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    The giant trophies in the top picture tell a buyer a little bit, but I'm not especially impressed. Trophies today tend to be gaudy and cheap, made of particle board and plastic. Now if he had a discreet AACA senior oval on his grille, that's a different story!
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    I drove the Wildcat out of the garage this morning, washed it, and drove it back into the garage.
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    Thanks! It looks better in these pictures but is still pretty solid. Today it made it to the garage (and it barely fits).
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    I hosed some leftover black paint and clear from another project on the top today to seal the metal before the vinyl top goes on. The car is supposed to go to the top guy in a week, but I don't think the hood or trunk will be done yet. I am hoping I can take it to him and park it inside the shop. Or it will have to wait until I finish body work.
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    A perennial classic is 'mechanic-owned', said as if this is a GOOD thing. Truth be told, the daily driver for a guy who does this for a living is probably the LAST car he'll get around to doing anything with other than limping it along. What with the Wife, Mother-in-Law and kids cars on top of the daily grind, it should come as no surprise. As well, the better the mechanic, the more probable this becomes as we know how far we can push things.
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    Really this is more of an advanced warning. Yesterday I paid for the 1912 Humber which will become my next project. First thing is to get it transported from Willunga in the McLaren Vale wine district of South Australia the 800 kilometers to our home in Doncaster East, Victoria, Australia. This should be happening sometime during the coming week. The Humber is an 11hp four cylinder, side valve. It will be my first restoration of a Pre WW1 car, it is truly a basket case; totally dismantled and with what remains of the body little more that scaps of rusty sheet metal. As I have commented to some of my friends the only way that it could be reduced to smaller pieces would be to remove the spokes from the wheels. Bj.
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    I've seen alot of cars offered lately and the photos make you cringe or shake your head. Out of focus are common but here are a few that just make you say why. Ok you have a nice car and it's a trophy winner so why not take that beautiful paint and put a couple big scratches in it when those trophies slide off the hood. Probably not the best idea to photograph your car in front of a complimentary color bush that makes it look like it has a huge Afro. This is ridiculously distracting especially in the thumbnail. Nothing says I'm just flipping this car like using the photos of it still on the trailer to sell it.
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    Drove my 90 Select 60 from Wichita Kansas to Allentown and the trip was great. When we got to Allentown the AC started acting funny. Ok with me but I had been converted to 134A 2 years ago. I just assumed it was a Freon issue. With the help of Jim Finn and Mike Hanning the problem was found (sort of). For some reason that is yet to be discovered the relay was not getting the data necessary to start the clutch. The Freon level is good and when the relay was closed the AC worked great. It is amazing what a stick can do. with out test equipment it worked as a temp fix to get us back to Kansas. Hopefully I can get a more proper fix in the next few weeks. Thanks guys I cant imagine what it would have been like if Kathy was not happy......If she aint happy no one is happy.
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    Hmmm, that is a thought......."Sir, don't say rust bucket, think of it as a home based DIY welding class included at no extra cost......."
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    So here it is for real, with the new Lester shoes. Kind of changes the whole look of the car. Cheers, Dave
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    So I took the '69 Electra out to storage today, and brought the '41 Roadmaster home for a few weeks. No pictures of the '41, but a couple of the Electra. One of the front seat, now upholstered correctly. I am now fairly certain that it is the front seal that is leaking, but she is resting with my friend's Fords for a little while, then I'll bring it back home and do the repairs. I am getting the '56 Roadmaster ready for a long tour for next week, and plan to use the '41 as my fun, and cruise night car this week. Nothing major on it, just some maintenance, minor repairs and detailing. Keith
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    It's been a while, but with the summer heat around here, work in the garage hasn't been very tempting. I found a few things from the vendors in Allentown. Yes, those hood emblems aren't '51, but they'll just hang on the wall... I wasn't planning on a steering wheel at all, and squeezing an 18" wheel into a 14" carry-on back was interesting, but I got it back home. I did get back under there today and disconnect the flywheel bolts (15 of them!). I even marked the flywheel & turbine with paint to keep the clocking when it goes back in, but I might have a lead on a trans from another car. I think the point of the clocking is just to keep the two trans drain ports lined up with the clearance holes in the flywheel. The photos with the wide-whites are from April when I moved the car. Those wheels/tires belonged to the 41D (sold it with the wide whites). I got the fender ports installed. Photo shows I only needed 3. Ok, 2 more wall-hangers...
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    On it's way for a new coat of Stone Beige.
