Tue Jun 08, 2021 9:32 am

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Tue Jun 08, 2021 9:32 am linkquote
jess wrote:
Tue Jun 08, 2021 6:16 pm

Sergeant at Arms
Weird 80's Vespas & Cool Vintage Lambrettas
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Tue Jun 08, 2021 6:16 pm linkquote
seamus26 wrote:
Love this thread.

Other than my Ď89 Volvo 240 (Shut up! Itís a classic!) we have a 1985 Porsche 928. My Dad has a Ď62 Corvette that will be mine someday, but Iím in no hurry to inherit it. He also has a Ď35 Ford 5 Window Coupe and a Ď66 Corvair.

The Porsche is for sale in case anyone is interested.
ah! my people! a flying brick, a light weight car with a V8, and some thing air cooled with the motor in the ass end. any 5 window is good, too.

928's were cool, but the motor is in the wrong place and needed a big turbo. but i'm a nerd and dig those phone dial wheels.
*grins*
Tue Jun 08, 2021 6:51 pm

Rocket Man
GTS 300 ABS 'Drake', GTS 250 (sold), LX 150 and Delta IV rocket. ( Retired. Not my problem anymore)
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Tue Jun 08, 2021 6:51 pm linkquote
My Ď57 little bird. Was originally owned by Governor Earl Long of Louisiana and gifted to his girl friend, Blaze Star. A very long and costly restoration process, but was well worth the years of enjoyment.





Tue Jun 08, 2021 7:39 pm

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Tue Jun 08, 2021 7:39 pm linkquote
flordian wrote:
My Ď57 little bird. Was originally owned by Governor Earl Long of Louisiana and gifted to his girl friend, Blaze Star. A very long and costly restoration process, but was well worth the years of enjoyment.
Dead sexy. Pain in ass to run valves on.
You look younger than your years when you get behind the wheel.
Tue Jun 08, 2021 8:06 pm

Petty Tyrant
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Tue Jun 08, 2021 8:06 pm linkquote
flordian wrote:
My Ď57 little bird. Was originally owned by Governor Earl Long of Louisiana and gifted to his girl friend, Blaze Star. A very long and costly restoration process, but was well worth the years of enjoyment.
Tue Jun 08, 2021 10:35 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Tue Jun 08, 2021 10:35 pm linkquote
Make, model and technical characteristics of your cars would be appreciated by those like me who do not know what non-Italian manufacturers have done. Thank you
Wed Jun 09, 2021 4:46 am

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Wed Jun 09, 2021 4:46 am linkquote
1946 MG TC. My dad found this in an ad in the back of Road & Track in 1965, bought it from the owner in England, and had it shipped to Savannah, GA. It was being used as a race car at the time, and arrived black with skull & crossbones on the doors.


It needs a little refurbishing to get her back on the road.

Wed Jun 09, 2021 8:39 am

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2013 Vespa 300 Super, 2007 Burgman 400
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Wed Jun 09, 2021 8:39 am linkquote
CrazyCarl,

That is a beauty in British Racing Green. I could only dream of owning
that model.

I was hooked on MG's starting in college - then again after getting out of the
US Navy.

Bob Copeland


I drove this 1963 MGB for my last two years in college before going in the USN


I saved up in the service and bought this 1973 Midget when I came home from the navy. Not a good Winter car for Minnesota

Wed Jun 09, 2021 11:09 am

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Wed Jun 09, 2021 11:09 am linkquote
Hereís another car story. This one is no longer in the herd. It was my second and likely last VW bus. My trusty, rusty 1972 Bay Window Westfalia. I drove her for eighteen years. When anything else was broken she would always start and get me where I was going. Lots and lots and lots of good stories and good memories. I finally sold her because I knew she had become more of a conservation project than a restoration project and I didnít have the amount of time needed to invest. I give you, the USS Entropy.





Wed Jun 09, 2021 12:57 pm

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Wed Jun 09, 2021 12:57 pm linkquote
I bought this 1929 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan when I was 14 years old in 1968, and worked on it for three years before it was drivable. Cost me $80, and we towed it home behind the tractor.

