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  1. 3 points
    Saw my dad today. He doesn’t remember his cars or the two 4000 sq ft garages he had, but we did have a conversation about how he needs a bigger garage for more cars while he looked at car books. 🤦‍♀️😂 He’s doing well and very well cared for. ❤️ Nothing else matters.
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    Decided to see if I could pull the Limited out of the garage today. Since it wasn't supposed to rain pushed stuff out of the way and tied a rope to the trailer hitch on my truck. Being by myself I dragged it carefully and but not all the way out. Thankfully the driveway is level and the car sits where I stop with no fear of rolling into my truck. I went back inside and started the effort to unearth the transmission along the wall. FINALLY the goal was in sight! After carefully propping the one next to the yellow covered engine block I was able to verify it indeed is the correct '58 yoke I need to bring down to Jim when I get the call he is finished with the rebuild. Putting it in park and using a thin wall 3/4 inch deep socket it came loose easily. Putting it safely aside I continued with the cleaning up of the mess on the floor and at the back wall. I took the fender out to the front of the car and hung it loosely to check it over. It is a solid fender rust wise but is going to need some work as it has some damage on the upper front side. By now it is well after 2pm and needed to fix that rack where a lot of trim is while there was access. That took a bit of innovation without clearing everything off but finally had it back to normal with some help from my son who returned with my trailer from a run to the dump. With afternoon disappearing quickly I asked for help pushing the BOAT back inside so my wife could park underneath out of the weather tonight. The beast does not roll easy even without an engine and transmission!! Will have to figure a way to hook up a block and tackle to get her back inside if I'm alone. That will be for the next time I pull her out and clean out the remaining stuff on and around that red '78 Chevy truck seat. I need that extra space back there. If the front bumper was on the car, the garage door would not be able to close. Meantime I'm now ready for another road trip .
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    Hey, mine didn’t leak after replacing it with a rebuilt unit and I am jackofalltrades70 Matt
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    If there is no frame number tag on the top right frame rail just behind the battery, the body would probably have to come off to possibly find the frame number. I would not count on being able to find it. It was originally on top of the right frame rail behind the right rear tire. I had the body off of the frame of my 1938 Century and despite significant wire brushing and then sanding to remove rust and later sandblasting the frame, no sign of the number was ever located. If your state has it titled by the engine number that is currently in the car, don't worry about it. As long as you have legal documentation of a number that is visible on the car, it does not matter what the original frame number was or is. Some states used frame numbers back in the day, and some still used engine numbers. What number is on the paperwork really does not make much difference as long as the number matches the car.
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    Auto related but how many of the club members are into camper trailers. Is there a strong following. By the way the frame looks rotten even though he says the floor is solid. Not mine. https://www.ebay.com/itm/332558898078?rmvSB=true
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    You’ve done well by your pop. If he’s happy and healthy that’s all good. Now look for that bigger garage! Dave S
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    edinmass, trimacar, and I all have Pierce-Arrow Travelodges. Additionally, in Calif there is a LOT of vintage trailer collecting--not so much touring as static displays in campgrounds both public and private. The ironstone Concours (late Sept in Murphys, CA) always has a class for vintage trailers and their owners are allowed to camp on the concours grounds the night before and the night after the show.
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    I got mine from my '56 Roadmaster rebuilt for about $100, the name escapes me at the moment, but now the performance is excellent. As "Beemon" said above with the fuel pump booster working properly, lines good, you can drive all day up and down hill and dale, and have wipers you can trust. Actually, I kind of fought with them for a few years till I got the motor done. With a bit of use, they usually will work again, but not as designed, and when I did the restoration on my '41 Roadmaster, it got a rebuilt pump, and I was converted! Keith
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    I got the fuel tank gauge back today from Nostalgic Reflections. Things that have dials and faces, such as clocks, speedometer dials, and etc. these guys are the go-to folks to send parts to. This thing is really hard to get photos of because of the curved and plated surfaces. It took them a while to get this gauge fixed right and to work properly because a lot of the vertical tube was rusted away. They did a great job with it and it now works like it should. Nostalgic Reflections is located in Veradale, Washington. Their phone is - (509) 226-3522. The website is - www.NostalgicReflections.com I am very happy with the way this piece turned out considering what it looked like when they got it. I had the boss hold the float up a bit so that you could see the letter 'E' in full. On the 1916 and 1920 models a person had to literally go back and look on top of the tank to check the fuel level. On my 1922 there is a dash-mounted fuel gauge that is operated by a piano wire in a wrapped conduit that connects to the float bracket. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
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    Here in Southern Ontario we've gone from knee high snow, to almost nothing! Keith
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    I know its not the weekend but... we've gotten our cold snap finally with weather in the single digits. Today the icicles refused to melt.
