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Terry Bond

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  1. That looks like a spot where a price sticker was attached. Bad stuff! Wonder if some of that "glue-be-gone" stuff would help? BUT - first rule - DO NO HARM. It's a nice banner, and just one blemish, which represents honest wear and aging to some extent, does not really detract. Any attempt to clean or improve on that spot might result in damage to the material, discoloration, or worse. I'd say leave it alone. While we'd love to have everything be perfect, that's not likely with our old stuff. It's the nicest one I've ever seen. You should be happy with it. Terry
  2. Davis Motor Pants - the ad says it all. These are advertised in several of my teens era auto accessory catalogs. The $10 price-tag was a lot back then, but they look substantial - read hot and heavy! They seem to be NOS - never used at least. I gather you also have the matching robe? As to value, first let's talk about how collectable the might be. The pants are interesting, but would be difficult to display. There are collectors of automobilia who collect motoring attire/clothing. I have a collection of goggles, gauntlets and driving caps, but those pants are not of great interest. Very hard to display them, unless you had a mannequin you were dressing up for display, or wanted to wear them as part of a costume. I'm sure the hot and heavy aspect would be important for someone wanting to actually wear them on a brass car tour. Same basically with the robe. I have half dozen different nice robes, but they are folded in a closet. Very hard to display. If I had an automobile museum, there might be a greater level of interest and room to exhibit them. In my opinion - collectable? yes, somewhat. Displayable? not really. Valuable - not terribly valuable. Perhaps something in the $200 area for the pants, for the "body bag" for the passenger, perhaps the same. They are not a "pair" or "set" so if you are going to sell them, sell individually. That's my guestimate on them, but if you want to float them on evil-bay and see what happens, you just might find two people who are dressing mannequins and want to bid against each other. Terry
  3. My thoughts - I'm wondering what were your expectations Bob? I've had a lot of neighborhood kids looking at our cars, even riding in them. Their reactions run the full range from total excitement to total disinterest. But - it's all about planting seeds. You can't expect too much, but if you do that, perhaps it will grow into something special. I've seen totally disinterested kids come back many years later armed with questions, maybe even their own restoration project - bicycle, moped, even a model car kit. I believe too many asking your question or similar are looking at clubs and others to solve the problem. Really, it's up to us as individuals to plant those seeds and nurture them along. Clubs can provide the framework and some tools but it's up to us to do the groundwork. For youth-it's often ebb and flow. Life gets in the way and those "kids" will eventually get tied up with school, college, girlfriends/boyfriends, or even work. If the seeds have been carefully planted and nurtured along the way, they will grow into faithful enthusiasts and even into leadership roles in our hobby. Personally, our grandson is becoming a keen enthusiast. He's always been around the garage and it's always been a hands-on experience for him. Now that he is finished with school and working (apprentice mechanic) his interest in antique cars is rapidly growing. We took him on an AACA Reliability Tour a few years ago and he is now eager to learn to drive the Model T. Our 1967 Pontiac GTO will someday belong to him, and no doubt in my mind, he will be a good AACA member. There are many others that are growing into the hobby as well. I could go on - but wonder what your response might be if you rephrase the question - "what are YOU doing to move the hobby forward." You might be pleasantly surprised. Terry
  4. I'm sure that with a sharp pocket knife and some wood scraps you could do it while sitting in the easy chair counting days till Hershey. Terry
  5. You can get a Chinese made replacement from J.C Whitney but it may not fit. Terry
  6. With Lucas systems, there is always a possibility some of the Lucas smoke has leaked out and needs replacement. That's currently available thank goodness.
  7. Couldn't resist posting this-was recently doing some electrical trouble-shooting on the MGB and went to the inter-net for some tips when I encountered this. Supposed to be the ultimate solution for a car that keeps blowing fuses. I think it's a SURE-FIRE solution! Terry
  8. Quite an interesting history on those Morton Converse automobiles. More info can be found here - https://www.antiquetoys.com/morton-converse-toy-cars-wanted-circa-1912/?v=7516fd43adaa Not sure why so many of his toy automobiles were Pierce but he made quite a variety of them - roadsters, tourers, trucks, etc. Some even came with canvas folding tops and glass windshields. Head and sidelamps were always nicely carved in wood and painted gold. They were well made and survival is pretty good on them. Here is a photo of a couple of them in a friend's collection. The one on the right is a roadster with canvas top and glass windshield, which is unfortunately broken. Terry
  9. Yes indeed, glad to have you involved. Tell us more- what kind of cars interest you, what do you collect, are you an AACA, member? We hope to learn as much from you, so don't hesitate to post comments or questions. Photos always welcome.