It was a mess! Didnít run, so we pulled and rebuilt the engine. Everything had multiple coats of paint, some of it brushed on. I hated it by the time I could drive it! 🤣

But man, was it fun. Goofy looking me attracted more attention than the kid whoís father owned the GM dealership and drove a ĎVette, which stroked my ego big time! I can attest to the fact that it could hold me, seven high school girls, and a dog, and still have room to drive. (Donít try this at home)

I sold it for $800 when I went off to college.



Wed Jun 09, 2021 1:30 pm

Grumpy Biker
1980 Vespa P200e (sold), 2002 Vespa ET4 (sold), 1949 Harley-Davidson FL
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Wed Jun 09, 2021 1:30 pm linkquote
Smorris wrote:
I bought this 1929 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan when I was 14 years old in 1968, and worked on it for three years before it was drivable. Cost me $80, and we towed it home behind the tractor.

...
Isn't it crazy how expensive it is to own a vintage car these days? The first guy I worked for loved old hotrods. His thing was '49-'51 Mercs. He had 2 2-door models, and 2 4-door models. One of the 4-doors had been chopped and one was stock. Both of the 2-doors were chopped (one was a work in progress). I learned so much from him including how to do body work with lead (a skill I have since lost because of lack of use). He also had a '39 Ford Deluxe and a 1940 Ford Business Coupe. Now days, you would need stacks of $100 bills to acquire a collection like that. It's kind of too bad because few young people have the ability to get into the hobby.

-Craig
Wed Jun 09, 2021 1:40 pm

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Wed Jun 09, 2021 1:40 pm linkquote
I've got a 1931 Model A Ford Tudor......and a nice early 1997 BMW Z3 and a low mileage 2001 Jeep TJ Wrangler.

And 5 old Triumph cycles from 1964 to 1972.

Plus a couple of fun everyday drivers.

A lot of interesting stories on this thread.
Wed Jun 09, 2021 2:11 pm

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Wed Jun 09, 2021 2:11 pm linkquote
We have a '72 Bay Window camper (owned for 13yrs) our 4th Bay and a '69 Beetle (owned 5yrs) our 3rd Beetle.
Wed Jun 09, 2021 3:06 pm

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Wed Jun 09, 2021 3:06 pm linkquote
How about some pics of the old Triumphs. I bet there is a T100c in the fold, Can I call dibs when you decide to sell it?
Tony in Tn '64 TR6 back in the day, before the Army, before the kids etc.
Wed Jun 09, 2021 6:01 pm

Hooked
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Wed Jun 09, 2021 6:01 pm linkquote
NickJ wrote:
We have a '72 Bay Window camper (owned for 13yrs) our 4th Bay and a '69 Beetle (owned 5yrs) our 3rd Beetle.
Pics please? Love to see other aircooled Vdubs.

Chris from CLE
Wed Jun 09, 2021 6:04 pm

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Wed Jun 09, 2021 6:04 pm linkquote
seamus26 wrote:
... My trusty, rusty 1972 Bay Window Westfalia.
This one looks well loved.

Chris from CLE
Wed Jun 09, 2021 8:08 pm

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Wed Jun 09, 2021 8:08 pm linkquote
Yep, Tony.....there is a T100C in the herd, bought it new in August 1969 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The others are T100R bikes, plus a '64 T20SS Cub.
Wed Jun 09, 2021 11:06 pm

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Wed Jun 09, 2021 11:06 pm linkquote
My two classic cars. The rover is for sale if interested....please see for sale post.





Thu Jun 10, 2021 1:02 am

Sergeant at Arms
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Thu Jun 10, 2021 1:02 am linkquote
Figured the rover came with the flat TBH

