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  1. You can think of the Lada as the Russian model T - cheap, ubiquitous, infinitely serviceable, with quirks that become endearing after long ownership. This is the car that put the average Russian on wheels in the 1970s. Before that, you truly needed to be somebody or to have some pull to own a private car, in addition to long waiting periods. Previous models were either not available to private citizens (Volga, Chaika, etc.) or were produced in smaller numbers and were quite dated by the time the Lada became available (think early Moskvitch and ZAZ). Even the newer models introduced after the L
  2. I have over 2000 books, including maybe 300+ auto-related. I buy books all the time, but I am very selective about what I keep after reading. Most get sold or donated when I'm done. This is crucial. If you try to hold on to everything, you will end up with an unmanageable mess. I cull through the collection every few years to make space for new acquisitions. On the shelves, books are arranged by subject. All the car books are next to each other on the same shelves, though not otherwise arranged like in some library. I'm not that OCD. The point is to be able to scan the shelves and find what yo
  3. I have been selling on eBay for almost 20 years now. People always complain about eBay changing their rules over the years, and I too have been angry with them a few times. I can think of quite a few features that I wish they still had, and some that should have never been introduced. But they are really still the only game in town if you wish to market your stuff to the widest possible audience worldwide. So I suck it up and consider it the cost of doing business. Ranting about never using eBay again may feel good for three minutes, but it doesn't help if you still have stuff you need to sell
  4. I have been following this thread since the beginning and it is a true inspiration how you brought that car back. Wonderful Buick, amazing work, and thank you so much for taking us all along with you throughout its restoration!
  5. 12 years later, wondering what happened with the Pobeda and the Volga...
  6. Have you noticed that ever since eBay started charging fees for shipping, many eBay sellers now offer free shipping? It's not really "free", of course, it's just built into the purchase price. That's what I do as a seller now - exactly to avoid unpleasant interactions with clueless buyers over combined shipping, or complaints about the difference between a stated flat rate and actual cost, or dumb unsolicited opinions over why you charge more than they think you should, or whatever. You can still be nice and offer a discount to a buyer who requests one courteously (by sending them an offer), i
  7. Before WWII, Russia's car industry was very underdeveloped. While there were a few early home-grown attempts (such as Russo-Balt and Lessner), none of them were mass produced. Besides those and some experimental models (such as the NAMI and the L-1), all cars made in Russia were either license built or reverse engineered(GAZ cars based on Ford, AMO trucks based on FIAT, etc. ). When those weren't enough, the Soviets simply imported foreign cars (for example, Renault taxicabs in Moscow in the 1920s). All these cars were abused and poorly repaired with all sorts of makeshift parts, and then scra
  8. I have seen a Land Rover on which the owner transposed the emblem letters to read "very disco". In Russia, most models have a folk nickname. For example, the VAZ (Lada) 2101 is called "Kopek" ("Penny"), the GAZ 24 Volga is "Barge", the ZAZ-965 is "Hunchback", the ZAZ-968 is "Big Ears" , the UAZ van is "Bread loaf", etc.
  9. I have done something very similar once. I called a junk yard and junked what appeared to be a nice car over a simple and obvious repair. That repair was the last straw after many previous failures. At least I got $50 from the junker. I wrote up that story here: https://www.curbsideclassic.com/cars-of-a-lifetime/coal-1982-oldsmobile-delta-88-royale-brougham-channeling-christine/ As for the buried Ford, I can understand that too. In the US, worthless cars like that were often parked behind the barn and left there to rot, or there was at least a small token p
  10. I've been following this thread since the beginning and I can understand the appeal. The Plymouth has a lovable mutt, a plucky underdog, almost a cartoon car kind of vibe. It is just so small and cute and unexpected to see, and appears to be friendly and approachable - unlike a more stereotypical muscle car or 1950s cruiser that everyone is used to seeing at every cruise-in, or some snooty and totally alien to a young person brass era car. This is exactly the kind of car I like, something that was once common and unpretentious, but now unusual enough to be interesting. I enjoy see
  11. I only have one old car. I have a sentimental attachment to it, and since I intend to keep it forever, the dollar value truly does not matter. Whatever it brings after I'm gone is just found money to my family. As long as I manage to preserve even just the one old car for posterity, I will feel that I have done my part. And if I ever get to the point that I cannot continue doing that, I will sell it before I go, so that my family does not have to deal with it. A little more or a little less will make no difference at that point, either. If I can ever afford a second hobby car, I h
  12. Totally possible. Even as recently as the early 1990s, I could buy a '69 Pontiac for $100 on a minimum wage job ($4.25 / hr at the time). Not sure I would have wanted to drive that thing for the next 70 years, though. I have a far bigger problem with the author describing a Model T as "analog". Seriously...
  13. Great car and great thread! I absolutely love following "detective stories" like this. And the level of both expertise and goodwill is amazing. I know nothing about these Studebakers, but have some experience doing similar "forensics" in a different field. I restore musical instruments, and sometimes it takes Sherlock Holmes skills to figure out what exactly had been done to some guitar or drum over the years and what it originally started out as. And with the evidence presented, I would tend to agree that this was a touring car that got damaged and rebuilt into a roadster after sitting around
  14. Buy it. Have fun with it. If you decide it's not for you, sell it. You'll most definitely lose money, but you'll have a lifetime of stories about how you once owned an antique Plymouth pickup to show for it. Owning a vintage car is not logical. If it absolutely had to make logical or financial sense, nobody would ever do it. Other than that, there's some good advice in this thread, if you choose to listen.
  15. I only have one question.... if you show up at a car show in a big ass fire truck, do you still need to have a little fire extinguisher on display with it?
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