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  1. Several different words jumped out at me when reading your post and they jumbled in my mind with another infamous date 70 years ago this December. your Honda may have been assembled here in the U.S. but the money goes back overseas to the foreign-owned parent company We need to do more to help OUR country recover from this current economic crisis, including BUY FROM AMERICAN-OWNED car & other companies
  2. I also would like to warn about dealing with broker versus directly with a transport company and/or individual who hauls for himself. Several friends have had bad experiences with brokers, even those personally referred by others. They have received their cars late, damaged, had to rescue them from being abandoned across the country (broker 'quit' mid-stream) and more. I have sold several vehicles and can highly recommend Reliable Transport for enclosed cartage. Likely priced higher but like other companies of this caliber, their service is worth it! On the other end is Ebay's U-Ship. Several years ago I sold a 1966 Chrysler convertible. The buyer went with U-Ship to have it transported from midwest to east coast. Broker showed up with heavy equipment truck trailer. He wanted me to drive it up the steep, rickety ramps (no thank you!) then secured the poor unibody car in place with heavy binder chains (attached directly to the body so it could not move at all). I tried to persuade him to tie down in a different manner but he refused to listen. I immediately contacted buyer so that he could TRY to intervene. No luck; car was delivered to buyer in severely damaged condition. I heard the transport company 'totalled' the car and he bought it back for parts. Another car going to Florida by broker had a non-Engrish speaking driver show up, direct off the boat from Cuba. He had no clue how to operate the push button Mopar already on the 6-car trailer that needed to be moved to get my pristine white convertible loaded. I cringed as he opened the door and chipped the flawless paint and parked it underneath a nasty looking Ford with muffler dangling and threatening the convertible top and windshield. The trailer should have been in the junkyard (that's probably where it was found prior this trip north). A friend, FL truck driver, explained its very easy to buy an inspection sticker from a variety of unscrupulous sources. And yes, windshield was cracked when delivered. I could go on and on.
  3. You may also consider posting this fire apparatus question on the Commercial Vehicles forum. Are you familiar with SPAAMFAA? YahooGroups?
  4. Did you disconnect the battery or remove the coil wire? A hidden kill switch or gas cut off is also easy to install.
  5. I forget about 1964 Cadillac but know that the white plastic plates screwed into the 1959 / 1960 era Cadillac driver door jamb are oil change reminders, NOT vin plates. They are often broken, damaged, lost and are easily switched. The correct location for 1964 Cadillac VIN is top of the left frame support next to the radiator support. It should be a series of numbers preceeded and followed by an asterisk such as: *64K123456* You will probably have to clear accumulated grease, dirt, surface rust with a wire brush to read. The VIN number is also on the top surface of the engine block, forward of the valve cover on the left side. Listing of 1964 Cadillac engine serial or vehicle identification number series: Image: Gen Info - 6
  6. Wickets, Wine & Wheels June 2010 Location - Meadowbrook Hall, Rochester Michigan Not just any car show, but a premier event at a beautiful and exclusive location for selected early vehicles. Well dressed and apparently well-to-do woman holding full glass of red wine reached through my front window to unlock the rear door on my Cadillac limousine. She then proceeded to climb in to 'look at something' nearly spilling her wine on my carpet. Her and her other well dressed friend along with two 'gentlemen' accompanying them could not figure out why I was upset. They paid their admission, wasn't it their right to view the vehicles (from the inside)? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Another time sitting INSIDE a LaSalle sedan with the owner and another friend leaving one empty set a man walking past opened the door, climbed in and proceeded to join our conversation. He admired the car, asked a few questions then got out and walked away. I thought this person was a friend of the owner. The owner thought our visitor was a friend of mine. Nope, just a stranger who decided to sit inside someone's vintage car. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I display my vehicles at a variety of car shows, cruise nights and club events. Very often I observe persons trying to open the doors of my car and find fingerprints showing the same behavior. If I see them I will ask what they are doing and why. Have never heard a plausible or intelligent response yet.
  7. Amen brother!!! The Concours of America in Plymouth MI (formerly Meadowbrook) sets aside an area for 'club cars' and offers a discount pre-purchase admission. Members of many different clubs utilize this area with their vintage cars - more secure, closer to the entrance and a nice display for other participants too. I prefer to NEVER leave my vintage cars in a standard parking lot if at all possible. In the rare event I do (on a tour, at an away show, etc) I will usually disable the car in some manner along with trying to park in a very visible area, if a restaurant request seating overlooking my car, if a hotel park as close to the entrance as possible, etc. No, not paranoid, just trying to be prudent.
