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Vintage Studebaker Trucks - A Find On Craiglist

By Ian U McDonald

The history will never forget how Studebaker created their name in producing wagons in 1852. They started making electric automobile and gasoline-powered cars in 1902. Studebaker stood out in the market because of their quality and reliable cars that became famous in making new speed records. Though they experienced trouble after uniting with Piece-Arrow in 1933, they still able to survive through the released of the 1930s Depression.

How was it that this simple "wagon maker", well known and respected who actually made Abraham Lincolns horse drawn wagon entered the automotive field? Studebaker was an early innovator experimenting, producing and selling electric and later gasoline powered cars. Indeed Tomas Alva Edison himself (read the well known American innovator and inventor who laid the foundation for the great General Electric GE Company of our day), purchased the second vehicle built a produced by Studebaker. Studebaker lived on, kept innovating, and was known for its reputation of well designed, innovative and reliable American built vehicles.

Studebaker survived the lean economic times of the 1930's ,merging with the luxury US automaker Piece-Arrow , during this troubled economic time period of the "Great Depression". Perhaps such spunkiness , stick to it ness and determination might be a business model that the North American based auto industry could take great lessons from in the current shakeup , shakedown and troubled times of the North American auto industry.

Studebaker cars were famous to be "coming or going cars." The front to rear were alike that humorist couldn't identify the front from the back. The company released their three-box post war model in 1949. They were the Land Cruiser, Studebaker Champion, and Commander. Land Cruiser and Commander had several features of the Champion models such as front fenders, extended rear door, longer wheelbase and hood. Studebaker models had some features of the prewar designs. The 2.8 liter model has an 80 horsepower six-cylinder engine that was used by the Champion model. Meanwhile, the 3.7 Liter Commander/Land Cruiser was released in the early 1930s. Studebaker designs had not changed until the release of "bullet nose" models in 1950. However, other car manufacturers outrun the company's style during the same year. Studebaker had some outstanding models such as Hawk series and Avanti with their advanced styling, fiberglass bodies, and such introduced such innovative features as safer faster "disc brakes", as well as optional "turbocharged" turbo engines. But they experienced extreme difficulty because of several independent car producers and lost its fame and luster in 1966, culminating in the closure of their Canadian auto assembly in the Canadian steel town of Hamilton, Ontario.

In the end in 2010 what has happened to the American auto manufacturing icon and innovator Studebaker. The Studebaker Company currently lives on as the Packard Motor Corp. - luxury auto designers of a new high end design of luxury prestige automobiles. - 30821

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What Is A Vintage Mailbox And How Find Them

By Clifton Barker

It's becoming more and more frequent for owners of historic homes, restored homes, and homes built in a historic style to turn to vintage mailboxes and vintage mail slots. A vintage mailbox or vintage mail slot adds, or restores, a touch of authenticity that might otherwise be missing.

Having a historic home or a home that is built in the style of a historic home can add a touch of class and elegance to them by finding a vintage mailbox or vintage mail slot to add to their front door. Your visitors will be delighted as they are greeted by a elegant and historic looking vintage mailbox.

Many companies now specialize in reclaimed mailboxes and mail slots. Using these companies, customers can find many opportunities to purchase a piece of the past in the form of a vintage mailbox or vintage mail slot. These items are found in various places including condemned houses. You can restore your home to a period with a genuine piece or even a very elegant reproduction. In the past, it was very difficult to find such items to restore these historic homes to their rustic beauty if these companies were not local to the customer. But now with online stores the homeowners can purchase from a wide variety of vendors.

Surprisingly when it comes to choosing between vintage mailboxes and replica mailboxes the price gap is surprisingly small. Though a homeowner can obtain a replica mailbox or mail slot for less these replicas often lack the authentic appearance and prestige a vintage item would have. By choosing a vintage mail receptacle the homeowner can be sure to match the period of their residence with a piece directly out of that period.

