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« on: November 30, 2020, 06:46:02 AM »
Dwayne,

As you are monitoring the site, and it appears the founder, Scott Hamilton is busy with other things...maybe you can answer a quick question. I paid my membership dues, but my home page shows me as "inactive " rather than a "charter" member. You and I have been talking with one another quite a bit so it's clear that neither of us as well as many others enough to know we are definitely not "inactive".   Chuckling...

I also see that the store is out of stock for some time being. Who is managing this as I would love to have window decals and shirts! If there is no one... Is there a need for a member to step up to do the store? If you show me how to do this, I could do some of it but I want safeguards in place as for the money or funding to protect myself and the club.

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Dan
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Re: Charter membership, logos, and decals?...
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2020, 08:32:31 AM »
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A quick check showed me that you submitted your payment on October 18th.  Scott generally handles all that stuff but apparently this slipped past him. The payment status was "pending" because no one ever accepted it.  With no access to the site's financial records, I have no idea whether it actually posted or not, so you might want to check your records.  Meanwhile, I trust you and went ahead and accepted the payment and changed your designation to Charter Member.  Due to the delay in getting that activated, instead of the one year subscription, I extended it to reach through June of 2022; a little better than eighteen months and offer my apologies for the lapse.


The decals were part of an early program which fell by the wayside many years ago.  There was interest in renewing it a few years ago but it was cost prohibitive.  Scott did say afterwards that he had something in the works in that regard but then there was no follow-up.  Honestly don't know what the status is on that, but if new ones become available, I will see to it that you get one. 


Likewise, the traffic on this site took a huge hit several years ago when a Facebook version emerged and our store traffic essentially stopped.  Again, this is not an area I'm normally active in so I would urge to reach out to Scott and see exactly what the status is and what role you might be able to take in it.  He stays ridiculously busy and answers sometimes take awhile, but I've never known him to not answer.  If that happens however, PM me and I'll give you my personal email address, you can write to Scott and send it to me, and I'll forward it to his personal email address. 


The Charter Membership is relatively inexpensive and offers access to all the information on the site.  There is a lot here that you can't access with just a regular membership.  Funds from that are what help keep us alive and running.


Hope this helps!


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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2020, 02:58:14 AM »
How much is the membership? Ive been letting new people to the Facebook group know that there is a forum also.

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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2020, 08:04:58 AM »
How much is the membership? I try and help the forum by letting new people to the Facebook group know about the forum.





General membership is free.  Charter membership is $20 per year and includes access to areas of the forum you can't access with a general membership.  While we exist cordially with the Facebook PCCA, our big advantage over Facebook is our 21-year archive of knowledge and information contributed by approximately 8000 members over the years.  Facebook is better for instant gratification, but we are the better source for experience and expertise. 

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« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2020, 08:43:27 AM »
Well said Dwayne !

The V8 site drives me crazy ! Each week a new guy asking for a parts list to do one & I (finally) gave up telling people the Mustang ll frame mounts do not work for the early cars. They off set the engine too far to one side & the drive line geometry is all wrong.
Seems no one checks this & doesn't care.
Not to mention, they condone GM engines in Fords.
I don't post there much anymore....

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« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2020, 11:00:29 AM »

To me Facebook is like an endless stack of old newspapers. Acceptable for what's happening at a given moment in time but not so much otherwise. Here at the PCCA it is more like a set of encyclopedias on a shelf for reference. If you don't know what a newspaper or an encyclopedia are..., I've lost you already.


The internet can be great when it involves facts..., but far less so when it involves opinions. It amazes me how people can follow someone like "B is for build" on You Tube. While the guy does have enthusiasm he is often clueless as to what he is doing. Yet you question his actions in the comments and his defenders come right down on you. It reminds me of one day at work, I walked into the office and in reference to someone who had an inflated opinion of himself my colleague said to me, "If (name) ever made a record he would call his first album his Greatest Hits."  :D

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« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2020, 11:20:04 AM »
Yay! I am officially a Charter Member! Thanks for looking into this on Scott's behalf.

I would be happy to look into the idea of decals, shirts, and related store items, but do not want to step on Scott's toes as he is the founder and can imagine it is his baby! Just let him know of my willingness to help, and he can email me if this is something that he wants my help or not.

As for Facebook, I think that I would be the only person in America, if not the world, that does not have a FB page! Chuckling...it's due to the nature of my job as a psychotherapis t. Sigh...

Maybe there could be some links added to view pictures of interests from FB to our membership page or maybe the person who monitors the PCCA's FB page can copy and repost pictures onto tbe this website? Just thinking out loud...

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Dan
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Re: Charter membership, logos, and decals?...
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2020, 11:39:41 AM »


Maybe there could be some links added to view pictures of interests from FB to our membership page or maybe the person who monitors the PCCA's FB page can copy and repost pictures onto tbe this website? Just thinking out loud...



Actually, the two sites are separate entities despite sharing a name.  We were online first but the Facebook site was unaware of our existence when they launched their site with exactly the same name!  Their site had already gained some traction before they became aware of this one, at which point they reached out to Scott with an offer to change their name.  Rather than force them into that, the decision was made to allow them retain the name and link the two sites together in order to compliment one another.  After all, we weren't competing; we both had the same focus on preservation and promotion of the Ford Pinto.  For technological reasons that I do not understand (Scott's the computer guru, not me) we were unable to ever get them linked.  Personally, I think it's a shame because they could have been great together.  Our activity suffered and membership dropped as people jumped onboard with Facebook in search of instant gratification.  We have absolutely nothing against the Facebook PCCA but I firmly believe we have a lot more to offer the serious Pinto owner. 


Just for the record, I do not have a Facebook presence either. 

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« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2020, 01:48:25 PM »
A miracle...ther e's one another person without FB presence! Chuckling...

Maybe when Scott finds a free moment, he could reach out to the FB contacts as we have no idea who they are and ask them to "fix" the issue as it was cough, cough, their doing in the beginning that caused the bump in the road? It would be nice to increase the presence of this awesome source of info...but again, maybe not?

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« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2020, 03:49:59 PM »
A miracle...ther e's one another person without FB presence! Chuckling...

Maybe when Scott finds a free moment, he could reach out to the FB contacts as we have no idea who they are and ask them to "fix" the issue as it was cough, cough, their doing in the beginning that caused the bump in the road? It would be nice to increase the presence of this awesome source of info...but again, maybe not?

Thanks for listening...
Dan

I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for that!  lol  As I said, the decision was made to allow them to exist under that name, but even a name change for the Facebook site probably wouldn't have changed things.  It's faster and, in many ways, more appealing to some users.  Our ace in the hole is our archives... and true Pinto people still appreciate that.

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