Category Archives: Business

Finally, A Conservative Social Media Site

There’s a fairly new Social Media site for Conservatives called Parler. It was created about a year ago. It has some growing pains, but they appear to working them out. All of the known conservative suspects post there. Trump, Sean Hannity, Bongino, Malkin, Tucker Carlson, Newt, Rush, Levine, ….

NO advertising. No heavy handed moderating.

Everyone keeps screaming that they wish there was a Social Media site run by Conservatives – well here it is. Sign up and check it out. It will someday be the Facebook without Community Double Standards.

https://parler.com/profile/Davetheoldhippie/posts

You can follow me there by clicking the link above.

World’s First Golf Cart is For Sale

DEAL PENDING

1949 Arthritis Special

In 1948, a Houston, Texas car dealer by the name of R. J. ‘Dick’ Jackson was an avid golfer. He was not only a member of River Oaks Country Club (their old golf course is the oldest in Texas), his home was off one of the holes. Dick also had a severe case of Arthritis, and found it difficult to walk the course.

Another Member of the club was Preston Moore, who is the first cousin of former Secretary of State James Baker. Preston rode a Cushman Scooter and that gave Jackson an idea. Jackson asked Moore where he bought the scooter, and he told him Watson Cushman on Louisiana St.

Jackson went to Watson Cushman, bought a 1949 Model 60, took it to his dealership and modified it with a front bench to carry three (some sources say four, but they’d better be skinny) golfers and four sets of clubs behind them. There is also a holder for a patio umbrella to shade the driver and golfers. He named it the “Arthritis Special” and patented the design. River Oaks gave him special permission to use it because of his medical condition. Shortly after he received permission to use the “Motorized Golf Buggy”, a few other members also wanted permission to use one. Jackson sold the patent to Watson, his company made a few for the other members.

In time, River Oaks’ members complained of the engine noise, kick starting noise, engine smoking, the dust kicked up by the motorized golf buggies – and they were banned from the club. It would be a few more years before motorized golf carts would be sold in design more similar to today (albeit two rear drive wheels and one front steering wheel – often steered by a tiller), most using a Cushman motor.

I bought this 1949 “Arthritis Special” as part if a five Cushman vehicle lot, from an 85-year-old collector, who is liquidating due to his declining health. He claims that serial number 1111 is the first made by Watson. I know of only three other survivors. A yellow one in Canada, a green one in a private collection, and a blue one on displayed at a Top Rated golf club.

Mine is 100% complete, but I’ve not yet had a chance to work on restoring it. It will be many months before I can get to it. Until I do start the restoration, I’m offering this rare piece of history for $10,000. I understand that it will take a special golf fan, or another top country club to be interested, but I thought I’d throw it out there in case. If not sold by the time I can get to it, I’ll take off the market until the restoration has been completed. I have no title to the Golf Buggy – the seller claiming it wasn’t titled because it was never Street legal. It is to be sold on a Bill of Sale.

Vbulletin Connect 5 Installed with a year of hosting Internet

I have three perpetual licenses of Vbulletin Connect 5.0, but now only use one. As such I’m selling the transfer on my license in the other two. I will sell/transfer (all 100% legit and legal) a license, install it on my fast server, transfer to you and your site, set up your forums, Create your logo into a graphic, set up the look and feel you want and provide you with a year of hosting for $499. $200 a year thereafter. Always available hourly should you wish more customization.

Vbulletin will only install, upgrade and run only on fast servers that do not limit your resources. I twice made the mistake (2001 and again in 2018) tried on a shared server (the last Go Daddy) – and the frustration was unbearable.

