Somber Sunday

The POS anti-Semite who shot up a Pittsburgh synagogue yesterday is a COWARD! It is the antithesis of heroism to arm oneself and to fire upon defenseless and unsuspecting people who are at worship.

I have long believed that anti-Semitism is more prevalent in the US than is reported. Many Jews think that they are a victim of their success. David has morphed into Goliath and no one roots for Goliath. On this topic Mark Twain once wrote, “It is the swollen envy of pigmy minds–meanness, injustice. Envy is a much more hate-inspiring thing than is any detail connected with religion.”

Here are some facts that might blow your (hopefully not pigmy) mind:

Jews comprise just two-tenths of one percent of the world population. They have been awarded:

37% of Nobel Prizes in Economics

26% of Nobel Prizes in Physics

25% of Nobel Prizes in Medicine

19% of Nobel Prizes in Chemistry


25% of Fields Medals, the ultimate honor in Mathematics

Jewish culture emphasizes education and work ethic. Too many people in the US think they are entitled to whatever they want just because they want it and are resentful and envious of others who have what they don’t. No one is owed anything just because they’re here! To all of the brain-dead, POS anti-Semites: Zolst Leegen En Drerd!


It seems disrespectful to write about an inconsequential car blog today. Oh well, sorry…many thanks to 56packardman for putting the link to yesterday’s post on the Studebaker Drivers Club forum and to SDC readers who visited Disaffected Musings yesterday, contributing to new daily “records” for views and unique visitors to this blog. Hopefully, some of you from the SDC will continue to visit this blog and, if you are so inclined, to post thoughtful comments. As I wrote to Steve Dallas, who has recently become a regular commenter, the more the merrier.

In general I am obviously appreciative for the overall increase in views/visitors this month, but I will continue to ask for “the sale.” If you like this blog, please keep reading AND please tell your friends and share the blog URL ( Thanks.


I cannot convey the happiness that I feel when I am watching a car auction and a car in which I have much interest appears for sale, like the Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk that was the subject of yesterday’s post. That feeling is almost an out-of-body experience. Some would call it a sickness. Tomayto, tomahto…

What do you think about my ATOC Auction company idea? I can’t be the only person who thinks that too few car models are available at auctions. Yes, the auction companies are somewhat at the mercy of their consignors. Still, I really believe in a limit as to the percentage of total lots that can be the same model. I also don’t like the idea of reserves on cars. If you are afraid of the hammer price, then don’t sell your car at an auction.


From and Heartland Customs a picture of a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette restomod convertible. I tried to find a picture of such a car that was sold at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction earlier this year, but was unsuccessful.

Now that I have sold the Z4, the possibility exists that I could speed up the process of acquiring a C2 restomod by simply buying one at the Scottsdale auction next January. The one for which I tried to find the photo was close to what I wanted and it hammered for $75,000 meaning it cost the buyer $82,500 all in. Even with transportation costs and some modification to get the car even closer to what I want, that would be less expensive than a custom, built from the ground car and wouldn’t take 15-18 months to build.

What do you think?





11 thoughts on “Somber Sunday

  1. I am in total agreement with your comments about anti-Semitism. I am a Christian, but I hold the Jewish people in high regard because their G__ is my God. We primarily just differ on when the Messiah is coming. Without them, I would have no knowledge of God.

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  2. On the buy vs. build debate. Finding a car to buy close to what you want to build is difficult. Just as difficult as finding a suitable car to start your build. The time to change the bought car to your dream car can also be long, almost as long as the 15-18 months of a total build. Over the nine years of my project build, I have not seen any truck for sale or auction that was close to my project plan. Also, the plan changed slightly from the original. Fortunately, I found a shop whose standards and philosophy were very close to my own thinking to do the major work which I could not do myself. Finding the shop to do the build or changes is critical to a successful project. Write down your plan so you can review and refine it and have something to articulate the plan to your shop. If you want some ideas I can send you the spreadsheet file of my build to see the level of detail to which I have gone/sunk (?).


    1. Thanks, Philip. The buy vs. build decision is like all others in life in that it involves tradeoffs. In all honesty, however, even in a build from scratch I will not be able to get everything I want because that cost would be WAY beyond what I want to spend. I am at an age where having to wait 15-18 months is a little scary. I will just have to see what happens and to keep an open mind.


