..... tune in Wednesday night ( 8-20 ), check you cable provider for channel.
Bob - I also immediately picked up on that little 10 or 15 second "blurb" on TV about the upcoming "American Pickers" show which will apparently be seen tomorrow (Wednesday the 20th) night. That little "preview" just might be about all that will be shown on the actual show however, and it was used effectively as an "attention-getter" (at least to us Model "T" guys) but as we all know, they have no real interest in whole cars; they'd actually spend more time looking thru' just a pile of parts, looking for things they could sell easily and turn a quick buck. Whole vehicles of any type is just not their thing. I fully expect the quick look we'll get of that "Fronty" will only be a few seconds longer that what we saw on the "attention-getter" preview. Of course I'm gonna' watch it anyway, even tho' I expect it'll show very little of what I'd really like to see in detail! All of that to say that "Frank" and "Mike" and the TV crew would probably spend more time on a pile of rusty oil cans! Well, we'll see,.......harold
So, a, Harold ....... you've seen the show before ?? ..... I have the same expectations, the blurb would be the attention getter for T guys.
The more... Reubenesque of the two buys whole cars. I've seen him buy a '39 Plymouth and a big boat of a Cadillac. So, maybe we'll get a decent length segment on the T. I set my DVR so I can just skip to the good parts, assuming there are any.
There is a marathon of American Pickers on today so, which one???
Check your local listings! However, having worked in the cable industry years ago, I know that the history channel is a real time sort of direct feed programming. What I do NOT know (however I have a suspicion) is whether I get East coast or West coast feed on my Dish (lack of service) service.
What I get (Dish), I looked ahead last night and found the following times; 6:pm and 10:pm in Califunny. DEPENDING upon your service source AND your relative time zone, you should be able to get a clue to when it will be on in your area.
I suspect (believe, think, etc) we receive an East coast time zone feed. IF you have a source from a West coast time zone feed, you would have to add three hours. Then if you are elsewhere Eastward, you need to subtract the appropriate number of hours for your time zone. If you are in Arizona, you will need to adjust the appropriate hour for not having daylight savings time (however, you are probably used to that by now). If you are in Hawaii or Alaska, or anywhere else around the globe (Ecuador?)? You are on your own.
This short diatribe should illustrate why everyone just says to check your local listings.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Here in CST the new 'Frontenac' show will be on at 8 pm. All day they show reruns otherwise.
HA! 'Rubenesque' Too nice, Zachary. I loved it when Frank got screwed on the Plymouth, Cadillac and a Model A coupe
Take this with a "grain of salt", 'cause I might be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that here in the Seattle/Tacoma area, on our "on-screen" program for our Direct TV, the American Pickers show listed for 6:00pm, is entitled "Plymouth Rocks", and the program description goes on to say,...."Mike falls for an ancient hot rod". I'm pretty sure that that's the particular "American Pickers" show to look for. As someone mentioned, there are a "bunch" of American Pickers shows, one right after another tonight.
I think Harold is right. I am looking at the description right now and in the show description they talk about a 100 year-old turbo-charged hotrod at 6pm Pacific. The TV lists the show airing again at 10pm PST.
I watched the show last night and they only spent a couple of minutes on the Fronty. They told a little history about the engines and Mike checked with a friend back east on the price. The friend said around twenty thousand, but the owner wanted twice that amount. There was a brass front T next to it, which they never even mentioned.
PS: I might have miss some of it, as I was switching back and forth between them and Wheeler Dealer when ever there was a commercial.
Yep, about 2 or 3 minutes on the Fronty at most, but the whole episode was car based. Mike bought a brass T radiator that looked to be in pretty good shape for $150... and said he might make a lamp out of it. Shameful display. He also bought a pretty nice International truck. Lord knows what will become of it.
Is it just me, or does $40k seem a tad high for that '23 roadster with the Fronty head and Ruckstell? They only showed it briefly, but it didn't look like it was "museum" quality.
Dave, I think it was high, there is a really nice 26 roadster with a Fronty on eBay right now $26k. The 26 is a nicer car than the 23, I would have passed on $40k too, but that's just my opinion.
Not being a car show I didn't expect much coverage but for those guys it actually was quite a bit. Price was off the wall. Shows a guy that isn't interested in selling. If you really want something to b***h about "Fast and Loud" is tearing apart a beautiful Model A. Monster Garage and Boyd Coddington have done the deed on T's and A's also and you know what? The cars their tearing up are getting nicer and nicer. I'd literally give a body part, which I have a spare of anyway,(and no body would know to boot), to get an A in that condition for that price that these F & L guy's are going to ruin.
Wow! The T on pickers was not worth what the owners were asking. Car not museum quality? Mike and Frank baulking at the price. I wonder if $1.65 million for a 1911 Oldsmobile at a past RM auction would have caught Mike and Frank's interest? The car was in a museum. Sold. Taken to the prestigious Pebbles Beach and now in a museum for folks to see. A whole new meaning to barn find. What a rusty car before restoration is. Welcome to Automobile Wabi-sabi, (wabi-sabi) a comprehensive Japanese philosophy where the worldview or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete."
The friend on the phone said (as I recall) "$15000 to $17000" for the Fronty roadster. I thought he was close. The Picker guy then upped it to he figured $20000, but the seller wanted twice that. No deal. The Picker guy's history on the Frontenac was not quite right, but not very wrong either.
The rest of the episode wasn't too bad either. A couple of long-time car collectors were visited, one of them in Auburn Ca. I do not know him, but I would bet Erik B knows him. Looking in the background of three places they went to had a lot of interesting stuff they didn't look at on the show. For those interested, there was an early AA truck with wire wheels on it (in rough shape), among several model Ts in various places.
Better episode than I expected.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
I seen the same thing guy's $6,000 T with $3,000 worth of wire wheels and $10,000 engine setup. I think $15-18K is about the max for it.
But it's not for me they are hard enough to stop at 35mph hell at 75mph in a Model T I can't think that fast anymore...! LOL..!
You guys are right, 15-18K is about right. 40K is dreaming. The guy knows this, he just doesn't want to sell it. Don't blame him at all. If I were him I would keep the T and dump the rusty IH too. I don't who he is, not likely from anywhere around here.
Vern is a good friend of ours, I have done a lot of work on his cars and gotten good stuff from him. I got my faithful TT dump truck from his late father, also a great guy. Let me know if something you saw is of interest to you, I can probably tell you if it's available. There's a lot of stuff you did not see.
Al from the prior episode is also a friend. Here too is a bunch of stuff not seen on the show. Al & Debbie love all things mechanical, but Al is really a wizard at the art of working on all things air cooled. Everything from weedwhackers to the 28 cylinder airplane engine seen on the show. He has completed three stunning restorations of Stearman biplanes. One is his and I got to fly it once. (Fly it, not land it!) If you want to talk British or Asian bikes or BMW Isettas, he's your guy.
All in all, I enjoyed the show, especially the discussion of the our Mother Lode T Club, they bought one of our patches. A couple of my cars were in the photos they showed of tours we have had. Fun to watch, even if you know it's not really "reality", just entertainment.