JohnD1956

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  1. Added 140 miles over the last couple of days. Puts me at 370 for the year so far.
  2. I hope you can get something on those floors before driving it to OKC! Those floors will get hot and you'll be cooked inside if you try to drive there with bare floors.
  3. Gotta wonder if George smiles while you drive a road like that? I know I would!
  4. The picture above was the general show field. This year they had a class of the 60's parked around the reflecting pool! I also like these little MG's...
  5. Back to the Saratoga Auto Museum today for their annual Spring Show. Not sure how many vehicles but several people noted the attendance seemed lighter. I have no real perspective since this is only my second time attending this event. And even though there were vehicles from all walks of manufacture there, domestic and foreign, I noted that there was a significant presence of "restored toward original" vehicles, and a preponderance of those vehicles being standard shift cars. Still lots of hot rods, but much fewer brand new cars. Not many Buicks but here are some I thought notable. How about a 56 Ford 4 dr Hardtop? Acording to the owner 34,000 were made. This is the first one I've ever seen! My friend Mark's '55 Packard. I always thought these looked suspiciously similar to a Buick Here's one for @dei 's Brother In Law...lol A super clean Pontiac Chapter Member Dave's 58 Chevy, with a 348, 3 deuces and a 3 speed... Okay, this is a VERY NICE CAR!! An extensive and detailed restoration! This one I question because the owner was claiming it was a 1932 Detroit Electric. I did not think these were manufactured into the 30's, but I don't know that for a fact. Looked kinda sporty with those wheels and tires. El Camino's are everywhere, but not many are '66's with a 396 and 4 speed. This one stuck a chord with me. As a teenager I had built an AMT model of the same car, and painted it the same color. It was a favorite of my small model car collection. But this one was way better. Still sporting the factory 327 engine, with a 3 speed on the column and looky there, a factory gauge package! Those Chevy guys have a lot of fun to choose from While I was talking to the owner, he opend his trunk and placed his camera inside. Then just after closing the lid he tells his wife, "I think I just locked the keys in the trunk". Sure enough, he put them on the side and just shut the lid. His wife was very calm. She said I guess you're taking out the back seat. She asked if he had spare keys at home, and he told her that he only had spare ignition keys because the locksmith did not have the proper blank for the trunk cylinder. I felt so bad because I felt like I distracted him causing this situation. So I asked if he wanted me to try my GS trunk key, just in case it would work. He thought it was different as his was the small round head while the '69's was the larger oval style head. So I inserted the key easily to avoid jamming the cylinder and it went in no problem. I then twisted my key and the trunk opened. Where upon his wife says, I guess we know who to see if anything is missing! LOL...They were so appreciative Here's another Chevy fun bucket! It's the one on the left in the next pic. Late in the day this fellow approaches and his daughter goes right up to the GS and reached for the door handle. Naturally I invited he to try it out! The family moved here from France, and they just loved all the American cars!
  6. @Jack Welch Hey Jack, isn't there a page for the engine and chassis also?
  7. Quick ride this evening. Too late for good pictures but it is supposed to be okay around here tomorrow.
  8. Awesome car and great family connection! I wish you many years of good luck with it!
  9. Are you looking for the original vacuum hose routing diagram?
  10. Yes, that would be a help, but I do not have one. I would think it would be up to the Chief Judge to post or send one, in case there have been any recent updates to the program.
  11. Whoo-Hoo!! We finally had a nice day in the area. Sunshine, cool temps, and dry roads. Headed over to Vermont for the first Hemmings cruise in of the season. 90 miles and could have gone more without any cause for concern. Cherry Blossoms have opened! A quick break on the way to Vermont! At the Cruise in, this fellow says it is documented that Olds made three 442 wagons. They were concept cars, and never made it to production. This is a homemade version that is very well done. Bucket seats, console stripes and other w30 goodies. It made a nice package. A lot of cars were repeats from previous years but there was this one! Sorry! I can't un-see it and probably now you can't either. However, it was there! Then there was this kit car. I thought it sounded pretty good when it drove in.. No wonder! A Buick V6 And of course, ANYBODY can get into a Cruise In, including super heros Good thing this 65 Lemans Wagon was there to save the evening...326 with a 4 speed! Another kinda neat package that I do not think was ever available. As the evening wound down the sunset made for a dramatic view of my personal favorite Hope to get back out with the car soon.
  12. The driven award is handled administratively, with the owner signing a certification ( upon check in) that they met the conditions. The conditions are that the car is 12 years old ( I believe), and that it was driven 75% of the distance from their home, to the meet. Eligible cars can get a driven award and still register in the other classes. As for the other classes, archival cars are judged on how much of their construction remains original parts, with exceptions for consumables, like tires, exhaust, belts etc. The car should be stiull in it's original layout. For example, if the car was built with single exhaust, it should still have single exhaust. Or if it was built with a bench seat, it should still have the bench seat. Condition of the parts is not supposed to be part of the criteria. So if you have a rusted bumper, but it was the original one on the car, theoretically there should not be a deduction for it. Out of 400 possible points, 385 points gets one an Archival Elite award. 350 points gets one the Archival award.
  13. Fuel up today for a trip this afternoon. Makes this contestant at just 230 miles so far.
  14. -Looks like your thermo vacuum switch is headed to an incorrect hook up. Did you change this set up to match the manual on page 67-15?
  15. Have you tried an Evaporust bath for that strip? It looks salvageable to me, and likely a hand made fabrication if not salvageable.
