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Marty Roth

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  1. Warm sticky days without A/C in your Buick? A Cool - Quiet shower (and relief from the kids punching, and calling "are we there yet?) might be just the ticket !
  2. Loved driving my black '54 Mercury convertible, even with Merc-O-Matic- bought it from the back row of a St. George Ave used car lot in Elizabeth, NJ in April of 1961, and cleaned several coffee can loads of sludge from the valley due to clogged oil return passages - common on this first-year Mercury V-8 (infrequent oil changes?). After a valve job and new rear main seal it was a blast to drive all summer in the Catskills, working only 6 nights/week with my band at a resort hotel. It was sold in September before my sophomore year at Univ of Kentucky, but oh, what a summer, and oh, those young ladies who chose to ride along in the shiny black convertible.
  3. Wonder why the seller didn't include pics of the seats made into a bed? That was a neat feature at the time. Back in Jersey in 1959-1960, I once picked up a date while driving Dad's 1952 Nash Statesman. It had the bed/seats as well as venetian blinds. This was when you would go to the door and be invited inside to meet the parents. My date's father looked at my car an politely suggested that I drive his car, and he didn't even know we were going to see a movie at the Drive-In on US-22.
  4. Popular? Maybe infamous? Many thanks again, Joe, And I would return that favor in a heartbeat. I've transported parts for other car guys, and will continue to whenever possible. H We hope to see you back on this side of the border to tour together again, and I look forward to touring with Ontario Region again. Y'all have many great places to visit, and we appreciate the chance to visit. Isn't there something special coming up down the road on your side of the border? (PS: As I recall, it was five rims - 4 were already powder coated, and I had the 5th one done locally to match)
  5. As Bleach noted, and I agree, I have the same options. Tropical storms can, and have threatened my area. There are times when evacuation is a smart decision, and being prepared to both travel, and to have fuel upon return may be critical. You've seen the news reports of folks waiting hours with a 5 gallon can for their turn at a gas station, also running on generators, which has also just run out of fuel. My kids and I can each be able to maintain to the best of our potential. Electric may be the wave of the future, but isn't my personal preference for every possibility. My diesel Excursion can optimally make better than 900 miles on a topped-off tank - well into safer territory and way beyond the area of likely outage or resupply. I also keep extra fuel for gasoline powered generators, as well as having a separate tri-fuel (Natural Gas / Bottled Gas / Gasoline) generator. My understanding is that an electric vehicle, if not already fully charged, may take an extensive time to reach a safe distance charge. With many, perhaps tens of thousands of users needing to recharge, and the scarcity of locations, I don't want to be at the end of the line, or have to learn about them on the 6:00 news because they didn't, or couldn't "Git Outa' Dodge". Any area can be hit with a power outage: Yes, the Gulf Coast and Eastern Seaboard are susceptible to tropical storms The Northeast, Midwest, Upper Midwest, and more have blizzards and ice storms with tree branches taking out power lines and highways The Midwest and Tornado Alley have essentially minimal warning, and can lose everything in seconds to tornados The West Coast continues to deal with forest fires and flash floods Electric has its place, but for the reasonably near term it is not my preferred option.
  6. Then if it runs and drives, you and your checkbook will look into a replacement wraparound windshield and gasket (plus install), driver's window, good set of taillight and backup lenses, new leather properly stitched on the dash, etc, etc, etc, and the time and today's cost of rechroming that rear bumper ??? Potentially beautiful example and surely a money pit- we all know that story .
  7. My sentiments, exactly- I've taken a bus, and even a train since I no longer care to fly when possible. Driving home is always an experience, and you get to know some of the qualities, as well as quirks of your new toy. Our former 1971 red convertible also had A/C and returned an honest 17-19 mpg at highway speeds with the A/C on. That was one we should have kept !
  8. A local club here in the greater New Orleans area has, for many years, sponsored an annual show, the SOB, otherwise known as Sheriff’s Office Benefit, with a substantial donation to Jefferson Parish law enforcement. Today was perfect weather, and not having any other recent activity here, the turnout was excellent with approximately 400-plus cars, trucks, and a few bikes. Since our ‘37 Roadmaster is not at home, I drove the 1930 Packard which was very well received by both street-rodders and purists alike, and it was a good chance to catch up with friends I hadn’t seen since pre-Covid days. There were a few nice Buick’s in attendance. The ‘33 and the ‘40 were modified with modern drivelines, but the Riviera and the 1955 Roadmaster were authentic. There wasn’t a class for my Packard, and I was there essentially to support the Sheriff’s Office and the club, but did receive a “ TOP 100” plaque.
  9. Hey Junior, run on down to Dollar General and bring back half-a-dozen Rattle-Cans, and a six-pack of Long-Necks
  10. Maybe they should have , and back in the day, I was a fan of the Turnpike Cruiser Skirts By the way, I always liked the Coral and White color combination on a '56 Roadmaster convertible, but Red and White would be just fine, thank you Santa Claus.
  11. The '59 at the far curb almost eluded me- dig the fins !
  12. My former 34-57 had sidemounts and the fit was tight, but I really like the "look". Decreasing air pressure allowed to install, and then increased the pressure again. Also, I carry an inflator/jump-box so it is never an issue. I've seen cars with both the built-in trunk and a luggage rack, and also with an accessory trunk, because you can never have too many tools, spare parts, and extras for she who must be considered. I'm not up on specific judging standards for this model, so if that is your goal then be aware, but if your own pleasure is the goal, I think it would look great. Whatever you decide, that is a beautiful body style - good luck !
  13. Mark, I'd love to have yours- If only I had the garage space to properly keep and maintain it ! ... and didn't your daughter (?) already claim the canoe? I want that, too !
  14. As I recall, they were already rusting on the dock at the Port of Entry- Driving actually reduced the potential for rust on the undercarriage, due to the many potential and actual leaks coating many surfaces. Of course they are great fun to drive- the "Poor Man's" Ferrari ! The name "FIAT" is actually an acronym, "Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino" but many figured it really meant "Fix It Again, Tony"
  15. We had a 1980 Fiat Strada, and took it, brand new on a month-long vacation circumnavigating the "West". Other than adding a good stereo and tape player, replacing the catalytic converter and a stretched throttle cable in the first 2,000 miles, it was a pretty good little 5-door hatchback with a serious sunroof. I totalled it when it hydroplaned on an elevated section of I-10, making it 3 feet shorter front and back than its already diminutive size before it had a chance to rust away.
  16. I also have a "Backup" momentary button switch for the starter on the '37 Roadmaster. When vacuum is minimal, such as accelerating in 3rd gear from an almost dead-stop, such as a "YIELD" sign (Yeah - I sometimes ge lazy because the 320 has so much torque), I have had the starter attempt to engage - and that is a quick reminder to lift off the gas pedal, and to shift
  17. Visited very briefly with Ralph Marano, Randy Ema stopped by my spaces - looked at a couple of parts, but weren't right for him, Spent a little time with Steve Bono and Fred Hoch, Got to visit with Walt Gosden for too short a time- It was a smaller, but enjoyable week
  18. I can too, and have done so many times, but sometimes having dependable backup isn't a bad thing. ... a dash cam when somebody else does something stupid, like when we got broadsided on the interstate, ... reviving a dead cellphone in the middle of nowhere, ... having the ability to help the other guy, I don't need these things, but appreciate the ability when they come in handy.
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