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  1. They aren't brand new anymore, but new enough to be considered "new" cars among old car guys: Chrysler Crossfire Pontiac Solstice Saturn Sky I guess I like them because they're just-for-fun cars. Sporty, but not actual serious sports cars, as in "competitive." Being older and taller, I wouldn't fit into them well and egress is an even bigger problem, so i wouldn't be interested in owning one, though. 1066 × 560
  2. According to this article, there are only eight Bonanza steakhouses left in the US. I'm not sure if that includes the one referenced in the article that was demolished in MS exactly one year ago. I presume it doesn't. They are owned by a larger company, so hopefully they can stay in business. They were everywhere when I was a kid, now my state doesn't have one. There's one in Iowa and one in Minnesota, and that's as close as they get. See one of the last Bonanza Steakhouses demolished after standing for 45 years
  3. My question is: How many motorcycles were there in Ontario in 1907? Apparently there were at least 260, but were there so many that they needed to be licensed? Were horses and/or buggies licensed at this time in Canada (or the US or anywhere else)? I'm asking this question sincerely, because I don't know.
  4. Awesome! Another true two door hardtop wagon. I thought Mercury ruled the roost in that respect, but I guess not. I don't suppose you know the name of that model, Brooklyn Beer? Anyone else?
  5. Wouldn't want that car. I don't think I could handle my mom having a crush on me.
  6. There was something circulating online about this a couple of years ago. People were taking Rustoleum non-spray paint that you could buy in gallon or quart cans and adding just the right amount of thinner so that it could be applied in thin layers (with a small roller) then letting the paint dry sufficiently between coats to lightly wet sand before the next coat was applied. Hot Rod magazine even had an article on it, and some guy in a foreign country made a youtube video with pretty impressive results, though he only did a relatively small component (fender or something) rather than a whole car. The paint had to be Rustoleum, for some reason, though I think you could use those paint pads instead of rollers if you wanted. I think the good final product was a result of a lot of labor intensive effort and attention to detail. I'm not sure most of us would have the patience to get those kind of results, but it did show that there was more than one way to skin a cat...even in painting. Probably can't get show quality results, though, and if, in fact, you can only use Rustoleum, that would severely limit the color options for automotive applications. I doubt that metallic colors are available, but I could be wrong. I should mention that there were also other people online who did this...and got really crappy results. Came down to the effort you put into it.
  7. Both actress and car are beautiful. We were discussing the Mercury Commuter-Voyager two door wagon of this era on another forum, and we decided that it may have been the only true two door hardtop station wagon ever made in America. The Ranch Wagons, Parklanes, and Del Rios - or any other Ford I'm aware of - don't qualify. (More of a "sedan" configuration.) The tri-five Safaris and Nomads also don't qualify (again, because of the B pillar.) The beautiful Buick Caballero was available only in four door, I think. If you're aware of any others that might qualify, however, please post them.
  8. I did a little reading up on Dan Blocker after seeing this ad last night, and it sounds like he was a genuinely decent guy, though just kind of a big kid in some ways, too.
  9. Well, it was his parents' car, but he bought it new for them. The thing is, from what I've read he didn't start making money 'til Bonanza, and that didn't start til '59, and this is a '57, so I don't know how legit the provenance is. If it's genuine it doesn't seem like a bad price for a celebrity owned car. Also some '57 cars of various makes had quad headlights while others of the same make didn't. Might've varied from state to state per regulations. Could be it was a left over '57 sold late in the '59 model year. When I first became interested in unappreciated Mercury's, I found the '57 and '58 models kind of vulgar looking, but now I think they're cool beyond cool. Very late fifties outrageous, and who doesn't like that? Mostly original color and paint, the ad say. Hope you aren't getting tired of my odd eBay posts. I'm hoping they generate interest and conversation and help bring people to the cars-for-sale section, but I'm also genuinely thinking that they may find a potential buyer here. 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser 4 Door Sedan | eBay
  10. That thing looks cool, man. Great job. Do you still have it?
  11. The people sometimes referred to as "the greatest generation" (people born in the 1920's) largely ignored many of the warnings that started coming out in the late 1960's claiming that beef, dairy and eggs were bad for you, yet they (as a group) have lived longer than any previous generation. Statistically, my generation - the boomers - aren't living as long as the ww2 generation, in part because of self-destructive or licentious lifestyles. And it will be worse for many younger folks, some demographers say. It probably all started with the cigarette scare in the '60's , which was a legitimate and scientifically proven health concern. Researchers and scientists wanting to make a name for themselves tried to characterize beef and dairy as a kind of dietary poison in the same vein as tobacco. Tried to do it with alcohol and fish and chocolate and a lot of other things, too. Then counter-evidence to those claims was finally presented. The real problem isn't likely the food we eat, but how much of it we eat. Lack of moderation is where the trouble lies. Along with genetics. ( I asked my doctor, "what's the best way to keep your heart healthy?" and he said, "choose your parents very carefully." ) I just visited some friends' parents who are ranchers in the Dakotas. They're having a real tough time of it, and it's mostly the changing market. Apparently fake beef is having a negative impact on their income. Out of curiosity, I tried one of those fake Whoppers from Burger King...it tasted awful. But the trendy people of the world are convinced that cattle and cars will make the human species go extinct within a few generations, so Burger King is offering an awful food alternative. The problem is, the more fake scares that come along, the more people will be inclined to ignore an actual legitimate scare. My heart goes out to the dairy industry.
  12. You're quite welcome. I'm posting again only to mention that when I first saw the name "Alembicman" my memory was jarred somehow and I thought, where have I heard the 'Alembic' name? I just now saw your avatar and said, "Oh yeah, they made bass guitars!" Pretty nice ones, as I recall. Sorry for the diversion from your sales post.
  13. I also agree with that. Makes me wonder if I didn't waste my time with my prior sincere response to what I presumed was a sincere request. This thread may not be worth the trouble until the OP goes to the trouble of posting some pictures from his smart phone. Until then, the question, "is a 1970 Skylark worth $1000?" is more or less impossible to answer.