Marty Roth

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  1. My senior high school year Driver Ed. cars were a '57 Pontiac Hydro-matic, and a '56 Ford with 3-on-the tree. One of the instructors paniced when I "jumped" a left turn to beat traffic - almost fluncked me, but calmed down later.
  2. Many years ago - mid 1960s, my 1960 Rambler American, and my Dad's 1959, were very dependable basic transportation. We didn't have the Continental spare tire, but the trunk was big enough to hold a full set of drums, my trumpet and trombone, some spare parts, folding music stands, and still make exceptional gas mileage. At 18.9 cents/ gallon we did OK travelling New Jersey, parts of New York, and other local areas. The car never let us down. When I bought it for $15, it was using a quart of recycled oil every 15 miles, but replacing the piston rings in the first two cylinders made all the difference even though the cylinders were badly scored (and not repaired due to a VERY tight budget). My neighbor bought it from me a few years later for $350, and was still driving it years later with no issues.
  3. This looks to be a very decent driver-quality example of a Nickle-era Buick, maybe low powered, but still a nice ride. My personal preference is for the bigger engines in all of our drivers, but that's just me - nothing against the more basic models.
  4. Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey ??? WHY IS THE CAR WEARING IOWA LICENSE PLATES?? We kept our boats at Atlantic Highlands - Hi-Mar Marina, right at the base of Sandy Hook, and also cruised across the Narrows to Brooklyn, NY to get a hot dog at Nathan's
  5. In addition to Joe's comments (above), look at the alignment of the tail light housings - especially the left side, in comparison to the bumper. It seems there may have been rear end collision repair work - somewhat concerning in an early Uni-Body car. That Slant-Six and Torqque-Flyte trans could be a bullet-proof combination in my experience - spirited enough for fun driving without the need to rip up the pavement, and torsion bar front suspension made these a better handling car than one might expect for a compact of this era. Back in the day, my '60 and '64 Valiant V-200s proved it, and among our former collectibles, Dale's '66 Dodge Dart GT convertible was outstanding until it was rear-ended, repaired, enjoyed once again, and later T-Boned b y a new Buick The wheels may be a "Rallye" version from a later year- And what's with the windshield wipers? One UP One Down ?? Big crack(s) in steering wheel hub The rust Joe noted in the wheelwell, at the lip, indicates that it is probably not just a recent quickie respray for a flip, and if one is looking for a fun, cheap toy with out concern for detail, this could be a moderate entry. The $8K price seems somewhat reasonable, and may even be negotiable
  6. My 1956 Plymouth Belvedere 2-door hardtop, Dad's '57 Savoy, my '60 Valiant V-200, and my girlfriend's fathers 1958 Imperial convertible were all Pushbutton. They were Torque-Flyte (Power-Flyte on the '57 Savoy). We never had any problems with the shifters. Later, our '66 Dart GT convertible was back to conventional controls for the automatic.
  7. Me too ! But Matt, with working A/C you would enjoy the fantastic cross-country drive, and could write an article about the trip home. Just need to find motels which are really sanitized? Bring a credit card, a club roster, and your AAA card. My preference is still the '58 convertible, but this one is identical to the one my friend loaned me to commute 120 miles/day back and forth to college at the Jersey Shore when rebuilding the transmission and replacing the 1st & reverse Idler gear on my early 1958 TR-3.
  8. Thank you, John for sharing this picture. Having toured for a dozen years, and then restored and showed our 1934 Buick 34-57 all the way to Grand National Senior status, the '34 Buick is among my favorites - even better as this 34-56C or 34-66C Series convertible coupe First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was a national treasure, especially in my Dad's eyes for having visited his 6th Special USN SeaBee Battalion in the South Pacific during WWII. Additionally, this photo is even more interesting to me since I attended the University of Kentucky back in the early 1960s.
  9. Thanks John, that is a beautiful 1934/1935 Buick Club Sedan - maybe 60 or 90 Series?
  10. Charlie, You're right on the mark. Since our wreck en-route to the Bettendorf Meet August 16th, 2017, I've kept a Dash-Cam in each vehicle, and for Xmas that year I also bought Dash-Cams for our kids, their spouses, and our grandson. They were only moderately expensive, and not so with regard to their ability to witness actions of others. I actually played back a scenario of my rig being cut off by one Trooper to another one from the same state while sharing a table at a dinner stop. He just rolled his eyes in recognition.
  11. John, you hit the nail on the head. With my enclosed hauler, my fuel cost alone would have approximated $700.00, above and beyond wear and tear, potential tire issues, parking, etc, and leaving one of our collectibles out in the searing southern sun for a week. Using the 6 x 12 ft U-Haul, even with the $215 one-way rental, will save almost half the cost of fuel. This also makes the 900 mile drive home dramatically easier, knowing that other drivers typically do not recognize safe passing distances when they come around our trailered rigs. They seem to think that if there is enough room to park a Corolla, it is OK to pull in immediately ahead of a 2500/3500 pulling a 24, or 30 ft hauler. What they don't know could potentially be disastrous.
