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Doug Novak

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  1. Yes, I'm keeping a beloved 2001 Honda CR-V EX that my Daughter bought new and after a few years we bought it from her to give to the Wife who drives it every day. It is in stock condition and looks great with no modifications. Ultimately it will get Antique Tags. One of the best cars we have owned and parts are still available it lives in our garage, great in snow, everything works. I might even bring it to Hersey and enter it in HPOF when old enough and get my Daughter or Grand Son to drive it in with the Wife, who as an AACA Member, is the owner.
  2. It think it was to stop you from forgetting about it when you were ready to leave the show. Not a great Idea to bounce over one, or have the tire shoot it out when riding over it. DON'T DO IT! BAD IDEA. I believe the Rule is that the extinguisher be outside of the cars, visible to all and available to anyone one should they need one in a hurry.
  3. I do not get the Magazine. I can get most of what I want to see by searching Hemmings Auctions, what's being sold and what the Buyer payed. Recently a '68 AMC AMX same color as mine, excellent condition, was up for sale with a $41K reserve, it ended up selling for $88,200!!!!!! You can find it buy searching the Hemmings Auctions for make year and model, and check it out if you don't believe me......I'm still in total shock over this. And, I thought the Reserve was too High? Doug Novak
  4. Nothing beets a Monsey M20 ROCK CRUSHER 4 Speed......IMO. Try to find one if you can, they aren't cheep!
  5. Yep to the rust and rust areas hammer mentions. The good news is new patch steel panels are easy to find. I bought them from LMC Truck, JC Whitney.
  6. I recall that the '54 Buick I had years ago with that problem and found that the braded copper ground strap that ran from the block to the fire wall was broken. I replaced it and the engine fired up normally.
  7. Love my '69 C10 that might Dad bought new. It was a Six with the 3 on the tree shifter. I replaced the six with a 350 V8 and eventually the original 3 speed couldn't handle the power. The 3 on the tree failed and would hang up. I than replace the 3 speed with a 4 speed Sanganal which also eventually caved in due to the V8 tork. So I was able to find a Monsey 4 speed M20 (Rock Crusher) and a Hurst 4 Speed shifter that is perfect for the 350 V8 combination. Also the original Rear gearing was a poor match and needed to be changed to make it drive able. The suspension is Coil Spring on all corners which is a plus IMO but might be a problem if you carry a heavy load. My C10 is a short body 1/2 Ton.
  8. I have always had a Female Black Lab by my side. That's Alice who we got a year ago from Animal Rescue. She had a problem with Severe Separation Anxiety, fully trained as a Therapy Dog, but do to the problem was never assigned to a person. She bonded to my Wife and I the day we brought her home and she is for ever ours.
  9. Yep, back in the late '50s our home town Arbutus Md. on the Forth of July the town closed the paved main road which had a great long hill and set up a starter ramp. Any Kid that could talk his Dad into building a Soap Box with steering and a hand brake could enter. Graphite Powdering the wheel axles made the difference for us to beat the others every year. Each Kid entered got a Silver Dollar for trying, winners got a small trophy.
  10. Doug Novak's '68 AMC AMX at Gettysburg 2020 AACA Fall Special Meet
  11. When I send a Check for these kinds of events, I print a copy of my registration information and print a copy of the check with it. This ends any confusion or doubts. I also carry a copy for verification if needed at the show.
  12. Gettysburg 10 day forecast today shows Friday 69 degrees partly sunny, and Saturday 70 degrees and sunny, bring your sun glasses. 🙂
  13. Most likely the you are good to go. The Club Guys running the event have a lot to get done that is time restricted. Getting Checks cashed can be done later. I sent mine in and didn't worry about confirmation. If there is a problem it can quickly be resolved when you enter the show field and pick up the registration card that goes on the wind shield for Judging. You can also go in to the Windom Hotel where AACA has reserved a room free hand outs, goody bags and can get the answers about Confirmation if there is a problem. At the prior Grand National event I used a credit card for payment over the phone, but for the Special Meet I sent them a Check.
  14. I bring a Subway Sub for lunch when in Meets and Shows. There is a Subway Food directly across the Rt 15 bridge. You can spend the day of the Show with your Car and not miss Judging and answer questions, etc. One other recommendation, when they call for Awards take the AACA Registration Card off you wind shield and take it with you to the awards location. If you Win an award it speeds up the process for the people recording the award, and saves them from finding their copy.
