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  1. Todays Daily Dose of Buick is from the summer past, a friend was looking to purchase one of these two 1940 Buicks and since I seem to be the local Buick guy I was invited to participate. The picture I snapped through the fence reminded me of my youth when cars were stored in alleys and boys riding bikes would dream of the day when he would learn to drive. The black car is a Century and the blue a Super so no parts interchange. My friend decided not to buy and I do not know the outcome of these cars, I have a phone number if interested. Enjoy, Gary
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    Where are the Pre-War Events these days???

    AACA Vintage Tour, Kingston, On August 2019 as advertised. I'm going. Regards, Gary
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    Newbie with 1922 Buick Model 35 Touring car

    Brice; Even though the brake bands look very usable I believe they are asbestos and dangerous to health. You can get them relined at frictions shops locally with superior and safer modern linings. I had two brake bands and two parking brake bands relined for about 350.00 Canadian including tax which would be a bit over $200 in your money. Best of luck, Gary
  4. Hey Brian, sorry we missed you, Saturday was a busy day for us, pass in review and we had company. I did see this Buick driving around quite often and I thought of our friend Lawrence. Regards, Gary
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    1939 Buick Century sedan model 61

    New price $15,500 or best offer. Cleaned gas tank and added new sender, all gauges function. Driven 1,000 miles this summer without incident. Gary
  6. Steers and stops straight, clean Ontario title, built in Flint Mi, proper black matches cowl tag. Older repaint and nicely reupholstered, shows well, pre war touring car. I've replaced the wiring harness and repaired cracks in the steering wheel. The bad, the car needs running board mats and has sealed beams, radio and clock non functioning, the good, has side mounts, fender lamps, decent chrome, 320 engine and 6V. I bought the Buick 1 1/2 years ago and have driven it trouble free 200 miles. I am more interested in the pre '16 cars so this car, though fine, may not be the correct fit for me. 16,500 USD located in Chatham, On about an hour east of Detroit. 519 three five two 8063 Gary
  7. I took some photos of children and cars at the Old Car Festival ( OCF ) to prove if you get kids into and driving your old cars they will stay involved. The first photo is at a High School we stopped at during the Lansing to Dearborn Endurance Run, the car is an '08 Northern. The second is a young lady driving her grandfather's Columbus at the OCF. The third is not a kid but the fellow on the right is attending his 62nd OCF in a row with his dad's 1920 Overland, pretty good investment, 62 years and just two payments remaining. Finally mom taking her daughter of a drive in her Hupmobile. There were hundreds of photo opportunities of children dressing in period costumes and enjoying the antique car hobby. Long live the OCF. Regards, Gary
  8. As part of the Old Car Festival in Michigan is the Lansing to Dearborn Endurance Run, as you can imagine Buicks are very popular in this event for one and two cylinder cars. This year these three, a Model G and two F's were successful. In the first photo a G had trouble starting and a " riding mechanic" is making adjustments before the return trip to Dearborn, He made it but with a little difficulty. The second photo is taken at one of the stops and is the beauty picture. And finally a stop at a High School showing the students ancient motoring. As you can see these are working machines, 200 miles round trip. Regards, Gary
  9. Bev and I attended the Old Car Festival ( OCF ) for our twentieth year with this 1913 Buick model 31. Since the OCF is not a static display we gave rides including leaving the park, driving on Dearborn streets and re-entering the park via different entrance, by the back workshops. With parents permission I must have had a dozen children learn how to crank start an engine, they were all successful. I have the car in such a high state of tune it will start on a quarter turn and the impulser means if the kids can turn the engine it will start. The engine has never. ever kicked back. Great weather ending with showers late in the afternoon Sunday and huge public crowds. I should mention the OCF had 4 Model K Fords and 8 Sears high wheelers too. Regards, Gary
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    Bringing one home from Canada

    You are correct, please leave our cars in Canada. There are more cars in Florida than in all of Canada, look there. Tongue pressed firmly into cheek, Gary
  11. I have a '39 Century and the shocks have a hard time keeping 2 tons and 18 feet of car in check. It is a soft ride. The expensive to repair things are running board mats, not available except custom work, and the plastic steering wheel cracks. Also ask or look if the wiring harness has been changed, it will need to be. The Century is the best of the prewar sedans, except for maybe the '38 Cadillac Sixty Special. Make your best deal on it, good looking car in your town which runs and drives. The early 1939 cars had short frames, which Buick fixed with an extension, the later cars had full frames. You want the full frame. Regards, Gary
  12. My wife's favourite event, if we went just one place this would have to be it. Look us up in the Ragtime Fair display Sunday. Regards, Gary
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    Passing it on to the next generation

    Doug; You know I encourage you to get the Overland on the road, anything I can do to help? A newly restored 1928 Plymouth won Best of Show at Heritage Village yesterday. Best of times to Cindy; Gary
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    Change in selling trend

    Why bother modifying a car at all. For instance, go to your local Ford dealer, buy a new Mustang, it will be better in every way to anything Ford built in their past and better than anything you could invent yourself. I was at a car show yesterday and there were newer cars on display being shown and talked about. I think if you want to do the work yourself and enjoy time in the workshop that is great. Gary
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    Old car hitchhiking

