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.