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2016, G. DAVID

Car Collector

Volume IX, Issue 7



Car Collecting Today

High RPMs

Classic Rides
Reports From the Field
Oldsmobile (1897-2004)
Cadillac (1902- )
Allant (1987-1993)

Corvair (1960-1969)

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High RPMs

Speedo Displays

High End Auctions

Bucket Lists

8 July is Collector Car

Appreciation Day. This is
the 7th year for the event.
To my surprise there are
celebratory activities planned
throughout the month in
both the U.S. and Canada. A
listing of all those events may
be found here . The provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince
Edward Island and Saskatchewan have even gone so far as
to declare July Automotive
Heritage Month. The day
also has its own Facebook
page .
Beginning this month Paris
has banned all 1997 and earlier cars from being driven in
the city from 8 a.m.-to-8
p.m. weekdays. By the year
2020 this ban will have been
extended to encompass all
cars built through the 2010
model year.
Could this ban have anything at all to do with the

Pics to Ponder

CCC Forum

Brits decision to bail out of

the EU?
July Automotive Milestones
"Bunkie" Knudsen
named Pontiac G.M.
2-1992 1mm Corvette built
3-1945 1st post-war car
produced: a white Ford Super
DeLuxe Tudor sedan that
goes to Pres. Harry Truman.
3-1952 Crosley production
8-1909 1st Hudson built
8-2016 Collector Car Appreciation Day
12-1982 Last Checker is built
(1st Checker built in 1922)
14-1955 VW Karmann Ghia
15-1903 Ford takes 1st order
16-1935 OKC gets 1st parking meter in U.S.
23-1901 Olds issd design
patent for Curved-Dash Olds
23-1903 Ford sells 1st car
24-1929 2mm Model A built
26-1945 Kaiser-Frazer Corp.
29-1909 Buick acquires

29-1916 Nash Motors Co. formed
Henry Ford born,
Greenfield Village, MI
30-1898 1st Automobile ad in
magazine (Winton Motor Co)
31-1928 Chrysler buys Dodge

- Top down weather, Yea!

GDYNets on the Web

Find GDYNets on the web:

Auto Dealerships

July 2016


site to discuss the newsletter,
the hobby and our cars.
Car Collector Chronicles
Saved 62 -Our 1962 Olds
convertible, Ransom Eli Olds
and things Oldsmobile related
web site.
The Gray Lady -1955 Cadillac
Coup de Ville web site.

SAVED 62: A website devoted

to our 1962 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 convertible. The site

also has a lot of information on
Oldsmobile cars and the company founder, Ransom Eli Olds.

THE GRAY LADY: This website features our 1955 Cadillac

Coup de Ville, lots of Caddy
information and an extensive
repair library.

DAVES DEN: -A site devoted to a myriad of interests.

Foremost is extensive information on the Steel City of Gary,
IN. There are also offerings on
steel making, U.S. Steel-Gary
Works, U.S. Marine Corps, M14
assault rifle, of course Oldsmobile, and the tragic story of the
murder of Gary, IN Police Lt.
George Yaros.

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Speedo Displays

. . . [O]ne
may make the
fade to black

It is common knowledge that my ride is a 1962 Oldsmobile. Not as widely known is

that its speedometer does not use a needle to indicate speed. Instead, it makes use of
a rolling drum that changes
colors depending on the
speed being traveled.
Green is the color for all
speeds below 35 m.p.h.
36-to-65 is indicated by orange, while anything above
65 m.p.h. causes the color
to change to red. I like to
tell the tale (actually a true
story) that one may make
the speedometer fade to
black by going in excess of
120 m.p.h. You can, take
my word for it!

by going in
excess of 120

In my naivet, having only seen this style of speedometer on an Olds, I thought the
rolling ribbon speedometer was unique to Oldsmobile. I do know Olds used such from
1959 through 1962. While this type of speedometer was very easy to read, it was not
necessarily noted for its precision.
Now being shall we say long in the tooth, I have come to learn that the ribbon or drum
type, needleless, speedometer was not unique to Oldsmobile. Nor was its use limited
to offerings from General Motors. Chrysler Corporation also featured this style of
speedometer in some of its cars. Likewise, several foreign car manufactures incorporated this device.
At GM rolling ribbon speedos were used by Buick, Oldsmobile and Pontiac. I have
not found any indication they were ever used by Cadillac. The same may be said by
me as to Ford vehicles. If I am wrong in this regard, do enlighten me.
Chrysler Corporation put the ribbon speedometer in some of its Dodge and Plymouth
Foreign car manufacturers were also fond of the straight line speedometer display.
They were found in the Alfa Romeo, Jaeger, Saab and Volvo. On the next page I have
presented pics of some of these ribbon/drum, straight line speedometers.
So, should you encounter a speedometer with no needle pointer in the future, you will
have an idea as to what it is, and how it works.

