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  1. 23 points
    Please allow an old man to brag a bit. After 37 years of restoring professionally the business was turned over to my 35 year old Son Devon two years ago. I still come in every day and do a bit of upholstery and woodwork but for the most part I just get in the way. At last week's Hershey we showed a 1960 Eldorado Biarritz which was the first full restoration run completely by my Son from start to finish. Happily it was well received and garnered a First Junior Award. I can now rest easy knowing the business is in good hands
  2. 13 points
    Drove my daughter and a couple of her friends to her high school homecoming dance last weekend in the 55 Century.
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    I've been looking for a vintage 50's/60's Sun scope off and on for a couple of years now. Just because I'm familiar with them and they work great on these older cars. This Sun 1015 popped up on craigslist a couple days ago under the "Free" listings. Said it worked great and included the manuals. Dates from 1976, but I just couldn't pass it up. Brought it home, blew off a little dust, plugged it in and it works great!
  4. 12 points
    Thought I would show a couple updates on my 65 GS - starting interior and wiring now KReed ROA 14549
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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
  6. 10 points
    My big score. I like beer ... I mean letters. Mid-century modern from Shore Buick, Long Island, New York. Would love to hear anything anybody knows about the dealership. Extra credit for pictures. 😆
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    Hey hey, my my. Neil Young’s Chrome Dreams tour bus. Neil’s first car was a 48 Roadmaster so I suppose it only fitting he should have one or two fitted to his tour bus.
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    We were on our way to the car when they were handing out the trophies to the winners at the show. They announced the Directors Choice award and called my name! It turns out the director was a young lady, and when she handed me the trophy she said she loved 50”s cars and loved the color combination! (I felt kind of guilty because there were a lot of very nice cars there)
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    We found some literature today at my grandpa's house. The original bill of sale and all the showroom tags were found. The car was delivered June 2, 1956. Pictures are soon to follow.
  14. 8 points
    Saturday, October 27, 2018: Front window garnish welting / install garnish moldings I feel like things are being delivered in "dribs and drabs" but this morning LBB FedEx'd the front window garnish welts. So I took advantage of the Nor'Easter and spent a couple of hours in the garage installing the garnish moldings. Had to clean up the workbench. Didn't want to scratch the woodgraining. Here's the welt that was delivered this morning. It is the correct 65" length. The Model 48 has only two doors, and the windows are larger that the four door models. First, I installed these rubber bumpers in the garnish. They had to be shortened by 1/4". The welt comes like this. First I wanted to make a nice finish down where the molding meets the door. I pulled back the fabric and cut the black rubber tube. Then, by folding the material over, I got a nice, neat finish. I actually duct-taped the end to the inside of the garnish, and began marking out all the mountings and the curves. Once I had it all mapped out, I made all the releasing cuts necessary so the welt would lay in nice and flat and not cover any holes. Then, I removed all that cardboard as it made it very difficult to make nice fluid corners. Again, using Permatex headliner adhesive, I sprayed a small, light thin coat around the perimeter. I figured I didn't need too much as the pressure from this molding on the door frame will most likely keep the welt secure. After allowing the Permatex five minutes to tack up, I started the welting on the rear corner, and slowly began securing it in place. I just went by feel here, allowing the inner rubber tube to just fall over the lip nice and even all around. Then over to the door. I don't have any pictures as I was working alone, but first I pushed the door lock mechanism screw all the way down into the door to give me just a little more room. Basically, I was able to lift the lower edge over the door window sill and engage the lip. A few well placed fist bumps and the molding fell into place at the lower edge. Then, slowly I started from the bottom corners and with pressure, seated the part little by little. I had to use a plastic tool in the corners to get it all around the brown fabric piece that I put in last week. (My car did not have the fabric piece under the garnish welt when I took it all apart, but I believe it is supposed to be there) Here you can see the garnish molding, the lace welt all sitting on top of the brown fabric piece. The curvature really came out nice and smooth. Here's the front section. It's finally starting to look finished! And then it was time to get the awl and find the holes buried in there! It takes five screws to secure it into position. Again, everything came out nice and straight. And then, during the build I think I lost one of the original door lock buttons. I'll have to seriously look through everything I have but I ordered this set of replacements in the meantime. Of course, there is the obvious difference of the overall appearance, but.... The original part has a nice threaded insert to secure it into position. The reproduction does not. It is just a plastic hole that you thread as you go. These developed small hairline fractures radiating from the center when I installed them. For now, they're in, but I need to find my originals. Next couple items: Take delivery of and then install both front door armrests / door pulls AND rear pull up shade. (Still waiting on these from LBB) Install the robe rails (rope) to the back of the front seats. My problem is that the fabric covers the mounting holes, and I have no idea where the holes are. I do have photos of the seat back when I took the car apart, and I was going to try to make a scale "template" to help me out... tomorrow.. Have a great night! Gary
