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  1. 5 points
    *SOLD* Over the past few months, I've been making more of an effort to gather affordable, quality cars that are ready to enjoy. We've had many discussions here on this forum, as well as in my shop, about the cost of the hobby driving people away and only late-model leftovers seem to be available to guys on a budget. I decided to do something about that. We recently sold a 1923 Dodge and a 1924 Maxwell, both $16,000 cars that were ready to tour and which would introduce people to the Nickel Era. I sold a nice little Mustang coupe for about $13,000 not too long ago to a young woman who wanted to enjoy the same car her mother had. I sold a Beetle convertible to a young family who just always wanted one. So it's with that in mind that I grabbed this handsome 1940 Pontiac sedan, hoping that some younger person with somewhat limited means would want a taste of the pre-war era. It appears that this handsome Pontiac enjoyed a frame-on restoration not too long ago, perhaps with in the last 10 or 12 years. The color is called Parma Wine, which, despite the awful name, is a correct 1940 Pontiac color (it appears that this car was originally code 80, Black). It's nicely finished and the paint is in decent shape with only a few micro-scratches from being washed and polished over the years, and there's some checking on the deck lid which is probably a prep issue--it's limited to that area alone. Otherwise it looks pretty good and will show well at local events. Most of the chrome is nice, with some being restored and some original but it all looks right and doesn't stand out. I'm not expert enough to know if the interior matches code 92, but the striped cloth looks period-appropriate and is in great shape. Carpets, door panels, and headliner are nice too. Gauges have likely been restored but the clock and radio are not working. The trunk is incorrectly upholstered with black carpets, but it looks trim and has a matching spare and a jack stowed in the tool tray. The 223 cubic inch inline-6 is one of those little engines that punches way above its weight class and the Pontiac zips around town pretty nicely and I've had it on the highway at about 55 MPH without any stress. It shifts well, brakes are good, and while I don't think the body has been off the frame you can see that the floors are in excellent condition--this has never been a rusty car. There's some grunge, but it's pretty darned clean. Those Goodyear wide whites dress it up and I like the design of the tread, making this Poncho look pretty upscale. Price is $14,900 and for that you get a lot of car that's ready to drive and show at casual events. It drives very well, it has no issues that will stop you from having fun, and it's unusual enough that you can stand out among all the Mavericks and '70s Novas that are in its price class. Get in and start having fun!
  2. 5 points
    This is what the hobby is all about. Finding a car that’s affordable, enjoying how it operates, learning some things about maintaining it and membership in a community of like minded people who are anxious to share your enthusiasm.
  3. 5 points
    A handsome car and as a semi young person, (just turned 32 this last week) with a prewar car, I think what you're doing is great! I meet plenty of people around my age who would love to get into the hobby, but are put off by all of the costs that get thrown around between costs of the car, potential repairs, paint and body work, and where something like this. where the cost to buy something like is in the low-mid teens, they can get in and drive it, tinker here and there and make repairs while being able to enjoy it, would seem a lot closer in reach than the high dollar cars what they may have seen on one of the televised auctions.
  4. 4 points
    This is the potential of the 48D with a 3 on the tree you are considering. Mine is a 3 speed. It always gets a long look at the 3 pedals when at shows. The 264 is very strong. The 3 speed is a bit delicate. I keep a second on hand(thanks Lamar) . Always considering a 3rd transmission because I would like another if I can get one for a great price. Rebuild it from top to bottom. The clutch parts are easy to be had. And not to toot my own horn, this picture on this day she took "People's Choice" award. Not to bad for a show that had 444+ cars attending. That 54 48D you have there...will be an awesome project.
  5. 4 points
    This was the only way I got the one off the parts car this Spring...looks terrible, but it worked! On the outside, I used the same strap wrench buick man posted. In the past, others were easier to hold on the inside, but this one was extra crusty. I have used the chisel trick before, too.
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    @Ethan The "dimmer" switch on the floor is for switching the headlights from hi bright status to normal status. The instrument panel lights are controlled by a rheostat that is built into the light switch, where you twist the headlight knob to make them brighter or lower.
