BruceW

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  1. Rick,<P>It may be that they are just used to dealing with true antique automobile hobbyists, who the majority are good people. It is usually the minority of fast buck sellers, often not interested in the hobby itself, that ruin a good thing. I know a number of people, especially in the Model A Ford realm, that will send a needed part to someone they just met and say "drop a check in the mail when it arrives". and they receive the check.<BR>I guess its just faith in mankind (and womankind) that keeps people going.
  2. an additional note.....<BR>Although the old Chevy pickup is still around, it doesn't get used much any more. It has given way to a 1931 Ford Deluxe Tudor sedan that is stock and mostly original. In addition, we also have a 1935 Ford pickup that is being restored to stock, even down to the 6 volt electrical system and mechanical brakes. I am an avid enthusiest of history that enjoys the original, more simpler things. And I give thanks to being introduced to the AACA by an AACA member that did not shun me away because my old beater didn't fit into a certain class of cars many years ago.
  3. Ted,<BR>I am not suggesting that the national AACA organization should change from their purpose or the way they do things as an organization. Likewise, I am not suggesting anything like entering street rods or modifieds in a national AACA meet or be given a judging class. There are plenty of national events for the modified automobile enthusiests. The AACA should stay true to its purpose. That is the strength that makes the AACA great.<BR>I am just suggesting that the regions or chapters on a local level might consider opening some of their local shows to other car enthusiests of all type so that the interest in antique cars may be developed. This is a way to get the word out and spread interest in antique cars. I have never seen an original type antique car turned away from any street rod show or cruise-in that I attended (not saying it may not have happen sometime). However, I have heard numerous stories of modified cars being turned away from local antique car shows. This may be why many outsiders consider the AACA to be a "snobbish" organization (I've heard plenty of that before). <BR>If the local AACA regions or chapters develop an isolationist viewpoint, the other factions of the automobile hobby will prosper while the potential for growth in our part of the hobby will demise.
  4. Dave<BR>In regards to your comment on the 1933 Plymouths....lets hope they find a good home before that happens!
  5. Reading the charter I have here, it says:<BR>"This certifies that a charter has been granted to the above region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, an organization whose purpose is to prepetuate memories of the pioneer days of automobiling by encouraging the preservation and collection of antique automobiles and automobilia."<P>I see nothing that authorizes nor discourages a region from interacting with other automobile hobbyists even if they are hot rod or custom car people. Interaction with "them" does not affect any principles of the AACA. A person or organization with strong principles does not have to be afraid of being affected by others that are different.<BR>As a person, I can talk to an alcoholic, an athiest,a homosexual, a street rodder or any other number of people, and just because they live a life that I do not partake in or necessarily agree with, it does not affect nor change my principles.<BR>The AACA is a solid organization with strong principles. It does not have to change just because some members may interact with car enthusiests who do not believe the same as us.
  6. I don't want to start any fights but...<BR>though I am not a member of Chesapeake Region, I see that their choice to allow all types of vehicles in their show as a chance to introduce the AACA to a wider range of people, other than just those that are already within the AACA circle.<P>The AACA webpage states ?The aim of the AACA is the perpetuation of the pioneer days of automobiling by furthering the interest in and preserving of antique automobiles, and the promotion of sportsmanship and of good fellowship among all AACA members??..<BR> <BR>To preserve something is to keep it from decaying or disappearing all together. The 57 Chevy with the rally wheels and dual exhaust may not be authentic but it is being preserved from rusting into the ground, or worse, being consumed by a crusher.<P>My first antique vehicle was a 1957 Chevy pickup that had white spoke wagon wheels and a car floor shift that a previous owner installed. It was nowhere near a show car and could be called a ?beater?. An AACA member found out I had this truck and invited me to join. If I had not had the truck, I probably would not have had a reason to join AACA. The old truck was used for tours and other club events. It was even placed in club shows, not to win any trophies (never cared for plastic trinkets), but to support the region and provide vehicles needed for an event. To my surprise, a lot of people always stopped by to comment how they liked the looks of that particular year, tell a story about their pickup, or even make an offer on it. The truck seemed to get a lot of interest from people under 30. Even though the pickup was not the caliber of the fully restored 29 Cadillacs or early Packards in the club, it and we were accepted by our region like anyone else (Re. good fellowship among all AACA members).<P>My interest are in restored vehicles of all type, especially original, authentically restored ones. However, if I had to have an authentic, restored vehicle to join the AACA, there would have been no way I could have afforded become a member at the time. By the time I could have afforded a ?proper? vehicle, my interestes may have moved on to something else. That old truck, though not entirely authentic and not a show winner, was what got me into the world's greates antique automobile club!<BR>
