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  1. 3 points
    Those are wheels, not rims. A rim mounts on a wheel. Sorry to be an old-school nit-picker here....
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    Hello all my friends of AACA: I wish you and yours families Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018. Regards from Spain.
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    Heavens to Murgatroid, you certainly called this one right! I have owned almost 50 Corvettes and used to be a moderator on the largest forum covering them. They can be a pack of wolves! Devouring their own is a favorite past time.
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    Great choice for the Reatta moderator and congratulation to you Ronnie
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    If I could come up If I come up with $77 is there a '56 Century or Roadmaster - and I would pay a few bucks more for a convertible >?
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    Cover a single car in the showroom until announcement night.. . . Makes sense. The immediate postwar years of 46--8 didn't need a big announcement to promote sales. Everything was new in 49, then they stayed the same until 52. 1953 would have a big hoopla introduction and then the tradition of the 'big reveal' on announcement night would continue until around the very early 60s. After that the car magazines were regularly publishing spy photos and secret drawings of the new models, so the need to keep a car hidden until announcement night would become increasingly meaningless. I am no Chevrolet expert, but the logos seem to be from the earlier 53-57 era(?) It is a VERY RARE item by survival. Value? who knows.
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    To call the owner an IDIOT, is just wrong. We as owners have the right to do what we like, YOU can say you don’t like the mod, but to call him an IDIOT, poor choice of words, and simply WRONG We have beat this topic to death in the past, allow those that wish to do their own thing do their thing. I’m all for your decision to be a purist, that’s your right, so is deciding to modify our right. Matt loves his Limited, I’m happy for him, I’m thrilled with my modified Limited. I have never picked on a purist, just don’t call me an IDIOT. Those that know me, know, they would never call me an IDIOT. I suggest you edit your comment. Dale in Indy appy
  9. 1 point
    I bet you'd like to do that in that Confederate!
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    Here is a Pontiac GP ready for a restore with those exact wheels. https://tucson.craigslist.org/cto/d/1965-pontiac-grand-prix/6415501980.html
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    Terry.I’v never heard of hard nickel plating,but hard chrome plaiting are used on industries. Leif in Sweden
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    Merry Christmas from Oregon....
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    Beautiful LeSabre Dave! May you have many happy motoring years! We had two LeSabres. One was a documented "Little Old Lady owned" 1992 which was a wonderful car for the next year till an idiot driver (uninsured) ran a stop sign and my wife was clobbered in the drivers side front totalling our car. My wife was shaken up but not seriously hurt. Truly missed that car. Insurance paid enough to replace it with a used one year later 1993 LeSabre (Custom this time) and again a nice car for the next two years when my son slid into a small ditch cracking the lower valence and needing an alignment. At that point I told him he "Just Bought Himself A car for xxxx amount", PAY ME and you need to repair the car yourself. He drove it (not sure the alignment was ever done...) for two more years until he just had to have a 90's something Camero. UGH! Point is, with my wife coming from a Chrysler Corporation family, was it ever a revelation owning and driving a BUICK LeSabre!
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    Actually asbestos is hazardous during production or maybe if arcing asbestos brake shoes to fit the drums. During use the fibers are ground down and the offending 'hooks' that hold the fibers in the lungs are not there. Brake or clutch dust from service is no more hazardous than any other dust. But you can't explain that to the knuckle-heads that make the laws.
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    I question powder coating springs being a good idea. One of the '65 Skylark Gran Sport guys did that to his restoration. The car was finished just before the 2015 nationals. While the car sat on the show field, we noticed it appeared to look lower from day to day. He ended up needing to replace them. One thought we had , was that the heat used in curing the powder coating may have changed the temper of the spring and weakened them. Just an observation mind you, Loren
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    This discussion does highlight a couple important points on which there is widespread misconception regarding the efficacy of dual-circuit brake systems. 1) When you lose a circuit you don't wind up with "half" your braking ability; you either wind up with substantially more than half or substantially less and 2) If your brakes are not adjusted and bled properly to begin with and your reservoir full you may get nothing or nearly nothing.
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    Thank you so much Keiser31! Really appreciate the help.
