1958 Buick Caballero

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  1. Caprice Estate

    Caprice Estate Dads 74 Caprice

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    Nanke, that is one very beautiful 58 Buick four door hardtop you have, real sweet.
     
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    Hey Joe, does the 1958 era generator tech do a good job keeping the AGM battery charged? I know there are differences in modern car's charging systems between flooded and AGM batteries?
     
  3. jmt455

    jmt455 Well-Known Member

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    Mike,
    I can't confirm if the generator can handle the charging requirements yet.
    I recently installed the new battery, but the car isn't being driven. I'm hoping to get it on the road after the AACA Grand National in mid-August.
     
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    60Mercman Well-Known Member

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    Where are they being held Joe? Most of the Ford/Lincoln meets are washed up for the year.
     
  5. jmt455

    jmt455 Well-Known Member

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    The Grand National was re-scheduled from July to August 21-22. It will be held at the Bulgari collection in Allentown, PA....but the go/no-go date is in late July. Fingers crossed!
     
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    Let me know when you swing through beautiful Coweta County, GA, we'll grab lunch! Post virus time of course!

    Wonder what the output of a 1958 gen is....50 amps?
     
  7. Silvertwinkiehobo

    Silvertwinkiehobo "Nothing is foolproof as fools are ingenious."

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    Unless it was something like a police car or ambulance, I'd think that 40-50 amps would be the highest at that time.
     
  8. jmt455

    jmt455 Well-Known Member

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    The 2020 AACA Grand National was moved from Allentown, PA to Gettysburg, PA and was held on August 21-22.
    The Zenith Award judging took place on Friday and the Grand National Judging on Saturday.

    From the AACA website:
    Conceived by the Antique Automobile Club of America’s former national club President Tom Cox and assisted by CEO Steve Moskowitz, the whole point of creating the Zenith Award was to bring greater attention to the collector-car hobby.According to Moskowitz:
    We inaugurated a new award designed to pick the best-of-the-best cars in a similar fashion as the street-rod hobby does with the Ridler Award. Trying to find one car out of thousands as a winner is a very tough job, but we felt it important for our hobby to get a car recognized universally in this fashion."
    In order to get nominated, each year two vehicles (cars or trucks) are selected from each AACA national show by the national awards judging team. Once the 16 vehicles are selected, they are then judged at the Grand National meet by a team of AACA Senior Master Judges along with three guest judges.


    There were 10 Zenith finalists, including our 1958 Buick Caballero.

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    I was certain that the Auburn and the Pierce Arrow would take the top 2 awards.

    When they got down to only 3 awards left, my friend, Larry, asked if my heart was pounding yet.
    I was still sure that my car wouldn't be the runner-up or overall winner.

    Imagine my surprise when the last "Finalist" trophy went to a different car, leaving only my 1958 Caballero and the 1933 Auburn.

    When Steve Moskowitz then began to describe the runner-up, it was clear that he was talking about the Auburn....

    I could hardly talk when I was called forward to get the winner's trophy!

    It was an amazing experience and an intense day, but all worth it!!

    Joe with trophy - no mask.jpg
     
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    Hey Joe. Congratulations. Bill in Albuquerque here called me and shared your good news. That’s wonderful. What a deserving car. They all looked great, but am so happy for your win. Congrats again. The other Bill here in Albuquerque.
     
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    Woo-hoo, that's FANTASTIC! Very happy for you to get recognized for all the time and hard work you put into the Buick. Huge congratulations!
     
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    Thanks, Bill! Bill K was almost as excited as I was when I told him.

    Thanks!!
     
  12. OrthmannJ

    OrthmannJ Always looking for old ford crew cabs

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    That is INCREDIBLE!!!
    Congratulations!! What an honor!
    Very excited for you Joe. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing this project progress here on the forum. Your work on the car has been nothing short of phenomenal, especially considering the state it was in when you got it. It's so awesome that you (and the car) are being recognized in this way.
    Again, congratulations!
     
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    Congratulations ! Very well deserved. I am more impressed by the job you did on that Buick every time I see a photo of it.
     
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    OrthmannJ Always looking for old ford crew cabs

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    Silvertwinkiehobo "Nothing is foolproof as fools are ingenious."

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    That, good Sir, is outstanding! We are all so amazed that your endeavor has paid off for you in this way! So congratulations, and good wishes for many years of shows to come!
     

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