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    ...but they post their address and telephone number.
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    As you can see in the first pictures of this car with its original untouched paint it is not the same as the last pictures. Although I liked the shiny paint it was not like the original and I wanted the car to be like the original only with no dents or surface rust or worn thru spots. We talked yesterday and decided to do it over and try to get it the way I had envisioned. I don't want the car to LOOK like it has new paint, I just want it to look like old paint on a cherry car. I don't know for sure if that can happen but we will try it one more time. I don't ever want to wax the car, just wash it and dry it and drive it. If its shiny it will need to be waxed and it will show swirls and scratches and it will look restored which I am not looking for. I will take some more pictures soon and see what you guys think.
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    I thought the originals were 7mm but prefer 8s to fire my .060" gaps.
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    Pictures on Baltimore craiglist , auto parts , 1955 buick
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    did a small local cruise in last night. First public showing a lot of great compliments
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    You had my hopes up for a moment their. (well not really but I did have to look)
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    On my 55 Century it goes from a screw just below the heater box to the dip stick bracket screw.
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    Since this thread is about a 1856 Buick mauve would be an appropriate colour: Mauveine, also known as aniline purple and Perkin's mauve, was the first synthetic organic chemical dye,[1][2] discovered serendipitously in 1856.
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    Well, as these forums often point out, there are no real instructions available when working on these old beasts. You do your best, try to get advice and suggestions from all quarters, and then plunge ahead. I'm pretty sure the transmission on my car leaked a bit the day it left the factory. The design of the exposed shafts and the bolt holding the capture plate is an invitation to leak oil. I've done all I can and may have to suffer a few drops in the pan I intend to put on the floor under the car. Still, after all this, I'm right where I was two months ago. That's discouraging, and I can see why restorations get stalled or totally abandoned over the years. I'm determined to get my first car back on the road, as I promised myself years ago if I ever found it again. I was blessed to have that happen, and I don't intend to break that promise. All you can do is have a good sense of humor when these things happen.
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    I hate the one where they guys fat girlfriend in a too small bikini draped all over the car. eww! Last year I saw what was described as a Mercedes wagon, but has a wagon shaped lump of snow as a photo. The MG up on the hill, way in the background of a family portrait was for sale Or the "I'll post a photo later" and later never happened Title said "1995 Tahoe - Never let us down!" but the photo was of it on a roll back truck. Hummm? The single photo of a 1977 450SL under a 450SL shaped tarp. The Jeep clearly buried above the tires in mud but described as "never off roaded"
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    I will throw my hat in the ring for the 2017 After Tour. Brother Shaw and I will poke 'Governor' Rob. Stay tuned. Spent every August of my youth in northern Wisconsin and have been to Madison/University of Wisconsin numerous times. Sorry to hear things did not work out for the 2016 After Tour.
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    If you need a starter relay, why not just find a four or five pin modern relay and wire it accordingly. The relay doesn't need to be a heavy current type, as the solenoid does most of the work. But it must be one that has isolated coil contacts for the accelerator start stuff. You probably can stuff it into the old relay's case for originality look.
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    Without any benefit of education or experience in electrical engineering, I ask, Isn't the point of the resistor to blow off heat? If one was to put epoxy on the backside of the resistor, where the coils are exposed, I would think it would trap the heat.
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    Not to derail thread, but would this effectively work on the backside of the original ballast and blower resistor if the ceramic is gone?
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    There are some excellent places to choose from up on Rt 22. You can find something within a short distance to Rt 39 and from there it's a straight shot into the event. Some nice restaurants in that area as well. Terry
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    My High School friend passed away about a month ago. He knew me better than anyone and thought of me as a mechanic. When he saw me put a car up for sale his first question - "What pissed you off about THAT car?" Since I still have the car I bought when I was 30.... and the one I bought when I was 50.... and some others, I guess he had some insight into my motivation. I do remember making a very generous offer at a dealer a few years ago. It was for a late model Jaguar around the time I bought my '94 Impala. The salesman replied "OH, Sir, we have more than that in the car." I was stunned, but not enough to ask if the wholesale buyer's position was open. He couldn't still be working there could he?? You mean to actually tell me a buyer for your dealership paid more than that offer for the car? Buddy, you are in trouble. I knew a couple of buyers who got drunk and came home with a Thames double decker bus, but even drunks have some level of awareness. I told him I'd be back in a year, but I wouldn't be interested if they have left it outside all year. I still see it in the back. The bonnet isn't closed right. it's outside. Maybe the auction floor planned it and he just pays the interest. Anyone interested in a nice '94 Impala? I'll deduct for the bad A/C clutch with the stripped Chinese tool in it. Mechanic owned. Bernie
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    Thanks for posting that Chris. I was wondering about injector upgrade for when I get to that point. The answers the guys gave you was good info.
