Paul Dobbin

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About Paul Dobbin

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    Smoky Mountains
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    Old car restoration and touring. Primary interest in Pre-WWII


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    1934 Fords since 1972

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  1. Looks like your brother caught the Studebaker Affliction from you Mark. All cool cars and I love seeing you all use them.
  2. Look at Cars For Sale on the AACA Forums. There is a Packard offered by Brass is Best that meets you description. A $250,000 car today.. i checked it an the one for sale is a 1915, sorry.
  3. The 57 Caddy on that short trailer won't have enough tongue weight to tow safely. It will/can spin the towing vehicle around. The voice of experience 40 years ago. 57 Coupe DeVille behind a F-150 Ford, only damage was to my ego and my shorts.
  4. I hope we all see the Jackrabbit on the Glidden Tour!
  5. I'm not real sure where that piece of steel goes, but it looks like spot for a rubber bumper to protect the hood from that sharp edge/, I have several places that look like that with rubber pads riveted to the two holes.
  6. I have one for sale, $8,000. No dents, no bondo, be the 4th old man owner in a row, since new. (1981)
  7. I'm glad you found the source. I think my 35 Buick running board covers came from there. My connection to the 32 Oldsmobile comes from my Grandfather's 32 Buick Adventure You might find as an jnteresting read, especially, the end of the story. o
  8. I think you would do better to ask this question the EFV8CA forum or HAMB. The transmissions on cars are fairly easy to get out buy dropping the rear end and pulling the transmission out the top with the floor removed. You say Truck? How big may be a different story. You probably will find another hobbiest will be a lot less expensive than transmission shop because this is old technology and paying for their education gets expensive. I know a guy who sent his transmission from a 1932 Model B Pickup to a restoration shop and it cost him $5000. That's nuts!!! Find the local V8 Club and ask them.
  9. Interesting thread, we all got here differently. My father was a PhD. But was also a big do it yourselfer but to being born before the Depression and growing up during it. He built our home, he liked used cars, especially old Cadillac’s- 1947-1958. He taught me to drive on my 12th birthday, which was a highly anticipated event. My brother who was two years older bought a 1942 Harley Davidson 45 police bike when he turned 13. The $75.00 price was shared 50/50 with Dad, with one condition. John had to restore it before he rode it, which proved to be a wise idea later when he was able to ride it, Sweat equity make careful riders. When turned 13, I did the same. By the time I was riding mine, I was head over heal in love with a Model A Fordor. I couldn’t sell my Zundapp motorcycle and traded it for a boat & motor which after it was restored provided cash for a car, but the Model A was gone. Then my brother and I teamed up on a few builds before the Air Force got me. In the Air Force the bases had hobby ships where I could use their tools and other expertise to redo various rides during my 4 ½ years a Photo Interpreter for air target charts. It was I those hobby shops where I learned that if you want to know how to do something, ask someone who knows. Good advice for a life of old cars. Now 112 cars and 3 degrees later, I’m retired and still enjoying playing with cars and all the interesting people we’ve met with 46 years in the AACA and our local clubs. We have a golf cart for farm use, but no golf clubs or Country Clubs or regrets. I even flipped cars during my college years for transportation & profit. It might have been more interesting to born into the hobby, maybe I’d be more into Cadillac’s than Fords, but that’s fine too.
  10. John, This is the first post of your story. Do it like Auburnseeker has done with his garage build, and you will get lots of encouragement. However, don;t get so involved that you don'ts how up for "What is it? Thanks
  11. My wife and I lay out a lot of tours for our local club, doing the layout in a modern car. A good county map is a must to find shortcuts to avoid highways. Lots of cutting thru neighborhoods with plenty of turns to notate. A rule of thumb is that antique cars are cute for 3 seconds, then we are in the way. Another rule is if you get a line behind you, pull over and let them by. We have the oldest cars up front to set the pace, which also aggravates some of our newer tourists too. Still fun to get them out and find country roads to drive 35-40-MPH on the way to someplace to eat and drink. I usually put some historical notes in each tour, then give the extra copies to the local historical society to sell at their museum. Our antique folks can then access them to take their visitors on tours or take the one the missed. it's worth the effort to see a bunch of Pre WWII cars in my rear view mirror.
  12. About 1958, a friend had a beautiful green 49 Fordor like that with dual exhausts on the flat head V8. I guess at my tender age I was smitten with the flathead sounds and always liked the old V8's. Not for carrying stiffs, but it would a bunch of live teenage boys. Now I drive a 1934 Fordor an when unknowing people ask about what it is, I can identify it by saying it's a 1934 Fordor like the one Bonnie & Clyde died in.. A point if identity that is unversally recognized.
  13. Such hostility guys! It's just a entertaining TV show! As a watcher from the beginning, I tend to laugh through ttheir car buying episodes because they never make wise choices on car purchases. I missed who the so called Cadillac Expert with Mike was at the beginning. To me it looked like a V8 Cadillac with a Chrysler windshield grafted to the cowl, all in need of a total restoration. If it was a prototype, I'm glad it never went into production because the 1930 & 1931 Cadillacs were much better looking. Still fun to watch when they get to a interesting collection.
  14. About 40 years ago I placed my first restored 1934 Ford Tudor in a Mall Show. Inside the shopping mall with roped stantions mounted to the bumper ends to keep onlookers at least 3 feet from the car. When I returned to the car there was a family sitting in the car bouncing up and down in all seats. The father said "he had a Model T Roadster just like it".
  15. Long, but interesting thread, I wish Earl good luck. I've enjoyed seeing that car on AACA Tours over the years. The nice big Buick makes a great tour car and will carry lots of appreciative friends. I too enjoy skirts bur realize it's not everybody's cup of tea. They are part of the streamlined look started by the Airflows of Chrysler Corp in 1934. On several National Tours, Earl & Doug Seybold both drove yellow Buick Convertible sedans. Earl I hope you let Doug know yours is available as well as the Buick Clubs. At some point your desire to sell will be matched with another guy's desire to own and he'll think he paid to much and you'll think you gave it away, but both will be happy the deal is done.