Buffalowed Bill

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    Bill Hallett

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  1. I guess what I posted was either too much to read or too hard to understand. The same questions that I tried to answer continue to be asked. As an aside the problems caused by C19 to the airlines that are the primary transmission source have seemed to be under control, at least for now. The Studebaker drivers Club monthly magazine seems to be back on schedule. Some recipients received the May and June issues the same week. I want to make something clear "Periodical Mail" is not a priority service and the schedule that we are used to getting, is much better then what the PO is required to give. This is an every other month magazine and as such does not require the service of "News." It is not easy to be suddenly faced with having to revamp the whole distribution network, on the fly, no pun intended. That's what the PO had to deal with as 95% of their air transport (commercial airlines) went missing. Trucking is the only backup readily available on short notice. Trucking across country does not look anything like the normal network that we are used to seeing. An OTR truck, because of limited capacity and driver availability must make dozens of stops as it goes across country. At each drop location there may be additional mail to pick up. An airliner flies to a single, cross country location where it is offloaded and the mail processed. "Periodical Mail," as I mentioned, is not at the top of the food chain so any delay can be measured in days, or weeks rather then the normal hours. Never, during modern times, has there been a universal breakdown in the transportation system like the current one we are experiencing today. Even during WWll mail continued to flow because the trains continued to run, because of the rail service was nationalized to better serve the war effort. Time was needed to organize a concerted response to the nation's needs. But the PO had time to develop a response. The mail service simply did not have a contingency plan that would include an immediate 95% drop in it's transportation capacity. We are living through unprecedented times. Bill
  2. If memory serves me I think that it was Popular Mechanics in 1963, the cover of which had a picture of the new Riviera, Corvette and Avanti. It didn't include the T-Bird, my guess is because the model wasn't new for 1963. Having owned and been around these cars for the last fifty years has shown me how silly any driving comparison was and is. About the only things that these cars have in common are that they were new for 1963, they had two doors and they were all good looking.
  3. There are exceptions to everything. I tried to leave my own preferences out of my last post, while trying to capture who was buying what in 1963, but what the hell. For me in 1963 it came down to two cars-the Avanti and the Jaguar XKE. I bought my first 1964 Avanti in 1968, used of course. I would later own two more Avantis, and still own my first. In retrospect I should have bought the drophead XKE, but my crystal must have been broken. It would take me twenty five years come around to the first gen. Riviera. I have a good friend who I thought had some strange tastes in cars. We grew up together and he talked me into a 1953 Studebaker for my first car in 1960-it would be the first of many to come. In the 70's he liked wagons, 1975 Chrysler Cordobas, and Rivieras. I thought how strange. I now have two wagons and two Rivieras in my collection, so what did I know? Frankly I had to get old to learn to appreciate an old person's car. Bill
  4. Interesting thread, a lot to unpack. I do wonder how many of folks comments come from, people who were old enough to have been of new car buying age? Well I was of age, twenty years old, full time student, worked full time and very draft-able. Lack of disposable income not withstanding, the Riviera and the T-Bird were not even on my radar. These were both old people's cars, both of which occupied their own market. I knew absolutely nobody under fifty five years old who even looked at one, with the intent to buy. IMO, with the exception of the Chrysler 300, anyone who believes that believes any of the offerings from the lower GM marques, the Avanti, Plymouth Furry or anything else on the market, was a direct competitor, is just wrong. The T-Bird was so ensconced as part of America's cultural mantra, that their market was untouchable. It took a very special car to challenge the cultural icon. The Riviera speaks for itself, and it's success is a testament to what it was. But still the T-Bird remained supreme. I guess you had to be there to really understand the way it was.
  5. Mark, I haven't used these folks in years, but they used to be very good. I was pleased to find out that they are still in business. I don't know if trading eight hundred miles for two thousand is worth it, and maybe there is a reason that they can't help, but might give them a call anyway. https://citysquares.com/b/fosters-wheel-service-inc-18215665
  6. The mail service has been under pressure on multiple fronts because of the Covid-19. For thirty of my forty thee year postal career I answered questions and tried to guide businesses. I'm retired but the animus and the misinformation is often so compelling that I have to respond. I will try to enclose some of what I contributed to a Studebaker Driver's Club thread. For as long as I can remember I've felt the need to come to the aid of my former employer the USPS. Before now my experience has allowed me to answer most questions. Whether or not the facts were able to resonate with questioner, was a different matter, that is until now. What we and the USPS are experiencing is so unprecedented that an educated guess is all that I can muster. In the past I've responded with information regarding the partnership between the publishers, printer and the USPS. Periodical Mail is the service by which the "Turning Wheels" is delivered to us. It is a high priority service, but does not demand the same level of priority service that "News" requires, which is published weekly or better. Printers have a a schedule, but they have a whole month to print and present to the PO for entrance into the system. The printer can also truck a drop to other PO's to save on postage. In the past I have been assured that a single drop, over several days, at a single PO is the norm. Remember the PO depends on the airlines, UPS and FedEx to transport all priority types of mail destined for areas beyond three hundred miles away. Under normal circumstances this relationship works to the advantage of airlines, the PO and the patron. Mail service helps to subsidize the airlines, and helps to keep ticket prices reasonable. The network operates within the scheduling of the airlines' flight schedules. To work it requires dependable comprehensive service throughout the country and around the world. To achieve proper routing a sophisticated program referred to as "Star-Ship" An airline provides the PO with a flight schedule every day. That data is entered into the program, daily. All addresses are read automatically and a delivery bar code is printed on each piece. From this BC a reader, reads and applies a routing tag. The routing is time sensitive, rather then straight line of travel. That's why a piece of mail leaving Seattle may be routed through Denver, Atlanta and finally it's destination in NY. In the past where there has been a regional snafu it's almost always because of a blizzard or wildfire etc. If there is a prolonged flight stoppage the PO hits the roads with it's trucks. With the situation we have today, where SeaTac airport (Seattle-Tacoma) has experienced a 95% reduction in flights this would be my guess as to what the problem is in the PNW, and other areas as well. Anyone still with me? Bill Edit Quote
