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About Dynaflash8

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    Served 15 years on AACA Board, National President 2005

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  1. Whitewall overkill

    Personally, I like whitewalls, and too, they were totally and authentically available from the factory as well as from the dealer. My Dad bought a 1939 Buick with only 10,000 miles on it and it had double-whitewall tires from the gitgo. He couldn't afford them and eventually put blackwalls on when he replaced the tires. I hate the look of blackwalls, so it is a personal statement....period. I am not at all sure you are correct abut 1947 cars either, but you would be certainly correct about 1942 cars which you do not mention. It makes no sense in picking at other people's tastes when in fact the item in question was absolutely authentic for all but 1942, probably 1946 and possibly 1947. Buick Roadmasters switched from 7:00x15 tires to 8.20x15 tires in 1947, not 1948. I have a Buick magazine here to prove it. In addition, CCCA accepts radial tires which are totally non-authentic for all CCCA-recognized cars. AACA does not accept them (for judging) but recently dropped the deduction in half. I don't know if I agree with that decision or not, but based on membership desire, I think it had to be done....and, maybe going all the way will still be in the cards. That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.
  2. 1947 Buick Special original paint question

    Okay, I'll look at the Chassis Parts book after I finish eating lunch. Why don't you sell me that Buick so you won't have to worry about what color to paint it?
  3. I drove the '39 convertible sedan to church Sunday, and I drove the 41 Roadmaster sedan to the shop yesterday to get a faulty new tire replaced. The company had replaced it for $20
  4. 1947 Buick Special original paint question

    Those are paint company codes. Tell me the number off of the firewall plate. Using the paint code numbers means you are still only guessing based on what you see on the car.
  5. 1947 Buick Special original paint question

    There should be a metal plate attached to the firewall on the passenger side. There is a color code on that plate. If you will give me that color code I will go out to the garage again and see what the original color of that car was. Unfortunately, it may have been single color, but you'll know. I didn't write them down, but there were two different two-tone gray's. The Dusty gray was the bottom color both times. Lehigh Gray was one of the two upper colors, but I need to go back and look it up again. That two-tone green car is beautiful. I know what I'd do.
  6. Ethanol Is Still Coming!

    E15 will be the end the hobby and the end of the value these old cars have. So, everyone will scurry to put the modern engine under the hood so the car can still be driven. You'll sell your car for $200 so the next guy can spend $30,000 to install the modern rice burner. Makes me sick.
  7. Lacquer paint on my 55 century

    buick man, the shop in Sarasota, FL does use mechanical means to strip the paint. I don't know why painters don't want to use single stage instead of bc/cc exept labor. That said, my friend in Virginia did paint my 71 Riviera in base coat/clear coat and it is truly smooth and beautiful too. I always say if I can brush my teeth in the side of the door like my mirror, then the job is good enough. I hate orange coat. Almost every enamel job I saw back in the day had orange peel. Glass smooth is the most important part of any paint job to me, followed by shine, followed by depth. My old 41 Buick has all three of those things, except where it's chipped. Even the spider webs shine. I think it was repainted all or in part back in the 50's or early 60's because some or all of the spider webs have sunken and filled cracks, but no open cracks. In a few places the paint has chipped right down to the metal, all are small though. I have said I would never have another car painted in this lifetime. In the past it has take years....7 years, 9 years and there is one out there now 2.5 y ears for a simple repaint. Guys used to want to do work at home. Now they take the job on, but are making too much money in the shops to want or care about going home and doing anything. Times sure have changed. But, this shop in Sarasota has a reputation for getting them in and out, and they don't do insurance work, just collector car work.
  8. 1947 Buick Special original paint question

    I just went out to the garage and looked at one of my Buick Master Chassis Parts Books. There were three different two-tone colors offered in 1947, two of which were not exciting.....they were gray. The lower color was the same, but the upper gray was a different shade. One was Lehigh Gray over Dusty Gray. The other one is also over Dusty Gray. The better combination is a two-tone green. That was always pretty, be it 1941 or 1947. If you need to know the exact name of the colors, I will write them down and put them on here. The Special two-door sedanette particularly lended itself to two-tone green. Maybe I'm partial to it because my aunt & uncle owned a 1942 sedanette in two-tone green from 1943-1952 and I always liked it.
  9. Lacquer paint on my 55 century

    buick man: They will strip the car, so the existing lacquer is no problem. As for painting lacquer, nobody will do it. I'm not sure it's even legal here in Florida in a commercial shop, hardly anything else is including gasoline except in low volume gas stations. That is thanks to former Governor Charlie Crist. I've heard various stories about single stage. One shop told me it dulls fast in Florida sun, but of course my car isn't out in that often. When you're almost 80 you have to do what you have to do. Hybernia is the one that said they could not get blending agent. They tried to tell about blending with various levels of slow-drying thinners. None of those thinners were available i the local paint supplier either. I'm not building a show car, just a nice 5-foot driver. Most people don't even know how beautiful lacquer was by comparison to today's paints. You should see the orange peel in my 2017 Buick LaCrosse. I realize that can to sanded and buffed out. My Dodge Charger has a much better paint job that the Buick. Who would have thought, back in the 50's, that a Ford or Chrysler product could have a better looking paint job than a GM car?
  10. Lacquer paint on my 55 century

    One problem is you can't get product. I found this one gallon of left-over, unopened black lacquer with a classic car collector in New York. Just one gallon, and it is acryllic lacquer, not nitrocellulous. I couldn't find the blender anywhere (I misspoke when I called it retarder); but, I found one pint in a restoration shop in Iowa. Being somewhat of a friend that I knew through AACA, he agreed to share it with me. My painter friend in Virginia told me it takes very little. Otherwise, I found it unobtainable. The lacquer primer-surfacer was readily available at the local paint supplier. There is a restoration shop paint supplier in Rhode Island who can supply lacquer, but he can't supply blending agent. He says you go through a routine to "melt it in" using various viscoscities of thinner. My friend in Virginia who has been in body shops since he was 9 years old (before and after school) until now, and who was born in 1950 said he'd never done that on a repair job. In his opinion it was open to reliability concerns. I just decided there were too many if's and too many places to fix. Plus, I felt I'd be chasing my tail until there was NO paint or blending agent left. I don't believe in "fixing at" a car where it is worn out, original or not. It is true, it's only original once as they say, BUT that's the day it leaves the dealers showroom, not after 77 years. I know it's the latest big thing with collectors, but I don't buy it. If it's worn out, fix it, period, that's my philosophy. So, since I'm approaching 80, I don't have time for another full-on restoration, so I'm going to build a 5-foot driver and enjoy this car. I don't have room for anymore trophies anyway.
  11. 1947 Buick Special original paint question

    A Master Chassis Parts book will tell you the colors. Based only on memory I think the 46 and 47 were one color, but the 48 had multiple two-tones. Let me check the books tonight. The 46 and 47 didn't have a belt molding which makes two-toning more difficult.
  12. Lacquer paint on my 55 century

    This is also what several local paint shops have told me as well. My '41 Roadmaster has some spider webs all over the car. So, I've signed on to have a restoration shop strip the whole car and repaint it in base/clear. Hate not being able to use oldtime lacquer, but nobody will do it. I could have touched it up using a gallon of lacquer, a pint of retarder and lacquer primer that I have on hand, but there were just too many places. So, if anybody needs a gallon of black lacquer, a pint of retarder and a gallon of lacquer primer I guess I can make that available for break even price toward late May. I want to be absolutely sure the restoration shop doesn't look it over and say it doesn't have to be totally repainted. I have a friend in VA who visited and looked it over. He said it could fix it all with one gallon of lacquer, but I can't get the car to him. Besides, he's sold his longtime bodyshop and is only working there part time for the new owner.....for something to do.
  13. 1936 Buick Roadmaster Grass Valley CA

    That is a beautiful car and I love the color. It is missing all or part of one tailight that has the tag holder on it, and the headlights have been converted to sealed beams. The interior is lovely and complete. Not being into keeping a car totally original if it is worn, I'd probably detail the engine and possibly do some re-chroming if I saw it close up. George, previous post, I'm 79 running hard for 80, so I know how you feel.
  14. differences btw. 1942 vs post war wheel rims

    If it is really a Roadmaster, the wheels should all be 15-inch.
  15. Still need a 15x6 1942-1950 wheel rim

    The guy only sold one of the wheels. Three are back up on eBay this afternoon, but he doesn't answer any questions, so I don't even know if they are 15-inch wheels or how wide they are. I think the '49 Special still ran 16-inch wheels in 1949.