  8. I've had five of my vehicles used in two movies this past summer. Each crew took very good care of them. Several other club members' cars were used also. Another car will be used in a 3rd movie this week. In years past, I've used vehicles in several commercials shot locally too. So far, all good experiences. And then there is the behavior of the general public or even some other club members at car shows. I've removed people from inside my car after they reached through the window to unlock the door, from leaning against my new paint, from sitting on the fender... :mad: They can't figure out why I keep the doors locked & windows up!
  9. Several times I've purchased vehicles which were in my opinion, priced significantly below market value. Of course, I paid full asking price, already realizing that I was getting a great deal. Knowing other persons in the car 'hobby' they would have not been able to resist trying to get them at a lower price yet. I just can't do that. On the other hand, trying to help a friend sell a car right now, he paid $5k several years ago, barely drove it and let it sit outside for a while causing some paint, vinyl top deterioration. Otherwise the car is fine; original paint, shiny chrome, very solid/rust free & loaded with options. Starting to need a muffler but drives great. Owing him a favor or three, I cleaned it up, replaced/repaired a couple parts (battery, starter, carb & fuel pump - danged deathanol!) and offered it for sale. I've had a couple people try to bargain down from the $2500 asking price telling me that it'll need paint and a vinyl top and explain how much those will cost. Really?!?!? As if it weren't obvious. If the car did not need that work the price would be much higher - condition and current market was already taking into consideration when pricing the car. Price is negotiable for a couple hundred but $1500 won't drive the car away. Based on a $1500 offer from pics, one of the potential buyers wants to see the car in person but I haven't been inclined to re-arrange my schedule on his behalf. He was very respectful when he made the offer and I declined in a polite manner. Working from there hopefully we can come to an agreement when we get together, perhaps this afternoon he can drive away with the car. Then along comes some guy who wants the car BAD. He's called, texted, emailed - annoyed the heck out of me. Has the money, he's coming over tomorrow, Sunday, whenever he can get a ride (50 miles). Then he's not coming, doesn't have the money, won't have it until the 1st when he gets his SSI check, had to pay his rent/got an eviction notice, his cable bill, he's the sole support for his 2 year old daughter?!?!? I won't sell the car to him for at least a couple reasons which can be inferred by reading the past couple sentences.
  10. Nope, the only manual trans I have is attached to a Lycoming V12 and involves double-clutching. I had spoken to Josh @ Hagerty a while back and he explained the program. I think its fantastic Hagerty doing this event. My kids are grown; one has his own vintage car and the other, well she lives in a dense urban area and hardly even drives her own car - relying instead on mass transit for the most part. But she's driven a couple of our vintage cars. Was hoping my niece would have been able to participate but she had a conflict with extra credit summer school classes. She just got her license this past week and I think would have enjoyed the event. She's enjoyed several Dream Cruise with us & the extended family.
  11. From a conversation I learned Margaret joined the Cadillac LaSalle Club in 1959, the year after it was founded. Yes, she does still drive, in fact, has been seen cruising Woodward during the Dream Cruise. I'd have to say, Margaret doesn't look or act a day older than 75. She has some great Henry Ford stories. HF was a friend of her parents.
  12. I know Margaret and she is just an amazing person, car lover, philanthropist, more. The museum she helped create had a wonderful 100th birthday for her last year with members from several clubs in attendance, hundreds of friends and admirers. Margaret still currently owns vintage Cadillacs and a Ford pickup. Two cars she donated are on display at the Gilmore Car Museum near Kalamazoo MI. Margaret's Beautiful Ride - Video - WDIV Detroit Margaret Dunning | Facebook Margaret Dunning - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  13. Kudos to Hagerty Insurance and those car owners who shared their cars. Amongst them, Barry & Glynette Wolk with their Porsche. Autos Insider | Young drivers learn stick shift in classic cars in Dearborn | The Detroit News Teens get chance to learn how to shift gears | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
  14. Very sorry to hear about your car. With different insurance laws in every state, sounds like you really need to be in touch with someone to help guide you through the process in Calf. Saying that, there have been a couple different threads here recently which had some interesting & informative comments. I'll try to link them below. Good luck & let us know the outcome. http://forums.aaca.org/f169/classic-car-insurance-w-o-garage-299727-2.html http://forums.aaca.org/f169/car-show-crash-306304.html A search here found other threads which may be of interest to you. See what other persons have encountered and maybe contact them. AACA Forums - Search Results
  15. The only reason I bothered to comment earlier is that you seemed to be trying to come across as a private individual looking to purchase a 1959 Eldo for personal use. Your comment about wanting to deal with a private owner and not wanting to buy from "common dealers and car hustlers" had me wondering where you would be classified. It seems that you have made a business of buying, selling, restoring these cars though you seem to be trying to imply otherwise. What reminded me was I noticed your 60 Eldo is available: 1960 CADILLAC ELDORADO -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: 2011-06-22, 9:40PM EDT Reply to: sale-q4rwu-2457002858@craigslist.org -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1960 Cadillac Eldorado for sale. Complete frame off concours restoration just completed. Over 150K was invested in this beautiful car. This is the finest 60 Eldorado to be found. Ready to show at any concours event .Heather exterior, white bucket seat interior. Not cheap, no dreamers please, interested parties only please. PostingID: 2457002858 BTW, 'finest 60 Eldo to be found'? I've heard that type of comment previously; usually from a dealer or hustler. And FWIW, saw the car @ Motor Muster. Nice paint but noticed several items which should be corrected for it to be considered amongst the 'finest'.
