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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)!
  3. 5 points
    Ta da! Doing epoxy on the floors today.
  4. 5 points
    Well, another update! After I got her back on the road running again, turn signals started to play up. I had already invested what seemed half a lifetime troubleshooting the LEDs, so I went back to the good old incandescent 6volt globes. This gave great results, bright and easy to see and a reasonable flash rate. My only issue that I need to monitor is the heat generated by the bulbs. My light lenses appear to be made of a plastic material, not glass, so will see how they fair. BTW this series 40 did not have the front side lights remain lit when the headlights were turned on, so I moved the wire on the switch one place forward. And now they stay on with the headlights, look so much nicer at night. Our switches for the RHD version are much simpler and don’t have the 4 positions stated in the shop manual. Possibly GM-H used a Pontiac or Chevrolet switch for cost saving and standardisation down under! Took her out for her first run at night since upgrading the head lights lights with 6V relays. Nice and bright, but my aiming is way way off as all I can see is the koala bears in the gum trees. But we are getting there, next step is to install the heater I got some time back, and some seat belts! Photos from a recent local coffee n cars we have in our town, with a run out to a speed boat Aquafest event on the river. Fast and loud! Rodney 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀
  5. 4 points
    If you don't want your wheels to fall off your brake drums while you're driving down the road, buy the correct 9/16-18 lug bolts. The chrome-plated ones were OEM on Buicks with the chrome-plated 1953-1954 Buick Skylark wire wheels and are advertised on Page 65 in CARS' catalog . . . http://www.oldbuickparts.com/pdf/cat360/36005.pdf Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  6. 3 points
    I finished up the special intake bolts today. The next step was to turn the diameter that will be threaded. I then single pointed them about 85% of the way. And then screwed them into a die. This gives you nice uniform threads that are really straight. It's practically impossible to start a die on the end of a piece like this and really have it run straight. (Or at least it is for me) but cutting away most of the material first, in the lathe, ensures that the die will run straight. Then I shortened the heads - the extra material was there to provide a better grip in the hex collet. I then set up the radius tool and put a slight crown on them. All done.
  7. 3 points
    1936 Dodge Brothers D2. Upper left....
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    Thanks Pat. I have already started acquiring some of the items necessary for the transition. I have the covers for the front buckets and new upper seat foam for the front buckets as well. Bill
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    It doesn't need to leak much. My Pontiac doesn't ever even get any on the ground, but if you put your finger under there there is always a drop. I estimate it leaks a drop every 20 minutes or so, and probably evaporates before it ever hits the ground. It is normal for a packing style pump to leak. It is apple farming country where I live, and big irrigation pumps that use packing nuts are still very common here. When someone tightens a packing nut enough that the leak completely stops, the shaft burns up almost immediately, and the repair is very expensive. For the lubricant in your coolant to lubricate the packing, it needs to get between the packing and the shaft. There really isn't any way around this. It is a separate issue from lubricating the bushings. Those usually either use water pump grease through a zerk, or oil through an oil cup, depending on the design. If you insist on no leakage at all, you might be better served to modify the pump for modern bearings and ceramic seals, as used on modern cars that do not normally leak anything from the water pump. The only trouble with that idea is that when it starts leaking, you need another rebuilt pump immediately. The guy with a packing pump just tightens the nut a little.
  10. 3 points
    Took the Jeepster for a ride today.
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    Kendall Jenner with Jay Leno and her ‘56 Corvette. It’s a 98 point car: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2016/11/29/kendall-jenners-56-corvette-is-the-real-deal.html She took Jay for a ride and he asked her the question all car guys want to ask a beautiful, young women. I like her answer. https://www.cnbc.com/video/2016/12/01/supermodel-kendall-jenner-takes-jay-leno-for-a-spin-in-her-56-corvette.html
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    Keiser31, they are a LOT of fun ! We had ours for 11 years and it was a hoot every time we started it or drove it ! If you are very large, have a stiff back, or have a left leg, they can be a bit crowded tho, ha !
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    Here's a couple of shots from yesterday. Since I took them another load of gravel was put in, and smoothed out more. Today being the holiday, no work was done, but the conrete is due to be poured on Monday. Keith
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    I hear you, my father was poor when he started out and he did well and had some nice cars along they way. I was raised to fend for myself, no silver spoon.
