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    I have been driving for 55 years. I have never had, or heard of, a catastrophic master cylinder failure. Like disc brakes and 12 volt systems, we have been told that they are better, so many times, that it has become "fact". Be sure to get all of that hydraulic fluid out. I'm sure a little bit won't hurt. Add motor oil and change it after you get it running. Bring number one piston up to TDC on the compression stroke. You can tell by holding your thumb in the plug hole and feeling the compression pop it off. Take off the distributor cap. The terminal that the rotor is pointing at is the number one terminal. Wire the rest in order according to direction of rotation
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    And as a gift to myself because I'm worth it, 2 Coker Classic 2 1/2 8.00-15 bias ply just arrive to my office. Now the 60 will have new rubber on all 4 corners. Life is better in a Buick.
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    I have a 1931-1932 Ontario Motor League Road Book. It's fun trying to map out car club tours using it for a guide. Instructions like "Turn right after crossing railway tracks" (torn out 40 years ago) or "turn left at big elm tree" makes it a bit challenging. Jim
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    Rescued. My Honey asked me what I wanted for Christmas and here it is.
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    Some of the owners listed on the registry are still around, but sold their cars 20+ years ago. I own one of them, a 1919 Sportif that is of course before the year range you're seeking. This is my car.
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    I would suggest rebuilding the original master cylinder. It was sufficient for many years and will be again. Putting in a dual reservoir master cylinder will not make things safer. Chrysler engineering was the best when your car was built.
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    From my son. A bit late in the game but when he heard I had broken two hand winches trying to pull my stuck four wheel drive Silverado hooked to my car hauling trailer out of a bog he thought this might come in handy next time. A simple machine but awesomely powerful.
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    At 12 below to cold to go out and take a picture. I will stay by the fire instead!
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    This old gal shouldn't follow such nasty short trends. LoL Happy New Year everyone!
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    Hugh, I don't think the leather band is to hold the oil back but to protect the ball from dirt. Compared to the picture in the shop manual I do probably not have a '28 transmission or at least a different shell...
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    Trying to post a pic of my progress for the year,lots of work to go yet,aligning fender gaps etc.Big push to get the trans out and rebuilt . Heres to a happy and productive New Year.
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    Having purchased the assets of ROMAR and the Barker Machine Shop, ROMAR will now be know as ROMAR DB Parts and Services. I will continue to provide the same great parts and services you have come to expect from ROMAR. We all wish Vern and Florence the best in retirement. ROMAR DB Parts and Services can be reached at www.romardb.com, by email: romardb@frontier.com or by calling 315-924-2490. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
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    If you don't get that number 1 plug wire in the right place, brakes won't be a problem. Now, finding #1 is pretty easy. Are you sure you want to re-engineer the brake system? I am nudging 60 years of very deep involvement working on old cars and putting a lot of miles on them. I do brake service that I am quite confident in; and I have no desire or see any need to fiddle around with a bunch of hardware and have long heart to hearts with the counterman to scab in a double master cylinder. I also run four wheel drum brakes and biased tires. Of course, my brake lining is younger that my youngest child and the tires are even younger, both by a lot. Give yourself a level of comfort for the technology. Go on Ebay and buy a couple of 1937 automotive trade magazines. Take a look at just the pictures, Sun or Allen diagnostic centers, oscilloscopes, Bear alignment equipment, brake lathes, Triplett VOM's; really techie stuff. And you get to thinking, maybe you can't keep these cars going right with baling wire and a pair of pliers. There is more to it. Just a hair over 30 years later a couple guys walked on the moon. The technology is there. Don't get sucked in. Bernie
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    OK Buick People: I got a 64 Mercedes I need to unload. I'm a Buick guy 100% and this is not for me. It's ... White with a blue vinyl interior Does not run because it's been laying in my garage since 1996 It is what we call a beater. Straight, old cheap re-paint, presentable interior but anything but sharp. Doesn't appear rusty but it's still shoehorned in the garage and I can't tell. So here's my plan. I'd like 15 grand plus a really good 63, 64 or 65 Riviera or a really good B-60. I'm gonna pull it of my garage Monday and detail the daylights out of it then trailer it to the shop and get it running. Whadda ya think???? So far all the folks that have responded have been flippers. I don't care who buys it as long as I get what I'd like. Cash price???? Good question. I was asking 37.5 too high, maybe, but it's a start. If I can't swap around I'm gonna put on ebay in January cleaned up, running and driving with no reserve. The car in in the San Francisco East Bay. Thanks for your consideration, Mitch
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    It is not an easy job and I have done this on my '89. I did it on the ground but got it up as high as possible. The toughest parts were getting at the bolts and breaking them loose. IIRC there are 5 or 6. I also recall positioning the high pressure hose in the rack resulted in bruised and bloody hand appendages. Those 25 year old bolts can feel like they will never loosen. The 2 port and 3 port difference probably has to do with the extra port for the A/C cut out switch. On the 1st production models when parallel parking Reatta's and putting a load on the pump and rack the engine could stall. Buick's fix was to install an A/C cut out switch when the load goes high. This is from memory as it has been about 5/6 years since I performed the swap and I no longer own the vehicle. I believe Ronnie has the full tutorial posted in his Reatta's Owners website. Sorry I don't have the link. Just found the link which was helpful. http://www.reattaowner.com/roj/component/content/article/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=76:steering&id=248:rack-pinion-removal-instructions Good luck.
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    As much as I hate the cold I don't think I want to relocate to CA. Lots of fire and brimstone there as of late.
