Dick Whittington

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About Dick Whittington

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  • Birthday 10/14/1945

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    Have been restoring antique vehicles since about 1960. Every thing from an IHC AW to a 1973 Corvett
  1. Right now it it worth $11.44 in melt, I doubt that you can get it stripped from $18.56. Most any gold and silver buyer will give you melt for it. I have traded gold and silver for years and unless it is rare, melt is all I pay and most everyone else does the same
  2. Looks like that site did not last long. I run online auctions for estates, etc. It is not as easy or cheap as some would have you to believe. For example the biggest provider charges me $300.00 per auction plus 5%. It is easy to build a bidding site, getting sellers is fairly easy, getting the buyers to find your site, great big deal. SEO and Google relevance are the hard part. For instance 57.9% of the people coming to this site went to Google first. The key search term is AACA. There are 1,243 sites linking to AACA.org. 69.1% of the traffic comes from the US, the rest all over the world. There is a ton of info out there. This site ranks in the top 45,000 or so sites in the US. To build a bidding site that would serve the needs that have been expressed here could easily cost $250k-$500k upfront. Then you have the issues of a method of payment. I would venture to guess that credit card processing fees would be in the 1%-1 1/2%, then you have web hosting fees, site maintenance fees, server costs, yada, yada. It ain't easy Ethel.
  3. Purchase radial tubes from a reliable supplier. Radial tubes have a better construction that the old bia ply tubes. Coker or Miller are two sources that come to mind
  4. I have used Passport, Horseless Carriage, Thomas Sunday, Reliable and several more over the last 50 years. Pickup and delivery schedule was the driver for using various companies. Never had a bad experience with any of them. The last couple that I have had transported I used Rick Powell, racinman43@yahoo.com to transport them. He is very reasonable and competent
  5. Trying to help a friend of mine. He has run across this Jaeger tachometer from the '20's? '30's. Needs help identifying the possible application and value. It is new in the box. I suggested that it may have been for a European race car of some sort. The serial number on the box matches the serial number on the case.
  6. Howard Baker 330.628.2264 or Dave Strickland 508.896.7943 would be very good resources. Both are very knowledgeable collectors of Corvette memorabilia
  7. I saw a hitch break just as they pulled off the street into the GM center in Warren, MI. They had towed almost 1,000 miles and had never noticed anything. Every time I service my tow vehicle I look for rust streaks around the hitch and mounting bolts, early sign that the hitch is moving/fasteners not tight as they should be.
  8. Several states, NC being one of the, do not recognize a title that has been thru companies such as Broadway Title. In NC, you can have the vehicle inspected by DMV, post a bond, and in two years obtain a title in your name. I have two bonded right now and am starting the process on a third vehicle
  9. Low revving, very high torque engine. We had one truck, aquired in a merger. Loaded less than 2 mpg but did not know what a hill was.
  10. I think, if the newspaper reports were correct, that speed was probably a factor, as they stated it took the truck one half mile past the accident scene to get stopped. Speed was probably due to the apparent brake failure. I am somewhat familiar with that road, having traveled it quite a few times. If the location was reported correctly it occurred very close to a very sharp curve near the bottom of the mountain
  11. Agree that 10% of the weight of the trailer and load be on the tongue of the trailer. Keeps the swaying down. But in the case of this accident I do not think that was a factor. The article stated it took the truck one half mile after the accident to get stopped.
  12. Thanks for the link. I do not know all the facts, and probably never will, but the area he was in requires a good set of brakes and patience to come down that mountain in the lowest gear you have. Steep grades and tight switchbacks do not make for easy towing. You can get into trouble real quick on roads like that. I had rather take a few minutes longer and get there in one piece. Not that I am an old slo' poke but I learned to drive in the Northwestern part of NC and was driving trucks in NC, SW VA, and on into WV by the time I was 18. You learned to respect the mountains and also respect the weight you had behind you. Driving overweight trucks from Elkins WV to NC taught you real quick, if it did not kill you.
  13. Don't know all the details, but a hauler with an open two car trailer wrecked yesterday near Beech Mountain, NC. Threw both cars off the trailer with one of them hitting another car killing the driver of that vehicle. According to the news it took one half mile past the wreck for the truck to get stopped. Don't know the make, but according to the news it was a '97 dually. Very steep, crooked road, sounds like he lost his brakes. Elevation goes from over 5,500' to about 3,900' in just a very few miles. Check your brakes and make sure your car is tied down securely
  14. I WILL NOT use a broker. Granted most are honest, but they shop for the cheapest hauler to move the load. I have used individuals that have given me nothing but the best service and have no complaints. For high dollar moves, it is Horseless Carriage, Intercity, Reliable, Passport, etc. I know they are higher than most, but memories of poor service are long remembered.