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  1. 33 points
    Seems like decades since my search started and I would never be in the right place at the right time to buy one of the cars at the top of my bucket list. Well thanks to a lead from Ed and him stepping back (a big thank you is due) so I could get it, the day has arrived and it's sitting in my Garage. Unfortunately with winter and the uphill grade to the garage we unloaded it right into the garage so pictures will be forthcoming but not real good like outside photos with natural lighting. Is it time for a name change from Auburnseeker?
  2. 21 points
    I have been very reluctant to share anything about this accursed car given how badly it has gone in the past. Some of you surely remember those threads and may also be thinking, "Oh, God, not this nonsense again," and that's totally fair. My ownership of this car has been nothing if not tumultuous and this will be the third thread in which I've attempted to share some of the work I'm doing on it. Is it a mistake? Maybe. People seemed to like to take pleasure in taking pot-shots at my misery and given that my skin was worn pretty thin by the whole thing, I did not react with kindness. Jerks beget jerks, and all that. Nevertheless, my motivations remain sincere: One, I won't ever forget my friend AJ saying that even threads full of failure are useful because they show others that even people with significant resources can experience setbacks and frustrations (or perhaps showing that the purpose of my life is only to serve as a warning to others). Two, as I mentioned to someone just today, project threads like these are an excellent source of real, hands-on information and problem-solving that isn't always available in other areas unless someone specifically asks about that very thing. And three, I really do enjoy writing about working on cars and find it therapeutic--the promise of sharing what I've done often gets me out in the shop to do things that I can share, and I suppose that's good for my sanity. So, to bring everyone up to speed, I bought this 1935 Lincoln K almost two years ago and it has been a never-ending source of misery ever since. Some of it was related to the fact that expectations were not properly managed (I did not set out to buy a project car, I set out to buy a new tour car that just needed some tires), and some of it was related to the fact that the "project" part turned out to be a far more significant job than anyone expected. In short, every time I fixed something on the car, the thing next to it broke, up to and including a hole in the side of the block that was a total surprise to everyone except perhaps the guy who smeared JB Weld over it to hide it. It totally broke me. I gave up. Ultimately, I pushed it into a corner of the shop, covered it up, and walked away planning never to look at it again. Whomever moved into our building at some distant point in the future after we're gone would get a 4800-pound bonus. That was my plan. Shortly after that, my lovely wife, Melanie, quietly made arrangements to dispose of the various parts of the car, such as it was. Being in the car business, she used some of our contacts and found a buyer for it. She didn't tell me about it, she just quietly made a deal. However, when that person showed up with his trailer one Saturday afternoon, he was displeased--even though Melanie clearly told him the car was in pieces, he somehow expected that we would put it back together for him and sell it to him for roughly 15% of what I paid to own it. Yeah, some doofus expected a running, driving Lincoln K for $7500--if I was going to do all the work to make it run, I was going to keep the stupid car. I guess it goes without saying that he left without a Lincoln. Melanie apparently had a few other inquiries, but it seems that a disassembled Lincoln K sedan is something nobody wants at virtually any price. One fellow even offered to take it off our hands (for free) if we'd pay to ship all the parts to him. It seems that word of my duress had spread far and wide and there was no shortage of dipshiats looking to take advantage of it. When I told Melanie I was going to crush it instead, she was OK with that idea. But I should also mention that she wisely pointed out that the money is still gone and the car is still here. Crushing it might bring a perverse kind of satisfaction, but it would be momentary. It wouldn't fix my crippled enjoyment of the hobby and the opportunity that the car represents would be lost. She didn't care, do whatever you want, but it started to sink in that maybe I could turn my hate and resentment into something positive. I decided that I would beat the car by fixing it. Or at least that's what I'm currently telling myself. To sum up: bought this car and wiped out my savings, car crapped itself with a hole in the block, eventually got the hole fixed but since that involved removing the engine and disassembling most of it, the car is now in pieces. My constant disappointment and frustration with the car has caused me a great deal of pain and stress. Nevertheless, I have decided to fix it, if only to prove that I'm stupid but not crazy. Tasks that have been done so far: All-new fuel system, including fresh gas tank, lines, electric and mechanical fuel pumps, and rebuilt carburetor All-new starting system, including batteries, cables, and starter motor Repairing and repainting the headlight buckets, which had been damaged multiple times in the past and were about 30% bondo at this point New plugs, wires, coils, and install factory wire conduits Clean out cooling system, install new hoses with restrictors to fight overflowing radiator cap, install aftermarket temperature gauge in glove box Re-pack water pump New fluids throughout Rehab power brake booster system Tuning. Lots and lots of tuning. Eventually got it to start instantly just by reaching in the window and touching the button. Hope I can duplicate it. Install fog lamps And after all that, we still had a hole in the block so next steps: Remove front-end sheetmetal, sidemounts, and lights Remove radiator, steering column, steering box Remove engine, which was a pretty big job, seeing as it was installed at the factory before the body was in place Build crate and stand for engine to be delivered to New England where the block would be stitched Remove 58 rusty head studs. Successfully remove 16 of them. Break 42 of them. Spend seven months slowly drilling them out. Build a custom engine stand to hold the giant V12 Most of the car sits in a corner of our shop under a cover. Parts of it are scattered throughout the building and with various subcontractors. The engine is on a stand being rehabilitated--since we did not need to fully disassemble it to repair the hole in the block, I'm hoping that the rotating assembly is OK. It has .030 oversize pistons in it already, so it has been rebuilt at some point in the past. Engine builders Frank Seme and Dale Adams both told me that rebuilding a Lincoln K V12 is a $30,000 job, so we've worked hard to keep the bottom end intact. I am still optimistic that it can be rehabilitated and will run and drive properly when I'm finished. If not, that will be a very, very bad day. Hope is indeed a dangerous thing. Anyway, I'll document my work from here. If you have questions about things I've done already, send me a private message and I'll fill you in. There's a lot of information related to this project that I've accumulated, so I'm happy to help in that regard. And if you're one of the guys who likes to gloat when a dealer gets burned, well, do that in a PM, too. That more or less brings us up to date. A lot of the work I listed up above is going to have to be re-done, so I'll do it again. And as long as the engine is out and it's all in pieces, I may as well restore it to show standards. So that's what I plan to do. Let's get started...
