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  1. Let me be first here to congratulate Jeff Walton and the entire National Capital Region for an outstanding Eastern Divisional Tour this past weekend. Everyting was superb - yes, even the rain that kept the cars well dusted! The Solomons Maryland area is ripe with history and we had a chance to experience a lot of it with visits to historic sites, museums, etc. There was even a chance to visit the labs where the State of Md processes and conserves what they find in all those archological digs - wow, makes restoring an old car seem like a piece of cake! Speaking of "piece of cake" we ate and then ate some more! Food was superb as you would expect in Southern Maryland (sea-food!!!) Easy driving, fabulous scenery on the back roads, wonderful sites, and most memorable of all, the smiles of the NCR members who made us feel so welcome. Lets do it again!!! Terry
  2. Hey Karl- My fall Carlisle spaces are M 74/75 so I know the neighborhood well. I'll stop by and say Hi for sure - Im in P36/37 in Springtime - will probably be shopping Thursday and selling Friday/Sat depending on the weather. Im about the only guy there anymore with brass era trinkets or Model T stuff. Terry
  3. After a closer look at some original literature I note the earlier cars had the small window on the drivers compartment, but after 14 they didn't. Everything else about it looks 15-later Model T. I saved the image to a photo editor program and blew it up till it got fuzzy and Ive determined it is indeed a left hand drive auto instead of RHD. Also got a better look at the rear wheels, diff and am convinced its T. I suspect its specially bodied as a Taxi. There was a 1916 T Taxi in the Ford Museum collection at one time - perhaps they still have it in storage and would provide photos if you contacted them. Terry
  4. It does look like a T circa 1915/16. On closer inspection it seems to be a RHD vehicle. The sidelamp is interesting. It was common for vehicles like this to be used as Taxi Cabs and often they used special lamps marked "taxi" or something similar - that lamp does appear to have something lettered onto the side glass although I can't make it out. Another possible give-away is the body construction. That extra window behind on the drivers compartment side doesnt seem to belong to a conventional T Town Car. Not sure as Im at the office and don't have all my reference material at hand. Will check later this evening and add more if possible. I do have some interesting postcards in my collection that show early T taxi cabs used in England. Perhaps something similar is among those that I can refer to. More later... Terry
  5. Turning the subject back to the comic books - there are a few very early comics that depict early motoring scenes on the cover. There was in fact one short lived series (I think about 50 issues total) that was titled "Motor Boys" (not related to the childrens book series). These early comics were the early 5 cent continuing saga type and most of them only had a very few issues with auto scenes on them. They are quite attractive and very collectable as an item of automobilia. I think among my own collection of early auto related paper I've got around a dozen or so examples. If they are going to be sold via ebay I'd recommend listing anything like that in the autombilia section also. Ive found them valued more as an automotive item than as a comic. Terry
  6. Ok guys-clear a spot- Barker is warming up the Dell for her right now! Terry
  7. Agree Rich, it's about time this was done. Actually, it's an item that's been in the works for some time, and there was much discussion about how to effectively divide the class. In the long run, consistency seemed to be the deciding factor and the by-year division was deemed to be the most logical approach. It's all brand new and contained in this year's revised judging manual for the first time. I enjoy the sports cars and often volunteer to judge in that category, although my preference is to not end up with Chassis as most of them are just too close to the ground to get a look underneath. And yes, I do practice the "one knee down" judging method. Actually, I've only got one left that bends worth a hoot! Terry
  8. Yes indeed-the Library & Research Center is one of AACA's assets that reaches directly to all of our members. You don't need to physically visit, although if you ever have the chance to meet Kim and the library staff, and look at that impressive collection, you'll see what we mean. It was all done through the generosity of AACA members, Regions and Chapters, just like the Museum. Our region (Tidewater) regularly makes contributions and I encourage your club to do likewise. It's a fitting tribute to departed members, suitable recognition for performance of your club officers or individuals, etc. to have them honored by donating to the Library in their name. I had a call the other day from someone who was considering a donation of literature and he wondered if the Library perhaps "already had" what he intended to offer. I encourage you to donate your literature collections regardless. It may possibly upgrade the condition of items already on hand, thereby freeing up surplus that could be sold at the annual auction to raise needed funds to expand the collection. So, your contribution in any form is always welcome! If your Region newsletter editor is looking for interesting filler material, the Library is an excellent resource too! With great folks like Fran Shore involved, you know its gotta be worthwhile! Terry Terry
