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  1. 4 points
    I have a 1979 F250 I have tagged as a farm truck. So Sunday I had a load of "farm stuff" (aka car stuff and a 1954 outboard motor) I was taking down to my shop with my 4 1/2 year old daughter. The brakes felt weak at on stop/slowing roll and I came to quickly realize I must have lost a line (calipers and cylinders replaced this spring). If it was just me I would have driven back home but the risk was too high with my little one and my wife was working so I decided we'd walk the 2 and a half miles home. She was a trooper! I only had to carry her for short periods and then she was off walking again. Along the way I figured it was time to give her the talk. "Anna, did you know there was a time, not that long ago, when people didn't have cars?" She asked good questions and followed along pretty well for a little one. We talked about riding horses but how most people had to walk everywhere just like we were doing. I told her that's what old cars look so different, they were horse carriages with motors. She really enjoys going to the shows with me so it was fun to try and put things in perspective. Cars have always been modern in my life (born in 1983), but certainly the things one expected to go bad on a used car when I was first driving rarely fail today. She'll likely grow up in an age of self driving vehicles to some extent and old cars may be relegated to special tracks or a new form of moon-shining (ever see "Firebird 2015 AD"?) We replaced the line and just had to wait for mom to get home to bleed the truck. Anna wasn't quite strong enough to push the pedal, but she tried! It turned out to be an enjoyable day.
  2. 2 points
    In 7 years Bernie, they predict another full eclipse which will be centered right over your house. Maybe there will be a Buick car show in your area that day?
  3. 1 point
    Here she is again.... Returning to the Old Stomping Grounds.
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    Sent a PM early this morning. I can come get it this week or next and have it out of your way.
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    Mother in laws birthday was 12-20 for 1984 birthday and Christmas my father in law took mom to Belford Buick in Davison Michigan and placed a order for a new two door Le Sabre collectors edition. I have the Buick sales catalog they had went over choosing and rejecting options before the dealer visit. the salesman was Al Smith, we believe is retired now but sold a few more Buicks to may father in law from a couple different dealers as they went out of business or were bought by another dealer. The Le Sabre was delivered to mom on Thursday February 2nd 1984, Dad saved the original window sticker with the suggest mfg. retail price rounded to 16,000, also the final sales option list and price paid rounded to 13,500 including Rusty Jones rust proofing. Inlaws were from Missouri originally so drove the Le Sabre down there on long week end family visits and during summer vacations. They also drove it to places that interested them in other states like Branson for the country music, Florida for the beaches and other such places. When the car got 50,000 miles on it my mother in law said it was old and refused to ride in it any place, Dad had a 1992 Park Avenue they traveled in and the Le Sabre became the antique car dad had always wanted but never had to take on a short Sunday drive and so called quick trips to the store that included a minim 10 mile drive to the store a mile down the road. Car was garage kept except on trips polished regular even the inside door frames, bottom side of the trunk lid and hood out side the blanket. Dad had retired in 1994 so had time to do those things more often. Dad passed away in Nov. 2009 and the car sat in the garage with the battery unhooked. Mom would have me hook the battery up and start it every so often and some times have me run it for 5 to 10 miles. I had had instant love the first time I laid eyes on the car so in 2010 I asked about buying the car. I am not sure of the reasoning but mom always said no. In 2012 moms oldest daughter moved in with her and mom told me to put the La Sabre out side so the daughter could store her crap in the garage. I always took every opportunity to ask about buying the car, finally giving up in 2014 when My wife said Mom seemed up set when I again asked to buy it. Finally in August 2016 she told my wife she would sell us the La Sabre, we took delivery on the 16th. Dad had a folder with a recite for every thing he had done to the car including things he had bought and done him self like the oil changes. We have had over heating issues with it our selves intermittent. Have had a total flush done, thermostat replaced and it still is some times over heating. Getting a new clutch fan installed on Monday before I buy a electric fan and install it in front of the radiator to help out. We also had to replace the 2 front tires dad had installed in 1998 because a belt had shifted in the left one causing a awful thumping. Al
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    Regarding the roof, you can usually tell by discoloration of the headliner if it is a mild leak, or collapse in part or total if a bad leak. Is this the one that they had at Hershey some years ago? John
  7. 1 point
    We all have the woulda coulda shoulda storys. You should buy what you like so you dont have regrets later. I agree that a finished car is probably a better choice so you dont have two projects going on and can start enjoying the hobby while you work. Personally I think both of the cars your looking at are a little expensive for what they are and are too far from being ready to go to be worth the money.
