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  1. My wife Bonnie finally got her first ride in "Miss Vicky", our '25 Buick Standard Coupe. In fact,it was the first run for the car this year.Runs like a watch. Jim
    10 points
  2. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^Paranoid?^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Yahoo ebay and Amazon with Facebook leading the march already knows more than this survey will ever collect, just from looking up one thing on any of the sites. Do you also cover your license plate when taking pictures to post on craigslist? Ok enough for now. Just have a little fun with it.
    4 points
  3. The part where the Coker exec is talking about how tires have no real expiration date reminds me of the film Thank You For Smoking.
    3 points
  4. That's a 67 in Sapphire Blue I believe (sorry for jumping in Ted). Here's a familiar 67 Electra in the same color (but different light), and of course the 430!
    3 points
  5. Thanks to everyone for doing this survey for me! I'm not a hacker if you were wondering...I'm just a high school student studying subcultures. I do have a interest with old cars. My dad has a '67 Camaro and he builds rat rods in his free time (sometimes I even help). I have been going to car shows with him since I was a kid and enjoy learning about these cars. All the information you provided is going to be very helpful for my report and I will be sure to share with you what I analyze and find through my studies. -Ashley (a girl)
    3 points
  6. Had a nice Buick day. I used the Reatta for some errands this morning, then after supper I took the 41 Roadmaster out for a 45 min drive. When I was at the gas station, it was gathering quite a bit of attention already, when a Telsa pulled in, (at a gas station?!), and the driver, a 30's to 40's guy, stared raving about the car. Turns out, the reason he was in the gas station was to run his electric car through the car wash! Keith
    3 points
  7. Drove my 1970 stick shift Wildcat 240 miles round trip to the Pate Swap Meet north of Ft. Worth, Texas this weekend. Had time to wax and polish it all over--cleanest it has been in 3 or 4 years! First Pate Swap meet in many years that wasn't threatened by spring thunderstorms or hail! Pete Phillips, BCA #7338 Leonard, TX.
    3 points
  8. Most misunderstood aspect of the hobby: everybody else is rich.
    3 points
  9. Hello everyone, I am new to the forums and and wanted to say hello and ask a question. My grandfather purchased a 1930 Series 40 Golf Club Coupe about 20 years ago. It was all original and came from a collection that was owned by a Buick dealer in Central California. He used it in parades for the most part and did not put very many miles on it. He is now 95 years old and in need to money to help pay for assisted living. I have been tasked with helping my grandparents sell one of their last remaining assets. I have been into custom cars my whole life but this antique vehicle stuff is a little outside of my wheelhouse. I am hoping someone that knows these cars can help me establish a value and a starting point that I should list this car at. I am obviously trying to get them as much money as possible but I do not want to make this a long drawn out process of selling the car. I have looked online for comparable sales and did not find anything. The only value that I observed was from NADA and I don't know how accurate and up to date it is. The car itself is in what appears to be good shape. I replaced the battery and put new fuel in it and got it running. I just got it detailed today and took photos of it. The photos and a video of the car running can be seen here (https://flic.kr/s/aHskxfPsbT). The biggest issues that I can see are some general ships in the paint, most of them are fairly small and detailed in the photos. There is an area under the grill where the paint has flaked off an approx 4" area. There are some small dents in the finish, but I don't know if the sheet metal back in the those days was perfect coming from the factory or not. I have no information on whether the body has been resprayed but the paint and chrome are shiny and in overall good condition. The upholstery is clean and appears that it may have been redone at some point evidenced by some newer wood framing in the seat area. The headlights and parking lights work but the brake lamp is not functioning nor is the dome light, fan, and wiper. I have some wiring experience and will look into why these items are not functioning and believe that they will be working at the time of the sale. So, if anyone can help me out, I would really appreciate it. Thanks, Ryan
    2 points
  10. I am guessing that anyone renting this car will obey all posted speed limits.
    2 points
  11. The Bums will always lose Mr. Lebowski.
    2 points
  12. Where's the money Lebowski??
    2 points
  13. Nice car. Given model, colors and condition from pictures, feels like maybe a 20k or so car to me. The Buick guys should jump in as they would know better. Btw, price guides are worthless!!!!!!
    2 points
  14. 2 points
  15. Your name is Lebowski, Lebowski!!
    2 points
  16. In addition to this SL 600 , I also have a SL 500. The Black 'Benz is my E 550
    2 points
  17. Paint... is always a good thing. Two coats of SPI Epoxy primer with one more to go. On the last coat I'm going to up the reducer to 20% to flatten the finish a little more. I do like gloss, but the MG chassis parts were satin, so satin it is. SPI Epoxy primer has UV protectants in it so it doesn't need a topcoat.
