Choosing A Classic Car To Restore

Man, I know I’m getting
myself into some trouble
here committing myself
to a list of Top 5
Collector Cars
worth the aggravation
of restoring —

Which is what this
Saturday series
is going to attempt to do. 

Cause I really can’t help myself
in throwing my 2 1/2 cents
worth into what is already
a controversial subject.

My perspective is limited,
of course, by the lack of
having a lot of money (any)
to throw at a project –

so, whatever I choose for
my list has to be relatively
economical to acquire and
restore, and almost
completely accessible
to the home garage mechanic.

The after market parts have
to be readily available, too.

And that’s a challenge
in itself–
you can’t just inherit your
Great-Uncle Jeffrey’s 1949
Plymouth Special Deluxe,
tow it off the back 40,
and start restoring it
by ordering a
replacement transmission
from XCheapPartX.Com.

It don’t work that way —
chances are good that
after-market parts for
that thing will be harder
to find than gold nuggets
in a bowl of oatmeal.

And the parts designated
as ‘N-O-S’ –
(or ‘new-old-stock’ –
left over from when
there even WAS a car
company called Plymouth )
are now probably so rusty
and crusty as to be
completely unusable.

Consider —
Gaskets crumbling as
you open the package.
Lost and irreplaceable
repair manuals ?
Part-specific tools
nowhere to be found?
Man, there’s so many
different potential issues –
– it should scare you to death…
unless of course,
you own a machine shop,
are a master machinist
as well as a mechanic,
have oodles of tools
and garage space,
and plenty of time
and money to burn.

It also helps to be deaf,
’cause boy, are you
gonna hear about that
wreck taking up all that
primo storage room out
there that your wife
and kids can’t use
(or even go into).

I’m not hating on the idea,
hey- I’m on your side.

You just gotta be careful
which mechanical zombie
you choose to commit
to bringing back to life.

It just wouldn’t be
ethical to get it half way
and then stop — leaving it
to become just another
vegetable, right ?

So- let’s talk about some
of the important criteria
that will give you a fighting
chance to make this thing
of ours work – which all
comes down to
research ahead of time.

1: Can You Get Parts?
By that, I mean, not
just the chrome hood ornament…

can you get rocker arms,
piston rings, differentials,
water pumps, etc, etc, etc.

Remember a lot of
cars before 1960
used a 6 volt
electrical system —
even this has to be
contemplated.

2: Can You Find A Car
Like You Want That’s
Worth Restoring –
— considering these
especially:

A: Rust and General Body Condition

B: Drive-train , Engine,
Suspension, Brakes

C: Interior, Electrics
and Accessories

In other words,
how much work
does it really need?

This is where you have to be
brutally honest and realistic
with yourself – can you really
replace a rocker panel in
your garage?

Do you have the capacity/desire
to remove an engine
and transmission?

Where you start is often
where it ends–
so, answer carefully.

So you want the best ‘starter’
car you can afford –
with those things you
don’t want to do/can’t do
already done.

The truth is, that the more
common the car is in the
collector market, the higher
the chances that there will
be a good one for a project
out there —
— if you’re thinking
late 1960’s Mustang or Camaro,
you’ll have a lot of good starting
points to choose from.

There are actually companies
that specialize in making
almost every conceivable
part for certain collector
cars like that –

and if you’re not
going to be a total fanatic
about ‘originality’,
it’s even easier.

3: And then — think —
After all the work and money-
Is this car really going
to make me happy?

For instance,
I like Studebakers.
Actually, I love em.
I love the way they look.
Very cool.
But, they were pretty much
rolling junk after 1956.
Honestly, you can throw an
awful lot of cash at one, and
still have something that
handles like their original
model of 1852 Conestoga Wagon.
Go west, young man.

Ok- we’re done with part one —

and hopefully, we’ll ready
to talk about which models
can fit into these criteria.

Next time.

( If you’re really
chomping at the bit,
maybe a clue or two
about the list
might be gleaned
from the cars
featured on this post,
but I dunno….
most of them
just wouldn’t work.)

!!!! HOY !!!!

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Snap and Snooze

I guess some of you
old-timers can tell
that I’m back on my
rabbit-food diet, cause
here I am crabbin’ about
technology again, when
usually it’s sex that is the
prevailing topic of choice
around here ………….

Tomorrow it’ll be food,
you wait and see.

And, no,
I’m not dropping weight
for a competition,
this time, though.

I’m done pulling trucks, y’all…
my back has told me in no
uncertain terms that it’s not
having any more of that shit.

Ok, so maybe
I am too old for it —
but I was when
I started doing it, too.

Blech.

Anyhoo…

As I was saying, being back
on the rabbit food diet
also means that I’ve cut
my gym days down
from 6 days to 5 —

which means I got more
time to watch TV —

— if they still call it that.

It’s gotten very strange lately —

you’ll be watching a program,
and suddenly, they’ll say
something like :

” … and if you want to see
how this all ends, just go
to blah-blah-blah-dot-com
and watch it on the phone app. “

waIT.
COME BACK HERE !

But they don’t listen-
and they just start the next program.

Hey – I was watching that !!!!!!!!!!!!

