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About lordairgtar

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  • Birthday 04/01/1954


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    Model builder, automotive artist, wire harness tech at Custom Wire, and historian of cars
  1. I know. Thanks for the encouragement. I have at my work place some of the equipment already. I can make a jig using the plastic axle as a pattern. It's a simple rod with bends at both ends. I think I can also create working steering too. Like you said, won't know until I try and we have a lot of the proper sized brass rod at work. I think I can create the steering part with it's associated king pins and tie rods and steering arms. I've done this in plastic and I know how to solder as that is what I do at work.
  2. You continue to amaze me. I'm barely contemplating replacing a front tube axle made of brass to replace a weakened vintage plastic part in an old model kit I'm building.The steering will be functional.
  3. Well, Mr Zimmermann, if you were to participate in any of the NNL events around the US and even the world, you would walk away with the honors. NNL stands for National Nameless Luminaries, a sort of ribbing (joke) directed at a group of well known modellers who did not participate in an event put on several years ago. Now, NNLs are model shows where there isn't judging per se, but there are votes by peers for best model. Mostly cars are the center of these get togethers but other model genres have been known exhibit. I think there is a similar event held in Norway or Sweden every year.
  4. Since time immemorial. We'd still be speaking like Shakespeare wrote otherwise.
  5. Awesome. I never got around to googling cars of the era to look for it. Thanks.
  6. Before the CDL licenses, Wisconsin truck drivers had what was called a Chauffeur's License. There were different levels depending on the vehicle. Over the road truckers had one kind , yet school bus drivers had another.
  7. Borg made a bunch of clocks for cars and this one is pretty neat looking. Borg had his hand in Borg and Beck, and Borg Warner, BTW. If this was meant to be in a particular car, one would have to track down the design image as that would have matched other design elements of the particular car. I GOOGLED my butt off and could not find any reference. A lot of different clocks were made by Borg for cars, Ford and Nash and others.
  8. Yes, very durable engine. It was funny when my Grandfather got a Skylark Custom new in 1969, that the dealer showed him a six cylinder powered Special Deluxe and it had that same Chevy engine in it. Buick was in-between marketing a V6 in those years.
  9. That's good you kept that car in such nice shape. That Chevy 6 is about the most bullet proof engine I know of. My dad had the first year Buick Apollo four door with an actual Buick engine in it, a V8 in fact. He bought it used, owned it 6 years and it never gave him a lick of trouble.
  10. Thanks for reply. True, the car should have never left the plant in that condition. US car makers and dealers were still selling on reputation and not actual quality then. Obviously also, the dealer did not care about happy customers at all seeing that the car clearly was buggered by the factory and let into the dealer queue. I think it started to change a bit after with the new downsized full size cars of 77, but still had a bit to go. Today, a new Chevy or Ford or Chrysler clearly looks good at all angles and lasts longer than it's warranty does. I bought two new HHR panels, one in 07 and the other in 2010. One small trouble with a brake rotor on the 07 and none on the 2010 with over 60,000 miles on it. Actually, I think your Olds is awesome in that you do show how quality building and lazy Quality Assurance can destroy a car company's reputation.
  11. Interesting story about the Olds Omega you own. I kinda like the car, even with it's flaws. But anyway, similar story with a different outcome... My grandfather loved Buicks, he always bought them since his first in 1955, which was a Special, til his last which was a Grand National. In 1974, he ordered a new 1975 Lesabre two door. Huge car in a very dark blue with white interior and white vinyl top . Unfortunately, it came off the truck with hail damage and crazed paint elswhere. The hood was riddled with little dents. His dealer (he purchased every Buick from the one dealership) called him and let him drive a different Buick ( I think it was a Skylark) till the bodyshop redid the entire car with a new hood and paint job. They even had a guy come in and do a custom pinstripe job on it. I don't know if that dealer just went the extra mile or maybe your dealer didn't care for what was basically a Chevy Nova and would not go to the expense on a lesser model. After all, Olds was all about Deltas and 98s back then.
