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  1. Not the weekend, but my birthday. A high of 91 degrees in Rochester, NY. Great day for convertibles. Scott Heise and I got together for lunch. The cars are 13 years apart. Edit: some might call a gray Buick convertible a boat, even by today's standards. The hat is from my gray boat days.
    6 points
  2. My '59 Chevy wasn't a "barn find" exactly but it could have as well been....... A '59 Biscayne with the straight 6 and three on the tree was my first car and this Bel Air is equipped with the same. Even by 1967 the rear floor pans had holes and the front fenders has some rot above the headlights. Knowing that much I had a pretty good idea as to what to expect when the car arrived but I had done a "live interview" with the seller, besides some photos, so knew quite a bit before I pulled the trigger. I have way more in it than I will EVER get out of it but I don't care.
    3 points
  3. What would be really neat, would be to have an area of the RoA website to "register" Rivieras and submit pictures and data. Easier typed than done I know. Perhaps with the right template...
    3 points
  4. My comment about "being there" is everything automotive design changed overnight. Can you imagine trying to sell any 1932 car when the Graham was sitting next to it? They all looked old overnight. My personal opinion is 1933 was the best year for almost all the automotive designs. I keep hoping someday I will grow out of my affliction for beautiful cars, but if I make it to 100 I think I will still love the cars from the 1930s.
    2 points
  5. That's the varnish. Get it off, all off. If there's still some left, use some stripper on it. Once all of the old varnish is gone, lightly sand it, use a tack rag to get all of the dust off of it, then seal it with some clear epoxy penetrating sealer (ain't cheap.) Follow the directions then in a couple of days when everything is dry, but new varnish on it. If you think the veneer needs to be re-stained, do it before you seal it. Just be glad it's not a boat that you're redoing (like I am.)
    2 points
  6. I also agree with Poverty and both Johns. I come here to learn about vehicles. The Buick Bugle editor (BCA magazine) tries to point out all the incorrect items in pictures so they will not be used incorrectly as examples for future restorers. Research is part and parcel of the AACA. Why stymie it in an AACA forum?
    2 points
  7. In my initial post I was remiss in congratulating everyone involved who has been working on this. I know it took a lot to get to this point. I can just imagine an antique car prominently displayed in the front of that building. One thing I'd like to see is a spot to honor the Regions and Chapters who have made AACA so great. Hopefully there will be space available to do that. Terry
    2 points
  8. Monday was an interesting day. While still in the low 90's finished the day and told the wife I was going to the last official Cruise-in at one of the weekly haunts. As I was warming the car up I get a text asking "Where am I?" Shoot! Forgot I had a meeting at 5 pm. Decided to drive the Special on down, do my walk through / estimate meeting and head on to the cruise-in right after. This was at Walkers (Wisers) for inside work so had to take another picture. After our meeting went back to check out with Security and had to wait for them to return from rounds on
    2 points
  9. Tuesday, September 26, 2017: Progress Report Yesterday I stopped in the paint shop to learn that the front clip and headlamps will be completely done and ready for pick up on Wednesday. (Tomorrow!) This news was great, but set off a bunch of alarm bells for me in that I have a LOT of nuts and bolts, clamps, ..... to wire wheel, clean, prime and paint before tomorrow! It took me about 2 hours to get all the front clip and headlight hardware cleaned and ready for paint. Then that air deflector down at the bottom and the center chrome strip that needs to be polished and the ins
    2 points
  10. The 1937 Chrysler Imperial C-15 town car , body by Le Baron built for Della Chrysler, now restored and owned by my buddy Howard Kroplick. It will be at Hershey again this year, make the effort to get to see it in person, the rear interior is incredible. the pleats for the headliner run front to back, not side to side as with most cars of the era. Car is very low mileage, but was horribly stored for decades and dampness took a great toll on the structural woodwork. Howard stepped up to the plate to pay to have it authentically and totally restored. 1,500 feet (that is not a misp
    2 points
  11. I happen to have a nicer one for sale if you want it... http://www.harwoodmotors.com/vehicles/inventory_details.php?id=701
    2 points
  12. Any BOP pattern lid should work
    2 points
  13. You will surely regret not springing for the 320 when you're done if you go with one of the smaller motors. I have both a '41 Super with a 248 and a '41 Limited limousine with a 320 and even though the limousine is 600 pounds heavier, it flat-out RUNS AWAY from the Super with the smaller engine. It's not even close. The big engine is smoother, has more torque, and just does everything better. It will make that coupe feel downright fast. The bigger engine will also get you closer to modern performance envelope with 60 MPH cruising (more if you gear it properly). It's just effortless in everythi
    2 points
  14. Another view, rather than summarily canceling the meet, would be for the members there to see whether they can still have it. If it's possible, what a great sense of OVERCOMING it would be, a triumph of the indefatigable human spirit over the odds. A real triumph! A great accomplishment! And if it's possible, the meet would bring some needed money back to their local economy.
