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Everything posted by JohnD1956

  1. I suppose anything is possible. And assuming that to be true, he could have $411,500 into an authentic restoration also, and for which he would never see a bid anywhere's near close to $412,500 or $411,500.
  2. @Smartin Another over the top job! Wow!
  3. makes quite an argument for tearing up the original cars!
  4. You and Diane were great stewards for that car and have found a future for it that sounds better than average. It must be hard to watch it go, and I do not relish that scene for my non museum quality cars. But it is a fitting scenario vs what we hear about today where the family auctions the car to just get rid of it. If the deal satisfies you, Chuck, then I offer my congratulations on a job well done.
  5. What makes you say the alternator does not charge the battery? If you drive it infrequently, just how infrequent is that? I would suggest that a usage rate of once a month for less than an hour at a time, is insufficient to fully charge that 1000 amp battery. And unless the battery was disconnected between driving episodes the pcm is likely draining it to the point it would need a boost to start the car. If the charging system light does not come on while in use, then the alternator should be working as designed. The light should come on as you turn the key to verify the bulb is good, right?
  6. @deiProbably makes one feel good to see em all shiney with new paint, but they may not hold air any better than what you have, what with all that rust on the beads.
  7. Cannot answer questions regarding swap ready trim, but I would grab the grills, and the entire Rodmaster Sedanette, along with the pass fender from the 49 Hardtop. If you cut off fenders that bolt on, you are wasting your time and energy, unless the fenders present a good opportunity for patch panels. I would look for straight trim on the 4 drs and unbolt it. Bent or twisted will do you no favors. I would also grab the taillight bezels and the trunk lid ornaments. As I have learned, you can just cut the steering wheels off behind the shift lever column, so might as well take those. I would also grab fender skirts if available. If there are chrome ribs in the headliners, I would try to get those. Just make sure you mark them as to year and location before removal. Also, check under the hood of that 41 to see if it still has the dual carbs and intake manifold.
  8. While it was a beautiful day yesterday, I had no opportunity to get a car out for a ride. And while today is cloudy and cool, at least it is still dry, so wandered off for a 30 mile jaunt in the Happy Car! The thing is, it had a hiccup this am. While waiting for a traffic snarl first thing this am, it dropped out of drive by itself. When I went to start off it did not want to move. Then a few seconds after raising the idle a little it caught up with itself and took off. Tranny fluid was a little low, maybe a quart, but I only had a pint on hand, so I put that in at least. Then the rest of the ride it was like normal. Being a 58K car, I am not going to worry too much about it unless it starts to burn up the trans fluid. And on another road less traveled...
  9. What about a 195- 70 tire? Are they available in the 13" rim size?.
  10. With no place in particular to go, and a late start to boot, added just 30 miles to the '56 tonite. It is just such an easy ride... except the seats are really in need of rebuilding...But here's a few pics from my tour. The Magnolia's are past peak here, while other trees are yet to bloom? It's a challenge to find a babbling brook where you can actually stop for a photo and get the water in the picture. This is the first time I was on this back road and caught this one. Just liked the background here. Same location with the sun dropping quickly Another "field" view And the last shot for the evening. After 10 days of rain this pond was full!
  11. Pretty soon you'll be famous like @Dandy Dave...looking forward to seeing your car in print Doug. And nice pictures!
  12. In a worst case scenario you could always buy suitable gasket material and cut one out. But before you reinstall that valley pan, make sure to invest some time cleaning out the breather that the road draft tube attaches to. You could follow Willies program on his website ( preferred) . Or at a minimum you could invest in a couple of cans of brake cleaner and spray it into the vent openings.
  13. Hmmnnn! I think you have to give us a bit more information. What year is your Le Sabre, and what are you looking to accomplish and what are you looking to buy?
  14. The radio should automatically seek the next AM broadcast station when you hit the button. Two big problems. There are limited AM stations and none may be strong enough to satisfy the signal requirements, in which case the radio may continue to advance through the dial till it is stopped. There may be a floor foot activated switch, but that was a 50's thing and I am not certain it survived into 63 and beyond. There are several options to mitigate this. One is to search for a 63/64 AM/FM radio. They did not have tapes then. Another may be to have your radio rebuilt to include an am/fm band option. A third is to replace the radio with a modern unit, but that's kinda cheesy looking in my opinion. And yet another is to have your AM radio modified to include an input jack from which you can plug in any or many varieties of sources for entertainment. I had this done on my older cars and yes, the stereo plays both channels through the factory single channel circuitry and you do not lose any of the signal. I have heard that 63 Riviera's did not have a front speaker due to design limitations with those center hanging heater controls. I am not certain that it correct. But if it is not there, do not be surprised. With only one rear seat speaker you would have to channel stereo amplifiers to play out of the one speaker or install at least one other speaker.
