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  1. 5 points
    First off, a sincere thanks to all those who helped me through this "valve job". It has been re assembled and I started the car last weekend, it ran so rich that the carburetor could not maintain proper float level. I think with the valve train nice and tight now the engine is pulling good vacuum and the old carb settings were way off. The gas adjustment was very tight and I didn't want to force it, so I got it to run pretty well by closing down the air adjustment screw about 8 turns! ( my guess it was so loose that the high speed jet was opening at high idle). I'll see what's up with the gas adjustment screw and give it a better adjustment soon. Even so the engine runs so much better than it did, I guess .018" guide to stem clearance can cause a problem! The rich running engine diluted the oil in a matter of 15 minutes, and after the engine cooled down I was able to re tighten all the cage nuts 1/8 - 1/4 turn. Thanks again for all the help, especially how to make the cage puller, that was key! Andy
  2. 5 points
    I really don't see what the big deal is over parking by years. Logically speaking, look at the judging categories. Except for the special Buick models, it is all by year anyway. I think most people would agree that the Rivieras (Class O), Gran Sports (Class P), GN and T-types (Class Q), Reattas (Class R), Professional and Specialty Buicks (Class S), and Race Cars (Class T) are different enough to stay in their own area. As a spectator, if one was interested in Rivieras or Reattas, they could go to the Riviera or Reatta section and see the evolution of that special model year by year. Same can be said for the others recently mentioned. All other classes (A - N) are already organized by year, and therefore, are already parked according to year. The only real argument is what to do with the Archival cars during judging. If we can figure out how to judge the Archivals when they are all over the field, we got it.
  3. 4 points
    STEVE........For some reason a few of my best friends say I'm a bit of a car snob. I have no idea why........... I mean really, "My taste is simple, I like the best!" Truth be known, I'm a purist. Modified cars hold no interest for me, to each his own........ I don't run electronic ignition, modern carbs, radial tires, 12 volt systems, just what the factory built works fine for me. Three items I add to ALMOST every car. Battery cut off switch. Halon fire extinguisher. Electric fuel pump for priming. ( Modern fuel just boils out of the carbs on pre war cars when hot.) Otherwise, bone stock is what I like. And not too many accessories to clutter up the lines of the car...... no extra mirrors, lights, do dads, ect.
  4. 4 points
    Back in the early `70s I put myself thru college buying/fixing/selling VWs. Almost all were engine problems, mainly from a previous mechanic not knowing what he was doing, over torquing head bolts which resulted in pulling the threads from the block, and the other thing is sheet metal baffles that control the flow of air for cooling around the cylinders were left out. I also think that most VW owners were not aware of the marks on the speedometer, for which gear you should be in for cooling purposes. I`m still a little bug fan!! Tom
  5. 4 points
    Just for the record, the windshield cards are different colors AND they are spelled out. So, if we were to have 4 Buicks of the same year parked side by side, one 400 point judged, one Display only, one Modified, and one Archival, it is pretty easy to tell which one is in which judging category.
  6. 4 points
    Brian: I do have a 1938 Buick model 41. It is an all original car, including paint, chrome, interior, etc. I have been chasing this car for over 40 years, and the owner turned 90 last year and decided to downsize and get rid of that "old Buick. because it is just like a modern car". He kept his Model A Ford. I drove the '38 to the NY Regional meet that John DiFore and his Chapter put on last Fall. A total of 450 miles round trip for it. It ran great all the way and back. The owner had put radial wide whites on it. I will go back to bias plys , trying to decide to go with white wall or black wall.
  7. 3 points
    Hi Everyone. Jay has an axle for me!! THANKS AACA for getting me ID'ed and fixed up in hours!! Cheers,George
  8. 3 points
    I don't know the seller or the car, however, with so many guys here thinking this car is not worth much just because it's such an oddball car, let me ask this one question to all.... If any of us owned a complete, running and driving early 1920's Elcar, or any other early 20s era running and driving car, would you sell it for only 4k? You know you would not and no seller wants to hear the excuse of how much it will cost to ship the car home, ect. This is not the site to sell cars. Put it on Ebay or believe it or not, Craigslist also attracts buyers worldwide. I think the car is really neat. You can't buy anything like this for only 4k or 5k. Give the guy a break.
  9. 3 points
    A repalcement convertible top to match your attitude?
  10. 3 points
    I wore out a printer, printing color coded placards for the 2008 NON-JUDGED show in Flint in 2008, the placard colors matched the signs for the class parking how hard was that? Duh? This whole parking thing is way out of control and has been, get a printout from the registrar and make it happen, the excuses are stupid, maybe you all should not have shunned the folks with the real Buick's in the '70s aka Gran Sports they would have children and grandchildren that could be our new fans and volunteers! but that decision was made to divide the fans, oh well, I guess there are a few of us as exception's, but not many! Carry on..............
