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  1. I am looking for one. I will be using it as my primary driver, taking it out whenever I can. Though that will mainly be on weekends since I drive truck for a living. Additional details. 4 door sedan, no convertible. 8 cylinder. No restomod. Want a 3 side window, not 2. Two windows are just too cave like in back. No project cars, need at least running or nearly so. I am mechanically capable so case by case basis. I'd rather wade through a fleet of no-go than miss out on a good one. Unknown condition and long time stored is fine. I will check them over anyway. Prefer rough, but serviceable unrestored over restored and ready. Too many people cheap out, skip details, or use incorrect/anachronistic parts, and redoing someone else's work is frequently a pain. Prefer complete and unrestored over restored and missing pieces. Complete does not include extras like trunk, spotlights and such. Complete means horn, oiler, knobs, etc. Prefer side mount spares. Prefer spoked wheels. Since it will be driven often and on trips, having reliable brakes is important. Spoked wheels allow for much better airflow than discs, helping to keep the brakes cool and reliable. Color irrelevant. In Michigan, but I drive truck so I can reach anywhere East of the Mississippi river with ease. Though closer is always better. Budget of $30k, but might go $35k for the perfect one. Willing to go older and as new as a 32 for the right one. Fool I would be indeed to turn away an otherwise perfect car simply because it has no visor or a square back. Picture is an example of the style I seek, it is in Florida, but has those unusual, concerning details from a restoration that I mentioned. Feel free to show me what you got, ready to bring one home. Let me know, much thanks for your time.
  2. Hello all, will just give the short version here. Basically, I can't ever seen to find a good, quality shop willing to do work on my truck. My truck is a 1990 Freightliner FLD120, and though it may not be old when compared to the typical vehicle here, it is a commercial vehicle, and the rules in this industry are quite different. It means once it is no longer profitable, support for it is dropped. And, yep, the largest truck maker in the US, no longer makes anything besides required equipment, brakes, lights, glass, etc, for my truck anymore, despite it being the most common truck in the country in it's day. What's worse, is that many of the parts are different from OEM, and while fit and function, do not match the style. Like gauges. Plus, they are crazy expensive, $600 for a replacement speedometer! And it doesn't even match the original style! If I'm going to pay those prices, I would rather pay for quality custom work that matches what I want, rather than something that "merely functions" While there are still plenty of salvage trucks, they are just as old and just as worn and often not any better than what I have already. Or, due to the extensive use of aluminum, too corroded to be useful anymore. The aftermarket scene is only of limited help as well. It HEAVILY focuses on Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks, with only a very limited selection of mostly lights and some accessories like bumpers and grilles, available to me. Plus, I have no interest in crazy digital color changing gauges, and light strips do me no good when there is no longer a panel to attach them to because the mounting bracket wore through, heh. It is mostly still original, 2.6 million miles and climbing every day. So, I need help in finding people and places that are willing to do a variety of things. Custom metal and fiberglass repair and fabrication. Interior work, upholstery, gauges, ducts. Painting. I understand that many shops are just simply incapable of working on big trucks, being nearly 30' long, 8' wide and about 21,000 lbs, it is just simply too big and heavy. Thankfully, much of what I need is small, or removable. Like new brackets to hold the steps on, fenders, painting various parts, gauges, door cards, etc. I can do the mechanical and electrical, so not looking for things like engine rebuilds or axle swaps. I can handle that easily enough at home. But I don't have the hands for fine quality detail work. And don't have the equipment for custom fabrication. My luck in finding shops I can rely on is terrible, with the best of them only being "mediocre" in ability. Seriously, I manage to find tire shops that put on the wrong sized tires and can't line up the wheels properly, and welding shops that fail to make a simple bracket, despite having it's mate and old one with them for measurements. Another shop, failed to even tighten up the lug nuts correctly and they started coming off a couple days later. Also, it isn't just a project I can set aside for later when I'm better equipped, being that I'm still out here, every week running this truck down the roads. Heh, it may be old, (for an in service truck) but it still works the same loads, side by side, as these new trucks do. It may take me a little longer to get there, and burn a bit more fuel doing so, but it has never left me on the side of the road nor needed a tow. It's been my livelihood and only home for 6 years, but I have a family now. So while I have a home to return to each weekend, getting this truck right is now of high importance, because I have a family of my own depending on it. This truck deserves better than walmart spray paint, and my lady wants to see it good again as well. Plus, 30 year old seats that have seen near daily use don't have much cush left in them, heh. So, if anyone can do good work, steel, aluminum, fiberglass, plastic, fabric, wood. Or knows of a person or place that might work, let me know. It would be massively appreciated. I live in Michigan, and most of my running is in the general midwest area. But for a good shop I can rely on, I can just get a load out to wherever. Closer is easier, but anywhere but California can work. My truck isn't allowed in California, it pollutes too much, heh.
