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  1. Thought I'd take Irene ( and wife ) down to the local pub.
    6 points
  2. Before installing the vinyl cover on the left rear inner wheelhouse, I did a little body work to smooth out a few dents and battle scars. After another adventure with 57BuickJim, spray adhesive and heat gun! Shortly after Labor Day, I visited my friend Pat. He is building the seats and helping me with the door trim panels. The seat covers are looking great! He developed patterns for the door armrest covers and he sewed the parts while I was there. We were not able to build any of the main seat parts, but we determined what still needed to be done before we could install the covers on the frame & spring assemblies. When I got back home with the armrest covers, I started assembling the door trim panels. I began with the right, rear door. I installed the armrest base to the main panel with the original steel tabs and rivets where the tabs were broken or missing. Then I added a layer of batting and the trim cover Mocked up the armrest with the upper sub-assembly The right front door armrest had significant corrosion damage around the upper pull handle and the entire bottom perimeter area. I was not looking forward to all that welding repair, but on a recent visit to CARS (Chevrolet reproduction supplier) in Auburn Hills, MI, I noticed several armrest bases that looked a lot like the Caballero armrests. Surprise! 1955 Chevy Nomad front armrest bases are the SAME as the 58 Buick Century bases. The reproduction parts are made of ABS plastic, so I fabricated 3 retainer tabs to duplicate the original retaining tab designs. The molded armrest upper pad might need minor modification, but the contour and size is correct. I've also been working on the upper "C" pillar trim panels. These are steel substrates, covered with a thin layer of padding and a vinyl cover. Earlier this year, I installed the clock after having it refurbished and it only worked for a few minutes. I recently pulled the clock out of the dash and was surprised to see a piece of gasket material trapped under the clock's second hand. As I removed the clock from the car, the gasket dropped away from the second hand and the clock began to run. I dis-assembled the clock and found that the gasket between the housing and the lens had been glued in by the rebuilder, but it he had re-installed the pieces of the original, brittle gasket. I removed the gasket pieces, cleaned and re-painted the black bezel under the lens, made a new gasket and re-assembled the clock. It is back in the dash and working perfectly.
    5 points
  3. 1940 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe and B-25 Mitchell Bomber "Georgie's Gal" at the Erie Ottawa Airport.
    4 points
  4. OK, I have to share this - it may upset some people to read it but here goes: There was a fellow from New England that was a dealer in literature named Phil Dumka. Phil was a great fellow , a good friend, and an avid collector of Cadillac literature and had one of the finest collections for that make. He had his flea market spaces at Hershey when there was a Blue Field (where the roller coasters are now at the extreme East end). Phil had a great sense of humor , "looked the part" ( always wore a Greek fisherman's cap that was popular at that time) for someone who was a bit of a character etc.,anyway about 35+ years ago I was standing and talking to him at his spot and a fellow came up and for 30+ minutes ( yes really!) looked over a pile of literature that at the time wasn't very old - he pulled out a folder for a car that was about 20 years old at the time which was in excellent condition but had a slight crease in one corner. He looked at Phil and asked if Phil could do better on the price. The piece was marked $7. "Will you take $3.00 for this its damaged" . Phil asked to see the folder and looked it over carefully and looked up at me without the potential buyer seeing his face. Phil had one of those looks that said "here we go" on his face as one can get with people who want something for nothing. Phil took a deep breath and with a sigh tore the corner off the folder! handed it back to the fellow who was interested and said "here it is, now it is worth the $3.00 you so generously offered." I thought the guy was going to pass out! I had to turn away I was laughing so hard. The fellow just put the brochure down and with a look of horror walked away. Phil looked at me and said " I have about 50 of those and no one ever buys them as they are the most common item you could ever find". For the rest of Phil's life , every time I saw him after that at Hershey, he would look at me and smile and knew we were both thinking of that moment .
    4 points
  5. Had a little September 11th car show and BBQ at my work. Just starting to get cars in place. Had a nice little selection of old to new. 48 Willys in the background. Had a 66 MG, 1966 GT350, On the modern side a 2016 Charger Hellcat, BMW I8 and a brand new McClaren. Everybody loves the Roadmaster!
