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  1. 18 points
    I've been asked a lot of things by a lot of different people in my life. Giving advice, lending a hand, being politely asked to leave..., they are all generally of a similar class of requests such that not many are ever a surprise anymore. That was true most of my life until as of late. Now I'm getting surprised all the time. Here's some examples. Looking for any and every excuse to drive my truck, I took my kids to a birthday/costume party. In a few minutes parents were asking for kids to pose in and on the truck. Why not? A couple weeks later, again looking for an excuse to drive it, we used it to go to the local Chili Cook-off. It was pretty easy to just put the old slow cooker in the back and drive over. I stopped to drop off my entry and then went and parked. Within 30 minutes the organizers were looking for the owner of "that old black truck". They wanted to park it in the middle of the event for ambiance. Well, ambiance and picture poising. So many people wanted to crawl in and out of it, my view was obscured more than once. The wife bought a new mattress and box spring from Sears but refused to pay the $80 delivery charge. She was going to bring it home on the top of the Ford Escape. I mentioned that I had a truck which she had not considered. Not sure why she didn't - too "special?". We laughed. So we drove down to the outlet, tied the new items up and headed home. Near home I was trying to make a lane change but was blocked by some lady in a car. She kept matching my speed! I finally just decided to turn right. She ducked in behind us and followed. I remarked to the wife that if she pulled along side that the truck was $17,5k firm. We laughed and turned left. The lady followed. A couple of stop signs later, the car behind us pulled up and waved for my wife's attention. Seems she was getting married Saturday and wanted to be taken to the church and reception in my truck. My dirty, old, smells like gas, farm truck. If you would have seen her smile, heard her excitement, you wouldn't have said no either. What to charge her got me thinking about one of 48Dodger's blog posts. The question was about being able to put a proper the price on our parts or services. I was struggling with that and it took me a while to come up with a clear answer for myself. In the end I didn't charge her a penny. Couldn't really. There was no price on a blushing bride, clearly happy about going to her wedding in an old farm truck. There was no payment large enough for the looks on people's faces, the thumbs up, as we passed them on the way to the church. You certainly could never have found enough of any payment of any kind for the entire church gathering's collective look as we drove off with the newlyweds in the front cab. I got paid with this story. With smiles. Good feelings all around. I'm lucky enough to be in a position to make some people happy. Whether you know it or not Tim, you do the same thing for a lot of people here. Did for me.
  2. 15 points
    Brent B3B

