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JoelsBuicks last won the day on October 31 2018

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    Born in '63, I came into this world with a Dad who seemed to know his cars. Standing up next to him in the front seat, he would point out the makes and models. Back then, I loved the '60 Buick coming and going and I wanted one - and about 37 years later, I got it. It was the first of many Buicks for me, each one a bit needy but having its own story and undoubtedly starting its life as one of the most beautiful cars built.

    This Buick fever followed years of education in Chemical Engineering. Even earlier, I wanted this education to help me get away from the blood, sweat, and the other stuff that came from working with cattle and doing construction work. I've since grown to really appreciate those years, not just for the work ethic, but for the daily lessons that taxed both my mind and my hands.

    In Oklahoma, an engineer has to work to keep from getting into the oil business. It was the thing to do and so I did it. In the last 26 years, oil has been up and down many times but it has never missed a paycheck. It has sent me many places but none yet rival the place I call home, here in Oklahoma. Most importantly, this industry and my commitment to it has allowed me to support a family and support things that I like to do when I'm not working.

    That brings me back around to Buicks and my woodshop. I've got several Buicks that really need a wood worker and I love doing this kind of work. I'm looking forward to retirement, hopefully very soon, and having the time and resources to continue the work to get these beauties back on the road.

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  1. It’s my low profile I try to keep! I hope and pray that everyone has a safe trip home. Joel
  2. Keith, this is a very nice building. Earlier, you mentioned that you were putting in floor insulation, something like r18. How was that done? Was it styrofoam panels below the compacted gravel? On one pic I thought I could see reinforcing iron and maybe a vapor barrier. You haven’t mentioned door openers but if you’re planning for them, allow me to put a plug in for the style that attaches to the wall and drives spring rod. I have these and they work great. So you end up just over $80 per square foot turn-key job. That’s not bad at all and these days it seems everything has gone up in cost. Again, it’s very nice!
  3. It looks fantastic and although you’ve battled about everything, the progress is impressive.
  4. I didn’t notice that! Could this be a scam of sorts?
  5. $1200 and very little info. Only two pics.
  6. $3500, Not mine and know nothing about it but am willing to help BCA’ers if needed.
  7. This is an exciting time. You know what you’ll end up with but you still wonder if you’ve dotted the “i’s” and crossed the T’s. Time and cost is always an issue but When my project was at this stage I wish that I had installed more water lines, air lines, communication lines, and even some long electrical runs, especially for outdoor connections. I’m interested in hearing more about floor insulation, I’ve never heard that before. keep us posted! Joel
  8. Lamar, I recall several times when your comment or encouragement would turn a bad day into good. Straight and square with impeccable attention to detail and integrity is how you approach everything. You did this job superbly well. Thank You! -Joel
  9. Fantastic shop! I like how you used the white sheet metal in the internal walls and ceiling. There’s nothing like a well lit, comfortable space to work. Will you have to do woodwork on work on the car? I use a separate shop for my woodwork because that dust gets everywhere. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
  10. About a year or so ago I considered including a right tail light for my ‘31 8-67. There are no frame holes or any other indication that it was an option. So, I studied the geometry of the left side bracket and I recall that you could make one strategically located cut through the tube, rotate 180 degrees and weld it back. Then flip the entire thing over and it would mount on the right side. The only evidence left would be the mount itself against the frame would tilt the opposite direction. This would be almost impossible to notice but it could be corrected by making a second thru-cut close to the mount and rotating that mounting oval. I havent done this but haven’t ruled it out. Joel
  11. Randy, you have to remember what his wife Rita says about him, The only thing predictable about him is his unpredictability.
  12. I have one just like it; broken exactly like yours is. I have successfully used the Muggy Weld alloy on many pot metal pieces and had them rechromed. I had to work with my chromer because he would create too much heat when buffing his copper base. The underside of the ‘36 ornament is somewhat hollowed and I think lends itself to getting a good bond across the break by filling this hollowed area. One of these days I’d like to take one of my good ‘36 ornaments and get a 3D scan. Then, mathematically enlarge it to accommodate molding shrinking. A model could be printed and used to make a wax piece that could then be cast in bronze. Wouldn’t that be cool? Other than the Muggy Weld or similar “magic alloy” I don’t know how it could be fixed. I guess you could lay a stiff rod into the hollow area and fill surrounding volume with good epoxy. Good of luck with it. -Joel
  13. Eventually I’ll fashion a piece of tin to shed the water away from the compressor. Snow concerns here are no concern at all but ice is. I would not not want to be any further north because of the cold. Maybe it would be different if I had a strictly indoor hobby but I am getting to be less of a cold person every year. I’m less of a hot person as well.
  14. I need to go look at this Sam’s club shelves but I learned that our membership expired. I guess we weren’t getting much out of Sam’s. I still haven’t made any progress with shelving. I did get my compressor moved outside and I have been working to pipe up air to both the woodshop and my new shop. I have two compressors that now can be connected together through buried piping between shops. Once completed there will be 22 “air drops” with quick connect fittings. Figure about $10 worth of fittings for each drop and this gets expensive. I was was concerned about water freezing in the compressor tank drain line so I built an automated drain using a solenoid valve and a time controller. I hooked up the time controller to the pressure switch and so the valve is actuated each time the compressor cycles. I set the controller to open the solenoid valve for one second. Got a break in the weather but wet and cold is on it’s way.
  15. Just curious if the building plan or construction can be altered a bit to accommodate future expansion? For example, depending on orientation, an end wall could be made to be easily disassembled and then moved over another 24’ or so. The end result will be something that doesn’t necessarily look added on. Just a thought because you know how things can get out of control! Can you show show us a sketch of your planned layout including roofline? We’ll give you a good critique! congratulations and do keep us posted!