Jim Skelly

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  1. Henry Ford's Estate, Fair Lane, has been closed for extensive restoration work. It is not expected to re-open until at least next year. http://www.henryfordfairlane.org/ Other places: Cranbrook Science Institute https://www.cranbrook.edu/ Meadowbrook Hall https://meadowbrookhall.org/ Durant/GM Building https://www.michigan.gov/mshda/0,4641,7-141-54317_19320_61909-54586--,00.html & Fisher Building https://thefisherbuilding.com/ U of M Kelsey Museum (archaelogy) https://lsa.umich.edu/kelsey/ U of M Museum of Natural History https://lsa.umich.edu/ummnh U of M Museum of Art https://umma.umich.edu/ (rather small, but near the other U of M museums)
  2. I was at the Greenfield Village Old Car Festival a few years ago and saw a triple black Gray roadster. As I recall, it was a 1922 model. It was beautifully restored by the owner, a nice older gentleman, who has owned it for many years and finally got around to doing it. I don't have pictures readily available to post, but it was a nice looking car. I think the reason the Ford Model T stayed popular for so long was because Ford had been in business for many years, parts were readily available, and they were easy to work on. By the early 20s, many car companies had already come and gone, and parts became difficult to find. Even if another make was a better car, it was a gamble to buy, knowing that the company may fail during the next recession or due to undercapitalization.
  3. As I looked at the photos, I thought it looked very nice, and probably worth $20,000-$25,000 or so. Then I saw the asking price, which I think is very reasonable. I am by no means an expert, but if you like it and think the price is fair, buy it! It certainly isn't something you would see at a typical car show. The Graham Owners Club members should be able to help with parts if the need ever arises.
  4. that's quite a few for a first-year car; thanks for the information
  5. When I clicked on the hyperlink, the statement was what I mentioned "prior to 1932". It always included 1932 for all the years I've attended. It must have been a typo then.
  6. "The vehicle must have been produced prior to 1932 …" I thought the show included vehicles THROUGH 1932?
  7. Yup, a Darwin award winner for sure. I've seen many vehicles driving at night with no lights on and wonder if they are that clueless or treat it as a challenge. It used to be that if you flashed your lights, the driver would realize that they needed to turn their lights on. I used to wonder how many had just held up a liquor store, but there are just too many of them!
  8. Ron, It IS crazy around here. A few years ago, I left work to go to my folks' house in the Plymouth/Ann Arbor area. I was going on westbound I-96 in Detroit, just west of Telegraph, and a motorcycle pulls up next to me in the next lane. He turns his head around looking behind him (while going 70 M.P.H.). He then pulled a wheelie for several miles, while there was rush hour traffic all around us. He must had had it up to at least 90, dropped the front wheel once as he came up to real heavy traffic, almost rear-ending a vehicle, then resumed doing a wheelie for several more miles. He even was switching lanes while doing the wheelies! I couldn't believe what I was seeing, and I would be skeptical reading this, but it happened.
  9. In the brochure I have (copyright 1929), the title of which I used as the heading for this topic, there is a chart titled, " Acceleration of 1930 Marquette Cars". Apparently Buick considered it to be a 1930 model, though different states probably titled it as a 1929, 1930 or 1931 - depending on when the car was sold. Since it went on sale 90 years ago today, that would explain why to this day it is also often known as a 1929 model. Acceleration is listed as follows, all starting from 10 M.P.H.: 10 M.P.H. - 25 M.P.H.: 6.3 seconds 10 M.P.H. - 40 M.P.H.: 13.4 seconds 10 M.P.H. - 60 M.P.H.: 31.0 seconds Top speed is claimed to be 68 - 70 M.P.H., but I wouldn't attempt to drive one that fast! Engine is an inline 6, 212 cubic inches, 67.5 horsepower. I would love to own one of these as I really like the overall styling and the grille.
  10. GM's Marquette brand was introduced on June 1, 1929. I wonder how many have survived. I've only seen a few of them.
  11. Dad was discharged from the Navy in June 1946 after they removed land mines from the harbors, planted by the Japanese to stop the Allied forces. He bought a '41 Buick Special 4-door sedan with compound carburetion for $1200 - about the same price it cost new. He returned to college and got his degree, and retired from GM. He only owned GM cars, and the majority were Buicks.
  12. I was at a car show once where Dad or Grandpa was holding up a kid of about 5 or 6 so he or she could look into the car. The kid was literally kicking the side of the door, and it didn't phase the idiot holding the kid up!
  13. I heard that Royal Radio, 612 N. Main, Royal Oak, repairs radios for car dealers in the Detroit area. 248-548-8711
  14. A few years ago, I was told that a famous NASCAR team owner was having an Open House at one of his office complexes. His personal car collection was on display and numbered in the dozens. When I arrived, I was greeted by two humongous speakers and a mobile broadcasting van from one of the local rock stations. I couldn't wait to get out of there. We've had the same loud music at Open Houses at work. No music would be better than loud music of any type. It has become a way of life at most public events.