"Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me. I want people to know why I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved."
"The View From Planet Kerth" by T.R. Kerth, Published July 5. 2014 in The Collier Citizen-Naples Florida
(This is an excerpt of a larger column "Have You Hugged Your Hardware Lately?")
Lately I have been developing a kinder, gentler relationship with the things in my life. For too long I have been kicking , cursing and disrespecting every gadget, doodad and thingamabob that has disappointed me. How can you expect an inanimate object to treat you well in the future when all it remembers of you in the past is abuse?
I think it all began three years ago then I turned the key in my 2004 pickup truck and was met with nothing more than a sickening click. It had been awhile since I had fired Abu up, and her battery must have decided that it wasn't needed any more. I dropped in a new battery, bolted it down and gently turned the key. When Abu roared to life, I patted her dashboard and sad, "I love you , Abu. You're the only one who understands me."
Since then Abu has run without a hitch, other than a driver's side window that tends to get a bit balky once in a while. But I don't let that anger me, because my shoulder acts like that once in a while, too. "It's ok," I tell her, "It'll be better in the morning." And in the morning it always is.
My other car, a 2002 Honda CRV named Cuervo, has also been a trooper, and I never fail to let her know how much I love her too. She's pushing 12 years old now. If she were a dog at that age, she would be nearing Betty White vintage, but with Japanese cars it means she's just beginning to mellow into a well-traveled beauty. Think Sandra Bullock.
So now I go out of my way to tell all the glass-steel-plastic-silicone gadgets in my life how much I love and appreciate them. And I think it has made a big difference in our relationship. They have all treated me well and stayed on the job, with only a few exceptions--like a refrigerator that quit on me though it had shown no sign of dissatisfaction before that.
CHANGES AT RADERS RELICS AFTER 35 YEARS
With the loss of Dick Schoppe, Raders Relics is changing it's operating style. We are now open by appointment only. Though you can drop by most mornings and probably catch me here, but if you don't want to gamble please call ahead. I feel a connection with friends and customers who over the years have trusted us with some delightful and fun investorcars. Except for an escape to the mountains, I'll keep on keeping on.- Bob Rader
Our current inventory of classic cars at a glance:
SOLD 1930Ford Model A Tudor with most of the deluxe bells and whistles like luggage rack, running board fence. cowl lights and step plates. Nice, newish wide whites, fresh, clean interior and glossy amateur Washington blue and black with straw wheels and stripe. Show Me More! >>>>
1939Ford Deluxe convertible sedan in folkstone grey with red piping and carmel interior. To sum it up in a few words--She is a fresh national show quality restoration. Show Me More! >>>>
1946 Military Jeep. We have had him before, ( he's the one that had his tub replaced some time in his life ) He has had quite a few upgrades since he was here. He now sports a summer top, new correct shovel, axe and jerry can. Drive line has been rebuilt as well as springs. Show Me More! >>>>
1948 Chrysler Windsor Convertible with just 42,000 actual miles. Probably one of the most original cars we have seen. He has been owned for many years by a gentleman who replaced things as needed with as near to original things that could be found. The paint is original and still show quality. Dash plastic,gauges and controls are like new. Top is canvas as original and only the leather on the seats has been replaced. There has never been any rust or rust repair to this car. It runs and drives just like a new 1948 Chrysler. It's hard to really describe a car this old and this nice. As nice as it is it is not a 100pt. show car. Show Me More! >>>>
NEW 1958 Chevrolet Impala sport coupe with modern air conditioning and CD player as well as power steering and other goodies like a later model non powerglide automatic. Show Me More! >>>>
SOLD 1965 Ford Thunderbird convertible that is mostly all original as factory delivered with the exception of a repaint in the original color sometime in the past. The interior is better than expected for being 57 years old. Percy in unusual in that he doesn't have air conditioning and he lives in Florida. Included is an uninstalled expensive factory roadster kit. Show Me More! >>>>
HELGA is a 1971 Volkswagen Beetle owned by an old friend in NC. He is not a car person. The photos are from him. The asking price is $7200. I can put you in direct contact with him. Here is his description-- VW is 1971 Super Beetle. Show Me More! >>>>
CARMELLA is a 1973 Mercedes Benz 450SL convertible with both tops and a beautiful and very expensive repaint in the original color with black interior. Show Me More! >>>>
SOLD 1979Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II with left hand drive and LWB. She has a paint job in the beautiful original two tone blue colors that the owner told us cost him $30,000. Even if he paid too much it is surely the best quality money can buy anywhere. The matching leather and wood interior are lovely and she runs fine. Winston the car is free, just pay for the paint job. Show Me More! >>>>
Amanda Reckonwith is a 1983 Buick Riviera convertible is one of only 3898 produced from 1982- 1985. Available in only white or red, with white tops and red leather. The 307 V8 was an option. Base price was $25,702.00, more than the Corvette. Amanda has had over $20,000 spent on restoration (reciepts here) 5600 miles on new Jasper 307 engine, transmission, rear end, a/c, top/motor, tires, hydro booster brake, power steering, power windows and seats, custom paint, disk brakes, gas shocks, Kenwood stereo/CD, ball joints. Show Me More! >>>>
NEW 1985 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz in Gossamer blue with dark blue leather. I won't even try to go into her extensive luxury equipment. The important thing here is that you can buy a new car for the sticker price she had on the showroom in 1985. Show Me More! >>>>
SOLD 1985 Chevrolet pickup. The most desirable short bed Silverado. He has over 100,000 miles and never had a touch of paint since the factory nor a spot of rust. The V8 runs fine with automatic and power steering, the right goodies. Good shoes and ready to drive you home. Show Me More! >>>>
OTHER STUFF FOR SALE
Raders Relics conversion chart to translate old cars ads language. This is a compendium of a quarter century in the business from personal observations and other publications. In red and black on parchment color, 11X17, suitable for framing to hang in the family room, garage, where ever you like. Samples:
If it says:
It really means:
Cant tell its been restored
Drive it away
I live on top of a hill
Neighbors getting up a petition
Uses no oil
Just throws it out
And fifty more
Yours for a pittance at just $12.50 each. Add $3.50 for the mailing tube and postage, any quantity. Your check is acceptable to us. We arent set up to take credit cards.
ALSO HUMOROUS PLEASE DONT TOUCH SIGNS, 4 " X 5 " , MADE OUT OF STATIC STICK. CAN BE PUT ON GLASS INSIDE OR OUT AND REMOVED AFTER THE SHOW IF YOU LIKE. JUST $3.00 EACH. ADD $2.00 FOR POSTAGE. UP TO TEN SAME POSTAGE.
Coca Cola cooler, 1950, restored, very good. $950
Murray pedal car, 1950s, actually never used. $1100
Mobile oil dispenser. Circa 1940. Very good original, never restored. Full of bottles. $3500.00
Your check is fine. Sorry no credit cards
1896 Kentucky Ave. • 1/2 mile from exit #87 at I-4 and fairbanks, • Winter Park, Florida USA 32789. Tel: (407) 647-1940 Fax: (407) 647-1930 • email: Bob Rader email@example.com