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  1. After searching for 5 years and many post in the Want Section here on the forum, the missing passenger side door molding for my '69 Impala SS project has been located ! A friend of mine in South Jersey was able to locate the NOS molding from a acquisition this week of vintage parts ~ Thanks Donny ! Steve
    22 points
  2. FINAL REGULAR POST UPDATE: Everything in life must come to an end, and it’s time to put this thread to its logical conclusion. While the car still needs a bit of sorting and finishing...........today I will align the front end.......it’s time to end the regular updates. I will install a new set of tires in a few weeks, and do countless other small items. I spent the last four days driving the White as my “everyday car”. It’s been staying outside overnight in my driveway at my house.....the rain and heat finally stopped in Southern Florida. I used the car for going to work, o
    21 points
  3. I’m a relatively new member here but I’ve already developed some friendships that are truly promising. I’d like to thank @George Cole @pkhammer @Grimy @edinmass All of you have helped educate me and provide technical and parts support for my Haynes project. This forum is something that has turned into a very substantial resource for me and I thank all of you!
    15 points
  4. OK I'll be the one to say it. Would someone please organize an intervention to see if we can stop the seemingly endless dividing and subdividing of the forum into more and more restrictive sub forums?
    14 points
  5. Ed, what you state is true and totally accurate! If we did that now we would not come near the sensation that the original owner/passengers got when the car was new as the roads then were just cxxp! A larger horsepower car with minimal ability to properly brake , on two wheels, not four, and very little coachwork for some thought of 'security' plus very narrow tires on as you state fairly heavy chassis is something you have to experience to appreciate. My "66" experiences ( rides in Austin's happened more then once) were less than those in his type 35 Mercer raceabout. He liked driving t
    11 points
  6. Great news today! I got my trunk hinges back from rebuilding today, and I believe they are BETTER THAN NEW! It has new brackets fabricated (2 were missing) and all new rivets as well as custom-made mounting pins. I highly doubt the tolerances were this tight when new! I am extremely happy with the results.
    11 points
  7. Finally finished the walkway/ stairs. The wife thought i was nuts. That was alot of bricks to cut. Surprisingly I only had about a wheelbarrow of scrap when I was done. There are probably about 1700-1800 bricks total as well as a dump truck and a half of stone and dust. I ran into a few nice nuggets at the bottom and a pile of roots. I hand dug it to that point but then cheated the last 20 feet and used the excavator to till it up and remove the rocks. I'm not crazy about the last step. The way the driveway angles to the garage didn't really let me finish it the way I wanted. I prob
    9 points
  8. I love old buildings almost as much as old cars and it's really a shame to see this kind of thing just erased. Sure, a car dealership isn't anything special and the world won't mourn the passing of a relatively anonymous building, but things like that will never be built again. Nobody can afford to build beautiful for the sake of beautiful anymore and the craftsmanship to build such things doesn't exist any longer anyway. They didn't need to add those gargoyles or extra stonework to make that dealership functional, but someone spent a lot of extra money simply to make it beautiful. Can you ima
    9 points
  9. The car passed his inspection. Actually, talk about worrying about a non-issue... By the time I retrieved him at 10 weeks old his handler had already taken him for not only car rides, but since I mentioned he’d be going to a home with a loud/rough riding 102 year old car, an ATV around the farm. Nothing to it. On the ride home in the new car he was initially put in a strapped in pet case. He was very talkative for the first 20 miles until I opened the top and put my hand in there. That wasn’t so comfortable (for me) but we did a few hundred miles like that. The remainder of t
    9 points
  10. Well, we got the 1932 Studebaker Indy car replica out of the garage and parked it in the driveway for some Christmas card photos. The engine doesn't run yet, so we didn't drive anywhere. My 15-year old grandson enjoyed getting behind the wheel with my daughter (his mother) in the passenger seat.
    8 points
  11. The two videos have been uploaded to YouTube. Here are the links. https://youtu.be/o8K2vF-n1Pk https://youtu.be/ubjnIgpFSKQ Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
    8 points
  12. Lets not get carried away though. Thank goodness for magician level of tig welders. The previous owner whipped the tarp off and it caught the bottom of that center trim & bent it out 90 degrees to the rest at the 2nd fastener. Ugh! Ended up slicing the sides with a cordless dremal W/cutoff wheel. Bent a piece of copper ground wire, (approx1/8") in the shape to match the curve on front where it attaches and wired it to the recess in the back of the trim. Used it as a (splint) to preserve curve during welding repair. Amazing result, then repolished. Attachment hardware was to deteriorated to
