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  1. Adjusted brakes, valves & lubed before moving the 13 Buick Touring car out to the street in front of the house. Left it running to close the shop door and it ran out of gas. Had to clear the plugged fuel line (all the crud collected in the line when it ran out of gas) before driving three miles to get it filled with real gas (no ethanol). Still need to make final adjustments to the brakes so she is ready for the Yosemite tour next month.
    5 points
  2. Why ruin the car with a swap like that? Go unique - go original and rebuild the original engine.
    5 points
  3. Hello all. Im the guy with the project Riv. No we did not weigh anything for before and after. Yes I started with a nice car because the end result is always better that way. I did not have the heart to modify a GS though. I don't plan on doing any autocross or racing, just driving it. I usually do Hot Rod Power Tour and also do Good-Guys tours. These tours are usually 1500-2000 miles. Having something with a modern drivetrain makes these tours alot more fun. The engine is the same as I have in a Camaro and it makes over 900 hp and TQ on 93 octane. In the Camaro I get between 17-20 mpg with t
    4 points
  4. Yep! Again, thanks for all the messages and comments. I will try to pursue this adventure as well as I can! I’m now towards the end of the paint problem corrections. It was most probably my own fault: To correct irregularities, I’m using a sprayable filler. As I prefer to remove unnecessary materiel than sand and respray again, I’m spraying 2 or 3 coats of that product. When this filler is too thick, it creates tiny pores. Before my eye intervention, I did not see them. Now, I’m more careful: one coat and usually it’s enough. Sometimes too much is worse than not enough. I had
    3 points
  5. I live in Winchester, send me contact information, and when I can see the car. I can do it first thing tomorrow (Thursday) or during the day Friday. I've bought and sold about 200 cars so can give you a good idea of what the condition of car is.... david.coco@comcast.net
    3 points
  6. The big Packard engine is one hell of an engine and it seems as if it would be a whole lot easier just to rebuild your engine or find another one. The torque tube drive makes any modification of the suspension a real iffy project. There would probably be endless headaches and redesigns in the process. All SBC projects are not a piece of cake.
    3 points
  7. I like to put one of these between the ground strap and frame when working on the cables.
    3 points
  8. Are you sure the original engine is toast? Even if it is locked up there is a good chance a careful mechanic can get it running. How many miles on the car? There are 2 ways to go, one way is to fill the cylinders with penetrating oil or auto trans fluid thinned with kerosene and let it soak a couple of weeks, the other way is to take the heads off and inspect the inside of the motor. Of course the first method is easier and cheaper but you could inadvertently damage the engine. The second is safer but more work and will cost you for gaskets etc. I would at least try the
    3 points
  9. hi guys, my name is Pascal and i lve in France. my baby is a 55 Buick Special 4 doors hardtop. And with my wife and kids, we have three old caravans ( 2 french : Notin Chaumière 1956, and Notin Vedette 1964 / and the third one is a belgium one : Constructam Coral 1971 ) here are some pictures i hope you will like ... our 55 Buick Special with our french caravan Notin Chaumière 1956 our 55 Buick Special with our french caravan Notin Vedette 1964 our 55 Buick Special with our Belgium caravan Constructam Cora
    3 points
  10. 1935 Lincoln K Series 541 Sedan Chassis no. K4223 Motor no. K4223 150 bhp, 414 cu. in. L-head V-12, three-speed manual transmission, front and rear semi-elliptic leaf springs with full floating rear axle, and Bendix four-wheel power-assisted drum brakes. Wheelbase: 136 in. In 1935 Lincoln moved the coachwork on its 145-inch and 136-inch chassis forward by several inches, offering an improved ride and lower center of gravity. The Series 541 represented the shorter 136-inch wheelbase and as such was used for two-door and close-coupled four-door bodies like this love
    2 points
  11. Not preaching here, when troubleshooting I did recommend connecting ground from battery directly to starter motor. Use completely different positive and negative leads. This is how you eliminate potential causes without guesswork. Use known good cables from another vehicle so you don't have to spend more money. I learned this from experience , the hard way. When grounding directly to the frame , a good ground "strap" should be used between the frame and starting motor in a permanent installation. Current should never flow through driveline or other components where bearings could be damaged f
    2 points
  12. 1st, I'd like to thank all the help & technical knowledge provided by Gene Guarnere, Dick Sweeney, and Tom Mooney these last three yrs, as well as, many other 65 Riv GS Buick owners & part suppliers. From the start, my goal was not to 100% replicate how this iconic RivGS came off the assembly line, but rather take Billy Mitchell's vision of European styling from Ferrari and Rolls-Royce and transform a Post WWII American production line car into "timeless elegance." Our goal was to create a hand-built, B-Body Buick, who's Fit & Finish would rival some of the most iconic Pre-WWII E
    2 points
  13. You guys may have already seen these but while looking for wheels for my car look what I found. US Mag is making plus size road wheels. I'm thinking a set of 18" would look pretty sweet. No price is shown so I'm betting the per wheel price may scare me off.
