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  1. 20 points
    Having spent the last several years disassembling my father’s shop, and remembering him working in his as a child, I can’t tell you how many times I wish I could still walk into his on a daily basis. I long to see him working on a car, old school country music in the background, the smell of grease, a friend helping him, and all the tools in an orderly fashion, around the shop. (Ok, maybe a few swear words, or loud yelling, here and there, as he wrestled with an uncooperative part also). When I went to his garage five years ago, it was a mess. Evidence of his struggles for the last many years, as he was always meticulous in his care for all his possessions, but most especially his tools and his shop. The chaos I found was beyond my comprehension. It saddened me that I hadn’t known what he was going through for so many years, and he lived so far away. I saw his struggles in everything in his shop. I can’t explain it, but that’s when everything he was dealing with really hit me. It was so obvious to me. I guess I'm posting this here because I think you would understand. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy that my father is no longer suffering, but a huge part of me is lost without him. I will never see him again. I will never see him working on a car or lovingly detailing one. So many years passed between the time I moved away and when I went to help him, but suddenly, when I went to Texas, I was his little girl again. My father and his cars were one in the same. I’m sure many of you are like that also. Don’t ever underestimate what that means to the children you raised. It’s an indelible memory to picture your father in his shop. If you have children, grown or otherwise, please spend time in your shop with them. It is very likely that they will cling to those memories when you are gone.
  2. 19 points
    The single biggest thing that makes this hobby suck is the fact that everyone thinks it should be profitable. It is not. It never has been. Somewhere along the line people just assumed that cars getting older also means they're getting more valuable. Like most things, value is subjective and it's just as likely that prices will go down as go up. As they say in the stock market: past performance is no indicator of future gains. If you own a 55-57 Chevy or Thunderbird or a dozen other formerly blue-chip "collector" cars, you're already upside-down. Model As are in the same boat. Do you expect to make money when you go on vacation? Do the guys who golf or fish or boat or whittle things out of wood expect to get their money back when they're done? Do the guys who watch sports or play video games or join virtual sports leagues expect to make a little cash for their efforts? Do guys who build models expect to sell them for a profit? Do guys who play softball figure they can sell their mitts back to the store when they're done for full retail plus a little extra because they broke it in and oiled it? Why are old cars special? Why do they need to be profitable? Spend your money, have your fun, and you still get A LOT of your money back! What other hobby even does that much for its participants? None, that's how many. If you sell your car for half what you paid for it, the fun you had STILL only cost you $0.50 on the dollar. Walt Disney World sure as hell isn't giving people 50% rebates after they get home. Honestly, how much time have you really spent on the car to get it ready? Everyone here is right--spend a weekend really cleaning and detailing that thing like your life depends on it. Get a cleaner wax and go over the entire car carefully. Yes, your rags will turn green and black, that's the point. You're uncovering fresh paint, removing oxidation, and bringing out the shine. Do it by hand and you won't hurt anything, don't use a machine. See if you can find some paint that matches better than the John Deere green spray can someone used to touch up the cowl and roof. Degrease the engine and get some Ford Green engine enamel and brush-touch the areas that are flaking and if they're rusty, hit it with a Scotch-Brite pad before you dab the paint on. Paint that rusty generator--just plain satin black would be fine. Clean the firewall as best as you can without removing paint. Clean the fuel stains off the carburetor (I can't see them, but I know they're there). If the exhaust manifold is rusty hit it with a wire brush and paint it satin black with the high-heat exhaust paint. Get those whitewalls white--I mean REALLY white. I can't see the interior but I presume it needs vacuuming, so do that. I bet the instrument panel is tarnished, so go after that with some Nevr-Dull or very fine steel wool. And lose the mud flaps. All that is stuff that you can do that primarily costs time and not much money. Presentation matters--look at Auburnseeker's post with the same Cadillac before and after. Why do I have a full-time detailer on staff? Presentation matters and the moment you give someone an out, they're moving on to the next car. Everyone says that young people are ruining the hobby. You know what really ruins the hobby? People trying to get all their money back plus the money they spent on repairs/maintenance/storage/insurance along the way plus a little profit just because. THAT is what sucks about the hobby.
  3. 17 points
    I'm constantly amazed by the experience, breadth of accumulated knowledge, willingness to share, and assistance offered by the participants of our FORUM. I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to the FORUM community in general. A big Thank You to you who make the old car hobby better than it might otherwise be! SEE YOU DOWN THE ROAD, AND TAKE A KID, HIS PARENTS, AND HIS GRANDPARENTS, TO A CAR SHOW
  4. 15 points
    I attended a small car show in the town of Hood located along the Sacramento River south of Sacramento, California. I drove my 1929 Studebaker President Brougham and my brother drove his newly acquired 1929 Studebaker President Cabriolet. Our two Presidents were oldest cars in attendance.
