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    We are east-bound on Route 66 today. Amboy is our next stop. This location has been cut-off to westbound travelers due to bridge washouts during the exceptionally wet fall and winter just past. You can still get here, but you have to double back after passing it for some distance on I-40. Old Route 66 is still open to Amboy from Ludlow on excellent road surface. Once you get to Amboy, you must detour north on Kelbaker Road to I-40. Amboy is an iconic Route 66 location. The "Roy's" sign at Amboy is probably one of the most well-known Route 66 symbols, especially of the Mohave desert. Amboy has been a combination of railroad service location and mining community. Two things are still mined here: medical-grade limestone and salt. (Please don't ask me what medical-grade limestone is used for; I don't know.) This is Amboy - Once a very busy location on Route 66, Amboy and Roy's withered and died with the opening of I-40. I-40 is about 11 miles away from Amboy so the loop is really big. The railroad used to deliver potable water to Amboy but stopped doing so when their interests here evaporated. Now, with no drinking water, it is not possible to run the motel cabins, a restaurant or much of anything else. The toilets are operated with salty groundwater. The gift shop is open and manned by a gritty chap who looks like he has lived in Amboy all his life. He say's he owns 40 acres nearby and he lives of the grid with solar and wind power. He trucks in his potable water. He also packs a slab-side cocked and locked .45 on his hip. This place really doesn't feel like California. More like Arizona. I love it. He tells us that tourism and movie production makes up the core of what happens in Amboy now. A horror movie just finished shooting here last week. He tells us that horror movies are mostly what is shot here. He sounds sad when he says it. At least six other cars stopped here while we were visiting Amboy. As far as I could tell from listening to them talk, they were all from other countries. A few views around Amboy. The old cabins - The old school at Amboy - A US Post Office at Amboy which is alleged to be still in operation. No flag flying but it is Sunday when we are here. There is still a mail box out front and I would assume that attests to the active nature of the post office. A view of the motel main lobby as it appeared in days gone by... Here is another peculiarity to Amboy. A "trash" tree which is a pole on which travelers have left anything and everything you can think of nailed or wired to the pole. There is a woman's bra hanging here as well and a number of expired identification cards, cigarette butts, bottles, cans,... Not far east of Amboy there is a lengthy embankment which over the years travelers have taken to writing their names in large stones which have been arranged in the shapes of letters that spell the words. Interesting to see but not my idea of a good time. Our names are not there. This whole area around Amboy is literally in the heart of the Mohave desert. I couldn't leave this area without taking a few photos that convey a feeling for the character of the land and how Route 66 appears as you travel through it. We are back in Arizona tonight in Kingman. Tomorrow we will travel to Flagstaff where we will close the loop on this whole trip and find ourselves right back at the spot in Flagstaff where this whole journey started in September last year. Dan
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    We got up early today - 2:15 a.m. We left our motel at 2:50 a.m. and headed west on Foothill Blvd which is old Route 66. The remaining distance to the western terminus of Route 66 was 73 miles and all on surface streets. We passed through many cities along the way - Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Claremont, La Verne, San Dimas, Glendora, Azusa, Duarte, and Pasadena. Our route through Pasadena along Colorado Blvd was on the street used each year for the Rose Bowl parade. We passed over the old Colorado Street bridge and drove on the Arroyo Seco Parkway, formerly known as the Pasadena Freeway, one of the first in the Los Angeles area. Arriving in Los Angeles proper, we drove west on Sunset Blvd and through "Hollyweird" on Santa Monica Blvd, finally passing through Beverly Hills. Leaving Beverly Hills, we entered Santa Monica and at the intersection of Santa Monica Blvd and Ocean Avenue - SUCCESS! THE WEST END OF ROUTE 66! These photos were taken at Santa Monica Blvd and Ocean Avenue (on Ocean Avenue) It was still on the dark side when I took these photos. I was actually parked on a traffic lane but was fortunate enough to be right behind a line of food court trucks parked in this lane just outside the Santa Monica pier. After taking these photos, we drove out on the Santa Monica pier... In this photo, you can see the glow of sunrise in the east... I got a picture of the Buick staring out at the waves breaking on the beach... And a couple of photos of the foolish folks who thought this trip up as a retirement time burner quite a few years ago... Here's a view on the north side of the pier... A bit of the Santa Monica skyline... And the view toward the pier entrance from the