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  1. 25 points
    Dear friends, Yesterday I submitted my request to Steve Moskowitz and Peter Gariepy to remove my status of BCA Forum Moderator and thanked them for the privilege of doing it for the last ten or so years. I have not received a reply, but feel it important to go ahead and announce it so that a new moderator can be selected/appointed. For a couple of years now I have not spent much time with my cars and tried to make up for that by starting the My Buick Sales and Service garage thread but now I'm not even able to spend time with that. I think it is important that a moderator be more into the subject for which they moderate than I currently am. Additionally my wife and I plan to start traveling a good bit in our newly acquired Airstream and will at times be boondocking off grid where there might not be internet service for several days at a time, therefore creating days of dead space in regards to effectively moderating the forum. Sadly there are other circumstances going on behind the scenes here that also helped with my decision but I will spare you those explanations here. Do know though that it has nothing to do with the current club political controversy, I never back down from a fight. I want to thank every one of you for your support over the last 10 or so years. I have worked to try and build the forum with interesting thread subjects, subforums etc in an effort to maintain interest and keep the forum alive and dynamic. I have tried my damnedest to be as honest, upfront and fair with any editing or removing of posts that I thought improper or hurtful to persons or the forum as a whole. No doubt I got some wrong and I am sorry if so. But God, hasn't it been fun!!!! Watching the builds of cars from rusty shells and of garages from cut up power poles and scrap steel. Following road warriors on their annual trips cross country to Buick meets and the fun and camaraderie they had when there. Hearing happy stories of new Buick purchases and sad ones of when they were lost in a wreck. Believe me when you peruse these accounts and posts thoroughly EVERYDAY, they and the people behind them become a part of your life. And a part I would never want to forget. Not sure how the process of bringing in a new moderator will go but I know there are some good prospects out there, very qualified folks who will be up to the challenge. So anyhow, tha's it my friends. Love ya all, every effin one a ya. Buickly, MrEarl cc @Steve Moskowitz @Peter Gariepy
  2. 22 points
    "With that in mind, can anyone summarize--perhaps without using names--what, exactly is going on? Can both sides be explained in a cool, calm way so that someone like me (and I presume a great majority of the BCA membership) can sort of understand what's going on?" Since I am a writer, I will try to summarize: I think the bad feelings began when the Driven Class (not judged to high standards, but a little more than just "display-only) cars were relegated to a remote parking lot that was walled off from the rest of the meet by a high fence at the South Bend, IN. national meet. This led to a feeling among Driven Class and non-judged car owners that they were being treated as unwanted step-children compared to the cars being judged in the 400-point classes. The awards banquet at the end of each national meet tends to reinforce that perception, with most of its emphasis being on trophies and awards. Pre-War cars, being harder to get parts for and tougher to keep in an original state--especially if you want to drive them on today's roads--tend to congregate in the Driven Class, the Modified Class, or the Display-only class, unless the owner is well-heeled enough to do a total restoration and bring the car to the meet in an enclosed trailer. There are exceptions, but that's the norm. The bad feelings got worse when in subsequent national meets the Pre-War (and other) cars were separated from each other depending on what they had signed up for (400-point; Archival; Display-only; Modified, or Driven Class), and at some meets there were assigned parking spaces for the entire meet, based on what type of judging or non-judging the car's owner had signed up for. In the meantime, people got elected to the BCA Board who were and are quite stratified in the types of Buicks they focus on. We have some Board members who are only interested in Pre-WWII cars, and have little knowledge or interest in newer Buicks. Likewise, we have some Board members who are only interested in the later model Buicks and have little knowledge or interest in the older ones. This deepens the divide. Add to that, a lack of financial reporting to the membership of the club for nearly three years, following the sudden death of our long-time club accountant, Joel Gauthier, and suspicions tend to build up about what is going on with the club's finances. This has recently been rectified, with the publication a few months ago of an annual financial report in the magazine, but it took nearly three years to do so and a lot of reputational damage was done in the meantime. In addition, an outside auditing firm has recently been hired, after a Board