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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. Bob, that would probably work. A new kit would cost $69 just to get that diaphragm. I may try a Nylon reinforced nitrile That I found on eBay. It’s less than $20 shipped. i read about a guy who used an inner tube and it worked. I’m pretty sure that wouldn’t work for long.
  2. Well that’s an interesting study and for sure neoprene is out. The Delrin is promising and your suggestion of a fluoroelastomer deserves some research. I don’t want to have to open this thing up and fix it again! Thanks
  3. I looked at the lawn sprinkler valves and those diaphragms look to be thick and molded. The diaphragm material I need is about 0.015” thick or about 1/64”. McMaster has some 1/32” polyester reinforced neoprene and that looks very interesting. I found some 1/64 neoprene on eBay but it doesn’t have any reinforcement. I might just buy the stuff from McMaster. Thanks for the suggestions. I’d still like to hear back from Bob’s.
  4. Greg, I’m trying to find out who does the vac advance work for Bob’s so that I can talk with them about providing, at a minimum, a diaphragm. Better yet, provide a diaphragm that is mounted to the old actuator stem that we’d provide. I’m still asking Bob’s for help with this and hope that they’ll at least pose this question to their rebuilder. I’ll report back.
  5. I’ve been unable to find a rebuilding service for the ‘36 accelerator starting switch. The switch itself is robust but the vacuum diaphragm is deteriorated. Apparently, Bob’s has tried to get these rebuilt by the folks that rebuild distributor advance control units but with no luck. I have disassembled one of these switches to reveal the failed diaphragm. If I had the right diaphragm material, I’m pretty sure I could get this back in working order. Has anyone done this? Any suggestions on material? Interestingly, it is the same diameter of the vac advance unit. Thank You, Joel
  6. Lamar, I sense a bit of melancholy as you share this with us. For me, the surprise of retirement was just how much I miss the people I worked with. These were close relationships I took for granted and unable to recreate in retirement. My 30 year career now seems so distant. I second what you say about retirement preparation. I retired three years ago at 53 and it seems like the cost of everything has gone way up. And, my body just can’t go full tilt like it did 30 years ago. But, I love being retired and have no regrets. Somehow, I got lucky here recently and had my retirement savings protected from the market. I hate to mention this but those people seemed way too happy at your retirement party. 🤔 Enjoy it! -Joel
  7. Who needs a birdbath when you can have a Buick! Glad she made it home.
  8. Dumb question but it won’t be my first or last. How do you know this is an 80 Series?
  9. Two possibilities, take your blue-tip wrench and enlarge the center holes or, take a 12,000 lb winch and just drag it on the trailer even if all fours are flat and locked up.
  10. Just thinking outloud here but wouldn’t that make a great little pillow cover? It’s very nice work! Can you imagine a patchwork quilt made of all the beautiful Buick emblems?
  11. Check that math Barney, a yard of concrete 4” thick covers only 81 sq ft and at $100 per yd that puts you up to $1.25 a foot. Here in Oklahoma, you can get it finished for $3 and that includes forming, rebar and plastic vapor barrier. Total cost is $4.25 /ft. I’ve spent some time thinking about how to save some of the $3.00/ft labor and there may be way but you have to divide to conquer. And, you may be faced with minimum 5 or 6 yards to avoid paying a delivery charge. If you formed up an 8 ft wide strip running the length of your building, it wouldn’t be too difficult for you and a buddy or two to pour that strip. Use the form boards and a screed to level the concrete. Then use a bull float to further level and push the rock down so the fat comes to the top. Trowel it out by hand as it sets. You can reach to the middle by working from both sides. In a couple days pull the form and do another 8ft strip. Or, just wait until you’re ready. Your building looks great. It has appealing proportions and the shutters really take away that cold commercial look. I’ve watched your work for years; enough to know that if you attempted concrete yourself, it would turn out great.
  12. It looks like it will be a very nice shop. You’ll have to let us in on the materials and what amenities you are planning for. I spent a lot of time planning and designing my shop and still ended up with quite a few things I wish I could do over. Regarding your poles, are they set in concrete? About how deep in the ground are they? I’ve been tossing around an idea of building a pavilion type building for storing my unrestored buicks and tractors. I like this type of construction and having a sawmill makes lumber costs nil. Please keep us posted and congratulations! Joel
  13. Terry, that all looks straight and square and those three colors go well together. One critique I’ll offer is that those nice carriage lights would stand out better if they were about 16” off to the side of that door opening. You sign will look good up there. My first and second houses both had shake roofing. I really liked the look and still do. Interestingly, both roofs were destroyed by bad hail storms. On the last house, I replaced the shakes with asphalt shingles over new plywood sheeting. Just last week I was trying to recall the last shake or sawn shingle roof I’ve seen around these parts and I can’t think of one. It’s certainly an old style but perhaps most fitting for a world headquarters. thanks for sharing! -Joel