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Terry Bond

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  1. Having things displayed so you can enjoy them is important. We've all got too much tucked away. I have so many wall hangers and not enough walls! I think together we could keep this forum well supplied with things to look at for a long time. Because of the high cost of framing stuff I've been doing my own for several years. Some stuff I still prefer to use a professional for,  but cutting my own mats, glass, and making my own frames or using thrift store bargains has been fun. The money I save goes to Hershey for more stuff.


  2. You might also wish to contact the Buffalo Transportation Museum (Jim Sandoro).  They have a great museum with a strong focus on the early days of motoring.  There are many great showcases in that museum filled with automobile related artifacts.  They have a lot of motoring related clothing items on exhibit.


  3. 13 hours ago, Robert G. Smits said:


    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.


  4. 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.


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  5. 3 hours ago, trimacar said:

    Wow, that roadster is nice, very few seem to have the top.  And, on the touring, the top folds down.  The story of how Converse got started with toys is interesting.  Know anyone who could make repro wood lights?

    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.


  6. 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!



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  7. 4 hours ago, trimacar said:

    I went to the great Pierce Arrow meet this past week in Lancaster Pa.  Part of the meet was a silent auction of items donated by a long time member of the Pierce Arrow Society.


    I was somewhat shocked to find a couple of toy cars in the auction, one of which was a 1910 Converse Pierce Arrow touring car.


    I didn't pay much attention, thought it had be repainted at some time, didn't bid a lot but did keep my eye on it.  To my surprise I won it with a smallish bid, as it seemed very few people knew what it was.


    I had another one that I thought was OK, but after close inspection the one I just bought is beautiful, and I'm starting to believe original paint.  In addition, it's the spring driven moving model, with working steering, which my other one is not.


    I'm tickled to have both of them, thought I'd share.  Large model, about sixteen inches long.


    Quite an interesting history on those Morton Converse automobiles.  More info can be found here -




    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.




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  8. 26 minutes ago, Walt G said:

    Welcome from western Long Island.

    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.


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  9. 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?


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  10. 2 hours ago, Pfeil said:

    Sorry Terry I should have looked it up first. Here goes;

    As of May 20, 2018, nearly all cars that were built more than 40 years ago are exempt from the annual MOT roadworthiness test, unless owners voluntarily elect to have their vehicle checked. Previously, only cars first registered before 1960 were exempt from needing an MOT.

    The change also means that MOTs are brought into line with road tax (VED), where classic cars 40 years and over are also exempt.

    Here’s everything you need to know…

    Which classic cars are not exempt?

    As always, the devil is in the detail and there are exceptions. The main one is that the 40-year rule does not apply if a vehicle has been substantially changed in the past 30 years (eg chassis and engines changes). If in doubt, read the full guidelines.

    My car was first registered in 1980? When will it become MOT exempt?

    The good news is that the 40-year rule rolls so that if your car was first registered on 1 September 1981, for instance, you won't need an MOT after September 1, 2021, and so on…

    Does the MOT change also affect classic motorcycles?

    Yes, cars, vans, motorcycles and other light passenger vehicles don’t need to have an MOT if they’re over 40 years old and have not been substantially changed in the previous 30 years.

    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.


  11. 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!


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  12. 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. 


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  13. 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.





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  14. 2 hours ago, Robert G. Smits said:

    Found in the same box as preceding items. NOS counter display item in original package. 


    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?  


  15. 3 hours ago, Robert G. Smits said:

    This is a 4 by 4 inch transparency  I have no memory of purchasing it or ever seeing it before. Probably came with a box of junk. Any idea how this was used or did someone just take a high quality photo of a nos advertisement?


    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. 


  16. On 5/9/2021 at 8:34 PM, Glen Andrews said:

    I've been an AACA member for a few years and have read the forums but did not start an account until tonight, and I have to have 10 posts before I can PM someone (this is my second post), but I'm trying to get some information on AC Spark plugs, I believe Larry Schramm posted that he put together millions of AC plugs so I figure he knows the info I'm seeking. Okay, here goes: I have a 1938 Chevrolet pickup that I have used AC46 plugs in, which the GM Heritage website shows in the 1938 Chevrolet specifications, the plugs I have and have used are NOS from the late 70's and 80's, they have the raised green rings at the top of the porcelain, and I saw a set of 8 AC46 plugs on Ebay that have smooth porcelain and the seller indicates they are from 1958 or so. So I went back to where my '38 sat in a shed since 1950 and I collected all the used spark plugs I could find (country people didn't throw much away back then) and my hope was to find some smooth porcelain AC46 plugs figuring they would have been used in my truck back then; I did find a few smooth porcelain plugs marked AC46-5 in green lettering. I also found some AC46 Commercial plugs, and some AC48 with blue lettering, smooth porcelain. I understand the heat range, so my question to Larry Schramm, or someone else who might know, is what is an AC46-5? I have started cleaning up these 70 year old used plugs with the intent of using them for shows, I think I have lost my mind, again, but what the heck, this stuff keeps me going. And if there is an explanation on the blue lettering I'm curious to know that too.



    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.



  17. 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.



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  18. 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

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  19. 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.


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