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    Have loved the old car hobby for over 40 years and still trying to become involved.

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  1. Sorry all: I though I deleted this photo of the aftermath of a fire. I had originally thought the car shown was a 1925-25S but I am undecided. As it does have balloon tires, light color, a visor, trim rings on the headlight buckets, and remains of the wind wings. The model 55 cars had all nickel headlight and cowl lights. The other 2 photos that Hugh sent were of a maroon 1923 Model 55 Sport Touring The rear trunk hardware photo of the green car is a 1924 Model 55 advertised for sale in the BCA bugle last year. (repaint) This is what a very nicely restored 1924-55 is to look like. 1925 Model 55 at the BCA meet in Brookfield WI.2017. 128" WB. That is Terry standing at the drivers side windshield
  2. Hugh and Carl I have just consulted Terry W as he has Terry Dunham's documentation as far as the Buick's maddening system of "Block" production. As a 1943 Buick Motor Company document indicates that the 1925-25S Frame serial numbers start at 1,273,000 end at 1,273605. An additional # shows up as 1,283,751. It also indicates that these cars have engine #s that are in the same block for Model 20. With engine #s 1,264,701- 1,273,000. Check your engine # on the left side of the block behind the oil filler tube and the frame # on the outside of the left front frame above the axle. They should have used the frame # to register the car. As I have shared with Hugh my other concerns and observations. At the display tent I did measure the WB and it was 114" The headlight bezels, lens and reflector are 1926 or 27. The radiator shell is 1926 or 27. The wheels are for 21" rims as the 1925 cars had 22" rims. My 1925-25 also had this done. The upholstery was very puffy and the front seat bottom was about 6" longer than it is to be. It was impossible for one gentleman to get his foot in. So, not the correct seat riser or springs. Hugh and I have done much research on the top framework and how it is to look and function. I was disappointed to see it has the correct shape, style etc. But would have an issue if you wanted to fold the top. The gypsy sides are tacked directly to the body covered by HIDEM. These should have snaps close to the very rear surface where there should be a pocket for the "iron stud" this is where the top rest or clamps bolt on to hold all the top structure. The way it is made now you could fold the top and do a lot of pinching of the fabric and possible tearing.
  3. Great time and we are pooped. We were packed up by 12:00 on Saturday to spend time at the car show. Caught Mr. Bulgari at David Landow's car's location. Then to the HPOF section to hobnob with Buick brother Schramm. Dave Blaufarb, My son Alex and Larry
  4. As Hugh has indicated we have little documentation on these cars. If this is the one sold at the Hershey R/M auction last Thursday, I am very skeptical it is what it was to be. I took many photos and I have my doubts as this may have been done as a tribute car. This photo shows the missing drivers side wind wing. I believe the correct windshield posts should have an enlarged boss for mounting the pivot bracket threads. From what I recall on this car these posts were just drilled and tapped. 1925 Model 55 1923 model 55 1927 Model 24
  5. I tried to buy a better solid one at this year's Hershey with a few dents but no rust out at the bottom. $175. He would not budge on the price. To rich for my blood to then have to go $850 + to get it nickel plated. Then reattach the riveted painted brackets....He still had it on Saturday morning. I had bought a complete radiator and shell with some cut off flange pieces and some dents 3 years ago from the same vendor. The radiator was junk.
  6. Thanks Jan: The 1930 style is very different from the earlier styles. Again, I do have a top, but is was cut down from a larger Buick. Probably a 21-23 6 cylinder car. The 1928 and up open cars no longer has "sockets" but plates with wood facing on exposed areas. The placement of the second from the rear socket should make it's angle at the top of the head of my daughter-in-law in the photo. Not across her right eye.. Even though my top was cut down it is still 3" too tall and does not fold well or stack properly. The front most and the rear most sockets were shortened. But the top mechanism segments are proportional to that particular size top.
  7. I recieved a call from "apolo" who is in the San Francisco area and he has even volunteered to go look at the phantom top for me! Also would try to contact the seller (disposer of) from his end. (Of course we still do not know where it is). The people on the forum, AACA members, HCCA, and BCA members are simply the greatest in trying to help fellow hobbyists !
