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Sep 3, 2016, 5:48 PM

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I am a long-time Hemmings "looker," interested in automobiles, especially classics, since boyhood. I am mostly interested in American autos of the roughly 30 year era between the late forties and mid-seventies. I love the fastback designs of the immediate post-war era, the flamboyant finned cars of the late-fifties and early sixties, and the "gentleman's hot rods" of the subsequent years, including the Tornado, Starfire, the Riviera, etc., but many other cars from this general time frame may turn my head. I am not so much into the "same-old," such as muscle cars, mid- to late-50's Chevys, etc. These are great cars, but they just don't do much for me--when I graduated from high school in 1988, my friends were getting their pony cars and I fell in love with my college drive, a '73 Riviera. I am a Buick/Olds/Pontiac enthusiast foremost, but the occasional Merc or Mopar ride will get my attention. I deliver parts for a major auto parts distributor now, and visit many a repair shop where great old cars are just rotting away. I hope to snag one of these some day, but in the meantime, I'd like to talk to other enthusiasts with the same interests, and maybe get some advice as I hope to transition from a "looker" to a hobbyist. Any links would be appreciated. Thanks, MH.

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Sep 3, 2016, 6:14 PM

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This is basically a question and answer forum.

Posting of links is not allowed.


We offer help in answering questions, clarifying things or giving advice but we are not a substitute for an on-site inspection by a professional.

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Sep 4, 2016, 5:52 AM

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I take that you now want to buy something to get started with the madness? If you already have perused Hemmings Motor News then perhaps subscribe to it. Alone that site or paper magazine will have endless listing of whole vehicles, parts vehicles, parts alone and services all about the "Old Car Hobby" for buy, sell or repairs for almost anything.

Choose something. 3 decades of assorted cars is not narrowed down much yet.

No point in owning a thing if you don't have a place for it only to keep it but better if you can work on it as well.

To help with a choice look for parts for a phantom wish car now. Specifically rubber for windows and doors. It became molded rubber during the late 50s and 60s which you can't just buy off a roll rather need exact reproduction new stuff or NOS (new old stock) a term you should know already.

Unless you are the Jay Leno type where you can get parts and things made up to order and expense is no object think hard about something that is real popular with a strong interest grouping. Big Three Muscle cars will still have a strong source for parts - look at your Hemmings.

Look again for parts for a Rambler or Desoto, Studebaker and find suddenly it gets real hard.

You said you already see some cars just sitting at place you see now. Stop and ask about one of those if it's interesting to you if it's for sale or why it's there.

# 1 will be a place to keep it or anything will just become another parts car. If no good place possible just keep the fun alive with the magazines on line or paper still out there and have fun at the car meets and shows in your area which will about quit for Winter.

Strong suggestion is if the costs to own and store something really wrecks your budget do more looking than owning,



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