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  1. 10 points
    I am honored to be the recipient of "The Terry B. Dunham Historical Award," for 2018, the Buick BUGLE's Literary Award, for my article, "The History of Buick on La Isla de Cuba." Presented just last Saturday at the BCA's National Meet in Denver, the award pays homage to legendary Buick historian and author Terry B. Dunham. I met Terry at Hershey about 20 years ago, our only face-to-face meeting, but we communicated about Buick history over the years before his untimely passing in 2012. What a thrill to receive recognition for an unchartered area of Buick history about which Terry would be enthsuiastic, encouraging and proud. From the Buick Club's 2012 Tribute... "Terry B. Dunham, 72, the founder and a past president of the Buick Heritage Alliance, died on Friday, November 2, 2012. Terry was considered one of the world’s leading experts on the heritage of the Buick automobile, creating an award-winning book, a national enthusiasts’ organization, an innovative website for vintage car owners and major magazine articles." http://www.buickclub.org/terry-dunham-tribute/ Thanks to the BCA, BUGLE Editor Pete Phillips and Cindy Livingston, Graphic Artist Extraordinaire! TG
  2. 7 points
    Thanks to outgoing BCA BOD, John DeFiore for an outstanding job as BCA Secretary the past few years. For that matter thanks to Kris Syrdal for her run as BCA Secretary too over MANY years. I didn't get to serve with John like I did Kris so no comparing of the two by me, but BCA Secretary is THE hardest BOD position and all who serve in the role deserve a huge thank you from the membership.
  3. 5 points
    This picture is posted in the guest lobby of the GM Fairfax assembly plant in Kansas City, KS. Some members othe ROA (including me) took a tour of the plant while attending the ROA event in Overland Park, KS this week.
  4. 4 points
    First off I spelled it wrong, but just fixed it. Sorry Keiser! It’s now a verb which means “to spot and photograph an antique car. Typically while in an automobile or standing in your front yard”. ???
  5. 3 points
    Both great cars. Bought the first one to keep. Then the second one pops up for sale 3 days after the first one gets delivered. I have wanted the second one since 2010, and I wasn’t going to let it get away!
  6. 3 points
    FYI, In case anyone thinks I am shirking my duty to prepare these minutes. As of this writing I now have more than 12 hours into transcribing the first hour of the membership meeting. I do not say this for pity. But just to let you know I am working on it every day and trying to get it done as quickly as I can.
  7. 3 points
    Well yesterday , Wednesday, day three it was raining like crazy. Still Joyce and I set out on the tour route. After driving about a half dozen miles in a hard rain, slippery roads and damp brakes we threw in the preverbal towel. That decision occurred after sliding down a hill and through the stop sign TWICE at the bottom of the hill. We determined that it was just too dangerous to continue the tour. You can see the first picture when we were putting the truck back in the trailer. The second one is the Garmin where you can see the rain on the face of it. It was definitely a fun way to get wet. Went out to get the truck ready for todays, Thursdays tour route and it had developed a noise that I did not like so we rode with friends for the day. Obtained the venerable ........Drive it, Break it, Fix it, Repeat, repeat, repeat. Now to find out the noise when I get home so a possible $100.00 repair does not turn into $2,5000.00 repair or more as it has happened in the past.
  8. 2 points
    Lamar, I really don't want to disagree with you, but I don't want to put this all out there under it's own heading either. Since it was brought up, incorrect assumptions made, and a response requested, I have offered to do so with the approval of Alan Oldfield, not of my actual words here, as he has not seen them, but in that I am aware of what occurred.. If you would like to move it, please feel free. I am no longer on the BOD and do not wish to enter into any further discussion publicly about this. As it will likely be a few more days before the official minutes are prepared (long meetings, all notes painstakingly transcribed from voice and video recordings), I will post a short explanation here. All BCA Members will receive in their July Bugle, the response to Terry Wiegand's email to the Chapter Directors. This response was signed by BOD members Alan, myself, John, Rick, Bob, and Ed. This is only the response to the accusations made in that email, some valid as you will see when you read the letter. There are many more details not presented in this response letter, but shown in the minutes of the BOD meetings and emails that are pertinent to the discussion. There are also other details that were not made public because they aren't germane to the operations of the club, but were of a more personal nature. These were the motivating factors to several of the BOD, as to how to proceed, not the actual act of reporting the club to the IRS. At the General Membership meeting Thursday night, a petition for Terry's resignation was presented by Jack Gerstkemper, signed by a majority of the board and several past presidents and board members. I'm sorry, l do not have the exact wording of that petition. Other members also signed, but were not publicly read. Discussion ensued, including 6-8 additional speakers who echoed the same sentiment. When asked for a show of hands, roughly 90+% of the 70-80 members in attendance agreed. When asked for comment, Terry did not offer to resign. After the majority of the Board meeting had been completed, Terry had still not offered to resign. Since I had fielded a number of comments/requests from BCA and BOD members, I presented a motion to begin the expulsion process under our By-Laws. I had reviewed the SOP and By-Laws