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  1. I still have this browser minimized. That's Bernie vs. the pressurized grease technique. I bet more people have told that grease and bushing story than have actually done it. Lots more. I got pretty good with a diamond chisel because the maintenance boss heard a tale about plumbers being able to fix steam traps. More anecdotal knowledge morphed into dogma. It makes me smile.
  2. I own a lot of books, have studied while others told anecdotes, bought special one time use tools, and retrieved a lot of parts from professionals, simply to get them back in my hands so I could fix them. This hobby evolved from a bunch of Ford Model T and A owners whom thought you could fix anything with spit and baling wire. Sears and Roebuck encouraged them by selling obsolete tires and batteries, The only thing that has changed is the designation of spit. You can't spit on stuff like they used to because it is potentially harmful bodily fluid. Twenty percent of the old Ford guys remain. And of that other 80%, a bunch have businesses based on "Old School" cracker barrel sessions. The old cars we work on today are the equivalent of the foreign cars of the 1950's. On the bushing, I would just skin it out of there with a small diamond point chisel and a pair of pliers. Bernie
  3. First time participating in a car show. June, 1978.
  4. McGyver wasn't real. He was an actor following a script. The script was written by six old guys at a break table in a glass plant trying to out-lie each other. A summer helper heard them and took it to Hollywood. I do have an imagine etched in my mind though. John and Jim were cutting drivetrains out of cars in the junkyard. They pulled the car over on its side and propped it up with a driveshaft then cleared the brush so it would catch on fire. John reached down to throw an old piece of heater hose out of the way. At about eye height he realized it was a pretty good sized snake. I don't remember how the snake landed, but John gave a great version of an old Seneca ceremonial dance.. Air conditioned cars? I think I was 45 years old when I bought my first. Bernie Bernie
  5. That's a big car. The performance difference in head gaskets would be like a pedicure on a fat woman's dancing ability.. Sealing and alignment are the key issues. Bernie
  6. On the topic of customer service, can anyone find worse service than medical billing? Makes John's key man look like a genius.
  7. In my formative years I quickly learned that all those old guy telling stories about their mechanical prowess were usually repeating stories they heard from someone who was repeating a story they heard. They told the stories so much they came to believe it actually happened to them. There is a medical term for it. It is similar to echolalia. Sometimes you let an old mechanic drink enough and they pass out and get quiet. Personally, I have never experienced vapor lock, cut the end of my belt off to use as a bearing, used a rabbit snare to pull out an axle stub, or any of the other traditional stories I heard from 1959 until 1965. Yes, 1965 was a pivotal year. They built a glass plant in my town. A whole bunch of employees were transferred up north from the plant in West Virginia. Then the car stories really took off with a life of their own. I did get a couple of years for the new tall tales until I went into the Navy in 1967. But I remember a few tales about the factory high performance specials, oh, and drafting a Greyhound bus to save gas, but having the engine lock up from sucking in the diesel fumes. The glass plant is closed now. I think most of them got production jobs in a fertilizer factory about 30 miles away. Bernie
  8. Google "Parts counter person fun" for an alternate view.
  9. I had an exercise bike with a tensioner for resistance. Turning the knob counterclockwise was always the best position for me. Years ago they had a torque measuring device for testing starters. I asked a shop about that and they told me they don't do that any more. Then I watched a guy test a starter another time. I asked if he was going to put the armature in a growler. He said they don't do that any more. After I, the amateur, and the professionals checked it over in our own ways, I put a new armature in because "I didn't like the ohmic readings I was getting across the wsindings". It has been working fine ever since. My Father would say "Some gemoke in a shop making the motor spin is demonstrating he doesn't know how to test a starter."
  10. I never had one on a car that didn't come with it new. I had a noisy one on my '86 Park ave that was put on when it got the new engine. I tossed it last fall and put another on, silent now. I didn't think it was supposed to be noisy. Bernie
  11. I blew up a muffler on a '56 Olds once and caught a corner of the rear carpet on fire. The car always smelled like hot dogs after that. No know, some people never experience anything like that in their whole lifetime. Just makes you shake your head in wonder. Bernie
  12. I know it is not a Buick, but the beach and the water made me post it. The picture was taken at Chimney Bluffs at the east end of Lake Ontario. It is not a bad picture, taken by my Wife about five years before we were married and she hadn't had the traumatic experiences that make her picture taking so erratic today. And this day didn't help any! That beach is bordered by a rise of dirt and grass about 3 feet high. Gettin onto the beach is pretty straight forward. You just find a slight dip and angle your approach, simple, and then you get some smooth sandy beach driving in. Well, until you want to get off the beach. I is kind of hard to get the traction to climb that rise. Of course, a creative guy like me knows you can trade off traction for inertia. (My Wife just walked in and said "Oh, God, I remember that.") It took about three tries, each a little faster than the last, to finally accelerate parallel to the rise watching for a dip and doing the leap. We haven't been back to that beach. Funny how quickly she recognized that picture just now. Bernie
  13. I don't age discriminate in my business. I had a young guy working for me and he did a great job.
  14. Interesting story, especially after I spent some time this week finding two sets of original GM key blanks for my '86 Park Ave. Since Ebay has become available I have not used anything but original blanks. AND, after having an original blank ruined on a local key machine with worn grinding wheels, I make a 50 mile round trip to a busy hardware store in Rochester to have keys made. Shortly after we bought our house in 1981 one of the elements in the Sears Craftsman labeled electric hot water heater failed. I called the local Sears parts supply and read the serial number. Nope, they never made such a thing and I was completely wrong. I hung up and called an independent parts distributor and told them I needed a 3500 watt element for a Sears hot water heater. The 5 foot tall little old lady at the counter, who I picked it up from, simple asked "Is it a round one or a square one." John, that was Albany, huh. Too bad that is not the only sign of ineptitude from that area. Bernie
  15. It is another field, but I have been involved in cost reduction and energy conservation since the first American oil embargo days in 1973. The focus of many businesses has been to fight high prices by reducing prices of their consumables. There has been what is called transportation gas, purchased at the wellhead. At least fifteen iterations of lighting systems that are nearly laughable in their application, and a ton of tax dollar funded gyrations that have not made a significant difference during the 40 years. BUT, I made a pretty good living herding the sheep and paid close attention to their efforts. After 50 years in the business I can safely reveal the secret of how to fight high prices. Go out and make more money! It works. Get educated, learn where the money is and how to get it. If you have the slightest marketable skill, form whatever the European equivalent of a US "S" Corporation is as young as possible. Cars for toys really is a pastime of the wealthy. Just recognize the level you want to play at and work that much. If prices seem high you don't have enough money, yet. Look at how your choice in collector cars fits into the rest of your life and owned items as well. Establish a range that is your territory and know it. About four years ago I had a chance to buy quite a valuable CCCA car. The cash was in a big wad in my pocket, but it just didn't match anything else I owned. I started getting real uncomfortable about owning it when it got close to trigger pulling time I didn't do it. Some of the cash is in a plastic ink cartridge pack for quick cash, some is dispersed through three tin cans only my son knows the whereabouts of, and I think very little ever hit a bank account. And the big classy car is gone. A dream car, but then, some dreams aren't meant to materialize. Just knowing that is more comfortable than buying the wrong car. Bernie