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    Cool build, and what's even cooler, is that some members are enjoying a MODIFIED Buick build, instead of picking on the fact it won't be ORIGINAL. Dale in Indy
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    For sale. For $400 you can convert torque tube '56 Buick to open driveline. 1961 Invicta 3rd member will bolt right up to your rear housing and the stock '56 axles will slide right in as the splines are the same. Chevy C-10 trailing arms U-bolt to the axle housing and connect to your cross member that can be modified from the included C-10 crossmember. The only change for the axle housing is moving brake lines away from U-bolts. So, you get a 61 Invicta pumpkin, C-10 trailing arms and cross member, U-bolts and misc nuts and bolts. George Haskett Union, WA 360-432-3462
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    Had the annual West Australian Buick Club Autumn run this past weekend. Just over 800kms ( 500 miles ) over the 3 day run. Took the club to some of my old stamping grounds, visited a farmer who restores veteran motorcycles and has turned his hand to casting small parts in a home foundry. Also visited the farm of an 88 year old local in Wubin who has been collecting " treasure " his entire life. This link will take you to some photos of the run http://www.westernbuicks.org/Events/Autumn%20Run%20Dandaragan%202016/Events%20Dandaragan%20Run%202016.htm
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    More console build. All of the wiring and controls run through the console and fitted so that they can be unplugged and the console removed for any repair/diagnostic work required.
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    These are not inexpensive diecasts, but are white metal or resin-cast models brimming with detail. There is a difference, in price, in quality, and how one who collects them bristles when the casual onlooker calls them "toys". American Excellence released this '57 Caballero a few years ago in resin, and here it's mated with Brooklin's 1961 Airstream Bambi. It's a lilliputian twin to Centurion's BoS 1/18th model he so capably pictured recently. From what many collectors consider the "Golden Era" of white metal models, Conquest Models' 1957 Roadmaster 75 Riviera Sedan was produced in very limited runs, in the low-hundreds. Although the headlight bezels should be painted body color, it's a fine example of a vintage 1990 white metal model that has stood the test of time. Its travel mate here is Brooklin's 1958 Shasta AirFlyte, with wings! If you're wondering how to capture models in "realistic" surroundings like this, it's no secret, anyone can do it. Shoot a background (for depth of field), put it against your "roadway" (which can be as simple as grey matte board, in this case, a bit more elaborate), shoot at about four feet at F32, focusing about a third of the way into the subject, and you're done. No Photoshop or post-production, although I do use a program to sharpen and contrast the image. I shoot these in my carport for the natural, diffused light, with only a reflector made of aluminum foil, spray-mounted on foamcore. This is USA Models' 1958 Fleetwood 75 Limousine, detailed with Bare Metal Foil to resemble its much more expensive Motor City brethren, again from the early-'90's. The driveway is just grey matte board. While modern resin models offer much more detail, the longevity of their finely wrought and delicate, photo-etched parts remains to be seen. The shoot for the Caballero above was the first time it was off its plinth and out of the box since its purchase about three years ago. As a generalist in both models and 1:1 cars, I count on one hand the number of my Buick 1/43rd scale models. I'm confident that Centurion will hop on board and post some of his vast collection of postwar 1/43rd Buicks. His 1/43rd scale dealership is a sight to behold! Still playing with cars after all these years, TG
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    Here is my '26 Whippet. Body has all new wood. Just finished painting, and now it needs an interior and top.
