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  1. If you refuse to deal with sellers who are stupid, uninformed, or liars you won't have anybody left to deal with. I find it safest to ignore anything they say and examine the item for myself. Then make up my mind and decide if I want it and how much it is worth to me.
    6 points
  2. The ones I avoid are the ones that try to make up the loss by over charging on postage. Bob
    4 points
  3. It was probably Glyptal if he was into racing or really high quality builds.
    3 points
  4. Report post Posted 2 hours ago I think the sellers do not like the tire kickers.. It makes selling stuff rough.. x 100 after selling parts for 50 years, the buyers with the most questions just tend to be time wasters. Life is short folks- make an informed decision to buy or not and move on. while that may seem harsh, it's reality.
    3 points
  5. Unfortunately yes. I get the impression some sellers play dumb to avoid liability. In a nutshell, "I don't know anything about this item. Study the photo's and decide for yourself if it is what you want to buy." Then all liability is in the hands of the buyer. A bit flakey but that's ebay. Greg in Canada
    3 points
  6. So today I started cleaning the inside of the lower block. I decided to spray the inside with WD-40, let it soak for 20-25 minutes and then sprayed with brake clean. The grease just ran off in a sheet with little to no brushing. As I began cleaning I realized that there was an oil gutter along the inside under the camshaft. There appears to be drain holes in these gutters draining onto the top of the main bearings. I had not realized that previously. I need to ensure these holes are clean for sure.
    3 points
  7. I buy a lot of parts on line for my cars. Most of those experiences are positive. Having spent a few decades in the auto industry, I consider myself an educated buyer. So when I ask question about an item, they are usually realistic questions regarding measurements, materials, quality, etc. I've found most competent sellers with good customer service appreciate this. I know I do when I'm selling a car or parts. Here's the problem: When I contact a seller and say "I am interested in your item but before I buy I have a few questions." Then I will list 2 or 3 or 4 questions, clearly and in order. reply comes.... and they've answered one question, or worse they reply with one word. WTH?!?! Sometimes I will make one more attempt and then they might answer one more question. I usually dump a prospective seller like this right away and find a more accommodating seller. I run about 50/50 with this very situation on ebay. Do you experience this as well? Greg
    2 points
  8. A few more days of grinding, sanding and cleaning means priming the hood, roof, rear quarter, cowl, etc. Scarily almost starting to look like a real car again
    2 points
  9. I have Brillman www.brillman.com do my cable ends and they are 100 point every time. I tried myself and have a nice pricey tool too, but have not been particularly pleased with results for something other than a driver quality car.
    2 points
  10. I like sellers who are stupid, can't spell, give short lousy descriptions of their goods etc because it keeps away most buyers and keeps the price down. The one seller I won't bother dealing with is the ones whose items are way overpriced or who won't give a price, meaning it is way, way overpriced.
    2 points
  11. Did you put some kind of filter on the upper radiator hose to catch any trash that your vinegar treatment might have dislodged? If not, you may have clogged the radiator even worse than before. Drain it again, back-flush the radiator (preferably out of the car), and see if you can get the trash out of it. After you reassemble it, put a filter in the upper radiator hose (a small women's stocking works) to catch any junk. Check it every time you drive it for the first few drives, flush it again, and repeat for a while until the filter stays clean. I also like the idea of using Evapo-Rust as coolant for a few weeks (with a filter) to really get it clean. A little more expensive than vinegar but harmless to the metals and VERY effective. Hope this helps!
    2 points
  12. Lockwood Pontiac, 17 North Broad ST, Peekskill NY. Building demo'd in 2010, now the parking lot of a Walgreens ~
    2 points
  13. And better a hair too much end gap than a half hair too little. Ben
    2 points
  14. I think the sellers do not like the tire kickers.. It makes selling stuff rough..
    2 points
  15. Yes, Greg, that is specifically what happens if I ask more than one question. You might think that selling the item was important enough for them to go to the bother of listing it, thus answering buyers questions would be important to them as well. I'm appalled by how distracted people are these days. I genuinely think that they only recall the first question, and once having answered it, they think that they are finished. I don't think that there is anything sinister going on, just everyone is in a hurry to the point where they leave their brains behind.
