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    Saturday was my grandmother's birthday, so I took the car out to visit her. She supposedly drove it off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan. The car was ordered from the Kessler dealership in Detroit, and she went to go pick it up while my grandpa as on base. The odd thing is that it came with aftermarket mirrors, which I suppose were an afterthought by my grandfather. They later took the car and drove out west where they settled in 1958 and started their family. This is the first time I've driven the car out. Never thought about it before until now, so I made sure to thank her for not getting rid of it after all those years.
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    I picked up my new 1960 Buick Electra today. They Dynaflow is a curiously cool transmission. Just keeps pulling. The previous owner kept records and receipts. Had the Dynaflow serviced quite a bit. I'm guessing this is what keeps it working as design.
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    I bought the car in January. Anyone recognize her? Needs brake work but I'm happy so far.
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    We needed a dash plaque photo for the upcoming 36-38 Buick Club Tour in Wilmington NC. The club is open to all Straight 8 Buicks so I invited the local Straight 8 Buick owners to meet at the USSNC Battleship Memorial this afternoon for some photos. Here are a couple of the photos. How many other folks have a 1935 Buick and five 1937 Buicks in their local area?
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    WHEN EVERYDAY PARKING LOTS WERE CAR SHOWS and "Wow, Colors Man!!!" And the range of years? All but one or maybe two, appear to be early fifties?
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    This site should be turned off for two days every February. Managed to concentrate and wrap up my Income Tax return. Now it's back to wishing I could drive my cars.
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    From today's WSJ comes a nice piece...
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    Why are people surprised by this? If the car has wireless connectivity, it CAN be hacked. Same with your phone, computer, NEST thermostat, connected appliances, etc, etc. Tell me why your fridge needs an internet connection.
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    We had a really enjoyable visit this evening when Derek, along with his delightful wife and daughter joined us for dinner and a quick tour of the French Quarter - an all too short visit. Delightful folks, we look forward to more visits. Mardi Gras and Basketball tournaments are over as of a couple of days ago, making for a busy time here in New Orleans, - but there is always time for Old Car Friends and Buick Folks. Thanks for the visit, Marty & Dale
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    Actually, we were discussing the very same topic back in February. Here's the thread: And I don't think anyone knows someone else's motives for having cars. We have to be careful assuming that a wealthy person bought it just to show off: Does he drive around the block with his head hanging out the window, to be seen! Or does a person buy an item because he really likes it, and has the money to spend on an unnecessary item? Please don't accept TV's fictional portrayal of those people. I've met 3 billionaires, or near billionaires, and have found them to be more modest than the average person. They may be busy, but they're happy to take a friendly call. If you met one in the local hardware store, you would think he was just another guy there to buy fertilizer--- and he very well might be.
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    I drove about 100 miles west today to Trenton Browne's wonderful salvage yard in the tiny town of Sunset, Texas. He has a lot of Post-War Buicks available as complete cars or for parts. Here are a few I photographed today. The '50 Special is a stick shift car, available as a complete car, but due to lack of interest, he is about to begin parting it out. The '62 Special is a factory A/C car. The '49 Super is now minus its bumpers and RF fender, as those were what I needed. It does not have an engine and the grille is damaged, but it still has some usable parts. This is the salvage yard that I did an article on in the Buick Bugle about a year ago. He has lots of late 1960s full-size Buicks and lots of early 1950s Buicks. For those who want to pay a visit, it is halfway between Fort Worth and Wichita Falls, Texas on U.S. Hwy. 287. There are about 1000 cars at this place, including some very rare ones--Hudsons, Kaisers, Nashes, Studebakers, etc. Well worth the trip! Pete Phillips, BCA #7338
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    Took Irene out today for the bi-monthly Buick club meet down by the river. Drove very well as always. From here we ventured to an aircraft museum for a look through. The drive home was spectacular with a lightning and thunderstorm show and a few drops of rain. Got home just in time before the big downpour.
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    Just some pictures from my favorite junkyard. 55-57, with one 56 - my personal parts car. The spirit of this 56 lives on.
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    A whole lot of iron and miscellania crossing the block here. So much it will take dayS to auction it all. http://www.sullivanauctioneers.com/auction/huge-collector-car-antique-tractor-collection-2/
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    decent in a 63 or 64 Riv.
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    Life really is better in a Buick!!
