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JamesR

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  1. I would just want to make sure the pics reflect the current condition of the car and the title stuff is ok, but yeah...looks like a very promising deal. My guess is a flipper will be the buyer in short order. It would be nice to see it go to a young enthusiast on a budget instead. Thanks for posting this pretty car.
  2. I'm jealous. That would be a moment to treasure.
  3. Oh, I LOVE that, 6T-FinSeeker! One of the coolest cars you've posted! I've never seen one of this year before. I saw a 1950 Wagon for sale years back that I thought would've gone nicely with '50 P-19 (fastback two door) but it was a tad too rusty. This thing's even neater looking. I think the price is very reasonable if it is what they say.
  4. From what I read and hear - and by many people's account - Marty Roth is also in the "automotive greats" category. And a world class musician, to boot!
  5. Looks like it's in nice condition. I've always liked these. They're in that category of pedestrian inexpensive cars that I was unaware of until I'd seen them used for racing (e.g., Willys coupes, Ford Anglias and Mini Coopers) so I actually prefer them as race cars over stock vehicles, though I'd never modify a stock example (especially one that's this nice.)
  6. Love it or hate it, cars like this help keep the "Not Mine" sales section interesting. 😉
  7. It's hard to imagine any vehicle cooler than a Model A pickup. I liked them even before I liked pickup trucks in general. One of the best looking "cars" of all time.
  8. This might be surprising to some, but I'd never seen Chinatown until last night. Faye Dunaway's very pretty and colorful Packard was most notable. Jack Nicholson was driving what appeared to me to be a 1935 Ford in some sort of phaeton configuration, which I didn't know was available. They must not have been real common. He was also driving some other character's car for a while - a large black four door - but I couldn't figure out what it was. I thought maybe it was a Buick or a couple other makes, but that didn't seem to be verified by google. There was also a brief shot of a very nice thirties Ford woody wagon, but they didn't show the front of it so I couldn't tell what year it was. It was a pretty decent car movie, and apparently based on some historical/political events in California back in the day.
  9. The bumper with the pinhole of rust I mentioned was actually a $600 replacement for the completely rusted out unit that came on my car. It was the only replacement I could find, and it was sent from California by an Olds expert who had to travel a couple hundred miles to get it. IMO, the Olds 88 and Starfire of that generation was one of the best looking GM cars of that era. I really loved the torquey 394 engines in those cars, though the slim jim tranny could've been a better design. Here's my driver level car, which I no longer own:
  10. Looking good, Martin! Question: Would the incremental way your car is being painted also allow a person to use a smaller air compressor? I ask because I sometimes ponder tackling a painting project, but don't ponder it very seriously because I can't afford/justify the big compressors everyone says you need for a car. But then I see how you are (successfully) approaching your Mercury project, and I start to wonder if maybe I could get by with my smaller compressor. I probably won't do it, as I have no experience, but I think about it.
  11. In that case, I really should've put a Goldwater sticker on my '63 Olds 88; it would've been closer in age to the '64 election AND those cars are super-notorious for rusted out rear bumpers. I had a pin hole of rust-through on mine.
  12. Another nicely priced stylish Thunderbird from the mid/early 1960's. Might not be too far from me, either....😄
  13. The four door hardtop in flat top configuration is an amazing look that I've only started to appreciate in the last several years. Love the Kennedy campaign sticker! I'm thinking I might get a Goldwater sticker for my '61 Mercury. 😄 From what little I know, I agree with others about the price.
  14. Wow. I've never seen wire wheels like this before. Does anyone know the story on them? Did they come on this car originally? I LOVE the dark blue Peugot wagon! I've never seen one before. Such a great assemblage of photos. Looks like a truly enjoyable event with magnificent French weather!
