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  1. Interesting day today with the White. Last night Phil and I “officially finished “ the mechanicals on the car. While we still have some very minor tweaking, the car is essentially finished mechanically. We needed to do a sustained high speed run after a modification to the Stewart Warner vacuum tank. It was possible we could have made changes that caused lack of volume to the can and carb. We also finished the alignment and improving the wheels for run out. So, at lunch, we decided to run it to the end of the world. The Palm Beach airport is a half mile from the shop, so we decided to speed ru
    19 points
  2. True, I do all my own work but after fighting my stock 32 Ford 4cyl radiator core leaks for over a year on my daily driver, I was forced to find a new core. Woodstock Radiator in N.E. CT is a home based, one man shop run by a 80 year old guy. A reproduction hot rod radiator will not work in my car as the core is too thick and would hit the fan. Here he is taking off the only good top tank of one of several 4 cyl 1932 radiators I brought him to make one good one. He then sends out the repaired top tank to Maine Radiator and they build a new custom made core. (They fi
    12 points
  3. My father spent the better part of two decades trying to make an old car work as a daily driver. First was a Model A, but he quickly learned he was a sitting duck in rush hour traffic. Then a '34 Ford V8, which was better, but still not comfortable with 75 MPH traffic around him. Then a '41 Buick which actually worked as his daily driver for about 7 years in the 1980s. He ultimately gave up and just bought new cars because breakdowns were inevitable, creature comforts were missed (he was an attorney and could not afford to be late or sweaty when he arrived somewhere), and even in the more mode
    11 points
  4. OTOH does not register with us dinosaurs. The car is back in the trailer for the first time since I picked it up back in August. It was a lot more fun to drive it in then to use the winch. We are all set for touring on Monday! You can see the added 1921 Chevy headlights we upgraded to Halogen. They come on and off with two nuts and a quick disconnect on the electrical harness. Since the first drive is going to be in the evening we left the lights on for the Monday night welcome party. Phil, AJ, and I rented a house right down the street from the hotel. So lights will be a good
    11 points
  5. A tiny spring...No rocket science, isn't it? Well, if only I would have fingers' size in relation to the spring! It went twice in the air, found it on the floor both times, a luck! Now, the hand brake lever is functional; I hope that after the plating (only the tiny rod is painted), there will be enough play at the handle and pawl to let the spring doing his job, because his strength is rather limited! I will go now to the other side of the transmission: one cover must be done plus the brake and clutch support which is bolted to the transmission. I think I will need again the help from Ale
    11 points
  6. If you want to know why professional restorations are so expensive, today was a great example. I removed the studs holding the engine front cover in place because some of them had mangled threads and I wanted to use new hardware. However, Lincoln used 3/8" studs with coarse threads in the block and fine threads for the nut, about 1-3/8 long. Not 1-1/4 and not 1-1/2, which are commonly available. I saved the nuts, which are unique and modern nuts would not look right. The studs are flush with the nuts for a tidy appearance. I threw the nuts in my vibratory tumbler to clean them up and let it ru
    10 points
  7. After a long pause of not working on the Mercury due to weather, the business, and several home projects I got to work on it today. I decided to paint the roof. since there wasn't much to do and I have the paint. I did the final sand with 600 and got it done. It came out pretty nice. Is it a perfect pebble beach paint job? Well no, but it's a nice local car show and driver paint job. The little things I see should come out once I cut and buff. After the car is done I planning on driving the wheels off it. Feels good to get something done. I think the next thing is the hood so I can get the
    9 points
  8. Evaluation of the 1917 White GL Touring, Body by Rubay. Thought it would be a fun exercise to take a critical look at my car, using my experience as an advisor and collection manager to analyze the car against what was available in the era, and as a modern day collector car. It will be as scientific as possible, no woke BS, just a straight forward intellectual analysis that one use to be able to have in higher learning institutions.........without the ridiculous feel good accommodations that are the way of the world today. Here we go......... No car is perfe
    9 points
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  10. Took some time to re-strip the air cleaner parts. Ugh, epoxy primer is really tough. Really worked the bench grinder hard. I'm wondering if powder coating it is a better choice, even with the mesh inside. I don't know if it'll affect how well it filters. My other parts will be done tomorrow, so maybe when I pick them up I'll show them the air cleaner assembly and ask what they think or what they can do to seal it off. I've been dreading the job, but tonight I tackled the oil pan. About an inch of of Jell-o like slurry in the bottom. I used a plastic spoon to scoop out as much as I
    9 points
  11. I painted the crankcase tonight and it turned out pretty well. I spent a lot of time masking off the blocks, starting with some 1/4-inch fine line tape around the base. It's critical that the line be crisp and in exactly the right spot so that it doesn't look like the engine was painted after it was assembled. Blocks masked off and crankcase ready for paint. Then I gave it another wipe-down with lacquer thinner and sprayed it with Plasti-Kote cast aluminum paint. This paint was recommended by AB-Buff (Lynn) as the same stuff a lot of restorers use for their cran
    9 points
  12. Thanks for the info Joe. I had one extra I had made so I did a test using my vertical mill. I set a stop on my vise and put some blocks in so I could support the bottom of each cover with the tops of the 3/4” just above the top of the vise. I clamped the cover vertically in the vise with one side against the stop, centered a 3/8 cutter, then brought the bed back so the cutter would just touch the face of the round body, and I set my depth stop for the quill. I ran the speed at 1200 and simply brought the cutter down. I then loosened the vise, rotated the cover to the next flat and repeated the
    9 points
  13. He (and you) beat me to it, Ed. I have the Service Bulletins here at the shop but thought they were at home. Here's the full page with all the details. Hope it's as easy as it looks.
