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  1. Matt, I read that the Mark II and '55-'57 Thunderbird bodies were all made at the Budd plant on the east side of Detroit in the Liberty Motor Car Company plant. Chrysler now owns the building as part of its Jefferson North complex, but it is apparently vacant.
  2. Contact the Sloan Museum in Flint (I'm not sure if the Buick History Center still exists).
  3. thanks for the information, Joe; others: note the clock below the tach, temp at top, oil to the right, and amp on the left
  4. Hi Joe, So if someone got a 4-speed with their '66 Starfire, you could not get a factory-installed tachometer? I didn't see a tach on the option list you posted. Also, was the Tic-Toc-Tac gauge package first available on the '66 442 or the '67 442? Thanks!
  5. Joe, thanks; what I should have stated was that not all had buckets because a bench seat was a no-cost or credit option
  6. Craig, Buckets were standard in '65 on the GS. I'm not sure about the '66 since I don't have the deluxe brochure for that year. They were optional on the '67 models, and it is indicated as such in the '67 deluxe brochure. The California GS was a 2-door sedan. I believe all of those ('67-'69) came with a bench seat standard, too. In fact, I'm not sure you could even get buckets on the California GS model. As I recall, GM started making buckets a no-cost option on the '65 Grand Prix and '66 Starfire. They were optional on the '68 442. Many authentic Chevelle SS models have bench seats starting in '66. I'm no expert on every make and model, but many GS models came with a bench seat.
  7. Bucket seats were optional on the '67 Skylark and GS. It's nice to see them in a color other than black.
  8. Victoria, I'm really sorry for your loss. Mom died a year ago tomorrow, and Dad a few years before that. You will hopefully come to accept it and be relieved that his physical suffering is over. Take care, Jim
  9. I never met Don, but knew of him from his active participation in the hobby. There was an auction in Dearborn at an impoundment yard and a '56 Packard sedan was on the list. I drove over there and looked through the fence and saw that it had a license plate from a southwestern state. The car was kind of rough, but since Don also belonged to the Cadillac-LaSalle Club, I called him that evening and told him that the auction was the next day. He assured me that someone would go to the auction to bid on it. I hated to see the car scrapped. Hopefully it was saved or used for parts. He was very personable. Too bad I never got to meet him. My condolences to his family and may he rest in peace.
  10. husband probably doesn't want to sell it, and the wife wants a new house!
  11. Dearborn depressed? Not really. There are lots of restaurants, bars, and places to shop, The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village opened 90 years ago this year and have never looked better in my 60-plus years. The local U of M campus, which I graduated from decades ago, is on land donated by Ford, and the Henry Ford mansion is part of the campus, but is currently closed for a complete restoration. Next door is Henry Ford (Community) College. There are very nice and average neighborhoods, lots of parks, and a few pools and golf courses. You will see some nice architecture at both ends of town. In fact, in West Dearborn is the Ford Homes historic district, built in 1919 and 1920 for Ford salaried workers. http://fordhomes.org/ In East Dearborn is Springwells Park, with what some consider to be the first strip mall in the country, started in 1939 by Edsel Ford. http://www.springwellspark.org/ You also might want to check out Aviation Subdivision in East Dearborn, built on what had been a local airport. This was the first luxury subdivision built on that side of town. These are custom-built homes from the 1920s and 1930s, with some more modern ones as well. Nearby is Fordson High School, the second-most expensive high school built in the U.S. when it opened in the late 1920s. https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/wayne/2018/06/27/fordson-high-school-dearborn-architecture/726798002/ I haven't mentioned the Rouge plant, which has a factory tour in conjunction with the Henry Ford Museum. There are three public libraries. The Henry Ford Centennial Library, built on land donated by - you guessed it - Ford Motor Company, opened 50 years ago. It is spectacular, but is closed right now for some restoration work. https://dearbornlibrary.org/wordpress/about-us/locations/henry-ford-centennial-library/ The old main library, opened in 1924, is still in use. Clara Ford, Henry's wife, was on the original library board. https://dearbornlibrary.org/wordpress/about-us/locations/bryant-branch-library/ A few local buildings of architectural interest are the Parklane Towers, Village Plaza, Ford World Headquarters, and the former Hyatt Regency Hotel just west of there. There are many beautiful churches and schools, too. Also check out the Schaefer Building, opened in 1930. http://www.daads.org/modern/1902/dearborn.htm Diagonally across the street from the Schaefer Building is the former Springwells/Fordson/Dearborn City Hall, built in 1922. It is now an artists gallery and residence. http://www.cityofdearborn.org/government/programs-projects/artspace-city-hall-lofts
  12. 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)
  13. 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.
  14. 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.