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  1. 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
    5 points
  2. 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
    5 points
  3. 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
    4 points
  4. 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
    4 points
  5. 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.
    4 points
  6. 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
    4 points
  7. Hi Everyone. Jay has an axle for me!! THANKS AACA for getting me ID'ed and fixed up in hours!! Cheers,George
    3 points
  8. A repalcement convertible top to match your attitude?
    3 points
  9. 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 exce
    3 points
  10. 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 pull
    3 points
  11. 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....
    3 points
  12. 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
    2 points
  13. 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 collect
    2 points
  14. Car in present condition shown at 2010 Amelia Island Concourse. My lovely wife Tammy driving!
    2 points
  15. Sombreros and Lancers. If you were or are a "Kemp" from the fifties, these were sweet.
    2 points
  16. 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.
    2 points
  17. One of those little towns along the Erie Canal. Probably parked with the owner waiting to ride the lift bridge up.
    2 points
  18. ...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.
    2 points
  19. 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,
    2 points
  20. 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.
    2 points
  21. Beautiful car, for some reason I'm partial to this model, just the right size and look for the year.......
    2 points
  22. 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!
    2 points
  23. vintagerodshop.........you might want to read that >>>
    2 points
  24. 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 poin
    2 points
  25. 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!
    2 points
  26. Really enjoying following your progress Matt. If watching you and Gary W doesn't get us motivated, we're hopeless and nothing will. Bill
    2 points
  27. 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 troubl
    2 points
  28. Yeah, all the ones I just bought have screw caps, just need to keep buying more until we find some corks! ?????
    2 points
  29. 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
    2 points
  30. 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.
    2 points
  31. 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.
    2 points
  32. 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
    2 points
  33. 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 .
    2 points
  34. 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 f
    2 points
  35. 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...
    2 points
  36. 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
    1 point
  37. This particular Elcar unfortunately has little of the qualities that make the Classic era Elcar's special. It is a interesting but none the less somewhat plain, middle of the road, early 1920's coupe. It would be an interesting starter car for a old car enthusiast that can't spend much. I agree that $4000.00 sounds too low, and $10,000.00 is definitely too high. Perhaps it looks better in person, but in the photo's it looks quite ordinary. Greg in Canada
    1 point
  38. I like how you subtly slipped that in Gary... I will be watching the forum for the thread on that project too!
    1 point
  39. ...and you got mine too! What a gorgeous Riv and the color is outstanding!
    1 point
  40. Not mine, just curious what thoughts are on the pricing. Pretty clean interior, probably a repaint judging from some bubbles on trunk. https://syracuse.craigslist.org/cto/d/1954-buick/6551533340.html
    1 point
  41. Might be motorcycle, the oil drip gauge is really old and the amperes gauge looks newer mid to late 1920's. Bob
    1 point
  42. Just curious but what percentage of pre war cars that are being restored today are actually being re restored.
    1 point
  43. After having a spirited discussion on this site about Sagebrush Green for a 1925-55. And then jumping in to variations on 1924-1926 Cobalt Blues for 27donb and his 1924-45 that was painted white. This shows up. Again we have discussed before that these cars are a personal possession. The owner may do what ever they care with their car. BUT. I can see how difficult it would be to find a buyer with these colors. Very popular for repaints in the 1960s-1970s light caramel fenders with coffee 3 creams body. I have heard people say "so what it is only paint, an easy fix". I painted cars and did body
    1 point
  44. yes you can get some incredible paint jobs with lacquer, although it does have its short comings by todays paint standards. such as it will never be as hard a finish as a single stage or base clear product, or with out proper care it looses its hold out an fades faster against uv . alternatively you can still get a lacquer like finish from a modern single stage buy using many of the same techniques like color sand an refinishing between coats of color as 1 example . paint jobs on the various makers vehicles can vary between models an makes an even the assembly plant it came from , I h
    1 point
  45. Same the world over! Ladies LIKE to show off. And we enjoy looking. Ben
    1 point
  46. Driving tour and keep the AAA membership updated. Besides, with Pete there breakdowns should not be an issue!!
    1 point
  47. I drove The Aqua Zephyr on a dinner date with my wife this evening. It's nice to ride around town on a Spring evening with the windows down with the one you love! (the wife and the car!)
    1 point
  48. 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 generat
    1 point
  49. Sorry to hear about your getting shingles. I was absolutely suicidal when I had them years ago.
    1 point
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