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    Well I came here thinking just maybe someone would be kind enough to report the results of the BOD meeting election results but instead find this crap. Y-Job, you sometimes make some good points but subjective and rude comments like those above are what get threads dumped. Plus most folks on both sides of the highway are getting tired of all the contentiousness that's gone on over the last couple years so I really wish you and others would just lay off it, at least on here.
  2. 6 points
    Well said, enough already... I had a really pleasant time at the meet and I hung out with my friends on both sides of the supposed issues...and you know what...we talked about Buick's and enjoyed Buicks...and the sun rose and set each days...let's not forget there are more important things...
  3. 5 points
    To those to whom it may apply, no matter how loosely! HAPPY FATHER'S DAY 2019
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    Few more pictures. Because I had a few questions about the shock handle on the dash, I thought the pictures would help people understand how it’s setup. The down rods are attached to bell cranks that move both the front and rear shock valves at the same time.
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    I sold a Model A and several other classics, mostly on eBay. I tried Hemings, but found eBay much faster and a lot more inquiries. It can take a month or more to make it to the magazine, so if you have time, you could try that. If you use eBay, post a lot of pics, including the undercarriage, and a very detailed description. It’s good to have a friend post links on a Facebook classic car or Model A specific groups. Also, find Model A clubs and see if they have a website forum that you can post to.
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    Which is why people shouldn’t live in places like that if they aren’t making enough. It’s all a choice and where they put their priorities. I chose a decent career in a place where my dollar goes farther.
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    I would try to repair it first. Find a piece of heavy walled tubing that the filter will slip over, Then reshape the flanges with a hammer to make them round again. I always try to repair first before replace.
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    Skip the shows and put the money in the car.
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    Cost of living varies greatly from state to state, city to city. If you make in the low 6 figures in So Cal you can barely afford a decent neighborhood and one collector car. But move that income to somewhere like Kentucky and you're rolling in the dough.
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    Yay! Just got off the phone with the service station and they have the gas cap. I’m going to attempt to try to not form an opinion on the gal I spoke to the other day. Thus, our route tomorrow is being planned through Strong City, KS to pick it up. Excuse me while I do a little dance of joy....
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    Drove the Limited and Melanie's '56 Chrysler wagon to Stan Hywet Hall down in Akron for the annual Stan Hywet Father's Day Car Show. We took our personal cars down a day early so we could be there today to help unload and park a few other cars that were coming in and needed some help. Then we can just zip down there in a modern car at 6AM to get started (Melanie runs the show). It was also a great chance to park the Limited in front of the manor house and take some photos. Looks right at home, doesn't it? It's about a 40-minute drive from our shop to Stan Hywet, pretty easy drive, but there's one particularly long, steep hill that always creates a struggle for old cars. My '29 Cadillac will do it but it needs 2nd gear to finish the job. When I was a kid, we rode with a friend in his 6-cylinder Mustang and I recall he had to back up the hill otherwise it just wouldn't make it. It's long, winding, and STEEP. Even my late-model Cadillac CTS had to drop down a few gears to make the climb. Nevertheless, the Limited actually ACCELERATED up the hill in high gear. I was very impressed! Melanie snapped a photo of the Limited along the way, showing the LED brake lights and turn signal doing their thing.
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    I stopped by my brother’s house today in my 1929 Studebaker. My brother had a young guy in his 30s who was looking at buying my brother’s 1948 Chrysler New Yorker. The buyer drove over to his house in a stock 1925 Model T with the hood off. Nice to see there are younger guys interested in stock older cars.
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    I think it's worth putting in Hemmings, it's good exposure, and they have an Internet site too that it goes on. At one time I thought Hemmings was just for overpriced cars that wouldn't sell locally, but these days if you're looking for a specific car then it's still a good resource. These days, condition is everything. A car that needs a lot of work is a hard sell. An overpriced car is a hard sell, as there are just too many choices out there of collector cars for sale. Good luck...
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    And he did not recognize me by my FACE. His first words, were , Hi Ben, I would recognize that VISOR anywhere. So put that in your pipe and smoke it, Dale in Indy!. 🏁 Matt, you and a couple other youngsters disprove the worry in some quarters that the "younger generation" are not into old cars. Love it, Love it. Ben
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    With more than 110 cars ( at last count) in attendance, I found a few vehicles I thought particularly interesting. Here is one for @Thriller and @Brad Conley The 31 year old female owner was so proud to have this car here! It was recently pulled from storage, and they had not had the opportunity to run the car yet, so parked it on the trailer. We wished them good luck in the resurrection. Also this neat 36 arrived. Not photographed were the 1940 Century and the two 53 Specials, which have all been recorded in the past on these forums And then this car arrived. And I'm certain you'd say, hmmm,,, so what? Except we then realized: A Wildcat, with 3 speed, on the column! When asked, the driver told us his mom had bought it new in '64, without power steering or brakes. I believe, but don't quote me, that is a Custom level trim package? I gotta think this is among the rarest Buicks I have ever seen! And while we, in this forum, often say: to each his own! I have to ask: Why? Of course it is none of my business but I intend to taunt my two Old's guy brothers with these photos too. lol And here is one more I would house in my garage if I could: Yes, it is a factory 409 /4 speed with bucket seats! The Dealership brought some vehicles too.. Including the '25 which I have also photographed before. . So with that, if you are still reading this, I'd like to wish everyone to whom it applies, a Happy Father's Day!
