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  1. Just drive it.........keep some extra paint on hand. It’s a car..........the plastic looks ridiculous. Yes......I put my money where my mouth is, my 99.25 point Pierce Arrow V-12 has 22k miles on it.................as my motto in my signature area says.......drive it like you stole it. Trust me........just drive and enjoy the car. That’s almost fifty years in the hobby speaking. 👍
    5 points
  2. Drove my 1941 Buick Series A Special Coupe 322 miles (518km) to a car event in the country here in South Australia. The car ran like a dream. Nothing like getting out on the open road. Since getting the car on the road, I've covered 2,700 miles (4345km) in 7 months. Many more miles to come!
    5 points
  3. Today I worked on finishing up what needed to be done on the chassis to prepare it for the body. I redid the front brake line to the passenger side and then installed all the webbing material to the chassis where the body will sit. Then it was time to mount the body back on the chassis. I had to get my brother in law and my dad to assist in this as I didn't think I could do it all myself. All went well and the body now sits on the chassis and I hope to not have to take it back off again! Does it look any different from the last picture? Progress is being made!!!!
    4 points
  4. Boys, great news. Changed the oil (which looked thin and watery so must have mixed with gas) and she no longer smokes! Took her for a short spin around the hood and she ran great, pulled the plugs and they, too, look really good - no more fuel fouling! For reason's I cannot explain, the busted rods seem to be related to the flooding issue. In any event, I am going to go on a longer run tomorrow to confirm all is well. Probably still get a rear damper, though. Can't wait to finally drive the thing. Thank you all for all the help, encouragement and support during this whole process. Dave, Greg, Matt, Keith, Neil, Bloo, and others, thanks much, Boys and I hope I can return the favor. And I know I'll be leaning on you again before you know it. This forum is awesome. Peter
    4 points
  5. I was there!!...in Indy at least... I really thought about going over there. I wanted the '42 Limited, I would have settled for the sedanette or the '38 of course. I figured any of them would be a several hundred thousand dollar car even at the $26K the sedanette sold for cause I either would to have bought a building or got a divorce so either way it was gonna cost me a lot more than the value of the car...😂 I went over to the Speedway instead and drank beer in the suite for free...all worked out...
    3 points
  6. Well, you can't drive to Alcatraz... You don't need (or want) a car in San Francisco. See the sights (watch out for the piles on the sidewalk) and pick up your car on the way out of town.
    3 points
  7. Well, haven't had time to get the pictures off of my camera, but I have about 700 miles on the new engine in the Electra. It's starting to run much cooler now, since it passed around the 500 mile mark. We did a vintage car tour on Sat., and that put about 120 miles on it, then another bunch on Sun., as we had to go to my daughter's to do some yard work for them. Then the rest of the family showed up, so we had a weeding party! Keith
    3 points
  8. I feel like that's a steal. The interior was done paint/body and engine compartment needed attention but that's kinda the easy part.
    2 points
  9. I went to see the car with that same article printed on paper, and I gladly gave it to him. The car is in Sweden, they don't use salt on the streets there, and I understand it came in from Dubai.There is some rust but in my opinion it's mostly surface stuff. I will post more pictures as soon as I can, if anyone is interested. I need to scale them down to reasonable size and this requires some time and bandwidth - not good from the train. Yes, it is loaded with options. I don't know about the vinyl top. I've seen the cruise pull (or push) tab, and one extra horn under the hood, but the front seats have been remade and the shape altered, I think, change of colour aside. A bit more about myself. To me, it's about the driving performance and originality. For this reason I'd rather buy a GS with handling package over one with all the others options. My other two cars are great drivers, a Lancia Fulvia Rallye 1600 HF and a Maserati 2.24v. The latter, when properly taken care for, is a 5.9" 0-62 mph car that I've slightly tuned adding, reversibly, a much needed rear sway bar. So much for originality, in this case, as it fixes a well known deficiency in an otherwise fine car. My wife and I are in Sweden because our daughter is getting her mechanical engineering masters degree in Stockholm tomorrow. Our son is also a mechanical engineer, getting his master degree in race car design. Luckily mom (and wife) is a musician, for a change . We decided to take a long train trip through Sweden to check the car out. We don't regret doing it, as it was such a beautiful day. I knew I should have stopped looking at cars online while I could. I thought I could stop anytime. Before getting the Riviera '65 bug, for example. Too late.
