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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. 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.
  2. My father's first car was a 1925 Maxwell; after that he went for DeSoto's. Is this my father's Maxwell?
  3. I guess it's too late to edit. Is this actually my grandfather's hated Cadillac?
  4. My flapper mother stands beside her father's Buick. I'm guessing that it's a 1929 Buick but I'd like to know for certain. There's got to be someone out there who can confirm the year. My grandfather bought a new Buick every year between 1917-1956. I don't remember what he owned after that. Somewhere in my attic is a stack of photos of many of his Buicks. He had a Cadillac sometime in the 1930's and hated it.
  5. Just this past week I uncovered this photo of my uncle leaning out of a 1927 Buick. My grandfather bought a new Buick every year since around 1917 with the exception of a 1930's Cadillac which he hated and traded in almost immediately. Note that there's a "HOOVER" badge in the radiator; he was a staunch Republican.
  6. The switch shouldn't be getting warm unless its bad; just replace it. As for engine going bad after 20 minutes, have a look at the carburetor heater; its powered by the exhaust. The butterfly valve that operates this system will often seize from rust; make sure you can rotate this valve shaft easily with a screwdriver in the thermal spring center slot; it should move freely. If it's stuck, you will need to get out your copper hammer and tap the valve butterfly hinge front and back until it moves. Once it does get moving, pull the thermal spring off and put it back on backwards. That will kill the heat riser function. The heat riser/carb heater was fine for pre-war cars but doesn't work with modern fuels. Your engine may run a bit rough to start with but will run smoothly after a couple of minutes.
  7. Last week the badly leaking exhaust pipe was replaced on my driver '37 Special. Once more I can hear that Buick Straight Eight purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. It's a sound that can only be made by an old Buick.
  8. There's another post on Packard trucks and I didn't want to hijack it. The attached tables were scanned from an official 1919 government book covering what was bought/ordered/delivered up to the last day of WW1 on November 11, 1918. Be sure to check the page and column titles. Some of these pages are for two wheeled vehicles, many 4WD, hauling capacity, number ordered vs. number delivered. There are four pages here, posted in order
  9. 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.
  10. I guess I blinked and now I cannot find the TorqueTube nor the TorqueTube Index. Are these available anywhere?
  11. 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".
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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