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Chuck Conrad

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  1. I've always thought it would be fun to show up at a Grand Classic with a Cadillac or Packard tow truck.....
  2. It's been almost 7 years since I took on this project, but a lot of progress has been made. You can see the the whole story at www.telecruiser.com
  3. Just so everyone knows, the rules say "There is no deduction for over restoration." I did not write that rule, but that is what we have to work with. We are a club of rules, so we must abide by them, even if we don't always agree . Don't like the rule? Then get it changed.... But keep in mind what Ed said. This is supposed to be fun.
  4. The NTR invites you to the 60th CCCA Annual Meeting in Dallas. Visit www.ntrccca.com for more information.
  5. The North Texas Region just finished hosting it's Fall Grand Classic. It was a great event with lots of very fine cars and great people. A photo review can be found on the Region's web site, www.ntrccca.com
  6. Pete is right. This is a hobby. It is supposed to be fun. If it isn't, maybe you need to go out to the garage and twist a wrench and bust a knuckle or two.
  7. I've used some water-based versions from the Claussen Company. More recently, I've used some petroleum based versions form English Color, who has stores around Texas, and maybe elsewhere. I've also used some aerosol versions from SEM, which worked OK as well. Just like paint, the preparation is the big part.
  8. If the surface is properly prepared, you can change color. I've re-dyed a black seat and made it light gray. It still looked OK when I sold he vehicle several years later. I believe that the preparation is the most important part of the whole process. Interestingly, you can treat leather more or less like you treat wood. You can use a paint remover on it, sand it and fill it. Applying the dye to a very clean surface is most important. A little dirt or residue will mess up the whole process. Different types of dye behave differently. I've been very happy with water-based versions, but many dyes are not much more than automotive paint with an additive to make it flexible. They also can work quite well if you prepare the surface properly.
  9. About 15 years ago, I re-dyed the leather in a Bentley, using products from somebody called The Clausen Company. I still have some of the material. The address on the can is 1055 King George Road, Fords, NJ 08863. I have no idea if they are still in business or not. It was a water based dye. They also sold a very good "rejuvenator oil" and a crack filler. The dye was water based, and sprayed easily. You could even brush it on, and it dried with an interesting and attractive "grain." As I recall, it took me about two weekends to do it. Removing and reinstalling the interior was the big part, and the "prep" was also time consuming, but probably the most important part. I still have the car, and the leather still looks pretty good. It was time well spent.
  10. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Dave Mitchell</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> The club may still be operating out of one of the staff member's basement after the flood this fall wiped out the offices. </div></div> Office operations are still limping along in a private home basement. It looks like it will be a couple of months (maybe more) before they move to more suitable quarters. I'm sure the oversights on the web site are just a part of the club's "growing pains." I'll bet they are corrected quickly. By the way, did you know that CCCA is actually growing, not shrinking as some would have you think?
  11. Come to the Annual Meeting, and allow the process to continue in a peaceful and orderly fashion. I think in a few months all will be fine. CCCA has always moved at "glacial speeds" which can be quite frustrating from time to time. This process is no different.
  12. Dave, I couldn't have said it better. Through CCCA, I've visited a lot of places us "mere mortals" don't usually get to go. There is some amazing stuff out there, and CCCA is a great way to discover it. Over the years, I've made some wonderful friends as a result of my association with the Club, and I wouldn't trade that for anything. The key is you have to be proactive and go to the events. You really can do that on a budget.
  13. I understand what you are saying, but the problems really aren't as bad as predicted. Of course that could change. The good news is CCCA is replacing members faster than it loses them. That has been a trend for quite some time. Current membership is a little over 6100, which is an all time record. It is not all doom and gloom. CCCA is an acquired taste, and certainly not the first choice of people just getting into the car hobby. It never has been . Incidentally HCCA also seems to be doing well. I don't think they have any members who were alive when those cars when they were new. CCCA is working its way into the same situation. There is a lasting value to quality, and the cars of both clubs represent that. Even if you couldn’t drive them, people would still want to own these cars. I don't mean to minimize the problem of finding members to keep a Region active and vibrant. That is hard to do. Our Regions tend to ebb and flow, as new groups take over command from their predecessors. Interestingly, the "new" people who come along seem to be about the same age group as their predecessors when they originally became involved. It has always been unusual for someone under 40 to be active in CCCA. 50 is more like the average entry age, and 60-70 is more normal for the typical "active member."
  14. I never liked the term "Full Classic" either and I'm a Past President of the Club. In fact I campaigned against the term when it was proposed. Worse yet was "Modified Classic" which I've always thought of as a Hod Rod term. At least, it died eventually when the Club realized how much it was costing them to defend the term. “Full Classic” makes me wonder if there are any “Half Full Classics” driving around somewhere? Most of mine won’t pass a gas station without stopping, so I suppose it is a possibility. :-) I think "CCCA Classic" works fine.
  15. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Bill Stoneberg</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Does it have the 320 in it ? What does it do for a transmission ? </div></div> Yes, it has the original Buick engine. The transmission is a 5 speed Spicer, which is also original. They didn't have a speedometer on these things. Instead it has a Sun tachometer that is calibrated in MPH, with five scales to refer to, depending on the gear you happen to be in. The front wheel hub has a "hubometer" installed in it. It's not an add-on like you see on trucks. It is a part of the actual front wheel hub. I don't know if I should believe it or not, but it shows 014400 miles on it. That might be correct, since this thing was mostly used in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. I've spoken to several people who actually worked with it when it was a TV mobile unit. They say it only took an occasional trip out of town. So the mileage might be close to correct.
  16. Did I see that driving around Hershey a couple of years ago? It looks fantastic! You give me hope. How did you get the stainless steel panels off? Mine are attached with stainless steel screws with nuts behind them. You have to drill them out, or rip out the original interior to get to the nuts. After removing all the screws, you discover that each panel has a lip that extends an inch or two under the top and bottom sheet metal. This looks like it will require removing more sheet metal that really is best left alone. Any suggestions?
  17. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: West Peterson</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Chrome the wheels, Chuck, and it'll look like a rat-rod!!! </div></div> But what would my AACA friends say??? Maybe I could make it into a low-rider! Nah...
  18. I do have a big garage. I built it first. The house came later. Priorities, you know...
  19. Here is what it looks like at the moment. At least, I have it running and it has new tires!
  20. Leno's looks great, although I think it has a modern drive train. This one still has the original Buick Straight Eight engine. The serial number matches the build sheeet. Like most diseases, there is a club for Flxible owners, the "Flxible Owners International." http://www.flxibleowners.org/
  21. I think we'll leave the "digital" part for the next generation to figure out. Analog is plenty complicated for me. This thing used all tube type equipment. Until sometime in the 1960's, it was not air conditioned. I'll bet it was really "special" inside doing a baseball game on a hot August day in Texas. Can you say "Little Debbie Bake Oven?"
  22. I know I'm crazy, but I have undertaken the restoration of a 1949 Flxible bus that was originally sold and outfitted to be a TV mobile unit for Channel 8 in Dallas. A brass plaque on the dash proclaims it to be "DuMont Telecruiser. Model B, Serial Number 101." I have a web site setup for it at www.telecruiser.com It has lots of pictures. I also got a lot of original TV equipment with it. The plan is to make it into a working black and white TV mobile unit, as it was when new. This will probably take forever. Wish me luck. I'm always happy to hear from other bus collectors.
  23. I'm glad you like the video. I made it about four years ago, and it has been on the web site for almost as long. Maybe people will now get a chance to see it!
  24. The CCCA web site has had a facelift. It is still a work in progress, but check it out at www.classiccarclub.org
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