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Diaphone Jim 06-20-2019 11:38 AM

Every TV news piece on Cuba shows an old US car.
Good for the US car, shame on the US.

Gravdigr 06-20-2019 02:47 PM

Yeah, nothing like a nice old piece of iron hacked all to hell.

I keep seeing the 57 (or whatever year it was) Chevy (or whatever make it was) with the engine bay Sawz-All'ed all to hell running a Nissan diesel engine...

Gravdigr 06-20-2019 03:25 PM

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xoxoxoBruce 06-23-2019 07:59 AM

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I like this because it's subtle, not real flashy.

xoxoxoBruce 06-26-2019 01:23 AM

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Thomas---

Griff 06-26-2019 06:27 AM

That's a big ole ride!

xoxoxoBruce 06-26-2019 06:57 AM

Yes, same chassis as the big old touring car, 118" wheelbase I think.

Diaphone Jim 06-26-2019 11:31 AM

They soon replaced the Cambridge windshield with one you could see out of.

BigV 06-26-2019 12:27 PM

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They soon replaced the Cambridge windshield with one you could see out of.

LOL!!

Gravdigr 06-26-2019 12:46 PM

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To finish out the week here we have a pair of unique images of high-performance early automobiles parked on a street in different locations. The lead photo contains an impressive American Underslung “Traveler” on the left and a large and powerful Thomas-Flyer “6-70” roadster or “speedster” parked out in front of the Upham Gas Co. Both of the vehicles were owned by family members who owned and operated the Company.

The American appears to be as delivered when new, although the “6-70” Thomas looks like a “Hell Bent for Leather” semi-stripped down high-speed road car. It is equipped with a Cambridge windshield, and side curtains to keep the blast of cold winter of air off of both the driver and passenger at speed. A bearskin coat and hat, along with a face mask, goggles and heavy gloves were also necessary to keep the occupants from turning into a block of ice while underway.
from here

xoxoxoBruce 06-30-2019 07:06 AM

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I think this would have been kind of cool...

Diaphone Jim 06-30-2019 11:34 AM

Had me goin' there.
The Caribbean was my favorite car when I was 13, but I never saw anything but a convertible.
This pic is a "concept" and fooled me. You are right , it "would" have been cool.
There was a hardtop in the last year of production, 1956.
It also started a discussion that continues still: Is it care-eh-BE-an or ca-RIB-ee-an?
I think it is the first one.

xoxoxoBruce 06-30-2019 03:55 PM

Agreed, never heard the second one before I was married.

xoxoxoBruce 07-03-2019 01:05 AM

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This guy only gets one week vacation so no time to waste. :haha:

Diaphone Jim 07-03-2019 11:42 AM

Another Packard concept car based on the Caribbean.


https://www.conceptcarz.com/view/pho...ept_photo.aspx

xoxoxoBruce 07-04-2019 01:30 AM

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Hmm, a Packard Edsel. I always find the vertical grille a little jarring on anything but a Rolls. My head knows that's silly but it's a gut thing.

My buddy sent me this picture of a truck for sale a couple miles from me.

fargon 07-04-2019 07:10 AM

^^^Want^^^

Diaphone Jim 07-04-2019 10:35 AM

Actually the grill on the '56 Packard Request is closely based on Packard front-ends from the '30's +/-.

xoxoxoBruce 07-05-2019 12:51 AM

Yeah, but those went out with sword fighting and Knickers. :lol:
The prewar touches showing up in the 50's/60's were jarring.

Diaphone Jim 07-05-2019 11:15 AM

I have owned several Packards and worked on many more, hence the appeal of this thread.
Here are two more, one actual, one just a beautiful idea.

https://blog.consumerguide.com/packard-twelve-concept/

https://blog.consumerguide.com/photo...-pan-american/

xoxoxoBruce 07-06-2019 07:20 AM

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Patriot 'vettes...

Glinda 07-06-2019 02:02 PM

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Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce (Post 1035118)
My buddy sent me this picture of a truck for sale a couple miles from me.

Is the skeleton included in the deal?

Pamela 07-10-2019 12:07 AM

Purty Corvettes! Made me wonder whatever happened to Susan Crane and her special edition 'Vette.

Gravdigr 07-10-2019 06:59 PM

What's a Susan Crane? And...What's a Susan Crane Corvette?

Google got no clue.

xoxoxoBruce 07-10-2019 09:23 PM

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Loewy's XKE...

Gravdigr 07-11-2019 04:24 AM

:redcard::vomit:

I am almost certain that, if you placed my dead body in that car, I'd get up and walk away from it.

The man ruined that car.

xoxoxoBruce 07-13-2019 12:41 AM

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Don't remember if I posted this before but it would make a hobby which would love you long time.

BigV 07-13-2019 09:46 AM

back end looks like it came from a Pinto

xoxoxoBruce 07-13-2019 09:58 AM

Pinto? I don't see any flames. :haha:

Gravdigr 07-13-2019 10:43 AM

That's because Fire wouldn't be caught anywhere near that travesty...

sexobon 07-13-2019 10:53 AM

I've never liked cars that were mostly curves at one end; but, mostly angles at the other. It just doesn't appease my sense of aesthetics.

