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  1. 12 points
    That is a crying shame. I am constantly amazed at people who claim to be “car guys” and yet they don’t know or understand the mechanics of cars older than the 60s. Recently, I was asked, yet again, when I was going to put a SBC 350/auto in my 1929 Studebaker President. I asked why? I was then lectured on how any car older than the mid-60s is unusable unless the original drivetrain is upgraded to a SBC 350/auto. I informed the gentleman that I drive my 29 Studebaker everywhere it needs to go. I don’t own a truck and car trailer. I told him that the last tour I completed was a six day 1,000 mile tour that included driving my Studebaker over several mountain passes. He stated it was not possible and that he did not believe me and walked away. Here is a picture of my 1929 Studebaker at the summit of one of those passes with the elevation sign visible. I guess I must have faked the picture, according to some people, since it is not possible in a stock 1929 automobile. Also, another picture taken in the middle of nowhere with a snow covered Mount Shasta in background.
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  3. 10 points
    If I owned an old pickup, I would want it to look like this
  4. 9 points
    This is my favorite of all! Wife: "Gary, what the heck are you doing? We have to be at the party in 10 minutes!" Gary (dressed in his tux and immaculate dress shoes), "Just a minute, darling, I'm just putting a fender on the Buick!"
  5. 8 points
    Bit of a Christmas Vacation moment...
  6. 8 points
    Being a hopelessly devoted member of the Brass Era Car fraternity, I am often shocked to find the same attitude towards the driveability/reliability of these cars coming from fellow antique car owners of the 30's-50's. Many years ago while participating in the AACA 50th anniversary tour out of Valley Forge, PA I had an amusing experience. We had finished the days touring and a group of us had retired to the parking lot lounge for a few adult beverages and some BS time. I was reclining on the running board of my 1913 Jeffery, which was a virtually completely original car, when a fellow walked up and asked if that was my car (BTW - I was still under 30 years of age at that time and there were those that seemed disturbed by such young guys owning "really old" cars). I responded that it was indeed my car. The fellow responded that he had been told that I had actually driven the car from home to the tour and wanted to know if it was true, and if so where was I from. After learning that I had indeed driven the car the 150 or so miles from home, mostly down the PA Turnpike no less, he made the statement that it just shows why "kids" shouldn't own antique cars and started to walk away. I asked him if he had a car on the tour, and he proudly stated that he did, a Model 'A' roadster. I asked him where he was from and if he trailered it to the tour site. His response: "Of course I trailered it here and I'm from Cherry Hill!" (Cherry Hill, NJ is just across the river from Philadelphia). The laughter this elicited from the assembled group was still going on as his back disappeared from view. I am obviously from the school of keep 'em stock and drive 'em too. I went it one better and ran the AACA 75th anniversary tour in my 1907 Franklin. Guess that one would have really upset the Model 'A' guy too.
  7. 8 points
  8. 7 points
    Out moving vehicles around to work on them yesterday. Also first day the snow stayed on the ground.
  9. 6 points
    OK. First snow in Goodrich (near Flint) today. Time to get the winter Buick out!
  10. 6 points
    An original car is what I really like. I know a fellow that has show quality cars, a Rolls, Bentley, Buick all in the late 20’s and a Cord. He saw the Studebaker and asked me how often I drove it. The answer was every chance I can, I’ve put about 4500 miles on it in the last two years or so. I asked how many miles he had but on his and his answer was less than 10 miles each in the 10+ years he owned them. Then he said he wished he had a driver like mine. What a shame to just keep them in a garage or only on a show field. I don’t think mine would ever be allowed to on a show field even in a survivor class from what I’ve seen called a survivor. The judges would probably have a heart attack or die laughing. That’s ( the laughs not the heart attack ) perfectly ok with me. I’m 71 the beast is 80 (made Aug 27 1937) and I’m sure it is going to out last me so I’m going to drive it, enjoy it and not give a damn if anyone else thinks that’s wrong because it’s mine not theirs. Have fun. Dave S
  11. 6 points
    Yes, Photos. This car is very clean. Still has the original Exhaust under it. Gray interior. Bought it because a Hyundai that my other better half has tried to kill us both when the computer went nuts and the engine went to full throttle. Luckily we escaped any harm to either of us. I told her she needs a good reliable car and I would find her one. So here it is. Dandy Dave!
