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  1. 16 points
    Okay, so maybe not so good looking Buick right now, but it's about time I stop flooding "Post War" with topics and start my own Me and My Buick thread. A little bit of history: The car was purchased brand new as one of two, by my grandfather, from the Kessler dealership in Detroit, in 1956. A few weeks prior, at some point whether returning or going to the army base, my grandfather rolled his 1953 Buick Roadmaster off an embankment and came out with nothing but his life. He needed new transportation, and with the aid of his then girlfriend at the time, placed an order for one Buick Century with all the bells and whistles save AC, power windows and power seats. I'm told that my grandmother rolled the car off the assembly line, but it seems all flair considering assembly line cars had a special stamp on the firewall ID tag. Before leaving service, he purchased for his mother a sister Century (Red and Black) that had every accessory option available. The two of them then set out west, back to Seattle, where the Red and Black Century was gifted to my great grandmother, and the Blue and White Century started a family in 1958. Fast forward to 1978, the last year licensed. My grandfather is driving around a 1971 Estate Wagon 455, while his oldest son and daughter (my mother) are bombing around in the 56 Century. A good 20+ years of pampered service got my uncle through 2 years of community college (I got free parking when I went because it still has, to this day, the Green River Community College parking pass on it). One fateful afternoon, sometime after three teeth broke off the reverse ring gear in the Dynaflow, the front pump became plugged up on a rather large upward climb. My grandfather, raising a family of 5, had fallen on hard times and the car sat in a lofty car port from that day on. Fast forward to the mid 80s, where my grandfather's youngest son was in auto tech class in highschool. With good intentions, but misguidance, tore the still running 322 apart. Upon inspection, worn rocker arms were found and a few broken valve springs, among other common wear parts for a 200,000 mile car. The heads, timing cover, sprockets, chain, lifters, rocker arms and valve covers were stored in the trunk/front/back seat, the intake and Rochester 4GC left down in the basement, and the bock left bare with pistons and all to the elements, shielded only by the roof over it's head and the lofty hood. The car quickly became a pipe dream and was left in shambles. In 2010, my grandmother passed away and was the first time I can remember the whole family being in one place. My uncle (oldest son) moved to Oklahoma, and my aunt (youngest daughter) moved to Colorado. It was an unfortunate time, and while on her death bed, the car had come up in front of my grandmother several times. After she died, the house was quickly deserted and the question of who got the car was left unanswered. No one wanted it because it had zero value and was too much work. At some point around this time, and being close to graduation, I had shown interest in the car. It was my favorite since I first found it 13 or so years prior (then 18 at the time of 2010), and I had started doing a lot of research. My mother had threatened to scrap it several times during this point to clean up and sell the house, and I had pooled every thing I could save between going to the college part time and barely making enough money to pay for the classes. My saving grace was my first few tax returns, and I had saved up enough money to have the engine sent out for rebuild in 2013. Another year passes and the next tax return was used to cover the transmission. In 2015, I had amassed enough parts to finally fire the old beast off, and she awoke with the fire of a thousand suns. Her slumber was over, and it was the first time I had witnessed my grandfather cry after the passing of my grandmother. The herd came flocking, everyone suddenly wanted the car, and we got in notarized writing that the car had been gifted to me and was put in my name after a state patrol inspection October of 2015. Lady Century's legacy was reborn. Of course, most of you all are up to date with what the car has gone through, in fact, we've both gone through a lot. The 322 powerplant is now out of a 1956 Buick Roadmaster, salvaged from an LS swap after my original engine had torn itself apart on the grounds of poor workmanship. The rear end, as I found out from my grandfather, didn't have the correct pinion pre-load, which allowed the pinion to hammer the carrier and prompted me to find a rear end from a Special. The power steering box and pump, after being rebuilt, are still sloppy and the pump itself was put together wrong, which resulted in the pulley tearing apart the end shaft - also a junkyard journey. My starter flew itself apart, and eventually so did the generator to an extent, which prompted me to find a junkyard replacement for the former and a re-manufactured replacement for a 1956 Chevy for the latter. I have also upgraded the brakes on the front to Roadmaster brakes and repaired the master cylinder myself. The suspension from front to back, save the front coil springs, A-arm bushings and king pins, have been replaced completely. I also replaced the original Rochester 4GC with a Carter WCFB. I even rebuilt the power antenna, rebuilt the tube radio, and repaired the clock, blower motor and cigarette lighter. This car is fully functional front to back, with front and rear speakers and all the fixings of a 1956 luxury sports car. All that's left to do now is paint, glass, chrome and interior - the hard stuff. This car will be following me on my exodus over Snoqualmie pass, where I will spend the next two years at Washington State University, fulfilling my degree in Mechanical Engineering. This thread will be the continuation of my experiences with my Buick as I journey forward. I hope you guys enjoy the ride!
  2. 13 points
    Took a lot of these pictures over a year ago but just finding a rainy day to post them. This room use to be my son Jordan's room before and while he was in college. Then it became a "spare bedroom" but began collecting a lot of "pitch it in the door" junk. I finally decided to take it over for my office. After cleaning it of all the junk and repairing some of the mysterious holes in the sheet rock that had been hidden for years with Johnny Cash and Marine Corp posters (at least he had good taste in posters), Rita and Terry commenced to painting the walls in 1954 Buick colors of Tunis Blue and Malibu Blue. Note also the cabinets and tables are "Buick Engine Green" which I think goes great with the '54 Buick blue colors. Thanks for looking and hope you enjoy. "1954 BUICK HEADQUARTERS" That's sort of panoramic look. I can post some close ups and detail shots if any interest.
