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  1. 20 points
    Having spent the last several years disassembling my father’s shop, and remembering him working in his as a child, I can’t tell you how many times I wish I could still walk into his on a daily basis. I long to see him working on a car, old school country music in the background, the smell of grease, a friend helping him, and all the tools in an orderly fashion, around the shop. (Ok, maybe a few swear words, or loud yelling, here and there, as he wrestled with an uncooperative part also). When I went to his garage five years ago, it was a mess. Evidence of his struggles for the last many years, as he was always meticulous in his care for all his possessions, but most especially his tools and his shop. The chaos I found was beyond my comprehension. It saddened me that I hadn’t known what he was going through for so many years, and he lived so far away. I saw his struggles in everything in his shop. I can’t explain it, but that’s when everything he was dealing with really hit me. It was so obvious to me. I guess I'm posting this here because I think you would understand. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy that my father is no longer suffering, but a huge part of me is lost without him. I will never see him again. I will never see him working on a car or lovingly detailing one. So many years passed between the time I moved away and when I went to help him, but suddenly, when I went to Texas, I was his little girl again. My father and his cars were one in the same. I’m sure many of you are like that also. Don’t ever underestimate what that means to the children you raised. It’s an indelible memory to picture your father in his shop. If you have children, grown or otherwise, please spend time in your shop with them. It is very likely that they will cling to those memories when you are gone.
  2. 17 points
    I'm constantly amazed by the experience, breadth of accumulated knowledge, willingness to share, and assistance offered by the participants of our FORUM. I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to the FORUM community in general. A big Thank You to you who make the old car hobby better than it might otherwise be! SEE YOU DOWN THE ROAD, AND TAKE A KID, HIS PARENTS, AND HIS GRANDPARENTS, TO A CAR SHOW
  3. 10 points
    I see myself as this: But I suspect others see me as this:
  4. 10 points
    Body work is 99% complete. Tweaking the wheel shields (fender skirts) and rear bumper stone guard which are originals purchased from @2carb40 (Thanks yet again Greg!). The car is in primer stage and blocking. The car is fully assembled including underside panels like stone shields so that anything that can affect body panel alignment is in place for verification of final assembly. Since the doors were totally reconstructed, the window frames and crank mechanisms and ventipanes will be installed also to be certain that everything will line up after paint. Paint isn't scheduled until winter sets in with low dust and humidity and Dan's ability to control heat and airborne moisture content. The car will be totally disassembled with the body put on a rotisserie for ease of painting, sanding and finishing. Everything will be painted separately. Originally Buick painted the body with the doors and I believe the deck lid installed. At this point, everything except the window frames and ventipanes is in for replating. For replating, I found Rick at R&D Finishing. He used to do all of Lewis Jenkins plating.
  5. 9 points
    Larry, quit drooling on the spam
  6. 9 points
    The wealth of information that an expert can share, much of it incorrect, always amazes me. The reason so many parts on early cars were solid brass is that they couldn't form the complicated shapes out of steel. Everything else on an early car is flat or curved or cast, no compound curves. Is that true? I don't know, I just made it up.....
  7. 8 points
    Traveling to the 2019 Riviera Owners Association International Annual Meet in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania I joined the Riviera Owners Association in 2017 after we purchased our 1968 Buick Riviera, which we dubbed ‘The Aqua Zephyr’. I soon learned about the annual ROA International Meets that are held in different geographical areas in the USA each year. It was too late to attend the 2017 Annual Meet in Reno, Nevada, and the 2018 Annual Meet in Overland Park, Kansas, was deemed too far from our home in North Carolina to attend. The Aqua Zephyr on the day we brought her home, June 1st, 2017 When the 2018 ROA Meet kicked off, we found out the 2019 Meet location would be Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, June 25-28, 2019. Much to our surprise, the Meet announcement featured a photo of our car superimposed over a view of the Gettysburg battlefield. 