. http://www.findmespot.com/en/index.php?cid=128 Cheers, Mike https://amphicar770.com
  9. Thanks all for the input, it confirmed some of what I was thinking and provided some additional considerations. I went ahead and purchased the Featherlite. In terms of the body it is in very nice condition, just a bit of road rash. White interior is a bit grungy but no damage. Tires and wheels are new, I figure I will do the brakes and bearings for good measure, inspect the wiring thoroughly, and probably go with LED lights. I paid $5k and it is local to me. I have to think I could easily get my money back in the future if I decide to sell it and get something newer.
  10. Thanks for the reply. The Featherlite does have new wheels and tires just this year. Is the other stuff all that difficult / costly? A few years ago I bought an enclosed trailer that did not have brakes. It's been a while but I seem to recall that the brake kit was inexpensive and easy to install. Likewise, I would think a trailer wiring harness is a fairly simple affair to fabricate?? Labor would be done by myself so it is only the cost of parts. Thanks again.
  11. Hi all, Have been looking at several used enclosed car haulers and am down to deciding between 2. The first is a 2002 26' Haulmark. The second is a 1995 24' Featherlite. The Featherlite is obviously 7 years older and is about $1,500 more. However, I do have an Open Featherlite and know that the quality of these is top notch. Still, a 20 year old trailer of any make is still 20 years old. At what point have these things reached end of life? Thanks, Mike
  12. These are great hands-on programs. I have done some of the metal working classes and they were excellent. In the evening we did many of the cool activities mentioned such as driving model T and visiting a fantastic car collection. You will learn a lot and have a lot of fun. I was just about to sign up for the carb and tuneup workshop but looks like that got cancelled.
  13. Hi All, I am looking to have a '91 Peugeot 405 Mi16 transported from Los Angeles, CA to near Philadelphia (Chadds Ford). Prefer enclosed but open trailer is Ok. Definitely looking for one trailer, one driver. I do have some commercial quotes for approx $900 but thought I would try my luck here as well. Thx, Mike
  14. Recently I purchased an original owner 1968 Vista Cruiser in great condition. The shipper who was delivering it let it roll off his trailer, down a hill, and into a tree. I am now in need of a rear bumper and a rear tailgate. The tailgate needs to be the "single action" type (opens in one direction only, like a pickup truck tailgate). Bumper needs to be corresponding type without the step. I can have the bumper rechromed but it needs to be straight and free of anything more than minor surface rust. Tailgate should also be clean and straight. NOS would be perfect but I imagine in non-existant. If you have these parts or some good leads please drop me a note to amphicar770@yahoo.com You can see the damage done by shipper here: http://amphicar770.com/amphicarforum/vcrear.jpg Thanks, Mike