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  1. We had a ‘15 Baby Grand years ago and I can tell you that the original coils are out there as we managed to find a spare or two but let them go with the car, and because of the year or two looking way back then I still recognize them at swap meets from time to time. 20 years ago good tested units with the switch attached brought about $600 bucks.
  2. This is very true. My first car was a very nice unrestored 1950 Chevrolet styline given to me by my grandfather before his passing. The original paint had thinned to showing the primer in some places but the car still presented well and I absolutely loved that it was a 44k mile all original vehicle. A minor fender bender created the need for a repaint. We gave the painter a paint code, a sample panel, and an aerosol can of the correct color for the car, he flipped through a paint chip book and picked something he thought was right. It was metallic, off, and just wrong. The car looked great and the quality of the work was better than expected, so I took it…. But it wasn’t right. Within a year or so I had dumped my grandfathers car in a trade just to not look at it anymore, because it began to bother me more than owning it brought me joy. I miss the car, often wish I still had it, and all the same know I would either end up dumping it again… or spending more than the cars value making it right.
  3. As a quick work around, just get liability coverage from any normal car insurance place, you only need to pay for a month. Get your plates and storage unit, then call one of the reputable collector car insurance companies to have the car covered. I use Hagerty and have been happy but have nothing negative to say about any of the others. Explain to the insurer that the car is safely stored off site and is therefor clearly not your daily transportation, which is what they care about… they don’t care how you get to work or whose car you use daily. With that conversation you might not even need the original liability policy I mentioned.
  4. What’s really awful is that the original car was a perfectly good road car with a bulletproof drivetrain. I wouldn’t do it, but I at least understand when someone does this to a difficult or expensive to maintain vehicle, provided it isn’t overly rare in need of preservation. My buddies Chevy powered Wraith is a lot more pleasant to drive than it was pre conversion, and a hot rod shop did it for a fraction of the cost of rebuilding a Rolls engine.
  5. I have used a combination of Marty and Mikes suggestions. Store upright in the freezer… in the evening when watching tv, spend 30 minutes or an hour tapping, not particularly gently, on a tire (or a not too precious book on an end table as I did) After a couple or a weeks worth of days of this they always seem to go down. I did have one go back up the first time the car got warm and not return down… repeated process a few times always with the same result. I believe that one was even a modern reproduction that gave me fits.
  6. You have the contacts to find them… every early fire truck collector seems to have several on a shelf. I know my pockets have failed to be deep enough to ever get one. If work keeps me away from the Gilmore this weekend I will check on the stash nearby that used to have a few.
  7. I don’t know this car at all but it is in my town if anyone is interested and wants me to take a look for them.
  8. I have seen this, and I have seen the absolute opposite of it. Keep being friendly to the kids. At 41 years old I am still a young guy in the antique car hobby… but I have been in it since I was a fetus! I recall countless tours where the closest person to my age was my father that brought me there… I have seen this change. I have been treated like an asset and a future of the hobby and as a dumb kid that should be playing a video game instead of trying to play with the grown ups. I ‘barely’ recall the “old” guys on a PATC tour getting me incoherently drunk in the hospitality room the summer I got my drivers license… and then letting me drive their cars the next day… cars I will never in my life be able to afford. There is a neighborhood kid that has been a shadow in my fathers garage for years, taking an interest in old cars. He got himself an old DeSoto that he drives regularly. A couple of days ago he stopped by my parents house while I happened to be there visiting and I offered him a ride in the 15 Dodge Brothers that just came to me. For about six blocks I explained what I was doing and how to operate the car and then I pulled over, got out from behind the wheel, and had him take us home. He did great! I am fairly sure that when I am my fathers age I know of at least one guy that will me touring with me!
  9. Thanks for the well wishes and I am certainly enjoying the day! Recently patched up radiator installed, all fluids changed, grease cups filled and turned down… my new toy is nearly ready for the road… I guess I do need to change a tire.
  10. While I don’t entirely agree that hiring an inspector is always a total waste of money, I think the points made against are more than valid. I have seen professional inspectors really trash on good cars and I have seen them miss obvious big time pass issues (like a 4dr VIN and frame on a high dollar convertible). At a minimum though, you could expect for a third party inspection to verify that the car in the photos does in fact exist and is in the possession and ownership of the person whose number and address you have, give a rough evaluation of condition, verify that it runs and drives (although perhaps not correctly evaluate how well it runs and drives), and send you some better pictures than some sellers might be able to provide of any areas you are concerned about. In most cases the guy they send will not be able to tell the difference between a #1 and a #3 car. He should be able to tell if a refrigerator magnet will stick to a rear quarter panel. There are lots of companies advertising in Hemings that offer the service nationwide, mostly with part time hobbyist doing the actual inspection which is why I would be reluctant to refer the one company I have been impressed with where I live as I have no idea who they would send in that part of the world. Also, plan on the inspection costing you north of $500 for about 90 minutes of a guys time on site and a half hour of his time afterwards. If the plan is to spend less time than that with the car, it might not be the right program.
  11. How about a pic of @gossjh just finishing up taking my daughter for a spin about ten minutes ago.
  12. We have been very happy with Mel in Ohio through a few sets of wheels. I am in Lafayette, IN and have a set of 26” wheels wooded by him and not yet finished if you want to inspect. Mel's PO BOX 179 Jeromesville,Oh. 419-368-3226
  13. crap, I am operating at the level I feel. yes, I read that the old car fest is on as well, but take that from a guy that just read greenfield and got Gilmore from it.
  14. https://gilmorecarmuseum.org/events/weekend-events
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