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    I've not read all the responses, so I may be a repeat of other observations: You are or were looking at an alternate job at about $25k less than current gross. In short, the guy you have difficulty with is going to cost you $25k the year you leave the job. He will cost you $50k at the end of the second year that you have left the job. One of your responses described what you wanted out of your next job. The paradigm shift is to see more than your side of the equation. A company hiring somebody is not as interested in what that person wants as much as what they, the company wants. The next employer wants you as an investment of their time and expense. You are looking to provide that but in a manner that is rewarding to you. You are describing the current events in your company as though you are surprised. Oops, all jobs are like that. Humans can be hard to get along with. Someone has already mentioned the cliche about "everyone being a winner" in today's society. Just because those in control of our educational system currently espouse this idea doesn't mean that people will be equal or respond equally. You are always going to run into the range of human motivations from ultra lazy to ultra ambitious. The personality of any of these people in that range will be supportive of their motives such that it may be unpleasant to be around them. You are at the peak age where the next decision needs to be your best decision. You and others are correct about age limiting opportunities after the age of 40. As for advise? Figure out what you want. If it is to be happy, you might be happy being a greater at Walmart. If it is applying technical skills, be prepared to change and learn with the times. If it is managing people, recognize that it takes effort to deal with all these potential personality types. If it is managing process, then recognize that you would constantly analyze processes and evaluating change and that you can hire people to apply new technical skills with less expense than retraining yourself. Just as importantly, recognize that there are differences in the generations. Generally speaking, the younger generation thrives on new technology but is less able to manage people, the later generations are better at understanding people and making people work in concert with each other. Remember folks I said "generally"!
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    IMHO, while the Riviera certainly isn't a modern car, the braking system is far above the norm for that era. It certainly isn't something that one has to be leery of when driving. I would note that if you don't get the adjustment close after you button everything up, it can take a while for the adjusters to dial it in. There are about 30 teeth on the adjusting wheel, and each application of the brakes only moves the wheel a few teeth. If the adjuster is in all the way at the start, it can take several complete turns to expand properly. Do the math: that's a lot of backing up and braking. Moral: adjust the brakes per the manual before you start driving it around. If your brakes aren't adjusting, one thing you might look for is missing teeth on the wheel. If there's nothing there for the arm to catch, nothing's going to move. You also need to make sure that the adjusting screw turns easily. The adjusting arm is spring loaded; if the force need to turn the wheel is greater than the force needed to compress the spring, the wheel won't turn. Which also argues for making sure you have a strong spring on the arm. Unfortunately, that spring is usually not included in a brake hardware kit, so most folks are running around with the original (and possibly weakened) spring.
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    Pictured is my 1941 NOS fog light switch. Mine does not have a ceramic wire wound resistor. I didn't see any reason way a resistor would be needed for a fog light switch. The switch shown is installed in my car and functions fine.
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    Thank you Pomerroy, the Studebaker is a keeper. I plan on driving it until they take away my driver license. It is a pleasure to drive and never disappoints me. I always keep one thought in mind when dealing with old cars, old houses, and antiques, we are just the current caretaker and unless we mistreat, abuse, or destroy them, someone else will be their caretaker someday. Keiser, I am sorry to disappoint you. I was tight for time and had to end the fun with the Studebaker and head south to get back to work. In about another five years I will be retired and have more time to wander around in the Studebaker. I have a buddy that is moving from California to the Seattle area. When he is settled, and I am retired, I plan on driving up to Seattle, Washington in the Studebaker. I will take you up on your offer and stop by.
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    Got the car finished yesterday and it brakes fine for what it is. At least now they're not as sensitive as they once were and the force is even on all four wheels. No pulling to one side. One still has to learn to drive a 4 wheel drum car especially compared to modern braking systems. And checking the adjustment every so often is mandatory. It has a huge impact on pedal feel as well.
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    Nah, last I heard the toll fee was pretty high on that road. Wouldn't mind cruising down it though. You got it
  26. 1 point
    I agree except for the Worth as much part. Well built resto-mods seem to command pretty high prices. And I stress well built. Actually there are lots of late 40's early 50's pick up trucks out there on mostly later suspension / brakes that run rings around a stock example. Some people don't mind the ride of early post war truck but the brakes usually leave a lot to be desired, esp if you actually use it as a truck. My 66 Merc. {Canadian Ford} 1/2 ton was scary with a load. It's now on a 77 Ford 1/2 ton frame and a world of difference as far as usability is concerned. There are lots of big hills in my area , brake fade in daily traffic is no fun at all. Empty it was not too bad, but with a load a whole different story. The truck looks completely stock unless you are very familiar with the original chassis. 99% of the people that see it don't know the difference. Greg in Canada
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    I currently have pieces spread out over about 9 locations in three states. Looking to hopefully have a running chassis in the summer, maybe more. I hope? Need to update. Currently in 5 states, 10 locations. 12/25/17
  28. 1 point
    What I think of with another Buick product: Lucerne
  29. 1 point
    I agree with Dale and suggest that we all look at this as I do: Without the spare drive trains that become available for restorers from modified cars, many old cars would not be restored to original running condition...
