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    Well, you learn something new every day! From a photo accompanying an Associated Press article this morning about the US Ambassador to Iceland, I found out that Iceland still uses a 1942 Packard One Eighty Limousine as one of its official vehicles for transporting its President! Very classy!
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    It sounds more like you have a coil breaking down when it gets hot. The rotor could have been burned needing higher voltage to fire the plugs which a new rotor would help. I would still look at your coil.
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    I have found the members of the South Florida Region friendly, welcoming and accepting of my 1941 Buick 71 Roadmaster. They all know I'm a died in the wool Buick man. Maybe they respect my willingness to hold tight to what I believe in. I'm sure there are those who come across in a different way; however, my wife and I have enjoyed good, friendly spirit among all the members of South Florida Region that we have met. They are a good bunch of people.
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    Me aged 19 retrieving a 1938 Buick. We towed it the five miles home with my friend's '37. The '38 had been a taxi in its early life and had 500,000 miles on it. I drove it for a while and sold it to another friend in 1978. He still has it, still unrestored.
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    Carbs, intake and exhaust manifolds back on. Transmission back on with new pressure plate and pilot bushing. Definitely noticed a difference between the new and old pressure plates. I even had to adjust the clutch linkage to get it reconnected. I'm hopeful that was also part of my noise problem. I'm replacing the handbrake cables in the rear as well as plating of few connectors that need it. That will finish this up and I can get back to paint prep! I've decided that before I roll it out I will hook a few things back up so I can fire the engine and try to test the pressure plate. I'm fairly confident that the problem is fixed but it is certainly easier to work on it now with the tub removed.
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    Stanley Jones changing a clutch in his 32 Ford V8 Roadster beside the road 1 hour east of San Diego CA. on the 1990 Great American Race. A Certified Ford V8 guy from Woodland Hills CA., drove the car to NYC to race 4100 miles back to Disneyland. He did about 15 races with this car as Driver/Mechanic/Navigator, no pit crew. This clutch job took less than one hour and the Japanese TV crew was amazed. I was stopped across the road adding water after cracking a head, which we waited until Disneyland to fix. This is what it took to finish some years, but was normal for those early Great Races.
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    Everybody values their time differently based on many factors, the most important of which might be how much they have available. For me, if this $200 piece was ready to use, I would pay it in a heartbeat to save me 2 days of work. Therefore, I think that is a perfectly "fair" price for a hard-to-find part in very good condition, if the only cheaper one available would require significant work. I have gotten some very good deals on parts, but I have also had to pay very dear prices for a few very rare pieces. I look at how much my next best alternative would cost me, both in time it would take me to find another one (if at all), time that would be required for me to fix it, and/or how much I'd have to pay someone else to fix it. A lot of prices seem much more fair if you carefully consider the alternatives.
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    Then they can't stand around scratching their heads wondering why young people with families can't/won't/don't join the club or participate in their events. I don't need them to do anything special to accommodate my kids, but don't give me lip service about being family-friendly and how you want young families to attend, and then when the friendly family shows up, say things like, "I didn't know we were going to have to deal with a couple of booger-factories on this tour--they better stay away from my car," or ask us if we would be willing to drive our own vehicle instead of riding on the motor coach (for which we paid $300/person because they "package" the day's events which includes a "mandatory" bus ride) because the other members are uncomfortable being around kids. Don't charge a 7-year-old the same $200 for lunch that you are charging an adult, because he's not going to eat it anyway. Fine, you don't know whether my kids are well-behaved or not (they are, for the most part--they're just regular kids), but making it seem like they're lepers with open sores isn't the best way to get them to want to be future members or for us to want to be an active part of the club. Waiting around for empty-nesters to power the club into the future isn't a viable business plan. Adding Packard 120s to the roster isn't going to change any of that.
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    Donald, to even BEGIN, we would need a lot more pictures of what is there. The shop manual says little about the convertible top. Perhaps a chassis manual would help. We will try, but we are sorta in the dark. Ben
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    Not going to knock the trailer as it is a great idea, but this is definitely a theft-proof hauler.