    2 points
  18. If you are going to use electrolysis it is not a set and forget process and you do need to make sure you connect the battery charger up around the right way because in essence you're cleaning by creating a corrosion cell. In this case the Black (negative) wire must go to the block. Get it the wrong way round and you'll corrode the block. You need a good size drum as the anodes that you hang in the drum can not be close to the block. The washing soda I suspect helps to strip any minor grease and grease that may be protecting the surface but will also accelerate the electrolysis as it will lower the resistance of the water and allow more current to pass to speed up the cleaning. A couple precaution here this process can and will produce hydrogen so don't put a non venting lid on the drum and keep it away from anything that could ignite the hydrogen. Secondly don't be tempted to add salt to the water as this will produce chlorine gas, which is even more nasty to deal with.
    2 points
  19. There is a pinion sleeve lock on the passenger side of the of the pinion housing. Remove the two bolts and the locking piece. Remove the locking bolt just forward of the sleeve lock. Using a pry bar turn the slotted piece seen in the slot. This will moove the entire pinion shaft assembly either in or out. Move it in the direction that moves the assembly toward the rear. once the assembly is out you can tackle the bearing removal. All the et up specifications for teh bearings and pinion gear are in the 1932 Specifications and adjuments manual. Sorry about the focus on the picture. I got in a hurry. Bob Engle
    2 points
  20. My 23 Model 50 Sedan won the Survivor award at Dixie Vintage Strawberry Festival Car Show in Calera Alabama Saturday.
    2 points
  21. There is nothing in the survey that couldn't be gleaned by spending time reviewing your posts..... and if you were concerned it is easy enough to Google her name and school and bingo - we have a match..... Sorry - I used to work for the government and believe me it is almost impossible to hide in this day and age. Most people can be found in a matter of minutes these days, some take longer...... it is not rocket science.
    2 points
  22. Peter is the "father" of this site so volunteers some of his time. He now has a business that helps other car clubs and has had to reduce his role with AACA. There are only so many hours anyone can devote to volunteer work and Peter has been with the forums from day one so it is only natural that he has stayed involved in some capacity. Nothing unusual here at all!! As a side note, the capacity that Peter works on this forum benefits the BCA and all other car clubs and for that they are not charged a dime. If it were not for Peter's help in the upgrades and saying on top of the latest trends in forums we would have a hard time keeping these forums that are free to all other car clubs. So in a sense, he is doing volunteer time to other clubs as well as his business.
    2 points
  23. A reasonably skilled hacker could hack the account you use here too.......are you SURE you're YOU?........ .......
    2 points
  24. My newest vehicle is a `82 S-10 I bought new in Dec. `81, almost 900,000mi and I can fix it at the side of the road if need be, don`t have to take to someone to hook up a computer to it to charge and tell me what`s wrong, and I can fix anything on it for less than one months payment on a new vehicle, I haven`t had a car payment since 1984. I don`t even have a cell phone, wouldn`t even know how to turn one on. Just barely know how to use a personal computer. I guess I just don`t know what I`m missing. To me the best invention ever is "Pay at the pump".. Hope all you people with these new-fangled-contraptions have a nice day..
    2 points
  25. When I bought the 1925 Buick the guy said he would look for the manual's . here is one of them I just found a box at my machine shop full of stuff that got covered up some how in my office .I keep thinking man no 1925 manual,s but all of the other year's are covered ! For the other Buick's I have
    1 point
  26. Depending on how and how much you drive, bias ply will last 15+ years but only 15,000 miles; radials will (in hot south central Texas) last 5 years and up to 60,000 miles. Remember when you wore out a set of bias plys they could be recapped or put on your utility trailer and stay there until ruined or for another 15 years before they rotted.
    1 point
  27. A stopped clock is right twice a day. This comes up quite a bit in the forums. If you want to put a value on some vanilla car that has 10 public auction sales in the last year then I agree a price guide may be ok. Cars that rarely or never sells publicly, don't trust a price guide. Cars that are hugely impacted by engine or transmission options or some other little esoteric details don't trust a price guide.