  3. Yea, as a note to engines, that was something I had forgotten to explain, despite it being the main reason for being here. Power numbers on paper are absolutely not everything. Power bands with high peaks make for troublesome multi use vehicles. Despite having high output, they are only good in a small range. That is the biggest reason for driver knowledge, since what may sound good on paper may be an absolute dog out on the roads in actual use, or have issues like lack of cooling to rear cylinders, small bearing journals, poor oiling, etc. The kinds of things that only show themselves after being driven. Though that is also part of why I am using the Commander as a benchmark, due to its popularity as a Taxi, something which requires power and reliability on a large platform, exactly what I prefer. The Model A saw widespread use in, well, everything. Though that was more due to its massive OEM support and low cost than anything. Not to disparage the Model A, certainly not. It just isn't what I'm looking for at this time. I would love an AA dually, but I am not equipped for one at this time.
  4. Morning, and much thanks to the responses and information. Plenty to read through, though also much clarification needed on my end as well, heh. I didn't want to say too much and over explain and result in an overly long post. So, that said, a bit about me. I will admit that I was a bit miffed at first with the responses that went into how much maintenance, costs, mechanical skill, lack of performance and lack of comforts vehicles from this era had, especially when compared to modern vehicles. The whole deal about rear end gearing change as well, heh. But, then I thought about it and understood that from your end, it must have looked like yet another either nostalgia kick or known nothing person that changed their battery once and after seeing a picture of a Deuce Couple that they too could just hop right in something similar and go tearing on down the roads. I assure you, I am very well familiar with the degree of upkeep such a vehicle requires, its driving characteristics and distinct lack of comfort and safety. To that, I drive truck for a living, have been for over 12 years. over 6 years ago I bought and have been running my own truck, a 1990 Freightlinter FLD120. Now, a 30 year old vehicle is not old to me at all, nor is is old when compared to most anything here. But for a big rig, it is quite old indeed. It has spent most of its life on the road, it is no trailer queen, it works for a living. It is now up to 2.6 million miles, and is still mostly original. Engine, trans, axles, fifth wheel, even interior gauges, and seats are still factory original and factory spec. Most modern economy fleet trucks are nearly 2x as powerful as my rig, heh. Not to mention notably more fuel efficient, about 40%-50% more, and significantly less maintenance. Basic service every 60k miles, vs my 10k. about 8 grease fittings compared to my 40. Creature comforts are also far greater in modern trucks compared to mine. I have a cigarette lighter for powering my accessories, a basic 2 speaker stereo, a single cup holder that is meant to hold a coffee mug while stationary, and MUCH louder, heh. But, that is all fine for me. The magnetic clutch went out about a year after I got rolling with it, and I only fixed it a year ago for my cat. So I spent 4 years with no A/C, no usable cup holders because anything taller than a coffee mug in the one gets in the way of the controls and pushes the brake handle. No radio was in it when I bought it, and I didn't install one till nearly 2 years later, and that mainly for listening to audio books. The no A/C is also far more than it sounds because this truck was also my home for those years as well, and I drove nationally in all weather and seasons. It is also the newest of the 5 vehicles I own. Despite its rather young age, most parts are either no longer available or ridiculously expensive. It is a work vehicle, so the manufacturer only stocks wear parts like brakes, windshields and such. New gauges, seats, door cards... forget it. Even some of the common parts still take a week and more to order in. Maintenance and work on it is always an endeavor that requires much planning ahead. Driving a car with no A/C is one thing, but ever tried living in one while cruising across the southern US in the heat of summer? My radio is the sound of the engine and company of myself. While old trucks have some serious speed thanks to not having governors, the outdated power, and worse economy, means I spend the overwhelming majority of my time in the right lane at or a bit below the speed limit, typically about 63 mph. The lack of modern "comforts" is no bother to me. It wasn't much better when I was home, since my regular car is a 72 Super Beetle with dealer installed Baja kit. My tires aren't set to 32psi like some idiot either, but properly adjusted for the weight of the car, on each wheel, size of the tires, my driving preferences, road surface, etc. One of the biggest issues people have with non standard weight and tire sizes is too much pressure, resulting in a rough and unsafe ride with not enough tire flex and too much pressure. That car is mostly stock as well, 1.6L engine with the only enhancements being a Skip lifter cam, jetted carb and Maniflow Cannon exhaust. Single carb setup. The large open parachute fenders make it nigh impossible to pass large vehicles, even at slower speeds due to the amount of wind they catch, heh. That car at a green light, with all the thunder and roaring it has, is only just enough to barely keep up with modern traffic. It may be the angriest vehicle I have ever known, but it is still only a Beetle in power. Previous owners did a hack job of a modification on it and stripped out all the heating equipment and no vanes for the engine. So when I drove it from Michigan to Florida and back for Christmas one year, coming back in -20 weather, it was a bit cold in there, heh. Had all my blankets wrapped up around me with all my gear on just to stay warm. I had to be careful to not stall the engine because the carb would immediately freeze over and I had to wait for it to thaw out before I could start it again. That trip was also immediately after I put the engine back together because when I bought it the casing was cracked and cylinders were badly scored from lack of oil. I also took a 1974 Honda CB750K4 on a solo ride around most of the country. Started in Michigan to Lewiston Idaho for my CDL course, then kept on West to the Pacific, down to and through Death Valley (in August) and across the lower US to the east end of Texas before a pouring rain washed me out and ended the trip. 8,000 miles solo on a bike like that is something else. But it was a spectacular ride. One could say, I am used to outdated vehicles. Something from the era I am looking for is even more so, yes, but fear not, I hold no allusions to what they offer and am well aware that they are utterly lacking when compared to modern vehicles, in terms of any practical and measurable facet. As far as myself and my mechanical skills, well, I do all my own work on my vehicles whenever possible. For my truck, I often don't have the required heavy duty equipment required for larger work, or simply don't want to get filthy doing a thing since I have no access to a shower at the time. Otherwise, I do it myself. None of my vehicles have ever left me stranded nor needed a tow. I was formerly ASE certified in a variety of things, included antique vehicles (pre-1973 at the time) and have continued my work on them professionally and personally ever since. I say without boasting that I know a fair deal about them, but what I don't know is specific information about all of them, heh. Certain vehicles like the Model A are abundantly easy to learn about due to the wealth of info available. But less common ones like a Studebaker or Nash, not so much. Those often require finding people that have had or currently own them and learning from them directly from their experiences and knowledge what they are like and what they require. Service manuals, documentation and parts support are all also just as uncommon for them. That is why I am here. Rather than trying to chase down every single special interest group for every type of car out there, I can start here and get an idea of what to go for and make the task easier. I can hopefully eliminate models that either have notable lacks, such as no front brakes, or only have less capable engines. Which, leads me to the car itself. I guess I needed to clarify better, heh. I am not looking for a road ready driver that can pull 65mph right out of the box for only $10,000. Not at all. What I am looking for is a vehicle that, AFTER the application of a 4 core radiator, an auxillary trans, balanced rotating assemblies, etc, can maybe get to those speeds. Really, it is less about getting a certain number, and more of what is the most engine I can get for a given price? The price, is merely the PURCHASE price, since I am well understanding that I will be investing potentially several times that bringing the vehicle to restored and fully capable. What I need, is recommendations for a good platform to start with, because while the Model A is uniquely suitable for such a vehicle due to its MASSIVE support network, there is no getting around the limits