Rummage Box

A publication of the AACA Regions Committee

Spring 2004


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You, the aaca membership own a valuable resource

By Fran Shore
Library & Research Center Board Member

Those of us in this wonderful and interesting hobby of the antique automobile who are members of the Antique Automobile Club of America are so privileged to have one of our organizations within this AACA developed for you. Easily accessible for our use is the finest library of automobile information to restore or authenticate our vehicles. You may need to know the history or the correct “how to” when preparing your automobile for display or just for personal enjoyment. Wherever you live, whatever you need to learn --the AACA Library & Research Center is there for you.

There is an opportunity now to be of help to the Library. There is at the present time some outstanding literature that will be of benefit to our membership. To be able to act on these purchases when they are available requires money. We would like to share this opportunity with you. Literature acquisitions are invaluable to continue to build upon our present collection of automotive information.

There are several other “library needs” also available for some financial help. We want to continue to maintain and to increase our materials. We want to increase our Endowment Fund, grow our general use fund for purchases, building maintenance and staffing.

The AACA Library is a 501 (c) 3 tax-deductible organization for both monetary contributions and donated printed materials.

We would like to encourage you, the membership to help us this year. Your Region or Chapter can help by including the AACA Library in their gift giving. Any amounts are appreciated and the donations can be directed to specific fund choices and given as outright gifts, memorials or as an honor or appreciation of someone or some event. You will be acknowledged in the AACA magazine and on the website.

Individual donations are very welcome. These can also be given for a specific acknowledgement of a person or event or just in appreciation of having such an outstanding library for our use.

There is Library merchandise available which benefits the Library and this can be purchased for personal enjoyment or as a Region/Chapter to use as awards or event gifts.

This is the time to show your appreciation of our AACA Library and of our librarian Kim Miller. The quality and quantity of material collected and established for our research use is outstanding. Many articles that we read in automotive magazines and books have been researched from our library. It is known to house some of the prime resource materials for our hobby.

When we contribute to the AACA Library & Research Center we are members helping members. The AACA Library and Research Center is always available for you; 2004 is an opportunity for you to help us to help you.

The AACA Library and Research Center can be reached by writing or phoning:

Kim Miller, Librarian

AACA Library & Research Center

501 W. Governor Road

Hershey, PA 17033

Phone: (717) 534-2082

E-mail: Kmiller@aacalibrary.org

Our AACA Library & Research Center website is at www.aaca.org and click onto the LIBRARY site. It is full of wonderful items for you to enjoy and to access information.

We are asking that you continue to remember the Library when you think of AACA and this wonderful hobby.

Let’s depart from the Editor’s classroom this issue and talk about an editor’s column. Keep the members updates and tell something about your experiences once in a while. Following is my April 2004 Editor’s column as an example:

I was first bitten by the very strong desire to own a convertible while at NC State during the first warm spring days when all the BMOCs drove their convertibles around campus with the tops down and their arm around a babe sitting close to them. That was a desire that was a long time coming (the convertible, that is!). There are all sorts of reasons why someone never buys a convertible — to expensive, not practicable, no room for wife and kids, not safe, etc.

Well, as it turned out, my first “convertible” was a CJ Jeep, about a late 70s model that I bought more for family fun that to enjoy as a convertible, but it did have a soft top that came down. A year or so later I finally got a convertible, specifically a 1928 Chrysler Roadster complete with rumble seat, and then I was SOMEBODY!

I eventually owned a total of six convertibles at the same time twice in my lifetime. But then I’ve gone for years without a convertible. They had become a part of history now and I was once again driving a hardtop car and had put convertibles out of my mind for good — I thought so at least!

Then came a Saturday night in March when I picked up the Hemmings magazine that came in the mail that day. I was thumbing through the usual sections first, Mopar Parts, Chrysler, Dodge, and Plymouth cars for sale, etc. when my eyes locked on to a 1990 Chrysler TC by Maserati priced right. It was in Boone, NC and I called first thing Sunday morning and said I was on my way up from Charlotte to see the car of my dreams. I didn’t even ask if it was still for sale figuring they would tell me if it had been sold.

So off early Sunday I drive to Boone to look at the car. The owner told me he was a retired school teacher since he was 51 years old (he’s 71 now) and he dabbles in real estate and car sales. He has a dealers license and a small car lot.

Well, after looking the car over and seeing what things need to be replaced or refinished I struck a deal (his asking price) and paid for the car. The price was half of the price of the other two cars in Hemmings that month and I realized a deal when I saw one, so why quibble over $50 on the price while another guy pays the price and buys it right out from under me?

He had two others interested in the car, one was from Boston who had called several times since he got his Hemmings in the mail a day or two ahead of me. The owner was sending pictures so the Yankee could see what he was planning to buy over the phone. The seller asked me, “What do you want me to tell the fellow in Boston?” I said, “Tell him tough luck, and that the Panthers are still better than his Patriots!”

I have given up at this stage of my life trying to justify buying yet another old car to my wife. I just take the straight approach and tell her, “It’s a man thing, you wouldn’t understand.” So now I had to decide how to get the car back to Charlotte and that’s when I asked Harold Russell if he could transport it back for me. “Sure”, he said, “but I usually like to haul Chryslers after hours.” I was puzzled and I knew he said before that he worked long hours during times he worked with movie products, but then it hit me — he was saying he didn’t like to been seen hauling Chryslers in broad daylight! He got me on that one!

He got Jim Pinkston to ride to Boone with him. I think Jim rode in the car on the way back to see how nice it was. I kept getting reports from Jim on his cell phone like “I’ve got bad news and good news, the bad news is your car fell of the truck and went down the side of the mountain, but the good news is I saved a lot on money on my car insurance with Geico!

The car got back in one piece, but you have to say I showed lot of faith in my fellow man when I send two died-in-the-wool Ford men up to the top of a mountain on a snowyday to bring a really priceless, and very rare Chrysler TC by Maserati back to a Mopar man!

PS: This past Monday I bought, sight unseen, a 1954 Dodge Royal 2 Dr HT with a hemi! I bought it on Ebay and the car is in Phoenix, AZ. What faith I have in my fellow car collectors! Stay tuned for an update in the May issue!!