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  1. Not the best picture but the 56 is mine.. Daily driver.. The Oldsmobile is a 52.. Customers car
    5 points
  2. Hi, I recently joined. I own Midwest Autosavers in Cary, IL which is about 50 miles NW of Chicago. We are a full service restoration shop with over 40 years exp. Anyway, we tend to collect antiques around here (myself included) and while cleaning the shop today I found an awesome book someone with a '51 Buick might want. Its an NOS spiral bound book about 5"x7" titled "Facts for selling 1951 BUICK". This is an awesome Salesman's fact book published by Buick Motor Division of about 135 pages that details everything about the car and all of its models from how the oiling system wo
    3 points
  3. A recent visit by my brother in law resulted in my becoming a used car dealer, in miniature anyway. He decided he no longer wanted the toy cars from his youth so I bought them from him. Here is what I cleaned up so far. They are Dinky and Corgi cars and trucks from the early 1960s. Matt Harwood, Brass is Best, and others who sell cars on this site have nothing to worry, I won't be competing for your business! Terry
    3 points
  4. My first parade, last night, Linden, MI, homecoming parade with the Grand Marshall! Picture by Denny Manner, whose grandson was driving in it too! Then today, rode with Denny in his '72 GS Stage 1 about a 100 miles or so to go see our friend Joe Guzek and got to see Joe's Buicks too! Finally!
    3 points
  5. Matt, that is a beauty. I think you might be a little optimistic at $20K but, I am not as close to the market as you are. I purchased a 1975 Electra 225 Ltd. the beginning of August. $11,500 with 18,500 miles on it for AACA and BDE, etc. Tours. I have put nearly 1300 miles on it since then, it is not too highly optioned but, the Limiteds came fairly well optioned. Working on the AACA mileage award and almost at the first award chip. (awarded at 2000 miles) The car has even won 3 out of 3 times at a Local BCA and 2 other local shows. It certainly gets a lot of attention. ;-) The Black color hel
    3 points
  6. HI 49 Chrysler ! In the hopes that you check here again , I would like to welcome you to AACA Forums on behalf of all of us participants ! Your information , and presence here is to be encouraged. I am a 73 year old dog , and I constantly learn new tricks here. I particularly treasure finding out that long held misconceptions are exactly that. That new "recalibration" has had direct benefits to driving and caring for my old vehicles. Others don't really have immediate practical use. They do , however , lead to a much fuller understanding of a number of realms of our fascinating hobby. Another
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  7. Hey everybody! Been on the forum a short while and want to introduce myself and my soon-to-be 3-speed B60. Attaining this from my wife's uncle. Just over 29k original miles on the car (not 129k, paperwork was all saved and reflects the low mileage). Flint built car that has been in Wisconsin all its life. I will certainly be popping in here for advice in the near future!
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  8. Cars that I buy because "I'm smart" don't usually stick around long. "Smart" has a way of blinding perception. My comment may have sounded like I thought $20,000 was too much. That wouldn't matter if "I:" wanted it. Besides, it is not $20,000 too much. It is the actual value plus the premium one is willing to pay. This reminds me of the many years that professional managers were training me to be unemployable. Once I had lunch with one of our vendors and was gone two hours. Mr. Dithers, the jerk, went on a rampage about the 2 two hour lunch. It wasn't. The first hour was mine.
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  9. While I have not personally experienced it, I have heard more than one dealer (and more than one person on this very message board) claim that when a car doesn't sell, they raise the price. It does seem to be indicative of quality to some buyers and a higher price convinces them that it's a premium offering. I know of one dealer in particular who buys a car for $X, lists it for sale for $2X, and when a buyer negotiates it down to $1.5X, everyone thinks they've had a big win. It usually has to be something unusual and unique, not a cookie-cutter car where alternatives are readily available.
    3 points
  10. Hey Gary, stop torturing us! It's been three days.
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  11. Matt. I bought a brand new set of gears and a new chain. The chain had to be assembled at the master link and quite frankly I didn't like the idea of trusting that small cotter pin to keep the chain intact, and wasn't a big fan of the aluminum gear so I sent it all back. My original chain had some slack, probably within spec, but I wanted to try to get it better. I found an NOS chain and used my original gears and it's the best solution. Timing marks are right on and she is whisper quiet in operation. If your gear teeth are in good shape, I feel you can't beat the origina
