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  • Birthday 08/29/1945

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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. My '39 81F Formal Sedan, completely destroyed in a fire years after I sold it.
  2. That's a great car and you'll have lots of fun and gain education with it. Please don't take short-cuts in getting it on the road. There's a lot of wood in that vintage so you may gain in carpentry knowledge too. You probably have mice inside the seats; they come out of nowhere. Best empty out those nests outdoors.
  3. In one of the "Honeymooners", Ralph Kramden drives a '37 Buick Open sedan with side mounts and tries to escape to a hunting lodge with Norton, while trying to leave the wives behind. Does anyone know what year/show this was? It was one of the high quality shows, not one of earlier shows.
  4. Thanks to all for the positive marks. On the '39's I've seen them with and without the bullet lights on the top of the front fenders. Were these an option? I had them on my '39 81F lino. And, on the posted '36's, there are "fender finder sticks", whatever they are called, for learning drivers like my 17 year old uncle. I can only guess that my uncle was allowed to drive the '36 sedan but not the classy new '37 coupe at least until he was an experienced driver. That coupe would have been very out of place with my grandfather but I would have loved it. I can only assume that these Buicks were Roadmasters or other high end models. Any comments? I'd love to know.
  5. There were many more Buicks than existing photos. I've hopefully given them the correct years in the titles but please correct me if I'm wrong (except the 36 &,37s) A comment on the 1924 Buick in snow- he lived on a very steep one-way street, heading downward and with a curve in the middle. To get to his house there was another one-way street upward and extremely steep. I just can't imagine how he was able to drive up or down with those narrow tires, even with chains, and two-wheel brakes. As for the 1934 sedan, that car is beautiful. Years shown here are Buicks 1937, 36, 22, 24, 31, 34, 39, 47, and Cadillacs 1929, and 1941. If I were to add in my fathers, uncles, and my Buicks, we'd pretty much covered nearly all Buicks from 1924 to 1964.
  6. Email the pics in your phone to your email address; after that, open the email and download the pics to your PC. From there the pics can be attached to your postings.
  7. Re: the cinder blocks Mea Culpa. I was 17 at the time with a typical "what, me worry?" teenager attitude. Looking back and I'm appalled too. Working part time in a drug store at minimum wage while still in high school didn't give me much money to buy things that were needed. The reason for the bad orientation would have been in consideration of the crush-abilty of the cinder blocks if they had been rotated 90 degrees. Working on soft soil wouldn't have made jack stands any safer. Three months after this was taken I was in the Navy; when I returned I bought jack stands and resumed driving the '37; by that time it had been painted.
  8. Accidental double exposure of the family '50 Special Sedanette; also a teenager's '37 Special getting some gear changes.
  9. Me in my first car, a 1937 Buick in 1961 and recently with another '37 Buick.
  10. In the past I've needed brown wrinkle on 1920's radios. I settled for black wrinkle and on top of that I sprayed brown latex paint diluted with denatured alcohol. The latex heat/outgassing was only a minor issue for the first half hour of use.
  11. Back in the 1950's-60's I got a few parts from "Midnight Auto". My age was not a factor since no one ever asked. I'm sure "Midnight Auto" sites can still be found but owners can be very unfriendly. It would be wise to bring a chunk of meat from the butcher to calm the dog that might greet you.
  12. A common problem with the Borg clocks is a thermal fuse that opens when the battery voltage gets low. This is not the same fuse that is on the back of the clock. When the voltage becomes low it can't wind the movement; when that happens the clock will draw excess current, draining the battery further. The thermal fuse prevents the clock from completely draining the battery. If the car is not to be used for an extended period, the fuse on the back of the clock should be removed to prevent the thermal fuse from opening..
  13. Dan- I don't know of any database but I also have a 1937 Special (pic). I had bought another 37 Special back in 1961; it cost a whopping $60 and I had it for ten years.
  14. My father's first car was a 1925 Maxwell; after that he went for DeSoto's. Is this my father's Maxwell?