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  1. Thanks Lamar. It was an amazing experience. Every time I go there I do and/or see something awesome. I've logged 139 hours of volunteer time there so far and I have truly loved every minute of it. I'm glad you brought it back up too because apparently I never saw John's post above. John, it is fun to daydream about it. You're right about correcting the alignment issue. That would have to be corrected before anything else could proceed. I think it could be done with a little time and effort. You are also right about stripping the 110 electrical out. That stuff is like spaghetti under there and runs everywhere. It has been added to and patched countless times over the decades too. A mess to be sure. The next step would be to remove the engine and transmission and have them completely rebuilt. There's no telling what may lurk inside those. For all we know they may be missing major internal components to cut down on weight. After having them rebuilt and dropped back in it would simply be a matter of making some room to add things such as the distributor and passenger side exhaust manifold. That wouldn't be that difficult. Then it would be on to the typical restoration type stuff (wiring, plumbing, etc.). The biggest hurdle left would be exhaust. There is just nowhere under there to run exhaust. The underside is basically a big flat piece of fiberglass. Any exhaust you would run would hang down and be visible under the car. It would also be running very close to the fiberglass which may not work out too well. Another large hurdle I just thought of would be linking the transmission to the unusual "shifter". It is supposed to shift into gear by turning a knob in the center of the steering wheel. No actual linkage exists and never did. All in all, I think it could be done. It never will be most likely, but it is fun to think about it.
  2. Hear, hear! I have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with Larry and Joyce throughout this past Summer. They have played a large part in welcoming my wife and I to Michigan. Truly an asset to the Buick club and your description of their hospitality does not surprise me in the least. Hmmmm.....do I detect a nomination for the next Buick Couple award????
  3. Gee, I have no idea who that might be. I really don't know how I ended up with this one. I sent in a bid at 15 seconds and got outbid. I swear the counter was on 0 when I sent in the next one and the screen hesitated for an eternity then came up and said I won. Guess lady luck was on my side that day. Good points about it looking like an earlier piece. It may very well be. I googled the patent number on the thermometer and it came up with a patent from the 30's. It wasn't for any specific application, just for a type of thermometer mounted to a piece of cardboard like this one. That doesn't really put a year on it though because that type of thermometer could have been used at any time throughout the years and adapted to fit any application. Lamar, I think you're right on with the "It's Hot". Definitely a clever play on the words referring to the car while at the same time having those words on a thermometer. Great advertising. As for it being a dash thermometer, I'm not entirely sure. I just always assumed it was because the first one I bought has a small magnet glued to the bottom (picture below). The Buick one does NOT have a magnet. I suppose either someone glued a magnet in the first one or the Buick one lost its magnet. I guess either could be true. I do know that it works perfectly for a dash thermometer. I've had the first one riding on my dash since the day I got it. It is a small piece and there is plenty of space on the dash of my '52 for it to occupy. It's a great conversation piece and I get a lot of questions about it at car shows. I believe I will stick a magnet on the Buick one with some removable adhesive and let it take the place of my old one. Another reason I assumed it was a dash piece and not a desk piece is that it is VERY light. Seems like it would be easily knocked off of a desk being that it has no weight in the bottom like a typical desktop piece. It would almost have to have been a dealer giveaway. Again, it seems very strange that they wouldn't have had advertising for the specific dealership printed on the back just like the insurance agency one. That seems to have been the purpose for these thermometers. Either way, cool piece. Glad you guys like it. Lamar, I won't be bidding on the next one so good luck my friend! :cool: I'll let you know if I run across another one.
  4. Made another cool EBAY purchase and thought I'd share. It's a Buick dash thermometer. I bought a thermometer just like this on EBAY a few years back. It is made exactly the same except there is nothing written on the base and the back of the thermometer advertises an insurance company in Detroit complete with a 5 digit phone number. The Buick thermometer has nothing on the back which I think is strange. You'd think it would have advertised a specific dealer. It has the word "BUICK" printed on the bottom of the thermometer strip. On the base there are molded letters which read, It's Hot-"Better buy Buick!". I wonder if they put this out to advertise the first year for air conditioning, which would be 1953 I think? Anyone know anything about it or seen one before? NOTE: The first two pictures show the non-Buick one I bought a few years back. The last four pictures show the Buick branded one.