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    Only if you video and post same! Ben
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    It seems to me that most car museums are private enterprises calling themselves "museums". They function as museums during the lifetime of whoever originally funded them but very few seem to survive the demise of the founder. They aren't museums in the same sense as the Met or the National Portrait Gallery. Lots of "museum" cars come up for sale - it is a regular topic of discussion here because the seller usually takes that description as meaning something good while the informed buyer has an altogether different view of museum cars. Even the museums that do stay in business are often "deaccessioning" things. This can be a major bone of contention when someone donates dad's beloved automobile to a museum and two years later it appears on the auction block - but that is the reality of the museum world. Cars are really too complicated and require too much maintenance for most museums to take care of properly. If they were really concerned about the artifacts, they ought to be a lot more selective in what they accept - but then, if they can sell them and keep the money why be picky.
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    This is probably a good discussion that warrants its own topic rather than being buried in here. A week ago I wrote a long topic on this very subject but never hit post simply because I was afraid it would devolve into the usual discussion. Perhaps I was mistaken. There's a lot to do if we're going to engage young people and our biggest problem is that we're simply not speaking their language. It's more than just a website, it's figuring out how to operate on their level. There's much derision of young people using their phones and social media, but that is how they communicate and do business today. Ignoring them and their preferred methods of communication is probably a big turn off. I've seen a lot of people on this forum who think young people are idiots who only care about Facebook and looking at their phones, and that's a mistake. Those same young people think you're an idiot for being willing to wait six days to get a piece of information that should be available in seconds. The problem isn't that young people aren't interested, they just aren't interested in doing it the way we used to do it. It isn't unreasonable for them to want instant access to information because that's how their entire world works and has since they were born. And I think theirs is a valid complaint that many clubs have yet to adequately address. Anyway, this topic deserves its own thread with informed discussion. It's more than just a website and letting them know there's a club. Way more. It's changing how the clubs and the hobby operate that is key to attracting and keeping them involved.
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    Continued working on the interior rear quarter sections. Found both latch pillar windlaces were sewn incorrectly and I had to remove the latch area filler panel (extra material sewn to the windlace in the latch area). I used upholstery adhesive to apply the double thickness of material in the right area on the windlace. Because the Cabriolet latch pillar windlace is finished end sewn on the top end, there is only one position the windlace can be put in unlike the closed cars where both ends are open and there is no defined end on which you have to start. This is the first Cabriolet I’ve upholstered and it’s little things like this where I would work with Lebarron Bonney in the past to correct them for future kits. I do at least have to say I’m lucky I got my kit as it was finished about two months before they closed. I ended up getting the whole passenger side in tonight after work. Will work on the drivers tomorrow. One small piece of my research on my car showed a washer held in place with a split rivet at the top of the latch pillar cover on each side. Every other Cabriolet I’ve looked at has had screws in this location as the interior instructions suggest. I realized my split rivet and washers were without doubt, the original fasteners used to secure the quarter panel upholstery to the top of the pillar post cover. Because the bow irons are so close to the socket sides, using a screw and nut doesn’t leave much room to clear the iron. Putting the split rivet from the inside of the socket leaves plenty of clearance from the rivet head. I used my original washers, polished up by my neighbor, with new nickeled rivets.
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    I saw this a while ago in an abbreviated form. It was taken a few days before the great San Francisco earthquake. It has quite a few shots of old cars in it. What is surprising how they were driving all over the place with disregard to any traffic laws. I assume there were few at that point in time. Also, I wonder what the cars are as I am certainly not an expert on them. I hope I am not repeating anything previously posted.
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    Afternoon. Just finished replacing front and back mounts. Find a friend with long skinny arms for help with the front pair. I disconnected the rocker from the left rear block. Pretty sure it would have survived the engine lift but it was easy to disconnect and reconnect. Regards, Kevin
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    I installed a Vintage Air system in my 63 Riv with factory air back in 2008, it was a fairly easy install and worked very well. Others on this forum have done the same. Do a search on this forum and read the threads. If you are interested I can send you a set of photos from my install, just PM me with your e-mail.
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    Vineyard cruise in. People sure like wine and looking at old cars. Many comments on the Electra.