    3 points
  6. Beating a dead horse comes to mind. Gary, don't let us interfere. Individual preferences and all that. CARRY ON! Only I want a ride when it is finished. Ben
    3 points
  7. I was just getting better at not buying stashes of car stuff and systematically throwing away my stacks of low yield Ebay items. Putting it at the curb, whether fenders or boxes of books, got things picked up quickly and maybe the bottom feeders got a buck out of it. BUT, the village just announced a rule that THEY would pick up anything at the curb and charge you for it if they beat the poor guy scratching for a buck. I wasn't complaining, just had an alternate plan. You can spot the bad buyers. I sold a set of wheels and caps a few years ago and shipped through UPS. The buyer brought up insurance at least 5 times during the purchase. When the items shipped I told the UPS guy "There is going to be an insurance claim against this. Is it packed OK?". "Yep". Claim for $75 or 80 damage came in shortly after delivery. I think the guy was sitting on his porch with a hammer waiting for the packages. Conniver is a word that has fallen out on common use, needs to be reinstated. Bernie
    3 points
  8. The interior of this car was typical of a desert car that spent too much of its life in the sun... These are the driver's side door trim panels; crispy critters! Notice that the rear door "Century" script emblem is slanted rearward and the front door script is slanted forward... The rear door is correct; the car was built with 3 of the forward-slanted emblems. Having come from the OEM interior trim business, I suspect that someone pierced the driver's door panel in the wrong punch press or upside down in the die, depending on how the tooling was constructed. They either had to scrap the panel or install the forward slant emblem and ship the part. Obviously, they chose the latter course. I will correct the error when I make the replacement part, but part of me wants to build it wrong because that's the way it was done 60 years ago... I disassembled the panels to understand how they were built; the sequence of assembly is critical to re-creating the original appearance. This is a de-constructed rear door trim panel: I used heavy kraft paper to create patterns from the original parts. and made test parts using scrap vinyl from previous projects. The ivory colored material is excess from a 68 GTO vinyl roof cover... After verifying the contours and shape of the main panel, I traced the original part shape onto new "100 point" (0.100" thick) hardboard. I laid out the patterns on the main panel, along with the moldings to verify the seam positions, cut lines and armrest & molding attachment points. I still wasn't ready to cut the vinyl parts, so I used some of the flawed areas of the correct vinyl material to cut my "final" test parts. Here, I have peeled the laminated padding back from the outermost edges of the dielectrically embossed inserts to exactly match the way the original pieces were cut. Everything looked correct, so I proceeded to cut the "production" parts... And also cut the loft pads for the door panels and pre-punched the holes for the window regulator and latch control spindles, as well as all the attachment holes for the armrests and moldings. I also straightened the perimeter metal edge-fold pieces and replaced the corroded parts by modifying tri-five Chevy components: I bonded the pads to the main panel substrate with permanent contact adhesive Verifying position of the sub-assembled panels onto the main panel with the trim moldings One of the "Century" emblems had a missing stud, so I fashioned and threaded a replacement stud and drilled and tapped a blind hole in the emblem into which the new stud was epoxied. If anyone has one of these rearward slanting emblems, I need another one!
    3 points
  9. I am working on the front end, kingpins and springs. The dust seals for the upper outer are a giving me trouble. The manual says pull them over the shock arm and pull the seal back over the pin when done. The seal looks like it will tear if I do this, if someone has a method that works on installing dust seals let me know. I have attached a few pictures. I suppose it is possible I have been sent incorrect seals. I also have my drums and brakes back, shoes relined and arching done that will match each drum. The last shop that I knew of that did this this type of work closed. One of guys that worked there for 40 plus years opened a small shop and now does custom work, best part is he is 30 minutes from my house Steve
    3 points
  10. Not sure if I posted the last couple of video links. Here is the latest one, not really anything you guys haven't seen.
    3 points
  11. To paraphrase an old chestnut.........."HI, I'm from Ebay and I'm here to help you"..........Oy Vey..............Bob
    3 points
  12. All - Engine is together. Now the trimmings! All original pistons, pins, springs fit great and this whole monstrosity can be turned by hand (very tight) even after we torqued all the bolts on the rods and the mains. Found a leak in the oiling system after assembly and balancing, but was able to replace the original copper main oil line with modern hose material. crushed a couple fingertips while doing (OUCH!). Also getting glass rear window sealed in and readying glass slides in wood hardtop which is temporarily mounted, for actual glass windows. Soon! Ron Hausmann P.E.