My remaining Active Vbulletin site is www.moparweb.com – if you’re interested in what a Vbulletin site looks like. Perfect for:

  • Car Clubs
  • Youth Groups
  • Sports Teams
  • Religious Organizations
  • Sales and Support Boards
  • Gaming Boards
  • Artists & Musicians
  • Cities, Towns, neighborhoods
  • Hobbyists
  • Country Clubs
  • Just about anything with a membership or group of followers

davetheoldhippie @ gmail.com

Free Classified Ads at OldHippiesAds.com

Desktop and Tablet Version

Starting to list 31 cars, trucks, motorcycles and 3+ containers of parts, before I move the rest of the stuff in the old shop next Wednesday. I listed over 100 items today, and figure I’ll have about 10,000 to list before its all done. I’ll try to list a couple 100 a week until done. Check weekly.

Mostly Mopar stuff.

https://www.oldhippiesads.com/

Feel free to list anything you’re selling there. Its free because the more stuff listed, the more browsers Google brings – so what’s free to everyone is also good for me.

Smart Phone Version

MediaWiki Installed

If you’ve ever visited Wikipedia, the software that runs it is MediaWiki. The below paragraph is from their web site


The MediaWiki software is used by tens of thousands of websites and thousands of companies and organizations. It powers Wikipedia and also this website. MediaWiki helps you collect and organize knowledge and make it available to people. It’s powerful, multilingual, free and open, extensible, customizable, reliable, and free of charge.

So while it is free and free to use, it takes some pretty strong knowledge of installing and configuration to properly install. Once installed and configured, it is more complicated than most applications to create a unique to you look & feel and to administer the advance features (because it is so powerful), but there are many good books on learning that. Properly installed, configured, it is very easy for the users/contributors to use.

There are many uses MediaWiki

  • Encyclopedia
  • Family Ancestry
  • Collection and organization of data
  • Service/Support Infobase
  • Business information Database…

An example is MoparWiki at www.MoparWiki.com – which is collection of any all information on anything Mopar.

I own a very fast and underutilized web server, which I host my sites (such as this Classified ad web site) and a few select other sites with rational webmasters. If you are looking for a Wiki I can provide you with basic hosting (can be upgraded if your needs require) for a year and install Mediawiki with basic configuration for a flat $250. Annual basic hosting (more than most need) is a flat $199 a year thereafter. The account is backed up nightly automatically – with multiple copies (dates backed up) retained.

At this point you have a workable Wiki that you can use right away if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and install the useful addons and create templates for your redundant tasks. If on the other hand you have enough to do and rather have an expert do that for you – I can do as little or as much as you want at an hourly rate.

If you’re interested in having a Wiki site, email me with what you have in mind and your contact information.

Free-Style Entrepreneur Mentoring

Business Mentoring

My name is Dave Schultz. In 1990, I started a company from scratch (No Employees – No Customers) with a $75K investment. It was profitable within the first 12 months, later earning an annual profit before taxes in the 7 digits. In June 1998, I sold this company, which employed over 100, for a little over $16 Million. Prior to that, I was an Executive Vice President to two Private Corporations, which under my leadership I took from a handful of employees and losing money to being extremely profitable and employing over 200.

Since, I’ve created (and sold at a profit) three other businesses, which first provided me with a very nice income. For the last few years I’ve been semi-retired and reliving my childhood by drag racing at a National Level. A little over a year ago, I with my 33-year-old son, bought an undeveloped territory of a Franchise – with I putting up the money, setting up the business, and mentoring my son – while he provides the sweat equity. We’ve set new revenue records for our franchise in each of the last three months – despite most of the country being shut down. We’ve done this because we didn’t throw in the towel and freakout, but because we adjusted our strategies and told ourselves that failure was not an option.

I did quite a bit of business mentoring of young businesses and businessmen a few years back – but stopped taking on new Mentees because of my racing schedule. Racing has taken a back seat lately, and I’m ready to take on two select business entrepreneurs to help make and keep their business a success. I starts with one 8-hour visit where we discuss your business and what you’re doing in specific areas. Since all businesses are different, we do this “Free-style”, focusing most attention on the areas of your business that are not structured as well as they could be.