  12. 6 points
    Lets put it this way, he's not a worthy steward of a historic vehicle.
  13. 6 points
    Whenever I take my '29 Cadillac to a local cruise night or casual show, it takes two hands to count the number of guys who say to the guy standing next to them, "That thing needs a modern V8, otherwise you can't use it." Gee, I wonder how it got to the show...? You guys should have seen the four or five early 1930s Cadillacs at the national meet this year, one wearing V12 badges and one wearing V16 badges, and all fitted with a Chevy V8, Fatman front suspension, automatic transmission, and chrome wire wheels with fat radials stuffed into the fender wells. All buddies that came up from Georgia and created really expensive, yet really ordinary, Cadillacs that were no longer interesting. Who hasn't seen a Chevy V8? Now how many have seen a Cadillac V12? I hate to see this kind of stuff happening. The guy is going to spend a pile of money stuffing the engine in there (and surely changing the suspension, the brakes, the gauges, etc.). Then he'll realize that it's boring to drive and kind of ho-hum, and he'll sell it with plans to build something "different" yet using the same components (Chevy V8, automatic transmission, Fatman suspension). That's the problem with hot rods like this--no matter what car you start with, they all end up driving the same. Guys think that by starting with a Packard or a Marmon or something that they'll have some amazing, special car and instead they end up with a car that drives and feels just like a garden-variety Ford rod. Bo-ring.
  14. 6 points
    I feel your pain...............Bob
  15. 6 points
    Look at the second picture from Old Cars Weekly for the December 14, 2017 issue.
  16. 6 points
    This asbestos issue is getting way out of hand. I have heard stories out of Australia where the government inspectors carry this to the extreme. With some of these stories, you have to wonder if the inspectors are trying to justify their jobs--taking cars apart at the new owner's expense to get rid of the offending clutch disc, or just to test it and see if it has any asbestos; holding up owners for thousands and thousands of dollars, not to mention the delays. Civilization managed to survive the 20th century with standard shift cars and asbestos clutch discs. The only time when asbestos gets dangerous is for assembly line workers who are exposed to it all day every day, or brake shop workers who work on nothing but cars with asbestos brake shoes all day long every day. To my knowledge most if not all of those factories (including one in my home town) have all been shut down, and most of today's brake shoes are non-asbestos materials. If every single car coming into Australia was a 70-year-old antique with asbestos brake shoes and an asbestos clutch disc, then the health of the country's citizens would be a legitimate concern. But a collector car like that is going to be what--maybe one out of every 200 or 500 cars that are imported there? And who is going to be exposed to one of those all day long every day of the year? Give me a break. Someone needs to get some common sense for a change. Pete Phillips, BCA #7338 Leonard, Texas
  17. 6 points
    Girls and Tailights - 6 Fir tree and Tailights - 8 “Yea, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man” The Dude
  18. 6 points
    I once had a job applicant phone me to check on the status of his resume. I asked him to come in for an interview. He replied that he could not since he was in prison and wouldn't be released until the end of the month. I asked why he was in prison (privacy laws were less strict then). He replied that he was sentenced to 60 days for assault. I asked who he assaulted. He replied "My ex boss".