  3. 12 points
    I just ran across this 40 Ford coupe on Craigslist. A 40 Ford and Especially coupe has been near the top of my bucket list since I could draw cars in school. Well today I was finally able to scratch that itch with this little coupe i just bought. It's had a body off restoration/ refurbishment 20 years ago. Which appears to have included pretty much everything, paint, all the chrome, glass, interior, Engine, etc. It's been kept in a climate controlled garage since it was finished and the work seems to be holding up quite well. It was recently revived and received a brand new fuel tank, pump, lines, carburetor etc. Seems to run well and cool. I wasn't able to test drive it as it's off the road but the seller seems like a straightforward guy and didn't try to hide anything. About the biggest downfall is though the body is really nice for an east coast car, the paint work wasn't stellar. I'm pretty sure I can move it up with a notch or two with some serious wet block sanding and buffing. I should be getting it home early next week. Best part is it was close enough to actually go look at. I'll keep my fingers crossed there any any major issues that crop up. Now I need to do some reorganizing to make this one fit in the garage.
  4. 12 points
    Have wanted to add AC to the Buick for a number of years and finally took some time to figure it out and settle on an approach. Read numerous posts, some of the more informative ones on the AACA, HAMB, and Tri Five chevy sites, on everything from universal systems to custom (you pick and mix/match the parts) systems. Also picked Mikes (Buick5563) experience as I saw his underdash system at Charlotte and that it blew ice cubes. There are no prepackaged systems for a 55 Buick out there. My intent was to have an install approach that 1) didn't look too much like an aftermarket add on - keep the clean dash lines to the greatest extent possible (i.e avoid an underdash unit or generic component type brackets visible unless there was no other way to make this work), 2) avoid cutting or drilling the firewall or the dash 3) keep as much of a glove box as possible and sacrifice the factory radio if necessary (a hidden stereo installed since the 80s and the factory unit has only hummed unused for 30 years - I have no plans to restore it) 4) retain present dash control operation for defrost, vent, heat, integrate with the AC where feasible (intent to keep the cable controls), keep the factory heater system and 5) avoid adding any additional controls beyond what the factory would have used for AC in 55 (a fan and thermostat switch assy). I narrowed my choices down to Vintage Air (VA), Old Air Products (OAP) and Classic Auto Air (CAA). I'm not going to start a favorite AC supplier war, but suffice to say internet research and customer reviews are all over the map on everything from unit performance to service and there was no smoking gun winner. I think its safe to say any of the above 3 will cool a full size car and there are numerous variations that can affect performance from condenser sizing, airflow, proper charge, and much to be said for the condition of vehicles weather strips and interior insulation for the AC to be effective. So my intent is to share my supplier experience and what fit this car best. Tearing the dash apart (have had lots of practice at this), removing the glove box, ashtrays and clock, defroster air plenum and 4 defroster hoses, keeping only the head unit for the radio, and making some cardboard mockups gave a good idea of free space to work with: Below is a comparison of the Old Air Products Hurricane system and the Classic Auto Air system evaporators. And the Hurricane unit compared to a Mark IV underdash mockup just to get a comparison in case the in dash approach went in the ditch I looked hard at Vintage Air for the Mark IV and the Gen 2 as Jay Lenos 55 advertises a Vintage Air Gen 2 unit. For the life of me with a cardboard mockup and much swearing I could not fathom how they got it to fit behind the dash and both the lower radio chassis and glove box had to go to make it fit. A Gen 4 would not go either, and a Gen 2 compac would probably fit, but it was unclear to me from conversations with the supplier and researching posts if the compac had the same capacity as the full size Gen 2. My Q&A session on the phone with VA was fairly brief and I came away with no new information. My call to CAA was fairly informative, no real input on how to install it for the Buick but would help if I had issues, and was possible to integrate with the dash controls - details TBD. What the CAA had going for it was a shallow profile (depth and height), but it was wider (intrude more into the glove box where my stereo was) and the defroster ducts were facing front and back, necessitating a few inches of additional drop and forward positioning to make an S-turn to hook into the factory defroster ducts. It would fit behind the dash. The Old Air Products Hurricane unit fit well, only hung down below the dash about 4 inches (less than a underdash unit), offered a cable operated version, and didn't interfere with the passengers leg room or the glove box. Plus the defroster ducts conveniently lined up under one of the factory defroster ducts - straight shot with only 5 inches of hose. The OAP tech I spoke with, John, was very patient with my questions and although it was after his closing hours he stayed on the call with me and worked through my design details and concerns. He mentioned their sales manager, Rick, would be at the Syracuse Nationals and I could see one in operation there. I met Rick at the Nationals bringing my 3 pages of dash and wiring drawings, vent options, firewall and engine compartment measurements, hose routings, dash control push/pull to activate/inches of travel of each of the dash cables and the cables current and new length needed if integrating to the AC unit, water flow through the system for heating purposes, my proposed itemized parts list, and remaining questions. He got kind of quiet, tossed my daughter a package of Oreos and a free T-Shirt and said "better have a seat dear, this ones gonna take awhile". Almost 90 min later we were done and I was carting 3 boxes of AC parts home. Super knowledgeable