  3. 21 points
    Some recent club political oriented posts here in this General Discussion forum brought me to wonder... again ... "Is this the place for Club Politics to be discussed or can there be a Discussion Forum set up in the BCA website "Members Only Area" where such BCA business and political discussions as this can be held amongst Members so it is not hung out here in a public forum like dirty laundry for all, including possible future members to see. I can only imagine what newcomers to this forum might think about joining a club where there is this much continued bickering and ill will between individuals and divisions. I also suspect some of the decline in existing users here is due to the same. I know I don't come here near as much as I use to, partly because of all the complaining, pissin and moaning and negativity that went on during the last round of elections. I've never felt this is the place for national or BCA Club politics to be discussed. It is impossible for a Moderator to deal with some of the issues that need attention in these discussions without they themselves being misinterpreted or wrongly perceived and often times thrown under the bus for just trying to do their job. Ask me how I know THAT. I am not saying these discussions are not beneficial, they are, and they often bring about needed change, I'm just askin is this the place for it. If it can even be done, a BCA website Members Only discussion forum could provide an alternative. Something for the BOD and website manager @Peter Gariepyto possibly discuss and consider? Maybe, maybe not...... and I'll just throw it out here for some preliminary discussion. or at least give it a "Like" if you agree it's worth considering or a "HaHa" if it's a crazy idea
  4. 20 points
    I think the problem (and the largest threat to the continuing maintenance of old cars) is that collectors amass stashes of parts "just in case." Then they die. Their families not only have no idea what the parts are, but they don't even have a clue what to do with the stuff or where to turn to get rid of it. Then Mom sells the house and all that "junk" needs to go so they throw it in the dumpster in order to vacate the house. And then it's all gone forever. I see it happen over and over and over. I am guilty of gathering unneeded parts myself and while my wife is far more learned and experienced in the hobby than most spouses, I guarantee she will just dumpster all of it, too. It's just too much work to deal with on top of everything else that comes with a dead person. If you're old, sell your stash NOW while someone can still use it. It's not only selfish to force your family to deal with your junk but it's irresponsible towards the hobby to just assume someone will show up to help. Nobody cares, nobody will help, and the only guys who show up are going to be vultures who will make your widow's life a living hell--do you really want that? She honestly hasn't been paying attention all these years when you've been explaining the difference between a model 32-035263 and a 32-0356248 horn button. It's just junk and she (and likely your kids) don't know, don't have any way to find out, and don't care enough to do anything but dump it for whatever scrap value is. And then it's all gone forever. If it's valuable to you, sell it now while it has value to someone and can be correctly identified and marketed, because I guarantee your family doesn't want to deal with it no matter how much you think it's worth.
  5. 18 points
    Today, was my first day that I have been allowed to drive after my brain surgery. In honor of the occasion, I took the Studebaker out for a drive for the first time since July 4th, 2019. It was great to be behind the wheel of the Studebaker President once again. She behaved beautifully and it was a great day.
  6. 17 points
    Folks, please!!!! Common sense WILL be the rule of the day! We just reaffirmed, tightened up the criteria. Our moderators hopefully will make sensible decisions and maintain the SPIRIT of what we are trying to accomplish with our forums. We will not always be perfect in our decisions but at least everyone now should be clear about what our forums are all about.
  7. 16 points
    A couple of things. First, the vast majority of the members of this forum have always supported our mission and understood what we are about. We do our best to listen, however, to everyone. In an effort to be all inclusive we stated that the board would discuss our forum rules and they will. Peter, in an individual, effort tried to take the pulse of the forum members. Peter has served this forum well for several decades as our unpaid Webmaster. He deserves that opportunity. So we are trying to listen. Some of the replies are exactly why at times I (we) wonder why we continue to do this! Just too many people making more of this then they should. It is AACA's site, we pay for it and handsomely. Michael you forget the cost of the software we use and I need not try to justify why we use Invision. They are a leader in the field and came highly recommended after a lot of research. Along with the forums, we have the cost of our main website and now are going to spend a lot more money on a new design as we need to move away from our current software. I sign the checks for all of this so I know full well what it involves. A lot more to our website than just the forums. I don't want to stop Peter's poll otherwise I would lock this thing up now but suggest everyone to relax. WE WILL NOT MAKE EVERYONE HAPPY! I guarantee you that. The club has very strong views on doing everything it can to support the hobby which is the reason it has a multi-million dollar public library that continues to grow leaps and bounds and a website that is free to other clubs. It also will have two other national clubs joining us this year with no charge to those clubs. We are NOT going to try and be all things to all people is my strong guess. Someone has to stand up for the preservation of history and we will always be at that forefront hopefully. As to the future of the hobby as many of us know it, there are those that continue to believe that we are doomed. They have a right to their opinion, we respect their reasoning and certainly are aware of those forces but AACA chooses to believe we can create our own destiny by hard work, loyal members and supporters. We have an equal right to believe in what we are doing. Our segment of the hobby may end up smaller but it will still be vibrant if we have anything to say about it. So, as I stated earlier, the board will take this subject up and I will report back later on their answer. We will make it clearer than ever what our policies are. After that, come here and enjoy whatever we allow but if it does not fit your beliefs we hope you can find a forum that better suits you! It is really that simple,
  8. 15 points
  9. 15 points
    I see that @Cindy Livingston is retiring soon (middle of February 2020) and just wanted to say THANKS FOR ALL YOU CONTRIBUTED to this Club! You have been a great Buick Club supporter and it will remain very much appreciated! Hope you will still come to some of the Meets in the future! And wish you and Steve a long, happy, and healthy retirement!
  10. 14 points
    Placing seatbelts on a wooden coach built car is of no value, and probably a detriment. In a serious crash, the body will separate from the frame........attach the belts to the frame.......your dead in a very ugly manner. Attached to the wood.........you may or may not stay with the splinters and tin tossing down the street. Your better off with nothing and taking you chances of being thrown clear. Better yet......avoid all risks that you can, drive defensively, use your head. Much better and safer than belts in an old car.
