60FlatTop

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  1. I am always amused at how the non-disclosure statement is worded. Maybe it will show up in Truecar. Bernie
  2. I have one drawer in my workbench with things that I should not have taken apart. I will see if I can get some pictures of the stuff in there today. Bernie
  3. That is a really odd situation. I tried to think of how I could do that damage if I wanted to. I do that troubleshooting other types of equipment. It is not in a good spot for knock damage being 90 degrees from the plug tip. And it is 180 degrees from the exhaust valve, the hot gas route. So my calculated guess is that someone serviced the engine and put that piston back in with all the ring gaps lined up vertically, giving a straight path for the exhaust gasses. Check that when you take it apart, thinking how did this spot get the hottest. If you do find the gaps all in a vertical row, don't expect that to be the only piston they made a mistake with. Bernie
  4. Find someone who will let you drive their Model A. Just drive it on a couple of secondary roads that lead to a rural Wal Mart on a Saturday afternoon. You'll be cured. Bernie
  5. I think I put the factory filter element in my "60 Buick last time I worked on the carb. I remember it going in easily without a lot of fussing around. I think the previous 9 years it had been out because of some inconvenience I didn't tolerate. What kind of stuff are you filtering out, anyway? Bernie
  6. Just came home with a quart of white PPG lacquer and a gallon of thinner for $175.96 for a little touch up on the Electra. And we don't even know how good my paintwork will be! That Riviera might be a better value than it appears. Bernie
  7. Somehow I got '56 V8 stuck in my head. Is that cylinder #8? Edit. Oh, that's the topic three down, just saw it. Bernie
  8. Well, I clipped that and forwarded it to myself and three friends. Looking forward to a little light reading. Bernie
  9. I have heard about the hanging tennis balls to aid in car parking since I was a kid. Honestly, I have never owned a tennis ball in my life. One of the matriarchs on the O'Brien side of the family said guys like me were bred to swing 10 pound broadswords, not prance lightly around the court. So, in my garage, I have items on the pegboard wall that guide me into position. I usually park my '48 Packard (Junior series) Deluxe Eight ahead of my '60 Electra and there is a Pierce-Arrow Club thermometer with a green '31 convertible coupe that I line up with when I park. That assures walking room in front and room for the garage door to close, just my natural routine. Thursday I was doing a little work because the Packard has been taking a back burner and I want to put around 500 miles on it this year. I switched the cars and put the Buick in front with the bumper in the same position the Packard sets in. I like to kid about cracking wallnuts with my Packard because the new clutch is so smooth. Well, I'm putting in inside behind the Buick. As I sneak up real slow behind the Buick I am watching my thermometer guide and the Buick, thinking :This looks close". Then the Buick begins to rise slightly as the Packard bumper guards nudge their way under the bumper. I was surprised that the driver's seating position must be at lease 6" farther back from the bumper on the Packard, and the Senior series has another 6" of fender length. Must be that short snout from the V8 engine. This came up yesterday when some spectators were saying they didn't remember the cars being so long. Looks like I need to regauge my wall. Bernie
  10. You know the other head needs to come off and all those pistons looked at closely. The location of that hole is interesting, right at the closest point to the adjacent cylinder. Just out of curiosity, are two exhaust valves side by side above that hole? If they are I would be tempted to put a dial indicator on the two cam lobes. Just thinkin'. Bernie
  11. "I can come down $7,000 if you really need it for less. I have a good set of black, used seats I will put in for the difference." And I can knock off another hundred if I swap the battery out for an Interstate." When a price reduction is a "must" I always think of the guy who couldn't go to Big Tony's summer picnic because he paid asking price for an item that year. Over 20 years ago I tried out a $4800 car I really liked on a Saturday, brought it back, and tried to chisel them down six hundred bucks. I spent Saturday night, all day Sunday, and all day Monday agitated and in angst about not sealing the deal. When I stopped Monday, on the way home from work, it was sold. That hasn't happened since and won't. When I sell a car I always ask $200 more than I will take. I haven't figured out if the "must" reduce price is cultural, ethnically motivated, or genetic. Observations lead to all three, BUT if you go beyond my $200 courtesy I expect something in return. I have actually handed back payment to some who paid asking price and just said "Thanks, you are a good guy to deal with." Reminds me, once a guy had me repair his non-running canal boat. I charged him the first hour up front and added $75 because he was standing next to me while I worked. I fixed it in about 20 minutes (after getting there), and handed back the 75 bucks. I said "You're OK, not as annoying to have watching me as I expected." I do know a lot about taking and getting money. A lot of engineering companies think Net 30 means payment in 100 days. I don't drive over their bridges. People's quirks with money are always entertaining
