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  1. There is a company out there called RG Relining. You can find them on the internet. They reline old, overcut brake drums with new cast iron. I found them for one of my cars with overcut drums and spoke with them. I never used them because I eventually found a pair of passable drums.
  2. Pricy but worth it! Makes greasing about 10 times easier. On my 1940 LaSalle, it can hit all but one of the fittings
  3. 5219

    Buick Battery

    I have had good luck with the NAPA Commercial Group 2 six volt battery in my 1940 LaSalle. I use a battery maintainer when the car is sitting. The NAPA battery is a little pricier than the ones at Tractor Supply, but has more CCA's. The first one was seven years old and going strong when I gave it away to a friend because I thought that seven years was pushing my luck. The second one is now about four years old. I top them up with distilled water at the beginning and end of each season. I thought about an Optima, but I have heard stories that they can be problematic if you have to charge them.
  4. You guys forgot the tail light lenses that melted from the heat of the bulbs, the aluminum top, hood, and trunk lid that couldn't hold onto paint, the power window switches that would come apart and fall into the door, the rear spark plugs that were absolutely impossible for any human being to change, the body ECM that would stick in wake-up mode and kill the battery between attempts to actually drive this car, the cheesy holders on the seatbacks for the seat belts that constantly were falling off, the sunvisors that were always drooping, the "morning sickness" when you first started the car and attempted to turn the wheel to the right, and the weird phantom alerts that were always coming up on the "driver information center". Also, the raw gasoline smell when you made a hard right turn, the top pull down hook in the rear that would usually work once in five or six tries and the strange little mini covers that went next to the big boot cover and never fit right and were always getting lost. And don't forget the complete lack of interest on the part of Cadillac Division in supporting this car past the date when your check cleared.
  5. I wonder if it jumps up and down.
  6. I never heard that Felix Dzerzjinsky, the founder of the Soviet secret police, was a Rolls-Royce owner. How he "acquired" the car would be an interesting story, but not necessarily as you would expect. In 1984, I visited the V. I. Lenin museum in Leningrad, USSR and saw Lenin's Rolls-Royce touring car. It was an early 1920's model, which means that it was bought after the revolution, probably with State funds. As I recall, it had been shabbily maintained, with very poor body repairs and paint.
  7. You need the Fisher Body Manual for 1939-1940. They show up on ebay all the time as reproductions that are not very expensive.
  8. Country Squire had the ersatz wood trim. This car is a Country Sedan, which was the next rung down from the Country Squire. This car has the look of a money pit. If you want one of these, I think you can do better for not a lot of money
  9. 5219

    radial tires

    It seems to me that fewer and fewer big classic cars are running white walls. To me, they seem to take the focus away from the car and to the tires. Well said. Every time a non-car person comments on my 1940 LaSalle, they always say "Look at those whitewalls!". It irks me.
  10. If it helps you, my 1950 Motors Flat Rate Manual says that 1938 Olds headlight lenses interchange with 1938 Cadillac and Pontiac and that the 1938 Olds reflectors interchange with 1938 Cadillac. The headlamp units themselves are 1938 Olds only and are different numbers for the six and the eight. 917603 for the six and 917585 for the eight.
  11. I am the other side of the story. In about 1987, I had a high mileage 1969 Cadillac convertible with a tired engine. I bought a low mileage 1970 Cadillac hearse and drove it for about a year. At that point, I swapped the hearse engine into the convertible. The job went well, except that I had a worn out 472 Cadillac V-8 sitting in my driveway. Not knowing what else to do, removed the manifolds and heads to lighten the weight. The fluids had already been drained. I dug a large hole in my backyard and rolled the engine over into the hole and threw the other parts in after it and filled up the hole. I planted grass over it. I moved out of the house in 1989. I am sure that the engine is still there and wonder if anybody has ever found it. This was in New Jersey, so I am sure that there would be a large fine for doing this.
  12. There was also a tiny pickup Sabra that looked a lot like the Reliant three wheeler. I am not sure if the Sabra version was three wheeled or not, but if Reliant was using a wooden frame on theirs, I would think that the Sabra version would also have a wooden frame. I also have a recollection that the sports car version of the Sabra was based on a car that Daimler tried to sell in the fifties.
  13. 858,000 miles? My father had one of these from new and it was the most trouble-free car I can remember, but 858,000 miles is amazing.
  14. By the time US troops were on the continent (1944), that car would have been 5 years old. The US staff cars that I have seen in photos all appear as 1941 or 1942 models in full olive drab paint. I doubt that the US army was picking up used cars when the war broke out, since they could just order up new ones from the manufacturers with a lot less trouble. Also, as somebody pointed out, that Buick has brightwork still on it, which doesn't seem right. The Germans, on the other hand, had plundered the entirety of Europe by the end of 1940. I can picture one of their officers coveting a Buick staff car and confiscating it from someone in an occupied country. If it was used at all by the military, the German military seems more likely.