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  1. 7 points
    You've answered your own question. My only advice is "you make your profit when you buy not when you sell". In other words there are lots of things that you mentioned that are sold used/broken for almost nothing or given away. Pay little or nothing. Network with dealers, yard sales, neighbors, etc, etc, . At sixteen you can give them the sad puppy dog eyes and appeal to their "help a kid out" instincts. Then fix it up and sell for a profit. The world is waiting for a go getter like you. Go get em...................Bob
  2. 6 points
    First time she's moved under her own power since ~1994 (and the first time I've ever driven her). Proud moment! buick moving.mp4
  3. 4 points
    Hiring a contractor to provide certain services may appear to be less than frugal, but it does have its advantages. For one, you can have a discussion about wants,needs, and results, without the over head concern that a volunteer will get insulted and quit. And for another, contractors should continue to do their job in the face of adversity. However, it is likely a rare 501-c-7 that has a mature financial status that allows for contracting out. It is also a rare 501-c-7 that has folks interested in assuming responsibilities. In my opinion, folks join 501-c-7's for their entertainment potential. And the people who do volunteer for these positions of responsibility do so because the work is their idea of entertainment. If only there was a way to avoid the inevitable burn-out of the volunteers, the issue of contracting out would be moot.
  4. 3 points
    Once a kindly old gentleman down the street had his Rambler up on jacks and an adult friend was trying to help him with a repair. I was walking down the street that day and noticed them under the car, and came over to watch. The nice old guy said something like, "This boy's father has antique cars. Maybe HE knows how to solve this problem!" He was sort of joking, and the other man said, "Sure, at this point, I'll take advice from ANYONE." He then explained that they had the oil pan off, but no matter what adhesive they tried, they could not get the gaskets to stay on the side rails of the pan while they tried to wedge it back into place. I felt a spark of excitement, because my dad had mentioned an old tip he had learned for problems like that. "Just get a spool of thread and tie a loose loop through every bolt hole," I told them. "Then once you get each bolt started, snip the thread and pull it back out with needle nose pliers." The two men looked at each other in astonishment, and burst out laughing. They tried the trick, and it worked as advertised. The two of them kept congratulating me, and telling me how impressed they were with my knowledge. I must have been 14 or 15 at the time, and actually knew very little. It was a miracle that their problem was one I knew an answer for. I never told them that I didn't know much more than that. I just walked down the street grinning, completely proud of myself. LOL
  5. 3 points
    The terms "old car" and " good investment" are, in most cases, mutually exclusive.................Bob
  6. 3 points
    I was editor of our BCA Chapter's newsletter for 5 years. I was never paid nor did I expect payment. In fact, There were times when I covered extra costs out of my own pocket for a feature or equipment for publishing the newsletter. As I was also a board member, I knew what the treasury looked like and realized that there no money for the newsletter outside of postage. I took the newsletter from a true cut and paste (real scissors, real paste) to an electronic version and color pictures. Subsequent editors (also non paid) have taken what I did and improved a lot upon my work. I still chuckle when the newsletter comes out and I recognized something (boilerplate) that I wrote probably 20 years ago.
  7. 3 points
    Again, the show was entertaining and I was happy to watch it instead of the other garbage on TV. Yes, I am accepting it for what it is but getting history wrong on a channel called itself HISTORY sort of galls me. To little attention, in my opinion, was given to the other players in the early days of the automobile and inventions that changed the landscape like the electric starter which made it easier to put women behind the wheel. (please resist the jokes guys! )
  8. 3 points
    You could even throw an ad on your local craigslist or the old fashion way of a pin up note at the local grocery store or like if you still have one in your neighborhood. Older people who Might like to just get rid of some of the clutter they have in the garage are most likely to be reading those pinup notes and flyers.