guy - my experience with Rick and John was that both listened carefully taking a genuine interest in the projects design objectives and offered some good suggestions and concerns unique to the design (all which turned out to be accurate), gave me some extra parts "just in case", told me what I didn't need and why, and I saved shipping costs and got a show discount. Incidentally, VA was also at the show so was able to see how well the units performed and sounded side by side - I was pretty happy with the Hurricane unit. The unit was quiet and the only noise was the air coming out the vents in the demo setup with the blower on high. I felt this supplier took time with me where others either had not or simply quoted me general sales brochure information thus lacking fresh ideas or solutions to unique problems. One of my ideas which turned out to be a lapse in judgement was routing two of the centered dash vents behind and through the radio grill (where the speaker used to be), and there are designs that OAP has that do that effectively, however on the Buick Ricks concern was the radio speaker slits were so narrow they would diffuse the air creating a cool spot vs moving in and it might be noisy, vs a clean blast of air pointing up high that you want to circulate air through the vehicle and help cool occupants. I had calculated there was enough open free space through the grill so it "should work", but to be sure tried a more practical approach with a hair dryer on a hose through the vent for a test run and he was right - not much flow up toward your face - my hope was if I could block off the back of the speaker area in its entirety the CFM of the AC unit would push the air through and make a difference (it didn't). The "through grill" option OAP offers worked better on grills with much wider slots - one of those was on display. These are the two ineffective through the grill vent designs. Take the grill away and the vents airflow will knock you into next week. Currently left 1 vent behind the grill (can feel some air to the mid center) and put a slimline vent underneath the dash next to the lighter (that blows a force of air up to the roofline and to the back of the car). The 2100 series unit has plumbing mounts on the side vs rear. The install plan was to run the refrigerant hoses through a blockoff plate that would be added over the passenger floor vent door and through the vent housing that holds the deforster motor, having the hoses exit to the far left and lower part of the housing so the cutouts in the firewall duct would not be obvious. The defrost cable on the dash would go to the defrost lever on the evaporator (the Hurricane unit). What used to be the passenger vent control would be hooked to the factory defroster damper door outlet on the kickpanel. Removing the defroster plenum from the damper door outlet and slightly rotating the existing 4 inch hose routes fresh air toward both the passenger and the inlet of the AC fan. Provided the Ranco valve is turned off with no leak past the valve, the air should be the same temp as if coming through the floor vent. To mount the unit, I made up some brackets from 1/8 inch steel that used existing standoffs on the firewall. These standoffs used to hold the passenger vent grill, firewall insulation, and/or retaining clips to the firewall - all existing mounts that were within a few inches of the retaining pattern for the Hurricane unit. A 30 amp relay was added to the accessory terminal of the fuse panel and switched in 30 amp battery source jumped from the 10 gauge wire on the headlight switch - thanks to Willie for that lesson learned so the Ammeter works right (i.e - remember all loads should be downstream of the ammeter vs the typical initial thought of jumping off the battery switch block on the fender for 30 amp power). With power hooked up and trying out the fan, it verified the through grill design had to go. I kept 1 vent behind the grill and mounted one of Ricks slim line "just in case" vents between the control pod and the lighter. I made an engine turned control panel to match the engine turning on the dash. Also mounted 2 vent pods in either corner of the dash. The passenger ashtray had to be shortened a few inches so when retracted it would not interfere with the hoses to the center vents. The wires to the lighter, clock, radio dial light, and glove box had to be slightly extended to provide for better routing. The interior was done - the stereo and a new glove box liner design would come later. Wiring in the last picture is for the stereo, not the AC. Under the hood, the condenser made me loose my religion. The unit is 16 x 21 , biggest that would fit. Mounting it even with the outer edge of the radiator support was a fail as once it was all assembled, I found out the hood latch support wouldn't fit. Trashed a perfectly good set of stainless steel mounts that were thrown in the kit "just in case". There were a number of designs where the condenser was inches from the radiator and worked fine, however the research consensus was it should be 3/8 or so from the radiator to pick up the flow from the fan and maintain a smooth flow of air over the radiator - further away from the radiator was reported by some to cause cooling efficiency loss over the radiator due to air turbulence between the condenser and radiator, and not forcing the fan to pull air through the condenser at idle. Others said no issue. Closer seemed more practical to me - the radiator measured out at about a 2.5 deg angle tilted back toward the engine so I made some brackets to copy that alignment. I am quite certain the neighbor must have come in the garage when I wasn't looking, stole my beer and changed all my notes because at 3 am the measurements were dead nuts and at 8 am when cutting metal everything changed. There was no obvious reason to double check it (HA! - cut twice and still too short) It turned out 1/4 inch space between condenser and radiator on the bottom and about 1 1/4 inch on top. I may fix that later and can converge on the right dimensional fit. The drier was mounted to the left of the condenser behind the grill with the binary switch on the drier and in the moving airflow. The remote mount drier kit (mounts drier to condenser) ended