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  1. Larry, The car sat in the New Mexico sun all its life and the seats exploded . I have the original seats, basically. The springs are like new but everything else is toast. I bought the front and rear seats in very nice shape , front bolted in and the rear needs a little work to fit. I will never restore this Buick to be original, It would be $30000 + to do this car and the finished value would be mid 20's at best. I'm going to enjoy it for what it is , a very solid old car to have fun with ! Bill
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  2. This is Schmueser Buick located on Hohman Avenue in Hammond, Indiana.
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  3. I don't think that's when you lost your mind.
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  5. MrEarl and friend Kowpi after a day of turning wrenches to the left so that you, my friends, can turn your wrenches to the right. Over the next 2-3 weeks I will be pulling and listing parts from mainly 54,5's and 6's but have a few parts from a 53. I generally try and clean most parts so they can be inspected for cracks, breaks etc. I describe the condition as honestly and to the best of my knowledge as possible. Let me know if their is anything in particular you may need. Please email at 1954buick @ gmail dot com BCA Members receive 10% off any eBay Auction ite
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  6. This unusual car is NOT MINE, but I saw it on Craig's List and figured some Buick fan needs to have it. Wouldn't this excellent low-mileage 1977 Electra 6-door get a lot of attention at a Buick show, or with your friends on a Buick tour! It's distinctive and unusual enough to attract me, but unfortunately I can't own them all, or even close to them all. (Sigh!) http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/cto/5560568857.html "1977 Buick Electra Limousine - $4250 (Salt Lake City) 1977 Buick Electra 6 Door Limousine. Recently out of funeral ser
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  7. Long story short... I finally decided to investigate that little annoying rattle in the passenger door. Found the window arm was broken. Just because I can't let an opportunity slip by, I decided to refurbish both doors on my '63, complete with new carpet on the interior trim panel. Every piece and part was touched and refurbished. The long story is that this took all winter. I'll let the pictures tell the story.
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  8. I've said it before, and I will say it again...if we want kids to enjoy - or even respect - antique cars, we have to let kids interact with the cars, not just look at a static display. That said, I completely understand wanting your car to be "hands-off" if you have a perfect, no scratches or blemishes vehicle. For the rest of us, how much harm will a few more scratches really do? In fact, while the car may earn a few scratches, it (and you as the owner) also earns a great story to go with those scratches. And most importantly, the kids each walk away with a story of their own. Her
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  9. I drove my '41 Graham Hollywood Supercharged to the office today. Anybody else drive their antique to work?
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  10. The seats (vinyl) needed work, but when I took them to the upholsterer he took out a crayon and started to mark up the different "panels" that needed replacement. I thought it was all one piece, but I was wrong. He kept as many panels original as he could. For another $100 he sprayed the seat backs. Made a big difference.
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  11. Hi. My name is Mike. I blame my dad for my Buick addiction. Today I bought my personal dream car. Not the same make & model. The actual car: 1949 Buick Roadmaster Riviera. Ok, now for the back story. Buckle up folks, this is going to be a ride. In 1976, my father's good friend Bob asked if my Dad and Mom wanted to take a trip to Minnesota to check out a car and help him get it home if he bought it. Well, Bob bought the car and my Dad & Mom drove the car back from Minnesota to Michigan. Not long after returning from the trip, my Mom found out she was pregnant with me. T
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  12. Saturn Vue being recalled for side air bags deploying in the wrong direction
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  14. Keyed by Godzilla!!! Lew Bachman
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  15. All these motorcycles are reminding me of the time Heck's Angels swarmed into town. The mess from the illegal tattoo shop was bad, took us days to find all the wrappers. Bernie
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  16. Photo Caption: No vehicle on the road gives you a better view of structural integrity than a Saturn VUE
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  17. You will get more leverage to turn the engine with a 12 inch tool between the block and ring gear teeth than a 12 foot tool on the front of the crankshaft. For stubborn engines I get some threaded rod the same size as the head bolts and a 1/4 inch plate and some nuts and use the plate and nuts to push some wood blocks down on the piston. If that does not work or there are multiple frozen pistons, I install the metal plate over a head gasket over the cylinder after filling the cylinder with transmission fluid. Next drill and tap for a grease fitting over the piston an pump grease in. (h
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  18. I think the idea of Hagerty's liberal driving policy is a myth. I called and the person I talked to was quite specific on the limitations. I don't think they'd like that work parking lot picture any more than they'd like the car outside covered with leaves. Bernie Oh, and I checked with my insurance about my 1939 Allis-Chalmers; no tractors with a front end attachment covered. I guess someone must have been pushing antique snow. Even got a pic of the previous owner.