  5. 15 points
    We arrived at the host hotel just after 4 pm today. That makes it almost exactly 24 hours for the trip from Cary, North Carolina to Auburn, Indiana, with a stop overnight in Charleston, WV. The trip odometer shows 702 miles traveled when we arrived at the hotel. It was a great trip. We enjoyed some of the variety of the roadways seen in the US. We traveled on a lot of Interstates, some other large roads, small mountain country roads, a bit of the old Lincoln Highway and about everything else you can imagine. We ate a great meal at an Ohio truck stop that has been in operation since the 1950s on the LIncoln Highway. The waitress asked if she could have a photo taken with the car, so we went outside and another of the employees took a bunch of photos of her with our car. I took a few photos on the road to hopefully capture a small sample of the sights. These were shot with the "hold up the camera, point it through the windshield without looking through the viewfinder, and push the button technique". On Sunday, I typically drove between 65 and 75 miles per hour most of the trip. Today, since I was not trying to get anwhere before it got dark, I took my time and we cruised at 65 mph. I knew that the speedometer was off a little so when I thought to check it via gps today, I remembered that it displays 3 mph slow at those speeds, so I guess today's average cruising speed was actually 68. This Century is happiest when going down the road with the speedometer showing between 60 and 65. The Ford truck had a nice air conditioner, but to be honest, we were comfortable in the Buick going down the road with just the cowl vent open and the back wing windows open. That gives you a nice gentle breeze through the car with little wind noise. For those who think you need to modify a car to enjoy it, I will point out that this is a 6 volt car with bias ply tires, and the original unpressurized coolant system. It never needed a drop of water added to the radiator. We have already had a great trip and now we get to tour with friends old and new in the 36-38 Buick Club for a few days!
  6. 15 points
    These photos or similar ones have appeared elsewhere on this forum but they fit here,too. The 1925 Standard Six Four Passenger Coupe was restored in the '70's and sat for 37 years.I bought it in July 2017 and just got it all sorted out in time to put it away again for the winter. The 1929 McLaughlin-Buick Master Close-coupled sedan underwent a ten year year restoration from cow scratching post to show winner.I bought it several years ago.
  7. 14 points
    Well, I sold my 70 Skylark in October this past year. I kept saying I wasn't going to buy another car for a while, but sometimes they just fall into your lap. I am picking it up on Tuesday (possibly Monday if I can work the schedule). A bit of a long-winded story, but I'll try to keep it short. Lance and I went to go look at a 57 Roadmaster 75 coupe that is currently advertised on eBay. It is local to me, so we made a day out of the inspection. The coupe came from a wealthy collector in Southern CA that is having this dealer broker his cars. Apparently, he is selling anything that is not valued at $1 million or more. Oooook then. We were less than impressed with the coupe, so proceeded to small talk the dealer, and found out the owner has another 57 that he sent over in another building. He said "You don't want to see it, it's a turd and the transmission is out." We said, "we'd like to see it please." So 30 minutes later, a guy brought a key to the other building and opened the door. What we saw was this car in the photos. Yes, the transmission is not currently "working," but I am hopeful that it's a simple fix. Even if it's not, I'm not concerned. It does need an exhaust system, the current one is pretty rotted. It originally was all garnet red top and bottom, but sometime in its life it was painted its current combo. All (or most) of the chrome is original clean, no pits. Interior has been redone is mostly correct fabrics. Dash pad and upper door panels are not quite right, but I can handle that. Headliner has a white perforated material that isn't right either, but that's a pretty easy fix. It's just a clean car. Factory AC and wonderbar radio. Not a speck of rust to be found anywhere. I've been hounding the guy for 2 weeks to get a price from the seller, and he finally got back with me yesterday. Today, the deal is 99% done. I just have to sign some paperwork and pay him. We currently have snowmageddon 2019 happening, so I can't get back out there until Monday or Tuesday. If I could've picked it up today, I would have. Darn snow storm rolled in about 1pm today. I plan to have this in OKC this year. I have to thank Lance for allowing me to buy this ahead of him. We were both salivating at the prospect. I'll have to make sure I get his black 57 extra spiffy for him. This is the "turd" ...it's better in person. It still has all the grime on it from the trip East..
