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  1. Matt, those sound like some pretty lame excuses to go drive a Buick, unless you're talking to a Buick owner!
  2. Depends on the Series, but not too many 4 door convertible phaetons in any series. Series 40 had 946; Series 60 had 219; and Series 80 had 411. No idea on value, but sure you will get some estimates.
  3. 35* and cloudy here, but dry, so took the '39 out for some errands. Put about 18 miles on it and had it up to 50 mph a couple of times. First time I have run the heater since probably March (after turning the shut-off valve back on). Always nice to get out in this temperature and not have to worry about any possibility of overheating - ran at about 170-175* the entire trip.
  4. Here is a Christmas picture from a couple of years ago.
  5. Can we get some more front end photos...?
  6. Lucky Strike Means Fine Tobacco
  7. Here is a link that will give you the info on your 1955 Model 48. http://classiccardatabase.com/specs.php?series=5140&year=1955&model=24155
  8. Yes, I did install the Rhode Island harness in June, 2014. However, the issue with the high beam was already there in 2010 when I purchased the car.
  9. Dave, I don't see anything in either the '38 or '39 Service Manuals about the fourth position light going out on high beam. It looks like to me, the right side should go to normal on high beam, which would indicate we have something wrong somewhere in the wiring or the dimmer switch. Mine has been this way since I purchased it in 2010, and I just select third position for high beam and don't worry with it. I tried correcting this issue when i installed a new wiring harness several years ago, and never found a solution. The inspection station I use lets me get by since I have high beam in both lamps in position three.
  10. Here are the pages on headlights from the '39 Service Manual - as you will note, it references the '38 Service Manual for items that did not change, and discusses what did change. Really convenient in trying to piece things together by bouncing between two manuals!
  11. Exactly as my '39 works - when in fourth position with high beam on the left bulb goes out. With high beam off, fourth position lights are on. High beam on at both lights in the third position. I assume manual wording "asymmetrical" is what this is called....?
  12. AACA - Texas Region meeting at a member's "car barn" in Decatur, TX today - about 60 miles from home. It was a beautiful clear and cool day, so the meeting was well attended and a number of members drove their club cars. Hope you enjoy the photos of some of the cars.
  13. On the '39 the left post of the fuel gauge feeds the ignition negative wire and the positive wire comes from the right post of the ammeter (battery).
  14. Interesting, my '39 is the opposite - up is off and down is on.
  15. Gary, When I put new wiring harness on my '39 I had the same problem, so I put the (+) feed coming from the alternator in the left side port and the (-) feed from the fuel gauge in the right side port. I really don't know that it makes a difference other than the ignition lever may be up for power on rather than power off. I have looked again at the instructions I got from Rhode Island Wiring and both the '38 and '39 Service Manuals, and there is no direction in any of them. Good luck, John V.
  16. North Texas Region AACA had our Fall Tour this past weekend attended by some 15 or so cars. Met at a members' car barn in Waxahachie and via back roads and a few stops for food and car related venues, ended the day in Hillsboro for the evening. Cars and Coffee in Hillsboro on Sunday morning followed by a stop at location of the auction of the McPherson Collection held Saturday where many of the cars were still located awaiting to be picked up by buyers. From there, on to Palmer for lunch and the monthly club meeting.
  17. Attach the + cable first then the - cable to avoid sparking.
  18. Ben, this is for you - '39 when the visor was on it!
  19. Gary, might be something in the Fisher Body Service Manual - here is a link: http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/fisher/1937_38/index.html There is a little in the '39-'40 manual. John V. P.S. I am really enjoying following along with all the others!
  20. Here is a link to Team Buick's reference pages showing the engine numbers by year. https://www.teambuick.com/reference/ident_engine_til_52.php
  21. The ending digit 5 indicates Super, which in '46/'47 was a 248 ci engine.
  22. If the last digit is a 5 rather than an S, it would fall into the 1946-1947 number range.
  23. Welcome to the Forums. War and Finance Dept. will not be happy if that is her parking place...just saying from experience! By the way, a garage that clean may be the sign of a sick mind. Congrats, good looking car.
  24. Had the '39 out on the 49th Annual Bug Tussle Tour our Texas Region of AACA hosts each year. There were 53 registered cars and 99 people, although there were unregistered cars and people cruising along with us. Started Saturday at 8:30 in Farmersville, where the town always welcomes us with coffee and snacks and a goody bag, then on to Leonard to tour the town square and visit Pete Phillips' collection of Buicks and a few other vintage cars, the Leonard Historic Museum, the Leonard Pharmacy complete with a soda fountain where they were playing old tunes on a sound system on the sidewalk, several other shops and their farmers market. We purchased about 2 pounds of great looking okra (we fried some and had it for dinner last night with country fried steak). Then on to Bonham to their town square and Visitors Center with many shops and also Pete Phillips' garage and shop with some of his cars and others that his crew is working on. He also has a bunch of shelving loaded with NOS Buick parts that he is in the process of cataloging and selling. One of the cars on the tour had a leaking fuel line, and Pete was able to supply tubing to get the car ready to go in short order. Next stop was Bug Tussle - nothing there except the old deserted store, but the tradition is to stop and have some cheers led by our club's "classically trained cheerleaders", (and outfitted) too. Honey Grove where we were welcomed by the town into their Civic Center to eat our brought from home sack lunches and ice tea and water provided by the Honey Grove Chamber. We also each donated canned goods to their food bank as well as a donation. There were several shops open that trekkers could stop and shop in following lunch. Then on to Paris - Texas that is - where trekkers stayed at a couple of local motels with a hospitality room set up at the main hotel. Dinner was catered in a banquet room at their Heritage Hall and Train Museum. Awards were given to the oldest female and male drivers, the youngest driver, the one who traveled the furthest to attend, and the one who had attended the most Bug Tussle Tours - one of our female members has attended all of the 50 tours. Since this was the 49th Annual tour and the second one was labeled the first annual, this was actually the 50th. The hospitality room then provided a place to snack, drink, tell stories and visit till 10:30. Sunday morning following breakfast the the hotel. we lined up for departure at 9:00 to return to Farmersville for a catered lunch at their Civic Center. Along the way to Farmersville, we stopped in Celeste for a chance to stretch our aging legs, get fuel and/or lose some coffee if needed. From Farmersville we all departed toward home, having had the best weather anyone could remember for this tour that always falls toward the end of August. Not unusual for it to be 100+ degrees, and this year it never made it out of the 80's. Had a few short rain showers that were spun off from Hurricane Harvey, but not enough rain to create any problems. A Great Tour - many thanks to those who attended and our club members Charlie and Nichole and their infant son who planned and led the tour, and Mrs.G, who hosted the hospitality room (and has attended every Bug Tussle Tour).