  11. 3 points
    This morning, I squeezed 5 new tires, the four old tires and wheels from the car, and two extra wheels that I purchased into the trunk and back seat of my Buick Lesabre and took them to my local tire shop. I had them choose the five best wheels to use and mount the new tires. I then took the new tires and wheels home and installed them on the 1938 Buick project. I also installed four hubcaps. I lowered the car back onto the wheel dollies and rolled it around to face the garage door. I then started up the Buick and drove it out of the garage. I drove out to the street, turned it around and pulled back into the driveway. The oil pressure was great, the generator showed a slight discharge at idle and charging with increased engine speed. After it was running for a while, there was a quick discharge of water out of the radiator overflow tube that initially made me think something was wrong, so I shut down the engine. After confirming the temperature gauge was OK, I restarted the engine and it ran fine and no additional water was dischaged. I assume I had the radiator slightly too full. I let it run for an hour or so and the temperature gauge stayed right where it should. The are only two issues discovered. First, the fuel gauge that seems to show full whenever it receives power, but the fuel tank should be only about 1/2 full. Second, the brakes are obviously dragging a bit. I will need to address those two issues soon. While the car was running in the driveway, I gave the back of the garage a bit of a cleaning job. I swept a lot of dirt and other debris from the area where the Buick project has been for the past 7 months or so. I then drove the Buick back into the garage, put it back on the wheel dollies, and rolled it back into the garage, facing the opposite direction that it has been for a while. I am attaching a short video showing the engine running in the driveway. VID_20180418_130506983.mp4
  12. 3 points
    I can easily fix that V-12. So can others. It's not impossible, you just need someone familiar with the car and it's fuel system. Also fix the distributor issues it has.....yup it has a problem there also. I have driven thousands of miles in early Cadillacs, and when properly set up, they are fine. On a CCCA Caravan in Ohio in the 90's I passed a 1941 Sixty Special with my 31 Cadillac sedan. At the next stop, he insisted I open the hood and show him the carb figuring it was a modern unit. As everyone knows, all my cars run factory stock components, and I can assure you ALL my car run great.........ask any of the countless forum members who have driven them. Just a few weeks ago I drove a 1930 Cadillac 16 down 95 from Palm Beach to Boca at 65 mph.......... bone stock car and all was fine........and enjoyable. The main reason MOST pre war cars don't run well is simple..........it's LOTS OF WORK to make them run right. Most people give up long before they get it right............ but I must admit it doesn't bother me too much, as often I can buy a car for very reasonable money after the current owner is frustrated with working on it. There are several shops that specialize in sorting cars to drive. They are very good at it, and it's ALWAYS very expensive. Why is it so expensive? Simple, there is always lots more wrong with the car than almost anyone can comprehend. Recently a customer purchased a 100 point world class Pebble Beach first in class car. I drove it 200 miles and made a list of thirty things to fix JUST FOR STARTERS. Total time it fix the car was about 300 hours.........not including purchasing correct parts. The car had what appeared to be a correct carb and distributor, it wasn't. Oil leaks, incorrect bolts and fittings, leaking shocks, the list was endless. Problem is almost no owners are willing to wright the check to make the car as new. To drop 50 thousand sorting a major CCCA Classic is to be expected after it's been sitting ten years. Does anyone think that in 1931 Cadillac could sell a car that wouldn't start hot or cold? Or have a vibration? Or any other bad habit? I don't carry tools in my old cars........because when they are properly prepared the usually wont let you down. If I suffer a breakdown I am quite sure what ever it is I won't be able to fix it road side. I rather service and prepare the car correctly and make repairs back at the shop.......... Ed
  13. 2 points
    Hi Guys Since I am a proud member of the AAC forum, I always wondered why I still am a junior member... Newer members are from the beginning "senior". So I think I have to feel flattered to be a junior with my 55 brooms ...or are the senior members that much older??? Either way, here I feel so well and taken in my questions! And if I can give back something small with some of my inputs and informations, so much the better! I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your much appreciated support and expertise, I love you all! Schmiddy
  14. 2 points
    If the blasted wind would ever stop blowing here I would like to get these New Old Stock AC Titan plugs in the 1920 K-46. I am going to replace the 99 years old plug wires while at it. The old rubber insulation is as hard as a rock and each time I move them I can feel the rubber crack a little bit. I'm just pretty sure that there is some voltage leakage going on here. The 1920 Reference Manual calls for .030" gap on the plugs. New Rajah Thrust connectors and new wiring should help the engine run smoother I 'm thinking. I was able to get enough of these old Titan plugs from a plug collector in Arizona a few years back to furnish all three of the Buicks. The seventh connector is for the mailbox coil. Terry Wiegand Doo Dah America
  15. 2 points
    Car in present condition shown at 2010 Amelia Island Concourse. My lovely wife Tammy driving!
