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  1. 5 points
    She's mine. It'll be a while before I do anything with her, but I'll be on the lookout for parts.
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    In 1962, a Navy (and old car) friend and I, while on leave from the Navy, took a drive in eastern Pennsylvania looking for old cars. We thought we hit the Mother Lode when we came upon this place that is in the attached pictures. We wandered around the place and eventually talked to a gentleman who let us in to look around. It was a great day for us, but we were in no position to do anything other than look and dream of the day when we would be able to pursue the hobby. If you look closely at the picture with the No Trespassing Sign, you will see the junk yard dog keeping a watchful eye on us. I do not remember where we were but it seems like Pottstown comes to mind. Does anyone know where this place was and the history both before and after the early 1960s?
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    A local pin up model asked to use the Riviera in a runaway bride themed shoot. The dress maker gave her the dress and asked her to do advertisement photos. I will get her copies in a few weeks but took a few of my own while I watched.
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    You're giving me a headache. Study the scan...there will be a test tomorrow
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    That's one 'lockout device'. The other is the charging generator: the starter relay must be grounded to work, and this ground is through the armature of the generator which is lost when it starts charging.
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    This`s what a friend of mine used on his 1956 Buick Roadmaster,I helped him to change it, and they was really not a "bolt on".The easiest should have been if the engine was out ,but it wasn`t.He used the old power steering pump but we had to reduce the flow just becuse it was scheaming sound in the pump.The pitman arm fitted from the old to the new gear box. The first picture show how it looks with the engine out,(e-buy picture)The next pictures from my friends car,and some parts had to be made. Leif in Sweden.
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    I put the 500 cpp box for a 56 chevy on my car. I had to drill a couple of holes but it works great. I also installed an after market tilt column.
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    Well, Bertha is now on her way to her new home Kansas... This is a highly optioned car that was given to the sister of a D.C. Buick dealer (Ralph Brown, I think). It has the factory CB radio, sunroof, and 4-wheel disc brakes...
  10. 1 point
    Hi guys very excited as my 53 Buick special convertible is finally commencing its long journey to me tomorrow from New York to Southampton Uk then reshipped to me in Cyprus . Bought about 2/3 months from gateway in Chicago went to have a few small repairs , but on collection my friend noticed a ding noise turned out to be throw bearing on clutch. Decided to have complete clutch changed , but had to wait for parts. Finally ready 10days ago . transported to New Jersey sails tomorrow! Still going to take about 6weeks to reach me . Have built a car port to keep it out of the sun and heat 44 here last , cooler in September be just right for a cruise. will post pictures when it finally arrives. have a great week end in your buicks I'll be joining you soon. cheers pilgrim
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    I am selling panels designed to replace the lower front section of the rear quarter on all 1954-56 Buick Special and Century two door cars along with the 1954 Skylarks. These panels are made by a sheet metal craftsman who makes them with an English wheel using a NOS quarter panel for a template. The panels are made from 18 gauge sheet metal and are priced at $210 each plus shipping.
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    Ran across this pic and thought some Olds folks might enjoy it. Note the front tow bar and rear wheels that flip down so the bike can be towed behind the clients car when picking up or delivering for service.
  13. 1 point
    NOT MINE - 28k-Mile 1967 Buick LeSabre Custom FOUND ON "BRING A TRAILER" SITE: http://bringatrailer.com/listing/1967-buick-lesabre-custom/
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    Mr. Earl, The PA Turnpike cuts through several mountains in its path. On nearing each tunnel, drivers are asked to turn on headlights and remove their sunglasses.
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    Good one dpcdfan, now we can get some rest.
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    Thanks CoolJ for saying that I get it. Many outside the old car fraternity, maybe inside too, think me clueless. Not a graphics guy, but if I were I think that I would want the message to be universally understood, "Mr. Period" seems a little vague to me. I like the second one better, but it is really your choice. I like the Magnum concept very much, always wondered why it didn't sell better. If it's a Hemi the name "Red Ram," jumper out at me. Only you can judge the car's character and the statement you want to help it make. Sometimes it takes a good length of time to learn to get to know the car, name can always be changed but not if you have the name written on the car!
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    Pilgrim, You are lookin' good behind the wheel of that beauty! That 53 is going to look great with Cypress as the backdrop for future photos. Damn shame about the top, but it is fixable. I'm excited in anticipation of it's arrival too. Best, Dave
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    Not, but working on a plan ;-) in other words, trying to convince Rita that a partially submerged Roadmaster would provide really great cover and structure for the bream and small bass and a great platform for the sliders (turtles)
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    We put a tube inside the tube,but had to test a lot of times! see photo.O yes the ratio is much better with the new gear box ,and I think i was a rebuilt gear box from Jeep Cheroki or Grand Cheroki around 1996.We never checked the pressure,we just tested different diameters inside the tube? Leif in Sweden.
