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    Live life daily by solid Christian values. Same ones our country was founded on but unfortunately are fading. Have a wonderful wife who likes Riviera's, loves to ride the 48 Indian Chief and do anything outdoors in the country where we live including riding her horse. No kids. I like American history and traveling by road trip in the USA whenever possible. Always attracted to anything with an engine especially pre-1970. First motorized machine I was the operator of was a Sears 3.5hp mini-bike at age 6. After that I was hooked, riding, repairing, buying and selling dirt bikes, then cars and was mostly self taught as no one else in the family was a car nut to guide me. Dad taught me to do the basics like tuneups, brakes, exhaust, etc on cars but being from near the depression era, he sees a car as a tool to get from point A to point B and no need to do anything other that what was necessary to keep it on the road. At age 17-19 I was full into the hobby and built a 4x4 Pinto. Dad sold me his rusted out 70 Bronco for the chassis and tolerated this project but know he felt it was a waste of money and time but probably figured at least I was at home and not out getting into trouble. No interest in todays stick and ball sports nor idolize movie stars (well, except for Clint Eastwood). Haven't played video games since Pacman in the early 80s! Didn't go to college but attended trade school during high school for Industrial Electricity which launched me into plastics manufacturing at age 17 in 1979. Except for 1 year as a heavy equipment operator after a plant closure, I've worked in all aspects of plastics manufacturing except sales.
    With Gods blessing I'll be able to retire around 65 and see more of the country by car.....and Indian with my wife.

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  1. The 10th reason is to buy one now before the price creeps up out of reach!
  2. Visited a 1919 H45 Last Evening

    Thanks for the good comments and advice guys. I let the owner know I posted so am sure he is checking in. I would be lying if I said I don’t have a soft spot these century old cars.
  3. Looks like a batch of these are ready. Not sure how many people that committed will follow through. This looks like a beautiful reproduction . http://www.v8buick.com/index.php?threads/star-wars-air-cleaner-knobs.305309/page-4
  4. Visited a 1919 H45 Last Evening

    Larry, I was wondering about the chrome radiator shell so thanks for commenting. Can you expand on the crank staging in laymen's terms? I assume you are referring to the position of the hand crank. Is it something easily changed? What finishes were available on the wood spoke part of wheels. And did these all come with side curtains or was that an option? Owner noted little posts sticking out where they would attach.
  5. Never thought I would have need to post in the Pre War forum but thought this was a good excuse. A friend notified me he had just bought a 1919 Buick and texted a picture and it looked real nice. While I am a 60s Buick enthusiast, I do appreciate and have interest in learning about cars much older so wife and I took opportunity to go visit last night to see this gem. The car appears to have been well taken care of with 33k miles. It was originally titled in PA so apparently always in PA. The interior upholstery appears to be original? The car started right up and ran very smooth and quiet. He said it runs and drives fine . Feel free to comment on anything notable.
  6. Texas Auction in April

    Is that real or a typo. Cadillac - 49 1959 sedans? That's a lot. It would be a nice adventure to attend that auction even if not bidding.
  7. Ahhh C'mon Chris, where is your sense of adventure. Afraid of paint prison?
  8. Indeed a nice tidy example. Note passenger seat recliner option! Trunk looks amazing. Too bad exterior pics are washed out from the all the white background. Would have photographed MUCH better with a different background.
  9. Yes exactly - you are not alone. Many projects are started and stall out and often permanently. Its not just the money, its the frustration and delays caused by many unexpected road blocks. Years can pass with no enjoyment from driving the car and life is short. Most of us have other commitments besides car hobby. When I did the articles on the 66 GS resto in the Riview, this is specifically why I was honest about costs and challenges so that it might provide insight for others thinking about it. Even folks with enough disposable income who can afford to pay a shop to do all the work can have equal frustration due to incompetency of the chosen shop. No easy path when restoring a Riv.
  10. 1938 Buick Articles in the Bugle

    Brian, The centerfold pic in the article was outstanding photography. Who took it? Everyday during breakfast I open it up to that picture and stare at it.
  11. Need to be very careful when changing colors with a hope of increasing value. First, it can be very expensive to "properly" change an exterior and interior color. Short cutting the process will not be advantageous. What is you color combination now? I usually prefer to leave a car the color combo it came with from the factory but I also have seen many examples where what is perceived by the average enthusiast as a boring factory color combo, was changed and it transformed the car into having high curb appeal status. Often we humans spend money on things that look pretty so yes, a properly executed color change can help value on the premise of it being pleasing to a larger number of buyers (increasing buying pool). But it also depends what the color is now. Changing color can have a negative effect due to no longer being like it came from the factory so to overcome that, you need to be very selective. Certainly its best if colors are chosen that were available on the year and model as standard. This is generally an acceptable practice. For example BCA does not deduct in its 400 point judging for a non born-with color as long as it was available. Bottom line is you need to be happy with the choice. As far as adding options, sure adding certain options can help value but generally it will do more to help the car sell easier, and perhaps not so much for more money especially if you have to pay a premium for the parts needed to install the option. When adding options it is best to do it so it appears just like the factory did it.
  12. Please see this thread over at V8Buick.com. Read the intro from Jim Weise. I can't say anything better than Jim penned it so will let it go at that. What a wonderful response and outpouring of help from the Buick community. If you choose to donate , from the link below, click the HOME tab top left and you will see the donate tab on the top right. http://www.v8buick.com/index.php?threads/relief-fund-for-mike-garrison-and-family.329943/ http://ksnt.com/2018/02/07/car-shop-owner-of-12-years-starting-over-after-business-burns-to-the-ground/ /car-shop...ting-over-after-business-burns-to-the-ground/
  13. How have you handled this situation ?

    Yep cash is king as long as phone communications with buyer have been warm and fuzzy. email is OK but always talk on phone to better asess character. When I get cash it does NOT go in bank. Use large gun safe. No need for a paper trail. If you must deposit, deposit under 5k at a time but really, resist urge to deposit in financial institution.
  14. After restoring a beat up license plate using basic homemade tools I sure can see where the tool in video would help especially around embossed edges. The advantage would be the adjustable pressure and various tips vs striking the metal with a hammer and tool. I have a small home made hammer and various punches/chisels with modified contours at the end done on bench grinder. The aluminum sill may be tricky as they usually have many small embossed ribs but certainly it’s doable with patience. It’s just a very delicate and calculated process so more damage isn’t caused. With aluminum you’ll just be pushing on it rather than striking with a blow since it will move easy. Need to be careful what backup surface is used because whatever the surface is can be transferred and imprint to the metal. If a metal backup it should be polished smooth surface. Sometimes I’ll use a piece of hardwood such as oak. Once dents are removed you’ll need to polish the area to match surrounding area.