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  1. 25 points
    "deep sigh....." How come, on every forum, when a member decides the rules need to be altered to suit his private needs (when they are usually clearly defined at registration) the Moderators are painted as some type of Draconian jack-booted tyrants for enforcing those agreed upon regulations? Then they sign off with a final insult post and an "I'm going home and taking my ball with me!" attitude. I have been a car forum Moderator. I recognize the time involved, the balance needed to juggle varied personalities and it's all volunteer work. I have seen forums cave in to others needs for slacker rules and some of those forums have degenerated to pretty unfriendly places where belittling and swearing at one another take precedence over actual car sharing information. When I choose not visit that type of forum any longer, I just leave. Quietly. Without a public decree. Maybe all of us remaining members can take a breath and realize just how informative and friendly this board is. I do. And it's exactly what keeps me coming back. Greg
  2. 19 points
    Yachtflame, I can no more condone or look the other way on the sale of titles than i can can stolen parts. Before you say "let others live" you need to consider that! Merced09, Yes. Title sales are illegal. You were informed (privately) that if you continued you'd be banned. Your stab at the forum usage seems petty, and also incorrect. If you chose to leave the forum so be it. Otherwise, simply follow the forum rules, including refraining from attempting to sell car titles or any other illegal activity.
  3. 15 points
    With all the current stress going on in the USA and the world concerning health issues , I thought perhaps it would possibly be good to share some period photos of vehicles that we all love. The old cars and trucks make us happy , so for a few moments viewing what I have posted here may relieve you from some of the stress now upon all of us. I hope the images ,even briefly, take away that cloud of worry and concern. We are not only thinking about ourselves, and family but dear friends across the world who are like family because of our common interest in older cars. If you can add to this with your images, please do. I sincerely wish all of you well , and hope in some way this makes all of you feel a little bit better. Walt on long island.
  4. 14 points
    I went to pick up the car today. When I arrived, Levi was rinsing the car off with a water hose. It seems that a few minutes before I arrived, some landscapers had decided to operate some leaf blowers in the area and had stirred up a major dust storm on the car just after Levi had pushed it out of the shop awaiting my arrival. After writing him a check for my final payment, I hooked up the battery cables, hopped in, and started it up. I had a friend follow me since the car did not have any taillights on it. The approximately 8 mile drive home was uneventful, but I do have some good advice for anybody who ever plans to pick up a car without a windshield and drive it... wear some goggles!. I probably only drove about 35 miles per hour for most of the trip, but my eyeglasses did not keep the wind out of my eyes anywhere near as much as I thought they would. In any case, it was fun driving it again and nice having it home so I can finish the rest of the restoration. She is now safely tucked in the garage next to my 1937 Century.
  5. 14 points
    My garage is a fairly large concrete block building that sits in front of my house. Originally my dad bought this property for the garage to repair the family business vehicles in. I later bought the property from my family and built my house behind the garage about 350’ off the road. The garage sits about 80’ from the road, has a 10w x 9’h garage door along with a walk through door on the front, and just a 10w x 8’h garage door on the back. Because my house is behind the garage, this meant every time I had to either open the back garage door, or walk around to the front. Opening the garage door quickly loses all the heat you’ve got so I always wanted a “man door” in my rear garage door. I tried pricing them out and heard two things every time. Eitherit would cost me over $4000 or that they don’t put man doors in a garage door that’s only 8’ high. I figured there has to be kits available to do it so I looked finding that they do offer kits for sale but only in England and Europe. It seems the USA saves them to be a specialized, expensive, dealer installed option. Well two weeks ago I’m looking around on FB Marketplace as I can often find good deals on my train and RC plane hobbies, when a picture catches my eye. It’s a garage door with a man door! The add says it 10x10 but can easily be made to 10 x 8 by removing the top panel. The price was half of my 10 year old quote and this door has two windows and an exhaust port, both costly options I didn’t even have priced out originally. So a deal was made and I now have my dream door. A huge plus is the door is insulated and white on the inside making the shop both warmer and brighter. See, it’s little things that makes up happy!