Vintage mail receptacles represent a time when mail was the only link most residents had with far off family and friends. These vintage pieces show how much seriously past homeowners treated their mail. Mail receptacles were pieces of art as well as functional devices. Mailboxes and mail slots of today are typically scarcely more than strictly functional items made from flimsy metal and decorated with little or no care to detail.

A homeowner who is savvy and seeking to find a vintage mailbox to restore their home to its once original period look can not go wrong by purchasing a vintage mail receptacle. Even homeowners who are trying to replicate a certain look or period can choose a vintage mailbox. Even if you're not trying to replicate an appearance or period you can still improve the look of your home with a vintage mailbox or mail slot. - 30821

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A Vintage Auto Classic Reborn - The Austin Mini Vehicle

By Shaw U. Allard

Think of the "Mod 1960's" - Carnaby Street , Apple Records with the Beatles et al and most likely you will picture that cute little , or almost ugly "Austin Mini" motor-car vehicle. No doubt about it - the marvelous Mini set the stage for the worldwide acceptance of small front wheel drive , transversely laid out engines front wheel drive automotive car engine designs that we take for granted on our roads and highways today.

In the beginning it seems that the venerable Austin Mini did not even have its later badge of fame - its moniker of "Mini". The vehicle was initially introduced as the Austin Se7en and the Morris ( not the Austin factory branded ) Mini-Minor. The only distinction between the Austin factory output model and the Morris branded product being not any major body or mechanical components only the badge and grill of the vehicles. Talk about a forerunner and pre-telling of the auto industry trends to come. In later years when GM Auto engineers being asked the difference between a 1982 compact Cadillac Cimarron in 1982 and its General Motors cousins - the Chevrolet Cavalier, Buick Skyhawk, Oldsmobile Firenza, Pontiac J200 models would be told that in essence the only difference was in the price tag of the new vehicle at their local dealership.

Initially the car was released in two almost identical variations - an Austin badged product , and an identical product introduced into the marketplace as a "Mini Minor". It seems that the two products were produced at two different factories and divisions in the U.K. - the Austin and Morris automotive factories. Part of this decision were production allotments - some centered on consumer marketing preferences. Just as in Canada and in the US where similar products from different automotive divisions of the same manufacturers had downright die hard fans and loyalists. In the same way that some auto buyers and consumers were die-hard Ford or Mercury "men", while others preferred similar Pontiac products over Chevy branded autos - auto enthusiasts might swear by their nearly identical Austin Se7en's or Morris Mini-Minors.

Yet this little mutant of a car not only had a low cost and external size, it held an innovative design that even though tiny in size it could seat 4 adults and perhaps 5. The secret was an adoption of front wheel drive with a transversely mounted engine and transmission. Now held as the standard, at that point in automobile history most autos were "rear wheel driven" with a large drive train running down the middle of the floor of the vehicle taking up passenger space and adding weight. Rear engine vehicles are simpler to build and maintain and less expensive to design, engineer and install at the factory level. Yet the heavy drive train not only adds weight to the vehicle, requiring a larger and heavier engine, it also takes away from interior passenger space. So the innovative design of the Austin Mini had great merit in allowing for a smaller vehicle, with a smaller engine that had a reasonable interior seating space, and had reasonable pickup all with less cost, and overall auto owner and motorist's driving costs and budget.

Yet the Mini suffered a host of problems - especially in the "export market". These were problems, errors and mistakes that the Japanese auto industry , could later use to good lesson , when it came time for them to enter the American auto market - ultimately very successfully. One was that the auto seemed to be designed for the British market, geography, driving conditions and climate. True the Mini was fun to drive , could pack in passengers , luggage and groceries in a small space. Yet it was underpowered when it came to the growing American highway system and daily commutes. In addition the cooling system seemed to be developed for more temperate climes. Austin car owners and their passengers often sweltered in a hot American summer , while freezing with an inadequate heating system come cold Canadian winters. The car seemed to have devised and developed for British temperate climate and small scale higher speeds. In addition parts availability for repairs , as well as trained mechanics, other than at higher priced British car dealerships seem to scare away more than one potential auto customer - or one looking to finance their new or used vehicle. - 30821

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Why Is It Important That I Use Conservation Techniques For My Vintage Poster?