  16. 2 points
    Sombreros and Lancers. If you were or are a "Kemp" from the fifties, these were sweet.
  17. 2 points
    I think most people would agree that 20 classes is about 18 too many. You've got production vehicles and non-production vehicles. They're all Buicks; dividing the cars divides the owners also. The other real argument is whether it is beneficial to have such a relentless focus on judging.
  18. 2 points
    One of those little towns along the Erie Canal. Probably parked with the owner waiting to ride the lift bridge up.
  19. 2 points
    ...and this was my weekend... My first ride this year. Had to bring my old lady to the shop. Drag link has too much play and the wheel bearings have to be changed.
  20. 2 points
    A friend of mine worked as a salesman for a company that supplied dealerships with equipment. He told me dealerships were hiring computer savvy young people with little or no mechanical experience because it was easier to train a computer nerd to change parts than it was to train a mechanic to use a computer,
  21. 2 points
    Wow that's a beauty! Some say 1967 is the best year to own... Still has the old style look with the towel bar bumpers, has some one year only unique parts, and has the increased ease and reliability being the first year of the 12 volt electrical system. I prefer 1962...first year of the slightly larger taillights... First year of the in dash gas gauge... Last year of the front hood Wolfsburg Crest.
  22. 2 points
    Beautiful car, for some reason I'm partial to this model, just the right size and look for the year.......
  23. 2 points
    Maybe put a single exhaust driver manifold on and take the dual exhaust manifold driver side and put it on the passenger side so there's two front-dump manifolds there and then hook up dual turbos? Geez, I need to stop fantasizing about things I can't afford!
  24. 2 points
    vintagerodshop.........you might want to read that >>>
  25. 2 points
    Finished tig welding up the other running board tonight gotten pretty god at it will clean it up and hit it with the shrinking disc to level any high spots. Put the radiator in place and attached all hoses. I filled the system with water and chased a few small leaks and loose fasteners. Fired up the motor and let it run. Adjusted the idle mixture and got it running real nice. All of a sudden it just shut off. Determined we had no špark. Took the cap off the distributor and found the points shorting out just below the insulator on the pin. A closer look showed me that the base plate of the points were bent up slightly where they go around the base of the pin and close enough to arc a spark up to the arm of the points that pivot on the pin. After I removed the point base plate and flattened it, I replaced it and the point arm. I turned on the switch and broke the points to check for spark and the craziest thing happened. The spark from the points jumped to the cap close by and fired a spark plug in a piston that had an exhaust valve open. The cylinder was wet because we had turned the motor over a few times testing for spark and it fired into the exhaust manifold. Thought nothing of it so buttoned up the distributor and fired it up. Well it turns out that loud pop was the exhaust gasket failing at the manifold. Guess who forgot to have the manifold decked? Yup, thought I’ve done everything and realized I never sent the manifold to the machine shop and sure enough, the center of the manifold appears to be leaving some gap. I never noticed it when I mounted it. This is the reason I always do a “shakedown” run of the motor and chassis before I go any farther. Going to pull the carburetor, automatic choke, and exhaust off the manifold then will pull it off the motor to take it to be decked. I guess it’s actually good I had that crazy spark issue as it let me know that I forgot to deck the manifold and saved me from having an issue with it once the car was finished. I took a video of the motor running and while it runs great, you can hear a ticking coming from the exhaust. The video doesn’t do the motor justice. It runs super nice and really quiet. Here is a link to my google photos album. At the very end there is a video in the last three pictures. There is a lot of sound distortion when I throttle up the motor so it doesn’t sound anywhere as good as it actually does. You’ll see the gauges showing 30lbs oil pressure and the water as it drops when I throttle up from idle. The stromberg automatic choke is also working great and as it heats up, the choke automatically opens the butterfly. I originally painted the manifold with a high temperature silver gray paint then painted the Olds green right over it. Well the green has already been peeling off with the heat leaving the silver gray looking great! LOL https://photos.app.goo.gl/TIJ5RICsAPXCLLkM2
  26. 2 points
    Had the carpenter out today. He came and fit the wood on the spot since we don't have any of the bottom wood. Only a few more pieces he'll need to do this for. I've been a little busy getting a model A running that sat for 20 years and a '29 dodge brothers (DA Deluxe? Standard Six? Not sure) made it to my place on Wednesday. Oh well!