of the engine. Whereas if I started with something that had a straight 6, or even better a straight 8, it gives me a platform from which I have much more to work with. Even if the top speed is unchanged, it "should" render a vehicle that can be driven more comfortably for longer and not work as hard to get down the road. I also understand that pretty much anything other than an A will require extensive work in chasing down parts that may only barely be serviceable, will probably have to have numerous parts custom fabricated as needed, very little support beyond anecdotes from other owners and so on. That is all fine by me. That is why I had put down the two vehicles I did. The Commander because there is one that is within price range and of a condition I can easily work with, the Nash mainly as a reminder of to look for the straight 8 version if at all possible. Here are the links. https://classiccars.com/listings/view/1442875/1927-studebaker-commander-for-sale-in-staunton-illinois-62088 https://classics.autotrader.com/classic-cars/1932/nash/series_960/101448585 As usual, both sellers claim the car runs and drives, though what some define as "drives" is often a far cry from what should actually be driven, heh. But, going off of the little information available, the Commander serves well as the "benchmark" vehicle to compare other offerings to. It fits what I am looking for in style, condition and price. (given of course, that the seller hasn't exaggerated the "drives" too much). Going off of that, if nothing better comes along in the next 2-3 months, then if it is still available, I would get that vehicle. Of those two, if I had to buy sight unseen, I would go with the Commander simply because they seem to be in comparable condition, it has a lower price point, and I like the overall lines of it better. Especially how the roofline flows right to the tip of the visor. Good stuff. Ideally, a wider grille, and a lower roofline would be GREAT, but being as this isn't going to be my "THE" car, but more as just my regular driver, and also given the price limits, I am in no way chasing for ideals, heh. Ideally, the best car I could hope for would be the Cord L29 Hayes Bodied Coupe, but I certainly don't have the potentially 3 mil for that automotive perfection. heh. So, given the supposition that I am familiar with what vehicles from this era require in maintenance and driving habits, in a general sense at least, and fully understand the performance limits they impose, what are some platforms I can get into to get the most future benefit out of around $10,000 purchase? I am fine with going higher, to maybe $15,000, if I can find something better set, like a straight 8 instead of the 6. Would prefer it to be in mostly or nearly running condition if possible, understanding that running, or running well, and driving are different things. I don't mind traveling a long ways to get it, I do kind of have a very capable transport vehicle, heh. I prefer better mechanicals over better interior. Since most interiors will require a full replacement anyway, it is silly to get a car with a "decent" interior and pay a higher price for something that will still have to be replaced regardless. So given the choice between a good but non running shell, or a driving but gutted shell, I prefer driving. Now outliers are always considered on a case by case basis. If one car comes along that has something uniquely particular about it, that can change things. But those are often not the case. I am not scouring the margins for perfection, just looking for something "good enough" As far as for the why? Because I love the experience of it. To me, driving a car isn't just transportation, but an experience in and of itself. Why get something modern and practical for the sake of cup holders, when instead I can enjoy myself every mile and turn in something unique and wonderful? My Baja is not practical, my truck is certainly not practical, yet I enjoy them thoroughly and would not trade them away for anything modern. I say I am a car guy not because I merely like cars, but because I enjoy their experience. The problem with having a fleet is that I am only one person and can only drive 1 vehicle at any given time, heh. Driving such a vehicle, with its proper engine, wheels and such is the whole point. The reactions people have to hearing about my truck are priceless. They cannot believe that it is as old as it is (and in the truck world it is absolutely OLD), has the miles it does and is STILL out here earning its keep side by side with brand new rigs. It even still has its original seats, though I need new cushions in them, eesh, not much cush left. Swapping out the engine