  9. 3 points
    Love a little Earl Grey mixed with ethylene glycol🖒
  10. 3 points
    Roberta, There is no local BCA chapter close to me, BUT I am on the board of directors for our region of the AACA. None of the positions are paid positions. Seems as though as our general membership numbers dwindle, it becomes harder to find people to fill positions within the board. Sometimes positions are just "filled" and the club suffers because the Dedication is not there. More times than not, people don't even listen or comprehend what is expected of them when they are accepting a position within the board. Thus the "Trickle Down Effect". Other board members get frustrated, things are said within the general memebership and we lose members. I will get off my soapbox with one last thing. The ones who seem to complain the most, NEVER are part of the solutions. They just quit! Matt
  11. 3 points
    Sunday was one of those family / memory days. My Mom asked us all to come 'Home' for a dinner of ribs she wanted to do for us and decided to drive the Special. The reason for that was to recreate a picture that Mom had taken back in August 1984. While just about in the same spot..... Being some 33 years later..... I had to take a good look at this and ask myself, Who is that "Old Fart" behind the wheel? (meanwhile the car looks about the same....)
  12. 3 points
    Well gang, they did not disappoint on the entertainment but they sure did reaffirm the constant lack of research shows like this do in regards to content. There were so many errors in the first part that I was screaming at the TV set! I especially liked the 1904 Curved Dash Olds being shown as a prototype by Edsel Ford of a car to replace the Model "T"!!! Researching facts is not that hard and the editing mixing up eras was hard to take.
  13. 3 points
    Well said, Carl. Steve-V: I just sent an email to the President of the Chemung Valley Region who is a very good friend to the AACA. He is on the Library & Research Center committee The region is in Elmira, NY along the Southern Tier of NY State and about 45 miles or so west of Binghamton). Asked him to check out this thread for a possible assistance. Will let you know when I hear from him. One does not have to be a specialist of any one marque. If Steve simply wants overall condition or any very obvious alterations from original, etc., it is very easy for anyone to describe the condition. I did it twice over the years. One was a very poor condition large late 1970 Buick that was so deteriorated a blind man could tell it was ready for the crusher with very few parts that were reusable. The other was a mid-1950's Chevy that needed restoration but doable and the gent in Texas bought it based on my inspection as it was as advertised by the owner. Regards, Peter J.
  14. 2 points
  15. 2 points
    I installed variable rate coils on my 54 Special and 60 Electric. Same reason you are looking to change yours. Any weight over the original coils and it bottoms out. The variable rate coils work just great for both of my Buicks. Changing the rears is straight forward. The front are under tension and respect that with thinking through each step. It is not a difficult job.....if all the nuts and bolt cooperate!
  16. 2 points
    No just typical yellow journalism (popular term in the era). Unless reading Scientific American, National Geographic, or various trade journals well researched truth is not a requirement. What sells, is. TV has credits, not footnotes. I learned a long time ago (and once wrote regular columns for magazines) that enough errors are made in what I know to make me suspect everything else. Often can spend an hour or two researching a post (google and Wikipedia are your friends but have a lot of mythconceptions as well. I like at least three references to be semi-sure provided I am not two of them (ever hear of a "canary trap" ?) Did wonder if they would mention the bowling alley. Guess they preferred many shots of Henry staring a sea of model Ts (CGI ?)
  17. 2 points
    IIRC, the show's Part 2 claimed Durant died "shortly afterwards" from his second dismissal as President of GM. Apparently, for them 27 years (1947) is "shortly afterwards"....
  18. 2 points
    Thanks Gary, Just what I need. The lower control arm is so low that it blocks the adjustment hole, there's no room for straight tool such as a screwdriver. I knew I need to make a bent tool, but by Gary's photo I can get the right proportions and bent angle without "try and fail" iteration. Thanks again, Pekka
  19. 2 points
    Love the picture Doug! Hope you had a good time at your mom's place! Also like the "new accessories" you bought for your car. Very cool! You coming over for Dream Cruise this weekend? I'll be back from China finally and I'm looking forward to it with Bessie!
