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  1. michel88

    christmas gift from me to me

    Very cool! It looks just like your car.
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    Oldest known production VW Beetle

    The VW video was really interesting and I enjoyed seeing the top view of the bare chassis with all the mechanical components in place. IMHO that is elegant practical design. Thanks for posting Mike.
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    Oldest known production VW Beetle

    Beautiful restoration of a historic car that was built for many years without many changes. I had a '65 VW that I drove and enjoyed for many years. I would still like to have one as a daily driver now. With the pace of today's traffic it might not be practical.
  4. Tuning the engine and doing the brakes was the right thing to do first. The next move, if you have not done so would be to change the oil and filter and do a lube job. Then I would clean it up and do a gentle polishing and wax. You may be surprised what a difference it makes. I would keep the car completely stock and IMHO do not put on big custom wheels!
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    1958 Packard STARLIGHT packard studebaker

    My Mom traded in her '52 Packard 400 for a new '58 Packard 2 door Hardtop. They were a hard to sell car at that time and she probably got a good deal on it. I was not crazy about the styling especially the front end. It was a very good car though and she loved it. I turned 16 in 1960 and got to drive it sometimes and found that the car was quite fast. I used to surprise a few Tri Five Chevys at stop light drags. I took it to the York PA drags and it did pretty well. I got beat by a '59 Pontiac with Tri-Power but not by much! The next morning my Mom saw the white shoe polish drag strip class marking on the windshield and she was not happy!
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    newbie/1939 buick eight special

    If possible store the car in a dry garage. Old cars deteriorate quickly if left out in the weather. Make sure to at least check the antifreeze level of freeze protection. Changing the oil and filter would be a good idea. I'm not sure where you live but I start and drive my '40 Buick at least once a month and drive 10 miles or more so it is completely warmed up. Even in the winter if the roads are dry and salt free it helps to keep it running. If you are in a state like Minnesota you won't be able to do this. Get a 6v battery tender to keep the battery charged. I think its better to drive the car which keeps the rear end and transmission lubricated rather than letting it sit idling.
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    Passing of a longtime BCA'er

    Howard was a good friend of mine that I will miss. He was always ready to help me with my 1940 Buick and he had a great knowledge of straight eight Buick's. He restored his 1941 Super convertible that was a basket case and it was driven to many Buick Nationals. He will be missed by all his many friends. Rest in peace Howard.
  8. Beautiful original Chrysler. Best of all it looks like an extremely rare 4 speed!
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    1953 Cadillac DeVille

    Beautiful Cadillac Coupe DeVille. It looks like an excellent car.
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    What's your most 'unexpected' part find?

    I was at fall Carlisle with my wife about 15 years ago. I had a '60 Mercury Montclaire that had a script chrome piece that said "Montclaire"on the rear quarter. This is fairly low production car and I thought it would be hard to find. My wife has a good eye for finding parts at Hershey and Carlisle, so I got her to look at the script when we left in the morning. She found it in a pile of many pieces of trim on a tarp within the first hour.
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    1941 Special - 2-dr convertible

    It's a cardboard cut out of James Dean.
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    Saw this VW Beetle at the store today....

    I had a 65 VW that I bought as my daily driver in 1976. It was pretty well worn at that point. I prettied it up with a new paint job and drove it for several years. I really enjoyed driving it and with 40 HP it was a challenge to keep up with traffic. When a uphill part of the road was coming up I would build up as much speed as possible to get over the hill. I liked the light steering and the feeling of working with it to keep up my speed. Now that I am retired I am thinking it would be fun to get one to drive now. With the speed of today's traffic it would be more challenging to keep up. Some drivers act like they are in a video game. cutting in front of people and wild lane changes.
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    1958 Oldsmobile Super 88 Untouched original

    Beautiful original car. My favorite kind of collector car!
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    Free Rear Window for 1954 Buick Special 4dr

    I just noticed from another post by Kosage Chavis that this rear glass also fits 1954 and 55 Century and Special. It also fits a1956 Special. I would like to find a good home for it.
  15. I have had this glass in my basement for the last 25 years. It is in very good condition with no cracks or defects. I would like to give away free but you have to pick it up. I live in Owings Mills, Maryland.