Dynaflash8

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  • Birthday 10/19/1938

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    Served 15 years on AACA Board, National President 2005

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  1. Wondering about a value

    I do not disagree with this. Convertibles exite the masses more than they excite me. I don't like the top down, and protecting the canvas is a constant concern, they rattle, and if nice need to have a closed trailer. But they are the candy of the masses. I have a '39 Special convertible sedan and I don't drive it much. I'll be 80 in October 2018 and I want to sell my closed trailer, and hence the car after the AACA Sentimental Tour in Mississippi in Nov 2018. I recently joined the CCCA to participate with the SoFlaRegion of that club. Last year they invited me to join in on a local tour with my convertible and we did. Probably a 47 Packard Super 8 sedan would have pleased them more than a 41 Buick Roadmaster, but a Buick will qualify now and I'm a Buick kind of a guy. I won't have to worry about rain, or an aluminum open trailer for far off AACA tours either. So, a sedan (my wife wanted 4 doors) is a great "old man's car" and I'm looking at the "buy in" rather than the "sell out" money. I'd rather have a Limited, but it is bigger to handle and bigger to garage for old people. By the way, I'm not seriously considering these two I found....too much work.
  2. Wondering about a value

    Well, the owner passed away, and there is what looks like a fairly fresh battery, so that predicts some hope that it did run sometime in the not-to distant past. It's less than 100 miles from me, but the son is in another state, so a visit doesn't look promising before Hershey, and after that there is no chance to get there for me. And to answer a previous question, now that this model is "approved" in the highest of circles (I and some friends worked hard for that), I am sure the price for an entry level Full Classic will skyrocket.
  3. Wondering about a value

    Well, you hit the nail on the head there. It would have to be a very small project with no paint job involved. I don't think this is one of those, but it's almost down the street from one of my houses. So........................., you know, the desire never dies until you do. I always liked to do them to my own satisfaction and approval, absolutely authentic. It grieves me that I can't do that anymore. Most cars done by somebody else do not meet the standards I always set for myself and it's hard to come to grips with that. I had something going, but I've had so much trouble from this darned hurricane, it just paralyzed me.
  4. Wondering about a value

    Well, that's some good advice.
  5. Wondering about a value

    Only in pictures. My description is fair. The paint on the good car is quite better than that blue '50 and it may not have to be painted. The parts car is in primer and toast.
  6. Wondering about a value

    I have run across a pair of 41 Buick Roadmaster sedans in a barn. One appears to have decent paint, toasted interior, missing one of the two seatbacks and glovebox door, poor woodgrain. It may or may not run. The other was it's parts car I suppose. It has the head off, destination unknown, but does have a rusty glovebox door and the seatback, covered with a 1950s vintage plastic seat cover. Anything else the first car needs would be small. The better car does have vent shades but no other accessories. Pot metal condition not definable in pictures on either car, but bumpers aren't too bad on the better car. Now back when I started in the 1955-56 timeframe the two would be worth maybe $25. By 1962 when I joined AACA, maybe $75. A car in the condition of the better car, then, if running (not necessarily well enough to drive 200 miles) would have been $125-150. By 1971 maybe $300. Okay, that's all ancient history. Who could make a guess at the value today? What would you think these two old sedans would be worth on the 2017 market? I was quoted an astronomical price (in my opinion), of course I have a hard time dealing with prices today due to my 79 years and knowledge of what it was like way, way back in the day. I might offer on them if I had any idea what would really be fair. It would be fun to hear what all of you young people think.
  7. Oil dipstick, 1939 Roadmaster

    In your owners manual under specifications it should tell you how many quarts a 60-70-80-90 engine holds. In my recollection a 320 holds more oil that a 248 but I'm 900 miles from my books at the moment. It also is in my recollection that the dip sticks had the year and model on them through 1942, and finally there was a change in the pan on some of the cars in those years, as well as the sump part of the oil pump (screen), but all of that is conjecture on my part, and 90% percent of my experience was with 248 and 263 engines. At some point, I think 1940, the neck on the bottom plate of the switched from a 45 degree angle to a "L". I guess that would be a 90%, but it put the sump slightly lower into the pan. The shape of the spark plug cover was changed in 1941, but you could use a spark plug cover as a replacement off of any of them. The water pump and thermostat housing was changed in 1950 on the 320. The water pump is the same 1936-1949 on the 320 and 1941-49 on the 248 cid. You also have the possibility of a blown engine at some point and the Buick dealer ordering a new short block from the factory with no number and then punching the number from the old block which they were want to do. They didn't have Chevy 350 box engines for everybody to put into every and any kind of a car back then (that is sarcasm.....sorry).
  8. TIRE SIZES THAT WILL FIT 16" RIMS ON 1940 BUICK SPECIAL

