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  1. AlCapone, Rusty, and all the rest. I am grateful for the discussion. Probably due to my upbringing (certainly) about keeping what I spend quiet. Guess I've always viewed that as something completely different from asking advice. I may ask for advice or give it if asked my opinion of relative value on a vehicle, but I would never ask anyone what they ultimately spent on something. At any rate, I hope you don't think I'm just seeking free advice. I have never bought a vehicle in order to make money. It's just nice to know that one hasn't been stung to deeply and where else to get ideas than from those who have so much more experience than I have. I've noticed many others seeking the same advice, going on to buy a vehicle, and not divulging what they spent. All part of the shared knowledge of the hobby. Again, my sincere thanks and my sincere apologies if I've given the wrong impression of myself. Now, knowing the wife is on board, all I need to see in the next few days is if the seller will budge a bit, sell it elsewhere, or my self control disappears!
  2. AlCapone: I generally keep prices to myself - especially if a car isn't mine yet. I can hear my dad's voice now about disclosing what was paid for a car. You don't disclose what you paid because: 1. If you think you got a great deal, folks will come out of the woodwork to tell you that you were robbed, making you feel just great. 2. If you overpaid for something you really like, those same folks will think you're an idiot. 3. When you go to sell, the knowledge of what you paid usually muddies the water. Personally, I don't really care what others think but I sure can get tired of their opinions. Now, after all that rambling, I will tell you that I offered 2/3 of his price and he did come down some, but said he'd do some thinking about coming down the rest of the way. I love this forum! The knowledge, courtesy, storytelling, and opinions are unmatched. Thank you all!
  3. Well, I'm back from seeing the Riviera. I am smitten. First of all, I'll apologize for the lousy pictures posted here. I was on my way home when I realized I'd forgotten to take pictures. These pictures are pulled from the flyer on a bulletin board at my wife's office. Hmph. At any rate, the car appears quite solid. No visible rust on the outside which includes up inside the wheel wells, but squeezing myself underneath there was rust on the inner rockers and the inside lower front fenders. This is currently sitting in the storage are of a bustling repair shop that incidently was currently working on a mid '70s Eldorado convertible, a Chevy convertible of the same era, and a Willys Jeepster amongst the many modern cars. The mechanic who looked it over states that it needs a radiator, exhaust, tires, brakes, transmission rear seal, differential driveshaft seal, and belts/hoses. The only thing I could see missing was the button for opening the rear deck from inside the car. Key works fine though. He is obviously interested in just getting rid of his Mom's car and making any money from it isn't a priority. I've left him an offer that he is considering. So far I'm the only one who responded to his flyer. Since he works with my wife in the same place, maybe that will score some points. If he chooses not to take my offer (we're pretty close) I told him that's O.K. and I'll just go home thinking what a close call it was for me to have another car! I'll certainly let you know what happens. As asked by DG57Roadmaster, I would have to say it is the bamboo cream with brown vinyl top and a bench seat.
  4. Thanks for the comments and my apologies for the slim amount of information. It is all I have to go on. I've always loved these boattail Rivieras and apparently the years I like would be the '71 or '72 from looking at ebay pictures. What I've seen from those listings (and others into the wee hours last night) show that the price my seller is looking for is quite reasonable if the car checks out. I'll know more tomorrow morning...
  5. Hello, From reading the many interesting topics on this forum, it's easy to see that there is no lack of advice on about any topic. So now I'm asking. I'm going to look at a 1971 Buick Riviera Thursday morning. It is a "barn find" of sorts as it has been stored for 25 years. The seller states that it is a 2 owner car (second owners were his parents) and it is completely original - 455 engine, etc. He has had a mechanic check it over and made a list of things that need attention. It has been started and driven just around a parking lot. Brakes work but of course need attention. I am familiar with all that should be checked on a car stored this long. Here are my questions: 1. Assuming the body is decent (pictures look great), do these boattail Riverieras have any noteworthy problems I should look for? 2. What is a reasonable price for this car? I know the guesswork involved here with the scant information I've provided. Just looking for ballpark figure along with any predictions for future collectibility or value. 3. Parts availability. I'll guess that mechanicals wouldn't be a problem. How about trim, interior, body, etc. Thank you for any help. This came up quickly and I won't have time to do any research between then and now except for this plea for help. Karl
  6. I liked the Pope-Hartford identification primarily for the unusual aspect of it. However, being a Cadillac certainly is an excellent choice. At the time, would either car have been commonly seen on the streets of Akron (or anywhere else)?