  7. 3 points
    A button on the front seat back of my 72 Cutlass "S" fell off and I couldn't find it. I contacted Legendary Interiors and I couldn't say enough positive about them. They were great! They sent me a packet with two buttons that matched exactly with those on my seats and charged me nothing. Elated, I proceeded to my local upholstery shop to have it put on. I trusted the owner because he had installed a headliner on my wife's car as well as my Dad's. I was certain that he would treat my baby with the care it deserved. Boy was I wrong. When I came to pick up my Olds, the job was terrible! The button he installed was pushed in so far that it produced a visible dent on the seat back surrounded by wrinkles. When I complained, he told me that my car had so many flaws that he could pick it to pieces if he wanted to. My car is a repeat Senior Grand National Winner for God's sake, I mused, but he kept on! Next I was told to never come back and to get off his property immediately! I was in shock! He made absolutely no attempt to make it right and now I'm told to never come back? Fortunately this story has a happy ending. I heard about another local shop that was so far off the beaten path that I wouldn't have known it was there at all if not for word of mouth. The proprietor was courteous and after viewing the job, berated the previous installer for the job he did, and assured me that he would do it right. Two days later I dropped the car off at 7:30 am and it was done by noon! "Perfect" You couldn't even tell that button from the rest! Us car guys deserve to be treated with more courtesy than being told to get off the property and not to come back!
  8. 3 points
    At the risk of ruffling some feathers I feel compelled to chime in my 2 cents on the buying/selling topic. The buyers are still there, they come every year from all over the US and the world and they are there to buy. I think the key, at least for me is selling at a fair price. I see far too many vendors out there asking 2X or more what the market will pay. Buyers know what they want, what things are worth and what they are willing to pay. If I have an item that has a median value of $100, I'll tag it at $120, that lets the buyer dicker me down to $100 and we both part ways happy. If the buyer sees the same part marked at $200 he's going to drop it like it's burning his fingers. If that happens more than a few times I know I've got it marked too high. If other vendors feel the need to price high to maximize their profits that's fine with me, it sends more traffic over to my spaces and ends up backfiring on them. I have a friend that does this very thing and he carries the same overpriced stuff from swap meet to swap meet with its sun faded tags all the while complaining of low sales. Not my idea of a successful swap meet.
  9. 3 points
    This is exactly the type of guy you want to buy from. What with that bad transmission the car should be had for a song and dance! And can probably be fixed for $8.00. lol...
  10. 3 points
    Ted, I agree with Gary W about the quality and detail that you painstakingly put into the '32. This will be my 48th. year attending Hershey, and I have seen some magnificently restored cars over the years, and I believe that your Oldsmobile is up there with the best of them. Thanks. John
  11. 3 points
    Well, don't know/care about the data plate, but regarding cleaning up the engine compartment & undercarriage : By the time I would have a couple years ownership, cleanup would be a major undertaking. This would be a comfortable beauty to drive slowly savoring the beautiful scenery all over the USA and Canada. Dad had a '39 Pont',after the first car I knew him to own, a '33 Bu'. Dad raced flatland steam passenger trains (and lost - I kinda think if mom had been at the wheel it would have been the train on the losing end), in Eastern Wisconsin in the '39. Then he bought a brand new '50 Willys Jeep station wagon. My parents gave me a passion for their passion (long distance, long duration car cruising) and I out did them in my time. Dad took his last cruise a 1/4 century ago. It would be great conjuring up his spirit behind the wheel of this '40. It is probably close enough to get the feeling of his '39. From my standpoint, this one would be the most roadworthy fun for the money. Sigh ! Too many miles, too little time. - Cadillac Carl
  12. 2 points
    Thank you, John & Harriet Cole. John, for taking care of this Miata for so long, and Harriet for allowing me to be the next caretaker. Maintenance records back to February 16, 1991, sold in Springfield, MO, with 158 miles showing. For the first 60,000 miles or so, it's just periodic maintenance. After that, there started to be more things needing upkeep, including, right towards the end, another timing belt & complete transmission replacement. The neighbor who was helping with the sale said that John had bought this at retirement as his hobby car. So it wasn't ever driven very much, as 3700 miles/year for 29 years shows. John knew exactly what he wanted, and he kept it that way. This is the BASE model. No power steering. No power windows. No cruise control. No alloy wheels. No ABS. No radio, speakers, or antenna. No leather-wrapped steering wheel. Defined as much by what it doesn't have as by what it does. Here are the photos when I looked it over & made a short drive this past Saturday. 