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  1. Wow, you really check out the details don’t you @JoelsBuicks I appreciate that!! Another good day in the BS&S. Practically ever piece of the old growth pine has some bow in it that has to be walked in from end to end by driving a pry bar into a stud and prying down. The heart pine ones are HEAVY. And there’s a strange phenomenon that whenever my helper leaves, the boards get twice as heavy, weird eh?
    6 points
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  3. Had a practice run on the top today and I think it’s heading in the right direction. Some adjustments to be made. I’m trying to do it with no seams on the top for waterproofing purposes. Making a complete roof out of calico first to practice my sewing Also made a profile to waterproof the upper windshield. It seals with a rubber strip inside the channel.
    6 points
  4. A good start on the wall boards yesterday. Have so been looking forward to this day!
    6 points
  5. This is no where near as fabulous as the previous posts, but last night I had the Electra out for about a 20 mile drive, no pics, latish and after dark. I had been doing some maint. on my daughter's 2005 Chrysler Sebring convert for the last couple of days and first test drove it to make all was well to take it back to her tomorrow, then just wanted to do a cruise, so I hopped into the big girl for my cruise.
    5 points
  6. Of such stuff that Ed has detailed, nightmares are made! I'm hoping to have most of the issues addressed before I go for a title, and anticipate being sent to the Mass. State Police facility to inspect for "stolen parts". Are there many stolen front axles from 92-year old cars? How about engines from 1937 Studebakers? I should take Ed's advice and bring donuts and coffee, maybe bottles of gun oil, since they seem to pack big guns on the hip. About ten years ago, when my younger daughter - at 5'2" and 125 lbs - had to go to West Texas oil rigs and tell the hulking roughnecks where and how to drill, she would show up for 6:30 a.m. site meetings with a box of breakfast burritos to calm the savage beasts. It seemed to work, as she survived and prospered. OK, Dunkin' Donuts and coffee... Today was a warm, sunny day here in southeastern Mass. Having put in the studs to support the belly pan on the front section, I pulled out the pan after having marked where the "wings" were to go for the supports in the back end. I marked where the wings were to be located, drilled the holes and put in Clecos as I went, then installed 32 more 5/32" aluminum rivets. Each one required drilling the holes, pulling off the wing to de-burr the holes, remounting with Clecos in alternate holes, then using the ATS 3X rivet gun and heavy tungsten buck to seat the rivets. Now that I have put 102 rivets in the belly pan and 200 more in the rest of the body, I'm getting pretty good at this - just as there are no more rivets to do. I'll have to add a couple more studs or bolts at the back section of the pan to draw the pan and tail together, but that should be simple enough. We'll see how the joint between the tail and belly pan comes out when it's all together. Except for the new requirement for fenders, all the sheet metal work is now done. I have the tail section sitting on the chassis, so with the belly pan off, I started on mounting the attachment metal for the seat belts. This is another job that requires me lying on my back under the car and even welding overhead - not my idea of fun! In principle, a seat belt should withstand 9,000 lbs of force to meet DOT requirements. At that level, your body wouldn't survive in one piece, but so be it. But, even with weak steel, about 1/3 of a square inch would meet this requirement in tension. A Grade 8 bolt in shear is way above this level. So, I have some 1" square tube with 1/8" wall thickness, cross drilled the ends for a 1/2" bolt for the seat belt fittings. The tubes are welded to 1/4" steel plates on bolted pipe clamps on two rear cross members. Once the seat belts are bolted to the square tubes, I figure I'll be long reduced to goo before the belts come loose in a crash. I had to poke some 3" x 3/4" openings in the seat backs to feed the belts through to the attachment points, and I bent the edges over to prevent abrasion of the belt material. The belts are 3" wide nylon with military aircraft-style release handles. I'm hoping that I can reach one hand and a wrench through the existing 12"x12" hole in the belly pan by the rear axle to attach the seat belts, else I have to make more holes and cover plates. Anything worth doing is worth overdoing! Now I need to order a crash helmet and goggles as Ed suggests. One wing set up with Clecos before riveting. The other wing has already been riveted. The riveting finished on the belly pan. The U-shaped openings are for the rear axle. The belly pan ready to go back under the car.
