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



My '55 is a gray Sedan. I think there are pictures on the OIC web site. For more information, you can check Imperials By Year 1955 where I think they have put my story, and also the Member Spotlight for November 2003.

Thanks for asking!

Paul W.


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From: Charles T. Cleaver, II <ctcleaver2@xxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Wed, 12 Mar 2008 5:13 pm
Subject: RE: IML: Old Cars, Old Clubs, Old Parts, Old Time



Thank you for your nice email. What is your 1955 like? Which version?

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[mailto:mailing-list-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of PAUL WENTINK
Sent: Saturday, March 08, 2008 9:24 AM
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Subject: Re: IML: Old Cars, Old Clubs, Old Parts, Old Time

The first car that I actually bought and owned was my '56 back in 1971.
I spent every Saturday morning scouring the many salvage yards
collecting parts. I managed to find most of what I needed to get things
done and keep the car on the road for many years. Later, I became more
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 only
took months on the web. Here in Washington, swap meets often happen in
the rain. Slogging 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, there
are 8 good original running Imperials ranging from 1955 through 1968 in
my garage waiting for their next care taker.

Paul W.


-----Original Message-----
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 Internet
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 daily
driver and its resultant personality kept me in touch with most of the
salvage yards in the area here north of Boston, from which there were
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 today,
and frankly there were no choices but Uncle Sam in essence.  These were
factors in me selling the car, and thusly for a long time I did not
have to deal with 'the chase'.  Upon purchase of my 1956 Imperial that
changed and this club's list of phenomenal vendor's coupled with the
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 find,
and even the alleged tough items were found to be available
generally--of course for a price. 

 

    This all makes for satisfied antique car owner's and many
profitable businesses.  Being a young 45 {LOL} my question is directed
to those who did business in the junking/saving car game pre-Internet
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 for
good business?, 2) what was the preferred method of advertisement?, 3) 
has this Internet made salvage businesses more successful than word of
mouth ever did? 

 

    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 mechanic
or the like reveals to me old fashioned early rising and fine service
still proves advertising and exposure isn't always necessary ......
thanks for any insight.

 

Jack

    




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