Terry Bond

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About Terry Bond

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    Past AACA National President

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    Chesapeake VA
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    Brass cars, muscle cars, British sports cars, antique flat-tank motorcycles, automobilia-collect spark plugs, brass lamps, and automotive memorabilia of all kinds as long as it's pre WWI. Signs, literature, ceramics, advertising material, pins, buttons, fobs, and just about anything else. Love to travel, tour, and share the hobby. Susan has grease under fingernails too - it's her MG in the pic. She really enjoys her 1948 MGTC too!

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  1. Thanks. I guess the 4 digit number makes it pretty early. It's certainly a keeper, and if I have a chance at others, I'll be able to put approximate dates to them. Terry
  2. Do you have a reference for a range of numbers that would show when the numbering began and ended for a particular year? It would help dating other such discs. I may be able to acquire a few more of them. Thanks, Terry
  3. I am not a license plate collector, but like others who don't collect them, I have a few. Illinois Registration discs have always been interesting, but how do you tell what year they were issued? I know that pre 1911, vehicle owners had to pay a fee and were issued these aluminum discs to put onto their dashboard. They were required to supply their own plates until state issued places appeared (1911). The disc I have is No 2246. Does anyone know what year it was issued? Thanks, Terry
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    Agree, hate to hijack a thread so will post something separately. The "old store" is something that evolved over a long time to display my collection(s) of auto stuff. Those tire tools are great in the original box and I agree, it was a great yard sale find. I've not often had much luck at conventional yard sales, but haunting them in older neighborhoods does produce some occasional treasure. I once found a whole box of early literature, originally assembled by someone who made it a habit of visiting Norfolk VA auto dealerships, collecting sales brochures. He started about 1928 and years later, the kids who inherited the property put it all out at a yard sale. There were about 25 catalogs there, from Buick to Pierce. These days I think the part-time amateur antique dealers selling on ebay seem to get there the night before. Terry
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    That's a cool set of tire tools. Looking at the tire, could be around 1905-9 I think. Used for clincher or split rim type tires. I see the instruction sheet specifies for use on demountable tires and it shows smooth thread style tires, which make it pretty early. They sure would look good on display in my recreated old auto parts store. Terry
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    Old gas station in downtown Detroit.

    As long as we've moved away from Detroit, I must say this is a tremendously enjoyable thread. A few years ago we went through a lot of old stations that people submitted and I'm sure that someone will eventually post links to those earlier discussions. I was so inspired that I did a powerpoint presentation for our AACA Region as well as a local Model A club of old gas stations, using photos of many from our local area. There were a surprising number of survivors at that time and may still be. I'll try to dig up some photos, but I know I also have a few from my home town, Battle Creek, Mich. Meantime, one of our club members, Richard Hall, provided this neat pic of his father's stations in Miami Beach, Fl from about 1930-31. James was his father and is standing by the Sun Oil pump. James' brother Bill has on the white overalls. It's great when family history includes memories like this. Terry
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    Upcoming AACA Winter National Meet

    As long as you are a member, you can request the registration info and sign up for any pre-show social activities, tours, dinners, even the Saturday awards banquet, all without showing a car. There is often a lot more to an event than just the car show itself. Terry
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    visit of " Cordes sur ciel " in France

    When I traveled through Europe I really preferred small out of the way towns and villages. Many of the photos you posted could have been from places I've seen in Sicily, Spain, Greece, and elsewhere. Love the narrow winding streets and quaint shops. I always managed to find a great little antique shop and have many treasures from those visits. Not all of it automotive of course, but I've found wonderful automobilia in the most unlikely places. Snagged a wonderful Montaut lithograph from a shop in Taromina Sicily, and a silver automobile motif picture frame from the early 1900s in a small shop in a Spanish village while following Hemmingway's "trail of the white villages." Unfortunately I never had enough time to do that kind of exploration in France, but we're long-overdue for a return visit to Scotland. Thanks for posting the great pics - it's inspiring! Terry
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    Time to part with a car, with out regret....

    Bob, no - you can't get rid of the 12 T! I eagerly await the day you'll bring it back to Hershey and drive around in the swap meet like you used to do. I'll bring my 14 and we'll stay over for the Hang-over tour! No, don't even think about getting rid of the 12. It's part of you. I think you are suffering from winter's doldrums at the moment. Think sun, top down, motoring along smoothly - listen to the sound of that T, doesn't it beat in synch with your heart? Have a wee dram of single malt and think about Hershey! Terry
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    visit of " Cordes sur ciel " in France

    Ok, I know there is a little antique shop there somewhere, with a nice pair of self-generating brass headlamps waiting for me to discover. Terry
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    New years resolutions, anyone???

    This year I'll - finish restoring Susan's MGB, repaint the GTO, get the 35 Morris back on the road, start working on the 15 T, start on the 36 James Motorcycle, add on to the back of the garage to do it all in, spend more time on yardwork (yuck), and start another collection of something related to old cars. Guess that takes care of resolutions for years to come because I'll probably never finish of this anytime soon! Oh, forgot one - get back to Hershey again. Terry
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    Restoration vs. Preservation ??

    While I agree preservation is the way to go "generally," you do need to consider that if the bottom of the radiator shell is missing, there is nothing left there to preserve. It should not be difficult to find a replacement radiator shell in unrestored condition that maintains a degree of "patina" similar to the rest of the truck. Keep the old one so it stays with the truck though. Sounds like you are preserving a piece of local history and the red paint is part of that. Terry
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    "Millennials Invade Classic Car Market"

    Congratulations Joe - and when the occasion presents itself - throw a tool party instead of a baby shower. When he gets married, it's also a good time to do a "Guys bridal shower." We did that for our son and everybody brought tool gifts, we had some fun car games, etc. Good luck finding a nice toy antique car these days. Let us know what you come up with. Sure would like to know what the most popular top ten cars are, according to the insurance industry. Terry
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    "Millennials Invade Classic Car Market"

    Just imagine what additional and more specific data the insurance companies hold in their secret archives. I've long advocated trying to get hold of some of that info for our own marketing purposes but I'm sure it's proprietary and a carefully guarded business tool for them. While we continue to debate the fate of our hobby they know for certain what the true picture looks like - how many cars, what kind of cars, ages, locations, etc.etc. In this age of mass-data and data mining, we're certainly behind the proverbial 8-ball on that score, while the insurers are able to focus. I know we can tell you what year and kind of vehicles our members own but not much beyond that. The big unknown is what are the non-members interested in? Marketing 101 - understand your market! I guess it's comforting to know they are at least doing great business, and are seemingly looking at a bright future in the collectable car markets. That is encouraging but it sure might be interesting to know if there has been any gravitational shift in interest by age or type of car. I know my Grandson (who just got his drivers license) has his eye on my 1967 Pontiac GTO, but I wonder who will want the Model T. Of course this all leads to the old discussion about how you define a "classic car." I like Matt's comment - Save the hobby, get out and drive! Terry
  15. Agree, whoever created some of the art seen in museums should be FINED!