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About Klayfish

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  1. My worthless $.02. I have an appreciation for both hot rods and stock antiques. Don't have the funds right now to afford a nice one of either, but I like to drool. Frankly, with a "hot rod", I almost prefer the car to be a kit car. Every time I see a true antique that was turned into a hot rod, while I may love the way the car looks a part of me thinks "What a shame, a beautiful classic has now been forever altered for a SBC, a TH transmission and a chop." I think a good sign of this is to watch what goes across the blocks at the big, well known, televised auctions. BJ, Meceum, etc... Years
  2. Figure it can't hurt to post. Besides loving cars, one of my other interests/hobbies is Christmas displays. I used to have just basic stuff, but have grown the collection over the years. Now I'm at the point where I have my lights dancing to music I broadcast on FM radio. I have a big property (3.5 acres), so I have a lot of room to spread out. This year, my wife and I want to add a nice centerpiece to the display. We're looking for an antique car that's too far gone for restoration. Something you otherwise would have just given to the scrap yard. Our plan is to paint it with red and
  3. I'll throw in my $.015 cents in. I'm 40 and not currently a member, however I enjoy reading the forum. I've been obsessed with cars since I was a little kid. As a kid I used to spend a lot of weekends at my grandparents house. My grandfather was born in 1914 (he has long since passed), so he grew up in the 20's-40's. I used to ask him endless questions about the first car he had, what the car world was like, etc... I love old classics, in their stock original form. I also love "resto-mods", and of course cars from the '80s and early 90's as that's what I grew up with. Heck, my favorite
  4. I kind of hate to put this ad up and offer the car for sale, but I just don't like letting the car sit there in my garage. If the car were a completely restored "trailer queen", I'd be OK with it. But this is a car that should be driven and enjoyed. I just haven't used it like I thought I would, so I'd rather see it go to someone who can put it to use. If nobody buys it, I'll keep it, my kids love the car. Here's more info on it, along with a link to pictures. I took a bunch of close ups at the request of someone who had been interested in buying it. This car had it's original owner from 1965
  5. Holy smokes! What happened to those cars? I didn't hear about that. If Russo and Steele had "possession" of those cars (i.e. they had the keys and were in control of the car), then yes they should have insurance for it. It's called Garagekeepers insurance. It's insurance designed for bodyshops, mechanics, dealers, valets, etc...who take possession of a customers' car.
  6. buick man, I work in the auto insurance claims business, and spent several years in the classic car claims business too. I don't have enought time to get into length, but briefly. Insurance companies don't total a classic car most of the time because it's just easier for them. I can tell you from first hand experience that isn't true. In fact, if it was, your premiums would be higher than they are. Most of the time, cars are fixed. You are correct in the fact that a classic car isn't like a standard Honda Accord where parts are readily available and cheap. So that means a "moderate" hit
  7. Sorry, I didn't get to read all the posts in detail, as I'm doing this over my lunch at work. Not sure if I'd fit the criteria of "younger generation". I'm 39 right now, but don't feel a day over 25 (well, maybe a few days over). Funny I just saw this thread today. I found this forum a few months ago, but haven't had a lot of time to read it, etc... Just yesterday I said to my wife that I wanted to make time to join the AACA as an active member and try to attend the local club meetings. I'm about 90 minutes outside of Hershey. I love old cars, and always have. I love them all...from the
  8. Thanks for the write up NTX!!! I'm sure I'll have to read it over and over since I've never opened a wheel before. The horn button in my car isn't in the center of the wheel. It's on each spoke of the steering wheel. Would I still follow the same steps? Before I do start anything, I'll get a copy of the service manual, which I don't have right now.
  9. Thanks everyone. Yep, I've got an Autozone 10 minutes from me. Would a service manual give me step by step instructions on how to remove the wheel and look in the column?
  10. I posted this question in an Olds forum too, but I know there's a wealth of knowledge here. As much as I've been obsessed with cars, I've never learned much about how to fix them myself, but I've always really wanted to. I've been hesitant to do anything to the Olds myself besides changing its' oil, for fear of "messing it up". In fact, I had recently started to search for another project to tinker with. But I need to get over that stupid fear of messing the Olds up. It's not a concourse show car, I didn't pay a fortune for it, and unless I'm wrong, it's a pretty simplistic car. Plus, as big
  11. First, I apologize if my last post wasn't the most polite. I intended my post as a helpful hint. No hard feelings Roger. Wasn't trying in the least to be self centered, just trying to give perspective from an industry insider. Yes, Matt hit the nail on the head. That's exactly what I was saying. And Amphicar BUYER, yes, actually your coverage will cover some owner/user mistakes. Perfect example...putting unleaded gasoline in a diesel engine. Or vice versa. Happens more than you'd think. Not all that long ago, I totalled out a brand spaking new 2011 Audi Q7 diesel because the owner pu
  12. Roger, You also know that you need to get over yourself, right? I don't ever recall making specific judgments on how a classic car should be painted. When I said "let your carrier handle it", I was referring to filing the claim through your own specialty insurance carrier. I don't remember saying that the insurance adjuster will spray paint your car. So I don't see where it's "self centered". I simply meant a classic car insurance adjuster/appraiser understands classic cars better than most. Not sure what you mean by insurance contracts with the at fault party? If I cause damage to you
  13. Hopefully this won't go into an insurance bashing thread quickly. Without knowing specifics of that case, it's hard to really say if that was a "fair" judgment or not. I work in the auto insurance claims business, have for quite a while. With most newer cars, this isn't an issue. Cars, even new Corvettes, don't get fully repainted when they're in an accident. Collector cars are a whole different story. A lot of it has to do with the fact that the cars are unique, have a documented "history" or things like that. In this case, I'm guessing he filed damages through the other drivers' in
  14. Wonder if 50 years from now, our kids, grandkids, great-grandchildren will all say "Can you believe what a 1996 (insert make/model here) sold for back in 2011???" With the number of 80's and 90's cars I've owned over the years, I'm sure I've already had one. This was a similar situation with the original Shelby Cobras, wasn't it? Didn't they have a hard time selling them when they were new? I thought they didn't skyrocket in price until many, many years later.
  15. I want to bring this thread back up to get more ideas. When I read this forum, I'm always amazed at the wealth of knowledge here, especially when people ask to identify a car or ask about it's history. Sometimes in those threads I see people say they looked at their books to help identify a car. What books are you guys using? I wish I could be more specific in what I'm looking for, but it's not just one thing, it's more generalized. For example, while I'd love to learn more about my Oldsmobile and how it fit into the automotive landscape when it was new, I'm not necessarily focused on ju
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