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  1. 25 points
    Dear friends, Yesterday I submitted my request to Steve Moskowitz and Peter Gariepy to remove my status of BCA Forum Moderator and thanked them for the privilege of doing it for the last ten or so years. I have not received a reply, but feel it important to go ahead and announce it so that a new moderator can be selected/appointed. For a couple of years now I have not spent much time with my cars and tried to make up for that by starting the My Buick Sales and Service garage thread but now I'm not even able to spend time with that. I think it is important that a moderator be more into the subject for which they moderate than I currently am. Additionally my wife and I plan to start traveling a good bit in our newly acquired Airstream and will at times be boondocking off grid where there might not be internet service for several days at a time, therefore creating days of dead space in regards to effectively moderating the forum. Sadly there are other circumstances going on behind the scenes here that also helped with my decision but I will spare you those explanations here. Do know though that it has nothing to do with the current club political controversy, I never back down from a fight. I want to thank every one of you for your support over the last 10 or so years. I have worked to try and build the forum with interesting thread subjects, subforums etc in an effort to maintain interest and keep the forum alive and dynamic. I have tried my damnedest to be as honest, upfront and fair with any editing or removing of posts that I thought improper or hurtful to persons or the forum as a whole. No doubt I got some wrong and I am sorry if so. But God, hasn't it been fun!!!! Watching the builds of cars from rusty shells and of garages from cut up power poles and scrap steel. Following road warriors on their annual trips cross country to Buick meets and the fun and camaraderie they had when there. Hearing happy stories of new Buick purchases and sad ones of when they were lost in a wreck. Believe me when you peruse these accounts and posts thoroughly EVERYDAY, they and the people behind them become a part of your life. And a part I would never want to forget. Not sure how the process of bringing in a new moderator will go but I know there are some good prospects out there, very qualified folks who will be up to the challenge. So anyhow, tha's it my friends. Love ya all, every effin one a ya. Buickly, MrEarl cc @Steve Moskowitz @Peter Gariepy
  2. 25 points
    Discussions of BCA Club Business/Politics Folks, we have come to a 3 pronged fork in the ol’ Buick Highway in relation to the discussion of BCA Club Business and Politics. One would have had to have been hiding under a rock if they are not aware of the disruption and disturbance that a recent thread brought to our generally peaceful and friendly forum. I have always tried to allow discussions to ebb and flow unchallenged and unimpeded but feel that I may have been negligent in intervening in a few in the past. I would first like to say that contrary to some of yall’s perceptions that I have been biased and one-sided in my efforts to moderate some threads, I ask that you please believe me when I say I have tried my best not to be and to please put aside those perceptions and allow me the opportunity to try and move us out of the ugly quagmire that we are in. Back to the forks in the Buick Highway. The fork on the left is the fork we seem to be headed toward. It is full of potholes and dead man curves filled with more fomenting, stir the pot posts, back and forth bickering, hurt feelings, lost friendships and lost members. The center fork is one of a positive environment, civility, continued old friendships, helping one another with their cars and the making of new friends and very importantly, new members. It is a multi-lane road that all drivers, pre-war, post-war, modifieds, performance, Riviera’s, Reatta’s, and Opels can drive down at their own speed. It looks to be nicely paved with beautiful scenery, rolling hills and gentle curves. The fork on the right is one that I don’t think anyone would want to be forced down. It is filled with total censorship of any Club Business/Politics discussion and would involve potential loss of communication and informative discussions that are vital to our Clubs health and growth, and ends with us falling into a giant sink hole. SO folks, I have chosen to take the center fork and I hope you will all join me as we head down it. But take notice, I see quite a few regulatory signs down that peaceful roadway we will have to abide by if we are going to enjoy the ride. Those signs include No Nonfactual or Knowingly False or Inaccurate Comments, No Speculative or Conjectural Discussions aimed at stirring the pot, No Tempestuous Arguments, No Political Grandstanding (save it for the Bugle BOD candidate issue), No Personal Attacks, No Defamatory or Slanderous Assertions, No Provoking/Abusive Language, No Threatening, Harassing or Hateful comments. And be aware, enforcement will be stricter and those unwilling to comply with those posted signs or those who post discussions that a moderator considers as to having disturbed the order, dignity and harmony of this forum may find those posts removed and themselves left behind and standing on the side of the road. Nothing really new here, just some clarification of what you agreed to when you signed up here that I hope will make more clear the guidelines I will be using to keep the Buick Highway a more friendlier and peaceful highway. Drive safely my friends.