2019 ROA International Meet art featuring The Aqua Zephyr My wife and I discussed the logistics of attending the Gettysburg Meet. I told her I wanted to drive the Riviera and have her follow me in our pickup truck. She suggested, rather firmly, she would feel better if we trailered the car to the Meet. Naturally I acquiesced and in January 2019 we purchased a 20-foot car trailer. We had never trailered a full size car before and were nervous about the trip. We made a practice run by driving the car onto the trailer in order to determine the weight distribution and the center of gravity, and then we practiced using the tie down straps to secure it to the trailer. We also made several practice runs driving the car on and off the trailer. It was quite nerve-wracking, but with a lot of practice we felt more and more comfortable. We made our hotel and Meet reservations early to ensure we got a room at the Meet hotel, the Wyndham-Gettysburg. In the meantime, I discovered that the Mason-Dixon Chapter of the BCA was having an All Buick/GM car show at the AACA Museum in Hershey, PA on the 22nd of June. Because I had never entered the Aqua Zephyr in an All Buick car show, I talked my wife into leaving North Carolina four days earlier than originally planned to attend this show. This car show happened to take place on my wife’s birthday, so I knew I would owe her BIG time. She agreed and I made a new reservation at the ROA Meet hotel for three more nights. June 20th & 21st, 2019: Preparation and departure Google Maps projected the trip from our home to Gettysburg would be almost 7 hours. The route was straight up I-95 through Richmond, VA, Washington, D.C., towards Fredrick, Maryland, then on to Gettysburg, PA. Loading the Buick the night before went without a hitch and we departed at 8:00am on Friday, June 21st. The Riviera and truck are loaded for the trip to the ROA Meet, June 21st, 2019 I had initially put my car cover on the Buick and tied it down with rope but soon discovered the rear portion of the cover was blowing in the wind as we rolled down the Interstate. I pulled off at the first rest stop we came to and untied and removed the cover. From here on out, the Riviera would be on full display. The journey north from North Carolina through Richmond, VA, was without incident. We got a lot of admiring honks and thumbs up from passing motorists along the way. I think my wife enjoyed the displays of affection even more than I did, as she enthusiastically waved back. The realization that our 7-hour trip was going to become something MUCH longer settled in as we approached, and then was trapped in, the snarled traffic in the Washington, D.C. area. Bumper to bumper I-95 north-bound traffic We probably averaged 25-35 mph from D.C. to Fredrick, Maryland, over the course of almost 3 hours. Once we were north of Fredrick, it was smooth traveling on US 15 toward Gettysburg. But alas, the highway speeds were again disrupted by stopped traffic on US 15 due to an accident 15 miles south of Gettysburg. We sat in traffic for another hour before we finally were on our way. During our journey up US 15, the rolling hills and fields of western Pennsylvania spread out around us and we were instantly impressed with our surroundings. We arrived at the Wyndham Hotel at about 8:30 pm—tired and hungry. We offloaded the Riviera from the car trailer, parked the vehicles, and secured the trailer from possible theft (a major concern for me, which turned out to be unfounded). As mentioned previously, I wanted to attend the Mason-Dixon Chapter car show in Hershey the next day. Despite being tired, I wanted to get the Buick washed for the show. I found a do-it-yourself car wash near the hotel. I hand washed the car but decided not to hand dry it. I wanted to let the wind blow the water off on the way back to the hotel. My wife called me on the way back to the hotel and asked me to pick up something for her at Walmart. By the time I got back to the hotel, the car was covered in huge, ugly water spots! I was so mad at myself for not taking the time to hand dry the car that I set my alarm for 5:00am so I could get up and ‘wet erase’ the water marks with damp towels and apply a light coat of wax. That next morning I corrected my mistake and proceeded to take several photos of the car near the hotel in the pre-dawn morning twilight. Twilight pictures of The Aqua Zephyr, Wyndham Hotel, Gettysburg, PA June 22nd 2019 The Mason Dixon BCA chapter car show at the AACA Museum, Hershey, Pennsylvania We arrived in Hershey, PA, at the AACA Museum around 9:00am on June 22nd. We were delighted to see several vintage Buicks and other GM vehicles already parked on the grass in front of the museum. The weather was clear, the humidity was low, and there was a light breeze in the air. This all portended to be a very enjoyable day. We met several other Buick owners showcasing their cars, including a stunning 1967 Wildcat that I would have gladly traded my Riviera for if the owner had been so inclined. The car show was very organized and went off without a hitch. We were thrilled that The Aqua Zephyr was awarded a Second Place trophy in the ‘Riviera’ category. Discovering Gettysburg: The town, Sachs Covered Bridge, old barns/ homes, and the Battlefield We spent the next several days prior to the ROA Meet driving our Riviera around Gettysburg and the battlefield areas, trying to soak up all of the history that surrounded us. We also looked for spots to take pictures of the car. Driving through town, especially the side streets was like going back in time 100 years. The downtown area is surrounded by closely packed row houses, many of which date back prior to the Civil War. We discovered Sachs Cover Bridge, huge 19th century red barns with adjoining farm houses and miles of rolling hills with lots of long stretches of open county highways. Sachs Covered Bridge, Gettysburg, PA area "1860" dated barn, Gettysburg, PA area Pennsylvania