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  1. From the LA Times blog about the B-J show: "...Watts originally found the vehicle in very bad shape in 1965 at a body shop in Santa Ana. He paid $500 for it after noticing the low VIN. As he uncovered the history of the car, he found that it was originally sold new at Ted Robbins Ford in Newport Beach to a woman whose son-in-law got in a front-end crash and then couldn't make the payments." I ran across this car at an AACA meet in San Deigo 10-12 years ago. The whole story is that apparently 005 was at the back of the lot and it was purchased to make a rod. When they began pulling it apart a
  2. Nothing trumps excess like <span style="font-style: italic">wretched </span>excess! Or, as the old hot rodders would say: A lot of power is good, More power is better... Too much power is just about right! JMC
  3. Arguably, the most famous of all Buick crashes... The early morning wreck on a narrow section of Louisiana's US90 (Spanish Trail) that claimed the life of Jane Mansfield, her manager, her driver, and dog on June 29, 1967. At an estimated 80 mph, they hit and under ran a tractor-trailer that had slowed for a mosquito control fog truck. The three kids in the back seat survived. One of those kids is Mariska Hargitay, now a TV actress on "Law & Order - Special Victims Unit as 'Olivia'. JMC
  4. Pictures and stock info: http://www.glabarre.com/item/David_Dunbar_Buick___Buick_Oil_Company/4273 JMC
  5. Sounds like a crankshaft rear seal leak to me. JMC
  6. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">...My dad flew in B-24s out of Victorville, California during WWII, so I'm not too far removed from that era. Victorville had a major training school for B-24 bomber crews, and I believe they also had a number of fighter pilots flying out of there. ...</div></div> 55Pack... The field at Victorville is still in use. Victorville Army Airfield was renamed George AFB in 1950 and was an active USAF fighter base until the USAF left in 1991 or 1992. It is now the Southern
  7. Bill, That was just because the clerk knew that those latex gloves wouldn't last long when exposed to petroleum jelly... JMC
  8. Ya have to wonder if the term 'petroleum jelly' had been used (as in the Buick manual) instead of Vaseline (as in 'The Baby Book' or by Burt Reynold's character, Congressman David Dilbeck in <span style="font-style: italic">Striptease</span>) if there would have been such a ruckus. By the way, petroleum jelly is completely melted by 140 degrees farenheit. Cheers, JMC
  9. Mike, et al: Thought you'd find the article in the San Diego Union-Tribune of interest: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/military/20040807-9999-1n7scout.html Cheers, JMC
  10. Michael, The world grows yet smaller! I was at a luncheon with VADM Davis last week. He's living here in the San Diego area and is a co-founder of e-Fire, Inc. I'm not sure exactly what they do, but it's IT-related. I don't know if there is a connection between Don and ADM Davis, but it's a 'small' Navy, especially in the carrier-based tactical air community, so it's not unlikely. Cheers, JMC
  11. It is indeed a small world... Don and I cruised together with Airwing Two in the USS Ranger (CV-61) to the western Pacific in 1976. At the time, Don was a Navy LT, if I recall correctly and flying the A-7 Corsair II for VA-113 (the Stingers). There's a few pictures of Don and some of the Airmen at the following link: http://www.fighterpilotsusa.com/newsletters/current-newsleter.pdf JMC
  12. I regret to add another loss in the world of those that have honored the Tuskeegee Airmen. The P-51C Mustang operated by the Minnesota Wing of the CAF as 'Tuskeegee Airmen' was severely damaged and the pilot fatally injured in a forced landing during an airshow in Texas. More details are posted at the link below. http://www.confederateairforce.org/news/2004/nr-04-052904-revised.html JMC
  13. For Buick spotters, check out "Riding in Cars with Boys"... there are a lot of Buicks in the background shots.<P>JMC
  14. I'd be inclined to let Cameron get away with 'bout anything... <P>But then, blondes have always been my weakness...<p>[ 01-10-2002: Message edited by: John Chapman ]
  15. I ran across a cable movie, 'Outlaws' (http://us.imdb.com/Title?0110179) that has a number of old Buicks. A '53 Roadmaster Estate, and at least three '56s of various models done as period police cars. Movie is available for rent on VHS and DVD.<P>JMC
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