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About AJFord54

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  • Birthday 04/04/1951

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    AACA Member Western New York
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    Automotive, My cabin, Signmaking.

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  1. I am a vendor at Dunkirk, NY in May of each year and enjoy it thoroughly. Full disclosure - our Chautauqua Lake Region AACA puts it on. The spaces are large and reasonably priced.at $50 each The crowd is good and most vendors are successful. For years I've attended Spring Carlisle and Hershey as a buyer only. Last year I set up at Spring Carlisle and was extremely disappointed. The booths are 10' wide by maybe 20' deep and it gives you little room to park your vehicle and set up more than two tables. Additionally, the cost of a booth is around $120 I believe. For a part-time hobbyist it is difficult to pay for two spaces and still make a profit. Additionally, I find that I have better sales at Dunkirk than Carlisle. My question: What other venues would any of you recommend? I'm near Buffalo and Canfield, OH is one I've thought about. Pittsburgh has one as well. Any others you might recommend that get good traffic, decent size spaces and are within a decent driving distance from my area? As far as Hershey goes, I truly enjoy Hershey as a "vacation" and don't want to set up and be tied down to a booth. I've always felt the same way about Spring Carlisle but I've accumulated so many parts that I need to do another show or two a year to move it out (and probably buy more).
  2. USPS has a great deal on Priority Shipping. Use their box, which is pretty large and cost is fixed at around $18.00 - doesn't matter if it's 2 lbs or up to 70lbs. Their smaller box is around $13 up to 70. Plus, it gets there in 2 days. Wonderful for our business where the items are heavy. Check it out.
  3. Yep - These guys are laughing all the way to the bank. Unfortunately, I too remember when the History Channel was about History. We've been "dumbed down". I'd like to see the AACA do their thing one more time. Where's our hero Tom Cox when we need him?
  4. I find it amazing that you guys know who Ron Jeremy is! ah my friend, we could say the same about you! Errr....aaahhh.... Isn't he the guy that restored Camaros back in the '70s?
  5. Although I am a purist in the true sense of the AACA, I totally understand the reason for the article. I suggest we all read it in its entirety before making harsh judgment. The Studebaker in question was designed to mimic the "concept car"designed by "Studebaker stylist Bob Bourke". The owners, Vic and Connie Oliver attempted and were successful at building their car based upon the drawings of Mr. Bourke. Page 50 gives specific reasons for each of the changes to the car, per the concept. As Mr. Oliver points out, the car was accepted by the AACA in Class 39, Special Interest Vehicles, which is a non-judged class, fully approved by the Class Acceptance Committee. Per the article, it is a "display-only class" consisting of celebrity, movie/television props, historical significance or "an innovative design that never matured". They received only the third ever granted Special Interest award for this category - on the show-field, not even at the awards banquet. There are several categories of AACA vehicles including Driver Participation, HPOF, etc. which have been previously added in an effort to accommodate different tastes among our members. This little beauty fits nicely into another category and might even be considered a work of art. If one were to find an early Ford or General Motors "concept car" tucked away in a barn, should the AACA ignore it, based upon the purist standards? I think not. I commend them for publishing, informing and educating us on this part of automotive history.
  6. While we don't allow political debate, I would hope this is considered above politics on our forum. And, I would ask that we all acknowledge a wonderful man who served his country with honor. I really liked George H.W. Bush. While many debate our various military interventions, the CIA, etc., there are many things that absolutely must be monitored on a constant basis in this complex world. He served our country well as former head of the CIA, as an Ambassador to China,Congressman and President of th e United States, in addition to his service in the Navy. He truly loved our country and lived for public service. He served in a time when Democrats and Republicans could work together to solve and compromise. This year we lost two wonderful Americans in Senator John McCain and President Bush. Our country including our Congress should reflect.
  7. 100% deductible does not mean that it's a wonderful thing. All that means is it is an operating expense. Thus, if you are in a 20% tax bracket, the government picks up that 20% and you pay 80% out of your pocket. Compare that to a tax "credit" where the government picks up the entire thing. I've heard it for years about "tax deductible" and for some reason it seems to make everyone think it's free money. Your gas bill is "tax deductible" along with your rent. Are you going to turn up the heat because it's "tax deductible"? Or perhaps tell your landlord to increase the rent? I don't think so. Additionally, you can purchase a vehicle and it becomes tax deductible as well, the difference being that it is depreciated over say 7 years rather than the 3 year lease. While it is "quicker" in terms of minimizing taxes, the end result is about the same. As far as the 85% of trucks being leased, I can only go by what the Dodge dealer told me. I don't have actual numbers, but I will say that most of these guys looking at a $50,000 truck don't have a big enough pot to afford that payment. Thus, the lease to make them "look good". Note: Just looked it up and one statement says truck leases are up to 68% from 62% while another article says they are about 29%. Who knows? I would tend to think it does depend on the dealership and their mental thinking, along with the brand you are representing. If Dodge has a great lease plan, then they use it to the maximum. I do know that a friend of mine went to work for Honda and complained that they had bad leasing plans in comparison to Ford, thus their dealership didn't lease much.
