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  1. 29 points
    I have long said, only partly in jest, that the three basic food groups are beer, pizza, and ice cream. (My wife says chocolate is a fourth.) Today, having replaced the spark plug on my 1907 one-lung Cadillac and lubricated everything I could reach, I sallied forth in search of a pizza. My favorite pizza joint made me one – to go, of course. But while waiting for it, I noticed they were serving ice cream cones. I hadn’t had one for months, since the lockdown. I took my pizza home, had three slices with a good craft beer, froze the other slices, and drove the Cadillac back to the restaurant. I was served two scoops in a waffle cone, which I ate sitting behind the wheel of the Cadillac on a brilliantly sunny spring day. Trifecta! Then I drove the Cadillac about 15 more miles, including a gravel road through a federal wildlife preserve. The toilets were closed, but the trees weren’t. The hikers and dog-walkers loved the car. And, since the ice cream was mint chocolate chip, my wife’s food group was included, too! Gil Fitzhugh the Elder, Morristown, NJ
  2. 21 points
    I hate the Packers but in the words of Aaron Rodgers, R-E-L-A-X it has been restored! Now do you guys love me and Peter! 😁 Greg, you can take the bullets out of the chamber now....
  3. 21 points
    Don't know about the rest of you but for quite some time now I've got my morning coffee and instead of turning on TV news, I turn on the computer and read through the AACA Forums. It sure beats all the doom/gloom stuff and political bs, and keeps our hobby alive and going strong. I know there is another thread on being a member - or donating/supporting the forum, but thought it worth mentioning again and encouraging that. For me and many others here, this has been one of the best resources for old car stuff that can be found anywhere. I've also encouraged others to look for themselves. I even know some non-computer folks who are now watching the forums almost religiously every day. One guy reports the parts for sale section is even better than evil-bay. Terry
  4. 19 points
    Sadly, this is simply another manifestation of Americans' obsession with cheapness, always confusing a low price with a good value. It is probably the single biggest problem facing us as a society, and it is sending us down a spiral from which we may not recover. When I tell a guy it'll cost him $1800 to move the car from my shop to his home in California, he loses his mind, calls me a crook, finds a broker on the internet who will do it for $600 on an open transporter in the middle of February, and then calls me to say, "Do you always send your cars out looking like this? It's going to cost me $1500 just to get it clean again!" Americans, sadly, just aren't able to understand that you get what you pay for. They just want to pay less... for everything. Clothes, cars, taxes, transportation, whatever. And then they wonder why everything around them is shit.
  5. 18 points
    Terry you are correct! The trailer and car inside have been located and returned. It was locate and picked up yesterday afternoon. By the time i got back some and got settled i was/am beat. I appreciate everyone's assistance in sharing and keeping an eye out for this. Thank you all!
  6. 18 points
    Most of you, I'll assume, have been on a car tour with your antique or Classic car. If it went well, you had a great leader who did everything right. Sadly, I'm finding that it's increasingly rare to succeed like that so I thought I'd offer some tips for those of you who might be considering organizing a day tour or weekend outing for old cars. Over the past three weeks, we've done three day tours, which were really rolling car shows. Meet up somewhere, drive in formation to a few hospitals and retirement homes, honk and wave, go home. But all three were frustrating simply because the organizers overlooked the basics or didn't take some factors into account or just didn't manage it correctly. These tips aren't aimed specifically at them, but they are a result of seeing problems in action while we were trying to participate. 1. Drive a reasonable speed. If you're in a modern(ish) car, remember there might be older cars that can't go 75 MPH on the highway. This is not really a problem in my experience. The actual problem is going WAY too slow. That may seem like a non-issue, but on all three of these outings, the tour leader at the head of the line went so slow in an attempt to keep the whole group together that it caused all kinds of new problems. At one point we were on a two-lane country road with a posted 50 MPH speed limit and my speedometer showed 11 MPH (remember, my car reads 6 MPH slow). I put my car in 1st gear and let it idle and I still had to ride the brakes. Meanwhile, traffic is backing up behind us with people trying to go about their daily lives. We motored along that way for maybe 15 minutes. Not cool. This is probably a flat-out awesome way to make the general public hate old cars and think they're slow death traps that can't be used in the modern world. There's also the problem of cooling, brakes, and clutches at that speed. Two older cars, a Model A and a 1935 Ford, dropped out before the second stop today due to the insanely low speeds and stop-start that resulted, wreaking havoc on their cooling systems. Riley took these photos from near the back of the line of one of the tours. He was in the back of Melanie's Chrysler wagon, which has pretty modern performance. She was incredibly frazzled by the time we reached the first stop. Going slow can be scary, too. Photo taken on a 50 MPH road. Actual speed, under 20 MPH. The '32 Buick is second from last in line. Note the traffic backing up in the distance. NONE of them were happy to see old cars on the road that day. The Buick was the oldest car on the tour and can cruise at 50 MPH without issues. There's just no need to drive at parade speeds. Creeping through the hills at 20 MPH. No momentum to get up the hill, and downright terrifying on the way down because the tour leader was riding his brakes to keep everyone together at 20 MPH. Cars bunched up, brakes got hot, and it was scary as well as frustrating. We have to remember that people will think old cars are cool until we start to screw up their day. Just go the speed limit, more or less, and count on everyone else to keep up. There aren't many old cars on these outings that can't comfortably run at 35-40 MPH. Go an appropriate speed and let the slower cars manage themselves--they're used to it anyway. And if you're really concerned about people getting lost, give us addresses for each stop so if we do get separated we can punch it into our phones and at least get there to rejoin. Also, it probably goes without saying that the tour leader should not stop to let everyone catch up right in the middle of a road, which happened several times today. Trust the people in the other cars to be able to figure it out, unless you've completely failed at rule #2... 