107k miles and 29 years on that engine. Ok, so it's not one of the multiple sub-30k mile first-generation Miatas that you can see on the Miata-specific forums. Not sure where those are hiding anyway (hiding way out of my price range, for sure). I'd been looking at NA (first-gen) Miatas for a couple of months now on the c-list. I could spot the good ones - reasonable prices, and 50-100k miles. They'd appear and be sold the same day. With a full-time job, I just couldn't ever get to any of these - and I was looking out at a 500-mile radius. They do show up fairly regularly - once or twice a month. Then there's the next tier - 100-150k examples, nearly all with some modifications. Last week I had the idea to see if there's a website for a local Miata club. And there it was, an ad placed just the week before. But with key descriptions like "new transmission 2019", "new air conditioning compressor 2017" and "like new, always garaged & babied", and a very reasonable price, I thought for sure it would be gone. The local Miata club members must already have their cars. I left a message with the seller, and made sure I got out there within a couple of hours of him calling me back. Anyway, I didn't want to post anything until the money was exchanged, open title in hand, and car in my garage. Ok, not the usual AACA restoration story, and I'm sure there's more to do here than it would at first appear. But hopefully it's not nearly as much as I've done on my 1950's-vintage cars. There was a Miata advertising campaign recently, something to the effect of "when you were you" that featured memories of bad things that you did to that first-generation Miata, and reminding you that it's time in your life (30 years on) for another one. Made me think of the two Miatas I've had before this one. I'd bought my first one in 1996, a 1993 lease return, and it was my daily driver for about 3 years. I had some epic adventures with that one - 2000+mile road trips with the destination being the Tail of the Dragon at Deal's Gap. I'd never been there before, and what little was on the internet back then made it out to be one of the ultimate places for a car like this. It was. I also have a photo of it at the Southernmost Point on Key West at about 6am, when I could pull right up next to that marker and get a picture with nobody else in the shot. And the bad things - at one point I installed a used Sebring supercharger kit which overpowered the brakes, clutch, and fuel injectors, and proceeded to drive it right into dropping a couple of valves. Pulled the head in the apartment complex parking lot, bummed rides to work for a few days, and sold that supercharger on to the next kid. A couple more years without one, then I found a Black & Tan '94 via eBay. I was living in Connecticut then, and realized that a car like that is great in the summer, if you can afford for it not to be the daily driver. Which I could at that time. I drove that one all up route 7 - all over the state, actually, and up into Vermont & New Hampshire. It made the move with me out to Tucson in 2005, but I sold it not long after because I got into another project in the garage that needed the space. I only put a couple thousand miles on that one, replaced the coilover shocks & timing belt, and replaced more cosmetic interior parts than I thought I would. 14 years farther on, and here I am with the earliest Miata I've ever had. When I told my wife it was a blue one, she wasn't very keen on it. She'd seen too many that have faded to "light" blue. But this one makes the cut.
  13. 2 points
    So I have decided that I am going to acid etch the proper markings back onto the factory 1927 fuel gauge! The original markings came right off when I was working to get all the grunge and caked on varnished fuel off the gauge. A friend of mine made me some mask and tonight I decided I’d play with it a bit, yes I know the centers of both “4” are off but it was just a bit of playing with positioning before I do the actual mask and etch this weekend! Ive seen some folks use fuel liners and make stencils for the markings and they have come out great and while I will be using KBS coatings to protect the entire underside of the gauge as well as all metal parts, this is the same “KBS Coatings ahold Standard Gas Tank Liner” that I used on the new fuel tank we built, I decided to go a little different route and acid etch the markings on the face. I know there is no going back once I start with the acid etch but I plan on practicing on some scrap metal first before touching the gauge. I just wanted to share my idea and plan on doing a little video and write up on the process as it might assist others with their fuel gauge markings..... I hope everyone enjoys..... William-
  14. 2 points
    New show came out today, about 22 mins long... a collector that has a 1917 Model T, '31 Chevy, '60 300F, Super Charged Franklin, 1911 McFarlan and a 1912 Kissel Kar just to name a few.... great video. At the end, they take the Kissel out for a ride. Steve
  15. 2 points
    You either want to sell something or you don't.
