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  1. 15 hours ago, John348 said:


    Agree 100% I have owned antique cars in the state of Florida as old as 1938 and they all had a title, and the ones I brought in from other states all had to have a VIN verification to get a title.  

    Yes concur but another interesting item was the last vehicle I titled and tagged down there was interesting.  
    the vehicle inspection was preformed by the lady at the counter!  Also to get title/tags the whole transaction had to be in cash. I sure didn’t feel comfortable walking back in there after maxing out 3 ATM’s with my briefcase but I saw others with brown paper bags. 

  2. 9 hours ago, John348 said:

    I am in the process of doing it now, what a difference! Ballast's and fluorescent lamps were getting pricy and harder and harder to find 

    What about ability to do car detailing work without a couple 500W quartz lights. Any thoughts if still need them


  3. 6 hours ago, Trulyvintage said:

    Every day on the road I see different scenarios that are serious accidents waiting to happen.


    A consistent theme in Texas is double towing - usually a small truck or passenger car is pulling a second vehicle using a tow bar.

    The second vehicle - in turn -  has some kind of rigged hitch and is towing another vehicle.


    So - three vehicles total.


    Every universal tow bar I have seen is rated at 5000 pound max - the towed vehicle is

    towinganother vehicle equal or greater to it’s footprint/ weight - so the first tow vehicle is towing a minimum of 7000 pounds which is exceeding the capacity of the original tow vehicle’s rating for towing and the rating of the tow bar.


    I have seen this rigged set up pass 

    police - sheriff - state marked patrol

    vehicles and I have never seen one get

    pulled over.




    I’d almost bet you in Maryland you would see a stop and that might be why I’ve never seen such a sight. Now we have areas where electronic surveillance is done on trucks and trailers whereby you need to be in the right lane to be observed. I hear allot of stopping is done up the road from these areas.  Landscaping trailers seem hardest hit because of their many Maryland infractions


  4. 51 minutes ago, charlier said:


    By orientation are you referring to hooks up or hooks down?  Maryland law actually specifies this?

    Absolutely Maryland does enforce and I don’t remember hooks up or hooks down. We used to have to get a medical card to pull trailers but that was dropped several years ago. To be honest the question of hooks up or hooks down is in the FMCSA book.


  5. Before I retired our county was hit with a ransom attack to the main server. Naturally my first response was to the IT’s what the F has happened and turn our systems back on. 2nd response was what the F is a bitcoin!

    luckily our staff didn’t really have good faith in the IT’s and we actually took our backup tapes that they independently created each evening off  site.  We were able to reload our systems after unplugging from main server and had to manually re-enter two days of work.  

  6. Those members that know my vehicles and know which I show know my top 10 or so are as I say. Anything with two fours, four speed and solid lifters.  But to add some that don’t fit in the first grouping

    1966-1968 427 single Four bbl HP Corvettes especially the L88 versions 67&68.

    427 Yenko and Motion or COPO vehicles

    any of the solid lifter Chevelles 

    I guess that is enough 



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  7. I have an opposite experience. I have a 61 vehicle that has 4 original wheels to the car and a 5th wheel built a few years later but still with the correct nubs.  Had many coats of paint and took them to get cleaned up and now have only two wheels that the Kelsey Hayes codes can be determined.🥵


  8. 1 hour ago, edinmass said:

    Laws are clear, if you PRIVATE and legal in you state, your legal in every state. The Federal DOT rules apply interstate. If commercial......all bets are off. I carry a copy of the rules......I don’t stop at scales. 

    i have also had to start carrying the federal motor carrier book mainly because in Maryland the Maryland motor carrier book doesn’t exempt private car trailers and I have been given the hard stuff several times but always finally released. The Maryland book clearly indicates that Maryland has adopted the federal exemption section which clearly exempts our car carrier trailers. 
    The friend I was referring to above had two problems. 1.  He like all of us are legally required to stop at Maryland scales. Read the scale signs closely as it says All vehicles over 5T must stop at scale. No mention of commercial or trucks only. I hear Pennsylvania is close to copying that and when I tow west I believe it’s Illinois I’ve seen that wording but their pounds is 26,000 GCVW. I’m 25,000 GCVW so ok there!  The other problem he had was he was observed running a scale and when stopped they learned his class A pusher was registered in his business but the trailer was in his private name/address.  His GCVW was way over 26,000 so was in CDL requirement.  For Delaware tax reasons he was better obtaining his CDL. 
    The local state highway scales really give me a fit but when clear of them and over on I-95 or I-70 I am green lighted 99% of time as those scale guys know their exemptions.

    I and others have met with Maryland legislators about the book not including our private under 10,000 GVW car trailer exemption but to no avail.


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  9. I’ve seen those RV’s and boat or car trailer combos and shake my head!  A couple years ago a friend was in his Class A pusher and towing a 28 car trailer and Maryland DOT nailed him for 1,600 in fines plus he had to obtain a class A CDL before he was legal in Maryland roads. He is a Delaware resident and tagged Delaware and had been pulling through Maryland for years but never been stopped by Maryland DOT previously.

    I like my one ton SRW diesel for same reasons as you do. Parking being primary. But payload is reduced a bunch with SRW so nothing trailered over 9,999 GVW


  10. 42 minutes ago, edinmass said:

    I have hauled 27k with one..........had a tranny kit installed. No problem. This is 48 feet.



