unimogjohn

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Bill, I sure hate to hurt the critters.  But we have so many deer in the woods it is almost unavoidable these day.  It use to be you only saw them in the evening or early morning.  Now it is all the time.

 

I took a few hours this morning to take a look at the car and bumper assembly.  The car body is fine.  Not a mark.  The bumper assembly was not only pushed back, but twisted.  So I pulled it and rebent it by putting it in my big vice.  After I got it on the car it was still a bit short, 1/4 inch,  of the other side, so attached a strap to the tractor and slowly lowered the buck and gave it a gentle tug.  Everything worked great.  The bar, while thick, is very soft and give up easily.  Now I have the bumper back on the car and everything looks good.  

 

I will put on the driving light assembly tomorrow, just too hot now.  In the pics it looks like it is bent, but that is due to the main bracket being bent over onto its side.

 

I did find out that the bumper mounting bars are available as new.  They are about $60 each from several Jaguar vendors.  

 

 

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John, you must be living a good clean life. That fawn's big mother probably crossed the road just a split second earlier.

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It is Monday, PM on August 7th.  Heavy rains today, about one inch.  The plants loved it.  It has been over a week without any rain.

 

Success, I worked on the Jaguar's driving light and got it installed and re-connected.  Works great.  So the car is now back to the same condition it was before the deer incident.  I did notice that the driving lights are starting to loose chrome on the bottom of the bucket where the mount is connect.  You can only see it if you stand on your head.  I guess I better start looking for replacements.

 

 

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It is Tuesday, August 8th.  Hershey!  Well, I will be going again this year and will show a car on Saturday.  I have decided not to take the 1923 McLaughlin Buick as it has been there three times, or the 1953 Jaguar XK 120 as it has been there one time.  So that leaves the 1928 Buick Model 29 Town Brougham.  I am entered it in the preservation classification.  So look for me way in the back of the show field.  I will be posting on getting it ready in September.  

 

 

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Pretty much dodged a bullet on that deer hit John! Poor Bambi probably can't say the same, maybe just sore and bruised. Will be leery of the road from now on I imagine...

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John:

Glad to see that you will be taking the 1928. Both of the 1925s are down at this time. I will be looking at getting major engine work done to both. Sigh........Check out my Buick  Pre-War forum posts. "the 1925 Saga continues".... 

Larry

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Larry, I have been following along with your issues.  

 

Pulled the 28 out of garage this afternoon for a bath and general cleaning.  Looking good.  It started right up.  If it stops raining and the roads dry up I will take it out for a run.  I have to polish the original paint as it always has a sheen of oxidization, and put more tung oil on the wheel spokes.  But not much else to do to get it ready for the October show.  The last time it was shown was the 2000 Buick Nationals in Richmond, VA.  See pic.

 

I am negotiating on a 2003 BMW Z4 roadster.  It is suppose to be very nice inside and out, but has a blown engine.  I can replace that easily.  We just have to agree on a price.  I hope to get it for about $2,000.   It will be a flip car.  A replacement engine, used, is about $1,500 to my door.  

 

 

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It is Wednesday, August 16th.  Another hot and humid day.  Not much fun to be outside.  But I did move the 1928 Buick into the main garage bay to give me lots of room to work on it.  First up will be the wheels.  The last time I put tung oil on the wood spokes was in 2000.  So they are due.  It is easy to apply, I just use a small brush to put it on.  It will have one coat today and another tomorrow.  Then I will touch up the metal parts with Rustoleum gloss black.   So in a couple of days all four wheels will be done.  I will clean the white wall tires up a bit, but not too much.  I do not want them to over power the rest of the car.  I did wipe the tire down with "Fantastic" cleaner, and it did remove the road grime.  Pictures, before tung oil, and the other after.

 

For me there is a fine line between restoration and preservation quality.  I attempt to keep the car as "joe car owner" would have kept his car after a few good years of use and ownership.  In good order, but not just a  Sunday driver.  Hence, the 28 still has a few dents and bruises, and a little surface rust here and there.  Perfect it is not, presentable, yes.

 

 

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Looks good John!  I like the attitude/philosophy.  They were built to be driven.

 

Frank

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Oh lordie it is hot and humid, I have to run to the garage from the house.  It is Thursday, August 17th.  I actually turned on the AC to the garage so I could work.

 

Well, the 1928 Buick is done for now.  All the wheels are done, interior vacuumed and dusted,  mechanicals are lubed, and the exterior wiped down.  I will leave the waxing until a few days before Hershey.  But she is all ready to go.  Pics of wheel half done and then all done

 

And I bought a new pair of seat belts for the 1966 Morris Traveller.  It has some now, but they are old and not retractable.  Got these from England.  Suppose to be an exact replacement.  

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 Wow, A/C in the shop!! You are living my dream! :)

 

Seriously John, the Buick looks great. I think it's way more than the  'presentable' that you described yesterday........you should be proud of it. Besides, who wants a car so perfect that you are afraid to drive it?

 

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It is Saturday and sill hot.  Did not plan to work on old cars today so left the AC off.  Bad mistake as I went to the garage to do some work in the heat of the day.  

