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    Red face A red letter day for my pickup....Maybe not. :(

    After a year of working on my truck to get it drive-able and then waiting on paperwork from the estate, I now have tags for my 52 pickup and can begin driving. The first stop will be the gas station and then a little test drive.
    I got turned down last month on my first trip to get the title transferred because they wanted confirmation of the executor of the estate. It took a month to get the copy of the will, but I got it yesterday. The purchase price went over the limit for not having to pay sales tax by $1.00 so it cost me about another $300. If I had realized we were that close the seller would have adjusted the deal. Oh well, I don't care, it is done. What a relief.
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    How 'bout requesting that the seller send you a $1 refund? Tell him you want to "FRAME" it and hang it on your wall! That way, you can claim you have a RARE three hundred dollar ONE DOLLAR BILL! Then, when your relatives sell your estate, they can attempt to increase the value of that dollar by claiming how RARE it is along with your RARE Studebakers.

    OH...I almost forgot...good luck with your truck! I hope you enjoy it for years as much as I have enjoyed mine!
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    Happy to hear that you got it all straightened out, and that you're ready for driving. When you stop for fuel, I recommend non-ethanol, if it's available. Your old truck will like it better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsenecal View Post
    Happy to hear that you got it all straightened out, and that you're ready for driving. When you stop for fuel, I recommend non-ethanol, if it's available. Your old truck will like it better.
    Yes, there is a station about 3 or 4 blocks from our house that sells non-ethanol. They should be used to seeing our Studebakers there by now. The gas is a lot higher than the ethanol stuff at other stations, but not as high as prices for ethanol fuel in places like California.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tsenecal View Post
    Happy to hear that you got it all straightened out, and that you're ready for driving. When you stop for fuel, I recommend non-ethanol, if it's available. Your old truck will like it better.
    That's for sure, and I like to add 4 ounces of Marvel Mystery oil to each 10 gallons of non ethanol gas.
    If I get stuck using crap gas, then I'll add a quart of diesel fuel to each 10 gallons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TWChamp View Post
    That's for sure, and I like to add 4 ounces of Marvel Mystery oil to each 10 gallons of non ethanol gas.
    If I get stuck using crap gas, then I'll add a quart of diesel fuel to each 10 gallons.
    I've heard about doing things like that. Would you explain the science, please?
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    I got a pleasant surprise at the gas station. The price had fallen 20 cents a gallon since I bought lawn mower gas a few days ago.
    Anyway, as I expected, the drive exposed a few issues to ad to my list. The most obvious was the speedometer needle swinging back and forth.


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    "That's for sure, and I like to add 4 ounces of Marvel Mystery oil to each 10 gallons of non ethanol gas.
    If I get stuck using crap gas, then I'll add a quart of diesel fuel to each 10 gallons."

    ....... add some ZDDP and synthetics and pretty soon that ice cream cone costs $20. / cone....
    Its like my friend the temporary gardener said about vegetable gardening and how much it cost to grow 1 nice tomato = $5 / tomato....

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    Thanks for sharing the video about getting the ethanol out of the gas. Very interesting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RadioRoy View Post
    I've heard about doing things like that. Would you explain the science, please?
    The MMO adds lubricity to today's gas, which is quite different from the gas we had in the 60's and early 70's.
    I haven't added diesel yet, but have read about others that have and they report that it keeps the crap gas from boiling so quickly and causing vapor lock problems. It will also add lubricity to the dry gas we get today.

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    Fascinating. Thanks guys!
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    I am feeling a bit down today. I got my license plate and have been waiting for the new title to arrive. Yesterday a letter arrived from the Office of Motor Vehicles telling me they need more info from Mississippi. I sent a copy of the will before, but now they want a death certificate and Letters of Administration (Whatever that is?).
    This particular office is called the Suspense Unit and the paper was called a Title Suspense Notice. I had never seen the word suspense used like that. I even did some checking to make sure the letter was not a scam.
    I guess I am in suspense. I just want to drive my truck.


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    I had issues getting a title for a truck a few years ago. After sending paperwork back and forth several times, a knowledgeable DMV agent asked me why I didn't just get a "Power of Attorney" for that vehicle/title, allowing me to sign any needed paperwork required by the state. Did that and had my title and tags as soon as the paperwork got to me. It even deleted the sales tax because I was already the controlling person on the title. I didn't ask any questions about the tax, just thanked them and drove away.

    Quote Originally Posted by 52-fan View Post
    I am feeling a bit down today. I got my license plate and have been waiting for the new title to arrive. Yesterday a letter arrived from the Office of Motor Vehicles telling me they need more info from Mississippi. I sent a copy of the will before, but now they want a death certificate and Letters of Administration (Whatever that is?).
    This particular office is called the Suspense Unit and the paper was called a Title Suspense Notice. I had never seen the word suspense used like that. I even did some checking to make sure the letter was not a scam.
    I guess I am in suspense. I just want to drive my truck.
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    Was this a vehicle purchased in a different state? I don't understand how that would work.


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    I once bought an estate vehicle and the RMV wanted 7 pieces of confirmation on ownership...3-4 of them had to be notarized...

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    The federal govt uses that definition of suspense to mean a matter that hasn't yet been resolved and is awaiting additional documentation. A lawyer's term.

    I once bought a 69 Chevelle from the a lady who had owned the car jointly with her deceased husband. Even though she had signed the title and given me a bill of sale, I still needed to get a copy of the husband's death certificate to prove that she was now the sole owner of the car. Makes sense when you think about it.

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    I had to do none of this when I bought Lenard Shepard's car from his son. I'm not sure what the difference is.


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    I got an email copy of the death certificate from Mississippi yesterday and sent it off last night. This morning I got notification that my title is on its way! Quite a relief, but the real joy will be when the new title is in my hands.
    To be fair, I will have to say that the people in the suspense office I talked to on the phone and emailed were very polite.


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    The title came today. The truck is now officially mine. Whoo Hoo!
    Between waiting on documents, trips to the local motor vehicle office and communication with the Liitle Rock office it took about 2 months.
    Last edited by 52-fan; 07-22-2019 at 05:17 PM.


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