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    WARNING...IF YOU DO NOT LIKE VERY BIG CAR SHOWS OR BIG CROWDS, SKIP THIS REPLAY----ALL OTHERS ENJOY, I HOPE.. I just spent 8+ hours each of the past 2 days at the WOODWARD DREAM CRUISE--40,000 cars and 1 million people stretched across 11 miles in both directions on the outside of Detroit...all along M1, the first paved road in USA. You may see vehicles from 1 wheel to fully a customized tow truck used for tractor trailer rigs and everything in between, including the original Batmobile. I have gone almost every year of the past 22. My experiences may be at one end of the spectrum since I take a rare classic--1954 Kaiser Darrin, owned since 1956. Admittedly, I did not "cruise" this year. The heat and humidity beat me up badly! But, I did stay parked in one of the local community parks at the hub of activity. There were more than 500 cars in this park. As you can see from the pics, my car is surrounded by people, all day long. My wife asks how I can answer the same old questions like.."so it was made in Germany" or "it was made to compete with the Corvette" time and time again. It is never drudgery since you never know who you are going to be talking to, like the head of the 2008 Viper program, or the guy who used to haul limestone to the coke ovens at the bottom of the hill I lived on in PA, 50 years ago. This show provides me an opportunity to let people know that there was a big car company that was not the Big Three and that there was a time when all cars did not look the same. Additionally, this exposure has lead to me finding "lost" Darrins, parts, and invites to special events. This is a spectacular event. It has grown every year to the point that this year included legal drag racing! If you haven't been, make a point to do it in the future. BING or GOOGLE "WOODWARD DREAM CRUISE" and look at the pics and especially the videos.
  21. 1 point
    Might "Buick Gardens" have a "Buick Patina City" suburb? NTX5467
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    1959 Chevrolet accessory front grill guard. Small piece that goes in the center of the guard. http://www.ebay.com/itm/1959-CHEVROLET-GRILL-GUARD-/182213884959
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    Yes, BUT! I thought I would just bolt 56 taillights in the 55 openings, yeah I'll burn in restorer hell for it. But no! The taillight opening is different to accommodate the 56 tailight unit. The actual quarter is prolley identical, but you will, I think need to modify the '55s or swap in 56 sheet metal to the '55 1/4s for the tailight to bolt in.
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    If I recall the lockout device is a vacuum actuated ball bearing in the carb switch correct? A few years back, when I had the carb rebuilt, I took the switch apart and cleaned it, and it appeared to be free. I just never got into rewiring it.
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    OK Riviera People: I have been driving my light gold 65 Riv for some time now that it's complete. I am in the San Francisco East Bay, an area extremely wealthy in old cars. I get a thumbs up in it once in a while but NOT 10% as much as much as my shiny black and white 60 Le Sabre coupe. Those people can't leave me alone. They beep from nowhere and it scares the daylights outta me, they're constantly giving me a "seal of approval" gesture in some form or another. I have seen many take out their phones and snap a picture of the car. I don't mind. Just don't honk because it's a distraction. Back in the day when I drove my original 65 Riv I was the one on cloud 9. A black/saddle GS, Custom, power windows and a/c. In 1976 I thought I died and went to heaven with my 11 year old childhood dream car. I am a professional auto detailer and it was black, and it was always detailed to perfection....yet never a second look. Go figure? Mitch
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    Robert, no need for an apology. Was just trying to convey the realities of the market as it is presently. I'm not currently in a position to buy another regrettably, or I'd be interested. As Marck stated a couple of posts unthread, in the past year or two the going asking price for one seems to be around $750-1000 from the handful I've seen advertised. Marck could say better than I what they are actually selling for, as he sells a lot of parts as a business where I dabble in parts sales as a sideline. Condition is key, even some new parts tend to have small marks and such from long term storage in less than ideal conditions. These will naturally tend to knock the value down a bit versus an absolutely perfect one. I do appreciate that you posted here with a reasonable follow up, some sellers would have been rather indignant on being informed their asking price was not in line with the current market. If I may suggest, you might do better listing this on eBay as it will get much more exposure there than here. Activity on this forum has fallen off the last year, and many Reatta owners were never active here to begin with. Most of us here presently are DIY, budget minded types rather than serious collectors doing top shelf restorations. KDirk
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    I also thought they were 49-52 Chevy. They are fairly common turning up often in garages
  29. 1 point
    Thanks Keiser31. Im hoping to have it back on the road soon. Matthew - Thanks for your help It was much appreciated. Cricket
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    Not only that, and this may shock you, but your local bank - yes the one you bank at - probably can't cash a $30,000 check for you without several days notice. They don't have enough cash on hand to do that and take care of normal business. Unless its a very large bank in a large city, they will have to order the cash from a reserve bank. And you thought that vault was full of cash, lol.
