"The Relay" Online Newsletter
August 2018 Issue
This is the monthly online newsletter for the car club council. All car hobbyist events are listed on this site under "Calendar." Just click on the link above to view the list of car shows and other activities.
On July 25 I attended the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors meeting and public hearing. I attended because the county was considering getting rid of the antique vehicle tax. I spoke at the hearing asking to make sure antique vehicles were exempt from taxation - the board voted unanimously to exempt antiques. Keep in mind this is 2018 and the state law changed in 1997(!) to allow localities to exempt antiques from personal property tax.
For years Chesterfield failed to follow state law and assessed antiques for $100 which was low enough that it didn't generate a tax bill. Last year at a council meeting a member shared with us that his antique fire truck was being assessed at $1000 which meant an annual tax of $36. We contacted Supervisor Steve Elswick and later had a meeting with him, the Commissioner of Revenue and the county attorney. All agreed to make the change in the county code.
I think this means that all the localities in the state have finally stopped assessing and taxing antique vehicles and it only took 21 years. I have spoken before other boards, to town managers and commissioners of the revenue in various areas to get this done. It shouldn't be this hard! But it needed to get done and sometimes things take longer than expected.
Rest assured that the council will keep working to insure Virginia stays a car hobby friendly state.
June Blackstone Cruise-In
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Our next meeting will be on Monday August 27th at 6:30 PM at the Richmond Auto Museum. Arrive early to see the 45+ cars in the shop. There will be a catered meal for $15 (cash or check). We will need to know if you are going to attend for the catered meal. You can email Fred at email@example.com or reply to the meeting reminder email sent out to members about a week before the meeting. Address is 8605 Oakview Ave, Richmond, VA 23228. Website: RichmondAutoMuseum.com.
Car Hobbyist News
The car hobby lost a friend in July as Jeff Locke passed away. I met Jeff as a fellow AACA member years ago. He was a great speaker and a real wit. Jeff started the car club council movement in Virginia. He started the Car Club Council of Hampton Roads in 1991 and it was the first council in the state. The councils were started because of the state's clunker bill and hobbyists were afraid of old vehicles being destroyed so big companies could purchase pollution credits and continue polluting. Jeff ran an ad in the Richmond newspaper in 1995 for a meeting at the Dinwiddie Motorsports Park to start a Richmond area car club council. He wanted a council in this area because decisions on which vehicles would be destroyed would be made in Richmond. This was the beginning of our CCCCVA. Jeff also started the Colonial Region of the Classic Car Club.
Jeff also founded the International Vehicle Appraisers Network. The International Vehicle Appraisers Network (I-VAN) provides professional vehicle appraisal services in a timely, objective, and affordable manner. From the I-VAN website: "Jeff Locke is a long-time auto hobbyist and a Senior Master Judge with the Antique Automobile Club of America. He is also a court-recognized expert in automobile appraisal for lemon law and insurance claims. As I-VAN's founder and chief appraiser, he is dedicated to providing the best service possible to you. Jeff has been a dedicated automotive hobbyist for over 40 years and currently serves the hobby in many varied capacities: Tour Director for the Lincoln Owners Club's (LOC) Annual Meet, Chief Judge at the statewide Annual Old Dominion Meet in Virginia, President of the Old Dominion Meet Association (ODMA) of Virginia, and Eastern Division Chairman of Regions for the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA).”
Chesterfield County is having a public hearing on several issues July 25 (I have to write this before the 25th for a couple of newsletters). I plan on speaking at the public hearing on the antique vehicle tax. Years ago the General Assembly changed the law to stop the assessing and taxing of vehicles registered as antiques. Somehow Chesterfield County missed this and after the council found out we contacted Board of Supervisor Steve Elswick and he worked on making this change. Elswick says the votes are there to update the county code. If you live in Chesterfield you know you get a property tax paper every year stating the value of your antique vehicle is $100. The tax on $100 is $3.60 or less than the $5 the county requires to send a bill.
We discovered that antique fire trucks and other large trucks are assessed by the county at $1000 and that is high enough to generate a bill of $36. Since state law exempts antique vehicles we needed a change in the county code. If everything works out as expected you should not get any bill for any antique vehicle in Chesterfield beginning in 2019.
As I’m sure you know Scott Pruitt resigned from the EPA in July. He was hounded by people who did not like his stands on environmental issues such as delaying the methane rule for gasoline companies. He also apparently made some mistakes in judgement that clouded his management of the agency. His deputy Andrew Wheeler has assumed the duties of acting administrator of the EPA. It will be interesting to see who President Trump selects for the new head of the agency. That person will have to be confirmed by the Senate.