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    No disrespect Victoria, but if I could ride on the coat tails of my family's fame { infamy ? } instead of having to rely on my self made way in life I might have a 100 pointer or two myself. At least the young lady in question seems to have decent taste in cars. What little I know about her clan makes me think taste is a bit scarce. Greg
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    Now that I've finished punching all the morons who say, "You should call Jay Leno, he buys old cars," I've started punching the dopes who say, "You should send it to Barrett-Jackson and get really big money for it."
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    LEAKS! 1- Water pump: the 5/16 bolts that go thru the timing cover even though I slathered the threads (permatex aviation form a gasket) like I alway do. No big deal, drain the coolant and this time use teflon tape like used on ford flatheads. (last time the pump was changed in a motel parking lot in Idaho all I used for sealer on the gasket and bolts was some bearing grease which lasted for 80K miles). 2- Noticed that radiator petcock would not seal completely. No problem, just change it. Not!! After an hour of fiddling the radiator tank was deforming. Off to the radiator shop where they twisted a hole. I brought them a spare tank to install. 3- THE LEAK: dynaflow has been dry on short 10-20 mile trips, but is leaking from behind the torque converter again after a long hot highway run. I'm gonna try a few things before I line up a different transmission to have rebuilt. Stay tuned
  20. 2 points
    We've had two 1940s Diamond Ts and they both wore such an emblem, so it's at least '40s if not earlier. This was a '48 and the most spectacular single vehicle I've ever had: This was a '42 that was somewhat modified (obviously):
  21. 2 points
    Here is the listing: https://spokane.craigslist.org/cto/d/clayton-1950-buick-super-eight/6849535359.html
  22. 2 points
    As i just got the Doctors OK to start really walking again I hope to get started as soon as the weather cooperates. Maybe by the end of April if anything goes right.
  23. 2 points
    Update: Had a few conversations with George at Harmon Classic Brakes which seems to be the source for all the rebuild kits that everyone uses. A few bits of good information that he gave me: ’65 is what he referred to as a “crossover year.” There was a strike at GM at the time and Buick was putting whatever boosters they had just to get them out of the factory which is the reason some ‘65’s have a Delco Moraine, some have a Bendix or, like mine you have a dealer installed Bendix Master Vac 9”. After removing the booster, I began disassembling it according to the shop manual following the instructions for the Delco Moraine unit (because, best I could tell, that’s what I thought I was dealing with). It quickly became apparent that I am not equipped with tools with enough torque to pop the housing open. I snapped a few photos and sent them off to George and he advised me that I, in fact, had the dealer installed Bendix Master Vac unit and that that particular model is near impossible to crack open without specialty tools. Also that, even if I did get it open without damaging it, there’s a good chance of the spring damaging me. I promptly heeded his advice, boxed it up and shipped it off to be rebuilt which is where I’m presently at. They do have all the rebuild kits at Harmon that come with a lot of good information. Their prices and expertise seem to be on par with Booster Dewey.
  24. 2 points
    Finally got Max out for a long drive. Headed down to the fingerlakes area and snagged a couple pics. Started out the drive getting some cupcakes from the cupcake place in Pittsford, where a group of kids posed for their own picture with Max, I wasn't able to get a shot myself though. Then a nice drive down through Bloomfield to Canandaigua Lake for pics. not very sunny, but what a great drive
  25. 2 points
    If they're on a '53, they're definitely not metric like you've mentioned. I think you should be looking for 1/2" x 20 bolts. Take one of you existing ones to your local hardware store and see where it fits into the bolt guide. I don't think I've ever seen chrome lug bolts. You might wind up putting studs in and going with lug nuts.