  11. 14 points
    While I kind of agree with Gunsmoke's thoughts on the intent of this forum, I also think a little latitude is OK. This oddball car is an automotive curiosity. It won't spur any real conversation other than to identify it (and maybe some side talk about how autonomous vehicles are probably the end of life as we know it). I understand the sentiment, and I also understand why Peter posted his poll. However, I think that discussion and that poll could have a chilling effect on overall discussions around here. I've already seen mentions in other threads where people are debating whether posts are appropriate. That kind of nonsense is going to stymie a lot of conversation where anecdotes and stories are shared and perhaps even information. Nothing ever good comes from a crackdown and increased enforcement among a generally law-abiding population. We're all smart and reasonable people here, right? One person flagrantly disregarding the rules and thumbing his nose should not result in everyone else having to look over their shoulders. It was an anomaly, not the new normal. This place is awesome because it offers something few, if any, other sites offer--old car content. But to clamp down and become more militant about "the rules" will quash the sometimes fun and goofy side conversations that happen here. Most posters understand the rules, Ed included, and as a result I don't think there's a reason to draw hard lines in the sand. There's the spirit of the law and then there's the law itself, and they aren't always the same. I think everyone here obeys the spirit of the law--we don't really need it to become an enforcement thing, do we?
  12. 14 points
    Anything with a 12-volt electrical system?
  13. 14 points
    Well, now my addiction to pre war cars has spread to me buying a workshop and storage building. I found a 1.5 acre property that is 9 miles from the Gilmore Car Museum. The main building is about 40 x 80 with 16ft interior ceilings, has a full bath, an office, a lift, a paint booth with air circulation system, a separate room for blasting, and a separate wing with a 24 x 15 machine shop area. Also there is a an balcony/loft area above the bathroom and office that will be the cigar lounge room. The shop also has two 80 gallon air compressors with metal piping and hook ups throughout all areas of the building. The second building is a 32 x 40 storage garage with 9 ft interior ceilings and two garage doors that are 12ft W by 8 ft H. This building will store cars when they are not in the shop to keep them clean. The storage garage is climate controlled by a mini split system. The third building is a 100 year old carriage garage that was moved to the property by the previous owner and it will be a great shed. I also have an additional four post lift on order for the main shop building. This will lead to years of fun, learning, and working on cars with my son and friends. Any tips for someone starting with their first workshop?
  14. 13 points
    Started this restoration in 2014 with the goals of doing everything possible to preserve the car in the future and to drive it for pleasure. We took the car, which is far from finished, for it's first short shakedown cruise last Sunday. All the basic safety features are working and it is licensed. The engine performed far beyond all expectations, ran flawlessly, held good oil pressure and stayed cool. The rebuilt transmission however, is really noisy in first gear, works OK but not what I expected for noise. The transmission shifted well, as we had hoped, after spending quite a bit of time adjusting and fine-tuning this unique shift linkage. Steering was a white-knuckle adventure. The tires are junk yard rag radials. A new set of tires and an alignment should make things right. The clutch worked quite well. The brakes are up to the task but need to adjust the parking brake. The South Wind heater is not working yet - would have been nice on a 40 degree day. All gauges in the restore cluster work great. Gonna miss power steering and brakes. I might need to figure out how to add some strength to these old arms. Missed outside mirrors and reached for a turn signal switch to the left of the steering wheel more than once. Thanks to all of those who provided support getting us here! More to go, but we have reached a significant landmark. Bob H
  15. 13 points
  16. 13 points
    Here they are. Auburn Victoria, standing on the running board of my 1931 Auburn I think would be fitting to name Victoria.
  17. 13 points
    I think that Matt Harwood fairly well summarized my feelings on this subject earlier in this discussion. One guy who wanted to talk about restomods got upset when he was told that some of his posts were inappropriate for this forum. Instead of modifying his behavior, or going elsewhere, he started complaining about the forum rules quite publicly and attempted to solicit supporters for his position. The bottom line is the forum has run fairly well for decades, with occasional bumps along the road, without taking massive moderator activity to keep it civil and generally within the rules. This poll and this discussion was an overreaction to this recent issue. AACA hosts this forum along with multiple other subforums for different clubs and for the vast majority of all AACA eligible cars. The vast majority of the members follow the forum rules. I would prefer to see this poll and discussion ended soon and let us get back to the normal day to day use of the forum to discuss Preservation, Maintenance, Restoration and Repair of Antique Automobiles and related AACA and other antique car clubs.
  18. 12 points
    I’ve always been fascinated that any car club would air dirty laundry on a public forum. The damage done is huge. If I were a new guy, have an old Buick, and looking for a club to join...do you really think I’d pursue membership in the club that’s fighting amongst itself on this forum? I do have an old Buick, 1910 Model 16, but have found with many clubs the early cars are pretty much ignored. I had a 1910 Hudson, joined the club, only to find if you didn’t have a step down then not much respect nor information. To the Buick club, stay on AACA forum for information, but if you want to discuss crappy leadership or personal biases, go somewhere else. Doing so here casts a very dark shadow on your club.
  19. 12 points
    My mother used to say "Well, excuse me for living", but I think that's a neat piece history. I'm sure it's not worth 6500 buy it now in the general scheme of things, but this has to be one of the few "bottle" cars that are out there.....what fun that would be....
  20. 12 points
    And the boot in place (not yet screwed down). Before the boot and after the boot pictures.
