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  1. 15 points
    JUST REALIZED A MILESTONE - MY 4,000TH POST ON OUR FORUM. Ten Days short of Ten Years Since Joining, and averaging just over one post per day since that time, This is an appropriate time to take note, and for me to thank the many, many individuals who make our FORUM the exceptional interchange of information, expertise, experience, humor, and sharing. My vehicles show the benefit of your comments, as does my life. I've had the benefit of meeting many of you in person during our travels, on Tour, while Judging at our Meets, or just on vacation. Regrettably, I'll never have the experience of meeting most of you. We come together from many different walks of life, differing life and work experience, are geographically dispersed, chronologically varied in age from teens to nineties and possibly beyond, perhaps favor many differing types of vehicles, yet all contribute to the overall community, each in a special way. Some of us collect, or restore, or maintain, some broker or flip, and others may simply observe! - some prefer the technical aspects and others maybe not? - some restore simply for the end result, others are dedicated to the competitive aspects of Show/Meet/ Concourse, and still others are dedicated to literature or to the Tour/Driving portion of our lifestyle. The choice of era - Brass, Nickel, Glidden, Chrome, Tuner, etc - Four-wheeling, or Two (or three?)- gas, diesel, electric, hybrid- all of the above? ... but our dissimilarities make us all the more similar and comparable - and hopefully the collector vehicle community is better for that ! I simply want to thank all of you who make our FORUM the pleasant, safe, informative, educational, fun and enjoyable place it has become, and with proper guidance, will continue to be. With best regards to all with our wish for health and happiness for the holiday season and the new year, Marty
  2. 14 points
    Fall is winding down here, and it actually snowed a little bit yesterday. It's certainly been cold! But today was another bright, crisp, sunny day and had a chance to get the 56 out for a breakfast run. After reading the positive review on this place on Sunday, Ed and I decided to meet here: When I pulled in I thought I was lucky to get this spot in front for a picture. But then I realized the place was closed on Tuesdays. Just my luck! So when Ed arrived we cruised over to another spot in town and got a nice parking spot right in front anyway. It was great to get the car out !
  3. 12 points
    That is a crying shame. I am constantly amazed at people who claim to be “car guys” and yet they don’t know or understand the mechanics of cars older than the 60s. Recently, I was asked, yet again, when I was going to put a SBC 350/auto in my 1929 Studebaker President. I asked why? I was then lectured on how any car older than the mid-60s is unusable unless the original drivetrain is upgraded to a SBC 350/auto. I informed the gentleman that I drive my 29 Studebaker everywhere it needs to go. I don’t own a truck and car trailer. I told him that the last tour I completed was a six day 1,000 mile tour that included driving my Studebaker over several mountain passes. He stated it was not possible and that he did not believe me and walked away. Here is a picture of my 1929 Studebaker at the summit of one of those passes with the elevation sign visible. I guess I must have faked the picture, according to some people, since it is not possible in a stock 1929 automobile. Also, another picture taken in the middle of nowhere with a snow covered Mount Shasta in background.
  4. 11 points
    This is my 1954 Special. Original unrestored with 35,000 miles. My aunt bought this car new in 1954 and I got it from her in 1974 with 14,000 miles on it.
  5. 11 points
    This gem was in an old family album.The McLaughlin-Buick belonged to my great great uncle (standing).My grandmother is the young lady seated.Taken ca.1917 near London,Ontario. Jim
  6. 11 points
    Reflecting, giving thanks, and feeling very fortunate
  7. 10 points
    My feeling is if I don't see a price, I won't call or email the seller. I am NOT on a fishing expedition. I am NOT bidding on Ebay. State a price or do not post an ad.
  8. 10 points
    Out moving vehicles around to work on them yesterday. Also first day the snow stayed on the ground.
  9. 10 points
    Bit of a Christmas Vacation moment...
