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About jsmittie41

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  1. For those of you who are not familiar with the Old Cars Weekly Golden Quill awards, it is an annual award given to Car Club publications in various categories based on car sizes and club specific interests. This is the first years I can recall in the 40 plus years I have belonged to the BCA and have been an Old Cars Subscriber that I have seen the BCA BUGLE and Pete Phillips the Editor awarded a GOLDEN QUILL. This award was in the "National Luxury" category. I'd like to recognize Pete and all of the members who contribute to the Bugle for this accomplishment. CONGRATULATIONS PETE. Your efforts don't get enough recognition. Thank you. The April 30, 2020 issue of Old Cars contained an article that detailed the selection process. Here's a quote from the article. "Creatively good design, use of visuals and color employment pressed the points of each of the publications. Each offered historical features as well as articles on members and their cars. These issues are to keep on a top shelf and to enjoy as prime examples of a healthy and very active hobby." Jim Smith BCA#3566
  2. AMT made a 1969 Buick Wildcat Kit in 1/25th scale and I'm pretty sure there were '69 Riviera Promotional models. I don't know of any 1/25th scale Electra 225's. Jim Smith BCA #3566
  3. Keith, I double checked my measurements and they are 77 inches. I'm in Jacobus, Pa. I guess they are for a Super. Jim
  4. Thanks Matt I was never certain what they fit and I sold my 41 several years ago. Other viewers, please check the pictures and measurement. thanks Jim
  5. I have 3 1941 Buick Rocker Panel Moldings for sale. Two left side and one right side. I'm not sure which series they are for. They measure 77 1/2" from end to end. The off set at the front edge where it flares out along the front fender is 4". These are NOS parts. I'm asking $100 for all three. You must pick up. I'll ship them at your cost if you can suggest a shipping method that will take these. Thanks for looking Jim
  6. I'd suggest checking all of the wheel cylinders to make sure one of them didn't blow out. If the brakes weren't adjusted properly a piston may have blown out of the cylinder. If the wheels are on you'll find brakes fluid running out of the bottom of the brake drum. A suggestion I'd offer for your 62 is to replace the adjusting hardware with 1963 Special/Skylark hardware. 63 was the first year for automatic self-adjusting brakes. I did that on mine. everything was a direct fit
  7. Dave, I read your post awhile back. After talking to my daughter yesterday I thought I'd share her experience with you. She lives in a Philadelphia suburb. Their house is surrounded by tall old growth oak trees. Yesterday morning, May 10th, after a storm , they discovered water dripping thru their bed room ceiling. My son-in-law found a 4" branch had speared the roof like the other viewer replied. Your Garage looks great. Hope Mother Nature shines on you. Jim
  8. I can't remember what diameter the hose was on the 41 Special I used to own, but if the hose fits snugly onto the fittings the your OK in my opinion. What bothers me is that you think the hose is swelling, I'd keep a close eye on it. You wouldn't want a ruptured hose. Was the piece you used new? Good heater hose usually doesn't swell up. Jim
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    Ken I think Ford Falcons of that same time period had 14" wheels that fit Buicks and Olds. Jim
  10. Kid442 A number of years ago I installed a 4 speed out of a 63 Skylark into a 62 that originally had an automatic. I'm sorry I can't remember the exact details, but I was helped out tremendously by a local auto parts store that was not part of a big chain. As I recall the original shifter in the 63 had been replaced with a Hurst Competition Plus shifter. The clutch disc was 8.5" I think. Anyway the parts store came up with a disc and pressure plate from a Ford Falcon. Also, make sure you get the 4-speed trans support rear cross-member. It's different than the automatic trans part. The 63 had a special piece welded in to provide the opening in the floor for the shifter handle. I cut it out and installed it in the 62. I bought a reproduction shifter boot for a mid 60's Camaro which worked real well with the Hurst shifter. Good Luck with your conversion. It was a fun car to drive. Jim
  11. I thought I'd show some pictures of 2 of my unique Buick model cars. I have a fair size collection of model cars, and being the son of a Buick salesman I specialized in Buicks. I have a lot of Promos , but these 2 are different. The 1949 Roadmaster woodie is a resin model made by All American Models. it was mastered off of the Franklin Mint Roadmaster pictured next to it. A Google search confirmed something I thought had happened was that All American Models went out of Business over 10 years ago. The resin model came with chrome parts, frame, engine, windows and complete interior. I recall that it cost around $95. I bought a broken F.M. 49 on ebay and have plans to someday build the model using parts from both. Someday? I've been pretty slow getting to it. The other model pictured is a 1965 Buick Skylark 2-door post coupe. it's a replica of my first car, that I got when I was 18. I built it using an AMT 66 Skylark as a starting point. The AMT 1964 GTO kit donated the top. I modified the bumpers and grille to replicate the 65. The hood required a bunch of work because the 66 hood is raised in the middle and the 65 is depressed. It's one of my prized pieces There was no model or promo of the 65 Skylark. Jim Smith BCA #3566
  12. Dave, I have a set of these brandy snifters that my father received as a sales award from Buick. He was the Sales Manager of a Buick Dealer in York, Pa. in the 60's and 70's. As I recall when he achieved a sales goal there was a catalog of award items he chose from. I'm sorry I can't help with info on Mr Scudder. I remember fondly that as a teenager these snifters were great for Root Beer floats. A couple of scoops ice cream and a lot of root beer. Thaks for the memory. Jim
  13. I worked as a Production Supervisor in a GM assembly plant from 1968 to 1976. The reveal mold clips were snapped onto a small stud that was welded to the inside of the window opening. They were not screwed on. The studs were welded in place while the body was being built. It was then painted. The process of snapping the clips in place prior to the glass being installed undoubtedly scratched the paint and made it easier for rust to start forming. I'm sure that water also puddled in the bottom of the rear window opening helping the rust to grow. If you have ever removed side trim from a car body of 60's vintage and seen he little mushroom shaped studs that hold the plastic clips on, you have seen the same type of studs used on the reveal molding clips. We did have a repair screw that was a tiny self cutter that was coated with a sealer for use to replace a missing stud. They may still be available. I'd use a top quality sealant or even JB Weld. Just make sure you pick away any flaking paint or rust. Paint on a rust preventive primer before sealing. Jim
  14. Weep holes are generally on the bottom side of the water pump housing. On the pump pictured above the hole is on the top. I'd speculate that this part of the housing was ground away to provide clearance for the pulley. The engine pictured looks like a straight 8 with an alternator. A little creative engineering.
  15. That's hilarious. You got to give the guy credit. He used a Buick