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    5:30 this morning at work. This morning was quite warmer than yesterdays 42degrees. Was a balming 56!
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    While I'm often frustrated by the lack of precision in the hobby's language ("restored" does not mean a brand new small block Chevy engine in your Ford roadster), I think the meaning of "NOS" or "New Old Stock" is such that everyone in the hobby knows what it means. It is not a term that is abused like "restored," "classic," or "original,", but rather one that can potentially be naively mis-interpreted as the OP suggests. However, unless you're a total rookie, I don't think you'll be swindled by someone using that term to describe a part that was made in-period and never installed or used on a car. Everyone pretty much agrees on the definition of NOS. Nobody's buying an NOS fender for their 1940 Buick thinking that GM just stamped it last week because of the word "new" in its description. Now the condition of NOS parts is something else, but that's probably not something that can be remedied by changing the terminology we use to describe vintage parts that have not been used. I wouldn't use an NOS carburetor kit, but I understand perfectly that it is a carburetor kit that was made in-period and never used. There is exactly zero confusion over what it is when it is described as "NOS." It is still technically new and unused, but it was made a long time ago. No confusion, especially not with the weight of decades of proper use behind the term. I think this particular issue is a solution in search of a problem.
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    Took the 56 fourty miles tonight for the Wednesday Cruise in. This gave me a chance to run her at highway speeds for several miles. I have been a fool for not changing that PS pump years ago! What a difference!
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    Wow! Most of these posts are quite old but a couple are fairly recent. Ralph was my dad. He totally enjoyed answering questions on the internet. How fun to see how appreciated that was. He had no patience for a computer so he was working on WebTV. He had to sit extremely close to the TV as his sight was poor. He could not read the TV from his easy chair. He was much better with tools than the keyboard so answering your questions was a labor of love. Everyone knows how dad loved Buicks! He did however make it clear that he loved God and family more. We honored that love with the Buick shield on his headstone. Our family continues to drive Buick (well for the most part). When our children have started new relationships over the years our first question has always been "What do they drive?" As the paper boy mentioned, dad could come across a bit stern and we always sought his approval, driving a foreign car is no way to get that! I recently located the 1923 Buick dad owned. It's safely stores in a museum and it's beautiful! We still have his old Fords. He could answer a million question about a Model A as well. Thanks for all the thoughts you've shared. They mean a lot! Blessings to you all, Lisa Crisp Glover
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    Been awhile since I posted and I guess my excuse is I have been a bit busy playing Buick Used Car salesman. They are all sold and have departed Buick Sales and Service Garage with exception of the '38 which I am keeping and the 63 Special which is awaiting a ride to NC. And truthfully it has been quite an enjoyable and rewarding job. The enjoyable part being cleaning a couple of them up (the '62 225 and '63 Le Sabre) and seeing what was hidden under 30+ years of dust. The rewards while not so much monetary but rather the people I made happy by putting a nice old Buick in their hands at a very fair price. I also made a couple of new local Buick friends and sold them the cars only with the understanding they join the BCA. I think I may have mentioned that the owner gave me a very good deal on the cars. But what really surprised me was that in the beginning of the negotiations, they told me that word had gotten out that they were selling the cars and had had people calling and wanting to come look and that one had even made an offer that exceeded the amount they had offered them to me for. They simply told them to talk to the new owner, yours truly. On the day I picked up the last car I asked Tom why he had chosen me as the one to take ownership of all of his dads old Buicks when he could have sold them for much more money. He remarked "Lamar, it's not about the money. These cars were my dads and we want to see them all go to good Buick loving homes and we knew the first day you were here that you were who we wanted them to go to, that you would find good homes for them". He then pointed to my left forearm and said "and that is what sealed it". I got chill bumps because I knew he was talking about the sweep spear tattoo that my daughter had given me a gift certificate to a local tattoo shop years ago for and told me to get a Buick tattoo.
