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  1. 23 points
    Tonight I feel compelled to tell any new person, thinking about getting into old cars is...The hobby can be so unbelievably satisfying. If you are lucky, you might find an old clunker that is in need of care and attention. If you want a great hobby, if you can do all the work yourself, it can be so incredibly rewarding. It does not have to be expensive. You don't have to know how to do all the work yourself. You might just have the desire to want to do all the work yourself. Where there is a will, there is a way. I did this very thing. I picked up an old 4-door sedan with great curves. It ran, but barely. Drivable? Not more than 25 feet. I brought it home and nursed it back to life. I read, and read some more. I researched for countless hours. The new knowledge stimulated me. I joined forums like this one. I got grease well past my elbows all winter long. I pushed myself to do things I had never attempted before. Like rebuild a tranny. Pull out a diff. Rewire an old car. Rebuild the carb. And so much more. It was't hard to convince myself to try these new tasks, as every step along the way was so rewarding. Addicting. Tonight, a summer evening cruise had me grinning from ear to ear in the old Plymouth. People were going out of their way to wave at me. Kids and adults on 4th floor apartment balconies gesturing at me to honk my horn. They jumped up and down with glee as I gave them a good couple of aah-ooh-gaahs. It's just so very rewarding. There is no car like my '38 on the roads around here. I built a driver. And drive it I do. At any chance I get. To quote someone on this forum who said, It's a little, old, "cartoonish, mutt-of-a-car" that has become endeared to me. If you are as fortunate as I am, you too will feel giddy, as when you were a kid while out cruising in a car that you saved. A car you gave a renewed life to. The joy that it brings to other people is a real bonus. My brain must be foggy from all the fun I've had, for I have little desire for a newer car. I'm far from done with my '38, it just keeps getting better and better after every little job I complete. I will continue improving my car. This car went from down-right scary, to a very satisfying summer cruiser. She's no prize winner, but she sure won me over. If you can...Do it! Dive in.
  2. 21 points
    Last night the Spyder was loaded up for the trip home to Oregon. She has New Hampshire plates, registered last in the early 80’s and I know she was shipped down here a few years after that. It’s bittersweet to remove her from her long sleep, as she is the very last thing I am taking out of dad’s shop. It’s a relief to know that I somehow managed to get both shops and his home cleared out, but it’s an odd feeling to leave Harper and know that I never have to go back. The timing feels right, as a huge pipeline is going in just behind his properties. I know my dad would have not liked that. As for the car, I can’t wait to wash her up and see what it will take to get her running again. I’m leaning towards keep her, depending on the price tag to get her running. I’m anticipating an engine rebuild, brakes, wheels, and I’m sure many other things. I am willing to invest up to her value, and keep her for sentimental reasons. I know Corvairs are not worth as much as other makes, but she is a desirable model. Plus, she would be fun to drive and Peggy Sue needs a garage mate.
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  4. 19 points
    I'd like to give a thumbs up to our forum member Bhigdog. While reading these forums, I've noticed that many members have varying skill levels and areas of expertise. I needed some help in machining a new bezel for my 13 Jackson. I PM'ed Bhigdog for some advice. He asked for some dimensions and sketches and about a week later he sent me the bezel. Fit like a glove. About a week later, a second bezel arrived so I could keep it assembled and send one to plating. How about that! Just like it's supposed to be. Thanks again, Dennis Long
  5. 17 points
    Had a rather expensive car show up last week. Seller raved about the quality of the guy doing the work, how he had restored cars for Pebble Beach and Jay Leno (that's always BS, but whatever), and that he has a waiting list two years long for people trying to get into his shop. The car also came with a stack of receipts an inch thick, probably adding up to close to six figures. Blah, blah, blah. The usual stuff when a guy is happy about spending money on a car. I drove it around the block, my usual test drive that's about 8 miles. Enough to get to know it a bit, get it up to temperature, and try it at a variety of speeds. Does drive great. Parked it and heard something hissing up front. Steam. I figured a hose came loose or split or something. Nope. Well it surely can't be that brand new radiator, can it? I turned Roman, my mechanic, loose on the car and it was indeed the radiator. I found the receipt in the file and the 'Pebble Beach/Jay Leno shop' that restored the car charged the owner nearly $2000 for re-coring the original radiator, so it was strange that it would be leaking. Roman pulled the radiator out of the car to see what was going on and this is what we found: Yep, that's JB Weld on an obviously brand new radiator core. We also found an obviously incorrect bolt (stainless allen head) holding the radiator shroud in place, stripped and mangled, pushed against the driver's side tank so hard that it was dimpled. Roman believes that they had a beautiful new radiator and whilst installing it, they somehow mangled it and poked a hole in it. Rather than taking it to the radiator shop to be properly repaired [again], they smeared JB Weld all over the place and just slapped it together. Then charged the customer $2000 for the job. The radiator is trash, the radiator shop can't remove the epoxy and repair it, it has to be re-cored or replaced—again. This isn't the first time we've had to fix another shop's terrible workmanship on a car, and it's not even the first time that someone was raving about their "guy" being the best when it turns out he's just another jackhole hack. But this is probably the most egregious example of a shop being terrible at their job, doing the worst possible thing to cover their mistakes, and charging the customer a 100% mark-up on the job. It's offensive. I've informed the customer and he's kind of in denial. No way his "guy" would do that, it must have been the radiator shop. Unlikely. I told him I'd back him up if he wants to go after the shop, but he's going to let it slide and just pay us to fix it. It's going to be expensive, but at least it'll be right. Don't be a hack. Don't let hacks work on your car. Check your mechanic's work carefully. And don't settle for hack work, yours or anyone else's. This is exactly why 98% of old cars are such headaches.
  6. 15 points
    Since the car is basically complete, I drove it to lunch today.
  7. 13 points
    May daughter has a friend that has been gifted with the art of drawing. His medium is wood and burning images to the wood. Much to my chagrin, may brain can not draw much of anything but a stick person. I appreciate his talent. For my 55th birthday my daughter asked he create a plague of my 54. He used a photo of my 54 taken last year at a show in Charles Town, WV where she won people's choice. The plaque is beautiful.
