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  1. JohnD1956

    Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    Oh no. This is a sad turn of events. You have included him in enough of your posts that I feel like I knew him! I still recall that picture, that last photo you put up, with him inspecting the paint job! I imagine he was very proud of all you accomplished putting his Buick back together! And I imagine he will continue to send you his help in the future! You may not see those events at the time, but in retrospect things sometimes seem clearer. Meanwhile, my sincerest condolences on your loss Ben!
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    Autumn Buicks

    I stopped at a local church for a photo op today. Thought some may enjoy a New England fall:
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    The 2018 - 2500 Challenge

    In the interest of some friendly competition, everyone is invited to join the 2018 - 2500 Challenge. A simple game, with no winners or losers. Pick a vehicle, and post as you progress. Here’s the proposed rules: * Pick one of your collector Buicks for the contest. (I’m using my 56 this year.) * The eligible period is January thru December, 2018. * Drive the subject car, and record your mileage, with a sub total in each post. Frequency of posting is up to you. Since I record my mileage when I gas up I’m thinking that would be a convenient time for me to post. But I may post for some extraordinary trips if I take any. * Keep track of yourself. And announce when you’ve hit 2500 driven miles for the year! No prizes awarded, except the personal satisfaction of using your Buick for what it was intended. Join at your own risk. I realize this is not for everyone.
  4. Just " for fun " Poll. I racked up close to 20 miles in the GS. What about you?
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    1962 Skylark upholstery question

    Aren't these close to what was used in the Corvairs? And if so, Clarks Corvair?
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    1956 Buick exhaust (Tailpipes)

    The Supers pipes went in by pushing and twisting them left and right as needed to go over the axle. Are you putting in new pipes? If so you may want to cut the old ones just in front of the rear axle and take them out in pieces. Some folks also cut the new pipes at the top of the loop over the axle and make a slip fit junction sealed with a clamp. But if the pipe is bent and formed correctly it should go in in one piece
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    Autumn Buicks

  8. @Mudbone Guilty?!? Is it your fault you brought a beautiful Buick to that show?
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    1954 century sedan. GA to NC

    @wndsofchng06 Good to hear you could reach a settlement, and keep the parts you can salvage. It is still sad to see that car in that condition. And wishing you more luck with the other car!
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    Autumn Buicks

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    56 idle speed, ignition timing, etc.

    @56 BuickFirst, check to make sure that the fast idle cam is not in play due to that linkage hanging up. Then make sure the dash pot is not in play due to mis-adjustment. and then check to make sure the gas pedal linkage is free of obstructions and not mis-adjusted. If the engine idle screw is not back in play after all that, then start considering a carb rebuild as a possible need.
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    Dynaflow reliability

    I cannot speak for any other year but for the '56, I believe the weak link is not the Dynaflow, but rather the fine spline driveshaft. So user beware of stomping it in low gear.
  13. @Thriller That's too bad Derek. Cause this one is already done. I'd be thinking of letting one or two of the non restored/driveable ones back into circulation.
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    Use Of Premium Fuel

  15. With approximately 40 cars in attendance, and invitations to the local Oldsmobile and Caddy clubs, plus lots of great Buick guys and gals enjoying the company and the day, My son, Ted Sweet and I drove to the site of the event in Cold Springs NY. Leaves are just beginning to change here and what with an overcast day on tap, it did not seem like a great day for an event but it cleared up after a while and became a bit oppressive with 99% humidity and proximity to the Hudson River. As usual, I screwed up many pictures. Among the screw ups this time was shooting some pictures in a VGA setting which made for some tiny pictures. Very disappointing! But here are some I thought worthy of posting. This 68 Wildcat was exceptional! Not a highly optioned vehicle,, and not my favorite color , but the car was a beauty! I just loved this 63 Riviera for it's color combo, black with red interior! Another exceptional car with an interesting color was this 72 GS 350. And always a show stopper is this 65 Riviera GS! I liked the stance of this 80 something Riviera with the T type wheels. And was fascinated with this 65 Eldorado and it's multitude of options.
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    Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    Once when I had a float that developed a leak and sank.
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    Use Of Premium Fuel

    Luckily where I live there is a ready supply of Non- Ethanol, which is what I put in all my cars. However, if I am on a trip I have no issue with ethanol gas. I do not think it is a problem if it is used up in a relatively short time span, like one to two weeks. Unlike Barney though, I was under the impression that the lowest octane rated ethanol product has the least amount of ethanol. But I am not to be quoted as the source on that. Last time I had to use ethanol on a trip with the 72 I did use the lowest octane rated product and did not notice any difference in performance, on the low compression 455, cruising down the highways of Pennsylvania.
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    Lower Hudson Valley Chapter Picnic

    There were many other Buicks, which I had photographed in the past so I did not take new shots now. But there was one silver Regal T Type which had been subject to major modification. Unfortunately the pics of the car itself did not come out very well but this one shows the scope of the project! I did not look underneath but I assume the frame had to be strengthened! Anyway, it was a very nice day and I was really happy to have attended with my son who had a six hour drive home at the end of the day And I had a great ride home too with 65-4 climate control ( ie: windows down cruising) and some nice views along the highway Thanks to the members of the LHV chapter, Especially Roddy and his lovely wife who hosted this event!
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    Lower Hudson Valley Chapter Picnic

    continued. This Caddy was also very interesting since I haven't see the flat head v8 before The top flowing exhaust, being so close to the carb and the plug wires made me wonder how this car could avoid vapor lock? Then I noticed POWER STEERING!!! What the? What the heck is that attached to? Sweet Biscuits! there's a steering rack under there!! And check out the coupling mechanism! I did not ask how the set up works but thought that's a pretty nice application/modification! Anyways, there was this 50's era Just a nice survivor car
  20. 240 miles on the Electra today, attending the LHV Chapter picnic. Always a great time. Thanks to Paul , Steve, Roddy, and the numerous chapter volunteers for a nice time! Filled up when I got back and recorded 17.1 mpg. That's running 65 mph with the cruise and w/out the AC, although I did use it a few times to cool the ducts and reduce humidity.
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    Autumn Buicks

    Justin is in town for a trip to the Lower Hudson Valley Chapters picnic tomorrow. So we got out a bit today.