  10. 10 points
    Being a hopelessly devoted member of the Brass Era Car fraternity, I am often shocked to find the same attitude towards the driveability/reliability of these cars coming from fellow antique car owners of the 30's-50's. Many years ago while participating in the AACA 50th anniversary tour out of Valley Forge, PA I had an amusing experience. We had finished the days touring and a group of us had retired to the parking lot lounge for a few adult beverages and some BS time. I was reclining on the running board of my 1913 Jeffery, which was a virtually completely original car, when a fellow walked up and asked if that was my car (BTW - I was still under 30 years of age at that time and there were those that seemed disturbed by such young guys owning "really old" cars). I responded that it was indeed my car. The fellow responded that he had been told that I had actually driven the car from home to the tour and wanted to know if it was true, and if so where was I from. After learning that I had indeed driven the car the 150 or so miles from home, mostly down the PA Turnpike no less, he made the statement that it just shows why "kids" shouldn't own antique cars and started to walk away. I asked him if he had a car on the tour, and he proudly stated that he did, a Model 'A' roadster. I asked him where he was from and if he trailered it to the tour site. His response: "Of course I trailered it here and I'm from Cherry Hill!" (Cherry Hill, NJ is just across the river from Philadelphia). The laughter this elicited from the assembled group was still going on as his back disappeared from view. I am obviously from the school of keep 'em stock and drive 'em too. I went it one better and ran the AACA 75th anniversary tour in my 1907 Franklin. Guess that one would have really upset the Model 'A' guy too.
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    If I owned an old pickup, I would want it to look like this
  13. 10 points
    How 'bout them Dawgs Elvis jealous because I’m watching some other Dawgs on tv
  14. 10 points
    AACA - Texas Region meeting at a member's "car barn" in Decatur, TX today - about 60 miles from home. It was a beautiful clear and cool day, so the meeting was well attended and a number of members drove their club cars. Hope you enjoy the photos of some of the cars.
  15. 10 points
    I was looking through old files when I got that '50 Woody picture out yesterday and found these to share. Bill Antelli owned this 1932 Model 90 from age 15 until he passed away about 2 years ago. These are from the day I helped his start it after much restoration work. We got him to bring it, unfinished, to our Chapter's 2005 BCA Nationals. Bill, Scott Heise, and I used to pile into my '60 and have lunch at one of the restaurants where the owners had excellent taste in waitresses. Scott and I had lunch there last week. We miss Bill.
  16. 9 points
    SPOILER ALERT ! SPOILER ALERT ! If you have never been up to Lion Rock but intend to go , you might not want to spoil the surprise by looking at these mere and inadequate pics. SPOILER ALERT ! SPOILER ALERT ! Well , it would not be polite to keep you waiting any longer. I wish I knew how to register this continuous panorama. In sequence then , from right to left , from the cliffs , through Mt Stuart to Mt. Rainier is about a 180 degree sweep. I would never show these pics to anyone who I intended to take up here. It is totally unexpected , and these take the surprise out of it to some degree. There is no clue whatsoever until you get right up to the very top. Maybe we can go up there together some time :
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    This is my favorite of all! Wife: "Gary, what the heck are you doing? We have to be at the party in 10 minutes!" Gary (dressed in his tux and immaculate dress shoes), "Just a minute, darling, I'm just putting a fender on the Buick!"
  19. 9 points
    Drove my 67 LeSabre to the local Lowes today to get a new humidifier. If you don't have a truck, you need a car with a real trunk to go to Lowes.
  20. 9 points
    I had that exact thing happen, except with a WHOLE CAR. The guy placed THREE separate bids at three separate times and then E-mailed to say that "he thought it was a different car." YOU BID THREE TIMES, DUMBASS! On a car with nearly 100 photos! With the year, make, and model right in the header! And a 1200-word description where the year, make, and model are mentioned multiple times. I let him off the hook, but I did point out how stupid he was, both in an E-mail message to him and in the "reason for canceling bid" which was "Sadly, this guy is too dumb to be allowed to own a car," which is sent to him, as well. I didn't hear back from him, so I assume he agreed with my assessment. People on Ebay are shockingly stupid. It makes me weep for our country, because they represent a significant fraction of the rest of the population. Whenever I think I've met the dumbest person I can imagine, a challenger appears. I'm particularly amazed that such stupid people are able to earn enough money to purchase a car. I'm done being nice to idiots. Being stupid should hurt.