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    Went to "The Garage" about 7:15 am to find the owner Glen already there working on his Camaro changing out plugs on his recent new Stroker engine. Dove in on the Special and changed out the right rear wheel cylinder I had left to do and then went at the flex hose on the torque tube. Before we even tried to turn the fitting noticed it was broken!~ Guess this was what made me loose the brakes way back then? More likely it was the years of not flushing the wheel cylinders out all those years too making them seize and requiring more pedal pressure.... While up in the air, looked for major leaks at the torque tube seal. Typically like all Buick's, was wet like a car with high mileage might be but nothing dripping as it sat there. I'd like to believe all that oil / trany fluid is part of what has kept her as rust free as it is all these years. We went at adjusting the brakes to what seemed just letting the wheels turn free but with a slight drag and then bled the system with his pressurised tank system. Glen was trained by his dad at the age of 9 and knew he had an old adaptor which would fit my master cylinder. After getting a bit of soft pedal decided tackled the tail pipe which I had found in the rafters while up on the hoist. How I ever thought I would get this in place while on jack stands and on my back on the floor is way beyond me! As it was, had to disconnect the shock, lowering the axle just enough to get that clearance! Was no surprise the spare tire well is needing some attention. 1st attempt at making sure things were operating as should be. A little adjustment here, more bleeding there and...... I drove it home! My wife happened to be working on the front gardens when I pulled up and said, "Wow, looking good!" Called my son to come and follow me back to the storage garage and...... the car started to cut out, then go, then stall out under way. Was able to start it and nurse it back but looking at the clear fuel filter, might have crap in the tank that was loosened up by the trying out of the brakes shaking things up so, figure I will have to drop the tank, clean it out and replace the fuel filter at the very least. While sitting outside I asked him to bring his wife out to see the car. They were married last September and I had wanted to have the car ready for their wedding. Life has a way of working out in unexplained ways as it turned out their day rained for most of it and getting in and out of a two door car (top up) in a wedding dress would have been.... a real pain so, did the next best thing. He has never driven this car and would really like to but that is coming soon! Fortunately she starts up enough to move and drove it to her spot. So.... I have poured a bit out of my new "Bucket List" and need to tweak things yet, but you can't fully believe what this day means to me!
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    pardon me if already posted, just cleaning some files.
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    We stayed overnight in Kingman, again at the El Trovatore. You just can't beat this motel for Route 66 ambiance. There was a group of at least twenty New Zealanders here at the motel, all in ten rental Mustangs in which they are traveling Route 66. This adventure must be costing them a small fortune just in car rental but here they are, foreign tourists enjoying a road trip that is uniquely American. I have learned in my reading that there are almost as many Route 66 Associations in Europe as there are in the United States. I met Gary, a fellow Buick enthusiast, two years ago in Kingman at the Route 66 Fun Run. At the time, Gary was working on his 47 Buick. When Gary learned we would be in Kingman, he communicated with me and suggested we meet at take some pictures of our cars together. It was a great suggestion and, as it would turn out, very fortunate for us. Here's a few pictures of our cars together in Kingman... And a picture of a couple of retired, happy Arizona Buick guys... Before Gary came to the motel to meet us, I opened up the car for the day and as I turned the key in the driver's door lock, I felt the tension release quickly, the door handle came loose and I heard something fall from the lock assembly inside the door. Dang and dang. I must have been the latch spring because the door would not latch when closed. Gary kindly offered to take me to a NAPA store for a length of velcro strap to hold the door closed and offered the services of his garage at home. How lucky could we be? We went to Gary's house and opened up the door. We found the latch spring had come loose from the lock. Nothing appeared damaged. We tinkered about for a while trying to disassemble the lock but it's been since April 2011 when I disassembled the door for the restoration and I don't have my photos and videos along. I have the shop manual but the real details are in the Body Manual, which, of course, is a home. So we decided to apply our velcro door latch and Gary helped me rig some padding and cording to hold the door handle in place and keep it from flopping about while driving. We thanked Gary and his wife, Carol, for their hospitality and help and started home. We arrived home at about 5:15 