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    Southern Ontario, Canada
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    Antique cars, Cars in general, Boating, Trains (model and real), Exploring the back roads


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  1. Just rigged up temporary gas supply on the Special and driving her to the show!!! Is this desperate or what?.... I most definitely wish you and Bev Bonne Chance Mom Ami! If you stay long enough the mechanic that worked on the 39 will be there with his slightly tweeked Camaro. He will like seeing the car again.
  2. Today was a wash out for anything outside till about 3 pm. Really hoping to attend a Car Cruise-In here that we had fun with last year. It is at home tomorrow but with both cars tied up and the forecast not looking too good, decided to take advantage of the lull in the rain and change out the new fuel pump I purchased for the Special. She has been sitting under the wife's parking tent since the last week in July and... well, you know the saying, "Happy wife, happy life"... I peeled back the cover just enough and opened the hood to dig in. Pulled out the old fuel pump that was on the car from 15 years ago I kept before I started to drive her last year and placed it beside the new one for comparison. I also brought out the AC pump I have had sitting in that box for a long time to check the actuator rod length and style. Things appear to be correct length and angles but... figuring it was rebuilt so long ago, those rubber parts are not compatible with todays fuel and will use the universal style new one for now. Over the winter will rebuild that pump with the kit I purchased from Car Inc. Unless I have missed something magical, having done this twice now, one has to remove the generator and the bracket on the head to allow sufficient room to twist the actuator rod out and back in before tightening things up. I'll spare you the few words and scraped knuckles that I brought into the house when my wife said, "Supper is ready". Checked the local radar and saw things were going to change tonight (more rain...) I finished dinner quickly and proceeded to take out the old and put in the new fuel pump. Hooked up a new hose supply line to the carb with a new fuel filter and then connected a length of hose for a temporary fuel supply. Since there is lots of room between the rad and grill I found a three gallon gas can that fit and plan to use that till I get the Fuel Tank back and installed. Finished putting the generator back and ensuring all the bolts were tight. Connected the disconnect switch, turned on the ignition switch and poured a bit of gas into the carb before using the rods to try and start the car. Hmmm... Dead Battery! By now the sky is getting dark and had to bring out my utility flood light. Realised I had a spare 12V battery sitting right under my flathead motor stand so grabbed the cables and tried again. It didn't take three tries of turning the engine over before the new fuel pump picked up the gas and away she went! Then the rain stared gently but let the car warm up with hopes the generator would help my dead battery. The gas level in the fuel filter looked much better and let her warm to the point of the choke coming off and idling smoothly like she did at the start of last year. By now the rain was steady and gaining volume but no wind or thunder so stood inside the open garage to avoid the mist that was hitting me slightly. If this seems like a lot for what is a simple fuel pump change out well... with all the balls in the air right now and the summer slipping by, it is one step closer to being "back on the road" (one way or another)...
  3. Thanks Joe! Can't imagine what you and others go through at times with the scale of work required to do the full body off restoration you are doing... I'll get her going eventually but staying focused is my issue lately. Saying no at times is hard for me. Hope to change the new fuel pump tonight after work so I can at least move her around and get her back in the other garage using a temporary gas supply till the tank is done. Meanwhile, it is 7:15 am and the phone is ringing. (no complaint there - work pays for the play things...)
  4. This is for a friend (not mine). He would like both left and right fender corner bars (under the headlights) as one of his is cracked and the other has some pitting. It is a 1958 Buick Special. Any leads appreciated. Doug
  5. I stopped into the shop with the gas tank today and... owner said he hired two guys to replace the ones he lost two weeks ago and my gas tank is next after one that was ahead of me. Hoping that one is the test for the new person and not mine... I am to be called when they open it up to see just how things look but have assurance that they can rebuild / clean things up with a guarantee. Stopped into my mechanics about the Cougar and said to get her in and they will go back over things for sure. Glenn is a car guy at heart so noticed the look on his face that he was surprised something had failed with his repair. I told him I want the car for this Friday City sponsored Cruise Day. The Woodward Dream Cruise is starting with cars coming in all this week and it would be nice to pop over one evening too before the "very busy" day Saturday! All this would have been nice in the Special but with everything in life, timing is what it is. My 2500 mile challenge with her is pretty much out of sight this year. Getting there is half the FUN?
  6. Going to be a last minute decision regarding the Dream Cruise Jim but will let you know if coming. Sending you a PM in answer to yours. Thanks. As you well know your car sure attracts attention, young and old! I really need to get a set of tires on the Overland and get behind her wheel again... There is really nothing like driving a true "antique car" on the open back roads is there. My wife and I are planning on going to the Windsor Cruise with friends (hoping for no rain...) so hope to see you there. Otherwise, will be out at our Village / Museum Car Show Labour Day Weekend (if I don't go to Auburn to see the Wells Fargo Limited go up for Auction). We saw Len, his wife daughter and partner Larry in the restaurant when going for supper at the end of the WAMBO Show. A small bit of trivia, Larry and I went to High School together and can attest to my having the Special way back then. Noticed he was driving a nice late model Riviera. It was a nice show and weather was great!
  7. Had a call from Tony Friday who owns the only other '58 Special here in town, asking about an antenna cable and speaker connection on his car. Told him I didn't have a spare cable but sure I had the radio out of the Roadmaster in the cupboard in my garage. Indeed the radio was there and so was the cable. I also found a spare used headlight switch I need for the Special since it does not regulate the dash lights very bright. Will make a visit to Tony's today and show him what the connections are before he takes the dash apart. Then, Heading over to the shop that has the gas tank and speak directly with the owner about when to expect any progress with it... Then, Stopping by my mechanics to see about getting the Cougar tail lights looked again... Will be fitting in work somewhere in this plan.
  8. With the Special in a holding pattern and car shows just about every weekend, decided to drive the Cougar the 40 miles with a friend following (just in case) acting as a buffer due to the brake light issue. All went well and started by filling up with some premium. This is the first tank since storage for the past year. Pulled up to find others doing the same. Sadly fuel price is holding high at $1.30 per litre but the digital dash said I could go 685 kms before empty so happy for driving her today as it is better with mileage than the Special would have been... Once parked and up to registration found out the Town planners decided because it is the 30th Anniversary of this show they were waiving the usual 10 dollar fee per car! Bonus!! It is a nice show in the town core area and has wood boats on the river front, a large firetruck display and parade rides, motorcycles, live music entertainment and the shops were open for the wives!! I brought my tent figuring shade might be an issue (always a blessing) and we set up like we owned the place. I saw Gary's 1914 Buick about two blocks over but kept missing him. Never thought to take a shot of his grey ghost. With a lot to see guess we were never in the same vicinity at the same time. To keep the thread about Buick's, I did see this Buick LeSabre. It was my kind of car, presentable from a bit of distance, obviously there to be enjoyed, being driven and a convertible! Another that caught my eye was this Chev and the pup in front. It had a fantastic paint job and no expense was spared on the pedal car either! Now, we don't have waves for surfing around here but this display was ready for action if ever there were some. Really nice Pontiac! Their 50/50 was to be drawn at 5 pm so made the best of the day before thinking about leaving. It got up to just under 11,000 dollars each way and the announcer said they would top it up to the 11,000 dollar mark for the winner. Naturally neither one of us won but as the expression goes, If you don't have a ticket, for sure you don't have a chance. We decided to stay for supper before heading home and with satisfied stomachs headed back taking the long way. Stopped at place called Mitchells Bay for a photo opportunity. Good day, Good friends and the cars performed nicely. Now to get moving / pushing on with the Special...
  9. Put a call into the shop that has the gas tank today and was told they have lost two workers and are way behind with work... Not exactly what I wanted to hear and feel helpless at the moment. Summer is slipping on by and jury rigging something for any lengthy driving is not what I want to do. I do have the Cougar for a car show tomorrow some 40 miles away but discovered the brake lights ore not working again. My mechanic is not going to be happy seeing it come back on Monday!
  10. dei

    Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    Dang Ben. Almost seems like she wants to fight you at every turn... Try and hang in there Sir, you know the joy behind the wheel when things are going right and will be there again.
  11. Likely the coil springs on the wagon... The boat trailer wheels look like they are straining too. Fiberglas boats are not all that light either.
  12. dei

    The 2018 - 2500 Challenge

    Still in the Pits with the Special but wanting to get back into the Race. Glad so many of you have join the Challenge.
  13. Since I did such a good job shelving the new gas gauge float I purchased at the National last year (and could not find it...) decided to order another from Cars for when the gas tank is ready to install. While looking for it I came across a fuel pump that was in a box marked "rebuilt". It definitely has not been installed but... not sure when I bought it and therefore not sure if the parts used are for the new corn-a-hole gas... so ordered the rebuild kit just to be safe. They came in last week and if this heat wave we are having ever subsides, will get under the car to clean things up before the tank goes back on.
  14. Decided last minute to go out to the small Town of Essex Friday evening with a call from my friend saying he was driving his '56 Cadillac to the show. Had to laugh when I pulled up to the the barricaded entrance and the vested attendant waved me away from entering... I proceeded to drive right up and recognised him as a fellow member of my local Car Club and asked just what he thought was an antique car? He soon recognised me and said go ahead after I said it was a 1989 car. This is the third time the car has had that reaction... Good show with about 200 cars and the local Chinese Restaurant had a good buffet. Will be dropping her off to the garage to get the air conditioning looked at again next week as it wasn't finished and wanted to drive her this weekend. It's kinda nice to have something to drive while the Special gas tank is getting rebuilt but looking forward to being on the road again with her!