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    Saturday was my grandmother's birthday, so I took the car out to visit her. She supposedly drove it off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan. The car was ordered from the Kessler dealership in Detroit, and she went to go pick it up while my grandpa as on base. The odd thing is that it came with aftermarket mirrors, which I suppose were an afterthought by my grandfather. They later took the car and drove out west where they settled in 1958 and started their family. This is the first time I've driven the car out. Never thought about it before until now, so I made sure to thank her for not getting rid of it after all those years.
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    Ok, for all of you tough guys. Let's go for a ride. It is 15deg F outside and snowing. And the truck started and ran after sitting outside overnight.
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    I bought the car in January. Anyone recognize her? Needs brake work but I'm happy so far.
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    We had a really enjoyable visit this evening when Derek, along with his delightful wife and daughter joined us for dinner and a quick tour of the French Quarter - an all too short visit. Delightful folks, we look forward to more visits. Mardi Gras and Basketball tournaments are over as of a couple of days ago, making for a busy time here in New Orleans, - but there is always time for Old Car Friends and Buick Folks. Thanks for the visit, Marty & Dale
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    Actually, we were discussing the very same topic back in February. Here's the thread: And I don't think anyone knows someone else's motives for having cars. We have to be careful assuming that a wealthy person bought it just to show off: Does he drive around the block with his head hanging out the window, to be seen! Or does a person buy an item because he really likes it, and has the money to spend on an unnecessary item? Please don't accept TV's fictional portrayal of those people. I've met 3 billionaires, or near billionaires, and have found them to be more modest than the average person. They may be busy, but they're happy to take a friendly call. If you met one in the local hardware store, you would think he was just another guy there to buy fertilizer--- and he very well might be.
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    Baby got new tires today:) Made the switch, went from bias ply to radials. What a difference! The new CPP box, the new tires and a string alignment made it like a new car... Coker 225/75R/15 $209 a piece form Jeggs. Manufacture date 49week16.
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    Williams Buick GMC of Charlotte, NC is the oldest Buick dealer in the Carolinas and has proudly served customers for 75 years. Today, we are the premier Buick GMC dealer in the Charlotte metro area. Read below to learn more about our company history! Mr. Lee Folger founded the company on October 1, 1937. He was awarded an exclusive Buick franchise for the city of Charlotte, and the General Motors Holding Corporation was the co-investor. The total amount in captial paid was $30,000. On August 19, 1938, the Pontiac franchise was was added so Lee A. Folger, Inc. became the exclusive Buick-Pontiac dealer in the Charlotte, NC area. On this date, the dealership was moved from the 500 block of South Tryon Street to 318 West Fifth Street, the location of the former Pontiac dealer. On August 16, 1939, Lee A. Folger, Inc. bought out General Motors Holding Corporation's stake in the company and cancelled the Pontiac franchise at the same time, making the company an exclusive Buick dealer once more. On June 1, 1941, the company moved to 900 South Tryon Street in a new building constructed specifically for its use. On January 16, 1960, Mr. Lee A. Folger passed away and on March 14, 1960, Mr. Spencer A. Folger was approved as the dealer by Buick Motor Division. http://www.williamsbuickgmc.com/ On September 1, 1970, the company moved to a new facility at 5701 East Independence Boulevard in Charlotte, NC. On April 11, 1992, Mr. Spencer A. Folger passed away and on November 12, 1992, C.E. Williams, Jr. was approved as the Dealer Principal by Buick Motor Division. Subsequently, C.E. Williams III was appointed Vice President and General Manager, and D. Glenn Moore was appointed as Secretary-Treasurer. On May 30, 1993, Clarence E. Williams passed away. Mr. Williams had served Folger's since June 1, 1939 as a stockholder and Secretary-Treasurer. In December 1998, Folger Automotive expanded by purchasing the only other Buick franchise in Charlotte. The facility was located at 400 Tyvola Road in Charlotte, NC. In 2006, the Folger Automotive Group bought the building and property at 7725 South Blvd. in Charlotte. After General Motors restructured financially, the Folger Automotive Group was given the GMC franchise along with existing Buick one, and these franchises temporarily relocated to the current Folger Kia location, 7725 South Blvd. in 2010. In September, 2012, the name of the Buick GMC dealership was changed to Williams Buick GMC and opened a brand new facility at 8201 South Blvd. Ward Williams is the owner of Williams Buick GMC and Folger Automotive Group.
