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Terry Bond

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  1. I used a home plating kit quite a number of years ago to do some nickle pieces on my 1912 Triumph motorcycle. It's like paint-all in the prep. I buffed and buffed until the parts looked like they didn't need any plating, then did copper and nickle on top of that. They turned out great and still look great with a little bit of elbow work and some Semichrome polish. I did then in 1982 so that gives you an idea of the durability. Im going to post a separate item on polish - Im sure there are some great ideas out there on how to keep it looking good once you've got plating on. Terry
  2. Hey Bob, didn't know Model T speedsters were "banned." I admit there aren't many that show up, but I can recall having seen some on occasion. Generally speaking we think of a Model T speedster as being something created from today's Rootlieb catalog. But, as you know, in it's day, the Model T chassis was an item that could be purchased bare and you could add any body you wanted -depot hack, c-cab truck, etc. I've got a wonderful collection of early auto accessory catalogs from the teens and most of them have special Ford sections and they generally include truck and speedster or race-about bodies. What would be the difference between something like a Model T bodied with a custom speedster body and a custom bodied Rolls Royce (now don't get silly and try to compare Model T's and Rolls Royces...) The AACA Judging Manual specifies as an exception to the non-authentic body rule "This includes the duplication of a "first body" supplied by a recognized outside source to a vehicle that was originally offered as "Chassis Only." Of course the burden of proof lies with the owner and his documentation, but that seems to me to leave the door wide open to an authentic period Model T speedster. Whatchya think? Terry
  3. Although DPC isn't really a judged class, it's still important to see whats under the hood etc to ensure the car qualifies for the class. So, Wayne, that means you can't put that blown Hemi in the 35 Ford Sedan and call it "DPC." I gotta tell you what a great experience it was to work with CC Wheeler "judging" (certifying is perhaps a better word) the DPC at a National Meet a couple of years ago. It was a wonderful opportunity to talk with car owners and answer their questions about AACA, judging, how to detail under the hood, etc. The biggest surprise to me was how many of the DPC cars that were coming out for the first time were owned by brand new members, and those cars were absolutely stunning-the vast majority of them were easily second place if not better! There were even a couple of super HPOF cars that turned up. So Wayne, you are absolutely correct-it's a great stepping stone for new members! I think everyone should make it a point to visit the DPC class and meet the people behind the wheels there. As far as "hoods up" it sure is great to see all of the car including the engine compartment. Later in the day I find car owners are most accommodating about closing the hood/trunk lid so that pics can be taken, in fact most people tend to close them anyway after judging has been completed. Terry
  4. We'll be there! Hopefully, the seminar schedule will permit me to enjoy the fellowship at the DFer's luncheon this year. I always look forward to visiting with everyone later in the evenings at the JC Taylor suite! Terry
  5. In my opinion it's an aftermarket item. It resembles the kind of mascots produced by the Faith company - they produced some nice radiator caps and mascots in pot metal. I believe the cap has no relationship to the mascot as it seems to be of an earlier style. I've got a rather large collection of auto accessory catalogs and looked thru without having any luck in finding the exact item, but most of my catalogs are very early and I feel the mascot is from 30's. Is there a makers name on it anywhere? (probably on the base where it's attached to the cap). Terry
  6. A few years ago I had a chance to buy a really nice low miles Buick 2 seater - think it was called the Reatta? That may end up being parked somewhere near the Delorean too. Kinda sorry I didnt buy it and just stash it away. And how about that Caddy Aleante (sp?)that had such a short-lived production. I think it was even an Indy 500 pace car one year? How many days till Hershey? Terry
  7. Gee, I don't feel so bad now after reading all about those unfinished "projects." Actually I hope to finish the MGBGT and do some detailing on the GTO so I can tour it a bit this season. Oops, just remembered, I wanted to finish stripping down the old wheels on the '15 T so I could send the iron stuff out to get respoked. Oh, and there is at least two years worth of additions to the spark plug collection that need to be cleaned up for display, and I've got an unfinished showcase that needs to be done to put those plugs into, and would you believe we are planning an addition to the garage because Im going looking for another Model A... gads this must be contagious or something! Terry
