Monthly Archives: June 2012

2012 Massillon, Ohio Car Show

Much like last year, I used Father’s Day as an excuse to take my two youngest daughters to the Massillon “Cruise-on-in and Dance Party” car show.  One of these years it will work out that I’ll be able to drag the whole family along, and I might actually have the Tempest out of the garage in time to drive it there.  I was pleasantly surprised to see many cars that I didn’t recognize from last year.  Here are some of the highlights:

I’m finding myself more and more attracted to these Bandit-era Firebirds, just as they are going up in price.

There was a time when it was moderately popular to soup up Pintos and Vegas.  That time has passed.

This sweet straight-axle gasser-style Tempest looked awesome, complete with velocity stacks:

And a fairly original interior:

I’m not sure what this is (my knowledge of neo-classics is decidedly lacking), but it sure is ugly.

I’ve done an As Seen on Craigslist post on a King Midget before, but here was one in the flesh.

Check out that plank dashboard!

This early-50’s Pontiac looked to be the best buy of the show.  It was clean and solid, and was only $5,500 OBO.

’69 Camaros are like bellybuttons at car shows, but this one had a fantastic paint job and rally stripes that were more metalflake than paint.

I’m not sure why there was an Ozzy Osbourne-themed Buick hearse there, but I felt obligated to take a picture.

AMXs have always looked good to me, and this gold-on-gold (with matching wheels!) example was pretty sharp.

I never realized how ugly the dashboard was, though.

Despite their many flaws, it’s hard not to like the Pantera.  I could do without the wheels on this one, but the paint was absolutely beautiful and flawless.

In contrast with the AMX, this is an interior I wouldn’t mind spending some time in.

A terrible shot of the Pantera’s mid-mounted Ford V8.

An old Fiat 500 and it’s gigantic (in comparison) progeny.

My love for Corvairs is well documented, but this one was a bit overpriced at $9,500, despite the nice black-on-red color scheme.  I’d pay that much for a Corsa or a convertible, but not for a hardtop with an automatic.

It’s hard not to appreciate a Charger that escaped the insatiable maw of the Dukes of Hazzard, especially one with steel wheels and dog-dishes, a 440, and a four-speed.

Lastly, I’m not much for British cars, but I could see myself in a little MG.  Just as long as I had a mechanic on staff to fix it after every drive.


As Seen on Craigslist – 1966 Cadillac Deville Convertible

My love for big boat convertibles is pretty evident by the number of them I’ve posted in this space, but this bad boy takes the cake.  It doesn’t matter that it’s the ideal year (for me, anyway), or that it looks to be rust-free and straight.  It’s the king because of the pimpalicious purple hue and the full-on crack -dealer-spec two-tone white and black diamond pattern seats, door, panels, floors(!), and dash pad.  Combine those attributes with the chrome wire wheels with spinners and wide whites, and you’re just couple fender-mounted chandeliers from Defcon 1 pimpatude.  I don’t normally post the actual links to these ads because they degrade so fast, but I feel obligated to here, so you can witness the magnificence yourself.  Just bring one of those CSI-style blacklights before you sit in any of the seats.


Field Trip: 2012 Randolph Swap Meet

Despite still not having a drivable Tempest available to me, I decided to spend a few hours walking around the Randolph Swap Meet last weekend.  I was supposed to be joined by a coworker, but unfortunately he does not have nearly as kind, accommodating, and beautiful wife as I do and was thus stuck at home on a beautiful Sunday.

I started out in the car corral, which is basically a field where, for a small fee, sellers can park their cars and let countless hillbillies scratch them with their belt buckles for a captive audience to view and hopefully buy.  Most of the cars were hideously overpriced, but there were a few deals to be had and many cool rides available for sale.  The first thing that caught my eye ended up being the nicest car there – a beautifully restored 1960 Lincoln coupe with an awesome copper/tan two tone paint job:

No price, although the tag on the windshield notes that it was totally rebuilt this year, so I’m guessing it’s out of my price range.  The headlights on these cars always remind me of cat’s eye glasses:

Kinda looks like Lisa Loeb, right?

