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    My '53 Roadie, love this picture....
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    I loaned my 1959 Electra this morning for a 1950s photo shoot in the old gas station that I'm restoring in Bonham, Texas. Just took this photo. The women are really getting into this, and having a good time! Pete Phillips, BCA #7338
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    COMING SOON! This will be my largest, most detailed model build, and you will see each step of the process. YOU will see how EASY it is, to do what I didn't know I could do. Dale in Indy
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    Put a dozen miles on the 56 tonight. Along the way I caught a work of art.
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    I think it's time that I am going to have to explain to everyone about living out in Doo Dah. I have lived all of my life save for 15 years in Hutchinson, Kansas. Back when I was in high school and I am positive that it was in 1964, we got a new editor at the Hutchinson News newspaper. The previous editor retired and the new editor came from a larger town to take the job. He hadn't been there too long when he wrote some columns about his previous newspaper jobs and one of the things that he mentioned was that his family felt like they were out in Doo Dah, what with it being so flat in this part of the world and all. The readers of the paper clear out to the shore of Colorado just howled with laughter about this characterization and it stuck. We were all living in Doo Dah from then on. In the course of a few years the readership of the paper almost doubled and he had a fairly regular column called 'Out Doo Dah Way' Ed Raner had ought to remember this because he went to high school in a little berg about 15 miles from Hutchinson called Buhler. It was a fun time to be growing up in central Kansas. There were lots of fast cars and the girls were - well, I better leave that alone. So now you know all about Doo Dah and where to find it on the map. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
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    Dale, here is another BUICK BUG. It's a bronze sculpture. I can't remember where I got the photo. Looking forward to seeing the progress on your "BUG". It should be pretty impressive in your large scale. Dave
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    Nice collections...I didn't see any like this, so I thought I'd share...my only keychain. I bought it to use but it's too nice! -Frank
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    Hey Hometowner, You'd call it a cigar band, and you'd casually toss it next to your Buick Management Meeting cocktail coaster, during your pow-wow at the Flint Industrial Executives Club. As the representative for Folger's Buick, Charlotte, NC, celebrating the FIEC's 40th Anniversary, the subject of your meeting: Reliability Is Your Business. If you were a thoughtful type, you'd bring the cigar band home to your adolescent son, who would either wear it himself as a ring, or give it to his girlfriend. Sadly, I imagine there's little left to celebrate these days, and wonder if the Flint Industrial Executives Club's building is still standing. TG
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    Been a quite period. Hurry up and wait. Block is done. Crank sitting in the garage, wrapped in a heavy plastic bag just waiting. Cleaning bolts and small pieces. REALLY exciting!! Hang with me. I promise more to com. Ben
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    And also engine is ready to start....
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    Are you sure that it is the pushrod cover causing the leaks? On the straight 8's, the rocker stanchion bolts on the pushrod side, the holes are tapped through to the spark plug area and will often leak oil into the area around the sparkplugs and then down around the pushrod cover and looking like a cover leak. It sounds as if you have done all the right things with the cover. If you do find that the problem is from the sparkplug area, about the only way to get a good bolt seal is to remove the rocker arm assembly, clean the tapped holes thoroughly, clean the bolt threads and use a good sealant around the bolt threads when you put it back together.
