Buffalowed Bill

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  1. Buffalowed Bill

    Advice / input on buying a late 20's - early 30's car

    I don't know if anything that I have to say will strike a chord, but decisions that I made many years ago have help define who I am, and what I own. I own a number of cars, from all eras, but when it comes to the years you are interested in, it is all Studebaker and Pierce Arrow. I was a Studebaker owner before I became interested in the "Classic Era" cars. That was more then fifty years ago, so it was easy to slide into the cars that I chose to own. I'm not trying to sell you on either of my choices, even though I think that they would be a good choice. It's the independent car companies that I would urge you to consider. From styling to engineering innovation, it was often the independents that led the way during this period. Ask yourself if owning a car that you can take to any cruise night, or car show, where you will find other similar cars and owners, with the same interests that you have, is what you want, or whether you willing to tell the story of what you have, over and over again. I made that choice so many years ago and never looked back. Showing, driving and sharing some of the knowledge that I have picked up, over the years, and the eyes that have been opened, has been an opportunity that I wouldn't have missed for the world. For me it's always been important to be willing to answer a question without coming off as a no-it-all. There has never been the need to search out an audience, because real car people really want to understand. It's not always easy, because telling the story can interfere with enjoying the car show, but it's an obligation that I don't take lightly. Good luck, I laud you in your choice of era, now just choose what suites you best.-Bill
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    1958 Packard Hawk wiring question.

    I think that your needs would be better served by going the the Studebaker Driver's Club forum (SDC). Your car is essentially a 1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk with fiberglass front end pieces grafted on.
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    The Best Investments of 2018? Art, Wine and Cars

    Have to know which cars they used for their study, to make any sense of of this. By the article's tone, I'm guessing some high end Classics and exotics have to be a large of the sample.
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    White walls??Why vs why not

    I've commented on this previously, so was a little reluctant to be redundant, but here goes. IMO our preference for ww's or bw's is hardwired into each of us by what was popular when we grew up, and when we became interested in cars. Ww's have been available in virtually every era, but like paint colors, preferences changed with what was prevalent, at the time. In other words our preferences are determined with what we grew up with, and those preferences are subconsciously transferred to cars of other eras, irrespective of historical norms. I'll try to limit my use of the Classic era as an illustration, because I didn't live through the Depression. Until the 50's tires were an expensive wear item, and didn't last very long. Ww's were a little more expensive so many saw them as an extravagance, that they couldn't afford, so their use was reserved for dress up. For about 20 years from the Depression through the early 50's most buyers were just glad to have wheels, and any tires would do, as long as they held air. Beginning in the early 50's things change dramatically, as manufactures dressed up there offerings for a very competitive market. Bright paint combinations, chrome, and ww's changed the look of what we bought and what we learned to like. The era of the ww's lasted for about 25 years, until about 1980. But beginning in the late 60's things began to change, as the young people begin to rebel against their father's proclivity for ww's. The look that they liked all included bw's. The look went along with terms like "tough" and "cool," and really went along with a cultural change. So your grandfather's 1950 Buick, that he bought new, came with bw's. When your uncle Jim got it in the 60's he put ww's on it. When you got the car in the 80's, off came the ww's, and on came the bw's. We never looked back. Generations have grown old with little or no memory of ww's, much less want to put them on their cross-over. So in spite of the fact that probably three quarters of 1967 Camaros came with ww's, few if any are seen with them today. My guess is that when we old timers are gone there will be few vestiges of ww's remaining. Be patient you won't have long to wait.
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    I have used stop leak products but only on a beater that I was trying to squeeze a few more miles out of. Disconnect heater hoses from the engine side of the outlet and the inlet and connect a hose in their place, thus bypassing the heater core. You'll have no heat though.
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    Valuation of antique cars

    Is the owner anxious to sell, or just checking for value? My advice is for the owner to wait until spring, or in the case of Idaho panhandle May. Then people can get out and check out the cars. My lady is in Coeur D' Alene and claims that there is no snow right know, but we know that conditions might change tomorrow. IMO bad time to sell a car, especially where they are located.
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    Valuation of antique cars

    The Studebaker is my kind of car, wish it was in my garage! I could do the research, but it would be more effective to move that car to the Studebaker section of this forum. One or two of my friends might even know the car. The Velie is a true rarity, a Classic for sure, with a little work maybe museum quality. As indicated may not translate to exceptionally valuable, hard to say when there is no frame of reference. As an aside my lady friend's 96 yo mother, learned to drive on one of these, when she was twelve years old. The family also owned a 1925 Big Six Studebaker touring, which she drove when thy lived in Seattle, for a short time during the Depression. That must have been fun on the Seattle hills! She's still a pretty good driver today, and she puts over 10K miles a year on her car.
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    radial tires

