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  1. I'll put on my water wings and give it a go... I saw this car a few times as a car-obsessed kid growing up in Hoosier-wood. It stuck with me so deeply, something about what could have been and what once was that really spoke to me even then. That museum is a sacred place, and in fact, this car and a clay model upstairs are the two things I always remember most about the museum. I do rather enjoy oddball cars such as the Stutz mentioned earlier. Maybe I'm simply enamored with these cars because they are hometown heroes, but whatever the case, I am happy it exists and more so, that there's a chance somebody will soon have this thing on a show field, out concours tour, or heck, maybe even use it for a grocery store run! I am ALL IN on this one!
  2. My cars have had both male and female names, I choose whatever suits their individual looks and style.
  3. Here it is, found via Google search. BTW a review there states this is an online-focused business, no walk-ins. Discount Leather Hides Address: 3110 Cullman Ave, Charlotte, NC 28206 Phone: (704) 347-1718
  4. If your state allows use of ethanol free gas you can probably find a station listed here, look at the bottom of the page to find the listings for each state. I recommend calling ahead as they list places that may only sell to marine applications or small engines, not autos, but in Oregon we are lucky to have legal access for our cars. https://www.pure-gas.org/ Plus, believe it or not, here's a page on our official state government site with info describing negative effects of ethanol and where to buy the "clear" gas. https://data.oregon.gov/Recreation/-Clear-Gasoline-locations/qwux-prpy
  5. Many classic owners I chat with buy the full stainless steel repros rather than chromed ones. They are solid stainless steel with no plating whatsoever, said to scratch a bit easier but can be buffed out unlike chrome. They are very difficult to tell from chrome unless you know they are there or if you are comparing to other chrome parts on the same car, but follow the same profile and even come with the correct factory color primer on back. PM me if you need info.
  6. Buy the old car, take everything apart you feel confident doing, and try to fix anything you see wrong. Break stuff. Get angry. Throw tools. Fix the stuff you broke. Learn something new each time. Make memories with friends or family members willing to join in. Break more stuff, fix it again. This is what old cars are all about, they are like a giant-snap together model kit, and it's all yours to play with.
  7. I don't care for glossy tires, I prefer a more sedate "as delivered" semi-matte look that a clean tire naturally has. I always use simple green and this also works wonderfully on whitewalls with a simple nylon scrub brush, no sandpaper, no wire brush, no harsh chemicals, etc. needed.
  8. My sister had a show-winning '73 Challenger that got roof pinholes due to a car cover trapping moisture, this was back in Indiana and during it;s hot and humid summers. I now live in the PNW like you, and I find that a small fan constantly running keeps the moisture off without the need for a car cover. You could even get a small solar powered unit that affixes to a vent in the wall with the solar cell positioned outside for year-round power without increasing your electric bill. I like the exposed bulb idea mentioned earlier, I may try that one too!
  9. Clever! This would be the way to go, buy something inexpensive and use it exclusively for rentals. I like the cut of your jib!
  10. Good point, most controls in my car are unmarked, that's a steep learning curve for a first-timer!
  11. http://jalopnik.com/the-airbnb-for-classic-cars-is-either-going-to-be-the-b-1798367079 What do you think? Some listings show that the owner wants to remain as the driver, but most allow the renter to drive the car. I could not imagine offering my car for this type of service even with the million-dollar policy they offer to protect it, because I wouldn't know about smaller issues or damage that could have been done but not reveal itself until a later date, and it will not be cheap, nothing on this car is, so I'm out. How about you? Also, the only real motivator seems to be to make money from your classic, so how much would it take for you to rent out your car? Whenever we rent items from our antiques shop to prop masters or set designers they often pay a rental fee of 50% of the purchase price, and if they need it longer they will often pay more than the purchase price and still return the item when finished shooting, that is the only way I'd rent my car out.
  12. I used my Benz coupe as a daily driver for the first full year I owned her, 5-years ago. That was mainly to shake her down and see what she needed and I was able to address many issues big and small during that time. I did love it and even during our very wet winters the car drove just fine, with fogging of the windows after a stop being the only real issue, but she cleared them once underway in a few minutes. I stopped only because I got collector car insurance that no longer allows this use.
  13. It's called an Unditching Roller and is used to make it easier for the vehicles to proceed up inclines and not get the nose stuck while crossing a ditch or trench. It's essentially a wide metal wheel on the nose.
  14. Also look for the documentary "Champagne Safari" describing the Bedaux Expedition through the Canadian Rockies using five Citroën half tracks. The entire film is astounding to hear the preparations they took, many completely frivolous, hence the title.
  15. You still haven't seen it all! Here's Stalin's 1922 Silver Ghost.
  16. Aptly titled story on Jalopnik today: Maserati Is Getting Electrified So Just Go Ahead And Be Mad
  17. That was not the point of the thread as I've pointed out to you there, it was addressing the values of collector cars. I am not responsible for your lack of reading comprehension. "How's your car running" "The Met's suck this year." "Ummm, OK, but how is your car running?" "Baseball used to be entertaining." If the Golden Years of the hobby are truly behind us, some of you may need to look inward to see why.
  18. My understanding is that it's to accommodate commercial vehicles, and those of us who may show up in an old W123 or other oil burner just happen to benefit.
  19. Was that a TE21? What was the color? One of the few I like in gold or bronze, tho blue is the best in my opinion. I enjoy the TD, TE, and TF cars all pretty much equally stylistically speaking, even the Graber-bodied cars, tho I have never driven any. The stacked headlamps on TE/TF cars remind me of one of my favorite autos, the Facel Vega HK500, which is the car that inspired the purchase of my stacked headlamp MB.
  20. That looks right doesn't it? Doing a basic google search only brought up one Master Rolls-Royce dealer and that's in Illinois and was established in 1994. So close...
  21. Just tap the title under the pic and you're there, but I made a link for you below also: American Rolls Royce (Ghost, PI & PII)
  22. No exceptionally good food here in Oregon aside from vegetarian options for those wishing to indulge, which is nice to offer. Oddly we had what you call Frito Pie growing up in Indiana and I actually bought the goodies to make them last month as a reminder of my youth, but we called them "Texas Straw Hats" in the Midwest!
  23. Great eye, I thought those were interior reflections! I am including two images below I made through a magnifying glass. The last words are "Motor Co. Inc." I believe but, of course, the first word is blurry. To me it looks almost like "W. Astor" or "Jester" but a friend thinks there may be a "Z" in there, so feel free to make your guesses! The text on the other side is not as legible as this. This may help narrow it down, and we could probably deduce the name if we had a list of those from the time, which may be in the book that was mentioned earlier. Absolutely not a distraction, thanks, exciting stuff! If you mean the building as well it doesn't appear so. It may be hard to tell from the pics but they are all very casual, there are three different cars pictured, and one is deep in the mud, parked at a gas pump, and generally enjoying being it's rugged and reliable self, it almost looks like an off-roader, but then weren't they all back then in a sense?.
  24. I love seeing up-armored private cars, for a few years I brokered them so I have a great appreciation for the custom work involved, and even more so using the materials and methods of the "old days." Do you have any more shots of that one, especially showing glass thickness, gun ports, etc.?
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