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  1. I had never heard of him missing a show before, but Luther Perkins died in August of that year, I wonder if this had anything to do with John missing the show? Regardless, that is what I call holding a grudge!
  2. You remind me of a Land Rover Defender 110" wheelbase rig that I used to see parked in the East Village in NYC in the mid-to-late 90's. It had it's pale green paint rubbed through dramatically on every single edge and corner and it was beautiful indeed. This one went all the way down to the aluminum shell beneath so was especially engaging to the eye.
  3. A dear friend of mine, Bob Wootton, passed away earlier this week at the age of 75. Bob was Johnny Cash's guitar player since the death of Luther Perkins back in 1968. He played on virtually every album, live show, and record for the next 35-years, from the San Quentin Live album onwards, and even wrote some music and lyrics, in addition to being the man behind the unique sound that we all associate with Johnny Cash. I wanted to share an article I wrote back in 2011 about putting John's 1979 MCI private tour bus, J.C. Unit One, back on the road. I have been thinking and reminiscing a lot about my old friend, his family, and our adventures together, and I'm hoping some of you will find some interest in the history of how this bus came to be, it's life on the road, and where it is today. Thanks Bob, you will be missed by those who knew and loved you, as well as those who cherished the sweet, sweet music you created. JC Unit One: On the Road In Johnny Cash's Custom Tour Bus (If the article's text appears small, press "control" and "+" keys to make text larger.
  4. Excellent perspective there Carl and I think I will follow your sage advice. They'll look just fine hanging up until that owner-in-need comes along. No worries on the delay in our off-forum conversations, I have been getting into the busy season myself as weather is just starting to cooperate down here. Yes, we will catch up soon and I look forward to the pics!
  5. Here's my estate sale find for the morning. So the question is, do I polish them up or keep as-is? Also I planned to just hang these up on my shop wall but if they are especially rare please let me know and I will offer them up somewhere, I don't want to keep parts just for kicks if somebody out there really needs them.
  6. Looks fantastic to me, as you said works wonderfully due to the body customization. Well done overall!
  7. The Healey 3000 and Jag XK140 would be at the top of my list to bring inside. The Packard looks like a runner, based on nothing but my opinion of the photo, I saw a similar one in blue over the weekend enjoying the streets.
  8. As expected I am really enjoying learning all about this process. I tend to study for a long time so I have all the tools and info needed, but I don't mind. I would probably find workarounds for the chalking, maybe carbon paper or even a similar tool for marking indentations in leather, but that's all part of the fun too, making your own path when needed and as you say, making mistakes along the way to learn from.
  9. @mike6024 Wow, thank you! I will go through these this evening, thanks much! @Rusty_OToole I'm getting excited for this project now, I have taught myself basic bodywork, painting, mechanicals, etc., so this will be a welcome addition to my amateur rebuilding skills. I appreciate you taking the time.
  10. Whatever their condition, don't toss them, soon enough even the seat frames will be valuable. If you have the individual rear seats, which indicates "sport" seats all around, those are much more rare. If you have the very early head rests attached, not the two post style like modern ones, but the large roll type with huge chrome side mounts, those can be $1,000 apiece or more.
  11. I rather like this idea! I haven't sewn since our Home Economics class in high school (do they still have those?) but that pillowcase turned out ok. lol Seriously tho, this would be a fun project and help me learn something new along the way. I do all manner of art in various mediums so I think I could teach myself this skill. As you said, research would be necessary, there's surely a lot to learn such as I would need to use proper thread so when it's all done it does't just fall apart. I may very well consider this. The money spent on covers could go towards a sewing machine instead. Thanks!
  12. I considered that but figured the slip covers would cost the same as actual seat covers, but maybe that's not the case. I'll pop by a local shop and see what they say. Please send any other suggestions in the meantime, much appreciated!
  13. I am seeking pre-made seat covers that slip over my current low-back, non-headrest seats in my '62 Mercedes-Benz 220se coupe. Sheepskins are the traditional way to go on a vintage Benz but I don't totally love the way they look, but may end up going that route if nothing else viable pops up. What I'd like to hear are the options you folks have found for slip-on covers that specifically fit these older style seats. I am including a pic to show what the seat shape is like in these cars, clearly this is not my vehicle as these are in perfect condition, I found these online. The only real guidance is I don't want anything thin like those stretchable polyester covers. I'd prefer cloth, MB-Tex style vinyl, a combo, tweed, who knows, maybe even something with plaid down the center like the earlier cars. For those who like to know all the details... my interior is great aside from the split leather seating surfaces (they are too far gone to save, missing large portions of leather) so I don't plan to redo the entire interior, but if I just do the seats they will not match at all with the new material contrasting to the "survivor" interior. While I patiently search for some original seats in the right color to replace mine with, I want to use slip on seat covers.
