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    Since a couple of people have asked... A regular reader of his car restoration discussion noticed signs of medical issues. Frank had posted some photos that included his address. The reader reported his concerns about the recent erratic posts and suspected worsening medical issues. I was able to do a Google search for the local law enforcement agency in Frank's location and obtained their phone number. I called the law enforcement agency, reported the concerns and asked them to check on his medical condition based on those facts. They responded to his home and, after investigating summoned an ambulance to transport him for treatment. The world is a smaller place than it used to be. We can all look out for each other even if we are in distant locations.
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    You asked for the video, you shall receive! I hope everyone likes my joke at the end... It's really funny, the lopey and poor driveability was terrible oil. I did the oil change today. I used Valvoline VR1 20W-50 and the car runs like brand new. It also had a FRAM filter in there... now replaced with a WIX filter. Also I couldn't figure out why the WCFB won't pull off the choke. There is vacuum to the heat stove, and I waited 5 minutes... today it's 78 degrees outside, it's not cold or anything. Looks like I'm going to have to tear it back down and see what's going on with that gasket. For now, the 4GC is back on. I don't have a good choke stove tube for it, so it's just running the electric choke for now. This engine deserves respect, and aside from the valve covers with the 401 rockers underneath and the late 50's Buick fuel filter, it's going to be mostly stock, IE no additional modifications like a PCV system or a newer carburetor. Oil bath filter, too. It's an original running motor, it needs to be preserved with dignity. I'll save the Edelbrock and stuff for my new engine. I don't know what the original caretakers of this engine did for maintenance, but it'll be babied from here on out.
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    Still can't figure out the WCFB choke. The choke won't heat up after 5 minutes and pull off, I think my choke spring is beat. Going to probably swap back to the 4GC tomorrow since I'm a little hesitant to go back to the Edelbrock. While it was the best running carb, it just doesn't feel right to try and do up this rescue engine like that. Oh and here's a good one for you guys. We were trying to line up the block and tranny and when it finally went snug (with taking awareness to torque converter drain plugs this time), one of the torque converter to flywheel housing bolts fell out. Gasp! So, what we ended up doing was taking 3 bread ties, wrapping them together, then stripping the paper off one end and wrapping it around the threads of the bolt. I then had to snake it back through the hole... we were not pulling the engine back out again! Also I used what I thought was the mark on the balancer for TDC, but ended up being a paint smudge... turns out we were 180 out. So after I pulled the distributor again, I set the balancer to 5 BDC, dropped it back in so it was pointing at #1, marked the base with a highlighter close to where I thought #1 plug wire was on the cap, lined the highlighter mark up with the rotor, and put everything back together... when it fired off, it was at TDC exactly.. I was 5 degrees off. All in all, lots of fun. My dad bailed on me around 3:30 PM after it was seated in. The rest of the night I spent doing all the small 1 man stuff... alternator, vacuum hoses, etc. Here's a pic of the engine my dad took right after we got it butted up to the transmission (he hasn't uploaded our special torque converter bolt installer yet): The next thing I gotta do before going to college is rip the dash back apart. My oil gauge stopped working for some reason and needs to be investigated. When we fired it up at the guy's place, we noticed about 40 psi. Is that normal? Also the radio has been cutting in and out, I think one of the big capacitors is grounding out on the inside after going over some heinous bumps.... and maybe I can get the clock working, too! I've also decided against doing a compression check... I want to know, but I don't want to know... lol. This about wraps up the thread... I guess when I get to machining the other engine, I'll make a new one. Thank you everyone for advice, support and feedback with everything that has gone on in this thread. As always, it is greatly appreciated no matter what the subject matter and content is. I learn something new every time I come on here and ask questions.
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    You folks are absolutely amazing! One of the frequent posters on this site was drawing concern over posts that just did not seem like his style and became increasingly unreadable. A few members noticed and were able to seek medical attention for him. F&J....we're pulling for you.
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    Old cars wear the light perfumes of gasoline vapors, antifreeze, and oil. If it's not overpowering, it's just part of the romance. Drive and enjoy...put the wrenches down until something breaks.
