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  1. 18 points
    I have noticed that my "reputation" points clicked up a couple points. I have 691 posts here on the forum but only 73 "reputation" points. Another member, who has been here as long as I have and has ten less posts, has almost 500 reputation points. How come I have such a bad reputation on this forum? I have never had a tussle with anybody on the forum and I try and offer the correct information if I have it. How does the "reputation" point system work?
  2. 18 points
    I received my Buick Bugle in the mail a few days ago now an excellent publication all round per usual. I would draw your attention to the "Barn Find" article by our own Lamar Brown (aka Mr. Earl). An excellent story with great pictures. The outcome of the quick turnaround on the cars was amazing. The crown jewel of course being the pre-war sedan which I know will be well taken care of by one of, if not the newest member of the pre-war forum under the Buick heading. So now we can add to his already impressive resume the title "pre-war correspondent". KUDOS to you Lamar for saving these fine Buicks, finding them good homes and writing a great article about the whole adventure. Oh and thank you to your understanding missus as well.
  3. 15 points
    Thank you so much for those kind words Mark (and to the twelve folks who "liked" what he had to say ) This was truly one of the greatest events of my life. It all happened so quickly. I am glad that I wrote the article as it will serve for many years as a reminder of a time I don't ever want to forget. I really enjoyed writing the story and working with Cindy in laying out the text and pictures. It was not easy compressing into 5 pages all that happened between that first email from Bruce Kile and the last car leaving Buick Gardens. I had taken so many great pictures and I had so much I wanted to tell about. Cindy is so easy and fun to work with and knows what the readers want to see. I also want to thank Pete for giving me that many pages to tell the story. But the real heroes of this story are Ed Gilmer (the original owner of all the Buicks) and his son Tom. Ed had to be one hell of a Buickman in his day and truly loved his Buicks. And Tom has to be one of the most generous persons I have ever known and I tried to pass on that generosity to those who I sold the cars to. His right hand man Ray was also just a fine southern gentleman and a great help in having some of the staff of Tugalo Gas help in prepping the cars for loading and such. Regarding the "crown jewel pre-war sedan", regrettably Miss Tugalo Gas has taken her place in line behind a couple of '54s that are awaiting repairs/reassembly but fear not, she does not get lonesome. I and sometimes Rita and I just go and sit in her and marvel at that long beautiful hood up front and that back seat that you could practically dance in and wonder about the times and people she has known. I am gathering a few parts for when I do get around to her though, in fact Bruce already found me a battery bracket at the swap meet at the Nationals. I am really liking this guy Bruce these days. And yes Mark, I am so thankful to have such a trusting and understanding wife as my sweet Reet, they don't come any better ( or any prettier). Again thanks for the KUDOS Mark, I sincerely appreciate it.
  4. 15 points
    Since a couple of people have asked... A regular reader of his car restoration discussion noticed signs of medical issues. Frank had posted some photos that included his address. The reader reported his concerns about the recent erratic posts and suspected worsening medical issues. I was able to do a Google search for the local law enforcement agency in Frank's location and obtained their phone number. I called the law enforcement agency, reported the concerns and asked them to check on his medical condition based on those facts. They responded to his home and, after investigating summoned an ambulance to transport him for treatment. The world is a smaller place than it used to be. We can all look out for each other even if we are in distant locations.