    8 points
  13. I tried to get his picture by my car but he was being stubborn. Anyway he's out nine year old rescue dog"Tico".
    8 points
  14. New Jersey ? Wait -- Is that one of the reasons I moved FROM New Jersey? Maybe it was because of what else New Orleans offers: Great Food Hardly ever snow (maybe once every 20 years - and then just a dusting) Great Food Drive convertibles ALL YEAR LONG - top-down Great Food Great Music - even on the streetcorners, and I've played trumpet and trombone with some of the best over the years Great Food No need to "Winterize" antique cars (or any others unless you travel north) Great Food Some of the nicest folks anywhere Great
    8 points
  15. Took the '12 Model T out for a short drive and moved the '15 Buick truck from a container to the car trailer in preparation for winter reconditioning of the torque ball and steering column spark & advance gears, and probably an inspection, cleaning & rebuild of the front end.
    8 points
  16. The vital parts are beginning to come together. There are still plenty of hours of tedious tasks, but to see it at this point is jolly good! Some of these parts have been collected for a long time, long last to find their home. But they are not the last...
    8 points
  17. What A Year 😬 Considering Everything That Has Happened I Am Particularly Grateful For The Blessings 🙏 Jim
    7 points
  18. For sale on Craigslist: 1954 Dodge Royal 4-Door Sedan in Shrewsbury, MA - $14,500 - Call Henry: 508 654 38 three zero Link: https://worcester.craigslist.org/cto/d/shrewsbury-for-sale-1954-dodge-royal/7236612853.html Seller's Description: 1954 Dodge Royal 4-Door Sedan condition: excellent cylinders: 8 cylinders odometer: 27000 title status: clean transmission: manual 1954 Dodge V8 241 CI 150 horsepower V8 Hemi absolutely no rust garaged 27000 original miles excellent bias tires all gauges work 3 speed column shift immaculate
    7 points
  19. Positive or negative grounding to the frame does not make any difference. Metal to metal is what is important.
    7 points
  20. I have very much enjoyed this thread - thank you to all who contributed! Since I enjoyed seeing your photos, I thought I would post a few from my collection. Hope you enjoy them!
    7 points
  21. At the moment trying to figure out how best to create an interpretive display of old parts. Back last month we recovered the remains of a 1916 Lombard lag bed tractor. This particular machine was sold new in January 1916 to the Maine Last Block Company at Harvey Siding, Maine. At one time the shoe industry was huge in the state of Maine. Cities such as Lewiston, Auburn, Skowhegan, Saco all had shoe factories. Along with tanneries etc. providing material for shoe lasts to all those mills was a significant industry. Shoe lasts were shaped hard wood blocks that were used during the ma
    7 points
  22. Last evening, I drove my 1924 Buick Master Series PU from the Buick barn to my home shop. I will give it a full lube job & winter prep for storage until the Covid limits are lifted. Several neighbors will still out walking their dog or doing last minute yard work in the early evening. They all smiled and waived as I drove by with only my cowl lights on. Evidently, headlight bulb replacements are also on the punch list!
    7 points
  23. He should be imprisoned just for those shoes. No wonder he crashed it. Who the hell wears his mom's sandals to drive a supercar?
    7 points
  24. It's the same syndrome that Jon Jon Kennedy had...........Money does NOT make you smart, better looking, or indestructible. Kennedy killed his wife and sister in law because he was arragont and stupid. What a lesson to learn.........money doesn't make you a skilled pilot over water in a piston powered aircraft at night in poor weather. I knew that lesson at 15 years old, and I was not particulary bright. The sin is he took people with him to the grave.
    7 points
  25. Today, my brother, and I, took our Studebaker’s for a drive. We drove about 100 miles altogether. Stopping in the Sacraments River delta town of Walnut Grove for a picnic lunch. Here are some shots of my 1929 Studebaker President Brougham and my brothers 1929 Studebaker President Cabriolet.
    6 points
  26. Thanksgiving day drive with the wife and “the hounds!”
    6 points
  27. Happy Thanksgiving from Peter's Motorcars
    6 points
  28. One of the best phone calls I ever made...great adventure, Ed...
    6 points
  29. Hope everyone has had a good thanksgiving and stayed safe
    6 points
  30. This display was found in a period article/ad from the 1920s in an automotive magazine. It was there to illustrate how light bulbs would be used in a display. The light bulb was used to advertise products ( spell out words on movie marquees, etc) in the era before neon, computer generated images, back lit plastic signs, etc . SO HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all who spend way to much time here on the wonderful AACA Forums , and thanks to all for posting what you do to keep us all amazed at the vehicles, automobilia, parts , wrenches, equipment etc that we thrive on , especially in this current era i
    6 points
  31. A little progress tonight gas tank repaired and painted grill installed on the radiator radiator shell installed on the car .. still got to do all the trimmings...