  19. 6 points
    Yes gang, it’s Tail Light Tuesday again Uh, excuse me little lady, but I believe you’re in the wrong thread. Good Lord, now see what you’ve started Ladies please the Girls on Buick’s thread is on down the page well maybe one more Sorta gives a whole new meaning to T T T Tail Light Tuesday
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  22. 5 points
    Thanks Marty! Appreciate the like. This was taken "a few years ago" in Port Huron, Michigan almost under the Blue Water Bridge spanning the St Clair River with her recent finished twin bridge looking north out into Lake Huron. While I'm from Windsor, Ontario, Canada this particular day I crossed into Michigan over the Ambassador Bridge at Detroit with two other friends following north along the Detroit River, drove along Lake St. Clair, along the St. Clair River, spent the afternoon at a Classic Boat Show hold on the Black River and just had to take pictures at the mouth of the St. Clair River. Under normal highway driving (on I-94) it is about an 1 hour and 15 minute drive but... along the route I described we enjoyed the unobstructed views taking our time and made a FULL day of it returning home via the same route. On the way home we stopped at Port Huron's Tourist Information restored / re-purposed gas station. 'Twas a great day!
  23. 5 points
    Went to go get a taillight assembly for my free truck today. On the way to the wrecking yard I saw this nice looking 1956 Ford. Check out the curb feelers on EACH side!
  24. 5 points
    Here's a few more photos. The car was owned by an older couple and always garaged. When neither could drive any longer the car was donated to help Veterans. Pearl would be a fitting name for more reason than one Mr. Earl. And besides, Miss Patty's lucky number 69 is the mileage. She won a lottery with that number in the mix once. Her deceased husband was also a Vietnam Vet and served in the Seabees. He was wounded in action while serving. Almost like it was meant to be. Dandy Dave!
  25. 5 points
    To call the owner an IDIOT, is just wrong. We as owners have the right to do what we like, YOU can say you don’t like the mod, but to call him an IDIOT, poor choice of words, and simply WRONG We have beat this topic to death in the past, allow those that wish to do their own thing do their thing. I’m all for your decision to be a purist, that’s your right, so is deciding to modify our right. Matt loves his Limited, I’m happy for him, I’m thrilled with my modified Limited. I have never picked on a purist, just don’t call me an IDIOT. Those that know me, know, they would never call me an IDIOT. I suggest you edit your comment. Dale in Indy appy
  26. 5 points
    Last summer I put about a thousand miles on my 1936 Pierce V-12 in eleven days. Didn’t carry a single tool, never opened the hood to check the oil, and the car never missed a beat. I did have to slow down and pass a few cars while driving up the Mount Washington Auto Road. Only complaint I had was burning about a quarter tank of gas going up the hill. Photos enclosed. Stock is fine from any year car, as long as it’s properly restored and sorted. My dual points and coils have been fine for the last twenty five years, with no adjustments necessary for the twenty two thousand miles they have on them. I guess the guys are right, you need modern drive line installed so you can get good cheap Chinese junk parts to replace the stuff you installed when you built it........all my 81year old parts have worked just fine with no attention or worry of break downs. Restore it right, fix it right, don’t take any short cuts, they all drive fine.
  27. 5 points
  28. 5 points
    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.
  29. 5 points
    I had forgotten about Rodney being in Australia. That explains the pinging ! His carburetor is upside down, causing the carburetor to lean out and thus the ping. The obvious solution is to somehow flip the carburetor over and mount it to the manifold upside down. this will take quite a bit of fabrication but it should be doable.
