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  1. JohnD1956

    Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    Love a happy ending. One question, if I may. In the last picture, regarding the round hole, is that where the light bulb is for the shift position designator on the column?
  2. Don't think I've ever seen this one before. Interesting date on the picture (5/20/1957) and at first I thought the letters on the back spelled OLDSMOBILE. But upon enlargement, they spell ROADMASTER... It also has the '57/'58 vent window frame (and hubcaps?). Sure glad they did not go with that taillight set up in '59.
  3. JohnD1956

    Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    @BeemonLikely the lead in the steering column is shorting at the button under the horn ring. Do you have any of that liquid wire insulation? My good mechanic friend suggested that stuff to me. It is available at the hardware stores. It's not cheap but if you only need a little to fix the wire at the end by the steering wheel, you may find that to be easier than pulling and disassembling the column.
  4. JohnD1956

    Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    If you meant my steering column ring , it was pushed up the shaft, and the plug was not touching the ring. Are you saying you installed the steering wheel and the horn ring. and then when you attached the wire to the plug at the bottom of the column, the horn sounded? If so, did you remember to leave enough gap at the horn ring on the steering wheel? It may be that the ring is too tight, and you just need to back off the nut (holding the ring) a little. If I recall correctly there is supposed to be a 1/4 " gap for the horn ring at the steering wheel so it can rock on the spring.
  5. JohnD1956

    Winter Buicks

    a limited opportunity today. A new thread tonite:
  6. JohnD1956

    Winter Buicks

    Well, it was bound to happen. After having no snow since late November, we are in the middle of this storm.
  7. JohnD1956

    1958 Caballero

    This stage must be very exciting! It feels like you are just moments away from finishing it up!
  8. JohnD1956

    Garnet Red 57 Roadmaster 75

    Those damn fine splines!
  9. I imagine there is nothing one can do to prevent this. But it may help to think that in the future, not many will be motivated enough to actually order up a Uber vehicle, because no one will have their own car, and venture into the real world to seek your resting place. As such they will probably search for your location via the internet, viewing it through the security cameras which will undoubtedly be everywhere ( including some places they aren't really needed) and once they find you they will activate an app to take the offending action. But it will be virtual piss, thus your resting place will remain unsoiled. 😁
  10. Must be an Airstream National Meet!
  11. JohnD1956

    1949 Buick Road Master model 70 starter issue?

    The yellow paint has probably exited the vehicle. Recommend making a white chalk mark on the distributor base below the #1 spark plug wire port. Then removing the distributor cap. Rotate the engine till the rotor is near the #1 sparkplug wire port. Then manually rotate the engine a small bit while checking for the timing mark in your window. This would be easier to do if you loosen all the plugs first. When you find the timing mark, repaint the line. White or yellow paint inside the groove will work.
  12. I was hoping for a 56R, a 2 dr Super. Oh well...
  13. Interesting that they do not show a Century in the tri tone. @Centurion do you know which series they plan to build because each model line has its own unique interior pattern
  14. Here are some in the 56 sales catalog.
  15. JohnD1956

    Garnet Red 57 Roadmaster 75

    Regarding my post last night, The section of the manual that I am referring to is 5-23, Assembly of Dynaflow Transmission From Major Parts and Units , sub section "g". It is page 209 in the 56 manual. It deals with the control valve which is on the bottom of the Valve and Servo body. This adjustment is made after the parking pawl is in, and two things are mentioned that may be relevant. In the few paragraphs before section "g" it is mentioned that there are two sized bolts for the valve body. 1/4 " with a final torque of 11-15 ft, and 5/16th bolts with a final torque of 15-20ft. In addition, there is one copper washer which goes on a specific bolt (#10) in the sequence. Incorrect assembly may result in binding of the control valve. I imagine the gear clicking you hear is the parking pawl just a tad out of adjustment. And a stuck control valve in drive may be why the trans was turning when you started the car.
  16. JohnD1956

