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I want to publicly state how much help Bert has been for me and most people on this forum.  I don’t remember when we first met.  I know that it was on the Winchester forum years before I was a member.  At some point he had to work in So. Cal. for awhile.  During that time we hung out most Saturdays at a local gun shop.  I really enjoyed the conversations he had with some of my mentors.  I only wish I had his memory to be able to store all that I learned.

Like Rick said, Bert is OK even though he is a Mopar fan.

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Chuck,

It was in September of 2002 that I moved down to Anaheim (for a 2-year period).  We started chatting on the forums before that (and I do not remember exactly when either).  I really enjoyed those Saturday morning discussions with Walt, Jerry, Dick, and the rest of the gang.

Thanks for the positive feedback… and Yes, I am still a big MOPAR fan.  I would love to get behind the wheel of one of the new Dodge Challenger Demons, and then drive it over to Las Vegas on I-15 !!

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Bert H. said 

 I am still a big MOPAR fan.  I would love to get behind the wheel of one of the new Dodge Challenger Demons, and then drive it over to Las Vegas on I-15 !!

Bert  

Amen to that with one exception. I think I would prefer to be in Germany on the Autobohn. Not quite so many speeding tickets…………Laugh

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I have to say Bert has always been an upstanding guy and a boon to this Forum. About the only thing I can say negative about him is that he was a Squid and an Anchor Clanker. That coming from an old Jarhead. Semper Fi to you my friend, and thank you for your service to our country. Big Larry USMCR (60-68).

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Winchesters and Mopars!  Not only is Bert a fountain of knowledge, but he has exquisite taste. 

Seriously, it is wonderful that Bert is so willing to share the knowledge and info that he has worked so hard and long to accumulate.

One of the things I really appreciate about the Winchester collector community, and members of this forum specifically, is the willingness of so many of the experts to share with the rest of us.

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Big Larry said
I have to say Bert has always been an upstanding guy and a boon to this Forum. About the only thing I can say negative about him is that he was a Squid and an Anchor Clanker. That coming from an old Jarhead. Semper Fi to you my friend, and thank you for your service to our country. Big Larry USMCR (60-68).  

Larry,

“Squid”… guilty as charged!  “Anchor Clanker”… never !!  I also answer to “Bubblehead” though.

Keep this in mind,  there are just two types of ships on the entire planet… Submarines, and TARGETS !!!

Also, the only good “Marine”, is a Submarine.

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I agree that Bert has been a tremendous asset to the organization and a resource to many of us AND on top of that he’s a pretty decent guy-other than that unfortunate Mopar affliction, of course. 😉

 

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Bert H. said

Larry,

“Squid”… guilty as charged!  “Anchor Clanker”… never !!  I also answer to “Bubblehead” though.

Keep this in mind,  there are just two types of ships on the entire planet… Submarines, and TARGETS !!!

Also, the only good “Marine”, is a Submarine.

Bert – USN Retired (1979 – 2000)  

Got me there my friend.  Big Larry

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TXGunNut said
that unfortunate Mopar affliction…
 
  
 

Geez, what have we got here…THIRTY-somethings???  Good God, I wouldn’t have thought so!

Imperial, New Yorker, the FANTASTIC Airflow–all forgotten?   One of my greatest unfulfilled ambitions in life has been to own a Power Wagon; too late now.

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clarence said

TXGunNut said
that unfortunate Mopar affliction…
 
  
 

Geez, what have we got here…THIRTY-somethings???  Good God, I wouldn’t have thought so!

Imperial, New Yorker, the FANTASTIC Airflow–all forgotten?   One of my greatest unfulfilled ambitions in life has been to own a Power Wagon; too late now.  

Clarence,

I suspect that our reside Ford (Freakin Old Rebuilt Dodge) members are jealous because they were unable to own an original Dodge muscle car.  My first was a 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

It is not too late for you to own a Power Wagon… https://www.leftlanenews.com/new-car-buying/ram/2500-power-wagon/

 

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Bert H. said

 It is not too late for you to own a Power Wagon… https://www.leftlanenews.com/new-car-buying/ram/2500-power-wagon/
 
  
 
   

Bert, As I’m sure you know, this super deluxe freeway-cruiser is as far from being the Real Thang as a 1940s Willys is from a Grand Cherokee.  Not that I wouldn’t be proud to own one, but I’d be driving an impostor!

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Bert H. said

clarence said

TXGunNut said
that unfortunate Mopar affliction…
 
  
 

Geez, what have we got here…THIRTY-somethings???  Good God, I wouldn’t have thought so!

Imperial, New Yorker, the FANTASTIC Airflow–all forgotten?   One of my greatest unfulfilled ambitions in life has been to own a Power Wagon; too late now.  