  9. Sounds like an awesome MG - Im in the midst of restoring one now (early 73 GT). My wife's MG had dealer installed a/c and it was quite a mess - they had to beat the heck out of one inner fender panel to get the compressor to fit in. Hope that wasn't the case w/yours. Not sure what you mean about "swirls." In know the engine compartment is painted body color, but it's not expected it would have the same gloss as the exterior of the car. Difficult to judge it here on the forum-are you near any experienced AACA judges? Perhaps someone could look it over and give you an opinion. It's great to see MG's and you'll be pleased to know that Class 25 has been subdivided into year-divisions. That should encourage more participating. I attend a lot of British car shows and there is plenty of fine machinery there. Now, there is a place for them on the AACA show field as well. Congratulations to the class judging committee for doing that! Terry
  10. Get well wishes soon from all of Tidewater Region AACA! For those of you unable to attend the Publications Seminar in Philly, Judy did a fantastic job and readily disclosed all of those wonderful sources for neat clip art she uses. Barker, best thing you can do is make sure the laptop computer is charged up and be ready to bring it to her in the hospital as soon as you can-get her back on the ebay post card auctions as soon as possible-it'll be great therapy! Terry
  11. Well Wayne, I'm afraid all I can offer is some sympathy. As you may recall, you and I were among the last to depart J.C Taylor's hospitality suite Saturday night. I was tired before I ever got there trying to get everything done at work so I could squeeze a few days off, and also preparing for meetings, seminars, etc. That air in the hotel is extremely dry - both Susan and I suffered and vowed next year to bring our own vaporizer! We went over to NJ Sunday to visit my Son and didn't get home until about 2AM Sunday (Monday morning) thanks to that nasty show storm we had, and a delay to fix a tire in Dover DE. (think I'll post a separate item about that experience!). Getting into work the next day was difficult, and by mid-week I realized I was suffering from a sinus cold. No doubt the very dry air contributed to it. My personal recommendation for your misery however remains Laphroig single malt scotch whisky. You won't get addicted - it's to expensive. If it doesn't work, you won't care. Enjoy and just rest up for next year. Terry
  12. Ive got just a few minutes left at the end of the day before I head off to the regular monthly meeting of the Tidewater Region AACA. We are fortunate to have found a facility that is a catering establishment that gets rended out for weddings, dinners, receptions, etc. We hold our meetings there the third Thursday each month, except for the month of January when we move our awards banquet to a Saturday evening, and during the months we hold our annual picnic and car show. The meetings are dinner meetings and we have a phone-tree committee that contacts members prior to the meeting to take their reservations and let them know about the program. The meal is usually an all-u-can-eat buffet and the food is great! After dinner we hold a special program that may or not be auto related, but is always of interest. One of my favorite meetings featured a speaker with slide show of the recovery of the civil war ironclad Monitor. What a fascinating evening! Cost runs about $16 per person, so it's a pretty inexpensive evening. Meetings are very short on business - mainly special announcements about upcoming activities, info on leads and new acquisitions, and of course a closing "joke" from our longest serving member who attends nearly every meeting! Out of 130 families, we normally get between 75-100 people attending, so obviously something is working. Oh, almost forgot-the caterer also manages another establishment on the south side of town, and a couple of times during the year we hold meetings there, just to provide some variety and shorten the drive for our south-side club members. Same great food, same great people, just a different location. We have a blast and the next meeting is always eagerly awaited. Maybe I'll take the camera along this evening and try to post some pictures later. Terry
  13. Wow-what a project! Robert deserves some big thanx or making the collection a valuable info resource. I look forward to the day it will be exhibited at the Museum itself. As an enthusiastic collector of all kinds of automobilia I believe that having special exhibits like this will really enhance the Museum and it's usefulness to the membership. Next phase here would be to get into the AACA Library & Research Center and see what kind of literature exists about the Jacks and the companies that made them. I think some of their wonderful early catalogs might have info on vehicle specific tool kits, and some of their aftermarket catalogs would help identify some of the generic stuff. These jacks are a bit like the spark plugs in my collection - not much is known about the companies that made them and in some cases their specific application is only a guestimate. It would be great to have a computer hooked up along side the jack collection when it finally gets relocated so that people could research these things while they are looking at them, sort of an interactive kiosk in the museum. Terry
  14. Thanks for the great input Jim - and the perfect opportunity to introduce myself as the new Chair of AACA's Internet Committee. In that capacity, I'll be working with a team of dedicated individuals who are going to manage the web contest. I'll be posting more important info later under it's own heading but wanted to say that many of the things you mentioned as being important are indeed some of the things we will be looking for as we evaluate individual sites for recognition later in the year.