2. Make good directions. If you are familiar with the area, pretend that you're not because there might be tricky areas that you don't spot simply because you're familiar with them. If you're downloading instructions from the internet, say on Google Maps, drive the route a few times to be sure it's navigable by old cars. Lots of highway driving, congested areas, or construction zones are no-nos. Again, this seems obvious but last week's tour required about 10 miles of high-speed highway driving with traffic, and that was a problem for, say, the 1912 Cadillac that was with us. Just because your "collector car" is a 1987 Lincoln, don't assume everyone has that much performance on tap. Also, try to add landmarks to your directions. Mileage indications are useful, but odometers can be inconsistent, so add landmarks both to warn people that a turn is coming as well as along the way when nothing is happening so that people can verify that they are on the right path. One of our instructions today, for instance, was, "Follow the curves and when the road goes straight, turn left." Um, what? They were trying to say that there was a left turn branching off the main road, which was kind of making a right turn, but it was confusing as hell and a lot of cars shot right past. How about a street name at least? Landmarks, street names, and other indicators can be extremely useful. When Melanie and I make a tour, we often take photos of large landmarks and include them in the directions so people know what to look for. 3. Be aware of your surroundings and react. For a while last week, I was second in line following the tour leader, who was in a modern car (PT Cruiser convertible LOL). There was a long downhill run and he simply rode his brakes all the way down at about 20 MPH. I suppose modern brakes can handle that. On the other hand, those of us in the 5200-pound limousine with 80-year-old brakes were white-knuckling it all the way down the hill terrified that we were either going to plow into the car ahead of us or the brakes were going to catch on fire, even with the transmission howling in 2nd gear. Again, PLEASE take into account the capabilities of the cars around you and drive appropriately. The PT Cruiser could have scooted ahead to give the old cars behind him some room without losing the group at the bottom of the hill. He owns several old cars, including a Pierce-Arrow, so he knows all about old car brakes. THINK! 4. If you need photos of the event, please appoint someone else to do it. The tour leader today stopped every time we were about to turn into a retirement home driveway, waved everyone AROUND his car, and took photos of the line of cars as they maneuvered around him. Meanwhile, radiators are getting steamy, we often had to pull into oncoming traffic to go around his car, local traffic is being blocked, and, well, it's just a mistake to stop like that. Have someone zoom ahead to each stop and take the photos instead. 5. When you have the chance to merge into traffic, TAKE IT. Last week we sat for about 15 minutes at a right turn because the tour leader was waiting for a large enough opening in traffic for ALL the cars to make the turn. Not going to happen. JUST GO. We'll catch up and hopefully traffic will see what's going on and not make too much congestion. If you did rule #2 well, everyone will eventually catch up. 6. If you've got some horsepower, don't be afraid to use it. I don't mean do something stupid like spin the tires, but there was an old guy today in a 1970 Oldsmobile 442, and he drove that thing like it had 20 horsepower. He slept through the first 10 seconds of every green light and accelerated slower than someone in an electric wheelchair. Meanwhile, everyone behind him has now missed the light or the turn and clutches are getting torn up. Yes, there are probably some slow cars on the tour, but if you can scoot along at normal traffic speeds and get out of the way, it'll help everyone keep up and make a smoother drive. Just keep moving with the flow. Creeping along because you think you need to go as slow as the slowest car isn't helping and can make for dangerous situations. The slow guys can handle themselves, I promise. And this last suggestion is for everyone on the drive, organizers and participants alike: PLEASE PAY ATTENTION. Don't just fall asleep and follow the car in front of you like a zombie. At one stop today there was a circular driveway around the courtyard of a rest home. We circled it and then were supposed to exit to the right. Well, at one point, a car died in the circle and by the time he got it going again, the line ahead of him had already pulled out of sight. He saw old cars pulling in, and just followed them to the left, back into the circle. And then the guy behind him followed him. Pretty soon we were locked in an ouroboros of idiots in automobiles where nobody could move because it was totally gridlocked. Come on, guys! You're grown men smart enough to make enough money to buy an old car. Surely you can figure this simple stuff out. I just couldn't believe my eyes as I watched them stupidly continue to pile into the lane and jam us all in place. Two cars had to drive across the grass to break the gridlock and open the path again. It was soooo stupid. This isn't hard, I guess, but if you're inexperienced maybe this will be helpful. If you're an experienced tour participant, maybe help where you can. Melanie sometimes gets out to direct traffic when people get mentally mushy and I occasionally will block an intersection with the giant car to clear a clog. All it really takes is a little bit of extra thought to make everything smooth and easy.