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    Seventy Years of Buick is one of the most comprehensive and detailed book of great pictures and manufacturing details on the first 70 years of Buick . I have one but won this on eBay so woud like to pay this one forward to someone with a true interest and desire of learning more about Buicks. Just respond here if you wish it and pm me your address and I'll have the seller send it directly to you. http://www.ebay.com/itm/70-YEARS-OF-BUICK-BOOK-1975-BUICK-CAR-DEALER-BOOK-039-74-SAEGER-BUICK-COL-AD-/351977141142?ul_noapp=true&ul_ref=http%3A%2F%2Frover.ebay.com%2Frover%2F0%2Fe11003.m43.l3160%2F7%3Feuid%3D4ab72abfe1e24539a776ae7f511ee81b%26bu%3D43177035155%26loc%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.ebay.com%252Fulk%252Fitm%252F351977141142%26sojTags%3Dbu%3Dbu%26srcrot%3De11003.m43.l3160%26rvr_id%3D0&nma=true&si=9xwUKJqz7uhjhpSOprItNRgSfdc%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
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    Aw shucks fellers, you'll make us blush. Seriously, we DO enjoy meeting FORUM FOLK, both those who visit New Orleans, as well as when we travel - and we will be doing a lot of driving. This year we expect to drive to every AACA Meet and Tour. Philly and Ocala were excellent. Next on the list we will drive to Palm Springs, CA, and a month later will tour Sonoma. The AACA calendar will be our primary guide, only interrupted by doctor visits as we age faster than our cars. Looking forward to meeting more of you "On the Road" Marty & Dale
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    For my Buick friends. I think it had 47,000 original miles.
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    Just imagine who the photographer was. Probably the same type of husband who would take a picture like this. Loading groceries, changing tires; picking the right wife is important. Bernie
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    Ok, I'll kick over the hornets nest. It's a great car. I find it interesting, and it looks in great shape. It isn't an investment. It's a toy. A piece of American history. Fun to drive and show. If you don't use it on the open road and enjoy it, it's a large expense of taxes, matainance, insurance, storage, time, and a loss of the time value of money. I understand keeping it for sentimental reasons, and that is a good of a reason as any other. I make my living in the car world. I have owned and operated a large modern repair garage along with a large rental car fleet and used car license. I have been in the old car hobby for forty five years. I have owned some of the worlds greatest cars, and currently still do. I'll offer this piece of advice that I have given to people many times. Unless YOU like the car and intend to participate with it in the hobby(any or all aspects), sell it. The car is unlikely to appreciate in value and probably won't keep up with inflation. My similar situation to yours and your fathers, I promised my dad something on his deathbed. His only regret in life was not finishing a restoration he started thirty years before. It was a 1931 Cadillac Fleetwood Cabriolet. It was in terrible condition when purchased thirty years before and we spent twenty five years at Hershey finding all the missing parts. I knew it would still require 250 thousand dollars to finish the restoration. He soon passed after I made the promise, and I intended to keep mine and finish the car in my retirement. Several years passed, and a collector with hundreds of cars stopped by my shop to look at another one of my cars for details on one of his current restorations. He saw my fathers car in the corner and asked about it.......... I knew if he acquired it he would restore it properly and display it in his museum. I sold him the car and another parts car for a song...........knowing I would save myself 400k of my retirement savings. I made the deal, even though I wouldn't finish the car myself, the promise would be kept. I asked the new owner to let me drive the car when it was done. Two years later he called me and said, come on over on Friday, the car will be ready for its first drive. He kept his promise to me, and I drove the 100 point car down a dirt road with snow and mud for the first time. It hadn't run in more than fifty years. I cried the entire time I drove it, with my local car buddies looking on.........it was an incredible day. I was finally able to let my father go that spring morning, years after he passed. It was the day I came to terms with his passing and our relationship. I don't regret for a second selling the car to get it done. It was the right thing to do, and the car has a special place in the museum. I visit the car more often than my fathers resting place, as I am sure he would want it that way. Maybe be the best place for your Ford sometime in the future, is some where your dad would approve of it if he could. Take you time and figure it out. I think your doing a great job dealing with all of your dads cars. My best, Ed
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    Tonight went to the hardware store for fasteners to bolt down the rear tacking strip. Maybe tomorrow I will be able to start installing the strip across the tub. Started the old girl up and let her run for awhile. Purrs like a kitten!
