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  1. knightfan26917

    Butte, Montana On The Yellowstone Trail

    Great photos, Dave! I've often wondered who all has a connection to Butte MT ... partly because of a song. So, query is: did you get a haircut while you were there? [see: Ray Stevens' "The Haircut Song"] When I did my last road trip in 2011 ("Coast-to-Coast"), I wanted to include Butte MT as a stop, but was unable to fit it in due to time constraints. Looking at your pics, I wish I could've visited! Cort > www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "Mistakes become regrets" __ Carolina Liar __ 'Show Me What I'm Looking For'
  2. * Serious query to-for those who own their own business &/or are involved with advertising-marketing: where &/or what have you found to be the best place &/or form to get the word out in terms of cost effectiveness & results-performance? When is the last time you saw a Vega wagon!? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/01/26/twist-tuesday-51/ Which would you prefer to drive &/or own: Impala or Studebaker? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/01/28/thursday-survey-51/ The death of a friend, Laurel Richards Kane (proprietor at the Afton OK Station Packard Museum), has given me pause the last few days; similar thoughts have me wondering what would be on a film of the life of this Chrysler, which seems to be watching its life flash by! http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/01/29/flashback-friday-51/ Anyone into adult coloring books? I received a neat Classic Cars version for Christmas! http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/01/25/monday-night-fun-51/ Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "You better not try to stand in my way" __ J Paycheck __ 'Take This Job & Shove It'
  3. * (GOOD TO SEE THE FORUM BACK!) It does not take much to spark many memories, which is partly why I launched OC,SH: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/01/17/daily-dose-savvy-sun-49/ 2 days after that meme I created posted, I celebrated the year anniversary of launching my website 01/19/2015! & now, having sold my 1989 Caprice Classic Brougham 09/01/2015 (& the other family of cars I owned prior to that) I am looking for a new vehicle to go along with my new life chapter (part-time Office Manager, started 12/09/2015) & become the new OC,SH flagship vehicle. Once my 1979 Caprice Classic sedan is sold (sooner the better due to some memories it sparks), I want to buy 1 of these for year-round daily driving: 1990-1991 Mercury Grand Marquis 1992-1993 Buick Roadmaster 1992-1995 Mercury Grand Marquis 1995 Ford Thunderbird Anything I should look out for on any of these particular years & models? (& no, I do not want suggestions of other vehicles to consider!) This past week, while the radiator was replaced in the 1979 CC, my mechanic loaned me a 1995 Mercury Grand Marquis for the day. It was niiiice, but I would prefer cloth seats to vinyl-leather. __ Instead of making 2 topics, including some highlights. Having the part-time job has forced me to change some schedules, so I have not had the opportunity to participate here as much as I would like or as much as I used to visit, at least not yet. What 1 vehicle (vintage or new) from each of the Big 3 (Dodge, Ford, GM) would you choose to represent each company? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/01/19/daily-dose-trivia-tue-50/ Iconic nameplate: the Ford Thunderbird! Did you know these details? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/01/22/friday-files-50/ Vintage K-9 Dodge: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/01/18/memory-monday-50/ Ad for the 1-year-only 1977 Pontiac Can Am + some did-you-know info: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/01/21/throwback-thursday-50/ A neat diorama (more cued for future feature) from Tom, who designed the Christmas Cards I featured this past December: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/01/20/wednesday-ratio-50/ Anyone into motorcycles!? 2 vintage ones a friend saw: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/01/23/saturday-smorgasbord-51/ Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "Fire me up" __ Def Leppard __ 'Pour Some Sugar On Me'
  4. * Ahead of the year anniversary of my website, I transitioned to a new view for those looking at it on mobile-smartphones; hopefully it is better than before. Meantime, given what happened in last Saturday’s NFL playoffs, I wonder how popular this purple-yellow color combo is in Minnesota these days!? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/01/12/twist-tuesday-49/ Which would you rather drive or own: Oldsmobile Silhouette (1 of the dust-buster-devil vans) or a GMC Sierra (professional grade, of course)!? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/01/14/thursday-survey-49/ Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "Stones thrown in anger hold twice the hurt" __ Richard Marx __ 'Chains Around My Heart'
  5. * A slightly-modified VW Bug; not sure if Herbie would approve: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/01/05/twist-tuesday-48/ The son of a friend is vying for a sponsorship from Champion (Spark Plugs) for the 2016 racing season; if you are willing, will you please vote for him? Meantime, which do you prefer: green Chevy or white Olds? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/01/07/thursday-survey-48/ Check out this styling for a different Mercury Grand Marquis generation! http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/01/04/monday-night-fun-48/ Cort > www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "Traveled down the road & back again" __ Andrew Gold __ 'Thank You For Being A Friend (Golden Girls)'
  6. knightfan26917

