Roger Walling

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  1. Someone will correct me if I am wrong (please do) but I am under the opinion that bias ply tires that are only 25 years old or so are safe tires as long as they pass a good visual inspection. The 6 year tire replacement "rule" is for radials that are fairly modern that are being made with different rubber compounds that do not hold onto the steel belts very well. (Please feel free to contradict with real facts.) Please note that the DOT has not set any year length on tires. (to my knowledge)
  2. It must be the fumes from the glue that they sniff! I had an upholster install a seat bun that was on an angle and when I complained, he told me that I was too fussy and my kind should not come back any more.
  3. Not photo shopped! Derbyshire, U.K., police stopped the driver and took a pic.
  4. I would bet my life on the fact that I could find a safe way to install seat belts in your car. (But definitely not to the cars frame, such a car could easily have the body torn off of the frame, leaving you looking rather stupid sitting on the frame when you were torn thru the body.) I have installed AND/or used seat belts into every car that I have owned for the last 61 years.
  5. DON'T START TALKING COMPUTERS IN THIS SITE You will loose 50% of the readers and confuse the other 49%. The other 1% actually found this site by accident!
  6. People ask me why I don't sell some of my cars. I answer "well they don't eat, so I can afford to keep them" If I sell them, there goes all my memories and all I have left is some money that will be foolishly be spent on food, clothes, rent and other unimportant things and will soon be gone. "Having 15 cars is much better than having only 14 cars." One last word for those that say you should sell your cars so that others can enjoy them. Why would you want to take away the last bit of joy that an old man has?
  7. I have a car trailer with steel diamond plate. I painted it, and sprinkled Black Beauty Blasting media on it followed with a second coat. My theory is that the sand may scratch of the raised surfaces of the diamond plate but will never scratch off of the low surface. It is impossible to slide your foot on this surface, even if it is wet with water and oil!
  8. If the threads are NPT, put a wad of grease on a tap and turn it in until there is pressure felt, then give it a turn (dressing up the threads) and back it out. The grease will hold onto the chips. Use a new plug with Permatex. All done!
  9. Be thankful that you do not live in Guatemala, there is no post office there! On packages that cross countries borders, they may sit in the shippers warehouse for a certain number of days in case that customs want to inspect it.
  10. I wear a ball cap with the visor on backwards. It keeps the hat on. and the neck warm.
  11. If you have access to the car in the pic. you can have it scanned with a camera that many auto paint suppliers have that will give you the "closest match possible". You could take the pic, to the store and see if that would work and have them mix up a pint and you can spray it out and decide if that is close enough. Online color matches are not close enough for a match The paint stores will have master color chips arranged by color and different hues that do not necessarily go to any certain car. The paint store should have spray out papers that are black and white. Spray the color until you no longer can tell the black and white areas. It may take 3 or 4 coats. Take them out into the sunlight for best viewing.
  12. That would make a great lawn ornament in the U.S. at a home owners association! 😉
  13. Hagerty is a guide only. The selling price that a person asks relies on many factors, as does the price that buyers are willing to pay. Real and perceived value are two different ways to measure the value of a product, with the differences between them based upon desire and availability. (Alcohol, in the case of major auctions, and the wealth of the buyer, also affects the price considerably.)
  14. If it is in a collection, leave the patina on. If it is on a restored car, polish it. (it didn't come from the factory with patina) Or if you prefer, as that say in the navy, "If it shines, polish it, if it don't, paint it gray".
  15. Does your primary car have to have collision in order to have classic insurance? I am wondering if the liability from the classic is paid by your primary insurer and then the "extra" is paid by your classic policy?
  16. I am having trouble with my 84 Fuel Injection. It ran well when I parked it over the winter and would not start in the spring. It seems that there are few people that know how to diagnose the problems with the FI. I thought it might be the mice but I see no evidence of that. I think that is in a bad connection in the wiring harness from the ECM to the injector. Trying to follow the wiring to locate an open circuit is a night mare in the confined space of the engine compartment. Roger.
  17. Chances are that your tires are 2 or 3 years old now and that will effect the price. Maybe 50%, then add shipping, and you may be lucky to receive 20% of your cost.
  18. Well Harold , it seems that you will be the first to brake one or many of there rules. let us know of the fine, excuse me, the service charge. 😉 Actually, according to my reading, it seems to be to protect the reader and seller from spammers. But also prevents anyone from re posting there sales offers in different web sites. I have seen many re posts in specialty web forums that actually help buyers looking for specific cars.
  19. While my 84 Fiero didn't actually break in half, it was in two pieces during reconstruction of my toy.
  20. How did those people survive? There was not one warning sign not to cross in front of traffic, no guard rails protecting people from trains, not even a stop sign to guide traffic! Oh, wait a minute, there was common sense, something that is lacking today.
  21. Remember Chicken Little! THE SKY IS FALLING, run for cover! 😨
  22. There is so much technology in piston design that you could never find a diesel piston that would correctly perform in a gas engine. This myth probably started with the diesel Oldsmobile engine that looked basically like a gas engine converted to a diesel.
  23. I have used the speed wrench in the late 50's but nothing beats the large "T" handle with the fixed 2' extension for removing Ford flat head bolts.
  24. Ah... I was looking forward to buying a nice 10' X 15' tent for my kids in the back yard. 😁