that morning and didn't find a means to remove Terry from only the BOD. It was not my preference to present the motion or to expel Terry. It did not make me happy to have to do it. I believe those in attendance will confirm that my countenance conveyed that. I had hoped that Terry would resign. However, I felt that it was my responsibility as Vice-President to present the motion and leave it up to a vote after the emotion shown at the membership meeting. Since I am no longer on the BOD, I am not party to any follow up conversations that may have occurred since the BOD meeting. I will say that this motion and action is a last resort. It is my hope, and I believe it to be that of others, that another solution can be found to resolve the issues, but Terry staying on the BOD is not an option, in my opinion. I would hope that my 6 years on the BOD and 2 years as BCA President would have made it clear that my goal is always harmony and inclusion. I fought hard for many issues, but also felt the importance of maintaining positive relationships and reaching compromises. Sometimes this has been to the detriment of my issues. I understand that, but always tried to champion harmony and inclusion. Sometimes I falied, that I admit. However, it was always my goal and it still is. Harmony and inclusion. This is a hobby club and it's supposed to be enjoyable. A lack of professionalism, order, and dignity cannot be tolerated or allowed to persist. There are limits. I believe that is why there is an expulsion process. I would hope that we can come together, fix the problems, heal the wounds, and agree to continue to fight for that goal of harmony and inclusion in this, our Buick Club of America. I would ask, probably naively, that further comments wait until the minutes are prepared, approved, and posted. This may not present the entire story, but the majority of it should be there. I believe that John D also generally posts "minutes" from the general membership meeting, although this is not a requirement. John D is just that thorough. To clarify, I will highlight the wording of my motion that came directly from our By-Laws/SOP. The vote to my recollection was 5-2 in favor. "Following a petition for resignation presented to the BOD at the general membership meeting on 6/21/2018, several impassioned speeches by members present, and a showing of hands by the vast majority in attendance indicating agreement with said petition, there being no provision for removal of a sitting BOD member, I move that the BOD begin expulsion proceedings against Terry Wiegand, member #25247, for Terry's conduct that has disturbed the order, dignity, business or harmony of the BCA, or to have impaired it's good name, goodwill, or prosperity."
  9. 2 points
    Did such bad job last time . this one yesterday shot over bait . May not be legal in forums . LOL , Also not sure what it is ,maybe Chevy .
  10. 2 points
    I have been busy over the past two days on the louvered engine side panels. I found a narrow razor blade knife at my local Lowes Home Improvement store. I found that I could use it to scrape the multiple coats of paint and primer off of the louvered panels. Between scraping with the razor blade knife, sanding with sandpaper using the rectangular handle of a small engraver's chip brush, and using a small bronze wire brush, I got the panels back down to fairly clean metal. I then did another light buffing with a bench top rotary buffing wheel. I then re-applied masking tape to the chrome strips and the Century emblem. I then applied a coat of gray primer this afternoon. This evening, I was able to apply the first coat of the top coat gray paint that I also picked up at Lowes today. Tomorrow, we will see how it looks. I will take some photos of how they look with the gray paint tomorrow after I decide if they need additional coats.
  11. 2 points
    Sorry, I couldn't resist stealing your line!
  12. 2 points
    Yes... Here's more on the manifold project. In order to bore and thread the exhaust flanges after I'd drilled the holes in them, I made this fixture. It's a profligate use of a big piece of aluminum but I had it extra. I think I bought it to remake the sheaves on the front hub and then rescued the first set I'd made. This allowed me to mount and bore both flanges at the same time. then thread them... While I was working on this, my neighbors came over with the new castings for the intake flanges. With the flanges bored and threaded, I faced them off to the finished 3/8" thickness. Then mounted them together on the oblong turning fixture... All this worked well. Here they are after I removed them from the fixture... The last step was to drill the mounting holes out a little larger, both so they will go on an off more easily and, more importantly, to allow for expansion of the manifold. When it gets hot, the manifold will get slightly longer but the jugs, because they are attached to the crankcase, don't expand with it. Unless there is some "looseness" in the attachment it puts a great deal of stress on the blocks. I'll use spring washers under the bolts (I think Buick did that). Here they are attached to the jugs... I finished this up around 3 pm so I went to see if the welder was finished with the elbow. He was... I'd written my phone number down incorrectly. Since I never call it, I've forgotten what it was more than once. The elbow looks really good. I'd told him that I'd like to be able to file the weld flat and from what I see, that is entirely practical. I also got my piece of exhaust pipe with a 15-degree bend today so I was able to test the alignment with the rest of the engine. I am thinking that I should do the water connections next, just to make sure everything fits around the exhaust pipe. I can still move it an inch away from the engine by remaking the mounting bracket to the exhaust clamp but before I do that, I'll see if things fit as they are.
  13. 2 points
    Circa 1920 Peerless.
