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  1. I respect your opinion and it has some merit, but in my own experience, as someone who has filed claims in the past, I will say that the "everyday" companies are a nightmare when it comes time to pay out, but the specialized guys tend to not play around, it's the reason you choose them and as you said, "pay to play."
  2. I believe the company you are looking for is Chubb. I use them for my '62 Mercedes-Benz and they have no mileage restrictions and they will absolutely tell you the agreed upon amount you will settle for in the event of a total loss. You can't use the car for commercial purposes, race it, or use it as your daily driver but otherwise they are very relaxed and understand that we own these cars to (hopefully) enjoy them! You suggest the value and their underwriter will confirm it, then you will be issued a policy in that amount, clearly stated right on the front of the binder. In my case the underwriter felt I was valuing my car too low, and suggested a higher amount to stay ahead of the values, which turned out to be absolutely correct as the values for my specific model had jumped significantly without me realizing how far they had climbed so quickly. Chubb insures various things "of value" so you should be able to get your home and other things such as watches, art, and so on if you have them and so choose. I know they cater to the higher end of the market and I believe they have minimum values for the items they insure. Give their collector car division a call, it's quite small with only a few so you will get your answers promptly. http://www.chubbcollectorcar.com/
  3. Interesting, seeking barn finds in a game, I think that would be a bit unique in the gaming world and sounds like a fun diversion away from the typical "garage" where most car games start out as you assemble your vehicle. Why not? It's an original idea and maybe the perfect transition piece for young car enthusiast to want to actually go seek out a hidden gem in real life one day.
  4. I'm surprised not to find much in the way of photos online of these cars but now that makes more sense. I like the long hood of this one especially, it really "makes" the car to my eye. Had someone asked me a couple of weeks ago if I had an interest in cars from the nineteen-teens I would have said "not much" and if they asked about Buicks I would have said, "no real interest" but apparently I am a fan of exactly those things today! Thanks for the eye opener folks, really great info.
  5. I actually rather like this idea for quick, on the fly cleaning of the threads for most typical applications. Perhaps for higher level work one would prefer another method but this seems like a great compromise to me. If that little wire wheel inside is a standard size that can be acquired anywhere then all the better. I would use this for heavily greased bolts or even restoring many of the older unique bolt types we often encounter (and I always keep) when buying tool chests or cabinets for our antique business. Thanks for sharing.
  6. Here are two more cars I would appreciate any info about, thanks! Notable to me is the store having the sale, in the full image, signage indicates that they are a department store that also dutifully "undertakes" undertaking services.
  7. Forgive me if the term roadster is not appropriate, I am not very well versed in early cars at all, hence my interest in learning more about these photos I have been posting in this section. What is this one? It is especially striking to me, more so than many of this era.
  8. I've been looking through a few more of the old original photos my partner brought home last week and was intrigued by these cars below. After basic research it appears they are Star models built by Durant, can you confirm this? Also, can they be pegged to a specific year or were they basically the same design for the short duration they were produced? The photos appear to depict a parade or celebration of some sort in McPherson, Kansas. Also, what is the multi-horn device fitted to the side of the vehicle in close-up?
  9. You may already be aware but all those majectic, purpose built L&C Exhibition structures are gone today and replaced by the NW Industrial District at the north end of nw 23rd Street area. Google some images of the exhibition if you never have, its absolutely amazing, like a World's Fair with various industries and foreign countries showing off their skill, craftsmanship and technologies. There is still the Historic Fairmount Apartments, originally a hotel built for the event, that really has the authentic look and feel of that era, it's diagonal from Meriwether's at NW 26th & Vaughn if you're interested. Back to the cars themselves, I'm now very curious to learn if the second car is as "special" as the Pierce Arrow, and what all that might mean in the context of the photo.
  10. My partner purchased this photo among a group of others today and I immediately noticed (what I assume is) a Pierce Arrow. I was excited as I think it's pretty cool and possibly rare to see one of these cars in-era in an original photograph. You will notice the other car, which I can't identify, so any thoughts from you folks what this might be? Second pic shows an enlargement of the mystery car. The building is the Oregon Building, a large timber framed structure remaining after the Lewis and Clark Exposition in 1905. The photo is believed to be from around 1915.
