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  1. An earlier discusison asking about the status of the Pre War Division was removed by another moderator due to it being started by someone who had previously asked to have his membership in the forum deleted. I am a bit confused since I don't think that his asking to have his account deleted means that he is banned from participating in the forum in the future. I thought that there were some very good questions and answers in the previous discussion. I will now take this opportunity to do as MrEarl requested and be the guy who restarts the discussion. The recently removed discussion made me aware that the BCA Board minutes from Denver had been posted to the BCA Website. I have now read those minutes. While waiting on those minutes, I have had many phone calls and emails regarding the actions of the BCA Board in Denver as well as what had happened in the Membership Meeting in Denver. From reading the minutes of the board meeting, it appears that a majority of the BCA board voted to create a new Pre War Divison with Jack Gerstkemper in charge of this new division after Mr Gerstkemper admitted that he was "Not currently" a member of the Pre War Division. While I admit that I have not been active in the Pre War Division previously, choosing the focus on the 36-38 Buick Club personally, I am appalled by this action by the BCA Board. I would encourage the current BCA Board members to reverse this error. I also would (and have by personal email communication) encourge the current BCA Board to reverse the ill advised effort to remove Terry Wiegand from the BCA.
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  3. A quick recap. It has been 1 year since I arrived home with my 1938 Model 61. A year ago, it was not drivable. Today, while drivable, it still has a long way to go, but it has come a long way. The chassis has been restored. A replacement, less rusty, body has been installed. I am posting a few random photos to show its transformation from a rusty rat infested mess to the restored chassis with a partially restored body that it is today. Still to complete is body work on the replacement body, interior installation, paint, and chrome. A lot of boxes of parts still need to be installed, but in time I expect it to come together.
  4. I have owned a 1937 Buick Model 61 for a few years. I enjoy driving it on a regular basis. I am also the newsletter editor for the 36-38 Buick Club. I arrived home with the project car on August 14th. This initial post covers the acquisition of this project and my trip home with the car. I have done a lot of work on antique cars and I have helped others with various antique car jobs. I have owned a number of antique automobiles over the last couple of decades but I have never completed a total restoration on an antique automobile. I have always thought that I should do at least one total restoration in my life. I blame Gary Wheeler for posting his amazing restoration work in the Pre-War Buick Forum. He makes it look really easy. He got me thinking that I really should restore a car. It also does not help that every other month, I have a deadline to publish the Torque Tube II and not enough other members are sending me technical articles, photos, or other Straight 8 material for me to fill the magazine easily. A fellow club member made me aware of a project car for sale. The car was a 1938 Buick Model 61. The price was really reasonable. Since I have a 1937 Model 61, it seemed a logical project for me to take on. It would mean I was working on something very similar to what I was familiar with, and it would be nice to have a pair of sequential year Model 61 Buicks. The story on the car is that it was purchased in the 1990’s by a retired police officer from Brockton, Massachusetts. He planned to enjoy the antique car hobby in his retirement. He took the car to Al Proctor, who had a garage where he worked on old cars at the time. Al went through the car and fixed everything it needed except paint, as he was not a painter. Al delivered the car to the retired police officer and never heard from him again. In 2016, Al and a friend were driving around scouting for old cars on a Sunday afternoon and happened to see an old Buick. Al eventually tracked down the property owner and got a chance to see the car closer. The more Al looked at the car, the more familiar it looked. It was the car he had worked on in the 1990’s. Al spoke with the owner and discovered that she was the daughter of the previous owner who had Al work on the car. Apparently, he died in 1993, and the family left the car outside on various family owned properties from 1993 until Al discovered it in 2016. The Massachusetts weather was not kind to the car. Al was able to convince the owner to let him buy and attempt to save the car. Cosmetically the car is a disaster, but mechanically it should be easy to restore. Al said he hooked up a battery and a temporary fuel supply and had the car running about 15 minutes after he got it home. After Al’s son sent me a few photos and videos of the car running and driving, I decided to buy the car. His asking price was so low, I did not even try to talk him down at all. The only problem that I had was I am in Southeastern North Carolina and the car was near Boston, Massachusetts. A few years ago, I had made a decision to sell my tow vehicle and trailer as I never intended to again have an antique car that I would not drive anywhere I wanted to go. I began searching for a vehicle that I can buy that can serve as a tow vehicle. I found a few Chevrolet Suburbans for sale locally, so after a bit of research, I was ready to buy a used Suburban. I had previously been offered the use of local AACA and 36-38 Buick Club member Jeff Oaks’ trailer as well as a trailer owned by another friend and former coworker. I was talking with the other friend and told him about the delay in being able to buy the motorhome and that I had decided I could not put the trip off much more and was going to buy a used Suburban. He told me, “You don’t need to do that. I just bought a 2012 Dodge Ram 350 truck that you can use. Why don’t you just borrow my truck and trailer?” I could not argue with his logic so I agreed. It takes a special friend to loan you a truck that was so recently purchased that it still had the temporary 30 day license tag on it and a trailer that he had owned for only a few