    6 points
  32. Today's project was installing an original NOS 1957 Buick Autronic Eye System, while access is good. Some of the installation instructions were missing, so I had to use information from Cadillac and Pontiac installations to get it put together correctly as there is no available documentation other than what came in the box. On the Cadillac the large amplifier goes on the driver side (thanks @g-g-g0 for pics), but Buick has the battery on this side. Hence, the Buick amplifier comes with a super-long cable to move it to the passenger side. The relay stays on the driver side to be
    6 points
  33. I finished the new retaining retaining ring for the pump packing and assembled the pump this morning. I then mounted it on an angle plate and filled it with water. This isn't a real test...but if a leak does show up it might as well be fixed now. To my surprise I did get a leak - a tiny one and not in any of the places you'd normally expect. It's weeping a tiny bit of water at the junction of the bronze piece and the main casting. This should be easy to fix as it just needs a better gasket. I'm going to let that stand for a few days. Terry offered to make
    6 points
  34. Even if the engine blocks are rather easy to do, I spent more time as anticipated. Sometimes things are not going the way I like! By the way, when I'm hearing the name "engine block", I do see in my head something rather bulky and heavy. This is not the case with the V-12 and V-16 from that time. I'm first adding pictures from the real thing. The block is indeed the element into the pistons are moving. If you look at the second picture, you see that the cylinders are like a tube protruding from the block. Probably that strange solution was adequate for the low output and RPMs from that time;
    6 points
  35. Got the unit mounted and in its final resting place. We had to cut then passenger side defrost vent down to get the unit to fit. So an adapter was in order to make sure we had defrost on that side.
    6 points
  36. At 1:00 they started clicking off all the alert boxes on the touch screen. Almost done!
    6 points
  37. Our experience in our facility with powder coating was not good. We found that if the coating was damaged (scratched or chipped) water would get underneath and corrosion would start. From there the corrosion snowballed very rapidly. The other thing is powder coating tends to be thicker than paint which reduces the size of holes and slots. So you want to make sure the holes are large enough to accomodate this. We had much better luck with high quality primers and paint. We were a food processing facility. Admittedly this was a harsh environment where problems show up faster than normal.
    6 points
  38. Reasonable people CAN disagree, Ed. A fact that our Country has, regretfully, lost sight of.....................Bob
    6 points
  39. Ok guys, after a very thorough investigation the verdict is in...
    6 points
  40. Looks great! Can't wait to get body work dust all over it 🤣
    6 points
  41. No matter whether you turn your drums or install new cast iron drums or find a good set of used ones, take those drums to a brake service shop. Get NEW SHOE FROM THEM!! THEN have the shoes arced to fit the drums. Putting a jobbers set of shoes into turned drums doesn't make sense if the diameter of the shoe is smaller than the diameter of the drum. You're not getting the benefit of having the surface of the entire shoe make contact with the drum. Arcing the shoes to the drums matches the two surfaces by removing part of the surface of the shoe to ensure maximum contact. It's worth whatever
    6 points
  42. I have lots of tools starting with a Sears 208 piece tool set I bought in 1968 but I would say the handiest tools for restoring a car would be a check book and a loaded Brinks truck.
    6 points
  43. While walking in downtown Cocoa Village Florida I looked up and saw an old Buick sign made into the front of a building,it's now a brewery I think.Kinda difficult to see the sign.
    5 points
  44. Real men paint them, or hire one that can. Bob
    5 points
  45. ALL, OK, here goes & pay attention as it will take me at least two hours with one finger typing, probably three. 1st. remove the two bolts holding the L & R motor mounts. One on the top on each side can be reached from the top inside the engine compartment. The bolts should have a 9/16ths. head. IF you have A/C either remove the fan blade, 1/2" nuts & the shroud, 1/2" bolt, OR at least loosen the shroud so that it's movable to some extent as the fan blade rises. Best to remove just in case so the shround doesn't get damaged. IF you DO NOT have A/C p
    5 points
  46. My previous maltypoo Rags got car sick on his first long ride on passenger floor, so I purchased a doggie car seat used in my trucks and on the floor of the 1918 Pierce. In the truck center seats, the small dogs can see the horizon, improving their comfort level--and which allows belly rubs! My F350 SuperCab rear seat area is almost always in its platform mode, with a small dog bed in the center; when the sun load through the windshield gets to be too much, the critters will climb into the dog bed.
    5 points
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