StylishOne

Looking for knowledgeable car guy to review pre purchase vehicles..50s/60s

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9 minutes ago, C Carl said:

Oh fer the luvva............... . Listen up : How 'bout those of us who are curious as to aspects of the gentleman's motivations and ultimate disposition of the barn finds, or garage finds, or desert finds or whatever, engage him in a less public, less confrontational format ? Perhaps P.M. ? If you take the time to read his, his, his whatchacallit ? The intro at the bottom of his postings ? You will see that he particularly enjoys reviving slumbering survivors. Now, I am not the brightest bulb on the Thanksgiving Tree, and am notoriously slow to catch on. But I am pretty sure the gentleman is truly a gentleman. So how's about we treat him as we ourselves would appreciate being treated ? As someone who also loves to take my "finds" to another level by exorcising demons and gremlins, I can appreciate that the process is a valid end in itself. I do it for MYself, but I sure can see being the guy who does it for others. See what I am getting at ?

 

Stylish', evidently travel may indeed be out for you. BUT : if there is any way possible for you to get a ticket to 'Vegas, or San Anton' this Winter, rent a car, and make a loop through the scenic and relatively warm and sunny Southwest, DO IT!  It would not take too much twisting of my remaining good arm to pull me out of a Northeastern Winter. If you have not yet done so, you could include a Route 66 section, and on the back trip take in the best of the (South)West. I might even be tempted to tell you about a true American Shangri-la which I wandered into while taking a two month x-country cruise, at the end of a road, high in the mountains of S.W. New Mexico. Hint : it is the ancestral homeland of Geronimo s father-in-law, Cochise. 

 

Hey ! I don't usually like to participate in anything which could be construed as confrontational. I love you all, I really do. So why don't we just call this another one of my too infrequent Sunday Sermons. Let's call this one : "Golden Rule".    -   Carl 

Thank you Carl.. in addition to responsibilities here, I'm not a great traveler maybe no one thought of the other factors at play.  Yes treat each other respectfully... if you're interested in helping  you write the person, if not.. say nothing!

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I would spend some time checking out a car within a hundred mile radius of me. I like looking at cars and there might be more than one. I still work at what would probably be the most liberal definition of the word. So when greater time and travel get involved I would treat the job with the same value as any other work I might do.

 

I like the comment about the guys selling on Craigslist. Some might begrudgingly pay pay a guy who inspects a car and tells them to avoid it. But if they overlook the advice they worship the hero who fixed all the problems they unknowingly bought. Yep, the hero is that "cracker jack" mechanical genius who took 3 years to finally get it to start, steer, and stop. They have banquets for the hero's. The guy standing and holding up the "Bridge Out" sign was just loafing. He didn't do anything of value. He just knew the bridge was out.

 

The value of non-events is grossly underrated.

Bernie

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I live on the west coast of Canada but I just had to put my two cents in and recommend strongly to make the trip to San Antonio.  It’s a wonderful city and I think it’s a must see for everyone to visit.  Lots to see and do and if the car turns out to be a dud, the trip was still worth it.  We stayed at the Drury hotel on the Riverwalk, which was a state bank building built in 1929.  They even have a Model A sedan in the grand Art Deco styled lobby.  Take your wife on a trip and just happen to go view an old car for sale while you’re there, you can’t lose.

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13 hours ago, StylishOne said:

Looking at some purchase choices  need a knowledgeable  general car guy..mostly about body n general condition , basic mechanical..to look 50s/60s cars. Las Vegas, and San Antonio for now..

 

12 hours ago, John_S_in_Penna said:

Are these cars for resale?

 


The OP was asked a simple question that could have been answered with a simple “ Yes “

or “ No “.

 

The OP is currently seeking transport for two vehicles here in another forum:

 

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Jim

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Yeah, looks pretty simple to me too, Jim, FWIW. Seems like just a thorough guy doing his due diligence and getting them ducks lined up in order to make the decision whether to pull the trigger. Sounds like he might have found a couple to add value for himself, or others. I sure can't see the harm, even if it WAS any of my binnitch. And I might add, that I would be happy to check them out just for gas money. Sadly, in my case,  I am way too far away for that to pencil out.    -    Carl 

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48 minutes ago, Trulyvintage said:

The OP was asked a simple question that could have been answered with a simple “ Yes “

or “ No “.

 

 

The OP did not respond to that question because he considered it an inappropriate question. Therefore his failure to respond does not imply what you are trying to imply.

 

If I wanted someone to look at a car out of state for me I would not include "willing to pay" in the post because I'd consider that tacky. At the same time I would not let anyone look at a car for me unless I paid them.

 

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1 hour ago, mike6024 said:

 

The OP did not respond to that question because he considered it an inappropriate question. Therefore his failure to respond does not imply what you are trying to imply.