Afterwards, if you wish, I can give you unlimited reasonable phone access to discuss how I would handle any business situation you find yourself in – for a monthly fee.

While I’m strictly an Empire Building Entrepreneur – and neither an attorney or CPA – I believe I have strong knowledge, experience, and or a network of contacts, in the following areas.

*New Business Setup
*Hiring
*Management
*Taxes
*Insurance
*Accounting Software
*Computer Systems
*Web Design
*Marketing
*eCommerce
*Graphics
*Promotion
*Employee advancement
*Motivation
*Rents & Leases
*Retailing
*Health Insurance
*Employee Benefits
*Customer Support
*Banking
*Funding
*Preparing a business to sell
*Mergers and acquisitions
*Franchising
*Virtually all other aspects of starting, growing, and taking businesses to the next level

All of the above is experienced gained through ownership of many businesses. I’m in a position to share that knowledge with only two more smart people.

If you got to here, you’re wondering how this works and how much it costs.

In the past, we would have a 15 minute phone conversation discussing you and your business. At the end of the conversation both of us would know if we were right for each other, or need to move on. Assuming we were right for each other, I was either sent a 1st Class Plane ticket and hotel reservation to come to you, or you’d fly down to Houston to see me – and we’d spend the day together diving into your business.

However, technology has made it easier to be more efficient with our (travel) time and money – with Virtual Meetings. We still need to have a 15 minute (free and no obligation) phone conversation to see if we’re a good fit, and if we are, we can schedule an eight hour or two 4 hour virtual meetings.

The cost? The one day of mentoring is only $2000. Think about that. You get specialized to you one-on-on mentoring for less than attending a seminar of canned presentations. Frankly the money doesn’t make much of a difference in my life, but I’ve set it low enough to ensure the two Mentees I select have skin in the game to prove their seriousness, and are not dreamers. Afterward, if you wish to have unlimited (but reasonable) telephone access to me – it is $500 a month for month-to-month as long as we both feel it is helpful. In the past, I was turning down $5000 plus expenses for the 8 hours and $1000 month thereafter. As I said before, I’m not doing this for the money, but for the self-gratification of helping another pair of entrepreneurs become a great financial successes. That said, like John Galt (look him up if you don’t know who he is), I never work free. I can help you and your business only if you are truly an entrepreneur willing to listen and pay attention. Maybe we are the match.

If interested, send me an email telling me about yourself and your business, and we’ll schedule a 15 minute conversation.

Shop Goin Ons May 2020

RIP Buster

Its with a heavy heart that I have to report that my best friend Buster went to the great racetrack in the sky. His health was dropping like a lead balloon over the last couple of years, but in the last couple of months he’d lost it all. I just didn’t have the heart to put him down, but he let me know that he just needed to chase squirrels in the Happy Hunting Ground. The vet broke the (Covid-19) rules and let me be with him as I insisted that I owed it to him to be there to the end.

Superbird

I had someone blowing up my dress that he wanted to buy my B5 Blue, V-code, 4-speed Superbird. So I took it out of the bubble, cleaned it up, tuned her up. Turns out the guy was all talk but too scared to pull the trigger.

I figure as long as I had to bust ass to make it ready, I might as well push hard to sell. If you know anyone interested, information and photos can be found at www.OldHippie.com

Red, White & Blue

Gone through about 35 gallons of paint at my Barnominium/Race Shop. The pictures tell the story.

Magnum

If you’ve been following along Ginger, my 78 Magnum XE, you’ll know that so far I’ve

  • Put a pump gas drag race big block motor in the car
  • Street Strip 727 transmission
  • 8.75″ rear end from a 74 Charger, with a Suregrip an 3.55:1 gears
  • March Serpentine Pulley system
  • Schumacher headers to dual 2.5″ exhaust, with Flowmaster 40s
  • Gear Vendors Overdrive to Victory Driveshaft
  • Brand new Polyurethane paint
  • And most recently a Holley Sniper throttle-body EFI

The newest update was to take the dull bumpers off the GT I have, have them powder-coated gloss black, and put them on the Magnum XE. The bright chromed bumpers will go on the GT.