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    In January, I posted a "parts wanted" message on one of the marque-specific boards in this forum. A "David Kaplan" replied by PM in March, giving me an e-mail and phone number, and said he "for sure" can get the parts I needed. I responded by e-mail with a detailed list, and got a prompt reply from him telling me he was parting out a car just like mine, and could provide everything I needed. All I had to do was send a money gram for $750 and my ship-to address to him. He even enclosed a number of photos of the car he was parting out. The catch is, the photos he sent are of MY CAR! They were the photos that the seller had posted to this forum last year when I bought the car. Fortunately, no money has changed hands. I thought I would share with others on this forum; just in case. Andrew
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    As high schoolers we ALWAYS had a work bench on the back seat, a (BLANKET). hehe Mothers called other mothers, said, don't let your daughter ride with that wild driver Dale Smith, one mother said, it's to late,nthey are out on a date now.....I never hurt anyone. For sure! Dale in Indy
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    Cahartley, I think I'll take you up on your offer. I will PM you soon to work out the details. Even before I accomplish my task I want to say thank you (and to all of you for your help). This is the very reason I got on this forum. Not only to benefit from the knowledge but for the common bond all car guys share. So again, thank you all. without all your help, I would have never gotten this far. Ready for tires, muffler some suspension work and its on the road! I do have another one for you guys. For the tire retainer ring, is there a 'key' that keeps in on?
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    I am very jealous of Bob, DB-wise, and I don't care who knows it! I tried to console myself by thinking about how hard it is going to be for him to move all those non-running DB cars, but that didn't help. I met him once, quite a long time ago, just after I had bought my '22 touring car and got it running. It ran so well that I drove it about 40 miles over to Bob's house to show it to him, and in the process the original top destroyed itself and had to be taped back together in order to drive it home again. He sure is a nice guy, and very helpful.
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    Keep a pan under the filter, keep it vertical but it's just a messy job especially if you are not using a lift.
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    Love your choice of seats. I had planned on using same in my 54 Special custom that never got off the ground. After seeing all the work (and beautifully executed at that) it took to accomplish, it's probably a good thing I never got that far. That console is aewsome. And I hear you about the pop up center being elusive. And pricey when found
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    Gator does not taste like Chicken, Chicken tastes like gator as they were here first. Nice pictures with some unique cars there.
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    Sum Ting Wong..................................Bob
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    The amber globes are usually damaged by using the wrong bulb. When I got my car the globe was pushed out of the holder as shown in the photos I posted previously. If the amber globe is broken it is best to get a used one from a used parts vendor but if you can't, a replacement can be made by carefully cutting the base off an amber turn signal bulb as shown in this tutorial. Turn Signal Light Amber Globe Repair
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    Coolant flushed, new points, plugs and oil. Still needs a carb cleaning but starts and runs 100% better. When changing the oil filter element, I couldn't find the old gasket so I assumed it either fell in the catch pan or there wasn't one there. I even scraped around with a screwdriver. First test run and oil was POURING on the ground. It was still up in there, hiding, not letting the new one seal. So, any tips/tricks to not making a gigantic mess when changing that filter? My 61 f100 had the modern filter adapter installed before me. This is my first rodeo.
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    For some reason this thing doesn't like me. I still am not sure how I got here. Now that I am I want to say, this is a great shot. The location is wonderful. Lighting is excellent. Subject is fabulous. I must also say though, when I was a kid, these Buick's scared me after dark. That grill looks like part of one mean face to a small child.
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    Hi Mike You probably noted the concern I raised yesterday in regards to moving the accelerator (gas pedal) to the right in that there is very little room between the brake pedal and the door card. These photos pretty much confirm it, certainly in our car, there is no way to get it across in to that bit of real estate and still be able to move your foot safely from the accelerator to the brake. The other issue is getting to the other side of the steering column with the accelerator linkage in the engine bay without fouling on the steering as its directly in line with accelerator's shaft and around the brake pedal and the starter arm which both press down in to this space. If there is an answer out there I don't think it will be easy as I expect all pedals will need to move not just the accelerator. For those that haven't seen a right hand drive 1926 Buick pedal box this what it looks like In the engine bay the rod from the pedal goes straight through the floorboards and connects to the shaft that takes the input to the other side of the car. As you can image this is one of the more congested parts of these right hand drive cars
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    I always love the 'good condition for its age' line. In Michigan, a 15 year old car that isn't literally rusted in two, is in good condition for its age....
  23. 1 point
    A car such as this is stunning either way. Do what you like, after all, it's your car.
