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Took the '39 Buick to Waxahachie for the Texas Region AACA meeting yesterday afternoon (about 50 miles one way). We went early so we could drive around and look at some of the Victorian homes there and stopped for a photo in front of the court house. After the meeting there was a taco dinner and lots of good desserts.

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Finally ponied up and bought the new tires the Cadillac has sorely needed since I purchased it last year. Six new Firestone wide whites, six new flaps, six new tubes, plus mounting and balancing. Total bill was more than 10% of the total purchase price of the car, and even more expensive than the overdrive installation! :eek:

But for safety's sake, I suppose it's worth every penny. I hear about accidents and am terrified if something were to go wrong on the road at speed, so there's just no excuse for skimping in the tire department. I'll take photos with the new shoes on it as soon as they're mounted within the next week or two. I'm heading to Columbus (about 130 miles away) for the Arthritis Foundation show after the 4th of July, and don't want to take any chances...

Sorry West, I did go with the whitewalls. I just love the way they look on this particular car.

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Drove our AACA HPOF '73 Pinto over to the Branford Festival Classic Car Cruise this past Sunday morning (6/17/2012), in Branford, CT.

Had a old dealer plate from "Wilson Ford" in Branford (now known as "Ford of Branford") that I decided to bolt onto the front for the occasion. Funny how I ended up parking about 100 feet away from "The Academy On The Green," which is the historical building featured on the old Wilson Ford plate.

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Well after many fits and delays, I finally have my '41 Buick Roadmaster fully licensed, on the road, and took it for a 20 mile drive after supper. It wasn't all as easy as that, though. Earlier, on the way home from the shop that safetied it, the car broke down! I called a friend who brought some gas, and we put that in used starting fluid (quick start) and it fired right away with squirts from the can, but wouldn't keep running. The likely culprit being the fuel pump. It had stalled on a main road but we were able to push onto a quite side street and into a legal parking area. So I went home, got another fuel pump, installed it, and it fired right up!

The cool thing was, when I started working on it, a woman came out of the house in front of where I was parked, and said how beautiful my car was and all of the attention that had garnered in the meantime. A gentleman apparently even stood in front of it, and gave the car a salute! Too bad I missed it.

He's the kicker, the pump that failed is the rebuilt one, and the one that is back on is the one I took off when I rebuilt the engine, and must be 40 years old, or more.

Anyway, me and 12 yr old son had a nice drive in the old girl.

Keith

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Glad you finally got your car home. Did you rebuild the pump, or was it done by a rebuilder? Is it still in warranty? Hopefully it is. I agree, that would have been nice to see (the salute).

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Hey, bofusmosby, unfortunately the pump isn't under warranty, but it was a professionally rebuilt unit. I got it a couple of years ago when I started the rebuild of my engine. I don't know there was an old style diaphram used in it, that is unsuitable for today's fuels or what.

The crazy thing is that's the third "new" part to fail on the '41. The other two were an emergency brake cable, a new repro one from a noted supplier, and a repro horn relay from the same guys.

Anyway, todays big event is that I'm bringing my '56 Roadmaster home from storage about an hour's drive out of the city. It has a leaky Dynaflow, and I needed the garage that the '41 was in to do the repairs. The '56 has been my "Old Faithful" for over 30 years, and has only been sitting since last fall.

I'll try to post when I get her home, hopefully it won't leak so bad that I can't get it back home!

Keith

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I spent some "quality time" underneath the ("inner beauty") '69 Bug Convertible yesterday (this is the one shown up on the rack getting front end aligned, toward the bottom of the previous page), eventually finishing up changing over an unsightly "hot rodder" exhaust system that hung low at the rear of the car, back to a proper stock-type exhaust (heater boxes rather than "j-tubes" and also a stock type muffler), that tucks up nicely under the rear apron, like it should, and so all you see is the two "pea shooter" exhaust tips exiting at their proper cut-outs, below the rear bumper. I didn't try starting it yet, as it's fairly buried in the garage, but looking forward to doing so.

I also re-did the rear breastplate in the engine compartment to go along with a proper oil-bath air cleaner (which uses a large diameter pre-heater hose that connects down thru the breast plate to a pipe that scavenges some engine heat from the right side cylinders), and also fresh air heating hoses that go from the outlets on the shroud down to the inlets on the heater boxes, again thru proper holes in the breast plate. It sure looks a lot better.

I'd like to present a couple of "before and after" pictures, next chance I get. I know I took a couple of "afters"--just need to see if I have any decent "befores"...

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added reference to a couple of photos on a prevoius page (see edit history)

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Finally got around to some pictures...will go in chronological order...

