Aaron65

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  1. 3Jakes, that's good to know! I haven't had a problem yet, but who knows!
  2. Are you sure the smoke when starting hot isn't black? Mine (after a lot of tinkering) still puffs a small cloud of black smoke from the carb flooding the motor on a hot restart. It seems to be fairly common with the old inline motors...
  3. Try Bob's Automobilia, CARS, inc., buickfarm.com...I've ordered from all of them and they are all good to work with.
  4. I had a dream once that I owned a gray '54 Skylark with a red leather interior and white wheelwells with a black top. I woke up so mad that it was only a dream! Not too custom, but do factory customs count??? <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />
  5. There was a VERY rough '53 on ebay last year that went for 15,000!!! It was complete though. I'd imagine somebody would want it, even for parts!
  6. Just thought I'd say hey..I'm now #42513...looking forward to my 1st Bugle. Aaron
  7. I agree...what a great time! Lots of great cars that you don't see every day...I can't believe I didn't know about this before!
  8. Aaron65

    FLINT '08

    If I sign up for the club, do I need a sponsor?
  9. Aaron65

    FLINT '08

    Old Guy, Mine was the '53 Special, it's light blue/dark blue...It was parked on Saginaw Street because that's where the workers told me to park it...I guess that's where they wanted me! I did get a chance to see the cars on Kearsley--what a great selection. I talked to a guy with a 4 speed dual quad Wildcat for a bit, and a guy with a V6 Special...I also saw your Buicks, I didn't catch the '40 though; are you selling the Electra? Both nice cars...did you happen to see the '56 Special wagon near the main entrance? That was a beauty too.
  10. Aaron65

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    OK! OK! You guys win! I stand corrected! <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> Maybe I'll try a membership so I can see some more nice Buicks! Oh, Old Guy--I'm from Bay City and I drove my '53 to Back to the Bricks.
  11. Aaron65

    FLINT '08

    I guess I came off pretty harshly; sorry about that. I wasn't trying to make a comment about the older owners or club members being unapproachable, many are just the opposite. And my Buicks are actually almost rust free, so I wouldn't be embarrassed by having them on a non-judged show field, as they are quite presentable. (My Mustang, on the other hand, might stay in the parking lot until I give it some new sheetmetal <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />). Everybody has different priorities with their vehicles, and I was commenting on getting younger people into liking Buicks, and hanging around a judged show, in my opinion, isn't the way to do it. It's getting these old things out where people can see them running and driving...didn't mean to get in the middle of the debate...just to share a viewpoint from a possibly non traditional Buick enthusiast.
  12. Aaron65

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    I'm 29...I drive a '65 Skylark and a '53 Special as often as I can. My wife drives an '00 Century. I too have been working on cars since I was 11 and I would put my mechanical and historical knowledge up against almost anybody. I've loved the look, smell, and sound of old cars, and 40s and 50s Buicks in particular from a young age. I didn't need an older mentor to do this for me. My Dad's a Ford guy who doesn't particularly like old cars (but is very mechanical). As callous as it sounds, I would never join the BCA because of the politics displayed in this thread. I just love driving my old cars and couldn't care less if some judge thinks it's got the correct washers under the fender bolts. My Buicks are nice but could use paint and I'll get to it eventually, but it's no hurry because I like driving them so much. People comment positively on them just the same, and they look just as cool going down the road (where nobody can see the paint chips). Plus, nothing beats the sound of a straight 8! So good luck with your judging, I'll be out driving my old Buicks where "younger" people can see them and maybe think they're cool like I did when I was a kid.
  13. My '53 Special hardtop is a living dream (sometimes nightmare) <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />, but I once had a dream (literally) that I had a silver '54 Skylark with a black top and a red interior...and I always thought I liked the '53s better!
  14. Hey all, I'm looking for a working, non-oil leaking fuel/vacuum pump for my '53 Buick Special with the 263 inline 8. It's to replace the one I rebuilt that is now leaking oil even though I put it together the way it came apart. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> Thanks for any help you can give me! Aaron
  15. Pete, I was noticing the manual for my '53 said the same thing. Mine sometimes floods itself when hot. I've tried all kinds of stuff and it's gotten better, but I think it's just the name of the game that some of the time she's going to start hard hot...especially with today's gas. It seems Buick knew this, because flooring the throttle to start it warm helps clear a flooded engine. Anyway, here's what I've tried: 1. Check that the choke unloader adjustment is correct. 2. I lowered my float level 1/4 inch and that helped. 3. Make sure the heat riser valve is closing all the way so the carb isn't overheated. 4. I insulated my metal fuel lines with rubber fuel hose.
  16. I think LeSabre 300s had the ST300 2 speed, 400s got the Turbo 400 3 speed.
  17. Try tightening it a touch before loosening it. This sometimes breaks the rust free, leaving it freer to come out!
  18. Try the parts wanted section of V8Buick.com...I found one on there...Good luck!
  19. I know! I HATE foreign cars flying the flag!
  20. I think the media is somewhat responsible for the problems with the Big 3. Every mainstream auto mag preaches about how great Toyota and Honda are, and many people don't give the American cars a chance! The 3800 is a great engine that gets 30 MPG on the highway!
  21. It has hydraulic lifters. I had them out when I redid the head and replaced two with pitted bases. I also cleaned them out. Dynaflow Specials had hydraulics and syncromesh Specials had solids, at least that's according to my sales and service literature.
  22. That actually makes a ton of sense. Thanks! I hadn't even thought about that! Aaron
  23. Oh, I should have been more clear...I had to pull the head to replace all the valves, and I had to reset them. They're all quiet but one (and that one is a faint tap which could be a weak lifter). I tighten them to the point where I feel resistance at the screw...if I go any farther, it pushes some valves open...I was wondering if I was doing something wrong...
  24. Now that the '53s put away for the winter, what's the deal with the valves on these things? If I adjust them per the shop manual, they're held open. It seems like there's a 16th of a turn between noisy and too tight. I've got it where it's quiet and running well...they just seem touchier than I'm used to on other cars with adjustable valvetrains. Any insight, comments, etc? Aaron
  25. I don't know why, but I keep checking to see how much it's up to. That thing's a wreck but it's still such a neat looking car! But it's going to cost probably 100,000 to restore at least! All that steel, chrome, and where are the wire wheels? Then the interior, mechanicals, etc. Yikes!