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  1. 16 points
    David Landow's latest restoration wins a major prize at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. The restoration is over the top and the attention to detail and authenticity simply astounding. The award was presented by the head of GM styling at this weekend's show of over 300 spectacular cars. Even this Olds guy was wowed by this great roadster.
  2. 13 points
    Thanks Roger. Yes, we have errors. Every magazine has errors. We get material from a lot of people and rarely have time to vet all the articles. In addition, this past issue is a bit of a "bugger" as there is little time to finish it and proof read it before deadline. There are a couple of other errors in the issue but we will correct as we learn of them. West does an outstanding job of putting out the magazine with the help of a huge paid staff...oops, that's right he has NO paid staff doing the editorial content and layout! We would like to be 100% error free each issue and that is what we strive for...pretty difficult target to hit though.
  3. 13 points
    Hi all, bought this home just before midnight last night after an all day road trip from Melbourne to Adelaide. Sat on 55mph on most of the highways and went fine. A few gremlins, but nothing I can’t fix. Need to buy some candles to put in the headlights, make em just a tad brighter. Any way will post some more as I go. It it is a series 40 all enclosed coupe, Australian built Holden body, one of only 43 produced in this style. Back seat folds forward to provide a flat floor for travelling salesmen. Was restored 17-20 years ago and still looks smart. Still 6V system, steering key lock switch, coil springs all round and 248cu inch straight eight. Definitely needs a 4 speed gearbox ( overdrive on fourth) but it was happy at 55mph. So was I on the cross ply tires too! cheers Rodney from “down under”
  4. 13 points
    Saturday March 3 and Sunday March 4, 2018: Installation of the Driver's Door...... from A to Z! Saturday Morning, 9:00 am. I went to the shop and Bob was finishing up the Drivers door. Getting it's final hand rub. The finish is absolutely beautiful. I spent an hour with him, and the two of us turned the door over..... And while I installed the lower door weatherstrip..... Bob installed the large one that wraps around the entire perimeter of the door. We worked as a team, I laid out the 3M weatherstrip adhesive ahead of him laying it out. Two guys working, it gets done in no time. While still sitting "shiny side down", Bob sprayed the trim black over the center section that was still in yellow self-etch. And then the two of us loaded the door into the Sequoia, and home we go! The last "paint shop" item coming into the garage ready for installation. We attempted to go straight onto the car, but this side was a lot tougher to get the hinges into position. I ended up taking a fine flat file to the inner hinge surfaces to remove any trace of paint and primer that was in there. then a light smear of oil... 2nd attempt, still no go, but getting closer. So it was a little more sanding, cleaning, oiling... And calling in the experts! Once the upper hinge found its way into position, Matthew dropped a screwdriver in there to hold it while we got the lower hinge seated. A little stressful, but ultimately we did get the door hung. I started by installing the door wedge that I polished up last week. Then the door check with a new rubber stopper installed. Again, I set it so it stops the door before the hinges bottom out. Then the lock mechanism that I finished last week. I smeared a light coat of red grease on the leather ends and inside the channels of the window regulator mechanism. I pre-built it, collapsed it into a straight line and...... Slid it up into position in the door. Fastened all six large machine screws and it was done. Coming together nicely and a couple well placed drops of oil and everything functions nice and smooth. Next item was the drip shield that sits above the vent window. Only two screws and it's in. Using the ferrule seating tool, I installed the chrome door handle ferrule with it's rubber gasket. Following the directions, I made four "punches" with it. It does "pull" the ferrule nice and tight into the door. (And now I'm done with the tool so if anyone needs to borrow it.......) It makes a nice, neat job. Then on to the handle and the handle retaining screw. It's so cool opening these bags from a year ago and now I hardly have any bags left to open. From the Buick manual. Turn the handle slightly down to line up the internal holes and give you room to install the handle pin. Screw it in and the outside door handle is secured tight. And the handle sits nice and level on this side. So now it's time to get all the upper window / glass / channels installed, adjusted, checked, double checked..... Just like the passenger side, I basically install everything first JUST TO GET THE WINDOW properly seated in its carrier. All this work just to double check the glass is in the correct position fore and aft and moves easily through the door felts and seals properly. So here goes with the window installation stuff: Install the vent window. Four upper screws secure the vent window frame into the door, four lower large machine screws hold the mechanism to the door. I put one screw in the bottom just to hold it. Then, while flexible, I install the upper screws to be sure the frame is nice and straight. Then finish the lower screws to complete the installation. Next, install the vent window separator. I was getting a lot of pushback from the new rubber vent seals, so I s-l-o-w-l-y used a new blade and trimmed back the rubber until it all fit nicely. Next, the lower window channel that goes in the belly of the door. I install this part very loose for now, as I have to loosen it to fit it to the glass so there is no binding as the glass moves. Now on to the window felt. Like before, I simply use the glass as my template and very slowly and very carefully start making the bend. You have to go out to the end and get it "moving" so it doesn't bind or tear. Take your time, it'll go. Here's the basic shape. The corner looks like it has a "flat" spot, but I got that radius smoothed out. So, I measured 14 inches beyond the glass surface, marked it and cut it with a dremel cut-off wheel. Now over to the door frame. I like this way of doing things. I first place tape over all four holes. Stick the punch through and mark the spot with marker. When I bring the felt channel over to the door, I use a gold marker to transfer the line onto the channel. Be sure to push that channel nice and tight into the door frame before making your marks. I also make a mark so I can custom cut the front edge to mate with the vent window. Over to the vice. There is a 1/4" piece of wood bracing the channel while I drill. If you look close, you can see the gold dot on the side, which guides where I make the mounting holes. Before installing the channel, I tapped all the holes with the new screws. Here's the finish up top where the felt channel meets the vent window separator channel. Also, the vent glass meets the division separator rubber nicely and all this looks good. Now, to install the glass, this has to come out! So I removed the three top screws from the felt channel, dropped the channel to gain access to the vent window separator mounting screws. Then remove the vent window separator, and crank open the vent window. Now, I'm ready to drop in the glass and get the glass aligned properly in the carrier. But first, the new glass goes inside for a cleaning to remove all the dried on tape and whatever. Drop the glass in and insert screws to hold the carrier to the regulator. Then line up the lower glass felt channel, re-install the vent window separator and the window glass channel. I raised and lowered the glass several times and when I was finally happy that the glass was operating smoothly, I marked it's position and took everything back out. I know it's a lot of extra steps, but I really want the glass to set in position without binding or stressing the glass. So here is my mark with the final position the glass will be set. Again, a bead of 3M "Window-Weld" along the bottom of the carrier and drop the glass in. Let it set up overnight, cut any excess with a sharp blade and its ready to be installed "for good" Sunday March 4: Final installation of all the glass related stuff. Now sure everything is aligned, today I started by dropping the glass into the door and securing it to the window regulator with four screws and shake proof washers. Then the vent window separator, the felt channel and finish lining up the lower felt channel. Roll it up, and down, and up..... nice! It's a lot of work, but I need to double check each little step along the way. So now, only one thing left, and it's the fun thing! Grab 10 mounting clips, snap them in to the side molding... Line them up one at a time, and start snapping the trim strip into the door. And the door is DONE!! View from the back. Driver's side. Passenger's side. She's looking sharp! The lines of these cars are pure perfection! Every elevation, every angle........ beautiful. Tomorrow I'll start covering my rear arm rests, and then on to interior installation. Have a great night out there! Gary
  5. 12 points
    I think they all should have their name in big block letters on all four sides so I can tell them apart....................Bob
  6. 12 points
    First car show of 2018 for The Aqua Zephyr, "Blood, Sweat and Gears" Car and Truck Show at the Rockingham Dragway, NC.
