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W Humble

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  1. Snake: Ditto! OMG! So sorry; here's hoping... ! Wick (age 77, but still counting)
  2. Funny! Snake, how do you have time for your kit projects? :-<) Wick
  3. Where are the clowns? Bring on the clowns~
  4. It's a MoPar; they invented 'Floating Power", right? Wick
  5. An oldie: from a bumper sticker on the back of my buddies A-H bugeye auto-x car, c. 1971: "All the parts falling off this car are of the finest British manufacture." Or my late Dad's Model T joke: "Q; Why does Henry Ford put magnetized rear bumpers on his flivvers? A; to catch all the parts that fall off!"
  6. Riddle from a 90 year old magazine (thus not at all PC): Why does a Scotsman only buy one spur? Because he assumes that if one side of his horse will go, the other side will follow!
  7. As I mentioned, there were a plethora (!) of neat cars on Perry Mason, and I once found a website that featured most of them, plus a lot of LA cityscapes. Ever watch Speedway, a one season 'hot rod' adventure? Thought it was great back when! Wick
  8. I'm sure that's so. On the pilot for LITB, there was a pretty new Ford Fairlane 500 in several shots but it had the brand and model moldings carefully masked-off! OC, it was Ford who supplied Ward Cleaver's '57 Custom 300 sedans for the first seasons, then LITB changed networks and Plymouth stepped in until the '64 demise. He had a '60, '62, and '63, but not the wacky '61, although other MoPars were seen on the streets , including a Simca. Wally and Eddie drove old Chevies, Lumpy the pretty Ford. For me, it's a lot of fun seeing those rides from my own Jr. Hi and Hi School days! And modeling them!
  9. A bad day: "You know it's going to be a bad day when you're driving behind a bunch of motorcycle outlaws, and your horn sticks...!"
  10. Painted my 1961 'Plodge' 2-dr hardtop 'phantom' combo GM white: nice tasteful Plymouth rear body, with good-looking contemporary Dodge front clip replacing the 'Favorite Martian' front treatment of the Plymouth. Still letting the clear-coat (PPG 661 spot clear 2K, with light pearl) get dry, then I'll post photos -- I hope. I did the top amd rear-deck trim panel in medium metallic blue, and the oh-so-shallow JoHan interior tub silver-gray and the same blue. Using the original promo chassis, I opened the frame for a (make unknown) 413 V-8 (cross-ram 2X4, but short-runner; I know, it's all I had!), 4-speed (ditto), and chrome rims with narrow w/w's (ditto again; not released until 1962 on low-priced three cars). A curbside build, it's going to have a slight 'dago' (shortend from 'San Diego', home of the raked front, PC folks) to be era-accurate, and a lower stance just because most kits of that era (and others, too) sat far to high to be scale-correct, I M Humble O. Wick
  11. Ray, Got my CDL in summer of '61, and drove both Corvair and '60 Ford Falcon almost new: my opinion is that at the point when the 'Vair is starting to tuck a wheel on it's not-optimum swing axle suspension, the Falcon would probably have rolled over. For the suspension Ford put under the original Falcon, the center of gravity was too high, and it rolled like a round-bottomed boat. SO: I like my '62 LeMans ragtop, but it shares the swing axles with the Chevy; just that the Tempests had infinitely better weight distribution, with their front engine, almost 50-50% f&r. All the above needed better, but in that era, they were economy cars, hoping to compete with V-W -- which also had swing-axles until about '68?? Every car mag loved the '65 up 'Vair, but... not enough oomph to compete with the Mustang, etc. Wick
  12. Dave I picked up another '51 Deluxe 2-dt sedan about 1973 here in Chico; it was a 'driveway car' that had been parked for years and left to moulder, but in a very posh driveway! Another $50 car, but it was one of the worst; not much body rust, but oh -- the plating! It mu have been of the first of the Korean War 'rationed chrome' cars, because the grille literally went bare when I tried to put some Classic Wax on it! And, though I got it running well enough to drive across town, it was so low on power that it wouldn't accelerate in third; just gagged along until you down-shifted! And... when I knowingly went looking for the dreaded broken steering box capscrew: there it was !! Boy, it's almost impossible to ease threaded stubs out when the bolt shaft is inside the frame, but this on loosened while I was drilling it for an Easy-Out, and with a little encouragement, drove on through the casting and out! Foam Green, and we called it "Geraldine" Ford after POTUS. We moved, had our first child, and reality set it: it had to go. Two dudes (what they would have called themselves, back then) gave me $700 for Gerry, even I warned them of the engine probs. Ten years later, I made an offer of $2K for a Victoria HT (which I might not have had in the readies!) and lost out, but it was nice, if shopworn. I'll never b e able to afford one again, sad to say; at least not a Tudor! Wick
  13. From a very old magazine: Guy in a jalopy drives up to a toll booth, and the collector leans out and says "Fifty cents!" Guy says "Make it a buck and I'll throw in the tool kit!" Schmock, schmock! Wick
