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  1. Very pleased to have helped, Dennis. Your very accurately dimensioned sketch made it possible............Bob
    9 points
  2. I'd like to give a thumbs up to our forum member Bhigdog. While reading these forums, I've noticed that many members have varying skill levels and areas of expertise. I needed some help in machining a new bezel for my 13 Jackson. I PM'ed Bhigdog for some advice. He asked for some dimensions and sketches and about a week later he sent me the bezel. Fit like a glove. About a week later, a second bezel arrived so I could keep it assembled and send one to plating. How about that! Just like it's supposed to be. Thanks again, Dennis Long
    8 points
  3. Exactly what a good club is all about! Kudos to Bob.
    8 points
  4. I picked it up and drove home without needing any goggles.
    7 points
  5. An update on my Baby Buick. I just finished sanding and painting the undercarriage and installed a new fuel tank. Just got new vent and quarter window replacement glass, the doors will have to wait, hopefully I can get the glass installed by the weekend. Bob’s sent new master cylinder and wheel cylinders, along with the hood release cables and glove box. Now I guess I need to start bending some brake lines, fuel line, purchase some shoes and see which drums are salvageable. Oh and I have possibly found an engine. How difficult is it to mate an automatic transmission engine to a manual transmission? I hope to give you a pleasant update soon. I would have accomplished more, but I just got my ‘50 Chevrolet Fleetline 4 door on the road, she hadn’t been on the road since 1965. Also my ‘46 Chevrolet Fleetmaster coupe is another ongoing project I’m hoping to put on the road this summer. Many irons in the fire. Now for a couple of pics .
    5 points
  6. I am not a lawyer but did stay at a Holiday Inn Express (when they were open)! So, many people are asking for COVID waivers to be signed. It is one more bullet in the chamber in case there is a lawsuit. However, they are not close to being bullet proof depending on the state, the lawyers, the circumstances surrounding the offense ( for instance meeting all the COVID recommendations), etc. This is a very litigious society and there will be those who will try to use the pandemic maybe with some justification but probably too many for simply economic gain.
    4 points
  7. When did the vacuum advance quit working maybe that's why it's getting hot. I can rebuild your old one if you have the time to wait for it.
    4 points
  8. I still have to install the wiper blades, rear view mirror and the inside garnish mouldings for the windshield and rear glass. Other than that, I am waiting for the reupholstered visors, rear carpet, and rear window shade. I am helping a friend this afternoon on another vehicle so I may not get back to the Buick until tomorrow.
    3 points
  9. I was expecting it to be raining yesterday morning and was not looking forward to driving in the rain to the glass shop. Despite the forecast calling for rain and the fact that we received over 5 inches of rain in the past two days, I got the car to the glass shop yesterday morning without any rain falling on it. I was happy for the unexpected break in the rain. They told me it woud probably take 2 days. Yesterday afternoon, I stopped by and they had the back glass in, but not the windshield. Just a few minutes ago, they called to say that they have finished, so I will be on the way to pick it up shortly.
    3 points
  10. It's my fault. I got the magazine to the printer on time, and that threw the whole system into shock.
    3 points
  11. One thing I have to say is the firewalll is cleaner without the blower motor and housing right there. Not to mention all the vacuum and AC compressor and lines removed. You can actually get to the spark plugs and dipsticks easily.
    3 points
  12. That thing has been taken care of! Original upholstery. I love unmolested cars like this! 1962 and 1963 are the only years the LeSabre came with a 401 V8 as standard equipment.
    3 points
  13. Given the relative dearth of stock 1932 Fords and the veritable flood of rods that are for sale at any given moment for pennies on the dollar, it would be a genuine shame to turn this into yet another "me too" rod. Let me guess, some kind of GM V8 with matching automatic transmission, a Ford 9-inch rear end on coil-overs, and maybe a dropped I-beam front end with those disk brakes hidden inside Buick drums? Paint it black with some kind of wild interior in ostrich skin or maybe even pleated vinyl? Old school steelies or maybe some radical 18- and 20-inch combination, either way is generic enough. Put it stock and you'll have a genuinely rare and interesting car that few people ever see. Turn it into yet another garden-variety rod and you have, well, just another garden-variety rod. And putting it stock might even be cheaper in the end with a car that'll be easier to sell for more money.
    3 points
  14. I suppose this will go here? If not, please relocate.
    3 points
  15. Aw heck, they are cheap enough...just buy 2 or 3 for spares.
    3 points
  16. Any really expensive Steak Knife from your wife's "good" set --- them the steam and piercing sounds she emits will melt the edge smooth -- ---- and you'll get to sleep without her telling you to stop snoring.... .... because you'll be sleeping in the garage?
    3 points
  17. I LOVE this truck! Check out the canvas splash aprons....
    2 points
  18. Wanted....Front license plate holder for a 1955 Buick. Pleasr pm me. thanks, Earl
    2 points
  19. 1952 Ford Custom, 4 dr. - Flathead V8, stick with OD. excellent conditon, runs great, has been on many AACA tours. $14,500 Ray 732-873-3094 (NJ)
    2 points
  20. Always happy to help if I can and I never comment on anything ( or write about anything) if I do not have first hand information or hands on experience or have the period literature,photos etc in my collection - I don't "surmise" or "guess " about anything. Revisionist history has been written by "experts" for to many years and unsound advice is prevalent unfortunately. People look to Wickipedia as the fountain of sublime information . End of lecture for today 🤓🧐 😊 ! Walt.