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    We live as cheaply as possible. The main reason we have such a nice piece of property. We go out for dinner maybe 3 or 4 times a year (usually using gift cards someone gave us) Excluding Hershey, which I can write off as a business trip, but then again we eat at Soda Jerks. Using points on a business credit card I have (that I pay off monthly) we are even staying for free in Hershey this year. The wife is a notorious Couponer and tries to buy everything on sale as well. We chose to live here because this is where my wife wanted to live (main reason and Hard to argue with that without an Attorney, ) and it was close to family, though honestly not close enough, so we don't end up doing much with them because they are all over an hour to 3 hours away. The closest one I really got along with well divorced and moved away a year or two after we moved here. I drive a 13 year old truck., The wife's is newer but when you buy a Toyota in the Northeast, you buy new or pay as much for a 4 year old one with 50KMI and rust. Liquidated an old car and paid cash for hers so no payments there. Our only payment is the mortgage and related expenses (property tax, Insurance etc. ) Fortunately we even have much of that paid off and the building project is paid for to date. You don't get ahead paying someone else interest. As you mentioned I did look at properties further south this winter when it was really drawing on, but with our set up it's hard to find anything comparable that I really liked, again in a price range we could sell ours and buy in at the point where we are at.
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    A similar problem just came up on the vcca site, might be of some help; https://vccachat.org/ubbthreads.php/topics/427023/water-pump-bush.html#Post427023 Dave
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    Also with you John! (it would be even greater if it stops raining,...)
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    Keath, the serial-number plate (VIN in modern terms) may be on the driver's side front door jamb. (That's where it is on my 1957 Buick.) Maybe other forum-goers can confirm for your Oldsmobile. Whether your car is a good buy depends on several things. You can probably have a lot of fun in that vehicle. But do you want an authentic, complete car? Your car looks like it has been modified, and may be missing a few things, such as an upper grille bar. Don't worry about "matching numbers." That's really only for high-performance muscle cars and Corvettes, where having the original engine affects value. For those, people want to know that their muscle car came that way from the factory, and wasn't just created artificially from a plain Jane coupe. The old-car hobby is a lot of fun. However, don't feel obligated to buy the first car that comes to your attention. If you are patient, you may find a complete, authentic car just like that for $6000 to $8000. It would probably be a 4-door car, would look almost perfect from 20 feet away, have only minor imperfections, and would need no or very little work. Such a price is certainly more than you would pay for the car pictured; but in the long run, it will save you money, because bringing a car up to a higher standard always costs more money than it's worth. People improve and restore cars for the love of it.
  32. 2 points
    Crap...u knew what I meant... Ur ruining my serious finger wagging...😉
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    Yesterday the conducted its 11th annual with the valuable assistance of our chapter sponsor (please ignore the caution sign laying on the floor🙄) This is a Cruise-In open to all, and is run for fund raising purposes, supporting the charity that the Dealership chooses. This and the past several years it has been for the Boys and Girls Clubs. This is an evening event, starting @ 3 pm, and lasting till usually 7-8pm, depending on weather. It features a Chinese Auction and 50/50 with a registration process where the first 100 attendees who make a donation to the Charity receive coupons to use at the onsite food vendors. It has been a fairly successful fund raising effort thanks to the generosity of all who attend. The food vendor did a brisk business, and my Daughter in Law and two Grandsons ( who are also members) came down for the day. They enjoyed several activities, like the well equipped playground in this extensive park, and the music of the DJ. Of course the ice cream was a big deal but they also looked at many of the cars. For them however, none of the activities were more fun than chasing The Chinese Auction had a group of fans too: Anyhow, back to basics, the car of the year was Bob and Marilyn's 41 Super 56 C And for whatever work I did, I had a chance to get a rare picture of the GS :
  34. 2 points
    http://www.coachbuilt.com/ I find this site to be endlessly interesting and informative. I found that my former shop in Pasadena, where I made furniture, was the shop of Walter M Murphy. Thought I would share this one with you all.
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    That's awesome. Really, I think you're doing it perfectly. A few years back I was very interested in buying a 1921 HCS 5-passenger touring, and I was surprised about how little there was online about the cars. They were really cool: HCS stands for Harry C. Stutz, and he started HCS after he left Stutz. They're high-end cars from the early 20s that are pretty similar to Stutzes. They are Full Classics, too, although I don't think they were back when I was thinking of buying one. Anyway, I remember thinking that if I bought the car I would want to create a website and a registry and do what I could to raise awareness of the car and link owners -- pretty much exactly what you did for the Cole. But I didn't buy the car, so it never happened.