  11. I don't spend much time here these days but I do see that spirited discussions about various car-themed TV shows remains popular. I just wanted to suggest one that those of you without cable can watch, the Petrolicious shorts on YouTube. They have such a diverse group of cars and owners, it's ALL about the cars and the story of how they were found, inherited, fixed up or maintained, and driven. Here's one of my personal favorites from the last year, I just love this guy's enthusiasm for his ride, but then go to their main page and see what cars interest you. (I have no affiliation with this show, just love watching.) This Porsche 356 is Driven Against the Grain. Petrolicious main page
  12. Personally, I would inquire of an East Coast auction house as to value. They will usually give an "estimate" value free of charge to help you decide if you want to list the item in an upcoming sale. Accordingly, this may also be the best and highest return route should you choose to sell. This example is not the most exciting to collectors (They like the patterend or monogrammed LV trunks a bit more as they scream "Louis Vuitton" to onlookers, and also this is a specific built "curved" model, rather than a standard shaped trunk) but I can't imagine it selling for less than $10,000 and possibly in the $20-30,000 range if you get two guys in the same room who want it bad enough. This is all assuming it's correct, original, and in excellent condition. In such a case, the sky is the limit. If it needs rebuilt, there are restorers but you need to choose a great one, not just a good one. If you can verify custom fitment to a specific body style Rolls-Royce then you may, alternatively, do well offering it via a classified with the RROC or similar. Finally, Louis Vuitton themselves should be able to offer an authentication of the trunk, they have done this for us in the past with other LV items we own. Best of luck, you have a lovely piece there. Edit: After posting I found this site, they say they offer valuations and also buy trunks, but of course you may want several opinions of value before letting it go to these folks or anyone else. http://www.lvtrunks.com/contact From the FAQ on that site: "Do you buy trunks?LV Trunks is looking for Louis Vuitton and Goyard trunks to purchase. If you have a Louis Vuitton or Goyard trunk you wish to sell, please contact Lindsey. Lindsey only responds to emails sent with the following: high resolution pictures of all sides, top of trunk, bottom of trunk, interior, label. Also, please provide up-close images of any condition issues to report, such as a tear, a missing piece of canvas, a broken handle, etc."
  13. I second the Dawn dish soap suggestion, found out when I was a kid and used it to wash the car, made my job much bigger that afternoon when I had to reapply wax to the entire thing. It's all I've ever used. Having said that, I can see how the lighter fluid would be a possible alternative (after taking ALL necessary precautions as you can imagine) because it has been used in many ways over the years for things such as removing price stickers from items without damaging them, even cardboard packaging, and even in art restoration, cleaning, and so on. I think it's because it's so volatile it evaporates before it does harm, but I am just guessing on that. It works very well, better than Goo-Gone for decals and stickers/
  14. I've only ever heard of Mark Court at Rolls-Royce who has painted the coachlines for three decades. Was there a time somwhere prior when they used the pinstriping tool? I can see this being possible, then going back to "by hand" for the sheer PR content of it all, but I have never heard this before. I use old school squirrel striping brushes and the like to do striping on artwork, tool boxes, trunks, and all kinds of things but have never tried on an automobile. Maybe I need to give it a shot and start offering the service to car owners, I would probably enjoy doing the coach lines but not the hot-rod style squiggly bits, even tho they are actually far easier to do than a straight line!
  15. Jay will continue with his YouTube show as well so you can still get your fix if you prefer the "classic" Jay Leno's Garage experience, which I do prefer to the new show thus far. I did rather enjoy seeing Donald Osborne who used to be co-host, along with keith Martin, on What's My Car Worth, before he was replaced by the new guy who isn't nearly as enjoyable to watch IMHO. Donald also co-presents our local Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance.
  16. This changes things a bit in my mind, she may very well prefer the protection she is offered as a buyer by PayPal, but as the seller you set the terms and if you want the money paid into your account she should be willing to do so, otherwise your terms have not been met and you simply move on to the next buyer. The "buying for my son" angle is also troublesome as it is a common scam as others have said, primarily in that it gives the "buyer" reason to be uneducated about an expensive item they are buying, and not sound suspicious when they have no idea what your motorcycle is.
  17. Hi, I see the seller in some way described the paint condition to you, was this in writing? If so, and the paint doesn't match his description, ie: more than just "a little oxidized" then he may have acted against his obligation of warranty of merchantability, or essentially making claims as to the item's true condition. I am not a lawyer so I will not get into details but you can research this and possibly use this to get out of the deal if you were misled or recover losses in small claims court if her refuses your deposit back in such a case. This may not apply in your case, but the first thing that came to mind. I also believe the standards for such vary by state so research your state, and the seller's state, laws on the matter. Otherwise, it's a good lesson learned, if not a cheap one.
  18. So now I'm curious, what did the truck sell for at auction?
  19. Ebay has rules about what sellers can charge for in regards to shipping and I don't believe they can charge for their "time" such as you stated. When we sell we often use UPS pack n ship, which does cost a lot more for buyers but it's the only way to 100% guarantee a payout if damaged, that's the point of that service. Post Office can really mess with you and cause delays or just deny a legit claim in my experience. In such a case, the seller can charge you the extra fees they are paying to ship the item, but not for time, gas or those sorts of extraneous costs. Of course if you point this out to a seller they may simply cancel your bid or ignore you as Ebay doesn't really enforce it. Also, the import duty charge, why would they charge that to you? If an item was shipped from another country to you then you would pay the duty (if your country charges one) and not the seller. That's very odd they want to charge for a fee they will never have to pay, which means you pay it twice?
