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Are the hobby members getting that old?

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I guess the members and hobbyists are getting old so a new way to drum up some future business. Notice who is hosting this event and is our hobby dying off? Any other different events out there?

http://www.canadianobituaries.com/durham/durham-community-events.html#OshawaFuneralHome-CarShow

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The hope is we are getting older, the hobby has always been older with the exception of second or 3rd generations generally. As we age the discretionary money is available. The younger people are either more into the current or newer "antiques"  or "tuners". At least some are showing an interest.  From the stories out there, the concern is over the lack of interest in owning anything, houses, cars, boats motorcycles etc. The auto industry worried about this almost 10 years ago. Seems to be more of an Urban problem than suburban or rural. Just my thoughts. Rob

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The funeral-home car shows are funny, and

thanks, Joe, for sharing!  They would be good places

to display antique hearses.

 

Please, let's not turn this thread into the 500th

"hobby-is-getting-old-how-to-attract-youth" topic.

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We have a local funeral home cruise in that is filling a hearse with canned food donations.

 

 

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Good to know, I've been looking for a cemetery where I could be buried in my car. 

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Unfortunately times have changed dramatically.   Modern day cars simply don't loan themselves to being easily repaired or modified by their owners.  So the new generation isn't being exposed to treating cars the way we used to treat them when we were young.   So that whole mindset no longer exists.   In addition to this the new generation isn't acquiring the tools and knowledge of how to work on older cars.   Not to mention that parts for older cars are no longer easily obtainable without having to pay high prices for them.

 

In fact, I had recently complained about how expensive replacement parts are for older cars.   I was simply told that if I need to worry about the cost then I'm in the wrong hobby.

 

Just as a very small example.  I have an old engine that I would like to remove the head from just to take a peek into the cylinders to see if I might want to clean the cylinders up before trying to start the engine.   So I decided to order a new head gasket first.  The head gasket cost $70.  What?  ?   $70 for a head gasket!   You've got to be joking me!   I remember when they used top be $7.

 

It's a miracle anyone bothers with this hobby in today's world to be quite honest about it.   Replacement parts are a total rip-off.

 

So in today's world, not only does a person need to have the tools, knowledge and desire to do this, but they better be filthy rich to boot!

 

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6 minutes ago, AntiqueCraftsman said:

 

 

It's a miracle anyone bothers with this hobby in today's world to be quite honest about it.   Replacement parts are a total rip-off.

 

 

 

 

I'm not trying to derail Joe's thread, but this statement deserves comment. NOS parts prices are generally ruled by supply and demand. NOS reproduction parts don't come cheap because of high setup costs and low production numbers. I've received quotes on reproducing components in the past,and the cost of making castings alone is steep.I'm grateful to those who have taken the initiative to make previously unavailable parts available  again.

Jim

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The average age of our restoration clients has actually gone down over the last few years.  

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11 minutes ago, J.H.Boland said:

 

I'm not trying to derail Joe's thread, but this statement deserves comment. NOS parts prices are generally ruled by supply and demand. NOS reproduction parts don't come cheap because of high setup costs and low production numbers. I've received quotes on reproducing components in the past,and the cost of making castings alone is steep.I'm grateful to those who have taken the initiative to make previously unavailable parts available  again.

Jim

 

I agree.  "rip-off" may indeed be too strong a word.  This implies that the supplier or manufacturer is making an outrageous profit, which may indeed not be the case at all.

 

Perhaps I should have simply said that replacement parts cannot be had for realistic prices.   Not intended to place blame on anyone.   It just is what it is.

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Fewer and fewer people these days know how to use a wrench.  Those same people lacking mechanical expertise are also lacking knowledge and interest in things like engines, transmissions, and rusting sheet metal.  Unfortunately this is the way its been going for quite a while. There are no more mechanics of the 1946-1966 era entering the field. It pleases me greatly to see the rare young person today who is eager to get his hands dirty and bleeding.  I'm 73.

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I’m getting confused. Are the replacement parts for the cars, or for the owners who might need the services of the funeral home?

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7 minutes ago, playswithbrass said:

I’m getting confused. Are the replacement parts for the cars, or for the owners who might need the services of the funeral home?

 

Yeah,that happens when a thread morphs into two topics.Guilty. Hopefully the owner can donate some of his parts before the funeral home gets him !

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Let's turn to a more pleasant topic.  Has anyone ever attended a car show at a nudist park?

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19 minutes ago, Terry Bond said:

Let's turn to a more pleasant topic.  Has anyone ever attended a car show at a nudist park?

 

Considering the typical age of antique car restorers I'm not convinced that this would necessarily be such a pleasant topic. ?

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39 minutes ago, Terry Bond said:

Let's turn to a more pleasant topic.  Has anyone ever attended a car show at a nudist park?

 

Wouldn't have to worry about buttons,belt buckles,or zippers scratching.

A friend was invited to a Miss Nude Canada pageant near here with his Model T tudor. He chauffeured the top three contestants around the park. All they had on were numbered pie plates.

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2 hours ago, Doug Novak said:

Good to know, I've been looking for a cemetery where I could be buried in my car. 


Then there's the one about the two grave diggers watching some old guy  being buried in his Duesenberg.  As the mighty car is lowered into the huge grave one of them turns to the other and says "man, that's really livin'"

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Well, I picked my coffin.

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Now for the seven nude pallbearers. Gotta have a standby for the unexpected.

Bernie

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Shouldn't be an uncomfortable topic.  Mortality is real, and much easier to comprehend at 70 than at 20 (years of age)...

 

No problem.  My wife says when I die, cremation then a ziplock bag of my ashes in one of the door pockets of my '31 Pierce.

 

if you buy it at the estate sale, please respect my final resting place.

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David......I drilled a hole in the ash door support on my 1936 Pierce 12, and put some of my dad’s ashes in it so he would always be along for the ride. ?

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