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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. I'm not a Model T or Model A guy, but I found the engine conversion mentioned / pictured in this ebay ad to be very interesting. Anyone know more about these conversions? Were similar setups made by others? The last photo in the ad shows the engine best. I suppose I could contact the seller, but wouldn't do so as I'm not interested in owning his car. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1930-HOMEMADE-SPRINT-CAR/223448149511?hash=item34068c2e07:g:QfoAAOSwjfhciqe3
  2. I have sent and received numerous wire transfers over the years with no problems. However, there was a new wrinkle when I sent one last week for a car. My bank had me sign a form stating that I had not received the wire instructions ( routing number, account number, etc) via email or fax. I didn't question the reason why, assuming that their reason was to avoid responsibility for sending the funds to the wrong account due to a typo in emailed or faxed instructions. Now I realize that most likely my bank was aware of scams like the one described by the OP. Confirming emailed instructions by phone as described by the OP is the solution. Thanks for posting!
  3. Aw come on...... I built this one several years ago from a wreck. I saw the Ecklers kits in magazines when i was a teenager back in the '70's. There's all kinds of ways to enjoy the hobby. What a country. 😉
  4. Corvette shifter too. And when the hood was popped, there sat a 65 corvette 327/375HP with Rochester MFI. 😲
  5. Lot XXX in the 202X Auburn auction is this beautiful 1935 Lincoln.......
  6. Cadillacs and others of the Classic era came with Footman loops attached to the trunk sides. The attached photo is a 1931 Cadillac. The hold downs shown are original ones, but I have made some in the past that were very presentable - they just didn't have the blister on the outboard side of the boxed piece. The boxed piece can be easily made by heating a 1 inch wide length of steel strap with an acetylene torch and bending it into a box shape. Notice that the inside of this box piece that fits against the trunk is slightly longer and is bent to form a hook that grabs the footman loop that is attached to the trunk. The bolts can be made out of heavy duty battery hold down bolts which are heated and bent to shape. A bonus is that the hold down bolts already have a hook on the bottom end ( which I heated and flattened a bit) and come with wing nuts. Good quality hold down bolts are thicker than some, and have better quality wing nuts. Of course you will have to have them chromed or powder coated, but the cost of the materials is negligible. Footman loops are available from Restoration Supply and other places.
  7. Thank you, and good questions. Genesee Beer is a brand that is popular in the Northeast, and headquartered in Rochester, NY. https://www.geneseebeer.com/about/ This car was owned by Dick Hammond, who was a Genesee Beer distributor based in Buffalo, NY. His company was called Gohr Distributing and the race team was called Gohr Racing. You will see Gohr painted on the nose of the car. On the engine cowling is Dick's name along with Buffalo, NY and a Buffalo head decal labeled " We're Talking Proud." That decal was part of a Buffalo Chamber of Commerce campaign in the early '80's. Dick was proud of his business and of being from Buffalo. He was an avid race fan and car owner, and owned several cars that qualified for the Indy 500, as well as many USAC sprint cars. All were sponsored by Genesee Beer, and most wore #56, although Sheldon Kinser drove a Genesee Beer car at Indy that was #24. Do a google search for "Genesee Beer Wagon" and click " images" and you will see numerous pictures of Dick Hammond's Indycars and sprint cars. There was also a #58 car that was almost identical to my car. It was driven by Joe Saldana and was destroyed during practice for the Cleveland race in 1982. Eagle Creek Nursery is a large nursery/landscaping company on the west side of Indianapolis. https://www.eaglecreeknursery.com/about-us/ One of its owners at the time this car was racing at Indy (1981 & 1982), was Thomas M. Esterline Sr. Tom was an avid race fan, who almost never missed the Indy 500. The story I got from Tom Bigelow ( driver) was that he met Mr. Esterline at Indy ( an autograph session, maybe in the garage area, I don't remember the exact circumstances) and Mr. Esterline remarked that he was a huge fan and had "always wanted to see his company name on an Indycar." Tom replied that "we'll fix you right up", and proceeded to make it happen. I don't know how much money was involved, probably not very much. I have attached a photo of Mr. Esterline with Tom Bigelow at Indy. Another thing you will notice is lots of race decals on the side of the car. That is often a sign of a "low buck" race team. The companies whose decals are displayed paid contingency money for laps led/high finishes, etc. It was usually not big money, but every dollar counted to these teams. You'll notice that even back in the '80's top teams like Roger Penske or Foyt's had very few decals on their cars. Their primary, big buck sponsor ( Valvoline, Gilmore, Pennzoil or whomever) was paying big money and wanted THEIR product on the car in large letters, and not much else. I also heard a story ( not verified) that instead of writing a check for sponsorship money, Genesee Brewery in Rochester would send a semi load of beer down to Gohr Distributing in Buffalo. Gohr, of course, would simply sell the beer, so it was virtually the same as cash to them. Bigelow also mentioned that "At first I really didn't care for Genesee Beer...but hey, it was free, so I learned to like it." 🙂
  8. No. I have no illusions that I am a race car driver. The pros regularly put these things into the wall ( very unforgiving), so who the heck am I? Still, this has turned out to be one of the most enjoyable things I have ever done. I enjoy working on the car and the Indy 500 history. I have gotten involved with Classic Racing Times https://www.theclassicracingtimes.com/ (search for them on Youtube as well) and Vintage Indy Registry. http://www.vintageindyregistry.com/page-14/ This allows me to drive the car on such tracks as Pocono, Milwaukee Mile, Iowa Speedway and Gateway. Speeds are limited depending on the track, and you are not racing against anyone else or the clock. They are exhibitions of historic race cars more than anything else. Participants get track time in their cars and enjoy having them on display for the race fans. Often there are some of the old time drivers in attendance. I expect to have it at Indy this year for the Historic Racing Exhibition sponsored by the IMS Museum https://indyracingmuseum.org/special-events/historic-racing-exhibition/. I drive it from time to time on a local 1/2 mile asphalt oval track just to keep things functioning well.
  9. Pushed it out yesterday and took a few more pictures.
  10. I believe that's correct that most of the Northstar problems were with the '90's versions, or perhaps I've just been lucky, having run both a 2006 and 2007 Cadillac DTS over 150K miles each with no engine issues. The XLR has been fine so far. with over 50K on the clock. I have had a few electrical glitches, which were nearly all solved by disconnecting and reconnecting the negative battery cable. ( reminds me of when I flew the A-300 - problems were often solved by mechanics powering down/ "reracking" a particular box.) I do have concern that the car has some 23 different electrical modules that communicate in ways that I don't pretend to understand. I don't know how that compares with other newer cars. The top is an area of concern due to its complexity, but it is really something to behold when operated. Having a Tech 2 scanner gives some peace of mind, and there are several very good XLR forums with XLR "fanatics" who have probably seen most problems by now. Some parts have been discontinued including headlight and taillight assemblies - expect to pay a premium if you were to need one. At the end of the day, we continue to enjoy our XLR - it has been a good value so far. If it goes a few more years without major problems ( and I believe that it will ), at that point we could almost just junk it and feel that we did ok. On the other hand, I'm certainly glad that I'm not the guy who paid $80K for it new. 😧
  11. I own a fully operational Indy car, but my main interest is in cars from the early '70's through the late '80's, especially cars that competed in the Indy 500. I find these early racers to be very interesting as well, but have no idea on values. Below is a link to an early racer with an asking price that is more than double that of the OP's car. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1935-Indy-Race-Car-Miller-Schofield-Engine-body-by-Clyde-Adams-StaLube/183649004388?hash=item2ac2556b64:g:-20AAOSw87JcR4Zs:rk:2:pf:0