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  1. 4 points
    ....And Oswald does too! I want to thank everyone that made this possible. I never would of thought my car or Taylor and I would be that popular. Loving old cars always has it's advantages! It was a true honor and awesome once in a lifetime experience. Thank you so much! -Brandon & Taylor.
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    Here's a couple of pictures of the Electra taken last week, shortly before its trip to the storage barn. Keith
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    I have known about this car for at least the last 20 years, and always told the owner I was interested in it if he ever decided to sell. It was his father's car, been in this area since new; he began restoring it by doing the body work a few years ago, but he lost interest in the car and died last year. At that time, I offered to help his wife dispose of his other cars and told her I still had some interest in the 1950 Buick, but nothing came of it. Yesterday, the daughter called me and said they are selling the house and moving to Waco in a couple of weeks, and would I still be interested in the old Buick? Yes, I've only been chasing it for 20 years! It's a black, 1950 Special 2-dr. fastback, straight eight, standard shift, AM radio, not sure of the mileage, here is one photo from the very crowded shed. The car is ready for paint right now--body work and primer done, even the guide coat has been applied. I opened the hood and the wiring looks good, everything is fairly clean and in its proper place, but the engine may be stuck since I could not turn it by hand. Floors are solid, all of the chrome pieces seem to be there. Clyde was a skilled mechanic/machinist, so I have a feeling that the engine will be in good shape. He had several antique cars, mostly Fords. I bought the car and got the title today from his wife and daughter. Yes, I am excited to find an old Buick only 17 miles from home, and in pretty good shape, with no transport costs to pay. I may have paid a little more than it is currently worth, but the lady is a personal friend, and so was her late husband, and she is not well and can certainly use the $$ in the upcoming move. I got it for under $4000. It will need new tires, paint, maybe some rechroming, though the bumper guards and teeth look pretty good as-is. Upholstery is a 1960s or 1970s black vinyl which is not correct but is not worn or torn. My goal is to get it running, painted, and then decide how much further to go with it. Three days from now, on Tuesday, I will go back there and liberate the old Buick from the shed where it has been stored for some 20 years--exciting stuff, to say the least. I promise to take photos and post them here. It will take some work just to remove the clothes, furniture, and other stuff that is piled around it. Stay tuned....! Pete Phillips, BCA #7338 Leonard, TX
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    Thought you guys might enjoy this. Looks like a bunch of engineering guys and gals threw a surprise retirement party for this guy, complete with a dance flash mob.Appears they all went out and got tattoo's to match his too... Wonder who he is?
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    Dick Miller Racing and the Oldsmobile Race/Show Nationals at Summit Mot orsports Park in Norwalk OH have invited our cousins (Buick's & Cadillac's) to join us at Norwalk this year July 24, 2016 for the 19th Annual former Oldsmobile Race/Show Nationals which is now titled The Buick/Olds/Cadillac Race/Show Nationals. Please watch my website dickmillerracing.com for details as they are posted. To contact me either 662-233-2301 or tech@dickmillerracing.com. Thanks, look forward to seeing you there. If you're going to Allentown we're right on the way. Dick ​
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    Jeff, instead of multiple posts of which hotels are Sold Out/Few Rooms Left etc, IE posts 38,39, would it help to simply edit post #34 with that status information in red at each respective hotel listed. (Assuming that is a comprehensive list) You could then periodically post a new post advising folks to "See Post #34 for updates on hotel availability" It would also make it easier for folks who are just beginning to look for room availability (like me) to decipher. Just a thought..., Let me know if I can be of help in any way. THANKS for all the hard work you are doing, I think this will be one of the greatest events ever.
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    All I can say is that it's rare enough you should grab it. NOW before it's too late. You'll kick yourself if you don't. Being that it's a convertible makes it even more rare. You can check the authenticiy of it by looking at the engine and comparing the Engine Serial Number with the VIN. There's a link on www.teambuick.com that shows you where to find that number. Look in the reference tab, then browse around until you find "where to find the numbers." I tried to post the link but right now it's not responding. The other thing you need to ascertain is that it's truly a Super Wildcat. The same site well show where to find the Production Code. For 1965, the year code is L and the code for the Super Wildcat is X. You're looking for an LX motor. Both numbers are stamped, not cast. They're on the machined surface where the valley covers sits. The LX should be on your left behind the water crossover and the Engine Serial number should be on your right. Run, don't walk or someone is going to beat you to this. Ed
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    yeah they don't seem like something you would grease. Hopefully it should never again be an issue.
