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  1. Frank, Thanks for your thoughts on this. I'd like to make a rebuttal: First, I disagree with your generalization about the Nationals. A trip across country--with or without an old car--is both a time consuming, and costly issue to many of us. Unlike a lot of retired, empty nester BCA members, I have a demanding day job, limited vacation, even more limited finances, and a wife and two teenage kids that don't feel the big vacation of the year should be a car show across half way across the country. (Four plane tickets? A week to drive there and back?) Secondly, on the dues issue, if you think th
  2. Joe (Reatta Man)--I find your comment to be flippant and insensitive. So, just because the cost of everything else is creeping up, I should 'suck it up' on the BCA dues? Maybe you're okay with the escalating costs of virtually everything, but many of us are not and have to fight back where we can. In case you haven't noticed, the economy ain't so great. Some of us are having to trim back and justify each and every expense. BCA membership is a luxury, not a necessity, as is any involvement in the hobby. Each month, when the bills come in, it's things like club memberships and magazine subscript
  3. Straight Eight, You're a real fan of the snake oil, aren't you? First the zinc oil additives, now the coolant additives!
  4. The breaking-in of flat tappet cams is a completely different issue. This has always been a problem and will continue to be one. Much of the blame is with AFTERMARKET cam makers that do not properly treat their cams; much of it is improper break-in procedure and inadequate assembly lube. The issue on the ZDDP reduction in motor oils is with their use in BROKEN-IN engines. Read the attachment I provided, and obtain the SAE paper that I referred to that specifically looks at modern oils in flat tappet cam/lifter engines.
  5. The zinc is NOT being "removed"---it has merely been reduced from the (already) small levels in the oil. This alleged problem is greatly overstated and very emotional. Unfortunately, the media and internet has done nothing but fan the flames. There is very little on the subject that has been written based on facts--most is anecdotal at best, and blatently false in many cases. I posted an interesting document on "Oil Myths" from an industry expert. It's in the BCA General forum, posted on 11-17-09. If you are concerned about the effects of reduced zinc in the new oils, I urge you to check
  6. Just to clarify, the "zinc" was NOT removed from the newer oils, it was merely reduced slightly. There is much hysteria about this, but very little of it has a basis in fact. I encourage you to read my recent (11-17-2009) posting on this subject in the BCA General forum. http://forums.aaca.org/f115/motor-oil-zinc-other-myths-272260.html Thanks, Greg
  7. Hi Bob, I'd like to offer a correction as well as an answer to your question: First, ZDDP was NOT "removed" from oils--the amount of it was reduced slightly. Second, "Yes" these products are snake oils. They are unnecessary and can possibly cause harm. For more on this topic, please read my new thread in BCA General forum, dated 11-17-2009.
  8. I'll probably get booed off the stage, but... A new, red 1958 Borgward Isabella TS coupe. Apparently, the "TS" was the sporty model with a (wow!) 75hp engine, and a 4speed (on column). Not a bad looking car, its coupe styling is reminiscent of the Karmann Ghia and other Italian styling projects of the mid-to-late fifties. In any case, Borgward soon (~1961?) became an orphan when the company folded-up. By way of explanation, let me point out that my Dad was an Air Force pilot stationed in Germany when I was born. It was pretty typical for Servicemen to buy European cars while stationed overseas
  9. Brian, Thanks for starting this excellent post recognizing Tom Sidotti's recent award. The cars in this class were indeed outstanding, and included every American 1959 convertible except, as you've pointed out, the Imperial. Speaking with Tom, I think it is fair to say that in addition to the satisfaction of winning the Best-In-Class award, he would be hard pressed to name a show that treated him better than Meadow Brook. Many first-timers to the event (both exhibitors and spectators) expect a frumpy, stuffy show and anticipate feeling out of place. I believe Tom will testify to the BCA &am
  10. I believe these are 75 or 76 Electra covers...most certainly NOT from 1970. FYI!
  11. Wow!! The "barn find" 1960 Invicta Custom wagon that has been on ebay, just sold for over $10,000. Note that it took at least 2 bidders to bring it to that high level. The car is in need of a compelete restoration, but is amazingly complete and unmolested. As my website explains, these western-themed wagons, utilized a unique leather bucket seat interior that was different from coupe/convert Customs. Records indicate that less than 300 of the wagons were built, and only a handful survived. I wish the new owner all the best of luck in his restoration, and hope he strives to do the job accura
  12. Be careful! The process can work---under the right circumstances--- but relies on the relative flexibility of modern paints. If your 69-era car has old brittle factory paint (or was recoated on top of old brittle factory paint), you're screwed. The process WILL remove the dent, but will likely crack your paint and/or primer. If the car was painted with modern paints (including primer), there is a chance it will work, unless the finish is too thick. You really need to consult with an experienced paintless dent guy to see what he says. My advice would be to go to the local Lexus, Mercedes
  13. Willie, Why do you say (or how do you know) that Citgo does not have 10% ethanol? Since there is no requirement to label the pumps for "up to 10%" ethanol, I'm curious as to how you are able to be confident this brand has zero alcohol. Thanks, Greg
  14. There's more pictures, and a short story about this car on my website, www.The1960Buick.com (From the table of contents page, select the section on XP75.) The following is a reprint of my text from the website: <span style="font-style: italic">"This close-coupled 2-passenger coupe was based on a radically shortened 1959 Buick. The project started in the spring of 1957 and the cast involved was a veritable who's who of Buick history: Harley Earl, Ned Nickles, Harlow Curtice, and Ed Ragsdale (Buick general mngr). For a taste of international intrigue, Farina of Italy was charged with cons
  15. Elduce, Sounds like you're in my neck of the woods. I don't think I've seen your car, but will keep an eye open for it. In our area, I would suggest taking it to Classic Auto Showplace in Troy...they can provide an honest market estimate of value, and if you are interested they will put it in their showroom on consignment. Ask for the owner, David Clack, and tell him I sent you. You may also want to hang a sign on it, and bring it by some of the larger local Cruise Night events, like the one at the Chrysler Museum in nearby Auburn Hills. They are every other Thursday starting, I think, Jun
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