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  1. 12 points
    Took my 71 Riviera out for the first time, drove wonderfully!
  2. 8 points
    Beautiful weather today; low 80s and low humidity! Looked up the Nort Durham County Scenic byway, packed a sandwhich, and hit the road. 48 miles round trip. Found this 1940s hunting lodge that's now a park. Cool place, surprised to be the only one there!
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    We took our '60 Invicta our for a drive around the south side of the city this afternoon. A nice summer afternoon and a great time to take a ride. We simply enjoy our '60, and have for years. :
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    My wife and I trailered the '25 4 passenger coupe to a small town car show sponsored by the Lions Club.There were about 125 cars there,mostly hot rods,restomods,and performance cars.The '25 got a lot of attention, so much so that when the trophies were handed out,the old girl won "Fan Favourite". It does my heart good to see that what fans really appreciate seeing are the oldies, unmolested and as built. This was the '25's first public showing in at least 35 years. Jim
  8. 6 points
    Me and the 54 this weekend. 100 mile round trip to a nice farm museum setting. Weather was excellent. Buick performed like a champ....as usual.
  9. 6 points
    I tell you, if I were new to old Buicks this I'd be selling this one after some of this interaction. Why don't we focus on helping the owner with what he can do to make the car better instead of just picking apart the faults? Sure it's a rough situation, but he's already got the car, let's be constructive.
  10. 6 points
    My wife and I went to an evening car show 3 to 8 at the Food and Fun deli nice show sponsored by the local Caddy club. We took the 91 Reatta for a nice 35 miles felt great. The only Reatta at the show with just one other Buick, check out the pic with the Allante, GM cousins
  11. 6 points
    Got the '39 out today to move the fluids around..........cleaned it up and snapped some pictures, going to put it up for sale.
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    I'm just on aaca to get help on rebuilding and selling my 49 Chrysler Royal Woodie I've had the utmost pleasure of dealing with Rusty o toole. bob Harwood and many other that have helped me immensely. I ve learned so much here and actually bought parts from some members with great response. Most people have been very nice -some hatefully degrading and offering no solution most very helpful I know I need criticism but that makes me better Thanks to everybody on this forum that makes it better and a learning tool not a condemnation of the hard work we do
  13. 5 points
    If George Jetson drove a Buick this might be how he would have expected the dash to look... all digital with a touch screen to control AC, Heat Radio and more in the center... all in 1988.
  14. 5 points
    Old Roane County courthouse in Kingston, TN. It was the capital of Tennessee for one day. My '88 Buick Reatta. Photo taken July 4th 2018.
  15. 5 points
    In reading the comments on this young man's truck, it's funny, to think that we often worry about the direction of the hobby. for the future, and when a car or truck like this comes along, out come the complaints, and and shaking of fist, on how could he do this to this truck!!!! Well, I really appreciate what this fellow has done with his Chevy. He took a truck, that probably nobody wanted and got it back on the road, and is having fun to boot. He put his heart and soul into it, and I think it's great. The sad part is that if he gets negative responses, the antique hobby will lose him forever. Many members of our hobby , started out as hot rodders, or nosed and decked a car or two. Many members still own hot rods and customs. Go to Hershey, and see all of the rods and customs in the flea market for sale. How many Antique Dealers have Hot Rods, or Customs in their inventory? Nothing wrong with it. Bring him in, there is room for everybody.
  16. 5 points
    Put me in the "like it" column. That truck is getting used and driven and seen. In stock form, it would be worth virtually nothing and nobody would ever undertake a restoration. Instead, there's a cool old truck running around being a truck and I'd guess that in its current form, it's worth more than if it still had a Stovebolt in it with gears that only permit a maximum speed of 28 MPH. That truck will attract more attention than a restored one just about anywhere.
  17. 5 points
    The C-platform was new for 1940 and featured a wider body with no running boards. That platform was used for the Buick Super and Roadmaster for 1940 and 41, the Cadillac Series 62, and the large series Oldsmobile. Since my car was missing so many parts and required so much sheet metal reconstruction I was in search of similar cars to use as a model. The first car was a 1940, 50 series car that was part of a barn find for Mr. Earl (aka Lamar Johnson). He was made aware of this collection by a member of the BCA Dixie Chapter. It had been in storage for a reported 20-25 years when the owners father had passed. The cars were a part of his collection. This car was partially restored years ago and was mostly complete. The engine was stuck and has since been freed. The missing parts are evident in this photo and is everything related to the drivers door window assembly. The next big boost that I got was an invitation to Terry Boyce's beautiful 1940 76C. The history of ownership of this car strongly suggests that it belonged to Harley Earl when new. I photographed every conceivable angle of Terry's car and created a photo log of each section of the car for future reference. Some aspect's of Terry's car were unique to the Boss' special order capability such as the dual carb engine, foot operated parking brake and pneumatic shift assist. My wife and I spent a lovely weekend in Detroit with Terry and his wife. That meeting, that weekend, and all that help are the real reason for involvement in the vintage car hobby!
