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  1. On 12/23/2020 at 5:36 PM, trimacar said:

    I absolutely love the 50’s Oldsmobiles, and would dearly lust to have one.  This is an interesting car, but it doesn’t speak to me for some reason.  Speak to me as I saying gotta have it.  Looks like a great car.


    So, why isn’t it screaming at me to buy?


    Fender skirts?  Color combo?  Interior?


    It’s just that something seems off to me....what do you guys think?


    Maybe if it had Cruiser Skirts and a Continental Spare?

    Maybe if it were Red & White?

    A Pair of Spotlights?

    and would surely look better without the skirts?


    These are very niice, but I like the '56 better,

    and the '57 "98" convertible )with J-2 best of the three models!

  2. On 12/21/2020 at 4:46 PM, GregLaR said:

    If you have the skull from a guy named Phil and you  fill it with orange juice and vodka, .....you have a Phillip's head screwdriver.




    To make it a real PHILLIPS' screwdriver,

    you also need to mix in some Milk of Magnesia-


    but then to make it with Vodka and Prune Juice, it might be a Pile Driver?

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  3. Here's our 1941 Cadillac - delivered to "Miss Cornelia", Commodore Vanderbilt's granddaughter as a divorce gift for her husband when she moved to Europe in 1941. Comong to us in 2006 with barely 20,xxx miles, she now clocks +/- 45,xxx miles and is as dependable as she is voluptuous. She has the optional running boards, gold-tone rearview mirror, radio, heater/defroster, and is a three-on-the-tree stick shift.

    1941 Cadillac - Lighthouse Point 011.jpg

    1941 Caddy at G H W Bush summer home.jpg

    1941 Caddy at Saced Heart 11-10-2011 015.jpg

    1941 Caddy LEFT-Saced Heart 11-10-2011 011.jpg



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  4. When I got my 1915 Hudson SIX-40 from Dave Lanning I knew it previously had a long and positive history with Fred Long for many, many years. It came with a spare engine which was actually the original, totally worn out, partially sleeved and rusted, but complete engine. While storage space is at a rediculous premium, I've managed to keep it, thinking I would never need it. While on the AACA/HCCA Reliability Tour in Geneva, NY, the Hudson's current engine developed a coolant leak above, and leaking into #4 exhaust valve, running through the manifold and leaking out the muffler. Turns out the 6-cylinder block had so many cracks it would take more ability, patience, and $$$$$ than reasonable to repair, but no replacements seemed available, and this engine does not have a removeable cylinder head, further complicating the issue. Thankfully the lower end is in excellent shape. The spare engine upper block turns out to be in somewhat better condition and with the benefit of folks whose brazing skills far, far exceed mine, it was repaired sucessfully. Next, all six cylinders were bored and sleeved back to original specifications. New aluminum pistons were forged and fitted, and the "formerly kaput spare" block also donated several excellent valves for the rebuild. The engine now runs and the car is ready for road testing once the central Pennsylvania weather permits. If I had agreed to get rid of a "junk" engine years ago, I'd really have been in a heap 'o trouble,


    I also have kept the complete spare driveline and suspension for our 1930 Packard 733 (formerly in Bob & Betty Thurstone's 733).

    Tons of other stuff are crammed into a shed, an enclosed trailer, and an attic - hopefully never to be used - and likely to cause grief to our kids when I go to that big tour in the sky - or maybe they'll enjoy the spares when they inherit our toys ???

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  5. 1 hour ago, rocketraider said:

    One can never have enough cubbyholes in the car for "stuff"!


    Did that water pump include labor?!😃


    Ye$, labor wa$ ab$olutely included, a$ wa$ a fre$h coolant fill and $erpentine belt.

    $urprisingly, even though I would normally have $wapped out the ho$e$, they $eemed $upple.

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  6. 5 hours ago, John_S_in_Penna said:

    A friend of mine in Penna. is selling his 1937

    Roadmaster phaeton.  Some models aren't as

    rare as production numbers would indicate, 

    because they caught the attention of collectors

    many years ago and a disproportionate number

    have been restored.  (Another friend has the

    very same model.)  Here is the one for sale, a

    virtually perfect Grand National winner, for what

    it's worth;  the seller is a good guy and a mechanic

    who specializes in pre-war cars.


         However, you can have plenty of fun with a

    Special sedan for a small fraction of the cost.

    All the best to you in your search.







    Lou's is a magnificant example.

    I couldn't initially find pictures of my car's all original dash with the original design (applique?), as opposed to a painted surface,

    but here are 2 photos of another '37 Roadmaster 80C where the dash design is easier to see (steering wheel - not mine - in first 2 pics may not be correct)-

    later added 7 pics of our original dash and steering wheel 


    And yes, you can have a lot of fun with a 40 Series Special 4-door sedan for a fraction of the cost.


    Best of luck in your quest !


