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    Ben, sorry to hear this, but consider the connection you had with him that was enabled and solidified with that old Buick. Though my '56 Bel Air is not currently road-worthy, it's sitting quietly in my garage waiting for its next (and probably last) rejuvenation. Often while in the middle of some other mundane task I'll pause and look at it for a minute and recall some memory of my grandparents when the car was still in their garage. Coincidentally, just this morning at breakfast my father happened to mention his memory of watching my grandfather pull into my grandparent's driveway on Christmas Eve 1955, as the car was my Grandmother's Christmas gift. It's nice to still have that connection... -Tim
  2. 3 points
    Well, after 21 years with the same company helping to recruit and hire healthcare professionals, I've officially RETIRED! Of course I've done it before when I retired after 23 years in the U.S. Navy, but this time I'm not wondering what my second career will be- it's already happened, and it certainly was enjoyable and so satisfying. To think the people we hired made such a difference in peoples lives is awesome. Proud also of the projects I initiated to hire our veterans. Those talented hospital corpsmen and medics can do so much more than what is normally allowed in the civilian world, and now we're successfully breaking down barriers for them and putting their experience and skills to work in the right place. Friday was officially my last day at work, although I'll go back later this week for my retirement luncheon and to pick up a few things still in the office. I woke up this morning without an alarm clock, didn't have to fight traffic, and spent the day leisurely sorting and packing for Hershey. Best part of this is I won't need to work by axx off so I can go, ain't worried about what's going on while I'm gone, and won't have to unscramble some crisis when I get back. Sweeeeeeettttttt! So-if I walk by at Hershey with a kinda frozen smile on my face just figure I'm having a really great time! Terry
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    Drove the Yellow '73 Sun Coupe a bit last week at the AACA Hershey Meet. It was great to see some BCA'ers and lots of Buick's. Took the Gold '73 4 speed out this weekend and drove it to the shop, (about 18 miles) cleaned it up and loaded it on the trailer today. We leave to Bowling Green, Kentucky Tuesday for the GSCA Nationals next weekend. 😎
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    I had been meaning to do this with my Riviera, but my Wife's back can't handle the Riviera any more. Here is a picture of my '60 parked in the exact spot my Riviera was sitting for sale when I bought it 40 years ago. It is backed up to the gully in Holley, New York that necessitated creation of "The Holley Loop" when the Erie Canal was dug in 1820. In 1978 it was the site of Dick Harris' Texaco station and used car lot. Although the Riviera was Dick's personal toy at the time he had just sprayed a fresh coat of bright red on a '66 Cadillac convertible "for his wife". I told him if he sold me the Riviera, at least he would see it around the area. Dick's gone, the car and I are still around.
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    Here is another photo looking into the crankcase. Things are starting to pick up and head my way these days. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
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    I have been very slow in getting things done because we had about 2 weeks worth of rain and one morning with light snow on the ground. We are back to Fall and it doesn't get much better than that here in Doo Dah. Back to the '16 Buick. I followed Tom Black's lead and pulled the cylinder block this morning. Doing this is going to help me in several ways. First, it will make it easier to lift the crankcase out of the frame with less weight and less bulk to have to maneuver. Second, I will ship the block back to the guys in Massachusetts for thermal cleaning. This will make things much easier for the guys in Davenport, Iowa when they start the machining on the block. The block will be shipped back to them once the cleaning is done. Third, this gave me the chance to check over the upper ends of the rods and cylinder bores. Don Micheletti will be happy to hear that all of the wrist pin bolts were where they were supposed to be and the cylinder bores were free from any scarring or gouging caused by loose pins. There were no broken rings. I sure cannot say enough about Marvel Mystery Oil and Havoline Motor Oil. From what I could see with a flashlight, the lower end looks remarkably clean for being 103 years old and possibly never having been opened up until now. I am going to post one photo at a time because I want high resolution photos that can be enlarged to see detail. Plus, I refuse to 'dumb down' my camera just to satisfy some made-up reason. More photos to come. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
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    For those of you who were watching my ‘33 Buick, I apologize for the hold... med school is a busy time and I’ll have to save work on it for larger breaks (also the carpenter is a hard man to pin down). So, I got a project that I hope to be less time consuming and labor-intensive to get it down the road: A 1948 Pontiac Streamliner “SilverStreak” with an in-line, flathead 8 cylinder. Buying this car is a STORY all its own but now I have it for the bargain price of *drumroll*....... $1500! The look of this car, even in the current condition got my heart racing and then I saw the flat straight 8 and that was all it took. The worst news first: 1) thought I’d be able to get away with some basic engine cleaning cause it did do the briefest of turnovers (even with a totally nonfunctional carb); however, after removing the head, I have some burnt and bent valves. 2) there’s rust through at the bottom of the trunk lid and in front of pass. back seat. 3) wiring is a mess but it’d run with the current set up. The better news: 1) turn the key and press the foot starter, turns over smooth and gave some fire with starter fluid and gas. 2) upholstery is redone (not a huge fan fashion-wise) and very intact. 3) doesn’t look like a total piece of trash and I like it so, here it is:
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    START, TURN, STOP. I am with you. The valves can be done without pulling the engine. Go for it. Ben
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    The carburetor is already professionally rebuilt and the head will be resurfaced and magnafluxed and cleaned with the manifolds this week. I have new manifold and head gaskets and new plug wires. Valves are next to be ordered and although I’ve never replaced one, I'm hoping to convince a friend to help me (if it’s possible to do without pulling the engine). To be clear, my intentions with this car are to get it on the road. Period. I happen to find it presentable. Start, turn, stop. That’s all I want and I’ll be thrilled!
