Avanti Bill

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  1. I think there are some cross threaded nuts out there as well but not sure how they fit into the scheme of things.
  2. In terms of value the old "rice burners" are the hot lick right now, honestly never thought I would see the day. Japan had a history of copying other peoples designs and then improving on them so it was a long time before we saw a lot of innovation but they came into their own and some of those cars are starting to take root in the hoby. A good thing I think.
  3. Great thread, thought provoking. I didn't come into the hobby until I was in my mid 40's and was never a car nut when I was a kid but did enjoy anything mechanical. My father never saw a vehicle of any kind as anything but transportation to be used until it could no longer move. I guess I got into the hobby because I got tired of all cars looking the same with no sense of style or individuality, they all looked the same. To me old cars are no different than art in that you should try to enjoy the beauty of the design, the visual impact and the uniqueness it brought at the time. On the mechanical side I like innovative and advanced designs that made a difference going forward. To me these are cars that mattered, that made a difference in the history of automobiles and excited us to see what would come next. Oh and it is also helpful if they are supercharged or otherwise boosted!
  4. I agree with the statement that 10,000 LBS is too much for anyone's 1/2 ton regardless of engine or towing configuration. I think I would limit a 1/2 ton to no more than 5000 LBS, car and trailer, and then only with an equalizing hitch. The proper tongue weight is critical to safety and you won't be able to get there in a 1/2 ton without an equalizing hitch. If your towing 10,000 car and trailer than you definitely need a 3/4 ton and if you don't want it shifting all the time a diesel. That isn't to say you can't tow something a short distance with a light truck but you better know what you are doing or it can go bad very quickly and when it goes bad it is expensive.
  5. Has anyone had any luck getting in touch with or purchasing anything from Jim's Battery Mfg. (formally Antique Auto battery)? Though I had nothing but good experiences with the former company I have not been able to get in touch with the new owners. Does anyone know of an alternative source?
  6. How about this! https://www.mecum.com/lots/CH1019-389756/1962-ford-thunderbird-convertible/ It's not even a Sports Roadster, but the sale was apparently real and it looks like a nice car but $220,000.00!
  7. My carb guy is desperate for certain cores and from what he tells me some of those could be very valuable or not depending on the tags. I know they will sell but for how much I have no idea. Good Luck.
  8. My father in law would like to talk to you about the car but the number on the your web site doesn’t seem to work. How is the best way to get in touch? We’re about 2 hours away from you and I think he would like to make arrangements to see the car. Bill Clark or call my cell 443-465-0171
  9. I know on belts it doesn't matter what brand but they all have to be the same brand. Found that out the hard way.
  10. You aren't bringing this to Hershey are you, my father in law is looking for one of these.
  11. Turn signal switch would be my first investigation.
  12. I do know the policy of AACA and I personally am an original car person myself but the facts speak for themselves, most of the car hobbyist active today are into various forms of modifieds . This is validated by our diminishing size! Ask yourself why the Cadillac-LaSalle club, certainly one of the oldest marque clubs in the country, has embraced modifieds.
  13. Back to the modified Ford coupe. AACA will either figure out a way of integrating some modefieds into our family or it will fade away like the original cars themselves. Personally I love perfectly restored cars to original condition, that is all I have, but I have learned from my efforts to recruit new members for our local chapter that we need to embrace some form of "Hot Rods".