member made an issue out of the lack of audits and adequate financial reports for many years and the club's build-up of a large financial reserve, which, (from my perhaps uninformed point of view), the reasons for and size of the reserve were not adequately communicated to new Board members as they came onboard. When the reserve reached or got close to $700,000, one alarmed Board member reported the club to the IRS, out of fear that it would lose its non-profit status, and when he could not get a majority of the Board to acquiesce to his concerns. He also alleged wrong-doing by some, but that has not been proven and should not be brought up unless or until it is proven, and I doubt that it will be. Carelessness--maybe. Evil or bad intent--I sincerely doubt it. This has made the divisions and bad feelings even worse. At about the same time, the BCA Board majority removed the Director of the BCA's Pre-War Division due to concerns that the division's membership records were not being tracked and newsletters were not being distributed with regularity. The majority of the Board then took the step of appointing another Pre-War Division Director, and this person at about the same time attacked the Board member who reported the club to the IRS, with a petition for his removal from the club. At the same time, the Pre-War Division held their own election and elected another member as their Director. So, now you had two competing directors for the same Division--one with a lot of "baggage" due to his very public attack on the Board member at a national meet and not having been elected by anybody other than the Board majority, and the other duly elected but by a somewhat questionable list of Pre-War Division members. This brings us down to the current BCA Board election situation, in which there is a definite "us versus them" group, as well as a couple of unaffiliated or perhaps uninformed Board candidates in the current group of eight candidates. Much like the national Republicans versus Democrats, each camp is making claims about the other that are probably more extreme than reality. For example, the establishment group (for lack of a better term) is not against Pre-War cars or non-judged cars as the challengers might have you believe; and the challengers (for lack of a better term) do not want to eliminate BCA judging (as the establishment group would have you believe), they just feel there is too much emphasis on it. So, that's where we are, and I will probably be attacked by one group or the other for what I have written above--so be it. I'm a 40-year BCA member who has had a lot of involvement with the club and that's my perspective, as fairly as I can write it. Pete Phillips, BCA #7338
  3. 18 points
    Oh and here’s a follow up of the ditch digging photo. The Argosy barn has lights. But nothing compared to Gods light as displayed in this photo. Thank ya Jesus, thank ya Lord🙏
  4. 18 points
    WOW my generation gap is showing, I saw the title listed and when I clicked on this expected to see an MG , TC not a Chrysler Town and Country. Anyone else have that reaction as well?
  5. 16 points
    OK, so yes, this could just go in the ACD section, but thought it might be of more general interest. Sometimes things happen that make you scratch your head while wondering what cosmic forces are at work. I own a 1937 Cord phaeton, unrestored, which means it's not totally "original" as far as paint goes, but it's never been taken down to it's component parts. A number of years back, I took it to the ACD Festival in Auburn. While there, I had it "certified" by the ACD club, which basically means it's a real car, has genuine factory components, and is now documented in the Club's archives. While having my Cord certified, it was pointed out that my car did not have the correct engine, but not to worry, a LOT of Cords have replacement engines. The "factory" in Auburn was kept open (by another person, but that's a longer story) into the 1950's for ACD repair and refurbishment, and the thought is that my engine and transmission were changed out then. My transmission has traces of red paint, which I was also told may be an indication of a 50's refurbishment. So, by now you're asking, where is this story leading? I'll make it simple. The fellow in the ACD club who's in charge of the Certification project was a recipient of a few emails from me about another subject, and he casually mentioned "Oh, by the way, I have the engine out of your Cord..." WHAT?? Yes, data plate on the car shows engine number FB 2035, I have that engine that was in a group of parts that I found. So, let me make this clear. I bought a Cord in 1985, with an engine that had been replaced at least 30 years prior to that, and here it is almost 40 years after I bought the car and YOU HAVE THE CORRECT ENGINE FOR IT?!?! I made a trip into the wilds of Pennsylvania today with a good friend of mine, and acquired the engine. I have no plans to rebuild and install, although the block is in great condition, but just having it with the car means a lot to me. Attached pictures of car data plate and engine number. Am I blessed with some good luck, or what? And don't say "what"....
