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  1. I snapped a few pictures at the Portland Art Museum the other day. The display is called 'The Shape of Speed.
    6 points
  2. Forum Members, BCA Members, AACA Members, and who ever else cares to listen, The back and forth played out on the forum HAS to stop. Regardless of which side you are on it is NOT in the best interests of the BCA to continue the bickering in public. What is in the best interest of the BCA is to email one, several or all of the BCA Board of Directors of your choosing and tell them your opinions and desires and then let them do the job they were elected to do. We need to be working together for the betterment of the club not dividing ourselves apart. Please, enough is enough lets move on to having fun with our Buicks. Respectfully, BCA PAST PRESIDENT Brian DePouli
    6 points
  3. Matt: AS a BOD member, I received a copy of Jack's email and since for the most part he was giving an opinion to a elect group of recipients, and the fact that a lot of what he was expressing was opinion and some frustration , I would agree that it is best not republished. One related item is that I personally think that since you are a moderator and an administrator , you can be a bit too free with your own opinion on the forum. Calling Jack's request for non forwarding of his email as a demand rather than a request is a bit inflammatory. Just referring to words like " secrecy" will stir up a bunch of non productive comments. The current BOD is in fact working hard to make sure that all our decisions are in the best interest of the BCA. I think it is not in the best interest of the BCA to insinuate that the previous BOD made a lot of errors that the current BOD has to deal with. We are moving forward and we may modify some previous decisions, but whatever is done , please remember that six of our members are previous BOD members and they voted issues based on their conscience. One thing that I have discovered is that to express an opinion on this forum will you wide open to be a target for some members of this forum that thrive on stirring things up. It is one thing when Forum posters make these statements, but it is my belief, that a moderator should remain more neutral. Just my opinion Matt.
    4 points
  4. Ride in the early morning mist. Tom Kunek Victoria, Australia ROA#3845 BCA#47703
    4 points
  5. With all the stalling issues lately, I’ve been focused on getting the Electra tuned. It’s running very nicely now and I have it just about perfect. Took it today to run errands... not a lot of miles but lots of smiles! PS. It’s not cloudy around here it’s supposed to be sunny. It’s all the smoke from the wildfires in this part of North America making its way to the coast.
    3 points
  6. Friday was the local Cruise-In down on the waterfront and after getting my fuel supply in place, fired her up and went for a ride around the block. That felt good! Once back in the driveway checked under the hood and all looked well so washed off the bit of dust from the new house construction next door that always seems to get under a cover. Weather forecast was "iffy" but left the top down and headed to the parking lot to meet up with the usual gang who were texting to see if we were coming and advised they had saved a spot. Busy with good conversation and such when I look up and see a familiar face. It was Gary and his wife which they drove their 1939 Buick to be here. Introduced each other and chatted for a bit looking at my car and then looked at the western skyline... decided to put up the top (as did my friends) and walked over to his Buick to see it before the rain started. I knew this car some 20 or so years ago and it looks very good today. Then the light rain started... Decided to walk back to my car and Gary said they were going into the Casino and get supper. Suggested they head on in before it really rained and as they were out of sight, it rained cats and dogs! Now, this is a car show and one expects to be out and walking around seeing cars but here my wife and I were, sitting in the car with steamy windows (and not for the good reason- LOL) so when the rain eased off a bit, talked to the group who thought about going into the Casino for supper too. Most of us were soaked through and once someone said if we went in there with the air conditioning this wet that some one was going to get ill. With a calculated guess that the evening was shot due to weather, decided to drop off the cars, get changed and meet for a warm dry dinner. It wasn't unanimous so half stayed to brave it out. Our restaurant choice was a bit of a drive and it really rained on the way there but stopped before dinner was over. Sadly we might have made a hasty decision as I saw posting of the Crusie around Town about 5:30 and things had dried up! Still felt good to get behind the wheel of the Special though, even with my temporary fuel supply!
    3 points
  7. I have over a thousand miles on my Trek 21 speed this summer and 70 on my 38 Buick, something is wrong with that picture. But at least I am in shape. Fall driving coming soon.
