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  1. PII Henley roadster parked on a street in Cambridge..c. 1949
    7 points
  2. Back at it with a full tank of gas... LH quarter is finished, and RH quarter has been removed to start trimming the new quarter in. I decided to leave the door jamb portion of this quarter panel alone with the factory jamb, instead of using the whole replacement quarter. The factory seams and panel gaps are perfect on this side, and the aftermarket quarter -to-door gap is not as clean. Driver side worked out pretty well, but I will have to work the door edge a touch to make it right. I have one more full day off work to get this quarter panel hung, then it's off to MCACN Friday morning. Back on Monday, but likely will not do anything in the garage.
    7 points
  3. Front frame assembled. I replaced the sill and front rib. I need to test fit the replacement riser in the back fender and then I can secure it on the sill. I'll probably have to assemble the whole side on the supporting rail to verify that the front and rear meet correctly.
    6 points
  4. No real updates on the Merc. Ran it this past weekend and is still running good. Still busy with the business. Usually it lets up this time of year, but it's still going strong. I did manage to make a few signs for the shop to dress up the walls some. I make them out of 18g steel and give them the weathered patina look. Also we're still considering the house on the property we looked at. Been out there several times and checking things out and making sure it's going to work for us.
    5 points
  5. I see the huge fleet of small sized Gov't vehicles for the health care workers , building inspectors etc, at the county building and you are right. None of them are plugged in. Of course I can only imagine what each charging station would cost when the Gov't is involved with having it installed.
    3 points
  6. With work starting to wind done for the season, will be fitting time in with the Limited soon. The honey do list will be in play regarding the house so will definitely need to escape out to "the cave" for some quality time! 😉 What I noticed this morning and want to say is THANK YOU to those of you following along and to those that pop in on my thread! Hitting 80,000 views really popped out at me and have to say WOW, didn't think me and the Buick's were that interesting... It's been fun for me posting, sharing, gaining advise when questioning issues and finding encouragement from you to keep at the cars so far. I plan on making the most of this experience as I'm turning a bench marque this new year. Officially becoming a "senior citizen" this January, it will be the last chapter of a life well lived so far and God willing, hope to have and make it the best chapter yet!
    3 points
  7. It took 9 years and quite a bit of money, but to be able to keep the car in our family so my kids can enjoy riding in it like I did when I was a kid, is priceless.
    3 points
  8. My Grandfather purchased our 27-58 in 1962 and it has been in our family ever since. It was in need of a full restoration when it was passed down to me, so my father and I recently had it restored.
    3 points
  9. These were my original sill covers. 8 years ago found a guy in the states who made reproduction ones complete with original etching pattern. I love looking at these.....
    3 points
  10. A friend once took me for a ride in his Golden Hawk on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. While now that road is two adjacent bridges, 24 miles each in length, and each only two(2) lanes wide with no shoulders. at that time it was simply a single 24 mile bridge with one lane in each direction and only a white stripe to separate the opposing lanes of traffic. While the then speed limit may have been 50, or maybe even 60 mph, he wound up the supercharger on that Golden Hawk, quickly exceeding 120 mph and seemingly well beyond. We soon caught up to traffic in both ours, and the oncoming lane, and thankfully slowed to a safer speed. I'm certainly accustomed to high speeds, but considering the relative road conditions, oncoming traffic, and only low guard rails separating us from the lake, the experience was both thrilling and frightening at the same time. I surely covet the Hawks, be they Gold, Silver, or Power Hawk Studebakers, all of which made my old Starlight Coupe seem a Granny-Wagon.
    3 points
  11. With the new flat head bolts in place I set the crankcase up on the mill. You can see how far it hangs over the front and the need for the plates to support it. I indicated the squared end of the torsion plate. It was out .003 in 6" so I left it alone. I also double checked the spindle though this is just my paranoia acting up. I am plunge milling the holes. For this I had to have a special end mill reground since the diameter needed is not a standard end mill size. It worked quite well. Then I clamped the cap on taking care not to move anything. Center drilled it and then drilled it 1/4" for the attaching screws. Then I took the cap off, threaded the hole and put the first insert in with a drop of Locktite on the threads. From this point forward when I drilled the 1/4" holes I made sure to put cap screws in the finished holes. The third hole was a pain in the neck due to the Mitchell companies very liberal idea of what precision means. This hole had a screw broken off in it which, fortunately, was so oxidized in place it didn't move when I drilled it out. I didn't get the entire piece out because the original holes must have been drilled freehand... It came out all right though... Believe it or not, this took just about all day with 4 or 5 operations that had to be repeated each time but now there are 4 holes in the crankcase and they line up with the new cap.
