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  1. Although I haven't been there in probably four or so years, we always liked Fenicci's Italian restaurant on the main street in Hershey (I think Chocolate Avenue). A tad pricy, but not fancy at all...just good ol' italian and good rolls and salads and soups. We'd always go with a big group and have a good time (gently) harassing our servers, but they always took it in good humor and treated us well in return. Bill
  2. I think the '65 Grand Prix and/or Bonneville with buckets and console dash is the best I have seen in a production car. Full woodgrain the whole way across, assist handle on right side, three chromed round instruments in the center tilted towards the driver. Console that meets the dash. The '66 had square instruments and clear plastic trim instead of woodgrain on the right side of the dash...really cheapened the whole effect IMHO. I don't like these dashes with A/C though, as it puts a big vent lump in the top of the middle of the panel. I also like Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk panels with
  3. This didn't happen to me, but I read on the Studebaker Drivers' Club forum some time back about a guy finding a Goldwater button in the defroster vent of his '63 Avanti! Also, a local Studebaker friend of mine who in his youth had worked at an Akron, OH Stude dealer, bought a '60's big Stude truck a few years back. He said he remembered a customer of the dealership that had a similar truck all those years ago. In the defroster vent he found a pencil with the name of that customer's business in it, so it was the same truck! Bill
  4. Two others I don't want to skip although they are slightly out of the 50 year bracket are the Packardbakers and the awful 57-58 Studebaker sedans. That 57-58 Studebaker is the ugliest full-size passenger car ever built and the only contender that could come anywhere close to defeating the Aztec for the title of the ugliest, not the awkwardest but the ugliest, vehicle ever built. I know styling is subjective, but can you really believe those Studebakers are uglier than Nash products of the 1955-57 era? Inboard headlights, no wheel openings, and a speedometer scrunched into a small area of th
  5. I have always liked the '56 Ford F-100, with its wraparound windshield. Same with the '61 and '62 Ford unibody F-100 pickup. '67 and '68 Chevy pickups look great. So does the '88 Chevy pickup (four square headlights). And I'll risk ridicule for this, but I also really like the '62-'64 Studebaker Champ pickup, 1/2 ton, with long, wide box. The box was used previously by Dodge and Studebaker revised the front box panel and tailgate (obviously). While the bed was too wide for the Studebaker cab, it gave them a box that would hold a 4' by 8' sheet of plywood (the 'standard' back then) and I
  6. I think the LeSabre coupe roofline was so much nicer than the Electra's. I'm not sure if they were even still making the two-door Electra when that stylish LeSabre coupe came out. Bill
  7. Into the eighties, I was still scooping up brochures and checking out the new cars at introduction time. I had forgotten all about the nomenclature, "Electra 380". Am I hallucinating, or was there also an "Electra 330" and/or "Electra 410"? A fellow I knew from work, twenty years ago, nice batchelor fellow who was from Kentucky and moved back there in the early '90's, had a T-Type Electra two-door of that vintage...gray (of course)! Bill
  8. To each his own, but that's about the year GM coupes lost all panache. The four-door actually looks better to these eyes. Bill P.
  9. What a sharp-looking Skyhawk! I haven't seen one that sharp and original-looking, probably since about 1980! I like the '75's simple instrument panel better than the '76 and later. I had two high-school friends who had new '75 Monza 2+2 V8's. I loved both cars at the time, great styling, decent 'oomph' and luxurious for a small car, but both had brakes that squealed so loudly you could hear them coming a block away. Front tires wore out quickly. The wheel covers like yours (called 'Tromphe L'Oeil'--Fool the Eye--in Chevy brochures) also tended to fall off fairly easily. Have you had any o
  10. It has the wheel opening and rocker moldings of a Malibu, but those could be retrofitted to the standard Chevelle Sport Coupe. I see no front-fender "Malibu" nameplates. The standard Chevelle had no side nameplates. If you post pictures of the interior, I could tell you instantly if it's a Chevelle or Malibu. The Malibu had soft-vinyl (as opposed to hard plastic) interior door trim and had a small rectangular "Malibu" nameplate on the inner door trim. Bill P.