  3. 24 points
    Well, after 21 years with the same company helping to recruit and hire healthcare professionals, I've officially RETIRED! Of course I've done it before when I retired after 23 years in the U.S. Navy, but this time I'm not wondering what my second career will be- it's already happened, and it certainly was enjoyable and so satisfying. To think the people we hired made such a difference in peoples lives is awesome. Proud also of the projects I initiated to hire our veterans. Those talented hospital corpsmen and medics can do so much more than what is normally allowed in the civilian world, and now we're successfully breaking down barriers for them and putting their experience and skills to work in the right place. Friday was officially my last day at work, although I'll go back later this week for my retirement luncheon and to pick up a few things still in the office. I woke up this morning without an alarm clock, didn't have to fight traffic, and spent the day leisurely sorting and packing for Hershey. Best part of this is I won't need to work by axx off so I can go, ain't worried about what's going on while I'm gone, and won't have to unscramble some crisis when I get back. Sweeeeeeettttttt! So-if I walk by at Hershey with a kinda frozen smile on my face just figure I'm having a really great time! Terry
  4. 23 points
    Please allow an old man to brag a bit. After 37 years of restoring professionally the business was turned over to my 35 year old Son Devon two years ago. I still come in every day and do a bit of upholstery and woodwork but for the most part I just get in the way. At last week's Hershey we showed a 1960 Eldorado Biarritz which was the first full restoration run completely by my Son from start to finish. Happily it was well received and garnered a First Junior Award. I can now rest easy knowing the business is in good hands
  5. 22 points
    "With that in mind, can anyone summarize--perhaps without using names--what, exactly is going on? Can both sides be explained in a cool, calm way so that someone like me (and I presume a great majority of the BCA membership) can sort of understand what's going on?" Since I am a writer, I will try to summarize: I think the bad feelings began when the Driven Class (not judged to high standards, but a little more than just "display-only) cars were relegated to a remote parking lot that was walled off from the rest of the meet by a high fence at the South Bend, IN. national meet. This led to a feeling among Driven Class and non-judged car owners that they were being treated as unwanted step-children compared to the cars being judged in the 400-point classes. The awards banquet at the end of each national meet tends to reinforce that perception, with most of its emphasis being on trophies and awards. Pre-War cars, being harder to get parts for and tougher to keep in an original state--especially if you want to drive them on today's roads--tend to congregate in the Driven Class, the Modified Class, or the Display-only class, unless the owner is well-heeled enough to do a total restoration and bring the car to the meet in an enclosed trailer. There are exceptions, but that's the norm. The bad feelings got worse when in subsequent national meets the Pre-War (and other) cars were separated from each other depending on what they had signed up for (400-point; Archival; Display-only; Modified, or Driven Class), and at some meets there were assigned parking spaces for the entire meet, based on what type of judging or non-judging the car's owner had signed up for. In the meantime, people got elected to the BCA Board who were and are quite stratified in the types of Buicks they focus on. We have some Board members who are only interested in Pre-WWII cars, and have little knowledge or interest in newer Buicks. Likewise, we have some Board members who are only interested in the later model Buicks and have little knowledge or interest in the older ones. This deepens the divide. Add to that, a lack of financial reporting to the membership of the club for nearly three years, following the sudden death of our long-time club accountant, Joel Gauthier, and suspicions tend to build up about what is going on with the club's finances. This has recently been rectified, with the publication a few months ago of an annual financial report in the magazine, but it took nearly three years to do so and a lot of reputational damage was done in the meantime. In addition, an outside auditing firm has recently been hired, after a Board member made an issue out of the lack of audits and adequate financial reports for many years and the club's build-up of a large financial reserve, which, (from my perhaps uninformed point of view), the reasons for and size of the reserve were not adequately communicated to new Board members as they came onboard. When the reserve reached or got close to $700,000, one alarmed Board member reported the club to the IRS, out of fear that it would lose its non-profit status, and when he could not get a majority of the Board to acquiesce to his concerns. He also alleged wrong-doing by some, but that has not been proven and should not be brought up unless or until it is proven, and I doubt that it will be. Carelessness--maybe. Evil or bad intent--I sincerely doubt it. This has made the divisions and bad feelings even worse. At about the same time, the BCA Board majority removed the Director of the BCA's Pre-War Division due to concerns that the division's membership records were not being tracked and newsletters were not being distributed with regularity. The majority of the Board then took the step of appointing another Pre-War Division Director, and this person at about the same time attacked the Board member who reported the club to the IRS, with a petition for his removal from the club. At the same time, the Pre-War Division held their own election and elected another member as their Director. So, now you had two competing directors for the same Division--one with a lot of "baggage" due to his very public attack on the Board member at a national meet and not having been elected by anybody other than the Board majority, and the other duly elected but by a somewhat questionable list of Pre-War Division members. This brings us down to the current BCA Board election situation, in which there is a definite "us versus them" group, as well as a couple of unaffiliated or perhaps uninformed Board candidates in the current group of eight candidates. Much like the national Republicans versus Democrats, each camp is making claims about the other that are probably more extreme than reality. For example, the establishment group (for lack of a better term) is not against Pre-War cars or non-judged cars as the challengers might have you believe; and the challengers (for lack of a better term) do not want to eliminate BCA judging (as the establishment group would have you believe), they just feel there is too much emphasis on it. So, that's where we are, and I will probably be attacked by one group or the other for what I have written above--so be it. I'm a 40-year BCA member who has had a lot of involvement with the club and that's my perspective, as fairly as I can write it. Pete Phillips, BCA #7338
  6. 20 points
    While taking time at lunch to watch a celebration of the work and life of Martin Luther King Jr., I couldn't help but think that as old car lovers we often find ourselves reminiscing or fantasizing (for those younger members) about a time gone by. Let's not forget about the trials and struggles that got us where we are today. Let's not forget, the past is different for everyone, we all have a different journey, some not so rosey. I for one appreciate the style and simplicity of the past, however I would never live there. Appreciate the treasures we care for from the times gone by, but also appreciate the forward movement of the human story. Remember that we are all 99.999% genetically identical and appreciate the differences in your neighbors, friends, coworkers.....Do something good!
