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You Can Buy a Collector Car Cheap

If you pay any attention to the major collector car auctions held every year, you probably think you cannot afford a collector car anymore. The prices seem to have shot through the roof to the point of being ridiculous. Let me assure you that unless you are looking for a museum piece that you would not want to drive on any road today, there is clearly hope. I have friends that have bought and sold many collector cars and trucks over the years and I have certainly bought and sold my share of them. In the last couple of days I found some examples of great buys that collectors such as you and I would be pleased to own. These cars are not showroom pieces, but who cares? They are nice rides that you and I could enjoy for very reasonable cost. Take this 1971 Chevy El Camino, found on “craigslist”. The car covers for snow shows very clean and straight. It has a 350 V8 engine with a Turbo 350 automatic transmission, power steering, power disc brakes, and custom wheels. They are asking $2800 OBO.

OBO means “or best offer”.

Any time someone advertises OBO, you know they will take less. It is up to your negotiation skills to determine just how much less they will take. Now this has a lot to do with just where the seller is at in their efforts to sell. If you catch them when they really want to unload the burden they have of owning that vehicle (for all kinds of reasons), you can usually get a substantial savings when you buy. Here is a 1970 Mustang coupe, also found on “craigslist”. It shows a straight no rust body, has a 302 V8 engine, automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, and chrome wheels. They are asking $2200 OBO. Here we go again with the OBO, although I would not expect to get too much off on this one, for it is pretty cheap already.

These are just a couple examples of what might interest you. I find an incredible variety of collector cars and trucks like these almost every day, using a number of sources I have accumulated over the years. This is a passion of mine so I am looking for them all the time. Now these may not be your cup of tea but there are many more where these came from. Keep in mind what I am telling you about here are very low cost vehicles that would get you into the collector car arena. There is almost an exponential increase in the number of cars you can buy with every $500 you add to your buying power. You can buy a collector car today for a reasonable cost; all kinds of them. This is just the tip of the iceberg. In future articles I will share my years of experience and passion about these historical pieces of iron. We will cover topics such as where you can find them (there are many places), how to know what you are buying, tricks for when you do buy them, buying them long distance, etc. William Perschke is a self-taught collector car enthusiast who has bought, owned, and sold over 20 different collector cars and trucks and owned and operated an automotive car and truck business for over 5 years. He is the author of the NEW “How To Buy A Collector Car or Truck Cheap e-book”.

My First Car – How I Got it and What it Did For Me

All the talk about the cash for clunkers program got me to thinking about my first car. Boy things have certainly changed and not just with respect to buying cars. My father made a deal with me that he would match whatever I could come up with to buy my first car. From the time I earned my first nickel I was a saver. My allowance, back in those days, was two bits (twenty five cents) a week. I grew up on a ranch near a small no more town called Ventura. Ventura is about thirty miles south of Santa Barbara and sixty miles north of Los Angles on the California coast. In those days the area was mostly agricultural. Today all that beautiful, rich soil has been paved over to sprout houses. The climate was and still is as close to perfect as you could get and it seems people prefer melanomas to melons. I earned some of my money picking one crop or another. The crop picking memory that sticks in my head involved walnuts. When I was about ten a school chum offered me a “get rich quick” scheme, or so I thought. Her family owned walnut orchards and it was harvest time. She told me we could earn five dollars for every bag of walnuts we picked. In the early sixties five bucks was big money. I figured I ought to be able to get at least a couple of bags in a day. Ten or fifteen dollars for a day’s wages, that was just too good to be true. Of course I knew nothing about picking walnuts, my family was in citrus and avocadoes.

I certainly learned about picking walnuts that day. The walnuts were shaken out of the tree onto the ground so they had to be picked up. A good number of the nuts hadn’t shed their outer shell so those had to be shucked. There is something in those outer skins that stains your hands a ghastly yellow. And, those bags were really big. By the end of our backbreaking day my friend and I had managed to fill one bag between us. Our fingers looked like we had been smokers for at least a hundred years! Not surprisingly, that was my first and last stint as a walnut picker. In 1960 my grandmother passed away. She left me 100 shares of AT&T. Unlike today, in those days companies paid dividends and management answered to them. Nowadays shareholders take all the risk and the executives pay themselves lavish salaries instead of dividends. One hundred shares of stock don’t seem like much today but back then those shares paid me $240 per year in dividends. That was huge for a kid my age. Unlike today, back then, savers were rewarded. I had never heard the word compounding” but compound I did. By the time I was seventeen I had saved up $1,300 dollars and I knew exactly what I wanted. From the time I was a very little girl I loved horses and was riding one as soon as I was allowed. Originally, I thought I needed a pickup to haul my tack in. But then I discovered the Chevrolet El Camino. It was love at first sight. The best of both worlds, it was a car with a bed. Perfect! Now that was a bed for hauling equipment lest you get the wrong idea.