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    Carburetor shaft screw repair.
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    I was up early this morning so I could get something done on “One Bid” I made a BIG pot of coffee and out to the garage I go! (Maybe too much coffee)
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    Again, nice engine jpage! About the costs: compared to a restoration from a real car, almost negligible... Many things happened the last few days: as it was rather warm outside, I decided to make the negative form for the headliner. Halas, when I was ready to do it, there was a nasty wind! Imagine small patched from fiberglass on a table with gusty winds…they don’t stay on the table for a long time! As everything was prepared, I decided to do the job inside. To clear the air, I opened enough windows when the job was done. I will have to rework this mold because for the moment it is like a modern headliner glued on a substrate. I will have to add the specific shape from a headliner when they still were attached to the roof with wires. When the polyester was curing, I began to plan the CONTINENTAL letters for the hood and the trunk. Front and rear letters are the same, with the exception of the middle “N” at the hood because the letter has to follow the hood’s shape. Fortunately for me, the shape of the letters is rather simple compared to the word “Studebaker” or the “TORONADO” letters; the easy design of the letters was partly offset by their small dimensions: 1mm height, 1.5mm in length, except the “I” of course. I began with the easy ones: the “C”. After three tries, I had it. Fortunately, I had a milling tool which is 0.2mm thick; I did almost all the work with that tool. I had mixed feelings about the “A” and its hole: I drilled 2 holes of 0.3mm next to another; I succeed on both letters without breaking the bit. The “N” was mostly done with a file; I had to do 8 letters to have 6 decent ones. Once plated with nickel, the letters will be glued on the paint with transparent silicone. Sorry for the dirt around the letters; I noticed that after the picture was done…
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    Completed inspection, cleaning, reassembly and painting of the '26 starter. Actually found a good write up on the starter in the Shop Manual. It was listed in the index under "Motor and generator." Upon disassembly, found the brushes to be in good condition with plenty of material left. The commutator slots were filled with copper in places. All slots were cleaned out and undercut. The manual specifically says to undercut the slots 1/32" . Didn't use any solvents on the windings, did not want to inadvertently remove any insulating lacquer. Only cleaned with soapy water damp rag. Next attention was directed at cleaning the pinion splines, and shifting yoke. The over running clutch is not serviceable as the cover was rolled on at the factory. All appeared to be in good shape after cleaning. Some residual oil was found in the bottom of the field housing, this was allowed to drain off. Placed a very light dab of SuperLube grease on the bearing surfaces, as well as lubing the spline, yoke and clutch assembly. Reassembled, then did a functional test with jumper cables connected to a 6 volt battery. Spun up to speed fine with no sparks or arcing at the commutator. Finally, masked off and painted exterior with satin black.
