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  2. A day on Catalina Island is well worth a visit, take a Jeep tour, we had a great guide, learned a lot. La Barea Tar pits are just down the street from the Petersen Collection. Bob
  3. I agree with Roger and the other posters above on the CR. Having just checked a 1926 Belgian engine and found it to be at 6:1, I was a little concerned and did some research. Of around 100 US made cars in 1923, the highest CR was 5:1. Average would be below 4.5:1. (Dykes). While this was largely dictated by the fuel of the times, the engineering of the crank, rods, gudgeons etc was calculated to handle those pressures. And the lovely Humberette doesn't appear to be particularly massive in the bottom end, so I would approach raising the compression ratio with some caution.
  4. Good to see you are still junkin. Not many people would drive that long in hopes of getting some parts. Glad to see you were able to get some good parts for your trouble.
  5. What exactly does the air cleaner say on it? Can you post a picture? Remember, the numbers on a Buick air cleaner denote the torque rating, not the cubic inches or horsepower. Here's a list of '62 LeSabre engines. ENGINE NO. NO. CYL CID H.P. COMP. RATIO CARB. TRANS. 2I 2LI 4I L4I 8 8 8 8 401 401 401 401 280 265 325 315 10.25 9.0:1 10.25 8.75 2BC 2BC 4BC 4BC AUTO AUTO AUTO AUTO Here's where you look for the "ENGINE NO." (PRODUCTION CODE NUMBER) The ENGINE SERIAL NUMBER shown in the illustration should match the VIN number of your car. "Numbers Matching." The illustration is for a 1966; your Engine Serial Number will be a lot shorter for 1962*. It will have a 4 in it for Buick, and an I (not a 1) for 1962. Differences in the four engines in the chart are due to compression ratios and carburetors. Time to start scratchin' through some dirt and paint? I think the two engine codes with the L in them are export engine, but I have no proof but this would hold true for other similar Buick engines based on the compression ratio. *Decoding 1962 Buick VIN numbers VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER BUICK 4 I 1 5 0 1 5 5 5 Commonly referred to as the VIN NUMBER, this series of numbers and letters is stamped on a plate attached to the left front door hinge pillar. Also stamped on the top surface of the engine block forward of the valve cover on the left side. FIRST DIGIT: Identifies the series SERIES Special V-6 Special Deluxe Skylark LeSabre Invicta Electra 225 0 A 1 3 4 6 8 SECOND DIGIT: Identifies the model year (I = 1962) THIRD DIGIT: Identifies the assembly plant ASSEMBLY PLANT Flint, MI South Gate, CA Linden, NJ Kansas City, KS Wilmington, DE Atlanta, GA Arlinton, TX 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 LAST 6 DIGITS: Represent the basic production numbers. Starting number 501001/up The number in the illustration (411501555) decodes as follows 4 = LeSabre I = 1962 1 = Flint, MI 501555 - unique production number
  6. Nice looking car! That is the first Reatta I've seen with the license plate mounted on the side of the bumper. I like the wheels. Does it ride rough with those extremely low profile tires?
  7. One might argue that #5 makes it quite a bit harder to engage in #s 1-3. That is, how do I look at your car or talk to you if I'm anchored to my car?
  8. We drove across the Golden Gate Bridge just to say we did, no need to get any closer to the inner city. Odd that a closed Federal Prison is their featured tourist attraction. Bob
  9. Very interesting thread indeed. I currently am digging in my back yard with a metal detector and I have found some parts of a vehicle that I am having a difficult time to pinpoint exactly what it is that I am looking at. I have the Seldon brass plate #43512 (Nov.5,1895) and an ER Thomas Motor Co., Pat. Nov. 8th 1904, Buffalo, N.Y. I believe that I spoke with a gentleman, by the name of Bill Green from this club and he stated that because I also have a “door handle” that it was probably around 1906-1907. It was confusing to me with the different dates on the 2 different plates. I have found many small brass pieces and a large white porcelain license plate dated 1910 with the numbers 2286 VT. The sign was manufactured by the “Baltimore Enamal & Novelty, enameled iron signs company. I am just loving the history and hope to be further enlightened!
  10. Well Rusty & Viv, i managed to get the tappets out by making wedges out of PVC Facia board cut with a slot to slide them in past valve stems and prop them open against the force of the springs. I only propped them open about 10mm. I then held the tappets up with solid core electrical cable wound around the adjuster bolt and wrapped tightly around the head bolts to prop them up, this alowed me to carefully pop the cam out with enough clearance so as not to scrape the cam lobes off the tappets. I had Andy Bernbaum send me a new set of tappets and a local Engine shop specialist PJ Donnellan in Lanesborough did a gre at job regrinding the cam as well as skimming the head as it was slightly bowed. The new tappets had the new adjuster which does not have a lock nut on them, they seem to be an interference fit with a fairly tight thread. I managed to eventually wind them down to get the required clearance but had to pop the valves up a little bit more using copper coins in addition to the PVC wedges to get more clearance when getting the cam back in. I am now ready to get the timing gear back on and the head etc. I am having great difficulty getting a head gasket for the 2.7 litre 19.8hp engine which has a bore of 2 7/8" or 73mm. I believe this size engine was used in the Chrysler crown marine engine. I have ordered 2 seperate head gaskets from suppliers on both East & West coasts but both were wrong and for the larger 3.3 or 79mm bore 23.4hp. Anyone know where i might get one of these gaskets for the 2.7 19.8hp. I attach a photo for comparison.
