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  1. Quite a beauty! Congratulations again and thanks for the photo! MOA is "Motor Oil Additive." I ran across it in the 1980s, and it unstuck my valves on my 70 Buick, and I use a little every now again ever since. I have to order it online, but it is available in the midwest.
  2. Congratulations Mike. Post some photos when you get the chance! I use high mileage oil, and I change it about twice a year depending on useage of the car. I do add some MOA but not much which helps keep things lubricated with the car sitting a lot. You're probably getting some blow-by, so you're on the right track to check it out.
  3. Most of the things I mutter about my engines can't be posted!
  4. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: JZRIV</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> If one does not like the new version don't use it and take your business elsewhere. That will get quicker reponse from ebay than any complaints because it affects their bottom line. </div></div> They had plenty of negative feedback but they shifted anyway. It's their business, so they can do what they want. I use it less because it was difficult figuring it out all over again. The old version worked fine, but it has more pictures now, like the original AOL did back in the early 1990s.
  5. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Shop Rat</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> There is no rule that says you can't swap batteries, tires, valve stem caps or any other part on the showfield. I have seen quite a few owners swap the tires and then put show hubcaps/wheelcovers on. </div></div> THIS is the heighth of absurdity! Disabling a car and swapping out parts just to pass the "test" means that either the "test" is of dubious quality or this kind of "cheating" shouldn't be permitted. This kind of change won't happen in my lifetime. I had to say it even if it makes no difference.
  6. We towed my Cadillac limousine and tied down all 4 tires with axle and wheel strap-downs, and I chocked the rear tires. That car swayed like a big fish behind us if we went over 50 mph, so we took it very slow. What a shame to get the car all the way over there and then lose it all over the road. Luckily no one was behind him when it came off!!
  7. A 1956 Cadillac Limousine. My brother and sister came home in a 1949 Cadillac Limousine. Both of my daughters came home in a 1983 AMC Concord Station Wagon.
  8. My first car, a 1969 Buick LeSabre Convertible was from Central New Jersey. The young couple that owned it parked it always outside and usually on the grass. After repairing the quarter panel rust, the convertible top rips, and the failing transmission, I had it over at a friend's house to install a CB radio (yes it was 1976!). We noticed material hanging out of the bottom of the car. On closer inspection, we found that it was the carpet.....yep, no floorpans on either side in the front. Kind of scary when we thought about it! After installing a pop-riveted sheet metal floor, the car was traded for my 1970 Electra Convertible. What was the lesson learned?: a. Never buy a car in New Jersey? b. Inspect the whole car, and not on a rainy day so you can get under it? c. If the price is $600.00, then that is all the car you get for that money! The answer of course is "b" and "c."
  9. My autronic eye did the same thing except that the regulator failed and it blew both of my $99 headlights (twice-because I had to learn the lesson of "disconnect it" over again after some adjustments). If it is clicking and switching, the eye may be too sensitive (a complex adjustment) or there is a short or failure in the power-switching unit. Much as I like the accessory, I disconnected mine for now. I had it overhauled once before, and that may be it for the time being. The autronic eye only switches the high beams to low and back again. The hood shouldn't have anything to do with it. In daylight it shouldn't be operating/interfering. It is connected to the foot pedal and to the eye on the dashboard and then to the power/switching unit on your left fender. If your lights aren't coming on or the foglights aren't, disconnect the main power to the autronic power switch next to the main power box and try that. If the lights still don't come on there is a short or a power problem with your lights too.
  10. The AC compressors are large. Do you have a Series 62, or a 75? I have a Series 75 and the compressor is quite large and hard to repair. Classic Air in Florida is about the only one that overhauls these things. Being a GM it may fit but I would check the Buick side to make sure that they were similar.
  11. I figured out how to disassemble it. First the lense cover comes off prying one end up carefully. Then the switch assembly is removed by squeezing the 2 sides slightly together to free the clips and it slides out. The light bulb is hung on 2 metal prongs. Although I was able to change the light bulb with a new one, I still have a ground problem which I will continue to research.
  12. Today I was able to get the switch control cover off and see if the light bulb was getting power....it is. The bulb may be blown, and I have a spare bulb with the correct metal half-sheath around it. The new question is, what is the procedure to remove the bulb without damaging the connections and the light unit? Does anyone know?
  13. If a car isn't an antique, a lot of us laymen call it a "classic." Vehicles not 25 years old but of a collectible or low production nature and in original configuration can be registered as a "classic car" in Pennsylvania. Does it matter if we call a 10 - 15 year old car a classic? Not really as long as you're not trying to join the Classic Car Club! Welcome to America, and try to get over it! As was stated earlier, the younger generation won't join if we keep this up. My car was only 8 years old when a local AACA let me show it. If they hadn't let me then, I probably wouldn't be here now. 1984 cars are now antiques, think about that!
  14. D, I joined AACA when my Buick was 8 years old, so they need to welcome the new-classics. You have some interesting cars there. I always was impressed with Riveria's styling. It was always dramatic.
  15. Thanks John....although I may wait another day before heading out to the garage when the temperature goes back up. Thanks for the replies!
  16. Quite right Wayne. Too cold to be out in the garage (no heater). I don't want my wife to find me frozen to the steering wheel.
  17. Yes it is. That may be a possibility. I can disconnect the mirror easily enough and also take it down from the bow frame hangar.
  18. Yes. Just like AACA, you must be in the National club to join the local club.
  19. I hear the wind blowing and tumbleweeds rolling down the street......I guess no one knows.
  20. I use Coopers Antique Car Parts because I want to make sure that I don't get some aftermarket "fits all" set. He takes phone orders. There are other places available also, like USA Parts Supply Good luck! Try the Cadillac-Lasalle Club forum the next time: Cadillac Lasalle Club
  21. I installed an NOS map light to replace mine that had the light bulb and connector broken during restoration. I soldered the power wire to the brass tip, and it has power but when I put it in the mirror, the light doesn't work. How far down does it go? I don't think the plastic holder for the insert socket comes out because that's how they broke my old map light. Any ideas?
  22. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: 1937hd45</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Dave, it is old enough to be on the showfield at Hershey, if it was mine I'd have my entery fee in the mail by now. After all the AACA is into diversity, and attracting new younger members. </div></div> Heh heh- they'd "gig" you for not having 50 year old dirt in the truck's fender wells!
  23. A lot of places can do it. I used New England Chrome Plating in East Hartford, CT. They chromed my badges first and then gold coated them.
  24. Not impractical, but you have to be so much more aware when driving them. Your "situation awareness" has to be peaked. Other drivers have no clue about how hard it can be to stop one of these older cars and some like to jump into your braking space. I try to time it so I am not out there in rush hour. I also avoid roads that clog when driving my 56 so I don't get stuck and overheat in traffic. It can be hard to relax when driving antiques in traffic, but there is a lot of joy in having brought one of these back from decrepitude.
  25. A 1949 Cadillac limousine, which now belongs to my brother. My oldest daughter came home in my parents-in-law's 1979 Oldsmobile. My youngest daughter came home in a 1983 AMC Concord Station Wagon.