    3 points
  12. *SOLD* Big, handsome Cadillac 60 Special by Fleetwood. Repainted maybe 10-12 years ago, new correct code 67 green cloth and leather interior two years ago. Exterior color changed from code 30 Acadian Green to code 12 Alpine white and nicely done with no trace of green in or on car. Rebuilt engine and transmission, new exhaust system, rebuilt suspension, and more. Factory A/C completely rebuilt but never charged because it's still set up for R12. I'm not going to fix it because it'll just break again (because that's what old car A/C systems do best) and then I'll have to pay someone else to fix it because there will be whining and complaining. I'd rather just skip to that part and save the time and money I'd spend doing it here. Everything works except the clock and the aforementioned A/C. Drives very well, good power, smooth and composed on the road. Very quiet and capable. Exhaust doesn't go through the bumper for obvious reasons. Chrome was probably restored when it was painted and remains quite good, although there's some discoloration on the rear bumper that looks like something splashed on it. Cast aluminum panels on the lower bodywork and on the tail are extremely nice with no pitting or deterioration--those have to be outrageously expensive to restore. Clean undercarriage with no rot or patches but not detailed for show. Tires are older and modern radials with the proper-size whitewalls would look spectacular. Owner's manual and shop manual included. A top-of-the-line Cadillac that's ready to enjoy. Asking price is $34,900. Thanks for looking.
    2 points
  13. Came across this photo of my 1957 Chevy 1/2 ton stepside pickup hauling a friend's Model T Ford frame, body and fenders.... ahhh, the good, old days....
    2 points
  14. There weren't many classics around East Tennessee in the 1950's, but here is a Rolls Royce in Chattanooga's 4th of July parade in 1957. Don
    2 points
  15. People who don't like electric cars are going to believe the half-truths and find reasons why they're stupid--they will never measure up so it's pointless to discuss. Other people who think electric cars are OK will overlook their shortcomings and be optimistic that they will be cured eventually. Whether their faith is misplaced remains to be seen. I personally don't understand hating electric cars, but that's as it was and as it always shall be, just as it is with many things.
    2 points
  16. That's not really the point. The car has always represented freedom of unfettered travel (unless you bought a Yugo). I've discussed on here before that the current batteries used depreciate by an alarming amount over a relatively short period of time... It can be summed up by saying an electric car by comparison has a 3 or 4 gallon gas tank when new, it takes 8 hours to fill, and it shrinks by 10-20% each year. I can't buy a new car every year and generally keep a vehicle a number of years. So I don't want to wind up down the road in 5 years with a vehicle with less than a hundred mile range. In 7-10 years the "fuel tank" needs to be replaced at a cost of around 8-12,000 dollars. I calculated it once, it would take like a week and a half to drive a new EV non-stop from Detroit to California. Still sound appealing? Not for me it doesn't. I have no issue with the electric car, I have issue when someone implies, they drive one and so I should be driving one too. You drive what you want and I'll drive what I want. And that is the exact attitude that will kill the electric car again(that and when the subsidies are removed), I'd safely guess that 90% of the country wouldn't have one if you gave it to them. A whole lot of folks have issue that the Government is subsidizing this slow moving train-wreck waiting to happen though, let the free markets work, it's the only thing that works. -Ron
    2 points
  17. Great cars, and I like the sport coupe look, a little bit of elegance. Market prefers 5 window standard coupes I suspect as both rodders and restorers tend to go gor them more. As Terry says, its a driver. Hope your friend is speculating and did not pay that for it.. 🙂
    2 points
  18. GM knows styling. Case in point is the Dustbuster minivan.
    2 points
  19. Parked at the entrance to a vineyard near me....
    2 points
  20. You might just have to visit me in person. THEN we can go tasting....
    2 points
  21. Car has eyeball but is a $10 - 12k car assuming it needs nothing but gas and happy riders.
    2 points
  22. Not to mention that you've made it to page "58" of the thread!
    2 points
  23. Has anyone ever seen any "government" people in electrics? Bob
    2 points
  24. Is it cast iron? Might be part of a stove?
    2 points
  25. Doesn’t look like they have an age limit so maybe there is still a chance for us Ben. But maybe we should take your fitty and I’ll copilot 🤣
    2 points
  26. Sure looks European to me, not all that old. Bob
    2 points
  27. Have you got to the point that you have a good idea about the wood filler/epoxy? Your work looks good! Al
    2 points
  28. Lord, thank you for allowing me to live in Texas! Ben
    2 points
  29. While in Germany in 1955 a US service man needed a part for a ‘old’ Mecerdes Benz that he was driving. The wrecking yard owner had a beautiful 1940 Mercedes convertible that he would not sell, but he directed the airman to a ‘large touring car’ that was for sale in Austria. Turns out it was a 1929 Horch. He bought it and began driving it back to his home near the air base, but he was stopped by the German Highway Patrol and was told that it was illegal to drive a car with a swastika on the license plate. However it seemed to be legal to tow a car with a swastika plate, so with his wife assisting, it was towed behind his Jeep station wagon. Sadly he said that he didn’t own it long, it broke down with engine problems and he eventually sold it to a wrecking yard. The car was gone but he did save the title.