  7. 20 points
    If you're a white guy older than 50 and still sporting dreadlocks, you have made a very wrong turn in your life somewhere.
  8. 18 points
    Oh and here’s a follow up of the ditch digging photo. The Argosy barn has lights. But nothing compared to Gods light as displayed in this photo. Thank ya Jesus, thank ya Lord🙏
  9. 18 points
    WOW my generation gap is showing, I saw the title listed and when I clicked on this expected to see an MG , TC not a Chrysler Town and Country. Anyone else have that reaction as well?
  10. 16 points
    OK, so yes, this could just go in the ACD section, but thought it might be of more general interest. Sometimes things happen that make you scratch your head while wondering what cosmic forces are at work. I own a 1937 Cord phaeton, unrestored, which means it's not totally "original" as far as paint goes, but it's never been taken down to it's component parts. A number of years back, I took it to the ACD Festival in Auburn. While there, I had it "certified" by the ACD club, which basically means it's a real car, has genuine factory components, and is now documented in the Club's archives. While having my Cord certified, it was pointed out that my car did not have the correct engine, but not to worry, a LOT of Cords have replacement engines. The "factory" in Auburn was kept open (by another person, but that's a longer story) into the 1950's for ACD repair and refurbishment, and the thought is that my engine and transmission were changed out then. My transmission has traces of red paint, which I was also told may be an indication of a 50's refurbishment. So, by now you're asking, where is this story leading? I'll make it simple. The fellow in the ACD club who's in charge of the Certification project was a recipient of a few emails from me about another subject, and he casually mentioned "Oh, by the way, I have the engine out of your Cord..." WHAT?? Yes, data plate on the car shows engine number FB 2035, I have that engine that was in a group of parts that I found. So, let me make this clear. I bought a Cord in 1985, with an engine that had been replaced at least 30 years prior to that, and here it is almost 40 years after I bought the car and YOU HAVE THE CORRECT ENGINE FOR IT?!?! I made a trip into the wilds of Pennsylvania today with a good friend of mine, and acquired the engine. I have no plans to rebuild and install, although the block is in great condition, but just having it with the car means a lot to me. Attached pictures of car data plate and engine number. Am I blessed with some good luck, or what? And don't say "what"....
  11. 16 points
    Here in Northern California the nights are around 31 with a high of about 50 degrees. With a storm forecasted for the weekend I decided to get the 1929 Studebaker President out for a New Years drive today. Headed up into the foothills and put about 60 miles on the Studebaker. The day was perfect for driving in the hills on quite back roads.
  12. 16 points
    we just finished up my 1915 pre-fab gas station with pre-visable Gilbert & Barker gas pumps . Also working on a 1913 standard gas station with island pump cover will more of standard when finished . The windows came from old 100 year old building s that have been demo .
  13. 15 points
    Well here it is, my big anouncement. My dealer has supplied steady feed to my addiction and this time I've been entrusted with one of his favorites. I am purchasing buttercup from Buick Gardens. After fixing some errors made by the owner previous to Lamar, she will be well cared for, driven, and enjoyed. Oh did I mention insured to max also? More photos to come.
