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  1. Apologies Walt, and the rest of you. The message about this last minute change, made very late last night, was waiting for me at 3:45 this morning when I woke up to drive the hour and forty five minutes from Kalamazoo to Plymouth to help unload and organize cars on the new pavement show field. After that I was helping direct traffic and get folks in at the main gate all day long and have only finally had a break to glance at a phone. On the ride over I quickly tried to communicate the information I received through all channels I could think of, hoping to help out someone who might be headed there and alleviate confusion. It was early and in my pre coffee fog I didn't think to mention which concours. My bad I guess.
  2. Just trying to help spread the word. The latest information as of about 4 hours ago. Hey VIP ticket holders take note! "We are excited to see all of you tomorrow. Due to the significant amount of rain the golf course is underwater and we are not able to park cars on the course. After consulting with the groundskeepers, we have made the decision to move the Concours to the parking lots. This will protect the cars and provide a safe place for everyone to enjoy the show. This means that all parking will be at Canton High School (this includes VIP ticket holders), located at 8145 N Canton Center Rd. Canton, MI 48187. We appreciate your patience and cooperation. See you tomorrow morning!"
  3. Intercity Lines has been my go to whenever I need one. Not the cheapest, but they do a fantastic job.
  4. I'm hard to shock, but I let out an audible gasp at my desk when I saw this while looking at photos of this Caddy for sale this morning, just too awful not to share. First time I've ever seen a WalMart wheel cover on a late '40's Cadillac, and its gotta be my last, right?? I'd almost buy it just to experience the sense of relief I'd feel ripping this thing off. It's not a cover- it's a cry for help! 😁
  5. Not for me personally, but they have for a few guys I know, one of which won first in their class at Amelia last year with a car they did. Truly impressive work.
  6. An excellent resource in CT http://www.hermancompany.com/
  7. Intercity Lines has been my go to for a long time, stellar reputation, can't go wrong. Reliable is my backup. Do not skimp on this, you get what you pay for. Could write horror stories for an hour...
  8. A '32 Auburn Eight I was with recently had one, and I thought they were available on Auburns thru '36.
  9. I'd heard about the sawdust thing too, but the bananas is news to me. Crazy. My 9 and 12 year olds enjoy watching MMTC. I'm trying to raise them right lol. They think the premise is stupid, of course, but they find it entertaining none the less...
  10. Many seasoned automotive enthusiasts have come to instantly recognize Fitzpatrick and Kaufman’s beautiful and idealistic illustrations anytime they see them, and several of my favorite ads in my own collection are marked with that familiar AF VK identifier in a corner of the ad. For almost 25 years, the two artists worked together to create stunning ads for not only Pontiac but Buick, Mercury, and Opel as well. Finally, a book has been written that provides a compelling archive of their work. Author Rob Keil, who was fortunate enough to develop a friendship with Fitzpatrick, cataloged a video biography with the man before his passing in 2015. Mr. Keil also developed a friendship with the late Van Kaufman’s son, who provided Rob with treasured artifacts of his father’s career with Fitzpatrick. With this background and in collaboration with the estates of both artists and many of their colleagues, Rob has written a book about their work, a tribute which most will agree is years overdue. The book is titled “Art Fitzpatrick and Van Kaufman, Masters of the Art of Automobile Advertising”. I am looking forward to receiving my own copy soon. I'm passing this info along for anyone else who is interested. The book is available on pre-order right now, learn more at www.fitzandvan.com
  11. I'm with the other commenters, hard pass at anywhere close to $6500 on this.
  12. I'm 41 and it would have caught my eye and appreciation. Nothing but respect for anyone who keeps a Willys with a slide valve enigne running down the road!
  13. This. I'm an independent appraiser myself and I have zero qualms about telling a client "I have limited, or NO background or experience with X car (or cars) in your collection". It's not even close to worth my fee relative the potential damage to my reputation to try and hack it through on a car I have little experience with. Stressful for me, and not a good value for them. Then I can explain how I can help them with whatever cars they have that I do have requisite expertise in, and in many cases help connect clients with people more knowledgeable than myself to go through the the ones I'm passing on. That's the way it should be done. I've done several 10+ car collections and usually in the mix of those there is a car or three that I don't want to get involved with. Never cost me a sale, clients are happy with the transparency, and I get to admit I'm ignorant about a certain car rather than proving it on paper that somebody else is paying for.