  6. 15 points
    Yesterday I picked up a 1955 Special 4 door sedan, that is actually for my son. I had bought a car for his sister, who is about 9 years older, at about his age (she still has it, an '05 Sebring convert), so I had promised to buy him one, when he was old enough. Instead of a modern car, he wanted a vintage car. His desires, lke so many of us here are varied, for the "Doc" Hudson Hornets, '65 Rivs, 46-48 Sendanettes and the second gen Skylarks, from 61-63, plus Corvettes, and other performance cars. We considered many, lots that were way too expensive, as I had a specific price range to stick to. Importing a car to Canada from the US these days is so expensive, by the time the exchange, taxes, duties, and transport are paid for, it nearly doubles the purchase price of the car. Then whatever needs to be done to it is more. This car was quite local to us, about an hour's drive, and is a running driving car, and was licensed and driven last year. Canadian built, and I think that the only option it has is a Dynaflow, no radio, no PS or Brakes either. The Dynaflow leaks like any good Buick should. We'll see if it can get to an acceptable level or if it has come out sooner rather than later. This is resonably solid car, and shows 57,000+ miles and might be correct, by the obvious wear and tear signs, pedals, floor mats, etc. The floor mats are interesting, rubber up front, and a very short loop pile in the back seat, and it appears original. The has damage, like something fell on it, but it was painted over, not straightened very well at all. So this is for sure a 20 to 30 footer. Plan is to chack things out, fix it and get it certified, hopefully this Spring. We shall see. The picture shows the seller on the left, and my son Graham on the right with the on the car trailer, just after we loaded it up. More to come later. Keith
  7. 14 points
    I am a new member of BCA. My car is a 1963 Buick Wildcat convertible that I purchased in January of 2018. My grandfather had a 63 Wildcat a brand new 2 dr hardtop in Granada red/blk and even then at 9 years old I knew it was a special car. Grandpa Bill was a Buick man all the way. In my life, he owned a 56 Century, a 61 LeSabre, the Wildcat and his last car a 1965 Buick Electra. He was the superintendent of the two mills owned by Arcata Redwood Co. of California. He lived in the executive home owned by the company and it was clear by what he drove he was doing well enough for a man who came from nothing and had no formal education. I know there are Buick enthusiasts out there who don't think much of the Dynaflow transmission but that is one of the features that I loved most about his Wildcat and now mine. His wife "Babe" had an all-out driving style. She was on the gas all the time. I'd sit with my chin on the back of her seat and wait to get thrown back when she accelerated. I didn't really understand the mechanism at that age but I knew that the Wildcat was the smoothest car I had ever ridden in. When the big logging trucks would see the Wildcat coming up from behind on the 2 lane highways they would pull over as far as they could and let the bosses wife go by. And what a sound! I smile every time I drive mine. Can't wait for spring! Still getting used to this site. I hope I posted this correctly.
  8. 14 points
    In the rush to complete the car for the Autorama deadline, I have fallen a little behind on my project updates. Let's skip the last 4 weeks of work and take a look at the car on display at the 2019 Detroit Autorama. Move-in day was Wednesday; the show opens at noon on Friday and runs unti 7pm Sunday. Larry Schramm graciously allowed me to use his enclosed trailer to move the Caballero in the slushy mess on Wednesday. I doubt his trailer has ever carried anything this heavy; we calculated teh trailer + vehicle weight at approximately 7700 pounds. 20190227_153613 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr I've never had a car in this show; it's an exciting day for me! 20190227_153554 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr We dropped the 2 cars (my Caballero and the Modified 74 Corvette) in Masterworks' spot and left as soon as possible. There are about 800 vehicles being delivered in a 36 hour window; you can't leave your tow rig in the building any longer than absolutely necessary. 20190227_170331 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr One happy guy... 0227191641.jpg.ef5664229c7ddb1571c395dabffff5ec by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr We made a last-minmute decision to make "Before" posters; Schramm to the rescue...again! 20190301_085728 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr I like the "Air Born B-58 Buick" advertising materials and logo; the decorative plate turned out great! 20190301_085756 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr Cloth pull-up sign to tell a little story and thanks the major helpers! 20190301_114915 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr Ready for Friday opening 20190301_114943 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr 20190301_115004 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr 20190301_172323 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr 20190301_172350 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr 20190301_172405 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr POM6 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr POM10 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr POM11 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr POM12 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr That's me, cleaning and preening the car. I figure I've earned the right to wear that "Authorized Valve-in-head" service shirt by now! POM18 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr POM22 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr TRh ecar drew a lot of attention. THere was almost always a small knot of 3 to 12 people checking it out and asking questions. 20190302_111636 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr Family visitors; my daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren came to check out our handiwork P1050016 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr I didn't win any awards with the car; the class competition (1958 - 1967 Restored) was fierce and I agreed with the judges selections of the top cars in the class. Mine was close, but not as perfect as the winners. All in all, a great weekend! I'm going to be off-line for a week. I'll add more photos when I'm back. Thanks again to Pat (BuickEstate) for his interior work, Jim P (57BuickJim) and Larry Schramm for years of hard work, support and help in bringing this baby home!
  9. 14 points
    Well it is move in day for the Detroit Autorama. Here are some pictures of loading it from the shop and taking it to Cobo Hall in Detroit. I even got to ride in the car. Joe told me that I was the first person to ever ride in the car since it is done. While we were putting it on the floor of Cobo, there were a number of persons coming over to look at the car. It truly is a stunning vehicle with all of the triple chrome overlay from the '58 model year. Enjoy the pictures.
  10. 13 points
    Have an illegal do it for you, end of problem.