  12. I think this is the first time I ever saw Schmitt cars photographed inside, at least in my memory. I guess I like the natural light better. Their cars have always looked great. As to the Buick, anyone who buys that car today and has it 35 or 40 years from now is going to be real happy. Pick the wrong question: 1. Do I have room for it? 2. Do I have the cash? 3. Can I get it for less? 4. Are they open Monday? Bernie
  13. When I was young I grew up surrounded by mind readers. "You think" and "I know what you are thinking" started every conversation. It got to a point where I could anticipate what they thought I thought and I change my thoughts so I wasn't thinking what they thought I thought. Then I realized they weren't even thinking when they thought about what I was thinking. When I started working I figured out that most people were of the opinion that everyone thought like they did. I would get a boss that was a real nice guy and things would go very well, he thought I was a nice guy like him. I would get some rotten, incompetent scoundrel for a boss and he thought I was like him, accusations would fly. If I was young and some showed my 6 pages of recommendations for my hobby I'd laugh. I am surprised the original poster is still following. I wonder if he sits down with his friends, the way I do at dinner some nights, and say "Oh, God, you won't believe what I read on that forum today. I have learned one thing in half a century of observation. The less money people have, the better mind readers they become. It's amazing. A nice, expensive car drives by and "They think" automatically spews from the guy leaning on his old clunker. And the detail is amazing. This hobby has been changing constantly for at least 80 years now. That's why it is still alive. For every conformity there is a nonconformity, for every exclusion there is an inclusion, there is a balance of personalities that two of each would overfill an ark. Newcomers will take what they like and leave the rest behind. And the happiest, in the end, will probably be the ones whom didn't take it too seriously. I like seeing what they find on their own. Like my Nephew who is into early '70's Mercury's. That is certainly something he did all on his own.
  14. If you come up with the money the car comes with stipulations under the watchful eye of the family? If someone beats you to it the car is theirs with no encroachment. I didn't see that. You are in trouble. That's like seeing the Good Intentions Paving Block Company truck pull up with a full load. Whatever you do will be the topic of a Thanksgiving dinner conversation, or, more likely, non-conversation. The Terraplane on its own is a challenge, but something that can be dealt with. Bring in the family and it's a whole different tune.
  15. I think it is for raccoons, but Popular Science didn't want to become unpopular in some circles. Just this morning I was telling my Wife that I only shot a gun once in my life. But, in the Navy I ran the 3,000# air compressor that pushed the firing pin on one of these. "I don't always shoot guns, but when I do, it's a full salvo of 3 inch projectiles. Duck, my Friend." Bernie
  16. Just a tip, when removing those old hoses. Take the clamp off and slice the hose with a razor knife. Use a screwdriver tip or something similar to peel the hose back, radially, around the pipe fixture. I can save damaging a copper pipe or fitting, as well as banging your hand on some sharp object in the engine compartment when the hose lets go suddenly. It is a lot of hose. Here is the old stuff from a '56 Cadillac, about the same as a Roadmaster. Bernie
  17. Well, I got the parking thing figured out. I took my Wife out into the garage and blew the horn on each car so she knows them all. I told her that I am going to blow the horn twice when I pull in the driveway. When she hears it she will run out to the garage, it is about 125 feet from the house, and open the overhead door. Then I want her to stand next to the car I am parking behind with her hands held out and apart to show the distance between the parked car and the car I am parking. She will draw her hands together showing the distance, then signal at about 6". Then go to the overhead door and check the track to see it will close. I just got back from picking up some new polishing cloths that I drop on the washing machine when I get a few dirty ones and using my Smartphone to update the forum while the I wait. I'm driving the '60 Buick and I know she recognizes this horn. I wonder if I should blow the horn two more times. I know she has the day off work today. Bernie
  18. When taking a picture of a fully dressed woman by your car you can say "Back up a little", "More to the right" "No, a little left." "Back up some." and pretty soon you get a real nice candid smile. It only works once, though. Bernie
