Doug Novak

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About Doug Novak

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  • Birthday 01/06/1950

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    1968 AMC AMX
    1974 PORSCHE 914

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  1. Doug Novak

    Happy New Year.

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    Yep, you all are confirming what I thought. The leak appears to be massive and unfix able. I would not attempt to remove the dash, saw it done on YouTube and it's a mess to do, plus this old body can't bend like a pretzel to get in down there. I seldom if ever need to have a heater in the car but wouldn't mind having heat available if needed. OT....I have a "74 Porsche 914 that like VW Beetles draws heat off the exhaust pipes using heat exchange shields to direct the heat off the exterior of the pipes up to a fan under the dash and front trunk area then vented to the cab. So simple. Thanks all for the comments, thought it was worth a shot......sigh! Doug
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    In my "68 AMX the heater coil behind the Dash has a leak and I'm wondering if it is possible to prevent this with out removing it from the car. The process of replacing it would require removing the Dash Board near the Glove Box, which I believe could damage the dash creating an even worse situation. I'm thinking there might be a solution with less cause for concern. Although not as efficient as a working original heater coil, would it be possible to by pass the coil somehow, or run a smaller diameter tube or hose through the existing copper coil of the heater? Has anyone found a solution for fixing the heater box that leaks with out tearing the dash apart? I no longer open the heater valve on the block to the heater and I disconnected the Dash Controls to the valve. Fortunately I have no damage, or stains from the leak, I caught it immediately when it occurred and have lived with out heat for a couple years now.
  4. Doug Novak

    Completed car or needs some work?

    That's for sure, Holidays are expensive. Come April would be when people who are getting a nice Income Tax Return might want to hit the car market and have time to prep the car for Show Time that starts getting active. Hopefully 2019 will be good weather. This year it was the wettest year on record and lots of Shows ended up getting cancelled or the turn outs were small .
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    Completed car or needs some work?

    Find out what the cost would be for the new top installed and offer it both ways, as is, or cost with new top installed, and see if you can enter into conversation with interested buyers.
  6. Doug Novak

    Daytona 1957

    Can you still park on the sand down there? East Coast Beaches' the sand isn't firm enough. When I was in the Navy I drove my '68 Javelin out on the sandy beach in Pensacola Fla. and was amazed that I had no problem with traction.
  7. Doug Novak

    collector cars in California fire

    Just heard another story about the Ambulance crew, stuck in the fire with their 3 patients that they rescued from the Hospital. They got into a garage after their Ambulance had caught fire. They said the roof of the house next to the garage had a thick covering of dry out Pine Needles and knew the house was doomed to burn down, and it did. Fortunately they had radioed in for help and a Fire truck came to the rescue. Earlier they had texted their wives that they didn't think they would make it out.
  8. Doug Novak

    60 years a hobby.

    Sixty years in the hubby? That would mean my age 60 yrs ago would be 8 years old........however I claim to being in the hobby back then, building and owning several Cars costing about 2 dollars each and mostly were Revel Kits. I still have some in a box in the basement. 😉
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    Coker Tire - FYI

    They are the only show in town when it comes to quality Bias Ply Red Line Tires to the best of my knowledge and the distribution net work they are in include Summit and Jegs. I think they will not change a thing with out opening the door for competition. Great Company well supported in our hobby. Love the You Tube adventurers they have about their finding and restoring old cars, trucks, Bikes and Boats. Wish I lived closer where I could go visit their facility that's packed with their collection.
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    collector cars in California fire

    One first step to helping to prevent total destruction of a house as mentioned on the Weather Channel is the use of Palm Trees in Landscaping. They show film of the tops of Palm Trees dropping huge balls of fire from the tops of these trees. They apparently ignite like fire bombs. They help explain why some neighboring homes remain while the homes with Palm Trees burn to the ground. I was shocked to see this.
  11. One thing that I am tempted to add to the car when shown is a 1/18 exact scale model of my '68 AMX. Same color, red line tires, engine, etc. I think it is rare that a metal 1/18th model could be so correct, and that's the only reason I might like to add it strictly as a conversion piece.
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    collector cars in California fire

    Makes me wonder how many vintage collector cars have disappeared this year considering all the fires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes earth quacks, sink holes and other disasters we've been seeing more and more of. ?Is this becoming the norm?
  13. Doug Novak

    collector cars in California fire

    As SAD and Horrible as this is, that Picture is AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL and CAPTIVATING. It looks like it could have been staged, or taken by a photographer with a very keen eye.
  14. I have a large 3 Ring Binder full of Documentation, Magazine Articles, Owners Manuals, Maintenance Books, and virtually every receipt for parts and repairs. When I get questions I can usually give a better response with information pulled from the binder. It also allows me to promote Clubs and AACA, Judging Rules, Classes, and Membership.
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    Killing time during the winter

    I build RC Planes in the Winter and fly them in the Spring, crash them and repair them in the Summer and Fall. Been doing it for 30 years.