  8. 14 points
    May 11, 2012. 7:10am Jeep Wrangler turns into the path of me on my motorcycle and hits me head on at 45mph. Ambulance takes me to hospital followed by helicopter transport to major trauma center 50 miles away. Four months in hospitals. Outcome-permanently paralyzed from the waist down, right leg completely amputated. Employer cancels my employment as I cannot meet job requirements. Insurance will not insure me now that I’m a risk. Can’t live in existing home due to layout wont support my new disability, have to sell and find and modify a ranch style house. Have to sell my 1964 Plymouth with 49k miles, my small collection of automobilia, tools and more things than you can imagine at fire sale values, including car and house. No time to wait for fair offers or negotiate better prices. Life is not fair as I think as this happening. I was 60 when the accident happened, just turned 67 last week. Why am I telling you this? Life goes ON! Yes you had setback and yes your car did not sell at the point you wanted but you are alive and you can make the best of it if you choose. What happened with your heath and your car is over! You have the opportunity to continue to live and enjoy what it offers. It may be different that you hoped for but you are here! It’s not the end of the world, it’s not fair in your eyes but it is a lot better than many others may be facing. I wish you all the best as you adapt to a new life. Terry
  9. 14 points
    Here's a little bit of "back story" to fill the gap between my last update in March and the recent posts from Oklahoma. Immediately after the Detroit Autorama show, we left for a well-deserved vacation in Arizona. Then, I made a couple of improvements to the car before heading to the Cincinnati Concours on June 9. I installed the seals to close out the outer wheel wells to the quarter panels. They were installed with stainless steel staples and sealed with a heavy bodied sealer between the seal and the wheelwell. This picture shows the first 2 staples installed on the left side seal. It was a tight environment and took some creativity to figure out a way to crimp the legs of the staples in a very small space. Here's the completed installation: I also applied undercoating to the floors and under-body as it was applied by the factory. To begin, I masked off the frame and other areas that did not receive the factory undercoating. In this photo, you can see the masked areas and some of the undercoating already applied to the floor pans. Originally, the underside of the tire well was undercoated, but the floor pans were undercoated only to the back of the rear axle and not above the fuel tank. Go figure... I also added the 6 sets of seat belts. I chose contrasting, brown belts with the chrome lift latches. Here, I have attached cords to the belt anchors to assist with inserting the belts between the seat cushion and the seat back. I also used a piece of harness wrap to help push the cord through the gap Then, bolted the belt anchors to the underbody anchor plates that were installed when the metal work was completed. It's a nice, clean look. Installation of the rear seat belts was a little easier, since the cushion and the back can be separated. I also wanted to improve the appearance of the rear liftgate windlace. It was very wavy and didn't fit snugly against the liftgate opening. Every time I opened the gate, the windlace looked like it had been pushed out of position by the upper liftgate frame. I removed the windlace, tore the stitching out of the cloth cover and slit the foam core to accept a plastic reinforcement: I re-stitched the cover to the reinforced foam core, while adding a 3mm thick foam rubber "gasket" to tighten the fit of the windlace to the upper liftgate opening. The gasket won't be visible when the windlace is installed because it is trapped between the metal garnish molding and the liftgate opening in the body shell. Much better!!! The windlace is held tightly in place. It flexes "down" when the upper liftgate is closed, but it does not move out of position. It's straight and neat. In the circled area, you can see that the trim cover on the front seat has begun to pucker. The cover was too loose on the cushion. I pulled the front seat out of the car to re-pad the seat cushion. I removed the top 2 layers of cotton/poly padding and foam and replaced them with a thicker, firmer layer of bonded foam. The cover is much tighter and the seat holds a more defined shape at the perimeter. Ready for Cincinnati! The Caballero was placed in a Featured Class, celebrating Mid-Century Modern design. It was in a group comprised of 1958 to 1965 closed cars. "Best in Class" (Blue Ribbon) went to a beautiful, silver, fuel injected 1963 Corvette coupe. We got "First Place" (Red Ribbon) in the class. Essentially, first runner up.
  10. 14 points
    You do know that you can call b-----it on that show even though it may be enjoyable to watch. All those "finds" are orchestrated ahead of time. If you think about it, they go into someone's house or barn loaded with all kinds of re-saleable items and they NEVER offer to buy the lot even though the "business" they're allegedly in is buying and selling antiques and old junk. (The real business is selling their bs to their tv audience). It would be like going into an old dealership for one of us, we'll say Chevy, and instead of buying several hundred NOS pieces all from the 60's, we say we only want to buy stuff for a '64 Impala. Again, the show may be entertaining, but it's not of the real world.
  11. 13 points
    Our Senior Pastor's daughter is getting married today and they asked if they could use a few of our cars for the wedding party to which we happily agreed . These 20 something kids didn't even know what a Riviera was - they do now . The bride and groom wanted the white 64 and the 8 bridesmaids and groomsmen doubled up in the other 4. Glad they got to be used for this happy event KReed ROA 14549
  12. 13 points
    From a money stand point, we are already buried in our cars.
