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    I recently acquired this amazing all-original survivor 1969 Toronado. It's a 24,000 mile car in incredible condition. In addition to the condition and mileage, there are a couple of unique items about the car. First, it is a W-34. The W-34 performance package boosted the stock horsepower from 375 to 400. According to the Toronado chapter of the OCA, only about 20 W-34s are accounted for, so it is very rare. Second, Oldsmobile literature does not show a green vinyl top being available with Covert Beige paint, but the green vinyl top is noted on the window sticker as being factory installed. This certainly is a 1-of-1 car. I wasn't particularly looking for a car when I ran across this in Hemmings, but I couldn't pass it up.
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    The front axle is almost ready. Since the last report, I silver soldered the lower flange, added a sole or shoe (maybe there is a better word) at the location for the front springs, trimmed the whole axle and lastly added the four tiny pieces at each end of the axle. Two will get the grease fitting; the other two are staying closed. These four parts took a long time: I had to drill them, put a pin, drill the axle to accept the pins. Without that, I would not be able to soft solder them at the right place or the one soldered would get misplaced while soldering the one the other side of the axle. What is missing? Again 2 tiny parts which are acting as a steering stop. Only when the brake shield will be done I will see the exact location; they will be soldered with the same method as the four ones, with a pin. What is coming next? Logically, the knuckles. Here we go!
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    Can’t resist these 30’s Buicks so bought myself a Christmas present. Will be going to pick up sometime after Christmas. Planning on taking a set of ‘38 wheels to swap out so as to better roll. I’m assuming 38’s will fit ?
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    I dug out the NOS Delco Distributor Cap and put the wire terminals on it it. The cap is a really dark chocolate-colored Bakelite (darker than some that I have seen). I made the high tension terminals out of a material called DuPont Vespel. This is a cast resin material that we used at Cessna as a coupling between the air conditioning compressor and the drive shaft on Cessna Citation Jets. The material withstands extremely high heat and has high die-electric strength. I was able to buy some of this material as surplus from one of the stockrooms before I retired. This stuff only costs $95.00 per linear inch and it machines beautifully. I will try and get some photos tomorrow of the cap on the rebuilt starter/generator unit. That piece will be all done and waiting for assembly. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
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    I just got back my new running boards, the old ones being in pretty rusted condition. These were made by a local sheet metal shop, Holly Metals. Phil
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    I have taken plugs out. I put oil in cylinders and removed valve cover. I can move some of the rockers and that all looks good in there. The rockers that are not moving I assume are just in open position. I will try to keep posted my progress. No mater what. I want to see this run and drive again.
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    9820618 is a RH rear extension for a 1971 Buick LeSabre Custom and Centurion, fits 2-door hardtop & convertible models.
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    All, Well I finished my 1918 Kissel Gibraltar Sedanlette and am embarking upon my next challenge - a US Army Truck. I have accumulated four - five Kissel Model 6-38 frames, engines, and parts over the last five years. Although I don’t have complete bodies for them, nor enough parts to do complete cars, I DO have enough parts to do complete Kissel light trucks with wood bodies. Kissel did make US Mail and US Army tricks but none have survived. Some were based upon car frames. Pictures of these have survived. I am therefore going to build a 1917 Kissel US Army Truck, bodied as a troop carrier, using the below pictures as guides. I can also use Kissels contemporary sales pictures which sold complete chassis as guides. Maybe this one can be done in two years! The last one took over five, but I built a big house at the same time. Stay tuned. Ron Hausmann P.E.