    2 points
  15. Went for a ride on Saturday North to Millbrook, NY around 120 miles or so round trip. Today was a local show by a friends newly formed Oldsmobile Chapter in Yorktown Heights NY, only around a 15mile round trip. Attended this show with the NE GS/GN club and The LHV region of the BCA. A few pictures. P.S. The Electra is now 3 for 3 in getting a trophy since I got it.
    2 points
  16. Right now it is a huge data processing building unique for the utilities use. So, yes there will be remodeling necessary. We have had engineers and office building experts already in to do an inspection for our use. The team making this acquisition have spent a lot of time assessing the buildings capabilities and along with staff members we feel confident this building meets our needs. We are well aware of the weight loads. Over the next few months we have the rights to further inspect the grounds, building, etc. and there will be professionals making those final assessments bef
    2 points
  17. My wife and I took the '53 to the local antique festival, and I played around with the editing software when I got back.
    2 points
  18. Always parked next to something fully restored. But she's front and center. The other buicks here:
    2 points
  19. I think that John's observations are useful and interesting. The purpose of a Forum is to exchange information, to post notices, and to discuss matters of interest. A seller, or a dealer, should know that the followers of this Forum have a lot of expertise and knowledge that they freely share, and it's that freedom to share that makes the Forum terrific, even in the Buy and Sell section. I can understand why a dealer might be sensitive to such public nitpicking. But that's what we do in this Forum. There are other places to place your advertisements that won't subject you to freely stated opin
    2 points
  20. I guess this is as good a place as any to post updates to the Limited. I bought it four years ago to sell, but when it arrived, it was in poor condition with a lot of needs. It was BADLY misrepresented by the seller. So I shoved it in the corner and forgot about it for about a year. Then I started chipping away at a few projects and tweaking things and discovered that underneath the neglect there was one hell of a great-running car. The paint is just OK, but the interior is gorgeous and the thing runs like a freight train. I rebuilt the carbs, replaced the cracked exhaust manifolds (with anoth
    1 point
  21. My name is Tony, retired Marine after 22 years and new owner of a beautiful 53 Buick Special. I'm not a car guru or overly mechanically inclined so hopefully everyone is ready for an obnoxious amount of questions..lol
    1 point
  22. Interesting stuff on this website - http://woodgraining.com/. If one has the skill set (or wants to develop it) GIT has a pretty full line of tools and supplies to do some DIY work.
    1 point
  23. Well, if you're just going for entertainment, have at it! There'll still be things there to see on Friday. I'm not even looking for anything this year, plan to stay at my spot most of the time and try to sell the stuff I'm bringing, from old toys to Pierce memorabilia. A friend who, like me, has been collecting and restoring cars for over 50 years, sums it up like this: When we were young, we needed lots of parts, but we had no money, so it was always decision time on what parts to buy. Now, much older, we have the money, but really don't need much of anyt
    1 point
  24. Yes, Gary - I agree with your figures - pretty typical of what one can expect..... As a side-note, for engines with "stock" compression ratios typical of the mid 1930's clear to the early 1950's.....a "general-rule-of-thumb" will be you can figure on getting about seventy per-cent of the displacement number, in torque. As far as advertised horsepower goes...well..that is probably primarily a function of what the advertising division thought would work to sell cars...... You were honest enough to note yours is a theoretical discussion.........What you did
    1 point
  25. Yes, looks like the supercharger assembly under my hood ('38 model 97 in thumbnail). Also the air cleaner assembly is the same. The carburetor seems to be a later model Rochester, though, but the picture is very poor. About a 25% HP increase on the Graham engine of 217 cu in. 90 vs 116 HP. It appears every supercharged Graham that was scrapped had its Supercharger saved. They are EVERYWHERE.
    1 point
  26. Hello again I installed the new poppet I made and also a 1/8" washer was installed behind the relief spring in the oil pump.I put straight 10 oil in the engine to help flush the system after leaking coolant in the oil pan. With straight 10 oil the oil pressure went up to 32 psi at 2000 rpm and 25 psi at idle. Drained the 10 oil while hot and put straight 40 in the engine The oil pressure went up to 40 psi at 2000 rpm and 30 at idle. I don't know if the new poppet made the difference or the 1/8 washer behind the relief spring or a combination of both.Both these tests were done with the en
    1 point
  27. Whed buffing brass or stainless screws, I use a piece of small tubing the hold the screw. Drop the screw in the tube with the head sticking out and polish - that gets your hands away from the wheel and gives greater control.
