Dynaflash8

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  • Birthday 10/19/1938

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    Served 15 years on AACA Board, National President 2005

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  1. My part in that was when I designed and sold the AACA National Sentimental Tour to the AACA Board of Directors when I was on the Board. They are every other year, cover 1928-1958, and the next one in 2020 with be the 10th and located in middle West Virginia. Yes, I know, it goes to 1958, but I had to do that to sell the Tour. The 1932-1948 cars were becoming so scarce at shows they needed the support of the Model A's and the 1955-58 Chevrolet contingent to swell the ranks. We try for a minimum of 100 cars on each tour. This last one in Mississippi totaled a little less, 69 cars. One recently in Virginia's Shenandoah country had 140 cars and trucks (2014 I think). The idea of this tour was to give collectors a reason to have at least one car in the middle years for the tour. Also, very few of the eligible cars are equipped with A/C, power steering, power brakes or AM/FM radios and players so many people seem to need.
  2. back in the 60's there was one or two Coles that belonged to members of the Chesapeake Region AACA out of Baltimore. One was in Southern Maryland as I recall. BigDog paints a pretty dire picture above. I think there is some validity to what he is saying, or I wouldn't have started this thread. However, I think he has approached the subject with overkill. There will always be people interested in mechanics and who enjoy making things work that no longer work, even to literally manufacturing non-available parts. Not every single soul will go to college, hunker down over a computer, teach or write books, etc. Some guys just restore cars, never show them, drive them a little and then sell them because the mechanical challenge is all that matters to them. IF YOU WANT TO FIND ALL OF THE AVAILABLE INFORMATION KNOWN TO BE OUT THERE STILL, CONTACT THE AACA LIBRARY IN HERSHEY, PA.
  3. Wow, now that's what I like to hear. You need to spread your recipe for such success to other clubs that specialize or are active in the collection of pre-WWII vehicles. As a person 80 I really like to hear you say that more people in their 40s and 50s are showing interest in these vehicles. Obviously the Coles are older than those of the 30s and 40s that interest me, but the idea can spread from even a little seed to other aspects of the hobby and other vehicles.
  4. And this is only part of it. It had about 160 during the first round. 😀
  5. i dislike the back styling of both 37 and 38 with those two windows. I like the '36 overall second best to the '39 and '41, but I think I like the '36 back styling even better than the '39 back styling. Interestingly I don't like the look of the '39 Roadmaster and Limited. It has a fat look to it all over....bigger front fenders and body is what I really am saying. NOW! STOP! You're going to have all of the pre-War Buick guys down on me! The best looking prewar Buick, overall, in my opinion was the 1941 Series 90 Limited with standard factory fender skirts.....they called it "the Parlor Car that Flies". It outstyled, and out-powered every other car on the market in 1941. Nobody could equal the 165 horsepower, except Packard with an optional aluminum head. Nobody else had the advanced engineering that pre-empted the '50's with ram air induction, dual carburetors that acted like a 4-barrel carburetor, closed crankcase ventilation.................what a car it was! I owned two of them back in the day, and I dearly wish I had one now instead of a '41 Roadmaster....it's good, but it doesn't have that longer than long look that makes the Limited look narrow instead of fat. The Roadmaster has what they liked to call the "Torpedo" body back in the day. Oh well, Kongo-Man, you'd never agree with anything I ever said if we both were standing the street with bombs falling and I said, "hey, bombs are falling!"
  6. The '38 grill reminds me of a mad dog with his teeth bared ready to attach.😀. So there LOL.
  7. Wow! That's pretty neat! I had a lot of pent up emotion from those days in the 60's inside of me when I wrote that speech.
  8. I heard that "used car" thing many times with my 39 Buick sedan back in the 1960's in Baltimore, it almost regurgitated me. When I was elected President of AACA in 2004 I had to make a speech in Philadelphia at the Annual Convention. In that speech I declared the term "used car" as an dirty word in AACA, but I don't think enough people were listening. 😀
