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JonW

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  1. We're going to be attending the meet in Auburn in May. This will be our first AACA meet, but not our first car meet by a long shot. I was just wondering what to expect.
  2. Matt, thanks for the good info.
  3. I just bought a ‘65 Chevy Biscayne. It’s been heavily modified - 454 engine, lowered, wider than stock tires. When I hit a dip in the road and the suspension compresses, it goes every way but straight on the rebound. It’s very squirrelly. I didn’t even get it on the highway to see how it tracks. I’m afraid to at this point. I know I need to try to find an old school alignment guy who can do more than align it t to specs, but I’m not well versed in alignment and suspension. Any thoughts on what to look for so I can not appear to be an idiot?
  4. I’m sure it wasn’t. It was built about 10 years ago and I bought it from a friend of the guy that built it.
  5. I just bought a '65 Biscayne, and one of the front park lamp bulbs is frozen in the socket. What's the best way to get it out?
  6. I bought a '96 Impala SS about 10 years ago, in the teal color. It was a great car to drive, but I quickly found out it was going to be a money pit and sold it.
  7. I was a deputy sheriff in the '70s and '80s, and of all the patrol cars I drove, the square body Caprice was my favorite. I recently ran across this 1988 Caprice cop car on eBay. It has never been in police service. It was sold new to a provider of police equipment who used it as a demo car. The subsequent owners used it in parades. The last owner was the police chief in a small town in Alabama, and he had it marked with a blue roof beacon and department decals. All the police equipment works. Since I was a former LEO, he agreed to sell it to me with all the police equipment intact. The lights
  8. I had a friend in high school who was firmly convinced that you could order any car of any year, and better yet, pay the price for it when it was new. For example, (this taking place in 1971), he believed you could order a ‘57 Chevy Bel Air to your liking and pay the price it was in 1957. Even though my dad was an Oldsmobile dealer and I knew better, I could not convince him otherwise. Under this scenario, what would you order? Ask me tomorrow and my answer might be different, but today it would be: 1971 Olds 442 coupe (1971 for the best combo of grille and taillights) V
  9. The full-width rubber floor mat in my Toronado is in excellent condition and I would like to keep it that way. What’s the best product to keep it supple without making it slick or slippery?
  10. Well, I guess you wouldn't like most of my cars. Wheels are a great way to personalize a car without doing any irreversible damage and are easily changed back to stock. You didn't have any interest in the car, so why even bring it up?
  11. Is it OK to put leads here? This is not my car, but it's a knockout. I'd own it in a heartbeat if I had a place for it. It sure would be nice to see it go to to a good home. Here's the link from one of the Oldsmobile forums: 1963 Starfire
  12. As happens in this hobby, I have more cars than I have storage space, so I need to sell my '74 LeSabre. It's a gorgeous car with only 13,000 actual miles. As you can see in the dealer bill of sale shown below, this is a 455 car with lots of options. It has had a high-quality repaint that is in excellent condition with no chips, scratches, rock chips or dings. The paint looks like it rolled off the assembly line yesterday. The lower rocker panel moldings look like new with only minimal wear. The top looks very nice, with no rips or tears, and has new cables. The hard parade boot (with stor
  13. I'm the new kid on the block here, but have been around that block a whole bunch of times. I confess I didn't wade through all 12 pages that led up to this point. There are really only two points I would like to throw out there for consideration. 1) I belong to numerous car clubs, but joined the AACA for a specific reason. That is, to enjoy authentic cars and to tour. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against modified cars and own several of them. But I truly appreciate a correctly restored or original car and the effort that goes into them. I can live in both worlds. I hope the A
  14. I recently acquired this amazing all-original survivor 1969 Toronado. It's a 24,000 mile car in incredible condition. In addition to the condition and mileage, there are a couple of unique items about the car. First, it is a W-34. The W-34 performance package boosted the stock horsepower from 375 to 400. According to the Toronado chapter of the OCA, only about 20 W-34s are accounted for, so it is very rare. Second, Oldsmobile literature does not show a green vinyl top being available with Covert Beige paint, but the green vinyl top is noted on the window sticker as being factory installed. Thi
  15. *** SOLD *** As it happens in our hobby, I have wound up with more cars than storage space. So my '79 Lincoln Mark V Bill Blass edition is up for sale. It currently has 28,.800 actual miles and is an extremely nice all original car. This is actually one of my favorite cars. It has never let me down and is a joy to drive. The paint is excellent with no scratches or dings. The interior is very nice with no rips, tears or stains. The top is excellent. The tires are new with less than 1000 miles. The wheels have been professionally refinished and are excellent. When I purchased the car in July of
  16. Looking forward to it. This will be our first Tour.
  17. That at was my first thought, but they’re made of unobtanium. And the repro wheels for the A-bodies are the wrong bolt pattern.
  18. Terry, the phantom GTO idea came about when I spotted a rust-free '63 LeMans on eBay. It got me to thinking, what if JZD had started the GTO project a year earlier on the smaller, lighter car? To my knowledge, no one has built a '63 GTO. I like unusual stuff, and I have a great builder who does superb work. He's also a GTO freak. We kicked around the idea and decided to go with it. The LeMans has the "half-a-V8", rope drive and transaxle. That will all come out and be replaced with a Pontiac 400, 200-R4 and conventional rear end. The idea is to create a 1963 GTO as if were sitting on the showr
  19. These look like the most likely candidates from my collection: This 1979 Mark V is extremely pristine and has original paint, top, interior. I've added fuel injection to solve fuel issues, but it's invisible to the eye. This is my other 1979 Mark V, all original and more of a driver (not quite as pristine, but still very nice). This is a work in progress. It's a 1963 Buick LeSabre wagon. It's being rebuilt to stock specs. The only modification is 17" Torque Thrust wheels. The side exit exhaust is going away. This one is probably not eligible due
  20. Hey, everybody. My wife and I just joined. The big draw for us was the touring events. We've been a member of the Lincoln club for years and we've enjoyed that aspect of it. My concern is that except for two 1979 Lincoln Mark Vs, all of our vehicles are modified to some degree. Are we eligible to participate at the National and Regional level?
  21. I need to sell my Riviera and another car to make room for a new acquisition. This is a very nice, mostly original survivor '68. The car was purchased new in San Jose, CA, from Smythe Buick, and spent most of it's life there. This is a rust-free CA car. The color is Teal Blue Mist with black interior. Options include bucket seats, console, air conditioning, power windows, deluxe wheel covers, and AM//FM/stereo. One of the great plusses with this car is the huge amount of paperwork included. There is a 3" binder full of probably every receipt for every dollar ever spent on this car, the window
  22. I need to sell my Riviera and another car to make room for a new acquisition. This is a very nice, mostly original survivor '68. The car was purchased new in San Jose, CA, from Smythe Buick, and spent most of it's life there. This is a rust-free CA car. The color is Teal Blue Mist with black interior. Options include bucket seats, console, air conditioning, power windows, deluxe wheel covers, and AM//FM/stereo. One of the great plusses with this car is the huge amount of paperwork included. There is a 3" binder full of probably every receipt for every dollar ever spent on this car, the window
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