    2 points
  13. Just got home from a 6 day trip to Atlantic City and then the NE Buick races at Cecil County Dragway in Maryland. The '75 Electra ran flawlessly. We did some touring, went back to the Strasburg Pa. area and more. The car won a trophy at the car show part of the event as icing on the cake for my wifes birthday. ? The trip was 651 miles all together. The car now has 23238 miles.
    2 points
  14. Thanks Aaron and Beemon. Unscrewed the switch and had a look inside. It was pretty dirty, so cleaned the contact areas up and zapped her back on the car. No issues with starting (but I still have the push button on standby, Ben). A shout-out to Al M. who kindly emailed me the exploded diagram from the parts book. Also installed a fully rebuilt correct generator, which was the last piece to complete the engine bay. Generator came from a shop outside of Boston, and they did a great job on it.
    2 points
  15. Enjoying the Golden Memories show at the Flint Cultual Center. 20 miles one way. Beautiful day. Vehicles must be 50 years old and stock. I even took a pic of a Wills Sainte Clair since many may have never seen one.
    2 points
  16. I think you right about horizontal vers vertical , but these johnny joints are so strong that not a problem. Can be mounted horizontal but manufacture does not recommend.
    2 points
  17. No, most likely he was upset about being stuck behind an 'old jalopy' not driving 10 mph over the posted limit, riding the bumper of the car in front and actually stopping at red lights & stop signs. That guy was simply in a hurry to get nowhere...
    2 points
  18. I figured that from the beginning but I thought that perhaps I could give him some insight into the nailhead. Tommy Ivo, Tony Nancy, and Max Balchowsky figured it out then the rest of us just carried on.
    2 points
  19. If you are serious, just email the owner. It's so easy, I can't understand your problems? If you are a real buyer just do as the ad asks. No money out of your pocket. I post these ad's as a point of interest to members that are looking for cars, not to start arguements.! JUST CLICK ON THE AD if you want to buy, if not quit making lame excuses and drop it!!!!
    2 points
  20. You can buy new, not rebuilt , American made, water pumps for the nailhead. One thing that a lot of engine builders want to do but shouldn't is to install hardened valve seats in a nailhead. Totally in necessary because the nickel content in the iron is so high that valve recession is unheard of. 5 or 50 years old iron won't make any difference as long as the rest of the parts are in god shape. Look at it this way. The block is seasoned and you have nothing to worry about. How many high performance engine builders look for seasoned blocks to start with when building an engine. This past June, the Riviera Owners met in northeast Kansas for their annual event. There are two long distance awards given. One for the longest drive and one for the longest drive in a car 50 years old or older. Both awards this year went to 1963 Rivieras. One was driven in from Nevada, and one from Saskatchewan. Both logged over 1,200 miles one way and they made it home. Floyd Hilman, from Washinton, has almost 400,000 miles on his 63. I think your rationalization and fears are unfounded. ? Here's something else you may find of interest. If you're not getting a new high performance crate engine, it's well worth reading. (Sorry about the formatting, I copied and pasted and there were some unnecessary pictures in the article so I cut them leaving things in the format that you see. New vs. “Seasoned” Blocks It used to be that no self-respecting performance enthusiast would consider using a new block. This wasn’t simply a matter of money. New blocks just didn’t make as much power as well seasoned used blocks. Engine blocks, like football quarterbacks, get better with age. In the case of a block casting, countless cycles of heating up and cooling down help to “season” the metal. When a block is first cast and then machined on the assembly line, it develops internal stresses. The heating/cooling cycle allows these stresses to “relax,” until finally the block becomes dimensionally stable. In the opinion of many top ranked racers, an engine does not achieve maximum power output until it has been honed three or four times; it takes that long for the cylinder bores to settle down and hold the perfectly round shape that promotes a “tight” ring seal. Here’s evidence that the automakers are getting serious about performance again. Chevrolet has introduced Bow Tie big-block and small-block castings with all the features any racer could want; Ford and Chrysler offer similar heavy-duty pieces. For a strong street engine, however, Sixties-vintage iron is usually a better (and cheaper) choice. Ihe Detroit engineers have realized that thin-wall castings are not really suitable for high-performance applications. That’s why all the major automakers are now offering brand new “off-road” castings with the features that racers and performance enthusiasts demand. For example, Chevrolet will sell you both small-block and big-block “Bow Tie” castings with extra-thick cylinder walls, beefy main bearing bulkheads, and reinforced deck surfaces. Ford offers heavy-duty iron and aluminum blocks through the SVO division, and Chrysler makes special versions of the A-engine block available through the factory- backed Direct Connection program. PS - I have no idea where all this white space came from but I can't get rid of it.