  15. The 914 gear box is a 5 speed, plus reverse and not gated so it takes a while to get it right. Going from first to second with out ending up in fourth is challenging at first but you learn to do it in all the right gears eventually. Also when coming to a stop you'll grind first so best to down shift and hold the clutch in while after stopping. Water Cool conversion for engines swaps requires cutting up a lot of the body and then piping in water lines from the front trunk radiator to the engine behind the seats fire wall. People do it, I don't think it's a good idea but that's just me. Better go with a 4 beefed up by Jack Rabbie who can reach those kind of HPs with the fours.
  16. The Porsche 914 also has a large following a On Line Forum site having 22,800+regestered members of which I'm a Senior Member. We share info Pictures, event info, how to instructions, buy and sell sales for parts and cars, etc. and I've gotten, and given, a lot of help as a member. The site is here in the USA, but is seen World Wide. http://914world.com/
  17. One thing to remember is that the partnering of VW with Porsche was also a marketing move which allowed the VW-914 to be put in VW Dealership show rooms to sell more cars of either type. It worked great for both Manufactures, and carried over with shipments to the United States. The 914swere labeled as Porsche 914 here. One other thing I remember is that the 914's sold in the States were also a major hit in the '70s with women buyers, and advertised accordingly. SMART MOVE?
  18. Actually, the 914-4 cylinders were designed by Porsche, BUT was build in the VW Karman plant as a replacement for the discontinued VW Kaman Geah. Porsche needed it to fill the void of the discontinued Porsche 912. The 914 -6 cylinders were build in the Porsche plant.
  19. I'm six feet tall and no problem getting in. The seat can be adjusted slightly, but the biggest thing I did to make it easier was to switch to a smaller diameter steering wheel. Still have the larger original tucked away. Also, if the roof is on it lets you put a hand hold on it to help lower you in, but with the roof off it is very easy to just slip in and and with the door swung open getting out to exit is easy to do even with the car being only 4 inches off the ground. The 914-6's are worth a lot of money today, if you can find one. The 914-4 is going higher in resale these days, great investments. I belonged to PCA in Pa. and the Porsche 914 has a great following in PCA. We have a Hershey Porsche only Swap meet each year and a concourse show that the 914 owners gather to show there. I've met several 911 owns who have, or want a 914 to add to their collections. The President of the PCA in the York Pa. area has a 914 modified for track days. So the Black Sheep Porsche 914 is now highly regarted. .
  20. I have a 1974 914, bought it in 2011 and love it. After buying it I dropped it off at a local independent Porsche Shop in York Pa. The local Porsche community recommended. I gave it to them to do a bumper to bumper inspection and fix anything that they would replace or repair if it was theirs. Generally when I buy a collectable ca r I do this. They gave it back to me 3 months later after rebuilding the engine and doing some other minor fixes. I drive it often lots of fun, drives like a go cart, very comfortable and weighs around 2,000lbs, 80HP VW 4 cylinder gets 37 miles to a gallon, heater doesn't work, no A/C, but when you're going in it nothing matters. Only complaint is I can't enter it in AACA Meets because there are mods to the exhaust, and other none correct items such as the newer radio, etc.
  21. When I worked as an Outside Electrical Sales Engineer the company gave their Sales People Company Cars. You could pick the options and they paid for all expenses including Gas, Tires, Etc. I was even able to get them to make it a four door with front Bucket seats. You drove the cars for four years and then got a new one....and if you liked the car you could buy the one you were driving if you wanted it. We did buy them for the Family as a second. The cost was what a Dealer would pay, plus you knew what you were getting.
  22. Every car on the CARMAX Sales LOTS Nationally are used cars that they get from the Auction Lots, and every car Carmax takes as a trade in goes directly to the Auction Lots to resell to Dealers.
  23. Here in Pennsylvania we have a 30 cent per gallon State Gas Tax. It would be a big hit on our tax revenue here, not to mention the Gasoline Companies. My Brother in Law has a all electric car and he mentioned that his battery went dead and had to be replaced. I asked him what that cost and he said $2,000.
  24. Thanks, now I'll have to pull off the shelf in the basement the box of Models I built as a kid and later as a grown up. When I built them in the early days as a preteen they were expensive $2.00, for Revels. Spent many hours building and sometimes customizing some. Now I have 1/18th ERTI Scale Models of the cars in my Garage and ones I owned in the past. The details are very exact.
  25. I thought this was going to happen and prayed on it to. This will be our 3rd Meet there and it is a great location. Gettysburg at the Wyndam Hotel Compound is the best place to access and make arrangements. Better then Hershey for the show. Huge Paved Parking lots and lots of room. AS ALWAYS EXCELLENT WORK GUYS YOU ROCK!
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