  15. Almost as interesting as the cars was the display of photos and artifacts that show the building itself and some of the neat stuff that was discovered there. It was amazing to see those vehicles there with so much history available too. Terry
  16. A great weekend indeed - ended too soon. The pleasure was all mine Bruce-really enjoyed the chance to visit with you and Di. We've got a lot in common and certainly think alike on newsletters - why I even used to have a beard (till it started getting gray). It's been mentioned many times before about the Philadelphia experience, but always worth repeating that the chance to get to know each other is just fantastic, but then thats what AACA has been to many of us over the years. See you at Howard county fairgrounds at the Chesapeake Region swap meet. Terry
  17. Im going to be looking for you both at the Publications Seminar. I'll be filling in for Sherm Carey, who is unfortunately on a business trip - but he trained me well and has done a good job getting everything organized for me. With someone like Judy up front and Wayne there to heckle us, it should one of the best publications seminars ever! See you there - rain (oops, thats frozen rain) or shine! Terry
  18. Thanks for bring this topic back to life - it's fascinating from all viewpoints whether you collect the early turn-of-century stuff like I do, or are looking for the right item to run in a race car. Your Autolites are probably of more interest from a user's view than a collector. The main object of collecting seems to be acquisition of as many different brand names as possible. The Spark Plug Collectors of America has documented around 5000 names, so that's the goal if you want to pursue it. The first 100 are fairly easy, but then it gets difficult and much more expensive. There were so many privately branded plugs produced over the years that a lot were distributed only in small quantities within a small area. That makes it difficult to ever get to that magic number - but nobody well ever have them all as more are being discovered all the time. There isn't much new either - air gaps, multiple electrodes, side electrodes, shielded tips, etc-it's all been tried before. Even those spark intensifiers that cause the spark to jump a little air gap date back to the early 1900s. Its interesting to see them on ebay. Gotta be pretty confusing to someone who one day sees a plug not get any bids, then another sells for hundreds of dollars. An experienced collector who knows other collectors and their collections will be able to spot a rarity, but the casual observer can't often see the difference. It's a highly specialized area of collecting that I've pursued for 30 some years. The best part of it is sharing with others, in fact I'm going to take a couple of displays to a Boy Scout meeting on Monday evening and give a talk. Good luck on ebay w/your plugs. You might want to take a look at a website put up by a friend of mine, Steve Blancard. There is a discussion section there about plugs. Check www.1bigred.com/blancard Terry
  19. Ahh-now I know where you used to find all those great spark plugs! When I lived in Baltimore I used to get up to Kempton. My best find ever was a pile of half dozen original Flying A gas pump signs, all NOS and a bargain at $10 each. Sure wish I'd have sat on them for a few years. Another super find there was a whole box of NOS "pedal pants" for early cars. It was a canvas-backed rubber draft protector that went around where the pedals came up through the floorboard on early cars. The boxes were great-illustrated with interior shot of an early 20s sedan. Still got a couple of those in a showcase upstairs. Great meet but it's been years. A current report would be welcome! Never been to the AMC meet but heard that some good old stuff does turn up there, and at the risk of starting a stampede, I hear things are reasonably priced too (that is unless you are looking for a flat-tank belt-drive motorcycle!) Terry
  20. Hi Debby-welcome to the wonderful world of newsletters -the heartbeat of the club! Although Im not on the publications committee any longer, I still enjoy keeping involved with newsletters and stand ready to offer any advice/assistance needed. All you need to do is ask. I know it's extra expense but I wouldn't mind seeing a couple of issues if you can send them on - I could arrange to send a couple of issued from our Tidewater Region (The Mudflap) in return. My mailing address is on the AACA website and in the front of AACA Magazine. If you can attend the annual meeting in Philly, the newsletter seminar is always informative. Good luck and enjoy! Terry Bond
  21. Maybe it's time to start thinking about SPRING, and you know that in Spring-time, a man's mind turns to...swap meets. Yes, there are some early ones coming up! This weekend Im thinking about heading up to Denton Md to the swap meet there. It's been several years since I've been-any reports on it??? In March I'll start off on the 6th at our own Tidewater Region swap meet (check our Region website for info). For a small local swap meet it's produced some really neat stuff including good plugs for my collection, E&J Gas headlamps for the Model T; and a bunch of other T stuff including literature. I really enjoy the smaller events where it's just the local guys clearing out the garage. The following weekend I'll be at the Chesapeake Region AACA Swap Meet at Howard County Fairgrounds (Rt 70, west of Baltimore). I always enjoy that event, even though it's still pretty chilly and the older stuff is getting harder to find. Thats good Model A country there and there is always a good