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    Today I received from DAVES_BUICKS most of the Bugs actual measurements. From these, for example, I now know that a 1/4th scale build will make the car 34-1/2" long. The wheel height will be 8" including the tires. He gathered lots of needed measurements, and to him I am most THANKFUL. Thank You Dave. While he was at the Sloan Museum he photographed the car from many angles, and Sloan provided some pictures to. I am one LUCKY guy. I now have enough to get (THE SHOW ON THE ROAD), so will begin posting pic's soon. It will be RED, kind of breaks my heart, cause I'm a walnut and copper artist, but I will SURVIVE, hehe. Hey Ben, No visor, No scallops, this is killing me, This, like my last Buick inspired build, will require lots of THOUGHT PROCESS, but I just LOVE that part. My 1925 Buick Miller Indy car build is now on display in an art show, and I will know in two weeks how it was judged. Once I start the BUG build, I will start a new thread, "BUICK 1910 BUG 1/4TH SCALE BUILD". Dale in Indy
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    Personally, I don't like putting things like electric fuel pumps on antique automobiles. Properly rebuilt and maintained early technology is usually pretty good. The big question is, where is the gasoline tank located? IHC motors are usually about the middle of the chassis. A three inch drop from the bottom of the tank to the input of the carburetor should be fine. For comparison, a model T Ford is no more than that and the gasoline tank is located about three feet back towards the rear of the car. They can be trouble climbing hills, but most usual hills are not generally a problem as long as the tank is not nearly empty. One thing about gravity fuel feed. Gravity rarely stops working (fuel pump failures are very rare!). It is a good idea to have a good shut-off valve in the fuel line for when you park the car (should be able to reach and use it from outside the car). Otherwise, carburetor input valves do sometimes leak and can spill all your gasoline onto the garage/shop floor. Especially not good when there is a water heater or furnace nearby.
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    Hendrix street north of 30th was the place for the Friday night drags in Doo Dah. Funny what you remember.; one guy had a '55 Chevy with a high winding small block. You could tell from down by the finish line every time he shifted gears. The generator would charge more at higher RPMS, and you could see his head lights grow brighter and brighter up to the time he shifted and the RPM's would drop. Doo Dah was where you could see how fast your car would go on the flat country roads because you could see for miles in every direction and you could spot bubble gum machines a mile away. Alan Smith and I drove from Hutch to the Colorado line (200+ miles) and I think his little Comet Cyclone Caliente never dropped below 90 except to stop for gas. I'm glad that Terry had the forethought to leave the girls out of it.
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    The starting time for this event has been moved ahead by a half hour. Since the BHA Banquet is almost 20 miles away, those attending will be pressed for time. Therefore, please do your best to arrive at the Forum Happy Hour by 4 PM. Thanks
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    After you do that get some 1/8" cork/rubber gasket material and make a gasket. Glue the gasket to the cover and install dry or if desired apply a small amount of RTV to the other surface.
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    For me the biggest challenge is that soon after owning one, they become much like potato chips.... you can't have just one! Soon after you own one, people see that one as a "collection" and decide you need another.... and another.... soon you have a "collection" of the particular car and anything associated with it. Ads, parts, etc.
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    Hello Vinny, welcome to the AACA. My biggest challenge is where I live. I live on Long Island, NY. The only way for me to get onto the mainland is the Verrazano Bridge, across the Staten Island Expressway to the Goethals Bridge, the George Washington Bridge or the Tappan Zee Bridge. Forget the Lincoln or Holland Tunnels. To access these wonderful bridges I need to travel on such scenic highway's such as the the Long Island Expressway, Cross Bronx Expressway, the Belt Parkway and other "well maintained" roads. Ether they are bumper to bumper parking lots or bumper to bumper moving traffic that the other cars cut in and out of traffic like it's a NASCAR track. I try to leave my house at 3 or 4 AM but believe it or not I can still run into traffic. My friends on the mainland offer to meet me in NJ or PA but I tell them that I can't give them a time when I can meet them, because it could take 2 hours just to get off Long Island! Oh well, thats the price you pay for living in paradise!
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    Three things come to mind. Time to do things right. Money to do things right. A wife that understands how much time and money you spend on something you love besides her! Have fun is another important thing to do. Dave S
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    No lighters, but I may have a matchbook or 2. and a single ashtray
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    I was doing some Google searching recently and stumbled across an amazing resource: The Crittenden Automotive Library. I know it's been shared on a couple AACA forums before, but I've pulled out some tidbits to give you a taste of what's over there. I could easily spend days or weeks going through this stuff and picking out Buick stuff, and I don't have that kind of time right now. One of my current favorites is Automobile Topics. There's about 12 volumes over there at about 1000 pages each as far as I can tell (I haven't downloaded all of them, yet). This is all public domain info that can be freely downloaded. Here's part of an 8 page Buick spread from 1921:
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    Try not to pump the brakes. When I do it, it seems to create foam that is hard to get out of the system. Four or five slow cycles of the pedal and refill. If brakes are not real good after this, you may have to tap the master cylinder and wheel cylinders with a hammer to dislodge trapped air bubbles. A vacuum bleeder has never worked for me...others may have better luck. Instead I use a modification of the old 'tube in a bottle of fluid' technique and can do it alone.