p.m. All is well. Just a few words on closing. We have had the time of our lives on this road trip. It has been a true adventure. I don't need to go into a long description of the fun we've had because it's all been written about in the posts above along with the pictures. It is my fondest hope that we may have encouraged more members of our Chapter club here in Phoenix, Valley of the Sun Buick Club, to get out on the road and enjoy touring in their Buicks. I also hope that we may have done the same for the BCA at large. You cannot imagine the enjoyment and adventure until you actually do this. Some of you will say that you drive your Buicks long distances to the Nationals. I'm not detracting anything from that experience. It is an adventure because of the destination. But that travel is usually done in the shortest amount of time, usually on direct routes and often on Interstate highways. Travel like we have experience on Route 66 is done without a daily mileage goal - just traveling down a non-Interstate road, driving through towns, stopping and meeting people, seeing what the day may bring with serendipity as your guide. You have seen that our trip was not without problems but I have reported each and every one and as you have probably noticed, each problem was taken in stride and they all worked out to take the experience of the trip in a different direction for a while. Our worst problem in Amarillo, in retrospect, was one of the most enjoyable parts of our trip as we lived like locals in Amarillo for a week and really experienced Route 66 in Texas to a greater degree that we thought we would. Don't let your beautiful Buicks be seen only in car shows. Sure, some guys have cars that are just too valuable to drive. But most of us have Buicks that should not only be shown in car shows, but shown in dynamic shows - driven on the road and shown to a wider audience. People out there love these cars. You won't have any trouble meeting people or starting conversations if you road trip with your Buick! Thank you for riding along. We have enjoyed sharing this adventure with our BCA friends and we have appreciated the many kind comments. All the best of life to each and everyone one of you... Dan and Lynn
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    About 3 months ago I bought a 1950 Special Deluxe. Having worked on nothing older than 1961 I was in a bit of trouble. Then I found this website and because of the people involved here (look below) I finally got my "NEW" car started today. Runs just right. I had squirted oil down the spark plug holes and turned it over for lubrication so when I started, OH BOY, I had forgotten about the smoke my plugs would have to burn off and did not open the window or the garage door. I was fumbling around plugging in the garage door. (Keep it unplugged as I had 2 fenders and a hood leaning against it) so the Keystone Buick Owner was meeting Smokey and the Bandit. A good time was had by all and a neighbor even came by with a fire extinguisher. LOL. Anyway, thanks for the torque tube help and the starting issues help. The car is primed and should be painted within a month. Pictures will be presented. Below are the wonderful people who saved me a ton of time by bringing their expertise right to my monitor: jackofalltrades70, 1939_Buick, Aaron65, avgwarhawk, Daves1940Buick56S, Ben Bruce AKA First Born, JohnD1956, Beemon, Barney Eaton, leon bee,old-tank, and last but not least Bill Stoneberg. What a great bunch of guys. Can't wait to publish, Doug1414 peedolomi@hotmail.com
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    I swear, it just followed me home! Sorry about the messy garage. That's where the daily drivers live. It's been under construction for a few months. Sure looks good tonight, though...
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    My wife had her AACA Senior 71 Riviera out to a local car show in the next town, here in Virginia, yesterday. She took first in class. We'll use it on the AACA Founders Tour in PA next month. Using it as a second car this summer in Virginia.
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    After changing the fuel filter and trying to see if it was running OK, decided to pull her out, put the top up (after sitting down for a long time) then..... did the obligatory around the neighbourhood drive till more confident things are good for the long trip.
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    My neighbor asked if I would drive his son, and his date, to their prom this evening.
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    No never made it to the moonshine chugging as when I got home Rita had been working in the Gardens all day and said she was too tired to go out. I didn't press it. And there will be no replenishing of stock, don't want press my luck. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to buy all these cars at such a good price , basically below wholesale , that I could turn around and sell them at a good price, basically wholesale. And it all happened so fast, my head is still swimming. The Buick gods have been good to me. I basically got a '38 Special Streamlined Sport out of the deal and turned a couple of folks onto Buicks. Could not be happier.
