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but did anyone else see the most insulting thing of all.......

......that when the factory photos were shown on two occasions to show the history of the Galaxie about half the photos were of 1964-65 Chevelles. Yup, whoever puts the show together knows so little about the cars that they thought a 1962 Galaxie and a 1964 Chevelle were the same car. Nice. I had little respect for the show before, but this is it for me. Todd C

Yep, I already mentioned that in my post. If they can't tell the difference between a Chevelle/Malibu (Malibu script was blatantly obvious on several of the of the pics) and a Galaxie, I don't see how anything they say about cars can be taken seriously. Especially that "original" 1956 Chevy.

I have had 2 400's in my Continentals, and don't think they deserve the bad rep they get. IMO the 460 does nothing but use more gas. But really, no 390 in that whole yard?

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SIlverGhost wrote:

Basically all they do is get the car barely running & do a cheap quickie slap-dash paint job and some minor interior repairs~~~

One quarter panel is painted so bad it does not cover the old paint & primer.

The new paint is in fact sprayed over the car's old finish !

This they call a "Totally Restored " T-bird.

The Son said~~~ After all it's really the new paint & a nice interior that sells a "Restored Car" ! ! !

To ME this is just like putting lipstick on a farm pig~~~

In the end it is still a PIG !

(I have to thank Gov. Sarah Palin for that one !)

Maybe it is reality. We use to call them Facto-Bake--Rayco Restorations.

Cheap paint and seat covers sold lots of cars after 1979 when antique cars and older used cars became "Investment Vehicles" and "Collector cars".

Listen to people who watch the Barrett-Jackson Auctions and plan this kind of "Restoration" on junkers to make money. Nothing new here.

Look around, I bet ther are more 32 Fords around today than Henry Ford made

if you count the fiberglass ones. Porsche Speedsters too! How about Super Sport Chevies?, SS badges are cheap. Remember all the homemade Mustang Convertibles?

P. T. Barnum was right!

With all this in mind, if a friend asks for help in selecting a car to love, HELP him.

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SIlverGhost wrote:

The Son said~~~ After all it's really the new paint & a nice interior that sells a "Restored Car" ! ! !

Maybe it is reality. We use to call them Facto-Bake--Rayco Restorations.

Cheap paint and seat covers sold lots of cars after 1979 when antique cars and older used cars became "Investment Vehicles" and "Collector cars".

Listen to people who watch the Barrett-Jackson Auctions and plan this kind of "Restoration" on junkers to make money. Nothing new here.

Very true. In several car clubs which I have belonged to, club members will spend a fortune on paint and chrome. Then these cars hardly ever leave the garage. Why? Because the owners claim that these old cars simply aren't reliable for any kind of trips. If they spent the kind of money and time on mechanicals that they did making it look shiny and pretty, they would find out that most old cars are quite reliable. My car does not have perfect paint, but has no problem on a 500 mile trip. So it makes perfect sense to spend the time and money on paint and interior, things people can see, to flip the cars. So I don't have a problem with that.

It is the incorrect info and supposed "stock restorations" with unoriginal engines, seats, paint colors, wheels, etc. that bother me. People should be able to learn something from these shows if you can put up with the fake drama. All anyone is going to learn from this is a lot of incorrect info.

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How about we all write letters to Discovery TV to explain the image they are giving the public of who we are and how things are done. How about our club and others sending a letter to explain our values and how we do things??

I only got about five minutes into the Ford project before I turned it off. I tuned into MY Classic Car yesterday only to find it dedicated to Rods and Customs so that lasted for five minutes as well. It wouldn't hurt for the club or clubs to write to Dennis Gage too. How many members in this club alone?? The squeaky wheel gets the grease. Take the complaints to where it does the most good. A whole bunch of us plus the clubs we belong to have a better chance making the message clear.

Don

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How about we all write letters to Discovery TV to explain the image they are giving the public of who we are and how things are done. How about our club and others sending a letter to explain our values and how we do things??

