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  1. I think your own intuition will tell most people when too many cars are too many for them. I've never felt overwhelmed by the cars in my life, but I don't generally keep more than 2 hobby cars plus our dailies at once, and my balance of work, usage and enjoyment of them is where I want to be. Before kids, we were heavy into motorcycles and had 8 in the garage at one point including a project bike I was working on finishing. My first born (who's now 12) began sucking up my playtime and most of the bikes slowly began disappearing as I simply was not using them anymore. Kept the one I restored, but properly mothballed it and havent ridden it in probably 5 years. We also have a sailboat, ATVs, and I play a fair amount of guitar, and I want to have time and balance for family plus all those things too.
  2. What everybody else said- and I like these cars too- unless there is $100k in cash in one of those plastic tubs that go with the car, walk away. Then, take your significant other out to a ridiculously expensive dinner and celebrate- you've just come into a ton of money
  3. Big difference between a movie car and a car that a movie star owned... the former generally seems to bring more dollars than the latter. The Bullitt car was a pretty big outlier though in part because the family did like a 45 year slow play on the question of where it was and if it even existed anymore. Brilliant, as collectors had four decades to wonder about it. I know I did...
  4. I'm probably the only one, but I don't hate it. Would not be my first color choice, and if I had Cord Phaeton coin in my pocket I might hold out for a color I really like, but I wouldn't be even close to embarrassed to be seen driving it... It probably helps that I don't ever recall seeing an ugly 810 in my life. 👍
  5. I once looked at a '36 Ford DeLuxe Cabrio for someone. Super shiny, very beautiful example that had been sitting in a museum pretty much since it was "restored", a term I'll use loosely here... Clouds and rain were coming in so I bumped up my test drive ahead of the chassis inspection, something I don't like doing. Put about 10 miles or so on the car, which was pretty loose. Got it back, put it in the air, and immediately discovered no cotter pins on almost all the castle nuts on the chassis, including both outer tie rods which were not even finger tight. The driver side castle nut needed only about one turn before the tie rod just fell off the spindle. Some people have no idea the death traps they sell out of their showrooms. I had a mild case of the shakes myself for a little while after that. My client was dang lucky. Glad your boy is OK, that could have ended so much worse...
  6. Celebrity cars are a mixed bag I think. I personally could not care less in "most" cases, but there might be a couple celebs where their car might turn my attention. About the only one I can think of might be McQueen, but I wouldn't be paying any premium to own someone else's car just because they had a big name. There's also a big difference between a "movie car" and a celeb owned car, as the Ricky Business Porsche (good lord what a rip off) and Bullitt car, among many others, have amply demonstrated over time. Someone recently paid $200+k for Michael Jordan's 1996 Mercedes S600 Lorinser, which had a whopping 157,000 miles on it. This is probably a $40k car if owned by Joe Blow, obviously the celeb provenance here meant big bucks. On the other hand, I have a dealer friend who sold a R107 Merc owner by Kim Basinger a couple years ago. Fully documented. Didn't add $5 to the value. Go figure. I was involved with a 1961 Olds Starfire owned by Mike Ditka before he was really "Mike Ditka". Again, the fact his caboose was parked in the drivers seat for a period of time had no bearing on the value. Made for interesting banter, I guess, but nobody was paying a premium for it.
  7. Those cars are AWESOME! Need to pick one of these up for my track at home...
  8. That's correct. However, you don't have to remove the heater box to get to it, which is a PITA on F-bodies. I had to authenticate a 1973 SD455 for someone a few years ago, and SD's have their own specific engine codes in the VIN, so the hidden VIN mattered. It took a little time, but I devised a rig for my borescope the enabled me to fish the camera down through the cowl, through the fins of the heater fan and face the front edge of the firewall, enabling me to get images of the stamping. I was also able to sight around the stamping itself to try and rule out someone cutting in a stamping cut from another car, but admittedly if they'd cut out a huge chunk of cowl to make that happen I might not see that. Not many (any) sellers are going to be allowing folks to pull inner fender liners and heater boxes off their Trans-Am's for vetting purchases, so my method is obviously much less invasive! Ditto on the motorcycles, and my concerns were always with indicated miles and ridiculous representation of low original mileage on bikes. It's easy enough to swap out a car cluster to pull mileage shenanigans, but my 9 year old daughter could swap a speedo on most antique motorcycles. I always took any mileage claims on antique bikes as pretty much fantasy.
