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  1. 6 points
    My first winter drive in an old Buick, in this case my '41 McLaughlin Buick. The weather had warmed to about 50 F, and it had rained a lot last night and this morning, so my son and I decided to go out for a drive before it gets cold and salty again. We did 20 miles in it, drove and ran great. Temp was down to about 45 F, and the heater and defroster weren't challenged to keep us cosy. The picture was taken just before I put it back into the garage, for another winter's nap. Keith
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    I had my health scare seven years ago in my mid 40’s. I’m down 135 lbs, and can fit in all my cars again. Nothing more important than family, friends, and taking care of you health. I got lucky and pulled through without too many lasting complications. New lease on life, new attitude on living life. Spending more time with family, friends, and cars. My only regret is I didn’t doo it ten years sooner. Photos are six years ago and this summer. Still fighting the beltline every day.......a never ending battle.
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    There is a lot of interesting cars in that museum.........and all I see when looking at the photos is the endless hours of sorting a museum car from a static display to an actual road car. Guess it’s just too many years of turning wrenches that alters my vision.
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    Stunt double. Specializes in hand jobs.......Bob
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    and in ‘54 Buick Headquarters hic-cup
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    Woo WHOO!! I now have about 3500 miles clocked on my Nailhead. Approximately, 2500 of these miles are with my EFI. I LOVE that is still resembles a carb. Simple & clean. With my air cleaner on guys at my local cruise-ins are blown away haha My carb was 600 cfm’s. This EFI throttle body is 800 cfm’s. I’ve read that our Nailheads LOVE cfm’s & this 800 cfm sure made a difference haha I purchased the Master Kit which includes the external Holley fuel pump, mounting hardware & hoses. This made it easy. I really enjoy how I can simply fire my car up & drive it now. I was not that lucky with my carburetor. I paid a reputible shop to do the install & I am pleased with their work. I was hoping that by hiring a pro I would avoid some headaches. Unfortunately, I still had a few problems which I sorted out. Overall, I am glad I made the switch. One problem was that the O2 sensor was not welded correctly. The kit comes with an O2 bung, high temp gasket & quality straps to hold it in place. The shop said welding it in would be better. Well the weld job sucked & it was leaking. I didn’t catch it for a while due to the placement the shop chose. They put it kind of close to my frame rail. Not sure why. That is probably why they couldn’t weld around it right. Instructions call for placing O2 sensor “as close to engine, generally 6-8” from engine”. The shop placed mine further than that. Not sure why? Obviously, I will have to go have a talk with them. I’m good for cruising with this setup. But another detail I learned is that the second half to any EFI is to pair it with an electronic distributor. Holley has one for our Nailheads on their website. So I will do some homework & see where this goes. Edit: forgot to mention, the ECU is built into the TB. It sits just behind the nameplate on the face of the TB.