Thu Jun 10, 2021 2:13 am

Molto Verboso
Gina, 1965 Vespa 180SS, Bella,1968 Vespa 150 Super, Gabriella, 2017 GTS300 ABS
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Thu Jun 10, 2021 2:13 am linkquote
Attila wrote:
At first glance it looks like a Model A with "crossbow long" suspension.
Attila, Iím not sure of that description but suspect you are correct. It has the improved semi elliptic spring chassis. I loved how I could pick up the chassis by myself. Designed by Giacossa Dantť who had aircraft training so it was full of holes, all in the right places. Similarly, the engine and gearbox were light enough to move by myself. We took it for a little drive before I started restoration and it was such fun. I long to own it again.
Thu Jun 10, 2021 5:40 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Thu Jun 10, 2021 5:40 am linkquote
pigletpilot wrote:
Attila, Iím not sure of that description but suspect you are correct. It has the improved semi elliptic spring chassis. I loved how I could pick up the chassis by myself. Designed by Giacossa Dantť who had aircraft training so it was full of holes, all in the right places. Similarly, the engine and gearbox were light enough to move by myself. We took it for a little drive before I started restoration and it was such fun. I long to own it again.
When i studied engine mechanics and then graduated in this subject, i used school books written by Dante Giacosa ("Endothermic engines").



Then i specialized in industrial design.
Fri Jun 11, 2021 1:16 am

Molto Verboso
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Fri Jun 11, 2021 1:16 am linkquote
Attila wrote:
When i studied engine mechanics and then graduated in this subject, i used school books written by Dante Giacosa ("Endothermic engines").



Then i specialized in industrial design.
Thanks for reminding me of his correct name Attila. He was a design genius in my opinion.
Fri Jun 11, 2021 1:42 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Fri Jun 11, 2021 1:42 am linkquote
Your wife's Alfa Romeo 147 GTA is also starting to be a sought-after model, here in Italy that particular model is starting to accumulate in collectors' garages.

---> https://usato.quattroruote.it/a/alfa-147-gta-quotazione.html

I'll give you a number, occasionally I find vintage cars for those who want to buy them and last month I found and had a friend buy a magnificent Alfa Romeo Giulia 1.6 Biscione from the year 1971 (first series), preserved original.
Price 13.000 Ä with some small work to do ...
The car has a much higher market value and in this case it also becomes a form of economic investment.
Fri Jun 11, 2021 2:03 am

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Fri Jun 11, 2021 2:03 am linkquote
I am aware that values are appreciating on the 147GTA, but it is an entirely usable classic. Our car is insured for NZD15000 and some consider that to be too low. I will get a professional valuation next year to be sure we are well covered. I recently tried to find out how many were produced in right hand drive, and then of those, how many were manual gearbox. The nearest I got was that there were 18 new sold in New Zealand in that configuration, and my wife's is quite late being produced on 24 December 2004 and finally being sold new in New Zealand in 2006. There were approximately 350 sold new in the UK as well, then there's the Japanese and Australian markets. With only a few over 5000 total produced, and 4000 odd of them being manual, my wife's car is certainly a rare modern car.
I took it to a Daffodil Run here for cancer one year and a Vintage Car Club guy looked at it and suggested it wasn't appropriate. I pointed out it was rarer than all the Model T Fords that were there. He was a little surprised.
Mon Jun 14, 2021 6:06 am

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Mon Jun 14, 2021 6:06 am linkquote
Hey, so remember that Porsche I said was for sale? It isnít anymore.

The last time I had visited my Dad (itís stored in his pole barn) and made any attempt to start it, it wouldnít. I was really concerned that mice had chewed wires or something, and if anyone knows these cars theyíre a little complicated.

After work Friday we drove to Dads. Heís recovering from hip replacement surgery, so weíve spent a lot of time out there helping him out. It was almost an afterthought, but I grabbed the battery charger and a gas can, because thatís what you do, with the thought that I might have a chance to work on it a little more.

After we got in the house I went out to the pole barn just to top the battery off and put gas in the tank. Before I went back in the house I thought, ďWhat the heck Ö Iíll just give it a whirl.Ē

Sure enough, she fired right up. A sense of relief washed over me because all of the troubleshooting and work I had anticipated was suddenly lifted from my shoulders.

I left it idling and got out to remove the charger from the battery. It sounded great to hear it running again.

Thatís when the explosion happened.

Here I am, by myself in my Dadís barn that contains his Ford, Corvair and all of his valuables that donít fit in the house, standing by my car which is on fire. Itís against the back wall and not running because Ö well Ö on fire.

I may have set a world record for the 100m dash to the house. I burst through the door babbling incoherently about the end of the world and needing a fire extinguisher. Dad had a little one in the trunk of the Corvette which I grabbed and dashed back to the pole barn. Itís a good thing it was on fire, because the flames helped me to locate the car through the thick smoke.

