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  1. 9 hours ago, TAKerry said:

    That is a neat Willys.  I read somewhere that military spec had the tire mounted on the back as opposed to the sides. This way the vehicle could be easily rolled to either side if bottom work needed to be done? Sounded kinda crazy to me, anyone know if thats true?


    Military Jeeps or MB jeeps had no tailgate and a rear mounted spare. They were kept narrow to go through tight places. When the Civilian Jeep or CJ was given a tailgate the spare was moved to the side. Life expectancy for a Jeep in combat was 14 days. So servicing the chassis was probably not the first priority. 

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  2. On 9/13/2021 at 12:33 PM, m-mman said:

    Headlights have always been adjustable(!)  . . . well maybe not acetylene. . . . 

    Imagine a flashlight where you cant move the beam? You have to direct the "brightest" part of the beam to illuminate the most important thing you want to see. 


    There have long been screws or mechanisms to adjust the bulb/reflector/assembly to place the focal point of the beam on to the highway correctly. There are adjustments on my 1929 Cadillac (move the whole assembly) my 1926 Lincoln (lever on the steering wheel) and every sealed beam since 1940 (including the square ones in the 70s & 80s) has had two screws (mounted to the side and top) that moves the bulb side to side and up and down. 


    Even modern cars have adjustments. Open the hood and you will find a bubble type level as part of the assembly. But with all the ultra bright blue lights blinding me in my mirror, I know that too few people properly adjust their's


    There are state laws that describe how headlights should be properly adjusted - straight ahead, hitting the ground approximately "stopping distance" in front of the car, but NOT shining into oncoming drivers. (the left beam shines a little to the right) High beams shine higher up a farther out. 


    Adjusting headlights was once big business. A service performed at all repair shops. Search headlight adjusting tools and you will find many varieties. Most used bubble type levels and mirrors to accomplish the task, but there was also a screen that is put up in front of the car and the beams are  aimed to what hits the screen. 

    Annual state vehicle inspections checked (and failed) many a car for bad headlight adjustment. 


    I dont think enough restorers properly adjust their lights after a restoration. I have the old adjusters and it makes a big difference when your lights are properly adjusted. 


    Sure you can adjust acetylene. Open the valve a little and the light is dim. Open the valve a lot and burn down your car. You can also adjust the forks.

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  4. 5 hours ago, John_S_in_Penna said:

    Chris, you might give your location.  Are you in

    Oakland?  Auckland?  Oregon?  Our forum reaches

    throughout North America and beyond.


    Also, contact information such as a phone number

    will get people in touch with you more easily.


    You want Buicks, plural, you say.  Are you selling them?

    Do you specialize in those 2 years, perhaps?


    What dose it matter why he wants to buy the cars? 

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  5. On 8/12/2021 at 11:46 PM, John_S_in_Penna said:

    I was reminded of this when seeing an ad recently:

    "Only" followed by the price.


    The ad was by a dealer asking a high price.

    He tried to mollify the big mark-up with the word "only"

    preceding the number.


    I think that, if the price really is low, the bargain

    will be obvious to the educated buyer.


    Sometimes "ONLY" before a price is used to let the pikers know that you are serious and know what you have.

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  6. Easy Fix... When you go look at a car that was running good on the phone but has a knocking motor when you arrive and the seller says that is an easy fix. Or when you get photos of a car with rust holes through the floor and the broker selling the car says that is an easy fix. Or when you are looking at a car in an auction that has chrome instead of nickel trim and the "car specialist" (who was selling watches last week and boats 2 months ago) says that is an easy fix.

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