up not fitting. When it was all assembled, the passenger horn didn't fit any more - the hoses were in the way, so got to do it over a third time and drop the drier down about an inch or so for the horn to fit. Last was the compressor. Thanks again to Buick5563 for the main bracket. I made up a support brace for the rear of the compressor, measured up a 13/32 x 61 5/8 belt at NAPA, and had the local shop add in about 1.8 lbs of R134, with the result in the last photo going full blast at idle (note it was only in the low 70s so not a hot day yet to test): Additionally, without linking to the dreaded fan clutch thread, that a 19.25 inch 6 blade Derale fan was added to the engine on a standard fan clutch and the radiator recored at a local Endicott shop from the standard 9/16 on center spacing (which was a current recore - not factory original) to 3/8 on center Heavy Duty recore. The 19 inch fan is the largest that will fit in the shroud and I had to adjust the shroud up a few tenths of an inch to center the fan in the opening and not rub. I may still opt for a HD fan clutch but will wait for a 85+ degree day to test it all out. My prior overheating issues have been solved with the increased capacity radiator and fan - if the temp gauge gets up past 200 (200 = N on my gauge) revving the engine brings it down - AC on or off. The fan will suck paper to the grill and to the condenser, so it seems to be moving the air pretty well. More checking to do. Once there are a few miles on it, will add in the second belt drive to the compressor pulley. Does not seem to be required but prefer the looks. It hasn't been hot enough here yet to really try the system out - I ordered some insulation for the floor - there is some "Reflectex" from Home Depot n there now and its not very effective. I also need new weatherstrip but not doing that until the door jambs get painted. Pretty happy with it so far - already experienced the evaporator freezing up through one of my "tests", so know how to avoid that if on the road. There will still be a few quirks to work out, like did we get enough charge in it (instructions say 28-32 ounces - we have the pressures on the low side - want to say it was 25 lbs on the low pressure side and it was about 60-65 deg ambient that morning). The dehumidified defrost is a big plus. I'm debating hooking the heater up - you can't "blend" heat and cool with this unit, you have to turn the AC off and then run the heat. I don't know why that would be needed unless heated defrost was wanted - actually to do that the passenger aux heater can be turned on, and with the vent control opening the old defroster damper door, the warm air blows right on the AC fan intake and it circulates the warm air to the windshield. Pretty neat. Anyone have tips for keeping the aluminum compressor looking fresh and not chalky? Its the raw unpolished finish version. Don't really want to paint it black. Hope this helps anyone considering AC for their car and perhaps they can improve on the design - was a fun project, very doable.
  5. 12 points
    Here is our truck that we used camping last weekend in northern Michigan. Loaded with firewood and a kayak returning back from town. Grayling, MI. Put about 120 miles on the truck driving around the area visiting friends and going to town.
  6. 11 points
    Just substitute "light bulb" for "engine", "tires", whatever you choose... How many online forum members does it take to change a light bulb? 1 to change the light bulb and to post that the light bulb has been changed. 14 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the light bulb could have been changed differently. 7 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs. 27 to point out spelling/grammar errors in posts about changing light bulbs. 53 to flame the spell checkers. 41 to correct spelling/grammar flames. 6 to argue over whether it's "lightbulb" or "light bulb". 6 to condemn those 6 as anal retentive. 2 industry professionals to inform the group that the proper term is "lamp". 15 know-it-alls who claim *they* were in the industry, and that "light bulb" is perfectly correct. 156 to email the participant's Admin complaining that they are in violation of their "acceptable use policy". 109 to post that this group is not about light bulbs and to please take this discussion to a lightbulb group 203 to demand that cross posting to hardware forum, off-topic forum, and lightbulb group about changing light bulbs be stopped. 111 to defend the posting to this group saying that we all use light bulbs and therefore the posts *are* relevant to this group. 306 to debate which method of changing light bulbs is superior, where to buy the best light bulbs, what brand of light bulbs work best for this technique, and what brands are faulty. 27 to post URL's where one can see examples of different light bulbs. 14 to post that the URL's were posted incorrectly and then post the corrected URL's. 3 to post about links they found from the URL's that are relevant to this group which makes light bulbs relevant to this group. 33 to link all posts to date, quote them in their entirety including all headers and signatures, and add "Me too". 12 to post to the group that they will no longer post because they cannot handle the light bulb controversy. 19 to quote the "Me too's" to say "Me three". 4 to suggest that posters request the light bulb FAQ. 44 to ask what is a "FAQ". 4 to say "didn't we go through this already a short time ago?" 143 to say "do a Google search on light bulbs before posting questions about light bulbs". 1 forum lurker to respond to the original post 6 months from now and start it all over again
  7. 11 points
    Drove my AIR CONDITIONED '50 Special for a test trying out the AC. IT WORKS. Well, I goofed. This was meant for the "Raise your hand===" thread. Obviously no fairer sex in this pic. BAB Ben
  8. 11 points
    Just got back from a rather serendipitous drive in my '41 - the local pizza shop owner had his '51 Roadmaster parked in front of the shop, so I stopped and we had a great chat about it, the '68 Wildcat he used to own, then went into his garage to see his '75 LeSabre convertible. We could have had a small Buick show right in front (and probably will in the future!) Here's the '51.
