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  1. So it was towed out of its indoor storage (notice the strap?); now it will begin to sink into the grass? Fall leaves are already starting to accumulate...
  2. Original poster here... A BIG THANK YOU for all of your replies! I'm going to single out and reply to a good many, but I'm sure there are other lurkers who may thinking along the same lines of where an old car guy should retire... My wife, Virginia, and my immediate family live: 3 stop lights away (MIL), 2 siblings and their families in Richmond VA (about 1:45 away), my sister lives between Carlisle and Hershey (2:30 away), and my Mom lives near Dover DE (2:15 away). So staying in the mid-Atlantic region makes the most sense right now. DE is too flat for me and too close to my mother... I do like to go there and enjoy the slower pace, especially the manageable amount of traffic. Real Estate Taxes: My wife and I toured a beautifully restored Victorian home within the city limits of York PA. The owners spent over $500,000 restoring the home and were selling for $299,000! The tax benefit they received for saving the old house was ending and the taxes were going up to about $12,000/year! Yikes! Tiny lot, no room for a garage... Personal Property Taxes: I live in Fairfax County. Property taxes are reasonable and the services are great. We live between two full-time fire departments. The tax that I don't like are the personal property taxes! We have four "modern" vehicles. Here is my bill for each for this year: 2015 Chevy SS - $754! (Remember this is a FIVE year old car!) Each year it goes down, but not by much. It discourages ME from buying a NEW vehicle... 2006 Chrysler 300C (my son's daily driver) - $99. 2005 Suburban (123,000 miles) - $128. 2000 Cherokee Sport (206,000 miles, will be my daughter's first car) -$54. 2006 Harley (my commuter) - $59. John S in PA: Thank you for your vote for south central PA. I forgot to mention Macungie in my original post (1:30 or so to the east but worthwhile) VermontBoy: Great response and vote for central NY state! KFLE: To answer your question, a little bit of both (Too many people have taken advantage of me over the years when money is not mentioned up front. Live and learn...) I can fix your car or house, but I expect to be paid... 51Dyno: I would love to escape the HUMIDITY and MOSQUITOES on the east coast, but I know that may not be a reality. No, I do not fish or hunt (but I grew up next to 13,000 acres of State Games Lands in NE PA, so I do like the woods!) Spinneyhill: Sorry! New Zealand is just TOO FAR! But, I'm sure it is beautiful! Nick8086: Thanks for posting the SuperFund Sites! I can tell you the location of every landfill close to where I have lived over the years. A scourge on the earth, but a necessary evil. Are landfills in developing countries sanitary? Do they use liners there? EdInMass, KFLE, & others: Western Michigan does sound appealing and close to a myriad of old car go to places. I went to the Corvair convention in Kalamazoo about 10 years ago, so I am a little familiar... Keiser31: Sorry... Oregon is just a little too far from immediate family. McHinson & Alsancle: We have good friends in Wilmington NC in a huge over 55 development on an old paper plantation. The homes there are huge and beautiful, but many are for sale at unrealistic prices. A very good friend of mine who retired from the NVA area considered Ashville NC as his #1 retirement location on the east coast. I'll have to ask him why he decided on SW New Mexico instead. (How is the humidity and mosquitoes in Ashville?) Ronnie & The Handleman: TN sounds appealing on many levels. Dynaflash: Thank you for telling us your story... I hope we all learn something from your decisions! Godspeed... Restorer32: I don't know if you recall, but my son and I visited your shop about a year ago on our way back from checking out Penn College in Williamsport. I may be in touch over the next few years... John348: Expletive HOT! I went to another Corvair convention in Jacksonville and as soon as the sun was up the glass wall to the parking lot was covered with water droplets and the HEAT was oppressive! I will NOT do another convention in July in Florida! Pfeil: Prescott looks beautiful! RGSmits: No grandkids yet! My kids are only 19 & 15, so hopefully, it will still be many years. I never understood why my aunt & uncle from northern NJ moved away from their kids and 5 grandchildren to Vegas! As they get older the flights back and forth for various family events must be wearing... The quality of life in the Washington DC area is crazy! I usually leave for work between 6 - 6:15am. If I wait until 7, I can add at least :20 minutes to my morning commute. My evening commute is :45 minutes and I only live 11.5 miles from work. This is on a good day. If there is an accident on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, add another :30 minutes! What I really don't understand is Beltway/Route 66 traffic on the weekends. It's 2pm on a Saturday and I'm sitting in traffic for no apparent reason. In-fill development is gobbling up any free space with mostly townhouses and condos/apartments. Thank you for listening and weighing in! Greg
  3. In the next six months to three years I plan on retiring... I'll be in my mid-50's and currently live in the Washington DC area. I'll be looking for a state that doesn't tax federal retirement. I'm thinking either Pennsylvania (think Hershey/Carlisle) or North Carolina. Any suggestions? Since I will have worked in a office environment for 30+ years I would like to finally work with my hands and turn wrenches, especially on old vehicles! Any suggestions? Anyone have a shop where they would need eager help? Willing to relocate. Thanks! Greg
  4. I would love to be the next caretaker of a classic vehicle some day and as a lifelong Corvair fan, the natural progression would be for me to gravitate toward a air cooled Franklin! While this Franklin offers great lines and completeness, it is really sad that it has been left out in the elements...
