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Everything posted by Janousek

  1. I dislike assembly. Every piece will fight to the end regardless of how well it was fitted before paint or chrome.
  2. It's just a bummer for everyone involved. I go to Hershey for the swapping and leave before the car show. It's kinda like the deer hunting my father did with his buddies. All BS but a lot of fun. We social distance all day in the orange field and you can throw a bowling ball down the isle and not hit a soul most of the day. It's just a parking spot as the guys park in their spaces and start walking. How is it acceptable to do a car show and not the swap meet? Some in our group are getting older and giving them a year off and they might not return fo
  3. Stuff is getting deep. Who is asking people to die by opening a business responsibly? More lives will be ruined/affected negatively by this shutdown than the virus will ever do.
  4. Steve, I meant the USA. Not the aaca volunteers that setup and run the show. We all have opinions on the subject but the CDC released a death rate of less than .3%. Yes, that is .3%. I understood in the beginning when the numbers scared most everybody. We were scared for a couple weeks until the data started flowing. At this point who even knows how many have actually died from the virus as money is given for each death labeled "Covid". We are supposed to live in fear the rest of our lives and hide behind masks. If I was high risk I'd sta
  5. We were so fortunate to get Amelia Island completed before this crap stopped that also. I'm sad we won't have Hershey this year and a little ashamed of our society at the same time. Were a bunch of pathetic pansy azz's if you ask me. I understand the legal portion and it's sad what we've become.
  6. Are you adding flattener to the Imron? I'm not aware of semi-gloss Imron but I quit using the stuff over 5 years ago. Local jobber no longer mixes it but I could get black gallons. The last gallon I purchased had completely different characteristics compared to what I'd been spraying for years. Felt like I was paying for the name but the product wasn't the same. Personally I'd ditch the Imron and go the epoxy route only. SPI epoxy is the best stuff I've found. Reasonably priced and the best quality. Why add another topcoat that isn't as durable as the epoxy under it?
  7. My bendpak hd9000xw is 6 years old and it's been flawless. I like the air locks. Friend has a Rotary Revolution has has a large handle that pulls 4 cables and he's gotta adjust it once a year and really liked the idea of the air ones. I have air at all times so it's not an inconvenience to me. I wish I would've bought rolling bridge jacks but was to cheap. Messing around with jacks is a little pain the butt and I'll probably at least one bridge jack soon. Some of those "show specials" look scary to me. I wouldn't risk my life under a bunch of extra cheap c
  8. The color is not only important but so is the output. The cheaper ones I tried weren't any better than the florescents they replaced. The ones I listed are around 3000 lumens. Most were around 2000 and weren't an upgrade other than the utility bill. I don't care about the bill as I don't like working with trouble lights. I have a few that aren't frosted and I didn't care for them. If your working on your back they have a sharp glare out the corner of my eyes. Lots of fixtures with good even light is way better than few with really bright bulbs unless you like shadows and such.
  9. I'd add a lot more light fixtures also. I've tried 6 different led 4' bulbs from different suppliers and settled with over 120 from Eledlights.com. Ultra hi lumen, 6k color with frosted lens. Best I've found for working on old cars. 4k or 5k color is yellow. I've never received any savings from led conversions because I always add more fixtures for more light. Strip lights the length of the shop with 6' between rows works pretty well. 4' Would be better. What type of insulation is in the walls and ceiling?
  10. Congrats Eric. Just came across this today and didn't realize you were selling. Kellie and I enjoyed sitting and visiting in the car at Eyes on Design when it decided to downpour. Someone purchased a great car.
  11. When we do a tour or a show the car gets driven there and home again. It was the way we were taught. Unfortunately that usually keeps us around within 300 miles or so from home due to time restraints. Someday we will have more time to venture farther out. 20 years ago other people had our same mentality but it's lost now. We were probably the only car that drove to St. Johns this year and especially pre-war. Meadowbrook used to have plenty of show cars in the hotel parking lots. If I could afford a J it would be driven to Auburn every year and would sit out e
  12. Most years the Wakens drive their 812 up from Oklahoma. It was trailered this year. A club member used to drive up from AZ but he passed away this year so that trip is over. Seems like it's fewer and fewer cars every year. The owners are passing and the cars aren't around like they used to. A couple years ago the White Rolston drove down from Hickory Corners. Depends on how many cars they bring. That year it was one so it was easier to drive down. I'm not aware of any Duesenbergs driven there this year. I've driven that white Rolston around 50 miles in the past and it
  13. It will never be for sale but a guy can dream.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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 "s
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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 mig
  21. 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 go
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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 arou
  25. 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 m
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