Re: IML: Old Cars, Old Clubs, Old Parts, Old Time
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Re: IML: Old Cars, Old Clubs, Old Parts, Old Time

I completely understand, but I am a romantic of sorts.

It used to break my heart to see big beautiful old Imperials rotting in the wrecking yards because they needed a set of tires, or a new battery, and just weren't even worth the cost of installation. Now and then I would see one that was worn out, and that was okay. Usually they were just old. Another thing that bugged me was that the men that ran them were often a different breed of cat, or just plain difficult . I would make conversation and convince them of "something" in order to get access to the yards. If I couldn't go in, there was no way to know for sure that they didn't have what I needed. Some times they would, but wouldn't say so until I passed some sort of "personality test", or at least they saw all the grease under my finger nails. Once they realized that I had nothing, and was just trying to keep my old car on the road, they were usually pretty good, but there were exceptions.

The last experience like that I dealt with was when my friend Wayne and I bought my 1963 Imperial from the owner of a local wrecking yard. I believe that story is on the OIC web site, Imperials by Year, 1963, Paul's 1963 Imperial, so I won't repeat it here. I will say that getting that car cured me of the desire to deal with those folks ever again.

These days, I can send an e-mail to Bob Hoffmeister at Imperial Heaven and get anything I need at a reasonable price, from a really nice guy, and not get dirty in the process.

Imperial Heaven, it has a nice ring to it, at least I think so.

Paul W.

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Sent: Sat, 8 Mar 2008 10:49 am
Subject: Re: IML: Old Cars, Old Clubs, Old Parts, Old Time

Sometimes the "hunt" is more fun, than the finding. We still make the trip to out of the way junk yards, now called auto recyclers. It's always fun to open that rusty hood and see what usable treasures still remain, or that mill-dewed interior. To wonder who, what, and why some of those wonderful old cars ended there seemingly useful life there. The Chryslers are always first, with a side trip to the Studebakers, Hudsons, etc. With the advent of the internet, these true joys are missed, and I use it as well, but somehow I'm still a junk yard romantic. Happy mouse clicks, Dave. 


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From: PAUL WENTINK <randalpark@xxxxxxx>

The first car that I actually bought and owned was my '56 back in
I spent every Saturday morning scouring the many salvage yards
collecting parts. I managed to find most of what I needed to get
done and keep the car on the road for many years. Later, I became
sophisticated and began to attend swap meets. I made friends in car
clubs that had access to parts inventories. Then I got busy with my
life and the cars sat in the garage for nearly 20 years.

In 2003, the decision to get them back on the road brought me to the
IML and the Internet. What used to take years of looking for parts
took months on the web. Here in Washington, swap meets often happen
the rain. Sloggi ng around in mud with an umbrella looking through
tables of dirty old parts no longer is appealing to me.

I think the hobby has come a long way. I hope that younger folks can
keep it going after I have moved on. When that time comes for me,
are 8 good original running Imperials ranging from 1955 through 1968
my garage waiting for their next care taker.

Paul W.

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From: YBSHORE@xxxxxxx
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Sent: Fri, 7 Mar 2008 7:18 pm
Subject: IML: Old Cars, Old Clubs, Old Parts, Old Time

Fellow Imperialist's:


    The reminiscing about the origination of the club has
brought a few
queries to mind concerning our Old Car Game. Back before the
and all its inherent resources [talking in the 1970's getting my
license], I had a car of early sixties vintage which I used as a
driver and its resultant personality kept me in touch with most of
salvage yards in the area here north of Boston, from which there
plenty to choose.


    Enter the EPA and clean-ups, etc., then soon there were
few left,
making it harder to chase parts down. A lot harder. I would spend
hour upon hour trying referenced phone number after phone number from
kind boneyard owner's, who if they did not have what I needed, would
pass along another number. Then there was the matter of
shipping:  somewhat restrictive as vendor's were not so kind as
and frankly there were no choices but Uncle Sam in essence. These
factors in me selling the car, and thusly for a long time I did not
have to deal wi th 'the chase'. Upon purchase of my 1956 Imperial
changed and this club's list of phenomenal vendor's coupled with
proliferation of the before mentioned Internet, in conjunction
with booming aftermarket parts availability, and all of a sudden, at
least it seemed to me the plumber, parts were hardly difficult to
and even the alleged tough items were found to be available
generally--of course for a price.Â


    This all makes for satisfied antique car owner's and many
profitable businesses. Being a young 45 {LOL} my question is
to those who did business in the junking/saving car game
and specifically to those whose yards and to those parts
collector's who were dedicated to a particular brand (think Lowell
Howe):  1) did word of mouth or car clubs provide enough exposure
good busin ess?, 2) what was the preferred method of advertisement?,
has this Internet made salvage businesses more successful than word
mouth ever did?Â


    I know every time I think this Internet is an end all for it
all, a
guy like Lowell, or a similarly genuine formerly unknown car
or the like reveals to me old fashioned early rising and fine
still proves advertising and exposure isn't always necessary ......
thanks for any insight.




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