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  1. 20 points
    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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 18 points
    and it will never be the same. Good ol' Dandy Dave paid us an overnight visit and fun was had by all. His visit could not have come at a better time as I was making my last haul of parts from the barn find purchase. So I guess you could call it a working vacation. But it sure made the task of loading and unloading engines and transmissions and doors and fenders much more fun not to mention easier on this old mans back. Plus I think he has unloaded a few engines in his lifetime. No pictures of us working but here are a few of the good times. This guy is a hoot and has a lot of knowledge stored in that head of his. Rita and I enjoyed his stay immensely. Oh and the Cap'n was there also. Sweet Reet and Dandy Dave "just a swingin" out by Buick Pond This guy is the first visitor ever to Buick Gardens to know what these two things were. Anybody else know? We're saying "Cheers" to all the BCA Forum members here. "CHEERS" . And I think this is when I exclaimed "It ain't heaven, but it'll do til we get there" Rita just kept sayin "this guy is funny" "this guy is a genius" "I love this guy" !!!! WATCH THE UPHOLSTERY SON, watch the upholstery!!!!! Elvis like him too, but I didn't get any shots of him with DD. Maybe Dave did. Dave explained to me the difference between a Yankee and a Damn Yankee... a "yankee" is sombody from up nawth. A "damn yankee" is somebody from up nawth who stays. Thanks for the good times and help Dave, have a good flight back to New Yawk.
  5. 16 points
    It all started with an email from an old friend and Dixie Chapter member Bruce Kile advising that he and a friend were going to look at some old Buick's in a warehouse and because there was a 54 involved thought I might be interested in joining them. I of course said sure and made plans to meet up with them at the warehouse in Toccoa Georgia. Toccoa is a small town in NE Georgia located about 50 miles from me and I have always known it to have lots of old Buick's in it. We met at the warehouse and was met by a super nice gentleman named Ray who told us the story behind all the Buicks we were about to see. The Buick's had belonged to the owner of Tugalo Gas Company who had passed away about 25 years ago. We met his son Tom, who is the current owner and learned that Ray was the Vice President of the company. We spent probably about 3 hours looking over the cars and I of course spent half of that looking at the '54 which was a solid 4 door Century with near perfect glass, original seat upholstery under old seat covers and had had a respray. The rest of the cars consisted of: 1938 Special Model 44, 2 door Streamline Sport Sedan 1940 Super Model 51 Four-Door Touring Sedan 1953 Special 4 door 1953 Super 4 door 1962 Electra 225 4 door 4 window 1963 Special 4 door 1963 LeSaber 4 door After looking over the cars we had a late lunch at M&J's Home Cooking Restaurant, a buffet style restaurant there in town. We discussed the cars and the fact that the owner was looking for offers and as the cars had been collected by his father, he wanted to ensure they went to good homes. Bruce and his friend were quite amazed at what we had seen but had no real interest in purchasing anything . I on the other hand, upon arriving home talked it over with Rita and we decided I should at least make an offer on the little 54 Century. The next day I called Ray and he informed me he had had calls from two individuals very interested in the cars and especially the '38. I made him an offer on the '54 and he said he guessed he could do it, but would I possibly be interested in the whole lot and quoted a figure that I had to ask him to repeat to ensure I had heard correctly. Considering the very fair figure that he had thrown at me and the fact I knew he had others interested in the cars, I quickly answered that I would take them. All the time realizing this was a bit more than Rita and I had discussed and immediately began wondering how the hell was I going to break this news to her. The following Monday I began hauling the Buicks home to Buick Gardens. But not before calling and suggesting to Ken Green here on the forum that he bring his trailer and if he liked the 40 Super he could take it home with him and if not he could deliver it to my house. We had lunch at M&J's Buffet, talked over the deal and as already learned from his new thread, he took it home with him. Luckily I am still married and over the last week have made a number of trips through the beautiful winding roads of the Northeast Georgia countryside hauling these wonderful old Buicks home. Ken graciously agreed to help haul the two big girls, the LeSabre and the Electra 225. It appears I have not only gained seven more Buicks this week but also some new friends. Ray and Tom were two of the nicest people you would ever hope to meet and plan to keep in touch in letting them know where the Buicks find homes. Ken is in Atlanta and I am sure we will be getting together to turn some wrenches or pound on some metal. Life in Buickland is good. From the first day we visited. Lets start with the oldest first.... the 38 and 40. The 38 was restored back in the early 80's and driven, gorgeous interior. The 40 was being worked on when the owner died, leaving the interior to be finished. more, much more to come..........