    Tossing Fruitcake & A Rusty Truck

    * Anyone into MGs? Family friends had a white convertible (black top) back in the 1980s; I rode in it a few times &, as a youngster, was fascinated (for lack of a better term) by the 3 windshield wipers vs. the conventional 2! While it seems a popular color is British Racing Green, of these 3, which color do you prefer: red, yellow or blue? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/01/01/friday-files-47/ While the rusty truck is interesting, the building behind it is somewhat of a mystery. Any ideas what it is!? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/01/02/saturday-smorgasbord-48/ Among other things, today (well, 01/03/2016) is National Fruitcake Toss Day! Not sure where they come up with things like this, but I bet many people love to toss fruitcakes. Meantime, a gorgeous red Chevelle is featured: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2016/01/03/from-the-heart-196/ Cort > www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve.paceMaker.cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (needs new owner) "I guess the winter makes you laugh a little slower" __ Counting Crows __ 'A Long December'
  7. * End of 2015 is nearly here; interesting year with rather low lows & very high highs. I end 2015 with a cracked rib, thanks to a cough I have had on & off for a while now; doctor says it could take up to 6 weeks to heal. Slightly painful, but better than what I thought the pains meant: more heart trouble. I love this type of photography: in-focus object with a slightly out-of-focus background! http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/12/30/wild-wednesday-47/ When is the last time you have seen a 1977 Pontiac Can Am in person? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/12/27/sports-sunday-46/ A blue battle: would you rather drive &/or own a vintage Ford or Dodge pickup? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/12/31/thursday-survey-47/ During my 2002-2011 road trips, I visited cruise nights as much as possible; I saw this head-turning 1958 Impala at a cruise night in western Pennsylvania in 2005: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/12/29/tuesday-trip-47/ Who all has made (still makes?) automotive collages? I did when I was a kid! Now, I kinda wish I had saved the entire ad, not just cut the cars out; you will see what I mean when I feature some of mine! Meantime, the son of a cousin recently created this collage: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/12/28/monday-night-fun-47/ HAPPY NEW YEAR! Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve, paceMaker, cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (awaiting new owner) "Another year comes to a close" __ Sylvia __ 'Reflections'
  8. knightfan26917

    Milestone + Caprice-Chevette-Buicks & Semi

    * When is the last time you saw an early-mid 1980s Buick Skylark in this great of shape!? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/12/25/friday-files-46/ For me, old family photographs never get old! This 1 is from an OC,SH member: 1973 Buick Century, 1969 Caprice & a Chevette http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/12/25/flashback-friday-46/ What do you think of this maroon semi: yay or nay? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/12/26/saturday-smorgasbord-47/ & the milestone 2000th post on my website was today, including the 1st of the behind-the-scenes looks of the Christmas Cards featured the last 6 days: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/12/27/from-the-heart-189/ Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve, paceMaker, cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (awaiting new owner) "Welcoming in the new year" __ Vonda Shepard __ 'What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?'
  9. knightfan26917

    Scale Model Card Series

    * I can hardly believe it is Christmas Eve 2015 already! This year things are looking brighter than they have in a while; 4 years ago, I had my 4th open heart surgery (11/11/2011), broadcast my (so far) last Holiday radio show (12/24/2011) & lost my job (February 2012). This year, I finally have a part-time job. What a difference a few years make, eh? This season, I am featuring songs from my 12/24/2009, 12/24/2010 & 12/24/2011 Holiday radio shows on Wednesdays & Saturdays. These 3 posted last night: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/12/23/wednesday-wrap-46/ Also this year, a special scale model Christmas series of 6 cards is posting. It started this past Monday, 12/21/2015, & continues through Saturday, 12/26/2015. Then, a behind-the-scenes look followed by the reveal of the answer keys, starting 01/04/2016. Here is the entry that posted Christmas Eve AM: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/12/24/from-the-heart-186/ MERRY CHRISTMAS! Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve, paceMaker, cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (awaiting new owner) "He came to town on a cold dark night" __ Collin Raye __ 'What If Jesus Came Back Like That?'
  10. knightfan26917

