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  1. I’m probably going to get a lot of flak for this comment but my experience has been that most baby boomers rate wealth as a major indication of success. I’m 44 and own 6 vehicles that I consider fall into the collector car category, one I inherited but the rest I have put my own hard work and as little money as possible to bring back to life, they aren’t blue ribbon cars but very presentable. I have a 66 F250 4x4 that I bought out of southern Oregon in 2008 for $4000, a very solid truck that I repainted and made look nice, bought a parts truck and chose the best parts of each and kept the total investment in the project to around $7500. I’m happy with it and it’s a big attention getter, it’s fun, I know how to fix it, and I paid cash the way a little here a little there. An acquaintance of mine in his 70s has a very nice 1997 F350 4x4 low miles that he bought new. At a family BBQ he commented on my truck asking me what I thought it’s worth, I said “ I don’t know, I might be able to get twenty grand for it” to which his reply was “mine’s worth twenty five”. I didn’t bother responding that he paid more for his truck in the first place and it’s worth less than what he spent on it. In his eyes he’s got the diamond and his “investment” was a good one and he can go around comparing his success in life by the value of his possessions. I’ll just carry on turning sad looking junk into better looking junk and get my satisfaction that way.
  2. Found some pictures on another forum of a 28 Pontiac truck
  3. Pontiac did build it’s own truck for one or two years 1927-28, but I have no idea if they were manufactured in USA or Canada or both. A friend of mine on Vancouver Island has one if anyone out there is looking for parts to restore theirs we would like to find someone who can use it.
  4. Give some more details here, I don’t want people thinking it’s a good idea to sand base coat because it is not. Base coat is so thin and flashes so fast you would have to be the worst painter in the world to get it to orange peel and run. If you screw up, yes it can be sanded and reapplied but if you’re sanding between clear you’re taking a big gamble on having a sand through on a product that doesn’t have much mil thickness. If you pulled it off, all I can say is: 1: you were lucky 2: get a better spray gun and practice so you don’t get runs If you’re talking clear over a single stage and sanding between then that’s a different animal and will work fine but you’re gonna have an old car with such a glossy finish it won’t look period it’s a street rod finish.
  5. Seems like a perfect opportunity to teach yourself how to do it. Autobody101 is a forum that helped me answer a few questions and YouTube has all kinds of helpful stuff, there’s an Aussie that calls himself The Gunman who has some excellent videos. Its very rewarding to accomplish your own paint and body work, all it takes is time.
  6. Congrats they are good cars despite the reputation and comments you might get from people who don’t really know much about cars. I have a 58 Pacer, if you’re on Facebook there are several Edsel focus groups but I recommend the Edsel Restoration and Preservation group there, a lot of very knowledgeable Edsel people and it’s pretty active.
  7. In the early 90s I went with my dad to a couple old dilapidated alley garages in East Vancouver. The guy that rented them had a dark green 66 Mustang fastback that had a ragtop sunroof and factory am/fm radio. I can’t remember how much he wanted for it but we ended up buying a basic 70s 302 from him just to get the original Buddy Bar Cobra intake that came off a 65 Gt350 he had parted out years earlier. He gave us the original resonators and under rider traction bars from it but they were in poor shape and we threw them away years later. The other garage held an original AC Ace, aluminum body car that had a Chevy drivetrain. It had apparently been raced at Westwood racetrack in the 70s. My dad and I were into Fords and he was really prejudiced against Chevys and couldn’t bring himself to pull the trigger on the deal. I’m sure if it had a Ford engine he might have bought it. I do remember he wanted 20K for it which wasn’t cheap money in the early 90s, but I’m sure it would have been a great investment based on the values the Cobras and AC cars are now. Definitely a few missed opportunities.
  8. I know a couple elderly collectors on Vancouver Island with some early stuff that will never get restored. A Brush, A Galloway, an early EMF, ‘15 Buick truck, a Pontiac truck which I believe was only built for a year or two in the late 20s just to name a few. None are particularly valuable even when restored, and it they all need everything. For most younger enthusiasts these projects just don’t have much attraction.
  9. Although the cost of an electric EV conversion is high, I think in a park tour perspective the extra cost might be able to be passed on to the customer somewhat. I think park guests would be very supportive of efforts made to reduce pollution within the parks. The electric vehicles are pretty reliable as long as you have adequate sized battery banks.
