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  1. I wish that I could! That sounds wonderful. Nothing like a display of these beauties. Thanks for the thought, though Carfreak.
  2. Absolutely!! McVey's has very nice copies I have used on my old '47. They are not too expensive. Or you might find an original or used copy on eBay or at All Cadillacs of the Forties and the Fifties. Go here to go THERE! Good luck!!
  3. FYI: I wanted to inform the staff of the AACA Publication that I received my issue neatly packed in its bag, but the magazine is deformed. The front cover is torn on the lower portion of the cover and the 5 pages have been miss-aligned, printed, uncut and stapled. It is obviously a printing, collating and stapling error in that run of the publication. I received this issue yesterday, Saturday 11th 2006.
  4. Hey thanks, Diz! Do they have a website? I'd like to get some samples from them too. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> OK I found it. For those of you who might be interested in contacting them, this is their website address: Go here to Jenkins Restoration
  5. I had SMS send me samples for the 1956 Cadillac. I just requested a whole new selection for the 1956 6219 I have because I want to do it piece by piece myself. I was very happy with the swatches which matched the fabric perfectly. I am hoping the others will also, but they are admittedly white and grey so it should be an easy match. We will see. I have heard that it takes a while to get the door panels done, but the quality is excellent. Are there any other sources that are as good in quality?
  6. I would love a split window Corvette from 1963 but between that and a 1932 Cadillac, I would much prefer the Cadillac. As one of these bright people said above, how many '32 Caddies do you see running around? So make mine a Cadillac, Sir! <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> Besides, I do not fit in the Corvette ... I tried. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />
  7. That is still pretty high. But it is worth it if that is all I can get. Hey, there is a good salvage yard in Denver that might have the dome light cover you are looking for but it will be used. Would you like me to check it out for you? If so, let me verify : You are looking for the dome light cover for a 1955 series 75 that is oblong, dimpled like a golf ball and an ivory translucent color, right?
  8. How expensive? I got an offer for a used one at $450....please tell me it isn't that expensive for the crest. I called McVeys and requested a new catalog, and asked about the crest. No bezel, but he does have the crest. He told me those were the most stolen crests of all. What did you put yours in with, liquid nails? I'm considering it. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
  9. I'd say this is John Bevin's big opportunity!!! Get in there, John!! <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
  10. Funny, Frank, that was what I was just thinking after reading this thread. I watched some of the B-J on Speed, and was amused as well as slightly embarrassed. But you are right, of course, about the price guides ... they are only that, a guide. My Eldorado is a survivor (possibly) with some necessary maintenance and was 'valued' at $10,000. Hah! I can not get a 10th of that. As you said, its how it is hyped and what the market where you are at that moment is willing to support. As far as I can see, the 'collectors' at B-J are primarily commodity traders with an interest in old cars. Frankly, anyone who can take a decently preserved Packard limousine that is a 1 of 2 built and hot rod it, is no fan of antique automobiles. It made me ill Viper 10 cyl or not. How many of those 'antiques' did the commentator say were in good condition before somebody decided to 'kustomize' it for their own agrandizement? And how many of those cars were true examples and not clones? But I bet they got a hefty return on the original investment. Money talks when it wants to. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/crazy.gif" alt="" /> Honestly given that Packard and several other antique hatchet jobs, I cannot see how B-J is good for the antique car hobby.
  11. A good reproduction? Hmmm I would have thought that McVeys would have that. I requested a new catalog by email but have not received a response ... could be my filter zapped it as spam though. Honestly I don't. I need a new crest for the hood of my '56 6219 and was generously offered one that is used, and looks good at 5 ' for a mear $450. I would bet that All Cadillacs of the Forties and Fifties would have a decent original. Possibly USA Parts Supply. I would have to look around. I saw your post, I just did not have much to offer. Once admonished not to speculate by our Laramie friend, I have been a little less sanguin in just jumping in. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" /> Besides, I figured you would have tried those suggested above already.
  12. The cars you show, B.H., are the ones I was thinking about. The car on the brochure is undistinguished in style. Actually I thought the later Kaisers were quite nice, but as you said they simply could not stand up against the competition. Kaisers would go the way of Nash, Hudson and Rambler ... to make up AMC eventually although the cars themselves would be scrapped. Pitty because the Traveler and Manhattan were really nice looking cars with some neat features. But I am sure Packard was overall a better automobile.
