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  1. Still hanging around here! Needless to say haven't done a thing to the car since last fall. Sadly, this past winter was the first time in the car's history that it was parked outside over the winter. Too many cars, not enough garages. But I did buy a good (i.e. expensive) car cover for it, and it was parked right by the driveway in the backyard so it was protected and we kept a good eye on it. Seems to have made it through winter OK. The good news is I bought a small commercial building -- basically it's a 6 unit mini-storage with an apartment on the backside and a HUGE garage off to the side, not part of the storage units (although same building) that's two cars wide and two cars deep, and is heated, and has a bathroom, and is about 4 blocks from my house. So as soon as I've got it cleaned up and a workbench built that's where the Buick is going. Plenty of room to remove the hood and get to that radiator, etc. So no more squeezing between the car and the workbench working in the one car garage! If the car starts and drives like it has for up to a block at a time, driving it down to the new shop will be the longest drive it's had since the 1970's (I think 1972). I plan on mounting my GoPro inside and getting video of the "trip" Tim in Bovey
  2. No, I've never done a compression test. I'm kinda basing my analysis on blue smoke and that it will crank and start up with a very weak battery. It's probably got maybe 4 hours of running time on it in the garage over the past 18 months. Still smokes like holy hell. And I recall riding in it as a teenager -- I'm guessing around 1972 -- and it smoked a LOT then. My Uncle who had been keeping tabs on the car had taken it out for a ride while we were there visiting. Grandma wouldn't even ride in it because it smelled so bad. I would have been about 14 then. I remember conversations about worrying about carbon monoxide getting in the car. That would be something I could do quick before winter sets in, however. Not very scientific, however. Tim
  3. Egad! I'm back. I'll try to make this brief. After Dad passed away a year and a half ago I really lost my drive to work on the car. I was really dedicated to getting it on the road to give him a ride in his car before he died. Didn't make it. But he got quit a kick out of the fact that it was out of storage, was running, and that I was working on it all the time. After Dad died I was very busy taking care of Mom who would up in assisted living with pretty severe dementia/Alzheimer's and Mom passed away last December. But this spring it's going to be time to do something. Clearly I am not capable, nor do I have facility, do rebuild the engine/Dynaflow myself. Basically working in a one car garage. I'm good with a wrench, but the last engine I rebuilt was a Chevy 6 in a '54 back in 1976 and I was a lot younger then! Anyway, my Son IS an ace mechanic but he is in Topeka, KS. If we can get the car to him he can and will do the job (he's already looking forward to inheriting the car some day). So basically I'm after three things by this spring. A safe way to get the car to him. Topeka is 11 hours from here. Whatever parts he's going to need to rebuild the Straight 8, and whatever he's going to need to go through the Dynaflow. Is there a good comprehensive parts source? I feel like I haven't looked for Buick parts in ages. The car is still in the garage and starts right up. Smokes like a sun of a gun, but it runs. And it can be driven around the block. We'd like to build it to make it a reliable driver. I don't need to hot rod it, or do a lot of fancy modifications except things that would add to reliability. Once it's back home up here there are no freeways, no city traffic, just pretty easy driving. Not planning on doing anything till spring, but I can accumulate needed parts in the meantime. Tim
  4. So what's the scoop on removing the radiator? R&R of the radiator doesn't seem to be addressed in the shop manual. Is it simply a matter of removing all bolts associated with holding it in? Is it necessary to remove the hood completely to get the radiator out? Or will the hood swing up far enough one way to get it out? The local radiator shop indicated that yes, they can indeed repair or even recore the radiator. Not that I'm going to pull it out in the next day or two as it's mighty cold up here. But when a decent day hits us I want to be prepared. Which brings up another question. Is there a more involved manual that a guy should have on the shelf besides the standard shop manual? It seems like to many procedures I want to undertake are not addresses in the shop manual. I'm suspecting the shop library needs something more involved. It seems that for my Corvair there was an assembly manual that literally told everything you'd need to know about every nut and bolt in the car. Tim in Bovey
  5. Many of you may have read that Mom passed away on December 10th. It's been a tough holiday but I'm recovering. Now my interest in working on the seems to have been renewed. About all I've done on it the past year was replacing the brake light switch which of course solved the problem there. I was kind of up to my eyeballs taking care of the folks the past year. Next on the list is to have the radiator addressed. When we first got 'er going I didn't notice any leaks, but now that it's been run a bit there seem to be several. Used to be a pretty good radiator shop just a few miles away but they've long since turned into more of a general auto shop and I'm not sure if they repair/record/rebuild radiators any more, but there's a couple shops up in Hibbing that are listed too, so I'll see what can be done. I don't know if radiators are something that get repaired anymore, but I'll know more next week. I'm not seeing anyone offering new units for this car. AFter the radiator, I'm going to follow through on ordering a new gas tank. No point messing with the old one, once it's out it's not all that expensive to just put in a new tank compared to the cost and time trying to fix up the old one. So, that's the update. Been a mild winter thus far -- last year we had about 3-4 weeks of -30 (yes that's below zero) weather. Only one or two days where it got below zero at all so far this year, and in the 30's the past few days. Tim in Bovey
