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  1. 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 killer right out of the gate, which is why I always ask if the title matches the vehicle before I even go look at it, and then I ask to see the title before any money is exchanged. You can't be too careful with that sort of thing because even if you sweep discrepancies under the rug and register the vehicle chances are you'll want to sell it one day and someone like me will come along and give you grief about it. The only way I'd be willing to deal with that sort of thing is if someone offered me a Duesenberg for $200.


    Title mismatches are more common with older vehicles than I thought. In 2020 alone while searching for an older pickup truck I found one on Craigslist that had a 1960 body and grille, a 1958 hood, a 1960 VIN, and was titled as a 1959. Had I been in better physical shape I'd have run away from that one faster. Then there are the Model A Fords whose engine numbers were used as the VIN. Try and find one of those whose engine hadn't been swapped out over the past 90 years. I passed up three of them in 2020 because there was nothing on any of those trucks that would tie them to the title. Perhaps the Model A community lets sleeping dogs lie.

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  2. 11 hours ago, Marty Roth said:

     We did that also when we lived in NJ. Linden had pretty good snow removal, but I always had to shovel out the entrance to the driveway a second time after the plow came by.

    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.

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  3. 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.

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  4. 10 hours ago, Talarico8447 said:

    Notice no white wall on the rear. Snow Tires! Reminds me of my Grandfather rolling out the pre mounted snow tires on extra rims every winter. 

    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.

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  5. 9 hours ago, JohnD1956 said:

    Super looking Skylark @Daniel87 !  Hope you can cure those ills without much effort.  The loss of compression is a major issue though.  


    One thing to be aware of is that the 215 alumimum engine is not like previous Buick V8's. The older V8's are affectionately known as "nailheads".  Your engine is the earliest of the later V8's with a distributor and oil pump up front in the timing chain cover.  And since the timing chain cover is aluminum while the manufacturer used steel bolts, in many cases you will find bolts are hopelessly stuck where they may pass through to the water passages of the coolant system.  Be careful in disassembly.  Be careful with heat if a bolt is stuck.  Aluminum will melt at a much lower temperature than steel.  And good luck with the compression loss. 


    I would like to hear more about that compression loss diagnosis though. 

    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 a complete rebuild. To paraphrase King Arthur in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, I'd ask your mechanic "Is there anyone else up there we can talk to?"


    Very nice car BTW. Looking forward to eventually hearing a success story about it.

  6. 10 hours ago, ILIKECARS53 said:

    Hi All   Here are the door pictures.   The doors are  7ft 6"  by  10ft.


    The one on the right has the automatic opener.  The one on the left would need the type of opener that mounts directly 

    to the torsion spring. This is due to the fact the track follows the scissor trusses which are a 3/12 pitch inside.





    Here is an overall view of the addition and existing structure.  The weather is supposed to nicer tomorrow and

    I plan to clean up the debris in front.



    It is to warm up into the 50's next week, so I should be able to seal the floor.


    Thanks for viewing.   Jim

    I want to be you when I grow up.

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  7. 53 minutes ago, jpage said:

    Sounds a little high priced for that vintage and described condition! You might contact Vic Panza on this forum as he had a truck close to that year.

    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.

  8. 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 trouble areas or weak spots about this particular truck model I should be on the lookout for? There seems to be very little information available on the web about Dodge trucks from this time period. Also, does anyone know the overall length and width of the vehicle?


    Thanx in advance. - Jim

  9. 9 hours ago, RivNut said:

    Yeah, Thank God. Today's cars may looked totally mangled on the outside but for the most part the passsenger compartment remains pretty safe - air bags all over the place, no metal on the doors or dash, shoulder belts with inertia reels, collapsible steering columns, and the outer body crumbles and dissipates a lot of energy.  You stay in the safety cage. The car looks like hell but you survive. I'm betting there were no survivors in that one.  

    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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