  8. Isn't anyone going to complain about all the dust in the white field this year? Terry
  9. In my haste to move on to the next subject, I neglected that I figured out what Im getting for Christmas. You see, this big box was delivered today, and my wife said it's my Christmas present. I note the box has "Dell" printed all over it, so I figure it's a new PC. Not car related you say? Well, it sure the heck is-cause I can now get on this forum any time I want to, and I can surf ebay till Im broke-and thats all car related stuff! Boy am I happy! (actually Sue just wants her computer back so she can get some work done.) Terry
  10. Those guys from Richmond do rather well at Philly! If you've ever had the pleasure to see that Impala SS you'll know why it's an award winner!!! And, Tommy enjoys showing it too, even at local meets. As far as awards go, I know there is an "exhibitors brochure" that should be going out to every new member and anyone who has never attended a National Meet before, but Im not sure what is published regarding the annual awards given out at Philly. Perhaps thats something we can look into providing to our new members. Look forward to seeing you all in Philly in Feb. Terry
  11. Rolling pins are used to flatten gasket material right Bob? I always get my wife tools for Christmas - and she not only appreciates them, but she uses them. And, I've noticed that when I can't find something, she knows right where her's is-and it's always cleaner than mine too! Terry
  12. Hey-it's great to see Jeanne on the DF. Welcome! Without making any promises on your behalf, I know that your years of involvement with regional publications brings a valuable resource to this DF. Not to change the subject, but isn't it wonderful that I can sit here suffering from the worst dang cold I've had in centuries and still enjoy the hobby! Earlier I was looking at Ebay and it almost felt like I was at a flea market someplace. And, this great big box just got delivered today and my wife said it's my Christmas present. Sent by someone named "Dell" so I got a feeling she really wants me to stay off her PC so she can get some work done!
  13. ...and if you think the Newsletter is great, check out their website too! Judy and I have the same kind of taste in automotive artwork and her postcard collection is probably among the tops of it's kind going. You are right Jan, she is very willing to share info and in my opinion does need to be helping with the Philly Seminar. Why just yesterday I was carrying on some discussion via email with our VP of publications concerning the Publications Seminar in Philly. I'll email him right now and have him see if Judy might be willing to stand up in front of that rowdy crowd for a presentation. Terry
  14. Hey Ron-I gotta echo all the other comments here - you've had a great ride! I can remember when I was VP of Pubs we spoke often about newsletters and you always had great input. Go ahead and write that rummage box article - it would be great, and I know Dave Berg is always looking for material (his preference is to keep Enzo the cat chasing mice from the garage instead of dancing on his keyboard). If there is one thing about your tour of duty at the helm of your newsletter thats an important message for any editor, it's vital that the editor be really involved in the region, its organization and all the activities. You've done a great job and I'm glad to have had a chance to work with you. Please don't stop writing! Terry
  15. I think we've both had some email probs-I sent one to you from the office and just now from home as well. Hopefully you can get the pics to me for full ID, but I still think from the description that you lamps are likely carriage instead of auto. Most early auto lamps had a "bowl" style kerosene font on the bottom and a wick/burner mechanism instead of candle. There were some very very early cars (pre 1900) that used carriage style lamps, but the transition didn't last long before auto lamps were being made to run kerosene and burners. They quite simply didn't blow out like the candle powered lamps did. Anxious to see the pics. Terry
  16. Boy do I have a fabric body story for you - a friend in Scotland had a fabric bodied Bently, and while on a rally through the highlands with the local antique auto club, decided to park carefully behind the hotel away from everybody else during an over night stop. He parked alongside a fence so nobody would open car doors against the Bently, but upon wakening the next morning and peaking out the hotel window to check on his car, found a whole heard of goats feasting on his fabric bodywork. Seems that the animals were very much attracted to the glue or something else in the fabric itself. Pros and cons to everything I guess. I would hate to have to explain that one to the insurance company! Terry