months, for a 1,700 mile round trip. I arranged for some friends and neighbors to look after my disabled wife’s meals during my absence and planned the trip so that I could complete it quickly during a less traveled weekend to avoid traffic congestion, primarily in the Washington, DC and NYC areas. I picked up my friend’s truck and trailer on Saturday, August 12 and left Wilmington at 6 pm. I drove until about 2 am Sunday morning, stopped at a motel for a few hours of sleep. After that stop, I continued my trip making only necessary stops for quick meals and bathroom breaks as needed. I arrived in Abington, Massachusetts, at 3 pm on Sunday, August 13th. My friend’s trailer is equipped with E-track rails. He had a set of brand new E-clip straps that were still in the packaging. The trailer did not have any D rings so I decided to go ahead and use the E-track hardware and his new straps instead of my own straps. By 4:15 pm, we had the car loaded and strapped down, and I started south. At my first stop on the trip for fuel, a couple of hours into the trip, I checked the trailer straps and everything was OK. The station’s bathrooms were out of order, so about half an hour later, I made another stop for some fast food and a bathroom break. Being rather tired, I almost neglected to check the straps before driving away from that stop. Luckily, I checked the straps. The front two straps were OK but I quickly discovered that they were the only thing holding the car to the trailer. The back two straps had both snapped! I hesitate to think what would have happened if I had not checked those straps! I pulled out my good heavy tow straps and spent about an hour re-strapping the car to the trailer. I continued the trip south until 3 am, to get south of Washington DC, to avoid a lengthy delay on Monday morning with DC’s terrible weekday morning traffic congestion. As soon as I passed DC, I found a motel and got a much needed 4 hours of sleep. Monday morning, I completed the trip home, arriving at 1 pm, just in time to take my wife to lunch. After lunch, I unloaded the car. Being all alone and having a car with no battery, and no fuel supply made this an interesting task. Still being really tired, I might have not chosen the most logical way to do this but it worked. First, I removed all of the straps from the car. I then took one of the long tie down straps and secured it to the front bumper and to the trailer so that it would serve as a safety strap to stop the car from rolling much further than the end of the trailer. I simply pushed the car a little and it rolled off of the trailer, fairly straight. It stopped when it reached the end of the strap but the rear end was sitting a little bit out in the street, so I then simply pulled the truck and trailer forward a little bit to straighten the car up and get the rear end out of the street. I then unhooked the strap from the front bumper and tied a rope to the rear bumper. I then started using an old garden tiller to pull the car where I wanted it. That worked well until I attempted to pull it over the curb and into the driveway. The garden tiller simply did not have enough power for that task. I moved the tiller and pulled my 1937 Century out of the garage. I used bungee cords to secure an old tire to the back bumper of the project car to protect my 1937 Century in case of a collision. This proved to be an unnecessary precaution. With a few trips in and out of the project car to turn the steering wheel as needed, I was able to pull the project car into the place in front of the garage where I wanted it. This task was complicated by to the fact that the driver’s door can’t be used due to the top hinge being rusted away. My plan is to clean it up as much as possible outside and air it out for a few days before putting it in the garage. I have removed the remains of the trunk shelf from the car and removed the mouse nest from the glove compartment and taken a lot of photos to document the car’s condition. My plan is to use a pressure washer to wash the car inside and out. I think that most of the spiders got blown away on the trip home, but I will feel better going over every square inch of the car with some high pressure water anyway. The body is a mess. The good thing about this car is the mechanical condition. It was in good mechanical condition before the previous owner died and it got left outside for a couple of decades. Al actually had the car running and I have seen and heard video of it driving in his yard. I have to add a temporary fuel supply and a battery and the car should run. I have either taken on an ambitious project, or else I might be a little bit misguided or maybe a little bit crazy. Time will tell. I am going to let the photos tell the rest of this story for this issue. I have already called Dave Tacheny and given him a heads up on what I am going to need. As soon as it get it cleaned up and some disassembly completed, I will be able to give him a complete list of what I need to try to complete this project. After I got it unloaded, I started searching for the source of the mousy odor. When I opened the glove compartment, I found at least one source of the odor. After removing all of the mouse nest, I found the remains of a box of 4 headlight bulbs and the missing radio knob. I thought the tire pressure label still being intact beside that mouse nest quite interesting. I know that I am going to need some good photos of someone else’s 1938 Century Model 61 trunk. Lots of stuff should be quite similar to my 1937 Century, but that area is not. The trunk is what I think is going to be one of the most challenging thing for me to repair. Wish me luck, I am going to need it! The first few photos show the car at Al Proctor's house, including one with Al. The rest show the condition upon arrival at my home, up to the point that I was pulling it into its temporary parking position in the driveway of my house. For anybody who owns a Straight 8 Buick, I would invite you to join ther 36-38 Buick Club. Members of the 36-38 Buick Club will get a detailed view of the restoration of this car in the club newsletter. I will attempt to share a good portion of it here but probably won't have time to go into as much detail here as I do in the newsletter. I am also posting photos as things progress in a facebook photo album so that Al Proctor's son Chris can see them and share them with Al easily.
  5. MCHinson