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    That's some FLEET to keep washed, waxed, and dusted, Mr. Earl! Looks GREAT! Merry Christmas and Happy NEW YEAR to all! NTX5467
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    I had to delay making the quarter trim panels until the rear door trim panels were finalized. The two-tone split line on the quarter trim should align with the 2-tone line on the doors, so I had to confirm that location before making the quarter trim. I marked the location of the 2-tone split on the rear of the rear door opening and used that to finalize the trim patterns for the quarter. This is the preliminary assembly of the quarter trim, for mock-up in the car. And in the car: I still need to add one decorative stitch line, above the color split. Just waiting for my friend to wrap up the seat covers so I can use the proper color thread for these pieces. I've learned to take lots of photos and notes when disassembling a project. I also try to retain as many original parts as possible, just in case they can be useful. These remnants of the quarter window gaskets came in very handy. The witness marks on the outer surface indicated the correct orientation of the exterior molding clips and the dimensions of the gasket helped indicate how much material had to be removed and where it had to be removed. I used a fresh razor knife blade and a disc sander to shape the gasket. It took many iterations, removing only a few shavings each time, to get the gasket to fit into the opening. When the glass and gasket could be fit tightly into the opening, I removed the gasket from the glass. I applied a bead of bedding compound into the glass channel of the gasket and re-inserted the glass into the gasket. A small amount of bedding compound is visible at the gasket edges: With a bead of bedding compound applied to the inside of the quarter window and some liquid detergent as a lubricant on the gasket, it was finally time to install the glass. The glass is retained by 4 stamped retainers on the inside on the body. The exterior reveal moldings are retained by a variety of clips and threaded rods. With the exterior moldings installed, the interior garnish moldings are next. At the front of the quarter window, the C pillar trim consists of one painted steel garnish molding, a vinyl-wrapped trim panel, the polished aluminum roof rail molding plus a cloth windlace. The vinyl-wrapped panel is installed first and is visible as a sliver of dark tan between the upper steel trim molding and the polished aluminum roof rail trim. Originally, I had wrapped the steel panel with a single layer of cotton felt and the vinyl cover, which was exactly as the original piece was constructed. The part was too thick and it couldn't be loaded properly under the edge of he headliner panel. I had to remove the layer of padding and re-apply the vinyl directly to the steel substrate. I had not realized that the new vinyl was significantly thicker than the original material; with the padding removed, everything could be properly installed.
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    Man oh Man, can I relate to this story! In my opinion, restorations and or modifications have become a thing of the past unless as trimacar points out you are able to do the work yourself. At $60 to $100+ per hour one can get underwater very quickly! Many of the smaller and well qualified shops are closing as clients for high dollar restorations for medium dollar projects are harder and harder to find. In my opinion this is very sad as many worthy “project” cars will remain just that, “project cars” and set with continued deterioration or just be scrapped! Sad Sad!
  12. 2 points
    Ed, glad you have the "new lease on life"!!! One doesn't know what or how precious that "lease" is until you are in an ER flat on your back and people who work there in white uniforms keep looking at you and asking "how do you feel, how are you". I think there are a lot of us here on the forum who have had to cope with "the dark side" and we are indeed lucky that we are still able to be here now ! I recall a nurse looking at me asking me "can I get you anything" and my answer was "Yes, permission to leave so I can go home and drive my Packard touring and Buick Roadmaster ". I went on to explain what a Packard was.................................I think she warned the other people on staff that I was a bit eccentric. Happy New Year to everyone reading this and may it be a GREAT New Year with lots of old cars and good friends. To repeat, Life is short, don't put off telling people you care about how much they mean to you nor put off buying that useless part that doesn't fit anything you will ever own but just like it because it makes you happy. Walt
  13. 2 points
    I have always been able to get parts. I think the longest I ever waited for a part was less than a week. Sometimes I took a week to find a part because I was trying to find the best price. That said. I did take my car to get the A/C compressor replaced and converted to 134A. It was two weeks before they had the right parts and had it back together then they could not get the AC to function. After four weeks of going back and forth with them I took the car back from them with a non-functioning AC. I went through the troubleshooting per the manual and compared my results with a couple of guys on the web sites. I came to this website and the ROJ. We finally determined the reason my AC would not engage was because the power steering pressure switch was bad. A new switch (less than $10 at the local Auto Zone) and my system worked perfectly. The mechanic could not get it to function for 4 weeks. With the guys here and my manual I had it functioning in one day.
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    You can dial a Cord in to the point where you think it is the best prewar American car on the road (especially the supercharged cars). Sadly 95% of them are not dialed in.
  15. 2 points
    This year I'll - finish restoring Susan's MGB, repaint the GTO, get the 35 Morris back on the road, start working on the 15 T, start on the 36 James Motorcycle, add on to the back of the garage to do it all in, spend more time on yardwork (yuck), and start another collection of something related to old cars. Guess that takes care of resolutions for years to come because I'll probably never finish of this anytime soon! Oh, forgot one - get back to Hershey again. Terry
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    Looking forward to it too @Jack Welch. The area plus Pete's planned activities should draw a crowd, plus it's so centrally located and all. Looking for a good scenic route for the estate wagon and Argosy to travel, possibly US 82. Look forward to seeing everyone!!!