  19. Dirty car, unkempt, owned but not loved. I would have done a more detailed cleaning on a parts car. Bernie
  20. There is something familiar about the body language. Have you ever felt..... "tolerated"?
  21. The just never did enough drop testing of those Ford carbs. I can see Consumer Reports doing a carburetor Vs. fuel injection drop test now. I bet the carb would have a bowl full of nitro.
  22. Buy it if you want it. I'd say, if you are writing to an online forum and asking you aren't motivated. First post was Saturday. If I wanted it the car would be in my garage. If I figured out it didn't meet my expectations by Wednesday it would be up for sale and I would probably make a few bucks just by creating a better presentation. It can be frustrating to play in the old car hobby, but there are a lot of side benefits. Daydreaming, at a minimum, is certainly worth a good psychologists fee and the hours are more flexible. Spend a little time with this "Johnny Dreamer" mentioned above and then go talk to Johnny who doesn't dream. You'll have a good idea of where those sour, frozen faces in the folding chairs come from at the next car show. My Wife and I were talking a couple of days ago, and I told her too many people are sitting on the edge of their seat, anxiously waiting for someone's conclusion. When they should be gathering facts on their own. That was a general statement, not just cars. One of the first cars I bought, at 13 or 14 years old, was a '37 Terraplane coupe. The guy said it was his dream car and my Mother joked about it being his nightmare right up until she passed away. I never got it finished. I never got a lot of cars finished, but I do notice I smile and laugh a lot more that many of the others I grew up with. I look back over my life and the only regrets I have are about things I didn't do. AND right now the only ones I can think of are cars I didn't buy. Oh, oh, oh, some Buick Club chapter members were at my garage one night when I had an early Jaguar sedan project in the back, One of the guys asked "Gee, when do you think you will ever get that thing done?" "Maybe never." I replied. I didn't. I sold it to a dreamer and used the money on a pretty nice Buick. Bernie
  23. "It ain't like you are solid muscle. It will grow on you."
  24. I saw that Chevy crash quite a while ago and immediately thought of the two guys whom got "fired" from there jobs for blowing up a couple of vans. It has to be more yellow journalism based on the choice of cars. They say some people don't trust the news. Both cars weigh a nominal 3500 pounds. One has most of the mass mounted transversely across the leading edge, sort of a heavy block with a lighter block behind. The other has its weight distributed longitudinally, mostly on the center line. The '59 has a frame that is made of front and rear Y segments with a center connector. Sort of like three parallel flexible drinking straws. The accident was staged with the impact off center. A couple years ago, when I first saw it my comment was "Well, Duh." Hasn't changed today. I usually say that conspiracy theories give far to much credit to the proposed conspirators, but in this instance it looks like they were smart enough to pick exactly the right cars. I would give the the Dandy Dandeloin Pen Award for that one. Bernie
  25. There is a very distinct difference between stupidity and ignorance. I is always my policy to err on the side of ignorance. You have your opinion, the first guy's, and the second guy's. Pretend they are all bad, full of hardened 50 year old grease, The balls on all the sockets are worn oval (tight and loose depending on position) and the rubber boots are cracked and will leak in water as soon as you start driving it. Change the old dry rubber swaybar link bushings and the swaybar support bushings too. Then, at the end of the day, sit on the edge of you bed, take off your shoes and socks, and ask yourself "Was I too cautious today?" I do that some nights. It makes me smile and I sleep well. I'd say Don would be a good third opinion. Bernie