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    Having attended the 2017 Annual Membership Meeting in Philadelphia this past weekend, I want to share an image that I think exemplifies the character of the man we are fortunate enough to have as our 2017 National President. It may not look like much - in fact, it doesn't even look like he is doing anything connected with AACA, discussing a lapful of vintage vinyl records with a young man obviously too young to own an antique car. What makes this image special to me is that is was taken right after the afternoon round table where Tom, along with the entire AACA National Board and staff, endured public insult and condemnation by individuals who later admitted they were ignorant of the facts concerning what they were complaining about. Tom not only responded to uncalled for and inappropriate comments with intelligence and courtesy, he explained a complex situation in a manner that was not offensive, disrespectful, or adversarial to anyone. It was a very stressful and unpleasant way to spend what should have been a time to honor and express much-deserved appreciation to our outgoing and incoming National Presidents and officers. Immediately after this meeting, Tom was approached by a young AACA member who wanted to share his latest interest - vinyl records. Most people would have still been reeling from the turmoil, but Tom not only acknowledged the young man; he sat down and talked to him at length over this new passion. A lot of AACA members talk about inspiring and encouraging future generations - Tom Cox leads by example.
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    I was able to purchase this very original 1932 Auburn from the original family, who is the little girl in the picture; she is now 84; notice the Auburn in the background behind the Chrysler. The car was last driven in 1980's and has 19,300 miles from new. It will be fun to get running this summer. It will also serve to document how the original cars really were. We are attempting to write the Auburn restoration guidelines for the ACD club. Fun Stuff!
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    As some of you may know, I have been working on building a new garage since my retirement a couple of years ago. I have been spending ALL my time on it, it is going sooooooo sloooowwwww and I feel I have been neglecting all my fitty fo's and even my old faithful first Buick Barn. To ease my conscience a bit, I thought I would share some pictures and a few comments on my "Old Buick Barn". After Rita and I completed building our house back in '87, I set about building my "get away". (This was before the term "Man Cave" ever came into use, but I never use that term even today) I ran 100 amps electric along with telephone, cable and security down from the house. Prices on cedar were good in those days so I used cedar on the siding and the interior walls. I had salvaged some 2 X 8 and 2 X 10 fir from a lumber company that was being torn down and most of the framing is built from it. It had been brought in from the west back in the early twenties. I loved working with that wood. I had help with the concrete slab but other than that did all the work by myself. A few years after the initial build I enclosed the lower side so as to make more room for compressor, sandblasting, grinding and other dirty jobs that I don't want in the "car room". Looking back and seeing how much full time work I am spending on the new garage, I wonder how the heck I ever built the old one while working a full time job and spending time with family. So here below are a few of my favorite pictures, some of which are pretty old and some of the Buicks have gone on down Buick Highway....... Edit, just ran down and took this picture of what I call my Sunrise/Sunset. I started it at sunrise one day and finished at sunset. Seeing sparks when the hammer hits the nailhead was always my sign to put away the tools for the day. I think the cedar has weathered beautifully. More to come.............
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    Ok, for all of you tough guys. Let's go for a ride. It is 15deg F outside and snowing. And the truck started and ran after sitting outside overnight.
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    While I think you have made a wise decision to go ahead and look for a good driver, I think you need to stop beating yourself up over any lost time with loved ones. After years of building a farm and working with first emu and then breeder goats, I came to what I thought was the same conclusion you are making regarding lost quality time with family and "sold the farm" so to speak so I could spend more time with my mom, kids and Rita (and Buicks). Both the kids in turn have numerous times recently told me they would not change a thing in the way they were brought up and the work ethic they learned from working the farm when they were young has put them where they are now. I can empathize with you that busting ass all the time doing hard laborious work, procuring salvaged materials instead of just going out and buying new and sometimes feeling depressed because you don't have the finances to just buy things gets you down, but take it from me, when you look back at what you have accomplished on your own and with your own hands your head will raise and you will have the greatest feeling no "rich guy" can ever have. (unless said rich guy got that way by doing as you and I have done) Riches aren't always measured in dollars and cents. Don't be too quick to sell that 4 door Rivi that you your self have always said you loved and wanted (over a 2 door even) Build a lean to for it next to your new shop and put it on the back burner for awhile. I really can't advise you to hold onto the parts cars however as I think you have probably seen there is no money to be made with them, just the good feeling of helping others with parts. Just set your priorities in life with family and your hobbies (the old farm house and your cars) don't worry about what people say and be happy. After all, even as young as you are, I think you are starting to see that life is indeed like a roll of toilet paper, the closer to the end you get the faster it goes. And although life sometimes seems like a rollercoaster ride at the fair...there is no getting back in line to buy another ticket with this one. Like I said, I think you've made a wise decision. And keep your chin up dude, you're amongst some of the best friends you'll ever have right here.