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  17. 2 points
    It may be worth more in parts. But then there is the dismantling. Advertising. Packaging item. You get the picture. It also may be a good pass time with putting it back together. Ultimately one needs to consider what the end game will be. Looks like a good candidate for restoring. No doubt the cost to do so outweighs what it could sell for. But, sometimes it is the satisfaction of making it all come together and seeing it run and drive. But I'll admit, I have a soft spot for the Specials!
  18. 2 points
    As for the hoarding thing. This guy spent his whole life and lots of money on this collection and seems to have a lot of history on all of it that we saw. His enjoyment is being able to know that he has it and can talk about it. However, with how many storage units that we didn't see and HUGE piles of stuff EVERYWERE (obviously not touched in decades) it is mostly going to waste. I suspect that there is a lot of stuff he has completely forgot about. I suggest that it is time for him to figure out his future. And I thought I was leaving my family a mess.
  19. 2 points
    Bingo. People want to replace rather than repair. Some guy buys a car off Craigslist that has been sitting in a garage for 15 years covered in boxes and he wonders why it won't stop on a dime. So he condemns the braking system and the engineering behind it without ever learning how or how well it works and decides to replace it all with disc brakes. Here's an alternative: new master cylinder, 3 new brake hoses, 4 new wheel cylinders, 2 sets of brake shoes, 4 drums turned, 1 quart of DOT3. $225 and a Saturday afternoon, and all of a sudden you've got pretty good brakes and a lot better understanding of how the car was designed.
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    My dad bought a new "C" body 1940 Pontiac 8 coupe ( same body as the Buick coupe I posted above ) with factory WW. During the war he needed tires and they only had black. After the war he went back to WW. I thought the car looked better with the black wall tires.
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    Paul, This is another one of the many differences between 66-67. 66 had the signal switch mounted low on column under dash activated by a linkage rod. 67 went to the integrated signal switch assembly located behind steering wheel. Gabriel I do not have that switch. Unfortunately I failed to remove one from a 66 parts car I scrapped a few years ago that had cornering lamps.
  24. 2 points
    Before the "Star Wars," it was just called an air cleaner, hehehe. Maybe dual snorkel or ram air cleaner?
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  26. 2 points
    Yea I suspected that wasn’t the original Buick engine green and was seeing the different colors you mention. No real way to tell if it is the original to your car. Next best thing would be to just check the serial number to see ii it matches the series. Yours should end with a 6 it being a Century. Still though, try and pay attention to what got painted at the factory and document with pics so you can replicate.
  27. 2 points
    Shame to hear you had a bad experience with an upholstery guy, like any trade there are great, satisfactory, and stay away from. I did the seats in a 1960 Cadillac convertible 20 years ago for a friend, biscuit gifted leather. Job came out well, when done I handed my friend a baggies with 6 extra buttons made with the leather. What are these for, he asked, and I told him to just put in his desk drawer and forget about them. A few years ago he calls, his belt had caught a button, tearing off the cap. Still have the extras in your desk drawer? I do! He exclaimed. 20 minute job of partial disassembly and he was all set, smiling all the way.....
  28. 2 points
    In many cases, whitewalls signal to me..........over restoration. why I always like blackwalls. like a beautiful woman- if she is beautiful, why does she need a ton of make up?
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    Ethan, Ethan! Do not question us old folks. I had probably driven as many miles as you have by the time that '57 came out. As Frank said, turn the lights on and stomp the dimmer switch. It is sticking through the floor about an inch and a half. It is about an inch , maybe a little less, in diameter. Look for it, you will find it. Ben
  31. 2 points
    This is what we are all talking about. ALL headlamp power goes through the dimmer switch. No dimmer switch working, then NO headlamps. Step on the switch hard many many times and see if it recovers temporarily. Also see if the wires corroded off of it, as happens in salty areas. BTW, that should be High beam status to Low beam status. No shop manual refers to normal status.😁
  32. 2 points
    If the car was restored in the 1980s then you must put on wide whites. Otherwise, use blackwalls, it will look better and 80% of the time it is more correct.
