Smartin

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  1. That's the plan. I started it today, ran really smoothly once everything was circulating. You could tell it had been sitting for a bit. I tried to put it in gear and heard an awful grinding noise, like the convertor teeth were grinding on the trans bell. I shut it off and put the cover on it. In other news, most of the power items work!
  2. Mine shortly before install.. quickie black paint job with the "red" primer pumpkin.
  3. I haven't seen that cap on any of the cars I've worked on recently. I know what you're referring to, though. I can't recall what it was on.
  4. We got a little snow over the weekend...
  5. I thought you would like the color combo, Joe! It really is a nice car. Dare I say it's nicer than Laurel was (my 58 Roadmaster). It came with a binder containing several pre/during/post restoration photos and a few little literature trinkets. Also, a copy of the November 1996 Bugle with it on the back cover was included.
  6. Yeah forgot to mention that.
  7. Call me whatever year guy you want...LOL! I've been a 71, 73, 66, 58, 60, 70, and now a 57 guy. It doesn't appear that the car needs much cosmetically. The paint looked nice. Interior is presentable, aside from having incorrect headliner and dash material. The upper door panels are sewn vinyl, as opposed to heat stamped. If you notice the spare tire well, there is some discoloration on the tire. That's because it was full of water!! It was obvious that it had been sitting there for quite a long time, so I wasn't really concerned with it. Lance found a trash can that we could use to drain the water, so we did. Obviously there is water getting in somehow. Oddly enough, when we looked at the coupe, I laid my hand on the trunk floor mat, and it was wet. The salesman said the detail guy had left he trunk lid unlatched when he was power washing, and a decent amount of water had gotten in. Hence why the lid was already open when we got there. There is a bit of roulette being played here. I have no idea what is wrong with the transmission. Seller says it feels like it is stuck between gears. We were unable even to start the car that day because of a dead battery. He assures us that it runs great but just won't do anything when you try to put it in gear. If you look at the photo of the steering wheel, you can see the indicator sitting in between Neutral and Drive. My hope is that there is some sort of linkage issue, or something has fallen off and needs reattaching. Crossing my fingers for that. Nonetheless, the price does reflect the issues at hand. As it sits,I think this car is in better condition than my 58 Roadmaster was when I bought it. At least this one has all matching paint😁
  8. I had www.steeringwheelbob.com do one for $900 ...but it was perfect.
  9. Yes, it’s an AFB...thankfully. I’ve had pretty poor luck with the Rochesters.
  10. Yep, all gone 😁 It went to TX
  11. Well, I sold my 70 Skylark in October this past year. I kept saying I wasn't going to buy another car for a while, but sometimes they just fall into your lap. I am picking it up on Tuesday (possibly Monday if I can work the schedule). A bit of a long-winded story, but I'll try to keep it short. Lance and I went to go look at a 57 Roadmaster 75 coupe that is currently advertised on eBay. It is local to me, so we made a day out of the inspection. The coupe came from a wealthy collector in Southern CA that is having this dealer broker his cars. Apparently, he is selling anything that is not valued at $1 million or more. Oooook then. We were less than impressed with the coupe, so proceeded to small talk the dealer, and found out the owner has another 57 that he sent over in another building. He said "You don't want to see it, it's a turd and the transmission is out." We said, "we'd like to see it please." So 30 minutes later, a guy brought a key to the other building and opened the door. What we saw was this car in the photos. Yes, the transmission is not currently "working," but I am hopeful that it's a simple fix. Even if it's not, I'm not concerned. It does need an exhaust system, the current one is pretty rotted. It originally was all garnet red top and bottom, but sometime in its life it was painted its current combo. All (or most) of the chrome is original clean, no pits. Interior has been redone is mostly correct fabrics. Dash pad and upper door panels are not quite right, but I can handle that. Headliner has a white perforated material that isn't right either, but that's a pretty easy fix. It's just a clean car. Factory AC and wonderbar radio. Not a speck of rust to be found anywhere. I've been hounding the guy for 2 weeks to get a price from the seller, and he finally got back with me yesterday. Today, the deal is 99% done. I just have to sign some paperwork and pay him. We currently have snowmageddon 2019 happening, so I can't get back out there until Monday or Tuesday. If I could've picked it up today, I would have. Darn snow storm rolled in about 1pm today. I plan to have this in OKC this year. I have to thank Lance for allowing me to buy this ahead of him. We were both salivating at the prospect. I'll have to make sure I get his black 57 extra spiffy for him. This is the "turd" ...it's better in person. It still has all the grime on it from the trip East..
  12. Thanks for the kind words, Mark. I have another project planned for the 2020 event. Hopefully will start working on it later this year. The show really is a must-see!
  13. Gene is in SC I believe. I still see him at national meets. He's active on Facebook on many of the Buick pages there. Hank's blue car...I remember him showing me photos of the car as he bought it. The color was a much darker blue. Unfortunately, I don't have a photo or documentation of the body tag.
  14. The trunk handles on the blue car...I believe someone before Hank had installed them, and they were none-the-wiser when restoring the car. So there they are.
  15. Here is Hank Deglman's Blue Mist convertible. Who knows where it is now. It had factory AC.
  16. Awesome. I had a similar experience with the trans in my Roadmaster. Shortly before I sold the car, the trans was rebuilt (flight pitch) and it was a different car. So much more crisp!
  17. ....ooorrr something got kicked up when you ran over it and punctured the line.
  18. The GSX feature at MCACN 2018 was a major success! I think I can rest a little, now.
  19. Thanks Lance for entrusting me with another 57! Depending on how the next car I have here goes, I may be able to jump on it near the beginning of the year. If I end up painting that car, then it will be most likely mid-Summer when I start on it. For now, it will be tucked away in the garage.
  20. Ah the elusive 72 Buick Cascada! Yeah the car looks pretty good, and with not too much effort could be (at least outwardly) much more correct. If it's as solid as it looks and runs decent, I think the price is probably in the ballpark...but yes, on the high side of it.
  21. 5 days until it's loaded in the trailer....I think I can I think I can. Regardless of the completion of this particular car, this show is one "not to miss."
  22. This evening's driveway view...
  23. If glass is available, use it. Plastic windows in convertibles suck.