  5. Few more dredged up from the murky depths of the net to haunt your dreams....
  6. Whoa, whoa, whoa. What's goin' on here fellas? We've got almost a full page and no pretty ladies with women standing next to them. I'm gonna' grab the wheel and get us back 'tween the mailboxes.:cool:
  7. Getting colder every day! I've been working off and on to winterize everything. Took Lucy out for one last drive. Took the scenic route to the ethanol free station 15 miles from home. Stopped to take a few pictures along the way. Filled her up with good ol' expensive ($4.47/gallon) 91 octane pure gasoline topped off with a bottle of Stabil storage. Drove her home, cleaned the white walls, and parked her for the winter. Still need to put it up on jack stands so the bias ply's don't get flat spots. Sad day indeed. Already looking forward to the next driving season. Meanwhile, back in Georgia, they are still having car shows and running the local drag strip!:mad: Been working on my garage too. I put insulation on the front and rear garage doors. Should help a little. Filled a bunch of holes I found in the walls with that expanding foam stuff. Swept the floor. Prepped my pressure washer for winter storage and got it put away. Bought myself a torpedo style heater too. Should help me keep nice and toasty out there this winter. Dyna-glo Workhorse edition 75,000 BTU kerosene heater. I tried it out and within 5 mins. I was sweating. Hope it does as good when it's 20 degrees out instead of 55! All in all, I think I'm ready for another brutal Michigan winter. Looking forward to getting some work done.
  8. Mystery solved!! You were close Rusty. The guys on the KF forum have identified it as a "tension sleeve" that goes on the trans. dipstick. Apparently somewhere along the line it came loose from the stick and fell down in the pan. I'm just glad it wasn't part of a major component. Whew!! I was pretty worried about it.
  9. Oh c'mon guys. I enjoyed it. Everybody likes a good ghost story. This one even involves a Buick! Perfect for the Halloween season. Thanks for posting coupekid. You ever tried to corroborate the story with the owners family or anything?
  10. Took the pan off of my '53 Kaiser Manhattan's Hydramatic to clean it out and found this unidentified part in the pan. I've looked through my Hydramatic manuals and can't find anything that looks like this. Asked on the KF forums and no one knows for sure. There is a theory that it may be part of a Hydramatic specialized tool that was accidentally left behind in there at some point but I don't have any of the books showing those tools. Anyone know what this doo-hickey is?
  11. Thanks for the feedback guys. And Eric, thanks for getting those measurements. I needed to hurry up and bid on a clock on EBAY a little while back and did not have those measurements. So I looked around on EBAY at the various clocks and I figured out a way to tell if the clock is for a Special or a Super/Roadmaster. The Super/Roadmaster clock has TWO mounting tabs and the Special clock has THREE just like the clock delete bracket. The owner of the clock I bought actually had it listed as a Roadmaster clock but that was wrong. It fit in my Special just fine. Did you guys see what I needed this info. for? Over on my thread: http://forums.aaca.org/showthread.php?t=315000&page=39&p=1350832#post1350832
  12. Glad everyone has enjoyed the photos. It was hard to pick out just 20! Thanks for all of the comments. Dan, We haven't ventured further than Frankenmuth. Everyone tells us that the U.P. is absolutely gorgeous. I don't think I've ever seen a snowmobile in real life come to think of it, let alone ridden one. Looks like fun though! Mark, you hit the nail right on the head there. I am literally smack dab in the middle of auto history here and enjoying every minute. Good advice. I already have a few projects planned. First step is to buy a heater though! As for the miles I racked up this Summer, it's hard to put an exact number on it. My speedo' was out of commission and unhooked for about a month at one point. I'm going to guess somewhere between 2,000 and 2,500. Ben, you are 100% correct and I make sure she knows how grateful I am on a regular basis. Lots of foot rubs and hot meals cooked. Ed, it's not too late! Move to the area and you can teach at Baker!! Their automotive program is always looking for teachers and it's a top notch facility. Dale, lol. I wish!! I'm still struggling just to get the oil pan gasket replaced! I've never seen anything like it! I basically have to disassemble the ENTIRE bottom end of the engine just to get the oil pan taken care of. You couldn't have paid me enough to have been a Kaiser mechanic back then. As for the Hot Rod article, I have no idea. My subscription ran out a few months ago. Can somebody be kind enough to scan it and post it here? Derek, Watch it now! I'd be willing to bet Joe still has enough spunk to take care of business! Lol. Seriously though, I have truly enjoyed talking with Joe and really enjoy his company. His outlook on life, his sense of humor, and his views on cars/Buicks are really inspiring. That's why I included a photo of Joe's convertible. Meeting him was one of the highlights of my Summer. Wish I had talked to him more often. Larry, You said it my friend and you were right!
