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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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    Now, there's a quote I have seen before.
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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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    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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    Vineyard cruise in. People sure like wine and looking at old cars. Many comments on the Electra.
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    I doubt you will find a better one than the one in your hand - find a round piece of metal stock (mandrel) of about the same diameter and spend a little hammer time on the flange,
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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.
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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.
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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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    Sorta runs contrary to the thread about interest in pre-war cars dying doesn't it.
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    Your car will be stunning - Put your car together and go have some fun driving it.
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    I am trying to plan a comprehensive vacation the 1st week of August that is made daunting because we have an exchange student joining us from Germany. I live in Des Moines Iowa and basically my choices were to go west or east/southeast. I am a car guy and love automotive history. My daughter is 17, my guest will be 16 when she visits, I'll have my wife, and I and I am trying to mix in fun kid stuff like zip lines and amusement stuff with some history and activities. I want to go to Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford museum. I want to go to the Edsel and Eleanor Ford Home. Wouldn't mind some other Detroit area "must sees" even if it's a bit on the seedy side, like the old Packard factory (or what is left of it). Any ideas welcome, and link websites if you can. I might stop at Gilmore on the way.
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    The electrons won,t mind traveling a few feet farther......bob
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    Anyone remember the ancient Pierce Arrow limo' in SF parked across the street from Golden Gate Park in the early '70s ? Huge, built shortly after the 'quake, first time I remember seeing a speaking tube between the passengers and the chauffeur. Certainly had seen better days, but would be eminently restorable by today's standards. Probably ran, hopefully still does somewhere. - Carl
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    Well. I did take my laptop and personal WiFi with me to Midwest City. PLUS the chargers for each! As for "the world" knowing about national-level car events. EVERYBODY in the BCA should have known about this (or any) year's national meet, for months. Just from reading "The Bugle", if nothing else. Plain old analog stuff that's been around for centuries. Probably no different than with any other national-level (OR local level) car club where the members are supposed to know what's going on (as to the meets and such). Social media is nice and can expand knowledge bases, but ONLY if somebody in those realms investigates to see what's there and THEN follow it/them. I got a Twitter account so I could follow some things. Then I'd get a daily email about how many things I missed by not having a phone that would get instantaneous alerts of new tweets. MUCH of it was repeated stuff, by observation. So I just stopped looking at that stuff. Took up too much time from other things that were more important to me. That and a LinkedIn account are the limits of my social media activities, other than these car forums (where I can spend WAY too much time, sometimes). Facebook might be nice and many people use it to share pictures and such, as businesses can use it to promote/inform about what they do, BUT Facebook is not so universally used as some might suspect. I'm not on it and have no intention of putting my life story on there (as some seem to like to do). Especially if the "next big thing" comes along and obsoletes it next month, which would mean that everybody would then move to "the next best thing" as they did from FaceTime and others when Facebook came along. Perhaps there can be a designated person/entity that could do as many collector car brokers do and post to all social media platforms in one big blitz when some thing big is going to happen? Or the Calendar listings which also appear in "The Bugle" each month? Might generate some additional interest in the BCA itself, but at what cost/new member? Lots of things to consider on that. Otherwise, things can continue as they have been with targeted print advertising and the BCA Tent at Hershey, or similar. ONE perceived orientation is that if people who own older Buicks, or newer Buicks, know about the BCA, then they'll flock to it. Doesn't quite happen like that, by observation and my experiences with other single-marque clubs. Being in a car club is not on some peoples' radar, even if they've owner that brand of vehicle for years, love them, and cherish them while they own them. Even if they happen to bring their car to a show and take home a "Best of Show" award. Just not their "deal", for whatever reason. Have to respect their desires and orientations. And their desire to not own "a show car". I've not seen a reliable means to motivate those owners to be involved, or to read the car events listings in their local newspapers. They are happy where they are and few things can change that, by observation. As for the length of the days in OK, it was observed by myself and others . . . IF you don't start early, sundown can come too quickly. Or if you start earlier than others, but get side-tracked talking to people you might encounter, then you realize that place you had planned on being, well that was two hours ago. Time flies when you're having fun! Just some thoughts, NTX5467
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    I don't want be accused of bashing your posts again, but I believe the war they are speaking of when they mention pre-war cars is WWII, not Iraqi Freedom
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    Looks to be a 1946 or 1947 Ford.
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    As a shelf talker, it’s a neat item. Using it is a waste of time. Mark, if you like, you can send me your distributor and I will set it up and check it out on my Sun Distributor Tester for you.......gratis..........let me know........Ed
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    Can you post a link? I’d like to take a look and see your ad/price. I would give you my honest opinion. This is the one I sold.
