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12/28/18 01:18 PM #136    


Mark Wieting

Responding to Heller and Bakos, yes, Bill, Wayne Wipert did have a 1971 (I think) MGB in good old British Racing Green. I was in Hawaii in those years but he still had it when I returned in 1974. Tom's Fiat Spider 124 was, (also, I think) the car Benjamin Braddock in "The Graduate" drove between trysts with Mrs. Robinson and his attempts to not fall in love with Elaine. ["Gee, old Elaine Robinson got started in a Ford."] I think most of us guys in 1967 did actually fall in love with her, or Katherine Ross. 

Anyway, my car of fond and not-so-fond memories was my 1957 Jaguar XK150 roadster (convertible to you Americans), black, double overhead cams producing 190 horsepower in an in-line 6-cylinder engine. Kind of bulbous fenders with rear-view mirrors were probably the styling highlights. I bought it in 1966 or so for $550. I drove it home from Flossmoor where I bought it. Got to my girlfriend's house to show it to her, turned off the ignition, and noticed that the car was still running. What to do? The ignition switch really was in the off position, so I thought, "Detach the battery, maybe it'll stop it." Next thought, "Where the hell is the battery?" It's not under the hood (bonnet) where it should be, not in the trunk (boot) either. Where? Checking the owner's manual (last resort, and the car was still running), I discovered the battery is located behind the right front wheel, in the space created by those (remember: bulbous) fenders. I think I had to take the right front wheel off the car (still running) to get full access to the battery. Pulling the battery connection did stop the car. There was a certain amount of amusement in the girlfriend's household as the boyfriend's new car wouldn't stop running and he had to remove the front wheel to make it stop. Pretty car though. Being a British car, though, other things did not work and needed fixing--from a heater that wouldn't heat to windshield wipers that worked only intermittently to a major valve job to fix cylinder #3's low compression. And, as I was a graduate student with no money, the last was "deferred maintenance" the entire time I owned the car, about 15 months. It did have 16-inch Dunlop Roadspeed tires (tyres), a leaky roof and an engine that took 13 quarts of oil for an oil change. But it was a Jaguar in the days when "Jaguar roadster" meant something. Not sure what. If I can find a picture, I'll post it.

I'm thinking Marquardt and Nute and others have many other car stories to help us all get through these shortest days of the year. Much safer subject than politics.....

And, oh, happy new year to all of you who've read this far!

12/28/18 01:25 PM #137    


Mark Wieting

Oops. One more thing: 

If you look back at some early posts on this message forum, you'll see some thoughts from Camilla and me about the artwork created by Bill Brynjolfsson. And two examples.


I was recently at the Art Institute of Chicago where there is an exhibition of 1960's drawings by artists know as part of the Harry Who? school. Damn, many of them look like Brynjolfsson's. Rude, crude, black and white exaggerations of creepy people. I'd post one but it'd violate copyright, so go to and look for Harry Who? The exhibition, which my wife hates, runs until Jan. 6 if you want to see it in person. There's a brief article on it at 

12/29/18 07:33 AM #138    


William Gibson Heller

Mark, I checked the Art Institute page and there is a piece by Picasso, Weeping Woman, which may have been Bill B's inspiration!  

Great memories about cars owned and movies too.  Agreed, Mrs. Robinson was HOT!  Anyway, I think the movie car was actually the cousin of the 124, an Alfa Romeo Graduate.  Too bad you did not keep that Jag 150, check out the web site for auctions of classic cars.  Now and then a 120/140/150 pops up, some restored some not, and you'd be amazed at what they pull in bids.  To carry the roadster word further, these are also called DHC's (Drop Head Coupes).

Glad to see Tom is keeping his boyhood fresh with his car hobby.  This MGB is my third MG.  I drove a '77 B to the 25th class reunion (in Lisle?) and suffered a loud rear tire blowout on I-65 on the way home.  Scared the devil out of me but thankful it was a rear tire and I was near an exit.  The other MG was a '59 MGA that I restored and had for about 25 years, half that time in restoration mode!  Sold that before moving to Marion as I had no idea what type of house we'd get and whether there would be enough garage space.....there was not as it turned out but that has been solved.  There is comfort in staying with MG's as I know where the batteries are and I like SU carbs.

Safety Fast! is the MG catch phrase, and I wish you all a Safety Fast New Year.

