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  1. Delco, Remy & Delco-Remy history Question

    Here is some of the Rochester Products connection. I used to run a hard tired tiller drive electric crane from the old Whitney Street plant. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rochester_Products_Division Bernie
  2. My Grandfather had a car lot where worked through the 1960's. Every time he started a car it was full throttle for fear of it stalling and not starting. Then gunning the hell out of it after. We never lost an engine in spite of him. The ones who started my '60. under guidance and instruction, got an experience they won't forget. 401 cubic inches coming to life is a lot different from 1.8 liters It was even better than the O'Brien family farting contest. HOWEVER, when my Daughter was 16 (32 now) I told her she should know how to start all our cars. Something like the third one was my '64 Riviera. I told her that one was not fuel injected and had a choke. To set the choke when it was cold, push the gas pedal to the floor, then start it. I couldn't see her foot with the console in the way. The car started instantly and the RPM's soared. She just gave me "one of those looks" as I scrambled for the switch. That was the end of driver training for the day. I went back out later and started the car. It had what sounded like a lifter or push rod knock. I drove it into the garage. A little investigation found the piston shattered and in the pan and an empty hole. The rod was still connected and rattling around in the hole as it ran. I had been wrestling with a slight roughness in the engine that I had not been able to put my finger on. Since then I have seen two more nailheads with cracked pistons. I think she pushed mine over the edge and completed what had been untenable diagnostics. When I bought the car it was only about 15 years old and the engine had been replaced by a '65 401. Lisa helped me get the correct code '64 425 in the car and I'm happy. The really important thing, and some kids never really get affirmative confirmation, was finding out that I really did love her more than the car. They get thoughts like that. So, for my whole life, no matter what position I held, I wrote in Mechanic on my tax return. 'Cause that's what I do. No biggy. Bernie
  3. Make your Idler pulleys last longer

    Fascinating, I'm just doing some calculations, in my head, of how much money I have made removing anecdotal engineering modifications and redefining original operating procedures. And guess what, I'm still doing it. Sealed bearings make me smile. In the early 1970's sealed bearings were installed in motors using the end bells for traditional bearings. The manufacturer just installed a slotted plug. Our boss had me take all the top ones out and install Zerk fittings. Quarterly I would remove the lower plug and pump fresh grease in until it showed at the plug opening. Then I let the motors run for 2 hours to bring the fresh grease up to temperature and reinstall the plug. I think I followed that routine for three years before one of the sealed bearing failed. "What's this?" A call to TACO pump and "all our bearings are sealed." More fun stories about the sand tunnel I took care of in a foundry. Bernie
  4. I got two pretty good outings. Saturday we had my Wife's family reunion overlooking Seneca Lake in Geneva, New York. It is just under 200 miles round trip for me. What is my process to prepare a 56 year old car for 200 miles on a hot day? Check the oil and top off the tank. Mine was easy to spot. It was the only white one, Letting the Nieces and Nephews see the Mirror Magic dash and then starting it with the gas pedal drew some smiles. Then, this afternoon, all alone, while my Wife was getting groceries, I decided it was just right for a convertible ride. South of town is where the hills start and a guy with a Buick convertible can be King of all he surveys. That car may go on Ebay next week, although I have been considering the 1500 miles trip to Denver next June. I sold my Packard last week. And seriously thinking about focusing on my Riviera, so two more may go. It sure was a nice smooth ride, though. Bernie Oh, I'm looking for $9500 for the Park Ave and for the work I have done to meet my expectations it is probably the closest thing to an Ed China car one can buy without having to deal with his wickerbill ex-partner. Everyone here has a Buick, but I might write it up in the Buick Buy/Sell section for practice.
  5. Packard

    I bought the 1937 Packard Restoration Guide and don't even own one. It is just good reading. Bernie
  6. Packard

    Oregon... East Oregon. You can bet your Invar you won't find a rocket scientist. "where have all the Hippies gone, long time passing. Taken apart Packards in East Oregon every one. When will they ever learn? when will they ever learn?" 'cept for Pete who got caught in the current of the Hudson River.
  7. Packard

    Elk. "Selling my treasured dream car that I have always held on a pedestal and cherished." I can see a hundred C-notes lying around the garage too.
  8. It has taken the next 50 years for the die hard enthusiasts to get them to work right, well, kinda. Shouldn't all the ribs be parallel when they close?
  9. Ford had previously put The Wizz Kids together on a fact finding mission that told Ford their buyers wanted an Edsel. In the early '60's they were still licking their wounds. When the public whimpered about wanting a small sporty car like the two seat T-Bird. Iaccoca said "don't believe them for a minute. Here, take this POS Falcon, shorten the deck, and tell 'em it's a sports car." 2.3 liter and a 4 speed. Those tweed people were some of the few whom knew what a liter was, or litre, to the continental types. The first Mustang buyers wore snap down tweed caps, leather patches on their elbows, and smoked pipes. Delorean pushed them into and 8. On the Buick side, Mitchell was trying to pedal his LaSalle II, but Cadillac remembered how LaSalle was hogging sales from the parent name when they extinguished it in 1941. Olds was busy with it's FWD revival of the Cord and stealing many of those '30's styling cues. Pontiac was getting just plain goofy with things they did with the Tempest. They didn't want it. The car defaulted to Buick, mostly because it used off the shelf parts from existing models. There you go, cynical AND opinionated. I was there and still think of my Riviera as one of Buick's small cars. 117" wheelbase. On a Buick! Bernie
  10. 35 Auburn 851 Cabriolet barn find

