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    I just picked up some dash mats I ordered last week and I wanted to share. They look really fantastic! The store had carpet mats or velour which are more expensive. I ordered the velour and wow. they fit like a glove and really mat the flame red interior. I was worried about a color match but they look great. It gives the interior a very finished look! The cut-outs for the vents and sensors are spot on too.
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    From the creative minds of our AACA librarians. Great research tool for all. You do not have to be a member to purchase! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mI59H5ocR_g&feature=player_detailpage
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    Kevin's statement is correct. My September President's message also contains a plea for Chapters to bid for the National Meets. The NMC has realized that it is not realistic to continue to run the Meets remotely in their entirety. While the last 3 meets have been successful, there have been opportunities as well. The Meets need local, active participants to assist with many functions. Chapters (and Regions) are welcome and encouraged to present bids. The NMC has a lot of expertise in running meets and will be a fantastic asset to those Chapters interested in bringing a meet to their area. We will still attempt to work the "windshield wiper" effect to rotate the Meet around the country in an effort to bring the Meets close to everyone on a regular basis. There is no perfect solution, but at this time, we feel a partnership between a local Chapter and the NMC will produce the best results going forward.
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    There is some misconception on how the National Meet Committee works. The NMC would welcome chapters to want to host a National and encourage them to do so. The NMC was formed to make sure that the BCA would continue to have a meet once a year. The committee is here to help as needed with running a meet. We have professionals to help with hotel negotiations and committee members to help with advice on how to run things. The chapter need a suitable site to have the meet and members willing to put the time in ( meet chairperson and committee members and workers ) The BCA will help with the finances so that is not a hurdle for chapters anymore. Again, the NMC is here to help the chapters as needed run a meet, not to run the meet.
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    Took the 90+ mile round trip ride to the latest Hemmings Cruise In, at Bennington VT. This time I met up with some fellow Club members, and we drove over by the Rt 67 Route. That is literally a drive in the countryside, and the Super loved it! We stopped at a convenient place for a bite to eat en route and arrived at the Cruise in within a half hour of the start. Pete drives his 53 Special, 2 dr sedan w/ 3 speed, which he bought while he was in college. Pete and his dad Vince restored over several years. It was the 56's, Pete's, and Vince's first visit to a Hemmings Cruise in. When we arrived, there was an immediate outpour of interest in both of our cars. Among the group was Dan Beaudry, Managing Editor for Hemmings Motor News, and he was asking me questions about the Super. While I was spilling my guts, I kept thinking, but what about Pete's 53? I love the 56 but Pete's car is absolutely gorgeous! None-the-less, Dan was interested in the 56 and the crowd it was attracting. Dan told me he was leaning towards the Driveable Dream award. And although I was ecstatic, I felt bad for Pete, right next to me with a beautiful Buick. Later on, a photographer approached Pete and Vince, and asked if he could get their picture with the car because they had won the Editors Choice award! Let me tell you, those two were so shocked, and beaming with pride. Well deserved pride! After the event Pete and I posed for this picture which was shot by Tom Proulx of our Chapter. Thanks a lot Tom!!! And such a nice ride home too. Coincidentally, just a few hours ago today an intense thunderstorm pummeled the route we drove to and from the Cruise, with hail and local flash flooding? I bet some of those roads were in deep water.
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    The new forum software is much cleaner and looks streamlined compared to the old version but it is more difficult to know when there are new postings. The old version had a different color icon next to the name but that is gone on the new version, having been replaced only by a bold font on new entries. On both of my PCs, the difference between the non-bold and bold is almost non-existent. Is it possible to highlight new entries differently? I saw nothing in the user settings for doing so. Thank you and, as always, I appreciate all the hard work that it takes to keep a system like this up and running.
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    Covered bridges, flowers and everything else.
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    I'll send you the name of a man who has a Monteverdi. Please check your private messages.