  7. Thomas,<BR>Just a suggestion....<BR>Platers can sometimes offer a lower cost if they are doing a large plating job as their cost per piece is less than doing just two bumpers. If the bumpers can can wait a while, check with the plater to see if he can do the bumpers at the same time he is plating other car parts. Perhaps fellow members in your region or chapter may need plating done too and some deal can be worked out with the plater for doing a larger order.
  8. Di and I was Das Awkscht Fescht today... and we saw your vette along the main path. Sorry you had trouble but at least you made it where you had friends and help. Our 1931 Ford Deluxe Tudor was there today after spending a couple of weeks in Wisconsin and attending the Wisconsin Rapids Model A Reunion. Got home last night from the trip and went straight to Macungie today for Das Awkscht Fescht.<BR>Beautiful weather for DAF this year. Not too hot and no rain. Good turn out of cars too.<BR>Good luck on the Vette..and hope it isnt anything too serious.<BR> <A HREF="http://www.erols.com/b-dwheeler" TARGET=_blank>www.erols.com/b-dwheeler</A>
  9. Just a Thanks and an Update....<P>Thanks to all of the DF'ers that responded to this post when it was originally posted. The information was very much appreciated.<BR>As it turned out, dad purchased the electric brake controller that does not require leveling for both his van and our Blazer. The biggest problem seemed to be the initial adjustment of the brake pressure in the controller, but after driving the vehicle several miles, the brakes appeared to work better. Di and I just pulled the trailer with our 1931 Ford Deluxe Tudor on a 1,000+ mile trip to Wisconsin for the Wisconsin Rapids Model A Reunion. We traveled through mountains and flat land...sunny and rainy conditions...highway and town traffic and so far have had no problems. The biggest thing to remember was to occasionally release the brake and reapply to keep the wheels from locking up during slow rollling that required continued braking. However, this helps to keep from riding the brakes and burning them out anyway The trailer brakes release when the brake pedal is released and we have had no problems with locked brakes dragging the trailer. I'm not saying this type of controller is better than the other. Just that this controllers seems to have suited us so far for our purposes.<BR>We will be starting on the return trip in a few days. See you all when we get home!
  10. Di and I will be attending Das Awkscht Fescht again this year on Saturday. We have been attending for about 7-8 years now..maybe more. It is definitely a great event for the whole family! Last year there were over 1300 antique vehicles of all kinds and 185 Model A Fords! We will have our maroon and black 1931 Ford Deluxe Tudor with the pig sitting in the back window. The first weekend of each August is set aside for this event. <BR> <A HREF="http://www.erols.com/b-dwheeler" TARGET=_blank>www.erols.com/b-dwheeler</A>
  11. Michelle,<BR>You would want to contact either the Suger Loaf Mountain Region or Chesapeake Region. Chesapeake Region is closer to Baltimore and Suger Loaf is based around Frederick. Check the Local Club listing on the AACA webpage for contact info of these two regions.
  12. Matt.<BR>I've aways been quite satisfied with anything from Mequiers. Have used it for years. But each person has their favorite so you might have to experiment with a few.
  13. Ooops... sorry...I didn't see that you had the location in your title....stupid me..<BR>now if you pardon me..i'm going to go wipe the egg off my face
  14. CCongratulations<BR>Try contacting your local AACA region or chapter. A member or members may drive your guests for the wedding for a nominal donation to the club. If we knew where you were, we might be able to give you some contact information on a local region or chapter
  15. Di and I would love to attend some of the AACA tours. However, with work and kids and obligations, etc... etc..., we just can't do it now. Hopefully in the not too distant future we will be able to take advantage of some of the tours.<BR>I always forget which tour is which... Founders, Glidden, divisional, etc.... on things such as years of cars involved, approximate number of days, etc (I do know the vintage tour is for the really early cars).<BR>I think it would be great if the AACA webpage (if its not there already) would have a page that lists and describes each type of tour that the AACA has. Is this possible?
  16. BruceW

