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  1. GM made some great cars over the years but that generation of Corvettes sure were garbage. In the Pacific Northwest the frames just didn’t last. I recall one being lifted up on the hoist at a tire shop I worked at around 1992 and chunks of rust were literally falling off of it. But I’ll never forget the license plate frame that said Wine ‘em, Dine ‘em, 69 ‘em. That particular owner definitely fit the stereotype.
  2. Tinindian, Absolutely wonderful photos and story. Thanks so much for posting. Reading stories from guys who were there at the time is just so rare today it’s a real treasure. Keep them coming if you have them. My grandma on my mother’s side grew up in Winnipeg born in 1913 among 7 kids in the family with my uncle still going at 91, who knows they could have been the recipients of merchandise hauled by your grandpa.
  3. Would anyone be willing to comment on approximate value of a 1930 Nash coupe with the twin ignition straight 8? It’s in similar condition to the 29 pictured in this thread but it has the bijur lubrication system and thermostatically controlled radiator shutters. It seems the twin 8s don’t trade hands often so it’s hard to find a value but they seem to be rather uncommon.
  4. This is a live steam model locomotive and tender all scratch built by Clifford Blackstaffe in 1960. All the patterns were handmade and cast then machined. It is coal fired and even has a functioning steam turbine generator to create electric current for the headlamp. Truly a work of art, notice the gauges and oilers. Amazing how much people got done in their spare time prior to televisions and computers being commonplace.
  5. Exactly my point about why to avoid the multiple carb models. I won’t get into my opinion of other shortcomings of the Corvair because I know there are a few supporters of them here. But how many of those proponents of them still actually own one? Their value or lack thereof on the collector car market speaks volumes. Do they get attention? Yes, dollar for dollar probably more attention than nearly anything else but the market says that the actual demand is low. And it’s not because it’s a forgotten marque.
  6. I would stay away from the turbo Corvairs and the multiple carburetor models. Too finicky and not many people are going to know what they need to run right. I would recommend something more conventional than a Corvair. The early Ford Falcons and Mercury Comets were well built, simple and conventional powertrains that still today are very easy to get parts for and any mechanically minded person will be able to maintain and repair. I also suggest these cars because they are relatively small compared to some other collector cars so they’re easy to park and operate on a daily basis. If someone bumps into you and you need paint and body repair you’re better off with a simple car than something with lots of trim and chrome that could take a long time to find good replacement parts for. The early 60s cars still have some interesting designs yet have 12 volt electrical with long lasting plastic coated wiring. If you are considering a 50s car, many were 6 volt with cloth covered wiring which by now is in a state of degradation and can cause big problems. There’s a lot of build quality considerations to make when deciding which old car will be right for you. These old cars can develop into bad nightmares for the wrong owners or if you choose wisely they can bring you a state of happiness that only a true car person can understand.
  7. That’s the 66-A body style, the prototype was made for General Electric to display refrigerators at a convention. Then they decided to offer them to the public but only sold around 300. They are just a regular 82B cab with smooth box panels riveted on. Not a one piece stamping like the utes and later Rancheros that used station wagon quarter panels.
  8. Early McLaughlins are pretty rare in any form. This is a 1913 Roadster that was owned by Port Alberni’s first mayor. It is cared for by the Alberni Heritage Equipment club.
  9. I think the main reason Ford went to the 8 hour workday was so he could run 3 shifts and have an efficient workforce 24 hours a day. The end result was a 40 hour work week which we enjoy today but I think it’s foolish to believe that Henry did that as a humanitarian goodwill gesture. Unions walk a fine line of standing up and saying No to management when it’s time to do so, sometimes the consequences are severe like plant closures but workers deserve certain rights and if we relied on crooked politicians to decide what and when to mandate these rights, then we would all be in trouble. Companies rarely give their workers more than required by law, sadly often times it’s less.
  10. Of course I will endorse the sentiments of those that have suggested the Model A, but I do agree that Dodge made a very fine automobile. A marque not mentioned yet that I feel doesn’t get the recognition is Nash. I think you get a pretty good bang for the buck there, they were a well made car in many ways ahead of the Fords but they just don’t command the same prices because the hot rod crowd has driven up the value of 30s Ford bodies.
  11. I think what some of us are defining as regrets here are being confused with wistful memories of days gone by through rose coloured glasses. What I mean by that is I have often thought it would be nice to have back the first car I ever owned or one similar to it, a 67 Mercury Cougar. Well a couple months ago my old car turned up on Craigslist at a reasonable price and looked like the condition it was in was savable, but still would be another project. I pondered back and forth “do I need it?” I think my wife thought I should just go bring it home and friends told her it would be a nice Christmas gift. Here I was, at the moment some of us dream about, the chance to get my old car back and I just couldn’t justify it because I have now built up a small collection of vehicles which most would agree are more desirable than the Cougar, and the project I’m focusing on now is a Model A coupe which was my fathers first car. And there poses another question, would you rather have your father’s first car or your own? So to me these car collecting decisions aren’t really regrets, a regret is watching your Falcon Convertible reverse itself down the driveway with the door open after it fell out of Park, and watching the door buckle back against the fender. But that’s another story... Happy New Year everyone!
  12. These guys might be a day late to the Bronco party. Ford is going to be unveiling the 2020 Bronco in a month or so. If they’re priced at 30-40g and are more comfortable with more features people expect now, it’s going to be a tough sell for a reproduction early Bronco at over 100g. It could also burst the bubble on the current crazy overvalued early Bronco market.
  13. The cost of shipping definitely adds considerable anxiety to my enjoyment of improving my old cars. I’m sure the majority of us here have several old cars, and if they get used regularly then each one is going to require a replacement part or two at some point. I’m also in Canada and have been stung by UPS and their highway robbery. I will not purchase anything from any vendor who won’t deviate from using UPS. Several years ago I bought a radiator out of California never specified with the vendor not to ship by UPS and when it arrived to my house in a brown UPS truck I knew I was in for it. I had to pay $94 on the spot for him to release the parcel to me. A month later I get an invoice from UPS saying that I owed them $89 for the radiator they delivered a month earlier and charged me $94 for. So I called up their phone number and voiced my concerns to someone they said they were going to talk to their manager about it and call me back. I never heard back from them and never sent in the $89 and haven’t heard a peep from them now going on 5 years and never used them since. Now I’m just a backyarder and don’t order a lot of stuff so it’s easy to keep track of my orders, but what about a small business that makes many orders a month and they get another bill from these bandits on something they’ve already paid for? I’m sure lots of times, the administrators just pay the bill again and these UPS crooks get a double payment. They clearly just fabricate the brokerage charges because in my example they came up with two different prices and you would have thought the second one would be more due to tacked on “interest”. The Canadian government lets UPS operate like this and blatantly rip off countless consumers each year on unsubstantiated brokerage costs. It’s absolutely criminal.
  14. Looks like the guy on the motorcycle is checking out the brand new 57 Ford. I can’t see any other 57 models in the photo but it appears the car on the other side of the bike is a 56 Merc. Or maybe the guy on the bike doesn’t notice the new Ford for what’s on the other side of it!
  15. My great grandfather worked at the McLaughlin plant in 1914. May have even had a hand in your car, who knows. The thing that bothers me most is that when push came to shove during WW2, it was the manufacturing plants in North America that retooled to build what was required at the time to defend our freedom. Without manufacturing plants, what are we going to do the next time the chips are down?