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    I just finished reading an article on Henry Ford and his camping trips. On one of his trips he was accompanied by Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone, Luther Burbank and PRESIDENT Harding! The story states that his Lincoln touring car became bogged down in the mud on a back road in West Virginia and his chauffeur went to seek help. He returned with a farmer, driving a Model T. After they pulled the Lincoln free, Henry introduced himself and told the farmer that he was the person that built his car. He then pointed out Firestone and told the farmer that "he made your tires". He pointed to Thomas Edison and said "he is the man that put electricity in your house" and pointing to Harding said "that man is president of the United States". When he pointed to Luther Burbank, Henry said "do you know who this man is"? The farmer replied "no but if he is the same kind of liar that those fools are I wouldn't be surprised if you said he was Santa Claus". I don't know if the story is true, but can you even remotely imagine several titans of industry AND the President of the United States on such a trip in todays world!
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    Please give a source, my quick search has turned up nothing on this.
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    Packard 745 roadster...without question don't even have to think about it. I was only 14 but I can still remember like yesterday the exact position on the field I saw this exact car in when it was tattered Maroon and largely original with crudely painted cream wheels. The following year it was in a fire and I never saw it again but that will always be my favorite. I guess a gentleman named Allen Strong now owns it? Hopefully I can catch a glimpse of it at a show again someday that would really be something.
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    You did not say anything about trucks. I already have my dream truck and it was a Christmas present from several years ago. It had everything I wanted in an Antique Truck. Solid rubber tires with wooden spoked wheels, a C cab. A brass radiator. An early lost oil system. Hand start and Magneto ignition so no battery to worry about. Gate shift transmission. A very simplistic and utilitarian design. It's rusty as all get out but runs like a clock. It is a 1925 White Model 15- 3/4 ton. Like my friend Mike say's, It draws folks like flies to cow dung at a show. Dandy Dave!
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    My toys are brass-era. When someone asks me whether I have pre-war cars, I say: "Well, yes, but which war do you have in mind?"
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    Your Corvette may carry your Hershey Directory of Vendors and a T shirt.😉 Bob
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    Gary Martin also found this Finishing Report from Buick Motor Company inside the rear passenger door when he put the new door panels on. I consider this to be the single most important document pertaining to this automobile that is in existence. The frame number, the engine number, and other component numbers are listed as well as an October of 1915 date. This verifies that this Buick is indeed a 'Brass Era' automobile. For me, this document provides the written proof that our Buick was built BEFORE January 01, 1916 and therefore will allow us to participate in any Horseless Carriage Club of America National Sanctioned Tour that we would want to go on. That right there will open the door to tons of fun with a capital F. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
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    When I was 24 I became a joint member of AACA with my wife, who was 23. At the time the AACA entry rule was nothing newer than 1935, except for some Full Classic cars I couldn't even dream about owning. I was a high school graduate, working for the Federal government and we had two young daughters, after being married at 20 and 19 years old. I had owned a number of old cars as a teenager, but nothing older than 1939. In order to participate we had to hire a baby sitter to attend the Region club meeting for our once a month night out. After all, we lived in Glen Burnie south of Baltimore and the meeting was in Towson, well north of Baltimore. At my first meeting I was introduced, and they asked me what kind of old car I had....this was 1962. I stood and said, "well I don't have a car right now, but I hope to find a 1939 Buick." Immediately 2 or maybe 3 old men on the front row jumped up, turned to look at me and derided what I had said, hollering "that is just a used car, and they weren't any good when they were new!" I gulped and sat down. I knew what they said wasn't true. My parents had driven me all over the eastern U.S. and as far from Washington, DC as Michigan from 1941-1951 in a 1939 Buick, and that model held many memories. Already as a teenager I had owned two 1939 Buicks. But, I felt properly chastised and tried to comply. I found a 1934 Pontiac 8 with sidemounts and a luggage