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    Body language is a term from the 1980's that has lost common usage, but still a very important communication tool. I was selling used cars to adults when I was 12 and 13 years old. Believe me, personalities are not deeply hidden beneath one's surface. How many times have I rolled my eyes and thought "I've seen this one before." Don't know all the rules, facts, and nuances to teach the officials. Have a box of donuts on the front seat with the top off. Tell then you got stuck with too many and take one if they want. I've had both donuts and a big box of strawberries in case one has a health issue. If you have a business pens and ball caps have bought people for life. Don't make it look like a bribe, just make it look like your nature. The last thing you want to do is narrow your eyes, stick out your lower lip, plant your feet firmly a distance apart, and cross your arms. You'll have two officials tilt their heads close and whisper "Let's put Johnny on the spot". Back at the early age, my Grandfather ran the used car lot and shared a lot of his Great Depression experiences with me. I use them a lot. Last year at the Motor Vehicle Department I walked up the the window with third party out of state paperwork. I walked a little slower than normal, wore my Vietnam era ships cap, and in a small voice asked "Can you help me license my Packard." Thanks, Grandpa Jerry, we done good on that one. Bernie Oh, one more thing, when I knew there is no relief from the situation, I will tell the person that they, too, may find themselves in a very frustrating and infuriating situation. Right at the peak of that frustration I want you to remember how you treated me and I will be laughing at you. Boy! Does that get a response. Yep, learned from Jerry, again.
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    You have to remove the universal joint one piece at a time. Undo the bolts at the flexable joint first. The book says you have to remove the chain drive starter, but I was successful without doing that. Everything slides off the intermediate shaft to the rear. It's slow, but easy enough once you get started. Be careful of the spring loaded bolts holding the clutch plate, they are under a lot of tension. The multiple disk clutch is inside the drum that is cast with the flywheel. Call if you get stuck. 518-755-0986. Frank
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    Before I'm beginning with the bumpers (front or rear I don't know yet), I wanted to add a little detail: the windshield washer jar bracket. Maybe I will still find something else to do before the bumpers!
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    I have been participating in this concours for 8 years and have had a great experience every time. The event is near and dear to me to the point that we are sponsoring an award that is new to the event this year. The working name is the "Spirit of Sportsmanship" and it awards a participant in the concours that has gone above and beyond the call to help his fellow competitors. As I have stated before, it always amazes me to see the large percentage of AACA award badges on the show field. The people there treat you like a king and the event is very organized. Hotels in the area are very reasonable and if you want you can rent a vacation property for very low off season rates. The event itself draws a very appreciative crowd. If you are considering it and looking for some information and first hand experience feel free to contact me.
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    On all models, you can NOT remove the inner cable by pulling it out from the transmission side. ..unless it is broken
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    Special tool = large Wilton vise and a large socket as a receptical" so the end has a place to go as it comes through" Use silicone grease on the rubber and clean the inside of the control arm till it shines. Put in hundreds " not an exaggeration "
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    SMS Auto Fabrics has it. http://www.smsautofabrics.com/featured-products/
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    The original plug was AC 44. The 44S is the same heat range with an extended tip; both are non resistor. The R43 is slightly 'colder' and is a resistor but would work. The 44 and 44S are not available anymore. Check the ebay prices of the 44S, especially if they have green stripes...You may want to sell those to some anal retentive and just use some Autolite 85's that give me good (and cheap) service. Willie
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    Fog, friends and fun.
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    Mike is correct. I should have qualified my diamond wheel suggestion by saying laminated glass can be cut by that method. Tempered cannot be cut with out stress relieving it first...............Bob
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    I believe all rear windows are tempered. They will shatter into a million pieces if you do it right!