  8. 13 points
    I've been busy on the '41 Buick and Melanie's Chrysler since those are our primary tour cars, but the Lincoln subcontractors have been progressing the background. I've got most of my parts back, including these parts for the ignition wires from the chrome shop. Is there anything prettier than fresh chrome? My friend Ed Chapla did a great job on all the details, including chroming the heads of the little screws that hold the clamps together--nice! I also have a batch of parts that should be coming back from powdercoating soon--the parts were there but unfinished when everything shut down, so now that they're back to work they're focusing on their big industrial jobs before my stuff. That's OK with me, there's no hurry just as long as nothing gets lost. Before After Now that the '41 Buick is running and driving properly, I guess it's time to get back to work on the Lincoln. The Lincoln 100th Anniversary show in August has been cancelled, and that was my goal, and obviously I've let that slip quite a bit. The work that still needs to be done is mostly unpleasant--cleaning the aluminum crankcase somehow (thinking wet sanding it, but paint isn't out of the question), polishing all the aluminum including the heads, and cleaning the frame rails that are covered in decades of gunk. But it's time to push forward so at the very least I'll have the winter to test and tweak and tune to get it ready for next year when I expect to be driving the hell out of it. Oh, and I bought a lightly used Gear Vendors overdrive unit from a friend of a friend, so we'll see if I can figure out how to fit it into the Lincoln's torque tube. More to come...
  9. 13 points
    Thank You Steve, and to all who have contributed , commented and viewed the thread. I hope it has accomplished what I had intended it to - give everyone a bit of a calm period to deal with all that is going on. I so enjoy sharing the historic material, photographs, etc that I have collected and this has shown that a lot of you do as well. It is the spirit of the vehicles and the craftsman that made them - the cars and trucks that we honor by taking the time to contribute, discuss, and share what we have. The sharing of what we have collected, preserves the history of vehicles that give us all untold pleasure. It is what AACA is all about !! It proves to me that the interest in earlier vehicles is as strong as ever. It has also shown that we are a community of enthusiasts of the strongest order. If it weren't for some close friends of mine contributing what they have in their collections or access to and taking the many hours to do so the thread would not be what it has become - thank you A.J., John, Tim, Colin , Ed and so many others. I have had so many contacts because of this , thank you all again, it makes me so proud to be among you. All of us have put this together, and AACA being the host should always be viewed with great respect for making that possible. Walt Gosden Floral Park, NY.
  10. 13 points
    This afternoon, I was finally able to wash the car. This evening, I installed the wiper blades.
  11. 13 points
    Well two years ago while my grandfather was still alive he gave me the 33 Hupmobile. That is my next project after finishing my 70 Chevelle drag car. This is the car right after I brought it home.
  12. 12 points
    Ta-daa! Engine and transmission are bolted in place finally. I think this milestone calls for a couple beers tonight. I still have lots of loose ends that are within my scope of work, but I'm only a short time away from having it at least roll again.
  13. 11 points
    During this strange time in history (Coronavirus) I thought I’d share my recent 11-day journey in my 1941 Buick Series A Special Business Coupe which I purchased in August 2018. I hope you enjoy reading about my trip here in Australia. I named this trip the ‘1941 Buick Reliability Run’ and I departed on March 9 (1 day after my 58th birthday) sadly without my wife Stephanie due to her work commitments, but I was more than happy to be alone in my beautiful Buick. I named this trip the ‘1941 Buick Reliability Run’ and I departed on March 9 (1 day after my 58th birthday) sadly without my wife Stephanie due to her work commitments, but I was more than happy to be alone in my beautiful Buick. I greatly enjoy driving my Buick or my 67,000-mile 1965 Chevy SS Impala Sport Coupe (it’s done 8 interstate trips & 28,000 miles in just 6yrs). I’d been very keen to take my first long trip in the Buick. Prior to this trip, I had covered 4,600 miles (7,400km), proving she was up to the task. I bought the car with no modifications apart from a brake power-booster – fitted when the previous owner, the (late Jack Provan) owned it. I’ve lowered the car 3-4” in the rear, added hand-made fender skirts & vintage aftermarket Lyon hub caps. I’ve also removed several incorrect accessories (spot-lights, fog-lights & Holden mirrors), and am in the process of fitting the correct replacements. The drive-line is the standard 248ci inline-8, 3-speed trans, and torque-tube rear-end – all in excellent working order. New Firestone 700-15 bias-ply tires were also fitted. In planning the trip in my Buick, I decided to visit lots of car mates in the state of Victoria – which adjoins my state SA’s (South Australia’s) Eastern border. Victoria’s countryside is significantly more beautiful than where I live as SA is the driest state on the driest continent of the planet. The provided map shows my route and the towns visited, but there were many coffee & photo stops in little towns I’d not heard of before. I had some great chats with locals due to the car attracting plenty of attention as you can imagine. During my planning, I discovered that the ‘Rich River Rod Run' was to be held in the historic Murray River town of Echuca on the Vic/NSW border. I’d heard of the event over the years, but some of my friends which I planned to visit on this trip were planning to attend and I was to be in the general area, my involvement was a ‘no-brainer’. March is also the beginning of Autumn in Australia (the opposite to the Northern Hemisphere), and my favorite time of the year with beautiful weather. I packed my tent & luggage and headed off on March 9 for 11-days. I returned just 5-days before our state borders were closed due to the COVID-19 restrictions. I probably attended one of the last car events in the country for some time. I’ve included a map of Australia which shows my journey. For those of you from the USA, you may not realise that Australia is about 80% of the size of your country but a population of just 25 million. Australia has only 8 states (2 are classified as territories). I live in the Southern coastal city of Adelaide (population 1.3 million) which is the state capital of SA (South Australia). Adelaide is 155 miles from the Eastern state border, 780 miles from our Western border, and 770 miles from our Northern border. SA is 1.4 times the size of Texas and the 3rd largest state in Australia. DAY 1: (275mile/440km: Adelaide-Naracoorte-Mt Gambier). I kissed my wife goodbye at 6.45am (photo above just prior to leaving) and headed off to Mt Gambier on what was a beautiful Autumn day. This was my