    2 points
  14. Gresham, OR... 1969 Riviera for sale. I'm helping my step father sell his collection of riv parts and his 3 rivs. He's moving onto other things in his later years. For more info about the parts collection and other rivs, please see the Life collection of 69 Rivieras and parts up for sale thread. This is a driver car my step father built for driving. Not a show car, but something he would drive for pleasure, day trips, etc. Has posi lock. His starting asking price is $20k. Please contact me with any questions, offers, etc. Happy to take additional pictures or schedule an
    2 points
  15. Here is a picture of the original. Notice it is curved at the bottom
    2 points
  16. I would say they are not aware of the value of a 1931 Cadillac Cabriolet. Worth much more as an original restored car then any configuration they could conceive of as a rodded or customized car. Sad.
    2 points
  17. OK, there is something basic that has changed in the course of the engine rebuild... let's try and track it down. We need to be thorough and methodical here. (In this part of the world, earth = ground. I can't help myself!) Before you started, the car started properly and ran with the current starter motor and battery and wiring. This tells us the starter wires and earths are big enough and haven't been replaced with smaller ones. There should be nothing wrong with the starter either. The pedal connections to the starter should not have changed and still operate as they did.
    2 points
  18. Cleaning to bare metal does not guarantee an adequate ground to the starter. Jumper cables to your original battery does not mean you have enough cranking amps to turn the engine. Please listen to at least some of the suggestions you are getting. Previously you were ready to pull the engine apart and we saved you from that. We know the starter works without load. We know the problem is not the tight engine. Go with what you know and never assume, that will only paint you into a corner!
    2 points
  19. No biggie. Nothing special about them. Measure the pad, add the distance from the mount bottom to the floor or top of the rear kick up and add an inch. Or.........Mount the body and measure. Again, easy peasy. Did you save the body mount shims? Likely they won't go back the same. Mount the body and shim as required to get to best average level on the frame and call it good to go. Just like they did at the factory................Bob
    2 points
  20. Sebastienbuick, did you happen to see this thread? http://forums.aaca.org/topic/306653-life-collection-of-69-rivieras-and-parts-up-for-sale/?tab=comments#comment-1714194 The disk brake rotors in this picture caught my eye... If they are 1969 Riviera rotors maybe they are the same as the ones that you need for your Electra?
    2 points
  21. That’s a nice pair of playmates you have there, Rodney. Here’s mine
    2 points
  22. John Q. Public doesn't care. Most people would see that "Packard" and think it was a real antique car and would take the owner's word for it that it was a 1934 Packard. Things like that offend my eye, but I don't whether that's because I pay attention or because I have spent my life with real old cars. I think the general public has neither of those advantages and therefore anything out of the ordinary is extraordinary, no matter how crappy it is to people who know.
    2 points
  23. I just wish someone would take the damn valve cover off and listen!
    2 points
  24. Modifying the original car and getting it right would take a hell of a lot of work and engineering savvy but not as much as gutting the car like a trout and fitting a junkyard pickup truck chassis. I suppose such a hodge podge could be made to go down the road under its own power but it would be a hell of a mess. It would be better and cheaper to rebuild or replace the original engine, by far.