    Looking for 1937 Series 80 Parts

    I don't know if the parts you are looking are different from US production or not. If US production car parts will work, the best source for any 1936-1941 Buick parts is Dave Tachey. He is old school and the best way to reach him is by phone call between 4 and 7 pm Central time here in the US. His phone number is 763-427-3460. You can also write him a letter. His address is 11949 Oregon Ave N., Champlin, MN 55316. I am not aware of anyone reproducing the running boards. There are one or two companys in Canda who will reproduce the rubber on running boards. I have no personal experience with them but here is one of their websites:
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    I suggest you actually register on the forum so that you can post in another forum, rather than the software questions forum. Based on my experience in a 30+ year law enforcement career, I would suggest that posting in an online forum such as you have done might not be the safest alternative. If you actually register on the forum, you can communicate with people, get to know someone, and possibly find a safe ride that you are looking for. Your current post listing your phone number could get you contacted by a number of assorted characters who might not even be registered on the forum. That might not be a safe method of getting a ride, so I am going to remove your phone number from this post for your protection.
  7. Eatonfab, Welcome to the AACA Discussion Forum. You might have better luck selling the car if you post a separate post with more description of the car and photos. I would also be willing to help you get it advertised on the 36-38 Buick Club website if you are intersted. You can check out the club website ad page at this link:
  8. I think they are neat. I don't know anything much about them. The key thing for you to remember is that these are not automotive so you would probably find your best value elsewhere. The best idea I can give you is to list them on ebay with a few photos, and clear description listing as "Philco Diamond Grid Type UX 54 glass case battery". There is probably someone out there who would be interested in them an would more likely find them on ebay. That would likely be the best way to get the most out of them. I have no idea if they will sell for $20 or $200 or more. The start them as low as you are willing to sell them and maybe you will find two people to bid them up beyond your wildest dreams, or maybe not. The only way to see is to list them.
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    1950 263 straight 8 intake manifold