    2 points
  10. Matt, it was just so wonderful to read what you posted and see the photos as well. I have posted elsewhere on the Forum that it takes the time and willingness of the car owner to reach out to kids and let them have more then just a visual experience with the old cars we love. they will be very respectful if you give them a chance of the experience of sitting in your car or perhaps a ride around the parking lot, with the permission of their parents. What you shared with them will be with them for their entire lives and has promoted more respect for the cars as well as the cars owners. this is first hand experience with a piece of history. THEY are the future car collectors and AACA members. We all need to keep that in mind. As I have stated here earlier a friend from the Buick Club (who has several mid 1960s Buicks) came over with his three sons who are all about 13 years old or so, and I told them to sit in my 1930 Packard touring and 1940 Buick conv sedan, front seat, back seat etc. , behind the steering wheel . We all enjoyed the experience. Kids of all ages observe a lot more then we ever will be aware of ( I taught art to kids ages 5 to 12 , 1,000 to 1,200 kids per week, for nearly 40 years ) . Give them some memories to savor forever.
    2 points
  11. If you're still in contact with the seller, you can go to the Riviera Owners website and show him the "How to I D a Gran Sport" article. Could relieve him of further frustration.
    2 points
  12. talked with my plater this morning, and they have already stripped & polished my buckets !! next will be a filler layer of copper to fill in the pits, and make it baby bottom smooth !! maybe a few layers of copper, then polish and on to nickel and polish... so looks like my 3 week wait may be a LOT less, and i will NOT complain on that. actually surprised me, i expected them to be sitting right where I dropped them off on monday !!
    2 points
  13. Doug, I would adjust it into #1 and hope for slight pressure against the main vertical surface of the weatherstrip. Tom Mooney
    2 points
  14. 2 points
  15. Grit and metal do not ‘float’ but they are both in suspension within the oil. I have analyzed many vehicle and dyno test oil filters in my career. Metallic material and byproducts of combustion and debris do find their way to a filter element. We sent many filters to the Chem Lab for sediment analysis. After the material was separated and weighed it was put through spectral analysis for content. I can’t do anything about the combustion byproducts in my non filtered 1923 except use an API rated detergent oil that puts this material in suspension and it gets removed with the frequent oil changes. The ferritic material from the rings, pistons and bores will and does collect with a strong magnet. Best I can do in my situation.
    2 points
  16. Hi James, you may have seen a couple of my replies to this topic. I was probably also a bit skeptical at first with an unknown brand and leaning toward others, however the choice for whitewalls in Australia is somewhat limited. As mentioned, the Caddy owner is very fussy and fastidious about his Coupe DeVille, so figured the tyres tires must be reasonable. Ok, since my last post have done several interstate trips as well as many intrastate to cruise nights, swap meets and general running around in yer Riv and am very happy with them. I was so happy, I rotated them to include the spare. I am running 32psi and get a good but firm ride. The white walls clean up well with a sand soap and they don’t loose air. I love the look of the wide white and also the tyre size fits the vehicle. I often think some of these look under tyres, especially as we are so used to seeing more rubber on our vehicles. No, I don’t have any affiliation with Suretrac or their Australian distributor but find paying a fair price for a good tyre is what floats my boat! To buy a Coker or other Classic Radial whitewall would have been THREE times the price! rodney 😀😀😀😀😀
    2 points
  17. Agreed, this is a great looking car at a fair price. Several years ago, after a lengthy search through all of Van Kaufman & Art Fitzpatrick's works for General Motors, I finally settled on this '61 Bonneville to grace the wall of my mid-century themed office.
    2 points
  18. Wild guess would be some sort of inner rear wheel grease seal retainers. GM used something similar but I can't remember if it was 30's or when but not exactly the same. It's been a few years since I have had or seen any since I drifted away from NOS parts. A size would help.
    2 points
  19. It was my then and now current Model A
    2 points
  20. It is... In a week or two I am going to have to slow down on the car and go back to making windows for the house - and then there is the hot water heater to replace and much of the plumbing which has frozen and burst so many times it's now a mass of repairs. I won't stop - primarily because I do the car stuff during the regular work week - but I won't be able to make progress as fast as I have been. I would like to get on to the water pump. that will be next after the oiling and lifters are fully sorted.
    2 points
  21. At the McPherson College car show, the only music we have is the college jazz band, and the high school jazz band. Each plays a set lasting about 45 minutes. Otherwise the PA system is used for the occasional announcement. Without any other music throughout the day, the jazz bands really stand out, and everyone loves it. They are young talent, playing jazz, it is not all day, and the sound system is adequate enough that it doesn't have to be blasted. It's just one of the things that make our show different. I've had some people tell me they come back each year because we don't blast music all day.
