John Byrd

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  1. Volksminor, that is fantastic ! One of the prettiest little cars ever made and it really looks like you have done it a great re-purposing honor !!!!
  2. In 1967 right after I had my car re-painted, put in a very modified 289 Hi-Po engine, new shocks, springs re-arched, and a fancy set of Goodyear Blue Streak tires, this Plymouth shown below passed us on an straight section of road out in the country with one headlamp and no tail-lights. We all remarked about it and went about a mile on, then there he set in the road... I swerved to the left to miss him, and he stomped the gas and turned directly sideways which is where he still was when I got him at about 50 or 55 mph as it was all too sudden to avoid.. There were 5 of us in my Falcon, two in the Plymouth. The Falcons heart lived on in a 61 Ranchero (all the drivetrain and other parts) but I sure hated losing my little Futura. We were each banged up, but nothing serious. The moron that had been driving the Plymouth that night later hit two ladies head on and it not only killed them, but himself too.
  3. Mostly cruising back and forth to work at a nuclear plant that needed LOTS of overtime. Usually in a 61 Ranchero, a 69 Fairlane Cobra, or a brand new 250 Suzuki enduro bike !
  4. Karen is still painting the house, I finished up the valve seal and engine compartment "fixing up" on the 55 Studebaker, and presently being the clean'r/ prep'r/ scrap'r/ screen remove'r, wash'r, and replace'r for Karen.
  5. Mark Gregory, I am getting more than 2 months to the gallon in my Honda Metropolitan....50cc scooter that gets over 100 mpg ! I even take the trash to the dump with it... Our Ranger and Miata that used to be daily drivers are getting none to the gallon as they have been setting, ha !
  6. Our gas is from $2.50 a gal. for unleaded regular at Costco to nearly 4 bucks in town. I get corn-free 89 octane for my oldies and motorscooters at a service area you have to be a member of and today it was $3.33 a gal.
  7. Finished up the "1963 Mini-Fix" yesterday, but had to ask a Proper Englishman over to bring his knowledge and also his "Color-Tune" device for final tweeking. I've changed a lot of worn parts on the little car, and finally satisfied with it to get it back to normal use. Had it since 87 or 88, so kinda' like the little thing. Put it back in the shed, put the 55 Studebaker back in the garage, and working up the courage to start changing the valve seals on it. Sure hate to tear apart something that works so perfectly, ha !
  8. Found this pic of me that is dated 1961 on the back with most of the models I had back then. Don't know where the big submarine was, ( see my other post w/ the 58 Buick pics ) and it looks like I built a couple of bird models too, ha ! Fun days !
  9. I started off with planes, tanks, and a big Nautilus submarine, then, in 1958 after I had some surgery, one of my aunts brought me the 58 Buick model and I turned almost exclusively to cars. Never have stopped, but when we downsized ( a lot ! ) and moved to Hawaii, I sold several hundred. I kept about 35 that I had built, mostly like cars we've had, a few that are still un-built, and a few special ones like the Buick which was my 1st. Cool thread guys, keep it up please, John.
  10. Terry Bond, a huge ME TOO on visiting that Newport News museum...astonishing !
  11. Rusty_OTool and Tinindian, Mike can make gaskets with no problem, he has a pretty good sized shop, but I think it is actual parts of the carb he is needing. Thanks for your replies !
  12. Almost forgot this "working on" item. My wife's 08 Miata needed plugs and an air filter she said, so I did that and checked everything else that was called out for the 100 K mile check. Anybody know these little cars had FOMOCO plugs and a FOMOCO automatic tranny ? No wonder it's been so trouble free ! ( argument starter, ha !)
  13. I think the only time anyone spoke to me after a long period of time was about a 66 GTO that I traded in to a car lot buddy in AL. Over 3 years after we moved to Hawaii, the AL. DOT sent me a letter saying that "my" car was caught in a traffic violation and had no insurance. Wrote them back telling that I hadn't owned the car for over 3 years and never heard back. I did once ask a gentleman that bought a truck from me to call and let me know if he got home with it since it had been nothing but trouble for me, he did and said it was totally trouble free from Nashville,TN to his home in Wisconsin.... apparently I had finally fixed everything that had been tearing up, ha ! He loved it !
  14. Way too many that I didn't have enough sense or nerve to buy, but a 66 SC Cobra roadster for 7 K and a perfect one owner Mercedes 300 SL gull wing for 12 K in Texas back in 69 come to mind as the ones that seem the most valuable slip-aways I turned down... sigh... I have also had some neat ones tho', but sold all except one of our collection so we could move to Hawaii. Glad I did, enjoyed my time with 99% of our vehicles thru the years, but dearly LOVE being warm in a paid for home in Paradise !.
  15. Thanks so much Jon ! I called Mike just now and also pasted your response to his mail. Hope that boy gets it solved, it's a really nice old car. Thanks again sir.