neil morse

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  1. My long build of a 1940 56S

    Hooray! Having bought a totally intact, properly running, and more or less correct car, I can only imagine your frustration at this point! That sounds like a great day, indeed. I'm confident that you are going to have your beautiful Buick in great shape very soon.
  2. Tracing a 100 year old car to the original owner!!

    Haha -- you're a comedian, too! Magnificent photo of spectacular car!
  3. 1941 Limited Limousine

    The movie was made in 1942.
  4. My long build of a 1940 56S

    As you can see from Ken's post, these vent regulators were used in Buicks for many years (in addition to Cadillacs, Pontiacs, and Oldsmobiles). GM literally made millions of them. There are two versions -- the shaft for the crank is either on the left or the right depending on whether the regulator is for a front or rear door and for the left or right side.
  5. My long build of a 1940 56S

    Hi Mike: I am currently working on the doors of my '41, which have similar hardware to your car. First of all, the injury to the vent window regulator that your car has suffered is very common. So far, I have determined that two out of four of my doors have this injury. (I haven't gotten into the other two doors yet.) The regulator shaft is made of pot metal, and it's quite fragile and breaks easily if someone gets carried away with tightening the bolt that attaches the vent to the regulator. Or it may even be possible to break the shaft if someone goes crazy with the crank trying to either open or close the vent. As far as the problem of not being able to remove the regulator, can you post a photo that shows a wider view? On my car, the vent regulators are secured with four bolts -- two lower ones like the one you show in the photo you posted and two upper ones which also secure the vent window frame to the door. Here's a photo of one of my rear doors (the fronts are similar, but I don't have a photo handy). Or could it be that the vent regulator is stuck in place because the shaft from the vent is still jammed into the regulator? Have you tried removing the vent window frame and the vent window? Hope that helps. Neil
  6. Neil's '41 Super Model 51

    More Doors I got the right rear door all back together and sealing tight. Now time to move on to the right front. Everything had to come out so I could put the sound deadening material in. Here's what came out of the door. Pot metal shaft on the vent window regulator broken, just like the rear door. More $$ on the way to Doug Seybold! At least the old rubber wasn't rock-hard like the rear. It came out pretty easily. My car has several different brands of laminated glass (not sure what is original). My favorite is this one "Shat-R-Proof"
  7. What year are these window crank handles?

    Based on this photo from Gary W's thread, they look like 1937.
  8. 42 buick parts, not mine

    Okay, excellent. Thank you, Matthew.
  9. '37 320 ci engine -- not mine

    I saw this on Hemmings today. Running engine with good oil pressure, $1200 or BO, located in Indiana
  10. 42 buick parts, not mine

    But many of the dash parts are the same for other years. Just to let people know, the items I am interested in are the battery/temperature gauge and the speedometer.
  11. 42 buick parts, not mine

    I'm interested in some of the gauges, and wonder if I can possibly talk this guy into being reasonable about selling a few single items. I have sent you a PM, Matthew.
  12. Neil's '41 Super Model 51

    Monday Update I took my car back to the East Bay this morning to see whether Gary's friend, Mike, could help get my right rear door to fit better and seal properly. Long story short -- despite Herculean efforts by Mike and an assistant, they were not able to bend the door. (I think they were using techniques that probably work with "modern" cars that are made of tin, but they were defeated by the thick sheet metal from Flint!) However, Mike had a good suggestion, which I was able to follow after I got back home in the afternoon. Mike suggested that I shim the lower hinge, which would push the door out a bit on the lower end and bring it in a bit at the top, where the problem is. I followed his suggestion, with great results. A couple of fender washers (trimmed to fit) pushed the bottom of the door out a bit. (Note broken bolt in the middle -- the head broke off when I tried to loosen it -- I'm assuming that the two remaining bolts will be sufficient to keep the door on!) After making this change (and adjusting the latch hardware), the door was sealing at the top except for the last ten or so forward inches. Much better. I decided to just add some rubber weather strip and consider it done. As long as it looks presentable (which it does) and keeps the water out, I feel that I have met my "reliable driver" standard. I started work getting the glass back in the door, including the vent with the new rubber and the "new" vent regulator. It's very satisfying to be putting things back instead of taking things apart. (I know -- this is nothing compared to the kind of full restorations that others are doing, but the principle is the same.)
  13. You really made me laugh out loud with that comment since that is EXACTLY what I was thinking when I saw the photo -- "Oh Boy, Gary's in trouble now!" Heck, we've never seen a mess like that in your workshop, let alone on the dining room table!
  14. My long build of a 1940 56S

    As long as we're talking about Royal Maroon, I should point out that I DID get this message left on my windshield one day when I parked in broad daylight.
  15. My long build of a 1940 56S

    I understand perfectly. I just got some things from Doug. They were sent promptly and were exactly what I wanted, but they were not cheap by any means. If you're willing to take your time, you can undoubtedly find things for less money.