back roads Pennsylvania farm and The Aqua Zephyr One of the our favorite photo locations was at sunset in the quiet solitude of the Gettysburg National Military Park. With its 1300+ granite memorials scattered throughout I realized that I never fully understood the true meaning of the term “Hallowed Ground” until we toured this battlefield. Gettysburg National Military Park (Photo courtesy Nora Sumrell) During our self-guided tours of the Gettysburg area we spotted a gravel processing facility with a pile of slate gray rock, perfect for a neutral backdrop for more pictures of The Aqua Zephyr. Gravel processing yard Gravel processing yard The Riviera Owners Association International Annual Meet: The Aqua Zephyr as a minor celebrity Tuesday, June 25th, was the beginning of the Meet. It’s said that “You attend your first ROA Annual Meet for the cars; you attend subsequent Meets for the friends”. My wife and I were a little nervous that morning as the Meet ballroom was opened and members starting arriving and greeting each other. Many introductions were made as we greeted other members. All the while I observed that a majority of the members seemed to know each other very well. My wife and I were wearing our custom made Aqua Zephyr t-shirts and soon several members were coming up to us and saying “Ah, you’re the Aqua Zephyr!” or “Mike, I have seen your car all over the internet”. It was a very humbling and surreal experience, especially when we saw the Meet t-shirts and note pads, with the picture of our Riviera so prominently displayed on the Meet check-in tables. Later, seeing those same t-shirts being worn by the ROA attendees left a huge lump in my throat. The next three days were a whirlwind of battlefield tours, parking lot photo shoots, more introductions, and meeting up with other North Carolina Riviera owners and friends. Wyndham Gettysburg parking lot Downtown Gettysburg, PA Wyndham Gettysburg parking lot ROA Gettysburg Guided Tour: Offering a ride to a stranger leads to great photographs and a new friendship On the evening of the ROA Guided Road Tour around the Gettysburg area, it was very warm and I had spotted a gentleman wearing a long sleeve shirt with a camera hanging around his neck taking pictures of the Riviera’s in the hotel parking lot. I assumed he was a journalist for a local newspaper. As we were gathering for a safety briefing for the guided tour, I introduced myself to him and asked if he would like to ride with me during the tour. He introduced himself, stating he was a member of the ROA but that he did not yet own a Riviera. When he learned that I was the owner of the car in the Meet artwork, he readily accepted my offer to “ride shotgun” in The Aqua Zephyr. John and I became quick friends and he took several photographs during the tour. One of the local Pennsylvania ROA members led 17 Riviera’s and other vehicles in his 1966 Buick Wildcat on a 30+ mile guided tour around the Gettysburg area. We stopped at the Sachs Covered Bridge, drove through farmland, past old barns and farmhouses, and by the famous ‘Historic Round Barn’. 1966 Buick Wildcat convertible; Gettysburg ROA tour lead vehicle (ROA Guided Tour: Photo courtesy of John Mulhern III) (ROA Guided Tour: Photo courtesy of John Mulhern III) My wife drove ahead of the tour group in our truck and shot a video of all of the tour cars driving by illuminated by the rays of the setting sun. The tour wrapped up with a stop at Half Pint Creamery ice cream shop for a much needed cool down from the evenings heat (and hot cars). The ROA Car Show. The Spectacle and the heat. I woke up at 4:00am on the day of the ROA Meet car show, Friday, June 28th, in order to get a spot in the car wash station that the hotel had set up. The day was already warm but clear. By 9:00 am, Riviera’s were being guided into their assigned car show parking areas. Peer judging was from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, then at 1:30 pm all engine and trunk hoods were closed for official photographs. Besides the 98 Riviera’s representing all eight generations on display during the car show, there were several other Riviera’s in the parking lot that did not participate in the show. It was awe inspiring to see that many beautiful Riviera’s gathered in one place. The peer judging for this show was the hardest I had ever participated in, with so many extraordinary examples from all eight Riviera generations. Compounding the stress in judging was the extreme heat that day. It turned out that Gettysburg, PA, had the highest temperature in the country, topping out at 100oF. I walked around with a towel soaked in ice water all day just to keep from overheating. 