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  1. Wow, that's a lot of people. Hey y'all! Thanks for all the advice! You are right. Here is a pair from my collection--a 1917 Victrola IV & a 1909 Victor III horn talking-machine. The tiny Victrola was squashed in shipping and I had to graft new wood into the top. I restored & refinished it in shellac. The big one is all original except some mechanical repairs and a vintage horn that I painted black (the original color.) Both are fully functional and with the reproducers rebuilt, they have a nice clear sound with the old 1900s-1920s records. Lots of the older records are quite good actually, and the phonographs are reliable. I have a floor model Victrola that's been used six years and has given very little trouble. There's a declining interest in old phonographs so it's actually quite simple to get started in the hobby, and most phonograph collectors are very nice. I think you are right. I looked at parts for the 1940 Special Deluxe and--well, it needs a lot, not to mention busting loose the stuck engine. I think the cost of doing the floors & the appropriate cloth interiors would be the biggest dealbreaker. Thanks for sharing that great video-- Yes, there are lots of parts for the old Fords too. I had originally been planning to buy a Model T. They're my favorite vintage car and Model T's aren't holding tons of monetary value here lately. The performance doesn't matter too much to me, and maintenance is fine. Slow can be a good thing, I think. Sometimes when I am driving home at night I will take a backroad and go slow, let the car lope along at 35 or 40 per hour, put the windows down and just listen to the motor and the birds and all that. Slow is peaceful. My bad! Thank you! I get that mixed up and did not even know there WAS the difference there! Thanks for the clarification. I really enjoy looking at those cars but do not think I could justify spending Locomobile money on a jalopy budget. I cannot afford a luxurious car but would love to buy a Packard one day. As John S in Penna. rightly assumed, I really do not have "classic" money and would probably rather have a more "average Joe" kind of car. That'd be closer to what most people years ago would have driven, and that in itself is just kinda cool. That's a great idea. I lurk the MTFCA a lot--those folks are cool too. A guy gave me a lift in a stock 1936 Ford Deluxe a few years ago & I was taken by the sound, the smell of the thing--it was original down to the upholstery, and riding along in that was absolutely magical. It smelled like my 1930s overcoat and spilled gasoline. I like to work on stuff and all that, but why do I even want an old car? I don't actually know. I got interested around age five, thought they were cool--then got the craving for a Model T when I was eight, and then just kept getting interested in them. I like prewar cars the best as they are simple and I think they are beautiful. I quite agree with you sir. With what I would spend putting running boards, floors, and a bumper on the theoretical 1940, I could have my little white Toyota entirely repainted, redo the undercoating on the fenders, and put new tires on--maybe having money leftover for brakes! That I did do! I spoke over the telephone with a clubman here--A top-shelf gentleman. He had something quite cool up in the for-sale section that really caught my fancy, definitely pre-war with a great engine and a very cool body design. Eminently more suitable for what I'm looking for than the 1940 sedan and a lot smaller too, so that's pretty cool. We shall see. And this is me with a few of my other restoration projects. The typewriter exemplified what you guys were saying about junk cars. I started with a free 1929 Underwood No. 5 typewriter, put $300 worth of restoration into it and two months' labor, and ended up with a $80 machine. The lamp is vintage from the '50s I think, the inkwell is a 1930s Esterbrook fountain well commonly used in post-offices, and the telephone is a manual Kellogg that I plan to use but haven't got wired up yet. Oh, and that's my 1937 Hartmann Tourobe in the corner; those are the easiest way to haul clothes without wrinkling them, bar none. The desk itself is a 1920s-1940s one that I got cheaply. Never mind the cardboard; that's my OTHER luggage! I tend to use my antiques instead of put them on shelves & look at them. Anyway it's nice to hear from you all; thank you all so much for the advice (which I certainly will take!) and I'll definitely be around. Charles
  2. That's a nice conversion. Do you mind if I give you a call? I don't live too far away, and this is just about perfect for what I'm looking for in a "starter" classic, I think. I'd love to swing by sometime & take a look; it's nice to know it not only runs but has the actual title & all that.
  3. Hello to the ladies & gents of the A.A.C.A. I'm new here & was just checking in. I'm trying to purchase my first classic car, which will be my 2nd car. Pretty well made up my mind that I'm looking for something vintage, not sure why but I do sure like them. I work on windup phonographs from the 1900s to about 1930, manual typewriters, the occasional vacuum-tube radio and reed organ, and other miscellaneous fun things from about 1840 to 1950. Antique crank phonographs have been my favorite hobby for the last 6 years--I've rebuilt some complete garbage & made them into great pieces. Started with a 1914 Victrola upright but have done repairs and restorations on Edisons, Brunswicks, Columbias, and a couple other brands. I like to keep them sounding the way they did when they were first built, so performance is a must. Antiques are fun to buy cheap & fix up. I'm a Southerner but I rode to my current home in Connecticut on my first fix-up automobile project--that was my first car, a handmedown as my parents used it for years & years. In fact it was the first automobile I ever saw, and they drove home from the hospital after I was born with me in the back seat. When I got it, it was around 2018 and the car had not been run very much since Mom & Dad found a newer car in 2016. So I had a mess on my hands, but now I have a fun little car that runs quite well and still gets around 35 miles to the gallon even with a quarter million miles. Some of my favorite classic cars are the Model T and Model A Fords, the Overland touring cars of the 1910s and early '20s, and the postwar Plymouth Deluxes. I also love the look of Packards and old Buicks, but not the price tags. Grew up reading Floyd Clymer's Those Wonderful Old Automobiles. I don't have a prewar car yet but am negotiating a chance to go look at a 1940 Chevrolet four-door this weekend. It's not in great shape, been off the road 30 years. It has the old stovebolt six engine in there, (complete with the hole in the front for a crank handle, LOL) but if it's only kinda trash instead of really trash, I guess I can end up with a neat car. Failing that, I'll stick to saving up & finding a nice old car eventually. Also, I'd like to be able to hang out with other car enthusiasts, learn more about the historical times when these things were built, figure out how they work and how to drive them, and eventually purchase my own classic and save a little more history. Might take me years but that is OK by me. So anyway that is that. I'm glad to be here & hope all of you are well. Charles
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