  7. I think that this guy must be just trying to pull our, collective, chain! Notice he hasn't been back since Saturday.
  8. I guess to many any post-war Studebaker is akin to junk. That having been said, I guess that by the standard of dollar value of most all post war independent marques, they too are junk. Of course if we extended that same criteria to pre-war cars we would have to consider Pierce Arrows to be junk, because of their relative value to other luxury cars of the era. I own both marques, and I don't take umbrage with anyone that doesn't know the difference between value and cheap. There is value here you just have to know where to look.
  9. I'm 100% in agreement with Matt's last post. I apologized for my last post, in which I indicated that I was an outlier for enjoying my ability to use things that most people would just throw away. Thank you Matt, I no longer feel alone. My better half, Mary, is an old car gal. Sadly she can no longer see well enough to drive, but she still loves cars as much as I do. Both of us love a road trip. Whether we are taking a short jaunt, or going cross country we take one of our twenty five year old vehicles. Before we leave, both she and I decide which wrecking yards we plan to visit along the way. Whether we choose old car wrecking yards, the inventory in which have not changed in decades, or the Pick n Pull's, who's inventory is constantly changing, we always have fun. Each yard and each car tells a story. I think most of us on the forum understand the allure of good old car wrecking yard. For Mary and me the Pick n Pulls tell a somewhat different, and somewhat macabre story of modern day waste. Another layer of interest is the fact in the West we are almost guaranteed to find cars like the one we are traveling in. Often times it is difficult to determine why a particular car got to this place. When there is no body damage, the paint still shines and the interior is good, it becomes a real head-scratcher. Today cars have progressed to the point that most are easily capable of lasting for a quarter of a million miles. The cost of professional shops make it difficult for many to see fixing as an option, but in my world anything can be repaired. To me disposal of usable items comes down to a cultural aversion to that which is old, or considered outdated. Maybe what we need is a dose of reality, or as Matt aptly stated "now the bill has come due but nobody knows how to pay it." Bill
  10. Make sure that you have notated all potential bathroom facilities. Waiting for a specified stop is simply is not going to work for some us old timers.
  11. Did the blue car come equipped from the factory with with duel windshields? Love the pictures!
  12. I've enjoyed reading your responses, a lot to unpack. I wondered if I even belonged in the discussion, but then decided what the hell! If car manufacturers had to relied on people like me they would all have gone under long ago. At 76yo I have never bought a new car and never expect to. I look to the other end of the car market for my transportation. All my cars are at least twenty four years old. My affinity for old cars has morphed into this strange world where my drivers have become part of my collection. Neither age or mileage are as important to me as styling, comfort and condition. When I find a car that I like I try to hang onto it. In my world I honestly believe that I can drive any car that I want forever, well at least as long as I'm alive. There are several reasons as to why and how I can use a car that have all that have but disappeared from the roads. I choose cars that I like, and I like driving cars that are remember, but are seldom seen today. All my drivers were cheap to buy, cheap to operate. By rotating vehicles I try not to put too many miles on any one car. There is no depreciation, I can insure them with just liability and excise tax on their licences is relatively low. Finally our mild climate is just more conducive to a car's long term survival. So I guess that I do it because I like using stuff that others would throw away, and because I can. Bill
  13. A cautionary note that I've mention before. If you find a set of plates on Ebay, that seem to be too good to be true, they probably are too good to be true. Several years ago when I was looking for a set of plates for one of my cars I found a set of restored or re-pops. The number sequence was either ABC123 or XYZ123. Was this for real? Skeptical I checked with the Washington state DMV and found out that there were already two cars licensed in the state using the same plate sequence! If someone had bought these intending to use them on a car, they would have obviously been disappointed. So I get what was happening, and why there was already one set in use? The lady at the DMV couldn't answer the question as to why there were two cars licensed with the same plates. I decided to dig a little deeper. I think I may have answered the conundrum, at least to my satisfaction. It seems like for several years the state had issued plates with the state name abbreviated (WASH). At some point, some authority declared the use of an abbreviated state name was inappropriate. The state was required to issue new plates, the new plates being identical except with WASHINGTON no longer abbreviated. I'm sure that nobody gave a second thought to the problem of licensing an antique car sixty years later. So what was right for several years was not appropriate the other years and vise versa. I wounder if either one of the owners of those two cars is aware of the other one? I certainly wouldn't want to be an owner trying to explain, if I was pulled over by a cop! Be careful! Bill