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From Rags to Restoration


{Wheels.6.29}: Jil {rabbit} Wed, 23 Aug 2006 12:17:17 CDT (2 lines)

Ah, but you can use the fins to help back up. That's how I park
our '57 Cadillac.


{Wheels.6.30}: Doug White {dwhite} Wed, 23 Aug 2006 12:21:47 CDT (1 line)

As visual aids, or aerodynamic control surfaces (i.e. rudders)?  :)


{Wheels.6.31}: Jil {rabbit} Wed, 23 Aug 2006 12:26:23 CDT (2 lines)

Visual aids when going slow, aerodynamic control surfaces when


{Wheels.6.32}: Bianca R. {lily1} Wed, 23 Aug 2006 13:11:04 CDT (5 lines)

I understand the visual aids part, and never had a problem back in the
day when I drove it, but today's parking spaces are so much shorter!
I don't think the standard length is the same as it used to be, is it?

My Maxima is about as large as I'd ever want to get these days.


{Wheels.6.33}: Jil {rabbit} Wed, 23 Aug 2006 13:27:29 CDT (2 lines)

I used to love huge cars but I'm becoming a fan of little ones. I
guess I'm getting older!


{Wheels.6.34}: Bianca R. {lily1} Wed, 23 Aug 2006 22:14:27 CDT (6 lines)

And didn't it used to be the other way around?  The kids had the
little cars, the VW Beetles and Pintos and such, and the old folks
bought the Caddys and the big ol' Buicks and the Lincolns.  When my
mom was my age, she was just about ready to buy her first Lincoln, a
slightly used one.  To her, that meant she had finally arrived at her
dream car.


{Wheels.6.35}: Doug White {dwhite} Wed, 23 Aug 2006 22:38:39 CDT (3 lines)

My parents still consider big cars a sign of status and wouldn't dream
of buying a car with a four-cylinder engine---and they are not at all


{Wheels.6.36}: Bianca R. {lily1} Wed, 23 Aug 2006 23:07:37 CDT (15 lines)

Well, I probably wouldn't want a 4-cylinder either, unless it was
strictly for a commuter-mobile typ of thing.  I like a 6 cyl. in
something about the size of the Maxima, for the zoom-zoom factor on
the highway, mostly.

You don't really have to be wealthy for some of these big cars.  Isn't
one of the big Buicks selling for around 35k or so?  That's not
wealthy territory, particularly.

Do your folks also like it for comfort?  My mom was quite the social
butterfly and was always taking people here and there.  For her
friends, mostly ladies "of a certain age," she felt that the large
cars were more comfortable, and leather upholstery meant they could
easily slide in, unimpeded by their various ailments that made
mobility sometimes a little difficult.


{Wheels.6.37}: Doug White {dwhite} Thu, 24 Aug 2006 00:24:49 CDT (7 lines)

Heh.  My parents do not buy new cars, so $35K would be unheard of.  As
for comfort, there are compact cars that have heaps of interior space
and comfort, but they'd never consider it. I'm pretty sure it's an image
thing for them to arrive in a 1999 Cadillac DeVille.

Actually, I like the car, too.  I wouldn't buy one, but it's a good


{Wheels.6.38}: Bianca R. {lily1} Thu, 24 Aug 2006 00:39:12 CDT (10 lines)

It is.  It's a good looking Midwestern cruiser.  Your folks in the
Midwest, by any chance?  I'm originally from Michigan, long since
transplanted to the East coast.  East coast cars are very different
from Midwestern cars - funny how I always notice what's on the
highways when I go back.  Many more Caddys and such and much fewer
Nissans and Toyotas.  My bro-in-law back in Michigan has a Cadillac
CTS and likes it very much.

I just read your bio.  Fascinating stuff!  Love your jobs. Sound like
you have an interesting life.


{Wheels.6.39}: {jsk} Wed, 11 Oct 2006 11:51:53 CDT (0 lines)
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{Wheels.6.40}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Wed, 11 Oct 2006 11:52:23 CDT (4 lines)

For those who like classic pickups but don't have the time or
inclination to restore one yourselves...



