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Clive Cussler Classic Car book...bargain!

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We have a new store in town, "Ollie's", a discount store with lots of odd stuff.

 

they sell books cheap, and went in and found the Clive Cussler book on his Classic cars for $4.99!  A big pile of them....

 

I bought one for me and a few for gifts....nice coffee table book....they're twenty bucks delivered at Amazon, if you have an Ollie's go check!!

 

 

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While I enjoy Cussler's books (a Dirk Pitt book lasts about a cross-country flight), I figured that the inclusion of his cars in his novels was a smart way to claim them as a tax deduction.

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I get a flyer from a local "Ollies" but have never been in it. I will have to stop in the next time I am in town. I delivered an early 30's Bantaam Austin I believe it was to his museum in Colorado many

years ago. I met his daughter & Tony the guy who takes care of the cars. I spoke with Clive several times during the trip & he seemed to be a very nice car guy!

 

God Bless'

Bill

https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/nationwide-single-car-transport-hauling-open-or-enclosed.614419/

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I vaguely recall reading a Dirk Pitt book in junior high school and at the end, Pitt has just received his freshly restored Cord L29 town car and is forced to drive it in a car chase which ultimately ends up going down a ski slope of some kind. Then he returned it as a smoldering heap to the restoration shop to be re-restored.

 

Suspension of disbelief is one thing, but...

 

 

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17 minutes ago, joe_padavano said:

While I enjoy Cussler's books (a Dirk Pitt book lasts about a cross-country flight), I figured that the inclusion of his cars in his novels was a smart way to claim them as a tax deduction.

I've always thought that, too!

 

If I remember, in the books Dirk has a hanger full of cars, with a small apartment overlooking the collection.

 

Living the dream!

 

When I visited the collection, I talked to a docent who turned out to be the restorer.  He said at the time they were restoring a Packard Darrin, and we discussed how poor the workmanship was on body assembly.....

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18 minutes ago, trimacar said:

 He said at the time they were restoring a Packard Darrin, and we discussed how poor the workmanship was on body assembly.....

I would not say bad workmanship, but as to the ones I worked on (a 39 and a 41) as a complete unit each was certainly better than any particular part/point under a magnifying glass matched to some "I would not have done it that way, nor should anyone else have either"  - I think that goes for all cars of the period though. 

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Clive will be exhibiting one of his cars at the Elegance at Hershey on June 9th this year. He loves his cars and the hobby in general and came to the fall meet this year and had a blast.  Also bought a car and other things as well!

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Clive owns the 1929 Duesenberg Judkins limo I built and restored from scratch and showed at Amelia Island in 2008. I also bought his book at the Ollie’s here in Ocala,Florida. Thanks George Albright 

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5 hours ago, John_Mereness said:

I would not say bad workmanship, but as to the ones I worked on (a 39 and a 41) as a complete unit each was certainly better than any particular part/point under a magnifying glass matched to some "I would not have done it that way, nor should anyone else have either"  - I think that goes for all cars of the period though. 

What I'm referring to (and the fellow commiserated with) is the crude way a Darrin body is put together.  Ugly welds, odd bracing pieces, nothing matches side to side, that kind of thing.  I saw it because I was trimming the late Bill Pettit's Darrin, and fitting panels was a challenge.

 

I'll also say that, from a trimmer's standpoint, it's the most difficult top to install (although I've heard an Auburn speedster will give it a run for the money).  No front header bow, the top is attached at the front with two metal pieces that clip into the top front of the windshield frame.  Custom fitting a top, there's nothing to attach to for a "test fit", and I bet I lightly glued and unglued those two metal pieces a dozen times to make thing fit correctly...

 

All that said, a beautiful Packard for sure....

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1 hour ago, trimacar said:

What I'm referring to (and the fellow commiserated with) is the crude way a Darrin body is put together.  Ugly welds, odd bracing pieces, nothing matches side to side, that kind of thing.  I saw it because I was trimming the late Bill Pettit's Darrin, and fitting panels was a challenge.