longest day of driving for the trip. I stopped for lunch in the neat town of Naracoorte, but just 15min later (1hr short of my Mt Gambier) I had my first of 2 flat tires for the trip due to poor-quality Chinese made tubes. I had another a few weeks earlier in my workshop – lesson learnt. A local policeman stopped to chat and soon after the RAA showed up (RAA = Royal Automobile Association/24hr emergency roadside assistance). I do carry a spare so was able to assist to get back on the road quickly. As my car is quite low, the RAA trolley-jack was most helpful. Once I arrived in beautiful Mt Gambier, I checked into the local holiday (vacation) park and set up my tent (with disruptions of people wanting to talk about my car). I then caught up with friends Aaron & Mel in their ’50 Chevy pickup & ’48 Chevy Fleetline Aerosedan. We cruised the town then went out for dinner at one of the local pubs (taverns). Mt Gambier has a population of 30,000 and is located on the slopes of an extinct volcano. Near the top of the volcano is its famous crater Blue Lake approximately 250ft (76m) deep. The crater rim measures 2,700ft. (820m) and supplies the town with its drinking water. During Dec-Jan each year, Blue Lake turns to a vibrant cobalt blue. The area is also known for limestone, caves & sinkholes. Mt Gambier is just 11 miles (18km) from the SA/Victoria border. DAY 2: (155mile/250km: Mt Gambier-Hamilton-Warrnambool) I awoke early for a shower & packed up my tent for another day of superb weather, then headed off to have the faulty tube replaced from the previous day’s flat tire. I then visited a friend Mark Fry with a hot-rod building business. He showed me the ’34 Dodge coupe he’s working on for local guy Tony who I happen to know. The car will run a supercharged Chrysler Hemi (the usual motor for Tony). I then headed off for my 150mile/240km drive to Hamilton in Victoria. 13 mile out of Mt Gambier I crossed our state border with Victoria so I had to stop for a photo with the border sign. I then stopped in Casterton (population: 1,700) for coffee & cake at the local bakery, then headed for Hamilton (population 10,000) to visit elderly relatives John & Effie Zippel who I met for the first time a year ago. John’s ancestors emigrated to Australia from Prussia (now Poland/Germany) in 1857 – 2 years after my ancestors, coming out on the same boat, landing at the same port, moving to the same part of Australia. Then soon after 1900 my grandfather's family moved 700miles (1,125km) West where I grew up and the familes lost touch. Only the two Zippel families emigrated to Australia and I’ve been tracking them down. Up to this point, I’d met 3 families from this other Zippel clan (all closely related) – the 4th family I met later in this journey on on day 10. After having lunch with John & Effie, I took John for a ride around town in my Buick (which he was very keen to see as his family had a 1930’s Buick when he was you ng), then I dropped him home, said goodbye & headed to Warrnambool (65 miles/105km) for the night where I set up tent again before visiting my friends John & Sharon. John has 3 superb cars (red ’63 Corvette split-window coupe, blue ’64 SS Impala Sport Coupe & a red ’32 Ford roadster Hot Rod, plus several vintage motorbikes, vintage signs & gas pumps). John also took me to the business/workshop of a friend who was working on several cars including a 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Seville coupe – a rare car in Australia. The night was capped off with a lovely home-cooked meal with John & Sharon. Warrnambool is a coastal rural city of 35,000 people and marks the western end of the famous Great Ocean Road which as a strong seafaring & shipwreck history. DAY 3: (105miles/170km: Warrnambool-Ballarat I awoke to another glorious day, packed up my tent, ate breakfast, then headed off for my drive to Ballarat. This was to be a special day as I would be showing the Buick to the very man who bought the car to Australia 30 years ago (1989). Anyway, back to my drive – I set off with my windows down again and sailing along lovely country roads. What a wonderful way to enjoy a day – it doesn’t get much better. I stopped in the small town of Mortlake for coffee & cake and a quick photo of the car next to an historic building. I then drove on to Ballarat to set up my tent before meeting a friend Adriana (formerly from Adelaide) who owns 2 American vehicles (1961 Plymouth station wagon & 1959 Pontiac sedan). She grew up with parents who always had American vehicles and I’ve known her since she was a 1 year old (about 30yrs). A great catch-up and chat at her favorite bakery. I then arranged to have dinner with Dale Collins (the man who imported my Buick into Australia). Dale purchased the car in Waco, Texas in 1989 (after a deal on a Packard fell through). He drove the Buick back to LA (1,400 miles/2,250km), imported it into Australia, converted it to RHD himself, but sold it within 6 months to a local businessman Jack Provan who lived in the same suburb of Melbourne. Now living in Ballarat, Dale had not seen the car for about 20 years. Dale is a retired Marine Engineer who still has classic cars (1946 Ford convertible & 1946 Packard sedan). Dale and his wife Junie were overjoyed to see the car and thought it was fabulous. While Junie prepared dinner, Dale asked me to drive him to a friend’s home to show him my car. His friend owns a 1948 Hudson, which Dale had rebuilt many years earlier. We then returned to Dale’s home and went for a drive in his magnificent ’46 Packard before we enjoyed dinner with together. Another wonderful day! Ballarat is a city of 105,000 people and is located on the Yarrowee River in the Central Highlands of Victoria and is the third most populous inland city in Australia. Ballarat has a rich gold mining history which is strongly reflected by the large number of grand historic buildings. DAY 4: (50miles/81km: Ballarat-Daylesford-Castlemaine) Another glorious morning, packed up my tent, then drove to a nice tavern for a fully cooked breakfast dining outside overlooking Ballarat’s Lake Wendouree (covering 590 acres) with my Buick in front of me. What a life! I then made the short drive 28 mile (45km) to the lovely township of Daylesford for another coffee (life is good). Daylesford is in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range of Victoria, and is known for its natural miner al springs. I then drove on to Castlemaine where I was invited to spend the night with friends Kim & Malinda who had moved to the town in the last few years from Sth Australia. I drove straight to visit friend Larry O’Toole who owns Graffiti Publications (established 1977). This company publishes various automotive magazines & books and Larry along with his wife Mary & son Al are wonderful people who have been involved in Hot Rodding for over 50 years. Their magazine Australian Street Rodding has been published for decades. Castlemaine is also the self-proclaimed Hot Rod centre of Australia with many small businesses catering to this at a national level. Plans for a permanent Hot Rod centre are well underway. Larry jumped in my Buick and we headed off to see the location for the planned ‘Castlemaine Hot Rod