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    Drove my daughter and a couple of her friends to her high school homecoming dance last weekend in the 55 Century.
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    Thought I would show a couple updates on my 65 GS - starting interior and wiring now KReed ROA 14549
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    Friday October 19, 2018: Maiden Drive...... Road Manners Kyle got behind the wheel and took her out for her first drive. I recorded this quick 16-second video, thinking I could drop it right here on the blog, but the size limitation only allows about 2 seconds of video. Heres the YouTube Link: Couple of observations: All the gauges seem to be functioning fine. Oil pressure is around 30 - 35 when running, drops to about 10 at idle. Checked the speedometer with the WAZE app and its right on the money. Temperature stayed around 140 - 160... But rose when we parked it back into the garage to about 180 after sitting for a few minutes. It is pulling slightly to the right, I plan to get the front aligned soon. The front end just looks and feels like it's sitting about an inch too high. I think my new coils are for a Century or perhaps a Special with side mounts... Just looks a little off. The steering wheel needs to be centered while the car is running. I thought I had it perfect but it is a few degrees off. The horn blows when you steer to the left, but only when sitting still. Not when driving. The brakes work, but feel like they need to work better. Maybe needs further adjustment at the wheels? She runs strong, quiet and tight! No rattles, squeaks... I think all the Dynamat / Dynaliner really helps the quietness. Like I said earlier, we only put about 5 - 7 miles on her. Its raining today. I hope to stretch her legs a little more tomorrow morning. Have a great weekend! Gary
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    This is my 1935 Lincoln K club sedan, known in period Lincoln literature as the "five-passenger two window sedan" (impressive name, I know). I was attracted to it because it's a 12-cylinder Full Classic that isn't a frumpy limousine. I thought it represented something of a bargain. I like the way it looks, I like the idea of owning a 12-cylinder motorcar, and I've never seen another one like it, have you? The fact that it looks very much like the maroon 1934 Ford 4-door sedan that was the first old car my father bought in 1973 is purely coincidental. In short, I really wanted it so I bought it. You may recall that I started a thread on this car once before, then deleted it right about when it started to get interesting. Sorry about that. A lot of things in my life were going sideways at the time and my mental resources were stretched thinner than I realized. I placed a lot (probably too much) hope that a thing--just a car--would mend my mental wounds, but you all know how that goes. Of course I knew it would be a project and that it would need a lot of TLC, and I accepted all that with my eyes wide open. In fact, sorting cars is one of my favorite things to do because it's so rewarding. Few things with old cars offer instant gratification, but fixing something small that's broken always lifts your heart. Sorting is a series of small projects that build into a larger success, but each one brings a tangible improvement that is very satisfying. It's distinct from a restoration which is a process whose payoff comes only at the end. With sorting, you fix one thing and you can enjoy the results right away. For someone like me, small successes bring big rewards. I started addressing a few of the more notable issues: a hot start problem, a leaky water pump, overheating issues, a fuel system full of gunk, a wobbly distributor, bad wiring, and all the other little things that go into making an old car healthy. I'll try to re-create the projects I showed in that old thread , and I'll continue with some new ones, because as another experienced forum member wisely pointed out, it's worthwhile to show folks that even those of us with substantial resources hit roadblocks and need to overcome them. So I started down the path. The snag, of course, was that shortly after cleaning out the cooling system with my 9-year-old son on a Saturday afternoon, he pointed to the side of the engine block and said, "What's leaking?" Uh oh. Sure enough, there's a hole in the block. A hole in a Lincoln V12 engine block. Dollar signs started spinning around in my head like the drums on a slot machine. The car I just wiped out my savings to buy had a hurt motor. I couldn't drive it, I sure as hell couldn't sell it knowing there's a hole in the block, and it could cost anywhere from $2000 to $35,000 to repair it, depending on what needed to be done. What's worse, someone had already smeared JBWeld over the damage and painted over it, so it was a known issue to someone. And that really felt like a sucker punch. Here's what we found: That, combined with all the other nonsense going on in my life at the time, put me in a particularly foul mood all the time. All. The. Time. I was a lousy husband and dad for a few weeks and I couldn't snap out of it. I'd invested too much in this car, and I'm not talking just money. It kept me up at night and it woke me up in the morning. I hated turning on the lights in the shop because I could see it in the corner. I had thoughts of just pushing it outside and hoping it would get stolen or hit by a truck. I thought about saving it for our open house next July and letting people take turns whacking it into scrap with a sledgehammer for $5 a throw. I even thought about turning it into one of those grotesque resto-mod hot rods--I've got a Chevy 454 and a 700R4 transmission sitting in the storage room, and I figured I could install those A LOT cheaper than rebuilding the V12 engine. Important note: I should point out that I do not believe Tom Laferriere knew about this issue, let alone did the JBWeld job. To his credit, he is taking the car to his metal stitch guy to see if it can be repaired. After a rocky start to our discussions (mostly my fault), we spoke in person at Hershey and he owned the issue. A great weight was lifted from my shoulders and my wife says I'm a different person today, maybe better than I have been in years. A tip of the hat to Tom for stepping up and doing as much of the right thing as is possible under the circumstances--thank you, Tom. You are the person I hoped you would be. Besides, despite hating the car with the white-hot intensity of a thousand suns every second of every day between the discovery of the leak and that conversation at Hershey, I have come to really like the stupid thing. With luck, this big hurdle will be cleared without major expense or difficulty, and in the mean time, I've been getting it into good shape so that the leak can be properly addressed without being masked by other problems. In a few weeks, I'll ship it back to Tom, he'll take it to his metal stitching pro, and we'll all keep our fingers crossed. Sometime later, it'll come back, I'll finish sorting it, and I'll have a 12-cylinder motorcar for touring next summer. I'm not permitting myself to get excited about it, but at least there's a path now that I couldn't see before. Over the next few days, I'll try to re-create the steps I took in that old thread and add those that I've taken since then. There's information from which others can benefit and I've learned a lot along the way, too. If I can help others, well, maybe that makes all this nonsense worthwhile. Thanks for bearing with me and stay tuned...
