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    Morris Plains, NJ
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    Restoring pre-1938 radios, electronically and cabinetry. Most time these days is spent restoration and upgrading my newly acquired (Aug 2016) '37 Buick Special 4-dr.

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  1. I couldn't get my 37-41 out for a drive this week! A few days ago the brake pedal went all the way down to the floor; those rubber brake hoses in the front just don't hold up well even after only 81 years.
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    For Sale 1916 Willys-Knight Tourng Car $10k

    I know nothing about these old Willys cars. Where is the gas pedal?
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    1931 Buick Model 50 sedan on Hemmings

    It's important to have mechanical skills and knowledge when buying an antique car. The pre-war Buicks are not difficult to work on but finding a mechanic who knows how to work on them might be a challenge. The local garages around here are not equipped to work on my '37 Buick and even Jiffy-Lube refused to change the oil; they didn't even have the proper oil for the differential. At the car wash I was told to leave; they didn't want to take the responsibility of damaging it. I have a great advantage in my immediate area to have mechanic who services nothing but antique cars; I'd be lost without him since I can't do heavy work anymore due to crippling arthritis and just plain being old. Incidentally, I like that '31 sedan but I don't have a garage for it.
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    1930 studebaker President Reduced 32500

    The size of those brake drums is outrageous!
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    1926 Hupmobile

    Fan wobble is very likely worn out water pump bushings. Having virtually no knowledge whatsoever about Hupmobiles, I leave remedial comments to those in the know. I suspect its a reasonably simple re-packing of those bushings so I wouldn't loose sleep over it.
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    1926 Hupmobile

    Yourself not being a "mechanic" is a major consideration. Most owners of antique cars have considerable knowledge of repairs and maintenance; if they don't have the skills, they certainly know a trusted mechanic. Fixing leaks around the engine oil pan is not a difficult thing to do as a new gasket can be cut from a cork sheet; the same goes for your differential leak. BUT oil leaks at the ends of your rear axles (rear brake drum area) would require possibly very difficult to find seals. The head gasket?- I wouldn't touch it! Its better to measure the cylinder compression first and look for foam in the oil or radiator; head gaskets may be extremely hard to find. If you have any problem in understanding what I've written, you could be heading for costly mistake. Don't expect to go to AutoZone for any parts.
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    1923 Buick 54 roadster Dallas TX craigslist

    A stock 1923 6 cyl. roadster that has done 115 mph? Laugh, I don't think my pants will ever dry.
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    1935 packard v12

    I'm in love with that beast. If only it was in restored condition, I had room to garage it, and had a lot of extra cash laying around to buy it.
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    Are the hobby members getting that old?

    Fewer and fewer people these days know how to use a wrench. Those same people lacking mechanical expertise are also lacking knowledge and interest in things like engines, transmissions, and rusting sheet metal. Unfortunately this is the way its been going for quite a while. There are no more mechanics of the 1946-1966 era entering the field. It pleases me greatly to see the rare young person today who is eager to get his hands dirty and bleeding. I'm 73.
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    Car cover recommendations & lessons learned

    I've been using a common garden variety large tarp from Amazon; it covers my '37 Buick bumper to bumper. The last thing I would want is a custom fit cover; these act like the outdoor grill covers that collect humidity and cause very destructive rust. A tarp allows the wind to prevent any accumulation of humidity. For very windy days I have short lengths of plastic rope in the tarp eyelets and I simply wrap these ropes around bricks. If I'm in a hurry I stuff the sides of the tarp between the fenders and tires- that works very well. Also, I use an old blanket on the car roof below the tarp; that prevents any scratching. Keep in mind that in my case the car is not a pristine restoration, rather its a survivor driver with less than perfect paint. None the less for $25 the car is protected year after year from rain and snow. And there's still no body rust.
  11. Oregon has an awful lot of old cars on the road. Whenever I'm there its fun to see so many being driven.
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    50 buick special, not mine

    It might be wise for the seller to remove the "teenager" additions to the dash area. Also no pics of the sides or rear. Just observations, not currently in the market. I learned to drive (legally) in one of these '50 Sedanettes.
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    Is this horn from a antique car?

    The 1930 Chevy's had a horn nearly identical to it. I just tossed one two years ago for want of a use; for a while I had it mounted in my Jeep.
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    '38 Special Oil Filter plumbing

    Forgot about the battery in the 38's. Maybe you can just drill a hole through the battery and mount it there!
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    '38 Special Oil Filter plumbing

    Here's how I mounted an oil filter in my 37 Special, drilling, tapping, and bolting it to the frame. There were no other practical mounting methods on the 37 engine and the filter housing that I bought on eBay a couple of years ago.