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  1. Come on out to the 39th Antique Auto Parts Flea Market at the Howard County Fairgrounds on Saturday March 10- 7AM to 3PM. Weather forecast still looks good. The Car Corral has some open spots, vendor spaces are close to sold out. Vendor setup at 6AM. Check the flyer in the first post above. Don't miss this great flea market! :cool:
  2. Only 7 days to the 39th Annual Antique Auto Parts Flea Market & Car Corral on March 10 - West Friendship, Maryland. The weather forecast for Saturday looks good! Take a look at the flyer attachment in the first post above. For vendros, there's still time to register for undercover and outdoor spaces. And the car corral has room. If you just want to come out to look for parts, etc. acres or free parking are available. See y'all there!
  3. Bringing this notice to the top again. The Flea Market at Howard County Maryland Fairgrounds Saturday, March 10th is coming up next weekend. Don't miss it!
  4. March 10 – West Friendship, Maryland AACA Chesapeake Region’s 39<SUP>th</SUP> Annual Antique Auto Parts Flea Market & Car Corral. Howard County Fairgrounds just south of I-70 at Rt. 32. Indoor, Under Cover and Outdoor vendor spaces; large Car Corral; and easy in-out free parking. Hours 7AM to 3PM – vendor setup Fri. PM and early Sat. AM. To buy vendor space or for info: Tom Young, 443-744-6338 or email tbirdtoms60@verizon.net Vendor Registration: VendorFlyerFleaMktWeb2012.pdf
  5. I've had a '23 Dodge for 20 years. I used to take it out to ten events each year in a congested urban area (metro Washington, DC). To drive this car in today's traffic requires a combination of guts, excellent defensive driving skills, and a determination to show-off a piece of automotive history. Most drivers on the road appreciate seeing a vintage car, but there are an increasing number of younger drivers who will not give a vintage car any slack. It can be downright dangerous out there. Even back-country roads have become populated by this same driving mentality. Since I have more mod
  6. Lots of info available about the Sears Motor Buggy - Sears Motor Buggy Homepage plus several on google
  7. Some of the things suggested may or may not have happened on a Mobil Economy Run. I believe that the participants' route each day was given to them when they got into their car. And the comment on gas in the AM is just not true. The cars were fueled under strict conditions by USAC all from the same pumps at planned stops along the route. At the end of each day all the cars were impounded and were under USAC control until the next day's start.
  8. Toros are definitely becoming more collectible, especially in the 80s where there isn't a lot out there that's interesting. I recently acquired an '83 southern car with under 70K miles. It was a smoker's car, but that was easy to fix. Also the road feel problem is an easy fix by adding elements of the factory handling package until it thightens up and feels right. The 80s Eldo & Riviera are basically the same car and all three are collectible. It's interesting that there were five 80s Toros at the Cumberland spring meet. Mine with a 307 V-8 gets 22/23 MPG on the road at 70 MPH. Wish
  9. LaVale is approximately 10 miles west of Rocky Gap - and both are right off of I-68. The Comfort Inn is part of the Choice Hotel chain and should be OK.
  10. According to the QC Region info, the Rocky Gap trailer parking is $10 for all show participants and covers the time period Wednesday thorugh the show. The security will probably be better than anything you can get in the back lot of any motel.
  11. There are several lodging options besides Rocky Gap Resort and the Holiday Inn. Go to the host region's webpage http://local.aaca.org/queencity/2008_Show/index.htm for infor about the meet including a list of motels - Choice, Best Western, and Super 8, which are in LaVale right off of I-68. Be aware that none of these motels will likely let you park a trailer. Queen City Region has made arrangements for trailer parking at Rocky Gap for $10.
  12. I remember some of the home delivery services in Southern California in the early 1940s - Helms' Bakeries Olympic Bread - Union Ice in the midnight blue trucks - and Adhor Milk ("for those adorable babies" - no fooling). The Helms truck that's been at Hershey the past two years is a dead on restoration. Adhor's trucks were Divcos. The Union Ice trucks were more heavy duty.
