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  1. 16 points
    A friend in Buena Park, CA, the late Al Newman, drove one of these cars from CA to Baltimore in 1967 for the first car show of a new club I was involved in starting. That was the first 41 Limited I ever saw. In 1971 he did it again from Fullerton, CA. I made up my mind then that I wanted one. In 1973 In I bought this car from Wally Rank Buick in Milwaukee, WI it was silver on the bottom and black on the top. The first airplane ride of my life was from Baltimore to Milwaukee and back to see this car and another one he had in his collection. Rank had bought it from a guy in Napa, CA. That guy, the late David Bissell, told me it had once belonged to CA Gov Goodwin Knight. In 2004 I saw a car at a CA AACA National Meet and that guy said, NO, his car had belonged to the Governor. Somebody had reupholstered the door panels and seats in brown naugahyde. Don Prather of Waldorf, MD reupholstered those areas to match the rest of the original interior. My friend repainted the car in my new garage with a Silver French Gray top and Lancaster Gray bottom, which I picked out of the Prestige Brochure. I paid $225 for the NOS trunk ornament, the most I had ever paid for a part to that time. Skirts came from California. They were standard on this model. I was cleaning out Buick dealerships in the DelMarVA area and selling parts at the time and kept all the NOS for myself. Every piece of chrome was NOS, some I did have to buy at Hershey Flea Markets, some I had. I had every piece of the transmission and a young mechanic neighbor named Bill Bond totally rebuilt the transmission with every part new. We rebuilt the speedometer and turned it back to zero and had the woodgraining redone by a local restoration shop. Both carburetors were rebuilt by an expert or were NOS. The tires came with the car and were called Lincoln Highway. I even found NOS hubcaps. In 1977 we drove the car to Hershey on a rainy day and I won a First Junior Award....my first-ever AACA National First. Once I sold it in 1981 I never saw or heard of it again. About 5-6 years ago I got a burr in my saddle to try and find it again. I named it "The Governor", but maybe it wasn't that car after all. Yesterday, after 37 years I found it. It was a very exciting day for me. It is in good hands. I joined BCA in 1966, attended the first BCA National in Flint in 1971, and again in 1972. I was only 35 when I bought this car. Now I'm 79 going on 80. It's been a good ride in this hobby, and this sort of exciting experience is what makes the hobby one that keeps on giving. I met the guy who knew how to do the research to help find this needle in a haystack right here on this thread and made a new friend too.
  2. 13 points
    BIG DAY! First time this car moved under it's own power since I've owned it...and probably since the '70s! Front bumper adjusted and aligned: Can't wait to drive this beast! There are a couple of updates in this next photo. First is the polished hubcap and the new emblem, ready for installation. And beneath the hubcap and emblems are the pre-cut deadener/insulators for the bottom of the spare tire storage compartment. Assembled hubcap installed: The rear bumper trim panels and all of them were corroded and/or dented. These replacements were made by Todd Reiter at Reiter's Metal Craft. They've been primed and are painted with the dull aluminum color for the "silver" areas of the panels. I made a template from the original parts to help with the masking. The aluminum color stripes are 1/8" wide, the black bands are 11/32" wide. After masking the aluminum base layer, the black was painted and the mask peeled. One panel came out perfect, but a few areas of the aluminum paint came off with the masking tape. Do-over went well: Mocking up the center section of the rear bumper. It's going to look great! Installing the deadener strips on the spare tire stowage area: Contact cement and a rubber roller...job done! Finishing up with the floor pan deadener installation: Harness covers installed at all 4 door openings:
  3. 13 points
    From a money stand point, we are already buried in our cars.
  4. 11 points
    Me again! After a bit of tinkering, I took the '41 Roadmaster out for a 25 mile run around the countryside this evening. Here's a shot of it taken just before I put it away for the night. Keith
  5. 11 points
    I think I might have the best girlfriend in the world. I tell her we’re going to a Buick party, and so what does she do? She bakes Buick cookies to bring along. What a gal!