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    Thank You, Buick Forum...
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    Good news from Amarillo, Texas today. As of 1:30 p.m. CDT we were back on the road and apparently no worse for the one week detour. As for the problem, let me explain what I know from the evidence. We examined the car for signs that the fan blade had impacted something on the car, anything on the car, and could find no evidence that the fan blade struck something on the car before it curled into the radiator. By we, I mean yours truly, two shop mechanics here at Vintage, the service manager, Brian, and the owner, Emmett Rice. We all looked and found nothing. Everything has been examined from the top and bottom with the car on a lift. The motor mounts are solid, undamaged and working properly. The transmission thrust pad/mount is intact, undamaged and working properly. We even looked at the radiator frame to see if something was causing it to move rearward slightly when the car accelerated. Nothing - it is rock solid. I was running a 7-blade fan from a 59 a/c Cadillac on this car. The blade clearances near the generator pulley were small. I knew that but it was never a problem before and there were 6,800 miles on this car before we started this trip. Examination of the fan blades showed that one blade had completely curled and ate the radiator. The blade adjacent to the curled blade showed signs of a stress line at the location where the other blade had curled. No other blade - that's 5 other blades - showed any sign of striking anything. There is no conclusive cause to report. The speculation is that one of my rolling tires popped up a chunk of very hard rubber from a heavy truck tire or farm implement tire and the timing was just right to cause the object to wedge between the one fan blade and the generator pulley, thus curling the blade. The object must have remained in the conflicting position just long enough to start to affect the second blade but it was already moving away and the second blade only started to be stressed but not enough to curl it. One blade was enough if you've looked at the picture. So, my radiator has been re-cored (4-core) and I have a new fan. This one is a 4-blade fan with more pitch than the stock fan but plenty of clearance. The water pump did not show signs of damage but in an abundance of caution, I had them install my backup water pump and I'm carrying the first one now as the spare. So, we've been in Amarillo for almost exactly one week to the hour. Trip disasters like this are a bitch but we truly did make lemonade outta them lemons. Here's a few quick tips. For any of you living in Texas or passing through Texas - Joe Taco. You won't be sorry. Tom Hanks is great in "Sully." And there is just a bunch of good Route 66 history here in Amarillo to explore. We even found a car show and voted for a nice guy here with a 76 Skylark and he won an award! Sent me an nice email telling me about it. So, moving forward, here's a picture of the car at Vintage Autohaus, just before we left today. Route 66 is really great here in Texas. We drove for miles on the old original road and never touched Interstate 40. This kind of road trip is just what these old Buicks are good at and fun to drive. As a matter of fact, the old road Route 66 runs from Texas into Oklahoma on some great old road with medians. We stopped briefly in Shamrock at the Route 66 icon, U Drop Inn. This old gas station/diner was built in the 30's and was the creative inspiration for the tire shop in the Disney movie, "Cars." This is just the neatest place. (We visited here earlier this week in the rental car but I wanted Buick pictures to post) The bugs are atrocious and the gal has a face full of them but we have a good cleaning kit along and we put her to bed tonight looking sharp. I spent a lot of time under the hood after we stopped today, cleaning and cleaning some more. The coolant sprayed everywhere and I was just sick to see the mess. But its all good now as I've given the engine compartment the start of a good cleaning. Dan
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    For some people the National could be in there home town a mile from their front door, on a beautiful 75 degree day, on a week with no school and no work and they will still find a way to complain or even find an excuse not to come. The rest of us will have a great time without them, more Buicks (and beer) for us!