    4 points
  7. I wish I could...but I'll get it as close as I can.
    4 points
  8. Is there a German version of the Beach Boys "Little Deuce Coupe", I think not.
    4 points
  9. For sale on Craigslist: 1976 Lincoln Continental Coupe in Birmingham, AL - $8,500 - Call or text Steve: 205 337 16 seven zero Link: https://bham.craigslist.org/cto/d/birmingham-1976-lincoln-continental/7318330700.html Seller's Description: 1976 Lincoln Continental Coupe condition: excellent odometer: 54000 cylinders: 8 cylinders transmission: automatic paint color: orange title status: clean 1976 Lincoln Continental Coupe. 54,000 documented original miles. Original 1976 bill of sale and title, father to son in 2001, title and bill of sale, sold to me in 2016, bill of sale and transfer of title. Always garaged, never any rust, original top and Chamois interior in excellent condition. Repainted 2019. Everything works properly. Drive daily or across the continent. Losing storage. Photos of engine bay, interior, and trunk; all excellent, upon request before I add them.
    3 points
  10. I appreciate that Neil, thanks.
    3 points
  11. While we are waiting for one of the numbers mavens to answer your question about the engine number, I can tell you that two good vendors for Buick parts are Bob's Automobilia in California and Cars, Inc. in New Jersey.
    3 points
  12. Pull the trigger and buy it. Or tell me where it is and I may just go get it myself. Opportunities to acquire an early auto in good condition don't come around every day. Life is short. Time is fleeting, Money is also fleeting. If you have enough and can afford it, go get it. Dollar amount don't really matter all that much. The only thing stead fast is owning something that you enjoy while you are alive and in good enough health to enjoy it. Dandy Dave!
    3 points
  13. While on the topic of NYC taxis, I have a couple of other recollections that might be worth sharing. NYC medallion taxicabs went to all-yellow in 1965. Previously they could be any distinctive color combo. I remember lots of fairly new cabs getting repainted to comply. The rectangular 'off-taxi-duty' roof light also came out that year. The back of the new roof light showed the medallion number of the cab. My mom helped set-up a number undercover cabs for the NYPD. They had a particular series of medallion numbers on the roof light that indicated they were really police cars.
    3 points
  14. Looking good work impressive . Also made some progress towards joint Mga project , dashboard and instruments installed , but original interior light missing looked on major suppliers nearly 80 bucks found good new replica on eBay 25 bucks result . also bought a good front grill at beulieu auto fair two years ago but it had no false nose or badge , bought a complete but tatty grill on eBay for 40 bucks , nose and badge perfect , about 100 bucks new so well pleased fitting bits on next week . Might sound a cheapskate not buying new ,but anyone doing restoration knows costs usually surpass finished value so need to save when possible.
    3 points
  15. A filister head screw with lock washer is the correct fastener for the oil level indicater.
    3 points
  16. I really don't envision the TLC embracing their history, but you never know...
    3 points
  17. Congrats Doug! I’m sure you’ll sleep soundly now that this is done. I also think you’ll feel more relaxed knowing you’ve cleaned and organized your stockpiles! It will be good for your mental health.
    3 points
  18. Scary for sure! I didn't go any further taking the other head off to see just how scary that was but had to load it up to get it out of the old garage since the crew were hoping to start tearing down the garage in the next day or two. Spent the afternoon Wednesday getting that done. I set up my ramps supporting them as this thing is HEAVY! Attached my trusty block & tackle and slowly worked it up into the trailer. Had one very scary moment when I went to lengthen the blocks... I placed a 2x6 across the bottom wheels which appeared to be holding and as I stretched out the blocks (still attached) the unit started to roll down the ramps!! By the time I grabbed the block line the one wheel rolled over the edge and I had to put all my weight into pulling the unit back so it would not fall off onto the ground. (Two people would have avoided that) Saved it and slowly lined it back up tying another line to hold it in place while I finished repositioning the blocks. The rest went smoothly and once on board was able to relax. So to make a short story long, the next day I wanted to go take it to the scrapper and called to be sure they would assist in taking it off. The girl said no problem but make sure to drain the oil before hand. Oh Joy! There wasn't much room to get my oil drain container under it so ended up with a large aluminium 4 inch pan. Once I got the tight drain plug loosened, what starts to come out but WATER! This thing for sure had to have gone in a river or lake so didn't feel bad for sending it to become a part in a new vehicle. Even with the water taken out of the pan it wasn't big enough to hold all the oil so naturally made a mess but... Off I went. Hit the scale and the truck, trailer and load weighed: Not bad for a 1/2 ton F150. Went back to the old garage to gather up loose garbage even though the destruction will make things look bad while in progress but didn't want stuff on the floor for them. This is my parting shot and the final results of roughly 5 months of work. Soon this will look very different from what I was used to seeing when I pulled up...