  7. 12 points
    Been a long winter break , but uncovered Ruby today , dirty but all Ok ,3/4 hours on trickle charge started first time magic ! went and filled the tank didn’t really need it half full , but I had to have an excuse to take her out 😊 give her a thorough clean tomorrow, seems like the only cleaning job I enjoy 😊 be looking for good weather days now , great to be back on the road. cheers pilgrim
  8. 11 points
    Was lucky to see the sunshine here, and get the '56 out for a 20 mile drive, and, naturally, a few pictures..
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  10. 11 points
    Ran the GS for the twenty mile loop today. This Happy Car just keeps giving reasons to smile! Later the Queen had her turn.
  11. 11 points
    Shipped my 73 4 speed from NY to the Boca Concours. Drove it a little and had a great time.
  12. 10 points
  13. 10 points
    Saw my dad today. He doesn’t remember his cars or the two 4000 sq ft garages he had, but we did have a conversation about how he needs a bigger garage for more cars while he looked at car books. 🤦‍♀️😂 He’s doing well and very well cared for. ❤️ Nothing else matters.
  14. 9 points
    This is the type of thread that I usually will simply remove. However, like West we TRY to be thick skinned when comments are made that may go against our grain. I am going to resist locking the thread or removing it. In the end it does not move us any more forward. David has his feelings and we have ours. We simply need to agree to disagree. What we will continue to do is publish the best magazine possible, do the best job proofing the issue we can and accept the fact that we will most likely never produce a perfect magazine. West and I will never be satisfied and are constantly looking at new ideas and new features. In the end, our goal is to provide a magazine that is read from cover to cover by the largest number of our members as possible. This will always mean someone's personal likes will not be met.
  15. 9 points
    * * "What you ".." guys doing"? Did you forget your "are" Mr. Fields? To make fun of our Club's fine magazine, when you made a serious error in your first sentence takes some nerve. The worse part of this whole thread is that if there is something to be said that's not exactly nice, one would do it personally, not out in public, especially on the AACA Forums. You know how to contact Mr. Peterson. I have been reading our magazine for many years, and in the past I have personally been an AACA editor myself for over 8 years. I always make it a point to thank anyone that would personally take on the task of becoming an editor, as it is sometimes a thankless job. I will also say here that West Peterson is doing a fantastic job, and our club is proud to have him as our magazine editor. Thank you West. Wayne
  16. 9 points
    For those who may be interested, I have installed the correct plugs in the oil passages. (not to far in) (flush with the block).. I now have oil pressure at the heads and the rockers. Engine is completed and back in the car. Again, many thanks to all with comments and troubleshooting. Could not have done it without your help. And again, thanks to Russ Martin at Centerville for his much needed help. P.S. This whole fiasco was caused by me and not paying attention. The shop I took the engine to did exactly what I asked to be done. Wasn't their fault. Just me.
  17. 9 points
    From a little guy, I'll tell you that I recently took over the editorship of the newsletter for the Pierce Arrow Foundation Museum at Gilmore, a new venture as far as the newsletter goes. Very simple, eight pages, to be included twice a year in the Pierce Arrow Society mailings. Sounds easy enough. Guys, I spent days and weeks gathering information and putting it together, and even with tons of help, a lot of work. I can't begin to imagine the work to publish the great AACA magazine. Contribute, don't throw stones.
  18. 9 points
    My wife found this picture of my dad ( Wild Bill from Band of Brothers) driving my Verde Green 65 Riv. We drove it to Flint and Orlando meets so I don't know which trip this is from. He went to a lot of meets with me and I am sure some of you met him. I thought this was a great picture. Gene Guarnere.