  27. 2 points
    Really enjoying following your progress Matt. If watching you and Gary W doesn't get us motivated, we're hopeless and nothing will. Bill
  28. 2 points
    The Bug: "Ingrid" 1967 Volkswagen Convertible Karmann Body (Cabriolet?) Quick story: 14 years ago (2004), my younger brother was just turning 40. His wife asked me to find "the red convertible you guys had when you were in college" as a surprise for his 40th. She gave me about 9 months advance notice, and I found a beauty. It had only 8,011 original miles. No rust, no rot, all original and runs like a top. The owner put some chrome do-dads on it, I did a complete brake job, installed new tires and put a newer 1971 carburetor on it. It's been 14 trouble-free years since. The car is a blast to drive! I never mentioned it because technically, I'm only the caretaker. The car was stored at my house from 2004 to November 2016 when I purchased the Buick. I kept it detailed, running, maintained...... took care of it like it was my own! Now it's at my mom's house. She has a two-car garage. I hope to build a garage soon so Ingrid can join her "sisters" once again! This was the "line-up" when she was with me. July 2017 at Monmouth Park car show. Gary
  29. 2 points
    Yeah, all the ones I just bought have screw caps, just need to keep buying more until we find some corks! ?????
  30. 2 points
    About 5 years ago, when all of the non-digital drive-in had to convert or close, Honda sponsored a nationwide competition where votes determined who got the 10+ digital projectors they were giving away. I think others ended up converting on their own, if they are still around. There will always be "legends" of what went on in the back rows of the drive-in movie parking lot! The upper balcony at the walk-in was not as good. NT5467
  31. 2 points
    I'm 29 and my father is 55. I have a 1926 Dodge Brothers with a 4 cylinder and my father has a 1969 Dodge Dart with a 273. He is always telling me how good a v8 would look in my Dodge and I'm always telling him how wrong he is. And how wrong it would be to do a thing like that. I am a huge stickler for originality. If it's not stock, it's not for me.
  32. 2 points
    Great purchase! Please consider joining the Buick Club of America. Also, I see Oregon plates on the vehicles in your photos. If you live in the Portland metro area, please consider joining the Portland Area Chapter of the BCA. The chapter website has membership information and a list of upcoming events.
  33. 2 points
    Info I found is that the flange to the transmission is different size for a standard. So I just "smoothed" mine a little and will have to live with it. Thanks, Lamar. Hope to get mine back together soon. Caretaker duties are becoming all time consuming. Ben
  34. 2 points
    Thought I would post a few pics of my 65 GS project - started with a true barn find three years ago . Have been through two previous so called "experts " from which I had to pull the car - long story , lessons learned, dollars spent but finally have a great guy doing a nice job with ETA of about 3-4 months . Changed the color from verde green to burgundy with black custom interior to come . Will post more pics as they come available .
  35. 2 points
    Thank you to everyone for your input, and although we always want to get the highest price when selling a car, that's not my goal here. Since it was in my wife's family for so long (60 plus years), and the pride and joy of her departed grandfather, I want to make sure it goes to someone who is genuinely enthusiastic about the car. I feel that posting it for a higher price will separate the serious buyers from the tire kickers, and I don't want it to go to someone who wants it for the engine or parts. This car has a ton of documented history and it would be a shame for all that to be lost forever. As far as it looking tired, don't be fooled by it's appearance, It may be old but its still strong. It doesn't smoke, it drives and stops, and it's rarely used. Don't get me wrong it's not perfect, but at 96 years old it is in pretty good shape. If I could keep it I would leave it as a survivor.
  36. 2 points
    Well, I think you guys at $4K are low .... Yes, it's an odd car, but it's also a marque one doesn't see often if at all....and while $10K might be slightly high, I can see $6-8K pretty easily for someone with an eclectic collection of cars, don't restore and keep as is for a wonderful discussion piece...
  37. 1 point
    This cartoon appeared in the Family Herald magazine in the '60's. It pretty much sums up the lure of antique and classic cars. Jim
  38. 1 point
    I just looked at the Standard Catalog entries on 1922 Elcars. The tire size is not mentioned, but both the K (35 hp) and the R (55 hp) rode on a 117" wheelbase. The 127" wheelbase, and more gracious styling, arrived in 1925. A period catalog photo of a R sedan shows wheels and tires which fill up the fender opening and don't make the front fender overhang look so awkward. The Standard Catalog implies, but does not state, that the K was 4 cylinders and the R was 6 cylinders. OP, please post some photos of the engine.