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    My '57 Model 73 Roadmaster Riviera Sedan, a driver, at the Caroilnas Aviation Museum with a Piedmont Airlines DC-3.
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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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    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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    In the end everyone, the deed is done. We have separated ourselves from the museum but wish them great success. Anything that will help preserve this hobby and introduce our wonderful cars to the public is of service to the automotive community. AACA will now concentrate even more on how to grow our club and provide the best service and benefits to our members as possible. AACA has tried to present the facts, not make this personal in any way and to handle our business ethically and responsibly. This is a big year for the club with the introduction of the Zenith Award competition and the first ever joint AACA and CCCA meet. New awards for the HPOF/DPC classes (5 cards gets you a mug). Moving forward is what we should be doing. Thanks for all the letters, calls and emails of support as it does mean a lot.
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    Wishing everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR in 2017! May we all find commonality and kinship within the Buick community!
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    Two 38 Roadmasters were to be bound for Allentown from Concord yesterday. My 80C Dad's 81F And the wife's Enclave The Enclave has been in the shop 25 of the last 31 days. After finally retrieving it mid day, we attempted to set off... Or at least the 81F did... And failed to make it to my house 5 miles away. So on to a Verano for Dad and off we set about 3PM. This is the maiden voyage for the 80C since completing the restoration (aside from a few details). We made it to Charlottesville VA overall the car ran good but I do have some ankle biter issues so far. 1. With lights on I am in a discharge scenario, luckily didn't use them much and won't need them much the rest of the trip. 2. I am running about 190-200 occasionally poking up to 212. It seems to heat up if I run 65 for a prolonged time. Ease off to 55 and she comes down a bit but still 190. 3. After my last stop for gas we reached some rolling hills. She is a bit down in power going up hill and she is backfiring too. Once it leveled out backfire virtually went away. Not sure if it is bad gas or with #2 maybe timing is retarded? Shooting for another 250 miles today.
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    I recently purchased a 1949 Buick Roadmaster Riviera hardtop. I found the car on Craigslist near San Antonio, TX, and almost didn't make the 4 hour drive because it looked so bad in the photos. When I got out there, I was surprised at the condition of the car. It does have rust issues, but overall, I'm pretty happy with it. I scrubbed the badly weathered paint, and spent two days buffing the paint just to see what it would look like. All four tires were blown out, so I found some lightly used radial whitewalls tires just to roll the car around. It is amazing how much better the car looks with just a few days of effort. The engine isn't locked, so I expect to try and start it after I inspect the engine. Is anyone currently reproducing floor pans that are accurate? The driver's side floor is bad.
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    These are some great pictures of membership cars. Wonderful Thread. Here are some favorites of my 28 Buick Standard Sport Touring. The oldest ones are from 1948. The man standing next to the car is my granddad. The one with all the family was taken in the summer of 55. That's my dad driving and my two older sisters plus me in back and a family friend. The last ones are about 2008. Thanks Dave_B
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    Well...... here goes.... These are some photo's of my '41 Buick, which I have owned since 1963. I won't go into the long story as to how I came to own the car, but it was my daily driver in my senior year at collage at GMI in Flint. My wife and I dated in the Buick before we got married after my graduation. After we were married and I bought a new 1965 Chevrolet SS, I thought about selling the Buick, but I just liked it too much to let it go (I never was very good at selling cars), so it saw occasional summer time use. I was already a member of the BCCA when it folded in 1965, and finally decided to join that new club, the BCA (member 2098). When I heard about the BCA National Meet being planned in Flint for 1971, I wrote Terry Dunham to see if my car was OK to enter the show. He wrote back and said "it's a Buick, of course you should bring it". It was after that show that a group of us formed the Buicktown Chapter of the BCA. The family and I enjoyed many tours and events with our chapter over the years. The 2003 100th Anniversary meet that our Chapter hosted was a high point. By 2009 the '41 was getting a little tired looking, so being a part of the family for so long, we decided it was time to freshen her up. John Williams agreed to take on the job, so off it went. Three years later (and many trips to John's place to lend a helping hand) she came back home. John had named her "Domino", so I guess the name stuck (at least in John's mind). We always called her "The 41". Well, that's the story in a nut shell. More Buicks have been added over the years, but the '41 is still the original family member. The first photo shows the '41 at a park in 1963, when my wife and I were still dating. The second photo show the '41 at the first National BCA meet in Flint, 1971. The third photo shows the '41 at the 2003 National Meet, parked with the B-42 display. Maybe some of you remember it. The fourth photo show the '41 at the same show, parked next to the Buick built Hellcat tank, after the show was over. One of my favorite shots. The fifth photo show the '41 at John's shop, bare naked! the sixth, seventh, and eighth photo's show the '41 after it's "freshening up". Hope I didn't bore everyone. If not, I'll add the story of my 1938 convertible coupe later. 3 - 2003 National Buick Meet, Flint, MI.bmp
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    First shakedown cruise to nearby farming town not long after the mural was completed on the no longer used grain silo near downtown Berthoud, Colorado.
