Image of the Week: Let’s Take a Ride!

He may be creepy, but that is one sweet Auburn!
(Image found at AACA Library & Research Center, Hershey, PA)

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Image of the Week: Wowzer Bowzer!

“Take a look at this, guys!!!”
(Image found at AACA Library & Research Center, Hershey, PA)

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We are moving (already)!

Hello everyone, this is just a note to let you know that we are moving locations.  Our new website will be http://www.cargeekjournal.com  I was having so much fun with journal entries about my 1937 Buick that I decided to expand the scope of my website to include vintage auto ads, pictures, typical research requests and other old car stuff.

It isn’t just ’37 Buicks anymore but I promise you it will always be old cars!

You can stay in touch by visiting our new address http://www.cargeekjournal.com OR you can continue to visit 37buick.com to get redirected to the new address.  That forwarding feature will work as soon as I figure out how to do it.

Thanks for reading & hope to see you over at the Car Geek Journal!!

-Chris

Image of the Week: 1937 Buick Assembly Line

Buick’s assembly line running at full-speed, Flint, MI.
(Image found at AACA Library & Research Center, Hershey, PA)

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’37 Buick: Paint Sneak Preview

It has been quite busy the past few weeks in the paint booth.  Here is a sneak peak at many of my car’s components after paint.  I still have lots of wet sanding and buffing to go, but everything that is supposed to be blue is now blue.  Look for a much longer & more detailed post about painting in the next couple of weeks.  Until then, enjoy this view:

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Research Request: Early Car Radio

SEP0001Earlier this week a man contacted my library asking for information about the evolution of car radios and, more specifically, the aftermarket radio installed on his 1929 Pierce-Arrow. I got to crack open our “Radio” folder and was treated with a fantastic array of brochures, manuals, photographs and articles dealing with the topic at hand.

Depending on who you talk to, the first wireless radio transmission is given credit to Guglielmo Marconi or Nicola Tesla in 1895.  The first car radio appeared as a novelty display in 1904 but by the mid-1920s car radios started to come into vogue.  These early radios suffered from interference from the cars’ unshielded ignition systems but by the late 1920s car radios were finally seen as useful motoring accessories.

This car radio evolution followed the same timeline as the home radio system.  By the 1930s radios were practically indispensable as millions of Americans would rely on radios for entertainment and news.  This was a time when there was no television, internet or even interstate highway system. For many, a radio was truly a link to the outside world.  Read the rest of this entry

’37 Buick: Time to Paint!!!

IMG_3299I can’t remember ever thinking about paint as much as I have in the past 5 months. It has  been constant; before I fall asleep at night, all day during work, and even one or two dreams!  I’ve visited a few local paint shops, read plenty of discussion forum threads and reviews, and found a single vendor online who could get me what I need.  My needs were simple, I was looking for single stage acrylic urethane that would be an exact match to the Sudan Blue Poly that was originally applied to my 1937 Buick.  Read the rest of this entry

Carlisle & Hershey in October

During the early part of September I had the good fortune to attend Fall Carlisle and AACA’s Fall Meet in Hershey.  I am usually hard at work in the library these weeks but special circumstances allowed me to escape the quiet confines of my office and venture outside. Ken0001  Carlisle is often seen as a warmup to “Hershey” which is the granddaddy of all antique car events.  AACA’s Fall Meet is about five times larger than Carlisle’s event but both venues have a flea market, auction and overpriced food.  The two events differ in that Carlisle accepts modified cars whereas Hershey remains pure stock.

The auctions at both events are also vastly different.  Carlisle Events hosts their auction which features many spectacular muscle cars but cater mostly to mid-grade vehicles.  The auction at Hershey, however, is conducted by RM Auctions and boasts high end and often extremely rare vehicles.  While the RM auction takes place during Fall Meet it is not directly affiliated with AACA.

I had the chance to chat with one seller at Carlisle named Ken Kennedy.  Ken was selling his Duesenberg inspired pedal car and eager to show off his phenomenal craftsmanship.  The car wasn’t actually a pedal car since there were no pedals – instead, it is an electric car built to approximately ¼ scale. The car had a working front suspension (leaf springs and snubbers), vented brakes (simulated), cast magneto & water pump and even tiny gloves and a hand-sewn leather helmet.  Oh yeah, it had a movable spark advance, hand brake lever and hand formed aluminum sheet metal.  In case you were wondering about the battery, it was cleverly hidden inside the engine.  Read the rest of this entry

’37 Buick: Uncovering Secrets

In my last entry I left you with a picture of my four fenders stripped to bare metal.  What you

Rear fender mid-sanding

Rear fender mid-sanding

couldn’t see from that picture was the fact that my rear fenders had a secret and they hid that secret for quite some time.  At some point in the car’s life it was hit from behind or possibly backed into something.  Perhaps this happened multiple times; perhaps it was only once.  Either way, I will probably never find out. Evidence of an incident first appeared when stripping the body, as some crinkled sheet metal below the trunk opening popped out.  The real discovery, however, came out while stripping both rear fenders when body filler, dents and wrinkles saw the light of the day for the first time in decades. Read the rest of this entry

Caddy Daddy

In addition to working on my 1937 Buick Special, I occasionally get to turn a wrench on my

The old unit is free

The old unit is free

uncle’s 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz.  He houses it in my garage and it is great fun to look at each time I go out to the garage to work.  He has owned the Cadillac for nearly two years and, unfortunately, the big old car doesn’t get driven nearly enough.

Last summer on a trip from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts  (and back), my uncle ran in to a power steering issue.  As it turned out, the woodruff key on the shaft of the power steering pump actually gouged and destroyed the power steering pulley.  This rendered the unit useless for nearly half of his return trip.  While on the road he simply cut the belt and continued his journey without power steering.  Let me tell you, his Cadillac is HEAVY and that becomes quite apparent when the power steering isn’t working!

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