  6. 16 points
    While I'm often frustrated by the lack of precision in the hobby's language ("restored" does not mean a brand new small block Chevy engine in your Ford roadster), I think the meaning of "NOS" or "New Old Stock" is such that everyone in the hobby knows what it means. It is not a term that is abused like "restored," "classic," or "original,", but rather one that can potentially be naively mis-interpreted as the OP suggests. However, unless you're a total rookie, I don't think you'll be swindled by someone using that term to describe a part that was made in-period and never installed or used on a car. Everyone pretty much agrees on the definition of NOS. Nobody's buying an NOS fender for their 1940 Buick thinking that GM just stamped it last week because of the word "new" in its description. Now the condition of NOS parts is something else, but that's probably not something that can be remedied by changing the terminology we use to describe vintage parts that have not been used. I wouldn't use an NOS carburetor kit, but I understand perfectly that it is a carburetor kit that was made in-period and never used. There is exactly zero confusion over what it is when it is described as "NOS." It is still technically new and unused, but it was made a long time ago. No confusion, especially not with the weight of decades of proper use behind the term. I think this particular issue is a solution in search of a problem.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 15 points
    5:30 this morning at work. This morning was quite warmer than yesterdays 42degrees. Was a balming 56!
  10. 15 points
    And then it was time to go back after the '53 Special and the '54 Century. My good friend Brad (Brad54 here on the forum some time back) met me there and we loaded these two up. I was beginning to gain a real respect for Mr Gilmer's selection of these old Buicks back in the late 70's to mid 80's as each one of them had a couple of things in common. They were all solid and had as best I could tell No Rust. They were all from the North East Georgia/Toccoa area and most had been purchased right there in Toccoa from Tabor Buick Company. Most were purchased from families and friends including mostly little old ladies.
  11. 15 points
    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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  13. 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
  14. 14 points
    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.
  15. 14 points
    Took the 56 fourty miles tonight for the Wednesday Cruise in. This gave me a chance to run her at highway speeds for several miles. I have been a fool for not changing that PS pump years ago! What a difference!
  16. 14 points
    This weekend was my college orientation. I wish we had gotten more photos, given it was a 5 and a half hour drive to the campus from where I live, over the mountain pass and through the Eastern Washington plains. My buddy is the photographer. Everyone told us not to take the Buick. I was determined to take it with me and prove to them that it is as reliable as any other car I've ever driven. So this is the point of no return. The on-ramp to the pass. We got in around 8 PM but the offered spaces for transfer students was already booked, so luckily there was a really cheap motel 5 minutes from campus. I parked her under the neon sign. The old girl worked hard that day. Here she is parked on campus. I wish there was more college flair, but I suppose you can spot the WSU Cougar in the background there... And the same day with us getting ready to go back to the motel... Funny story here. My gas gauge only ever went to half full, despite being filled up. Yet in the photo, it's at Full. The roads in and out of the campus were so beaten by all the agricultural shipping trucks that they must have jarred something in the gas gauge and it started working properly... I couldn't believe it! What I learned on this trip? My electric wiper kit arrived after I left, so it reinforced the idea of getting rid of the vacuum wipers - especially if I plan to make the trip to and from school a couple times a year. There isn't a NAPA on campus, rather an old mom and pop store that is no better than a cheap Autozone (which is unfortunate) - however, there is a NAPA 15 minutes from campus in the nearby town and they are all very nice a knowledgeable folks. They came out and the first thing out of their mouths was 322 Nailhead. A PCV system is better than no PCV system. On the way in I had it hooked up and we averaged 18 MPG. On the way out I took it off and swapped breather caps and at best got 14 MPG. Also if the engine wasn't broken in before, it sure got a run for it's money when I pushed 90 MPH at 4000 RPM in our voyage home convoy.
  17. 14 points
    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.
  18. 14 points
    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.
  19. 14 points
    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!
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 13 points
    Drove my '50 about 40 miles today . Running stronger every time I take him out. Ended up by one of the local lakes for a picture. Ben
  24. 13 points
    About 3 months ago I bought a 1950 Special Deluxe. Having worked on nothing older than 1961 I was in a bit of trouble. Then I found this website and because of the people involved here (look below) I finally got my "NEW" car started today. Runs just right. I had squirted oil down the spark plug holes and turned it over for lubrication so when I started, OH BOY, I had forgotten about the smoke my plugs would have to burn off and did not open the window or the garage door. I was fumbling around plugging in the garage door. (Keep it unplugged as I had 2 fenders and a hood leaning against it) so the Keystone Buick Owner was meeting Smokey and the Bandit. A good time was had by all and a neighbor even came by with a fire extinguisher. LOL. Anyway, thanks for the torque tube help and the starting issues help. The car is primed and should be painted within a month. Pictures will be presented. Below are the wonderful people who saved me a ton of time by bringing their expertise right to my monitor: jackofalltrades70, 1939_Buick, Aaron65, avgwarhawk, Daves1940Buick56S, Ben Bruce AKA First Born, JohnD1956, Beemon, Barney Eaton, leon bee,old-tank, and last but not least Bill Stoneberg. What a great bunch of guys. Can't wait to publish, Doug1414 peedolomi@hotmail.com
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    OK, where was I? We had loaded up the 38 and Ken had decided to take the '40 home with him (and I was wondering "why did I just do that" Answer " Because he is such a nice guy and appreciates the 1940 big bodies so" So I bring the '38 slant back home to Buick Sales and Service Garage and back her up to her stall.