  14. 2 points
    I agree with M.C. Hinson and Keiser that we don't need another sub forum for car-spotting photographs. I also agree that the moderators do an excellent job in keeping the Forum running. Maybe car-spotting threads on this Forum could have the optional term "Keisering" in it. For example, a thread could be entitled: "Saw This while Keisering in Paisley, Florida". Or maybe: "Keisered in Paisley, Florida ...", or, per ZipDang, "Keiser Spotting" (while Keiser-Spotting in Paisley, Florida ...") ... or sumthin'. I dunno, just a thought. Cheers, Grog
  15. 2 points
    John, Did you read the first post in this discussion? In spite of the thread's title, the discussion was started about the insert with the Bugle which was totally about the issue that you apparently do not wish to see discussed publicly. The apparent desire by the board to keep any financial information about the club hidden from the members for the past 4 or so years is what the entire issue is about. What is needed is some real communication about the finances, not more secrecy. The members are anxiously awaiting the minutes of the most recent meeting and a broad financial accounting.
  16. 2 points
    Keisered? I think you have just come up with a new pop culture word VL2. Like so many other words that find their way into our vocabulary, Keisered just sounds like it has a place in the new printing of Websters. We just need the definition. The ability to see through objects, and spot auto related items?? What are your thought VL2?
  17. 2 points
    Thank you Brian, for having the fortitude to present the above explanation of the proceedings of the meetings. I will ask that his request for further comments prior to the posted minutes please be honored.
  18. 2 points
    Actually they give it a nice industrial look me thinks. What you think? Got up a few sheets yesterday. I typically run the screws in lining up by eye on roof tops as folks in airplanes can’t discern their alignment but in this case well..... Pre marking each sheet for screw placement then hanging was a pita. because of all the staggards the marks were always a half inch or so off from one row to the other.Ran string from end to end and threaded the tin between the string and trusses lined the screws by the string , easy going and screws dead in line. Tha’s Wonder Boy taking his five minute afternoon break
  19. 2 points
    Well, I drove my #2 1939 Buick out to get some real gas today. Again, it's 16 miles round trip to get real gas for my old cars from the only place in this vast wasteland where I live that sells ethanol-free gas, and that is all he sells. I asked the guy if he was getting any interest from the for sale sign out front and how long he thought he would still be there. He said, "probably until I die, because I'm not getting any interest." I hate to say this, for his benefit, but I was sue happy to hear that. It was, typically, hot as Hadees here, but the old Buick ran well, and really didn't go over center of the gauge until I had to wait 15 minutes for some old guy (looked older than me) to get gas for his lawnmower. It had gone almost back to center by the time I got home. I put a new radiator core in the car last fall or the one before and it has the accessory fan shroud on it. The blue car doesn't have one of those and I think it runs a little warmer, but then it still has the NOS radiator I installed during restoration in 1978. Both cars have the accessory baffle overtop of the radiator.
  20. 2 points
    No "deep state", Ben. Those that attended the general membership and board meetings noted that all was explained; there was even a projected presentation that even I could see and understand. I am confident there was no malfeasance. We need to wait for the transcript of those meetings (I would like to see the videos made available), before hyperventilating and getting all quiver-lipped. Sheesh!
  21. 2 points
    Why? Are you going to make a daily driver/commuter car out of it? Why do so many old cars/trucks have to be the 2002 Chevy S10 people really want? Most antique truck owners (as far as I've been able to tell) like to add an overdrive or 2 speed differential to the truck to make it more roadable over 50 mph. That's usually enough to make a truck like this safely run with traffic when it has to. Going full hot rod on this rare vehicle is effectively destroying it's historical value, and much of the financial value related to that. If you're gong to drop it on a custom frame with a generic V8 drivetrain, why keep the body stock? Keeping even a semblence of original appearance to a hot rod is just playing dress-up, it's not real (any more). Antique cars are fun precisely because they are not fully capable new cars. You can have a he!! of a lot of fun at 35 mph, or be bored stiff at 75 mph. It's all a matter of how you percieve the activity. People often ask me how fast my (Triumph) sports cars are, and the truth is that most V8 station wagons are faster. No station wagon is 1/2 the fun, however. When you have a slow vehicle (within reason) you have the challenge of driving it to it's fullest extent much of the time (again, within reason). If your car can do 120 mph and you can't, like practically anything off of today's showroom floor, where's the fun?:confused:
  22. 1 point
    Thanks Mike, I might be able to resurrect some of the early parts that are worthwhile. Dan did some really amazing work reskinning and rebuilding the doors. The the tail pan, oh my gosh he was an artist.
  23. 1 point
    Having just read the letter in the "Bugle" this is the first I have heard of this. If available could we read TW's letter or email so we can be informed as to his basis for this action? I fully agree on the financial statement issue, which I have noticed as well. In addition, I do not feel previous financials were properly formatted to reflect reserves.
  24. 1 point
    You think they run them over to Catskill for the cruise at the bowling alley?
  25. 1 point
    If they were off to the crusher they would be stacked.