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Everything posted by JohnD1956

  1. All I will say is that at the time I bought my car it was nothing more than thoroughly used, and the likelihood that someone before me up and decided to paint the hood springs lime green is very small. There is no overspray lime green on my hinges. My car was built in CA. Chances are other factories used other colors. I dont think hinge spring colors are deductible in BCA judging but that may be incorrect. So the color charts the limit.
  2. I don't think Kosage is selling his car but rather, the car he went to see, and is pictured in that particular post, may be offered up for sale. Meanwhile, Nice Century!
  3. Had a chance to run the '56 for a few hours today. And what a fine few hours it was. It was 90° when starting out. After a thorough warm up of 20 miles or so on a generally uphill trajectory I drove a fairly steep mountain road for this area. The road rises from 600 ft asl to 1400 asl within a 2.5 mile stretch. While on this section the engine temp climbed to the hot side and promptly cooled off on the downhill side. I did get too much pinging for comfort though. Anyway stopped for a few pics of which I like this one... Then cruised home around the lake. Just a nice 80 mile round trip. Then after dinner I was able to get the GS out for a 20 mile ride in the area. As before, the GS just loves to go!
  4. Nice car @BuickLvr. Is that a 2 bbl carb or 4 bbl? Factory A/C, aftermarket, or non? Any other options or amenities? Factory colors and condition of interior? Lots of considerations when seeking input on valuation.
  5. Horn contact Here is a dissertation on doing this job on a 56 Buick with a Dynaflow. This is different from your car since the 56 employed a rag joint connection between the steering column and the steering gear. But it is generally the same to set up the horn contact. Btw. You may be able to get a flat blade screwdriver in the hole and easily wedge the contact ring and insulator back down the steering shaft to realign them. But probably not worth it if the end of the contact ring has become deteriorated.
  6. Good advice on working in the A/C'd garage. Meanwhile, that would be a Ford I would like to have, if I was to have one.
  7. If you have not seen the back cover of the July Bugle yet, please be sure to check it out. There is an August 1st Deadline.
  8. It comes apart. You have to twist it quite a bit to get it out while the engine is still installed. At least you have that situation with the big series cars. Not sure aboit that on the 40/60series.
  9. It may not be the problem but in the picture it looks like the high pressure line is distorted where it runs over the top of another line (perhaps the vacuum line to the master cylinder?). As I understand the pumps operation on my 56, when the system is not needed the bypass valve diverts the pressure back to the reservoir instead of to the steering gear box. Perhaps that distortion is causing an erroneous symptom in the system or restricting fluid to the steering gear box?
  10. The 56 manual says the power steering is a power assist system. Essentially that is described as providing more assistance when required ( sharp low speed turns) and less as need is reduced ( straight highway driving). To apply this to your car, from my observation it is very difficult to turn the steering wheel when the car has no power steering and is fully stopped. It is a two handed job. It is harder still to turn that non power steering car when stopped and there are radial tires. If you can turn your steering wheel when stopped with one hand then your power assist is working. By contrast the 72 Electra has full power steering all the time. Sometime it seems like a strong wind appropriately placed can turn that steering wheel all the time. Between the two cars I prefer the 56's system.
  11. Probably popped open when the body twisted. Note the steering wheel hitting the sun visor. I dare think that there was at least one fatality here.
  12. @Bill Stoneberg X2. Thank you Bill
  13. @Scott DWhat State is the vehicle located in?
  14. I wonder. Maybe this is truly Victoria's secret?
  15. Appears to be freshly waxed...
  16. It being the Queen's evening for a ride, she went just under 30 miles. Thought I'd try some different roads thus wound up in the historic district of Ballston Spa, NY. Not sure the history for this house but it appears to now be an apartment building. Ornately painted I thought it was somewhat picturesque. Then down the road was the Legion Hall. Freshly repainted and impeccably manicured it was quite the sight. I was invited back to have a beverage at the refurbished bar when it is allowed to re-open. All the work was done by the local members of this Hall while the area was in lockdown. It was also quite impressive. Here's the house across the street from the Legion Hall. Again painted with standout colors and beautifully done. This place looked to be a single family home. It was quite the sight to see these places and a few more that appear to hark back to a gilded day and age. Then just cruised some back roads and caught these two photos in a wide open area It was a great evening for a windowless cruise around the area. And here is the evenings sunset! Just a nice quiet ride with a few compliments for the Queen from some appreciative folks!
  17. @NC-car-guy. Horn update.