I only got about five minutes into the Ford project before I turned it off. I tuned into MY Classic Car yesterday only to find it dedicated to Rods and Customs so that lasted for five minutes as well. It wouldn't hurt for the club or clubs to write to Dennis Gage too. How many members in this club alone?? The squeaky wheel gets the grease. Take the complaints to where it does the most good. A whole bunch of us plus the clubs we belong to have a better chance making the message clear.

Don

Such an idea becomes far more effective if the advertisers get copies of the "complaints." Far more effective than just dealing with the network or show producers, who don't give a flip about anything but selling it to the advertisers. One thing is pretty much for certain, neither the show producers, the network, or the advertisers know diddly about automobile restorations.

Jim

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Guys:

I think we are far out-numbered by the Hotrod/Streetrod folks today who watch a lot more TV & "Reality Shows" . They also enjoy watching shows like this more than we Antique car guys do !

TV is all about getting high ratings & advertizing money !

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This "show" is about as bad as it gets! Poorly done at best. on a 1-10 scale it rates a 0.

Dennis Gage's show is just a 30 min commercial for whatever shiney stuff they can put on a table, spattered with some awkward same old questions/coments while he's driving a cool car. I haven't watched it for quite some time. When it's a thinly disguised commercial only broken up by yet more commercials it should be on the shopping network instead.

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Haven't seen it. I'll have to ty to find it. If it's about old cars I'll watch it if only to add to my aggravation level. I even recorded the B-J auction so I can fast-forward through it and look at the few antiques and true Classics they show.

Don

Well, now I've watched a couple of episodes and I'll have to modify my initial statement. There are a few shows I won't watch even if they feature old cars! It definitely adds to my aggravation level.

I guess this one can go on the list with "My Classic Car" and "Car Crazy" which now cover mostly street rods and rice burners. The one good thing I can say about "Desert Classics" is the buyers are smart enough to recognize a piece of junk when they see it. The auction prices are in line with what the hastily "restored" cars should bring. So far the guys haven't made a profit on anything as far as I can tell. If you have your own huge parts yard and in-house staff of mechanics and still can't make any money you should try a new field.

Don

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Sometimes I just wonder how some guys ever stayed in business in the first place.

The son isn't exactly a great business man or manager.

The staged acting on this show is so anoying as well.

"let's do this man"

"Yeah, let's do this man"

"Man, let's do this"

All in one conversation....

UGH!

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Someone suggested earlier that car folk should write to the network and sponsors to express their dissatisfaction with this show. That might not be a good idea because then the yard will raise their parts prices even higher to retaliate!

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They are too high priced for me now.

Someone suggested earlier that car folk should write to the network and sponsors to express their dissatisfaction with this show. That might not be a good idea because then the yard will raise their parts prices even higher to retaliate!

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I'm clueless to late model parts prices, could we get some examples of their prices VS market prices? Shipping must just kill this stuff.

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OK, so the latest episode was a LITTLE bit less annoying. They rescued a 64 Barracuda from a lady's back yard to fix and flip. This time they at least kept the original motor but added the optional stripe package when they repainted the car.

The episode's manufactured drama came when the brand new shop manager inexplicably took great pains to remove the costly back window, only to smash it to bits when a bumper was set ON EDGE, only to fall upon the glass. The story followed the guy as he searched for a replacement, which he found at another yard. More manufactured drama there as the guy would not sell just the back glass..only the entire car. That guy said if he couldn't sell the car he was just going to throw that Barracuda into the crusher. RIIIGHT....He won't take $350 for just the glass before smashing the car go bits.

I think they made $125 profit on the car at auction.

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The episode's manufactured drama came when the brand new shop manager inexplicably took great pains to remove the costly back window, only to smash it to bits when a bumper was set ON EDGE, only to fall upon the glass.

Not only on edge, but leaned it up against a round post!

The show is really painful to watch.

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