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    http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-32/issue-4/cover-story/bearings---seals--wood-makes-a-comeback-for-hydroelectric-turbin.html Wood Makes a Comeback for Hydroelectric Turbine Bearing Applications05/01/2013 When the turbine guide bearings installed at several hydroelectric plants in the U.S. suffered short lives and significant wear, the owners turned to lignum vitae material. Their experience has shown that this material, although more costly, can provide longer service life than composite and plastic bearing materials. By Elizabeth Ingram The plant manager for a small hydroelectric facility in the southeast U.S. found out via a magazine advertisement that lignum vitae materials are once again available for use in bearing applications. This hydro plant had run using lignum vitae bearings since it first began operating in 1914, but in the mid-1980s this plant manager switched the units to composite bearing materials when he thought the supply of lignum vitae was scarce. Although the composite bearings performed satisfactorily overall, they had a lifespan only about half that of lignum vitae for this application. In addition, taking the generating units off line for bearing repair or replacement wastes valuable water flow that could be used to produce electricity, not to mention the time and effort needed to mobilize personnel to the site to perform the work, he says. Based on this experience, one of the main guide bearings in one of the eight units at this hydro plant has been converted back to lignum vitae, using materials supplied by Lignum-Vitae North America in Powhatan, Va. And as the bearings on the other seven units need to be replaced, the plant manager intends to use lignum vitae. This is just one example of a company that is using lignum vitae materials in its bearing applications and finding success. Understanding lignum vitaeLignum vitae, latin for "tree of life," is a wood obtained chiefly from the Guiacum officinale and Guiacum sanctum trees. Both are small, slow-growing trees that are listed as potentially endangered species in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. In fact, it takes 350 years to grow a lignum vitae tree that can be harvested. The wood is self-lubricating from a natural substance called guaiac gum that is bound in the homogeneous fiber of the wood and is impervious to water. It releases and coats the surface of the bearing as the shaft warms the bearing. These bearings can be adjusted to zero clearance and can be used on older plants with worn or grooved shafts because the material wears into the shape of the groove. Thomas Edison first specified the use of lignum vitae bearings in the 2-MW Appleton hydroelectric plant, which began operating in Wisconsin in 1882. Lignum vitae was the main industrial bearing before World War I, and World War II placed a heavy demand on the supply of lignum vitae for stern tubes for nearly every ship in the U.S., German and Japanese fleets. This pressure brought the supply of lignum vitae wood to a low point, but this material remained in use in hydropower applications for another 40 to 50 years because of its longevity. Eventually, however, hydro plant owners moved to other materials. Lignum-Vitae North America, one of the companies that supplies these types of bearing materials, is involved in a harvest plan for lignum vitae and says it has a perpetual supply of 2 million pounds per year. The company says this quantity of wood is sufficient to supply about 3,250 bearing sets per year. Other companies that supply lignum vitae bearings include Pacific Marine & Industrial in Richmond, Calif., and Retsel Corporation in McCammon, Idaho.
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    Water is there at the back of the engine because of air-flow and gravity, not because you have a leak there. There is absolutely no water in the intake. I would keep looking in the area of the thermostat housing and the water manifold at the front of the engine. BYTW, you will want to replace your heater thermostat while doing your heater. If it starts to leak, it will get the carpet wet as well, I believe - much like your heater did. Think about getting one of those cooling system pressure testers. It is basically a radiator cap attached to an air pump that allows you to pump some air into the system to bring it up to operating pressure (whatever your radiator cap reads), and check for leaks. This way, the engine is cool, there is no air moving under the hood, and you can see exactly where the leak is coming from and fix it without burning your hands... This is especially handy on mid-50s Buicks like mine, with miles of heater hoses doing various jobs. Interstate maps of the day even included a section on Buick heater hoses. So count your blessings, it could be worse... You have a nice car there, and I'll look forward to seeing it in PA. Happy wrenching!
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    I'm still working out the details on the "new" wiring harness. The head lights were dim and I traced that to faulty connections at a connector so they are back on line. The light switch was bad so the dash lights weren't working, so that is sorted now. Plus a few light blubs and the blinker is working. Here are some pictures showing the burned up engine compartment. Most of the damage was on the carburetor side. Take a look at that battery, it still works!! I was amazed. I left it in as long as it's working. The last picture shows the temp hood I'm using till I get the other one painted.