    3 points
  19. Please don't take me wrong about this but, at this point there could be a Mickey Mouse head stamped under that frame and I wouldn't care a bit!
    3 points
  20. When I got out of Walter Reed in late 67 the army decided they needed me in Germany for the last 11 months of my drafted obligation. The girl I had been with for 5 years and I figured I could take a European discharge in late 68. Get married. Buy an E-type in England drive it around Europe for a few months and the army would ship it home for me as a used car. We saved enough money based on the 67 prices. But cost outran our savings, we could buy the car but then didn’t have money for the trip. Was going to give the girl a ring on news years eve. Four hours before midnight she dump me for a guy she had been seeing from work. So I came home without the Jag and didn’t get the girl. I really miss that E-type, not so much the girl. Met the light of my life 10 days later. Been married 50 years now. The girl found out that guy was married!
    3 points
  21. I am a huge fan of the 120-150. Early E Types too!
    3 points
  22. Finished getting the bed board bolts all in and wired up the drivers side taillight. I’m waiting on the right side to come in. Put on the license plate, snugged up the fender bolts, and tested all the lighting. So at 8:30 tonight I decided to take it a mile down the road to fill the gas tank up. It went down the road really nice with the tranny shifting good, engine running great, and it’s pretty quick with the 3.55 gears. The brakes work extremely well with no pulling to either side with a hard stop. Of course the speedo is off unit I get an underdrive unit for the cable. Have to adjust the headlights up some and put on the bumper with some other small pieces but it’s almost done. I’m going to be driving it quite a bit before it ships so I get out any kinks. It’s a really nice little truck.
    3 points
  23. No regrets selling cars, I do have regrets not buying some cars when I had the opportunity. I have a chance to buy an '08 Buick I've known about for thirty years, I may have to raise my offer, maybe a dream is worth whatever it costs. Life is too short or am I being overly poetic. Regards, Gary
    3 points
  24. For sale on Craigslist: 1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Wagon in Fountain Hills, AZ - $14,500 - Call: 8 oh 5 six 9 two 2 8 five five Link: https://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/cto/d/fountain-hills-1967-oldsmobile-vista/7318051396.html Seller's Description: 1967 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Wagon odometer: 21 odometer rolled over transmission: automatic title status: clean Really nice '67 Olds Vista Cruiser wagon. Very original and complete. Has original owners manual, window sticker, even the protect-o-plate warranty card. 330 V8 and optional 3 speed Turbo hydramatic transmission work like they should. Nice interior. - some has been redone, some excellent original. All the roof and side glass in excellent shape. Windshield has small nick. All the chrome and stainless is there and in good shape. Even the clock works! I just went through the car and did everything to make it a fun driver: tune up, fluids, radiator, battery etc. I personally would not hesitate to jump in this car and drive it anywhere. Fun car that gets attention every time I take it out. If you are looking for a Vista, don't hesitate to call me. I am going to leave this ad up for a week or so- if it doesn't sell locally- I will take it to one of the auctions, but would rather see it sold locally. Clean Arizona Title in my name. Please call or text - I won't see your email. If you text, put "1967 Vista Cruiser" in the body of your text so I know you are not a robot. 8 oh 5 six 9 two 2 8 five five. Thanks for looking.
    2 points
  25. I am in Redding, California, today, and across the street is a used car lot, WestCoast Auto sales, with this 60s Thunderbird convertible sitting out front for sale. Definitely a contrast to all of the late model jellybean cars and SUVs.
    2 points
  26. The Duchess is essentially a Torpedo C-Body lengthened ten inches mid-ship. Whether it was the prototype for the next iteration of the 60 Special is debatable, though the influence is obvious. According to the book by Michael Lamm and Dave Holls, A Century of Automotive Style, 100 Years of American Car Design, page 108: "As for the 1942 Buick and its "Airfoil" through front fenders, Earl had offered them to Cadillac at first. He reasoned that fenders had been stretching farther and farther back into the front doors, and it seemed natural that the final iteration-the through version- should appear first on GM's highest car line. But Nick Dreystadt wasn't buying, saying it was too expensive to produce. Whereupon Earl offered the idea to Buick and Harlow Curtice. Curtice jumped at it, and the through fenders appeared on two Buick models for 1942: the Roadmaster and the Super two doors. The technical feasibility that made the through fender possible involved Fisher Body figuring out how to engineer the hidden hinges."
