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    AACA Member but all of my cars are licensed & have garage doors.

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  1. padgett

    Trying to figure out what this car is

    I grew up on the coast. Is one of the reasons I live in Orlando.
  2. padgett

    1958 Pontiac trans

    +1 on Steve Peluso.
  3. padgett

    "different" 1990 convertible for sale

    Never did understand why the middle line '90 Bonneville SE came with 16x7s while the halo Reatta came with 15x6s Guess Buick had them in inventory.
  4. Just some thoughts - ST (special trailer) tires are rated for 65 mph max (a few allow 70 with a 5 psi overfill) - In a car someone paying attention can usually feel a tire problem before it gets bad. You cannot for a trailer. - I had a set of WiFi TPMS for my camper (the normal BT ones did not have the range I needed) that reported both psi and temperature. Few have. - I prefer either Michelin, BFG (same company), or Continentals. Did not understand stagger on a production road car in 1970 (Chrysler) and still don't. Do have staggered tires on the Judge because the rears I like won't fit on the front.
  5. padgett

    Film rental

    Florida is is a "right to work" state.
  6. Wow, the most popular thread this week. This is exactly why I no longer Judge. I like Pontiac Snowflake wheels. They were available in everything from 13x6 4x100 to 15x8 (in the 70s) and 5x5. They were later called "Crosslaced" in 16x7 5x115 & others. Most were made by the Motor Wheel co. I do not care for the current trend for lotsa spokes and staggered tires/wheels. ps Snob comes from the English public school system. Once they began admitting commoners there became a question of how to classify them, the record books needed an honorific. To fill the gap, registrars began adding in that block "S. Nob." meaning Sine (without) Nobilis (nobility) or trailer trash.
  7. padgett

    Help troubleshooting rough start/low fuel pressure

    There was a TSB on hard starting that extended the prime time. Try this: when cold turn the key to RUN for three seconds then back to OFF. Wait five seconds then turn the key to RUN again. After three seconds try to start. If starts right up you need the TSB which is a program change in the PCM.
  8. " No problem making your LeMans into a GTO. " oh I agree, as long as it is done correctly. If I can open the trunk and tell it was not a GTO then...There a few things on a 64-65 GTO that were different from a LeMans. Of course with PHS the question is moot.
  9. padgett

    Coolant to water ratio?????

    I suspect it is the 265F boiling point they are concerned about.
  10. padgett

    A few questions..

    I used to have a 61 Caddy with power vent windows but would not be surprised if available on the 57 Eldo Brogham. They also had a chrome button in the glove box to release the trunk.
  11. re GTO clones from LeMans/Tempest: there were several ways to tell if a 64-65 was real or not even before PHS. Were ways to spot 66 parts on a 67 and verse the vice but had to be a fanatic. Had one owner get really mad who spent a lot of time and effort creating a 67 GTO with hood tach, gauges, and clock but I took max points off because he had the clock and gauges in the wrong pods. I happened to have the original build information. Those experiences had a lot to do with why I stopped judging.
  12. padgett

    Wood in Sabra sports car

    Saw those. What I found was that the Sabra used a chassis from Reliant ( "the first one-hundred cars were actually assembled by Reliant in England.") and in that period Reliant still used Ash wood in production cars. I did not find anything to confirm/demy my memory of a magazine article when it was being introduced that said there was wood in the Sabra chassis. May have been for a pre-production press car but was something that just stuck in my mind and want to confirm or refute it. Just thought someone here might have had one apart or remember the article.
  13. While waiting for my '72 special order wagon to be delivered, I had a set of mag wheels in the closet.
  14. Must admit I am always amused by this kind or post that makes assumptions that the club is some glory land in the sky when the current purpose is "Since 1935, AACA has had one goal: The preservation and enjoyment of automotive history of all types". To me the key is "enjoyment". One example is the name of the club magazine, the "Speedster". Back in the day a "speedster" was a stripped down chassis with minimal bodywork designed for one thing: speed. This was rarely a manufacurer's option. Really, what is the difference between what Beurig, LeBaron, Fleetwood, Franay, or Saoutchik and the current crop of "resto-mods". When you look at what they did, there is little difference in the work of Bill Frick, Caroll Shelby, Briggs Cunningham, John Fitch, or Don Yenko and the current herd. The only real difference is age. My Judge is a case in point (I rarely own a stock car for long). Today it would be a resto-mod since I built it to be an autocross car but would take a fanatic to tell the difference between stock and Grand Prix, W30 Olds, and WS6 Firebird parts and all are "period correct" - well most of them, the original G70x14s on 14x6 rimes were "unsafe even in the driveway" so have Pontiac 15x8 Snowflakes with big BFG radials, 235/60R15 on the front and 255/70R15 on the rear. All of the tires I buy are rated 9.0 or better in wet traction on Tire Rack (we get a lot of rain). Further all of my cars have non-stock (mostly higher power) halogen headlights (experimented with HID and LEDs put prefer halogens. Today). Since the last century I had stockish par 25 sealed beam halogens but just went to H4 bulb type for more visibility particularly against oncoming traffic that does not know how to turn their fog lamps off. All of my cars have full gauge sets. All have Bluetooth and handsfree capability. All have advanced wiper technology. Fortunately all came with seat belts. Only the tow car has stock sized wheels and tires. One difference is that I research and know what "stock" is and in most cases the originals are in baggies in my garage. Also I am fascinated history and the people and places where things happened. Years ago there was a PBS show called "connections" that I loved. Bottom line I have no desire to return to a life before AC/FI/Disk brakes (though my first car, a '59, had four wheel disk brakes). Do remember having the brakes on a '61 Caddy 'vert fade completely in one stop from 70ish and no desire to repeat. So I get a bit confused in that pre-war coach builders are venerated while modern ones are despised. Do agree that points judging is a a good way to increase the value of a restoration but after creating a judging a "platinum" class for a large national club, I got tired of picking apart nice cars (when did Delco-Packard stop embossing spark plug wires and go to silk-screen) and quit. Now all of my cars are "drivers" and all have alloy wheels.
  15. This is one of those things when I do not trust my memory and need to ask. In the early sixties there was a two seater made in Israel called the Sabra. It was not very successful and until recently had never seen one but remember a magazine article (Road and Track ?) back then on it. One of the things I remembered was that part of the chassis/frame was made of wood (Ash). Just tried the usual sources and found no mention. Did find that the chassis was made by Reliant who was using wood in the early sixties. Can anyone confirm or deny or could a prototype seen by magazines have used wood in the chassis or body (other than the steering wheel) ? It is one of those things that is really bothering me.