    2 points
  22. Just got back from Carlisle, Pa (import nationals) and a mini holiday. Didn't find too much at Carlisle, but did get a few great items. I found a good original bumper to replace my original pretzelled bumper, which is beyond repair for a show car. Maybe could be straightened somewhat for a driver. Found a great repro heater inlet tube, and found a complete original exhaust system, with original muffler (Photo 1 & 2), which is a big deal, I think. Has some surface rust, I little pitting on the muffler, but should clean up quite well. I'll throw some high-quality exhaust paint on it and it should be good to go. Was able to redo and install the accelerator pedal assembly from when I refinished it last week. Turned out perfectly (Photo 3). Picked up a lot of really nice show chrome from Librandis while I was near Carlisle and dropped off the rear bumper, the front bumper ends, and the rest of the telescoping steering column assembly for re-chroming.
    2 points
  23. This thread serves as a reminder of why I don't go to car shows: the annoyance exceeds the pleasure.
    2 points
  24. If I saw an auction for a car with a reserve and an opening bid of 30G I would expect the seller probably wants atleast 50G so I would just pass. Reserves are strong deterents in interest especially when coupled to high opening bids. If you are going to use a reserve start the sucker at 10G and get some interest in it. The problem is it's already been run through and the more it's run through with the high number the less interest you will garner. People can also quickly look at completed sales and see it had a high reserve so even starting it with a low number will tell them it can't be bought for 30 or 34,500. In fact previously interested parties won't even click on it when they see it listed. I know I don't on similar items I had an interest in. There is also the problem that you need two bidders to bid something up to meet the reserve. There was a lot of literature I wanted and I kept bidding on it, several times it went through once or twice I bid against someone but a few times no one. The reserve was never met, but each time I contacted the seller and said I can't win it or meet the reserve if no one bids against me. Finally the seller contacted me and told me they would take x number of dollars, a good 50, lower than my highest bid. So it was a done deal. Who knows what that top bidder was willing to pay.
    2 points
  25. This morning I turned the knob down using the rounded tool you see. I wanted a radius on the inside edge. When I got the thickness to almost where I wanted it I soldered the threaded center portion into the knob. This time it worked perfectly so I've no idea what I did wrong yesterday. Then set up the radius turning tool to put a radius on the projecting part of the knob. I would really have liked to cut a radius on the entire top of the knob - that would have been more authentic looking but the largest radius this tool will turn is not big enough. It came out like this... And screwed into the top of the pump. The kn ob on the right is the one I made two days ago. With that done, I started on the bracket that will hold the pump to the subframe. When finished it's only about 4" long but I'll cut it down later. The extra length makes it easier to hold securely in the vise. After drilling a larger enough hole for the boring head, I bored it out to 1.450. And set it up to thread. But, I'm tired and I'll take my own advice and stop before I make an error. The bushing for the top of the pump also arrived at the end of the day so I'm plenty to do tomorrow.
    2 points
  26. I bought this car on Craigslist for $600, $800 delivered. The picture is the arrival at home. Quarter cut out, no engine or trans, just a shell. After fees and shipping costs I netted $3200. Parts went all over the world to happy people. I still have about $500 worth of parts to sell AND I dumped the body off at a junkyard. (where it was bought the next day by a hobbyist). Outside of one dinner out with my Wife, all the money went to my car hobby. That Caddy would net a similar amount but a little more outlay. That's the "is it worth" part. Anyone restoring a rough one might say it was too much at the start, but somewhere around the 80% complete mark it could take on a whole new value to them. If the car was $3200 I could be tempted to throw some "easy money" at it. All depends on where the money comes from. Bernie
    2 points
  27. Can I add work truck to this topic? I’m a carpenter by trade and do historic restorations in the Pasadena area. 67 GMC 3/4 ton truck I’ve owned for 18 years. Drive it daily. Had a 351 V6 then I swapped in a SBC. Then an LS motor to keep the gas mileage down and relatively low maintenance. It has PS AC leather buddy seats. Fuel tank out back. Disc brakes up front. Modified to keep it reliable, dependable and fun to drive. I absolutely love this truck. It even appeared in a McDonalds commercial years ago!
    2 points
  28. Couldn't help adding some pre-war Holden Buicks...note the double suicide doors and fabric roof of the '36
    2 points
  29. Hi all, Just arrived back from a 6 day combined Buick Club trip to the country music capital of Australia, Tamworth a 450 mile round trip (for me) where we also were a feature display at a local automobile show, please enjoy Cheers Paul
    2 points
  30. As it was explained to me a long time age " oil is relatively cheap, engines are not", change it early and change it often. All those small pieces of metal and grit you could not clean out of the engine when you rebuilt it are floating around in that oil. Drain it out and get rid of them.
    2 points
  31. How can anybody give an assessment of value of a car with such a limited description and dimly lit pictures.
    2 points
  32. Up the coast on HWY 1, Marin County, Stinson Beach, then North to Bodega Bay, eat in Occidental at the Union Hotel, which is just a bit inland, then north some more on HWY 1, see Fort Ross, and the town of Gualalla.