  11. 13 points
    The temp went up to the 60's today so we took the '13 out for a drive.
  12. 13 points
    Here is where we are as of today. See pic. I am not sure how well it will run but with the enormous assistance from those of you around the country I am sure it will run. This coming week we only need fuel in the carb and a hot to the coil. Once it starts we will proceed to the reassembling of the body. Hopefully we saved one more Buick.
  13. 13 points
    Yesterday, February 26, 2019, I helped to build the last Ford Taurus Sedan. It was a black one--fitting for a Ford. When I came in for my 6pm to 6am shift at the Ford Motor Company Chicago Assembly Plant on February 25th, we were told that the last Ford Taurus had been built. People apparently were signing a car or the hood of a car to commemorate the event in a lobby area near where the cars rolled off the line. Sure enough, we produced Ford Explorers all night. Near the end of my shift, low and behold, a Ford Taurus came down the line. My line built the doors of what I think was the last Ford Taurus between 0430 and 0530 central time on February 26, 2019. Since I knew that some car was being signed down at the end of the line and sensing a potential last car controversy down the road, I decided that I needed to record the circumstance of the last Ford Taurus to come down the line. I went over to the end of my production line to record the VIN and the Ford Rotation Number (and noting the time) of the what I thought would absolutely be the last Ford Taurus. A line supervisor saw what I was doing and gave me a build sheet from the car. So the last Ford Taurus has been built. I don't know if another Ford Taurus had been built while I was sleeping off my 11.5 hour midnight shift. I hope not. Back in 1986, I worked at a place called Nu-Car Carrier, where we transported the first generation Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable cars from the Chicago Assembly Plant to the nearby Railyard or Truck Transport terminals for transport to Ford dealerships across the country. So I was there at the beginning of the Ford Taurus run and I was there for the end of the Ford Taurus production run. No one thinks of the Ford Taurus as a classic car, but the Ford Taurus was in production almost continuously for 34 years, longer than the Model T and the Model A combined. I am proud to have been there for this part of Ford Motor Company history. . . .
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    Skinniest tires I've ever owned...
  16. 12 points
    Well, it’s been over 12 months since she disgraced herself by popping the fan and water pump shaft into her radiator. Didn’t improve the cooling at all, or the drivability. So we have sorted that with a later rebuilt pump and rebuilt radiator, hoses etc. We also installed the new wiring loom that came with the car, along with a replacement charge indicator. The connections on the old one were loose, too much resistance and it became toast. A few other things have been sorted and today she finally went “on the road again”. Nice to be back behind the wheel, nice to hear her running. Many thanks to those on the forum who have helped with ideas, suggestions, photos and parts! Looking good, Rodney 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀
  17. 12 points
    As some of you know I have been looking for a '41 Special Model 47 for a few years. I wanted a pre-war straight eight car and I like compact cars and this is the closest thing to a compact pre-war Buick there is. (Is compact pre-war Buick an oxymoron? JK) This is the A body four door sedan that was introduced in February 1941. I had looked at several cars both virtually and actually and finally found this one in suburban Detroit. It met my criteria and fit my budget. I bought it sight unseen but I did have fellow BCAers check it out for me. (Thank you Larry Schramm and friend.) When it arrived I was not disappointed. It's an unrestored unmolested rust free car. It has 41,000 miles on the clock and over the years has had one re-paint and the seat cushions have been recovered with NOS material. So it''s a nice clean car. These Pictures were taken last fall the day it arrived. Check it out. Dave B
  18. 12 points
    More pictures from the show
  19. 12 points
    Assembling the front door trim starts with attaching the armrest base to the main panel, followed by a layer of padding and then the trim cover. The second layer consists of a sub-foundation that carries all the upper trim pieces. Lots of measuring and double-checking before bonding and sewing the individual panels together. The two-tone split lines must line up with the narrow, stainless steel trim moldings that surround the center section of the panel. I hand-stitched the upper and lower panels together and bonded the joints with contact adhesive. The completed upper panel is retained to the main board with several bend-tabs above the armrest, and adhesive & staples around the perimeter. Below the armrest, the beige and tan panels are sewn to the main panel with a seam reinforcement to provide a clean, straight edge at the color change lines. After sewing both the beige and tan pieces, I test-fit the moldings again: The beige material is "peeking" out above the lower molding, which meant that I had to re-do the two lower sections. Now that's better! Moldings installed and perimeters edgefolded. Waiting for the arrival of the Century script emblems. To install the emblems, I marked the positions of the studs on the front side of the panel and used a small pick to create the holes for the attaching pins. From the back side, I used a 1/8" drill bit to enlarge the holes in the main panel, while leaving the small holes in the vinyl cover material. Here, I am installing the retaining clips. I used a small socket, sized to drive the perimeter of the clip onto the studs. I used a small mallet to drive the clips and supported the emblems from the front of the panel with a cloth-wrapped piece of wood. Complete and ready for installation! I will cut the holes for the door and window crank handles when I install the panels to the doors.