  19. 9 points
    hi guys, my name is Pascal and i lve in France. my baby is a 55 Buick Special 4 doors hardtop. And with my wife and kids, we have three old caravans ( 2 french : Notin Chaumière 1956, and Notin Vedette 1964 / and the third one is a belgium one : Constructam Coral 1971 ) here are some pictures i hope you will like ... our 55 Buick Special with our french caravan Notin Chaumière 1956 our 55 Buick Special with our french caravan Notin Vedette 1964 our 55 Buick Special with our Belgium caravan Constructam Coral 1971
  20. 9 points
    Friday, the love and joy of my life Rita, joined me in retirement from the Athens-Clarke County Government, she from Landscape Management and me 5 years ago from Public Works Engineering. Combined we worked almost 80 years to make ACC a more beautiful and better place to live for all Athenians. We met at work back in the summer of ‘79, she a pretty little girl of 23 on the flower crew and me an aging 29 year old wild hippy surveyor. The Mayor and old friend presenting the Greek Athena award Isn’t she beautiful V My son Jordan V We now have a pair of Athena’s on the mantle And banana pudding
  21. 9 points
    I think that we need to get the thread back on track. This is supposed to be about DRIVING one's Buick, not agreeing about whether or not its' "old enough". This thread was started by John, and he's made his point about "old". I honestly do not know why I was so criticized for discussing driving around in my 28 year old Buick. In my part of the world a car from the early 90's that is still on the road, is pretty rare in and of itself. But it would be good to get this back to what we are all here for, the appreciation and enjoyment of this remarkable Marque. Keith
  22. 8 points
    I know I have posted them before. But they are Buicks out playing in the snow.
  23. 8 points
    I call foul. The Antique Automobile is among the highest in quality of any automotive magazines published. If it has errors it is because it is produced by humans; conscientious hard-working human beings. The photos and editorial content are outstanding month after month. The errors are few and generally insignificant. I'm sure the staff appreciates private notifications when errors occur, but calling them out publicly for their unintentional mistakes is bad form. It's not easy to put together a magazine of this caliber.
  24. 8 points
    Adjusted brakes, valves & lubed before moving the 13 Buick Touring car out to the street in front of the house. Left it running to close the shop door and it ran out of gas. Had to clear the plugged fuel line (all the crud collected in the line when it ran out of gas) before driving three miles to get it filled with real gas (no ethanol). Still need to make final adjustments to the brakes so she is ready for the Yosemite tour next month.
  25. 8 points
    Why ruin the car with a swap like that? Go unique - go original and rebuild the original engine.
  26. 8 points
    1959 Ford Thunderbird - $15,500 Factory Original Paint. Original Weatherstripping Is Holding Up Very Well. Solid Clean Uni-body Floor Sections, With No Rust Issues Or Corrosion. Updated Exhaust System Excellent Running And Smooth Ford 352 cid With 4 Barrel Carburetor, Rated At 300 HP Smooth Shifting Automatic Transmission With Column Shift Effortless Power Steering Stock AM Push Button Factory Radio Day And Night Mirror 140 MPH Speedometer, Showing 94,xxx Miles Factory Gauges With Clock Drivers Side Rear View Mirror Windshield Washer System Padded Dash Repainted In Stock Factory Color Of Glacier Green Code G, Stock Original Factory Interior In Green And White Vinyl Bucket Seat Interior Stock Factory Center Console Rolling On Stock Bias Ply White Wall Tires With Stock Full Wheel Hubcaps Rear Fender Skirts Original Spare Tire With Jack Here is the link for this one btw - http://mcecars.com/vehicles/583/1959-ford-thunderbird
  27. 8 points
    Gee, these two could tell some stories. My newest edition to my garage last week. Thought “Snowflake” was a little lonely so matched her up with “Black Beauty”. Tis a 1938 Series 40 all enclosed coupe, 248cu in straight eight, with Australian designed and built body. Made only 43 in this body style in ‘38, so a bit unique. Hoping they both get along well given their pedigree!
  28. 8 points
    The Aqua Zephyr won a "Best Buick" trophy this weekend at the Spring Carolina Collector Auto Fest Car Show at the NC State Fairgrounds. We had a great time talking to everyone who came by to look at the car. We are humbled by all of the positive comments and love shown for "The Aqua Zephyr".
  29. 8 points
    Great day for a stretch down the PCH! Needless to say she was VERY HAPPY - AND SO WAS I!
  30. 8 points
    The one good thing about it is it is the only one ever built.