  9. 10 points
    Had the chance to run 20 miles round trip for a different cruise in last night. I just love driving this car! And here's a few others I found interesting:
  10. 10 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!
  11. 10 points
    Well it's been almost a year since I bought it. Though it didn't need alot of work, life (selling my old shop and house, having to move both of those as well as trying to finish my existing garage and build a new larger shop ) kind of slowed any progress on it to a crawl. It was a running (though not smoothly) and driving (somewhat) truck. The bonus was it didn't overheat, did drive under it's own power and pretty much the majority of stuff on it worked. The suspension/ Steering also seemed to be in pretty good shape. I decided to go through it all though regardless. As I mentioned in another thread about rehabbing old cars. The numbers add up quick. Upon a close inspection, the tires 20 years old, appeared to be in great shape. 3 Were but the 4th had bad checking in the edge of the tread line in one spot. (probably from sitting soft ro flat in one spot for an extended period of time. ) So off with those and a new replacement set of pretty much the cheapest name brand black wall tires were ordered in. I pulled the cap off the master cylinder and that looked like red sludge inside, the rubber lines were cracked and pretty much all 4 wheel cylinders were stuck or atleast pitted up. So 4 new wheel cylinders and a new master as well as new rubber lines went in. Pulled all the wheel bearings out and cleaned and repacked them with new seals. Now it would stop safely and I knew I wouldn't have trouble with the front wheel bearings. I also fine tuned the adjustment on the E brake setup so it actually would work properly. It ran pretty good but wouldn't idle smoothly and felt like a cylinder missed at idle. I put new plugs and made up all new wires with quality ends. That seemed to get rid of the miss at idle but it still had shake to it. I decided from sitting and who knows what type of fuel had been run through it and came with it, the Carbs should be rebuilt. I drained the gas tank and put fresh gas in it. I pulled and rebuilt the carbs with new kits. Put them back on and the truck once fired up ran so smoothly, I knew the silicone snot I Found in the one's Jets must have been the culprit. I got it warmed up and kicked it down, then had to back the idle screws out over a turn each to get it to idle down enough to adjust them. It starts and runs very smoothly now. I took it out for it's first test drive last week. It performed pretty well. I have a wheel shake at about 45 that goes away just above that. I can live with that. It does seem to run very smoothly and start really well even at those dreaded stops where many cars vapor lock after sitting for a few minutes while you run in a store. I had to tinker with the lights a bit as it had some blown bulbs and even incorrect bulbs that were making all the lighting go screwy like a bad ground. Who would have though that a single prong bulb should be used in a double prong socket. Lighting is pretty important when you only have one tail light. Though the hood emblem lights up nicely I had to replace the fan belt as well. They had a 1/2 inch belt making it squeel like mad. I have a vibration from the exhaust hitting the cab and or frame right around the cab, that once i get fixed will make it much more pleasurable to drive. The 3.0 gears in the rear make it very highway friendly. First gear is a bit tall as well though but seems to just be enough even around our hilly town. This turn key truck took exactly $775.00 to put into reliable service and that's only because it came with a good battery. $292 - tires $100 - 2 Carb Kits $13 - 6 Spark Plugs $10 - Silicone Brake Fluid $230 - New Master and 4 Wheel Cylinders $50 - Mount and Balance 4 Wheels/ Tires - I changed all the tires by hand but couldn't get them seated on the rims. $15 - New Fan Belt $20 - 2 New Front Wheel Seals $45 - 3 New Brake Hoses. I had the spark plug wire and ends so no charge on those as well as various cotter pins and clevis pins/ nuts, bolts , light bulbs etc. It actually had a new distributor cap points condenser and rotor already in it so I didn't replace those. I still need to change the fluids and just picked up the Oil today. I'm not griping at all and I do my own work (part of the reason it took so long to get back on the road with everything else going on) I just want to let people know what it can cost for a perfectly turn key seeming car to be made really roadworthy. There are still things to address but nothing that will make it unable to be driven regularly. We will call them necessary improvements. I've now driven it atleast 30 miles total on 3 separate 10 mile + trips and it will be used every nice day to run my errands. It does get a few looks. Not sure if they are likes or more what is that type looks. Here are a few shots I took today before sticking it back in the garage for the night after I did a little more tinkering around on it. It's going to get 2 more tail lights under the back somehow. I just have to figure out what looks tasteful. The radio is also coming out as soon as I get to it as I have a very nice original to put in it's place. Those tags on the dash are also coming off in the near future.
  12. 10 points
    Here is last weekend in northern Michigan with the family. Set up camp and used the '15 to drive to and from town and visit friends in the area. Put over 120 miles on the truck over the weekend. Last picture is of my grandson and I having a good time.