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    To fyreline: it would be fine if an assembly manual would be available and telling "don't do that way but put that thing here!" Halas, I have to "write" that manual myself and do the necessary corrections! To Randy: I was almost sure that the jack would create some reaction because it's not at all expected on a scale model! To keiser31 and Nelson: There is a pocket at the base of the rear bumper, near the attaching points to the frame, see the attached picture. On the front, the hook is grabbing at the bumper's bracket. On my Cadillacs from the fifties, the bumper jack brabs the bumper at its base, the hook is following the shape of the bumper. On the '57 Brougham, there is a hole at the bumper ends, the hook is coming into that hope. I discovered that when I have to lift the rear of the car after one levelling valve lost the air for the suspension during a drive. There were later slots into the bumpers; my '80 Olds had them. Yesterday, I removed some pieces from the carpet (velvet) and the underlying material. Boy! I did not spare with the glue when I did that! I will use less in the future…Now, the RH door is permanently “attached” to the body with the wiring. To keep the excess wiring as short as possible, I put the door on some wood and protective material. That way, I can work into the car without be limited by the door. It would be nice to have connector(s) but they are taking too much space! The wiring is held on the floor with instant glue; I hope that I will not have to do some modification! The wires are adding some height at the tunnel; I will have to do some padding on the tunnel to have a level surface with the wires. Today, I will redo the carpeting on the RH side. The next step is to solder the wires to a circuit board which will be located behind the LH kick panel. After that, the dash will come in.
  11. 2 points
    180 mile round trip in our 1937 Special to the Rockville MD fall car show. Great variety of cars and all the Marques are clustered. We had 10 Buicks in our group.
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    Friday October 19, 2018: Maiden Drive...... Road Manners Kyle got behind the wheel and took her out for her first drive. I recorded this quick 16-second video, thinking I could drop it right here on the blog, but the size limitation only allows about 2 seconds of video. Heres the YouTube Link: Couple of observations: All the gauges seem to be functioning fine. Oil pressure is around 30 - 35 when running, drops to about 10 at idle. Checked the speedometer with the WAZE app and its right on the money. Temperature stayed around 140 - 160... But rose when we parked it back into the garage to about 180 after sitting for a few minutes. It is pulling slightly to the right, I plan to get the front aligned soon. The front end just looks and feels like it's sitting about an inch too high. I think my new coils are for a Century or perhaps a Special with side mounts... Just looks a little off. The steering wheel needs to be centered while the car is running. I thought I had it perfect but it is a few degrees off. The horn blows when you steer to the left, but only when sitting still. Not when driving. The brakes work, but feel like they need to work better. Maybe needs further adjustment at the wheels? She runs strong, quiet and tight! No rattles, squeaks... I think all the Dynamat / Dynaliner really helps the quietness. Like I said earlier, we only put about 5 - 7 miles on her. Its raining today. I hope to stretch her legs a little more tomorrow morning. Have a great weekend! Gary
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    Thankfully only a few limbs down and some needed rain. Thanks for the thoughts though @50jetback
  14. 2 points
    These wagons were equipped with molded, perforated hardboard headliner panels. Pete Phillips (Buick Bugle Editor) had previously posted on the AACA forum about the difficulties he encountered when trying to install the reproduction panels. He used a steamer to soften the hardboard panels, but they still cracked. He also shared that the plastic retainers also fractured when he tried to install them, even though they had been softened with a lengthy exposure to hot, Texas sun. Based on Pete's experience, I asked around for ideas. Larry Schramm and another restorer friend of mine both recommended steaming the panels in a steam chamber to soften them before trying to install them. Here's the steam box I built. In the plastic bag are 57BuickJim's panels from one of his wagons; I planned to use them as patterns. I decided to use the steel retainers as patterns instead of risking any damage to Jim's parts. I used the retainers to make a pattern to pre-form the headliner panels. It's a piece of luaun underlayment, attached to a pair of 1X8 boards in the desired shape of the headliner panels. I didn't worry about making a form for each panel; I knew the parts would be "close enough" if I used an average shape. In this photo, you can see the relief slots I cut to enable bending the luaun to shape. I cut through 2 of the 3 payers of the underlayment so it would easily flex, then screwed the luaun to the 1x8s. Here's the form installed in the steam