    Stewart

    Crashem<P>You might try the AACA Library and Research Center for more information on the Stewart. They have a huge collection of automotive information that can be researched for a very small price. They provided valuable information to me on an early locally made auromobile when I was unable to find information anywhere else, even in the town the automobile was made. And it was done for about $5.00 cost to me.<P>The library address is:<P>AACA Library and Research Center<BR>501 West Governer Road<BR>PO Box 417<BR>Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033<P>There is also a page on the library and research center on the AACA website. The library and research center provide valuable help for automobile research.<P>I remember seeing a truck in the automobile collection of the Rough and Tumble Engineers Association (steam association) in Kinser, Pennsylvania a few years ago that was a Stewart...if my memory serves right.<P>
  17. BruceW

    Hershey

    Don't forget those huge vanilla ice cream with hot apple topping sundaes that comes in the waffle cones in chocolate field!
  18. Members of our region actively participate in local parades. It gives a lot of exposure to the region. I take our 1931 Ford Deluxe Tudor and have never had an overheating problem, no matter how hot it may be or how long the parade is. It seems to do better in a parade than a lot of later model cars. The worst problem is "clutch foot" from constantly working the clutch in stop and go action.
  19. Dan<BR>Check with local AACA Regions in the area. Our AACA region often drives cars for weddings. We just tell the person asking for the car to give the club member(s) involved each a donation for driving the car and transporting the wedding party. We don't charge a specific fee because we are not in it for a business. We do it as a service. Most of the time the club member just passes the donation along to the club treasury. It sure is a lot cheaper for the wedding party than renting cars or a limo..... and a lot more classier!
  20. This may be a dumb question..but...<P>If the controller is an electrical unit, what is the importance/neccessity of having it mounted level?<P>Thanks
  21. My dad and I have a 16 foot trailer that I plan on using to tow the Model A when its too far to drive in a reasonable amount of time and dad will use it for his tractors. Dad went to the trailer supply store to pick up electric brake controllers for his van and my truck. The guy at the store told him that there are two types of electric brake controllers you can mount under the dash. One type needs to be leveled when it is mounted and the other does not need to be leveled. <BR>However, the guy said there was a potential problem with the brake controller unit that does not need to be leveled. He stated, if you are sitting a long time with the brake applied (as in traffic), that the pressure applied to the trailer brakes will incrementally increases over time... until the brakes have so much pressure that you may actually drag the wheels when you finally take off.<BR>Could this guy have been confused with hydraulic surge brakes? Does it sound like this guy knew what he was talking about with the increasing brake pressure? If so, which is the best type of electric brake controller to use? Any and all information on the subject is greatly appreciated.<P>Thanks.
  22. Looking for a carburetor riser for a 1926 Buick Model 20 Straight 6 Sedan. This piece attaches between the carburetor and manifold and allows heating of the intake air.<P>Posting message for a friend that does not have internet access. If you have such a part to sell or know where one is, please email me or call him direct at (410) 877-1895.<P>Thank you for any and all help.<BR>Bruce