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Everyone, 

 

I was hesitant to join the AACA due to my lack of knowledge about the earliest of cars. I’d always heard that the prewar groups are very exclusive and not friendly. I’m 43 and I absolutely love old vehicles of all types. You name it, if it’s got an American made engine I’m a fan. I had discussions with @edinmass and @Grimytoday and they’ve welcomed me and made me feel a part of this group and are both outstanding representatives for the hobby. Both are full of real world experience that needs to be learned! For the interest and hobby to continue people like these gentlemen are vital. I’m not a high profile person just a guy that likes old cars. I’ve got way more skill than knowledge of cars from 1936 back. Thanks for all the feedback in my topics and I’m glad I joined. 
 

Thank you! 

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Yessss-a big welcome Bob.  Not sure where you are in SW Va but there are a lot of old car enthusiasts out that way.  We tour frequently to that area (under normal circumstances) in our MGB and hope we have a chance to meet sometime in the future.

If you are ever coming further East, the Tidewater Region is quite active (again, under normal circumstances).  Check out our website and newsletters - www.traaca.Com.

Terry 

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Welcome to the forum and don't be afraid of pre-war automobiles.

There are many, many different cars and styles of cars to satisfy almost anyone's tastes.

 

You picked two great guys to seek advice from, they are wonderfully nice and knowledgeable people.

But why wouldn't they be?  They both own Pierce-Arrows. 😁

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4 minutes ago, ericmac said:

Welcome to the group Bob. You have definitely reached out to a couple very knowledgeable members of the forum. What sort of cars do you have and/or want?

Again,  welcome aboard!

Well, I’ve got a Haynes I really stumbled into. The research and discovery of this car and it’s builder sent me into a journey of knowledge.  I’m very knowledgeable about American vehicles from 1955-1987 (not expert but well informed) I’ve got a 1962 Impala I’ve had since I was 19 and a 1978 Buick Regal that was my first car. I’ve had Nova’s, Chevelle’s and other X-frame Chevys. I’m a huge fan of the early super stock era. 60-64 American factory drag cars. My dream early car would be an Underslung. I’ve often thought about building a replica with modern power and braking but the awesome roll center and styling of an original Underslung 

 

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Learning about cars other than what you own is one of the greatest things about AACA. Finding like-minded people who don't want to modify every vehicle they see is another.

 

I ran into a few grumpy old men when I first joined in 1989, aged 32, when my first 1964 Olds Starfire became eligible. Once they realised I was serious about old cars and especially old Oldsmobiles (to point I successfully ran for the Olds Club of America's board of directors) they backed off- though after 31 years and buying a Life Membership I still have never joined the local AACA chapter.

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@rocketraider

 

I’m gonna have to follow what pursuit makes the best sense for me. I like original stuff to a point but if a modification means the difference between enjoying something and a stationary pile of parts? I’m going with enjoying it. I respect the old cars and don’t like cutting or doing things that can’t be easily restored to factory. But, to each their own. I’m a fan of my first car a 1978 Buick not valuable and definitely not original. It’s not for sale and yet it’s valuable to me. Doesn’t matter one bit to me that anyone else likes it. That’s the fun of the hobby. Just think, someone out there doesn’t like the non-factory window tint on an 85 ford escort!!! 🤣

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3 hours ago, 1935Packard said:

Welcome .  This is a great place for any old car nut. 

 

My first car was a '79 Buick estate wagon.  I wish I still had it, and I admit to occasionally perusing the "for sale" ads for something like it....


Now everything makes sense.......a 79 Buick wagon........you were abused as a child! It certainly explains the “Packard thing!” 😎

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Welcome to the forum Bob!

 

  We are blessed to have some of the best folks in the world in our hobby & yes a lot of knowledge can be gleaned from the older gentlemen who have been doing it even longer than the 40+ years I have. As with every forum there will be a few "Outsiders" that don't really fit in, they are easy to spot & just try to ignore them. As a transporter, I get to meet so many of these folks & they quickly become my friends.

