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  1. My wife and I took our 38 on a 200 mile trip trip today to Alamo Nv from Las Vegas Nv. About 75 miles was pretty much uphill, of course on the way back it was downhill. We averaged 13 miles per gallon. The car used no oil and ran slightly under 180 at all times, even on the uphill. We mostly drove at about 65 mph in overdrive. I took it out of overdrive on the steepest and longest hills trying to be easy on it.
    6 points
  2. My soon to be step daughter Anna, last Christmas when I had a lighted wreath on the front of my 56 Century. Anna had just picked a dozen of fresh eggs from her chicken coupe just behind the car.
    6 points
  3. You will be there soon at the rate you are going. The good thing is that by driving them they need at the very least periodic maintenance. Oil changes, chassis grease, trans and rear end oil checks and changes, coolant flushes every year. I tend to over maintain but I like working on the car. It seems there is always something I can do. I change the oil every 1000 miles, it has no filter. I pulled the pan when we first got it and cleaned it out like new. I adjusted the valves only once. New plugs every few thousand miles because I just feel like it and like to see how each cylinder is burning.
    4 points
  4. Done! Had tire cover and jack stowage bags made with extra material. Use a scissors jack for tire changes. Factory jack with red oxide hold down spring is just for show and goes along for the ride.
    4 points
  5. Andrew , This was the week before Christmas 2013 in a Packard touring . A few in town thought I lost my mind , but I have the pictures and the memories. It was a real storm when I went to town. By the time I got home , the interior was full of snow.
    3 points
  6. I got this from my dad. Whether he actually used at the dealership, I don't know. Manual valve lapper. Continuously turning the handle in a clockwise direction caused the lapper to go about 3/4 of a turn clockwise then go about a 1/4 turn counter clockwise. It would continue this motion as long as you turned the handle. Could probably use a new suction cup. I also have an old hand operated valve spring compressor but it's buried somewhere.
    3 points
  7. Okay, brass era sleuths. Here is a mystery for you. Can anyone identify this hood former, dash, and cowl combination? It belongs to a limousine body that just followed me home from Chicago. The intention is to reunite it with an appropriate chassis. Along with the accompanying photos, here are eight clues identified thus far. 1. The hood sides flare out at the bottom, a la Reo and others. The loop for the center hinge is broken off. 2. The dash is wood. Dimensions for the dash and hood former are shown on one of the photos. 3. The cowl is steel, stamped in o
    2 points
  8. Best wishes for the holiday. JWL
    2 points
  9. Now there's a 54 man Now there's a man .
    2 points
  10. I put a 322 in a 54 Ford using the Ford trans. It was OK as long as I was quite easy on the gas pedal. Flooring it in first or second was pretty much guaranteed to corn cob the cluster gear. If memory serves I blew up at least 5, likely more. I got to where I could change out a trans, in the drive way on my back, in 30 minutes flat. Now it takes me thirty minutes just to look under the car and stand back up...............Bob
    2 points
  11. Good price,I had a 55 radiator recorded here in Washington and was quoted $850!!!! I told my wife about this after I had dropped it off and she was furious. She went there the next day and “renegotiated” it to $625. Still a lot but better than 850.
    2 points
  12. Our case in point. We drove our stock straight eight drive line (no electric fuel pump either) 1937 Buick with slightly over 111,000 miles to the Buick Nationals in Brookfield WI. Including the Pre War Division after tour. Other than a few bouts of vapor lock from the "Vodka Gas" she had to ingest we had 1,915 relatively trouble free miles.
