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    Photo taken in the Arbuckle Mountains on the way home from the meet. This '46 made it up and back to OKC from Bonham, Texas, plus the whole Rte. 66 driving tour, and never missed a beat.
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    I could have added these to the thread on the Skyhawk regarding our travels, but thought it was different enough in nature that it made sense to start a new thread. Of course, what I’m about to type is going to be somewhat rambling. Going in, I was a bit concerned about the size of the meet. It isn’t that they all need to be massive events like Flint in 2003, but the numbers I’d heard about ahead of time had me wondering a bit what it would be like. In the end, it was a fun meet. Intimate would perhaps be a better word than small. It was great to be able to see and meet friends old and new, meeting some forum members for the first time, and getting re-acquainted with folks I’ve now known for years. Of course, there was a hole where @MrEarl was expected to be. We communicate regularly, but I was looking to seeing him again. It’s been too long. I did think of Lamar when I noticed the label on the wine we had with dinner tonight - I will need to get a bottle to him. First of all, the drive was fun. Due to flooding, we got forced off I29 sooner than expected. The detour laid out was long and headed east, which was the wrong direction, so we headed west and went on smaller highways throug Nebraska. That was a good decision. We had some interesting conversations at our stops and found that in the Great Plains in sunny weather in a car without air conditioning, it’s nice to slow down and open the windows without being buffeted by wind. One thing for certain is that the Skyhawk is due for door weatherstripping. Assuming I remember, I’m going to try to plan routes like this in the future...perhaps it is aging and the hair colour I’m sporting now, but the slightly slower pace was nice. We did still do some Interstates, but avoided the toll roads...if states don’t collect enough taxes from us on gasoline and food and souvenirs, then perhaps another model is worth looking at. This was the first time for me to spend in Kansas and Oklahoma. I’m not quite sure what I was expecting, but they weren’t what I expected. I guess I was thinking between farm land and range land. There were many more trees than I anticipated, and considering we had a late spring up here, it was very nice and green. We saw a variety of wildlife, primarily birds. There were quite a few heron sightings, as well as turkey vultures, a cardinal, and a Tom turkey on the way home. I’ve now visited 30 states assuming I counted right. On our way home, we chatted with a farmer in Strong City, KS who said they got either 24 or 25” (I forget) of rain in May. That explains why Kansas looked sodden. If it isn’t the state bird of Kansas, based on our observation, I’d consider the turkey vulture - we saw more there than anywhere else.They are such a massive bird. Again with the expectations, I wasn’t sure what to expect of the section of Route 66 we travelled while at the meet. For one, we decided to ride along with Lawrence from northern Alberta...his 1989 Estate Wagon was much more comfortable than the Skyhawk would have been, although it meant we don’t have any photos of our car on the road...perhaps another time. It was an interesting combination of history with tourist attractions and tourist traps. Seaba Station was something of a highlight for me and I’m not a motorcycle guy any more. I really enjoyed the meet. I could have done with a bit less sun...I got some colour on the two days driving down. One thing that came to mind is that the club needs to look at something between 400 point and Modified judging. There are a number of Buicks out there that aren’t modified enough for Modified judging, but they are different enough that they don’t stand a chance in 400 point judging. Perhaps we could create a “Personalized” class where we could recognize those that have changed wheels, added pinstriping, etc to personalize their cars. I’m not about hardware, but either the Mild category of Modified judging is too wild/radical, or we ought to create something in between so that these Buicks and their owners can get some recognition. As often as I travel to the USA, I never seem to remember that “How ya doin’?” Is a greeting, not a question. Wherever I travel, I do like to sample the local wines and / or beers. This trip did not disappoint. I got to taste an Iowa beer and Oklahoma wine and beer. Aside from supporting the local economy, it’s trying new things. I personally find that I prefer the smaller craft or micro-brewery product to the mass-produced stuff. The Skyhawk performed admirably, never missing a beat, although a
  3. 3 points
    A few more pictures. After all the pads were finished, I folded the roof down just to test operation. It went down and back up as it should with everything nice and snug as I installed it.
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    1958 Caballero wagon--totally restored and over the top!
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    Puns are the lowest form of humor: A French snail bought a new Renault and insisted the dealer paint a big red S on the side. When asked why, the snail said, "I've moved slow all my life. Now when I drive by, people will say, 'Sacré bleu! Look at that S-car-go!”