  7. 16 points
    Hi All, A few days ago, I became the owner of a 1936 Chrysler Airstream convertible that was being stored since 1971 in an old downtown building near where I live. The gentlemen storing it has approximately 90 vehicles stored in various downtown buildings he owns. Walking through these old buildings and seeing all of these cars that have been stored (some since 1950) is amazing. I have known the 92 year old gentlemen who owns the buildings for about six years, and he is a close friend. I have told him that if he ever wanted to sell the Chrysler, I wanted to purchase it for whatever price he wants, no negotiation.. Two weeks ago he had a health scare that landed him in the hospital for a few days. When he got out of the hospital, he called me and asked me to to meet him at his office (he still works every day). I thought it was odd when he asked me to tell him when I was 30 minutes away so his wife could meet us there. I get to his office and sit down. His two secretaries and his wife gather around and he picks up this large envelope and hands it to me. Choking up a bit, he says here... you are the only person in the world I want to have this car. He told me I could pay whatever I thought it was worth. The car is unrestored except for having been painted once over 50 years ago. The upholstery was done at the same time. There is no rust, and I have all the ownership documents since it was first purchased. The only thing I can find missing thus far is one hubcap, the sun visors, and the ash tray cover and knob. I am attaching some images.
  8. 16 points
    I mentioned my daughter Sarah on the USS San Jacinto. They passed a milestone on April 27 of 100 days a sea without touching land. No port calls because of Covid-19. No end in sight now maybe June or July. She's still smiling and has some of the care packages left I sent.
  9. 16 points
    Coming soon - Never forget.
  10. 16 points
    It's been just about a month now since I entered the world of pre-war buicks with my 41 and I just wanted to let all of you know how greatful and pleased I am with all of you on this forum. Every day there is something I need to know about, how to locate, or need a discription on something and sometimes within minutes of my post, you guys come through. I worked for Chevrolet for nearly 30 years but never on a pre war car, so there are times my questions may sound very stupid to you guys, yet you never ignore, laugh or belittle. You all just come through every time! I can't tell you how refreshing it is to be on a forum of this caliber. Again, I just want to say "Thank You" to all of you and let you know how greatful this newbe is. All the best to all of you and hope some day we can meet in person. Ed
  11. 15 points
    Just recently purchased this low mileage Chevrolet from a friend of mine. 1969 Bel Air, all original with 13,000 miles. It has the six-cylinder engine with the three-speed on the column. He purchased it from the original owner in 2009 with 9,000 miles on it - the original owner (a retired farmer) is still alive and well at age 92. The vehicle was driven to church on Sundays – no joking! Here are some pictures that my friend share to me, I'll post some more once it's delivered in a few weeks. Steve
  12. 14 points
    By definition, women can't be hung. The can, however, be hanged. /sorry
  13. 13 points
  14. 12 points
    Ok folks, I realize there is a lot of emotion attached to the decision for all of you. Seriously, do you not think the same for all the members of the Hershey Region? For AACA National? It is gut wrenching but very, very few of you have any idea of what goes into putting on Hershey. Contracts have to be signed that amount to a massive amount of money. They had to be signed now. Materials had to be ordered, merchandise, etc. Massive changes to the flea market and corral related to how HE&R and the region handled the COVID response needed to take place. Further fencing in the entire event was a very distinct possibility which was in the 6 figures. But to top it all, here is what the Governor said just the other day once we are in the Green Phase!!! Any gathering for a planned or spontaneous event of greater than 250 individuals is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, a concert, festival, fair, conference, sporting event, movie showing, or theater performance. We do not expect people to agree with the decision, no one is happy. This amounts to a huge economic blow to our community, the region and national. This is a huge disappointment to our members but the decision was NOT made lightly. Ron, I pray Carlisle gets to open up! They own their facility and have far more flexibility than AACA has and yes I have been in communication with him. However, as of today Carlisle or Mecum do not have approval by the state to my knowledge. As to the potential car show, that event is far more simple, we have a COVID plan that we can manage BUT without the Governor's approval it will not happen. In retrospect the press release could have been written better, however, it escaped a lot of people who were rushing to get it out due to all the rumors. The possibility of the car show was a last minute idea that got approvals yesterday morning by everyone and was added to the release. Folks, seriously...you have no idea how much effort has been put into this subject, how much angst those who work their butts off every year for you and I have had to deal with and how horrible it was to make this decision but when you are on the front lines you understand much better! I could say a lot more but everyone will in the end feel the way they feel. I just feel bad for the Region as they honestly did all they could at this time to try and save the meet. Trust me they are hurting as much as anyone and do NOT deserve criticism. My opinion.