 

If I wanted someone to look at a car out of state for me I would not include "willing to pay" in the post because I'd consider that tacky. At the same time I would not let anyone look at a car for me unless I paid them.

 

 

 

  Exactly! It is nobodies business why the O.P wants the cars inspected, just that he wants them inspected. If you don't want to help him...just scroll on by. Which is so damn hard for people to do these days.

 

God Bess

Bill

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

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11 hours ago, Bills Auto Works said:

 

 

  Exactly! It is nobodies business why the O.P wants the cars inspected, just that he wants them inspected. If you don't want to help him...just scroll on by. Which is so damn hard for people to do these days.

 

God Bess

Bill

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

Thank you Bill you get it, bless you and others who see my point  It's very weird to me why/how my personal purchases even vaguely affect others without a horse in the race..?  And others who "discovered" I'm asking about shipping costs? Was it a secret? I'm doing my homework trying to add total costs of purchases, go figure?  Guess no one else does that?

 

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2 hours ago, StylishOne said:

Thank you Bill you get it, bless you and others who see my point  It's very weird to me why/how my personal purchases even vaguely affect others without a horse in the race..?  And others who "discovered" I'm asking about shipping costs? Was it a secret? I'm doing my homework trying to add total costs of purchases, go figure?  Guess no one else does that?

So, I admit I'm a little nosey. Can you please tell me what you are doing with these cars? Could you also tell what they are? How about a photo?

Thank you in advance for any answers to my questions.

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So, what have we learned?? 

 

Most of us joined this forum for the love of cars - and most of us would not intentionally set out to take advantage of or burden a fellow enthusiast - however, evidently, some of us (maybe most?) have had a bad experience or two - this appears to make many of us hyper-sensitive to what is said - or in this case, what is not said.

 

I'm pretty sure we all would prefer to look at any potential purchase in person.  I'm also pretty sure most of us understand the phrase "penny-wise but pound foolish."  Some of us find it easy to ask for help while some of us struggle to reach out for any sort of help.  I know an enthusiast whose spouse has a medical condition that makes it a challenge to go across town to get parts from the auto store, let alone travel more than an hour to check out a vehicle in person.  And this enthusiast would never admit, let alone post, the details of the reason for the request, as it might appear to be a manipulative ploy.  So, without a private follow-up exchange its gonna be really hard to know whether or not you want to help. [A public follow-up unfortunately just draws out more banter - lol]

 

Not wanting to end this post on a somber note...  when I was a teen with meager funds to acquire my first car, my dad spoke to my uncle (a 'car guy'), a used car salesman three hours away in Chicago - and he said I have the perfect car for him - drive on over.  When we arrived, there it sat, the back windshield had leaked water for a long time, trashing the interior and causing a bad smell.  Plus, the car had been backed into some object, opening the fender like a can opener.  My dad was livid.  My uncle said, listen to the engine, it runs like new, the whole drivetrain is excellent, this other stuff can be fixed.  You should have seen my dad's face when I told my uncle I would take it - for $250.  I got it home and proceeded to look for a parts car.  In two weeks, I located the perfect car and got all the parts and the full interior for $100.  Of course, there was a lot of sweat-equity - but I ended up with a mechanically excellent car and learned a tremendous amount about body work and cosmetic restoration.  My dad was angry with his brother for a long time.  I was very happy with how things turned out.  So, did my uncle do the right thing?

 

Good luck with finding a good 'car guy'

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1 hour ago, George Smolinski said:

So, I admit I'm a little nosey. Can you please tell me what you are doing with these cars? Could you also tell what they are? How about a photo?

Thank you in advance for any answers to my questions.

Okay you're kidding or trying an attempt at funny??  Or is this sadder n more bizarre than I imagined.

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I certainly respect the original poster's love of cars.

Forum members are always happy to help a hobbyist,

sometimes even free of charge.  However, if the car buyer

is involved in flipping or reselling for profit, it's only fair that the

person going out of his way to look at a car for him

be compensated for time and expenses.

 

Mr. Stylish, if you're reselling the cars you've sought and bought

over many threads, it won't hurt to tell us.  We'll understand! 

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3 minutes ago, John_S_in_Penna said:

I certainly respect the original poster's love of cars.

Forum members are always happy to help a hobbyist,

sometimes even free of charge.  However, if the car buyer

is involved in flipping or reselling for profit, it's only fair that the

person going out of his way to look at a car for him

be compensated for time and expenses.

 

Mr. Stylish, if you're reselling the cars you've sought and bought

over many threads, it won't hurt to tell us.  We'll understand! 

John if you wish to read the hours of replies here,  you'll note my thoughts clearly spoken in addition to a brief bio.  

You might chose to reread it all as I'm done repeating myself and hearing the same thing from several angry snoops.  So far I've learned, after staying away a long time, it's even worse than I experienced before.

Though several are leveled headed and kind guys here the majority are way too nosey , self righteous ,and unkind to a fellow car lover for my tastes.  I had no idea I had to prove myself list my intentions and be grilled by the masses to just put a simple ad up.