And finally, I ordered a pair of new leaf springs and hardware from Espo Springs and Things. She should be finished now.

Sharknose, Step through & Eagle

Many years ago, while racing at NHRA’s Hot Rod Reunion at Bowling Green, KY – I saw one of the Racers running around in an early 60s Harley Davidson 3-wheeled tiller steered golf cart. I decided that would be a natural for a Nostalgia Super Stock drag racer like me, who races a 1960 Plymouth wagon, to have instead of my 15 year old Yamaha golf cart. Then I saw the Cushman Sharknose golf carts made between 1962-1964. I knew that was what I needed as a pit cart.

Years prior to that, I dreamed about some day finding a nice 40s or 50s Step through Scooter, like I saw in my Archie comic books in the mid-60s. Jughead rode one.

Well a couple of weeks ago I stumbled onto a lot of Cushmans that included a 1961 Sharknose with the high speed rear axle, three speed transmission. The original 8hp motor had been replaced by a 23hp Vanguard. The step through scooter is mid-50s Model 70 Turtleback. The other bike is a 58 Cushman Eagle.

I ran up to Tulsa last week and bought them back. The scooter is pretty quick, and the golf cart will hit an incredibly unsafe 60 mph. I really haven’t played with the Eagle yet. I have big plans for all, but that’s for another day.

Mailster

I’ve also been looking for a Mailster from the Late 50s and Early 60s. While your standard mailman’s leather bag was limited to 35 pounds when I was a kid, the mailman with a Mailster had 500 pounds of mail on board. They were later replaced by little Jeeps – as they weren’t very durable – and a little snow crippled them. There were mainly two different manufacturers of Mailsters. The Cushman above, and the Westcoaster below.

I just bought a very rough Westcoaster Mailster that I’ll pick up Wednesday. I’d prefer the Cushman, but the price was right so I’ll decide what I’ll do with it when I get it home.

Allante

I have two Allantes. The blue one I bought new in 93. It’s had an AC leak. It was finally fixed by first replacing the evaporator, which required dropping the engine cradle, then it wouldn’t charge – requiring replacement of the compressor. That was an equal pain in the ass to remove and replace. Now its all converted to R134 and I hope will last as long as I last.

I also have a Polo Green 93 that had been in storage. I brought it to the shop to be gone through, so I can sell.

Black Bettie & Billie Sue

As Buster got too old to go racing anymore, a new race dog was going to need to be groomed. Buster was a huge (135 pound) English Lab. My wife doesn’t like male dogs because of their size and independence, English Labs because they shed, or labs in general – because they shed. She wanted me to get a Labordoodle, because they don’t shed – but they’re two time Poodle and one part Lab. I don’t want a freakin homo dog! We finally compromised on a female American lab, as they’re smaller. So January a breeder with litter born on Christmas let us check them out. We did and put a deposit on one, to be picked up in February.

In February we went to pick out a female. Since this was to be my dog, I picked the biggest female – who came right to me. However, my wife had her eye on a different one. The breeder said she could have a second for half price, and that’s how no labs turned into two.

Having two Lab pups is very challenging, but also fun. They’re now 5 months old, have been to a race, hang with me at the shop, and love to swim. They’ll be much like Buster, especially Black Betty, the one I chose. Below are some photos as they’ve grown.

Trailer Work

On the single enclosed trailer I’ve been outfitting, I wired a roof fan,

Mounted a pair of batteries to power all of the DC power, and an inverter

originally 1 battery
mounting a pair of batteries with cut off and management
getting it all wired up, along with a track radio
Charging lugs

I still have a little work, like an inverter and a charger for when I run a generator.

Also made some backing plates to mount a very secure puck lock for the door.

That gets me up to date on shop news.