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  1. It could be restored, but there will be a serious search for the top frame!
  2. I agree, as far as the brakes go. Check 'em. As far as the king pin front end goes, you pull one of the grease fittings on the upper control arm and adjust it with an Allen wrench. Take your car to a non-national chain front end shop, with your manual.
  3. Hey Chris, That is a pretty looking car, but it is WAY overpriced. The nicest 63 I ever saw went for in the $25k range. This car wouldn't win a Silver in BCA judging as it sits now. Wrong wheels/ tires. Original seats/ trunk material is worn. Incorrect inner fender color with painted fasteners. Wrong battery. Those were just the things that stood out to me. It is a nice cruiser, don't get me wrong, but just be aware of some of the issues once you get past the shiny red paint. I mistakenly looked at another Wildcat convertible when I was looking for this one. Current bid is under 10 grand at this point. Looks like a better deal to me. Neither has AC so that is a moot point. Good luck to your friend, I would wait and see, personally.
  4. Dan, It's my guess that you nailed it in your topic headline. They're just ignorant. I assume they are new to cruises in general. There is a huge difference in a cruise and a show. People bring all kinds of cars to local parking lot, hangout type, kick the tires, meet up with your buddies, cruises, and actual car shows. We have several hundred cars come out to a grocery store parking lot once a month. Several hundred "classics", hot rods, street rods, mini trucks, Corvettes, etc. If you don't like the cars or people, you just walk by. For the most part, restored car guys talk to other restored car guys. Old school hot rod guys don't necessarily talk trash with the street rodders, but they don't want to be associated with a fiberglass 32 Ford, even though their cars are similar. It's just the nature of this type of "show". I don't enjoy looking at a 10 year old S-10 pickup slammed to the ground with neon lights under it, but I wouldn't say they don't belong. It's just silly. (plus those guys look like they could/ would kick my a$$ if I chose to say something inflammatory) ! Cars are funny things to get that worked up about. If you don't like it (as they say) "Change the channel" !
  5. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: old-tank</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> If I had known that little 264 could boogie like that, I wouldn't have given it to him.</div></div> I thought it was a trade? Anyhow I am still one engine short...something wrong with this picture. </div></div> Yeah, But I've already been razzed for the Nailhead/ Flathead trade and didn't want to open myself up to that again! The other engine was just a rodent restroom in cylinder 8. No big loss... Thanks Dad!
  6. I finally got down to Seguin for my turn in the passenger seat. Willie did an amazing job. The truck is gorgeous and runs great. If I had known that little 264 could boogie like that, I wouldn't have given it to him. (Hijack alert!!!) I took my 55 on a shakedown ride to make sure everything worked right before setting out to Colorado. Seguin is 60 miles from Austin, but I drove through the hill country to get there (about 120 miles there). I have been doing little tweaks on it to make sure it will show well AND make it to the Nationals. It was about 90 degrees on the way home. Temp gauge stayed very comfortably smack dab in the middle of the gauge and zero vapor lock (yay). After discovering that the duct going from the trunk evaporator to the clear tube in the back had become disconnected, I actually had cold air in the car! Duh... Worked as well as can be expected. That was the extent of my prep. Gonna change the oil and check the plugs, then "take off like I know what I'm doing".
  7. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: JohnD1956</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Thanks for looking that up. Nothing worse than buying something you cannot use. I appreciate the help. </div></div> That's just silly John! I buy stuff I don't need or isn't right all the time.
  8. My Special was originally factory ordered tri tone. Dover white roof, Cascade blue middle, Cameo beige below the sweepspear. Along with two-tone grey seats, black dash, etc., there were a lot of colors going on. When I restored it, I decided to make the lower body white (two tone sandwich). I just didn't like the color blind original owners choice in paint scheme.
  9. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: old-tank</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Charles Please no "Eyes Of Texas" around this Aggie! Willie </div></div> Even "I've been working on the railroad" makes him bristle.
  10. I sent mine in today! ...and yes, my April Bugle had been "filed" incorrectly by me. It had just been sitting there, all lonely, dressed in plastic. Not late in the mail.
  11. You need to fire the guy who put valve cover decals on the later valve covers!
  12. I'd say it's the people. The only other forum that is more animated is the HAMB (hot rod guys). I don't go to other forums regularly, other than bicycle forums, but even there, there are know it all types that don't communicate well or are downright mean. I like smart-a$$ comments from knowledgable people who know when a real problem needs to be solved (my car won't start) and when the razzing needs to occur (my car won't start).
  13. That's a shame Glenn, While statistically I would think there are small numbers (membership wise) here on the forum, these folks around here communicate ideas and seem to be among the hardcore members of the club.
  14. I just got my Bugle today with the candidates profiles. I have to say this... Wow! This is the first year I can remember that ALL of the candidates look good to me. I know or have met three of the four guys running, and the one I haven't met has an impressive profile / resume. I know you have all posted on the forum and just want to thank you for running. My ballot will be filled out and mailed this year unlike (admittedly) years past.
  15. Looks good Frank, glad you made it back in one piece! Did I talk with you in Batavia (ad nauseum) about the 55 Century convertible your brother restored?
  16. Budd, That top link idea is great. I use a tractor often in my work and hadn't thought of it.
  17. Another option if there aren't spare torque tubes laying around would be to take a gasket to a metal fabrication shop and have them make one for you out of 3/8" steel. I would think it would cost less than buying a torque tube if you didn't have one.
  18. Lance, I think I have seen them as a "kit" with five of the socket looking things and a straight "wrench". Maybe 7/8" to 1 1/2"???? If you need a LOT of torque, it may not work. Just when I saw the pic, that's what it reminded me of.
  19. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Abby</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I am wondering if you can possibly help me. I found a car in my tree grove this year and my husband wants to send it to the junk yard. I really am not sure what it is but it looks like someone could probably make good use out of this antique I would hate to just throw it away. Could you look at some pics and tell me what u think and if someone would be interested in it? Here is some info off the car Fisher Body Corp Detroit Mich Job NO 10781 Model NO 26-27 Buick 885-986 Apr 28, 08 876-225 June 11, 01 921-963 May 19, 09 </div></div> Could someone more tech savvy than I begin a new thread for Abby please?
  20. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: JohnD1956</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: buick5563</div><div class="ubbcode-body">... I've been rear ended 10 (THAT'S RIGHT TEN) times, to the point where I have very limited motion looking over my left shoulder. </div></div> Strange, from what I've read that doesn't prevent hefting 16 oz glasses several times per day </div></div> Now you know why, Sir
  21. Derek, At least if it's on there, make sure wires are neatly wrapped and the installation is done well. None of us (politically speaking) want Big Brother taking over our lives, yet at least in Canada it seems EVERYBODY is insured. I've been rear ended 10 (THAT'S RIGHT TEN) times, to the point where I have very limited motion looking over my left shoulder. Three of those times were from drivers either completely uninsured, or driving with squirrely insurance. Not that it would make a lick of difference in my chiropractic bills, but at least I wouldn't be paying them personally, after my fine insurance company (USAA) decided I was all better. Auto theft is actually WAY DOWN here in Austin. Can't explain that. Off topic... Does anybody's local laws state that seatbelts are mandatory in cars that didn't come equipped that way? Just curious. I know that seatbelt usage is not only NOT penalized, but encouraged.
  22. That looks a lot like a modern plumbing wrench that you remove shower valves with. Might check your local hardware store's plumbing section.