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About BuicksBuicks

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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. 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!
  2. Attempting to educate the seller would only serve to aggravate both sides. The man is selling a nice car; I'd like to have too but don't have the room. Just step back and let the man sell it; it shouldn't take long.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Thanks, that's a question that's been in my mind for many years.
  11. 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?
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. I found an easy way to clean and polish the balls is to rub them into polishing compound on a piece of cotton sheet.