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    Indeed, we car fanatics should thank heaven for wealthy car collectors and enthusiasts. How many of the rest of us could spend literally millions of dollars restoring or building the super cars? What does it cost to rebuild the engine in a Bugatti, Ferrari, or Duesenberg these days? What should you expect to pay for a pair of missing headlights for a Bucciali or Thomas Flyer? What does it cost to totally restore a top Hispano-Suiza today? Can you imagine having to pay to have quite a few one-off rare parts made from scratch...such as old superchargers, cylinder heads, brass headlights, or four fenders? My point is not to lecture or "correct" anyone, but to remind us all that it is way too easy to fall into the trap of resentment of anyone with more cash than ourselves. I can't tell you how many times I have heard car guys discussing something about Jay Leno's collection, for example, when someone in the group would say something like, "Of COURSE! He's got all that money!" as though having wealth was somehow dirty. I too have hob-knobbed with some very, very wealthy car collectors. Some are friends, and others are just nice folks. It is my experience that the amount of wealth someone has is not a good indicator of how genial that person may be. We are best served by assuming every car collector is a fine person and potential good friend, until they might prove otherwise, in my opinion.
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    I agree that Marty and his wife are the best hosts. They gave us a tour when we were in N.O. a few years ago. First class.
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    Thanks so much Marty! It was great to meet you and your lovely southern belle. Your hospitality was above and beyond. This man put a number of miles on his SUV driving us around. It was a new experience for us with oysters and the city. Car guys really are the best. We got enough of a taste of the Big Easy that we are certainly interested in a return trip. We did do a bit of walking around the French Quarter and got a few souvenirs. The convention was great and should lead to an income increase that will allow us to travel as we desire...love it.
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    After removing the carpet, there was so much debris left behind. It was a good time to clean this mess up with a shop-vac. This would also allow me to finally see how badly rusted the floor pans were. As you can see, my oldest Son finally took some interest in the Buick and helped out a bit.Showing a broad view of the front floor area after clean up.Showing a broad view of the rear floor area after clean up.Looking foward, front passenger's side floor pan.Looking foward, front passenger's side floor under seating area.Looking aft, rear passenger's side floor pan.Looking aft, rear passenger's side floor under seating area.Looking foward, front driver's side floor pan.Looking foward, front driver's side floor under seating area.Looking aft, rear driver's side floor pan.Looking aft, rear driver's side floor under seating area.As you can tell, the floor will need work, especially the rear driver's side floor pan. I just need to learn how to weld sheet metal. I am a bit pleased however. I really thought the flooring would be in worse shape than this.
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    Some of my best work used to be done on a gravel or crushed rock driveway. Not any more, got to be smooth under foot now. It's also interesting how much lower my car is to the ground than it was half a century ago.
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    As the weather was almost like spring time, I could do the positive shape for the headliner. As the polyester has to cure one or two days, I began the emblems located on the front fenders. Each part is done with 5 separate elements silver soldered. Here is a picture from the real part, followed by my interpretation. I’m just wondering how I will polish that…
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    This is what the bottom oil pump plate on my 1925 Standard looked like before I lapped it. I think the one on my 1937 was just as bad. On my 1937 I lapped the plate and installed new gears.(1988) 8thousand miles later I am still running at 45 lbs. After an all day hot run it may drop to 30lbs.
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    Pic circa 1910. Dorrance Kansas. And that's a Yale Motorcycle
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    More. Except for the wheels, phenomenal original car, I believe.
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    That side mounted steering wheel must have been a one year only option! Neat project car. Terry
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    Installation and lifetime guarantee of course.