Heavy Rebel 2018
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Jeff Locke passed away on July 5th from leukemia. He was 73 years old and a lifelong car hobbyist. I met Jeff as a fellow AACA member years ago. He was a great speaker and a real wit. Jeff started the car club council movement in Virginia. He started the Car Club Council of Hampton Roads in 1991 and it was the first council in the state. The councils were started because of the state's clunker bill and hobbyists were afraid of old vehicles being destroyed so big companies could purchase pollution credits and continue polluting. Jeff ran an ad in the Richmond newspaper in 1995 for a meeting at the Dinwiddie Motorsports Park to start a Richmond area car club council. He wanted a council in this area because decisions on which vehicles would be destroyed would be made in Richmond. This was the beginning of our CCCCVA. Jeff also started the Colonial Region of the Classic Car Club.
Jeff also founded the International Vehicle Appraisers Network. The International Vehicle Appraisers Network (I-VAN) provides professional vehicle appraisal services in a timely, objective, and affordable manner. From the I-VAN website: "Jeff Locke is a long-time auto hobbyist and a Senior Master Judge with the Antique Automobile Club of America. He is also a court-recognized expert in automobile appraisal for lemon law and insurance claims. As I-VAN's founder and chief appraiser, he is dedicated to providing the best service possible to you.
Jeff has been a dedicated automotive hobbyist for over 40 years and currently serves the hobby in many varied capacities: Tour Director for the Lincoln Owners Club's (LOC) Annual Meet, Chief Judge at the statewide Annual Old Dominion Meet in Virginia, President of the Old Dominion Meet Association (ODMA) of Virginia, and Eastern Division Chairman of Regions for the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA).
Jeff Locke has been a Professional Appraiser since 1988 and has a unique combination of experience, skills, and abilities that makes him an obvious choice to provide vehicle appraisals. Jeff founded I-VAN in 2001 in order to make vehicle appraisals better meet the needs of automotive hobbyists throughout the country."
Jeff Locke is on the far right - he usually wore a cowboy hat at shows
Jeff was quite a character. Below are comments from the AACA forum on Jeff. He will be missed!
Long-time AACA/TRAACA member Jeff Locke of Chesapeake VA passed away this morning, July 5, 2018, following an extended illness. A familiar face at National Meets and a popular presenter of seminars on classic and antique vehicles at Philadelphia, Jeff had a tremendous knowledge of the automobile hobby. He regularly participated in National Meets both as a judge and showing his own vehicles, ranging from HPOF mopeds to his 1974 Chevrolet Suburban. ~ Ben Stein
Jeff was a true friend and neighbor for many years. We shared much in this great hobby. He was a Past President of Tidewater Region, has been a National Meet and tour Chairman, and was a proud member of the Buzzards Breath Touring Region as well. He served proudly as our region "tour master" for many years and led us down the road on many of our most memorable adventures. He will be remembered for his love of true classic cars and many of us always enjoyed his seminars at Philadelphia. He had friends all across the country, and knew many auto enthusiasts through the business he started appraising automobiles. I'll especially miss our "roadshow" evenings. We lived only a couple of miles apart and on Monday evenings, we would get together with fellow member Andy Ott and eat a nice dinner, then enjoy the evening trying to out-guess the experts on "Antiques Roadshow." The stories we made up those evenings were priceless and I wish I had recorded them! Jeff had over 200 judging credits when he joined the Judges Honor Society, and always took his job seriously. Among his proudest accomplishments however were the seeds of enthusiasm for the old car hobby that he planted in some of our younger members at the church we attended together. We'll miss you old friend. Rest in peace. ~ Terry Bond
Will miss him terribly - he and Pat were more than 'car-friends' to us, shared good times and bad with them. Recently spent a couple days with him at an I-VAN meeting - so glad I did too. He was also a great influence on my son as they worked together on an large estate project just last summer.
Look out heaven - here comes Locke! ~ AC Fuhrman
The TRAACA lost a valued member today. Jeff Locke and his wife Pat have been members of the TRAACA for over 40 years and have been great supporters of the region, the AACA, and the hobby in general. Terry Bond gave a great tribute above to Jeff, and I can't add anything to his eloquence. Please keep Pat and Jeff in your thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace, Jeff. ~ Mark McAlpine
This is truly sad news, I meet Jeff and Pat at the Annual Meeting back in the late 1970's when I was a bit more active in AACA. He always had a few good stories. I took his I-VAN course, but never had the self-confidence to put it to use. I'll always remember his reaction to me standing in line for the Judges breakfast wearing a Goofy hat I bought at Disney World years ago at the Kissimmee Meet. Thoughts and prayers going to his family and friends. Bob
Jeff will be missed greatly in the hobby. He was a fixture in the National AACA and the antique car hobby for as long as I can remember. He fought the long fight and never lost his enthusiasm for antique and classic cars. Surely he will be missed.