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    If you want a car that rides, drives, and handles like a modern car, with an engine and drivetrain whose parts are available at every corner auto parts store and repair shop, go buy a 1977 Camaro with a 350 V8 or a 2017 Buick Cascada convertible, and leave the '53 Super convertibles original with their 12-volt electrics, their 322 V8s, their dependable Dynaflows, and their robust, high, coil springs at all four wheels. I'm sorry, but cars like this are destroyed, in my opinion. Yes, it has a lot of value to some people, and I recognize that, but I would never buy one nor do that to one. OK, you asked for opinions and reactions, and that is mine. Pete Phillips.
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    Hi Guys, so the project got completed and according to me she has come out well Hope you guys like her as well thank you once again to Mr Earl and all the other Member on the forum that have been a great help enjoy the pictures, regards, Allan
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    Had a minibike like that at same age. Thought I was the "stuff"
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    Took a mulligan Mr. Earl. Another 70 degree day in Colorado, top down, lunch at A & W.
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    I had to jump back in as I can not believe what just happened, an hour ago I received an email from the people who bought this car from me back in 2009 and offered it back to me !!!!! Speak of the Twilight Zone !!!! They don't belong to any clubs and would have had no idea I posted this,he is now 90 and decided its time to start thinning his hoard of 40 some cars.My old LeSabre has been in a heated garage and only a few miles put on her in the last 8 years,other than a new muffler and tires,still like the pictures.Someone is looking over me,maybe it's Ms.Foley! Looks like I better make some room in the barn.
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    Williams Buick GMC of Charlotte, NC is the oldest Buick dealer in the Carolinas and has proudly served customers for 75 years. Today, we are the premier Buick GMC dealer in the Charlotte metro area. Read below to learn more about our company history! Mr. Lee Folger founded the company on October 1, 1937. He was awarded an exclusive Buick franchise for the city of Charlotte, and the General Motors Holding Corporation was the co-investor. The total amount in captial paid was $30,000. On August 19, 1938, the Pontiac franchise was was added so Lee A. Folger, Inc. became the exclusive Buick-Pontiac dealer in the Charlotte, NC area. On this date, the dealership was moved from the 500 block of South Tryon Street to 318 West Fifth Street, the location of the former Pontiac dealer. On August 16, 1939, Lee A. Folger, Inc. bought out General Motors Holding Corporation's stake in the company and cancelled the Pontiac franchise at the same time, making the company an exclusive Buick dealer once more. On June 1, 1941, the company moved to 900 South Tryon Street in a new building constructed specifically for its use. On January 16, 1960, Mr. Lee A. Folger passed away and on March 14, 1960, Mr. Spencer A. Folger was approved as the dealer by Buick Motor Division. http://www.williamsbuickgmc.com/ On September 1, 1970, the company moved to a new facility at 5701 East Independence Boulevard in Charlotte, NC. On April 11, 1992, Mr. Spencer A. Folger passed away and on November 12, 1992, C.E. Williams, Jr. was approved as the Dealer Principal by Buick Motor Division. Subsequently, C.E. Williams III was appointed Vice President and General Manager, and D. Glenn Moore was appointed as Secretary-Treasurer. On May 30, 1993, Clarence E. Williams passed away. Mr. Williams had served Folger's since June 1, 1939 as a stockholder and Secretary-Treasurer. In December 1998, Folger Automotive expanded by purchasing the only other Buick franchise in Charlotte. The facility was located at 400 Tyvola Road in Charlotte, NC. In 2006, the Folger Automotive Group bought the building and property at 7725 South Blvd. in Charlotte. After General Motors restructured financially, the Folger Automotive Group was given the GMC franchise along with existing Buick one, and these franchises temporarily relocated to the current Folger Kia location, 7725 South Blvd. in 2010. In September, 2012, the name of the Buick GMC dealership was changed to Williams Buick GMC and opened a brand new facility at 8201 South Blvd. Ward Williams is the owner of Williams Buick GMC and Folger Automotive Group.
