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  1. Stooge

    GIRLS ON BUICKS IV

    Unfortunately, I can not help you there, but the accompanying caption where I found the picture reads; Somewhere in New Mexico: 1956. On the road back to California from Florida, May 28, 1956. Cropped left side of image as it had the "end of roll" light leak. I'll bet the train was long enough for my dad to stop the car, get out the camera and have my mom pose. And just because I have it handy, the caption for the mechanic in coveralls picture, June 1943. "Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Miss Natalie O'Donald, attendant at the Atlantic Refining Company garages." A Gibson Girl in coveralls. Medium format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.
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    New Classic Buick Owner

    Congratulations on the new purchase, it sure is beautiful! More pictures please when you get the chance!
  3. Stooge

    GIRLS ON BUICKS IV

    A few I've found recently
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    '37 Century Modest Restoration

    A big step in metal work progress over the weekend, although it did uncover some new work in the form of inner rocker panels/ bottom of the body structure behind the door sills which was a little worse than I was thinking, but theres not much left after that. I am aiming for spraying some high fill primer in august, so I have some time for the rest of the planned metal work, an am actually taking next week off from work, and aside from a few planned things, most of the time will be spent getting the Buick's sheet metal sorted. I still need to make a piece to finish off the torque tube tunnel end that I had to cut out due to rot, but that shouldn't be too bad. Overall I am pretty happy with the fit of everything. i added a few bead rolls to the lower pans on the rear piece, along with the stepped center and added a rectangular step across the top of the rear piece to give it a little more rigidity.
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    Pre war cars insane prices

    its a hobby, why would I want to worry myself about what my car is going to be worth in 5 yrs if im enjoying it during that time? I have no idea what my car will be worth when its on the road, ('37 century series 66 coupe) but I know about how much I have into, (about $4k including the $2600 purchase price) and an idea of what I will have into it when i'm done (probably around $10k), neither of which factor in to anything having to do with how much i will enjoy it. Obviously the Canadian market is going to be a little different, but I have thought the opposite lately, that the average pre war car, running and driving but not an over the top restoration, prices seem to be pretty stable and pretty affordable depending on what you are looking at spending or what you are comfortable working on. I'm 30, in no way am i wealthy, but with several cars and am working on my 3rd and 4th ground up builds simultaneously because there's little chance i could afford to buy someone's shiny complete car, that they are probably losing money on selling. i'm not sure if i fall into the "younger people" crowd, but the generalization that younger people done have the want or ability or financing to work on or own older cars is just silly. there's plenty of young ambitious talent out there, and i see more and more young people looking at older cars to build lately, and with working on cars for people in their 50s or 60s, you see budgeting and tightening the purse strings is something that in no way effects only people under 30 or 40.
  6. Stooge

    I JUST LOVE THE PICTURE OF THIS BUICK...........

    1935 Display car
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    '37 Century Modest Restoration

    Also cobbled together some running board brackets, may not look like much and will never be seen, but they work and are pretty strong, at least enough to not flex at all when I stand on them ( a svelte 6'1, 225). just some 1x2 1/8 wall rectangular tubing, some weld nuts and some 90* bent steel plate, (slightly prettier than angle iron) I had from work, and the only place any money was spent on the running boards, some 1/2-13 weld nuts and flange bolts Some weld nuts for the bottom rails of the running boards. the rails are just quickly stitched in and will get final welded later on, this was just sort of a test idea I had and wanted to see if it would work. the front outside bolt mount will get a shim to kick it up a hair so it sits flush with the front fender and I still need to trim a few spots where the sheet metal of the board is hitting the bolts on the frame bracket.
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    '37 Century Modest Restoration

    Not as much progress being made, but im just about finished with the '66 GTO so I can start putting more time on the buick. Slowly accumulating some vital parts, and my steering column for the Buick came in, along with the pitman arm and the brake and clutch pedals, so I have the complete steering set up for it, and I can figure out what im missing for the clutch stuff and brakes.looks like they might have sandblasted the pedals, but everything seems in good shape and the column is in better shape than I expected. I have the box temporarily bolted in place as I didn't have enough of the correct hardware and didn't realize beforehand that the gear box had threaded mounts rather than through holes, and the column is just ziptied in place until I get a column support bracket/ ignition switch. Now I still need to find the correct transmission mounted master cylinder and hope I have the pedal hardware/ return springs and the linkage for the clutch fork. Also got a new toy in the form of the "new" eastwood bead roller. I don't have any bead rolling experience, so I don't have anything to compare it to, but for the price, I am fairly impressed. A handful of bead and flange/ step dies and an upgraded 4 spoke handle so it wouldn't be as clumsy to use by myself. I would have liked to get a nicer one from Mitler bros or someone, but a bead roller just isn't really something I see myself using a lot and didn't want to just have something expensive sitting for 1 year or 2 until it gets used again. (Posed action shot And to connect the rear section to the new pans, I hand hammered out a 54" curved piece to mimic the stock floor set up. Not the greatest picture and everything is just cleco'd in place over parts of the original floor so it doesn't quite fit right yet. I plan on saving part of the torque tube tunnel and just remaking the end piece that flows into the rear as that was pretty rotted. A handful more pieces to make and I can finish cutting the rear floor out and start tacking the new pieces in place. I would really like to get some primer on the body by August and some paint sprayed by the end of the year, so its going to be a lot of body work the rest of the year. After the floors are in, the front and rear fenders need to come off so I can repair the rockers/ door bottoms on either side of the doors on both sides that a previous owner tried to fix with self tapping screws and some roof flashing.
  9. Good luck! who's wiring harness are you using, Rhode Island, YnZ's, or? I've rewired a few complete cars, both to stock and aftermarket custom ones, and I somewhat enjoy it as it can be very satisfying. I think where i'm going to run into some issues with my '37, is that my car was completely stripped of it's wiring before I bought it, so a lot of the specific connectors, clips, etc that are missing is going to make it a slower process.
  10. Stooge