  8. 1 point
    have this posted in "what is it", but thought I would try here also. Found this photo in my doctors office. Anyone know what it is? thanks. Bob
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    GM used similar wire wheel covers on other cars, Chevy started in 1964, the spinner went away in 1967. Olds, Buick and Pontiac all used similar wire wheel covers I suspect the spokes and chrome center behind the spokes is a common part. That basic wire wheel design was available in 13" for Corvair and Nova, 14" and later 15" I have a pretty good supply of parts for the Chevy 13 and 14 inch cap
  10. 1 point
    Probably. Try double-clutching it. Try this: You're in high gear, and you want to go down a gear. Push in the clutch, pull the lever to neutral. Let the clutch back out in neutral. Stab the throttlle, suddenly, and give it a pretty good quick stab. Push the clutch back in, and shift from neutral to the lower gear. This needs to happen pretty fast, not speed-shift fast, but you don't have a lot of time to think, so plan ahead and try it. Keep in mind two things: 1) The shift from high to neutral and the shift from neutral to the lower gear are two distinct, separate motions. 2) when you stab the throttle, you need the engine rpm to go a little higher than it would be if you were already in the lower gear. Let us know how it goes.
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    Well, XMAS is going to come early this year! I called my tire guy yesterday and asked about new shoes for the Special. I had bought the ones on the car from him way back then so not new to the shop. She should be good to go by mid week next week with 5 new ones (2017 date codes) and be able to go out to our Clubs semi annual car show Labour Day Weekend and more! He is even willing to put the old tires (the four that are left) on rims for rollers only which I will put on the Roadmaster for now at no charge. So fix 'em and drive 'em in play....
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    Maybe, but not my old Walker. Bought it from a scrap yard for the price of scrap, $10. Guessing it was a top of the line model. Handle adjusts to three different hights. It has two hydraulic pump cylinders. A large one that elevates the lift arm rapidly. Then, when it detects resistance, it switches to a smaller more powerful one to raise the car. All the seals were available and I think I got it restored for less than $50. These old units were WAY beefier and superior to any of the s**t you'll buy today unless you opt for a $$$$$$$$$$$$ commercial unit. Call around to hydraulic shops. They're pretty common. I'd be very surprised if you could not get it rebuilt at a reasonable price..............Bob
  13. 1 point
    Mudbone ,Enjoying this thread , great cars , keep em coming. many thanks pilgrim
  14. 1 point
    Not a photo of a Buick, strictly speaking, but I get a kick out of the very "pre-war" look of the cars depicted on these signs which are still in use all over San Francisco!
  15. 1 point
    Btw, you don't have to misrepresent anything to a buyer. All they have to do is later say they don't like it or didn't fit or I didn't ask my wife, etc. Your wares can be advertised perfectly well. If you sell $200.00 of much needed parts to someone and costs $150.00 to ship them. If they complain, you are out the original shipping AND the return shipping when dealing with evilbay. You now are $100.00 in the hole. This is precisely the reason for my question to see if paypal is the same way. Matt
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    I do a lot of business through PayPal (I sell an instruction manual on one of my websites that can be downloaded after paying $25 through PayPal). A few times I've had a buyer download the book then try to claim a refund through PayPal. PayPal does indeed take the money instantly and give it back to them, then they make you explain yourself. For PayPal, the buyer is always right, the seller has to explain himself, and PayPal is the intermediary. That's fine, I understand why they do it that way. After two or three times of guys stealing the book and claiming a refund, I got smart. Now I have PayPal do a daily sweep to a bank account I opened just for this purpose. Any money in my PayPal account gets moved to my personal bank account each night. Now I learned the hard way that PayPal can reach in there and pull money out of your account, so by opening an account that is solely designed to receive money from PayPal, I can automatically transfer money from THAT account to another one where PayPal can't touch it. Now when someone files a dispute and PayPal goes to take the money, it's not there and they have to deal with me directly. They don't like it--try to find a phone number for customer service on their website--but they have no choice when there's no money to take. This gives me the opportunity to explain the situation and decide if I want to participate in the refund rather than being on the back end of the whole deal. Anyway, I don't dislike PayPal, even with this policy. 99.9% of the time, I have zero problems and I have moved tens of thousands of dollars through them in the past 20 years. Once in a while you'll get some smart alec who is gaming the system and then there are problems. If you have a PayPal only account into which you sweep the money each night, and a second sweep designed to move that money into another account, you'll never get burned. I've also learned that overseas buyers are really the ones taking the risk. They're sending you a pile of money and hoping that they get what they paid for. I tend to trust them for that reason. Not to say there aren't guys trying to cheat, but for the most part, I've found overseas buyers to be honest and forthright and not trying to pull a fast one (obvious scams not included).