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    I wasn't offended by your OP but turnabout is fair play. An guy is cruising his Ferrari about 20 over the limit when he sees red lights in the mirror. He stomps it and is quickly up to 150. Realizing his stupidity, he pulls over and the cop pulls up behind. Cop: “What were you thinking, taking off like that?” Guy: “Well, a highway patrol officer ran off with my wife.” Cop: “What does that have to do with anything?” Guy: “I was afraid you were bringing her back.” And the obligatory blonde joke: A blonde calls her husband in a panic, "Honey, I locked the keys in the car!" Hubby: "Don't worry, I'll unlock it with my key when I get home." Blonde: "But it's starting to rain and I left the top down!"
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    The old Buick drank the 256 cent gas like it was still 25 cents: very hilly road; 30 mph head wind; air conditioner running (13 mpg) Overall mpg was 15...highest 16.5 on turnpikes. 1032 miles overall with no issues. Where can we find that fabulous gas? Gotta be better than the cheap stuff. Great meet. There were some cars there, but new and old friends were the main attraction. Daytime weather was great, but there was some heavy duty stuff at night. It took me 2 days to get there with a stop in Wichita Falls, TX where we had a great visit with Ben Bruce and got a ride in "George"...that ain't your granny's straight 8! Made over 500 miles on return trip and cheated...took TX130 for the last 85 miles home (85 mph toll road that is just fine at 65 mph). On the back roads the Texas hill country was unusually nice this years with everything green, usual yellow summer wildflower and Lavender was blooming too. Back roads are fine if you are not in a hurry and will tolerate slowing (35 mph) for towns every 20 miles, most of which have no gas or food (my navigator was grumbling). I stayed off the forums most of the time while in Midwest City until some "arm chair expert" who was not at the meet decided to tell us how to run the meet and club. (don't mess with my club).
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    A little laughter for y’all this morning. Do you have a favorite joke or funny story that is car related?
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    Yeah, I’m not sure what I would call a class for our ‘56, Ben’s ‘50, or Willie’s ‘55. “Looks stock, but is far more useful?” Kinda wordy. “Factory on the outside, party underneath?” ”Built to drive, not to win?” ”Less polish, more fun?” ”Stock-ish?” lol The fact that I put 300 miles on an unrestored, original engined, 63 year old car and it never missed a beat is probably reward enough. That, and the smile on the faces of one of my favorite professors, his son, and his granddaughter when I took them for a ride on Sunday before heading home...
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    How about one of your own
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    It seems my iPad keyboard doesn’t want to work any more. The Skyhawk performed well, although was a bit hard starting when warm. Most tanks were between 21 and 26 mpg using the small US gallons. Multiply by 1.2 to get miles per Imperial gallon. The only tank under 20 was including the running around in the meet area. Some of the time we had a tailwind. Were things perfect? Of course not...humans were involved. Was it a fun meet? Yes indeed. Thanks for the experience and the memories.
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    Title in hand!
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    I think this is a great story. In fact I use to carried my '72 Honda CB450 in my '69 Chevy C10 often. Once when the C10 had an engine swap done by a Motor Builder, Shore Line Motors in Easton, I had given a 327 v8 to rebuild and replaced the original six that was in the C10. The 327 through a rod 10 miles from the shop. I made it home on the Honda 450 while the shop came and took the C10 back to their shop. They told me to come back in two weeks and the truck would be back in service. I road the CB450 (THIS WAS IN THE WINTER) the 70 miles back from home to the Shop to get the Truck back. The best thing was that when I got there and looked at the Truck they had replaced the 327 with a rebuilt solid lifter highly modified 350 V8 that is still in my C10 truck going on 20+ years now running perfectly. The shop did not charge me for the 350V8. So.......Chevy Trucks and Honda Bikes are born to be together. I still have the '69 C10 but sold the Bike years ago.