  33. 2 points
    1993 GMC S15 Sonoma, which uses the same 5 x 4.75" bolt pattern as all GM midsize vehicles.
  34. 2 points
    What tires are you going to kick?
  35. 2 points
    Hi Ed, A picture to show it DID happen.
  36. 2 points
    Wow! That is so cool. It’s like an abstract version in linen. It deserves some special treatment- maybe framed and placed in a well-lit spot. Or, place it on a banner and hang it from the ceiling. She’s very talented! thanks for sharing! -Joel
  37. 2 points
    IMO it is not really a profitable parts car. How many people have a stick shift one and need the parts? I do not have a good handle on the market but I would think if it is purchased it has to be brought back to a minimum standard of running, moving, and stopping. If I was in the market, myself, I would offer no more than $1,000. I might adjust that within a + $500 range, if I knew the guy and wanted to help him out. Again, just my opinion.
  38. 2 points
    To make a backing plate for a chuck you need something to gauge the threads with. When you are doing it for a lathe with a threaded spindle you obviously can't use the actual spindle because it's on the lathe and the part you are threading is attached to it. Making one for the dividing head is much the same so yesterday I started on the dummy spindle. I didn't have the material I wanted to use (12L14) so I took a chance and use a piece of mystery metal I had. Most of the time that works out but this time it didn't. I got to this point... and discovered that it threaded very poorly. To match the dividing head I have to cut a 1-3/4-5 thread - an unusual size to say the least. My lathe can do it but it requires changing one of the drive gears and cutting a thread this course turns up a lot of burrs. In this case, the threading tool actually stuck in one of the threads, it turned slightly on the mandrel and screwed up (pun intended) the result. So, I broke down and ordered the right stuff - it should be here by the end of the week or maybe Monday. In the meantime I found a chuck backing plate I think I can use in my box of miscellaneous machine parts I've saved over the years. It's too large in every dimension, including the hole in the center so to fix that I will press in a big steel bushing to bore and thread. Luv2wrench will like this because it is exactly the same technique I used to fix the bull gear on his lathe - which is also why I know it works. I'm boring it out to 2.125 which will allow plenty of room for the smaller thread I have to cut. I did get a good finish on the inside but you bore cast iron in back gears meaning that the lathe is running extremely slowly. It actually takes 20 minutes to make a single pass although you can take deeper cuts than you would with any other material. I've one more pass to make and I can put it aside.
  39. 2 points
    @Kosage Chavis FWIW I would recommend that this piece of linkage be revisited: That rod should be reinserted into that fitting on the carb, back to the depth of it's original point of adjustment. Then the nut holding the piece to the carb can be removed to disassemble the entire rod in one unit from the carb. I recommend that because upon reassembly you may find this to be the optimum adjustment for your particular car. This adjustment not only impacts the carburetor action but also the switch pitch action in the transmission torque converter. The least that relationship is disturbed, the easier reassembly and adjustment will be at the appropriate time in the future.