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    Can i join the group? Here in downtown Hobart (Tasmania) as you know i too am rebuilding a 6 cylinder engine. Too date I have had all the machine work done. New whitemetal bearings, pistons (JP) and valves made. K - line inserts for the valve guides. I have had the rocker shaft hardchromed back to standard size, new bronze bushes for the rocker arms. Currently waiting for the valve springs to be made ( with the advice by the impressive brains here on this forum) New gears made for the oil pump and i just need to attach the spiral drive gear. I had the crankcase cleaned in a cold tank and then pressure washed, as you cannot put alloy into a hot tank due to the fact that the caustic nature will disolve it. The inside of the crankcase is just as clean as the outside.I think you will agree the results speak for themselves. I hope to in the not to distant future start assembly, once the valve springs arrive. Please forgive all the crap laying around, im just trying to compile all the parts before assembly so as i dont forget something More photos to follow then. David.
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    We’ve had fantastic Autumn weather around here for the past 2 weeks, but I’ve been too busy with work and other commitments to take advantage with the cars. Today I was able to get the convertible out before all the leaves are gone and the rain returns.
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    Please allow an old man to brag a bit. After 37 years of restoring professionally the business was turned over to my 35 year old Son Devon two years ago. I still come in every day and do a bit of upholstery and woodwork but for the most part I just get in the way. At last week's Hershey we showed a 1960 Eldorado Biarritz which was the first full restoration run completely by my Son from start to finish. Happily it was well received and garnered a First Junior Award. I can now rest easy knowing the business is in good hands
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    Hey hey, my my. Neil Young’s Chrome Dreams tour bus. Neil’s first car was a 48 Roadmaster so I suppose it only fitting he should have one or two fitted to his tour bus.
  11. 8 points
    Bought me a Buick today, wife is NOT happy. Next step is getting it home this weekend and then begins the work.
  12. 8 points
    Days are still nice, leaves are really turning/dropping now. Out running around today, only Hudson on the road.
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    ANY car that doesn't run and never will again just burns my a**. I understand taking a treasured piece of history and respecting it, but is a car really a car if it will never run again or see the road? I think not........with the 1897 olds, starting it and running it around the parking lot would have been fine........how is anyone going to be interested in all this stuff if they cant play with it.
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    Leaves starting chaning on western long island in the last 48 hours. A nice 70 degree day I figured I would take my 50 Chevy for a ride and take a few photos
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    I expect to drive the '37 Roadmaster Phaeton all next week - Leaving home on Saturday , driving the Buick 165 miles to Natchez, Mississippi to the AACA Sentimental Tour- Then drive the "Two-Hub" tour of Natchez and Vicksburg for the week, before driving back on the following Saturday. (And we're loaning the 1954 and 1941 Cadillac convertibles to out-of-state friends from New York and Pennsylvania to take the same drive) Hope to send some photos afterward,
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    We found some literature today at my grandpa's house. The original bill of sale and all the showroom tags were found. The car was delivered June 2, 1956. Pictures are soon to follow.
