60FlatTop

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  1. I went through the fuel system on my 34 year old Buick Park Ave and was able to buy the complete set of factory manufactured steel lines and flex connection lines for about $200 within a few minutes. Thirty-five years ago one wouldn't even conceive of that happening. And a new plastic window roller. Rock Auto and Ebay, respectively. The roller came from a diligent vendor on Ebay. And Ebay should be very thankful people like that use their platform. Left to the Ebay parts compatibility, I would find old issues of the J. C. Whitney catalog a more reliable parts interchange resource.
  2. Does the horn blow when you change stations? I always wondered where "Horns of a Dilemma" came from.
  3. Sometimes my modern digital camera will only take black & white pictures.
  4. Taking a step back to look at a broader context, 35 years is almost one and a half generations. And generational gaps are significant. Most old car guys have experienced 4 generation gaps so far. They haven't paid much attention or cared it went by fast. I see a lot of them holding their hands out at chest level, similar to a biped dinosaur, and wiggling their fingers to symbolize youth. Maybe some subtle points have slipped past them during those four generations. Raise your hand if you think I was smiling when I wrote dinosaur. Edit Fixed typo. Bernie
  5. I recognized that Mercedes guy in the vid instantly, he almost talked me into buying a Merc. My first thought on the wheel cylinders was to drop them into an ultrasonc cleaner for a couple of days, but jewelers aren't too open to that. Gentle treatment can surprise you. Get a 4 to 6 oz. ball peen hammer and hold the cylinder loosely in the palm of your had. Rap the cylinder with the hammer using wrist action like you were ringing a bell. Just keep it up, imagining the waves radiating through the metal. When you get to the point where you are ready to give up, continue. If the casting has not distorted to block the piston it should push out. Don't whack it, just the light bell ringing will do it. Years ago I serviced radiator steam traps in hundred year old buildings with that technique. The plumbers would come in with 3' pipe wrenches and tear up the hex heads on the old caps and end up cutting pipes and all kinds of hard work. I might patiently tap for half an hour, listening, and when I heard the right sound, just put my fingers on the scarred up mess they made and unscrew it. Most didn't have the patience to do it, and the bosses didn't think the tools were manly enough to look like "real work". But I don't remember any I couldn't take apart. I would put a couple hours into it if your parts were here. And I still have that hammer. Bernie
  6. I have the factory AM/FM radio in mine. I think of it as being suitable for a person willing to lay out $4,000 to $5,000 in 1964 money for a car. I hardly ever turn on a radio in any of my cars. The cars are all quiet and smooth, I enjoy that more. A half century old sound system in any car would likely be due for original capacity, quality speakers. If not broken, the next step would be to replace the paper wound capacitors in the radio chassis. Beyond that is audiophile stuff. Maybe my ears are getting bad. One of my modern cars has sub-woofers in the seat bottoms. I don't even listen to that one. Maybe it's more than the ears going bad. Bernie
  7. That might be considered a little misleading to some.
  8. Corbin clamps are my preference but it is hard to get a matching size hose O. D. so they work correctly. Newer, "Pacific Rim" hose is marked in inch size but manufactured in millimeters, usually slightly smaller than original. I have some old American hose of various inch sizes in a locker out of daylight and relatively humidity stable (the cotton is not rotted). I picked up about 30' of new 5/16" fuel line a while back and the Corbin clamp slid right off. My old stock hose worked fine. Thanks trans-Pacific trade pact. Corbin clamps are designed to exert a radial force evenly around the circumference. With Whitek style clamps pressure concentrates at the worm screw and varies with the distance from that point. On a replacement molded hose I would probably make a sleeve to accommodate the Corbin clamp and pressure test to be sure. Bernie
  9. It looks like you have found the immediate problem and a thorough clean up should do it. I would suggest you pressure test the cooling system when it goes back together. That's the sure test and I do it at least once a year. I have seen Buick aluminum timing chain covers develop an internal leak in the casting, only once, but saw it. Stant testers are under $100 and with 15-17 PSIG on the system you can do a lot of external checking for small and potentially big problems. That leak I saw was seeping into the oil side. Even if it doesn't show drips, the pressure degrading indicates a deeper look. My 12 cylinder car has an all aluminum engine with a coolant transfer pipe running front to rear in the valley area. The first thing I did was buy an adapter to do an annual test on that one. With the Buicks approaching 55-60 years old you never know if it spent some decades with just plain water with no corrosion inhibitors. Pumping it up one a year is about like the doctor having an old person get an ultrasound on their carotid artery. Bernie
  10. PM their address and I will send them and old issue of the Bugle. Bernie
  11. That kind of thing is pretty much why I have mostly GM stuff. I swear I remember walking up to the parts counter and asking for MoPar brake parts. The counter guy needed to know if the car was assembled on the A shift or B shift, the name of the assembler, and first name of his first born male child. AND it had 8 wheel cylinders! We thought one assembler had two son's named Bob, but it was just a problem with a tractor feed printer... but believable. Bernie
  12. Imagine going into a garage and finding an unrestored chassis and a restored body. Now, that would be a rare find indeed! By the way, I sold the King Midget pictured above. Honest, some clown came along and had to have it. A real one.
