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  • Birthday 04/01/1967

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  1. Just a plain nut, no washer on my '40 46S, either. Just happened to be working on those this past weekend.
  2. First decent-length drive this past weekend after weeks spent addressing many small to moderate issues. Beautiful weather, fun little trip to nowhere.
  3. Don, Here are a couple of pictures from the engine bay. I cannot remove the carpet to see the interior side. The panel looks to have a similar attachment scheme, but is shaped differently in that it extends upward to surround the lower half of the steering shaft. Hope this helps.
  4. That is the drain from the cowl vent. Definitely not original. I have to figure out what it should be made of and where it is supposed to go.
  5. Unfortunately, the boards were my father’s interpretation of stream boards which he preferred the look of, not the real thing. I looked into converting over to original stream boards, but it would take more than just slapping on new boards, if I could even find them, and they wouldn’t be authentic to the body code. The stream board fenders are also different and stone guards would be required. This is one of a handful of items that I’d like to correct at some point, so I’m always on the lookout for a source for used full running boards and trim. Other larger project areas which need attention are areas of the exterior paint and redoing the interior upholstery. Smaller remaining tasks which I consider more important to daily driving are replacing the oil pan gasket (waiting on gasket delivery), carb tuning (running rich), finding correct front springs, and installing front tubular shocks. I’ve gutted and freed up the original front shocks which were completely frozen along their pivot shafts and am working on a solution for a clean tubular shock install. Sorry, longer answer than you asked about...
  6. Hi Don. Good looking car from the shots you provided. If I’m interpreting your question correctly, the Throttle knob is connected via a cable to the carb linkage as shown in the pics. There is a little piece of masking tape on the subject cable connection. I use it at startup to adjust the idle for a few minutes before the engine warms and settles in. The first three pics show the condition when the knob is not actuated. The second three pics show the condition when it is actuated. Let me know if I answered your question.
  7. Chasing Classic Cars, MotorTrend TV, Season 10, Episode 7 - the restoration of the Rain Man 1949 Roadmaster convertible. Owned by Barry Levinson, Rain Man Director.
  8. Thanks for the welcomes! For sure planning to make it reliable and usable, ASAP. Got it running in order to drive it home. Currently finishing up deep cleaning the cooling system which was full of sandlike rust and overheating. Brake flush and adjustment tomorrow. Front springs are super stiff and the front sits high, so sorting that out is a must. After that, the hit list is comprised of wants, not needs, and can be worked on while we enjoy it.
  9. New to the site, new to old cars. Automotive-related, I've spent the majority of my hands-on time over the last couple of decades rebuilding Mazda RX-7's for personal use, so acquiring my father's Buick when he passed away last September is a little change of pace. Dad's Buick was found in a farmer's field in 1972 and hauled home where it received a very slow body-off-frame amateur restoration. Chassis and mechanical work was spot on and body work was decent, but as time passed and my father aged, authenticity and cosmetic restoration standards slipped. So although he essentially completed the car, the interior, paint, and a few of his other "improvements" need to be readdressed or returned to original again. I grew up occasionally lending a hand with the restoration, but in very large part, this project was my father's way of getting out of the house for quiet time doing something that he loved, getting his hands dirty, using his brain, and listening to classical & 40's music - his escape from the world and likely a remembrance of what I imagine for him were some of the best periods of his life. Unfortunately, as it reached the end of its restoration, the car was never driven more than a couple of laps around my parents' circle drive. My dad never got to enjoy using it. Perhaps that wasn't as important to him as having a project and the alone time. My hope is to complete what he nearly finished, bring the things which are lacking in quality or authenticity up to snuff, and then use it to build some memories with my family. Glad to be here. Mike
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