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    FOR SALE: 1931 Buick Model 8-57

    Correct - the vehicle sold through Bring a Trailer. Thanks for the interest.
  2. envoy_to_the_stars

    MaraDyne MP146K-6 Pacesetter 6V Electric Fan

    This is a 14", 6V electric fan, usable on our old 6V vehicles to give a little supplemental cooling on hot days, or when you're idling down a parade route! It's new in the box. I bought it as a supplemental cooling fan for my Buick, but ended up solving the cooling issue and didn't need it. Take the stress off your cooling system and let this fan help keep your temps down. $60 Shipped!
  3. envoy_to_the_stars

    FOR SALE: 1931 Buick Model 8-57

    Keep me updated - send me a PM if you're interested in discussing this further!
  4. envoy_to_the_stars

    FOR SALE: 1931 Buick Model 8-57

    Historically, BAT auctions don't really spike up until the last 12 hours or so...which is understandable, why pump up the price when there's still days left on the auction?
  5. envoy_to_the_stars

    FOR SALE: 1931 Buick Model 8-57

    Thank you, Mark and Ben!
  6. envoy_to_the_stars

    FOR SALE: 1931 Buick Model 8-57

    Indeed I do. Of course you can bid on the auction at any time, but at this time I'd be willing to pull the auction and sell the car outright with all spare parts and tools for $16.5k.
  7. envoy_to_the_stars

    FOR SALE: 1931 Buick Model 8-57

    Hello Everyone, It is with great sadness that I announce I must sell my 1931 Model 57. I am moving overseas for work, and can't take her with me. I bought this car from Mark Shaw in Oregon about 2 years ago, and it has been an absolute blast to drive and own. Mark is a Buick fanatic, and his deep knowledge of all things Buick show in his restoration of this car. It runs perfectly and strongly - starts up on the first try every time, has good compression on every cylinder, and holds 20+ lbs of oil pressure. She's a strong old girl! She has been used in parades and shows with Fire Department that I work for, and was featured in the 2016 Houston Auto Show. Mark did a great job restoring this car in the 90's with his father, and rebuilt the engine at the same time. The 3-speed synchromesh manual gearbox shifts smoothly and effortlessly, just like a modern car. I have a stack of records and handwritten letters documenting the refurbishment. The car now has a clean Texas title. The red and black paint shines beautifully. There is NO RUST at all, and only a few minor chips on the front fenders, around the door jams, and on the hood latches. I had the car professionally polished a few months ago...you'd think it was just painted yesterday. Mechanically, this car is very sound. The brakes were professionally adjusted last year, along with a carburetor service, rebuilt water pump, steam cleaned radiator, new Optima 6V battery, and valve adjustment. The louvers on the front work well and the engine doesn’t overheat even during Texas summers. It does have a puff of smoke upon startup due to a minor exhaust valve leak, but new exhaust valve seals come with the car. Very minor seepage from the oil pan gasket and a minor leak from the rear differential is also present (about a drop per month), but a new oil pan gasket is included as well. The big feature here is that the car is 100% complete. All of those impossible to find pieces are present, and Mark passed along a ton of spare parts as well, including the jack, an original “Specifications and Adjustments” book, Fischer body manual, and slides of the service manual. Additional spare parts that accompany the vehicle are as follows: Two rims/tires Front brake rod/cable Four backing plates with brakes One steering connecting rod Bottom radiator hose tube with drain valve Rocker arm assembly Valve cover Throw-out bearing oil tube/cover Spark plug side cover New oil pan gasket Distributor cap Ignition points and rotor This is a really beautiful car, a fantastic driver, and something I planned on keeping forever - but life got in the way. It's currently featured on the Bring-a-Trailer auctions - if you're interested in owning her, please feel free to contact me here or on Bring a Trailer. I would be happy to provide additional pictures and/or video of anything you'd like to see. http://bringatrailer.com/listing/1931-buick-model-8-57/
  8. envoy_to_the_stars