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    I agree that we should always think outside of the box and always keep trying to do our best to make the club appealing to the next generation. In my personal experience, I don't think that this is the way to attract the younger folks. I, along with a few other members of my local chapter, routinely attend our local monthly Cars and Coffee events. Most of those attending are the younger folks that you are talking about. Quite a few of them have cars that cost more than many antique cars. These folks are "car guys" and "car gals". They are getting exposure to antique cars and many of them are showing interest in them at these events. We have quite a few local members who are in their 30s. These members include owners of Model A Fords and Model T Fords. We also have several student members in our local Chapter. Just like the members of the older generation, every young person is not going to be interested in antique cars. We just need to plant as many seeds in the target age group and then cultivate those seeds that find fertile ground. One other note. My 19 year old daughter started in AACA as a Junior Member. She is a National Judge although she is not as active right now since she is busy attending College. She was very thankful for receiving an AACA Scholarship. She drives a 2004 Chevrolet Impala. The Impala was about 10 years old when we bought it. It cost me more than the AACA Original 1989 Buick Park Avenue that I own. My daughter sees the 2004 Impala as transportation. She would not think of it as a car to participate with in any club. She actually wants a 1967 Impala but I think that will have to wait until after College when she has a job. Every chance I get, I talk to people of all ages about my antique cars. I drive my 1937 Buick Century on a regular basis to lunch or dinner. This is the best way to get more people exposed to our cars. Lots of people ask questions. Taking the time to talk with them gets more exposure for the club. I am willing to let people open the doors, take a closer look, and even go for rides. Exposing people to our old cars is fun and helps get more people into the hobby.
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    Just returned from a 700-mile three-day cruise with the "Cars of the Jet Age" group. Our silver '59 Electra is shown here with a few of the other cars at a retired Atlas Missile silo from the early 1960's. We were in a rural area of Washington state.
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    Buick Driving Enthusiasts(BDE) "Cherry Blossoms and Lakes" Tour Traverse City, Michigan
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    Geeze Matt! That is absolutely gorgeous!!! Meanwhile, took the GS out for a 94 mile lunch tour today. Went on some roads I never traveled before. Where's Waldo?
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    I managed about 10 miles (maybe) for the 1st time since 2006. A bit more maintenance to do but ..... My son and wife had to sit in her before parking it back in the garage and complete that work. He has never driven it so... need to make that happen!
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    Taken today (with her permission ).
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    This is my 1928 Buick Master Town Sedan. Has original 37,000 miles on odometer. All original interior which is in next to perfect condition. Original Paint and top. Motor had to be professionally rebuilt due to a cracked middle section of the block. A few updates such as ball bearing fan, stainless water pipe, vacuum tank was rebuilt with new lines, Radiator was restored by a professional shop in Peoria IL.., fuel tank was taken off and cleaned & sealed. New tires. The original Dealership in Coucil Bluffs , IA. never sold it to the public. The owner of the dealership drove the car until he stored it away. Later in it's live it was purchased by a Dodge Dealership in Griswold IA... Stayed there until the death of the owner and then it went to his daughter in Kansas.. Later in life it was sold to some individuals connected to another Chevrolet dealership and then ran through a auction.. There it went to a dealer in Antique cars. He sold it to a individual in Wisconsin about 12 years ago.. I got it from him last year. You won't believe the original condition & very clean.