pier... We left Santa Monica and didn't waste anytime heading east. We are now on the road, headed back to Flagstaff to close the loop on what will be and west-to-east, then east-to-west trip on Route 66. Much later in the day, we arrived back in Victorville and visited their Route 66 museum. Many towns on Route 66 have such museums and they are all quite good at offering a look at life in their communities during the time when Route 66 was a commissioned federal highway. A few photos from their museum... Look at this pin map. Visitors to the Victorville museum are asked to pin their home locations. Notice the distribution of pins in the United States and then the rest of the world... The Victorville museum has a beautiful mural on their building a we took a photo of the Buick posed in front of the mural. - Here's the photo everyone wants at the west end of Route 66 but is impossible to frame - your car with the Santa Monica pier entrance. So we settled for a convenience photo with their mural. While we were at the museum, we were introduced to the Mayor and a City Councilman from Victorville. The Councilman is a Covair guy and I told him about the large collection of Covairs we had seen in Missouri at Gay Parita. He was born in Missouri and is going to look them up next time he is back in his home state. Moving east, we came to the Bottle Farm in Helendale. This is the life work of a man who collected bottles and arranged them on stemmed poles. It is quite fascinating to look at them and walk in among the bottle trees. This has been a Route 66 attraction for quite a while. - We are back in Ludlow, enjoying a good rest after a hectic travel day. Stay with us a few more days as we see a few more things we missed on the way west. We will finally end up in Flagstaff to close the loop. The Buick has been running flawlessly. Today we climbed out of the Los Angeles basin and up Cajon Pass on old Route 66 and some on I-15. This is a demanding climb and if the Buick was going to vapor lock, it would have done so on this portion of the trip. Not even a burp. Still gettin' our kicks on Route 66. Dan
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    Day 6 - Part 2 Last night we stayed in Seligman at the Supai Inn. Another example of an old Route 66 motel that is well-maintained and sought after by Route 66 travelers. Leaving Seligman, we headed west and stopped at the Grand Canyon Caverns. This attraction is located on private land east of Peach Springs. The Grand Canyon Caverns have nothing to do with the Grand Canyon but they are a large expanse of deep-underground caverns left behind by water erosion of limestone after what is now the Pacific Ocean receded from this land hundreds of millions of years ago. The caverns lie 21 stories below the surface and are accessed by an elevator. Photographs taken inside the caverns are not especially remarkable because the majority of what can be seen is limestone and limestone is just a chalk white/gray. There are exceptions, though. One of the incredible features of the attraction is the motel room - a complete room with two beds, shower, toilet, sofas, chairs, TV with DVD player and a table service for dinner served for occupants. The price per night: $850.00 USD. And there are lots of people who do this. Pitch black without lights, no sound, no moisture at all. No critters live in the caverns because there is absolutely no water, not even a trace of humidity. Here's what it looks like... There is a good-sized concert area adjacent to the "motel room" but after it was built, the State would not allow occupancy because there is only one way out - the elevator. No occupancy permit issued. There is an escape ladder but you have to climb out 210 feet to the surface. We were told that two Scottish occupants of the room brought bag pipes with them and regaled the caverns with bag pipe music. If you look closely you can see the shower and toilet facilites enclosed behind the entertainment center. Leaving the Grand Canyon Caverns, we traveled west and passed through the Hualapai Indian Nation town of Peach Springs. It is this town that is reportedly the model for the Radiator Springs town in the movie, "Cars" but the geography and features of the town do not remind me of the fictional town in the movie. West of Peach Springs is the small community of Hackberry. The general store and old gas station here has always been on Route 66 and it hung on until finally closing in 1978. Bob Waldmire acquired the general store in 1992 and reopened it as a Route 66 attraction. It prospered with the resurgence of Route 66 tourism. Interest in the store transferred to other owners after Waldmire's death. You will remember Waldmire from previous narrative in Springfield and Pontiac, Illinois. This place is a huge tourist draw. A bus load of foreign tourists were there when we pulled in and the Buick became an immediate attraction for many tourist cameras. We are staying in Kingman, AZ tonight at another landmark Route 66 motel. The Buick is running just as fine as if it were '49. Dan
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    Just received this photo and announcement that Brian Depouli 38 Roadmaster won Best of Show at the Charlotte Autofair.
