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  1. For starters . . . there are numerous people on this Forum and within the BCA organization (do you want a list?) that don’t like me or my style of writing. Doesn't bother me one iota. My style is based on facts and information that were published in the BUGLE, BOD Meeting Minutes, Buick documents or admissions documented in an e-mail letter. Numerous people don’t like hearing the facts and have a problem admitting that they made a mistake. This Thread is based on the first and last sources noted above. The January-2020 BUGLE published false information. I’ve been accused of bashing people, a trouble-maker and many other names for telling the truth. This Thread is not bashing. This Thread is based on just the facts that the General Membership with short memories deserve to be reminded of. January 24, 2020 To Pete: Consider this as Part 2 of my “letter to the BUGLE editor” for the March-2020 issue. It is my understanding that the deadline is today, January 24. Part 1 addressing BOARD CANDIDATE QUESTIONS was posted on January 21 on this same BCA General Forum. You shouldn’t have any questions why I’m going this route and posting this on the Forum rather than sending you an e-mail. I’m asking that you acknowledge having seen and read this before the deadline and state herein if you disagree with any of the facts below. …………………………….. To President John Steed, The following picture is part of your message from the board that was published on Page 4 of the January-2020 BUGLE. It’s a well-known fact that Rick Schick never served as Treasurer on the BCA’s BOD. Saying and publishing just the opposite is disinformation. More on this later. Pete is always looking for interesting articles for the BUGLE. IMHO, a detailed article from you explaining to the General Membership what the duties and responsibilities are for the following titles/positions and how they differ from one another would be more than interesting and informative for all. Be specific with your answers. - appointed Assistant Treasurer (A first that I can recall in the 54-year history of the BCA. What dictated creating this title/position now?) - elected Treasurer - appointed Chief Financial Officer (A title/position that was “created” in July 2012 and “disappeared” in June 2019. The BCA had an appointed CFO thru 2021. What happened? I've always contended that this was nothing but a sham appointment to skirt the one-year hiatus requirement after serving two consecutive terms on the BOD.) - combination non-elected Treasurer/appointed CFO (Bill Stoneberg’s title from July-2012 thru June-2018) More questions: (1) Your first sentence in the above picture is vague. What positions do you consider as the “various critical positions” on the BOD? (2) What does it take for a member to be considered qualified for an appointed position? Does it help knowing someone on the BOD? Back to Rick Schick . . . - Rick was elected to the BOD for the July-2015 thru June-2018 fiscal years. - In his July 24, 2018 e-mail to me, Rick admitted that he never served as a BCA Treasurer. Rick copied President Oldfield and Office Manager Mike Book at the time, the BCA Minnesota Fireball Chapter membership and many others in his e-mail. - In my May 22, 2019 e-mail sent to the BOD and Pete Phillips, I stated this same fact along with legality questions and concerns about the 2019 BCA Election candidates. John, you were on the BOD at that time. Do you acknowledge receiving and reading this e-mail? Pete acknowledged my e-mail saying that "he doesn't want to get involved." - After one of the most impressive bio/profiles (for a Treasurer’s position) that you will ever read in a BUGLE (April-2015, page 16), one needs to ask themselves why things went haywire during Rick's term on the BOD: financial statements were not published in the BUGLE, the parking issue at the Nationals was still an issue and the hot topic of an IRS audit came up. The incomplete financials were finally published in the August and September-2018 BUGLES. Check out the bottom lines too. - Back up a couple of years. The BUGLE incorrectly listed Rick as Treasurer for his first of his three-year term, July 2015 thru June 2016. - The BUGLE correctly listed Rick as Director for his last two years on the BOD, July 2016 thru June 2018. - Rick did not seek re-election beyond June 30, 2018, yet eighteen months later, Rick was issued a free pass and appointed Assistant Treasurer. As of today, the BCA's 6,000+ renewals is as low as it was in the mid-1980s. The BCA had ± 60% more members in 2003 without an Assistant Treasurer. Why do we need help with all the software that is available out there today? As of today, the BCA has an Office Manager, an Assistant Treasurer, Treasurer and CPA knocking their heads together and massaging the same numbers and even after the May-2019 auditor’s findings and recommendations, detailed financial statements coming from the CPA on the CPA's letterhead for those Nationals have yet to be published in the BUGLE. John, be specific and let everyone know what the holdup is and why you can’t crack the whip and get your job done. The General Membership deserves knowing just the facts. Thanks. ……………………………… To all the readers on this Forum: should you decide to add to this Thread, let everyone know if you disagree with any of the facts stated above. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  2. For those of you who do not know me by now, let me re-introduce myself before I get started. I have a short fuse when it comes to self-anointed experts, liars, B.S. artists, those who want to bend the rules in their favor and those that have a hard time admitting that they made a mistake. With that said and without further ado, read and comprehend the following . . . January 21, 2020 To Pete: Consider this as Part 1 of my “letter to the BUGLE editor” for the March-2020 issue. It is my understanding that the deadline is January 24. Part 2 addressing an issue in the January-2020 BUGLE will follow and be posted on this same Forum in the next day or two. You shouldn’t have any questions why I’m going this route and posting this on the Forum rather than sending you an e-mail. I’m asking that you acknowledge having seen and read this before the deadline. To Pete and everyone else: Here’s my take on how the archaic way of electing Candidates for the 54-year old Buick Club of America’s BOD should be changed. The majority of these ideas were e-mailed to the BCA Minnesota’s Fireball Chapter membership along with a few others on April 4, 2019. BCA President and a Fireball Chapter member at that time, Alan Oldfield, received a copy of my ideas but no response was received back from him. Send him an e-mail if you want to receive a copy. Note that my April recommendation of changing the fiscal-year ending-date was prior to the auditor’s findings and recommendations that were made available to the BCA General Membership after the June-2019 BCA Nationals General Membership Meeting in Midwest City, Oklahoma. ……………………………………………. TO ALL INTERESTED 2021 BCA BOD CANDIDATES, Thank you for your consideration to run for a position on the Buick Club of America’s Board of Directors. If you are not aware by now of the recent auditor’s recommendations to change the next fiscal year-end date from June 30, 2020 to December 31, 2020, you know it now. Likewise, the dates for electing and seating candidates will be changed to conform. This year’s three newly-elected BOD candidates will be seated on January 1, 2021. The format will also change to provide the General Membership a better understanding of all candidates’ ideas for comparison purposes before casting their votes. What hasn’t changed is the assumption that you have the time and are able to participate in telephone conference-calls, meetings and traveling, along with having a computer and are knowledgeable of, or you have someone in your household that is, of sending and receiving e-mail messages for you. NEW ELECTION FORMAT Briefly, the new format will consist of the following three required items: (1) A not-to-exceed, one page typewritten bio/profile to be hand-delivered any time before the start of the General Membership Meeting to the designated Candidate Chairman (a non-BCA Member, impartial outsider will be selected) at the July-2020 BCA Nationals in Strongsville, Ohio, will be required. Your bio/profile will be reviewed for misleading/disinformation by the Chairman at a later date and if approved as submitted, it will be published in the September-2020 edition of THE BUICK BUGLE. If misleading or disinformation is found, you will be asked to correct same before publication. No other changes will be allowed. Voting ballots will also be included in this same September-2020 BUGLE edition and a voting deadline date will be announced. (2) Attendance at the July-2020 BCA Nationals in Strongsville, Ohio will be required. During the General Membership Meeting, each candidate will have the opportunity to make a presentation (approximately 15 minutes) in front of the BOD and General Membership audience. Picking numbers out of a hat will determine the order in which Candidates make their presentation. The suggested order of topics for easy comparisons is listed below. Organize your speech on the premise that you are trying to convince everyone WHY I WOULD BE THE BEST CANDIDATE TO VOTE FOR. Cheat sheets will not be allowed. Neither will wives or partners be allowed to be part of your presentation. After your presentation, the General Membership audience would have the opportunity to ask questions or for clarifications regarding your stated ideas. You would be given additional time to respond. A video will be made of all presentations and made available to the General Membership before the voting deadline. (3) If elected and whether or not you decide to seek re-election, you will be required