  21. 12 points
    I just said this in another thread, but it's far more relevant here. I certainly understand the reason for this poll and Peter's motivations, but I do not think that one incident should fundamentally change the way we conduct ourselves around here. One person was pushing modified cars pretty hard and then thumbed his nose at us when we told him this wasn't the right place for it, then took his ball and went home when finally called out. None of that changes who we are as a group or the community we've built. This poll has created divisions and rifts that were never there and shouldn't be in the future. 99.9% of the people here understand the rules and play by them, even if they do sometimes get bent a little. I think that's perfectly OK. I rarely meet people who flagrantly disrespect the forum, the AACA, or its members, and they either quickly change their tune and join the community or they bug out--either way is OK. It's a self-correcting mechanism, which is typically called "culture." Our culture here is old, unmodified cars, but there's a lot of gray area around the borders that we allow people to use in the interest of being a community. How many fun discussions have grown out of a non-antique car discussion or even a non-automotive thing (like caption contests, photos of your family, what is your daily driver?, etc.). Rules are fine, but we're a community. We're friends having conversations. And we're adults. I am certainly not saying that we should welcome modified or late-model cars, so don't put those words in my mouth. I am saying that 10 days ago there was no problem and now I'm seeing multiple threads with people fretting that said thread "breaks the rules" or isn't appropriate for the AACA. This thread, this poll, and the situation that led to it have all had a chilling effect on the conversations we have here--conversations between smart, reasonable, respectful people--and that's not cool at all. Everyone here knows the rules and generally abides by them. More rules, more enforcement, tighter administration of the AACA's mission is not necessary and it never has been. Adults have always been able to act like adults (and yes, I'll admit that I'm one of the bigger offenders and I'll challenge any of you to a "most deleted posts" contest). We know the rules, we have always felt that a little bending was OK, and we always come back to a place that's comfortable and well within the AACA's stated mission. There's exactly zero danger of hot rods and customs becoming part of this community, regardless of what rules are (or are not) changed/enacted/enforced. Don't let one person and one incident dictate what this place becomes in the future. This forum is my favorite--by far--because the people I know, the lessons I've learned, and yes, the fun I have talking to all of you. You inspire me, you are my cheerleaders, you are my friends, and you are my technical support. Making everyone look over their shoulders because "the rules" are now rigid instead of flexible will take all that away from us. We're reasonable people, we always have been, and I suspect we always will be. We can obey the spirit of the law with out the letter of it being enforced like a brick wall. How many of you complain about "the nanny state?" Now how many of you understand that this is EXACTLY how the nanny state is born? Let's not do that, eh? It's been cool for the 20 years I've been here. There's no need for a change just because one kid pissed everybody off. We don't need changes. Let's just pretend it's 10 days ago and everything will be cool. We'll get over it.
  22. 12 points
    You know how to make cars totally safe and eliminate most accidents? Swords instead of airbags. Just watch how carefully everyone drives with a blade aimed at their chest...
  23. 11 points
    Julie and I are proud to have received the 2019 Post-War Buick Award at the AACA Annual Convention. Thanks to all who helped make it happen!
  24. 11 points
    As promised, the AACA Board of Directors, reviewed our forum policies at a meeting February 6, 2020. They unanimously voted to keep our forums in line with the stated goals of our club. The club has complete respect for other forms of the automotive hobby but our aims are specific to saving history and we believe there are other wonderful organizations who can fill the needs of those interested in modified cars. We will be updating our membership terms for using this forum to make it clear about our intent. Thanks for your sharing your thoughts with us.
  25. 11 points
    Well, before I get too self-congratulatory about my little water jacket cleaning system, I decided that I'd try reversing the hoses. What could it hurt and maybe it'll reach some different nooks and crannies. The result was totally unexpected and I still don't quite know why. I connected the blue hoses from the pump to the fittings on the sides of the block, and the clear outlet tubes coming off the heads used the red hoses to drain back into the bucket. This is the direction coolant flows through the engine in operation. With everything in place, I turned on the pump... and watched it almost completely drain the 5-gallon bucket. Eventually a small trickle came out the water outlets but it wasn't nearly enough to fill the tubes like before. Eventually it stabilized with perhaps four gallons of Evapo-Rust in the engine and maybe a gallon (or less) still in the bucket--that's exactly the opposite of the way it was running before. In fact, there wasn't enough Evapo-Rust in the bucket to submerge the heater, which started to smoke so I disconnected it and removed it. Running in the opposite direction, the blocks filled with Evapo-Rust but the output was pretty tepid. The system is running, but you can see there's not enough flow to fill the outlet tubes. Odd... It also rapidly drained the 5-gallon bucket, leaving just enough to keep the nozzles submerged. That's the opposite of before. Where'd it all go? Even more strange was when I tried to fill the outlet tubes by closing off one of the valves so the pump's output was going exclusively to one side of the engine. My theory was that at full power, that pump should move plenty of liquid through one side and just gravity would not be able to drain it at an equal rate. But it actually had the effect of filling the other side instead. Huh? So what's going on? I spent quite a bit of time looking at the system and noted that the Evapo-Rust that was visible in the clear outlet tubes was aerated, but it was also running down the sides of the tubes as liquid. That meant it wasn't foaming in the block, but rather it was flowing out with some amount of force that was causing it to cavitate when it hit the fitting at the bottom of the tube. OK, that makes sense, as the input side is only a 1/2-inch hose while the outlet is a 1.5-inch tube. The pump couldn't possibly move enough liquid through the small hose to fill the engine as well as that tube--physics doesn't work that way. But what about diverting it to one side but it was the other that side filled up? I don't really have a good answer, but I suspect that was simply drainage. Still, I don't know why it wouldn't drain that fast with the pump working. Very weird. Evapo-Rust clearly flowing out of the water neck with some velocity... ...And then hitting the bottom and foaming up. After my initial frustration, I realized all this was probably a good thing. The fact that the bucket was nearly empty meant that A LOT more Evapo-Rust was actually in the engine doing some work. That also meant that for the last two weeks that it has been running, it has likely never reached all the upper areas of the water jacket. It was running through the heads and water jacket too fast and since I was throttling the pump to prevent cavitation, it was draining faster than it was filling. As a result, only about a gallon was circulating at a time and probably only to the lower areas of the front of the block. The upper areas of the water jacket were probably untouched (I don't really want to take it apart for an autopsy but I'm confident in this theory). I'm glad it reversed it because this showed me that my initial setup wasn't getting the job done. Even now with more Evapo-Rust working inside the engine, I'm afraid it's not quite filling the water jackets fully. My solution will be to get two more valves and use them to close off the drain hoses so they're smaller than the input hoses. That should build some pressure in the block and force the Evapo-Rust into every nook and cranny, and maybe even filling the clear outlet tubes fully so I can watch what's going on. Then I'll know that the block is completely filled. So tomorrow I'll get some valves, I'll add some extra Evapo-Rust to the bucket (which means I'll have to devise a way to catch the overflow when I turn it off because there will be 7 gallons moving through the system but only a 5-gallon bucket to catch it), and turn it back on and let it run for another week. I bet we see the Evapo-Rust turn really dark, really fast this time... Sometimes it pays to just poke around and see what happens.