Jeff will certainly be missed. His experience, support, and yes, even the dry comments, are a part of his legacy.
His experience in the judging arena, as well as his business acumen - including his starting I-Van are a part of what makes this hobby strong.
~ Marty Roth
News From SEMA
Click the link for the story on the proposed legislation.
Comment Deadline Extended for U.S. Department of Commerce Action on Imported Automobiles and Auto Parts That Could Trigger 25% Tariffs
Province of Prince Edward Island Proclaims July 2018 as “Automotive Heritage Month”
Collector Car Appreciation Day: July 13, 2018
SAN Secures Congressional Resolution Recognizing July 13th as “Collector Car Appreciation Day”: The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution (H. Res. 980) at the request of the SEMA Action Network (SAN) recognizing July 13, 2018 as “Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD).” H. Res. 980 was sponsored by Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus House Co-Chairs Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL) and Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA). The date marks the ninth commemoration in what has become an annual event to celebrate and raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.
South Carolina Bill to Aid the Construction of Motorsports Complexes Signed Into Law
Michigan Bills to Improve Environmental Regulatory Process Enacted Into Law
Rhode Island Bills to Provide Special Courtesy License Plates Enacted Into Law
Street Dreams Cruisers 3rd Annual Car, Truck & Bike Show
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Chesterfield County Public Hearing to End Antique Taxation
Take notice that the Board of Supervisors of Chesterfield County, Virginia, at an adjourned meeting on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at 6 p.m. in the County Public Meeting Room at the Chesterfield Administration Building, Route 10 and Lori Road, Chesterfield, Virginia, will hold a public hearing where persons may appear and present their views concerning:
Ordinances to amend the Code of the County of Chesterfield, 1997, as amended, by amending Sections 9-60 and 13-56 to grant exemptions from tangible personal property taxes for antique motor vehicles and from motor vehicle registration fees for motor vehicles that are at least 25 years old but are not licensed as antique motor vehicles.
Copies of the ordinances are on file in the County Administrator’s Office and the Clerk to the Board’s Office (Room 504) at the Lane B. Ramsey Administration Building, 9901 Lori Road, Chesterfield, Virginia, for public examination between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. of each regular business day.
For further information, please contact the County Attorney’s Office at 748-1491.
The hearing is held at a public facility designed to be accessible to persons with disabilities. Any persons with questions on the accessibility of the facility or the need for reasonable accommodations should contact Janice Blakley, Clerk to the Board, at 748-1200. Persons needing interpreter services for the deaf must notify the Clerk to the Board no later than Friday, June 22.
Nova complete with purple bodied dual Holley carburetors
Repair Mistakes & Blunders
From Rock Auto
Back in the '70s, my sister bought a well used Chevrolet Malibu station wagon. One day it would not start. It would crank over just fine, but would not run. A quick inspection revealed that the carburetor was not getting any fuel. We secured a new fuel pump, and the installation went quickly and without drama.
Standing back to admire our handiwork, my brother and I called Sis out to "fire her up." Crank, crank, crank--no start. Checked the carb--no gas. Hmmm... When we pulled the old pump out, gas started siphoning from the tank line, so we knew we were good there. The aftermarket glass fuel filter was clean and not plugged up. We disconnected the fuel line from the carburetor, cranked the engine and had plenty of fuel flow. Hmmm...
I called my girlfriend's father to see if he had any ideas.
"Did you check the fuel filter?"
"Yes, we can see gas in the clear fuel filter and were getting flow to the carburetor."
"No, not that filter, the one in the carburetor."
This particular carburetor, and many others it turns out, have a fuel filter in the carburetor fuel inlet. Hers was completely clogged. So, 89 cents and twenty minutes later, Sis was happily back on the road. Lesson learned--check the simple stuff first and make sure you know what the heck you are doing!
Jim in Virginia
The engine in the Ford Model T uses thermosyphon cooling. How does that work?
It is plumbed similar to a modern engine cooling system except there is no water pump. It simply relies on the fact that hot water rises above colder water. Hot water naturally moves to the top of the engine where it pours into the top of the radiator. This flow pulls cooler water from the bottom of the radiator into the lower engine.
1937 diagram of engine cooling entirely by thermosiphon circulation
Grabber Blue Cougar with Magnum 500 wheels
Electronic Ignition Maintenance
I recently tuned up the ignition system on my '71 Ford LTD's V8 (351 Windsor). I installed new spark plug wires, plugs, coil, distributor cap and rotor. A previous owner had replaced the ignition breaker points and condenser with an Ignition Conversion Kit. Does an electronic ignition conversion kit need maintenance?
