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  1. Thanks for reporting on that...I really need to dive into this and work out the kinks. Side note, I think I ran the car about a half dozen times over the course of the national meet to demonstrate the ICE cold air conditioning 😆 is amazingly cold.
  2. Pretty sure the big series and small series vent windows will be different regardless of body style.
  3. I sent an email to and they returned my judging sheet today in PDF form.
  4. I would have to inspect this one personally. It's not in the cards right now, though. Bummer we didn't see this while we were down there.
  5. The Hagerty valuation tool says the pricing for this car is for a #2 condition. I don't see this as a #2 car. More like a 3...or 3- I could fix that, though 🤣 Stop it, Adam.
  6. Looking good! I started using the powder guide coat from 3M a couple years ago and have never looked back. I've painted 5 cars with this stuff, and haven't even needed a refill yet. The first image is of the red 72 GSX that was at the meet last week. The second is of my Skylark I did a couple years ago for our wedding. Sometimes I use this on polyester high build primer if I am having trouble seeing imperfections when blocking. Otherwise, I use it on the last coat of surfacer just before paint. I use a small block with 6-800 grit to knock down the surfacer and sand until the guide coat is completely gone...all over. This way, you can see EVERY spot or imperfection you missed in previous blocking and filling.
  7. There is a full description (more than a couple sentences) here... Looks like the original seat covers are under there. Man this is a tempting deal. Must....resist....
  8. It appears the seat covers are just covering up the old stuff. Maybe original upholstery under there? Man, we were right down the road from Enid last week.
  9. Appears to be a decent deal, no?
  10. Yep, use sealant. Those surfaces are too old and irregular for just an o-ring seal.
  11. The 49 convertible was restored in the 80's...still showed very well but could use a little freshening up to really pop. It blows my mind that someone called to complain about judging results. At least wait for the judging sheet to see why. If there is a legitimate gripe, then bring it up...or not. All of those judges burned a good portion of their day grinding through all those cars.
  12. I thought I remembered there being directions inside our registration bags about sending self-addressed stamped envelopes to the office...but since Cornerstone is now the office, it may change. Will probably need to call them.
  13. Those were the "throw away" or "disposable" cars of the decade.
  14. That would be a nice move in the right direction.
  15. It's been a while since I did this, and maybe I missed the information. What is the procedure for receiving your judging sheet from the national meet? Thanks!
  16. Much easier to just find a whole drum with the hub in it.
  17. When installing the distributor, make sure it engages ALL THE WAY into the oil pump slot. Otherwise, you may have a running car with no oil pump spinning.
  18. Instead of commenting on the election thread, I'll drop in here and mention that the 57 got a Silver award last night. I am eager to get the judging sheet back and make corrections for next year. One of these days, I'll score the elusive Gold Senior. Plain ol' gold would be good, too.
  19. Really looking forward to meeting you and seeing the 58!
  20. Black is at the exhaust shop for the week while I bask in Buickness at OKC.
  21. I was up at sunrise this morning with the hood up. Wiper motor replaced with correct vacuum unit, all new vacuum lines and washer jar was cleaned up. The wipers work for about 3 swipes and then quit. I don't plan on using them, anyway. Most of my cars wipers never work. Rain X is a wonderful thing. All of the fender bolts with square washers were removed and cleaned up, then painted a silvery color that's as close to silver cad plat that I can find. They were all body color from lazy painters in the past. Hood hinges were badly oversprayed with body color, too. I did my best to just hose some flat black on them to hide the fact they're covered in Garnet Red paint. Front marker lights were replaced with ones from the parts car. The harness was cut right at the bulkhead at the radiator support, and then sloppily pinch-coupled together with stupid stupid connectors. I cleaned up all of the wiring the best I could with lacquer thinner and a rag...tons of black paint all over the place. The hood latch parts on the radiator support and the hood itself were all hosed with black paint. I pulled those off and bathed them in thinner...then used a brass brush to clean them up without disturbing the original plating. New plug wires to replace the ugly blue ones. Battery hold-down bracket was too skinny to hold the new I "modified" it to fit. Hopefully no one will notice one side of it is missing 🤣 I made a feeble attempt to put tower clamps on the top radiator hose. Did fine with the top one, but the one at the t-stat housing snapped when I tightened it I piggy-backed a worm drive clamp on it closer to the end of the hose. When I got the car, it had a crappy plastic fuel filter on it, and the bracket/glass filter was MIA. Thanks to Lance for getting me a fitting that connects to the bracket for mounting. I was able to get all of that fixed up correctly today, too. I still have a ton of detailing to do...but it's close. It's on the trailer and ready to go tomorrow. I still have to pack...but at least all the part I'm bringing to sell are loaded.
  22. Once you hear it run, you're going to want a full exhaust put on Black 😁
  23. I'll be putting the rear door panels on, but the fronts are a no-go for now. They may have another use. So, my ONE day off before we leave for the national meet...tomorrow is detail thrash day. Most of it will consist of under-hood authenticity issues like bolt colors and hose clamps. I need to get the correct size battery. Wiper motor needs to be replaced with a vacuum unit, which I cleaned up this evening. My front marker lights had the wire harnesses snipped at some point in its life and they look horrible. Swapping those out for the ones in the parts car that are perfect. LOTS of stuff that can/will snowball into a big mess tomorrow...