  14. This is a very exciting thread to me Patrick. We both appreciate Mercedes-Benz of the same era, I am an owner of a '62 220se coupe and am the founder of the club dedicated to those models, so we have much carry-over between our cars and your Pagoda of course, including being designed by Mssr. Paul Bracq. You may be interested to see this car, now sold, but originally offered for €95,000 after completing the 2013 P2P. 280 SE 3.5 Rally Car Also, if you really would like a Chrysler Airflow, here is one local to me in Portland, Oregon for $31,500 USD. 1937 Chrysler Airflow I applaud your interest in taking these cars out, enjoying them, putting them through their paces, and giving them some exciting additions to their individual history after what may have been years of sitting in a garage or weekend use. My opinion isn't for everybody I realize, but my cars have always been here to serve me and make me happy, not the next owner or one some 30-years down the line. That is not to say I thrash my cars or don't care for them, quite the opposite in fact, but so long as they are always kept in drivable condition and not suffering from rot or lack of use, do what you like with them.
  15. I appreciate that you checked for me, thank you. Post had been updated.
  16. Update: As of March 23rd, the fine folks at Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance have connected us. Thanks to all. I am hoping to find the email address for, or perhaps someone here knows, Lee Munder of Palm Beach, Florida. I am writing an article that concerns what I believe are two of his former cars, and I would like to ask him for confirmation. I was able to find his wife, Laura's, jewelry company in Florida and sent a message but have not heard back as of yet. Please PM me with info, or if you can relay the question to him, it would probably be best not to post his info publicly. Thanks!
  17. Virtually all communications today are digital, meaning that even your landline is transmitted via fibre optics in most cases, and sent via satellite uplinks, etc., so they have all been digitized and thus, more easy to capture/store/parse electronically. Yes, I would say that all computers that are connected to the internet (even wirelessly) have the potential for activating the camera, microphone, and even tracking what you type via a keystroke logging program or simply observing where you navigate to online similar to a browser history. My personal belief it these are in an "always-on" state on many devices but this is debated and some thing they are only activated when needed.
  18. We are on the same page here. We had a friend who worked on the civilian side of these very things and he, too, left his job, I'm told due to ethical objections. I have understood for many years that every digital communication, which is virtually all these days, is "recorded" and stored in vast centers that keep getting built to accommodate all the information we produce on any given day. The point seems to be less of simply listening in on everyone, there just aren't that many employees who could even handle the workload, but that all these emails, texts, phone calls, and even everyday conversations we produce are stored so that someone can go back and look for supporting data if they ever need it on you. Let's say you get arrested for a misdemeanor, they can check all these records to backtrack and see what you did in the past that they may have missed, and you can see how quickly this can of worms gets opened. Let's say you've become a thorn in your Congressman's side, maybe he has a buddy in intelligence who can dig through your files and find something that's just enough to contact the authorities to investigate you, and it's been proven already that prosecutors around the country have been given secret info on defendants where they not only fail to disclose this is how it was obtained, illegally I might add, but often they even lie and cover this information totally so it never gets out. There was just an article locally about a man who had child molestation charges dropped against him by the government prosecutors because they weren't willing to reveal how they obtained the info on this guy. You know if they are willing to let an alleged sex offender walk free that they have something worth keeping hidden. They are even able to do word searches within your phone conversations as they have all been transcribed automatically by computer software so pretty much anything you've said, written or typed can be searched in a database. Want to be even more freaked out? Well, even your conversations held person to person in rooms with smart TVs, computers, phones that are turned off, are still transcribed via their internal microphones and stored no matter if you're in your own home, or out in public. Facial recognition software allows tracking of you from other people's phone cameras as they simply hold them up to talk, not to mention all the closed circuit security cameras surrounding us daily. So you can leave ALL of your devices at home and ride a bike and you can still be tracked and recorded. There's a new system being put in place over some cities that has always-on camera capabilities that would allow for something like tracking a bank robber by simply rewinding the footage to the moment when they left the bank and following the vehicle from there to it's current location. Obviously any car or person can be electronically "tagged" and followed in the same way. The news is talking about Samsung TVs but we have a Vizio and one day I noticed it was transmitting wifi signals, yes transmitting! I unplugged it, still transmitting. I moved it downstairs, still transmitting. The signal it put out was even stronger than the one from my own router. In short, these things we buy today are high tech surveillance devices as well as entertainment sources. Once you know that, and begin to adjust your behavior accordingly, you're able to gain a small part of your freedom back. It wasn't too long ago that one of the former intelligence heads said something along the lines of, "we never would have thought that we could spy on every person in America, and that they would be willing to pay for the surveillance devices themselves" meaning our smart phones and TVs. You can actually do a deep search and find articles discussing the probability of most of these capabilities as far back as 2012, so imagine what the state of the technology actually is today. We probably can't even comprehend the ways we are being watched. (To all those who are paranoid by default, sorry I ruined your day!)
  19. Well, I hope none of you have drawn the ire of the CIA so much that they are targeting you, but if they really wanted to take you out they would simply aim a self-driving, fully-loaded, semi tractor into your vintage "unhackable" car. What about when we all have nothing but autonomous cars? They can just redirect the car and deliver you right to their doorstep. I remember 10-tears ago when I was putting tape over my computer and later phone cameras and literally everyone I knew thought I was nuts. I would suggest leaving phones out of the room during sensitive business conversations, and holding them outside of spaces with smart TVs, etc., but yet I was looked at as a weirdo. To me it just made sense that if these machines have the capability, then it will be used, so I'm grateful that people are at least now finally becoming aware of these possibilities. At the end of the day however, as I started this post, unless you are a high value target, meaning a pretty bad dude, you will have nothing to worry about... for now. Maybe in the future a wild dictator will decide to punish all the people of an opposing ideology and drive them to prisons in their very own autonomous cars, but let's hope that's a futuristic science fiction vision more than a nearer-term prediction.