  17. 1 point
    The wire wheel covers were available in 1965 as well as 1963 (and 1964). It very well could be that your car was equipped with wire wheel covers at one time. If you like that look you could keep it and it would be correct for your car. As Randall mentioned the center medallion is different on the 1963 wire wheel covers than from the 1964 and 1965 covers. The 1964 and 1965 covers would have the R center medallion as I have pictured here. Even if all of your wire wheel covers were the 6/3 pattern you could still get the R center medallions and make it work as they still have the 3 notches on the back that the 6/3 covers used to hold them in place. You would just have to remove the square rubber pad on the back and possibly grind off the locator tab first. If your covers are the 4/8 pattern then it is just an easy swap of one center medallion for the other. Bill
  18. 1 point
    The hood ship on the '37 is more laid back than the '38 hood ship which protrudes toward the front.
  19. 1 point
    Back in the '60's by necessity, to keep my '46 Ford Sedan "on the road", used a set of 17" '35 Ford wheels I had. Looks like I was ahead of the curve!
  20. 1 point
    The lower area of sheet metal below the grille on the 1938 pooches out and the grille itself is shorter and wider. The crank hole cover is way different as it follows the contour of the pooched out sheet metal base. The grille is the min area of difference. Most of the truck looks the same both years.
  21. 1 point
    Not mine, but saw this 63 at a show in Kansas Saturday. Just finished. Really nice car. Took home the Best Kustom trophy.
  22. 1 point
    Thanks. At the moment I'm sifting through conflicting information on how to deal with rust. There is a lot of support for the idea of rust conversion, but I always lean towards heavy industry for advice on metals, and their advice is unequivocally to use a powerful rust remover. I'd still like to paint the frame over with something really tough, though. The reason I was tempted to use a rust converter is that the coating is very tough stuff. Using it on a clean metal surface seems pointless, so I'm looking into alternatives.
  23. 1 point
    Seems like the long way around the block to me but if it works for you You know you can shop for belts by size instead of application, which if you have as many motors with custom parts as I do is a much better option anyway...
  24. 1 point
    As stated, after changing the spare tire and so close went on to the Car Show who took pity on me and said go park her and enjoy. Even though it was well attended there was lots of room and I ended up parking close to this beautiful Wildcat. Upon chatting with the owner Ben and his wife I learned he is a BCA Member and a member of the McLaughlin Buick Club having just come back from one of their tours which Buicknutty has posted about. Ben told me they are coming down this way in September and will have to look it up and see if I can meet up with them? This car is unmistakable with it's wood grain sides and I had not seen it for some time. I bought my '52 Ford F-1 from her son. This sharp '57 Olds convert was a show stopper for me. There are always Rat Rods at these casual Car Shows always making it interesting. In case one wasn't sure exactly what a Rat Rod was, this one came with a Rat hood ornament just to clarify. Fun is the name of the game and guess he is having it! Knowing I wanted to take my time going home I left early but went on down to the lake for a cruise first (no pun intended). My grandparents and then my parents owned these three, what were then just summer cottages, when I was a kid. Had to stop for a shot as the Special spent some time here back then... I then went further down the road about a mile to the entrance of Point Pelee National Park. There is a sign in the Park that states you are standing at the Southern most point in Canada which is just south of the northern Border of California. Sadly we still get wicked winter weather coming off the Lake, "not" like the California climate.... One last shot before heading home taking all the back roads I know of keeping her at a leisurely pace below 40 MPH (just in case...). I learned how to swim here. Who needed a pool with all that water? The weather was spectacular and even with blowing out a tire, the day ended well.
  25. 1 point
    August 20, 2017 update Yes, I'm still working on the Caballero. It has been a busy year with volunteer work on a charity car show, family travels and helping friends on their cars, but I've kept moving forward on multiple fronts... Back in April/May, I was working on the chassis assembly in my garage. Exhaust is done. This photo shows the tailpipe hanger under the rear chassis cross-member. New rubber and new rivets for all the hangers. Radiator core support, radiator and fan shroud in position. I was getting everything ready for camshaft break-in. Fuel pump was rebuilt and installed. Bench tested before installation; 5psi output, 20 in Hg vacuum on the inlet side - practically perfect! Filled the engine with oil and primed it, but the oil filter housing leaked when I pressurized the system. Removed and re-placed it and it didn't leak the second time. It either was not torqued properly or the gasket shifted away from the top of the canister the first time. All good now. The metal work started with fabrication of a new dog-leg and replacing rust damaged areas on the inner rockers, wheelhouses and rear body mount. I wasn't able to break in the cam before the body had to go back on the frame (in June) for door/fender/tailgate fitment: Hard to see in the photo, but the frame and all chassis/suspension components were wrapped in heavy plastic film to protect the coatings from heat, dirt and moisture while the metal work was being completed. All the exterior metal work is complete and we've added anchor plates for the split folding rear seat. Seat belt reinforcements will be going in soon, as well as some final underbody patch work. The door and liftgate fits are excellent. The body is now back on the rotisserie and will be moving to the painter in the next week or two. While the metal work was being done, I got the stainless steel trim and chrome plated die-cast parts moving. The first batches of trim and chrome are done. Driver's eyebrow molding: Die cast parts are coming out beautiful! I've got hundreds of photos like this to help with re-assembly. The body is back off the frame and the chassis is back in my garage for final assembly and engine break-in. Gages are hooked up for break-in. Next comes starter/generator wiring and fluid fill.