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    It takes a lot of planning and budgeting. I was born in 1938, didn't go to college, stayed 37 years in a job I didn't my first and only job after high school. You do something extra like buy & sell old car parts, play in a band, something you can do and keep the money separate, and then pick a car I like that most others don't like that runs. Forget how it looks. Fix it up over however many years it takes. I started on mine in 1963 and finished it in 1981. It's still in my garage, and in the picture to the left. As for the two car garage, well I lengthened this one in Florida for two extra bays. Not perfect..........I have to move out a modern car to get one of the old ones out. But it was doable. Everybody has a different set of obstacles to overcome, but it can be done.
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    TerryB. we were writing the same thing at the same time.
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    Ahhh sorry I misunderstood your question ,I’ll post some better pictures of the coolant passages. As far as the carb goes you might be right but I have spent quite awhile tuning and rejeting this Stewart carb and I must say I absolutely love it. I can pull it down to under 10 mph in third and smoothly accelerate to 65 mph. It’s a VERY GOOD carb when tuned and should last another 1000 years with its cast iron and bronze construction 😀. As for the distributor at first like you I thought it wasn’t original but I have now met three other people with 28 Std Six’s that we’re built around mine that have the exact same model so I’m pretty sure it is original 🤷🏼‍♂️ But who knows anything is possible. For the timing I’m still playing with the advance curve I’ll let you know when I perfect it. (Although it does seem to like a curve that’s really close to what Chrysler used in the 25” long blocks from the 50s that were running similar compression)
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    I have been after Glenn Smith (Australia) to reproduce the water-pump casting for years. These were a bit fragile and we need replacements.They easily break when pushing out bushings Perhaps designing the replacement to take a modern seal.
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    It was also nice to chat with @old-tank and @Ben Bruce aka First Born while we were here! (I love the guys who DRIVE their cars, and aren’t afraid to do little modifications to make them more useful.) Who else am I forgetting... 🧐
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    But your property is amazing, at least what you have shown us in your shop thread. It makes more sense to have an amazing property than, say, a depreciating truck. I see that backwards situation all the time. We all do. Someone with higher car payments than their house. That’s a quick way to get nowhere.
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    Appears I'm still restricted from reacting but can still copy and paste so
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    Hi Lamar, Having heard you were a Vegemite fan, I had a jar of Vegemite with me to give to you when I attended the Denver Nationals. You struck out again without knowing it!! No luck coming this year, used up all of my leave pass credit with my wife last year Hope you all had fun, looking forward to seeing photos Paul
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    I suspect it maybe the nose cone (drive pinion/bendix cover) variations for different engines. My '28 Chrysler also uses a 714 (D). It maybe possible to just interchange the nose cone from another 714* starter with other models. I have NOT had two different models to compare to be confident of my above comments though.
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    Further down the page is where your thought would have been correct. https://forums.aaca.org/forum/11-buick-reatta/ Glad you got it fixed okay.
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    I fund my hobby doing pretty much exactly that, I work in IT and do a lot of my work via my mobile. Then again, not many people in there 30’s have 97 year old cars 🤔 It certainly hasn’t been a quick process, but I’ve learned a lot. I’ve done all of the assembly work at home (machine work I don’t have the equipment for) including new rings, checking all the bearings and replacing a damaged top cover (that holds the Cam)
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    I've done it once before on a car I was selling but it had all new freshly painted body color wheels with new whitewalls shiny lug nuts and all so you could see everything was fresh. That was the only reason for leaving them off. I did end up polishing them all up though and mounting them. It presented better as you would expect. People want ready to go cars and seem to care less what's been done, as long as it appears ready to go.
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    At roughly 1320 miles for the year on the Skyhawk, so we should complete the challenge on Monday.
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    Delivered the Limited to Stan Hywet Hall down in Akron in preparation for tomorrow's Father's Day Car Show, which Melanie supervises. They wanted a few cars there early since there will be a news crew there tonight and wanted to have a backdrop for that. There are also two weddings going on tonight, so I presume the cars will be in those photos. Melanie brought her 1956 Chrysler wagon, whose brakes were iffy until Dr. Francini bled them properly (instead of with a vacuum bleeder) and brought the pedal back up. Still not great, but Melanie really wanted the car at the show. I thought it was an appropriate background for the Limited and the cars look great in front of the manor house. Too bad it's probably going to rain all night and maybe even tomorrow.
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    Right around the turn of the century my TEMP light started coming on right after starting the car, even before it warmed. I put on a temporary test gauge and tie wrapped it to the abandoned AC liquid line. I still open the hood an take a peek at it after driving. I gotta get a new sending unit in there before the tie wraps go bad. Oh, 41 years without an AC compressor. Maybe I will do the sending unit and the AC when Red Riviera Bob gets his air going.