    2 points
  21. I have never seen the vin tag below the oval. Also never seen the oval tag not having the LR. Beautiful truck. Looks like Vic's and Alex work and differently yours.
    2 points
  22. Re Bohmann & Schwartz - "the customer is always right" can come into play as well. If a customer wants something their way on a car they are paying for you do your best as a designer/artist to translate their desire into a acceptable ( sort of) accomplishment. It was especially true once the stock market crash of 1929 hit. Customers who had the $ got what they wanted or went elsewhere. I am not justifying some of the awkward looking cars that were built both in fender and body line. I always look at what was crafted/built from the perspective of what was it like economically at the time? where was the body/car made - what part of the country? In what country? etc etc. From today's collectors/investors perspective we judge what was done going on a century ago. Both aesthetically and mechanically ( " darn great cars but didn't stop worth a damn" - well perhaps in 1930 standards at the speeds traveled it stopped much better then expected if judged against other 1930 cars) A.J. states it very well in his last sentence. As a local historian for our villages history I have to forever keep that in mind when I view structures , what is considered beautiful , majestic architecture , has been torn down 40 years ago and replaced by some more modern glass, aluminum and concrete building ( no I won't say monstrosity) to meet the need of the time. I started 40 years ago an Architectural Review Board here in the village I reside in , and many times at many meetings owners of property would get outraged that they were not allowed to change windows , doors, colors to suit their needs and taste. If the new changes would not compliment the design ( huge modern bay picture windows on a Victorian era house) we denied them a permit to make the change. I quite often would get some people who submitted plans severely mad at me ( I am being kind in the way I stated that) for not allowing the changes on a vote by the members of the Review Board . Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but some people's vision is so much better then others.
    2 points
  23. To quote a certain song used in a very popular film that's from the same year as Daisy-Mae here: "Underneath the mango tree...me honey and me..." In any case, I've had about as good of a time as can be expected given the circumstances. A car show would be nice, but that's gone to pot. How're ya'll doing? Good? Bad? Milquetoast?
    2 points
  24. The "Bo Jangles" modifications were ok, and the scratch built cars were pretty good. But the "updates' were awful as a general rule. I'm sure they were doing whatever they needed to do to stay in business.
    2 points
  25. I don't find the price unrealistic at all. It's an above-average specimen. For $12,000 I would expect a running, driving car with shabby seats, a grubby engine bay, broken A/C, radio, clock, and maybe a few sluggish windows, plus a blah color like "Putty" or "Bottom of the Lake." This is an interesting car, attractive colors, good condition, the CertiCard is still in place, it has manuals, brand-name tires, very few pits in the chrome, vinyl top in good shape. Most aren't this nice. If the A/C works I would add $3000. It'll sell. I don't know these guys or care about the car, but I might even try to eke out a bit more than that on a car that nice. I had guys fighting over the last Imperial 4-door sedan I had and a hardtop is that much rarer. Maybe it's time to recalibrate the price-o-meter, eh?
    2 points
  26. Wow, you guys are tuff! Just kidding. Thank you everyone that replied, I learned some more. I really thought that was a stock item or option on the vehicle. I'll take nothing for granted from now on. I am going to take m-mman and Bloo's suggestion and hang it on the wall for a conversation(and warning) piece. Thank's again guys.
    2 points
  27. I've actually used this '38 as a template for some of my restoration...they put this one together the closest to factory. https://jpegbay.com/gallery/006956254-1.html#1 Not so sure about the turn signal and heater, but it had dual wipers, dual spare tires, with covers. I would be in heaven If I could fine that headlight knob with the the hi-beam indicator in red....
    2 points
  28. All. The. Time. I use 67 VW beetle.
    2 points
  29. The sedan likely means commercial sedan. similar to a panel truck.
    2 points
  30. Once again, Guys, thanks for all the helpful info! Fr. Buick, this is the '54 76R for which I bought a first-class black steering wheel from you some years ago. So your current guidance will serve as your second, thoroughly appreciated, contribution to the well-being of this very sharp car.
    2 points
  31. Well engine has pan and filter back on, so it looks pretty much as it did the last couple years on the outside. It will be getting the intake, exhaust manifolds, and plugs installed next before going back in the car.
    2 points
  32. ...to be shouldered with the mantle of "inquisitor" when I was content with merely being "pursuivant" is an honor not be taken lightly. I'll call Sam in the morning Carl and put your curiosity to rest.