  13. The exit on I-68 to Rocky Gap State Park is about 9 miles east of Cumberland and 3 miles west of Flintstone. You can see the Lodge from I-68. Besides the host hotel, there are about 10 motels and B&Bs around Cumberland - a few on the east end of town and several chain motels on the west end in LaPlata. Almost all have easy on/off access to I-68. There's also a Holiday Inn in downtown Cumberland. When calling Rocky Gap, be sure to mention the AACA for the special rate. Also, check out the Queen City Region website at http://local.aaca.org/queencity. There's extensive info about the mee
  14. Check your owner's manual, if you have one. I presume that you also have four new tubes, valve stems, and tube guards. Early DB tires are high pressure - check the max rating on the 33x4 tires you mounted. I run my 32x4 tires at 55 PSI. I know some folks who use 60 PSI. Low tire pressure - under 30 PSI - will effect handling and tire wear. Those narrow tread tires don't have much contact with the road and you need all the control you can get.
  15. You can turn the engine over with the hand crank until the pin is in a more accessable spot in the opening under that cover. As I remember it, the Owner's Manual instructs to puill the pin and prop the timning chain up with a stick. You could loosen up that big wrought iron washer that's on the adjustment and loosen those spacing blocks on the engine block to release the chain enough to wiggle it off. But, given the weight of the unit, I would opt to take the chain apart. When I took my DB timing chain apart, I took the pan off so that I could get an accurate view of the chain alignment a
  16. Take a Cruise Down Memory Lane on Chesapeake Region's website and look at more than 60 old gas stations - click: http://local.aaca.org/chesapeake/OldGasStations.htm Enjoy!
  17. Chesapeake Region has a 160 mile round trip spring tour this Sunday with fess and lunch totaling $25 per person. 19 cars signed up with 40 people. Our local events this year have had good attendance, but they're free with nominal mileage for most members. People are irritated at $3 gasoline, but most seem determined to keep on doing what they are used to. Now if we get to $4 gasoline, maybe people will pull back.
  18. The owner's manual for my '23 describes a maintenance procedure for cleaning the clutch discs when the clutch is grabbing. The procedure is to pour kerosene on it and let it drain, then reverse it 180 degrees and repeat. I've used carb cleaner in a spray can in the past and it definitely improved clutch operation.
  19. From time to time our well-meaning members submit articles pertaining to the hobby that were clipped from newspapers, magazines, and other sources for inclusion in our monthly newsletter. Unless it's a really great article, my advice is to explain to the member why it can't be used. However, I have used some material in the past, but strongly recommend that you get permission in advance and clearly give full attribution. Even this is tricky - for example several years ago I saw a great local historical piece in the Washington Post. The Post advised me that the article belonged to the author
  20. Looks like the car is in a basement rec room, not the living room. None the less, I don't see the problem here so I must have "it" bad also. The Sears provides an extra small sofa seat to watch the tube, plus it is an interesting decorator's touch!
  21. From 1934 Plymouth sales literature - <span style="font-style: italic">The free wheeling transmission allowed the driver to release his foot from the accelerator and allow the car to coast while still in gear. In effect the free wheeling prevented "engine braking" and the engine was allowed to run at idle speed while the car coasted along on its own momentum with the transmission still in gear. When the driver wished to speed up all he had to do was step on the throttle.</span>
  22. As usual, Mr. Binger hits the nail on the head regarding AACA. The hobby is much more fun and has many more opportunities to be part of the group when you join a region or chapter. Volunteer to help out in some small way and you'll be amazed at how fast local members get to know you.
  23. I've owned my '23 DB, produced in Oct. 1922, since 1991. There were two different versions built in 1922 - a low radiator/hood and a high radiator/hood car. The high hood was produced from summer 1922 until the model change over to a different bodied car in late 1923. I don't have the exact months handy, but could look them up. The asking price seems high based on the info you've provided. You need to know that there is a condition price guideline for antique cars, for whatever it's worth. It's on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being a high value restored car and 5 being pretty much a parts car
  24. Click http://www.checktheoilmagazine.com/pages/Calendar.html to see the complete calendar of these type shows. This is from the online version of "Check the Oil", which is the collector/hobbiest magazine that most prefer.
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