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    So: I went to my local ACE Hardware to get some extra keys for the Electra. I did get an extra ignition key back when I got the car, but for some reason I did not get an extra trunk key, but that’s not important. I wanted to get both an ignition key and trunk key now. So the clerk who has helped me in the past with other keys offers to assist. I’ll call him Clerk1. Here’s how it went: Me: I’d like to get one key like this ( Ignition Key) and two of these ( trunk Key). There is a letter code on the blanks here. I hope you still have the blanks. Clerk 1: Looks at the key and then stuffs the ignition key into a slot below the computer. He looks at the computer, pulls the key out of the slot and stuffs it back in. Keys some stuff on the keyboard and pulls the key out and then stuffs it into a different slot machine next the computer. Types a bunch of other stuff and then asks me what type of car it is. Me: It’s a 72 Buick Electra, but the code for the blank can be seen on the key, do you have blanks with that code. Clerk 1 looks at the rack of keys and picks one off but puts it back and spins the carousel. Then he sighs and takes the key and stuffs it into the slot below the computer again. Types more stuff and asks me to id the car again. Pulls the key out and stuffs it into the other slot and then selects a blank off the board. He cuts the key and hands them to me to which I checked and he had the right blank. Me: This is good, now I need two of these (trunk key). Clerk1, same basic scenario as above. After a few more minutes he pulls another square keyhead blank off the same rack. Me: I think that’s wrong. It should be a round key. Clerk1: Sir, that’s not what the computer says. It says right there that it should be this blank Me: That can’t be right. It should be a round key, what’s the code on the blank? Does it match my key? Clerk 1: You can’t go by that. Our blanks are not the same as your keys, they are different and the computer says that is the right blank. Do you want me to cut it or not? Me: Okay, go ahead and cut it. Clerk1 hands me the two keys which of course matched perfectly in terms of the tumbler surface, but which were totally different in terms of the side slots. Me: See this, this key won’t go into the lock. This cannot be right. Clerk1 takes the keys and says the cut matches perfectly. Me: I agree, but the slots are wrong. This key will not go into my lock. Clerk1: This is the right key according to the computer but I see what you mean. Clerk1 then calls for assistance. Clerk2 arrives and the situation is explained by Clerk 1. Clerk2: Well, You gotta go by the code on the original key. See here, this one is a code C, so you use a code C off the board. Clerk1: But that’s not what the computer says. Clerk2: You can’t go by the computer. These car guys know their cars. You only go by the code on the key. What’s that screen you have on the computer? You shouldn’t even be on that screen. That’s not right! Here, here is the blank with the code C, use that one. Clerk1: cuts the keys and hands them to me and apologizes several times for his errors. Me: Don’t worry about it…. LOL…
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    Oh yeah, Factory Appearing Stock Tire Race (webpage here!) at US131 Motorsport Park, Martin, MI
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    Willis, out in the desert college town, "play" may be a little too extreme for forum posting... lol. A buddy of mine that I'll be rooming with just so happens to have a grandfather who kept a hold of his old car, too! His grandfather has two 58 Olds stored on his property waiting for some young hands. One is a wagon and the other is a 2 door hard top. So I think we'll be busy during the off time over there. Also looking forward to the competition, though I think even with the J2, it would still need more to beat a Nailhead. Thanks for the kind words Doug. Yes I started on a 3 year engineering associates degree at the community college that turned into a part time degree that ended up taking much longer than anticipated. To make a long story short, my benefactors fell through and I was forced to make pizzas 5 days a week to make ends meet while going part time, but I endured and I finally got my diploma this year, and was accepted to my school of choice. I'm looking forward to the road ahead, even more so now that I have MY car on the road again.
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    Hi All, It has been a lovely sunny 62F autumn day here and a perfect opportunity for a trip out to catch up with some friends. Location is Lake Macquarie, on the New South Wales Central Coast (Australia) about 100 miles north of Sydney. My friend, the photographer, was adamant that I was to be in the photo...my apologies to you all, Cheers Paul
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    Photos from a couple of years ago at Kalbarri, Western Australia. Watching the sun set at the beach.