  11. This scenario reminds me of my Dad's '80 Chevy Monte Carlo, bought new. Dad didn't have a car with A/C until 1984. I always hated how on the '78-80 Malibu and Monte Carlo, when you didn't get A/C they stuck a plastic block filler in where the right-most A/C vent on the dash was, way up high where you couldn't help but be bombarded with its ugliness. But our '80, with no A/C, had an A/C vent right there...a factory goof! My Dad didn't believe me at first, until after he ran the vent and fan and saw that nothing came out of that vent! It sure looked better, being a chromed plastic vent, tha
  12. If you look at GM's warranty, it says that brake "linings and pads" are not covered, but doesn't mention rotors. My dealer replaced all four rotors on my Uplander minivan at 41K, no charge. And I never buy an extended warranty. I think it's pretty bad when the customer knows more about the 3/36 basic warranty than the Service Manager. Bill
  13. I don't like it either. Far too mainstream...reminds me of some current Lincoln products as well as 'upper end' Japanese makes...but I guess that's what sells these days. I hate rear doors that are cut like that...a definite head-bumper everytime you get in or out. Why do they do that? Oh yeah, styling! Bill
  14. What a great clip! I'd seen it before, but it's always a delight to watch. I think the '65 Chevy lineup was probably their most impressive overall, to-date. Love the full-size Chevys that year...even the '65 Chevy II is my favorite of that original design. It was always a treat to watch Bonanza and Bewitched around new-car introduction time and see those Chevy 'teaser' ads telling you to visit your Chevrolet Dealer's on introduction night! Also, remember how on Bonanza, the Chevrolet bowtie would be 'branded' onto the screen? Cool. Agnes Moorehead, who was Endora on Bewitched, also starre
  15. Any offers for cash considered, as well as any suggestions for people who do this, or transport companies. Thanks, Bill
  16. I can't say I think they're beautiful, but I think the '50's side molding and bigger taillights help the design. I like the fastbacks probably best, after the convertibles. I was born in '58, and to me, a bathtub Packard is what I thought a Packard was when I was a kid. I knew of no other Packards afterwards. Could be because that's what our Studebaker-Packard-Benz dealer in town drove into the '60's---a military green '49 Packard which he later told me kept coming back to them as a trade-in, and that it was so solid and good-running he liked to drive it himself. (Incidentally, he also tol
  17. <span style="font-style: italic"><span style="font-weight: bold">Someone please explain to me why 911 is more important than Pearl Harbor.</span></span> It isn't more important to me. Both were unprovoked sneak attacks on the U.S., and while one has been nearly forgotten or never learned about in the first place, the seeds of the other being forgotten appear to have already been sown. Bill
  18. I probably would consider someone who is able to 'forgive' or most likely, not even think about it (9/11), as simply ignorant of history, having a short memory, or not thinking 'big picture' but only what they want/need at that moment. But I wouldn't consider them a dolt or roll my eyes, as I fully expect would be the result of explaining my position to someone who disagrees at that point. I will say that this discussion has resulted in excellent points, usually thoughtfully presented, on both sides. I don't think there's anymore I can add to it at this point. As you can tell from my 'handle
  19. Bob, I'm afraid you're probably right, and people who won't forget will be considered unenlightened neanderthals most likely. Bill
  20. About Beetles...the two things I remember most about them was that the air in the spare tire powered the windshield washer, and when you closed the hood, it sounded like putting a lid on a galvanized garbage can! Bill
  21. "At issue is whether we learn and move on in synchronicity with current reality, or do we cling to the wrongs of the past to justify our present day behavior." This sounds great, but I think it's a big part of our country's (hell, the world's) problems for so long. You can do terrible things, but it'll be OK shortly down the road...everyone will "move on". I'm a big believer in the saying that there are consequences for a person, or country, or government's, actions...and sorry if I can't put 400K American deaths in the back of my head so soon. Bill
  22. Dave, I don't pretend to speak for anybody but myself, but as hideous as what the Germans were and did, it was the Japanese who attacked us on our shores (even though Hawaii was not a state then), and ushered our entrance into World War II. Perhaps that's what sticks in some people's craw. Plus, V-E Day happened several months before V-J Day, so really we physically fought the Japanese for a bit longer. I see buying a car as a little tiny bit more than just what it is to me and my family, but hey, call me a fool. Frankly, I was always a little surprised at the VW Beetle's success in the st
  23. Does anyone really think that anybody who prefers to buy a domestic automobile, has no problem buying German but won't buy Japanese? I choose to buy neither....and back to WWII--I'm of German descent, but I think what happened in and around Germany as little as 64 years ago is absolutely repulsive. Incidentally,I did hear Battle of the Bulge veterans, including a Jewish gentleman, say only a year ago that as bad as the Germans were, they had nothing on the Japanese as far as torture of prisoners was concerned. Bill
  24. "Toyota never produced aircraft or aircraft motors, only cars and trucks" Not according to this article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081222/ap_on_bi_ge/as_japan_toyota Bill
  25. John, as long as we're going back 30 years (Pinto), why don't we go back 64--when Toyota was building aircraft to kill our soldiers in the war they started...but we finished? No, that's not like still fighting the Civil War...they are millions of people still alive today who were alive then and affected by their atrocities...and there are still 2.5 million veterans of WWII alive today. That is not my main reason at all for wanting to buy American, but I can't just completely ignore it, either. It hasn't been long enough. Like bringing up the Pinto, which was indeed a tragedy for those affec
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