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  1. Yeah, that is a really cute buggy you have there! The contrasting colors of the white tires & wheels against the "Bluebird" blue body and black fenders is very eye catching. Is that a picnic basket on the running board? Imagine going on a summer picnic in 1910 with that, and with your wife wearing a typical long, white cotton dress and big white hat that women wore back then.
  2. "... I'm also curious about your conclusion that old low octane fuel is less volatile than modern higher octane fuel when I know for a fact the higher the octane rating the higher the flash point temperature of the fuel and the slower the flame propagation. High octane fuels were developed to prevent detonation or preignition in high compression engines. The 31 Buick engines were all around 4-5 to 1 compression ratios and today's gas lawnmowers have higher compression than that. A bigger concern for modern higher octane fuels in our low compression engines is completing the combustion cyc
  3. Wow...That is SHARP!...SHARP!!...SHARP!!!
  4. "Then painted with durable tractor implement paint and applied some graphite paste lubricant before re-assembling." I have read others on here mention that you should not apply any kind of lubricant between the individual leaf spring elements because the surface friction that exists between adjacent leafs as they flex helps them do their work. Just saying.
  5. Have you checked your return springs to see if they are binding or have lost tension?
  6. To make a long story short, in 1994, two PhDs at the Battelle Institute, doing Tribology research for, and funded by, an engine manufacturer, determined that break-in is still essential for long, trouble-free engine life, despite modern manufacturing methods. The manufacturer wanted to build an engine they envisioned could operate continuously for 1,000 hours under full load, at wide open throttle, without failure. They determined that proper break-in required: 1) Initially using a lighter weight or viscosity oil than would be used in normal operation, say 30 weight ins
  7. The last time I had to repair something made of wood back together again (a trash bin), I used a Super Glue variation that was supposed to have some flex in the joint after it cured yet still remain tightly bonded together. I injected the glue into the pre-drilled holes, put in the brass screws and used a clamp to hold it all together overnight. After more than a year of rough usage, it is holding tight. So there must be some modern glues one can use that will solve both problems of the wood framing remaining bonded tight, yet not so rigidly that they won't flex a little bit.
  8. I don’t own a nailhead Buick. Since that engine design was last made in 1966, I’d like to ask a novice question. Just where is a new timing chain sourced from these days? A few years ago, we bought square drive chain for our scheduled machinery overhaul from a vendor who sourced the chain from China (which we were not aware of.) In a very short time after installation, we were experiencing drive failures and jams because the chain had stretched like salt water taffy. We took the links to a lab and found that, while they were the correct steel analysis we specified, they were not he
  9. I normally don’t like dark colored convertibles because, to me at least, the dark color defeats the car’s purpose of keeping cool on sunny days. But I’d have made an exception for this car. Just look at the mirror shine of the navy blue paint in the video. With all the fires happening, I hope it left California just to avoid being burned-up one day.
  10. The 1941 is my favorite pre-war model for many reasons. Just my two cents, but I believe all 1941s should have fender skirts. To my eye at least, and with those spears added, they give the finishing touch to an already sleek design and make it even sleeker.
  11. Since you stated that the vibration is an "...intermittent shimmy...at all speeds, usually lasting 10 to 30 seconds before smoothing out again", and you've performed an inspection of tires, suspension and steering without pinpointing the problem, you might have what is known as a natural frequency or "beat frequency" vibration that is emanating from the drive line.
  12. My 1999 Silver Arrow came from the factory with Michelin tires. So I'm not so sure that they were a 1998 model year option only, unless they were just using-up leftover 1998 Michelin tires for the last, 1999 model year. They were very good tires and I think the wear rating on the sidewall was the same as the Goodyear Eagle LS tires that were factory installed on my 1997.
  13. Some questions for you: 1) You had to expect this one sooner or later. What kind of oil are you using in your engine? 2) Have you decided whether or not you will add an oil bypass filter to the engine? 3) You mention in your post that your car is "All waxed and polished from the show!" What kind of wax are you using? The black sheet metal is lustrous, like I remember cars being when I was a kid. 4) After driving it for 700 miles, do you have any second thoughts about not putting radial tires, instead of bias tires, on it?
  14. I find the good old fashioned Victor mousetraps, baited with a small chunk of smelly cheese and a dab of peanut butter, does the job. Mice can't resist the peanut butter and they are DRT - dead right there. Use to use D-Con years ago until one time a mouse ate some and then went behind a couch to die instead of going outdoors. The growing odor of his corpse led me to him. A retired exterminator told me that when mice get inside your house you can’t just clean-up the turds you find. You now have to wash down & disinfect all the surfaces the mice came into contact with. The reaso
  15. I wonder where he got the R-12 refrigerant to recharge the AC?
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