    get out there and mingle

    Half the fun of this hobby for me, is getting to meet the people who share the same passion. please feel free to add your photos of you and forum members you met to this thread (along with a classic) this year I have been fortunate enough to do some traveling and meet and visit with some folks. it started in April at the BBQ in CA. unfortunately, I was so busy "BS ing" with people I didn't take any photos then I had a visitor in June (space reserved for 48D photo ) Tim brought his new bride to Oregon ( I think it was just so he can reflect later and say "at least we don't live there ) was able to meet some guys at the BTT50's GGdad, John U Brent and Young Ed and ggdad, Mike B-1-D-116 EVEN was given a ride in FEF (that was Awesome!) this weekend capped off an unbelievable summer for me, made the drive to see DodgeB4YA and BIG RED EVEN was given a ride in BIG RED! (that was also Awesome!) I am privileged and humbled by the hospitality and knowledge you folks give! Julie and I thank you for a great year! (hey I just noticed.... looks like I better change my shirt )
  3. 14 points
    Enough. If you don't like the rules then don't post. I'm closing this thread and if you start another with the same rant you will be banned. We have very few restrictions and the one for limiting ads to the classified section is based on the negative experiences members had when we allowed them in the forums. I pay for the bandwidth, I get to set the rules. Bashing mods/members is not acceptable. Any thing else PM me again and we will address it off line.
  4. 13 points
    I find that guys like me, on the DIY sites, never seem to think anything is rare or as valuable as stated on Craigslist or EBay. It might be guys like me are not the ones to ask. I can fabricate, paint, tweak, locate or trade whatever I need when it comes to the 48-53 dodge trucks…I got friends too. So maybe it just seems easier for me, which somehow translates to cheaper? Maybe less valuable? I have to look at a recent event that made me think about my attitude. Why pay a mechanic 500 bucks when you can do it for 20? This just happened to me. I fixed Mom's 2004 Grand Marque for 12 bucks. The Light Control Module had failed.....the dealership wanted 650 bucks (replace the LCM), the other shop (2nd opinion) wanted 560 bucks. I was like "What??? Let me look at it" I did the research on the internet, found the common problem disscussed on a forum, and fixed it with improvements recommended by the thread starter. A failed relay needed replacing; 12 bucks in parts....took me maybe an hour. It’s not original, but using wires to relocate the relay that has problems, outside the module, makes it easy to replace when it fails again. The price of a new Light Control Module ranged from 100 to 400 dollars.....the relay was 3 bucks (wires, etc made up the rest of the cost). Of course this was Mom, but I got to thinking.....why don't I see what I did as valuable? Did I just want to prove those wrench heads are overpriced???? If it wasn't Mom, would I have charged 90 bucks for the time and 12 bucks for the parts? I don’t know, I did take a free lunch and the satisfaction of knowing I saved my Mom from the wolves. Or did I? The shop was charging for the part and the labor. It seems my default is to undercharge based on some moral dilemma I created in my head based on the fact I personally can do things cheaper for myself. I paint cars on the side, but do it cheaper because my overhead is lower etc….but how is that my fault? Again, I think it’s a Do It Yourself mentality that’s skewed my interpretation of value. Looking at Craigslist, I see 48-53 trucks that are clearly over priced….uh….that I think are overpriced. And the crooks on EBay that have NO idea how to price a damn vintage fender….err…I FEEL are uninformed of a reasonable price for classic steel. It’s there that I wonder if I should take a closer look at how I’m applying said worth to the stock pile of parts I sometimes give away or sell cheap to fellow vintage truck owners to help them out. Not that I want to change my practices (I know you’re reading this Mike aka Trampsteer, lol) but maybe bring myself into the 21st century and give the guys who are charging possibly the “right” price for these trucks and the parts a break from my attitude, and maybe give myself a bigger pat on the back when I make a what I consider a good deal. Okay….so maybe this is where it really started. It’s been a few months since I fixed Mom’s car, when she calls me and says she received a notice in the mail. Ford sent her a letter stating that her year car has been having troubles with the LCM. They would like to extend the warranty to have the problem fixed. If it has already been fixed by a non dealer, etc… to provide the bill to Ford and they will reimburse the money…….damn. Ford owes Mom 12 bucks and a lunch, lol.
  5. 12 points
    1940plymouth

    Just wanted to share

    This coming Friday it will be two weeks that I found out I have multiple myeloma which is a cancer of the bone marrow. I had a biopsy of my bone marrow done that day and a full body pet scan this past Friday. This coming Friday I will find out the results. I have posted this on the POC Facebook page and for those who know me, I am always posting photos of Cooper and I being out and about with the old Plymouth, well this afternoon when I got the mail there was an envelope from Andy Bernbaum's. Now I haven't ordered anything from them recently and didn't know what to expect. I opened up the envelope and there was this great letter along with some neat Plymouth information. I have attached the letter to share with each and everyone of you as it make me cry and my heart warm with the thought that old car people are some of the best people on the face of the earth. I hope it will be large enough to read Merry Christmas, Bob, Patty and naturally Cooper
  6. 12 points
    Duskylady

    She's Finished!

