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    1939 Buick Jack?

    I realize this is an old thread, but it's satisfying for me to see that I'm not alone in thinking the '40-'41 jack was some kind of "widow maker!" What were they thinking?
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    California "V for Victory" license plate tag

    Oh, I'm working on it. I've got the right equipment. 😉
  3. I just bought this 1941 California plate on ebay, and I have a question for all the professors. As you can see, the plate has a "topper" strip for 1942, but then also has a corner tag that simply has the letter "V" on it. From the limited information I have been able to glean from ebay, these tags are referred to as "V for Victory" tags, and were issued in 1942 and 1943. I figured I could find the whole story on the Internet, but so far I haven't found a thing about them. Since the tags covered the year on the plate, I'm wondering whether they were issued during the war instead of new tags for each year, since no new cars were being registered. Does anyone know anything about this?
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    California "V for Victory" license plate tag

    Here's the plate on the car. I could just use the '41 plate by itself, but I think the "V for Victory" tag adds an extra coolness factor.
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    California "V for Victory" license plate tag

    I got this answer from an outfit called "Dave's California License Plates" Yes the V tab stands for Victory and was issued to vehicle owners who paid their registration for the vehicles in 1943. Just like a sticker today the V was validated to be used for 1943 vehicles. In 1944 when you paid for registration on your vehicle they sent you a 1944 window sticker and the 1943 V tabs would of still been affixed to the plate. So it looks like California had a plate for '41, a plate for new cars in '42, but a yellow "topper" that went across the top of your '41 plate for old cars, the "V for Victory" tag for '43, a window sticker for '44, and then they went back to issuing new plates starting in '45. It's explained on this page: So the plate I got would be the correct plate that my car would have had in 1943. I'm going to stick it on the front and run my "official" vanity plate ("41SUPER") on the rear only. It's not strictly kosher from a DMV standpoint, but I think my chances of getting in trouble are pretty remote. This all started because I am trying to take some "faux-vintage" photos of my car, and the modern plate sticks out like a sore thumb. This way the car will look authentic for the period.
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    California "V for Victory" license plate tag

    Thanks, Mark. I located that site this morning, but it doesn't appear that they have a discussion forum like the one we have here, or that I could participate in their list serve without joining. But I'm going to try to communicate with them.
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    Who Doesn't Like Photos

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    Who Doesn't Like Photos

  9. I realize that your mother-in-law in "only" 80, and your Buick is 81, but I suggest you proceed with caution! We all know you're frustrated by the delays that were beyond your control, but a few more days won't make a difference at this point! Take a deep breath. 😉
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    1932 Other Makes Packard Super Eight

    The ad copy deserves an award for "most pretentious of the year," but the car is gorgeous, no doubt about it.
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    Favorite Pictures of My Pre War Buick

    Thank you. It's called "royal maroon."
  12. Great to have you back, Gary!
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    Favorite Pictures of My Pre War Buick

    I'm working on faux-vintage snapshots of my '41. Here's my latest effort.
  14. Looks nice, but impossible to know what the reserve is, of course.
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    '41 Super Coupe on Ebay -- not mine

    Haha -- yeah, I had the same reaction to those alligator clips. Not sure what's going on there. 😕
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    Favorite Pictures of My Pre War Buick

    I'm actually talking about the little piece between the skirt and the trim on the rocker molding. You can see it in this photo. It was part of the trim on the cars that came from the factory with skirts, but is missing on a lot of cars where people added skirts later. It is basically made of "unobtainium." 😄 The shorter spears is a reference to the spears that go on the the skirts -- I believe they are 21" instead of the 24" versions that go on the fender.
  17. Congratulations, Gary! It's great to have you back, and we look forward to seeing the completion of your '37 restoration. I have to admit I got a kick out of the photos of your prize-winning Model T because of the dude sitting in the chair to the left. Was he taking a nap? 😄
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    Favorite Pictures of My Pre War Buick

    Hi Grant: Lawrence beat me to it. I was going to say the same thing about Ebay. Here's an example: They come up from time to time, but they are pricey and you have to beware of reproductions. Also, the little piece of stainless trim that goes between the rocker molding and the skirt is impossible to find. If you look at the '41's with skirts, you will see that it is missing on a lot of cars.
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    Favorite Pictures of My Pre War Buick

    Yes, that's the guy. He is very friendly and accessible by phone, and is listed by the BCA (Buick Club of America) as the club's "technical adviser" for 1940 and 1941 cars.
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    Favorite Pictures of My Pre War Buick

    Yeah, it looks like the 4-door version (in my picture) is certainly different from the 2-door. It makes sense because the shape of the trunk lid is completely different at the bottom. And I agree that Seybold will cost you top dollar (although he is also someone who you can be pretty certain will understand the difference between the various bodies and provide you with the correct part).
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    Favorite Pictures of My Pre War Buick

    Here's a pic of the trim piece that Lawrence was talking about. A possible source is Doug Seybold in Ohio. He's pretty much the go-to guy when it comes to '40-'41 Buicks. His phone number is 440-835-1193.
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    Harold Lloyd and his wife, Mildred Davis
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    1937 Buick steering wheel

    I thought I would chime in here and post this pic that Grant Z posted on another thread. This is the first Buick I have seen with the standard black wheel. I can see why Stooge likes it -- it has a much tougher look than the banjo wheel we are all used to.
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    1940 Buick oil pressure problem

    Just to echo what has already been said here, my 248 idles warm at about 10 to 15 pounds, and cruises at about 30. The only time it gets up to 45 or so is when it's cold. This concerned me, but Don has assured me, as he says above, that Buicks are notorious for running at low oil pressure. The fact that the gauge is centered at 30 is a bit of a tip off. In a lot of cars, the gauge centers at 45. As long as you're getting around 30 under load, I think you are fine.