to submit a detailed follow-up accountability report before you seek re-election or before the end of your three-year term on the BOD should you decide not to run for re-election. All reports will be published in THE BUICK BUGLE. The report should compare what your original stated goals were vs. what you actually accomplished. Presently, few BOD Members have “accountability” in their vocabularies and the voters that voted for them have no clue on what they accomplished during their three or six years in office. Good luck. SUGGESTED BIO/PROFILE AND PRESENTATION SEQUENCE To enable intelligent voters to make intelligent comparisons of all the candidates and decisions who to vote for, organize your bio/profile and presentation accordingly. YOU ARE NOT OBLIGATED TO ADDRESS OR ANSWER ANY ITEMS IN TOPICS 1 THRU 5. TOPIC 1: Bragging rights Suggested items to include: age, education, years as a BCA Member; what experience and new ideas can you contribute and bring to the table that would improve the BCA operation; what are your strong and weak points? TOPIC 2: BCA organization What do you like and dislike most about the structure of the 54-year old organization, how would you change it, do you recognize any cronyism going on, would you vote for having impartial non-BCA members as CEO or CFO and reducing the Board by three members down to six (replacing two, not three every year); are you okay with the “sham” titles and appointments, officers holding 16 consecutive years in office and incomplete financial reporting? TOPIC 3: BCA Nationals What are your likes and dislikes about how the Nationals are run, locations, parking, changes that you would implement, outdated Judging Handbook, weeding out uninformed judges that shouldn’t be judging 400-point competition, lack of detailed financial reporting, etc. TOPIC 4: THE BUICK BUGLE What do you like and dislike most, what would you change, do you favor eliminating the paper BUGLE, comment on the existing un-equal time given for all aspects (pre-war/post-war/super-size pictures/24-page write-up of Cuban rat rods/electioneering or “administrative junk” as the Editor calls it), lack of a proof reader, knowing that an item is false yet still publishing it, etc. TOPIC 5: Membership BCA Membership has declined since 2003 to the tune of 800+ members per year (fewer new members signing up + fewer renewals). Prove in detail to all the listeners that turning things around is realistic in 2020 and beyond. TOPIC 6: Goals Be specific and address your top two goals and how you plan to achieve them. Do you have any objection to submitting an accountability follow-up report comparing what your stated intended goals were vs. what was accomplished after three years in office? Should voters that voted you in have the right to know what you did or didn’t accomplish? ………………………………………….. IMHO ● The presentations alone might be an incentive for more members to attend the BCA Nationals. ● A presentation will indicate quickly whether the Candidate has good organizational and communication skills or not. ● The BCA is overdue for major changes before its demise. ● Top to bottom, everyone needs to be accountable. ● The General Membership deserves knowing the truth. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 “500 Miles West of Flint”
  3. This is not my final response. This is my second request for answers and clarifications to my same questions . . . numbers 2, 3 and 4 that I posted above. (2) The topic of this Thread is about details on Fred’s 1953 Buick V-8 engine. Are you saying that the painted-green fuel pump might be a 1955-only item and doesn’t pertain to the 1953 or 1954 Buick V-8 engine fuel pumps? (Fred is asking if painting his 1953 fuel pump green, like yours, would be correct . . . NOT whether the fuel pump got over-sprayed with green paint or if the fuel pump was installed when the engine was tested. Pictures of Buick documents posted above address 1954 and 1956 Buick V8 engines.) (3) After your discussion with Dave, what was and remains today as to your understanding of what years Buick used gasoline and what years Buick used natural gas (not methane) to test their engines? (You stated ". . . gasoline was used in the past . . . later engines were run on natural gas . . . in 1988 the engine plant used natural gas . . . and in 2003, engines were being pressure-tested . . ." Which is it as it pertains to the 1953, 1954, 1955 and/or 1956 Buick V8 engines?) (4) What made Dave change his mind (contrary to Buick documents . . . one of them pictured in another post above) to agree with you to say that Buick fuel pumps were painted green by the Engine Assembly Group after they were tested? (What did the observation “due to evidence of paint on the vacuum connections at the fuel pump on unrestored cars” prove to Dave to change his mind . . . that the fuel pump was installed when the engine was painted, that the fuel pump got completely painted green or that the fuel pump got bits of over-spray at the vacuum connections? The year of unrestored Buicks that were observed to come to this conclusion would also be helpful to know. Once I receive the answers that I’m looking for, I will respond and compare your answers with what I came away with as an understanding after Dave and I talked at a BCA Nationals. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  4. An OE 1953 Buick Skylark pinch weld detail is not even close to a 1955 Buick. Here's what the body tub end looks like. Add this to what Steve described and noted in his pictures above. ▲ The OE laminated cardboard tack strip was inserted in the channel and both were riveted to the body tub as a unit. ▲ This detail is of the 12 metal backers that are used to prevent the snap's screws from pulling away from the cardboard . . . they are tucked-in behind the channel's flanges. Nowadays, a solid plastic tack strip is the way to go, replacing the laminated cardboard or the fiberboard ones that hold water. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  5. Interesting comment to say the least. Care to share with Fred, myself and all others and elaborate on your discussion with Dave as to the following? (1) Did the discussion occur before you painted your 1955 66C’s fuel pump green in the mid-1990s (prior to the 1997 BCA St. Louis-Missouri Nationals)? If after, an approximate year would be helpful. ▲ This picture was taken from your website. (2) The topic of this Thread is about details on Fred’s 1953 Buick V-8 engine. Are you saying that the painted-green fuel pump might be a 1955-only item and doesn’t pertain to the 1953 or 1954 Buick V-8 engine fuel pumps? (3) After your discussion with Dave, what was and remains today as to your understanding of what years Buick used gasoline and what years Buick used natural gas (not methane) to test their engines? (4) What made Dave change his mind (contrary to Buick documents . . . one of them pictured in another post above) to agree with you to say that Buick fuel pumps were painted green by the Engine Assembly Group after they were tested? I will respond to your and other posts above. Thanks. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 “500 Miles West of Flint”
  6. Don't do it just yet. This thread will become interesting and will change your mind. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  7. Pure B.S. according to the late-Dave Corbin. Fuel pumps were not necessary the way and when Buick test-ran their engines. A plate was used to block off the fuel pump hole during the test-run process. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  8. I don't agree. You need to start by determining and marking the centerlines of the cowl and the hood . . . 90-degrees from the face of the cowl . . . as noted by the vertical red line in the picture below . . . and use those lines as a reference point throughout. Once you start shifting the front of the hood right or left arbitrarily from your centerline mark, you're asking for problems . . . everything will be cockeyed forward of the cowl. Whatever the gaps between the face of the cowl and the back edge of the hood wind up to be when the centerlines line up the entire length, that's what you have to deal with. Decisions to either add or subtract metal for a more-uniform gap or leave everything as is will have to be made. You mentioned a difference in gaps from 3/32" (right end) and 5/16" (left end). Averaging the two, you come up close to 1/8", the dimension that is found in Buick Shop Manuals as a guide. IMHO, if the 3/32" and 5/16" dimensions are the best you can come up with, that could point to a tweaked front-end as the result of a prior fender- bender. You should be fine with doing all your alignment and gapping without an installed-engine or transmission. Your 'Lark needs to be sitting level on a surface (not jack stands) with four tires of the same size though. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  9. Thanks for your response to my six questions. Here’s what Buick documents have to say . . . - Don’t expect perfect gaps. Sheet metal parts stamped in a given set of dies will vary in dimension and form due to uncontrollable variations in the hardness of different batches of sheet metal causing stampings to spring in varying amounts when released from the dies. (In 1953, Buick stamped-out over a quarter-of-a-million hoods that are interchangeable with your Skylark.) - Before deciding upon any adjustment to correct hood or fender misalignment, it is advisable to check for tightness of all attaching screws and bolts and inspect door and hood operations before performing any adjustments or disassembly of the front-end sheet-metal assembly. Buick had problems in 1953, their first year for the front-opening hood, that were addressed in their Service Bulletins to correct operational issues by replacing parts. (Your descriptive and pictures say you did the opposite of