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    Here are a couple more photos, she's starting to come together.:)
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    Eight coats of Claret Mist Metallic over red oxide primer in 1981. The vinyl top is off at the moment and I have been leisurely sanding for the next repaint (that might be the last time for me). Even though I have recaptured the originality of the bare top, my current plan is a two toning with a silver top and black cherry lower. I fully plan to plagiarize this: If I don't like the silver I will scuff it and go solid maroon. The nice lady at Clark's has agreed to do a stock '64 interior in gray with burgundy piping. The rear hinged doors may also become a reality. That is one of the reasons I have decided to bring the '60 Electra to the Nationals this year, picked up the white paint for that last Friday. Now, the idea of copying Rolls-Royce style on a Buick. You gotta be a friend of Bill's to do that.... no, not that one! Bill Mitchell, the car guy. Bernie Oh, if the door thing happens they will be electric motorized, actuated by '47-48 hood releases. I have had the car for 38 years this May, so I guess a little monkeying around with it. We have a tailor in town who has made me a couple of nice suits. Maybe I will show him some of Bill Mitchell's suits and get one to go with the car.
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    Donald Trumps Brother Robert collects Power Shovels of all things. He live's in Millbrook, N.Y. Met him at the Rhinebeck Fair a number of years ago. He wanted to buy my small power shovel that I built from scrap and discarded parts. I had it as a running display at the fair at the time. Dandy Dave!
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    Labor Day weekend at the Olcott Beach Cruise In. 15 years ago? Maybe more. They get close to 1,000 cars now. Just found another. Bernie
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    I recently looked at this car at a local get-together, very nice job....note vista cruiser roof....
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    Can I like this again? and again? and again?
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    I just heard from "Helens" current owner and she will be coming back home this fall,she is up to 17,311 miles !!
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    First start up after carburetor rebuild.
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    I don't know why I used Dynaflow torque ball in my explanation ,I guess I read about it and thought the 2 were connected, I have 3 sd manual with a torqueball leak. Just getting to know about these old Buick, I now know Dynaflow is a automatic but thought it pertained to the enclosed drive shaft system, Live and learn
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    I just called and reserved as well. Kae is the General Manager at the H.I.E. and first rate. Remember, it's not safe to sleep in your car in Wisconsin, so, get a room!
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    Here's more photos of the engine. Sorry for the poor resolution on some. If you look real closely you can see one spark plug lying on the head. I don't know if it can be seen but there is a copper mesh filter behind the screen in the air filter.
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    The drag ling between manual and power steering are indeed different.
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    Unfortunately, most sellers think that their #4 car is really a #2 or 1.5.
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    I read My Years With General Motors by Alfred P. Sloan three times, On A Clear Day You Can See General Motors by John Delorean twice, and Iaccoca by Lee Iaccoca once, if I finished it. I listed them in chronological order. Sloan wrote a pretty good book about what "we" did. The general transition, in the industry, to what "I" did shows up in the writings. Look up the origin and feats of The Whizz Kids. When the Senate asked Rick Wagoner what he would do with the bailout money I remember one item was "make payroll". I heard the springs on my Chevy truck groan on that one. Then "someone" grabbed all my stock and, totally lacking in due diligence, got their hands on a company with a known killer car. Should have paid more attention on that one! After about ten years of a dramatic show of profit from selling the spoils of the stock switcheroo there is a little trouble, no kidding. The Hogan's Heros picture was not that much of a joke. Why are the majority of newer plants in Europe? I watch this stuff. I was with Eastman Kodak when one could purchase all the stock, sell the paid for assets. and make a tidy profit. I sat in a meeting at Bausch & Lomb and asked if the company gross sales was really $160,000 per employee. Someone said "Oh, I never looked at it that way." It was somewhat inaccurate. There is a common problem with companies over 50 years old. They have lost the spark and vision of the founder. About 20 years after the founder dies the last person closest to them is gone. And it is never the same after. Check what happened 20 years after the death of any company's founder. You will see a crisis in identity. You can't change it, but knowing it will happen can benefit. Bernie
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    And do not forget!! The bolts holding the springs to rearend are LEFT hand. Ben
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    Friday is the day that you want to be there. You had better plan on spending the whole day because there will be that much to see. Terry Wiegand Doo Dah America
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    working it. The setting is "unlimited" yet for some reason its still forcing 2mb. May be the new host. Will keep you posted.