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    "Productively" is the key word, remembering the Golden Rule! He may be a poor businessman, he may be making excuses, but he's not a criminal. Wasn't Hemmings able to follow up any further, until resolution? That would save you a trip, and would give you the weight of a major publication behind you.
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    So, I picked up the car from the shop, and it feels perfect. They claim that the disassembled the bearings, greased them, and re-assembled them. I wouldn't be surprised if they simply installed them upside down, the first time; and now just reversed them, and charged me for the labor to re-install them.
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    Mark the listing that I have for 1924 DB are as follows These are Timken numbers Front axle inner cone 256 ' ' ' cup 2350 Front axle outer cone 1751 '' '' '' cup 1730 Rear axle cone 422 T '' ' cup 414 Differential carrier cone 366 '' '' cup 363 Differential pinion front cone 26126 '' '' '' cup 26183 Differential pinion rear cone 43125 '' '' '' cup 43312 Hope I have been of some help
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    Well, he says that his parts "don't need a US tour", since they're not a band, so he doesn't want to have them shipped to and from a buyer, as in a sale/return. Sometimes people can try to be so cute that it's not only confusing, but silly. But, if everyone was the same, sure would be boring out there....
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    Saluting all our Veterans and families today. Thanks for your service! Terry
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    Lamar, Don't tell them you never worked so hard until you retired.. I never did and have been "relaxing" for almost 10 years (hard to believe) now. I did not have a party like that either. John
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    Looks like 1924-1928, to me. Just curious....It is listed for much cheaper in the other Model T/ Chrysler ad... Which is the real price??
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    No longer looking. Bought a 55 super 2dr!
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    First post here. Today I got my '88's fitness certificate and emissions test pass. It's finally licensed and (almost) road ready. One of the new brake calipers my mechanic ordered was faulty so it looks like it will be a day or two longer before I get to drive it home. Early this morning I heard it running smoothly for the first time. The shop replaced the coil pack and ICM. Even with 150,000 miles on it, it's smooth and quiet. Now all I have to do on my own is to figure out how to get the dash to stay 'live'. It's a loose connection somewhere but now I have time to figure out which one and where it is.
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    Me, I thought it was Zora Arkus Duntov...... (Ask an old car guy; he'll know Duntov.)
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    A little late in the day but just wanted to say THANK YOU to all (if any) Verteran's on the board. I'm sure I speak for all Riviera Brothers, we appreciate your service & commitment to our beloved country. Have a great day
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    The 18 wheeler, or my pusher motor home for that matter wont stop nearly as well as a properly sorted vintage brake system. Some states require a special license to drive air brakes. Basically don't tail gate and leave yourself ALOT of room. The dangerous ones are those around me that don't understand that I cant stop in a hurry.
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    Unfortunately, sufficiently common for me to put a blog on the issue on our troubleshooting page: http://www.thecarburetorshop.com/Troubleshooting.htm#Fuelleak The fuel fumes while running are probably coming from a different place. This should be addressed. Jon.
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    I would also make sure that your fuel lines have no metal-on-metal contact. While the fuel is flowing it may keep the hotter spots cool enough to prevent vaporization, but once the flow stops, the opportunity for the heat to vaporize the fuel is greatly increased. System pressure caused by vaporization is going to normalize somehow. I'm not familiar with this specific setup, but generally any vapor pressure before the pump is going to head toward the tank, where pressure after the pump is likely to head toward the carb. It may not be vaporizing in the carb, but vapors before the carb are forcing fuel out of the bowl. That's one of the reasons we like tank mounted pumps and fuel return lines in modern vehicles. The excess flow acts to keep the system cool and purges vapors if/when they occur. It's not a cheap option ($4-$6/gallon), but if you want to try a less volatile fuel, find a small local airport and get some 100LL AVGAS. Airplane gas is low on VOCs because airplanes obviously have to operate at high altitudes. Your valves will probably like the lead, too! AVGAS is cheaper at smaller airports, as the slower fixed based operators are hungrier for the business. This means they are also more likely to be helpful in regards to getting your car to the pump, or letting you on the field with a 5 gallon can to get your fix of the blue stuff.