  13. 10 points
    Since the National Meet is moved around the county and, since there are always some members who do not have experience attending prior National Meets, it is to be expected that snafu's of this nature are going to occur. For anyone who felt dis-respected by the Club, I'll offer an apology. Not as an excuse but perhaps to explain, I believe it is more than just the show field space/arrangements. The organizers have to make several judgments in advance in order that those attending find the resources they want and desire at the event. Things like the hospitality suite supplies, goody bags, windshield cards, and other small details that make a big difference, need to be made early enough in the set up process so that things can be ready. Judging of the cars is a major task unto itself. Maybe the general perception is that there are scores of professional judges available on the field, but I do not believe that is the situation. Judges come from the membership. Volunteers who work through part of the main show day, to try and give a honest review of the car, when some of them may have only had one training class on what the judge is expected to do. Often the Judging Captain is begging for additional judges to assist and reduce everyone's workload. Far too often the work load is overload on these volunteers. I have participated as a judge several times. In Springfield, MO I was assigned to my choice of the GS class. 14 cars, and 3 1/2 hrs later I missed much of the show itself. In Charlotte,NC I did the 53-56 Class. Can't remember how many cars, but it was after noon that I was finally released only to discover most people had already left the show field due to the heat. It is unfair of anyone to show up unannounced and just expect that their vehicle can be judged. And I personally believe that everyone who wants their car judged should also be a judge at that event. For those who follow at this point I just want to advise of one more thing. It is not easy to pre-calculate judging results. Every car entered in the 400 point judging is eligible for one of 4 awards; bronze, silver, gold, and gold senior. These combined can result in the need for a lot of awards. All these have to be transported to the event and are assembled in the mid day after the judging results are tabulated, so that the awards are available for the banquet. These, by the way, are assembled by the Office Staff and any one else who volunteers. As those attending this show know, that did not happen this year. And I am sure some of the recipients affected were greatly disappointed that their award will have to be mailed to them. But I would note that those affected handled the situation with grace and dignity. Thank you to all who were disappointed and displayed no animosity. But for these and probably some other reasons not displayed, preregistration, as far in advance as possible, is most helpful.
  14. 10 points
    Took my 55 Century to a show on Sunday, brought home a "Top 5" award!
  15. 9 points
  16. 9 points
    Wednesday evening Bear Mountain NY cruise in. Over 300 cars. Always a great turnout. Took the Electra for its first cruise in and my first time at this venue this year. Around 40 miles roundtrip.
  17. 9 points
    After resolving an issue with my camera and pc interface, here are a few pictures which I would have included in my last post. Wednesday evening was picture perfect! But we are losing sunlight earlier now, so here is the result: And two other notable cars I had a chance to see for the first time. It's not often you see an Impala with it's original Blue Flame 6 and a 3 speed on the tree! The Mustang was just exceptionally clean
  18. 9 points
    We had the 1937 Roadmaster Phaeton out for an extended run, and then topped off with No-Ethanol before heading back to the garage.
  19. 9 points
    Sorry there was a chevy in the middle. My buddy's car is staying this week. Don't tell him, but the Buick rides and drives much better! Sorry Dale, looking at the chevy, makes me want a visor for my 54! .
  20. 9 points
    I intentionally walk over and look at their cars. They are as proud of theirs as I am of mine! It would suprise you that several of these guys with the newer cars at shows, also have Model A's, older Chevy's, etc. I just try to keep people as INVOLVED in this hobby as I can. Being on the BOD of our local region, we are always trying to get more people involved in the hobby. Even though a paricular car/year/make or model might not be my cup of tea, It still pays to make the effort. Matt
  21. 9 points
    Here is my 71 Riviera. Just picked it up 5 days ago. I had a 71 Riviera about 15 years ago, I was young and dumb, didn't pay my parking tickets in NYC and the car was taken away. I have always wanted to make it right, this is my redemption.
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    Hi all. I havent posted in a while. Here is my latest acquisition. 1971 Lesabre Custom 4dr sedan. 61,000 miles, 350-4. The original paint is a beautiful Silver Fern. I just added the Rallye Wheels... (Original BF Goodrich double white wall spare in trunk)
  25. 8 points
    I drove the '15 truck to downtown Flint for the Back to the Bricks car show. The show took up all of downtown Flint and then some. The picture is of our truck in front of the GM Factory One today with other Buicks from the Buick club. Here is the website for the building. http://www.gmfactoryone.com/product/public/us/en/factory-one/home.html
  26. 8 points
    I recently acquired a 1938 Buick Century Model 61 project car. The car was a good running, driving car until the previous owner died in 1993. Unfortunately the owner's family left the car outside in Massachusetts weather until last year. Last year, the guy who last worked on the car for the previous owner bought it to save it. I bought it from him recently and am going to try to save it. The drivetrain is in relatively good shape but the body is a bit of a disaster from the decades of weather exposure. Yesterday I bought a battery. Today I hooked up the battery and a temporary gas tank. I started her up and drove her up and down the driveway a bit today. I got all of the doors opened up and pulled the seats out of her and used a shop vac to clean about 4 or 5 more gallons of dust, rust, dirt, mouse nests and other debris from the interior. I used a garden hose to wash out the interior and left it out in the sun to dry out. It ran well until it ran long enough to empty my small temporary gas tank. After a quick refill, I let it run some more. While I don't have any good photos from today attached is a video showing the engine running. The idle is set high on purpose to be able to drive it because the accelerator linkage is currently missing. It starts from the carburetor linkage and even the horns work on the car. It has good oil pressure and the temperature gauge shows a steady 180 degrees. VID_20170819_092654348.mp4
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    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
  28. 8 points
    Here's a shot of my old Buick doing what she was built to do:
  29. 8 points
    I ws in the bathroom and I noticed my wife's hairbrush had a 3/8 square hole in the end if it. I told her I could make it easier to curl her hair but she didn't like my idea. I can't imagine why.
