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  1. Hi. My name is Mike and I finally have to admit that I too am addicted. After checking the forum at 10 last night and then 5:30 this morning and thinking to myself... Two posts? That's it? There's got to be more!!! Thank you friends for helping me through this. I don't know that 28 days in rehab would help.
  2. I think it is a drag that two American icons (that I imagine Roberta is talking about) Levis (Mexico) and Converse Chuck Taylors (China) have been outsourced. People want cheap goods. Makers of these goods want to still make money. When was the last time YOU bought something merely because it was made in the USA regardless of price? I try to, but sometimes there aren't other options. A Snap On ratchet will do the same job as the Lowe's store brand (Chinese made) does, but there is a difference in quality... And a couple hundred bucks. Let your conscience guide you where your head tells your wallet not to.
  3. Good point Roy. Another thing to consider is that hardtops and convertibles share body panels, doors, windows, and trim. Sedans are all different so unless all you need are mechanical parts, sedans (2 dr. or otherwise) won't work. I need a bunch of stuff for my 55 convertible project and may have to find a decent donor car as buying each piece will quickly add up. But most of the stuff I need could be taken from any 55, since the body is so straight and relatively rust free. But I'm lucky on that account, just ask Willie or Bob Beck or Steve (Fireball v8). These cars generally need EVERYTHING!!! I'm lucky mine just needs a few odds and ends like a wiring harness, and a few chrome doodads...
  4. Welcome aboard Frank. I sat across the table from you and your family at last years banquet. I look forward to seeing you again.
  5. Donor cars, modified cars, street rods, etc. are part of the old car hobby whether you, I, or anybody else like it. No matter whether you are restoring or rodding a car, you are ALWAYS money ahead to buy the most (best condition) car you can afford.
  6. That's awesome Ken. I would like to nominate you for Mr. Earl's Buickman award!
  7. Merry Christmas everybody. I actually woke up before my five year old! I think I'll have coffee before the melée begins. Here's to a prosperous new year! Clink, clink, hiccup.
  8. To paraphrase an old joke... "We don't serve foreign car owners here------- Well good, I don't eat them anyway!"
  9. Ahh, young Wes, What a fine young man you are becoming. Quite a stellar member of the old car hobby, as well. By repeatedly referring to gangster, drug-dealing, urban youth and then slamming members of THIS FORUM for not being as politically incorrect as you. I think that's swell. If I may make a suggestion... Stick with a theme that the forum members can get behind, like "they shouldn't be chopping up LaSalles that are in good condition." But, this isn't a LaSalle. Yes, it looks like a Hot Wheels car designed by a seven year old. So what? Why the anger, dude? There's a difference between political correctness and flaring out at members who aren't calling for the death penalty on a guy who spent too much money on cartoonish modifications. Merry Christmas, Wes, I hope Santa isn't reading your posts.
  10. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Thriller</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> Remember what your mothers all said...If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. </div></div> Wow. That car is SOMETHING!!!
  11. Yesterday in 70's, today high of 42, by Friday back into 70's. I wonder why I've been fighting a cold for over a week now?
  12. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: old-tank</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Buck it up...</div></div> No problem Derek, we can stand 2-3 days of winter's the 9 months of summer that is brutal. Willie </div></div> ...and to add insult to injury, we are about 16" below our average yearly rainfall.
  13. Thanks Jake, That was pretty much what I was trying to say. And as for the Blackhawk just being a customized car? I don't know what pieces were fabricated versus "used bin stuff", but it made the rounds to alot of Buick shows, both National and Regional. I saw that car numerous times next to the Y Job and the quality, design, and craftmanship were equal (in my opinion). I'd take 'em both.
  14. Willie, I had FR380's on my Ranger that lasted 75,000 miles. Good tire. Comfy ride, even in a truck.
  15. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Skyking</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Let's get it, I'll register it in RI, (no title needed) we keep it in my garage. I promise I won't drive it. </div></div>
  16. Bill, I'm pretty sure the letter/ number combo is registered to someone else. I saw a bunch of new non- 3-3 combos in the Home Depot parking lot right now. Also if the tags aren't in "acceptable" shape, they will deny them also. The ONLY exception to the two tag rule is "dealer" plates. Finding YOM dealer plates is REALLY hard. I have seen them, though. You can get a ticket for not having a front plate. I remember a hot rod show at the Dell Diamond where Round Rock PD was writing tickets as the rodders left... Big stink, but ya gotta obey the law.
  17. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Reatta Man</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> BTW, I started this post to have some fun with this. The idea of anyone from DC being able to run Detroit IS a joke in and of itself! </div></div> That would be like having a drug Czar who had never done drugs, and look how well the "WAR ON DRUGS" is going.
  18. After dinner tonight, my wife and I were discussing this topic. I told her about this thread that has been going on around here and I mentioned that I wish we had not purchased a Honda Civic for her to drive. Y'all got me thinking, OK? I will try to explain her perspective... We bought the Honda as a replacement for a high end VW that had been her car for a long time. I personally didn't like the turbo in the VW so I didn't want to get another one. We looked at the Prius. She liked the Buick Rendevous, but it was out of her desired price range. We looked at the Ford Escape Hybrid. There were other cars on the list, but she made the decision to purchase the Civic (4 dr. sedan) because it fit her requirements. When I told her my "guilt" about not buying an American product she relayed her experiences. Mrs. Buick5563 travels for work. A lot. She is always in rental cars. She has driven Impalas, Mustang convertibles, pretty much all of the Ford products. Let me preface what came next... She DOESN'T love her Civic. The last car she got was an Aveo. She said Chevy should be ashamed to put their name on it, and that when she got home from the airport, the Civic felt like a Cadillac. These are not beater rental cars. She notes the mileage for work purposes and claimed most have under a thousand miles when she gets them. Her take on it is that they are rattly. Mustang CVT. loud. Ford Focus. crap. The last Dodge she got. rattletrap. Impala. ok, but too big for her needs. She works for a computer company and basically said that they make the best product they can, and if they cant make a product to fit in a certain price point, they just let the competitors have it. Her point was that for the $20k she spent on the Honda, nobody came close to the value for HER money. Does she love it? No. It is merely transportation for her. She isn't a "car guy". We are fortunate that we both essentially have recession-proof jobs, (where is the knock on wood icon?) so price <span style="font-style: italic">wasn't</span> the primary concern for us. She could have bought a Lexus or a Cadillac, but that would just be transportation to her as well. Plus she doesn't want to be thought of as elite. Anyway, I just thought I would share a non car guy opinion.
  19. $150k seems like a bargain for Leno after his $30 mil deal. I'm in if somebody needs / wants / organizes it. But we would need a LOT of people willing to pony up!
  20. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Dave@Moon</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Wow. I hope it at least stays in the ocuntry and off the road. You can't drive it here but a lot of cars are going places where "no title" is no problem. At least they're not crushing it. </div></div> Amen Dave. I hope a Buick nut with a fistful of cash can buy it. I know it's WAY out of my league. I also wonder if it could be titled as "salvaged" or "homebuilt".
  21. That's a beautiful car Barney! I look forward to seeing it soon.
  22. Can't. Not. Say. This. Resist the urge... My unit has never gotten me lost, but I HAVE wound up in strange places. Oh, and I do know how to use it!