By Joann Breen

Old posters, more or less over an age of fifty years can be pronounced 'Vintage posters'. Posters were the oldest form of promoting. About half a century back, when the reaches of television or other forms of media available nowadays were not present, posters were considered the best means of mass communication. Printed colour posters were extensively utilized for all kinds of announcements and ads. They were deemed to be the best way of visual media through which public declarations, ads or campaigns were done.

As most of these posters were published in huge volume and were meant to be exposed for street ads, they were not meant to last for long. Commonly, cheap paper was used for this purpose. Due to this reason, many of the vintage posters have degenerated or have been entirely crumpled & lost. Even the ones that seem to have endured the ravages of time & been stored away carefully; still have one or more small damages. There are very rare instances where the vintage posters obtainable today have been preserved carefully & accessible in fabulous condition.

Even if the vintage poster that you buy now is in substantially good form, there is all possibility that its existing condition might devolve in the next few years. As you are most likely to pay well for your poster, you might as well assure that you take the needed cautions to protect them and make sure that they persist fit for many more years down the line.

Posters are highly sensitive to light. Light radiations tend to cause permanent damage to your priceless poster. It is better to frame your posters with UV-resistant glass. The other major preventive is acid. It eats away on your paper. Most of papers on which the vintage posters were impressed were of low quality and hence will have high acid content. The consequence of acid makes the paper yellow with age & ultimately brings down it to dust. It is best to use acid-free matting and supporting while framing your poster. You should also assure that while framing the poster, the glass does not touch the paper. Contact with glass will cause humidity to damage your poster. It is better to put up a spacer between the glass and the actual poster.

Right conservation determines longevity of your priceless vintage poster. - 30821

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Tips To Start Collecting Vintage Posters

By Brittney Yancy

Vintage posters are essentially posters that were designed for ads quite a few decades back. Any such advertisement poster that is about half a century old could be termed "Vintage".

Well, if you have questions on why there is so much fervor about a piece of paper on which some ad was published, then, the answer is very simple & exact. These posters have "History" pasted on them. They ponder the past. They tend to link you to the yester years. Simply saying, you could treasure them as a valuable piece of antique.

However, if you are a first-time collector looking out for vintage poster, there are chances that you could get frittered by the several fakes & replicas obtainable. So here are some tips on how you can ensure if you are about to buy a commendable piece of art or not:

The first thing that you should know about vintage posters is that they were actually made with the intention of being exhibited in the street as ads or for some form of public declaration. Therefore, they were not made with a thought of longevity. The papers they were impressed were not meant to last for long & were of marginal or low quality. So if you risk upon a 'vintage poster' that looks fresh and published on superb quality paper, BEWARE! You might be coming across a fake.

Still, irrespective of age & quality of paper, these posters could yet look fresh offered, they were stored very cautiously or preserved using healthy preservation techniques.

Another essential thing to note is that these posters come with a high price tag. They emphatically deserve the price if they are commendable enough. The value of a vintage poster can be marked based on the following constituents: The originality of the poster The artist How unusual the poster is Condition of the poster (However, rare posters get high rates even if condition is not too good) Preservation technique used Technique used for printing the poster

It is important to practise ggod care and caution while buying a vintage poster. Still, a poster well purchased is emphatically a valued investment. - 30821

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Duesenberg A Classic American Motorcar

By Shaw U. Allard

The Duesy. The Dusenberg fine automotive creations. These legends have not only entered the American if not European and worldwide vocabulary as "Its a Doozie". On top of that the impact of the Duesenberg Motor Company live on today in the likes of many replica large touring cars that you may see the likes of Winnipeg's famous scion Peter Nygard.