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    Also drove 2! Took Reatta for top down ride Saturday and then the 57 for an Easter drive!
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    Greetings and Welcome to Super Wildcat world! I'm glad to see this one show up on BCA site. When doing the research on 65 Wildcats from Sloan Museum documents I found there were Super WIldcat Production: 117 4-doors 327 Coupes 107 convertibles This is interpreted from the daily production sheets available from Sloan Museum. Here is part of my fleet- the Sea Foam convertible is a original Super Wildcat- sold in Cincinnati, still here!
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    Those are happy little trees in the background.
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    Hello, I just found your forum.. I am Christophe, i was born in 1967. We are from Avelgem, South West Flanders in Belgium. Population 12000. We love Classic & Custom Cars. We own a 1973 Ford Capri 2600GT V6 (In the States Mercury Capri, the sexy European) (German Import, 4 owner) a 1967 Otto Kiss Hearse Trailer, towed by the the Capri (also German Import) a 1980 Buick Electra Estate Wagon 350CI (US Import second Owner) Our daily rides are a 2009 Ford Mondeo Estate & a 2015 Ford Fiesta ST 3doors. We love to cruise with our oldies to classic & custom carshows in Belgium & Northern France Greetings from Belgium, Christophe
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    I couldn't help myself. Broke away from the garage to daydream for a minute.She gon be a baddddd car!
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    So, Saturday was, well, a bitter, sweet day. I had received an e-mail last week from the Car Club both Dad & I belong to requesting help with maintaining some of the historic buildings out there from members and volunteers. After having such a great response when I called asking for Pallbearers for Dad, How could I NOT offer my services? The sweet part was that one of the two buildings I'm involved with is a Train Station moved to the property and restored / preserved over about the past 35 years which is my second love of all things train (next to my antique cars). The somewhat bitter part is, with having to raise funds to maintain this 100 acre Village and 25,000 square foot Museum, one of the events has been an annual Murder Mystery Night which Dad loved to participate. He loved playing the part of Station Master and when his eyes forced him to stop driving (his choice) I would take him out to be there, dealing with the many questions by the public in the baggage room, keeping him in hot chocolate or hot cider during the sometimes cool Fall evenings. It has been accepted by the management that a picture (likely this one) can been hung in "his" baggage room to honour him. It means a lot to me.
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    If I'm ever on a scavenger hunt, I want you on my team!
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    We spent the night in Ludlow, CA last night. This is right on old Route 66. You go to the Chevron gas station and check in to get a room at the motel across the street. This probably sounds really seedy but, in reality, this place is highly recommended by a number of Route 66 authors. We found it to be exactly as described. A clean, nice room and inexpensive. AND, the food in the cafe was very good. This photo depicts the character of the land we were driving through. Mohave desert. This country is rather sparse in vegetation but some of the Mohave is rich with yuccas and large Joshua trees. The road surface of Route 66 for about 27 miles west of Ludlow is in bad shape so we stayed on I-40 until we got to the area of Newberry Springs. We had to stop at the Bagdad Cafe, which is right on old Route 66. I saw the movie "Bagdad Cafe" filmed here at this very location. After watching it once, I said to myself, "Huh?" and watched it again. Jack Palance was in it and as I recall it was produced by a German film company. Even the old Airstream trailer Palance's character in the movie lived in is still here. If you've seen the movie and are ever here, by all means, stop in. The folks that are here now will make you feel like you are in a continuation of the movie. A little west of Bagdad Cafe, we stopped in Dagget to patronize this quaint old market, owned and operated for 17 years by a real nice guy. We bought soft drinks here. In Barstow, we stopped at the Barstow Route 66 Museum, which is located inside the Casa del Desierto - an old Harvey House and train depot. The building is stunning and it has been renovated. It houses a number of organizations now and Amtrak still picks up passengers here. The track-side of Casa del Desierto... Leaving Barstow, we were on old Route 66 to Victorville. At Victorville, we had to get on I-15 for a few miles because old road Route 66 lies under those traffic lanes. But not far south, you exit I-15 and good, old Route 66 re-appears in all her old glory. In this picture, I'm parked on the old north-bound lanes of Route 66. The old south-bound lanes carry traffic today, one lane in each direction. I-15 is up the hill to the left in this photo. While we were parked here, a CHP officer stopped by to admire the Buick. Continuing