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Larry Schramm

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  1. The first two pictures are of his torque wrench. The last picture is a dial indicator. I have one similar that I use to check rotor runout.
  2. Maybe as a 3rd or 4th vehicle and then it would only be an around town grocery getter. It will be very difficult to get my Silverado out of my hands. I use it for everything and a lot of towing. Hard to find an electric vehicle that is as versatile and work as a truck.
  3. Edinmass might change the numbers for a restoration estimates, but I usually think first guesstimate on the cost for something to fix the car usually ends up a multiple of this number. Usually 2-4 times the original estimate. And that is if you are doing it yourself. If you need to take it to a professional shop, then all bets are off.
  4. Being down south in the Carolinas I would really expect to see an RC & a Moon Pie. Not a Diet Coke & another snack.
  5. Day late and a dollar short. I just threw away a white/beige canvas top from my Model T a couple of weeks ago.
  6. What exactly is your question? If it is, are the wheel bolts used to balance the wheel, the answer is no. The bolts are close to the center of rotation and any difference in weight would be negligible. You can mix & match wheel bolts with no difference in wheel balance unless you are going for a land speed record. Wheel balance is obtained by balancing the wheel at the rim where the tire is. There are a number of different ways that wheel weights can be attached depending on the style of wheel.
  7. I may put a few more miles on the 1913 Buick this year, but not much more. Here is where I am to date. Not bad for a 108 year old car. Now to get it ready for next years touring season. Already planning for our first tour in March 2022 in Georgia.
  8. There was a good article in one of the Model T club magazines that said you could use a piece of newsprint about the size of a quarter. Wet the newsprint with oil and put in on the bearing cap and tighten the cap. Try to crank the car by hand. If you can crank it by hand, take out a shim. do this until you can not crank the car. Remove the newsprint and the rod is now properly shimmed at about .002 inches. On the other side, if you can not turn the crank with the newsprint on the rod cap start adding shims. Keep adding shims until you can turn the crank. When you can turn the crank, remove the last shim you added and remove the newsprint and the rod is now shimmed. I thought this was an easy way to check rod bearing clearance without damaging the bearing or crankshaft. I have been told by some knowledgeable individuals that using plasti-gauge on babbit poured bearings is not always real accurate. It does work great on insert bearing which I have rebuilt a lot of modern engines using plasti-gauge. Just a thought.
  9. Buick trucks are fairly rare. I know of about a 1/2 dozen '15-16 which are 3/4 ton trucks but in the various clubs have counted about a dozen. 1918 Buick trucks I only know of a handful and two of them are in museums in Canada. You could probably guess there are maybe a dozen also. 1911-1914 I know of another handful and there are probably less than a dozen as I know of only a couple of them. The Model 2A trucks probably have another dozen around. I have a "delivery car" body that will fit on my 1908 Model F Buick. I have the only one of those that I have ever seen or heard of. I have only seen one picture of sales brochure that shows that body. 1923-24 have a few of those around but I have only seen two of those. I personally have the 1908 delivery car body that I could put on my Model F chassis(see below picture). I also own a 1915 3/4 ton truck and a 1918 1/2 ton truck, all Buick's. The last truck that went through auction at Hershey a couple of years ago was the Mel Boonstra 1916 truck and it went all in price for the low $30,000's plus the buyers fees. https://rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/hf18/hershey/lots/r0081-1916-buick-d-4-express-truck/710516
  10. I took the 1915 truck out for the final drive of the year today. Here it is getting ready to be positioned in the garage in que for work this winter. I am trying to line them up and work through the maintenance and repairs on the various cars & trucks to be ready when spring has sprung. Our first tour is scheduled for March. Already planning for next year.
  11. My preference is a Buick factory service manual. Written by the people that built the car.
  12. Jennifer, Cool looking car for a family project. Done right and made safe & reliable it will be a car that is a pleasure to drive.
  13. From my very limited experience with 8N tractors & Model A's, the bendix looks similar.
  14. The old car hobby is not for the faint of heart or wallet. 🙂 How do you turn $100,000 into $25,000,.......restore a car.
  15. From my experience, when the bushings on a shock are that badly damaged, the shock or part attached to it is usually shot also. I guess, maybe spend maybe $5 on bushings or $20 on new shocks. In most of our worlds that is an easy choice especially when you need to take the shocks off to change the bushings. Once & done.
  16. Looks like a bunch of trailer light lenses, mostly.
  17. Absolutely not a truck from the factory. It is a hack job probably made during the depression or during WWII. If WWII, it was to get more gas and tires which were rationed. Lots of cars were cut off and made into something like a truck. Very common with farmers.
  18. Well we went on the last tour for the year with the 1913 Buick on Friday with the Gilmore Museum in Hickory Corners, Mi. It was an 80+ mile tour for the day. Here we are getting ready to go. We had the oldest car on the tour. One of the other persons on the tour could not believe that we would drive a car this old on these tours and in all kinds of weather. I told him that we do and that is part of the adventure through life. We took our oldest grandson Clay on his first tour. He is six. We expect it to be the first of many more to come in the future. We had a great time with him and he really like the day with his grandparents riding in the old car. I can't wait until he can drive on the tours with us. 🙂 Start them young!! Here we are just after lunch. As has happened on other tours it was dry when we went in for lunch and was raining when we came out. The car below in the lower right corner is Joe & Julie Tonietto's Cadillac. They were on the tour with us. It was great to have a lot of other people we know on the tour. It rained all afternoon from a drizzle to a down pour. We have gotten to expect rain on almost every tour. Just part of the driving experience which is kind of replicating the driving "in the day" Below are some of the cars at the Gilmore museum. Our happy grandson getting to see all of the old cars helped to make his day. On this tour we went over 1,800 miles driving this car for the year. Not quite 2021 miles on the mileage challenge, but not bad for a 108 year old car.
  19. I would guess that you have seen very few Fiat's up north in the salt belt.
  20. Here is what I use in my cars & trucks. All older than 100 years old. Lubriplate SPO 299. You can buy it in quart containers, but it is quite expensive in the smaller bottles. https://avepetroleum.com/product/show/lubriplate_spo-299_gear_and_bearing_oil_l0249-035_(35_lb_pail)?_vsrefdom=adwords&gclid=Cj0KCQjw5JSLBhCxARIsAHgO2ScRZKTLMw9TbxYTFZrcBNXizIEDuSQjFj5sJ3WMQblMpUvy1VCq-jQaAkxcEALw_wcB
  21. My first impression is a first generation Corvair. Maybe a rear bumper? https://www.mecum.com/lots/BB0213-146956/1964-chevrolet-corvair-monza-spyder/
  22. Maybe I missed it, but I noticed that Restoration Supply, Snyders Model T parts, and Dennis Carpenter Ford parts did not bring anything to sell like past years. Is there something going on with the suppliers or the Penn tax department that is is not worth the effort to sell at Hershey/ Penn any more? I was looking forward to getting some parts from two of the three businesses.
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