  5. 14 points
    Two unsung heros who keep the national meet on track, straightened out, and running smoothly: Roy and Michelle Faries spent nearly the entire meet in this room behind this computer equipment, making changes, responding to complaints, keeping score, printing out forms, and keeping track of all of the judging results. From the bottom of my heart, thanks to both of you. Pete Phillips 2017 Meet Head Judge
  6. 13 points
    So the hard work is done and the 67 Buick Sportwagon GS 400 clone is ready to drive and enjoy. Newly rebuilt 400 BB and T-400 now have about 100 miles on them and so far so good. In our 95-100 degree weather the engine temperature is 190 -200 degrees, I tried the factory A/C several days ago for 3-4 miles at 30-45 MPH in urban setting going back to my house from downtown and it worked well but engine temp climbed to 210. I spent 4 long days working at the interior shop to get all the folding seat hardware put back together using all the special nuts, bolts, screws, etc. then added seat backs, and finally put the seats and hardware back in the car with shop personnel help. Interior Shop: re-covered the 2nd and 3rd seats, (front bench seat and carpet already done), made new side and odd shaped filler panels out of a dense black board and then covered them with the correct vinyl to match the seats, recovered the wheel well humps and spare tire cover, made new carpet to go between back of front seat and up behind the second seat, all the flat metal pieces that are on the back of the 2nd and 3rd seats recovered in new carpet new carpet on all other floor panels including the storage compartment cover and side panels. I had previously refinished all the metal in black and had 8-10 pieces powder coated in black. Installed all newly refurbished seat belts from Ssnake Oyl. Then had the red pinstripes painted on. I still have some minor odds and ends to do but car should be ready for the BCA meet in Brookfield, Wisconsin July 5-8Black is hot but sure looks good when cleaned and dusted
  7. 13 points
    Today we continued to drive East after a so so breakfast. I cannot recommend this place for food quality although the service was excellent. At this point Rt 2 takes over for Rt 35 and it is again an interesting ride. First we saw this steam locomotive. These wheels are taller than me! That had to be one powerful loco. Then we stopped along the way at various scenic overlooks. Right before lunch we stopped at this park and got the feet wet again. I was really tempted to get into the water here. It was not that cold. But we kept on moving and after lunch we caught sight of this storm coming on behind us. So we hit the road till we got to the Mackinac Bridge. I just wanted these pictures so we took a few moments to get them. Afterwards the ride south on Rt 75 to our destination in Michigan was another beaut! 217 miles today.
  8. 13 points
    You asked for the video, you shall receive! I hope everyone likes my joke at the end... It's really funny, the lopey and poor driveability was terrible oil. I did the oil change today. I used Valvoline VR1 20W-50 and the car runs like brand new. It also had a FRAM filter in there... now replaced with a WIX filter. Also I couldn't figure out why the WCFB won't pull off the choke. There is vacuum to the heat stove, and I waited 5 minutes... today it's 78 degrees outside, it's not cold or anything. Looks like I'm going to have to tear it back down and see what's going on with that gasket. For now, the 4GC is back on. I don't have a good choke stove tube for it, so it's just running the electric choke for now. This engine deserves respect, and aside from the valve covers with the 401 rockers underneath and the late 50's Buick fuel filter, it's going to be mostly stock, IE no additional modifications like a PCV system or a newer carburetor. Oil bath filter, too. It's an original running motor, it needs to be preserved with dignity. I'll save the Edelbrock and stuff for my new engine. I don't know what the original caretakers of this engine did for maintenance, but it'll be babied from here on out.
  9. 12 points
    I am planning on doing a daily video Vlog at the Nationals so all of you who cannot make it this year can join us. They will be posted on this page. I will be relying completely on my phone so editing will be minimal. No promises, I will just do the best I can. I will do a practice video on the 4th before we leave. (Anyone that wants do an interview with their car let me know) Mud
  10. 12 points
    Congratulations also go to ROBERTA for her election to the board by the BCA membership! Thanks for coming back Roberta. Your expertise and previous board experience and President experience will be invaluable! My thanks for the board for its support, and to the many kind people who shared good wishes to me. I also must thank outgoing President Clark for his support, and for his wise guidance the past two years. The club, and I, are fortunate that he is serving as VP. I second Brian's shout-out to John D - I believe he is the hardest working person on the board, and I am very thankful he agreed to continue. Finally, thanks to Bill for continuing in his role. I find his financial guidance extremely helpful, and sleep better knowing that he has a keen eye for watching the BCA's money to make sure we make wise, informed decisions. Everyone on our board of directors is passionate about the Buick hobby and the BCA. Although we may occasionally disagree on an issue, ultimately our diversity and range of views is a strength, and we all work toward one goal of making the Club, and the hobby, stronger. I have to admit it was a big week. I am gratified, humbled, and honored to be able to serve as BCA president. And perhaps even more humbled by the miracle of life that is my new grand daughter. I sure didn't think I was old enough to be a grandfather, but the idea is quickly growing on me. Thank so much to everyone. I believe that Buick people are the best in the old car hobby - and our biggest challenge will be to get a few more to join the BCA. Sincerely, and humbly, Alan
  11. 12 points
    You folks are absolutely amazing! One of the frequent posters on this site was drawing concern over posts that just did not seem like his style and became increasingly unreadable. A few members noticed and were able to seek medical attention for him. F&J....we're pulling for you.