It is always a good idea to remove any dirt, oil or other residue that gets inside the distributor cap. I checked the gap between the ignition conversion kit's magnet sleeve on the distributor shaft and the kit's electronic module. With an ignition conversion kit there is no physical contact or mechanical wear, but maybe a mounting screw could rattle loose over time. The specified gap is typically 0.030 inch. Some modules do not have an adjustable gap.
The most important maintenance for an ignition conversion kit may be to clean upstream ground connections to verify that the module is still properly grounded. The manufacturer of my Ford's module specifies that there should be less than 0.2 ohms of resistance between the module's mounting plate and the negative terminal on the car's battery. After six years of electrical engineering school, I know that <0.2 ohms is about as close to zero resistance as you can get on a car.
Inside the distributor cap there is a small ground strap bolted to the mounting plate for the electronic module (or breaker points). I removed and reinstalled the strap's bolts. My Ford's distributor is aluminum and the engine is cast iron. Dissimilar metals clamped to each other can lead to a film of corrosion that interferes with electrical conductivity between the metals.
I marked the distributor shaft and engine with an ink pen to ensure I could quickly put the ignition timing back where it was. I then removed the distributor hold down bolt and rotated the distributor a few degrees in both directions. I cleaned and reinstalled the distributor hold down bolt and its steel tab. I also cleaned the aluminum on the distributor where the steel tab makes contact.
Consistently measuring tiny resistance levels with multimeter probes is difficult. Push the probes a little harder onto the metal surfaces and resistance may drop. Before I did my cleaning, my multimeter showed resistance between the negative battery terminal and the electronic module mounting plate inside the distributor fluctuating between 0.3 and 0.2 ohms. After I did my cleaning and fastener removal/reinstall, the resistance reading stayed between 0.2 and 0.0 ohms.
With an old engine from the '70s or a modern engine built this decade, poor ignition system performance often results from tolerance stacking. If worn spark plugs are gapped a little too much, the coil's high voltage terminal is pitted, and there is intermittent arcing from one spark plug wire boot, then all those minor problems combined may make the engine run poorly. Checking that an ignition conversion kit is installed and grounded to original specifications is another way to eliminate a problem that might "stack" onto other small problems to create noticeable performance issues (hesitation, reduced gas mileage, hard starting...).
This is the Prestone anti-freeze AMC AMX
It has a blown hemi engine
Support the RPM Act
Sign at this link: www.votervoice.net/SEMA/campaigns/45394/respond
2017 marks a new session of Congress. Bills that did not become law at the end of 2016 must be reintroduced for consideration.
UPDATE TO THE RPM ACT - click link below
Protect Your Right to Buy Ethanol Free Fuel
Below is a link to Fuel Testers - a website that is opposed to more ethanol in gasoline and would like to preserve our ability to purchase gasoline free of ethanol.
61 Ford Starliner hardtop
You never know what you will see at a show - chopped Nash coupe
DMV Titling Information
As promised I have a document about titling antique vehicles posted below for download. This contains information from the DMV speakers at the August 2015 meeting and some other information that I hope you will find useful. If in doubt about anything email or call the DMV administrators in the document; I have their contact information listed. And for the millionth time be sure to check to see if the VIN matches the VIN on the vehicle before buying it. This can save you a lot of trouble - just ask anyone who has purchased a vehicle without a matching VIN. There is also valuable info on purchasing an older vehicle from a non-title state. If you are thinking about buying a vehicle from a non-title state be sure to read it. Link to the document: Antique Vehicle Titling and Registration. I also have a bill of sale for use in buying or selling an antique vehicle: Bill of Sale; and a bill of sale for use if the signatures need to be notarized: Bill of Sale.
You may also find these links useful. The following link goes to the National Insurance Crime Bureau where you can put in a VIN that will be checked for fraud and theft at no cost. The link is www.nicb.org/theft_and_fraud_awareness/vincheck. You should do some research on the vehicle you are thinking about buying, check the VIN to make sure it matches the vehicle and of course make sure the VIN on the vehicle and title match.
The next link goes to Stolen Car Reports, another free service. At this site you can register a stolen vehicle. You can also search a zip code, city or area for the vehicles that were stolen from that area. The link is www.stolencarreports.com/report/Search.
Antique Plate Info Flyer Online
The council delegates have approved the flyer with information on antique plates and a link to it is online here: flyer opens to a new window. Council members and antique owners may print the flyer for their own reference or distribute it to those who own or are considering registering a vehicle as an antique. It will remain on the site for an undetermined time. Council delegates will review the effectiveness of the flyer at a later date.
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