 

   Enjoy the forum.

 

God Bless

Bill

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

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9 hours ago, BobinVirginia said:

I was hesitant to join the AACA due to my lack of knowledge about the earliest of cars. I’d always heard that the prewar groups are very exclusive and not friendly.

 

I'm not sure where that would come from.   For the most part guys fall all over each other trying to be helpful. 

 

Now,  if you happen to be the random jack doodle that comes along musing about dropping an SBC into an other wise pristine and original car, the welcome wagon is probably not rolling out.

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18 hours ago, BobinVirginia said:

... I’m not a high profile person just a guy that likes old cars...

 

It's safe to say that none of us are high-profile people

here on the forum.  And even the few car fans I've met

who are truly wealthy are ordinary people at heart, no

happier than the modest man with a loving family and

a single antique car.  We all unite under a common interest--

old cars.

 

Everyone is an individual, so everyone has his individual

interests in cars.  Someone may be an expert on Thunderbirds

and know very little about Packards.  Another person may love

brass-era cars from 1910 or so, and not follow Chevrolets.

However, many collectors' interests span many decades of car history.

 

There was one man in N. Y. state, now deceased, who was a

recognized expert on American Underslungs.  Maybe someone

has followed in his footsteps.

 

Bob, you'll fit right in among the many friendly car fans!

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Welcome! I'm glad you found you way into the group. While some members might wish this was a pre-war group... it's not. It's an old car group. While you'll find some haters, there is probably not a better place to go for praise of a 1992 Saturn that's been lovingly preserved. As a "younger" member myself at 37 I've found the club to be very welcoming on line and at events. The judged shows of course have un modified cars, but many local regional events you'll find plenty of modded toys.

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2 hours ago, alsancle said:

 

I'm not sure where that would come from.   For the most part guys fall all over each other trying to be helpful. 

 

Now,  if you happen to be the random jack doodle that comes along musing about dropping an SBC into an other wise pristine and original car, the welcome wagon is probably not rolling out.

That perception was one I had derived which I did clarify was wrong. This group is truly dedicated to the preservation of American classics. That’s why I’m here, to learn things, network with others and hopefully contribute to the hobby continuing on. I made a couple contacts yesterday and they were just as you described, ready to help basically a stranger! Gonna be fun checking in with all of you on my Haynes and seeing others activities! It’s clear that the members are passionate about what they like! 
 

BTW, 

 

Jack Doodle was a very polite substitute for many phrases I could imagine! 😂😂

I’m a firm believer that some cars really need to remain as they were built. They’re plenty of busted up jalopy’s with missing drivelines or cars that have already been hacked to hotrod. 👍🏻

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Welcome. You'll find that if you stick around and become a regular that there's a wealth of information on all makes and models here. When I saw your post, I stopped to think about just how many experts on various types of cars, from early to late model, contribute to this forum. This has to be the greatest repository of old car knowledge in the universe. Whatever your interest, there's someone who shares it and who will help you when you need help and will welcome your input when it's needed. Stick around and get to know us--some of us are opinionated, some of us are weird, some of us stick to the facts, and some of us like to joke and have a good time, but you'll find that everyone is interested in helping others and getting these old cars as healthy as they can be. One of the things that I'm particularly proud of is how we strongly focus on using the cars and making them as mechanically sound as possible. You'll hear the word "sorting" quite a bit around here, and that's the focusing on the little details that make a car run properly, not just run.

 

Glad to have you here. Contribute where you can, ask questions, and start circulating and you'll find that we're a pretty good group to know if you're working on anything other than a late model (and even then people will chime in).

 

Welcome!