  40. 1 point
    1938 Packard 1600 Touring Sedan Body Style – 1184 245 CI 100 HP 6 Cyl Fantastic Survivor Great Tour Car Words from the person I bought it from. I am the 3rd owner of this Genuine Survivor Packard and acquired it in 1995. This 1938 Packard 1600 has 44,000 original miles and we believe that this car has been garaged throughout its life. The exterior, motor and drivetrain are all in original condition. The interior was professionally re-done in grey wool to match the original interior back in 1996 and the electrical system was professionally converted to 12-volt in 2008, a very nice feature. The original parts from the electrical conversion have been saved and accompany the car. Seat belts were added in 1996 as well. The bumpers were also re-chromed in 2008. All gauges, lights and controls are in working order with the exception of the clock on the face of the glove box and the ammeter. The Test Drive: This car starts easily, runs very smooth, shifts perfectly, stops as it should and is simply a joy to drive. All gauges, with the exception of the ammeter, are working correctly. All lights including added directionals work perfectly. It has a working heater and defroster which is a very nice option for the cooler weather. It is ready for use upon receipt. A list of service items since 1995 is included. Cosmetically, it wears its original paint, all glass is original 1938 and all rubber is original 1938. All chrome, with the exception of the bumpers, is original. Interior was refreshed and is a pleasant place to reside. I used this car during the fall, winter and spring months…with a working heater, is a pleasure! History: The car was originally purchased by the Pastor at St. Anne’s Parish in Fall River, MA. We originally thought this was the late Father James F. Lyons, but Father Lyons was not ordained until 1943, so the car must have been ordered by Father Lyons’ predecessor. Directional lights were added at some time before the mid-sixties and work perfectly. In the mid-sixties, the Church wanted to renovate the Rectory and asked Dick Welshman to plumb the bathrooms with high-end fixtures. When the Parish got the invoice for the bathroom fixtures, they asked Dick if he would take the Packard in barter exchange. Dick and his wife Lenora drove the car infrequently and maintained it as required. You can still see an original Texaco maintenance sticker in the door frame dating to May 26, 1972 when the car had 30,000 miles. Dick had a fancy for restoring cars, and became most fond of Corvettes. He started to accumulate Corvettes and would do frame-up restorations of them. He decided in 1995 that he did not have the time nor space for the Packard and offered it for sale. When I heard about the opportunity to own a piece of pre-war American history, I decided to purchase it. Our kids were pretty young at the time, and we would take the car out on Sundays for ice cream and scenic rides. With the demands of work and keeping up with family and projects around the house, I have been able to drive it mostly on weekends. Each winter, the car is put into storage, as I have never driven the car in the winter since owning it. In the twenty-three years that I have owned the car, we have only driven the car about 12,500 miles. Now that our kids are off to college, and our professional careers are increasing in demands of our time, we’ve decided that it would be best to pass the car on to a new owner who can appreciate this magnificent piece of Americana. Asking $19,500 and its located in Smithfield, RI More pictures and details at the link. Please take note of the seldom seen 1938 Packard Firewall decal intact. http://www.tomlaferriere.com/listings/1938-packard-1600-touring-sedan
  41. 1 point
    Calling all 1919 Buick owners...if you are going to be at the AACA Fall Meet in Hershey PA on Saturday October 12, 2019 for the show, stop by Class 16 at 1:00 PM and have a champagne toast to the 1919 Buick! It would be great to meet other vintage Buick owners from all over the world! Hope to see you there!
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    Before eBay people would save their "good stuff" for Hershey, today most of the stuff that shows up is the heavy bulky stuff that is unaffordable to ship. Anyone need a set of Model T Ford wheels & tires? Bob
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    They look fantastic. I'll be at the front of the line for the '64s. Thanks Bob.
  45. 1 point
    I applaud you for standing behind the car and bringing it back to Ohio and fixing it for free. Most dealers wouldn't do that but you're obviously a class act and that's great. Let us know what is wrong with the car after you fix it....
  46. 1 point
    Very interesting. I'm hoping he's kept some of those cylinders lubed over the years. At least he has one running car (and a very nice one at that.) I told my wife that my old car stuff was very organized compared to this guy...a pretty scary thought. Thanks for posting.
  47. 1 point
    As always when I have a car to sell I find a bunch of cars on my bucket list at great prices. Now the car is sold and i have some cash but this isn't on the bucket list. I hate to pass on something this nice, but if i buy it I know i will find the exact car I'm looking for and be exactly 9500 short. As I said if it was closer and I could pay it a visit , it probably would have charmed me enough to drag it home and deal with it. Fortunately it's over 1000 miles away and Hershey is next week.
  48. 1 point
    Damn, now I have learned two things in the same day, almost a record for me this century. Thanks trini and padgett.
  49. 1 point
    Forgot to mention she is just about fully assembled finally. There are just two chrome fender spears to go on after the pinstripes which are being done Saturday morning at nine. It’s getting its final cleanup and detailing tomorrow by Gilly and his brother then they will be officially done and signed off on it.
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