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    Ivan, I’m familiar with the Pierce Series 80 transmissions. If the White uses a Brown-Lipe unit I should be able to recognize their product, but I did ask the owner of four Whites about it, and he indicated that the transmission was a White manufactured product. Photos of the disassembled engine will be coming this morning, as the owner of the speedster engine had an issue with his Packard on a ride yesterday afternoon, so he didn’t make it over to his shop. Being a Pierce fan, and now a White enthusiast.........it made me smile just a bit!
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    Does insurance cover stupid? If the whole thing snapped I would have to believe the insurance company would deny the claim right?
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    Freshly home from Korea and newly discharged from Ft. CARSON, Colorado, in 1963, with the future misses on our first date. Now celebrating 56 years with the same lady. Car is a '53 MGTD with a 56 Triumph TR3 hopped up engine,Tx and rear end under it. Home made headers and a pair of Jag S.U.'s Mike in Colorado
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    It may not be factory exact, but it clears the defroster hose and the ivory knob travel aligns with the on-off markings.
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    Here is the last photo showing what this will look like when completely installed. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
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    THIS IS AN EMBALMING FLUID BOTTLE ! It was the Dodge Chemical Company, and I think they still are in business. I cleaned out the cellar of a funeral home that was sold and converted to a residence about 20 years ago, and I remember these bottles. No relation the the car people. I just checked ebay, and there is a pretty lively market for old embalming fluid bottles; I found a few like this one. Here is one like it, with a paper label.
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    Ed Congratulations on your recent find and allowing us to follow along. My friend Don has a 1915 White touring car with a California top. His father purchased the car in 1953. It's a 30 h.p. car. The motor has a compression release that moves the camshaft. When his son Chad was young maybe 8 years old. Don would use the compression release and little Chad would crank start the White. People around the car were amazed a little guy could crank start the big White. Don's about ready to pass the car onto Chad now. Best of success on your trip. Don't let a little water and a simple virus alter your plans. Never stopped you before. Kindest regards Charley
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    Will the club survive if it doesn't encourage and welcome younger people - kids of current members. Kids need to see they are welcomed and there are fun activities they can participate in , THEY WILL BE THE FUTURE OWNERS OF THE CLASSIC CARS. cultivate and generate their interest NOW. What Matt Harwood states is the truth - encourage don't discourage. Adding more cars to the roster of what is/isn't a full classic is not the solution . I contributed to the CCCA magazine for 32 years , was a member for 46 years, got at least a dozen people to join and started one of their regions and edited that regions publications. I am no longer a member.
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    This is what the hobby is all about. He is a great guy and very knowledgable. He has been enjoying playing around with my Coles as well and has been a great help. Glad you two connected! I can tell you from first hand observation that White engine is a powerhouse.
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    This photo of me (age 2) and my mother was taken with the family 1939 Pontiac Arrow, a Canadian Chevy with a nose job.
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    Black is easy to match and one of the more forgiving paints to work with. As always, my advice is not to use a "formula" to match something that already exists but rather to get the paint on the car measured and custom paint mixed to match it. They can account for fading and age and it should look great. If you're starting from scratch for a full repaint, just pick a black. Nobody will ever be able to discern if it's the ACTUAL black that was on there originally because there's simply no way to know. If you want a more vintage look, go with a single stage paint rather than base/clear, which will give you a more authentic shine.
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    That is me in the doorway of the motel, aged 7, on a family holiday in 1960 at Picton, New Zealand. The car is an Australian-built 1934 Buick Series 40 with a Holden sedan body. The motel is still there and looks much the same. The car is in my shed waiting to be restored. A project for my sons. The second photo was taken in Hamilton, New Zealand. That is my grandmother (born 1 August 1890) at her father's funeral. Shew lived to be 98.
