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  1. 3 points
    Ok, Ted finally sent me a message today. Car is back off the market. Apparently, he was out of the country all this time...and had set someone up to take care of this, and a couple other duties while he was gone. He dropped the ball, and here we are. Ted is scrambling for transport. Finally, this car will be out of my driveway.
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    Visited my dear friend Bob Coker last weekend and was gifted this great wall hanging. Bob has been putting together LOTS of puzzles since he has not been able to get out and about like he use to. He and his wife did it up and as the title says it is indeed "Special" to me. He said it is for my new garage when it is finished but until then it looks great in '54 Buick Headquarters. (If you're reading....THANKS again cod!!!!! )
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    Pay no attention to your wife. Expand your hobby and increase your enjoyment. Have her sell her chattels and give the money to you for your hobby interests! Her suggestion is Hogwash, hogwash and more hogwash! Wayne
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    A few days back a report came out on the average age of America's cars and light trucks. They increased this year to an average of 11.5 years old. So I had to average all my house hold's current vehicles, Mine turned out to be 52.666 years old on average, a bit older than the national average.
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    Guys, I'm about to begin the removal, rebuild and re-installation of my V-12 installed in my 1937 Zephyr. My main questions are: 1) What tests should I run, besides compression, should I perform now that it's in running condition? 2) Are there any removal / teardown tips that anyone might suggest? 3) The clutch and transmission appear fine, but what should I change in the transmission once the engine has been removed? 4) What nods to modern engineering should I take advantage of in the rebuild?? 5) How far can I tear it down with conventional tools?? 6) Can you recommend a good (and reasonable) shop in the Midwest who would be willing to work with me on the reassembly? I want excellent results, but cost containment here is important. I'm not interested in giving the engine to someone who tells me he is so busy and so great, but he will try to fit me in. Thanks to all, I intend to photo document the whole process so others might learn something too. Thank you for all responses.
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    After I sold this car the first time, the buyer disappeared after a month of communication. So I am listing again. Hopefully, it sticks this time. http://www.ebay.com/itm/252172292108?forcerRptr=true&item=252172292108&viewitem=
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    In the parts manual there is a listing - Seal, Radiator to Front Sheet Metal 1356857 x 2 - Retainer, Radiator to Front Sheet Metal Seal 3791659 x 4 May or may not help. Cheers, Dale.
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    85.5 and it has been my daily driver since June 1959. 99,000 then and 500,000 now. Same family since new. I'm the second driver, my Grandfather was the first. OOPS pardon me this is a Canadian car.
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    Bob is a very Special man. And you, Lamar, are a lucky man to have him as a close friend. Ben
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    I took the side cover off the engine to open it up. Turns out it was the lifters themselves that were on their sides. Turns out, when I pulled the push rods up last week, two of the lifters came up with them, out of their bores, and were laying on their sides. I thought there was some sort of seat or guide between the lifter and the rod, but no, and it was easy to put the lifters back in their bores where they belong once I got the side cover off. The noise I heard was not anything falling in the engine, it was the lifter moving over a couple holes, where it wound up blocking a different push rod from going in, so when I tried to put that one, the lifter was in the way. A few rods down, another lifter had come out and was laying on its side and blocking its own hole. Easy fix. Problem solved. This engine looks so clean inside it's like working on a new engine. The lifters looked new and shiny. Thanks everybody.
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    So was I. However, averaging my bride's '06 PT Cruiser with my '47 Dodge D25 daily driver, our average vehicle age is 38.5 years. Neither of us drives everyday — when she's driving its always her car, when I'm alone its usually the Dodge or the '24 T Speedster (or, most commonly, my bicycle). Weather usually determines what vehicle we take when we travel together — and its been a while since we were both out in the T.