12/29/18 01:37 PM #139    


Thomas L. Bakos

Well, the battery in our Jeep Grand Cherokee is under the front passenger seat - and it's an American car - I think.  The old 124's battery was in the trunk and pretty easy to find.  The new 124 has the battery in the engine compartment where one would expect to find it.  Mark, I assume that disconnecting the battery was not the recommended way to shut the Jag down.  Just curious, how did you restart it? 

I've always wanted an Austin Healy Sprite - a fraternity brother had one - the bug eyed variety.  Yes, the fond memories are worth a lot but, I like cars I can actually drive.  Right now I am dreaming about a restored 1956 or so Dodge Power Wagon - with a plow. 

HAPPY NEW Year every one.


12/30/18 02:47 PM #140    

Thomas Kent Marquardt

I would be remiss if I didn't express my gratittude to Jon Hart and Dale Hahne for driving me to Elmhurst College in their MGs and Triumphs.  My father was determined to have me enjoy the wonder of mass transportation and thought it would be a good idea if I took the Northwestern train from Lombard to Elmhurst.  Somehow that didn't hit a nice chord with me.  After I solidified my academics at Elmhurst I purchased a red 1961 Plymouth convertible.  That particular year invariably makes the list of the ten most ugly cars ever made (Thank you Pontiac Aztec for taking the crown).  I drove that to Washington, D.C. and later got a 1965 Plymouth Barracuda (remember the immense rear window?)  That was traded in on a 1969 Mustang Mach 1 which I took to Boston and New York City.  Marriage and a move to New Jersey caused me to acquire a 1965 Plymouth station wagon to commute in.  It was somewhat rustic in that it had after market airconditioning and in the summer the car overheated so the cardinal rule of the car pool was no AC until we crossed the George Washington Bridge.  From that point on you could have hung meat in the car it was so cold.  The flip side was that in the winter it was a bit drafty in the back seat so I furnished blankets to those fortunate enough to sit there.  It was kind of like going on a sleigh ride.  In honor of Bob Matsinger's brother's car it was named Crop Duster 2 as it sent out an oil slick for the first few miles everytime i drove it.  New Jersey had emissions testing so in order to pass the test it caused me to have to take a trip down the Garden State Parkway until it quit smoking before i could go for the test.  It was traded in on a 1969 VW bug which was a good and faithful servant in NYC and then Detroit.   Road salt caused me to notice that I could see the interstate highway below my feet during my commute but a friend of mine was putting a sunroof in his van and he gave me the piece he cut out so I could put it in the floor.  I sold it at a garage sale and cautioned the new owner about the hole in the floor, but he assured me it was alright as he was purchasing it for his girlfriend.  Sometimes I wonder how that realtionship worked out.

12/31/18 10:27 AM #141    


William Gibson Heller

Tom, I love that bit about using the top from a conversion as the floorpan of the VW!  You are right to wonder about that relationship of the next buyer!

12/31/18 02:03 PM #142    


Thomas L. Bakos

Tom:  You went from Plymouths to a 1969 Mustang and than back to Plymouths?????   What, excatly, was it that you liked about Plymouths?   

01/01/19 08:06 AM #143    

Thomas Kent Marquardt

My father was a Mopar guy for years and yet had a distain for the automobile.  He used to say that a car is to get you from point A to point B and whitewall tires don't get you there any better.  For some reason he raised three motorheads which frustrated him at times.  The Barracuda had been my brother Rog's car and the '61 Plymouth was starting to get a bit tired (this was around '68) so I made a deal to buy it from him.  I thought that the '69 Mach 1 was one of the greatest looking cars so I took the plunge when I was finishing New Agents class.  I still had it when I went to NYC in '70 and parked it in NJ at my partner's house and he would drive it to me if i needed it.  After Cathy and I got married and moved out of Manhattan, I figured that I should get in a car pool to drive to work (not a sound idea) so I started shopping and found the Plymouth station wagon.  I actually then traded the Mach 1 in on a used Dodge Polara (another questionable move) which was nothing but problems.  Got out of the car pool and bought the VW so i could commute alone and took that and the Dodge to Detroit.  I was discreet enough to wait until Cathy was in the hospital having our daughter Sarah before I went out and traded in the Dodge on a Mercury station wagon ('74).  Got the worst gas mileage in the history of mankind.  I averaged around 5 - 6 mpg in town and ususally got 8 - 10 on the highway.  I guess I should have looked closer on the bumper where it said that it had the "heavy duty trailer package."  My last Ford adventure and I went to GM and then have happily found a home with Honda, Toyota, Acura and two Corvettes.  

