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About jsmittie41

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    BCA #3566
  • Birthday 06/19/1950


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    Original owner of a 72 GS convertible

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. That's hilarious. You got to give the guy credit. He used a Buick
  10. Is the rattle from the transmission when you are starting out in 1st gear? When I bought my 41 Special years ago, the trans rattled in first. It turned out to be that the input shaft bearings in the trans were about shot, allowing it to vibrate under load. This in turn worn out the pilot bearing in the center of the flywheel. I only had to replace the pilot bearing and input shaft ball bearing assembly and I was in business. I hope this helps Jim
  11. Thanks Guys for the ideas. Yes everything was working fine before I decided to clean the tank. I've owned this car since new and back in the 70's the standard practice here in the Northeast was to spray undercoating on everything. I've put a lot of miles on this car and it's still holding up very well, but I've decided to start restoring it slowly and improve it overall. My wife and I drove it to Springfield, Mo. for the BCA National Meet. I received and Archival award for which I was very grateful. Now it's time to do what's necessary to preserve it and still drive it. Thanks again. Jim
  12. I am having trouble with the gas gauge in my 1972 Gran Sport. I recently removed the tank, cleaned all of the undercoating off of it, removed the surface rust from the tank and support straps. I then painted the tank with Rustoleum's Hammer Finish silver paint. I must say this really looks like a galvanized finish. However after reinstalling the tank, the gas gauge is reading way above full. The needle has gone up past the Full mark and into the temperature gauge on the right side. before I drop the tank again I thought I'd throw this out to you guys for ideas. When handling the tank did I cause the float to hang up? Is the paint insulating the tank so that it is not grounded? I have double checked the ground wire from the sending unit. Do you think it's possible that the wire to the tank from the harness may have come loose while I was getting the tank into position? I The tank currently has about 4 gallons of gas in it. What do you think? Thanks for your ideas Jim
  13. I have for sale a 1939 to 1949 buick battery hold down cover. It is a used part in excellent condition. I have stripped it and removed all rust. It was then painted with POR15 semi gloss black. Sell for $60.00. free US shipping
  14. I know that radios from 61 to 63 Specials and Skylarks and maybe full size cars interchange. Are you looking for one? I have several AM radios.
  15. This swap is not difficult. Up until about 2 years ago, I owned a 41 special convertible with a 1950 engine in it. The previous owner had installed it. The 41 front mount appeared to have been bolted to the front of the block without modification. This engine had the side mount bosses on it (unused) and the water pump was the later style. Everything else was just like an original 41 engine. sorry, I can't recommend anyone to you. Jim