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    For judging the correct tire needs to be on it. The judging manual says no deduction for wrong tire size- IF it is not manufactured and the size on the car is the next closest size. I was able to get a Gold senior with my 66 GS skylark with radials. The rest of the car had no flaws. I was willing to take a few points loss for a nicer, safer driving car. I have removed many Coker sets of tires that failed early, had vibration and balance problems. I have removed many sets that were failed before there time ( 7 and counting) and one set from a customers 41 Packard that failed, blew apart at 60 and banged up the rear fender real good, his tires were 2 years old. The 13 sets of Diamond Back tires we have installed all have performed well, , when I balance them they take very little weight. And a bonus is I can order the correct white wall width sow it looks correct for the year. I have 40 years of experience of Auto shop owner and we work on a lot of vintage cars. These are facts about tire issues, not just my opinion. I like to drive and tour with my car, I have a few on Bias , but most on Radial. I like to look look at the sites, put my arm around my sweetheart when I drive. Cant do that with Bias ply tires. The roads in Washington are always being patched and modified, the bias tires will chase every seam in the road. When I have a friend drive one my cars with bias on the freeway, they are a little white in the face when after the drive. They think the car is being thrown into the car or truck next to them. As much as nice looking wide whitewalls cost, I go the the ones that will last much longer and stay true. Steve Fisher
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    Well, everybody else has jumped in........ I used to be pretty involved in the Corvette world, having owned close to 50 of them over the years. I was one of the original moderators on corvetteform almost 20 years ago, and I can tell you, without fear of contradiction, while there are some really terrific Corvette guys, some of them are the most anal retentive people you'll ever meet. At one of the pinnacle Corvette judging shows (which will remain nameless here) judges and fans were gathered around an early '63 or '64 coupe going for top honors in restoration. Two of the judges as well as the car's owner were arguing about the placement of a random check mark (that sequentially seemed to appear every 20 or 25 cars) on the driver's outside frame rail and got into quite a heated debate. One judge claiming this check mark was approximately four inches too far back, the other judge insisting it had been reproduced in the correct spot. Of course the anxious public and even the judges had no idea what the original meaning of the check mark was but, seeing as it was on this particular car prior to restoration, it needed to be redone correctly as part of the job. After much debate an older fellow steps forward from the crowd and announces that he'd worked on the St. Louis Corvette assembly line back in '63 and he could easily clear this up. Which he did when he said "We were having some trouble with the Saginaw steering boxes. That wasn't a check mark. It was an "L" which meant "Leaker" so it could be corrected before it left the plant". ......experts, UGH!
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    1. There's more important things to waste time on........................ 2. The vast majority know what NOS means............... 3. UOS vs NOS.........A turd by any other name is still a turd....................... 4. This is a solution looking for a problem................Bob
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    The topic seems to center on appearance, judging deductions, and the difference in ride quality of radial vs. bias ply. Regarding Coker radial tires: If you want to use them for a show car, they will probably suffice. If you drive your car a lot like I do, never put a set of Coker tires on it. Every Coker radial that has been on one of my driven cars has either had the tread separate or the sidewalls crack. Diamondback has proven to be an excellent radial for old cars and new cars alike so that is what I use. Just my .02.....................
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    And then it was time to clean up what turned out to be the crown jewel of them all. The '63 Electra was bought by Ed Gilmer (the father of Tom, whom I bought it from) from the estate of a little old lady and friend of the family. The exterior of the car had only a couple of dime size parking lot dents, an unpainted repair on the trunk lid and some places faded in the paint but virtually zero rust. This lady must have been VERY small as there was no wear whatsoever on the drivers seat or carpet. The car was like a true time capsule. Her gloves still resting in the middle of the front seat and Buick warranty papers, maps, Kleenex packs and candy wrappers in the glove compartment. All of the cars had been originally purchased from the local Buick dealer, Tabor Buick Company, and most still had the original leather key fob and/or the emblem over the Buick trunk ornaments. This one was apparently faithfully serviced by them.
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    Moving the '54 out left room for the '53 Special in the show room window.