  15. I really don't like the dark blue color on my '61 Merc, but the paint is original, so it'll never be changed, even though it has some scratches and has lost some luster. Learning to live with a color is a lot less expensive than letting it bother you, IMO. I'm not exactly crazy about the gold on my T-Bird. (I think it's called Prairie Bronze or something.) But I don't hate it, either. It's a little subdued, but I like that effect on distinctive looking old cars. I really don't like "LOOK AT ME!" parade type colors, though the pinks on old 50's Mopars or Cadillacs can be cool. The T-Bird's paint is not original, and in poor condition, and the car will definitely get a repaint, but I will certainly have it repainted in it's original color. So even when the opportunity presents itself for a color change, I opt for originality. I'm not a fanatic on originality, though - with the interior, I opted for available colors that were pretty close. I like people to have a general idea of how the car looked when it was new or newer.
  16. Wow, two very nice '56 4 door Studebaker Presidents in the not-mine forum at the same time, and both very reasonably priced. I actually like those colors...but only on '50's cars. If my shirt was that color I'd throw it away. 😄
  17. What a great idea to get an old car phone. Good luck in your search! My favorite retro automotive communication device was the one Arch Hall used in The Choppers, but I think it would be a little awkward.
  18. As iconic as 60's T-Birds are, they often can still be good deals, but this one does seem unusually low priced for it's condition. I'd verify that the title is good and transferable, and make sure there's no or little hidden rust. I don't know about 3rd gen cars, but 4th gen cars can have rust that's masked by the unibody construction. Difficult to detect it sometimes, even when you put the car up on a lift. The good news is that they're generally robust and solid built cars (and heavy for their size, as a result.)
  19. Beautiful car, though I can't quite figure out what the seller's quip, "Definitely not a Buick" is supposed to mean. ("Definitely" stated as "Diffidently" in the ad...which is even more confusing.) So do you all interpret the ad to mean that it's 1000 miles since restoration, or an original car that's 1000 miles since new? If the latter, it really would be a great acquisition.
  20. I admit that I would very much welcome being wrong about that perception of mine. I personally feel that there is great value in the past, and acknowledging that value through the ownership of old cars, or old houses, or old guitars, or old furniture, etc. is a wonderful thing. Most of us can't afford to own a museum, but we can scrape enough money together for an antique or two. That's an amazing statistic about horses in the US! Fantastic! I shouldn't be surprised, though; I read somewhere that there are more deer and black bears in North America today than when Columbus landed in 1492. (And maybe even more Cougars, if you count the ones made by Mercury. 😄)
  21. I know very little about the old car market. My theory is that any old thing - be it a car, a musical instrument, an antique or a house - is valued mostly because of a cultural connection to the past or the era it comes from. When the cultural connection is gone, the value that exceeds the intrinsic value is probably gone, too. People do appreciate the great styling of cars all the way from the teens to the early 1970's, and that styling isn't coming back, but I believe the essential appeal of those things lies in people's interest in the past or history. A sort of nostalgic movement started sometime in the mid to late 20th century. I remember people being fascinated with old things throughout my youth and most of my adult life, but I sense that fascination will wane at some point in the not too distant future. In no way am I critiquing present or future generations, but it seems that the past doesn't capture the imagination of young people like it once did GENERALLY SPEAKING. They seem to view the past in a more cynical way. To be fair, people of my generation probably viewed the past too romantically. The truth is certainly somewhere between those two extremes. I certainly wouldn't approach the purchase of an antique car as an investment.
  22. Thanks Laura and Bob. I'll try those methods when I get back to my car. It's in storage. Whichever way I get it loose, I'll follow up and let other people know what worked. One guy on the Ford Barn forum said he used a fire extinguisher to freeze and loosen the dist., and it worked...but it was very messy. 😄 That'll be my last resort.
  23. Another car that shows many of the Chevies of the '30's were just about as cool as the Fords. Very nice!
  24. Yes, '72 is the year to have of that generation. I like the green because I think of seen other Rivs of this era in that color, so I'm guessing it's original (but don't know for sure.) It's a bold color, so I agree that it could look less than great on some other types of cars. Yes, it does seem like a really good deal.
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