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Car Collector Chronicles 12-09

Car Collector Chronicles 12-09

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Published by Dave Yaros
Dec edition (12/2009, 6 pps.) of Car Collector Chronicles; a free, monthly, online, ad free newsletter for the classic/collector car enthusiast.

ARTICLES: Camera as a tool, Historic Hwy. 27 (MI)Tour.

PHOTOS: Studebaker Museum, Essex, Saved 62, and Lake MI Auto Ferry (SS Badger)
Dec edition (12/2009, 6 pps.) of Car Collector Chronicles; a free, monthly, online, ad free newsletter for the classic/collector car enthusiast.

ARTICLES: Camera as a tool, Historic Hwy. 27 (MI)Tour.

PHOTOS: Studebaker Museum, Essex, Saved 62, and Lake MI Auto Ferry (SS Badger)

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Volume II, Issue 12
made. Besides, even if you foundsuch, it would be outdated in a fewshort months. Get one that has atleast 5 MP (megapixel) capacity. Getsomething that has automatic, pointand shoot, capability. What you wantis a camera that is easy to operate
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 Well, here it is December,and another year is about to gointo the history books. My wishfor all
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readers is that 2010be productive and memorablewhen it comes to working on,and enjoying, our old rides!One thing I am certain youare doing this month is takingpictures. Believe it or not, acamera is in fact one of themore useful tools of our trade.If you have a classic ride, youmust/should have a camera.Why? One reason is so thatyou may share the joy of yourride with others. However,there are other, equally ormore important, reasons tohave a camera in your tool box.The very first task of any pro- ject involving your ride shouldbe taking photographs. Youwant a record of the before, aswell as the after.Secondly, you may need torefer to a picture of “the be-fore” in order to get to thepoint of having a properly func-tioning “after.Once somethingis taken apart, it simply is notpossible to view what it lookedlike in “the before” stage!Using a film camera to docu-ment the before and after, whilebetter than nothing, is not allthat helpful. I was, and still am,a huge fan of 35mm SLR filmcameras. I wish I now had allthe money I invested in cameraequipment over the years! Per-haps that same equipment nowqualifies as antique, vintage orcollector?Whatever their qualities, filmSLR’s lack instant viewing capa-bility. For that, you need to godigital. The market today issuch that acquiring a useabledigital camera will not cost youan arm and a leg.One does not need the big-gest and best digital camera ever
TOOLS OF THE TRADE — UNUSUAL 
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WHERE YOU WILL FINDGDYNets (me) on the WWW:Dave’s Den - http://GDYNets.WEBNG.comSaved 62 - http://www.freewebs.com/ jeandaveyarosThe Gray Lady-55 Cad de VilleCar Collector Chronicles-scribd
 
DAVE’S DEN:
A websitedevoted to a myriad of inter-ests. Foremost is extensiveinformation on the “Steel City”of Gary, IN. There are alsoofferings on steel making, U.S.Steel-Gary Works, U.S. MarineCorps, M14 assault rifle, of course Oldsmobile, and thetragic story of the murder of Gary, IN Police Lt. Geo. Yaros.
SAVED 62:
A website de-voted to our 1962 OldsmobileDynamic 88 convertible. Thesite also has a lot of informationon Oldsmobiles and its founder,Ransom Eli Olds.
THE GRAY LADY:
Thiswebsite features our 1955Cadillac Coupé de Ville andCaddy information.
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 PUBLICATION© 2009, G. DAVIDYAROS. ALLRIGHTS RESERVED.
December 2009
Car Collector Chronicles 
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Exploring:
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Car collecting today
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Classic rides
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Reports from the field
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Oldsmobile
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Cadillac
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Corvair
IN THIS ISSUE:
Tools of the Trade- Unusual
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GDYNets
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 On the Web
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Historic Hwy. 27Tour of ‘09
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Coming NextIssue
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Historic Hwy. 27Tour of ‘09-Pics
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EMAIL:
 
and delivers pictures with enough clarity and detail to be of practicaluse to you. It should also have the capability of taking close up shots.To avoid blurry pictures, the purchase of an inexpensive mini-tripodmight also be a wise investment.It goes without saying, your pictures won't be of much value to youunless they may be downloaded to, and viewed on, your computer.The purchase of any digital camera should automatically include thesoftware needed to handle this. I know you already have a computer and are comfortable using it; after all, you are a
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reader!The two best features of going digital are instant viewing on thecamera, and being able to delete crummy shots. Take your pic andlook at it. Does it meet your needs? If not, delete it and try again.Our digital camera happens to be a Kodak™ EasyShare, but thepurchase of any major brand will do the trick. Ours also happens tobe a warranted, refurbished camera. Factory refurbished means lesscost, and we are all interested in saving money, right? To be truthful,we continue to be astonished at the quality of pictures it produces. Allof the photos of our rides, the Yaros Car Barn, projects, etc. that yousee on the pages of 
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were taken with it.How many times have you heard about how much documentationenhances the value of a ride? How many times have you seen photoalbums on display with restored machines? With a relatively inexpen-sive, easy to operate, digital camera you too can impress the worldwith your vehicle documentation.Have you ever completed the purchase of auto insurance for your classic without having to submit pictures? I haven’t. With your digitalcamera you can email those pictures to your insurance company.Those very pictures may help resolve a damage claim, should anyquestions arise during the settlement process. You will be able toshow the part was NOS, as you gave them a picture of it.On a more mundane, but practical, level, when working on a projectyou should no longer have to resort to scouring a wiring diagram tofind out if it is the blue or black wire that should be connected to thisterminal. Just look at the before picture!Photographing the before and after is also a great way to involveothers in your passion for old cars. While they may not be interestedin turning wrenches, they may gladly become your official photog.So, if you are not doing so now, it is highly recommended that youdo get a digital camera, become familiar with it, and start shooting.You won’t regret the decision.
TOOLS OF THE TRADE – UNUSUAL, Continued
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The two best features of going digital are instant viewing on thecamera, and being able todelete crummy shots.
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 HISTORIC HWY. 27 TOUR of ‘09
 
In the August issue I hinted at the fact we were going to take
SAVED 62 
 
(our 1962 Dynamic 88 Olds, convertible) on an organized drivingtour of Old U.S. 27 in the state of Michigan. The driving tour was 5days in length, and encompassed 10 stops enroute. Here is a map of the driving tour:You can see, it ran right up the heart of Michigan, on U.S. Hwy. 27.Let’s go back to the beginning. In the fall of ’07 I found a driving tour online for the summer of 2008. Unfortunately, it was booked, and notaccepting more participants. I was never able to find that trip again?Wanting to spend more time driving our car, than showing it, I keptlooking for something similar. In early 2009, I stumbled upon the His-toric Hwy. 27 Tour.It was appealing for a number of reasons. That it passed throughLansing, MI (the home of Oldsmobile and R. E. Olds), was but one.What better place to take
SAVED 62 
? Secondly, the format of the drivewas neat. Every morning, you, along with 200 other like-minded souls, headout on the road with a police escort. At noonish you hit a town, stop, eat andhave a car show for a couple of hours. Then it is on to the next port-of-callfor another show, dinner/drinks and a night’s rest.Equally attractive was the fact we would not be taking the tour alone.Quite a while back a fellow Oldsmobile aficionado made contact with me
 
You, along with 200 other like-minded souls, head out on theroad with a police escort.
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