    2 points
  25. Rear end successfully removed - Ben, Willie and others were correct - it was a binding problem. The only other addition I would make to suggestions is to remove the rear wheels to allow plenty of room to raise/lower the rear end sufficiently to get the motor/gearbox/rear end on a straight plain. This will be influenced as well by year/model and body style - on the 1948 sedanette the rear end had to be dropped low to achieve the straight line between all components. Thanks again to all the knowledgeable people on this forum.
    2 points
  26. Maybe not a camping trailer, but its atleast pulling A trailer! '37 Century that I've had saved in my cache
    2 points
  27. It is a 1931 and one of the finest restorations I have ever seen. As to it being driven from Florida to the Northeast I don't think so! This owner has other cars and does in fact drive them extensively. This was the first time out for the car as it was fresh out of restoration.
    2 points
  28. Just came back from a 60 mile drive... I am speechless. She pulls now like a freight train, no more smoke out of the exhaust, idles like a sewing machine, gear shifts are so smooth, you can hardly feel them. The Bilstein, comparing to Gabriel and Monroe, are night and day. For a car of this size, they work wonders. Much more stable, with a comfortable sport feel. I still have a slight squeak from the left front spring, but nothing like before. Springs will be next.
    2 points
  29. David Landow's latest restoration wins a major prize at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. The restoration is over the top and the attention to detail and authenticity simply astounding. The award was presented by the head of GM styling at this weekend's show of over 300 spectacular cars. Even this Olds guy was wowed by this great roadster.
    1 point
  30. Gresham, OR... 1969 Riviera for sale. I'm helping my step father sell his collection of riv parts and his 3 rivs. He's moving onto other things in his later years. For more info about the parts collection and other rivs, please see the Life collection of 69 Rivieras and parts up for sale thread. This is a parts car. Rolling chassis with engine/drive train, some interior. Major missing parts are the seats, interior trim, and front bumper and grill. Fairly complete otherwise. His asking price is $1000. Please contact me with any questions, offers, etc. Happy to take addit
    1 point
  31. X2 with seafoam65. I have over 300K on my '64 Riv. with one rebuild on the original engine @120K. I'm the original owner also. Being a mecanic my whole life does have it's advantages also. I've been on a couple power tours on the east coast doing well over 3.5K miles both ways. With 3.07 gears, depending on terrain, have gotten a best of 19.5MPG. With the 3,90 gears & cruising at 60 can get 15.5MPG. 3.07's run 14.9's With 3.90's have run a best of 13.902@98MPH. This rebuild was done YEARS AGO BEFORE i KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT"NAILS". It's definitely low compression by cranking compression of b
    1 point
  32. If I were you I would definitely watch your gauges.......I'm in the car repair business(43 years) and we see LS engines blow up at low mileage fairly regularly, the most recent just last week. There are o-rings inside these engines that can fail and result in zero oil pressure. (Space Shuttle CHALLENGER) The LS engine makes tremendous horsepower and runs great, but as far as cross country reliability, I'd have more faith in a nailhead. I had a Chevy Silverado with an LS motor that I used to tow my car hauler and I sold it just because I didn't trust the engine not to leave me
    1 point
  33. This 77 Ford , I think the Original post is a replacement aftermarket piece
    1 point
  34. I'm 50 years old and have been into old cars since long before I was old enough to drive. I wanted to get into the hobby as a teenager, but had neither the money nor the space to keep a car off the street. Maintaining one car was hard enough then. In my 20s I could not afford anything but marginal junk. My first and only project car was a '70 Pontiac Catalina, which eventually had to be junked due to a rusted frame. It made me realize that I am not a restorer and that a decent hobby car was out of my league. For the next 10-15 years, I put the dream on hold. I was still going to Hershey, still
    1 point
  35. Seems like the aggregate has coalesced upon this being the belated next step. Perhaps aggravating. Suspense was killing me 35 or so posts ago ; starting to be a bit of what we used to call a "broken record". I keep clicking on this topic expecting to find a "Eureka !" revelation. Time to open wide and check that top end , MarkV. R.M.74 : I immediately checked G'ville C'list. Said Stick Shift Seville was a no show fo' me. I hope a fellow discussion forums friend bought it , sorts/restores it , and let's me take it for a test drive ! See how much fun we all have with one another !