    It's taken a long while but we got her put together this spring. Her name is Bettie. She ran so well that we chose to take her to the Hot Rod Dirt Drags in Monte Vista, Colorado. Won 1-3 against a big black merc. Blew up a second flex plate and found out the steering column needs a new bearing. Even with that she drove there and back home without a complaint! Woot!
  7. 11 points
    Good afternoon all, I have had my truck for about a year and a half and have decided to post some pictures! Started out as a barn find farm truck from Kansas that was brought to Ohio a few years back. That owner did nothing with it until I purchased it as it was when it came from Kansas. Did all of the usual work such as brake overhaul, cooling system, fuel system ETC to get her going. Been driving it consistently for about a year, and it runs and drives great! It's a 1948 B1C, 4 speed. As original as it can get. I love the original patina and it gets looks everywhere it goes. I am pretty much done with the big work, now just fine tuning some stuff. I know my user name says '49, but it was until after I discovered it was actually a '48! Feel free to ask questions and enjoy!
  8. 11 points
    ggdad1951

    New digs

    Well, after a few months of anguish and stress it should finally be happening. I've sold my house in suburbia and am moving to the "country"! The g/f and I looked online for a while and found a place that was only up for a few days, went and looked at it and immediately it would be home if we could get it. I've avoided saying much about it, but yesterday the last pieces fell into place and not much can kill the deal now. That being said some details, 9.96 acres of land, 4 acres heavily wooded, 3 acres of pasture and 3 acres of yard/buildings and grove. I close on this August 17th. House is nice and has a awesome great room and the g/f is happy as all get out about the house....but....I was a little excited about this:
  9. 11 points
    P15-D24

    Some Changes Are Coming...

    and I wanted to loop you all in. Currently the site runs forum software from Invision Power Services (IPS). Our current version is 3.4.x and it provides the functionality for most of the site including the forums, photo gallery, store, chat, blogs and downloads. I use third party products for the classified section, links and the member map. Approximately 18 months ago IPS announced a new 4.X version of their packages. This is a complete rewrite of the all the core software using more modern development tools and mythologies. Plus it provides additional functionality for tablet and smartphone users. Because it is a total rewrite the publishers of third party packages have to rewrite their packages also. Along with this announcement 18 months ago IPS informed customers 12 months after the release of 4.x they would stop all development work and bug fixes and declare the 3.4.X product as EOL (End of Life). They would continue to support the 3.4.X version for another 12 months providing only critical security patches and updates. So currently we are about 6 month out before the software becomes totally unsupported. My current plan is to do the 4.X upgrade in the late August or early September timeframe. I have already been doing testing for months to make sure the process is smooth but I can tell you it is not an easy or straightforward upgrade. I suspect it may take several days. So if it ain't broke don't fix it, right? Unfortunately the internet is not a friendly place and sites like this are constantly under attack by hackers and it is essential to maintain updated systems for site integrity. To give you a feel it is not unusually to see over 100 hack attempts per night from China, Russian and here in the USA. So the upgrade is not an option, but required. Good news is we get some upgrades too! Drag and drop picture posting, better performance, better and faster search, what is called "responsive design" which means it formats correctly for smartphones and tablets without having to use a specific app and more. In working with it on my test bed system it address many issues members have raised in the past and overall will be a positive update. Which brings me to the last issue, classified ads. First as mentioned above the classified section is provided by a third party publisher. It is nicely integrated into the site commerce system so I can easily sell classified ads. (Part of the reason it is so well integrated is it was written by an IPS programmer as his own product) The bad news is the system has still not been updated (pretty much all the other 3rd party products used have been) and he doesn't know if and when it will be ready for release. If this situation continues (and I see not reason it won't) the classified section will go away in the near future. To address this issue starting July 16, 2016 you will no longer be able to place a new classified ad. The existing ads will continue to run to their scheduled termination with the last one closing out August 13, 2016. At that point in time the classified page will no longer be available for viewing. Also on July 16, 2013 a new forum section will open for classified text ads. They are for individuals only, no images allowed, and will run for 30 days. After 30 days they will auto delete. At the same time we are introducing a new policy where commercial ads will not be allowed in the classified section. So if you run a cottage or garage business on the side, provides a service, manufacture a product for sale or have lists of products you want to sell you will need to move into a banner ad. Commercial ads will be deleted. Reposting will get you banned. Think of the classified ads as the digital equivalent for the personal ads in the back of your paper. Banner ads start at $35.00 month and I'm delivering you over 4 millions hits a month. The banners ads are a bargain and if you don't have a website with the purchase of an ad we will provide a landing page. If the third party publisher comes through at the last minute I will not start the separate forum section for classified ads, but the policy regarding commercial ads will be the guideline moving forward. Change are coming and if you have any suggestion please add them to this thread. You can see with the IPS software is all about by visiting their website. GT
  10. 11 points
    Don Coatney

