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  1. Am I the only one who doesn't get "patina"? Especially if someone has gone to trouble and expense of making the interior and drivetrain very nice, but then clearcoats rusty metal and worn-thru paint. An unrestored original car, or even something like that Olds Limited that showed up some years ago is one thing, but I don't see finishing part of the car to standard and then ignoring the rest. Someone on another board I frequent once had a sig line "Patina doesn't mean holes big enough to sling a cat through". Maybe I'm not meant to understand such things.
  2. The Prince of Wales was often seen picking the boys up from school and activities in the Aston. I've read HRH Elizabeth would often give the guards the slip and sneak out in a Vauxhall Estate Wagon, though I'm sure she no longer drives. Face it- HRH was a motor pool mechanic in WW2. She's a gearhead!
  3. I dig that description as "hydra magic"! Sums it up nicely. We used to always say the powerplant ran of "FM"- **ing magic!
  4. When i cancelled landline service a few years back, I told the Verizon CSR I felt bad for whoever got that number next as it was on every call list in the country. The nice lady says "that's why we wait about a year before reassigning it". Now why couldn't they have done something about the nuisance calls when I had the landline? With elections in Vajenya, it's been really maddening the past week. At least it will all be over today. Kinda self serving on the pols' part to exempt themselves from the Do Not Call registry- which in my experience does little to no good. I get voicemails from 212 area code in Chinese sometimes, and the only thing I can understand is "Blue Cross Blue Shield". I expect that to ratchet up the next couple weeks too.
  5. Keep and enjoy! A low mile, one-family-owned car is uncommon now. Also realize you have the LAST year of "big" Pontiacs. Yes, the 2-door roof and quarter-glass styling is an acquired taste, but not as bad as the Caprice/Impala Custom coupe roofline of same vintage.
  6. Shelley, also contact which is Toronado Owners' Association. They'll have a good handle on value and you'll have a very focused audience! All Toronado people...
  7. Find a set of 71-72 Olds Super Stock IV Polycast wheels. Bolt pattern and backspace work and they're 15x6. They will set your Ninety Eight off nicely and look similar to the 1964-5 cast aluminum bolt-on wheelcovers.
  8. Annie, the only thing I ever found to get them clean was disassembly and polishing. Aggravating but afterward you'll only have to wash them properly and they should stay in decent condition. One at a time and it's a good winter evening project.
  9. Charlotte being about midway between Road Atlanta and Virginia International Raceway means there's more sportscar stuff going on there than you might think. UNC-Charlotte engineering college fielded a Formula car with quite a bit of success. One of our Olds Club families' sons was involved with that and ended up working for Michelin. Youngun', you missed a blowout at VIR this past weekend. IMSA racing from Thurs-Sun. Plenty of factory teams there.
  10. "Gussied up 88" ?!? Where's the outraged smiley?!? And from Oldsmobile people on top of it! Oh, my goodness gracious... Can ya tell I HAVE Starfires? Any 65-66 GM B-body two-door hardtop rear seat structure should work if it has the speaker grille. That will include: Chevrolet Impala/Caprice, Pontiac Catalina/Bonneville/GP, Buick LeSabre/Wildcat. 67-8 MAY work as the body structure is basically the same, but may be some difference. 66 Starfire, 88 and Ninety Eight use the same speaker grilles with a Rocket emblem. 64-5 is Starfire-specific with 4-pointed star emblem.The other carlines will have their own speaker grille trim. Do you have front seats so you can duplicate the Starfire stitching pattern? 66 was all vinyl and the Madrid grain vinyl is common to many 60s GM cars, so it shouldn't be hard to find unless it's one of the rare colors like Autumn Bronze. Chevrolet used that color as well so it shouldn't be unobtainium- though you will find a Starfire has a lot of that. What color is your 66?
  11. Maaco may be my best route unless I can find an opening at the vo-tech highschool. With 409k on the car, it's become a point of honor to keep it running, and while it runs and drives 100%, it just looks shabby. But I'd still rather drive it than the newer cars with all their damned electronic gadgets. Suffice to say that "drive-by-wire" just feels weird to me until I've driven about 20 miles...
  12. They're out there and i find most of them have a lot of disdain for those who try to tell them anything with an engine is bad. I have two teenage car buddies, one 19-year-old who is searching for a 1969 Barracuda (and is finding that even hardcore Mopar folks are dismissive of the 67-69 cars) and a 17-year-old who has a nicely done 1992 Camaro 25th Anniversary. I took them to the GAA auction in Greensboro a couple weeks ago and those boys were in heaven. Both can talk knowledgeably about cars and the Camaro kid takes exceptional care of his car, as I'm sure the Cuda kid will once he finds it. So I encourage youngun's who like cars every chance I get, as we all should do. They get fed enough crap without older car guys feeding them more.
  13. is your best bet to help a Toronado find a good home. It's a magnificent car, but not mainstream enough for most people.
  14. Curious if this is everywhere or peculiar to this area. The old Gray Ghost wagon needs paint badly, just a maintenance thing to preserve it. What I'm finding is that if a job doesn't have an insurance check attached, body shop doesn't want to talk to you. And if they will, they tell you it would be fill-in work and may take months if not years. Or have painters here just never been hungry? Even the autobody class at the Vo-tech high school is backed up 3 years, so that's not an option like it was in 1999.
  15. It had been nearly 15 yrs since I'd been by this one but rode past it last Tuesday and appears to still have a lot of older stuff. They were pretty easy to deal with way back when. Germanton is north of Winston Salem NC and trip involves some backroads, but it's easy to find.