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  1. And yet you talked about hot rods and their builders, which is what I replied to.  Other than that, I don't disagree with the following:


    49 minutes ago, Brass is Best said:


    Well I was speaking in the context of the AACA. If I wanted to talk about Hot Rods I would be on the HAMB. I have seen tens of thousands of cars in my life. But I have never seen a perfect car anywhere. the idea of a perfect car is an illusion. Anyone who says their car is perfect is a liar. The most we can do is chase perfection and hope to come close. That is perhaps the fun for some. To chase perfection. Others could care less. But having perfectionists among us is a good thing. They push us all to be better.


  2. 4 hours ago, Brass is Best said:

    The point of this hobby is to put things back as they were. I like hot rods. I have owned several. But when you are building a hot rod and have a problem making a part work you just get another part. Or you modify what you have. There are no rules. It is the wild west. 

    I like pretty much all cars, whether rodded or restored.  Although the resulting car differs, building a hot rod can be a pursuit of perfection per your definition, just like a restoration can be.  I realize the focus of this forum is restoration, but you brought up hot rods, implying their builders cannot be perfectionists.  My point is that is untrue.  As to rules, there is one - that the hot rod be safe, something the NSRA vigorously promotes.

  3. 5 hours ago, Brass is Best said:

    Perfectionists make sure things are done right. They do things how they are supposed to be done. They do research. They do not take the easy path. Yes it takes more time. Yes it is harder. Yes it costs more. Without perfectionists in this hobby you might as well start building hot rods. 

    Hot rodders may not be purists but according to your above definition, many are perfectionists.

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  4. Just to clarify, the article says $250K in cash plus a Corvette up to $107K and, if less than that, winner keeps the difference in cash.  Georgia's mistake was in not buying a Corvette before the lottery and awarding that car plus the cash.  I find it hard to believe they can't find one now.  But if so, it seems an equitable settlement would be to award $357K (the total value of the prize) in cash and let the winner do whatever he wants with it.

  5. 1 hour ago, Locomobile said:

    Oh that guy was an encyclopedia of how to's for efficiency and profits. Unfortunately that results in speeding production, cutting corners and cheaper materials. end result is lower quality product, but it's better than going out of business. There is an old saying that runs through the old big three but applies to any manufacturing business "Cheaper, better, faster, pick two of those, you cannot have all three".

    "Cheaper and better" and "cheaper and faster" would seem to be oxymorons.  ;)

  6. Back on topic, "the one that got away" wasn't a car, but an engine - a NOS 53 Merc flathead, what's now called a crate engine.  It was complete with a McCulloch centrifugal supercharger, used but not much.  Guy bought it intending to build a racer that he never got around to.  He wanted $400 for the works.  This was in the early-70s so not a screaming bargain, but a reasonable price.  But I was a poor college student and really didn't have a need for it at the time.

  7. On 1/18/2021 at 6:15 PM, Morgansdad said:

    I knew, shortly after joining this group you guys were good people but I could have never guesses so many of you

    would be willing to offer you're Ex'es so freely. You guys are awesome !

    Not me - mine's not an ex but I'm keeping her.  I'm the original owner and I've always tried to take care of her.  Some parts may need replaced and some of the accessories may no longer work.  She's sometimes hard to start but she runs (well, walks) good and is fairly economical.  And she's AACA-eligible three times over! 

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  8. Vega and Pinto are the only cars in the >15-years-old OP I have experienced.  The Vega didn't like to start in cold weather and cracked the head once (fixed under warranty).  Otherwise, it was a decent little economy car.  I never owned a Pinto although family members did.  They also were decent little economy cars, course they never got rear-ended.  🤣

  9. On 1/18/2021 at 11:44 AM, rocketraider said:

    There are also 60, 61 and 65 Mayberry police cars running around NC. The 61's owner would bring it to pre-plague cruise nights. Used to see it in Reidsville NC and Chatham VA frequently.


    Yeah, I'll watch Andy for the old cars. Me young state trooper cousin watches Andy religiously every day he's off duty. His take is modeling police work after Andy makes life easier for everybody. Then I remind him Mayberry wasn't crazy as hell like things are today. Crazy sometimes, yes- but not like now.


    I remember reading an interview of Robert Stack - he said they started showing the cars more on The Untouchables because of all the requests from old car guys.  

  10. Wow, whole lotta cynicism in this thread!  Posters are posting based on years of experience that the buyer apparently doesn't have.  So I think calling him stupid, idiotic, moronic, whatever is unfair.  He sounds like a newbie who thinks an old car daily driver would be cool, but doesn't understand the limitations outlined in the OP.  I suspect his experience has been only with modern cars capable of coping with those limitations.  So I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and just call him naive.  Granted, he didn't do due diligence, but one has to know at least enough to know what questions to ask.  OTOH, a seller can't be expected to read a buyer's mind to know what unasked questions to answer.


    I'm no lawyer so I won't comment on legal responsibility, if any.  I have absolutely no doubt Matt was honest in the transaction so IMO he has no moral/ethical responsibility.  But I won't offer advice as to what he should or shouldn't do about the situation.  That is his decision.  I understand the need to vent frustration and if that's all this thread is, fine.  But I do find this worrisome:


    On 1/12/2021 at 2:59 PM, Matt Harwood said:

    ....This latest example of adults without brains is exactly why my patience is shot and my energy is gone and my interest in cars is plummeting...


    If that's really the feeling, maybe it's time to get out of the business.

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  11. 1 hour ago, padgett said:

    Just as a note: once needed to use the inflator when picked up a nail at a mall two miles from home (before the current unpleasantness). Buzzed away for over 20 minutes before close to enough to drive. Kinda silly for a car whose middle name is "Touring". Have a place designed for a Tahoe (right diameter) compact spare and a mat/strap arrangement to carry the road wheel on the trunk lid (wont fit in "trunk"). Does this count as a "continental" ?


    ps Allante has a compact spare but the cover in the trunk has an expandable center "hat" to fit the road wheel. Leave it to the Italians.


    I had a Fiero with a compact spare under the hood.  But the road wheel wouldn't fit there - had to haul it in the trunk which was just big enough for it.  We drove the car on vacation with the trunk (and every other available space) crammed with luggage.  Fortunately, we never had a flat - would've been screwed if we did because the stuff we had in the trunk wouldn't fit in the spare tire space.

  12. 19 hours ago, zepher said:

    ...My cars are like time machines for me...


    Before I retired, I had a hot rod coupe as my daily driver.  My boss asked what I got out of driving such a car.  I told him that after a stressful day at work, I'd put on my black leather jacket, hop in the coupe, and I was back in high school when my only worry was getting my next date.  😁

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  13. 5 hours ago, WPVT said:

    If you are an international spy...


    I missed the pun before - International truck for an international spy.  😁


    Out of curiosity, I googled for the ad - amazing how many manure spreaders are for sale in VA.  Should have known - my brother-in-law lives there and he's definitely a BS spreader.  🤣  Anyway, here's the link:



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  14. Pretty neat in a kinda morbid way - presumably it would have followed a separate hearse.  Probably driver and undertaker assistant(s) in first high seat and mourners in second -  even though those seats have steps, I bet getting into them without a stepladder is fun.  I think it's way too ornate for 1740 - I'd guess Victorian, maybe even Edwardian.

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  15. Model A Ford horn screen has slight dome and edge bent at about 90* angle - not sure of diameter.  Dunno if they come in stainless but might be able to get appearance close with paint.  Repros are cheap and readily available - Mr Google can tell you where.

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