  36. 2 points
    Didn’t work on the windshield or header today but decided to work under the dash. Finished bending the oil pressure line to the shape of the cowl trough leaving 14” of oil line on the engine side of the firewall. (Got the measurements on the lines from my buddy Joe) Installed the oil pressure/water temp gauge in my spare gauge frame and connected the oil pressure line to make sure I had enough length to connect it. Unrolled the temp probe off the back of my rebuilt water temperature gauge and ran the line two the back of the firewall, again following the trough but down the drivers side and out through the cowl leaving 12” of probe on the engine side. Then bent over the retaining tabs in each trough to hold the wiring and all tubing in place. With the help of my wife, I installed the cowl insulation pad using 1/4 dowels as guide pins. Making sure it fit correctly, I then put the firewall pad board in place over the insulation and one by one, we installed the original fasteners which are actually large head paper fasteners. I would push the through from the inside and while holding pressure on the head, my wife would bend over each leg. Once all ten fasteners were in, I installed my Harrison Senior heater in the hole I had already drilled based on the Olds technical bulletin. Got that bolted down tight and put on the decarbonizer button escutcheon plate under the heater. To put the insulation pad and board in, I had to pull the shock control handle back as it goes through the pad. Pushed the handle back through the pad and installed the cotter pin which holds pressure on the friction spring behind the dash. All the work under the dash took a ton of time today but it came out good. Still need to secure up the electronic directional box than I had wired in as part of my new harness and make up a mount for the two way, momentary switch. I’ll be mounting the switch just out of sight under the left of the dash but assessable with my left hand to facilitate operation while driving. I installed the engine side of the cowl shock linkage on the end of the dash control rod and the passenger side pivot pin. With the linkage in place, it’s easyto see how critical the location of the heater is. The water lines and mounting bolts just clear the decarbonizer and shock control rods. Ends up being a pretty tidy package.
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    It’s my low profile I try to keep! I hope and pray that everyone has a safe trip home. Joel
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    In order to have a productive analysis on this topic and determine how to optimize for the future we need to stop using generalizations based on stereotypes. In this thread I have seen many examples of this such as the next generation Is always on their phone or they are so broke. They don’t make any money so they could never buy a car. Here is an interesting piece of info that I just saw today in the Detroit free press: To be sure, many millennials do not fit stereotypes, such as being difficult to manage, impatient and unsatisfied with work. Not all millennials are wondering how they're going to pay the next cell phone bill, either. As a group, millennial households — ages 23 to 38 in 2019 — now earn more than young adults did in nearly any time in the past 50 years, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of new census data. The median adjusted income in a household headed by a millennial was $69,000 in 2017, according to the Pew study. That is a higher figure than for nearly every other year on record, apart from around 2000, when households headed by younger people earned $67,600 in inflation-adjusted dollars. so as we see based on actual US data, millennials are earning more than any previous time in the last 50 years except for 2000. Here is the link to the actual article about a hair dresser making over $200k per year in Detroit. https://www.freep.com/story/money/personal-finance/susan-tompor/2019/06/15/aesthetic-hair-co-alex-pardoe-detroit/1298297001/ Now whether they live in a high rent place like California or New York is a factor and who knows if they would be interested in pre war cars, but let’s not assume that the new generation is worse off than previous generations and make hasty generalizations.
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    There is a cruise this weekend in Medford which is close to Phoenix, Oregon and there are quite a few early rides out there on the loose....here are some "on the fly" shots I took from the passenger seat of my wife's car....
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    Hey, four of those are mine! (The cones...)
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    Ok not meet related so forgive me but made it to Little Rock tonight. I've been here before ...it was a fav of Clinton (assume it still is) you'll understand why below This was a 3lb T-bone we split between the 4 of us. There was a Buick at my table too
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    I created this for the banquet, but we went a different direction. http://web.photodex.com/view/8mwk77x4 (no audio)
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    Willie aka @old-tank let Nico sit in and start up his 55. Nico buttered him up pretty good though when he walked up while I was talking to Willie and said his favorite in the row was the one on the end (Willie's).
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    I guess we could try to figure out how to keep the BCA relevant in that online/social media world. Our biggest event of the year is going on as we speak and you would barely know other than on this forum. Nothing on the Facebook page since Monday. Nothing on the website. The office transition would have been an opportunity to get someone that could do some of those things, but we have a faceless entity. Agree about the lack of engagement from members in general. There is little effort to keep them informed as it is. Perhaps that’s the goal...who knows.
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    Sorta runs contrary to the thread about interest in pre-war cars dying doesn't it.
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    My brother just brought a 1929 Studebaker President Cabriolet.
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    Couple more pictures. You can see the rivet head in one picture. Makes a ton of sense why they used the rivet and washer method. Also installed the quarter filler strip that covers the 2” wide vertical parcel try support. Unseen in the picture is the back of this vertical support also has a finished panel tacked to it as it’s easily in open view when the golf bag door is open.