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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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'.
  9. 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.
  10. Bob Drake Ford reproductions has something close. They are the only ones I know of.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. You guys a bunch of city slickers? I've heard that term throughout my childhood from my dad's farming buddies.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Dynaflash, it's no big deal to get the shoes relined. White Post or several others do it in a weeks turnaround. One thing to know is if 1 wheel cylinder is leaking then they all are including master cylinder.
  18. I can't believe the manpower in the video. Thanks for sharing Xander.
  19. Thats tempting. If it was in my backyard I might do something stupid. Still a few thousand more than I paid for our Cadillac. Matt would know more than me but It feels like their aren't many buyers for this stuff anymore. Seems like everyday stuff has been soft and only the collectors are paying big bucks for special cars. I surely know most kids don't want anything to do with them. I have 5 nephews and they don't care at all. Couple of them are even embarrased to ride in our cars and pull their hoodies over their heads when we go through town. With us not having kids it makes it easy to decide they will not get one for inheritance.
  20. Like Friartuck said don't rely on bolts with just threads. I've been into Brass era transmissions where non shouldered bolts were used the gear shucked back and forth and wore the threads. This loosened up the gear on the hub and it would shuck. They all had red locktite on all the them and they were all loose. I remachined the stuff and used shouldered bolts from Mcmaster carr. That way it's impossible to shuck.
  21. As a shop owner it's starting to make sense now. Sounds like you weren't ready to have the job done and it just snowballed. I tell people all the time the car has no business in the shop unless your committed 100% to get the job done. Otherwise were wasting each others time. Shop owner probably sat the car outside when he figured the money wasn't there. Nobody wins in this situation and to top it off the shop owner has to eat the profits from the wire job to pay for the damage on the fender when the car shouldn't have been there in the first place. Nobody wins and nobody is happy in the end.
  22. This is tough situation. A good shop could paint the fender and match pretty good. I'm sure it would be a lot closer than the brown fender to door on the Cadillac of your avatar. Fenderweldt is your friend and your dividing line for the color. They aren't going to be able to whip up a shelf color, it will take some tinting. Modern collision shops aren't going to do it. Easier to say they can't and onto the next collision job. I think the wiring shop owes you a repaired fender but not a complete paint job. I don't know anything about the insurace end of it. A stand up show will take care of you but a stand up shop isn't going to take 2.5 years to do a harness.
  23. Matt, your article was excellent in the CCCA comparing the Limited and the 41' Cadillac. I haven't driven those exact cars but have driven enough Cadillacs and Buicks of the era to relate to the article. These bodies tended to rot at the inner rockers/outer rockers, back of body where the trunk lid lines up with the body, and where the rear fenders attach to the body. Most GM stuff of this era goes in these locations so if you can find a clean one then your miles ahead.
  24. These are great looking cars. I have the Cadillac version that we are currently restoring but I think the Buick had the better engine back then. I wish we had the Buick but I'm not inclined to restore and lose money on two of these bohemiths. This car needs everything ours did so I have a good pulse on what the costs are. Thanks for sharing all the info Dynaflash. I don't think the price is bad but you'd bury yourself in a hurry.
  25. This is what happens to our group in the orange field. This year the foot traffic was almost nonexistent. I applaud all the volunteers that make this event happen. I don't like to be negative about any of it but some consolidation would be nice. I just know as long as someone is paying for the spot then eyes are gonna look the other way. Money and pride not to the shrink this large event are hard to overcome. I also don't mind the little scooters for the disabled, but the golf carts this year seemed to be a problem. I had one run up the side of my foot. Luckily for me it didn't do anything but just because your dragging a beer can doesn't mean you have the right away over foot traffic. I thought for a while I was at the old Auburn auction park.