rack for $100 at a nearby Glen Burnie mechanics garage and he wanted $100 which I couldn't afford. However, around Chriistmas he called the house and talked to my wife while I was at work. He asked what we would give for the Pontiac. She replied, "I'll give you $90.00, and he took it. So, that was my Christmas present for 1962. It turned out the Pontiac had a loose rod, and by the next Christmas I had sold it for $120 and was back to no approved antique car. Around October, 1963 my best friend, John Dunbar (now a retired police office living in Michigan) called and told me he had found a 1939 Buick in our hometown of Arlington, VA. I was able to buy it for $120 and drive it back to my home in Glen Burnie on my birthday, Oct 19th. I stayed in the club and decided to ignore those club member who derided my car as an "old used car". I was pretty shabby but I drive it to club functions anyway and just let them talk. Not many young people with two kids barely able to afford the house payment would have stuck around in that situation. But I was a fighter when I was young. In 1964 they lost their newsletter editor, and I volunteered. In 1965, I attended my first Philadelphia to accept an an award for that newsletter done in 1964. In 1965 they elected me President and some of the old members quit the club. I had gotten several raises over the years, and was able to afford a paint job in enamel, making the car look pretty much exactly like my first car ever, in 1955. But nothing changed. AACA was still stuck on 1935 and it didn't' look like there would ever be any change, but I stuck to my coarse. In 1966 another young member and I started the CHVA (Contemporary Historical Vehicle Assn.) with by-laws much in the image of AACA with with some changes to correct things we didn't agree with; for example Directors who held office for up to 35 years. CHVA rules in 1967 were 1928-1948, plus the 1949 Cadillac 75 and 1949 Buick 40, both of which looked like 1942-1948 models. The Club grew like gangbusters. Both of us remained active in AACA. I did the local newsletter for 8 years, while also doing the CHVA magazine. Eventually both of those things changed, but in 1970 I joined the AACA judging team. I wrote prize-winning articles in the AACA National magazine in 1969 and 1971. In 1968 AACA decided to accept one new year every other year, the first being 1936 models. Finally, in 1974 AACA gave in and adopted the 25-year rule, and by 1977 was asked to be Judges Training Director in 1977. From there I joined the National Capital Region, AACA also and Chaired the Eastern National Meet in 1984 at the U. of Maryland, College Park. Finally, in 1994 I was asked to run for AACA National Director in 1995 and I was elected to the first of five consequitive terms, being chosen as National President in 2004. During those early years I thought that somehow letting in cars younger than 25 years old (lets say 20 yers old) in to some sort of learning Class would help people work up to having show cars when they became 25 years old. But now, I think if younger people don't have the desire and interest, and staying quality, they're not going to fight the expense rigors of buying a house, raising young children, and succeeding in their jobs, they just won't make it. It's mostly about sentimentality, remembering cars that parents, relatives, neighbors had when you were a kid that bring back fond memories. Then, there are some who are mechanically inclined and will come in at a later age along with the first group who at 40-45 can afford the luxury of the hobby. Oh well, that's my thoughts based on my long 58 years enjoying AACA.
  18. 3 points
    Reportedly progressive teacher course guidelines are to teach young students in their charge that I.C. engines in particular and cars in general are detrimental to planetary health and must be reduced to the extent possible. Just saying.........bov
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    Yes, I had a good visit with Joe for a couple of hours, saw the shop full of tools and serious machinery, the pieces of the Mitchell around the shop. Joe is a charming, erudite fellow and skilled machinist! I'm hoping he'll pay a visit to my garage. I'm sure recreating his Mitchell is tougher in many ways than my Indy car replica. At least I can buy all the engine parts, bearings, and other mechanical bits. Keep up the good work, Joe!
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    Guys, the MaxTrac reluctor fits perfectly the new disc.
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    Maybe a 1973 International Travelall.
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    jOHN, SURE THERE IS- IT BE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Hate to say it, but the AACA can jump hurdles for younger members, but the regions are their grass roots and they much also be conducive. We have two regions in our area and one is doing a great job - Southern Ohio Region (one of the older regions too) and the other I have no clue about these days, but use to go to events with friends on occasion and just plain did not have a good time.