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    Never thought I would have need to post in the Pre War forum but thought this was a good excuse. A friend notified me he had just bought a 1919 Buick and texted a picture and it looked real nice. While I am a 60s Buick enthusiast, I do appreciate and have interest in learning about cars much older so wife and I took opportunity to go visit last night to see this gem. The car appears to have been well taken care of with 33k miles. It was originally titled in PA so apparently always in PA. The interior upholstery appears to be original? The car started right up and ran very smooth and quiet. He said it runs and drives fine . Feel free to comment on anything notable.
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    Thanks, guys, turning over some ideas, but most of my mind is on getting my garage and display barn. But it is getting ready to just get it built. The wrinkle is in getting the right people to install and concrete pads. A 100x80 and another 30x60 I have three touring cars and freeze my tail off in the winter. I like the space in a 7-pass, but the side curtains are a pain. Maybe look for something else So I'd like something that has four-wheel brakes, a heater, some kind of enclosed space, something easier to drive in my 1916 Pierce, but I really LOVE this car! I like the high-end cars, maybe a Cord? Duesenberg? Packards are very good. Maybe a Studebaker Presidential? I like cars with a story. Even just a good story. I love my 1933 Packard Victoria and it does well with the above. I probably should redo the final drive as it feels like it is screaming at 60mph. Not too hot for Fords, Chevies, that ilk. I am selling off my real estate portfolio and buying cars. Having fun. Why the hell not? Have worked hard all my life, time to play. I love the amazing technology in the grand old cars. The '16 Pierce is a masterpiece of tech!
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    Little information for ya, If you want to keep the car clean and shiny give it a coat of Treewax (get it at Ace ) It's made from Caribou sap and is used for hardwood floors. I've been using this on my cars for over 40 years now. It makes the car so slippery that in the rain the rain wash's the car off and makes the car hard to scratch. I painted my 66 Pontiac and applied a coat of this wax on it and later that day I watched a cat jump up on the hood, his legs were going a hundred miles an hour only to slide off. He jumped up again and gingerly worked his way up to the windshield and laid down all of a sudden he began to slip down the hood and off the car again. He tried 2 more times before he gave up. I caught kids using my 70 Grand Prix for a slide after using this wax, No scratches. NOTE: if you use it....don't use it in the sun and work in 2 feet of area at a time and start wiping it off soon as you put it on. O and pack a lunch it's an all day job.......but well worth it because it can last for a year or more.
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    Thank you Ronnie , I will take the time. I also need to change my power steering pump and I am seeing it's going to be a challenge . I like being challenged
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    If you will take the time to learn this instruction booklet for the diagnostics it will be time well spent. It's a little complicated at first but once you learn how to use it you will see that the on-board diagnostics will tell you about anything you need to know about the computer systems on the Reatta. Good luck with your new Reatta!
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    I've never tried waxing the outside of the windshield for fear of heavy streaking during rain with the wipers on. Inside I would try but you might want to research what will remove the Treewax just in case.
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    Looks like a batch of these are ready. Not sure how many people that committed will follow through. This looks like a beautiful reproduction . http://www.v8buick.com/index.php?threads/star-wars-air-cleaner-knobs.305309/page-4
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    Go Here: It might explain some things....... Bill
  20. 1 point
    I recognize this, did two years at the Charleston, SC Naval Base.
