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  1. Actually,I bought it because I've always been a fan of old gangster movies,as my avatar shows !
  2. Agreed. I wanted a 1972-ish Chevy pickup for a tow vehicle (I had tried using a '46 Chevy 1 ton pickup but it was too slow). The 1967-72 1/2 ton had coil springs all the way around, so I found a '72 C20 3/4 ton with big rear leaf springs. It currently has a 400 sbc,a 700R4 automatic,and a Dana rear with 3:73 gears. Newer trucks are faster ,have more power,and better fuel economy, but this works well if you stay off the freeways. Just have to remember to tow in Drive,not Overdrive.I've used this truck since 1985.
  3. The 1933/34 club sedans here are surely classics and should be great drivers. As to the market for prewar sedans, they're a hard sell. I purchased my '29 McLaughlin-Buick close-coupled sedan because I always liked the look of them, not even thinking about making money (which I won't). The younger generation barely give it a second glance, but I enjoy it.For now that's what counts.
  4. You have to remember that for many people,this was the big leap from horse-drawn conveyances. At least you had some heat from the engine and likely a charcoal heater on the floor. You weren't getting snow and other more offensive stuff kicked up in your face by the horse's hooves.It looks cold to us,but in 1920 it was luxurious !
  5. I tried for years to buy a '28 Chevy cab and chassis from a nearby farmer. He finally sold it to me,but when I had a wrecker tow it home,the long-flat hard tires nearly shook it apart. I followed along behind picking up pieces. It didn't look too bad when I first saw it.
  6. 1920 McLaughlin-Buick ad from The Farmer's Advocate magazine.
  7. Sometimes you need incredible patience.Sometimes you just get lucky. I knew of a pair of curved dash Olds engines that had been sitting in an old barn for many years. I finally bought them for scrap price 55 years after first seeing them. My wife and I were at a local cruise night when a chance conversation led to us purchasing our '25 Buick coupe from an estate. It was going to be auctioned in the US after sitting in a basement garage for over 35 years. My offer was accepted,as is ,where is, without their aggravation of trying to get it running,etc. Once they leave Canada,it's definitely an expensive proposition getting them back.
  8. A friend of mine once had a beast of a car. It was a Duesenberg powered Grand Prix replica racer built on a Stutz chassis.It had a hand built aluminum body, with side pipes and no mufflers. A section of the 401 freeway had just opened and he decided one dark night to unleash the thing. He blew past a police cruiser at about 120 MPH. They never even gave chase.Must have figured it was an apparition , much like the one in your photo.
  9. Years ago,I was invited to show my '21 Chevy roadster pickup at a 100 year anniversary celebration of a local church. I was parked beside a huge 1921 Rolls Royce touring. It was owned by a distinguished looking gent, who approached me,very formally, and asked me to please move my Chevy. I somewhat indignantly asked why. He replied that people thought it was so damned cute that no-one was looking at his Rolls ! It was my first encounter with a classic car owner and we had a great visit that afternoon.
  10. Hello Victoria I still have my first scrapbook of old car articles from 1958, when I was 10 years old. By the time I was 14 we had moved to a farm and Dad finally relented. He let me buy an "old" car. A collector friend had a number of Caddies and LaSalles sitting in his yard, and he sold me this '39 LaSalle for $75. We towed it the five miles home behind our two cylinder John Deere AR tractor. A while later,my kid brother (he was 11) and I were tinkering with it when it started up ! It had no exhaust system on it and the cylinders had been filled with oil when my friend parked it. My brother bailed out and didn't look back until he had run at least 100 yards. I jumped in and drove it back the farm lane to where Dad was plowing. He couldn't believe it. I guess Dad figured if I bruised enough knuckles, I'd lose interest in old cars. It hasn't worked out that way. Jim
  11. Personally ,the last car that I thought would be cool to own was the 2008-2009 Pontiac G8 GT. Before that was the 1994-1999 Olds Aurora, and the BMW Z3M .Nothing since has turned my crank. There was an interesting article in the Hagerty News recently about farmers buying up and overhauling pre-computer era tractors ,not as collectibles, but as working machines. Seems the tractor dealers aren't sharing their software info with smaller shops,thus requiring repairs to made only with the dealer,at inflated prices. These high tech tractors may have the edge on fuel economy, but the older machines still have lots of HP available, at a fraction of the cost. Granted,most new cars don't cost $ 125-200K, but unless you're logging 100,000 miles a year,keeping the older (better looking) cars going is becoming a viable option.
  12. Go to classiccarclub.org/grand_classics/approved_classics_2019.html . Definitely no Fords. Only prewar and a few '40's postwar Lincolns. Mass produced assembly line cars just don't fit the definition of a "classic" car. The term has to be one of the most misused words in the car hobby. The Classic Car Club website defines what attributes are required for classic car status. Jim
  13. My best guess would be a 1927 Essex.
  14. They have donated their library to the AACA but have not yet folded. That will happen in the fall of 2021. It's unfortunate,but the same club executive has been in place for years,with nobody else willing to take over.