  13. Hi Joe! The good news is that the materials I have received from SMS are spot on. The bad news is that they are expensive. And I have heard if you have SMS do the door panels, they tend to be slow. There are other sources, but SMS is the one I know. When its time to redo my door panels and seats, I will get the material from them and either do them myself or have an upholsterer here in town do them. Here is the SMS website : SMS Fabrics
  14. Has anyone seen this sales brochure from the Kaiser company in 1949 that compares the Kaiser DeLuxe to the Packard 8 sedan? I thought you all might be interested in it and could comment on it.
  15. Well you got me there, Diz. And you are right. That is one reason I am trying to sell my '77 Eldorado. It simply costs too much to keep up, let alone restore, at least for me. It is a great car though and rides like a dream. I guess I never thought much of the 70s cars with the exception of the Eldo Biarritz and the late 70s Lincoln Towncars ... now those were major luxury barges. But by then they were getting more and more complicated. I believe in the K.I.S.S. principle when it comes to machines. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />
  16. My father told me of experiences with GM service just as Dan described in the 1940s!! But not to bash GM too much, I bought a brand new Nissan Maxima GXE in 1990, loaded, and drove the heck out of it (it really WAS a four door sports car). I took it in religiously for service and always, always asked about the brakes. Are they still good ... do they need pads etc.. A year and a half later, at 13000 miles, I take it in to a different Nissan dealer (it was convenient that day) only to be told that the brakes were shot. Shot? All the way round. It was going to cost $1000 to fix. What the ... ? Why? Oh, because the person who preped the car for delivery never removed the yellow plastic shields that covered the brakes. He admonished me to keep to the maintenance schedule!!! Shame on ME. Uh .. the rest is unprintable. So what was the other dealership service men doing??? Not Nissan's problem because it was a fanchise. So sorry. Thank you for buying a Nissan. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/mad.gif" alt="" /> Point is, I think this kind of pass-the-buck-while-not-doing-the-work crap is endemic to our 'service industry'. Some service. That is why I now check everything done before accepting a car back from a mechanic. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />
  17. Thanks, Mr Earl. I have enjoyed your site many times and all the great Buicks you have. You have a very understanding and supportive family! I love Buicks too. I simply had to make a choice on which make and model I really wanted. If it had not been Cadillac (and 1956 was THE year for me) then it would have been a 1950 Buick Roadmaster sedan in black with black and grey interior. That was my Uncle Ayer's car and I loved it. Far more striking than GrandDad's '53 New Yorker, and oh what a smell. That is something I miss about Dutch ... the horsehair matting. It lends a wonderful smell with the wool to the car. My '56 has its own very distinct odor, and it is not mice!!! <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" /> Do you find your Buicks are hot when driving? Uncle Ayer's car was a beast in the summer ... we always thought it was the Dynaflo. But then a friend of mine in Houston had a 1958 Buick Roadmaster 75 and it rode hotter than the gates of 4377! So I was just wondering. Thanks for the nice response to my post. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />
  18. Greenie, it is my impression that what had once been a hobby for people interested in finding, buying and restoring old cars with the challenge of making them as close to original as possible (on their own research etc..) has become less and less a 'hobby' and more an 'industry'. Prices are going out of sight on cars that interested most people when it began, and now cars of the 1950s and 1960s are soaring even though they are not particularly rare. Can you imagine a 1970s car bringing $45,000? It's insane. Nope, it is an industry with product endorsements, advertising, consumers and marketing strategies. That is not a hobby. Not by any definition I have read. Fortunately the hobby lives in small towns and neighborhoods with local car clubs that still get together on a Saturday night for burgers and to show off their rides, from rattle traps in process to tricked out restorations all at the hands of people who love cars. That is my rant of this subject for today. Thanks for reading. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />
  19. Twitch, I think it's insane. HOA's are getting so you cannot do anything different on the outside OR inside, because someone might feel deprived. In Denver, my ex lives in an older neighborhood with a lot of people who have second garages, motorhomes and a lot of cars. Until last year, when a new city council woman from the area passed an ordinance that stated no one was allowed to park their trucks on the street, leave a car in the drive way for more than 72 hours, park a motorhome (it must be stored off site), or have ANY cars, trucks or parts in the yard (including back yard) whether it is fenced or not. You see the enforcement car driving up and down the neighborhood just itching to give a ticket. So now Pat has to rent space at a holding area for the 28 foot trailer, and my son has to get out and move the cars while she is gone on business (which is almost every week). It's ridiculous. Oh and my condo HOA told me that they would like to inspect any improvements I make inside my house just to be sure I do not make it too improved so the neighbors won't feel I am up staging them. I thought I OWNED the inside of my house!!! You know, maybe you all were right ... at the rate we are going, we will all be living in identical little boxes just like the Soviets. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/mad.gif" alt="" /> When will this micro-management end?????
