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  1. Sorry I missed your post, 6686L. I do not know why the Toyota failed. Dad ran cars very hard and most stood the test. Chrysler did well until the 1960s when the best he got out of one was 48000 miles. But then again, Dad is cheap. Any problem that will cost him outside of the warranty is grounds to dump the car. As far as the Toyota goes, I remember he had burned three of its valves. It was toast. Personally, I think Toyotas look and drive like crap. I have had many of them. Good, reliable cars... read: boring, hard or mushy, and about as intrisically valuable as a used hanky. Sure t
  2. Each and every time I have had a problem running my car, whether the 1947 or the 56, at altitude in the summer, it was fixed by an electric pump mounted low back by the tank. My cars are not beautifully restored Cadillacs. They are drivers with old and aging parts that are replaced when I can afford it, or when the breakdown forces me to replace it. New fuel lines are a must just as new brake lines are for the proper operation of the car. However, just my experience with old aspirated engines is that when they buck and studder, or refuse to restart, an electric pump solves the problem. Ah f
  3. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Hi, this is to share with you my 63 Special, aluminum V8, beautiful midsize sedan. Purchased new in 1963 in Berlin, Germany, transferred to Costa Rica the same year. All history documented since first full tank in Berlin. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" /> </div></div> Welcome, Hugo! And she is a beauty! Well kept and documented... thank you for that great effort. A lovely car for a lovely place. Glad to have you here.
  4. West, allow me to add that to keep the car looking original in the engine compartment, keep the fuel pump on, as long as the pump is in good condition (if not, fix it), and install the electric back low and by the tank as instructed by our dear senior member of the CCCA with the V-12. I had a 1956 Cadillac with an original electric pump with a big glowing button. It solved my last vapor locking issue.
  5. Ah if I had the money... where have we heard that before? ... I would love a car along those lines. The Metropolitan, the Isetta (BMW-Fiat), Renault Dauphine, 1950s-60s VW bug or bus, Corvair, Falcon... these are all great small cars, fun to drive and should make reasonable gas mileage. I may end up doing it when my pickup dies. A VW Bus would fit the bill perfectly, or a 1962 Falcon Ranchero... Even the new Smart. I kind of like the Aveo, but without income to afford it, it aveos me not. (ROFL) <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" />
  6. I was able to find your color for 1957-1958. They were painted a Mopar Engine Silver. The fan, oil cap and filter, and wire covers were black. Here is where I got the information: Hemi Engine Color You might also want to check on New Yorkers specifically. I just Googled "1957 Chrysler Hemi Engine Color" I hope that helps!
  7. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Dave, I think we, the older generation, should take some blame for what our children buy. We love old cars. We understand how they are different. It's hard to explain to them what we like the most about them. My own personal preferences; 1. I like chrome (if plated, metal, not plastic) 2. I like performance 3. I like that grunty V-8 sound 4. I like the handling of a rear drive car (with a light steering touch, not heavy like a front driver) 5. I like a style that is differ
  8. I can attest to that statement, since our new car for 1971 was a red Toyota Corona Deluxe sedan. It was a nice car, black interior, and different. Dad specifically asked the Toyota dealer in New Jersey if the car could make the trip out to Montana and back, the answer was an absolute 'YES'... 'You can drive it like any American car!!" So we did. On the way back, the car burned a couple of valves and the engine died. We came into Pennsylvania in a crippled vehicle running bearly on three cylinders. Toyota took the car back, repaired it and we waited until 1972 to buy the same model, now re
  9. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Which leads me to my earlier post regarding the cost of new cars in relation to what they were 30 years ago. If an $8 increase in a vintage car tour outing is going to keep someone home for the day, then they probably wouldn't go -- or couldn't afford to go -- in the first place. So, what I'm saying is that the number of people who go shouldn't change at all. </div></div> Ah! I get it. Good point! <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" al
  10. 71333: I checked and according to the Auto Paint Color Library, Vermillion is a Tomato Red for 1947-51. Unfortunately there is not 1952 listing. But Vermillion is a sharp Red so I would take that as a good indicator. Here is the chip selection : 1951 Ford Truck Vermillion Hope that helps!
