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Terry Bond

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  1. Fantastic place! We've been there several times and what's really great about it is the personal tours given by the guy who started it all, Jeff Lane. On our last visit there we even got the chance to ride around town in an Amphicar! Highly recommended!!!!! Terry
  2. Signs and etc- Wonderful advertising material exists in addition to porcelain. For many years now, I've delighted in finding much less expensive tin, cardboard, and paper advertising material. I guess time has caught up and as the pricing of porcelain becomes prohibitive for most collectors, they quite naturally turn to these other kinds of signage. For many years I've collected embossed tin signs, and also have a number of nicely framed paper and cardboard items that are just as graphic and impressive as most porcelain. This neat cardboard Taxi advertisement I'm pretty sure is a Washington DC item, based on the source it came from. Sorry for the poor quality photo but was getting some glare and shadowing when I snapped the pic. It's much nicer in person. A few others also as examples. Another thing I see happening is signs are being "created" from graphically illustrated oil or product cans. If a nice can has at least one good side, or remains of it, they are being cut up and turned into signs like this one for Blue Ribbon polish. I bought in inexpensively enough in an antique shop several years ago, and an instant give-away to its origin is the "one gallon" notation in the top left corner. I'd have rather had the complete can but that was already gone. It's still a nice wall hanger. Unfortunately though I see things like this being sold on the internet for stupid prices and being incorrectly advertised as a "sign" when it should be labeled as "remains of an old can." Look carefully and pay accordingly. Terry
  3. Your Texaco sign is well known and always is a good seller-but, there are a lot of them around. Enough that collectors can be fussy about condition. If someone is just looking for garage decoration and not concerned about collecting for any potential investment value, then the value quoted is probably close in a smaller, less-well promoted auction, heavier on the + side of the $500 of course. Private sale, something around a grand would be a good price. I've seen mint condition signs go for much more than that in big auctions but it'll cost you you to sell it that way. Evil-bay isn't reliable for values as it's littered with fakes and idiots who think they'll get rich quick off something dug up in the outhouse pit. Clean it like Walt said and enjoy it. Let someone else worry about it after you're gone. The other sign-super rare and worth a million bucks (Just kidding). It's toast. Just nail it up and enjoy it. Terry
  4. Peter you've very accurately described what's happening to all of us -falling apart due to old age! Your description of shrinkage in the casting process is correct too. My Father-in-Law was a castings engineer with J.I.Case and Allis Chalmers and I have great memories of his stories in the foundaries. It's been great looking at everyone's input. I'll just toss the broken tool. I learned I can do just as good with a sturdy pair of pliers. Terry
  5. Thanjs. Now I have to ask, what makes you think it was made in Belgium. I think it was probably made in America, based on the "Trade Mark" info. I see your ? is also posted on the MTFCA forum as well and there you indicate the radiator is on a Ford Model B. Terry
  6. These Ford motometers have been reproduced for years. The winged cap it's mounted on is not part of the motometer itself and is an accessory item. Together they would have interest for someone who collects automobilia or would like to actually use it on their car. You'll find lots of them on evil-bay but be sure to check "sold" items when searching. There is often a big difference between asking $ and getting $ for them, and the Ford models are the most commonly found. Look closely and you should see some red fluid in the temp gauge. Terry
  7. I know what the "shrink rule" is - as a rule, the amount of money in my wallet usually shrinks the minute I walk into a good swap meet. Dittos on the comments regarding S-K tools. The first totally new tools I ever bought was at a USMC Exchange in the DC area back in the early 70's. I bought 3/8 and 1/4 inch socket sets and they are still pristine and my favorites. They have held up extremely well and still look almost new. Regarding replacement handles on the Snap-on tools, that brake shoe retainer spring tool I've had a problem with has a handle that's obviously screwed onto the shaft, and it appears if there is some kind of "glue" in there helping hold it. I'll try to get a good photo of it and post. Terry
  8. Well-this was a surprise! Doing a brake job on the MGB today and got out my trusty-old-faithful Snap-On retainer spring tool. I wasn't doing much more than getting ready to use it when the danged thing broke in half! Looking closely I could see multiple cracks and fissures in the plastic handle. Thought this was supposed to be such great stuff? It was a good old original given to me by a friend who was a Snap-on dealer. Maybe nothing lasts forever, but I expected more. Is this something others have seen? Had to go to Advance Auto Parts and buy a "high-quality" Chinese import. Interesting reading the translated instructions on the back! Of particular note was the warning -"Caution, may cause cancer or reproductive problems." Hmm, let me read those directions again... Terry
  9. The story of British Racing Green - in 1902 the Gordon Bennett Cup race was won by the British entrant, S.F. Edge. That gave the British the rights to host the 1903 race. However, laws existing at that time prevented racing on public streets, and British officials refused to waive that restriction. The race was moved to Ireland, and the color of the Irish shamrock was chosen as the "official British color." Ooops-that's properly spelled "colour." Of course there are is a lot more detail to the story, but that's the quick essence of the origin. Terry
  10. Don't worry, that grass will green up a bit more later in the spring. Great car too!!! Terry
  11. A few more related trinkets from my collection of pins, buttons, and fobs -
