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About Roadmaster71

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  1. Roadmaster71

    1941 Special engine dies when warmed up

    My car ran just fine as long as it was revving in the driveway. But while driving it began to miss when I put it in gear. It was most evident in third. I found that one of the spark plug cables was bad. The distributor end was not seating tightly .. the terminal appeared to be of the wrong type. I made a new cable with the proper terminals and the problem is now gone. So, are all the cables good? How about the distributor cap? So many choices. I'm sure you will figure it out.
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    My car smells bad - mice urine odor reeks - help!

    I tried the ammonia for one night. It helped a little. The best thing was leaving it outside with all windows open. I am now leaving the windows open while it is in the garage. Because of that I have re-baited about 10 mouse traps (even though the mice tend to stay away in the warm months.) The first day I left the car outside in the sun with all the doors open happened to also be the day that the maple trees decided to lose all of their winged seed pods. They flew right into the car along with all the caterpillars that are now hanging from the oak trees on silk threads. Oh well.
  3. Earl, I agree ... I do need that master parts book. I will probably order one from Fusick when I get done with paying for this front end job. I expect to get the car today ... they are finishing as I type this. It will be a big bill. They had to do a lot of work to make everything fit due to excessive wear on the old parts that everything attaches to. My car came out of Connecticut ... I bought it 16 years ago. It looks like you found a beauty! Perfect original interior? I would do the plastic covers too. That only comes around once and I suspect you want to use the car a lot. The covers will protect it. I notice you have the bumper end protectors and fog lights too. Nice extras!
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    My car smells bad - mice urine odor reeks - help!

    I'm going to try the ammonia just as soon as I get my car back from the shop. I warned the guys about the smell but they were not concerned. They just started with their own stories about smelly vehicles.
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    My car smells bad - mice urine odor reeks - help!

    I covered everything with baking soda and sprayed it with hydrogen peroxide. No significant change. I also vacuumed out all the debris they had stored inside the springs. CAUTION: Shortly after my first vacuuming of the seat springs i noticed that there was a tick on me. I could not remember going in the woods and so had no idea where it came from. The second time I removed nesting material from the seats I saw a tick on my pants while I was still using the vacuum. Those ticks must have been left behind by the mice. Be careful! Lyme disease is prevalent around here.
  6. Roadmaster71

    My car smells bad - mice urine odor reeks - help!

    You and several other people have the same suggestion. I will be visiting a pet store soon. Thanks so much!
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    My car smells bad - mice urine odor reeks - help!

    No smell or stains from the headliner. My wife patched that last summer so it wouldn't look so bad for my son's wedding. See my blog site for the rest of the story and photos.
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    My car smells bad - mice urine odor reeks - help!

    Funny you should mention that. I came close to buying a 1952 Cadillac Fleetwood Anniversary 4-door sedan. Gave up when I finally got guy to admit I could not test drive it ... no brakes and he wasn't interested in fixing them. So as of next Tuesday I will be having a nearly complete front end replacement so I can finally drive straight. I'm committed!
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    My car smells bad - mice urine odor reeks - help!

    I suspect this thread is long dead ... but hopefully someone else adds to it. My suggestions, only partially effective, are below. My car (1941 Buick Roadmaster Touring Sedan) has this same problem. I was able to get / reduce most of the smell. Then I goofed up this winter and failed to properly protect against mice. Late in winter I finally figured out where they were coming in by placing traps at the two ends of the garage door and at all four wheels. They were entering by the edge of the garage door where a couple inches of weatherstripping was missing. I put all my traps there and have since caught 3 mice. If I close that opening they will just find another. I'm better off leaving it as is. I put moth balls in the car, especially under the seats. It did not help. I put Walmart dryer cloths in the seats and floor. It did not help. My only solution has to been to remove the seats and clean out all the cotton fill that is inside the springs. (Does this stuff belong there or did the mice deposit it?) I wear gloves and yank the stuff out and also use a vacuum cleaner. The fill is sprinkled with mouse feces. I have even removed complete desiccated mice from the spring cavities. I don't know if that fill is supposed to be there but removing that and leaving the seats in the sun does help. I also scrubbed under the seats with powdered cleaner (Ajax?). Next stop will be new seats and more mouse traps. Some photos attached.
  10. The order from Cars came in. The parts look good and I reviewed them with the man who will do the install. The only concern he had is that the brackets that attach the lower control arm rod are an integral part of the entire casting. The originals appear to have a stamped bracket that is then welded to the cast rod. He will install this first. The holes do seem to match up (I measured). The other parts look good. The salesman told me that a nut was not included with the lower outer pivot pin kit. It does not have a separate nut but does have a threaded sleeve with an integral nut on one end. Hopefully this will fit. Almost the entire order arrived in about 8 days. The front springs that I ordered were drop shipped and they came a few days later. Some photos are attached.
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    jack handle/lug wrench for jack set

    Jim, I do not have the part for sale but I can give you photos and dimensions of mine so someone else may identify a spare part they want to sell to you. The small bar: 5-3/4" long, wrench end for 3/4" nut, hole in other end 7/16" diameter I also have a plain long bar: 18" long by 5/8" diameter I measured as well as I could. I may be off a bit. These parts did not come with my 1941 Buick. I bought them separately from a vendor who claimed they were for the 1941.
  12. The tie rod ends are left hand threaded. Another area in the Cars catalog does specify this for all 1941 Buicks. Apparently the salesman was not aware of it. Also a friend of mine knows that the adjusting sleeves are left hand threaded as per the shop manual. I will figure out the nut size when I remove the one that I do have on the other side of the car.
  13. I am in the process of sourcing the parts needed to rebuild the front end of my 1941 Buick Roadmaster 4-door sedan. I have a couple of questions that have come up while consulting catalogs. I need upper and lower outer knuckle support pin kits (pivot pins). The kit offered by CARS (my preferred vendor at the moment) does not include the large nut that secures the lower pin (according to salesman). Mine is missing. Does anyone know the dimensions of that nut? I plan to remove and measure the one I do have on the other side of the car but would like your input. I measure the bolt as about 7/8" diameter and 10 threads/inch (coarse?) The kit comes with Tie Rod Ends. These have to be specified as right hand or left hand thread. What were they for 1941? I may have some terms wrong ... I am not very familiar with suspension parts .. please feel free to correct me. Thanks!
  14. Roadmaster71

    Tracing a 100 year old car to the original owner!!

    That's a great story, Morgan! It's always nice when you get cooperation from nice folks. I sold my 1947 Mercury Station Wagon many years ago ... needed money to replace my wife's car that was stolen. A year or so after selling the car I got a call from the man who bought it from the man I sold it to. It seems that all of the brand new wood that I included with the car was no longer with it. At least I was able to point the guy to my source of new parts. My current car (1941 Buick) has almost no history. The guy who I bought if from (lives in CT) said at the time I bought it that "It came from out west", whatever that meant. I was so anxious to get the car home (a 90 mile ride) that I did not press him any further. A few years later I tried on two occasions to get more information but he claimed to know nothing. So it goes.
  15. Roadmaster71

    Email Security

    John , I agree that using our old cars in such an event can be very fulfilling. I recently did this for my son at his marriage this past summer (see ). Unfortunately there are various legal and insurance entanglements that can result from such arrangements, for hire or not, and that is why we do not use the club to facilitate such arrangements. Of course our members are free to do as they please just as I did for my own son.