  20. 11 points
    Well, folks, today my plans for the new garage starting to get real. Most of the materials were delivered late today. It doesn't seem to look like much, but it will be a 24X38 ft. and about 14 ft high, building, with heat, wall and floor insulation, 100 amp power, then gas heat when the rest is done. It gets cold here, and I want to keep me and my Buicks warm! The old garage, is still very good, and is staying. It holds 4 cars, and the new one will hold 3 more. I hoping that this will be the workshop garage, and to keep it to 3 cars, so that I have lots of space around them. As we all know, extra space seems to get filed up with one thing or another! I'll try to post updates as the work progresses. Keith
  21. 11 points
    Got the '56 out several times Friday, Saturday, and just a little while ago. It's like my go-to-car now ! Easiest one to get out and no dissapointments!
  22. 11 points
    Dang that is so touching Joe, Thank You 🙏. Not sure about the words of wisdom part but I’ll definitely be checking in as this is still THE best place on the internet for seeking technical advice, of which I’m about to need a boatload of on the estate wagon😬. I’ve always appreciated your posts here and enjoyed our friendly private messaging, I cherish our friendship as I do so many here. And congrats on the grand baby. I’m already teaching Etta Leigh to be a good Marine, this is her in salute training. 😆 and while we’re already off subject why not a couple more 😁
  23. 11 points
    Oh and by the way, there is one other “little “ thing that may be taking up a bit of my time.😊 First grand baby, Etta Leigh
  24. 11 points
    Who is that idiot spoiling an otherwise pleasant photo of old Buicks???? Oh, it appears to be me
  25. 11 points
    It is alive! And no transmission leaks. Time to continue killing bugs and killing the planet before Comrade Cortez and company take away my fuel!
  26. 11 points
    Drove my 1970 Wildcat to work today. Beautiful day after a week of wet, cold, nasty weather in N. TX.
  27. 11 points
    The market wants what the market wants. The 1965 GS seems to carry about a 30% premium over the standard Rivs. Low production (about 10% of the total) and the suggestion of more performance (whether there's actually notably more is irrelevant) will drive collectors to want those cars and to pay a premium for them. Same reason the SJ Duesenbergs command a premium over the "standard" Js and Super Eight Packards are more valuable than Standard Eight Packards. Driving experience not notably different, but the difference in price is substantial just because of what it is. I suspect that's not a surprise to any of us here. As to whether these cars are common enough to be growing on trees, I think they are plentiful but with a caveat: truly exceptional cars are not. A lot of Rivs have technically "survived" but a majority of them are still just used cars, maybe even used up cars. Restoring one is astronomically expensive and good, clean, original, low-mileage cars are uncommon, as they are with all makes and models. If you want an exceptional Riv, be prepared to search and be prepared to spend a premium. If you want one in a specific color or with particular options, well, then it'll get that much harder. Again, I doubt this is news to any of the experienced hobbyists here. For example, I sold this one: for about twice as much as this one: Why? The yellow one was a '65 and it was in far better condition. The white car had needs, the yellow car did not. The white car had a lot of miles, the yellow car had very few. Even though the white car had working A/C and the yellow car had no A/C, the yellow '65 was still far more marketable and desirable--I had guys fighting over it @ $40,000. If the yellow car had been a GS, I bet I could have gotten four, maybe even five times as much as the white car. The Riviera has arrived. If you have one, ride the wave and enjoy your car paying you back for using it. If you always wanted one, well, they're not going to get cheaper so buy one now. And if you're like me and always wanted one but figured that you'd be able to pick one up when the mood hit you, well, get used to not owning one. I should have kept that yellow one, but I wanted one with A/C. Now I'm probably priced out of the market unless I want to give up one of my other cars. A tough decision because a good Riv is a very special car.