    Weekend! Rare Colors, Pontiac-Ford, Plymouth

    * It is so cool to arrive at the weekend with it having meaning again! Yep, it is only a part-time job & will take a long time to replenish my savings, but it is a start. Yesterday (Friday), I successfully completed my 1st full week back to work after nearly 4 years of no job. My next full week is the 1st week of January 2016 due to the Holidays. Also Friday, I received my 1st paycheck in over 3 years! Have not decided how to celebrate, but I have a few ideas. Meantime, this weekend (specifically today, Saturday, 12/19/2015) marks 3 years since I launched Old Cars, Strong Hearts: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/12/19/from-the-heart-181/ Multiple-meanings: a not-tired Mercury Cougar! http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/12/14/memory-monday-45/ From the sports world, is this green Plymouth a car you would own or just like to drive? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/12/13/sports-sunday-44/ Which do you want most: Pontiac Grand Prix or Ford Mustang? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/12/17/thursday-survey-45/ Speaking of the Ford Mustang, I do not believe I have ever seen 1 in this color! What rare colors have you seen? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/12/18/friday-files-45/ Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve, paceMaker, cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (awaiting new owner) "Remember that fat boy, bring that kid, if you want to see New Year's Eve" __ Mona Abboud, native/resident of Sleepy Hollow IL __ 'The Pretty Little Dolly'
  11. knightfan26917

    New Dixie Highway Book

    So very cool, Denny! I'm thrilled to be a part of your Lincoln Highway book ... &, even though I wasn't on the Dixie Highway with you, I smile knowing I was part of the end of your exploration of the last section of it! Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve, paceMaker, cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (awaiting new owner) "Rockies are calling, Denver snow falling" __ Steve Wariner/Alabama __ 'Tennessee Christmas'
  12. knightfan26917

    Us 20

    We are very much alike in this area! This is precisely why I prefer to go west of Elgin ... to the old 2-lane roads, including US 20. 1 of my favorite drives is taking US 20 west out to the Hampshire-Starks IL area, then taking other 2 lane roads back to IL RT 23, then back via Sycamore & along IL RT 47 (which, coincidentally, connects (more or less) US 20, Route 66 & the Lincoln Highway in IL! Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve, paceMaker, cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (awaiting new owner) "Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree" __ Elvis Presley __ 'Blue Christmas'
  13. knightfan26917

    Us 51

    Perhaps it is time for you to return to Illinois, then, Denny?! Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve, paceMaker, cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (awaiting new owner) "Maybe I'll drive so far they'll all lose track" __ Dolly Parton __ 'Hard Candy Christmas'
  14. knightfan26917

    Finally Have A Pt Job! Ever Seen Scale Rt 66 Plates?

    *nods* Thank you for sharing your story. In a not-so-good ironic way, it's nice to know I'm not alone. It is very frustrating to watch what you've built up & saved evaporate into the thin air, literally & figuratively ... & then to be "left behind" by so-called friends. *shrugs* Part of life, I know, but it still doesn't take the sting away. Very glad you have been able to hang on; I know how tough that is at times. Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve, paceMaker, cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (awaiting new owner) "He came to town on a cold dark night" __ Collin Raye __ 'What If Jesus Came Back Like That?'
  15. * I have a love-hate relationship with these type of images. Love seeing the developed art forms, but hate seeing vehicles wasting away: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/11/30/memory-monday-43/ & http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/12/04/flashback-friday-43/ An interesting 2-tone Dodge. Not exactly my cup of tea, but I like the color scheme & it certainly stands out in a crowd: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/12/01/twist-tuesday-43/ A friend of mine built this 1986 Monte Carlo SS & included scale Illinois Route 66 license plates on it. Of course, the plates are my favorite aspect of the model: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/11/30/model-monday-43/ Last but not least & a long time coming, my life is about to travel a new road: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/12/04/friday-files-43/ Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve, paceMaker, cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (awaiting new owner) "I shiver when I see the falling snow" __ Merle Haggard __ 'If We Make It Through December'
  16. * 1st type: actual shadow of a truck http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/12/05/saturday-smorgasbord-44/ 2nd type: a truck, a shadow of its former self http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/12/07/memory-monday-44/ Had a blast walking on historic pavement where cars raced: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/12/08/tuesday-trip-44/ Do you enjoy reading-seeing displays at car shows? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/12/08/daily-dose-trivia-tue-44/ Stance: yay or nay? Paint scheme: yay or nay? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/12/08/twist-tuesday-44/ Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve, paceMaker, cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (awaiting new owner) "My world is changing" __ Faith Hill __ 'Where Are You Christmas?'
  17. knightfan26917

    Us 51

    Awesome!!!!! Those are wonderful pics ... worth the wait! I recognize some of those areas in Illinois. Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve, paceMaker, cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (awaiting new owner) "It's snowing in the pines" __ Alabama __ 'Christmas In Dixie'
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    Finally Have A Pt Job! Ever Seen Scale Rt 66 Plates?