  12. 12 points
    Still can't figure out the WCFB choke. The choke won't heat up after 5 minutes and pull off, I think my choke spring is beat. Going to probably swap back to the 4GC tomorrow since I'm a little hesitant to go back to the Edelbrock. While it was the best running carb, it just doesn't feel right to try and do up this rescue engine like that. Oh and here's a good one for you guys. We were trying to line up the block and tranny and when it finally went snug (with taking awareness to torque converter drain plugs this time), one of the torque converter to flywheel housing bolts fell out. Gasp! So, what we ended up doing was taking 3 bread ties, wrapping them together, then stripping the paper off one end and wrapping it around the threads of the bolt. I then had to snake it back through the hole... we were not pulling the engine back out again! Also I used what I thought was the mark on the balancer for TDC, but ended up being a paint smudge... turns out we were 180 out. So after I pulled the distributor again, I set the balancer to 5 BDC, dropped it back in so it was pointing at #1, marked the base with a highlighter close to where I thought #1 plug wire was on the cap, lined the highlighter mark up with the rotor, and put everything back together... when it fired off, it was at TDC exactly.. I was 5 degrees off. All in all, lots of fun. My dad bailed on me around 3:30 PM after it was seated in. The rest of the night I spent doing all the small 1 man stuff... alternator, vacuum hoses, etc. Here's a pic of the engine my dad took right after we got it butted up to the transmission (he hasn't uploaded our special torque converter bolt installer yet): The next thing I gotta do before going to college is rip the dash back apart. My oil gauge stopped working for some reason and needs to be investigated. When we fired it up at the guy's place, we noticed about 40 psi. Is that normal? Also the radio has been cutting in and out, I think one of the big capacitors is grounding out on the inside after going over some heinous bumps.... and maybe I can get the clock working, too! I've also decided against doing a compression check... I want to know, but I don't want to know... lol. This about wraps up the thread... I guess when I get to machining the other engine, I'll make a new one. Thank you everyone for advice, support and feedback with everything that has gone on in this thread. As always, it is greatly appreciated no matter what the subject matter and content is. I learn something new every time I come on here and ask questions.
  13. 11 points
    Thanks I feel better already. I really enjoy this forum.
  14. 11 points
    We left Brookfield and headed home, the long way. After a good breakfast yesterday, we headed to Milwaukee and up Rt 43 towards Green Bay. Along the way we found a quaint town with access directly to the Lake. It was a beautiful spot, and I got my toes in the water. It was too cold for me though it was a pretty spot. but we had a ways to go so we moved on. We drove almost to Green Bay and found some non ethanol 91 octane for the queen. Also this... I did pass him but then he kept pace with me for roughly 40 miles. Then continued northeast to Marinette. Here two towns come back to back , one in Wisconsin, the other across the bridge, Menominee, is in Michigan. And here, Rt 35 travels right alongside the lake. What a gorgeous ride. Felt like I was back up in the mountains of Oregon. With a few stops along the way for photo ops, we make it to Escanaba MI for an overnight. Here we found a nice local restaurant which had an awesome display of decanters. An easy 255 miles, although the Queen is only getting about 14 mpg with the AC on all the time.
  15. 11 points
    We only went 228 miles yesterday. We had another great breakfast at Pegs Place, and then drove along the lake towards the next stop. At one point we got on the Thruway to make up some lost time and were traveling along minding our own business when there was a traffic jam and everything came to a halt. We were right at an exit so we decided to go back to Rt 5 for a while. That's when we came upon this nice little park and lighthouse.. After that we continued on Rt5 and would have stayed on it, but got side tracked in Erie when the road forked and we must have missed the sign. So next thing we know we are in downtown Erie, which is quite large. A quick break for some fast food and etc, and we were back on Rt 5. About 4 PM we decided to take Rt 18 back to the thruway. This was a neat ride with several old buildings reminiscent of what used to be here. Damn shame they are just wasted now. And as we got back on the Thruway we noticed the AC just wasn't cooling as much as before. None the less we drove 45 miles to the rest area and then discovered the compressor wasn't coming back on. Since we had prepaid for a room and were meeting bill and Mollye for dinner we pressed on, 51 more miles. Windows down, and the sun in our faces I was just thinking we could get through this when we hit the rush hour traffic on rt 90 in Cleveland. WTH!!! How many years does it take to fix this location. Almost a half hour to go two miles!!! Sheesh! Later we had a great time with Bill and Mollye though so it was worth it. This am Bill took me to the parts store where he referred me yesterday, to get new thermo fuses. $4.00 apiece. Then he took me to a mechanic who is not an AC specialist but who was able to install the one can of refrigerant I had. Then I lucked out and found a supply of 7 more cans locally. So instead of making alternative arrangements to carry on without the car or my wife, we are now moving forward with the rest of our trip..