  17. Bob's garage opening was great fun. All the local folks were there including our Region Prez and VP. Hopefully Bob will post some pics of his new acquisition -a super 40 Ford Tudor tourmobile! It sure looked good inside that new home. Everyone loved the space and upstairs storage. I liked the 28' depth on the garage as that gives him plenty of room to pull the vehicle in, get all around it and still have room for a hefty workbench against the wall. The best part about the event was that it was a nice sunny day and the food was great. Bob's wife Josie makes outstanding Lumpia, and if you've ever seen Bob at Hershey, he has a burger flipper permanently attached to one hand! Sometimes I think our region motto should be "any excuse for food!" Terry
  18. Wow-find a set for me too!!! I love stuff like that and have an assortment of early turn signal/stop signal outfits on display in my recreation of an early auto parts store (might have to post some pics someday). I don't know a darned thing about these other than they are probably twenties, and probaby made in USA. Its most certainly an aftermarket accessory, and if you give me some time I'll do a little looking through my collection of early auto accessory catalogs to see if I can find any advertisements that show them. Sure wish stuff like that showed up at the swap meets I attend! Terry
  19. I ditto on the 2.5 Peter. Having been VP Natl Activities for a couple of seasons and involved with our own Founders Tour, that number works quite well for planning. I think that's the number Earl used for the first Sentimental Tour also. I was really glad to hear that Bill had accepted chair of the tour - he will do just fine. And, please acceept my most entusiastic welcome to the board! Terry
  20. Post a picture-it'll help. From your description they sound like carriage lamps. You describe a "column" at the base, and that leads me to believe they may be candle powered. The door being hinged at the bottom is another clue. If they came from the same barn your brass horns did I'd be suspicious as to their originality. Terry
  21. Sorry to tell you they are recent cheap reproductions imported from the far east. You see hundreds of them on ebay being advertised as genuine, but they are not. They come in all shapes and sizes and are generally made of thin "tinny" brass and have bulbs on them that seem to be old. If you are a student of ebay you'll see these seldom get a bid, and if they do, they sell very cheaply. Terry
  22. As a past VP of Natl Activities I can tell you that we've always encouraged folks to promote their events, but not required it as it's up to the host group to determine what they can handle. I personally feel we have an obligation to help "educate" the public to what our hobby (and AACA) is all about. In this day with a car show on every shopping center parking lot on any given weekend, we have a golden opportunity to present AACA to the public. But- it all depends on how equipped the region is to handle the crowds and that includes parking them, handicapped access, roadway systems, security, traffic control, etc. etc. Hosting a meet is a big undertaking and mixing in the public can add to the expense and workload for sure. But-one way to handle that is with effective publicity. Pre-event publicity can educate the public as to what the show is all about and what to expect. When you advertise the meet, do things like stating that "The public can see the cars between 1 and 3 PM" and that way, it is less likely to interfere with getting show cars on the field, etc. You'll also help eliminate some anger from that spectator who shows up at 5PM and can't find any cars on the field. Over the years I've really enjoyed judging at the AGN -you get a chance to see the best of the best. It's a challenge, but a great experience. About the only time I was less than thrilled with my assignment was when I had to judge chassis in class 25 (sports cars)! Terry
  23. My vote is for about a 28 Buick. Terry
  24. Great idea!!! I get to see Bob's garage tomorrow, since it's so close-and one of the neatest things our region does is the annual "garage tour." Guess who's going to be on the list next season??? It is a lot of fun to see whats going on with garages in our clubs and it can really be a fun event. If nothing else, it's a good reason to clean things up a bit when you have company coming. Now that you have room for more stuff, lets go get some! Terry
  25. Good hit Bob-it's almost the same as the car on display at the AACA Library & Research Center in Hershey (that one's a runabout tho). As a side note that would interest you, I just recently returned from a trip to visit family in Michigan and brought back a couple hundred slies that I took at the dragstrip when I was in High-school. US 131 Dragway in Martin Michigan was a frequent stopover for all of the greats - Dick Landy, Arnie Beswick, Connie Kalita, and many more. If I can figure out how to post slides here we might just do some "ident-a-car" featuring some of those historic drag machines!!! Terry
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