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Car Collector Chronicles 08-13

Car Collector Chronicles 08-13

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Published by Dave Yaros
August 2013 edition (08/2013, 5 pgs.) of Car Collector Chronicles; a free, monthly, online, ad free newsletter for the classic/collector car enthusiast; now in 6th year of publication.

Articles: High RPM’s, The Gray Lady, Collector Car Insurance, CCC Calling, Where in the World is Ollie?, CCC Presents

Pics: Gray Lady-Flatbed Tow, 1941 Ford-Woody, 1941 Plymouth-Woody, 1949 Olds-Woody, 1960 Cadillac-Woody.

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August 2013 edition (08/2013, 5 pgs.) of Car Collector Chronicles; a free, monthly, online, ad free newsletter for the classic/collector car enthusiast; now in 6th year of publication.

Articles: High RPM’s, The Gray Lady, Collector Car Insurance, CCC Calling, Where in the World is Ollie?, CCC Presents

Pics: Gray Lady-Flatbed Tow, 1941 Ford-Woody, 1941 Plymouth-Woody, 1949 Olds-Woody, 1960 Cadillac-Woody.

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Volume VI, Issue 8
Company established8/22/02: T.R. 1st U.S. Presidentto ride in a motor car 8/26/57: Ford debuts the Edsel8/26/50: Ransom E. Olds dies8/29/1885: World's 1st motorcyclepatented by Daimler 
- Stay cool & enjoy your ride
(s)!
 
The weather just warmed upand it already is turning cool.Fall can’t be coming this early,can it? I sure hope not!Our Olds convert,
Saved 62
,was hand washed and waxed byyours truly in prep for our firstcar show of the season. Then,the day of the show dawnedcold, overcast and threateningrain. At least I had good inten-tions?I need to back flush and refillthe cooling system on the Olds.Everything needed to do it hasbeen purchased and assembled.Does anyone besides me re-member the engine back flushkits made by Prestone? Theyhad the garden hose T-adapterand necessary clamps to splice itinto a heater hose line.I will use the kit, but shall notpermanently splice it into myheater hose. Instead, I shallundo the heater hose, installone end of tee into it and run asmall piece of new heater hoseto the old connection and thetee. When done, I will be ableto return the heater hose con-figuration back to the factoryset up.Last month I made mentionof, and pictured, what is reputedto be a 1-of-1 1979 PontiacGrand Am(ino). I have subse-quently verified that it is in facta 1-of-1. A Pontiac Tech Ad-viser informed me that it is infact a 1-of-1, built by Pontiac asa prototype to be consideredfor possible production. Need-less to say, it never made it intoproduction.The unanswered questionremains: What is this 1-of-1worth today? I wonder whatthe insured value is and how itwas determined?
AugustAutomotive Milestones— 
8/12/08: 1st Model T rolledoff the assembly line8/15/56: Packard closes8/17/15: Electric starter pat-ented by Chas. Kettering8/22/01: Cadillac Motor Car 
 High RPMs 
GDYNets
 ® 
on the Web
Find GDYNets on the web:
CCC
 ® 
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A website to discuss the newsletter,the hobby and our cars.Car Collector Chronicles 
-Our 
1962 Oldsconvertible, Ransom Eli Oldsand things Oldsmobile relatedweb site.The Gray Lady
 
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1955 CadillacCoup
é
de Ville web site.
SAVED 62:
 
A website devotedto our 1962 Oldsmobile Dy-namic 88 convertible. The sitealso has a lot of information onOldsmobile cars and the com-pany founder, Ransom Eli Olds.
THE GRAY LADY:
This web-site features our 1955 CadillacCoupé de Ville, lots of Caddyinformation and an extensiverepair library.
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A site de-voted to a myriad of interests.Foremost is extensive informa-tion on the “Steel City” of Gary,IN. There are also offerings onsteel making, U.S. Steel-GaryWorks, U.S. Marine Corps, M14assault rifle, of course Oldsmo-bile, and the tragic story of themurder of Gary, IN Police Lt.George Yaros.
A GDYNETS
 ® 
 PUBLICATION © 2013, G. DAVIDYAROS. ALLRIGHTS RESERVED.
August 2013Ca s
Car Collector Chronicles 
®
Exploring:
Car Collecting Today
Classic Rides
Reports From the Field
Oldsmobile (
1897-2004
)
Cadillac (
1902-
)
Allanté (
1987-1993
)
Corvair (
1960-1969
)
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Clickable Link
 
IN THIS ISSUE:
High RPMs
1
GDYNetsOn the Web
1
The Gray Lady
2
Car CollectorInsurance
3
Where in theWorld is Ollie?
4
CCC
 ® 
Presents
5
 EMail:
 