  21. 8 points
    It has long been government policy to encourage new technology through financial incentives. Some pan out and some don't, but without the government to invest in technology before there's a market, many technologies would never go anywhere. Some are dead-ends, but that doesn't mean we should stop investing in ideas. Perfection or nothing is a great way to fall behind the rest of the world. This wonderful internet we're using right now? That's how it came about, not because of market demand and profit-driven research. That cell phone you use every day? Same deal. Most technology exists long before a market for it does and waiting for widespread commercial/profit-driven adoption of it means we fall farther behind countries like China, who are aggressively pursuing an all-electric infrastructure. The future is coming, like it or not, and if we want to be great again, we have to stay competitive, not pretend that if we wish hard enough, it'll be 1954 again. It is a mistake to regard tax incentives and grants as a hand-out but rather as a way to encourage an entrenched industry to consider and adopt new technology, which, in the long run, will benefit the country's economy and security. I know everyone thinks we'll have cheap gas forever (am I the only one who remembers everyone complaining about $5/gallon gas back in, oh, 2006?), but moving towards something like this now rather than when we have to will be better for everyone. Besides, we as old car hobbyists should be pleased that the general automotive public seems to be willing to move away from internal combustion and towards other sources of power for vehicles. That means more (and cheaper) gasoline for us. This is a good thing, not another stupid governmental waste of your taxpayer dollars. Look at the big picture instead of picking it as the outrage of the day. Investing in technology? That's good for us all, I promise.
  22. 8 points
    OK. First snow in Goodrich (near Flint) today. Time to get the winter Buick out!
  23. 8 points
    An old Mac tool box I restored a few years back. In incorrect Buick Engine Green color obviously.
  24. 8 points
    December 11, 2017: 11 months ago today I started the restoration. Today marks 11 months since I first cleared the garage and removed the license plates and the bumpers from the car to start this fantastic journey. I have nothing to report tonight except where I'm at today: January 11, 2017: Centered in the garage and ready to be restored. December 11, 2017: Although there is still a list of things that need to get accomplished, I feel like I'm in pretty good shape. I'm hopeful the interior kit will be delivered soon. After that, it's bumpers, hood, trunk and doors. (And everything related to those things) I'm going to polish up the door sill plates, get the rest of the stainless polished and store it inside until ready. Still need to finish wiring the heater/defroster, triple lamps and radio. All in all, a very productive and rewarding 11 months. A sincere "THANKS" to all the enthusiasts out there! For someone who was a "newbie" just a year ago, this forum has been priceless. Have a great night out there! Gary
  25. 8 points
    I have been following this discussion since it began and I want to throw out a few things to Mr. Wright for him to seriously consider. A more knowledgeable group of early Buick enthusiasts and fact seekers you will not find anywhere on these forums. We all try our best to help out our friends with advice and technical information when asked about and needed. It is a very fair statement to say that we all have been there and done that at some time or another. There is no one on here trying to make you look bad or rain on your parade. The simple facts are that you have an E-49 Buick 7-Passenger Touring Car. This was a car that Buick released in the calendar year of 1917 and they designated it as a 1918 model. Those are the plain, simple facts. Now whether you choose to accept the facts or go on demeaning those who are trying to help you, then that choice is entirely up to you. No one on here has given you any reason to doubt what we are telling you or given you any bogus information. We can and have backed up what we have told you with copies of original Buick Motor Company documents and you still do not want to believe us and talk to us in a disrespectful tone and manner. I am going to contact Lamar Brown (the moderator) and ask him to shut this discussion down as soon as possible. I am going to explain to Mr. Brown that your adamant attitude of perpetuating incorrect information is not beneficial to the current viewers and future viewers looking for technical information. Hopefully when you ask for help in the future you will be more receptive to those trying to help you. Good luck with your 1918 Model E-49 Buick. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  26. 8 points
    Look at the second picture from Old Cars Weekly for the December 14, 2017 issue.
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  29. 8 points
    Today, I spent most of the day at a local car show. I am one of the two local AACA members who run this local show for a local non-profit organization. I drove my 1937 to the show. We also had two other local 1937 Buicks and a local 1935 Buick among the 124 cars at the show.
