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  1. 3 points
    I'd like to just take a moment, and thank the AACA (and the moderators!) for providing this great forum, and to all the Forum members who share their thoughts and knowledge. It's a lot of fun, both entertaining and educational, and we should all be very thankful it exists. I've really enjoyed it, as it helps me stay in touch with people now that I'm retired. You read a lot of articles about having enough money for retirement, but rarely is mentioned the fact that when you leave a business or profession, you also leave behind a lot of contacts and "business friends". So why this sudden outpouring of thanks? Why, it's my 7000th post on the forum, and I wanted it to be a little bit special! Thanks to all .............David Coco Winchester Va.
  2. 3 points
    I semi-daily drive my '57 Ranchero. Very mild "shaved" custom but dead stock powertrain 292 V8, stick, overdrive. Never rebuilt. No PS, no PB, no working heater. People old and young go NUTs over the car. '57 Chevs are dime a dozen and they know it.
  3. 3 points
    Thanks Brian, you were right-on about McNutt. Very reasonable, and, even though I thought they were just talking a good story when I first called, they got it completed in short order, the car was delivered today.
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    As did Tom, I received an award from the Bugle and Pete Phillips. To even be mentioned in the same presentation with Tom is an honor. Wow! I have waited this long to acknowledge it as I needed to confirm what it was for! Have done so. The Repair/Reconstruction/Technical Writing Award. For "Hop Up", a shortened version of the thread about my 263 build for the 1950. Mr Earl saw fit to feature this in the " whats happening on the forum " pages in the Bugle. I mention this not to toot my own horn, although that does feel good, but to say thanks to a couple of great guys for noticing. Thanks, Lamar. Thanks, Pete Ben
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    Unless you did virtually all the work yourself,you couldn't restore a car like that for $35,000 CDN. 1938 was one of the nicest looking prewar Buicks and this one appears to be well restored. It should be able to keep up with all 50MPH traffic,but might have to breathe heavy on the freeway without an overdrive unit and/or a different rear axle ratio. As for an investment, that's a topic that has had a lot of discussion on this forum.Few of us in this hobby make a lot of money buying and flipping cars (figuratively speaking !). We buy them because we like them. We buy them because they're fun to drive and show. We buy them for their historical significance.You would likely wait many years to make a big dollar on this "investment", but you could have years of enjoyment with it and meet a lot of great people along the way. You will need a good dry inside place to keep it and it will require a little more maintenance than a modern car. Jim
  6. 2 points
    I suppose it's also true that we often grow up considering ourselves to be sort of a "fan club" team member of certain brands of cars. Or at least, I and a lot of my friends did. I am a product of a childhood in AACA (back into the fifties), but also graduated high school in 1972 when many great muscle cars were becoming common "used cars." Less than a grand would buy you a hot Camaro, Mustang, Chevelle, Road Runner, etc, etc, and street racing was rampant at every stop light. (I know, shameful and dangerous...but I LOVED it). My dad drove Chevy's (I fell in love with his 57 Bel Air convertible), so I became a Chevy kid...mostly. And admittedly, it was great fun to pick on each other's brand of hot rods...just as it's fun today to pick on the other guy's football team. Mostly in good fun, of course, then and now. But as I've aged and gotten so deeply involved in the car hobby and the industry which serves the car hobbyists, I've learned to appreciate nearly all the brands of cars. I'm a hardcore Chevy guy, but who DOESN'T admire a 426 Hemi, or a 428 Super Cobra Jet, or a Pontiac 400 Ram Air IV, or a Stage 1 Buick, or a 302 Z28, or...well, you get the idea.
  7. 2 points
    I think too that the '57 Ford is longer and sleeker than the Chevy and the retractable is a great body style!
  8. 2 points
    I think they are both good looking cars but I'm not crazy about the protruding headlamps on the Ford!
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    Another update, after searching through all of the boxes of parts I found the distributor to water pump shaft coupling washer I was missing so very happy I don’t need to make one now! Still trying to get water pump impeller off the old shaft though. Engine is going back together nicely and after tightening the last two caps this morning I have turned it over for the first time, very excited!
  11. 2 points
    I don't even mind rude. Just don't be stupid. Rude can be managed and overcome. Stupid is unworkable.
  12. 2 points
    Tacked on emblems or no that is one good looking car, inside and out, Todd C
  13. 1 point
    1968 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham. 24,000 miles. Owned by H.L. Johnson of SC Johnson Family Company. Purchased from Don Hutson, Inc in Racine, WI 5/13/68 code #554719. Have Protecto-Plate. Car is beautiful and has radio delete option which is rare. Black on black. Interior is very nice, exterior has all original paint with the exception of hood and trunk that had some fading. This Fleetwood is a wonderful example of American Luxury at its finest. Will not find a nicer one with this history attached. A bargain at $16500. Car is located 45 miles southeast of Seattle. Call to set up an inspection. Car will be posted on Ebay at the end of the month. Testing waters in this site first. 253-227-5798
  14. 1 point
    From the two pictures, the car looks nice-- definitely better than "needs restoration.' What does the car need, Mr. Old-to-new? You'll surely interest some Chevrolet fans here.