    2 points
  27. For those who wish to compare. The Duchess On Top The Fleetwood Shown On The Bottom.
    2 points
  28. The big question is whether to list them "as is" ( barn find) or clean and "restore" them first. FWIW, my wife would fill them with dirt and plant Petunias in them...........Bob
    2 points
  29. HERE is a starting point. I have ridden in a few cars with this upgrade and the ride is brutal. Maybe because the car was lowered also, but did not ride like a Buick. Or THIS or THIS Or as some have done put the body on a more modern frame. And consider moving your post to the Performance modified forum ...may get less posts about you cutting up YOUR car.
    2 points
  30. Agreed there MAY be good parts if they are in good condition. Yes the manifold is worth something if not cracked. What I am saying is unless that was my great grandfather's car It is a money pit. IMHO.
    2 points
  31. Note the metal bag mounting plate in my pic is similar to yours. The date on the mc license plate is late 1940s. Valuation is always difficult, pick a number from similar sold ones and go from there. Anyone who sells this stuff goes through this decision all the time. You could consign them to a local auction house and see what happens too. If you actually want to sell them pick a realistic price and advertise them on Craigslist or Facebook marketplace. God is not going to punish you if you sell them below market value, whatever that might be.
    2 points
  32. For sale on Craigslist: 1961 Pontiac Bonneville 2dr Hardtop in Fountain Hills, AZ - $19,500 - Call: 8 oh five 6 nine 2 28 five five Link: https://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/cto/d/fountain-hills-1961-pontiac-bonneville/7318044798.html Seller's Description: 1961 Pontiac Bonneville 2dr Hardtop odometer: 24,000 odometer rolled over transmission: automatic paint color: black title status: clean Very Rare 1961 Pontiac Bonneville Bubble top two door coupe. These cars are super rare - you can find the convertibles, but the bubbletops almost never come up for sale. Very similar to their Chevy cousins- but much more stylish. This car is very original. I purchased from the original family that owned this car since '61. I had a major tune up, new carb, all fuel and brake lines and radiator flushed. New Optima red top battery. It starts and runs awesome. I personally would drive this car anywhere. It does have A/C - but it does not blow cold. Some rust in the trunk, and a little in the lower quarters. The lacquer paint is checked in places, but it buffs out beautifully. I like the patina, so I never messed with it. All the glass is in great shape, and everything works. Even has the original keys and key fobs from selling dealer. Also original dealer emblem on trunk. I have the original air cleaner as well. Excellent car to drive as it with no excuses, or restore it and have a really rare, super valuable Pontiac. Clean Arizona title in my name. Please call or text. I won't see your email. If you text - please put "1961 Bubbletop" in your text, so I know you are not a robot. Calls are even better, so I can quickly, honestly, and completely answer all your questions about this great Bonnie. 8 oh five 6 nine 2 28 five five.
    2 points
  33. When a new/used dealer puts a car like this out on the lot, they usually aren't in any hurry to sell. This T-Bird looks to be the point car of a used lot and as long as the point car is doing its job, its worth its weight in gold.
    2 points
  34. I know you are looking for value, but if writing the check didn't matter, or if a compromised car is ok I would be looking for a 745 Roadster. I've always loved them. Steve Snyder had this one, which has a pretty good history with it. Probably about as good as you can find. https://www.vaultcars.com/1930-packard-745-roadster
    2 points
  35. We can get into the rebuilding company after we see how it resolves .. So, don’t touch that dial and stay tuned for the next episode of “ How the Wheels Turn” brought to you by, “Slicky Auto Wax” . The only auto wax that not only leaves a shine guaranteed for 6 months ,but is the only auto wax you can eat.
