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  1. 19 points
    We finally had a day where we could rotate the winter toys(snowmobiles) and the summer toys(Model Ts) with the help of the my boys, and before I knew it the T was up and down the back roads with the dust flying. I was enjoying every minute watching them go. There are young kids out there that have interest in old cars and not just 60's-80's cars. Now if we just get the antique automobile insurance companies In Ontario to take off the min 10 years of driving experience before they can get insurance we would be even further ahead with getting kids involved in the hobby. For now, they are stuck to the side roads around the house. Jeff
  2. 17 points
    My wife Bonnie finally got her first ride in "Miss Vicky", our '25 Buick Standard Coupe. In fact,it was the first run for the car this year.Runs like a watch. Jim
  3. 16 points
    Drove my 1970 stick shift Wildcat 240 miles round trip to the Pate Swap Meet north of Ft. Worth, Texas this weekend. Had time to wax and polish it all over--cleanest it has been in 3 or 4 years! First Pate Swap meet in many years that wasn't threatened by spring thunderstorms or hail! Pete Phillips, BCA #7338 Leonard, TX.
  4. 14 points
    We arrived at the host hotel just after 4 pm today. That makes it almost exactly 24 hours for the trip from Cary, North Carolina to Auburn, Indiana, with a stop overnight in Charleston, WV. The trip odometer shows 702 miles traveled when we arrived at the hotel. It was a great trip. We enjoyed some of the variety of the roadways seen in the US. We traveled on a lot of Interstates, some other large roads, small mountain country roads, a bit of the old Lincoln Highway and about everything else you can imagine. We ate a great meal at an Ohio truck stop that has been in operation since the 1950s on the LIncoln Highway. The waitress asked if she could have a photo taken with the car, so we went outside and another of the employees took a bunch of photos of her with our car. I took a few photos on the road to hopefully capture a small sample of the sights. These were shot with the "hold up the camera, point it through the windshield without looking through the viewfinder, and push the button technique". On Sunday, I typically drove between 65 and 75 miles per hour most of the trip. Today, since I was not trying to get anwhere before it got dark, I took my time and we cruised at 65 mph. I knew that the speedometer was off a little so when I thought to check it via gps today, I remembered that it displays 3 mph slow at those speeds, so I guess today's average cruising speed was actually 68. This Century is happiest when going down the road with the speedometer showing between 60 and 65. The Ford truck had a nice air conditioner, but to be honest, we were comfortable in the Buick going down the road with just the cowl vent open and the back wing windows open. That gives you a nice gentle breeze through the car with little wind noise. For those who think you need to modify a car to enjoy it, I will point out that this is a 6 volt car with bias ply tires, and the original unpressurized coolant system. It never needed a drop of water added to the radiator. We have already had a great trip and now we get to tour with friends old and new in the 36-38 Buick Club for a few days!
  5. 14 points
    Went to a small classic car lunch today , friend turned up with his new girlfriend, she loved the car , and wanted a photo with it so didn’t miss the opportunity 😁
  6. 13 points
    Well, I did it! I am now the proud owner of a 1938 Century Sport Coupe 66S. In very good condition. No doubt I will have some questions and need some advice from you 37 and 38 guys. I will join the 37/38 Club shortly. Meanwhile, herewith some pictures, boys and girls...
  7. 12 points
    I was going to tow my 1937 Century to Auburn, Indiana for the 36-38 Buick Club tour. The borrowed 2014 Ford F250 Super Duty tow truck suffered a major brake system failure about 2 hours into the trip. I limped it to a Ford dealer and left the truck and trailer there. I unloaded the Century and drove it over 300 miles today. I am about half way there, so tomorrow, I will have between 300 and 350 miles more to drive.
  8. 12 points
    It was another ugly weather day today, but the '56 ran great the 170 miles round trip to Rhinebeck.
  9. 12 points
    Greetings All. I just bought my first Buick. She is a 49 Super 56C, aka Convertible, and she is an all original beauty. I look forward to reading about your experiences and appreciate any words of wisdom y'all can give me about finding parts. I come from a vintage British bike background so I understand the ups and downs of owning a classic or 2. Let the adventures begin!