  12. That rig looks, for all the world, like a tail-wagging, front-end lifting, steering-minimized "Fish-Tail" accident just waiting to happen. Conversely, U-Haul wants to "Inspect" my 2500 Series Suburban with the 8.1L engine before renting me a trailer to move my grandson from Louisiana to Illinois to start grad school, the same one used regularly to transport our 30 ft enclosed car hauler with a Packard, Cadillac, or vintage Roadmaster Phaeton along with thousands of pounds of gear, supply, tools, spare tires, etc. Additionally, their equipment only offers "Surge" braking and will not accept my equalizer equipment. The only benefit to renting their stuff is that I can haul his apartment north, and then drop off the trailer, heading home with just the Suburban. Otherwise I'd be pulling my mostly empty enclosed trailer against the wind nearly 2,000 miles round trip, dealing with tighter parking at motels, more fuel consumption issues, etc. I guess this is one time that extreme practicality, along with attendant cost factors will win. If you happen to see us northbound toward the end of the month, wave from a social distance, and y'all stay safe
  13. While the lines, and the wheels surely suggested Bugatti, an elephant mascot might have seemed out of place, given the sleek, smaller nature of this sporty example
  14. I also used the OEM factory equivalent on the LT-1 in our '95 Fleetwood, but from AutoZone (closer to home - good warranty), and used DexCool - no particular reason, other than it worked well for the previous 20+ years from new, with change/flush at 4 year intervals. I imagine that with a good complete flush, any good quality universal type would be fine, but costs were similar, so I stuck with DexCool If it ain't broke .... We're looking at 98 degrees tomorrow, and a heat index of 114 here in the Big Easy, betcha' Wichita Falls isn't a whole bunch cooler? Wish y'all the best
  15. Is it like that on both sides? Is there a difference between tops for Super and Special series cars? Is it possible that you have a top for a smaller series car?
  16. Place your mouse over the start of your header line, Click, Type "SOLD" click out of your ad that should work
  17. One of the guys in the Monmouth (NJ) College Sports Car Club worked for a dealership which sold the TVR - around 1964-ish? British car with big Ford engine? ZERO to 60 in 3.6 seconds ??
  18. Mine was an Orange Crate, a couple of 2x4s, and roller skates right after dad returned from his WWII service in the South Pacific. I was four years old - money was non-existant, he was a SeaBee and could build or repair anything. I had a pair of goggles and became Barney Oldfield. Next came a 24" 2-wheeler, blue with chrome fenders and a bell, light, and horn. I didn't know until much later that dad had pulled it from somebody's trash, restored it, and made it better than new! When delivering three (3) newspaper routes for the Newark Star-Ledger and the Elizabeth Daily Journal, as well as the Linden News-Observer, we bought a used $3.00 Rollfast springer with a huge delivery basket for me to use. That lasted alongside my metallic red / chrome fendered 3-speed English racer, until the state of New Jersey made me street-legal with my chopped & channeled '32 Chevy 5-window coupe, powered by the '54 Olds OHV 324 ci engine and Hydra-Matic, pushing an Avanel, NJ junk yard Dodge dump truck 2-speed rear end (the '32 Chevy differential almost immediately turned to shrapnel). Wish I had some pics ... but then the '49 red Pontiac convertible - straight 8, 3-on-the-tree - became Queen of the Hop !
  19. Good choice - That was the Hertz Rental Car version- I recall renting one, and had to submit to a tutorial and a test even though I already had my SCCA Driver ticket
  20. Remember voting for "Miss Rheingold beer" every year?, XK-140 Jag at 1:24, what might be a '57 Caddy 2-door hardtop at 1:36, and a '57 Mercury wagon at 1:37 and 2:17 and how about Bert & Harry - the Piel's brothers for Piel's Beer (played by the comedy team of Bob and Ray)? Or the Sheafer Driver singing the Sheafer jingle: Sheafer, Is the, One beer to have, when you're having more than one ...