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    One of my 55 Centurys. Rare picture of it not in motion...probably travels more miles than the plane.
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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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    So, in late August, Pete Phillips got a call from Thief River Falls, MN about this car being for sale. Not knowing where TRF was, he mapped it and noted how close it is to Winnipeg, so Derek got an e-mail. There was then a phone call or two and an exchange of photos via e-mail and next thing you knew, Derek was going for a nice drive to take a look. Derek was enamoured, so much so that he perhaps didn't take as close a look as he should. The price was reasonable, and it looked nice, and Derek had approval from the Minister of Finance, so cash changed hands and Derek made plans to return the following Sunday with a battery, a teenaged boy, and the truck and trailer. You know, when a car doesn't start, but you're OK because you have a winch, there's a sense of confidence, perhaps even cockiness that goes with it. Factor in a 4600 lb car and an eight year old winch battery, and it was near disaster. Happily, the car was almost on the trailer, so we only had to push it a few more feet, uphill of course. We towed it directly to our mechanic for the requisite Manitoba inspection after jumping through assorted border crossing hoops. They got it running well and performed the odds and ends required to pass the inspection. The bad news is that it needs floors, so it needs to go to a body shop that is willing to deal with rust. Happily floors are available, and I was given a set of rocker panels by a fellow Gopher State Chapter member. It was noted that the transmission fluid was down, so it was topped up, only to find a puddle under the car the next day...torque ball seal next on the list. At least the car has had good company for the winter as our McLaughlin-Buick 29-51 is also there. So, as of right now, it has spent the winter at the mechanics and in another month or so we should be able to get it to a body shop, then be able to put plates on it and get it on the road this summer. The Minister of Finance and her progeny have always had a liking of the "angry eyebrows" of the 1959 Buick, so one was on our wish list. Now the wish is complete. That makes two 1950s Buick Estate Wagons in the stable...in a sense, I hope it isn't a trend.
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    The weekend went well as did the Buick on the 120 mile outward bound trip. Arriving at the 1910's Carrington Hotel I rounded the car park, heading toward the entrance to find a '41 Buick already parked outside! The night of was a lot of fun with a '20s band followed by drinks and a gramophone on the veranda late into the night. I took the trip home a little more cautiously as the weather was hot (110F) and humid. The Buick soldiered passed lots of overheated modern cars but I stopped a few times along the way to give her a chance to cool off a bit and grab a drink or three. Till the next weekend and the next Buick trip!
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    I just had to share this. I bought a parts car to keep it from getting crushed. After putting in a radiator and hoses, clocking distributor with new points and condensor, freeing up starter, removing plugs for inspection and replacement,( I spun it by hand before investing time in it) spun it by starter till it built oil pressure. Did a compression test, had enough to eliminate a dead hole. Dropped fuel line off electric pump into a bucket and fired it up. Within a minute it ran smooth, no knocks or rattles, lifters good. I let it warm up and dropped it in gear, dynaflow pulled good all gears and no whine. Can you beat that for a junker sitting in a field since the 80's? And the engine has 150 psi on all cyls except one which is 125. It actually sounds better than mine. I pulled the engine and trans. Ordered parts to reseal trans. Resealed and adjusted both bands. Re-used later style vulcanized torque ball retainer and improvised a dust seal over it. Pulled the '56 trans out of my car and installed this one. Road tested and it pulled good and no leaks yet. How's that for luck? This is the first post since forum software update, I am at the library. My home pc is not functional on forum except to recognize me and use the 'like' button. I cannot respond to this post on a regular basis. Just wanted to share this.
