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  1. I will be there along with my Dad! Looking forward to it.... For the record, it's BIG Bob if ya need me
  2. Yes it is... Page 147 of TA Performance of the catalog Buick Performance Parts Catalog
  3. Two door 76C's can get close to 6 figures...... Just sayin.
  4. MrEarl is not about acquiring every 54 Buick....more about ensuring that every 54 Buick gets acquired by someone who will save it. It just so happens however that he does practice what he preaches.... I hope this SL shows up, devastating theft for sure.Who ever took must know that it can't just "fenced". I fear as well that it is in some container as we speak.
  5. You can do that!!!????!!!! .....hmmmm So, let us know when you lay down your first set of tracks on the pavement.
  6. You mean like my brand new toy? Some of us have large families and the requirement for such "Bubble" cars It was this or a Minivan....I stand by my decision. Hell of a nice car LINC400, I sat in one while at the dealer looking at the Enclave. I had a moment where I thought of what it would be like, how would the child seats work...where would the clag that follows kids go? Then I thought....what if I just leave now, surely this could out run all that. Them BAM!!! instantly brought back into reality when my wife yelled over "Get out of that dammed car!" hehehehe Enjoy man,enjoy for all of us who are waiting for the day.....
  7. "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." Confucius Nice!
  8. ....just flash that arm ink you have and that would say it all! I have to say, the 53 Skylark is a car that haunts me. A 54 4 hole convert is my dream ride but I will always have a special place set out for the 53 Skylark.
  9. How can you notice the shoes with that hat? Add in the flash of that toothy grille under the mustash bar and and mix in the sweepspear and portholes on the arm and I doubt I would even notice the shoes he was wearing.
  10. All I have to say is I can't wait to meet you characters this summer....too funny man! The Landau sure looks like it did us 54B'ers proud, huge thanks to Bob for his sharing our treasure and of course Lamar for....well just being MrEarl. Top notch guys!
  11. was the very same comment that made me ask my engine builder to check the cover. He had the same comments. The mesh was replaced and all looks good...I haven't started the motor yet so all the pit falls of a Nailhead has me concerned. Thanks for the video...the info here is amazing.
  12. Good theory....I was going to go with the "access hole" idea but it is rather small. Same sort of thing with my Jeep Liberty. The antenna is on the passengers side but on the drivers side is a "Trail Rated " badge circular and exactly the same size shape and location as the hole required to mount the antenna. The theory was that they got it wrong and stamped all the wrong fenders at the start, used to badge to cover the hole....then just kept using it. I haven't been able to prove it though but it does sound plausible. Great job laying out your resto Jim...I can only hope newbies see it and learn that full frame off's are not required to get a Full restoration done, in your driveway no less.
  13. Now that's funny right there....
  14. You will burn up that oilless compressor if you hook it up a larger will cease solid. They have a duty cycle and require cool down periods before restarting. The answer to any question that starts with "Is this compressor big enough" is ALWAYS no....especially if you want to paint a car with it. HVLP paint guns are ridiculous for air consumption, mix in DA/Air sanders, Blasters and drills/grinders and you will need to spend north of 1K to have a useable tool. What you have is a tire changer/inflater....once it starts you should not let it run longer than about 5-10 minutes then let it cool for the same. That way it will last a long time doing what it was designed for. Running longer will create unnecessary heat and moisture and in the end frustration and grief when trying to paint with it.
  15. Great news man! ...can't wait for the video. The sense of accomplishment must be astounding. I saved this one from a while back...seems like a good walk through to me. Breaking in your new or rebuilt engine You have it running so most of what is there is already done! The thing I have been told was get the RPM's up at the start to break in the Cam properly...
  16. Don't forget...its not always the end result that is desired but the journey itself. I honestly see myself involved in one project or another for the rest of my life. Its a great diversion from the stresses of life and is also a group activity to enjoy with friends and family. Just pick something that fits your financial ability and tickles your passion for the hobby. Do that and the rest will figure itself out....
  17. Good GAWD...those look in great shape. They must be extremely RARE!
  18. They just keep getting better! ....I especially like the last part, payment for the labor right?
  19. I have to check my quotes I got...I seem to remember something about "First Born". Now if it was the Boy (Second Born) I might be in the market....
  20. Thanks for doing that for me Lamar..."Might as well", just clean the rest right? Which one of your old girls was that from....or was that O'll Texas Pete? The consensus is Gold...who am I to argue. Big thanks to all of you...I think I will go and turn on my oven.
  21. Great pics...those Silver parts look nice. I have the exact setup but got lucky when my parents switched to a gas range. Your point of having a separate oven for this is important. David, you seem to think BIG...nice! You are right that these can be built much larger and rather cheaply. I have seen many examples at the 365powder forums and also the Eastwoods forum has some great info as well. As for the formula, I went with a 1/2 cup of Gold and 2/3 tsps each of Silver, Blue, Green (No Clear) All powders were from 365powder except for the Satin Black which was from eastwoods. Honestly I think just staying with the Gold/Silver would be fine, it lowers the Yellow out of the gold and gives it that look that changes colour at different angles. I don't really see any of the Blue or Green in the final product but who knows.
  22. Did some melting did we.....hehehe I used 365Powder and mixed 1/2 cup Gold with thin tsps of Silver, Blue and Green each. The neat part is that he colour changes at different angles and light conditions. My first attempts on some practice pieces were waaaay too Yellow gold. I found also that I needed to "Fluidize" rather than mix the powder after combining, I jack the air up and wasted a bit out the gun which really mixed up the reservoir. I also experimented with blasting it off on the experimental pieces...OMG this stuff is TOUGH!
  23. Well the more I think about it I would have gone Silver now based on Lamar's findings but the fact that I went through the trouble to mix my own powder and coat one plate I may just stay this way. I love the contrast as well. Who is to say there was a switch through the year, there are other switches that are correct for both 54 and 55's. Hell I was fooled once by the hood ornament on a 54 Super which was the same as a 53 RM. I will however hold off for a bit on the other three just in case I change my mind which seems to be as stable as wind direction right now.
  24. Yea I should clarify...I assumed it was Gold when you said Zinc or Cad plated simply due to the fact that I kept seeing the 55 ones and they sure stand out. I have other Buick things to do...I'll let this one simmer but it would seem that I will be going to Silver. I am concerned about how hard it will be to remove this powdercoat. Green eh...that sure would make everything a lot simpler! Thanks all