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  1. Good to get a definite answer. Thanks, Gary
  2. Just to be clear. I tried to register a car for it's first junior at Auburn and then travel to a Snapper's tour in Wisconsin beginning the next day. Sort of a " two birds with one stone" idea. A note on the AACA registration form told me my car had to be a senior car to qualify. Can I have my car judged at Auburn or not? Thanks for the clarification, Gary
  3. Dash lamps. I found a complete lamp, base and fixture at a flea market and felt very good at 5.00 until I paid the plater over a $100 for new nickel. Repro is around $35, depends if you want a lamp or show piece? Think spring, Gary
  4. Congratulations, Gary. Whenever I make a repair I ask myself how would Gary do it and refer to your thread. Please everyone post here occasionally to keep it current and available as a valuable resource. Thanks again, Gary V
  5. Restoration Supply in Ca advertises reproduction dash board lamps, perhaps model T suppliers as well. Good luck, Gary
  6. Sanding spokes is a tedious job and I have until spring to finish it. However, there are other things to do. Friday the temps reached into the 50'sF and I switched out my wife's sports car with my 1915 McLaughlin in the shop after a steady rain. I had an hour before supper so I took a top stick to the wire wheel to strip paint and rust. The parts will be eventually sandblasted, which I find to be miserable work, noisy, dirt up my nose and grit in my eyes, so I clean everything first as to minimize the sandblasting. I had the sticks stored on the body and I noticed fo
  7. Not this truck but there is a Packard which attends the Old Car Festival they say has patina. Holes rusted through the fenders and running boards, the body colour and hood are different and badly weathered everywhere, runs and drives though. I think sometime a car is too worn out to be displayed, sometime there is too little left of the original to be interesting, when is the line crossed? Every owner of every car has to decide for themselves. Again not this truck, I vote, if I had one, to preserve the local history and use the truck sparingly. Thanks, Gary
  8. Mark; Terry is correct, replace with modern tapered bearings, no good reason not to and these steer the car, think safety. I've done this upgrade twice. The first time I brought the spindles and wheels with hubs to a restoration shop and they did the whole job. Engineering the job, finding the bearings and seals and the machining to make the front axle ready for the road. Fairly expensive though not outrageous. The second time I brought the spindles and wheels to a local bearing shop and they measured all the parts and matched up the modern tapered bearings from available
  9. Congratulations, installing tires is the hardest job you can do, in my opinion, Everything from now on will seem easier. Merry Christmas, Gary
  10. Thinking about your Overland, I suggest you make a mechanical repair first, you could do this in under a day. I know it is not high on your list of things to do except get it off your to do list. When I first bought my Buick the offending wheel was re spoked and as you drove along it would click, I could whistle along to the Andy Griffith title song if I could get the speed right and I could whistle. Harold Sharon was alive then and giving free advice He told me to get a length of auto body sheet metal the width of the spokes and wrap it around the hub. I think it was 16ga, did
  11. Hey Doug; I am not an engineer but my friend is and he repaired his Cadillac wheel using this technique. I believe the spokes and rims must be absolutely tight, without movement, and the springiness or flexibility comes from the choice of hickory wood for the material. The best to you and Cindy for Christmas, Gary
  12. Next step in stopping my wheel from squeaking and possibly catastrophic failure is to glue the spokes to the felloe. As shown in the photo and working from the backside I drilled a 3/16th" holes into the cavity the spoke and felloe share. Also a 1/16th" hole through the rim band into the same mortice to vent any trapped air and to make certain the epoxy fills the voids. I packed the spoke and felloe joint with putty to hold back any compound from leaking out of the joint. My friend calls it dum dum, he is British. The putty I got from a local hardware store was likely the first batch they
  13. Time and distance caused my rear wheels to be stuck beyond my hub pullers capacity. Luckily for me a friendly mechanic loaned me some stout pulling gear. With that firmly attached the wheel still stubbornly resisted until I got my 10lb sledge to give it a whack. Then it practically jumped off the tapered axle. Relieved nothing was damaged that a lick of paint won't fix. My friend Larry Schramm gave me a pair of hood clamps for my 1915 McLaughlin which were the last parts I was missing to complete the cars restoration. The clamps are soaking in solvent, the nickel tops are thre
  14. Thanks Doug; A lovely day at Heritage Village. Bev and I are attending the AACA Vintage Tour in Kingston this summer, our car broke down during the last Vintage Tour in Pa so hoping for a more satisfying result this time. We met a NY'er on that tour and he has since bought a Model 31 of his own and yesterday a fellow told me he bought one as well. Soon there will be three of these fine touring cars on the road, maybe together, that would be fun. Regards, Gary