  6. 13 points
    What a great idea, this is a wonderful thread! Afterall, what would old cars be without people? My contribution here involves a 1949 plymouth that my dad bought back in 73, then restored. The first pic is as found. I got to help when I was a 14-15 year old kid. I wish I had a pic of my dad with it at the time. The second pic is me standing by it at my grandparents home just when it was finished. I was 15. My Dad drove it ALOT, about 70,000 miles, including trips from MInnesota to the southwest, and into Mexico. The 3rd pic is in 1992. In 1980, my dad had retired in Arizona. The miles had taken a toll on the old Plymouth, and by '92 car had sat for a while with a burned valve and dry rotted tires and top. He offered it to me, and I flew down to AZ, did a bunch of repairs, new tires and battery, and drove it home to MN with the burnt valve. (50 mph) Back at home, I ground the valves, repainted it, rewired it, new top and eventually replaced the still original interior. The 4th pic is me doing some work on it in 2007. It has been driven regularly and maintained since I got it. In 2018, my son asked me if he could drive it on his honeymoon, after his upcoming wedding. He and I went thru the brakes, replaced the exhaust and the 1992 tires, and got it all ready for the trip. We decided he would end up with it eventually. In 2019, right around my 60th birthday, we drove it back to my grandparents old place, (no longer in the family) and snapped the last pic in the same spot as the 1975 picture. Obviously, there's much more to this 47 year story, and I hope it continues for many more generations. Joel
  7. 12 points
    As of 8:00 PM Thursday March 19th, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has ordered a statewide proclamation shutdown of all non-life sustaining businesses in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes the AACA Headquarters and the AACA Library & Research Center. SOME but not all staff might be working from home, answering emails and phone calls as best as possible but there may be a significant delay in responding. Thank you in advance for your patience during this time. The entire staff at AACA wish you and your families all the best during this difficult time and urge you to take necessary precautions to keep safe and healthy. So, this situation changes by the hour it seems. We fall in a special category that will allow us to be open on a limited basis. Several staff members will be here including me BUT we cannot handle every call, every email and every letter immediately! Well it changed again! Most of the staff cannot be here. A couple of us can to maintain the building, etc. as far as we know right now. So getting back to you is going to be difficult. Staff members at home can get your emails. To make it easy, for the time being you can send me your emails at aaca1@aaca.org and I can forward your email to the appropriate person (if you do not know their name, otherwise it is their first initial, last name and @aaca.org To our valued members: The AACA and its affiliates are monitoring issues related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as abiding by the CDC and other governmental agency recommendations. Our members are our utmost concern and we will make notifications as necessary should our events or operations be affected in any way. AACA National Board of Directors
  8. 11 points
    I purchased a parts lot that were removed from a 1925 Standard coupe destined to be street-rodded. The entire engine driveline plus the seats and all. Along with this came a "mystery box" mostly full of 1925 Master Parts. I sprung for this because there were the 22" wheels which sometime in the past mine were changed out to 21". The owner started to restore the car but changed his mind. He also bought 5 new 600X22 tires tubes and flaps. Everything had to come as a package deal. Unfortunately it was located in Bend Oregon. Enter Mark Shaw from Vancouver WA. Mark offered to bring all back to his Buick Barn and sort thru for me. He and "Oregon Desert" spent a day of unpacking, sorting and taking photos. Mark has already sent some of the parts I did not need onto other worthy Buick Brothers. Several were in need of some things in Cal. and Texas. The most challenging process for him was removing the wheels from the rear axle. Then to save space the 75+ rear old FISK tires were removed from the rims. I had to send him my wheel puller and it was still a trial . Much work later he has the axle knocked down and all packed in a 4" square crate. Then filling the remaining space with all the smaller parts that I wanted. Mark still has the engine/transmission, interior seats, springs, front axle and associated hangers there. Trying to get a good estimate as to shipping across country I needed a final crate size. He suggested that he also strap the 5 new tires to the top of the box. Final size 4'X4'X4'. I call him the CUBEMASTER! Now I just have to find a freight carrier to get it from the Left coast to the Right coast. My gratitude to Buick Brother Shaw!
  9. 11 points
    I built the 1/32 scale plastic antique car kits starting very young and had them on the dresser and head board of my double bed till Mom came in to dust using her vacuum... Dad understood my frustration (aka anger) at that so made these two wood cases for me to protect the offending action in the future. They range in quality from a young kid's work to a late teen. They are still protected in my hobby room.
  10. 11 points
  11. 11 points
    I agree that it would be a shame to leave over this. I have periodically taken breaks when the forum became a little too overwhelming for me, and I was always welcomed back with open arms by the good people here. This is a community and regardless of our differences, we seem to embrace each other here as fellow old car fans. That's rather rare, both in the real world and online. Yes, sometimes it may feel like you've got a target painted on your forehead, but the 10% rough areas are worth the 90% gold. I would not, however, refer to this as censorship--it isn't the government telling you what you can say. The AACA gets to set their own rules for their forum--they're paying the bills. Censorship does not apply to private enterprise. There's a very big gray area around title sales and it can indeed lead to unethical and potentially illegal behavior. It's probably not a crime to sell them, but I would wager that many people buying them are not buying them for garage art. It's a legally ambiguous area that I'm sure the club doesn't want to be even tangentially involved in given the significant consequences. I was recently given a similar ultimatum here that was more or less phrased like the old time gangsters shaking people down by saying, "Gee, mister, wouldn't it be a shame if your shop burned down?" While it is almost always my first instinct to push back, it's important to remember this is the AACA's field and their equipment, so we gotta play by their rules. I accept that as a fair trade-off, even if I didn't particularly care for the way that message was delivered. Enforcement of rules is why this place is good. Sometimes you don't agree with the rules, but that's how the world works. Sometimes you don't like the messenger, but not everyone is compatible with everyone else. You do the best you can and take the good where you can find it. As I said, the good here vastly outweighs the hassles, and your contributions have value. Take a break, cool off, and come back. You will be welcomed.
  12. 11 points
    And now a fun story to make you all smile I’m a new brass Buick owner (1911) and they have magnetos. A new animal to me. Mine came with a spare which the previous owner said was no good. This is a high tension mag which means it does not need a power source. It generates its owns low voltage and then multiplies it too like a coil does. (A low tension mag needs a battery to supply the low voltage) First thing I do is dig it out of the box and set it in my lap and give the impulse coupling a twist. To quote my late Father ‘Well son, I bet you don’t do that again.’ Not sure what the specs for a high tension mag are but I can verify it can jump a spark through a pair of jeans and boxers.
