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  1. Thought I'd take Irene ( and wife ) down to the local pub.
    6 points
  2. 1940 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe and B-25 Mitchell Bomber "Georgie's Gal" at the Erie Ottawa Airport.
    5 points
  3. 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 determin
    5 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
    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. T
    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
    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.
    3 points
  10. 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!!!!
    3 points
  11. 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
  12. To paraphrase an old chestnut.........."HI, I'm from Ebay and I'm here to help you"..........Oy Vey..............Bob
    3 points
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  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 a
    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. b
    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.
    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 Spec
    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,
    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. So the shop restored two Duesenbergs. One came out with a double curved bar bumper, the other double straight. "Sort out those parts that came back from the plater."
    1 point
  30. It made me think something terrible had happened to my computer for a couple seconds.
    1 point
  31. So what were suppose to learn from that lengthy and unreadable post?????????????
    1 point
  32. 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 b
    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. 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
  37. eBay and stupid, that reminds me, just who came up with the (Fits-------------------) idea, and how does the idiot seller use it? You know, you do a search for 1910 Stoddard Dayton or Lozier parts and 3,721 items pop up as (fit). Has anyone attached a 1956 Chevy quarter panel to a Stoddard Dayton? Isn't that false advertising? Bob
    1 point
  38. I ended up driving the car 580 miles to its destination. All worked out well. Thanks.
    1 point
  39. Thanks Mark for the kind words! It people like you and many other of my BUICK friends that keep me charging on! Hope the engine has not locked up from sitting so long!!! ???
    1 point
  40. 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
  41. Shoot. I did not make the connection between this car and Gary. Next year. I was there too with my 1923 on Saturday. 144 miles round trip from Fenton. I had several people doubt me that I drove. Heck that's half the fun. The other is seeing all the early cars and their owners. One of the more chilly rides I recall. Stopped for coffee both ways to warm up. I should have grabbed a heavier jacket, the golf pullover with the top down was 'refreshing' shall we say. Left my cell phone at home on the kitchen counter too (who was excited to go? H
    1 point
  42. BRRRR! Only 56 degrees at 7 am so had a hot breakfast, bundled up and went out to do some lawns before heading over to 1957buickJim's in the afternoon. This was my chance to drive the Cougar as it would mean putting her on I-75 and stretch her legs a bit. Jim had offered some clips I need for my lower rear quarter moulding that came off as I was having a difficult time locating some around home. Wish my wife liked this car as it was great to scoot along with traffic in the fast lane! With having the digital dash I was able to switch it over to miles per hr and it now
    1 point
  43. Went to the paint shop today and checked the rumble seat for fit. All appears to fit correct and it looks good. I have always felt my lid leaned too far back and assumed I had the correct bumpers. After speaking with joe who owns a 32’ Olds coupe, I determined I have the wrong bumpers in my car as they should be at least another 1/2” taller than what I have now. That explains the extra lean the the closeness of the lid to the lower sheet metal. Photo 2 shows the lid on the bumpers. Photo 3 shows the lid propped off the stops about 1/2”, and photo 4 shows the rubber bumper that’s too low.
    1 point
  44. 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 se
    1 point
  45. 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
  46. As is usually the case with cars that are exposed to the weather, the metal develops many rust pin holes because of wood holding moisture. As you can see the roof rails and the rumble seat lid were victims of this. all the metal was replaced. One of the roof rails was removed, metal patch panels installed and then welded back and all body work finished with lead
    1 point
  47. Once I had the confidence that the car could be restored to the original or very close to it, I had contact with a friend who was an "old country" semi retired panel beater. He came to see the car and took on the metal work. I will upload some pictures and comment on the progress. The attached pictures show the replacement of inner fender metal replacement
    1 point
  48. This was the donor car at that time. Towed 750 miles on its original rubber through the mountains by a 1942 Plymouth with original drive train (6), home made tow bar. One flat tire on the Chrysler (destroyed the wheel too
    1 point
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