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  1. I have done this many times over the years using the generic pre-flared steel lines sold in most auto parts stores. I have done it using jack stands. There is no real need to go the extra money for a kit. You need to remove each section of old line individually and match up new line as needed. You need to be patient in doing the bending by hand. The lines are cheap enough that if you ruin a piece, you can try again. You can buy unions to join up pieces as necessary. A 1956 Buick should be fairly simple as far as fitment of the lines. I can recall doing this on three Cadillacs, 1950, 1951, 1969, and a 1950 Chevrolet. By the way, I have found that I am not good at making double flares. This is much easier.
  2. I remember my father telling me that those Buick two-way hoods invariably flew off if the car was in an accident. It looks like he was right. Can you imagine how many must have struck passers-by or gone through windshields of nearby cars?
  3. I will pass your request along to him.
  4. I believe that that is the Harlowe Curtis 1960 Electra convertible. It was done for him by GM styling. He took it with him when he retired from GM. The current owner is an acquaintance of mine. He bought it from the Curtis family.
  5. My experience has been that when cars end up sitting around a shop for long periods of time without being worked on, they become part of the landscape. Nobody looks at them or thinks about them anymore. Don't be too surprised if the next time you hear from this guy, he is telling you that somebody backed into your car and damaged it or that he can't find some of its parts. Best to get it out of there. I would even bet that he will be glad to see it go.
  6. She was a big star in her time. Look at her front tires. Shocking!
  7. Odd that nobody is in the stands. I wonder if the were rehearsing the presentation.
  8. Prophetic. I'll bet they never thought that the day would come when Chinese sales would be carrying the brand.
  9. When I visited the USSR back in the eighties, I made friends with a chauffeur who let me get an up close look at a Chaika sedan. It was an extremely crude copy of a 1955 or 1956 Packard. Putting it next to a real Packard would have made it clear that none of the parts were actually the same, but what surprised me how shamelessly they copied the details such as the instrument panel. In Kalinin (now called Tver) I was surprised to see a 1932 Ford coming up the street. It was in very nice condition and seemed to be running well. Close up, I could see that it was a GAZ, one of the cars that was built when Ford built a plant there in the thirties. Since that area was devastated in World War II, it was surprising that that car survived the war.
  10. Somebody told me that Ford connecting rod bolts were 19/32. Is that true? I have never had anything that took that size wrench.
  11. No offense, but does that look like a place anybody would want to eat at?
  12. If you are a member of AAA you might want to speak with them. I have always found them to be very helpful in these matters.
  13. In the picture of the 1934 Packard in Poland, what is the man doing who seems to be kneeling in front of the sidemount?
  14. I always admired the way that they used up the leftover 1956 tail lights while making the fins bigger for 1957.
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