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    Nothing in particular, just looking for someones experience. I do have a friend with a 92 Saturn.
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    I'll toss in a few more photos that might be useful. They show how to remove/replace the amber glove in the turn signal.
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    Stuart I took one of mine apart and found the seal noted on the diagram. It is rubber, round and flat and someone should be able to easily make one if you have a pattern. This one looks to be serviceable and you can certainly have it, but I can also scan it, send you the file and then you can print the pattern. Willie
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    Wayne, I have the right to remain silent....
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    Above and beyond solivng your drain problem, consider adding a "Master Electrical Cutoff", so when you leave your car, eith at night, or at the local Cruise-In/Parking Lot, Motel while on tour, it prevents discharge, battery drain, and helps minimize the opportunity for theft. Better to get a high-capacity switch for a shut-off, rather than the "quickie' type with a plastic wheel that attaches to the battery terminal, as they have less electrical resistance. The cheapies will sometimes decrease voltage/amperage to you starting circuits, but anything is better than nothing in most cases.
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    McMaster-Carr sells woven ceramic cloth tubing in various diameters. Works perfectly and looks original.
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    Allan, I would suggest you consider posting in a couple different forums about your Roadmaster. This General Forum is for General discussion about all things Buick, in general. The Post War Forum http://forums.aaca.org/forum/57-buick-post-war/ is more for posting technical questions and advice about post war Buicks like yours. The Me and My Buick Forum http://forums.aaca.org/forum/58-me-and-my-buick/ is for posting about you and your Buick, it's history, how you found it, shows you attend, general work that you have done to it etc. The Buick Buy-Sell http://forums.aaca.org/forum/12-buick-buysell/ is for selling and in your case it looks like seeking and asking for needed parts. And if you haven't already introduced yourself.... http://forums.aaca.org/topic/157115-please-introduce-yourself/?page=43 Look forward to following your progress with this beautiful Roadmaster. Only one problem I am seeing with it...it is not a '54.
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    I talked to a lady from the AACA and was told you can only show it in one and that it can not be moved for 10 years. This is why I am having such a hard time picking one. The first owner purchased the car to race. It was run at Mason Dixon Drag-O-Way (has the stickers under the hood insulation) still has the flat tow shackles under the front bumper. The interior does not have a crease, crack or wrinkle in it. I was looking for a survivor class because it is a true time-capsuled car. Was stored in a garage under cover for almost 27 years. Thanks for your help.
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    You should add 1968 and 1969.. the last year of the big blocks.. The 68 - 69 cars were not tuned down until the 70's..
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    Mostly have cars in the 20's & 30's but really like my 1983 Imperial. I enjoy driving / riding in vehicles throughout all the decades.
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    Uh , well , I clicked the worst of 3 pics of the instruments under way. This is clearer. Upper right is fuel level , below it amps. Upper left is fuel pressure (this system uses air pressure to push fuel through the lines). Works very well at around 2 psi. Below is oil pressure. Warmed up at cruise speed it reads high 20s to 30 running 20w-50 Amsoil synthetic. This is a superb oil , extremely synthetic with a good dose of phosphorus and zinc. It has good low temp performance for such heavy oil. In some low temp instances it has some characteristics of a 5w-50. Source : Richard Widman's 33 page dissertation on the right oil for flat tappet engines. For the record , these engines use rollers on finger followers. - Carl
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    Had a chance to ride shotgun yesterday. Taught a couple quick learners from CLC to drive a crashbox Caddy ! We all enjoyed it very much. Without any planning , we ended up here by chance. The car ran GREAT ! I didn't think to bring my camera , so these are wide angle shots from my iPad. Scenery appeared much closer , and of course more impressive in real life. Red Rock will see this Cad many more times , as the host hotel is nearby. I wish each and every one of you were here with me , as I am always thinking about you. Pretty busy with more activities than I really have time for. I am sometimes still answering questions until 2:00 AM. I love it , of course ! - Carl
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    I've only had it in one show. It was an Oldsmobile Club of America zone show. My car received Chairmans Choice, and class awards. Most of the shows here in Houston are 1979 and earlier, or it is put in with newer Mustang's, Corvette's and Camaro's. I don't bother showing it. Very few people seem to have an interest in it, it's not a muscle car. The car is all original, except the two outside mirrors have been repainted, and I know have different wheels on it. The 205 70 R13's are hard to find, and they are expensive. For driving, I have American Racing wheels, and 14" tires on it.