  20. 2 points
    Is it possible the shaft is bent? I think we canvassed this before. I was wondering that too. .003 seems a bit loose. I brought up those Chevrolet threads because I was wondering if its possible #1 isn't really as tight as the others, even though it seems so. Actually I think that works the other way. The splash oiled engines needed to be tighter. I have heard many stories over the years about clearances in these old engines being set to the modern "rule of thumb" and winding up noisy. In pressure fed engines with a lot of miles it isn't uncommon for the bearings to talk a little before the oil pressure comes up. Splashers do need fairly thin oil to ensure flow, especially cold.
  21. 2 points
    Confirming NZ's guess, 31 Nash, complete with the molding dip
  22. 2 points
    Doug, what were/are the symptoms that lead you to believe springs are necessary? I don't know about your shop manual, but the '50 manual gives directions for measuring spring height . Worth doing to be sure. If factory height is still there, and ball joints and bushings are in spec, perhaps a set of air shocks or air overloads, which fit in the rear springs, would work. My thoughts. Ben
  23. 2 points
    I just rebuilt the front end on a 64. You can do it all with normal tools and and loaners from Autozone. I used a mixture of parts from Kanter and CARS (and $40 springs from Autozone ). If I did it again, I'd probably use whatever Moog/McQuay/etc. parts I could find, then fill it in with Rare Parts' offerings (but make sure you know what you're getting there; some of what they sell are closeouts and overstocks). This is certainly the time to check and replace your ball joints as well. If you're doing the front springs, I'd recommend that you dive in and replace the lower control arm bushings while you're in there. One other thing that the FSM may not tell you: loosen those LCA bushings before you start dropping the arm. And don't torque them down again until you've got the weight back on the wheels. To pull the springs, put a jack under the end of the control arm and lower it slowly until it's all the way down. I looped a chain through the spring and control arm in case it got away from me. The only time I used a compressor was to hold the new spring in place against the upper mount. Once I levered the bottom onto the seat, I just jacked it up until I could get the nuts on the ball joints. The job itself is pretty straightforward. Most of the time was consumed because I cleaned (degreased, blasted, and painted) all the parts before putting them back together, and I got a couple of suspect parts that I had to deal with. I would recommend cleaning any parts you reuse. It's just so much nicer to work with clean parts. If you really want to dial in your springs, talk to the folks at Coil Springs Specialties. They say they can give you springs at whatever rate and height you want. Example: send in an old spring with instructions to make it stiffer and 1/2" higher.
  24. 2 points
  25. 2 points
    Think I might have posted this before but do like it (from 1984). This one is 33 years later..... Not sure I like the guy behind the wheel!
  26. 2 points
    Here are a few pictures from Sunday's tour. Mine was the only Buick on the tour, another gent had signed up with his '29, but his wife was seriously ill and could not make it to the tour.A few of the cars pictured, are two Pierce Arrows, the green sedan belonging to our tour leader and the yellow convert coupe which I had never seen before, and did not get to talk to the owner. A stunning looking car. A '22 Olds, with what is not very politically correctly called a "fat man steering wheel", it slides out of the way to allow for easier in and out of the car. A friend's '38 Chyrsler coupe is parked beside my '41 coupe, which he has only had about a month. Plus a '52 MG which had stopped in to look at all of the other old cars. A few cars on the tour were more than a 100 years old, several model T's, and a '15 Studebaker as well. Keith
  27. 2 points
