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  1. I don't see it quite as much anymore, but Norfolk, VA was always had a big smoking population.  Drivers would lower their driver-side window about halfway so they could flick the ashes outside instead of using their ashtrays.  Unfortunately, the cigarette butt usually ended up on the street too.  You could pick out the smokers in a line of traffic with every third car that had a window halfway down.

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  2. My wife and I drove from VA Beach up to Hershey, stopping overnight near DC on I-495West.  We toured the Gettysburg Civil War battlefield in the car and stayed with my brother in Carlisle until the show (blissfully driving, not thinking of the miracle that a 50 year old car was doing so well).  I didn't know until we got to the show that the car developed a power steering leak...and all of the vendors had left by Saturday.  My brother bandaged it up tightly, and we added fluid all of the way home.  I was on edge but we made it home safely where I could order and wait 2 weeks for another P/S line to come in. 

    It was an enjoyable ride though, driving these cars the way you are supposed to.  I think the next time I'll have the wife in her car in case we run into an issue.  I guess we were lucky on that trip!





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  3. Here in Virginia Beach we're cancelling our September car show this year mostly because all of the venues we advertise at beforehand are getting cancelled.  We go online with photos though.  More to follow on that--- and we will be back in 2021 (God willing).


  4. You have to wonder what the ship and cargo were insured for?  They may not want those cars back as stated earlier! There's a great story by Guy Gilpatric from the "Saturday Evening Post" stories called "Pardon the French" where a decrepit cargo steamer was over-insured and scuttled.

  5. I also use California Car Covers. Plushweave for the indoor cars, although it deteriorates after several years leaving car cover-dust all over the car.  I have a station wagon I keep in the driveway and have used their outdoor stormweave product.  It is lightweight, waterproof, but breathes.  I use the belly strap with a rubberized clip to hold it on.  I also put a small rubber soccer ball on the roof under the cover to assist in drain-off of water.  These last me about 3 years with the intense sun in Virginia and heavy weather/snow.

  6. For Sale in VA Beach, VA:

    • Year: 2001
    • Make: Mercedes Benz
    • Model: E320 Station Wagon.
    • Description: Bought used in 2005, well maintained and all records go with the car.

    - White exterior with tan (sand) interior
    - 189 inches in length
    - Pwr Steering and brakes
    - Cassette AM/FM (dash cassette is out of commission), rear CD Changer
    - air conditioning with auto temperature
    - Working Sunroof and shade
    - Front heated seats
    - 3.2-liter V-6 with 221 horsepower
    - Hatchback style station Wagon, 4 doors
    - Doughnut spare with all MB tools and first aid kit
    - New Tires
    - Psgr, driver and side airbags for the front of the cockpit; side airbags in rear doors
    - Replaced dash main board to correct failing digital readouts
    - Antilock brakes, traction control and stability control
    - Comes with brand new (NOS) MB floor mats as well as a full set of Weather Tech floor mats for the Winter, and a new car cover.

    - Just replaced Hood Lift cylinder-shocks and serpentine belt tensioner and pulley.

    - Virginia State Inspection valid through JAN 2019

    - 200k miles. Car serviced regularly.
    - Driver seat has some creased/cracked leather from use, finish on steering wheel cover is worn.


    • Location: Virginia Beach, VA
    • Price: $6,000.00 USD or best offer
    • Contact: Mark or Patricia Monaghan, jaxops1@verizon.net, 757-471-6557












  7. Actually my plan is to retire and play with all my junk and then sell it off if I need cash. Sometimes life changes those plans and you kick the bucket too soon. My daughter has explicit instructions to have an auction on everything that's left and to invite everyone on my forums.

    Yes. Hoarders are good for the hobby. It keeps the trash dealers out of it and keeps it in the hobby. Try to think of everything you have purchased at an estate sale! Great source of parts!

    Thanks Wayne for this good conversation!


    Bill- we'll probably see you one day on "American Pickers" except you'll send them down the road empty-handed!!!

  8. I had a similar issue after a tune-up on my 1956 Cadillac. The idle was so low that it shut off making a turn....or so I thought. I did need to goose it up just a touch but I was having a vapor-lock issue. The timing was actually off and the engine was getting very hot, so the fuel evaporated in the fuel line. Once I was on the timing marks I adjusted the idle up a hair and it seems to be okay now. Just another area to check. You would know it if your engine was running that hot though.

  9. I have had 4 fuel relays installed in my 1997 Lincoln Town Car since Thanksgiving. This last one was epic...I was stranded last week on Route 1 just south of Dover Air Force Base. I couldn't "reset" the relay as it had melted to the module (not a good sign at all). Although it was a fairly common part, it wasn't available in Dover and it was Saturday at 5PM, so I was towed to Philadelphia to my Aunt's mechanic who put a new relay in the next morning. Unfortunately, there is a short or ground problem causing an electric surge that had melted relay #3 near Dover, so the real problem is being investigated. An expensive tow, and a lesson in "modern" electronics. Something to be said for a direct-drive fuel pump! (Blasted "modern" cars:mad:)

    So if you have a relay burn out- check for grounds down the wire loom and power sources. A replacement relay may not be the solution!