    8 points
  14. Evaluation continued: Powerplant Considering the year, 1917 was a time of great change in engine trends. Packard’s Twin Six of 1915, Cadillac going from a mid priced car to luxury and the beginning of their V-8. Most expensive cars were running straight sixes. T heads were fading away towards the standard L head configuration. There were a few odd balls out there.......OHV units, and too many other flash in the pan units to mention. Interestingly, White went from steam to gas quickly, and soon was making the leap from four to six cylinders. In a bizarre move, they dumped their s
    8 points
  15. I am listing this for a local BCA member. Please contact JoAnn at the number listed below if interested. The car is located southeast of Flint, MI. 1936 Buick Roadmaster Series 80C Convertible Phaeton Green w/black, beige top Rare Full Classic, Nice Driver, low miles $62,500 BCA#44764 JoAnn (586) 726-one-one-one-one Calls Only please
    8 points
  16. Lots of things to consider. First is CID of the engine. If your going to use it as every day transportation, I recommend you get a large displacement engine..........325cid or better. 10k isn’t much of a budget for a running car, and a sorted car will be much more. I rather see you drive a modern junker for a while longer, and add to your budget. 20k is realistic if you are fussy and careful. If you can live with a bit more modern car, a 1940-1941 Cadillac is hard to beat. Parts are available and rather reasonable. It’s a good highway car stock, and it’s larger.....thus more comfortable to sit
    8 points
  17. Jerry, Meeting the requirements of the judges is NOT the "only reason" ! The reason for the CLUB's requirements, and the reason we judges are compelled to enforce the rule, is for public safety! "IF" you anticipate that a potential fire in your car, or a car next to yours "WILL ONLY BE A MINIMAL FIRE", then maybe you're OK with a minimal extinguisher- but in that case, and with that attitude, I'd prefer that you park somewhere other than next to me. In any case, For your protection, as well as mine, I'll have the larger size
    8 points
  18. In the mid 1990's we did a considerable amount of work on a 1921 Rolls Ghost Touring for the late Dick Prizer of Newtown, PA. Later, Dick was contacted by Rolls Royce of America asking if they could use his car as the centerpiece for the unveiling of the new RR models at the Four Seasons restaurant in NYC. Dick gave his consent and the Rolls was shipped. Dick and his wife were invited to the ceremony. Turned out Prince Philip was the honored guest. The Prince loved the car and spent some time sitting in it with Dick and discussing cars. Dick's impression? "The Prince is a regular guy".
    8 points
  19. Nice morning here for painting. All looks ok so far but that can change in the next hour or so. Some little bug will think it’s fun to play in wet paint with his mates. 🤨
    8 points
  20. I'm doing Ed a favor. This is getting picked up Thursday and I got it running so we don't have to push it on to the trailer.