  30. 8 points
    On our drive back to PA from the Buick nationals I found this Mobile Station in Indiana along Route 30. A shame someone broke 0ne of the Mobilgas pump globe.
  31. 8 points
    Ok, Since we don't hear from "The Old Guy" ( Joe Taubitz) much anymore, being a friend and neighbor(3.8 miles) for over 30 years has some perks, I was #7 on his automatic dialer on his phone (they have 6 kids!) So today was the Annual Taubitz Family Reunion and this year was the 1st Car Show held during the reunion! Here's some pictures. The '37 Coupe now belongs to son, Jim and wife Jullie, they also own the '72 Red GS, son, Chris and wife, Kris own the '40 Super and the '67 Skylark Hairy Canary, the Reatta's belong to Dan and Rose Marie, who are Joe's wife, Bernice's cousins, the yellow Camero is Joe and Christie's car, she found it for him as a surprise gift. The Blue Camero is Joe's daughter's Karen's, the GTO is Joe and Christie's son's Mike and the Nissan is Joe and Christie' son's Zak, and the Mini is Jim and Jullie's son, Timothy's, and my Grand National!! What a great day of family, food and fun! And there were other Buicks in the back 40 cause, well of course. And the Roadmaster wagon is Joe's old car that Grandson, Dillon put back together and drives it everywhere!
  32. 8 points
    I wasn't at this National, but it's worth thanking Roy, John, judges and all the other volunteers who end up missing large portions of the show to stay behind at a table to ensure folks are registered and others can enjoy themselves. Thank you!!
  33. 8 points
    Just picked my baby, La Trujis, back up from the upholstery shop. Very happy. Just a little more tidying upand I can relax.
  34. 8 points
    Best weekend, had the 65 jammin some gears... http://
  35. 8 points
    I once owned a Chevrolet Celebrity.
  36. 7 points
    Racked up 324 miles on the Happy car ( the GS) Sunday, traveling to the Yankee Chapter show. I did not take many photos of the trip or at the show either. I have documented the trip several years so it's old news. But I did get this one photo on the way over in the AM No, there are no mountains high enough in this area to be snow covered peaks. Luckily the show was way south of the Vermont Green Mountains! Turns out I never even got a picture of my own car at the show site, but here are a few others: Here is the class winner and Dealership award winner ( Sorry for the fuzzy photo) But I never saw a battery hold down like that! And, here is Philip Roitman with his ( practically) NEW Electra! This car is gorgeous! And the rest:
  37. 7 points
    My daily driver is the 38 Studebaker State Commander. My 4 legged friends loves the back seat and sticking her head out the window.
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    This is a picture of my 1966 Skylark Convertible at a campground near the Grand Canyon going to my first BCA National meet in Phoenix, AZ in 1993. I had joined the club in 1992 and happened to be in the area of the previous year's meet in Overland, KS in 1992, but just stopped in for a one-day visit. That convinced me to go to a National Meet the next year. Some thoughts on that trip....We went to Carlsbad Caverns and the Grand Canyon. As you can see by the picture, the campground was nothing exciting. We felt like we were camping in a desert. Although, we had to go buy blankets because it got so cold at night up there in that high altitude. Who would have thought that we needed blankets in Arizona in July? Also, we discovered on the first morning, that we were camped immediately across from a helicopter sight-seeing company. Yep, right across the fence, about 50 feet away, helicopters would take off and land, starting early morning. Constant noise and sand blowing. Yeah, that was fun. After a few days there we headed to Phoenix. I remember coming down a pass. It was a straight drive, and we could feel the temperatures rising constantly. When we got to the bottom of the pass it was probably 110 degrees. But the wind chill made it feel more like 120. It was that hot the entire show. We stayed at a campground near Phoenix. Thank goodness they had a pool. It was 100 degrees even after the sun went down. I made the mistake of parking the Skylark with the top down once. Grabbing the metal door handle was enough to burn my hand, but I can't tell you how burned my legs got from seating on those vinyl seats! And I couldn't touch the steering wheel, either. It was my first time judging. The judging was held in the parking garage, where the lighting was terrible. But, it was my first BCA National Meet, and we made it there and back safely with no mechanical issues, so that was good. More on the 1966 Skylark Convertible.....So, after the first National Meet I was excited to go to the 1994 meet in Atlanta. Now, on the Phoenix trip, I did nothing special to the car, just jumped in it and drove. I decided to go through it a bit before heading out to Atlanta. I had relatives near by so I know I wasn't going to pull a camper this time, I could stay with them. So, I changed the points, cap, plugs, alternator, hoses, belts, and cleaned and painted the engine. it looked good, if I must say so myself. 100 miles from home the new alternator went out. OK, a minor setback. The next day somewhere around Memphis, I sprung a water leak. It appears that one of the new hoses was too close to one of the new belts and it ribbed a hole in the hose. I took a screw and screwed it in the hole, held in in place with a hose clamp, and made it to town where I could change the hose. However, the water leak sprayed everywhere under the hood. There went the new paint and cleaning of the engine bay. The next day, we were going to stay in Chattanooga, TN. When we got there and checked into our hotel, we went to town to eat. After eating and a little sight-seeing, we were headed up Lookout Mountain to our hotel and the car starting running real bad. Sputtering, no power, etc. It finally died and wouldn't start. I was able to coast into a housing neighborhood out of the main road. I had the hood open, trying to determine the cause, when a car drove up. A young