2019 ROA Meet Car Show; "Modified" Class cars 2019 ROA Meet Car Show; "1965" Class cars 2019 ROA Meet Car Show; "1971-1978" Class cars 2019 ROA Meet Car Show; "1971-1978" Class cars 2019 ROA Meet Car Show; "1966-1970" Class cars. Me standing next to The Aqua Zephyr The ROA Awards Banquet: Recognition for North Carolina Members The Awards Banquet that evening was a well-executed affair. The Best of Show, Ladies Choice, class winners, and runners-up were awarded attractive plaques and the food, catered by the Wyndham hotel, was top notch. The 1965 Riviera Class Winner was Avery Wise from Waxhaw, NC. A Winner Circle award went to @Rivman Randall and Gwyn Crain from Sophia, NC for their 1999 Silver Arrow Riviera for it's 2016 win. Our friend and fellow Tarheel Chapter/BCA member, Ray Rapuano, was presented with a First Place award in the Custom Class for his custom-built 1964 Riviera. The Aqua Zephyr earned a Second Place award in the “1966-1970” Class. The Aqua Zephyr was also recognized as being featured on the Meet artwork included on the award plaques. Fellow ROA and BCA member Ray Rapuano and myself holding our car show awards, ROA International Meet Awards Ceremony and Dinner, June 28th 2019 The ‘Best of Show’ winner was a Green 1964 Riviera owned by Richard Harvey from Cornwall, NY. This car was also awarded the ‘Ladies Choice’ award. "Best of Show" and "Ladies Choice" winner, 1964 Riviera At the conclusion of the banquet, we said goodbye to our new friends and wished them safe travels home. Finding the right tree, departing Gettysburg, and the trip home (more honks and thumbs up) One of our goals during the trip to Gettysburg was to find the location of the background photo used in the Meet artwork (the location of the field, tree, and cannons). While on our guided battlefield tour on the 26th of June, we passed a spot that I thought might be the location. I made a mental note of the spot. After the car show on Friday, my wife and I cooled off in our room, changed clothes, then drove out in the Riviera to that location to see if we could get some pictures in the light of the setting sun. My wife was skeptical that the location I found was the same spot until I pulled up the Meet artwork on my cell phone and showed her the crooked tree and cannons in the artwork matched the scene we were now looking at. She agreed with me and we proceeded to take several pictures of the car from various angles trying to replicate the picture in the artwork. I think we succeeded in replicating the artwork very well. Our "re-creation" of the event art with The Aqua Zephyr creating the same scene The next morning, after breakfast, we said our final goodbyes to several ROA members. We trailered the Riviera and proceeded to retrace our path back to North Carolina. Again, Google Maps projected a 7 hour journey, which we knew would not be true. We discovered one of our trailer tires had a slow leak. We aired up the tire and watched it carefully on the trip home, stopping once to fill it up again. After 11 ½ hours, we finally made it back to North Carolina safe and sound, all the while receiving honks and thumbs up from admiring passers-by. Loaded up for the return trip home; Hwy 15 Maryland rest stop on the Maryland-Pennsylvania state line, June 29th 2019 Our first Riviera Owners Association International Annual Meet was an exceptional experience, and we hope to attend another one in the future. We attended our first Meet for the cars and we will attend our next Meet to see the new friends that we made. A special thank you to ROA Director, @Ray_Knott, and his executive team for putting together a wonderful gathering of the Riviera faithful. Mike Sumrell Fayetteville, North Carolina BCA #49586 ROA # 15405
  8. 7 points
    One last drive before winter with my friend Sue.
  9. 7 points
    The machine shop got the preliminary mold finished today so we could make some test pads and I can have a new pad in place for Hershey. I have to finish up the mold by fastening a back plate to the bottom, milling the height of the pedal hole plugs down to .760, installing two guide pins, and installing 6 perimeter 1/4-20 clamping bolts. Once I’m done with all that tomorrow, I’ll box it up and send it overnight to Joe in CO so he can pour up a few samples and then send them back to me so I can install one in my car before I leave very early Thursday morning for Hershey! Phew, this car showing thing can really be hectic. I’m starting to feel like I’m staring in one of those Velocity channel car shows that always have some stupid deadline except I really do have a deadline!
  10. 7 points
    I recently passed the one year anniversary of my '37 coupe build. It has been a long haul just getting the engineering and suspension done. The engine is a 1964 401. 0.030 over with forged pistons, roller rockers from TA performance. We just ordered the Tremec 6 speed from American Power Train. The fuel injection is Hilborn but EFI. If you look closely you can see the bell housing which is a Quick Time unit. Rear end is True Trac posi 9 inch with 3.73:1 gears. Chassis is Art Morrison. Triangulated 4 Bar out back and IFS up front with an Opel rack. Engine is sitting in just for mock up. On the road by July 2020 (hopefully). Painting the car 1965 Riviera Bamboo Cream. 95% stock interior but being redone in leather. Adding A/C and power windows.
  11. 7 points
    I have been trying to get a good set of medallions for my 1937 Coupe for a year. Both the grille badge and the one on the nose. I looked at restoring mine and the cost was prohibitive and the wait times too long. I ended up sending my originals to Nostalgic Reflections in Washington state and they have made a set of reproductions. My belief is that they will be making these in batches of 10 or so so and selling them in the $200 range. Once i know I will post an update. I have zero commercial interest in the sale of the reproductions just posting to let people know there may be a solution to the problem I had. I doubt many McLaughlin badges sell but beat up original nose badges are on eBay and the prices can be high and the quality rough.