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    Enjoy life every day! Make new friends and enjoy the company of existing ones. And one of my favorites, don’t sweat the small stuff. Having gone through a major life changing event, the selloff of many possessions and downsizing, I have found that good friends help you when you think there is no hope left. For those who have promised this is the year to start or finish that long overdue project, be sure and share it with the rest of us. We are cheering you on even if we’re not physically there to hold a wrench.
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    Thank u. Funny u ask. “Retain” didn’t just happen, it was a bit of a struggle. Linkage was actually problem #1 & kick down/switch pitch was problem #2 haha. After the initial install of the EFI there was no “easing into the throttle”. It was either ON (full throttle) or OFF (no throttle). It turns out that the factory mechanical throttle linkage angles on some old cars do not play well with some TBI’s or aftermarket carbs. Our cars have that kind of linkage. So I needed to change that angle. I spoke to a couple of shops & they all said they always fabricate brackets. I am NOT a fabricator but I thought “how hard can that be” right? I had a hell of a time figuring it out. I went thru 5 brackets just to get the throttle linkage right including one store bought Holley bracket. I was so focused on throttle that I forgot about the kickdown/switch pitch. Then I made 2 more brackets that would accommodate the KD/SP before I figured out that I was mounting the KD/SP wrong...UGH!!! Lucky for me a neighbor showed up just before I torched my car in frustration haha. He offered to help modify the Holley bought bracket with his welding skills & WAH-LAH!! It worked...still gotta get that washer in place Lots of learning...but I’m learning
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    AJ- I predict your going to turn over a new leaf, and start to appreciate thr best of what America had to offer in thr 20’s and 30’s. I’m looking forward to you enjoying the big heavy American iron.......that European Union stuff cluttering up your garage will make way for the true good stuff! A few of us are going to have to teach you the secret handshake of the PAS and the RROC. 🏆
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    I go through phases. I know a little about a lot. I'm starting my Rolls phase, exiting musclcars, still interested in Stearns and cycle fendered Hupp. The problem with the later two is that there are not a lot of people you can talk to about them.
  22. 2 points
    It's not like rust gets a lot worse on a vehicle that is only used in good weather and stored indoors. A layer of surface scale will not typically get worse without constant exposure to the elements and will often protect the metal underneath under mild conditions. Often better to leave it alone unless you're driving it in the rain or storing it outdoors regularly. Once you start cleaning, stripping, de-rusting, and repainting, things change fast and you'll end up farther down the restoration path than you wanted. I'm not convinced that oil is the answer (not a bad idea but it will make any future refinishing that much more difficult), but maybe just put a layer of satin black paint of some kind over the undercarriage and hidden areas to seal it up. I think doing much more than that will be more work for a less desirable result on an original vehicle like this.
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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!
  25. 2 points
    I think a comment like that is unfair........you haven't seen the car in person, and cars rarely get termites..........dry rot and water rot yes........... Sagging doors don't necessarily mean bad wood either............ as far as anyone knows the wood in the car is perfectly fine...........if you're a serious buyer call the seller and ask...........commenting on bad wood can taint this car............. as far as I can see it looks like a nice, decent car. Ed
  26. 1 point
    Automobile related, everyone is going to lose weight! 😜 Does anyone ever lose weight? I have but two: (1) Finish digitizing most of the existing Stromberg Carburetor Company (USA) records. I acquired the records in 1984, and this has been a continuing project. It appears, at least at the current rate of progress, should finish in maybe October or November. (2) Continue the transfer of some of my automotive "treasures" to younger enthusiasts (well, maybe older ones as well). Neither of my children collect things automotive. Jon.
