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  1. Jeff’s Lincoln is very nice! He brought it on a Southern Ohio Chapter AACA tour a couple months ago.
  2. I will throw in my two cents. Very nice looking Buick. I have 25000 mile 57 Tbird my Dad ordered new and brought me home in 1958. It is almost all original including a couple tires that were recapped in 1970’s. While I put radials on my 66 Impala and 67 Camero( hankooks) I wanted to keep the bias ply on the TBird which I did a couple years ago ( original Goodyear from Universal) Surprisingly they do fine on the highway and not bad on a curvy road tour a few months ago. The whitewalls have stayed white. While I know radials would handle better on a car like yours. Bias ply would be lot Less I think and give a period correct ride. Haha. You might just have to take the curves slower. Bias ply also have a stronger sidewall that may allow you to run longer than radials. Just a thought. Have fun when it cools down in Texas.
  3. I have been reading this forum for probably 20 years. Rarely post questions but always enjoy the advice I get. Try to answer questions when I can. Thanks to all who have helped make it what it is. The greatest antique car forum in the world! While have not met Peter yet, I did meet Ron Barrett while videoing brass cars going through a covered bridge near Waynesville, Ohio on a Reliability Tour in about 1997. Ron and his wife came through the bridge in his Hudson touring and then it died going up a hill. He roll down to where I was. We laughed and I cranked it back up and they took off but the same thing happened thus after cranking again he backed up the hill. All because of low fuel in a gravity system which is why I fill up every day on tour on my brass cars as only one has an electric Fuel pump I can turn on in those situations. I of course knew who he was from the Antique Automobile magazine and later frequent posts on this forum. Tom Muth
  4. Thanks for posting. Amazing story that Union Pacific’s Management made the tremendous financial commitment to restore one of eight Big Boys left after 60 years since the last one ran. No one ever thought the Nirvana of steam engines would ever run again on the rails. I have been following 4014 on Facebook for the last few years. Hope to see it out west somewhere next year when I retire. May even pony up for ride. Hey that could be an AACA tour activity. Tom Muth Cincinnati, Ohio
  5. Fortunately here in Ohio we have a 25 year rule for historical plates. I bought my first car as a future collector car in 1980, a 66 Chevy Impala convertible with 25000 miles. It now has 50000 and still all original except for tires, battery and a few other wear items. It allowed me to get in the hobby very inexpensively and still have a nice car. I got a 1996 Buick Roadmaster a few years ago for same reason and I use it to tow my brass cars and local AACA tours on hot day when the boss wants A/C.
  6. I have three cars now with Dot 5. A 57 Tbird with no problems except the brake light switch in 25 years. Probably 10 years in a 70 Vette and 3 years with a 66 Impala. The key is to start with all new components. Tom
  7. I am considering a Montrose aluminum trailer made in Michigan. They are lightweight and the front lifts up like snowmobile trailer. Looking at 20ft with extra ht for brass cars so I don’t have to put the top down. Also want to tow a 36 Ford or a 57 TBird which I can not do now with a 7/17 cargo trailer. The Montrose this size weighs about 2500lbs and are only 8 ft width which would mean I could tow my 1911 Ford and small 1912 Buick’s behind my 96 Roadmaster with the tow package occasionally. Most of the towing would be with a Class C motorhome with the V10. Any have any experience with Montrose?
  8. My first couple old cars were purchased when they were 14 and 19 years old. A 66 Impala Convt and 70 Vette. I have a 1996 Buick Roadmaster I bought about six years ago from my Dads estate. It is now an antique and have been using it on local tours on hot days as it is only one with ac. Also use it to tow my brass cars occasionally. It has just 68000 miles but just had to redo the brake system. I love it and plan to keep. I also have been considering a 2000 something Chevy Avalanche. I they are cool and a better tow vehicle then the Buick plus it could be antique in a few years.
  9. Talked to him a couple times last year as I was going to send him a Schebler model L to rebuild but got side tracked. Seemed like a great guy.
  10. Guess since this tread is still going I will weigh in on one of my cars, a 1911 Ford restored by my Dad in the early 1950’s. First picture of me cranking it at a family friends house and their daughter in about 1961. Her mother is 95 still living in that house and we may recreate this later this year since it is near the Ohio Model T Jamboree location. Second picture is my wife on the Snappers Brass tour to Put-in-Bay last September waiting on the ferry. Last picture is me on the left with the President of Marblehead Bank during the same tour last year with the T nearly visible. We were maskless for the picture! He is a customer of mine and car guy too.
  11. Here’s my two cents. The car looks to be original so why not HPOF? I showed my 1984 Ford E350 Tioga Motorhome at Hershey after some friends started showing their GMC motor home. This motorhome was purchased new by a friend that used it to vend at the Swap meet as did I. I dressed up as “Cousin Eddie” with Sewer hose in hand and got lots of looks! It rained the morning of the show so was very handy. I got my HPOF original later at Auburn. Unfortunately I got tired of working on it and bought a new Motorhome that I use in vending at the swap meet now and tow my brass cars. Maybe in 23 years, I can show it.
  12. I have been reading Hemming since the 1970’s but mostly hand me downs from my Dad. After he passed, I got my own subscription. I have been checking out Hemmings.com for years finding my 1912 McLaughlin Buick nearly 20 years ago. I still do that and like the Hemmings Auctions and parts section online. However, I still like the brown paper copy that has coverage of the auctions that I don’t find anywhere else and services ads for parts rebuilding like Marks Mags and such. I also like glancing through the car ads for fun. I also like Hemming Classic Car too. Try to pass all of these to younger cars guys.