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    My 80 year father is currently rebuilding the engine for our 1937 46C. The 248 came out of a parts car that was built about a week after our car, which had a later (around 1949) engine in it. I had to remove the front end in stages as my dad was not up to muscling an entire front clip off the car as one unit. We had the 248 bored .030 over and it is receiving a new set of 1938 style pistons from Egge. The cam was reground and the crank journals polished. Both my father and the machinist agreed that the original babbitt bearings from the parts car engine were in excellent condition and are being reused. We changed the timing chain case cover to the newer style in oder to use the modern seal. The rear main seal is also of the modern style. The oil pump has been cleaned and will be rebuilt, but will have the spacer plate between the drive gear and rear cover as found in later years. When I carefully sanded the mating surface of the rear cover, I found clear evidence of a gap developing from the oil pressure bulging out the cover. Not bad enough to cause a significant drop in oil pressure, but there was a gap. The cylinder head will receive a valve job. We found a way to evenly heat the starter ring gear for installation onto the flywheel during the summer. We placed the ring gear in the outdoor grille and heated it for a half hour at over 550 degrees. It dropped right onto the flywheel without any problems.
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    Here's your October 2016 Buick Celebration Hotel Update: Fairfield Inn and Suites, Bethlehem, Pa. Sold Out Hilton Garden Inn, Allentown Bethlehem Airport Sold Out Renaissance, Allentown, Pa. BCA Block Sold Out Renaissance Inn, Bethlehem Airport A few rooms left
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    I have been asked by others who have participated in this thread subject to express my thoughts. First. Knowing what it takes to present a 100 year old car at a gathering (notice I did not say show) some form of recognition is warranted. Second. My love for antique cars was begun in the early 1960s. At the time the cars that were considered "antique" were usually pre-war (WW I that is). Brass era cars were always a delight for me to see. My likes have not changed. The only reason I do not own a 100 year old car was I could never find one affordable in any condition. Yes I could of had Model T Fords but my heart belonged to Buick. Only recently has their been any opportunity for me to be able to acquire one. My reason now is that the Brass era tour groups seem to have much more fun on their outings. I wanted a car to drive, not a stage for a trophy. But a recognition for the preservation, upkeep and driving of a century old vehicle is quite a badge of honor. Third, On joining the BCA. I did buy my 1937 Buick in 1987 as an affordable place holder until the time when I could find an older car. I was pleased to find an organization who would help with getting the car back on the road. The 1937-38 Buick Club, being very specific to my needs. One catch. I had to belong to this even more expensive national club, the BCA. Tough on a first year teachers salary. But I joined the BCA hoping for some benefit. For many years there was very little to peak my interest in the old Bugle as to my 1937s needs let alone earlier Buicks. Only since Pete Philips has been involved with the Bugle have there been any occasional information or articles to keep me interested. I do realize the Bugle must support interests of all Buick collectors. After being a casual observer for 25 years (life happens) I was finally able to attend a National at Danvers in 2011. We really wanted to get involved. (My wife and I were thinking about dropping out of the BCA after that experience). But we joined the local chapter and have done 4 more nationals. Realizing that if you wish to receive from the organization one must contribute. I believe that the Buick people we have met along the way since then have restored our faith. To me it has been about the friendships we have made. Mostly positive thoughts so far. Fourth. As the director of the local Mason-Dixon chapter I many times have to justify my insistence on driving my 78 and 90 year old Buicks to our membership. Read that as "you drove that where? You must be crazy" !!! So I also know about keeping an older vehicle on the road. I never expected to receive awards on my "drivers". My first phone conversation as chapter director was with a person who wanted to bring a car (1982 Rivera) to our yearly car show. His question? How big will the trophies be? That mentality has somewhat jaded me as to what I felt the hobby should be. Just try to get a group of chapter members out for a local 80 mile round trip. "I can't do that in my antique, after all it is a 1980!!" I have not gotten my AACA Senior yet! "So I do have a bit of a problem with trophy seekers. Yet I do feel if one makes the effort to bring /drive their early car, they should have recognition. My feeling is that I don't believe we will get more people to bring their 100 year old cars to BCA events for the sake of a badge. Having said that, a 100 year badge would go far to make these owners feel more welcome. To me, that has been at the core of the issue. Feeling welcome. The BCA has not been all that welcoming as of late for us pre-war people. Lastly. As a steadfast supporter of the BCA for over 28 years(except when we wavered a bit in 2011) I have tried to talk up the organization whenever I can. Also as a Chapter director it is my obligation to serve and increase the membership. I have already fielded concerns with those in my local who indicated that if the Allentown celebration does not fulfill it's promise they will be leaving the organization. Having stated my reasons for joining the BCA, (and now being somewhat dissatisfied with the turn of events that the BOD has instigated) if there was another way I could connect with other like minded early vintage Buick people I would ........ Oh wait!. Here we are.....
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    Other suggestions: get air in the tires, or replacement tires. If it's sitting on all four, like it should, you'll be able to envision it completed, providing extra motivation while doing the work to bring it back. BTW, for tires, you may be able to source used tires from any tire shop. They don't have to match, just hold air.