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  • 6hk71400
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    Thank you for your opinion Bob. It is nice to know that if it does not prosper, the series will last long term and probably become collectores items like Automotive Quarterly.

    I will support Crankshaft for as long as it last, or as long as I last. When the only exercise I get is pushing 70 I count my each days as a blessing. In January, my only exercise will be pushing 71

    Bob Miles

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  • Bob Andrews
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    I finally got to read a little of this magazine. It is unusual, bigger and heavier stock than any other magazine, especially the cover!

    One thing I REALLY love- the articles are printed start to finish; that is, none of the two columns with (turn to page 54) at the bottom, then you get a half page and get (turn to page 80), and so on. It has always annoyed me to have to rifle back and forth through magazines just to read the articles. None of that here. And another bonus is that (so far) every page ends in a full sentence, perfect for us piecemeal readers. I didn't realize how much I appreciated these details until I had them back.

    Stories start to finish, very few ads, and on high quality paper. I don't see how it can last and prosper long term.

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  • 6hk71400
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    Originally posted by 6hk71400 View Post
    Bob and Don,

    Thanks for the information. Turning Wheels has a low percentage of advertisement if you do include classified. The content is always outstanding. I just got notification that my issue #1 is being shipped for Crankshaft. I will update when it gets to my home.

    Bob Miles
    I received my first copy of Crankshaft today. Left at the front door as the carrier did not attempt to bend it to fit in the box. It won't bend, it came Media Mail, which is a special Fourth Class rate but the cost was $3.45 and the weight was 1 1/2 pounds. Safely packaged and undamaged and sealed up so that no one could read it.

    This is really not a magazine at 144 pages. It is more like a book that comes as installments on automotive history. As a car crazy young person, I checked out many books from the school library and city main library on car history. When I saw the article about the FRP, I hadn't seen anything since the mid 60's about that car! As there is so much about the past years since the automobile came on the scene, the material to write about will be unlimited.

    I look forward to my next issue even though I spent just a hour perusing the articles before I need to eat lunch. After I eat, and wash my hands, I will look at the rest of my daily things to do then decide what I can put off to go back reading.

    I look forward to covering our Studebakers. Soon as my one year expires, I will renew

    Bob Miles

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  • aquaman811
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    Received my copy today, arrived in perfect shape. Lovely design, very substantial feel. Great articles & pictures, very well done.

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  • r1lark
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    Still reading it. Started on the Tucker article, very interesting so far. I'm retired, so I don't have as much free time as I used to for reading , too busy (seriously).

    Couple of observations......
    The font is larger than most all the other magazines, and the spacing between lines is larger. I guess they know a lot of folks with poorer eyesight will be reading it. ​​​​​

    The paper is heavier as you said, but not quite as nice as Rodders Journal.

    The cover has an interesting and pleasing texture.

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  • BobPalma
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    Originally posted by r1lark View Post
    Got mine today!! Will open it tonight, came in a really nice cardboard mailer.
    So, Paul; how did you like it? BP

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  • r1lark
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    Got mine today!! Will open it tonight, came in a really nice cardboard mailer.

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  • skyway
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    Dang; and a friend just gave me subscriptions to all 3 Hemmings’ as a retirement gift.

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  • Lark Hunter
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    Originally posted by 6hk71400 View Post

    Tory,

    When I get my copy, I will bring it to the April SAC board meeting so you can see the magazine and read the article.

    Bob Miles
    Thank ya kindly, Bob!

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  • 6hk71400
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    Originally posted by Lark Hunter View Post

    Am looking forward to reading about this car . Toward the end of my senior year in high school and beyond, I owned a highly optioned 1978 LeSabre Custom 4 dr; which on the face of it, doesn't sound like much. It was very sharp looking, though! Two tone dark metallic red with gold pinstripe, 15x7 Buick Rallye Wheels, sport mirrors, dark tinted windows, and no vinyl top. It had a med-dark red interior, and *almost* every option in the book. Was powered by a 403 Olds; top engine option that year... complete with "fuel economy" indicator lights on the face of the gas gauge- one lit up green to let you know you were getting poor gas mileage, and another illuminated amber when it was worse. I really loved that car, and it was a comfortable place to be... I even spread out and did homework assignments in the Buick on occasion, as it was a much more relaxed place to be than trying to stay out of the path of a frequently raging step mother at home Had a good stereo, map and reading lights everywhere, and a large analog clock on the dash to keep me from getting reamed for arriving home late.
    Tory,

    When I get my copy, I will bring it to the April SAC board meeting so you can see the magazine and read the article.