  26. 1 point
    In keeping with the "fix 'em, drive 'em fix 'em" theme..... I decided she was performing quite well and decided to take in a Car Show in my old stomping grounds some 40 miles away. After driving the main highway at 55 mph (which was four lanes) turned off to continue on the Old Road which is now only 40 MPH and quite enjoyable at that speed. It does open up after awhile up to 50 mph and came through a gentle "S" curve when..... BANG! I have NEVER had a blow out and with the top down thought a bomb had gone off! Fortunately the power steering did it's job and I did not panic hitting the brakes so coasted to a stop safely. Had three different people stop to ask if I was all right or needed help one of which was a very nice young guy who stayed until I pulled out the spare and jack. Needless to say I was a little late getting to the show but with only 5 miles to go figured no sense in heading for home....
  27. 1 point
    If you're a rookie, don't buy a fixer-upper. Spend a little more up front and get a finished car you can enjoy right away. Figure your budget and buy the nicest, most complete, best-driving car you can get for that amount of money. Your questions suggest that you aren't drawn to any particular year, make or model, so simply shopping a price range will give you a lot of options to choose from. Either of the cars you have described will be upside-down in terms of value long before you're done fixing them up, so cross "investment" off your list of things that an old car can be. Buy for the experience and the fun and the memories you'll make with your family. Let the money take care of itself later. I might even recommend that you reach a little bit beyond your comfort zone for a really nice car, whatever your budget. Set a price, but be prepared to move up a notch or two if something really good comes along. Shop price, but don't make it your sole criteria. You can get a lot of car for not a lot of money if you can be flexible and patient. I see in your signature that you already have a project going on. Don't take on another one, that's a great way to have two project cars and nothing to actually enjoy. The smartest thing I ever did was buy my 1929 Cadillac as a running, driving car I could enjoy right away, because I already had a garage full of car parts waiting to become a car again (a task I still haven't finished because life gets in the way). Two projects are more likely to stay as two projects than one project and one running car you can enjoy as you work on the other. I don't work on my '41 Buick project very often, but I drive my '29 Cadillac all the time. I like that part better. Buy a complete, running, driving, ready-to-enjoy car. Have fun now. Forget profit. Win!
  28. 1 point
    All the more credit to those who incur restoration costs and time on projects that will not return costs, much less profit, in their lifetime!
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    OK, showing my age here but how COOL is this? While driving home after the Waterfront Car Show, we stop at a light and a new Cadillac Escalade stops beside us and the driver has her window down. She says to us, "That is a NICE car!" The back window is open too and there are young girls there also. All seem to be in their twenties but saying they like the Special too. I say, "Thanks, and that I dated this girl in this car" and the driver says, "God Bless you, that is wonderful!" Kinda caped the evening for us!
