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  1. There was a show called "Bringing Up Buddy". The two old aunts owned a 1939 or '40 Buick 4dr convertible. Buddy had them take it to a shop where they told the shop owner to "give it the works, our nephew wants it done". Von Dutch may have played the shop owner. Anyway the car came back souped up with a flame paint job. In the end they were able to get back to basic black, but the engine mods stayed. I have found small amounts of information on the series but none on that specific show, the car, or the shop actor. I would bet the Buick is still around. Sure would like to see that show again. I think the old gals were Iris and Violet. Old, probably about 10 years younger than I am now. Maybe younger. Those California people age fast must be the sun. I keep remembering the real estate agent with the long grain leatherette cleavage. But that's another story.
  2. I looked the car up earlier today and the unpainted grilles popped right out at me, same question. I kind of take that as a given on most of them. My thing , being in the HVAC field, hasn't anyone hear of a fin comb? There are a couple different types.
  3. Something you can do right now is check the action of the vacuum advance plate. Just take the distributor cap off and rotate the plate in the direction of the advance lever. It should snap right back when released. If it doesn't the plate will stay advanced on those brief engine shut off times. Too much advance will make the engine grunt and fail to start giving the symptoms of an electrical problem. Check the oiler and lubrication point for the breaker plate if it doesn't have a crisp action. My first experience with this was a complaint that the Buick started fine when it had been sitting. Then the owner drove to the gas station, put in gas, and the car grunted like the battery was low. I lubed the blackened, dry cork pad under the plate and all was fine again.
  4. In the 1990's I did a lot of collector car servicing after my regular job. At the time I charged $40 per hour and much of the work was time consuming. One customer had a low mileage '41 Cadillac. that All the door rubber had dried out and the hood bumpers were gone. I gave a quote to do the doors and hood rubber for about $600. That was what he had paid for the car in 1964. I told him I would deduct $15 per hour for the time he helped. He knew we would surely be done by lunchtime on the planned Saturday. He arrived and I showed him the basics of scraping off the alligatored door rubber. "You take one side, I will take the other" and I started in the tight doorpost area. About 45 minutes later he came around to my side of the car soaked with sweat. "Would you give me a ride home?" I allowed him a full hour and didn't charge for the time taking him home. Never a complaint bout price after that. You gotta watch your perception with those old guys. Yes, they can teach. A decade or so later I was subcontracting my non-automotive business with an engineering company that wanted me to teach one of their clients how to do my service. At I personally showed their lead person the ropes. 😄 They graciously deferred future contracts to me. Well, got to take my wife to get groceries. She doesn't let me go alone anymore.
  5. Cliff Robertson battles bad guys and fights an early Coronavirus through downtown Pittsburgh and into the Allegheny Mountains (just kidding, New Zealand). Good sound.
  6. On the topic of future collector cars keep this advertising campaign in mind. No, it's not. I have a "not your father's Buick Park Avenue". But, then, maybe 35 years later maybe it is.
  7. Don't forget, if some else can rebuild it you can too. If the bar is straight and the weld you mention can be ground off you can take the swivel joints out by grinding the tack welds on the cup side and pressing the assembly out. I have done this on a '62 Electra that wandered on the road. there are a couple of Teflon sleeves that guide the taper shafts. Luckily that was all I found wrong. If the balls and sockets are worn they is probably a GM tie rod end that could be used for parts. I don't know which but the rebuilders figured it out. Take your center link apart and see what is worn. You might be surprised at how quickly you can make it good.
  8. And the suit. When my ship visited Hong Kong in the late 1960's a lot of us avant garde 20 year old sailors bought similar suits, chosen from men's magazines at the local tailor. One came back to the ship after leave to visit home. He told us he was mistaken for the catering staff at a party. "Atta boy, Billie!" Oh, I should add that I bought the Verde green Continental suit as in the famous song "Cowboy in the Continental Suit". The one with the arched seam across the back.
  9. My '60 Buick is due for a new set of tires. I bought them in 2012. The first set served me from 2001-'12. On that car I drive about 1200 miles per year, less since the plague hit. Around five years ago I ran across New York State on the thruway to a meet where John DeFiore was checking out my biased tires in the parking lot. Although I am still using the tires I wouldn't consider a drive like that today. I wouldn't even take the hour drive to Buffalo at 70 MPH. I would take the 50 MPH route without concern. I grew up in a tire shop. Old tires will go a long way. We used to regroove casings that had some meat on them. And if they were cracked we used heavier paint to pretty them up. We had regular customers buying those tires. A report of a blowout was not common but we did get them. We also vulcanized tires and I was good at reviving truck runflats. My Grandfather was a big one for high air pressures. He said "We put them together with heat and pressure. That's how they come apart. Pump them up so they run cool." Higher air pressures will also cause objects to bounce away rather than imbed it a tire. Around the turn of the century my '64 Riviera gradually fell into disuse. My wife became increasingly uncomfortable riding in it and favored the taller cloth seat Electra. The tires on the Riviera were purchased in 1994. They creak when I move it. I put a pair of "roll arounds" on the front when I did the front brakes and haven't done the rears yet, maybe this winter. I make the 2 mile annual drive for the state inspection to keep the license current, but I don't expect some cataclysmic event on that drive through the village. I have put less than 4,000 miles on my '86 Park Ave convertible since I put the new tires on it in 20013, there's seven years. No urgency or lack of confidence there, either. Like Barney writes, each car and owner has its own set of circumstances Guidelines but no hard rules. Writing and thinking about this makes me think. How many would agree that "Does this look bad?" is the most common rhetorical question asked?
  10. In 1980 my '64 Riviera had its original bronze mist paint and it was wearing through. I don't care much for brown cars so I color changed it to the factory maroon. Liked it a lot. I have been getting around to repainting the car after 40 years and strongly considering the original color as a value add for the next owner who may be an heir. As a collector car, one should keep in mind an excellent appraisal rule. How is a Bentley with a Rolls-Royce grille appraised- Bentley, missing grille. Collector car repainted in non-original color, collector car needing paint. Pretty simple logic. Of course even I know it's never too late to reverse.
  11. I figured the wife and the kids would name the cars if they wanted.
  12. Here's a side view of it leaving. And a '35 Studebaker Dictator just left from an afternoon coffee break.
  13. You might try Steiner: https://www.steinertractor.com/?gclid=CjwKCAjwgISIBhBfEiwALE19Sefng55HsrqQJ4h2Fgj-OmVSD_m4ZgfaCEzzRXopY3JoaskbAiFCgBoCPU0QAvD_BwE It sure looks a lot like Allis Chalmers.
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