Gary W

1937 Buick Model 48: RESTORATION HAS BEGUN! (Photo)

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The rubber is from Steele Rubber.  The one in the catalog that is correct for my car.  It fit very nice, as does all their rubber items!

 

Here's the link to the windshield install with the rubber seal:

 

 

 

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Gary, your car looks absolutely beautiful and looks even better accented by the nice spring background that has taken much to long to get to the northeast!

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Gary,

 

Being on the South West Coast, we do not have Dogwoods or Bradfords out here.  (We have other blooming trees).  You have done a magnificent job on your Buick.

It would be nice to see the Buick in it's first show back there.  We just had our La Jolla Motor Car Classic.  It is a concourse show and your Buick certainly would have taken first in the "Pre War Domestic" catagory.  

 

Randy   

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Gary,  absolutely, beautifully, fantastically gorgeous!! 

What a lesson in restoration education for all to see...  best comment was the better than when it rolled out of the factory reference! Truth!!

 

PS- A buddy of mine who's following along said this...

 

"That Buick is Gangster!! Does he have a Tommy gun to go with it! HA!"  

 

I loved somewhere in this "thread" (more like an encyclopedia) where somebody said to another member, there's a picture in section "X page 63..." For most mortal folks....no. 

Keep it up brother...!!

Hey- do you still have the ('64?) VW Ragtop? Could you email me a picture? 

Thanks bro... love ya! 

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4 minutes ago, kwheel21 said:

 

Hey- do you still have the ('64?) VW Ragtop?

 

Wait... What? 

 

VW ragtop?  

 

Have you been holding out on us Gary? :)

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2 hours ago, 27donb said:

 

Wait... What? 

 

VW ragtop?  

 

Have you been holding out on us Gary? :)

27donb, I think Kwheel21 was refurring to your post on pg46 post 1126..

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The Bug:  "Ingrid"

1967 Volkswagen Convertible

Karmann Body (Cabriolet?)

 

 

Quick story:  14 years ago (2004), my younger brother was just turning 40.  His wife asked me to find  "the red convertible you guys had when you were in college"  as a surprise for his 40th.  She gave me about 9 months advance notice, and I found a beauty.  It had only 8,011 original miles.

No rust, no rot, all original and runs like a top.  The owner put some chrome do-dads on it, I did a complete brake job, installed new tires and put a newer 1971 carburetor on it.  It's been 14 trouble-free years since.  The car is a blast to drive!  I never mentioned it because technically, I'm only the caretaker.

 

The car was stored at my house from 2004 to November 2016 when I purchased the Buick.  I kept it detailed, running, maintained...... took care of it like it was my own!  Now it's at my mom's house.  She has a two-car garage.  I hope to build a garage soon so Ingrid can join her "sisters" once again!

 

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This was the "line-up" when she was with me.  

 

 

 

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July 2017 at Monmouth Park car show.

 

Gary

 

 

 

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9 hours ago, Gary W said:

The Bug:  "Ingrid"

1967 Volkswagen Convertible

Karmann Body (Cabriolet?)

 

 

Quick story:  14 years ago (2004), my younger brother was just turning 40.  His wife asked me to find  "the red convertible you guys had when you were in college"  as a surprise for his 40th.  She gave me about 9 months advance notice, and I found a beauty.  It had only 8,011 original miles.

No rust, no rot, all original and runs like a top.  The owner put some chrome do-dads on it, I did a complete brake job, installed new tires and put a newer 1971 carburetor on it.  It's been 14 trouble-free years since.  The car is a blast to drive!  I never mentioned it because technically, I'm only the caretaker.

 

The car was stored at my house from 2004 to November 2016 when I purchased the Buick.  I kept it detailed, running, maintained...... took care of it like it was my own!  Now it's at my mom's house.  She has a two-car garage.  I hope to build a garage soon so Ingrid can join her "sisters" once again!

 

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This was the "line-up" when she was with me.  

 

 

 

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July 2017 at Monmouth Park car show.

 

Gary

 

 

 

 

Wow that's a beauty! 

 

 Some say 1967 is the best year to own... Still has the old style look with the towel bar bumpers, has some one year only unique parts, and has the increased ease and reliability being the first year of the 12 volt electrical system. 

 

I prefer 1962...first year of the slightly larger taillights... First year of the in dash gas gauge... Last year of the front hood Wolfsburg Crest. 

