Rob’s Blog: Need a Lift?

Engine hoist photo

If you’re contemplating the removal of your car’s engine, I’m about to become your new best friend.

For years I have stored a huge engine hoist in my garage, anticipating the day I’d have to remove the monster engine from my Jaguar. I used it once to install the current engine at least twenty years ago, and a few other times around the house for miscellaneous “hoisting” jobs.

If you need to pull the concrete base of a basketball pole from the ground, this will do the job without breaking a sweat. If you need to uproot a tree, you won’t even need a pick and shovel.

This hoist is not one of the light weight models you see on sale at NAPA, or O’Reilly’s. This monster is capable of not only lifting large engines, but entire cars off the ground. The upper range is rated at 4000 pounds (2 tons) That’s five Jaguar engines, or a half dozen Bug Eye Sprite’s, at the same time. That’s the good news. The bad news is that with such a massive lifting ability, it is very heavy, and not something you toss into the trunk of your Honda. It does have wheels and the legs are removable for easy storage.

I know as soon as I get rid of it, I’ll probably need it to remove the Jag’s engine. Because Murphy’s Law.

Here is my offer…

So, does anyone want this monster to use for as long as they want, until I need to borrow it back? Seems dumb to hold on to it while someone else in the club might need it.

I know what you’re thinking… “That bum just wants someone else to store his hoist.” Well, sort of.

Feel free to loan it to someone else after you’re done. We can pass it around the club like an unwanted raffle ticket. Eventually someone will need it. A real win-win situation.

In the folded configuration, it is 56″ high and the width between the wheels is 38”. The pump handle is missing, but anything that fits into the opening will work.

If you’re interested in this once in a lifetime offer…don’t be shy. Give me a call and we can go from there. Remember, anything from pulling stumps to lifting the corner of your house is possible with this baby.

Aloha, Rob

Rob’s Blog: British Car Club of Hawaii Polo Shirt

Our club secretary Dave Luengen is taking orders for anyone interested in purchasing an official British Car Club of Hawaii polo shirts.

He has constructed a chart showing available sizes and colors. All shirts come with the club logo.

I know from having bought my own that these are well made and will last for a long time. I also know from experience that white shirts have a tendency to “suck” dirt and grease from the surroundings and are especially difficult to keep clean. But that’s just me.

These will make a great gift for birthdays, Father’s Day (June 18th) or just because you like or need a nice shirt.

Call Dave and order a couple. Have a great week.

Aloha, Rob

Here are the size and color options for the official British Car Club Hawaii polo shirt:

This logo is embroidered on the left front of the shirt.

The colors are: orange, light blue, lime green, kelly green, gold, dark green, mint, white, pale yellow, black, burgundy, navy, charcoal, royal blue, purple, red, bright blue and teal.

$42 for sizes small, medium, large, extra large
+$2.00 2XL
+$3.00 3XL
+$3.00 4XL
+$4.00 5XL
+$4.00 6XL

If you are interested in one, please let Dave know by calling him at 808-674-1418 by April 14, 2017.

Rob’s Blog: A Public Service Announcement

Here’s something that may surprise you as much as it did me.

For years I auto-paid my classic car insurance premium and lived with the illusion that if the worst happened, and my car was badly damaged, I would be reimbursed the “fair market value.” Nothing could have been further from the truth.

Since this light bulb moment of insurance deception, I have had this discussion with other classic car owners who were under the same misconception as I. Here’s the way it really works.

In my world, my sixty-two year old Jaguar is valuable for a variety of reasons. First, the simple fact it has survived sixty-two years. Second, it runs, has all its parts, and still looks pretty go. Plus, the laws of supply and demand work in my favor.

Many insurance companies have an opposing view. In their collective minds, my car is worth almost nothing BECAUSE it is 62 years old. What it looks like is irrelevant. The law of depreciation trumps everything in the collector car world. The over riding fact is it is old and therefore worthless due to depreciation.

If I had gotten into a bad accident with my old insurance company, they would have “totaled” the car and paid me the scrap value which would have been almost nothing. For years I never got the memo that told me this. When I found out, I immediately changed insurance companies.

That led me to a whole new approach to insuring old cars, such as “stated value” policies.  I’m humbling myself in the interest of maybe saving one of you from suffering the loss of your car, but possibly, the investment value it has as well.

There are many classic car insurance companies, but beware, they have strict rules, and lots of hoops to jump through before they will insure your treasure. One requirement in particular is to keep your car behind a locking garage door. Only two garages on my whole block even have a garage door.

There are lots more restrictions too, so if you shop around, keep in mind the way you use your car. Going out for a Sunday drive may be a thing of the past. Driving to work…not any more, and a quick trip to the market for milk and eggs…go ahead, but your insurance will be void if something happens.

The list of things you are allowed to do with your car might be a very short one if you obey the policy rules to the letter. So, for what it’s worth, if you survive the first hit, it might be worth reading the small print to make sure your insurance company doesn’t hit you harder the second time.

In the interest of learning more about this topic, I invite members to contact me with stories and experiences they have had, both good and bad. Maybe sharing them with each other will make all of us more knowledgeable on the subject.

Drive careful and have a great weekend.

Aloha, Rob

Rob’s Blog: 46th Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade

St Patrick's Day Parade photo

For those of you who like to test the limits of your British car’s cooling system, here is an opportunity coming up in March that should do the trick. The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Friday, March 17th.

The club has paid the entry fee for members of the British Car Club to participate in this event. It is not a British Car Club event so I/we have nothing to do with it except pay the entry fee for our members.

For information, you need to get online and find out who is in charge, and what they expect from the participants that morning. The link below should get you there.

Have fun, and good luck,

Rob

More information at:
http://fosphawaii.ning.com/events/46th-annual-st-patrick-s-day-parade-in-waikiki

Rob’s Blog: Another opportunity to save a classic car

 

Anyone interested in a 1974 MGB project? I got a call from the friend of a friend on the North Shore, who wants to “just get rid of it.”

Whatever that means, it is has a current registration, runs poorly, and has a ratty interior.

1974 MGB interior photo

The owner’s name is Bernie. Call him directly if you’re interested. Phone number 808-589-6242.

Aloha, Rob

Rob’s Blog: Christmas Brunch Reminder

Next week Tuesday the 12th is the RSVP deadline for sending your check for the Annual Christmas Brunch. It is $16 per person and receipt of your check will be your RSVP.

You may also combine next year’s dues with the brunch check. The dues are going up a little. So a single membership is $20 and a family membership is $25.

Don’t forget… THERE IS NO MEETING TUESDAY.

The years spectacular brunch will be on Sunday the 18th, 10:00 a.m. at Josh Greig’s house. I will be sending a follow-up reminder with directions at a later date. So far there has been a great response to this event. We’re already close to the same number of people we had last year.

Thanks to everyone who has sent their check already. Here is where they go:

Dave Luengen
91-1138 Lanakoi St.
Kapolei, HI 96707
(check payable to: British Car Club of Hawaii)

Aloha, Rob