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Old 04-19-2016, 12:23 PM   #29
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-- snip -- Richard
Similar, but that one is a late model original. Certainly a fine example of true artistic furniture fabrication. No the one we saw was an example of the craftsman period. It was recently built, but well constructed and matched the style of the Chrysler. You would have thought they came off the same manufacturing line.

The folks were on the way to a vintage trailer meet in Santa Cruz. We hope we see them again. Rigs like that need to be used and enjoyed.

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Old 04-19-2016, 02:23 PM   #30

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It's not a disease...more like a sickness.


Really sweet trio, Robert.
And your ford really intrigues me, with its unusual trim details and roof lines
Is it by chance a Canadian built car? Or a low production #s model, just not commonly seen. With the white roof and sidewalls bracketing the black body It does look SO NICE, do you tow with it?

Wow, RFP. Your 930 pops in that pic, ( that's the pic on the left, a turbo with the fender flairs). I'm wondering if like some of the beautifully restored vintage airstream trailers. Does the high and climbing value, gets in the way of being able enjoy using it for the fun it can bring.

My S C is a nice driver quality car (ten footer) that already had plenty of rock chips, so I'm able to feel okish with towing it along on my adventures.

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It was purchased new by my DW's Maternal Grandmother,.....1953 Ford Victoria.

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"Sticks & stones can break your bones...and hail will dent your Airstream"

So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
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Old 04-19-2016, 02:31 PM   #31
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You only live once might as well enjoy it.
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Old 04-19-2016, 03:07 PM   #32
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Maybe the generality might be to generically include two wheel and two seat sport vehicles (plus throw in a boat or two) as I am guilty of that pairing multiple times simultaneously. Many of those acquisitions are now more than two decades old and still occupying garage space as treasures.

The Harleys are no more as the BMWs last longer with less maintenance. Likewise, the exotic two-seater is non-American and proven more dependable. Boats, there is a reason the happy days are purchase and sale dates.

It would be illuminating to see a proportionally drawn Ven diagram by brand.
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Old 04-19-2016, 05:54 PM   #33
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Guilty, Harley Wide Glide and 1982 Corvette Collectors Edition, OK psychoanalyze us.
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Old 04-19-2016, 06:20 PM   #34
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I've had one of each and will not buy a second of any of them.
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Old 04-19-2016, 06:32 PM   #35
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The Rebellious Youthful Geezers versus Generation X

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Guilty, Harley Wide Glide and 1982 Corvette Collectors Edition, OK psychoanalyze us.
It is about time that the sniffling GenX get the message that their parents intend to buy what they want, keep what they bought, do what they want and.... care less about their diminished dining options at a genteel wine tasting event or dependent group behaviors, upon this growing cadre of youthful sophisticated Senior Citizens.

And Senior in this case means... 'distinguished with experience'.

Actually an Army of Seniors, and a few sophsiticated GenXers lacking the distinguished and experience designation at present, among whom are capable to operate vehicles that were intended to become obsolete as they contain... no computer chips, nor GPS system guidance. Or, worse... be upon a moving piece of transportation without safety belts.

As we wave to the last generation propelling ourselves with gas guzzlers and loaded down trailers... we earned the right. We drilled the oil wells and they want to shut them down. We purchased the largest trailer that our vehicle could pull down the Interstate, which WE also built, grin while displaying those expensive, well polished gold crowned teeth. Eight carat gold.

We are towing and driving portable ART on rubber tires.

The Xers have the 60 miles per gallon box on a grocery cart frame and the bumpers on our clunkers contain more metal than what they are driving to work to pay the off the money borrowed for an EPS approved ethanal burning corn dog under the hood.

And yes... when the coastal beaches are covered with the melting glacier water from LaLa Land somewhere, and Spring flowers grow north of the Arctic Circle twelve months of the year... we can then say... Pal, now it is your turn to do something to those Millennials who are draining your bank account and living in the basement until they are 38 years old.

Give them your old roller skate wheeled board, a brown bag lunch and send them out the door to 'seek the land of lollipops and tooth fairies'... it is out there somewhere. We found ours... now you can find yours. Before you leave... could you give me a push down this hill? The battery is dead and I am saving up to replace it... when the coupon book comes next week.

We warned you that this day would come. Yes it is a decade or two earlier than expected... but Mick33 figured it out. Obviously others following this thread need to push the BUY BUTTON for some other obsolete historical mechanical toys... and give me some self-help book you no longer want... I need to get my campfire started.

