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Everything posted by Aaron65

  1. Beautiful Bel Air, and I'm glad you were able to honor your friend's memory by buying his car.
  2. Of the cars you mentioned, the '71-'73 Mustang coupe would be inexpensive, fairly simple, and easy to find parts for. A Sportsroof, Mach 1, or convertible will cost significantly more upfront. A '67 T-Bird would be fairly inexpensive, but parts availability is worse and the car itself will be more complex, simply because they usually had more options to begin with. '67 Cougars are neat, but I've noticed that prices seem to be inching up on those.
  3. I love 1950s Rolls-Royces; I'm not in the income bracket where ownership is a good decision, but I admire them from afar.
  4. I really like '59 Mercuries, especially their dashboards, but I've never noticed how oddly placed the clock is. Another thing, the seller claims that the engine is a 312, but that's not a Y-Block. It's probably an MEL 383, which is certainly not the 383 most people think about when they hear the number.
  5. I agree. I much prefer the first-generation of front-drive Eldorado, but I wouldn't hesitate to cruise around in this one.
  6. A hundred grand???? Wow. Is Bring a Trailer the new Barrett-Jackson?
  7. I think that's logical for a few cars out there; unfortunately, the word got out, and now half the people selling overpriced cars think that they just need to bump up the price another grand to snag that seller who's looking for "quality." Then you have another car that sits for sale on the Marketplace for two years.
  8. I've talked to Ben both online and on the phone, and there is no way he meant any harm by what he said. Humor might not always translate through the written word, but Ben was certainly just joking around with you. In other words, what you're looking for is going to be hard to find - most likely, you'll have to have a used set rebuilt.
  9. Wow...my dad had one EXACTLY like that one when I was a little kid; it's funny, but I even remember the grain of the vinyl top. I prefer my '63, but the '80 pictured here is in nice shape.
  10. I hope you don't mind my jumping in, Bob, but Remflex suggests that you install the gaskets dry. I've been running them on my 263 for a few years now (dry); you can see where the manifold moves, but the gaskets are still holding up.
  11. Maybe it's just me, but I feel like I'm seeing a few solid Mercury Breezeways on here lately. I'd love to try that unlimited garage space thing one of these days - I'm already renting storage as it is!
  12. I found the hood support I got from a salvage yard here in Michigan (actually, the guy who painted the car did). It's pretty rough. I assume the "roller" is supposed to roll...mine is frozen pretty solid (and it's not quite round anymore). I'll keep soaking it.
  13. https://www.edelbrock.com/pub/media/wysiwyg/documents/carb-owners-manual.pdf You shouldn't have to change the jets/rods as a result of the engine size itself, but if you've moved to Denver recently you might. The 1406 is quite lean out of the box, so you may want to give it a try as is - it might be perfect for your altitude. Remember that reading the plugs with modern ethanol unleaded fuel is difficult. The plugs will look normal over a wide range of air-fuel ratios. I use a temporary AFR gauge and oxygen sensor to initially tune my cars, but after a while, you start to unders
  14. Yes, it does. I think mine was built pretty late in the model year, like July or August 1953.
  15. These are all good ideas, Doug. It's like you're reading my mind with the turnbuckles; my thought was to remove two of the rearmost bolts, but they have that weird bolt head on them - they're shaped kind of like a baked potato. It might be better to use hooks attached to the rear hinge itself and just give it a gentle pull to suck the sides in. First, I'll probably try your dowel idea, but I'm having a hard time picturing what you did - did you close the hood over the short dowels and then use pressure on the edges to crown the hood a little?
  16. Thanks for all the replies (I like your colors too, Kestrel). I tried the center support once but as I recall, it pushed the hood farther up in the back, which made the edges even worse. In reply to Chris, I've never actually looked at the edges to see if there has been major bodywork done there; the hood looks pretty normal underneath, but anything's possible over 67 years. The Super and Roadmaster (I believe) had adjustable fender tops to line up with the hood, but the Special doesn't have that. I've shimmed them up as much as possible but it's obviously not nearly enough. I'll try to f
  17. I've owned my '53 Special for 15 years, and the hood has never fit right. I've tried about every adjustment I can make, but I think the hood's out of shape. You can see from the pictures that it's high on the back edges where it meets the fenders, and it's also wide where it meets the doors. In the center of the hood at the cowl, it's low. The 1952 shop manual mentions reshaping the hood with turnbuckles if it's wide, but Buick changed the hood to the alligator style in '53, so I don't know if that's an option or if it's something I should even attempt on a painted car. In retrospe
  18. Here are a few more of mine playing in the leaves...
  19. My '53 forced fluid from the center section gasket after I switched to rubber seals. A local long-time parts guy came up with using a brass fitting with the proper threads in place of an inspection cover bolt to vent the housing. I ran a hose from the fitting to an open fuel filter and tied it to the frame so no junk gets back into the differential.
  20. Don't feel bad. I have more in my '63 as well, and it also has an old paint job and the air doesn't work yet. This seems like a good deal, but the buyer will end up dumping money into it, just like most of us do.
  21. Oh man, I hate to see stuff like this. I hope someone down there can save some parts!
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