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    How about a video of the car running? I think we'd all like to hear the roar of the engine to help you celebrate your accomplishment of getting this done!
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    Parked on the waterfront in Windsor, Ontario, Canada looking across the Detroit River at the General Motors Headquarters in Detroit, Michigan.
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    Thanks for posting the video. It sounds great, no smoke out the back when you blip the throttle, imperceptible vapors coming out of the breather - better than mine did when it was in regular service. Regarding the odor - 1) buy 2 clothespins, 2) place one on your nose, 3) place second in glove box for spare 4) drive the car. Remember - believe you will prevail in the end. Great job!!!
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    Matt simply outstanding!!! I do not know if we have an award that befits this act but there should be. F & J had responded to one of my posts and I thought it was so weird and strange that I did not respond. I have had little dealings with him so I did not recognize that there was an issue. Your training and your compassion have shown through and I could not be prouder of any AACA member than you at this point! Also, thanks to the person who informed Matt!
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    Me and one of my Buicks!
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    and if a real man owns it, PBBlaster
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    We got on it at 10 this morning and I finished it at 10:30 tonight and I drove it home.
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    My wife and I attended a car show in a place which calls itself a drinking village with a fishing problem. I have been sorting this '39 Century out since I got it last November and this show was just 7 miles from my home so at the last minute I thought to give it a go. Quick wash in the driveway, scrubbed the whitewalls and off. A good day between Lake Erie and Rondeau Bay. With test drives and this successful round trip I managed to add 40 miles to the odometer. Ready, steady go. Gary
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    After a lot of poking, prodding, de-gunking and general putzing around it was a very big week for me. First - My wife got a new puppy, but in spite of being 50 to 70 pounds smaller than our other 2 I think he's going to fit in. With me, at least The other thing is that I got my '39 to fire up. 50 lbs of oil pressure, too.
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    This Aqua Mist car posting that wndsofchng06 posted in December 2015 is the same car I purchased last month from the guy that bought this car in early 2016. Compare how it looked in late 2015 to now and you will see a lot of care and attention went into fixing the rusted panels and repainting. You will also notice this car originally did NOT have cornering lights. The gent I bought if from said he found a set of better front fenders in South Carolina that had cornering lights.
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    I consider myself as experienced. I have a 1929 Minerva with a 6 cylinder, 6 liter sleeve valve engine. I have been thru it. Quite a piece of engineering! 2 crankshafts, 18 connecting rods, 7 oil pumps, 6 cylinder heads. It has hemi heads and hemi pistons. It should be called a "Fireball Six" The more they run the better they get, as the horsepower increases with the formation of carbon in the cylinders ! What questions do you have? I'll try to help.
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    By now all BCA members should have their 2017 Roster. April 2015 I sent the BCA office and Pete production number for Buicks built after 2002. Note the 2014 Roster has the year and models listed but no production numbers after 2002. Look at your 2017 Roster and the listing has not changed.........guess they did not like my numbers. Here is the information sent. Print it and put the page in the back of your Roster. Also note the column after the car line is the number from Ward's Yearbook (they get their info from the manufactures) Ward's also list options built, I was interested in the number of Buicks built with V8, supercharged, or other engine options....Ward's list the options as percentage of total production. As an example...2002 Buick Park Ave (31918 made), the number supercharged,Ward's list the number as 12.1%, which = 3862, the info in the last column came from Buick Heritage and they have the number at 4033 That difference of 171 = .0053% so depending on how the percent number was rounded, the two source will seldom exactly match. BUICK PRODUCTION LATE MODEL.xlsx "Buy them books, send them to school, and all they do is chew on the covers"
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    Drove the Special out to the Marina I used to keep my boat at (before I sold it) as there was a large gathering of family and friends for fireworks tonight. Later, drove on Down Town to capture these shots. Looking at the Ambassador Bridge. General Motors Headquarters in Detroit, Michigan.