    2 points
  16. Nothing wrong with asking questions about something you want to buy.If the seller cannot or will not answer in an adequate way, forget about it and move on. Some people are just rude and I will not buy from them. It's MY money I am giving away....
    2 points
  17. I'll 2nd the use of #7. It fills the microscopic pores in the paint so that the surface is flat and all light reflects at the same angle. But I went over the car with a clay bar first. No need to try and polish the oxidation and contaminants in the paint. 😊
    2 points
  18. Reviving an old thread here, but I ran into the same issue working on a 2179s WCD. The kit I purchased came with an accelerator pump that was too small to fit in the diameter of the pump bore, and a bit longer. Everything else in the kit looked right. I bought the kit from CARS which had it listed for 1950-1955 Buick WCD, even identifying the 2179s model in the fitment details. I found this thread while researching the discrepancy. Then I went directly to the kit manufacturers website, Daytona Parts Co. They have a separate kit listed for the 1955 Carter WCD 2179s that is different, so I contacted them and inquired about the difference. Here's the response I got. Yes, they sent you the wrong kit. Your 2179s takes the large accel pump in kit #109A. All other parts in the kit you received should be correct. Let me know your address and can send you a correct accel pump at no charge. If you would, please phone CARS and alert them that the 55 Buicks equipped with WCD carburetor #2179s only (1955 Buick 40 series) takes the carburetor kit #109A. I have attached photos of the two pumps together to show the difference. Hopefully this will help the next guy.
    2 points
  19. I approve of the Scotty Dog mascot...........
    2 points
  20. I was thinking tonight about vintage dealership buildings that still exist, either still being used as car dealerships or preserved but being used for other purposes. The thought was inspired by driving past the Howard Motor Company building, on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California, right on the Rose Bowl Parade route this morning. The building was built in 1927 as a Buick dealership. In1938, it became a Packard dealership until the late 50s. In 1996 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. It's now vacant, and lights were on inside letting me see some details inside. Here's an outside shot, with apologies for all the Rose-Bowl-Parade-route trash on the ground: And here's a shot of the interior from the front door area: And a picture up close of the entrance: Finally, here's a picture of the building from when it was operating as a Packard dealership, Noll Auto, in 1956: Such a cool building, although presumably less practical today than it was in 1927. It occurs to me that others may have their own favorites of old dealership buildings that are still around, either still being used as car dealerships or just in something close to their original form. If so, please feel free to post pictures! And my apologies if others have hosted similar threads; I looked but didn't find anything similar.
    1 point
  21. The Buick cleaned up pretty good and seems to run pretty good...next step to drive it to town for a tank of gas( First trip since 1976) and get it inspected.. Think it looks better with or without the poor man's dual windshield?? I pulled the touring tags off the back of the back seat and put them on a board so you can see them. It made it up Pikes Peak in 1964 maybe i'll take it up the back mountain just out of town here. Some engine pictures to show off those wonky mismatched valves, but any port in a storm to keep it going.