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    It may have been a little quiet here because I bought something else but she is still my big love and I am currently trying to finish that old project: radio. Recap: a cheap gutted radio was a donor for a new build, the inner workings made out of modern stuff (Bluetooth receiver, DSP, class D amp, stereo speaker, custom speaker box, LED backlight). I made some boxes to put in the pcb’s and test fitted the front with LED installed. The led strip I bought was a small test piece but I liked it enough to install it for this beta version. It’s 2700K, 12V but I added a 7809 transistor in the front because at 12v it was much too bright and at 9V it was bright enough. Pictures say more than … fitting, drilling, wiring (here you see the BT receiver and the DSP) Overall view of the mess that is a DIY radio in beta the front face put together. Left knobs will function (volume = full range amp and tone = sub), right knob is nothing for now, 5 buttons B U I C K aren’t functional as well, maybe later and maybe with touch in stead of press. LED test. Works well enough for me!
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    My first motorcycle was a Honda. 1972 XL250 Enduro. Made me the world renown motorcycle competition rider I am today 😊, or at least in my own mind I am!
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    This is by FAR the most interesting & appealing vehicle ever to wear a Honda (painted) nameplate on it.
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    Something about this old movie...I don't know what it is. But this is about the most fascinating thing I have ever seen on the internet!
  19. 2 points
    First brake job since about 1993. Had to move cars around to get the elbow room right. Kind of like Art Carney playing pool with Jackie Gleason, can't rush in. New wheel cylinders, hoses, and hardware arrived. http://www.rochesterclutch.com/ will reline the shoes and fit them to the drums. I had an NOS master cylinder sleeved back in '93 when I went through the chassis on the car and the fluid has been flushed almost every two years. Should be pretty straight forward. A little paint, tires, and some freshening up should do me for another 20 years with no big issues. Bernie
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    For the record, I’m an independent women, but I’m not a “feminist”. I owned a kitchen design biz in my 20’s, selling mainly to contractors who would climb off their roofs when I’d show up at the job site, in my short skirts and heels. Then these contractors would let me give them a bid, as they were amazed that I could measure the kitchen with a tape measure, subtract for sheetrock and design a plan. This was in the 80’s and I’ve had countless advantages in my life because, in my younger days, I was “cute”. I’m no hypocrite. Abuse in any form, by a man or women is not ok. Beyond abuse, everyone is offended by everything now. It’s a reflection of the “love and logic”, be your kid’s friend, participation trophies for everyone, generation. People need to have a bit of a thick skin or we are all going to parish from offending each other. 🤦‍♀️
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    Congrats to Ray for 35 years of excellence!
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    Here's my 75. Same color and most options as my first one had. 4 speed too!
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    "I want to die in my sleep like my Grandpa. Not like the screaming folks that were riding in the car with him."
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    Thanks to all of you for the kind comments. It was great meeting so many of you in person! As some of you know, the Caballero received a Senior Gold award at the 2019 meet. It also took a "1st Place" in its class at the Cincinnati Concours on June 9. I want to thank those of you who helped and supported the build, especially Pat O'Malley, Larry Schramm, 57BuickJim, SMartin and d.e.i. The Caballero is tucked away until late July, when it will appear at the Concours of America at St. John's in Plymouth, MI. Hope to see many Buick fans there, too! I have planned some winter projects for the car, including installation of the power brake unit, fabrication of new floor mats and improving the rear seat trim appearance.
  25. 1 point
    I think in South Bend I was still the Brian in charge of driven, but SHHHH!!!...you'll get me in trouble...they will have to audit judging next...
  26. 1 point
    Got some more work done on the roof tonight. Started on it late, finished it late. Got both sides of the bow pads done. Not sure if I went a little overboard but I hand sewed the top covers of the pads closed for a nice neat look and I caught the padding with the needle and thread so the pads shouldn’t shift at all. Was real careful to keep all tight and smooth so there’s no wrinkles to see on the inside. This is the first Cabriolet roof I’ve done so I stop and think each process out. Of course I have a good staple puller and I pulled my fair share of them out tonight. I realized I didn’t have the bow pad at the right height on the mid bow until I started on the other side. Luckily I had only tacked it in place and hadn’t started the padding step. I figured out that the pad edge goes up to a step in the bow and had it about an inch away from that step on the first side I did. Well, it’s a learning process and anyone who says they never had to pull Staples is full of it!
  27. 1 point
    We have a new store in town, "Ollie's", a discount store with lots of odd stuff. they sell books cheap, and went in and found the Clive Cussler book on his Classic cars for $4.99! A big pile of them.... I bought one for me and a few for gifts....nice coffee table book....they're twenty bucks delivered at Amazon, if you have an Ollie's go check!!