    1 point
  28. Very nice. Those pyro kits are fun to build.
    1 point
  29. Perhaps I should explain a bit more about the oil pressure issue. The original system was a drip oiler run off the front pulley. For any number of reasons, I'd prefer not to use that. It wasn't as good as a recirculating pump and I'm sure they knew that. This was the last year it was used. The vane pump I've designed will work off the back of the camshaft with no alterations to the original crankcase but, it is a problem getting its output down to the recommended levels. Given the diameter and length of the bearings, Heldt recommends about 445 cubic inches of oil at maximum revolutions per minute which I'm optimistically saying is 1800 rpm. The pump will produce about 1/2 cubic inch per revolution or 900 cubic inches at 1800 rpm. I could easily alter the pump to produce twice that amount so my problem is figuring out how volume I need to supply the bearings and maintain some pressure. The oil lines may not feed directly to the bearings. I don't know because the engine was apart when I got it and there are no internal oil lines... but there may have been. I might also be able to add them (and I am inclined to do so) but until I start on the bottom end I won't know exactly what I'm dealing with.
    1 point
  30. Years ago a Mayoral candidate here was asked how he would address the prostitution problem in town. Among other remarks he was quoted as saying "prostitution leaves a bad taste in your mouth". He was not elected.
    1 point
  31. I would highly recomend visiting the Benzworld forum prior to purchase. Lots of DIY types on that site, the model specific collective knowledge is fantastic. I can tell you, despite its reputation as uber complex, I have saved a ton of dollars and aggrivation thanks to that group with our earlier r107 chassis SL.
    1 point
  32. Nope, Don't cover my plates. Yup, I am having fun with it. Nope, don't do facebook or other "social media". Nope, not paranoid. Just think they are boring and stupid beyond all reason. Yup, there is no privacy left but feel there is little reason to feed the beast for no good reason. Nope, not at all surprised at the reaction to my post..........................Bob
    1 point
  33. No, I did not buy it and yes, I believe it is $195.00. I thought it was a good price, but I was born good lookin' but not rich....
    1 point
  34. I experienced this going to Austin airport. It routed me to a commercial area behind the airport and almost made my daughter late for a flight.
    1 point
  35. You never know, the judges are only allowed to "take a knee" to look under your car. I tried it once just because, and the two I took did pretty well. Of course they were both late model Rivs so they did not need that much, but I did clean the underside some before going to the meet. As nice as your car is I'm sure it/you would do well!
    1 point
  36. Question for which there may not be an answer. Is there a quality filter that is a longer filter thats is the same diameter and will screw onto the filter housing? It might make a slight difference in the amount of oil the crankcase would hold but it would have that much more area of filter material.
    1 point
  37. First, None of the information submitted is really much of a secret, and second, the Google Document for the Survey contains the following information, "This form was created inside of Arlington Public Schools."
    1 point
  38. I see where you are going , Dave , but the very definition of a school project implies meaningful results in an ultimate sense. Compound that with Ashley’s lifelong association with the hobby , and the result is considerably more than just empirical data. It may be of greater or lesser value to THIS audience , but the value to Ashley is considerable. I also would be interested in any conclusions or insights derived from this. Also curious to know what cars Ashley (isn’t Ashley a gender neutral name ? I have known m&f Ashleys , or is there some spelling differentiation?) , has grown up with. Ashley , I wish you great success in all your endeavors. In that some measures of success are represented by financial achievement , I hope that will in some way accompany a happy career based in something you and your colleagues find fascinating. Then you can enjoy the buyers market to come if and when you continue in the hobby. Thank you very much for stopping in here and shining some warm light on us ! Old , but not always in the way , - Cadillac Carl
    1 point
  39. PA has been redirecting the diesel/gas tax money away from roads to fund the PA State Police, Mass transit and other things for YEARS and roads and bridges have suffered. The PA Turnpike is also required by law to give a portion of it's toll funding to non turnpike agencies to fund them. That also leaves them short for turnpike maintenance and repair. Until we can get rid of (ie vote out) just about EVERY politician in the PA state legislature things are not going to change.
    1 point
  40. Touch screens can be quite useful, best place on the dash to stick your 3M post-it note with the directions to the airport terminal gate that the GPS can't find. Yes the touch screen was dangerous to use while driving when it first came out, but newer models have overcome the eyes off the road distraction with radar distance sensing safety automatic braking system. They also have side impact airbags for those days when you drive through the stop sign while you are busy turning off the heater fan that went to full when you touched the wrong part of the pad. Got to have the new car infotainment systems, no getting around it. It's not just a radio anymore, it's part of the computer network that makes the car work. Can't think of anything more irritating to have prominently displayed on the dash than the name of the song and recording artist. Guess they had to put something on the screen to justify the couple thousand dollars of computer aided network that replaced the oil and alternator lights while you are waiting for an important "your vehicle has experienced a lock system failure pull over and seek service" message. I have the big thicker than the owners manual radio book and I figured out how to get rid of all the worthless information the radio displays. I've gotten quite used to driving with the radio turned off over the past couple of years and when I need to use GPS, I plug in the old tom-tom.