  9. These sort of messes happen more than almost all casual enthusiasts realize. I see variatons of this sort of stuff pretty regularly. Not too long ago I went through a 65 Mustang for a guy in Germany. Almost immediately figured out something was amiss when I found late summer sheet metal date codes all over the body shell on a Mustang with a late December VIN number. Unsurprisingly, the only piece of December sheetmetal I could find was the drivers front inner apron with the VIN stamping on it that had been welded in. Scraping away the undercoating on the undersides of the hidden VIN stamps on the inner fenders told the rest of the story... small strips of metal with "matching" December VINs had been tack welded in place where the original hidden VINs had been cut out. Totally bogus car, and fairly high dollar at that, being sold by a licensed dealer who was indifferent at best with my observations. Stuff like this is a fairly regular occournace for me. Not all the time, luckily, but maybe a half dozen or so times a year I keep people from getting completely screwed on a fake car. Way too many people out there are willing to blindly trust a stranger or salesperson thousands of miles away to be both honest and knowledgeable, and then wonder how they get into a mess. Certiantly some buyers know what they're looking at, but lots of buyers don't have the first clue what to look for even if they see the car for themselves.
  10. Among others, I had a 35" drivers side rear wheel come off a first gen Chevy Blazer going about 45 mph during a test drive. I was going through the truck for someone. The dealer had farmed out a rear brake service and bubba was obviously absent for lug nut day. When the wheel came off, the truck veered almost instantly into the oncoming lane until I brought it back to the side of the road. A review of the video I had running showed I missed a head on collision with a passing Suburban by about 5 seconds. After the truck came to a grinding halt, the video also showed me weaving a string of obscenities that as far as I know is still hanging in space over Lake Michigan.
  11. Nice sale- didn't know BAT would take this stuff... Guess I know where to send my 100+ 1/18 scale diecast 300+ 1/32 scale slot cars someday...
  12. I just drove a Mercedes 240D sedan a couple weeks ago. Something like 55 horsepower from its diesel engine. Absolutley pathetic 0-60 time of around 30 seconds with the AC on. Floor it down hills and hope for the best on the way back up.
  13. I dream about cars a fair amount, but I've had two very bizarre car related dreams, and both had celebrity connections for absolutley no reason. The first one, I was in a huge garage with Betty White, and she was showing me a large collection of her beautiful antique Cadillacs in a tastefully furnished barn in the woods that I guess she owns in my mind?!? I remember in that dream it was snowing outside, and we were talking cars, and she was carrying her end of the conversation, no problem. That same night I had another dream where I was riding shotgun in an SL Merc roadster, like an R129 era model, along a beach on a warm sunny day and Candice Bergen was driving. We talked, but I can't remember what about. I must've fallen asleep in bed while my wife was watching Boston Legal or something. Who knows... eat your heart out Sigmund...
  14. On the other hand... I like "juice brakes". Always have. Just rolls off the tounge easier than "hydraulic brake converted..."
  15. On and on I could go. Folks with Marti reports who brag about their "RARE! 1 of 1!!" Mustang because it was the only one ordered with whitewall tires or an electric clock or some other obsecure feature. Yawn. We have a local seller in my area who will sometimes describe their cars as "runs and drives, as it should", which is typically code for a clapped out jalopy that will scare you to death to drive over 30 mph, even though the asking price is approaching Hagerty's #2 condition valuation. I seem to find quite often that claims of all original sheet metal and/or paint are often complete nonsense, sometimes by the unscrupulous, and someitmes simply the ignorant. A recent Plymouth GTX with gross rivited metal patches in the quarters visible in the trunk that had obvioulsy undergone a complete color change at some point but advertised as "80% original paint" comes to mind. I won't even begin to unpapck the whole "numbers matching" thing... patricularly on cars where no serial numbers or VIN stamps ever existed on a drive train and date codes are as close as you can get.
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