Erndog

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  1. Awesome! I knew I could count on you guys.
  2. A friend who has a multitude of pre-1930 cars doesn't know what this is from and I couldn't tell him, either. But I told him I knew where I could find out, so if anyone knows please tell me.
  3. Having had three Master engines, I feel safe in saying a weak point is the water jacket for the cylinder block. All three of my engines had cracks along the lower section of the water jacket on the left side of the engine. My current (VERY long term) project's engine has two cracks there, one being 27" long. And yes, that is nearly the full length. And no, I have not been able to locate a replacement block. And no, I cannot afford to fix it. Unfortunately, the other two blocks were sold to a scrap iron man by my father, not realizing they were mine, so I can't rebuild them. He was of a different time. He once sold running Model A for $5 and a Model T body for $10. Of course, we never liked Fords much, anyway. I don't need to worry too much about it, though, as rebuilding the wood for the car is in its 18th+ year. One tends to get frustrated and/or lose interest occasionally. Now that I have retired, I hope to get back into it, so it doesn't fall upon my son, as he has his own projects to worry about.
  4. It is not a big money car, so don't do it with profit in mind. The wood work isn't that difficult for the most part, just time consuming. There are lots of publications out there and the '29 Buicks are similar enough to reference for some things. I highly recommend visiting http://www.oldcarmanualproject.com to see some info. Tons of it there; great resource. A big factor in restoring your car...if you are going to try to keep the original engine, check for cracks in the block, especially behind the manifold. It can be a show stopper. Mine has a 27" crack that I haven't determined what to do with yet ($$$). Spare engines are all but gone out there. I looked for many years. I am pretty sure my project is going to get handed down to my son or sold one of these days, as I am 63 and it hasn't progressed much in the 17 years I have had it.
  5. Feel free to highjack. I find this older Buick to be fascinating. The location and shape of the cowl lights is also a clue to being from the twenties. Ernie
  6. Actually, I do have that piece and the associated regulator. It is the front crosspiece that I am missing (goes behind the metal sun visor). A crappy old plywood scab was all that was there, and way too crude to go by.
  7. The use of the blind nuts is brilliant! Seems so obvious now. THANK YOU!!
  8. So, do you think there is any chance my 1930 Model 61 would be the same?
  9. Great post, Joel! That's the kind of information I have been looking for. It is nice to know I am not the only one out there suffering this pastime, though I may be the most unsuccessful sometimes. Like an idiot, I rarely use patterns. I get too excited about the finished product and jump right into the Ash wood $$. Usually it is ok, but sometimes, like with that curved piece, it is painful. Keep the great info coming.
  10. The original was made from two pieces glued together on my car, so eventually that is what I did. That made life a lot easier, too.
  11. That piece is very difficult. It took me about two years of thinking and making mistakes. I am still not totally satisfied with my results.
  12. Bob's Automobilia is always a good place to start.
  13. Thanks, Joel! Great looking project. Pictures are definitely worth a thousand words. Do you have info on how you dealt with the center hinge posts? Also, I am still very curious about the quarter window wood situation. Take your time, as I can't do anything with mine for at least a few weeks. Ernie
  14. I am doing mine all in ash. That is what I always understood it to be, and sometimes in oak. Supposedly, it had a lot to do with which forests Fisher could buy. I wish I had seen your thread long ago. It looks like we are suffering the same trials. I am re-wooding a 30-61 and am very slow. It is almost all cut out, with the exception of one or two pieces and the roof slats. I am sure I will have to redo a lot when I start final fit-up. I have a question or two for you. 1. How do you get the hinge piller wood back into its metal wrap? and 2. How on earth does one get the wood installed for the rear quarter windows?? Fisher seems to have put the screws in from the outside and then wrapped the metal around the window openings after installing the metal skin.