  10. Do a search for Turco 5351, it’s the best that I have used.
  11. Love it. Well played. You’d give Leno a run for his money at the old car guy’s comedy club.
  12. In the Yukon, Guggenheim had mining interests continuing past 1910. The Zust automobile from the Great Race was discovered in Dawson City in the 50s. It had been sent up there for the mining superintendent to use around 1910. The museum in Fairbanks has a good collection of early cars, hoping to get up there to see them sometime.
  13. Steve at Victoria plating did the rear bumper on my 62 Lincoln last year including the bumper ends for what I thought was a reasonable price under $1000 cdn and they did a nice job. oldglassman would you happen to be on Vancouver Island? I have a couple project cars that need complete flat glass cut and installed if you have any recommendations
  14. I still use one I don’t see any problem. I guess it could trap dirt if it falls on the ground but I’ve always been careful to avoid that. The quick detail spray and a soft cotton cloth cut from an old bedsheet works pretty good for me, but some know it all might be disappointed that I don’t have the expensive “micro fibre” cloth. You can’t please everyone.
  15. I once knew a guy who ran a 1899 Locomobile, an 11 Stanley, 10 Russell and early Holley, right up until he died at age 89 or so. Gave many fortunate people rides in those cars and unforgettable memories. Just because you’re old is no reason to think you can’t enjoy a real antique car.
  16. I suggest you join the Edsel Restoration and Preservation group on Facebook. There are a few guys that participate there that are so wrapped up in everything Edsel that one of them maintains a database of ink stamps on radios! Man they must really impress the women with that information. Posting about your car there will surely create a lot of excitement with the Edsel guys, and just for the record for anyone reading this that isn’t familiar with these cars, there was only 76 made.
  17. Very interesting. Thanks for posting. I’ve got a 35 dash with an extra hole and two bolt holes in the same spot. I always wondered what could have been mounted there as it’s a bit of a butcher job and the two bolt holes made me suspicious it was something other than an extra gauge added.
  18. Currently there’s an active thread about a 1996 Geo Metro. That’s 6 years newer than the newest car I own and drive every day. If I have problems with it I search the forums that exist that are specific to it, I know better than to water down this site with modern garbage. And yes it’s 30 years old but I still consider it modern. Nobody at the gas station has ever commented about it being an antique car! Too many people want a one stop and shop forum. It eventually waters down the content and pushes away the valuable contributors of actual antique car knowledge and you’re left with nothing of any value.
  19. I would just like to say thank you to the AACA and the moderators who provide and maintain this great forum, you are all doing a fine job and the evidence is in the popularity of this site. Now if the squeaky wheels could just go somewhere else for their grease, don’t go away mad, just...
  20. I would replace the HO lamp holders with t8 tombstones rather than replacing the fixtures. Search amazon for lamp tombstone. Beautiful shop BTW, you’re a lucky man to have found it.
  21. There’s an ass for every seat. What I mean by this is the car hobby is large enough to accommodate a nearly unlimited imagination to modifications. Some people will love what you have done and others will cringe. It’s my personal belief that the less modifications you make, there will be a larger number of people who would actually want to own it.
  22. I would say the boiler water level gauge on 1899 Locomobiles which was located on the right side of the driver below the seat. It was viewed through a mirror on the toe board that faced back to it. Also the boiler pressure and fuel tank pressure gauges. I’m sure other steam carriages that predate 1899 would likely have similar instruments but I have no experience with anything older. sorry just realized the original question was asking for first speedometer and tachometer.
  23. Thanks supercargirl, I enjoyed the article.
  24. Not exactly a dream car, but I found this Dodge postal van this year and had to bring it home. As I’ve said before it’s amazing how many rare and unusual vehicles can be found on Vancouver Island. This one had been stored inside for over 30 years. My plan is to make a personal food truck, a home for my popcorn machine, hotdog machine, and mini donut machine. I plan to give it a Disney look with sleepy eyes and call it Dough-mater
  25. What a great photo! Looks like your typical carpenter trying to be a mechanic. I’m sure similar displays are still being performed by carpenters today! Almost looks like there’s another saw laying lengthwise on the hood. Perhaps he’s trying to straighten a bent steering component or pop a suspension part back into place. Whatever he’s doing he’s got the attention of the little chubby kid to the left who looks like he’s getting ready to throw a rock at the car.
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