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  1. On the topic of future collector cars keep this advertising campaign in mind. No, it's not. I have a "not your father's Buick Park Avenue". But, then, maybe 35 years later maybe it is.
  2. Don't forget, if some else can rebuild it you can too. If the bar is straight and the weld you mention can be ground off you can take the swivel joints out by grinding the tack welds on the cup side and pressing the assembly out. I have done this on a '62 Electra that wandered on the road. there are a couple of Teflon sleeves that guide the taper shafts. Luckily that was all I found wrong. If the balls and sockets are worn they is probably a GM tie rod end that could be used for parts. I don't know which but the rebuilders figured it out. Take your center link apart and see what is worn. You might be surprised at how quickly you can make it good.
  3. And the suit. When my ship visited Hong Kong in the late 1960's a lot of us avant garde 20 year old sailors bought similar suits, chosen from men's magazines at the local tailor. One came back to the ship after leave to visit home. He told us he was mistaken for the catering staff at a party. "Atta boy, Billie!" Oh, I should add that I bought the Verde green Continental suit as in the famous song "Cowboy in the Continental Suit". The one with the arched seam across the back.
  4. My '60 Buick is due for a new set of tires. I bought them in 2012. The first set served me from 2001-'12. On that car I drive about 1200 miles per year, less since the plague hit. Around five years ago I ran across New York State on the thruway to a meet where John DeFiore was checking out my biased tires in the parking lot. Although I am still using the tires I wouldn't consider a drive like that today. I wouldn't even take the hour drive to Buffalo at 70 MPH. I would take the 50 MPH route without concern. I grew up in a tire shop. Old tires will go a long way. We used to regroove casings that had some meat on them. And if they were cracked we used heavier paint to pretty them up. We had regular customers buying those tires. A report of a blowout was not common but we did get them. We also vulcanized tires and I was good at reviving truck runflats. My Grandfather was a big one for high air pressures. He said "We put them together with heat and pressure. That's how they come apart. Pump them up so they run cool." Higher air pressures will also cause objects to bounce away rather than imbed it a tire. Around the turn of the century my '64 Riviera gradually fell into disuse. My wife became increasingly uncomfortable riding in it and favored the taller cloth seat Electra. The tires on the Riviera were purchased in 1994. They creak when I move it. I put a pair of "roll arounds" on the front when I did the front brakes and haven't done the rears yet, maybe this winter. I make the 2 mile annual drive for the state inspection to keep the license current, but I don't expect some cataclysmic event on that drive through the village. I have put less than 4,000 miles on my '86 Park Ave convertible since I put the new tires on it in 20013, there's seven years. No urgency or lack of confidence there, either. Like Barney writes, each car and owner has its own set of circumstances Guidelines but no hard rules. Writing and thinking about this makes me think. How many would agree that "Does this look bad?" is the most common rhetorical question asked?
  5. In 1980 my '64 Riviera had its original bronze mist paint and it was wearing through. I don't care much for brown cars so I color changed it to the factory maroon. Liked it a lot. I have been getting around to repainting the car after 40 years and strongly considering the original color as a value add for the next owner who may be an heir. As a collector car, one should keep in mind an excellent appraisal rule. How is a Bentley with a Rolls-Royce grille appraised- Bentley, missing grille. Collector car repainted in non-original color, collector car needing paint. Pretty simple logic. Of course even I know it's never too late to reverse.
  6. I figured the wife and the kids would name the cars if they wanted.
  7. Here's a side view of it leaving. And a '35 Studebaker Dictator just left from an afternoon coffee break.
  8. You might try Steiner: https://www.steinertractor.com/?gclid=CjwKCAjwgISIBhBfEiwALE19Sefng55HsrqQJ4h2Fgj-OmVSD_m4ZgfaCEzzRXopY3JoaskbAiFCgBoCPU0QAvD_BwE It sure looks a lot like Allis Chalmers.
  9. Mine stayed home this morning but had an hour's worth of coffee delivered to the garage in style.
  10. You may want to have a discussion with the agent for the company covering this car. You could be an uninsured driver in some states.
  11. Remember, the rules weren't written specifically for you. They were written for those whom came before. Your elders connived, stretched the rules, misinterpreted, or just plain lied to take advantage of the low rates. There are people out there today who buy a 25 year old car, truck, or camper just to get the cheap rate. And you don't have to look very far to find one. You are young. Start early and learn the rules, follow them. Along with the insurance, pay the proper tax due. Don't start life groveling around begging for a gift tax form or a $100 receipt. In later years you may find it puts you in a group you really don't want to be in.
  12. I have been happy with Simichrome since the early 1990's. I have a few others brands for various applications. I actually use NAPA chrome polish to remove rain rust tracking from paint on outdoor neglected cars. But Simichrome is the preferred polish in most instances.
