Penske PC-7

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About Penske PC-7

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  • Birthday 02/19/1956

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    Retired Airline Captain. Flew B727,B747, B757, B767, DC8, A300 and numerous business jets. Also a licensed aircraft mechanic.

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  1. To me the subject car is indeed a parts car. My view has nothing at all to do with whether it COULD be restored or even whether it SHOULD be ( "deserves to be?") restored. It's simply about the numbers ($). It gives me no pleasure to state this, as it would be great to see it saved, though I doubt it will happen. I owned the LWB Beverly pictured below. I paid around $75K for it as shown, and sold it several years later for around the same money. I like working on old cars as much as the next guy, but why would I buy the subject car, and spend years restoring it and then wind up having at least $150K in a car worth $60-65K? Being slightly underwater on a car for the love of the hobby, etc is one thing. Most of us have been there . Being at the bottom of the ocean is something altogether different. I see it as a good fit for someone like Mr. Auburnseeker. If someone decides to restore the subject car, I will be their biggest cheerleader, and follow the project with great interest, but for me it is unapologetically nothing but a very good parts car.
  2. Not mine. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1937-Cord-812-1937-Cord-Beverly-812/273907608688?hash=item3fc62a6c70:g:~J8AAOSwIoNdBAgy
  3. A great guy. As others have said, Chris would always go the extra mile to help a fellow enthusiast. RIP.
  4. I recently participated in the the Vintage Indy Registry event at the Milwaukee Mile with my 1979 Penske PC-7 Indycar. ( AACA class 24A). After driving it in several on track sessions, I turned it over to 5 time Indy 500 starter John Martin for the final session. John also drove the Corvette pace car for the entire event. After pacing the field for the final session, he strapped into the PC-7 and completed the remaining laps. John, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, did a stellar job. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mlk1x7ugfDOWZ89_vFqkTEUlf95YeQOw/view?usp=sharing
  5. Absolutely!! Several years ago I restored a 1931 Cadillac convertible coupe from a basket case. ( Never again!!) In the process, I was desperate for parts. Two sedan parts cars were acquired - one in Florida and one in Ohio. I'm in Virginia. I was thrilled to find them and gladly paid more for each of them than the starting bid on the subject car. I'm surprised that this car wasn't gone via a BIN deal on the first day. The transmission alone will bring around $1600. You would certainly be in backwards restoring this car, but I'm surprised that if nothing else, a Cadillac/LaSalle owner hasn't bought it for spares for his running/driving car at that price. Trans, distributor, carb and water pump add up to more than $2500.
  6. Yes, that's what HC stands for on Cadillac and LaSalle heads of that vintage, although the term is laughable by today's standards and was relative. The HC heads produced a compression ratio of 5.35:1. There WAS a low compression head offered for areas like South America where the fuel was REALLY bad. They were around 5.00:1. The LC heads are the rare ones.
  7. Highly recommend the Alex Kershaw book "The Bedford Boys." Here's a short article about them: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2019/06/06/the_bedford_boys_ultimate_sacrifice_140507.html
  8. Take a moment everyday, (but especially today on the 75th Anniversary) to thank God for our heroes who stormed the beaches of Normandy on D Day June 6, 1944. All risked all, and many GAVE all for you and me. 9,388 Americans lie in the cemetery at Omaha beach alone.
  9. You asked for suggestions : 1) Lighten up. 2) If unable #1, then do as you threatened to do in your next to last sentence.
  10. On ebay. Not mine. On this one, I'd buy a good running, decent looking sedan and strip it (body swap?) to get this one finished quickly, then sell what was left. ........ Oops no title. I wouldn't be interested. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1930-Cadillac-340/223541248704?hash=item340c18c2c0:g:Z~sAAOSw0m1c9vjN
  11. Are you telling us you crushed the Lincoln??😧
  12. Great story about Lynn St. James. A great driver, and still a lovely person. Attached is a photo of Lynn with my wife Brenda at Indy this year.
  13. I had the pleasure of participating with my PC-7 in the Historic Racing Exposition this year at Indy sponsored by the IMS Museum. I had a blast, and this was certainly my best week ever at Indy. Attached are photos of me headed out to the track, Tom Bigelow ( who drove my car in the 1981 500) and Bobby Unser with me, Merle Bettenhausen signing the wing on my car on behalf of his Dad and brothers ( Gary Bettenhausen drove my car in 4 races in 1982), and Ray Evernham with Bobby Unser. My wife and I stayed for the race on Sunday. I was proud to display my AACA ( class 24A car) sign in front of the car during the show portion of the Exposition.
  14. I enjoy music played at a level where it doesn't interfere with conversations. A pet peeve of mine is how we are CONSTANTLY bombarded with loud music, ads, etc these days. At the gas pump, inside restaurants, the doctors or dentist office, and yes at the car show - you name it, there is almost always something yelling at me. This old fart misses the days when there were a few minutes of peace and quiet allowed during the accomplishment of everyday tasks. I know the volume is excessive, as the audiologist told me that my hearing loss is severe ( as does my wife every day 😁) and even I find it to be too loud AND too frequent.
  15. Deleted from Earl's thread and moved here. 2002 F-350 Regular cab dually 7.3L Diesel. 24 ft tag. The truck has a goose neck hitch installed in the bed, and sometimes I think I'd like to have a 34-36 foot enclosed goose neck trailer, but it probably won't happen.