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The Lounge / Re: Not a Shelby but couldn’t pass it up
« on: October 23, 2021, 08:31:21 PM »
Looks great - but could use an attitude or should I say altitude adjustment.

The Lounge / Re: Who has the best paint and body shop in the USA ?
« on: October 23, 2021, 04:23:28 PM »
complaining about the new water base paints>>>> EPA friendly paints.

I have a friend who is a reps a warehouse of automotive paint suppliers. He gets me regular solvent based paints. He said since I'm not in business it's still legal for me to buy and use it.
So I can spray that evil product in my garage with no regard for the solvents I put in the air but a commercial operation that is even required to have extensive filtering systems for water borne products can't. Welcome to the insanity of CA laws.

The Lounge / Re: $24.3 million dollar California license plate???
« on: October 23, 2021, 01:03:45 PM »
I remember back in the 80s some Chinese guy in Silicon Valley paid big money (not 24 mil though) for plate 8888888.
Nancy Pelosi's limo has 666 on it  ;D

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: Random car pictures
« on: October 22, 2021, 09:27:14 PM »

Anyone here know the story behind this little "Oh $%&!"   

Vehicles in parking lot look old enough for this to have taken place when CS was still around.

OVC has been finishing cars for Hillbank This was a customer car whose test drive didn't go well.

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: Random car pictures
« on: October 22, 2021, 09:12:50 PM »
Back in the day when Future Liner buses were a dime a dozen, I watched some fool pay $4 million for one of these at B Jackson a few years back
It was Ron Pratt's. There was some problem with the BJ sale and it didn't get sold "as shown on TV". I think whoever made the last bid didn't have the $ so the second highest bidder got it. The money went to charity so the hammer price doesn't really reflect vehicle value.
I wonder what the guy paid Kendig to restore one?
My dad took me to see them when I was 5. San Bernardino, CA stop #128  Feb 7, 1956 Orange Show Fairgrounds

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: Random car pictures
« on: October 22, 2021, 09:08:31 PM »
Is this a mini minor or a minor mini
Could even be a Rover Mini - but most of those had 12" wheels.
BMW built the little Mini right up until they started with the current SUV sized one.

The Lounge / Re: Who has the best paint and body shop in the USA ?
« on: October 22, 2021, 07:00:20 PM »
But you have to admit he does the "best brake test" in the world  !

PS I wouldn't let the Fantom Works guy fix my lawnmower.

Wouldn't know the guy is too pathetic to watch.

The Lounge / Re: Who has the best paint and body shop in the USA ?
« on: October 22, 2021, 02:50:17 PM »
Changes every year. Just find the guy who did the sheet metal and paint on the winning Riddler car and you can't go wrong - maybe broke but not wrong.
PS I wouldn't let the Fantom Works guy fix my lawnmower.

Up For Auction / Re: 1964 Shelby Daytona Coupe Reproduction For Sale
« on: October 21, 2021, 03:14:28 PM »
Mike had 2001 in unrestored as raced condition. His most recent restoration is the Lone Star. Several times COCOA was able to pull his Coupe out of the old Petersen Museum (If I remember it was on Hollywood Blvd west of the Chinese theatre). When the Coupe got hauled to SAAC 1 I asked why they were using such a POS edgy trailer. Simple answer was it was the same trailer it got hauled around on by SA when it was new. I got to drive that one at a meeting. Later I got a ride at Ontario Motor Speedway in one of his other Coupes but the Coup De Gras was driving Shelby's Coupe at Willow Springs while Sports Car Graphic was doing an article. OK it was only 1/2 lap at about 35 mph but it was fun.
If I was to do a Coupe today I'd do a Superformance. Pete Brock worked with them and did a lot of little tricks to the car that he was unable to do at the time.

The Lounge / Re: Cobra barn find??
« on: October 21, 2021, 02:46:29 PM »
no Cobra in there but still interesting to read !

Only this teaser headline on one of the paragraphs - AMX Marks the Spot; a Cobra in the Barn

The Lounge / Re: Chinese Ford Mach E
« on: October 20, 2021, 01:00:12 PM »
    I'm for fare trade practices; the U.S. should adopt the very trade practices of China, as applied to U.S. products attempting to enter there.  Stop being afraid we'll hurt someone's feelings, whether that the Chinese or some liberals (aka. progressives, socialists, the true fascists, communists, anarchist and the just plain stupid  ::) ) and then you won't see nearly as much crap made in china occupying the retail shelves.

Same problems when Japan entered the world market. They were of course dumping (selling for less than cost with .gov making up loss) to get market share. The only protection we had was a tax on trucks. They beat that by shipping them without the beds. The beds were made here and installed at the port so the final assembly point was the US and no tax.
Japan effectively blocked the Pinto and Vega from entry. Japan has taxes on the size of the car and also in engine size. The Pinto was too wide the Vega engine was too big and the taxes prevented them from being competitive in the Japanese market.
The Italians handled it best. They said sure glad to have you. Then dropped the bombshell that for every Toyota off the boat they would be buying an Italian made car to take back to Japan. Japan put Italy on hold.

The Lounge / Re: Chinese Ford Mach E
« on: October 19, 2021, 09:09:25 PM »
Well,slave /prison labor IS cheap labor so…..
That is a big part of it. GM has made no bones about how every US made car costs at least $5,000 more due to the legacy costs of retirees and their healthcare. China has none of those costs - you work til you die.

The Lounge / Re: Chinese Ford Mach E
« on: October 19, 2021, 08:47:45 PM »
Why are we doing any business/buying/selling with COMMUNIST China?

Everybody wants a piece of the pie. China is the biggest auto market in the world. Lots of new buyers who are getting rid of their bicycles. GM has moved most of their engineering there already. GM was first in they sold an entire plant to China and in typical Chinese R&D (ripoff & duplicate) they had copied all the tooling and had a new plant up and running before the GM engineers set up the stuff that had been sent. Saleen jumped on the band wagon but the arguments are still ongoing as to who ripped off who.

Up For Auction / Re: 67 GT500 Nightmist Blue -manual (#2107)
« on: October 19, 2021, 07:01:40 PM »
Not mine.
There are no good interior photos ....... Why are there 4 front views
It is a factory Nightmist Blue, manual ......
Because interior was originally parchment and they wanted to show the excellent front restoration work after Jim crashed it....... ;D ;D ;D

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