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  1. 4 points
    Although I am a purist in the true sense of the AACA, I totally understand the reason for the article. I suggest we all read it in its entirety before making harsh judgment. The Studebaker in question was designed to mimic the "concept car"designed by "Studebaker stylist Bob Bourke". The owners, Vic and Connie Oliver attempted and were successful at building their car based upon the drawings of Mr. Bourke. Page 50 gives specific reasons for each of the changes to the car, per the concept. As Mr. Oliver points out, the car was accepted by the AACA in Class 39, Special Interest Vehicles, which is a non-judged class, fully approved by the Class Acceptance Committee. Per the article, it is a "display-only class" consisting of celebrity, movie/television props, historical significance or "an innovative design that never matured". They received only the third ever granted Special Interest award for this category - on the show-field, not even at the awards banquet. There are several categories of AACA vehicles including Driver Participation, HPOF, etc. which have been previously added in an effort to accommodate different tastes among our members. This little beauty fits nicely into another category and might even be considered a work of art. If one were to find an early Ford or General Motors "concept car" tucked away in a barn, should the AACA ignore it, based upon the purist standards? I think not. I commend them for publishing, informing and educating us on this part of automotive history.
  2. 4 points
    Drove the 60 to get a Christmas tree. Went to a tree farm. It had rained the day prior. Needless to say....mud bog. Being I cut my teeth in slippery stuff driving a 78 Regal, no problem. Watched 4 wheel drive spinning all 4. I let the Dynaflow do what she does best....slow off the line. Old girl was in and out, tree in trunk heading to the carwash. Yep, Good time mud boggin for a tree. Merry Christmas ya'll. EDIT-I forgot to mention, the 60 rides on a set of Coker bias ply. The mud was no match for the land yacht.
  3. 4 points
    I pulled out of the driveway about 1 PM in the '60 Electra, sun shining and 50 degrees, we thought it was nice out. I thought "Oh, crap. I should have brought my camera." We went to our usual Sunday afternoon diner on the public square in the next town west. Parked right out in the center of the square. We walked out the door. And my Wife said "That's Scott's car." And there was his yellow '73 Centurion coming across the square toward us. Scott Heise, another Buick Club member grew up in this town of Holley, NY. He and his Wife, Joyce, had just come out to hang a wreath and it was a good Buick day for him as well. "How'd you spot my car in the crowd!" Scott and my Wife share November 23rd for a birthday. So back inside to sit for a few more minutes and let the locals see two Buicks on the Square. No camera today so here is an older picture of the car Scott bought when it was 2 years old. He had the top up today, maybe because he turned 76.
  4. 3 points
    I'm in full agreement with the "period correct" look. I strive for it with most of my 60's era cars. Did a rotisserie restoration on my 1968 Firebird 400 4 speed a few years ago. It was nut and bolt correct and numbers match from bumper to bumper. When finished I installed a big pair of 50 series BFG's on 10 inch rims on the rear. The car looked great, period correct and got a ton of compliments for "looking just like they did back then". Now I just bought a 1965 Corvette 327 4 speed coupe, two weeks ago. Doing the same level of restoration and when finished I will run a set of period correct Cragar SS wheels with the big fatties in the rear. I love that look. And, after seeing so many perfectly restored muscle cars with skinny 6 inch tires and dog dish hub caps, they have just lost interest for me. I currently run a period correct bumper sticker on my '73 Corvette.😄 Greg
  5. 3 points
    Today I was able to get the drivers side front fender painted and cleared. WHooooo Hoooooo. I'm happy with the results. Once it sets for a few days, on the car it goes . The other will be done shortly. Moving along.
  6. 2 points
    Thanks everybody for the thoughts and suggestions. I found one, thanks to Larry Schramm in Detroit.
  7. 2 points
    Bite the bullet, get a new cap. Ask yourself, how much is the tow home going to cost versus buy another cap?
  8. 2 points
    Like it or not, modifications have always and will always be done as owners personalize the cars they love to be what THEY want rather than what others think they should have. In the 60s and 70s just about every muscle car sold was either turned into a weekend race car with aftermarket parts or at minimum customized with a set of mags and wider tires. Companies like Wheel Vintiques make a fortune selling repro oem style wheels because so many of the originals were thrown away! Like many other groups AACA has seen the mod trend and has the DPC class to allow it, I'm sure there are still plenty of bone stock classes to satisfy everyone. I personally like the day two look and do not mind seeing some of it covered.
  9. 2 points
    Rest in Peace George, and thanks for your service to all.