  28. 11 points
    Not wishing to hi-jack the thread about "cab over engine trucks". I was thinking that very few people here have knowledge of local trucking in the teens, twenties and thirties and I would share some information told to me by my Grandfather. Prior to the Great Winnipeg General Strike in 1919 he was driving a 1911 Commer truck for Teese & Persse. Hard rubber tires and slow speed were not a real problem because his trips were from one of Winnipeg's three rail yards to the warehouse. CPR and Midland of Manitoba were 1/2 mile each way and what was to become the CNR was 1 mile. He made three or four trips per day, six days a week. After the strike he drove for the G MacLean Company driving a 1919 Commer. Similar speeds and distances. Remember at this time all the warehouses and manufacturing was on a spur line or very close to the railroads. In 1934 they replaced the last of their solid tired trucks which had included a Nash Quad with four wheel steering (apparently a good truck for backing into places but very hard to park to side load from a boxcar) and had a fleet of 3 Diamond Ts', 3 GMCs'. Four and usually five of these delivered goods to the retailers and my Grandfather brought most of the freight from the railways to the warehouse. Usually three or four trips a day, remember everything was loaded and unloaded a piece at a time, no pallets or pallet trucks. Shortly after WWII they started replacing the old fleet. The GMCs' were the first to go as they had a terribly large turning circle.The last one to go was the 1934 Diamond T that my grandfather until his retirement in 1962. It had a total of just over 29,000 miles in 28 years. The last picture, taken in 1955 is my Grandfather (76), my nephew (4) and myself (13) beside the '34 Diamond T.
  29. 11 points
    For the past 4 years, I have been looking for one of the correct Century script emblems for the left side of the car. The right side emblems slanted "forward" and the left emblems slanted "rearward". Since my search has not been successful, 57BuickJim volunteered to share his knowledge and skills in moldmaking to help me create an emblem. He and I used the good part as a sample and built a silicone mold to re-create the emblem. I was concerned that a plastic emblem might not be strong enough to withstand the forces involved in the installation process, so I made a sheet metal reinforcement plate to add strangth to the plastic part. This is my first attempt at the reinforcement: Tin snips, a dremel and a set of X-Acto files got me this far: The reinforcement didn't fit well, so I made a second one: I drilled and tapped six #3-40 holes for insertion of threaded attaching studs to the reinforcement Here's Jim, working on the mold Out first mold failed because the material was too old and didn't react. Back to the drawing board... Jim made a second and ultimately, a third mold to replicate the original emblem This was my first attempt to manufacture an emblem with the steel reinforcement Then, lots of patience and grinding required to trim away the excess plastic We learned that we had made the mold too "deep" and the part was too thick. It would stick out from the surface of the door trim panel about 1/8" further than the rest of the emblems. Jim made another mold and cast new parts made from plastic, without the metal reinforcement. As of today (February 4, 2019), the plastic emblems are at Vacuum Orna-Metal in Romulus, Michigan to be vacuum metallized. The craziest thing is...I found the emblem for sale on ebay about 3 days ago. Now, I'll have 3 to choose from!
  30. 10 points
    Yet another band-aid for drivers who are texting. Sorry, but I prioritize watching traffic around me rather than watching some electronic system that's supposed to be watching traffic around me. If you can't drive safely without one of these, you shouldn't be driving.
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    Thanks everyone for all of the replies. I have decided to purchase the car and have started working on it already. I appreciate all of the information you have given me, and all of the useful information on this site in general. You will for sure see some threads started from me for some help along the way (after i use the search function of course)!
  33. 10 points
    I will say that virtually every guy who brings a hot rod in to sell in my shop says the same thing: it's boring. I don't know what their goal was when they started or what they expected, but it's rarely what they want when it's done. I don't even think they know what they want, only that they've convinced themselves that an old car isn't what they want. That mindset probably comes from what they've heard from other people or things they assume about old cars being unreliable or hard to drive (you should hear how many grown men whine about needing power steering, but that's another story for another day). I bet the owner of that Chrysler will say it drives like a modern car. Unfortunately, I already have a modern car. What I don't have is a car that drives like a 1940 Chrysler New Yorker.
  34. 10 points
    Technically today isn't on the weekend but it is my day off!!! New Diamondback triple stripe whitewall 235/75-15 tires and new stainless steel lug nuts were installed on The Aqua Zephyr today. I like how the taller tires fill the wheel wells compared to the old tires.
  35. 10 points
    The perfect evening after yesterdays hail and tornado extravaganza followed by a 38 degree morning.. Now it is 75 degree's and I have no particular place to go so that is where I am going !
  36. 10 points
    Another nice day and again out for a drive. This time about 25 miles.