  13. 13 points
    Perfection is the only way most folks are able to justify an expensive restoration and sadly, a majority of people in this hobby see perfection as the only scale by which the cars can be judged. Who is going to accept orange peel in their fresh paint job, even if that's how the factory did it? It's almost daily that someone comes into my shop and complains about a detail on a car that would have been perfectly acceptable on the showroom floor when it was new. I have an all-original 1974 Trans Am sitting here with 45,000 original miles and the same owner since 1975. The "TRANS AM" decal on the trunk spoiler is flagrantly crooked, which is exactly how it was applied by the factory. To me it's a mistake to fix it, but it's also the main reason why the car has not sold--EVERYONE complains about it and it frightens them into thinking the car has issues and someone did a half-assed job fixing them. They don't want to believe me when I tell them that's how it was built. It's as if everyone totally forgot just how bad cars were in the 1970s. Several clubs are nearing a breaking point with their judging because of over-restoration and the idea that you can buy first place trophies. A car restored to its original condition will, in most cases, be laughed off the show field. I have some NOS chrome bumper guards for my '41 Buick that are little better than silver spray paint. Should I use them as-is? I don't see how that's even possible. Nevertheless, we have to work with what we have and I've often made the point that if the cars are going to pursue perfection, and they're allowed to compete in "stock" club judging, then perfection is the standard by which they should be judged. Authenticity is a secondary consideration and I have great respect for clubs like the NCRS where over-restoration is a penalty, not a bonus. But that's extremely difficult to enforce in clubs where there are a wide variety of cars, clubs like the AACA and CCCA. It has to be a beauty contest because nobody can possibly know all things about all those different years, makes, and models of cars. Subjective quality is the only scale that can work. And events like Pebble Beach, which are exclusively beauty contests where perfection is the ONLY requirement, have pulled the rest of the hobby in that direction. Sure, there are a smattering of original cars in a special class, but the car that wins that show every year has 35,000 man-hours invested in it to erase every imperfection from every single surface of every single part. That ain't how the factory did it, I don't care which factory you're talking about. That said, I kind of like the idea of calling an over-restored car a "custom." Maybe we'll shame some of these guys into getting it right.
  14. 12 points
    I have been trying to get a good set of medallions for my 1937 Coupe for a year. Both the grille badge and the one on the nose. I looked at restoring mine and the cost was prohibitive and the wait times too long. I ended up sending my originals to Nostalgic Reflections in Washington state and they have made a set of reproductions. My belief is that they will be making these in batches of 10 or so so and selling them in the $200 range. Once i know I will post an update. I have zero commercial interest in the sale of the reproductions just posting to let people know there may be a solution to the problem I had. I doubt many McLaughlin badges sell but beat up original nose badges are on eBay and the prices can be high and the quality rough.
  15. 12 points
    I usually don’t get sucked into this kind of BS story, but since you are asking for it I figure why not... Your car might have been nice years ago, but that splotchy paint in the cowl is probably hiding a rust issue that is well known in A’s and not inexpensive to repair properly, the lineup between the front and rear door looks to be off by a solid 1/4” which adds to the concern of any potential buyers, although the generator might work fine it looks like rusty sh*t which makes me concerned about what else is going to be an issue under the hood. Quick observations from two pictures, added to all this is that it’s a Fordor as opposed to an open car which I love but there’s not a lot of interest in. It’s a hard sale. A couple years ago I sold a roadster and a phaeton both being priced in the mid teens, that roadster had a fresh engine in it from George King who was as reputable as Schwalm or J&L etc. Just my opinion, but you are overly optimistic that you have a highly desirable car, and I believe it’s going to take you a long time to find that right buyer, crying about it ain’t going to work...
  16. 12 points
    Well, folks, today my plans for the new garage starting to get real. Most of the materials were delivered late today. It doesn't seem to look like much, but it will be a 24X38 ft. and about 14 ft high, building, with heat, wall and floor insulation, 100 amp power, then gas heat when the rest is done. It gets cold here, and I want to keep me and my Buicks warm! The old garage, is still very good, and is staying. It holds 4 cars, and the new one will hold 3 more. I hoping that this will be the workshop garage, and to keep it to 3 cars, so that I have lots of space around them. As we all know, extra space seems to get filed up with one thing or another! I'll try to post updates as the work progresses. Keith
  17. 12 points
    I will say that virtually every guy who brings a hot rod in to sell in my shop says the same thing: it's boring. I don't know what their goal was when they started or what they expected, but it's rarely what they want when it's done. I don't even think they know what they want, only that they've convinced themselves that an old car isn't what they want. That mindset probably comes from what they've heard from other people or things they assume about old cars being unreliable or hard to drive (you should hear how many grown men whine about needing power steering, but that's another story for another day). I bet the owner of that Chrysler will say it drives like a modern car. Unfortunately, I already have a modern car. What I don't have is a car that drives like a 1940 Chrysler New Yorker.