  14. 15 points
    Yesterday I picked up a 1955 Special 4 door sedan, that is actually for my son. I had bought a car for his sister, who is about 9 years older, at about his age (she still has it, an '05 Sebring convert), so I had promised to buy him one, when he was old enough. Instead of a modern car, he wanted a vintage car. His desires, lke so many of us here are varied, for the "Doc" Hudson Hornets, '65 Rivs, 46-48 Sendanettes and the second gen Skylarks, from 61-63, plus Corvettes, and other performance cars. We considered many, lots that were way too expensive, as I had a specific price range to stick to. Importing a car to Canada from the US these days is so expensive, by the time the exchange, taxes, duties, and transport are paid for, it nearly doubles the purchase price of the car. Then whatever needs to be done to it is more. This car was quite local to us, about an hour's drive, and is a running driving car, and was licensed and driven last year. Canadian built, and I think that the only option it has is a Dynaflow, no radio, no PS or Brakes either. The Dynaflow leaks like any good Buick should. We'll see if it can get to an acceptable level or if it has come out sooner rather than later. This is resonably solid car, and shows 57,000+ miles and might be correct, by the obvious wear and tear signs, pedals, floor mats, etc. The floor mats are interesting, rubber up front, and a very short loop pile in the back seat, and it appears original. The has damage, like something fell on it, but it was painted over, not straightened very well at all. So this is for sure a 20 to 30 footer. Plan is to chack things out, fix it and get it certified, hopefully this Spring. We shall see. The picture shows the seller on the left, and my son Graham on the right with the on the car trailer, just after we loaded it up. More to come later. Keith
  15. 15 points
    Just thought I’d mention the efforts of those who post detailed restoration threads in this forum. For many, there are hours and hours of research spent on their project then hours and hours of physical work spent. While many understand those parts of a restoration, I don’t believe many realize unless they’ve done it, is the hours spent documenting their work. Many of us enjoy reading, viewing the pictures, and learning from these people, most don’t realize or fully understand the immense effort put in to make those threads so entertaining and informative. Time is spent by stopping ones work to take step by step pictures, more-time spent by recording measurements, readings, etc., Then, when the physical work is done, most relax by going through their daily pictures, notes, and general mental thoughts to prepare their often daily posts. I personally spend hours and hours in my garage though my wife barely complains of being a “garage widow”. What she does complain about is all the time spent on my computer or iPad. She often says “you’d have more things done on your car if you spent less time on the damn forums!” So thinking of what she said I immediately realized that I’m just a small part of all spending the same amount of time posting their work. My hat goes off to those here like Luv2wrench, Mike Macartney, Ron Haussmann, Matt Hinson, Joe Puleo, Hurrst, Rich Bad, Laughiing Coyote, and all the others. This forum is the most enjoyable on the site because of all you.
  16. 15 points
    More and more, cars make NO ECONOMIC SENSE, that said, why should they. I buy and drive what I like, to hell with the money/cost/out. While I don’t want to flush money down the drain, a well lived life for a car guy with gasoline in his veins means owning and driving interesting vehicles. Keeping it in perspective and within ones means is reasonable, but I have made and lost seven figures on cars in the aggregate, in the end, what does it matter. I have had more fun than any reasonable person could expect. And I’m still doing it. I plan to die broke, shrouds don’t have pockets. Ed PS- One can always make more money, no one can buy more time.......no matter how much you have. Drive you car.......your time is shorter than you realize.
  17. 15 points
    On New Year's Day our 1920 Model K-46 Buick turned 100 years old. Well, not exactly on January 1st, but, according to its frame number and Buick Motor Company car and engine production data, the car was built in the 1919 calendar year. We now have 2 Buicks in the shop that are 100 years old and getting older by the day. The K-46 has 4,596.3 miles on the odometer as of 1/3/2019. I don't know if that is a qualified record or not, but less than 46 driven miles per year is simply amazing to this enthusiast. I would not want anyone to think that we're honking our own horn here, but having 1 brass era car and now a nickle era car that are 100 years old is something that we are really proud of. The 1922 is waiting in the wings for a couple more years to reach its 100th anniversary. Terry and Barbara Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  18. 15 points
    Mark was correct. The car was calling to me and I couldn't resist. I talked to the seller, we reached an agreement, and I bought the car. Guess I will be heading to Tennessee soon to haul it home for my next project. Pete Phillips
  19. 15 points
    I can't believe it's been a year since I purchased the Slattery 53 Skylark at auction. I really started the restoration in May/2018......lots of rust repairs...floors...rockers.. I got the motor to run pretty good....no smoke...transmission feels ok..... I got the car in Rust Defender today.....i thought I'd post an update photo. The goal is a nice driver.....so far so good....lots of work though....but having fun. Thanks, Mike B in Ct
  20. 14 points
    Well, I sold my 70 Skylark in October this past year. I kept saying I wasn't going to buy another car for a while, but sometimes they just fall into your lap. I am picking it up on Tuesday (possibly Monday if I can work the schedule). A bit of a long-winded story, but I'll try to keep it short. Lance and I went to go look at a 57 Roadmaster 75 coupe that is currently advertised on eBay. It is local to me, so we made a day out of the inspection. The coupe came from a wealthy collector in Southern CA that is having this dealer broker his cars. Apparently, he is selling anything that is not valued at $1 million or more. Oooook then. We were less than impressed with the coupe, so proceeded to small talk the dealer, and found out the owner has another 57 that he sent over in another building. He said "You don't want to see it, it's a turd and the transmission is out." We said, "we'd like to see it please." So 30 minutes later, a guy brought a key to the other building and opened the door. What we saw was this car in the photos. Yes, the transmission is not currently "working," but I am hopeful that it's a simple fix. Even if it's not, I'm not concerned. It does need an exhaust system, the current one is pretty rotted. It originally was all garnet red top and bottom, but sometime in its life it was painted its current combo. All (or most) of the chrome is original clean, no pits. Interior has been redone is mostly correct fabrics. Dash pad and upper door panels are not quite right, but I can handle that. Headliner has a white perforated material that isn't right either, but that's a pretty easy fix. It's just a clean car. Factory AC and wonderbar radio. Not a speck of rust to be found anywhere. I've been hounding the guy for 2 weeks to get a price from the seller, and he finally got back with me yesterday. Today, the deal is 99% done. I just have to sign some paperwork and pay him. We currently have snowmageddon 2019 happening, so I can't get back out there until Monday or Tuesday. If I could've picked it up today, I would have. Darn snow storm rolled in about 1pm today. I plan to have this in OKC this year. I have to thank Lance for allowing me to buy this ahead of him. We were both salivating at the prospect. I'll have to make sure I get his black 57 extra spiffy for him. This is the "turd" ...it's better in person. It still has all the grime on it from the trip East..
