VickyBlue

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  1. Big girls need love too... 66 Electra 225 Coupe

    This weekend was Electra's turn for some TLC. Replaced both power steering hoses, replaced both engine mounts, she got brand new front/rear Bilstein shocks, to replace the frozen Monroe Spectrum Made in the USA old ones, repacked the front wheel bearings and fixed the vacuum canister for the trunk release. I still have some cleaning to do and service the transmission with a new filter/gasket, but for the most part she is almost done. I did make a torque strap and put it on the left side mount, just in case... I found out the R engine mount was factory stock, the real thing, in pretty good shape, too. The L side had been replaced with the incorrect one and did not last, as expected. It was a good weekend...
  2. Caught in a snow blizzard 40 miles South of Truckee, on the way to Boise... This is right before I had to put on the chains.
  3. Since this thread already exists, I will post the update here, instead of starting a new one. The car is in Boise, safe, but let me tell you how it all happened... I took a later flight on Tuesday the 23rd from Boise to SFO and then to Fresno. I showed up at Paul's home by 9 PM. He gave me the tour and by 1030 PM I was on my way to say Hi to my old next door neighbor, I hadn't seen in 6 years. He let me have his sub-zero sleeping bag and by 12 am I was on my way. 65 miles N of Fresno, just outside of Atwater, as I was listening to the AM radio, lost engine power. I pulled to the side, in 1/8 mi visibility and turns out the battery was dead... Dead dead. Clicked the starter and nada, just the awful sound of ticking, but no turning... I was as sitting duck, a foot off the freeway, in heavy fog. I called AAA, apparently my membership had expired and they would renew it, but had to wait 48 hrs before I could use my long haul tows... A flat bead truck was dispatched from Merced and after $535 I was back at Paul's driveway, at 6 am. I pulled the alternator, put the battery back on the charger at Paul's garage and the AutoZone guy confirmed the alternator was toasted. I got a new one with a new belt and Paul drove me back to his place. I put the alternator back on and she started right up. I gave him a hug, thanked him and off I went. It was 1030 AM. 25 miles N of Fresno again, as I was approaching the freeway, I see white smoke coming out of the vents, I smell the smell of antifreeze, and I pull quick to the side. Heater core was busted. I lift the hood, a car guy feels sorry for me, he pulls to the side and with his blade, cut the heater hose and routed it back into the T-stat. Compressor was making funny noises, the bearing is probably bad, so I cut the AC belt as a precaution. I filled up the radiator, shook this guy's hand, tried to pay him, but he would not accept money... It was noon by now. I forgot to mention, the fuel gauge was stuck just south of half. Right after I left Paul's house the first time, I stopped for some gas and she took 15 gallons. When the gauge didn't move, I knew this was going be a pen and paper gas log trip. I also didn't have any idiot lights, GEN or OIL. I made it all the way to 45 miles N of Auburn, CA by 2 PM. Even though it had only been 89 miles since my last fuel stop, I pulled to the side to use the restroom and gas up again. I filled up again, tried to start, nothing... dead battery. Again. I used some cables, jump started it, run for 5 minutes then died again. I was at 4,000ft, dead battery, fast approaching snow storm, with no heat... There were a couple of auto stores but they were in Auburn and I had no way of getting there. And then God sends Avery... PG&E guy, just finished work and saw the car with the hood up, asked me what was going on, I told him and he said, "jump in, I will take you to Auburn, get a new alternator, battery and voltage regulator. It took us an hour and a half to get to Auburn in heavy rain, which means it was probably snowing where the car was...Got the parts and headed back North. I put in the alternator, then pulled out the voltage regulator. Turns out, someone had "spruced-up" the engine bay and had spray painted black lots of stuff, one of them was the voltage regulator. They removed the plug, painted it and then the plug was not put back in all the way. It appeared it was plugged in, but is was not. The black spray paint on the spades, with just 1/8" silver, gave it away. Checked voltage and with part throttle it jumped to 13.6V at all three places, battery, alternator and regulator. By that time it was 530 PM. There was so much snow coming down, the road to Truckee was chains only. Avery told me to head south, back down to Auburn and try to find a place to spend the night, until the storm was over. I looked him in the eyes and in tears I gave him a hug, I offered him money, he wouldn't accept it, he just told me "a few years back, someone helped me with my car when I needed help out in the desert, now I am paying it back. Just pay it forward" There was a good foot of snow all the way down to Auburn, but she made it... it was 7PM. Checked a couple of places to stay, but no vacancies. I pulled into a parking lot and got into the sleeping bag. I had ben up since Tuesday the 23rd at 6 AM. This was Wednesday the 24th at 7 PM. I closed my eyes and next thing it is 12 AM. I used the restroom and after looking at the weather and with all the road closures and chain requirements towards Truckee, I decided to got to Placerville, then to South Lake Tahoe, then to Reno and I80 East. It was rain all the way to Placerville and then light snow till Pollock Pines. Cal Trans pulled me at one of their chain inspection stops and told me I had to get them, or go back. I pulled at the gas station, they had a set and had a guy install them for $30. I left Pollock Pines at 2 AM and made it to South Late Tahoe by 4 Am. In L1 gear, 20 mph. one hand steering, the other hand scraping ice from the inside of the windshield. I was warm, I had wool pants, 3 thermal shirts, two jackets, gloves and a beanie, but my feet were frozen. South Lake Tahoe, it was were the freeway ended. Nothing had been plowed, the city was just buried in snow. I found a hotel paring lot, and parked. Changed socks and went back to sleep. Got up at 730 AM in sunshine. Left South Lake Tahoe at 8 Am with my chains still on and made it to Reno at 11 AM. Stopped at a gas station, took the chains off and got some hot coffee and some food and water... I was in Boise at 4 PM... I called Paul, let him know I made it, I called my buddy in Fresno and thanked him for the sleeping bag. I hugged and kissed my girls and my wife and took them to dinner. I kept looking at them in the eyes and thinking, I am a stupid lucky SoB... I was able to return the new battery and alternator I got from O'Reilly. The alternator I got in Fresno tested OK and the battery Paul had put on was new, in December. The old voltage regulator is probably OK too, but will check on that. Now the water pump leaks... Once the charging problem was fixed, and once I got out of the heavy snow, other than a slight miss at idle, it didn't burn a single drop of oil, or transmission fluid. Radiator held up, all hoses appear to be original to the car and other than that, the car was exactly as advertised. I learned a lot, about different things, about myself, about people, about life and fears. Did I want to get caught in a snow storm at 7500ft with no heat? No. But this trip made me realize that when I couldn't escape my fears, I had to learn how to face them and walk with them... I knew it was going to be temporary. Yes, shipping it would have been the best option, especially with a car that sat for 34 years. But who am I to take the easy way out...?
  4. Thank you. Paul is a great guy to deal with. I am hoping I can fly down to Fresno sometime next week and drive back to Boise.
  5. When you have 14 kids, you would do the same...
  6. 64 Wildcat $7000 but....only 61K miles