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    Here are a few pictures from Saturday. The Muntz Jet, and a few of the Cobras, the Rolls, plus a couple of hot Chevies, the Hudson convert. Then our next stop, Brayhill Farms Museum. Just a few of many items that he has. I think that the Buick sign is a repro of some kind. He has a lot of original items, but some are reproductions. Keith
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    I'm pretty sure there have always been goats... Finally worked myself up to go out to the carriage house and fire the limo yesterday. The last time we had it out last autumn, it started to stumble and stutter on the way to an event, so I took it home and parked it. Replaced the shocks over the winter but didn't have weather good enough to take it out and test it. I'll also admit that I've been hesitant to try--I get frustrated when the cars are broken and the limo's ailment was so mysterious that I wasn't even sure where to start. Nevertheless, I got in, turned the key, and punched it and the sucker fired up just like it always does. Five minutes later it was idling almost silently in my driveway. I took it for a few shakedown runs up and down the street, let it idle to get it hot (the big guy refuses to go over 160 degrees) and there's no sign of the mysterious aliment that curbed it last fall. No idea--maybe a carbful of bad gas? Anyway, here it is dirty but mechanically healthy sitting in my driveway last night after dinner. We'll get it cleaned up and ready to tour and show this summer. I have to admit that I love driving this car. I love looking at it. Mechanically, it's as powerful as a locomotive and I'm always happy to see it in the garage. It was a good decision to keep this one, it brings me a great deal of pleasure to own it. More upgrades are in store in the coming months, all with the goal of making it a bulletproof high-speed tour car for my family. I have a trick dual carb setup on the shelf with a pair of 2-barrel Rochesters running in parallel and a guy is making me a set of headers to replace my cracked manifolds. We'll see what happens, but right now it's running so well I don't want to touch anything.
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    I like pre-war cars, but the war at issue is WWI. I have a '14 Ford, a '12 Buick Model 35 touring, an '11 Stanley 10-horsepower toy tonneau, and an '07 Cadillac single-cylinder Model K. I drive them every chance I get - for lunch, to recycling, for a haircut, to yoga, - - - . And, of course, on HCCA weekend and week-long tours. Trailer queens? Hell, yes - I trailer to distant tours. I'm going to the New London - New Brighton tour in Minnesota in September with with the Cadillac or the Stanley, and I'm sure not going to drive it there from New Jersey! A year ago, on New Year's Day, the roads were clear of salt, the temperature was 28F, and there was a Cars and Coffee. I drove the Stanley. I wasn't sure which was going to freeze first, me or the water in the tank. Just to keep this on topic, here's a picture of me, my grandson, and my son with the Buick on last year's Hershey show field, in less benign (but warmer!) weather. Over the following two days, I drove the Buick on the Hershey Hangover, the routes for which I had written.
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    No offence intended to you or your ideas... but... I totally disagree. You can get buried financially with a newer car with a bad overdrive automatic transmission that needs to rebuilt, or problems with electronics that are very costly to diagnose and expensive to repair. Again, I disagree... with that blanket description of "interest" You want to spark some interest in older cars? Grow a pair and toss the keys of one of yours to a younger person and his friend(s). Nothing compares to being in an older car tooling along, when they see the COUNTLESS thumbs up and smiling onlookers. You won't get that with some old 90s Crown Victoria, that 04 Impala, or whatever else 10-15 years old. Ain't the same, never will be. why would someone travel long distance to Hershey to look at that used car crap? It would ruin the AACA shows....getting over-run with late model used cars.. I let my son take my 32 Ford hotrod out by himself, and he also gives rides to friends...they are grinning like getting lucky on their first date. If the car is so darn special to you that you can't do that, well.... .
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    If you find the solenoid is pulling in but the internal contact is not driving the motor the solenoid can be disassembled. The contact switch is a thick copper disc that contacts two copper studs. The disc can be flipped over and the studs rotated which in essence "rebuilds" the contact assembly. Quick, easy, far cheaper, and with an added dose of self satisfaction than buying a new one................Bob
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    It was a long winter waiting to bring Roxy's new girl home. I think Roxy was a bit excited!
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    Just back from a 40 mile jaunt with the GS. SWEET day here. But its forecast to change tonight. Meanwhile...