  12. 6 points
    Bought a tire changer for changing the split rim tires on my old cars.
  13. 6 points
    I thought the whole thing was very well done. The issue is there will always be stupid people, no matter what rules are in place and we cannot judge the quality of the event based on those stupid few. Problem is stupid is the “new” thing to be.
  14. 6 points
    Seems like I managed to miss most of the red leaves. I was able to get out and take some pictures this afternoon after work. Sure is Buickful......
  15. 6 points
  16. 6 points
    Just got word from the editor of Hot Rod Deluxe Magazine that our 1927 Buick Model 27 will be in their Barn/Garage Finds section in the January issue, due out Nov 15th! Will have pictures and the story of how we found it, might be small but we are excited!
  17. 6 points
    I have been busy and haven't posted in a while. Two weeks ago was the NE Buick races and show at Cecil County Dragway. Drove the '75 Electra to Atlantic City to hang with Buick friends and then to the show. Over 450 miles all together. Had a great time, toured to the Herr's potato chip factory and won a trophy in the show. The ride back was a blast. Was in a bit of a rush Saturday afternoon on the way home due to another car engagement. The car drove like a top, 75-80 MPH the whole way. 🙂 Mileage is now 24,772. Started at 18,500 two years ago.
  18. 6 points
    Today was even more productive than yesterday. Got the Clogmaster 2000 out again this morning. Lower humidity today. I also loaded the blaster up with more media than usual and I changed the ceramic tip on the blaster nozzle, as the current one had worn thin and the side chipped off. This made a big difference, the blaster worked much better, faster, and much less clogging today, so I was able to complete blasting all 6 fender brackets (Photo 1). It was such a nice day and I made such good progress, I went right on to priming the parts as well. My sprayer is really dialed in now, and I'm getting better results than when I started. Here are all the brackets (Photo 2). I have all the hardware refinished and primed as well, so these are ready to be installed on the body (when the body is stripped and primed) to be painted all at once.
  19. 6 points
    Took a 3-day weekend. Went down to Moss Motors in Petersburg, VA to buy some parts for the MGA. One of the things I picked up was the seat kit and foam, at 15% off with the special they had. They also had in in stock. They even gave me a tour of the upholstery shop! All their upholstery is made in-house by hand, pretty impressive. I got the black leather with white piping, as original. I read some info on installation on the MGA guru site and chatted on their forum and got some great photos and input. I decided to just tackle it myself, seemed doable by an amateur. This was the only project I did this weekend, I went to the local AACA regional show with my '30 Plymouth on Saturday, then had to replace my steering rack on my lawn tractor (with only 103 hours on it). Some poor engineering there. It turned out to be quite easy, since it's a very simple seat and the upholstery was pre-fab. I used staples to secure the fabric, as that's how most of them were done. The experts say some had staples, some had tacks, some had a combination. Mine appears to be about 80% staples with some tacks thrown in. Decided to just go with staples to make it a little easier. First photo is how I found it (seat folded down) in 2016 (Photo 1), second photo is with the lower frames and seat foam (Photo 2). Here's the finished result (Photo 3). Overall, quite good, no major screw-ups on my part. The arm rest is how it came from Moss, it will need to be sewn onto the middle carpet section, so that's probably a good project for when it gets cold outside. I may be able to salvage the original center carpet section, although the original arm rest is petrified.
  20. 6 points
    Heck, I started with less than that...
  21. 5 points
    working from the back of show field toward the front
  22. 5 points
    I am a newbie here, but glad to see a place where the car fits in. I made a post when I completed the car and all the purist lashed out. Anyway, this is a complete restoration. I put a SBC (Dart SHP Block), TH350 in the car. The on;y changes made was the hood scoop and center console was from a 2nd Gen. Z28 camaro. I added the Buick hood tack. The car has a Fatman's tubular front stub, narrowed 9" rear and we channeled it with chromoly to ties it together front to back. It has a 6 point cage to keep the twist out from the HP. It has a rear 4 link with double adjustable shocks, and nickel plated A-arms up front with coil overs. It took about five years for me to put together, but I only averaged one day a week working on it.....There's a lot of other things that was done along the way. I hope you like it. It's been a blast!
  23. 5 points
    Congratulations on a job VERY well done! May you enjoy the car for many years to come.
  24. 5 points
    Loadin' 'em up and gettin' under way!
