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  1. Art, fortunately the timing of the two meets works out perfectly with our annual March trip to Florida. I will be spectating both days. The Friday before we leave is opening night for the Detroit Autorama so its going to be a great 2 weeks for cars. Rod
  2. Bob, I didn't get around to looking at the cars until after lunch and didn't spot you when I got around to the 57 convertible ring. That is a great looking Buick by the way. If you are going to Hershey this year, maybe we can hook up there. Vernon is planning on bringing a couple of cars also. Rod
  3. 1971 Plymouths were somewhat ubiquitous even though Chrysler Corp was running 3rd in a 4 horse race at the time.
  4. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Bhigdog</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Way cool. Lets say hello.........Bob </div></div> Bob, see you Sunday. I'll stop by and say hi after we get all settled in. I know there will be another fellow AACA member from Newfoundland who is bringing his 59 Eldorado convertible. Rod
  5. I'll be there with the 71 belly button. Rod
  6. jojoma Didn't catch this post before responding to your earlier "what it's worth" post. I think my dad got his 1st Junior at Hershey in '76. Sure sounds like the same car. My contact info is in the other post. If its the same car, I know its history back to 1970 when it was restored. You guys would have been the third owner since the car was done. I'm not sure how many 33 Ford 5 W's with Vermillion wheels and no trim rings won 1st juniors in 76 so it sure sounds like its the same car. My dad got a 64 Corvette coupe from Tony Grimaldi and your dad ended up with the 33. Give me a call sometime. Would love to hear more about how the car is doing and what you guys are looking to get for it. Rod
  7. jojoma Where is the car located? Looks like my dad's old one. Is it a rumble seat version? He sold it back in 1979 or so. At the time, it was an AACA junior car and was all prepped for its senior. He sold it a month or two before Hershey rolled around. Send me a pm, phone call or email if you get a chance. My dad is still very much into Early V8 Ford's and he would be interested, I'm sure. Rod willistead2000@hotmail.com (519) 250-3401
  8. I guess you can replace the body and fenders if necessary.
  9. Let's face it, 9 times out of 10 it boils down to an issue of cost rather than safety as a set of radials for later model cars is roughly half the price. I've had bias on several late 60's/early 70's muscle cars and don't really feel that my life is being placed in grave danger everytime I take the car out. I'll admit that radials do provide a more comfy ride as I have had radials on cars when my budget did not permit the purchase of the "correct" tire but for goodness sakes, running a set of Good Year Ployglas tires is not like bolting up a set of wooden donuts like they had on the Flinstones cars. Rod
  10. I'll have my 71 GTX at Meadowbrook.
  11. Hi all. Just thought I would chime in in favor of the current system. No, I am not a mega-buck collector, just a competetive person by nature. If the AACA were to give everyone (or just about everyone) who showed up a 1st Junior, there probably wouldn't be much motivation for me to show up. In order to prevent any disappointment to myself at the hands of the 10 point rule, I go in assuming that I need between 390-400 to win and prepare the car accordingly. As it is, AACA judging is much less fussy than what I experience at the Mopar Nationals, so 390 really isn't such an unreasonable number. With my current car, I had to make the choice of driving the wheels off it and not worry about competetive judging or drive it sparingly in order to preserve its restored condition for the purpose of show competition. It is possible to do both, but involves much more time than I am willing to invest as I have a myraid of other activities I also enjoy in my spare time so have to budget accordingly. Bottom line is, if I had a car that I knew was a lower scorer (365-375) and I had no interest in or resources available to upgrade, I would try my luck at a smaller, more sparsely attended national meet and try to steal a 1st that way. As was mentioned in an earlier post, if you favor early T-Birds, first gen Mustangs or 57 Chevies, you are probably out of luck trying to get a first with a sub-390 point car as they are just so popular. If the AACA does feel a change is in order, I would favor raising the minimum to 390 for a first place award. Rod
  12. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Did I see someones T'Bird in that slideshow? Congrats.... </div></div> <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
  13. Contact info: (336)302-0125 Just happened to have a picture of it at the car corral and the phone number was on the windshield. Rod
  14. Switched from DOT 3 to DOT 5 on my 71 Cuda and then did it again on the 69 Road Runner. Nothing really fancy involved. Just a matter of keeping the master cylinder filled while bleeding each of the 4 corners. When nothing but DOT 5 was coming out of the bleeder, time to button it up and move to the next corner. No hardware replacement, flushing or anything like that. Both cars were quite capable of moving up to 100 mph in short order as they were 340 W2 and 440 6 BBL engines respectively and brakes always worked great. I made the switch for cosmetic purposes. Hate it when a leaky MC wreaks havoc on my firewall paint. Brother-in-law also ran DOT 5 in his 742 hp stroked Hemi powered 68 Barracuda with no ill effects. Rod
  15. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">If you ignore the illegitimate emails and only use the Ebay "my messages" system, you will not get scammed. I have received several of these fraudulent emails but found that they were not in the "My Messages" system. If you open the message and look carefully, you will be able to see that they are scams. They normally look close to legitimate ebay messages, but I have never seen one that looked 100% correct. Also, never click on a link in these emails. Go directly to Ebay.com and get to the listing or to the payment methods directly though Ebay.com. </div></div> I thought the same was true but had a "spoof" message show up in my ebay messages on a steering wheel I was first losing bidder on. The thing that tipped me off was that the spoof came from a different user name than who was running the original auction. I was also asked to reply to a hotmail email address. I emailed the original seller and sure enough, it was a scam