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    I had a rusty tank in my 1923 Hupmobile touring car. In fact, my parents battled rust in the gas tank back when I was a kid. I put in multiple inline filters, but they filled up so quickly it was a waste of time. I bought a kit online with expensive chemicals for eliminating rust, "pickling the metal" so it wouldn't rust again, and an expensive urethane-based paint, which would supposedly last forever. No luck. Then I sent it to Renu. They cut open one end, baked it at high temps, cleaned it out, coated it with some kind of chemical, and then welded it back together and sent it back to me. But not only was it TOTALLY distorted, warped, and misshapen (it mounts visibly on the outside rear of the car), but within a year it was rusting again...almost as badly as before. I read a article which said one man had the gas tank from his Porsche nickel plated, and I even considered that option. Years ago I was a sheet metal worker, and could have fabricated a brand new tank back then (where I had access to all the tools, materials, and equipment). But no way for me to do it now. So I went and asked a good friend of mine who was still in the trade, and he made a brand new tank for me out of stainless steel. (I had learned that you can successfully paint stainless, under certain conditions). Then another friend of mine took the tank and machined the filler neck, gas-gauge neck, etc, and welded them in place. Another buddy painted it with special paint in his body shop, and I have never looked back. This wasn't cheap, even though friends did most of the work. But it was less than all the money I have wasted over many, many years of fighting a rusty tank. And it is WAY worth it, just to be able to drive it somewhere without wondering if it is going to break down from fuel starvation AGAIN. At least now I won't have rusty gas tank troubles ever again, in this car. I included some photos of the partially finished new tank next to the original unit, plus one of my friends posing with the new tank, and a photo of the finished product installed in place. (Don't mind the flaking maroon paint on the back of the car. The paint is getting old and rough. But my grandkids don't notice that. They just beg for a chance go for a ride in it. And unlike my Dad when I was a kid and the paint was much nicer, I don't have to yell at them to keep their hands off the paint!)
  22. 1 point
    Good points Terry. Jason, that crank is not 'captured' by anything like on earlier models. Should it jump out of that leather sling, it will be laying on the road somewhere. Plus only Ford guys need to do that, Buick Gentlemen don't have to hand crank their engines. Put the crank under the back seat and forget it. Sell the sling to Brass Car guy. Yes, three side curtains per side with rods that go in the doors. Since your rockers are covered by the rocker cover, you need to take the rocker cover off and oil the three rocker reservoirs manually every time you fill the fuel tank on a tour or every time you take it out of the garage if it sits between rides. Oil the valve stems while you are in there too. In 1923 they put 3 access holes in the valve cover so you could do this oiling without removing the cover. 1924 they hooked the rockers up to an oil line so no more manual oiling but 1919 - 1922 the 3 rocker galleys were out of sight and out of mind and often got neglected. I use gear oil. The three rocker shafts have a felt wadding in them to hold the oil. Another item to lube (in this case grease) is the fan hub (if it has not been updated to a modern sealed bearing). If that bearing goes, the fans eats the radiator (and your wallet). I grease that every time I oil the overhead. Radiator shroud should be black but lots got chromed over the years as a 'dress-up'. But now we are being rude since this looks to be a very handsome car and these teens Buicks will tour all day long, ride like a Buick should and leave the Model T's behind or at least wishing they had bought a Buick. Take care with stopping since you only have rear brakes and this is a lot of car. Make sure they have good band material showing and are adjusted well. I'm serious about that VMCCA Nickel Tour I mentioned in PA. We have a great time and lots of Buick guys to help. Should he need a mechanic, one of the best I know is Skip Seaton in New Salem, PA. They don't come any better. He'll be on that VMCCA Tour too!
  23. 1 point
    I love this car! And I applaud your decision to not restore it. As they say, it can only be original once, and original 1957 cars in as nice a condition as your Caddy are really uncommon. Good for you!
  24. 1 point
    When I replaced my clutch early on in my ownership about 20 years ago, I had driven discs so worn there were no turned up tangs left. I had a pile of used discs and sorted through them for the bests ones with tangs present. I may have to do what you are doing at some point in the future. I've heard tales of these discs being made out of circular saw blades as a current material source. Never actually seen one or met someone who did that. Perhaps just a good story. I would want a non stainless steel of similar harness to the existing material for both the discs you use. Stainless Steel has an issue with galling. So much so, when we thread into stainless or use stainless fasteners I design, we have a maximum speed at which the fastener can spin during assembly to preclude galling. A clutch will see far worse friction and potential for galling in my opinion, I'd stick with non-stainless. Lots of folks want to make water pump shafts or these parts out of stainless when they forget the first part, out of non-stainless, lasted 100 years. Also there is a stress riser at the root of the tang (and seen very well in your pics) that I have never liked for a crack initiation site. Your weld nut would improve on that. Previous on this site, someone asked about clutch funny noises. When these discs wear, they can make funny large wind chime type noises when the engine is running with the clutch depressed at idle as these discs rattle around since they are loose on the hub due to worn tangs.
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    Me too. The good news is you have an abundance of Buick Buddies!
  27. 1 point
    Your '54 Roadmaster. What body style? I would love to see a picture of it. Grandma Church had one......memories.
  28. 1 point
    Good info, the bolts are DEFINITELY special. There is a step on the bolt, shown in the previous post picture, that supports the fellow. Use of a regular bolt will crush the fellow band.