guy (probably early 20s) got out and came over. He worked locally as a mechanic, and diagnosed the problem was probably the new points I installed just a week ago. But this was late on July 3, so he helped me push it into a nearby driveway. We contacted the owners of the house and explained the situation to them. We would come back tomorrow, July 4 and fix it. The young man took us to the hotel for the night, came and picked us up the next day, took us to his shop, got the points, went back to the car, installed the points, and it fired right up. And he wouldn't accept any money for his time and effort. I'll never forget that. So, we spent July 4th in Chattanooga. The next day was planned to go through the Smoky Mountains north of Georgia. That day presented a new problem. It started overheating. I had to drive, pull over, drive, pull over, etc. That night I pulled out the thermostat and that didn't fix the problem, so I had to find a radiator shop the next day. Oh, one other thing. My wife, being an organized person, had made reservations in advance for every night. So, each day we were delayed, but had to drive as long as it took to arrive at our reserved destination. This meant driving very late some days. Well, I finally made it to the show. I didn't score high enough to win any award, but it was fun anyway. The car was running good all the way back home. I-20 west all the way home. We were almost home, just east of Dallas, when we hit a big Texas rain storm. Rain coming down so hard you could hardly see anything. Driving on the interstate highway, he rain would hit the windshield and come through the gap at the top of the windshield and the convertible top. Water was pouring into the car like a waterfall. I guess I had never driven in a rain storm with this car before. I stopped under a bridge but by that time we were already soaked. Water had filled he floor pan. The windshield started fogging up so I took off my shirt and my wife tried to keep the glass clear, wiping it down every few moments. Finally, we made it home, after a full day of driving. Once we got to bed, Michelle told me she will never take another trip in that car again, and I believed her. I sold it soon after that.
  40. 7 points
    Looks like I Will be celebrating my 5000th post today or tomorrow. Help me celebrate. Yell "WHOO HOO". Then let me know if anybody thought you were silly. I will be blowing out the candles for a week or so..
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    Here's my contribution. This was my Dad's 1965 Sportwagon which he named the Golden Streak. He bought it new in 1965. This picture is how we were typically loaded for camping. Inside the wagon was everything we needed for 2 weeks of camping, 6 kids, my Mom and Dad, and an Irish Setter named Kelly. This was taken in Mount Rainier National Park probably around 1966. This was in the days before reservations for camping. I can remember my Dad passing campers and trailers on the way to the campground to be ahead of them so we would get a campsite. The bag on the luggage rack was a Buick accessory and had the tri shield emblem on the zippered flap. The old Sportwagon soldiered on until 1976 when my Dad passed away. It had around 180,000 miles on it but it was on its third motor and second transmission. It was pretty beat and tired when we sold it to a guy who said he was going to use it in a demolition derby.
  42. 7 points
    A few weeks back I posted a photo of a friends daughter and her friend sitting on Ruby .and a couple of days ago the young ladies aunt visited us and said she liked the photo and wanted a photo of herself with Ruby , never miss a chance ! 😊
  43. 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
  44. 7 points
    I took the '41 Roadmaster to the Wed night cruise, and was able to park beside two others, a Skylark, and my good friend's Riv. Keith
  45. 7 points
    Just finished a 15 block test drive after FINALLY fixing a short plaguing me with my horn.
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    I would like to add that I believe that another reason the younger generation is not interested in the old cars is because there is a large segment of the car collecting hobby that puts out "do not touch" , "Do not breathe on my car", "don't come near my car", and the list of stay away signs goes on and on. Those in the car hobby that have given that message to the younger generation have directly told them to stay away. "Do not touch" = lower interest in the cars/trucks = lower market for the cars/trucks = lower transaction prices. I personally let anyone in my family drive anything we own after I have shown them how to drive the particular vehicle, and I have let hundreds of persons sit in the '15 truck and get their picture taken. I have also given hundreds of rides to different persons. It is something that 99.9999% will never get to do again in their lifetime. I wish that I knew the number of times our truck is on Facebook and other social media.
  47. 7 points
    I also purchased a 1990 Reatta convertible. It has about 110,000 miles, and was the 1st "Driftwood" (gold) convertible sold. My favorite Reatta colors are Driftwood and "Maui Blue" a bright teal/sky blue color. I located a Maui Blue coupe for sale but decided to buy 1988 #105 instead, for it's historical significance (to me and hopefully others) Yes my garage sucks.
  48. 7 points
    Drove in the Chrome City Ride that supports the Sisters of St Benedictine School in Ridgely MD. Raised $120k for this school that helps and assists families with special needs kids.
  49. 7 points
    In collusion with Ken (KAD36) I added 2 pages to the Low Tech Tips section. http://www.buickrestorer.com Let me know if you have page problems...send Ken a nasty-gram if you don't like the content. Willie
  50. 7 points
    Took Ruby to a beach resort favoured by Russians , amazing they just love old American cars ,must have been 50 people taking photos, chatted to this lovely lady whos red attire matched, she was enjoying being photographed by her husband so I obliged also to further ' east / west entente cordiale' 😉😁