    It is officially on the trailer

    My new car is due to arrive Sunday. Pretty much original with a couple exceptions. Six volt positive ground with an alternator. Pertronix ignition module, DOT 5 brake fluid, and an overdrive transmission in the trunk. Engine was rebuilt a few thousand miles ago. Minor rust in a couple of areas but overall very sound.
  11. 11 points
    Don Coatney

    Forum Member BARABBAS

    A big thanks to forum member Mike Barone (BARABBAS). He stopped by my house this morning to assist in getting my engine hot wired and running. He even brought some spare parts but thankfully they were not required. It is really great when forum members assist one another. Thanks Mike.
  12. 11 points
    I am the second owner of my truck, got it back in 1975. I drove it through college, dating and married life, the start of our family, and on the ranch till it really needed an overhaul. Unfortunately, the machine shop really screwed up the engine, then left town and screwed me, so the truck got parked in '98 with the goal of "getting to it someday." Kids finally got through school and college, so that day arrived in about 2000. I pulled it all apart, gave the engine to a competent builder, and started doing a whole lot of work myself. Found a young paint and body man that was willing to do the body work cheap, but on his schedule, so the project drug out a year or so longer than expected. However, that allowed me to get lots of good info here, and to read about everyone else's projects. As of today, the truck is back together and I put 12 miles on it...and nothing fell off (that I know of )! Still needs some tuning and more test driving, but it's alive! BTW, I had forgotten what it was like to drive a no power steering, no power brakes, no AC vehicle in 90 degree, 85% humidity.
  13. 11 points
    mrwrstory