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    90 miles round trip to go mooch off some inlaws. Still killing bugs:
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    I have now repaired the brakes and this is a note to describe the fix of the problem that cut short our push to the Pacific. Perhaps it might help someone else in diagnosing a brake system issue. In the several days prior to ending the trip in Flagstaff, I was noticing a diminished brake pedal. I experienced no loss of braking power but just a gradual, inexorable increase in pedal throw. I attributed it at the time to needing the rear drum brakes adjusted because I had, in the past, experienced this same symptom when the rear brake shoes needed to be touched up. But on the morning of October 5, the brake pedal traveled all the way to the linkage stop. Whoops. I still had some braking function but not enough for safe travel. As you read this, keep in mind that I am running a dual-chamber master cylinder with Wilwood disc brakes on the front and stock drum brakes on the rear wheels. After returning home, I acted on the diagnosis of the Flagstaff brake shop and replaced the brake master cylinder. With it installed and bled, I still had full pedal throw to the linkage stop. Hmmm. Moving to the rear wheel cylinders, to my surprise, I found air and fluid mixed when bleeding but no signs of fluid leakage. Thinking about the restoration, I had provided NOS Delco Remy wheel cylinders still sealed in their original cans. At the time, the discussion was to examine them after opening the cans and replace the internals with new kits. It would now appear that the NOS brake wheel cylinders were installed without new kits. Pinching off the flexible brake line with padded vice grips to isolate the rear brakes from the master cylinder caused the return of full, solid brake pedal. I removed both rear brake wheel cylinders and found the cylinder bores in surprisingly good condition but each piston was rusted. There were no leaks of brake fluid evident anywhere on either of these rear wheel cylinders. I replaced the both with new cylinders and bled the brakes. Presto. Full brake function was restored with a solid pedal that has about one inch of throw at the most. So, the diagnosis of the brake shop in Flagstaff was wrong. I probably replaced a brake master cylinder that was still working. I should have thought about isolating the rear brakes from the master cylinder as a first test but I was sidetracked by their faulty diagnosis. These rear wheel cylinders were "breathing" air but still holding back any fluid leakage. In the very near future, I will be moving the 6-volt electric fuel pump to the rear of the car by the fuel tank. I'd like to thank everyone that shared information with me during the trip about vapor lock. I now possess the information I need to give the car the best chance of avoiding Ms. Vapor Lock at the dances. We will be returning in April with the conclusion. In the mean time, with the onset of beautiful fall weather, this is the start of our car show season here in the Southwest . Time to get out there and give folks something to look at other than Tri-5's, Camaros, Mustangs, and 'Vettes. Dan
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    Chicago day - SUCCESS!! Today we left the motel in Braidwood at 4:30 a.m. with the intention of getting into Chicago on a Sunday before anything was moving. It was a successful plan. Approaching downtown Chicago on Ogden Avenue (Route 66) On Jackson Street, eastbound (Route 66) closing in on the end of the eastbound road. Notice the traffic? This is downtown Chicago just after 7:00 a.m. on Sunday. SUCCESS!! We have arrived at the official eastbound terminus of Route 66 in downtown Chicago on Jackson Street. We took the suggestion of MALO48 and went to 1454 South Michigan Avenue and found the building that was the location of an old Buick dealership. It was indeed a photo opportunity for us here in Chicago. Note the emblem on the building at the top of the central column. Yeah!! The Chicago skyline and vacant streets on Sunday morning. And now, to the start of the Route 66 westbound route on Adams Street. I am reasonably sure I was OK stopping for the picture. The Chicago Police didn't seem to mind when they went by. The view toward Lakeshore Drive from the westbound start. This is the Art Institute of Chicago. We left downtown Chicago feeling very happy and accomplished having managed to arrive at our first major destination. From downtown Chicago we headed west on Ogden Avenue (Route 66) and went to Romeoville where we had a nice Sunday chicken dinner at White Fence Farm. This is another Route 66 icon and as I understand the story, the restaurant has been here since before Route 66 became Route 66 through here. They've been a fixture of this road for many years. Back on the road, we went to Joliet and spent some time at the Joliet History Museum which also contains their Route 66 center. Nice seats inside the Route 66 Center for watching a Route 66 video... Leaving Joliet, we went to Wilmington and took our picture with the ever-popular Gemini Giant. (HuntzNSam, we wouldn't miss it!) The story of the small cafe where this giant stands in sad. As I understand it, everyone stops here to take a picture and no one spends any money at the cafe. I found the store closed and I wasn't able to tell if the closure is permanent or just closed because this was Sunday. I was prepared to buy cold drinks here to do our part but the doors were locked. The weather here today seemed a bit threatening when we were in Wilmington. We decided to get off the road early today, get the car covered and rest up while we wait for the front to pass by. So, we are now on our way west and if you would care to continue to ride along some more, we are going to make our way to the Pacific Ocean and hope to be able to photograph the Buick at the western terminus of Route 66 in Santa Monica at the Santa Monica Pier. I hope you guys are having as much fun with your Buicks as we are with ours. Dan
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    Made it to Allentown trouble free this morning!!
