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  1. I mentioned Purdy and Stevens. I have most of Ken Purdy's books and have read quite a bit about Stevens and the Excalibur cars. They were leaders in the neoclassic movement through the 1960's. Purdy books are readable online. Don't follow up on my suggestion to read and look. That car will being following you home. Since this post came up my cursor accidentally fell of the Excalibur ads. I'm not a snobby elitist, but under the right circumstances my imitation can be very convincing, and can make people use bad language. Bernie
  2. I owned a 1993 PA Ultra at the turn of the century. It was my daily driver from 35,000 to about 95,000 miles. It was a nice car but I was happy to see it go at that point. If I bought one as a collector car I would make every effort to use only GM replacement parts, especially wheel bearings and brake parts. Those jobs done with aftermarket parts never achieved the smoothness of the original for me. It was also very noticeable that the car was a unibody.there were flex points I could feel while driving. They are also prone to rocker panel rust due to water draining from the cowl and building up inside the rockers. I removed the cowl intake covers and poured half a quart of ATF down each side until it dripped out the drain holes. After owning that car I went back to vehicles with separate body and frame construction, longitudinal mounted engines, and rear wheel drive, The B-body Roadmaster and Silverado trucks are my cars of preference today. I have a '94 Impala SS (Caprice) today, buying that configuration was mainly based on my PA experience. That's personal taste and I do own a 1986 PA, but they are not Buicks of the traditional type I grew up with.
  3. The year before I quit drinking I cut the roof off out '62 Electra over the holiday break, drove it to the diner for coffee the next morning. Probably a mute point because I have done it a couple of times since. I never could figure out these guys who cut the roof off and then weld it back on. That's insane, leave it off!
  4. I'd like to be sitting in the lobby with Ken Purdy and Brooks Stevens looking that car over. They may have been involved.
  5. That 12 was in Geneseo, NY, not far from me: https://www.cottoneauctions.com/lots/55164/1933-auburn-12-161a-cabriolet The '33 Auburn Twelve sold for $96,000 plus $15,000 as buyer premium, sales tax etc. It's headed to Tennessee. Good Bye, lovely Auburn! My grandfather always had a gallon of red paint and a stiff brush. Like the old lady said,
  6. "Resale Red" I was about 13 years old when I first heard that term. It's a winner.
  7. You could investigate Rolls-Royce SSI/SS2 and Bentley T-Type rear suspension. They use a torque arm arrangement that is flexibly mounted to a crossmember between the transmission and rear end. It should give the basic concept of how to fabricate what you want. The RR arms are pictured. Many are being parted out, but a lot have damage from tow hooks and rust. I wouldn't do it myself, but I have put about 20,000 hobby miles on my Dynaflow over the past 15 years and see no reason to change it. In drive mine has infinite ratios. I have a 6 speed ZF electronic automatic, V12 BMW. The drive train feel is nearly identical on both cars.
  8. That shredded paper makes good insulation. Did you save it in some plastic bags to use later?
  9. I replaced all five in my '64 Riviera to get ready to drive to the Buick Nationals in Sandusky, Ohio. I couldn't drive the caps out far enough to remove them as usual from the CV sections. I ended up cutting the cross with a torch and knocking the caps out with a punch. That was the only hitch. I did have a CV ball replaced on a '67 Cadillac by a professional driveshaft shop. That was a flop, took it back 3 or 4 times and they never got it right. I found a good one in a junkyard and it was fine. The rebuilt one leaned against the wall of the garage for close to 20 years and then I threw it out. Bernie
  10. There is something about a car for sale and sitting on a car trailer that just kind of pushes my disinterest button. There are a lot of them out there.
  11. About 25 years ago I went to a big estate sale and saw the family selling a bunch of "stuff" left by a major car collector near Buffalo, New York. I came home and threw out a ton of worthless car items I had and decided not to saddle my family with the misguided idea that the toys I bought with discretionary money were anything to be cherished. The thought "Oh! You thought they were worthless, but the are valuable today" probably comes to mind. Maybe, if one thinks selling is just a wave of the hand. Put up an ad and they will beat a path to your door, don't work that way. Selling is hard work and costly. My wife knows who my friends are and she knows if one is truly interested in one of my cars they can have it. They are all paid for and are serving me well, no need for more. I would be ashamed if my toys amounted to a significant part of my estate. Actually, the only "old" cars I have owned were ones I bought and sold. A long time ago, maybe 1970's I figured out that all old cars were new once. They went through a depreciation cycle and I could buy it at any point. I have old cars but they weren't so old when I bought them. That's how the hobby works for me. And I like it just fine. As to the future of the hobby, for my part anyway, here are hobby tools that came about 10 days ago: OBD2 diagnostic tools and adapters. It applies to all cars built after 1995, 25 years now. A lot of old timers will reject them, old timers younger than I. But I will be around buying up the unfinished projects and making a few bucks to fund my aging more modern cars. And they will become old like the others did. Like my cardiologist said "Plan on 30 more years, just don't expect it". I will enjoy whatever comes along without a care in the world for my hobby legacy. My memories are much better than dragging a bunch of material stuff around and I won't impose it on the kids either. OBD2