  26. 11 points
    I dont' have access to all of the information that the BCA Office or the BCA Board have, but having been the Bugle Editor for 14 years and having been a BCA member for 43 years, I can give you a pretty well-educated guess as to what is happening with BCA membership numbers. Yes, our membership numbers are in decline, like just about every other antique car club and similar organizations. Sure, we get dozens of new members every month, but the numbers who cancel or do not renew are greater than the monthly or annual number of new members. It's due to old age, people! Period! Look around at a BCA national meet. The vast majority of the attendees are over 65, many of them way over 65. Old people get sick; they become disabled; they go to nursing homes; they die. When I became the Editor in December 2005, there were rarely any death notices in the Bugle, and membership was close to 10,000. Now, I get phone calls from widows almost every month saying they want to stop the subscription due to their husband's passing (I take the information, but I don't maintain the mailing list--the BCA Office does that). Several years ago, I noticed that someone I knew in the BCA seemed to die nearly every month. Now, it's almost every week that I know someone in the club who died (four already this month of January). So, it's not primarily members cancelling their memberships due to lack of interest or not getting enough out of the club, or something like that. Some of them cancel because they sold their Buick. I know I'm a member of seven different antique car clubs, but when I sell my Rambler or my Hudson, I will probably cancel those subscriptions because I'm not as heavily involved in those clubs as I am in the BCA, and I rarely have time to read seven different magazines each month. But the vast majority cancel because they die or become disabled. And that's going to continue and it's going to increase, but there will always be a core group of members to keep the club going--that's my opinion for what it's worth. Pete Phillips
  27. 11 points
    I would like to point out that this is not a discussion of liking or not liking modified cars, nor is it meant to bash those who do like and own heavily modify cars. I admire the workmanship on such cars, and there’s even one hot rod I’d like to own. But that’s not what this forum is about. This forum is based on original cars, or cars restored to more or less original condition. Simple as that. It’s not a place to discuss installing Mustang front ends nor swapping to a SBC engine. One doesn’t walk into an Episcopal Church and expect to hear someone preaching the Catholic Church doctrine. I don’t want to come to this forum and have to read about heavily modified cars. I can go elsewhere to do so, if I so desire.
  28. 11 points
    Today I accepted an offer on my dad’s garage that included the ‘63 Corvair. If it closes, the last of dad’s cars, excluding the ‘57 Skyliner will be gone. I had hoped to keep this one and get it running, but had to sacrifice it to ensure the contract was accepted. I had to take a deep deep breath and admit that the burdens of my fathers real estate expenses and the inconvenience of moving the car and parts, wasn’t worth it. I’ve lost enough time off work and the locals are getting tired of my relentless pleas for help. The positive is the contract doesn’t require me to do a lot of final cleanup that I thought I’d have to do. That is a huge relief. Now I’m one step closer to moving past all of this. I think my dad would have wanted me to be relieved of this burden. I feel like it just wasn’t meant to be for me to have this Spyder for some reason that only God and my father knows. Maybe it really is “Unsafe at any speed”. 😂 (Of course I’m kidding)
  29. 10 points
  30. 10 points
    I agree with Marty - MrJBuick . We both are members of the Long Island Chapter. He much longer then I have been as I only joined the BCA and the Long Island Chapter after I bought my 1940 Roadmaster about a decade ago. My perspective is from someone who owns a variety of cars , mostly pre war, and from the perspective as well of an author and historian. I have belonged to a lot of clubs , joined AACA in 1965, CCCA ( 1972-2017) Franklin Club ( 1965-2010 or so) and was active in the Society of Automotive Historians on many levels as well. I am not of the type to join something and then sit back and be entertained or complain that there is something happening I do not like but never make an effort to take the time to help out. We all have our limits of patience, I understand and appreciate and accept that. In the time I have been in the L.I. Chapter of the BCA I have seen and known several sets of officers/directors - did not agree every time with everything they did BUT they are the nicest most caring group of car collectors that I have on a whole, ever met. Read the last lines that Marty leaves us with - no truer words can be said , I agree completely: No Matter how the day has been, every time i open the door to my garage the day just gets better, and I thank God for my Family and my Life !
  31. 10 points
    The office manager never had a vote (though great influence). The CFO did have a vote, but only on financial matters and the chief judge only on judging matters. Both of their rights to vote were passed by the BOD after correct posting in the Budge of the potential change in SOP and only after NO significant feedback received from the membership on either. So technically your BOTH wrong... regardless this is going nowhere AGAIN... How 'bout we quit bitching at each other and go enjoy some Buick...life's too short. This dead horse is quite beaten already... time to move on...
  32. 10 points
    Looks exactly like a Google Car. For the record, it is not over 25 years old.
  33. 10 points
    Im hoping this forum doesnt "cave" to accept a bunch of modern metal. The mission it has had has been great.