  37. 10 points
    Don't know that it matters. Seems to me that all these threads (deleted and otherwise) are populated by the same few folks. Which might lead one to conclude that most folks just don't care. They belong to the BCA for the magazine, because they think they should if they own an old Buick, out of habit rather than interest, or whatever. The club itself isn't that important to them; the makeup of the BOD even less so. For as hot and bothered as some are about the machinations in Denver or parking layout or the importance of judging or the promptness of financial disclosures, one might deduce from the pervading indifference that the overwhelming majority of the membership either does not know or does not care about any of that. So, do what you will. Some folks will be happy with the results, some won't; some will gloat and some will grumble; and most will have tossed their ballots in the trash without ever filling them out. As for me, I've been distinctly unimpressed with the tenor of the whole debate. I'm kinda thinking that if I've got $50 to further my enjoyment of my cars, I might get more utility out of a new tool or a tank of gas. And if you really stop to think about it, that holds for many of the rest of you as well.
  38. 10 points
    The good thing is that you can choose to ignore the drama.
  39. 10 points
    Today was a rather pleasant day, and my luck has finally turned around. The car was valued in its current condition (special thanks to paint!) at $12000, and the damage appraised was $3700, about 31% of the total damages. Which means I was cut a check for $3200 after the deductible, $300 above what I was quoted for including parts, shipping and paint. I guess I shouldn't be too terrified of the insurance company, they really pulled through on this one! The best part is that I was looking to replace the hood, grill and mustache bar at some point because all of them had been damaged prior, and now I get them for free (well subjectively, RIP insurance premium). Thank you Mr. Deer, rest your soul. I drove the car back to campus. Running as good as ever. I'm getting a lot of "oh my god your car!" Thanks, like I didn't know lol. I am pretty sure I know what the vibration is now. It really shakes the wheel, so I guessed it must be in the front and not the back. So, I pulled the rotors off to check bearings and they are fine. That's when I noticed the driver side rotor is warped noticeably. It must be such that it is rubbing the pads when not depressed and causing a harmonic issue at speed. I had a similar issue when one of my front drums were warped. We'll see when I replace the rotors first. My final test is to get the car off the ground while in drive (off) and rotate the rear wheels. Theoretically if the U-joint is toast, there should be play in the driveline.
  40. 10 points
    It's one of those things where everyone thinks it is a privacy issue but totally isn't. Nobody can track you by your license plate beyond knowing what state the car might be in (might) because it says in what state the plate was issued right there on the plate. Only law enforcement has access to the license plate database and abusing it is a punishable offense. Nobody will track you down by a license plate, the IRS won't kick in your door for owning a nice car, nobody is going to find out where you live from a photo of a license plate and steal your car. It's ridiculous. Besides, don't they realize that they're driving around--in public no less!--with their license plates visible to just anyone? Egad! PS: Not to freak anyone out, but did you know your bank account number is RIGHT THERE ON THE CHECK YOU JUST GAVE THAT CLERK AT THE GROCERY STORE! RIGHT THERE! IN PLAIN SIGHT! YOUR BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER! The horror. The horror.
  41. 10 points
    I was browsing online one day contemplating buying an old classic car. I wasn't looking seriously, but when I came across this 65 Buick Wildcat I just thought it looked too good to not look into it more. So I hooked up the trailer and went for a couple hour drive north to take a look. It was a good deal and the car was in what I thought to be decent shape so we made a deal. Then as we were loading the car (not easy, barely fit on the trailer) I learned that the car owners wife had bought it for him as an anniversary gift three years previous with the intentions on restoring the car. I kinda felt bad as I was driving away to some tears. His plumbing and cottage renting business had taken off and they didn't have the time to do anything with the car. It had just sat in the laneway on a tarp. Long story short I got the car home... put it on the hoist and did a proper safety on it... fixed up a few things... and she is now on the road. It is an original Canadian built car with I am pretty sure the original driveline. I drive it all the time in the better weather and am looking forward to Spring. She needs some more work, and I got some more parts over the winter to do some sprucing up. But I don't think I want to do too much... she's a driver.
  42. 10 points
    I know Dennis Gage fairly well, I think (at least from the car hobby and car industry perspectives). Both he and I have been elected to the ARMO (Automotive Restoration Market Organization) and SEMA Halls of Fame. And, both of us have been very involved in the collector car hobby and the industry which serves it for a long time. One thing that Dennis told me directly, with respect to Pringles Potato Chips: Dennis is partly responsible for the contents inside the tube, but is NOT represented by the image of the mustache on the outside of the package. Dennis is a car guy, no doubt. But you must remember that he is a full-time professional working to serve automotive hobbyists. He has to be "ON" whenever he is around car people, and he must work to make his shows seem exciting to viewers. If he were to act less-than-excited about a car featured on his show, it might be disastrous for the series. Dennis really does love cool old cars, but he knows that he is in the spotlight whenever he is around vintage iron. He must appear enthusiastic and excited, even if he doesn't feel well, or is having a bad day. I'm glad to call Dennis Gage a friend of mine. You must keep in mind that people who work in the industry which serves the old car hobby are AT WORK when they appear around other hobbyists. Although we really do love the cars and most of the people we meet, we must perform our various jobs effectively, or quickly become unemployed. It's something which is perhaps nearly impossible to understand, until you must depend exclusively on a career in the auto-hobby industry to pay your bills for a long time. I have done so since the early 1980's.