Centre’. This is to be a training facility to focus on all the skills required for Hot Rods including engineering inspection & compliance, a Museum & Archive, meeting facilities, an active retirement centre for Hot Rodders, industrial development, and even an event & entertainment centre. I was extremely impressed to see how their plans to convert a retired technical college is well underway to becoming a long-term dream. The planning involved government etc. I then headed off for a brief visit to the home of Rod & Carol Hadfield (life-time friends of Larry & Mary O’Toole). Rod is Australia’s most well-known Hot Rodder and has built some truly spectacular cars. His wife Carol was busy processing entries for this year’s Salt Lake Racing on SA’s Lake Gairdner in just 11-days. Unfortunately, the event had to be cancelled just 4-days later (due to COVID-19). Rod was in his workshop/showroom with several of his amazing cars, but the one I had yet to see was his Rolls Royce Merlin V12-powered Warman Special. This engine is a 27-litre (1,650 cubic inch) aircraft engine which weighs around 1 imperial ton fitted to an enormous polished aluminum bodied boat-tailed roadster. This is the 2nd road-going vehicle Rod has built with one of these engines – the previous being a 1955 Chevy Belair Sport Coupe which was purchased by an American. Rod was contacted by Jay Leno during the build of the ’55 Chevy many years ago as he heard of the build and was most interested in Rod’s work. Rod & Carol are amazing people who are truly inspirational. Larry & his wife Mary came over to my friends’ home that night and we had a wonderful BBQ meal and chat. Wonderful friendships indeed. Off to bed – a very special day coming tomorrow. DAYS 5-7: (83miles/134km: Castlemaine-Echuca) Friday morning - I departed my friend’s home for Echuca mid-morning, but first there was something very special to attend to which required just a short 10-min drive to the small town of Harcourt to visit a couple I’d only met once before, 9 months earlier. Geoff & his wife Sylvia own a 1941 Buick Super Sport Coupe (Model 56C) which I was told about by a couple of Victorian Buick owners soon after purchasing my car in 2018. I managed to track down Geoff and phoned him. I discovered his car was previously owned by David Provan – brother of Jack Provan – the Melbourne businessman who purchased my car 30 years ago soon after it arrived from Texas and was converted to RHD (previously mentioned on Day 3). 9 months ago, during a quick trip to Melbourne, I dropped in to meet Geoff & Sylvia and see their beautiful car. That was a special time, but I now had the opportunity to park my car next to Geoff’s, thereby parking the late Provan brother’s cars side by side after more than 12 years apart. Geoff knew both Jack & David Provan personally. I took several photos along with a video and posted them on Facebook for Jack Provan’s grandson (also Jack – who inherited the car & sold it to me), along with his mother (daughter of Jack Provan) to see. They were both overjoyed and young Jack wrote “100% couldn’t have asked for a better person to pass it on to, it’s getting the life it deserves, thank you” – his mother agreeing strongly with him. Geoff then took me out for lunch in his ’41 Buick which was wonderful. He is an elderly gentleman, and how I love meeting these wonderful people from the era when men were ‘gentlemen’ & females were ‘ladies’. Geoff is a retired electrical engineer? He also showed me his magnificent model railway. The attention to detail on this was what you would expect from a retired electrical engineer – enough said! He also lived & worked in California for a period. His Buick came to Australia back in 1946 after an Australian pilot stationed in California during the war had owned & driven the car there and liked it so much, he bought the car home with him. My time was up, so I said my goodbyes and headed off to my next destination. I was buzzing inside! This time with Geoff & Sylvia was the highlight of my entire trip. Cruising down the road in a ’41 Buick feeling very excited from the wonderful memories just created, on a superb Autumn day on country roads for 75 miles(122km) – It doesn’t get much better! And on top of that I was headed for the wonderful historic river town of Echuca to be part of the annual Rich River Rod Run for the weekend. I booked 3-nights cabin accommodation in one of the many local tourist parks – this one set right on the Murray River. A storm arrived in town soon after arrival with heavy rain & windy conditions. Fortunately, the rain stopped before I headed off to the event drive-in night 7-miles out of town on a reserve with a large digital screen on the back on a truck. I caught up with several Hot Rodders I knew from both Mt Gambier & Castlemaine. Next morning (Sat), I had a wonderful 2-hour breakfast with the same friends at a café in the main street before joining them on a river cruise on a privately owned luxury 1874 paddle-steamer ‘HS Hero’ – one of the oldest paddle-steamers in the world. This amazing boat was superbly restored and its magnificent steam engine was a work of art – superbly hand-painted and with all its brass polished. After this, other good friends Garry & Lynne from Shepperton (1hr away) drove over in their ’51 Ford Victoria to spend the night with me. We had a meal together and chatted into the night. The next day (Sunday) was the last day of the event and involved a large ‘Show & Shine’ for the public to come and attend. There were 100s of cars on the oval with superb weather again. To my complete surprise my name was called out to receive 1 of the 8 top-voted (entrants’ choice) ‘Straight Eight’ awards. What a name for a guy with a straight-8 Buick? This really capped off the weekend for me. After we all said goodbye, I retired to my cabin for the evening to enjoy a cold beer and fish & salad overlooking the beautiful river. Then at dusk I went into the historic precinct to take the photo of my car outside the Star Hotel. Echuca is located in northern Victoria on the banks of the Murray River and boasts the largest fleet of paddle steamers in the Australia with 7 operating commercially plus a large number of smaller privately owned vessels. Across the river is the state of New South Wales and the town of Moama (Echuca/Moama are referred to as ‘twin towns’ – separated only by the Murray River/state border). Paddle steamers depart the historic Port Precinct, which has exhibits on the 19th-century river trade, plus part of the original Echuca Wharf adjoining historic Murray Esplanade – a dirt street with reproduction buildings (see photo of my car parked outside the Star Hotel). A museum displays the rich local history, and the town also hosts the privately run National Holden Motor Museum. DAY 8: (180miles: Echuca-Castlemaine-Maldon-Newstead-Maryborough-Avoca-Ararat) I departed Echuca to head back to Castlemaine where I had been just 3 days before. This was due to an appointment to visit a business I had been told about – Up the Creek Workshop, owned & ran by ex-New Zealander Grant Cowie. His 25yo workshop have restored, rebuilt, maintained and preserved almost every marque of prewar car from Delage, Bugatti, Austin 