  27. 1 point
    I've been working on this for a little time but had a decent setback when Irma hit last year and we got flooded. Engine is going to be a Sherman flathead. Pressurized mains, distributor, headers, intake, and carb. The chassis is lowered about 6 inches via bent rear spring and "Z" in the rear and custom brackets in the front resulting in about a 4 inch suicide.
  28. 1 point
    Had a nice Christmas, hope everyone else did, too. Picked up my wire wheels in PA over the holiday; only one was usable without a large cost/effort to make them right. So, the one good one is at the strippers now and will be used as a spare. Also dropped off more stuff to be chromed; the front bumper guards and the parking brake handle and button. Got my front valance panel and door posts back from the stripper. Hammered out imperfections on the door posts, then primed and painted the back side with etching primer and chassis black. The factory left the back side in black primer, so I'm roughly reproducing what they did. Leaving the front in bare steel until I can get a streak of warm weather to apply the good primer with a spray gun. Here's the door posts (Photo 1) and rear bumper mounts, which I stripped myself. Posts now have primer and paint on the back portion and so do the bumper mounts. The valance panel is a disaster, but since it's tucked under the car, it will be a good piece for me to learn/practice body hammering and welding. A previous owner dented the heck out of it, then caught it on something and tore it. It was actually much worse than this, this is round 1 of getting it back into shape (Photo 2). I have a good set of body hammers (Thanks for the advice, Jeff), so making some progress. I also pulled out the battery cradle cover, which is an interior sheet metal piece. I chemically stripped it first (lead paint), then blasted it to bare metal. I did the same thing I did with the door posts, I primed and painted the back side to replicate the factory black primer (Photo 3). The top side will be painted body color. Still have a few minor dings and dents to hammer out, but wanted to get the spray bomb primer/paint on the back since it was above 50 degrees today.
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    If your search doesn't work out call Hastings ,they can help you Ken
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    Yessir that was Al Sparling’s plane. It was a 3/4 model with a lycoming radial in it. He flew Hellcat’s in the Pacific, caught a shell through one of his wings and made it back to the carrier. After the war, he built that bird in his garage from actual Grumman prints that he had scaled down at a local printing company at the time. It’s since been sold off after the museum closure, I believe to a guy in Westerly or Block Island
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    Go back and tell that to my uncles in the 1930s. The building is still good. It's still solid after 80 years. You don't get it auburnseeker. You just don't get it and you brought this up with me before. I tried to explain my issues with moving cars out of here several times in the past with you but again, you just don't get it. Unless you are in it, you can not grasp the situation. Also, who said my cars are in a poor shed that is falling down? The building is for the most part, solid block. Built in the 30s and still strong and dry. This building was built right! You could not put up a building this solid today and my family should be praised and honored, not picked on for saving hundreds, more like a thousand rare old cars from the scrap drives. Many of our cars did come out and are now with new owners who have restored them for all to see and enjoy. We are not hoarders. We did something very few others thought of doing over 80 years ago. We used to trade cars with the real boys from the early days of car collecting, Alex Miller, Barney Pollard, Tom Barrett, even Bill Harrah used to come around looking to buy cars and parts from us. They all came to us in the early days. I'm damm proud.
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    Another colored picture, looks like a Kustom Car Show back in the days
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    I think I made a mistake stating all New Yorker's used a rear resonator .... I checked the parts book and only the converts and limo's used the 2nd resonator muffler. I use on on my car. I have worked on many of these cars over the years and heard too many with cheap replacement poorly baffled noisey replacement mufflers.... I just like whisper quiet 1946-48 Chryslers..6 and 8.🙂 I'm looking forward to reading about your big adventure in the Chrysler... you will keep us informed I hope!
