Machine Gun

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  1. That's the type of car that people will want one day, so hopefully the new owners will care for it as a future desirable. The first car I bought new after a couple of years out of college was a 1978 Regal, which was a very nice car indeed. Wish I had kept it, but in those days I changed cars more often than my underwear.

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  2. I finally got around to installing shoulder belts in my Skylark. I did the installation yesterday, and it went very smoothly once I got up the courage to take a drill and hole saw to my B-pillars.


    I went with a set of three point retractable belts that I got from Juliano's in CT. The set came with very thick steel anchor plates for the floors and the pillar anchor bolts. My car has factory anchor points in the floor, so I only had to add the pivot anchor in the B-pillar.


    Installation of the pillar anchor plate required a 1-5/8" hole to slip the somewhat wide plate into and up the pillar. Cutting that hole was the most cringeworthy part of the job. A Milwaukee Hole Dozer made a nice clean hole, and from there the rest of the job was easy. The only thing  I need to do to complete the job is get hole plugs. I'll look for a paint color to match the pillar as best I can to minimize the visual impact of the hole plug. Fortunately the seat belts pretty much hide the holes as you can see from the photos.






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  3. I took the Skylark out of the garage yesterday for the first time in months. I installed shoulder belts in front, and then took it for a short 22 mile ride up to Warwick, NY and back home via Pine Island. It was a very pleasant ride. Passed by a crowded parking lot near one of the Appalachian trail sections and saw lots of motorcycles, but mine was the only old car in sight.

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  4. I haven't even backed the car out of the garage since I posted the odometer photo back in March. All gassed up and no place to go. Needless to say my trip to South Bend and Auburn is off until next year. Maybe I'll add the National Meet in Ohio to my route next year.

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  5. Kids will grow up, your financial situation will improve over time, and you will want that car one day when you can get around to finishing it. Carefully catalog and store the parts, prepare the mechanicals for long term storage, and look at it with the attitude that every day you see it is one day closer to getting it back on the road.

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  6. My Skylark will crank over for about 10-15 seconds before firing when the fuel in the carburetor bowl evaporates after sitting for more than a few days. It's not necessarily a bad thing IMO. I think of it as giving the oil pressure a chance to build up a bit before the engine starts. A friend of mine has a '39 Chevy street rod that has a system that keeps the ignition disabled while cranking until the oil pressure builds up to a certain level. That's overkill for us, but a little extra cranking probably is better than not after a car sits for several days.

  7. With everything that's going on right now I'm not sure if and when I'll be able to make my road trip to South Bend and Auburn. Being optimistic about it I'm posting my "official" starting mileage. I plan to head west as long as there are hotels and restaurants operating along the way.



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  8. Had the Skylark out on Saturday and Sunday mostly running errands around town and taking a one hour round trip to my daughter and her husband's place. Weather permitting I plan to take it out every weekend on small shakedown cruises to make sure that she'll be up for the road trip to IN this summer. Sorry, no photos. The Acme parking lot isn't very interesting.

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  9. I want to install front shoulder belts in my Skylark. It will involve cutting a hole in the B pillar in order to slide in the bracket. The problem I have is that the Skylark doesn't have any trim on the B pillars that would hide the work, it's only painted metal. I guess I could glue some headliner-like material to the pillar but I'm not sure how that will look. Before I go that route, I'm looking for any alternate suggestions that the more creative among us may have to offer.



  10. I'm planning to take up the challenge this year with my Skylark. I upgraded/replaced the brake system last year, took care of a carburetor problem a couple of weeks ago, and am now in  the process of dealing with a cooling system leak that I hope to resolve shortly. Once that's done the car should be ready for a road trip.


    I plan to drive to South Bend, IN and then back to Auburn before driving home to northern NJ. No interstate highways, US highways only. Time permitting I may take a side trip to Indianapolis to visit a friend before returning home. The round trip to South Bend alone will get me around 1,500 miles toward the goal. That trip will serve as a shakedown cruise of sorts for an eventual trip along the Lincoln Highway or US 66 one day. One step at a time.

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  11. I'm not personally interested, and I don't know of anyone who is. I can understand the owner's concern about posting his contact information publicly, but he needs to understand that the market for what he has is very limited and the more exposure he gets the more likely the cars will be put to better use than being melted and repurposed. Given that our correspondence on this issue is nearly six months old there appears to be no urgency on the owner's part to be rid of the cars. If the owner is serious about offering the cars to the collector car community I suggest that he sign up to the Opel forums himself (link above in one of my earlier posts). It costs nothing and he can do the PM thing so as to limit the availability of his contact information.

  12. Took the Skylark out yesterday for a somewhat successful drive. One day back in November I started it up and almost immediately fuel started spewing out the bowl vent. I finally got around to taking the carburetor apart to fix the problem, which I expected to be either an issue with the float needle valve or a float full of gas. I found neither. The float valve and seat were in perfect condition with no signs of damage, dirt, or anything else that might account for what happened. I immersed the float in water and found no issue there either. Float travel is unrestricted and was set correctly. I put it all back together and all's back to normal. I hate mysteries like this one. Things don't fix themselves, so now I'm wondering if and when the problem will recur.


    I called yesterday's drive "somewhat" successful because although the fuel thing seems to have gone away I came home to find a leaking radiator. It's leaking from the area of the tank seam just below the inlet hose. Will pick up a replacement sometime before Spring. I have a couple of questions about selecting a new radiator, but I'll post then in the Technical forum where they belong.

  13. I'm sure that many of us remember Amoco gasoline back in the day. It was lead-free decades before lead in fuel became an issue. I don't recall any of their competitors warning about how Amoco gasoline would destroy engines because of the lack of lead with its valve "lubricating" or "cushioning" properties. Countless Nail Heads ran on the stuff.

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