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    As many of us share the same pain of having a fouled up fuel gauge! I had previously shared that I had a friend make me a few stencils so I could R&R my original fuel gauge in my 27/27 Buick. Right now I am using a different style gauge that I got in a box of extra parts from the previous owner’s widow we purchased the car from. While the fuel gauge I am using works, it’s not what I plan on using much longer. So, tonight I had a few minutes to spare and thought I’d play with the stencil and give it a go at etching on a paint can lid and see what happened! In my opinion for about 2-3 minutes of actual etch time and a quick blast from a spray bomb, I personally think it came out great!!! Again, this is my first attempt at DIY Etching using table salt, distilled white vinegar, a splash of hot water, Q-Tips, and a 12V 1.5amp trickle charger! I will continue to practice till I perfect the process before doing the final etching on my actual fuel gauge. Just wanted to share this with you fine folks, I apologize for the quick shaky video but just wanted to share it before I cleaned it up for the evening! I hope you all enjoy.... ps. I will do an actual step by step video and write up and share it for anyone who wants to try this themselves when I etch my actual fuel gauge.
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    You can still see the Riviera sign at the Neon Museum in Vegas. It’s a cool tour there.
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    Or if your car is older and has a vacuum fuel system you can just go to Tractor Supply and get a top inlet/side outlet glass bowl filter with shut off valve for about $15.00 and screw it into the bottom of your vacuum tank. Mine works really well. When I stop the car I close the shut off valve and let the engine run until it stops. That way there is no danger of the carb. float bowl overflowing due to a stuck/leaking needle valve. When you are ready to drive again just open the valve.
  31. 2 points
    It was actually most likely Tesla that put electricity in that man's house. Edison wanted DC and that would have required a substation every quarter mile and was wildly impracticable. Tesla was pushing AC and that is the reason we have the widespread electricity we have today.
  32. 2 points
    For cars especially I prefer email. All I want is a few more simple questions answered and most importantly some more photos. If I have to call, i just pass. Usually the guy on the other end, talks the car up to be the maharajas Duessy , then when you get there it's a 20 year old pinto that was only used in the winter and looks the part. As a seller I never list my number. I screen the buyers to see who is really serious and what their expectations are as well as easier to screen possible trades. Lots of time wasted on phone calls for cars I never went to look at because all I wanted was an answer to 2 questions which they never usually answered or with that word well it's solid. About the most useless word used in describing old cars with the widest interpretation possible.
  33. 2 points
    As far as the ignition is concerned: with the proliferation of aftermarket stuff on the internet, there is always the possibility of acquiring wires, coil, and condenser that do not match each other in impedance. If not matched, firing voltages can be low, resulting in an incomplete burn of the available fuel, and a rich condition. Worse yet, are the electronic conversions that should ALWAYS (one of the words I virtually never use) be installed ONLY after upgrading to an alternator. A generator does not supply sufficiently stable voltage at low RPM for the electronics. Those of you that are old enough, and grew up in rural areas with REA's; do you remember watching TV and the refrigerator kicked on? And the TV picture shrunk about 2 inches at both top and bottom, and then went back to normal? Jon
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    No, it speaks to a much simpler time in history.
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    It's been in my mind like no other from the time I first read about it in Automobile Quarterly years ago. The Alco Vanderbilt Cup racer. After Joel Finn sold it I saw it advertised in one of the English magazines for what seemed a reasonable sum. Way more than what I could afford at the time but less than $100,000.00 if I am remembering correctly. But that was quite a few years ago, I am sure it would be a lot more today. Greg in Canada
  36. 2 points
    I hate auto-correct.... That's what I meant. Sorry for wrong direction.
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    Yes John, there is a difference between the cars I want and the one car I can only dream of........ This 1910 American Underslung Traveller was owned/restored by Walter Seeley. He restored four of these cars. The saga of his “journey” in restoring these cars was documented in the Antique Automobile in the 70’s.
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    If you like world class fabulous cars......a Individual Custom Dietrich Sport Phaeton is a decent choice........ I’m on the left......and it fits the 1932 requirement............
