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  1. It will never be for sale but a guy can dream.
  2. Thanks John, but one Auburn is plenty for me. If it wasn't the wife's car then I'd fill the space with something I like.
  3. They did make a coupe. It was released late in the 35' model year. About the rarest Auburns around. Estimated to be six left out of a hundred and some made. It was a cabriolet body with fixed wood/chicken wire top. I know of a few coupes that were turned into cabriolets since open cars were worth more at one time. Comfortable car to drive, back window rolls down and with cowl vent it moves air nicely. Ours has been driving down to Auburn fall for 40 years now. Bad thing with an Auburn is block problems. They are really thin under the valves and all seem to be cracked. They also have 7/16" fine head bolts into cast iron so they have all been helicoiled or they strip out.
  4. I'd check out Coker or Diamondback's website for standard tire dimension info. Flush the brake fluid if it's been sitting a while. Usually they need the works if it has been sitting. If it's power brakes they are known to dump brake fluid in the booster and not work properly.
  5. They ran single master cylinders for over 50 years and you don't hear all the "remember when" stories of what death traps they were. You just keep up on the system and have a proper emergency brake. I hope you have better luck with that crap than I did. I lost a lot of money on that job getting the brakes to actually work and lock up. I know the mc size was 1" or 1 1/8" and the booster was around 8". I think a lot of those companies size everything on theory and it doesn't always translate into your particular pedal angles and such. I have a 59' GMC that put "swing pedals" in with a modern booster and master cylinder running 4 wheel discs. Worse brakes I've ever driven. This kit was supposedly the bomb. It was a bomb all right. I tried 3 different 2stage boosters and two different master cylinders and the brakes still suck. It's my shop truck so I have where they work and almost/barely will the lock the brakes up. I had to keep raising the pedal off the floor until it's an awkward step up onto the brakes. It's on the list for a hydroboost system if I ever get around to it. That might be the only way I added power to your 60' is with a hydroboost setup. More power out of less travel. That is what your fighting.
  6. Put a small pressure gage on the engine and check what the oil pressure really is. You could have plasti-gaged the engine when it was apart as a cheap way to measure the clearances. But.. if you have to pull the engine then just get the crank ground and put new bearings in it. I also run straight 40w in a car like this unless it's driven in winter. Might help your oil pressure for a while until you rebuild it again. And recore the radiator while your rebuilding the engine. I know I'm a broken record on the subject but it's from experience. The fuel filters with return line are readilly available from 5th avenue garage and I usually put a fitting in the sending unit for the return fuel. You usually get by without the return if you have an electric backup pump like you have. Run the filter if you really don't want to think about it. Roger is right the original fuel bowl with return is hard to find. The filter will work or you can make make a fitting the top of your bowl. The hole diameter is .50" or .90" for the restriction. Not for sure which one.
  7. I did miss the manual part at first. Shouldn't be hard to do a conversion. Power booster and maybe the firewall plate is different between the two. This car as well as the Caddy had vacumm tanks, not sure if they do on standard brake cars. I'd rebuild what you have and go from there. I'm with Bernie that the factory wouldn't sell a Buick is the brakes sucked from the factory.
  8. I like reading about this project. Your like a bloodhound with his nose to the ground. Just keep plugging away. I personally refuse to work on a car like that unless the owner lets me install a new wiring harness. They all need a new harness and it's just a matter of time before the car burns up or worse. Unfortunately they aren't cheap for a car like this. Did you have the radiator recored during the engine rebuild? Another must do. It's automatic, just gets replaced. Did you ever find out where your brake fluid was going? You might want to install a bypass fuel filter near the carb with a return line to the tank. All the Caddy A/C cars of this era ran a return off the fuel bowl. Really helps eliminate vapor lock.
  9. I just did a full brake job on a 60' Electra and bought a rebuilt powerbooster on exchange. Ran Napa master and wheel cylinders and rear shoes, new lines/hoses. They didn't list fronts so I had them relined. The brakes are fantastic. 5 years ago I restored a 59' Cadillac 75 series limo. Same master cylinder/booster as the Buick had. I replaced the single master cylinder and booster with a newer combination with dual reservoirs from Ebay. Owner insisted on dual reservior. I had to re-drill the firewall for the new booster pattern. Not a hard job. Brakes weren't very good. I had to fuss with them and add residual valves in the front. They have a lot further stroke than the original and it was hard to keep them from hitting the floor. Those cars from the factory only have a couple inches of pedal stroke before it his the floor and these kits need more. I made them workable but I would refuse to do it next time. Supposably the mc was sized to the wheel cylinders. I don't remember the sizing. Just do a complete system with new lines/rubber hoses/wheel cylinders/mc/booster and have a properly working emergency cable and don't look back. Most of the aftermarket stuff is just there to seperate you from your money and is junk half the time.
  10. Years ago we put Jahns pistons in a 53' Skylark. Nothing but trouble and they would actually swell up and scuff the cylinders. It did it in two sets of pistons before we changed brands and never had anymore trouble. Every since then I try to put a quality forged piston in. I really like using Ross pistons. Easy to deal with and special orders take 3-4 weeks which is pretty good. Customer service at Arias was pretty sad.
  11. I'd lean towards a quality piston like Egge's forged or Ross racing pistons. I've had them make pistons for 4 different old engines and never had a problem. I'm sure they have nailhead pistons in their database. To much work to put some cheap chinese cast pistons in there.
  12. Most of the guys I work for won't even look at a Buick. Yes, they have 53'/54' skylarks in the collection but thats about it. They collect Packards and Cadillacs and big brass but nothing in 40's Buicks. It's a shame because the cars are so good. Unfortunately the name doesn't bring the prestige that the higher end cars bring. This means the prices stay lower because the money isn't there. I did the driving tour and show for the Gilmore prewar. I had a good day and I enjoyed the steam cars and the starting game that Larry participated in with his Buick truck. We had around 70 cars for the tour and a few more for the show. I wish this show would take off more than it has. Weather has been a problem a couple years but the campus at Gilmore is hard to beat for these cars. They had a couple driving games that struggled to get people to participate. We ended up doing them in our 31' Buick to help the event. We still had the mud under the rear fenders but getting caught in the rain yesterday probably washed some of it away. Did any of you guys see the pricing for the Buick Limiteds at Mecum in Indy? I thought they brought more than I expected.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.