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  1. Yes now we’re talkin’! Nice truck! They can do a lot more than just look good!
  2. Factory GCVW ratings are a little hard to find for the old trucks but my trailer is only a 10kGVW. My Lincoln is 5500lbs and that’s about the heaviest I’ve towed. The truck handles it no problem it’s got a 390 4spd 4.56 gears and a Gear Vendors overdrive and air bags in the rear for load leveling. I agree with the other comments on the Cummins engines. I don’t like to use my 66 in the winter, the brine they use on the roads is just too hard on things plus the single wall box means I have to be super careful if I haul firewood with it. I found a nice 78 F250 4x4 and am installing the power train from a 96 Ram 12valve Cummins 5spd to relieve the 66 of any winter duties that come up.
  3. Thanks Ken. I find the history of the cars as interesting as the cars themselves.
  4. Come on I thought you all were old car guys! Let’s see some classic tow trucks! 66 F250 4x4
  5. PFindlay do you think there’s any possibility that the REO is the same one that Dave Proctor has? Next time I see him I’ll have to ask him the history of his REO. I just love the brass front axle and Canadian headlamps on his car.
  6. I’m not great at decoding the Manufacture and model year of cars of this era, but I enjoy reading the responses from the experts here.
  7. Aeroquip 303 hose is probably your best bet for something of modern quality with the cloth outer appearance. Available at aircraft supply shops like aircraft spruce. Not sure if it has ink stamping along the hose, might want to ask the vendor, it would be nice to have an unmarked hose for your project.
  8. If the carbon tax revenues were actually being used to help diminish our environmental impact it would be a different story. Currently there is no evidence to support such a claim.
  9. I experienced the same thing with a 96 12v Cummins 190hp. Golden oil until about 3000kms after a change then began to darken. My 95 Winnebago with a 230hp 12v Cummins with a larger sump than the Dodge Ram has black oil nearly immediately after a change. Same injection pumps just different fueling rates. I believe the fueling rate of the diesel in question has an affect on oil discolouration rate and your 2014 is fueled to make a significant horsepower increase from the 90s engines. They were seriously detuned in the 90s to try and get some longevity from the transmissions. At one point the automatic equipped pickup had a 5.9 engine rated at 175hp, in the same year Cummins offered the same engine in a Marine configuration rated at 300hp with just fueling changes. I would imagine those engines wouldn’t have shown the golden oil phenomenon but I haven’t owned one so I couldn’t say definitively.
  10. Thanks fellas, as for house calls, my project progress rate is so painfully slow that I would be sure to wear out my welcome!
  11. This is my 62 that I just finished last fall. I bought it in 2009 for $2300 and a 69 TBird in trade, probably around a $2500 car. The Lincoln needed a trunklid and I converted a sedan decklid to fit all the convertible specific parts. There’s no doubt they are complicated. I painted it myself, very challenging to do a metallic finish because I didn’t want any panel transitions not blending so it all had to be done at once. Meant a lot of tricky masking to have the top in a partially retracted position to facilitate spraying the panel that the top sits on when top is full up.
  12. I think Mark’s suggestion is the way to go. The jump boxes are just a little more convenient than a wet battery because they are AGM so are spill proof and can have other features as suggested like a built in lamp, air compressor and USB port, I’ve even seen some with a built in inverter. If you’re on a tour you could simply bring it into the motel room each night and top up the charge with the AC wall pack.
  13. If you ever watch Hagertys Barn Find Hunter, the host Tom Cotter just loves to recite the Marti Report numbers. Everything is a 1 of a kind for that guy. Never mind they built 35,000 similar models that year.
  14. This 1913 American Lafrance Type 10 is completely original, right down to the lower radiator hose which will leak for awhile each spring when we fill the cooling system. It seems like some kind of rubber coated canvas and will stop leaking after awhile when it swells up. Tires are original foam filled. We believe it to be the oldest surviving unrestored fire truck in operable condition. If anyone knows of one that’s older I would enjoy hearing about it.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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!
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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