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  1. Terrific breakdown, well said! Reminds me of movie critics, unless they have attended a film school or come from a filmmaking background, it's a layman's opinion with no more import than any other person's. I very often use Rotten Tomatoes, the film rating site, to help me figure out if I might want to watch a specific movie on Netflix or maybe at the second run theatres (movie ticket, pint of beer and a slice of fresh made pizza for under $10!!!) and they have ratings from both critics and another one from audiences. You can usually safely ignore the critic ratings and go with what audiences liked if you want to stack the odds that you will enjoy the movie too. Tho I will say that films like Gummo and Bad Words made me laugh hysterically while nearly everyone else in the theatre sat is silence so it's not always accurate, but still to your point.
  2. I see your point but in my own experience, even back in the 1980-90's before there were televised auctions people were still always surprised when I told them what my cars actually cost me to buy, how inexpensive they were. I think just the nameplate is enough for most people to see dollar signs, but my cars were almost always something high-end when new (Jag, Cadillac) so I can't say the same would hold true for a Dodge or Chevy.
  3. I like the cut of your jib. Great idea, anything that gets more and older cars out and being seen gets my support.
  4. So talk of recalls on another thread got me wondering about what the oldest/earliest car you know of that has gotten a recall notice? By that I mean has anyone ever gotten a notice for their '56 Chevy or '34 Ford in the last 10 or 20-years? When did recalls begin at all for manufacturers and is there a cutoff based on time or can they be issued indefinitely?
  5. That new info helps a great deal. A few more observations based on what you said: If being "rough on my cars" is evidenced by the example that followed, three cross country trips on one oil change and no coolant, then old car ownership may not be the right fit for you. If you still really want an old car, and I support that, you will have to either make yourself become more involved with the maintenance or simply hire a shop to do this all for you, but old cars are more fun when you can do some basic work especially when you get stranded because you can diagnose and fix yourself sometimes, especially simple stuff like a coolant hose, spark plug, distributor cap, etc. Older engines won't last as long as modern spec engines, so if you started with a newly rebuilt engine with 0-miles within 5-years you would likely need some major services such as timing chain, seals, quite possibly head work ($$$), and suspension ($$). Any old car you buy, unless the subject of a total restoration, will still probably need some immediate work that was either hidden or just due from wear and age. Rubber lines, hoses, suspension bits, etc., all come under this category. You don't really buy an old car for fuel economy simply because gas was basically free back when they were built. I'm exaggerating but inflation adjusted it was FAR cheaper until the mid 2000's so fuel economy was simply not a factor. I have no idea about replacing a carb with fuel injection but some of the 60's top level cars have a mechanical fuel injection, and slightly later cars have electronic injection, they were ahead of the curve, others can comment on American cars. FI isn't necessarily cheaper to maintain either, just slightly better economy and more reliable. In fact, probably more costly, I've spent $500 on adjustments to my MFI when I first got my car just to get it running right. You will likely need standard policy insurance for the mileage you run, like what you already have, but the cost should be lower than what you're paying now. Cassettes were an 80's thing. My experience is largely Euro cars but even 60's Beckers can be sent back to them to have you factory original fitted with an Aux out on the rear to accept an iPod/iPhone connection, many of my friends in the clubs do this. An old car may have had it's stereo upgraded in the 80's/90's however. I feel the need to hit this one point again, any older car and definitely anything from the 60's back, will require you to check the fluids regularly, some will say weekly but I check mine every time I walk out for a drive. It only takes 5-minutes to check oil, trans fluid, power steering, brake fluid and coolant. All old cars leak so the need to check them often is not being overly worried, but there to prevent you ruining an engine or something else costly and leaving you stuck. If you are unwilling, or otherwise not capable, to do any of this, there is only one clear choice for your vintage car, the unstoppable Mercedes-Benz W123 chassis and only with a Diesel engine. Probably a 240d or 300d and there are sedan, wagon and pillarless coupe versions of this car. They are reasonably plentiful and are hard to kill even if you try. You can do veggie oil conversion for fuel if you are so inclined. Look for a Turbo Diesel for better "ooomph" or plan your merges 1/4-mile ahead of time. I also think a big Chrylser 300 or similar from the 60's would be a nice daily car but all have specific weak points or concerns so once you find the make and model you think you want to buy, do what I said already and talk to owners and on brand/model specific forums for buying guides and what problems to look for.
  6. Turn a negative into a positive and consider just how nice and memorable it will be to celebrate your milestone surrounded by friends and other great cars rather than simply popping open an envelope one day. Maybe you can try to plan ahead and make it a real event!