 

I guess I've gone to the hardware store to buy lettuce!  

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Could a local car club be of assistance ? These areas have many active car folk with year 'round driving potential. Cad/LaSalle Club had  their 2016 Grand National in Las Vegas, 2018 in San Antonio. I am sure other clubs must have done the same.   -   Carl 

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20 minutes ago, C Carl said:

Could a local car club be of assistance ? These areas have many active car folk with year 'round driving potential. Cad/LaSalle Club had  their 2016 Grand National in Las Vegas, 2018 in San Antonio. I am sure other clubs must have done the same.   -   Carl 

Good idea, wonder if they interrogate  fellow gear heads as much as here? 

 

 

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I do inspect cars for fellow gear heads. They are in Europe, I'm in Canada. It's not all that glamorous. About 60% of cars are far lower in quality than described. 30% are a bit lower but still worth the trip. 10% are actually as good if not better.

 It involves a lot of time, money and frustration. But every once in awhile you meet a really good person and that keeps you going. Started doing it for fun many decades ago. Have never encountered anything like the so called "Barn Finds" shown on TV or YouTube, so I call B.S. on most of that stuff.

 Do I make money at it? Not much but it helps! Mostly theraputic. Spent last Saturday getting a 63 Cadillac convertible out of long term storage. A good friend inherited it from his Dad. It was -7 C with a ice cold breeze. Finally got it running with expert help, yeah it was worth it. Even though the car is rough it's far better then wasting my time on late model Cadillacs!

 I'm probably going to make $400 to $500 on this deal if it ever goes thru. So if that gets your panties in a bunch or steams up your glasses, feel free to flame away!!

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10 hours ago, Ed Luddy said:

I do inspect cars for fellow gear heads. They are in Europe, I'm in Canada. It's not all that glamorous. About 60% of cars are far lower in quality than described. 30% are a bit lower but still worth the trip. 10% are actually as good if not better.

 It involves a lot of time, money and frustration. But every once in awhile you meet a really good person and that keeps you going. Started doing it for fun many decades ago. Have never encountered anything like the so called "Barn Finds" shown on TV or YouTube, so I call B.S. on most of that stuff.

 Do I make money at it? Not much but it helps! Mostly theraputic. Spent last Saturday getting a 63 Cadillac convertible out of long term storage. A good friend inherited it from his Dad. It was -7 C with a ice cold breeze. Finally got it running with expert help, yeah it was worth it. Even though the car is rough it's far better then wasting my time on late model Cadillacs!

 I'm probably going to make $400 to $500 on this deal if it ever goes thru. So if that gets your panties in a bunch or steams up your glasses, feel free to flame away!!

63cad09chalor 047.jpg

Boy do I know all that goes in to it! Been buying cars since I was 13. It sounds about  right too with the troublesome and frustrating process ,but the deep love that makes us do it over and over.

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I personally drove 2 1/2 hours for myself to look at three '58 Buick's based on a fellow local car club members advise "they looked very good".

When I arrived, getting no answer at the house, spent time looking them over parked at the side of the house with a brute of a dog in the fenced back yard raising a huge fuss! Thank heavens for that secured fence...

Finally I hear a female voice ask what I was doing? 

Long story short, she and her "old man" were splitting up and had instructions to Sell the Collection. 

Back then 5 grand for them was way too much for the condition they were in and considering transportation costs/time to even get home asked if I could talk to him about an offer. Telling me he was out riding with his buddies and not available, I passed.

With the tatoo's on he neck and arms just felt the whole transaction wasn't worth the experience...

 

The point? One man's interpretation / values is just that, one man's. 

I love '58's too much but this time my effort and decision was the right one.

If you ever are considering a 1958 Buick near me I'd be happy to look at it for you StylishOne.

 

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3 hours ago, dei said:

I personally drove 2 1/2 hours for myself to look at three '58 Buick's based on a fellow local car club members advise "they looked very good".

When I arrived, getting no answer at the house, spent time looking them over parked at the side of the house with a brute of a dog in the fenced back yard raising a huge fuss! Thank heavens for that secured fence...

Finally I hear a female voice ask what I was doing? 

Long story short, she and her "old man" were splitting up and had instructions to Sell the Collection. 

Back then 5 grand for them was way too much for the condition they were in and considering transportation costs/time to even get home asked if I could talk to him about an offer. Telling me he was out riding with his buddies and not available, I passed.

With the tatoo's on he neck and arms just felt the whole transaction wasn't worth the experience...

 

The point? One man's interpretation / values is just that, one man's. 

I love '58's too much but this time my effort and decision was the right one.

If you ever are considering a 1958 Buick near me I'd be happy to look at it for you StylishOne.

 

I ve had 3  2LTDS converts 1 Estate Wagon..thanks 

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