7, Sunbeam and Lancia through to Bentley, Frazer-Nash, Alfa Romeo, Benz, Talbot, Hispano-Suiza and Amilcar. One of their recent projects was reconstructing the engine of the world's only surviving 1914 Delage Type-S grand prix car (worth many millions of dollars). The have a fully equipped engine reconditioning workshop & machine shop. Grant employs 8 staff, many of them quite young but all very keen on and drive cars from the early era. Grant utilizes some of the local elderly vintage car experts to assist training – ensuring this valuable knowledge is not lost. Grant gave me a brief but thorough tour through his facility before several of his staff wanted a good look at my Buick before I departed Castlemaine for the final 100-mile (160km) drive of the day to Ararat. I stopped for a coffee in the nearby historic township of Maldon which is noted for its 19th-century appearance, maintained since gold-rush days. I then continued on to Maryborough where I had lunch and then continued onto Ararat where I was to stay with Hot Rod friends Mark & Tracy. Mark is a prolific building of very cool Hot Rods or custom cars which attract lots of attention. Mark invited several family & friends from his hot rod club (many I’d met before) for a BBQ dinner and there were lots of laughs before climbing into bed after another great day and the usual superb weather. DAY 9: (32miles/52km: Ararat-Halls Gap) Next morning, one of Mark’s friends from the night before took me for a tour of his son’s business Ace Panel Worx, where they do very nice car restorations as well as Hot Rods & Street Machines. I then followed ??? to his 150yo home in the country which also happened to be on the road to my next destination – Halls Gap, in the beautiful Grampians National Park. ??? showed me his magnificent old home and his Hot Rod, before I continued towards the beautiful sandstone mountain range known as The Grampians. I was happy to be back to camping in my tent which I enjoy very much being surrounded by God’s beautiful creation – kangaroos, kookaburras and cockatoos. I enjoyed the wildlife in this beautiful place, even hand feeding a spectacular Sulphur-crested cockatoo which sat on my knee (see photo). I then enjoyed fish & chips next to my Buick & tent while the sun descended over the mountain range. Of course, putting up a tent next to a 1941 Buick does attract some attention also, so chatting with people is always on the agenda. I decided to make contact with a Neil Zippel (part of that other Zippel clan). We’d not met but I had heard he was a policeman in Dimboola where I would be passing through the next day. Anyway, I phoned and he answered the phone and as soon as I said my name he said “I know who you are because I am building a hot rod”. This is due to the American car events I’ve been organizing in Adelaide for the last 32 years, I guess I’ve become well known far & wide – which still seems rather strange to me. He invited me to visit and said Dimboola’s tourist park was very nice. I was looking forward now to meeting another Zippel tomorrow. DAY 10: (71miles/114km: Halls-Gap-over Grampians-Horsham-Dimboola) I awoke to another spectacular morning (is it getting boring hearing that?) feeling grateful for how well the trip had gone so far. After a hot shower & breakfast, I packed up the tend and headed on my way over the mountain range which at its highest point is only 1,167m (3,829ft), but when all the surrounding countryside is flat it makes for a beautiful view. The morning was nice & cool while cruising slowly for 30km (19mile) to get over the hill. A couple of times I had to slow right down to miss kangaroos which were on the move. Anyway, I got over the hill and down onto the flats and I had my 2nd flat tyre. This time it was the RH rear and that meant my lowered car with full fender-skirts may present a problem. I called again the RACV (emergency roadside assistance) and they came within 30min thankfully and I was off headed for the short 30min drive into Horsham where I promptly had my dud tube replaced (damn Chinese junk). I then drove to the edge of town to have lunch with friends Dave & Marge who have a 1918 Buick roadster which Dave restored, and he’s currently restoring a 1910 Buick roadster. They had not seen my Buick and we only met just after I’d purchased the car. They were impressed and Marge said I can park it in her garage anytime. Wonderful people! Horsham is a regional city with a population of around 16,500 people and is the centre of Western Victoria's wheat & wool industry. I then headed onto Dimboola to meet Neal Zippel for the first time. He was on shift that day in his Police role and agreed to meet me when I hit town which we did. I then pitched my tent before Neil dropped around in the police vehicle and gave me a personal tour of the town and surrounds in uniform. He even offered me a ride in the back seat with hand-cuffs – quite a character! We got on like a house on fire. That night I had a great meal in the Victoria Hotel (pub) causing quite a stir when I parked my Buick at the entrance. This was my last night before arriving home so of course I pitched the tent again and enjoyed all the sounds you hear in that environment (although I go to sleep in about 1min). DAY 11: (250miles/400km: Dimboola-Nhill-Serviceton-Bordertown-Home) Next morning, I departed for Neil’s home as he offered to cook me breakfast & to meet his family, before I headed home. After we had eaten, he showed me his project 1937 Dodge sedan which he’s building into a Hot Rod. A neat looking car which is in very sound condition. What a great guy! I knew we would be seeing more of each other. I said goodbye and headed off for the final 250miles/450km to Adelaide (home). The day was quite warm and with a hot North gusty wind which buffeted the car a little on the road. On the advice of a friend, just before the SA/Vic border, I turned off to Serviceton Railway Station. I had always saw the sign for this and had no idea what I was to see. This large historic 1887 Railway Station has sat unused since 1986. I was glad I made the effort to drive the short 4km to see this largely unknown piece of history. I then continued over the border back into SA before stopping for lunch in Bordertown, before continuing on home. I stopped briefly to visit a friend in Coonalpyn, then head off again. I arrived safely home at 5.30pm after 11-days away and 2,145km (1,333 miles). Other than 2 flat tyres caused by faulty tubes, my 1941 Buick was faultless. What a dream trip for me. I’m now looking forward to an even longer trip in October for the Buick Nationals in Lakes Entrance, Victoria (Corona Virus permitting). This would be 3-weeks away and covering 2,800km (1,750 miles). I can’t wait!
  14. 11 points
    We attended a small swap meet today which was a lot of fun, considering no car activities since late October of last year. 30 or so vendors but good stuff for early Fords. My wife likes smalls and found this neat set of CT miniature plates from the drive to help disabled vets in the 50s. I bet a lot of you have seen these, usually a few bucks for a decent used set. Never saw an unopened set before. Buy of the day! Got us out of the house!!