I was perfectly happy watching
whatever-it-was on a 60 inch
large screen with surround sound —

— and now for some reason,
they want me to go and find
my phone to watch the conclusion
on a two inch screen with an
almost inaudible speaker ? ?

WHO thought THIS
was a good idea?

I’m all for the internet
in all kinds of ways —
(how can you beat all
the free porn, blogs
and 60’s music videos
that you can eat?) —
– but using the net is just
too much work if suddenly
this is the ‘NEW TV’ —

I pay for cable- and still
I don’t get my happy ending
without the damned channel app?

Let me tell you –
in my world,
when it’s television time,
it’s ‘just sit back,
relax and
push the remote button’ –

it’s not about
mega-searching,
3 minute featurettes,
unregulated commercials
every 30 seconds,
buffering, and unreliable
crashing apps —
no, man, NO.

And NO –
I don’t want
to feedback on SnapThat,
or throw hash with Hash-taggers,
or go see ‘Enhanced Content’
(which they could just show
on TV but won’t ) on Fade-book.

Faced with all that, I think
I’d rather go back to my old
23 inch analog TV with the
rabbit ears, 3 VHF channels
and a couple of fuzzy UHF ones.

At least I can hear it when
it’s turned up full blast.

This getting old shit
is sure getting old.

!!!! HOY !!!!!

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Garde Your Manger

fareObscure title, huh?

Not if you work
in the restaurant biz,
it ain’t.

I was having
(or trying to have)
dinner at my local
greasy spoon —

— and it was taking
long enough for Caesar
to have grown his salad
from seed –

– so I inquired about it-
(very nicely, I might add-
— always be kind if you a2
expect to be able to eat
what you order, and
without any ‘special sauce‘).

The manager went back to
find out what was up-
and I heard the cook
yell at her that the wait
couldn’t be helped,
cause he was agnmae
quote: “In The Weeds“.

(We were obviously seated in
the preferred seating section,
(AKA: “Bob Uecker’s table”
— right next to the kitchen ).

She shouted back at him
that she needed that
‘Blue Plate‘ ‘on the fly‘ ,
and to ‘86 the B.S.’ ! ”

Uh huh.
So, what about
MY meal,
I wondered….
athat
— cause I didn’t order
anything blue, or with
flying insects on it.

Further, I didn’t know
diners had combination
plates like the Dragon Palace,
cause I always order
the number 23 there.

Of course, I’m saying this
with some tongue planted
firmly into cheek —

(and that’s a pretty good
arrangement in the right await
kinda company…. )

— since my daughter works
in a restaurant – but, it is
genuinely funny how
different the language
can get in the heat of
the professional kitchen.

Assuming your local
diner qualifies –
which in my case,
I’m not all that sure of.

Ahem.

And, yes, bute
thanks for asking,
I did finally get my
Chicken Caesar salad–

— although just what the
hell I was thinking in
ordering anything fancier
than a scrambled egg
on toast (otherwise known
as ‘wrecked chicks on a raft‘)
or a baked potato
with sour cream
(‘a blonde hot Murphy‘ )
in that dump is beyond me.

Anyhoo– let’s talk about
a couple of the morea1
interesting idioms..

Eggs seem to have several
special terminologies
dedicated to them
depending on the region
and who/what’s cooking:

‘Cackle berries’
‘Egnosticz’

‘Hen Fruit’
‘Googs’
‘Chickies/Chicks/Chicklets’

And you can get them
in a large variety of styles –

‘Wreck Em’
(scrambled )atip

‘Scregged’
( really scrambled)

‘Shell Angels’
(hard boiled)

‘A Hub Cap’
(sunny side up)

‘Scotched’
(breaded, stuffed,
and then deep fried)

‘Puddle in a Golf Ball’
(soft boiled)

‘Dead Eye’
(1 poached )

‘Adam and Eve’
(2 poached)

‘Flop Two’
(fried over easy)

‘Gus-Burgered’
( add hamburger) —

and
‘ Doing The Eggman ‘
( umm– you’ll have to look
that one up for yourself
——  hint: Eric Burdon.
Sorry, I’m got side-tracked)

Ahem.

Hot dogs, too,
as you might expect,
have more than
their fair share —

‘Coney Island Chicken’
‘Bowsers’
‘Bun Pup’
‘Hosers’
‘Tube Steak’
‘Ripper’ (a deep fried hot dog)

And once you start
adding condiments,
well, better bring a
local cook or
at least a lexicon —

Breathe On It ” –
add onion.

Pitch In The Hay ” –
add sauerkraut.

With Frog Sticks “-
add French Fries.

Give It A Hemorrhage ” –
add ketchup.

Paint It Yellow ” –
add mustard.

On The Hoof ” –
cooked rare.

Pittsburgh Style” –
scorched.

Waxed ” –
add American cheese.
(YUK)
Pull Me A Shot
From Hotlanta
” –
add a Coke.

Save The Slush ” –
Ugh, no ice in that Coke.

And, as you can quite
plainly tell, there’s way
too many of these1905
things to list em all….
which, of course,
means you’ll be seeing
a sequel about the
subject soon enough
right here on this
channel, so stay tuned.

In the meantime,
keep yourself
Sunny Side Up ” !

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!!!! HOY !!!!!

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