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    Chuck, I completely understand those that live close to here are more affected by this change. However, when you say that our members have not asked us to pursue this, it is a statement not borne out of much background. Letters from regions, members, meetings that members spoke out (including Philly) have advised us to take the name back. Our board members have received this comment loud and clear. Our legal counsel have weighed in as well. It is far more complicated then you might think and allowing someone to use your name that has no affiliation makes little sense. I would ask you whether you want someone else to use your name or your business's name? Probably not as you have zero control over the possible messages. Add all of this to plans that are in the works that cannot be divulged at this time and you have the formula for "why". Again, I can tell you that your board made this decision with a heavy heart but in the end future plans are affected and the board unanimously approved this action. As David said, most people are tired of hearing about this and with the car season coming up just want to enjoy the hobby. I do not want to continue the debate either. This whole affair has not been enjoyable for me, our staff or the board. With three new major collections either here or on the way for our library and space an issue we must move forward with plans. We have cars that are being donated that must receive a good home. We all need to do what is best for the future of the club. The club is rolling up their sleeves and getting on with the work.
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    With weather forecasts predicting wild, rainy weather I thought I was looking at a weekend inside with the Buick under a blanket, Anyway the weathermen got it wrong again fortunately and we had a beautiful autumn's day here. So with some Artie Shaw playing I ended up going on a 60 mile trip on the back-roads of the New South Wales Central Coast (60 miles north of Sydney). On the final leg home I ran into a car show at the same location we had the ROA show and shine two weeks ago. They had a wide range of Chevrolets, Dodges, Holdens, Fords and a smattering of European cars. Only one Buick though.....Despite driving through lots of beautiful countryside that looked a lot like Maine in September, I forgot to stop and take a photo of my '36, sigh.
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    I know how much you guys love pictures, so here you go... 1411 and 1481 Throttle lever adapter. Plugged the heat runners, hooked up the choke to the key- on wire from the wipers, it took 6 cranks for the filter to fill up and she started right up... Choke was on for about 3 minutes, then right out of the box idle at 550 RPM. Amazing. I couldn't believe it... Snapped the throttle a couple of times, gone was the hesitation. Right out of idle, snap it, step on it, hammer it, call it whatever you want, this girl is eager to play... Went for a drive, half way up to Tulsa and back, poured in some seafoam into the oil and had her first oil change afterwards. It is amazing what this carburetor can do. I was fighting hesitation, "stumble" right out of idle, sometimes it would choke and die. I can replace gaskets, but this thing needed a lot more. I asked around and the "King" doesn't rebuild them any more, he just sells the kits. I opted for the Edelbrock, I have been happy with the 1406 in my 56, so there you go. Plug and play. Even the kick down switch worked like factory. I was going to remove the valve covers and pain them too, but does the passenger side one needs the A/C bracket to cove off? The engine was clean inside, cam was clean, there was very little sludge, the fan clutch was damaged, so I replaced it with another one. Car came with Autolite 86 plugs, I have a new set of AC44S plus some new wires I will do next week. 150 miles today, she drives like a dream... HP power steering hose has a small cut and that's were it leaks, I do have a replacement. Radio was not working, took it apart, cleaned it, lubed it and works perfect. Clock was dead, the thermal fuse was not damaged, I cleaned it, lubed it and put it back on, works like a champ. I polished the spot where the veneer used to go, I really liked the look sans veneer, so I removed the rest of it from the glove box. Don't have a picture, but will upload one next week. Flushed the radiator, bought a fan shroud that will beed a little bit of fabrication to make it work, ($22 off eBay) but after the new fan clutch, I let her sit idle for 45 minutes and the highest temperature I saw was 182 top 122 bottom (IR thermometer) Took the whole dash apart, cleaned up al the dust from the plenums and vents, checked the vacuum hoses and put everything back together sealing any gaps. A/C works, heater works, even the speedo buzzer works. Cleaned up the seats, the off white really popped up. There is one 2" tear by my left shoulder, I got some vinyl repair kit I will try next week. Polished the stainless and the chrome, cleaned up the paint, went over the brakes, will need shocks for now, I kind of like the saggy springs look... Painted the air filter housing, got a new decal from cars, used a ring adapter and it fits on the new carburetor. The paint I used was the Detroit green by Duplicolor. Once the valve covers are painted, it will all match. Not oem, but good enough for me. If I had to use one word to describe her, it would be "elegant". She is quiet, not "in your face" like the 56 and she will stay like that. My main goal was to fix the hesitation and Edelbrock took care of that. I think I will give the Bilsteins a try. Will report back soon.