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Welcome. You found a great place to learn about old cars. When Matt talks about “sorting” he should have mentioned some of us (me in particular) are very slow at sorting out these old cars. But the main thing is I’m having a ball doing it and I’m 74 the car is 82 it’s going to out live me but I’m driving it every day and learning new things about it and what to sort out. 
Have fun. 
dave s 

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Welcome to the club and the Forum, Bob!  As others have already pointed, the AACA Forum offers a wealth of knowledge, expertise, advice, and opinions.  Don't forget about the AACA Library & Research Center--it's a font of information that you can access online or in person if you visit Hershey (after we move into the new building next month--it's pretty much packed up right now).  Also, as an AACA member, you get 2.0-hrs of free research each year--just submit your question(s)/information needs, and one of our professional librarians (Chris, Matt, and Mike--all of them great guys) will do the research and get the answer(s) for you.  They've been very helpful for me.

 

If you haven't already done so, I recommend joining the local region/chapter if there's one near you.  I think you'll find its members welcoming, too, and our regions/chapters offer fun things to do and new friends who can help you (with advice, recommendations on where to find parts or get service, and often help you work on your car) with your old cars.

 

Again, welcome to the club and Forum!  I look forward to meeting you some day at a local or national activity.  Best wishes--be safe and stay healthy!

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Look at it this way: any car you buy is an excuse for more tools.

 

Personally do not spend much on the cars though in a few cases have been blessed with more than one. I like making a car the best it can be and do not have a single SBC or LS. Rarely spend more than a Benjamin on anything. So does not need to be expensive, plenty of interesting eligible cars out there, is just a matter of looking.

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10 hours ago, 39BuickEight said:

You are not alone.  I am 44, and while not the most knowledgeable person around, I am also in Iove with prewar cars. The rest are pretty great too.  

 

I'm 49, and also a pre-war car nut.  Maybe there are more of us than the books say, or maybe those of us just like to hang out and learn here at the Forum. :)

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Bob, I'm a little older than you (55) and I started an account with AACA about 12 years ago and never used it (job, coaching kids ball teams, social/community/church/professional commitments......), about 3 months ago, I logged back in for the first time in a decade because I'm in the research and hunting process of buying a CCCA full classic and wanted some input.  I can't even begin to tell you how much I have enjoyed the experience.  The thoughtful feedback I've gotten (Edinmass also reached out to me and we spoke by phone as well as several PM's), PM's from a number of guys who either can relate to my search and point of view, or are offering good advice to me offline, it has been a totally great experience.  I feel like a new guy here so I am happy to see others join and get to enjoy what I've found to be my favorite site to visit after a busy day.  

As I reflect on all this (thank you Bob) it occurs to me that I'm "riding for free".  I'm hitting submit reply on this and getting out my credit card to officially join and support the site and organization.....a bargain in my eyes.

 

John

  

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15 hours ago, alsancle said:

 

I'm not sure where that would come from.   For the most part guys fall all over each other trying to be helpful. 

 

Now,  if you happen to be the random jack doodle that comes along musing about dropping an SBC into an other wise pristine and original car, the welcome wagon is probably not rolling out.

When I had a problem on a tour two weeks ago in a prewar car, this was the response. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. 

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@BobinVirginiathank YOU for giving us feedback that inspires us to try to help you and others more.  Hundreds of new folks before you asked questions, got a flurry of trying-to-be-helpful responses, and were never heard from again--to the point that we don't know whether we have somehow chased them off or whether we provided information that they didn't want to hear.  We Frequent Fliers here ain't perfect by a long shot, but we really do try.  And that's why THIS thread of yours has been inspirational to me and many others.

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@Grimy

I’m a flawed person and know not one person who isn’t. That was very nice thing for you to say and thank you. Sometimes it’s hard to get to know folks on a forum. Especially with all the hacking and trolling people do online it creates a lot of distrust. I wasn’t trying to upset anyone, I just wanted to let folks know that I was skeptical and all it took was a couple people to reach out and my mind was changed! I wasn’t mocked, put down or anything like an experience I’d had with another forum. There’s been many people that have said great encouraging things.

I hope that I can be a fun member with helpful and interesting content. 
 

