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  1. WOW!! How sad, Eric!! :mad: I bought a new '70 98 Olds 2 door. Drove it 1100 miles in one day to get to Minn. ahead of a snowstorm and wasn't even tired. Of course I was a little younger then.. Rod
  2. Thanks, Bob. Yes, I was surprised to see Ramblers were also sold there too. This dealership blew up about 10 years after this card was sent. :confused: There was a gas station across the street that was evidently losing gasoline from an underground tank, ending up emitting fumes into the basement of this dealership. Every morning for several weeks the manager would go to the basement, upon his arrival and start an exhaust fan to blow those fumes out of the basement. One morning a spark from the fan's switch exploded the fumes, killing him and ending the dealership's, and a few months later, gas station's businesses. As we now look back, it was a bonehead thing to do. If you smell gas, don't touch any switches or anything metal on your way out of the building. This was difficult to convince my school administrators to stop telling teachers to shut the lights out in the classrooms during a fire drill. Ihad to tell them this story several times before a change in policy was made.:confused: I guess we still don't readily accept changes. Rod
  3. Thanks for all the good posts above about how it used to be. I remember the early 50s through the mid 60s especially how exciting it was to see the new models in the previous fall showing. Some years in the 50s there was virtually little or no change from one year to the next. I think this kept the prices from increasing and people weren't real keen on changes back then. We still looked forward to it anyway. A couple of the nearby towns would coordinate their annual town celebration/parade etc. with the unveiling of the new car showing. After the parade and hamburger feed we'd visit the dealers to see the new cars. I also remember my folks would "order" a car from the factory built with their choice of options, motor, fabrics and colors. I think it took about 6 weeks or so I don't think many people do this anymore, do they? I think the last car they ordered was a 1960 Pontiac Safari 9 passenger station wagon. After that we had more dealers where we could shop around for the car we wanted. Below is a post card I found in my Dad's things shortly after his passing last March, from the local dealer encouraging Dad to come in and trade cars. The card came a little late as Dad had just traded with another dealer for a 65 Pontiac Bonneville his our first car to have A/C. Thanks for this interesting thread. Rod
  4. Yep, I remember the thread but can't find it either.:mad: Rod
  5. That's how I want my DA wheels to look too, although I think they were painted at the factory to match the body. Mine were originally anyway. I figure the next owner can paint over those natural grain spokes if he/she chooses. While I own it, I'll enjoy the natural look. I plan to paint the hub and the wheel itself to match the body or the fenders. I've seen some with silver rims and that is sharp too. JMHO:) Rod
  6. I think you're right Jason, this Canadian Dodge has one too. Notice pic of rear of car in a group. Rod http://forums.aaca.org/f143/road-again-319071.html
  7. Nice car, CanadianVictory6. Thanks for the pics. I like the warning sign above your tail light. Rod van Pelt
  8. Our Wal-Mart has it in the oil section. Good stuff! Rod:)
  9. Great pics, guys! Thaanks for all the great pics. Sure brings back a lot of memories. Growing up, Charles Lindberg was my hero. Here's a link to a pic of the tanker truck fueling up his "Spirit of St. Louis". Every drop will count. Redirect Notice http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&client=firefox-a&sa=X&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&biw=1024&bih=545&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&tbnid=8HiKHrexwlIOhM:&imgrefurl=http://www.charleslindbergh.com/history/log.asp&docid=IXLvFrAkEC5vbM&imgurl=http://www.charleslindbergh.com/images/car2.jpg&w=5400&h=4224&ei=ADIzT6D4B66EsgLCvJiyAg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=433&vpy=217&dur=13221&hovh=198&hovw=254&tx=87&ty=118&sig=108920727374615026972&page=5&tbnh=170&tbnw=216&start=46&ndsp=13&ved=1t:429,r:10,s:46 1927 La Salle.
  10. Brandon, You are one blessed uncle and he is also very blessed to have an uncle like you! More kids now days need the companionship and guidance of a caring adult. Your mechanic experience will not only give him a great background but will instill good work ethics rarely found today. Enjoy these great memories with him! Rod van Pelt
  11. If there is no serious rust on the skins, no parts missing or broken $1500 to $2000 wouldn't be out of line. IMHO. Yea, right, "forget the gas pump" and SHIP IT TO ME!!! I'll dispose of it for you...LOL:eek: Rod
  12. Wish I was closer.:mad: The pump is a Gilbert-Barker model 176, 178, or 179 10 gallon visible/gravity pump from the mid to late 20s. The oval tag will specify model and serial number. Rod van Pelt
  13. Could be a bicycle part. It is, however, made of heavy pot metal instead of light weight tin usually found on bikes. It weighs 1 lb. and takes a threaded base bulb. The only thing I can read on the base of the broken bulb is "MAZDA" and possibly "15". Rod:)
  14. Could be a bicycle part. It is, however, made of heavy pot metal instead of light weight tin usually found on bikes. It weighs 1 lb. and takes a threaded base bulb. The only thing I can read on the base of the broken bulb is "MAZDA" and possibly "15". Rod
  15. I would like to know if anyone has any info on this light/horn combo that was mounted in front of the windshield on a 1930 Dodge Brothers DA Deluxe coupe when my Dad bought it in 1951. It does not have any markings or numbers on it that I can find. It is probably a 6 volt. It measures 2 3/4 in. diameter, 5 1/4 in. long and 3 in. tall. I don't know if it is a DB option or an after market add on. I think it's kind of unique to be, I believe, a horn/light combo, as the inner part resembles a horn. The lens is missing but believe it was convex and glass. Here are some pics. Thanks for your help. Rod van Pelt
  16. I would like to know if anyone has any info on this light/horn combo that was mounted in front of the windshield on a 1930 Dodge Brothers DA Deluxe coupe when my Dad bought it in 1951. It does not have any markings or numbers on it that I can find. It is probably a 6 volt. It measures 2 3/4 in. diameter, 5 1/4 in. long and 3 in. tall. I don't know if it is a DB option or an after market add on. I think it's kind of unique to be, I believe, a horn/light combo, as the inner part resembles a horn. Here are some pics. Thanks for your help. Rod van Pelt
  17. Here's wishing you a speedy recovery, Doug! Follow the dr.'s orders and you'll be enjoying that DA for many more years down the road. Rod
  18. I'm 2 hrs away. Don't think I'll be down that way for a couple weeks.
  19. I asked a bodyman "friend" of mine last night what he would charge to paint my DB 30 DA coupe. He said 10K. I said WOW!!! He said just the paint would be 3K and goes up some every other month. Guess I'll leave her the way she is. Rod:)
  20. I looked for a SN# plate, number on engine or number stamped on chassis but couldn't find one.
  21. Here's a link you might enjoy. The origin of DeSoto cars (a Chrysler division) What a beautiful car this was and could be: File:'29 DeSoto (Auto classique).JPG - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Thanks, Rod
  22. Personally, I think it would look nicer restored like this: File:'29 DeSoto (Auto classique).JPG - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Just my 2 cents worth. Rod
  23. Since the car is mostly complete, it would be great to see it restored. Here's a link to the history and development of the DeSoto. The origin of DeSoto cars (a Chrysler division) Thanks, Rod
  24. I didn't ask the owner of pawn shop how long the car had been on the lot or if the owner was firm on his/her price. I would imagine the seller would be open to an offer but can't speak for them. Some questions about headlights, cowl lights, tail light, bumper parts, visor, spare tire, etc. missing. I was told the car was complete except for the gas cap and the crank. Maybe those parts are all in boxes somewherd for safe keeping. Best bet is to call:970-622-0219 for more info. Rod