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About unclefogey

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  • Birthday 05/15/1943
  1. A couple of years ago, I lamented the fact that my neighbor traded his Buick, he had been an exclusive Buick owner as long as I knew him, for a Toyota Avalon. I also stated that I had been working parttime during the Christmas season and every tree that I tied on an Avalon, I asked what the owner, usually a senior citizen, had owned previously. Buick was the answer numerous times. One of the replies to my thread contained the statement that the Avalon was the best Buick that Buick never built Today I am driving down the highway and I come up on a new Avalon and there on the upper right hand co
  2. Given the comments to the recent thread concerning the '60 Buick which ended up on its roof in Holland after being thrown from a trailer, I was surprised that there weren't more cautionary comments about this thread. Man, you have more guts than I would ever have pulling that rig from Fl to MA. Looking at this setup, I wouldn't have gone around the block with this car. Did you catch in one of the pictures the position of the left side trailer wheels in relation to the fog line? One is dead center on the line, while the other was almost completely inward of the line. Probably a bent axle.
  3. Knowing that the voltage regulator in my '41 was not functioning properly, I was on the lookout for the possibility of finding one at swap meets during the winter storage time. Found a similar looking one at the Portland swap meet (was visiting a friend) which was marked as for a range of years which included '41 but was stated as being applicable to the larger series 60, 70, 80. I asked the seller if it would work in a model 46, and he repied that it wouldn't because of a different amp. rating of my generator. Can only believe this is true, because he didn't have a sale based on this info.
  4. Back in 2006, after having my '41 for about a year, I quickly realized that the Sonomatic radio was just not cutting it as an entertainment source for the planned drive to Seattle. About this time, there was a thread on this site, which probably has occurred multiple times, on the subject of 6V to 12V inverters needed to power 12 V radios. As in this thread, it was stated that all that was needed to do was to go to an electronics shop and buy an inverter, which I was never successful in doing. A search on the web resulted in the usual "how to build one schematic" and one manufacturer, Analyt
  5. Friend had a Skyhawk, believe it was a '77 or '78. After 2 engines and three transmissions (5 speeds) he never again bought a GM product.
  6. OK, who is going to be the first to plug their GPS unit into a 6V cigarette lighter and report back that it didn't fry it, mess it up permanently and it worked just fine on 6V? I have an older StreetPilot 2720, the one that weighs about three lbs., and on the trip to Seattle, the first thing into the motel room was the 12V booster battery to be plugged in for a recharge. The GPS system's affinity for interstates is sometimes a very large pain to someone driving a pre-war vehicle who is intent on staying on two lane highways at a reasonable speed. Never forget the Rand McNalley Road Atlas sold
  7. Ouch, it appears that my friend's son-in-law didn't exercise due diligence prior to taking on this job. Appears that his feeling sorry for his neighbor's plight might get him into trouble. He probably should have said that he realized that the car's putty grey interior and all its accessories are in good shape, its body painted in a color chosen from last year's women's wearing apparel trunk show is in good shape, but its engine is worth the equivalant of a garbage bag full of crushed Bud Light cans. It was time to cut her losses and to move on. It might be a good idea before a backyard mech
  8. Had to try it for the heck of it. The response back indicating the initial title issued in Virginia in 1998 for my 1998 Ranger, confirmed what I thought when I bought it in 2004. It had not lived in an area subject to road salt. The wonders of auto auctions. Its present title does not appear, because, evidently, Minnesota has not gotten with the program.
  9. Derek, I haven't been on the website for quite a period of time, a little like your vacation from ice fishing, but I see your list of Buicks has grown. On that trip, I caught one that went nose to the top of my belt with tail touching the ice, which turned out to be 42", not big for your area, but for a little lake on the outskirts of the Twin Cities, is not bad. Got him/her back in the lake as soon as possible. John
  10. Received a call from my buddy telling me that it looks like I finally will be able to get my hands on the rear end out of his '55 Special. He has finally had it with the repair bills on the Dynaflow and is going to go with a big block Chevy and drive line replacement. First question, what would the possible ratios be in a '55 Special with an automatic transmission? Even though I lucked out and have a 3.9 to 1 in the '41 Special, I would like to be able to cruise at 60 at a little less than the 2700+ rpm that she turns now. I probably will lose a little pulling power on the low end, but it sh
  11. It appears that this thread turned into an interior/exterior decorator's discussion rather than GM reliability discussion. Had a discussion with my ice fishing buddy while sitting on upsidedown 5 gal. pails and waiting for the northerns to bite. He said that his son-in-law's neighbor found it was cheaper to buy the son-in-law a $3,000+ garage hoist as payment for replacing the headgaskets on her 1998( believe that was the year) Cadillac's Northstar V8 than to take it to a shop. He also said that the "book" on doing this job states that the replacement can only be done once. When his son-in
  12. stevo, What's wrong with covering the floor carpeting with plastic? Ever see what four guys and their dogs can do to an interior while getting in an out of a Suburban over now 10 years of hunting seasons? Used the 36" wide clear plastic carpet runner material, putting it under the seats by unbolting the buckets and middle row bench seat. Carpet was totally cherry until I borrowed the vehicle to friend's son and he dumped a 32 oz. coffee which got between the trans. hump cover and the driver's side. Carpet went from basic grey to the other available stock offering of basic tan. You can't
  13. Have decided that I really want to know what kind of RPM's the engine in my '41 is putting out at highway speeds rather than depending on the mph to rpm chart in shop manual because I have 15" rims vs. the stock 16". I have tried to exercise due diligence by querying prior postings and have only come up with one by ZondaC12 relating to switching wires on a 12-volt tach in his '38 until the needle stopped jumping around. Nothing was said about how many wires and where they were finally connected. I also dug deeply into the piles of junk on the shelves in my garage and found the cheap, plastic
  14. Point of Reference. How soon we forget about the old phone company days and such things as the EPP, better known as the Extension Phone Police. Ma Bell would determine how many phones were resident in the confines of the sacred area known as your home by measuring the current draw when the phone rang, and if you had a phone not manufactured by Western Electric or any number of phones greater than the one that you were allowed in the price of a phone line, you were branded as a scofflaw, sent a bill for each additional phone, or told to remove the non Western Electric phone because it could d
  15. Here we go with the "point of reference" problem again. The bigger the organization, the more likely a lot of individuals harbor some or a lot of disatisfaction with that large organization. Toiling away on a Thanksgiving keeping the phone service open will be totally cancelled out in the customer's mind who can't get DSL service because the company owning the lines determines that it is not in their plans at this time. Since you are in Washington, and I am in Minnesota, we know what phone company I am talking about. Tried to turn to the city for help, but city manager was just as frustrat
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