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    Very interesting. In late 1911 -1913, Willoughby made a body for Cole that is very similar. It was called the London Limo. None of these cars survive today. If I had the restoration skills and the amount of funds it would take, I know of a 1912 Cole chassis.....
  29. 1 point
    Is this original "coveted screw top" ? 1961 Chevrolet Apache 10 Short Bed Stepside Pick-up Truck
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    Welcome to the AACA Discussion Forum. The best source for those wheels would probably be Dave Tachney. He specializes in 1936-1941 Buick Parts. You can best reach him by calling 763-427-3460 between 4 and 7 pm Central. I would also encourage you to check out the 36-38 Buick Club website at http://www.3638buickclub.org/ and consider joining the club. If Dave does not currently have the wheels you need, it is possible that another club member might have some for sale. If you send me a private message with your email address, or use the email the webmaster link on http://www.3638buickclub.org/, I will be happy to send you a pdf copy of the most recent club newsletter that contains some ads from other club members who might have some for sale.
  32. 1 point
    I think the rivets were there for assembly at the factory, and no other purpose. Seems like 75% of a car's design is to get it together as quickly as possible with little thought given to getting it back apart. OEM's are only responsible until it's out of warranty. I usually drill the heads off then use a BFH to knock it out the hub. a chisel works too, if it's sharp.
  33. 1 point
    Bought one off someone going to scrap yard
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    WHOOOP - WHOOOP- WHOOOP.........PC ALERT!!!!! PC ALERT!!!!! SEXIST joke implying all men are annoying. PC ALERT!!! PC ALERT!!!! SEXIST site implying women are psycho "bitches".......................DELETE DELETE DELETE................. WHOOOP-WHOOOP-WHOOOP. Exiting the thread........ Must seek safe place.......... Must seek safe place.............................Bob
  35. 1 point
    That’s one of the great things about the Olds platform, you could stick a ‘68 455 cam from a 442 into an ‘85 307 if you wanted to (and the factory did!). The number 1 thing that woke up the Olds powered Buick I drove in high school was the installation of a “high flow catalytic converter” (a.k.a. “Test Pipe”). lol
  36. 1 point
    Thanks. It is a good and fun car and I had it at the Henry Ford Old Car Festival last September. It is not perfect, though it has a great look with the wheels and the color! I just don't use this one anymore now that I acquired two more Coles last Winter and I personally don't like cars to just sit.
  37. 1 point
    Here is mentioned the hinged second connecting rod, for 1911 Humber V-twin motorcycle. 1911 Humber produced a striking new 2.75 V-twin model of 339cc. The engine was unusual in having a master connecting-rod to which the second rod hinged. The Bosch magneto was gear driven and clamped to the rear of the crankcase, the carburettor B and B, and Druid forks used. It performed particularly well on its debut at the TT - with all six entries finishing and a win. http://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Humber:_Motorcycles
  38. 1 point
    Use 2 of the cylinder head bolt holes to attach a plate that has a drilled and tapped hole over the piston. Put a block of wood over the piston with some plate steel over that and use a bolt to push on the piston.
  39. 1 point
    It is mounted on a 32’ Olds frame that had rotted just in front of the cowl that I was able to purchase. I finished removing the front of the chassis and the rear arms after I stripped it of all mechanicals. Nothing better than a original frame to rebuild a body on.
  40. 1 point
    Had several Jags and a MGA from the '50s. Favorite was the XK-150s with triple carbs. Surprised a lot of V8s. Had the shift lever straightened which for me was much faster to shift. 6.00x16 Dunlop RS5s and had lots of room for a college student off to school including a GE Porta-Color TV and a stereo reel-to-reel plus amp and speakers. Spent a lot of time in 4th/OD (had OD on all four gears). Lucas PL headlamps. Learned double clutching getting the Moss box into first at 25. RWD DOHC-6 & 4 wheel disks. My current DD has same. MG had a crank for starting and used it. Had one radio for both and would swap. Boy those tires look skinny (thought so then too...)
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    If the women don't find you handsome they should at least find you handy.....
