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  1. On the list of statements you'll never hear, that's right up there with ''hand me that piano'' 😁 Early 70's olds 88 was one of the best cars ever built by ANY one. Unstoppable luxury tank. I had one, we drove it for years. It was old when we got it and we put a bunch of miles on with very few minor repairs. -Ron
  2. A car doesn't need to be owned to know it's worthiness. Working on them everyday and seeing the same customers come through the door repeatedly is a good indicator. Mid 60's through late 70's, some US carmakers (some foreign too) put out some inferior quality compared to vehicles coming out of Asia. We hated to see them come and still not fond of them, the fact is they were doing a better job. We had to get better to compete and we did and now do. Everyone builds good cars nowadays in my opinion. They have to. -Ron
  3. Restoring 120 year old cars with very limited available information regarding their originality other than photographs, there comes a point in the research which results in many hours of digging and staying vigilant, that you find yourself in the state of ''analysis-paralysis'' and the project stalls. At some point you just have to take what you know and proceed. These very early vehicles - some, not all were probably as close to perfection as ever came out of a US auto builder. Their workforce was primarily highly skilled furniture makers, machinists etc immigrants from Europe wor
  4. Was that one of the excellent four bangers that upon losing the timing belt would bend all the valves and knock holes in pistons?
  5. That was at the height of the camping craze, so some were likely sold. Vans at that time were in very high demand, ten years prior, ya couldn't give one away. Ron
  6. Oh yeah, it's very prevelant. As is Sapele which is African mahogany I think. Philippine mahogany is the one thats very rare now. Sapele is the replacement, not as good but close. As I wrote initially just seal whatever you use with west system or cuprinol. Up this thread, the yachtsman had the best suggestion, smiths penetrating epoxy saturation with west system over the top. Be forewarned, that Smiths is some nasty smelling stuff. Ash or poplar and west system 😁 Ron
  7. If it looks like beech - a light colored wood, it could likely be bleached out poplar, if it's very light, my guess would be poplar. If you have a surviving piece, cut deep into it with a chisel or pocket knife, if it has a slight green hue, poplar. Keep in mind, you're going to take far better care of that than it ever had, and it's lasted this long. I'd use poplar or ash entirely. If I was showing off I'd use Honduras mahogany in the very bottom.😀 All three are very easy to work, poplar being the easiest. -Ron
  8. When asked the how much question, I just answer, I really don't have any idea. And I really don't, I don't think about what it's worth. I just try to enjoy it. To me, it's a bit of a rude question. I don't walk in someone's house and ''hey, whats a house like this worth?''. I had a guy that got visibly irritated because I wouldn't put a number on it and finally I just rattled off some ridiculous price and he nodded and walked off. To me it's a show, not a sale, and money shouldn't be a part of it. I'm always polite and just casually change the subject. Generally at big shows I'll have three o
  9. I was being complimentary, he actually didn't complete a somersault. 😀 That's inaccurate, we make technological advancements all the time. Just in the last 20 years we've made many in the field of medicine, robotics, communication, power generation, nuclear and manufacturing. I think if one studies what's really happening in science and technology, Musk becomes a lot less impressive and his ideas a bit more ridiculous. Unfortunately, many people only know whats trending in social media. At one time new science discoveries were reported and celebrated because the publ
  10. Steve Wozniak Co founder of Apple, true genius and early on cheerleader of Tesla, now says ''Musk is a conman'' and ''don't believe anything Musk says''. The monies Tesla received in Federal grants and carbon credits were never loans and never repaid, Grants are essentially free money, like Solyndra getting 500 million and closing up shop 3 months later.. I'm sure with the recent changes, Musk is dreaming up more wild claims and oiling the hinge on his pocketbook right now. As one auto writer put it: Musk lives like he's in an episode of Star Trek, where all the futuris
  11. I remember it well, Ford and others were giving rebates for people to get their rust issues repaired. Wasn't it determined that cheap Chinese steel was the culprit, too much iron, not enough carbon, vanadium, manganese etc.? That's about the same time some guy drove his new car up on the apron at world headquarters and burned it, right in front of Ford management. Those early 70's LTD's were grenades. -Ron
  12. Those are rather unusual issues. overall in the early 70's, GM full sized cars had it together and were producing some very good vehicles, early 70's Oldsmobile's were like tanks, unstoppable ones. Buicks too rolling 200k without a major repair. Yeah the chintzy plastic parts failed, but use of plastics on cars was still in it's infancy. Overall GM was building very good full size cars and trucks. Everyone's cars rusted back then especially in salty roads areas, Ziebart was the only defense and it was only as good as the guy applying it. Unfortunately many cars only received a bun
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