    2 points
  13. I was getting my drivers license this particular year and then one had to have a beginners for 6 months before applying. With my birthday being in January I wanted to be free to drive alone that summer. Having heard on the radio (remember this is pre internet days) peoples cottages on the north shore of Lake Erie had been blown in the day before by a heavy snowfall off the Lake, I asked mom if we shouldn't take a drive out and see for ourselves. Dad's car was a 1959 Oldsmobile 98 that we had taken a family cross country 5,000 mile vacation in two years previous (no not the Chevy Chase Va
    2 points
  14. Tuesday December 12, 2017: Fuel Cap and Air Cleaner Little things but really nice before and after photos. But First; Randy: The lamps the car came with were non-functional decorative shells only. No guts, no wires, no sockets and very rusty throughout. So I got these with the Buick Logo in the center. Matt: If you decide to part out the car, keep me on your list for the pans and the light switch. I really like the engine pans installed. KongaMan: I don't see anything under there that would necessitate the design change. But I don't have a '38 to c
    2 points
  15. This morning, I rolled the 1938 Special off of the trailer and was able to then use my 1937 Century to pull it down the driveway with a rope and into a space in front of the garage. I then was able to roll it into the garage so I can get started on removing the body soon. The body is not perfect, but it is certainly a lot better body than the original Century body. It will certainly be a much easier restoration than the original body would have been. The Special body is nearly rust free. I think the comparison of the trunk photos best shows the difference between the condition of two car bodie
    2 points
  16. Ah yes! I've not destroyed anything in the name of science in a long time... LOL
    2 points
  17. When I was a kid and at the point where my fantasies were changing topic, a family moved into my Great Uncle's apartment house next to the general store in Clarkson, New York. They came up from West Virginia in an International alligator nose International woody. The wife's name was Virginia and must have been around 30 at the time. Now what jogged that old thought. Bernie
    2 points
  18. So you like older women do ya?
    2 points
  19. December 11, 2017: 11 months ago today I started the restoration. Today marks 11 months since I first cleared the garage and removed the license plates and the bumpers from the car to start this fantastic journey. I have nothing to report tonight except where I'm at today: January 11, 2017: Centered in the garage and ready to be restored. December 11, 2017: Although there is still a list of things that need to get accomplished, I feel like I'm in pretty good shape. I'm hopeful the interior kit will be de
    2 points
  20. It's variable based on tractor RPM's but the pump specs max them around 100cfm's at 175psi. I run about half throttle and do most of my blasting around 30psi so I always have plenty of air. Even if I bump the pressure up to 100psi for a frame I have plenty. I built this because I didn't want to purchase another piece of equipment with an engine when I have a tractor just sitting there. That and my 5hp+7.5hp compressors running tandem couldn't quite efficiently keep up with a 1/4+size nozzle while blasting. I originally ran the pto direct drive but the tractor had to run 540rp
    2 points
  21. I know you all have photos of your cars. Done or not. Show them off. Here is my '65.
    1 point
  22. SOLD! Chevrolet sold almost as many cars as Ford in 1932, but you wouldn't know it by the number currently in existence. This is my first early-ish Chevrolet, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect from GM's entry-level division, but I was very pleasantly surprised. It is often called the 'baby Cadillac' and I can certainly see the resemblance, particularly in the front end. It doesn't look like an entry-level everyman's car. Of course, this tidy little roadster is dressed up with almost every option and accessory you could get, which definitely adds to the upscale look. It was restored perhaps
    1 point
  23. Sooo I finally checked on my msd distributor set up... Black bushing..18 degrees... One heavy silver spring one light sliver spring.. If you go to their site it's the C diagram...vacuum advance is hooked up..initial I'm not quite sure about.. It's set at 28 degrees but there's no way it's actually 28 degrees.. The odd part is I figured the balancer slipped but tdc seems to line up correctly so who knows lol...
    1 point
  24. What voltage is the battery in your car? The bulbs shouldn't blow out if you have correct voltage and good grounds.
    1 point
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  26. Boy , You could carry all your Buick parts to the shows in that hauler . I think he has too many " 0's " in the price. Would loved to have seen the limo in its hayday ! Bill
    1 point
  27. Buying someone else's abandoned project is always a crap shoot.
    1 point
  28. If you're driving in from the west, do yourself a favor and take US 36 across northern Kansas. Very cool road; you (and your car) will dig it.
    1 point
  29. LOVE IT! I too have been collecting only at this point here and there at this point but have plans outside. Will need however to keep my wife happy by removing my parts car from behind the garage first otherwise... Meantime I have an HO 11' X 17' walk-in setup in the basement that is a work in progress (aren't they all?). I didn't mean to hijack your thread but maybe down the road you could share more of your "other" hobby? Just to share, my dad made this steam engine and case for one of my boys when he was in his late 70's. He loved working with wood!
