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Machine Gun

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  1. Perhaps to control wind buffeting at speed? Any convertible owners out there care to do a windows up/down comparison? You want odd? Check out the 1950 Nash convertible coupe.
  2. One cannot help but admire the time, money, and craftsmanship that went into ruining that car.
  3. I don't know how MA handles these things but as long as the VIN on the car and the title match I would think that correcting the model would be relatively simple. In NJ a photo or pencil rubbing of the body plate usually suffices if the VIN matches. That you inherited the car makes it worthwhile to go through whatever trouble it takes to get it corrected. However, I would never buy a vehicle that had an incorrect title no matter how seemingly minor the discrepancy; it's the seller's job to produce a correct title, even a color change due to a repaint. A mismatched VIN is a deal kil
  4. Yes, the same in Paterson where I grew up. We were lucky because my parents owned the house, and we had a driveway and a garage. Felt bad for others in the neighborhood who had to park on the street and dig themselves out. You probably remember seeing kitchen chairs and garbage cans that people used to reserve their spaces while at work. Probably still a common practice in cities.
  5. I took the Skylark out yesterday for its final ride of 2020. They'll be salting the roads today as we're getting our first taste of Winter precipitation. This year was a bad news/good news year for the mileage challenge. The bad news is that I didn't make the mileage goal. The good news is that I put more miles on the Skylark this year than in any other single year since I bought it in 2014: 1,099 miles.
  6. Reminds you of your grandfather? What, you trying to make me feel old? It reminds me of me when I used to roll out the pre-mounted snow tires every winter.
  7. Welcome to the group, Fabian. Where in NJ do you live? I assume somewhere near Montvale where some European manufacturers have US offices. I live in Sussex County and would love to see your '59s some day. I'm particularly fond of the 1959 and 1960 style.
  8. A worthy impersonation of the Buick!
  9. Fuel economy must be terrible with a car that heavy.
  10. And for New Jersey! Wait.....nobody says that.
  11. It's obvious that the guy's wife is making him sell it. "Gee honey, I listed the car but no one showed the slightest interest in it. I can't understand it. I guess I'll try again in Spring."
  12. It makes me imagine what might happen if the transporter on the Enterprise malfunctioned.
  13. I wouldn't be caught dead in that thing! (Sorry for that. I couldn't resist).
  14. My college GF had one of those at the same time I had my '73 Rallye. Reminds me of very good times when my biggest worry was whether I had enough money for gas.
  15. What John said about the timing chain cover. I went through that hassle with my '64 Skylark. Lots of penetrating solutions and lots of time. Despite the care I took I still sheared off two bolt heads in the cover, and even then the cover wouldn't slide off the studs. I was determined not to destroy the timing cover so I soaked the hell out of the studs over a ten day period and gently worked the cover off. As to your mechanic's estimate for tearing down the engine and finding out what's wrong, I maybe living back in the '80s but for $9k I'd expect more than a diagnosis. I'd expect
  16. Piedmont was a nice regional airline. I used to fly them a lot, but not in their tail-dragger days. Thanks for the interruption. Now back to our regularly scheduled thread.
  17. I live in Vernon Township up in Sussex County. Grew up in Paterson. Where in Jersey were you? - Jim
  18. I agree with you on the price. I had no intention of paying that much and had planned to make a reasonable offer after inspecting the truck. During one of my conversations with the seller I learned that he is a dealer who didn't disclose that in the Craigslist ad. I learned during the conversation with him that he "already reduced the price" and will hold firm at that figure, as well as assessing a $150 dealer charge. It ended there. Thank you very much for responding to my post. My hunt for a pickup continues.
  19. I made arrangements to go see a '46 pickup that's up for sale for $12,500. It's reportedly bone stock, in daily driver condition with complete and solid floor pans, and only a couple of coin-sized rust holes in the fenders. Not sure it's worth that, but finding an early unmolested pickup of any kind that's not a roller or costs more than my first house hasn't been easy. I'll be able to take it on the road for a test drive. Like so many trucks I've looked at over the past five years this one looks good on paper but the reality may be very different. Anyway, on to my questions. What
  20. So true, and I agree. My comment was tongue-in-cheek of course. Most of our Buicks are in the stone age with regard to occupant safety, and that's the only thing that takes the edge off my complete enjoyment while driving my Skylark. But I'm not going to drive it any less! As I'm fond of saying, if you have to die anyway, why not die from something you like?
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