  13. 11 points
    Whenever there's a downturn in the economy, we see it in our showroom first. February was pretty good, but March has been a desert so far. Not enough for me to be concerned, but there's probably a recession coming. The factors are many, but why would I let that stop me from enjoying my hobby? I don't see too many guys saying, "Well, looks like the stock market's down, better stop woodworking for a while." As to whether the car market and the stock market are linked, well, that's only if your income is taxed at cap gains rate. I don't know many guys getting a paycheck every week who are basing their car buying decisions on whether their portfolio is down 10 points. They may, however, stop buying cars because they're afraid of losing their jobs. It all depends on how long and how deep it goes. It doesn't take much to spook a vast majority of Americans--we're an easily spooked people these days. Cars are bad "investments" in the traditional sense, but at the same time they're a durable good that always has value. Instead of thinking of it as an investment or a money-making opportunity, look at it as a place to park some money where it won't turn into vapor because someone you don't know in a place that's not local to you does something ill-advised. You may lose some money, but short of a fire burning the car to ashes, you will always be able to get some or even most of your money back. Not many hobbies can claim the same. Enjoy life. Do what you enjoy. Quality of life really matters. The economy always rebounds. Life goes on. Time is short. Don't live in fear.
  14. 11 points
  15. 11 points
    All of those things. Plus they don't want strangers coming to their house and looking around. They don't want phone calls at all hours. They don't want the E-mails telling them they're stupid and their price is crazy and their car is crap. They don't want to have to answer the same question over and over and over and over. The don't want constant inquiries from photo collectors and low-ballers who want to trade their piece of junk for your good car and then call you foul names when you don't agree with their valuation. And if you haven't tried to sell a car lately, it's more than putting an ad in the local paper and parking it at the end of your driveway if you really want to move it for good money (this is where someone chimes in about how they sold their car from an ad in the local paper). Advertising costs can add up if you really want to cover the market--my services cost about as much as a single 7-day eBay auction or a Hemmings photo ad for most clients, and in exchange they get more than 20 internet venues, ads in several print publications, studio photography, a video with the car starting and running, professional description, and a full-time staff to manage repairs/service, phone calls and E-mails, logistics, financing, and trade-ins, plus a showroom where people can browse cars--a lot of people come in to buy one car and leave with something else instead. Drop your car off, a few weeks later cash a check without ever having to deal with a tire-kicker or lowball artist or scumbag prowling around your home. If you enjoy all that nonsense, well, there's your answer. But to a lot of people, the lack of hassles is worth a few bucks, particularly the guys with expensive cars who understand that their time is better spent making money than trying to sell a car. It's the same reason I hire a roofer when my house needs a new roof--I can do it myself for less money, but it'll take me weeks when I could be spending my time making more money than it costs to have someone else do it. Plus it's a lot of work. It's about the net, not the gross. Money is but one way to measure "value." I've long believed that time is far more precious than cramming every possible dollar I can into my pocket and if I can buy time at a reasonable price, I do it. PS: You're invited to come answer my phone for a week and see if the job is still what you think it is.
  16. 10 points
    Hello all, A few days ago I introduced myself as a new be and was waiting for my 41 Sedanette to arrive. Well it came today and I'm like a 69 year old kid on Christmas morning.. I promised some pics, so if I get them into this topic ( first time posting pics) they should be below. Hope it woks. I'll post better ones when I have a better day outside for quality pics. Here goes!b
  17. 10 points
    This is my first time posting the progress I have made on the car that I am working on. It is not my car, but belongs to a friend in my neighborhood who recently retired and has been looking for someone willing to restore his car, which he purchased intending to restore it. I am 24 years old and this is my first car restoration. I had not had much experience in woodworking either until last year. I have always appreciated old machines though, so when I first saw this car in 2018 I caught the "old car bug." From late 2018 until last fall I spent about a year researching and planning the project. The pictures below are some before and after pictures from Thanksgiving until now along with some pictures in the wood shop. Almost all of the original wooden parts were rotten, cracked, and or twisted, so I spent the winter remaking as much as I could. About 2/3 of the wooden parts are done and assembled. I am a small engine mechanic, so this has been a good way to keep me busy in my slow season. Now more customers are beginning to call with repair jobs, so I am putting less hours into the car, but I hope to keep putting in a few hours per week. Our goal is to get the car on the road again in 2023 for its hundredth birthday. Please let me know if you would like to see anything else or have questions of how I did something. I'm posting this since I figure that some of you would appreciate seeing a youngster restoring a prewar car! Ryan
  18. 10 points
    Differences in state/province laws have nothing to do with this situation. AACA says it is against the rules on this forum. Therefore if you want to be on this forum you must play by their rules. No exceptions, no special dispensation, no breaking the rules. It’s that simple. if you want to sell titles ok, just not on the AACA forum. dave s
  19. 10 points
    As a retired physician, your governor a absolutely correct in doing this. Too many people are taking this crisis too lightly. If we ALL do what is recommended, hopefully we will beat it. It's a few weeks sacrifice out of a lifetime.