  10. I sure like small stuff - doesn't take up much room! Among my loads of small things are these interesting and quite rare pieces of advertising. They are postage stamp holders. Made from delicate celluloid, they have an insert (made from celluloid) that holds a couple of postage stamps. They are not much bigger than postage stamp size and were meant to carry in a wallet or vest pocket. There are a lot of advertising stamp holders around and they are very collectable, but I find those that carry some form of automobile advertising on them are very hard to come by. These are the only three I have. Saw one a while back advertising a Model T era Ford dealership but it wasn't for sale unfortunately. The one advertising Lucas gas lamps is fantastic and the celluloid insert with red, white, and blue ribbons is printed with a calendar showing mandatory "lighting up" times for the UK. Anybody seen (or have) others? Terry
  11. Yup, the changes were implemented long after we had move back to the USA, but I'm wondering if the emissions stuff is treated separately from the MOT, which has always been the equivalent of what we call a "safety inspection" here. Terry
  12. And, if you'd change the subject/title to something related to what you are looking for, you might get additional responses. Terry
  13. Nope. The dreaded MOT has always been an issue. When we lived in Scotland our 1935 Morris had to pass. Fortunately. the rules were applicable to items that were originally supplied at the time the car was built, with just a few exceptions that really were not a problem. So, a vehicle like ours with old fashioned trafficators for turn signals was ok. Earlier cars with gas and kerosene lamps could still pass since that was their original equipment. Emissions however are another ball of wax! Terry
  14. Saturday is the car show. Living that close you should have plenty of time to get there. Judging usually begins at 11 so best window of opportunity to see the cars is between then and 3pm. Looking forward to a great show and the chance to meet you in person. Terry
  15. Stan was a prolific poster on the Model T Club forum - always willing to offer his expertise on the topic of carburetors for Model Ts. His workmanship was amazing as attested to by his many happy and loyal customers. Stan will be missed. Terry
  16. That's what happens when you collect stuff a long time. What I couldn't afford at the time is still firmly etched in my brain. Here are a few interesting items I've been wanting to post for a while - these are embossed die-cut automobile calendar tops. Usually quite large, they had smaller tear-off calendar pads attached. Although some of the automobile images were purely decorative, their most common actual use was for advertising. I've been collecting these for a long time, and some even have the calendar pads still attached. Terry
  17. Nice advertising item! I remember a few years back a quantity of these was discovered by an antique dealer. Over time they've been sold at some auctions and of course evil-bay. I've even seen them occasionally at Hershey. As you can see in the example shown, there is a space where it's cut-out so a bottle of the polish can be inserted for display. The bottle Is a cobalt blue color, shaped to fit the cut-out. The paper label on the bottle has the same image on it so when the bottle is inserted, nothing seems missing. I don't have an image of one complete. Maybe someone here can supply one? Terry
  18. Sometimes called a "magic lantern slide" these were used in movie theaters during breaks/intermission to advertise local businesses. They were projected onto the screen much like we used 35mm slides not that long ago. I've had a variety of them over the years. The ones I remember most though were a number of slides advertising a Ford dealership featuring Model Ts. Those slides ended up with Sherm Weatherbee when he worked at Lang's Model T Parts. I believe those slides are now proud possessions of his son, Mark, who is a regular here on the forum. Amazing sometimes how stuff circles around. Terry
  19. Like most other collectors, the object is to obtain examples of many different brands and styles of plugs. I don't have an in-depth knowledge or reference material indicating exactly when the green rings were produced, but I have been through some of my early literature and have two catalogs that show the correct plug for your truck is the C-44, also known as 44-com. Of course original factory literature would be the most accurate. I've always been under the impression that straight sided insulators were much earlier than your 1938 though. Terry
  20. Wow, that pedal car is fantastic, and with the history and all the go-withs!!! Never had the space to collect pedal cars but sure wish I had the chance to acquire some that I've passed up over the years. Will never forget one like this that turned up in an antique shop in Edinburgh Scotland back in the early 1970s. Could have bought it for a couple hundred bucks at the time. Terry
  21. Neat item Walt. I don't know anything about it, but it seems that in Europe they gave plaques and medals for just about everything imaginable. I've got quite a few among my collections of small pins, buttons, etc. My guess is that during that special automobile celebration there was a display of cars and Fiat participated, so it would be a souvenir of the event from the Fiat display stand. Just my guess - Terry
  22. One of our local club members visited there just before the world shut-down. We've been anxiously waiting for him to do a program for our club but the monthly meetings have been on hold since then - soon to change though. Anxious to see a few of his hundreds of photos. Terry
  23. I guess I'm an old-timer. Some who really laid the groundwork have now passed away, but I remember talking at length with Ron Barnett about it when I was still fairly new to the AACA Board in 97. But-we certainly can't take credit for what Peter and others have accomplished since then. still, I'm proud to have been involved with what little I really did. It was Peter, the moderators and Steve who have made it click and continue to do so today. Terry '
  24. Quite an occasion! Hard to realize how much time has passed since those earliest days. Peter-you were given a heavy load and have carried it well. On behalf of those whose vision keeps us moving-thank you to all who have inspired and in some cases led us to think deep, thanks for what you've done for the hobby and AACA. May there be many more years ahead, and as the late Ted Fiala once said, "Long live AACA-may it never run out of gas! Terry "
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