    FOR SALE: 1931 Buick Model 8-57

    Hello Everyone, It is with great sadness that I announce I must sell my 1931 Model 57. I am moving overseas for work, and can't take her with me. I bought this car from Mark Shaw about 2 years ago, and it has been an absolute blast to drive and own. It runs perfectly and strongly - starts up on the first try every time, has good compression on every cylinder, and holds 20+ lbs of oil pressure. She's a strong old girl! She has been used in parades and shows with Fire Department that I work for, and was featured in the 2016 Houston Auto Show. Mark did a great job restoring this car in the 90's with his father, and rebuilt the engine at the same time. The 3-speed synchromesh manual gearbox shifts smoothly and effortlessly, just like a modern car. I have a stack of records and handwritten letters documenting the refurbishment. The car now has a clean Texas title. The red and black paint shines beautifully. There is NO RUST at all, and only a few minor chips on the front fenders, around the door jams, and on the hood latches. I had the car professionally polished a few months ago...you'd think it was just painted yesterday. Mechanically, this car is very sound. The brakes were professionally adjusted last year, along with a carburetor service, rebuilt water pump, steam cleaned radiator, new Optima 6V battery, and valve adjustment. The louvers on the front work well and the engine doesn’t overheat even during Texas summers. It does have a puff of smoke upon startup due to a minor exhaust valve leak, but new exhaust valve seals come with the car. Very minor seepage from the oil pan gasket and a minor leak from the rear differential is also present (about a drop per month), but a new oil pan gasket is included as well. The big feature here is that the car is 100% complete. All of those impossible to find pieces are present, and Mark passed along a ton of spare parts as well, including the jack, an original “Specifications and Adjustments” book, Fischer body manual, and slides of the service manual. Additional spare parts that accompany the vehicle are as follows: Two rims/tires Front brake rod/cable Four backing plates with brakes One steering connecting rod Bottom radiator hose tube with drain valve Rocker arm assembly Valve cover Throw-out bearing oil tube/cover Spark plug side cover New oil pan gasket Distributor cap Ignition points and rotor This is a really beautiful car, a fantastic driver, and something I planned on keeping forever - but life got in the way. It's currently featured on the Bring-a-Trailer auctions - if you're interested in owning her, please feel free to contact me here or on Bring a Trailer. I would be happy to provide additional pictures and/or video of anything you'd like to see. http://bringatrailer.com/listing/1931-buick-model-8-57/
  9. envoy_to_the_stars

    Noise from '31 Model 57's Straight 8

    Quick update, everyone. I adjusted the valve clearances on the Buick a few weeks ago, and she's running a lot smoother now! Several clearances were too loose, and several were too tight. That took care of some noise by itself. With regard to the other noise - I had the bottom end of the engine dismantled, inspected, and re-assembled by a specialty shop here in Houston (the owner has a Model 90 of his own), and he didn't identify any causes of the noise or any causes for concern. There's no loss of power, no hesitation, no rod knock, etc. I'll keep investigating as I find time, but I'm confident there's nothing to worry about.
  10. envoy_to_the_stars

    1931 Buick 8-91 Restoration help please.

    Mike, Not sure how much this helps, but I have a '31 Model 57 in Houston, and would be happy to make it available for any measurements or mechanical references you need.
  11. envoy_to_the_stars

    Need Reasonable Vintage Car Mechanic in Houston

    Sean Ornduff in Tomball knows his stuff - not sure what your budget is, but if you need a guy who has the technical skill to fix your ride, he'll get it done quick and easy. http://www.seanornduff.com/
  12. envoy_to_the_stars

    For Sale 1951 Buick Special

    Do you have any pictures of it in the daylight? Profile / Rear shots? Engine bay?
  13. envoy_to_the_stars

    Continued Care for Wooden Wheels

    Hello All, My '31 Buick has wooden wheels. I'm trying to learn more about what I can do to keep them in good shape. I've seen plenty of pages on restoring wood wheels, but nothing on general continuous upkeep. I live in a very hot, humid area, so I probably have less to worry about than most, but I want to keep those wheels strong! Any advice yall can offer? Just slap a coat of linseed oil on them every so often?
  14. envoy_to_the_stars

    Noise from '31 Model 57's Straight 8

    Regarding a broken spring at the lower end of the push rod? I've got some time this weekend to dog in and figure it out. I'll report back what I find!
  15. envoy_to_the_stars

    Selling my "Buick Shop Trucks"

    I've ridden in that Caballero, it's a slick ride!