    Garnet Red 57 Roadmaster 75

    If it's like the 56 there is a second adjustment of the linkage inside the transmission pan. I have never done it myself. But if I read it right, there are two levers that sit side by side, with a bolt at one end that allows them to be spread apart for a fine adjustment. IT sounds to me like maybe that bolt came undone if it's the same as the '56. This is on the side of the valve body so it may be accessible with just the cost of a trans pan gasket. However the speedometer moving with out the car going does sound like a second problem. Maybe someone pulled the drive shaft out of the housing to allow it to be moved around?
  17. But I would not put the grease since the pin makes intermittent contact. The thick grease may have the effect of preventing contact.
  18. In most cases I dont think its needed. Another option might be to use some small eyeglass screwdrivers to try and close the gap of the receptacles in the wiring portion of the switch so that the pins will be a tighter fit.
  19. JohnD1956

    Steering Wheel Repair

    When you say "paint" are you meaning color infused plastic like the original? Or a topcoat of colored paint?
  20. There is a cap that goes on the long pin of the switch. The long pin is the only one that should protrude through the plate with the wires. I don't have a picture of this cap but it is a flat cap in light blue color and it twists onto the exposed end of that long pin, holding the two pieces together and protecting the long pin from possibly shorting out on the metal inside door panel. This cap was used for at least a decade, and you should be able to find one on just about any GM car from the late 60's and I even found them on the back door window switchs of my '92 Wagon.
  21. JohnD1956

    BOD Candidates

    Thank you.
  22. JohnD1956

    BOD Candidates

    Chuck, you make some astute observations in your post of 1/15/2019. However, here is a different take on the BOD members responsibilities. You (and Willis) have indicated that the BOD members should take the time to learn the nuances of the problems before the BOD, be it the financial issues or contracts with vendors and/or whatever else comes before the Board. You also have indicated that the basic job of the BCA is to fund the magazine, the national meet, and to listen to the members. In my opinion the reason the BCA has been successful with the Bugle and the National Meet is because there is a disconnect between the BOD and the function. Pete and Cindy do an excellent job on the Bugle, and the National Meet Committee has done good job of assisting local committees to run well organized and fun National Meets. It is directly because the BOD allowed a committee to focus on the problem at hand, rather than trying to manage every aspect of the issue, that these two elements of the Club have been consistently excellent. If the BOD would stop trying to micro manage every aspect of whatever issue is before them, and instead, authorize committees to make learned recommendations, it wouldn't be necessary for every member of the board to be experts on every issue before them. As I am sure you are aware, the tendency on the BOD is for everyone to make their point and recommendation, but regardless of all good intentions, not everyone has the proper background to make the best recommendations and, in fact, given that there are 9 BOD members, the BOD can often run off topic and miss important nuances of whatever they are working on. So, if the BOD would consider reaching out to the members, and establish some committees with people who are trained in the aspects of the problem they are working on, then perhaps there would be some forward progress on the issues that seem to have stymied the Club. I also want to agree with your observation that the BOD should not expect others to do what they won’t. Also, that the BOD should be more responsive to the member’s requests. When 100 people vote for an action, and 5 members of the BOD vote against that action, with no explanation, then that is a BOD consisting of people who have their own agenda, regardless of what is right for the Club. We can see in the latest minutes that were posted, that there are two voting blocs currently. What is missing is what Willis suggested, the ability to compromise. So, I am hoping there are at least two BOD candidates who show the ability to work across the aisle for the betterment of the Club.
  23. JohnD1956

    Garnet Red 57 Roadmaster 75

    Sweet biscuits!!! You sold the 70?!? 😃
  24. A bit off topic, as it does not involve a Buick Launching the motor home
  25. JohnD1956

    2019 - 2,019 Mile Challenge

    Everyone is invited to the 2019 - 2,019 mile challenge. This challenge is all about using your collector car in the year 2019. Basically, choose your vehicle and choose your mileage goal and then see if you can accomplish adding that many miles to the car in this year. There are no rules. You can use one car, or more than one car, if you like. You can go the 2,019 miles, or more, or less, if you like. You choose, and you keep track, and occasionally along the way post up how you're doing. Pictures are optional but we all like pictures. So post places you've gone, and odometer accumulations, or what ever helps you make your goal. In the spirit of Buick fellowship everyone is invited to join at any point along the way. As for me, I am going to try the '56 Super again this year, and accumulate the 2,019 miles. I wish you all good luck with your goals.