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Not to be critical. But I wonder why the HCCA members don't make better use of this forum. I check it about once a week. The numbers are okay on the viewers of postings, but there are very few new questions or comments. I check the Model T Club's forum ( almost every day. they have about a half dozen new postings every day. And dozens of replies, every day. Many people from all parts of the country keep in contact by simple "hellos" added to discussions of brake and clutch modifications, debates over the best lubricants to use etc. It just seems to me that more active discussions would add more interest which should add more viewers, which could lead to future members.
We keep wanting to add to the future of our mission (to preserve our precious past). This a simple way that those of us with everyday burdens can help. Simply by reading and responding to others, adding to the discussions or asking questions of your own, you can contribute to the preservation of the hobby. And if you don't get out with the group as much as you like, it can be almost as good as making it to a club meeting. (I said "almost", I still miss getting to the meetings)
Drive safe.

Posted : March 10, 2010 11:28 am
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Yes, the HCCA Forum is pretty slow! The MTFCA (Model T Club) and AACA Forums are quite active. Either the HCCA-ers don't use computers, or they post on other sites. How could we get more action on our Forum? I'm fairly new to restoring the old cars, so I have lots of questions. Sometimes I'll phrase them relating to the Model T to get a quick response on that forum.

Having said that, I do like the HCCA classifieds and the magazine.

By the way, FullerMetz, do you have a Metz?


Posted : March 10, 2010 6:05 pm
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I have the remains of what used to be a 1913/14 Metz along with a bunch of other parts to make it about 70% complete but in poor condition. It has been in my family for about 40 years, I ended up with it when my father died.
The 1910 Fuller is a nice older cosmetic restoration of a low mileage solid original car.
I actually started to begin restoration of the Metz last June. But another car project sort of dropped in my lap last summer (a high wheeler). As soon as I finish paying for it, serious restoration will begin on it as it is something I have wanted since I was ten. It should not take very long, then, worth it or not, I hope to start on the Metz again.
Lots of Horseless Carriage people post their questions and advice on the MTFCA site. Lets try to breath some more life into this one.

Posted : March 10, 2010 11:47 pm
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I have a 1913 Metz 22. I just pulled the engine out this week, so I guess that means I have to restore it. I assume you know of the Waltham Museum website: . It has been a bit inactive this year, but may start up again when the web master gets some spare time. We had a Metz gathering there (Waltham, MA) last year with about eight Metz cars on display. My Metz is missing a few parts, too, so let me know what you need and maybe we can help each other.


Posted : March 11, 2010 8:42 am
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Your Metz looks mighty good to me. Ready for show, even. My "Mess" is just a rusty pile of mostly damaged parts. Actually, I have restored worse and am looking forward to getting back to it. I (sadly) had to sell my 1915 six cylinder Studebaker about two years ago and want to have another car able to keep up with the "big cars". The Fuller is a big two cylinder, but a little slow for many tours. The high wheeler will be unique, but even slower. Metz is not a car to impress the big collectors with, but every Metz owner that I have talked to, liked the way they drove and found that they were plenty fast for an antique. One fellow I knew, owned two Metz autos and claimed he could outrun any stock T on the flat and lose them totally up a hill.
I have two Metz sites bookmarked on my computer and did follow that meet last summer. It looked great.
Keep me informed on your progress. I have few spare parts. But let me know your needs. I might be able to help.

Posted : March 11, 2010 8:24 pm
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FullerMetz. . . I'm glad you started this topic. I have often wondered why this forum was not more active. Like MochetVelo, I read and post on the MTFCA forum and have a hard time reading all the new stuff if I miss a few days. Maybe this thread will get a few more guys to post. . . it caused me to take time to register. After I get used to the system here, maybe I'll make a few entries to this forum. I can see that the difficulty of posting photos on this site will limit many people from posting pictures. Allowing a up-load from ones own data files the way the other forums do, encourages more people to participate. Many of us don't have "outside" photo storage.

Posted : March 22, 2010 1:59 pm
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Like Roger I visit the MTFCA forum every day.
I think I'm addicted.
Some of the arguments those guys get into are just a hoot.
It would be nice to have this forum more active.
My only antique is a Model T but I actively participate in HCCA events whenever I can.
I agree with Roger about the photo upload problem.
Thanks fullermetz for the thread.

Posted : March 31, 2010 6:56 am
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I have just recently joined this phorum myself and for me the problem is that I am still young and not much of an expert on many cars. So my issue is simply there aren't very many topics I would have the knowledge to give much practical advice at this point.

Oh MochetVelo very nice looking metz have fun with that.


Posted : April 2, 2010 4:17 pm
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I have read a couple of your other comments. Thank you for joining in. Even with limited experience and knowledge, good discussion is helpful. We need to get more involvement in the HCCA forum. And yes, I agree that Overlands are very good automobiles. I know several people that drive them and they all love them.
Good luck, W2

Posted : April 2, 2010 11:13 pm