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  30. 1 point
    During Lunch my boy came home too and saw what I had been up too. I was good there (for a change) and went back out to lower the front of the car. The rain started again but at least came down straight. Once the stands were out of the way I started looking for stuff under the back end as that long overhang of hers was actually raised quiet a bit with the rear stands in place making it easier. I had moved some plywood and panelling along the wall onto the side of the car looking for that first transmission so squeezed in there to move it back off the car. Before I moved them though I noticed the rad cradle and the inner fender / battery side and took it out as they would need to be moved anyway. Squeezing between the car with them and NOT scratching the paint is exactly why I need to pull the whole car out plus to be able to get at that broken rack you see. Some good stainless trim is still in there and don't need it bent. Guess I had sanded the rad cradle and put primer on it but if you look closely there is rust out on the right hand side that I didn't have fixed. Placed it resting on the frame for now and will see if my son will attempt some welding? (Not my thing) The Inner fender panel has the usual rust out on the battery box so maybe two projects for him... At this point I was able to drop the rear end. Suddenly the drivers door opens easier... Going to the back, posturing the next step? Cleaning up is mandated! Feeling a bit feverish by now I tried to roll her out a bit but... even with the transmission and engine out not an easy roller yet. Determined to get this done grabbed a ratchet strap and hooked up to the truck as an anchor. I got some movement and success! That was enough room to get me at the back and clean up some racoon treasures and insulation! ANYONE NEED RED 1978 VINYL TRUCK SEAT? It's going OUT! That was enough for today and enlisted help from my son to push her back into place for now. Tomorrow is supposed to be rain all day too but a bit colder. Need to get feeling better with that, the humidity and sweating (me too) is not a good thing for metal but happy about the progress today. Might have a hot toddy after supper...
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    Possibly might get away with only half way out but there is stuff that is back there and behind the car that really needs to go, so it would be better to have a clear shot and not put any more scratches in the paint.
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    Took my coffee and drove over to the other property to check for water before starting at the Limited. Fortunately the garage floor is dry but my trench has rapids in it! Happy it's doing it's job thought. Headed back to open the Limited garage up and proceed there. Moved just about everything from around and under the car before slipping the jack under and pulling out those front jack stands. Had to cover things under the parking hut just in case as the wind started up some and Lord Knows my boy would NOT be happy his stuff needed to be wiped down... The front of the car is now lowered but it was time for a hot coffee and a throat lozenger.
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    It's 7 am and not much sleep last night listening to heavy rain at times and dealing with a veery sore throat... After my coffee plan on dressing properly (its already 55 and going up) and drop the Limited down on the front since there is a four hour window between rain fronts. Even if I get her fully down, not sure I will push her out under the wife's parking tent just yet. A sore throat is one thing, a sore wife is.... worse!
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    Not to nitpick, but I read somewhere that Duesenberg came with Duesenberg designed four wheel internal expanding hydraulic brakes in the summer of 1921. Need to do some research to confirm that. Leon
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    Following the rain this morning, I went out to the Farmers Branch Historical Park this afternoon and took a couple of photos in the sunshine. May be a couple of days till the Buick can go out to play again, since rain is in the forecast for several days. AACA meeting tomorrow, so maybe if the weather man is wrong, the Buick can get out sooner.
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    Looks great! And it only took about an hour between pictures. I also swapped out my wheels. Glad I did it and you should be too...
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    My 1947 Roadmaster was built there. Original, unrestored, BCA Archival Award and AACA HPOF. 64,000 mile car.
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    I think that October rain was the last substantial rain as it is very dry here now. Just a bit of progress to share. I don’t know where the time goes but it seems like I’ve entered a slow motion parallel universe. Better planning would probably help. Inside my shop there will be two upstairs rooms that will be climate controlled. Although these have yet to be framed in, I decided that a good set of stairs were in order to safely access that space. The stringers for this stair case were sawed on my mill. Each tread is made from glued up boards in a ‘cutting board’ style. They are 13” breadth, 1-3/4” thick, and the stairs are 36” wide. Step height is 7”. I decided to clad the rough sawed stringers in walnut. This isn’t finished but it’s getting close.
  39. 1 point
    Nick, just for what it's worth, I know a man in Provost, Alberta, Canada that has small (one car size) sheds that are full of car parts to old (pre 1940's) cars. He sells the entire contents of each shed for around $2000USD, but won't ship. Last I was up there, he still had fifteen sheds. He's retired from the "old car business". Email me at: bryant@cyberport.net if you're interested.