  31. 8 points
    Me too unless i was wearing a white full length mink coat with matching hat, maybe 10 pounds of gold chains and diamond ear studs the size of door knobs. But hey, that's just me.................Bob
  32. 8 points
    A senior member, I believe, just means you have spent way too long on here, posting when you should have been in the garage working on your car. It's related to the number of posts I believe.
  33. 8 points
    Unfortunately no details to go along with this as it just popped up on one of the old/ historical photo archives pages I follow on instagram and was only captioned as Dapper Dan EDIT* Actor Randolph Scott
  34. 8 points
    Gee, are you that car flipper who has cars grossly overpriced on your website and you are always listing your cars here? Are you also the guy who tried to buy some of my cars, mainly Packards, at lowball prices to turn around and resell when in your first email to me, you said you wanted that one Packard just for yourself? You even removed a car you were trying to sell for a fortune because I added a photo of my car which was the same model for 50k less than your asking price? Hmmmm?
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    We used to have something called Front End Friday. Here is one I have been saving up, my 1915 McLaughlin chassis going to meet it's freshly painted touring body in the shop next door. A great day for me, enjoy. Gary
  37. 8 points
    or maybe the forum mascot. Official name Elvis Century Roadmaster, code name ECR OK sorry for getting so off topic here, moderator privileges... Back on topic. Got all the building materials I won't need for awhile and all the other accumulated junk moved out of the way. The office/showroom area will take up the front from the far left to a good car door opening point on the right. and under the area of the lower truss chords. Got Tugalo tucked into the corner out of the way. Shot some MM and acetone in her cylinders in case she is froze up after sitting the 28 years. Yea, I feel bad tucking her away like that, but wha's another year or so gonna hurt. Finally sold the '53-'55 322 3 speed conversion set up so had a few dollars to spend on some lumber for the walls of the office/showroom.Now to get the 2x4's vertical rather than horizontal.
  38. 8 points
    We ride the back roads in our early cars, Anne and me. I love the incredible beauty that surrounds us. At 30mph, we can feel everything, every flower, every blade of grass. I am in no hurry. I could be on an expressway, but there it is all a blur. No connection. No Zen-like moments. And the people? Ah, the people! every smile, every wave, every thumb's up -- connected in a way that encompasses all boundaries! Beneath me is a 1916 Pierce Arrow 7 passenger touring 102 year-old-car, not just beneath me but it surrounds me in History. Handmade by skilled but delicate craftsmen wove inanimate aluminum, brass, hardwoods, steel, leather, and rubber into one of the finest technological automobile creations the world never saw before -- a living being? It seems to be. A huge powerful beast that has been doing its job for over five generations. It has seen 18 Presidents rise and fade. But it continues long after its makers. I think it will be going once we are all dust. Born in World War 1, August 1916. It was rolling at the end of WW1 1918. Prohibition. Roared into the 1920s. Jazz was king. Carried flappers. Hats and veils. Full of life, carried laughing people. Exhilarated. Crashed through the Depression. Kept going as owners rose and fell. Another owner to love it, feel its mighty engine, squirted Neatsfoot oil into the massive clutch, waxed it. Polished the brass. Changed the oil. Passed through WW2, a blink of an eye in its history. Leaders came to power and were gone again, but this car lived on. Shining at car meets. Two Pebble Beach tours. 2014 and 2015. And now to me. I am in awe everytime I see it! Caress the metal work, slide across from the passenger door, enrich the carburetor, retard the advance, a tickle of throttle, squirt of gas, switch on, press the starter. Sit there in quietude. In silent joy, as the 525 cubic inches come rumbling to life, again. Ready to roll! It cannot be better than this. If I were to pass on at this point, I would have known life at its best. Come go with us sometime. It can carry seven passengers, comfortably at a time! Me and Anne and five more! Come on!