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    It can be cut with a smallish diamond wheel chucked up in an air die grinder while an assistant plays a steady stream of cooling water on the cut. Not exactly precision but it should work for your use........................Bob
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    I do not know the answer, but am anxious to see the completed trailer. I have one I intend pulling behind my '50 as soon as a hitch is installed. Ben
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    On Saturday evening, Mr. Bulgari and his fine team will be hosting a Buffet. JB
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    circa 1950 on the Canadian prairies... Altamont Mb.
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    "Georgia on my mind" Dale in Indy
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    Hi, I believe I have what you are seeking. I live in Upstate NY, but am visiting in MA this weekend. I bought a 1953 Cadillac model 62 sedan from an estate in another state, but it had no interior and I have not been able to find one at a reasonable price. I also have another 1953 Cadillac model 62 sedan, which I believe may suit your needs. Send me your telephone number in a PM.
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    Pete Townsend wrote in "My Generation" I hope I die before I get old. I think he's going to have to do a slight re-write to that lyric: I hope I die before I get really, really old.
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    Buick Man, if you are referring to the fact that I painted the other 57, please note that it had already been painted in the past and was flaking off and rusting. This one has been quite poorly repainted on the lower door and has damage in several large areas on the paint. Thus, I will consider trying to touch those spots up if I can do it with original type of paint. However, just leaving the damaged areas is neglect, not preservation in my opinion. The engine has almost no paint left on it and appears mostly bare metal, so I will certainly be painting it. I believe leaving the bare metal to rust is neglect and not preservation. The interior will be kept mostly as-is for the most part. The leather is cracked but complete. I will try to repair where the seam is coming apart and repair where the dash vinyl is peeling up. The carpet had been replaced with loop style so I may replace it with cut style closer to original at some point. The top has no tears but staining so I may try to redye it or something but don't anticipate replacing it anytime soon. I fact, it may even be the original top as it is actual cloth and not vinyl as most new replacements are I've seen. Most of the chrome is very nice so I'll only replace a few pieces that are damaged. A very finely kept original I agree should be kept as such, but damage or heavy deterioration is not "patina" or "originality" in my opinion. I know some have different views on this, but I don't romanticize on a deteriorated classic, but rather on how it was designed to be enjoyed!
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    Ray, Go back to the start...Remember when a person would take their car in for a "Tune-up"? POINTS...PLUGS and CONDENSER..... Set you dwell first...28-32@, I set mine at 30@. Then set your timing....5@ BTDC..... One degree + will equal one degree - or retard timing......or in other words, as your dwell increases, your timing will retard...31 degrees of dwell, will equal 4 degrees of timing...and so forth. Chances are your distributor block is original and is a little worn or may even have a bit of wobble in the distributor shaft.... When you set your dwell to the spec's, leave your dwell meter connected. Next set your timing, with your timing light....(Preferably you have the adjustable light that you can zero back) Start you car and bring up to operating temps....Using the Dwell meter, the RPM side bring up to around 3000 RPM. This is about what the RPM's would be at 60 MPH....Using your dwell meter, switch back to dwell and see if you are still reading the 30@....Using your adjustable timing light, see if your timing mark has remained, or has it advanced or retarded? Those will tell you if your vacuum advance or mech advance is working as they should. You mention about your initial timing mark...A INCREASE in timing is required for a increase in altitude.. Initial factory settings are at sea level and of a given standard day....29.92 and 59 degrees temp. Next, I also use a vacuum gauge for my final cross check....Using the vacuum gauge connected to a good vacuum source. What is the vacuum reading at idle? Preferably around 17 inches. This will vary depending on the altitude you live.....Increase your rpm's and see a vacuum reading...Although you will not be under load, you should see a increase in vacuum as you stabalize your rpm's...The vacuum gauge readings will also give you a indication of what your valve timing is doing as well as the condition of your intake and/or exhaust valves. If one or more is leaking, that will in turn affect on whether or not your engine is stumbling at a higher rpm. The vacuum gauge will also indicate if you have advance or retarded timing. (In my opinion, the vacuum gauge is the most important gauge to use in finding the correct timing for a engine) You did not state how many miles your engine has, but as a engine and all the components change as they wear, so allowance has to be made for those things. Best wishes in finding that "Sweet Spot". Old Codger