Should You Buy A Flood Damaged Car?

Flood Damaged Camaro

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With all the recent climate issues across the US the subject of flood damaged cars has again come to the fore.

These cars will of course include a good percentage of classic cars damaged in this way.

Are these cars a good buy?

The Hemmings Classic Car Radio Podcast Episode 154 has a good discussion regarding the pros and cons of a purchase

Another good point of reference is the article that can be found here on How Stuff Works

Conversely if you want to avoid a car damaged in this way take a read of the article How to avoid a ‘Hurricane Car’ also on How Stuff Works

My thoughts on it are if you are very brave and can get a fresh water car that’s no newer than the early seventies at a good price then have at it!

Anything newer will be most likely be plagued by all manner of electrical issues amongst other things.

If however you are willing to accept the challenge you can get a bargain such as the Camaro pictured above which is up for auction here at Hemmings

 

Shay, Pray and the Replica Car Movement Part 2

The story of Glenn Pray is very different from that of Harry Shay covered in Part 1.

Glenn Pray was a school teacher when he purchased the assets of the former Auburn Cord Deusenberg company back in 1960. Upon the winding up of E.L.Cord’s company back in 1938 the assets had been originally purchased by a Buick dealer from Flint Michigan named Dallas Winslow. Winslow has continued to offer parts and service from the original ACD building in Auburn. Upon purchase Pray moved lock stock and barrel to a former cannery in Broken Arrow Oklahoma and set up in business.

Pray gained a reputation as the foremost supplier of Auburn and Cord parts saving may valuable vehicles in the process, his cannery site becoming a must visit for all enthusiasts of the marques.

Starting in the 1960’s Glenn Pray also introduced what became the first well known replica cars, Pray preferred to call the cars “second generation” this endeavour was not a financial success.  The cars however have gained a cult following and have been recognised by the ACD club fittingly as “The Second Generation Cars”

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Sadly Glenn Pray passed away in 2011

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You can find a lot more from Chris Summers about ACD and Glenn Pray here

Glenn’s son Doug carried on the business and it was featured on the TV Show American Pickers

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You can hear an interview with Doug on Mark Greene’s excellent “Cars Yeah” podcast here

If you ever get a chance to visit the ACD museum grab it with both hands, I visited a few years ago and it’s a wonderful place!

Visit to the ACD 

 

48 Cars in 48 States – Travis Scanlan of Royboy Productions Massive Road Trip

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Travis’s idea is as follows:

The idea is to take my trusty Galaxie 500 and my new camper “Irene” on a 48 State road trip, in each state I’ll shoot a traditionally styled hot rod, kustom or drag car. At the end of the trip I will create a coffee table book of the entire adventure and hopefully I’ll have added a whole bunch of new members of my rod and kustom family

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You can find Travis’s excellent website here on the site you can find details of the trip, Travis’s podcast Chrome Pipes & Pinstripes and his Photography.

Interview with Keith Clements of the Jowett Car Club for Americas Web Radio

My interview with Keith Clements, who is the current Competition Secretary, Webmaster and former Chairman of The Jowett Car Club can be found Here. It’s a great listen!


Keith has owned his Jowett Jupiter since 1969 and has competed in 27 countries with the vehicle over the years.

Keith has also made major trips in Jowetts across the USA, Artic Circle, and the east and west coasts of Australia and Tasmania.

In addition he has toured the North and South of Islands of New Zealand again in a Jowett.

Keith also helps to organise the fleet of Jowetts that act as the taxi fleet for the Goodwood Revival.

On the club side of things Keith has been a major part of the team that has been a three times best stand winner at the Practical Classics Restoration Show.

In 2012 Keith was voted Classics and Sports Car Club Personality of the Year

The club won the Club of the Year in 2013

Keeping things in the family Keith’s daughter won the Classic Car of the Year in her own self restored Jowett Jupiter in 2010.


The club website is Here

Audio also here

 

Another Outlet For Me Courtesy Of Royboy Productions and the Chrome Pipes & Pinstripes Podcast

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Chrome Pipes and Pinstripes Episode 133 – Kevin Flood

I got to hear about Travis Scanlan of Royboy Productions via Robert Kibbe’s The Muscle Car Place Podcast. Travis kindly ran my interview with Neil Fretwell here.

Travis has an excellent website which includes The Chrome Pipes & Pinstripes podcast.

As part of the Royboy Productions offering Travis uses his talents as a photographer to tell stories of the Hot Rod World (amongst other things!) Take a look at the site here

Kevin Flood on The Life and Times of Henry Ford: Eclectic American Icon and Business Legend!

Kevin Flood on The Life and Times of Henry Ford: Eclectic American Icon and Business Legend!

Kevin Flood on The Life and Times of Henry Ford: Eclectic American Icon and Business Legend!

I recently did an in interview for my broadcasting and car guy friend Robert Kibbe’s excellent “The Muscle Car Place” Podcast

The subject that Robert kindly invited me to talk about was the Life and Times of Henry Ford, a topic that interests me a great deal.

It was a fun and enjoyable interview to do, hopefully you’ll enjoy listening to it as much as I did doing it!

You can find it over on Robert’s excellent site here

Whilst you are there try Robert’s other podcasts and maybe buy a car from The Muscle Car Place classifieds?

All Robert’s podcasts are also available on:

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Interview with Wayne Scott of The Triumph TR Register

Interview with Wayne Scott of the TR Register

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You can find my interview with entertaining media all rounder and Triumph TR expert Wayne Scott  here

Also available on

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Interview With Allan Winn of Brooklands Museum

My interview with the inspirational Allan Winn Director of The Brooklands Museum

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Interview with Nigel Case of The Classic Car Club London

You can find my interview with the very entertaining Mr Nigel Case of The Classic Club London here

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Join Kevin and his guest Nigel Case Owner The Classic Car Club London. Voracious collector of weird, wonderful and invariably worthless oddments such as a 1962 East German Ferry! VERY INTERESTING SHOW!

Also on iTunes & Stitcher