chuck nixon

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  1. I have a 65 -425 that has been dismantled, all there except for one connecting rod I used in another 425 rebuild. Open to offers and I am in Texas 76109. Chuck
  2. Thanks for the comments folks. Now on to tinkering with my other Buicks to make them better and enjoyable. Chuck
  3. That depends on the museum operation and I would much rather have hundreds of folks getting a chance to continue to the see car rather than have it locked up in a collection not open for viewing and potentially neglected. My $0.02
  4. I bought my 1921 Model 45 Touring car last year and there is a hole in the dash where a light belongs. I picked up a couple at Hershey in October but I am not really satisfied with the look of them or with the quality as several are Model 'A' Ford dash lights. Anyone have a classy light is decent condition I could re-furbish or use as is? Send PM. Thanks, Chuck Nixon
  5. Here is formerly our restored 1932 Buick being loaded on a carrier to its new home in Cartersville, GA to a car museum being built by the new owner Mr. Jon Oscher a car collector and BCA member. Jon has a collection of cars and saw my Buick advertised in the Buick Bugle magazine when it came out on Friday April 26. Jon called me on Saturday morning, asked for more photos, I sent him five emails on Sunday with photos and much more including the complete history of the car, where we found it in 2005, complete restoration and 10 years of showing the car all around the country at meets and Concours 'de Elegance events including winning Senior Gold and the 'Spirit of Buick ' award from Nicola Bulgari at Colorado Springs BCA 2009, the first time we showed the car at a BCA meet. We went on through the AACA awards ladder ending up with the Senior Grand National Award and three invitations to submit the car for a National award at the annual AACA convention in Philadelphia but got three letters back saying it did not quite make it but a nice certificate that it tried.Jon called me on Monday the 29th and bought the car and money was in the bank by noon. The museum is under construction and Jon said the Buick will be a feature in it when completed in 15-18 months. Following the sale I spent most of the week finding 15 years of history and 32 Buick 'stuff' I had collected including trophies, awards, original 1932 advertisements from magazines I had purchased, technical manuals, etc.etc. which took me four hours last Sunday to pick in three boxes and send to Jon FedEx.The car arrived in Georgia this past Monday, the 6th and Jon called and said the car was beautiful, better than he had hoped and was thrilled. He wanted to be sure if we came his way to stop and see the car and his collection. He also said send him info on my other cars as someday they might be looking for more cars.There are lots of great memories over the 10 years we were showing the car around the country and Dianne and I have met so many wonderful people in our trips. John Scheib was my first contact with a BCA guy by the internet in November 2004 and helped me find this 32 in April 2005 in a machine/shop warehouse not far from his home in West Hartford. Because of the wonderful experiences I became a dyed-in-the-wool Buick guy Including attending every BCA meet from 2009 - 2018 with exception of Portland due to a death in the immediate family. I currently have five Buicks in addition to my daily driver, a Buick Enclave. Somewhat sad to see the 32 Buick go but thrilled that it will be in a museum where it will get great care and others can enjoy it for years to come. Chuck
  6. Have you checked with Mac Blair, Mr.1932 parts guy?
  7. 1932's did have artillery wheels like my 32 found in original condition in a warehouse in 2006. Engine of my 32 restored with original equipment.
