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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. Many years ago here in Southern Ohio my parents and I attended the Hamilton Parade car show event in Hamilton, Ohio. My parents served as judges. I distinctly recall one year (about 1970?) when a P-51 Mustang appeared out of nowhere, and spent about 15 minutes making repeated power dives towards and over top of our event. Kids like me who loved WWII warbirds were ecstatic, and the entire crowd simply stopped what they were doing and stared skyward in appreciation. What a SOUND that thing made during those dives! I tried snapping photos, but missed most of the time. I'll have to search and see if I can find any pix showing the plane.
  2. This search for parts is very much like any other discipline... You must learn and gain experience. Perhaps the best way to do that is to seek guidance and support from people who have been there-done that for the same car. Clubs are your first step. Keep in mind that folks who already have a vehicle like the one you are considering have learned LOTS of valuable lessons about it, including repairs, sourcing parts, etc. And generally speaking, they are quite pleased when a new owner of the same type vehicle will ask for their advice, and give them a chance to share their acquired knowledge with someone who will listen and appreciate it. If you are considering the purchase of a particular brand of vintage vehicle, do yourself a huge favor and do some research before you buy it. Are there any clubs around for that vehicle? Are their online articles about them? Are there companies advertising in HEMMINGS offering parts or services for them?
  3. Tastes change with the times, and this is true for all kinds of collectibles. Let me share some examples which are NOT auto related, to illustrate my point: When my wife and I bought our first home (1977, I think), we wanted to add some antique furniture like my parents had. We went to many auctions, but found things like old wooden rocking chairs, beautiful antique clocks, and marble-top parlor tables in big demand...and out of our financial reach. Today if you go to an auction in my area, very nice old wooden rockers rarely bring even $25, and there are many nice wooden mantle clocks often selling for the same price or less. Yet today, I see plastic Star Wars toys from the 80's (new-in-the-box), bringing hundreds of dollars, with spirited competitive bidding. The old metal "Transformer" robots which my sons played with are almost untouchable, and my sons sell vintage video game systems for hundreds of dollars too. In the late 70's, 55-57 Chevy's were all the rage with my friends and hard-core restorers. I scoured junkyards for spinner hubcaps, intact steering wheels, power accessories, four-barrel air cleaner assemblies, intact grille bars, usable sheet metal, seats, convertible parts, Turbo-Glide transmissions (poor transmissions, but uncommon by then, and some folks thought they would be in high demand one day), etc. Today that market has been passed by a bit, and more folks building 55-57 shoebox Chevys are modifying them to one degree or another. Things have always been changing in the world of collectible stuff. And will continue to do so.
  4. LOL. After that last hurricane, life in Bermuda might not be all that much fun just now. And a pity that the car collection was there.... Everyone be warned about Locomobiles and early Pierce Arrows coming on the market soon, without the buyer being aware of flood damage!! 🙃
  5. Those very light, very large-diameter wheels roll surprisingly easily. Two good team horses that were used to each other and in good healthy would surprise you in their endurance (if not driven to fast) and in overall speed (but only for very short periods, obviously).
  6. I can't imagine there being many AACA members in Russia, but I'll bet there are quite a few in Germany. Such a shame, that a few ruin things for the rest.
  7. I've owned 6 Corvettes over the years, all as daily drivers. I bought the first one, a red 78 model used. The other five were all brand new cars. The last two were Z06 models, and were really fast. ALL of them were really comfortable drivers (not so much for entering and exiting the car, but once inside, it was like driving an easy chair). The first new one was a 97, I think, and the last one was a 2002 or 2004. I loved them all, but every year seemed better than the previous one. The 78 didn't handle or ride anything like the newer cars, but in fairness it was used with 50-60,000 miles, if I recall. I drove them all every day, rain or shine, dry or snow. They were leased cars, and I knew I would be trading them in after 3 years. So while lots of other guys were parking them carefully away in their garages and trying to keep miles off of their odometers, I was DRIVING them all over the place. I miss those days. Great times! The photo below shows the one day that I had TWO Vettes at once. My new Z06 was delivered the day before my previous one was picked up. I couldn't resist a photo, and I spent the whole day driving first one, and then the other. LOL
  8. Steven, That is the taller style, but it might the correct original unit, if your car is late 1969 unit. Anyway, in the attached cropped piece of your photo, I have marked a flat-machined spot with the word "HERE" to show you where you may be able to clean away rust and find production date codes.
