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  1. * After I shared some of my childhood drawings, a few people posted drawings of their own. 2 (from 2 different message boards) said I could feature their work, so this week, was the 1st of several of each. Monday, Suzuki Mighty Boy by GMI/isszy/Brett: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/06/20/memory-monday-66/ Friday, 1931 Dodge by AACA/keiser: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/06/24/flashback-friday-66/ What are the hardest seats you have experienced!? I cannot imagine these are comfortable at all: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/06/21/daily-dose-trivia-tue-66/ Because time flies, http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/06/20/daily-dose-mon-madness-66/ I TRY to keep this in mind: tomorrow is a gift, not a promise http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/06/19/daily-dose-savvy-sun-65/ 5 years ago right now (same day & date as today, Saturday, 06/25), I was in PA at the start of my Coast-to-Coast road trip: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/06/25/from-the-heart-370/ Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "That's the price that we all pay" __ New Order __ 'True Faith'
  2. * Today was National Splurge Day: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/06/18/from-the-heart-363/ So, I splurge with more details about the upcoming event I am putting together in the South Elgin IL area (exact location to be confirmed). SAVE THE DATES 07/30/2016, ~4p-10p, Saturday dinner & cruise night 07/31/2016, ~11a-3p, Sunday lunch & gathering Make a weekend of it or just attend 1 day; not sure I will be able to have hotel discounts, but should have food discounts. Live video from the event like what I did this past Wednesday night? https://www.facebook.com/OldCarsStrongHearts/videos/1152022791484530/ Maybe! Why am I hosting this since I no longer have my cruising cars? Because I miss events & really loved hosting the ones I created ~2008! Plus, I miss nights like this, when a friend took a photo of his 1977 Pontiac Can Am at a cruise night: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/06/17/friday-photo-65/ Black & gold, like on this Camaro, is 1 of my favorite color combos, behind a few others. What are your favorite vehicle color combos? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/06/12/sports-sunday-64/ The latest Metro City entry: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/06/18/scale-saturday-65/ I have featured a bunch of photos from this model town, with more pics cued for future feature! A friend saw this Kaiser Darrin (with door sliding into front fender) in person: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/06/14/twist-tuesday-65/ Wonder why that feature did not catch on!? A friend spotted this AMC wagon on a side street in his hometown in TX: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/06/17/daily-dose-philosophy-fri-65/ I thought it fit perfect with this meme I created about discoveries. Tho, along with going off the main road, trying the untried or not following instructions, I also add stepping outside of your comfort zone. I have successfully stepped outside of mine a few times lately & discovered I enjoyed it more than I thought, so perhaps will do a radio-show-like Live Video broadcast sometime soon! Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "How much longer will they be around?" __ Don Williams __ 'Old Coyote Town'
  3. * Thanks to Facebook not allowing me to upload a 4th video, I stepped out of my comfort zone even more & opened an Old Cars, Strong Hearts YouTube Channel! I plan to put all of the videos there, but for now, I uploaded the Non-Live # 4 video (did-you-know info about me & save the dates for a Chicagoland gathering the last weekend of July) to YT: You can see the other 3 videos here: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/articles-videos/ 1955 Mercury in Anderson SC: not a 1:1 http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/06/11/scale-saturday-64/ Remember from childhood: 1 of these is not like the others? Perhaps the adult version: follow the crowd, get lost in it! http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/06/09/daily-dose-theory-thu-64/ Odd pairing, but which would you prefer: Pontiac Grand Prix sedan or Dodge Ram pickup!? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/06/09/thursday-survey-64/ Anyone NOT know this song by the Charlie Daniels Band? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/06/11/car-tunes-saturday-64/ Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "I'm all out of time" __ Steve Wariner __ 'The Weekend'
  4. * Quite a while since I regularly went to cruise nights; when I get a different daily driver, the urge to just drive & go to cruise nights will return. These 3 entries are photos I took during summer 2011 cruise nights, when I attended a cruise night nearly every evening of the week. #1 = Chevelle SS, Buick Riviera & Nova: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/05/30/from-the-heart-344/ #2 = Mopar wagon: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/06/01/from-the-heart-346/ #3 = a VW & an Essex (when is the last time you saw 1 of those!?) http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/06/03/from-the-heart-348/ (This post also has a link to the 1st video I recorded.) That 1st video was me stepping out of a comfort zone. It seemed to be well-received, so I did a 2nd video, this time about how low you let your gas tank go before filling it up again. (You should be able to see it whether or not you are on Facebook.) https://www.facebook.com/OldCarsStrongHearts/videos/1145188182167991/ Not sure when-if I will do more video(s). Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "Has time re-written every line?" __ Barbara Streisand __ 'The Way We Were'
  5. knightfan26917