  6. Thanks all for the thoughts and prayers. Perhaps the somber mood will lift by spring and I'll get back to work on the car. As it is right now you can turn the key and start it, back it out of the garage and take it around the block, and that's not bad considering it sat for 35+ years! Tim in Bovey
  7. I just wanted to add to this thread that Mom passed away this past Wednesday, December 10th. They never got to ride in the Roadmaster again but they did see it come back to life. Tim in Bovey
  8. Greetings from a fellow '51 fan. Oddly I find myself in favor of the old school plan. Fix it up, drive it, absorb the vibe, and go from there. My '51 Roadmaster (which my Dad bought new in '51) is all original except for the spotlight, foghorn, steering wheel knob and trailer hitch -- all installed by my Dad in the 50's. The car has 174,000 miles on it, all driven the way it was built from the factory, which include an awful lot of below zero Minnesota winters, and a road trip to the New York Worlds Fair, California, and all over the midwest. If 6 volts got it through all that, it should be enough for cruising! You could convince me of a dual brake conversion for safety. And I could be convinced to add an audio input to the radio so you could plug other audio into it -- the car and it's radio may be fine but entertainment choices on the AM band are not so good all these decades later. Any decent radio guy should be able to add that for you no sweat. I bought a set of wide whites from Coker -- they look fine, they're bias ply, fit great, and for my cruising purposes should be just fine. I invite you to read the thread on my car -- seems odd to call it my car yet -- it was Dad's car until 2 years ago, and Dad passed away this past week, but I officially became the cars owner two years ago, transferring the original '51 title from Dad to me! Long thread, lots of vintage pictures since Dad had the car when he met, dated, and married Mom and they took it on their honeymoon. Have a look at: http://forums.aaca.org/f163/bringing-dads-1951-roadmaster-back-332363.html BTW, you'll find this group of guys here on this forum to be the most well informed, nicest, most helpful guys I've ever met in any forum on the internet ever -- although the Corvair guys come close Tim in Bovey
  9. You may have noticed on this forum in another post that Dad passed away this past Friday morning, and I won't go into that here. It wasn't unexpected following recent issues but still sad. Ironically the funeral tomorrow brought my Son up from Kansas yesterday, who went right to work on the car today. The fuel flow issue is solved with replacement of the fuel line from tank to fuel pump. We also discovered a leak around the filler pipe joint on the tank which we only found because he had the passenger side of the car lifted only, sloshing gas to the drivers side where it was dripping very slowly. No crisis for now. We took the car for a test drive around the block, then around several blocks and back to the garage with no issues. He adjusted the screwy aftermarket manual choke that Dad installed years ago, and we tested the charging system for proper operation -- all A-OK. Brake lights kaput -- switch is bad. It was fine when the car first arrived here, but as you see in the first test drive video, no brake lights. At least that's easy and I don't have to lay under the car to replace it! Will I have to bleed the brakes after changing that switch? I must admit that I got a bit misty driving the Buick thinking Dad missed seeing it drive again (he did see it go halfway round the block last year, so he knew it was on it's way back). Coming here to the forum was just for a quick update and a bit of a diversion as we're busy with funeral plans and will have a house full of relatives tomorrow. Tough times but we all go through it. My Son confirmed he's looking forward to inheriting the car, I reminded him that if I do as good as Grandpa he's going to have a 30 year wait. Tim in Bovey
  10. Wow. Just Wow. First, thanks for noticing, and yes, it's been a tough Fathers Day. Dad passed away early Friday morning after several days in the hospital then two days at the nursing home where we had hoped for more healing that just wasn't going to work out. He passed peacefully in his sleep and Mom and I got to see him and talk to him in his final hours. He was not able to speak back but could understand us and squeeze Mom's hand to let him know he could hear her. I won't go into the medical details but we can chalk it up to old age. He was 86. Services are tomorrow, June 16th. A small simple service as he didn't have much family left and most of his friends have passed on as well. This morning the family went to the Civil Air Patrol pancake breakfast that they hold every fathers day as a fundraiser. Dad was a private pilot and as young as 3 I remember flying all over Minnesota going to airport pancake breakfasts. I got a bit misty sitting there in the CAP hanger eating breakfast with my Son and his oldest daughter and my wife and one of my daughters. Work on the car will continue. I originally logged in today to do an update on the car when I discovered this post. Confirming my belief that Buick people are among the best people in the world! Tim in Bovey