on, we arrived at our destination for today - the other Wigwam Motel that is still in existance. It is located in Rialto, CA right on old Route 66 and we are spending the night here. Here are a few photos of these Wigwams. This place has been very well maintained and has been updated in ways that the Wigwams in Holbrook have not. The owner of these Wigwams is a very nice guy, just like the folks in Holbrook. I was out taking a few photos of the Wigwams and he came out to talk with me. While we were talking, he told me to get the Buick and put it on top of a grassy little hill that is central to the property. He said he likes to do this for folks driving classic cars because it makes a good photo stage. He sure was right. Look at these photos of the Buick... If you ever drive out here in California on Route 66, be sure to stop here at the Wigwams in Rialto. You will not be sorry. The Buick continues to run fine. Tomorrow we make the final push to Santa Monica. We are thinking about getting up very early because the remaining 70 or so miles are all on Los Angeles area surface streets which used to be Route 66. If we can sneak into Santa Monica around sunrise, like we did in Chicago, maybe we will get lucky and have some better photo opportunities not to mention less traffic. Dan
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    Hello Tom and everyone else following along. I was planning to dedicate a post to thank the incredible "support team" out there, whether they know it or not, Everyone who has taken on a project of this magnitude knows how much it means to have people to lean upon when things aren't going quite as expected. When you find yourself in the weeds. When you feel like you've bitten off a little more than you can chew. Or. as Tom asked, when things go wrong completely out of your control. So I guess this is as good a time as ever to thank some people that have been so great through this restoration: First...gotta thank my wife, Cheryl, who puts up with all the mess, the grease, the smelly gasoline, thinner, acetone soaked clothes and taking over her quiet room and filling it with car parts! Second: My best bud, Mr. John Torchia. John will be 87 in July, has had wrenches in his hands since he was 8 and was the head mechanic for Hertz keeping the fleet running for his entire 40-year career. He has rebuilt thousands of engines, and has taught me more than any shop manual can ever teach anyone. With him, I've restored two Model "A" Fords, a 1914 Model "T" Ford and now the Buick. He still takes care of so many cars in our local clubs and he is very well known around these parts. I am very fortunate to have met him 20 years ago, and I have gained a lot of confidence just by working with him. He's the guy you see in the photos and is an inspiration that we don't have to get old and sedentary.....just keep pulling engines out of cars! Next: THIS FORUM. You guys are simply great and I truly appreciate all the private messages that help guide me along. So many messages come to me directly, (not through this forum), that it would be impossible to list everyone who has chimed in with so many helpful hints, without forgetting someone. But they are all appreciated. (Tom, LV Dave, 37 Buick, Taylormade, Larry, Don Micheletti, Matt McHinson, 39 Buick8.....the list is endless so I don't want to neglect anyone) But the point here: My grilles got destroyed by UPS upon delivery to Paul's Chrome Shop in PA. I called Dave Tacheny. 'Nuf said. Dave is great. Not only did he have a set, he didn't rip me off, he packaged them up and sent them directly to the Chrome Shop to eliminate one more UPS trip. Amazing customer service and extremely helpful every time I speak to him. And the guy knows his stuff! (PS I got Dave's name from the FORUM.....so there you go!) So, the grilles are at the chrome shop and getting the TLC they deserve. And one more quick shout out to Waldron's Exhaust: again, UPS dented up my brand new muffler. I called Ruth, fully expecting to be told I have to buy another muffler, and fight it out with UPS. INSTEAD, she said simply send photos of the damage, they'll deal with UPS and my new muffler is being delivered today! Amazing! I am planning on listing all the providers that I used for the restoration once I'm done. But enough for now......Back to work! Thanks Guys (and gals)
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    Today was the Buick's day off. Here is how she spent the day at the motel. Today we road the Grand Canyon Railroad from Williams, AZ to the Grand Canyon. What an adventure. The Grand Canyon has always been considered a Route 66 attraction. In the glory days of the Mother Road, it was an easy decision to make to see the Grand Canyon while you were "making that California trip" because it was only 64 miles off Route 66. So close, why miss it? Here are a few photos our travels today. The train at the depot in Williams, boarding passengers. A view in our car. The seats are very comfortable and spacious. On the morning trip, pastries, fruit, juices, coffee, tea and hot chocolate were served. On the return trip, fruit, cold cuts, cheeses, crackers, chocolate covered strawberrys and candies were served. There was also a champagne or cider toast. There is a full service bar also open for