  14. Never liked those 66 big block hood's on mid-years. Stinger or bust!
  15. Some good advice already bestowed here. If you can get a good mechanic involved to get them at least running, do so. It will make them easier to sell, and maybe frankly easier for you to make a decision about what you really want to do with them. Maybe you rediscover you really enjoy driving one or both and make a decision to keep them. Offering non runners will bring out real low ball opportunists looking to beat you up on price and score a steal. Your cars are not remarkably rare, so finding good baseline intelligence about their potential value on the net should not be too hard. Pay attention to how your Bird is optioned, as the right equipment or options on that car can add value and desirability. You can look at auction results easily through RM, Mecum, Barrett, GAA, etc, and there are about a half dozen pricing guides out there that aren't the bible but again can offer a baseline idea about what you may have. When looking guides, auction results and what else is on the market for sale today be honest with yourself about the condition of your cars relative to what you are seeing out there. I'm in the appraisal business (not in your area) and would caution you to be careful if you choose to involve an appraiser. Good ones can be few and far between. You may not need one based on the situation you've described at the moment. Once they're cleaned up and running, if you are not confident in your abilities to assess what you have but still wish to sell, then by all means hire one, but ask alot of questions about background, experience, and qualifications before proceeding. Insist on seeing relevant samples of their work before hiring. Never hire an appraiser who will write an appraisal based on photos, professional appraisers will insist on seeing the car in person, as they should. Also be aware of dealers or flippers 'moonlighting' as 'appraisers' who may give you as low a number as possible and then follow it up with an offer to buy. It happens. Run. if you decide to sell you have a few options, sell it yourself, run it through an auction or hire a consignor dealer to market and sell for you. Pros and cons to each method, so educate yourself a little on the ins and outs beforehand. First step, as others have said, make them run.
  16. You are correct. I think 6 motors in 57, and then up to to 7 motors in 58 and 59 if I recall. I recall the last two years had one more motor. They really are a marvel, with a few large springs replacing the needed leverage and strength of hydraulics. There is something like just over 600 feet of wiring in them to keep everything connected and talking. And limit switches... lots of those! Every time I'm around one I marvel at the amount of engineering and brainpower it must've taken to make it happen.
  17. This is excellent, and I'm glad to read it. Well done. The next generation of enthusiasts who are intertested in these cars are out there, but the older generations need to help find connection points like this. I know a teenage docent who volunteers all summer long at the Gilmore who has a voratious appetite for pre war automotive history, and he already knows more about Pierce Arrows and Franklins than I ever did. I love talking cars with him. On the other hand, I was recently part of a team that led tours for several dozen high schoolers at the Gilmore and got to talk to each group passing through the muscle car wing. Standing next to a sleeper 409 Biscayne, I asked each group if any of them had ever heard of the song 409, and in almost every group I heard crickets, which was a little heartbreaking. As a connection point, I explained that the Beach Boys wrote an entire hit song just about the enigne in this car, sang the chorus for them, (she's my 4 speed, dual quad, positraction 409....) and pointed out the things on the car they were singinig about, and why they were important in the era. As a bit of a pinchline, I told them I'm still waiting for Justin Bieber to write a song about a 6.2 liter Hellcat... If even one of them went home and pulled up 409 on YouTube that night, I'll consider it a win!
  18. To me total membership is somewhat less important than actual engaged participation. In almost every car club I'm actively involved with 20% of the members do 80% of the work anyway. I doubt very much my experience is vastly different from anyone else in that regard. There is a lot to be said for quality over quantity. That said, I'm always happy to see new faces getting involved!
  19. I can tell you my least favorite- Classic Car Rescue- an old British show that is an infuriatingly unrealistic manufactured mess to watch. I know that's the case with most of them, but this one takes the pole position as far as I'm concerned. If you seach it out episodes on youtube you can give yourself a headache too if you like.... my favorite would be the BBC Top Gear when Clarkson, Hammond and May were at their finest.
  20. That Macho T/A is pretty Macho, but I'd rather have this Navin Johnson special, a Barris job as I recall... The ultimate in gaudy macho. Love the faux sidepipes tacked on... those suckers are LOW! "The ashtray, the paddle game, the remote control and the Firebird... that's all I need..."
  21. While the electronics in the Allantes can be a bugger, it's the engune that really hurts them. The HT's and Northstars in the Allante are pretty fragile, and the Northstar is only slightly better as far as I'm concerned, which is too bad because it should have been one of Cadillac's best motors. They had a bad habit of stretching head bolts which of course results in chaos. Reattas dont have that problem with those near bulletproof 3.8's they got. Interestingly, every time I drive an Allante, and I've probably driven atleast 10, I'm always surprised and pretty impressed by how nice the are to drive, and could understand how some buyers could have been lured away from the SL Merc they were about to buy and get into the Cadillac instead. I don't think they're necessarily better than an SL, but different, and almost as refined.
  22. Have you tried vinegar? I'd keep it away from the coolant tank hoses, as rubber and vinegar don't mix well, but it should be good on the plastic.
  23. Straight from the guy who built them... Checkers used a Studebaker column in 1966. They switched to AMC non-locking columns from ’67 to ’69, and from ’69 to ’82 they used GM anti-theft locking columns. Hope that helps. His name is Jim Garrison, we are in the Kalamazoo Antique Auto Restorers Club together and I always enjoy talking Checkers with him.
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