    3 points
  8. Hi Guys...So today, I went to start the car to take for a longer test drive. Car wouldn't turn over. I was totally irritated and baffled. Checked jumper and found that it was suspect. Changed jumper wire to ballast, and car started right up, still had minimal voltage to coil, so I replaced the ballast resistor and re-configured the jumper wire and Bingo!! Got consistent voltage to coil, with key on, not running of 7.4 -7.5 volts. Hit the starter switch, and it immediately started. Ran at idle speed very well, and took the car for a test drive. Had no issues with hard stop stalling, or any stalling. Car idled great and pick-up and power to car was the best it's ever been! Since it is Dream Cruise here (for you not familiar with it, pretty big event in Detroit area), I decided to try the car out on a drive on Woodward Avenue for a few mile in stop and go traffic (2-10 mph). Again, no issues. Me thinks the problem is pretty much solved. For Willie: I have resistor plugs and resistor wires on the car. At this point, I am not going to change back to points and condenser yet. I seem to have solved the problem thus far. Hopefully for the future as well, but you never know. Thanks to everyone who provided me insight into this. If you need to know how to hook a Pertronix to your Buick, I know have the knowledge and can help. Cheers, Jim
    3 points
  9. Jack, Jack, my previous comment was not concerning an email to the board. It was an email that he was sending to me and a few other people. He did copy you on it. My comments in this discussion are my opinion as a BCA Member. Perhaps my opinion is a bit influenced by the input that I have received from a lot of other BCA members because of my position as a moderator on this forum. My actions in moderation are based on the forum rules. My posts, unless they discuss, moderation, are as just another forum member and a BCA member. You may want to read his email again. He specifically stated, "DO NOT post any of this on your forums." I take that as a demand. I never said that the previous board made "a lot of mistakes". If you read everything that I have posted, I have referred to a few decisions that I think should be revisited by the current board. I have also indicated that I feel that the current board is working to correct those issues. I feel like the club will be improved but simply trying to sweep everything under the rug is not the way to do that. I am encouraged by the recent direction of the board and the communication that I have had with the board in recent days.
    3 points
  10. I have been a bit hesitant to mention one thing about my restoration until it was resolved. I sent my steering wheel, horn button, and horn ring to J.B. Donaldson for restoration. When they finished recasting the wheel they sent it back to me. It looked great. Unfortunately, they lost the horn button and horn ring. It took a bit of time for them to try to find the parts, they did the right thing. When they gave up on finding it after looking everywhere in their building, they bought me replacements for the lost parts. Today, the replacement parts arrived. The replacement horn button is actually in better condition than the one that they lost. I was going to have to paint the one that I sent to them, but the one they bought to replace the lost one is already painted. They look great! I am very happy with their response.
    3 points
  11. Mr. Dieseldart, some national car magazine should write an article about your unusual car. There was a gas shortage around that time, so it clearly made sense to introduce a high-mileage diesel engine into an American car. Meanwhile, if you're an AACA member, take it to Hershey and flabbergast the judges!
    3 points
  12. Don't have my gas tank back yet from the shop but.... rigged up a gas can and was behind the wheel again. It felt good! Can't go far but still look good doing it, right! hahaha
    2 points
  13. Not really back in the Challenge yet but desperate enough to rig a fuel supply and put about 30 miles on even (if it was in the rain!) It started out dry but... As someone has said, "They won't melt!"
    2 points
  14. How about making your own VIN plate with some stamps? maybe a piece of scrap stainless, an attach to the frame with pop rivets, or stamp the frame directly.
    2 points
  15. I could think of worse things to smell like
    2 points
  16. It still looks like an unused horn relay that has been replaced by the one on the right. Does your horn work now? And what is the smaller, light green wire coming in from the left? You might want to replace that whole mess with a proper horn relay/junction block.