  10. 11 points
    We took the '75 Electra to a 2 hour show with the Lower Huson Valley BCA and a local Cadillac club to Green Chimney in Brewster NY. This is a school for the whole spectrum of developmentally challenged kids. The kids had a wonderful time touching, getting in the cars, blowing the horns occasionally. It was a wondeful feeling sharing our cars with them and it was a great group of kids. Some of us then went to a show in New Milford Ct. that started at 12 for a friend who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. This was a well attended event with 225 cars, a mobile dyno and an eclectic gathering of cars ranging from Tuner cars, to American vintage. I left that show with another Buick buddy about a half an hour from the end to get home early. On the ride home I recieved a phone call from another friend saying the Electra won Best of Show and he had my trophy. What a great and rewarding day in more ways then one.
  11. 10 points
    Drove to the National WWII Museum Wednesday with VERY SPECIAL PASSENGER Kathryn Smith in the 1937 Roadmaster Phaeton : Reenacting the role of FDR's Gatekeeper Marguerite (Missy) LeHand, private secretary and Right-Hand Woman for more than twenty years, serving as de facto Chief of Staff to the president, a position never held before or since by a woman, Kathryn Smith offered a presentation at the National WWII Museum. She arrived in grand style since this Buick, in the service of NYC Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, did transport President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as well as other dignitaries in Ticker Tape Parades. We aquired the Buick back in 2009, at that time showing a mere 7,xxx miles. Having driven several national tours, it exceeds 13,xxx on the odometer. Retaining the original convertible top and most of its original paint and upholstery, the Roadmaster has been awarded the AACA HPOF and HPOF ORIGINAL recognition. It is occasionally called to serve for friend /family weddings, as well as functions such as this one. We appreciate Tom Gibson, a friend of Kathryn, suggesting the idea of "Missy LeHand" arriving at the National WWII Museum in a car which actually may have transported LeHand, along with the president. Museum staff and publicity personnel were at the entrance to greet "Missy LeHand" as she arrived. The Roadmaster Phaeton and I were honored to have been a part of it.
  12. 10 points
    Regarding nick8086 post of the 2018 Silverado, I was hit with sticker shock last year when I was considering replacing my '04 Sierra with a new 2017 Silverado.... I paid $27K for my '04 new off the lot, the sticker on the '17 was almost $49K. AND the '17 had surface rust already forming on the frame...decided to keep the '04 for my daughter and I ended up finding my 1969 3/4 ton Chevy for a 1/4 of the price of the new '17. I think my '69 has better styling than the '17 anyway !
  13. 10 points
    Had a nice Buick day. I used the Reatta for some errands this morning, then after supper I took the 41 Roadmaster out for a 45 min drive. When I was at the gas station, it was gathering quite a bit of attention already, when a Telsa pulled in, (at a gas station?!), and the driver, a 30's to 40's guy, stared raving about the car. Turns out, the reason he was in the gas station was to run his electric car through the car wash! Keith
  14. 9 points
    Today is VE Day, for Victory in Europe, the beginning of the end of WWII, so I was invited to bring the '41 down to Nathan Phillips Square, a large public space outside of Toronto City Hall, for the celebration. There were a few other cars as well, my friend with his '41 Special sedan, an ex Canadian Army Jeep, a '40 Ford, and a '51 Lincoln. It was a good day, weather was perfect, car ran well, and I dressed up in a double breasted suit and Fedora to fit the period. The driving to and especially from, had terrible traffic. The mileage for the day wasn't too high, maybe about 30 or so round trip, but it felt longer due to the slow traffic. Spoke to many, many people, and I let a few sit in the car, and there must of been hundreds of pictures taken of it. The young woman pictured sitting in it, wanted her picture taken with her and me standing beside the car. Wish I'd had a picture of that! I asked someone to get a shot of us, but they messed it up. Many people were tourists, and one gent from Finland spent 15 minutes of so talking to me about my car, and telling me about his love for American made cars. I also added a couple pictures of the City Hall, a rather spacey looking building with a saucer in the middle, flanked by the curved sections at the sides. Anyone guess when it was designed? Sixties, did someone say? You're right! Keith
  15. 9 points
    After 2 years of head scratchin', parts replacin', cussin', and general fumin', I THINK my fuel gauge mystery is solved. The original gauge was DEFINITELY bad, and the float was DEFINITLEY too high at full, thus hitting the tank. Bent the arm down about 3/4 of an inch, hooked a used gauge I got last week, and put it all back together. Added an extra ground wire to the sender, and discovered that the original yellow wire to the sender had a wad of the yellow insulation INSIDE the eyelet connector, whch sure didn't help either. Put a new eyelet on it, siphoned the gas back in and it immediately jumped from its previous almost empty reading to just under a half tank. Filled it up with just over 11 gallons, hit the switch, and it shot to full. Haven't seen it work that way since I bought it 2 years ago. Between a new sender that needed modification, an original gauge that was slow and inaccuate, and a bit of screwed up wiring, I HOPE its fixed. Started as a small problem, and has become somewhat of an obssession!