  16. 11 points
    Old cars wear the light perfumes of gasoline vapors, antifreeze, and oil. If it's not overpowering, it's just part of the romance. Drive and enjoy...put the wrenches down until something breaks.
  17. 10 points
    Took the truck out to dinner last night with Derek Thille's boys in the rain. One of his young'ns each way. Ran about 20 miles in total. Definitely a ride for the real guys.
  18. 10 points
    Toy was broken today....well not broken, but real sick. Car would not idle, so I had to keep one foot on the brake and one on the accelerator. All this driving the jerk-water towns north of and including Muskogee, OK on US69 (if I never drive that road again if will be too soon. Coming back from Spingfield I had cracks in the frame and one ruined tire. The other choice is Arkansas where the roads are even worse) Anyhow it seems that carburetor is messed up this time. An obstructed idle circuit on the passenger side (idle screw had no effect) So to get me home I enriched the drivers side idle screw and increased the idle speed. I last rebuilt that carburetor 30 years ago...maybe it is time to call Jon.
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  20. 10 points
    More cars have arrived.
  21. 10 points
    450 miles today, 400 miles to go. Car is performing as expected, but my coffee consumption has increased. Rain, hills, traffic lights north of McAlester, but cloudy and cool so no A/C needed. Traffic light to moderate, no construction, butstill lots of trucks. BBQ tonight, had 9 choices of sauce (should have been my first clue since good bbq needs no sauce) beer was good. lonely 55
  22. 10 points
    So: I went to my local ACE Hardware to get some extra keys for the Electra. I did get an extra ignition key back when I got the car, but for some reason I did not get an extra trunk key, but that’s not important. I wanted to get both an ignition key and trunk key now. So the clerk who has helped me in the past with other keys offers to assist. I’ll call him Clerk1. Here’s how it went: Me: I’d like to get one key like this ( Ignition Key) and two of these ( trunk Key). There is a letter code on the blanks here. I hope you still have the blanks. Clerk 1: Looks at the key and then stuffs the ignition key into a slot below the computer. He looks at the computer, pulls the key out of the slot and stuffs it back in. Keys some stuff on the keyboard and pulls the key out and then stuffs it into a different slot machine next the computer. Types a bunch of other stuff and then asks me what type of car it is. Me: It’s a 72 Buick Electra, but the code for the blank can be seen on the key, do you have blanks with that code. Clerk 1 looks at the rack of keys and picks one off but puts it back and spins the carousel. Then he sighs and takes the key and stuffs it into the slot below the computer again. Types more stuff and asks me to id the car again. Pulls the key out and stuffs it into the other slot and then selects a blank off the board. He cuts the key and hands them to me to which I checked and he had the right blank. Me: This is good, now I need two of these (trunk key). Clerk1, same basic scenario as above. After a few more minutes he pulls another square keyhead blank off the same rack. Me: I think that’s wrong. It should be a round key. Clerk1: Sir, that’s not what the computer says. It says right there that it should be this blank Me: That can’t be right. It should be a round key, what’s the code on the blank? Does it match my key? Clerk 1: You can’t go by that. Our blanks are not the same as your keys, they are different and the computer says that is the right blank. Do you want me to cut it or not? Me: Okay, go ahead and cut it. Clerk1 hands me the two keys which of course matched perfectly in terms of the tumbler surface, but which were totally different in terms of the side slots. Me: See this, this key won’t go into the lock. This cannot be right. Clerk1 takes the keys and says the cut matches perfectly. Me: I agree, but the slots are wrong. This key will not go into my lock. Clerk1: This is the right key according to the computer but I see what you mean. Clerk1 then calls for assistance. Clerk2 arrives and the situation is explained by Clerk 1. Clerk2: Well, You gotta go by the code on the original key. See here, this one is a code C, so you use a code C off the board. Clerk1: But that’s not what the computer says. Clerk2: You can’t go by the computer. These car guys know their cars. You only go by the code on the key. What’s that screen you have on the computer? You shouldn’t even be on that screen. That’s not right! Here, here is the blank with the code C, use that one. Clerk1: cuts the keys and hands them to me and apologizes several times for his errors. Me: Don’t worry about it…. LOL…
  23. 10 points
    Oh yeah, Factory Appearing Stock Tire Race (webpage here!) at US131 Motorsport Park, Martin, MI
  24. 10 points
    Photos from a couple of years ago at Kalbarri, Western Australia. Watching the sun set at the beach.