    2 points
  30. IF and when the electric car starts seeing significant usage and demand increases exponentially for all the required megawatts of power, the price for electricity will increase accordingly. Right now the electric car is just a fad, if it were to become a serious player in the transportation market, the powers that be are going to get their pound of flesh one way or the other. They don't leave money on the table. Which also means your residential and commercial rates will rise accordingly. That "Zero emissions" license plate on that one clearly displays the naivety. Someone needs to show these folks the emissions of a coal burning power plant, which comprises 30% of power plants in the US. Natural gas emits about half the amount of carbon per megawatt. U.S. electricity generation by source, amount, and share of total in 20181 Energy source Billion kWh Share of total Total - all sources 4,171 Fossil fuels (total) 2,653 63.6% Natural gas 1,469 35.2% Coal 1,146 27.5% Petroleum (total) 25 0.6% Petroleum liquids 16 0.4% Petroleum coke 9 0.2% Other gases 13 0.3% Nuclear 807 19.4% Renewables (total) 703 16.9% Hydropower 293 7.0% Wind 273 6.5% Biomass (total) 58 1.4% Wood 41 1.0% Landfill gas 11 0.3% Municipal solid waste (biogenic) 7 0.2% Other biomass waste -1 <0.1% Solar (total) 64 1.5% Photovoltaic 60 1.4% Solar thermal 4 0.1% Geothermal 16 0.4% Pumped storage hydropower3 -6 -0.1% -Ron
    2 points
  31. Lmao. Thats true. I wasn't reading the title. I was just stuck on the "264"in the 1st post.
    2 points
  32. In this photo one has to ask a very important question.............what has better paint......the shabby old car, or his artwork?
    2 points
  33. I continued hacking the old quarter panel off enough to start fitting the new one this evening. I'm at the point now where I can scribe the cut line on the new quarter inside along the edge of the old one. The new one is fitted where the door gap is about perfect. The body contours line up really well. To clarify about the top "indent" on the convertible quarter panels vs. hardtops, they both have that dip...just at a different angle back-to-front. The second photo posted shows that inside curve at the top of the new quarter, but rises too quickly and disappears into the C pillar...or what WAS the C pillar. My intent is to tease the new one to meet up with the old one. It may require some hammer/dolly work, but I think we will be in good shape.
    2 points
  34. I was VERY glad to get rid of that truck. It was the bane of my existence for a while.
    1 point
  35. I fit a disassembled 1926 T Touring car inside an F-350 Ford van all doors and windows were closed. Bob
    1 point
  36. Hard to see around, but easier to steer with.
    1 point
  37. Funny thing about Oregon becoming a wine destination. Its a huge business in my area. I read somewhere that Yamhill county used to supply a major percentage of the worlds Hazelnuts (Filberts). But now most of those orchards are in grapes and there are literally hundreds of wineries around here. It has made this a wine snob destination. We see many limos and busses doing wine tours here. There are signs all over the place advertising directions to the tasting rooms. We do still have a lot of nuts though.
    1 point
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  39. The Cadillac base model body was Fisher on the V8 models in the early 30s. A 1930 Cadillac V8 body tag I have that was misplaced for over 10 years. I bought a replacement for $100. US $ and then it reappeared from its hiding spot the next week.
    1 point
  40. I agree. Looks British or European to me. Is the backing leather as suggested? or aluminum plate like it looks to me? The "J" should identify the region?
    1 point
  41. That is the size of the spare that I have, I will PM you. What we need now is a photo of your car. A model 58 is pretty rare. From the underside photo I can tell that you have a nice one too. Hugh
    1 point
  42. will be easier to handle, repack the bearings with the drum out of the way. i'm changing the front inner and outer wheel bearings to the better tapered roller bearings i bought.
    1 point
  43. Then the battery holder (which I sandblasted, painted, ..., we can see it on the previous pages)
    1 point
  44. With contract work having come in I have not had time for the Buick's. Deadlines when self employed means doing what needs to be done whatever it takes and today was no exception. Having finished up this Sunday at 2:30 I decided, with the sun finally coming out, I would go and get the Special out to go for a ride. I drove her home and asked Cindy if she wanted to go for a ride? Sure was the answer and off we went. My work has been at a Cemetery where my In-laws are buried and with not having gone out at our Thanksgiving to honour them, decided it was time. We have never done this pilgrimage in the car before but with the Fall colours starting, felt it was "Special" for both of us. After having worked here for the past 5 days and contemplating the inevitable, we took time to discuss what is something we can not avoid. With the changing Fall colours it was actually the perfect time and setting for this conversation. On our way to the Main Mausoleum I had to stop to take this shot. Hope this does not offend anyone but we both found it so peaceful... Having paid our respects and given ourselves something to contemplate we set on out for a ride. Decided we would go out to one of our favourite places for an ice cream cone looking for more fall colour shots only to find it closed for the season. Not discouraged we headed on home to a pork loin dinner awaiting in the oven. Had to take this shot for a bit of colour at home before going back to her garage till later. Monday will be the start of another full week but have plans for next Saturday.
    1 point
  45. And I see that Mr Brass in Norwalk likes interior lights..here's one for ya...
    1 point
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