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  1. We do this little exercise every several years. About five years ago we had some fun with it check it out if interested. Do you remember when the cars were name?
  2. It's not just the color that can change the value, it's the quality of work and how it's done. I'll go out on a limb and say that it is near impossible to properly paint a car without disassembling it. If you choose to just mask off trim and not make make a complete job of it, you do it for yourself. The value that you will have lost will be indeterminate. A true car guy will pick up the shortcuts that you took, in a minute, and will act accordingly. IMHO the best way to maintain value on an original car is to do nothing.
  3. To many variables. What is the car Why do you think it's valuable Is it original-paint, interior, condition etc What are your intentions for the car-show, drive resell
  4. I would love to be able to be starting out collecting cars today. No matter what someone's budget looks like they should be able to buy into this market. It kind or reminds me of the old car market of the 50's and 60's before prices began to take off. The one major advantage today is the quality of cars coming available. Cars that were restored more than twenty years ago, were restored for a different market then we have today. Throughout the 70's, 80's and 90's a restorer was able to put an hours worth of work into a car, or a dollar, and expect a return on his efforts. In today's market that means a ready supply of really decent cars at less then what they could be restored for today.
  5. We have a 1935 coupe, or rather enough parts to put one together, but someone would have to take it all.😊 We are really serious about passing this project on, but it's not for the faint of heart. I'm not trying to hijack the thread just trying to help. Congratulations to the new owner of a 1935 coupe. We spent fifteen years trying to find an original that would not require a full restoration. I know that there must be some out there that haven't been street rodded, but I was truly afraid that none had survived. That was until one showed up at the International meet in Colorado Springs. It was Saturday, which is a get away day. As an aside, I had been on the bandwagon for years regarding moving the show to Saturday to involve the community. Anyway on this particular Saturday I had been trying to help two friends get their car to run right. My friends, husband, wife and I were in the hotel parking lot, virtually by ourselves, when in drives a younger gentleman in an all original, black 1935 Dictator coupe. He was local to the area, and I believe that the car had been in the family since new. He was quite chagrined when he discovered that the meet had ended on Friday. I was really excited and I took as many pictures of the car as I could, before the camera died. So at least one has survived, as original. Over the last twenty I had only seen two original cars, one at the McDonald auction in Eastern Washington in the early 2000's and one the appeared at auction on Ebay, almost fifteen years ago. I bid on both, but was outbid by a street rodder on both occasions. So if anyone happens to see one, take note you may never see another.
  6. Move your post to the Studebaker section of the forum. There is a good chance that you will find what you need.
  7. If you have an itch you have to scratch it. Until recently almost all of my laments, in sixty years in the old car hobby, have been of omission. Now time is not on my side so I have to look at thing more realistically. Only you can make the determination as to where you are in life's process and what's best for you and your family, and what's best for the truck.
  8. Every hoarder/collector saves a bit of that which is historically significant. Many, if not most, of the artifacts saved would not still be around if someone had not intervened to save them. The older that artifact the harder it is to rationalize saving something, at least from a practical point of view. Most people have a great deal of respect for people who have the resources to do what people like Bill Harrah or JB Nethercutt were able to accomplish with their collections. Sadly, however, some here, and society in general seem to vilify people on whom they pin the title of "hoarder." My question is are they really that different? They accumulate, maintain as they see fit, or are able to, and seldom part with anything. The way in which these collections are handled after their death may be different, but the fact remains that thing were saved that wouldn't have been saved, had it not been for their intervention. I want to say thanks to all who dedicated their resources and energy saving something. "Saving a little bit of history one piece at a time."
  9. I think the process is the same. We may collect for different reasons, but how we deal with our collections determines our mental state. I think that in everyone's life when he reaches a tipping point, or maybe more aptly stated a mind set change. Beyond that point we either step back, re-evaluate and be ready to let go, or we just withdraw from reality. I think all of us here have some level of a collectors mentality, or we wouldn't be reading this. We will always have certain core of things that we feel the need to keep. The process requires a constant re-evaluation of what, why and to whom we pass it on. If an individual is unwilling to adjust he has lost touch with reality. There are others involved in this process. Selfishness is not a sign of a healthy mind.
  10. Chris, Just because it is rare does not mean that it is will be sot after, or necessarily translate to expensive. What I'm trying to say is that with few survivor cars, you either have to find someone who needs it now, or who wants to add it to his collection. I think that it should be saved, because it could help save or restore a rare car. Listen to what Rex is saying he knows these cars as well as anyone.
  11. Take two days off and make it a mini vacation. I know it's going to be hot east of the mountains, but that's what AC is for. If you don't have time for the trip maybe you don't have time for the car either. I'm just saying this should be a fun adventure.
  12. It would help to know what you want looked at. It really makes a difference if you are considering a 30's car rather than say a 50's car. I'm guessing it's not something like a 1932 90 Series convertible coupe, or a 1953 Skylark, or you would have already made the trek. I have a number of friends in the area who would do a creditable job, but there is far too little information to even contact one of them. Are you willing to pay for the time spent and mileage?
  13. "Worth restoring," given the terminology leaves a lot to unpack. From a dollars and sense standpoint almost no car is "worth" restoring. In a broader sense, I find something to like in any era or decade. 90's RWD cars are my transportation, and I like them. I think with a limited future for car minded folks we will see a continued focus of survival car. It will be often a case of supply and demand. Is saving a good twenty five yo car worth the effort-sure. Why restore when a low mileage original can be driven for far less, then the time and money involved in restoring something.
  14. No disrespect to John, but if Keiser couldn't nail it the first time what does that mean for its lack of visibility? I bet if you went to fifty car shows or cruises, you wouldn't see another like it. I'm just saying that I go to car events to see the unexpected. At some point an individual car's survivability becomes the story when we know that 99% of its brethren are gone.
  15. Devastating! I only recently got to know Carl, but we had never really met. A phone call about an Imperial brought us together. What started out as a chance encounter quickly became a friendship. For me it wasn't hard to get to know Carl, as contemporaries who spent our lives in and around the Seattle area. We had 77 years of shared experiences. It wasn't just cars, often times our hours, long, phone, conversations breached all bounds of topics. He was like a kindred spirit. There was never a quiet moment during these conversations, Carl made sure of that. I have never met most of you on this forum, nor will I ever meet most of you, but because of Carl I think that I know you better. Were any of your ears ringing? I hope that I, in some way, I can convey to you all how much this forum, and many of you meant to Carl! He really treasured his extended family of forum members. It was a special moment when Carl told me I had jumped to the top of the top of his list of people with whom he could converse. Sadly our tentative face to face get togethers always got postponed. His passing is like finding a brother I never knew I had, only to never to have him taken away. Bill
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