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    Friday June 23, 2017: Update on the Body Work / Paint Progress After work today I stopped by the paint shop to see how things are progressing there. At this point, the front of the car and the roof are done with the URO-FILL surfacer, are sanded smooth and the first "self-etching" prime coat is applied. The primer is called Vari-Prime and it has a yellow color. Bob (the painter) also "hammer-and-dollied" (is that the correct term?) some minor bruises out and he welded in a patch where the right rear fender iron exits the body. Here's a few photos so you can follow the progress. Enjoy! ( ** Every photo in this series was taken with my iPhone 6. I stopped by the paint shop either before or after work, and didn't have my Nikon with me. Apologize for any lack of clarity. **) In a previous post, Bob was filing in the leaded joints in the front of the car and repairing some body dings and removing some old body putty. He is now at the rear, working on the leaded joints and the trunk opening. This material is called URO-FILL Acrylic Urethane Primer Surfacer (and Activator) made by Evercoat. Once dry, it is sanded from coarse (36 grit?), to an 80 grit. I can't remember if he goes any finer at this point. Please note the inside of the trunk lip. He worked all that rough stuff out of there. Upper Right trunk lip after sandblasting. There are pits, lead, body filler..... pretty rough. Even though the rubber seal fits in that cavity entirely, Bob is working to make it look nice under there. Upper Left trunk lip after sandblasting. Again, pretty rough in there. After cleaning it up, this is the beginning of the repair using the URO-FILL surfacer. The first sanding is being done, as you can see the sanding dust accumulating. Here you can see the improvement as each sanding gets it smoother and smoother. This has been a great learning experience for me. Right Rear panel where the bumper iron exits the body. There is a lot of rot there. But for some reason, only there. The left side is fine. It appears like brown paper over the body opening, but you are seeing my wood dolly through it. Bob made a template first. He then used a pneumatic "tin snips" type tool to cut the metal to the desired shape. (Photo was taken after patch was in, but you get the idea!) Then this got cut out and removed from the body. The new patch was welded into position. The body all around the opening was counter sunk to accept the patch. Initial grind to remove the rough welds...... Then a finer grind wheel to smooth out the welded joint and begin to meld the surfaces smooth. By countersinking the patch into the body, Bob was explaining how the body actually stiffens the patch and gives it a lot of support. This is the self-etching primer and various components that work with it. (And the yellow sheet is my bill for same!) Front sprayed in primer to protect the bare metal while he works on the back. Driver's side in prime. I told my wife that I changed my mind on the color. Going with Canary Yellow. She didn't buy it! Have a great night out there! Gary
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    Having cut keys for 40 years, and I might add, THOUSANDS, I refused to buy one of the new so called AUTOMATIC machines. Of course the horizontal groves must match, holding YOUR key against the new one comparing the tumbler rests isn't proof it will work. 99 percent of the time the head shape should be the same shape as the original. Exception could be house keys. We paid 10 cents for blanks, 99 cents for a good key replacement, I could normally cut one in less than a minute. We were known as a good key cutting store, we kept the two machines at the registers, so very often it was that that reminded them they need a key made, very profitable. Dale in Indy
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    Man...that engine sounds so nice. Thank you for sharing. You did well. And just to think, you were almost "all to pieces" over this issue. Every problem in life has a number. Just try not to focus so much on the problem, but envision yourself reaching the end of it. Turns out your number was 2 months. Now it seems you are in a better place with the engine. Who would have thought 😉. Proud of you bruh!
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    I'm not religious, but I think someone was watching over me. Ken made a comment to me about how he searched for 56 parts for a long time and I found three engines in 2 weeks, and one was running. I keep smelling something like burning oil when I turn the car off, I think it's maybe just cooking out the sludge? The stuff I cleaned out of the rocker galley wasn't too bad, but just makes me wonder. Or maybe it's the actual crankcase vapors doing their thing? I'm fascinated because I thought I had it down, but my other engine was just so bad that I thought everything bad was right. I'll keep on it. The vacuum gauge under the dash is reading about 14.5"Hg, which is realistically 15-15.5"Hg considering the leakage past the vacuum wipers, switch and pump jar, so that's good. I still need to tune the carb, because they were originally tuned on another motor that was not right. I'm dialing her in, though. Tomorrow we go back to the Friday night cruise in. I was thinking about stopping by the fabric shop and draping red velvet across the top of the air cleaner housing to display my piston with the wrist pin sticking out, with a little sticky that says "Trust but Verify". I thought the origin story behind my car was a story, but I guess the story keeps on writing itself?