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    Hi. My name is Mike. I blame my dad for my Buick addiction. Today I bought my personal dream car. Not the same make & model. The actual car: 1949 Buick Roadmaster Riviera. Ok, now for the back story. Buckle up folks, this is going to be a ride. In 1976, my father's good friend Bob asked if my Dad and Mom wanted to take a trip to Minnesota to check out a car and help him get it home if he bought it. Well, Bob bought the car and my Dad & Mom drove the car back from Minnesota to Michigan. Not long after returning from the trip, my Mom found out she was pregnant with me. They say nothing “happened” in the car.... From that moment on, Bob always associated the car with me often asking my dad how old I was so he could figure how long he had owned the car. After spending 10-15 years collecting the parts he needed, Bob then began a full restoration on the car. From time to time he would ask my Dad to come give him a hand with the work and I would come along. Bob quickly put me to work doing the dirty jobs on the car. Cleaning and painting the chassis, polishing chrome, just simple things a teenage boy couldn’t really screw up. This was the time in my life when my love for cars matured from a shoe box full of model car scraps and posters haphazardly pinned to my bedroom wall to “I cannot wait to have my own car. My own Buick.” I can’t say I took a huge part in the restoration of the car, but I can say I helped. More importantly, I gained valuable knowledge by simply watching Bob and my dad work. Bob eventually finished the restoration and the car was spectacular. This wasn’t a simple restoration, he spent a lot of time researching every little detail of the car and searching for new old stock parts to keep the restoration as genuine as possible. Bob was invited to show the car at the 1992 Concours D’Elegance at Meadow Brook car show. The car was so nice and complete, The Franklin Mint came to his house and photographed the car inside and out. They used his car as the base for their own scale model version. As a thank you for letting them document his car, The Franklin Mint gave Bob ten of the models free of charge. Bob gave one of those to me. I cherished that model so much I rarely removed it from the protective packaging to look at it. A few years went by and enjoyed seeing the car when I would see it at car shows. After I graduated from college and started getting on my feet financially, I started envisioning myself owning that car and I wanted to find an opportunity to ask Bob if the car would ever be for sale. Sadly, I never had that chance. In early 2003 Bob passed away suddenly. After some time had gone by we heard Bob’s car collection was for sale. His daughter had inherited everything and she sold some of the cars to other Buick collectors who were friends with Bob. All of the cars were sold except the ‘49. After everything settled down, the car seemingly fell off the face of the earth. I would eagerly look for it at every local car show but I would never find it. From time to time whenever my dad and I were talking about cars I would ask “Have you heard anything about Bob’s ‘49?” For the next 12 years I would always receive the same disappointing answer: “Haven’t seen or heard anything. I think Cathy and Brian might still own it.” I guess that answer is better than hearing “John just bought it”. This past January, I had missed a call from my dad and he left a voice message. When my dad leaves a voice message it’s always one of two things “Hey, give your dad a call.” or “Relative X is suffering from ailment Z and I thought I’d keep you in the loop”. This time he says “Call me back as soon as you can.” I had no idea what to expect. I called him right away and he said “I found Bob’s car. Cathy and Brian still have it, and it’s for sale.” My heart stopped. My dad said he thought Brian worked at GM so since my wife works at GM, I had her get his contact info for me. I contacted him the next day and told him the entire story. He was fascinated by my story and confirmed it was for sale. The car had actually been on loan to the Gilmore Car Museum for the past ten years which explains why I couldn’t find it anywhere. Brian and Cathy are about to retire and move to their lake house in northern Michigan and they wanted sell the car preferably to someone who would appreciate the car. They both knew my dad but hadn’t really seen him since Bob’s funeral and they were thrilled to be able to sell it to me because of the history my dad and I had with Bob and with the car. I was able to inspect the car at the museum in early May and the condition of the car blew me away. The car looked like it wasn’t even driven at all even though I know it had to have at least 1000 miles on it since the restoration. With the exception of a couple tiny paint chips, the car is perfect. We agreed on a price and yesterday I completed the deal to take ownership. I’ve been dreaming of owning this car for almost 20 years and now I finally do. I cannot thank my wife enough for trusting my decision to buy this car. She admittedly doesn’t “get it”...well, not yet. She’s not a car person and doesn’t even try to fake it. I have a feeling she will come around before too long. My son: he “gets it”. He loves the car already and he’s only seen pictures. He’s already told me he wants to drive a Buick when he gets older. One day this car will be his and he will be able to realize a childhood dream as well.