 

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Back in the early `70s I put myself thru college buying/fixing/selling VWs. Almost all were engine problems, mainly from a previous mechanic not knowing what he was doing, over torquing head bolts which resulted in pulling the threads from the block, and the other thing is sheet metal baffles that control the flow of air for cooling around the cylinders were left out. I also think that most VW owners were not aware of the marks on the speedometer, for which gear you should be in for cooling purposes. I`m still a little bug fan!!  Tom

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I will have the same situation with my (2) 1925s. PA and NJ had front and back matching plates into the 1950s. I keep the period year of Manufacture plate on the front while the current antique registration plate is on the rear. I will put the rear plate on the front of the other car as well.

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13 hours ago, Gary W said:

 I hope to build a garage soon...

 

Gary

 

I like how you subtly slipped that in Gary... I will be watching the forum for the thread on that project too! 

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Gary

Attempting to install my windshield on my 1936 special. Looked back at your entries and find at page 26 you installed the two piece glass but can't find any entry showing installation of the center divider/molding for the windshield. I have my rubber molding on the two piece windshield and placed the molding in the middle and was going to install as one piece. I note you installed the glass with rubber seal first and apparently installed the molding at a later time. Interested in how you installed the center divider/molding and if any secrets to getting it in place. I have made one attempt to install windshield and without molding think it would be easier to get it in but was worried about getting that center divider in. Do you have recollection of how you got the molding piece in? Thanks

Rod

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I got a matching set of 1930 plates, and had them restored.  ( By the way, the "M" is for Monmouth County, so I considered myself lucky to find these!)  I keep the registered "QQ" Historic plate on the back, but for the car shows, I put these up front.  

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57 minutes ago, rlcokc said:

Gary

Attempting to install my windshield on my 1936 special.

 

Hello Rod!  

 

I installed the windshield center division channel  AFTER  the windshield glass was installed. 

The night before I installed the windshield, I stretched the new rubber gasket around both glass pieces and set two 1/4" MDF blocks between the panes to create a gap and give the new rubber seal a little stretch.

Set your glass / rubber seal over the lower pinch weld first, then using a string or glass tools, pull the rubber gasket out from under the glass and around the perimeter of the glass to seat the new rubber gasket, without the center division.

Now the glass is set in position, what I did was to CAREFULLY place the 1/4" block back between the panes to again create the gap for the center division channel.  If you have helpers "pulling" the glass to the edges to create the gap,  it is easier to place the "spacer" block in position.

I used new rubber from Steele for the center division channel.  It had to be tapped first because there was rubber in the threads.  DO NOT TAP THE HOLES with the rubber assembled.  Tap the holes with the rubber out on the bench.  The metal is a very very soft brass material that easily bends when the screws bottom out!  

So, after the metal was re-painted, slide the rubber into the  channel.  (Silicone helps here).  I had two metal parts for inside the car.  A strong steel "base" that goes under the softer, woodgrained part for support.

I used silicone over the rubber, slid the rubber between the panes and started pulling the division channel slowly using the screws.  Little by little, it will pull it tight.

 

Now, according to the book, the center division channel goes in AFTER the garnish molding, and before the rear view mirror.  So, I will once again remove my center channel when it's time to install the garnish molding.

But for now, it is keeping the space correct.

 

Couple Photos:  (Of course!!!)

 

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The night before glass install.  The two 1/4" MDF blocks helped stretch the rubber and maintain the gap.

 

 

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Sliding the lower rubber over the pinch weld.  John was pulling the rubber out to make the seal.  One MDF block still in the gap, but I actually removed it to ease the glass install.

 

 

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Installing the center division channel.  I used silicone on the new rubber,  began pushing it into the gap.  On the inside, you can see I just started running the screws in.

 

 

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I caught one screw and started tightening it.  Then I moved to the next center one, and so on.  It will slowly draw into position.

 

 

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You see the wood grained part.  There is a steel backer plate under this cosmetic piece that gives it a rigidity.

 

 

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Installed center division channel.   

 

 

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1937 Shop Manual.  Notice the garnish molding goes in BEFORE the center division channel.

But, being I cannot install the garnish until my interior arrives, I figured it will keep the glass positioned properly in the meantime.

 

 

Hope it helps!!!

 

Gary

 

 

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16 hours ago, Gary W said:

The Bug:  "Ingrid"

1967 Volkswagen Convertible

Karmann Body (Cabriolet?)

 

 

Quick story:  14 years ago (2004), my younger brother was just turning 40.  His wife asked me to find  "the red convertible you guys had when you were in college"  as a surprise for his 40th.  She gave me about 9 months advance notice, and I found a beauty.  It had only 8,011 original miles.