Everyone likes to think that all of the training and education that you have throughout your life will prepare you for situations when they arise, but I was very conscious of the fact that I was deliberating with myself about what the appropriate time to give up would be. I just didnít know.

The little fire extinguisher was fortunately enough to put the flames out before the fire department arrived. The blast had buckled the hood enough that the cable wouldnít release it from the inside and the FD opened it from underneath. Pics below.

Hereís the thing. On a normal car, if you had the charger hooked to the battery and were in the process of removing it, you would be standing in front of the open hood. On this car, the battery is in the back, which is where I was.

It took me a good day to stop thinking about what could have happened. If I had been standing between the engine and the wall when it went, I wouldnít be typing this now.

Everyone is ok, an insurance claim has been filed and itís just a car. Iím ok with that.





Mon Jun 14, 2021 7:06 am

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Mon Jun 14, 2021 7:06 am linkquote
seamus26 wrote:
Hey, so remember that Porsche I said was for sale? It isnít anymore.
Holy crap!

So what actually happened? Any idea?
Mon Jun 14, 2021 7:36 am

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Mon Jun 14, 2021 7:36 am linkquote
jess wrote:
Holy crap!

So what actually happened? Any idea?
I had three people, my Dad, the neighbor and a firefighter, all suspect perhaps an animal got into the tailpipe and nested in the muffler. Possibly back-pressure caused it to backfire through the intake. Perhaps. I mean, I drove it into the barn. And it sounded good idling Ö until it didnít. It has/had a great rumble to it. There wasnít any indication anything was wrong. And then there was a really loud indication that something was very wrong.

On the good side - aside from everyone being alive - I was planning on selling anyway. I think Iíve convinced my wife that now that we are past what COULD have happened, itís ok to be sad for the car. Even so, the reality is if the insurance company totals it, it will be out of my hair.

Haggerty lists the average value at almost $18K, and it was easily average. My insurance company has always been really good to me. We have multiple policies for auto/home/life through them. It depends on what they decide. Iím sure itís save-able, but those parts arenít readily available and I know they arenít cheap.

My mechanic knows the car well. He worked on it for 15 years before I bought it from the previous owner. He also has one almost exactly like it. Best case, they will total it and I can get it to him for parts.

Time will tell.
Mon Jun 14, 2021 2:47 pm

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Mon Jun 14, 2021 2:47 pm linkquote
seamus26 wrote:
Hey, so remember that Porsche I said was for sale? It isnít anymore.

The last time I had visited my Dad (itís stored in his pole barn) and made any attempt to start it, it wouldnít. I was really concerned that mice had chewed wires or something, and if anyone knows these cars theyíre a little complicated.

After work Friday we drove to Dads. Heís recovering from hip replacement surgery, so weíve spent a lot of time out there helping him out. It was almost an afterthought, but I grabbed the battery charger and a gas can, because thatís what you do, with the thought that I might have a chance to work on it a little more.

After we got in the house I went out to the pole barn just to top the battery off and put gas in the tank. Before I went back in the house I thought, ďWhat the heck Ö Iíll just give it a whirl.Ē

Sure enough, she fired right up. A sense of relief washed over me because all of the troubleshooting and work I had anticipated was suddenly lifted from my shoulders.

I left it idling and got out to remove the charger from the battery. It sounded great to hear it running again.

Thatís when the explosion happened.

Here I am, by myself in my Dadís barn that contains his Ford, Corvair and all of his valuables that donít fit in the house, standing by my car which is on fire. Itís against the back wall and not running because Ö well Ö on fire.

I may have set a world record for the 100m dash to the house. I burst through the door babbling incoherently about the end of the world and needing a fire extinguisher. Dad had a little one in the trunk of the Corvette which I grabbed and dashed back to the pole barn. Itís a good thing it was on fire, because the flames helped me to locate the car through the thick smoke.

Everyone likes to think that all of the training and education that you have throughout your life will prepare you for situations when they arise, but I was very conscious of the fact that I was deliberating with myself about what the appropriate time to give up would be. I just didnít know.