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    So this idea falls under the category of "I can't believe it works, but it does and nobody can see it". On my 63 I've had several pot metal/speed nut issues like you described. Here's what I did: Get a steel sheet metal screw of roughly the same dimension as the pot metal stud. Grind the head down on the screw until it's virtually flat but leave some of the edge flange so it can stand up on a flat surface by itself. Grind the pot meal piece down until the stump of the stud (useless now anyway) is flat. Use a Dremel tool to create a few slight gouges in the pot meal piece for traction. Next use liberal amounts of JB weld to literally glue the screw to the pot metal. Let it dry and grind of excess but leave enough so you still have a strong bond. Then thread your speed nut on the new metal screw. Here's why it's a good solution: First, the pot metal part would be a candidate for the trash can so you have nothing to lose by trying it. Second, JB Weld is really magical stuff that really holds forever. Third, most of these fixes cannot be seen and even if they can (like a hood spear) the only thing protruding is the sheet metal screw which looks normal uncles you really look close. Try it. PRL
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    " keep up your interests, maybe paring extraneous things which you'll never get to, to simplify your life. But life should consist of continual growth and improvement, always doing more and going up higher. If you're well organized and have the means, maybe you should be ADDING TO your car collection! " I think that this is the best advice that I have ever received from this site. i am going to embrace it with gusto! Thank you John.
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    Thanks for the info! I've attached a few photos as requested. It's a largely rust free car with great bones. It's been sitting a long time though, and while the paint, chrome, interior, canvas, tires, etc. all look good from afar, they're far from good.
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    I would have to say it's not factory.
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    Great find, according to my interpretation of the Buick Daily Production report there were 14 Super Wildcat (A-8 High Performance Option) Custom Convertibles with the 4-speed. There were 7 Deluxe convertibles with A-8 and 4-speed. There is one known up in the pacific Northwest, one that was up east that showed up on eBay a couple times (10 years ago- it is dark green)and one in my garage in Cincinnati- via the Philadelphia area... Maybe another couple out there, hope you make the purchase and join us.
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    I remember seeing the Stutz at Pebble Beach a few years back. It is indeed an outstanding original car.
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    Built the passenger side inner A-pillar bottom today. Started by making a tape template, and fineline tape to cleanly mark the center edges where the new pieces will be welded. Cut out new pieces from 16 gauge steel. Shaped. Two halves welded, and started smoothing the welds with a cutoff wheel. Welds smoothed with a cutoff wheel, then 36 grit. Final smoothing with 80 grit on the 3" grinder, then 60 grit on a 3" DA sander. Corners of the opening were squared up with a file. And finished.
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    I think he meant the way the rear window recesses in and goes right down to the bottom
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    I took the car out last Sunday for some photos. The weather has been way better that normal around here. Yesterday I removed the entire fuel system from the front metal line all the way to and including the fuel tank. It now has a metal fuel line all the way to the new pump and a short rubber hose from the pump to the tank. The tank I installed is the original tank from 66R as I had found a better one for it. (Video to come later)
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    for instance this is how you show up with a newly acquired Roadmaster....
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    Sorry rear window that goes up and down into the trunk of my car
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    ....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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    Congrats, I have yet to install mine. Where do you find the backing and screws to mount it?
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    Mr. Earl, post 1222, Bloomington, Il is my home. After High School I dated the granddaughter of the founder of State Farm. I had a new 57 Vette, and she had a new 57 T-bird. Mine was Black, her's Red. Several of my family have worked for State Farm, also the home I was raised in was a block from the original Steak N Shake, it was in Normal, Il, which is a twin city to Bloomington. I could look out my bedroom window and see Steak N Shake. I met my bride while cruising thru the Steak N Shake curb service lot. I was driving a 54 scalloped Century HT. That was in late 1958. My father sold new Buick's to both founders of these companies. I have one of those lic. tags myself, Dale in Indy P.S. I also have a collection of original Steak N Shake dishes/glasses, etc. I also have one of the first car door trays used in the curb service lot. My wife's Grandmother was the Steak N Shake girl Friday, she started the curb service in 1940. They were called CAR HOPS, because they would run out and HOP on the running board of cars coming in, thus hoping to get a tip after service..