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Car Collector Chronicles

Speedo DisplaysContd.
1960 Buick

1961 Buick LeSabre

65 m.p.h
1957 Pontiac
I do not believe the
car would be travelling in excess of 65
m.p.h. while in [P]

1957 Dodge Royal

1961 Plymouth Fury

1962 Alfa Romeo


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High End Auctions

Barrett-Jackson inaugurated a new venue last month at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. The first clue that things here may not be what they seem is that the auction is being conducted
on the grounds of a casino. The nature of the beast there is that the house always wins! Right?
On one of the boards I frequent a poster living nearby went to the auction all three days and shared his
experience. As he relates, What an eye opener!
Looked at the cars in detail on Thursday, awful paint jobs, awful bodywork, mouse sh*t in the carpets of cars
like a Ferrari, a 69 Mustang fastback with 5.0 Coyote. Cars leaking oil profusely, needing jump packs to runnot start-RUN. Cars with 450 h.p. and 4 wheel drum brakes? The gas monkey GT40 was a jump pack car.
$230k and they couldn't afford a new battery? Interesting how a car with below average paint looks STUNNING with 20,000 watts of light on it when it hits the stage. By the way, the aforementioned Mustang took 20
seconds of cranking before it began to fire. Then it ran like crap. Still got stupid money for it. Sad.
At some point someone needs to do a web cam from the back stage to shine some light about what happens
in these auctions. Get ready for some price reductions.

Another auction viewer added: I just hope Wayne Carini doesn't try
to sell another 69 H/O, like the last one. He keep calling it a Cutlass.

Bucket Lists
An item on the web caught my attention, along with 4,000,000 + other
individuals. In the event you are not among that number, this is definitely worth checking out.
Well known car guy Jay Leno had the opportunity to check off one his bucket list items, getting to ride in the Hemi Under Glass with legendary driver Bob Riggle. Bob, by the way, is a mere 80
years young and still piloting a 2,500 H.P. motor! Let us just say this ride did
turn out to be quite eventful. You are guaranteed to flip over this video.

Auto Dealerships
A year ago I purchased a used truck to replace my rusting 18 year old Nissan D21 Pickup. I went all out
and bought a 2002 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT; going from 4 cylinders to 10! It had a couple of problems
I was not comfortable in tackling, namely the power door locks and the power side-view mirror. It appears
that now days all dealerships charge a diagnostic fee. That they do irks me to no end. I can see the wisdom of such if you do not authorize the determined repair(s). I feel it should be waived where the a) repair
(s) is/are performed and/or b) the authorized repair(s) exceed a minimum dollar threshold; say $500.
The first dealership I called wanted $115 to diagnose the problems. I took a pass and started calling
around. I did find a dealer who would only charge sixty bucks. What a deal!
I ended up having to replace the power door lock actuators and the right side-view mirror. Let me tell
you exterior power (towing) mirrors are not cheap!
What vexed more than the exorbitant part cost was the fact the Ford dealership was charging me more
for the needed parts than if I had purchased them myself, online, from the same supplier the dealer uses,, and had them shipped direct to the servicing dealership! What kind of craziness is that?
My itemized bill did specify a dollar amount for labor, but did not state how many labor hours were necessary to complete the repairs. When I complained to the service manager about the overcharging for
parts, I did also inquire as to the per hour labor rate. To my surprise and shock I was informed labor is
billed at a rate of $120/Hr.! I can remember, having been one, when lawyers did not charge that much!
The bottom line here is, my questioning the charges was not for naught. I did get a refund on the parts
overcharges, along with a free oil change in the future and a strong confirmation of my resolve to avoid
using dealerships for repairs whenever possible!

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Car Collector Chronicles

Pics to Ponder
There seems to be no end to the strange vehicle related things one is able to locate with little effort. This
column will have plenty of material to present over time. Here is what we have for your July viewing:
Who would do this?

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