  12. I'm loving these recollections you are posting. Keep it up!
  13. Over on a different thread, (Delorean info for Bettendorf high Student) some of us discussed what Mr. Delorean may have done or not have done in regards to the GTO that pontiac created. Most of us of a certain age remember the car magazines that trumpeted this new amazing muscle car. In fact, I queried as to who created the GTO, Jim Wangers or mr. Delorean. Here is some articles that tell the story. From Motor Trend Over the 10 years the GTO was produced, sold more than a half million. That's a lot of musclecars. There are few other cars made in the United States still surrounded by as much myth and endearment as the famous "Goat."GTO clubs abound, not only in America but around the world. I've visited Mexico, Canada, and even Australia to speak to gatherings of GTO owners. The GTO Association of America and the Pontiac-Oakland Club International have kept the spirit of the GTO very much alive. There are plenty of people today who own (or aspire to own) a classic Goat who weren't even alive when the last GTO rolled off the assembly line in 1974.In my position throughout the '60s as a vice president at Pontiac's advertising agency, McManus John and Adams, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time to participate in the marketing of this great car. It's particularly gratifying that the folks at Pontiac today still give my generation credit by using such great brand-imaging terms as "Wide Track," which was developed more than 30 years ago.No one person created the GTO. But if not for the inspiration and leadership of then-Chief Engineer John DeLorean, there never would have been a GTO.We didn't set out to create the first and greatest American musclecar, but that's what happened. I wasn't there at the actual birth, only a few people were. But it's a story I know very well, and as one of the car's "godfathers," I take pride in sharing this taleJohn DeLorean had built a staff of extraordinary, smart, cutting-edge, hip "swingers" who really loved cars. They were all pretty cocky, too, but that just added to their effectiveness. On many Saturday mornings, John and special members of his staff could be found at the GM proving grounds in Milford, Michigan, casually dressed and doing what they loved most: "playing" with cars. These gatherings were sometimes called "what-if" sessions. It was at one of these Saturday-morning meetings, early in 1963, that the GTO was bornA prototype '64 LeMans coupe was on a lift inside one of the proving grounds garages. Underneath the car, DeLorean and two of his most trusted aides, Bill Collins and Russ Gee, were examining drivetrain components.Collins coolly tossed out to DeLorean, as they stared up at the 326-cubic-inch engine planned for the car, "You know, John, it would take about 20 minutes to stick a 389 in here." After checking Russ Gee's nod of obvious approval, DeLorean responded, just as easily, "Let's try it."Remember that all Pontiac V-8s have the same engine-mount points, regardless of their displacement. It actually was an easy job to make the engine switch, although maybe it took a little more than 20 minutes. And that was it: the "birth" of the GTO.Not long thereafter, DeLorean was driving the very first "GTO," the world's first LeMans coupe factory-equipped with the now-classic 389.It goes without saying that this test "mule" was such a hit it was soon bound for production...as an "option package" on the LeMans.DeLorean then called me in and said, "All right, Wangers, now it's your turn. Show us how you can take a sensational car like this and turn on a whole new generation of young Americans to the meaning of 'fun driving.'"Pontiac took 5000 dealer orders for this GTO-optioned LeMans before the GM Corporate folks ever found out the car existed. How we "sneaked" the GTO into the consumer marketplace is yet another story.Jim Wangers is founder and Senior Analyst of Automotive Marketing Consultants, Inc. His new book, written with Paul Zazarine and Steve Parker, recounting his years in the automotive industry, will soon be published by Berkeley Books.1964 base price: $3081 Displacement: 389 cubic inches Horsepower: 325 gross @ 4800 Transmission: 4-speed manual 0-60 mph, sec: 7.7 Quarter mile, sec/mph: 15.8/93.0MT Jan. '64, convertible tested From Wikipedia... The GTO was the brainchild of Pontiac engineer Russell Gee, an engine specialist; Bill Collins, a chassis engineer; and Pontiac chief engineer John_DeLorean". In early 1963, General Motors' management issued an edict banning divisions from involvement in Auto_racing". At the time, Pontiac's advertising and marketing approach was heavily based on performance, and racing was an important component of that strategy. With GM's ban on factory-sponsored racing, Pontiac's young, visionary management turned its attention to emphasizing street performance. In his autobiography “Glory Days,” Pontiac chief marketing manager Jim Wangers, who worked for the division’s contract advertising and public relations agency, states that John DeLorean, Bill Collins and Russ Gee were indeed responsible for the GTO's creation. It involved transforming the upcoming redesigned Tempest (which was set to revert to a conventional front-engine, front transmission, /Rear-wheel_drive"]rear-wheel drive into a "Super Tempest" with the larger 389 cu in (6.4 L) Pontiac_V8_engine" from the full-sized /Pontiac_Catalina" and Pontiac_Bonneville" in place of the standard 326 cu in (5.3 L) Tempest V8_engine". By promoting the big-engine Tempest as a special high-performance model, they could appeal to the speed-minded youth market (which had also been recognized by Ford Motor Company. Lee Iacocca, who was at that time preparing the sporty Ford Mustang variant of the second generation Ford Falcon compact) The GTO was basically a violation of GM policy limiting the A-body Mid-size_car line to a maximum engine displacement of 330 cu in (5.4 L). Since the GTO was an option package for the Pontiac Tempest and not standard equipment, it could be considered to fall into a loophole in the policy. Pontiac General Manager Pete_Estes" approved the new model, although sales manager Frank Bridge, who did not believe it would find a market, insisted on limiting initial production to no more than 5,000 cars.The name, which was DeLorean's idea, was inspired by the Ferrari 250, the successful race car. It is an Italian Abbreviation" for Gran Turismo Omologato,