40- Savannah News-Press • Saturday, January 26,1991 * * *
Check Your Steering Some Collectors Build Homes
Problems Immediately To Protect Pampered Cars
Q: I have an '84 Olds Firenza that was rebuilt and something was done by playboy Porfirio Rubirosa; a 930 Industries, has "a little museum I'm
By MARY DANIELS Turbo Porsche 1977; a 1965 Ferrari building for myself where he stores
I purchased about a year ago. The wrong. Even I use new ones when- Chicago Tribune
problem is in the power steering. In ever possible or rebuild them my- 275 GTB; a 1970 Ferrari Daytona; a his collection of Gullwing Mercedes,
the cold of winter, steering to the left self. You can generally tell right off CHICAGO - Is your garage a 1939 Jaguar SS100 Roadster; a 1970 rare Citroens and sports cars that
is very difficult until the car warms if something is wrong and that is the place where you trip over the lawn DiTomaso Mangusta; a 1964 XKE date to the '50s.
up a bit. Steering to the right seems best time to seek replacement or re- of attention by 150,000 miles. With mower and ffcll headfirst into the Jaguar coupe original. About 22 square feet, it has a for-
normal almost immediately. In the pair. that kind of mileage yourringscan- garbage can when you go in search "This is my trial-preparation mal English look and includes a 28-
course of the day when the car sets Q: I have a 1980 Ford F-100 pick- not be operating all that efficiently. of a ladder? room, my think room," he said. foot-long custom-built showcase for
for a while, it does get difficult up that I bought four years ago. The compression rings, which work Is your car actually parked in the "I've got this stereo, a refrigerator his models that duplicate the cars he
again, but not like the overnight sit When I first had it, I was puzzled the hardest, are allowing the blow- driveway most of the time because for my beer, . . . I can just sit here collects.
Ttie previous owner had a mishap that sometimes the radio, heater, by that is appearing in your air your garage is stuffed? and scheme. . . . This was the "For every car I own I have a
with the right front of the car hitting turn signals, etc. would work and cleaner container. An independent You might be typical, but you're dream, to do something like this." complete literature collection on it,
a curb, damaging the tire and wheel sometimes not. It took sometime for garage would be the best place to definitely not trendy. Nevoral has collected cars since as well as model cars from the era,"
Could the power steering fail, caus- me to discover that when I turned have the work done. Just be sure Growing numbers of car collec- he was a struggling law student. He Gordon said.
ing an accident? This may help you the ignition switch to start the motor they are well qualified in this area. tors are building what are tanta- has always been a compulsive car
to analyze the problem. Sure hope it would not always come back to the Have them grind the valves while mount to luxury homes for pam- buyer, even when relatively "I want this to be like a living
you can help. - S. Nasello, Alexan- original position. The control stayed they are in there. And as a little ex- pered cars. cashless. room," he said of the space, which
dria, La. down. Since then I have not had the tra advice, have new rod and main The luxury garage may replace For example, one day in 1979 he he designed with Sandra Marsh of
- A: It most certainly is a danger- trouble. I suppose there is a small bearings installed. You can keep the luxury bath as the upscale room went out to buy his wife a much- Marshall Field's. That homey look
ous situation and you should have spring inside that is designed to re- that Bonny running a while longer of the '90s. "It seems to be very needed new washer and drier. In- starts with Oriental rugs that are not
the problem dealt with at once. No turn the switch back to the proper with proper care. fashionable as11the hobby of car col- stead he came home with a 1977 Por- the least bit hurt by a little oil.
doubt some damage occurred to the place. I saw your recent reply to the lecting grows, said Dennis Sobie- sche 930.