  25. 10 points
    LeSabre Concept car comes to life, driving around
  26. 9 points
    Hi guys! Soon I'll be the proud owner of a '73 Centurion, just after the seller will make the car passing the annual inspection. It's a red convertible with black interiors and an original first registration italian plate. Can't wait on step in and rolling 'round our roads! :-) ASAP more news & pics! Keep in touch Miguel
  27. 9 points
    So, while we were in Brookfield, I was presented with four reasonable purchase options. First, Suzanne asked me if we bought a Reatta convertible, whether we'd be able to drive it home. With the border crossing, the answer was no. That said, we did discuss one for sale...she ultimately decided not to pursue it. Then, our youngest, Joseph, presented us with a local ad (which I was somewhat aware of)...more on that later. Two friends suggested they would allow us to become stewards of interesting Rivieras...those are still tempting, but I didn't go to the National with the idea of buying another car, let alone an intent to do so. At any rate, I'd driven by this car a few times, and the colour always caught the eye, but it was far enough off the road to not be able to confirm what it was and I often went by when the place was closed. The Kijiji (sort of like a Canadian CraigsList) ad Joseph found had Suzanne pondering and she ultimately decided that, since she was still off work Friday, that we should go take a look. As it is a bit out of town I did confirm that it was still there before making the drive. The car is a 1976 Buick Skyhawk, one owner (purchased by dealer in an estate sale) who was a nurse, with just over 30,000 miles. It is finished in Concord Green, with a white and green vinyl interior. It has the 231 V6 with automatic. It has a few options, but mostly smaller items and doesn't have air conditioning (fat sweaty guy sighing). While it may have been more expensive than I'd have liked, it isn't too unreasonable considering the low mileage and overall condition. I did look at a few online pricing tools, so I didn't get too far out of hand. Ultimately, it was Suzanne's decision, so she wrote the cheque. We just have a bit of paperwork to deal with, then I can put plates on it and bring it home. I didn't really know much about these cars since I haven't seen too many. I've been doing some reading and research, and it has definitely grown on me. With three young drivers in the house, it is nice to have something smaller that is less likely to get them into trouble (says he who found out today someone backed his Electra into something solid on the after tour and bent the rear bumper) at least from a speed perspective. From the test drive, I think it's a pretty neat little car. There is some rust bubbling the paint behind driver side wheels and the passenger front fender appears to have been painted. It seems to me to be original paint, and is worn thin in a few spots. This should be a fun adventure...children are already discussing driving it to Denver next year (and missing their brother's high school grad).
  28. 9 points
    I'll start a new thread here with photos of the meet. Only 15-20 Buicks here as of Tuesday afternoon, but the weather is nice and some vendors are already set up, so I need to get out there and shop as soon as I finish this. The drive up from Texas was exactly 1,020 miles. Most I paid for gas was $2.19 today in NE Iowa; least I paid was $1.78 in southern Oklahoma. Took me 2-1/2 days driving by myself, so I took it easy. Looking forward to the rest of this wonderful week of Buick overload! Pete Phillips
  29. 9 points
    Great meet and great weather. Great weather until the last 200 miles. I knew we were heading to the home direction because it just got hotter and hotter. When we pulled into the driveway it was over 100*. The AC worked great and the engine temperature on the road never got over 200*. The engine temperature when stuck in traffic in Dallas for 40 minutes went to 220*, but no boil over (I was close to melt down and boil over!). "Too soon old and to late smart": never try to punch through a big city with an old car...take the looong way around where you might have and escape route if traffic stalls. Only 2580 miles driven (about half of our west coast and east coast trips). 16 mpg; 1/2 quart oil; no repairs other than rig the idle. Good to see old and new friends again!