  13. Had planned to bring my 1912 Buick and 1996 Buick Roadmaster this until it was moved to the July 4th weekend that is booked every year by my wife as a boating trip. Hopefully they will move this back to May next year.
  14. Been using Westley’s on cars since the early 1970’s and no issues
  15. My 1912 McLaughlin Buick model 35 has a nice pair of Corcoran headlights. My 1912 Buick has all Corcoran lights. Maybe some day I will take them to the Corcoran factory location for pictures. Tom Muth Cincinnati, Ohio
  16. Having an Active AACA Regions and Chapters( VMCCA or HCCA too) that tour in an area I would retire would be most important. Fortunately I have that now in Southwest Ohio and Northern Ky. Have to continue working on getting new members and existing ones to host tours and hold offices. Even with COVID last year, we were able to do picnic/outdoor stops during every warm weather month but April last year. This year we have hosts for just about every touring month already. Tom Muth
  17. I had planned to bring two cars a 1912 Buick and 1996 Buick to Auburn but the change to July 4th weekend stopped that as we had booked another non car trip with the family before the change. Hopefully next year they can go back spring. Understand we are at RM’s mercy and I am sure they are hoping things might be better in July this year. Not a big show guy but enjoy going to Auburn since it is close and a nice guys weekend in our Motorhome with trailer staying on the grounds. Tom Muth Cincinnati, Ohio
  18. Doc Pressler and his wife Vi were long time members of the Canton Chapter of the Ohio Region AACA. He was a fantastic guy and owned lots of great classic and brass cars he used on tours with the Canton Chapter, Ohio Region and National AACA. I vaguely remember this car as I had moved to Cincinnati in the 1990’s and only saw Press and Vi at Hershey or Ohio Region tours. It had to run great if he owned it.
  19. Looks like a great hot weather tour car. I have 1996 Buick Roadmaster that is now an eligible AACA car. We used a few times the last few years on local tours when it was 90 plus high humidity. My other collector cars do not have A/C. Now it is official and I plan to maybe have it judged for first junior or HPOF at some point. Mostly use it to tow my brass cars but now can take it on a Founders tour. Have fun with your Caddy!
  20. Jeff, Pat Mescher in our club owns a speedometer repair business he does on the side. Bills-speedometer.com Tom Muth
  21. That show was was one of the last tv series I watched. Loved it! If I had room and not 11 other collector cars, I might consider it. Tom Muth
  22. Catbird, Very Nice car! Truly a Big Boy toy as Ed stated. While some touring was cancelled last year, we did tour from May to October with our local AACA club with just some back road stops at Parks or outdoor memorials and had social distancing at picnics. Our local tours are mostly 1950-90's cars but some of us have brass. We did a local Model T tour in June and the Snapper Brass and Gas tour in Port Clinton, Ohio in September. Had a RR Silver Ghost, Three Locomobiles, a Simplex along with more common makes like our 1911 Ford. It was great but not without the hosts having to do a bit of work to modify their plans to make the gatherings work. Had some box lunches while sitting on running boards. We also did the Hershey Hangover this past year which was great despite even tougher and changing rules for the host in PA. While normal stops at museums are a little tough and stops a indoor restaurants even tougher, picnics worked great and in some ways took us back to what brass era tourist did in the Thomas Flyer era. I recently found a Columbus Dispatch article on our Ohio Region AACA Tour in 1960. Lots of brass era cars on that tour including a Thomas Flyer. The cool thing is they had George Schuster as the speaker for the banquet. This was a few years before he went to Reno to confirm the original New York to Paris car for Bill Harrah. I will try to post this at some point. Tom Muth Cincinnati, Ohio
  23. I have a 1911 Ford Touring that my Dad taught me to drive at age 13 and was the first car I ever drove. We have done several Ohio Model T Jamborees and the Hershey Hangover Tour this past October. While we tow it behind a Motorhome in an enclosed trailer, I drive it around our area 20 - 30 miles or so with a flashing red light on the back like the Amish use. Mine is stock rear end so it cruises at 30-40 MPH. After I do the Old Car Fest in Dearborn Michigan someday as my Dad took it in 1955, I may put on the disc Brakes(Old Car Fest does not allow) and maybe a two speed rear end. My buddies with those cruise at 40-50 and can keep up with the big 6 brass cars. For tours a long ways away you might check into the rental of a pickup and trailer which if infrequent may be better than owning. I also own a 36 Ford Phaeton. With its stock 4:11 gears it is a 45-50 MPH car. I have a Columbia for it and may put it in once I get it back on road. Need to add an electric fuel pump as the Cam is worn that moves the mechanical pump up and down and do not want to rebuild the engine just for that. While I have non Ford Brass cars too, They are expensive to have parts made. Non Fords like Buicks and such in the 1930s have some parts available, not as easy as T and A. While I have driven but never owned a Model A, It would be a good choice. Since you are talking family stick to one with a back seat like a Phaeton, Tudor or Fordor. Decent drivers of all of these can be had for under $20000. Some of the closed cars have adjustable seats. You need to check which one those are and see if you fit. The local A clubs can help. A stock A will run 45 all day with an occasional 50-55. As said before, someone makes overdrives for them that will move the cruising speed up to 50-55. They are simple to work on, gravity fuel, great parts supply and club activity. Adding a flashing light on the back like I do on busier roads it not a bad idea too. I would vote for an A as the best First Prewar car for a young family man. Tom in Cincinnati
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