  34. 10 points
    So with the engine on the stand and all but one of the broken studs removed from the blocks, the next step had to be getting everything in shape for the future. I made an attempt to clean out the cooling system when I first got it and the car was assembled, and actually fooled myself into thinking it was clean in there. But once it was apart and the heads were off, I could see just how bad it was. Nothing that 96% of other old cars don't have as well, but if this was going to be a healthy car that could be toured with confidence, the cooling system had to be addressed. I sent the radiator out to be re-cored and it came back looking like art--for $1800, I suppose that was mandatory. The radiator shop told me it was about 30% blocked, so that was certainly a factor in the overheating issues even though when I reverse-flushed it, nothing came out. It was simply packed too tightly. A new radiator was step one. $1800 worth of cooling system art. Step two is the water pump, which has been sent out for rebuilding and an upgrade to a stainless shaft, ceramic bearing to eliminate the packing, and a fresh impeller. It should be better than new. I expect I'll have it back in the next week or two. Step three is cleaning out the coolant passages in the block. The Lincoln K V12 uses composite construction--an aluminum crankcase to which the iron blocks are bolted. The water pump is mounted on the passenger's side and driven by the generator, which is driven by a chain inside the crankcase. The water pump has a built-in oil cooler. Coolant is pumped from the pump up into the blocks, with the driver's side block being fed by a tube through the crankcase--there are two large cast bronze manifolds that move the coolant from the crankcase to the blocks. None of those areas are affected by rust, of course, but the iron blocks were a mess. Since it was my intention to keep the engine as assembled as I could, I couldn't send the blocks out to be hot-tanked and cleaned, we had to do it in-house. We had to just get all the loose rust out of there. Looking inside, you could see it piled up. I had some long engine cleaning bristle brushes that would scrub around in there, but the most effective tool was simply a long piece of stiff wire. I gouged and scraped to knock as much loose as possible. I used a magnet to pull out the biggest chunks, and then blasted it out with a high-pressure mini nozzle on a hose. Once I had removed as much as possible, the next step was chemically removing the rust. Pretty nasty inside. This is after a few passes with the magnet and hose. A fairly nasty slurry of rust and water came out under pressure. A lot of this trash came out. No wonder it ran hot. Fortunately, there are chemicals that can do such a job rather effectively. Personally, I'm a fan of Evapo-Rust. It takes a little time but works beautifully on iron rust. I initially devised a setup with a plastic manifold for hot tubs and little plastic tubes feeding all the coolant passages in the top of the blocks where they connect to the heads. There are 54 of them. I bought a small electric pump that would push Evapo-Rust through that manifold, through the little tubes, through the blocks, and out the bottom where a pair of fittings I'd made would return the Evapo-Rust to the bucket. Well, all those little tubes were tough to seal to the blocks and sprayed Evapo-Rust all over the place. Failure. The backup plan was the better plan. I reinstalled the heads using plumbers' putty to seal the coolant openings between the heads and block (I have fresh head gaskets, but why waste them?). It was just temporary and didn't have to do anything except make it water tight, so it was a good solution. I bolted down the heads lightly, installed the water necks on the front of the heads upside-down, and rigged up some hoses and tubing to feed Evapo-Rust through the water necks, into the heads, and down through the blocks. A Y-fitting with valves like you'd use on your garden hose fed the pump's output to the two water necks and I could use those valves to regulate the flow--I didn't want too much pressure, just enough to keep the stuff moving through the blocks. The current setup: bucket of Evapo-Rust feeding a small sump pump (arrow) with a Y-fitting. Pump feeds red and blue hoses to water pump necks installed upside-down on the heads. Evapo-Rust flows through the heads, down through the blocks, and out the side fittings where the bronze manifolds are attached. I made some crude fittings that would allow me to connect short garden hoses that would recycle the Evapo-Rust back into the bucket. Then I plugged it in and let it run for a week. Simple fitting, one on each side, allows blocks to drain into the bucket to recycle the Evapo-Rust. Note the hole in the crankcase, which is the tube that feeds the driver's side block from the passenger's side water pump. Right now, the pump has been circulating the Evapo-Rust for a little over a week. The pump is a little noisy but it seems OK and you can see the Evapo-Rust moving along by holding a flashlight behind the clear tubing. The Y-fitting with valves was useful because the pump was aerating the Evapo-Rust, so I throttled it back a bit which keeps it liquid. At this point, I think the Evapo-Rust is almost used up, but on the other hand it hasn't gotten any darker in the last few days so maybe that means all the rust has been removed. I don't have any way of knowing without taking it apart and looking inside, which I don't want to do just yet. I may circulate a fresh bucket for a little while just to see if there's anything left to remove. We'll see... Evapo-Rust gets darker as it gets used up. I think it's almost done.
  35. 9 points
    The car body is out of the paint booth and most of the buffing was completed when I stopped by today. The rest of the parts will probably be painted by the time I next get a chance to stop by. The photos will give you an idea, but the car actually looks better in person than in the photos.