  9. Beauty is to the beholder. Personally, I have thought my entire life (80 years) that the front styling of a 1939 Buick was the most beautiful on any car ever built, but only so long as it had the optional front fender lights. Without them, the styling is homely. Now that is what is in my minds eye. A log more Buick enthusiasts over my lifetime think the 1938 Buick is the most handsome. I always imagined they looked mean instead of pretty. A 1935-36 Auburn speedster or convertibile coupe is beautiful, but a sedan definitely is not. I welcome anybody to differ with my "minds eye". The large majority of collectors have a different view of auto styling that appeals to them. A 1941 Buick looks strong to me, like the B-27 Flying Fortress. As for newer cars into the hobby, even an old guy can appreciate them. I enjoy AACA National Tours more than shows anymore. So I've tried to have a car to cover every tour except the Vintage and Reliability Tours. I'm not enough of a mechanic to deal with earlier cars. The best Buicks we ever had in hour family were the 1991-2005 Buick LeSabre and Park Avenue. My Dad and I owned six of them (4 were Park Avenues). So, when I wanted a tour car that could go anywhere, modern mechanics could still work on, and it didn't need a trailer to attend tours 1100 miles away from home, I looked for a 1991-1994 Park Avenue (25 years). I found a 1991 with only 3,061 verified original miles on it. I had to buy new tires, and that's all. I drove it to the AACA National Meet without even cleaning the engine or polishing it and won a 1st Junior. It feels pretty much like the 2005 Park Avenue I turned in on a new (and hated) 2017 Buick. So, at 80 years old, it fills my need now. In no way is it as beautiful as my 1939 or 1941 Buicks, but it doesn't have babbit bearings, no air, or even a points & condenser distributor like my two pre-war Buicks either. It's a stretch to call the Park Avenue an antique, I agree, but AACA offers something for everybody except a local chapter in this end of the earth Sebring, FL where I unfortunately chose to live out my retirement. Collecting antique cars is not ALL ABOUT driving them 75 miles an hour down the Interstate. I drive the old cars on tours when I trailer them there, and within a 100 miles radius of home, but unfortunately there is not much to do withing 100 miles of here.....two lane, 60 mph, tractor trailer truck loaded east-west roads. I decided to sell the two '39 Buick convertibles because they can do the same thing the sedan can do and they require a closed trailer for long hauls to AACA National Tours. I'm thinking of getting an aluminum open trailer with a shield on the front, but I'm waiting to see how putting in a new heart valve goes.
  10. They were very popular, especially with high school kids, when I was growing up in the 1950's. I believe Buick offered them as an accessory during the 1940's also. I grew up in the Washington DC area on the Virginia side.
  11. Not me. All I ever wanted (the most) was a 1939 Buick, and my first car ever was one of those....followed by 12 more over the next 65 years.
  12. And restoration rates today start at $75 an hour and go toward $150. Maybe more, I don't know. I recently paid $70 per hour and got a wonderful job too. But, I think he was on the "reasonable" side. That old '38 Olds looks like it was probably really solid when they put it in that barn, and nobody has messed over it trying to make it look good either. They had a really neat (or is it cool?) dash too.
  13. Sorry Pal, but I'm tired of you cutting everything I say on this thread. You go your way and I'll go mine.
  14. One thing you latest commenters have forgotten is the amount of inflation there has been in the cost of things, and the salaries paid. When I was making $7,000 a year that was pretty good money and $1700 for my old car was a really high price to pay. A mint cream-puff 1936 Buick could be bought for $800, and a parts car was $25, maybe $50. But that money was still hard to come buy on the meager income most middle income young Americans were making. That $7,000 restoration the man above in the thread was an out-of-sight figure for a guy making that much in a whole year. But there were ways like scrounging parts from dealership attics and selling at "flea markets". In the 1970s you could buy a pickup truck load of NOS parts for $50. Now "flea markets" outside of Carlisle and Hershey are mostly a thing of the past. Restoration labor then was $6 to $10 an hour. A high level upholsterer was thought to be high if he charged $10 an hour. $25 an hour was unheard of. But that $10 an hour took a loan on the guys life insurance. So, Pal, that $7,000 was as hard to do as $27,000 or more is to do today. But, you think the old guy who struggled and denied his family to afford $7,000 should NOT have any advantage of the current inflated values. You just want him to give you what should be his earned value. In my opinion your ideas are to beat the old guy, because he might be an easy mark. So now you're making $35,000 a year, but you want to buy cars at the level they were when people like you made $7,000 a year. That seems fair? I don't think so.