    Roberta, To answer your question regard other Cubs, I belong to a local Car Club here in Ontario that was founded in 1954. For it's early start a designated member made a news letter that was produced (on a Gestetner machine) and sent out about every two months with a budget from the treasury mostly for expenses and not being paid to do it. With the Club's objective to own and operate a Transportation Museum, eventually things evolved that we needed a Board of Directors (unpaid), a Curator (paid) and during summer months, paid help through a Provincial assistance program. The news letter soon became the responsibility of the Curator helping to keep members current on the many School Programs, Car activities, Special Events and on going developments of what is now over 100 acres of property with over 20 locally significant historic buildings moved to our property over the years, creating a Heritage Village besides our 25,000 square foot Museum. That person (Curator - non member) is paid for her all encompassing duties (including Editor) and does a great job. Our website is paid to a Company to maintain which has seen many challenges and changes but necessary in today's world to help sustain the Organization. The Membership Treasurer (elected) is unpaid being only responsible for dues which currently stands at about 100. Our Membership Secretary is an elected unpaid position. Being a Registered Tax Receipt Organisation, it takes this very basic structure to keep up with the ever changing Government rules and regulations plus the always present costs required to run the electricity, vehicle maintenance, building repairs, etc. and food costs when holding public events. This might not be your typical Car Club but has it's roots as such. The membership is what helps by volunteering at these events and naturally are unpaid. We also have a great Volunteer recruitment list from the General Public that are always desperately needed as members do get worn out. Hope this helps with the discussion. Doug
  28. 2 points
    Nice to see it running! it is always the greatest feeling to drive your car for the first time. Keith
  29. 2 points
    I'll watch until the first mention of the Tucker Convertible prototype then I'm out.
  30. 2 points
    Steve-V, Don't pay attention to the small talk from small persons. I know very well why you don't advertize the make and model. If I wanted to negotiate a price on a car, I would not advertise it's location to the world either.
  31. 2 points
    According to a well known, late (as in passed away), early car guy, cork needs no sealant nor sealing to work correctly. Cork is, by nature, a closed cell structure, and will work perfectly in gas tank floats with no other surface treatment. Those who say "it will fail" base the comment on 50 year old or more cork. I can tell you from personal experience, after 50 years, a LOT of things start to fail! 'nuff said.....
  32. 2 points
    If someone sees what they think might be a deal they may not want to advertise the make model and location since it would be so easy to look it up. That is if you want someone to go look it over for you, not buy it out from under you.
  33. 2 points
    After eight long months since my accident, this is where the shop has mine today. They want to redo a spot behind the tire; looks like a body line, so they have to take it down and reblock sand and repaint that section. Whole car still needs jambs painted, a cut and buff, and reassemble. Gettin closer; I am wanting to drive BAD.
  34. 2 points
  35. 2 points
    New member here of this forum from Australia - having purchased this today. I have been a ROA Member for some time but have been inactive as I waited for the right car. Originally purchased by Rose Piper of Hollywood California, this car was imported to Australia in 2009. The car is mostly original, except for a repaint last year, which I am told was not really necessary, but the owner was fastidious. It has AC, recently restored, and cruise control, otherwise it has few options. He and the previous owners are collectors, though I intend to use this as a wedding car as well as for my photography business. It has 43,000 original miles. I have been looking for a first generation for over a decade and it happens this gentleman was selling his whole collection as he downsizes living arrangements. Lucky me!
  36. 1 point
    I did the same with my 64 with a new cover from Clark's. Not difficult at all and Rivnut is correct about the part under the speaker.
  37. 1 point
    You are getting bad motors.......we have to deal with this in my car repair business quite often...very frustrating I've had as many as five in a row go bad very quickly.The fact that it always works at first tells you all you need to know about the cause. I detest power windows on old cars.....giant PITA. Pictured below is the permanent solution to your problem!
