Dosmo

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  1. The Main Street image shows what I believe to be a 1960 Ford sitting on the side street. The car coming toward the camera is a 1954 Plymouth. Gonna guess the photo is from 1960 or 61.
  2. One of my relatives bought a '63 GP new from the local Pontiac dealership. Solid red, black interior, with the 389 and 4-speed manual. He talked about how the action of the clutch pedal was extremely stiff to the point of being uncomfortable in heavy traffic. The clutch linkage began to shear pins somewhere in the linkage. After one year, he said "Enough!" and traded it on a '64 Bonneville with the automatic tranny. But, that GP was a real head-turner.
  3. Hypothetically, there could be a situation where using two vehicles could be appropriate if, for instance, a husband and wife died at the same time. If the funerals were held together, there could be one vehicle for the husband and one for the wife. I can't say whether or not I've ever known of funerals being held at the same time, but, it has probably happened.
  4. Ryan, the H.A.M.B. Admin, said the original VSFDGB thread had gotten so large it was about to threaten the stability of the HAMB database. Thus, the original thread is closed but lives on as Pt. 2.
  5. I saw this image on the "Vintage Shots From Days Gone By - Pt. 2" thread on The H.A.M.B. The poster calls it a Hi-Boy 4 door coupe. I'm thinking this is some sort of coach-built flower car or hearse application. It sure does sport a tall nose. I'd just like to know what some of the more knowledgeable folks on here think it is.
  6. McCahill drive report on the 1949 Plymouth Suburban
  7. I was thinking that the hydramatics of this era were known for their hard shifting. I remember driving a '47 Series 62 that had been restored - a very nice driving car - the tranny did shift somewhat hard, especially from low to second. I'm certainly no expert, but, I'm wondering if the hard shifting may be inherent to this era of GM hydramatic transmissions.
  8. In the 1950s, my parents bought a home across the street from my maternal grandparents. My mother’s twin brothers, both of whom remained life-long bachelors, lived in their parents’ house until one of them sold it in 2005. Those two uncles were old car enthusiasts. I was indoctrinated into the culture by them. I don’t the exact year when my Uncle Joe found out about an old LaSalle for sale in another part of town, but I’m pretty sure it was in the very early 1960s. I recall hearing him giving Uncle Jack the details. It was a 1933 LaSalle, and it had belonged to a Prohibition-era gangster named Basil Banghart. It was in terrible shape, rusty & deteriorating, but it was loaded with good parts. The car was sitting on property that was being taken by the city for an urban renewal project, and the guy needed to get rid of it before vacating the property. Uncle Joe made a deal to purchase the car for parts, with the understanding that he would strip the car on-site, get the parts he wanted, and leave the car sitting there – the city could dispose of the remaining carcass. I remember this story because of the gangster’s last name – Banghart. I had never heard that name before, and, to this day, I believe that the only time I ever heard it was in relation to this particular person. So, I was stunned recently to discover a couple of newspaper articles about the gangster and this particular car while browsing some old newspaper archives. As a bonus, both articles included photos of the car – one when it was a year old, the other when it was 25 years old and in bad shape. This Banghart character had hired a local garage to add bullet-proof glass to the car, add some sort of bullet-proof protection to the body, and the rear window needed to roll down, in order to stick a machine gun through it to discourage any pursuers. Just about the time this work was completed, Banghart was arrested and convicted, and the garage owner was stuck with this highly modified car for some period of time. Uncle Joe owned a rental house next door to my parents’ house, although the garage on the property was used only by him for storage. This is where the engine, transmission and rear end differential for the LaSalle were stored for several years. He also retrieved the headlights, and one very distinctive-looking tail light. He probably got some other smaller items, but whatever he got was stored in this garage next door to where I grew up. He spent a fair amount of time in this old garage, and whenever possible, I was up there with him. I remember the engine and tranny sitting on an old dirt floor, and I was scared of it, because he told me not to get too close, because it could shift and fall over on me. I don’t recall whatever became of that stuff, but it was gone by the mid 1970s. The discovery of the newspaper articles filled in some of the holes in this story that I remember from a long time ago. Attached are some pretty grainy-looking pictures. The first photo shows the car in 1934 - the second one is from 1958, and that is probably about the way it looked when Uncle Joe saw it a few years later.
  9. I watched the make-your-own-mask video Ben P. posted - thought that was a pretty good idea. Then, I got a pair of my own underwear to give it a try. Unfortunately, I'm a pretty good-sized round-bodied type of guy. When I put my head through the leg of my shorts, it fell down around my neck because it's WAY too big. It will probably work okay if your body configuration is normal in size. If you're not, you're probably out of luck. The good thing is, my wife got a huge kick out of it.
  10. I believe these cars were in production for several years prior to 1948 - I believe this one to be somewhat earlier than 1948, thus it would have the curved bumper for starting crank access.
  11. Indeed, Mom was pretty "with it" for the times she lived in. Very particular about how she dressed, how she presented herself. Here she is with an earlier Ford. Sometime after this photo, she added a continental kit to the convertible. It may have been one of the "Coronado" type kits.
  12. My folks handed down to me Mom's 1959 Ford Custom 300 two door sedan - this was my first car after getting my driver's license. Here is a photo from about 1964 after it rolled into something after she parked it at her workplace. I see so many of these like the one in Keiser's pic - they have ornaments atop the front fenders and little wings on the rear quarters. Mom's car had neither of these. It was a total stripper with the 223 I-6 and 3 speed manual tranny. No radio, no armrests, and one sun visor for the driver only. That car may have had the worst vacuum wipers I ever saw.
  13. I am told that this sign is original, not refurbished, not a reproduction. A stack of these were found, somewhere, each individually wrapped in some sort of brown paper. It isn't flawless - there is one small area of chipped paint. I want it for wall art, not gonna sell it, so maybe it doesn't matter whether or not it's original or not, but, I'd like some opinions as to its authenticity. I've done some internet surfing, trying to find if reproductions are available - I've had no luck so far. There was an original one like this on Ebay a week or so ago, but it's now gone.
  14. My intention in referencing the Ford/Edsel vehicles in the thread title was my attempt to illustrate that they were, in my opinion, the only cars in the photos that might be of relevant collector interest. I guess there could be some collector interest in the two Chevrolets, as well as the Jaguar. However, they didn't really stand out to me in the midst of all these particular Ford products. My bad.
  15. Saw these today for the first time in the 29 years I've lived in this area - not that far from home
  16. Yes, I was tuned into the event when that happened. Sincerely hope the man survives what certainly looked to be an extremely nasty crash.