    1 point
  41. Agreed. I HATE the touch-screens. Who thought that was a good idea? You have to take your eyes off the road, scroll through multiple screens, and aim your finger at a thing that may or may not be a button. I don't need to wear my glasses to drive, but I do need them to read the radio. It's beyond idiotic. On the plus side, however, that touch screen can certainly take a punch. Didn't even crack when I lost my temper.
    1 point
  42. Do whatever you can to experience driving as many cars as you can. The first generation cars are small compared to the later models. They are tight in the driver's seat for elbow room. I had a '68 and a '66 before I bought my '64. The '64 is pretty close to Skylark size inside. The chassis on the '72 is a whole lot different with a perimeter frame instead of an X-frame. Depending on how you are going to lift it for home garage service is a consideration overlooked sometimes. If a '72 is your dream car, I would say stick with that model until you find the right one. Short term ownership is not common with most Riviera, or Buick in general, purchases. Stick with first choice. Buying exactly what you want works much better than second choice. Take the time to look at some rough ones. Seeing the spots that go bad from neglect will give you pointers of where to look when the shiny one seems to smell like fresh paint. These are 40 to 50 year old cars. Buying one ain't the smartest thing you can do with your money. Figure the purchase price as the entry fee. If you think you might get some heat at the kitchen table for a few trips "back to the well" at $500 to $1,000 a whack, start setting a little aside while you are shopping to make those inevitable repairs less of an impact. A tin can with a few 100's in the garage never hurts, just to ease the tension. Your choice is good, though, they are inherently good cars. Bernie
    1 point
  43. Engine color. Leif in Sweden
    1 point
  44. Trading places. I took the yellow 73 SunCoupe off of the lift in the garage and put the Harvest Gold 73 4 speed on it. (It will come out again the beginning of June for the Greenwich Concours.) I then drove the SunCoupe for 20 miles to blow the cob webs out. This Sunday I will take her to the Fairfield Concours D'Caffiene and a 60 mile tour and lunch. If the weather is good I will also take her to the Ct. Cafe Racers lunch in Westport Thursday.
    1 point
  45. First car show of the season. One a top 25. Buick was well received.
    1 point
  46. I've been working a long time on a 1959 Fiat 1200 Granluce (life keeps getting in the way). I delivered the body tub to a gentlemen up the road who does fantastic work so I won't take credit for that. Engine machining was also farmed out, but I've done all the rest. A real learning process and my slow pace helps with that aspect of the project. This summer should have the suspension and drive line reinstalled. I guess that's why watching another "back yard mechanic" restore a car resonates with me. Keep it going!
    1 point
  47. Lots of updates this week; I'm catching up on recent progress. I found an original brake line on a car that was being parted out locally. I didn't think it looked like an OEM piece, but a google search and some bookwork made it clear that this was the correct part. I took my time and used a tubing bender plus a few different diameter pipe fittings and even a 3.5" diameter resonator case to make the proper bends; came out pretty good. I had a professional glass installer come over to install the windshield. He filled the glass channel in the rubber gasket with bedding compound and laid a bead of bedding compound into the glass channel on the body. He inserted a cord into the pinch weld channel of the rubber gasket; the ends of the cord were positioned at the bottom, center of the windshield and taped to the inner glass surface. Here, we are setting the windshield in place. You can see the cords taped to the glass. That began a lengthy process of using the cord to coax the rubber channel over the pinch weld flange, while continually positioning the glass into its correct position. Here's the end result: Now I get to install the moldings. While the installer was here, we test fit all the flat glass into the appropriate channels and I bought enough glass setting tape of the proper thicknesses to install all the door and vent window glass. I also got enough bedding compound to install the quarter and liftgate glass. I plan to tackle those pieces myself. With the windshield installed, I moved on to installing the front inner sheet metal and the engine compartment wire harness. I started on the driver's side, since most of the harness and the battery are on this side. First piece was the inner wheelhouse, along with the core support extension. The +12V junction block and the main section of the engine and lighting harness are resting on the inner side of the wheelhouse.The new master cylinder brake line fit perfectly. Retaining clips aren't installed yet, but the harness length and fitment looks great. This is the headlight and horn connector on the left side of the core support. More soon!
    1 point
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