  13. I have always been one to "embrace" technology. In 1974 I started with a Honeywell Alpha Delta fire and HVAC system. Miss Honeywell '68 was already dated. I did have the podium interface and wall panel pictured. Our graphics were slides in a carousel that were indexed by codes and backlit on the reverse of a simulated CRT tube face. But that was 50 years ago.
  14. In 1992 I flew from Rochester, NY to LA to take in the Pomona Swap Meet and enjoy a leisurely few days in the Uplands area and east. The plane had a phone available for each passenger seat at something like $7.00 per minute. I remember that well because I called home as I was flying over the west slopes of the Rockies. A Model A friend was flabbergasted that I would do such an extravagant thing. I asked him how much he thought I spent on the 4 or 5 days I was out there.
  15. When I look at that picture I know that I wouldn't part where the pickup is. It makes me think of the dog owner who says "Oh, he's nice. He wouldn't hurt a fly".
  16. Since my early teens I have always had at least twp old cars of the semi-collector variety. I don't remember the first time I hear "Why don't you sell all those old junks and buy a good new car". I have heard it a lot. And from people not qualified to give the advice. Honestly, I looked at the newer car as a commitment I did not want to make. When I did buy a couple of new vehicles I left them parked outside while my latest $2,000 sat safe and secure in the garage. My closest friends have similar histories. Some people say there are 6 basic personality types the old car hobby is a confluence of all 6, a common grounding. That won't change and the cars and various personalities will always gravitate to the hobby. The view of future pricing will remain constant if one stays in the 25-75% range of costs. Look at the average purchase cost across the hobby over the past 80 years. Sure there are exceptions, but using an inflation calculator for the time of purchase you will see a lot of $10,000 cars, whether they were purchase by a father in the 1950's or today's 75 year old in the 1970's. My $2,000 '64 Riviera in 1978 figures about $8500 today but I had to pay taxes and SS to get the $2,000 in my hand. Pretty close to the same for that used car lot Duesenberg in 1950. That average price will stay with us. I do see a drop in prices as we lose the money from Baby Boomer's retirement savings. In about a 20 year window we saw the ability to skim up to $30,000 from the Personal Investment Program many early retirees had access to. That was old money. In a country where people are making a priority of demanding a $15 per hour minimum wage you will see that average shift downward, but certainly not die. In fact, if you want to see the direction of the hobby in the next 10-15 years just take a look at car hobby activity in what the US used to call Third World Countries. It's the future of the US and the hobby.
  17. Try a woody in western New York on an 80 degree day at 90% RH. You might not be able to get out the door when you arrive at your destination. Like many things, the dream far exceeds the reality.
  18. I will continue to buy and sell cars and collectible stuff to support my own hobby just as I have since I was in my teens. The cars have been uncompleted dreams sold to fresh dreamers. The key is that they are not required to think much about the purchase. The lower the price the less thinking. As long as you can look at a grandchild holding tightly to their "blankie" or Teddy Bear there will be a market for security, escapism, or ambition. Just keep the entry fee low. Although the focus tends to be on the youth in this hobby I see many of the over 50 group buying cars as if they were buying a costume. An image of who they thought they wanted to be. They will always be with us.
  19. The car phones were popular with construction contractors doing Plan and Spec bid jobs. The final bid sheets were always left open on the front seat with the final number blank. It didn't get filled in until they walked up the steps at the bid deposit location. The phone was there to get the last minute word from the snoops who bought the estimators lunch. Electrical and HVAC contractors had (have) the most flexible bids and likelihood of the greatest number of change orders so one of them may have an old system in their storage room.
  20. Well, it wasn't a car for sale still sitting on the trailer they dragged it home on. Marketing is a great sport. I'm getting the Rodeo song stuck in my head again.
  21. I was thinking about the "bitsa" comments while looking over the prow of my John Deere the other day. In the early 1960's I used to sit and talk with my great uncle Sam. Yeah, I really had an Uncle Sam, Sam Efford. After serving as a Navy (coal shoveler) engineer, he worked his way through Simplex automotive maching to become a Chrysler production manager. He explained how the quality inspectors scrapped the badly botched stuff, but slid the mediocre quality parts off to the back bins. As the model or series drew toward the end the mediocre parts were retrieved to to produce another car with manufacturing a quantity of parts. I can see ACD having a few of those bins out in a back building, kind of making their own bitsa right on the line.
  22. Sure looks like a marketing technique to me. Doesn't Lucas make an emergency jump start unit for Jaguars? One with spade connectors.
  23. Hmmmmmm. Remember that Tahoe I showed a while back? Sold it in the Spring. I'm wondering if we are heading toward a similar end.
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