for something more modern takes that away, it is no longer that truck, but just yet another thing made to suit. It is easy to swap out parts for modern versions, engines, wheels, electricals, etc. and make something more capable and comfortable. But older vehicles are just as capable in their own right, when set up properly. Usually, the biggest issue with any vehicle not performing to its best is not from lack of ability in the vehicle, but lack of proper respect and car from the driver. So why don't I want a restomod or retromod? Because it isn't the same vehicle anymore, it is something else. That something else is fine for others, but me, I like it proper. Now, that isn't to say that they always are perfect, far from it. Engineers, manufacturers, and ESPECIALLY accountants, make poor decisions. (Yugo anyone?) Other times they are decisions based on incomplete knowledge or manufacturing limitations. Either way, I strive not for a perfectly original car down to the tires and metallurgy, goodness no. I want to preserve as much of the original character of the car as possible, while over time enhancing its abilities to get the most out of what it truly can do. Hence things like a better radiator and auxiliary gearbox are preferred over swapping out to modern engines and wheels. Safety glass and LED bulbs, yes, Mustang front ends and bucket seats, no. These vehicles are perfectly capable as daily drivers, even in midwest winters, heck, most of the world did it during their times. It may not be as good and comfortable as modern vehicles, safety advances for a reason, heh. But with the right mindset and care, it can be done. And in daily driving, well, I am on the road for a week at a time, so daily driver for me is much the same as a weekend cruiser for anyone else. We live in a rural area nearly an hour from the interstate, so lots of country roads, but a long ways to get anywhere. Plus visiting family takes a while as well. All of which ads to the desire of a capable cruiser with a larger engine and larger body rather than a hot rod coupe. Plus, I just always prefer the large, full bodied cars. Yall can keep your 70's muscle, give me a full sized 4 door cruiser any day, with rare exception as noted above, heh. So, I hope that clarified a few things, and put to rest any fears of "Oh boy, here we go again with another midlife crisis or garage show watcher thinking they are gonna be the next big thing". Pardon the length of the post, but short and concise is not my forte. Again, much thanks for your info and input. And please don't snatch that Commander out from under me if you happened to be looking for one, heh. At least find me a good 8 if you do.
  5. Reading and appreciating the responses, and I have things to say, no worries. Just out with my lady on her birthday weekend, heh. So will reply when time is available.
  6. Afternoon all. I am here seeking knowledge, experience, and advice. There is an early Ford Model A Tudor for sale just down the road from me. I was planning on purchasing it, but when I looked around online I was able to find a number of more desirable vehicles within my price range. I prefer larger, 4 door cars and want something a little more capable of getting around in modern traffic. I have no desire to rip out the running gear and replace it with modern equipment. Better to just get a modern kit car at that point. I don't mind adding things like a 2 speed brownie box or rear end swap, improved radiator, oil filter and such. Things that stay true to the original character of the vehicle, yet allow it to perform better and last longer with regular usage. But, even with improvements, it is still far better to start with something larger and more powerful than the venerable Model A in the first place, heh. I am mechanically capable and do all my own work on my vehicles, partly because I enjoy it, and partly because finding skilled and knowledgeable techs for my vehicles is difficult, heh. What I seek is a late 20's to 30's full fender style vehicle, contemporary to the Model A before the aero designs took over. 4 door, engine that with gearing or slight enhancement can allow it to cruise at 65mph for daily use and road trips. My purchase price is a soft $10,000 in generally running condition, so Dusenberg and Bentley are not an option, heh. I have currently found a 1927 Studebaker Commander and 1932 Nash 960, but know nothing of their driving personalities, parts support or really much if anything about them. Other model recommendations are welcome, I am here to learn. I plan to drive it regularly and live in the Midwest. Much thanks and pardon the long post.
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