  8. A gentleman from down under gave me contacts. Thanks viv w: I had been trying to get a set made here in the USA from a concern in California. They indicated that they had trailers full of the irons (sockets) and would probably have a set to match. I would give a reminder to them several times a year. Each time I tried to contact them there was no reply. There is a gentleman in my town of Chambersburg who does the bows and said he would make them when I got the sockets. After 5 years I chalked that up as a dead end. It just would kill me to think they were just pitched because he did not want to deal with it. He said his dad had a new top fitted to the set! Why go through all the trouble of informing me if he had no intention of finding a way of getting the top to a possible buyer. Very Strange!
  9. There have been suggestions as to having someone else with a capable cell phone do some photos to send. That is exactly what I asked him to do. He replied that the relator was a real a.. h... etc. and would not help. To me, the relators I have encountered will go the extra efforts. Still, why would he even notify me if he had no way of verifying what he had and had no way of gaining any monies without that verification? Then no desire to keep the item until it could be verified. I tried to ask were the top was at that moment. All he said was that it was somewhere near the California/Nevada border. A pretty long border! His area code indicated Sacramento area. He said that he was 160 miles from home. A target location would have been great as I could have been able to get a local BCA or HCCA member inspect. My impression from his statements was that these were the last items at the parents property. The relator was coming for final inspection and they were going to be pitched otherwise. Checking with a friend in California, he said he would be glad to go look at it and if it is as he said, pay for it and see how to get it to me. My friend is 10 hours south of the Sacramento area! Our plan was to have whoever, could hold the items until my local friend could see them and verify. The fellow called 2 more times to complain about the lack of help but made no effort to find a local solution. I felt that I did offer enough money (pending verification) to have him make sure the top was not pitched. Frustrating and strange. But I had been there before. The discarded 1925 Standard roadster parts from Tennessee in 2012. (Rat rod project). After getting the runaround from Ebay buyers (as the seller said) not coming thru. After I had offered $400 earlier for all the mechanical stuff. Engine, trans, (with torched off torque tube) and axles he took all to the scrap and got $158!
  10. I was going to ask if it was a 4 or 6 cylinder? I zoomed in on the photo and see that it does not have the tubular cross member of the 6. Also it shows the aluminum bead around the radiator shell inside cut out on the shorter radiator of 4 cylinder car. Yours is a dandy looking car. Good luck with the sale. A photo of a 1924-35 McLaughlin from the distant past. It looks to have the same style bumper as yours.
  11. oldford: Thanks for checking. If those are for Buick they look to be for an earlier car. Possibly 1917 or 1918. Top up profile looks like this. My 1925 Standard is to look like this.
  12. I thought I would let the fellow who called get home and hopefully give me a call back. So far no word.
  13. Dave Blaufarb and I will be at C4M44-45. There are quite a few Buick guys near us.
  14. Thanks viv w: I had been trying to get a set made here in the USA from a concern in California. They indicated that they had trailers full of the irons (sockets) and would probably have a set to match. I would give a reminder to them several times a year. Each time I tried to contact them there was no reply. There is a gentleman in my town of Chambersburg who does the bows and said he would make them when I got the sockets. It just would kill me to think they were just pitched because he did not want to deal with it. He said his dad had a top fitted to the set!
  15. There have been suggestions as to having someone else with a capable cell phone do some photos to send. That is exactly what I asked him to do. He replied that the relator it was a real a.. h... etc. and would not help. To me, the relators I have encountered will go the extra efforts. Still, why would he even notify me if he had no way of verifying what he had and had no way of gaining any monies without that verification? Then no desire to keep the item until it could be verified. I tried to ask were the top was at that moment. All he said was that it was somewhere near the California/Nevada border. A pretty long border! His area code indicated Sacramento area. He said that he was 160 miles from home. A target location would have been great as I could have been able to get a local BCA or HCCA member inspect. My impression from his statements was that these were the last items at the parents property. The relator was coming for final inspection and they were going to be pitched otherwise. Checking with a friend in California, he said he would be glad to go look at it and if it is as he said, pay for it and see how to get it to me. My friend is 10 hours south of the Sacramento area! Our plan was to have whoever, could hold the items until my local friend could see them and verify. The fellow called 2 more times to complain about the lack of help but made no effort to find a local solution. I did offer enough pending verification to have him make sure the top was not pitched. Frustrating and strange. But I had been there before. The discarded 1925 Standard roadster parts from Tennessee in 2012. (Rat rod project). After getting the runaround from Ebay buyers (as the seller said) not coming thru. After I had offered $400 earlier for all the mechanical stuff. Engine, trans, (with torched off torque tube) and axles he took all to the scrap and got $158!