  15. 11 points
    *SOLD* Yes, there are slight modifications to this awesome little Dodge panel truck, but this is perhaps the most fun per dollar I've seen in a long time. Granted, it's probably not for everyone, but if you enjoy attracting a crowd, having something unique, and a bit of history, this is a fantastic find. It has been owned for nearly 35 years by a good friend of mine who is also the area's foremost flathead Ford mechanic--the guy you send your car to when nobody else can fix it. He's been reluctant to let it go because it has been his favorite for years, but it's time. The history? It is an actual appliance service truck from the '40s that worked in Pittsburgh until sometime in the '70s. It was in storage until my friend found it in the '80s, and he simply grabbed it because he liked the way it looked. Most of the paint is original, including the hand-painted lettering on the flanks, and it was clear-coated a few years ago to help preserve it and make it easy to maintain--just hose it off. There are bumps and bruises all over, but the body is solid and it doesn't appear to have ever been bent or rusted. The chrome is surprisingly good with almost no pitting, and everything else is stainless so it'll last practically forever. The interior is basic, with vinyl seats that have surely been reupholstered at some point, but everything else looks original. The gauges all work, even though they're a little ancient, and the speedometer has been helpfully renumbered (more on that in a moment). There's also an ancient Stewart-Warner temperature gauge down low and aftermarket turn signals on the steering column. Everything works: heater, lights, fog lights, gauges, horn, all of it, and behind the scenes everything has been serviced, repaired, and updated so it is bulletproof reliable. It is driven regularly and is a popular attendee at local shows where it always draws a crowd. Rubber floor mats are as it was originally, lending to the no-nonsense look. But the cargo bay is where it's really special--those are actual vintage washing machines, a Maytag and a Speed Queen, and yes, they're both fully operational. A few other vintage accessories make the working end of this truck look functional--we've got it parked nose-in here in the showroom so we can show off the back end. After driving it for about 30 years and despite having only about 40,000 original miles, it was time for a rebuild so the engine was rebuilt in 2014, along with a new clutch, fresh seals in the transmission, and a rear end from a late-model Dodge Dakota, which looks like it bolted right in. That swap gives it 3.55 gears and 60 MPH cruising, a nice improvement over the original 4.88 gears and 45 MPH speeds. The 3-speed manual transmission shifts nicely and the truck really does just work like it's supposed to--starts quickly, idles as smoothly as a sewing machine, and pulls itself around with real enthusiasm. It's 201 cubic inches and about 80 horsepower, but it doesn't feel like a rolling road block on the road, which is surely due to the improved gears. The suspension is original, so it rides like a truck, and the brakes, which have also been recently rebuilt, work well. Newer steel wheels with trim rings and hubcaps are dressy and it's fitted with 15-inch whitewall radials that I think I would reverse if this were mine--the whitewalls are just too flashy (I've included a Photoshopped image of the truck with blackwalls, below). I love this cool little truck, I love the guy who owned it and I love the history behind it. It's all about patina and looking the part, and you'll find that something like this can be far more appealing, satisfying, and crowd-pleasing than a perfect shiny restoration. It's also very low maintenance, because it doesn't care about rain, bugs, or anything else, so you can just let people touch it, which they are prone to doing when they see it. Everyone smiles when they see this little guy, and shouts of delight are common when they see what's inside. And for just $17,900, it's probably the most fun per dollar I've ever had. Maybe you're not the right guy for this truck, but if you are, I promise you will smile every time you get behind the wheel. It's just pure fun.
  16. 11 points
    Put another $225 in the ledger. Got up early and headed to Summit Racing to resupply. One, a new flaring tool. Two, another roll of copper-nickel tubing (I don't particularly like the Summit stuff because it kinks easily but I don't feel like waiting for the good stuff to get here; that's on me if it goes sideways). Three, a package of little fuel line clips for a '60s Chevy Impala. I called my shop manager and best friend, Michael, and asked him to meet me at the shop. Michael likes to joke that he's my "brother from another mother" and he's pretty good at keeping me sane—like you guys, he's a good friend who understands and cares. I figured that with him around to act as a stabilizing influence as well as a second set of hands, things might be different. They were... mostly. We got started by installing the gas tank and strapping it into place. I made new mounting cushions out of a rubber mat and secured them using the little prongs, then we lifted the tank into place and secured it with the straps I painted a few weeks ago. We removed it later, of course, because we needed to get the fuel line in there and the tank was in the way, but whatever. I didn't particularly want to start my day getting angry at tubing, so I let Michael play with the tubing bender to try to replicate the fuel line that I already made twice. He set to work on that while I made some wires for the electric fuel pump and the sending unit wire that feeds the aftermarket gauge. We strapped the gas tank in place but ended up removing it again. Note how rough my spare tire well is. That's on my long list of things to fix, maybe next winter. I keep a pretty big selection of cloth-covered wires in 12- and 14-gauge sizes (YnZ's was having a clearance sale and I bought A LOT of wire), so I selected a 14-gauge green/white wire for fuel pump power, running it from the relay under the dash directly to the fuel pump. I used a 14-gauge brown/white wire for the sending unit wire and left enough slack under the dash that I can relocate this wire to the factory gauge if I ever get it working. Brown/white is somewhat close to the original sending unit wire's black/white and the green/white is unique, so the electric fuel pump power wire won't be confused for anything else in the car. For the record, I also sealed the original sending unit wire (whose insulation was crumbling) with a long length of shrink tubing so it should be intact. I put a new eyelet on it with the plan being to connect both wires to the sending unit, which will hopefully feed both gauges. Or is that a mistake? Will the two gauges cross-talk if they're sharing a ground? I guess we'll have to wait and see... I ran both wires in plastic loom (not the corrugated plastic crap) so it would have some protection and not look too out-of-place. I secured the ends with shrink tubing to prevent it from unraveling, and ran it parallel with the fuel line. I made wires for the fuel pump power (green) and the sending unit (brown). The aftermarket gauge uses a spade connector. I ran both wires together in a braided loom and used shrink tubing to act as a strain relief where the green power wire connects to the fuel pump. Brown wire connects to the sending unit and feeds the aftermarket gauge. Note the original wire (now sheathed in shrink tubing) is also connected to the sending unit. I also added a separate ground wire. Meanwhile, Michael did a pretty good job of duplicating the fuel line (try #3). Not as pretty as my first one, but at least as good as my second try. With some tweaking, we were able to guide it into place to get our measurements for where to install the fittings. We also tried out the new fuel line clips, which snapped into the original holes and grabbed the fuel line securely. Not bad. New clips aren't really a match for the originals but snapped into the original holes and did a good job of holding the fuel line in place. Michael's fuel line fits reasonably well and snaps into the clips in the right places. Then we used the new flaring tool to finish both ends. I'm not terribly happy with this tool, either—the holding block seems to crush the tubing into a bit of an oval, but the die that flares the end makes it round again, so it turned out OK. I think trying to make it work on both 10mm and 5/16 lines is a mistake and neither fits perfectly. Meh, another $85 wasted, but at least it got this job done. Both ends fit, albeit with a little wrestling, and we secured the line to the fuel pump and the sending unit. Flares were acceptable (I hope—I haven't run any gas through them yet). Connected both ends without issues. Last up was connecting the ground wire for the sending unit. I drilled a pilot hole in the frame above the gas tank, cleaned off a bit of the undercoating, and installed the wire with a self-tapping screw and some dielectric grease. Drilled a hole and secured the ground wire with a self-tapping screw. Technically, the car should be operational at this point. The fuel lines forward of the electric fuel pump are still connected so I guess I can put gas in it and try to fire it up. There's one more wire to connect, a 10-gauge wire that will power the bus bar (remember that?), which in turn powers the electric fuel pump. I've already verified that the relay is firing, there's just no current flowing yet. I think I'll connect it to the BAT terminal on the voltage regulator and relocate the fog light power wire to the bus bar. That will simplify things, which is the whole point. Maybe I'll do that tomorrow after work so I can see if the car still runs and assess the damage to the wiring behind the dash. At least I can get it off the photography lift—Stefon, my photographer, has been pretty pissed off that I have tied up his lift for a month and he's been forced to use the lift up front for chassis photos. It's really a pain to move cars around up there. It was good to have Michael around to help, I think I'll call him more often. He really made a difference, even though I prefer to work alone.
