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  1. Bottle of motor oil laying in the plenum poses concern but perhaps mitigated by clean rear license plate lights.
  2. Had a good day, saw two cars today running errands around Redondo Beach. First saw a tricked out blue square tail with box flares, and later in the afternoon saw a beautiful restored looking Touring in FFFerona, both within blocks of my home. I would have taken pics but using my phone while driving would be against the law.
  3. Here's a pic of an original painted wheel well, evidence the car was actually Polaris at one time.
  4. Spyder, Gosh I like the underside of your car, not too shiny and just plain old clean, dry and original. I always question when I see fresh paint, undercoat or a combination thereof....as in what did they cover up.
  5. I'm in agreement with Esty as this has been the best site for me to acquire used parts, with seller's generally having the same passion for 02's and with fair pricing. There seems to be a few sellers who aren't looking to get rich, just get rid of inventory and help the rest of us out, thank you. But I've noticed a whole bunch of "new" sellers lately, where did they come from? Anyway, a couple of my observations as some of you know I've become an Ebay seller of old car radios: There are pros and cons but so far, Ebay has been the best way for me to get the radios out there nationwide and even worldwide. You get fee'd to no end but I've been enjoying it. I generally price set my prices to sell as I made my money in the buy. I've had listings expire at $50, relist at $40, then auction bids it up to $70, all about timing. But I do get great satisfaction of helping someone in need of a radio for their project and even traded and donated a few. I've joined other model specific sites (ie the Chevelle and Corvair forums) to sell radios, not too much luck. But what I do like is most other sites have an "Ebay and Craigslist Section" in their classifieds for listing of parts and cars. The FAQ's Cars for Sale classified has become comingled with Ebay and CL listings....hey we all have the internet don't we and we're all looking for that special barn find in Why, Arizona. I've had moderate success on Craigslist. Generally motivated and local buyers, and my net is better than Ebay after fees. But buyer's aren't as prepared to paypal funds or as comfortable with shipping, so its usually a meet and greet. I'll probably start listing more on Craigslist. Speaking of BAT, I noticed BAT has started to infiltrate FAQ, although I read every post last couple of weeks about the cars for sale, it sort of bothered me....that BAT commenters get bashed, but we're okay to make our own comments because it was on FAQ. But at least put the BAT cars for sale posts in the FAQ for sale section. Sorry that's just my opinion, I've been grouchy, overworked and have two teenagers. Steve
  6. My steelies looked like Original Owner Carls so after I painted them, I couldn't stand the aforementioned iron oxide look, so I just rattle canned them, didn't even pull off hubs, just taped off lugs.
  7. The car was really clean and looked "done" and all original except for the wheels. Perhaps the father who passed away was an active member. He said it just sat in his father's garage, and probably doesn't know what he has, and what a KF or MFI is.
  8. If any of you want to follow me on Ebay, here's one of my listings where you can link to sellers other items. I could use some more followers and watchers. Its a one year only 67' Ford pickup AM radio, so will be interesting to see where it sells. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1967-Ford-Pickup-AM-radio-model-7TBTL/392306184420?epid=8025999142&hash=item5b574550e4:g:KboAAOSwcapc8f-7
  9. you're probably right and just naturally bound to happen with the popularity of the cars. Heck I dropped by kids off at high school last week, and this 74Tii rolled in the parking lot. After we dropped out kids off, I flagged the driver down. Turns out its an old friend of mine, and my former chiropractor, and our kids grew up together. He inherited the car from his father and I asked him if he was on FAQ, response was "huh"???
  10. Well I know I'm supposed to be in liquidation mode, but I did some trading and ended up with this 69' Frankfurt, the guts already refurbished with connection for I-phone. I've been enjoying learning the virtues of old AM radios and I've sold, traded or donated about 70 radios so far. I was happy to donate a 66' Galaxie radio to a east coast sheriff dept who is restoring their old squad car on a tight budget. So I really haven't been on FAQ that much, and I still consider myself a newbie going on almost two years. But seems like something has changed with the tone of posts and what appears to be a glut of new members. Even the classifieds I used to scour seem more global and commercialized. Just doesn't seem like the tight knit community focused on only 02 cars/owners as when I joined. Or perhaps it's just me approaching middle age.
  11. I have buckets of antennas, most are telescoping. I even have a bunch of new in box trunk mount and magnetic CB antennas if Conserv Steve needs a replacement. I probably have a fixed trunk mount in the piles somewhere. I'd be glad to send you one for free if you pay for shipping. Send me a PM and show me what you're looking for. See my post in Off Topic Discussion about car radios. Steve
  12. My only experience thus far has been with Le Tran who brought my 02 back to life. He constantly updated me with texts and pics on the progress of my car, like hourly. He even posted the progress to his Facebook page. Guess youngsters today don't make a move without first posting on social media. Makes me feel old and socially irrelevant, but I do have 100 facebook friends. Steve Sent from my Apple IIe
  13. Raised two kids with the Odyssey, it was great. Probably the best attribute for us was parking in tight spots with auto sliding doors, and getting to those baby seats and changing diapers. Great for road trips with entertainment systems. Amazing amount of space with seats completely removed, much more hauling capacity than my longbed Tacoma. Downside we bought the nicest model with leather and bells and whistles. Our interior took a beating (buy the full rubber floor mats) with spilled drinks, mummified french fries under the seats, and peculiar stains on headliner? Just don't have any illusions your van will be kept as clean and pristine as the day you bought it, but resale value held strong.
  14. I've bought and sold a quite a few cars via craigslist, I think the beauty of it is the "free postings" without ads. But like your idea of private party listings for free, I probably wouldn't pay $5 to list, don't know why cause I'd pay $7 for a beer all day. Probably more of giving up my personal credit card info than the $5 it cost. But a fee would keep all the riff raff out. I think you're trying to weed out everything but cars, but one thing that bugs me about craigslist are businesses claiming to be "owners", even though they list hundreds of items. Perhaps a limit # of listings per user/week? Another thing is their key word matching. Lets say I use search button and enter "2003 Subaru Forester". 700 items show up in search results, 75% attributed to tire/wheel dealers, JDM engines unrelated to Suburas, and dealership listings of other cars. Be nice if Craigslist offered a "your listing is expiring notification" via email and a simple button to click to continue listing. Lastly, geography and local problem to me. They list where I live in the South Bay with the same market as the Westside which includes Malibu, which can be 50 miles away. While Long Beach is a separate market and less than 10 miles from me. But I love Craigslist, something about its simplicity, but like Ebay, has become more for business than local private party buyers/sellers. Steve
  15. Rust and primer should be considered colors.

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