    2 points
  36. Thanks Ben. I read that entire article and then linked one after another for a couple hours and finally came across this obscure article about James Waters and the Sunshine-Radio Cab Co. of New York in the 1930's. http://www.coachbuilt.com/bui/w/waters/waters.htm It is pretty lengthy but very thorough. Turns out those side roof lights were "occupancy" or "availability" lights although the article is not clear as to whether the lights were on or off when the car was occupied. Apparently the center roof TAXI light just stayed on all the time (at night) which makes total sense and availability was communicated through these side lights. Some time later these lights were deleted and they started using the center TAXI light to show whether the car was available or not. Here are a couple of excerpts from the article: "The distinctive chrome-plated rectangular rooftop light featured a large central-mounted backlit sunburst that was flanked by two smaller back-lit sunbursts. Matching chrome plated availability lights were installed above the rear door, each bearing a miniature sunburst globe. The outboard edges of the chrome framework contained red occupancy lights that alerted potential customers as to the cab’s availability." "The new center molded-glass globe was mounted on a chromed base and featured the word DESOTO in small black letters at the top and a much larger SKY-VIEW below it. The bi-lateral occupancy lights were now separate and featured an amber glass globe mounted to a chrome base. Two duplicates were mounted above the B-pillar on the outside edges of the roof alerting potential passengers facing the sides of the vehicle as to it availability." "Waters introduced all-new rooftop lighting for the 1942 DeSoto Sky-View taxicabs that featured a rooftop light that spelled out the words “DeSoto SKY-VIEW” in what appears from a distance to be neon. Closer examination reveals the sign was made from a curved piece of clear plastic with the words DeSoto and SKY-VIEW embossed or molded into the lens which is affixed to the reflector with a chrome bezel. By careful placement of the bulbs within the reflector a neon-appearance could be obtained, a trick used in many of today's modern beer signs. Similarly molded backlit sidelights were also found just above the rear doors that read “SKY-VIEW”. The expensive lighting system was only found on 1942 Sky-View taxis and did not re-appear when production resumed after the war. It is believed that all 1942 Sky-Views delivered in New York City featured the attractive new rooftop lights as all existing pictures of 1942 Sky-Views include them." I believe it is logical to assume that if one were walking along a sidewalk or leaving a restaurant/club at night, paralleling a row of curb parked cars, that if these side roof lights were lit, it would be very easy for a passenger to spot an available cab among the parked cars.
    2 points
  37. We have an early 1908 Model F two cylinder Buick. The car has a left over 1907 radiator and body. Notice the two brackets that attach from the rear seat section to the top of the rear fenders for support. The rest is all 1908. My friend Dave Tansey also found a photo in an old Horseless Carriage Gazette of an identical car back in the day. That car had a windshield ours never did. Attached a few photos of our car about 1962. Charley
    2 points
  38. Those pistons remind of the one I had from a Cummins diesel that was from a semi. It was about the size of a coffee can. It was like this one but not as shiny.
    2 points
  39. I thought this may lighten things up a bit for those looking here. The larger pistons at each end are from a Simplex chain drive car , smaller 50 hp the larger 75 hp. the center one I don't know what it is from but just have it to compare them to a later post WWII era part, the Simplex pistons are circa 1907-10 and came out of a friends two Simplex cars when he restored them 40 years ago , they are cast iron and very very heavy ( that is an understatement) . the small silver circle next to one is a quarter for size comparison. Yes, I like old car parts to view as well as period photographs , images, etc. Nice conversation starter ! just don't bang your toe into one of the cast iron pistons .................................. Walt
    2 points
  40. I can’t understand why I have always liked these big boat Cadillacs. This coupe is tempting. Nice car.
    2 points
  41. As a complete aside, who else remembers the keys being left in used cars during the day for browsers to start the cars and listen to the motors?
    2 points
  42. Model T Ford, sprocket is for AC brand speedometer.
    2 points
  43. I will see that kind of thing on occasion. However on the few occasions I stopped to enquire I suspect the lot owner had been watching Mecum auctions.
    2 points
  44. Many more regrets about items I've failed to purchase than about things I've sold. Even so, I'd like to have my '63 E-Type back in my garage.
    2 points
  45. Got clear done on the misc parts. Wet sanded and did cut buff pass on one of the front fenders. I was concerned about the front fenders and felt like I might need to re-clear them. After the wet sand and cut pass with the buffer I don't think I'll need to re-clear. I need to do a bit more cut in the sunlight tomorrow and then see how it looks after a final buff. I have a feeling it is going to be just fine.
    2 points
  46. Alex, I'm still here in Saskatchewan! Just getting ready to bring my 65 Gran Sport out of hibernation. We had an early spring, but it is still fairly cool. Looking forward to some nice long cruises, now that I have a working speedometer. Peter Hoemsen ROA #6910
    2 points
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