  21. Off-topic With various bands over the years (1953 - 1967 or so), I played just about all of these places/palaces (except for the White Lake Mansion House), and dozens of others - both summertime, and weekends for the rest of the year. https://untappedcities.com/2017/10/05/10-abandoned-resorts-from-the-borscht-belt-in-catskills-new-york/ As a young kid in the 1940s and very early 1950s, much of our extended family rented rooms at Hasbrouk Manor, owned by the Lasky brothers of theater fame, next door to the Hardenberg? dairy farm just up the Navesink (Neversink?) River from Woodbourne, NY. Families would stay a week, a couple of weeks, and those better-off might stay the entire summer. Moms and kids stayed there and walked down the road to swim in the River, just down from the bridge Years later, after our various bands completed playing our Thursday night sets, no matter where in the Catskills we were playing, we would head to Woodbourne to the River Tavern to sit in for Jazz Sets. The tavern sat immediately east of the river and bridge where both NY State Routes 42 and 52 intersected. I recall one year where my NJ All-State Band friend and Bassist extrordinaire, Bill Slapin was with the house band there. His '54 Ford dropped the timing chain and I towed him back to Springfield, NJ with a rope - a very tenuous (hairy) ride indeed! We performed together, along with another NJ All-Stater, Lou Soloff from Lakewood, NJ, later the lead trumpet with Blood, Sweat & Tears, and with my cousin Norm Bergen who composed, arranged, and conducted for Tony Orlando from their years as kids in the Bensenhurst section of Brooklyn to the years at the theater in Branson, MO. Norm also conducted the orchestra for the the Broadway/Off-Broadway show "Oh, Calcutta" back around 1968 or 1969 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oh!_Calcutta!#Sketches_and_songs . I believe that may have been the first Broadway show with full frontal nudity.
  22. That is a lot of car for not too bad money- Wonder if everything is functional, including A/C and Autronic Eye?
  23. And more Tom: For full articles and pictures: http://blog.modernmechanix.com/tag/mccahill/ Mechanix Illustrated Issue: Nov, 1954 Posted in: Automotive Tags: auto safety, Tom McCahill Posted: 09/28/2012 2 Comments On TOM McCAHILL SAYS: “We Can Stop The Highway Slaughter!” (Nov, 1954) TOM McCAHILL SAYS: “We Can Stop the Highway Slaughter!” (Nov, 1954) . Mechanix Illustrated Issue: May, 1950 Posted in: Automotive Tags: auto reviews, Tom McCahill Posted: 09/07/2012 No Comments On MI Tests The 1951 Kaiser Special (May, 1950) MI Tests the 1951 Kaiser Special (May, 1950) . Mechanix Illustrated Issue: Jan, 1950 Posted in: Automotive Tags: auto reviews, jeeps, Tom McCahill, Willys Posted: 08/22/2012 6 Comments On MI Tests The Willys Jeepster And Station Wagon (Jan, 1950) MI Tests the Willys Jeepster and Station Wagon (Jan, 1950) . Mechanix Illustrated Issue: May, 1956 Posted in: Automotive Tags: NASCAR, racing, Tom McCahill Posted: 07/23/2012 No Comments On SPEED WEEKS ’56 (May, 1956) SPEED WEEKS ’56 (May, 1956) . Mechanix Illustrated Issue: Nov, 1954 Posted in: Automotive Tags: auto reviews, McCahill Chinamen, station wagons, Tom McCahill Posted: 06/06/2012 7 Comments On MI Tests The Morris Minor Station Wagon (Nov, 1954) MI Tests the Morris Minor Station Wagon (Nov, 1954) Was it a bet in the office? Did he get free drinks every time he mentioned a Chinaman in a review? This is getting so ridiculous I’ve added a McCahill Chinamen tag. Also, why would you bring an embalmed Chinaman to a firemen’s clambake? “…the rear passenger seat unhinges and folds forward, providing enough level cargo room to haul an embalmed Chinaman and a stiff bull Elk to a firemen’s clambake.” . Mechanix Illustrated Issue: Sep, 1947 Posted in: Automotive Tags: Tom McCahill Posted: 05/15/2012 No Comments On HERE’S YOUR FUTURE CAR! (Sep, 1947) HERE’S YOUR FUTURE CAR! (Sep, 1947) . Mechanix Illustrated Issue: Jan, 1954 Posted in: Automotive Tags: McCahill Chinamen, Tom McCahill Posted: 05/03/2012 2 Comments On McCAHILL’S 3-IN-1 Dream Car (Jan, 1954) McCAHILL’S 3-IN-1 Dream Car (Jan, 1954) Good old Tom, he makes it all the way to the last sentence without talking about Chinese men and opium. . Mechanix Illustrated Issue: Nov, 1955 Posted in: Automotive Tags: Tom McCahill Posted: 04/10/2012 No Comments On Tom McCahill Looks Over The 1956 Cars (Nov, 1955) Tom McCahill Looks Over The 1956 Cars (Nov, 1955) . Mechanix Illustrated Issue: Sep, 1954 Posted in: Automotive Tags: station wagons, Tom McCahill, vans, Volkswagen Posted: 03/13/2012 1 Comment On MI Tests The VW Station Wagon (Sep, 1954) MI Tests the VW Station Wagon (Sep, 1954) . Page 1 of 3123Next