Buffalowed Bill

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  1. So just curious. Since there hasn't been any push back regarding the 1967, small main 350 being problematic, does this also hold true for the 327 and if not why? That engine had been around since 1962 and I don't remember any issues. Bill
  2. The choice is yours, but as I've said before it's often what your per group liked when your were growing up. I've used this analogy before. If your grandfather bought a new Buick in 1948 he got black walls. Part of the reason was the war shortage, but also the mindset of the purchaser who probably saw little else throughout the Depression. When grandpa passed the car on to his son, your father, who was a Baby boomer, he without a doubt he would have put white walls on the car. When he passed the car on to you, you would have gone back to bw's. The 70's backlash against your fathers predisposition to ww's has led to a forty year step back from them. I see no indication that the trend will ever be reversed. When the Boomers are gone there will be little remaining interest in ww's.
  3. All 1957 and 1958 Golden Hawks came stock with supercharged engines. Bill
  4. Paul, You might think that it's OK to turn an otherwise restorable vehicle into a parts car, because the engine parts are unavailable. For me it's not OK. If you think that I am exaggerating, not true, I see it every day in my world. It's happening as I speak. So I ask again, what is your solution when the alternative to a necessary $7-10 K rebuild is doing nothing? There is no market for one of these cars needing this level of work! Doing nothing virtually guarantees the car's destruction. This is not a worst case scenario, it is simply reality.
  5. Every show and judged event has it's own audience. It all works to the benefit of the hobby, as long as the judging standard is geared to the participants and the audience. When it doesn't work is when a new judging format doesn't meet expectations of the audience or the participants. I guess that the current movement away from points judging and towards people's choice was inevitable. With fewer and fewer owners committing their cars to a an authentic restoration, and fewer qualified judges willing and able to do the difficult job of judging an authentic car, the movement away from points judging seems inevitable. I do question whether the change is leading to the shift in the stock vs altered balance, or whether it's just a reflection of the changing attitude in the hobby. I guess that time will tell.
  6. Judging has been an integral part of the hobby since it began. The French Concourse d Elegance dated back to the days of the horse drawn carriages. Some people need the adulation others couldn't care less. It seems to me the older we get the less we need the spotlight. I can sit here and say I don't care about judging any more, but that wasn't always the case, and given the right set of circumstances who knows how I could be tempted. It's certainly not about me, it's all about the car. Judging still has it's place, but little of the judging I see today does the job of vetting a car for the quality of it's restoration, it's originality or for it's rarity. Some of the watered down judging today would be laughable if it wasn't so sad. People's choice awards have their place, but they do more to judge the audience then the car. Bill
  7. Paul, You're preaching to the choir, necessity would have to matched by parts availability. Choice would not be the one I would make, but for some it may be the only choice. In the case of the Ford these are pretty simple engines and readily available, the guy has the parts, or thinks that he has the parts available that will match the application. I don't know if what he has will work. It's up to him to determine. He asks about the best. I think most agree that new quality parts would be the best solution. Someone more familiar with the quality of available new bearings, for this car, would have to comment. My comments were aimed at the situation with the Studebaker President, where absolutely no new parts are available. A decade ago a Studebaker owner researched available bearings for other applications, which could be machined to work. Problem solved, until those substitute bearings went extinct. It's been years now, and there are numerous owners sitting on projects the problems for which they feel they have no solution. I hope that I don't have to notate what can, and will happen to a project that sits derelict, for an extended period of time. So what would you do? Bill
  8. Agreed, but if where you started was as a derelict car, what difference does it make. I would never put together an engine without checking the clearances, and granted finding the right combination would entail a good deal of luck but.... Then again you could find someone willing to rebabbit your thin shell inserts, and grind the crank, transport the engine to his shop, then transport it again to another shop, where it can be properly align bored. By the time you have paid over $2000 for forged aluminum pistons, because they too are unavailable, and had the machine work done, you might be ready for bankruptcy, but the next guy who gets the car might be happy as hell. Why don't you ask me why I know about the process. Putting an engine together from used parts may not be my choice, but I can't prejudge what someone's financial situation is. Sometimes the willingness to take a chance, beats the alternative of doing nothing.
  9. The discussion here assumes that there are new bearings are available for the application. In the case of the Ford new bearings are available, but in a broader sense there are some cars that become derelict because inserts don't exist. Case in point of real world concert for those of us who own 1936-42 Studebaker Presidents. Insert bearings for this engine have not been available for years, and that's how long some people have been looking for them. In this case trying to piece together a bottom end from parts from another engine beats the alternatives.
