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About Frantz

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  • Birthday 06/28/1983

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    Lewisberry Penn
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    Old machines in general, From my 1917 Singer 31-15 to my 54 Ford to several old tractors (red). My dad and I have started some small farming projects as well.

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  1. Interesting that that grill of the 4 door Javelin dated for '67 has the target, which didn't come out until '69. I was under the impression that was added later to better define the sporting intention of the cars name after launch, but it seems it was on earlier examples.
  2. I think they track your IP and after your read too many they start asking you to subscribe.
  3. Prayers for you and hope for a speedy recovery! Time is something none of us get back but we always have the chance to make the most of today. If you don't have a copy of the owners manual start there. Let her read that as though she's buying the car for the first time new. The old manuals have so much more in them rather than just feature use. You could add notes to the manual and make your own treasure of information for her. And of course, enjoy the time motoring!
  4. Have you ever looked at the list of original AACA members and their cars? Several of the founding autos were NOT 25 years old at the time. But the difference in 25 year old cars then and 25 year old cars today is huge. I like the oxford definition you posted, but might add "quaintness or nostalgia". Soon cars that can't drive themselves will be antiques!
  5. Collectible yes, valuable no. And that's a good thing! Low cost and interest is sorta what drove the car hobby in the first place.
  6. I think it'll open up some cars to hot rodding again. No EPA restrictions to worry about. That in turn could help increase interest in old cars as a whole and hopefully historic value in old cars too. I started out in the old car field caring much more about performance than history myself. As for fuel costs... you can make something that will burn for less than $150! though a few permits might be needed to do it legally. There will be a market solution of some sort!
  7. There isn't a huge value to them. I'm so sorry for the loss to you and your family but honestly there are probably far more valuable uses of your time than trying to identify lots of hubcaps. If anything, I'd see if you find any very nice ones (dirty is fine, but no dents, no missing/faded paint, no scratches), and older is more likely to be rare and potentially fetch a higher dollar amount. If you see a few you like, keep em to remind you of your dad.
  8. There are lots of ways to look for such things, the challenge will be to differentiate it from what is on the car from the factory in many cases! Lots of sweepers are available, just determine what band you're looking for and go shopping on amazon. Older cars will have less "noise" to filter out.
  9. I'll never forget the time my friend let me drive his 1993 Viper with less than 10,000 miles. He let me have some fun with it, which I did... but at some point I realized it only had 10,000 miles on it. When I got back I looked at the tires... sadly they were originals with the old 3 digit date code, and this occurred within the past 5 years.
  10. I've never worked at a dealer that installs those but we come across them sometimes on trade ins back when I worked at Ford/Kia. I don't really care if I'm tracked personally... hence I use a cell phone. Going off the grid takes too much work.
  11. So lots of good thoughts... but what do you think caused us to get away from this in the first place? A 1920 Chevy 4 door was closer to an SUV than a car.
  12. As I said, I work at a Volvo dealer. We have two different station wagons... I sell one every few months. Even folks who drive both go for the SUV.
  13. I'm a car guy, I hate SUVs compared to cars personally. However, I make a living at a Volvo dealership and SUVs are literally my bread and butter. I can't help but notice that early cars were really SUVs. Look at anything up until the 1930s and they were high upright sitting vehicles. So it seems the functional trend is towards SUVs but the market acts as thought it's an evolution of the car.... but really it's a regression. I never have heard this mentioned, though I'm sure I'm not the first to see it (especially some of you custodians of older machines). What do you think caused the trend towards driving over comfort and now back towards comfort? On a quick ponder for myself I think once we reached the reasonable on road driving capabilities we were able to make SUVs as performance oriented as your average driver was going to push their vehicle. But at first, a lower car meant far better handling and the performance was significantly improved to overtake utility and comfort as a prime motivator. But what made cars like Hudsons "step down" comfortable to people then but now folks feel more comfortable sliding right into a small crossover compared to sitting down in a sedan? Is it that sedans simply got TOO low and small? No modern sedans sit quite like my '54 Ford does. IDK, could make for an interesting conversation so I bring it before you all!
  14. Yeah, springs are pretty darn cheap. I do have a few of the trays for lining everything up as I know things wear together. I'm not in a rush. Trying to save money, but also trying to learn the process. Thanks for taking the time to respond.
  15. Not sure yet, haven't tore into that that to check condition. If they are okay then I plan to.