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  1. I guess I can post this here as I won this award because of the car. Tonight was the Scranton AACA installation banquet for officers and I was awarded The Roy Clark Award. Felt a frog in my throat. I feel so proud to have my name on this trophy among many others. Matt
    6 points
  2. Didnt really drive the car tonight. But, our Scranton AACA Region had our annual Installation banquet tonight. The Buick and I received the Roy Clark Memorial trophy. This award is for a club member who has restored a car and had it present on the show field at our yearly AACA event. Was a great time and had a great turnout for the event. Matt
    6 points
  3. Downtown Highlands NC Today in the Smokey Mountains. Colors are changing fast. Drove our 1960 Volkswagen on the backroads today.
    5 points
  4. Almendrón took best of class, post war till 1957 at the MIDFLORIDA 20th Anniversary Lake Mirror Concours at Lakeland, Fl. This past weekend. Due to tropical storm Nestor with heavy rains and nearby tornados the show was moved inside to a downtown parking garage adjacent to the lakefront venue. Still had a good time
    4 points
  5. Put about 160 on the '56 today, going to Staatsburg, NY for the annual gathering of old cars. The ride down was great! But it started raining around 1pm which caused a massive run for the exit gate. Since this site is South of the Dutchess County fair grounds in Rhinebeck, NY we had to drive past the Sheep and Wool Festival being held there. Before you laugh at the thought, I was told that the number of attendees yesterday was 45,000 people, which was bigger than the annual car show held on this site in May each year. Anyway, I guess the people there didn't care for the rain either and so, suddenly, it took almost one hour to travel about 11 miles. After a bite to eat I headed home and when I was about 10 miles away from home I heard what I can only describe as a groaning/ grinding from the car. A few sharp turns showed persistent noise while traveling straight, Increased noise when turning to the right, and significant reduction, almost elimination of the noise when turning to the left. I did not have time for any diagnostics tonight though. But it was very disappointing to think I have another issue with a front wheel bearing. Otherwise the car ran fantastic and it was a very nice event till the skies opened up.
    4 points
  6. Thank you, everyone. Your wisdom, generosity, and kindness have not gone unnoticed.
    3 points
  7. At age 75 I'm a little older then most, and was a little tardy regarding my computer searches for parts. In addition I don't have the patience to sell on Craig's List or Ebay. This is where I feel blessed, my significant other loves to buy and sell on EB. Plus she is a car gal to boot. She and I both feel that a car, or part, is worth saving if someone wants it. It really doesn't matter if it is a part is worth $15 or $500, she just loves the whole process. Mary is somewhat younger then I am, but sadly she is legally blind and can no longer drive. In spite of her condition she still loves the cars, all of which have a name, and are considered part of the family. Not too long ago I began to think about reducing the collection. I didn't want to burden her with my collection after I was gone. One day I just blurted out "Mary am I doing the wrong thing holding on to these cars, should I be getting rid of them?" Her very quick response was "no I have this big garage, I would have to put something in it." The beauty of her response was that I really already sensed what her answer would be. I often wonder how I got so lucky! Bill
    3 points
  8. I finally figured out how to get the rocker arm shafts out to inspect them and clean them up. The oil wick inside them seemed to be OK. I poured oil into the shafts and the wicks absorbed the oil just fine. After cleaning everything well I reinstalled them onto the engine and filled them with oil.
    3 points
  9. To finish up the "Plays With Buicks" posts... I decided to take time to clean up the seat today and afterwards put it in the garage with the Special rather than take it back out to the Roadmaster and gather the dust out there again. I started with washing a corner then using a leather cleaner/conditioner to see how it would come out. Kept at it and really lost track of time... For what it is, really pleased with the results. I looked on the shelf in the garage and saw the seat side panels from the Limited parts car sitting there so thought, why not make it completed. I cleared some space to put it inside and maybe looking at it now and then will keep me motivated to get at it sooner than later...