  11. You have brought up an interesting point, which I am sure Dave will have a perfect answer to, and that point is that in all of the talk of dollars per gallon and the adjustment for inflation, where is the percentage figures of a family's income that is dedicated to buying gas? Was that the same in 1950 as in 2007? Where were wages in 1950? I know that the income for most families has dropped slightly over the last 10 years while inflation has gone up. Industry is not keeping pace with inflation where the worker is concerned. While you may pay an additional dollar or two for each gallon,
  12. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Does anyone not find it a little bit unsettling that the company is named after the three-headed dog that guards the gates of Hell? <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" /> </div></div> Not Hell really... just the Land of the Dead ruled by Hades. But yeah... an undying, preternatural beast with three slathering heads to endlessly chew on the unwary. Kind of how I saw Snow's handling of the Treasury <img src="http://forums.aa
  13. It is sad, and certainly unfortunate that Chrysler- Dodge gained the reputation for following rather than leading design schemes, and having a reputation for poor, tacky and cheap interiors with bad quality control in their assembly. During the 60s, we had several and they were fun, but poor vehicles. The 1964 Valient convertible, the only convertible we ever owned, was a lovely little car but was worn out totally by 48,000 miles, and that was with strict adherence to maintenance schedules. Dad is like that. The next, a 1965 Barracuda was a total thrill ride, but again, poor maintenance tr
  14. That is great, Novaman! Since getting involved with Cadillacs, I have found I like all sorts of cars. Especially, get this, Chevys! I love the Nova, Nova II, Corvair and the big sedans like the Impala and Bel air. Great cars, inexpensive and well built. You come to appreciate the cars of the 60s and realize just how good they were. Glad I lived in that time. Hope you enjoy your car each and every time you take her out. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />
  15. Thank you, Clipper47! I picked my baby up from the shop yesterday. They replaced a front U joint, a bent wheel and did an oil change. I drove her all the way back home, 80 some miles (I took the scenic route) and enjoyed every second, even the silly traffic through Denver. She has never run so smoothly, and had such get up and go before! (I guess an new U joint that does not vibrate, and a <span style="font-style: italic">round</span> wheel on the power side makes a big difference) <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/crazy.gif" alt="" /> Isn't it funny? I
  16. Even spending what some might think is a paultry sum for a 1990s or 80s more fuel efficient car, is not really available to many. Coming up with $5000 to buy a car is near impossible for people who cannot save due to the size of their income and out going cost of living. And there are those of us, either on fixed income or small income that could not get $800 without tapping a family member. Typically, buying on credit at this level is impossible or the interest rate is so high, it ends upside down. And yes, most Americans under the poverty level put themselves in that fix. Even if you wor
  17. Well that does explain it, alright. $4.50 would have filled my tank in the '56 back in the 50s. So I will just pretend that this worthless currency the almighty Fed is flooding us with is really just like it was in 1950. I will drive my car with pride knowing it was a part of one of the greatest car companies on the Earth ... back in the day. I hope no one will think less of me for doing so. I just cannot afford a crappy 1980s car that gets better gas mileage. If I could, I would get an early 60s VW bug. 32 mpg is good enough for me. I wish it were different, but I cannot even afford
  18. Tomorrow I pick up my '56 from the Caddy Shack (TJ's restoration shop for 50s and 60s Cadillacs in Longmont, CO). He found a good rim for my right rear which had been bent, and serviced the drive shaft replacing the U joint up front. The rear will be replaced soon, when it comes in. Bearings front and rear looked good. So tomorrow I will drive my baby home the 50 miles from the shop to her garage here in South Denver. I cannot wait. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" /> I have a serious question on the inflation equation: if gas cost .30 a gal in
  19. Looks as though Joey is beyond discouraged... he has the car for sale on the Cadillac LaSalle Forum down the list a bit. Ah well... such as life. We have to be honest in our appraisals and realistic about what we can do. Sounds like a new truck would be a better thing to have at his present time and position. Good luck, Joey. Hope it works out for the best.
  20. Hey Jakes... I just suggested something on another site that just came to me. Outlaw driving. Take all personal vehicles out of the hands of ordinary people, and eliminate the fuel usage, and stupid driver syndrome. Then put the savings into a serious public transportation system. Add walking and bike paths to roads. Only vehicles allowed will be trucks, police, and military. That would solve it alrighty. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> Keep voting Republican. It does not matter which party you vote for or in... they are both so much alike it re
  21. You did not have to trash up the thread with that... I know what is available. And it side steps the issue. It is wonderful if you can afford one of the new hybrids. I am still uncertain as to the batteries and their pollution potential. You are still using OIL. One way or the other, it does not offer a solution to the problem. I do think diesels running on vegetable oils is a viable answer to the problem, but the fuel is too open and available to allow the energy companies to control it as they do gas. So economically it is a non-starter unless you mix it with petrolium distillates. O
  22. I drive my old car, or my ex's old car rather than my son's new truck... because I like them. The '67 Mustang with its Jasper rebuilt 289 V-8 puts out about 230 HP. The 1956 Cadillac is big, comfortable and a joy to drive. At least it is a 12 volt system, fully 'modern' and powerful. I miss the 1947 6269 but, it was 6 volt and that was a real weakness. You might as well drive your cars and enjoy them. Gas will cost what it will cost. When they ration it, if that comes to pass, worry about it then. I do not envy you who live on the East Coast, especially the I-95 corridor.
  23. Like any commodity, it costs what it costs due to production costs, overhead and demand. We are stuck on it, with no easy way off it. Like I said before, even if we all stopped using gas, oil is still vital for everything that makes our society work physically. There is no short term answer. Until the energy industry comes up with another source and all of the various and sundry ways we produce the things we need to live in our society are retooled to work with that new thing, oil, petrolium, black gold, gas... is what it is. Our country is built now on being able to drive to where we nee
  24. I am adjusting too, Wayne. It cost me $51.00 to fill the tank in my Cadillac, the Chevy C10 took less than 5 gallons for $15.00. OK. Well no more evening drives. If we have to go anywhere it is to do as much as possible for that week. Cutting out extraneous spending and the like. I never shop at Wal-mart. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" /> Like some here... if I were on my own, I would have to drop the car. But thankfully not. Not yet at any rate.
  25. I watched as gas went from $3.07 reg. yesterday in the space of a few hours to $3.11. Longmont, CO. Diamond Shamrock. Elsewhere in Longmont, 5 blocks south on Main st., it was $3.09 then $3.13. Same company. No matter what you do, or what you think the answer is, petrolium is part of the very fabric of the society running everything or lubricating it, from water pumps, sewage treatment, to refrigerators, electricity power plants, etc.. We are not getting rid of oil anytime soon witout finding something else to take its place to do all that, and retooling the energy, agri-industry etc.. to
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