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    I use Castrol 20W-50 in all of mine year round and would not hesitate to use it in yours or any new or used engine. Use some MMO or just outboard oil (4oz) in a tank of gas since those 1:6 lifters are moving the valves past the working area they are used to. The choke housing should have vacuum at the fitting for the heat tube. If not check the gasket between the base and bowl section; the gasket can be installed wrong and that is a symptom...follow the path.
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    So it's not the weekend, but... I'm back on the road!
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    https://tulsa.craigslist.org/cto/6182515182.html 1956 Buick Special Wagon, original 322 Nailhead V8, Automatic, factory power brake option, rusty floorboards, does not run, all there, have title, $2500
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    Go for it for sure! So, you are in College right? and going to a University in September. That is what my (then) young son did as he was well.... smart but "young". He loved the College and here they have The Ford Centre For Excellence. With being in Windsor Ontario (the late Automotive Capital of Canada) the programs are geared for main streaming into the work force. Three years there, he did very well and was accepted into the U. Sadly they only accepted credit for one year of his three years at the College but.... starting into his second semester of his second year an assignment comes up on motion design. We bought him a new latest lap top for that Xmas and one day he comes home and says, I presented this to the class (as required) showing this animated folding ladder and the then Prof had to say to the class at the end of the presentation the what you have just seen was not required of you at this point in your education. Mark is a grad of the College and has had cad design which you will get in the second semester of your third year. Very good Mark! That alone was a great recognition for his having straightened up and brought some confidence to his future education. Then, before graduating, the head of the department approached him and suggested he continue with his Masters. He thought about that for a few days and when he went back thinking he would say, Thank you, but I'm prepared to graduate and go to work, before he can speak in that meeting, the Prof offers him a paid tuition and a paid position on his personal project team with a two year commitment. Mark asked for a day to think about the offer and we never pushed him but that was almost two years ago now. At the end of August he will 'Finally' be done (as he puts it) and has a potential job (won't say because he doesn't want "me" to jinx it - me, his biggest supporter ). Ben, we really don't know each other than what I see and read here. I do however want to say, having read what you post here, that to me you are a determined young man, have goals and recognise you are smart like my son. Yes there are trials in life as you have posted but that will make you stronger from what I hear through your postings. Hell, even at my age I learned from watching my dad dealing with cancer / life (if you will). When the nurses came into his room and asked how are you doing? He would answer by raising both arms and saying, "I'm doing just wonderful" and believe me he meant it! Guess what I'm trying to say is, keep faithful to yourself, wish you well in school and hope one day we can meet (even though we are almost on opposite shores). All the best, Doug
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    That's what happens when Number 1 is full of number 2...
