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Old 04-19-2016, 09:53 PM   #43
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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.
Gorgeous!
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Old 04-20-2016, 03:39 AM   #44
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Old 04-20-2016, 06:42 AM   #45
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I guess I should come clean and admit: I am a Gen X age. Just always worked hard and enjoy what toys I can get.

Paul and Gina, if you measure your Avion 34 from bumper to ball, you'll find it's actually 35'-11". So, you do have a 36 footer

On bikes, I'm not brand specific. I like them all. I've had a Honda, three Kawi's, and now the V-Rod, which is hated by many Harley guys. I like it though, so that's all that matters to me. I'd kind of like to have a Ducati, just because I like them. Cost a lot though.... I'm like Jay Leno without the money....I like them all...wish I had a garage like his

The C7 Corvette is pretty sweet. And I toured their plant one time and was very impressed with their QA/QC methods. Each line had a little jingle. If an issue occurred, they'd play this specific song over the factory wide PA system. If the supervisor was at lunch or something, he'd hear his line's "trouble song" and come running. They had lots of neat ideas like that.

If it's got wheels, wings, or floats, it's good!
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My passion is boats

My passion is classic boats. Do about two a year. Find them, rebuild them then sell them a loss. How about that for a hobby?

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Old 04-20-2016, 07:57 AM   #47
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Streaminwild, that's an impressive collection of vettes there in your pic.
Would you share a little about your passion, and how these all came to live with you.
I really enjoy going to car shows and have come to the conclusion that the back stories are often as interesting as the the cars themselves.

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A true barn find Richard. Bought from a retired airline pilot living in Las Vegas and storing the cars in New Jersey, where he used to live. They hadn't moved in 20yrs and was selling them only as a package deal. He had the ''earliest black'' according to author Noland Adams, 1958 corvette with the base 283 engine. Before black they were charcoal. A rare radio delete optioned, 1966 yellow corvette with a 300hp 327. And a 1966 maroon corvette survivor with a 350hp 327. Survivor means that it's all original, even the paint. All three were convertibles, and all had hard tops. I gathered a couple of National Corvette Restores Society or N.C.R.S. judges and drove up to see them on October 22 2000... my 40th birthday. After several hours of checking numbers and date codes, they pulled me aside and told me to ''buy them now''. My dad flew in from Timberon New Mexico, and we picked them up on Thanksgiving weekend. Each day we drove from Leesburg Va, to New Jersey 3 hours one way. Shoveled dirt, to open the barn doors all the way. Filled all the tires with air, and loaded the trailer. The next weekend I made one more trek up to collect all the corvette parts he had, not knowing that he would buy all the new old stock or N.O.S. parts from dealers going out of business. He had a rare set of Kelsey Hays knock off rims, that I mounted on the yellow vette. With a lot of elbow grease and T.L.C., I had them all cleaned up and running by spring. And yes, I did pinch myself to make sure this wasn't a dream The white 1966 390hp 427 was purchased site unseen in San Francisco a few years later. I didn't have any kids, so I worked 340 days a year. The cars was my 401k plan. I would trade them all in, for a hug from a child waiting for me to come home and yelling...daddy. Cars 150k...a hug from a child ...priceless. Now I want to see the U.S. and find a small town to retire in. Maybe find out what really ''true love'' is, before I get too old. Finding true love would also be....priceless. If I find the ''right one'' with kids...I would be pinching myself again.
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Old 04-20-2016, 08:14 AM   #48
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My passion is classic boats. Do about two a year. Find them, rebuild them then sell them a loss. How about that for a hobby?

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Oh my gosh those are spectacular boats! You are truly preserving a bygone era on the water.
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Old 04-20-2016, 08:54 AM   #49
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After paying for the Airstream, I had to make my own car with 85 year old parts.
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Old 04-20-2016, 09:30 AM   #50
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Oh boy, the cork is really out of the bottle now!

Pics of grandma in the one family 53 crown Vic.

The all original corvette barn find collection.

The winged plastic classic boats complete with period motors.

That beautiful V tailed aluminum chariot of the skies.

Homemade roadsters with vintage parts.

All interwoven with Rays incomparable commentary on inter generational relations and values. Too funny!, you are in rare come Ray!

And don't get me started on boats.

Tevake ( below )was my faithful steed for many pacific cruising adventures!

Lovin this thread!
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Old 04-20-2016, 09:41 AM   #51
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Oh yeah there is that beautiful polished classic 345 with bike in tow.

If it wasn't for my inherent laziness and fear of setting self combusting fires wherever I go, I be SO INSPIRED!

Really fine image!

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Old 04-20-2016, 10:50 AM   #52
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We have such a diversified group of Airstream owners and potential owners on this Forum.

We are each born under different environments and even cultural preferences if we are brought up in a rural or urban environment. All, have no doubt been 'hazed' by their older and younger siblings. It builds character among one another. The elder and the youngest with those in the middle finding their own space.

I was the 'collector' in our family. Still am. It is the hunter and gatherer instinct that make the best collectors. When streaminwild mentioned the convertable covettes and having the removable hardtops for each... I KNOW how rare that is. It is the thrill of the hunt and then the finding something unexpected and now own a fleet of boats.

Over time our interests focus on what matters most. It is at times difficult to let go of those things we spent so much pleasure, some times a bit frustrating, time to bring back something from a potential scrap yard. Or from someone who did the hunt, gathered and restored only to lose interest and move on to the next cycle.

We poke fun at one another over these differences of tastes and how interests can be purely accidental at first, developing into a passion later. It is harmless entertainment and sharpens our interests and finding new friends in the process.

This has been very enjoyable to see the passion among those who keep themselves busy and how we find new interests as old interests lack the challenges of discovery.

I still miss my 1957 Ford pickup truck I owned in 1970. If it were not for that nice cherry red 1964 Corvette convertible on the corner for sale... I may still own that pickup today.
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My passion is classic boats. Do about two a year. Find them, rebuild them then sell them a loss. How about that for a hobby?

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Greg - you are to be highly commended for your superb efforts. Restoring boats is a noble hobby. If by chance you happen to bring wooden boats back to life, then you advance from nobility to the monarchy. And if, by chance, said same craft is a sailing yacht, you will be joyfully advanced to god status.

Thanks for sharing your passion. Pat
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Sigh. My dad made his living as a boat captain. He always claimed a boat was a hole in the water lined with wood, metal or fiberglass int which you pour money.

Kinda like an Airstream, but they are not quite as wet all the time. A lot of what I learned from him applies to working on AS systems and leak proofing. You just never know. I learned a lot about woodworking from him as well.

And yes, restoring wooden boats is truly honorable work. Dad was an expert at wood decks, varnish and bright work, and a commensurate boat handler. I still miss him. He was never happier than when he was at the wheel of a wooden sailboat....with the sails set and a good breeze to take him where he wanted to go, in style.


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