those who want adult beverages. There were two great sessions of music entertainment and the train was boarded by robbers and we were all "robbed." Great fun. In our car, which was at the very rear of the train, there is a platform to go outside the train and enjoy the beautiful scenery or take photos. From the rear of the train, a view of the San Francisco Peaks. The train arrives at a beautiful depot located right in the heart of South Rim activity. We had lunch at the beautiful El Tovar Lodge which is located right on the rim of the Grand Canyon. A view of El Tovar from a distance west. Immediately east of El Tovar is the beautiful Hopi House where you could spend hours talking yourself (or your wife) out of spending money on some really marvelous works of art. And the main attraction - the Grand Canyon as we saw it today. On the return trip to Williams, I went out again on the rear platform and took a few more photos. Spectacular scenery and a good view of the train as it takes bends in the track. We are spending the night in Williams and will be moving west tomorrow. We are having a wonderful time out here on Route 66. Dan
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    This is the reason why I had to take a brief hiatus from my car. I am redoing my garage. Nothing special, it's just a little one car garage that has been needing some TLC ever since we moved in almost 10 years ago. I hope this will take no longer than a month, but nothing much really goes according to plan. I might have some questions dealing with lighting. I know you all got my back. I will provide pictures as I go along.
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    Morning guys, following your trip again this year , great. Have some locals here who live near flagstaff so interested in your photos to. i noticed from the world map , quite a few flags from U.K. , intend putting another up next year when I visit my friends and your countrymen. Best regards pilgrim
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    Apparently - the wife took her out while I was out of town! 1/4 tank missing Recent pic:
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    My little girl in the 52 Special.
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    Spent Thursday and Friday cleaning every front end part. Then painted them and got everything ready for the big Saturday morning install. Here is the preparation work leading up to the build. Spring plates as removed from the car. Everything wire-wheeled clean, and painted gloss black Backing plates and drums also prepared Chassis cleaned, scrubbed with acetone and painted with POR-15. Much easier to get those hard-to-reach spots when it's all opened up. All the internal brake parts from one side. This is after soaking in thinner for two days. Everything is wire-wheeled clean, then... Every part gets an acetone bath to be sure all grease and oils are removed for paint. All the parts set up for painting. All parts painted and allowed to dry completely overnight Meanwhile, I cleaned all the bearings, races and related parts so they look nice and clean: Ready to be greased and installed! Front stabilizer parts also painted up and ready for installation Early Saturday morning. I like to set up the parts so everything I need is readily accessible. When I stay organized the job goes so much better. This is all the parts to assemble the right side. So, Saturday morning, I installed the first part. The upper rubber bumper. I sprayed it with silicone to make it a little easier. Once the lip grabs, tip it and twist it into position. First part in! It is also the last part that required no tools! My next post will detail the front end assembly process. Coil springs, Brakes, front stabilizer, finalize the brake system and bleed it and finally install the clutch equalizer rod from the block to the chassis. Lot of work accomplished in the last few days!
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    This coming Sunday April 23rd the Concours d'Elegance of Texas, www.concoursoftexas.org, will be held at the Texas Rangers Globe Life Ballpark in Arlington, TX, a stone's throw from the Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium. For its first five years the Concours was held just north of Houston in Conroe, TX at the La Torretta resort. The organizers are from the D/FW area here in North Texas so they decided 18 months ago to move it here. There is strong organization and financial resources and they hope to grow the Concours to number three after Pebble Beach and Amelia Island. I entered our 1932 Buick 67S in 2013 at La Torretta and won Best of Class. I thought why not enter it again and let friends and folks in North Texas get to see it for once. Looking forward to nice weather and a fun time. Chuck
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    I can't speak for this particular Ford, but I often chuckle to myself when I hear the term "museum quality." Has anyone noticed what museums' cars are really like? Some cars are beautifully restored, but rarely driven so mechanically questionable. Some museum cars no longer run. Even cosmetically, some museum cars are in #3 condition at best. It's a rare museum whose cars are all in perfect condition and mechanically maintained!