  18. 5 points
    knowing my thread is supposed to be about my Buick's, this segment is about why I'm NOT working on them. Life has a way of changing the direction of efforts and work lately, while being a good thing, has occupied a lot of hours these past two weeks. Not to mention the heat has been just about unbearable around here hitting mid to upper 90's most days... One of my recent jobs has been interesting in that it is on an Island on the southern reaches of the Detroit River. It requires access using a barge and had to meet it early in the morning to transport my truck and equipment. Once tied up I was instructed to back onto it after that back hoe moved closer to the end using it's weight to lower the barge to the break wall. There was no adjustable ramp and using this did the trick to be the right height. The Detroit river is about 2-3 feet higher than normal this year otherwise the barge looks like it was built to match the sea wall. I sure got a funny feeling having to keep backing up to allow the truck and trailer enough room to back up also. Most morning were starting about 88 or 90 degrees and the wind was as still as it could be. That first day I captured this shot. That small boat is one of 6 policing agencies patrolling the waters of the Detroit River. Since 911 pleasure boating has changed with this now heavily enforced policy. They are looking for illegals crossing into both the US and Canada plus various other chargeable offences... I have heard stories from fellow pleasure boaters that what was once a lovely cruise up to Lake St Clair can be a real pain having to stop three or four times to be checked over. Just beyond that small boat is another small uninhabited Island and hard to see but another secondary channel heads south where I used to keep my boat. Both that Island and the one we are going to are in Canadian waters so no Customs check in is required. The crossing only takes about 20 minutes once underway but it takes those two tug boats to manage the 5 knot current flowing north to south (right to left here). If you can picture this, the water here will go into Lake Erie, then flow down the Niagara River, Over the Falls, out into Lake Ontario, then down (up) the St Lawrence and finally out to the Atlantic Ocean. Of course the water here originates from either Lake Superior and Lake Michigan going into Lake Huron, then through the St Clair River to Lake St Clair and then enters the Detroit River where we are. (OK, enough of the geography lesson...) There are 6 building on the Island that required my services this past week and what buildings they are! The Main House is fantastic and required a 32 foot ladder. I mentioned the temperatures were HOT and all this week my work was for insides only which as it was, the air conditioning systems were in full cold mode which was just FINE by me! All of the buildings were of this type of log construction and when one stepped outside to retrieve something from the truck, my glasses fogged over from the change in temperatures!! I think MrEarl and a few others building their garages would appreciate these... Near the corner was this. Thought she might be a little cold so threw on a cover.😏 Managed to complete all buildings by Friday and today had to fetch my ridding lawnmower from the repair shop to get caught up with my lawns but either going to get back on the Special again tomorrow or.... take in a local car show... Work is good but play time is well, better.
  19. 5 points
    I attended our local Cars and Coffee today. This photo shows my 1937 Century with a fellow AACA Chapter member's 1968 Skylark Convertible behind it.
  20. 5 points
    Good day... Finally got my '64 out of the shop where we rebuilt the motor, transmission, suspension, brakes, re-cored the radiator, plus a handful of other minor items....interestingly enough the recent discussions related to exhaust (primarily mufflers) and steering box are two issues that I still have to deal with... The body and interior are basically still original, just over 120k miles, I've owned the car since 1980 and was a summer daily driver for nearly 25 years, (stored inside typically November to May) then it was parked in our one car shed for a number of years where I would periodically oil cylinders and crank it over until my son turned 16 and wanted to get er going... Although I considered selling it, after owning the car this long, I decided to put some long overdue money into the mechanicals (and a bit of bling under hood) Valve covers showed up too late to paint with the engine, so I'll probably paint those (polish the ribs and logo) come winter... Although the paint is old, tired and chipped here and there, I do have touch up paint that matches pretty close, and I like the idea of retaining the survivor aspect...Still has the original dealer badge. Although far from a show car, it's still a pretty nice twenty-footer... and maybe someday I'll do the body... But for now, I'm simply going to enjoy driving it... Makes me feel twenty-something again... Later, Mike Swick
  21. 4 points
    A long time ago, actually 47 years to be exact, me and my best friend Gene were a pair of typical young car guys. We had gone to high school together and then we both enrolled in the local Penn State campus to study Electrical engineering. Gene dropped out during the beginning of first year but I made it through. Gene had a 1956 Chevy 2 door hardtop with a 327 and 4 speed and I had a 1955 Chevy four door with a 265 and 3 speed on the floor via a used Foxcraft floor shift that Gene and I put in it as the column shifter gates were shot. My 55 also had a pair of Corvair bucket seats in place of the front bench seat. It was hard to be cool with a four door but I tried. Gene sold the 56 and bought a 1966 Chevelle with 327 and factory four speed, bucket seats and so forth and began to take it to the Dragways Inc drag strip at Newmedia PA on Sunday afternoons just like we used to talk about doing all through high school. Gene was doing ok with the Chevelle and won a trophy or two. One Friday night over an adult beverage he persuaded me to bring my 55 along and give the drag racing a try with him that coming Sunday. We quickly installed a lap seatbelt in my car on Saturday so it would pass tech inspection and went over it to make sure it was running as best as we could get it to be before Sunday arrived. On Sunday morning I followed him the 35 miles or so to the drag strip to see if I had any chance of competing. I passed tech and was put in the R/S class. He did well that day and then later it was my turn, the novice guy. Well, for some reason the planets were aligned for me and I did real good, so good in fact I won the R Stock class trophy! Ok, I only had to race one other car but hey he lost and I won and I had (and still have) the trophy to prove it. That day in July I was indeed the king of the 1/4 mile. The attached photos tell the story. The big T on the windshield shows I won! I was 19 at the time and it shows that fact in the picture. The year was 1971. That was the only time I ever did a drag race on a track. Later I switched to off road motorcycle competition as it was a lot easier on the wallet. If if you have any pictures and/or stories about your adventures to add to this thread please do. Gene and I are still friends. He still has the 1966 Chevelle and has added a 1967 Corvette 427 fastback and a 1970 Chevelle SS 396 to his stable. My 55 is long gone. Terry
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    Hot rodders, they do things differently and enjoy it. 😁
  25. 4 points
    When you have to have the Armature rewind because it is grounded, the cost goes up in a hurry. Talking to the former owner, the car has gremlens for a while and I just want to drive it and not bring it home on a flatbed or trailer. BTw, if you talk to the folks at Powergen, they will build you a version that has the push to start and a gen light provision. Vey helpful folks.