  12. It has A-frames up front. A VW is transverse torsion bars. My first thought was a '51 Ford.frame.
  13. My '64 is empty when the fuel gauge reads 1/4. Been that way since 1978. I ran out of gas oncst.
  14. The '64 Riviera fender was shipped about a year and a half ago. The Jaguar right front would have been in '14. It is important to think about those southwestern parts that have been exposed to the sun. I have seen some deep surface pitting that even showed through fresh paint jobs. I am sure the painter thought it was properly prepared. Maybe the newer surfacers will work better, but finding one from a milder, salt free climate would be my preference. I have seen shapes similar to the big Jaguar sedans get on a Greyhound. But they were softer and easy to squeeze in. I only got the fender.
  15. I got a '64 fender shipped by Greyhound terminal to terminal from Virginia to western New York for $115. A '53 Jaguar large sedan came from Minnesota for a little less. So don't limit your search until you know for sure. Some body parts from the east are not as "cooked" as the southern California stuff. Bernie
  16. I have been driving cars with pistons the size of juice cans all my life. If you have to wind an engine up into the high 6,000 RPM's to get "horsepower" it won't meet my expectations. I would drive that Enclave 100 miles on the NYS Thruway to Syracuse at 75 MPH and it was fine. I would come home through the rolling hills on RT 20 and it was disgusting. Too many things had to be pushed hard to compensate for the 220 cubic inch engine to suit me. I'm not a ram the throttle driver. I just got rid of it and was happy to see it go. By the end of today I will have driven three of my cars. I will be very satisfied with their performance and will probably not exceed 3,000 to 3,500 RPM. They will all scoot when I want them to, not because I need to. So the Enclave was a pig compared to my 5.3 Silverado on the same roads. And the exhaust doesn't smell like hair burning when you do have to step on it.
  17. I am from a family that has always "just liked cars", new and old. One of my early memories is trying out a new 1953 Chevy with my Dad by driving down the Swamp Rd. along The Bergen Swamp (http://www.bergenswamp.org/) . We probably drive that road every week to 10 days and I always remember that ride. That was his first new car. He traded every 3 years. There is nothing like a new car. When one buys a new car or new-er car for utilitarian or price reasons I can see being critical with that being the criteria. When ones buys a car because it is exciting and an adventure I think it is a whole lot easier to get past some nuisance. Ten years ago I had a new Buick Enclave. I hated the car. 5,000 pounds with a 3.6 engine, what a pig. Recently I have considered a Chevy Traverse, same pig drivetrain, but I could probably live with it because it's just a Chevy. My expectations would be lower.
  18. That, $500 of dealer options (a large portion goes to the salesman), and closing the deal on the last day of the month will get you the best deal in the house. I am pretty receptive to technology, but rubbing fingers on screens just seems fidgety. I'll stick with the voice command on the BMW, an old one.
  19. One night a week I have coffee at Tim Horton's with a friend who is a Nigerian Prince. He'll get a kick out of that one. Bernie
  20. Using the word "easily" twice and so close together is a big red flag. I am surely a cynic, but I still keep trying new things, even got a couple of patents. But nothing is easy. Any project is an integration of concept and details. For the future, be careful at meetings. There is a tendency to glorify the concept and ostracize the details. The cynics notice that. They also notice throwing out the details keeps the promoters awake. To paraphrase old Orson "When it's time, they will whine". Bernie
  21. In New York State vehicle registrations were hand written up into the 1970's. I bought a 1956 Willys-Overland pickup with a registration showing 1950. Someone must have mistaken a 6 for a 0 and it didn't matter, just an old truck. The DMV found 6 other W-O's listed with no consistency in serial numbers. A nice lady at the Motor Vehicle Department fixed it for me, but then, I wanted it fixed. Bernie
  22. Big Brother admitted he may have made a mistake. The CAFE regulations imposed for fuel mileage have been successful, so successful that income from the gasoline federal excise tax is not meeting the needs of the highway budget. The recently canceled CAFE regulations would have left them broke. "An unexpected collateral situation" is what they called it.