what Buick advises.) - Be satisfied with adjustments that produce the best overall alignment (read: not perfect) of the hood and fenders at all points. IMHO . . . - If you cannot achieve satisfactory gaps, alignment and operation of the hood with the cowl FIRST, you will be wasting your time fighting this problem continuously when moving-on to fitting of the doors, inner and outer-front fenders. The cowl lacing also needs to be installed or accounted-for prior to aligning and gapping the hood. - Automotive body work in high-end restoration shops include a pre-fit of trunk, doors, hood, inner and outer-fenders before a complete tear-down and final painting. In some cases, adding and subtracting metal is necessary to achieve almost-perfect results. - The numbered areas in the following picture raised red flags in my book: Area #1: Indicates that the hood is riding higher than the cowl at the upper-left corner even though you mention that the driver-side hinge was set as low as possible. You might want to look for problems with a worn or compressed rubber/metal body-to-frame mount under the cowl, roughly behind area #2, making the body tub to sit low . . . or . . . the composite mounts under the front sheet metal assembly, roughly behind area #3, making the fenders sit too high. Areas #4 and #5: Indicate that the rocker panel might have been replaced, projecting further-out than it should be, causing the door and lower fender not being flush with the face of the rocker panel. I doubt that worn hinges contributed to your hood alignment problem . . . hood operation, yes. Good luck. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 “500 Miles West of Flint”
  10. Tom, Doesn't matter. Unless the dimension from the centerline of the lower rivets in the rubber straps to the centerline of the bottom holes in both transmission's metal mounting brackets are the same, the hangers would not be interchangeable WITHOUT any modifications. Your picture shows . . . unless it's an optical illusion . . . that the hanger assembly on the right (1954-1955?) would lift the exhaust pipe higher than what a 1953 hanger assembly is supposed to do. Do you agree? Thanks. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  11. Not quite. Buick had a good reason for labeling them with different part numbers. You would need to change out the rubber strap. In addition, your 1954 hanger is incorrectly labeled. All 1954 Buick Series with D.F. transmissions used the same exhaust hanger part number. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  12. Love those 1937s with a true classic look. FWIW. One of my earliest memories of a Buick is seeing my Grandpa brush-painting his 1938 Buick 4-door Special black in the early-1950s at his lake cabin. I did get a chance to ride in the front seat with him to the lake once after that and can still recall him working the floor shift. To this day, I always felt that the 1938s have the ugliest grilles (heavy horizontal grille bars) of all the 1930s Buicks and should have been built before the 1937s that have the sleeker thinner grille bars. Typically the newer the model, the more-advanced styling. What was Buick thinking? The same holds true for the rectangular-boxed 1954 Buicks, excluding the Skylark, compared to the 1953s. Ho, Ho, Ho ! Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "More than 500 Miles NSE or W from the North Pole"
  13. How fussy are you? - You could strip and install new DI-NOC film on the tailgate top trim piece completely. DI-NOC, a 3M trademarked product, was used on Buicks for many years, first in 1953, on the Roadmaster's lower instrument and front door trim panels. A detailer or detail shop that knows how to install the latest automotive vinyl wraps might be someone to contact; - Find an experienced artist or one who does pin striping to faux-paint the wood-grained look to just the damaged areas; or - Go to Wally World and find some cheapo shelf-liner stickum paper, prep the trim piece, install the paper, spray a clear coat over it and stand back and admire it. You might have to settle for a complimentary lighter or darker wood-grained color. 3M advertises wood-grained films here . . . https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-us/all-3m-products/~/3M-DI-NOC-Architectural-Finishes-Wood-Grain-WG-846-1220-mm-x-50-m/?N=5002385+3293032942&rt=rud or here . . . https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/architectural-design-us/dinoc-finishes/ Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  14. It's not a Canadian vs. a U.S. Buick issue . . . it's an early-1955 Buick with the honeycomb-style core vs. a later-1955 Buick radiator with the serpentine-fin style. Hard to understand why one of the two styles wouldn't work if both were in good condition. A BPSB addresses why some owners complained about engine overheating that had nothing to do with the radiator. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"