  7. Hi! Welcome and good on you for considering a fun old car as your daily driver, it makes every day special! How far is your drive to work and how many days a week? Being LA, I should probably ask how long does it take you to get to work rather than how far. Also consider the roads you will be using, will this be a freeway cruiser or mainly through town? I lived in LA for many years prior so know that you also need a car that can sit in stopped traffic in 80-90+ degree weather regularly without overheating. Those would be some of my geographically-specific bits of advice added to what was already said. Also, see what clubs or groups are active for whatever car you're considering and if they are having a meet-up anytime soon go and speak to owners of the cars and get their first hand impressions of what it's like to drive such a car in that town and find out what shop does their work and how convenient it is to you for those (hopefully rare) times you will need to have it hauled in. It happens to even the best old cars as components age, so you must always be prepared to be stranded somewhere. Make sure you have excellent roadside service, even double or triple down like I do. I have roadside through my mobile phone provider, through my insurance, AAA, and two local tow guys on call so I can always get a flatbed as quickly as possible. Also, of course you won;t have nav or iPod hookup but you can always use bluetooth speakers so you don't have to cut into your "new" old car and use your iPhone for the rest. Fuel consumption would also likely increase so factor that into the cost. Finally, check insurance before you buy the car, and if you can either keep the Hyundai or even buy something very cheap but modern to have normal insurance on, then you could qualify for collectors insurance through Hagerty or one of those specialists at a very low rate and for agreed value, you might be surprised how cheap this can be if your mileage isn't too wild. JUst a side note to possibly help your present situation, but shouldn't a 2012 Sonata have a 5-yr/60,000 miles basic warranty and 10/100,000 drivetrain warranty? Make sure you are not paying for anything covered by the warranty, it should have transferred with your ownership so long as the mileage hasn't been exceeded. Maybe you're only talking about non-warranty general maintenance, but it still helps to read your warranty booklet carefully so you don't go out of pocket. If you mistakenly paid for something that should have been covered ask how to request reimbursement based on your invoice, it may be possible.
  8. No West, that is not me nor any relation. "Marrs" is purely a Nome de Plume for my car art.
  9. I see someone still managed to sneak a Voisin in, judging by the 2013 gallery. Always enjoyed the Lemons events, $500 is a heck of a way to go racing! Good luck with your show!
  10. Yup, one in the same. When I'm not driving cars I'm painting them... on canvas, not in a booth.
  11. Thank you all for the experienced comments, I think you have convinced me, I will now pass along your wisdom to the other parties involved. Sometimes when you are so close to a big project you can't see the forest for the trees. Much appreciated.
  12. You honor your friend well, that brief anecdote put a smile on my face just reading about his passion for driving the Rolls. I'm sure he would be happy to know he is still bringing joy to others. I wish you and his family comfort.
  13. Well said! I can add that I have several friends who are not "car guys" but can now find a way to relate to me more when I see them out socially by asking, "So do you watch that Chasing Classic Cars show?" I pick that example specifically because it really is the show most people I know ask about and watch as non-enthusiasts, Top Gear is second among them. I think Wayne Carini is probably the best role model for our hobby, and Keith Martin to a degree as well, with CCC being such a genuine and interesting show, even people who prefer non-auto themed programs like American Pickers can enjoy CCC because of his usually exciting search for these forgotten cars. I also have friends who email me regularly asking what old car (that usually means 70's to them) they should buy and submit a list of cars I may not particularly care for, but I keep my mouth closed in that respect and offer them solid buying advice and what to look for, especially as this may just start some of them down the path to collector car ownership. Makes me wonder, does the AACA run tv spots ever? This seems like a great way to reach a new audience as you said. I know it can be cost prohibitive on the national level but local spots in under-represented markets would be far, far less costly. By that I mean stations often place their own local ads over the supplied national ads during most shows, where allowed by their syndication terms, to generate local level revenue for the stations.
  14. I haven't been on the forum much lately with all the work projects, work on the Benz (engine, injectors, brakes, seals), and everyday life going on but here are a few more finds from the last couple of months. I tend to post these on my Instagram as it's much easier. Anyone else here on Instagram? Here we have a a Checker Marathon wagon, a Dodge Viper GTS (not old but definitely cool), a W126 sedan with a Smart car for size comparison, followed by an R107 SL, and a Jag 420. The lady who just bought the Jag and I had a long conversation, she sought the car out specifically and it turns out even considered a blue one we were offering, small world! All of these cars were found within 5-mins of my home.