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    UPDATE: I spoke to a owner of several White vehicles today. He’s a multi generation brass/pre WWI car guy. His collection is diverse and interesting. From an early Packard Twin Six, several Whites, and others which for privacy I will not disclose. He owns two of the four known 16 Valve White platforms. One is a 15/16 Town Car......,date uncertain, but a test platform pre production car. He also has a duplicate engine, which is missing the chassis from my understanding. The good news, he is currently rebuilding the spare motor going into his speedster project, and he will be sending me photos of it apart tonight, which I will share IF he gives permission, and my guess is it’s a 50/50 chance. I was able to find out driving Characteristics of the standard 4-40 two valve earlier motor.....which he also has, and a long detailed report about his 16 Valve closed car......which, is 5400 pounds........quite heavy, and certainly heavier than my current project by 20 percent off the top of my head. He confirmed that almost no White gas car is identical to any other, as many running changes and improvements were done along the way. He was raving about the engine and chassis. Stated it’s cold blooded but when it warm up, he says there isn’t anything better running down the road. He extensively tours his White along side all the big stuff........and he was especially clear he was keeping up with a Thomas Flyer without any issue, and the car runs out at 55 mph comfortably and safely. His concern on driving faster was the weight of his car and his ability to stop safely. Although it’s a three speed with an overdrive, he regularly only used second and third in town, and only finds overdrive on the open roads. He said the car easily pulls away from a light in second. He was also very clear that you can take off in third and not realize it.........so it’s apparently a torque monster. He also communicated that the clutch works great(oil bath disk) and it’s a “personality” shifter that takes a bit of a learning curve to master. Having had White cars in his family for decades, he had heard of rumors of the car I found but the “White guys” didn’t know where it was. He was generous with his time, and very helpful. Makes me feel even better about the recent “jump off the cliff”. Looks like I will leave a week from today to start the recovery process. Unfortunately my trusty side kick is unable to go with me. So, I will be solo Unless something changes........so I will add an extra day to the trip. If I get photos tonight that are ok to post, I will put them up right away. Best, Ed.
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    I agree with this. I've seen multiple trailers daisy-chained together and open trailers towed like that with others stacked on top. There's no way there could be a car in each trailer or any real weight if a van is pulling it. It has to be delivering new trailers to a dealer or something. Had a guy show up a few weeks ago towing a 24-foot enclosed trailer to take a 1967 Chrysler Imperial convertible to Minnesota and using a Nissan Pathfinder as his tow vehicle. We said, "LOL, no." He was pretty pissed, but I bet the trailer empty was at that little V6 unibody SUV's limit and adding 5000+ pounds of Chrysler would have been a recipe for disaster.
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    Me with my Dad, our 1926 Chrysler 58 and my first 1931 Dodge lurking in the garage.
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    Thanks for letting me know Steve. About a week ago the group Pre War Restoration and Preservation made it the cover page photo so I expect it got a lot of coverage where others have shared. Hopefully it will be able to make a AACA show this year for it’s senior.
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    Been wanting to start this thread for awhile and when I couldn't find a thread that this picture might fit other than Girls on Buicks maybe, thought now is the time to start it. Feel free to transfer factory photos from other threads to here as I know there are quite a few.
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    That is called a retaining washer. 1955 part number is 1346997 which I suspect is the same as yours. Nothing shows on an internet search, so you will have to call a supplier and ask.
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    Those Dodge brothers were both heavy drinkers, but....
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    Somewhat related experience to share. When restoring my 1931 CD8 Chrysler I needed a good 8cyl block and head etc. Although the Dodge DC8/DG8 and 3 series CD8's used virtually same engines except for piston size (4 versions from 2&7/8 dia to 3.25" dia), I was told heads were interchangeable. I eventually found a good CD8 block (3" pistons) and CD8 head (3" pistons). Head fit block perfectly, and I had a NOS head gasket I had purchased. While bolt pattern, head dimensions, etc was identical when I bolted everything up tight and filled with coolant, could not seal properly. Took back apart to find the cooling ports had changed between engine iterations slightly, and holes in head and block were identical but gasket was different. Had to order a specific 3" piston gasket (took part # off an original), which luckily Olsen's had. Even they did not realize the gaskets differed between the 3" first series CD8 engine and the 2nd series CD8 3.125" engines. The photos show the extra coolant ports in the later iteration. I gather they experienced over-heating issues at back end of the early blocks/heads, and so coolant holes matched for first 3 cylinders, but by time you get to last cylinder there are several extra coolant holes. So be careful to ensure block, head and gasket match perfectly including alignment of coolant holes.