    2 points
  17. Shoot. If this guy makes a couple of sales he could retire. I love an optimist.
    2 points
  18. It was for sale in the Northeast on Craigslist recently with a few other overpriced cars. Hard to value a 4 door that was cut down to a "roadster" that the owner wants the money you can buy a real open Cord in similar shape for. Probably the same reason his 61? Plymouth convertible hasn't sold for 150G he is asking for it. I have seen both for sale by him for over a year.
    2 points
  19. If '39 is the same as '50/ and I believe it is, the prefered caster is 3/4 degree, with limits of 1/4 to 1 1/2 degree. The upper pin should be installed such that it holds the upright in the center with upright vertical. Hope that makes sense. Then the camber and caster are set at the same time, per shop manual. 1/4 turn of the adjusting pin gives 1/4 degree caster change. 1/2 turn gives MAX camber adjustment. Ben
    2 points
  20. Another fact is that the vibration of an impact wrench can often safely remove a lug nut that the steady torque of a hand tool cannot. Of course, like any other tool, it works best in the hands of a seasoned technician.
    2 points
  21. Really! Is he a member of the BOD? I missed that if he is. If not his search for secrecy is no more valid than my search for openness. Is it? Ben
    2 points
  22. I don't see communication as a bad thing. Some people still seem to prefer to keep any differences of opinions secret, thinking that the secrecy helps the club. I disagree. Transparency will help solve the problems caused by a lack of transparency over the past years by the previous board. I have learned a lot about the BCA from all of the recent communications with board members and others as a result of this and another recent discussion on the forum. I even got an email from Jack Gerstkemper today by way of another member who received it forwarding it to me after Mr Gerstkemper misspelled my name in my email address in his initial email. Since Mr Gerstkemper's email demands that I not post any of his email on the forum, I won't post it but my reply included, "Personally, I have been in contact with all of the current board members by email and/ or phone recently. It seems to me that the current board is beginning the process of correcting some of the errors of the previous board. I see the discussion as being helpful in correcting the errors of the past. Your insistence on secrecy sounds more like a continuation of the old problems than the current board's move towards transparency in fixing the problems." I have not received a response from him, but I would like to invite him to come onto the forum and join in a civil discussion of the problems and how to fix them.
    2 points
  23. Great detective work CJP. I’ll be watching close to see where this angel goes. Looking at the ignition, air controls and completely worn out floor well side carpet one can assess she was long well driven. White and no AC can be a hard sell sometimes. I hope it sells high at Mecum
    2 points
  24. KInda like looking at what the other half is up to.
    2 points
  25. Rare and interesting car. I have always liked the Darts and this one is rare indeed. Are there any figures on how many were produced? I bought a new 83 Olds Cierra with a factory installed 6 cyl diesel engine in 84 at a huge discount because nobody else would buy it. Great road car for my sales territory. Lots of people today do not think it existed either but it was real.
    2 points
  26. https://ocala.craigslist.org/cto/d/1963-buick-wildcat-4dr/6663478775.html
    2 points
  27. Since this thread covers '35 Auburns, here's a photo of my convertible sedan. Posters are correct -- absolutely great-driving cars. Cruise at 70 at 2,400 RPM -- some are geared even more advantageously.
    2 points
  28. I think this is a 55 Sedan Delivery? Custom for sure but I liked it and it could move pretty fast.
    1 point
  29. Jon, the parts manuals were done year-by-year, each early in the year. Fortunately the PAS Library has the notes of PAMCC engineers Hale and Anson. Founding PAS member Bernard Weis has listed specifics of running changes from the notes of these engineers in his 'recension tables.' I just looked through that portion of the recension tables pertaining to 1930 C model carburetors, and here's what Bernie Weis has listed about carbs: "Eng. no. 101326 this engine no. starts UU-2 carb instead of previously used U-4. Also different manifold used to #102262. Ref. Hale #2498 4/23/30, Anson #19-10 4/28/30 "Eng. no. 102263 Duplex UU-2 carb with long choke rod used from this engine. (Hale)" I emphasize that I have not personally reviewed the Anson and Hale notes. They are part of the PAS Collection at the AACA Library and copies can be obtained through the AACA librarians.