  3. I am a practicing Christian – Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) by choice. Since my high school days, I have had an appreciation and respect for the Jewish people and the country of Israel. You are quite right to point out the good brought to the world by the Jewish people. No other ethnicity (as opposed to religion and to modify Churchill’s famous phrase) has done so much good with so few. BTW, Churchill was a fervent supporter of the Jews.

    I’m happy to read that you got some visitors from the SDC site.

    I like your auction idea. The auction houses have long impressed me as being overly-fixated on certain groups of cars to the exclusion of others.


  4. How about Christianity morphing out of Judaism? Everyone seems to forget Judaism is by far one if not THE oldest religion. It is an ugly time in the World regarding anti-semitism. And totally agree with your sentiments!

    As for buy versus build, it is a trade-off as in anything. Buying a built car will always be cheaper. Nowadays, wheels are not very expensive so that issue is not an issue at all. Paint gets expensive but one could always “wrap” a vehicle for the same effect and at a fraction of the cost! Going with a “wrap” can offer many more color combinations and result in a pretty cool effect.

    Guess, like I tell clients/friends…..what do you plan on doing with the car? The more power one installs the less reliability you will achieve in the long run. If all you want is the fun, cool driver, buy one close to what you want then make the changes and be happy till you find whatever HP you have is NEVER enough, you really wanted a manual tranny, not a slushbox or whatever the next build becomes.

    Honestly, to build a righteous vehicle requires a lot of many hours, prep work and cash! Lots and lots of cash. You put something together and find it either wont work the way you thought or find something later that looks and/or performs better. No, today’s auction pricing has stabilized and maybe even dropped a bit as the times change and fresh younger buyers emerge. Look at Mecum-IL, prices were very reasonable and some nicely built resto’s were had for a fraction of their build cost. That will always be true of any vehicle one builds for love….what you like may not appeal to the next buyer(s).

    And auctions like Mecum, BJ and such have limited times for so many cars to run across the block. They pick and choose what will sell in their minds as its all about the “numbers” and bragging rights (beyond the obvious money-making). How about an “auction house” set-up to mimic the street-corner car sale? Sell what ya brung….in a massive warehouse setting with online viewing and sales along with weekend auctions? LOL (sorry for rambling)


    1. Steve, please don’t apologize. I very much appreciate the thoughtful comment and all of your thoughtful comments. If you ever want to write a guest post, that would be great. That offer is extended to all regular readers. I have posted 27 days in a row and wouldn’t mind a break soon.

      It is highly unlikely that my restomod will ever be on the track. I can’t really afford a ridiculous HP build (1,000+) and I think 550-600 HP is plenty for the street. I want a modern, reliable car with power, handling and comfort. I disagree with calling modern automatic transmissions slushboxes, though. My wonderful wife’s 2015 Corvette has the 8L90E and its shifts are amazingly quick, not to mention much more precise than almost any human being could manage.

      Like you wrote, more horsepower means less reliability. Another tradeoff like every other life decision. I don’t really want to put in writing how much I expect to spend on the restomod build, including the donor car. Besides, I won’t really know until I do it. I am going into this with my eyes wide open; I know this will be, by far, the most expensive car I will ever buy barring a huge lottery win.

      Thanks again and I appreciate your expert view.


      1. Agree, new automatics are a huge improvement and can shift at blinding speeds….but one loses a bit in not shifting, again my opinion as I grew up with a stick in my hand. And yes, 550-600 HP is fine until you’ve used it a few times, then you want MORE….LOL.

        Look forward to your build, its always fun searching parts you want.


      2. Your remark about 550-600 HP is fine until you’ve used it a few times….is very funny. I hope it’s enough for me.


  5. Thank you for stopping at my blog and hitting on the follow button. I hope I won’t disappoint you. But I thank you especially since it gave me the opportunity to see you blog spread on the Reader (at first) and I happened to find this post.
    I have no words to describe how you moved me by it.
    I belong to the Jewish people (though not a religious woman) and I am also an Israeli.
    Your words warmed my heart and I thank you for them too.
    Wishing you a good week 🙂


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