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With parts coming from everywhere, does "Buying American" have much meaning anymore? Is quality and price the bottom line?
#17991 of 18914 Re: GM partner expanding in USA [andre1969]
Apr 18, 2013 (10:51 am)
Did the government end up mandating inside releases, I wonder? Or did the auto makers just finally figure out it was a good idea? The other day I caught an episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", and they showed a man pulling an inside release to open the hood on a '57 Mercury. Pretty impressive, I thought, for the time. But, with having the hoods open forward like that, I wonder if that made an inside release necessary?
Maybe not quite as impressive as one might think.
My 1941 Dodge D-19 3-window business coupe had hoods (yes, hoods... There was a right and a left hood, and they opened from the car's side) and both were operated by pulling a handle inside the car, located up under the dash on each side.
#17992 of 18914 Re: GM partner expanding in USA [busiris]
Apr 18, 2013 (11:45 am)
Busiris, I didn't know you liked or had owned old cars! Very cool.
My '63, '64, and '66 Studebakers all had inside hood releases. I have to believe that all Larks did (back to '59). I believe all Hawks did too (back to '56) but should really check into that.
I had two high school friends who got new V8 '75 Monza 2+2's. I was very jealous at the time! Both had external hood releases, which seemed odd on a Chevy by that time. Of course, I don't think there was much room for anything else under those hoods. Vegas had inside releases and opened from the windshield side; Monzas did not.
#17993 of 18914 Re: GM partner expanding in USA [uplanderguy]
Apr 18, 2013 (12:06 pm)
That Dodge Coupe was one I found in Marysville, TN back in 1985... A total basket case. I spent 5 years restoring it, total frame-off restoration, and the only things I didn't do were the actual painting (although I did do 99% of the bodywork) and the upholstery. The engine was a very easy rebuild, once I had the cracked block repaired by an industrial engine shop in Charlotte, NC. Back then, cars were light-years away from the complexity of today's vehicles.
I had it painted the original grey color it wore from the factory, and had the interior done in a mohair-lookalike, similar to how it came as well. I was never able to locate an original accessory heater for anything near a reasonable price, but I did find a OEM Motorola AM radio in Hemmings, which i bought. I sold it in 1997 to an older guy who was bitten by the nostalgia bug (he had owned a D-19 Dodge during WW II) and simply had to have the car.
He used to take it around to local car shows, and I'm pretty sure he would tell folks he did the restoration.... People are funny like that...
Frankly, it was much more fun working on the car than driving it. If anyone can tell me how to upload a picture and post it here, I'll scan one and show the actual car.
#17995 of 18914 Re: GM partner expanding in USA [busiris]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Apr 18, 2013 (2:09 pm)
Well, the buyer "restored" it to his garage.
For posting the pic, you need to park it somewhere, like flickr.com or tinypic.com. Then you can grab the URL after you upload it to a hosting site, and either link to the URL or use the IMG button to paste the image in a post.
The journey is usually more fun than "arrival".
#17997 of 18914 Re: GM partner expanding in USA [steve_]
Apr 18, 2013 (5:02 pm)
Thanks. I'll try it out and see if I can post a few pics.
#17998 of 18914 Re: GM partner expanding in USA [busiris]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Apr 18, 2013 (6:14 pm)
Holler or shoot me an email if you get stuck. Often the size skews big.
Saw this "Subaru" this afternoon:
It's a Polaris out of MN, except they are now a subsidiary of Fuji, who owns Subaru.
#17999 of 18914 Re: GM partner expanding in USA [uplanderguy]
Apr 19, 2013 (12:51 am)
Yeah, I really like Sirius/XM too, and listen to many of the channels you mention. You may know this already, but if at renewal time you say that you'd like the $86 annual deal or else you're thinking about canceling, you should get that price.
My favorites stations include 4 (which goes beyond the 40s when singer and music expert Jonathan Schartz takes over as DJ from noon to 3 each day), 60s on 6, 70s on 7, 19 (Elvis—sometimes I need a dose), 28 (the spectrum, with an eclectic mix of stuff), 32 (mellow rock), 33 (1st wave alternative of the 80s), 35 XMU (contemporary college alt rock and pop), 42 (reggae, since sometimes the days need to mellow out mon), 49 ( R & B of the 50s-70s, Ray Charles, etc.), 56 (Willie Nelson's Roadhouse, which has classic Western of the Patsy Cline Willie Nelson variety from the 50s on), 70 (BB King's Bluesville, because sometimes you want to hear someone who has had a worse day than you've had sing about it), 72 (Siriously Sinatra), 74 (NY Met Opera), 76 (Symphony Hall), 118 (BBC World Service, because sometimes I need those British accents to tell it to me like it is with panache), and the online only channel 710, with 24 hour playing of the 100 shows Bob Dylan made for the Dylan Themetime Radio Hour. Bob Dylan is probably the greatest DJ in history.
For c. 25 cents a day (with the discount at the top) it's definitely worth it to me. For a little more you can add online access and listen on your computer too. It's annoying that you have to threaten to cancel to get the better rate, but it's always worked for me, and I've been listening for something like 8 years.
#18000 of 18914 Re: GM partner expanding in USA [benjaminh]
Apr 19, 2013 (2:39 am)
You've got very mixed tastes, a good thing I think. I'm locked into the music of my youth, for the most part.