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About marcapra

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  1. I did a poll here once to ask which years did cars look the most different from each other. I thought it would be the 1940-1950 era. but everyone else said the 30s. But you have to admit, who could confuse this 50 Buick with any other make of car? Man, that car is the ICONIC Buick!
  2. The important thing is to get these documents and media online so that they can be shared and used by current and future collectors, rather than just sit on someone's shelf. They can't really do any good there!
  3. I would, but not if they going to play it on a modern stereo phonograph with a stereo cartridge and stylus because it will sound terrible! If they don't have the proper equipment to play an old record, maybe I could make the recording on a CD and send it to them? Who would I talk to? Marc.
  4. that 1937 Pontiac filmstrip looks great! It would be worth it to put on Youtube even if you had to put music or your own voice as the soundtrack. Maybe contact the Pontiac car club, if one exists for help. If you don't have time to make a video, maybe someone in the club does! Hope you find the soundtrack for it. but unfortunately all this stuff was thrown away decades ago, so it's as rare as flying pigs!
  5. I bought a 1940s MoPar Batteries sign, 4 ft. tall, about 20" wide. in the 80s for about $25. At least I assume it was from the 40s. I dated it from the fact that the battery pictured had a 6 volt battery, I guess it could have been made anywhere from the 40s through 1955. It was brand new still in wraps when I bought it. I bought it from a guy who was parting out an old Chrysler dealership. About 15 years ago, I thought maybe I could make about two or three hundred dollars on this. It was a metal sign, one-sided. I put it on Ebay, and I was shocked to see it sell for about $1300. I've never seen another sign with that subject matter on it. Maybe the fact that it was rare determined the high price.
  6. I just acquired a very rare record. It is a 12" 33 1/3 rpm record called "Dodge Slide Film, Smart as Tomorrow" No. 16. It has no date on the record, but I listened to it and it is about the new 1935 Dodge. It is a sales record meant to play to customers, or maybe to train salesmen about the new features of the 1935 Dodge. It is the story of the Osmond family who have been looking for a new car, but can't find anything that satisfies both Mr. and Mrs. Osmond. So a salesman goes through both the mechanical and interior features of the new '35 Dodge. I've never found a filmstrip this early and I assume they are rare. There is no mention of the Ross Roy company who did the filmstrips for Chrysler in the 40s. So I guess this is pre- Ross Roy. If anyone has the rare filmstrip to this, it would be a crime to not put these two together and publish the filmstrip on Youtube! If you have seen some of the Chrysler filmstrips on MyMopar or the Imperial Club, you may have noticed how thin and scratchy the soundtrack is. The reason is they used a modern stereo phonograph to play the record. I played this record on my 1960s school phonograph called a Califone, which has four speeds and two styli, one for LP and one for 78s. When I played it with the LP or 33 rpm stylus, the sound was terrible. But when I played it with the 78 stylus, the sound was strong and clear. This is 12" record and plays at 33 rpm, but should not be confused with an LP. It is also a center start record, which means you start the stylus on the inside and it plays to the outside rim. I'm guessing that no one will respond with a copy of this filmstrip, so I am thinking of making a video of the record with still pics of the 1935 Dodge and as many pics of the engine and chassis and interior as I can get. So if you don't have the filmstrip, maybe you have a 1935 sales brochure that you could scan and send me some pics for this project. I also have a similar record on the 1941 Plymouth. But it is a 16" one sided record, so I can't play it. Thanks for your help! Marc.
  7. back in the 80s I got to meet Greg "pappy" Boyington in San Diego at a WWII air show and have him sign his book Baa Baa Black Sheep. They had lots of WWII planes in the air including a B-17, B-25, Corsairs, a Spitfire, and Mustangs! And I think they even had a rare Lockheed P-38!
  8. I have a mint condition record made by the Ross Roy co. for the 1941 Plymouth. It is 16" so I don't have the right size turntable to play it. It is early RCA 33 rpm speed. I think you would need to use a 78 rpm stylus to get the best sound from it. Unfortunately, I don't have the filmstrip that would accompany it. I am willing to sell it or share it with someone who has the filmstrip. Marc.
  9. Are you the Jack that makes all of the Mopar car videos on Youtube, usually at car shows?
  10. I thought about how much time each day I spend watching tv and surfing the net, usually to Ebay and Facebook, and playing video pool and computer chess, and thought what if I just cut one hour off of that mostly wasted time to devote to working on the car. Also it's good to make your garage your man cave with lots of interesting things on the walls. I have Mopar signs, Shell gas, movie posters, Coca Cola ads from he 30s and 40s, etc. I also installed a wide screen tv because working in the garage on you car can be a lonely task and the tv provides some "company". But the best I ever heard of how to make progress on an old car is the way I heard two young Swedish men talk about how they do it. This was back in the 80s when they visited our car club in San Diego, and we took them out the Old Spaghetti Factory for dinner. Their car club shares the cost of renting a garage where they share the cost of the big equipment like lifts, and they all help each other with their restorations. Boy, that is one club I'd like to join!
  11. John, I know how you feel because I'm having the same problem of getting started on my 48 DeSoto. We both need a shot of that guy's workaholic blood, you know, the tall guy with the mustache who was a plumbing contractor who had all the great Mopars, including a Town and Country. Oh, just thought of his name, Monty Ostberg of El Cajon. And I don't have the cold garage excuse either like you. I've thought of hiring some helpers, but keep putting it off. Marc.
  12. Did the 37 DeSoto come with an overdrive transmission? Was it an option? What was the rear axle ratio for the 37 DeSoto?
  13. A guy was speeding on the freeway as I merged in. He swerved into the next lane and gave me the finger, so I smiled and waved back at him. Then, he pulled up a shotgun and broke it open trying to load. I swerved to the shoulder and let him go by!!!
  14. And I believe the first year for 12 volt batteries in Ford Co. makes and Chrysler Co. makes was 1956. And that was the year Ford and Chrysler switched over to the negative ground electrical set up, like General Motors.
  15. I know that the word cabriolet came from carriages, but I'm wondering what is the etymology of the word. Cabrio comes from Spanish or Italian meaning goat, so may be old, small, one seat carriages were pulled by goats? I wonder how my people know that the name Chevrolet means goat herder in French?