    2 points
  33. Oh, the suspense is just KILLING me ! It might be a bit premature, and speculation is so much fun, but why not one of you guys who speaks fluent Corvette give Sam a call, as he kindly invites ? Sam is helping his dad sell several cars here, with at least some of what that implies. Please decide among yourselves who is up to the task of helping Sam help his dad, and report back here. In the case that a quorum is lacking, or a butting of heads results in paralysis or stagnation, I suggest Greg becomes default inquisitor. Sam asks you to please call him at : 573-270-0915. I am confident he will, and certainly I, thank you very much ! - CC. (That stands for Curious Carl tonight)
    2 points
  34. Pretty fancy hood ornament for a Chevy!
    2 points
  35. I don't think that I've been hallucinating but who knows. I saw two differnt ads on TV for spam a couple of days ago. Am I alone?
    2 points
  36. A neat time in automotive history. The engineers must have had fun with all their new breakthrough ideas. An insatiable market bought up their creations. All those non-computerized jobs right here in North America. Some of the best looking cars ever made. Not necessarily the safest! LOL. America revolved around the car it seemed.
    2 points
  37. Matt: Leave the internal wiring alone for your lights; go all external. With this setup, no issues seeing the car, and you can lose a few (hundred) bulbs and still be totally visible. (That rear window brake light is a winner)
    2 points
  38. They had some attractive interior features. While '58 and '59 shared the same instrument panel, the '58 wheel assembly was unique to that year and '59 and '60 were the same wheels with slightly restyled horn rings. My favorite part is the prismatic gear selector. For all three years they made so many little changes between each year and even each model that if you need a parts car you really need one of the same identical year, model, and body type for it to be truly useful. While I like my stuff as original as it can be, I always thought it would be interesting to build one with all of my favorite features from each year. I have seen many Edsels that had the transmission hump cut on account of a faulty Teletouch. Air suspension was supposed to have been another idea they abandoned, which is why '58 started out with coil springs and trailing arms in the rear. We dodged another bullet with them not advancing that to production.
    2 points
  39. It is pretty clear fro the work you've done already that you are a careful as well as skilled workman. I think 98% of the errors people make come from rushing a job...so good luck and I'll be interested to see how it comes out.
    2 points
  40. First thing this morning my neighbor came over and dropped off the casting for the bracket I made last week (or was it two weeks ago)? I'm pleased with this and my pattern-making skills are clearly improving. I then went back to the sump bolts since I want to finish those now that I've started them. In order to hold them in the lathe I made a little aluminum split bushing...3/8 ID and 3/4 OD so I can hold them by the shank and eliminate the run out that comes from using the hes. I put them all back in the lathe and cut a strong chamfer on the ends. Then set up the grooving/cut off tool to put the relief in for the end of the threads using the dial indicator so get the depth exact. And right about the time I finished this I took a break and helped a friend solve a plumbing problem at his house. After which we had a beer and I decided I'd better not start the threading...so I set the lathe up but I'll do it tomorrow.
    2 points
  41. 89tc , Now that you have all the parts, when can we expect to see the restoration photos? It will only cost an 💪🦵
    2 points
  42. I discussed the matter with some brass car friends and engine shop owners. Most of them opted for welding... but the more I heard and read about it, the less I liked it. As Ed stated no welding or brazing and right he is! I also tried to contact by telephone, the gentleman Ed advised, but to no avail. So, after a lot of searching on the web I stumbled on ...... (no idea if it is allowed to name the company), I send them an email with some pictures and asked if the repair could be done by myself. I got a reply of Jeff (service manager) and asked some detailed information. Long story short, I will take on the repair by myself, and they will send me all the tools and stuff and I will need to repair this engine. I already got a detailed drawing and instructions of the repair sequence. I know, it is not cheap, but sending the engine to the USA and getting it back isn't cheap either (to say the least). I must admit I am looking forward to it. Regards, Harm
    2 points
  43. I've had several vehicles with Dynacorn bodies (a '67 Mustang and a Bronco) and the quality was quite good. The guys who built them said that it was nice having all virgin sheetmetal to work with and that for the most part, the quality was good. Their biggest complaints were that sometimes OEM or repro parts from other manufacturers don't fit very well--it seems that Dynacorn uses Dynacorn parts for their tooling so your NOS fenders or hood might not fit without some tweaking on the reproduction body. The second thing--and they ALL griped about this--was that they had no idea how many little parts they would need to buy to make it complete. When you start with a complete car, you have all the little clips and fasteners and tacking strips and what-not that you will need to put it back together. When you start with a bare shell, you get none of that, so not only do you have to track all that down, you don't have a guide to even tell you what you need. An assembly manual can be invaluable in this regard, but they still said that they spent more time and money than expected tracking down all that little stuff that they needed and it added up to a substantial chunk of change that they didn't expect to spend. Even if you're not going 100% stock, you'll still need a lot of those little parts, which definitely add up. The guy who did the Bronco said he'd probably just use a factory truck in the future, no matter how rusty, just because he can fix the rust for less than it cost to buy all that stuff that he would have gotten with a complete vehicle. Of course, a Bronco is made out of flat sheets of metal, so rust repairs aren't as big a deal as with something more complex like a Camaro. Anyway, the quality is good, the virgin steel is nice, but be prepared to do some parts hunting and an extra expense that you may not have considered. Hope this helps!
    2 points
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