    1 point
  30. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Hendersonville, North Carolina !
    1 point
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  32. Pretty close to the cost of a pack of cigarettes per day. My Wife smokes and drives a Tahoe that hardly ever needs repairs. She has tried to quit but she thinks I will buy a Bentley with the extra money. So she gets nervous and starts again.
    1 point
  33. Snow is a natural and normal part of northern winters. About 10 years ago, I was driving back on the Interstate highway after visiting my parents. It was dark; 6 or 8 inches of snow had already fallen on the uncleared roads. Since so much of Penna. is rural, there were no other cars to be seen at that late hour! It's great to drive in clean, fresh, virgin snow when there's no salt or slush. The falling snowflakes were large, reflecting off the headlights, so I actually turned OFF my headlights on the dark, empty, one-way road, and co
    1 point
  34. Clean looking car Vicente!
    1 point
  35. Hi Matt. I think we determined the difference is the overall length of the part. What I labelled "S" is for 1937 What I labelled "C" is for 1938 If I use the longer switch, I'll also need a longer pull rod to actuate it.
    1 point
  36. Probably not my best Christmas memory, but a fun one I hadn't thought of for a long time, until I saw this thread. In the 1980's I was living in my hometown of Alexandria, Louisiana, so even December wasn't unbearably cold. A friend across town asked if I'd be Santa for his kids, he even had a full blown Santa suit. I was always a plus-size guy, so I guess that's why my name came up frequently when who'd play Santa was asked. I put on the outfit, and for fun, got out my '38 Packard convertible coupe. Top down, Santa drove to his house and entertained the kids. Sant
    1 point
  37. Hey Richard, we have a copy in the AACA library. I've attached a pdf of the article here for you. Enjoy. Cars & Parts 2010 May - Last Squarebird.pdf
    1 point
  38. I meant a picture of the leather you are looking for. Embossed patterns are usually not available over the counter, so to speak. There are companies that will make runs of leather, usually a minimum of 10 hides, which is much more than one car needs.
    1 point
  39. I have a copy of an Exide battery service record card from the dealer here in Hutchinson. I am going to have my friend at Douglas Photographic in Wichita, Kansas reproduce this after it has been all cleaned up and have several of them for our Buicks. Thought you guys might like to see it. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
    1 point
  40. "Bassick" 1920's alemite floor pump and a 1920's 405 Weaver Tire Changer
    1 point
  41. Until the commercial buildings encroached and the lower-quality modern "improvements" were made to the house, that could have been a nice upper-middle-class residence on a beautiful street--a perfect home for this nice entry-level Series 61 Cadillac. I'm just as much an advocate of keeping architecture attractive-- and towns attractive--as I am in keeping a car unmodified!
    1 point
  42. Too late, winter came... For North Carolina this is blizzard conditions, don't think we will be able to go anywhere for weeks!!!!!
    1 point
  43. Hey Carl, the rendering process has not actually started yet but it's imminent. I wish I could save it but the current owner is resolved. I'm surprised at the derision regarding sedans (as compared to coupes or open cars). Maybe I'm an oddball but I usually prefer a sedan. I was on the hunt for a Buick sedan when I stumbled upon my current coupe. Greg
    1 point
  44. I took out a loan for $5,000 and had Joe Wilcox Racing Transmissions in PA custom build a Turbo Hydrmatic 400 for my application. It is considerably stronger than my past racing transmission. It has the SFI rated Superbell, 34 element sprag, aluminum drum, Redline competition clutches, tranny brake with reversed valve body. ACC Torque converter is 3,800 stall and 3,200 hp capable.
    1 point
  45. Remember these? Does anyone know when they went from the round cans to plastic? I'm thinking early '70's
    1 point
  46. I love my vintage air compressor...
    1 point
  47. I just returned from a trip to Indiana and met Dale Smith. He brought with him the Buick Bug model he constructed from scratch. The picture does not do the model or modelmaker justice....seeing it in person shows the great detail and craftsmanship.....Great job Dale
    1 point
  48. Let's see if this works. I took a panoramic shot when I had the 80C on the lift today prepping for Hershey.
    1 point
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