  36. 9 points
    A fellow member sent me a PM the other day cautiously asking about some of the information from a previous thread about this car, especially the details about metal stitching. I realized that I had a lot of details there but they're all wiped and while we've talked vaguely about metal stitching elsewhere, it's still kind of like black magic to a lot of people--myself included before I saw how it worked. Shortly after the car arrived in July 2018, my son Riley and I were doing some tinkering at the shop. While the Lincoln was idling in the parking lot, Riley pointed at the side of the engine and asked, "Where's that water coming from?" With a flashlight, I was quickly able to ascertain that it was not the water pump, not a head gasket, not a hose, but a hole in the side of the cylinder block weeping coolant. Oh boy… Just a little drip on the side of the block... ...which required this much material to be removed. Also note the crack extending up to the deck surface as well as the sleeved cylinder and .030 pistons--someone in the past knew about the damage and just covered it up and ignored it. With some investigation, we found that the block had cracked sometime in the not-too-distant past and that whomever had discovered the damage had hastily covered up the hole with some epoxy and painted the engine block to hide it. Obviously that is neither a correct nor a permanent repair, and it caused me no small amount of consternation in the days that followed. A few phone calls revealed that rebuilding a Lincoln K V12 costs roughly 70% of this particular car's total value, and that's provided I could find a replacement block. The solution? I would remove the engine from the car and send it to Frank Casey in Massachusetts who is reportedly the world's finest practitioner of the arcane art of metal stitching. Yes, metal stitching. Knitting cast iron together without the use of heat. Skeptical? So was I. It works and seems like nothing short of a miracle. There's sound science behind it and metal stitching can save ancient metal parts once thought irreparably damaged and do it without the fear of future issues. Forget what you know about repairing cast iron. The following photos are from a variety of sources (including my own block) showing how the process works. I could describe it, but the process seems so much like black magic that you really have to see it with your own eyes to understand. Have a look: A fresh chunk of cast iron was stitched into place creating a permanent repair that will be invisible once the block is painted. The crack on the deck was also stitched and machined smooth. Pressure testing held 40 PSI for three days. Repair is good. How metal stitching works. Overlapping threaded studs called "laces" replace the damaged metal and lock into place using reverse-tapered threads. They can be ground, machined, painted, and finished to be completely invisible. Think this block is toast? Guess again. Amazing repairs can be achieved with metal stitching. Metal stitching can save ancient metal parts once thought irreparably damaged and do it without the fear of future issues. There are those who claim to be able to weld cast iron, but they are few and cannot guarantee success. Specialized materials and techniques, including preheating the castings in an oven and cooling them at a controlled pace are keys to success, but it is impossible to know how an ancient casting will react to the stress of welding decades after it was made. Add in oil contamination, porosity, the typically low quality of the materials used in the past, and the unpredictable nature of shattered metal, and you have a process that is far from a sure thing. Many of you have seen hackneyed work-arounds when replacement castings cannot be found, and in many cases, valuable, irreplaceable parts are scrapped simply because there are no alternatives. The stitching process is very much what it implies, a literal knitting together of metal parts using tiny holes with specialized metal fittings called locks and laces. They not only reinforce the repair, but fill the cracks permanently, rendering an air- and water-tight surface that can be machined, drilled, tapped, and stressed just as if the damage had never existed. It is as much art as science and is probably not for the do-it-yourself hobbyist without significant practice. But as you can see, the process can salvage parts that most of us would have considered scrap. I was able to keep my engine largely assembled, eliminating the expense of a full rebuild, something that would not have been possible with any of the welding processes. Once the engine is reassembled and painted, the repair will be invisible and should last another 80 years without issue.
  37. 9 points
    Do you remember? Who played, who won, what brave souls drove their Buicks to New Orleans?? Check this out, just came across this yesterday in preparing some old Bugles for donation and thought Hmm, how timely and some other thoughts not sharing cause there's some good friends gone and some others still around, I joined the BCA around this time, this was in the April 1986 Bugle, just looked at the new member list, and looks like my name would be in the May 1986 Bugle!
  38. 9 points
    My Three Sons. They found time to work together. Now that's a rare find! (1972 Pontiac Ventura II) Fred MacMurray would be proud,
  39. 9 points
    I have noticed the lack of knowledge is a problem. I was a local swap meet, I was going thru a box of pre war headlight bulbs, the guy asked me if I knew what they were for, I said yes, he said great you can have them, you are the only person to look at them all day.
  40. 9 points
    There is no "new direction". It was a clarification of the direction that the club has been in for its entire existence.
  41. 9 points
    Wow! How nice of you all, but I am the one to thank YOU!! It has been my joy to spend the last 14 years with this group and this magazine. I'm not a shy person and certainly not one with a brevity of words, so I would like to give a few personal observations and thoughts since I will be retiring very soon and will most likely forget how to easily find this forum again. I’ve designed magazines for seven different hobby clubs over the last 20 years and every single one of them now have declining memberships. You don’t have to be a genius to surmise what the various reasons might be (free services online, young people don’t join clubs as much as 20 years ago, cost of dues, not as much interest in antique cars, health/death of older club members, cost of hobby, not enough benefit out of clubs, etc. etc.). Good chance, no matter what is done in any of these clubs, it’s not going to change the numbers dramatically. That doesn’t mean the club shouldn’t try to lure new members, but wringing our hands over this issue, year after year after year — and pointing fingers or expecting someone, or something, to change the dynamics is just a waste of energy. Instead, enjoy what you have and help to contribute something positive when you can. For the most part, this is a really great group of people. (An aside — the Bugle posts a list of new members every other issue, not every issue. Out of curiosity I did a quick count of the new members we listed last year, March 2019 to February 2020. The total number of new members was 569, more or less. I’m not sure this has any significance, but thought it was worth passing on.) The Bugle is only one of the benefits of a BCA membership. From what we’ve been told from past surveys, the majority of members like it a lot and look forward to the printed copy each month. Others are happy with the online E-version at a cheaper rate. I’d expect to have more and more of those going forward. And I assume there are some members who don’t care a bit about getting the magazine and throw it in the trash upon delivery. Can the Bugle be improved? Of course. Hire the top editor in the country, a team of graphic designers, and a printer who publishes only top of the line publications and you’ll have an improved magazine. But even then there will be members who will complain … because … well, for some people that’s just what they do. None of you, of course 🤪 Anyone familiar with magazine production knows that the art director does not make editorial decisions. Art directors are basically page designers. We try to design each magazine page using the paid advertisements, text and images that are sent to us each month, hoping to present articles and other information in an interesting, attractive and easy to understand manner. I have my own views of what I like to see in the Bugle, of course, but I am only one of 6,000+ members. I personally like a wide variety of topics. I can usually find something of interest