Close to the Finish Line – Restoration of 1961 Chrysler 300G

I am responding to the overwhelming amount of communication coming in asking me to give an update on the progress of the restoration of my 1961 Chrysler 300G. I must confess that I am very easily overwhelmed. Let’s do a quick review. The 300G was one of the best and also the last of the … Read more

IT'S ABOUT TIME – Gaining New Perspectives on Time, Distance and Life

It is time to get out the old slide rule and do some calculations concerning time, distance and life in general. (No, a “slide rule” is not about baseball). For those of you less ancient than me, let me enlighten you about slide rules. Before electronic calculators became bubble pack items, engineering calculations were done … Read more

WHAT TO DO WITH MARGARET??

We all tend to think that classic cars are just lovely objects made of steel, plastic and rubber with oil and grease flowing through them. However, much to my surprise, I have discovered that they have emotions that we fail to recognize and to appreciate. This was brought home forcefully to me when I went … Read more

UNCLE NUNZIO – You Will Be Missed

UNCLE NUNZIO It is with sadness that I report the demise of Uncle Nunzio. Some of you may have heard me mention him and his unique brand of justice. In this new age of “strong arm” ambulance chasing lawyers, the type of justice dispensed by Nunzio is clearly a thing of the past. If you … Read more

Calling All Car Restorers: Have You Suffered From or Experienced One of These 7 Syndromes?

To Get There Fast – Go Slow It sounds like an oxymoron, but there is some truth in that saying. Let me explain and see if you agree with my sentiment, or just feel that it is an excuse for slacking off. I have the serious affliction of needing to restore old cars to keep … Read more

COMMUNICATION UPGRADE – LEARNING THE LINGO

I just had my 85th birthday, which is a time for reflection and contemplation of the future. When you are 21, who in the devil thinks they will ever be 85, and if they do, what a calamity that must be! I certainly need to go on the offensive to avoid the “Old Fogey” label, … Read more

Who's Your Sweetheart?

Let’s leave women out of this and chat about something that we know about and can understand. In this case, that means vehicles that we have owned, driven and perhaps for some of you — stolen. While cars are inanimate objects, they nevertheless have personalities. Some are real bitches that defy your desire to travel … Read more

WHAT'S IN A PET PEEVE? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS

INSTRUCTIONS – FROM DIRECT TO ARE THEY KIDDING? I was born in an era when communication between people, business and governmental entities was both sparse and simple. An extreme example: You got killed in action, and your next of kin received a four-line telegram. Now every communication has become very verbose, too frequent and often … Read more

The Intersection of Memory Lane and Highway Lane

THE OLD MAN REMEMBERS It is traditional at the end of the year to take some time and review the past (particularly the last year) to recall some important events as well as some interesting trivia. Now with 84 years behind me and 85 coming on strong, there is a lot to look back on, … Read more