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  1. The Springfield, Ohio Swap Meet is well worth going to due to it's size.  They have about 2,200 swap spaces and about 700 to 800 vendors.  They will have from 800 to 950 cars in the corral based on rain.  It is not an AACA meet and there is no age restriction on what they sell.  To cover it correctly the first time you go, plan on Fri & Sat.  Later years you can do it in one.  There are motels nearby at exit 54, RT 72, 5 miles west of the swap meet.


    Go to the following web page to see additional information.

    Springfield Swap Meet.pdf

  2. I have thwarted scammers in selling modern cars on Craigs List by requiring them to send their reply using the Craigs List email contact.  I only accept contact by them providing their phone number & time for me to contact them.  I review their request and ignore what I think is a scam.  I love the message that starts with "I am very interested in that item you are selling".  My finger moves directly to the DELETE key.


    I advertised a14 year old 6 cyl auto S-10 with 111,000 miles.  One of the responses was from a phone number 1,300 miles away.  He said he was local but had not changed his phone number.  I called him and he was 4 miles away, arrived in 15 minutes, and bought the truck with cash.  I have never sold anything with the buyer putting their hands on the item or at least have an agent come to see the car.


    Keep in mind, I am not good, just lucky to avoid scammers.

  3. Have a friend with a straight 8 flat head.  Sometime after an engine rebuild, the car had little power and would not go over 20 MPH.  It had an air leak between the intake and exhaust manifold.  The unit had a rust hole and was not easily seen.  It caused the vacuum leak and it was not getting enough gas to run.  He sealed the hole and 10 years later, it is still running fine today. 


    You might check for an air leak on the intake manifold. 

  4. Jeff,
    You don't have to come in an antique car, we will go modern early in the year or even in the summer based on the weather.  The prime acquirement in our Southern Ohio Club, SOC, is "You must have an interest in old cars".  Owning or driving an old car is secondary.  You will also find most spouses attend the monthly tours & events.  See you on March 26.

  5. A fellow in New Castle PA has added an inline electric fuel pump with a button under the dash of a 1931 car with over 185,000 miles.  He has a problem where the vacuum fuel pump doesn't have enough to pull the gas when he drives in city traffic and is stopped a lot.  It also is used to prime the tank and carb when it has been sitting.

  6. In 1962 had a friend had a 59 with a 283, 3 speed, that ran very very hard.  Upon blowing up the engine due to high RPM,s, he upgraded to a 348.  Six months later he when back to a rebuilt 283 as it would wind out quicker.  The Interstate 80 stopped about 60 miles west of Des Moines.  He would drive the 700 miles from Des Moines to Denver in 9 hours on 2 lane highways overnight.   The interstate speed was 75 MPH and most drove 80 to 85 MPH.  Trust me, he usually ran 100 MPH or more.


    That said, in 1963 four of us rented a house and one of our weekend house guest had a 63 SS Convertible with a 327 4 barrel & 4 speed.   The other 3 room mates had 62 Chevrolet convertibles.  One had a 327 three speed, the 2nd had a SS 409 4 speed with a 4 barrel carb & hydraulic lifters. 


    The third had a SS with a 3 speed but the motor was a 409 with two 4 barrel carbs and solid lifters.  That car was unbelievably quick & the tire millage was terrible.  Once on the highway in 3rd gear at 55 MPH, he dropped it into 2nd and floored it to pass a vehicle in a short passing area.  There were 4 in the car, top down, and the back end jumped 12 to 18 inches sideways and a took off like a shot. 


    People talk about the 409 but most are the version with hydraulic lifters and they were fast for their day.  I believe you had to purchase the SS package to get bucket seats and seat belts were an option.

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  7. Just a heads up about the Southern Ohio Club,  we are a social group who like to get out and exercise our vehicles and waste gas.  Some clubs will only go to each others house or shop to admire the current project, we seldom do.  From Nov through Mar we will get cabin fever and meet at a restaurant.  In warm weather, we will drive from 20 miles to 200 to visit something and eat.  Four times a year the seven chapters in the Ohio Region will get together for a weekend.  The clubs rotate hosting with tours and a Sat banquet.  We meet in April, July, October, & January.  Oh yes, most of us attend in January without an antique car. 


    The AACA members are involved in Preservation of vehicles.  Vehicles that are personalized "Hot Roded / Customized" will have a lower status than an barn find needing painted and a new interior.  After all, the car is only original once.  We are not purest as many members have both types of cars.  Keep in mind, the AACA does not have any judging category for customized cars.  In the Driver Participation Class, some customization is permitted if it is period correct.  Baby Moon hubcaps are acceptable on a 1960 car but accepted on a 1940 as they were not available till the 1950s. 