steering during the mishap, and person with a 1985 Dodge Aries that Q: I have a 1988 Buick Regal with ski, regional director of the Classic The numbers grew. "I had cars "I try to keep them in the type of
could cause a much more serious ac- had problems with accessories that six cylinders. Whenever the car Car Club of America. "There's a stacked all over the place. ... You condition that they don't leak, but I
cident if not corrected soon. The en- did not always come on and thought stands undriven for a number of number of big (privately held) col- can't have any fun with them that decided I'm just going to let them
tire steering assembly should be I should share this with you. - A. days, the entire electrical system lections throughout the United way." leak if they do. I like the way they
completely disassembled by a quali- Hansen, Cherokee Ridge, Ark. seems to shut down. That is, I have a States. If you start digging, it is phe- So in 1986, when he acquired a look on an Oriental rug." Besides, he
fied technician. All damaged parts dead battery! This happened within nomenal what is out there." ranch home in the western suburbs, added, they're machine-made rugs.
and any worn parts should be re- Q: My 1984 Buick Century with a the first year of the car's life when it In some cases the cars "live" in the first thing he built was his car "I have friends who, when you go
placed. With this, your little Olds 4.3 V-6 and 76,000 miles is smoking was not cranked for 10 days. The more style than the owners. They room addition. He is just getting to see their cars, you have to take off
should be safe and good as new. heavily. At start up, idle or stop-and- second time, about one year later, are no longer called garages but around to renovating the rest of the tarps and throw things out of the
Q: I have a 1978 Oldsmobile Cut- go traffic, it appears quite regularly when I was away for about a week. "car parlors," "private car show- house. way. I like to show them as if they're
lass with a 260 V-8 engine with a to- and then clears up after 15-20 sec- Each time I have had to have the rooms," "pavilions" or Nevoral said he was inspired by a artwork, and that's why I have this.
tal mileage of 125,000 miles. It is in onds. I am losing a quart of oil every battery jumped. On the second occa- "minimuseums." Chicago Tribune story on Ben Rose's To me this is not an investment, it's
reasonably good shape me- 1,500 miles. It still runs good and sion, my battery was nearly new. There are enough luxury garage award-winning car pavilion built an art collection."
cfoanically My only trouble, I think, gets 20 miles per gallon. Is this seri- Other than the batteries, there has owners that vintage car clubs regu- over a ravine in suburban Highland
is with the carburetor. Up to about ous? - S. MacKinnon, Thousand been no work done on the electrical larly organize garage tours. Visitors Park to store his collection of early His art collection includes a
9$,000 miles I kept the car well-tuned Oaks, Calif. system or ignition. Several garages can "ooh" and "ahh" at car rooms Bugattis, MGs and Cisitalias. "I told 300SL Mercedes and a 1957 300SL
and checked regularly by my me- have checked the car and found just like they tiptoe through elite my wife, Barb, I'm going to do Roadster. The jewel of his collection
chanic until he retired. At the time, I A: There could be a number of nothing that could possibly cause the house tours. something like that." is a DS 21 Citroen convertible, a for-
averaged about 16 mpg city and 20 things causing your smoking prob- battery drain. A test was even con- Read on and raise your con- "The shape is an oblong, a T- mer French Embassy car, only 2,400
00 the highway. I took the car to an- lem. It could be worn valve guides, ducted to see if something was sciousness about how primitively bone on the house. Part of the T' is of which were made from 1956 to
other place to be tuned. It did not valve seals, or a cracked or broken draining the battery when the igni- you are housing your car. a regular garage. If I wouldn't have 1978.