  13. This looks just like a part that I saw on a friends 1915 Buick Truck. When he gets home from Hershey maybe he'll chime in here. Awesome find! This is a really cool thread. Thanks for posting and keep us updated.
  14. The Summer has finally come to an end here in Michigan and I am sad to see it go. I had an amazing time (see post here: http://forums.aaca.org/f115/best-summer-ever-381156.html). So as a result of all of those amazing things in that post, I have had very little time to do any work on my cars. I've been driving the Buick too much to have time to work on it! But as the leaves start to fall and the wind blows colder, it is almost time to park the Buick for the Winter, fire up the heat in the garage, and do some work. In fact, I have already started tinkering. I got the Kaiser started for the first time since 1974. I then yanked the oil and trans pans and cleaned them out. I pressure washed the top and bottom sides of the engine and oiled it with Marvel Mystery in an effort to preserve everything. I'm currently working on getting everything back together. Hoping to have it on the road by next Summer. My wife will be driving it to shows and I will be driving the Buick. What a site that will make for! I haven't done much to the Buick yet. My plans are to patch the floor pans this Winter and maybe re-build the shocks. I did get a little custom project completed a few days ago that I thought I'd share. My car has a clock delete which I think is very cool. It adds a bit of character to the interior and I'm glad I don't have the clock option. However, it has always bothered me that the delete doesn't light up with the rest of the dash instrumentation. So I set out to fix that. I ended up buying a TRASHED clock for $10 and an extra clock delete for $16, both found on EBAY. I was able to modify and combine various components of the clock and the delete to end up with a light-up clock delete. I think it looks awesome and the best part is it looks 100% stock. You'd never know Buick didn't design it that way. It looks way better in person than it does in the photo my camera took. I'm writing the process into a Bugle article so more details on how to do it will be in the Bugle at some point. Trust me, it was not as easy as just putting the stuff from one housing inside the other! Lots of cutting was involved. As the weather turns colder I should be making more updates here. Gotta' do something to distract myself from the piles of snow that will be lying outside my garage very soon!
  15. So the Summer has finally come to an end here in Michigan. Seems like it just started and it's already gone!! But what a Summer it was! I've had the time of my life this Summer. The car guy in me has been totally satisfied. Michigan is the place to be for car guys. I have been to more amazing shows, museums, and get-togethers this year than in all the other years of my life combined. I have seen and experienced amazing things this year from getting to work on a one-of-a-kind piece of Buick history called the 1956 Buick Centurion to taking a ride in a '28 Dodge, a '15 Buick Roadster, a '15 Buick Truck, and even a Model T Ford and countless unforgettable experiences in between. Counting all of the car events I've been to, going back to school for a degree in auto restoration, and volunteering at the Buick Gallery I have had the Summer of my life here in Michigan. My only regret is that I did not make more time to visit with some of you that live nearby. Time just slipped away. They say it does fly when you are having fun. Guess that's a fact! Here are a few photos I have selected that highlight a fraction of the experiences that I have had this year. When you open the photos they have a description telling what each one is.
  16. Thanks for the update Jewl. I got concerned when I found that the blog had gone down. Thought maybe you guys had sold the Radmaster. Good to hear otherwise. Thanks again and good luck with the hacker stuff!
  17. ....floors, trunk pan, inner fenders, roof, window frames, dash, AND frame. That's quite an edjumacation right there. Still, it would be cool to start a collection of early Buick customs. Hmmmm....
  18. Didn't realize it was on EBAY too....http://www.ebay.com/itm/1948-Buick-Roadmaster-lost-50s-custom-hot-rod-Black-Flame-famous-car-found-/261611864044?pt=Salvage_Parts_Cars&hash=item3ce9483fec&vxp=mtr