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    My '54 desktop pic. Good side of the car, good light, hides lots of 'issues'....
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    Well, in my personal opinion, that is a sad turn of events. This Meet is supposed to be a celebration of the 50 years of the BCA. Not much is better than a thousand Buicks to show that. But the 71 banners of the local chapters and the 9 banners of the Divisions sure places a close second! As we are learning, the grass roots of the local organizations are of vital importance to the future of this club. Too bad there wasn't some way to display the pride of the Local folks.
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    Riv: I get it. I wanted to leave the dust on the car as long as possible. I did wash the car tonight and that was a lot of time earned dust flowing down the drive. The car interior needs to be cleaned out so that I can reassemble parts that were removed. The interior door panels were removed and placed in the rear seat and the drivers window, vent window and vent deflector have been removed from the drivers door and are not with the car. There is also a piece of trim around the exterior of the drivers window that hasn't been found. Once cleaned, it will be easier to crawl around it to access parts that need attention. Plus it is pretty gross sitting in the car right now with all the dust.
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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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    The Museum Board in addition to being self appointed, may remove a sitting Board member for any reason whatsoever (neither is conducive to good practice in my opinion). In this case, the Museum leadership never bothered to contact me regarding their intentions or reasoning. They did however have one of their members call to ask if I was attending that particular meeting, which I was not. I'm sure they were emboldened by my absence. I might add that I have since found their vote was not unanimous. In absentia, the Museum leadership elected to shoot the messenger, but never had the fortitude to contact me prior to or after their actions, which speaks volumes. Museum leadership made this a personal issue, and took the opportunity to take a swipe at the entire club as this decision was made with full knowledge that I would be National President again this year. Such an action is also very telling about how they were postured for future discussions,...or lack thereof. I could say more, but it serves no higher purpose. Just know that as always, I put the hobby and the membership first, and in this case suffered the consequences of carrying out the duties of my job representing the will of the Board on behalf of the membership. I look forward to our future, as the Club and our Library continue to be very consequential to the entire worldwide automotive hobby.
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    One of my favorites. Please forgive if already posted:
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    Buick Barn at Buick Gardens
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    Hadn't used you tube in a long while. Enjoy the short video as much as I did.
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    I have the 1960 Buick Electra ready to go. A/C is blowing 41 degree air at m e, the CD player has 10 CDs loaded up, tools and extra parts are put together and will go in the trunk tonight when the sun is behind the garage. Dee is washing clothes for a Wednesday morning drive to Little Rock. Just because the car looked rather plain along the side, I had the car pin striped. Just a single line to accent the line that was already there. Faded away at the rear quarter panel. With a little luck it will make the car go faster.
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    Since the 66 Riv frame off resto was finished just in time for the ROA meet last week of June, now I am putting some miles on it to test everything. First 100 miles so far so good. Fine tuning the automatic choke but other than that its running great. Pic was taken at dusk on a metal bridge over the Kiskiminatas river with a Cannon EOS Rebel and tripod.