  20. I know my Cadillac is no Packard ... so I hope you all do not mind my chiming in. I love to listen to KRDZ 1440 AM in Denver, CO! They have been around for 50 years and have been playing the same format then as now. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, the Beetles, Petula Clarke, Big Bands etc.. from the 40s through the 70s. I listen to that on my Wunderbarr radio in my 1956 Caddy and it sounds so cool. I thought of having the radio rebuilt to accept RCA or FM modulator so I can use my iPod-thingie to listen to my other favorite, and perfered, music selection, classical. But I probably won't. Well ... we will see. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />
  21. Hey Ron, I can attest to the car's stability. John was very generous and gave me a ride in his into the local lake (when it had water) and I weigh in the rhelm of 300 lbs. (Please no fat jokes ... I get a laugh every morning when I look in the mirror.) So I know that little car is impressive. Had I the resources and money, I would love one. Or a Bugatti. Probably both ... I'm not greedy. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />
  22. Pat, which Bugatti's are in the collection? Sorry if I am out of touch. If there is a dream car for me, it is the Bugatti.
  23. Hal, I may be talking out of my hat, but in the Cadillac world, up to the 1960s, heaters were an option. I think 1960 was the first year where it was no longer optional. Only the Eldorado had a standard heater by 1958. So, were you so inclined, you could buy a sedan or coupe, series 62 to series 60 special, without a heater. The robe cord held the small throw that passengers would wrap up in to stay warm. This was true of my '47 and I have one in my '56 sedan. The robe cord is much smaller, and I suspect it is just a remnant of an older age but it is certainly true that the car could have come sans heater.
  24. I have had a few really nice cars, but only started collecting after my retirement - before that who had the time? <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" /> Here are a list of the few I did have and loved. 1962 Lincoln Continental 1956 Cadillac Series 60 Special in Green 1947 Cadillac Series 62 sedan (6269) 1969 Oldsmobile 98 Holiday Coupe (all original) in frost blue. 1977 Eldorado Biarritz in Gold 1956 Cadillac Series 62 sedan in blue (6219 - w/ all the options) 1956 Cadillac Series 62 sedan in very light grey and dark blue (current daily) OF the above, I still own the '77 Eldorado and now the '56 in light grey. Each one was a very special find and cost virtually nothing, repairs and maintenance were another issue, however this list represents a period starting in 1979 with the Lincoln. That was a gift from a friend. In 1998 I bought the first '56 as a project car for my son and I. But being a novice, I underestimated the cost and over estimated the car's condition. The '47 was my first real antique, to my mind at least, and was the primary reason I joined the AACA, and CCCA. However, as you can see, my heart lies in the 1950s, especially with the '56 Cadillac. I have wanted one of these to just drive since I was about 5 years old. Dad was a Chrysler man, and I loved those too. Then the 70s came and he went Japanese. Always the frugel man of the house, he bought what were excellent cars for good, low prices. Oh we had fun cars too, like a 1960 VW we got in Hamburg in 1961, a 1956 Plymouth Savoy sedan, a 1964 Plymouth Valient convertible and the ever popular 1965 Plymouth Barracuda in gun metal grey with twin racing stripes down the middle of the car. Every cop within 50 miles of Columbia, MO knew THAT car. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" /> But I was bitten by the luxury car bug. Now in retirement, I finally have what I had dreamt of for so long, a running 1956 Cadillac sedan, with virtually NO options (except heater and radio) and I am loving it. Somehow when all cars began to have electric luxury options it took the bloom off of the rose. Now with all the heavy reliance on computers and super sophisticated engineering, I find I cannot afford an even moderately priced vehicle due to the cost of maintenance, unless of course I choose to trade it in every 4 years. I was raised to buy what I liked and keep it until it literally ceases to function. Its the old midwesterner in me ... or maybe the Scot. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" /> I have attached a photo of my new car (a Christmas gift from my son and ex-wife) we call Noxima Jackson. If you are interested in other pictures of my cars, those I still had in the last year or so, please go to www.modifiedcadillac.pictures and select <span style="font-weight: bold">Modified Cadillacs</span> and then <span style="font-weight: bold">6219rules</span>.
  25. Yes I see the problem. So if you have an antique and it is what you have to use, you list it under the standard plate. I was forgetting this was a hobby bill! I have an 81 Chevy listed as a regular truck, and my Cadillac. In Colorado we are not so encumbered. But I am sure the time will come when we are, and then I will simply switch to more expensive insurance to cover my liability only etc, and hope it passes emission standards. Thanks for the answer!
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