 
46 days and counting. That is howlong
The Gray Lady
has been gone fromthe car barn. Even though I was seldomable to drive her, I do miss not seeingher in her stall!The work being done involves a num-ber of items: 1- Engine cutting out atover 40 m.p.h. 2- Brakes not functioningproperly. 3- Heater won’t shut off. 4-Vacuum wipers do not shut off and 5-Gas tank sending unit gasket leaking.Having heard nada/zilch from the re-pair facility, I sent an email inquiry seek-ing a status report. Much to my surpriseand pleasure, the very next day the shop owner called with an update. The preliminarydiagnosis has yielded the following conclusions:1- Engine problems may be caused by faulty spark plug wires combined with thewrong, or at the very least a loose, distributor cap. While I do not pretend to be an ex-pert, I do know enough to question whether the distributor cap is the right one for thecar. I simply cannot imagine a wrong cap having been on the car from the day I ac-quired the ride 4 years ago. Loose maybe, wrong not likely? Also, I made it clear I didnot want to pop the hood and see red, orange or purple spark plug wires on my engine!2- Brakes have rust in the system. That could very well explain why they work sopoorly. System will be flushed and the master/wheel cylinders rebuilt.3- Heater is staying on due to a faulty heater control valve.4- Vacuum lines all need replacing. When that is done the wipers should/will workproperly.5- Gas tank sending unit has missing screws. In order to install the missing screws,along with a new gasket, the tank must be dropped.Four days after the call the shop sent me an email. It was inquiring whether I had asource for either a replacement heater control valve or its repair. At first I thought tomyself, “You guys are the experts. Why are you asking me?” Then, giving the matter more thought I was glad they asked. After all, everyone cannot know everything. Nor should they be expected to know all. It is far more efficient to draw on the resources of a classic Cadillac owner, than to recreate the wheel so to speak, solely for appearancessake, in trying to locate Cadillac parts or rebuilding services. In the end, with respect tothe heater control valve, the shop was able to rebuild it on their own, and not have toreplace it or resort to shipping it out to a 3rd party for rebuilding.Back in mid-June I thought I would have the car back by now? So much for thatthought! Hopefully, it shall not be too much longer and we and we shall be reunitedwith
The Gray Lady
.Of late I have been watching a program on satellite television called “Fantom Works.”It chronicles the goings on at an automobile restoration shop. In the last show Iwatched the shop owner had a face-to-face with the car owner coming to pick up his car to make sure he understood what was done, why and the cost for so doing. This con-versation took place before the owner was allowed to see his car. I fear I may find my-self in the very same situation in the not too distant future! Perhaps, no not perhaps butdefinitely, I should have set a dollar cap on the cost of repairs to be performed on mycar? Lesson learned.When all is said and done, and provided I get back a reliable, trustworthy ride, I con-tend the time and expense shall have been worth it. Time will tell? And what time doestell shall be told to you by me. To be continued … .
The Gray Lady
 
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“Perhaps,no not  perhaps but definitely, I should haveset a dollar cap on thecost of repairs to be performed on my car?” 
 
Collector Car Insurance
My collector car insurance came up for renewal at the beginning of July. For the last 8years I have been insured by American Collectors Insurance Co. I have never had aclaim, knock on wood. My only contact with American Collectors is to send them the an-nual premium. That being so, I really have no complaints as to their service. Additionally,I would note that the bill for the June tow of 
The Gray Lady
(pictured on Page 2), was reim-bursed by it within a week of the tow itself. That speaks well of their customer service.Notwithstanding the lack of complaint and the decent customer service, Idecided toswitch my insurer. The genesis for this switch was my concern over the presence of cov-erage when taking a plain, ol’, simple pleasure drive.Seems like that should not be a problem, but is that the case? “Pleasure drives” are notundertaken in connection with any collector car activity, be it a show, cruise-in or what-ever. The fine print in some insurance policies suggests the possibly that one may not becovered while out for a pleasure drive. I decided I did not want to live with that ambiguity.I have seen Hagerty ads on tv. I spoke with some folks from Hagerty when attendingSpring Carlisle in April. I also studied their representations, as set out on their internetsite. One such representation is:What are your usage restrictions/guidelines?Simply put, we want you to enjoy your classic vehicle. While there are some re-strictions in the policy, you’re covered for pleasure use, whether it's a drive on agorgeous summer day, a trip to the ice cream shop, attending club events or goingto shows.That seems to eliminate all question of whether I am covered when going for a ride with noparticular place to go? I want to say, “I am not a lawyer, but it would seem to be prettydarn hard for Hagerty to make such a statement and then try to deny a claim on thegrounds of it arising while out for a pleasure drive.“ I want to say that but can’t. I can’tbecause I am a lawyer! And precisely because I am, I defy them to try and deny my claimon the basis of pleasure driving not being a permitted activity. There is comfort in knowingthat I am protected from loss while out for spin in either 
The Gray Lady
or 
Saved 62
,
.The fact that the accompanying towing insurance covers all my vehicles, not just theclassics made a favorable impression on me. That it does eliminates the need to pay for an AAA membership. Also, at Hagerty you are made to feel part of a group of like-minded individuals, insteadof a mere customer. This feeling is reinforced by receipt of the magazine
Hagerty Classic Cars
. True, it is a small thing, but it counts.Lastly, and maybe firstly as it always seems to come down to money, the premium wasless than what I was paying before. Not a whole lot less, but less.What I am not enamored with is the towing plan constraint. A tow bill is paid by Hagertyonly if made by an authorized towing service. You get an authorized tow service provider by calling a 1-800 number. With American Collectors I called whomever I desired, paidthe bill and was reimbursed. I can live with this constraint. After all, it is no different thancalling the Triple A for roadside services.Of course, the proof in the pudding is in the tasting. Let’s hope I do not have to testHagerty’s claim services, and that if I do they are all they lead one to believe they are.Speaking of claims, I learned that a 1959 Cadillac from Sweden taking part in the LincolnHighway U.S. 30 tour was badly wrecked. I wonder how that claim is being handled? Willthe insurance company cover transit costs back to Sweden in order to have the neededrepairs performed? Will it pay the expense of shipping needed parts to Sweden for instal-lation? Will it require the car to be repaired here in the U.S.? If so, will it pay for the owner to stay here while the car is being repaired or to fly the owner back to the U.S. at a later date to inspect the repairs and pick up the car? What a hassle! I would love to knowwhich company has the insurance and what is/is not being paid?
“ 
Simply put,we want you to enjoy your classic vehicle. …[Y]ou’recovered for  pleasureuse, whether it’s a driveon agorgeoussummer day, a trip tothe icecream shop,attending club eventsor going toshows.” 
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