    1 point
  30. Went out to Gibson's yesterday and picked up two of them using Pagett's rule of "buy two, one should work". Will install one today and then I can keep a "known good one" in storage.
    1 point
  31. That woodie was constructed by the late Mark Keilen, who used an original 1939 Pontiac woodie as a model as he restored it back in 2005-2006. As with the original, he used the cowl and nose plus the chassis and engine from a 1939 sedan. All of the wood in your car is new; there wasn't any "old wood" or metal parts from another woodie. Mark fabricated the seat frames from scratch, again using the other car to take dimensions. I used to drop by his shop and watch him work on the restoration projects, including the woodies. Unfortunately, Mark died just two weeks ago, days before the scheduled auction of his shop equipment and a number of cars, including your new acquisition. I think he finished the first Pontiac woodie, yours is the 2nd one, which was scheduled for the brother of the guy that owned the first one. I don't know whatever happened to that deal, but the 2nd one never got finished. To make the woodie parts, he had to buy a big shaper and special cutters to make the finger joints in the wood, plus saws and a planer. I saw Mark only a few days before he died and expressed my surprise that the woodie was still in his shop after all these years. He smiled and shrugged his shoulders, admitted that it was just one project that hadn't been completed but that he wished he could work in someone else's shop to finish it. If he knew that his time was short, he sure didn't let on. Mark was a superb craftsman and one of only about a dozen shops in Massachusetts that restored cars, as opposed to a collision body shop. His shop was in N. Attleboro, Mass, and I think the woodie was the only project he never finished. He did two cars for me. I'm glad you bought the woodie and wish you luck completing it. Keep us posted!
    1 point
  32. On mine, the headlight switch has 4 positions (in theory) - off - cowl lights - low beam headlight - high beam headlight The reality of them is - off - slightly less off - useless glow - a slightly different useless glow - The switch is mounted to the side of the steering column I just got back from a drive and it is well into dark. I don't usually drive the old girl this late. (And I'm still on one headlight). The dash light was freaking searing my eyes. There is a little shield, i closed it and it helped a bit, but then I couldn't see the gauges and there was still a sliver of colapsed star shining out from behind it. I think I'm going to install a dimmer.
    1 point
  33. I have a few parts that I keep my eyes open for, as I am confident I can find ones like these for less than having them rechromed. Some I have already found and then resold the lesser part for the same money. Just depends on what it is and how hard it is to find.
    1 point
  34. No - but we don't waste the packaging. https://www.google.com.au/search?biw=1366&bih=597&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=jlZ3W9a_LIft-QbyrbfwBA&q=kangaroo+scrotum+pouch&oq=kangaroo+scrotum+pouch&gs_l=img.12..0.42893.45981.0.48801.8.8.0.0.0.0.691.1233.2-2j5-1.3.0....0...1c.1.64.img..5.2.971....0.7pCsru6gdi8
    1 point
  35. Thanks for all the help. I did get the emblem removed. Two assumptions that I made incorrectly. I also thought that it was a lot of solder to heat up, and that I would end up putting a lot of heat into the emblem. The emblem has a cup washer attached to it, and that is what is soldered to the bracket. I held the part up on a couple scrap pieces of wood, with a rag underneath to catch the emblem. I applied a little pressure with a screwdriver and heated in multiple places on the solder area with a solder iron around the outside edge. A small propane torch may have been a little quicker, but I am really glad to have this removed so that I can work on the bracket. Hugh
    1 point
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  37. I have had Pertronix on about 6 different cars and never had an issue. Thus it's possible your Pertronix unit is defective if everything else checks out and you still have a stall. Also, this may sound basic and silly, but make sure you don't have a coil with an internal resistor like some aftermarket replacements and also running through external resistor.
    1 point
  38. With regards to the Mobil truck filling up at the Mobil station. I agree with John - We live down the road from United Refining in Warren, PA and I can tell you that every truck from every name brand fills up there. I use the good stuff in my collector car as well as in my boat. It seems that boats are more susceptible to water/condensation than automobiles from the ethanol. I've talked to many mechanics (and this subject has been discussed numerous times on this forum) and they will tell you that ethanol gas is a disaster for chain saws, mowers, trimmers, etc. I personally saw it in my chain saw where the filter had turned to jelly. Thank goodness they gave up on the idea of making it 15%. We'd really be in trouble.