I have always thought of myself as a 'bridge builder' but when it comes to conversations lately... bridge burning is probably something I am more competent.
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Old 04-19-2016, 06:50 PM   #36
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Don't forget Beechcraft!

Ray I'd add one to your list: Beechcraft.

I have an H model Bonanza. It's made of aluminum and riveted together, so it has to be good, right? It'll also go 210mph straight and level....and drain my pocket book as it does it. But, that's why we work, right?

RBR I also have a V-Rod. I like it a lot. It might not run with a Hayabusa or ZX-14, but I've had it to 133mph and it was still pulling hard when I ran out of nerve and backed off. Not bad for a Harley. Oddly enough, I just finished a repair on it today fixing an oil leak. Not a bad leak, especially by HD standards, but one that had been bugging me for a year.

I wanted a Corvette when I was 24 and got my first real engineering job. That's when I found that what Kelly Blue Book says, and what Corvette owners say, are WAY apart. I couldn't swing one.

I do have a '70 Dodge Charger with a 440 (at least until I blow it up and then go with a blown HEMI) that I'm fixing up. I've always liked the '68 to '70 Chargers.

But at any rate, I fully agree with you. These "Toys" are good stuff and why we work. I keep looking at big 5ers, especially the toy haulers, but then I ask myself "Do I really need a 20,000lb trailer that I need a Kenworth to pull?" Sure, they have more room. But, I like my silver tube, especially since I've customized it the way I want it.

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Old 04-19-2016, 07:03 PM   #37
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YOU... yes YOU need to carry the baton, I'm tired

JimGolden... that's the spirit we need. Why stop at 31 feet when you could extend the Excella 500 another five feet. Use it to tow the H model Bonanza behind it so you can fly home and haul gasoline to your 440 Charger tow vehicle, as long as it has the rear fin over the trunk for stability and Michelin E Rated tires.

This is NOT the attitude among the cautious gawking guests, reading these philosophical words of wisdom and not those of active peeping GenXers and their Millennial spawn, who are not aware that Metric tools are not the same as US sockets and wrenches. I do not believe Airstream does either with a generous mix of modern and antique tools needed for repairing while on the road.

And how do you explain to these youngsters that their Tinker Toy Tool set is neither metric or US and not worth carrying along when they travel in case of an emergency?

When we are gone, and I hope it is a bit longer as I need more time to abuse my own toys... you need to carry on this tradition to make a point. And... whatever the point was, I forgot, but it was as good as JimGolden's... although mine was without photographs.
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Old 04-19-2016, 07:32 PM   #38
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My hubby always brings his Harley along in the bed of our Ford pickup truck while pulling my Airstream. Everybody's happy!
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Old 04-19-2016, 07:41 PM   #39
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Airstreams - Corvettes - Harley Davidson

Ok, this is fun, but I truly need to gently point out that my Millennial GenX, or whatever son is the one that originally bought the current family Airstream...and he and I installed the solar system on it.

He's also one of the kids that drove and repaired several of our former fleet of old Volvo cars. All three of the boys are also Eagle Scouts, hard working and very successful. They have earned their right to buy the toys they want, and they do. Two of them also play with Ham Radio, like Dad.

The weird part is that wife and I are the ones driving the Prius that gets the great gas mileage....go figure.

I guess our family refuses to confirm to any particular generational stereotype.

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Originally Posted by Ray Eklund View Post
It is about time that the sniffling GenX get the message...
And there it is, the unwarranted disparaging of younger generations.
I've no interest in your Harley or your Corvette, but I'm not about to criticize you for your taste. Personally, I'll stick to European cars. As for motorcycles, my British bikes have held my interest longer than any Harley ever could.
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Old 04-19-2016, 08:21 PM   #41
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Awesome photos everyone!
Here's my '86 345 Classic with a '93 Harley Softail Springer - on our way to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this past year.
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Old 04-19-2016, 08:36 PM   #42
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Originally Posted by Ray Eklund View Post
JimGolden... that's the spirit we need.......
Kindred spirits, I guess......

I never had the cash to buy a Harley, but a lot of years ago when I started riding motorcycles, I looked at Suzuki Intruders because I love the V-twin sound. Well, the dealer told me there was an 800cc model and a 1400cc model. Processed that one for about a nanosecond, and said, "Duh, gimme the 1400!!" Loved that bike..... sounded awesome with drag pipes on it!

Later, traded it on a Honda Valkyrie Interstate..... 1500cc BIG retro cruiser. Loved that one, too!

Now, the Avion..... I imagine if there was a 36-footer, I'd have that one. (Well..... maybe not...... I like the 34-footer we have.... can't imagine a longer one.)

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