    Inside.......two Pierce cars, an eight and a twelve, and a bunch of parts.





    Ed yours looks like a one ton dually. I was thinking I was reading about a 3/4 SRW.  I couldn’t even think about towing your trailer with my one ton!  Plus Maryland DOT would probably run me down and deadline me as payload numbers and GCVW  and license are way over my one ton placard.


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  11. On 12/19/2020 at 6:57 PM, John348 said:


    Robert, hope all is well with you and your family


     Very true, and we know nobody just was "buying a new one off the lot" as Mr Peterson was implying. We know that those particular engines were all designated as to who was getting them and how many they were receiving. I should have been more clear in my response and I will apologize for that. 

    Thanks John. We are in south Florida for the holidays but the unlimited energy of the grandkids are amazing!  No car down here but I’ve found a temporary storage place in DelRay Beach that can temporarily store my trailer as he loves cars. Now after that find no winter National show event down here. 

  12. On 12/16/2020 at 10:32 AM, John348 said:


    FYI there is no record of the mystery motor installed in any Biscaynes, and EXTREMELY doubtful that it the original owners still owned it and just had it laying around. 

    Correct John but to go one more there are no records of that initial run of motors factory installed in any vehicle. There is good information as to who in NASCAR received the motors but sadly back up parts initially became a problem but.... damn if they didn’t tear up Daytona that year!


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  13. On 3/26/2019 at 8:07 AM, Larry Schramm said:

    I too  will vote with the others for the electric impact wrench and ramps. 


    I bought a DeWalt 1/2" impact and I keep some 2x8's, 4x4's, and other wood in the back of my truck so if I have a flat, just drive the good tire up a ramp and zip the flat tire off and the new one on. I use wood because you never know the type of shoulder you might need to drive on.  Changing the tire usually takes about than 5 minutes with this set up. 


    I look at the purchase of the impact wrench as a large safety issue to get off the side of the road as quickly as possible and on the way.  I keep the wrench in the back of my truck also along with a spare battery and a set of impact sockets.


    Also I too always carry two spares.  I have had a flat out on I-80 out west with nothing for miles and it is comforting to know that you still have a spare if something happens.

    Larry last year while towing to and from the Ocala meet I exploded 5 tires. 4 of which were 4 years old and had proper pressure according to my tire monitoring system. Up to that time I carried two spares for your reasoning.  Now carrying 3 spares

    i was impressed with my Dewalt gun as it changed them all on one battery. 

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  14. On 6/26/2011 at 11:02 PM, Pete Phillips said:

    There was a Buick Bugle magazine article on the '63-'64 Wildcats last year, and the article addressed the rarity of the 4-speed equipped cars. In addition, Mr. Corbin and I jointly own one of the 4-speed convertibles, which is under restoration now. We did some research on them and also had help from other Buick club members and historians.

    I have to completely and totally disagree with Mr. Rohn's statement that production numbers and rarity have nothing to do with a car's value. What makes a '70 GS 455 stage One convertible so valuable? What makes a '49 Chrysler Town & Country convertible so valuable? What makes a '63 Chrysler 300 J so valuable? What makes the 842 Buick Skylark converitbles built in 1954 so valuable? What makes the 142 1961 Impala Super Sports built with the factory 409 engine so valuable? If 250,000 copies of each car I"ve just named had been built, do you think we would be talking the same values?! No way. It is a combination of rarity combined with desireability. Sure, there were some low-production cars that were never very desirable, and are not valuable today--Yugos would be one example. A '58 Studebaker Scotsman might be another. But to say that low production numbers never have anything to do with value is incorrect.

    Pete Phillips

    Leonard, TX


    Pete, jus’ clearing the air. The 142 late 61 Chevrolet optional 409 motors were available for all full sized sedans and not exclusive to the part year 453 Built Super Sport cars.

    I own a real 61 Super Sport coupe and yes one of the 142 1961 only 409’s



  15. Wow I've been lurking watching this one and have only a couple things to add in my experience with similiar cars.


    1. I have carried a battery operated impact gun for years.  At last years Ocala meet I blew 5 tires on that round trip towing out of Maryland.  Carrying only 3 spares I had to overnight until a tire store opened!  The impact gun did all 5 as quickly as a NASCAR pit stop along side I-95.

    2.  ATC designed the escape door to match the car door opening while in the trailer at the sweet spot. I just fully open the door and step out.  My trailer looks funny as the escape door isn't centered over the tandem axles it is about 10" forward.

    3. Dont worry about trying to have a raised deck or other $ changes.  I just have two 2X8's at marked places to drive car onto and that raises the drivers side enough to clear on only one of my cars as others don't need it. 

    4.  TOW Truck!  with a 9,900 GVW trailer only tow it with a one ton no 250's or these other brands funny rated 3/4 ton trucks

    5. Since you are legally required to stop at inspection and scales in Maryland do not go with a 12,000 GVW trailer unless a CDL card holder. Until recently Maryland required a medical card which I have for towing over certain GCVW but still under 26,000.

    I realize the above will wake up Ed!  But several other states are in the legal process of scaling at truck stops by weight not class of vehicle.

    6.  Do not title your truck or trailer in a business or LLC name then you are most definitely "commercial'.

    7. I think the market on aluminum trailers is moving to 28 feet but a 24 is perfect for a Chevelle.  NO to the 22's as you can't adjust the car too much for the perfect tongue weight.  


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