    Gathering? + Vintage Stroller & 2 Impalas!

    Hey Dave! LOL! I'd LOVE to see that photo..... Thank you. It was an AWESOME day ... everyone there told me so. While several people took pics of that 1st event, 07/26/2008, this perhaps is the best grouping, which should give you an idea of what it was about: http://pics.projectmonte.com/album/12498 I wish that participation could'v been sustained; contrast that to the smaller gathering we had 2 years later, 07/24/2010: https://picasaweb.google.com/knightfan26917/3rdAnnualMidSummerChitownGathering It's funny you mentioned the live video aspect. I recently discovered the "Live Video" option on Facebook for my OC,SH page; yet, when I attempted to do it, I got an "unavailable" message. So, I recorded a pair of videos instead. So ... that IS a possibility for a gathering, but ... not sure how that would work, exactly. Anyway, IF I schedule an event, I might do 2 different meals (Saturday evening & Sunday afternoon) to accommodate those who can do either day & those who would want to make a weekend of it. Just thought it might be cool to attempt another gathering, given all I have endured the last 4+ years. Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic "We all do the best we can" __ Blaine Larson __ 'How Do You Get That Lonely?'
  6. * In late July 2008, I hosted what I called the MidSummer Chitown Gathering: 65 people drove to Elgin IL from as far away as Iowa & the Cleveland OH area! I have been thinking of putting something similar together for this year. Anyone interested? Who enjoys scavenger hunts!? Cool to find something like this vintage stroller I spotted with a pair of vintage Impalas at a cruise night: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/05/24/from-the-heart-338/ Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic "Baseball season is underway" __ Steve Goodman __ 'Go Cubs Go'
  7. knightfan26917

    Colorful Time + Pinewood Derby

    * I wrote this article, inspired by a vignette I experienced: aggravated at lost me-time, but thrilled with some quality Nephew & Niece Time. Included is the latest car I’ve colored with the assistance of Nephew & Niece, a 1959 Cadillac: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/05/20/daily-deals-117/ Who raced or races Pinewood Derby cars? These 2 were done by a son & daughter of a friend! http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/05/15/sports-sunday-63/ BTW, having a good Sunday? If the weather where you are is as gorgeous as it is in Chicagoland, I hope you are out enjoying it: walking, bicycling, driving, sports, whatever! My life is so much different than it was a few short years ago: sad & weird to no longer have my sunny-day cars to go for a Sunday drive &/or road trip to see & meet people like I did 2002-2011. Instead, I am sitting on the back porch, doing my weekly catch-up here & crafting for the next 7 days of posts on my website. I quipped the other day to a friend that sometimes, you just have to laugh at the absurdity, say goodbye & let people believe whatever they want; seems to be more & more true. Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic "There comes a time when we heed a certain call" __ USA __ 'We Are The World'
  8. knightfan26917

    The Ghost Highway

    Hey Curt, Nice write-up & excellent photographs documenting the road. Looks like a neat adventure. Thank you for sharing! I think my favorite image may be the then-now photo! Cort > www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "Where's that shiny car? ...did it ever get you far?" __ All-American Rejects
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    What Nameplate(S) Do You Want To Own Yet!?