    Bob Miles

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  • Lark Hunter
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    Originally posted by BobPalma View Post

    Thanks. That 1979 Electra Limited Coupe is drop-dead gorgeous; double soft yellow exterior with tan velour interior. With a magnifying glass, you can just barely read the odometer in an instrument cluster photo: 10379, so it has rolled over 10,000 miles. BP
    Am looking forward to reading about this car . Toward the end of my senior year in high school and beyond, I owned a highly optioned 1978 LeSabre Custom 4 dr; which on the face of it, doesn't sound like much. It was very sharp looking, though! Two tone dark metallic red with gold pinstripe, 15x7 Buick Rallye Wheels, sport mirrors, dark tinted windows, and no vinyl top. It had a med-dark red interior, and *almost* every option in the book. Was powered by a 403 Olds; top engine option that year... complete with "fuel economy" indicator lights on the face of the gas gauge- one lit up green to let you know you were getting poor gas mileage, and another illuminated amber when it was worse. I really loved that car, and it was a comfortable place to be... I even spread out and did homework assignments in the Buick on occasion, as it was a much more relaxed place to be than trying to stay out of the path of a frequently raging step mother at home Had a good stereo, map and reading lights everywhere, and a large analog clock on the dash to keep me from getting reamed for arriving home late.

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  • 6hk71400
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    Bob and Don,

    Thanks for the information. Turning Wheels has a low percentage of advertisement if you do include classified. The content is always outstanding. I just got notification that my issue #1 is being shipped for Crankshaft. I will update when it gets to my home.

    Bob Miles

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  • BobPalma
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    Originally posted by 6hk71400 View Post

    Bob,

    Do you know as to when the issues will be issued and if they will be Volume one, issue one?

    Incidentally, when I worked in the bulk mail section at our local USPS plant, charge for shipping was based on number of advertisement and percentage of the content. Back before Newspapers lost volume and circulation, each issue that was delivered out of town had the percentage of ads, legal ads, and news. More often than not, the "news" part of the paper was 37-41 percent, legal was 3 percent and ads were 56-60 percent. I always called them after that ads paper. Based on the shipping charge of 75 cents Crankshaft indeed has very very little advertisement. That may change in the future but I hope not.

    Just out of curiosity I wonder what Turning Wheels percent of advertising is.

    Bob Miles
    Interesting, Bob; thanks for that insight. As I mentioned, for all practical purposes, there is no advertising in Issue #1. I don't know when he plans to mail Issue #2, although he said it's pretty much done and he is working on #3.

    I see no reference to "Volume 1, #1" on the first issue of Crankshaft. All references are simply to "#1," so perhaps Richard is simply planning to number the issues consecutively from #1, with no reference to Volume or Calendar Year. BP

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  • Avantidon
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    Bob Miles.

    If you include the classified ads in the back of the magazine about 30-35%

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  • 6hk71400
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    Originally posted by BobPalma View Post
    Incidentally, to confirm: I've put my money where my mouth is: My check for $59.95 to subscribe was in the mail within 4 hours of when I received Issue #1! BP
    Bob,

    Do you know as to when the issues will be issued and if they will be Volume one, issue one?

    Incidentally, when I worked in the bulk mail section at our local USPS plant, charge for shipping was based on number of advertisement and percentage of the content. Back before Newspapers lost volume and circulation, each issue that was delivered out of town had the percentage of ads, legal ads, and news. More often than not, the "news" part of the paper was 37-41 percent, legal was 3 percent and ads were 56-60 percent. I always called them after that ads paper. Based on the shipping charge of 75 cents Crankshaft indeed has very very little advertisement. That may change in the future but I hope not.

    Just out of curiosity I wonder what Turning Wheels percent of advertising is.

    Bob Miles

    Leave a comment:

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