offer as he had never sent me a second chance offer. My advice to anyone who receives any kind of a second chance offer would be to contact the seller directly, by phone, to verify if it is indeed a legitimate offer. As far as auctions such as the 32 Ford 3 window, let me offer this one piece of advice, if it looks/sounds too good to be true, trust me, it is. I also find it very frustrating that ebay is polluted with all of this scam garbage. One last bit of advice, as I had a near disaterous, very stressful experience this past March. Ebay's "power seller" rating means absolutely nothing in terms of buyer protection. I fell into a situation where a seller with all of these ebay accolades and a high feedback score ran an auction for a vehicle that was NOT the one he was selling. To make a long story short, this matter didn't attain full closure until I employed the aid of a local lawyer. The ebay dispute mechanism was useless and quite the exercise in frustration. As stated earlier, be careful out there. Rod
  16. More food for thought. I have seen Chrysler 300 letter cars with the engine compartment inner fenders painted glossy body color and wearing AGNM hardware. If these were like all other late 50's Mopars, this area was finished in grey prime. Still on the topic of Mopars, I have seen several Mopar muscle cars with full body color painted floor pans and wheel wells. Factory finish was grey prime with body color overspray on the fringes and a spray of undercoat under each of the wheel wells. I know for a fact that "over" restored Mopars have collected their Senior award at Hershey, including my 70 Swinger 340 which also collected a National Award nomination along the way. Switching back to Ford's, what about Jerry Capizzi's cars. His cars are perennial National Award winners in Philly each year yet they are the poster child for "over" restoration. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against his cars. Had a chance to check out the Merc Turnpike Cruiser at a National Mercury Owners Meet and was awestruck. You could literally wax the intake manifold and any other piece on the engine to a glossy shine. Bottom line is, if the Mustang in question did in fact lose the award due to a little extra shine under the hood, I feel the owner has been jobbed and is victim of a double standard. I am familiar with MCA judging and if the car passed muster there from an authenticity standpoint, AACA judging should have been a cakewalk. Sorry to hear you happened upon the wrong judge on the wrong day, but I would keep the faith as your car probably has an AGNM run in it as it sits. Just have to give it another try in front of a new and different set of judge's eyes. Rod
  17. Heading out early in the am tomorrow. See you at Red Field RCH 31-33. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> Rod
  18. Does the dash happen to be present and accounted for? 33 had an engine turned gauge cluster while the one on the 34 was woodgrained, like the rest of the dash. Also, the door pulls on a 33 were small, chrome rings at the top center of the door panel while the 34 had a long, fabric band. Let me know if you need any detail shots and I can snap some quick digital pictures of my 34 5w coupe.
  19. Here's a question. On another Hershey thread, I read where Dennis Gage and his "My Classic Car" crew are rumored to be heading our way for the 2005 Fall National. As you are well aware, Dennis is constantly fawning over several custom/modified cars on just about every show. As a matter of fact, it is safe to say that there is significant content devoted to modified vehicles. That being the case, do we dare ban this fellow from attending the event? Of course on the one hand, we will have the opportunity to showcase the AACA's take on the hobby, but I would say it is very safe to presume that we will not have such a profound impact on the man as to convert his tastes to stock/restored only. He will no doubt be drooling over some very sharp modified cars on his next film shoot. As I stated on my one post in the rant section, I personally have nothing against modified cars. I have seen the work of Chip Foose, Troy Trepanier and Boyd Coddington, in addition to many other craftsmen, in person at the Detroit Autorama and it is simply awesome. I also visit the Early V8 Nationals every 5 years when they come back home to Dearborn and am equally impressed by the 100% stock 33 and 34 Model 40 Fords. One of the best pure examples of automotive design, IMHO. Fortunately, enough of them have survived the ravages of time to stand present as stunning examples of how it was back in the earl/mid-thirties. What can I say, I love all that involves 4 wheels and an internal combustion engine. One point that Dave Moon seems to be stuck on is that these vehicles are being modified simply because the original drivetrains are not up to current standards, or at least perceived to be. I believe this is an over-simplification. It is more a matter of individual tastes and expression. To say Chip Foose's 35 Chevrolet Grand Master is a mere engine swap is a gross misunderstanding of the whole concept behind the project. Also, if people modify for the express reason of being able to drive under current conditions, why do all of the late model custom/modified vehicles exist? The current GT Mustang will run circles around just about anything that rolls off a showroom floor these days, yet I always see modified versions out on the streets. Heck, even the Ford Motor Company has a selection of the latest gerneration of the 'Stang modified in their very own garages that they take to various automotive events to include in their corporate displays. In conclusion, the thrust of this little anti-hot rod crusade for the most part is a declaration of war against the individuality of the motoring public and for that, I wish you the best of luck. You're gonna need it. Cheers! Rod
  20. Here is a link to some photos of our August 29th event, courtesy of the Historic Vehicle Society of Ontario (affiliated with the AACA Southwestern Ontario Heritage Village Region). They supplied a display of vintage Ford vehicles for our event. The weather didn't fully cooperate, but we still managed to have over 150 vehicles in attendance. You will recognize the AACA badge on many of the vehicles as we actively recruit at many of the National Meets, including Hershey. Enjoy! Rod http://www.swoheritagecouncil.com/WillisteadClassicCars2829Aug04.htm
  21. Mark me down for American Grafitti. I never get tired of that one.
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