  5. Ok, let's note some positives! I looks well grafted together. A lot of thought went into this mash-up. The body work and paint looks well done. The worst thing for me is those hideous wheels! Anything with three or four "spokes" just looks wrong...
  6. Hi! My name is Greg and I live in Alexandria Virginia! Although I do not have a CCCA vehicle (yet!), I'm trying to do as much research and view as many cars as possible before I become the vehicle's next caretaker. It would be great if there was a classic vehicle in my family that has been passed down thru the generations; however, there is not... I drove just over an hour in my modern car (a 2015 Holden SS) to go to this show, my first CCCA meet. At 53, I was definitely among the younger of the owners and interlopers. It would have been great if there was some type of "ambassador" there is show me around or introduce me to a few folks... I did ask one guy that looked official how many cars were there and he said 47. I also asked a few people if they knew Al Becker who I spoke to on the phone, but never met, since he had a beautiful dark green phaeton there, but no luck... He may have been judging. Anyway, I watched a few times as the teams of judges actually did the operations tests and judged the cars. I took many of the same photos you see above. I stopped at the information table/canopy on the way out and they were offering a pretty thick classic car book as a gift if one joined the club that day. The two black unrestored cars definitely appealed to me. The sedan definitely needed new glass, but that would take away from its originality. I'm very glad I went! A big THANK YOU to the hosts!
  7. Hey, Frank! Why are you still a Junior Member with over 1,000 posts? What do you (or I!) have to do to become SENIOR members? We're both over 50, no? Greg
  8. Tell us about the Packard(?) pictured next to the depot hack in the last few photos please, Flowergirl...
  9. I LIKE the color... Might be cool to pull some vintage boat.
  10. If anyone happens to need a vehicle transported between the Outer Banks to the Washington DC area and all points in between in an enclosed trailer the weekend of 13-14 April 2019, please let me know ASAP! Thank you! Greg 202-306-8916 (text/cell)
  11. Hi, Sean! It might be a good idea to let folks know where the Buicks are located! I see a CA black plate and your area code indicates Riverside. Good luck with your projects and finances! Greg
  12. About 15-20 years ago, I purchased a RUSTBUCKET Rampside pick up truck thru an ad in the Washington Post. It was somewhere in Maryland... When I went to look at it it was in pretty tough shape, but it yielded a few great parts - factory gas heater (relatively rare in an FC Corvair), straight as an arrow F&R bumpers, and an excellent windshield. I offered $50 for it and said I would remove it from the property. I think the "remove it from the property" was more important to the seller than the $50. It was sad when I laid the two $20's and one $10 in the sellers hand. The best part was the NOS FC-only gas heater exhaust pipe behind the seat! That alone was worth more than the $50. I sold the gas heater for $150! Recently I paid $25/each to have the bumpers professionally blasted and I painted them with epoxy primer. Another friend cut the DS panel out of the bed for a new skin for a ramp for another Rampside. I still have the nose, which I will cut the DS corner to repair some accident damage on another RS I am making roadworthy...
  13. Quite a lot of car for the money! I'm sure the restoration costs were well above the asking price...
  14. It would have been much better if the deceased owner would have concentrated on maintaining an adequate structure to house maybe 5-6 vehicles and maintained those vehicles in driving condition. In the end his estate would have been able to sell those 5-6 for much more than the scrap values they will receive for all these hulks. I feel bad for the two Mark IIs...