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    It was a busy month and I haven't been posting here as I should. Had the Buick in the Car Corral display at the Concour d'Elegance in Arlington, Texas in April, along with about 120 others that were not on the show field. May 6-7 we were on the Spring Tour with our local AACA club group. The tour group met in Weatherford, TX, with the first stop at the National Vietnam War Museum. From there we drove to the historic US Post Office in Mineral Wells for a box lunch and Mineral Wells/Baker Hotel history presentation. After lunch we drove to the Palo Pinto Old Jail and Museum Complex, ending the day at the Holiday Inn Express in Graham. Dinner at the Graham Country Club. On Sunday 7 May, we traveled to Jacksboro and toured Fort Richardson, ending back in Weatherford for lunch at the Vintage Grille and Car Museum which has a collection of 30 classic automobiles and trucks. About 300 miles for the Buick with no issues! Then, this past Saturday the local BCA meeting. Here are a few random photos:
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    Got the stick shift 1970 Wildcat out yesterday for first time since December, and drove it to Dallas area for the monthly North Texas Chapter BCA meeting--120-mile round trip. It ran great, as usual. Second photo is of the other old Buicks that got driven to the meeting--a beautiful '39 coupe and a '62 Skylark. Pete Phillips, BCA #7338 Leonard, Texas
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    Barbara and I went up to the McPherson College car show earlier today. We were told that there were a tad over 400 entrants this year - the most entrants and the biggest spectator attendance ever. There was something there for everybody. Pre-War, Post-War, Trucks, Tractors, Motorcycles, and there was even an ultra-light circling the show area for a while. There were several Buicks to check out and we even had Chuck and Kathy Kerls come up from Wichita. Chuck helped me pass out copies of the 50th Anniversary Meet Bugle to interested, prospective BCA members who own Buicks. I think I got two new members signed up in the club. One lady hunted me down and told me she has a 1962 Special Convertibile that has the 215 cubic inch V-8 in it and that it is bright Red. I gave her a Bugle and an application form and she was happier than two Jaybirds in a Mulberry Patch. The weather was absolutely perfect and a good time was had by all.
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    I have to agree with you guys. Red sweep spear, black wheels & pretty lady.
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    And here is a pic of my wife with my 65 - for me the hottest girl ever!!!
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    I am heading off to the Australian Riviera Nationals event this weekend, well its being held 10 miles from my home so I can't complain and wouldn't miss it, others are driving 600 miles to attend. We even have a couple from Kansas attending. A fellow club member has lent me his '78 Riv. Bit of a change from the '36 and I can't wait! Pictures will follow...
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    Saturday was the first car show of the season in the Boston area (Needham) for me and a buddy of mine. Both '92's, his a Caddy Coupe Deville and mine a Riviera.
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    Wow, that's quite a definition. Here's mine: Back when my dad worked for Raytheon, he was in an area where there were "specialists" and there were "experts." One of my dad's duties as an expert was to train specialists. The question would often come up, "What exactly *is* an expert?" Well the answer is quite simple. An 'ex' is someone who has been something, but isn't anymore. A 'spurt' is a sudden leak, like a drip, but with more pressure behind it. So an expert is a has-been drip under pressure.
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    I fortunately have another vehicle to drive for a bit during this period. I just don't like to drive it because it's held over my head. I think I'll keep the engine I have and go from there. The full gasket kit is not expensive and will be a good place to start. I'll probably start into disassembly later this week if everything goes well. I'm still going to do it myself, I'm done consulting experts for a while.