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    Hello, Alan. Thank you for bringing this great memory and photos up. This collection of Fords was located in Stowe, PA on the left side of Business Rt. 422 East. A bordering borough of Pottstown, PA. Cannot for the life of me recall the name of the gent who owned them however recall going past many times. If my memory serves me correctly they were there until the mid-60's then either sold off the inventory of parts and running cars with many going to the crusher. I also recall that he made good money serving the movie industry by leasing or renting vehicles to producers either for static backdrops or the cars that ran for action scenes. The current site has been developed with the addition of various commercial enterprises. Pottstown by the way was for all intents the original site of what we now know as the Hershey Fall Meet. With the AACA being founded in 1936 in Philadelphia within Fairmount Park by Frank Abramson (1st AACA President) and Ted Fiala the meet was moved to the Hill School property. Around 1953 the meet was moved to Hershey, PA. I welcome correction to my comments by those in the know. Possibly someone from the Pottstown Region of the AACA could chime in. Regards, Peter J.
  32. 1 point
    Wow!!!! So many of them packed in together - such a shame
  33. 1 point
    As I'm sure you know, the first thing you need to do is get the brake drum off. This is the hardest part of the job unless you're extremely lucky. Usually you need a large three or five arm hub puller. They show up on EBay quite often . It's better to buy a good old one made in the USA - the new made in China models will break on you. Mine cost 80 bucks and it has been worth every penny. The puller arms bolt to the drum and a center screw is screwed against the end of the axle. There's a dogbone shaped device on the end of the screw that you beat with a sledge. Make sure you leave the nut loose on the axle as the drum can pop off with a great deal of force and fly across the shop. It may take some time and you may have to keep tightening it over the course of several days, but it will come off. Also make sure the brakes are backed off and not grabbing the drum. Remove the outer axle seal. Now take the key off the axle and slip the drum back on the axle shaft loosely. Put the nut back on. The drum should be loose enough to slide back and forth on the axle. Grab the edges of the drum - not the backing plate - push it in and then pull it sharply forward against the nut. In my experience, a few good pulls with the drum rapping sharply against the nut will pull the axle out with no problem. With the axle removed, the bearing races are pulled out with a two or three armed slide hammer. The claws/arms grab the inner lip of the bearing race and a few bangs with the slide hammer will pull them out. You need to buy or rent a good puller. They usually run about 90 bucks new. You will destroy the inner oil seal getting the inner race out. This information is for my 32 Dodge, which has two bearings on each axle. At some point they switched to a single bearing and I'm not sure which you have. This method will work on either type axle. I can post some pictures if this isn't clear. Good luck.
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    That is interesting. I thought this would entail more than just reattaching some wires. Let me get this straight. Test the carb switch, if it works, Splice a 25A fuse between the yellow wire and the neutral safety switch If the push button is a two wire device, Rout wires back onto the carb switch and I'm back in business? Am I missing anything? Thanks
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    Doesn't the 55 4 dr have the low wheel openings in the Special and Century line, while the 56 has the full wheel openings in all models?
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    Out here in Podunk, Az., my 65 rarely generates much interest. Even at the local get togethers, or cruising around, most everything is ratrods, mods, etc. I think it's because its a small poor town. Pop. 40,000. In the winter we get about 20,000 snowbirds from Mich. Iowa, Midwest, etc. They know the car... Last winter a older man from Mich. talked to me while we were at the car wash. Told me he retired from the flint plant and that he helped build the 65. He went on an on about it. I asked him if he would like to go for a ride. It just lit up. Made my day, and his too. I drive mine for me..... Buddy
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    Reserved a room for July 4 to July 8 (using SPG loyality points) Now to find flights using frequent flyer miles Australia - USA (Chicago?) & return. There were Qantas ff flights to USA available a few days ago, but little coming back.
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    My Dad special ordered a 65 Riviera in July of 1964 and it was one of the few built before the GM strike in September of 1964. The car caused a riot everywhere it went all the way up into the late 80's when he sold it. The day my family took delivery of the car me and my Dad pulled in to a gas station to buy gas on the way home from the dealership and it stopped traffic on Highway 90 outside of New Orleans, with people pulling off the road to look at it. Everybody wanted to see how the clamshell headlights worked. As stated above, if you don't like being the center of attention, don't own a 1965 Riviera!
