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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

    55 Pontiac Rear End

    Deane, Have you checked with specialists who build special rear end assemblies for drag racing purposes? If I remember correctly, the rear ends out of 1950's Oldsmobiles and Pontiacs were very popular with Ford and Chevy drag racers in the early 60's, because they were stronger units. While other rear axle assy's have surpassed them today as the go-to units for dragsters, there is a very popular movement among enthusiasts of vintage drag racing equipment to use period-correct components. I wouldn't be surprised if one of the big axle companies has reproduced those crush collars for their own shop use. I'm thinking of companies like Curry Enterprises, Strange Engineering, Moser Enterprises, Mark Williams Enterprises, Etc. Contact those folks, and if they cannot help you, I'll bet they can steer you to someone who can.
  2. lump

    Can Anyone Identify This?

    Note that the chrome lens frame which holds the glass lens in place has been removed and hand-crimped back on. Stewart Warner gauges were widely available over-the-counter in the aftermarket. Speedometers were sold by size, MPH, etc, etc. I'm sure some were OEM for some company or other, but most of the SW gauges of this style which I have seen were indeed aftermarket units. They are popular with old-school style hot rod project builders, so all their gauges can match.
  3. lump

    German photo: Is this a Horch... or?

    To me it looks quite like an Adler Trumpf Jr. I had a 1933 version myself some years back.
  4. lump

    Autronic Eye

    The Autronic Eye used to be a very popular accessory for collectors. Back when I did quite a bit of vending car parts at swap meets, I enjoyed finding them, as they were good sellers. I assume they still are. You could look at "Completed Sales" on eBay, and get a very accurate picture of the current value and level of demand for the item.
  5. lump

    Big find in the south of France

    Of course, I would say you're right about that. But whatever state-of-mind that caused him to keep all those cars in the first place, probably prevented him from following your wise course of action. And it is also likely that a lot of the other cars now found in this collection, if they had not been "hoarded" by him, would have found their way to salvage yards where they would be gradually stripped of usable parts. Then their stripped-out hulks would naturally have been scrapped decades ago. For that is the "normal" way things happen in the course of human ownership of vehicles. Thank goodness some folks feel the need to hoard older, obsolete used cars and other equipment. That is undeniably one of our most precious resources for the antique vehicles we all cherish. We just cannot help but wish that they would find a way to take better care of them.
  6. lump

    Can anyone tell mw what car this is?

    At first blush, I don't see that one being an accurate caricature of a drag car. Note that it features 4-lug wheels front and rear, and the front tires are drawn to be nearly as large as the rear. I see no noticeable roll cage, no hood scoop to suggest V8 engine transplant, no tach in front of driver's view, and car sitting nearly level. In order to put big drag racing style wheels/tires under the rear of a Vega, one would be forced to either jack the rear end way up, cut out the wheel wells, and/or narrow the rear end and the rear chassis. But no one would go to the expense and hassle of narrowing a super-light-duty 4-lug Vega rear end. Of course, it's possible that someone just took a basic stock 4 cyl Vega to the drag strip and ran it almost stock. I'm sure lots of folks did that. But rarely would you see that kind of a weekend warrior with graphics all over it, and a giant number on the door. About that big door number...a heavy percentage of drag racers put their car numbers and class numbers on the windows of their cars, because this makes them easier to remove and/or change. Many drag cars are raced by their owners under more than one sanctioning body as they travel from track to track and event to event, and therefore in more than one class designation...and sometimes with differing car numbers. So putting drag car numbers on the painted surface complicates the removal process. Obviously, we have no idea how accurate this caricature is in the first place. Cheers, and Happy Holidays everyone.
  7. lump

    Can anyone tell mw what car this is?

    Photo is not so good...hard to tell. Front end looks a bit like a Chevy Vega. What kind of racing was it? Do you know what class it was? Some basic facts might help.
  8. lump

    Can Anyone Identify This?

    Yes, but Stewart Warner.
  9. Tom, We are hoping to make some SOC tours this year. My wife and I miss it, frankly. Busy lives have kept us away too long. Cheers, and Happy Holidays. Jim
  10. lump

    How to hunt for an older car?

