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  1. It is awfully hard not to make an inappropriate comment about ride height and this picture. "Restraint is my least recognized attribute."
  2. Eight coats applied in 1980. We did it in the winter and made a furnace out of a 250 gallon steel tank. It had a grate you could put an assembled wheel and tire on. That rubber burns really hot. We put the panel to be painted next to the furnace. When we were done the rim and tire bead went in with the short steel, takes about 8 tires to paint a car that way. Not bad when the price of scrap is up. (This is experience. People don't just make this stuff up.) My goal is a car eligible to take 4th place. They don't give out trophies for that. I took my '60 Electra to a show and was notified I took 3rd place. The letter told me to send $35 and they'd send the trophy. So I have one trophy on my dresser. After that I figured 4th was fine.
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    Coker Tire - FYI

    My interaction with Coker has been fine. Even my son, lying on the side of the road with his camera, has confidence it their tires. The first set got me 10 years. The second set is at 8 years now. Two are worn down a bit. I will buy a third set next year or the year after. So that will be pushing 30 years worth. If I go through two more sets that will be just fine. Bernie
  4. Well, thanks to this topic I spent a couple hours trying to chase down that '54 Packard Pacific yesterday. Its a sickness. Bernie
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    Long Winter's Nap

    The yellow twine was to tie the trunk down on the way home, no staged picture here. I don't expect problems with my disregard for winter hibernation.......... but if I need another I know someone is storing a nice replacement for me. Thank you in advance.
  6. I bought the correct rear springs from a specialty spring winding company. I don't remember the name but it may have been Suspension Specialties. The first set was just an over the counter set and the car sat too high. My current front springs are MOOG from NAPA. As I remember the fronts were $100 for the pair, but the rears ran me about $300 plus the pair I couldn't use. The actual body weight rearward from the back seat it quite light. The heavy part is the unsprung weight of the axle. Even though the frame is heavy the greatest weight is forward. At the time of the final tightening all the suspension bushing points were spread and free from any drag on the serrations of the bushings. And the car was sitting with full weight resting on the level floor. Also, the chassis manual instructions for installation of the rear springs were followed to the letter. Spacer blocks were used between the spring and axle, with the spring ends pointed in the direction recommended. You have to do it yourself. Bernie
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    EBAY - 1953 Buick Skylark

    Things always look worse out of context. I thought Pete would be the first to comment. He walks right past 75-80% cars in Texas. I just skip the cheap ones. I used to use the "lesser car" thing on a friend I grew up with when we went out for coffee. If I timed it just right and used the right tone of voice I could get him to make coffee come out his nose. That was Mike. He died a year or so ago. He would be happy to know we used a MoPar radio delete plate to divide his ashes with.
  8. I like the hood closed to keep the original design flow in tact. But sometimes you take one of them moderin cars to a cruise in and the hood needs to be open so they don't think the old guy parked his Lucerne there by accident. Ten more years of detailing and I should do pretty well at Hershey. Bernie
  9. I bet what you found in the rear end and the transmission looked just like it. Bernie
  10. I had a 1955 Packard Patrician like this only, white and dark blue. The longer it has been gone the more I like it. The engine needed a rebuild at the time. If I had dropped in a 472 Cadillac I would still be driving it. I do not like the '56 model. I screwed up and missed buying this car, A '54 Packard Pacific that came out of the Jones family (Shirley's Dad) It was a little cobbled but has the presence I like in a car. But the foreign gets my big vote. An S Series Bentley Flying Spur is at the top of my overall list.
  11. There is a large push on metal retainer on the back side that FIERCELY holds to the button pin. I tried to remove these without damaging them in case I couldn't find replacements. I gave up until the time comes. Professional help is recommended from me. The cover has to come off.
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    collector cars in California fire

    I use a business sever based in western New York. No earthquakes, tropical storms, or major geological/climate issues. The server people notified me of their new back up sever located in San Francisco. I just said "Huh!"
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    EBAY - 1953 Buick Skylark

    My comment was on the owner's choice to make changes that made the value less objectively able to determine. The same effort to make it original would have made that easy to "judge". I have to smile at the "I walk right past them" comment. I'm like that. I walk right past the original lesser models. And thought of slowing down for a modern Buick with a manual transmission... who would ever be attracted to one of those? Bernie ?
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    collector cars in California fire

    I understand that California has limited budgets for fire fighting and for fire prevention. They are raiding the prevention budget, now, to pay for the emergency. I think they did that once or twice before. Its a Euro-American thing. https://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/science/wildfires-are-essential-the-forest-service-embraces-a-tribal-tradition-20170403 Bernie