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  2. I’ve heard WD-40 helps but I’m afraid it might make the paint even softer. Old wives tale?
  3. Here’s the pictures of what we currently have
  4. Judging the car ? Sure. Judging the owner for their decision on how to present their car? I've no time for.
  5. This is always going to happen in some way , shape, or form. It even happens at the Cruise-in's. And it is not unique to just this hobby. Further I think it is done by 100% of the population, just some people are not conscious of, or capable of, being discreet about it.
  6. Thanks....I am a member of the Hup Club so probably should have started there. I guess I thought more people would see it here
  7. In south central PA, they're as plentiful as ever. Old fashioned Victor mouse traps are still at work.
  8. My 1930 Chrysler has an adjustment to raise or lower the steering column. My steering wheel tends to rub my belly when I drive. I think people weren't fed as well as we are then!
  9. I dont mind the judging for those that enter that part of the show. What I don't like is the "judging" of those that don't by those that do.
  10. I just acquired a 1927 Buick Brougham Model 51 from an American friend here in Metro Manila, Philippines. I want to restore this car to original so I ordered three (3) books from Faxon Auto Literature to guide me in restoring the car. I will be needing some missing parts like an outside and inside door handle and other parts after I have dismantled the doors. Can anyone help me find sources of parts for my 27 Buick.This is my first attempt to restore pre-war (WWW2) car. My finished projects include 65 Mustang coupe, 69 Toyota Landcruiser BJ40, Land Rover Defender 90, and 2 classic mini coopers. Thanks.
  11. If I have to do that I will, I am hoping that we can keep it open for relevant questions. If that is not the case, I will have Peter lock it.
  12. Don't forget to torque them again after the engine has been run for a while. The soft studs will stretch and need to be gone over again. I forget how long to wait until you should re torque them, maybe some knows.
  13. Also the '50s was when European cars got disk brakes while except for one blimpmobile, Americans had to wait for the 60s. I remember fading a '61 Caddy 'vert out to nothing on one hard stop from 70. Personally preferred a DOHC 6 of over three liters but had a lot of fun speed shifting a FIAT 1500 and with my '55 MGA RHD (had a second steering wheel for the passenger to wave around). I never met a car I didn't like but would make an exception for a Daimler SP250. Back then I thought a big Healey and a Merc 190SL were ladies cars (Merc was a popular graduation gift). Have to remember that Florida is a big state and almost anywhere was a 100 mile round trip, the city was an overnight thousand miles, and 710 to Sebring was dead straight (except for the curve at Indiantown) two lane shell road. Was a different time. ps for a look at the culture in the '50s watch the Roger Corman "The Fast and the Furious"
  14. My '31 had a thin piece of brass under the slightly rusted out water jacket cover. You could do that as a last resort.
  15. Guy Bennett Jr. wrote a piece fully describing the situation and reasoning behind the adoption of the 400 point judging system. I think the BCA Fingerlakes Chapter kicked it off at the 2005 Nationals in Batavia. I can't find Guy's writeup in my files. Maybe someone saved it. This would be a good place to post the reasoning. It was a compelling statement. Bernie
  16. Photo #2 has an oil control ring. Are those the new ones?
  17. That is a great die cast Buick. Where did you find it?
  18. Very nice car at first sight , but only one picture ..Who will spend 32.000 $ on one picture and zero feedback ...not me ...
  19. Having a car judged is optional. Nobody is forced to have a car judged. People who do so have their reasons, among which, I believe, is a certain amount of " fun " in their view. Likewise, spectators (which includes those who enter a car) will judge each car against what they want to see. If someone enters a car in 400 point judging, and then looks at other cars, it is likely that they will judge what they see against the 400 point scale. That is just human nature. That happens in every event, including Cruise-in's. BCA judging is not one car against the other. It is all cars against a standard. And it is also very generous. I know that in the Cadillac club if your car has an option the owner must prove that it works or it loses points. Think about all those AC empty systems and power antennas that Buick guys can skip by on. Derek makes a good point. The main thing is EVERYBODY wants to feel that their car is worthy of recognition. Modified judging was set up so that it was car vs car judging with only a few winners in each class. I had heard that that was adjusted to something where more awards could be earned, but do not know it to be a fact, nor how it is supposed to work. But ultimately it is the responsibility of the participant to understand the rules of what they are getting into. Not everyone will be a winner, and that does not means their entry lacks value. But it has somehow come to mean that to the guy who walks away empty handed. While another class or category could be beneficial for those cars which have been personalized, it might be better to issue clear guidelines so that those with personalized cars can understand how their choices will be evaluated during BCA judging.
  20. As a machinist toolmaker in Detroit, I've worked in and around several auto plants. It's amazing how much improvisation goes in to the manufacturing process. These notes are probably from the plant, the word "fixture" is telling, the manufacturers use many fixtures in the process. What it means exactly? Who knows. My guess is this frame was used in some sort of proving out phase of some tooling and they were recording the results i.e. noting which chassis came off what fixture and how it fitted up with the rest of components on down the line. Looks like it says "Deck on something" Deck is a common term for bringing the part to the line. The bars you see in videos with chains to lift various components, generally engines are called "Decking bars". There are hand built prototype vehicles generally called "A-bodies" we toolmakers occasionally use for reference and have markings all over them, but those vehicles are never completed and are eventually scrapped. It is amazing how much they throw away. Engines especially, once they've been pulled out of the system, they will never go back on the line for fear of contamination. I worked at one place where we designed and built shipping racks for all types of vehicle components, they used to send us 20 or 30 brand new engines that we used for reference and testing and then we were instructed to destroy them with torches and sledge hammers. Big V-8 diesels with turbo chargers, brand new, never ran, destroyed. It's their property to do with as they see fit. We did as instructed for fear of losing their contract, everyone knew that trying to take any of that was theft and immediate dismissal. -Ron
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