01/01/19 08:52 AM #144    


William Gibson Heller

Your automotive sins are forgiven, son.  Say two Hail Mary's and go in peace.

01/01/19 10:15 AM #145    


Thomas L. Bakos

I hadn't thought about it much but, I guess, I'm Mopar too.  Been driving Jeep Grand Cherokees for quite a while since they do quite well out here in SW Colorado.  Bought the 1993 Dodge Stealth Twin Turbo but that was only technically Mopar since it was manufactured by Mitsubishi.  Have a 1998 Dodge Pickup bought new which has served very well over the last 20 years - 21 now.  Bought the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider when reintroduced by FCA but that is also only technically Mopar.  It is based on the Mazda (with different design - bigger inside - and different engine) and was manufactured in Hiroshima. 

My parents had a slant 6 back in the day.  The car I drove sometime near and after HS graduation was a 1956 Chevy convertible. 

Recently added a 2019 Porsche 911 Targa 4S - very, very, close to perfection.  Definitely NOT Mopar. 

Hey, as long as we can remember all of the cars we have owned ... we're doing OK wink  

04/17/19 10:37 PM #146    

Bruce F. Burianek

HAPPY EASTER      to all

04/18/19 06:20 AM #147    


William Gibson Heller


Thank you, Bruce, and to you as well.  It will be pretty wet here in Indiana, maybe we'll get double May flowers!

04/18/19 10:23 AM #148    

Ethel (Jean) Snyder (Riskus)

Happy Easter to you and to everyone else here.

04/18/19 10:41 AM #149    

James Alan Bullard

Happy Easter everyone.  Thanks to all the efforts to keep our web page going for all to enjoy.


04/19/19 08:17 AM #150    


Thomas L. Bakos

We've been in key West this week enjoying spring break with children and grandchildren. No rain here but it is humid - so maybe that counts. Heading home tomorrow part way. Will he traveling Easter over the continental divide to home in SW Colorado. We'll be home just in time for Spring, I hope.

It's been a few Easters for all of us ... right?

04/19/19 08:19 AM #151    


Thomas L. Bakos

Anybody got a favorite Easter? Maybe best candy ever?

04/19/19 05:40 PM #152    

Kerrin Anne Kinsey (Sgourakis)

Happy Easter to everyone (although I am Greek Orthodox, and ours is next week). 

As for the candy, my favorite was the dark chocolate marshmallow eggs from Fannie May.


04/20/19 07:37 AM #153    


William Gibson Heller

Jelly beans!  An any holiday fav.

04/20/19 10:23 AM #154    

Ethel (Jean) Snyder (Riskus)

Favorite Easters are when all the kids are here.  Favorite Easter candy is Cadbury eggs.

04/20/19 12:56 PM #155    


Mark Wieting

Does anyone still enjoy biting the heads off the chocolate bunnies? If so, there is probably help for you. Whether you celebrate Easter as a religious holiday, family gathering (this week or next) or Passover, I hope you enjoy the weekend with signs of spring. 64 and blue skies in the Western suburbs today—where we have the country’s very best weather. 

04/20/19 06:30 PM #156    

Bruce F. Burianek

Did anybody have a Easter Egg hunt for the grandkids?  Mine are all too old or two far away


04/21/19 06:49 AM #157    


Mary Lou Schmidt (Brunner)

Happy Easter/Happy Passover.

No Easter egg hunt for us. Our youngest grandkids are almost 24 and our great grandchild lives in Shreveport, LA. Miss those fun times when the kids/ grand kids were small. We would color eggs and make Easter cookies on Good Friday.

Bill's favorite candy is Black  jelly beans, but my favorite would have to be the chocolate bunnies.

04/21/19 05:59 PM #158    

Ethel (Jean) Snyder (Riskus)

Grandkids are still young enough for the egg hunt every year.  Our grandaughter was born on the first of this month, so we will have years of hunts with her.

04/22/19 09:12 AM #159    


William Gibson Heller

Thinking about it more, my mom used to make yummy Hot Cross Buns.  Not quite candy but darn near.

04/22/19 06:37 PM #160    

Bruce F. Burianek

I remember comming home from Church and eating hot rolls and Hard Boiled Eggs

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