    3 points
  10. The blue and silver gray victoria brougham is a 1931 Franklin Airman series 153 and has a Derham body and was built for the New York Automobile Salon ( not auto show, salons were custom bodied cars only and you got to see them by invitation only) after the NY Salon the car went to Chicago for the Chicago salon ( transported by rail - freight train) and the chassis was an L8 designation, by the Franklin Company. That means it was sold as a chassis with no specific body designated . Cost in December of 1930 was $4,800.00 ! It was bought new by Billy Erdell of Allentown, Pa. who owned the car until he died in 1941. A very nice car to drive , really comfortable, Lots of travel in the front driver"s seat so if you are tall or shorter there is not problem to adjust it to what suits you. It will drive along very comfortably at 55 mph + all day long , up or down hill . I had the pleasure of being behind the wheel of it many times for many hours.
    3 points
  11. did you give it a little blue pill?
    3 points
  12. Enjoying one late drive in south western Ontario
    3 points
  13. I finally got to use the dividing head today although I had to stop and try to remember how to set it up. I've only used it 4 or 5 times. Drilling the 18 holes. I reamed these holes 1/4" which leaves no room for a little play. Then I did the 20 holes and threaded them. It goes together but it is a tiny bit tight. I think I should enlarge the 1/4" holes a tiny bit so I'm leaving the setup alone and looking for a .255 reamer. I may have one so I'll have to ransack the reamer drawer before I order one.
    3 points
  14. Combined two temp guages and replaced. @Kosage Chavis if you're rating tasks this one is difficulty level: *%+#!!&;:!#%&_;:!-!!!😡 Lol my body just doesn't contort like that. Original: Donor bought on eBay: Combined unit reinstalled: Testing before reinstall: Also reinstalled the power brake vacuum pump today. Thank goodness for my shop manual.
    3 points
  15. Still changing in the valley.
    3 points
  16. Just kidding. We were asked to pull this car out of the shipping container in which it has slumbered for the last 20-30 years. It was built in the 1960's by a fellow from Baltimore. Helped that he owned a sheet metal/machine shop. He also had a few properly restored cars back in the day, mostly Model A's and Chryslers. As these things go this one has better styling and execution than most. Cadillac engine, Skylark wheels. Our job is to make it road worthy again. Not sure what to call it, Resto-mod, hot rod, rat rod, tribute car? Anyone from the Baltimore area remember this thing ?
    2 points
  17. It isn't with a antique car, but it is a future collectible, my '16 AMG GTS Edition1. 1 of 350 made for the USA.
    2 points
  18. I have a dist machine and see this problem a lot. This along with the carb has a lot to do in what we call drivability. You will feel the difference. I have both of these machines for fine tuning.
    2 points
  19. It looks to me as if the speed was too high for the diameter. What is is made of? It looks like cast iron. Can you heat it and use an "easy out"? You have to be very careful with those because if you break it in the hole you are really in trouble but with fairly large holes like that it should work. I find they are worthless with small holes. You could also drill it out a little bigger...just enough to almost touch the minor diameter of the thread. At some point you'll reduce the stud to just what is in the threads... I'd try the easy out first but not using too much force if it doesn't move. A good trick for removing studs or broken screws is to use a left-handed drill...as it get hot if a chip catches it will unscrew all by itself.
    2 points
  20. One more from my last Sat’s photo session. My 1953 Chrysler.
    2 points
  21. We have had good luck sourcing otherwise unavailable pistons from Ross. They only do forged pistons so the cost will he high but better than no pistons at all.
    2 points
  22. Good work! It took me 20 plus years to cram my shop full of cars, parts and junk. You did it in only 2 years! Makes me feel like and amateur. Good work!?