  13. At the top of the list of best old car advice is what Doug Seibert, the Rolls-Royce mechanic, told me in 1994: "Join the club for the car you want and use all the expertise of the club to buy the best car you can get." He followed that up by pointing at his 100 point Silver Cloud and saying "If I had done that I would have bought a better car to start with". Twenty years later we pulled out of my driveway in my very clean, unmolested 1994 Impala SS and I told him "I looked a a lot of equally priced Silver Spur's, but chose this". "You are a smart man" he replied. Good advice made me that way. Without the support of the club, whichever you decide, you may arrive at your first show to hear "Oh, you bought that car." I have driven a wide range of vehicles, quite a few recommissioned from long term storage and some quite old. There have been a few times when I thought "Imagine some guy pulling this out of a hedgerow and pouring himself into it only to find that "this" is all he got for his effort". It can put a lump in your throat. As a fellow member your chance of a drive would be better. If you do buy a car and it doesn't meet your expectations remember, it's not like you married it. Sell it and try another. I have done that most of my life, sold a lot of them, kept a couple. Bernie
  14. My thoughts. Where are you getting this crap to filter out? In the 1990's I was driving a '56 Olds with a lot of very fine rusty slit in the gas tank, only really dirty tank I ever had. I'd pull the plugs and the tips were orange. Ran great, no problems.
  15. It is really hard to find a good one due to shoddy repairs and deferred maintenance. That includes restorations. When you do get behind the wheel of a good one it stands out as a lifelong memory. But you have to drive about a hundred to find that one good one. Bernie
  16. Upstate New Yorkers, what a breed. See the Bilko door open in the last picture? Once you switch from coal to natural gas the cellar gets bigger. Surprised the hell out of the meter man.
  17. I can't recall ever wasting time to go look at an old car. Not only is the trip a great adrenaline rush, but there is also the chance of something else being there. And there is always an opportunity to stop in a good restaurant on the way back. In my case I know how much money I have to spend. I don't go to look at cars costing significantly more, or call on cars without prices or hidden reserves. If I want a car I will ask if there is room on the price or offer all I have available. If I offer all I have and that is the limit I can't do any better. Professional car salesmen get it. The best cars I have owned are the ones that others have told me I paid too much for. The impulse buys that were a bargain were usually sold fairly quick. I have come out pretty good on those because the buyer was a bargain hunter. Expectations, people ask me if my '60 Electra is for sale, sure, I know what is is, what it will do, and what I have done to it.Take it to the corner, top off the tank, and go anywhere, $23,000 while I'm here. My wife has a spreadsheet that lists it at $7,000 if I drop dead. Unrealistic? When you figure the enjoyment I got from owning the car I could give it to my nephew and walk away with no regrets. It's a hobby. Just randomly Google "obituaries Brockport Bernie" a couple other cars and some tools are on my wife's spreadsheet. Bernie
  18. I did a couple of presentations for the. Casual business attire for me. Most can rattling was for the potty mouth ones. No Carol Burnett imitations but a couple of Cheetah imitators tried to distract me.... maybe. I was invited back so I did something entertaining. I talked about government regulations. They raised quite a bit of money in that can.
  19. Those price guide publishers won't buy the car?
  20. Always best to seek adult supervision. My two cents, you could get hurt installing with your own design. Just think about what happened right before you heard a person say "I thought".
  21. I used to follow up on local parts ads that led me to believe more parts might be available. It worked well. A lot of times I would ask "How much for everything in the garage? It will be cleared out by Saturday." I remember three times when I sold the contents of buildings I stored the non-sale items in a lump. Those were the parts I couldn't sell. It has been a few years since I bought out a hoarder. Mainly, it costs too much to sell and space has become more valuable to me. 2019 was probably the year I have thrown out the most stuff ever. Twenty to forty pounds every Tuesday makes for an appreciable amount of free space in the garage. And I have been reading periodicals and throwing them out after reading, that's a big one. I still sell some items, but I get weary of the buyer who imagines my parts are in a colorful tent beside a camel caravan route and needs to haggle over every nickel. They even use the same words their TV hero uses. They cry, plead poverty, demean themselves in all manners, and then brag to their friends about the deal they got. Seen it too many times. Tell them they are cheap and they get offended, pulling a roll of cash out of their pocket, wave it around, and ask "Who you calling cheap?". Then stick the roll back in their pocket without peeling off a dollar. (If you are smiling you know him. Three guesses and I bet I get his name). Weary. The buyers have made me weary. And that's how my parts dried up. I still say there are a lot of people in the old car hobby who pick their car like they would a costume. Bernie
  22. I have 8.20 X 15's on it instead of the correct 8.00's. But I take the side streets in town and stay away from Main ST. Seems to work OK. Oh! I used gloss paint on the torque, too.
  23. I had the same problem in grade school. My Dad was a leftie and I had a propensity to write and use my left hand in things that were "Taught". Resistance was futile. I had a stroke a few years ago and the left side is not working as well. I figure I am somewhat less capable than I was, but equal to those who tried to change me. When I was in my 30's, maybe late 20's I had my handwriting analysed. A woman, she gave me one of those withering looks and said "You're overconfident".
  24. Just read the post above and thought about Loins Club meetings where they shake the can with quarters every time you do something inappropriate. Every member could submit their PayPal card or equivalent and be charged $0.25 for writing about modifications, extra quarter for each picture. A pop up for each occurrence would make it just as annoying as one of those meetings.
  25. I remember a 50ish Mercury custom and maybe a Plymouth roadster. Those 1930's car that were popular all look the same to me. My '39 Buick was at home.