    And it also suggests that someone suspected that your dad's car was a Z28 or other high performance model, and was looking for a way to prove it. So perhaps it still had its original GM 4-piston disc brakes on front, 3/8" single fuel line, multi-leaf rear springs, rear bumper guards, and perhaps a factory tach with 6,000 rpm redline in the dash, among other features which are part of the Z28 pkg. This being the case, you might want to try and get it bought BEFORE revealing that your dad first owned it...especially if he still has any documentation like a Protecto-Plate, build sheet, invoice, window sticker, or a service dept receipt with an imprint from the Protecto-Plate! It's extremely difficult to prove that a 1968 Z28 is authentic without those things, unless it still has its original numbers-matching drivetrain in untouched condition. But the fact that your dad bought it new WOULD serve as irrefutable evidence...especially for him! Good luck.
  11. lump

    How to hunt for an older car?

    You can bet that if the car was still alive in the 1980's, it is almost surely still alive today. By the mid 1980's, no one was junking 1st gen Camaros any more, unless they were REALLY junk. If someone was trying to reach your dad for details on the history of his car, that suggests that there have only been a very few owners. Otherwise, they would have had a tough time reaching back through a longer chain of owners (ask me how I know!)
  12. lump

    How to hunt for an older car?

    Ok, here are some suggestions, now that you've shared a few more details (Note that these are my personal opinions, based on my experiences): First: your number one resource should not be the BMV, insurance company, or the local license registrar. You should start with your father. Assuming he is healthy and remembers the old days clearly, his "memory bank" includes more clues on the likely whereabouts of that car than any outside least at this stage of the game. Is he aware of who the next owner was, to any degree? (did he sell to an individual, or a car dealer?) Does he have ANY vague memory of the home area of the person or dealer he sold the car to? (His same hometown? Long distance?) Are any of your dad's old car buddies still around? Might any of them know anything about the car after it left your dad's possession? Did he ever hear about the car or its whereabouts after he sold it, at all? Second: Dig into the car's racing history. While race cars have usually been "ravaged" of their original parts, etc, they are also more individualized (if you will) than typical daily transportation cars. They take on an individual persona, and when talking about race cars people describe them such as: (IE: "...that copper-colored 68 Super Stock Camaro with big block & tunnel ram called, "Copperhead Rode," and ran b-modified over at __________ drag strip...") Knowing details like that can open an entirely new group of people as resources in your search. Did he ever see the car years later at race tracks around the area, or hear of its whereabouts, maybe? Did your dad keep any OEM parts removed from the car when he made it into a racer? What class did he race it in? Which sanctioning body? What color was it painted, and what lettering on the body when he sold it? How "stock" was the car when he sold it? (IE: Did it have roll cage? Was factory dash intact, or completely replaced by a big flat sheet of aluminum with few gauges?) What rear end was in it...(original 12-bolt? Dana 60? 9-inch Ford, maybe?) What about the suspension? Traditional Hotchkiss-style multi-leaf springs in rear? Adjustable 4-link maybe? Was the OE subframe system still in place? Frame connectors? Back-halved? Front halved? Third: Do indeed dig out ALL old photos of the car. Pictures at the race track (especially) may include important details which have been forgotten. Fourth: Dig through old family records to find any references at all to this car (Purchase info from the dealership when new, service department receipts, insurance receipts, etc) Finding an old formerly-owned muscle car is usually a long involved project. Odds of finding the car are not too good, but the fact that it was a race car might be of some help. And, the fact that it was originally a 1968 Z28, instead of a 1967 or 69 might give you some hope. This is the toughest year to prove originality as a genuine Z28, since factory Trim Tags on the firewall were stripped of critical ID codes for that one year. (Due to Federal Govt requirements that year, and the fact that Fisher Body ceased to exist as a separate entity). So anyone who might have your Dad's old 68 Camaro race car sitting under a pile of boxes and dust in an old garage won't be able to prove to prospective buyers that the car is a real Z28. Only your Dad knows that for sure, and if he has any of his old records, then he can prove it. Good luck. Please keep us apprised of your progress.
  13. lump

    How to hunt for an older car?

    A very familiar story, Craven (which I can sympathize with. Been there, done that myself). There are thousands of car-loving people around the world today, with similar stories. Which is why I undertook that editorial project for my old magazine, to help my readers better understand what a search like this entails, and how to attempt it.
  14. lump

    1958 Pontiac trans

    You'll find builders in HEMMINGS
  15. lump


    Merry Christmas to you and all your family and friends, Vincent! I should look through my old collections. I was a member of AACA in Ohio, USA all the way back into the 1950's, and I have lots of old memoribilia from those years...including dash plaques. Maybe I can send some to you? Best wishes.