What is interesting and of great note , is that it was not that early innovators of this fine automotive tradition - the pair of the two world renowned car racing Dusenberg brothers - that resulted in this ultra fine luxury stable of products - but rather business and marketing staff and future factory owners. Indeed the model that the Duesenbeg family produced was a rather staid product. Their "Model A" was introduced at the'20 New York Auto Show and then went into full production in December'21. This Dusenberg Model "A" was from the designed from the same name racing vehicle that had won the French Grand Prix race , where its innovative hydraulic brakes had proved to be the most decisive factor in the automotive racing circuit. The A was of a most durable design and overall construct that it would later appear in the Indianapolis 500 mile race as late as'34 .

There is no question about it. The tradition and great technical innovative effects of the Model A Doozies are with us in the worldwide and US auto markets even to us in this era of 2009 / 2010 . Early mechanical and engineering starts and triumphs are fully the record of the Duesenberg A roster and include fully four wheel hydraulic brakes, which used a mixture of both water and alcohol as brake fluid and fluids. At the point in time , that the Dusenberg Models introduced full hydraulic braking mechanisms what were commonly used were standard mechanical brakes - not dissimilar to what you have installed on your bicycle.

When E.I. Cord had purchased the Duesenberg factory works and company name the company had previously had a product - the lackluster Model A. Perhaps this name was a derivative of the standard of the time - the Ford "Model A'. Perhaps not. Still for any of a number of reasons the Duisenberg Model A had lackluster sales, and never really made much of an impact on the US auto market or export markets at all.

What happened to the Model A's ? The Dusenberg company continued production well into the'20's while at the same time producing more exotic flagship J models. Approximately 650 were finished and delivered by the automotive works. It can be summarized and held that the car had an outstanding auto competition record - winning the French Grand Prix as well as fully three Indy 500's during the decade of the 20's. In addition the Model A actually had the world record for breaking the land speed record. The Dusenberg stable itself was the dominant name in American car racing during the'20's. No doubt that helped the market place reputation of the Duesnenberg clan product line . The Model A had the record of a full 3000 non stop endurance event at average speeds of greater than 60 miles per hour. Tires of course not being the steel belted radials that we take for granted on our highways today were not the norm , and had to be changed on the racing track auto repair pit. Still all in all in spite of the achievements and products gleaned from the racing expertise and experiences of the two Duesenberg racing brother team it is the luxury touring motor cars that are in the mind of most automotive minds and memories not the more humble Duesenberg Model A motorcars. - 30821

Online Garage Sale

By Michael Hixtons

eBay is like a huge online garage sale getting visited an incredible amount of times each day. If you ever get the urge to clean house, you are probably sitting on a mountain of potential merchandise. Be sure to check your attic and garage.

If you have things sitting around your house that get moved about but never used, they might be good candidates for selling on eBay. It is amazing the amount of stuff we keep sitting around for no good reason. These are often items we didn't (and wouldn't) buy for ourselves.

If you are just starting to sell on eBay, don't make your first items anything that you think you will miss next month. Choose your items carefully and not out of haste. You can always list more items later.

Once you have assembled a collection of garage sale type items, click over to eBay. First, check to see if there is anything similar to what you are selling currently listed. This will give you an idea of how popular your items are and how much competition is out there.

Your next step is to check out the completed items. Registered users can click on the button to the left of the screen to choose "completed items" and a listing of finished auctions will appear. Here you can see what final selling prices were for items similar to yours and if they sold at all.

This research should give you an idea of what to ask as a starting price. Following eBay's step by step instructions can now get you listing in no time at all and you will have your own little table in the online garage sale world. Soon, you will be able to get several items listed in a day.

It all comes down to buy low and sell high. If you are selling items you already own and just want to get rid of, then it is like it's all profit. With just bit of research you can start pulling in some extra cash every week.

With a little bit of practice, you can make some nice money every week off of this giant online garage sale. Better still, you can turn your Spring cleaning into a way to get a few extra bucks without having to drag a ton of your belongings into the driveway. - 30821

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