  20. 10 points
    Thanks to my late father-in-law, my wife and I received Snap-on Stock shares from his estate when he passed away. He was a Snap-on dealer beginning his career with them in the mid 1950s and continuing until the late 1980s. Today we got our stockholder packet with the notation on the annual report indicating this year is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the company. The report didn’t say we would be getting any 100th anniversary swag for being stockholders but it is great to see a company going strong after that length of time. A funny story about meeting my wife. We met through mutual friends. At the time she had her own home as did I. One weekend I was helping her with a project at her house and told her I needed a screwdriver. She said to find the toolbox in the closet as her home repair tools were in it. I go to the closet and find a small Snap-on tool box, inside was a whole bunch of Snap-on and Blue Point tools. Confused, I said to her “how is it you have all these Snap-on tools for your house?” Response, “oh that’s easy, my dad is one of those Snap-on tools sales guy that sell from his truck”. It was like finding out dad owned a gold mine! We’ve been together for 36 years, married for 31. The tool discount was wonderful for as long as it lasted!
  21. 10 points
    OK, not as old as most of the cars posted here today but it's my current project. And, since the city closed all non-essential businesses (including my bar) four days ago, and it looks like they won't let us re-open until April 2nd, I've been spending every waking hour in the garage and making some very good progress. This is an original southern California 1965 Corvette I bought a year ago. It was completely disassembled in 1981 and then, unfortunately, the owner passed away so the car just sat in the garage for 38 years until I bought it. It was very complete, all parts bagged and tagged including a complete numbers matching drive train (350 hp 327 4 speed). I did the frame and suspension and then sent the car to the body shop for paint. Got it back home in January and started putting it all back together. I've got a couple of hundred photo-log pics but I'll just share a few before and after shots here. The day I brought it home. Yesterday. Repainted in the original Nassau Blue. Still some window trim to install. Headlamps and motors reinstalled. Still need to do the grill and bumpers. Interior before And after Yesterday I installed the windshield trim, visors and mirror. Today it was the exhaust system Just need to install those stainless tips now. And I realized with the car's build date of April 21st, 1965, it's 55th birthday is coming up in a month, so if all goes according to plan, it should be back on the road in time to celebrate after a long 39 year wait! Cheers, Greg
  22. 10 points
    56's dust off 2020 Hope that link works. Oiled the distributor's oil reservoirs, topped off the power steering fluid and brake fluid, drained and cleaned the oil bath air cleaner, and then had enough spare time to take a 14 mile jaunt today. It is down a quart of tranny fluid from leaks over the winter. Gotta pick some up before the next outing. Sure felt GREAT driving it again!
  23. 10 points
    I still don't have the car back as my painter is still busy with final details and reassembly. He is used to modified cars rather than authentic restorations and while he loves this car, he said it has really been kicking his ... He still wants to have it totally finished and to be able to do a big reveal for me but he keeps updating me on it's progress. He texted me a few photos today. The photos really do manage to show the mirror finish that he has achieved with the paint. He is getting close to being done.
  24. 10 points
    I am not sure what part of this photo is the best.
  25. 10 points
    Been a while since I posted here, but I recently had my shop manager and detailer, Michael, spend some serious time on the Chrysler. It was invited to a big indoor show this weekend (https://www.pistonpowershow.com/) as part of what they're calling the "long roof" display. Michael wet sanded and buffed the paint and to be honest, it looks spectacular. It's hard to tell in photos, especially since the car has always looked pretty vivid, but the color is much deeper and bolder than it used to be. It always looked kind of washed out but it now looks as good in person as it does in photos. I'm really happy and Melanie is really excited to have her car on display. She put together a nice little batch of accessories to show on the tailgate and I made her a show board to stand up next to it. I continue to be so pleased with this car and found myself looking at it with envious eyes while laboring over my '41 Buick's water pump and '35 Lincoln engine. My cars are all broken, but Melanie can just jump in and enjoy this one anytime she wants--it seems to be uninterested in fighting me. I think we'll use it a lot this summer. Still trying to figure out how to mount a modern A/C compressor...
  26. 10 points
  27. 10 points
    I stopped by this evening and took a look. Levi has been busy but still has some more painting and a lot of buffing left to do. He has the nose on the car loosely. He has test fitted the fenders and engine side panels. As soon as he has the engine side panels, painted, cured sufficiently and buffed he will be ready to do the final front end assembly. Some of the parts are finished and waiting covered by plastic, while he completes work on other parts.