    1937 Buick Art Bragg 001.jpg


    1937 Buick Art Bragg 002.jpg








    Here's a better look at the unusual design for the 1937 Roadmaster Phaeton's Dashboard





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  7. 8 minutes ago, Terry Bond said:

    Got my pre registration in today's mail. Counting the days. Just filling out that form made the day almost like normal.

    See you there, stop and visit GCC 5, 6. Don't forget to bring old spark plugs.



    Waiting for mine, as our mail is always a bit later arriving.

  8. Best of holiday wishes to all-

    checked out our '30 Packard mid-Christmas Day en route to daughter's place upriver from here for a well-prepared dinner of standing rib roast, spiral-cut ham, potatoes au-gratin, broccoli souffle, fine wine,

    and for daughter's birthday-A New Orleans favorite (created by Beaulah Ledner almost a century ago), and now provided by Gambino's bakery:

    Dauberge cake - one side chocolate and the other side lemon - based on a western European/Hungarian recipe -

    seven layers of cake, each separated by a layer of pudding, and each side topped by either chocolate or lemon icing.



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  9. Our Linden (, NJ) HS Driver Ed. cars in the Autumn of 1959 were a 1957 Pontiac 4-door with Hydra-Matic, and a 1955 Ford coupe 6-cylinder with 3-on-the-tree, both on loan from local dealerships. The Pontiac came from Mrozek Pontiac on St. Georges Ave, where I later bought my first new car, a '69 Custom"S", before moving to New Orleans. I don't recall which dealer furnished the Ford, but it may have been Mrozek's Used car Lot.

    My actual Driver License Test car was dad's 1957 Plymouth Savoy 4-door sedan with the 301 ci V8 and 2-speed Power-Flyte without power steering or power brakes.

    I aced the test and soon bought my first real daily driver, my then 10 year old 1949 Pontiac red convertible with the straight-8 and 3-speed stick-shift and blue leather interior, and thanks to an Avanel, NJ junkyard, was able to source and install (thanks to dad's ingenuity) an almost new white vinyl Rayco convertible top. Expired NJ license plates provided patches for the rusted passenger floor-toeboard, and my Pep-Boys part time job paychecks covered a pair of whitewall recapped tires and the rebuilt clutch/pressure plate/throwout bearing which allowed me to get the NJ State inspection sticker.

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  10. If you’re looking for what some consider the ultimate in 1937 Buick Roadmaster, look at the ultra rare model 80C like mine-

    4-door convertible sedan, called “PHAETON” in Buick terms.

    Ours was FIORELLO LaGuardia’s personal Parade Car. 
    Feel free to PM me to learn lots of background as ours is an unrestored original, wearing AACA badges to confirm the originality.


    Welcome to the Buick ranks


    Marty Roth








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  11. 15 minutes ago, David Marshall said:

    Oh gosh !!!  Yes it’s a 1922-4-35 sorry!!  Too busy worrying about my spelling 

    David, my best guess is that the lower end of the iron bow slides directly onto the threaded rod, and a threaded knob screws onto the shaft to retain the bow. At least that is how it was on my 1914 B-37. This allows the bow to swivel to raised or lowered position.

  12. “FIORELLO” took a short drive Sunday, delivering early Christmas gifts, and was planning the 32 mile run to our daughter’s place this coming Friday for the traditional Christmas dinner following a Christmas Eve drive along the levee. Weather here has gone downhill with nighttime temps in the mid-30s, and daytime only in the mid-50s with wind out of the Northwest at 25 mph and gusts to 49 mph. Fiorello said he would be OK with it, but with his only minimal heater, and “she who will be considered” is always cold following her chemotherapy, he will probably get to spend this weekend warm and cozy in his garage. By Monday we’ll be back in the sunny 70s and looking forward to maybe getting FIORELLO out and about - maybe to see the lighting display at New Orleans City Park.


    Wishing all better health, and the opportunity to get together and drive our Buicks sometime in the new year.





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  13. On 12/19/2020 at 8:04 PM, Jim Bollman said:

    I tow dollied a Willys FC170 about 400 miles one time out of necessity, because my U-Haul reserved and paid for trailer was not were it was supposed to be. The U-Haul dealer could not be inconvenienced to have one brought in from another dealer and none were available in the area by then. Had to fight them for a refund.


    My first problem was the over the wheel straps were not long enough for the tires on the FC. I wrapped them around the axel and started out. I had to tighten the straps every 10 miles or so for the first hundred miles till all the stretch was out. Then I didn't feel safe at over about 45 mph. It was a long trip. I have never used a dolly since and have never rented anything from U-Haul again.


    I would say if you have to, use over the wheel straps and plan on a slower trip.


    We also had an issue with a local U-Haul dealer in Natchitoches, Louisiana when the reserved trailer for moving our grandson cross country to start Grad School, went out to the guy just ahead of me (for a one day use). The dealer had a "clunker" available and said "TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT"

    I phoned U-Haul's national customer service and they found me a new one just across town !

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