  27. 13 points
    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.............
  28. 13 points
  29. 13 points
    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.
  30. 13 points
    Thank You, Buick Forum...
  31. 13 points
    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
  32. 13 points
    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!
  33. 13 points
    My '57 Model 73 Roadmaster Riviera Sedan, a driver, at the Caroilnas Aviation Museum with a Piedmont Airlines DC-3.
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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.
  36. 13 points
    One of my 55 Centurys. Rare picture of it not in motion...probably travels more miles than the plane.
  37. 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
  38. 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.
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    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.
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    Been awhile since I posted and I guess my excuse is I have been a bit busy playing Buick Used Car salesman. They are all sold and have departed Buick Sales and Service Garage with exception of the '38 which I am keeping and the 63 Special which is awaiting a ride to NC. And truthfully it has been quite an enjoyable and rewarding job. The enjoyable part being cleaning a couple of them up (the '62 225 and '63 Le Sabre) and seeing what was hidden under 30+ years of dust. The rewards while not so much monetary but rather the people I made happy by putting a nice old Buick in their hands at a very fair price. I also made a couple of new local Buick friends and sold them the cars only with the understanding they join the BCA. I think I may have mentioned that the owner gave me a very good deal on the cars. But what really surprised me was that in the beginning of the negotiations, they told me that word had gotten out that they were selling the cars and had had people calling and wanting to come look and that one had even made an offer that exceeded the amount they had offered them to me for. They simply told them to talk to the new owner, yours truly. On the day I picked up the last car I asked Tom why he had chosen me as the one to take ownership of all of his dads old Buicks when he could have sold them for much more money. He remarked "Lamar, it's not about the money. These cars were my dads and we want to see them all go to good Buick loving homes and we knew the first day you were here that you were who we wanted them to go to, that you would find good homes for them". He then pointed to my left forearm and said "and that is what sealed it". I got chill bumps because I knew he was talking about the sweep spear tattoo that my daughter had given me a gift certificate to a local tattoo shop years ago for and told me to get a Buick tattoo.
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    Oh man she is really looking good already!!! You didn't waste any time did you!? SO SO Glad to see this car go to you Matt. Will be such an easy and fun fixer upper. And you really lucked up on that 50% off sale on all the chrome and pot metal replacement pieces. Any word on the status of the mechanics yet?
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    Can't quite compare to "Mr. Earls" adventure,but here's my last barnfind that I dragged home almost 9 years ago,and hoping to get to this summer.Was parked in the barn about 15 minutes north of New York City in New Jersey by the original owner in '78.I bumped into the owners Grand-daughter at a show in Scranton,PA one day when she was admiring my '72 Riviera and she told me that they where clearing out the place after her Grandparents had passed.They had owned a small restaurant-gas station on Rte.46 in Ledgewood,NJ and wanted to know if I would be interested in following her down to see it,she new the engine was stuck and I almost said no after hearing that,but when she told me it had 49,000 miles and they where also selling gas station items too,I decided it would be worth the trip.We had to cut down a tree 8" in diameter to get the barn door open it had been in there so long,and I could see through all the dust that it was going to be worth it,especially when she agreed to let me have it for $700 ! I also loaded up my small trailer with gas station signs and memorabilia from the '40s to '60s and Grandpa's 1961 International-Harvester Cub Cadet lawnmower,first year of production,and hauled everything home.The next day I put a battery in the tractor,it started right up and I mowed the lawn with it. The car came with all the original paper work and here are some before and afters,the only 3 days she's been out in the sun since '78 as I put her in the garage,filled with Marvel Mystery Oil and hoping for the best soon. Notice the interesting way they reversed the white strip in the seat front to back,and how many people out there know that the speedometer that you are looking at is actually a mirror with an adjustment wheel on the left of the speedo to angle the mirror for your height for better viewing ! The actual speedo is embedded in the top of the dash upside down and printed backward. This old girl is so cool that who cares if she has "too many doors",I'm leaving her as is including the paint that the old gentleman dabbed every chip with a brush and there are alot,considering he drove her for 18 years.The inside is perfect but for the scuff in the carpet on drivers side.
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    I'm a new member and this thread caught my eye. This picture was among my mother's old photos. I have no idea who they are. Sorry about the creases.
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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