  30. 9 points
    You gotta see this! Amazing video showcasing BCA 50th anniversary celebration in Allentown. Thanks for the awesome support by our gracious host Mr Bulgari, and his team. See it at the BCA home page http://www.buickclub.org/ or this You Tube link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2uA1a1GhifjQ1K61IxtTjA Thanks! Alan Oldfield President, Buick Club of America
  31. 9 points
    Sad truth is if you use a credit card, smart phone, or a computer you should not expect, and will receive, no measure of "privacy". The published Buick info is likely the least source of info in a vast dossier on all of us..............Bob
  32. 9 points
  33. 9 points
    They move under their own power. This backyard is looking pretty good.
  34. 9 points
    Went out and eyeballed, and learned about, Buicks. Here are my pics -
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  36. 9 points
    No big deal this time. In fact it was so easy I thought about going through Chicago (I did get over that thought real quick.) 1293 miles with no issues. Already found a few old and new friends. No cheese yet, but did find a nice chocolate oatmeal stout.
  37. 9 points
  38. 9 points
    Here is my latest project - and my biggest! It shall be fully restored and I've got a fresh small block Chevy for it. Just kidding! About the last part at least... Here is how I found it. Smartin sent me a link on an abandoned and neglected vehicles page on Facebook. Nobody would say where it was though, as if it was better off sitting there a number of years more. Somebody gave a clue though so knew the area. With the help of a couple emails to BCA members in the area, I had it's location within a couple hours! I threw the guy a maybe price over the phone, looked at a couple days later and he stuck to it. It's rough...I know. But, it's exactly what I've been looking for and saving parts for, and it's not too far gone. Another 10 years there, and it might be. Believe it or not though, the rust isn't quite as bad as it appears at first glance. Make no mistake, it will need some patching. Fenders are junk. Hood is marginal...could go either way. Trunk lid and doors solid. Trunk pan has a few holes and needs spare tire well. Rockers have a couple small holes. Floors appear solid, or nearly so. Rear quarters are rusted through on outer skin - pretty big on right, small hole on left. Frame looks good. Here are the goods on the car: Model 75R - 2nd rarest 1957 Buick right behind the 56C. Rare original 2-tone top. Beautiful original colors of Sylvan Gray (spring color) under Arctic White top will be returned to the sheetmetal. Original engine, and original everything including Trailmaster spotlight (took it off already), electric antenna, Wonderbar radio, rear speaker with fade switch and original grille on back package tray. 100% complete, although many parts on body are not salvageable. I already have many of the hardest to find parts, and have begun to collect the rest already. I love a nice survivor, but this car was just too cool to let rot or be rat-rodded with clearcoated rust. It will be a worthy recipient of many valuable parts I've collected. Check out some more pics and tell me if you can see the potential that I see? As of tonight, it's finally home...
  39. 9 points
    Made it to McAlester, OK 435 miles, 16.3 mpg, 59 mph moving average, 82 mph highest speed. Only had to lock the brakes twice in Dallas (*&^%$#), GPS took us on surface streets just like 60 years ago. Never did find the toll roads...google maps has numbers not names, Garmin is obsolete even with recent update. No touristy stuff since we have been over this same route too many times. Ate at a nice Italian restauran...very nice since it had a brewery! Nap time.... Willie
  40. 9 points
    Running pretty strong. It's got a smell to it, but I think that's because the sludge, acids, etc are baking out. It's a new learning curve for sure, because i was so used to a motor that was destined to die, I'm not used to a good runner.
  41. 9 points
    Took the '37 out to do grocery shopping while the '06 Jeep was being serviced. It would seem that the Buick is more reliable these days.
  42. 9 points
    Willis, out in the desert college town, "play" may be a little too extreme for forum posting... lol. A buddy of mine that I'll be rooming with just so happens to have a grandfather who kept a hold of his old car, too! His grandfather has two 58 Olds stored on his property waiting for some young hands. One is a wagon and the other is a 2 door hard top. So I think we'll be busy during the off time over there. Also looking forward to the competition, though I think even with the J2, it would still need more to beat a Nailhead. Thanks for the kind words Doug. Yes I started on a 3 year engineering associates degree at the community college that turned into a part time degree that ended up taking much longer than anticipated. To make a long story short, my benefactors fell through and I was forced to make pizzas 5 days a week to make ends meet while going part time, but I endured and I finally got my diploma this year, and was accepted to my school of choice. I'm looking forward to the road ahead, even more so now that I have MY car on the road again.