    1 point
  33. The weatherstrip retainer has a small range of adjustment, the screws should be slotted. If all your glass lines up nicely, ie reflections in the glass are consistent across the front and rear side panes, I would attempt adjustment at the retainer before I would start pulling the door skin. Tom Mooney
    1 point
  34. Don: Most of the period gas caps will work. Yes we need to find someone to reproduce these again. Mine was missing from my 1925-25 and a locking unit from the 1950s was on it. A friend gave me an aluminum one but the steel ears were rusted off so I had to fabricate something. These are reproduced..... but as an oil filler cap for Cadillac at over $200. a pop!
    1 point
  35. Barry. U will just love the Baker it's a blast to drive. Had mine cross country on the route 66 a few years back. R1 auto. and. A C. Mike
    1 point
  36. All machining on the head was on this #12 Van Norman mill. Not even equipped with a DRO ☹️
    1 point
  37. Mr, Konga Man, your automobile looks sharp. I like wire and chrome a lot placed on a proper Buick. Thank you for posting. Turbinator
    1 point
  38. I remember the fist date I ever had in my 1936 Dodge Brothers D2 Touring sedan when I was 17 years old. My girlfriend and I went out to a local lake one evening and I parked where we had a terrific view of the lake. We "talked" and "stuff" and sort of dozed off. We woke up a while later and the car was surrounded by water. I never thought a small lake would rise with the tide. Luckily, I was able to actually drive it out in reverse, but it was scary.
    1 point
  39. Thanks for the further info on possible causes. It certainly could be any one of the suggestions. I will get back to the investigation soon but unfortunately I am currently sidetracked with a motorcycle engine rebuild. I will let you know. Cheers, Drew
    1 point
  40. Matt, thanks for your thoughts. I hope to find and install a proper rear carb damper - perhaps I can pry one from Greg when he's finished. My expectations for it making a major difference are low but I'll give it a shot. My confidence in John Sobers though is rock solid and he knows this car better than anyone having owned and worked on it for about 8 years. Since the rear plugs look much better now that # 6 and 7 cylinder valves are working I'm going to change the oil, drive it a bit and see if the plug fouling and smoking goes away. Going now to sacrifice a chicken...
    1 point
  41. Hugh: I have run my engine for several hours over the last 3 months. (My oil pressure is also at 25 lbs.) 15-30 min at first then an hour to set the valves. Many times for 1/2 hour intervals still trying to get it to run any better than before I had it rebuilt. Which it is still not. I have then taken it on several mile runs around the neighborhood. I believe I only have the equivalent of 50 -75 miles total on it so far. So I am contemplating changing out the break in oil. I am keeping at it though. I may try my other carb today since no adjustment makes things happy. Also I am chasing down a miss. Just very disappointed that after all this nothing has improved. To me the engine does sound noisy as compared to other 1924 and 1925 engines I have heard. I also have to make a retainer collar for the input side of the water pump. Those expensive seals are walking out of the bores on this side also. At the HCCA Brass at Berks meet at Strasburg yesterday I spoke with a fellow who can fit me up with a Carter BB-1.So we are considering. But the newly painted fenders look good!
    1 point
  42. Not really. Both the '37 and the '38 had completely wrong interiors and they were both in somewhat disappointing condition, compared to the others, which were beautifully restored to near perfection. Poor paint quality; some of the glass was badly discolored; wrong door panel material; dashboards not wood-grained, etc. The buyer will have to spend a boatload of $$$ to bring them up to the condition of the other ones, if that is their goal. Pete Phillips
    1 point
  43. At least they weren't playing rap. 🤮
    1 point
  44. Took the fraternal twins out yesterday for their first rides of the year. The first nice day since the Fall.
    1 point
  45. Repainted the rims and added the silver stripes. First attempt was with a brush, using a jack to keep the brush steady and turning the wheel on the axle as the paint was applied. Started off okay but then the paint would thin out on the brush and more paint on the brush needed and was difficult keeping a consistent width from stopping to starting again. Even worse for the thinner outer lines. Decided to go with paint marker pens and was able to do a complete rotation of the wheel with a much more consistent width. Sprayed a clear coat over the top. Top left was using brush for wider line. Bottom were done with the marker pens End result The before photo
    1 point
  46. That is amazing, thanks for posting.
    1 point
  47. I have a hard drive magnet in my pan. It’s so strong it’s all you can do to pry it off with your fingers. I buy a case of 12 quarts. Put 6 in the engine. When the remaining six are gone @ ~150 miles per quart I start the whole cycle over. So 150 x 6 = 900 miles. Today’s oil is far superior to the oil of the 1920s. Oil’s cheap compared to machine shop rates.
    1 point
  48. THANK YOU for calling it what it is, a HARDTOP. That bubble top crap drives me nuts.......
    1 point
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