  43. 10 points
    I think I need to go to Indianapolis and do a magazine issue comparing and contrasting each year of Limiteds! How often do you ever have six different years of them together in the same place?!!!
  44. 10 points
    I turned 60 this year. My Riviera and I have been together for 36 years. I bought my '65 Gran Sport in 1983 in Seattle, WA. I drove it daily for ten years here in Vancouver, BC, and must have been the only one that crazy because I rarely if ever saw another 1st Gen Riviera on the road. Same holds even truer today! I got lucky as I had no idea what a Gran Sport was when I bought my Riv. I'm not sure the previous owner knew it was anything special either, as I got it for only $2,000 and it was back then just a used 18 year old car in reasonably good shape. It was unmolested, with 113,000 original miles on the clock, still wearing its original paint, interior, etc. Soon after buying my Riv I joined the recently formed Riviera Owners Association (ROA). My low membership number 259 testifies to that. The ROA has been a wonderful resource, more so back in the days before the internet and forums such as this. Here's a pic of my GS, taken earlier this month: In the ten years I used it my Gran Sport as my daily driver I put another 100,000 miles on the car with several road trips to Los Angeles, etc. All this on its original drivetrain. Heavy on gas, yes, but extremely reliable. This car never ever let me down in all that time. After I retired it from regular use in 1995 I began the process of restoring it as funds and time allowed: first the body and paint (she had the usual back window rust, but not bad otherwise), then onto the engine and trans, while fixing other small things along the way. She's in fine form now, and I enjoy driving it immensely. I usually get several "NC's" ("Nice Car!") thumbs up each time I take her out on a drive. I've had many good times with this car over the decades, and still get that tingle of pride and admiration every time I gaze over its fine lines to get behind the wheel to again enjoy its sparkling performance.
  45. 10 points
    This 1913 American Lafrance Type 10 is completely original, right down to the lower radiator hose which will leak for awhile each spring when we fill the cooling system. It seems like some kind of rubber coated canvas and will stop leaking after awhile when it swells up. Tires are original foam filled. We believe it to be the oldest surviving unrestored fire truck in operable condition. If anyone knows of one that’s older I would enjoy hearing about it.
  46. 10 points
  47. 10 points
    Time to install that massive rear bumper... All the edges were taped to protect the painted surfaces and I double-checked the clearance between the mounting brackets to ensure they would fit snugly between the frame rails. Two friends held the bumper while my wife guided us and I installed the frame attaching bolts. Didn't take us very long to get to this point: The bumper is centered, but it needs to be rotated up at the rear to align better with the end of the quarter panels. Final adjustment will be done at Masterworks when the final paint touch-ups are being done.
  48. 10 points
    Well, besides buying a new Enclave Avenir last week I got a call from Summit Racing regional warehouse and retail store in Arlington, TX. Summit asked me to bring my 1967 Sportwagon GS400 Tribute car to put on one of their two turntables as you walk into the entrance of the retail store. Car will be there for the month of February and get lots of looks. We loaded it on the turntable and I was not finished opening the doors, hood and tailgate when I turned around there were about 8 people standing there admiring the car and full of questions. The black paint really pops in the window and at night the turntable is lit from above so I will have to go at night and take a photo or two. Really a bunch of nice guys and gals at Summit and I am glad I filled out an application to show the car about 6 months ago and got the call. They will be showing the car and telling the story of the changeover to the GS400 Tribute on the Summit web site in a few days. As a GS400 Tribute Sportwagon, which I showed in Brookfield WI BCA in 2017, I installed a completely rebuilt 1967 GS400 V8 and T400 transmission that came with the engine. Also installed GS hood and grill, chrome rally wheels with red stripes and red pin striping. Car is loaded with every option available as far as I can tell. Car was black from the factory and had a beautiful new black paint job over bare metal when I bought it. 340 engine in the car when I bought it was not original and getting tired. I wanted to have the Sportwagon400 look like a factory made GS400 and had fun doing it and completely redoing the interior OEM material, texture etc. Nice to show a Buick in place of Camaros, Mustangs, and other 60's cars. Now I need to request the chance to show the 67 Buick GS400 red convertible on the turntable perhaps later in the year. Chuck