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    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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    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...
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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.
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    ..........unless you LOVE attention. I knew when I bought my 65 in February that it would attract attention in my small area, which is four small towns totaling MAYBE 50,000 people. However, I never thought it would draw as much as it has. I had a group of teenagers in the Wal Mart parking lot flock it one night, because they had no idea what it was, lol. I had a local policeman stop me in a park the other day just to LOOK at it. People slow down and hold up traffic just to stare. When I drove it home the first time, and came thru Memphis, I had dozens of folks on the freeway honking and giving me the thumbs up. These are terrific cars, in more ways than one. I really like all the positive attention it gets, and a lot of older people love it because they either owned one, or knew some banker that did! I traded a really nice 99 Corvette for this car, and, while I still love Corvettes, you couldn't give me SIX of them for one of these. I just don't think there were a lot of these cars around this area when they were new. I know a lot of you guys say they aren't rare, but I beg to differ, at least in my neck of the woods. Just a great driving experience.
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    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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    Chris, Not to side track here but, reminds me of the time after buying our house, I kept finding bullsh*t repairs and I kept referring to the PO as an idiot. Then one day it dawned on me... I bought the house... who's really the idiot here??? John F.
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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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    Thanks for that information and the great pictures! NTX5467
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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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    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.
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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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    what a difference 50 plus years can make. Most if not all those treasure troves have disappeared. What a shame that many went to the crusher. The clock turns back for nobody! Wayne
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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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    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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    I also thought they were 49-52 Chevy. They are fairly common turning up often in garages
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    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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    Sorry, Nick, I disagree with the assertion. Classic cars are not an investment, and have not appreciated 490%. Maybe if you cherry-picked specific cars someone got for free and made a profit on. Cars are an expense. It was fun to read through some of the magazine, though. I've never heard of it, but it seems to be a publication for what they call in the U.K. the leisure class. It mentioned one place you can get a gold watch for $500,000, or $800,000 in Platinum. It talked about how there used to be only 8,000,000 millionaires in the world and now there are 13-point-something million millionaires. Some of the stories talked about "UHNW people" a minority group that was new to me, but I learned about how many live in what cities. I need to have 30 million bucks to be an Ultra High Net Worth individual. I don't think these guys are the ones to advise you on what cars are worth. I see magazines like this as a good place for help on real estate, jewelry, stocks, and other recreational spending.
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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.
  27. 1 point
    Wow!!!! So many of them packed in together - such a shame
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    One other note, make sure you have all the seals and bearings you need before you start the job or your car will be laid up until you get them. Most important on that inner seal. I live about an hour and a half away - if you get stuck, I have all the tools and would be glad to come over and give you a hand.
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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
  30. 1 point
    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?
  31. 1 point
    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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    Where is the electric pump in relation to the tank? The electric pump needs to be located as low and close to the tank as possible, preferably below the level of the pickup in the tank. Electric pumps like to push, not pull the fuel.
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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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    According to Donald Smith at the P15-D24 forum: "How to adjust the Sisson electric choke, Chrysler products 1935 -mid-'50s... Modern auto choke, thermostatic spring, closes FULLY when engine is cold (depress the accelerator fully to floor once, then release - allows choke and fast-idle cam to "set"); then when the engine starts, a vacuum piston or pull-off diaphragm opens choke part-way to pre-determined setting, providing a suitable mixture for the engine to run on as it's warming-up. As engine & manifold heat-up, choke thermostat spring relaxes, until choke is wide open. "Now, here's where the flat-head MoPar system is different: when correctly adjusted, the thermostat spring in the choke housing down on the manifold closes the choke valve just PART-WAY with a cold engine. There is a wire running from the choke housing over to the starter relay: this wire energizes the choke electromagnet when the starter is operated...this FULLY closes the choke when starting the cold engine. "When the engine fires, and you release the starter button, the electromagnet is de-energized ,and releases the choke back to that part-way warm-up position. From then on, the operation is just like the "modern" auto-choke: as the engine warms-up, that thermostat spring relaxes, and the choke opens. "Most folks misunderstand how the Chrysler choke operates, and they adjust the arm on the choke unit so that the t-stat spring closes the choke fully...then the car is way over-choked, runs awful and belches black smoke until it warms-up. "(Aw heck...I'm this far along...) "Correct adjustment is obtained thus: "Remove the air cleaner from the carb. "On the choke unit mounted on the manifold - on the side opposite the operating lever, the choke shaft sticks-out of the housing a bit...you will notice a hole drilled through the choke shaft...find a drill bit that just fits through that hole (shank-end first) - this will probably be a 3/32" or 1/8" drill...you will also notice a notch in the choke stat case which the hole in the shaft will line-up with. Disconnect the choke link rod from the operating arm of the choke unit...move the arm as required until you can insert the drill through the choke shaft until it engages a notch in the bottom of the choke unit housing. "Next, close the choke butterfly via the rod which you disconnected from the choke stat arm...(you may have to open the throttle slightly to allow the fast-idle cam to move and the choke to fully close)."
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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!
  36. 1 point
    I'd say if over $10k carry enough cash to hold for a few days then pay the balance via a wire transfer. Up to $5k just carry the Benjamins. In the middle is your choice.
  37. 1 point
    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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    Spin up the oil pump and get pressure before putting the engine in the car. Its a pain to have to remove the engine because of a leak. Dont ask me how I know such things.
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    Prices go up? Prices go down? Or they stay the same. Who cares, if you collect what you like, it should make no difference to you. This is a hobby, have fun.. I have made huge scores, and taken beatings on cars, fifty years from now I will be dead, and it will not mater one bit if I died rich or poor, it will only matter that I lived good life and tried to make the world better place than how I found it. I'll spend my day tomorrow the same way as today, cleaning a car for hours on end so I can drive it on the field at Pebble Beach........is there any high better that that if you have gasoline in your blood? I think not. Here is a shot of me detailing the car this afternoon. Cheers! Ed
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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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    Yes, and leave out responses from those in the cooler norther states
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    We recently had a research question to find a vertical advertisement for an late 1800s Pierce Bicycle, preferably in color. While we didn’t have a color one we sent along this 1987 B&W ad and the patron colorized it. The final product looks pretty great. View the full article
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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
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    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 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 am having the same issues with oil pressure as described above. The engine was completely rebuilt, new babbitt, pistons, rings etc. All bearing clearances were meticulously checked. The oil pressure starts at 30-35lbs and drops to under 10lbs when warm. Now I am starting to think that the gasket on the plate of the pump is too thick. I made the gasket from the thinnest material I had, but it is probably too thick. What would be the proper material to use? Thanks for your help Rick VanOene 1930 DeSoto CK 6- 6 wheel rumble seat coupe(Canadian)
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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.