Gravdigr 07-13-2019 11:06 AM

I prefer design continuity in my automobiles, as well.

sexobon 07-13-2019 11:09 AM

Automobiles are OK; but, I prefer cars.

Undertoad 07-13-2019 12:38 PM

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mostly curves at one end; but, mostly angles at the other
http://cellar.org/img/curvyangular.jpg

Diaphone Jim 07-13-2019 05:22 PM

And a visor!

xoxoxoBruce 07-13-2019 05:35 PM

But what they needed was an ad-visor, someone to tell them no.
I wonder if the wagon was bent to match the block or vice versa?

sexobon 07-13-2019 06:00 PM

It was one of those early experimental all-terrain station wagons with rubber chassis and body. They didn't go into production because they couldn't get the paint to stick. The flexible plastic windows scratched easily too.

Undertoad 07-13-2019 09:56 PM

Pic is clickable for more information

xoxoxoBruce 07-14-2019 01:07 AM

He's really good to do that in 150 hours, but maybe lots of Bondo in it.

xoxoxoBruce 07-14-2019 05:58 PM

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The guy that built this thing says it's a bear to drive so he doesn't very often.

Diaphone Jim 07-15-2019 02:39 PM

Buick straight eights. Said to be able to pass anything on the road except gas stations.

xoxoxoBruce 07-15-2019 04:07 PM

I'll buy that, I had a '48. :D

xoxoxoBruce 07-17-2019 12:04 AM

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I dislike the color combo but this Nomad is beautifully built.

Happy Monkey 07-17-2019 02:34 PM

The Magneto-mobile!

xoxoxoBruce 07-18-2019 12:09 AM

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The Magneto-mobile!

Um... that's kind of a stretch. :lol:

xoxoxoBruce 07-18-2019 12:19 AM

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Morgans aren't stodgy anymore...

Diaphone Jim 07-18-2019 11:42 AM

HFS Morgan rolls in his grave.

BigV 07-18-2019 05:41 PM

That is dead sexy.

Too bad I haven't a chance to own one.

... Of the *eight* that will ever be made.

Happy Monkey 07-18-2019 05:53 PM

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Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce (Post 1035788)
Um... that's kind of a stretch. :lol:

Heh, I didn't realize there actually was one; Magneto was just the first one with a red and purple color scheme that I came up with.

xoxoxoBruce 07-18-2019 09:33 PM

I didn't either so I googled it and sure enough there it was. :haha:

xoxoxoBruce 07-18-2019 11:30 PM

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When it is good, it is very very good.
But when it is bad, boom, Big Bada Boom.
One misfire in one cylinder will destroy a $30 or $40 thousand dollar motor.

xoxoxoBruce 07-23-2019 12:48 AM

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Another Morgan from 2011...

Carruthers 07-23-2019 05:07 AM

Some years ago Sir John Harvey-Jones, former chairman of ICI, presented a TV series called 'Troubleshooter'.

In each episode he visited a firm which which was in need of a bit of advice to help it modernise or simply to survive.

The Morgan Car Co was the subject of one programme and I vividly remember him commenting that:

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Their pride seems to be in manufacturing from the furthest-back state they can, and buying the most basic material.
I am surprised they don't start with the tree itself.
Sir John was an engaging sort with an infectious cackling laugh and a TV natural.



Ten years later he went back to a number of the firms to see how each was faring.

The Morgan segment starts at about ten minutes in.



If you want to see the latest price list click here: Link

I suggest that you hold on to something firm while doing so. :eek:

BTW £1 = $1.24

Diaphone Jim 07-23-2019 11:24 AM

I like those a whole lot.
Their cost is not out of line with a bunch of cars with less to offer.
As a practical matter, I will split a bottle of fragrance with one or two of you.

xoxoxoBruce 07-23-2019 12:43 PM

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They gave me the US price lists which were in dollars, except the Plus Six gives me a 404 on the price.
The Plus-4 at $70k and Roadster at $80k (plus custom embroidery/piping and leather or Walnut dash, etc) are quite tempting.
However, I shan't do business with heathens who hang sweaters on hangers.

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He left in a snit.

xoxoxoBruce 07-24-2019 11:53 PM

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When you spent all your money on the engine...

glatt 07-25-2019 11:23 AM

Slicks have lots of traction on dry pavement

xoxoxoBruce 07-26-2019 01:23 AM

Until those patches of belt blow out.

Diaphone Jim 07-26-2019 02:17 PM

Seeing tires worn past the tread was more common years ago.
Perhaps related was that flats and especially blow-outs were too.
Up to even the forties and fifties, actually fixing (patching) a tire on the side of the road was something you occasionally needed to do. Of course you carried a patch kit and a pump. LOL

Run-flats and no spare at all are taking over.

BigV 07-26-2019 04:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Diaphone Jim (Post 1036105)
Seeing tires worn past the tread was more common years ago.
Perhaps related was that flats and especially blow-outs were too.
Up to even the forties and fifties, actually fixing (patching) a tire on the side of the road was something you occasionally needed to do. Of course you carried a patch kit and a pump. LOL

Run-flats and no spare at all are taking over.

And cell phones and AAA


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