  16. According to Hagerty Insurance, approximately 10% of all vintage / classic / antique cars are stolen from an owners' locked garage. Another 15% go missing from driveways or when parked on a street such as visiting a friend. The other 75% represents vehicles stolen while traveling such as hotels, at shows, in public parking lots ie restaurants, stores, etc.
  17. What I find absolutely crazy in this day & age is a rule enacted by the Cadillac & LaSalle Club requiring persons: There is already too much personal information floating around on the web but now to require persons, members paying dues, if they want to interact on their club website to provide a full name when discussing their $$$$ vintage cars, providing photographs that often show the interior of their garage, storage facilites?!?!? I guess, not as much a big deal if your name is Jones, Brown, Reynolds, Smith, Wheeler, etc. but otherwise you are basically inviting thieves to your home when you post on a public message board about attending Hershey, other shows, tours, events particularly if you are leaving your car at home. There is a significant group that opposes the rule but the Club Admin have refused to budge on it in almost a year since being enacted. Many members have discontinued posting at the CLC forum in protest and several have allowed their memberships to expire.
  18. Thanks Lou for posting this info. I think its our duty as Cadillac aficionados to share with others so I've sent this info to the largest Cadillac marque club's Regions reps and National Directors. Hopefully they will share with members in their areas. According to Ms. Gomez the AAA Claims Agent, the 1937 Cadillac was owned by the same family for almost 74 years, since it was new! And the car was stolen from their locked garage.
  19. It was a GREAT TIME! After several years of watching the fun, finally got a ride in one.
  20. Most all of my best vacations involved junkyards (and car shows and car museums....)
  21. More & more it seems, our collector cars are being targeted by thieves. A very strong reason I think why you should not include your full name (along with location) when posting on public forums. Why invite a crook to your home? Speaking to a Rep @ Hagerty Insurance the other day and he shared with me some statistics: 10% of all collector cars stolen are removed from an owner's LOCKED GARAGE!!! So, make sure your garage is secure, don't leave your keys in the ignition, under the mat, in the ashtray, above the sunvisor or on your work bench. I'd even go as far as to suggest not including too much personal info on the window cards @ car shows, cruise nights, etc. Some areas, particularly Calf & Florida, other 'warm weather' states and areas near international shipping ports have had problems with vintage car theft rings. 1957 Chevy's have been particularly targeted but no collector car is safe if they want it. Latest classic car theft may be by ring | abc7.com Classic Car Thief is on the Loose | NBC Los Angeles Stolen car alert: 1964 Chevelle SS at Hemmings Blog: Classic and collectible cars and parts Stolen cars alert: 1966 Corvette and 1969 Camaro at Hemmings Blog: Classic and collectible cars and parts
  22. Our anniversary often coincides with the Woodward Dream Cruise; we celebrate the day with 1 1/2 million car lovers. Woodward Dream Cruise 2011 - Metro Detroit, Michigan USA Coincidentally, we met because of an Oldsmobile and 15 years later while in Lansing, celebrating Oldsmobile's 100th, realized we shared an anniversary. How appropriate. Olds Motor Works founded — History.com This Day in History — 8/21/1897 Take your wife to a car show!!!!
  23. So you kept the red 59 Eldo then? IIRC, the 60 Eldo was a basket case. Your blue 59 Coupe deVille was bought by a guy in Colorado. Still got your 53 Skylark convertible or did you sell that one too?
  24. So you must have found a buyer for the '59 Eldo you had up for sale a while back?
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