    2 points
  12. Thanks for sharing the pics. Skewer me all you want, but my favorite was the circa '62 Rambler American convertible.
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  13. After reading 49 Chrysler,s OP many times it seems to me he was just trying to pass on some info. When you are a Newbie,the first impression you get when you try to fit into this forum is important.lf I was him I would never post again You only get ONE Chance to make a first impression. Do you ever wonder why we have trouble getting or retaining new membership? Ken
    2 points
  14. Actually, that was the test mule for the Harold and Maude car
    2 points
  15. Hi all, I am new to the Forum. I am seeking to buy my long time love being a 56 Buick. I have been looking for sometime and I recently came across this Site and Forum. I am glad I did noting the abundance of knowledge here. Anyway, I thought it would be a good idea to use this post to further my endeavour. I am preferably looking for a 2 door Hardtop which is in good running condition hopefully somewhere in the price range of $10k - $15k. If anyone knows of anything then please let me know. Thanks
    1 point
  16. Last time I took a car to show I obviously went the wrong way t enter the show field with the car. This year we want to enter via the correct location. I assume its down park blvd and around back to enter?
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  17. Finally some good pictures. Only ruined by Cislak standing next to the car! If you are desperate I'll give you enough to get your money back out.
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  18. Joseph showed the ad for the Skyhawk we bought to someone at Brookfield and got a response about it being overpriced. First thing to keep in mind is that it was priced in Canadian dollars so was just under 80% dollars what most Americans would think. We negotiated down from the asking price. Here's the thing though - we still paid on the high end for this model. Suzanne wanted it, so there's a reason to get it. It really is a nice, low mileage original car. Being unique with an unusual colour (for your average car show), it attracts a lot of positive attention. It's a fun little car and we lik
    1 point
  19. What size batteries do they take? Probably to small for friction drive too. I remember Dinky Toys, all mine were red. I would nose & deck them with my mother's finger nail file and re-paint them with nail polish! (They were still Dinky Ioys afterward) I guess my brother and I could have had a car lot too.
    1 point
  20. Very nice looking car. Looks like you will have plenty to keep you busy for awhile.
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  21. Friday night, and wi cars for the dinner cruise. Thanks to Keith and Glenda for this picture
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  22. It is the fiber optic monitor for the tail lights. Note the ones on the tops of the fenders as well.
    1 point
  23. I use Pinnacle Black Onyx tire dressing. It is water based and makes the rubber look clean and black without gloss. It dries and does not attract dust. If you want a glossy look apply a few coats and it will gloss up. I like the tires matte and black. A silicone base will leach out the oils in the rubber and cause cracking in rubber or vinyl. That's why water based dressings and protectants are important. On my interior parts, I use Pinnacle vinyl and rubber protectant. It's water based also with UV inhibitors but doesn't give that glossy greasy look either. Just natural deep matt
    1 point
  24. You are correct. If you are coming in on Hershey Park Drive you will turn onto Park Blvd. On Park Blvd there are usually an electronic sign or two and LOTS of people directing show cars. Once you come around back of the Giant Center there will be lanes for show cars that need to pickup their show car packet (if you did not get yours earlier in the week) and lanes for show cars that already have their show car packet. The back of the packet envelope will be marked with the lane ("Right" or "Left") which you will get into to enter the show field. On Saturday morning they close North Hockersvill
    1 point
  25. Usually I find that the 'creaky' noise results from the springs themselves rubbing where the hooked ends contact the hinge. First, try just lubricating those spots and see whether the noise stops.
    1 point
  26. Matt, that's a beautiful car and don't worry -- it won't be long before someone snaps it up.
    1 point
  27. Oh, for Pete's sake!!! Anyone with the slightest sense of humor would know when someone is just poking a little fun. If the OP has that thin a skin then, perhaps, all online forums should be avoided. Have you ever seen some of the responses on Facebook or YouTube?? Makes this site look like Sunday school. As far as new people joining, it could just be a natural evolution. How many people are joining the Masons, the VFW, the Odd Fellows, the American Legion?? A lot of the old clubs and organizations are simply aging out. Sites like this could be part of the problem. With online forums, you
    1 point
  28. I was told that the trunions were too hard to be machined. These u joints were fairly common at one time. Used on some Packards, Auburns, Oaklands, Dodges and Pontiacs. I once saw a list of about twenty manufacturers that used "Mechanics" u joints but cannot find it now or remember all of them. With the paper gasket between the two haves and good cork rings they didn't leak. Once the were worn of course then the corks were pounded out so grease was used and of course there was more and more wear.