{Wheels.6.41}: Jil {rabbit} Thu, 12 Oct 2006 06:31:47 CDT (1 line)

Pretty truck!


{Wheels.6.42}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Mon, 16 Oct 2006 09:57:28 CDT (HTML)

Anyone with a passing interest in classic american cars should try and catch a documentary called "Yank Tanks". A synopsis:

Yanks Tanks is a first look at the phenomenon of classic American cars in Cuba. Like an exotic, endangered species, these colorful cars roam around this island paradise trapped in a 1950's time warp. As beacons of individuality in a sea of government conformity they represent freedom for those who own them. Owners who will do almost anything to keep them running. Seeing these old cars in recent films and photographs one wonders how they have maintained them after decades with no spare parts and an embargo by the United States. After repeated trips to Cuba, the Schendel brothers succeed in taking a close look into the underground world of Cuban cars, finding along the way a gallery of eccentric characters - the curators of the largest, living, automobile museum in the world.

I happened to just come across it while channel surfing last night.



{Wheels.6.43}: Jil {rabbit} Fri, 20 Oct 2006 12:23:23 CDT (1 line)

Sounds fascinating!


{Wheels.6.44}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Fri, 20 Oct 2006 12:32:55 CDT (7 lines)

It was.  I think even my wife was semi-interested in the documentary
even though she's otherwise uninterested in cars just because a lot of
the people involved were such characters.  Old, too.

Best quote from one person in the documentary:

"Even the dumbest mechanics here have to be engineers."


{Wheels.6.45}: Jil {rabbit} Fri, 20 Oct 2006 13:38:52 CDT (1 line)

True enough. It amazes me that they keep them running.


{Wheels.6.46}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Fri, 20 Oct 2006 16:46:23 CDT (6 lines)

The old service manuals for many of those cars from the 50s are
consider more sacred than the Bible.  Those old service manuals had
diagrams with specs for most if not all of the parts!

One guy said he doesn't even touch his service manual without washing
his hands first.


{Wheels.6.47}: Jil {rabbit} Fri, 20 Oct 2006 16:58:35 CDT (2 lines)

The 1950s and 1960s had huge service manuals. The one for my 1947 is
a slim little volume.


{Wheels.6.48}: Jil {rabbit} Sun, 20 Jan 2008 11:48:12 CST (13 lines)

For them familiar with older nameplates:

The farmer's daughter has three suitors, and each young man has to
account for himself to her father. He looks at the first young man
and says, "What are your intentions?"

Young man says, "I'm going to amaze her in my Frazier."

He turns to the second one, who says, "I'll take her to the bash in
my Nash."

The farmer turns to the third young man, who throws up his hands and
says, "Well, I drive a Tucker..."


{Wheels.6.49}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Mon, 21 Jan 2008 10:12:52 CST (1 line)



{Wheels.6.50}: Jack Van Gossen {lowjack} Tue, 22 Jan 2008 14:23:28 CST (4 lines)


Although, given the current value of any existing Tucker, the farmer's
daughter would have a good pick there. :)


{Wheels.6.51}: Jil {rabbit} Tue, 22 Jan 2008 16:08:35 CST (11 lines)

I still remember the night, about 15 years ago now, when a storm
kept my plane on the ground in Denver and I missed my connection in

Rather miffed, I checked into a hotel and went to the bar to drown
my sorrows. I ended up striking up a conversation with a firefighter
who was also a car buff. He said, "I hope it's a long time coming,
but when my daddy passes away, I'm going to inherit a nice car."

I expected him to say Model A or 1934 Chevrolet or something
similar, but when I asked, he said, "Number 36 Tucker."


{Wheels.6.52}: Jack Van Gossen {lowjack} Tue, 22 Jan 2008 16:17:58 CST (3 lines)


That's a hell of a collector piece.


{Wheels.6.53}: Jil {rabbit} Tue, 22 Jan 2008 17:37:56 CST (4 lines)

About 10 years ago I had a chance to buy a Tucker radio for $50 and
I didn't, because I had no idea what to do with it. Wish I'd bought
it for an office piece. (Tucker sold heaters and radios ahead of
time, to raise cash for the auto assembly.)


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