    2 points
  23. Matt, It was great meeting you at Hershey abd being able to sit and talk with you and your wife for a bit. I always like to remember just a few things when these little things that seem so big happen to our old cars. A friend has a newer Dodge pickup. Diesel with the def system. He has had constant problems out of his truck. They have accused him of trying to run without the def fluid. Dealer has literally changed out every component at one time or another. Truck still under warranty. He will not even try to drive it to work 30 miles away because it is so undependable Neighbor called me to help him the other day. His new Volkswagen wouldnt start. A little bit of corrosion on the battery terminals literally caused the computer to not recognize the key fob in the car. It literally lost the key code. The dealer has his car still. They say shouldn't have happened, and are actually able to duplicate this at their shop after reprogramming the fob back to operate the car. My daughters Jetta has performed flawlessly all summer long. Last week she informed me, (since mornings are colder) that her car is stalling at stoplights. Starts right back up, but stalls. No codes, cannot find anything wrong or loose. Guess it needs to go back to the dealer also. If my 47’ decides one morning it doesnt want to start, or backfires or loses the air out of a tire. I will very happily fix it and be on my way, maybe later than expected, but sure that I will get where I am going and riding in style. Matt keep your head up. Your cara are beautiful and you do a great job!
    2 points
  24. Likely a U-Haul ad for how much will fit in that trailer
    2 points
  25. Hi Matt, Sorry to hear of your frustration with the 41. Just a couple of thoughts..First one must expect something will go amiss as even modern cars do and having driven several vintage cars coast to coast I have had my share. Part of the adventure to be expected and an opportunity to challenge my abilities. First rule is to carry a small quiver of tools starting with a spark plug wrench with which you can make fundamental diagnostic observations and do important tasks. An adjustable wrench vice grip and a couple of screwdrivers is all you really need. Along with some electrical tape and jumper cables. I have a cool old fiber board box in my giant trunk that lives there and also hold a large breaker bar and socket for easy wheel lug removal if needed. I have yet too need them but like all fine automobiles are to be carried along. Now here is how I would have approached your car that morning. Start as usual and when it resists ..Stop! something is not right so dont run the battery down. Next open the hood and smell. Pull the dipstick and smell. When a motor is just sort of catching but wont light up you have spark for sure but either not enough or too much fuel. That is when you pull a plug to see if its wet or dry. If its wet then pull all the plugs and spin the motor to dry out the chambers. If its dry move on to lack of fuel issues. You never ever run the battery down without first taking a few minutes for diagnostics. Also simply trying again after an hour works well if its flooded and you have no tools. I have experienced that same scenario where the motor wants to start but never builds rpm and dies. It may be be from heat after a long drive that builds up once parked and pressurizes the fuel bowls pushing gas up the overflow tubes into carbs I really dont know. Its only happened from a cold start. Both times I just walked away and came back later to it starting right up as usual. Being clever and conquering old car crankiness is one of the sweet memories that makes this old car thing worthwhile. Some time I will tell you about spinning a crank bearing in Rock Springs WY. in my loaded down and pulling a trailer 39 Dodge 1 ton pickup while heading to NY. FYI the Winds Engine rebuild in a can did not help. I mentioned to you that I had purchased a pair of 528S Carters the front carb for a 41/42 248 to replace the Strombergs. The results are a definite improvement with less surging faster starting crisper throttle and smoother idle and likely better mileage but I have not done a mileage test yet or a plug read of color. Exhaust burble is steadier with no hiccups. The Carters definitely meter the gas flow better the the Strombergs. Chokes work better too. A definite improvement. At 175$ each for NOS it was not a big expenditure. Didnt do a thing to them besides bolting them on and making up a couple of choke tubes. Do hope you dont dare let this stop you from roaming far from home no matter what Dad said!
    2 points
  26. Yup,... quite a bit of time in it...... even without seats. Paul
    2 points
  27. Speedometer as a tach. That's either second and high, or high and overdrive. I think the latter.
    2 points
  28. Arrived home without incident. Car started as usual this morning and battery was fully charged by the time we pulled out of the hotel parking lot. 4 hours on the highway at 65 MPH with one gas stop and zero issues. Still feel like I can't trust it but I guess I can't ask more of an 80 year old machine than it gave us today.
    2 points
  29. Talk about noise, take a ride in a B-25! I had the privilege of going up in the B-25, "Miss Barbie" and sadly the "9-0-9", B-17, the bomber that crashed two weeks ago. The B-25 was the loudest by far. Remember, these were war machines and like race cars, there was no effort to restrict power by muffling the exhaust. Interiors had zero insulation so the noise just reverberated throughout the interior.
