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  • Birthday 11/26/1953

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    Xenia, Ohio
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    Old cars, hot rods, race cars, fishing, hunting, billiards, grandkids, collecting many things, flea market shopping, etc


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    I own a 1923 Hupmobile touring, attended AACA events as early as 1956, when I was 3. Also own 1970 LS-6 Chevelle

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  1. lump

    Big find in the south of France

    Beautiful video, and incredible collection, Sebastien. Thank you SO much for sharing. I could wander around that property and among those dusty old cars in the barns for days and days, given the chance! It's true that the cars are mostly really, really rough. And even here in the states, the costs for parts and restoration would probably exceed the cash value of many of them. But wow, I really like to seem them under layers of dust like this...reminds me of hunting for buried pirate gold treasure. One thing about that white Corvette...just about every part is available to restore it, if you have the time, skill, and money. I saw where someone described the original collector as having some kind of mental illness, which must have caused him to hoard all those cars, while also not keeping them in nice condition. This may be true, but we collectors DEPEND on people who have kept old cars in storage for decades, when the "normal" person would have sold them or sent them to a junkyard long ago. Thank GOODNESS for the mental condition which causes some folks to keep old cars around long after a normal person would have gotten rid of them!
  2. lump

    How to hunt for an older car?

    Craven, I used to own the UNITED STATES CAMARO CLUB, years ago. I was the editor and publisher of our bi-monthly full-color magazine, called CAMARO CORRAL. This was a very common request for help from our membership. I spent many hours trying to assist folks with similar searches. However, that was in the 1980's and early 1990's...before the greatly increased security measures regarding public info which resulted after the tragedy of 9-11, and before the advent of online social media and ubiquitous access to the internet. SOMETIMES this task can be accomplished, but it is gargantuan, and fraught with pitfalls and immovable brick walls. Sometimes, with fairly common cars like Camaros, you may actually be better off to find a nearly identical car, and restore it to the way your Dad's car was when he had it. Either way, I wish you good luck.
  3. lump

    How to hunt for an older car?

    Depends on the state you are located in. Rules vary greatly. Here in Ohio, I once found my old 1968 Camaro by following a trail of title exchanges. But I absolutely could not do that on a state level. I had to go to the county level registrar's office. Fortunately, here in Greene Co they had maintained a handwritten index card file of old title exchanges. Once I was able to prove the local officials that I really had owned the car at one time, and give them a satisfactory reason for me wanting to find it again, they did a little searching and found it for me. The fact that I knew about when it had changed hands helped a lot. It might help to start searching by color and model description, and posting a request for help in finding the car on social media, such as Facebook. For example, if you ask if anyone knows where a Camaro of a certain serial number is, you'll likely get no response at all. However, if the car had any distinctive qualities, you might get some help. (IE, you might make a request for help on Facebook something like: "I'm trying to find the 1968 Z28 Camaro my dad once owned in Baltimore. He traded it in at the local Pontiac dealer on the east side in 1970. It had white stripes, white deluxe interior, and Cragar SS wheels at that time. Anyone remember that car?" ) In my experience, ANYTHING you know or remember about the car might help. Do you have any idea who your dad sold the car too? Where they lived, or what they did for a living? Have any old photos of the car? You gotta give folks something to go on, in order to have any kind of slim chance at all. Good luck!
  4. Nice to connect with you again, John. I hope you and your family are happy and well. As for my "tire guy..." In my case, unfortunately, it's just me. I have to do them all myself, which is why I try to just do one a week, or so. I worked for Goodyear tire more than 40 years ago, so I have some idea how to do the work. I'm just old and stiff. LOL. Cheers, and Merry Christmas to you and all your family!
  5. John Mereness, I remember the Mereness family from my years in SOC of the AACA. Are you the father, or son that I remember? And, is this you in the photo?
  6. lump

    Hupmobile script jack. Is it common?

    Piqua is about 50-60 miles north and west of my home. I'll have to get the Hupp's new tires mounted, and drive it around enough to feel certain that the inevitable "bugs" which come from sitting for several years have been worked out, before considering venturing out in my 23 Model R touring. (I do have an enclosed car trailer, but I bet that's frowned upon.) But I'll write it on the calendar, and see if we can make it. The only thing is, my old Hupp is pretty rough, when you get up close these days. I hope I won't be too embarrassed next to all those restored beauties!
  7. lump

    Hupmobile script jack. Is it common?

    Yes, I would love to see that old Model S Hupp sedan again. I spent many hours in the "mohair" back seat of that car. I was younger than 3rd grade, when they sold it, so memories are not that strong. But I do recall it having a faint smell of mothballs. Then later, when Don had the car and brought it over to our home, I climbed in the back seat again. that moth-ball smell was then even WAY stronger! Strong enough that I had to hop out of there quick before I sneezed or something. Attached is a photo of the car in our family home driveway, with me on the running board. Circa 1961. Some years later, when my wife and I were married, my dad found another Hupp sedan project car. It was a Model M, straight 8. I have photos of it the day dad brought it home. Of course, my young wife and I fell in love with it, and asked my parents to sell it to me. But Dad was strangely reluctant. He got it running again, and drove it around the block a few times. I pleaded with Mom to ask Dad to sell it to me, but to no avail. Before long we learned that Don Roetman bought that one too. He restored the car, painting the body two-tone gray, and the wire wheels yellow, I believe.
  8. lump

    Hupmobile script jack. Is it common?

    Wow, Jack. Dayton, Ohio is where I grew up, and less than 25 miles from me now. When is the date? Hope I can make it.
  9. lump

    1116936 Delco Remy Relay

    I have LOTS of parts books, and am willing to try and assist. Those shelves show cardboard "magazine file" boxes with labels which auto parts catalogs are included inside. There are probably 1,000 catalogs in that collection. PM me your list, and give me a couple weeks, and I'll do what I can to help. IF I can ID some or all, then you can pay something if you like. Cheers! -----Jim
  10. Understood. But there are no state inspections in Ohio.
  11. Dynaflash, I'm betting you meant to say, "...'Joe Average' mechanic COULDN'T fix it, even if I gave him the parts. " Right? I have encountered technicians who were mystified by ignition points too. And once when young technician was teasing me about my ignorance re all the wiring, electronics, digital crap, and high-tech gadgets under the hoods and dashes of today's motor vehicles, I asked him if he had any idea how to install and adjust a set of points. He said he was sure he could look at it and figure it out in a second, 'cause all that old stuff was so crude and simple. I thought about that for a second, and then challenged him with this: "Ok, here is a simple and crude question for you: A Model T Ford has 3 main foot pedals on the floor. NONE of them are the "clutch" or accelerator. One is indeed the brakes. So, what are those other two?" I HAD him, he was totally stumped, and everyone had a chuckle at his expense when I explained it.
  12. Right now I am slowly changing out the Gehrig tires on my 1923 Hupmobile. My parents bought those tires when they first got the Hupp, in 1962, and the car has been driven on those Gehrig tires ever since. When I mentioned that tire brand to my buddy Corky Coker, he looked at me in surprise and shock and asked me, "Do you know when Gehrig Tire went out of business?" When indicated that I did not, he continued, "1961! And you're hauling your grand babies around in an open touring car on 57 year old tires?" I knew he was right, and I had experienced one failure a while back, when a bulge and big crack developed on the sidewall of one tire. I switched it with the spare, and kept on driving on the other four. But now, thinking about the safety factor in our open touring car, I bought 4 new BF Goodrich tires. I'll save one of the Gehrigs for a spare, just for nostalgia. LOL
  13. lump

    Film rental

    I was in the SEMA HOF with Pete Chapouris, until he passed away. GREAT GUY! (He was the "Pete," of Pete-n-Jakes" hot rod parts, and later the owner of So-Cal Street Rods). Anyway, Pete built and owned the 34 Ford coupe that was used in the movie, "California Kid," featuring Martin Sheen and Vic Morrow. Pete told me that he really enjoyed sitting around the movie sets all day, and hobknobbing with the actors, etc. But all he really got out of the loaning the car to the movie producers was free food, the right to hang around the sets, and lots of scratches, dust, dirt, and small dents in his beautiful car. This was a long time ago, of course.
  14. lump

    Hupmobile script jack. Is it common?

    Hupp36...since 1967? Wow. My parents bought their first Hupmobile in about 1959, I believe. It was a 1929 Model S 4 door sedan. Later they sold the car to Bob Heller, and eventually, Don Roetman bought that car. MY parents had a Model A Ford roadster for a while, but got tired of being refused entry to official AACA events because it was a 1929 model. At the time, the arbitrary cut-off date was 1928. Of course, you probably know how nearly identical most 1928 Model A Fords are to 1929 cars, and many fellow club members urged my dad to paint the black rubber steering wheel red oxide color. But he felt that would be dishonest. So they sold the Ford and bought our 1923 Model R Hupmobile touring car in July of 1962...between my 2nd and 3rd grade years of school. I have a few collectible Hupp items too. But have never seen another jack. Cool, huh?
  15. lump

    Fuel lines and fittings.

    Geez, I have quite a lot of older brass fittings, which were my Dad's back when he was in AACA in the early 1960's. Maybe I should dig them out? Interesting thought.