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  1. I am a proponent of fixing the single broken or worn part. Sometimes you can replace a part and give it a little wear to match the existing wear. Years ago I had a 1956 Olds that had been in storage a lot longer than the previous owner remembered. The first week I drove it one of the valves was sticking and closed too slow, got smacked by a piston and bent. I bought one new valve and asked the shop to just do a single angle grind and lap the new valve with grinding compound. Nothing else. I drove the car another 4 years or so and sold it. I your instance you know something is "amis
  2. I had an untenable miss in my '64 Riviera a little over 20 years ago. I thoroughly checked everything I could without removing the head. It was just a slight shake, not severe and the plug was firing. In the end I am pretty sure it was a cracked piston. I have seem that happen on a few nailheads. It took my 16 year old daughter (at the time) to find it. She started it at full throttle. I don't know if it would have shown if I had inspected it on top with the head off, but the first picture is what I found in the pan. My first thought was a cracked vacuum hose
  3. Just to keep the example in context Heidi had a bit of background prior to that trip 5 years ago: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heidi_Hetzer Trivia- ".'Kodachrome' was a song that was originally called 'Goin' Home.'"
  4. A lot of the replies ring with "I have been ring old cars for X number of years", 40 or 50 seems average. Remember the insurance ad where they say "because that's what I do". In an earlier post I pondered the motivation. In most instances we drive old cars because that's what we do and have been doing for decades. And we have more advice than questions. It is just a continuation of life as usual. When one has to ask, it ain't what you've been doing and it is going to be a struggle. A person who did a little mechanic work and kept their car going when they were young, spent their ad
  5. About 35 years ago there was a man in our village who washed the store windows on Main Street. We called him the window washer and I don't think anyone knew his name. He carried an array of poles, extensions, squeegees that were quite noticeable traveling along the sidewalks. He also wore a top hat every day, I think to be noticed. He was. And remembered if one asks "Do you remember the window washer?" He was a little eccentric like me with my old cars. I usually drive my work truck. I like keeping the cars special. I wouldn't want them to be routine. If I had a top hat I would get that out ju
  6. Space is too valuable to keep a parts car and I have found that most cars have the same failed parts unless it is a major body part. Not me, but I do know some people who have so many spare parts collected they couldn't find a specific part if they needed it. Just another thing for the estate to deal with. How the spare parts hoarder pictures himself.
  7. "Dear, for the next 72 months my evenings and weekends will be spent disassembling and reassembling this worn out and neglected car back to its original condition. I am pretty sure all the work will be just as nice as I expect it to be. I paid $7500 cash for it and have budgeted about $350 average per month for the project. And a lot of months I won't spend any." "Dear, I have stashed away $10,000 in cash. I found a nicely done car for $30,000. I can get the $20,000 from the bank and spread it out over about 4 years. Here's a picture. Isn't it sharp?" "Finish your toast
  8. The representative of the orphan car club says the consensus goes to Phyllis.
  9. Reminds me of a famous quote: The real question is listed above- "What is your expectation?" That's the key. I have things that I have cherish for the past 10 years, yet not used. I have other things that have just been sitting around. Point to either example, ask me how much I want for it, I will shoot you a price in two seconds. The most problematic sales for me have been when the fair price I asked seamed low to the buyer. They have jumped on it thinking they were stealing it. Then they find out they didn't get it at the "gloatable" price and have th
  10. There is only one imagine that comes to mind when I see a car on a car trailer for sale and that's the seller.
  11. The value of those cars is directly proportional to the number of times you went out and looked at them, wiped the dust off, thought about getting them going, and really enjoying them. Plus $1,000 per year in enjoyment, minus $1,000 per year in deterioration. Recommissioning a car that has set for 10 years can easily cost $3,000 to $5,000. To make it a stand out car at a show or cruise night more like $10,000. For anyone who has had a car sitting for two years or more it makes good food for thought.
  12. That '41 Olds looks nice. I was a pretty proud, geeky kid when I owned a 22 year old one. Kind of like the kid with a 1998 something today.
  13. Years ago I took out and have maintained an umbrella policy that would cover significant claims. It has not been very expensive and in other dealings with insurance has opened doors by signaling I am a preferred type of customer. I also have a good Samaritan policy that covers me if I try to help someone and damage them in the process. The guy who took the car was a lot younger than I. I knew he would be more responsible than someone my own age and less likely to try teaching me a lesson.
  14. "I got 50X what the insurance company offered when my car was damaged on a friends property. Plus a Pierce-Arrow phaeton!" Call 666-666-6666. I sold one of my cars over the weekend. The buyer drove 300 miles home on my plates and insurance. I expect to see the plates in the mail. It is a judgement thing.
  15. And then there is the famous buried Cord. https://chromjuwelen.com/network/228-blog-hemmings/214714-the-once-buried-cord-810-that-continues-to-live-on
  16. To truly evaluate the value of a car one has do buy it, experience ownership, and then sell it, My wife knows the more overpriced a car is, the shorter that cycle. In those shorter instances I made a better sales presentation than the guy I bought it from and made a few bucks. If I have the money and want it I will buy it. The important thing to remember, the purchase is the start of the value cycle. I can remember cars I was disappointed in, but none I regretted buying. Bernie
  17. It is a common thing in specialty instances that many individualists do to show their individuality.
  18. In the 1980's I subscribed to Hemmings and a friend always asked me for copies that were 3 or 4 months old. He said by that time the seller would begin to get a realistic idea of the price. I am sure that kind of thinking is still going around. My introduction or acknowledgement of Hemmings Motor News did come until the early 1980's. I had been buying car magazines since the early 1960. Those whom remember know most printed material on the old car hobby came from Great Britain. To me anything with "Motor" in the title surely had to be of the foreign veteran and vintage type. And He
  19. If it is a car that has sunk into the ground it could be a training vehicle from The Craigslist School of Photography. If you would like to have a story like that verified I can hook you up with the best notary public money can buy. Bernie
  20. Do they always get stuck in the same position?
  21. If you are running a notched V-belt you might want to try an old style belt without the notches. You could also scuff up the belt surface of the pulleys with some medium grit sandpaper just in case they have a bit of a glaze. An industrial power transmission company would have a set of belt gauges. They could help get you out of a situation where a new belt might be manufactured with metric measurements that are converted to inch equivalents.
  22. Made me smile big. I have questioned many conclusions based on engineering assumptions. When I suggested reevaluation by bringing the facts into the context of the situation at hand the reply has usually been the same "Well, in a perfect world we could do it your way". And they didn't understand Don either. I did.
  23. I used to report to a boss who made very pointed distinctions between ignorant and stupid. Thanks to him I realize there are less stupid people than one might think.
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