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  1. About 25 miles from me and low bids so far https://www.ebay.com/itm/1956-DeSoto-Firedome-/392724461057
  2. Love to see that car come to NJ. I wish you the best! It's in amazing condition and a great color scheme. I'll be watching that one for the duration of the auction.
  3. San Francisco cable cars still use wooden brake shoes. They have to change them very frequently.
  4. What a fantastic array of marques. You would think that they would nearly all be around today. Someplace. Even spectator parking would be a dream for us! I looked for, but didn't see, the name of a collector I knew. He was 90 when I was a kid in the 1970s. He had an 03 Olds and some obscure tiller steers. I drove him in his 28 Buick as my first antique driving experience. This is quite a testament to what is still a very strong collector car culture in eastern PA.
  5. Got it......new name should be AC/DC. "Auburn, Cord...Duesenberg Coming"
  6. Congratulations on your milestone. I truly hope your recovery is now complete. Gotta say I love the car, too. Great choice for the event!
  7. Fair points, Ed. Let's just pencil you in as a "maybe." 😉 We are a more focused and savvy group. Quite rightly concerned about voltage, polarity, shift patterns and those pesky insurance rules. Not to mention the pyros and special effects guys! Getting such cars may be slightly easier on the West Coast, but this old can't be easy anywhere. Although, the Downton Abbey crew seems to have done well on some very old vehicles.
  8. Jeez...went for over $11k. I think the seller really won out in that one. Very solid looking car, but last minute robo bidding went a bit crazy.
  9. From a 1953 fire truck posting in the For Sale section. Check the numbers as you make the never to be seen transition from 70 mph to 80 and beyond
  10. One of my favorite "go-to" sites - Barnfinds.com - has this very solid 1950 Buick Riviera listed here What do you think - run as is, spray it yourself, or go full resto?
  11. I suspect the Wrong Forum Avengers are queuing up, but it does look like a quality job with a very attractive result.
  12. It's also highly likely - given the lifestyle of those vehicles and the committed nature of their owners - that these vehicles still survive today!
  13. Hi, Danielle....you said the hobby shop is "on base". Air Force? Where abouts? When I was in the Army in the early 80's there were many seemingly insurmountable tasks taken on in the rec centers and hobby shops just to face the challenge. A mail order hang glider with no instructions comes to mind. Sure there are better cars and better methods, but if that's your car and that's your mission....drive on.
  14. There's a fellow on here with a 1952 Studebaker for sale. He included the photo below highlighting the rearward view from inside. First, it's amazing in its unusual panorama. Second, it reminds me very much of photos I have seen from inside of zeppelins. Anyone else see it that way?
  15. That may or may not be priced aggressively, but it looks very solid under the brush paint. That fantastic (and fragile) grille looks like the bottom half is likely as straight as the visible top half. Put a blue oval on it and it's double the price!
  16. They qualify as "antiques" now, so back in the day I recall scarey times with my early 70's Volvo and Mercedes (sounds snooty....both were VERY used & $500 each) Both had single post screw jacks with mushroom bases. It was like balancing a car on a road flare. Sitting on a pool ball!
  17. I gotta tell you...I never got the "rumble seat coupe" thing. Not snubbing it...I just don't understand it. Especially in the mid to late '30's. There's a beautiful '38 Desoto for sale here that got me pondering again. In the early years the difference between inside and outside was much closer together, so inside, outside....whatever. But the deco years are just hard for me to figure out, especially from my perspective as a northeasterner. "No, Daddy....don't make me ride outside!!!" Or "Now, Darling....it is the 'mother in law' seat. So when I drive it's your mother......"
  18. I bought the Coker wide whites for my '39 Buick and took them to the local shop for mounting and balancing. When I was picking them up I noticed there were no weights so I asked the guy. He told me he loaded them up and spun them an no weights were necessary. They drive just fine up to maxing out at 60. I guess it does happen.
  19. I keep this car up the street at my Dad's, so it's not like it's inconvenient, but I just don't get to it on the weekends as much as I should. I'm reminded of this when I do get it out and find out what a great driver it is. My grandfather bought it new in '63 and did over 100,000 miles of touring based out of New Jersey. He gave it to me in 1977 and I managed to not ruin it. Body and interior are original, engine and transmission have been rebuilt. It is a beautiful car, and not one you want to have to restore, given the miles of wiring and vacuum lines!
  20. Going out at night and sneaking a peek into your own garage..... :
  21. I got 4 very good driver quality hubcaps for my '39 for a dollar each! Buffed them up and THEN realized they were the larger diameter innards! Good thing they were only a buck.
  22. Congrats! That is very nice and just the way I like them. Have fun!
  23. Michelle112 had a question for me about chassis lube, but we decided that my grease gun takes too long to refill for these modern runners.