  26. 2 points
    I think Peter is saying "in this case I am OK with it". I will make a somewhat automotive contribution : I have only seen Notre Dame once. In December of 1968, I bought a little Citroën 2CV van in Copenhagen. I paid $100 for it. The "Gringo" who sold it to me could not solve a vexing problem which caused it to stop running frequently and regularly. Didn't take me, a licensed pilot, too terribly long to recognize carb icing, and cure it. Bouncing and slipstreaming (absolutely amazing how little throttle you need when you are 18" off the bumper of the"tow truck"!!!!), my way South on the "Europe on $5 a day" trail, I drove into Paris over snowy roads being fueled by the still falling snow. The sure-footed thing had plenty of traction, and had got me there through significant snow in Germany also. I had a wonderful time wandering around Paris, and even went to Napoleon's Tomb. All the cars on the road back then would be considered old now, and some of them actually were at the time. I recall being somewhat unimpressed with the Parisian drivers, but I found the Paris Metro to be a fantastic way to get from point A to point B. Left Paris and Notre Dame, headed down to the French Riviera. 2CV running well. Now, temperatures not being so cold, occasionally the little van served as "home" for a night. 1968-'69 was about the very best time ever for someone to be in their 20s. Staying in Mougins above Antibes and Monaco, exploring the area, watching the Monte Carlo Rallye cars come and go, the temporary Danish girlfriend, the big bowls of mussels, with 1/2 baguette and a glass of red wine for 1f25centime (about two bits at the then exchange rate), at Chez Jacquie in the back streets of Nice, pretty hard to beat for me and the faithful 2CV. Etc. So long ago, now. Most of the little I can remember comes to me more as a dream than a memory. Did I REALLY see those 3 or 4 Bugattis in a garage while cruising the hills with Grethe at my side ? She was at my side when I understood over French radio that one of their great wartime heroes had just died. That does come in full memory context. Perhaps you too remember where you were when you heard. President, 5 Star General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Oh how I wish we had one of such wisdom. Memories or dreams, idyllic, innocent times. With such relatively pleasant, sunny weather, I sold the Citroën, and hitch hiked into Spain. And that is my automotive contribution to my cloudy memories of Notre Dame. - Citroën Carl
  27. 2 points
    I seem to be having a good day so I decided I might as well try the next step. I put the bearing on a mandrel and turned it down to the finished size... 1.925 It fit just about perfectly... All that is left is to make the oil pockets and the oil groove. Then, because I have to finish the intake manifold in order to get measurements to finish the oil manifold I soldered one of the elbows to a spare piece of tubing. This is to hold it while I file and sand. I also started on the special bolts with built-in standoffs that will hold the manifold on... This is also an experiment in making identical pieces, something that is a lot more demanding than most people think.
  28. 2 points
    I was not yet completely ready with sheet metal: the doors were waiting. The ones on the car were really bad. I contacted a known supplier in the USA; (he does advertise in the Self-Starter, the Cadillac club magazine) he said that he had a good pair of doors. I asked again about rust and he said that he spent the whole Sunday with his son to inspect them and they are excellent. OK, please ship them! Well, I don't know what for glasses he had at the time; maybe the ones to observe a sun's eclipse: they were as bad as mines (or they rusted in the plane between USA and Europe). So with 4 doors, I could do 2, but I had to weld some new sheetmetal; the lower outside panels were also made from scratch for both doors. Are you surprised if I don't buy anything anymore at this location?
  29. 2 points
    Breakfast run today! It drew some attention! And then wrapped up with a sunset this evening...
  30. 2 points
    Just had the '25 out for it's first run of 2019, sporting it's new accessory front bumper,flip up dogbone rad cap,and correct stirrup door handles. Geez, plating is expensive now.
  31. 2 points
    Well, problem solved. Turn signals working as they should, one side at a time. Park lights working too, independent of turn signal. Many thanks to all and sundry for help and advice. And with the parcel arriving today with a replacement ammeter, oil and gas caps and wiring clips it felt like Christmas 😀😀 happy Rodney 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀
  32. 1 point
    Yes, Its mine. Might do some swapping but no junk. If any one is interested in the 13 K range look me up. I picked up this abandoned project about a year ago and spent that time getting it on the road. I got the never started rebuilt motor running. Its the "Go Devil" flathead four just like the Jeeps in those old war movies. I put on all 5 new brake cylinders and four sets of shoes. Four NEW tires. Cleaned and resealed the gas tank. Put the already made up interior together. Finished up the new wiring harness. (fixed the overdrive) Added aftermarket turn signals. New 6 volt battery. Got a new top installed including the side curtains. Got the title in my name and is insured. (permanent Oregon special interest registration. If it sells out of Oregon I am keeping the license plate. Made up a carpet set for it. (I did do some floor patching but other than that there is no rust). The car drives just like one would expect for a 1948 four cylinder car. Keeps up with traffic but no race car. There is what looks like some tarp scratches on the passenger side of the hood and the RF fender, but it may rub out, I didn't try. Comes with a very comprehensive shop manual. This car had been stored for over thirty years when I came along, so following some old guys sidelined project was fun for me. I will accept dead presidents on the spot. Checks of any kind will have ten days to clear. Wire transfer when my bank is satisfied. I may consider some swap for early Mopar among others (20s or 30s) finished or original, (don't really want any projects) So lets see whatcha got. PM me for any questions or phone info.