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    ^ There is a 2-part youtube film of the event --an outstanding watch IMO; just loved it: that unmuffled 401 thundering around & around-- and they show a very small blue cylindrical tank in the trunk. Each refueling on the run was 15 gallons (took 6 seconds), and refuels occurred every 30 mins (about 4 MPG by the math). However, it looks like they were feeding the same under-trunk tank if they were going thru the license plate area. An in-depth engineering look at this car and the prep & engineering work would be fascinating- I wonder what became of the test car? EDIT :: ANY fan of Buick Motor Division should do themselves a real favor and watch the 1960 Buick Daytona test :
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    I'm a new member and this thread caught my eye. This picture was among my mother's old photos. I have no idea who they are. Sorry about the creases.
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    Expect a call from PETA. Either that or some guys in white suits..................Bob
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    Its beautiful in Las Vegas at this time of the year. We decided to take the Buick for a ride around Lake Mead earlier this evening when the sun was going down. Its a 35 mile ride and its a national park. The road is smooth and perfect and you rarely see another car on the weekdays. It has uphills and downhills as well as some straights but no stop signs or traffic lights. Roll down the front windows and let the warm night air come in. It was a really nice ride and the Buick is running like a brand new car. No vibrations and nice and smooth. The four corner coil spring suspension on a 38 makes the ride exceptionally quiet and smooth. When we got back to the house I figured it would be a great time to let the oil drain for a couple of hours as it was hot and the oil drains more completely when its hot. I think tomorrow I might even grease everything underneath. I probably change the oil more than is ever needed but its so easy on this car. Its already high enough for me to remove the drain plug without jacking up on anything and there is no oil filter. I just scoot under the car with a drain pan already there and remove the plug, nothing to it so I do it without any excuses.
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    As you already know, a while back I was lectured for posting a Chevy gig on here... I take these things really seriously, so I sold it as soon as I could and apologized profusely to my brother from the South, promising to never do it again. I did a search in here and this popped up: I clicked on his name and this one also posed up: I I sent him an email and after some back and forth, I made an offer. The offer got accepted, I paid the man and now I am trying to figure how to get her to OKC. I liked her story, but she hasn't seen much use during the past 4 years. Part of me wants to fly and drive the 730 mile trip, but it is tight with work and the pending move. I am still working on it, but for now, here she is, Vicky's younger sister Electra.
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    All interesting questions, I only know the answer to one. Heck no, if they aren't worn out they'll go into the Century along with the McCulloch Supercharger... some day
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    Continued courtesy of Brian Albrecht at V8Buick What a great pic here eh? Bygone days! Another nice pic - Probably before or after church on Sunday. Cool color on car
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    They found this 1955 VW bus abandoned deep in the woods on a French mountain thanks to a tip from a mushroom hunter. They found it, bought it from the land owner and DROVE IT OUT a few days later. Most extraordinary story. http://www.doityourselfrv.com/abandoned-volkswagen/# Same video from Youtube
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    Aw shucks fellers, you'll make us blush. Seriously, we DO enjoy meeting FORUM FOLK, both those who visit New Orleans, as well as when we travel - and we will be doing a lot of driving. This year we expect to drive to every AACA Meet and Tour. Philly and Ocala were excellent. Next on the list we will drive to Palm Springs, CA, and a month later will tour Sonoma. The AACA calendar will be our primary guide, only interrupted by doctor visits as we age faster than our cars. Looking forward to meeting more of you "On the Road" Marty & Dale
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    Getting into the old car hobby, for the average guy, is cost prohibitive unless you buy an original car – usually the underappreciated four door sedan. Over time, if you are lucky, you might be able to buy, trade, or sell; your way up to whatever is your dream car. For some, that might never happen. In the meantime, they can still enjoy the hobby driving around in the car that might sport some faded paint, spots of rust, and holes in the upholstery with the headliner hanging down. I am speaking from experience. I bought my first collector car in 1975 – a 1929 Studebaker Commander plain Jane four door sedan in original unrestored condition. It was followed by a 1928 Studebaker President which I found in a barn also in unrestored original condition. My current car is again a mostly original (some things “restored” most not) a 1929 Studebaker President Brougham. In 42 years in this hobby I have never had a restored shinny collector car. However, I have had many years of pleasure driving all over the place in cars that some would have turned up their noses at. Everyone finds their own niche in this hobby.
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    ANYTHING can be restored, the unrestored, original paint Motorcycles and Cars are special. You either understand their uniqueness or you don't. I'm sorry so many cars were ruined with restorations over the last 50 years so a $5.00 bowling trophy with a car on top could be placed on the owners shelf. Bob