  30. 8 points
    that whole post talks about investments and cars as the things to buy to make $. I worked my whole life to buy an old car(s) because they give me pleasure to look at, drive, smell (leather, old mohair etc) and yes work on as well. The satisfaction of pride of ownership, and that an 80+ year old car (I collect pre war) can still go down the road as it was made to I think is the reason most of us collect and own the cars we have. They have survived scrap drives, abuse, harsh weather conditions , neglect, but yet here they still are and here we are as caretakers. That article addresses none of that. Everyone has things that they do or own that make them feel at the end of the day. Old cars are what do it for us. I live right next to (for over 60 years) one of the major horse race tracks in the USA, the site of the third and final race of the annual Triple Crown of racing, people say to me "you must be there all the time" I tell them, I have been there exactly 4 times, and each time was to celebrate some historic anniversary. I have never placed a bet, wouldn't know how to. They are taken aback when I say that and start to shake their head in wonder when I then add "I'd rather spend my $ on a rusty old car part, old toy or some period car literature" My personal investment in old or collectible cars is because it makes me feel good as well as a lot of other people who I may take for a ride, or wave at when they stare as I drive by. You can't put a price on a smile on someones face including mine.
  31. 7 points
    Good clean early morning entertainment. Seems a shame to smash such nice looking cars, but I suspect they are Harvey flood cars and cannot be sold.....even for parts. I just ran across this Buick accessory,
  32. 7 points
    My soon to be step daughter Anna, last Christmas when I had a lighted wreath on the front of my 56 Century. Anna had just picked a dozen of fresh eggs from her chicken coupe just behind the car.
  33. 7 points
    I'm betting that she drove it just fine with no power steering or power brakes. She could probably back up without the need for a backup camera as well.
  34. 7 points
    An original car is what I really like. I know a fellow that has show quality cars, a Rolls, Bentley, Buick all in the late 20’s and a Cord. He saw the Studebaker and asked me how often I drove it. The answer was every chance I can, I’ve put about 4500 miles on it in the last two years or so. I asked how many miles he had but on his and his answer was less than 10 miles each in the 10+ years he owned them. Then he said he wished he had a driver like mine. What a shame to just keep them in a garage or only on a show field. I don’t think mine would ever be allowed to on a show field even in a survivor class from what I’ve seen called a survivor. The judges would probably have a heart attack or die laughing. That’s ( the laughs not the heart attack ) perfectly ok with me. I’m 71 the beast is 80 (made Aug 27 1937) and I’m sure it is going to out last me so I’m going to drive it, enjoy it and not give a damn if anyone else thinks that’s wrong because it’s mine not theirs. Have fun. Dave S
  35. 7 points
    Yes, Photos. This car is very clean. Still has the original Exhaust under it. Gray interior. Bought it because a Hyundai that my other better half has tried to kill us both when the computer went nuts and the engine went to full throttle. Luckily we escaped any harm to either of us. I told her she needs a good reliable car and I would find her one. So here it is. Dandy Dave!
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    More fun than a barrel of monkeys. Buick inline 8 powered speedster.
  38. 7 points
    Here's my 1955 Buick Special with the Century equipment.
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    Probably one of the last weekends before the winter sets in so took advantage of the dry weather and stopped for a photo oportunity.
  42. 7 points
    Indeed, Christmas did come early for a certain early Buick enthusiast out in Doo Dah, America. The 1916 D-45 does not have a heater in it, so to keep warm during cold weather jaunts a person, or persons, needed a lap robe. Well, Barbara asked me last Spring if we might be needing a nice lap robe for cold weather motoring in an open bodied car. She told me that she was going to make one for the car. The colors and the pattern she found in some old magazine dating from the middle teens and then she went to work on making this robe for us to use in cold weather driving. Now, the car does have a full set of side curtains, but this just keeps the wind out of the car. They really do not do that much toward keeping the passengers warm. Barbara is a buyer of hardware for an aerospace manufacturing supplier in Wichita, Kansas. She works with computers every day all day long and her stress reliever is working with needles and thread. So, after about 150 hours of playing with the material, here is the result of her work. She tells me that she is going to make one for the 1920 and 1922 Coupes. Different colors and patterns of course and she was very quick to let me know that she does not hire out on making these. She tells me that anyone else could not afford her work on one of these. So, here it is for the early, open Buick enthusiasts to check out and enjoy. Almost forgot an important detail - the robe is 52 inches X 76 inches. Terry Wiegand Doo Dah, America
  43. 7 points
    Remembering a special visit. July 9th 2013. These fine fellows graced my humble abode with their presence. The four Aussies. Ben
  44. 7 points
    Wishing a HAPPY THANKSGIVING to those who celebrate it now, or at any time! I hope you have a great day with your family and friends, and I hope you can steal some time with one of your favorite toys!
