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  1. I always replace but if I Cant then it will get dipped to remove rust and I 2nd the Caswell brand sealer. Expensive but it's a true 2part epoxy sealer. I like the Red version so you know when it's coated. Looks just like the Maker's Mark wax dip. Hirsch has been used by people forever but I find it to be to thin. I had one dipped and the guy used hirsch and it started leaking right away. It didn't fill the pin holes that he missed with solder. I know the Caswell would have sealed those defects. Never used Por tank sealer but I hope it works better than the magical rust cover garbage they sell.
  2. I let an enthusiatic kid park our 35' Auburn but I went with him to help with starting. We drove around the resturant a couple times and it might have made an old car nut out of him. We let them park our modern cars if we are at a hotel. I don't think twice about it. I used to do rear axle abuse tests in new pickup trucks and the novelty of beating the tar out of something doesn't last very long. Those guys could care less about trying to tear up your car.
  3. Did Buick run leatherette or leather for the seats/door panels/headliner for the front on window division cars. I know Cadillac ran the broadcloth in the rear with leather door panels/seats and leatherette headliner. I am just curious how Buick did it. I still think 6k seems a bit low even though I know how much it costs to restore a car like this and it includes my free labor. If I could blink my eyes and have the car sitting in front of me with a clean title and 6 grand removed from my bank account I might be in trouble. If it was a 41' I'd even splurge for shipping. The Mrs. has never liked the 39' nose job so I'd be told how ugly it is for the rest of my life. I've seen a lot of garbage muscle car projects sell for a lot more money. These big cars are great but just hard to move.
  4. 6 grand seems low. It would end up as parts for that kind of money. Watching the 41' that has been on ebay at 15k makes it a little steep for this car. It was a much nicer car and running and driving. If it was local to me I might give 10 for it but I wouldn't pounce and I'd inspect it. I've been following these limiteds since I bought our 41' Cad 67' series a few years ago. I fully agree with Matt that they are a fantastic car and fully undervalued. The problem is they don't have a following with money guys since it's "just a Buick" to them. That means their isn't a line of guys with fists full of dollars to give you after you've fixed it up.
  5. I saw this also. For the right money it could be a fantastic car. I thought 41K was resonable for this market but the 107k?? I'm probably out of touch but the car needs a cosmetic resto and it would bury the owner.
  6. My main service hoist is a 4 post bendpak and I really like it. Just drive up, lift up, and start working. If I have to do a brake job or wheels then it takes a few more minutes. It's nice to have the runners to set the brake drums and spindles or tools on as I work. Everything is right there. They aren't as handy working under the hood though. Everything is raised 5" so I have to drag a step stool around as I work under the hood.
  7. Rebuild the drum brakes and save yourself a headache. I don't believe a 33' Pontiac has juice brakes. I know Cadillac didn't in 33'.
  8. The whole "invoice" thing was TV stuff. I liked that he mentioned the price and timeline on some of the builds. Nice reality check for the novice guys that think a car can be built for 20 grand or in a week. The drama was added for TV also. Coming from a restorer I thought it was a decent show. Their customer base isn't Pebble but more of the cruise in crowd and it appeared they do a good job for that market. I work on a lot of high end cars from auctions and purchased from some big name collectors including Premiere AACA jobs and a lot of them won't drive around the block safely if they make it at all. It's pretty regular in my world to inspect an auction special and end up with full brake job, transmission rebuild, clutch, wiring repair, and more. It would blow your mind how poorly most of these cars are setup. Brass cars all the way up to the late 50's. Seems like most of the cars just don't get sorted out. I also liked the fact that Dan would jump right in and get to work instead of holding a cup of coffee or run a comb through his beard.
  9. Bob Drake Ford reproductions has something close. They are the only ones I know of.
  10. Dynaflash, did I miss something? I was stating that no one around here would work that cheap. I priced up the materials for our 67 series Cadillac with the same body as this limited and it was over 2 grand for the materials.
  11. No trimmer around here would work that cheap. Proper materials are gonna run a couple grand. Depends on the job though. I always make sure and have the seat coils repocketed and all of the original fabric and stuffing replaced and any wood needs to be sealed and painted. That is half the labor right there but the smell is permanetly gone and the seats sit proper. Your roadmaster is sharp but it doesn't quite have the stance as the big limited.
  12. You guys a bunch of city slickers? I've heard that term throughout my childhood from my dad's farming buddies.
  13. I know were off topic but linings are sold by the foot and are of different thickness and width. The rivets are a few bucks a 100 at mcmaster carr. Brakes are the easy part of a car like this.
  14. Dynaflash, if you buy it, send me the brake linings I'll take care of you. I have an old brake lining machine but I don't advertise it. It would be a snap to rivet those pads onto the shoes. I've been buying the Kanter complete brakes for most everything but my 42' wasn't listed. I'm not exactly sure the chassis differences between our cars. I know the frame is the same and I have open driveshaft with leaf springs. I don't know if the axles back then are different or the front brakes. They are big brakes though. Really to do a proper job you should turn the drums and arch the shoes. Or brake doktor them. That's been my favorite tool of the summer.
  15. I looked over the ebay ad again. For me the car looks usuable for a driver except the interior. I can smell it through the ethernet cable. That's the rabbit hole our Cadillac is falling down and the interior looked nicer than this. It was a driver but where do you stop. I don't know too many people that want to sit in 70+ year old broadcloth if it has an aroma. Unless your a trimmer looking for a project your bill is going to cost more than you'll pay for the car. Then throw in a new steering wheel and paint the garnishes, dashboard, maybe some interior chrome work. It's to the point where most average guys are out. My phone never rings anymore for normal Joe looking for normal work. I hope someone on here buys it. If I could go back I'd buy it in a second over my Cadillac.