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    Shortly after acquiring the '87 'Hawk coupe, I stumbled across this emblem still attached to a shattered remanent of my '82 Skyhawk convertible's tail light.
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    On our way to the NJ meet we pull into a gas station. There's a group of guys in the way of my truck. They look right at me... driving... and say to my husband when he jumps out of the passenger side "he man. Nice truck.". He says thanks. Its hers! Ugh. Put me in a mood immediately!!! Lol
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    My number one problem would be keeping it limited to one. I like to diversify a bit. I get bored too easy to keep it limited to just one. It's nice to bounce a round a bit to keep them all feeling fresh. It's easy to get bogged down on one project and burnt out. If you can put it on the back burner and move onto something fresh you will be more enthusiastic when you come back to it. This leads to the second problem of never having enough space.
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    I found a similar tag bolted to the front of the engine in a 1960 T-Bird I purchased with 17,000 original miles. I believe it was an engine ID tag as it was painted black, same as the engine. Over the years I have come across a few other T-Bird owners who had found the same type of tag. I would definitely save it. Interesting find!
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    IF somebody did an EXACT duplicate of a GM-trademarked item, the producer would first have to license to produce their product according to GM specs and blueprints, for a licensing fee. The final product would also have to be submitted to GM for approval BEFORE any sales could be made. Thanks for pointing out the discrepancies on the above items. Where are the pictures with the "correct" items, for graphic comparison? NTX5467
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    Chrysler had power steering in 1951. It was made by Gemmer. The original patents on hydraulic power steering were by an ex Pierce Arrow engineer named Davis. I believe they dated to 1926. A few heavy trucks used power steering in the thirties or so I have heard. Chrysler had Fluid Drive from 1939 with a self shifting "automatic" trans from 1940 or 1941. Torque converter available in 1951. Powerflite automatic from 1954, or 1953 on some models. Imperials got it first. A lot of people think GM invented everything on a car. If so, Chrysler had a funny habit of copying GM's inventions before GM invented them.
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    I have seen some fairly nice oem style work from MAACO, but not at the $299 introductory price. You should at least contact them and see some finished work. A friend had some 1930s Studebaker fenders body worked and painted black and they defiantly looked nice.
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    Hi I'm Paul , loved 50s bricks for years , just bought 1953 special convertible , live in Uk and Cyprus , keeping car in Cyprus favourite buick 54 skylark beautiful Cheers
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    You gotta make sure the edges are flat. Since they bolt in from the center, if the edges are warped or bent, you won't get equal pressure around the mating surface. A straight edge and little hammer and dolly work might be needed.
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    I hate to throw a wet blanket on your car, Matthew, but a proper paint job will exceed the value of the car. Painting isn't difficult........it's the prep work that's the killer.......
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    Looks like yours may yours may correct for 53. http://p15-d24.com/topic/17789-truck-hub-caps-for-53-bunn-book-source/
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    Remove the dome cap and look around the inside edges. Usually marked in there.
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    The story behind the car.. Is it original or just someones bondo project..
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    Really appreciate everyone's thoughts and their #1 challenges of being an owner! I'm glad i found this forum :-)
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    This is cool :-) Thanks for sharing!
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    Oh boy ... that's hilarious. I can only imagine the responses.
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    Thanks for the advice and compliments. I think I'll leave well enough alone. Wayne
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    Welcome to the party, OC! I assume you have accumulated lots of photos over the last 11 years, which is good because people on here are gonna wanna see it!
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    Not sure what you would call this, but its from a cigar.
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    I do not wear jewelry, but would wear THAT on a chain around my neck!! Ben
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    Once again Willy, I thank you. Got to say that undercoating was a bear to remove but preserved the valve body pretty good. The undercoating probably failed and caused the leak!
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    Don't know if the O-ring is completely disintegrated but I'm not seeing one here. Unless it is in the body, which is difficult to see how to disassemble because of all the dirt and undercoat.