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    I thinK some of your aversion to the disk wheels is that yours aren't striped to break up the "massing" of them...just IMHO
  17. 1 point
    Thanks all for the suggestions, this transport has been completed. Thanks again,
  18. 1 point
    Like as not, this isn't destined for a Riviera that "needs restoration". Rather, it's going to a guy who is collecting options that were never on his car. But if he thinks his car just went up in value by $2000 because he's got an OEM horn bar, he should probably check into rehab.
  19. 1 point
    Not mine, but I had a NC member send me a YouTube link that includes his Riviera. It’s an advertisement for Steele Rubber Products done by Performance TV, Larry’s car is at the very start and then at about 3:56 to 5:20 in the video. Performance TV on Location at Steele Rubber Products Just thought I would share,
  20. 1 point
    Came across the following video on YouTube last week made by a fellow AACA member from North Carolina. Thought some members here would appreciate it. Enjoy. 2018 Grand National Video Click Here Charlie
  21. 1 point
    Judging from mine, probably a little lower than the seat top. The belts will be routed up the backrest and out over the lower seat cushion. The seat cushion will be compressed when occupied and the belt is being worn. The reinforcement plates should be installed horizontally (or nearly so). The bottom edge of the plate should be just above the point where the floorpan goes from vertical to horizontal. That will determine the height of the hole above the floor. By the way, I don't know if you have belts yet, but I bought mine from CARS (http://www.oldbuickparts.com/index.php).
  22. 1 point
    If amazing results would be a guy getting out of his old car and asking you what you if you are on 6V and what are you using for bulbs, then I have. It is pretty much in the ground. I take a length of #14 or #16 stranded copper wire and untwist the strands so they can be splayed out and soldered to the barrel of the bulb socket. Then I pull my dedicated ground wire to a shiny spot on the frame of the car, put on a eyelet and bolt it securely. If the battery ground goes to the engine I make sure the engine has a ground strap to the frame. I do this with both 6V and 12V lighting without changes in bulb size or type. I have a 30 foot test wire with a battery terminal clip at one end and a smaller alligator clip at the other. Make one up for yourself, clip it to the ground terminal of the battery and the grounded body of the bulb socket. See if you say "Whoa, that's amazing." Guess how many 5VDC circuits are in that computer you are reading this on.
  23. 1 point
    I think I have found a digitized version of an 8mm movie from the Langhorne race mentioned above. Go to https://www.google.com/search?q=Langhorne+Speedway+1939&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=kQwPohPMMjW-VM%3A%2Ct_fRHG1TtAq-sM%2C_&usg=__LFziam64dLanCGwgoXrfLyLHCjs%3D&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwibpOePqYDcAhXH7VMKHTsRAkUQ9QEIbzAM#imgrc=kQwPohPMMjW-VM: on Google. The film was digitized by the AACA Library and I think I can see the Mark Light '39 Century coupe leading the race at one point. The race was 100 laps and the Century ran out of gas just before what was thought to be the end of the race. The win was giving to Bill Swope of York, PA dring a '39 Buick Special convertible. Then there was a big argument and the laps were recounted. It was found that the Century ran out of gas just after the 100th lap and the win awarded to Mark Light. As best I could determine, the argument really never ended. Ted Nugent, owner of the car that won the 1950 Indianapolis Speedwy race drove a '39 Oldsmobile to a 4th place finish. Henry Banks was way back in a '38 Buick, as was Joey Chitwood driving a Ford. Those are the big names I can remember from my research many, many years ago. Ted Nugent's widow provided me with a scrapbook full of pictures which I returned to her after the research. I think the article was in issue nr 2 of Special Interest Autos. Mark Light never responded to my letters.
  24. 1 point
    The Denver BCA Board Meeting Agenda includes reports from all BCA Divisions. So, since this forum currently serves for contacts and communications for over 400 registered members of the BCA Pre-War Divison, I hereby request our members to notify me about any issues you would like me to present to the board at the upcoming Denver Meet. Feel free to send me private messages if you feel your issues should not be public or if you simply wish to remain anonymous. I will do my best to convey your concerns or compliments to the board. Thank you, Mark Shaw Pre-War Division Director
  25. 1 point
    I sandblasted mine. Then wire wheeled them. Then added a high temp clear coat you can buy at an automotive parts store. Still look the same since I've running the engine.