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    I remember seeing all this cars growing up in Cuba. You can see alot of nice Classics on this link. Is incredible how they manage to keep them running WITHOUT original or reproduction parts.

    This is a 47 minute video:
    http://watch.wliw.org/video/1317690969/

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    quote:Originally posted by Yanqui84@gmail.com

    I remember seeing all this cars growing up in Cuba. You can see alot of nice Classics on this link. Is incredible how they manage to keep them running WITHOUT original or reproduction parts.

    This is a 47 minute video:
    http://watch.wliw.org/video/1317690969/
    Very nice video. Thank you.
    "Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional." author unknown

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    • #3
      If you're looking for more check out Yank tanks on NetFlix.
      http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/Yank_...1?trkid=438403

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      • #4
        Thank you. I actually found the whole movie on youtube.
        Yank Tanks movie:
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyVKj_qcLxk

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        • #5
          The only sad piece of the puzzle regarding the classic cars in Cuba is that the vast majority of them are wrecks. They have not imported new cars for almost 50 years. They have to keep these cars going cuz they're the only mode of transportation available for most. One of the joys of socialism.

          sals54
          sals54

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          • #6
            Think of it as an incentive. Cubans are going to totally dominate the car restoration business, once everyone comes to their senses. It's just part of the charm of the place.

            And, they have become extremely innovative boat-builders as well. Aren't they the lucky ones.

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            • #7
              Very nice video. thanks!

              Michael

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              • #8
                WOW!! Thank You for theses posts!! Real enjoyable and CQQL-- [8D]

                http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u...84/fjhawk2.jpg

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                • #9
                  one of the mechanics have a Studebaker Silver Hawk he says is all original. I also looked up the black 59-60 Cadillac and here in US cost alotttttt here 1 on ebay as we speak

                  http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1959-...#ht_500wt_1182

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                  • #10
                    Perhaps Yanqui84 could answer this...
                    From what I've read, many (most?) of the cars still in use aren't [u]"restored"</u> as much as made functional with non-stock parts.

                    An example would be a 50s American car with a diesel or with a European or Japanese engine.

                    They do great things with the parts available, but I'm not sure calling them "restored " would be correct.
                    I'm not taking anything away from the Cubans, but if that is the case, they're doing more "street rod"-modified cars than Pebble Beach (or even SDC) restorations.



                    63 Avanti R1 2788
                    1914 Stutz Bearcat
                    (George Barris replica)

                    Washington State
                    63 Avanti R1 2788
                    1914 Stutz Bearcat
                    (George Barris replica)

                    Washington State

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                    • #11
                      Theres is always different scenarios but if your chevy alternator brakes there is no auto part that you can find a new or rebuilt one. You need to start asking friends and get the word out to see if somebody have one that is usuable, 99% of the cases you will have to combine lets say a russian car distributor rotor and distributor cap and other components from whatever car is available and custom make it to fit the chevy. They have to invent parts from scrapt mental. I remember my dad had a 60's Cadillac and the original engine blew he could not find another engine to swap so he customize a diesel engine with a manual tranny, he also had a 1950's Ford Perfect with a russian car engine the engine came out of a "Lada" and that was my dads taxi car. And this was prior to us coming here in early 90's. My dad use to make brake fluid with ( this sounds funny but is reality) shampoo water and soap and believe it or not it worked because there is no brake fluid.

                      Like comatus mention, if the mechanics over there had the resources/tools we have here those cars would be original with no adaptation needed. I hope communist is over soon so i can go retire to my homeland and have nice cars next to the beach .


                      Here is a pic of me in my dads 1950's Ford with a lada (russian engine)

                      Too bad I dont have a picture of the cadillac that was infront of it with the diesel engine



                      I know this ones were original because i asked him the other day:
                      this one was a 54 Plymouth Savoy


                      1946 chevy truck


                      1948 Chevy truck


                      This were all my dads. I think i posted them before

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                      • #12
                        quote:Originally posted by Yanqui84@gmail.com
                        I hope communist is over soon so i can go retire to my homeland and have nice cars next to the beach .
                        It would be interesting to know who the original owners of those cars were when they were new, and if reform ever comes to Cuba, who actually are the rightful owners of them. One had to keep in mind, many who had the means immediately fled the country in 1959 and left behind nearly everything including their cars when Fidel swept into power. If and when a democratic government comes into power there, will they uphold land and property claims from either the original title holders if they are still alive, or their heirs? The Czech Republic instuted a policy in the 1990's for returning property confiscated by the government in 1939 provided there is proof of ownership.

                        http://remember.org/unite/outlinep.htm

                        Craig

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                        • #13
                          Thanks for the information. hard to believe that they can do so much with so little.
                          (No brake fluid..OMG!!![:0][:0][:0]).
                          My English nephew did a university project in Cuba in Architecture, they'ew planning to replace Soviet building with tradional Cuban style buildings) and he reports it really is as bad as you say.

                          You've sold me, after Castro's gone, I'll send you a car to restore!

                          I really appreciate your comments. I'm glad America is working out for you and your family. Welcome!

                          63 Avanti R1 2788
                          1914 Stutz Bearcat
                          (George Barris replica)

                          Washington State
                          63 Avanti R1 2788
                          1914 Stutz Bearcat
                          (George Barris replica)

                          Washington State

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                          • #14
                            In Florida my friendship with Cubans was greatly valued. The ones I knew were hardworking and enterprising. One of them had a very successful body shop. I saw a photo of him in his office and he was standing in front of a fighter aircraft with a machine gun in his hands. I asked him if it was taken in Korea and he said, "No, during the Bay of Pigs." His son made a great adjustment to the US and recorded a nice country and western CD with him doing the vocals. Sort of a Cuban cowboy, I guess.
                            "Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional." author unknown

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                            • #15
                              Thanks for posting this Yanqui, I really enjoyed it and a highlight was a glimps of a '53 or '54 sedan about 3/4 of the way through.

                              Dave Pink
                              Victoria, Australia

                              1913 SA25 Town Car
                              1916 SF Roadster
                              1925 ER Tourer
                              1925 Panel Delivery
                              1953 Champion Sedan
                              1957 Golden Hawk


                              Studebaker Car Club Of Australia Website
                              http://www.studebakercarclub.net
                              Dave Pink
                              Victoria, Australia

                              1916 SF Roadster
                              1925 ER Tourer
                              1925 Panel Delivery
                              1953 Champion Sedan
                              1957 Golden Hawk
                              1971 Avanti II


                              Studebaker Car Club Of Australia Website
                              http://www.studebakercarclub.net

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