Larry Schramm

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  1. Larry Schramm

    Buick PreWar Division Status Question

    Willis, A couple of items. When was the last time you went to a national meet? Did I meet you and did we talk? Being one of the persons that Mr. Gerstkamper will not work with (on the record) and I have never talked to him let me state again my opinion on judging. I am not against judging and do it if it knocks your socks off. If you want to spend $100,000.00 on a $25,000.00 car or some other amount on your car, please do. It is your money and you can do what you want to do with it. I am no one to tell you how to spend your money. Not my business. I like looking at the well restored car but by design of putting judging as a priority for the car meets the BCA is pricing out the younger people that might not have the means( time& money) to spend a lot on a car. If they even have a hobby car they are really in the minority. We should welcome them with open arms even if their Buick is not in great shape and help them succeed to where they want to be in the hobby. I have heard people with the judged cars ask why that POS is next to theirs. Ya think that is welcoming. We should be engaging them in conversation and helping them any way we can even if it is giving them a less than perfect part that we replaced but is better than the one on their car to repair tips, connections with others or leads to help them. I just helped a couple of persons this last week on their vehicles because I am known to be helpful in the prewar and other groups. I get calls all of the time and I answer my phone if I hear it. If not, I return all calls. Because I was on the Reatta launch when it was launched for the '88 model year I have also helped persons in the Reatta group. No big deal, just trying to help the club and hobby. Currently the member number assigned to a new person is about 49,800 if I have been told right. We currently have about 6,800 members. Where have the other 42,000 persons gone? I doubt that they have all passed to drive the great open road in the next life. With that kind of attrition by any normal measurement tool it just seems that something not right and is not being in an effective manner to grow the club. One way to look at it is if the club has been around for just over 50 years, dividing the 42,000 by 50, we have been losing something north of 800 members a year.
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    Buick PreWar Division Status Question

    The laissez-faire somewhat informal operation of the prewar group is the way the current members like it. We communicate between each other and on the forum. We also have meetings twice a year. Most of us are, because of age of our cars are looking for help with advice and parts. This forum has been the preferred method of communication. Our standard operating procedure for us and our cars has been: DRIVE IT, BREAK IT, FIX IT, REPEAT. If we get stuck on advice, parts, or moving stuff across the country we come to the forum or one of the at least four persons (three board members, read the board minutes) that Mr. Gerstkamper said that he would not work with. Just in the last few months I have facilitated the moving of a frame from the west coast to the east coast, a Reatta from Georgia to Canada, and a '29 Buick from Michigan to Florida. This is the way we work as a group. If you really want to talk about having a meeting, then we do have at least TWO MEETINGS A YEAR. The first one occurs in Chickasha, OK in March every year at the Pre-war swap meet in March. This is usually documented in The Bugle showing all in attendance. We usually have about twenty persons. The second occurs every October at Hershey where we meet at Steve Hammatt's booth. NOTE: I got an email after my posting above correcting me that we really have three meetings a year. The third is at the National Meet where in Brookfield we had a tail gate party off the back of my truck with watermelon and other beverages. I can provide pictures f that if anyone would like confirmation.
  3. Larry Schramm

    Buick PreWar Division Status Question

    A note went out to all of the pre-war members by Mark Shaw. He asked if anyone wanted to succeed him as the division leader. No one raised their hand so he continued. Fact, not conjecture. Dave Ebert has been the "webmaster" handling some of the administrative activities. If you were to ask anyone who is the prewar leader, Mark would be about the only name given. He has been the banner carrier for as long as I can remember. My position as owning four prewar (brass& nickel) cars and Mark owning about 1/2 dozen.
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    Buick PreWar Division Status Question

    And I would add that the response was overwhelming positive. By having the cars parked together by year the owners were able to swap stories and help each other with questions and problems without walking all over a show field. I think there were twelve 1929 all together and I heard lots of positive comments that individuals were able to compare the vehicles side by side. One of the comments made numerous times was all of the different wheels that were on the cars. Would not recognize that unless the cars were together.
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    Buick PreWar Division Status Question

    Abraham Lincoln in his first inaugural address on March 4, 1861.
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    1918 Buick Model E-4-34

    Here is a link to some more options on ebay. https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=1918+buick+manual&_sacat=0 If you want to talk, call me and I have a lot of information as I have a D-35 & an E-4 truck which has the same chassis. PM me with your information. If you have a particular literature question, I can scan it and email it to you. I can also talk to you about the other manuals for your car. Where are you located?
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    Piston clearance

    I would be looking for about .003" if my memory serves me correct. More than that can give you piston slap noise.
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    Just listed this morning 1914 Buick

    I went and looked at the car, but it was already fairly picked over. It also looked as if it sat outside a lot of years. There was an extra engine in the original picture listing but it went with another car by mistake. The listing shows that the car sold. The best item might be if you had a bad engine and could salvage the engine jugs and crank, etc.
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    Need to Tow Car with Lots of Issues in Harrisburg Area

    Did you get it towed?
  10. I will be travelling from north of Tampa Fl to Detroit the first week of August. I can bring some parts etc. in the back of a pick up from there back to Detroit or somewhere along I-75, PM me if you need anything moved.
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    Just listed this morning 1914 Buick

    Gary, You can buy a new wood steering wheel without grips from Stutzman Wheel Works in Ohio. They are about US $100.00. I just bought one for my '08 last spring when they respoked my '08 wheels. Call and leave a message and they will call you back. http://oacbusinessregistry.com/listing/post_number_326-4/ Larry
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    trailer weight question

    I just rented the exact truck that you describe for a tour last week as the timing chain tensioner wore out on my Silverado was getting repaired.(300,000+ miles) and I still used my equalizer hitch. The truck had a 3 inch receiver that I needed to get the adapters for.
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    Help identify brass era car

    Thanks to everyone for your continued thoughts.
  14. Jack, If the BCA is sponsoring the National Meet, then all of the money must be recorded under the greater BCA consolidated financial statement. Just common sense and common practice.
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    July 2018 Buick Bugle

    Here is the information on Buick organizations from the revoked list. Columbus is just the city where the office is located if I understand the list.?? ENTITY_ID ENTITY_NAME CITY REVOCATION STATUS_DT 0570835 BUICK CLUB OF AMERICA COLUMBUS 1/18/2017 9763695 LOS ANGELES CHAPTER BUICK CLUB OF AMERICA GRANADA HILLS 11/16/2013