  12. Made in Coventry England, 1912, sold and first registered in County Donegal, Ireland. It's the 405th vehicle ever registered there. Owned by a bank robber who brought it to Scotland with him in the very early 1920s. He worked on a sheep farm until he just vanished, leaving behind the Triumph and most of his meager possessions. Discovered by a hunting party in the 1950s and acquired by a well-known collector of early motorcycles, who I purchased it from. We raise glass of "the dew" to all who had a hand in saving it. I only wish it could talk. Terry
  13. True. You never know who might show up there from racing long list of legends. As a drag racing enthusiast from the 60s it was great to relive so many memories there and see some of the cars I'd seen racing in person at some of the Michigan and other nearby drag strips. Terry
  14. Agree with what's been said. It's a popular conversion for the MGs but we keep the points setup. When we go on tours we carry a complete set-up spare distributor (dizzy) so a roadside fix is just pull the old one and pop in a new one. With either set-up, carrying a few spares is good insurance. Terry
  15. I collect early automobile lamps and have a couple of early Solar lamp catalogs. They do not show any lamps like this. As has already been suggested, my opinion is It began life originally as a Solar tail lamp. It would have mounted on the rear of a car so the large clear lens illuminated the license plate while the round smaller lens (it was once a red glass lens) would have shown towards the rear so oncoming vehicles could see it easily. The side (red) lens has been eliminated and a very crafty installation of a small water tank has been installed. Easy to tell it's the water container because it has a filler plug in top, and a knob at the bottom to permit water to drip into the container at the base. That container was once the oil font, but was changed over to hold carbide. When water mixed with the carbide, it produced acetylene gas. The font and water containers are quite small and as a light source, it would not have lasted long at all. Not sure why the conversion was done but it probably wasn't for automotive use. The lamp is too large and probably too heavy for bicycle use so my guess is it was done for use on a small boat, or for some other purpose. It's an interesting piece of work.
  16. Among my collections of early motoring accessory catalogs, most of them have sections devoted to motoring clothing and accessories like masks, goggles, gauntlets, and other items of related clothing. I've not found many though specifically devoted just to those items, but here are a few from my collection- The first one is a very early small catalog showing just goggles and masks. The second catalog is in French and dates from the very early 1900s, showing a wide range of motoring related clothing and accessory items. The last photo shows a group of small celluloid Jacob Reed and Son's motoring clothing catalogs. These little booklets also had blank pages in them for notes. The celluloid covers are very thin and brittle so even opening them can cause damage if not done very carefully. I "almost" bought one is an antique shop not long ago and the dumb shop owner had stuck a price tag right on the front. I told him if he could successfully remove the sticker I'd buy it. He proceeded to bend the cover to grab an edge of the sticker with his thumbnail and promptly split the cover off in half! I think it's still there. Terry
  17. I'd recalled seeing something about it before but just couldn't recall exactly where. The form discussion actually showed up in a Google search. Besides having the interesting history, it was a darned nice looking fob. Condition was as nice as you'd ever hope to find. Just couldn't resist. made me happy, especially after being outbid on a nice fob a couple of months ago. Terry
  18. While doing some research on a fob recently purchased, I ended up on the AACA Forum looking at a 2015 thread. You can find it on the Photo and Video Forum under Pre WWII photos- Proves once again how great this forum is when trying to find info on something like this. Terry
  19. Yes-I realize this thread is very old - but was excited to add this piece of automobilia to my collection of watch fobs-it's from the W. L. Huffman Automobile Company. I discovered this thread while trying to research it and was pleased to find so much great info. I'm reasonably sure it's a Hupmobile depicted on the fob-distinctive with the headlamps mounted in such a high position. Terry
  20. Indeed-some nice emblems have been sold recently for astronomical prices. Makes me glad I started collecting "stuff" when I did. If I had to quit today I'd be happy with what I've got. I still get lucky occasionally at swap meets though. Apparently not everyone watches what happens on evil-bay. Terry
  21. Right!!! Lets keep it car related here. All rise for the anthem- "Little GTO, you're really lookin fine, three duces a four-speed and a 389....." Terry
  22. MGB Gt on the road today for lunch with some car Club friends. Going to join a small group Sat for a run thru the countryside down to Elizabeth City NC. Friday I plan to get the rest out including the 14 T, the 48 MGTC and the GTO. Gotta gas some up while it's still cheap. Henry world roll over in his grave if he saw it took over $20 to Gas up the T. But - what price is fun??? Terry
  23. I believe the process is known as "dry mounting." It's used to help previously rolled up and wrinkled prints and posters remain flat, however- be aware that using that process is well known among collectors to actually reduce the value of artwork. The process utilizes foam board, which is not archival. The process "glues" the print onto a backer and once that's been done, it cannot be reversed. Dry mounting can be an inexpensive way to mount and frame posters, but for true artwork and more valuable early posters and prints, proper linen backing is the way to go. If you are just storing prints and posters for future conservation framing, you could also utilize shrink-wrapping with archival backing board. That way your artwork is not permanently attached to something that will eventually leach acids or glue residue into the paper. Terry
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