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Old 06-14-2008, 07:21 PM   #29
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toy trains eh ? I have a whole bunch of American Flyer stuff. It is a passive hobby. I pick it up when I see it for cheap. Most of it is from the early to mid fifties. Gotta love AC Gilbert ! I am working on a 4-8-4 right now. It is a 336. If any of that makes sense to ya. They never made a big boy, to my knowledge, to bad really. Ever been to Portola, Ca. ? Ya really should go. Lots of really cool trains there ! The SNU is having a rally there this summer.
Do the smoke unit and whistle still work? IIRC, that was in the days of the "pull-Mor" motor.
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Old 06-14-2008, 07:40 PM   #30
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I collect old radios. Well, I did, at any rate. Now I'm interested in a trailer or two to store some in.
Do you have any old ECKO's? Specifically a Model AD-65?
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Old 06-14-2008, 10:43 PM   #31
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Do you have any old ECKO's? Specifically a Model AD-65?

Sorry, no, I don't. That's a pretty exotic radio, and certainly a lovely one. Did your family have one a a certain point, or are you just interested in it because of its design?

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Do the smoke unit and whistle still work? IIRC, that was in the days of the "pull-Mor" motor.
The smoke does but the whistle doesn't, bad capacitor. I have a rebuild kit for it. You are right about the pull mor. The one I bought has the larger one in it. Probably an inch think or so. It is in pieces right now. There is a company that sells new parts for them called RFG Co. I probably have 15 or so engines. I love to get my hands on a circus set. $$$$
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Sorry, no, I don't. That's a pretty exotic radio, and certainly a lovely one. Did your family have one a a certain point, or are you just interested in it because of its design?

My great uncle, Wells Coates, designed it. So I'm always on the look out for this particular radio. I'd love to own one, one day.
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Old 06-15-2008, 02:57 PM   #35
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My great uncle, Wells Coates, designed it. So I'm always on the look out for this particular radio. I'd love to own one, one day.
Now that's something to be proud of. My great (add a few more greats) uncle was indicted for murder - for shooting Alexander Hamilton...and then later tried for treason.
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Old 06-15-2008, 03:05 PM   #36
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Now that's something to be proud of. My great (add a few more greats) uncle was indicted for murder - for shooting Alexander Hamilton...and then later tried for treason.
It appears we are related through marriage. One of my ex-wife's great-great-something-or-others was the same person. The official reason for the duel is not the true reason, either...
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Old 06-15-2008, 03:53 PM   #37
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Old 06-15-2008, 04:08 PM   #38
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My great uncle, Wells Coates, designed it. So I'm always on the look out for this particular radio. I'd love to own one, one day.
Wow, congratulations! Like many rare (and attractive) old radios, you never know where you will find one. But where evere you do find one, I have no doubt that you will pay a pretty penny to own it.

I don't go in for the "Junos" of old radios, but more the "You-knows", like ones people actually owned that I knew.

For the last few years, I've tried to concentrate on Viking and Electrohome radios, that were almost without fail made close to where I live.
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I have been known to collect a few vintage bamboo fly rods. I have restored a few of the not-worth-so-much kind for the practice so I can graduate up to the worth-more ones. They are getting hard to find and everyone seems to think any bamboo fly rod is worth an amount in the four digits, which only a few are. My focus for collecting is any Granger, which were made in Denver, and the higher end Heddon's, from no. 14 and up. Heddon's model number was the actual selling price when new which gives you some indication of what prices were like back then.

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Brad, my neighbor back in my hometown collects bamboo fly rods and old reels. He taught me how to tie flys. It was fascinating seeing the old rods. They looked so delicate.
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Hey, Whizzo, we share the same back yard and sky. Didn't realize San Antonio had an amateur astronomy group! It's nice to know it's here. One day I'd like to explore star gazing. But first I should get the airstream restored.

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I don't know if I could really be called a license plate collecter, but I have collected a plate from every vehicle I've had in every state we've lived in. Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Texas, Louisiana, Colorado.
I just never put the front plate on the vehicle, so I have a pristine plate. I've never gotten a ticket, but I've had quite a few people ask "did you know you're missing your front plate?" and then "Did you know you could get a ticket for that?" I just smile and nod.
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