    2 points
  21. Good God! How do you do it? Sounds like my vision of Hell.......................Bob
    2 points
  22. Perfect day for sunshine, four windows rolled down on a pillarless flattop, and a 60 miles ride out to lunch. We headed out RT 104, the old Honeymoon Trail that could take us the Niagara Falls. We cut off to the south heading for the Medina Town and Country Family Restaurant on Main St. Medina Sandstone blocks shipped worldwide on the Erie Canal through the 1800's. Even the NAPA store is made from it. That's the Medina Basin. The wall on the other side is about 60 feet down. Cruise nights on Fridays in back of the buildings on Main St. but it never fits my schedule or habits. Stayed along the canal most of the way back. Good for the car. Bernie
    2 points
  23. All - I am restoring the only Kissel Model 6-38 Sedanlette of and year that exists. This model car is the immediate precursor to the famed Kissel Gold Bug cars. It has special fittings and windshield. It is a roadster with a removable carved wood hardtop. When I got the car, It was a hulk, and it had no windshield. Because this car is very very rare, I was sure that I would be stuck having to make anything missing. I’ve now been restoring it for three years now. This past winter, out of the blue, I got a call from a person in Minnesota who was getting rid of Kissel parts. Low and behold when I drove there and inspected the parts, he had a NOS 1918 Kissel Sedanlette windshield sitting with his cache of other parts. And he had a bunch more o f other great Kissel goodies. Wow. Thanks, Ron
    2 points
  24. Received a text just before supper from a customer advising I had left a piece of equipment at her house Thursday. Since it was not anything big decided to grab the Special and go for a ride with my wife to retrieve it. Stopped to top up the tank and found the gas gauge was only reading between 3/4 and full for some reason... It was a nice night here (compared to the east coast ...) and since it was a ways out continued along the Detroit River back to Downtown Windsor. Boy have things changed. Friday nights at 9 pm are DEAD compared to my days with the Special. It was the thing to do on Friday evenings after school to cruise downtown (just to be seen I guess) and catch up at various parking lots to shoot the breeze and such... Some nights there was the usual guys bragging about what their latest upgrades to their cars were and a challenge for pink slips sometimes ensued whereupon anyone in the know would head out to the highway to witness the challenge, cheering on their favourite car (or in the case of the girls, their favourite guy... never was one of those with my dynaflow on either issue - sigh). Witnessed two of those challenges at the spot known as 3B which had two overpasses which were exactly 1/4 mile apart. A designated person would go to the one crossing over the highway coming into the city checking for traffic and police while the cars set up at the other one. Once the designated person flashed his lights the starter would flag the start of the race. Yes this did happen and not just in the movies. Fortunately no one flipped a car or personally got hurt but heard various stories about engines and drive trains that broke down requiring a tow on a rope back to the shop. Guess at my age now the weekly night cruise-ins are the remembrance of those days... The things that go through my mind while behind the wheel of my old car... So headed home to drop off my wife before heading back to the garage. Have to check the mileage for this trip down memory lane.
    2 points
  25. About 14 years ago I purchased a 31 Essex 2 door sedan for $2400. It had no rot and was in decent shape. I purchased it in order to have a project that would keep me busy in retirement, This is how it looks now. (disclaimer, It is not exactly the way Hudson made it.)
    2 points
  26. "THAT GUY HAS HAD THAT AD FOR OVER YEAR ON AND OFF, NEVER ANSWERED MY EMAILS,PROBABLY SCAM" Overpriced, too...
