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  1. 1917 or 1918??

    I read this thread and wonder what possible difference the year 1917 or 1918 make? in a few weeks it will be a 100 years old, instead of last year? It is well past the HCCA and Snapper's cut off date of 1915. Does it affect the running and driving, history of this car or in displaying to the general public? Gary
  2. This Just Ruined My Day.....

    The thing I do not understand is modifying a car to make it more reliable or safer or whatever the reason is a five year old domestic or foreign car already has more comfort, safety, fuel economy, less expensive, reliability, etc. built into it. A current AMG M-B, Corvette, A6 or anything you can buy off the showroom floor will out perform anything you could modify? The only thing a modified car gives you is a bit of style. I like antique cars for the way they drive, look and feel. Greatest thing on a summer day is touring with my pals, visiting museums and having lunch at 35 MPH. And i do not have to engineer a car, just restore the correct parts for looks and reliability. Regards, Gary
  3. November Bugle 2017

    What was Groucho Marks is quoted as saying something like "I wouldn't join a club who would have someone like me as a member." My question concerns when the Executive feels they need to increase members and they allow resto-mods in the BCA. Many old members are turned off and do the modified guys join in numbers to justify the change? The CCCA expanded the cars they deem as classics back to 1915 instead of 1925 and they accept Chryslers, Buick and Studebaker for instance. Are they really classics or does it expand the base? Is the CCCA healthier? The Chevrolet club will judge any car with a Chev engine, did it expand the members or just PO the existing people? Please I don't ask to start a fight, can someone point out a quantifiable number where the plan has worked? Gary Van Dyken, AACA and HCCA member.

    Thanks for the clear photo. I am restoring a 1915 McLaughlin and my rear window is an oval but now I see it is an oval with diamonds. I thought McLaughlin discounted the diamonds in 1913. Love the look. Your great uncles car looks like mine except mine still has the two man top. Also McLaughlin had nickel plated headlamps not just the rims as Buick used. Any more photos would be appreciated. Gay Van Dyken
  5. The Horseless Carriage Cub roster shows 7 Premier cars including the one you bought. A '13 4-40 touring in Ca and a '16 6-56 in Indiana. Pretty car and powerful for the hills, best of luck. Gary
  6. Single car club decision

    There is an interesting discussion on the General Buick forum concerning the benefits of a single marque club and ways to improve them. It is under the heading November Bugle, which is the title of their monthly magazine. Personally I operate three Buick cars but am not a member of the Buick club. I maintain membership in the AACA so that is my vote. Gary
  7. 1913 REO

    Good luck with your project. We have a fellow in our HHCA region in Ontario who has and wrenches on a 1913 REO. His family restored the car in the '50's, he acquired the car and re restored it and drives it regularly. Send me a message and I will get you his contact information. Good guy, we toured in a nine day, 700 mile tour recently and the REO performed well. Gary
  8. 1915 c-25 chassis serial number

    I have a good C25, but it is Canadian so it is a McLaughlin, but in every way identical to the Buicks as near as I can see. The oval plate has a six digit number riveted to the left front frame rail as noted. There should be a brass plate nailed to the upper front floor as noted which shows the engine number as well. On my car the serial number is just 4 digits stamped into brass floor number plate, also that serial number is stamped on the wood of the front seat riser. If you need photos for size and style please send me a message. If you need a unique number for registration I would try to use the engine number because it is clearly visible. Good luck with your job, Gary
  9. November Bugle 2017

    Hello all; I read the entire thread this morning and not sure what is the question, parking, recruiting members, or what? I currently own three Buicks but am not a BCA member. For me the dues are too expensive, more than the AACA and HCCA, of which I am a member. I do not believe resto-rods should be in my club. Modern components are important for safety but I think they should be not be visible. At what point does an antique car become a hot rod, which is another discussion. What is the relevance of the BCA, why not join the AACA and make it stronger. They do so many things well, judging, Hershey, tours for all different age groups, Snappers, Vintage, Glidden, regional shows and a magazine. Please I do not ask this to start a fight, just asking? Gary Van Dyken BTW, NTX5467 lists a membership number, could you look him up in a BCA Roster?
  10. What is "Low Mileage"?

    To prove low mileage you would use repair receipts which show date and mileage, registration cards as noted above as well as general condition. A low mileage car has value if the vehicle can be used as is or makes for an easy restoration. I currently have a 1939 car with 82000 on the clock, I think of it as low because the mechanical condition shows mostly original parts although it has been repainted and upholstered. I also have a 100 year old car which shows 18,000, very little wear on the parts like cylinders and shackle pins so I am restoring the car easily. I know the history of the car from new and can prove that with documentation but have no idea of the true mileage. Doesn't matter, the car is being restored with modern bearings, seals, single stage eurathane paint, new nickel, etc. Still has 95% of the original wood frame with part numbers stamped in. Gary
  11. Another viewpoint is does the car look antique. I can tell a radial from a bias ply with a glance, same goes for clear coat paint. I want my antique to look antique therefore I buy cars which look right to me. I agree radials drive nicer but it is too high a price to pay in looks, for me, I ride on bias ply tires with little negative effect and do I say I even feel as if I am getting the full, old time, sensation from my car? Gary
  12. 1939 Spec wire harness

    I need to replace the engine harness this winter for my '39 Century and am dreading working under the dashboard. Could I remove the steering wheel and then the instrument panel to make it more convenient? Regards, Gary V
  13. My usual expression is " Stick with me and you'll be wearing handcuffs." Gary
  14. Is this a worthy car?

    There is a car I see on a Kijiji ad listed for 45.000, been for sale for over a year and now it is 55,000. I suppose it has gone up because of inflation? Gary
  15. 1941 Limited Limousine

    I, too, was missing the battery hold down piece for my '39 Century. I bought the bracket from Bob's in Ca but I also bought the matching carriage bolts so installation was a snap. I did not want the new paint finish so I sprayed the battery box with a black, hard, stone guard from a rattle can which matched the Ziebart undercoating which is in good shape on the rest of the underside of the sedan. Good looks and secure. Gary