    1 point
  22. As Rusty pointed out, Caswell sells kits for home plating and they work very good. All the Nickle plating on my Locomobile was done with their Nickle plating systems. It's cheaper than sending it out. -Ron
    1 point
  23. I was fortunate enough to get to know Sweetness (Walter Payton) thru a client and going to his restauant in Aurora which was near my office. If you have never been to the ROUND HOUSE in Aurora, he has a room with a lot of his memorabilia in it, well worth seeing and good food. There is a story about him wanting to redo his basement in Barrington and he offered the furniture to some young guys that he had doing odd jobs for him. They were getting an apartment and needed furniture. They loaded all of the couches and chairs and tool off. Walter went to get his super bowl ring which he thought he had left on the bar in the basement. It was nowhere to be found. He didn’t want to confront the kids and ask if they had seen it as he felt they would think he was accusing them of taking it. He finally said the heck with it and had a new ring made. I could actually put his ring on my thumb and spin it around. Walter had massive hands. About two years later he had a knock on his door and there stood the three guys he had given the furniture too. They told him the furniture was shot (3 guys in an apartment) but wanted to be sure he didn’t want it back as they were breaking up the apartment, one was getting married, another was moving out of state for a job and the third could not afford it alone. He said he did not need the furniture back. Then they asked if he had lost anything that was important to him and held up his super bowl ring. It had fallen into the cushions of the couch. They only found it because they broke the couch up to make it easier to take out of the apartment. Today Walter’s son and daughter each have a super bowl ring because of this. He truly was “Sweetness” in every way. He is missed. Dave S
    1 point
  24. You couldn't be more correct. You can make money on ebay , but you really have to hustle and expect that alot of what you buy to resell won't live up to expectation. The only thing that keeps you going is the occasional score, but they seem to be getting fewer and further between. Ebay is the only one making out. My ebay bill for the month is $1400. Doesn't include pay pal's cut either and I do alot of discounted shipping so they aren't getting as much of a chunk as they would like.
    1 point
  25. Today you are lucky to sell anything on eBay, it isn't what it used to be. I accept about 99.9% of the offers I receive on an item. Bob
    1 point
  26. I'm not particularly sure that it's optimism at work in these situations. More I think it's most often the uninformed seller believing that the item is really worth their asking price and stubbornly thinking that everyone is trying to steal it for a lower price. I can't tell you how many cars that I've looked at, most often being sold by the owner's kids or executors, in which the asking price is completely out of reason, yet no amount of proof in the form of recent auction results, other similar cars being advertised, etc. can convince them that their car isn't worth the higher price. I once watched a very decent original Packard Caribbean literally sink into the ground over a period of 10+ years (before a storm finally collapsed the shed roof on top of it) because the owner firmly believed that the car was worth $50K (back in those days a realistic value would have been maybe $5K)! I drove by one day and seeing both car and the shed it was in gone inquired what happened to it. A neighbor told me what had happened and what scrap yard had hauled the car away. A quick call verified the car had been scrapped. So sad but true.
    1 point
  27. I see the 2019 Forester quotes the 60,000 mile power train warranty as standard. Our 2018 has 10k miles and no issues. The only oddball issue so far is the key. We have the standard old fashion key in the lock to start, no remote start or push button start. The key can get hung up in the lock. It’s so common an issue it’s called out in the owners manual. You have to wiggle the steering wheel to get the key to move. This does not happen often for us but it did happen during the first week of ownership. Seems like it should not happen but the service manager had a long reply on how it can happen and not to panic. Their suggestion was if we want to avoid this issue we should get a push button start model. That would be our #1 complaint at this time.
    1 point
  28. This is an old Buick dealership in Fredricksburg, Tx. Not sure of the age, but it strikes me as 50’s. It recently became a tasting room and the wine barrels obstruct some of the showroom windows now. I always like to check it out when I’m in town and drive by. I had dreams of putting my dad’s cars on display in the showroom as a mini museum. Of course I knew that wouldn’t happen, but it was fun to think about. There happens to be a rather large classic car dealership in town called Street Dreams, but they are in a modern building. I like to visit them and check out their cars when I’m in town. https://www.streetdreamstexas.com/
    1 point
  29. Some sellers are more motivated than others.
    1 point
  30. Wow. Why would a person order such a beautiful car with that color combination? One or the other, people!
    1 point
  31. I’m not keen on the sellers who say ,selling for a friend , sometimes an excuse to give you very limited information , recently tried to buy some wire wheels, and asked seller diameter of spline , even though I described what I needed to know , just kept saying 15’’ , look at photos , didn’t buy. Although photos tell a lot , they don’t indicate whether a item works or not , and sometimes photos taken in such bad light are only good for physical shape no detail . bought a dashboard with clocks recently , not a good photo , when it came had a broken glass and on closer inspection tachometer was from a later model, luckily made use of the bits I wanted and eventually sold remainder, but I did list accurately.