  17. 10 points
    Copied from a Jaguar Forum but it is the same for our Buicks too. This is supposed to be a fun hobby, not a source of frustration.
  18. 10 points
    Try putting a 112 year old Buick together that was picked up in boxes and pieces swept up off the floor. All this is done without any service manuals. Here is where it is now. Everything that you see below has been completely taken apart, rebuilt and attached to the frame/ chassis.
  19. 10 points
    I finally had both my cars out and in the same place, my driveway so I took a picture. My son will be here next week with his girlfriend so we are going to take both out for our own little tour. My daughter will be riding with my son in the chevy while Michelle and I finally take a ride in the Olds. After we’re back, the Olds will be getting a good spit shine top and bottom as it will be making its debut with the National Antique Oldsmobile Club at the National show in Lansing on July 22-24. It hasn’t been cancelled yet so I’m looking forward to getting out.
  20. 10 points
    Well another milestone..... as I drove the old girl for the first time in over 60 years under her own power. Not very far, but one step leads to another !!
  21. 10 points
    Good news! It made it to the new photo spot under its own power today. Got the engine initial break-in done but it still needs some tuning. I just drove it from the shop to the patio, maybe 150 feet.
  22. 10 points
    Since my 1938 Buick Century restoration is substantially complete, I decided to drive it to lunch today.
  23. 10 points
    Ok......for the new chassisears owners.........depending if you have a 4, 6, or 8 channel unit. Work from an overall area......like front or rear, or left side or right..........determine the approximate area where the noise is believed to be coming from......then, place all the sensors where you determine the noise is coming from.............sometimes it takes several tries before you finally get down to a small area.........then start clipping in to every possible option.........it can take three, four, or five repositioning attempts to get an exact location. It should become very, very loud when you get to thr exact spot. Works like a charm...........I have been using them for over twenty years. You don’t need them often, but they are a great tool. Last time I used them, I determined the exact location of a loud, irritating whining noise in my one ton GMC I use for hauling our cars. After several tries, I determined the exact cause of the whine, and was able it eliminate it with 100 percent success...........Now I just drive alone, and leave the wife at home..........whining noise is gone and has not returned!
  24. 10 points
    Very pleased to have helped, Dennis. Your very accurately dimensioned sketch made it possible............Bob
  25. 10 points
    I don't have any advice as to what kind of car you should buy. My only advice is to buy quality. Don't set a hard limit, be prepared to spend a little extra on a high-quality car when it presents itself. You'll come out ahead in the end and you can enjoy it right away. Buying based on price and trying to keep it as cheap as possible is the ideal recipe for buying a car that is both dissatisfying and unexpectedly expensive.
  26. 9 points
    We have a cruise-in at our shop every Friday evening and with great weather tonight (a little hot at 90 degrees) my friend Phil Tobin showed up with his 1941 Limited Model 91 6-passenger touring sedan. It was a rare opportunity to get the two of them together so of course I snapped some photos. People at the cruise were quick to spot the differences--mine with a divider window and jump seats, while Phil's is, well, a lot nicer (Doug Seybold restoration). Note that Phil's wheels are kind of odd--red outer rims but black centers. I don't think it's correct, but he insists that's how it was delivered. Well OK. I think it looks odd, and even though I'm a fan of red wheels I think the Limited should have black wheels--red is too flashy. Neat to see them both together and I was pleased to see how much attention both cars garnered from people who don't see stock pre-war cars all that often. Nice turn-out at the cruise tonight, too; maybe 70 cars or so. Everyone is happy to have someplace to go for a change, I think.
  27. 9 points
    Happy July 4th, 2020 A little early, but these came out so good. Wouldn't you really rather have a Buick?
  28. 9 points
  29. 9 points
    In all honesty, while I’m sure Matt wants to honestly represent the car, IMO he may not have really done the car itself justice. The interior of this car really has to be seen in person to be appreciated. Maybe some of these, taken a few days before he picked it up , will help show that. Just sayin.....
  30. 9 points
    Good call EmTee. I discussed that (via text) with my go to mechanic last night who stated the very same thing so will be heading over this afternoon and see how things look. Once it runs I will continue with the cleaning as she is really dirty. One surprise (and set me back) was opening the trunk to find Dad's case sitting there with some trophy's and plaques from car shows he drove the car to. He told me that when he was called up on the draught in WW2 he packed this bag and reported to Wolseley Barracks in London, Ontario, Canada by train. When he got there they asked what branch he wished to sign for and he said the Army. During the physical he discovered he had flat feet and with all the marching required they felt it was not the branch for him to serve. Then with the fact he was an only child and his parents had a 25 acre farm they offered him a Hardship Discharge as the war effort felt food was as important as the man power to support the cause. Who knows if I'd even be here if things had worked out differently... That bag is going to get a good preservation cleaning and hold a special place.
  31. 9 points
    Here is my wife beside my 65. The pic was taken in the old town of Aarberg, Switzerland.
  32. 9 points
    I got all of the plug wires in place this afternoon. I think the next order of re-assembly is going to be getting the transmission back in place. I have a little bit more cleaning to do on the outside of the case and I am going to flush the case out with Kerosene. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  33. 9 points
    This morning I set the radius tool up to make the crown on the heads of the bolts. The crown is fairly shallow, the total depth at the edge is only .050 but it is very noticable. all done... And just see what they will look like, I put two in. The difference between the old style and the new is striking. I won't be using them as I go forward so I've boxed them up with their washers & lock washers and put them on the shelf until I get to the final assembly.
  34. 9 points
    Tonight I worked on my clutch. While Kathy pushed on the clutch for me, I used a long screwdriver and pushed on all the plates of the clutch. All the plates were easily loosened with the screwdriver. Then I started the car in first gear and it surged forward then the same in reverse and suddenly it broke free. Now I can drive it out of the garage and back up into the garage. The clutch is working as it should. Next I’ll take it for a spin down the driveway😁 First time this car has moved on its own power in at least 60 years. Another first for me and another milestone!!!!
  35. 9 points
    I picked it up and drove home without needing any goggles.
  36. 9 points
    Exactly what a good club is all about! Kudos to Bob.
  37. 9 points
  38. 8 points
    Hello all! My name is Alex and I live in the SF Bay Area (CA). Been obsessed with 50’s cars for ages. Finally found one that I could not resist: a 1955 Buick Century convertible! It was even the correct color! I was told about the BCA by the seller and joined immediately. I have been enjoying the forum for the past few months. Figured I’d finally get an account so that I could post to the galleries. Looking forward to meeting fellow Buick fans.