    LOL! Well, I've seen 1 in the last 10 years; a friend of mine had a diesel 2-door hatchback version I visited him in GA, November 2007! Cort > www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "You've made a fool of everyone" __ Jet __ 'Look What You've Done'
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    What Nameplate(S) Do You Want To Own Yet!?

    * I was a 1-nameplate person, but within the last 6 years, I added the Caprice Classic & had been thinking of buying a Mercury Grand Marquis for a daily driver. Yet, I would also love to own an El Camino at some point, preferably 1 from the 1973-1977 generation, though I might consider a 1978-1987 version like this Junkyard Jewel: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/04/26/daily-dose-trivia-tue-61/ Anything better than a gorgeous car with an awesome backdrop!? 1969 Mercury Marauder along CA Highway 60: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/05/01/sunday-scenery-61/ Ever seen a Chevette General Lee!? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/04/26/twist-tuesday-61/ What other vehicles have you seen painted like GL!? Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic "Count your blessings now 'fore they're long gone" __ Pink __ 'Who Knew'
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    Music-Radio, Projects, 1 Of My Displays

    Hey Curt, Thank you! Glad you enjoyed 'em! Cort > www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "What is done in vain, truth is hard to swallow" __ Kevin Rudolf __ 'Let It Rock'
  12. * I am not much of a poetry writer; or, at least, I was not, until I was introduced to a short & sweet form. Then, I wrote 4 & several more in rapid succession, including this 1 about music & radio: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/05/15/daily-dose-savvy-sun-63/ ALSO linked are 3 more describing: cars & life (Monday), my repaired heart (Wednesday) & the road as my home (Friday). Bet we all know of or have participated in a father-son project, but how about a grandfather-grandson project? This smart Ford Model A was done by a friend & his grandfather! http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/05/13/friday-files-63/ A peek at more of my own model displays, which really need to be rearranged at some point: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/05/09/monday-night-fun-63/ Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic "Every hands a winner & every hands a loser" __ Kenny Rogers __ 'The Gambler'
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    Portraits Of The Trail 2016

    Looks like y'all had a wonderful trip! Your photos are awesome, Curt. I'm not sure which is my favorite, but I think it's a 3-way tie (more or less) between "Near Thornton", "Near North Pine" (love that B&W with the barn!) & "Old wreck near Colfax". Cort > www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "What can you do?" __ Mickey Gilley __ 'Full Grown Fool'
  14. knightfan26917

    Toys, Drawings, Hauling History, My Health

    Hey Dave! Nope, it sure isn't ever easy ... but life isn't fair, as we all know. Tough to keep it in perspective at times, but I'm doing far better than many acknowledge. No appointment time(s) have been finalized yet; funny how these issues are always so urgent, then scheduling tests-appointments is either a pain in the rear or agonizingly un-urgent, either of which only adds to the anxiety levels. *rolls eyes* Oh yes, I've always been interesting in all things automotive ... that has been ingrained into me ... with no chance of ever being "removed", as much as I would've liked it to be the last few years, after having to sell my cars, etc. I whole-heartily agree about the memories. That sounds like an awesome project you did; I can imagine the fun you had doing it! Cort > www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "I had a momentary temporary lack of self control" __ Ty Herndon __ 'I Want My Goodbye Back'
  15. * Who remembers these toy vehicles? These are just some of this type I still have! http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/05/02/monday-night-fun-62/ Do you have any of the drawings you did as a kid? This is most of the group of free-hand drawings of modes-of-transportation (with a mansion house) I did during 3 months, early-mid 1982! http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/05/03/daily-dose-trivia-tue-62/ A special car hauler, carrying history: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/05/04/wednesday-ratio-62/ & http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/05/07/scale-saturday-62/ When is the last time you saw this generation of Pontiac Grand Am!? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/05/06/flashback-friday-62/ On an even more personal note, I had my regular cardiology checkup this past Thursday, 05/05/2016, in Chicago. While both valves (pulmonary-pig, aortic-cow) seem to be fine per preliminary results (my cardiologist will read the echocardiogram more thoroughly), the CT scan revealed a SPECK on 1 of my lungs. The report notes cancer, but my cardiologist clarified: the speck was not impressive in the 2011 scan, it was not seen in the 2013 scan & is only slightly bigger now than it was 5 years ago; all of this not exactly characteristic of cancer. My cardiologist referred me to a Northwestern pulmonary doctor for further review, etc. Since Medicaid cannot get specialist for me, she also referred me to a NW vein specialist & a NW nephrologist. Hope to find out next week if I can schedule appointments for all 3 on the same day, which would be most preferable for me, someone who does not like to go into Chicago. The other specialist I need, an orthopedist, my cardiologist was not able to give me a referral, but 2 out of 3 is not bad, right!? All of this makes me want to get back on the road (my home) & on the radio ASAP (hopefully tying both into OC,SH somehow), but I have no idea how to accomplish those goals. Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic "Baseball time is here again" __ Steve Goodman __ 'Go Cubs Go'
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    Ot - Trip Down Under

