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    Morris Plains, NJ
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    Restoring pre-1938 radios, electronically and cabinetry. Most time these days is spent restoration and upgrading my newly acquired (Aug 2016) '37 Buick Special 4-dr.

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  1. BuicksBuicks

    Gene Autry 1936 movie: masking identity of '36 Ford

    Those fender lights look like they were taken from a Buick! I see that the grill is also covered with a screen. Maybe "Cool" by some standards at the time but not by me. Thanks for the responses.
  2. You've got to be certain that the market is sustainable. Apart from the car owners renting space, where is the viewing public? They aren't going to drive out in the sticks on a muddy driveway but you still need a lot of outdoor space for parking. After one visit, will the general public be returning? And what new things will they see upon their return visit? Car owners would love to have a dry storage space with electricity AND INSURANCE but it must be affordable. The concept is nice but not sustainable. Scale WAY back on such a project before you burn through your retirement.
  3. Last night I was watching the 1936 Gene Autry movie, “The Old Corral”. What I saw in the movie was very unusual, masking the appearance of a 1936 Ford. Three wide bands run from the grill backward; but in a scene as the Ford drove away in the distance, the bands didn’t extend beyond the grill on the driver’s side. Not being a Ford expert, I also noticed the front parking lights on top of the fenders. This didn’t look right to me. The only reason that I can figure out for the altering the car’s appearance was something in licensing and Ford perhaps didn't have a license with Republic Studios. None of the other cars in the movie were Fords; they were earlier Packard and a Buick.
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    1935-1936 LaSalle Eight: Buick straight eights?

    Thanks, that's a question that's been in my mind for many years.
  5. In going through my 1945 MoToR Manual it lists the 1935-1936 LaSalle engine as a 248 ci with nearly identical bore & stroke as the 1937 and up Buick straight eights. Did the LaSalle's use this Buick block?
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    Restoration vs. Preservation ??

    Stay with the patina, period. If a vehicle like your truck was under my watch, I'd simply dilute some SAE 90 with kerosene and with a hand-squeezed oil squirter, spray the rusted areas liberally. The kero evaporates and will leave long term rust prevention. So what if some of the oil runs out the crank opening, it just makes it look more original. Unrestored cars always have oil leaks.
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    Replacing Windshields On My 1938 66S

    It reminds me of my de-lam and milked windshield on my '37 back in 1963. New Jersey State inspectors would not allow for any "milking" of windows. I learned that if I painted the milked portion of my windshield with flat black paint and always parked it so that the sun hit it directly, the milking would go away temporarily. The paint heated the windshield enough that most of the milking went away. After removing the paint, I got through NJ inspection.
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    1936 Airflow project

    I guess the "ventiports" gave it away.
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    1939 glove box light

    I found an easy way to clean and polish the balls is to rub them into polishing compound on a piece of cotton sheet.
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    One of a Kind Buick

    That engine must have extraordinary torque with that 4.5" stroke. It could probably drive up a cliff.
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    Finished with Dupont Duco

    It would seem that in 1937 they used enamel here in the US. I just had some fender work done on a fender and lacquer over the original paint caused a slight crinkle finish. Luckily it sanded and polished out nicely.
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    driving a 1939 eight special

    That knob on the left end of your dash is a throttle, not a choke. It's like a fixed position gas pedal on the dash. It is used mostly when the car is stopped on an upward hill; pulling it out to increase engine speed will allow you to take your foot off of the gas pedal while still operating the clutch and brake. Of course the trottle control also helps to keep the engine running on a cold winter warm-up. Read up on proper clutch operation! Don't get into bad habits when learning. In my sixty years of driving stick, I've never burned up a clutch; you shouldn't either.
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    driving a 1939 eight special

    I don't recall the name of them but there are vertical stick thingy's with a little do-dad on the top that mount on the outer edge of your front fenders. They stick up above the hood height to let you know where the fender is located. I used them when I was learning to drive with a 1950 Buick. Once you become familiar with gauging your car's position, you can remove them.
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    1928 Model A "AR" Phaeton

    A simple question on the RH drive cars: is the shift pattern the same as the LH cars or is it reversed? This has bugged me for decades.
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    Protective mud

    This summer I shoveled up two buckets of greasy crud following a power wash of my '37 Buick front end. Now I can see the grease fittings! The greasy crud did a great job of preventing any rust though.