  18. 11 points
    I love a good tale - and have often told the story of how I discovered this neat early Ford Garage advertising piece. Years ago I purchased a fabulous antique tool cabinet full of tools, many of them used on Model Ts. The cabinet was at one time hung on the wall of an old Ford garage in West Manchester Ohio. Little did I realize when I purchased that cabinet, there was a cardboard sign tacked onto the back of it advertising the H.A. Geeting Ford Garage in West Manchester Ohio. The old cabinet is proudly mounted on the wall in my re-created old auto parts store. The sign, framed and on the wall. This past week, while driving home from the AACA Annual Grand National meet in Auburn Indiana, I ventured a bit off-course specifically to get a photo of the old garage it came from. I'm going to print out the photo, frame it, and display it along side the old sign. A quick internet search revealed that H.A. Getting was reputed to be one of the oldest Ford dealers in Ohio. It was a fabulous place, but unfortunately I could not get into the old building to see if anything remained. I fear the building will not be around much longer. Although it is a small community that time seems to have by-passed, the basement is full of water. Glad to have had the chance to stop and get the pic though. Terry
  19. 11 points
    Just an opinion as a member that has participated in the judging program since its inception. All single marque car clubs have judging as a part of their National meets. The BCA 400 point system works better than most because it is in fact judging an automobile against a standard. A plain black 2 door sedan "stripo" model has exactly the same chance of wining an award as does the yellow convertible in the same class. If a member wants to have his car judged, It is the fairest system I have seen It was originally derived from the AACA system. For members that want to be recognized with an award and have driven their car, they can apply for a driven award. Those that have a totally unrestored car can achieve an archival award. Those that just want to sit and have fun with their friends can just display their car. Those that just want to tour can register for the driving tours , that are usually part of any national Meet, or they can join the BDE and go on an after meet tour. I don't know of any other Club , that offers that many possibilities for "FUN" . The one issue is the no man's land of judging as Larry D had stated. That roadster did not really fit in any category. But I had a talk with the owner early on telling him that, and he did new seem to care. He was thrilled that his car was featured . I do not know of a simple solution to the issue of cars that fall through the cracks in the judging process, but I have to go back to the original thought process behind 400 point judging, and that was to insure that a car wining an award at a BCA meet would be "as it left the factory". The only real trophies that matter to me in my garage are the cars them selves. All that said, I do believe that going forward, the modified cars should be more integrated in to the Chief judges wheelhouse . They currently get judged separately,. and on a different standard than 400 point cars. Another going forward will be "Clone" cars as we get more more GS cars in the club. That issue came up in Denver last year. No system is perfect. The important thing is that the Club works proactively to correct issues as they come up. I had included a questionnaire in this year's registration packet inviting comments on the National Meets in general. So far, I have receive back just under thirty replies. The members sending in the forms overwhelmingly (95%) indicate that their favorite reason for attending is seeing their friends and seeing the cars., Other reason were to have their car judged (35%). The logic seems clear to me that , if we had no cars, we would not have had attendees. Approximately 25% indicated that their favorite part of a National is the tours . Virtually all replies indicate the meets should be moved around to various parts of the Country. No one sending back form indicated anything about the meets, they did not like. We got sone good suggestions about other possible activities. The BCA is a healthy Club in every respect. We have room for everyone to enjoy a National Meet with out wanting to rain on others' parade. JUST GIVING MY OPINION
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  21. 11 points
    I know little about cars – pre-war or post-war — so I hope it is not disrespectful or presumptuous for me to weigh in on this discussion. And maybe it is “off-topic” and for that I apologize. Aside from the fact, that I understand why someone wants to sell a car at a decent price, my broader question is what do people expect or hope to get out of a hobby that they enjoy? Any hobby — cars, boats, golf, knitting, artwork, writing, etc. etc. At my age, I think about this a lot because I’ll be retiring in February — and because I already have more time to devote to hobbies than I did when I was younger. I love creative art projects – all kinds — mostly on the computer these days. Half of them get started and then abandoned, and I don't get paid for most of them. I do them for fun – for myself. It would be totally depressing if I totaled up the thousands of dollars I’ve spent over the years on hardware, software, classes, canvasses, specialty paints, fancy art brushes, etc. Some of that stuff is sitting on the shelf in my art closet – unopened! I’ve sold a few paintings, and I get paid to design magazines, but none of it has ever come close to the amount of money I’ve spent on “supplies”. Has it been worth it? Hell, YES! My husband bought a houseboat when our twin boys were in 4thgrade. Sold it years later when the kids no longer wanted to spend weekends at the lake away from their friends. It was my husband’s “hobby” for all those years, and we sold that dang boat for a fraction of what we had spent on it, even though we had added all sorts of extras and spent way too much money keeping it running well. When we now ask our grown sons what their favorite childhood memory is, it’s always the same – spending time on the houseboat. So it was an investment that reaped rewards, though not financial ones. Was it worth it? YES! When I try to explain to people what the BCA is, I always start by saying that it’s a group of people with the same interest – CARS (in this case, mostly Buicks). Whether it’s collecting cars or working on cars – or driving them – or showing them, or just conversing with other people who also love cars, it’s basically a hobby, not an investment. I know it would be good to get back what you’ve put into your cars, but really – isn’t it so fun to have something you love doing - to feel passionate and energized by your car(s)? If you can afford it, just let someone else worry about these cars when you are gone. As trite as it sounds, doesn’t the quote “the journey matters more than the destination” apply to our hobbies?
