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About DLynskey

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  1. It's surprising to see a rear view mirror on a 1912 automobile. Ray Harroun is credited with having the first rear view mirror on his 1911 Indy winning car, so the Cole in this photo was certainly sporting the very latest safety feature. Don
  2. Thanks for posting this. I hope someone can save it. You might want to post it again under the general "Cars For Sale" section of this forum where a lot more people will see it. https://forums.aaca.org/forum/14-cars-for-sale/ Good luck with it. Don
  3. Going through some old photos I was reminded of this 1926 Packard 6 cylinder 4-door sedan from Chattanooga, Tennessee. It was a "barn find" with less than 200 original miles; still had the protective paper on the door panels, the 1926 license tag and had never had the gas tank refilled -- still remnants of the original fuel from the dealer, I understand. The car belonged to Jim Messer who did a complete restoration. In those days only a restored car would win the AACA trophies and this one was awarded many. It is only recently that preservation of original features has become the norm. The photos are from 1962. The most distinctive feature is the spotlight mounted through the windshield glass. You can see it in the photo if you look closely. I'm sure this Packard must still be around and I wonder if the current owner knows the interesting story behind the car and why it was never put into service. If you know who owns this Packard please don't use the owner's name on the forum without his/her permission but send me a Private Message. I have the serial and engine numbers to be sure it is the same car. Don
  4. 1958 Chevrolet Impala convertible with accessory continental kit and fender skirts. Don
  5. There is an Ollie's near me and we stop in frequently to see what is new. They usually have several collector car books at very good prices. Don
  6. Matt, I posted a number of photos on the AACA Gallery probably 10 years ago or more. Now I can't find them. Are they still there somewhere? Don
  7. Bob, thanks for your interest. What do you want to see? From your handle I guess you're into Harley-Davidson 45's. Here is a photo I took around 1963 of my buddy's HD 45 (ca. 1952) alongside my HD 165 cc at an AACA meet. They were not old enough to be antiques but are what we rode to the meet. I got my first 35-mm camera in 1962, a hand-me-down Argus C-3 from a friend of my father. The camera was already obsolete by then but took good pictures if you were careful. A coupe of older Harley's I found stored under a porch in North Georgia about the same time period. I took photos at AACA meets in the southeast from 1962 until this most recent example, a striking1917 Locomobile Model 38, one of about 100 photos I took at the Charlotte meet a few weeks ago. I have used my photos a number of times to answer questions on this forum. One photo of a custom Packard I took in the 60's is the only known pre-restoration photo of a car currently being restored. Another early photo of a prominent AACA member and his car was used in Antique Automobile magazine upon his passing. Just some examples since you asked. Don
  8. I'm sure I'm not the only one with this situation. Over the years I have accumulated thousands of photos of antique autos, mostly from car shows. Most I have converted to digital format and labeled them with make, model year, etc. and have them stored on my PC. I know what's there and can usually find a particular photo without too much effort. The problem is, when I'm gone they're gone. Nobody is going to look through my computer files for them. My family has no interest in them. Two questions: 1) Is there a program to better organize the files, maybe add more information and make them searchable? 2) How could I make them available to future antiquers? It might be false pride, but I think they would be of interest to many on this forum and might be of some value to younger generations when they embark on restorations but have not actually seen these cars. I know there are some online resources for sharing photos, but I question whether they will be around decades from now. When the website is no longer profitable guess what happens too your photos. Suggestions? Don
  9. At least it is advertised correctly as a 1978 El Camino and not attributed to some famous coach builder. Kudos to the seller for his/her honesty Don
  10. Probably an electric of some sort. Don
  11. Since no one has answered you yet, let me suggest you ask your question on the VCCA forum, https://vccachat.org/ . I have seen several discussions on the 1927 and 1928 Chevy trucks. The differences are not as clear on trucks as with cars. If you can find a serial number and engine number they will help the Chevy experts tell you what you have, keeping in mind most vehicles that age have had their engines replaced. Good luck. Don
  12. I can just imagine the conversation after a few beers -- "Hey, I saw a neat old Packard hearse under a tarp the other day. We should make a project of it." "Yeah! We can show those Packard engineers how to design a real road car, one that can keep up with the 80 mph traffic on the interstate." "My buddy at the junk yard says they have an old Mustang II that was t-boned. He thinks the front end is probably OK." "We'll want power brakes. We can use the Mustang II brakes to make things simple." "Yes. The Mustang II weighed about 2800 pounds, but the front end and brakes should handle a 7000 pound behemoth just fine. What could possibly go wrong?" …... Don
  13. I don't know about a '28 Martin Landau, but here is a 1928 Chrysler Landau, series 52. The fabric is in poor shape on this one, but you can see that it covers the entire top down to the rear belt line. Compare it with the above detailed photos of the insert in the roof of a standard sedan. And this is what was underneath the fabric top covering. The "landau bars" were there to make it look like a convertible. It's obvious this top would not fold. Not only is there no standardized list, but the early makers used a lot of imagination in naming their body styles. Well, I guess they still do. what was a "touring car" for one was a "phaeton" to another manufacturer, and later some "convertible sedans" were labeled "phaetons"; sounds more impressive. You will find a number of threads in this forum about the definition of various body styles. Don
  14. I agree the car in the first photo looks like a 1929 or 1930 Chevrolet 4 door sedan. The differences between the two years are very subtle and would not be discernable without a much better photo. The car at the church looks larger than a Chevrolet to me and has a lot of features that are not "Chevy like". As far as the roof insert, ALL 1929 and 1930 closed cars had a fabric roof. The manufacturers didn't have the capability of forming full metal roofs until around 1934. Most earlier sedans had a fabric insert as seen in the first photo as well as all of the others in this post except one.. The car above with the sidemounts is an upscale Landau sedan with a full fabric top to emulate a convertible. Here the fabric covers the entire roof from the drip moldings just above the doors to the windshield in the front and to the belt molding at the rear. The car at the church appears to have the second type of top. Interesting photos. Don