  15. 12 points
    I finally dragged her out of the garage for some better photos. It was a bit of a chore getting her back in as it's uphill and there is a bit of a bump to get her back in the door. I got to admire her all day. Almost felt like a peeping Tom. Still working on finding another trunk. I have the gasket set so I can drop the pan and see how far I need to dig into the engine. Hopefully I can get to that soon. Lots of other things to do on the ranch and the cars seem to come last.
  16. 12 points
    Took the 60 Lesabre convertible out for its first outing of the season with my youngest. She said the backroads were like a roller coaster ride!
  17. 11 points
    TAPS ACROSS AMERICA - May 25, 2020 at 3:00 PM CST Marty Roth - (and emotion affected quality of play) HONORING THOSE FALLEN IN THE DEFENSE OF OUR COUNTRY ALL GAVE SOME- SOME GAVE ALL Thankful for my father Albert Roth’s safe return from WWII Pacific Theater while while others were not spared- Remembering Albert Roth SeaBees- 6th Special Battalion 1943-1946
  18. 11 points
    May all of these heroes rest in peace....
  19. 11 points
    Matt, I read this and groaned out loud. When I got back into old cars 21 years ago after a 24-year layoff, I started with a Model A Ford because I’d once had one and think they’re neat cars. I joined both Northern NJ and both national Model A clubs. AND HATED THEM! They had no idea how to enjoy an old car tour. They toured in a snake, nose to tail, and it was a mortal sin to stop to take a picture. I sold the Model A, got into brass, and have been having a blast ever since. Our HCCA tours assume that cars are comfortable at different speeds. Some brass cars cruise comfortably at 23 mph and climb hills at 9 mph; some cruise at 45 and climb at 40. Everybody gets a detailed set of instructions (some tourmasters are better at this than others!) and we tour at different speeds. We’re told when lunch will start, and the starting time of anything that isn’t flexible (like a boat ride or a train ride). Every driver should be able to figure out when to start, given the performance of his or her car and what speed s/he and the car are comfortable with. Sometimes a few cars will bunch up for a while, but the slow ones pull over to let faster antiques and moderns pass. And we have separate, shorter tours just for one-and two-cylinder cars and small steamers. I have planned many days’ routes. I start with a computer program called Map My Fitness; it’s designed for hikers and bikers. (There are other, similar plans that some route planners prefer.) I look for back roads, and for safe places to cross major roads. I look at the topographic map in hilly country to avoid the hairiest parts, especially steep downhill stops. Then I go out in a modern car and drive my own instructions. I learn where the computer says I should turn onto County Road 16 but the sign says Smith St., or maybe there’s no sign at all and I have to say First Right After Mailbox 974. I learn where something that looked like a stop sign on the computer really was a light. I learn where a direction would put early cars in danger, and find an alternative (or prominently warn them if there isn’t one). And I find where I said to turn right where I meant to say to turn left (yes, it happens). When I get home, I rewrite the instructions incorporating what I’ve learned. And then I send them to another club member and ask him or her to drive the route and find the stupidities I missed. Usually, on tour day, there are only one or two remaining ambiguities. Sometimes there are places you just shouldn’t go in an early car. Several years ago, a Model T tour was put onto the DC Beltway with a left exit. When confronted by irate tourists, the tourmaster said that was the only route to that destination. So don’t go there, you bloody idiot! I wasn’t there; if I had been, I might have shoved a screwdriver into the guy’s hood. Gil Fitzhugh the Elder
  20. 11 points
    Hi Przemek Here is a pic of my 34 Series 60c Convertible Phaeton
  21. 11 points
