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  1. On Facebook Marketplace a 1958 Century 4 door hardtop recently popped up. I haven’t seen this car before, so it was a bit of a surprise. The dealer name on the trunk is Dickson Motors, which is local, but hasn’t operated under that name in decades. Bank account got drained today for a car for the youngest while away at school, so it won’t be joining my stable unless perhaps the lottery numbers come up for me tonight...I’d then need to deal with space constraints too.
  2. Well, since last October, it could be a weed party in Canada....
  3. I’m happy I wasn’t there. The Roadmaster Sedanette would have been far too tempting for the price it went for...of course, one never knows how far someone else will go to get it. I like the colour, but that’s always a matter of personal preference.
  4. Great thoughts. Yes, it makes sense that it takes two to tango...or bid against each other. If the right eyes aren’t on it, it won’t sell. Perhaps it can be resolved with a Buy-it-now price. Out of curiosity, I’d imagine people have gotten comfortable with eBay, but how many “high dollar” cars sell there? If one is looking to sell for over $50k, then perhaps Mecum or RM Auctions is the better venue, or in a well-advertised online sale / showroom. The car corral at a BCA or AACA meet may do a better job of getting the car in front of those interested parties who may have the wallets to make a deal. Also, how many people will pay $50k or more based on online photos and a description? Someone who can pay that can also afford a plane ticket to go see the car in person, or find a trusted third party to look it over. I’ve made too many deals where it was more spur of the moment and I wouldn’t necessarily have made the purchase either with sober second thought or a thorough inspection (granted, we are talking about lower value vehicles, so travelling didn’t really make economic sense). I think that there are multiple questions going on in the background. I don’t think it’s fair to say there’s no interest in pre-war Buicks based on the lack of ability to sell one nicely done car at the seller’s price. I think there is quite a bit of sales activity with respect to pre-war Buicks if we look at lower values. Not everyone can afford that level of car in the first place, and the price point may deter some who are more interested in a nice driver they can have some fun with. I’m not saying one can’t have fun with this car (I think it would be a blast), but concern over stone chips or other damage may have potential buyers looking for a car that isn’t as pristine. The reality is that we could put out the money for this car, but storage is tight and I wouldn’t be able to use it enough to justify the investment. I have other fun cars that I was able to procure for under $10k that I can enjoy driving without fear of the additional costs to repair the inevitable nicks and scratches. Different strokes for different folks.
  5. Ah...ok...in that case it would be more carpentry than woodwork, so I don’t think of it as a big issue. The seat frames and armrests could be a bit more challenging to do nicely, but manageable.
  6. We are driving the Skyhawk down, not the 1959 LeSabre. I guess I’m typing about too many cars.... I drove the 1959 to the mechanic this morning for some odds and ends. It’s only money....
  7. There was no wood in the body construction for 1939, so the rotten wood you saw must have been from something else. 1938 was the last year and only in 80 and 90 series cars.
  8. Thanks to JD, I learned something. Detroit Electrics were built until 1939 and modern ones are being built under that name, according to Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detroit_Electric I picked up the Skyhawk this morning from the mechanic and went to the office, then home (maybe 6 miles). The new tires are on it and the speedo is pretty accurate comparing to the Garmin GPS. The rear end oild and valve cover gaskets were changed and a door lock repaired, so things are looking pretty good for the drive south. Now, it’s time to get out and enjoy some shakedown miles. A little less joy with the 1959 as the battery was weak, so it wouldn’t start this morning. I was so looking forward to driving both cars today with sport coat and dress shirt. I put the charger on it and should have it to the mechanic for a few odds and ends tomorrow. I hope I beat the predicted rain as there are weatherstripping issues and I still have bare floor in it.
  9. Every restoration takes time and money. With enough of one, you don’t need as much of the other. Skills can be acquired. So, the example of a $16,000 restoration comes from spending more time on it. In project management, there is a triple constraint of time, resources (or money), and quality. At best you can get two. If you want quality in a shorter time frame, it will cost more. In 2005-6, I put a lot of money into my 1966 Wildcat that some of you here have seen. Some people had told me it was too rusty to restore. At that time, $15,000 covered the body and paint, replaced the windshield, replaced the vinyl top, and straightened the bumpers (I don’t recall if a rechrome was involved or not...possibly, but uncertain). When all was said and done, it received a Bronze award in 2009, just short of a Silver. It’s far from perfect. The mechanical work, engine rebuild, etc, was in the range of $10,000. There was also some interior work. I now have about $30k into a car the market would likely value at 1/2-2/3 of that cost. I certainly didn’t do it for the money. When I bought that car, I had way more time than money, but didn’t get much done aside from a few odds and ends. By the time we got around to restoration work, we had more money than time. The 1961 Invicta will be a more extensive project (at least the Wildcat ran). Aside from it, I don’t foresee taking on as extensive a project again. Well, I’ve still got the body / cosmetic stuff to deal with on the 1929. All that said, I’d hope one could turn a car like this into a decent runner for far less than the suggested $1-200k. If not, I fear the death-knell for the hobby is sounding. It’s also much easier to bring a car a notch up in condition than 2-4 notches. The better an example you have to start with, the easier it is to take it to the next level.
  10. It looks like a rather old photo as well. The reality of today is that the higher the value, the more photos there should be showing good points and bad points. It’s also easy to create a video of it running, at least stationary, so that the engine can be heard to run. My vote is also on scam.
  11. Different perspective JD...I really like those shots.
  12. That would be about 12,000 miles in nearly 2 years. Of course, driving multiple vehicles lessens the mileage put on each one. Nephew is getting married Saturday, so crossing a couple provincial borders to get there.
  13. There were some updates recently. I think we have a copy of what was put out for the 2017 meet in Brookfield, but I’m away from home until late Monday. Crossed 20,000 km on the Envision today.
  14. I drove the Skyhawk perhaps another 5 whopping miles this morning. I have to be away for the weekend for a wedding and there are a few other things needing doing, including replacing the rear end oil - without a drain plug, the cover needs to be removed, so sealant will need time to cure and a long weekend is as good as any. Should be in the range of 55 miles so far.
  15. Retiring? Say it ain’t so! We’ll miss your work. I’m hopeful any replacement is as interested in getting involved as you have been. Larry - at supper tonight, Luke asked if he could use the Skyhawk in the morning. No problem. He’s got a clean record and has enjoyed being able to use the Skyhawk and pace car in the summers. He tried driving the 1941 once, but couldn’t get the coordination with the clutch and accelerator. I guess it’s time we give that another shot. Joseph will be leaving at the end of the month to got to Halifax, where he starts school in September. He wants to do some driving before he leaves...right now it’s either the Skyhawk or the 1959 LeSabre Estate Wagon...I suspect he’ll get some time in the Skyhawk.