Thanks

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6 hours ago, BobinVirginia said:

My last comment on the topic 9 hours ago. 

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I was once the new kid to the hobby. My first old car was no prize but certainly spurred my enthusiasm. 

 

I was looking at the photo I posted. Most of the guys in the photo are roughly my same age peers (I am 55) yet I still feel like one of the young guys.

 

The good news is the welcome you are getting as a young guy is genuine. We want the hobby to continue to thrive and we all recognize that we can't do it without an influx of new people,  and new ideas.  I, for one, am glad you have chosen to join us. 

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All it takes is one caring kind sentence - or even a smile and an offer to let you look inside a car when the owner opens the door for you to see. This generates good will, also more interest! It is like holding the door open when you enter a store and a stranger does that for you - makes you feel good because you realize  he sees you and is courteous enough to want to do so. It is just good spirit , and good manners.

Younger people need to be welcomed, be they 40ish or 10 years old. They are the future generation for the preservation and interest in old cars. I was welcomed as a 13 year old kid in 1963 by the members of the Plymouth 4 Cylinder Owners Club - people like Jay Fisher, Earl Buton, Ed Marks, Don Behnke , Ed Hegaman, and especially Stan Marcum - I recall their names and faces exactly . I have tried to do the same, and many many here on the Forums are doing so by posting good tidings, information and some of us a couple of old faded photographs. Eric stated it so well when he said that "the welcome that you are getting is genuine".

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Y'all came from back in the holler, didja? One branch of my family left Hillsborough NC area and migrated to Virginia's Mountain Empire. It was more like the Scottish Highlands the family came from.

 

Off topic? Meh. In some parts of the US it's considered good form to learn about a new acquaintance's "people". It's how you find common ground, as we do here with old cars. See, back to topic!🙂

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I don't have a show car, it's a daily driver. I don't have grand children but I do get to cart around two blonds in the backseat (driving Miss Gracie & Sohpia) and my wife doesn't mind.  When ever I stop somewhere and a kid (that's anyone that doesn't have grey hair to me) shows interest in the 38 I let them get in it. If they are really young and walk on the seats its not a problem, how dirty can they get it? It lights up my day to see the smiles on their faces as they pretend to drive the beast.  Young people in this hobby are what makes old people have a great day and enjoy the work we put into keeping these old machines running.  If a grey hair or blue hair gives you a hard time srug it off as just not their day and keep a positive attitude toward a worderful hobby and group of people that really do want you to enjoy their cars. Hopefully you will continue to enjoy prewar cars and have a ball learning about new old stuff.  Just remember to pass that enjoyment on to other younger people. 

 

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Welcome to the group.  Every hour you spend on this forum is an education laced with occasional humor.  Get familiar with the "search" function on the forum.  If you don't find your answer, Ask.  I don't know where you can find more cumulative knowledge and members wiling to share it.  If you have an active local club in your area join even if it isn't am AACA club.  They are a great resource on where to get things dome locally along with businesses to stay away from.

4 hours ago, ericmac said:

(I am 55) yet I still feel like one of the young guys.

Eric, you are one of the young guys!!!

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Welcome and glad you found that wonderful Haynes and the forum.  I am in my 40's as well and I am into pre war cars as well.  I am still learning and not an expert by any means, but always happy to help out others.  I look forward to seeing your progress and meeting others.

 

Kevin

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6 hours ago, Restorer32 said:

SW Virginia is where my Mom's ancestors hail from. Abington, Dante, way back in the hills. Beautiful country. Yea I know this is off topic but I think that rule is no good.

I’ve got family in Tazwell, Abingdon, Jonesville and Bristol. I agree with @rocketraider

You’re comment directly applies to the New Member topic, a guy in Virginia. Thank you for sharing and it’s always good to hear from people that know the region. Dante (pronounced Daint) is out there but beautiful countryside! I love the natural beauty of the mountains! Not sure my old Haynes will like lugging my big self through the mountains? Ha! 
 

Thanks, 

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