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    I'm not in a rush to buy anything. I did my homework, found out which parts have been known to fail and located alternatives. I know I don't want a convertable because in all convertables the front and rear ends are connected only by the floor and frame rigidity is compromised. I've been looking at Reattas for over a year. Just prior to this month I was also looking at GTIs, Hyundai Tiburons, and Volvo C30s as well. These are the two that are in my price range, in the condition that I want, in my area. If you know of any others, by all means, throw them in the for sale submenu and I'll consider it. I drove the '88. Mechanically it was without fault so I put some money down on it until finance is sorted out. I think they're out until the new year. As an addendum, I'm not getting this as a show car or an investment. It's also not a beater whip until I can afford something better. It's going to be sort of in between. If something breaks on it and it takes a few months to source a part, I have my daily driver already so it's not a big deal. I also don't have a 120 sq. ft. showroom in my house. I have a carport with a shed nearby. It's going to be parked on gravel mostly outdoors 365 days a year.
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    I think I've got a 56 distributor somewhere, but its a bit cold in the garage to look. My faint recall is that there were two diaphragms to speed up the vacuum advance with a derivative signal (mathematically a second order) since there was no mechanical advance. Don't see any centripetal weights inside. Abe
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    As I remember it, I would have left it alone. The Model A’s are great cars, and are often overlooked by many established collectors.
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    Why don't you ? If you're ever in Phoenix (AZ that is...) let me know and I'll see if you and the owner can hook up. He isn't open to the public randomly so a call ahead would be needed. I wish I could see the yard up in your area in Snohomish ? WA... I heard he used to have a lot of Dodge truck parts.
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    Yeah, I guess I'm just going to have to pay more, but that's all right; and thank you all for the warm welcome here!
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    Why one would ever do it in the name of saving a car baffles my mind. Anyways a long time ago, I decided to not buy any car that I couldn't store properly and when i got tired or found another car I wanted more, I sold that one first. None were ever poorly stored for more than a brief time while finding a new owner even at a loss. I've used neighbors garages while mowing their lawns and shoveling just to keep them under cover. I'm in the process of building the "garage". designed so no car will be barracaded in. It cost more but will hopefully be well worth it. I see so many collections stuffed in poor sheds fallen down full of critters with many cars. Why not sell a few build a good building and store them properly?
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    I agree with you they are pricey but... when things are hard to find locally, it becomes the cost to get what you want and need I guess. I've been there so happy you joined the Club!
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    Now you just need some period correct golf gear and you're all set. These serious guys look like they need someone else for a foursome. Fore!!!
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    John, this Olds has taught me so much about restoration research. It’s really up to the individual on how far one wants to delve into their project. Today, most judges would never catch a lot of things because the minute knowledge of every nook and cranny has been lost through the years. Many things have been done on restored 32’ Olds cars that slips right past judges and those cars get high awards when shown. I will not name specific cars but will mention specific things that are done that are missed by top judges at today’s shows. One of the most frequently seen is the total chroming of the horn trumpets. This is totally incorrect as the horns on Olds only had the bells of the trumpet chromed. The tubes were painted to match the fender color, whatever it was. Another is pinstripes on wood wheels. Many paint the stripes too wide and at the edges of the painted sprocket pattern because artists renderings and factory promotional photos show this. But, always a but, any wood spoke “original survivor” wheel from actual production cars that can be found shows a much narrower pinstripe and the stripe set back from the edge of the pattern. My wheels also showed proof that two 32’olds historians believe, that a single narrow stripe was painted around the inside perimeter of the wheel. My wheels have been painted to the exact way the research of production wheels has shown it to be. Then on top of small things like this, we have also determined where there were at least three running changes in the Olds model year on the hood alone. Early models had the latch mechanism screwed to the hood sides. Mid production models had them riveted. Last production models had them riveted but also included a piece of 3/4” angle sheet metal along the inside lower pivot points of the hood