    1 point
  28. What's a Ford product doing on a Buick Forum? ?
    1 point
  29. It was real cause I bought it and it's like new. It's for a 1927. Your 25 would have a plain cap as standard or cap with motor meter in it or fancy dogbone with motor meter. He didn't sell it right away.
    1 point
  30. I just looked at a bunch of pictures on the web, of 29 grills that have that bow in the top part, so its hard to say. that's what I like about the comments on the forum, but after pouring over pictures, and changing things like the vacuum pump back from somebodys 6v electric, ive spent money on parts, but I'm not finished yet. terry
    1 point
  31. That's interesting. How does one verify the correct woodgrain pattern and color for their car? For instance, the example for the 40 Buick doesn't look correct.
    1 point
  32. The wheel should be face down. While you are at it, make sure the valve stem is accessible so you can check the air pressure without having to remove the spare.
    1 point
  33. If the car is a bad rust bucket make sure the seat frames and tracks aren't too rusty. Many of those consoles crack in that area and down the side. For the most part cracks are from shrinkage and not enough reinforcement designed in but again expected life span of car was maybe 8 years? The crack certainly can be repaired as you mentioned. Typically the hinges hold up well unless really abused. Always liked the front compartment with push to release spring lid. sort of a hidden compartment since it doesn't have a visible latch.
    1 point
  34. Love that stance/rake, hopefully you can come up with a solution to the problem.
    1 point
  35. Hugh: Leave them alone. You are obsessing again.....
    1 point
  36. Saw this for the first time last night. The owner said it has 80,000 miles on it, is considered a heavy half tonne, found it's way here from Oregon 15 years ago but was sold here originally so came back. He said he plans to keep her as it is and loves driving it almost daily.
    1 point
  37. OK---- Another one: This 1960 Rambler Town and Country station wagon was a "one owner" that had been in the garage of the little old lady that passed away. Seems that someone that ended up with the house pushed the car outside where it sat neglected for years. Last registered in 1971. I saw it when I was in the neighborhood and was able to bring it home. There are ZERO dents in this thing and the interior is well-----quite saveable.... Engine was stuck, so I rebuilt it. But the original condition is going to be difficult to change.. I want the next owner to see how straight this car is.
    1 point
  38. And this one: My Trabant P-50. Really ratty, but it won at the Concours d'Lemons a few years ago.
    1 point
  39. And then there is this 1941 Cadillac. Found in an old garage with the transmission not working. No brakes, tires shot. and one rear spring broken. I had a bunch of spare parts ready to go. A few days later and some old blankets over the seats and I was cruising.
    1 point
  40. Here is my garage find drivers. 1933 Franklin Airman sedan and a 1929 Franklin Airman Sport Runabout,
    1 point
  41. I touch mine up with a brush when I get nicks. The left front fender has some spots that look like the battery blew up once and shot acid all over. I picked up a quart of white lacquer to paint it, but after 16 years I'm a little hesitant to risk a two tone white on white car. Bernie
    1 point
  42. OK, No Still Shots for me-- A video to show it really does run!
    1 point
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  44. Thanks to all that posted photos of their driving 'Barn Finds'. Its great to see so many! It looks like there aren't many 'Barn Finds' here in southern California...not a big surprise I guess. It's mostly new cars, restorations, rods, rats, and customs; that's how they roll here.
    1 point
  45. Very funny! I don't leave until Sunday but skip the banquet and come later it is just a little too rushed for me. By time I load the car on the trailer, then shower up... it becomes to much of a non stop day, I need 1 or 2 hours to decompress, plus I can look around for any bundles of cash that someone might have dropped. I am bringing my 60 Impala down I just completed a full restoration on it. I had it down in Ocala this past winter. Safe travels, if your wandering around the swap meet I will be up in RNI (Red Field North, the row along Hershey Park Drive) 81-86 if need a rest of a
    1 point
  46. Well, no pretty pictures like Doug. Drove George about 150 miles in a parade yesterday. Yep, a parade. High speed. Harry Patterson, the owner of Patterson Auto Group in this area started a Pray For Peace campaign a year or so back. So a parade in celebration . About 90 cars. Several were new ones from his dealerships. Probably 40 old ones. Drove mostly back roads. Did 125 miles in about 2 1/2 hours. Then Gourmet Hot Dogs , his treat, at his ranch. Fun day. I do believe George is stronger each time he is driven. Ben
    1 point
  47. My Grandparents bought this new in April 1939, I picked it up in 1972. It had about 70,000 miles when I picked it up and now has 106,000. Still runs good. Dave
    1 point
  48. Spend the $32. on a new one from RockAuto, install, save yourself the whole 'testing' process
    1 point
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