  45. 7 points
    A Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to all my comrades here on the best Buick forum going, may your day be filled with Thanks and Giving!
  46. 7 points
    Wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to all here on our FORUM, and to all your extended families. Looking forward to all of us having the opportunity to share our great hobby
  47. 7 points
    Thursday November 23, 2017: H A P P Y T H A N K S G I V I N G !! From my Family to You and Yours Best wishes for a Blessed Thanksgiving! Enjoy the day Gary
  48. 7 points
    Spent a good amoutn of time on Thursday night putting this cool 1969 GS 400 back on its feet and took it for a drive on Friday when it was sunny and dry. What a great car! Smooth, powerful, fun to drive with the 4-speed and a burly 455 under the hood. We upgraded the wheels/tires (it had some goofball '80s Centerlines on it) and adjusted the ride height because it looked like it just came off the drag strip in 1981, and now it runs and drives like a Buick should. Also reinstalled the stock GS ram air air cleaner on the engine so it looks right. Smooth, comfortable, solid. Not exactly quiet with that 525 horsepower motor, but not crude in the least. I'm very pleased with the car in every way. Someone's going to get something AWESOME--if this was a Chevelle or a GTO, I could sell it for $60,000. Buicks are half price for reasons I don't understand. Just another reminder why I love Buicks. They just feel different.
  49. 7 points
    He bought his two classic cars — a 1986 BMW M6 and a 1986 Porsche 911 Cabriolet... Fortunately, the values of "classic" 1986 cars are not the sole indicator of the entire collector car market. I have often told my clients that expecting your collector car to get more valuable each year is as foolish as expecting the souvenirs you bought at Disney to get more valuable when you get home. HOWEVER, most genuine collector-grade cars (not simply old cars or cars that have merely been lucky enough to survive for three or four decades) will typically hold their value and you can usually sell them for about what you paid. Few will pay you back for your repairs, storage, insurance, tires, and other factors that go with owning an old car, but if you paid $35,000 for it five years ago, you can probably turn it into $35,000 today. A lot of guys figure that whatever they "have into" a car is what it's worth and that merely getting older means the cars are also getting more valuable, which is what drives articles like this one. That is not true in 95% of the cases. Still, I ask you: what other hobby allows you to buy the hobby item, enjoy it for an indefinite period of time, sell it, and get most of your money back? Golf clubs? Boats? Guitars? RVs? Skiing? Video Games? No. Collector cars remain one of the very few places you can safely park some money for an indefinite period of time and still turn it back into a similar pile of money when you're done playing. And barring some catastrophic financial event like 2008, it tends to stay that way regardless of what other market forces do. Like most "investments" there are some that perform and some that are losers and some that stay the same. Your parents probably thought highly of GM stock or the phone company, not because they were getting rich but because they could count on them to not lose value. You see these factors in the stock market daily, so it's not unique to the collector car world. I don't think the Ferrari market can continue on its current trajectory. Early 911 Porsches bringing six- and seven-figure price tags probably can't continue, there are just too many of them. I think the mini car thing is almost over. Pagoda Mercedes SLs are peaking. Toyota Land Cruisers have faded like the Cleveland Indians in the playoffs. Hemi Fever is DEFINITELY over. But those are all operating on the fringes of the hobby. If we consider ourselves the bulk of the hobby, meaning modest cars purchased with modest means, then it remains pretty stable. Sadly, that also means your Model A will never get more valuable than it is today so it's best to go out and enjoy. It's impossible to say what "the market" is doing in regards to old cars, a question I get almost daily. Some segments are strong, some are soft, some are dead. I suspect it has always been thus.
  50. 7 points
    Sorry to be critical of the article, but I think it's a shallow, valueless piece written by a newswoman who knows nothing about cars, and who just had an assignment to fulfill. And the whole tone of the piece sees cars as commodities, missing the whole point of ownership. If Miss or Mrs. Verhage, the author, could spend a day with a long-term hobbyist, take a scenic ride in an old car, meet the family that has owned the car for 20 years, go to a club event where she would see the camaraderie the hobby offers, she would get a far more realistic picture. She would then stop thinking of cars as statistics. Maybe then she'd even want to get an old car for her family. There's far more to antique cars than tracking money.