  15. As you may know from some of my posts I am assisting a friend who is selling several vintage cars; Mercedes, early VW, Jags, Ford, Chevy, Lincoln, Rolls-Royce, Porsche and even a former President's limo. He recently told me there are a further two collections upcoming that he would like my help with as well. I am told these collections consist of low mileage cars bought purely for one collection as well as literally rooms full of parts, memorabilia and literature in the other. An auction house takes too big of a cut for his liking as a broker, so we are considering doing a full inventory (likely over several months) of all the parts, separated by country of origin, marque and model. Again, literally dozens if not hundreds of marques represented in these vast collections. I would like to ask, when you folks go to a very large automotive estate sale are you more interested in items having a set price that you can perhaps even haggle or do you prefer an auction setting where any price could be achieved? Would you prefer to separate the sales into Euro cars one day, then American the next, or maybe based on era ranges (there is enough material to warrant multi-day sales), or maybe have cars and parts one weekend, literature the next, memorabilia and similar another, or would you just have one huge event lasting a weekend with everything in one sale from all car types and eras for all to see? We are too far for Hershey or similar venue to be a viable option, likely these items will be sold from the estates when they reside. Any and all opinions welcome. Please note, I am not offering "sneak peeks" or taking want lists just yet so please don't message asking for specific cars or parts, I will post again in the For Sale section when these items become available. This will take some time. We are presently only working on the overall plan until we get some idea of what we have and in what quantities & condition.
  16. Thanks Dave, I understand that our planet works on cycles far greater than our mortal lifetimes so I am not surprised it was predicted as the evidence is all there if we look at our planet's history, it's all a matter of where we go from here right? That is the crux of the matter. I appreciate your perspectives. Also very true what you said about beliefs. *thumbs up*
  17. I have the right to drive and enjoy old cars and listen to opinions on this forum that are different than my own even if I don't necessarily like the mindset of a few stubborn people who I feel are incorrect, the two do not correlate in any way, are not mutually exclusive, and does not lessen my joy for the hobby. As with any discussion, this is my opinion, and you have yours, I have no issue with that and defend your right to speak what you feel and would never contrive to attack you personally or try to compare how much of a "car guy" you are by what you drive. Are there not people here who don't even own a classic or vintage car? There are, but by your measure they don't belong here. I choose an all inclusive model for my life, and I am better for it. You're remarks border dangerously on "you aren't one of us, so you don't belong here." I do know plenty of older generation folks who strive to remain up to date on knowledge and info, so again, age isn't the sole factor. To your point however, I consider myself someone who does see the big picture and I would gladly drive a new Tesla or other electric car over most other gas cars, and if you like cars I suggest you try one yourself. You will be amazed at the wave of torque that envelopes you on your way to smooth and quiet highway speeds. I also back the idea being tossed around locally that some of our downtown city streets *should* be closed to cars and remain pedestrian only, if you read up on the number of pedestrian deaths in the parts of our town that have lots of clubs, cafes and restaurants you might consider that useful also. Again, none of this makes me less of an enthusiast. I have owned many old cars, I attend every race that goes on here, I go to the MBCA corral at the local historics, auto jumbles and swap meets, I founded a car new site that has grown to readership approaching 100,000 people, I contribute to Jalopnik regularly, I write for our local and national club magazines and newsletters, I work on my own car when I have the means to do so, and I am going on a road trip in a few days to pick up a fun old car with a buddy. I dare say I am more active in the car world than many who seem to judge me. I'd like to toss in the notion that Tesla may very well be the entity that brings back traditional coachbuilding. These cars use a skateboard style chassis, a flat base to which the body and components are affixed, this is different than unibody cars we have been straddled with for so long. The ability to swap out the bodywork so readily has many in the car world excited at the prospects of the return of the coachbuilders. You may not know that if you simply disregarded anything written about electric cars. Also, you do realize that electric propulsion for cars is indeed old technology? So I am to believe that now there are only certain electric cars that will qualify my credentials as a car guy. Grog and RW Burgess also expressed similar enthusiasm for electric and hybrid cars on the first page of this thread so I am not alone even here. You will have to send me the rule book on what makes someone a true gearhead, I didn't get my copy when I was born to a father who was working down at the Chrysler plant. I also don't see too many people complaining that Jay Leno owns and appreciates all makes, models, ages and even powered plants in his cars. As you said, there is a word for that kind of behavior. My use of "settled science" was a turnabout to the individual who used it originally to mean quite the opposite. Maybe that subtlety eluded some, I will be more clear in the future. Dave@moon, I think we are arguing the same point mostly, so if my attempts at humor were taken as truth or my opinion, again I somehow failed. To be clear, I firmly believe there is a massive change underway on our planet, I can't presume to know if it;s a normal cycle or a man-made one, but I do know it will have catastrophic effects on all of us alive in 20+ years. I am not one for sabre rattling but for a more scientific approach about how we can better manage our food and water resources, our rising sea levels, dwindling sea life, etc. Few could say we have enough resources for everyone on the planet, and the 2-billion extra who will arrive in the next 10-years or so. I think Dave's point is that things ARE happening, regardless of why, and I agree with that. Also, ethanol is gas is bad.