  22. 11 points
    Technically today isn't on the weekend but it is my day off!!! New Diamondback triple stripe whitewall 235/75-15 tires and new stainless steel lug nuts were installed on The Aqua Zephyr today. I like how the taller tires fill the wheel wells compared to the old tires.
  23. 11 points
    Not wishing to hi-jack the thread about "cab over engine trucks". I was thinking that very few people here have knowledge of local trucking in the teens, twenties and thirties and I would share some information told to me by my Grandfather. Prior to the Great Winnipeg General Strike in 1919 he was driving a 1911 Commer truck for Teese & Persse. Hard rubber tires and slow speed were not a real problem because his trips were from one of Winnipeg's three rail yards to the warehouse. CPR and Midland of Manitoba were 1/2 mile each way and what was to become the CNR was 1 mile. He made three or four trips per day, six days a week. After the strike he drove for the G MacLean Company driving a 1919 Commer. Similar speeds and distances. Remember at this time all the warehouses and manufacturing was on a spur line or very close to the railroads. In 1934 they replaced the last of their solid tired trucks which had included a Nash Quad with four wheel steering (apparently a good truck for backing into places but very hard to park to side load from a boxcar) and had a fleet of 3 Diamond Ts', 3 GMCs'. Four and usually five of these delivered goods to the retailers and my Grandfather brought most of the freight from the railways to the warehouse. Usually three or four trips a day, remember everything was loaded and unloaded a piece at a time, no pallets or pallet trucks. Shortly after WWII they started replacing the old fleet. The GMCs' were the first to go as they had a terribly large turning circle.The last one to go was the 1934 Diamond T that my grandfather until his retirement in 1962. It had a total of just over 29,000 miles in 28 years. The last picture, taken in 1955 is my Grandfather (76), my nephew (4) and myself (13) beside the '34 Diamond T.
  24. 11 points
    Out for fireworks last night. What a blast. I popped a couple pictures, but my son took the cake with his
  25. 11 points
    Who is this DuPouli guy...never heard of him... DePouli...DePouli...? just a little humor Al, I actually don't care what you call me... As for when I served my second term and the answer you are looking for it is very simple. BCA Member and BCA Accountant Joel Gauthier was still alive and did an excellent job as BCA accountant. I did absolutely nothing to ensure it was published during either my first or second term, but it was like clockwork as per By-law requirements, I assume because of Joel (and of course Pete, Bill Stoneberg, and The BCA office probably also had a hand in it.). I suspect Kevin would state the same. Sadly Joel passed and the BOD minutes reflect, a transition to the new accountant created the lapse. Why is this taken for anything but face value? I believe it should be published per the by-laws but I don't care that it was missed for a bit in light of the circumstances. As for the money and all that stuff, I'm letting the elected BOD handle that in the best interest of the club...in the mean time I'm gonna enjoy my Buicks and the Bugle and the other members in the club who I visit with, hear from and help. In other words now that I have responded to my name being brought up I'm going back to my regularly scheduled program and suggest others do as well. It will be resolved and life will move on...
  26. 11 points
    I picked up a '61 Invicta bubble top this weekend from the Portland PIR Swap Meet. I had a convertible in college many years ago and have always missed it. Almost any 61 GM car is beautiful but I really have a fondness for the Buick. Car appears to be last drive about 2003/4 in Seattle. Runs good except for a slight lifter noise. (I'll have to check that out). Minor minor rust showing from some old repairs will have to be fixed too. This one will stay stock except for maybe period aftermarket wheels if I can find some that look nice with it. The optional Invicta hubcaps looks pretty nice too. What are some good places to find parts for this car? Cars is the only one I have found so far. I use Bob's for my older stuff. Does anyone do reproduction upholstery for this vintage? At least it shares many weatherstripping items with the Chevy, I have some on the way. So far I have driven it around the block a couple times (Still need to register it). I love how smooth these cars are.
