trimacar

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  1. Ok Mark and Morgan, I understand, but these cars had no death wobble when new, and early cars have been driven for years on paved roads at speed without issues. Double check your tire pressures, that's a contributor to the issue. Most early cars with clincher rims are very high pressure compared to what we deem normal today. My '31 Pierce acted up once, and it was tire pressure related. There could be other issues, such as a bent axle. Just trying to help. good luck with fix.
  2. Well, thanks, I know a few things about trim work, but sorry I can't tell you who has wide top material. Contact Eric Haartz at the Haartz headquarters, I'd bet he could help you. If you don't know an answer, it's always good to know WHO knows the answer.
  3. Well, I respectfully disagree that this is a good solution. Repair everything on the front end to new specs, and you don't need a damper. A lot of restorations end up with "well, front end is good enough, no need to spend money fixing". Yes, , fix everything, king pins, tie rod ends, steering box, ALL of it...control of car and, ultimately, your life, depends on it...
  4. I sold a 63 split window Corvette at Hershey a few years back.. Guy said I'll write you a personal check, I smiled and said no. His wife, indignant, proclaimed "but there's four hundred and fifty thousand in that account". Great I sad but still not a personal check. He was more or less local to Hershey, we went to his bank and cashiers check made out in front of me. I was in Corvette, we were 10 miles from his house, he said I'll drive. No, I said, my insurance covers me, I'll drive to your house and you bring me back to fields. Worked for me...
  5. Have some maroon t-top bags, 2 in excellent condition. Anyone need them? 100 bucks postpaid in continental US....
  6. Cash always works. No personal check, unless you see Jay Leno signing it. No cashiers check, unless you go to a local bank and see the check issued. Money wired to your bank account, is safe, just call your bank to verify money is there. if all else fails, take a deposit while keeping the car and have buyer work out how to get money to you. good luck!
  7. Sorry, I can't help, wish I could. I did read recently about a Model A supplier that had wide width fabric. Another option is to contact Eric Haartz, he's a great resource for us old car guys.
  8. Wow, that one hit close to home, Matt's finger is correct. I'm guilty of preaching chrome and upholstery and paint costs myself. Why don't we start saying "Man, you'd have a lot of memories restoring that one" or "Get your son or daughter involved in the restoration" or "Let us know how we can help you restore that car"....the list is endless for positive thoughts.....
  9. There's a lot of detail work in sewing a set of side curtains, so I don't see that as expensive at all, from a labor standpoint. Ask me to make a set of curtains for your teens touring car, I'm going to tell you it cost more than a new top, due to detail work.....
  10. My memory is of the Harrah's sales, hundreds of cars going over the block. Everyone I talked to said that was the end of high prices for old cars, flooding the market like that. Steve, I agree, the hobby changes but it's kept alive by so many people loving old cars. Happy Motoring!
  11. I get amused, my wife just reading me an article about the "only 245.5 million dollars in sales" at the recent auctions, and how the old car market is in a slump. Really? Where can I find all these bargains? The auction problem is that the auctioneers and media have filled the owner's heads with dreams of hundred dollar bills, so they set a reserve that's not realistic, and they don't sell. That's not an indication of ANYTHING other than greed. I had a friend visit the other day, he doesn't like original old cars at all, he's totally into hot rods and customs. We were talking about a few cars, he pointed at my 1910 Buick and said "Well, those cars are worthless, anyone who would have wanted one is dead now....." He was dead serious, that's his belief. It's called projection, I think, in psychology, "I have no interest in that kind of car, therefore NO ONE has any interest in that kind of car. I proceeded to explain to him that the HCCA is alive and well, early cars are bringing more dollars than they've ever brought, there are tons of tours nationwide for early cars, the Model T clubs are strong and have a lot of young members. He looked at me like I had three eyes, really? he asked, that's hard to believe..... Taking one event and saying that's the harbinger of things to come is not the way to analyze the market. Besides, it's a hobby, and this whole investment thing has taken away a lot of the focus from the hobby itself.