  30. 5 points
    Gary, I had a glitch with my password and could not get back on to AACA Forum till now. I talked to my plating company regarding painting over fresh (or any) chrome. He told me that to get paint to stick to the chrome, use a 3 M green pad and scuff the chrome to give it "tooth" for the paint to adhere properly. Painting over un scuffed chrome is "iffy" as to how long and how you care for the item. Even "detail mister" can "lift" the paint over time, but it may be many years before a problem arises. I have a 73 Fiat Spider that I am restoring (complete) and the windshield frame has a "satin" finish on the top surface (where the folding top meets the frame). When I got it back from the plater, I asked him about the shiny surface. Originally (from the factory), one of the steps was to do a light sand blast on the top surface to give it the satin finish. My plater told me that using the green 3M pad will accomplish the same results. Drag it lightly in ONE DIRECTION ONLY. I did so and now the inside of the windshield frame is "satin". Oh, I have to finish the Fiat before I can resume work on the 36 Pontiac. :-( I was doing the Fiat when the opportunity to get the Pontiac arose and so now I have two to restore. On the 36 Pontiac Coupe, I have two bumpers that require two black paint lines the full length of the bumpers. The plater told me to take the green 3 M pad, cut it into strips and use a wood dowel cut to the width of the "slot" and use that to apply pressure to the 3M pad strips to get the inside of the grove properly scuffed to accept the paint. It may be too late for you as I am sure that most of your chrome is already painted but for future work, the 3M green is the solution. I am sure that during the holiday, work will slow down on the Buick, but we are patient. I so much enjoy reading your thread and following the progress. I was especially impressed with your work on the headliner ! ! ! That was as good as a professional upholstery shop, and you are doing this for the first time? As all of your work, you are going into uncharted waters on many of the items that you restored. Gary, this goes to show that using common sense, research, trial and error, (AND LOST OF TALENT) most items are not out of reach for the restorer. I will apply many steps in your restoration to my Pontiac and the Plymouth (when I pull the trigger to do that one too) restorations. Your detail of the fender welting installation was superb. Welting 101. A complete course! We are waiting to see you do your seats. Will you re do the coil burlap covers? I am sure that the mice urine really made a mess of most of the materials but still, there may be some that were able to be saved. I really like your diligence and perseverance. Dressed to the nines before you attended a party and having your sons help you hanging the fenders just goes to show us that time is not wasted in your household. If you have a waking moment, your mind is thinking of the Buick. This is why, one year later, the car is almost finished. WOW ! We eagerly await your next post. Randy
  31. 5 points
    Kyle, I made full size drawings of almost all the wood pieces in my 1925 Buick Standard. I laid the wood pieces on Paper * use white Paper* traced them where I could, including all the holes, and then I added dimensions in case something happened in the photocopy process. I bought a roll of 36 inch wide Velum paper, and cut it every 24 inches. 24 x 36 inch is the size that can be reasonably reproduced at an Office Supply store like Office Max. I wanted people globally to be able to make local full size copies. For pieces that would not fit on a page, I made match lines so that each piece could still be copied full size, then laid out on a piece of wood easier. It would cost a fair amount just to ship the wood globally, even shipping drawings is fairly expensive. If someone needs the files, I can ship a USB drive with all the files for the cost of a postage stamp. The USB is about $5. Then they can print the files for the wood pieces that they want to fabricate. My wood covers 1925/26/27 Standard Touring (Model 25). It also makes a good set of drawings for the other cars to help people understand the wood building concepts that Buick used. Below is a photo of the wood I have drawn. I also have photos from multiple angles to help people understand what each piece looks like. Then there are the assembly photos. No end to the fun! I do not believe that there are any Master wood drawings for any models. Hugh
  32. 5 points
    This is awesome!!!! Wish I could get a runs good and runs gooder for about $1200. (roughly based on inflation)
  33. 5 points
    This topic must be one of the most successful threads on the entire AACA and Buick forum. It's now up to 77 pages and over 1900 postings. And each one of those postings is still relevant. The topic is still going strong. Congratulations to JohnD1956, who started the topic, and to everyone who has added to the fun.
  34. 4 points
    Took a little trip to look at a 1994 Buick LeSabre and brought it home. 3.8 engine. 69,000 original miles. really clean. Got it on the road today.