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    I like swap meets and attend as many as I can each year. I also buy things on Ebay. A few of my projects are quite rare machines and if I depended on swap meets alone I would most likely never live long enough to complete any of the rare ones. Actually even with Ebay progress is glacial many years, the rare stuff I need rarely shows up anywhere I search. I don't buy nearly as many "ordinary" parts on Ebay anymore, the shipping has gotten to the point that Ebay is no longer competitive. Greg
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    OK -- so that's where "L-finesse" came from...
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    A couple if inches. Pics of the cars in the garage don't count, Right?
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    My bet is that it would be strut mount vs. sub-frame bushing. My 2000 EIdo does the same thing especially in winter. I believe a bad sub-frame bushing causes more of a "thud" noise.
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    It appears that your Oldsmobile is one of those things that disproves the "rule". I certainly was not aware that any GM's stamped their cars this way. I apologize for my previous statement. Your car certainly is "numbers matching". It would be interesting to know when Olds started doing this. I had a good friend that had many cars in his collection, including a 29 Olds like the one his Father had owned. We talked about lots of things and he saw the documents that I have from GM but never mentioned anything about Oldsmobile serial numbers. I have always believed that any day your don't learn something is a wasted day. Your post 16 has prevented this day from being wasted. Once again my apologies.
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    A cheap way (relatively speaking) to get a decent sized building is Morton. Anybody here build one? There are some that actually don't look like a metal building. This one is 36x60 which would be perfect for me. I wonder if you can side it using shakes?
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    Thats a mean mug on that 67. Hehehehe. Heres one of the 73 zombie repeller bumper... HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
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    That is, in my opinion, the exact definition of a "matching numbers" car. It was almost never done in the prewar days. Apparently Oldsmobile in 1932 is an exception. The practice of stamping the same number in different locations became common in the US auto industry in the late 1960s. The number of locations stamped increased as time went on.
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    LOL Ben. I know my 15 Buick Roadster runs circles around his truck.
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    Get that sucker running and challenge Schramm to a race. Ben
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    35* and cloudy here, but dry, so took the '39 out for some errands. Put about 18 miles on it and had it up to 50 mph a couple of times. First time I have run the heater since probably March (after turning the shut-off valve back on). Always nice to get out in this temperature and not have to worry about any possibility of overheating - ran at about 170-175* the entire trip.
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    It was -31C (-24F give or take) here at 9:00 this morning. It's making preparations to bring the 1929 home more challenging.
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    I retired from the Met in 2010. During the off season various ballet company's come in for several weeks. One year the Bolshoi Ballet visited New York and performed at the Met. There was a problem with a piece of scenery and I was assigned to work with one of the Russian stage hands. As we were working on the set, this young man took out ( I'm not making this up) a hammer fabricated from a block of steel, welded to a foot long piece of pipe. Well, I must have at least a dozen hammers that I have accumulated over the years. The next day when I went to the stage I presented him with a fiberglass handled, Plumb hammer and told him it was his to keep. You would think that I gave him a million bucks, he must have asked "take back to Russia" a dozen times. He was so excited, he went to just about everyone to show off his new American hammer. I had to accompany him to the Russian Stage Manager to verify that I gave it to him because if they saw him with it they would assume that he stole it and would be in big trouble.
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    On December 21, I could reach the chromed parts. Nothing was lost which was a concern as some parts were attached to the tree only with a small soft solder point. All chromed parts are good looking, even the hood ornament. Unfortunately, back home I opened the cage with the letters. If the nickel coat seems to be good, I just could not take the letters out: they are all glued to themselves and to the cage. I will have to go back in January to remove the nickel plating. I will have 2 choices: either let the letters in their brass finish, give a thin coat of clear and let them that way or soft solder the letters on a strip of brass; once chromed, I will have to heat the strip and push the letters away once by one. The sanding of the body is still an on-going task; the picture is showing how useful a kitchen can be! You will note that the body is now back on the frame. This is needed to align the front fenders correctly with the main body. Right now, the RH front fender has still some issues; the end of sanding is near!
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    Price issues aside, nice looking jr. Packard. I think an hour online should yield a pretty good comfort level on price. Having had and sold nearly the identical car (1939, but also a 120 sedan in good all around shape) I think $20 - 22K is spot on. The miles are a plus, and I might look for a little extra for that. I don't think passing it along to the heirs presents a huge headache in this case. Owner might find that less painful than living with a big financial loss and it sounds like, in this case, heirs might not be pressured by time or finances. Selling a nice, usable, fairly popular model is much easier than a half dozen projects. Most dealers I think would be happy to take a car like that on consignment. Easy if they can find a comfortable and realistic price.
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    Not so much heartburn as seller's remorse for putting up with ebay in the first place. When everything is said and done ebay keeps about 20% of the sale price or more if you don't offer free shipping since ebay takes a rake from shipping prices as well. Factor in idiots, the feedback game and the FACT that sellers have no rights it's more of a PIA than anything BUT it's a world market and you get world wide exposure even if some things don't sell.
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    Thank you for the recommendations that sounds like the path I am going to follow.
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    As promised: Magnets And then : x x x x x x x x x x x Decembers is a picture of part of our Christmas light display. The Electra sleeps in the shed behind these trees. Thanks Stephanie!
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    I took the Aqua Zephyr out on a Christmas Day run this evening. It's been a while since she has had a good drive. This evening was perfect with very light traffic and a long expanse of expressway to open her up on.
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    That's probably a little like building a house. We can stand around a bit wondering why it's taking so long, but nobody really puts their finger on it. Happy New Year, Gary!
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    I have done that sort of precarious thing before. Your wife might want to bump up your insurance....
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    My 69 Vette calipers were sleeved with SS at least 25 years ago. Still has the same DOT 5 fluid in the system from then. Never a problem. Dot 3 is spawn of the devil.................Bob