  8. Well, besides buying a new Enclave Avenir last week I got a call from Summit Racing regional warehouse and retail store in Arlington, TX. Summit asked me to bring my 1967 Sportwagon GS400 Tribute car to put on one of their two turntables as you walk into the entrance of the retail store. Car will be there for the month of February and get lots of looks. We loaded it on the turntable and I was not finished opening the doors, hood and tailgate when I turned around there were about 8 people standing there admiring the car and full of questions. The black paint really pops in the window and at night the turntable is lit from above so I will have to go at night and take a photo or two. Really a bunch of nice guys and gals at Summit and I am glad I filled out an application to show the car about 6 months ago and got the call. They will be showing the car and telling the story of the changeover to the GS400 Tribute on the Summit web site in a few days. As a GS400 Tribute Sportwagon, which I showed in Brookfield WI BCA in 2017, I installed a completely rebuilt 1967 GS400 V8 and T400 transmission that came with the engine. Also installed GS hood and grill, chrome rally wheels with red stripes and red pin striping. Car is loaded with every option available as far as I can tell. Car was black from the factory and had a beautiful new black paint job over bare metal when I bought it. 340 engine in the car when I bought it was not original and getting tired. I wanted to have the Sportwagon400 look like a factory made GS400 and had fun doing it and completely redoing the interior OEM material, texture etc. Nice to show a Buick in place of Camaros, Mustangs, and other 60's cars. Now I need to request the chance to show the 67 Buick GS400 red convertible on the turntable perhaps later in the year. Chuck
  9. Thanks again guys for all the advice and experience. After next weeks classic car show I will get it back in the shop and we start taking the box out and appart. Chuck
  10. Terry, I bought the Corn Head grease. From the top looking into the filler stub oil input device there was a light grey grease coating but when I unscrewed the filler stub from the box body and looked further into the box I did not see a level of grease. We loaded the Corn Head grease in a grease gun then ended up putting 1/2 - 2/3 of the tube in the steering box. Then I moved the steering wheel back an forth with wheels jacked up off the floor. I think the left turn binding was a little less but still binding. I may try to take the back of the box off and see if the box is full of crud before considering taking it out and all apart. Will also study the info from Hugh and Roy including Hugh's 10 page document on a rebuild. Could be the king pins need grease but we can see grease oozing out top and bottom from previous service. Different grease fittings from today's grease guns so will have to do some research on what to use to add grease to them. I will look at other steering components to see if there is any binding before we remove and disassemble the steering box. I will keep the post informed as we move forward. Thanks to all who have provided info and keep it coming. Chuck
  11. Needs some advice on the 1921 Touring car I bought last May. I have not driven the car more than 1/2 dozen times due to other commitments and just plain busy but when I have driven it I have a problem with the steering. Turning right no problem with the steering wheel and making the turns. Turning left is another story. I can't turn more than 1/2 a turn on the steering wheel and the wheel almost locks up. You can feel it getting tighter as you turn it and then it is almost locked as you turn as far as the wheel will go. I know this could be caused by several issues but before we go taking things apart I looked in the spout where you add steering box lubricant and it is dry as far as I can down the hole. So I am thinking maybe the box could be half full or lower and needs lubricant. I have not researched all my 1921 technical info but thought I would ask for opinions here first. If it does need lubricant, again without researching the manuals what weight oil would I pour into the steering box? Appreciate all advice and opinions. Chuck
  12. I had previously posted about the 1921 Buick Touring Model 45 I purchased last May at the Mecum Indy auction. Well, it has been sitting quietly waiting for a couple of minor items that needed attention and to finally be registered here in Texas. Got the safety inspection and it is now registered as an antique. This past weekend the car finally came out of hiding and Friday night I took it to a 1920's murder mystery 'flapper' event at the request of a friend so they could use it for background in photos. That worked out great and then I thought since it is in the trailer why not take it to the festival in Waxahachie. TX about an hour south of Fort Worth. There was a car show with 75 cars as part of the festival which included several hundred vendors for several blocks around the courthouse square. Great weather and enormous crowds after all the rain we have had in Texas. The car was selected as a top 20 participant and had the most fun talking to folks who wanted to know what was it, did I restore it, do I drive it, and what a wonderful vehicle for the public to see and appreciate. I really like the way parents would lift up the little kids, show them the interior of the car and overhear them explain the big tires and wood wheels, the dash and steering, gear shift and brake handle, etc. A real learning experience for many young and hopefully interested car kids. Life is Good?
  13. I will ask Roy whqt gives?
  14. According to Roy Faries we had 64 Judges: Here are Roy's numbers I used in a BCA2018 presentation to the NTX club last Saturday. I was on a team that judged the Riviera's and we had 11 to judge and like Pete I was the chassis guy so I too was up and down a bunch. In the Denver thin air and the warmth of the day as we approached noon the water bottles came in handy. Chuck Final Numbers •Registrations w/guests: 331 • •Vendors: 33 Paved Outdoor spaces 46 Indoor spaces 28 Car Corral spaces 9 Total Cars 171 400 point judging 72 Display only 64 Archival 21 Modified 14 Drivers 53 Senior 15 People Total people 654 Judges 64 Chuck
  15. Just acquired a 1921 Touring Model 45 and I need the dash light to fill the hole and light the gauges. Also could use a rearview mirror and spot light if they are out there somewhere. What have you? See photos Chuck Nixon
  16. You should also try Cars on Line as I have sold and bought cars from the site..www.carsonline.com Chuck
  17. Just acquired a 1921 Touring Model 45 and I need the dash light to fill the hole and light the gauges. Also could use a rearview mirror and spot light if they are out there somewhere. See photos of what I need on a 1920 Touring at the recent BCA Nationals in Denver. Thanks for looking and any advice or what have you? Chuck Nixon My car
  18. Update: Turns out the car was back at White Post every 2-3 years for carb cleanout and tune up plus other minor things to keep it in great condition. I have receipts into the late 90's.