box. I lined the box with 6 mil plastic film and laid a sheet of plastic film between the pattern and the part being steamed. Lid on the box and steam nozzle inserted in the side of the box: If you look closely at the far corner of the box, close to the roll of blue paper towels, you can see steam wafting out from the lid. The steam generator is this little beauty: It is marketed as a weed killer! It will generate steam at about 300F and up to 65psi. It worked great to supply steam for the chamber. After a few minutes in the box, the panels were quite flexible. I loaded them into the car and help them in position until they dried, using a variety of implements. The crutches worked great! The soft pads helped protect the painted surface of the panels. I also used spring clamps and short pieces of the plastic retainer to keep things in place. After allowing the panels to dry completely, I proceeded to install the retainers. When I looked at the way the panels and retainers are installed, it appeared that the installation sequence had to begin at the windshield and progress to the rear of the car. To begin, I had to button up the dash and install the windshield garnish moldings and visor brackets. Before installing the upper dash panel, I finished up the wiring and added redundant grounds to the instrument panel and radio circuits. My previous experience has taught me that I can't rely on good ground connections through all the epoxy primers, powder coating and layers of paint on restored parts. I add terminal strips that connect the individual device or circuit grounds directly to the body or frame. In this case, the terminal strip is connecting the instrument cluster/gauges/dash lights/radio and antenna ground strap to one of the IP to firewall brace attachments, which was cleaned to provide a good metal-to-metal connection. New speaker mounted to the upper panel It took me a long time - an MANY tries - to install the upper panel to the IP carrier with an acceptable fit to the dash pad. This is one of the early trials: Getting close! Before installing the first (front) panel, the windshield reveal moldings must be installed. The reveal molding clips are attached to the body by studs that go through the windshield header. The attaching nuts are installed through clearance holes in the windshield header, above the headliner panel. Here are 3 of the reveal molding clips and the flange nuts that are used to retain the clips. You can see a little bit of black sealer on one of the nuts; that is how I kept the flange nuts from dropping off the nut driver and falling into the body structure. Here's a close look at one of the clearance holes with the nut installed on the clip stud; not a lot of room to work! Exterior moldings installed... The front headliner panel is retained at the front by the rear view mirror bracket, the windshield header garnish molding and the sun visor brackets. The sides of the panel are retained by the roof rail garnish moldings. The rear edge is retained by the snap-on plastic retainer. First step is to install the mirror support and the two upper header garnish moldings The upper, outboard corners are also supported by the A pillar garnish moldings. The garnish moldings are installed after the lower windshield base moldings. Between each of the headliner panels, there is a metal retainer onto which snaps a plastic retainer molding. I found new moldings from another Buick Club member; painted the back side to replicate the original appearance, and I am installing the first piece here: These parts are quite stiff and need to be heated to allow them to follow the roof contour without breaking. I have tried a home hair dryer and a heat gun to heat the plastic pieces. I found it too easy to overheat the part with the heat gun, so I will use the hair dryer on the remaining parts. Here, you can see the straight, plastic part hanging down from the headliner. Heating the part allowed me to shape it tightly to the roof, and then I had to trim it to the proper length to fit tightly into the end cap at the roof rail molding. Here's the passenger side of the completed installation. And a look at the driver's side, showing the end cap above the roof rail molding: Second panel is retained by the plastic retainer shared with the front panel, the roof rail moldings and another plastic retainer at the rear edge. This is the panel that will hold the dome light. Two panels down, 3 to go!
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    I am done with Ebay, I have paid for tooo many item's i have not received.
  17. 1 point
    If you are calm and polite give ebay a call and ask what happened. Here is my guess (I have heard this before) Some European country consider any parts that have had contact with gas or oil as "hazardous items", so if the customs forms say carburetor, fuel pump, fuel line, gas tank, oil pump, oil pan ... customs seize the items and the buyer does not get it. Then customs sells the "hazardous items" in lots in auctions to high bidder. In your case the high bidder was in Michigan. I am sorry this happened to you, please check with ebay, pretty sure I am correct, I have heard this before. To avoid this problem only sell in USA, no foreign sales.