  38. 1 point
    Mr Jones, I see you decided which cover to go with, just thought I would add to the topic some. My sister-in-law used to sew car covers, mentioned it before on the forum I believe. When she had a car, mostly small sports cars, that had an antenna that did not go all the way down to level with the fender, she would sew in the pocket for the antenna. As for covers, I agree with Barney that Covercraft are great covers! I bought one through GM for my ’95 when they were still available, I am 90% certain it is Covercraft brand. The fit is perfect! The one I got was for indoor/outdoor use and it did get used outdoors for several years. With it inside now it does a great job keeping anything and everything off the Riv. There are times I do need to “dust” the car off when removing it, but overall a great cover. Pictured below. As Barney stated, they have patterns for the first generation Riv, so I would bet it would be as good a fit as it is for my ’95. For one of my 65’s I bought one of the XL covers from a department store and it does an adequate job. It is not in a garage but a 10’X20’ Shelter Logic shelter. I used it for a while with it draped over the antenna, then I decided it would not be that much of a problem, cost $30, and it would stay on better, to “poke” a hole in it for the antenna. It does stay on better with the hole, and is not noticeable enough with what dirt/dust it lets in. Just thought I’d put out the options I know of.
  39. 1 point
    It's definitely a Model A Ford with modifications, a 1931 based on the radiator shell. Hard to tell what body style but Victoria is the best guess. There were at least two prototype 3-window coupes, one straight windshield and one slant. The latter still exists. Neither made it to production, at least not in the US. More info here: http://www.fordgarage.com/pages/protothreewindow.htm
  40. 1 point
    When people have some difficulty, they may tend to blame themselves. On the contrary, it's usually the program that needs to be simpler and more self-obvious. (Remember how so many people had problems trying to post pictures with our Forum software of a few years ago?) Some programs I can learn to use just by seeing what is in the menus; whereas one I have is so arcane that it has commands such as "Control-Backspace" (holding down those 2 keys), which no one could find out by himself. It's the same way with textbooks, repair manuals, and the like. Often it's not your shortcoming, but theirs: The author must assume people have his specialized knowledge, when of course the reader is probably just learning! Those books may leave out certain steps, but instead need to be written more simply.
  41. 1 point
    My only experience with rear spring replacement was about 25 years ago on my Special. While in the shop to have NOS spiral shocks put on the mechanic mentioned my springs seemed to have less height than should be so suggested new springs. What he found and recommended was Cargo Coils. Being a true motor head owning Javelins and AMXs and a licensed mechanic I trusted his work and wasn't disappointed. She sits right and rides nice with four adults and a full tank of fuel.
  42. 1 point
    Happy to do that but not sure of your son's name!
  43. 1 point
    well , an extreme move would be to flip the intake and use a down draft or even a more extreme would to be also flip the intake manifold and put a modified throttle body fuel injection unit on it. That would be a challenge.
  44. 1 point
    Rummaging around in the dresser is an easy way to find a solution to the antenna problem. The nylon breaths pretty good and won't scratch the finish. Any old clothes made from sheer fabrics will do. Just avoid cotton and wool. Bernie
  45. 1 point
    As mentioned above, a factory service manual will be a wise investment. Most of the gremlins mentioned are probably normal operation, the radio and windows will work for a time after shutdown and is normal. They will stop as soon as the drivers door is opened. The fuel pump should not run with the key off and you may have a stuck fuel pump relay which is located in one of the fuse blocks on the sides of the console and seeing the passengers side cover missing may give a clue? Nice car.
  46. 1 point
    Got the front apart. I forgot how simple old cars are to work on. A ratchet and 1/2 socket and a few hours and the front clip is off. Broke a few bolts but overall it came apart easy. Hoping to get the body off the frame this weekend.
  47. 1 point
    Okay, fair enough! I AM moving very slowly on this. Something called "work" gets in the way of my hobbies!
  48. 1 point
    Well, fill me in. This is precisely why I am asking for input. I am very concearned about what has been done to this engine. I am at the point where I would like to find an original, unmolested engine and start over. Problem is finding one. This is going to take time, time away from enjoying this car. It is a true survivor with only 59,000 original miles. I intend to keep it as original as possible, ignoring many suggestion of updating it with a V-8!
  49. 1 point
    What a wonderful job you did. I saw the car there, but never would have realized what you had accomplished.
  50. 1 point