  11. Yay! Another '51! (See my thread on Bringing Back Dad's '51). According to Pop (who bought the Roadmaster I'm working on new in '51) those rings for the bomb sight hood ornament were often broken off by guys who used them to make bracelets for their girl friends. Don't know how that would work out as I haven't looked at it close enough, but Dad was always very protective of his and watched for hoodlums out to impress their "chicks". That what he says anyway, and he was there at the time! Anyway, gonna be fun watching another '51 being saved. Tim in Bovey
  12. OK, good to hear about Tanks Inc. I'm thinking I'll just get a new tank and have the mechanic down the road install it, along with a new line. I messed up my shoulder installing kitchen cabinets/counters at my daughters place two weeks ago and I'm not up to getting the car up on jacks again and trying to do it myself. The local old time mechanic is highly recommended. Talked with him last week and he indicated it wouldn't be a problem. Attached a couple snapshots of how she looks today, out of the garage for the first time in a year! Tim in Bovey
  13. I also noticed in the video that the brake lights did not come on, and I know they worked fine when I first put a battery in the car. Odds are I didn't reconnect something after the brake work. I'll check into that. Well, my fuel flow troubles are clearly in the line or the tank, and nothing I didn't sort of expect. Although we ran the car quite a bit in the garage, this would be the first time it's been running and moving, so I imagine we knocked some crud loose someplace once gas was allowed to slosh around. She runs just fine off a can of gas on the floor. I'm thinking the easy and best thing to do is just replace the tank and gas line? I see an outfit called "Tanks Inc" or something like that lists a '51 Roadmaster tank for something like $250 shipped, which sounds a lot better to me that all the cost, time and trouble involved in cleaning, coating, etc the existing tank, and a new line is a piece o' cake basically. Anyone have any experience with Tanks Inc? Or know a good source for a new tank? We have an old timer mechanic just down the road and I'm going to enlist him to do any more under the car work. I've basically laid under it for nearly a year and I'm done with that! The wife gave the car a quick wash now that it's parked outside next to our garage. It looks much happier. And it looks much better outside than in the one car garage! I'll try to put up a couple pictures later. Tim in Bovey
  14. It definitly needs to have the carb rebuilt. I've done nothing to it at all except spraying it with some Gumout while it was running yesterday. The accellerator pump squirts nothing, so getting it started takes a spritz of starting fluid. That and a burned out left blinker bulb, and it's pretty much driveable. Exhaust and brakes are all new now, tires all new, fluids all renewed. So now, it's just basically some careful local driving to see how she holds up. It was sure smooth until it quit yesterday! I'm wondering if I was simply out of gas! First time it's been running off the jacks. On the jacks it sits level, but it's quite back end low when on the ground, I suspect the gas moved to the back of the tank and didn't reach the pick up for long. I have not had a chance to check it out yet. We've run it quite a bit while working on it and only put in lawnmower gas can quantities of fuel, so no idea what may have been in it.. a gallon or two at most I'll bet. The gauge said empty, but don't know that it works anyway. Will know more later today. However, it is now parked next to our garage, instead of in the garage, so today it's getting washed for the first time in probably 40 years! I'll take a couploe pics after she's washed up. As for the guy who was auctioning off the pic of Mom and the car on ebay, after my note (above) he's pulled the auction, apologized, and claimed he found the photo is a used computer he purchased at an auction. (Even though his listing says he scanned it from the original Kodachrome). Anyone here sell or auction off a used computer that may have had the image from this forum in it's cache? Anyway, I'm not gonna pursue it further but I'm gonna keep an eye on his listings! Hopefully more news on the gas issue later today. Weird. When I was a little kid, like 5 years old, I used to sit in that car and play driving in the garage, now 50 years later I finally got to drive it for real! Tim in Bovey
  15. OK, here's the message I sent to the ebay seller: "Number of questions about this photo. First -- from where did you purloin this photo of my MOM standing next to my DAD's Buick? We OWN this slide, it's RIGHT HERE in my hand, the ORIGINAL Kodachrome. It has not been published, offered for sale, or given away. Although Mom (85 years old this Friday) appreciates being called a "Hot Lady". You have violated our copyright, you are LYING in this listing as you couldn't possibly have made the print from the original as it's ours and we have it. I am in the process of restoring this car -- Dad bought it new. My guess is you grabbed the photo from the Buick forum online where I posted it months ago. Remove it, do not relist it, or I will advise eBay of your illegal actions." Note how his listing is all lies. Obviously there's no way he made this from the "original slide negative or print" since I HAVE the original SLIDE from which there are no negatives. We'll see what happens! Tim in Bovey