    8 points
  21. This was a local club member’s (Ed Keil) car that he owned since 1985. Unfortunately, we lost Ed not too long ago, and his family looked to the members to sell the car. I went and checked it out yesterday and made the deal. It’s a really solid original car. Lots of options! Power windows and locks, 60/40 power bench seats, rear defog, AC, AM FM radio that actually works!, trip meter, speed alert, clock, and I’m sure I’m missing a couple other oddballs. The only real bummer is the hail damage. It was a victim of a pretty infamous local hail storm in 2001, that my 71 L
    7 points
  22. Well, it's amazing how easy things are once you know how to do them. Following the instructions in the bulletin made it a snap to reinstall the pulley. I removed the cotter pin, nut, and washers to expose the mechanism, then used a pair of small picks to release the ratcheting locks. It took a few tries to find just the right spot, but once they were released, it was surprisingly easy to push the pulley down and lock it in place (turns out a magic marker is exactly the right diameter). Once the mechanism was exposed, it was relatively easy to release the pulley and fre
    7 points
  23. The Beast Roars again! I’m as happy as a guppy in a gully washer! It’s like a drum with a hole in it, you just can’t beat it! It’s twice as nice as my momma’s advice! The parts arrived – they are back on the car. The timing has been set. The 38 Studebaker is back on the road! Gracie and Sophie are just as happy – they’ve had their summer do’s done also. Sir Edward ( I say SIR Edward, as he is the only one I know that has had an audience with The ROYAL family. (I’m sure the good Queen will KNIGHT him, her being a car lady, if
    7 points
  24. Warmer than seasonal around here so perfect excuse to get the Electra out (after all the chores were done of course 😇). I’m about a week late for the premium cherry blossom time in the neighborhood but found these trees with blossoms hanging in there. I’ll be going for some sunset beachside cruises before this warmer weather leaves us.
    7 points
  25. 15 mile drive. First to church then to brunch with friends. Finished up with a lovlely 35 mph country drive on a beautiful spring day. All is right with the world...
    7 points
  26. Chevy pickup (oops, I meant GMC) owned by a young man who works at the hardware store. Not a teenager, but early 20's, maybe 25 I'd say. And the Dodge at the Exchange Bank, supposed to be the same model used by Frank Doyle, bank president, to drive the Golden Gate Bridge on opening day in 1937. He was the one who spearheaded construction of the bridge, arranged financing, etc. The original car he used got sold, but they acquired another, supposedly exactly the same model, to put on display to commemorate the bridge drive.
    7 points
  27. The decade from 1930 to 1940 saw perhaps the greatest improvement in cars, before or since. The closer to 1940 that you're willing to get, the better. Just compare: In 1930 you have 45-50 cruising speeds, somewhat primitive handling and (solid front axle) suspension, mostly mechanical brakes, bodies framed in wood, minimal creature comfort. By 1940 you have 55-60 cruising speeds (with more powerful engines, higher-speed axle ratios, early automatic transmissions, syncromesh shifting and overdrive) modern, independent front suspension, juice brakes, all-steel bodie
    7 points
  28. Nope. 100% impossible. You can’t cruise 70 with the style and lines you and I like for THAT kind of money. And you can’t modify one you and I can afford to do that safely either. Money’s gotta come WAY up, or hopes and expectations gotta come back to earth for a landing. Should we elaborate ? Or should we continue the Model A discussion ? Buy the way, Nicodaemos, a warm and hearty welcome to you ! You definitely have a very compatible old car soul with most of the rest of us here. Our AACA Champion of the daily driver car of the period you and I love so much, goes by the handle of “T
    7 points
  29. I say I’m not, since I would have to look up those initials to see what you said.😉
    7 points
  30. Front end Friday pt 2 Now I have a bunch of interior to put in.
    7 points
  31. My niece Sue Myers picture from 1985 with my 1985 LeSabre My niece Sue picking up her new Buick Encore in 2018 My niece picking up her NEW Buick Encore GX 2021
    7 points
  32. Nothing very exciting went on today. I'm waiting on some minor parts so in the meantime I made two die holders...one of 1-3/4" dies and the other for 45mm dies. Most of the odd thread size dies I've bought in the last few years are Chinese. They seem to have carved out a niche market making taps and dies in otherwise very difficult, or impossible to find sizes. The quality is quite good. I can't say how well they would wear over a long period of time if heavily used but when I buy something like this it is often only going to be used a few times. I find it very useful to be able to get odd siz
    7 points
  33. Just confirmed with Remflex that they'll be making me a fresh set of intake/exhaust manifold gaskets for the Lincoln. I'll have 4 extra sets should anyone need an upgrade over the usual copper-clad composite gaskets. They're also going to eliminate the hole for the exhaust passage under the carburetor to help seal that off, so other users won't have to tap and plug them like I did. I've used Remflex gaskets successfully on all my personal cars and found that they not only seal better but need less torque (so you don't damage mounting ears) and compensate for irregular surfaces, which I'm sure
    7 points
  34. Had a reasonable weekend car wise... as usual stuff came up and I didn't get much time in the shop, but I did get the fenders shot with base and clear on the inside. Today I managed to get the hood and other misc panels shot with base and clear on the inside. Now I will let them dry a bit and flip them over, prep and seal with epoxy primer, then base and then clear. Looks like it will be 3 sessions. I'll do the hood and misc panels that are in the booth now first, then I'll do the gas tank, spare tire holder and misc. Last session will be the fenders. Before I take the booth down I also
    7 points
  35. Placed the distributor on the Sun Tester today. We had other things pop up, and didn’t get to finish with it. It certainly has a issue with grounding causing erratic performance. Tomorrow, I’ll go through it and get it back to factory specs. Often times I see multiple issues causing running and no start problems. That’s the case here also. With luck, everything will be back in Dave’s hands for the weekend. Won’t know for sure with problems at work and home things are piling up............will keep everyone in the loop here. 👍
    7 points
  36. A few hours this evening and more work got done. As long as you keep taking steps, eventually you'll finish the marathon. I was on a ticking clock to get finish coats of paint on the engine before the primer dried completely, so the first thing I did was shoot the blocks in gloss black. I'm using a high-heat enamel, which may or may not make a difference--is the primer high-heat also? Meh. It should withstand the 250 degrees or so that the engine block sees. It went on nicely and with three coats left a nice shine that's ready to go. It does need to cure with heat, so it won't be fully dry unt
    7 points
  37. Walt G should enjoy this. I was rummaging in a box of stuff in the garage and found this 1921 DuPont auto color chip pamphlet. The pamphlet has some water damage but it is intact enough to see what was offered to refresh your car’s paint in that era and the method to do it. No LPHV here!