I think my father was somewhat dismayed when I announced I had saved up $1,300 and was ready to buy my new car. Now, he had to cough up his share. You probably think $1,300 is no big deal but you would be wrong. In today’s dollars it’s probably more like $10,000. I’ll never forget the evening my father said, “Let’s go see about that car”. I was so excited. We headed off down Telegraph Road to Fillmore and William L. “Chappy” Morris Chevrolet. The dealership still exists today but Chappy is no longer with us. Walking into the lit up showroom was exciting in itself. But, to be there to pick out my new car, well that was beyond the beyond. When I say, “pick out” I don’t mean wander around a huge lot looking for a needle in a haystack. I mean looking at a catalog and choosing the paint, the seat covers, the carpet, the engine, the transmission and other options. General Motors took that order and made that car just for me, just the way I wanted it and it cost just $2,600.

When you hear people talking about how our standard of living has gone down so much in the last forty years I think this story really illustrates what they are talking about. For $2,600 GM promised me the moon and they delivered. I don’t think there is an equivalent on the market today. But if there were a similar car/truck you’d most likely pay ten times as much and have to take what was on the lot. My father could have easily just given me the car but he always insisted that his children work for what they got. This was not a bad thing. I learned self-reliance. Self-reliance is equivalent to freedom. I never thought I had to depend on a man for my survival as most women of my era did. It simply never occurred to me I couldn’t provide for myself. Most women were trained to believe they had to have a provider. Now that I think about it I need to be thanking my father for being such a “jerk”. Back in the sixties people saved to buy what they wanted. We didn’t take things for granted and we really appreciated what we got. It seems, thanks to Madison Avenue, in the last twenty years people have gone berserk with credit. They have bought everything they wanted when they wanted it without having earned it. Now General Motors is bankrupt and people have become enslaved to their creditors. It truly is difficult to believe this has happened. A truly wonderful time in America has slipped away only to be remembered by old fogies like me.

Packing Suggestions For Walking the Way of Saint James

The Camino de Santiago de Compostela or Way of Saint James is one of the most renowned pilgrimages in the history and the tradition is carried on even today. The journey is traveled over the age-old path either by foot or by using various modes of communication such as parts that, by cycle, or even cars. Some people visit Camino de Santiago for other than religious and spiritual reasons such as cultural, emotional and educational reasons. Regardless of the reason of travel, proper packing and preparation are the essential aspects of walking the Camino de Santiago. It could be a daunting and difficult task for walkers to complete this journey. Careful planning will help in ensuring enjoyment, eased pre-trek jitters and reduced risk of any injury. It is important to carry all necessary items and belongings with oneself while going for the pilgrimage — the way of St. James. Over-packing can lead to stress in injury, and under-packing may result in shortage of essential supplies or inadequate clothing. The journey is towards the northwest corner of Spain and about 780 km long. Therefore, lightweight packaging would be the key to the pilgrim endurance.

Choosing the Right Rucksack

The rucksack you buy it for the pilgrimage should have at least 35 -45 L capacity. The rucksack should not be too heavy also, after you have added the necessary items. A pilgrim’s rucksack can either be your best friend or the worst enemy, so it is important to bring one that is absolutely comfortable and properly adjusted to height and weight.

Preparing for Seasonal Circumstances

First thing that you need to get in order to have a good journey is a good quality and trusted hiking boots. If you’re making the journey between the months of July to September, you can afford to wear low- hiking shoes also. During spring season, waterproof leather is the most desirable choice. An important fact about Camino de Santiago is that even during the hottest season, the weather can fluctuate tremendously and you may encounter heavy rain containing mist. Therefore your packaging must include a lightweight warm jacket and a rain poncho.

Packing List

The packing list contains Broken-in Boots, Several Pairs Comfortable Socks, 2 Lightweight T-Shirts, Sleepwear, Lightweight Rain Poncho, waterproof Cover for Rucksack, Sandals or Flip-Flops, Quick-Dry Lightweight Towel, Water Bottle, Personal Toiletries, Basic First-Aid Requirements, 1 Hat, Small Money Belt, Sunscreen and important Documents. If some space is leftover you may and a small camera, small pillow and some batteries and Chargers also.