    A snake oil product introduced in another thread caused me to remember this incident from 1980. Here is the information I have placed on some other car forums. I believe you might find it entertaining: Cow magnets (1980) I am indirectly partially responsible for the great cow magnet fiasco! My apologies. A lot of years ago, got a call from a gentleman in Texas that had rust issues in his fuel and was going to take the car to the Pate show in a couple of days for sale, and could I overnight a rebuilt carburetor to him today? Well, the answer was no, but; I told him about the Carter Magna-trap. This was a magnet with a special shape to fit into a Carter glass bowl fuel filter. I have told many enthusiasts about this, and suggested one of the refrigerator magnets like your better half uses to stick honey-do jobs to the refrigerator. He told me he had a dairy farm, and had several of the cow magnets (cows are stupid, they will eat just about anything, including baling wire....oops, showing my age again ). If you feed one of the magnets to a cow, the wire doesn't pass into the entire digestive tract (you city folks, use Google, not about to get into the digestive system of a bovine ) He would make a loop in the fuel line and tape three of the magnets to the loop, hopefully to stop the rust from passing into the carburetor. About 3 days later he called, and he was laughing so hard, it took about 15 minutes for him to repeat the story. Seems everyone that looked at the engine asked about the cow magnets. After the first few, he started with a story that he continued to embellish as the day wore on. The final story was the magnets created a flux field, supercharging the fuel molecules, and giving almost non-Newtonian power and fuel economy! Well, you guessed it. P.T. Barnum scores again! This even made the Johnny Carson show (remember the "headlines" segment)? Over 300,000 cow magnets were sold in the southwestern United States within a month. Every supplier was sold out, and had back orders. Here is a link to a picture of the Carter Magnatrap that I placed on my website: http://www.thecarburetorshop.com/Carter_Magnatrap.jpg Newspaper story: https://www.washingtonpost.com/arch...noredirect=on&utm_term=.19601413ca5d And now you know "the rest of the story" Jon.
  22. 10 points
    Yes, we are all very upset. I know a lot of ( most?) people were looking forward to Hershey as the one thing this year that would make them happy, make up for all we have had to cope with, and give some peace of mind. Now that is gone, so we have to keep our chin up and "carry on", with out our annual dose of "Hersheyness". Try and think beyond your own needs - the Hershey region put in so much effort ,so many hours,days, weeks and as Steve M. notes don't deserve or need any negativity from any of us. Just think for all the places in the area : hotels, restaurants, gas stations antique stores(!), etc. this is going to be a shot for them too as they were looking forward to recoup some lost income for the year and the annual AACA event has to be one of the biggest ones every year for them. Very Sad that "the greatest show on earth" will not be happening this year , so STAY HEALTHY and make sure you are ready for 2021. Walt
  23. 10 points
    At some point during what would have been Hershey week, I'm going to set up an awning and a couple of tables in the back yard, put some stuff on the tables, and sit back with a glass of single malt and think about all the Hershey's I've ever been to. Join me and post photos- we'll have a "virtual Hershey." Terry
  24. 10 points
    I drove this one about 30 miles this morning, taking it back to its owner after we replaced the water pump, fixed the speedometer gear, installed an original 1937 Buick heater & defroster (It's originally an Arizona car that didn't come with that), and some minor things. This '37 Roadmaster is as quiet at highway speeds as any new car--I was amazed. 83 years old and still cruising at highway speeds!
  25. 10 points
    Already handled!!!! Deleting one post cannot delete a thread. However, all threads are now set up so that they can be recovered by us if they accidentally or on purpose get deleted but then need to be brought back.
  26. 10 points
    Had a great trip to Whitehall, NY. Great because with the last repair I discovered a vacuum leak that apparently I engineered years and YEARs ago. Apparently I missed tightening the vacuum line clamp at the power brake booster. Anyway, maybe I am overateting it but I felt like it really ran excellent today. Visited Skene Manor in Whitehall to take pictures of a Chapter Members Le Sabre for our chapter newsletter. Meanwhile I snuck in these two. One from the town looking at the manor, the other from the manor looking out over the town. 110 miles alltogether...
  27. 10 points
    Got the cut away engine working. It runs on an electric motor, and you can bypass it with the clutch to run it by hand. Even the spark plug light for ignition is working.........very, very cool piece. In the world of cool man cave items, this is the top toy I have ever seen. It came from the 1917 auto show circuit according to the notes included with it from the 1950's. It's almost 6 feet tall, on the original stand, and has not been restored. I could sit and watch it for hours...........
  28. 10 points
    Goodell Pratt hand plane fence - missing a few parts. Didn't find any photos of one attached to a hand plane.
