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Vehicular lack of knowledge
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Uncle Joe
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 8:26 am    Post subject: Vehicular lack of knowledge Reply with quote

I've been around most types of classic vehicles for many years now. In the past, every enthusiast that I have ever met has always had a lot of knowledge.

The trouble is, I'm starting to notice a worrying trend lately. The fact that there are quite a number of newcomers on the scene that either a) dont know what they own, or b) claim to own something that has never existed...

Is this something that others have noticed?

UJ
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Stuchamp
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yep, scary isn't it! Sad
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62rebel
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sort of like the used-car dealer trying to pass off a (admittedly nice) Kelmark GT as a Ferrari dino....."they all had VW engines, dontcha know"
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Uncle Joe
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scary? Hollywood couldnt come up with something more frightening..... Laughing

UJ
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Stuchamp
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Idea I'm beginning to think that maybe some college's and high schools need to start a course on automotive history.
Maybe even elementary school to get them started early on the right foot.
My granddaughter just turned 14 months old and she already knows what Studebakers are. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

UJ, is it just a case of people new to the hobby still not knowing much about the subject, or more scheming than that, where people are inventing history/provenance/whatever to make a car they own seem more valuable than it is??? just curious as to what you've come across?

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Uncle Joe
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its just that over the past period of time, I've seen a number of less experienced people stating that they have a vehicle that isnt what they say it is.

I know more experienced enthusiasts all over, and the one thing that links them is a very, very accurate knowledge of the vehicle that they own.

UJ
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62rebel
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few years back, when i worked retail auto parts, i had a customer with a Dodge Charger R/T, who firmly believed that unless the catalog listing for any (and i mean ANY) part clearly stated "R/T" it was NOT the right part for that car...windshield wipers, lug nuts, oil filters... and i actually saw the car in question; nothing special; just a Charger. some folk think their car is just a little TOO special....
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Uncle Joe
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reb, does this mean that apart from having a 'Blue Oval' knowledge, you have Mopar knowledge as well?

UJ
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62rebel
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2007 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ER...AHHH... why.. yeeessss, it does, a little.. actually have had quite a few Mopars over the years. best one? 1957 Dodge Coronet 500 2dr hardtop, 383 cu in v8, autobox... fins! still holding the wife's Valiant hardtop but may sell or trade it soon. Cor! she knows more about her car than many partscountermen nowadays....now that "Plymouth" is an "orphan" brand name.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 3:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My 1966 Pontiac GTO is done in 1970`s style....stock except for chrome wheels, loud mufflers, and "Hi-Jackers" air assisted shock absorbers.
The cutest comment at a car show came from a young girl who pointed at the raised rear end of my car and told her boyfriend,
"Look....that car has hydraulics!"
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Uncle Joe
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A good case I heard of a while ago. A guy in England was selling his 1965 Lincoln convertible, 'the actual one that JFK was shot in' ....

UJ
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old gto
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1965???? LOL! Rolling Eyes
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Uncle Joe
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It really would be a conspiracy theory if it was true though, wouldnt it?

UJ
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pigtin
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree that the amount of people who own classics and know very little about the subject is scary. Although possibly the upside is that specialist maintenance and repair companies have a thriving business and employ a good number of people, if they didn't the government would soon find a way to tax and legislate us out of existence.
I am inclined to look kindly at the (often professional type) people who 'pay through the nose' for their maintenance so that those of us with greasy hands can get on with we like best..
I also think that the saying; "there is no-one more anxious than the 'totally mis-informed', to pass that mis-information on to others" applies to far too many people who wander around the shows..
But it sometimes gives us a chuckle!..
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