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  19. Ove: It took me a while to find it, but here is the part I ordered for my '55 2-Door Hardtop. I got these from Fusick Automotive and they fit great. They are actually for a '55 Olds Holiday which has the same body as mine. Apparently the forum won't let me put in a web site but their part number is TB54. Here's a picture of their part:
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  20. For those of you without a calculator, that's 579 total cars.
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  21. There are two springs on that shaft. And there should be tension holding the shaft closed at idle. Here is a picture of my Super's linkages and a page out of the service manual.
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  22. Far more interesting than either a Morris or an Austin, another little French mademoislle may have just attracted my attention. She is in need of some cosmetic attention along with some major work on the engine. Built in 1923 she is a little older than the R......t but she has the advantage of still wearing her original body etc. Those horrible tail lights will have to go! Much the same size as an Austin Seven only French, what is she ???
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  23. Didn't know about disconnecting the battery. Seems to be a whole lot better now. :-)
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  24. Oh lord does that crack bring back memories of my Uncle Gene's 68 Landau Sedan... Window would quit, he'd have the dealer repair it. Sometimes he'd get home before it quit working again. He bought that car 2 yrs old and always swore it had been struck by lightning, as many electrical issues as it had. But he had wanted a T-Bird since 1955, and when he finally no longer needed the practicality of a station wagon as a primary car, he bought that 68 and after three years swore off Thunderbirds, though he did like the 77 I had a lot.
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  25. That is the standard wheel on a 55 Special , optional had the horn ring . This car has p steering , dynaflow but no radio ,no back up lights , std steering wheel , clear glass all around and dog dish hub caps. A New Mexico car with no rust holes and original chrome !!!!! Bill
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  26. I have had a few different brand cars besides the Chrysler products that I gravitate to. I was out in my 1931 Dodge coupe one day cruising around 31 Mile Road north of Detroit when I spotted a BIG old car under a tarp in a farmer's side yard. I was 16 or maybe 17 at the time. I saw some tall wire wheels and HAD to stop and check it out. It was the aforementioned 1929 Franklin. It was solid, but worn. The farmer wanted $90.00 for it. I rushed home, got my Dad and went back to see it again. Soon, it was on the trailer and heading home. We gave the farmer an extra $10.00 for helping to load the c
    1 point
  27. Ok not the weekend, but I finally found time to put the new shoes and hubcaps on the Electra to replace the Ralley's so had to take it for a shake down cruise. I know it's correct this way, but after 14 years with the Ralley's it's a little hard to get used to! I received the correct 67 rims from a Wildcat owner in Washington (thanks Badgerman!) and picked up a set of decent hupcaps from Ebay and had them sent to Smartin for his expert treatment. Rides nice and smooth with the new rubber. Before and After:
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  28. Sorry Larry, I understand what you are trying to do, but allowing Kid's to step on your fenders and sit on your hood is not teaching them to respect your car. Sure, let them touch it and sit in it, but not do what they are pictured doing. One pebble in the kid's shoe on your fender and the paint is toast. The hood on antique cars is one of the hardest parts to repair and sitting on it ???? Sorry I just don't agree. Do you think their parents would allow them to walk on their modern car?
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  29. This is why I use Hagerty, they want you to enjoy your cars, so I do! I love going to work in my 66 Caddy, top down enjoying the coolness of the air and the car. Not a terrible way to start a long day at work!
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  30. I started seeing those things on late 55 and newer nailheads that also had the exhaust track under the carb...probably just a left over sand casting access. On one that did not have big holes I brazed it shut after media blasting. On another i made plate out of 3/16 scrap and used some exhaust gasket material from NAPA. It does not need to be pretty since it cannot be seen. If the heat tube for the choke is rusted or broken at the exhaust manifold, it is easier to loop some tubing inside that plate as a substitute. Willie
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  31. So i'm guessing the wires and switch would be for the electric quick dump feature!
