earl e rizer

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  1. The 59 Olds hardtop would make a decent driver IF it were at say$4000. The heirs have probably been watching or hearing of B-J Auctions and think they are in jackpot mode. Probably best to let someone else burst their bubble.
  2. The Vauxhall models I can remember by name are Victor, Cresta,and Viva. That was a long time ago for me and they wern't cars I was fond of as a kid growing up in Ontario and Nova Scotia. We had a large number of English cars on the road in Nova Scotia back then. They didn't last long in that salty, moist Atlantic air. European cars did very little rust protection it seemed. Even Mercedes Benz's were victim after a few years. Jaguar, Peugot, Lancia, even Borgward's were everyday common sites. A lot of them came back with Canadian Armed Forces personell stationed overseas when they returned. The Vauxhalls were sold new in Halifax I do recall.
  3. If that's what it takes to get kids into old cars I'm all for it. BUT as most reality shows go there is NO REALITY involved. What I hear from a few young people is how they want to "flip cars" to get rich. Nothing wrong with trying to get rich, but you still need to work long and hard for the most part.
  4. Not done to my tastes, but then again I love Avanti's.
  5. Yes Rusty I remember the parade as I guy I went to school with in Nova Scotia tried to get there, but his almost new Firenza broke down at least twice before making it! My mistake for calling them British-Leyland, I knew they were GM of England. Brain freeze on my part.
  6. There were many different models of Canadian Vauxhalls. That one looks like a UK model to me? Rusty, the Envoy was a slightly different model than the Vauxhall Viva. It was the Envoy Epic. The Firenza was possibly the worst car ever built by British-Leyland. There was a class action suit brought against them in Canada if I remember correctly??
  7. I live very close to Steve Plunkett here in London Ont. I've gone to the big show, Fleetwood Country Cruise-In many times. Have met and chatted with him at our local cruise ins and he's a very nice guy with a fantastic collection of cars indeed. I'm not surprised he's down sizing the big show. It must take a lot of time, effort and money with very little return other than the pleasure of hosting such a large event. Which I'm sure must be very tiring and costly. A good friend of mine knows him quite well and told me he is very generous with his money, donating to different charities and causes.
  8. Cool car for sure. A Letter car with a 4 speed is very rare indeed! If it needs re-restoring and you got $15k it sounds fair. They are expensive and difficult cars to restore as a lot of the parts needed are not reproduced and getting scarce. I wish I had the money, room and ambition!
  9. Yes to a point. A Canadian friend of mine has moved to Cuba. He did take some smaller parts with him on his many trips there in the past but most of the cars are so heavily modified and beat into the ground over and over again Original parts are of little use. The Cuban mechanic is a very resourceful and adaptable person who knows how to make do with very little!
  10. Maybe you need to reach out to someone local who is familiar with Model A's so they can go over the troubleshooting with you watching and teach you some basic fundamentals of keeping it in running condition. As most have stated they are a very basic car but do require maintenance. Fuel,ignition,compression and timing sound simple enough but can be very frustrating to a novice!!
  11. I seen that ad today. Very good buy!
  12. Why not get a part time job and start making payments to your Dad to show your "deserving"?
  13. What if he's selling an 87 Caprice Classic? Or as noted above a Rambler Classic. LOL The word is shaped, bent,misused and abused daily. No point in getting hot under the collar over it. I've owned several Classic's. All Chev Caprices!!
  14. First of all ask yourself what do you want, a low odometer reading of questionable value on a basic, semi-desirable car? You have heard from many members about the authenticity of odo's on old cars. I would trust them. A 72 Nova with a 250 bolt action 3 speed isn't a $20k car.
  15. Any chance a regular Cadillac 4.9 or 4.5 one would fit? I was able to find a few parts for my 88's and 90.5 that way. theres a few of those old DeVilles kicking around Ontario.
  16. Probably code R4 red. That would be a close match at least
  17. A very interesting comment, sadly true! I see very few old guys engaging young'uns at car shows or cruise nights. Sour puss faces are too common. I enjoy when people ask me about what ever car I take to a cruise/show. Some of the questions seem silly to me, but at least someone is interested enough to ask so I try to answer. I've been on both sides of the buyer/ seller, private/dealer fence over the last 45 years since I started buying cars and then selling. Worked for a dealer for a few years on and off and sold a lot of my own cars privately. My own stuff I usually lost money on, but got to drive something different so I'm ok with that for the most part. Working for a dealer was much easier as I had none of my money or more importantly to me no personal attachment to the vehicles. I still hate selling an old car that I've spent my time and money on. It's a personal thing that I tend to take offense to a lowball offer or rude comments from a buyer hoping to get a better price. That's when I start seeing red and end the conversation, or worse tell them to get stuffed, and slam doors in face. So I trade to a few dealers that I know and justify the lower price I receive in my mind by not having the stress of dealing with the public. Yes the dealers I sell to always seem to make money but they have thicker skins than I do. The other thing I don't understand is why a person who is looking at a 30+ yr old car and expects a warranty! This even after they have beaten you down to a minimum price. I hope to go back to work part time selling when I can semi retire, but only as long as its someone else's inventory.
  18. He was treated equally, he was FIRED! It's very apparent that you don't like the man or the show, so what would you have done to him? Public hanging?
  19. Wow! It's just a TV show guys, chill out! I enjoyed it many times, but it can't be taken seriously as its just comedy, British style. As far as Clarkson goes from what I read about the incident just lost his temper after a long drawn out day and got into it with the producer. He apologized for his stupid actions to guy, and they both seem to have put it behind them. Everyone else hasn't. Pity.
  20. I'm with you as I love both of those model Buicks. Modern antiques are great for long distance or short jogs. The 79-85 Riv's are a real favorite. I had an 83 Indy 500 Replica convertible that I loved. I ended up replacing it with an Allante' and still feel it was a mistake! But at the time I was in love with the Allante (both used). Also I had a Model A but it was a fake. A Shay replica that sure fooled a lot of people and with the Pinto motor and disc brakes hidden behind the fake front drums it was ok to drive in traffic. Case in point. That Shay is now 35 years plus old. As far I know it's still running and driving to shows just fine, but a few still turn their nose up at them.
  21. General rule on this planet is that nothing remains static. Society,countries, population, climate, and yes even car clubs. They are evolving daily. Majority on this web forum are pro pre-war cars with a sprinkling of love for 50's iron, some liking 60's, still a bit of fondness for early 70's by a minority, and a general loathing for everything built after that. Irregardless of the fact that a car built in 1980 is now 35 years old they are shown nothing but scorn. When I started driving in 1970-71 cars from the late 40's to early 60's were considered junk. That was fine by me as that was all I could afford. Mid 50's Ford products were my favorite. 35 year old cars (1935-36) were very hard to find, and were respected by all old car lovers. A lot has changed since then including the amount of 35 yr old cars still functioning and able to be driven daily. Thats progress. Unfortunately our hobby has a serious hardening of the arteries and snobbery has set in.