Eric Wahlberg

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  1. I believe it is ironic that the Aircraft Paint Remover has a warning on the can that says "Do not use to remove paint from airplanes", or something along that line. I've used it frequently over the past 15 years and always wear a respirator mask, gloves and eye protection. It is also recommended to work with it outside or a very well ventilated area. The changes over the past 10 years or so to many of the chemical products used in the restoration process has not made the job easier and I predict it will continue to get worse.
  2. My first car was a 1947 Super DeLuxe 2 Door like this one only in much worse condition and painted black. I was 15 when I bought it for the huge sum of $10.00 in 1962. It ran and my best friend drove it home for me since he had a license.
  3. I had a '73 Porsche 914 that had dual Weber carbs that would occasionally pop and sputter. I found they would get dirt in the jets which caused this. A good cleaning helped as did installing a good fuel filter.
  4. Since this thread began asking what we would own as a modern car I wish to add my most recent experiences. In 2011 I bought a new VW GTI which has been the most trouble free car I have owned. Today it passed PA safety and emissions inspections with absolutely no issues at 113,585 miles. It had one recall for a fuel rail issue some years ago which was repaired under warranty. Amazingly, it still has the original brake rotors and pads! Granted, I typically drive 30 to 70 mile one way trips and change the oil and filter every 5,000 miles. I have considered replacing it, since I will have owned it 9 years next month, but the only new car I am considering at this time would be a new GTI, since there's a 260 hp model coming out later this year. The 200 hp mine has is more than sufficient for a daily driver and for a couple of years I autocrossed it in SCCA and finished 2nd in class each year. A few months after buying the GTI I bought a 2001 Porsche Boxster which is a more fun car to drive and has been my autocross ride the past five seasons. I was pleased to see the Boxster mentioned a few times in earlier postings as a car others have had or are considering and have to say it's one of the most affordable fun rides available. It also helps to have an excellent independent garage close by that does not charge what a dealer would for routine work. As for collectible cars, I would advise sticking with those from the analog era rather than today's digital vehicles.
  5. Since this thread began asking what we would own as a modern car I wish to add my most recent experiences. In 2011 I bought a new VW GTI which has been the most trouble free car I have owned. Today it passed PA safety and emissions inspections with absolutely no issues at 113,585 miles. It had one recall for a fuel rail issue some years ago which was repaired under warranty. Amazingly, it still has the original brake rotors and pads! Granted, I typically drive 30 to 70 mile one way trips and change the oil and filter every 5,000 miles. I have considered replacing it, since I will have owned it 9 years next month, but the only new car I am considering at this time would be a new GTI, since there's a 260 hp model coming out later this year. The 200 hp mine has is more than sufficient for a daily driver and for a couple of years I autocrossed it in SCCA and finished 2nd in class each year. A few months after buying the GTI I bought a 2001 Porsche Boxster which is a more fun car to drive and has been my autocross ride the past five seasons. I was pleased to see the Boxster mentioned a few times in earlier postings as a car others have had or are considering and have to say it's one of the most affordable fun rides available. It also helps to have an excellent independent garage close by that does not charge what a dealer would for routine work. As for collectible cars, I would advise sticking with those from the analog era rather than today's digital vehicles.
  6. I would not underestimate Sony. Although they have lost much of their consumer sales to Samsung, LG and others they have a strong presence in electronics technology. When I first entered the professional television equipment business, Sony was relatively new to the business and companies such as Ampex, GE, Philips and RCA "owned" the professional camera business. It did not take many years for Sony and other Japanese manufacturers to effectively own the market for broadcast cameras and equipment. For many years I was with Videotek and we built a good business by modifying Sony Trinitron TV's into color television monitors for professional and broadcast applications. Later I worked for JVC and at one time we had a three chip broadcast grade shoulder mount camera that used components developed by Sony, a year before Sony used them in their own cameras. The future is quickly bringing a lot of changes and we will have to adapt to new technology as it becomes available. That's not to say I'm going to give up owning and/or driving all analog, standard shift transmission cars with non-assisted brakes and steering.
  7. Attendance at the banquet is not required and many show participants come into the banquet hall around 8:00 pm and sit or stand around the perimeter of the room. The awards are announced by class and move quickly, so listen attentively. Sometimes the class order is changed and may start in the middle of the classes, such as the year I got my First Junior and Class 25A was the first class announced. I haven't attended in many years since my car is in Repeat Preservation, but I would suggest you attend. Best of luck entering your Mustang for judging and I hope you do well and enjoy the experience.
  8. I have found, as a judge, that if there is a major deduction when judging a car, the Team Captain will speak with the owner and tell them where the major deduction occurred. He will not discuss the number of points deducted but will be courteous with the owner in advising the area of the deduction. If the owner has factory documentation of the area in question he may show it to and discuss it with the Team Captain. Such documentation is necessary to prove what may be correct and I have witnessed changes in scoring as a result of such documentation. In addition to sales literature I find that a dated factory service manual, with service bulletins, is excellent proof of how the vehicle was constructed. It sounds like you are well on your way to showing your '32 Olds at Hershey. As a frequent exhibitor as well as a judge I will close by saying, remain calm and relax while your car is being judged. The judges are there to make sure each car judged receives the award it has earned, not to take away awards.
  9. Kevin was on the most recent episode of Jay Leno's Garage with his old Ford Bronco, which Jay kept joking about, even saying he bought his wife one. Then he and Keven took an off road drive in some wild low powered 4 wheel drive vehicle with huge softly inflated tires, that could traverse almost any terrain. Jay had Kevin yelling for help, or at least acting somewhat scared.
  10. Classic Auto Mall has been an exhibitor in the vendor area at the AACA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia the past two years. Since I'm only 35 miles from Morgantown I have visited their facility a few times, most recently for a swap meet. They have an interesting variety of vehicles on display and/or for sale and there is probably something for anyone who has an interest in old cars. Last week members of my AACA Region, the Susquehanna Valley Vintage Sports Car Club, attended the Wednesday cruise in (I couldn't make it.) and from what I've heard they had a great time perusing the hundreds of vehicles there. I would recommend that anyone interested in old cars, who is driving on the PA Turnpike by Morgantown, takes an hour or so to visit this unique "Mall". It is right off the Turnpike and there is no charge to see what's inside. By the way, the facility was originally the Manufacturer's Outlet Mall and was concieved and built by Kermit Wilson, the founder of Holiday Inn. It never reached the popularity of the outlet malls in nearby Reading, PA and after some years became a facilty for various furniture sellers. That also did not work out very well and closed. It was empty for many years until the Classic Auto Mall opened a few years ago.
  11. I too experienced a lack of hot water Saturday morning and a room that was difficult to get as warm as I would have enjoyed. Since Sheraton has been bought by Marriott, I would expect all issues to be resolved by the 2020 Annual Meeting (Convention), especially anything regarding food. Since he is an avid car collector, I assume Bill Marriott is an AACA member and thus we should have a direct line to resolve any issues should they occur.
  12. This reminds me of when the Imperial Palace Collection in Las Vegas had one room dedicated to Duesenbergs, with about 20 cars in there at any given time. The room also had a bar, so it was a wonderful place to sip a cold beverage and gaze at the beautiful cars that filled the room. I believe that was around 1990 or 91.
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    I believe the 2019 Auburn meet is just a Grand National, unlesss I have missed something and it will be both an AGN and National Meet.
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    I would love to see the SHO in HPOF. They are wonderful and unique Taurus's that many people should have the opportunity to see.