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  1. 14 minutes ago, plymouthcranbrook said:

    I have noticed I get more waves in my 1980 car as opposed to my 1952.


    It is funny but true.  I'm SHOCKED by the number of people that come up to my dad to complement him on his 84 LTD Wagon with the optional wood side decal treatment.



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  2. 14 minutes ago, Xander Wildeisen said:

    Do you think that has to do with custom cars and street rods? And that seeing a wild over the top flashy car, like the Auburn/Cord. Has been watered down by flashy street rods. The first thought that comes to mind when you see a 35-36 Speedster is kit car.


    No.  I think that the car culture that existed from about 1950 to 1985 is gone.   What we have now is a specialized subset.


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  3. Since it is easy for me to spend Matt's money,  I'll relay the practice of Tom Crook,  who I consider one of the greatest classic car salesmen of the last 40 years.   It is hard to get anyone to say anything bad about Tom.  He would buy any car he sold back within a year no questions asked for what the buyer paid for it (minus the transportation and misc costs of transaction).   He did swallow a few over the years but over the long haul did REALLY well. 

  4. 1 hour ago, Xander Wildeisen said:

    How was that car viewed, or looked at back then by others? Just an old car? Why would you want it? Or did it still get attention for being a speedster? It would be viewed by a lot of people as being an out of date old car.


    Since my dad still has many of his cars that he had 40/50 years ago I can tell you first hand that when you drove down the street with either that Auburn,  or the Cord in one of my pictures EVERYBODY in 1970 turned to look at it.  These days I can drive the same car around all day long and most people pay zero attention.     My GT500 would get some of the kids to pay attention,  but even that could be driven practically anonymously.

  5. 3 hours ago, JamesR said:


    Great story and photos, alsancle.


    My son is 18 and now away at his first year in college. I tried to get him interested in old cars earlier on, but it seems he was/is mostly interested in them as props in movies or video games. He expressed lukewarm interest in helping to refurbish the '65 T-Bird I'm working on now, which I was very encouraged by, but I decided I'd let his enthusiasm be the guide for how much he would be involved in the project, i.e., he's always welcome to help when he wants, but it's up to him...and it seems he'd rather do other things.


    The reason I took this approach is that when he was younger, I tried to get him interested in building models: cars, planes, etc. It started when a neighbor gave us an uncompleted tank model her husband tried to build with her son. It was for builders older than my son, but with my help we got it done. I was surprised, however, by his high level of frustration with the project. We tried building several other models that I bought for him. He had a small collection of models, and then one day - he threw them all in the trash; he found the process of building models essentially frustrating. By contrast, he found building LEGOs enjoyable, and couldn't get enough of them. The problem with LEGOs (in my humble opinion) is that there is only one level of build quality, and everyone's LEGO robot looks exactly like everyone else's LEGO robot. There's very little room for self-improvement. I never said this to him, though, and let him be content with his LEGO collection.


    My dad tried to get me interested in HAM radio, but it never took hold...I just didn't care. I don't want to force an interest on my son...or try to force him away from an interest in something, the way my dad did with cars. There's still a chance he could develop a car interest, but now he can only pursue it when he's home from college. Over the summer I think I'll try to find some middle ground between active and passive encouragement in helping me with the T-Bird. When he's at home, he enjoys staying around home - he's not out fooling around, so that's good. Maybe I just have to be accepting of the fact that cars and an interest in them isn't the same thing to young people today as when I was a kid.


    I learned that lesson trying to bribe my son to play hockey.  It didn't work but one of my daughters ended up being the hockey player.  You can't control what the kids get interested in.  Plus times change.  When I was in HS, your car was everything.  Today, kids don't even care about their license. 


    One thing though,  my son and I both think Saab Sonnet's are interesting.  I should probably get one for a father/son project but I have a feeling it won't go anywhere.


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  6. I could go on and on in this thread.    I learned at an early age that you can wear a suit during the day still should have a full blown shop at home.  Compressor, torches, paint gun, the works.  

    It was weird to me that the other dads on the block didn't have a shop.






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  7. Hyman was selling this car for 60 something grand.   He is full retail plus 25% for nice cars.   That means that 30-35k buys a decent car.   At best a few parts from the subject car will make it in to a restoration.  More likely it ends up scrap.


    Keep in mind it is a Standard Eight,  not a Super or a 12.



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  8. 22 minutes ago, edinmass said:

    600 is too low............I don’t know these cars......but it’s too special, and provenance means something and BOS at Pebble is a plus. 

    Ed, they are talking about the Cab B for 600.   The last time the Melton car was for sale they wanted north of 2 BIG ones.

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  9. The Melton Cab A is for sale again.  Interesting car.  Pebble Beach BOS.   One off.   etc.    They have put tires on it since RM offered at Amelia way back when.  It is a Tom Barrett respray from the 80s on top of the original Pebble restoration.   Cool, but needing quite a bit of refreshing.   To translate to the uninitiated,  "refreshing" a 540k means $400,000.   Full restoration is probably at least double these days.




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  10. 7 hours ago, JD in CA said:

    I’m current high bidder with reserve met, but very frustrating that the seller will not contact me, after sending him 3 messages through ebay.  I really hate their process, you can’t send the seller your phone number or email, but I do so by spelling out each number.  Also typed in the message that he can enter my name in Google and my phone number gets shown instantly.  Still no contact. I have questions about the title, the sheet metal, the running condition etc, just like all of us would.  

    The problem is not eBay but the seller.  I would be very careful.

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