    Looking at the back page of Hemmings, I see that Diamondback tires had made a new tire, called AUBURN, in which you can get a 15" radial tire that is made to look like a bias tire. They even come in the old sizes like 7:00x15; 7.60x15; 8.20x15, etc. That looks like a winner for 15" tires. They also make a 6.00x16 and promise a 6.50x16 soon to come. I don't know if you can pick your whitewall tire width or not. The old 6.50x16 tire had a 3" white wall.
  9. Interesting Early Modifacation - Pierce Arrow

    Maybe it was a town like Rixeyville, that's close to Orange, as is a bigger town called Warrenton. I need to look at a map. Maybe it was Appamattox. There was an elderly gentleman there, some years ago, who had a small museum, and more cars at home on his farm. The car looks like the kind of car he might have had.
  10. Interesting Early Modifacation - Pierce Arrow

    Maybe Rixeyville or a town close to it. I should look up the names on a map. There was a large collector for awhile in Appamatox, but he was somewhat elderly and may have closed his little museum. He had a lot of cars in this sort of condition in the building and at home.
  11. Interesting Early Modifacation - Pierce Arrow

    What little town? Dumfries, Quantico, King George, Lorton? Gotta know....I'm a native of the area.
  12. Oil dipstick, 1939 Roadmaster

    Somebody put in a later engine. A '39 dipstick will not work. I've been playing with one or more of 12 different 1939 Buicks since 1955. Another person was right, the sidepan is from a later engine. In 1949 Buick offered engines to customers that fit back to 1937. To use them the customer unbolted the front plate on the old engine (where motor mounts attached) and bolted them onto the the front of the new engine. Beginning in 1948, engines did not have that plate, as the motor mounts were moved back to the frame about 1/3 way back from the front. Another person here asked if there was a boss on the side of the block with the bolt holes where the motor mount would be mounted from 1948 to the end. I suspect, but do not know it, that these new replacement engines had no motor number fro the factory and dealers stamped in the motor number from the old engine. I also do not know if these replacement engines had the motor mount boss. I had a couple Specials years ago, but didn't even know about the 1949 deal at that time. I saw the ad for those engines in a copy of Buick Magazine from around 1949 many years ago.
  13. Interesting Early Modifacation - Pierce Arrow

    Okay, nobody has asked, not even trimacar. Where in Virginia did you find this car? There is no county sticker on the windshield. Almost all the counties had tax stickers in 1971.
  14. Dave Tachney

    Matt, do people still write letters? I'm amazed! I hate to call Dave for fear I'm bothering him. So, I keep it to the most needy thing I need. Sometimes he has had time to chat a bit, but I feel guilty when or if I envolve him in any chatter. What he is doing is a treasure to we pre-war Buick guys. We don't want to wear the man thin. Just my opinion.
  15. TIRE SIZES THAT WILL FIT 16" RIMS ON 1940 BUICK SPECIAL

    Well, I read through this, and being as mechanically uninclined as I am, I got lost in the shuffle. If, and when I have bought radial tires for an old car I've only used Diamondback. They vulcanize the whitewall, whatever size you want, onto a good brand tire like Toyo. They offer three modern manufacture company brands. I simply went with their advice on the 1953 Oldsmobile I had and bought P205/75/15. They seemed to run find and it was hard to hold that car down to 60 mph. It just wasn't a Buick! I think Coker puts out a chart in their catalog even. I will soon need to replace the 6.50x16 tires on the car in the picture. I don't think I'll be putting in in any more AACA car shows. It is already a Grand National winner and I'm 79 next month. Now it is a Sentimental Tour car. I am currently wanting to replace a set of 7.00x15 original size tires with radial whitewalls. I have no idea (I'm in VA and my books are in FL---yes high and dry). Which among you can tell me what size tire to buy. I was planning to buy P2.25/75/15. The car is a 41 Buick Roadmaster. Matt Harwood, I'd like to hear what you would buy.