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  1. The engine should be nearly silent. Not a Rolls Royce, but you shouldn't hear taps or knocks. One important point between the Special and Roadmaster, is the Roadmaster has better gearing for high speeds. A Special's comfortable cruising speed is 40-50 mph. It can do 55-60 OK, but that's pushing it a bit. The Roadmaster with a bigger engine and better gearing can cruise at 55-60 with ease. They're not exciting cars (like a Jeep), but they are grand and graceful cars.
  2. This is the first early T-Bird I've seen that I really liked.
  3. As a temporary fix, you can cut down a 1940's Chevy distributor. I know it works for the Standard 6.
  4. 1915 and 1916 bodies are just about identical. However, many 1919 through 1921 cars have been made to look like1915 cars. The easiest way to spot these is to look inside the cowl, above the coil box. The horizontal piece of metal there should go straight across. If it actually a later car, there will be a half circle cutout for the later radiator brace rod. The rear for 1915 was a one-year-only design. It has the cast iron center like later rears, but doesn't have the reinforcing ribs on the backing plates. But the reinforcing ribs were added in October 1915. So the car you are looking at may or may not have them. Many original 1915 and earlier cars had their wheels changed to demountable rims back when they were still in service. Sometimes wheels got loose and were replaced by later non-demountable wheels. So don't be put off if it has later wheels. You've checked the engine serial number. While it was a common practice to replace engines, if it has an engine with a 1915 serial number, it is worth a bit more. If it has a "real" 1915/1916 body, correct engine and rear, then odds are its the real thing.
  5. The 1954 Special 2-door sedan was a learning experience. It had a manual transmission that was bad. I looked and looked for a replacement (this was back before the internet). I finally gave up and sold the car at a loss. The next month I found a transmission...
  6. I have a set of 1926 - 1927 Buick Master 6 headlights leftover from a 1926 Master 6 I had a few years back. The rims have been nicely chromed, but are not the correct nickel finish. The buckets do not have any dents, but they do have significant stress cracks. One bucket is missing the adjusting screw in the back. The mirrors are OK, but should be re-silvered. Both bulb sockets are missing. No lenses. They're listed on EBay Item # 122313436004 http://www.ebay.com/itm/122313436004?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 Mr Earl, I hope you'll excuse this ad. While I've been lurking around this forum for years, I rarely ever post. As for a brief introduction, while I currently don't have any Buicks, I have had a 1923, 1926, 1940, 1954, 1955, and 1956. The 1956 Roadmaster was my first car. The 1940 Special was an excellent all original car, last known to reside with a collector in upstate NY. The 1923 Model 45 I owned can be seen briefly in the Cadillac "Garages" TV commercial, it now resides in Los Angeles. And somewhere out there I hope my 1955 Special is still being cared for. It's probably the only one built that was 2-tone Blue & White exterior, and Red and Black interior. For some strange reason it was ordered that way.
  7. I've had good experiences taking the old bearing to an industrial bearing distributor. Calling up the corporate line generally doesn't help. Arriving at the retail point in person with the old bearing generally will get you some assistance. They may not have the same thing, but might be able to get you something that will work. Sometimes the guys enjoy the challenge of finding a replacement for a 101 year old bearing. If that doesn't work, you may need to find a talented machinst who can make something that is available work in your application.
  8. For Sale - 1922-1923 Dodge Brothers Transmission. Used in 1922-23, will fit 1917-1923. Comes with cross member. The top of the shift lever, where I would expect a knob to screw on, appears to be cut off (see photos) Free delivery to Hershey, or pick up near Allentown, PA. $50 610-Three-Seven-Nine-4065
  9. For Sale - 1922-1923 Dodge Brothers Transmission. Used in 1922-23, will fit 1917-1923. Comes with cross member. The top of the shift lever, where I would expect a knob to screw on, appears to be cut off (see photos) Free delivery to Hershey, or pick up near Allentown, PA. $50 610-Three-Seven-Nine-4065
  10. Thanks guys! Now just have to find it a new owner. While a Dodge Brothers touring is on my "someday list" I don't have room to keep everything.
  11. In with a bunch of Model T parts I recently bought was this transmission. It was said to be from a late teens to early 1920’s Dodge Brothers. Can anyone identify it?
  12. Wood spoke wheels, because they are so critical, are one of those things that are best done by a wheel wright. Special attention to the grain and amount of moisture in the wood is required when the spokes are made, and they have to be assembled under pressure. If you are anywhere near Ohio or Pennsylvania, Amish communities generally have wheel wrights. They can duplicate any wheel sent to them.
  13. Beautiful car and oh so tempting. That’s the way to buy a car… low mileage, great condition, nice color combination, well cared for.
  14. Vacabill, So sorry to hear about your diagnosis. Its good that you're considering what to do with your Olds, instead of leaving it for your family to figure out. I would assume that since you've had the car paited that the wood is good. In that case, I would not part it out. It is complete and has over half the restoration work done. Unfortunately, you aren't likely to get your entire investment out of it. But you will get more than if you part it out. The ideal situation would be if you have someone with the mechanical ability to help you assemble what you have, and have it in running condition. Even if you have to try and use the original water plate. If you can look at it from a buyer's perspective and remove as many of their doubts as you can (how well does it run? what does it look like assembled? etc), you'll get a better price.