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    Nice! Are the pistons the same height? I wonder if they compensated for the length of rod by changing the compression height. I suspect you are right about not using fork & blade rods but they were always trying new and, to us odd, things. I'll see if I can find a copy of the patent issued to my great grandfather...a really strange one. jp I found it right away...how's this for an "off the wall" idea. This was my grandmother's father, born in 1851 and died in 1936 so I never met him. He made and lost several fortunes - around 1899 (when he was in one of his rich phases living in Carbondale, Pennsylvania) he was interested in buying a car but, as it couldn't climb the hill to his house, he didn't buy it. I don't believe he ever owned a car. This patent was sold to the Thames Engine Company (I presume it was named for the Thames River in New London, Connecticut). He lived in New London at the time and my grandmother remembered helping him in his shop, behind the house. Her and her brothers would take turns hand cranking his lathe. Would I like to find an engine with this type of connecting rod. I suspect, that if any were made, they were marine engines.
  46. 1 point
    The "original" gas cap. Derek wisely took this off prior to judging. I think the bag would have passed muster during judging,, but only "period" duct tape would have saved point loss. Color coordinated duct tape was not a factory accessory in 1976.
  47. 1 point
    In the months since I made the purchase, I spent a lot of time reshuffling the garage to make room for parts, and trying to figure out which parts I was missing. Many thanks thus far to Cabellero2, who has provided a tremendous amount of help figuring out what is what and what I had and didn't have. Also thanks to Dei, for making available the seats from his 58 Limited parts car. Help like this is what really makes the people on this forum great. As of now, I have nearly all of the convertible-specific parts I'll need. A few things will need a little fabrication, but nothing insurmountable. I do still need one top bow. I have a lead on one, in reportedly poor condition. However, it's much more feasible to fix one in poor condition than make one from scratch. With a nearly complete car at this point, I'm confident it can be put back together. I wasn't so sure when I got it. Not too much will happen on it over the next couple years. If I have waiting time while coupe is in paint, I will likely start assembling the top and some other pieces to ensure I am not missing any more critical parts. This car is very unusual and I think very cool, as it was ordered with NO POWER BRAKES AND NO HEATER! How cool is that? Check out the pic of the delete controls on the dash.
  48. 1 point
    The engine is in the car again with the shallow pan and it is in the right place side to side and front and back. The transmission needs to go up a bit as the engine and transmission are at about 7 degrees. I may end up adjusting the trans tunnel to make it fit and have plenty of clearance. Lots of room for rad and fan up front. Tonight I hope to decide the fate of the trans tunnel and maybe make some mounts.
  49. 1 point
    One more story about that old spare Gray engine Dad had. In my 8th grade year, I had to make a science project, and was stumped on what to do. Dad had an idea. We went to the garage, and removed the distributor and coil from the Gray engine, and pulled 4 new spark plugs out of a box somewhere. Dad showed me how to hook up a transformer from my model train set, and we assembled the distributor, coil, spark plugs, and wires onto a wooden stand. The plugs were mounted under a running strip of brass metal to give them a ground, and ground wires were run to the coil and distributor. Then when we turned on the transformer, I could turn the distributor gear and cause each spark plug to fire in order. I took the project to school, along with a paper which I wrote which described the path an electrical current had to follow in a vehicle to get from the battery through the ignition switch and to the coil, and passing through the points and back to be boosted by the coil, and then back through the large coil secondary wire to the rotor, and thence to the correct spark plug. When I demonstrated it in class, the teacher was flabbergasted...especially when I explained that the functioning parts of my little project were all from an uncommon antique car engine. I got a "A" on the project, by the way. LOL
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    Also common to fire trucks is an auxilary cooler that used hydrant or tank water to pass through a heat exchanger in the upper or lower radiator hose. One can be seen on this engine. When the truck was stationary and not getting ram (down the road) air but pumping hard, these heat exchangers had the cold hydrant or tank pump water pass through them to help cool the engine. I've designed several over the years. Still used on fire trucks today. I'm no early truck expert but I found it interesting that GMC was supplying chassis' to American LaFrance. I just assumed ALF built all their own. The 6 cylinder Buick tooling going to GMC when the 1931 Buick 8s came out is well documented. GMC kept the Buick logo and saw it as a plus to have a Buick Engine under the hood, this also can be seen on this engine.