Parked near the Lincoln was this 1964 (I think) Chevy wagon, which I would love as a family hauler.  Given the clean-yet-original body, chrome, and interior, and the California plates, I think it’s safe to assume it’s going to sell for way more than I could afford:

Next, there was a fairly clean 1963 or ’64 Riviera, one of the prettiest American cars ever designed:

I’ve always loved the dash of these cars, especially the aircraft-style switchgear:

Parked nearby was a “gangster’s special” 1976 Chrysler New Yorker, in black with ghost flames and a black interior:

For a reasonable $6500, you could drive this monster home, although it might cost you that much in gas.  But imagine the comfort of cruising on the barcalounger-style button-tucked split bench seat (assuming the A/C works):

Next, I stumbled upon this VW Westphalia camper, which was also priced fairly at $6000.  I don’t know how well the air-cooled two liter engine would do crossing the Rockies, but it would be pretty fun to take this out West:

Just imagine cooking up some breakfast and relaxing in a sea of brown and fake woodgrain:

Lastly, the most overpriced car I saw was this 1973 Firebird Formula:

It was nice, to be sure, but had some cracking paint on the urethane nose, it was a 350/auto car (which is less desirable) and it had a brown interior (not a problem for me, but not exactly a selling point).  The seller was asking a ridiculous $18,500 for this car.  For comparison, there was a very similar white 1975 Firebird (a less popular year, but same body style and nearly identical to the untrained eye) that was optioned similarly and was solid but in need of paint for $6300.  You could put another $5000 in that car and have one that was twice as nice as the ’73 for a little more than half the money.

Anyway, I wasn’t really at the swamp meet to buy a car (and as I told my wife on the way home, there wasn’t anything there worth getting into a fight with her over).  I was there to scrounge through acres of rusty old car parts:

You never know what you’re going to see at these events.  From the guys that have one table of random parts from cars they’ve sold/finished/junked, to the guy selling bags of candy and beef jerky, to the guys that look like they bought the remaining stock of a hardware store at a going-out-of-business sale, there’s something for everyone.  I came away with a new window crank and lock knobs for the Tempest, but I was also on the lookout for a new or lightly-used exhaust system, as well as a limited-slip unit and a rare Offenhauser intake for my absent co-worker’s Buick.  Still, there is always the oddball stuff that never ceases to amaze me.  Like this guy, pushing around a cart with a completely stripped seat frame and a handful of headliner bows:

I had to move upwind of him to keep from getting a constant faceful of ancient horsehair and burlap.  While I didn’t find my coworker’s intake, I did find a cool Pontiac tri-power setup that was probably worth as much as some of the cars in the car corral:

There was also a selection of Ooga horns, both in 6 volt and 12 volt varieties, for all your Ooga-ing needs:

I heard a rumble over my shoulder, and turned around to see someone firing up this super cool 1946 Ford cab-over-engine pickup, which needed an interior but ran and drove and would make an awesome street rod:

Lastly, there was even an opportunity for a new career path:

My prizes in hand, I made my way home.  Hopefully, I’ll get the Tempest back together this summer and actually have a reason to put the new window crank and lock knobs on it.  Regardless, it was nice to spend some time surrounded by greasy crap that wasn’t cluttering up my garage.

As Seen on Craigslist – 1968 Barracuda

I’m to the point where I’ve done enough of these posts that I can’t remember if I’ve posted one of these cars before.  I feel like I have, but I’m too lazy to go back and find it.  Regardless, this body style has grown on me recently, and I’m a sucker for cars with dark, unassuming paint colors and factory hubcaps, so this is right up my alley.  It needs a driver’s seat cover, but otherwise this looks pretty much turn-key for a shade under five figures.  Not bad for a lightweight ponycar that can be made to go very fast in a straight line or handle well (but not both) for a relatively small amount.  I don’t even mind the vinyl top.

As Seen on Craigslist – 1964 VW Dunebuggy

There was a time when there were dozens of companies making dune buggy bodies for old VW Beetles, but as the Beetle has aged and become a collector car on its own, it seems like I see far fewer dune buggies as I did as a kid.  Of course, that might be because I live in Ohio and there’s about 3 square miles of sand in the entire state.  Regardless, it’s funny that this ad popped up this week since a coworker and I were just discussing old cartoons and the subject of the Scooby Doo knockoff Speed Buggy came up.  For 2300 bucks, this looks like a lot of fun (I even see a hint of Lotus 7 in the front end, but somehow I doubt it’s as fun as one of those), even if it has limited use in the Midwest.  I even like the VERY vintage button-tufted vinyl seat and the goofy stand-up windshield.  You can make your own engine noises to complete the cartoon effect.