    2 points
  30. I found a .257 so I think I'll use that. It occurred to me that the hole size isn't as critical as I'd originally thought since both shafts will have to align perfectly in any case.
    2 points
  31. Great. Another old Mopar that fits the bill here. I need the number of his exhaust guy. The hardware store is out of worm gear clamps and I think he has them all
    2 points
  32. Joe, Nice job! I really like following your informulable posts. Thank You! George
    2 points
  33. Dad flew on a PBY Catalina during Korea... as a young kid, I guess I didn't really appreciate air planes. It was years later at a local air show that a PBY flew over us, making the approach to the air port.... the hair on the back of my neck stood up ! What a sound that was ! Steve
    2 points
  34. I used to buy and flip on ebay. Now dont consider it worth my time, per what Greg just said. Ebay is all about buying and against sellers and yes, this has been said 1000 times before. but, I still buy on ebay, selectively. Now that they are collecting sales tax, my buying has really gone down. I ask myself no matter what- do I really need that? The answer is invariably NO. So now my credit card hardly gets used, my garages are getting cleaned out and my life is simplified. With about 20% of my life left- (just a guess) I now consider much more how I spend, waste my time daily. Dont need a hoard of parts and still need to sell a few more cars............. the higher costs of selling, shipping etc have helped define my existence and time spent on what matters.
    2 points
  35. The weather is 55-60 degrees here. Sunny, with zero humidity. The best place in the world for about 8 weeks. I've driven 25 miles in two days, which doesn't seem like much unless you know me.
    2 points
  36. Yesterday Michelle walked out to the mailbox to get the mail and said I had an envelope from the AACA. I came in for some lunch and looked at the envelope thinking it was paperwork to do with my first junior award. When I opened the envelope and started ready the letter I was really taken back. Below is the letter I received.
    2 points
  37. I would say Mass is in peak.
    2 points
  38. Went to an orchestra concert at Marywood University tonight. Was High School kids from all of the area and clear down by Philadelphia. My son played in one of the groups and my daughter is the President of the National Association for Music Educators in our region and was organizing the event. Drove the Buick. Had the top up and quarter windows. Wasn’t too awfully cold. Snapped this when got back in the garage.
    2 points
  39. 56zach, our Buy/Sale guidelines regarding price reads simply: Price -Strongly suggested. In other words, if you are lonely and are posting without a price just to get someone to email you with requests for information, low-ball offers, and angry demands for the price, then fine, skip the price. Otherwise put a real price on it and find a real buyer. You have at least 3 individuals interested in your item. It has been brought to my attention by one that your response to them was that you are "taking bids". I personally in a private message asked you to price your item to me. I can not allow our members to be pitted against each other in a bidding war. Please price your item within this thread or personal messages/emails. Otherwise, I would suggest you move on to an auction site such as eBay.
    2 points
  40. Hi, I am Looking for parts and / or any pictures and information about both the steering wheel throttle linkage assembly and the headlamp and cowl lamp switch assembly. any info or pictures that you may have would be greatly appreciated. Can the rotary light switch be refurbished? The pictures I have attached lack the detail I need to fabricate parts. Thank You Very Much!! Pete
    1 point
  41. Light pistons reduce load on the rods and bearings. When having custom pistons made, the possibility of a modern ring package also exists (inquire). Modern ring packages can result in less wear on the bores and less oil consumption as well. I am not advocating doing this to every car. I wouldn't do it if the bores were still good and the pistons still fit, but if the pistons need replacing anyway, the only downside is cost. It isn't just throwing money. It is throwing money where it might actually do some good.
    1 point
  42. Sorry John about your loss, but Mary had the opposite experience on eBay. She advertised, and sold a NOS dash for a late 60's, early 70's Chev/GMC pickup truck. The part had never been installed and included a factory tach. After receiving a favorable response from the buyer, he contacted her indicating damage to the tach, and tried passing off a somewhat frousty used dash for reference. She immediately contacted eBay, regarding the scam, and filed a counter claim. eBay took care of the scammer and Mary's spotless record remained intact. We never heard another word from either the buyer or from eBay. For us the process worked as intended. Bill
    1 point
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