  20. Howdy, just offering an unsolicited opinion, worth about what you are paying for it... Our family enjoys and collects movie props and memorabilia, have lots of connections with Hollywood from my work there in the past so we buy direct from those who worked on productions, crew, prop masters, or like you did, from some "celebrities" themselves we have come to know as friends. I will say, when we buy or sell, it has become clear that provenance is key if you expect to get a fair amount for your item. Personally, I know we wouldn't consider an item like this without requisite proof, not that your friend is lying but they could have remembered wrong, or made an assumption due to the monogram, etc. It's probably just a simple as a signed statement from your friend declaring it's origin, history, and how procured. We own random movie and historical collectibles ranging from a very realistic plastic chocolate bar prop used in the Willy Wonka movie to a celluloid pill box Hitler gave to Eva Braun well before WWII began. I think this is cool, love Eva Gabor largely due to my childhood infatuation w/ Green Acres, so wish you the very best with your sale. I did get a kick out of your statement that you don't care about value, you want something you like. I do this VERY often and am rarely disappointed even tho most of my friends think I'm crazy for dealing in this way. Sure some things you need to buy or pay at or near actual market value, but if it's something you're keeping for yourself, long term or forever, simply for the pleasure of it, what does it matter? Never heard anyone else articulate it like you have, glad I'm not alone!
  21. I have a buddy who always throws in extremely low bids like you're describing, he's a legitimate buyer and he actually wins a small percentage of auctions that go overlooked and have no reserve, you would not believe some of the deals he's gotten. Time consuming for sure, but if he likes something he tosses in a low bid and leave it be, if he wins great, if not, he goes on to the next 20-listings. I truly don't think eBay shills, too much liability if it ever came to light. Of course, we learn all the time anything is possible.
  22. I speak about this often with my car buddies I hang and go on drives with, most of whom have vintage Mercedes coupes like mine or W113 (Pagoda SL). Every time I'm out and about, little kids, maybe age 5-10 or so, really stop, stare, and get googly eyes. I'm sure they have NO IDEA what this car is, tho some astute kids actually name it, by the hood star I'd guess, but they are probably just enthralled by all the chrome on the tall grille and layered bumpers. Cars today just don't have those massive chrome grilles and details anymore and kids like shiny things or anything new-to-them. Next most popular group, women. Middle-aged ladies really go out of their way to compliment me on the car, followed next by teenage girls for some reason. Next is elderly or at least senior gentlemen, many pointing out they had a similar car or rode in one their parents owned. The group that almost NEVER comments, acknowledges or sometimes even go so far as to glance then quickly look away, turning their whole head away while their wife and kids eyeball me down the street, is 40's-50's aged men. I personally think it's that competitive nature of men, "you have what I want or don't have therefore I won't give you the pleasure of my acknowledgement." Who knows, but I have caught myself doing that too in the past without even realizing it, and it's all I can figure out. Humans... silly creatures.
  23. I received this message from the local Mercedes club, please contact the individuals named in the article if you can help with parts or information. Thanks! ********* This is an unusual request for help related to a very unusual situation. A couple from New Zealand is driving through the U.S. with their 1957 Mercedes-Benz 220s sedan. They have been in the US and Canada for 11 months and covered 27,000 miles - the first part of an around the world tour in the Mercedes. A few days ago they had a catastrophic failure in the rear axle. They are now stranded in Portland, and the car is at MBI Motors for repairs. Rear axle parts for the 220s are urgently needed to repair the damage. The couple, Fred and Elisabeth Smits, is looking for the rear differential casing and RH axle tube (MB casting number 180 351 0601 and the LH tube MB casting number 180 357 1918 - noting that these casting numbers are only indicative and may be different). A full differential unit would be helpful also. If any members have these parts, or know where they're may be some, please contact the Smits directly on their cell phone (310-617-7258), or call MBI Motors at 503-231-0444, or call our section Vice President, Ron Woodruff at 503-708-8151 The Smits' are on an around the world drive with their 1957 220s. For more information on their trip, visit their website www.ClassicStrider.com or www.Facebook.com/ClassicStrider.
  24. I've seen $1 bills with just the end trimmed off and replaced with a $20 strip, most people look at the face on a single bill but when part of a stack you generally just check the numbers and move on. I have never seen a large bill like this, I think these scammers assume $20 is the highest they can go without anyone really giving the funds a once over.
  25. You wanna know the secret to achieving this? Host a small gathering, a beer and BBQ sort of thing, with a few club members and old car guys you meet, just for chit chat. Without fail, several of them will end up under your car before the evening is finished. It's just nature's way.
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