  10. 2 points
    Hard to beat the original. And I like customs. Ben
  11. 2 points
    I'm new here, but will toss my opinion in as well. I have been in body repair for 35 years and today all I do is classic cars. First of all, Let's forget about the "anchor to a tree" idea. That is how we straighten demolition derby cars to run one more time. It works, but not very accurate. Secondly, a come along would probably break and then we would be discussing how to fix a different type of body all together! Hydraulics and a digital frame rack is the way to go. The floor pots work, but again, accuracy and multiple simultaneous pulls (recreating the collision in reverse) would be key in dealing with something this severe. I would also like to add that the "it'll never be the same" adage is incorrect. I tell my customers that if you can tell where I made any repair, if it drives differently, squeaks, rattles or dose anything that it did not do before the collision the repairs will be free of charge. The whole point is to return to pre-collision condition or better. It's not years of experience, it's caring about quality and a love for all things on wheels! Now, all that said, if I were to repair this car (I say "if" to stay on topic) I would take JohnD1956's advice and use it as a donor for another car. However, if the car has a significant or sentimental attachment to you repair it, I always say anything can be repaired, the question is should it be?
  12. 2 points
    If that's all it needs to be "done" then I'd get it done. It moves it from a project to a turn key. If I were in the market for such a car I would assume that needing a top means there are other neglected projects in store. Of course all cars are ongoing projects in one way or another. But it's unusual to have a car that just needs one thing really only need one thing and I suspect your shoppers are thinking the same.
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    That's probably a typographical error. For a car sitting in a junkyard, how likely would the owner be to know many times the odometer rolled over?
  16. 1 point
    When one door closes another one opens. My former workplace was one of the pioneers in electronics. It was built in 1942 to provide communication electronics for the Navy during WWII and later served as the engineering headquarters for the company’s display division. Some of the pioneering work in CCD devices was done there. Today it’s office space and warehouses. I had 34 years there before it closed. Hopefully the improvements to the GM site will provide opportunity for future entrepreneurs and employment.
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    I bit my tongue when I read the article about the home made Stude convertible. There is always a double standard when it comes to things like this. on one hand, the modified cars are kicked out of the Hershey car corral because they are not 'like they came from the factory.' Then in THE national magazine highlights things like Packard speedsters or Studebaker convertibles that were NEVER built at the 'factory.' I, too, don't mind things like mag wheels on a Corvette or V8 wheels on Model A when touring. Hell, the roads today are dangerous places. The more road worthy we can make these cars, the better. But, come on... home made Stude convertibles in the National Magazine??? Frank
  19. 1 point
    Yes always try to get the best for your money.This took 13 years but, did I learn a lot .Anybody know of another 1912 McIntyre? Super rare ,but not a big buck car.cheers Pete
  20. 1 point
    There is a lot to be said for putting a modern, warrantied crate engine in. However, you likely will need a brain box. An updated tranny means an OPEN drive line and rear end pumpkin. Kiss the torque tube goodbye. You will need to then link up the rear end/axle housing with trailing arms. Chev C-10 long trailing arms and axle housing u-bolts work great for this. The torque tube and it's arms cannot be used in any manner what so ever. If you can find a 61 Invicta pumpkin, it will bolt right up to the rear housing--no kidding--and the '56 axles will slide right in too. Rebuilding the 322 Nailhead isn't rocket science, but you have to remember that the engine is 60+ yrs old and most mechanics have never seen one. Hot rod shops will take on the project, but you could lose the block to over zealous drilling, grinding, boring etc. Valve guide updates can be the death of nailheads due to the water jacket being easily damaged. I'm sure every Buick guy will tell you to be super careful in your mechanic selection process.
  21. 1 point
    Three days later | got lucky with another dry day to drive her home with the transmission swap completed. Not sure winter isn't right around the corner so this might just be the last drive for this year. It sure was nice and looking forward to many trips next season.
  22. 1 point
    Ebay is an auction. The price changes as bids come in. You could require the starting bid price. Frankly, why is it so hard to click on a link and see the current bid price of an ebay auction?
  23. 1 point
    The power brakes do not give you better brakes, just an easier "toe". I would upgrade to Roadmaster drums, shoes and brake plates on the front and rear for more braking surface. Beyond that, you can adapt '1958 and later aluminum drums on the front hubs for less fade. If you want to keep the wheel pins, I have special ones made for this, so PM me if interested. That and keeping them well adjusted makes a huge difference.
  24. 1 point
    Been out of this car, and the challenge, due to some mechanical issues. Finally got it straightened out and topped the tank up today during my test drive, adding this 134 miles to my last total of 1491 for a total of 1,625miles into the goal. At this point I don't see me driving the 56 much more this year, so I'm gonna say my total for the year was 1,600 miles and better luck next year. It was a fun challenge! And I thank everyone who participated. And even though I did not make my goal, I think the opportunity was a tremendous benefit for me personally, as I have a renewed level of confidence in this vehicle. If the weather cooperates and gets seasonal again I'll most likely get it out for a run or two. And next years challenge will start on January 1st, instead of half way through the year.
  25. 1 point
    First thing I thought of when I saw the shoes and socks was Cosmo Kramer from the Seinfeld TV series.