    * I this posted early Wednesday morning about the new job starting: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/12/09/daily-dose-wake-up-wed-44/ Days 1-2-3 went well. It was surreal enough to be back in the workforce I did not get much done this week; adjustment time has commenced! Given my cough & other things I want to do, glad this is part-time. Tho my pocket book may not like it, this is an excellent way to get back into a routine & not feel too completely drained. While I am starting to understand my tasks, I get a bit confused & flustered; I am anxious to get to the point when I understand what to do & how it fits into the big picture. All in due time, I know. Next week will be 5 straight days, 4 hours each. Hoping this cough & chest pain will be gone soon, too. Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve, paceMaker, cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (awaiting new owner) "Maybe next year I'll give it to someone special" __ WHAM! __ 'Last Christmas'
  19. Now that is very very cool! How neat to find the remnants of where the old switchback was! You'll report on your spring trip to see the place, right!? Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve, paceMaker, cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (awaiting new owner) "It's the right time to rock the night away" __ Bobby Helms __ 'Jingle Bell Rock'
  20. * Scale model plastic kit crafters, have you ever built a what-if scenario? A friend did so with this MCSS! http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/11/21/scale-saturday-41/ An unusual this-or-that pairing! Thanksgiving-related survey: Dodge minivan or Ford pickup? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/11/26/thursday-survey-42/ Black Cadillac for Black Friday, but spy anything else you like!? http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/11/27/friday-photo-42/ This AMC Pacer looks to need a little pacing: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/11/28/car-tunes-saturday-42/ Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve, paceMaker, cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (awaiting new owner) "It's coming on Christmas" __ Robert Downey Jr __ 'River'
  21. knightfan26917

    Thanksgiving Wish

    Had a great day here ... wish I'd been able to spend part of the day on the road. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving Day, too, Dave! Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve, paceMaker, cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (awaiting new owner) "May your days be merry and bright" __ Irving Berlin/Bing Crosby __ 'White Christmas'
  22. * A friend saved this coupe from the scrap yard! http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/11/16/memory-monday-41/ Have you saved any from the crusher, & if so, what? I drew this while in high school, just a few short years ago: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/11/16/monday-night-fun-41/ Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve, paceMaker, cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (awaiting new owner) "The tables finally turned" __ Randy Travis / Carrie Underwood __ 'I Told You So'
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    Us 20

    The funny thing about living so close to it ... as I found out by talking to people in Oregon during my 2011 road trip ... living so close to Route 20 is NOT like living so close to Route 66. Rt 66 is so famed that you KNOW you're near it. Route 20, on the other hand, doesn't have all the memorabilia attached to it, so while you "know" it is Route 20, you don't "know" it ... if that makes sense. That written, I definitely "know" it now ... & each time I get on it, I wonder who all is driving it across the country at the same time. It's a neat feeling. Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve, paceMaker, cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (awaiting new owner) "What do you mean how could I do this to you?" __ Juice Newton __ 'Old Flame'
  24. knightfan26917

    Lusting For Odd Dealership Names

    LOL! Well, I didn't intend to make you feel old; I apologize if I did! I'm 42 ... some consider that ancient, others consider that young. Given my open heart surgeries, I feel more like 102. Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve, paceMaker, cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (awaiting new owner) "Chances that a fool takes, never knowing when to stop" __ Johnny Lee __ 'You Could've Heard A Heart Break'
  25. knightfan26917

    Lusting For Odd Dealership Names

    * Auto dealerships count on catchy, unique & creative marketing campaigns to attract customers. Sometimes, the name of the place works wonders. For instance, a dealership named LUST! http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/11/07/saturday-smorgasbord-40/ What odd dealership names have you seen? Best lessons are from your own mistakes: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2015/11/02/daily-dose-mon-madness-39/ Cort www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pigValve, paceMaker, cowValve | 1979 Caprice Classic (awaiting new owner) "I'll take a Chevrolet just any day" __ John Conlee __ 'Common Man'
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