in most any topic if written and presented well. I don’t understand tech reports, but I really like to see them in the magazine because I think most members enjoy reading them. I wish we had more. Meet applications, lists of tech advisors, chapters and division, voting ballots and other business information is all part of our obligation to membership, but I really hate using expensive color pages for those b/w necessities. Some people don't want to see any of it because it doesn't change a lot. Others complain if we leave something out even one month. Letters to the editor can be interesting and I like getting feedback about an article that was previously printed, but long-winded complaints about the club are just incendiary and boring to most readers. As for BCA club business, I think a financial report should be sent to all members every single year without fail. I prefer a separate mailing – not printed within the body of the magazine. But if it saves a lot of money, using the mailwrap for that is fine too. I basically would like to receive something like an end-of-year corporate report to members (share holders). I’d like to see more BOD reports printed within the magazine – maybe half a page feature every month or every other month — just to have an idea of what issues they are working on, but I don’t care about all the details or votes that the BOD makes. And this is one thing I know for sure: For every one person who wants multi-page detailed financial reports printed in the Bugle, along with all of the BOD minutes and votes taken each month, there are ten members who don’t give a damn and are furious to have expensive color magazine pages wasted on that kind of “boring” information. The vast majority of members are in this club for fun, like-minded friendships and car information — not Board votes or infighting about the inner workings of the club. Pete (and I) do our best to strike a balance, but it’s not always easy and those decisions will never make every single member happy. And THAT truly is a fact! About Pete: I wish I could adequately articulate how hard he works to try to present a variety of articles throughout the year. Early Buicks, late model Buicks, barn-find originals, expertly restored award winners, old Buick dealerships, Buicks located in other countries (Cuba, Germany, Italy, Australia), tour reports, chapter meets, auctions, tech articles, etc. etc. Where do you think these articles come from? Thin air? Pete writes a lot of the articles himself, but we also beg people to contribute to the magazine – to send a personal story about their car or a road trip or a meet they attended or a tech article about some repair they made. And if we receive something and it is even half-way decently written, we print it. So if you don’t like what you see in the Bugle – or would like to see more of a particular topic, there IS something you can do about it. How many articles did you contribute to the Bugle last year? Look at page 3 of every issue to see what’s coming up in a future issue, and if you know something about that model or topic, contact Pete and offer your expertise or send literature that he can use…or offer to write an article. Some of you here are multi-article contributors and I’d like to personally thank you for what you have done in the Bugle. It is truly appreciated. For those who know me, you already know how much I’ve loved designing this magazine and how much I’ve enjoyed working with so many of you on this forum. I’ve had extraordinary creative freedom in this job and almost zero micromanaging from Pete or the BCA board. I’ve been a very happy camper and stayed with this magazine longer than any other. But I am finally retiring - in FIVE days! The March issue was my last and it is finished – already with the publishing company. I had planned to retire two years ago, but decided to stay through the 2019 National Meet in Oklahoma, mostly because Pete was in charge of it and I wanted to help him with advertising. I have a ton of projects that I want to start (or finish) and I’m really looking forward to those. Just hope I can be disciplined enough to set deadlines without a printer breathing down my neck. The new art director, Shannon Olson, is already hard at work on the April issue. I'll hang around for a bit in case she needs anything, but she's quite experienced and I know she'll do a great job. I just hope she has half the fun I’ve had designing the Bugle. I will miss a lot of you, plan to stay a BCA member and read the Bugle each month — and be surprised to not know what is in it ahead of time, but that will be half the fun! I might peek in every once in a while just to see who is behaving and who isn’t – but bye for now! Cindy❤️
  42. 9 points
    It was nice to finally meet Ted in person. Sorry we did not find a chance to talk more but here are a couple of photos.
  43. 9 points
    oh really!? I’m out of here! If everybody here can’t agree that 1954 was the last real Buick and also the most classiest ever, then you’re all just a bunch of nimkapoops!
  44. 9 points
    This thread is a prime example of why I will never (likely) get involved with running a club again. My blood pressure and anxiety thanks me for stepping back. To those who want to cut ties with the club after seeing posts like this - there will always be discontent. You have to ask yourself - "Amy I enjoying my membership to this club?" At the end of the day, the club is as fun or enjoyable as you MAKE it. Get involved with a local chapter if you have one close by. Go to the meetings. Attend one of the events they host. Forget the politics....that aspect will always be there. Focus your attention to what gives you joy.
  45. 9 points
    Harm, I definitely need telling and reminding! I must admit that I have now decided that I need to treat, what is left of my lungs, like 'gold dust' Jane has offered to do any dusty clearing up, painting etc. for me. I am going to buy some new filters for my air fed Powercap and make sure I wear it when grinding. I now know my days of being 'gung ho' about things like that must stop. I am also going to get somebody else to finish repairing and painting the wings (fenders) for the Humberette. I am really enjoying learning and carrying out the machining work so I am going to concentrate on that side of the restoration. Much to Janes consternation, I bought a couple of machines yesterday on eBay, a Bridgeport Mill and a Jones and Shipman Surface Grinder. Although old, they look as if they have been well looked after. The next problem is getting them collected and delivered to me. I then need to sell the old Archdale mill and old surface grinder to make room for them in the workshop. I hope I have enough height in the workshop for this Bridgeport milling machine, otherwise it may end up a bit of an embarrassment for me! It comes with loads of tooling and accessories. It says on the plate Bridgeport and underneath Adcock-Shipley. It was a spur of the moment bid, so I need to find out more about these machines. The Jones and Shipman grinder comes with dust extract, about 12 grinding wheels and a balancer. Life's not worth living if you can't have some toys to play with! As you can probably tell from the above, I am now feeling better than I have done for months.
  46. 9 points
    Got the tank all wet sanded after a light spray of some guide coat. Sealed any areas broken to bare metal then mixed up the single stage. Wiped it down with Prepsol then shot the top edges and filler neck leaving the two areas where the tank will rest on the stand. Flipped the tank over and gave it two coats. I’m very happy with my results considering this is my first foray into the whole process of body work. Some orange peel and some light dust bunnies but neither are too much. Ready to go in the car once it’s totally dry.
  47. 9 points
    Of course you can continue to be auburnseeker: nobody can have just one!
  48. 9 points
    I didn't check Box #2, although I essentially agree with JV's comments. Confusing matters further, this forum is somewhat akin to a buncha buddies hanging around in the garage — most of the discussions are around our old, mostly original, cars but invariably the conversation includes some interesting new car technology or whatever, and that's fine too. This can't be policed with hard and fast rules, we just need to have faith that the moderator(s) will make required content/attitude decisions using their best judgement and that's that. I have that faith.
  49. 9 points
    Don't think it will hurt the chrome, but sure gets rid of the rust. You could contact them and get a for sure answer.
  50. 9 points
    My daughter at 1 year old , 30 years later with her 1 year old son. Same car 1922 Packard (different registration plates)