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  1. That photo of the vehicle put me in mind of the movie "The Rocketeer," with Alan Arkin's great comeback line when the lead asks him: How do I look?
  2. If you've never heard the tale, do a Google search for: "Collyer Brothers," and if that story and photo record doesn't spur you to clean your storage space, or if you think "that doesn't look so bad..." then seek some assistance. The story of the brothers is just tragic. People are so adaptable, that when you live with/around crazy for awhile, we start to think it's normal, or "not really that bad."
  3. “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”
  4. I would guess that show is restricted to Drop Tops only? And fender skirts frowned upon? 😉
  5. If this is meant to be a riddle, then my answer is: "To cover up the Nixon bumper stickers, which are covering the Goldwater bumper stickers." 😉
  6. A hot and sunny weekend in Alberta (which is code for: this could be all the summer we get, so go start the car now), and a lot of oldies spotted on the road. Did my part to help the economic recovery and filled the tank up.
  7. Compound fracture, protruding bone, calm demeanour, and clearly used to consulting for help after a calamitous failure? He must have been a Mopar guy.
  8. Kev: Don't listen to Grimy. Pierce Arrow enthusiasts are well known to be highly unstable personalities (comes from years of having to explain to the "common people" that "No, this isn't an English car!" 🤪). I'm kidding of course - you already know the drill about not using original hoses, and he's totally correct about the safety aspect around all this. I bought that original just for the fittings. It was as rigid and inflexible as an ex I dated...
  9. Kev: the part that (I believe) you're speaking about is the one in the attached photo (just for reference with fittings, etc.). Made originally by Weatherhead, part # 11209
  10. Welcome, Kev, to the wonderful world of the '53 Buick. Great car and the last gasp of the Fireball straight eight. As you dig into the vehicle a bit more, you'll see its quirks and mannerisms. One of the great things about the '53 Special is relative availability of parts, as so many were sold that year. Pretty sure that replacement floor pans are (or certainly were) available from a few vendors, so don't sweat over the floor as you have options for replacement/repair. Redo the braking system (as you've already indicated), flush the system, throw a blanket over the seats and have fun this summer. Attached is a photo from the '53 dealer's book showing your trim number and fabric (which is available new from SMS).
  11. Matt: mail him a printed copy of this entire thread. "Feedback is a gift."
  12. Everyone is too stressed out about the minutiae over what EVs will mean; don't fret - the market will make it as attractive possible for you to switch over, and then will hit you with all the fun "extras." Besides, it's all seemingly cyclical technology anyway. We should be talking about the return of steam...
  13. The new reproduction riser I ordered for the Special a few years back didn't come with the "damper" flap installed, simply for the reason of warm weather driving. The shaft can be worked out and you could put the damper onto the shaft, if you really felt the need.
  14. Seem to be missing several shots from this sequence. Sorry, Steve, I may have deleted them. I really liked your 2019 post where you took your chassis to the car show. Reminded me of this photo with the new V8 on display for all the prospective buyers to admire...
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