    Agreed, one the best. For those in and around Mich. a smaller event is the Lansing to Dearborn Endurance run (LDR), 36 cars this year. Thursday, Sept 6 we depart from Greenfield Village in Dearborn, drive 100 miles to Lansing, stay over and return Friday. Followed by the Old Car Festival. around 800 pre-1932 vehicles Saturday and Sunday at the Henry Ford Greenfield Village. Many of the cars from Minn. will be in Mi., including the '07 Darracq. pictured in the story in the link. Regards, Gary
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    Valve Cage Removal

    I broke a valve cage and had to have one made. I could not get it out during an engine rebuild then I brought the cylinder to the engine shop where he soaked it in his hot tank and then tried to press it out when it broke. A friend of mine made me a new one from cast iron, fitted all of the cages with stainless steel valves he modified from a Ford diesel, cut off the old guides and pressed in new ones. That was 5 years ago and the valve job is working well. A retired machinist friend made me new brass rings ( also suggested copper would be a good replacement because it is more pliable), trued up the clamping rings by cleaning up the cutouts where they have been hammered for years and made me a tool to install the clamping rings. In the photo is the driver, three new rings and some old rings and original valves. In the second photo are the original front wheel bearings, I outfitted the axle with new seals and roller bearings for reliability but that is another story. Regards, Gary
  17. Windsor storm forecast is down to 30's% so Bev and I plan to drive our '39 Buick to the cruise across from the Casino this afternoon. Maybe see you there. This will be our first trip away from home and to Windsor where our car came from. I feel good about the condition of the Century, wish us bon chance. Gary
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    Buick Emblem holder restoration

    I'm with Leif I do not think heat from the torch will damage the glass emblem. I've unsoldered a few of them without issue. Using modern adhesives I would glue the emblem back on after painting the backing plate. Good luck, Gary
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    Chrome powder coating vs real chrome

    As many people know I am restoring a c25 McLaughlin and recently paid $3,000 for nickel plating. I could have painted many of the parts black and it would have looked fine, such as the gear shift lever and steering parts. The nickel however is the correct finish for this auto and it looks beautiful. It is a fairly plain looking car and the brightwork will give it curb appeal. Just a one time purchase. Larry, in this era the rad shells were painted so dodged that bullet and no bumpers. Matt, I am with you. Regards, Gary
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    The second title on the movie marque is for a British film, Genevieve. Set during the 1953 London to Brighton run, it is a must see for early car enthusiasts. Hilarious lines such as "Ambrose only cares about that silly old car and the other thing." Wendy asks " What is the other thing? Oh....Alan only cares about the car" Car racing, romantic comedy and the olde English countryside spells a hit for petrol heads. I know a fellow who named his kids for the main characters of Genevieve, Alan and Wendy. Regards, Gary
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    Steering wheel wood repair and refinish process

    Here's the start of my job. Doubt it will be good enough as a final job but it will get the car mobile and let me practice to router a pocket for the spokes and wood filler piece. Then I will get a reproduction wooden rim likely from the Ford parts suppliers. The rim I received with the car was a write off. The work on your wheel does you proud. Regards, Gary
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    Steering wheel wood repair and refinish process

    Thanks Hugh; I bought an old Chevy wheel which has the similar issues for my 1915 McLaughlin project and I am beginning the adapting and refinishing today. Regards, Gary
  23. Hey Doug; Sorry I missed you last Saturday. Bev and I arrived late, and parted before the trophies were presented. We watched the cardboard boat races and hung out with the firetrucks when we were away from the car. Essex is our next event, maybe the Windsor cruise Friday night. Thanks, Gary
  24. My wife and I attended a local car show Saturday with our 1913 Buick. I generally use these shows to provide fun for the public mixed with education. Many questions such as what is the top speed of our car, don't know I have never tried to reach top speed, 35 MPH is a good speed to travel. An English bird said she used to crank start her father's car so she was offered a chance to relive her youth by cranking this one, she demurred. I, on the other hand, started the engine with the crank at least six times during the day which delighted onlookers. What is the tank on the running board for, acetylene gas to light the headlamps with a match. Much fun for them and good for us too. A lady came by and wanted a photo of her kids with our car. The first photo is the one she would have received and then I invited the kids to sit in the front seat. I hope she will treasure the day she took her kids to a car show. We won a 24" trophy for Chairman' Choice, a good day was had by all. Also it was a test run for a meet we are registered for in Michigan after Labour Day. Regards, Gary
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    Please do not believe I disparage the high end of car collecting. I live in the city where RM Restorations has it's head office so I am used to seeing beautiful cars even on my street. My cars however are not that but touring autos, I spend my cash on fitting modern bearings to both axles to make the car more reliable rather than perfect skirts. As an example this Bugatti 35J was spotted at a local restaurant, RM shop manager giving it a road test and stopped for lunch. The Bugatti Royale belongs to the Henry Ford, a gift from a past GM President. Regards, Gary