    The AACA does not require you have a vehicle to join and be active, only and interest in cars.   For me, judging has little interest, I like to tour.


    There is an antique car parade in Hamilton OH in late July and they insist on no modifications.  They are not an AACA club.   I met a fellow who was rejected the previous year because he had baby moon hubcaps, that year he had put the originals on and participated.   Every group has there own interest.


    Our club members tour in modern or any car 25 years or older.  I drive both, after all a 1990 is considered an antique and is available for judging.




  8. As a suggestion, go to the Hupmobile forum & search for " 1929 Hupmobile project "


    The link below will take you there directly.



    He documented the restoration of a 1929 Hupmobile and detailed his solution of problems he encountered.


    Scroll down to post 18 for a photo of the oil filter.

    Post 48 & 50 are his approach to the oil filter problem.


    He did the restoration starting in May of 2008.

  9. I recently missed going to my 55th high school reunion banquet by missing the 5 week cut off date by 3 weeks.  Well, I will not miss the next one in 5 years.


    Actually, the AACA tour organizers always want as many attendees as possible.  The organizers are limited by the ability to handle large crowds.  Hotel rooms, restaurant availability, restrooms, banquet availability, and locations to visit parking lot size are limiting factors.  If you over tax the ability to handle the touring members, it becomes a bad tour.


    Setting the cut off date always seems long before the tour starts.  The catering service always want a count in advance giving time to provide the best price and service. 


    Just setting up the tour book with routes can be a real problem.  Several years ago we set up a tour for about 75 cars coming in from over 200 miles.  Not a big problem but we had an extensive amount of rain the previous week and a couple of roads were under 8 feet of water.  Just for giggles, a county engineer decided to close a road for construction 4 days before the event.  So much for planning ahead. 


    It's no fun when we miss a tour and I fell your frustration.  Unfortunately, no one has figured a better solution for signing up.

  10. August of 2008, I had the intake & exhaust manifolds coated using their power coating process called "Armor Coating".

    The exhaust has faded a little as shown in the the photo but the intake is as originally delivered.

    I have driven the car 8,500 miles in the last 7 years.


    Aesthers Finishes Inc

    1502 S Main St

    Piqua, Ohio

    (937) 778-8860



  11. In the late 50's I had a high school friend with a 49 or 50 Ford flat head V8.  When we went on a trip of over 100 miles, he would run a mixture of about 3 parts gas to 1 part kerosene.  Gas was $.29 and kerosene was $.10.  It seemed to run good on the highway but smoked a little and some times it was a little hard to start.  I don't remember him ever having engine problems, he probably drove it 30 or 40 thousand miles in 2 years or so.  I lost track of him after high school & he could have driven it through college.

  12. You haven't indicated why you want a brass car.

    Is a $400,000 Rolls Royce really worth the money when a new Buick will drive you in similar comfort? The same answer applies to a 100 year old car. It is the desirability of a car model and condition that drives the price. I know of a gray 1913 Stevens Durea that drives very nice available for about $175,000. It is a big car and drives like one.

    You can also purchase a 1909-1914 Hupmobile Model 20 for $20,000 or so in restored condition. This is a small 2 passenger car that runs about 30 MPR. Keep in mind that most brass cars only have brakes on the rear and they are lacking in a panic stop. Hupmobile added a 1912 Model 32 with an improved engine, 3 speed transmission, and a back seat.

    Hupmobile's claim to fame was its dependability. # employees left Detroit in November 1911 droving to San Francisco on their first leg of a round the world sales promotion. They spent 3 months in Australia and New Zealand before going to Japan, China, India, and Europe. The trip was 14 months and the car was on show in January 1913 before driving to Detroit for the February Car Show. The car they drove had no roof, windshield, or front doors. The car is on display at the Crawford Museum in Cleveland.

    I also know of a a blue 1923 Paige touring car seating 7 touring car available for about $65,000. The restoration cost close to $85,000, completed in 2012, and has the AACA Senior award. This car is in the condition as when it left the dealership in 1923. It is an open car with a 6 cyl engine and 4 wheel brakes.

  13. The Ohio Region, including the Canton Chapter plus 6 other chapters are having their quarterly tour May 1st, 2nd, & 3rd of May. We are staying at the

    Schoenbrunn Inn

    1186 West High Ave

    New Philadelphia, OH 44663

    There will over 30 cars and maybe 50 or so there.

    People will be arriving Friday afternoon & evening. There will be a gathering at the Breitenbach Winery just west of Dover in the afternoon.

    Saturday there will be an all day tour till around 3 or 4 PM and then back to the hotel for the evening event.

    It should be a good time to make a contact with someone from the Canton club.