Mark Huston

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  1. Mark Huston

    1925 Cadillac .. Kinda Weird .. Need some info

    The potential buyer for this Cadillac may not be in the US. My brother just sold a 1924 Buick Brougham to a buyer in New Delhi, India. The Buick is in need of a full restoration which includes major wood work. The sales price is not much more than what has been mentioned for this Cadillac. Cost of restoration apparently is more cost effective in India to make it worth buying and shipping the Buick there.
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    New Years Drive today in the 1929

    My President drives very nicely at 55 mph. I could cruise all day with no sweat at that speed. When I am on back roads I keep it between 45 and 50 so that I can enjoy the drive. When I get on a busy two lane I kick it up to 55-60 with no problem. The President has a 336 straight eight with 120 hp.
  3. Here in Northern California the nights are around 31 with a high of about 50 degrees. With a storm forecasted for the weekend I decided to get the 1929 Studebaker President out for a New Years drive today. Headed up into the foothills and put about 60 miles on the Studebaker. The day was perfect for driving in the hills on quite back roads.
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    Vintage dealership buildings that are still around

    This building was the Packard dealership located in Grass Valley, California from 1930 until about 1952. The sign attached to the front of the building was located inside the old dealership by the current owner who now uses the building for his flooring company.
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    Time to part with a car, with out regret....

    I have had many collector cars since my very first car, a collector car, 1929 Studebaker Commander sedan, was purchased when I was 16. It has been my experience that the level of regret is in direct proportion to the level of motivation for selling. If you have a valid need to sell you might have some twinges of regret mixed with fond memories. If you have no real motivation to sell then you will have a stronger level of regret mixed with kicking yourself if in the rear for selling. When my wife, and I, first got married I had several collector cars one was a 1957 Cadillac Coupe deVille. The Cadillac had less than 30,000 original miles and was a mint garage kept car. It has been my only Cadillac. When my wife and I got married we started out our marriage building a house in a rural area on five acres. We were trying to keep from having a big mortgage by doing a lot of the work ourselves and paying as we go. The house was done and ready for occupancy except for one critical missing piece. We did not have a septic system. We could not come up with the over $4,000 needed to have one installed. The needs of the family outweighed the love of the Cadillac coupe deVille. I sold the Cadillac for what was needed to install a septic system. Sure I miss the Cadillac, but the needs of the family took the sting off of selling a car I loved at the time. The 1929 Studebaker Commander that I bought when I was 16 I sold 25 years later. I swore I would never sell it, however, I sold it to get a 1929 Studebaker President that I now have. Replacing one collector car for another that I wanted even more healed the sting of regret. The bottom line, sell if you have a valid reason that you can live with, otherwise, keep the Ford Model T.
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    Show me your Foliage!

    Today I took my 1929 Studebaker President out for a drive in the foothills. Stopped in the old gold town of Campo Seco. The trees are still not yet ready to turn fall colors here in Northern California.
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    Free is good, right?

    Should be no problem getting it running again it ran when parked in 1986. It might take longer to clear off the moss to see where your going.
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    Car Logo Quiz...

    I managed to guess my way to 44. Some of cars I had never heard of before.
  9. Here are pictures I took in 2016 at the Ironstone Concours of a 1905 Studebaker Electric Stan Hope for comparison.
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    When did cars get adjustable front seats?

    My 1929 Studebaker President has both an adjustable front seat and an adjustable steering column.
  11. Mark Huston

    Identification of old auto needed please

    It looks very much like a Dodge. I am not an expert on Dodge cars so I can't say what year other than it appears to be around a 1919.
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    Doing dumb things, who has done this?

    In 1977, I took my date to a movie at the drive in theater using my 1956 Studebaker President. The movie was a waste of time and about half way through my date and I decided to leave. I fired up the V8, put the car in gear, hit the gas, the car hesitated for a moment, and then a loud crashing sound. I had forgotten to take the speaker off of the right rear door window. When I looked in the back seat it was covered with broken window glass along with the speaker. My date kept the drive in theater speaker - hung it on her bedroom wall like trophy. I got the humiliation along with the privilege of paying a new door window.
  13. My experience with "bicycle" type wireless lights is that they only work intimately and unreliably with my 1929 Studebaker President sedan with 135" wheelbase. The cars body restricts the signal and distance from the drivers seat to the rear bumper is to far for bicycle wireless lights. Has anyone tried, or have experience with, the LED wireless tail and directional lights offered by www.swifttailights.com? https://swifthitch.com/collections/swift-taillights The are asking $488 (front & rear) or $239 (rear only) which appears to be worth it if they are reliable. My only concern with wireless is how reliably they work with a long wheelbase sedan.
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    In honor of Father’s Day

    The senior assisted living facility where my father lives had a Fathers Day car show today. I took my 1929 Studebaker President. Some of the residents are over 100 years old. They really enjoyed seeing my 1929. I got to talk to many of the residents and relive with them the memories of cars older than mine that they had when they were just old used cars.
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    In honor of Father’s Day

    In 1966 my dad bought a new Chevrolet 3/4 ton truck, long bed custom camper special with 327 cid, auto, and 4 barrel carb. He kept it until recently when he gave it to my younger brother who just started to restore it to like new condition with the intention of giving it to his son when he is old enough to drive. My nephew is three years old which means my brother has 13 years to get the truck restored. Attached is a picture of my brothers, and I, with the Chevy truck when new. My oldest brother is on the left, younger brother in the middle, and I am on the right. The second picture was taken about a month ago when my dad was released from a long stay in a nursing home. Dad is in the middle, with my younger brother on the right and his son, the next owner of the truck, is on the left. I guess you could say three generations and one truck. My young nephew calls the truck "my truck" and one time managed to start the truck all by himself - at the age of three. My brother did not know his son had started the truck until he heard the engine rev.