    1 point
  32. And it may be that they really don't have any idea what they have either because they just bought or inherited a big lot of stuff and just want to get rid of it for as high a price as they can get. Back when I used to go to swap meets i had occasions to find great bargains in the junk box because the seller really did not know what he had.
    1 point
  33. Early CVT transmissions were junk. Numerous failures and seriously lackluster performance. Newer ones seem to be more reliable but I am still not a fan. I have driven the Nissan and Subaru versions and the Nissan was miserable to drive. Even with foot to the floor the trans never 'downshifted' to raise RPM to get into the power band when power was needed going up a freeway onramp. The RPM just gradually increased as I almost got run over by a big rig. The Subaru had a much better driving feel but it was still not as responsive as a traditional transmission. I wouldn't own one since I like to keep my cars for at least a decade and I am still not sold on CVT reliability. I'm sure I would get used to the strange driving dynamics but give me a traditional transmission any day.
    1 point
  34. Sorry, I grabbed the wrong pic, heres the better one with both hinges, and a couple close pics. 25" hinge separation, 46.5" overall height, 27.75" wide.
    1 point
  35. I have restored two open cars using professionally steam bent bows. In both cases I had to stiffen the horizontal part of most of the bows to prevent them bending when the top material was pulled tight. I stiffened them by shaping wood to fit neatly under the bow blending in at the curved ends. The trimmer who did the work on the tops said that this is usually needed. However your problem is a little different in that the bows have curved before there is any load on them, it will be interesting to see if your solution works but you may need to stiffen them even if that works. A bit off topic, the man who made the bows also makes bows by laminating and gluing thin strips of wood around a former. I believe the advantage of making them this way is that it is possible to achieve a tighter radius. It is also easier for DIY as steam is not required.
    1 point
  36. Actually, I have two.........Haggis & Tattie........ It’s easy to see why they are so cute.........
    1 point
  37. I agree that sometimes the story makes a huge difference to a car and that is the case for my Loocmobile. Al
    1 point
  38. I'll have to have that grand opening party when I get the outside finished and maybe the floor poured. At 44 I'm not even sure if I will live long enough to finish it, much less the rest of you guys. Thanks to the kind words from all. They are encouraging, as much as it feels like drudgery to go out and sort / saw lumber, that still needs to be painted. Much less put up. I'm hoping I don't run out and can find enough good boards. Even though I way over ordered (figuring I was going to do the gable ends with it but now switching to shakes for those) as I have about 62 or so to come up with and I'm starting to get down in the pile, which I already picked once. I have 28 sorted, cut and resized right now. Lets hope for good weather. Winter wasn't real cooperative, nor was fall.
    1 point
  39. Ralph also posted on the V8 Buick forum and added the title information over there. This car certainly appears to be a Silver Arrow and a very early one #9. VON 700411. This would make it #9 and it went to a GM executive, built in September 1998. It is NOT #187 as Ralph is advertising it. It has a #187 badge on the dash.
    1 point
  40. The only real repair needed on my units, once I had them cleaned up, was to replace the cork seal on the cup. My seal was worn out, brittle and dry. I cut a strip of new cork from a sheet I had and inserted it in the lip of the cup. Then I gave everything inside a good lube, slid the ball back on, slid the newly freshened cup back on and snapped the spring back in place. And here is the unit back on the car. As far as i can see, the only way to get lubricant in the joints is to take them apart - or at least take the spring and cup off to gain access to the inner workings. I would certainly take them apart and clean everything and re-lube. I hope this helped.