    Hmmm ... looks like I can finally post again! I agree with Dave, Dave, (HA!) you have a great eye for photography. If you're next US trip takes you through IL, please let me know ... would be good to meet you. Someday, I hope to get back to PA & visit America On Wheels. Cort > www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "I didn't mean to catch you by surprise" __ Lane Brody __ 'Over You'
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    Old Family Photo, Caddy, Bravada, Model Pic

    * Did you know? Today is a day for dentists, frozen food, white chocolate & Oreo cookies! http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/03/06/from-the-heart-259/ I love old family photographs, especially when you are left wondering just what they are saying! How would you caption this? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/02/29/memory-monday-56/ Vintage Cadillac imprisoned by trees: stop the madness! Would you free this? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/03/04/flashback-friday-56/ Spring & summer are around the corner, right? Before then, a 1997 Oldsmobile Bravada in a natural winter habitat! http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/03/06/sunday-scenery-56/ I really enjoy scale models &, now that I have a part-time job, hope to start adding to my collection. But, I doubt I will ever have the talent for this type of related photography, in this case a 1/43 Cadillac with a 1:1 garage: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/03/05/scale-saturday-56/ Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 79 CC to 1995 Mercury Grand Marquis?! "My eyes to the seasons" __ David Cook __ 'Light On'
  18. Sounds like fun! Kinda doubt I'd be able to join y'all, but you never know..... September is a LONG way off (well, sort of...ha!) Cort > www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 79 CC to 1995 Mercury Grand Marquis?! "When you slammed the front door shut, a lot of others opened up" __ Chris Daughtry __ 'Over You'
  19. knightfan26917

    Thanks For Allowing Me Into Your World

    Welcome, LIT! Cort > www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 79 CC to 1995 Mercury Grand Marquis?! "Never compromise what's right" __ Aaron Tippin __ 'You've Got To Stand For Something (Or You'll Fall For Anything)'
  20. * Thrilled to announced that Tommy (Lil Red) made it to the finalist round of the Search For A Champion Sparks Plug Amateur Group Contest! Getting into this round means a $1,000 award with other perks for this racing season; a win now would mean a $10,000 grand prize. So, will you please vote for him once a day until 03/23/2016? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/02/24/from-the-heart-248/ Probably a good idea to proofread, otherwise you might condone sinning at a hymn sing: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/02/28/daily-dose-savvy-sun-55/ Which of these 2 would you save: Corsica or Vega? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/02/25/thursday-survey-55/ Speaking of the Vega, when is the last time you have seen its cousin, the Pontiac Astre? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/02/26/friday-files-55/ Anyone suffer from parkcrastination!? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/02/22/daily-dose-mon-madness-55/ Bet you thought the 2003 SS Concept Car & the 2013-2016 SS sedan were the 1st 2 SSs ever available. Wrong! This is the 1985 Shoebox Special SS, which I made: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/02/22/monday-night-fun-55/ I love 2-tones & this is a cool Pontiac Grand Prix! http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/02/25/from-the-heart-249/ BTW, for those in Illinois: why are people complaining about paying a late fee for the license renewal sticker? I know the state is not sending out reminders anymore, but it is your responsibility to pay on time! What happened to personal responsibility & NOT depending on the government!? Where is my reward for getting mine on time!? Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "I saw an old Malibu" __ Doug Stone __ 'I Thought It Was You'
  21. knightfan26917