  6. 11 points
    Posted on driving at least one old Buick , my amateur photos of photo shoot by Russian friend , here’s a few of his . Ill excuse her for the finger prints 😊
  7. 11 points
    We had a professional photographer along for our recent thousand mile cruise to my old hometown in Eastern Oregon, and here are some of my favorite Buick images from the weekend: 1) and 2): My '59 Electra 3): John Courter's '56 Century at the Eltrym Theater (Eltrym = Myrtle spelled backwards. Mytrle was the first owner's wife's name.) 4): Roger Bourml's '64 Riviera near the Old Oregon Trail, on his return trip from the BCA Nationals in Denver 5): Chuck & Karla Russell's '53 Special and John Courter's '56 Century at the Baker Garage -- 105-yr. old Buick dealership
  8. 10 points
    As a member of the mod team, it's clear to me that some members are a little confused or unknowing about some of the basic ways to interact with both the membership and the moderator team, so perhaps a little tutorial might be useful. For the majority of members, this post will be too basic, but I believe it will be of interest to more than a few. The 'Report Post' button - what's it for? Many members seem unsure about the proper use of the 'Report Post' button. See below. This button is to bring a post to the attention of the moderation team, say, a spam post or an objectionable post. When a post is 'reported,' the only people who see the report are the moderators. The report is not seen by the original poster or regular members. The main point that needs to be emphasized is that the 'Report Post' button is not a way to reply to a member's post! Many members making reports made seem to believe that is the case. The 'Private Message' (PM) system - how use it? The AACA forum has a private message system that allows members to communicate privately among themselves. Private messages will often be referred to as PMs. To access the PM system, click on the 'envelope' icon at the top RH corner of any forum page. See below. When you click on the envelope icon, the following pop-up window opens. This window shows your recent PMs (IIRC). You can start a new PM to a member by clicking on the black 'Compose New' button at the top right, which will open a new blank private message; see below. You will need to enter the required info and hit the 'Send' button to transmit the PM to the member whose display name you entered in the 'To' field. If you click on the 'Go to Inbox' circled in red in the third image above, you get this window. You can access of all your PMs by scrolling down the list on the left. You can also reply to any highlighted PM in this window by entering text in the 'Reply to this conversation' field and pressing the return key. But the most useful and easiest way to PM a member is to hold your cursor over the member's name on the left side of the post. This pops-up a profile window and if you click on the 'Message' button (see below), a pre-addressed blank PM will open where you can enter a private message to that member. Another very useful button in the profile window is the 'Find Content' button, which allows you to find almost anything a member has posted, with the option to locate threads (topics) he has started or posts he has made to other's threads. Again, I realize the majority of members know all or most of this already, but it is clear that some do not. Hope there are a few who will find this tutorial to be of interest.
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  10. 9 points
    Finally, after 4 years, I found a set of wheels that I like and more importantly fit. They are American Legend Racer wheels, 18x7 front, 18x8 rear. I ordered them directly from the manufacturer and they were nice enough to open up the center bore for me. I almost went with the full polished version but decided the gray centered would look good with the silver paint. I have no affiliation with them, but great folks to work with and wheels were reasonably priced. -Dave
  11. 9 points
    As promised firstly I may add he took over 100 photos and some are very artistic , he has promised me some , which I shall post on relevant post However , as I was a bystander mine are not posed and often some distance away , mostly for modesty’s sake ! As the some wouldn’t be allowed and dont want to reprimanded again .
  12. 9 points
    Drove the blue car (Suzybelle) to the Caladium Festival in Lake Placid, FL today. Desperate to go somewhere with my old cars here in "Hot Rod Land". She was one of three cars out of over 100 with the original engine, or type of engine. Ten years ago this show had not been taken over by hotrods and late model Corvettes and Mustangs. Anyway she won a first against a 47 Ford that had hopped up flathead in it....at least it was a flathead...so I guess that mad 4 cars. The other two were a very nice 1955 Chevrolet Belair and a 1964 Ford convertible with a factory 390 in it. The main thing is that it was not too hot this morning and the old '39 straight 8 got up to 70+ while I was day dreaming about something....maybe that 41 Buick Limited...ha. Coming back it was hotter than three shades of Hadees and I had no vapor lock because I had paid $3.79 a gallon for real gas at the only station for many miles around that has it. The temperatue gauge was reasonable too, as I held it down to 55, but I did get caught at one long winded light and the temp went up past 3/4....maybe 200-205 that quick. But when we got going again I drove about 50 and she came back down to 185-190....no pressure cap on a '39....and God was riding in the passenger seat I think because I hit all the lights green the rest of the way. Then the daily thunder storm hit just before I got home and the temp went down to about 175 and I got caught at the last light. All in all Suzybelle didn't miss a beat, and hasn't since I went back to points & condenser. She just would not run on that electronic ignition kit when the engine warmed up good. I threw it, box and all into the trash the other day. One wiper blade was stuck but worked fine when I got home in the garage and got out and unstuck it. Dang, I hated to wipe the car down before coming into the A/C though. 😀
  13. 9 points
  14. 9 points
    It was one of those too few, at least here in Southern Ontario, perfect summer afternoon and evenings, so we took the '41 Roadmaster to a cruise night at a town about 15 miles away. Got to know a few more folks, and we sat chatted with a gent that fled the big city over 20 years ago, who owns a very interesting '58 Pontiac. In Canada the models were a bit different at times. Our top line Pontiac was called a Parisienne, instead of Bonneville, though I believe that they were trimmed out much the same. He has this one that was custom ordered, and built in Oshawa, which was the main assembly plant in Canada, and incidentally where my '41 was also made. This car was ordered with the beautiful top line trim, but a 6 cylinder, and no power assists. Plus a few others which caught my fancy! Keith
  15. 8 points
    Still have to install fender skirts, but tires are all washed up and look fantastic! Cannot wait to drive this evening!