  9. Steve, if you have your original master cylinder on your Chevy, it will have a correct casting number and a casting DATE on it, which match the rest of the components on your Impala. 1969 Chevy passenger master cylinders were typically sort of short with slightly rounded sides. In 1970 Chevy switched to MC's with taller reservoir walls which were flat sided. IF your car is pretty much a matching-numbers car, you might be well served to rebuild and reuse that original master least in my opinion.
  10. LOL. I am just now replacing the tires on my 23 Hupp which my Dad installed in 1963. They have been driven on quite often over those many years, but finally began to show warning signs of coming failures.
  11. Steve, I am a moderator on the GARAGE JOURNAL web forum, and I can tell you that we face a LOT of spammers there. Some of our mods are more proficient than others, and they can track the source of a spam message to the original IP address, and thus block that IP address (which often sends dozens of spam messages per day). This helps a little. But the real solution for GJ is to have several volunteer mods, and we alert our regular members to PLEASE report questionable messages to the mods. More eyes are very helpful. Good luck, and keep up the good fight.
  12. Growing up in our AACA chapter in Southern Ohio, I often attended parties, business meetings, tours, etc, with my parents. If there weren't other kids around to play with, I would sit and listen to grownups arguing judging points, discussing problems with their old cars, and later in the evenings the stories would start flowing. I heard variations of many of the same old stories over and over, told by different people with different details, but clearly the same story. For example, one story about a "really hot car" that someone had ridden in "back in the day," would have the story teller relating that the owner/driver of said hot car would put a $20 bill on the dash, and challenge the story teller that he could have it, if he could lean forward and grab it while the car was accelerating from a dead stop. Of course, the G-forces were too great, etc, etc. ANOTHER story I heard a few times over the years was about a pair of motorcycle riders riding side-by-side on a dark road, when they spot a pair of widely-spaced headlights ahead. Realizing that the lights were too far apart to be a car, one rider shouts to the other, "Look, two motorcycles coming the other way. Watch me scare Hell out of 'em!" The rider then pulls into the opposing lane, only to be crushed in a head-on collision with a Pierce-Arrow. I heard that story more than once, in different areas of the country. One guy told that same story but mentioned a Franklin as the mis-identified car with wide headlights. I ASSUME it has about as much basis in truth as the "hot rod" from the early 1960's with insane acceleration...but who knows?
  13. Photo with tag labeled "1012" looks like a Tillotson replacement carburetor for a Model A Ford to me.
  14. Selling on eBay is a science. If you do things wisely, you can do very well indeed. Some items are difficult to sell cost-effectively on eBay. Inexpensive oil pans might fit into that category, along with common used fenders and hoods, etc. I have friends who make their entire living selling used or NOS collector car parts, with a large percentage of their total volume coming from eBay. They focus on very-desirable items in exceptionally good condition, try to choose items which are easy to ship, and most of them set a starting bid number which is the lowest price they are willing to accept. Shipping for most of their items is either stated at a fixed price, or listed as being shipped at actual cost. I have sold quite a lot of items on eBay, with a large percentage of the items being collector vehicle stuff. After a while you begin to realize which items are good choices to feature, and which ones to sell elsewhere. A used Model A Ford oil pan is not an item I would have chosen for eBay. eBay offers advice to sellers, which often includes suggestions like offering items with free shipping. They have learned that buyers have tremendous fears of excessive shipping costs (in the past, unscrupulous sellers would sell a $15 dollar item for $3, but add $25 shipping cost. This was because eBay charged a percentage of the SALE price, not shipping costs). The natural result has been an almost-fanatical opposition of shipping costs by many buyers. So eBay tries to convince sellers to offer free shipping. The buyers like it that way; simple as that. Surveys by eBay marketers have led them to believe that the most important component they need to grow their business larger and more profitable is more BUYERS...the sellers will follow the market. They don't care how many sellers get frustrated and quit, because they know that if they have enough buyers on their site, the sellers are forced to sell there...or concede a large market share to competitors. Amazon is the same way...only MORE focused on the wants and needs of the expense of sellers.