  25. 5 points
    September 05, 2009 Bumpers installation and other details Once the body is on the frame, it’s time to install elements which could not be installed before this important step. The rear bumper was not an issue. 4 screws and it was done. The original car had more bolts, but not practical to install on the model. Once the back bumper is secured, it’s time to have a look at the front one. 6 bolts and it will be done, a small job. Well, it went not so easy : when I tried to attach the front bumper, it was without the radiator and other minor parts. Without too many difficulties, I could install 2 bolts. The 2 other ones securing the main supports to the frame are near the radiator and the nut must go between the radiator and the frame. On the right side, I had the impression to have more space which was true once the horn was removed. I did a special wrench to maintain the nut for a short time. Fortunately, the nut did bite immediately. For the other side, I had to remove the battery and use a thinner wrench. After a while, the nut was willing to bite. Both screws attaching the bumper ends to the front fenders could be screwed but the torque was not very important because the radiator was in the way, therefore the screwdriver was not square at the screw heads. Time needed for that bumper: about 3 hours! The LH door is just installed for the pictures. I have first to finish the installation of the side windows. It’s now obvious that the wheelcovers are far from mint! Since the previous post, I installed the master cylinder and booster.
  26. 5 points
    To the OP: Please don't take this the wrong way, but figuring-out shipping should happen before listing and selling an item. If I'm shipping something large or heavy, I pack it first then take it to the nearest shipper to get measured and weighed. Saves a lot of hassle later on.
  27. 5 points
    Perfect example of why I do not attend most local cruises and shows with my two 30s cars,,,,that,and the $20.00 Fee somebody's fund raiser !
  28. 5 points
    OK, I will try to end the speculation . I am the Vice-Chairman of the Elegance and started the move to go ahead with this idea in my office here at AACA along with Jack Rich and Mark Lizewskie in 2010. We eventually formed a board and decided that the world did not need another concours but a unique one that imitated the original concours and that was small in size but big on quality cars that were works of art could work. We also stated that we were not going to be the kind of event that raised a large amount of money and donated paltry sums to charities. We DID honor that commitment and will have donated over $1,000,000 in our 9 short years of existence but it was getting harder in an area that has little major sponsorships available to us and an event not large enough with its gate to attract as many national sponsors as we would like to. Our current executive director was moving on to another job that offered her far more stability and benefits so we were faced with the prospect of seeking and training another director along with a few key board members feeling that it was time to retire. So the decision was made to cancel the 2020 event. Since that time numerous people and companies have suggested that they could support us beginning in 2021 and those discussions are ongoing with some of us with the HOPE that we can bring back this special event. I should make this VERY clear: Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, the Hotel Hershey were a wonderful partner in putting this event on and supported us HIGHLY. It is , however, a premium property and even with their support the Elegance was a very expensive proposition.
  29. 5 points
    Economics lesson: It takes X dollars to run the state. The more services residents want, the greater X becomes. X has to come from residents, that's the people who pay most of the taxes. Sure, business collects taxes from their customers and gives it to the state ( and I mean all the taxes, real estate, property [non real estate], merchant's capital, etc) and the state and residents say great, that is a business tax I do not pay. Wrong! . If the business did not collect these taxes and make a profit, the business will go under quick. So now we have established X dollars needed to run state, and residents pay these taxes. Move to a non-income tax state, and X does not change, just the way the state gets the tax changes. TINFL, The is no free lunch! What's the sales tax in Tennessee? What is vehicle license in Florida? What is the estate tax situation in North Carolina. Please look at this as it was surprising how much was taxed there and Maryland also. Or pick a state that has few services, and then DO NOT ask for them to start supplying a service you liked in your old state, as taxes have to go up to provide that service. Do not obsess with one form of tax, look at them all if you are planning on moving. You are already living in a less taxing state than Maryland. 😁 You can find counties in VA that have very low real estate tax rates and low cost of land. Oh, and don't overlook closeness of hospitals, I'm still alive because I was 15 minutes away!😉
  30. 4 points
    This, I definitely would want to be this...
  31. 4 points
    Yes, agreed, the naysayers can criticize if they wish, and I've done my share on different aspects, but overall this is a great event that's handled with dignity and is well organized. What a huge undertaking, and what a great show (and weather) it was! I had a friend with me this year who'd never been to Hershey. At 8 am, he was talking as the National Anthem started, and I almost had to punch him. When it concluded I told him, no exceptions, hand over heart and at attention, no kneeling at Hershey! Great job, thanks to the Region and the AACA in general...
  32. 4 points
    i, sadly, would probably be a Garbage truck.
  33. 4 points
    I HATE the cans. Obnoxious to the extreme. Much less prevalent this year for some reason.
