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Marty Roth

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  1. All of our Citroens have been AMAZING cars-

    fun and dependable, safe and serious drivers-

    Especially the Maserati-engined CITROEN SM and the 6 different D and DS-21 and Pallas models,

    but the little AMI-6 and the incrredible 2-CV just make me smile!


    Our 1980 Fiat Strada was a very reasonable, comfortable 5-door hatchback, 

    more refined than a VW Rabbit or Dodge Omni, and a lot more fun to drive


    Our Peugeot 504 Diesel was more solid feeling than Fort Knox,

    and Just about as fast,

    but handled in thamazing French way with incomparable comfort while taking extreme high speed turns on 4 wheels and the door handles (like the 2-CV)



    From Our '05 Sebring convertible to the '68 Town and Country 413 ci Wagon to dad's '57 Plymouth 301 ci V8 Savoy to my '60 & '64 Valiants,

    and my wife's 318 ci '66 Dart GT convertible - neat toys with reasonable spirit


    Our only JEEP experience was our daughter's Grand Cherokee 4-WD which had so many electrical gremlins, we dumped it in favor of a Ford Expedition which was worse, and finally got6 her into a fantastic series of Chevy Tahoe models. She is driving the '04, passing the most recent, a low mileage '01 to her son in grad school.


    Me? I'll stick with My Suburban & Avalanche 8.1L 2500s, and the 7.3 Excursion Diesel

  2. 56 minutes ago, LCK81403 said:

    One method to straighten out the dents in automobile sheet metal, using an M-3 light tank.  Years later, in the 1980s, it was still being done at the Warren Tank Plant in Detroit, using M-60 tanks and cars seized by the Feds.


    Is that a derelict Peerless?




    A stunt by Evil Knievel's grandfather?

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  3. 24 minutes ago, padgett said:

    Once upon a time the most needed spare was the tire so made them easy to reach. Today my Caddy has an inflator.


    Our (former) 1917 Franklin had an engine-driven inflater (pump) as an original item. The tire and tube were removed from the rim while the wheel and rim were still on the car. 

    Demountable wheels and rims were a notable improvement and made distance travel much less a burden.

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  4. On 12/31/2020 at 2:49 PM, John_S_in_Penna said:

    "It's not selling.  I bet more people would be

    interested at a higher price."

    The thinking of such a seller baffles me!


    Well ...

    Back in '06 at Hershey we placed a car in a tent on the swap meet field and listed the price on Tuesday at $50K.

    Someone in the crowd said "i'll come back Saturday when you drop your price".

    Noting to all watching, we advised that the price would increase $5K each day. 

    It sold that Friday for $65K

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  5. 47 minutes ago, 60FlatTop said:


    If the flex hose is long enough you can lie the gun on the floor, hold the hose tight to the Zerk, and press the handle down with your free hand. That is not an armchair observation.


    Been there - done that too many times,

    and between arthritis and trigger finger, it doesn't get any easier.

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  6. 17 hours ago, AURktman said:

    In all seriousness, I've never gotten a stud finder to work.  I just use my knuckles to find the stud and hope I hit the center.  


    My wife USED to say that the STUD FINDER always pointed to ME-

    Of course that way many years ago ...

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  7. 1 hour ago, victorialynn2 said:

    Thanks. It doesn’t interfere with the top. It’s just so big... I call it the “back porch”. 😆 I like the proportions of the car better without one. The car is already so long in the back to accommodate the roof.

    I won’t make any major changes to my dad’s car though, so it’s staying. I’m sure he would have taken it off if he didn’t like it. 


    Hi Victorialynn,


    One benefit is that it does give you somewhere to sit during a "Runningboard" picnic

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  8. 1 hour ago, edinmass said:

    Paul. I understand. I carry much more than minimum.  I was trying to illustrate a point. I agree with two wheel brakes you need lots more than minimum coverage. In Florida you need uninsured motorist as well. 


    Agree with edinmass,


    Above and beyond any policy limits on our vehicle / property coverages, we also maintain an "Umbrella" policy through the same insurer

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  9. 16 hours ago, dmfconsult said:

    I've talked to Laura at Springs N Things and I think that is the direction I'll go in.  They have springs for the front and rear readily available and the price is in line with the Moog parts I would have normally gone with.  One final question... I've not replaced springs before (and I'm not going to attempt the front ones) but I presume you all are replacing the rubber isolators at the same time?  It seems all the isolators are the same size so have to be cut down to fit generally.




    What I especially like about dealing with Laura at SPRINGS 'n THINGS, 

    is that all items are USA manufactured.

    I believe the same may be true for Eaton Detroit,

    but tend to be leary of other aftermarket suppliers with offshore connections and paarts of questionable integrity - especially where the safety of my family and others is involved.

  10. 14 hours ago, Larry Schramm said:

    "Can't fix stupid", Forrest Gump.


    The only reason that I could think he could not get insurance is because of a very bad driving record coupled with a crappy FICO score.



    I have to assume that most full-line standard insurance companies would certainly offer your client LIABILITY insurance.

    My guess is that most regular companies will not offer him Comprehensive, Collision, Fire, Theft, Towing, Glass Breakage, etc


    and that his (agricultural-based?) bank requires Comprehensive & Collision Insurance commensurate with whatever amount he has borrowed, or attempted to borrow,

    in order to protect themselves for the value of the loan.


    His is a self-serving, financial-based reflective knee-jerk action, following an irrational decision,

    attempting to make someone else (you and Melanie) responsible for his inappropriate action.


    As I suggested above:

    Buy it back?

    Not "NO", 

    but "HELL NO"  !!


    As a good faith gesture despite his rediculous decision,

    you might offer to represent the car for resale on his behalf, where he is responsible for any and all costs, as well as for any profit or loss,

    including your additional expense,

    and we probably know where this will go.

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  11. 15 hours ago, Steve Braverman said:

    The trailer was special ordered. The door is 80" tall. Everything I own will fit inside.


    Steve, I kind of figured that would be the case.

    To this day I regret passing along my 1917 Franklin 9-A Touring, but have to believe it is in good hands with Phil Myers


    Aura Vincit

  12. Buy it back?

    Not "NO", 

    but "HELL NO"  !!


    As a good faith gesture despite his rediculous decision,

    you might offer to represent the car for resale on his behalf, where he is responsible for any and all costs, as well as for any profit or loss,

    and we probably know where this will go.

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  13. Many years ago we had a '66 Mustang GT convertible with a great running engine, but needing some body and work prior to repaint. It was to be our son's car for a learning experience. We turned it over to a body shop with the understanding that the already tested 289-4V A-code engine did not leak any fluids, and had excellent compression, equal (+/- 5%) across all 8 cylinders. The agreement was that the installed engine would also receive minor touch-up paint. Some time later we were advised that the shop owners brother had pulled the drive line and "rebuilt the engine and transmission" neither of which was required or authorized by us, and that the additional $8,000 was due immediately. Needless to say, we pulled the car from the shop and initiated legal action. Small print in the shop's unsigned paperwork supposedly authorized them to initiate any additional work necessary for safety concerns. Ultimately we prevailed, but legal expense was substantial.

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  14. 2 hours ago, Steve Braverman said:

    2017 Nissan Titan XD with a 5.0L Cummins Turbo Diesel pulling a 2017 Diamond Cargo 24' enclosed trailer. This truck tows effortlessly. 





    The rig looks exceptional.

    At first glance i wondered if the height inside the trailer was adequate for an early Franklin.

    Congrats on a neat rig.

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