  10. Held off responding to this hopping that there was one out there. Maybe this will help. Antique Auto Ranch in Spokane. I used to go into the place pretty regularly but haven't been in awhile. One of the most unbelievable stores of early car parts that I have ever seen. The reason this might be of value is that there used to be a fifty foot, vertical stack of early windshields. Early on it was the owned be Grant Lundine who had no written inventory, with everything pertinent he had committed to memory. They were not marked but he seemed to know what most were for. Some thirty plus years ago, two young relatives began a crash course in discovery and documenting everything that they could glean from Grant, and wrote it down. The place is still in operation. I hope that much is still the way it was, but at any rate it is worth a try.-Bill Antique Auto Ranch 2225 N Dollar Rd. Spokane Valley Wa 99212 509 535 7789
  11. I like: Trees and mountains Being surrounded by water, and being an hour and a half from the ocean I like not having to turn on the AC in the car more then a half dozen times a year, and not even having to have AC in the house (I hate heat and and humidity, as well as snow in the lowlands) I like being able to tour in my old cars without any heat discomfort, or threat of rain for three plus months in the summer Is our world perfect, is anything perfect-of course it isn't, but what isn't right with this place pales in comparison to everything else. It may not be for everybody, but for those of us who live here, few of are looking for somewhere else to move.
  12. Daunting task trying to find the best place for an individual. I guess that finding the best place is a very personal decision based on one's individual situation. It is somewhat like the Hagerty piece that tried to vet the states for vintage car ownership. That survey tried to give equal weight to things as diverse as taxes, weather and length of touring season, ease of transferring and titling a vintage car, and perceived road conditions. IMO things like weather and touring season, and ease of a one time transfer of title simply can't be judged the same, when one is considering twenty five years of vintage car ownership. That's why I found that survey to be a waste of effort. There are plenty of great places to live, and enjoy-just figure out what's most important to you.
  13. I have a friend who owns two Opel Manta Rallyes, one of which he bought new in 1973. I keep trying to get the juices flowing, so he will bring it out. It wouldn't take much to get it back on the road. They are seldom seen, I only know of two people in the Seattle area who carry the torch for these. My friend can quote chapter and verse on why they are special, but why it has not translated into positive action, I just don't know.
  14. I have been waiting for this USPS bashing to stop, really not wanting to get involved, but with amount of misinformation griping and downright fictitious stuff continuing to be flung around, I feel I have to put my two cents worth. Sadly it seems like this has to be revisited, even though it has been covered often. The USPS belongs to you. It's been around for us for about 250 years and is obligated to take care of all it's customers, not just the ones it chooses to prioritize, at the exclusion of others that it chooses to marginalize. When you see that the USPS completes the delivery of a parcel for the private carriers, it most often because that the private carrier has choose not to deliver to that location because it is too expensive. The difference is that your PO is required to handle all requests for help, even from their competitors. I wonder if anyone here believes that one of the private common carriers is going to deliver a package from Florida to Metlakatla Alaska or Guam. That's not likely! The USPS does not have it's own planes, to deliver your mail around the country. Instead it uses commercial airlines, and even UPS and Fed Ex planes, on a space available basis. Your parcel travels in a direction which will allow for the best use of commercial airlines scheduling and destination. That's why a parcel leaving Seattle, for instance, may be routed through Phoenix, Denver, and Atlanta before being delivered in NY. To coordinate the routing a sophisticated program called "Starship" is used. Each airline submits a schedule of it's daily flights, the data for which is input into the system. The address/barcode is electronically scanned for each piece of mail, and routed on a commercial plane which can best facilitate it's timely delivery. Subsequent transfers are made on the basis of most timely, not distance, or straight line. Weather condition which can ground planes has the same delaying effect in the mail flow as it does on passenger service. If a delay seems to be protracted the USPS can choose to truck mail rather then wait out airport closures. To say that the USPS tries to slow down the mail flow to make the customer use a more expensive mail classification is just laughable. For the most part, all mail, regardless of classification, travels on the same plane, on a space available basis, so why would they want the customer to choose a cheaper, slower alternative, or more expensive class, for that matter, if is not needed, ridiculous! The clerk should have given the customer the delivery schedule, and the price for each classification, but the option is up to the customer. The USPS runs an operating deficit only because of an arbitrary congressional edict. All postal employees, and retirees health benefits are required to be funded, in advance, for fifty year in the future. Without getting into the politics that spurred this policy, suffice to say that no other public or private US business is required to do the same thing. The cost of this obligation costs the USPS approximately eight billion ($8B) a year. With a current deficit of $3+B/year its obvious that if the PO was not so obligated, it would have an yearly surplus of about $5B. Which, of course, it would return to all of us in lower rates, based on the next tree year rate schedule.
  15. Going to 15" wheels is about the equivalent of gearing up one gear set. Even if it is not intended to be a permanent arrangement it would give you a good idea of how you would like the next gear up.