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    Ah I already knew the answer as my beautiful young wife told me this 9 or 10 years ago when we were dating and while she doesn’t attend a whole lot of car events etc she does give a lot of behind the scenes support in fact recently she told me about a car her hairdresser wanted to sell but didn’t know what it was worth and wanted someone to take a look, I had look and he really wanted a offer on the car anyway I told him I was not too sure how my wife would react if I got yet another car. Anyway When I returned home I told her what happened her response was “ I would not have told you about it if I was worried about having another car in the shed” so it looks like we will have a 1926 Chev shortly. Just goes to show there are still some Gems out there (cars and women 🙂)
  34. 1 point
    Rather well-preserved Single Six.
  35. 1 point
    I got under the car today and saw that it's bolted and not spot welded, so I should be good to go.
  36. 1 point
    Look at the link I sent and see if it looks right.
  37. 1 point
    Since this forum reaches people all over the world, prospective buyers will need to know: ---Location of the car; ---Contact information (such as a phone number). All the best to you on your sale!
  38. 1 point
    I got my rear floor mat and trunk rubber from Cal Rubber in Santa Anna, CA. This is what i used: http://www.rubbercal.com/rubber-mat/floor-protector-mats/corrugated-composite-rib-rubber-runner-mats.html. They also have the simple ribbed rubber floor mat too
  39. 1 point
    Lower picture is a Turbo 400. Should say Hydramatic on the pan.
  40. 1 point
    Here is an example of what Pat is talking about. This is the tag I found behind the back seat of my 1963. Riviera=747 with 726=silver interior. Bill
  41. 1 point
    I think the main thing here is to help the guy as to what this vehicle is, we know it is not a real 1937 Cadillac and most of us feel this is some type of replica car although it almost smacks of one person's vision. In any event as long as his eyes are open and he realizes, that unlike his first post there is no turning this into a correct 1937 Cadillac, if he wants a car like this and he feels it is a good deal then he can make his own decision. Something though scares me with the stance of this car, he should check it out very thoroughly.
  42. 1 point
    I was wanting to address a few items and hopefully not overlap the good advise you have already received. The water pump shaft is steel. Some people do run straight water, but water is very aggressive and I strongly advise that you use 50/50 green antifreeze for both the anti corrosion and lubricating properties. I have personally installed Evans lifetime coolant in my car and I hope to be able to report good things after the car is running. If the car has been sitting, rust forms on the shaft and that makes the surface rough and then that shortens the life of the packing. Everyone today rebuilds the pumps using a stainless steel shaft. The option is staying with packing or converting to a lip seal for the pump. My preference is a lip seal, as they do not require the maintenance of packing. The seal has a circular spring that maintains constant pressure and compensates for wear. The lip seal should also be a high dollar graphite teflon lip seal and not just buna like you find for an oil seal. both will work, but the more expensive one will last longer. As stated, the packing should be tightened just enough to make the leak have an occasional drip. I prefer to tighten them when the engine is running and avoid overtightening. You may have enough old packing, or you may need to add more packing. The amount of rust on the shaft will determine the life of the packing. As the car is run, the leaking should reduce. You should always be able to see just a little of the antifreeze in the radiator. You can stop adding as soon as it comes into view while you are looking down into the fill neck. You will always want to have some head space. You want to make sure the overflow tube is never plugged. We have dirt dobber wasps that like to find that tubing. In theory, you have more pressure on the packing or seal while the pump is spinning as the impeller is creating pressure. The amount of leaking when the engine is off all depends on how bad the wear is on your shaft . 1925 and earlier Buicks have packing on each side of the pump since our shafts drive the starter/generator. Consider yourself lucky that we have twice the fun. This is a photo of my shaft. I have a bushing on each side of the impeller and the packing is outboard of the bushings. I only labeled one side. The bushing surface is at least close in diameter to the impeller section of shaft. You can see how rough the packing area is, and the difficulty you face getting it to seal when they have gotten overly rusty. Hugh
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    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.
  45. 1 point
    Also a few other shots I took of the same car at the 2012 Nationals at NC.
  46. 1 point
    Same girl & similar car? I see one is a 2 door and the other a 4 door.
  47. 1 point
    "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
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    And make nice juicy steaks and farts illegal.............Bob