supply of goodies for them. The following day, I'll head over to Cowtown for the South Jersey Region swap meet. It keeps getting bigger and better, although early stuff is getting scarce. Its a great event for performance stuff, early hot rod and muscle car parts, etc. but there are always some real treasures to be found - last year I snagged a NOS in the box Boyce Motometer for $35 and a NOS in the box Ford Model T dash light for $15. I'll also be at the Frederick Md swap meet at the end of the month. It's a nice sized two-day event that always produces some goodies. There are some nice antique malls in the area too if you get out of the swap meet early. By the time I finish all that I'll be well stocked for Charlotte and spring Carlisle! How bout some more swap meet reports posted here - where do you go, what do you find? Terry www.aaca.org/tidewater/ www.aaca.org/chesapeake/
  22. Good reason to bring an AACA member's roster with you on trips like that. On a recent visit to the Houston area I was treated like family by Chuck & June Crane - they took me all over the local area looking at old cars, a nice small car museum, visited some historic sights, ate some super food, did some antique hunting, looked at plenty of old cars and just had a great time. There are so many private collections out there that members are willing to share and usually all you need to do is call one of the local AACA Region officials and tell them you are visiting. You might be invited to speak at a club meeting, but its a great chance to meet more AACA folks. Your idea about Computers at the museum is right on target-we've talked about putting information kiosks in there so people can call up info on their (or their favorite) car - history, etc and possibly even a listing of the resources that the AACA Library and Research Center has on the vehicle. Gotta learn more about how to age wood - sounds very interesting. Terry
  23. Our Tidewater Region tours several times yearly, but our largest is our fall tour and we normally have a good range of cars from the Model A era up thru muscle cars and sports cars. The older cars always lead the pack and the rest fall in behind. The older cars do set a slower pace but it's reasonable and allows everyone to enjoy the road and scenery. Everyone gets a nice "tour book" with complete directions and, times, distances, maps, gas stops, food stops, motel info, and even info on the sites we are visiting. There is a drivers meeting that always precedes the start and at that time various basic "rules" are gone over such as what to do when someone breaks down, how the cars are to be broken into smaller groups and who the group lead is, and some rules of the road-like keeping lots of distance between vehicles so we don't interfere with normal traffic. If someone wants or needs to go faster they can certainly do so. We often have members joining or departing from the route at various points for a variety of reasons. We've had people join the group at our first stop, or even the overnight stop and thats never a problem. Paramount is safety and enjoyment of the tour. The AACA publishes a super brochure that has info about all of the AACA tours and additionally has some very basic touring guidelines that anyone who is taking part or even organizing a tour should read. HQ can send a copy of this out at request. One of our tour veterans who dirves a wonderful 30 Lincoln put it nicely - "if those modern cars can't keep up, to heck with them!" Actually, that Lincoln can keep up with anything! It's a good time to plug the National Activities seminar at philly - some good info on organizing a tour including some finance and budget info. See you there. Terry
  24. Nobody polishes as much brass as us Navy guys-and thats where I got to experiment with some of the stuff like never-dull magic wadding, etc. Ive not really come across anything that I said I'd never use again, but some do seem easier to use, produce less crud in the cracks and last a bit longer. I really do like that Semichrome polish for my nickle, and it's outstanding on the brass too, but it's a little on the expensive side. That "Southern Shine" sounds like it's worth a try. I've had some pretty good "Southern shine" over the years, but like Dan says-thats another thread! Terry
  25. Ok-disclaimer-this is not about Poland or any cars made there-it's about that creamy stuff that comes in cans, bottles, tubes, etc that you use with a rag to keep your parts shining like new (hopefully). It's snowing here in Norfolk (a rare instance) and my weekend seems to be restricted to indoor activities - so, it's out in the barn, crank up the heat and polish some of the trail dust off the Model T. That incudes the brass! When I'm done, I'll do some work on the 1912 Triumph motorcycle. That danged nickle plate tarnishes if you look at it the wrong way! Whats the secret to keeping all that brass, nickle, etc looking like new? I've been pretty well pleased with my technique, but theres always room for improvement. My favorite polish is actually Semichrome. It does a super job on my nickle, doesn't leave any residue, and the results seem to last a long time. For brass, I've stuck with good old fashioned Brasso-thin applications. To clean the chalky residu out of the nooks & crannies I use a soft bristle brush and just wait for the stuff to dry. It seems to all work pretty good. Lets hear from the rest of you brass-era guys. What do you use and how do you keep it from gumming up everything with the gunky residu that gets left behind in headlamp hinges, latches, etc. Terry
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