  35. 4 points
    This story has been around for a bit, thought I would share as it is December 7th. https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/mark-phelan/2016/12/03/buick-survived-pearl-harbor-michigan/94715434/
  36. 4 points
    Old stuck engines that were good before they sat are usually just stuck because motor oil in the old days was merely -->crude oil<-- from which the volatiles were removed. That means motor oil back then was tar, oil, and kerosene, because they had not developed the technology to fraction the motor oil off the tar, because the temperatures which are necessary to do this are dangerous and they could not do this yet, so all the tar and asphalt in the crude oil were left in the mix. To fraction motor oil off the tar requires distillation temperatures that were unachievable in those days so they left it in and had to add or leave a lot of kerosene fractions in the mix to make it the right viscosity. So basically, in these old cars, the motor oil over time turned into tar when the kerosene evaporated. When this mix sat for 50 or 80 years, and the oil turned to tar, it's like an extremely strong glue. Pushing engine parts through this glue will break them. Any thin hydrocarbon will dissolve tar. Kerosene, Marvel Mystery, WD 40, Liquid wrench, it doesn't matter. Gasoline works best of all, but it's dangerous. Some people use ATF for reasons I don't know. I like the idea of adding acetone to the mix, but not too much due to explosion hazard. It dissolves things nothing else can. Then it blows your garage up. But acetone can dissolve resins which may have been formed over time, so it's a good expedient. Keep in mind, if too much volatile solvent like acetone and WD 40 (stoddard solvent) are added, this will evaporate quickly leaving you where you started from. The main thing is to dissolve the tar out and replace it with modern motor oil. Change the oil multiple times until all the crap is out.
  37. 4 points
    Merry Christmas from the Bolands in Canada. (The Christmas card appeared in "General" but belongs here too).
  38. 4 points
    Here is a bit of Michigan trivia. Do you know what people from the Michigan Upper Peninsula call people that live in the Lower Peninsula? Trolls, because they live below the bridge.
  39. 4 points
    About 3" of new snow here. A lot of people hate it. I love it. I love the adversity of it. Getting up on the porch roof to shovel off 24" drifts is a blast. Putting on my Carharts and firing up the tractor to plow the driveway is a Joy . Watching the dogs cavort in the snow is a blessing. Coping with nature and coming into a house warmed by a wood stove fired with wood you've cut your self is just plain life affirming. Am I a sick puppy? I think not..............................Bob
  40. 4 points
    Back seat is done. Front cushion sewed. Extra dense foam later added to the front seat. Bench is solid - no broken springs and negligible rust. Backrest and trunk to go. Touched up the red paint on the seat mount. Picture below is shot of the nuts that hold the clips on for the stainless trim around the edge of the seat. Never could get that off to polish. No time in the schedule to do it - will have to do it on car later
  41. 4 points
    Heavens to Murgatroid, you certainly called this one right! I have owned almost 50 Corvettes and used to be a moderator on the largest forum covering them. They can be a pack of wolves! Devouring their own is a favorite past time.
  42. 4 points
    As the Reatta forum moderator my goal is to make this forum the best it can be. Please send me a Private Message if you have ideas about something I could do to make the Reatta forum better.
  43. 4 points
    I had a 1994 Park Avenue Ultra that was a really nice car. I took it from 30,000 to almost 100K and still sold it for enough to buy a John Deere mower with the money and had change. One drawback was a gift from a wise guy in the Cadillac Club. But someday when he least expects it........ I know Jerry doesn't read this Forum, but his Brother Frank does. Bernie
  44. 4 points
    I find most of the time when someone says they want more reliability, what they really mean is they want more familiarity. They want the same engines that they cut their teeth on instead of learning about the older ones.
  45. 4 points
    It is amazing we survived to breed the present day generation of fraidy cats. Like most everything else, moderation should be used. Thanks, Pete. Ben
  46. 4 points
    San Francisco 1906, https://www.wimp.com/hd-footage-from-san-francisco-days-before-the-great-earthquake-of-1906/
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  48. 4 points
    Ever heard of short dog syndrome? Short, fat dog, shaped like a bathtub car. With an attack dog like that I don't even need to hide my license plate. Not a Buick but it drove a lot like a '50 Super. Bernie
  49. 4 points
    Getting ready to move some snow, but had to move some Buicks first. If the parking arrangement looks a little odd that's because two overhead doors are going in ahead of that Riviera and behind the '86. The last spot to the rear is going to become and on demand paint booth. Muphy's Law says "Get the tractor ready to plow!" Bernie Oh, the tractor is a 1939 B. I don't know what the front end loader came from, but I can post some pictures if anyone is familiar with them.
  50. 4 points
    This is my 1954 Special. Original unrestored with 35,000 miles. My aunt bought this car new in 1954 and I got it from her in 1974 with 14,000 miles on it.