  12. Again, we should have an option where people can post a for sale ad with NO REPLIES. This reminds me of an ad on HCCA site for a1910 Hudson not long ago. No description, no price, so only one guy called. Turns out it was a complete, nice, 1910 Model 20 fore-door roadster, the only complete one known to exist, and bought at a batgain price since guy was desperate to sell. So, keep on throwing rocks and not calling.......
  13. Does it seem ironic that the phrase "only 245.5 million dollars" is being taken as a negative for the hobby? The bidder's speak with money, regardless of auction house estimates.
  14. A good friend has a mid-50's Mopar, and that's the same impression I got riding with him. Feels like cheating, here's an old car, yet it's fast, nimble, comfortable, great visibility, so drivable it hurts.....What's the fun in that? Well, actually quite a bit.....
  15. Every year, drive up to my spot ready to set up, and there's a car or two there. Oh, didn't think your were coming this year. Really? As to space allocation, a friend has a small Scotty trailer, and he said hey, can I get one spot for my trailer and truck. Well, no, it won't fit. Sure it will, he says. So, he has one of those rolling measuring wheels, we laid it out in his parking lot, and then his comment was Son of a Biscuit Eater, you're correct, won't fit. I have great neighbors at Hershey now, but in the past have had ones that fought for every inch over the line....fun stuff. I'd say a car hauler and a car for sale are going to be tight, but doable. I will also tell you that, if you want to sell a car, get in the car corral. I brought a '63 Corvette SW to my space one year, lots of head nods but no discussion. Got a space in the car corral the next year and it sold, while not quickly, mid-day the second day. In my space would have been a waste of time, again.
  16. There's a gentleman in Pennsylvania, the Lancaster area, who fabricates new brake cables. I don't have contact info in hand, but someone here should have it. If not I'll get it for you.
  17. Nice! Needed another one, just in Case? Interesting cars.....
  18. Don't think they were original factory equipment on any car, but a dealer or aftermarket installed accessory. They look good on a few cars, but not all, in my opinion. L-29 Cord is where they show up the most, on which they look great, Ruston, some other speedster models. Although they look different, it was said the interior reflector design actually gave a nice beam of light.
  19. For those who wish to see a Longuemare carburetor, made by the Holley Brothers circa 1903. Not for sale, correct carb for the 1903 Pierce 6 HP engine I have. Just information. The Holley Brothers also marketed complete engines, and I believe at one time a complete car. Longuemare was a French company, and the Holley Brothers had exclusive rights to manufacture in the United States at the time.
  20. That's not real world, and not a figure that was mentioned to me. Oh well, thought they wanted to move quickly. My bad.
  21. I believe that style sill was used from 1932 until 1935. As to a specific year and model, someone with the exact car who could take measurements could tell you best. It's my opinion that these are virtually impossible to restore correctly, due to the intricate design that, once damaged, is difficult to repair. I'm sure it's been done, though.
  22. trimacar

    Barn Find!

    Sorry to hear that. You know the question I'm going to ask....is that other car available, or did it go to son in law? thanks David C.
  23. I just posted these as information, and I added some of my comments. If interested, I'll be glad to send you contact information, via PM, although sharp eyed forum members can figure out who has these cars with the pictures shown. Prices are adjusting, yes, the very good cars are as strong as ever, the so-so cars are all over the place, projects are a tough sell due to cost of restoration. If I were looking for a specific car to jump in the hobby and tour and show and meet a lot of interesting people, then waiting for prices to sink would just continue to deprive one of fun and memories and new friends, in the months or years spent waiting. Look at it as an investment in your life enjoyment, not a monetary investment. As discussed on another thread, why did old cars become a hobby that had to pay for itself? There are hundreds of hobbies that have no return whatsoever, yet money is spent on them without a second thought. That '30 Chevy is an intro car to the hobby, I'd guess, but it's a 55 mph car that will cruise all day and is already done. Might need a little sorting out, sure, but for the money, can't beat it.....
  24. I don't disagree, if someone walked up with 20k in hand he might take them both home. I think that's about market, too.