  14. Jim, et al: I guess I hit a nerve, huh? The joke was a gag/riddle, and it was original with me. Would it be too extreme to say I wasn't dog PC? I thought it was sorta' subtle and funny; sorry the topic ruined it for you-- does that make you dog apologists? :-<) I'm old, yes, and old school; I believe my right to not have four tooth-marks in my hand is more important than an animal's right to put teeth into it. If you find a PB so easy to forgive, perhaps you can forgive me? The owner was lucky I didn't want a settlement, huh? Of course she wouldn't bite him!~ Gosh! I'm not coming back to this thread. Wick
  15. David, Too true! I had a $50 two-door 'Deluxe' with 16-in rims (and no floors, rockers, etc; an Illinois car that made it cross-country in '62!), then the infamous Club Coupe 'Custom', that endeared itself to me, then three more as parts cars, etc. Another un-tiltable Coupe became a 'brush buggy, sans body and shortened 15-in. The nice C.C. came to grief in a blinding snow-storm in extreme N CA where our clan lived, versus a '59 Dodge HT; I rebuilt the Ford to driving condition, but the Dodge was scrap iron. Highest I ever paid was $50 -- oh how I wish... That CC came with the O/D, but the wife's cousin, previous owner, had taken it apart, and I had a perfect box from the Deluxe sedan that had gotten totaled. Still had the 4.11:1 standard equipment gears though! My class at the NHRA drags was N/Stock; racing non-Spyder Corvairs, Chevy 235's, and... Volvos! I never lost a trans, partially because I bought one of the first Hurst 'Mystery Shifters' (story was; it was a mystery how they could be sold so cheap; $24.95 from Honest Charlies) and it came with the 'Synchro-lock' dowel pin that went into the side-cover replacing the coil-spring; kept gears from oversliding on hard shifts! I later learned how to rebuild B-W HD three-speed/ods on my brother's '59 Rambler wagon (room for our band equipment, and the seat folded...!) which eventually got a Hurst M/S also! Hurst's 'Shifty Doctor' told me to use their kit for a '59 Ford with o/d, but shorten the bracket and thread the rods further back; worked like a charm!! After the CC was sold, I went back to '55 Chevys -- did you drive those also? I'm making replicas of my '51, '55's, and '65 Tempest Custom HT 326/3-speed, plus 24-Z's. I'll make a 'show' and post them someday. Wick I was dangerous: Raced a lot, won a few! Wick
  16. TJ, Thanks for the 'sympathy' -- I guess that's your contribution to 'How about a laugh?" I didn't, and now feel somewhat worse for your defense of 'pitties'. I'm not a dog hater, but I hate to be bitten! And I think humans come before other animals - no joke. When I was two, a collie put a tooth through my eyelid; I was trying to give him a 'love'. Then a little toy poodle, and a Scottie, both of which the owners denied. "The light bulb wasn't burned out." Enough. It depends on who got bit, I guess; I didn't bite the dog. THAT would've been a laugh, huh? PS, Call me "Wick", as in James Wickersham Humble. age 77.
  17. That's not hereditary privilege; not aristocracy based on family only -- and I think that you know what I mean, huh? Just sayin' Wick
  18. Possibly a car I learned to like very much; my second car, a '51 Ford Club Coupe with flathead v-8. I had several when I went to JC in Redding CA. What I discovered about the 'shoebox' Fords (always hated that label!) was that there was a capscrew (one of three, as I recall) on many that went through the frame to help secure the steering box. It was threaded up too short, and on the assembly line they would be torqued down with air tools until the thread shoulder seated against the cast iron box, and if the frame metal (it was a box, but not real heavy ga.) distorted, the screw shank would crack right where the last thread ended, thus promoting -- after twenty years -- a break. And mine did. It looked okay, but when another capscrew snapped (wow!) all that was left holding the steering box to the frame was one shorty at the top, and it, as I recall, went through a steel bracket, which allowed the box to move away from the frame cheek on turns; forget right or left. Now, my friends all had newer stuff, and named the old tin Henry 'The Wanderer', after the popular Dion song of a year or so before. It did, too, though it had a lot of idiosyncrasies! I've never had a car with that type issue before or since; tho it wasn't a fatal flaw, it was disconcerting -- until I figured out the problem, using a parts-car, of which I needed plenty! My first car was actually a very nice '55 Chevy Delray 'post' with all the street-racing attributes, but I simply couldn't afford to keep it and pay for school. The most dangerous thing about that ride was the proverbial nut behind the wheel! My folks were 'disciplining' me for being such a twit -- at age 16, fall of '61 when 'I had to have it!' Well, the lesson took! Still, I truly wish I had one of those little flatmotor coupes, but now I can't afford one! I am, however, make a model of it as well as my six-year old '55! Wick, class of '63
  19. How many pit-bull owners does it take to change a light bulb? Two: one to say it isn't burned out, and one to say it wouldn't have burned out if you hadn't teased it! I made that one up, within 15-minutes after having a young female PB sink her teeth into my left hand. I was delivering paint and body-shop stuff to a shop, and didn't see the dog, but a mini-dog was pulling on my pants cuff while my arms were full of a 40-lb. box of paint. As it set it down, the PB struck -- and the owner was saying 'She don't bite!' Ah -- so how does she eat? Wick Was not fun~!