rin right, so I returned and was told ring. Have a shop do a compression tion was off. Nothing was found. To "Nobody (else) comes in here," been a lawyer, I would have been a His passion goes back to high
it was necessary to replace the car- check for a bad ring and do a vacu- say the least, I am in a quandary! Bernie Nevoral said of his spectac- builder." school days. "I had seven cars when
buretor. That was the beginning of um check on the system to locate Any suggestions? - G. Robbie, ular 2,200-square-foot Southwestern- Contractor Phil Dvorak of Glen I was in high school, total value
the trouble! Now it is very hard to any bad valves. Jacksonville, Fla. style car room. Ellyn collaborated with him on $1,000," he said. "I grew up in Win-
start in the mornings, gas mileage The Chicago personal injury law- building the car room, and interior netka, so I had to keep them on my
has dropped to 8-10 mpg overall. At A: A battery will go dead after a yer was sitting in the center of a pat- designer Paul Granata, who is doing street. I had to keep moving them
tiroes during the summer, if I had to Q. I have a 1979 Pontiac Bonne- couple of weeks of non-use. Some- tern formed by seven rare cars the rest of the house, helped with de- around" to keep neighbors from
idle very long at a stoplight, the en- ville with over 150,000 miles. It is thing has to drain the battery. Even parked on the bias, pointing their tails such as knotty pine paneling, complaining. "I had Model A Fords,
gine would cut off and once again be running great and gets terrific gas the electric clock will cause the noses toward a curved fireplace. Saltillo tile and artwork. hot rods, Oldsmobiles, Chevies,
difficult to start. Most of my driving mileage. It uses no oil and I want to drain! I am not aware of any inher- One entire wall is floor-to-ceiling Though the showroom part of the Plymouths and all American cars."
is expressway, so though it does not keep her going as long as possible. I ent problems that Buick has report- glass that looks out on a deck, a rose addition is stunning, the adjacent
happen as often, it is very frustrat- am having oil blown into my air ed in this area; however, many of garden and a swimming pool. The working garage is equally important Gordon lives in a downtown high-
ing when it does and is certainly get- cleaner through the metal line that our readers could possibly shed glass floods the room with light that to Nevoral. rise, "so it's a little inconvenient for
ting expensive on gasoline with such goes from the valve cover to the air some light on this dilemma! I sug- plays on the scarlet and ivory fin- "If I feel frustrated, I can go out me to keep my cars at home."
p0or mileage. - T. Barker, Jack- cleaner. I thought I researched the gest you and others who are not go- ishes of the cars. The back wall is and disassemble a part on the car. He is putting the finishing touch-
sonville, Fla. problem at the library and thought it ing to be operating their vehicles for filled with a custom oak bookcase What I do is start taking things es on his minimuseum, which is con-
- A: You definitely have had a de- may be the oil pump not vacuuming. an extended period, say about a that holds collections of auto books apart and putting them together," venient to his home. "It's a private
fective carburetor installed on your If this, in your opinion is correct, week, do a little preventative main- and car models. One door opens for he said. "Then you're not thinking showroom I disappear to." Previ-
Olds. I am certain the repair bill where is the oil pump located. If this tenance by disconnecting the bat- the cars to enter, "and then I have to about whatever was bugging you but ously he had used a former Texaco
was not inexpensive and you proba- is not it, what is wrong with my Bon- tery. Parts stores sell little "easy- jockey them a little bit" to get them focusing on this and trying to do it station that he had bought, taking
bly should have returned it immedi- ny? - N. Gasparro, Ocala, Fla. on/easy-off' clamps that you Con- in place, Nevoral said. right. The best part is if you can advantage of the equipment to make
ately. It sounds like you have put nect to your cables and with the Accessories set the Southwestern take them out, you can go for a nice his own repairs. But now he also
several thousand miles op it since A. I can certainly appreciate twist of a lever the cable is discon- theme: a bearskin on the floor, a zip." calls on professional restorers for
the change, so it is doubtful the ga- your research in this matter. But, nected without "muss or fuss!" Sioux buffalo skull above the fire- He has lathes and a variety of major work.
rage is going to do much of anything even though you are not noticing the There are some batteries out there place, a reproduction Indian wir machines that aljow him to do "any-
tor you. Unless one is very knowl- oil consumption, in all probability that are better than others, so you bonnet. / thing other than some very precise "I sit in a car, start it; I might go
edgeable in the workings of such that is your problem. Let me ex- may want tov research or shop But the real artwork gleams in stuff. I can fabricate, pound parts for a drive. I don't know why I re-
equipment, I advise replacing; old plain. The compression rings, along around the next time you are in the the center of the floor: a 1950 Ferra- out. That's my therapy." spond to them this way. It's fun. I've
carbs with new ones. No doubt yours with all the others should be in need market for a new battery. ri prototype racing car once owned' Alan tiordon, owner of Inkjuois- been doing it all my life."
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