    1 point
  29. A cloth cover will keep off dust, a plastic sheet will create rust like you won't believe. My mother's uncle bought a 64 Chrysler new and kept it in a dirt floor garage on the farm, it was always covered with bed sheets when he wasn't using it. The paint job was perfect when he died 30 years later.
    1 point
  30. This is a 1927 Buick '' Godess '' radiator cap ( 1 year only ) supplied on Master models and optional on Standard models. And this is the 1 year only 1928 Buick ''goddess '' radiator cap. They do turn up on ebay often and depending on condition tend to sell at a high price. Buick '' Flying Lady '' mascots refer to the 1933/34 and 35 mascots.
    1 point
  31. Anyone have any idea what car this is from? I think it's a tail light?
    1 point
  32. Not to defend these guys (or anyone in particular), but my experience is that the explanation lies with incompetence far often than malice. It doesn't make you feel any better when you spend a bunch of money to get your car back in parts, but... Granted, there are lots of shady operators out there who will do what they can to make a buck, but a lot of these guys may have technical or mechanical skills that far exceed their business acumen. And of course, some of them are neither savvy nor competent.
    1 point
  33. If you will open the document that I posted in post 12 and scroll down to page 14 of the publication, the reprint from the Fisher Body Manual explains the three methods that they used.
    1 point
  34. A number of years ago a local guy couldn't sell a hamburger for $3.50 so he raised the price to $6.50 and everyone thought it must be really good to demand that kind of price. He sold a bunch of them. Not supply and demand, but perception. Supply and demand probably don't follow the rules when you're dealing with emotions and hobbies.
    1 point
  35. FYI: YOUR CAR ALSO REQUIRES POSITIVE GROUND SPARK PLUGS.
    1 point
  36. I think that about $15,000 is the right price for this car. A lower mileage '72 Electra 225 4-door hardtop sold to a European buyer last year at about $15,000, and that seems to be about as high as we've seen for the closed, full-size cars from this era. But the '72 was a relatively low option example. This black '73 looks like it is well-optioned, so that may bump the price a bit higher. These are wonderful driving cars, and I'm seeing increasing demand for these early-1970's "land yachts". And, quite frankly, I think that these cars generally had better build quality than the
    1 point
  37. The post above is correct. The devastation being reported is accurate according to our club members in PR. It is as serious as can be with people enduring a lot of hardship. Many are doing their best to come over to the mainland but flights are difficult as well and if anyone has seen the views of the airport they will understand. Our meet this year is now in serious jeopardy which is small potatoes compared to the real issues this Island faces. It's entire character may change due to the devastation and it will be years before they recover. Our prayers and thoughts go out to everyone in
    1 point
  38. The VERY FIRST thing you need to do is buy a 1956 Buick shop manual. Then you need to spend some time reading it. Then you need to either perform the diagnostic tests or find someone who will. We can help answer some of your specific questions but you need to have some basic knowledge before you can even ask meaningful questions. Your reverse problem can range from a simple adjustment, to deteriorated mounts, to a reverse band strut failure, to an internal component failure. Visit EBay, buy the book, perform the tests. A preemptive tear down should be your last choice...........
    1 point
  39. one owner, non smoker. You have to wonder what the owner might have bought in 1980 to push that old vette outside. Chevrolet Luv maybe?
    1 point
  40. I just purchased the cast-iron and 12 ft doors store front of the 1800s Ellis machine shop and tons of pre- 1914 machines in memphis Tenn in the last 3mouths most have been sandblasted primed and painted and polished and clear coat and have install in the halls of the marathon factory . we finished up installing 240ft of lineshaft and hooked up most the belts to the machines .The plan with the machine shop front is to build a new shop using old bricks and to ellis front on it on a lot I have in the village 2 story will look like the shop does now. They are going to demo the old shop in the n
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  41. we will be thee Friday to sunday. Cant wait. Looks like perfect weather too for the show saturday. Our 23 year old Son is showing his Buick Grand National for the first time and is so excited.
    1 point
  42. Marathon man - it is people like you with the foresight and genuine historic interest in preservation that make all of us who not only collect cars but preserve and write about history of all topics (I am the local village historian for the village I live in and have done a book on its history) of history proud to know that there are others like us out there. It takes a lot of persistence, being viewed as a "kook" or crazy to most , but is something that we do. We seek no recognition for what we do most of the time but just take extreme personal satisfaction knowing that when we are dust and
    1 point
  43. I like the look of nice, clean tires. No extra polishes or cleaners here.
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  44. I did my 1930 Studebaker with it .Very happy with the results
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  45. I don't think horns care if they're positive or negative ground
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