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    The car was in the list of top two things I immediately noticed ...
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    I guess so, but it was not the first thing I noticed when I first saw the photo.
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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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    It is Thursday, October 29th. Back from a week near Seattle, a mini-vacation to see family and friends. On arrival back home I had received a couple of packages. The AACA Third Place Trophy arrived for the Jaguar, and a new shop vacuum from Eastwood. The vacuum is very good quality and lots of suction too. A great deal at $39 plus $8 for shipping, or you might snag a free shipping offer or coupon. No interest in Eastwood, but do seem to buy a lot of stuff from them. Maybe I should buy stock? Oh buy a set of extra dry bags, about $5 for 5 at the same time. http://www.eastwood.com/rockwood-shop-vacuum.html On a very funny note: We seem to get a lot of calls asking for us by first name. It is hard to tell who it is, but usually it is folks asking for something. When they call for me Alice says "Sorry, he is not with us anymore. Fell into the mud and the pigs ate him." I chuckle every time she answers the phone.
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    NO!!! First gen Rivieras are NOT all the same. The '63 is mounted up on the firewall with a U-shaped metal bracket that can be a real pain in the neck to get the fuse holder to slide out of. The metal bracket gets rusty and the plastic piece does not want to slide out. This is AFTER you have gotten the latches on the ends of the bracket to release from the fuse panel. Take my advice on this: disconnect the ground from the battery BEFORE trying to remove the fuse holder from the bracket. The back side of the fuse holder has a bunch of exposed terminals that are hot all the time (not on the key switch). If any one of them touches something metal under there (like the fuse holder bracket mentioned above) you will start arcing and it can get messy. HTH.
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    It is Wednesday, AM, on October 14th. Today I am going to tackle putting on the new front shocks for the Jaguar. Yesterday, I made Alice a happy girl. I moved both enclosed trailers from the front of the house to the back pasture behind the garage. Now the front yard does not look like a tractor/trailer rest stop on the interstate. Oh, some good news. The clock in the Jaguar started working again. Yahoo! Here is a video I found on YouTube about the early racing years of the Jaguar XK120. Even some color film back then and I spied a pastel green OTC model. No roll bars either, scary to seem then in the corners on those skinny tires. It is a good watch.
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    The AACA judges just posted the awards. Here is how we did. Class 25A First Junior 1957 Austin-Healey ..........................................James Lesher, Doylestown, PA Second Junior 1956 Mercedes-Benz ........................................................Bryan W. Shook, Enola, PA1957 Jaguar.................................................................................... Henry C. Ver Valen III, Sparks, MD Third Junior 1953 Jaguar...................................................................John Feser, Marshall, VA We are happy and honored with the award.
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    One car really caught my eye. It was brought by a local restoration shop, Blue Ridge Motor Werks. www.blueridgemotorwerks.com Looks to be done to a very good standard. A true British design at it finest.
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    One final note. Another guy was looking at the Jag and spent considerable time observing the people around the car. At a break in the action he came over and introduced himself as the co-chair of the Kiawah Island Motoring Retreat Concours in April. He said that he would like to see the Jaguar there and to call him if I wanted an invitation to attend. It is in South Carolina, a two day jaunt for us. Just might make that call. Here is their web site. http://kiawahislandmotoringretreat.com/
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    Thanks for the tour of the swap meet sales John. I always look forward to your posts and the detail and photos are great. For one who has never been to Hershey and probably never will, it is good to see what is happening in that part of the world.
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    OK, got my second wind. So here are the first grouping of pics of cars for sale. I attempted to get a price on the cars to give you an idea on what they are going for out here on the left coast.
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    Here is a picture of the 54 Cutlass.
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    Does anyone need the small chrome trim on the sides of the hood? They look like double louvers and there are 3 sets of them.