  20. English is spoken in far more countries than Chinese (67 vs 6), but Chinese is spoken by far more people than English (14.5% vs 5.5% of world population). Similarly, more people understand English than speak it. Depends on how you want to define "most common language." Otherwise, I must be in the minority in that I almost never get ruffled over poor spelling, grammar, etc., online, but perhaps that's because I've been using computers most of my life, also texting and the like. With autocorrect coming onto the scene a few years ago it changed everything and you can be made to look foolish if your fingers are simply too fat for the touch-screen's keyboard. To most people under the age of 40 or so, I'd say these things are essentially unimportant in everyday informal communication (remember "text speak" such as "lol brb omg") because it so easily happens to us all when you're sending dozens, if not hundreds, of texts, emails and such every day. That's not to say the younger folks are uneducated or don't care, we simply reserve it for formal or business settings by and large. In the example of this ad, I would probably have made more of an effort as well if I were posting it, but I would also probably be the guy who calls anyway if it was something I was interested in and be quite happy that the grammar was enough to rid me of a large portion of my buying competition.
  21. Most that I have seen are seated in individual little metal cups, while others are simply set in with a caulk-type substance that's long gone brittle. Judging by the way yours appears to have cut off marbles at the ends of some rows it seems those are preassembled rows that were cut to size, so that would make it difficult to repair unless, as others have said, you can easily remove the backside. If those are indeed rivets I'd drill them out and see what you've got to work with. You may still end up with rows that are set solidly in a metal bezel and still have no ready access. I think these are a bit like mirrors in that they go dark when people spray them with glass cleaners and the fluid seeps behind and tarnishes the underlying foil material, you should always clean mirrors and the like by spraying the solution lightly onto a rag and then using that to clean so as to avoid the drips finding their way in. This is true for your old car mirrors and mirrors at home. That's why so many mirrors have black spots around their edges.
  22. Lately I have become interested in vintage car club memorabilia, especially from the Western states, but really open to anything with an interesting club name or patches. Primarily looking for old car club jackets, but also open to original signs, license plates, patches from jackets, and similar stuff. I am a buyer in Portland, Oregon area but can deal nationwide, or even buy your items through eBay or whatever means you prefer. I do prefer to deal with members who have a history here on the AACA. Please Private Message me with your items, prices and pics if possible. If you have other cool vintage & antique automobile stuff feel free to let me know what you have, my interest is pretty broad but I really like rare, unusual or oddball stuff. Especially folk art, handmade items, artwork or signpainter-made signs. Pic is example of what I am looking for, not my actual items or photos.
  23. I'm not an AACA member but I sure am sorry to hear about this. It sounds like nobody wins in this situation. I really just wanted to reply with a couple of thoughts, one being that I would also advise against building your own, new museum. As someone said early on, they are huge financial drains and so you may consider aligning with various museums around the country (or world) to establish free, or more likely highly discounted, admission for AACA members. Many members travel and could likely make even better use of this amenity than a single stand-alone museum that I'd wager most current members have never even been to. Sure most don't cater exclusively to the era and style of car that appeals to AACA members, but most all good car museums have enough variety to keep any car fan interested. Just consider the ACD Museum in Auburn, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, Petersen Museum in LA, LeMay in WA, Revs Institute, World of Speed, and so on. My second thought is to simply ask you all not to give up. Who knows what changes will come in leadership, attitudes, or even properties over time, and the AACA is clearly in this for the long haul, so sit tight and see where things lead. Heck, the museum may eventually go bankrupt without your support, and who knows, maybe you pick up the whole lot at an auction for pennies on the dollar! Good luck to all, I certainly wish you the very best. What you have in fellowship cannot be matched by a room full of old cars.
  24. I bought what looked like and was advertised as a center grille star for an unknown model of Mercedes-Benz. It was $15. I have been collecting random MB related stuff for my garage decor and thought I could't pass this up, even tho it was covered in green paint, I figured I could strip it back down and it would be "good enough" as a 10-footer display piece. When it arrived I noticed a threaded hole in the center, so clearly not a grille emblem, and it was a mystery until one of our local club members (who owns a 300 sl roadster) told me it was the wheel cover paint mask for the 50's and 60's Mercedes cars and had a value of around $500. I decided to keep it just for the rarity and to loan to other club members when doing repair paint restoration.
  25. I'm a Maxwell fan by default. My father used to work at the former Maxwell plant, then a Chrysler plant, in New Castle, Indiana and it was the largest auto plant in the world when it was built, and locals always said the largest building period in terms of square footage. It got torn down of course, all the cool stuff does, and now a much smaller building sits in it's place with only the original cornerstone remaining, and it no longer has anything to do with automobiles as I recall, but I haven't been back there in years.
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