  43. 9 points
    Hi All, It has been a lovely sunny 62F autumn day here and a perfect opportunity for a trip out to catch up with some friends. Location is Lake Macquarie, on the New South Wales Central Coast (Australia) about 100 miles north of Sydney. My friend, the photographer, was adamant that I was to be in the photo...my apologies to you all, Cheers Paul
  44. 9 points
    How about a video of the car running? I think we'd all like to hear the roar of the engine to help you celebrate your accomplishment of getting this done!
  45. 8 points
    This is just to clear up the current status of the BCA Modified Division. This Division was started and run by Keith Horsfall until this year when, around May, it was announced that he was shutting it down. Although Keith made that announcement, Bob Starzyk asked about the Division's status during the General Membership Meeting in Brookfield. At that point the Club President asked Bob if he would take on the task to re-organize the Division, and Bob accepted. During the Meet, Bob secured 15 signatures to ask for a new Charter from the BCA, however, a new Charter is not necessary. There being no material or substantial changes requiring a new Charter, the old Charter is considered reactivated, and the BCA looks forward to many more years of active participation by the BCA Modified Division. Our thanks to Bob for taking this assignment on, and we encourage all the BCA Modified Division members, and modified Buick owners, to support Bob in these efforts! Alan Oldfield President, Buick Club of America
  46. 8 points
    Parade season... I suppose it's not every day you have a sitting congressman sitting in your Buick. And on the way home from the last parade, we had to stop by this sign...
  47. 8 points
    Started the trip to nationals in a circuitous route this past Thursday. The first stop looked like it would be a Ford dealer to get my sunroof closed. The thing had a mind of its' own while it opened partially then closed making cracking sounds. I was in for stormy weather and hated the thought of duck taped trash bags on the roof for this trip. Friday afternoon was a stop to visit John Hanson III just northwest of Chicago. He is an extremely accommodating gentlemen and a delight to speak with. He has an incredibly immaculate 1938 Roadmaster sedan. It is fully restored and would cause a Cadillac owner to suffer jealousy for not having chosen a Buick that year. John has a good collection of chassis parts, body parts and some exterior trim. Riviera owners would do well to know John. He will be at nationals with his booth. John recently lost the love of his life; your condolences would be considerate. I didn't get a picture of his car, darn! The rest of Friday was a long drive to Minneapolis. I didn't plan that leg very well. We stayed at an Airbnb on the Mississippi River that was remarkable for its' charm. Saturday morning I drove over to Greg Johnson's house. I swear he was a long lost friend that I hadn't a chance to meet until later in my life. We spent the day foraging through a private boneyard, talking the intricacies of 1940 Buick's, life and its' wondrous connections. Greg has a beautiful 1939 Special coupe, yellow with red wheels and opera seat configured. It is in beautiful shape. After an exhausting day, and while Sandy and I were having diner in Dayton MN, we met Dave Tacheny as he left the same restaurant with his mom and other members of his family. Dave is sure a has a grasp of 30's through 48 or so Buick's and has a couple fine automobiles himself. Sunday morning I loaded several parts onto my trailer that Greg had graciously offered to part with. I think he will have been a key part of my Buick's restoration. Here's Greg and his '39: Later Sunday we started the drive to Houghton, MI where I will leave my Buick in the hands of Dan Kemp. We stopped short and enjoyed spectacular views of Duluth, WI with its port, piles of iron ore and the biggest grain silos I've ever seen. We are now spending the night in Cornucopia, WI at a two room motel at a lakeside marina. Here's the Buick in a glamour shot:
  48. 8 points
    Step 1 to WI. 300 miles of a thruway - backroad mix. Dinner w- Stevo & Lana. Great bkfast at 1pm. Looking forward to day 2
  49. 8 points
    Parked on the waterfront in Windsor, Ontario, Canada looking across the Detroit River at the General Motors Headquarters in Detroit, Michigan.
  50. 8 points
    Thanks for posting the video. It sounds great, no smoke out the back when you blip the throttle, imperceptible vapors coming out of the breather - better than mine did when it was in regular service. Regarding the odor - 1) buy 2 clothespins, 2) place one on your nose, 3) place second in glove box for spare 4) drive the car. Remember - believe you will prevail in the end. Great job!!!