    1 point
  39. Ben is correct and WH Mitchell's account is correct. They all share the same basic body and rear fenders/quarter panels in 1950. For 1951-53, the Special has its own body, with welded rear fenders/quarter panels, and different tail lights and parking lights from the big series Buicks. The Supers and Roadmasters in 1951-53 use bolt-on rear fenders/quarter panels, and the grille bars & bumpers do not interchange with the 1951-53 Specials. I don't know why GM did it this way.
    1 point
  40. Jim, You posted some good numbers and you are right that is the starting point for Gary. He also needs to keep in mind some of the other capacity rating numbers for his vehicle as well which could easily bite him in his butt and require him to buy a new tow vehicle with sufficient capacity. First question I have for Gary is does the 2012 Expedition EL that he owns have the "Heavy Duty Trailer Tow Package" option from the factory? Since this was a factory option and not standard equipment it is possible that Gary's vehicle may not have it. If it does, Great then he has 8700 or 8900 pounds of towing capacity depending if his Expedition is a 4x4 or 4x2 model. If is does not, then maximum tow capacity for his vehicle is only 6,000 pounds which means there is absolutely no way on earth he can tow and enclosed car trailer like he wants with a 2,800 pound truck inside it. Next, Gary posted the weight of his Expedition as being 6,000 pounds. Was that weight measured on a Certified CAT scale with all the people and cargo he would haul when towing the trailer? If it is Great. If not, he needs to load the Expedition with all the cargo and people that will be in the vehicle and go weigh it on a CAT scale. Gary might say, "Why do I need to do that?". This needs to be done for two reasons. First, the actual weight of the vehicle needs to be added to the tongue weight of the trailer to determine if that combined weight exceeds Ford's published Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) for the Expedition. If this weight exceeds the GVWR then this tow vehicle is not a candidate to tow the trailer. Second, the actual weight of the vehicle needs to be added to the actual weight of the loaded trailer to determine if that combined weight exceeds Ford's published Gross Combined Vehicle Weight Rating (GCVWR) for the Expedition. If this weight exceeds the GCVWR then this tow vehicle is not a candidate to tow the trailer. Now let's talk about hitches. Based on the photo Gary posted, it appears that his tow vehicle is squatting on the rear axle. I say that because it appears there there is a noticeable difference in the wheel well height above the tires between the front and rear axles. That seems to suggest that Gary is not using a Weight Distributing hitch on the trailer in the photo. When it comes to an enclosed trailer, Gary will ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY have to invest in a good weight distributing hitch (WDH) if he does not have one. Some may ask WHY? Well Ford's published Towing Capacity standards for the Expedition EL REQUIRES a Weight Distributing hitch in order to tow 8700 or 8900 pounds. Without a WDH the rated towing capacity is 6000 pounds. Next let's talk about the rated tongue capacity. With a WDH the Expedition EL is rated for a tongue weight up to 890 pounds. Without a WDH the the rating is 600 pounds. With a trailer weighing 6600 lbs the tongue weight could range from 660 lbs (10%) to 990 lbs (15%) depending on the position of the load. One thing to keep in mind is that the general percentage many use when it comes to tongue weight (ie 10-15%) are estimates. Actually weighing a loaded trailer with a tongue weight scale is the ONLY way to get an ACCURATE tongue weight. Tongue weight can be reduced somewhat by moving the vehicle in the trailer towards the back of the trailer. If the new enclosed trailer is only 18 feet and the truck is 15 feet you might not be able to reduce much tongue weight especially given the beaver tail on the trailer and the location of the "D" rings used to secure the load. When I first got my trailer I assumed my tongue weight was 10% of the trailer weight. Then I bought a tongue weight scales and weighed my loaded trailer and boy did I get a BIG surprise. I was about 200+ lbs heavier than I thought I was. I was able to correct that by moving the car in the trailer back about about 1 foot. In my case the trailer is 20' long and the car was about 14' so I had enough room. If I had purchased a shorter trailer I might not have been able to reduce my tongue weight very much Lastly, what is Ford's