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  1. Neighbor / long time friend begged to trade his almost done 69 Charger for our 72 Vista Cruiser (350 4 bbl) that needed a lot of work; had been in primer for 25 years.
  2. Not a Ford, but in the early 80s bought a 1969 Buick GS California. Pillar post car; it had a 350 4bbl and special air cleaner.
  3. There is a landfill in our rural township (36 sq miles, 5k residents, not a single gas station, traffic signal, etc). The landfill has been operating since at least the late 1950s but of course, now is much larger and corporate owned. The benefit to our community is the 'hosting fees' which brings a regular and financially beneficial income to our community. We have the best fire apparatus and roads in the area and a very healthy treasury (upwards of $10 million) plus have purchased a couple large parcels to retain as nature preserves and future development for parks or municipal service locations. Residents have the opportunity also for (almost) unlimited free disposal. Located on the far NE corner of our township, it doesn't bother me one bit as the wind blows into the next adjoining township; still mostly rural but significantly more populated and offering most urban services. The homes there are significantly pricier and not unexpected, homes and even an elementary school were constructed just east of the large, busy and often smelly landfill. What comes next? Of course, complaints about the smell and how the landfill should be shut down. "For the Children" Sorry idiots, guess you shouldn't have bought or built there. Mount Trashmore is clearly visible for miles (but not from my house). I looked at a home downwind from the landfill before relocating to where I am now. It was a beautiful piece of property, the right size and price, great trees but you could see and smell 'the dump'. Un unh!!!
  4. Yes, you do need to have a fire extinguisher that works if safety checked by our SPAAMFAA Chapter.
  5. Saw the subject line and thought you meant this Imperial Roadster. 😀
  6. The Sutphen plants near Columbus OH are also very cool. We were visiting Mr. Sutphen's vintage car (and boat) collection with our club but were distracted by a new apparatus being pump tested in their pond. A few of us wandered over to the manufacturing building and Mr. Sutphen saw our interest. He gave us his business card and sent us over to the other facility the following day for a '3 hour tour' by the Plant Manager. Unfortunately Mr. Sutphen has now passed. Haven't heard if his collection survived.
  7. MVPA (Military Vehicle Preservation Association) National Meet in Findlay Ohio Armed Forces Day weekend is cancelled. Cadillac & LaSalle Club Grand National in Overland Park Kansas 2nd week of June is cancelled GLIAFAA (Great Lakes Intl Antique Fire Apparatus Association) Jackson (MI) Firematic Swap Meet will be reschedule. Always last Saturday in April. Date TBD.
  8. Frankenmuth circa 2004 SPAAMFAA National Muster sponsored by Great Lakes International Fire Apparatus Association
  9. Took the big quint out for a 30 mile jaunt today and to get some fresh fuel. The 8v71 sounded beautiful and the Allison shifted as smooth as you can get with a 30k lb beast. As thanks, he burped about half a gallon of diesel on my coat sleeve. Dang it, that wasn't a work coat!!
  10. Yes, understand what you are saying but I dunno; the Hagerty people that I've met, MANY are personally involved with vintage car ownership and involvement. I contacted Hagerty to discuss a question yesterday and spoke with a really nice, enthusiastic rep. We discussed my vehicles, their usage, Hagerty Road Service (yes, they still cover retired fire trucks) She mentioned previously working at The Henry Ford / Greenfield Village and how much she enjoyed Motor Muster and Old Car Festival. Said she was going to try to attend this year. Then there was the Hagerty employee who was driving a Model A (I think) as his every day car for a year including Michigan winter. And Tara - - she's cool. Works in the offices, collects vintage Cadillacs, photographer, bird rescue and races forget if it was bikes or cars. She was on one of the build teams at Hershey a few years back. i could go on and on - Hagerty staff are awesome and involved.
  11. They also strongly support many of the marque clubs.