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  1. Thanks for such detailed information. I will see if I can locate the AMA Specs, but it won't be easy online. The previous post about Coker Classics has me more than concerned. I seldom ever show a car, as we have a 50-car collection in Canfield, Ohio for display purposes. See www.tipcars.us On very rare occasions I will have a car judged, so whenever possible I try to stay as close to original as possible. We now have the engine out and the fenders, hood, and deck lid have all been stripped to bare metal and in primer. The matching number low mileage engine and transmission have been rem
  2. Thanks - I heard similar comments from one other friend, but I keep leaning to the Firestone Tire in 820-15 size that is also available from Coker. If you own a Skylark, can you measure the width of the whitewall? Thanks, Fred
  3. Thank you for the quick reply. In checking Coker's charts, here are the dimensions of their tires, but I do not know the exact dimensions of the 800-15 bias tires back in 1953, as they were probably a little different (not much but close) Our company (TipTools) is next door to Cokers at Spring Carlisle, so I want to place an order this week for pickup at Carlisle in 3 weeks to save on the freight cost. a) 800-15 Coker Classic Bias Tire: Tread Width (TW) 4.70, Section Width (SW) 8.30 Diameter (DIA) 29.08 Capacity 1800 @ 32 PSI Whitewall: 2-1/2" & 3" Price $231 Not avail
  4. I am restoring a 1953 Buick Skylark with the original 15"x6.5" spoke wheels. I will be needing a new set of 5 new tires, and in the Owner's Manual it calls for 800-15 bias tires (with tubes in 1953). However, somewhere I read that the original tires were a little higher profile in 1953 as compared with today, so I am thinking of buying the 820-15 tires. Choices: a) Coker Classics Bias Tire with a 3" whitewall. 800-15 size. (Lowest Cost) - Other tires listed below are slightly higher in cost, but not enough to worry about. b) Firestone Bias Tire with a 3-1
  5. Lamar, You have 100% of my understanding and support. I have been in a similar position with our business for almost fifty years, finally handing over all of the responsibilities to our son, so that my wife and I can spend time never previously available to us in past years. I still often come to work in an advisory capacity, but not on a regular schedule, and most of the time at work I spend tinkering with some of my antique cars (currently doing a restoration of the 1953 Skylark). At first I regretted my decision, but little by little realized that there was finally a time to let go an
  6. 🌝Thank you very much Al and Mr. Earl, Taking your advice, I located a source for show quality rebuilding of my five existing original 1953 Skylark 6.5" x 15" wire wheels, using stainless steel spokes and nipples for $795 each with a 60-90 day lead time. They answered the phone on the first ring and connected me quickly to David Adler, who was very informative and friendly. Luckily the set of repro 6"x15" imported wire wheels that I ordered elsewhere is on back order, so I will cancel that order and go with the following rebuilding: Motorspot, Inc. (Truespoke Wire Wheels)
  7. Mr. Earl (Lamar), I agree with your position and support your decision 100%. There comes a time in every man's life when he must back off on many of his prior and sometimes difficult responsibilities, and now is the time for you to enjoy life, do some travelling, finish your Buick Garage and do whatever you please without being tied up spending so much time with all of us on this and other forums. Hopefully you will some day get out to Ohio to visit us - the welcome mat is always out for you. Best regards and good luck and A BIG THANKS for all of your friendly advice
  8. Thank you John and Al for your very interesting and helpful comments. The 1953 Buick Skylark that we are currently restoring will be displayed in our car museum in Canfield, Ohio, along with either mint original or restored to original Buicks (restored 1917 Touring, body-off rotisserie restored 1954 Riviera 2-dr HT (400 Points at Charlotte), mint original 1956 Roadmaster Conv (30K original miles) and older restored 1957 Super 2-dr HT. We also have many other cars on display (over 50 total). While I go for originality, I hate to admit that after a restoration is complete and af
  9. I have a set of new WV Repro 15" x 6" wire wheels for my 1953 Skylark. I am planning on ordering a set of bias whitewall tires and tubes to be in compliance with Buick Judging Sheets. I have several questions: a) What was the correct whitewall width for this 1953 Skylark when sold new? b) Some say the correct tire size tire is 800-15, for use with the original 15" x 6.5" wheels, but in 1954 with a 15" x 6" wheel, I saw that the correct size was 760-15 for that wheel. Since the WV repro wheels are 15" x 6" (same as 54 Skylark Original Wheels), I am thinking that 760-15 might be th
  10. Even if the battery is fully charged, sometimes it is only a battery cable that is too small in diameter for a 6-volt system. Often a battery cable is purchased at the local parts store in the correct length, but not thick enough. The correct size battery cable if you have a 6-volt system is about the thickness of your thumb. Also remove all battery cable connections and tighten them securely after cleaning regardless of the cable size. A bad or weak ground can also cause similar problems.
  11. I recently purchased a rust-free 1953 Skylark with a set of 5 original KH15x6.5" wire chrome wheels that are badly pitted. I have on back-order from Jegs a set of five (5) repro wire wheels that are 15x6". I just realized that the wheels should be 6.5"wide, but there are no repro wire wheels available in that width. Cost of the 5 wire wheels through Jegs is around $500 each, less two $50 coupons - or around $2300 freight prepaid. Here are my questions: a) When I receive the 15x6" wheels, what is the correct tire size for that wheel, using inner tubes? b) Does anyone
  12. Do you make the curved stainless steel moldings for the kick panels? I need one left and one right. Fritz
  13. I am looking for a pair of metal side mount outer covers for a 1929 Packard, although many others will fit. Tire size outside diameter 33" and about 5" wide across top of thread. Attached pictures show a pair that I bought about 7 years ago from the AACA Indiana Region. They no longer make or have any available. I may be able to modify most anything that is close to the size. I need only the top metal as shown in attached picture. That set had a stainless steel center, but without is OK. I do NOT need the flat metal that covers most of the wheel. Please reply - Thanks
  14. Do you have the metal sidemount covers? I need a pair to cover sidemounts on a 1929 Packard with 33" outside diameter tires. If close to that size, I can make them fit. I am in NE Ohio. Thanks, Fred
  15. Continuing with this old post...... Since this thread back in 2011, I have tried many electric fuel pumps and all have issues. (Too much pressure, not enough pressure, premature failure, too much amperage draw, non-Ethanol resistant components, wrong polarity, leakage, blockage, other). If testing a new electric fuel pump (before installing) I try to suck and blow through any of them to see if (in theory) fuel would suck through from the mechanical pump with the electric pump in the off position. If this doesn't work, forget about using that electric pump for starting purposes only without a
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