  39. 8 points
    Thanks to all, I enjoyed most of my time on the BOD and as CFO. Of course its the people that ultimately counts. As far as getting well, I have no doubt that I will be a cancer survivor. I have a choice and my choice is always the positive choice. Prayers, good wishes, and positive thoughts are always welcome and appreciated.
  40. 8 points
    I took the '13 Buick out for a drive today and introduced him to his little brother that I just picked up in New Hampshire last weekend. It is a 1912 Model T. Had them both out driving around the neighborhood and area.
  41. 8 points
    I needed a battery for my '64 Mercury Comet Caliente Hardtop in the early '80's. I opted for a J. C. Penney one with a lifetime guarantee. In "88 it conked out and In the meantime Penny's had given up the auto servicing business, but fortunately Firestone had bought it from them and assumed warranty liabilities. Firestone cheerfully gave me a brand new replacement with a continuing lifetime guarantee. In '94 it was replaced, another lifetime guaranteed freebie. That one endured fairly well too, so it wasn't back to Firestone until April of '01 for another, same terms. In just a year and a half that one failed, so you know the drill. the Interstate replacement they gave me in 02 was fantastic. It held a good charge until 2018 after which a cell went bad. The car was being stored so I didn't think much about the dead battery, until that is I decided to get the old Comet up and running again. I pondered, would Firestone still come through? They did! a $159.99 Interstate, and it's guaranteed for life. That totals up to 5 free replacements and it ain't over yet. Kudos to Firestone! And if you're wondering, yes, I do still have the Caliente.
  42. 8 points
    Thought I would share the progress on our new facility. We are starting to see a lot of progress with the front vestibule/portico steel going up, roof 90% complete, HVAC and electrical well on their way to completion, interior walls going up excavation for the new entrance and storm water handling in process. Next week the second floor section that will be part of the atrium comes out and that will dramatically make things different. We hopefully are on schedule for a early October finish.
  43. 8 points
    After about 75 miles on the reassembled engine all seems well. After a good run I check the temperature of the pump and surrounding components with a laser thermometer. The front bearing packing nut was around 136 deg. (still using regular packing). The rear bearing has new double lip seals and runs about 145 deg. Pump body around 150 deg.
  44. 8 points
    Congrats Walt! Jazzed up the trophy for you.
  45. 8 points
    Hello, this lady is 94 years old and has driven her Peugeot 203 1954 since 1954. She bought this new car in 1954 and since then has driven it every day.
  46. 8 points
    The top frame came to me in a million pieces and all the bolts were dumped in a coffee can. I was able to borrow a local club member's loose top frame so I could use it as a model to assemble mine. Thankfully, I had all the bolts and nuts/bushings in the coffee can so I could get it all put together. With the help of my wife, we stuck it in the car this evening. It goes up and down really nicely. One more BIG item off the list!
  47. 8 points
  48. 8 points
    Hey guys, I saw JohnD's post late last night and was going to respond but had to think about it at the late hour I read it and then saw you both asked today while I was out working. First let me say right off that my wife and I are OK physical health wise but my mental health, while questionable at times in the past, is being put to it's test. I don't want this to be a "Wendy Whiner" piece but like I'm sure some of you are dealing with, changes to the normal way of life for us are big and don't expect things to be the same ever again. 95Cardinal reached out (as did Gary - cxgvd) via PM and want to express my THANKS to you ALL for your concerns as I now realise it has been over a month having posted something or accomplished anything with my cars. Let me explain, being self employed in the service industry for 46 years and watching business slowly dwindle away since the "economic (shafting) recession" of 2008 and turning to a more seasonal business, this shut down has virtually become my FORCED RETIREMENT which I'm not really prepared to do! If anyone ever comes up to you and says "You're in business, man you have it made", do me and him a favour and give that person a slap in the head! I've worked physically hard to raise my boys, pay off our house, live modestly, preserve my cars, watch my saving (investments) loose 30% back in 2009, gain some /most of that back and now loose another 22% of that and the business sinking only to revert to a labour job to assist the house hold income! Am I the only one with these woe's? NO, I"M SURE NOT! It's about like what my business partner said to me when he found out HE had leukemia, "It's not where I thought I would be in my life at this age..." I/we have our health so thankful to be able to continue on and ... the one bright light to look towards is we will become Grandparents of a baby boy come around October 31st!! Things look good so far and waiting anxiously for a healthy arrival for everyone concerned. Changes... I now have to consider selling the place where I keep the cars and PARTS after August 31st so need to find car storage for 5 cars!!!!! That's only 11 weeks away come Monday and... So, the Special is still apart under the dash but I can and have had it running as it sits but have come to the rationalisation that I'm going to sell Dad's beloved '51 Nash to reduce one space requirement. It's been sitting for some time and will need some attention when I manage that time... Again I want to thank those who have been following along and reached out before my thread got onto the third page. I know I'm not alone here in some ways so THANKS for thinking of me and listening. Doug
  49. 8 points
    My guess would be they built that Mickey Mouse setup to compensate for the puny battery cables because they didn't understand how voltage and amperage work. I have a '47 Continental that starts quickly and easily, hot or cold, on 6 volts. Fat cables and good grounds are the key. Ditch all that goofball wiring and the crimp-on connectors, get some big, heavy battery cables, and just one of those Optimas will start that engine reliably. If you want a big hit of amperage, hook them up in parallel to get 1600 amps to crank it over--that sucker won't be able to NOT spin with that kind of juice hitting the starter. Lose the 6/12 setup and the wonky wiring and switches. Your life will be simpler and easier for it.
  50. 8 points
    200 pages - Yes, all done on a whim because I really enjoy period images and know some friends did too ( thank you to all who have contributed and pretty much have kept it on track/topic as well which is most appreciated) Thanks especially to my good friends Tim, Al, John , and Colin from England who have contributed the most and taken the time to do so. I think it may have accomplished what I set out - to Relieve some of the stress because we all "get lost" in the photographs we are viewing. Feeling good looking at old iron. To all of you , my sincere best wishes for continued good health for you and yours. Our bond is the old cars, old vehicles - we are a community of history and preservation. Thank you so much and a huge THANK YOU to AACA for putting up with all of this - posting these photos is not done for free and I know we blew out the limit of what could be posted image wise weeks ago! 😮 To quote the late vaudeville comedian Ted Lewis " Is everybody happy?" Stay well all and look forward to the day we can once again roam around behind the wheel of our cars that have running boards. With pride and friendship to all. Walt