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    Saturday, October 27, 2018: Front window garnish welting / install garnish moldings I feel like things are being delivered in "dribs and drabs" but this morning LBB FedEx'd the front window garnish welts. So I took advantage of the Nor'Easter and spent a couple of hours in the garage installing the garnish moldings. Had to clean up the workbench. Didn't want to scratch the woodgraining. Here's the welt that was delivered this morning. It is the correct 65" length. The Model 48 has only two doors, and the windows are larger that the four door models. First, I installed these rubber bumpers in the garnish. They had to be shortened by 1/4". The welt comes like this. First I wanted to make a nice finish down where the molding meets the door. I pulled back the fabric and cut the black rubber tube. Then, by folding the material over, I got a nice, neat finish. I actually duct-taped the end to the inside of the garnish, and began marking out all the mountings and the curves. Once I had it all mapped out, I made all the releasing cuts necessary so the welt would lay in nice and flat and not cover any holes. Then, I removed all that cardboard as it made it very difficult to make nice fluid corners. Again, using Permatex headliner adhesive, I sprayed a small, light thin coat around the perimeter. I figured I didn't need too much as the pressure from this molding on the door frame will most likely keep the welt secure. After allowing the Permatex five minutes to tack up, I started the welting on the rear corner, and slowly began securing it in place. I just went by feel here, allowing the inner rubber tube to just fall over the lip nice and even all around. Then over to the door. I don't have any pictures as I was working alone, but first I pushed the door lock mechanism screw all the way down into the door to give me just a little more room. Basically, I was able to lift the lower edge over the door window sill and engage the lip. A few well placed fist bumps and the molding fell into place at the lower edge. Then, slowly I started from the bottom corners and with pressure, seated the part little by little. I had to use a plastic tool in the corners to get it all around the brown fabric piece that I put in last week. (My car did not have the fabric piece under the garnish welt when I took it all apart, but I believe it is supposed to be there) Here you can see the garnish molding, the lace welt all sitting on top of the brown fabric piece. The curvature really came out nice and smooth. Here's the front section. It's finally starting to look finished! And then it was time to get the awl and find the holes buried in there! It takes five screws to secure it into position. Again, everything came out nice and straight. And then, during the build I think I lost one of the original door lock buttons. I'll have to seriously look through everything I have but I ordered this set of replacements in the meantime. Of course, there is the obvious difference of the overall appearance, but.... The original part has a nice threaded insert to secure it into position. The reproduction does not. It is just a plastic hole that you thread as you go. These developed small hairline fractures radiating from the center when I installed them. For now, they're in, but I need to find my originals. Next couple items: Take delivery of and then install both front door armrests / door pulls AND rear pull up shade. (Still waiting on these from LBB) Install the robe rails (rope) to the back of the front seats. My problem is that the fabric covers the mounting holes, and I have no idea where the holes are. I do have photos of the seat back when I took the car apart, and I was going to try to make a scale "template" to help me out... tomorrow.. Have a great night! Gary
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    Wednesday October 24, 2018: Front "Ride Height"; Coil Springs (Part 2) The car is jacked up and supported by the chassis now. The brake drums are hanging free. I decided to measure with the front end fully free and hanging loose. The measurement is now 7".. which means the difference is only about 3/8" from fully loaded to fully free. Basically the difference of the rubber bumper squashing. I removed the stabilizer bar linkage. Lined up the jack so it is over the control arm closest to the center of the car. Now the jack is supporting the control arm . I removed these four bolts. And slowly dropped the control arm down, releasing the spring. The old, 80-year old spring on the left. The new replacement coil on the right. Again, they are very comparable in height. It seems the diameter of the wire of the new spring is heavier. It just looks beefier. But I don't know if the new spring is harder, is composed of different metallurgy, is heat treated,...... I don't know. All I know is that I could have installed a 14 1/2" metal rod and it would have acted just the same as these springs! They simply DO NOT give at all. After buttoning it all up, I had to go for a ride! (of course) She is sitting just right now. It takes the bumps beautifully. I went back to check my measurements, and I am around 4 5/8" A little over, but I don't mind that at all... She looks great now, and handles so much smoother! Post # 180 from 4/23/2017 details the coil assembly: Have a great night out there!!! Gary
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    Time to update my vehicle list in the signature. Before the new shoes ^^ then after vvv
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    The rest of the headliner installation went well; no broken panels, no cracked or broken retainers. I think it turned out great. I am SO glad this is done! One of the things I forgot to show previously is the "anti-rattle" felt pads I installed on the instrument panel, dash panel and windshield lower garnish moldings. These small pieces of adhesive-backed felt were applied to all the the metal-to-metal interfaces. The fender-mounted rear view mirrors are installed, too. These are the Buick Accessory mirrors; I think they are very cool. Next step is to install the quarter windows. After looking at the fit of the gasket to the inner quarter panel, it appears that the upper reveal molding retainers must be installed before the glass is installed. Here's the driver's side reveal molding in position. There are 2 separate moldings nested together and retained by a set of clips that go through both moldings and through mating holes in the upper sash. The clips have studs approximately 2 1/2" long which are retained to the vehicle with brass barrel nuts. I tried to fit the glass into the openings (with help!) 3 times...no luck. I asked the pro who installed the windshield and liftgate glass to give me some guidance. We tried to load the glass into the opening and he told me that the aftermarket gasket needs to be trimmed. Another project for another day...
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    Went up to the US Military Academy today for a football game, leaves are a little slow to change. We always try to go around this time of year to catch the foliage change, but it just was not happening yet, there were one or two here or there