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2022 Club Calendar Monthly Car Articles

Discussion in 'General SAOCA Discussions' started by 65sunbeam, Feb 3, 2022.

  1. ernestovumbles

    ernestovumbles Gold Level Sponsor

    The May calendar pic is my 1963 series III GT.
    I've always admired older British sports cars but never thought I had what it takes to maintain and take care of one.

    Five years ago I met a gentleman who owns/collects older unusual British convertibles mostly from the Rootes group. He likes to take them all out together to local car shows every month or so, and I became one of his regular additional drivers. This Sunbeam was one of his cars that he bought as a package deal to get some other cars that he wanted. It quickly became my favorite. I wound up storing his car in my garage for a couple years when he ran out of storage space, and part of the agreement was that I could take it out for regular drives to make sure it didnt sit too long unused.

    Two years ago the gentleman decided he wanted more unusual cars than the Alpine in his collection, and made me an offer on it I couldnt refuse.
    Since that time, I've been thru one long round of ignition related problems that I eventually figured out (damaged rotor, cap and pertronix), fixed a broken turn signal switch, and replaced and upgraded a handful of other parts, but overall the car is a really nicely trimmed out driver that looks really good until you get too close. I hope to keep it a good long time!!

    This pic was one from a photo shoot last year bringing together old British cars, modeling students, and a photographers class.. a fun experience for all.

  2. sunalp

    sunalp Platinum Level Sponsor

    Nice looking car and great story on how you got it. Alpines aren't all that hard to keep and this is the best place
    to be when you own one! Glad your car was chosen for the calendar!!
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  3. albeam

    albeam Donation Time

    Miss May is a lovely looking car. Nice stance and clean lines, and they are easy cars to keep with a bit of love and regular use!

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  4. Bill Blue

    Bill Blue Platinum Level Sponsor

    Yep, Barb and I are the proud owners of "Judy", Miss June. We bought her in 2020 during the pandemic. I learned of her for sale on Bring A Trailer. At the time, the bidding was stalled at 3700 dollars. I knew she would bring more, but thought that I could go as much at ten grand for such a beautiful car and she was located just 50 miles away! I showed it to Barb and we made an initial bid of $7500. Soon afterward, I got a call from Judy Sharkey, wanting to know if I had bid on the car. She liked it, but would not bid against me. I told her I appreciated that feeling, but if she wanted the car more than I did, there would be no hard feelings. Fast forward to the final fifteen minutes of the bidding and we were outbid, but the price was still below $10,000. I logged on to bid and immediately lost our internet connection! We got on the phone, called Judy and she agreed to bid for us. She would run it up to $10,000 for us, then higher for herself and Bob. We won the car at $9500 (plus BAT's share) and immediately decided we would name the car Judy in honor of that wonderful, unselfish woman.

    We drove Judy to the SUNI at Independence where the photo was taken by an unknown photographer. She made the trip in fine fashion. But we have "improved" her. The wheels and tires, while beautiful, were totally unsuited. The tires rubbed the inner fender on any bump. The tires in the photo are Saab wheels and tires we had on the Duratec powered car. They were installed mostly out of curiosity and worked fine. However, we have switched back to original 13" wheels with 175 tires for a better ride. The original carb (CD 150) was replaced with a S&S knockoff carb for better performance. The car was "finished" by the seller to make it look good. Wipers, windshield washers, heater, fuel gauge, seats, outside mirrors, seat belts, speedometer and window cranks all needed attention. That list has been whittled down, but She is still very much a project. Judy was purchased as a comfortable long distance car. She has not fulfilled our expectations and currently is mostly a garage queen which we drive to car shows, the latest being the South Carolina Invasion.

    My experience with Alpines goes back to September of 1963, when I purchased a new "1963" Alpine, my first car. The car was an early Series II with overdrive, and had a grease gun in the tool kit which means it was probably one of the first Series II Alpines. I put 45,000 mile on it, then traded it for a new Rambler in 1969, as I needed dependable wheels that could deliver a lot of trouble free miles, something the Series II was not doing. But I always had a soft spot for Alpines. Once again, we will fast forward. This time to 1995, when Barb was wanting to buy an abdominal workout device. They were very expensive when new, so I picked up a Trader paper, purchased an Abominizer for $45 and saw a 1965 Alpine, which we purchased. So began my modern Alpine affliction, aided by a wife who loves top down motoring and Alpines.
  5. DanR

    DanR Diamond Level Sponsor

    I bet there is much, much more to this "Story" :) Maybe we will hear more some day,
  6. Bill Blue

    Bill Blue Platinum Level Sponsor

    Yes, guaranteed to put any audience into a permanent stupor. Fortunately, I have forgotten most of it.
  7. Shannon Boal

    Shannon Boal Platinum Level Sponsor

    An abominable exercise machine.....
  8. 65sunbeam

    65sunbeam SAOCA Membership Director Diamond Level Sponsor

    I am posting this for Bradly F who has since sold his August calendar car but wanted to share more info about it.

    "My interests in Sunbeams started in the late 60's when I had a 1959 Alpine. It was a fun little car but overheated constantly; so I parted with it. Then in the mid '80's I visited my friend in Colorado who had a Tiger and he even let me drive it. He was President of a Tiger Club in Colorado and his Tiger was very nice. Years past and I had jumped at the opportunity to purchase my '67 Alpine sight unseen from California. I had it shipped to Indiana and, once here, I drove it around the block one time and immediately commenced to pull the engine and transmission to be replaced by a built 2.8 V6 and 5 speed. Once installed and running I knew I had made a good choice as it bumped the fun factor up considerably. After a nice paint job, interior work, and Hardtop, I took it to a few car shows where it won best in class. As life has those unexpected twists and turns; I had to sell it; but still have fond memories ."
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  9. Fergusonic

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  11. DanR

    DanR Diamond Level Sponsor

    Bradly is an olde Hot Rod'r, very talented in many ways. He handcrafted a fine piece of craftsmanship in the form of a Sunbeam out of wood and presented me with it as a gift.

    I shall cherish it with fond memories of my Sunbeam Friend.

    He utilized my conversion components for his beautiful Alpine V6 Project.

    Bless you Ferggie
  12. Fergusonic

    Fergusonic Donation Time

    Thanks Dan.
  13. DanR

    DanR Diamond Level Sponsor

    Here's my treasured gift 20220804_090114.jpg
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