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    Like time travel, Ben. These are cars used in the 50's and 60's - all restored. Riding the train was almost as much fun as driving my Buick. Dan
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    Old car electric devices can take a pretty circuitous path on the ground side of the circuit. Many of the problems lie there. On a 1930's car the ground from a headlight can pass from the bulb (load) terminal and socket, through a wire attached to the headlight bucket, through the headlight stantion, to the fender, to the bracket, the frame, and back to the battery terminal. That's a lot of potential (no pun) resistances. I like to solder a dedicated ground wire to the outside of the socket on any light. I use stranded wire and splay out the strands where I solder. Then I run the wire directly to the frame rail, use an eyelet terminal and attach it securely. I was leaving a cruise night a couple of decades ago in a '35 Nash that I have installed original headlights on and wired in that manner. The owner of a pretty heavy genuine Classic car stopped in front of me, got out of his car, and came back to ask "What the hell do you have for headlights." His were dim and yellow. I don't have that car anymore, but the taillights of my '64 Riviera have the same treatment and they are very bright and they all work. Halogen lights are fine if you want them. I tend to stick with original style bulbs. As parts age, I have considered adding a relay for some of the electrical loads in the car to minimize the current flow through the switch. I have also thought about adding a condenser to minimize arching at the contacts, all to extend the life of the switch. I can see some headlight switches in the $100-$200 range soon. My Packard will be the next car to get some major electrical work done. It will have original incandescent bulbs with the enhancement mentioned above and remain 6 volts. LED's and HID's work in a difference light spectrum range. I have seen some comparison videos showing less distance penetration. I can understand that. I bought LED trouble lights when they first came out and found my vision under the car was not adequate. I switched to compact fluorescent and I am much happier, no filament to break! I have a couple of LED lights but they are last choice. Being an old sailor, telling someone to run a ground doesn't sound right, but that is my first step with any electric load on an old car. Bernie
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    If you value your paint and fingers, don't try to do it by yourself, tha's all I have to say! And when reinstalling, two helpers isn't too many
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    In my opinion using the original springs is probably better than using the ones today that most likely come from China. Everything made that was original was made at a time when cost was not the overriding factor for each part, at least in Buicks case. In 38 cars like Buick were way overbuilt. The frames were massive, the shocks were good for airplanes, the springs were massive. Everything was made to last as best as their technology was at the time. Hydraulic brakes were a big step up at the time, Ford still had mechanical brakes in 38. These cars are now 79 years old and many are still stock and still run and stop. They can still be used as a daily driver if someone wanted to do that. My point is that they were overbuilt and that is why we still have them. Everything Gary has done to his car will work pretty good, at least as good as when it was almost new which is good enough to drive every day if he chooses to.
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    Found this '57 Buick in Michigan's Upper Peninsula a while back. It has the rare 4-wheel drive snowplow option. Lots of snow up there!
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    I found this on CL. Lots of older Buicks, 54 - 58, some 1st Generation Rivieras, and assorted other 50's and 60's car. At the end of the video the seller states it's not an auction, but selling to first come first served. You can email the seller for a complete list and he say's that he'll send more info an pictures of the car(s) you may be interested in. Happy Hunting.