  28. 9 points
    I first started this thread back in 2017 in the Chevrolet trucks forum. A friend told me about an old Chevy truck stored in a shed on a tobacco farm about 30 miles from home. Following his lead,I drove down a narrow back road to the farm described. The owner, the grandson of the original owner, took me into a two car steel garage,half of which he still used. There was a dividing wall of crates,oil drums,boards,etc. between the halves of the garage.The car,he said,is in there. I had to climb over the wall of stuff, almost to the rafters,to look down on the Chevy,which hadn't moved since 1931. It took four years of haggling (I think he was just lonely) but finally in 1972 a deal was reached. It was pretty exciting to dig open the garage doors and roll it out on its' rims, with the wind blowing 40 years of dust off it's body. We loaded it onto a borrowed trailer and started for home. We didn't get far until I spotted things falling off it ! A closer inspection found that it was packed full of walnut shells, and these were what was tumbling out. Restoration took seven years, with many miles traveled to swap meets looking for scarce parts.I had to decide whether to restore it back to it's original touring car configuration or restore it as found..Whoever did the conversion was quite meticulous in it's modification,right down to the roadster top.I decided to leave it as a truck. It was completed in 1979. The first photo is as purchased.The second is of it's first test drive,ca.1977,and as it appears today. The John Deere logo was added a few years ago ,I thought it would be fun to crash a local two cylinder John Deere club meet with a period service truck. It's been welcome at a number of Deere shows since. Some of you have seen these pictures before. I just rediscovered the test drive photo last night,and thought you might enjoy a retelling of the story. Jim
  29. 9 points
    I would put the Marmon roughly on par with a Chrysler CD8, although the Marmon is noticeably more powerful. They're both about the same size. Both have straight-8 engines with good performance. Both have really good brakes, although the Chrysler's are hydraulic. Marmon's steering is MUCH better with the Ross gearbox. And while I find the Marmon extremely attractive, I did think that this CD8 roadster was about as pretty as a car can be, even in those colors that I hate (which I believe were the car's original colors): I sold that Chrysler for about the Marmon's asking price and their quality is comparable, although the Marmon has a fresher restoration and more palatable colors. It's also extremely rare and you're unlikely to see another, which isn't the case with the Chrysler. I'm inclined to agree with AJ that these aren't really Full Classic material in the sense that the original founders intended (although there's a group of guys pushing for the Packard 120 and I won't mention the 6-cylinder Town & Country debacle). The Marmon, simply due to rarity and the name, might carry a little extra weight the same way Auburn does by being associated with Duesenberg. I find the Marmon to be a little more sturdy-feeling on the road than the Chrysler and it's certainly faster, both in terms of acceleration and cruising, but I should note that the Marmon was restored with high-speed gears that certainly help. It's a 55-60 MPH cruiser while the Chrysler was happiest under 50. <rant> I'm completely over the CCCA, and I really tried. I like Full Classic cars best, but the club has become the disconnected, rich, white, retired person's club and any time I would show up with my family and children, we'd be made to feel unwelcome and priced out of participation ($300 per person per day? For a family of 4? For a week? Are you joking? A trip to friggin' Disney costs less than a CCCA tour these days and Disney charges $18 for a hamburger). And I won't go into the time I showed up for a CCCA Grand Classic in my '41 Buick and was told to "park that thing in the lot behind the building, it doesn't belong here." I still participate with my local region simply because they're our friends and a lot less rigid about CCCA rules (they let Melanie's '56 Chrysler wagon attend events, for instance), and because I have a say in how it's run (affordably and welcoming). But the national level stuff? Who cares? They've moved themselves out of the realm of relevance. If you're not rich and retired with an A-list car, don't bother. </rant> Skip the Full Classic status and just buy cars that make you smile. There are plenty of great events and clubs that will welcome stunners like the Chrysler and the Marmon where they'll be the stars of the show, not red-headed step children. You miss out on a lot of great road cars and interesting technology by insisting on being a part of the CCCA.
  30. 9 points
    Hre are some pics of my first foray into 1/6 scale scratch building. The engine from my '36 Dodge.
  31. 9 points
    Can I be forgiven for 3D printing a model of my 1932 Studebaker Indy car replica? It’s 10 inches long, took 3 days to print. It’s detailed right down to the rivet heads. I guess I should paint it. I remember building plastic models of cars from the ‘teens when I was a kid. The wheels were placed on the axles and a lit match was held to the end of the spindle to soften the plastic and make a mushroom to retain the wheel. None of those survived my high school years.
  32. 9 points
    Today's update in photos. He now expects the car to be ready for me to pick it up on Friday.
  33. 9 points
    In March of 2017, your Moderators and those above us discussed and came up with this policy, the offenders were warned, and posts deleted. Nothing has changed since then. Some posters think we will forget or not find them? To the "repeat offenders" who won't accept AACA's policy: go sell them on E-bay and pay the fees. Peter is not the bad guy here. Karl
  34. 9 points
    Took the big quint out for a 30 mile jaunt today and to get some fresh fuel. The 8v71 sounded beautiful and the Allison shifted as smooth as you can get with a 30k lb beast. As thanks, he burped about half a gallon of diesel on my coat sleeve. Dang it, that wasn't a work coat!!
  35. 9 points
    I know this probably doesn't directly have anything to do with Buicks but it does have to do with my Daughter Sarah who was at the 100th in Flint and at least 2 BDE meets over the years. She is a true Buick lover and is currently on an underway aboard the USS San Jacinto with the task force led by the USS Eisenhower. I am very proud of her for so many reasons and she sent me a message the other day saying that since leaving they have not been allowed to touch land. They will probably not see any port visits until at least May so I asked her what she would like me to send in the way of things they might like. Today we went shopping and sent her a couple care packages. Thank goodness they give a discount on military addresses. I used to have a picture of her following me driving my 1955 Buick Special while we were on a poker run. You could see her smile a mile away and she drove that car when ever she had a chance manual steering and brakes no problem. I had planned on making her peanut butter cookies but I got home yesterday afternoon and have to leave today with a load of meat to Indianapolis so no time this time I am home. Maybe next time,
  36. 9 points
    45 degrees in Mass today. Perfect for 94 year old guys to drive their cars.
  37. 9 points
    "We aren't stopping a virus..." Yes, actually, we are. The steps being taken to stop it have been shown to work in other countries. "the same or less violent than the normal flu...." I have a friend who is in his 40s, no preexisting conditions, in the hospital right now with coronavirus. He needs oxygen to keep him alive and he can't walk more than a few steps even with oxygen without becoming winded. It's been like this for 10 days. It is not like the normal flu. Our ancestors would be mighty disappointed.... In the 1790s, when Philadelphia was the 2nd largest city in the new United States, 20% of the city's population died in a yellow fever epidemic. 2/3 of the city population fled the city entirely, leaving it mostly empty. I think our ancestors would understand.