  31. 1 point
    It is Saturday night (late) and posting the pictures of the Windsor Down Town Business Cruise-In held on Friday. Sometimes technology is a good thing! My friends called to say they were able to save me a spot to park with them. This is my one of my friends cars. It is a 1960 Monarch (Canadian car) that his dad bought new. Joe had the body redone and painted and has it's original interior. Randy drove his 1966 Cadillac DeVille in from 35 miles away (Kingsville, Ontario). Jackie "let" her husband Dan bring "her car" (as she calls it). One nice '66 Mustang with a 6 cylinder and automatic but with the Pony interior. Not many of these around... vs the V8 editions... The Show was structured like this, it started a 2pm, open to park and enjoy the car show, DJ music, the views and food wagons. At 6pm local TV Anchor Jim Chreiton announced the Cruise through Windsor would begin. Jim is a car guy too owning (and driving this night) his 1966 Chrysler convertible and most of the close to 600 cars started their engines and lined up to go cruising! Unfortunately the Special had developed a ticking sound I suspected was the bearing in the power steering pump and decided not to put her in the cruise knowing it would be long and slow simply by the volume of cars. I asked if I could ride in the back seat of my friends Cadillac thinking my wife was coming too. Guess what she did? OK! Traffic being what it was they managed to get way ahead of us and didn't think much of the distance as we all had to obey the traffic lights. Meantime, the route brought us past Hiram Walkers (Home of Canadian Club). This is the Executive Offices built in 1858 in what was then known as Walkerville, Ontario. Sadly this building recently announced it will be closing to the general public as of December 31, 2017 and since it is designated as a Heritage Building, not sure of it's future..... During the advertised planed route and coming upon water splashed on the roads at various points with kids holding signs saying, Light'em Up! Randy said, Ya right! With my 5 thousand pound Caddy? Upon returning and enjoying the live band on stage I wondered where my wife (and friend) were? Seemes he decided to stop at his home (as it was on his way) and get one of his other cars.... Ya, the one I really like! (no offence to the Monarch at all ) While the sky looked threatening all evening, it was the perfect temperature and did not rain. We sat and enjoyed the music and fellowship watching the cars coming and going throughout the night. All too soon it seemed like it was too short a night and was time to head home. Even with the ticking noise of the suspect power steering pump on the way home, WHAT A GREAT NIGHT!
  32. 1 point
    Picked up this 63 from a fella who lived in Myrtle Beach. Came with a manual that said it was a lease car from a place on Hollywood Blvd. Code says it was made in Flint...a real LEAD sled. Guy before me butchered the suspension. Heated up the coils, didn't cut em. I've got tie rods, sway bar, knuckles and lower control arms off. Got my work cut out for me. This is my first car older than 92 and I already love/detest her. Just joined the aaca.
  33. 1 point
    Have you removed the body from chassis yet? How is the wood frame? Did the roof leak? We still do not know what was the reason for rebuilding the engine. Just tired or major component failure? Where are you studying? We may be able to offer you some local help, guidance if we know where you were located. John
  34. 1 point
    Since we got this car in 2016 I took it and had the transmission oil and filter changed, I changed the engine oil my self before I even started it after sitting so long. All winter I chomped at the bit to drive it but with even storage insurance it was on the high side with our local agent. During the winter I did shop around for insurance for antique car and found a place in New Jersey , for less than $300.00 a year same liability coverage as our daily drivers and they also cover any spare parts up to $500.00 worth, millage is 7000 miles per year. We don't even do that with our daily drivers per year. In June we started attending some local evening shows in surrounding towns. then we decided to make a journey and attend a all day show our first all day show with a car. It was at Port Huron's main street memory's what a bunch of great people making us feel welcome, every volunteer never failed to tell us how glad they were we came and made there show so much better. We also had good neighbors there. Next all day show was Goodrich Michigan where we were welcomed but the neighbors up wind of us smoked so we kept the windows on the Le Sabre closed and we spent a lot of time walking and talking. Goodrich show. Al
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    Just out of curiosity did they put casting dates on Buick blocks? Studebakers and Chryslers of the mid to late 1920s are easily dated by them. I have some 1934 Series 40 engines but have never looked for casting dates. My 1965 Pontiac V8 has a casting date which - from memory - is July 30 1964.
  37. 1 point
    The engine serial number doesn't tell you much. The range for 1932 was 2751922 to 2811456, so 2786271 falls into that.
  38. 1 point
    1259602-1 is the casting numbers. Usually it is not the same number as the part number. But sometimes the part number and casting number are the same 2786271 is engine serial number Sean1997 will be able to tell you more
  39. 1 point
    Roughly, the stamped number is the engine serial number and the cast number is the block part number. If someone else can answer before I check my files I will get you some more info to you. Where are you studying? and how is the rest of the car. Do you have all the bits and pieces. Was the engine just "tired" or other problems/ How about the car, itself. John.
  40. 1 point
    She never follows these threads. I hope!
  41. 1 point
    Here is a picture of my family in June 1956. The little guy in the front is me. While it is obvious that dad wasn't trying to photograph the Buick, he did get enough that you can tell it is just that, a Buick 4 door post, Dover White over Bittersweet. Also pictured here are my mom, sister Cleo, Brothers Jim and Ken, and sisters Peggy and Julie. Oh, and a bunch of fish caught in Yellowstone lake... I am thinking we ate well that night...
  42. 1 point
    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.
  43. 0 points
    The magazine just came out and the place is gone! Wondering if all these cars were lost including the 53 Buick