  30. 1 point
    These cars are really great for creature comforts, but in the northeast they are prone to destructive rust where the sun don't shine. Even if you wash them religiously, they will deteriorate. The areas of concern are: engine cradle and frame body mounts, rear inner fenders, and wheel well to body seams. Oh, also you will go through a set of gas lines and brake lines, plus a gas tank and a fuel pump. This may even include the gas filler neck. Ugh! By the way, advance to 2005, and most of that stuff is not as big a problem as keeping jackasses from hitting your car.
  31. 1 point
    The 55's and 56's are basically the same body and for 55's the front seats are the same for converts and 2 door hard tops within the same series (40/60 & 50/70) The rear seats are different but the HT seats can be cut down and modified into convert seats............Bob
  32. 1 point
    Dale, I don't think Steve directed his comment at you. You certainly don't have to agree with him but, as the owner of this Buick is entitled to do whatever he pleases, I think Steve is equally entitled to his opinion without censorship.
  33. 1 point
    Last summer I put about a thousand miles on my 1936 Pierce V-12 in eleven days. Didn’t carry a single tool, never opened the hood to check the oil, and the car never missed a beat. I did have to slow down and pass a few cars while driving up the Mount Washington Auto Road. Only complaint I had was burning about a quarter tank of gas going up the hill. Photos enclosed. Stock is fine from any year car, as long as it’s properly restored and sorted. My dual points and coils have been fine for the last twenty five years, with no adjustments necessary for the twenty two thousand miles they have on them. I guess the guys are right, you need modern drive line installed so you can get good cheap Chinese junk parts to replace the stuff you installed when you built it........all my 81year old parts have worked just fine with no attention or worry of break downs. Restore it right, fix it right, don’t take any short cuts, they all drive fine.
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    Paul, not to nit-pick, but I hope you mean "STRAIGHT 8"
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    That is a crying shame. I am constantly amazed at people who claim to be “car guys” and yet they don’t know or understand the mechanics of cars older than the 60s. Recently, I was asked, yet again, when I was going to put a SBC 350/auto in my 1929 Studebaker President. I asked why? I was then lectured on how any car older than the mid-60s is unusable unless the original drivetrain is upgraded to a SBC 350/auto. I informed the gentleman that I drive my 29 Studebaker everywhere it needs to go. I don’t own a truck and car trailer. I told him that the last tour I completed was a six day 1,000 mile tour that included driving my Studebaker over several mountain passes. He stated it was not possible and that he did not believe me and walked away. Here is a picture of my 1929 Studebaker at the summit of one of those passes with the elevation sign visible. I guess I must have faked the picture, according to some people, since it is not possible in a stock 1929 automobile. Also, another picture taken in the middle of nowhere with a snow covered Mount Shasta in background.
  36. 1 point
    I have an owner's manual for it, if you are missing one. A few bucks for postage is all I need. I drove one for a few years, and loved it. 30mpg on the highway, and decent low-end torque. The only reason I got rid of it was to upgrade to a V8 Impala.
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    I can beat that. Local guy bought a 1951 Chrysler club coupe with 15000 miles on it. It looked and ran like it just rolled out of the showroom. His first move was to yank out the engine and replace it with a junkyard V8 "to make it more reliable".
  38. 1 point
    I wonder if that car is what inspired the filmmakers to use a 1941 Buick Roadmaster convertible sedan in the movie? \ Funny to see it sitting on radial tires in the film, though...
  39. 1 point
    This asbestos issue is getting way out of hand. I have heard stories out of Australia where the government inspectors carry this to the extreme. With some of these stories, you have to wonder if the inspectors are trying to justify their jobs--taking cars apart at the new owner's expense to get rid of the offending clutch disc, or just to test it and see if it has any asbestos; holding up owners for thousands and thousands of dollars, not to mention the delays. Civilization managed to survive the 20th century with standard shift cars and asbestos clutch discs. The only time when asbestos gets dangerous is for assembly line workers who are exposed to it all day every day, or brake shop workers who work on nothing but cars with asbestos brake shoes all day long every day. To my knowledge most if not all of those factories (including one in my home town) have all been shut down, and most of today's brake shoes are non-asbestos materials. If every single car coming into Australia was a 70-year-old antique with asbestos brake shoes and an asbestos clutch disc, then the health of the country's citizens would be a legitimate concern. But a collector car like that is going to be what--maybe one out of every 200 or 500 cars that are imported there? And who is going to be exposed to one of those all day long every day of the year? Give me a break. Someone needs to get some common sense for a change. Pete Phillips, BCA #7338 Leonard, Texas
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    I have a hydroboost on my '64 Riviera. I have to say that its not an easy conversion to do. The way the original booster is mounted directly to the firewall requires you to either have a brake pushrod that is far too short to work well or you need to space the booster our 3.5in or so from the firewall. The next problem is the Riviera brake pushrod is not a standard size and I ended up knocking the pin out of the pedal to use a Heim joint to keep the pushrod from binding like it did on my first attempt of using a standard drilled hole like the stock unit used which had bad binding problems. One final thing is the Riviera has a really low pedal ratio compared to most other power brake cars so you end up with not a great pushrod travel which can make it sensitive to master cylinder bore diameter. I'm still running stock drums all around on an 96 Impala SS 1 1/8in bore master and it will lock the brakes hard. That being said, I did move the upper pedal pivot 3.5in down to improve the ratio so it's closer to most other GM power brake pedal setups.
