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  1. When I was 16 in 1986 I dropped my buddy off from high school in my 1978 firebird. When I pulled into his driveway I saw the front of a car peeping through the bushes beside his garage. It was a 1969 carousel red gto judge with hideaway headlights. I told him to ask his mother how much she wanted for it and she said $1500. At 16 years old, $1500 was too much for me. Two years later I saw it on the back of a trailer with New Jersey plates going down the highway. 

  2. I found this sedan in the woods near my house. I'm thinking the dashboard configuration is the give-away as to what kind of car it is. The geographic area of the woods is surrounded by old farms and primitive homesteads from the early 1900's, so I'm thinking it's a Ford or Chevy, as opposed to a luxury car. 



  3. I'm calling b.s. on it but if it's real then the OP can expect relatives knocking on his door that he's never met, looking for their $$. A situation like this is sad because the end result is going to be all about the $$ no matter how broken up the family gets with arguments and lawsuits. That's why I'm glad that my family has no clue about cars, so when I die they'll bequeath my million dollar collection to the junk man, and go about living their lives without interruption. 

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  4. I'm wondering if anyone who lives nearby Tampa Florida can pick up two small  doors for me and drop them off at a shipping company (like Fedex, Dhl, or one of those private local owner companies that pack and ship items for you). The person selling them to me has no car transportation and their house was sold, so they have to be out of the house at a specific date. I keep contacting the seller but the seller has alot of other things going on that take priority (as to be expected when moving out of a house to another). So if anyone in the old car community can do that it would help alot. 

  5. 33 minutes ago, TAKerry said:

    2019-12-02_03-45-54 by Kerry Grubb, on Flickr

    Bill, heres mine covering my project car in the barn. It was made for a 3rd gen fbody but it fits the 2nd gen pretty good, although the nose is off the car presently, with that on the old cover is too short. I had it rolled up in a ball for many years and the mice got a hold of it and chewed a bit up. Its also a bit dry rotted and wi

    Wow, I wish I was rich like that when I just graduated HS.. My driver out of high school in 1987 was a $400 1969 Firebird p.o.s. with no floors. The high school auto shop teacher put it up on the lift and the car twisted 30 degrees because the unibody-subframe bolts were all gone. To start it in the winter I had to dig a hole in the snow and lay under the car and bang on the starter with a tire iron...

  6. I'm trying to find the ownership history of one of my cars and wanted to know if anyone here knew how to go about it. A search on the internet turns up carfax-like sites, which is useless for a 1970 car. Back before computers you could send some money and car info and get a bunch of papers stapled together with the car's history but I don't know if states do that anymore. I'm looking for recent info to attain history reports for New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan because I think my car may have been in one of those states. The only info I have so far is that it was sold new at a dealership in western PA in 1970 and ended up in Michigan where I bought it in 2015. So I'm trying to fill in the missing 45 years of ownership...

  7. On 11/13/2020 at 3:27 PM, trimacar said:

    Gee, I’d think you guys would be more appreciative, the seller usually says something like “hard part is done, I’ve taken it apart for you!”.......


    I agree. Nothing burns me up more than seeing a pile of parts for sale for astronomical $$ and the seller writes: "all the hard work is done", or "just drop in an engine and go"...

  8. On 12/12/2020 at 6:02 PM, padgett said:

    Said it before. Any car has one price. Can either pay it now and enjoy it immediately or pay in installments (with vig) and may never enjoy it. Prefer to buy nice cheap and sell reasonable but then what I find interesting is rarely what is desirable. Rebates are good.

    Or do like I do and restore it barely enough to be street legal, and then have fun driving the hell out of it while you finish restoring it. I've seen "projects" that were up on blocks for thirty years... that's thirty years of time wasted that they could have been driving it while working on it too..


    Back in 2012, my 1965 Corvair was so beat up that the shredded convertible top canvas was blowing in the wind, the back seat crumbled when you touched it, and the gas came from a red plastic gas can bungeed in the trunk. But boy I had a hell of alot of fun driving it all over the city, putting it in car shows, bar hopping, meeting with the Corvair club, and going on first dates with it. That beat up $500 p.o.s. gathered admirers and picture takers wherever it went. I bought it out of someone's back yard in very bad shape, got it legal, and then eventually sold it to someone who restored it. I'd say I got my money's worth. 

  9. I hate car flippers. I call them vultures. They're only into this hobby for the $$$$.... If some idiot buys a car at auction for more than twice what the seller paid then I don't have any sympathy if they realize they'd gotten ripped off....


    The same goes with real estate. I'm shopping for a house and there are people who have the guts to buy a house and list it for sale a few months later, for three times what they paid (with no work done to the house). I wouldn't buy from that person, but eventually some idiot will. If that idiot feels that he got a good deal then that's great. 

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  10. 4 hours ago, John348 said:

    Did you buy your car about 8-10 years ago? I remember seeing one that needed restoration for sale at Hershey.  I was the only time I had ever seen one in person

    No, I just bought my Playboy this past March. The ongoing story about it is shown in the restoration sub-forum. I'm also facilitating the sale of another Playboy in the cars for sale sub-Forum.

  11. On 12/6/2020 at 4:06 PM, John_Mereness said:

    I have had more than a few seats rebuilt- this time my upholster looked me in the eye and said:  Let's do some math - at $90.00 hr, I can rebuild your seat springs for around $6,500 plus or you can call Snyders and order up new springs for $1,250, which are fresh from the box and something I enjoy working with - what is the best approach ?   I ordered the new springs (and they were quite nice too). 

    I'd contacted Snyders and they called me and said to send them some pictures and they'll send a quote. In looking at springs and seat parts on the internet, the seat parts do look like typically found seat parts of the era. 

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  12. Wow, that is cheap for a car in that condition. 


    I've never been a fan of bringatrailer though, because if they don't like the car you're trying to sell then they won't even respond to your email. Also, I'm not a big fan of how they describe the colors of every car, it's dumb (white over cream, black over red, blue over navy, etc...). I'll bet whomever words the colors that way also wears driving gloves when he drives his Hyundai to work. 

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  13. Hi all, thanks very much for the replies. The components of an old 1948 seat are pretty basic but I think it would be hard to match the spring stiffness/rate and also the properties of the parts of the metal frame that will need to be replaced. For example, if I replaced only the damaged springs then the finished product maybe have a different feel where the springs were replaced. Also, the frame seems to be of a special flexible but stiff metal that you don't typically see in other parts of the car. I'd hate to put all the work into it to find that it had high or low spots when I sat on it. I've just contacted Snyders, it looks like they'll either sell you a seat back or bottom for about $500 each (only for Chevy or Ford), or they'll rebuild yours for probably around the same price. I've sent them an email, well see what they say. 

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  14. "Statistics are fun and can be made to say anything"




    Ya, look at any deluxe Marti report. Marti reports have stupid people across the country trying to sell their Ford for $200k because it's a "1 of 1" with blue hubcaps and a rear seat ashtray. I cringe whenever I read a sale ad that says "This is that car"..  But Marti is smart and people are stupid, so Marti stands to make alot of money on his reports. Just Google "this is that car" in quotes and you'll see stupid people and dealers nationwide trying to sell their clunker for a boat load of cash.

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