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  32. Also the National Motor Museum at Birdwood, South Australia. Guess who again!
    1 point
  33. What, so they don't hit my ass?
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  34. That blocks those gamma rays from outer space...
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  35. In the Classics Museum, Hamilton NZ, there's a Stutz on display which people can use to be photographed in. Guess who behind the wheel?
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  36. Kids. and cars... I also pick a few from the car show to take a picture in the car... Since it is rare... But they do not know it... Just another old car...
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  37. And as O_D pointed out, it could also be wiring. Having everything connected and in the car and then doing the tests in the order he suggests you can soon narrow things to a place of interest. If it does point to the wiring and regulator side, after making sure none of the field wire terminals might have gotten bent to accidentally touch ground verify the mounting of the regulator. Some regulators have an exposed resistor on the back side which is in the field circuit. If something happened and that resistor was bent where it can touch metal and became shorted it would provide the symptom y
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  38. Many thanks to Ben for the intake manifold. Much appreciated.
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  39. At one time the advertising on TV was Brylcream, Colgate tooth paste and Campbell Soup. Now a days it is legal firms hustling business to sue Johnson and Johnson baby powder.
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  40. If you ground the field you bypass the regulator and the generator will put out it's maximum. This could happen in a number of ways, faulty regulator, broken insulation on the generator's field post, broken insulation on the field wire to the regulator that allows it to ground, internal fault in the generator including even replacing the generator label tag and using too long a rivet which penetrates the field winding and grounds it. Remove the field wire at the generator; if the generator output drops to zero the fault is between the generator and the regulator, if it continues to have max
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  41. Maybe in 50 or 60 years my grandkids will be sitting around the table saying I can't believe grandpa drove a 2015 Equinox to Tennessee, to Florida and back to RI. What will they be traveling in?
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  42. Insurance? I should be insured? (tongue in side of cheek)
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  43. Hugh: If I can ever get my car running to get it out of the garage to be able to put the top down I will see which of the 2 rests works best. If so, I can send mine for a pattern.
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  44. We now have 7 of the 8 people needed to have side rest saddles cast in stainless steel and polished. The price on these is less than the price of the shorter side curtain rests that they currently sell because we are buying in bulk. We need 1 more person. We also need 1 person that is willing to let the foundry borrow 1 top saddle rest. This is your opportunity to make 8 new lifelong friends. Thank you, Hugh
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  45. Hey. It's been a while since I've been on here much. My Reatta is running great, so not much to mention Anyway, I am dabbling in 3d printing now and I would like to help reproduce some rare or breakable parts. I have a basic printer with a 7x7 bed, and I'm alright with 3d design. I recall a nuisance part on the 88 and 89 door pulls that breaks quite often. If anyone has one and would like to supply me with info, I'll take a crack at printing a few. If whoever gives me info is interested, I'll send them the STL files as well. Any other parts you want to see made, let me
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  46. If anyone has a good drawing of the assembly blown up, I would appreciate seeing that. I've looked locally in bone yards and haven't found a good one. KDirk, for now, perhaps some detailed pics and dimensions would suffice. If I still hit a wall, I may need to see the part in person. I designed a switch block plate for my Rx7 recently, and found that I had room to make the retaining clips fatter and it helped with breaking the tabs. I like the idea of textured paint. So far, my switch blockoff has the wave bonded texture on the front(still looks better than a hole), and I've experi
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  47. As far as I'm concerned there is NO problem doing this. It's usually good for a 10-15HP increase. It will NOT put any undue stress on Any components. If the car has a stock cam there's also NO issues with valve to piston clearances. Tom T.
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  48. Found a picture from a couple of years ago from this Tour Group. Seems a (very handsome) Buick driver and a Ford driver both lost their hats on tour one day. Lucky for us, the ladies on the Tour stopped at Goodwill and got us both a new hat. Which we wore the rest of the week. You'd be amazed how well this hat works. Wear it to any public place and the crowds just disappear. There's always an open table or booth or stool.
    1 point
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