  18. 1 point
    SJF1948, We were at Crushing the Coast all week and I was in Ocean Springs on Fri as well. Found a parking spot on the gas station lot, ate lunch on their patio and stayed for an hour or so. Actually, made all of the event cruise's. Overwhelming number of cars there, over 8,300 registered and was told many more than that with the unregistered cars showing up. Wherever we went you always could see a classic or hot rod or something. Not many Buicks to be found anywhere and I think mine was the only 64 A-Body Convertible there. I spent most of my time driving so not many pictures. We saw many 60' stoplight drag races there, I lost twice!! This cruise was on my "Bucket List" of things to do and very glad I attended, quite the party. I'll post some pictures once I get them out of my phone. Next year thinking about going to Hot August Nights in Reno. Been wanting to do that one as well, been there many times but without the Buick. We have friends who live there in Sparks so while twice the distance for us from Kansas City, the hotel expense would be a savings. By the way, I had my fair share of shrimp and oyster po'boy sandwiches and gumbo there.
  19. 1 point
    Have you been talking to Dale? Ben
  20. 1 point
    Thanks for the comments; I appreciate that you are enjoying what I'm doing! After the bumper jack digression, I’m back to the model. As I got the decals for the dash, it was time to use them; this was the last step before the dash could be definitively assembled.. After the assembly, I did a test fit in the car; I had to relocate the wiring for the lamps at the switch to avoid an interference with the hand brake support. It was more a supposition as it’s rather difficult to see something when the assembly is in place. I removed also some brass at the base of the console because the velvet is so thick I had difficulties to have the proper dash’s location. Without wiring, the dash would be already installed. I have to plan with great care how I will proceed now with the door’s wires.
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    Our 50-mile tour was completed today, and the Hupp made it through to the end. We did have to "re-try" a couple hills to build velocity. Finally, on the last hill, the Hupp started sputtering and loosing power, eventually stalling out. We were immediately helped by the guy in the "trouble truck" and a passing Rolls Royce. Our light car was easily pushed to the grassy shoulder near the summit. I unscrewed the Breeze mixture knob slightly and, happily, the car re-started and we were able to return to the hotel under our own power. I think this power loss was related to the carburetor at high speed. It seemed somewhat starved for fuel. My shifting has improved somewhat; much less grinding. Thanks to the hosts of the "Hershey Hangover Tour" for an enjoyable experience. Phil
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    The trick with a Dynaflow is to keep the engine at its torque peak and let the fluid couplings do their thing. Buicks with Dynaflows will actually go slower if you rev them too high and thats why alot of guys cooked they're Dynaflows. You can almost feel the sweetspot when your accelerating in a Dynaflow Buick.
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    Hey Gang, I'm not sure if anyone is following this build but I'm gonna keep on posting as it helps me document the process for myself (or future buyers). I got the back up on the jack stands and pulled the original rear end out of the car, then I set up a pair of wheels and tires a friend loaned me just to see if I like the look. I actually love the way they fill the wheel wells up and they just barely fit between the inner and outer body panels, I think if I roll the fender lip they will fit without a problem. they have maybe 1/2" on each side of the tire so keeping the new rear end centered will be critical, can anyone say triangulated 4 link? the tires are 10.5" wide but look great from the back. I'm still considering going back with the Coaker wide white radials as an alternative but honestly, right now I'm leaning towards the black walls. I also had time to get the motor hanging in the approximate location that it will live, I did have to cut a bit of trans tunnel out for the TH-400 to fit but not as much as I expected. I'm currently waiting for the new "U" style motor mount that bolts to the front of the block and the rubber biscuits to come in tomorrow so I can get the motor installed in it's exact position, then I'll make the trans mount and cross member. I was able to slide the motor back 8 of the 10 inches it needed to make it look right in relation to the firewall. it also looks like a set of center dump block huger headers will just squeak past the frame and suspension.
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    Thanks for all the thoughts. Oh, what a list I've got! First priority when I get back from Hershey is to get ready for our annual MG Club Tech Session/"open garage"" day here. Always fun but I've always been stretched to do everything (clean out the garage, etc) because of work. Now I can dedicate the time needed. Also have one MG to finish restoring, two more cars waiting their turn, lots of house-type stuff to get caught up on, addling on to the back of the garage, two new antique showcases to restore, various collections to sort out and better manage, and I'll still be speaking to groups of transitioning military veterans as they make their journey to civilian life, etc.etc. Then there are all those retired car friends nearby. I've already been asked to help strip an MG Parts car, help organize a model T tour and of course I'm very aware that all conversations will begin with..."since you are retired, can you...." Yes, Susan has been very encouraging and no doubt, she plans to help keep me occupied. I can remember being asked in college what I really wanted to do. My only two requirements were that I had to be proud to tell people where I worked, and I had to be satisfied with what I did. In both careers I feel I've accomplished that. Terry
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    All: Just up! www.buickprewar.org Our primary channel of communication will remain this Forum but will supplement with the website. Send me content! Pix of past meets, social meetings, any documents to share, oral histories, etc! Car pix too if you want! Edit: send to me at david444 at verizon.net Cheers, Dave