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Tom Geiger

Member Since 07 Jan 2007
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In Topic: Where's the *#+"! GAS Cap ?

Today, 07:15 AM

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Borrowed your photo... I had a 1956 Chevy and the down side of this was that sloppy attendants would get gas all over the tail lights, and as cars got older and seals shrunk gas would wind up inside the lenses.  I had my car in the late 1970s and had to replace both lenses because the fuel over the years had ruined them. I believe these had cork gaskets on them too,

 

I also remember those fillers behind the license plates... and how the spring holding the plate in place would eventually break. How many cars did we see on the road with these broken and the plates hanging down backwards?

 

My only problem today is remembering which side my filler is on when I drive my different cars.  Both my Caravan and Breeze have left side fillers and my Jaguar and Geo Tracker have right side fillers (cars designed in RHD countries)! 


In Topic: ancient paint

Today, 06:46 AM

I don't understand the interest in these ancient paints.  I admit a fascination with all things old and have a few very old cans / bottles of paint in my model display case.  I believe the spray cans have long gone flat and dry, but they look cool on my shelf with my Old Kustom Kollection.

 

I've never had an interest in trying to use any on a model today. I can see if we are trying to restore an old model for the museum and need to match the original paint, but beyond that there are so many better options today than old hobby paints.


In Topic: Who says all Mustang II's are ugly

Today, 06:38 AM

Good point Tom, about the first Mustangs being "girls" cars. A lot ads were aim at young female, single, secretary types. That was one of the reasons for Mustangs success. It was a car designed though options to be just about anything to anybody. A lot of early Mustangs were plain 6-cylinder, 2-coupes. Not the exciting GTs or Shelbys we all lust after today. The Mustang IIs were the same way, other than the lack of 60's style performance. But, this was true for most so called "performance" cars at the time. The Mustang II deserves more respect than it gets.

Scott

 

Agreed Scott.  That was part of Ford's marketing strategy all along... one of the best product placements was the Mustang on the Mary Tyler Moore show. She was the earliest career girl role model on TV and the fact she drove a new Mustang was no coincidence! 


In Topic: Is there ever gonna be another 1970 Charger released?

Today, 03:13 AM

I don't believe anything is planned right now, but as the manufacturers keep surprising us with new product aimed at us baby boomers, anything is possible!  It does have Revell all over it since it would fit right into their line, and onto an existing tool.  But I wouldn't be surprised if Moebius swooped in with one.  Ya never know!

 

In the meantime, I understand that original kits are pricey, but maybe you could find a rebuildable car that could be combined with the Revell chassis and fitting for a car with the detail we demand today.  Also check into resin bodies. Anyone doing a 1970 conversion for that Revell chassis?


In Topic: Who says all Mustang II's are ugly

Today, 03:04 AM

I suppose Jacklyn Smith's Ghia was "girlier" than Farrah's Cobra II but I think they were going for "classier"

 

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I never had a problem with Mustang IIs.  In fact they are the original retro car, way before retro came into style.  Just look at the 1965 Mustang styling cues... instantly recognizable as a Mustang. And by the way, the original Mustang was marketed as a girls car!  When I met my wife in 1978 she had a Mustang II coupe pretty much the same as the one in the above photo from Charlies Angels. Same color and vinyl top, only hers had hubcaps and a V6 automatic.  It was a nice car to drive, and we took it on a few long trips.  In 1979 it was traded in on a new Fox Capri with a V8.  That car was a never ending problem from the day it came off the showroom floor. I would've liked to keep the Mustang II but we couldn't afford to keep it and get the new car.  To add insult to injury the dealer sold it to someone who lived a few blocks from my in laws house, so we'd see it parked there every time we drove by!  The first year Fox Capri was eventually traded in on a Nissan Stanza (needed our first family car) in 1982 with 34,000 troubled miles on it.  For a new car we never had any confidence in driving it anywhere since it was nothing but trouble.