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  1. 7 minutes ago, edinmass said:

    This is why your brass car steers like sxxt today. No need to rebuild the box, the car is low mileage! 1909 Glidden Tour with a Pierce Arrow.


    Yep, and perhaps they were a little shy on hardening technology (at least in automobiles).  As dad says about many 30's cars - it was worn out at 30K miles (by the way if you work here in Cincinnati at Procter & Gamble, then I would have to say 30M for thirty thousand and MM is million). 

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  2. By the way, unless exceptional (and I mean TRULY TRULY EXCEPTIONAL) the day for over 100K project cars has sailed (perhaps $99,999.99 works, but ...). And, with the volume of projects cars coming on the market - let's just say I worked very hard at it to bail out over the past 8 weeks while the bailing out was good and stuff was at its near max value. There is now only one X left in the storage building - we will see where that goes over time.  I am still happy to pick up projects (and always need one + to keep me engaged), but going to be much more choosy forthcoming. 

  3. On 11/23/2020 at 10:12 PM, dibarlaw said:


     The model 96 is identified as a Victoria Coupe.  There appears to be 10 in the BCAs current 2020 roster. It was advertised in the "Buick Bugle" as a 1932 Doctors coupe without a series designation.  The train wreck interior....That was one of the shocks when we got to see the car since the contact guy said it had a nice original interior.


    All interior details were removed.


    He tore apart the dash and the gages.534056960_DSCF8463(1024x768).thumb.jpg.063ac2798c2ce0b35a1716646be0ce01.jpg 

    Stained gray vinyl, even the headliner.

     As to the rebuilt engine. It has sat not being started or turned over without the manifolds being installed for at least 15 years.1146240248_DSCF8455(1024x768).thumb.jpg.b344c8784214acdfe016d210cd1132f1.jpg



    well, at least the interior is just amateur vinyl and not a moth hotel (all be it may have been a moth hotel once in time). Yes, I recognized it as the large Buick - poke around for wood rot (32 is a rough year for wood rot as they were trying new stuff lowing the body on the sill) and if not I would say you can go 14k-ish even given interior. 

  4. On 11/23/2020 at 9:54 PM, edinmass said:

    I hope your volunteering! Where do I send the bill! 

    Stuff happens when you work on cars. It was in a Snap On vise, with Snap On aluminum jaws, and tightened as much as I dared and not damage it. Trying to tap out the pin on the shaft as gently as possible.......which I have done 100 times........and never had a problem. This one wasn’t moving, and I didn’t use any more effort than usual. I already found a good used casting.........the overnight shipping will cost more than the part............fact is, even with experience 70 year old parts fail, and things go wrong when servicing them. I wasn’t in a hurry, it just happened. Such is the way of old cars. In the end, the car will be fixed. It certainly wasn’t doing anyone any good with bad bushings and a running problem associated with it. I will photograph the process and the set up on the Sun Distributor Tester, and will make a video of the points synchronization and the advance curve. Should be a fun project to cover here.

    Works for me - we will send Randy the bill :) 

  5. On 11/25/2020 at 9:20 AM, alsancle said:


    This could be a great topic.   Which cars tend to be trailer queens vs which cars tend to be tour cars.   Probably some obvious reasons what a car lands in either category.   I'm thinking about 540K Mercedes which is almost always a trailer queen (I know of two instances of one touring in 25 years).

    It is a dedication and it gets harder by the day.  


    It is also incredibly expensive - I should just open my wallet and ask people to root around in it until they are happy (happy for many to most would be emptying it and I do not blame them as I give people some horrendous projects of "that is really broken good").   Then there is just complicated:  I think my posted somewhere here last week about my upholster threatening to "slap me silly" if I brought him another X to do - says I am great to work with, but my projects are much more not fun over the regular not fun projects. 


    Dad and I were discussing that the Auburn has probably cost us an extra 40K (and I am frugal) over what would be trailer queen maintenance over past 15 years for the pleasure of having a car that can be driven anywhere.   I have no doubt that the Auburn I am doing now will be undependable for probably 2 years while I shake the bugs out.  Use to be with a lot of old timers that when we sent something for a drivetrain rebuild the rule was put 1K miles on it and then drive it over to the house and drop it off - try to find people that will do that today.   And so it goes ....



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  6. On 11/18/2020 at 1:56 PM, md murray said:

    I had a lot of fun seeing that one in it's 50 plus yr. hiding spot - you would never have guessed it was in there. I personally liked it better without the discs, but I guess it cleans up the appearance? 


    I like the disks, but would have been nice to have them all match and have all the mounting parts too.

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  7. Sidenote:  at our house the "restored" stuff does not last too long - I find better cars are usually upgraded originals or super nice originals.  I have no problem with restored cars, but most restored cars are not all that well restored from a driveability standard (usually takes me a year plus to work all the gremlins out). 