  29. 9 points
    I'm not sure I understand what you mean. The car isn't restored and as I mentioned, it probably looks better in photos than it is. The paint is unquestionably original, as is the interior. It has been maintained but never disassembled or restored. I, too, object to modern hose clamps, but that's a pretty minor thing to change if that's what you need. However, this car's point judging days are over (if it ever had any). These two photos show a little bit more of the paint on the sidemount covers, which is where it has aged most, and you can see some minor checking on the tops of the fenders in the photos of the engine compartment, above. It has been my experience that unrestored cars typically run and drive better than restored cars, with the trade-off being cosmetic imperfections that wouldn't be tolerated on a restored car. I find values to be comparable between the two; a quality survivor can command restored car prices, likely for that reason. The buyers are different. Most guys want shiny and cosmetic perfection and don't really care how the car drives (or simply don't know any better). Guys like me, who love original cars, prefer to put the cars on the road and the feeling of a car that has never been disassembled is hard to quantify, but very few restoration shops can put a car back into condition to match the factory's work. Most can do shiny, but in terms of how the machine operates, that's a bit more esoteric and few restorers achieve it (often because the owner isn't willing to pay for it). Anyway, I hope that answers your question. If not, and you're simply wondering why the car is priced the way it is, well, I guess it's not the right car for you. Someone else will see the value and continue to enjoy it as the previous two owners have over the past 68 years. Sometimes quality is measured in ways other than simply perfection.
  30. 9 points
    At a time when the old car hobby and the entire Country is going through a great period of uncertainty. I am pleased to announced that the BCA National Meet for 2021 has has been modified with some first ever changes. The Meet will take place on two consecutive weekends. Part one will be in Charlotte (Concord) North Carolina as had been previously announced. The dates will be changed to June 30 through July 3. The host hotel will remain the same . Part two will be held in Strongsville Ohio on July 7 through July 10. The host hotel in Strongsville is not ready to accept reservations at this time. The National Meet and the BOD both went through a lot of serious discussion about whether this was a good or a bad idea. Many Americans and BCA members are frothing at the bit, to get back to some type of normalcy. The Northeast Ohio Chapter had done a superior job in planning a National Meet. Early registrations and hotel room bookings showed that this was to be a big meet. There was no fair (or financially feasible) way to push all other meets back a year. Thinking outside the box, the host chapters for 2020 and 2021 as well as the National meet Committee decided to have two meets in a row. Possibilities of having them at opposite end of the Summer or a few weeks apart were discussed, but there is currently a frenzy of hotel bookings going on by groups that have had to cancel things for this year. As it turned out, we chose the only weekends possible to give both Chapters a chance to host a National Meet. This situation will give members a chance to attend either two Meets or just attend one Meet. There are a lot of details and planning going on to make this happen, with possible discounts for attending two meets etc. It is even possible that she group may want to set up a tour between Meets. The good news is that a lot of planing is now going on, but we do. have both of those dates locked in. There is much uncertainty going on in the Country at the moment, and the crystal balls of the NMC and the BOD are no better than anyone else's . It is known that the financial impact many of us are currently feeling may affect future meets, no matter how much planing goes in to them. All we can do is to try and give BCA members the best product we can. We know that some people will love this idea and some will not. I personally think that if the National situation resolves itself , we could have a great Buick Summer in 2021. I would ask anyone responding to this thread to be respectful to the Club volunteers that have worked hard to try and put together a great Anniversary party for the BCA's 50th National Meet celebration.Further details will be posted here as they become available.
  31. 9 points
    Apparently it was a bad coil! I changed to a known good coil, drove the car for about 30 minutes and all was well, no sputtering and it never died, 😁😁 engine temp via dash gauge was a steady 160 f. Thanks for all the input. Rod
  32. 9 points
    1000 grit finished early this morning. Buzzed through the 2000 round, and then 3000 DA. Before I quit for the day, I ran the buffer over the RH door to get some motivation.
  33. 9 points
    Today was a great day. It was not as hot today so this morning I pulled out the old Merc and started to get busy on it. I removed the rear window, sanded the window area, applied seam sealer and was able to get that big piece f sheet metal primed. I'm hoping next weekend I can get it all sanded out and apply a finish coat. Then hopefully a coat of paint and clear. Finally some progress.
  34. 9 points
    I’d like to thank everyone for their inputs. I have been a member of many online forums, and this group has set the standard for interacting with a new member... I am so impressed that I joined the AACA today. What an amazing group of people. Thank you SO much. Joe
  35. 9 points
    Imagine that.The Chinese are trying to kill us another way.
  36. 9 points
    This is a true testament to your character, a lesser person would have said nothing. I can safely say that there's not a person here who has not made a mistake, though not all are willing to admit to it, especially in a public forum. Thank you and do not be too hard on yourself. I vote with TerryB that we go for round 2.
  37. 9 points
    John_S_in_Penna - Here are a couple of pictures of the car. Both have appeared previously in this forum.