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    I have reprinted 3 only parts books for the 1916-17-18 Studebaker Four and Six models ED and SF. Had to dis-assemble my original. Note it is 104 pages with 32 pages of illustrations. Great book which includes both body and chassis parts. Nice to be able to see what items interchanged during this 3 year run. $75 postpaid in the U.S.
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    You do not know how your boss actually feels. A frank discussion with the CEO may be in order. He/she may well be aware of your qualities and positive performance, but not have felt the need for verbal response, especially with regard to possible confrontation with the VP-Sales and Marketing. Increasing responsibilities within the corporate world for a significant part of my career, and having had to navigate competitive individuals and department heads, I learned early on to "Plan my work and work my plan"' including career advancement, interaction with "back-biting" competitive contemporaries, dealing with the accompanying frustrations, and learning how and when to both share with and shield from my family. After achieving my corporate goals by my mid-40s, it was time to revise my long term plan, leading to my walking away from the guaranteed path. Prior work experience, as well as life experience can lead to self reliance, and to the understanding that sometimes a One-Man Band can be better than a Symphony Orchestra, especially when the solos are more rewarding. Having nights and weekends, and later taking a week each month to share with my wife and children, and to enjoy the old car hobby was my best step ever. Corporate life was great when it the right thing for me, and nothing can ever replace all that I learned from the experience. It also enabled me to later make the choice to go out on my own, first in the consulting environment based on my experience, but also allowed me to explore other opportunities in diverse areas. Taking a step down will always raise questions later on with regard to your resume' Good luck with your career.
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    This is my 1954 Special. Original unrestored with 35,000 miles. My aunt bought this car new in 1954 and I got it from her in 1974 with 14,000 miles on it.
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    I have found that Dawn dish washing liquid works very well in removing grease and grime from my hands. Inexpensive and easy on the skin. Highly recommended. JWL
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    Recently sold my 65 Riviera GS and starting on making the 63 Wildcat more enjoyable to drive. Rebuilt the Dynaflow, new 4 core, water pump and fan clutch and repop shroud for a 1st Gen Rivi. Not sure the AC is going to hold a charge, maybe find out next summer. Power windows and top all work very well. Cornering lights, AM/FM and power antenna work. Tach, pop-trunk and tilt are good. Power seat sticks and needs 'help' but my wife can drive using my seat position. Heater core is good for now (TG). Going to need to rebuild the drive shaft (been through that a few times with my Riviera's over the years.
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    Carl you are really gifted with the written word. At the moment I have 3 old rides 1929 Essex Resto rod 1930 Studebaker president AACA senior 1964 Buick Wildcat DPC. Some for all occasions. I,ve been in Houma,La pretty much all my life. it,s still 81 degrees Ken
  47. 1 point
    It sounds to me like we need to get Mr. Earl to every show, just to increase attendance.
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    In answer to Tom and Spinney: It was identified (?) as an old Auto-Lite though I can find nothing like it. Over the years in the family business we repaired hundreds of generators and starters and have the tools to properly test them. I know it's not the ammeter because it registers lower with the lights on. The end of the story is I bought a rebuilt, correct, generator ($$) on ebay which should be here tomorrow. I had toyed with the idea of turning the Auto-Lite into a 2 brush generator and using a regulator (easily done) but I couldn't find a 20 amp (or ANY amp) Circuit B, NEG ground regulator to save my soul so I threw in the towel.
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    Actually, I will have to disagree with this. I own three 1931 Pontiacs, three 1930 Pontiacs, and one 1929 Pontiac radiator shell. I also own a full collection of Pontiac radiator caps from 1926 thru 1932. I just went down to the shop and checked-the radiator tube opening on top of the 1929 Pontiac shell is embossed and much bigger in diameter than that of the radiator opening of the 1930 which is shaped (no emboss) and measures exactly the same as the 1931 radiator shell openings. I've always read and been told the 1930 and 1931 Pontiacs use the same chromed radiator cap and the openings seem to agree. The 1929 Pontiac radiator cap was larger in diameter and nickel plated with the screw- attached face that was copper plated.