  7. I am thoroughly enjoying all your responses! My family will certainly get a kick out of learning a bit about the car. Many thank to all and a Merry Christmas!
  8. Thank you so much for your efforts. I've enjoyed this forum for a while but haven't really participated much. Watching you experts zero in on an identification is great. Merry Christmas to all!
  9. This photo, I've been told, is the first Pontiac in my Great Grandfather's (Lawrence Halter) dealership in Akron, Ohio. He is seated in the rumble seat with the cigar and my Grandfather (Edward Michael Hetzel) is standing far right holding the derby. Oh, and that's chief Pontiac in the driver's seat! I seem to remember that it was 1928 or 1929. Can anyone tell me the exact model and year of this car. Thank You!
  10. The following was handwritten on the back of this photo by my Great Grandfather Lawrence Halter of Akron, Ohio. I am curious just what kind of automobile he drove. Can you help? "This is front view of the Laundry, Saloon, & vacant lot. I (Lawrence Halter) am standing with bundle and Geo. Wolf my nephew is at entrance of laundry and other men are visitors or traveling salesmen. Brother-in-law proprieter of saloon is standing at saloon door, & my automobile in front of vacant lot.”
  11. I've been fussing with old houses for a long time and the number of great salvaged sinks missing this hanger is huge. I'll bet it could be worth many cents to the right buyer!
  12. Thanks Woodfiddler. As I gently clean it and do a little rejuvenating, I'm increasingly amazed at the handiwork. Everything dovetailed (including all the trays), diamond shaped inlays around the perimeter of the top, and newly discovered after a layer of grime was removed is an inlaid brass angle stock edging around the top for edge damage control. Just amazing.
  13. I'm embarrassed that I didn't see what it was! Thank you for the quick reply. With a little persuasion, I opened it and saw the petrified grease. Anyone want to pay shipping, I'll give it away!
  14. I love these windows on the past. Great chest and story for yours, too. I'm keeping about everything right in the chest where I found it. My wife even had me bag up all the wood shavings and scraps to keep with it!
  15. Another find from my wife's aunt's grandfather's chest (he was a boat builder in Massachusetts) is this device. It says "Nathan Mfg. Co. New York" and "2 oz." on it. It is about 2" in diameter and about 2.5" top to bottom. Any guesses on what it is and what it's application might be? Thank you again!
  16. Thanks to all! The chest came out of the barn/workshop where the boats were actually built. Wish I could have had the time to go through the barn more thoroughly! This chest is in exceptional condition and will be used in our historic house somewhere! The coil is available if anyone would like to own it. I have no idea what price to ask, but I'm not in it for the money.
  17. Another find from my wife's aunt's grandfather's chest (he was a boat builder in Massachusetts) is this device. From what I've found out, it is a spark plug, condenser, induction coil, vibrator, etc. An ad from 1912 Motor Boating calls it the All-in-one waterproof solution for marine boats - especially rescue boats. I was wondering if this was also used in the automotive world and whether it has any value or use to someone out there. It's cool, but I really don't need it sitting on a shelf!
  18. Thank you 1912Staver and Seldenguy! Unfortunately I've completely emptied the chest (after taking multiple photographs) and there is no top to this box. To further dismay, the barn where the chest came from has been razed. Anyway, I thought I'd post a couple pictures of the chest just for kicks. Does anyone have a need for this coil?
  19. Hello! This is my first posting here on the AACA site. I've been reading here for a while and finally decided to join up. Within a very old and very cool wooden chest I received from my wife's aunt were a couple of items I believe are auto related. The chest belonged to the aunt's grandfather who was a boat builder in Massachusetts. Hopefully the pictures I'm attempting to post will show a Splitdorf switch box? coil? or whatever. It has three positions on the switch - "1", "2" and "off." One heavy lead comes out of the back of the oak box. The box is approximately 6" high and 4" square. Any help in application or age? Anyone have a need for this? A couple of other items I'll post later when this one works successfully!
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