    Sounds familiar. Early in 1999 I showed up for a job interview driving a '67 Cadillac, parked outside the window of the office where we held the interview. One of the key components of the job was to reconstruct and communications network to be Y2K compatible. I was the anachronistic link that made the technology work. I think the car played a part. Some of it was the car, I had experience at hiring and knew what irked me the most at interviews. When it came time to ask when I could start if accepted, I looked up at his clock and said "It's almost 10 now. If you don't mind me staying a little late, I can get 8 hours in today." "Whoa! We never do anything that fast around here." was the reply. I knew they couldn't, but it demonstrated my initiative with low risk. That's the thing with old car guys and pool players. They aren't like the rest. And.... this was mine. Bernie
  11. 35 Auburn 851 Cabriolet barn find

    Driving a car like that to a car like that to a yacht club in 1949 would be similar to me showing up with my '64 Riviera at the local country and western club in 1978. "Nice car, why don't you sell all that old junk and buy yourself a good new car." It is for the eccentric in the crowd. Out of context and in today's world there is a whole different slant on a 1935 car. But there is half a century of myopia in between. I have always owned cars with a limited social appeal. It's noon. I take Friday's off, but I don't usually go out for lunch. It is a big fish fry night for my demonized sect. However, I could shoot down to the yacht club and stir up something the way these guys did. When I drive my convertible I always wear my ships cap with the rack of military ribbons over the bill. It's a courtesy to the drivers behind me.
  12. 35 Auburn 851 Cabriolet barn find

    Sometimes I watch The Antiques Roadshow. People bring in stuff that has been in drawers, in attics, and various unceremonious places about their house. In some instances they get a high appraisal value and say "Oh, it has too much sentimental value to ever sell it." Back to the unceremonious nook it goes for a few more decades. If someone has a car like this benevolently neglected Auburn and a person offers to buy it instead of what is going on now, sell it and be glad someone who values it more than the current owner. It ain't hard to spot the cars old Uncle Jack picked up for $200 or less (probably much less) 60 years ago. Thinking about that car being purchased and brought home around 1958 makes me remember the time I came home at 3 AM with 5 Muscovy ducks. Seemed like a good idea at the time. Adams Octoberfest,eh. Bernie
  13. Car shows.

    That picture reminds me of one of the Bugatti and bomboloni meets in 1937. Who'da thunk. Bernie
  14. Cars That Made America

    I became interested in cars during the summer of 1959. Since them my interest has been intense for all facets or the hobby and industry. If a 25 year old lackey was documenting my experience through Google searches I am sure they would figure a way to get a picture like this into my story. Over 12 years of combined editorial experience......edit- I mean 8.
  15. Buick Club at HERSHEY ?

    Ron and Wray, cookies and candy in a '67 wheelcover.
  16. Emotionally attached to vehicle

    The 1950 Buick two door fastback that showed up in a Craigslist ad about 80 miles from me was very likely the first car I licensed in 1965. Lots of evidence pointed to it. I entertained the idea of buying it for sentimental reasons, but it is not in my field of interest today, a Roadmaster, maybe, but not a Special. The things I consider most are, number 1, space; 2, the money. That car was $3,000 and needed another 15-20 over time. I remember 5 of us riding around in it and stuff we did, but I moved on to a few variants of '58 Chevies, then a '57 V8 stick Chevy, and ended up exiting High School with a black '60 Invicta. The '50 was just part of the transition. Last week I sold one of my cars and that surprised my Wife. Two more are in the cue. Right now I am making plans for a seriously modified, somewhat iconic, car on a Lincoln Mark VIII platform, quite far out of my traditional pieces, but I haven't had a car of my own build in a long time, 30 years, I think. I change. Sometimes it is a bit of a shocker to those whom have known me a long time. After Buicks and Cadillacs for years, in 2003 I bought a new Chevy truck, then another, better one, in 2005. My Wife asked me why people we met in public acted so surprised that I had a truck. I just smiled and told her "They associate a truck with work." "Oh" She knowingly answered. There was sincerity in my earlier quote from the Kodachrome song. Bernie
  17. Grumpy Cat