  21. 14 points
    I am a new member of BCA. My car is a 1963 Buick Wildcat convertible that I purchased in January of 2018. My grandfather had a 63 Wildcat a brand new 2 dr hardtop in Granada red/blk and even then at 9 years old I knew it was a special car. Grandpa Bill was a Buick man all the way. In my life, he owned a 56 Century, a 61 LeSabre, the Wildcat and his last car a 1965 Buick Electra. He was the superintendent of the two mills owned by Arcata Redwood Co. of California. He lived in the executive home owned by the company and it was clear by what he drove he was doing well enough for a man who came from nothing and had no formal education. I know there are Buick enthusiasts out there who don't think much of the Dynaflow transmission but that is one of the features that I loved most about his Wildcat and now mine. His wife "Babe" had an all-out driving style. She was on the gas all the time. I'd sit with my chin on the back of her seat and wait to get thrown back when she accelerated. I didn't really understand the mechanism at that age but I knew that the Wildcat was the smoothest car I had ever ridden in. When the big logging trucks would see the Wildcat coming up from behind on the 2 lane highways they would pull over as far as they could and let the bosses wife go by. And what a sound! I smile every time I drive mine. Can't wait for spring! Still getting used to this site. I hope I posted this correctly.
  22. 14 points
    In the rush to complete the car for the Autorama deadline, I have fallen a little behind on my project updates. Let's skip the last 4 weeks of work and take a look at the car on display at the 2019 Detroit Autorama. Move-in day was Wednesday; the show opens at noon on Friday and runs unti 7pm Sunday. Larry Schramm graciously allowed me to use his enclosed trailer to move the Caballero in the slushy mess on Wednesday. I doubt his trailer has ever carried anything this heavy; we calculated teh trailer + vehicle weight at approximately 7700 pounds. 20190227_153613 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr I've never had a car in this show; it's an exciting day for me! 20190227_153554 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr We dropped the 2 cars (my Caballero and the Modified 74 Corvette) in Masterworks' spot and left as soon as possible. There are about 800 vehicles being delivered in a 36 hour window; you can't leave your tow rig in the building any longer than absolutely necessary. 20190227_170331 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr One happy guy... 0227191641.jpg.ef5664229c7ddb1571c395dabffff5ec by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr We made a last-minmute decision to make "Before" posters; Schramm to the rescue...again! 20190301_085728 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr I like the "Air Born B-58 Buick" advertising materials and logo; the decorative plate turned out great! 20190301_085756 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr Cloth pull-up sign to tell a little story and thanks the major helpers! 20190301_114915 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr Ready for Friday opening 20190301_114943 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr 20190301_115004 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr 20190301_172323 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr 20190301_172350 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr 20190301_172405 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr POM6 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr POM10 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr POM11 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr POM12 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr That's me, cleaning and preening the car. I figure I've earned the right to wear that "Authorized Valve-in-head" service shirt by now! POM18 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr POM22 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr TRh ecar drew a lot of attention. THere was almost always a small knot of 3 to 12 people checking it out and asking questions. 20190302_111636 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr Family visitors; my daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren came to check out our handiwork P1050016 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr I didn't win any awards with the car; the class competition (1958 - 1967 Restored) was fierce and I agreed with the judges selections of the top cars in the class. Mine was close, but not as perfect as the winners. All in all, a great weekend! I'm going to be off-line for a week. I'll add more photos when I'm back. Thanks again to Pat (BuickEstate) for his interior work, Jim P (57BuickJim) and Larry Schramm for years of hard work, support and help in bringing this baby home!