    1 point
  41. I seem to have developed the habit of buying some sort of car at least every two years. When I make a distance call the questions below are part of the first conversation. Each one has a specific reason for asking. None are trick questions and at the end one will have a very good idea of what they are buying. I have thought of writing a booklet explaining each question in detail, but the focus becomes fairly obvious with a couple practice runs. Might not be a bad idea for some Forum members to take the same objective look at their own cars. Not everything I own would fair well. When I sell a car most are addressed in the advertisement. 1. Do you own the car and have legal proof? 2 Is the paperwork clear and free of liens, unbranded? 3. How long have you owned the car? 4. Is the car currently licensed and insured? 5. Can it be driven on the road, legally, today? 6 Is the car in storage? If so, how long has it been stored? 7. How many miles did you drive it during the last 12 months? 8. Have you done any major work on the car since you have owned it? 9. What and when was the most recent service or repair? 10. If you decided to keep the car what improvement would you consider important? 11. Would you feel comfortable handing your wife the keys and sending her out to pick up a gallon of milk? Bernie
    1 point
  42. If you can, post a picture with the roof up as well. Buyers will want to know the condition of the roof. There weren't many T-Type turbo convertibles made which makes it a bit more valuable, but at the end of the day, the overall condition will dictate its true value. If the A/C blows cold, you should point that out. If it is mechanically sound with a fully functioning turbo, point that out as well. The bumper fillers are always looked at on this generation Riviera. If they are still good or have been replaced, note it. All these items add up if they aren't up to standard. Are you the original owner? If not, how many owners has the car had? Any paperwork available? The car has some desirable features like the wheels and sport steering wheel. As stated above by Ed, have the car fully detailed and provide as much information as you can.
    1 point
  43. Edit your photos before you try posting them. I right click on the photo, click on Edit, click resize and decrease the number of pixels. I normally decrease to 1500 (just a number I chose that seems to work for these purposes) on the top number and the bottom number auto adjusts. Save the photo. There is another adjustment there also that you could use to resize. I have found doing this will allow me to load 10 or more pictures at a time. Each of these pictures started out as over 7MB each. At this size I could only load 1 at a time. I resized them and now the first one is 1.66MB, the second is 874KB and the third is 1.75MB. At these sizes I could load all 3 and easily be under the maximum of 9.77MB for the post. Bill
    1 point
  44. Spraying primer on the jugs yesterday. Note the handy roof "drying rack". Phil
    1 point
  45. Slow but steady going. I did manage to get all the boards up on the North and South sides. Now I just have the east end to get the lower half on, then the other roof return and stain , then shingle the gable ends, finish the soffits, trim out the upper windows and add the upper band board. That all needs to be done in 7 weeks to beat the last day on the permit. Too bad they can't prorate the permit. Even as optimistic as I am, I don't think I'll make it. End of June, very likely, but that means another $340 permit. Being every board had to be resawed it's kind of time consuming. There are 74 Boards to the sides, so that's 148 Board I put up on the two sides. Not to mention you really have to pick them to avoid cracks. I also have a bunch that were cupped the wrong way, that I ripped and cut to rough length that I need to stain for the East end. I'm about a 1/3 through those. They should go up quick though as The will all be good and precut to match. Wish me luck, working by myself, really makes for slow going. On a positive note, even with the Cold spring (seems like it's going to be like last year with no real spring, then dump a hot humid summer on us). We have been tracking 7 to 10 degrees below normal most days. Suppose to snow tomorrow with a high of 38. The ground is starting to firm up, so I should be able to get the lift out next week. Just to make me feel like I accomplished something I'll post a photo from about this time last year. No doors, Windows, or siding. I have to remember I also bent all the flashing for everything and built the upper windows. One thing to remember if you choose to build a building this size by yourself, it's going to take alot of time, especially if you still have a business to run and a whole pile of unexpected money.
    1 point
  46. I've been into VW's for 20+ years and this is the first I've heard of "the roof will never be the same since the metal has stretched"... that's just not true. Many VW's rusted far worse than this car have been successfully and safely repaired. Replacing the floor pans is a very simple repair, both sides can be removed and replaced within a day, even if the body isn't removed.
    1 point
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