    That was a pretty common look in the early 1970's. Buicks in particular moved into the facebar bumper world. At 50,000 to 60,000 miles the water pump or the starter, usually both, would fail. The unsuspecting tow truck driver would hook up and drag it to the shop. They usually came home with "the look". I had a bottom bowed '68 Riviera facebar in the loft of a barn I rented for almost 20 years. Nice and shiny, but... Bernie
  18. Emotionally attached to vehicle

    Some things are better left a dream. " I know they'd never match My sweet imagination Everything looks worse in black and white." I have been scanning a big box of car Kodachromes and the digitals really don't look as good. Bernie
  19. Tight Lug Nut

    They make a tool for that. You get it out before the power tools, though. You pound it on with a hammer so one can still use their instinctive skills. If someone uses English wrenches on a metric lug nut, chances are you need a couple of these.
  20. Test Drive Gone Wrong

    From the 1950's through the late 1970's we had a car salesman in the area name Ray Caldwell. Some western New York people might remember is collector car lot in Ridgeway on RT 104. When Ray was reaching his kids to drive he always told them to be careful if they were near a Chrysler product while driving. Those people has already shown poor judgement in the past. That article reminded me of Ray. Bernie
  21. Real world value of my car (55 St Regis)

    $100 doesn't get much work done. Walk around the car with a clipboard and break the work to be done into individual jobs. There are probably 50 of them. Add some parts and the total is pretty simple math. You need to begin "the eternal search for the uninformed buyer". Prepare the car as if you were going to a show. Clean and detail all you can. Organize, bag, and label all the parts. Take the book off the floor and put it with the parts. Take the tire out from under the car. There may be some spider webs from the floor to the chassis. Wipe those away and the little egg sacks. Dust and spritz the car with detailer and polish the chrome, even if it is pitted. Make the car look like your most prized possession. Lots of people selling cars overlook the impression. I look at that manual lying on the passenger floor and wonder if you were sitting there reading it and just dropped it there overwhelmed with depression. Clean the sill plate trim so it at lease reflects light. All of those things affect your presentation and all are jobs to do. You are, essentially, "selling someone work". That is the only phrase my Wife has learned from me in 40 years of trying to train her. "I thought you weren't going to buy any more work." How many times have I heard her say that? Try to find advertising media in affluent neighbors or church publications. Avoid the typical car advertising venue. Find a dreamer. If a relative, friend, or neighbor has really been enamored with the car don't exclude the idea of just giving it to them. I don't own anything I couldn't walk away from. It has all been a net positive experience. Bernie
  22. Real world value of my car (55 St Regis)

    Do what it takes to put the engine in and make it run, even if you have to hire help.. Or you are going to get, what we call in these parts "porked". Those are really nice driving cars. Something like 20 years ago a banged up, rusty one came to me for taillight work. I drove it and loved it. The guy sold the car and to this moment I wish I had bought it. I think you are looking at a $2500 car. Sometimes I think they outta make you post a bond before you take a car apart, even me. Bernie
  23. Two post lift almost horror story

    Scaring is good. Lots better than waiting for my new fender to arrive. That's the imprint of the control panel of the hydraulic switch for my scissors lift. Bumped the button with the car. Fascinating, the fender cost the same as the paint. Well, it was 8 coats of lacquer I put on in 1981. It was due. Mine went up by accident, just driving over the lift with the arms tucked in. That X-frame pretty much saved the day from some much more serious damage. Bernie
  24. I have had 6 Jaguars, but I always looked at them as kind of a British Buick. There is an old story that Bill Mitchell wanted to use the A body platform for the '71 Riviera series. He thought it was getting a little bloated. The first XJS was delivered to me in a trailer. I had not driven one. It weighed 4,000 pounds, had a V12, with 102" wheelbase. and a very tight feel. I pulled out of my driveway the first time and thought "Wow! This is the car Bill Mitchell wanted to build." I am following through on my "sell three, buy one" plan. I sold my '48 Packard on Friday. I was detailing the '94 Impala SS today. And the '86 Park ave convertible will follow. That will leave me with the '64 Riviera and the '60 Electra. Oh, and the "buy one". Bernie
  25. Do you take your car(s) to car shows?

    I don't go to shows much anymore. It is easier to find a shady spot in my back yard. I do have two trophies from the AACA 2014 Spring Meet. I got one from the world's leading Larkin Products expert. He presented it as I was leaving. It is wood with a nice nail through it. I used the nail to mount it on my garage wall. It even has my class number and assigned parking space on it, very personal touch. Then I got a letter from AACA telling me I scored a third place and if I sent something like 30 bucks they'd sent me a trophy. I sent the money but I'm not planning to make a habit of that. I keep that one on my dresser which is impeccably neat, except for tossing the debit card receipts out of my pocket and few few old watches. Planning on the Buick Nats in Denver '18. Probably fly out. I'll take my safety glasses with the side shields and try to look directly at the Buicks, kinda scary if you glance to the side and see some old guy in baggy shorts and those ankle socks they wear. I just shivvered. Bernie