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    First time a Mopar, especially Plymouth, questions stumps or slides past you, the ambulance is on the way! LOL. Hopefully someone can keep us apprised of Franks condition. Ben
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    Sunday June 25, 2017: Nuts and Bolts and other things Admittedly, some posts are more boring than others. This may be one of the boring ones, but it details those dirty jobs that need to get done. I am getting excited to have the body painted, and Friday's visit to the painter was uplifting. So, my mind is now moving at warp speed trying to formulate a "step - by - step" plan on the rebuild. It seems to me that once the body is delivered from paint, the obvious first step is the body bolts and the rubber pads. Then I'm thinking the firewall insulator and all firewall grommets, followed by the wiring, the wipers, cowl vent assembly, emergency brake, dome lamp, headliner, glass...... I want to come up with a logical plan so I'm not chasing my tail. Throughout the restoration, as I removed anything, it was photographed, tagged, labelled (sometimes with drawings and notes) and ziplock bagged. So today I began to go through the boxes and started to prioritize. I set up the faithful bench grinder, with a new wire wheel attached, and started cleaning up the rust and the gunk off all the body bolts, and basically following the steps above, I wired, scrubbed in acetone, primed and painted and again, bagged the parts for assembly. Here's today's production: Some of the body bolts as they came out of the car. I labelled each one according to their location, "D" Driver side, "P" Passenger side. But they are all the same (except the front studs and the long bolt #6) so that was not necessary. All the "D" washers and flat fender washers were all rusted up. Each one wire-wheeled clean. They all were in nice shape except two of them, which I replaced with two new bolts. Here's how they look right after wire wheeling. Soak them in acetone to remove any residual oils, grease.... I wash them down while they are submerged to clean everything good. Lay everything out for painting. After prime and paint in gloss black. At this point all the body bolts and related parts AND all the fender bolts are ready for reassembly. Next step: The Firewall related stuff. In each bag is a 4X6 index card with description of contents, and any little notes on reassembly ( like where that clip goes! ) will be on the index card. I can always refer back to the photos for additional help. My mask has a full facial shield so those stray wires don't get in my eyes. The firewall insulator screws, lock washers and nuts after wire wheeling. All these were peened over on and were a pain to get loose. Soak everything. In here are horn mounting bolts, emergency brake handle mounting bolts, steering box mounting bolts...... things I figured I'd need first. Again, all cleaned, scrubbed and laid out for paint. Now, allow it all to dry overnight and bag everything up for reassembly. Here's my horn relay as it came off the firewall. Huge improvement just wire wheeling the crud off. I never saw those letters before! I did go on to paint it. And finally, I finished sanding down the steering column so it's ready for brown paint. ( I think I'm going to paint the firewall insulator screw heads brown also) I know it doesn't look so glamorous, but needs to get done and I'm glad I'm making some inroads. Have a good night out there! Gary
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    I trailered my 1924 "cut-down" pickup for the 120 mile round trip on the freeway to Brooks Oregon for the Rendezvous yesterday. (It would have taken much too long to drive it there on back roads). Here is a photo of one of the Brooks Museum board members next to the "Boat-top Buick". It is now for sale with the canoe. But there were no takers yesterday as it was the hottest day of the year & turnout for the car show was limited.
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    Hello from Steamy Florida! I'm a retired surgeon with an addiction to 50's GM vehicles. I try to do most of the work on my cars myself and I've seen lots of good information here. I look forward to picking your brains. Just purchased my dream car, a 1953 Skylark, about a month ago. Also have a 55 Century pictured below in my recently completed garage (probably as clean as it will ever be) Bill
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    There was a gentleman who had a plant in Greenbrier County, WV just west of White Sulphur Springs. Going only on memory I am going to say his name was De Olliqui. He married my neighbor's daughter. I used to work for her parents and remember the gentleman driving a grey "Square Bird" Thunderbird. This was about 1959-60. His plant was called RePlac. They produced plastic panels in all different colors and he built a few roadsters. I don't know what kind of power plants he used. His small factory was covered with some of the panels he produced. There is no longer a listing for his wife or any of his children in the local phone book. His wife was expecting a child about 1959 and spent a lot of time with her parents. When she came home from the hospital with the baby her mother drove her and the baby out to the edge of the hay field and called me over to see the baby. I was about 20 years old.
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    Masters in Humanities and Fine Arts with a minor in English
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    The clerk was likely a recent college grad with a BS in some "soft" discipline and a huge loan balance. He couldn't get in with Starbucks (not arrogant enough). McDonalds had all the burger flippers they need. So.............he's a highly educated ACE key cutter that can't find his butt with both hands. Oy Vey...................Bob
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    * * * Thanks 28 Chrysler. Your post is certainly more useful than making fun of a fellow with his first challenge of new/old car ownership!
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    I think it sounds very good! thanks for posting the video. Congratulations on a job well done and persevering until the end. Worry about the mufflers later and just enjoy the fruits of your labor and stress.
