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  1. There's also a lot of car related footage to be found in silent films. Here's one from 1914, featuring Charlie Chaplin and Barney Oldfield in action.
  2. My first attempt at a restoration project back in the early 1990s. As a teenager, my dream car was a GTO but they were getting too expensive even then. This was the closest I could afford to a proper wide-track Pontiac. 4-door hardtop, bought for $100 from the little old lady original owner. The car ran well and had fairly low miles and a dead mint interior. The back seat had never been sat on. I thought it was a perfect drive-as-you-restore project. Unfortunately, a few months later, as I was just starting to get a few things sorted out on it, the frame rusted through under the engine. I had
  3. Genevieve, The Yellow Rolls Royce, The Great Race, Excuse My Dust. To a lesser extent, Christine (the book is much better). Here's a very cool Russian comedy (with subtitles) about 30 years in the life of a Zhiguli (Lada) car and its various owners: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2g-NuaOuNs
  4. To me, "garage", in reference to music, means only one thing: mid-1960s bands such as The Standells, The Music Machine, The Count Five and other such "nuggets". I still have several mixed tapes with such stuff that I made back in the 1980s and I keep an old boombox in the garage to play that stuff, among other music. My 40+ year old cassettes are still good to go, even if I don't play them in the house anymore. Until recently I still had a daily driver with a cassette deck, so the tapes lived in the car. But these days they're my "garage music". Radio... I have a love-hate relationship with r
  5. Some great stuff! My stash is quite a bit more modest. The model cars I collected as a kid in Russia in the 1970s. A few Moskvich, one Lada and a couple of pre-revolution Russo-Balt. I used to have more but my younger brothers destroyed most of my stuff in the 1980s. The 1929 registration for a '24 Hupmobile Touring was found when renovating the basement of my mom's house. I wonder if that car survived the scrap drives of WWII.
  6. A few years ago a young guy, probably still in his teens, walked up to me and my '79 Monte Carlo and asked "Is it real?". I had no idea how to answer that, so I said "no, but it's a pretty good fake, huh?" He walked away, nodding, like I confirmed his suspicions.
  7. Antique Automobile does have some minor value, especially if a complete run of a long stretch of years. It is of no interest to the veterans in the hobby, as they all probably have their own. But it may interest someone just starting out. I know I myself bought at least three guys' accumulations of old magazines when I first started going to car shows years ago. I didn't pay much for them, but they weren't garbage either, I was glad to have them to read and educate myself. I wouldn't want any now, though. If you know some younger guy who just bought their first vintage car, the magazines woul
  8. I wrecked a car on black ice in PA a few years ago. I'm an experienced driver, I was driving carefully below the speed limit and the car was an all-wheel-drive Subaru, so I managed to limit the damage and not cause a pile-up. But nothing can prevent such an accident. Once you hit that black ice, there's just no control.
  9. As a phonograph collector, a few tips... The machine in the famous Victor trademark that the dog Nipper is listening to is NOT a Victrola. It is a Victor model B from 1896, with a very obvious external horn. The Victrola was a line of machines with an INTERNAL horn that Victor introduced in 1906. The external horn was considered too intrusive to display in a fashionable home, plus everything was exposed to dust. So a new type of machine was invented with a horn folded inside the cabinet and a lid to cover the turntable when not in use. This proved very popular and the name Victrola became gene
  10. >>> On the list of statements you'll never hear, >>> Curious what year your D88 was? It was an '82. I wrote up that story on another site, it's a fun read: https://www.curbsideclassic.com/cars-of-a-lifetime/coal-1982-oldsmobile-delta-88-royale-brougham-channeling-christine/
  11. "Worst" is too vague. Worst in which way? Design, safety, reliability, appearance, marketing, suitability, etc. ? The Pinto was a miserable little car, but other than the eventually resolved gas tank safety issue it wasn't really any worse than anything else in its class at the time. The Corvair, the rope-drive Tempest, the fuel-injected '57 Bonneville... All brilliant designs, but total disasters in the real world. These are cars that are fun to read about and make great collectibles today, but how many first owners agreed? The Edsel was a marketing failure, but not a bad car. The Aztec is fu
  12. I agonized over this for years. My Chevy only has AM radio, which unfortunately works perfectly, thus making me feel bad about ripping it out. The car is completely original, so I don't want to replace it with anything that would look out of place. I thought about finding an original AM/FM/cassette unit that would have been optional for my car, but that would still have no CD or MP3 capability, and I know that once I tear into it, I'd want to change the speakers too, and might need to run new wires and maybe do something else while I'm at it, and that's a slippery slope I don't really wish to
  13. Here's the average life of a car back then - from March 1932 issue of Popular Mechanics.
  14. Exactly. I could never understand the desirability of the '70 Chevelle, then or now. To me, the '68-'69 was perfect and '70 was a very distant runner-up. A Chevelle, albeit a '68, was my dream car too once, too, but this was in the early 1980s when I was a teenager. My tastes have become a bit more sophisticated since, though I did own a '70 Pontiac later on and got that era out of my system. By then prices for such cars went through the roof to the point that I completely lost interest. Their very popularity works against them too, as far as I'm concerned: why would I want to pay a premium to
  15. Here's me - or at least my feet - with my first car, a '79 Monte Carlo. I bought that car at 17 with my own money earned by working after school, something I was very proud of at the time. I'd been saving for a car since age 14, and wanted one of my own ever since I was old enough to play with toy cars. This car took me to college and beyond. Fourteen years ago I bought another just like it, same year, same color (my avatar). Sometimes I forget they're not the same car. The pics are both c. 1987 or so. The first is camping out on a road trip, the second is replacing the header panel in our dr
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