 

Decided that I would do a test of Megulars cleaner wax on the 1928 Buick.  It is about the softest wax you can use.  So I did a couple of half panels to show you  the difference what a light rubbing of wax would do to the paint.  The paint is original, Harbor Blue on the body and Black on the fenders and on the body above the belt line.  The car body was painted all blue and then they added the black over it.   The cleaner wax worked good, it did not remove much paint.  I think the last time I waxed the car was about ten years ago.  You do not want to do it too often, the paint is pretty soft.  The blue paint is only missing on one door panel.  

 

 

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It is Monday, August 21st.  Going to be another hot one today so will be turning on the AC in the garage.  I did spend another two hours waxing the 1928 Buick.  I now have one side done.  Figure I have about three hours invested so far, one side to go.  Here are pics of the completed side.  The first pic is before I started, the rest are of the completed waxing.   I am quite happy with the condition and finish of the paint.  It should show well at Hershey from about five feet, which I think is more than satisfactory in the HPOF class.

 

 

 

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Love that "standing seam" detail on the back of the top, very neat....

 

John, I have a suggestion.  The Buick looks really good now, but, a rare opportunity today....  Drive the Buick outside today right after lunch, and I'd bet at 2:44 pm it will look GREAT!

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Still Monday.  But the car is all cleaned and waxed.  My arm is about to fall off.

 

Every few years I have put on a product on the roof called "top coat"  This paint waterproofs the rubber and canvas roof material.  It goes on thick.  Works great, but it leaves the roof bright and shiny, like a high gloss black paint.  It takes about a year for it to return to a flat black patina.  It is  just too close to Hershey to use it as I think it makes the car over the top,  kinda like putting on high gloss wet shine on your tires.  Certainly not the correct look for a HPOF candidate.

 

So the old 28 is ready to go to Hershey.  I will put it back into its parking spot in the garage and put a new clear plastic dust cover over it.  All I have to do is make sure the battery is charged and she is ready for the big show.   

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Just a couple of more things about the 28 that I found to be interesting.  I bought the car in 1984 and at that time it had travelled about 300 miles since 1950 when it had 40,533 miles.  Now it has 43,473, so I have driven it about 2,600 miles since I bought it.

 

The car still has decals of tax and inspection stickers from the state of Washington.  And the little VV decal applied at the factory for the windshield vent system.  Pretty cool.

 

 

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It i s Tuesday.  The 1928 Buick has been moved back to its stall in the garage.  I did take it out for a short run before I put it back to bed for a month.  Got her covered to keep off the dust.  All I will have to do is reconnect the battery and put it in the trailer.  Looking forward to taking the car to Hershey.  I took a couple of beauty shots on the front lawn.

 

And I spent an hour working on the aluminum hood of the 07 BMW Z4 Coupe.  It had lots of watermarks that were deep in the clearcoat.  None of the same issue on the steel panels, odd.  But I used some not too aggressive compound to see if I could get them out.  Well, I got most of them out.  Looks a lot better, but some are still there.  I used Meguiar's G10307 ScratchX 2.0 - 7 oz from Amazon. 

 

 

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John:

 

As you know in 1988 I purchased a 1937 Packard 120 Club Sedan which also was an original Washington State car.  I found two items still in the glove compartment: the same $5 Federal Tax Use sticker that you have for your 1928 Buick, and a sticker from Consolidated Garage in Seattle which offered a complete ring job for my 120 for just $20. 

 

Also, I have used a product from Mothers on my modern cars to remove spots.  It works very well and is easy to apply.

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Joe, thanks for the information.  Do you know the hours of the shop?  I am going to take all my cars in immediately.  I will get that glass cleaner too, all my windows have water spots and Windex will not remove them.

 

And thanks for sending me this article.  Wow, the prices are beyond my expectations for sure.  I have never seen Avanti's go so high as in the Mecum auction.  Lots of money out there.  And didn't you have a 914 back in the day?

 

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John:

 

Yes I did own a 1970 Porsche 914 . . . most unreliable car I have ever owned.  The happiest day of my life is when I traded it in for another car.  With its fuel injection system, it always flooded  and I had to have it pushed to get it restarted; it seems that every time you turned on the key to start, it would shove more gas into the system which exacerbated the flooding.   After 2 years the paint faded but the dealer repainted the car for me at no charge.  Also after 2 years I had to replace all of the rubber fuel lines because they were deteriorating.  Those were just the major problems I had with it.  May it R.I.P.

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The 914 was more a VW than a Porsche

Serviced them when they were new.

 

 

 

John  

 

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John:

 

I know a lot of very smart readers follow your blog (maybe even rivaling Robert Oppenheimer’s team) so I thought I would see if they can help me identify a mystery part.  I don’t think it is car-related but who knows.  This part was in a box of parts my father left after he had passed away.  I believe it was used for carpentry work since there is a lot of saw dust remnants on it.

 

Hopefully one of your readers will know right off what this part is called and what it is used for.  I have asked several people I know and so far no one has any idea.  Thanks readers.

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John et. al.:

 

Mystery solved.  I know a lot of you were losing sleep wondering what the mystery tool I posted pictures of earlier was.  One of my friends in Canada has identified it as a chisel sharpener that is used in conjunction with a bench grinder.  So sleep well tonight.

 

 

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