  19. Anything to report on this one Jewlgurl? I tried to check up on it through the blog site and it no longer exists.
  20. What do you think Dale? You think we can bring it back to life? Have to add some scallops of course.....:cool: http://worcester.craigslist.org/pts/4697912021.html
  21. Absolutely GORGEOUS day here in Michigan. Perfect driving weather. I had a BLAST riding around with Larry today in his '15 truck. I've included a few photos and a video I took during the ride. As Larry said though, disaster struck. All seemed to be going fine when we stopped back at Larry's to grab a drink for us and the truck. Squirted some oil on the valve train and headed back out for another round. Larry pointed out that something did not sound quite right. After he pointed it out I heard it too. Almost like a vibration type sound. All of a sudden something let loose in the engine and it started knocking loudly. The trip ended in a trailer ride home for the '15. Larry said that the engine needed to be gone through anyway. On the bright side, Larry agreed to let me help with the engine removal/tear down. I'm really excited about that. Love working on old engines. Never had the pleasure of working on anything pre-war. Thanks for the ride Larry! I had an amazing time. Don't know if you noticed the goofy smile plastered on my face the whole time. Couldn't stop smiling. Dandy Dave was damn sure right when he leaned over towards me during my ride in his '15 and said, "You gotta' be careful.....this can be addictive." <iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/qSYAp7NcoZc" allowfullscreen="" height="315" width="560" frameborder="0"></iframe>
  22. Al, do you have the info. from the '53 Skylark undergoing restoration at the Sloan Buick Gallery? I've been volunteering there and can most likely locate the information next time I go in if you like.
  23. I'm not finding what I need in the Master Parts book. Where the part number should be in the book it simply says "NL", which is not an abbreviation that they explain in the abbreviations section. I would like to know if the clock that could be added to the '51 or '52 Special was the same size as the clock that came in the Super and Roadmaster. If someone could help me locate this info. or if you have one of each of these cars with clocks I would be very grateful if you could try to measure it for me.
  24. No problem guys. Once in a lifetime experience that I felt should be shared with fellow Buick lovers. Got some more photos for you guys today. Today I worked on the brakes on the Centurion. Specifically the parking brake which is currently broken. Anyway, to answer your questions guys, the Centurion NEVER RAN. It wasn't finished. I would venture to guess the car is 75% done but it's almost like the designers gave up. Either that, or they ran out of time. There are a lot of unfinished things and things that would need to be fixed before the car could run under its own power. Starting with the engine. There is no distributor and never was. There is an emergency brake cable holder bolted to a chrome plate that blocks off the distributor hole. There is also normally a large fiberglass cover on the firewall that covers the rear view camera picture tube and electrical. This cover would make it impossible to have a distributor there. We have this cover removed in the photos. Next, as someone pointed out, the lower radiator hose is too short and not connected. There is no exhaust manifold on the passenger side of the engine. There is no throttle linkage to link the four carbs. to the pedal nor anywhere for one to even go through the firewall. There are no heater hoses connected to the nipples on the water pump. There is no coil nor plug wires. The car does have some type of Dynaflow under it but it is not plumbed or connected in any way. No fuel lines, no fuel tank, and no front brake lines. And the most interesting discovery we have made is that the rear end of the car is not square. Where the torque tube meets the trans is off by a good 3-4 inches. The designers fashioned a plate that they bolted to the trans. off center so that the torque tube could be bolted to this plate. That means there cannot be a splined shaft inside that torque tube. Or perhaps they just cut the end off. That means this car would NEVER have been able to transfer power from the trans. to the rear end. Speaking of the rear end, we think at one time it had some type of radius rod which appeared to be hitting the body. So they VERY crudely cut away the brackets on the axle and installed large chains to hold up the axle. Seems like a quick fix to be sure Some more interesting tid bits, the car is wired to run all of the electrical acessories from a 110 electrical system. Guessing this is so they could simply plug it in at Motorama shows. This system no longer functions as it is heavily worn and cut/spliced. The rear view camera is missing and no one knows how, when, or why it was removed. I find the writing in the "trunk" area particularly fascinating. Notice that it says "XP301" on the wood cross beam and the bottom of the camera frame work. Maybe this was an early designation or maybe even a nickname for this car? The car also has air bags in the rear instead of shocks. These can be inflated and deflated to raise or lower the rear end. One of these bags is ripped currently, causing the car to lean. We are going to replace that bag as part of our process. I've got to say, as a car guy it is ultimately fascinating (and frustrating) to look at this car in its 75% finished state and wonder how and why they never took it the rest of the way. Jacob and I have daydreamed about undergoing an operation to finish this car and get it moving under it's own power for the first time in its history. How cool would that be?? But, that's just a daydream. Enjoy the pictures guys and gals.
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