published cargo capacity weight rating for this vehicle? That number is important because Gary needs to add up the weight of all cargo plus the actual tongue weight of his loaded trailer to determine if that combined weight exceeds Ford's published cargo capacity weight rating for this vehicle. Some here might say I don't need to do all those calculations. I am good to go with just knowing that the weight of the trailer I am towing is less than the Max Towing Capacity. People who think that are asking for trouble if they tow a vehicle that is involved in an accident involving serious injury or death. First thing a good attorney will do is crunch ALL these numbers to see if the tow vehicle and trailer exceed the vehicle manufacture's published, rated capacities. If they do exceed the published ratings, the owner of the rig will lose any lawsuit brought against them. Bottom line for Gary is DO NOT go shopping for a trailer until you answer the questions (at least for yourself) that I posted and crunch the numbers. There are too many unanswered question based on your original post that could easily eliminate your current tow vehicle from being (legally) able to tow the enclosed trailer you are looking for. Like I said in my first post there are a LOT of numbers to crunch when it comes to towing. Most vehicle manufacturers dumb down the numbers to just "Towing Capacity" for the sake of bragging rights and marketing. Then in the "fine print" they casually mention all these other capacities and ratings which can bite one in their butt after they bought the vehicle. Sorry guys for this long post but just staying under the Towing Capacity of a tow vehicle will not cut it in the lawsuit crazy world we all tow and live in these days. Charlie
    1 point
  41. A quick recap. It has been 1 year since I arrived home with my 1938 Model 61. A year ago, it was not drivable. Today, while drivable, it still has a long way to go, but it has come a long way. The chassis has been restored. A replacement, less rusty, body has been installed. I am posting a few random photos to show its transformation from a rusty rat infested mess to the restored chassis with a partially restored body that it is today. Still to complete is body work on the replacement body, interior installation, paint, and chrome. A lot of boxes of parts still need to be installed, but in time I expect it to come together.
    1 point
  42. Out with the old, in with the new.
    1 point
  43. Just got a new water pump from Cars LLC. They said the seal is improved over the original. A NOS water pump was $300 and this was $119, I love NOS parts but the seal would be 70 years old, which would not be good, and I like the sound of "improved" and at 1/3 the price I went with a new one. Aftermarket parts can be awesome too. Putting it on tomorrow. Wait.......I have to take the friggin radiator out and repair it first.
    1 point
  44. I would say there is no contest, unless one is a woman. Ben
    1 point
  45. I do recall that the car was in the general Olympia/South Sound area, as that is within a hour and a half or so from me. Now, THIS following impression I have could certainly be wrong, (mid-'70s degrading data processing capabilities), BUT : I seem to recall that Chris himself had some sentimental interest in resurrecting the car. Petty, greedy, small-minded family members resisted such disposition of the "precious" carcass. I think Chris did MORE than HIS share, with other pressing obligations competing for his time, to try to make a "silk purse" for his ingrate relatives. Please forgive me if I seem harsh in my judgment of the family. I have just seen FAR too much of this kind of family feuding. I am sure that all of you have also. I hope that anyone who reads this is fortunate, as am I, that such crap has not been inflicted on your own family. - Carl
    1 point
  46. If the number crunchers keep pushing the price up in the 10-12K range I'll sell you my set up with the rest of the 37 Buick Special still attached to it for that price.
    1 point
  47. Very good question.... I have simply followed the lead of some very knowledgeable restorers. These are top notch guys and I have full trust in them when they say that some things are, the way they say they are. Names not required...just look up the 3 longest threads in the Buick section and you will see who I am talking about There is also a wealth of 54 Buick info on the 54Buick site....where a MrEarl hangs his hat. He is the one who has a whole garden of 54 Buicks to draw info from. ....just saying
    1 point
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