First, an engine-running photo by the previous owner, from 2004:

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Next, an April 5, 2010 photo, from not long after we purchased the car (in March of 2010). I chose this photo, as it illustrates the "hot rodder" exhaust system that was on the car, as purcahsed:

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Next a picture of some scruffy hillbilly standing next to the car, while I was doing some initial clean-up and detail inspection (had already removed the "Marathon" factory styled wheels for refinishing, and installed some replacement "rollers"), April 18, 2010:

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Oops, here's one of my own engine photos, from a day when we went to look at the car, in March of 2010:

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And for some hopefully decent contrast, a photo I took yesterday, following completion of the stock style exhaust and air cleaner w/associated hoses & fittings (and I'm probably going to eventually black-paint-detail that degreed crank pulley a bit, to make it stand out a bit less):

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Well, now that some garage space got freed up, on Sunday, I brought the '56 Roadmaster home from a rather long winter's nap. Ran beautiful, as usual. Nice warm day here in Toronto.

On our Holiday Monday, I went for a about an hour and half's drive through the countryside in the '41 Roadmaster, the longest so far since it hit the road on last Thursday. Did well, though the idle was terrible, so I have to look into that. About 90 F, and it ran about 175 or so all the time.

Keith

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Towed it home after it crapped out from fuel starvation. Still gotta figure out why. Possibly the vented gas cap thing...

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Pulling the rear fenders to prep and paint. Those bolts inside at top towards the door jamb are a bit of pain...

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I discovered a bolt missing from the tailpipe hanger and plan to tackle this giant job tomorrow morning. ;)

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Last time I had my LTD out, I noticed that I really needed to tend to the bottom of the front bumper, so after lunch, I cleaned it up with SOS, wiped it down with Finesse and waxed it. I haven't driven it much so far but I've noticed a gasoline/exhaust smell on the right side of the engine. It's not nearly as noticeable on the left. Got to investigate that. By the way, I've found a local Marina that sells non-ethanol premium and their pump is accessible to cars. Can't wait until I need gas to fill up with it.

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Fixed the emergency brake cable on the 1955 Packard 400.

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Washed some old cars this morning before it got too hot, so we could go out and drive them this afternoon, waving "OLD GLORY" in honor of Independence Day.

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Rebuilding the carburetor on the 1941 Cadillac.

Snugged up the side cover plate over the valve adjusters on the Packard, and then ran her around the neighborhood waving the flag.

Drove Fiorello, the 1937 Roadmaster - a veteran of a great many New York City parades - especially Independence Days (also V-E Day and V-J Day).

Our local AACA St. Bernard Chapter of Louisiana Region will support a show at the O'Reilly Auto Parts on Paris Road, Chalmette, LA -- if y'all happen to be in the area, please join us for FREE ENTRY, FREE ADMISSION, FREE FOOD, FREE FOOD (we like food!).

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I got the fuel leak fixed on my '56 Roadmaster, though the tranny is leaking at the front somewhat, and I'll have to take it out to fix it, hopefully in a week or two. My son and took the '41 Roadmaster coupe through the countryside yesterday for the longest drive yet, about 85 miles round trip. Ran fairly well, but it's still "bogging" on hard acceleration. Going to try another carb on it.

Keith

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fixed the fuel gauge on my 28' model 52 chrysler.Locked up tight, probably hadnt been out of the tank since new. Be firing it up real soon

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I had the LTD at the Ford dealer today (they have a mechanic that was there in the 70's). I've only put on 30 miles since April, but the last two times I had it out, I noticed a fairly strong gasoline smell when I got home that I hadn't noticed before so I wanted it checked out. Checked it over from the tank to the carb and didn't find anything out of the ordinary. In fact, he said everything looked really great. It's not a closed system, so we're thinking it "smelled" more because was pretty hot out when I used it. I drove it to Hershey last fall - 1250 miles round trip - and had no issues, so guess it's good to go. I found a local Marina that sells 91 non-ethanol gas; the pump is accessible to vehicles, so I'm hoping I can fill up with some good stuff.

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...I found a local Marina that sells 91 non-ethanol gas; the pump is accessible to vehicles, so I'm hoping I can fill up with some good stuff...

That reminds me that I need to nose around some in my neck of the woods to see if there may possibly be any similar resources. My unmodified '70 Bug burned a piston lately and I am sure the ethanol-laced gas didn't help.

I also made some more progress on the '69 project Bug, eventually getting some ignition problems solved (but not totally--more tweaking is needed since it still wants to stall upon slowing down and taking it out of gear). Sure is a kick to drive, though! Talk about visceral!

Took the "knobbies" off and installed some summer tires on refinished wheels--I'll follow up with a picture next chance I get...

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