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    A friend of mine manages a large industrial supply retail store. A few months ago, a customer brought in a fan motor from his home's central HvAC. He complained that fan motor had failed. He had the reciepts showing he bought the motor in 1975. My friend gave the man a NEW motor in exchange. I was dumbfounded!!! My friend said , if that man had the temerity to bring in a forty year old motor , he deserves a new one. And that $150 motor just made $thousands in good will. That man will tell everyone he knows
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    FRONT COIL SPRING REMOVAL: I removed the coils quite easily. I was concerned with the safety factor of these large springs, but by going slow and careful, it worked out fine. Just so you know, the right spring i placed my jack directly under the spring to support it while the lower control arm was disconnected from the front crossmember. When I did the drivers side, I placed the jack on the control arm shaft, between the two mountings, and that position work out very well also. Passenger's Side jack location. Directly under the spring. Driver's Side jack location: Placed directly on the lower control arm shaft between the two chassis mountings. I wanted to try this position only because in my mind this seemed like I would have a little more leverage on the spring. It really didn't seem to matter much. Once the spring is supported by the jack,..... Remove the four nuts, bolts and lock washers that secure the lower control arms to the frame. YOU MUST KNOCK THE BOLT COMPLETELY OUT BEFORE LOWERING THE JACK! All nuts removed, ready to knock the bolts up through the crossmember Slowly begin lowering the jack. You can see the mounts begin to drop free of the frame. Lower the jack and the spring literally falls right out onto the floor. Finish the front end disassembly by removing the cotter pins, castellated nuts and bolts that secure the heavy plate that houses the rebound rubber and the front stabilizer bar to the lower control arms. Once that plate is removed, the rebound rubber had to be pried off and scraped clean. Finally, remove the last couple of bolts to release the heavy spring plate from the control arms. The finished project. At this point, every part was scraped clean of rust, grease and scale. Everything was scrubbed with acetone using sand paper and a scotch brite pad. Then a nice coat of POR-15 gloss black was applied. So nice to get in and out of all those tight spots when it is all apart like this. Then, many, many hours to wire wheel the spring plates, the stabilizer plates, dust covers, felt retainers, backing plates and brake drums. All got a nice coat of gloss black. Then on to the smaller brake parts..... retainers, springs, nuts and bolts, all wheeled and sprayed. All ready for reassembly tomorrow morning. Also: When everything was hanging loose, I used my grease gun to be sure every grease fitting was clear and grease was free to flow through the fittings. And: BE CAREFUL not to "twist around" or "rotate" the mounting shaft of the lower control arm. If it is rotated, it will affect the alignment of your front end. It is threaded to make adjustments so just be sure it goes back up in the position it was removed.
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    Maybe the guy simply did whatever he could with very limited resources. I say good for him. If the truck was spotted in Havana everyone here would be commenting on his ingenuity and craftsmanship. Personally I find his truck more interesting and commendable than the guy that restored his gazillion dollar Belchfire Eight using nothing but his check book.................................Bob
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    Yesterday, I received the proper scoop assembly for my car. Finally, I now have the complete air conditioning system for my car! Only problem with this set is that the penetrating sleeves are not correct to my car. The sleeves fit the bigger series Buicks. But this is a very small problem. I will use them to fabricate new ones that will fit my car. I am leaning towards not using them anyway to avoid cutting out 2 huge holes in the body of my car. Anyway, the scoop assembly set, compliments of Mr Mike.
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    Good stuff Dan! Love the pictures and narrative for each. Great adventure! Keep it coming! It is also nice to hear the 49 is running like a champ. Trusty back in 49 and trusty today!!!!
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    I am the daughter of the owner of Kutner Buick. It did not go bankrupt, but the dealership was sold when my father retired and the property it was on was sold to someone else. My brother went to California and opened his own dealership which had nothing to do really with my father.
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    Finally clean. Pic reminds me to get rid of stuff, quite silly to have 3 large wood boats when time isn't enough for one.
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    Hey Mr Joel! It's good to hear from you. Yes, when I bought this car a few years ago, I knew (with 3 young kids) that time and money would be very limited for me to do anything with this car. So I figured, taking it apart doesn't cost me anything. As far as time goes, I could just spend one hour here and an hour there without sacrificing too much time from family. The second part of my dilemma was money, so I had to spend my money right if I got a little extra at times. I had to make a choice between the availability of restoration and the availability of desired original acessories/parts. The amount of available original parts are finite and will continue to diminish over time, so I decided to hold off on restoration while purchasing all of my desired parts for my car. By the time I am done purchasing my desired parts and dismantling my car (God willing), my kids will be a little older which should give me a little more time to mess with the car (I hope). I also don't have a big enough garage to do a restoration. Hopefully, at some point during the removal process, we can build one that would accommodate such a task. That's one reason why I was so drawn to your garage thread. As far as breaks go, they come during the work week when I have no time to do anything with the car. So by the time the weekend rolls around, I am just aching to do something else with it. I think it's impossible for me to get tired of this process. It's always a new adventure for me and I am doing to mine what my Dad couldn't do to his before he was forced to sell it when I was a kid. I really appreciate that you are enjoying my thread. It makes this journey so much more worth while. In addition, I would love to see more people take an interest in fixing up these old Buicks. I just want to provide other people with limited knowledge (such as myself) with some sort of encouragement that tackling something like this is doable. I appreciate your time in taking some time to go through my thread and provide the positive feedback. Until the next time, be blessed Mr Joel.
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