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Dwight V.

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  1. Tom, I'd suggest posting either at www.flu.org or www.mirafiori.com. Either place should get you a quick response. I've not had that particular problem but if you're still running the dual point distributor the problem may lie within. May be time for new points/condensers. One set is used for starting and the other for running. Also, it's Spider vs Spyder. Spyders are Corvairs.
  2. My wife's grandfather had a '29 Hudson as his first car. We recently came across a photo of it, and it's the sporty roadster model. I'd like to find out how many of these may have been built. My Standard Catalog of American Cars is blank on this. Seems to me it was a pretty rare car in it's day. If anyone owns one now, I'd love to hear from you.
  3. 3 lug bolts was usually French cars. The Yugo has 4 per wheel. Decent cars that didn't get the respect they deserved, usually bought by owners whose idea of 'maintenance' was to add gas to the tank. The GVX was the 'sporty' model with the 'big' engine and a lot of plastic cladding to make it look fast.
  4. November thru March here is Salt Season, so nothing gets driven unless we've had heavy rains to wash it all off the roads (like this week). I have a company car for work as I do a lot of miles. I wish I lived in a nicer locale so I could drive something 'old' every day and park the Taurus/Stratus for 'normal' trips. The Mini is too small to take far and the truck puts the gas away. I'd like to have a Falcon or Mustang for daily use, even just a six cylinder, but I couldn't stand to see it evaporate over the slush months.
  5. I'm not going to be much help, but I owned a 1967 CJ5 with that engine. I am pretty sure that was the first year for the 225 Buick. That Jeep is technically a AMC and not a Willys. In fact, they may have still been labelled 'Kaiser Jeep Corp' but were a part of AMC by then.
  6. Not a fan of the goofy new plate either. I liked the purple and white plates. I stuck a decal of a Mini on mine to cover poor Steve's car (whatever that thing is). If I get stopped, so be it. I've received a lot of comments at shows about my 'modification', and all have been positive. I also have it mounted on one of those magnetic car dealer tag holders so I can take it off and throw it in the trunk at shows if I'm inclined. Just have to remember to put it back.
  7. I've got a few... <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> The first was the '66 Ford pickup I went to see in way-South Carolina (I'm in PA). Middle of August and hotter than blazes. My wife went with me as I figured I'd be driving it home. We even took the two dogs with us to save on a kennel, which meant leaving the a/c on in the car non-stop and staying in pet friendly motels. Anyway, the truck wasn't exactly what I was looking for but I had talked myself into it not having found much else I liked. The photos were actually very good, sent via computer. The seller was patient and, actually, pretty honest. The problem was that it was painted white...while it wasn't rusted, which was my main concern, it was dented all to heck and showed evidence of bodywork EVERYWHERE. The automatic colum shifter was broken off, so you needed two hands to engage gear. The suspension bushings were, well, GONE and the tires were so bald I knew they wouldn't make it 100 miles. That's what I get for not asking about such things and only focusing on rust, figuring if it ain't rusty how bad can it be? Passed on that one, and the wife wasn't even mad at me. She just said "If it isn't right, don't buy it". She is a wise woman. Prior to that I had found a truck in Virginia that sounded perfect, but when the long awaited photos arrived, all I got were two very blurry Polaroids that showed what looked like a pickup parked in a carport. Maybe. I think. I didn't even bother calling that idiot back. Then, again based on photos, drove to Long Island to buy a Innocenti Mini Cooper. Cash in pocket, wife in tow, tools for any problems in the car. The paint was shot (not 'presentable'), some of the rare interior parts were missing and it didn't run particularly well. There were a lot of red flags looking at some of the prior repairs the owner had allegedly paid $4000 to have done over the years. I wanted that car bad, even as screwed up as it was, and offered $500 less than his asking price just to make myself feel better. He refused! I left it there. Wound up buying an Austin Mini for less money that was twice as nice not long after that. Another good decision. I did finally score my pickup in North Carolina from a seller that not only sent me photos but took a video of the truck and showed close up all the areas of concern. Even got to hear it run. That truck was mine the minute I saw it in his driveway upon arrival. Best of all, it was the least expensive truck I looked at. I sold my 1970 Fiat 124 Spider, my first restoration, over the internet to a lady from North Dakota. She wanted to drive it home, which I talked her out of thankfully. Instead, she showed up with her husband and a borrowed car trailer. Looked it over a bit and then handed me the money. Didn't want to drive it. Didn't even hear it run until I drove it on the trailer. I was in disbelief. Guess they were happy with it as I never heard about it after they left! I like the road trips, but you sure can't be too careful. If I'd do it again, I highly recommend the video method...it showed detail that none of the photos every would have.
  8. On my 5 cylinder Audi = XTRACYL On my old autocross car = KWIKR
  9. IMO, this show continues to struggle. If you are into British cars, air cooled VWs or need to find a part for something really off the radar screen, it's still worthwhile to shop the vendor area. It certainly hasn't grown in size any though. The car show I think has grown, thanks to the efforts of various clubs. Saab, Volvo, Audi, Citroen and Fiat clubs all have a pretty good turnout. It is surprising that the British cars are handsomely outnumbered for once. It's certainly not as crowded as the other shows, and makes for a nice day (Saturday) but I wouldn't plan on spending the entire weekend there. Of course, the weather has been historically abysmal, so plan accordingly. I'll miss it for the first time in years due to another show I signed up for out of state.
  10. You guys all need to get the book "The Cobra In The Barn". It is a collection of stories about barn finds. Good stuff! Got mine for Christmas.
  11. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Dear Skyking,I drive about 35,000 miles a year,mostly on the thruway.Yea thats me in the right lane GOING the speed limit and i DON'T pass anyone.....EVER.I never had a problem with speeders but speeding and NOT paying attention is a death sentence.</div></div> It's not the speed, it's the inattentiveness and overall poor driver skill that causes accidents. Speed isn't the cause, though it may increase the severity of the results. Speed limits are often not set by engineering practice but by the whim of government officials. Most are set too low. Most people will drive a speed they are comfortable with, which is why most speed limits are ignored. My gripe is with the lack of attention people assign to the very important task of driving, and the complete lack of anything other than a pulse required to get a license in this country. You may drive the speed limit to your heart's content, so long as you don't impede my ability to pass you safely should I choose to do so. <span style="font-style: italic">My strong opinion as a competition license holder and someone who has spent hours and hours obtaining instruction in car control.</span>
  12. Got another one... Austin Minis and Americas using the transmission case as the oil sump, and sharing the same oil. Uh, yeah, that'll work for most people.
  13. Here are my two. They couldn't be more different, huh?
  14. Hmmm, the brain is churning. Point A: I think that the collector car hobby will be subject purely to the younger generation's interest in history as a general rule. If you have no interest in history or preservation, then you aren't likely to find an old car very fascinating. When a new Toyota pickup has a 245 HP V6 and turns a better 0-60 time than my 20 year old German "performance" car, there is little incentive for me to tinker with old cars if all I'm interested in is effortless speed and low maintenance. Multiply that disparity by 50 years of evolution, and the chasm widens. I don't have the solution for that one. Point B: one of the above posts sort of alluded to the specialization of clubs. Perhaps more of this really is needed? While there is some cross-pollination, I can tell you that when owners of new MINIs and classic Minis get together, we give the other cars only a cursory glance, because they are so different our interests simply do not transfer much. Both are fine cars and fun to drive in their own right, but the experiences of ownership are vastly different. The two survive much better in their seperate 'camps' doing their own things. This need not be a bad thing. Perhaps the AACA is trying to be too much to too many?
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