  23. 14 points
    Well it is move in day for the Detroit Autorama. Here are some pictures of loading it from the shop and taking it to Cobo Hall in Detroit. I even got to ride in the car. Joe told me that I was the first person to ever ride in the car since it is done. While we were putting it on the floor of Cobo, there were a number of persons coming over to look at the car. It truly is a stunning vehicle with all of the triple chrome overlay from the '58 model year. Enjoy the pictures.
  24. 14 points
    Well it is official. Brian Heil is retiring from General Motors after 39 years and 1 month of service. I attended his mass retirement party last Friday at the GM Propulsion Headquarters in Pontiac, MI. Great engineer that had a number of patents to his name especially for his work on the 3800 V6 engine. Now he can come on more tours with the group!! PS: In the picture he is standing real TALL for his contributions to GM.
  25. 14 points
    Sunday December 30, 2018: Final visit to Bob's paint shop for the hand compound and final polishing I have 190 miles on her now, and Bob had a few days open in his shop schedule to get the Buick in for the last steps to finish the paint. There were a few touch-ups to make around the hood and a boo-boo I made in the trunk. The most pressing issue for me was the hood alignment at the front. So over the last few days, Bob fixed all that stuff and I got her back this afternoon. (Disclaimer: I had a REAL TOUGH time trying to resize photos tonight! I took hours trying to get these on the site) Back in Bob's shop for the final paint work. Here's the front end and the hood (mis)alignment. I just couldn't stand the way it all lined up. And touch-up work needed on the forward edges of the hood where it meets the front clip. As always, Bob takes his time and evaluates every inch of the car. I caught him doing a little fine touch-up on the inner surface of the trunk lid. I like watching the technique. After the front edges were all touched up. Now she's ready for the hand compounding. Using this 3M product, Bob hand-rubbed the entire car, starting with the roof. After all that labor, the car then got a finish coat of wax. All the labor done by hand, no machine for this final stage. She looked just beautiful inside the shop under the lamps..... ..... and looked even better outside! The front hood / grille area lines up so much better now! The gaps look great on both sides. (I'm really sorry for the poor quality of these photos.... some are dropped down to 218KB.... ) I took my nephew out for a 20-mile run! So much fun. 2-years ago he was two. Now he's four and loves the cars. Have a great night out there! I wish you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year!! Gary
  26. 13 points
    Have an illegal do it for you, end of problem.
  27. 13 points
    The temp went up to the 60's today so we took the '13 out for a drive.
  28. 13 points
    Here is where we are as of today. See pic. I am not sure how well it will run but with the enormous assistance from those of you around the country I am sure it will run. This coming week we only need fuel in the carb and a hot to the coil. Once it starts we will proceed to the reassembling of the body. Hopefully we saved one more Buick.
  29. 13 points
    Yesterday, February 26, 2019, I helped to build the last Ford Taurus Sedan. It was a black one--fitting for a Ford. When I came in for my 6pm to 6am shift at the Ford Motor Company Chicago Assembly Plant on February 25th, we were told that the last Ford Taurus had been built. People apparently were signing a car or the hood of a car to commemorate the event in a lobby area near where the cars rolled off the line. Sure enough, we produced Ford Explorers all night. Near the end of my shift, low and behold, a Ford Taurus came down the line. My line built the doors of what I think was the last Ford Taurus between 0430 and 0530 central time on February 26, 2019. Since I knew that some car was being signed down at the end of the line and sensing a potential last car controversy down the road, I decided that I needed to record the circumstance of the last Ford Taurus to come down the line. I went over to the end of my production line to record the VIN and the Ford Rotation Number (and noting the time) of the what I thought would absolutely be the last Ford Taurus. A line supervisor saw what I was doing and gave me a build sheet from the car. So the last Ford Taurus has been built. I don't know if another Ford Taurus had been built while I was sleeping off my 11.5 hour midnight shift. I hope not. Back in 1986, I worked at a place called Nu-Car Carrier, where we transported the first generation Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable cars from the Chicago Assembly Plant to the nearby Railyard or Truck Transport terminals for transport to Ford dealerships across the country. So I was there at the beginning of the Ford Taurus run and I was there for the end of the Ford Taurus production run. No one thinks of the Ford Taurus as a classic car, but the Ford Taurus was in production almost continuously for 34 years, longer than the Model T and the Model A combined. I am proud to have been there for this part of Ford Motor Company history. . . .
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    Skinniest tires I've ever owned...