  34. 4 points
    John, internal combustion engines require four things to run. Fuel, ignition, compression, and timing. Any one of those is gone and you will not run. Start with the basics. Do you have adequate compression? Should be 50 lbs or more. If you have been using starting fluid we can assume there is fuel. Check if you have a hot spark while cranking. Pull the coil wire out of the distributor cap and hold it about 3/8” from a ground and have a helper crank the engine. If you have a weak or no spark it is likely that your starter is pulling the battery voltage down too low for the ignition to work properly. This could be due to a low performing battery or more likely having battery cables that are too small, and bad connections on them. Six volt cars need big cables. If you have good compression, hot spark, and fuel, only incorrect timing will keep it from running. If you can’t get it to run send me a PM and I will work through it with you. I love these Buicks. Here’s a pic of mine.
  35. 4 points
    Remember to include the high compression gaskets this time and that dreaded 19 inch clutch fan that doesn't work in Texas.....that's the big thing in the front. 😀 Yeah I've been too much of a candy a## to put anything less than 93 octane in it to start with. Timing is at 7.5 deg. I did put the later vac advance spring in it but haven't driven it yet since that mod. The old 55 distributor is on for now because its trusted and wanted to reduce variables if a problem arose. The 56 one needs to be gone through. I also have one from a 59 364 that's supposed to have a better timing curve to try. It hasn't pinged yet on acceleration but its only been floored it once for a few seconds at mid speed after the first oil change and it jumped pretty good for a tight engine. It's not yet run much over 60 and still varying the speed with moderate acceleration around town. Gotta take care of those sealed power pistons you rented to me because they are one of the holy grails of 322 unobtaneum. The only rather noticeable difference from last engine is on the uphill on-ramp onto I81 at the chenango forks interchange. Swear my foot is down 1/2 inch without hitting the vacuum actuator for the switch pitch and jesse it's it's doing over 60 at the end of the ramp . Merges right into traffic. Not sure how well it breathes at higher rpms but it sure goes up hills effortlessly. The old frankencam had more lift but this one seems to have a better low torque profile based on my humble research. Reminds me of that 56 ad that says more zip at the top. If I were to get a cam custom-made, I'd consider this profile with just more lift And that's pretty cool. Am keeping my eye on the fuel pump. Seems the engine stumbles out after stopped at a red light then accelerating to 55 when it's not hot enough where vapor lock would happen. I have a couple fresh ones on the shelf. The electric pump seems to correct it. All other teething problem ( like that vibration at 2300 rpm) have been resolved. The top casing on this fuel pump was clocked wrong from Then and Now and I had to rotate it - I compressed the arm when re-tightening the fuel pump cover and am hoping that didn't reduce fuel pump pressure. I didn't read the directions but remember having to do that Before. No engine leaks. Have to recheck head torque. Fingers crossed. Drive it drive it drive it.
  36. 4 points
    They didn't have the right size of Firestone. I ordered the BF Goodrich tires. Thanks guys! The Roadmaster is going to look extra classy.
  37. 4 points
    This I don't get. If the area is so crime ridden one needs to live in a gated community to stay safe, I want no part of it!👍
  38. 4 points
    The map is highly flawed. Just taking Utah as an example, the average price for the entire state is heavily skewed by Summit county which includes Park City. There are many counties where the prices are very reasonable. Also, the idea that you can't escape taxes by moving states is also not right. Different states have different levels of bureaucracy, welfare, boondoggles as well as the actual services they provide to the residents.
  39. 4 points
    I got one more part on that is required to start the FOR yesterday. A completely rebuilt carburetor from a dear friend of mine who passed away a few months after I got it. He always said, bolt it on, connect it up and don't touch it!
  40. 3 points
    Well at least it provided you with some discussion material! LOL. Michelle and I are still kind of taken back with the reception the car got considering the company it kept in the area. With Auburns, packards, Chrysler’s, Caddy’s, pierce arrows, and values of some in excess of $1,000,000 right across the row, it amazed us at how many people hovered around the Olds all day. The condition of the grass close around my car was pointed out to me and can be seen in many of Jerry’s pictures. It was worn almost completely down from all the foot traffic and was in the same condition of the main road. I do think keeping my hood open helped draw people over to look at it and I was more available to answer questions about my car than others seemed to be. What I thought was different was I was asked about setting up the automatic choke by a packard owner. The owner was surprised to find out that my Olds had the same choke as his 34’ packard did and my Olds was a 32’. He mentioned that he was having trouble getting his to work good, either not choking enough or over choking the engine. He was trying to adjust it by the thermo-spring and I explained that he needed to adjust it by how much the choke plate is open when the choke mechanism is in the cold or closed setting. It seems everyone wants to totally close the choke plate when there is no need for it and it will always over choke in that setting. I explained to set the plate about 1/4” open when in the cold position and to pump the accelerator about two to three times before turning the motor over to dump raw gas into the intake. When I showed him how instantaneously my car started he couldn’t believe it. It was great I was able to help out a guy with a big classic car like his. The whole experience will give Michelle and I plenty to talk about for days to come. I am willing to bet though she’ll get tired of it pretty soon!😁
  41. 3 points
    Who's going and where will you be. I'll go first. Again this year Brian DePauli is sharing his space, Orange field OAF 39, with myself and Matt and we will be taking turns minding the store while the other is out walking. Next.......