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    Went for a cruise today.... Met a 59 rambler at the gas station and a 6x galaxie 500 at an intersection. 75 degree weather brings them all out!
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    I see myself as this: But I suspect others see me as this:
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    Body work is 99% complete. Tweaking the wheel shields (fender skirts) and rear bumper stone guard which are originals purchased from @2carb40 (Thanks yet again Greg!). The car is in primer stage and blocking. The car is fully assembled including underside panels like stone shields so that anything that can affect body panel alignment is in place for verification of final assembly. Since the doors were totally reconstructed, the window frames and crank mechanisms and ventipanes will be installed also to be certain that everything will line up after paint. Paint isn't scheduled until winter sets in with low dust and humidity and Dan's ability to control heat and airborne moisture content. The car will be totally disassembled with the body put on a rotisserie for ease of painting, sanding and finishing. Everything will be painted separately. Originally Buick painted the body with the doors and I believe the deck lid installed. At this point, everything except the window frames and ventipanes is in for replating. For replating, I found Rick at R&D Finishing. He used to do all of Lewis Jenkins plating.
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    Arrived safely in Simcoe, Ontario this afternoon in time for dinner at Keith's (Buicknutty) place. Beautiful area and the drive from Niagara Falls to Simcoe was spectacular--just quiet 2-lanes with 50 MPH speeds and no traffic. Weather was perfect with light clouds and about 75 degrees, so the Limited ran superbly all the way. 60-65 MPH on the highway was effortless. I'll admit that I always worry a little on a long road trip, but this car has never given me a moment's worry so by the time I crossed the border, I was totally relaxed and just let the car do its thing. For some reason the idle is a little rough after the drive, but we'll see how it acts in the morning. Maybe it was just hot. Fuel economy is still surprisingly decent--180 miles on 13 gallons works out to about 14 MPG. Not bad and 40% better than Melanie's '56 Chrysler wagon last week going to Detroit! Quite a few interesting cars on this tour and I'm glad to be here. Seems like a great group of people, too. Fantastic roads in Ontario. A great drive! Limited was totally composed (remember that my speedometer reads 8 MPH slow). Stayed at 160 except for 20 minutes in traffic outside Erie, PA, where it showed 185 or so. Just a few of the cars at Keith's house for the tour. Nice! Followed a green Nash sedan back to the hotel after dinner. Back at the hotel. Buicks are popular here!
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    Avoid trying to polish that on a pedestal buffer if you are not experienced. That has very sharp edges and will catch very easy if you are not real familiar and used to buffing such items. It's also quite large and if caught , there is a good chance it will maim you. Even with all the buffing I have done, that piece would have me a tad uneasy buffing it. Besides the fact of personal injury, if it catches it will most likely be destroyed beyond repair. Pedestal buffers require alot of respect for the tool and what it will do if you do anything wrong. Regular moldings aren't scary pieces like this. I would go along with Bill's suggestion. Especially the air grinders as they don't have the torque of electric tools to get you in trouble. Mother's Mag and Aluminum polish also works well. You can even buy small buffing wheels , even conical ones made of the same materials as the big buffing wheels and use regular polishing compounds with the air grinder. In the end, it's all about time. When polishing metal, the more time you spend polishing , the better the finish you will have as you are actually taking a very tiny amount of metal off to get to the smoother layer underneath.
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    Here in the Northeast "rust" means there is a hole thru the body. Surface rust is "patina". It's not rust unless you can poke your finger thru it.
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    He sells rare and desirable car's he is nothing but honest on his description.He can bypass this site,so no one knows what he is pulling out the barn,hope not.
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    Took the fraternal twins out yesterday for their first rides of the year. The first nice day since the Fall.
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    This 1913 American Lafrance Type 10 is completely original, right down to the lower radiator hose which will leak for awhile each spring when we fill the cooling system. It seems like some kind of rubber coated canvas and will stop leaking after awhile when it swells up. Tires are original foam filled. We believe it to be the oldest surviving unrestored fire truck in operable condition. If anyone knows of one that’s older I would enjoy hearing about it.
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    Just for interest: It's a 1916 Model 38 (wheelbase 140" instead of 143" in the Model 48, and a smaller engine). It's an older restoration still nice, and I've driven it a lot. No need to go to the gym to build muscle when you're driving a car like this!