  8. I just posted a special guitar on E-bay. In it I provided a link to Youtube which showed a video of someone playing the guitar. I did it to help the person that might have an interest hear what it can do. E-bay removed my listing saying i was not allowed to provide outside sources or links. I then listed two automotive items, of which E-bay provided the category. E-bay removed the listing, saying I had chosen the wrong category and it was "confusing" to the potential bidders. And finally, don't ever put your telephone number into a message which would allow a buyer to communicate directly with you, as you will be banned. While I somewhat understand that practice, please tell me why large sellers that have a "store" can provide their number?
  9. I have a cabin in Pennsylvania. Monday was opening day of deer season. In the cabins around me the hunters abound. I counted 18 vehicles, of which 15 were big trucks. It's the thing right now. Talked to a dealer who told me that about 85% of these $50,000 trucks were leased. First of all - I can't imagine shelling out say $15,000 for a down-payment and then financing $35,000 for 6 to 7 years. Ouch! Next, I can't imagine shelling out $3500 "acquisition fee" and then spending $350 a month for a payment that allows me to drive it for either 24 or 36 months, and then limit me to 10,000 to 15,000 miles. And, when the lease is done, you start over. (I laugh at my buddy who says: "But it includes oil changes"). And heaven help you if you use it to carry a payload and scratch the inside of the bed - get out your wallet when you turn it in. I just purchased a brand new 2017 left-over Jeep Trailhawk with 3 miles on it that listed for $31,700 and paid $21,900. Even that hurt, but it was acceptable in this day and age. Everywhere you go you hear that the "middle class" has been forgotten. In my opinion, we have caused out own problems. Lease or buy a new truck, buy a second family car, have a cell phone bill at $175 a month, a Spectrum cable bill at $150, buy a home at $300,000, pay the taxes on it, of course you have no money left. Remember the '50s and '60s? The cars were $2500 to $3500, the telephone bill was $18 a month and the house payment was $125. We were happy viewing Chanels 2, 4 and 7 and had no cable bill. It's all relative as income was lower, but I do think our parents restrained themselves a bit more than our generation. We've been headed for this doom and gloom for years and years and I've said it all along that at some point the bubble bursts. So what GM and the rest have done all of these years is simply do the balancing act of keeping costs down (outside labor) so we can continue to "somewhat" afford their vehicles. It is a form of labor negotiations with American workers, and while it hurts, it's not all bad. It creates global wealth, which creates demand for some of our American made products. It's called "Laissiez Faire", or let the market take care of itself. Certainly, there are trade problems that need to be constantly re-worked, but that too is an ongoing back and forth. The current closings are like a pendulum - they'll come back and perhaps this might be a message to workers to go back to the table and renegotiate contracts.
  10. Already that way - early bag phones in mint condition worth considerable bucks. Sigh..... )
  11. There's a joke in there somewhere, but I'm not about to touch it.
  12. So nice to have a person who poses a question respond back to all of us. Thank you as well for your reinforcement. Manners have not gone completely out the window.
  13. No, First of all, I don't know how that would be possible. It is as OHV as you can get. The only similarity is that they are both 239 CI engines. The problem with the '54 OHV was that it was the 1st year design for that engine and like most new products, there were bugs, fitting problems, rear seal leakage, and design issues. Things like pulling the fuel pump, changing the oil canister, etc. was and is a real pain. The upper oiling system was fine if you changed the oil regularly . If not, it could get gummed up and the problems begin. I will agree however that the 272 would be a better choice if the two engines were both available and all things being equal. It produced 162 hp vs. the 130 hp. of the 239 and had improvements over the 239 as discussed above. I believe either will bolt right up, but am not sure. That's where the other site gear heads would be of better assistance. One thing not discussed yet is the transmission. The unknown with your car is the transmission. It should be a consideration before you make a move to change it out. Perhaps you can find a working package that will drop right in - one that doesn't leak and has a proven track record. I can tell you that there are many out there due to guys dropping in a 302. Once you do your research, you can look into '54s through '57 that might have been modified and grab their older components. Not sure where you are located, but it would be a big help to know. FYI - Canadian 1954 Fords used the 1953 Ford flathead in their cars. Nice article: https://www.hemmings.com/magazine/hcc/2007/01/1954-Ford-Mainline--Customline-and-Crestline/1394817.html