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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. Honestly I worked for one of the vendors as a kid back in the 90's and never knew there was a show field for several years... I thought it was a big flea market in the mud! I don't think its all horrible to have just the show. Might refocus the mission. I think it was harmful today to have some people leaking bits of this information. Folks who knew it was coming in some degree should have kept their mouths shut until an official respond came out. I certainly understand it takes months of planning, and there are points much earlier than the even where decisions need to be made. Is there still expected to be judging? I was gonna hit 25 credits at Hershey (after NC got canceled earlier...)
  2. It's more of a buyers market today than it was 20 years ago though. These cars will always have value, but the demand is lowering. IMO a solid 4 door sedan is the ticket for a budget '50s car. Their value is crippled but you get every bit as much car and frankly the styling isn't hurt nearly as much with the extra doors as during later periods.
  3. To answer the question, there are two primary reasons. First, privacy. Do you want to be the target of theft because everyone knows you have a rare car with valuable and easy to rob parts off of? Or the constant pestering to sell the car? Or worry about the ones we leave behind being pestered when someone sees our names in the obituaries? Data can be used for more bad things than good IMO. Second, Most states aren't as stupid as KY it sounds... Here in PA you just stop paying for the tag and problem is solved. I have cars I've never registered, and some I've let lapse. I've sold cars that were registered and never filled out any forms other than signing the title. Down in Ga they won't even give a title for a car over 25 years old. When I've bought cars from other states and brought into PA I just needed them to sign a title and get a VIN rubbing and never had issue getting title. At most it might be good to get the signature motorized, but I never had it asked of me, though it has been awhile. That doesn't really solve your problem, but those are the reasons that come to mind.
  4. 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.
  5. I think they track your IP and after your read too many they start asking you to subscribe.
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.