  39. 1 point
    I find it to be an interesting car, and certainly rare if not particularly attractive (the latter common to closed cars of this period). The wheels and tires appear much too small for the car's proportions (they appear to be later, smaller wheels and balloon tires which did not appear until about 1924), and would be a major and costly effort to change back. If I'm correct on this point, I can understand that the preservation of this car required changing the wheels before reproduction high-pressure tires were available. Today, the tires are easy --but not cheap -- to obtain, but wheels are much more difficult and costly. On the other hand, we have an active Nickel Age Touring Club in the Bay Area which would welcome this car to participate in our activities.
  40. 1 point
    I like how you subtly slipped that in Gary... I will be watching the forum for the thread on that project too!
  41. 1 point
    After sleeping for the past six months, my 1929 Packard started after two revolutions. Needless to point out that all systems were in tune, AND the gasoline was not ethanol restricted.
  42. 1 point
    I learned to drive in my Dad's 65 Riviera in 1967. I also drove a 65 Chevy Pickup and in driver's Ed we drove brand new 68 AMC Javelins. I also on occasion drove a new 67 Chevrolet Impala. The 65 Riviera drove completely differently than the other cars, and at 70 miles per hour, the sensation was that you were flying an airplane at low altitude as you couldn't tell the wheels were touching the ground it was that smooth and quiet. With the bias plies, it did not stay in one lane very well and you had to make a lot of slight steering wheel corrections at high speed. The low mileage 65 I have now still has it's original suspension parts other than new monroe shocks, and it feels like flying an airplane, just like my Dad's car did. No other car I have ever driven feels like the Riviera does at 70 miles per hour, the ride is amazing . Because my 65 Riviera has radials on it, it holds the track much better with no need for small corrections at speed.
  43. 1 point
    Hey gang, Growing up I always thought I would be into Fords as so many models are iconic. First old car I could buy at 16 turned out to be a '40 Buick Special 2 Dr. sedan. I drove that as my daily transportation for many years (purchased in 1972). Still have it and did steer me towards Buicks a bit over the years. A Buick here and a Buick there accumulated over the years makes for a pile of them as the decades last......... Ernie
  44. 1 point
    Jack, Although some do not expect the prewar Modified Division Buick owners will want to park all-together with the prewar Buicks, they will be welcome to do so if they choose to park all-together. I will be sending a memo to all registered prewar Buick owners inviting them to park with the Prewar Division. Many believe that parking this way will enhance the appreciation of each Buick when original, unrestored, and modified Buicks can be seen all-together.
  45. 1 point
    Same the world over! Ladies LIKE to show off. And we enjoy looking. Ben
  46. 1 point
    Driving tour and keep the AAA membership updated. Besides, with Pete there breakdowns should not be an issue!!
  47. 1 point
    That is one of 2 safety features that keep the starter from activating after running...the other is the vacuum switch on the carb: engine vacuum keep it from activating, but it can malfunction sometimes at low engine vacuum like WOT.
  48. 1 point
    Not one, but two events Saturday for Fiorello's 1937 Roadmaster 80C Phaeton. The New Orleans All-Club Picnic had great folks, great food, and of course our cars, including Gene Lee's immaculate 1949 Special Torpedo and our 80C. Later Saturday night the Buick and I had the honor of transporting Katie Guillory and Davis Van Meter, an HCCA/CCCA Bride and Groom and absolutely delightful couple, through the French Quarter from their reception at Pat O's on the River (across from Jackson Square), taking them to their hotel. I've learned that Davis is a 3rd generation Antique Car Guy, and that, from her first old car tour, Katie is a Tour enthusiast, as well.
  49. 1 point
    If you plan to show the car in AACA or BCA you will want the Marvel so you don't lose points in judging. I would personally stay with the Marvel. When properly cared for they work fine. It won't catch fire from the carb if you use a synthetic float and set it up properly. By the way, there should be a tube from the air cleaner that goes below the exhaust pipe. This is there to ensure that any stuck float or needle valve situation allows any overflow to be directed to the ground and not any hot engine parts. If you plan to run an electric fuel pump, you will need to pay particular attention to the pressure. Excess pressure will over cause problems. I would encourage you to go back on the site and search for Sandy Jones and his learning experience with the Marvel on his 1933 90 series cars. Theyu have virtually the same Marvel as your 1932 96. In my opinion, any carburetor not set up and properly maintained has the potential to cause a fire. Fuel leaking from a rochester in a turned up manifold will catch fire as quickly as the Marvel. By the way, the more you drive it the better it will work. Bob Engle
  50. 1 point