    Vintage Pic: 1985 Tn Rod Run + Farm Caddy

    * I love vintage family photographs, especially when they involve cars. Such is the case with this photo taken by a friend at the 1985 Rod Run in Pigeon Forge TN: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/02/15/memory-monday-54/ Which of these 2 would you most want to restore if you could? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/02/18/thursday-survey-54/ Farm-find Cadillac! http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/02/20/saturday-smorgasbord-55/ BTW, today, 02/21/2016, is National Sticky Bun Day! This 2-tone Ford has that motif: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/02/21/from-the-heart-245/ Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "Only you can do what must be done" __ John Parr __ 'St Elmo's Fire'
  22. * Did you know today, 02/14/2016, is CHD Awareness Day? You might say it is near & dear to my heart! http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/02/14/from-the-heart-238/ Remember the 1-of-these-is-not-like-the-others childhood song? This used car lot seems to have that theme! http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/02/09/twist-tuesday-53/ Images of scale models, like these taken by OC,SHer TOM G, are very cool & have the appearance of 1:1 editions: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/02/08/model-monday-53/ & http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/02/13/scale-saturday-53/ A Ford for WorkTruck Wednesday, with 2 songs of the same name, both of which are meaningful to me: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/02/10/wednesday-wrap-53/ What vehicles have caused you to stop in your tracks when you see them? Not a fan of this car, but a family connection made me pause when I saw it in a pic taken by a friend! http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/02/12/flashback-friday-53/ Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "I want a 2-tone Chevrolet" __ BJ Thomas __ '2-Car Garage'
  23. knightfan26917

    Butte, Montana On The Yellowstone Trail

    Hey Dave! I hope you do put together more of it. I may not see it "right away", but I always try to check in here at least once a week. I am, too, sorry I missed, Butte. From your description & photos, I know I would've loved my time there. Trouble is ... I may have wanted to stay longer than I should-could ... ha! I sure wish I could get back out on the road, my home. Cort > www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "What kind of love keeps breaking a heart?" __ Brooks & Dunn __ 'Long Goodbye'
  24. That's kinda cool. Definitely a safe place for them (well, until it was torn down, that is). Cort > www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "I'm feeling more alone than I ever have before" __ Ben Folds 5 __ 'Brick'
  25. * The owner-proprietor of Afton Station in Oklahoma, a Route 66 personality & friend of mine, died 01/28/2016. I dedicated Chapter 50 of my Route 66-based story to her: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/01/31/sunday-story-51/ Chapter 51, which will publicize today (Sunday, 02/07/2016) at 6p US central, talks further about filling shoes of Route 66 icons-ambassadors-roadies who are no longer with us. Which would you rather have: new sporty (Chevrolet Z-71) or old sporty (Ford Mustang)!? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/01/31/sports-sunday-51/ When is the last time you saw a 1987 Cadillac Cimarron? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/02/02/from-the-heart-226/ Or, a 1959 Edsel! http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/02/05/flashback-friday-52/ BTW, today (02/07/2016) marks the beginning of Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Week: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/02/07/from-the-heart-231/ Tonight, a post about a CHD-related Super Bowl commercial will publicize ~9p US central. Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "An open road and a road that's hidden" __ Steve Wariner __ 'Brand New Life (Who's The Boss?)'