doors to stiffen the hood sides because they were very flexible and prone to kinking some due to the length of the side panel. Then there’s the front motor mounts that used screws with straight frame rails and later cars that used bolts with a bulbous front frame rail so the bolt could be easily removed from below the frame. There is also a know example of a six cylinder car with an 8 cylinder body, matching numbers, that was made at the end of the model year and one can only suppose it was done to use up the bodies that were left. The 8cyl cars used an indented firewall to clear the end of the longer 8cyl block. I can guarantee that only a 32’ Olds owner well versed in the 32’ model year would know these things and most owners only know what their own cars have. A judge could car less if the hood is correct to the car based on it’s serial number and date of production. I’m one of some, that small things like that matter. Of course they really only matter to me but it’s what make me happy. My goal all along was to restore this car back to the closest OEM possible and that is what I’ve been doing to the best of my research work. I have possibly deviated only in areas where there is no specific knowledge either way. One thing is interior color. Two colors were standard with the four paint color combinations available. The maroon w/black fenders or my all black roadster would come standard with black roof and black interior and there was an option of tan whipcord for all four colors. The other two body colors, two tone blue and two tone brown came with saddle brown leather standard. What is not known nor is there any documentation either way is whether the saddle brown leather was available on the black or black/maroon roadster models if requested or ordered. So I suppose it can be said this is where I varied to my own personal taste but no one can say with authority that it’s incorrect. It’s crazy that a middle of the road marque would have so many variations and that many can be documented with so little factory technical documentation still in existence. Sorry to be so long winded. This Olds has just really fascinated me. I’m really happy I own this car.
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    Nice Hemmings story of the original car... Hemmings Story Original driving car Car...
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    First, last, and probably only photo of my father with one of his old cars. This is October 1973 and this is probably the weekend after he bought his 1934 Ford Deluxe sedan at auction. I distinctly recall that we all got dressed up to go out to dinner in it. My mother had him pose in the parking lot with the car. My father is 35 years old and dressed as I always knew him: in a suit and tie. You can see 3-year-old me in the windshield with a red hat on. This photo is bittersweet. This was the start of our hobby together and I'm glad to still be on the path that started right there and then. I miss the car, which was a good one. My father is a young man in the photo (he's almost 81 today) and in the prime of his life. He's also 13 years younger than I am today. Time is short, don't waste it. PS: I never noticed and did not remember that this car had a sealed-beam conversion. Yuck.
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    It's been a great year for us and The Aqua Zephyr. It was centerfold featured this year in both the Riviera Owners Association magazine 'The Riview' and in the BCA magazine 'The Bugle'. The car took home a "Best Original" class trophy at the NC Cotton Festival Car Show and a "Best Buick" trophy at the Spring Carolina Collector Auto Fest Car Show. The Aqua Zephyr was also awarded an "Outstanding in Class" award at this years Rockingham Super Chevy Show. At the Tarheel Tigers Pontiac, Buick, Oldsmobile, Cadillac car show we were recognized for having the best 50 year old Buick, Oldsmobile or Cadillac and we won a third place trophy in the Buick category. For all of these tokens of recognition we are very thankful but they don't compare to all of the people we've met who ask questions about the Riviera or shared their "car" memories with us. To them we say "Thank you and God Bless!" Merry Christmas to all of you and your families. Have a safe and prosperous 2019! "Wouldn't you rather drive a Buick?"
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    Greg, I think this Stutz already sold but it's fun to see just what was on this lot. No idea where this was, if you thought about jumping aboard a time machine.
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    It's time to start assembling the rear bumper. The brackets, ends and center panel go together first. Ready for installation...by 4 of us. Two holders, 2 of us installing bolts. The rear bumper will be one of the last parts I install. Once it's on the car, it will be difficult to get around the vehicle in my garage!
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    Cheated and had 8 tons of Carolina Pea river pebble delivered. $60 delivery, can’t beat that. I don’t even want to mention the ton price of the stone though. ? It’s some beautiful stone though, with mostly white quartz and even some rose quartz. Hot, high humidity day but was in the shade most of the day. Almost fun. 3/4” thick Elvis likes it All level One coffee, three gators and one beer. Sounds a little like a country song ...