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  1. Being a hopelessly devoted member of the Brass Era Car fraternity, I am often shocked to find the same attitude towards the driveability/reliability of these cars coming from fellow antique car owners of the 30's-50's. Many years ago while participating in the AACA 50th anniversary tour out of Valley Forge, PA I had an amusing experience. We had finished the days touring and a group of us had retired to the parking lot lounge for a few adult beverages and some BS time. I was reclining on the running board of my 1913 Jeffery, which was a virtually completely original car, when a fellow walk
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  2. Went to go get a taillight assembly for my free truck today. On the way to the wrecking yard I saw this nice looking 1956 Ford. Check out the curb feelers on EACH side!
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  3. Yes, Photos. This car is very clean. Still has the original Exhaust under it. Gray interior. Bought it because a Hyundai that my other better half has tried to kill us both when the computer went nuts and the engine went to full throttle. Luckily we escaped any harm to either of us. I told her she needs a good reliable car and I would find her one. So here it is. Dandy Dave!
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  4. As the Reatta forum moderator my goal is to make this forum the best it can be. Please send me a Private Message if you have ideas about something I could do to make the Reatta forum better.
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  5. Too late, winter came... For North Carolina this is blizzard conditions, don't think we will be able to go anywhere for weeks!!!!!
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  6. Here's a few more photos. The car was owned by an older couple and always garaged. When neither could drive any longer the car was donated to help Veterans. Pearl would be a fitting name for more reason than one Mr. Earl. And besides, Miss Patty's lucky number 69 is the mileage. She won a lottery with that number in the mix once. Her deceased husband was also a Vietnam Vet and served in the Seabees. He was wounded in action while serving. Almost like it was meant to be. Dandy Dave!
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  7. The "Numbers Matching" late model people and of course the hard core Model A Ford people are in a world of their own, it is best to just keep walking and enjoy the event on your own terms. Bob
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  8. Those are wheels, not rims. A rim mounts on a wheel. Sorry to be an old-school nit-picker here....
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  9. Funny you mention. I'm one of the guys of that thought process although there is no actual "derision". I looked and looked and then re-looked at your pictures. That sedan is absolutely beautiful in it's lines, grace, and just plain gravitas. What a shame to kill it for no good reason. I wish you never posted............Bob
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  10. Spark Plug Cover I got a spark plug cover off Ebay to spiff up my engine compartment a bit. After spraying with a rattle can of Dante Red from Cars, Inc., it looks pretty good. I'm going to wait a while to install it because I want to see if we took care of the problem of oil seeping down onto the plugs. Also, I need to score a pair of the correct acorn nuts.
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  11. 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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  12. In my semi-retirement I do odd jobs at a local general automotive repair shop (Bauerle Automotive in Delaware, OH). He is known for his expertise with Deloreans as well as working on anything people bring in including many vintage vehicles. I thought you'd get a kick out of this photo showing just 3 of the Deloreans parked around the place awaiting their turn.
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  13. There was a thread on a vette forum when i was selling my 60 Fuelie about how it has to be a tampered with vin because it was stamped very screwy on the plate. Way off center and how the font was incorrect etc. (first of all if you were going to forge something you wouldn't do something like this to draw attention) I think it went on for 2 or 3 pages. ( I wasn't part of the thread) Then someone posted a picture of a rusty column with the stainless steel vin plate still attached, stamped the same sloppy way mine was. Funny that was the last post. I never heard a word from the guy t
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  14. 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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  15. Here is a photo showing the use of small motorcycle lights to function as front turn signals on my 37 Packard Six. Ran a wire with headlight and parking light loom to the new lights. I had them painted to match the body color. The rears used the brake light side of the tail lights. JWL
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  16. Thank you Ronnie for stepping up for this. You have done a great job on your own site and it will be great to have you back here again.
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  17. Great choice for the Reatta moderator and congratulation to you Ronnie
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  18. Asbestos is only dangerous when airborne or ingested. Be cautious changing brake shoes or clutch disc, but otherwise as long as you don't eat them or your seals you'll be fine.
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  19. I play on both sides of the fence . my grand pa started me with as stock as we could get it out of are junk yard .And he would say maybe someone will hot rod one out and we can get the old running gear and finish it right . I try to start with junk when i build hot rods there is plenty around .I do love old stock and hotrods alike kyle
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  20. While watching the TV tonight I hear the sound of an in coming email and... It was from Mr. Hughes showing me a progress report on my transmission. I had told him to take his time as I was not in any hurry (plus needed to gather some US funds). The main case and tailshaft housings after cleaning. The tailshaft housing reassembled. The main case with the new support bushing installed. The output shaft, reverse brake drum, reverse band, rear oil pump and parkin
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  21. 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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  22. Yes indeed my friends. Just like all of us , I love talking about my cars and those of others. I welcome constructive criticism , and sometimes , in defense of my own departures , like redundant mechanical modern temp and oil press gauges , I'll gladly take a ding in judged points , particularly in that I drive my cars to meets. - CC
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  23. If the Buick in the OP had been STONE STOCK, just how long would it take for an AACA "expert" to point out every flaw they could find and point it out to the owner. That attitude drives far more people out of the "restored' club and into the modified fraternity so they can drive them part of the hobby. Bob
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  24. 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
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  25. If you think building street rods is bad you should tally up the number of nice old cars that have been disassembled for restoration and never finished.