  18. Risty-OToole: Yes, in fact they do often serve free alcohol at these events, especially if you're in the "good seats", great point! There's also the show-off factor at play, the guys who want the camera on them as they walk around a car on their phone asking their friends back home "can you see me on TV?" Alsance: Agreed, I find auctions to be primarily a source of entertainment, and they excel at that. Caddyshack: I have noticed trends over the decades of cars flowing one direction, into a specific country or region, but that is almost always reversed at some point, usually if a once favored marque falls out of said favor, or if a country has economic troubles, or in the case of some European countries, regulations push the cars back towards the States or wherever they came from. Today I see so many Oldtimer Mercedes cars heading back to Germany, yet some of these models weren't even readily sold there when new because their economy was in post-war shambles. They are buying the cars they could never have had, I guess much like US collectors coveting Porsche 959s today.
  19. I did realize there was no real point to trying to present facts and yes, settled science, on the issue. People can have an opinion but their opinion doesn't alter reality. I originally wrote a multi-paragraph post and even cited sources to dispel some of the earlier uninformed and outright wrong statements made on the topic, but then I remembered where I was. I do fully appreciate that spending time on the AACA forum means the opinions here will more than likely reflect an older generation's viewpoints, and I'm sure nobody here will debate that those views almost always vary from the views of the younger crowd. When you were a kid did you believe that the moon was made of cheese just because ol grandpappy said it 'twas so, he heard it from his teacher down at the one-room school house? Heck, she's traveled all over, even been to the next county once, so she really must be an expert on celestial bodies! Knowledge is gathered exponentially with each generation so it is a fallacy to dismiss those who you may disagree with, but who likely have better or more ready access to the facts. Sure the old dentist has more experience with tooth pullers and mercury fillings, but I'll take the guy who came out of med school 5-years ago and is armed with the latest and safest tools, education and procedures. I enjoy the different opinions offered here, it's why I still come back even tho I have personally seen posts containing slightly masked racism, homophobia or similar things that few my age would find acceptable or funny, but your words do have meaning, and when you post them in a public place you have to expect people to read them, and if you're uninformed or your mind if simply full of outdated ideology then you must expect to be called on it. I'd happily sit down over a cup of coffee with anyone on this forum to chat about cars, I love your combined knowledge on that topic, but once it starts down the long, dark path of cultural or scientific discussions, I think I will pay my bill and part ways with a smile and a handshake.
  20. We have had similar discussions here before about the effects of big money auctions have on the hobby. Most often it is seen as a negative but we published an article that offers a flip-side view of the hobby and how high dollar cars actually benefit the collector and individual hobbyist. I welcome opinions of course. In Defense of High Auction Results
  21. If anyone wants to know one possible reason why young people do not frequent this forum, just have a look at some of the science deniers on here and you have your answer.
  22. Great suggestion folks, much appreciated!
  23. I am helping a friend research and prepare for sale several different types of limos ranging from those with significant US political history all the way to a low-level Rolls-Royce conversion. I will likely be asking several questions as part of this research, but I thought there was a section elsewhere in the forum that was specific to limos but I don't see anything like that now, just the commercial cars which is largely hearses and ambulances. My guess is my questions will revolve around the coachbuilders, quantities produced, "what is it" type inquiries, etc. Would it be best to seek the info by adding to this same thread as questions arise or should I post individually in the British, Lincoln, and similar sub-forums most closely related to the car in question? Is there another spot I maybe overlooked that's better for these cars?
  24. Very interesting, I hear owners of cars similar to mine complain in the warm months that these mechanical fuel injection cars are susceptible to vapor lock. Is there any reason this wouldn't be a solution for those folks? Any special concerns for use on a road car?
  25. Terrific car. I really like these esoteric/artistic designs as they take just the right combination of imagination, resources and confidence to pull off. That slightly sinister face would look so perfect at night with it's hooded yellow eyes and Parthenon grille parting fog on a wet Parisian cobbled street.
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