  16. 8 points
    Ok. Here they are... I am sorry to say the red one was already crashed.
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  18. 8 points
    It's OK to hate a rip-off, but it's also pretty easy to not get taken by this particular scam. If the deal is too good to be true, it is. Just punch the VIN of any car you're looking at into Google. You will likely find the pictures posted elsewhere by the rightful owner or dealer. These scammers steal my photos all the time and use them to lure chumps into a scam like these. Here's a tip: if the car is being sold for a fraction of its actual value, you didn't just find an incredible bargain, you're about to become a statistic. We recently had a '57 Chevy convertible that showed up all over the internet with bogus ads. One was asking $14,000 for a fully restored black-on-red '57 Bel Air convertible--and a guy called me asking for directions since the scammer told him it was in St. Louis but he found it on our website. He had already packed his bags and withdrew the cash from his bank to come get the car. Come on, don't be a moron. Deals like that simply don't exist. Didn't your BS detector go off even a little bit? Scammers rely on people being stupid and greedy. Sadly, America is populated with about 50% stupid and there's a lot of greed, so the ground is certainly fertile.
  19. 8 points
  20. 8 points
    Attended a local cruise-in in MA today. Three Buicks in attendance including my '91 Reatta.
  21. 8 points
    Just back from an AACA ONTARIO REGION TOUR- saw some exceptional Buicks:
  22. 8 points
    We participate in both and find both enjoyable. Would love to see a major concours in the Washington DC area "Nations Capital Concours d'Elegance" maybe? I think a general perception is that "politics" plays a bigger role in concours style judging than in AACA style events. If I were the one in charge I would tighten up AACA judging, making it more difficult to qualify for the various awards. I don't think an AACA award means as much now as it once did. Most everyone gets a First versus very few Seconds and Thirds. I don;t want an AACA award to become a "participation trophy". In concours judging I would want to see the system changed so that even the perception of "politics" was eliminated.
  23. 8 points
    Since the monsoons headed west of my area, I got another chance to go for an unscripted 36 mile ride. Devils Lane. Not so scary, but a great ride! Sunset on the road less traveled! And a corner store a little past its prime A last shot at the sunset Gonna rain the rest of this week..
  24. 8 points
    Slack day today. Got the four corners wrapped using some salvaged tin ridge cap. Of course had to spend the rest of the day mowing the Gardens. Of course Elvis thinks it was all built for him to be able to lay in the shade all day. I am very pleased with the amount of shade the sides and overhangs cast. At no time today did I see actual sunlight hitting where the Argosy will be sitting
  25. 7 points
    It's been a while...busy summer so far! After repeated attempts to bleed the brakes and determining that there is a vacuum leak in the booster system, I decided to remove all the power brake system and install regular brakes. Step 1: removing the booster and master from the firewall...again! Step 2: Prepare the master cylinder and the master-to-junction block line for installation Step 3: Re-furbish the manual brake pedal mechanism. The mechanical advantage of the manual system is much higher than that of the power brake pedal linkage. Step 4: Install the pedal assembly, master cylinder and brake line. Step 5: Fill and bleed the system. Finally, solid pedal and no leaks! I removed the vacuum fittings, check valve and tubing but I left the vacuum canister under the fender. I plan to re-install the power system at some point. When I was working under the hood and testing the booster, I saw fuel stains on the driver's side of the intake manifold and it was wet with gas after running the engine. The engine was also running extremely rich. I pulled the carb off the car and found that the passenger side float well was about 50% full, but the driver's side was nearly empty. The well plug screw was wet and I found that the sealing surface on the screw was gouged and would not seal. All the gas had drained out of the float well into the intake manifold. I picked up some small diameter O-rings and chose the one that fit the best. Re-assembled everything and tested with fresh plugs. No more leaks and no fuel stains under the carb! Installed new gaskets on the headlight doors and installed the doors; another layer of bling! I have a couple of sets of sun visors, neither of which had the correct perforated material. I cleaned and polished the sunshade pivots and set them aside until they are needed. I stripped the old covers and pads off the substrates. The substrates were delivered to CARS Inc., in Auburn Hills, MI (the Chevrolet restoration guys, not the Buick guys in New Jersey) where they will be re-covered with the correct, perforated material and get new clips. With all the gauges working, I thought it was time to install the new dash pad. I couldn't be happier with the dash pad. It was done by RD Autoline in Bodafors, Sweden. http://autoline.se/?lang=en_us I sent them my bare steel substrate along with color and grain samples. They took it from there and did a GREAT job!