Clarence,

I suspect that our reside Ford (Freakin Old Rebuilt Dodge) members are jealous because they were unable to own an original Dodge muscle car.  My first was a 1968 Dodge Charger R/T

It is not too late for you to own a Power Wagon… https://www.leftlanenews.com/new-car-buying/ram/2500-power-wagon/

 

Bert  

Had a 70 Challenger now have a K code Fairlane.  I’m a car guy and I am not hung up on one brand.  95% of the Mopars are still on the road.  The other 5% made it home.

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All kidding aside the new Power Wagon looks like a very capable truck. Suspension technology has come a long ways since the early days of the Power Wagon. I’m not a fan of the Multiple Displacement System (or the Hemi) but I feel confident that sooner or later someone will make a variable displacement system work. Might as well be the Fiat guys.

I think many of today’s 4X4 drivers are posers who give their trucks a bad name. Modern trucks built for offroad use are actually quite capable, even moreso than the trucks from the good old days. When I traded in my brawny 19 year old pickup for a pretty new one with updated hardware I didn’t expect to get the same level of performance. I was wrong. New trucks are pretty, quiet, loaded with electronic goodies, and deliver a nice ride but for all but the most extreme offroad expeditions these new trucks are very capable trucks. Yes, I spent most of my 39 years in the OE parts business selling Ford parts but I’m somewhat familiar with the suspension and drivelines used for all three of the traditional Big Three. They’re all very good. Last I heard Fiat still owned Dana, one of the best 4X4 OE driveline and frame manufacturers in the business. They make components for Ford and GM, as well as Dodge. My truck has proven it’s ability navigating the ugly six mile road to my brother’s deer lease on a several occasions and in other situations as well. It doesn’t get off road on a regular basis but I can tell you it’s just as comfortable on the 85 mph toll road around Austin as it is 100 miles or so southeast of there at 8 mph on a muddy private road in Bee County.

The Power Wagon is quite likely what the Raptor should have been. The Raptor is a half-ton pickup aimed at a target audience of posers. The Power Wagon has the frame, payload and driveline of a  3/4 ton truck. There IS a difference.

 

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TXGunNut said
When I traded in my brawny 19 year old pickup for a pretty new one with updated hardware I didn’t expect to get the same level of performance. I was wrong. New trucks are pretty, quiet, loaded with electronic goodies, and deliver a nice ride but for all but the most extreme offroad expeditions these new trucks are very capable trucks.  
 

19 yrs is exceptional; wonder how many of those electronic goodies on the new one will still be working in 19 yrs?  Mine’s now 23, and thank God the power locks & windows are still working, but for how much longer, none can predict.

Don’t drive my pickup every day–for that I use my 1980 Land Cruiser, which is as close as I’ll ever come to a (real) Power Wagon.  But I’ll never try to use it like the (real) Power Wagon I hitched a ride on when volunteer firemen were fighting a brush fire behind my parent’s house when I was about 12: we came to a barbed wire fence with no gate–the (real) Power Wagon made a gate for itself by driving straight through the fence; will never forget the sound of the popping wires & snapping fence posts!

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74 power wagon in my driveway

with a good winch it climbs trees

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Since we’re talking about vehicles, I used to like that old Power Wagon on Simon and Simon. 

First muscle car, although not really considered one by some, was a 1966 Buick Riviera, silver on black.  Got me in lots of trouble in the early days.  Had a buddy with a 1968 Camaro SS I used to race.  He could beat me off the start but if we got a rolling start I would leave him behind every time. Wish I still had it.

Never owned a Dodge or a Chevy truck, but can say Ive had  two 3/4 ton (1993 & 1999) and a 1 ton truck (1989) with the 7.3 diesel and between the three have put on more than 1.3 million miles and still going with my current (1999) pushing a little over 450K miles.  Cant complain, tough old truck, have put it through the wringer and it still keeps on going.

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I’ve had nothing but Dodge trucks for more than 30 years, starting with the indestructible Power Wagons and went to the diesels as soon as they were available.  Just sold my ’93 diesel with over 400k hard ranch and logging miles without ever having the engine apart and still running strong.  Have four Dodge diesels here on the ranch now, including a his and hers that my wife and I drive.  My work truck isn’t nearly as pretty – usually covered in cow dung, hay chaff and grease.

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1947 Power Wagon sold yesterday at Barrett Jackson for $120,000.

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1947 Power Wagon sold yesterday at Barrett Jackson for $120,000.  

God–if only I’d known I could finally get me one for such a modest price!

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Don’t mean to run this Mopar digression into the ground, but just watched on TCM a 15 min. promo for the epic 1950 MGM picture “King Solomon’s Mines,” which depicted the hardships of filming & traveling for over 6 months in some of the remotest parts of East Africa (before it was turned over to the poachers & corrupt native politicians).  How did the dozens of actors, other film crew, porters, etc, make their way across this roadless and then unspoiled area?  In a fleet of 7 Dodge trucks, including 2 Power Wagons, which were repeatedly shown winching the larger trucks out of rivers, bogs, etc.  The narrator claimed that total repair costs for all these vehicles during the entire expedition was under $250!

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