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    This one looks better than what you have. Could probably remove the wording stickers, paint it and be back to "normal". https://www.ebay.com/p/Stant-G-713-Fuel-Tank-Cap/188788085?iid=153461728239
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    This is absolutely the most important thing. We launched the website in October and I have been shocked by how many people visit and are searching for information. With only 77 known cars to exist and a relatively obscure brand, it is easy to assume that you would have to be an owner to want to search for information or be interested in Cole. Well, here are the stats for the site since launch in October as of this morning: Total visitors: 758 Total pages viewed: 4188 Avg pages viewed per visitor: 5.52 (so most visitors are not just stumbling on to the site by accident or through a search where they were looking for something else) Average visitors per week currently is about 26 The biggest challenge is to get your search engine optimization right with Google and others. We have worked on this and have risen in the search rankings when someone searches for Cole motor car company or a specific year or make of a Cole car. The site is not popping up when people search in Google and this started happening in probably March or so. A good example of this is from October to the Dec 31 2018, our biggest referrer was Facebook with sending 109 visitors to the website and only 57 visitors coming from search engines. In 2019 since about March we have 278 visitors coming from Search engines like Google and about 87 from Facebook and 22 from Wikipedia. We are now averaging 3 visitors per day from search engines so it is picking up. I have attached some screenshots of the data. Think about this data and what it means. Even if you threw out half of the visitors as people going to the wrong site, that is still quite a good amount of people looking for information about the Cole Motor car Company and the cars. If this site didn't exist, how do these people find information and stay engaged? They may run across static sites like Wikipedia with some information, but what about a community aspect? it would be completely missed. It will be interesting to track this over time and see if interest continues to increase or if it decreases over time. This is just the data and the data tells the real story, not my opinion. This chart shows the stats year to date for 2019. I do not have likes or comments enabled on the site. This chart shows where people are visiting from for 2019 Year to date. This is site data for May 18-21st. We had the Cole Owner meetup the weekend of May 18 at the Gilmore Pre 42 event with 10 Coles there. You can see typical traffic on May 19th, however the day of the show and the Monday and Tuesday after had pretty big increases of people looking at Cole information. Here is referrer stats for May. As you can see 77 searches in May.
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    Ok, checked my case and couldn’t see T141 or anything similar. Couple of numbers but probably casting numbers?
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    Finished up the drivers side rear quarter upholstery then made up golf bag door inner framework upholstery from paper patterns made from some original upholstery and sent to me by my buddy Joe. Traced the patterns onto interior fiber board, then using upholstery adhesive, attached some vinyl to the fiber board, and glued down the edges. Installed the two pieces around the GB door. Started prepping the windshield header for installation of the interior pieces by nailing the center metal section on both edges and installing all screws in the header end brackets. Installed the header on the windshield frame to find the DS wouldn’t go all the way down on the windshield post. Turns out the wood was not routered down deep enough so using a proper diameter Forster bit, drilled the hole slightly deeper so itnow sit down correctly on the WS frame. Tomorrow I’ll apply the interior and exterior lacing to the header along with the rear face, bow drill cloth covered fiber board. Had a new windshield glass made up at the glazier and will try and install it tomorrow if I have time. Installed the chrome T bolt escutcheon plates that I had cast up a while back. Most these escutcheons are missing for some reason and no one repops them so I had to make a pattern up and have them cast.
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    Such a typical response from you. . The person that would have to be in a position like that would need to be PR, social media, computer savvy, Also a younger person may be better suited for a job like that.
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    It was found in an open field, sunk into the ground almost up to the running boards. It was a 1939 Buick Roadmaster Formal Sedan, Model 81F with the glass partition. With a bit of effort and tire inflation we managed to pull it out of the weeds and tow it by chain twenty five miles back home. There were no foot brakes, just the parking brake. The trunk floor was completely rusted out; there was none. Apart from that the body was in excellent condition. The odometer read around 70,000 miles as I recall. The engine was emptied of the hardened oil in the crankcase and valve rocker arm shaft. The valves were ground. And it ran flawlessly with full power. It got a fresh paint coat and rechromed bumpers. It was originally bought in New York City by an actual princess of the former ruling family of the German State, Thuringia. I located her in the NYC Manhattan phone book and we chatted for a while; she remembered the car well. On each rear door was painted a her 1 ½” coronet. I drove the Roadmaster for ten years, keeping it in my parents garage. On one Christmas we had a major snow storm but for fun we loaded the Buick up with as many as it could fit and took a pleasant tour of many miles in heavy snow conditions; no one else was on he road. The Buick could handle steep hills with no problems and no spinning of the wheels. When my parents moved I lost my garage privileges. Upon getting married there was simply no room for the big Buick and it was sold to a collector who stored it along with many, many antique cars in a Dover, NJ warehouse. Perhaps ten years later the warehouse had a massive fire and all of the antique vehicles were totally destroyed. This the sad end to terrific Buick. There was nothing to salvage.