    A person that posts 2 year old pictures shows intent. Billings from Boise is two flights, BOI SLC and SLC BIL. Bill, iI bet you would be singing a different song if you spent a day to get there, or dove for 11 hrs to find a car full of dings and faded paint from parking outside, as he put it. If you don't ask, you will never learn the truth with these guys... They can sell you the moon and the stars on the phone and when you get there, your jaw drops to the ground... Or you might have all the time in the world, as most old folks do and don't care taking 11 hrs road trips for no good reason, but I am not you. I couldn't care less about his response, because it was a text and reading "prick" to me means nothing. Now if he had said it to my face in person, he would have looked funny, trying to pick up his teeth with broken fingers. I just thought it was funny this ad posted here and thought to let someone know of my experience with him. Lesson learned...
  7. My 68 had a vinyl top. After my next door neighbor called in the association nazis for the carport I built next to my 3 car garage, and they forced me to take it down, or else pay $550 per day past the demo day, I sold it... I didn't want any liens on the house and parking outside under the Houston sun, was not an option. I like vinyl...
  8. 1953 Super Dynaflow dipstick

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/1949-1953-Buick-Dynaflow-Transmission-Dipstick-B471/352243964443?hash=item5203605a1b:g:nKIAAOSwzz1Zn3Di&vxp=mtr
  9. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1969-Buick-Riviera-vinyl-top/232623338558?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649 I spent about 30 minutes on the phone with him. Has been an ROA member since it started, in 1984. He is very easy going guy, in his 70's, and it is not a bad looking car either...
  10. 64 Wildcat $7000 but....only 61K miles

    Let me tell you about this guy... I sent him a message, asking what he knew about the car. He came back to me with a question: "what do you need to know?" I responded, "it is a 50 year old car, how about everything you know about it?" He sends me a text that said: "I bought the car a little over two years ago, and when it is not raining or it is freezing, or snowing, I drive it almost every day. It is a day driver in excellent condition." I asked for the valley pan cover numbers and he sent them to me. I then looked at the pictures closely and send him this text: "I noticed you have paper plates which expire Dec 2015, which tells me these pictures are from Sept 2015. Do you have any current pictures you can send me? I also noticed the rear tail light lenses are broken, there is one tail pipe instead of two, and your eBay listing, your engine bay picture, the right side of the engine is a different green than the left side. Did you buy it from a dealer? How is the headliner and how old are the tires, do you know?" He comes back with this: "F@#$ you prick... Go find another car." I sent him a text back, "Classy, really classy, I see your parents raised you well... https://www.ebay.com/itm/1964-Buick-Other-Base-/273015756706?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=LdJ8pGuYlMwqli8nqmocwVZ%2B4uE%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc
  11. new 1956 Super owner

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/55-64-Windshield-Molding-Clips-Buick-Pontiac-Oldsmobile-Chevy-Cadillac-923/142517763157?fits=Year%3A1956|Make%3ABuick&hash=item212eb87c55:g:oc0AAOSw0hlZGjFW&vxp=mtr There you go.
  12. Where do these dash support rods go?

    Here is the problem with my wiper switch. I am surprised it lasted this long... The shaft teeth and non existent. Cable is not broken after all... will see if I can find something on eBay
  13. My 56 Century never had them, I just got them yesterday together with the heater center plenum, which for some reason it was never there... I have looked at my manual, on line, pictures of parts cars, but can't find a picture showing the bottom attaching points. I think I know where the top points are, as I can see the bolt holes. I just can't see where the bottom attaching point are... I have my dash top off again, working on my wiper system. Turns out my on/off cable is broken at the switch. My motor has 0 hours since Wiperman rebuilt it. I am also redoing my heater ducting as now I have the center plenum that was missing.