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    Hamm's, ain't seen no Hamm's cans?!!. But he did bring a 12 pak of Yuenling, cold at that.... Hmmmm, wonder what happened to the Hamms. But I ain't complainin!!!
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    YES, they are a year newer than the 53's. Dale in Indy
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    Amen to that!!! Whether it's a car or a toaster oven, if "it's real easy and inexpensive to fix" the seller should bloody well fix the blasted thing. Operating machinery always brings a better price to the seller than inoperative machinery; therefore, it's very much in the seller's interest to have the machine in operating condition. If they try the old "easy to fix" routine on you, either bid on it as a non-functioning machine, or walk away. I usually just walk away, since someone so obviously lying to me makes me angry. Just my opinion, Grog
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    I have a 1990 every day driver that is pristine due to a three-pronged maintenance strategy. 1. I do the general maintenance stuff plus fix what I can based on my skill-set and the 1990 Service Manual Buick Rivera Reatta > 2. When I am stumped I reach out to the helpful collective knowledge of this website; that resource has been outstanding over the years > 3. If after 1 & 2 the problem still persists I take it to an excellent mechanic near my home that was trained in Detroit on the Reatta back in the beginning. His diagnostic is free and the $85.00 per hour is on par or a little less than the average here. This system works well for me and my annual cost to operate and maintain my Reatta is a modest; especially compared to what the car payment would be on an equivalent new car [$40,000?].
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    Tom you were absolutely right. Somebody painted the inside of the hub a turquoise color. I took a piece of 1200 I had laying around, sanded that shelf that the spring contacts when the bar is pressed, and BOOM, I had diesel horns on both sides again! Buickbonehead, I emailed you, and I will return your parts to you as soon as they arrive, if you have shipped to me already. Thanks to ALL of you guys; this forum has been such a huge help to me as a newcomer to these awesome cars. Lots of great people here, and good advice. Now, if I can only replace the turn signal cancelling pin that I forgot to swap over from my old wheel without removing the wood wheel.........
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    My well-remembered favorite was a Hemmings print ad in the 1980s for a pre-war Cadillac which included the line, "Engine disassembled for your inspection."
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    I'm enjoying seeing everyone's great photos here! I tend to do a poor job of capturing photos at these kinds of events, since there are so many superb cars and wonderful people to distract me. I do have an album of the shots I took, in case you'd like to look. Click on any photo to enlarge: https://www.flickr.com/photos/76938221@N05/albums/72157671876555926
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    My wife asked me why I posted that one instead of this one of my then 9 year old daughter....
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    Hi John, Thanks for your question. I had a chance to look through our duplicate material and, unfortunately, we do not have any extra 1955 model year Studebaker literature. We receive donations throughout the year, so there is a possibility something could show up down the road. Feel free to inquire with us from time to time. Thanks and have a good one. Sincerely, Matthew Hocker Assistant Librarian
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    There is a school of thought when it comes to just cleaning an engine that says to leave it alone. The only proper way to clean it, especially the oil galleries, is to strip the engine. The risk of not doing this is dislodging the gunk thats sat there for 50 years and it moving somewhere bad (bit like a blood clot and a heart attack) So unless your planing on a full strip (I would since you have the front of the car off anyway) I would clean that screen and put it back together. Personally, as you have the front off, I would pull the engine and check it and at least re seal it, but maybe rings and bearings as well. You might be getting the idea of why my little projects tend to blow out into full blown resto's now
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    There are two flasher "cans" One for the Emergency flashers and one for the directionals. They are located on the drivers side under the dash between the steering wheel and console. You have to remove the bolster. Turn on the working emergency flashers and reach up under the dash listening for the flasher "click". You may as well pull both down when you get your hands on them. For ease of accesibility you may want to remove the drivers seat as you may not be flexible enough. There are directions on Ronnie's site. Look under lights interior.
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    She was driven today! Wow! What a complex Mr. Bulgari has put together.
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    Here's my picture. It's a video actually. 1940 Special.
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    And we are kinda partial to this one too. I hope that Ben is paying attention here - both of these cars have sun visors on them. We don't worry a whole bunch about the gas mileage on them. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas