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Matt Harwood

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  1. My posts in this thread got deleted? For Pete's sake, why? Because I dared to point out that dealers get sick of the people who try to take advantage of them?
  2. I bought some new rubber bushings to replace the motor mounts in the '35 Lincoln and they're VERY close to what was in there. I need to turn them down about 3/16" to press them into the mounts. Any suggestions on how I might do that? I thought I'd chuck them into my drill press and use sandpaper or a belt sander or something like that to gently grind them down. Any other ideas?
  3. I wouldn't take it personally. They have a finite number of spaces and are cultivating a certain brand and have obviously learned who is using their site and what cars those people buy. I turn away quite a few cars, too, either because the quality isn't there, or it will be hard to sell (hot rods definitely qualify here), or the margins aren't right, or it's not something I want to deal in (hot rods, exotics, 2-seat Thunderbirds are all on my "no thanks" list). About half the guys I turn away go home angry but I don't know why. Do they also go home angry when they try to take their Corvettes t
  4. You can typically flush the system with denatured alcohol or something similar, then fill with DOT 5. Disassembly should not be necessary unless you're seeing a lot of corrosion that should be addressed.
  5. Believe me, this car has already claimed many pieces of Harwood.
  6. I was actually shocked how light the spring pressure is. I thought it would need a lot of effort to drop it down and that's why they specified hardwood, but no, it was surprisingly light. Huh.
  7. Well, it's amazing how easy things are once you know how to do them. Following the instructions in the bulletin made it a snap to reinstall the pulley. I removed the cotter pin, nut, and washers to expose the mechanism, then used a pair of small picks to release the ratcheting locks. It took a few tries to find just the right spot, but once they were released, it was surprisingly easy to push the pulley down and lock it in place (turns out a magic marker is exactly the right diameter). Once the mechanism was exposed, it was relatively easy to release the pulley and fre
  8. "Cracked block" combined with "V12" and/or "V16" are some of the most financially terrifying words in the English language.
  9. This is a real ad. "Boomer Beast?" LOL! Even the guy getting paid to ride it looks embarrassed to be there. "Yeah, you look real manly there on The Beast, Bill. Nobody's gonna mess with you when you're ridin' your tricycle."
  10. He (and you) beat me to it, Ed. I have the Service Bulletins here at the shop but thought they were at home. Here's the full page with all the details. Hope it's as easy as it looks.
  11. So there's this big bolt on the bottom front of the crankcase. I didn't touch it because I assumed it was holding the oil manifold in place, but maybe it manages the idler pulley? There is no manual, so I have no idea how it works and it's impossible to see in there to determine what it's connected to. Do I risk taking it apart just to see what happens?
  12. I thought today would be an easy day but instead it was only frustrating. I just wanted to reinstall some parts, starting with the drive system for the generator/water pump. It's driven by a sprocket from the timing chain. I removed the idler pulley for painting and it slid right out, leaving the sprocket in place. You may recall how easy it was: That pulley on the left is the one giving me fits. This is the pulley. Came apart easily. This is the bushing. Slid right out. Won't go back in. Somehow, over the last two weeks, my timin
  13. 1940 Buick Super convertible coupe, model 56C. The Super was introduced in 1940 and I'm sure Buick was eager to promote it.
  14. Important to remember that vaccinating isn't just about yourself.
  15. If you want to know why professional restorations are so expensive, today was a great example. I removed the studs holding the engine front cover in place because some of them had mangled threads and I wanted to use new hardware. However, Lincoln used 3/8" studs with coarse threads in the block and fine threads for the nut, about 1-3/8 long. Not 1-1/4 and not 1-1/2, which are commonly available. I saved the nuts, which are unique and modern nuts would not look right. The studs are flush with the nuts for a tidy appearance. I threw the nuts in my vibratory tumbler to clean them up and let it ru
  16. My father spent the better part of two decades trying to make an old car work as a daily driver. First was a Model A, but he quickly learned he was a sitting duck in rush hour traffic. Then a '34 Ford V8, which was better, but still not comfortable with 75 MPH traffic around him. Then a '41 Buick which actually worked as his daily driver for about 7 years in the 1980s. He ultimately gave up and just bought new cars because breakdowns were inevitable, creature comforts were missed (he was an attorney and could not afford to be late or sweaty when he arrived somewhere), and even in the more mode
  17. My 12-year-old son Riley is currently working on something like this:
  18. You know what probably sucks? Emptying a small fire extinguisher on a fire and seeing the flames flare up again.
  19. I find that people are all-in for one or the other, rarely do they love them both equally. I'm a '53 Skylark guy, too.
  20. As nice as the Packard is, it's not even a fair fight. The Buick isn't a lot more powerful on paper but on the road the Buick feels like it has 100 extra foot-pounds of torque and 50 horsepower. It just runs away from the Caribbean, even with the Dynaflow. Much of that might be weight--I suspect the Caribbean is considerably heavier than the Buick. Overhead valves probably help, although the Buick is actually 5 cubic inches smaller than the '53 Caribbean. But just using my butt dyno, the Buick is a lot more muscular. As far as pricing, the Skylark currently brings a significant pre
  21. LOL, even Jay's car has a horrendous exhaust leak. The ALL have exhaust leaks.
  22. I hope they get a good result. I couldn't give mine away--the Caribbean market has tanked (they were 6-figure cars less than 10 years ago, mine sold in the $60s). The black is attractive and I believe it was a late addition to the color pallet, as was the Packard Cream on mine (introduced April 1953). Obviously far fewer were made in that color than the standard colors and most experts thought fewer than 10 cream ones were built. Black has to be just as rare. I can't recall ever seeing one before. Personally, I much prefer the distinctiveness of the '53. The '54 just looks like a r
  23. Just confirmed with Remflex that they'll be making me a fresh set of intake/exhaust manifold gaskets for the Lincoln. I'll have 4 extra sets should anyone need an upgrade over the usual copper-clad composite gaskets. They're also going to eliminate the hole for the exhaust passage under the carburetor to help seal that off, so other users won't have to tap and plug them like I did. I've used Remflex gaskets successfully on all my personal cars and found that they not only seal better but need less torque (so you don't damage mounting ears) and compensate for irregular surfaces, which I'm sure
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