No rust, no rot, all original and runs like a top.  The owner put some chrome do-dads on it, I did a complete brake job, installed new tires and put a newer 1971 carburetor on it.  It's been 14 trouble-free years since.  The car is a blast to drive!  I never mentioned it because technically, I'm only the caretaker.

 

The car was stored at my house from 2004 to November 2016 when I purchased the Buick.  I kept it detailed, running, maintained...... took care of it like it was my own!  Now it's at my mom's house.  She has a two-car garage.  I hope to build a garage soon so Ingrid can join her "sisters" once again!

 

DSC_0309.thumb.jpg.f2db0d5e3dbd7221980fc3d31ecaca3f.jpg

This was the "line-up" when she was with me.  

 

 

 

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July 2017 at Monmouth Park car show.

 

Gary

 

 

 

Another Beauty! Thanks Gar... 

Remember the "Electric Banana?"  '71 Super Beetle in Canary Yellow with no heat?

But, it had headers... that was important. To pop wheelies... 

 

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I am ordering replacement glass for my car. 

What color was the factory glass back then?

My 36 glass has a greenish tint to it, but not really sure.

Also, if the factory glass was tinted were ALL the windows tinted?

Yours looks clear. 

I want to get as close to original as possible.

P.

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I don't think the glass was tinted originally.  When I ordered my full replacement set of glass for the car,  I was informed it comes "factory clear laminated safety glass".  

I believe he said I could get a tint at an additional cost, but I wanted it original so I simply ordered a clear set.  

 

I cannot find any corroboration in any of my manuals one way or another, so I went with his advice.

 

Gary

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@Gary W Thanks for your reply. I wanted green tint, but it is not period correct. Plus, I'm not sure how it would really look. They offer a gray smoke, which might work on the back and two rear side windows and everything else clear. But, in the end, I will probably go clear. While this car will for all practical purposes look original. My empty wallet is a testament to this :) I did not know what I was buying at the time. Everyone around here said, "oh those 2  door 36 Buicks are dime a dozen."  Then I  tried to buy body parts. LOL Anyway, I was planning on driving it as a marketing piece for one of my companies. Once I found out what I had, I decided to do it right. This, of course, was after we squeezed an updated LS drivetrain in the thing. Remember, I was going to drive it to market one of my companies and I wanted it reliable.  The Old Balby Weed Co. 

So, now everything is original steering wheel radio, etc.  All has been refurbished. I have a charcoal and light gray leather interior going in...  But from the outside, with the hood down, it is going to be authentic right down to the metal fleck paint they had in 36 which I uncovered under the horns. This is when I began to wonder about the car... :o Oh, yea, and well, with over 300HP to the rear tires, they are a little wider, but everything fits under the fenders. And, sigh, the original hubcaps won't fit. 

 

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4 hours ago, pplaut said:

What color was the factory glass back then?

My 36 glass has a greenish tint to it, but not really sure.

Also, if the factory glass was tinted were ALL the windows tinted?

 

The old glass had a layer of plastic or something in it that turns green with age. My 1939 Studebaker had the same thing going on. The colour was strongest near the edges. On cars that are really far gone you can see this stuff has gone cloudy. I think there was a picture of one somewhere recently, perhaps in the "What is it?" forum.

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JUST stumbled on Gary's work progress...you sir are a beast! Total respect on all the work you've done. Magnificent machine! 

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Gary, I thought I would let you know that I am also a VW guy. Mine is a 67 that I bought from the original owner, she bought it new when she was 20 years old. I also bought one new in 1967 the same color ZENITH BLUE as this one. 

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Gary,

 

Any more news from Le Barron Bonney regarding when they will get you the upholstering kit for the Buick?  I am concerned as I am awaiting my fabric for my 36 Pontiac.  How long did it take for the fabric to show the issue with it changing color?  They  do not have the "kit" for my coupe but I have a very talented upholsterer who can "build" my seat and door panels.  Plus, being a business coupe, there are flaps and a compartmented shelf area behind the drivers side that traveling salesmen used to keep their forms and other items stored in.  Behind the passenger seat was the spare tire, jack and handle.  The shelves and flaps are still intact so he has them for duplication.

The headliner may be something that I can do.  We will see.

 

Hopefully, it won't be too long till the material comes in.  Are you doing any other items on the car while you are waiting for the fabric to arrive?

 

Randy 

 

 

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