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  1. Thinking about your opening sentence, if it was MY son's car it would be sitting there with MY ashes in a jar on the back seat. Kid's got a weird sense of humor, must be from his Mother. Bernie
  2. Looks like it was all huddled up knowing some bad was going to happen. The metallic taste might have been adrenaline from the fear. I had sea slugs in a cup of hot water in Sasebo, Japan. The girl at the table squealed "Wait for them to stop moving!", startled me and made the slugs stiffen with fear. You could taste it. Kosher tarantula wouldn't have that taste, trust me. Bernie
  3. My Wife actually thinks sitting in the passenger seat and praying will change the outcome of a driver doing that. No kidding, I have seen her do it..... a couple times. Bernie
  4. Buick makes pretty good lifters. I bought one new set back in the early 1980's and they weren't needed. But I sure did learn to check for wear on the bottom side of the rocker arm shafts after that. Take a look there. Bernie
  5. The wipers on my '60 Electra have made two swipes across the windshield since 2003. That was when I took it all apart and "fixed" them. RainEx has been fine. Don't just spray it on. Rub it in with a soft cloth. My Wife can't drive with it either. She looks at the drops. I keep telling her a persons eyes can focus like the f setting on a camera. Focus ahead of the car beyond the windshield and it will be out of your depth of field. Honestly, the drops just disappear. I'm driving along in traffic at 60 MPH in the rain and she says "I don't know how you see, I can't." I tell her I don't look at the drops or the windshield. She says "They are right in front of you. How can you not SEE it?" "I don't see it because I am not looking at it." "You have to be!" " I'm not" "Well I see it" "You should, you aren't driving?" "Well, you are driving and you don't see the windshield?" " Who's on first?" Bernie
  6. I would fix the one bad valve and put it back together. If you grind all the valves you risk tightening up the top end of a worn engine. Blow by on the rings could increase and you will have little puffs of cloud coming out of the road draft tube. The guys at the entrance gate will see it when you drive up and you will get really annoyed explaining it every time. I like to use a hand valve spring compressor like this: to tighten the spring and slide each valve out for inspection. Only fix the other valves if the guide is worn and they are making an irregular seat. If you have bad seats just hand lap. Don't grind or cut or do a three angle job. If you can fix it and duplicate the wear of the rest of the engine you should be good. But don't make anything better than the rest. Bernie
  7. My official entry date was September 1959. I liked the 1930's big cars right from the start. The problem then was that 25 and 30 year old cars were shot and mostly in junk yards. Even 10 year old cars were an oddity. We would see a few old ones in some old farmer's garage or at a widow's house, but they weren't common. Today there are some pretty good pickings in the 30 year range and cheap. And I'll bet some of you really old members still have some stuff you picked up for under $100, probably more like $30-40, as I remember. I was 14 years old and bought a '37 Terraplane coupe that the owner had used a pencil to write "For Sale $25 or $30". It was pointing "in" so he wrote on the trunk. Being a particularly sharp kid, I paid $25. I get a kick out of the conversations at Chapter meetings. You hear the acquisition stories that always end with "and we agreed on a price." Don't shake the walls of the holy temple by ever telling how much you paid. Ask and they go mute. How would the younger ones know what we have been doing? I don't mind putting up the prices of mine. Anyone knowing certainly isn't going to change my asking price if I sell one. I bought my '60 Electra for $850 back in '02. That was the entry fee. Once I tracked down an urban legend '67 or '68 Cadillac in a widows barn. It was overpriced X2 and not really that nice. Once we got talking she loosened up and told me how her husband, a farmer, had taken advantage of the first owner, a doctor, and I guess she figured for the sake of the old man she should get me, too, so the profit could be made at both ends. My point is, there are a lot of long time hobby cars out there that were not that old and very good deals, kept hushed for decades. And the hobby has always adapted to the needs of owners. Guys really into the hobby spot those good deals. The wannabe's spend in and fade out for the most part. Look at the boom in the 1980's and early '90's, when a lot of 50 year old's were taking early retirements and cashing out a portion of their savings for that dream car ("Please, Honey, I have worked so hard.") They bought a lot of liabilities and many are still in garages not capable of running to the corner for a gallon of milk. Those guys bought the wrong cars. A nice $3,000 15 year old car would have been consistent with the history of the hobby. Younger people don't have the money or have different priorities. This weekend I am going to a party and a 35 year old Nephew will be there. He has a good job and a weak spot between the ears for early 1970's big Mercury's. Between the two of us we can pull the trigger on one in the $3,000 range. And I keep coaxing him, getting his head out of the auctions and the reality shows. No, Don, you don't need to spread $100 bills like a poker hand, look like the Sunday funnies with tattoos, and strut around being a jerk to have an old car. Come to an antique car meet, I'll show you a whole different stereotype. But the car will be the important part. And I'll help you keep it going. Bernie
  8. I don't mind being confused. Sometimes it is quite a refreshing feeling. Everything is so damned predictable at my age. Bernie
  9. Once they are over 50, the old suspension creaks and groans some and you have to coax them to get moving. But they get into responding pretty good. My car knows who is in charge and it secretly looks forward to that whole coaxing routine again. Old cars are like that. Bernie
  10. The truck just didn't look good in white and the Model A guy down the road a piece had that new set of Polyform fenders he never used.
  11. I am from a tradition of matriarchal family groups. My Grandma O'Brien was the ruler, superior with her black Buicks. Early on I noticed that her 9 sons in law aspired to own Buicks, as well, to gain her favor. There was no question in my choice. Bernie
  12. I have used parts from this company and been happy. http://www.hydroe.com/Tips_-_Cylinders__amp__Pumps.html I have a convertible that is 30 years old and, to my knowledge no service has been performed on it. I don't even know what fluid is in there. I do know everything is a big PIA to access. Most of the summer it sits in the garage with the top down. I might raise and lower it four or five times a year. When I put the top up for the winter it can be a little stretch to latch, but at least it is tight. I don't lubricate the arms and bows. I keep them clean and dry. Oil attracts dirt. The pump sounds the same all the time and takes the same time to raise since I bought it. If the sound, speed, or time to raise changes or it breaks I will have the do more. Bernie
  13. Fascinating. Threaded about this far. Definitely worth its weight in steel. Bernie
  14. The Philly car is wrong right down to the '65 rocker moldings. Deduct filling the holes.
  15. At any price correct and complete are important. That counts if you are going to sell a car. I you don't intend to sell it is fair game to do whatever you want. Just remember, no whining when the guy calls on your Craigslist ad and asks if you still have the correct... wheels, seats, engine, whatever. I still like the appraisal of a Bentley with a Rolls-Royce grille. It sums it up nicely. "Bentley, missing grille." If it ain't right it ain't there. Bernie