    I have post war cars with older style wheels and radial tires, and never have had an inordinate problem, other then caps that want to come off or make noise. With my pre-war cars I never ventured into the radial unknown. It did lead me to ask a question that I simply couldn't answer. I have seen the videos of cars with wooden spokes handle the early rutted roads in a way that stamped steel wheels wouldn't have a chance. They did it with the wheel's ability to flex. Not just a little bit either, but with so much flex that you would swear that the spokes would break, but they always retained their shape. I know that when we were kids we tore up a set of wire wheels on a 1959 MGA, but what we did to that car I doubt that any wheel would have survived. But wire wheels have to flex, by their nature, correct? So my ultimate question-wouldn't wooden, or wire pre-war wheels, be a better choice then stamped steel, either artillery or disc, for use with radial tires? Pleas tell me if I'm missing something.
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    Shipping/Postage costs

    I was going to keep my mouth shut on this thread but I guess passing on this information won't hurt. This is something I said in response to some of the same questions on the Studebaker Drivers Club forum. I don't know how it might fit when it comes to no-cost shipping from China, so I'll just let others fill in the blanks. Yes China was an exception, because the US had given emerging nations special rates intended to help bring their economies into step with the global economy. The problem was that while it certainly helped China, it's removal was long overdue. The rates that the Chinese have been paying have not come close to covering the cost of shipping. In other words the PO was forced to subsidize all the small items mailed here from China. Previous administrations had sot to roll back the rates. Few on this side of the Pacific wanted the subsidy to continue, but this administration was the first to get get something done. It's common knowledge that the PO disliked the arbitrary low rates, because they were obligated to subsidize all the small items that came into the country via the mail stream.
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    Update on 65' Buick GS

    I made it clear through your last thread what I think about your car. I loved it at first glance, and I knew that you would come to appreciate it as well. You have a very special car- very rare muscle car, beautiful original condition, and long time documented family ownership. It doesn't get much better then that! You have just scratched the surface. When you begin to share it with knowledgeable car people you will begin to understand how special it really is. Congratulations I think keeping it was the right decision.
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    Best products for white walls?

    Try to limit their exposure to sunlight. With limited exposure to UV damage, your WW's will look good long after your tires should have been retired from touring. Limiting UV damage will also immeasurably increase your tire life. You might hear negative comments regarding Westley's Bleach-white, but I've been using it for over forty years with only good results. Clean them once a year, and try to keep them out of the sun, and they should look good for the life of the tire.
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    Shipping/Postage costs

    I use this service for almost everything I ship. Never get a complaint on cost. And it includes insurance and tracking number. FedEx and UPS pricing is for the birds, but their costs are regulated by the U.S. government so as mot to compete with the post office. Greg Greg, just curious where you get your information regarding FedEx and UPS pricing being regulated "by the US government so not to compete withe the post office?"
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    It's time for a poll

    Never an argument when it comes to music. I hope that the thread does go on forever. Here are a few that some of you old timers may remember. Pipeline-Chantays Rumble-Link Wray Walk Don't Run-Ventures Sleep Walk-Santo & Johnny Start out with Highway Star and end up with Sleep Walk-I guess that it means it's bedtime-Good night.
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    How to hunt for an older car?

    I really doubt that the scatter gun approach will have much chance of working. By this I mean concentrating on location and special features would seem to me to be your best chance of finding the car. During the 60's and 70's these cars were being destroyed at an alarming rate. Because the car had survived until 1980, and was being restored is a good sign that it may have survived. Another good sign is the fact that whoever was restoring it knew of the connection between your family and the car. This information will usually stay with the car once it is restored. Since you live in a rust belt state I would expect that the survival rate of local cars is not very high. In other words there were more cars being imported from the West and South then there were leaving. When sold there is a good chance that a seller wouldn't have to look very hard for a local buyer. The downside of any search for one of these is that many of them have been heavily modified, so distinguishing features without documentation it may be difficult to recognize. I would join a Camaro club, find out where the local chapters meet and attend some meetings, armed with whatever you have. Attend as a guest and ask questions. I think that you will have a much better chance of finding the car by staying close to home. You might have some luck by advertising in the national publication, but be careful of scammers. Camaro people are a close knit group, but sadly many of the clubs have become haven for new Camaros and younger owners. Good luck!
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    interchangable parts for pre war oldsmobile

    Kind of surprised to see no mention of the Hollamder interchange series. This was the Bible for the auto wercking yards for generations. I am sure that reproduced copies can still be found. I have spent many enjoyable hours pawing through these things. It's like an American automotive history lessen. Many of the cars may no longer exist, but I have always found chasing their linage intriguing.