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    Looks to be pretty darn original....
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    It's really nothing special, but it is mine, and I bought it new in June 1985. My Oldsmobile Calais has a 5 speed manual transmission, HD suspension, and some other odd options.
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    I just want to thank everyone for the support provided to our family and business. It is difficult to lose an icon of the industry like my dad. He loved this hobby from the time he judged hi wheelers in the 50's to this day. Up until the end he got to do what was most important to him and that was going to shows and talking with his buddies. He will be missed but the legacy will continue. Thanks to all. Dave, Jr.
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    I remember growing up that every year the cars were better/faster and a car was considered worn out at 100k. Every kid knew every car by the taillights. Was a time when a three year old car was "old" and a Chevvy convertible with AM radio, 283 2bbl powerglide & power steering but manual brakes was obviously a rental. Of course I also remember seeing rusty new cars on dealer's lots. BTW I won a lot of autocrosses (and surprised a few Z-28s) with my '70 GS. Bit lighter than a 73.
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    Dad just towed this one home. '66 C10 short/fleet, big window, with a 283, 3 speed, both Custom Group option packages, and gauges instead of warning lights. It's pretty straight and original but has some rust.
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    found this 20 yrs ago but couldnt buy it found out i could buy it this past oct of 2015 been working on it since may be in over my head trying to id this car its an american fiat tipo 55 1916 17 or 18 dont know for sure yet finding out there is no positive way to know the year been very interesting learning about how they used to build cars
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    The package tray is an issue of it's own. The original '57 tray was pretty much flat and fit the contour of the rear glass in the car. With the installation of the 1st gen Riviera seats the package tray now needed to have a radius to fit down into the seats to the speaker grille and the outer ends of the seat back. The original Riviera trays were cardboard and we were not sure they would fit/fill the whole surface of the '57. Therefore it required fabbing one out of metal and creating the correct curvature to fit the new opening. I am especially thrilled as to how it turned out! Also had to make some provisions for speakers in the tray as I will certainly require some cool 50's tunes while cruising!! "Ya' Ain't Nothin' But A Hound Dawg!!!! LOL
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    So on to the rear seats. Again from a first generation Riviera but mods were necessary. Fillers had to be fabbed to fill the gaps between the seat back and the interior quarter, upper corners of the back rest were modified to blend in with other contour's, panel between trunk and rear compartment was filled. Also incorporated was an again elusive center "pop up" center arm rest.
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    Probably a dealer's license. Who is to say what "collectable" is when it comes to sales? I lived in southern California for 17 years....most of that time around old cars and never heard of that in the California DMV.
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    Here are two of my 1958 Buick Special convertible that are my favourites (so far...) This was in Port Huron, Michigan right at the mouth of the St Clair River where Lake Huron empties into. Blue Skies, Blue Water, Top down, does it get any better than this? Port Huron, Michigan again (same day). This was their Tourist Information Office.
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    My '54 desktop pic. Good side of the car, good light, hides lots of 'issues'....
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    George, visit www.73-77olds.com . People there can probably help you with parts for this under-appreciated Oldsmobile. Your parts will be expensive to ship to Poland due to weight, but the door structures/windows and bumpers are common to all 1973-77 Olds Cutlass four-door models. Salon Sedan was a magnificent automobile, just American drivers couldn't understand what it (and sibling Pontiac GrandAM) was trying to accomplish. 40 years ahead of its time, and was frequently compared to similar Mercedes sedans in contemporary road tests...