  38. 9 points
    Since Federal DOT regulations do NOT require my rig to have DOT numbers, and I do NOT have commercial tags, and the truck and trailer are registered to me, I am EXEMPT according to Federal Regulations, and since every state in the lower 48 has adopted the Federal DOT regulations there is no reason for me to stop. Motor homes don’t, camper trailers don’t.... they are all exempted by the same statute. Yes, I carry a copy with me. In Vermont I had an over aggressive State Police officer who just kept trying to bust my balls. He was trying to do the math on my tires to see if it was possible to ticket me based on too low of load carrying capacity. My trailer is rated for 21k, and my tires are rated for 26k. In the end he complemented me on my equipment, and the extra safety items I was carrying. When he saw the rental agreement I had for a house on Lake Champlain that was 3k for a week, he thanked me for spending money in his state. He did imply I was a “below the radar” hauler. I refused to open my trailer door, even though the car inside was registered to me. It’s still America......regardless of all the different jurisdictions trying to jam us up for money. Just like half the BS we are having shoved down our throat with this pandemic.
  39. 9 points
    First off I would like to thank the other Franklin owners and club members for you freely shared knowledge and advice..... Air cooled engines and Franklins in particular, are new to me...... I have owned, worked on and driven, many pre 1931 Dodges, Chryslers and model A's ...... But none of them have even come close to the exceptional way this Franklin handled, on these rough, wash boarded dirt roads, that I have to drive on to get to the nearest small town. After buying this 145 sedan in November of last year, and working on it all winter and early spring... it is now finally insured and back on the road as my weekly driver to town... The ride is sooooo smooth on these 18 miles of rough roads... and it has to climb out of this canyon, where we live on a 1,500 acre Nature Preserve, bordering the Gila Wilderness area...... we climb and descend 1,000 ft elevation in less than a mile on a narrow loose dirt and rock, one lane road ...... the tires didn't slip or spin on the steep inclines..... the low 'granny' gear was excellent for crawling out of the canyon and especially good for descending....... saving the use of the brakes.... Up on the flat mesa areas, where I could drive in third gear... it has so much power and smooth acceleration ...... I am impressed...... and the steering was very tight and it was not a constant struggle to keep it driving straight and smooth on the uneven, bumpy, wash board road...... the suspension was very smooth... and we did not even feel the wash board areas... that normally rattle my false teeth in our Toyota 4x4 pickup.... it was like floating on a cloud... driving on these rough dirt, country roads ....... This Franklin is by far the most comfortable pre-war vehicle I have driven...... here are a few photos of it's maiden 'voyage'...... on roads of it's era...... Our House and gardens are seen down in the bottom of the canyon by the creek
  40. 9 points
    I feel your pain, brother. I've scaled way back on my efforts to protect stupid people from themselves.
  41. 9 points
    Going to be installing new wood into both doors. KC Wood had a pair of wood kits for the doors and only sellls them as a pair so the trucks owner ordered them.this means the truck will basically have all new wood other than the A pillars, lower and upper windshield cross bars. Should be super solid when it’s all installed. The owner wanted just a wood floor to the under seat storage area soone was made up from ash plywood. New floorboards were made as originally made from plain plywood. The interior ash got coats of minwax satin finish and the floorboards got the pine tar/turpentine stain/preservative mixture that I used on my Olds wheels. The bed of this truck will get the same color treatment then satin finished. The bed will get a spar varnish covering for UV and weather protection. The owner also complained to me about things falling between the seat back and cushion area. This truck has different from original seats in it so I installed the seat back and cushion to have a look. One issue is the bottom cushion hadn’t been going back far enough because it was dropping inside the seat back at the back edge. There is no center front to back support rail so I will install on. This will prevent the back of the cushion from dropping inside and allow it to stay on top all the bay to the back of the seat box. This will give it total perimeter support like it should have. New post blocks will be installed so the cushion slides back and stays in its correct location. Looking at the seat back height, I think I’m going to try and lowering it about 1/2” inch. This will apply more pressure where they meet and hopefully help prevent things from sliding down the crack.