  15. Soaking the cylinders is one part. You also have other moving parts that may have to be soaked. I assume you have the water pump /generator fan belt off? If not, do so. 2nd, I assume you have removed the side covers for the camshaft and push rods? If not do so and put some atf in on the cam bearing areas. 3rd, I assume you have drained the oil engine oil, but have not yet removed the oil pan for cleaning. You may want to consider removing the oil pan to both clean the inevitable sludge out and to allow access to spray the cylinder walls from the bottom side. Here I would use some sort of penetrating oil in a spray can and spray not only the bearing surfaces for the crank and the piston rods, but also the bottoms of the pistons and the wrist pins. I say spray penetrant because you want to force some product up the circumference of the pistons to get at the rings from the under side. Mostly you have to budget enough time for these products to work. It will not be a fast job and if you need fast then I would start to scour the best advertiser products in your area for another engine, even if it is weak, just to get you through time to rebuild what you have. Using force on a stuck block will increase the likelihood of significant damage and increased expense to repair, if it can even be repaired. But there are a lot of folks tearing apart cars of this vintage for their customs and hot rod projects, and sometimes one can find useable parts closer to them than they think possible. The good news is this time it takes to unstick an engine can be used for other needed repairs. As far as the floor goes, do not forget that the brake master cylinder is under that floor board, and there needs to be access to the reservoir for adding brake fluid.
  16. I wonder which rear axle ratio was in that car? Being a '77 it may have had the 2:48 rear axle, especially if it was a coupe or sedan. That rear axle was a real power killer! The Electra we had with the 350 motor and the overdrive also had that 2:48 rear axle, and the only way you could pass someone was if your lane of traffic opened up while everyone else was stopped! That car almost soured me on ever buying another Buick!
  17. And then there was this combo! Is this the origin of the term,"Fifth Wheel"? And by way of explanation: But lest you think this was all seriousness, here was one for the little folks. Wonder how many of them know what it is? Anyway 160 mile round trip that does not get added to my 2019 challenge total, but was still very enjoyable in my old Buick...
  18. In terms of just interesting cars, here is one I am sure was the nicest on the field!
  19. Here was one scary machine! Can't imagine how long it will run with that #4 plug wire touching the header. Then there was Jim's car! A decent 62 Electra convertible that can be used and driven! If I had the space and $$$ I'd be on this one. And in what may be of interest to some, this with a stuck motor! Check out the art work on these rear quarters! Lots of bondo and broken glass!!! But still an interesting car.
  20. When I saw this car I thought @EmTee was a brave guy! But it turned out it was from the NYC area. Later there was this Caddy in the swap meet. Check out the asking price! And this thing needed ton's of work!!! TONS!!!! To be continued when I can upload more photos...
  21. Took the '92 Century wagon to the Rhinebeck NY Auto show today. Ok, it's kind of cheating but it is 26 years old and sporting over 181K right now. Anyway, the day started out with roads freshly wettened overnight and then got worse as it poured on the trip to Rhinebeck. The wagon performed great! Just like a Buick! And 70 miles later arrived on the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. Some background on the event. It runs for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday is set up day for the large vendor count swap meet, which continues through Sunday. Not many Buick parts there but fun just the same. And there is a car coral for all three days of the meet as well. But on Saturday the main theme is modifieds and hot rods, while on Sundays the main theme is restored/original classics. Both days anything that shows up is let in so there is something for all if you spend the time to look. I did not take any pictures of my own car but when we arrived the parking guys tried to flag me to the car coral. But we kindly declined and said we were headed for the show field. Then we paid our dues and drove onto the field, which was a huge soggy bog! Good thing I still have the snows on there. The little Buick just slogged through to the next spot, and there she sat amongst all types of hotrodded muscle and classic cars and 4 wheel drive pickups lifted to the heights of 18 wheelers! LOL... It looked so tiny there! But it immediately got some love from some attendees. Anyway, as I roamed the field I got some pictures of some interesting sights. Here they are. First up was a factory 3 speed stick shift 57 Olds. Thought it was amazing that it was a factory 3 speed! Then there was this 62 Chevy 409. Just something about the 409 speaks to me. Yeah, it was a 4 speed car! 4 speed Buicks are so hard to find... Those other GM guys have all the fun! And here was a clean 66 Galaxie. I think the 66 Galaxie sports a nice balanced design. Always liked em. Then there was this 84 Lesabre out in the field. A very clean car. But what may have been my favorite car ( next to the '92 mind you) there was this absolutely solid and original 67 Chevy Caprice!
  22. Don't even have to drop the heater control.follow Matts description above.
  23. @Beemon Glad it is back together. Maybe you could at least salvage the old hood. As to the steering flange study, I will confess I am lost. I can see the difference in the counter sunk bolt hole diameters. Is there need for that to align the different steering gear?