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    This morning, I rolled my 1938 Century project around on the four wheel dollies to point it towards the garage door. I drove it out of the garage, down the driveway, into the street to turn it around and, after letting it run for a half hour, I pulled it back into the garage and angled it into the restoration bay pointed in the opposite direction. I was then able to just use two wheel dollies to roll it into position in the restoration space in the back of the garage. I am attaching a photo of the project taken during a similar short drive a few days ago. I later took my 1937 Century to lunch, and later, to dinner, this evening. I took a photo of the 1937 Century in the driveway after dinner, before backing it into the garage.
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    I am a happy man problem is perfectly solved now!When I step on the starter pedal the starter comes to life and turns the motor perfectly.I did not expect this thread to reach 10 pages but with all of you standing with me and coming up with more and more ideas and helping me solve this mystery, I appreciate it more than words can express.I hope one day I can come to the Nationals and meet you guys face to face!
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    Fiorello, Our LaGuardia 1937 Model 80C drove across town to get his correct carburetor installed, and for some general maintenance. He always gets attention as he makes his dignified way through traffic.
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    Usually my car lives in my shop when I'm not using it, but I left it out last night for a photo op.
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    On behalf of President Tom Cox, our entire board, our staff and yours truly we want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year. We hope the coming year is a healthy one and a great year for the entire old car hobby. Thanks to all of you who support us. While in some ways we may have been a bit quiet these last few months it is only because we are hard at work trying to finalize several new major initiatives for AACA and our members. Our new building is only one and will open up many doors for us. The hobby might be in for a bit of a shock what capabilities we will have when all is said and done. Those of you who use the forums and are not members we still thank you for your participation. The forums here provide a great service to the hobby and that is why the club supports it so well. Please remember that our AACA Library & Research Center with over 2,000,000 items is a great resource and it is also free to the public. More and more people are coming in every day to do research. We hope that some of you will consider joining if nothing else to support our club's mission. Have a safe New Years Eve!!
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    Time for another song. Ol' Guy Clark, may he rest in peace, one of the greatest song writers of all time. Stuff That Works After cleaning up all the fencing and sheds it was time to start grading. Called on a retired grading contractor friend who still had his two main machines, a Cat 953 loader and a small Kumatsu dozer. He also has an old laser with a receiver mounted to his blade and could easily get grade to within a quarter to half inch. I had already shot a rough topo with my old World War ll Gurley transit I have had for over 40 years. There was about 4.5 ft difference in elevation from one end of the site to the other. So I knew that it was going to take roughly 450 cubic yards of fill ie about 40 tandem loads of good Georgia red clay. Had to move a couple pieces of old iron out of the way before grading began. THEN is was time to start with cutting off and saving the top soil and then the sloping of the top bank then the fill. My ol Gurley gun, the transit I learned surveying on... I became an instrument man within about 2 weeks of being hired and cuttin line. My boss said I was the fastest learner on the instrument he had ever had. I told him "Beats the hell out of cuttin briars" We had 3 trucks running and installed the fill in 6 inch lifts all the way up. After each lift the dozer operator would simply lower the grade rod another 6 inches and level off to that. The clay was beautiful and had just the right amount of moisture to get good compaction. Each layer was rolled by loaded tandems weighing about 40K. The fill went in great with never any pumping. The big old twin Post Oak will be off the back of the garage. The first day Rita and I went out to start the lay out, we used it to orient the whole building and grounds. Can't have an old garage without a shade tree out back. Care was taken through out the grading not to harm a root or limb of it. The building itself nor the back concrete pad is within the drip line of the tree but there will be some car traffic over the roots. To make the grade of the drive work with the elevation of the garage I had 3 tandem loads of #4 stone (3-4 inch) brought in and spread to about 24 inched deep within the drip line to allow "some" air and water to the roots and prevent compaction from being driven over. As I didn't want the clay fill to act as a dam below the stone, I laid some 8 inch drainage pipe and made an aggregate drainage line down the hill to help drain the stone. After all was said and done, it took 58 loads of fill plus some from a bank in a nearby pasture I decided to cut down some in order to save on cost of fill. The difference from the originally calculated 40 loads came in when I decided to run the building pad level on out to 8 ft vs the originally planned 4 and to make the slope 3/1 vs 2/1. I plan to relocate my orchard of apple, pear and plum trees on the slopes. (No peaches, too much spraying involved) The finished grade and top soil piles and views from the house. You can see my old friend Hawkeye, the red tail hawk, flying over checking to make sure we were on grade. And with that.. Break Time! Chili is on the stove. Hope y'all are enjoying the read.
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    AACA - Texas Region meeting at a member's "car barn" in Decatur, TX today - about 60 miles from home. It was a beautiful clear and cool day, so the meeting was well attended and a number of members drove their club cars. Hope you enjoy the photos of some of the cars.
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