  16. 8 points
    finally got bottom of car painted, will try to get top done next week after bottom cures , done with sanding then back to inside
  17. 8 points
    Got a chance to add about 40 more miles to the Queen today. Its so quiet enroute. Its a super Buick!
  18. 8 points
    I had to deadline the 24 Buick PU for the Nickel Tour in two weeks. It had only 5 psi oil pressure on my return from getting it gassed up. So, I turned my attention to fixing the adjustable magneto coupling on my 13 Model 31 Buick. The mag skipped time while on the HCCA Yosemite Tour last month. My buddy, Captain Bob knurled the worn mating surface on the collet taper so it would not slip again. My daughter helped me re-set the timing and we went for a couple of test drives to get it right. Both Buicks are nickel cars, so now I am ready for the HCCA Nickel Tour starting May 14th in Sequim WA. I will give the 24 PU some attention when I get back from the tour.
  19. 8 points
    If you're bad at wiring and "extras" then changing a car of this vintage to 12 volts is going to cause you no end of headaches. Everyone uses "safety" as their reason for the change, but how fast is the car and how often do you drive at night on unlighted roads in heavy traffic? That car won't out-drive a set of 6V bulbs that are at full brightness. You're going what, 35? 40 MPH at best at night? You could use a flashlight at those speeds and be OK. Relays are easy to understand and use--I just installed a relay for my new fog lights and it works flawlessly and was not at all difficult once I understood what the relay's job is and how it worked. In fact, it can actually help in multiple ways, starting with not passing all the current through that fragile dash switch, and the benefit that Rodney mentions, which is putting a full 6V to the bulbs thanks to shorter wiring runs and not having to use the aforementioned switch. Search my name and you'll find my posts with extensive details, including a wiring diagram, for connecting a relay. For taillights, use LEDs. I installed some in both my '41 Buick and '29 Cadillac and it made them considerably more noticeable at night. Ditto on searching my name for info on LEDs. A 12-volt conversion will cause mischief, and once it's done, there will be no manual to help the next guy who has to try to sort it out down the road. He will curse your name long and loud. A lot of people think the only way to make old cars work properly is to convert to 12 volts, but in most cases, the impulse to do that is because 1) 6-volt systems have a reputation for being unreliable, which isn't true--the problem cars are usually neglected and have bad grounds, and 2) they don't understand electrical systems and figure that just converting to 12 volts will solve all their problems because they can simply buy all new parts off the shelf. Plug and play! The reality is that most 6-volt cars converted to 12 volts have electrical gremlins that are difficult to cure and it's tough to go back once you've started down that road. And that ignores the fact that none of the original 6-volt stuff in the car will work: gauges, clocks, lights, horns, etc. You'll have to replace or re-wire all that equipment, too. In 99% of the cases, the change to 12 volts is a lot more work than just fixing the original 6-volt system and there's no real gain in the end. And sealed beam bulbs in old car headlight buckets ALWAYS looks stupid. Put it back to 6 volts, make sure the wiring--especially the grounds--is in top shape, and upgrade the lighting with modern bulbs. You might be surprised how well it works.
  20. 7 points
    How many are left know keep reading 5 so mine would make 6 know any help would be appreciated 1931 Buick sport roadster 94 series
  21. 7 points
    Ok, I'm in with my 68. 67,000 miles last night driving home from garage band practice. Oil changed and engine cleaned up Sunday, so it is looking and running well. Also testing the Motor Wheel Spyders that will eventually be on a 69.
  22. 7 points
    You know you're getting old when you put the wives "both" in the back seat instead of next to you when cruising...
  23. 7 points
    Big and yellow. Love everything but the wheel covers....
  24. 7 points
    Perfect for two yoots who want to take a trip to, say, Alabama.
  25. 7 points
    I didn't drive a Buick today, but our local CCCA region had an outing to Lakeside Sand and Gravel, which has an open house each year. They have a huge collection of vintage earth-moving equipment, much of it restored and operational, which they pull out and put to work. It's very impressive to see these gigantic ancient machines tearing through the earth without much effort. We've been there each year and there's always something new, and this year I spotted this mostly original teens Buick: Too bad it was 40 degrees and raining outside, so the kids didn't want to stay long and we drove the Suburban rather than an old car. I hate waiting to drive the old cars--I'm ready. Hope to have the Limited up on its feet before too long.