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Ben P.

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  1. Drove past this on the way to work a few times - finally pulled over to take pictures. Used to only see wagons like this - farmers didn’t used to spend money for purpose built wagons.... (The rocks are what are for sale, and no, I’m not stopping again to get the ph. #🙂)
  2. Aw cripe. I thought Blockley tubes could help - until I measured the stems. They’re .5x3” as well.
  3. I got a set of five of these with their own thick butyl rubber tubes (made to size) with brass stems. Brand new design - period diamond tread that hasn’t been seen in 80 years. Shipping from England — 5 days. Quicker than domestic. Worth a look to say the least. The VAT tax does not apply to US buyers. https://www.blockleytyre.com/product/30x3-5
  4. Well, I was going to delete/hide that post because I didn’t want certain family coming across it... But yeah those are the real #’s for someone like me who decided that this just wasn’t the car to ‘learn’ on so I let professionals learn on it instead. Their work comes with warranty. I did neglect to say that I consider all this work well worth it. It tickles me to death that someone bothered to restore this low value utilitarian 4-cyl Buick in the 1st place. Popular when new, but outsurvived by the larger Buick 6-cyls by something like 20-1. With today’s labor rates and l
  5. Oh, I forgot: At the end of this 20K and counting rebuild I’ll still own a $12,000 Buick — and that’s a fact.
  6. I guess I don’t really understand the question. Never heard the phrase “tip in cost” before in all my life either. But as for the cost of ownership for my late ‘teens non-Ford open touring car (4-cylinder 1918 Buick E-35 — as robust and reliable a car as one can find from the period): The price of the fully restored and fastidiously maintained car out of a 50 year estate was a modest $12,000US. But within the first 12 months I had double that into it. In the second 12 months the engine was removed for a needed rebuild (still in process as this is written) and the price for tha
  7. OMG. When I was little the neighbor lady had a car identical to this. Same color, same exact interior too. Until just now I never knew what it was though I assumed it was a year or two older based on other memories of the time. I remember thinking it was a very strange car (that interior still is). Her husband owned a red sports car and the kids weren’t allowed in it. She only used it to go to the bank.... Weird people. 40 years later the car is kinda interesting though.
  8. Well, there’s a reason I didn’t recognize that part — my Lyon is a different kind of animal. Or that one part at least. In fact it uses two differing parts for each side pair. The furthermost one has a beveled edge on the left ‘ear’ and the rearward one does not - I have no idea why. No spares either but had fun poking through all the parts again. Haven’t the slightest clue what most of them are but the way this car has gone I know one day I will.... Can’t describe things well so I’ll let the pictures do the talking. The more I looked at it the more I realized I don’t recall exactly how i
  9. I’ll go out and take a close look at the bumper after work tomorrow. There’s just a small chance, but I have several small boxes of fasteners and other small parts I haven’t identified yet that the prior owner had collected up as spares. There are an awful lot of lug nut clamps (or whatever they are called) and other things about that size. The Lyon bumper on my car was certainly a 1980’s Hershey find because it didn’t appear in earlier pictures of the car. You never know, maybe he spotted a few and hoarded those up too. Have this foreboding feeling though - that is such a unique piece it
  10. Oh lord, and where on the bumper do those clips go exactly? By the J hooks? I have one and detached it and I’ll be honest - I’ve never seen that part before in my life.
  11. Well, 16 million+ boys served in the armed forces of the United States during that war. That means 32 million parents (and how many grandparents?) were stuck at home with little or no knowledge of where they were at or what they were facing day to day. YES, there were plenty of ploys employed by the government to occupy the worried and give them some feeling of control. Some kind of opportunity to take action in a way that could affect the outcome. The ‘scrap drives’ are a prime example of that. There are far more Packard engine blocks entombed in the bottom of exhausted Michigan gravel p
  12. I have never seen one of these pins but recall the story of a family friend who worked for Nash-Kelvinator in Detroit. He had been selected to be a roofwatcher in 1942, and at the risk of repeating something wrong, it was actually quite involved. There was a test they had to pass identifying aircraft by silhouette - his wife was actually better at it than he was so he always took her with him. There were logs they had to fill out and a telephone number for Selfridge. My impression was (and I could be wrong) that it wasn’t so much sighting air attacks as it was having eyes on the ground able to
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