  38. 9 points
    Now you're getting it! Weird stuff that isn't perfect is interesting and this Packard, even if it were not perfectly restored, would stop traffic. The comfort zone of most guys in this hobby remains with "shiny" and "popular" but my 11-year-old son, Riley, and I were just talking about this an hour ago (he's here in the shop with me doing his homework across from me at my desk). He noticed the four or five "people's choice" awards on my shelf that we've won with our cars, none of which are perfect or expensive or stunning. But they are unusual, appealing, and they stand out because people never see them at shows and they're odd enough to be unique. People respond to that type of car in a big way. It makes me wonder more and more about chasing perfection at the high end when I'm pretty sure they're not having any more fun than we are at the scruffy low end.
  39. 9 points
    Ok, another guaranteed that you haven't seen it before. I want some more up votes for this one.
  40. 9 points
    First off, @JohnD1956 nailed it--the whirring sound is the belt! I would never have expected that, but to test his theory I installed the old one and it sounded exactly the way it did last year when I thought the water pump bearing was going bad. So I installed a new water pump I didn't need, but it's all new so I never have to worry again. I reinstalled the new belt, which, while noisy, at least has a more pleasing sound--more of a supercharger whine than a bad bearing grind. I did some searching online to see if I could cross-reference the Gates belt from Bob's, but it appears that this toothed belt is the only one with the proper specs. My friend at the auto parts store actually found an old book that lists 1941 Buick Limited fan belt part numbers and found one in his system, so he ordered it. It will be a few days since it's coming from Arkansas, but we'll see what it looks like when it arrives. Oh, yeah, it's $50. Maybe I'll live with the sound. Either way, big thanks to John, who nailed the diagnosis from 500 miles away--nice! Second thing I did was disassemble the choke on the rear carb and do some reading in the manual. it's a complex little mechanism that's more than just the thermostatic spring--there's a little piston in there that is supposed to be pulled into position by engine vacuum, and that's what provides the resistance for the spring to push against. As the spring relaxes, vacuum pulls the piston deeper into the port, exposing it to atmosphere and releasing pressure on the choke blade. You may recall I went in there once before, but after reading about a special tool that's used to set the piston position (which, of course, I don't have) I looked carefully at the diagrams and realized that I had it set in the wrong position--that's why it flooded and why it had a vacuum leak once it was up to temperature. I reset the piston's location relative to the choke blade shaft and not only did the choke relax faster but the vacuum leak disappeared. Hopefully I'll get one more cold day where I can leave it outside for a few hours and see if it's still difficult to start cold, but I am optimistic that I got it right this time. The front choke will be doing most of the heavy lifting now. Position of the piston inside the choke housing is important (these photos are from the first time I rebuilt it). Getting it right seemed to improve operation. Once I had the choke set back where I believe it should be, I printed out the suggestions earlier in this thread from John and CarbKing and did some additional tinkering. I disconnected the linkage and tuned the two carbs separately by ear until I got a nice, smooth idle and a clean exhaust note. I ended up fattening the fuel curve quite a bit and then took a longish drive. The Big Guy drives like it always has and I now do not believe anything was seriously amiss with the tune--it just runs too well and pulls too hard to have any serious issues going on. The stumble remains, which I believe is an ignition issue (more on that in a moment). Oh, and with the hood off, it's easy to see how much the engine moves around--I have some new engine mounts around here, so I guess I'll install those. And there's quite a bit of what appears to be steam coming out of the oil breather on top of the valve cover, mostly under load. It could be blow-by, but it's clean with no residue on the valve cover or splashed on the windshield. I'm thinking it's just moisture evaporating from the oil and I just never see it because the hood is there. My car does not have the recirculating tube from the valve cover to the air cleaner, so perhaps I'll drill a hole and add an EGR pipe when I pull the valve cover to adjust the valves. Anyway, after the test drive, it was as hot as I could get it (it's about 50 degrees ambient and with the new cooling system--and no hood--it was running at 165 or so). I attached a vacuum gauge to the port on the intake manifold and did some additional tuning. I should have done this a year ago, but I was lazy. The engine has very good vacuum at idle and was able to get it to stabilize at about 24 inches of mercury with all four screws tweaked. The video below shows the process, which is simple: just turn the screws until you get maximum vacuum that's STABLE. I started with the rear carb and turned in one screw until it started to flutter, then backed it out again (making it richer) until vacuum reached its highest value and the needle was not wiggling. Repeat for the other screw, and then for the front carb. I didn't do any voice-over, but if you watch the gauge, you can see each of the four screws being adjusted in this brief video: I still plan to use my friend's 5-gas analyzer as @edinmass suggested. I might even be able to find a dynamometer to use--I used to work for a dyno manufacturer and know a lot of the tuners who bought our equipment. That should give us an even clearer window into the tune, but I still have a few more details I want to address before we get to the final stage: new plugs, new ignition components, and resetting the timing to base. I set it to about 4 degrees advanced beyond factory spec a few years ago when I first started driving it and I've moved it around since then, so who knows where it is now. I believe the timing is the source of my low-speed stutter. Today I used a vacuum pump to verify that the vacuum advance in the distributor was working correctly, which it is. I lubricated the various parts in there and the rotor, points, condenser, and