  42. 3 points
    This really was one of the better ones. The weather is always a big factor, but I think there were more full vendor spaces than I've seen in quite a long time. I take that as a good sign. I am always sure to thank every volunteer I see working the show--remember it's just a local region that puts the whole thing together and almost everyone working there is a volunteer. Be sure they know you appreciate their hard work! And always tip the hell out of the guys and girls working the port-a-johns. That's literally a shaitty job and they do it with a smile.
  43. 3 points
    The piece of metal I've been waiting for is now overdue...odd because another piece I ordered at the same time from the same supplier arrived Monday. In the meantime I've been fiddling with the pump. I started by putting a notch in the pump shaft for the set screw. I had intended to use a Woodruff key as well but in thinking about it, I can't see that the stresses are great enough to warrant it. When I tightened the cap screws on the circumference it tightened the pump just enough to make it hard to turn so I relieved the impeller about .005 on the OD and about .015 in thickness. I reassembled the pump and ran it for 15 minutes. It's actually running in the picture but the shutter speed of the point & shoot camera is so fast it stops the action. As far as I can see, there are no leaks in the pump although the connections to the vinyl tubing leave something to be desired. It's still a bit tighter than I'd like but I'm thinking I'll let it run for a couple of hours and see if it loosens up a little.
  44. 3 points
    I would put safety glass in the windshield and drivers door. Then seat the family members you like least by the original windows with the favorites in the center of the seat.
  45. 3 points
    Ted, I agree with Gary W about the quality and detail that you painstakingly put into the '32. This will be my 48th. year attending Hershey, and I have seen some magnificently restored cars over the years, and I believe that your Oldsmobile is up there with the best of them. Thanks. John
  46. 3 points
    Typical master cylinder failure. Especially if it sinks more with light pedal pressure than when pressing really hard. 2004 is 15 years ago. If DOT 3 filled system, I am surprised it lasted this long. Flush every two years for best results, or just overhaul the whole system and use DOT 5. No signal is it HAS already failed!
  47. 3 points
    Kids grow up. Eventually. The hardest part about having kids these days is the first 40 years. We all grew up being rebellious in different times. I seem to recall people were shocked at Elvis' hip twisting on TV. My how we have evolved. Today its iphones and ipads that seem to be ruing our kids. Not dancing. My 2 sons never experienced life before the smart phone. They were working a computer mouse before they could push a pop-corn lawn mower around the living room. Never without internet access or You Tube, or social media. They grew up. They got real jobs. They figured out life was grand when looking up from an iphone screen. Their screen time is diminishing. I can see it. I doubt we'll ever see such a mass interest in cars like we've seen over the past 80 years. North Americans took the car and really made a life around it. Sunday drives. Drive in movies. Drive thru fast food. Long Commutes. Crusing. Racing. Mobile living quarters. An entire culture originated right here, around the automobile. I doubt that will happen again. Can we say that the automobile culture reached its apex? I think so. Today younger people are into other things. It's just the ending of an era. Times changing.The changing of the guard, sort of. It is unfortunate that dumping cash into a vintage or classic car is generally seen as a poor cash investment today. Was it ever really a good cash investment choice? It was fun. It was personal. It was rewarding. It was good for our souls. Aside from getting all our money back, we sure had a ton of other great things happen in and around our vintage cars. Kids? Every one that I see, as soon as they can walk, enjoy a ride in an old car. I hope someday if I have grandkids I can take 'em for rides in my old cars. Ice creme. Burgers. Whatever. Spoil 'em rotten while I can. Fingers crossed one of them may see my old car in the garage someday and recall all the great memories. Might not be for a long time.....But they grow up. They come around. Just gotta get past the 40 years.
  48. 3 points
    What is the story with that Buick? Edit) we're just keeping this very nice '51 to the top for you and having a bit of fun @PatsUsedParts Good luck with the sale, it shouldn't take long
  49. 3 points
    Keep posting John, I enjoy viewing them ! ( I seen your Chevrolet over on FB with Mr. Leunig's Chevrolet - beautiful ! ) Steve
  50. 3 points
    Why buy a T? Let’s see........I have owned and driven all of the BEST pre war stuff on the planet.........ALL OF IT, in the parking spaces behind me are ALL the automotive legends from the American continent ......all of them. I have a 15 T that’s all original, unrestored, and I enjoy it just as much as the Model J I took to lunch on Saturday morning. If you don’t understand and appreciate a T, you just don’t understand the old car hobby.