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    As the old expression goes, "what a difference a day makes" is still true. Yesterday we took the '41 Roadmaster to a cruise in, and it was Spring, we were rained out! Today its' Summer, and we drove the Electra, and it was a perfect evening to wander around the 100+ cars that attended. The two other big Buicks I photographed also were there, a '76 Electra, and the '72(?) Centurion. This time I talked to the owners for a bit, and found out that the Centurion has been a local car all its' life, and he is only the second owner, and bought it last year. Though it was painted once, it looks very good, inside and out. Also, and I didn't take any pictures of it was a 1978 Lincoln Town Coupe, a very original car with the build sheet and window sticker. An imposing car, and the last of the really big Lincolns, factory built anyway. To my memory, even back when these were new there were very few of the 2 door models around. I also posted a few pictures of last (Tues) night's cruise as well, taken right before the rain started. I don't want to mention any names, but when it started raining lightly at first, some late model muscle cars, all the same make (not made by GM) left at the first drops of rain! We waited in the car for a while, but the rain only got heavier, so the organizers called an end to the evening's cruise. This huge custom was there, and I'd never seen it before. A bit of a Frankenstein, that I'm calling "The Beast". It must be at least a foot longer than my Electra, with a stance like a Hummer. The steering wheel has the Caddy emblem on it, so I'm thinking that the chassis is an Esclade, but that's only a guess. I'm also guessing that it took a few donor cars and for sure lots and lots of custom fabrication. A very interesting creation none the less. Keith
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    Pulled the booster. Cracked it open to find a sea of old brake fluid. Some build up of junk. I cleaned all with soapy water. Reinstalled. Pedal felt totally different. Returned to resting position without issue. Drove the Buick 20 miles in stop and traffic/traffic lights etc. Vast improvement in braking. Made several very hard test stops. Performed flawlessly. I arrived back to my garage and parked just outside so I could clean up. Once done, started the car to put in the garage. Stop and put it in park. Press the pedal a few more times and she locked. This time no release. I cracked the line and pulled the vacuum source. Brakes released. Drove with no vacuum. Brakes did not lock. Looks like the booster is heading to Booster Dewey. In the mean time I have a cool 54 Buick cee-dan I can drive until my booster is returned.
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    2.5 -2.75 WW for '54. I think the 3.75 would look a bit gaudy on tha '56
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    Here in Kansas, USA, the only way to get a photo as dramatic as the ocean in the background is to try and get an incoming storm in the background. We really like to keep our cars under cover in times like that because the hail can get quite large and you shouldn't dilly dally when it holds a tornado... LOL
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    Yes, the Bellinger family was the family I was speaking of. Admiral Bellinger was retired from the U.S.Navy and was one of the people that pioneered the use of airplanes by the Navy in World War I. I worked part time for the family beginning about 1958 and probably continued to work for them some into 1963. Sometime after Admiral Bellinger passed on his widow moved to Lewisburg. At that time all four of the Bellinger children were still living. A well-used roadster showed up in a salvage yard west of White Sulphur Springs a year or two ago. By the time someone related to me that it was built in White Sulphur Springs it had moved on or I would have taken some photos of it. It may be the same car that has surfaced in Charleston. I also had the pleasure of meeting a Mr. William Tritt about October of 2000. Mr. Tritt was the former owner of Glaspar and was credited with being the first person to build fiberglass bodies for cars. I think they had their beginnings building fiberglass boats. This happened about 1950. Mr. Tritt had retired from his business in California and relocated to Monroe County, West Virginia to be near his relatives who had moved there earlier. As for the person who suggested I must be in my late seventies, yes, I will be 78 in November but I have loved cars since I was three years old and still love them. That is why my house is full of automotive literature and die cast model cars and my computer is full of automobile photos.
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    I was looking forward to some nice pics of a worn but potentially useable 79 Estate wagon. This one really hurt Matt!!!
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    Brought the Wildcat home from service today. The 1929 is patiently awaiting rubber and then it will be able to tool around a bit. Looks like the 1959 floors may actually see some work soon too. Next thing you know I'll have too many moving cars in the city.