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    Palm Springs, CA.
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    Cars of course! I've owned approximately 200 cars over the last 42 years. Many vintage, lots of mid-century muscle, about 45 of them were Corvettes. I was one of the original Moderators on I do almost all my own work. Complete frame off restorations are my favorite hobby. Spent about 26 years as an ASE certified top flight tech (glorified term for mechanic), mostly with the General but also with Ford and Chrysler. Moved to sunny Palm Springs about 16 years ago and now own a bar/restaurant there.

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  1. GregLaR

    1931 Packard Series 826 4 Door 5-Passenger Sedan

    Price would certainly help.
  2. GregLaR

    K.R. Wilson V127 Tool Application?

    Spark plug socket.
  3. GregLaR

    Trying to figure out what this car is

    The car is certainly a 1969 Impala 4 door hardtop. Not a 1966 as previously listed. While the picture does not have enough definition to read the engine call outs on the front fender, it would be quite unusual if this car had the 250 6 cylinder engine and 3 speed manual transmission as stated. More than likely a 350 V-8 with automatic transmission. Greg
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    Trying to figure out what this car is

    Holden wrecks and boiling diesels steam in 45 degrees.
  5. Jeez John, did you leave your sense of humor under the bed today? I even made sure to add the smiley face () so most would understand that was meant in jest.
  6. Hey Mark, Here in Palm Springs we have a facility that addresses that exact issue. It is the La Plaza Mall built in 1936 and (amazingly) still standing today. It's claim to fame was being the first actual shopping mall built in Southern California. The builder had the foresight to offer a shopping center with everything needed to appeal to the upscale clientele Palm Springs drew during the winter months. Ground floor has many shops. On the second floor they built small 1 bedroom cabins complete with fireplace. The same style cabins were also built in the courtyard. A rooftop restaurant and night club was a hot spot. The La Plaza Theater hosted the premier of Camille with Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor in attendance. Both Jack Benny and Bob Hope broadcast regularly from the theater in the 1940's. A Cadillac dealership opened there 1938 and is still in business, owned by the same family 80+ years later, at a new location. The entire property has a huge subterranean parking lot which served as space for the dealerships's stock ( the showroom at ground level would only accommodate a couple of cars) as well as parking for the seasonal renter's limousines. Accommodations for the chauffeurs was on the south side, upper floor at the rear. Quite a unique and successful property for it's time. Like I said, it still stands today and surprisingly unaltered for the most part. People no longer rent the cabins. Most have been converted to small businesses of one type or another. The underground parking is now mostly storage space. The former Mobil Gas Station is now a burger stand. The area where the chauffeur's quarters was, is unused and closed to the public now. I have a friend at the city who gave me a personal and complete tour of the property several years ago. It is still an amazing structure and one can get the feel of how exclusive it must have been back in the 1930's. The chauffeur "suites" were quite spartan and resembled nothing so much as prison cells. If you have visited Alcatraz, you'll get a pretty good idea of the level of luxury. There are about a dozen or 15 of them. All concrete with room for a single bed, and a sink. Screen door opens on to a shared balcony. Quaint yes, but still pretty cool. A corner stairway leads from these quarters down to the underground parking area. So the swells could enjoy the pleasure of their stay without the misery of ever having to lay eyes on their hired help. I have labeled a few of the places to give you a better idea of the property's layout. Cheers, Greg
  7. GregLaR

    1937 Packard Sedan to Roadster Conversion

    $45K seems a little optimistic to me.
  8. GregLaR

    Big find in the south of France

    The Corvette is a 1980 or '81. Not a very strong seller today, even back here in America.
  9. GregLaR

    1970 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible

    That looks like a nicely optioned convertible at a very fair price.
  10. GregLaR

    Does anyone know this one?

    OK. It's clear to me that you guys have been spending WAY too much time in the garage, so I will point out your glaring omission. The girl is a knock-out! 😄 (no disrespect intended to the O.P.)
  11. I think the real shame here would be if you suffered a blow out and it caused any damage to a quarter panel or fender on that 3,000 mile car. Suddenly a set of tires would seem pretty inexpensive.
  12. GregLaR

    Fire at the Los Angeles Auto Show!

    The connection was clear to me Joe.
  13. GregLaR

    P2 Deluxe details

    I kind of get what you're saying. I deal with them a fair amount, I've spent several $K, and even after all this time the guy I usually get on the phone (who will remain nameless here) generally acts like a DMV employee who's doing me a huge favor by even talking with me and taking my money. I'm always polite, friendly and call him by name. All to know avail. He's just not a very friendly guy. Knowledgable, yes. Friendly? No.
  14. GregLaR

    Heated Running Boards

    Plymouth also had red painted accent on some of the chrome bits for 1938. Maybe it was an industry vogue that year?
  15. GregLaR

    Fire at the Los Angeles Auto Show!

    Great article! Thanks for the share. Boy, I'd still like to dig through that bone yard after the fire.