  11. May be the only weatherman to later own or co-own an INDY 500 winning car. Bob
  12. Buy the car to look at it, like an art piece. It's worth every cent, it will appreciate.
  13. That's it. The intake bolts are 9" apart and the block casting coincides to 401. I'm not sure how that air cleaner got on there. My brother had it appraised many years ago and the appraisal also said "364". My uncle bought the car new, I figured that maybe he cheaped out and selected a 364 versus 401. It seems not. I inherited this car from my brother last year and I'm stillteying to figure out everything he did or didnt do to it.
  14. On a lighter note, check out this quick interview from the 1971 Indy 500 after Mario Andretti wrecked his car and was unable to finish the race. The guy he's talking to is the weatherman from an Indianapolis TV station named David Letterman. Mario seems kind of annoyed by the stupid question that Dave asks him....
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  16. Bobby, Al and Al Unser Jr. have won a total of 9 times which is very impressive. Did you hear that Al Jr. got another DUI earlier this week? I guess he fell off the wagon again which was disappointing because I've always been a big fan of his....
  17. Lincoln Mark 7 Hubcaps , Centre Caps VII . $70
  18. Yes, US-101 is four lane divided with 65 MPH speed limit between Salinas and Santa Barbara (70 MPH between King City and San Miguel). CA-1 is a bit longer and quite a bit slower. Don't recall the various speed limits (faster south of San Simeon) but you should plan on something like 30 MPH with being caught behind slow drivers, etc. Driving straight through from Carmel to San Simeon (about 90 miles) is probably about 3 hours. Starting a little north of San Simeon and running on down to meet US-101 in San Luis Obispo it is mostly 55 MPH. Lots of good places to stop and sight see on the way. Lunch at Nepenthe near Big Sur is pricy and sometimes slow but the view from the patio is worth it. There are several state parks along the way and the entry fee receipt for one is honored at all the others. So if you like to stretch your legs a bit you can stop at each park as you go down the road. Not sure if the park receipt for Andrew Molera, Ffeiffer Big Sur, Julia Pfieffer Burns, and Limekiln is good at Hearst Castle. Probably not, and each tour there has a fee. Worth it though if you've never been. You can check for closures, etc. at At present it is open but that can be quickly subject to change. I've done that trip a number of times each way in my '33 and it makes for a nice drive. Heading south puts you on the ocean side with a bit better views. Be warned that cell phone coverage can be spotty so you may have to resort to old fashioned methods (sending for help, etc.) if you have mechanical problems. Pretty sure I wouldn't want to be in a car with the fellow that made it from Carmel to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. If you really want to be in Santa Barbara in 3 hours, cut inland to US-101 and take the freeway. CA-1 is really for poking along and enjoying the view. All that said, I think that US-101 along the Oregon Coast is every bit as good as and probably better drive and scenery than California 1 down Big Sur. It just doesn't seem to get the press. Maybe that is a good thing.
  19. Several years ago, I got to see a 40-minute b&w film of an antique car meet which mainly showed cars from 1900 through mid-1920's. The film was produced by Firestone in 1955. The last few minutes of the film was pure advertising PR for Firestone showing the factory reproducing the old, skinny tires which were used on the cars, stating how popular old cars were becoming and it was growing each year. The film then stated how Firestone was going to meet the demand by dusting off their old tire molds, and making vintage tires for early 1900's cars readily available. Craig
  20. Unser was penalized after finishing first, his victory was rescinded and given to Mario who had finished second. Unser protested the penalty and won the protest and eventually was rewarded the win and Mario went back to second. Had to check this out after seeing your post. Yes, Mario only has one win to his credit.
  21. Thanks! I'll watch it Sunday, as I have for 40+ years. Sad thing is I can't think of the names of three drivers. I miss the sounds of the Offy. Bob
  22. Bobby Unser won in 1981. Mario Andretti only won it once and that was in 1969...
  23. Greenwich Concourse is next weekend, June 1st & 2nd. Bob
  24. By the way, you do not need to find the perfect Franklin =just find one that floats your boat and you can start doing club activities with - and then if another Franklin "finds" you then there is a great club publication and of course the website to move the prior along. And, if you do a little sweat equity in any car you will be able to get your money back out. I have known many a person who wanted a 30's Franklin to find they really wanted a brass era Franklin and visa versa.
  25. There are over 50 different subforums within the AACA Discussion Forums that cover specific vehicle makes and/or models of vehicles. With the recent change of the PreWar Buick and Post War Buick Forums to be specificaly listed as "Technical" Forums there are now a total of 3 of those 50+ Sub Forums that are specifically labeled as "Technical" Forums. The only other one is in the Oldsmobile Sub Forum, which also has a General Sub Forum for non-technical posts within the Oldsmobile Sub Forum. I think the easiest way to address the concerns would be to simply remove the Technical labels that were recently added. It is unlikely to achieve the previously stated desires for which the change was made, and it is clearly causing some concerns among the members of the PreWar Buick Division of the BCA. Sometimes well intentioned changes are discovered to have not been a great idea. I think this is one of those times. I would encourage simply changing it back to the way it was until the recent change.
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