  19. Thanks for the encouraging words. I have probably have 20+ letters and invoices from "Billy", owner of White Post in the file documenting the restoration, invoices, explanation of things White Post did over the years including a letter that apologizes for having to raise labor rates from $17.50 to $20.00 to keep his good people and cost of living increases. I am going to copy everything and make a complete history book and perhaps write an article for the Bugle. The car was featured on the cover of the March 1981 Bugle and there was a letter inside giving the history of where the owner found the car etc. There is a letter in the file from the owner to Billy saying he paid for $275 in the late 50's or early 60's but I have to get home from Indy and re-read it all. I sent Pete Phillips, Bugle editor, photos of the car before I bid on the car and we discussed condition and price range. He and I were on the same page on price range so I felt good when I got it at what I considered a good price. With a few cosmetic upgrades it will be like it just came out of the restoration process. Engine purrs and starts easy. More when I get the car delivered to Fort Worth and I get to know it better. Chuck
  20. Well, I promised my wife that I was not going to buy a car at Mecum Indy where I am this week. Intended to just have fun watching others spend money and a lot of nice Buicks changing hands. Yesterday I broke my promise.I was thumbing through a catalog of The Maryland Collection, 47 cars being sold at 'No Reserve' and noticed a 1921 Buick Touring car for sale. I walked to the display and was blown away by this wonderful car that had been restored over the years and looked awesome. In the back seat was a 3 ring binder full of the car's history including history back to early 60's, complete restoration receipts from 1979-80 and later by the renowned White Post Restorations of White Post, VA.After reading about the car and work done I decided to check with a friend that knows early Buicks on pricing to confirm what I thought the car might be worth. We were both on the same page so I decided to bid on the car and after spirited bidding, I won the car. I am thrilled as it will be a fun car for family, shows, parades etc. Apparently there are very few 1921 Buicks left, especially in this condition. The car had been sitting in a 100+ car collection in Maryland for more than 10 years and after the passing of the father in 2017, the family decided to liquidate the collection, hence my lucky day.Called the wife and explained what I had done, then sent photos and she forgives me since she loves the older, antique cars.Buicks forever Chuck
  21. Buick GS400 Coupe in Fort Worth, TX.. I have too many cars and have to sell one or two so I am reluctantly parting with this ground up restoration GS400. I bought it in Dec 2013 out of Iowa with the interior and paint done. I added the pin stripes plus all the work listed below: Engine/Running Gear Completely rebuilt, numbers matching original 400 engine and transmission Engine rebuilt to stock specs except cylinders/pistons are .30 over Rebuilt correct Rochester 4 Barrel carburetor Alternator, Starter, water pump, fuel pump, distributor, power steering, all new or rebuilt New 17 electric fan and shroud om new 4 core radiator to meet OEM specs, linked electric radiator fan controls with A/C controls New front after-market disk brakes/master cylinder/power booster All suspension/bearings/bushings rebuilt or replaced New rubber dust shields on fender wells Replaced rear end with one with little wear on third member gears New OEM correct exhaust system Coated exhaust headers Correct Star Wars air cleaner New B.F. Goodrich 14" red line radial tires New Vintage Air Conditioning System and used new A6 aluminum look alike compressor Used OEM under hood A/C compressor mounting bracket/pulleys New under dash Vintage Air heater/AC box with controls Removed existing dash bezel and installed stock A/C bezel with center vent, ducts etc. Tachometer not working New carpet and new Legendary white vinyl interior including new new dash pad and new Kick panels New Custom Modern Radio with blue tooth/USB connection and new rear and front speakers with new radio aerial Excellent condition tilt steering and turn signal levers installed Exterior - New correct OEM spec grill, grill vertical piece re-chromed, improved top grill stainless New passenger side mirror, new new quarter window latches and new rear window new glass Many other odds and ends improved or replaced. . Price $ 31,995 and I am losing a bunch of money at that price and I am willing to discuss offers Engine without A/C compressor installed yet. A/C compressor installed
  22. We had a great time at the OTHER table getting to sit with the Scheib's and meet other folks. Concur on great food and atmosphere. Chuck & Dianne