    '37 Century Modest Restoration

    He has new glass and the hatch back piece, but while its being worked on, he didn't want to risk any damage to it so he left the plastic wrap on that was there when we picked it up.
  11. Stooge

    '37 Century Modest Restoration

    Still plugging away and keeping busy over here! Aside from my Buick, I've ben trying to finish up the '66 GTO project so that can go to paint, not much left of me to do on it, just replacing some floor braces and patching a spot in the floors and the driver side door. Also started cleaning up and planning out the '58 Edsel Villager station wagon project, figuring out what is needed for the new drivetrain, what we can add as far as power brakes and power steering as he wants to haul the family around in it safely/ confidently, and what we needed for patch panels for the floor/ what would fit as theres not much for aftermarket edsel stuff. And a smaller project, is buttoning back together a 64 impala SS, numbers matching 327 with the correct heads, after an engine cleanup/ refurb and making it a little closer to stock appearance / period correct upgrades regarding the engine cam, carburetor, etc. Finally braced up and cut some of the floor out of the Century, enough to make sure the new piece I was cobbling together was going to work, and I am pretty happy with the fitment, nice and snug, although I still have some trimming of whats left of the original trunk divider/ axle bridge area . i'll need to pick up another large piece of sheet metal and get my hands on a bead roller to finish off the flat areas of the floor before I get much further so i'll probably be buying a budget friendly one this week, leaning towards one of the Eastwood's ones since they are pretty reasonable and its not something I think I will use a lot. The new piece is only very loosely cleco clamped into place, and has not been aligned, and nothing has been welded yet as I want to do some more adjusting and wait until I have a few more pieces ready to go in. I was also able to retain the factory "tray" shelf bracketry from the stock floor, that you can see on either end of the new piece.
  12. Stooge

    Generator rebuild to Alternator

    I haven't used the Powermaster alternator in a generator case, but I have used their high output alternators on a number of other cars and they have all been made in the US. I believe the majority, if not all of their product line, is US made. you pay a little bit more for it over some other brands, but they make some really nice stuff.
  13. I have been absolutely kicking myself for missing out on a split bench seat in great condition out of a 38 buick that i had seen online about a day after i got my car home. The seat i found is supposedly from a '39 chevy coupe, it appears they have multiple ads for the same thing wth slightly different wording. Although the ad has been up for a few weeks that i know of, they still are asking a fairly pretty penny for it, but after reading your posts disassembling the seat, i can atleast be relieved there wont be any surprise rodents in it and with the exception of the fabric, seems fairly complete. I know it is not absolutely correct for my car, but is atleast the correct style, which is more of a concern. They are asking $600, although i havent contacted them to see how firm they are on that price. There are other pictures of the underside, track, etc but to get the idea
  14. It's really coming together nicely! A question regarding your seats. Are you buying an upholstery kit from some place like Lebaron Bonney, or sending it to an upholstery shop to have them recovered? Unfortunately, my century didn't come with seats, though I've found a split back bench seat out of a late 30's GM coupe that appears to be about what I am looking for. they are in about the same shape as yours are now, fabric and cushioning completely stripped out off of them, but the springs, sheet metal backings and the wood supports and track seems to all be there. Metal, body, paint, mechanicals I can do, but upholstery is something I don't know much about and have no experience in, and have been talking myself in and out of buying the stripped seats and have them covered or keep searching for complete, usable seats which im not too optimistic about.
  15. Stooge

    1938 Buick Century Tires...

    the tires that came on my '37 Century are also the 8.20-15. seems like there are a few available bias ply options for that size and was just going to replace with black walls when I got to the point of it being closer to being road worthy as the ones on there are pretty well dry rotted and cracked.