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    How about contact information and location?
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    closed body types - on the right front sill open body type - right front seat frame commercial - on front of dash. first one or two numbers are the factory where the vehicle was built. then two letters - BA is Confederate, ( all cars), BE - 1/2 ton truck, N with another letter is commercial trucks. Howard has a beautiful special sedan. It was the feature car on the Gettysburg Founders tour. 2018? Tom
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    Me as my Dad and I towed my first 1931 Dodge to San Diego from Detroit.
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    More absolutely great past car pics with some stories tell...which is the best part. Here is a 41 plymouth station wagon I spotted behind a house in rual Connecticut half under a tarp. ,partly dissassembked but complete ,sunk in the ground.My inquiry was answered with"you want it, take it" All by my 23 year old self( 1984?) the next morning I got it dug out and loaded,only to be met while pulling it out of the yard by the Ex husband who by chance came a stalking...Ex wife called it" to late you SOB". So off I went and them screaming. . After stashing the woody here and there for about 4 years I sold it for $ 400..when the last host moved..The photo is of it being brought to its last storage site.The on looker was a guy named Norman.whos van I used and "son in law "of the car collector /land ower.Other guy I forget..We all were in the same car club.
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    You post a car you see by driving around town.. Here is one from today...
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    Will spare everyone the mundane details of the work day and get to the chase of the Limited story today. I was able to unearth the fenders I took off the Limited in order to cleanup the frame way back making pulling the motor & transmission out much easier. At first glance they don't look too bad but... Like everyone else experiences when really getting into a car, there are surprises to be found. Using aluminium sheet and bondo under fresh paint is such a backyard fix... With the rusted out brace I can't recall just how the bottom of the fenders were attached. The one advantage of having purchased the Buick's a long time ago is I was able to amass parts that I figured would be needed to "fix" them up when I retired (?) and not have to hunt today. There are enough good fenders in there for both the Limited & the Roadmaster plus should be one good one for the Special if and when her time comes... And the push continues...
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    Remember though, this vehicle is going to have historic plates and collector car insurance so it will be relegated to car shows and parades and will not be a work truck anymore.
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    Cadillac Try Googling pictures of late teens early 1920s for a match to this 4 door sedan.
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    The Rest of the Story When Don (2Buicks) revived this thread, it had the effect of finally getting me and Greg (2carb40) to finally complete a transaction that we had started over a year ago for me to get the hardware I needed to get my Super defroster back to factory specs. First, going back to the first photo I posted, I was very confused because my car had a collar for a 3" duct on the firewall side of the defroster, with no damper, which left the control rod from the dash knob hanging out in the wind, not connected to anything. After talking to Greg, we determined that this "collar," in fact, belonged on the other side of the engine compartment. It was supposed to be the connector between the duct from the air cleaner and the radiator support on the driver's side. I removed it and installed it where it should have been. I have no idea why "Mr. Good Wrench" (my not-so-affectionate nickname for the former owner of my car) decided to flip it over to the other side, but at least I figured out where it was supposed to go! Here's what it looks like back where it should be after a fresh coat of semi-gloss black paint. Next, I got the hardware from Greg, including the damper that should have been there in the first place, as well as the clip that holds the 2-and-a-half inch duct from the defroster (along with the heater and defroster hoses) to the side of the engine compartment. Here's what it now looks like all buttoned up. So now I can turn a knob on the dash to select between fresh air and recirculating air to the defroster, as originally intended by the Buick engineers! Not a big deal, but one more step to getting my car back to the way that it was intended to be when it left the factory. A big thanks to Greg @2carb40 for his generous assistance!
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    Your very welcome! Be careful if you purchase a control rod. B4 I looked at the book I made an a-- otta u & me by ass-uming 40's were all same, but no according to parts #s. Im PRETTY CDO about this stuff, so Im going to attempt to locate a control rod for '40 Spec otta curiosity. Oh yeah, that acronim(sp?)of ocd. Us folks know who really are that ocd is alphabetically incorrect! It simply must be CDO! HEAHEA!
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