 

I've never seen the inside of a Hollywood car,  but I can tell you from lots of experience crawling around the back of a Connersville built 40,  it was not a precision  operation.   To make room for the top to fit in the well,  somebody took a heavy hammer and dented the inner wheel well.

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There is an Ollie's near me and we stop in frequently to see what is new.  They usually have several collector car books at very good prices.

 

Don

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Trim-a-car---great book to recommend--got one this morning--still reading--you should get a gold star or a atta-boy for this=thanks    Tom

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The problem is there's about 4 or 5 cars in that collection that started off life as 5-7 passenger sedans that someone cut the front roofs off to make them into towncars and then painted them wacky colors.   They're all pictured in the book.   The blue Stutz is really wrong.   That car stared off as a factory bodied club sedan and someone really butchered it.  Sad.   

 

Image result for stutz club sedan   It started off like this.   

 

Image result for stutz town carAnd now looks like this.     

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Lots of comments withheld....................

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Ah, c'mon, Ed, you can talk about Clive's "fantasy" cars!

 

I coulda been a successful author, I know all the words, just couldn't quite seem to get them in the correct order.....

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It appears that the aforementioned L29 Cord town car might have been "restored" by the same guy who did the blue Stutz...

 

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Look at all that front seat legroom!

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To my knowledge there are 4 real L29 towncars.  Don't know anything about the above car but it does seem to be at Pebble.   The 3 Murphy bodied ones are very attractive and the one that sold in Florida a few years ago brought insane money (like 1.something).

 

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I saw these at Ollie's some time ago and bought five copies. One for myself and four to give as gifts. Some guy named West in Dayton, Ohio, got one of them...

 

The list price on this book was $50, so at $4.99 it's a heck of a deal.

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12 hours ago, alsancle said:

To my knowledge there are 4 real L29 towncars.  Don't know anything about the above car but it does seem to be at Pebble.   The 3 Murphy bodied ones are very attractive and the one that sold in Florida a few years ago brought insane money (like 1.something).

 

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I think it was 1.8 and maybe some change...............

 

 

 

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On 5/27/2019 at 6:54 PM, trimacar said:

What I'm referring to (and the fellow commiserated with) is the crude way a Darrin body is put together.  Ugly welds, odd bracing pieces, nothing matches side to side, that kind of thing.  I saw it because I was trimming the late Bill Pettit's Darrin, and fitting panels was a challenge.

 

I'll also say that, from a trimmer's standpoint, it's the most difficult top to install (although I've heard an Auburn speedster will give it a run for the money).  No front header bow, the top is attached at the front with two metal pieces that clip into the top front of the windshield frame.  Custom fitting a top, there's nothing to attach to for a "test fit", and I bet I lightly glued and unglued those two metal pieces a dozen times to make thing fit correctly...

 

All that said, a beautiful Packard for sure....

The 1939 LaSalle Bohman & Schwartz car had a top of similar construction (probably cost an easy extra 5K in  Upholstery bill of car purely because the top was just oddly designed).

 

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On 5/28/2019 at 8:30 PM, edinmass said:

Lots of comments withheld....................

Brightly lit, creative bodies, and what have you in Pre-WWII does serve a purpose in hobby as while not for everyone certainly puts certain cars to the forefront and keep some dreams alive too - if everything were a black sedan I doubt there would be much to pre-WWII car collecting. 

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After the first Ollies I went to did not have it, I finally got mine today! I bought one for me & one for a buddy. 

 

The 1933 American Austin Bantam Roadster on page 120 was the car I transported many years ago from a good friend/customer in South Carolina out to Clives' Museum. It was his Dads car & had sat in his collection for a dozen years or so. He passed & my friend sold it to Clive.

God Bless
Bill 
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Too bad there aren't any Ollie's in Calif.

 

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Clive is a Great man I was able to meet and visit with him two years ago in Scottsdale. I got the impression that he would write the car into his books and when the book sold use that money to buy the car in the book. Everyone has a different angle to finance their cars.

Kirk

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