    2 points
  27. I confess I've been struggling with this job. I finally got the front end brazed to the fluted tube. It was not as easy as I'd anticipated, at least getting it to look like a neat job. This time I brazed the first four flutes with everything bolted to the engine. That was clearly what was needed to make sure it remained in line. Then the other flutes were brazed, three or four at the time allowing it to cool in between and working on the opposite side so I wouldn't disturb the joint opposite. Cleaning up the flutes and filing off the extra braze was time-consuming. But, in the end, it looks pretty good - perhaps not as perfect as I'd like but it now bolts to the engine properly. Because the flanges are threaded on, I was able to adjust the rear one so that they are both parallel with each other and meet the flanges on the block squarely. They probably aren't perfect and I would like to fly cut them. I screwed the flanges on using locktite on the threads so they won't move and fitted the entire thing to the engine. With the flanges reasonably secure, today I took it to the welder to have them welded to the output tubes. If I fly cut them, I need them to be absolutely solid. I would like them to be a bit thinner - these are a little more than 3/8" thick and I'm looking for about .300. When everything is together, I will probably pickel the piece in a dilute solution of muriatic acid to clean off all the flux, rust etc and give it a uniform color and surface. Then it will go to be ceramic coated.
    2 points
  28. Hey Brian, sorry we missed you, Saturday was a busy day for us, pass in review and we had company. I did see this Buick driving around quite often and I thought of our friend Lawrence. Regards, Gary
    2 points
  29. I have all that you need except the bumper bolts. Please send me a private message as needed. Thank you.
    1 point
  30. Not only great pictures of cars, but excellent photos of the surrounding countryside and architecture. Thank you for posting. Cheers, Grog
    1 point
  31. I wrote above that we were on the old Honeymoon Trail. We were heading west toward the Falls when a few went past us like that. I just kinda figured---
    1 point
  32. As seen this morning in the parking lot at the Mount Washington Hotel in Brettonwoods New Hampshire.
    1 point
  33. @EmTee Shell is still prolific outside NYS, although there is one I know of in Newburgh, NY.
    1 point
  34. The main reason I switched to paper. Storage and listing is alot easier, plus I sell alot of multiple piece orders that normally would go unsold. because they are almost free shipping when you add them to the box. My biggest complaint is the guys that win auctions then never pay. Usually small amounts as well, so it's not worth trying to force them to take the stuff, not that a seller has much bite when ebay has us all muzzled. The second complaint is the buyers that I build piles for then go over the time frame for invoicing or the number of items I can invoice. When I am extending a big favor to my customers, I really hate being taken advantage of further when it adds a bunch more work for me. Since I sell so many brands of auto literature, I also have a little trouble with organization as the foreign stuff usually isn't enough to warrant it's own individual boxes for make but alot of those single page brochures seem to get tucked in behind something else and you search for an hour for the darn thing before you find it. Usually it's a cheap item as well so you feel even more frustrated. The whole shipping scam gets me PO'd as well since ebay collects a fee on shipping paid and doesn't refund it when you do, because some yahoo Doesn't request an invoice but instead went ahead and paid 50.00 in shipping charges so I have to refund back 43.00. With ebay keeping 15 percent of that , effectively costing me money to ship the buyer's order.
    1 point
  35. This is the actual mini description in the top of that listing "“Read the Description!!!!!Decent shape with some writing inside the cover as well as a small tear ” that is followed by a photo of every page and even a close up of the tear. They are the photos you can enlarge as well. the rate of people wanting returns is well under 1 and probably under and 1/816 of a percent. When you run 30 auctions minimum every night you put alot of product through.