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    I had the '41 Roadmaster out late this afternoon and took this quick shot of it in the trees. Not out for a real drive, but there was some wood I wanted which the car was blocking in. So I just drove around our circle drive a bit to get it warmed up a. Keith
  34. 13 points
    If someone shows up with money in hand willing to buy the car, take whatever he's offering and run. Cars of this vintage are very tough to sell in good condition, projects are far, far more difficult. Add in the fact that it's a sedan and has apparently already had someone chipping away at it (which means there's potential work just to get it back to zero--do I see wafer board in the top structure?), and it's going to be a tough sale under the best of conditions. He will not get ripped off because the car's value is such that it's only worth what the one or two guys who might want it are willing to pay, and he's going to have to spend some money advertising it nationally or globally to find those guys. This isn't a situation where some neighborhood guy will walk by and fall in love or an ad in the local paper will find an eager new owner. He needs to balance what he thinks it's worth against the fact that you can buy a restored, ready-to-drive '20s Cadillac sedan for less than it will cost to rebuild this car's engine. I don't mean to sound negative, but it's important to the hobby that artificially inflated values and unrealistic expectations not perpetuate themselves and prevent cars from getting into the hands of people who will care for them. If someone offers more than a handful of Benjamins, TAKE IT.
  35. 13 points
    Austin Clark lived about 15 miles north of me, and you never called him Henry! 😄 He would always introduce himself and want to be called Austin. He would cringe at that if you called him Henry. I first met him when I was about 17 years old and went to his house in Meadow Spring , Glen Cove , long island . I had a photo of a Mercedes race car o the sands at Ormond Beach, Fla. he wanted to copy and I didn't know who the driver was - he saw it and immediately shouted "that s Willy K.!" (William K. Vanderbilt) We became friends because of my interest ( even then ) of automotive history and that friendship continued until he passed away some decades later. When I wasn't reaching art I worked for him in his library/archives full time cataloging, filing, and looking up information for people that inquired and had questions and sent or called them into the Long Island Automotive Museum that he owned. He also did research on automotive topics for corporate accounts who wanted to document when certain phases of events took place that affected their business. He never expressed any huge interest in the works of Arthur Conan Doyle or the character Sherlock Holmes in the entire time I knew him. ( oddly enough SH is my favorite character in literature, and I have visited many sites in England associated with Holmes) Austin's library of automotive material was donated to the Henry Ford Museum while he was still alive and it took a tractor trailer that was loaded to capacity to get it out to Michigan. In the early 1950s's he rescued the glass plate negative files of Mack truck that were located in Brooklyn , NY ( that was where Mack started) that were to be thrown away. Those glass plate negatives filled 30+ four drawer steel filing cabinets in his basement and are now back with Mack in Allentown, Pa. . Austin was a huge enthusiast of commercial vehicles - trucks, and he and George Norton used to run the Truck Seminar at the AACA annual meeting in Philadelphia at the Bellview-Stratford Hotel. They would give the talk and I would run the slide projector ( that kind of dates when this was done, no computer generated images /equipment!) There were sections of the image presentation that were x rated and it was a standing room only presentation! I always was interested in automotive history, especially due to my art background , the body and coach builders. Austin introduced me to Rudy Creteur of the Rollston Company and the three of us used to go out to lunch together on a regular basis for years. Austin's library and collection inspired me to build my own library ( on coachwork and custom built cars of the WWI to WWII era) as I could see what he had that was in the subject area I was interested in and then try to find examples for my own collection . Austin would add to his collection of material on a regular basis when there would be auctions of material and several times I represented him at the auctions when he was not in town, or if I was in England in vacation he told me" if you see something you know I don't have and think the material is important and price good just get it ! use your own discretion, if you need more $ call me and I will wire it to you". Austin had a great sense of humor , and yes he had spaces at Hershey every year ( he rented a motor home to bring down so he could have a place to see friends in in case of inclement weather , also offer friends some high octane liquid refreshment if they wanted) in the Blue Field ( where the roller coasters now are) . He was a great and loyal friend and we shared many adventures bringing in cars to his collection, going to visit Peter Helck at his house in Boston Corners. He was my inspiration to share the automotive material that I have collected via storys etc , he did this on a much larger scale, and always felt that automotive history was important and needed to be seen and thus appreciated by as many people as possible. It is why he started his auto museum and library. The enthusiasm for the vehicles themselves but also for the storys they had. I have a lot more memories and storys but this is going on way to long and a bit off topic already.
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    As mentioned previously, the AACA allows some latitude regarding period-correct modifications in the DPW class and on tours. This allows people to enjoy the AACA experience without the need to have a 375-point car or an HPOF vehicle. Elitists who harass vehicle owners for their non-authentic components simply drive members away. And when they're gone, so are their dues and future contributions to the organization. To me, this hobby is about the people I meet. The cars just bring us together.
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    Making progress on current projects; a 1958 Special 4-dr. hardtop station wagon and just starting a full restoration on a 1949 Super, very rusty, but runs and has 3-speed stick shift. Hoping to have the '49 done in time to take it to the Oklahoma City national BCA meet in June.