The little fire extinguisher was fortunately enough to put the flames out before the fire department arrived. The blast had buckled the hood enough that the cable wouldnít release it from the inside and the FD opened it from underneath. Pics below.

Hereís the thing. On a normal car, if you had the charger hooked to the battery and were in the process of removing it, you would be standing in front of the open hood. On this car, the battery is in the back, which is where I was.

It took me a good day to stop thinking about what could have happened. If I had been standing between the engine and the wall when it went, I wouldnít be typing this now.

Everyone is ok, an insurance claim has been filed and itís just a car. Iím ok with that.
Wow!

I don't know if you saw my "meltdown" thread but there was a moment when I thought this was going to happen to me. I didn't feel lucky at the time but now I'm not so sure.

I've always liked 928s and when I saw that you were thinking of selling it I considered contacting you but I soon realized that I don't have any more room and if I bought it I would have to sell something else.
Tue Jun 15, 2021 6:22 am

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Tue Jun 15, 2021 6:22 am linkquote
vintage red matthew wrote:
Wow!

I don't know if you saw my "meltdown" thread but there was a moment when I thought this was going to happen to me. I didn't feel lucky at the time but now I'm not so sure.

I've always liked 928s and when I saw that you were thinking of selling it I considered contacting you but I soon realized that I don't have any more room and if I bought it I would have to sell something else.
Iím sure itíll buff out. Still for sale.

Tue Jun 15, 2021 6:30 am

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Tue Jun 15, 2021 6:30 am linkquote
seamus26 wrote:
Iím sure itíll buff out. Still for sale.

... did this happen before or after the creation of this topic ..?
Tue Jun 15, 2021 7:38 am

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1979 P200E (sold) / ZNEN Amore 150 / Genuine Buddy 170i / Genuine Stella 4T / 2009 Aprilia Sportcity One 50
Joined: 31 Jul 2014
Posts: 792
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Tue Jun 15, 2021 7:38 am linkquote
Attila wrote:
... did this happen before or after the creation of this topic ..?
Oddly enough after. I posted on the 8th and the explosion happened on the 11th.

Talk about coincidence.
Tue Jun 15, 2021 1:09 pm

Hooked
GTV300
Joined: 31 May 2012
Posts: 233
Location: New Mexico
 
Hooked
GTV300
Joined: 31 May 2012
Posts: 233
Location: New Mexico
Tue Jun 15, 2021 1:09 pm linkquote
When I was in college, in the late eighties, early nineties, I had a '71 VW camper van that had one of those fiberglass tops afixed to it. I lived in it for while but the security guards on campus were not too happy with me.

I drove it to Vermont and blew out the number 3 cylinder, as often happens. I stripped down the engine in my then-girlfriend's apartment, but ended up freighting it out to John's VW here in Santa Fe to be finished up. (John has been long gone, but his place was a marvel-a vast junkyard behind the shop with old VW buses, painted, covered in poetry, etc.) John was always patient with my questions, let me help out in the shop, and taught me a lot about mechanics.

When I got back to town, I got ahold of a '65 split window body pretty cheap and popped the rebuilt engine into it.

Having fallen on hard times and not willing/able to pay for auto insurance, I traded it to a guy I knew for $500 and a mountain bike. He drove it up to Alaska, and that's the last I heard of it. The mountain bike served me well for years to come, so it seemed like a good deal at the time.

I became nostalgic for my old split-window VW bus recently and holy Moses have prices gone up! You can't just pick one up for $1500 anymore, the way you could around 1990. I'll post a picture if I ever find one - I know of one, but it's in my vast collection of photo albums somewhere.
Tue Jun 15, 2021 6:15 pm

MV Santa
GTS250, 1960 VBA, 1975 VBC, 1980 P200E cutdown
Joined: 04 May 2010
Posts: 4494
Location: Sedgwick, Kansas
 
MV Santa
GTS250, 1960 VBA, 1975 VBC, 1980 P200E cutdown
Joined: 04 May 2010
Posts: 4494
Location: Sedgwick, Kansas
Tue Jun 15, 2021 6:15 pm linkquote
seamus26 wrote:
Iím sure itíll buff out. Still for sale.


Actually, if I did have room I would still consider it.
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