  39. 8 points
    Wednesday February 28, 2018: Update at the paint shop Last Thursday the driver's door was sanded smooth and the yellow self-etch prime applied. Bob had a couple small jobs finish for other customers so he got them out so he could finish my door. Monday afternoon with the grey build up primer applied and the "guide coat" Tuesday morning the final sanding. Progressively working up to a 320 grit, the guide coat starts to disappear. He stopped to let me get this photo of the area not sanded yet. As he moves up to the final 320, he sands in an up and down direction to follow the contour of the door. The black will show if you go left and right and make even the slightest depression in the finish. It's amazing to me how much sanding dust is created. This morning the door was at the final prep stage, wiped down and ready for the paint. The primer has a nice sheen to it. Finishing up the Super Jet Black for my job. Bob was waiting for a delivery of "base maker" to be sure he had enough mixed for the door. I couldn't stay for the spraying, but here's the door at 12:30 today. Base and clear applied.. Now it needs time to cure, then wet sand, machine compound and by Saturday/Sunday I should be installing it on the car! I learned that the car should have forward hood latches as well as the rear (cowl mounted) ones. My car did not have the forward latches, so once again, a call to Dave Tachney and three days later I had them. It is so great having people like him to help us out. It's great dealing with him. He knows everything. I mounted them first and check the operation before restoring them. Once they checked out, it was........ Out to the wire wheel to clean all the rust off. Then an acetone scrubbing, self-etch prime and Rustoleum Automotive Gloss Black to finish. I'll give them a few hours to dry and install them later on tonight. So, hopefully by Sunday Night the drivers door will be fully assembled and installed and then the interior kit can be installed. Have a great night! Gary
  40. 8 points
    Rules? We are the Buick Guys. We don't need no stinkin rules. Post away! Speaking of which, regardless of my lingering head cold, I had to take the 56 out today as it is close to 52 degrees. I really missed that car this winter! And just to prove we don't need no rules, here's my definition of double trouble! I think they are both worthy of posting here, after all the 2013 is already 4 years "old".
  41. 7 points
    I am a happy man problem is perfectly solved now!When I step on the starter pedal the starter comes to life and turns the motor perfectly.I did not expect this thread to reach 10 pages but with all of you standing with me and coming up with more and more ideas and helping me solve this mystery, I appreciate it more than words can express.I hope one day I can come to the Nationals and meet you guys face to face!
  42. 7 points
    I agree with Mark and Brian. I like all Buick's and love the early ones and there changes through the years. After attending several nationals and having to look all around for the early cars it is not as enjoyable as a spectator. Not to mention the preway car owner that atends the show with his prewar car wanting to spend time by it and talk with other owners of the same era that are scattered around. Yes it may be a little harder on the several hours of judging. But the increased enjoyment for the spectators and car owners over the many days they are there FAR out way any downside. I live close to the LeMay family collection. They have 1500 cars that were packed in many large buildings. A short time ago one building was emptied and then cars put back in by year. You started with the early years and went up was you walked. This has been the most enjoyed display by all the visitors. So for the prewar I think this will be a much enjoyed arrangement. I can't wait to see them when I go this year. Steve
  43. 7 points
    And we're back in good ol' warm Georgia with the Argosy. When we pulled into Peoria, IL, we were met with 28* temps mixed with wind making it feel like 22. Quite a shock after leaving a balmy 80* Georgia. On the way home, met horizontal snow in Bloomington but pressed on and was soon out of it. The seller could not have been any more nicer and helpful and gave us a tour of their beautiful old home. I must say however, it would not have been hard for someone to convince us that we were on another planet. So gray and flat with the big wind turbines turning. But beautiful in it's own way. The 1500HD pulled the 3800 pounds like a charm (even with no sway bars) as I expected it would. After all it is use to pulling 4400 lb '54 Roadmasters all over the country. We will be adding a weight distributing hitch and sway bars to both the Tahoe and the Estate Wagon prior to any trips with them however. Here, hold the wheel a sec baby, let me catch our first Argosy adventure sunset.... Elvis would have loved this "broad" Absolutely loved being able to see what was behind me. These mirrors are very lightweight which I guess is what makes them very stable with hardly any shaking going down the road. Ordered through Amazon, Dometic Milenco Grand Aeros, under $100 with storage bag. Here, hold the wheel again hon, Southern Belle, meet yet to be named Argosy.... Boy did Buick ever miss an opportunity for innovation when they failed to put cup holders in the tailgate... and a good cigar...