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    As long as the current draw (measured in amps) does not exceed the capacity of the wire and generator. If there are LED versions, then current draw will be minimal, so no issue then.
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    These are all from Dyke's 10th edition (1919). .
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    According to "Ford literature". There is no question Ford was and is incredibly successful in the design of automobiles, but are the Model T and Model A Ford transmissions of similar design as the Buick, where the U-Joint depends on lubrication from the transmission oil? I have done no experiments, to determine at what transmission oil level the little trough that feeds the U-Joint is deprived of oil. I believe the trough is supplied by the spinning transmission gear closest to it. 1" below the fill plug may be fine, I just have no evidence to say that it is. Wear to the U-joint or Ball Socket Bushing can happen over time, silently, from lack of critical lubrication in an area that we cannot observe. Especially with reading the threads on drive line vibrations and sounds, and worn U-Joints and Drive Shaft Ball Sockets and Bushings, I prefer to fill to the bottom of the fill plug hole, so that the thick 600w oil has a chance to get to those crucial driveshaft areas.
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    Oh, how times change. When my wife and I acquired our 1913 Buick the car had gas operated headlamps, but not functional. Using a web site named BrassBuicks.com a great fellow Harold Sharon gave me advise to get the correct pipes, hoses and all the parts to get them to light up. When the job was completed I was so happy and excited I sent in a photo and called it Glowing Gaseous Globes. For the past 20 years my photo was the banner picture on the BrassBuicks.com homepage. Yesterday the moderator telephoned me asking if I had a higher quality photo for use in a new site. I did not, the original picture was taken with an early digital camera which recorded photos to a floppy disc. Luckily I could go out to the garage, connect an acetylene tank, strike a spark and duplicate the scene with my new Nikon D5300 camera. BrassBuicks.com is set for another 20 years of Glowing Gaseous Globes. Technology is ever advancing, always more and more computer power, however, motoring along in a 7 foot tall, 106 year old vehicle at 35 MPH remains my greatest thrill. Harold Sharon is not longer with us, that is my deep regret. Gary
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    This kind of thing is a real hurtle for artificial intelligence.
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    The 22 Maxwell sold on November 7th.
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    By the way I'm afraid that here in Sioux Falls they do use salt but I am washing the car and undercarriage regularly and it is not being driven every day. Being a long haul truck driver I'm an gone for 6 to 10 days at a time and it's only about 5 miles from where I live to where I park.
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    1951 DeSoto Custom 4 door sedan for purely sentimental reasons.
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    Before throwing rocks at the carburetor, insert a fuel pressure gauge right at the carburetor. The $39.95 dial type inline pressure regulators available at the FLAPS regulate pressure by regulating volume. If your regulator is rated say 10 gal/hour and you have adjusted the dial to 1: (A) At a flow rate of 10 gallons per hour (wide open throttle) the output pressure is probably about 1 psi. (B) At a flow rate much less than 10 gallons per hour (idle) the output pressure probably is the same as the inlet pressure. Test it with a pressure gauge. Then you know. If you are going to use an electric pump, go to a "speed" or "race" shop, and buy an expensive regulator with an internal bypass. Holley, probably others as well, make a good one. Expect to spend at least a hundred dollars or more. But it will correctly regulate pressure at all flow rates. As far as the idle returning to a specific RPM: when you rebuilt the carburetor, did you remove the throttle shaft and check for out of round? That carb is 90 years old, who knows how many miles are on it. The design clearance from throttle shaft to throttle body was 0.004~0.006 inches. An additional 0.003 inches wear (thus a total of 0.009 inches) is acceptable. EDIT: as far as flipping the intake: acquire an intake-to-head gasket. Lay this gasket on a piece of cardboard larger than the gasket, and draw the complete INSIDE (the mounting holes and air/fuel holes) pattern on the cardboard. Flip the gasket. If ALL of the holes line up, then maybe you can flip the intake. Jon.
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    AND, Ed is correct about the lug nut as an easily identifying thing to do.