cap all look fairly recent, but I have all new parts so I'll install those, set the point gap properly, reset the timing, and set the dwell before I do any more carb tuning. I'll also pull the plugs and give them a read, a job I'm loathe to do simply because getting the plug wires back behind that side cover is a real PITA. I was exhausted and I still feel pretty sick, but I was enjoying some success so I didn't want to stop tinkering. Last job was fixing the horns, whose wall-eyed orientation has always bugged me. I pulled them off and realized that whomever installed them didn't merely reverse them, he also changed the location of the mounting studs to get the horns to clear the fuel lines. I had to remove the domes and switch one of the mounting studs with one of the little studs that sandwiches the assembly together around the perimeter. Once I did that, the horn dropped into place and faced the right direction. I did the same for the other side. While I had the domes off, I sprayed the little electromagnet with some contact cleaner and blew it off with light compressed air. The wires were apparently custom-made to fit the horns in their walleyed orientation, so one was very long and one was almost too short once I reversed the horns, but with a little tweaking I was able to make them fit and not look too hokey. I had to swap the mounting stud and one of the little perimeter studs to get the horns to face forward. The horns were a little dirty inside, so I cleaned them up. Reinstalled and facing forward, which also gives me a bit more clearance for the fuel lines. No idea why they didn't get it right the first time--its like swapping them side-to-side didn't even occur to whomever was installing the horns in the past... Going to do some more driving, tackle the ignition system, and adjust the valves, maybe as soon as next week. I have a hunch it's going to be quiet around the shop for a while. I hope we can weather this storm--our overhead is substantial (I don't want to let my employees go) and it makes me very nervous. I don't think we can survive for more than a few weeks if people stop buying cars. Yeah, I'm worried. I'm also exhausted. I think I'm going to get some dinner and go to bed. Maybe I'll be less worried when I'm not so tired.
  41. 9 points
    Ok update.... I did a little thing last night! I finally got the nerve up to etch my actual fuel gauge face/dial. Prior to last night, as you can see earlier in this thread, I had etched a paint can lid. Honestly, what was preventing from doing the actual fuel gauge was......FEAR!! I was scared to burn through the fuel gauge, I was scared that my wallet would sustain a big hit if I had to purchase a replacement, and I let fear get in the way of me messing it up and not having the original fuel gauge and frankly my pride got in the way! With life as we know it changing before I’m out eyes, our every day life that is, with the now pandemic Coronavirus (Covid-19). Wonder what happened to Covid-1 through Covid-18?? Something to think about huh?! I kid I kid.... Back on topic, I followed the same process for etching that I did above on the paint can lid however this time, at the suggestion of my oldest rug rat, I did 5 trial runs on the bottom of a soda can as it was the closest thing I had on hand that had approximately the same thickness and finish of my actual fuel gauge. I thought that was a fantastic idea!! Using the bottom of a soda can allowed me to determine how long I should do the etch. I did 5 etchings a one minute intervals, 1 min, 2 min, 3 min and so on till I capped it at 5 minutes. Honestly for my little 1.5 amp 6 or 12 volt (I USED 12 VOLT!!!) there was not much difference between 3, 4, or 5 minutes! I wanted to do two things: •Not etch right though the material I was etching. •Etch long enough to have a recessed area that I could then lay some paint into the letters. I have not decided which paint I will use but most likely it will be the black KBS Coatings moisture cured paint that I used on the outside of my newly built fuel tank. (The black-ish color in the letters now is a light coat of black primer I used just so the letters showed up easily for the camera and a little primer never hurts!). i still need to clean up the paint from the edges of the gauge dial, even though the edge is really not visible when the gauge is installed it’s more of a pride thing as we all know. If I don’t clean it up and know it’s there it will drive me crazy. I do have adult ADD!! 🤓. I also need to paint the needle itself but I thought I’d update everyone.... So without further ado:
  42. 9 points
    My little 5-foot-tall mother operated a crane at the Philadelphia Navy Yard lifting batteries out of submarines from 1943-1946. She climbed a 60-foot ladder up and down, though I seem to remember when she first told that story the ladder was 40 feet. By the way, she still talks about it. She's 103 years old now.
  43. 9 points
    Dashboard panel now complete by Grain-It-Technologies in Winterhaven. FL. I visited their shop and was able to review their file archives for the 1940 Buick patterns. We noted some two different color schemes based on original material that had been sent to them by restoration shops. One was this this color brown that I chose, the other had a greenish tint to it. That photo showing the green tint was reportedly from an original piece that had been removed from an , protected car. The finish is currently high gloss, but can be matted with polishing compound. I'm need to verify the degree of gloss before I make any changes.
  44. 9 points
    Well today was the day! For the first time since 1997 the sinatra imperial was brought back to life. I got this car for free from San Francisco with a dead efi. Over the last several months I collected efi parts from anywhere and everywhere. I took it to a very knowledgeable shop that specializes in early fi. Dropped the tank and had it cleaned. The in tank pump was very dead so installed a fuel pickup from a Córdoba. Mounted an external pump with new wiring and hoses and filters matching original specifications. they flushed out the lines several times and installed nos imperial efi parts including a hydraulic plate, etc. Then guess what it fires right up! next are the rest of the fluids, brakes and ac as well as a wiper repair and tailpipe. It’s running better and better as it’s on for more and more ! Few Efi equipped Imperials survived and I don’t know of one sinatra running an efi.
