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  1. Yup. Speaking as a (relatively) younger forum member who was never taught how to do anything on a car, the only realistic way I could get into the old car hobby was to be ready to hire mechanics to fix things.
  2. If we're in dream world, a Bugatti Type 57 (and related variants) is the ultimate for me. But in a slightly more realistic bracket, I love the Delahaye 135 cars like this one. So elegant.
  3. On this board, it seems, news that Tesla's stock is up proves that the stock market is delusional, while news that Tesla's stock is down shows that the market is all-knowing. Seriously, I have no idea how to value Tesla vs. Ford, but I'll stick to my guns that Teslas are incredible accomplishments. World-beater cars, truly revolutionary technology that everyone sees as the future, constantly improving, blindingly fast, and beautifully designed. All designed and made here in the USA, with factories popping up around the world to export US know-how.. Again, I have no idea how to value it versus Ford. But it seems like something we would want to root for, or at least I do. Related story about how Tesla is doing well in the pandemic while other car companies are struggling. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/02/business/tesla-sales-second-quarter.html
  4. Yeah, my worst was once getting stuck in a torrential downpour coming back from a car show in a '38 LaSalle convertible I had recently bought. Knew there was a chance of rain, but the weather sites didn't predict it would be so bad. It was a long drive and I was worried it was going to get dark, making driving all the harder, so I didn't want to pull over by the side of the road for too long. Seriously stressful given modern traffic, modern speeds, and not much visibility and no safety equipment. Made it home fine in the end, but it was a memorable way to find out that the car wasn't particularly waterproof, at least facing that much rain coming down so quickly.
  5. If the booster plates were designed to match that year's license plate, I think I have successfully dated the "Piedmont" plate I have. I found it on the wall of an old garage in Piedmont, California, and there is only one year in which California's license plate was anything like that color -- 1927.
  6. Fascinating, West! Thanks for the context! If I can bother you for another question, do you happen to know who sold them, or how they were bought? Were they just items you could buy privately to show your civic pride, or were issued by the city?
  7. Over the years I have seen some license plate extensions with city names. Here are three that I have: I looked around online, and I haven't been able to find out much about them. When were they used? For what purpose? Were they used in addition to state plates, perhaps requiring a separate fee to park or drive in the city? Or were they only ceremonial? I figured some on this forum probably know. Any help?
  8. What a neat car. I knew of the SS100, of course, but I'm not sure I knew of the SS1's existence. Pretty car. And given that SS100 prices are so high, this seems like a steal by comparison. https://rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/0120/driving-into-summer/lots/r0110-1934-ss-1-2-litre-tourer/892125
  9. That makes a lot of sense. Or at least let the shops know that you have friends.
  10. A big deal if true. We're entering a world in which most cars and big appliances will be electric, and the battery is the most important part of them. Any marginal improvement in the durability and sustainability of batteries is very important, and a dramatic improvement in battery technology is a game-changer.
  11. Thanks for this insightful post, Matt. It's part of the problem when car owners (including me) often can't personally tell when a shop has done a good job: We don't know enough to know when the shop owner is a hack. Ideally, asking around and finding out who is actually good can lead us to the right place. But it's tough when there are few options and we're not good at telling when someone knows what they're doing and is doing it correctly.
  12. I should have added that Aaron also has a very good website about his cars: https://www.flyingagarage.com/
  13. I've been lucky enough to visit Aaron Weiss's Flying A Garage in Pasadena, and I saw on Vimeo that Aaron just recorded and posted a tour of it. Lots of incredible CCCA cars. Thanks to Aaron for making the video!
  14. Ed, the Pierce that I really want is a production Silver Arrow. The mix of classic styling, art deco, and early streamlining does it for me. I hope the Packard spirits don't strike me down for saying this on the Packard forum, but I think they're really beautiful. And AJ, I still rotate in my mind among a bunch of possible cars, but the xk140 is definitely in the mix. It's all at least a year away, though, just fun distractions to think about for now.
  15. I've been starting to lay the groundwork for car #4 at some point. I think a 50s two-seater of some kind may earn wifely approval. As for a bigger garage, working on that, too! We bid on a house recently that had a 4-car garage, but we didn't get it.
  16. Thanks. Re the garage, I wish! The car on the right is just parked at a sharp angle. There's space in the front but the two cars are almost touching in the back. I do that because the driveway on our tiny lot is clipped on one side, and you can't get the car on the right out without first taking the car on the left out unless you come out at that angle. Drives me a bit crazy, but the house is a rental so it's only temporary. There's an active termite infestation in the garage right now so that sign may be the only thing keeping the building up. (The termite people are coming next week to treat it, and hopefully to strengthen the structure a bit; it's only a rental, but in an earthquake area you don't want cars in a flimsy garage. ).
  17. Looks pretty good, I think. And only $26 at buildasign.com.
  18. Most state constitutions or statutes already grant this power to the governor or the governor's agent. It hasn't been used in a while, sure, but it's there and has been for a long time. Either way, there's not much for for the U.S. Supreme Court to act on. These rules are generally a matter of state law, not the federal law that the U.S. Supreme Court deals with.
  19. You really didn't have to get this for me for my birthday, AJ.
  20. A bummer, but understandable. There will be no vaccine by then, and getting a few thousand (mostly-high-risk) people together to mingle isn't a smart idea.
  21. Having criticized the CCCA's logo, it's with some irony that I just bought one of their hats from the CCCA store. I think the logo works well on the hat, actually. It's too expensive, but if you can't go to CCCA events these days at least you can wear the clothes.
  22. No, I'm happy to let anyone have it if anyone else wants to use it.
  23. I'm soon going to be in the fortunate position of having two Packards in my 2-car garage, and I have decided to order a sign to commemorate the occasion. Here's the image I created, should have the sign printed and sent to me soon.
  24. Nice! I once had a '41 110 that had Virginia YOM plates -- it's a really sharp combination. Enjoy.