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Lil Red Coupe

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  1. Thanks George and Carl for taking the time to answer, it's much appreciated. Carl you have made my day with you " still young " comment, I don't feel it some days. I bought my Cadillac as I wanted a luxury cruiser that I could apply a really nice custom paint too and still have all the creature comforts of a stock car. The car I have bought is fairly run down but is completely stock. The interior is shot along with the paint so it suited my plans perfectly. Upon some investigation it would appear that my Fleetwood has as far as I can tell every option available at the time apart
  2. Wondering if some of you guys could help me. I have just bought a 1960 Cadillac Fleetwood Hardtop Sedan , it's pretty run down but is on the road and it drove the 120 miles home effortlessly. I have just got the chance of parts from a 1964 Sedan Deville from a local guy who is breaking one. I was wondering what parts may be interchangeable with my 1960. He has engine ( 390 same as mine ) , trans, rear axle, brake drums and all the suspension components. He also has the brake booster which I need as mine has had a remote booster fitted, will the 64 fit mine or is it totally different. I'm not
  3. Cheers Matt, I found our vin numbers straight away once I knew where to look for them. Thanks again.
  4. As the title suggests my wife has just bought a 1941 Model 61 2 door fastback. Some of you have probably seen it advertised for sale across the web. It's just arrived over here in the UK and Beverly is extremely happy with it. It runs superbly and I have driven it up our lane to check that the transmission, clutch etc all worked and it performed superbly. It has had a full rewire with the correct wiring harness, after slight alterations today to the rear turn signals/brake lights everything now works as it should apart from the temp and fuel gauge. The only thing that lets
  5. I am not certain as to what caused the pinion to break. It was broken when we bought the car. I found an old thread on here from a guy called BuickLee who I think was the guy we bought it from ( but that's just me putting 2 and 2 together ) , in the thread he said that he had a half shaft snap back in 2011 it's possible that the pinion went at the same time. Or it could have been that it wasn't adjusted properly and all the force was being put onto the toe of the pinion gear and they gave out.. It definitely wasn't set up correctly when we bought it but I don't know if somebody had already mes
  6. Thanks for the info Don, I got the drive shaft out this morning, came out quite easily with a bit of help from a hefty hammer. To my surprise the pinion separated from the shaft very easily once the pin was removed. I held the shaft in the vice and applied a little heat to the end of it and then the pinion just tapped out with ease with the use of a drift and hammer. Same with installing the new pinion, took a bit more force with a large rubber mallet to avoid damage to the pinion gears it drove home nicely. I think my drive shaft may have been remade/had a new end on at some point a
  7. Thanks Don that's exactly what I wanted to hear. I thought it was just a matter of drifting the whole lot out, just wanted to make sure before I started hitting away. I have a good soft lead mallet and will use a piece of timer as well to protect the shaft. I have seen the puller/pushers for the pinion removal and I can make one of those relatively easily if needed. Regards Paul.
  8. Hoping some of you Buick guys can help me here with a bit of info. I am in the process of removing a broken pinion and re installing a good replacement pinion and diff assembly on our 1937 90L McLaughlin limo. I have removed both drive shafts from the axle, stripped out the diff assembly, disconnected the front of the torque tube from the transmission and pulled the whole torque tube and axle backwards. I now have good access to the front of the drive shaft in the torque tube. I have removed the three screws on the third member which I think locate in the collar between the two pinion bea
  9. I'm in the UK . The old Buick is in good company as it currently shares it's stable with Beverly's 37 Ford coupe, 37 Dodge coupe and my 37 Zephyr coupe. There is also a 57 Lincoln Premiere which we have just purchased that will be on its way over from the states to be used as a wedding car alongside the 37 Buick. Beverly also has a 49 Ford V8 Pilot that I will be restoring that will also be used. I run my own business restoring classics so the work and maintenance isn't an issue. Paul.
  10. Hi guys thought I would bring this post back up to the top. We have just bought the 37 Buick 90L that was in the ebay advert . We didn't pay anywhere near the original asking price that was quoted here by the original poster. It's a very nice car, still exactly the same as when it was on ebay a year ago. Still has a broken diff which I was just doing some research on and ended up here. The restoration was a long way from a full resto, the paint is indeed very nice and is still as fresh as it was when it was done 11 years ago, same goes for all the chrome. The underside hasn't really be
  11. I may be able to help a little here. I have a french flathead v8 in my 37 zephyr, it has the 11" commercial clutch that the french army used and is linked up to the stock zephyr linkage. My clutch pedal is very light to push down. So light it can be very easily pushed with two fingers. It's definitely lighter than most modern cars I have driven. The clutch works fine and has the stronger pressure plate but the pedal pressure is brilliant. Paul.
  12. Hey Cecil, I think you are right, but when you look at oldbuicks pics you can see what looks like a hole cut in the same place as the heater outlets on yours. It's a bit obscured by the cowl vent handle but from what I can see it looks like it could be a heater hole (especially if there is one each side. Maybe somebody cut some in over the years. I thought the holes that oldbuick was asking about were the top holes and not the bottom holes. I could well be wrong though Paul.
  13. Hi guys,Thought I'd post this, although maybe some will not be interested I'm sure others will. Well I got my 37 coupe road ready just in time for my trip to Pendine beach in Wales. Pendine is the home of land speed records over here and has some great history. The likes of Sir Malcolm Campbell and Parry Thomas raced there in the 1920s setting world land speed records. The beach was also home to many regular speed trial races for motor bikes as well. The challenges between Campbell and Thomas Parry carried on for a few years , each attempting to break the others records, ultimately stopping wh
  14. Nice looking sedan, congrats. Good looking colour too, but then I may be slightly biased there. The cowl vent handle can bolt on either side of the vent (for right or left hand drive I guess), easy fix if it bothers you. The holes you mention , if you mean the ones in the closing panels from the lower dash panel to the firewall then they are for the heater outlets. They should have an adjustable chrome pod in them. Paul.
  15. Thanks for the very kind words guys. Birdman this one is most definitely a keeper. I have wanted a zephyr coupe for years and never thought I would get the chance to own one. Now I have it it's not going anywhere without me in it I am still chipping away at it. Check out the link below to see the updates. 37 Zephyr build thread - Page 7 - THE H.A.M.B.
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