  42. 9 points
    Old Cars with Big Engines, great video, be sure to have your audio on. https://www.youtube.com/embed/AsKjPwRaA5Q
  43. 9 points
    Sunday was a lovely day here in southwestern Ontario as well, and I had the top down on the Reatta for the first time this year. We drove it out a one of the few restaurants that are doing a breakfast take out, and sat in the sun and ate our meal. Very Lovely. Then later on I took the Electra out for its' first drive of the year as well. One or two days before I moved a few cars around, and took this shot of the '41 Roadmaster in the driveway. Just did a quick spin in it to warm it up. So I parked them (Electra and the Reatta) side by side for a quick shot. Keith
  44. 9 points
    Oil Pump Job Completed After a few glitches on the reassembly, I'm all done. As I mentioned earlier, I was not able to get the pan out without removing the pump because there was very little clearance between the pan and the tie rod, and the forward baffle on the pan was hitting the bottom of the pump. Removing the pump and pan in this way was very easy. However, as I was quick to figure out, reinstalling the pump with the pan hanging down under it was not a feasible idea! After trying to hold the pump through the narrow space between the pan and the block and (blindly) get the shaft properly seated, I gave up and realized I had to regroup. With a little help from my friends, I figured out that turning the front wheels all the way to the right and jacking up the front end a bit more to lower the suspension would get the tie rod low enough so that the pan would no longer hang up on the bottom of the pump. Here's what the new set up looked like. I was then able to install the pump and slide the pan into place and raise it up on two guide pins (Don's idea). You can see some of the thread I used to hold the gasket in place. After this, it was just a matter of getting those 32 bolts back in place. As I mentioned before, they are all easy except for the four bolts between the four at the front of the pan (accessible through holes in the cross-member) and all the rest which are open. Here's what it looked like with the pan bolted back in place. I figured I'd better take a picture because my oil pan is never going to look this pretty again! I put six quarts of oil in and cranked it for about a minute with the wire from the coil to the distributor detached. Then I went ahead and fired it up, and normal oil pressure came up very quickly. Even though my advisers had told me that I would probably not see any change in indicated oil pressure, I was looking for some tangible evidence that all my work had made a difference! Although not dramatic, I believe I can see several improvements. The pressure at idle when thoroughly warmed up is now a steady 10 to 15, as opposed to 5 to 10. Also, while the maximum pressure is about the same (about 40), it seems like it reaches that point a lot faster, i.e., at a lower RPM than before. In any event, I'm a happy camper. I'm very glad that I dropped the pan and cleaned up the mess inside. I also learned some things about the history of my engine -- primarily that it had undergone a professional rebuild at some point. Also, I had the satisfaction of doing this on my own (apart from telephone and email consultations), since the "stay-at-home" orders meant that I couldn't get anyone to come over and help me if I got stuck. I'm very happy to have my Buick on the road again.
  45. 9 points
    The City of Akron organized a driving cruise past all the hospitals this afternoon, so we let our friends know about it and invited them to drive down with us. The drive to the starting point was about 30 minutes of easy cruising. The Akron police and fire departments were organizing it and technically, you were supposed to stay in your cars. Of course, nobody did and a vast majority of people acted like it was any other car show. People kept coming up to talk to me and I kept backing away and they would keep following me. Bleh. The only good thing to come out of this Coronavirus thing is that I am 100% done with shaking hands now and forever, something I've been trying to find a way to accomplish all my adult life. But I digress. We had a pretty diverse group running with us, including Melanie in her '56 Chrysler wagon, me in the Limited, a 1916 Cadillac, a 1932 Packard, a 1947 Cadillac convertible, a 1963 Ford pickup (with its original owner at the helm!), a1970 Mercedes 280SL, and a 1993 Mazda Miata with awesome Ronal Bear wheels that I love. We cruised down and met up with the rest of the cruisers in the parking lot. It was actually a pretty decent turn out of cars, although a vast majority of them were just boring late-models. I counted 26 new Dodge Challengers, roughly 20% of which were SubLime Green. So unique, just like everyone else. LOL. Our cars rolling in caused a bit of a stir and as usual (this is just an observation) everyone ignored most of the other cars and really lit up for the pre-war stuff. It was hard to keep people away so I just opened the hood and went up on the bridge to take photos instead. This reinforces my point that a vast majority of the hobby doesn't understand pre-war cars and because of that, they don't know it's even an option. Driving them and showing people that they can be used as real cars and not static art or finicky time bombs is critical to saving the hobby. They're just cars, make sure people understand that fact. At about 1:00, the police and fire teams led us out of the parking lot and through the city of Akron, motoring us through the parking lots of a half-dozen hospitals where a combination of workers and patients were either outside or at the windows to watch. It was really a good feeling to see everyone waving and having fun for a change. Hopefully it brightened a few peoples' day. Both our cars performed perfectly, which makes me happy. It ended up being a rolling traffic jam that was even worse than a parade, a real torture test. Melanie's car with an automatic transmission doesn't care, but I really had to work to make sure I didn't trash the Limited's clutch. I would let traffic ahead of me get 50 or 100 feet ahead before I'd start rolling, but, as you'd expect, people would dive into those openings, either civilians trying to use the same roads or some of the hot shots with their loud late-models showing off. As far as I could tell, there were only two mishaps: one where some dipshiat nailed the throttle on his Challenger coming out of the parking lot and the police (which were running the event, dummy) punched his ticket instantly, and later a new Viper crapped itself by the side of the road. Meanwhile, the 1916 Cadillac motored past without incident. Yeah, modern cars are soooo reliable and old cars aren't. I took some driving videos with the GoPro mounted in the Limited so I'll post those later. But it sure felt good to get out and do a car event... finally.
  46. 9 points
    I guess it depends on what you've been smokin'. 😜 Did you see the interior? If it were a Century, maybe. But this still seems like a lot of money for a car in this condition.