Mark Simmons

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About Mark Simmons

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    '34-S40-M41
  • Birthday 04/03/1947

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    Restorer,Mechanic,Woodworker

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  1. Mark Simmons

    Finishing my Buick Shop

    Mr. Earl, as you may already know bathrooms and kitchens are the most expensive rooms to redo,remodel,re???. I can only imagine what you were quoted but I can tell you that if you lived here in California it would be double or more for the same job. Looking at what you and Joel have accomplished as well as Auburnseeker, I am truly amazed at your at your speed of progress and quality of work. Keep on Keeping on as the saying goes. 🙂
  2. Mark Simmons

    263 Straight 8 piston size

    Old Tank, I couldn't said it any better, you are right on the money with your advice. Outbdnut the advice from Old Tank is spot-on you would be wise to heed it. Just-sayin
  3. Mark Simmons

    1957 Buick Special Restomod Project

    g-g-g-O The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. The start of a project Buick with the single turn of a wrench or screwdriver. You are at least on the home stretch with this great project. I'm barely seeing over the top of the trench with my '34. You and several others are my inspiration to keep going so hang in there. There are many more of us following you on this rutted road of restoration, resto-mods or refreshings of the Buick markee.
  4. Mark Simmons

    1934 Dodge Truck what was this used for ?

    Me three dictator27& Walt G. The year I think is correct but it is 100% an International Harvester Truck a 1 ton looks to be correct.
  5. Mark Simmons

    Do You Remember When Edsels Were New? What Did You Think?

    I'd also read some decade or so ago that Ford's own market research department told Ford that the Edsel was a bad idea for that time citing several factors. Ford chose to not listen to the very people that they'd paid to see if Edsel was a good marketable product. So much for listening to good paid for advice. I suspect that there may have been to much of Henry Ford in Henry Ford 2 than was known. Of the 3 years the '58 is my personal favorite with it's sharp lines. A friend of mines dad bought a '58 blue and white 2 door hard top, Ranger model I believe with an E 400 motor and that thing would flat out move. I don't think it handled all that well though.
  6. Mark Simmons

    1956 buick roadmaster pump

    Frank is right and he beat me to the answer.
  7. Mark Simmons

    Do You Remember When Edsels Were New? What Did You Think?

    I can't recall exactly but I think Ford made the Edsel from both Ford and Mercury bodies and it took me quite awhile to see the difference. I had a conversation with the owner of Big M Vintage Auto parts in Williams Ca.about this and he showed me the two different body styles. I believe he had a few of each.
  8. Mark Simmons

    My BUICK SALES and SERVICE GARAGE

    Bill I knew a guy who practice the same thing in and around his barn, shop and orchard. That is until the next guy over sold his land and a housing tract was built on that land. The sheriff came out and put an end to that. Seems civilization has rules agin such things. Mr. Earl I built and addition on our house a decade or three ago now and forgot to block off one small area where the new addition met the old structure. Sure enuff a couple of birds moved in up there and set up house keepin. They or their offspring return every year and repeat the cycle. When I attempted to block off that area a few times over the years the admiral runnin this mans mooring station made it clear the bird hangar was to remain open if you get my drift. 😂😂
  9. Mark Simmons

    Trying to unstick a E-49 engine, video part 4

    Morgan, I feel your pain and frustration. In the early 60's I had a 41 Pontiac coupe with a stuck motor ( 6 cyl). Long story short after trying everything I and a few others could think of I pulled the motor out of the car. Upon disassembly I found 5 of the 6 pistons frozen in place by rust. Even with direct access to the top and bottom ends it was a nightmare to get apart. What did it for me if memory serves was a white oak block,a hammer and penetrating oil(don't remember the brand). Good Luck in this pursuit !!
  10. Mark Simmons

    How to determine a fair offer for a 53 pickup

    Very well stated auburnseeker. As well as sage advice for 19surburban96.
  11. Mark Simmons

    How to determine a fair offer for a 53 pickup

    There are to many of these fish in the ocean to be paying that much money for that particular truck. Keep your line in the water and I'm certain you'll hook something in as good as or better condition for less money. As with fishing patience is the key. I totally agree with auburnseeker on the finance comment. You'll probably have to throw a few back before the one that is right for you is hooked. Good luck with your search.
  12. Mark Simmons

    How to determine a fair offer for a 53 pickup

    I to have had and been around a lot of these pickups. Stock they are a great truck to drive,work with or just have fun with. I too have owned bone stock and modified versions of these trucks. Practically every part you could need for this truck is reproduced or available in good condition in large quantities. There is much in Auburnseeker's "without a soul" comment and I agree with it 100%. To rust issue places I'd add the seam on the back of the cab below the rear window(s) and the bed rails where they meet the bed sides. So my 2 cents worth says if the guy accepts your offer grab it. Do what's needed to make it SAFE and road worthy and go have fun with it. With a little soap and water applied you'll have a real eye catcher. Good Luck !!
  13. Mark Simmons

    1935 Buick S40 torque specs

    Curti is right about the time frame of torquing specs for most car companies. My '34/'35 Buick manual uses the terms of size and length of the wrench and the amount of muscle power to be used in tightening (torquing) some bolts. The rest are given to "common sense" versus the size of the fastener and what it is holding down/up or on. Of course "common sense" is a very rare commodity these days.
  14. Mark Simmons

    A little overpriced?

    While I'm thinking this car is a gold mine when finished at the present price all you'll get is the shaft.
  15. Mark Simmons

    1935 buick S.40

    I own a '34 series 40 model 41. I'd hit the local hardware store unless you have a concours level car.