    The best way to free that up is to spray the shaft pivot points down liberally with a 50/50 mix of acetone and automatic transmission fluid. Allow that to penetrate and then take a hammer and working back and forth, tap the shaft back and forth. Don't try to turn it, just tap the shaft left and right a few times. Moving the shaft in and out will break up the rust and free it up. If you want to read about it with some photos, it is discussed in my 1938 Century Model 61 Restoration discussion in the :Our Cars and Restoration Projects" forum. I don't remember which page it is on in the discussion.
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    A partial repaint will potentially cause a deduction, but that by itself would certainly not prevent the car from certifying in HPOF. I would encourage you to enter it in HPOF.
  11. Are you sure about your user name? There is no record of that user name. I see your email address listed with the user name C38-1947. Does that ring a bell with you?
  12. Today, I drove my 1937 Century to lunch. Later, I washed it, took a short drive to blow off most of the water and then finished drying it with a towel. The first photo shows it in the driveway after I washed it. Later this evening, I drove it to dinner. After returning home, I took a photo of it with the 1938 Model 67 in the background. The Model 67 is scheduled to be picked up by Dave Tacheny in the next few weeks. I recently scrapped the remains of the body donor Model 41. As soon as Dave picks up the Model 67, all of my Buicks will fit in the garage. I will soon be down to the daily driver Lesabre, the 1937 Century and my 1938 Century project.
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    Buick PreWar Division Status Question

    Willis, I think that the "PWD Operatives", to use your term , as do I, have an informed opinion on "Why", and I am sure that the current board has received at least one proposal. I personally emailed a suggestion that they reverse the previous action regarding the Pre War Division, a fairly simple quick and easy action. If they then want to take some other action(s) asking the Division to make any changes, they certainly could also do that. As Jack Welch posted earlier in this discussion, the board has some higher priorities at the moment, so it may take a bit more time than some would prefer for this issue to be addressed.
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    Buick PreWar Division Status Question

    Willis, I don't think that the board has had a meeting since Denver so it is a bit premature for a possible alternative to have been adopted. I have formed an informed opinion on "Why?" the proposal appealed to the BCA Board at that time, but I also have an opinion that after the newest members of the Board were seated, that the majority of the Current Board may feel differently. I am not going to say anything about my opinion about why it was passed because it would be inappropriate to post such opinion on the forum. I plan to give the board a little bit more time to see if they see fit to do what I perceive to be the right thing and reverse the previous board's action on this and possibly a few other subjects. Time will tell.
  15. I did not really work on the 1938 project today. I did drive the 1937 Century to lunch and will drive it to dinner later. Maybe not quite as rewarding as buffing something out to make it look great, but today I unboxed a package that I received from a fellow 36-38 Buick Club member. I bought a couple of exterior door handles and a hood ornament. I think I probably bought these for less than the cost of having my other ones rechromed.
  16. What was your user name? If you give me your user name, I can look your account up and generate a new password and email the new password to you. If you have changed email addresses, I need to know your new email address.
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    Buick PreWar Division Status Question

    Lamar, I think that the question often seems to be mischaracterized as “prewar” vs “postwar” and more specifically prewar guys who want to sit with their fellow prewar guys at a national meet and have fun visiting vs. postwar guys who want to have their cars judged. I think it is actually a bit more complex than that. There are people who are interested in shows. There are people who are interested in touring. There are people who like to judge. There are people who hate judging. There are people who like restoring cars. There are people who use a checkbook to restore cars. There are people who like multiple things. We are all individuals. Personally, I have had show cars and I am an experienced AACA Judge. In the past few years, I have been most interested in touring, although I am also restoring a potential show car at the moment. My AACA experience tells me that a club can be focused on judged shows and on tours, and other activities… at the same time. It is possible to give equal emphasis on different aspects of the hobby. From all that I have read, it seems to be more of a struggle for control of the direction of the BCA that appears to be between a group that is exclusively or almost exclusively focused on 400 point judging shows vs. a group that wants the club to be a fraternal organization with more focus on driving Buicks and fellowship with their fellow enthusiasts. I am sure that there are some people who don’t quite fit into either of these groups. I don’t think that anyone wants to eliminate judged car shows, but one “faction”, clearly is less interested in that aspect of the hobby. The ones that I have communicated with, simply want to have equal attention to other aspects of the hobby instead of a complete emphasis on judging. Beyond the scope of the discussion about these “factions”, I think that the “average member”, by far the majority of the members of BCA, joined the club essentially to get a magazine. Most folks don’t vote, don’t participate in meets, don’t ever look at the Discussion Forum, and essentially think of their membership as a magazine subscription. Most of them only know what they read about the club in the magazine. If it is not in the magazine, most members of the club are not even aware that there is an issue going on.
  18. The Spring Rummage Box has been finished and approved. It still does not appear to have made it onto the AACA main webpage but if anybody wants the Editor's version of the 2018 Spring Rummage Box please send me a private message and I will be happy to email it to you as a pdf. It looks like I am no longer able to attach a pdf file on the forum.
  19. This morning, I did a bit of chrome buffing. I started with the front window dividers. They buffed out fairly well, but I am not sure if I am willing to use them as is. I may do some more buffing in the future, or I may send them out for rechroming. Next, I worked on some inside door handles. They buffed out nicely. The photos show before and after.
  20. Obviously the car started out black according to the data plate. There are a lot of "interesting" things about that car. I especially like the muffler patch. It would probably not take much to make it a nice "driver", but obviously a full restoration would be needed to make it anything more. I wish I had started out in the hobby with a car like that instead of the rusty Model A Ford that I started with back in 1996. I think the "disc" brakes mentioned in the listing is just an error by the writer. If it had a disc brake conversion by the same guy who patched the muffler, I would run away.
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    Buick PreWar Division Status Question

    Thanks, Jack. Based on all that I have heard from other members, I too feel that the current board is going to be capable of some much needed compromise. I feel that it would have certainly been better for the club if a few things had not happened in Denver as they did. I understand that the Pre War Division issue is, at best, the third priority of the board of directors at the moment. I hope that those first two issues get resolved in the near future and then the board can quickly move on to that third issue, which I see as important but of a lower priority.
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    Buick PreWar Division Status Question

    Lately, I have read a lot of BCA Board of Directors Minutes, BCA Bylaws, SOPs, Rules and Regulations, and a lot of emails. I have had quite a few phone conversations with fellow BCA Members. I hope that we will all see a clear majority of the board working together more closely in the near future to resolve the multiple recent issues that have concerned quite a few members. It took a bit of time to get to this point and it will take some time to get it all under control, but I am a bit optimistic that in the near future it will get better. It is important for everybody to be willing to communicate with each other in a civil manner, in spite of differences of opinion. There are some who see this discussion as a bad thing. I will only say that communication is necessary to keep an organization functioning. I look forward to being able to read Board Minutes with less drama in the future. The discussions regarding the operation of the club in this forum are simply a reflection of the operation of the club. The board can resolve the concerns and things will calm down here. Hopefully that will happen in the near future.
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    Is this car worth something.

    While I apologize for continuing in the hijacking of this discussion, Earl, I am selling the 1938 Model 67 to Dave Tacheny. He will be able to sell it to someone who will save it, or if nobody wants to buy it to restore, it will end up parted out and helping to save a lot of other cars with parts. As for the 1937 Model 41 in this discussion, it probably has some parts that will help keep other cars on the road. It is not worth restoring, but is worth more as a parts car than the scrap value. The remains of the 1938 Model 41 that I scrapped yesterday brought 5 cents per pound. It was not too heavy due to basically every part of any value being removed to go to Dave Tacheny to help keep other cars on the road. I would really like to see some photos of the 1937 Model 41 interior. If, for example, it had a decent recast steering wheel, the steering wheel alone would probably be worth more than the scrap value of the rest of the car.
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    Is this car worth something.

    Welcome to the AACA Discussion Forum. I have moved your post to the Pre-War Buick Forum where you will be more likely to find the best information on the 1937 Buick Model 41. The short answer to your question is yes, but not nearly as much as you are probably hoping. If you can post some additional information on the car and some additional photos, as well as your general location, you will find more detailed answers. I am also the editor of the newsletter and webmaster for the 36-38 Buick Club. Based on what I have seen so far, I would say that the car is probably worth a little bit more as a parts car that its scrap value. The condition of the interior items such as the steering wheel will make a lot of difference in the value.
  25. This morning, with the old Rusty body gone and no plans for another restoration project, I disassembled the body dolly that I had made for the body swap. While the garage and driveway are pretty full, after storing the body dolly lumber in the garage, I no longer have any old car related items in the back yard. This photo shows the lumber and casters after I removed all of the screws holding it all together and before I put it away in the garage. It sure takes up a lot less room after disassembly.