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    A----MEN !!! Brother Stoneberg !!! Been there done that too many times. I know how you know such things. EXPERIENCE is a great teacher ain't it ?
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    Brian, I was too busy in Allentown to check our I pad, yet alone do postings. Just now had a chance to check your posts. Did not realize you had quite this adventure as well as running to very active vendor area. Thanks for all your work in that area so we could keep our cars from would looked like could be a Saturday afternoon flood at one point. But drainage sure worked, except for the one low spot. I am sure that will be addressed. John
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    After this we met up with Matt, grabbed a bite to eat, checked the route map and decided to take the expressway into Allentown. I have no other pictures of the ride down cause Matt kicked up a blistering pace, and most of the time I could only see the teeny tiny blue trunk lid on his 47. But once we got to town the heavy traffic on Rt 22 caused us to head for the back roads. I had no idea where Matt's GPS was leading us, but we did manage to find the hotel. After dinner we headed off to the general membership meeting. It was my honor to give Buick Racer a ride over x And we harassed the guys sweating it out in front of us And we caught the last nice sunset for the next three days
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    Marty, I finally finally got my acct. set up & want to confirm my commitment to help anyway I can; just let me know what's needed. Roy
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    Nice! I had an old 12v tach that I had in my old '66 Ford so I decided it looked retro enough for the Buick. I think it was originally out of a Studebaker, I got it from a flea mkt in about 1973. I got a 10A 6v to 12v boost converter on eBay for abt 10 bucks so I have 12v available in the car. The vac gauge is from the late 1950s. Cheers, Dave
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    Yes, and leave out responses from those in the cooler norther states
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    Here is a link to the auctioneer's site advertising the auction. http://www.auctionzip.com/cgi-bin/auctionview.cgi?lid=2736274 and here is a link to the results with sale prices: https://www.proxibid.com/asp/Catalog.asp?aid=115133
  46. 1 point
    Well, today I got a taste of what it's like to break down. Drove my 62 Olds to Macungie, PA to take a look at the car show there. On the way back, transmission was acting up and I pulled into a parking lot. Transmission fluid was just pouring out of the tranny. Called Hagerty's breakdown number and the woman could not have been nicer (in stark contrast to the AAA operator I spoke to last year when my 37 Buick acted up) Flatbed arrived in about 30 minutes to take me and the car to a transmission shop, then gave me a lift home. I never read the fine print, but apparently Hagerty's policy (mine, at least) is only good for 15 miles. Fortunately I was almost home.
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    I learned this about 15 years ago when they refused to warranty or even acknowledge a clearly defective, with overwhelming evidence, redline tire. In the antique motorcycle world it is fairly well known that their tires should be used for show only and not for go. Most who actually rides their antique bike more than around the block, buys something else. Their tires look great and offer period correct options usually not found anywhere else so that helps the hobby in that respect. If there wasn't a mandatory deduction in the 400 point system for non-period correct tires, I wonder how many Buick owners would run bias? We want people to drive their cars and running reproduction bias tires is not very practical or safe on highways filled with modern automobiles.
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    I thought about this thread today and wanted to ask one thing. Why? If you have a 350 in it already, just install an aftermarket AC system that will actually work. Have a lovely rest of your evening.
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    I have a 56 Century parts car with most of what they mentioned above (so will work in your Special). I sold the generator, compressor and a couple of the lines to someone here several years ago but have the rest. The car did not have power steering so do not have the 3 groove pulleys you will need if your Special has PS. The rest of it is pretty much there though, let me know if interested. As a side note, I thought the generator had a double pulley and higher amp output but will defer to Keith on that. I also seem to recall there being some difference in the vent valves ?...my mind is sort of fuzzy on what that was though, maybe it is in the center outlet Keith mentioned.
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    I think the glass will be a laminate, two layers of glass separated by a plastic. The plastic breaks down over time in UV. Mine went green - I thought it was tinted! Sometimes you see the layers separating - the green plastic goes crinkly. I agree with Larry. It is very easy to dismantle with no view of what you are going to do to fix anything, just that it needs fixing. I struggle with this concept, but find it is best to keep to it, else it is spread all over the place and you forget how it came apart and lose things. Remember to take lots of photos, frequently, so you have documentation of how things go together and what things are - you won't remember. Another school of thought is that you leave the engine till later, coz now you will spend a lump of money and then have it sitting there for years while you do the rest of it. Engines deteriorate while sitting, even newly overhauled ones. There is a lot to be said for taking a bit off, fixing it, putting it back then doing another thing. I have to function this way else it becomes overwhelming and I don't know what to do next, so I do nothing.