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  1. We might think it's great when the cars WE OWN go up in value. But for anyone who's still adding to his store of Buicks, keeping prices reasonable is a lot better. I would say that high prices at one or two auctions is NOT indicative of much. Would we say that LOW prices at a couple of auctions mean Rivieras are falling?
  2. Parts availability 1950's Buick vs. Oldsmobile

    Congratulations on your new purchase, Stefan!
  3. 1983 Oldsmobile Toronado Looking For New Home

    Ted is the award-winning former editor of one of the AACA's active regions in Maryland. I mention this just for authenticity's sake.
  4. Remember Driving the Big Buicks in Snow?

    Here's a funny story. A friend living and working in Florida drove up to Pennsylvania to visit his parents for Christmas. As he was heading north, and the dirty slush from the roads sprayed onto his car, his windshield washer fluid kept freezing on his windshield. It made driving quite difficult. He soon realized that he had, naturally, purchased FLORIDA-grade windshield washer fluid. The northern variety has anti-freeze properties that keep it liquid in the winter, down to at least -20 degrees. He'd forgotten there was a difference. He'd been in Florida too long!
  5. Remember Driving the Big Buicks in Snow?

    I drove a 1973 Riviera as my regular car for a couple of years. That was long after it was made, but before it became an antique. Like others, I had no trouble: Having grown up in snow country (northwestern Penna.), one learns how to drive, and puts a couple of sand bags in the back. And I see no difference in "today's society" in terms of snow-driving ability. We can have a foot of fresh snow, and stores and businesses remain open. In snow country, there isn't the dread of snow that one sees in occasional-snow regions. The radio report simply states, "Roads are snow-covered and slippery. Excercise normal winter-driving caution."
  6. Did Maxwell Have their own tools? if so....

    I see that the wrenches are labeled simply, "Maxwell-1" and "Maxwell-2," at least on the side we can see. Didn't car companies put the size in inches on the wrenches? Did they give just the few sizes needed for that specific car, or did they provide a full set encompassing all sizes?
  7. Discovery Channel Called Today About the 57 Skyliner

    During your interview, have a picture of your dad which you can hold up for the camera. He's a part of the story too.
  8. 64 Wildcat $7000 but....only 61K miles

    The seller showed bad character by using vulgar words like that. After your 2nd or 3rd round of penetrating questions, the seller should have said, "Just so there will be no misunderstandings, I invite you to come and see the car. I don't have all the answers, but I think if you come with reasonable expectations, you'll like this original vehicle." With such moderation, the two parties might have made a deal, and maybe a new BCA member might have signed up!
  9. Did Maxwell Have their own tools? if so....

    So evidently they're not rare. But if there are any Jack Benny fans around, they might be prospects to pick up a Maxwell souvenir for a few dollars!
  10. RIP Dan Gurney

    Can you tell us who Dan Gurney was? Evidently involved with racing.
  11. A 1958 Lincoln in your Family Room! Info. needed.

    The fine print on the 3rd of the 3 pages posted indicates that this is the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Fred M. Zeder II in Greenwich, Connecticut. Fred M. Zeder was a top executive with Chrysler Corporation, so this is apparently his son's house. Evidently the son was a bit of a car enthusiast, too! I don't know where this came from. It seems a cross between a house-magazine article and a Lincoln promotional piece.

    You may already know this, but G. M. called it (at least in some divisions) the "inward-folding hideaway top." They said it was made so that the supporting side arms weren't beside the rear seat to take away shoulder room. Supposedly, the scissor-arm configuration gave more shoulder room for back-seat passengers. I also remember reading that there was great demand for the 1976 Eldorado convertible, the "last convertible," and that production was limited only by the number of convertible-top mechanisms that they could get. History can be fun!
  13. A 1958 Lincoln in your Family Room! Info. needed.

    Bleach, if you do have anything more (and can find it), please post it here. Thanks.

    It's typical that the arms don't move identically. Not a problem at all! I remember reading that, and that was the case when I had a '73 Eldo. convertible.
  15. Here's an unusual piece of literature which I'd like to know more about: "The Lincoln Look in Your Living Garage." I found it on the internet a long time ago. It shows a garage built to be open to a family's rec room, so a car fan could enjoy his house and look at his 1958 Lincoln at the same time. Wouldn't the wives love this concept in house design! Anyway, I'd like to do an article on this unusual design, if I can find more about it. Does anyone have this piece of literature, or know what it is? (The AACA Library doesn't.) It looks like it was developed in conjunction with a tile organization, an appliance manufacturer, and others. Can you help? I have only these 3 images, and I suspect there is more to it, especially some prose along with the pictures; and I'd like to get a high-quality scan as well. Meanwhile, it might give you ideas for your next house project!