    6 points
  38. 3 steps forward, 2 steps back... but at least I gained a step this weekend! I shot the outside of the hood and step fenders with sealer Friday afternoon. Unfortunately I had fisheyes in a couple of areas. Fisheyes in the SPI Epoxy has always been a problem for me and with horizontal surfaces it is even worse. The epoxy is very sensitive to contamination even to the extent that the waterborne w&g remover causes problems if it is not 100% removed and given ample time to dry. The key is getting the surfaces perfectly clean and I just didn't quite get that done in a couple of areas. I t
    6 points
  39. After a week plus cleaning the engine and transmission, it got a coat of paint. Then I was able to get the manifolds and water pump back on. Yesterday I worked on getting the motor mounts back in. I also put the steering box in, it has to go in before the engine. I got the engine to marry back to the trans after about an hour. Started installing them back into the frame, but walked away after a couple hours with no success. I went out this morning and removed the trans. Loosened up the rear mount and it finally sat into the mounts. Then it was tighten up the mounts and reinstall the trans whic
    6 points
  40. It’s an “all weather” seven passenger touring. All the weather that is outside the car will soon be inside, just wait a few minutes! I have all the original side curtains. That will just delay the misery. The above quote was from my good friend Jim Robbins of the CCCA. His advice.......never miss a chance to go to a cocktail party on a tour.........skip the days events due to weather if necessary. Make mine a double...........In honor of my long past friends in the CCCA; Special shout out to Jim Robbins, Earl Heath, Bill Lassiter, Dave Hollis, Tom Lester, Francis Owens, Joel (Haffn
    6 points
  41. The Aqua Zephyr took home a "Best GM 1980 and Below" trophy at the 'Whole Vet Building Lives Together' car show hosted by I-95 Muscle Classic Car dealership in Hope Mills, NC. It was an unexpected surprise!
    6 points
  42. It's something like, "For Sale: 1971 AMC Gremlin, excellent shape. Will only trade for 1971 Chevelle SS 396 in same condition."
    6 points
  43. The Aqua Zephyr took home a "Best GM 1980 and Below" trophy at the Whole Vet Building Lives Together car show hosted by I-95 Muscle Classic Car dealership in Hope Mills, NC. It was an unexpected surprise!
    6 points
  44. Hello, During the last four weeks, Anna and I spend a lot of time with gardening. Also, I build a new green house for Anna (Chinese made kit ). The last green house was a flimsy affair, it was cheap but served its purpose well. So a new, and more sturdy one was ordered. Took me several days to assemble it. Lets say that the assembly manual left a lot to guess about. Original manual was translated from Chinese in to the French language, from there to English and German, and all four where used to come up with a Dutch translation (well, some kind of Dutch 🤣). Cleveland activit
    6 points
  45. I have asked the owner of a major insurance company to answer this and found out it is not completely simple. In my new car dealership days if a car was damaged at my dealership the issue of care, custody and control came in several times and in SOME cases my garage keepers policy kicked in. If I recall correctly that was always in the case of negligence on our part. I was never held responsible for things like hail storms, etc. In any case, I am getting a call back this afternoon from one major company to explain their view on this topic.
    6 points
  46. It’s a Corvair. We plan to get a new tank, fuel lines, sender and probably a carb.
    6 points
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