    1 point
  36. Gary, I understand what your concerns are for a long distance hauler, but perhaps you'll get a better perspective of what the Buick "Nailhead" is capable of after watching this video. In 1960, this would have been a 401 cubic inch, 325 hp, 445 lb. ft. of torque, single four barrel carb, dual exhaust. The 425 didn't come out until late 1963 In short: 10,000* miles in 5,000 minutes. That's averaging over 120 mph for 3-1/2 days only stopping for tires. Refueling was done on the fly as it's done on military aircraft. *10,000 miles is equivalent to driving from Flint, MI to Detroit, to San Francisco, to Los Angeles, to Miami, to New York, and back to Los Angeles. Thinks about it. These cars were what Mom and Pop took the kids on vacation every summer; summer after summer. We took my dad's '63 Wildcat from central KS to Oregon two summers in a row (64 and 65) without a hiccup. He once got stopped in Wyoming for doing 93 mph but didn't get a ticket because we were basically the only car on the road at the time. ? Another little known thing about the Buick "Wildcat" is that it is the engine that the United States Air Force used in the start carts to wind up the jet engines in the SR-71 Blackbird. They were the only engines that had enough lasting torque to spool up the jet engine until it lit. The AG-330 Start Cart: When You Need To Fire Off The Mother Of All Hot Rods, Bring Out The Big Guns May 09, 2017Bryan McTaggartBUICK / OLDS / PONTIAC, CHEVY8 The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird’s legend as the fastest aircraft ever created to date can’t be denied by anyone. The exotic-looking, twin-engined reconnaissance aircraft routinely could fly three times past the speed of sound and well past 80,000 feet above the ground. If a Blackbird was to fly today, it would still be as wicked and as cutting-edge as it was on April 25th, 1962, when it’s predecessor, the A-12, took off from Area 51 on it’s maiden flight. The skin stretched during flight, it leaked fuel on the ground, and it was extremely delicate for ground-handling duties. Technicians had to be careful how they approached the Blackbird, so as to not damage it. Delicate isn’t a word that could be used about the SR-71’s starting procedure, however. In later years, the Blackbird was started pneumatically, but prior to the 1980s, the task fell to the AG-330, one of the most infamous pieces of ground support equipment to ever grace a flightline. The AG-330 Start Cart was necessary to fire off the SR-71’s Pratt & Whitney J58-1 turbojets. In order for the engines to start to function on their own, they had to be spun up to about 3,200 RPM before the engine would run under it’s own power. Two start carts were needed for one aircraft to wake up. Connected via a gearbox, the AG-330 was connected to a driveshaft that went into the J-58-1’s starter pad. Once the engines were at 3,200 RPM, the engine was hit with a shot of triethylborane (TEB), a chemical that ignites with oxygen, to fire it off. The first generation start carts utilized two (sitting side by side) Buick 401 Nailhead V8s that were completely uncorked to get the engines fired off. .Yes, pneumatic starting was quieter. But let’s be honest: the AG-330 system was perfectly appropriate and didn’t need to be changed. When starting up a Mach 3+ aircraft involves four big-cube V8s shrieking at the tops of their lungs, it almost seems fitting, doesn’t it? Oh yeah, TA Performance makes new roller rockers, roller cams / lifters, and headers for the nailhead. And if you're still concerned you can bolt an FiTech fuel injection system on the stock intake. Perhaps Tom T. will chime in on driving the Hot Rod power tour in his stock '64 Riviera - the one that will pull the left front wheel when the light turns green. One thing that I think most of the guys here would say is "don't be a cookie cutter." You'll have a really nice ride but it will be just another Chevy powered ride like everyone else's. Something to put in your pipe and smoke! Ed
    1 point
  37. Have you spoken to these people? http://www.runningboardrubber.com/project_catalogue.html They have a 1936 Dodge pattern, as do these people: http://www.runningboardrubbermats.com/vintagerunningboards.html
    1 point
  38. Quality sells it's self, no matter what make of car, or what venue is used to sell it. I have sold stuff on craigslist, ebay, Hemmings, club magazines, swap meets, different websites and word of mouth. A desirable car pops up for sale, interested buyers are not really going to care where they saw it. I would not loose any sleep saying I bought a Duesenberg on ebay.
    1 point
  39. Just an observation on my part as an eBay sell for close to 20 years, all my problem buyers bought things for under $5.00. I have a problem with "Cell Phone People " in general, the batteries suck out brain cells, I can't prove it, but a government research grant may help me one way or another. Bob
    1 point
  40. Hello, the new brake booster arrived today and I installed it this afternoon: Everything is ok again, car brakes fine, pedal comes up!
