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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 a 1969 Massey Ferguson. My dad and I have started some small farming projects as well.

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  1. My friend bought one the other day, I didn't realize they had Northstar motors. I'm not a GM expert, are there better years for those? I remember the 1990s having issue with leaks, but many a good design has been plagued with early version issued folks never learn were fixed for later ones. Really nice machine, but not a Corvette. That will help them in some ways and hurt them in several more. I think they make a great value for the dollar but they will also probably deprecate longer and farther than the similar aged vettes will. I think collectible cars will have to be older than ever before to really be collectible though as cars last longer and get used longer as daily drivers. For restoration, I'm really not too worried. Frankly while the computers could be a nightmare, they are also fairly easy to make if needed. If we start judging the circuit boards we'll be in trouble, but getting a computer to run the same input-output code means the aftermarket could make universal CPU boxes that you load up with your cars software and hardware connections. It's not here now, but certainly not hard to imagine as computers clunk out. 3D printing, even if it's to make molds for proper plastic injection is here now even for translucent pieces. I'm frankly more concerned that we'll see legislation limit the use of old cars for emission and safety reasons.
  2. It takes a lot of work to do anything! From restoring a car to running a show. I know national is always glad to find regions willing to take up the call! Welcome to the AACA where the national events are great, and the local regions give you your monthly fix of events and good company! I'd check out what regions are in your area and see if any of them are considering hosting... Join and have a good time and keep prodding them! But seriously, it's quite a bit of work!
  3. Welcome to AACA! Looking forward to your posts and pictures!
  4. Okay so the Truck is DPC... now I found an 87 Corvette for HPOF (buying from the same gentleman), and I'll work on restoring my '54 Ford for points. By the time I'm the age of the avg member I might understand half of it!
  5. I was at the new Volvo plant in SC and they had bridges too, much more modern and less ascetically pleasing.... Though I think it's fair to say that the bridge here was probably weaker than expected and I'd guess anything other than a full replacement would have been possible anyhow. Perhaps they can do as I've seen in many historic buildings, they can use elements of the old bridge if it still fits their intentions. Two years ago I was in Detroit and one of my goals was to see the Packard plant but too many things came up and sadly made that impossible...
  6. I guess I put all the spice in the title: Was Ford "Lifeguard" seat belts one year only? Did Merc and Lincoln have it too? If so, when did they start offering seat belts outside of that?
  7. To add to what others said I'll input from my experience. I funds are tight for the purchase, they likely are for the restoration. You're like myself in you don't care how much it costs compared to it's final value.... but if you don't have a little bit of funds to keep things going you end up spending alot in storage (if you have to rent as I do) and you end up buying parts twice because you lose them in the mean time and you have to do work twice because the reupholstered seats you did 10 years ago now have mice in them. It hasn't kept me from loving the hobby, but I still don't have a first restoration done and can't advise someone to follow all of my footsteps. The other thing to consider with your perspective of final value not being a huge factor is that you could but one of these cars in much better shape for far less than you or I think it's worth. All that being said there is another side to this story. If the fellow who has it is willing to mentor you, that is worth quite a bit, both practically and as a great experience with a fellow human. If he's realistic on the cars current value (which might be tough as that car was likely not running when parked given the number of pieces missing (spark plug wires for one.... who takes them off and stops there?)) then it might be a worthwhile expense. For me, that would be the biggest factor. Is he going to mentor you fully and help out with the space, tools, parts, knowledge? It would be quite the gift then, but he might be an older version of yourself and just want to see someone getting into the hobby. If that were to be the case, I'd find a way to make it happen.
  8. Would the cap be okay on DPC? That might sway me... it's also period correct and in good shape. I just picked up a bed mat for the truck today so I can use the truck, protect the bed, and have something that can be easily removed.
  9. What and park with all those hot rods? Just kidding. It would be a fine DPC truck, but I figure if it's that close to being HPOF eligible I'd rather go that way.
  10. I'd want something bigger to protect my car and when we're looking at a judging field we have to confirm that the extinguisher has a charge, so you'd be best with one that has a gauge. Your cars are too nice to trust with something inadequate!
  11. I would but they're really helpful for my 6 year old daughter. I might see if they look like I could take off and put back on, but if I can get a pass with them on I'd just as soon do that. Nothing is too rusted on this truck, but each time you take something like this off, they don't go back on quite as solid.
  12. Oh I know all about the clamps (-=
  13. The number of points would be important to clarify. The rain guards probably come out pretty easy, I'm assuming they weren't a factory option. The running boards are obviously not factory and not as easy to remove but they could come out if that is what held it back. Muffler is OEM style, so I might be good there from what you said. Some hoses still need replaced as they were done with the red replacement hoses rather than OEM style. I suppose it doesn't hurt to take care of what's easy and give it a try.
  14. I picked up this '86 F150 from a friend of mine and I think it would be a good HPOF truck. It's not as nice as many in the field and I just need some help understanding how HPOF stuff is looked at/judged. I've only done class judging myself. Honestly I know it's not a great truck, but I thought it is a good point in time to take it out of truck use and in 20 more years it'll be a really nice 50 year old truck. These things have to come from somewhere right? Obviously the cap will have to be removed for the judging. The bed is in great shape with no spray in or drop in liner. Previous owners had used carpet to protect. I'm gonna just get a rubber mat (to be removed for show). The wheels in photo are incorrect but I got originals and already got them mounted with fresh rubber. It has an incorrect radio as well. The running boards are wrong, but I think I can keep them on and still score okay? The wiring all looks to be in good order but many of the hoses have been replaced with various quality. I'll be putting new rubber in but it's certainly not original. No repaiting has happened, though the original paint is getting thin. I'm sure shocks have been replaced at some point and the muffler doesn't have quite enough rust for me to think it's original, but the truck is also really clean underneath thanks to previously being owned only by old men and being 2wd and 120k. But lets assume the radio, hoses, the steps, and the muffler are incorrect, and everything else is original. So that would be 26 out of 30 right? That should be okay for a HOPF cert wouldn't it? What's the HPOF vs AACA Original I see on the scorecard? Could I replace hoses correctly or determine muffler to be original or take off the steps and have something different than HPOF? Can I find original muffler and radio and put them in or do they need to be original to the vehicle to count (obviously I could, and would like to, do the radio and no one would know other than the fact that I posted it here) Darn it... I see the rain guards too now that I look.... 25/30?
  15. I'll say I instantly judged the car when looking at the first picture and the remaining pictures actually made me more hopeful. Still it would be an expensive one to do. If you're just looking to get it on the road you might do okay, but if you're considering doing much more cosmetic work than washing off the algae then I would look for a different car. If the motor doesn't turn by with a wrench at all then I'd probably have to say this one is left for parts or racing. To be road worthy: Tires, brakes and lines, gas tank, carb rebuild, all fluid's flushed (including dif and PS). If you're like me, you'll start out with that intention and then go too far and want to restore it. Then it's just a matter of time, space, money, and passion. I would strongly encourage you to buy a car that you can drive and enjoy as is before getting into such a project because it does get old not having an old car when going to old car shows and always just talking about projects. Let us know how we can help!