  44. 7 points
    How lucky are we to have a gorgeous, informative, professionally-produced magazine where the only criticism that can be leveled against it is the occasional typo?
  45. 7 points
    '56 @ 1pm today: '56 @ 4pm today. Still not a fan of wide whites but they are growing on me ...fast!!!
  46. 7 points
    Thanks Ben! Actually, the real ride is only about to begin. We leave tomorrow morning on our way to just above Peoria, Illinois to pick up our just purchased 1974 Airstream Argosy travel trailer. The Argosy is the “painted Airstream” and was used to “try out” such things as the front panamoric windows etc. We’ve been looking for one for some time and the difficult part has been finding one that hasn’t been gutted and either abandoned or the restoration ended with a “ new and modern look” Additionally we needed to keep the length and weight down which was limiting our search to 22-24 footers at nmt 3650 # dry weight. When I found this 26 footer in pretty much excellent original and unmolested condition at a very good price but weighing in at 3875 I let my self be swayed into thinking what’s another 225 pounds, Rita will just have to leave a couple hundred pair of her shoes at home. Rita’s new 70’s vintage Avacoda green kitchen sink.
  47. 7 points
    Not looking to get in a pissing contest. You obviously are very experienced in what you do. That said, I'm not so sure that anyone said a Maaco job is just as nice as a top notch, balls to the wall, $20,000 job. The comments were more along the line that a Maaco job, under the correct conditions, by a competent shop, can produce reasonable results at a very reasonable cost. I am certain you have seen terrible Maaco job's. I'm also fairly certain you have seen $10,000+ jobs that were just as bad. I know I have. Probably $10,000 of a $20,000 job is spent chasing that last 10% of perfection. Nothing wrong with that assuming the car warrants it and your pockets are deep. Not everyone needs, wants, or can afford perfection. (That's a good thing because they seldom get it) With a $10,000 budget the O.P. has any number of options. So here's hoping he has gleaned a few nuggets of wisdom and makes an informed decision and he and his car live happily ever after........Bob
  48. 7 points
    Well yeah.......Not every one can afford to put a $25,000 paint job on $10,000 book value car and would actually be foolish to do so. Looking down one's nose at the guy that scrapes enough precious $ together to make his treasured beater more enjoyable smacks of elitism. The first car I painted was my 41 Merc convertable. I was seventeen at the time. I painted it in the drive way using a spray gun that had it's own compressor right in the gun. I'm guessing some others here would have sneered at the job. I was proud of it.................I Still am.............................Bob
  49. 7 points
    and some signs... Given the prices that old signs are selling for these days, I decided to go with having a few painted. The ones below were painted by a 85 year old sign painter from pictures and or smaller signs. An early 48" Sinclair HC sign. In 1926, Sinclair leapt ahead of most of its competitors with H-C, the industry's original high-octane premium gasoline for motorcars. The 72-octane auto fuel, developed at its Houston refinery, was better than anything then marketed (Lindbergh's flight to Paris the following year was on 73-octane gasoline). H-C stood for "Houston Concentrate," though some advertising men called it "High Compression." And one of my most favorite early script BUICK signs in 48" He also painted this NO PARKING and this BUICK AUTHORIZED SERVICE STATION signs Both of these are super rare and impossible to find in originals My friend Brad and I fabricated the sign stand from an old fan stand. Wrapped the flat iron around a barrel and clamped it, then welded it. Then cut a piece of flat plate in to a shape to hold the rim and welded it to the old stand. All of the others here below are store bought repros, a couple are getting hard to find though. And Elvis
  50. 7 points
    I found this while going through some old boxes. It was published by Motor Trend and contained artists sketches predicting what the new 1971 cars were going to look like. It compared them to the 1970 version. You can see that the rear of the boat tail is close to what was put in production but the front still resembles a 1970. Note the price of the Magazine!