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  26. 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,
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  27. I find most of the time when someone says they want more reliability, what they really mean is they want more familiarity. They want the same engines that they cut their teeth on instead of learning about the older ones.
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  28. Whenever I take my '29 Cadillac to a local cruise night or casual show, it takes two hands to count the number of guys who say to the guy standing next to them, "That thing needs a modern V8, otherwise you can't use it." Gee, I wonder how it got to the show...? You guys should have seen the four or five early 1930s Cadillacs at the national meet this year, one wearing V12 badges and one wearing V16 badges, and all fitted with a Chevy V8, Fatman front suspension, automatic transmission, and chrome wire wheels with fat radials stuffed into the fender wells. All buddies th
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  29. Hello all, My first post hear so I hope this is in the right section. I'm Stefan from Heidelberg, Germany. I have had many classic VWs and currently own a T2 bay window camper but it's time for my first American classic. I am looking at a couple of 1955 Buicks (2 door Special and 4 door hard top Century) and a 1957 Oldsmobile Super 88 Sedan) here in Germany. I think I already know that parts availability for either of them isn't going to be as good as for the tri-five Chevys , for example. But which one would be easier to get essential parts for? I'm looking at complete, rust free
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  30. Please help me welcome Ronnie as our newest moderator. I think he will be a great asset to the forum and will work hard to moderate fairly and to make the Reatta forum a fun, relaxed and informative site. Welcome to the Mod Squad Ronnie.
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  31. OK. First snow in Goodrich (near Flint) today. Time to get the winter Buick out!
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  32. Look for single filament amber bulbs with a BA15s mounting. BA= opposite pins, 15 = 15 mm diameter, s=single filament. Here are the specs: http://www.taillightking.com/images/LightBulbs/LightBulbSpecs/63Bulb.pdf Here is an ebay sale that didn't sell: https://www.ebay.com/itm/2-63-6-volt-Amber-Bulbs-Mini-Indicator-/322448785987?rmvSB=true Just ask the www and you will find them.
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  33. How bad is the rust in the Custom coupe? If it is isolated to the rockers/fenders, could you drive the Idaho car while you do metal work on the Custom coupe, using the other cars for parts? As stated by others, the Invicta Customs are low production cars and the beige interior is pretty uncommon, so it would be great to see that car back on the road in any condition. At the same point, taking the Idaho car off the road deprives you of the 'old car experience' that can be a critical motivator, so I would be inclined to pursue your option #2 if space and funds will allow for it. Regardless
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  34. Wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year From Ontario Canada
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  35. 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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  36. …. well my first dad bought a 54 Buick and loved it to his dying day, my second dad bought a 58 and swore it rode so well he could drive it to hell and back … we never doubted him so we waited & waited or his return … my third dad just had to have a big wide 60 and he always would say how he just loved how that fashionable clock sat on the dash kinda like a big ol egg laying on a bar … they tried in a timely fashion but just couldn't remove it after the accident …. my 4th dad was hip and just had to have a 65 Riviera with all that twisty torque and what with that big tree he really got twi
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  37. 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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  38. Yep, that's what I typically do on the cat whiskers. Paint the rivet heads black and they "disappear".
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  39. It comes down to appearances doesn't it? They just want it to appear to be an antique car. There is no thought to "wouldn't it be interesting to experience it as it was then"? The smell, the feel, the skill required to drive it. Nope; just settle for the appearance.. Might as well look for a Zimmer or some other neo-classic. Probably cheaper too. And it isn't as if they are being pressed into daily driver service. As long as the leftover parts go toward keeping another actual antique on the road, I think it's the best one can hope for.
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  41. 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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  42. Nah, last I heard the toll fee was pretty high on that road. Wouldn't mind cruising down it though. You got it
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  43. 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
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  44. I think you will find this problem with most cars in the Northeast . The Lesabre was # 1 in sales as far as full size car for many years. Great cars ! If you find one with Gran touring suspension , the ride isn't as soft. Bill
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  45. Oh, yes, been there! I was driving along I-5 south of Portland, Oregon a few years back when to my surprise I had no brakes! I tried braking as the car in front of me had slowed down. The pedal went clear to the floor! I swerved into the (luckily) unoccupied left lane to avoid rear-ending the slow guy in front of me. What to do? I had zero, and I mean zero brakes. Of course I needed to get safely off the freeway, but how would I do that? I had two options - the transmission, and the parking brake. Neither would stop me in any hurry, so it would be "white knuckle" time. I
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  46. I missed that. But what a cheapo. He should have given her the whole 67 Riviera.
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  47. 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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  48. 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 Rivier
    1 point
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