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  1. An interesting observation, I think, is my understanding that there are a number of states considering the creation of new taxes for electric vehicles, since taxes on gas and diesel are a primary method of funding road building and maintenance. I realize the necessity of this plan, yet I cannot help but appreciate the irony of it all. Government, civic leaders, environmentalists, activists, and others are working hard to convince us all to go to electric vehicles to save the environment. They have often spoken of tax breaks or other incentives to get folks to buy EV transportation
  2. Paul, I have just spent some hours reading that entire thread about that unrestored Franklin and it's history with its one-owner family. Marvelous story, and great reading pleasure. Offering my sincere thanks for you sharing that.
  3. Rusty is right. When you take a car to an event with an obvious part missing or damaged, helpful folks will start helping you to find one.
  4. What a cool trip. I cannot imagine having that much free time and budget when I was 30 years old, but good for Tebo! We can all do the journey vicariously with him. I used to drive a 30 Model A to work every day, year round, when I was about his age, come to think of it. It was an older restoration with incorrect upholstery and a roof which leaked, and 3rd rate paint job. But I loved it, and had a ball driving it in traffic, with people staring in wonder. I was a sheet metal worker at the time, and would sometimes put my hardhat on as I drove, so that people would not mistake me f
  5. Just call Coker. I've never had them balk at any customer service issues. Don't assume they won't help you. I will also say that I used to be a young service manager in a Goodyear tire store (decades ago), and replaced many, many tires under warranty. But the "banding" you referred to is really fairly common on radial tires. I wouldn't let that worry me. But I'll bet a dollar to a doughnut that Coker won't hesitate in replacing the tire with a bubble. What has happened is an inner layer of rubber has allowed air to seep through to the outer layer, where it was trapped and formed a
  6. Growing up as a kid in antique car clubs during the 50's, 60's, and early 70's, I was often called home from play just before dusk, to "go for a ride." Sometimes it was just my family in our antique car, sometimes with other car-loving families who lived nearby, or sometimes in our modern convertible cars (first a 1957 Bel Air convt, and later a 67 Impala convt). We cruised through the nearby rural countryside slowly, enjoying the scenery and waving at people we saw along the road. (I recall being amazed at how many lightening bugs I saw over farmer's fields). Inevitably we ended up at the roo
  7. One fact of life is that the vast majority of people we do business with ARE honest. So, it's easy to let your guard down a bit, and trust people a bit more than you should. Especially when those people are widely known, and appear to be highly successful and "trusted" by lots of other people. Like Bernie Maddow. I've been self-employed nearly 40 years now. I have trusted many, many business people, and have been burned by a tiny percentage of them. Valuable lessons learned. And I have been amazed many times by how completely other business people have trusted me. Many have taken
  8. Robby, It sounds to me that what you need is a little friendly mentoring from someone who is more familiar than you with these old cars. Find a local club chapter, and/or go to some local old car events. Soon you will find someone who is very familiar with driving cars like your 40 Buick, from a long history of doing so. Then ask them to ride with you or drive your car, and give you a frank opinion on whether your engine is straining, or whether you are simply not used to driving old iron at highway speeds. In no time at all you'll have your answer, and some peace of mind. Good luck!
  9. Great article, Walt. Thanks for sharing.
  10. Wow, the rear section that thing would make an AWESOME couch for a man cave. LOL
  11. I admire both of you guys. I find your posts interesting, and informed. So when I saw you two discussing difficulties in accessing spark plugs on the driver's bank of Chevy Monza V8 cars, I wanted to reply with my own experiences there. But yet I didn't want to hijack that thread. So here is this: My sister-in-law had a Monza Town Coupe with V8 engine decades ago, and brought it to me for a routine tune-up. I had no trouble until I got to the number 5 spark plug, and simply could not access it. I tried everything I could think of. Finally I had an idea. I took an old rusty Sparta
  12. My uncle gave my young cousin his 69 SS 396 Chevelle, when the boy got old enough to drive. The kid cut out the braces behind the back seat with an air chisel, so he could lay a mattress from the back seat into the trunk. Later in life, the young cousin came down with terminal cancer, and I ended up with the car. When I saw those missing braces, I asked him what happened. He just grinned, and told me that he and his girl friend had needed more room in back.
  13. Ahhh...the memories. And that's all I'm gonna say right here. LOL
  14. Understood, Joe. I have those supercession catalogs too...going back into the 1940's or so. But when a parts-selling person looks up a part number in whatever catalog he/she is working from, they cannot be sure that the part numbers are accurate (compared to factory installation) without checking old catalogs, new catalogs, and multiple supercession catalogs (the same numbers often change multiple times). The mirror that I used in my example had one part number for Chevy, originally, and others for other product lines. As the replacement parts ran out of stock, GM replaced multiple mirrors wit
  15. Exactly, Joe. The parts books DON'T show many changes that were made to make a part more generic, such as those outside rear view mirrors. IE: Factory-installed original mirrors on Camaros, Chevelles, and others had a bowtie emblem embossed on the back side. GM superceded that part number, and replaced them with mirrors with no bowtie, so that the same mirror could be sold as a replacement for non-Chevy GM cars.
  16. Another contributing factor to errors is the fact that OEM's save money on replacement parts by combining multiple different parts into a single "supercession" part. IE: One GM example are the outside rear view mirrors of the 1960's, which were eventually replaced with generic units which were pretty close for many models, but not factory-exact replacements for any.
  17. Well said, Matt! In past years I have produced many of these parts catalogs for dozens of the larger parts vendors in our industry...(including Mac's Antique Ford parts, back when the McIntosh brothers still owned it). People have NO IDEA how difficult it can be, because they have never been involved in the process. It is much easier to sit back and criticize and b***h about such things, than it is to put the time, effort, and tens of thousands of dollars and man-hours into such a gargantuan project. Then there is the fact that the information which goes into these catalogs is not
  18. I have no idea about refunds, etc. I am no longer on the board of directors, etc. However, I do know that the SEMA staff is still wrestling with many decisions regarding this cancellation. Stay tuned.
  19. A few of us were notified earlier today, but asked to keep it quiet. But now that the official announcement has been made, I can share with you all that the 2020 SEMA show in Las Vegas has been cancelled. The SEMA Board of Directors and staff have become increasingly concerned that the facilities and necessary services required for the event might not be available, as they could not get firm commitments. I have only missed 2 SEMA shows in about 25 or 30 years. This one will be my third. 😥
  20. John, That's some very good insight from SC38DLS above. I would add that, the cover price of the magazines these days reflects this new distribution reality. As newsstands shrink, and as it becomes ever harder to gain newsstand space for your magazine, publishers must rely more and more on selling subscriptions in order to boost circulation. (Have you noticed how many subscription-offer postcards fall out of every new magazine you open?) A cover price is rarely the reason that a reader decides to buy or not to buy a magazine they saw on the newsstand (according to my friends
  21. I've been a major advertiser in most car magazines here in the USA for nearly 40 years, and am therefore quite familiar with this subject, first hand. HOT ROD magazine is still alive and doing okay. STREET RODDER is not. Several factors contributed to the fall of magazines. The internet is an obvious factor, but many magazines were declining even before the internet really became strong enough to cause such problems. For example, about 15-20 years ago there were lots of different competitive companies involved in magazine distribution, and these companies controlled the newsstands
  22. Auto Metal Direct has recently been unveiling new body panels for 1966 and 1967 Ford Fairlane models. Look them up online and give them a call! they make really good stuff.
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