  20. I dunno'; I often think of how glad I am that I was not born in a country where someone else is (undeniably IS) better than I -- by law. "I'm a natural sovereign, sir, a born American" Mark Twain As an American, I'm happy that some can distinguish themselves through study, hard work, and other laudable methods, not be born to distinction. Granted Liz did a lot for England (Irish and Scots may not agree, to say nothing of former colonies, commonwealth, dominions, and all that) but at least we don't pay our hard-earned into a government that lets one family have the top tier. A Brit friend heard my opinion a few years ago, and said "Well, but isn't it nice that the poor people have someone to admire..." and then she thought about it and said 'But that's why my kids want to be Americans, I guess." I guess so! That 1776 stuff was for a reason, in my book, and when George Washington was offered a crown, he wondered why we'd suffered through that under-dog war! From colony to republic. No to hereditary nobility and royalty, thanks! Old Wick ( the Vet), 77 & counting...
  21. Les, Yeah; we ran a feature in Z CAR Magazine, when I was restoration editor, about what some Philistine might swap into the early (1970-74) 240 - 260Z, and my nomination was the Rover 3.5L, which at that time was available as a crate replacement for about $4K. The B-W T-5 was current then, but between the two of them the tab would've been pretty spendy! I almost bought a FI version at a dismantlers some time back, but judging from the condition of the Rover, it must have been the ening or trans that put it into a salvage mode. It didn't surprise me that the Brits (you're Scots, right?) wanted to stick a 'toilet-flusher' SU on top the thing, rather than a good US 4-bbl. Later oc it got FI. I was happy with my SU's on the restored '70 and restomod '71 Z's I have/had, but it's a weird mod. The '70 was used in my resto book, and was repurchased by NISSAN USA for a display car, when they tired of borrowing it from me for shows. Gees, I write like I was still getting paid by the word! WIck
  22. I'm no expert on the BOP aluminum V-8s, but I thought the Olds had an extra head bolt for each cylinder from the git-go; si? Probably anticipating the little turbocharger that they brought on line. Wasn't that the block that Aussie REPCO adapted for their F1 racers, also? Pontiac didn't sell enough of them to justify the V-8 service section of the Tempest shop manuals for '61-2; less than two percent either year. My old man considered a Tempest V-8 wagon for the family, but decided 'what the hell; if I'm getting a V-8, might as well buy the '62 Catalina" which he did. A V-8 LeMans coupe was just offered via the Little Indians Club grapevine for reasonable money, but unrestored. The late (?) tech editor of HRM got the B and P '215' mixed up with the Olds -- in print! See, it isn't only poor old' MCM that I fact-check on engine stuff! Wick
  23. Gees, I've always LOVED that car! Some history, too. I'd feel more empathetic for Virgil Exner if he hadn't styled those Excessmobiles in the mid 'sixties: Mercer Cobra, Deusie, Pierce, etc. He encouraged guys like Clenet... The malaise era wasn't bad enough! Did anyone, as far as that goes, ever make a kit of the XNR? I'd buy it! Like the Stude Hawk GT (1:1) I once had; not a superb car, but it sure dressed up my driveway! Sold it in '78 for $2k, now for sale by same buyer for $20K. Wick
  24. I got to looking at my small collection (haha) and discovered my newest year-of-mfr kit was the AMT '65 GTO HT that I converted to a replica of my own '65 Tempest Custom HT. I bought it just for the purpose, and I guess all the other new kits are of OLD rides! When my kids were humoring me into thinking I'd be passing the hobby down to them, we did Trans Ams, 4x4's, and other newer cars, but while they wouldn't find time to build a kit nowadays, they took them when they moved out! Gees, I do feel ancient! Let me know if you have really ancient decal needs; my box is varied but there some good looking ones. Aside: even back in the early '60s, I thought that the 'grapics' that were supplied with the kits were about 70% really dorky, as far as someting you'd paint on a 1;1 car without getting the raspberry! Wick
  25. Bill, I'll check them out. I was thinking that maybe the Casio thing was a new tool, tho. Never have enough tools, and I've got six roll-arounds... Wick
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