  16. Nice looking Buick! I am so glad you are able to drive it.
  17. If you have not freed up the motor then it may be helpful to keep it in the car a while. The reason is because it would be easier to access the flywheel with a pinch bar, as Willie ( old Tank) suggested, to work the engine free. At a minimum there will be three bolts holding the torque converter to the flex plate and you need to access those to disconnect the Dynaflow from the engine. If you can't access those then there are other means to get it out, but it means disassembling the bottom of the motor to do so. If you cannot get the torque converter unbolted then you can pull the engine and trans as a unit. The best thing to do is to remove the top grill bar, grill, radiator and top radiator support, and then you should have enough space to pull the engine and trans forward and up as a unit. Keep in mind that you also have to unbolt the torque tube from the rear of the transmission and you have to unbolt the transmission from it's mount, plus unbolt and drop the piece of sub frame the mount is bolted to. Once the rear axle is disconnected from the trans, the rear axle can get dislodged if you try to move the vehicle. You also have to disconnect the oil pressure gauge and coolant temperature gauge lines on the engine. The coolant gauge is not a wire. It is a tube, that is connected to the gauge on the interior side - and the sender that is in the engine block- on the other. If that is mishandled, the tube will break, rendering the dash board temp gauge useless. Many break. they are repairable, which is not cheap, and there are still some in circulation to replace it, but not easy to find.
  18. Yes, the appropriate response...After all, they do have portholes...and are very nice cars too
  19. Best looking one of the group in my opinion.
  20. It is hard to read the display card, what with that lousy picture, but I would note that this Riviera is restored, and was not black on the outside originally. That plus the card says it was an Arizona car with the electrical connectors all melted, and the interior replaced, so it is possible that it was a preference of the owner/ restorer to change the color of the console and steering wheel.
  21. It is not just pre war Buicks (or any brand for that fact) , it is most cars in general. This market condition is lamented in just about any organized car event one attends. I am not certain there is an answer, or plan that can be activated to change the observed course. I believe that most people interested in cars are attracted to those that they had in High School. If there is any validity to that, then todays youth would have to first have disposable income and then would long for what was popular when they were 16- 18 years old. This does not mean they cannot appreciate older cars, nor that they enjoy seeing them. But if the choice for a 30 year old was between your '39 and possibly a hot car from 1990, then chances are they would opt for the 1990. I also believe that there were very few hot cars in 1990. And that most cars were just considered to be transportation. As such, a vast majority of teenagers in 1990 learned to just view a car as a means of moving their bodies and personal property around. In other words, there are significantly less people who developed a love for cars as a hobby. And I would also suggest that it is very difficult for a huge amount of 30 yr olds to justify spending money on any vehicle that is not their daily driver. Besides the lack of earning power, there is the inability to save any excess income because it seems there really is no excess income. I offer as proof of that the fact that several appliances are readily considered to have a life span of 10 years. My washer and dryer, 10 year life expectancy. Hot water heaters, 10 years, Refrigerators, 10 years. Everytime you turn around you need to replace another major appliance. And for many years I had to do that on credit, which adds to the drain on the finances. So even if many lust after your car, chances are good they cannot swing the financial end. Lastly there is the technological gap. Where-as you and I grew up with the cars we own, and learned to take care of them and do minor repair jobs, todays cars seem to be so complicated that the parents of todays youth have to bring the car for service when it is needed. The kids see this and in my opinion come to believe only service technicians can work on any car, new or old. So the kids may not develop the confidence in their ability to repair an older car and in what I've noticed, seem to believe that old cars are more complicated to own than new cars. There-by scaring many younger folks from entering the old car market. OF course, this does not answer your needs, selling your car. It is sad to say but the fact is our cars will survive us. And at that point we will not control their destiny. It will be a hard financial hit to all of us in this hobby. Our choice is to take the financial hit now while we are alive, or pass it on to our survivors. All of this is just my opinion and open for discussion of course.
  22. With that mirror finish on the trunk you plan to cut and buff it? Why?
  23. The local Caddy and my local Buick Club chapters got together for a "lawn show" at the Saratoga Auto Museum. Unlike the past few years, this year was dry and sunny, albeit a little cool this am. I think there were close to 50 cars, but I did not count em. I did take some photos but like many times before, I am not thrilled with the clarity of the shots. Here are some that were salvageable. I believe this was only about 15 miles for the Electra, but it was still great to drive it! 1970 GSX, 4 speed. If the owner registered it he did not display his windshield card, so there was no information available on this vehicle. But it was a beautiful car! I think this is a 66 Eldorado. A 1973 Caddy Coupe De Ville. A row of Chapter cars. Two 68 Caddy's in the same color, one a Coupe, the other a 4 dr hard top sedan. A '49 Special. Yes, it is a '49, before the body was changed to that of the '50 A 1940 LaSalle And a '37 LaSalle, driven close to 50 miles to get here. A super clean '63 model 62. A new 2019 Regal GS . Turbo Charged V6. 1940 Century. And a '56 Coupe De Ville. I did not get a picture but this car has another 3-4 inches in length, in the trunk, than my '56 Super! This picture sucks! The car is drop dead gorgeous! Members Tom and Diane with their '66 Electra. This car always wins awards. It has a green interior, which is not readily evident in this picture. This 63 Riviera was on display inside the museum. That white interior looks like no one ever sat in it. Also inside was this car, which I have never seen before in person. And out on the show field again sat my favorite, this lonely, but well loved, Queen!