    1 point
  41. I ended up driving the car 580 miles to its destination. All worked out well. Thanks.
    1 point
  42. Fed at the Buick Gardens while Elvis slept
    1 point
  43. Attended North Cyprus concours event , where Ruby won best in show two years ago , so wasn’t expecting anything thought may win best American until a $100k restomod mustang turned up!. However won second best in show , very pleased as some great cars in attendance. Show winner Jaguar XK 150S rare one apparently only 9 the same left , amazing condition, met the owner nice guy , told me he’s had the car 38 years and when he purchased it , he had a difficult decision with the jag and an Aston Martin DB5 for similar money !
    1 point
  44. Got the Special early this morning to drive back home and get the wife as we're going with friends to an all day Car Show in the City. The sun started coming up as I pulled in the driveway beside my Cougar to load up chairs, snacks and a cooler. I picked it up yesterday as the work on it was finally completed. Realised it is the first time these two have been beside each other. Stopped by one of my friends to meet everyone and to roll into the show together. It was only 62 degrees out and windy so jackets and windows up with the heater on were the order of the day... Picked what turned out to be a fine spot so set up chairs in front of the pizza place which had windows that opened up totally across the front which when opened we felt the heat from the pizza oven. The girls were happy therefore so were the guys. This is usually a busy east west four lane road but today they had about 12 blocks closed off for the areas BIA. Since I was # 10 on the registration list we were able to watch the cars coming in behind us from this view. Lot's to see and this mocked up Desoto Paddy Wagon with period correct drive train was fun for the kids (of all ages). The owner was letting the kids sit in the drivers seat which was nice but if it were me, I would have disconnected the battery as they were turning switches and knobs and such... Still, it was an interesting display. Here are a few other cars: This is a Canadian built Pontiac, Model: Parisienne Another Canadian built Ford, Frontenac Another Pontiac decked out as a Police Car. And yet another Chevy Police Car. All too soon it was the end of the show and while only warming up to 68, that wind kept coming in from the northwest so headed home to unload the chairs and stuff in the trunk then head her back to the garage for the night. Tomorrow will be another car outing but this time in the Cougar.
    1 point
  45. It has been a while since the last post. Once the frame and the engine were completed and ready for assembly, the emphasis was on getting the fenders and splash aprons done. After prepping, the fenders and the splash aprons were painted black base with clearcoat. The underside was first sprayed with a coat of rock guard. Pictures show the fenders hanging in the drying bay.
    1 point
  46. The engine rebuild happened somewhat simultaneously. It appears that the early 6 cylinder engines had a problem with corrosion from the water jacket to the cylinder. Once I had a block that we could work with, the block was magnafluxed and checked for cracks. Most had oblong cylinders from several honing rebuilds, so the block was bored and re sleeved, and since I had a set of new .030 over Egge pistons and rods with new un-machined babbitt, we decided to bore the sleeves .030" over. This saved the cost of new pistons and allowed for the use of new modern rings. The main bearing shells were sent to Egge machine for new babbitt. The engine was machined, line bored, balanced and re assembled. Pictures show the original engine as well as some assembly
    1 point
  47. The front fenders did not have tire wells in them. The only wells I had were for a 5.00 tire. the wells were first cut in half length wise, then a 1/2 strip of metal was added to widen them to 5.50". The fenders were cut and formed to accept the wells in the original factory location and method. Some rust pinhole sections were cutout and replaced. Notice the "old school" fender edge bead crimping pliers
    1 point
  48. For many years I struggled with not having parts which were quite right. The front fenders I used were from the 1929 Chrysler "65". It had a longer wheelbase than the 109" DeSoto and part of the difference was made up in the fender curve. The 1929 engine was longer, so the rear mount was 2" further back on the frame, and the front motor mounts were different. It was discouraging for many years, with many suggesting to just drop a V-8 into it. I 2008 I came across a great guy who had bought a 1930 CK sedan as a parts car. In the end it was the car that got this project going. The parts needed were nicely crated and shipped north. A mock up car was assembled. Since the donor car was a 4dr sedan, the rear fenders were narrower at the top. As I don't want to bore readers with all the details, I will start with the picture of the car put together with the right body parts. The only thing missing was a lot of money.
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