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    Drove my daughter and a couple of her friends to her high school homecoming dance last weekend in the 55 Century.
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    I've been looking for a vintage 50's/60's Sun scope off and on for a couple of years now. Just because I'm familiar with them and they work great on these older cars. This Sun 1015 popped up on craigslist a couple days ago under the "Free" listings. Said it worked great and included the manuals. Dates from 1976, but I just couldn't pass it up. Brought it home, blew off a little dust, plugged it in and it works great!
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    I snapped a few pictures at the Portland Art Museum the other day. The display is called 'The Shape of Speed.
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    My girl paid me a surprise visit this weekend. We went up to Steptoe Butte to watch the sunset last night since she's never been. The smoke isn't too bad right now, but it was thick enough on the horizon to make the sun watchable. Right before it hit the horizon, it went from orange to an almost blood red and there was a visible corona around the sun.
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    Sunday I drove the ole girl to a show at the Moffat Estate. Benefiting the William Kramer Scholarship foundation. Had a good time. All the kids really liked the car. She won her first trophy! The kids choice award. I usually don’t register when I go to events. Also won a free alignment.
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    Ride in the early morning mist. Tom Kunek Victoria, Australia ROA#3845 BCA#47703
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    As some of you know I have been looking for a '41 Special Model 47 for a few years. I wanted a pre-war straight eight car and I like compact cars and this is the closest thing to a compact pre-war Buick there is. (Is compact pre-war Buick an oxymoron? JK) This is the A body four door sedan that was introduced in February 1941. I had looked at several cars both virtually and actually and finally found this one in suburban Detroit. It met my criteria and fit my budget. I bought it sight unseen but I did have fellow BCAers check it out for me. (Thank you Larry Schramm and friend.) When it arrived I was not disappointed. It's an unrestored unmolested rust free car. It has 41,000 miles on the clock and over the years has had one re-paint and the seat cushions have been recovered with NOS material. So it''s a nice clean car. These Pictures were taken last fall the day it arrived. Check it out. Dave B
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    I’m tired of being told what to worry about.......global warming, ice cap melting, sea level rising, socialism coming to America.........I have shut off the tv, and stopped listening to both sides lying to my face like I’m some kind of idiot. The sun will come up tomorrow, and the day after, and so on......I may not be here to see it, but I am quite sure it will. I chose to worry about nothing.........I now just don’t give a s##t about anything...........an life has never been better. Be kind to your family, friends, and fellow man..........life is short, go drive your car.
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    As the jig is ready, why wait longer to glue the letters? To avoid scratches on the paint, I glued a piece of paper at the “B” side of the jig. Then, I attached it temporarily on the trunk and I tried if the first letter, the middle “N” would fit. As the jig was not following the curve from the trunk lid, the letter went a bit under the jig. I tried to restore its position with a screwdriver and I heard “tic” and no N anymore. Nothing around the car…No good at all. As I had no clue about the possible path, I began to search on the floor in the supposed way; I found nothing. Nothing? Not true: I found a partly finished part from a hinge which flew years ago! After maybe two hours without positive result, I decided to remove the jig and correct its shape. And what did I saw? The “N”! It did not fly away, but went under the jig! What a relief! Indeed, I could glue 3 letters each time; therefore I had to prepare less 2 K glue. I will have to clean a bit the lid (I put too much glue at the first letter); I will wait 1 or 2 days to do that. Indeed, I’m satisfied; the distance between letters may not be the same left and right, but it’s hard no notice it.
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    Sunday November 11, 2018: The Marvel - To - Carter Carburetor Swap: (Part Three) The choke heat pipe This was the last thing to do to get the new carburetor installed and functioning. Luckily, Carl sent me his heater, and it worked out perfectly! From the last page. Here is the part I bolted to the manifold. The "U" bolt comes in from the back to hold it tight. Using an old piece of tubing, I made a rough template to follow. Carl's piece bolted in nice and tight, and the new copper tube exiting the hole and running up to the carburetor. This was actually a very easy tube to make. Again, flared it and attached it to the carburetor. I'm still waiting for the "asbestos" wrap to come in to finish it nice, but that's all it needs. Here's the overview of the completed conversion. I am going to paint some things now that I know it all works in there fine. So, I had to take her out and feel the difference. First.... after sitting for 5 days, I didn't pump at all. Simply turned on the key, stepped on the accelerator pedal and "boom" she fired right off! I ran her for a good 10 miles, and when I came back, the choke was fully open and that copper tube was too hot to touch! There is a noticeable difference in the idle. So much smoother and slower. The car has a little more pep. The accelerator pedal is nice and smooth. All the new linkages removed all the slop from the old ones. B E F O R E A N D A F T E R: B E F O R E A F T E R Have a great night! Gary
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