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    Not Buick-related but my awesome and very clever wife bought me this absolutely beautiful 1929 Cadillac Fleetwood portfolio from a fellow board member. It's the most amazing factory brochure I've ever seen. I'm so excited to have it as part of my collection. Best gift ever!
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    Larry, Congratulations! Good video too. I hope to get my 15 Buick Speedster (The Bumble Buick) up and running soon too.
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    The dawning of the brightest light, that will eventually transform the world. (I did go out into the garage and gaze at the antique cars, though!)
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    I got the engine for our 1915 truck running today.
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    If you have $100,000 to spend, buy a finished car.
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    Not much to report as I've been taking it easy and hanging with the family. Last two days have been wonderful weather wise and I've gotten in some more test drives. I'm going to do a deep dive into what I have, what I'm missing, what needs to be repaired, etc etc. I'm also going to move all the parts that are either duplicates, unusable or for a different car out of the shop area. Once I start on bodywork and taking the car back apart, I want to be able to easily track everything that comes off. I threw the windshield on just for completeness but I think it adds a lot to the look of the car. I think this is my favorite picture so far. Hope everyone is having a Wonderful Christmas!!
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    I know this image is around the interwebs, but this one was from the Spalding (maternal grandfather) archives. From Hock's Buick in Cincinnati. My grandfather had several Buicks- a 62 LeSabre and a 68 LeSabre were the ones I remember. He also had the greatest nickname i@ MIT - Dymo (short for Dynamo :)) He was also known as Skip... I do not think anybody called him by his given name Francis Wheeler Spalding. He would always draw locomotives for me when we came for Christmas. I got married too late to have kids, but I though "Rusty Wheeler Nagel" would be hilarious ... Nagel is German for nail Merry Christmas Buick People!
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    And here's the proof! Click on the image, then click on the "Play" arrow if the video doesn't automatically start.
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    Went shopping for the wife's Christmas presents and just so happened Home Depot was next door, so in need of a new good big tape measure I came out with $100 worth of Christmas stocking stuffers for my self. The wife wasn't amused when I walked through the door and she said did you get me something nice, (she knew I was going Christmas shopping for her) when I showed her the Milwaukee Bit sets and new tape measure.
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    I've had several vehicles with Dynacorn bodies (a '67 Mustang and a Bronco) and the quality was quite good. The guys who built them said that it was nice having all virgin sheetmetal to work with and that for the most part, the quality was good. Their biggest complaints were that sometimes OEM or repro parts from other manufacturers don't fit very well--it seems that Dynacorn uses Dynacorn parts for their tooling so your NOS fenders or hood might not fit without some tweaking on the reproduction body. The second thing--and they ALL griped about this--was that they had no idea how many little parts they would need to buy to make it complete. When you start with a complete car, you have all the little clips and fasteners and tacking strips and what-not that you will need to put it back together. When you start with a bare shell, you get none of that, so not only do you have to track all that down, you don't have a guide to even tell you what you need. An assembly manual can be invaluable in this regard, but they still said that they spent more time and money than expected tracking down all that little stuff that they needed and it added up to a substantial chunk of change that they didn't expect to spend. Even if you're not going 100% stock, you'll still need a lot of those little parts, which definitely add up. The guy who did the Bronco said he'd probably just use a factory truck in the future, no matter how rusty, just because he can fix the rust for less than it cost to buy all that stuff that he would have gotten with a complete vehicle. Of course, a Bronco is made out of flat sheets of metal, so rust repairs aren't as big a deal as with something more complex like a Camaro. Anyway, the quality is good, the virgin steel is nice, but be prepared to do some parts hunting and an extra expense that you may not have considered. Hope this helps!
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    This one predates the car. The two children are my uncle - now still alive and well at 97, and my late aunt. My father had not yet been born. The date would be about 1926. The man driving the dray was a neighbour, George Ashby, who worked for my great grand parents for some time. I have an idea that horse collar is still hanging in the stable.
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    I'll never forget when Roger started this process by making the tire. That just blew my mind... and I was like "wow, this is going to be something I've never seen before". That certainly proved true and it has been a blast every day since then.
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    Yes, but the reproductions are made differently than the factory units......and thus look different to any J guy. So while they are a replacement they are not reproductions, and today, on a Duesenberg replacement modern parts hurt it’s ability to win on the showfield, and it’s resale value in the future.
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    Many people commented on what a great thread this has been. Well, it has, and much more than many people would expect. Through contacts with people on this site, two or three of which have commented multiple times on this threads subject, I have been able to acquire and help several people with major finds for their car or collection. I don’t want to betray anyone’s privacy, but one of the great pre war one off autoshow cars showen in this thread, now has a bunch more documentation and history added to it’s provenance. So one forum member here had a very Merry Christmas, when I was able to acquire a significant amount of documentation and history on his one off car and get the items to his wife for a holiday gift. Also, I was able to acquire for myself some original factory art renderings from the body builder of one of our own cars. Overall no less than five diffrent transactions that made all parties both buyers and sellers very happy. I’ll post a photo of the original Fleetwood artwork after the piece comes back from the conservation lab. So now the big question, will the gentleman who had the extra special Merry Christmas present that was the provenance on his car care to post some of the items he received? We shal see. I’m off to Christmas dinner soon, and will check back in later tonight when I get to my next holiday destination in northwest Maine.
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    I was thinking it was probably priced at double it's realistic value. I saw it on my somewhat local craigslist before it was posted here. You could dump 10G in Mechanicals faster than you think if everything is worn out and tired if you do the work yourself. It's still a Packard and those parts aren't cheap. Doesn't matter if they are going on a one off bodied speedster worth a few hundred thousand or more or an old converted Sedan. Sellers usually price the parts figuring they are just short of unobtanium rather than common stuff. I do agree it's cool but lots of things are 20G cool out there.
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    Yes that will be a sad day for all that are following the progress. I just hope Roger takes a well deserved break and get his real cars out and go drive the wheels off of them.
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    Jeff You could not have said it better. One amazing craftsman at the finest. The only problem the Mark is almost finished. Nelson
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    Obrigardo, en voce e sua familia. ( my spelling is off I’m sure. Born and raised in MA! But I’m sure you know what I’m trying to reply. 😆
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    This effort is poetry in motion. Wonder if the artist would consider doing work for the antique car hobby drawing up hard to find parts ???
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    In 1927 Eddie Rickenbacker, who was president of the Indianapolis Speedway, wantedto move away from the super high performance cars like the Millers and Duesenbergs and make a more manufacturer race. In 1926 no manufactures entered the race and the cars were becoming so sophisticated.. Rickenbacker feared losing the interest of the common man. The 1930 race ushered in a series of substantially new engine rules and specifications. The allotted displacement was increased from 91 cu. in. (1.5 L)to 366 cu. in. (6.0 L). Superchargers were banned with the exception of two-cycle engines, and riding mechanics were made mandatory once again. In addition, the traditional mandate of a maximum 33-car field was lifted. The #66 car represents the success of this change. Using a 1924 Duesenberg model A as a base, Benny Brandfon shortened and narrowed the chassis andmodified the engine for more horse power. Engine #1585 was originally in Mrs. Duesenberg's private car. In the following years, Brandfon, a garage and tow truck operator from New York raced the car on dirt and board tracks on the east coast from Georgia to New Hampshire. The car was last raced in 1937. This #66 Duesenberg ran in the parade lap at the 2004 Indy 500. 8 cylinder, 260 ci, 88 hp Two winfield carbs Three speed tranny Tube front axle Live rear axle Hydraulic brakes 2230 lbs.