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    Agreed. I do this for a living, I study this stuff like a stockbroker, and I think I'm pretty good at it. The only conclusion I've ever drawn from watching "the market" is that there are no conclusions to be drawn. Good cars always sell. Trash doesn't. Rich people are always going to be rich. The rest of us have to enjoy what we can, when we can. My expert advice? Buy what you love and forget values. Don't wait for "the market" to tell you something about how to enjoy your life. Money is easy to get. Time is impossible. Make the most of what you have and let the future take care of itself.
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    I would like to address a few members of this forum and Buick community that are books of knowledge concerning our pride and joy. If it were not for the likes of Willie, Lamar and other members of this forum sharing their knowledge and experiences with the Buicks I'm not entirely sure these gems would be on the road today. Today I would like to thank Willie for his Encyclopedia of the Buick he stores in his head. You sir, have helped me mechanically numerous times and you don't even know it. Case and point: My 54 264 nailhead has had a intermittent smoke issue at the tailpipe. Not heavy. It would come and go as the engine was idling. I never noticed until my brother pointed it out as he was trailing me in his 60 Imperial while participating in a 4th of July parade. The color of the smoke led me to believe it was running rich, timing off, points weak, plugs gap incorrect or just the nature of the nail. A complete tune up was performed. Carb was cleaned and adjusted. Yet, the intermittent smoke persisted. Not a huge bother as it was not much but....I'm particular with my cars and always work toward having them run as they should. Understand this nailhead was rebuilt in 2006. She runs great!. Keeping up in traffic was never an issue. She ate some oil but I figured that was normal. After all, the manual states oil will be consumed if operated over 60 mph. But, the smoke is coming as she idled in the garage. It was time to figure out what is going on. After my usual keyword search on the internet I was presented this older post here at the AACA forum. http://forums.aaca.org/topic/254740-322-nailhead-burning-oil-more-when-warm/?hl=smoke As I read through the post Willies suggestion in post #19: This post started me thinking that something internally was wrong. I did not think rings as the motor was rebuilt. Runs very well and never missed a beat. It must be something the rebuilder missed. Something like a notch as Willie pointed out. The intricacies of a nailhead that Willie understands. This brings me to a photo I had taken in 2012 of the head that was ultimately the issue. This is the picture taken in 2012. By all accounts it look normal: When I went to investigate the manual after Willies suggestion to check the shaft that holds the rockers for notch in the proper location I found the illustration showing the cotter pin 180 as to what is shown in my picture from 2012. Now, that does not mean a whole hill of beans as perhaps the rebuilder just installed the pin that way. Just the way he worked. As I looked for the notch, which was located in the rear of the shaft I found it was in fact upside down. The shaft has been installed incorrectly. The simplicity of the head made correcting the issue no problem at all. I was able to spin the mounting brackets on the shaft 180 degrees thus allowing the notch to be on top in line with the bolts as the manual indicates. This is the notch. This notch 180 degrees out or at the 6 o'clock position will prove to allow the oil in your nailhead to reach the cylinders and produce smoke at the tailpipe. This simple yet intricate portion of the head rebuild is something that can and was overlooked. When I had completed the spin of the shaft and reinstalled the rocker assembly note the position of the cotter pin: Before buttoning up the valve cover I assured all push rods were in their seat. The rockers all found their home on top of the valves. As per usual, the 264 fired on the first turn. All appeared(sounded) as it usually did. I let the 264 idle high on the choke to warm as the smoke would appear after warming and at idle. Much to my pleasant surprise the wafting smoke was not present any longer. I took her out for a drive as I normally do on Sunday. Returning to the garage I allowed the 264 to sit at idle. No smoke present. What is the moral of this story? My experience with resolving this smoke issue is not what I wanted prior to reading the experiences on this forum. For Willie, his experience is the most valuable thing to offer to Buick owners. We can watch, listen, learn and pass along what we know. Many thanks to Willie and the others on this forum who help those with repairing their pride and joy. Your knowledge is invaluable.
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    Buick Barn at the end of the rainbow. Never did find the pot of gold...... but who needs gold