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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. It was found in an open field, sunk into the ground almost up to the running boards. It was a 1939 Buick Roadmaster Formal Sedan, Model 81F with the glass partition. With a bit of effort and tire inflation we managed to pull it out of the weeds and tow it by chain twenty five miles back home. There were no foot brakes, just the parking brake. The trunk floor was completely rusted out; there was none. Apart from that the body was in excellent condition. The odometer read around 70,000 miles as I recall. The engine was emptied of the hardened oil in the crankcase and valve rocker arm shaft. The valves were ground. And it ran flawlessly with full power. It got a fresh paint coat and rechromed bumpers. It was originally bought in New York City by an actual princess of the former ruling family of the German State, Thuringia. I located her in the NYC Manhattan phone book and we chatted for a while; she remembered the car well. On each rear door was painted a her 1 ½” coronet. I drove the Roadmaster for ten years, keeping it in my parents garage. On one Christmas we had a major snow storm but for fun we loaded the Buick up with as many as it could fit and took a pleasant tour of many miles in heavy snow conditions; no one else was on he road. The Buick could handle steep hills with no problems and no spinning of the wheels. When my parents moved I lost my garage privileges. Upon getting married there was simply no room for the big Buick and it was sold to a collector who stored it along with many, many antique cars in a Dover, NJ warehouse. Perhaps ten years later the warehouse had a massive fire and all of the antique vehicles were totally destroyed. This the sad end to terrific Buick. There was nothing to salvage.
  2. I guess I blinked and now I cannot find the TorqueTube nor the TorqueTube Index. Are these available anywhere?
  3. Suggestion for a sign at the gate to the car show: "We are not supplying music at this show. If it is needed, you must supply your own music and through headphones only".
  4. The suggestion that you invest in a remote wireless camera is excellent; they are very cheap and will allow you to see deep inside an engine. The blue smoke isn't encouraging and would lead me to think that there's a blown piston or other major failure. Pulling the plugs and measuring compression is where I would start.
  5. Giselle McKensie and Gordon MacRae sing the praises of the new 1946 Buick! You may need to create a simple log-in account for access. https://archive.org/details/78_my-buick-my-love-and-i_gisele-mackenzie-and-gordon-macrae-billy-may-frank-skinner_gbia0021814b
  6. The heater motor ran so quietly in my '37 that I had to install a small LED light to tell me when it was on. The heater knob does have a light bulb but in daylight it can't be seen and even at night its very difficult to see. The LED is in a place that only the driver can see.
  7. I don't think that this Essex is entirely stock.
  8. Lets not forget the low end Sears models, the Atlas lathes. I've been using this 1936 model for over forty years, even under the clutter
  9. Finally!!! My first post-winter Buick drive! During under-dash work a couple'3 of months ago the '37 had an electrical melt down. The 12v wire feeding the dash got caught in the cowl vent mechanism and shorted. Luckily I was able pull the glowing wire out with only minor burns to my hand. Now the dash is fully rewired and fused. The directionals work once more. The heater works. And the car runs! Now I'm off to the bank and some other shopping in my still filthy '37 Buick. Washing is secondary to driving.
  10. As for tire chains I used them infrequently but I never got stuck in snow. All of the family cars that we had up until maybe 1960 had a box of "Monkey Links" in the glove box to repair broken chains. Just remembered that I have a pair of chains sitting in oil under the cellar stairs. They were used on my old '37 Buick in the 1960's so they may just fit on my current '37! Or maybe the Jeep Wrangler!
  11. In my '37 Special it was a simple matter of adjusting the depth of the solenoid plunger. I had agonized over what damage had been possibly done to my flywheel gear but five minutes was all it took; and there was no flywheel gear damage.
  12. The '37 248 engine operates the butterfly valve with a wound thermal spring. Once I broke lose the rusted/seized valve, I installed the spring backwards leaving it always open. It works fine new. I suspect that the last owners were not very sharp on repairs and just wanted a driver; this seized butterfly was probably a major factor on why they sold it.
  13. My mouse didn't arrive nested in a car but rather inside a 1934 Atwater Kent console radio. Happily nested inside the chassis, a little mouse peeked out at me; minutes later he was released to the wilds of New Jersey to find a new home- but not in my '37 Buick. The radio (and the Buick) continue operating well.
  14. As a teenager in 1961 with his "new" '37 Special, I had plenty of time to clean up my engine; it had 95K miles on it and no oil filter. It was smart that I removed the rocker arm shaft since it was totally blocked with hardened black crud, preventing good oil flow to the valves and rockers for cylinders 6-8. Keep in mind that not only do your rockers and lifters need to be free and moving, but that the oil flow is unobstructed from front to rear in the engine.
  15. 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.