    1 point
  36. This is not the issue here, it is getting plenty of power to the starter.I have also used jumper cables to bypass the battery cables and it still will not work.This is the only 6 volt vehicle I have around here.I have a multi meter and it is getting power everywhere it is supposed to.The ground cable is on the frame and I have cleaned it down to bare metal so I Know I have a good ground.Also I checked the contact to the commutator and it is making full contact.The shaft is pulled back as far as it will go and as I said earlier it spun on the car when I had just jumper cables on it and was not
    1 point
  37. I have a dumb question. This has given me problems in the past. Where is the battery earthed? If it is on the chassis, is there a very good connection between the engine and chassis? With a freshly rebuilt engine, I wonder if you have paint under an earth=ground connection somewhere? Paint is generally a poor conductor.
    1 point
  38. Yes, that's the bolt (a particularly daggy example). The head is 9/16" AF and the thread is 5/16" UNC. The bolt fits into a cup washer which is 1" in diameter, 1/4" thick and has rounded edges. The original nut is 3/4" square but can be made larger to engage flush with the inside of the dumb irons where it is inaccessible after the front valance is put in place (held down by the front guards). See attached photo.
    1 point
  39. Joe, This is a 1923 Kissel Model 6-45 Gold Bug Speedster the same as mine, with the exception of the top. When that car top was replaced, the then-owner didn't like the correct portholes, so he had the new top made without them. That is actually documented on a TV series. All Kissel Gold Bug Model 6-45 Speedsters from 1919 to 1923 are supposed to have portholes. The Model 6-55 Gold Bugs, which have golf club holders instead of suicide seats, didn't have portholes. Sorry to bore you all with these details, but incorrect restoration sometimes becomes taken as factual over time. I'm ki
    1 point
  40. Hmmm...I like the challenge. I do a bit of copywriting as part of my work, so I couldn't resist contributing. LOL. Anyway, off the top of my head I came up with one idea, and added several variations on the theme: Classic Lovelies Renewing Lovely Classics Classic Lovelies Reviving Lovely Classics Classic Lovelies Repairing Lovely Classics Classic Lovelies Working on Lovely Classics Classic Lovelies Repairing and Renovating Lovely Classics Of course, you could replace the word "Lovelies" with "Ladies," in any of the above titles, if that
    1 point
  41. Hi retiredmechanic74 ! Don't take anything personally around here , man. You are very direct , and do get right down to business. But it is just human nature to drift around , or get a bit off topic. Don't let it annoy you. We are all friends here , and you are very highly regarded. It is interesting to see how this whole process works to solve problems , sometimes way more complicated than this Seville. Speaking Seville , and to drift while so speaking , I am sure that I am not the only one who would be quite interested in more info on the one you found with a MANUAL (!) trans. Could you plea
    1 point
  42. I don't think this is new, out and about today, saw many Chevrolet's with no name, maybe a truck but all the cars and SUVs did not say Chevrolet on them and this is where they were born, so read some more articles, the new generation can't read, they like "logos" LOL!!!!
    1 point
  43. I guess I haven't yet posted a photo of "Scooter"; the 1912 Model 34 Roadster that completed the trip up and down "The Old Spiral Highway" while on tour in Lewiston Idaho last summer. First photo is at the top of the hill, second is my two grand daughters having fun in the car.
    1 point
  44. Jughead gets a new pair of dancing shoes:
    1 point
  45. John. looks like the original fittings though......at least they didn't toss them...those are similiar to mine, but just ought to be under the vinyl.
    1 point
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