  45. 9 points
    As a newcomer it's a mistake to buy a vehicle that's cobbled up. Buy a stock one so that it can be serviced. If you know nothing about old cars and trucks, buying one that is someone's idea of what it should be is a mistake. Should anything break, you'll spend far more time and effort trying to figure out how to fix it. All kinds of stuff will be home-built and it will be the source of endless frustration. I guarantee the wiring will e a nightmare, whatever hardware they used to adapt the Chevy to the Plymouth will be full of home-made brackets and hardware store fasteners and amateur suspension setup. Are the brakes stock or someone's "kit" that isn't really right. Modified vehicles, especially inexpensive ones, are sure to be chock full of headaches. Old cars can be used as daily drivers and there are those here who do it, but I wouldn't recommend it for someone who isn't mechanically inclined and intimately familiar with the vehicle you're driving. Unless your commute is short, away from traffic, and not on the highway, an old car is going to be stressful, not fun. It won't be fast, it won't stop well, it won't handle well, and it doesn't have creature comforts like A/C. I can also guarantee it WILL break down when you need it most. My father tried for years to make an old car his daily driver, upgrading from one car to another to another. He finally sort-of made it work with a 1941 Buick, which is a fairly competent car, but he really didn't drive an old car to work until he bought a 1966 Cadillac in the '80s. Old cars are fun, but when you need to rely on it to get to work, it's a recipe for disaster. If you want an old vehicle, buy a good one already finished that isn't modified like the one you describe. Or buy something like a Chevy SSR, which looks like an old truck but drives like a new truck. We have the attached flowchart as a poster in our showroom--work your way through it and see if you don't end up with a late-model instead.
  46. 9 points
    Dark sun glasses are not just good for protecting your eyes driving in bright sun. When worn in the garage they can also help protect your bank account by making your car look better so you don't feel as compelled to start picking at things and end up "unraveling" the whole car. Put on those dark glasses and just go drive it ! Paul
  47. 8 points
    That's how you know you bought the right car. I advise people who are buying from me not to shop price or what the think they "should" buy or worry about their "investment," but rather to buy the car that simply makes them smile the widest. What other reason is there for owning one of these stupid things?
  48. 8 points
    Yes, and this story may sound made up but it is 100% true. About 15 years ago I sold my 1937 Dodge 1/2 pickup through an ad in our local farming related newspaper based in Lancaster county PA. The ad got me many responses and lookers. One very interested person was an older gentleman from about 35 miles away who was very anxious to come and see the truck. He showed up at the time he said he would be there and came driving a 1966 Chrysler that looked in really good shape. Turns out he was in his late 60s and a real fan of Chrysler products. He also said he needed a new project to take his mind off his recent stage 4 prostate cancer diagnosis. He really like the truck and agreed to buy it at my asking price so two days later he showed up at my home driving a bright red 1956 Dodge dump truck with a flatbed trailer behind it. His daughter was along to help him with the task and she seemed used to helping dad with his projects. We loaded the 37 Dodge on the flatbed and off it went to its new home. Not sure if I would ever see or hear about it again. About 5 years ago I got a call from the daughter. Her dad had done well for a long time but eventually the cancer diagnosis won and he had passed away. She had found the newspaper ad I had placed for the truck in her dad’s wallet and wanted me to know the pickup was coming up for sale along with her dad’s other MoPars. She told me that pickup had turned into his favorite old vehicle. He made lots of improvements to its cosmetics and a few mechanical repairs as required. He took the truck to church most Sundays and used it to run errands for small things he needed to keep his farmette operating. It was so special to him she included in his funeral procession. The daughter wanted me to know this information and to let me know I could possibly buy it back. I thanked her for the information and really appreciated hearing how much he enjoyed it, but I also had to tell her I was now paralyzed from a motorcycle accident and repurchasing the truck was not an option. The daughter sent me a copy of the sale bill that featured the truck and then after the public sale was held she called to tell me about the truck’s new owner and how excited he was to have this truck. It was great to hear that another person found this truck to be something they always wanted to have. 1937 Dodge pickups don’t come up for sale very often so finding one can take a long time. So today as far as I know another person is getting enjoyment from this truck as I had and the gentleman that purchased it from me. That is the beauty of the hobby, one vehicle can continue to provide many good memories for all its owners.
  49. 8 points
  50. 8 points
    My friend Matt has stated what I personally have experienced. "Time is short". I am happy to be here to read this as should all of you. The great pleasurable moments we have due to our interest in "used cars" has let us experience things we can think about and reflect upon when life emotionally or health wise is not so great. Think of your closest friends , I believe most of us know that we met them because of the interest in old cars, there would be no other reason to bring us together. I live right next to one of the oldest and most revered horse race tracks in North America - I have never placed a bet - wouldn't know how to, have been there twice in 70 years, both for the track's anniversary celebrations . There are many ways to spend $ on things that make you feel good but many of us "invest" in an old car because of the great pleasure we get from driving or riding along down a road in one of those cars. Hard to put a price on happiness, and if an old car makes you happy, then I guess it is a good investment, has been for me for over 50 years. Walt