  15. 8 points
    Can i join the group? Here in downtown Hobart (Tasmania) as you know i too am rebuilding a 6 cylinder engine. Too date I have had all the machine work done. New whitemetal bearings, pistons (JP) and valves made. K - line inserts for the valve guides. I have had the rocker shaft hardchromed back to standard size, new bronze bushes for the rocker arms. Currently waiting for the valve springs to be made ( with the advice by the impressive brains here on this forum) New gears made for the oil pump and i just need to attach the spiral drive gear. I had the crankcase cleaned in a cold tank and then pressure washed, as you cannot put alloy into a hot tank due to the fact that the caustic nature will disolve it. The inside of the crankcase is just as clean as the outside.I think you will agree the results speak for themselves. I hope to in the not to distant future start assembly, once the valve springs arrive. Please forgive all the crap laying around, im just trying to compile all the parts before assembly so as i dont forget something More photos to follow then. David.
  16. 8 points
    Wednesday October 24, 2018: Front "Ride Height"; Coil Springs (Part 2) The car is jacked up and supported by the chassis now. The brake drums are hanging free. I decided to measure with the front end fully free and hanging loose. The measurement is now 7".. which means the difference is only about 3/8" from fully loaded to fully free. Basically the difference of the rubber bumper squashing. I removed the stabilizer bar linkage. Lined up the jack so it is over the control arm closest to the center of the car. Now the jack is supporting the control arm . I removed these four bolts. And slowly dropped the control arm down, releasing the spring. The old, 80-year old spring on the left. The new replacement coil on the right. Again, they are very comparable in height. It seems the diameter of the wire of the new spring is heavier. It just looks beefier. But I don't know if the new spring is harder, is composed of different metallurgy, is heat treated,...... I don't know. All I know is that I could have installed a 14 1/2" metal rod and it would have acted just the same as these springs! They simply DO NOT give at all. After buttoning it all up, I had to go for a ride! (of course) She is sitting just right now. It takes the bumps beautifully. I went back to check my measurements, and I am around 4 5/8" A little over, but I don't mind that at all... She looks great now, and handles so much smoother! Post # 180 from 4/23/2017 details the coil assembly: Have a great night out there!!! Gary
  17. 8 points
    Time to update my vehicle list in the signature. Before the new shoes ^^ then after vvv
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    I would just like to thank the Hershey AACA Region, all of the volunteers and security for another great Hershey! I have been attending Hershey every year since 1972 with my dad and this is my 5th year going alone since he passed away in 2014. It's not the same anymore but I hope to keep the tradition going.
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    We’ve had fantastic Autumn weather around here for the past 2 weeks, but I’ve been too busy with work and other commitments to take advantage with the cars. Today I was able to get the convertible out before all the leaves are gone and the rain returns.
  22. 8 points
    Settlement reached. While it doesn't replace the fun I've had with this car it was better than the first offer. Ive agreed to buy back the salvage ( for much less than I paid for some of the parts I've put on it) and will likely use this for car for parts for the purple 2-door. My cars will be getting hagerty from now on.
  23. 7 points
    Why the model is now in this strange position? Something to repair under the car? No, it’s just to keep the door open while I’m finishing the RH carpeting: as the check link is not yet installed, the door is closing itself which is very annoying to: keep the door open, hold the torch to illuminate the inside (a light colored carpet would solve this), push the finishing carpet into position and hold the glasses which are falling down when I’m trying to see something from the LH door aperture! At least, the last bit of the carpet on the right side is finished; the closing panel between the carpet and glove box is also installed. This side is ready, which is not yet the case on the other side. The weight of the model right now: rear axle 1611g (56.8 oz); front axle 1044g (36.9 oz), total 2655g or 93.7 oz. When to front clip will be assembled, the front axle will much more heavier, the model near 3kg or more than 100 ounces.
  24. 7 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.
  25. 7 points
    Look at all these people that don't know how to park on a hill!