  8. On 11/18/2020 at 9:55 AM, Matt Harwood said:

    I've noticed an interesting phenomenon in the hobby that I've often found difficult to articulate. Flashy and showy cars are what people seem to seek to own. But if you go to any show at any level, from a cars and coffee thing in a parking lot to Pebble Beach, it's the low-key and often all-original (but maybe scruffy) cars that attract most of the attention.

    Because they are more interesting generally speaking.  


    By the way, ask someone who has ever organized a Concours about finding ACD cars to be on their show fireld.  They want restored, but turns out most of the cars are "well driven" as they are eveyone's favorite tour cars (aka most people find that frustrating matched to many of the really shiny cars often has plenty of authenticity flaws to them and ...). 

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  9. On 11/16/2020 at 11:22 AM, dibarlaw said:


    At least on the T and the A there is parts support. Best of luck on the restoration of the cars!

    They had to remove (2-3) 14 yard dumpsters of stuff before uncovering the 32 Buick. Also 2 seized, big series 1931 and 1932 engines on cut off chassis outside under tarps. What is included with the Buick they could only guess. The original owner passed last year. The property is sold and must be vacated by March.


    Note the hanging ceiling insulation that was soaked from the leaking roof.



    You could probably go like 14K to 16K or so comfortably if the Coach/brougham has anywhere close to a usable interior (if a trainwreck interior then less). A rebuilt engine is still never cheap so that gives you some more wiggle roam perhaps.

  10. On 11/14/2020 at 8:06 PM, padgett said:

    Reminds me of the old saying "if you have to ask, you can't afford it."

    Years ago, Dad and I went into the Williams Rolls Royce to look at a New Turbo Bentley - the "hostess" asked if she could help and dad asked the cost of the black one in the window.  She did the "have to ask thing."  Dad asked her is she owned a home and she said yes.  He asked if she asked it's price and she said yes.  He then replied it was a shame she could not afford her home. She took offense.  We then left and drove to Herman Albers RR in Zionsville and it was their lucky day. 

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  11. On 9/2/2020 at 1:03 PM, 58L-Y8 said:

    1937 Cord Supercharged Beverly Sedan - $42,000 - Homer Glen, ILL 


    1937 Cord Supercharged Beverly Sedan, Chassis No. 320905, Original Engine No.FC2885 (does not have original engine.) Body No., Model 812. 170 hp, 288.6 cu. in. supercharged L-head V-8 engine, four-speed pre-selector transmission, trailing arm front suspension with transverse leaf spring, tubular rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 125" - Timeless Gordon Buehrig design
    - Supercharged Lycoming V-8  - Low-production bustle-back Beverly sedan 1 of 184 original SC Beverly Sedan body style.
    I have documentation that this supercharged Beverly sedan has had just three owners since 1949 and has always been in the state of Illinois. It was restored from an excellent original car and has been in the current owner’s collection since 1982. Correctly painted in RED, it has cloth upholstery with tan piping throughout.
    The paint looks pretty good as well does the chrome, with the effect being an appearance that belies the age of the restoration. It has accessory fog lights, whitewall tires and has the sought-after “bustle” trunk lid that affords copious luggage space. The car has not run in sometime, but ran well when it was put in storage.
    According to the late Cord historian Josh Malks, about 401 bustle-back Beverly sedans were built, barely a quarter the quantity of fastback models. Slightly more than a third of them were supercharged. As such, this lovely Cord is both rare and desirable.  The cloth headliner needs repair as well as the right front door glass, and one fog light.  Car is being sold from an Estate. It has an Illinois title.  Priced at $42,000.
    You may email or call the Estate’s Administrator at the number above.

    Contact:  (630) 3-4-six-3-four-6-zero

    Copy and paste in your email:   eb249002762633c4ac1d37dbeae30cee@sale.craigslist.org


    I have no personal interest or stake in the eventual sale of this 1937 Cord Supercharged Beverly Sedan.

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    As to this car - price probably should be in the 30's somewhere (despite its flaws, it probably it equally strikes me as a pretty good car).  And an S/C car with an S/C replacement engine is no big deal - common in Cords.   

  12. Dis-assembly happens and bad stuff too = I try to tell people to get it running first and go from there or ... - point being to take it in small doses as you think you are going to rework something that it took 1000's of people to build in the first place.  


    A good friend use to fully assemble any project and then take parts off and restore the parts to shelve them - basic point was by the time the car was dissembled the car was ready to re-assemble (lots of 100 point cars went through his shop on that process and only one car over 40 years did not get finished - that guy was cheap and the fellow doing that car today (now 40 years later) is pulling his hair out as the cheapness did not go away with age.

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  13. On 2/25/2020 at 2:31 PM, trimacar said:

    My sympathy (and empathy!) to the person replacing the top.  Not the most complicated in the world, but enough so to be a real pain.  The worst top to put on in my experience (see picture) is a Packard Darrin, there's no front top bow, just a couple of pieces of metal, but that's another story.....


    Horrid cars to put tops on - lots of extra work involved - my upholsterer says if I bring him another he will smack me silly. 

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