  15. Attended the annual Funk Christmas lunch at Stahls Auto Museum in Chesterfield, Mi today. Had a good time visiting and catching up with friends while viewing the eclectic car collection. Many of the cars are large and fancy but also cars from the movies and memorabilia. The sole Buick was this 2 cyl number and the other picture is a general scene. An artist drawing a rendition of the car Mysterion, the actual car does not exist this is a tribute? Regards, Gary
  16. This Me and My Buick entry I hope will be a catch all concerning pre '16 Buicks. It maybe events my wife, Bev, and I attend similar to DEI's site with '58 Buicks crossed with Matt's detailed repairs with pictures. The initial post is repairing spokes which are loose in a wooden felloe and causes a wheel to squeak. Last time we had the 1913 Buick Model 31 out was the Old Car Festival at Greenfield Village and it was pointed out the right rear wheel had a wobble by someone who was following me in another car. I gave the wheel a shake and though not very loose there was a rust line showing at
  17. If you want pre war Buicks try Torchy Blane movies, many scenes are in or near a big '37 and '38 Roadmaster police car with side mounts . That series of shows turn up on TCM or maybe YouTube have them for viewing or downloading. Offices, restaurants, candlestick telephones and clothing outfits add interest to the times cars are not featured. Torchy Blane movies were made with everything new and current, as opposed to say the Untouchables where the producers wanted a time period piece. The plots are good too, romantic comedy with some crime solving. Might appeal to the Mrs if
  18. You likely already knew this but I was amazed how effective Spray Nine cleaned years of brake dust and road grime from the inside of the wheels my wife's '87 Alfa Romeo spider. I have a local shop which uses chemical tanks to clean parts and racks for manufacturing plants but they will also clean antique auto parts of paint and rust. When I pick the job up the parts are coated in a dense, water based oil to stop immediate re rusting. Spray Nine is the recommended cleaner to strip this coating. I like lacquer thinner for cleaning but didn't like what it would do to the tires, I had cans of
  19. If you are wanting a big pre war sedan they are easy to get and inexpensive. I was offered a '38 Packard Super 8 and I have a '39 Buick Century in black with side mounts for the same asking price. Regards, Gary
  20. Wanted to buy. one at least or possibly two Baker rims as shown, 34 X 4 tires, 26 rims, 4 mounting lugs at the tire valve. Ship to Michigan, I can pick it up there. Thanks in advance, Gary five one nine 352-806three
  21. It's all about fuel efficiency, the EPA cancelled the CAFE standards which had been in place for decades, Before this decision manufacturers had to produce fuel sipping sedans so they could sell SUVs and trucks and still maintain a Federally mandated fuel efficiency average. No CAFE, no regulations, here you go, how do you like it now? Honda, Toyota and Volkswagen are open for business and will merrily sell the consumer any hot hatchback, wagon or sedan any citizen could possibly desire. BMW, Alfa Romeo or Mercedes if you want more punch from your wheels and do not care about th
  22. Oshawa, I feel your pain. I live in a city where Navistar/ International trucks were made for 100 years, now closed. After many incentives and guarantees from all governments Navistar decided to built a new factory in Mexico leaving the old factory to the city taxpayers to clean up. Presently it is a vacant lot covered in cement which no one will touch over environmental concerns, I suppose. We are getting a new casino but it is located across the street from the old plant. More than a few eye brows were raised recently when two new snowploughs hit the road in our municpality
  23. Good to hear of your country roads. The pre war Buick gives a soft, undulating ride which is comfortable but a handful to contain. The car will go 65 MPH but will take over 20 seconds to get there and the brakes are effective but try to have extra space in front and out back to compensate for modern traffic. Barney: Love the side mount mirrors. Where did they come from and could I buy a pair? Matt: Watched the video, good of you to post it. Though the video showed a few rolling stops and driving across painted islands, is that how they roll in Cleveland?
  24. Same drive to the platers for me, Toronto, however a if you like the workman it fits the definition of a "pleasure trip". Best of luck, Gary
  25. In Ronnie's original post he says he bought new wires, 7 mm, and they are arcing. Why would new wires be leaking spark? I purchased a set from the same supplier, 8 cyl, 7 mm, cloth covered, and am using them for two four cylinder engines now I question if they are good to use? I need 7mm to fit the caps without alteration, the oak tracer is pretty to look at but black would be fine, too. Thanks, Gary
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