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

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  1. Are we defined by how many scars we have ? (Jaguars and Reattas slice)
  2. Does this help ? BTW this has been bothering me for a while: the correct statement is "every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest responsive bidder." Particularly where safety of flight was concerned companies bidding on a contract had to prove to the purchasing agent that they were capable of fulfilling the contract. Of course this resulted in some strange products. For instance the contract for the F-16 required that every engine operate for (not sure of the exact number, it has been a while) 200 hours before needing a rebuild. This resulted in fighter aircraft being built with a governor. A few engineers risked careers saying this was stupid. (long story). "
  3. a) disk brakes were first used on aircraft b) Jag E-type and Mk X had inboard disks (IRS). XK-150 had disks out by the wheels as did the 67-69 Camaro 4 wheel disks. c) 65-67 GM disks were 4 piston and a royal pain to set up. d) many cars still had a drum brake in the rear for an E-brake. 88 Reatta had a manual actuator for the rear disk e-brake (4 wheel disks with mechanical) e) Was the '50 Imperial the first US Passenger car disk brake? Also have a synapse firing about the Crosley Hot Shot. f) don't forget the Bendix servo action brakes.
  4. I keep being tempted to put a nice set of dual quads on my goat. Since I have front and rear Carter AFBs would that be better than Edelbrocks ? " AACA's mission, which is stock, unmodified cars which are largely as they left the factory. " when did it change from keeping older cars running ? Don't think anyone cared in the '30s whether the tires said "no skid".
  5. All of my cars are potential "Grand Touring" cars and I have equipped for such. That said, almost everything changed is bolt on and the originals are in baggies. I even have the original 14x6 Rallys and a correct date coded long block for the Judge. The major cost would be a set of G-70x14 Goodyears (originals are far past safe use and like modern radials better, they hook up.). I know exactly how the car came from the factory and what is different. I even have a stockpile or NOS parts (the '70 Judge four speed used an aluminum Hurst T-handle with an open "4" (69 has a closed "4") that I've collected to "make it right" if ever desired. Just a rumination but we seem to be splitting again between pre and post WW-II. Cars became quite different in the 50s and 60s as the Interstate system came on line. Before the war priorities were different and not that many cars were on the highways. Post war the 50-70mph passing acceleration became paramount for many. Four speeds were geared to have a passing gear and top was a cruising gear. Of course RPMs were a lot different. My '72 wagon had the "economy" 3.08 gear and turned 3,000 rpm at 70.of course gas was still cheap. Been around long enough to remember when my Goat was too new for many clubs. Of course I came into the AACA via the Reatta forum when my 88 was little over 10 years old. Now at 32 it still doesn't get much respect. Keep in mind that when the AACA was formed, the main purpose was to keep old cars on the road and participate in derbies, regularity runs, and cruises. Little was static like today. Evolution in action ?
  6. Well I have this "Prince On Board Computer" that is "period correct" for the late '70s. In fact a dig in my garage would find many things from the 60s-70s-80s like tripowers and dual quads.. My Judge has "period correct" sway bars, fast steering, delrin bushings, and Pontiac 15x8 wheels. "It's just the same as taking your dog to a dog show. You don't see cats there" The Magic Christian If needed an engine for a '55 I would not put in a 265 , it had no oil filter. Personally have always preferred a good six.
  7. Have nothing against originality, on the show field. If going to drive on modern highways then modern equipment is more important. No reason you can't have one set for each. The three biggest improvements in cars in the last 50 years has been tires, lights, and oil. Besides that I have been using seat belts since the early '60s and had to add them then. ps 55 chev had no oil filter, a two speed automagic transmission, and tires that "were not safe in the driveway". If the engine was blown, a 350 (with steel timing gear) and 700R4 would not be a bad replacement that would get much better MPG.
  8. Is why restomods are so popular, are really kit cars: buy a chassis and fit it out from catalogues, adjust for wheelbase, and just drop your body on it. Little intelligence (except from the body/paint guy) required. Take that back, it is incredible how often you see the TV guys screw up on the wheels and offsets.
  9. Couda swored I've seen that grille in the first post before but naturally I cant find my Indy picture book.
  10. Nothing new, British craftsmen used to drill worm holes in wooden antiques.
  11. If you contact the Westwood brake people they may have a suggest on a complete system replacement. My Teves systems (Reattae) run at 2200 psi. The GM powermaster was more like 700. Accumulators are designed for 3-5 stops from speed after losing the pump.
  12. All of my cars being stored inside is personal choice (and an insurance requirement), They are also all paid for, insured, licensed, and except for the project car, able to leave for the left coast tomorrow.