    My Friend Mike

    A little side bar to share while waiting for the paint to cure. While working on the Burb awhile ago, young Josh showed me a school project he had just finished. The assignment was to do a diorama about a famous person. He chose Henry Ford and constructed this tribute. I think it's just spectacular! Most of the model is built from his stash of used and left over model parts. Check the overhead conveyor made from spare model truck parts and smoke stacks made from Nurf Gun bullets. -
  14. 11 points
    Some more pics.. would not have been able to complete this restoration without the help from this forum! many thanks
  15. 11 points
    STORY 1 OF 7 George from Oregon. I met George last year at the 2014 BBQ. I learned about him and his family through out the day as I made my rounds that Friday before the big day. First I saw the beautiful truck he had put together and the truck and trailer it was transported with. When I asked "Who owns the 38?" I was surprised to see a bright eyed gentlemen zip on over on his motorized wheel chair and have a nice lady say to me "He's the owner". I asked the usual questions, where did you find the truck, what motor, how long did it take to put it together...etc. He stood from the chair shaking, but walking, and shook my hand and answered my questions. It was a pleasant meeting and nice to see a guy get around so easily on my gravel roads with his powered chair and have enough strength to walk as well. . As the day wore on I realized they were leaving the truck and heading to the hotel for the night. I knew I would get a private moment with the truck which was important because I have a 38 in my fleet of unrestored trucks, and was in need of a good role model. I took pictures later and marveled at how clean it was. The next day, they showed up early and we decided to move his truck to front of the shop. I found out he had never driven the truck and may never due to his illness. It was then I started asking questions about his health. Without hesitation, the group of us said "Get in the truck George, we'll push it in place and you steer it!" The picture Dave posted of George smiling through the driver side window, was that very moment. It was a cool thing to see and experience the smile he had on his face. As I rode my ATV around helping and such, I came upon a "kid" working on his diesel truck in the parking area of the ranch. I offered him my tools and whatever help he needed from my shop to fix it. He smiled and said "that's ok, I have all the tools I need" his smile look a lot like George's...."isn't this George's tow truck?" I said, "yeah, I'm his grandson....I drove it" He went on to say he took his leave from the military so he could help get it to the BBQ. "This BBQ is on his bucket list....he really wanted to get here"......That statement put a chill up my back and about at a loss for words, "really?" I said with a hint of doubt. "Yeah....been really looking forward to it." To me its always about the people, the guys and gals getting together to have a burger and a truck to talk over.....but this was different. Or it seemed different. Or should it be different? ....I really thought hard on it and realized.....no, its not different. I was determined to give George the same experience everyone else was having......a burger and a truck to talk over. He was a dude like the rest of us and fit right in. Because of his health, and the work he did to get to the show....he earned "The Tough Trucker" award, and rightly so. That Sunday after the BBQ, they packed up the truck, said a bunch of goodbyes to the remaining crew and were on they're way. I knew they would be back next year!..... When I heard George had a stroke, seemingly right after he had just packed up for his second trip to the BBQ, I was worried. When I heard that he was not likely to make it.....I teared up. When Dave had us cheer for him over the phone at the show, I clapped and smiled. When I heard he had passed away on Sunday...I cried. He was a tough trucker, a good ol boy, he was one of us. I'm proud to have met George. 48D
  16. 10 points
    February 6 1932 my good friend and second Dad, the Grand Master of Flathead Mopars - George Asche was born. Yesterday was his surprise Birthday Party and today is George's 85th Birthday! The picture below is rumored to be when George Graduated High School, but I think really that should be a diploma of future Flathead Chrysler, Desoto, Plymouth, Dodge/Fargo's mastery ! In the background is his Dad's Dodge truck which George still owns today! Happy Birthday George! Oh and if your wondering what George was up to for Birthday. Well - Lunch with his Boys at the shop (George III, Rob and Tim), then building some carbs up, then over to the machine shop for some consulting as the AoK dual carb intakes were rolling through 7 different station. The picture of George with the prototype and the very first one to be completed which of course is his birthday present.. lol A few pictures of the Dual Carb (23 1/2" USA small block) and Triple Carb (25 1/2" Canadian Big Block) intakes going through the steps, and being test fitted on blocks setup with exhausts so that every intake has been checked for a perfect fit. Then it was off for Supper in Knox (Horse Thief Capital of the World) and back to George's shop and setting up tomorrows trip, which is believe it or not, were heading down to pick up George's Uncle Harry Hiens - #90 who is in the Nascar Hall of Fame. Harry lives in Mars PA. Were bringing him up to check out the AoK intakes and take George's newest 1929 Desoto for a ride!
  17. 10 points
    T120

    I thought about downsizing...

    ...then I reconsidered and bought another car.
  18. 10 points
    John-T-53

    Lets see pic of your trucks

    Here's a couple shots from the recent truck show...I mean wedding...out in Clements, Calif. The Brick was done just in time! Congratulations Tim and Stephanie!
  19. 10 points
    Chris and I drove our cars to meet Keith, today - he's the new owner of the grey RHD P15 convertible which was sold at auction late last year. We're guessing that this may be the first time ever that three P15 convertibles have been seen together in the UK. Here are a few snapshots.
  20. 10 points
    1940plymouth

    Cooperstown Doctors Visit

    Yesterday Patty, Cooper and I drove up to Cooperstown for a scheduled visits with my ENT Dr that oversaw my throat cancer treatments during the summer and fall of '12, plus my Chemo Dr. After a complete inspection of my throat and neck area, my ENT Dr told me that many of the reoccurring cancers come back in the first two years, since it has been two years, three months and four days since my last radiation treatment, that I was in the clear and didn't have to see him for a year, unless I felt I should. He also gave me symptoms to look for. I thanked him and went to see my Chemo Dr. He also checked my throat and neck area, was very pleased and told me that I didn't have to see him again. He also gave me symptoms to be aware of. I thanked him, he gave me a big hug and we started the two plus hour drive home. It was as if the load of the world had been taken off my back. I immediately thanked the Good Lord and now I want to thank all you guys for the prayers and well wishes over the past couple of years, they were and are greatly appreciated Thanks so much, Bob, Patty and Cooper
  21. 9 points
    Merle Coggins

    Back to the 50's 2015......

    Here are the 4 Amigos from today. Saw a few other Pilot House trucks too. More pics later.


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