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2 hours ago, EmTee said:

 

As they say, "happy wife, happy life!"  ;)

 

Yup! Have been reminded of that a few times but totally agree and will be working on it!

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Got the Special early this morning to drive back home and get the wife as we're going with friends to an all day Car Show in the City.

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The sun started coming up as I pulled in the driveway beside my Cougar to load up chairs, snacks and a cooler. I picked it up yesterday as the work on it was finally completed. Realised it is the first time these two have been beside each other.

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Stopped by one of my friends to meet everyone and to roll into the show together. It was only 62 degrees out and windy so jackets and windows up with the heater on were the order of the day...

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Picked what turned out to be a fine spot so set up chairs in front of the pizza place which had windows that opened up totally across the front which when opened we felt the heat from the pizza oven. The girls were happy therefore so were the guys.

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This is usually a busy east west four lane road but today they had about 12 blocks closed off for the areas BIA.  Since I was # 10 on the registration list we were able to watch the cars coming in behind us from this view.

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Lot's to see and this mocked up Desoto Paddy Wagon with period correct drive train was fun for the kids (of all ages). The owner was letting the kids sit in the drivers seat which was nice but if it were me, I would have disconnected the battery as they were turning switches and knobs and such...

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Still, it was an interesting display.

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Here are a few other cars:

 

This is a Canadian built Pontiac, Model: Parisienne

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Another Canadian built Ford, Frontenac

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Another Pontiac decked out as a Police Car.

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And yet another Chevy Police Car.

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All too soon it was the end of the show and while only warming up to 68, that wind kept coming in from the northwest so headed home to unload the chairs and stuff in the trunk then head her back to the garage for the night. Tomorrow will be another car outing but this time in the Cougar.

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BRRRR! 

Only 56 degrees at 7 am so had a hot breakfast, bundled up and went out to do some lawns before heading over to 1957buickJim's in the afternoon.

This was my chance to drive the Cougar as it would mean putting her on I-75 and stretch her legs a bit.

Jim had offered some clips I need for my lower rear quarter moulding that came off as I was having a difficult time locating some around home.

Wish my wife liked this car as it was great to scoot along with traffic in the fast lane!

With having the digital dash I was able to switch it over to miles per hr and it now reads 45,478 miles on the odometer. It had 41,893 miles on it when I got it back in 2007.

 

Spent some time with Jim looking over his wagon in progress and then 95Cardinal drove up.

Chatted more about the Jim's wagon further and then Joe asked if I had time to go over and see his Caballero? Yes Sir! So all three of us went. 

 

If you recall I did the same trip to Joe's from Jim's with the Special in the Spring and that time she stalled on the way from a plugged fuel filter but after a boost from Joe's truck, made it there and eventually home.

THIS TIME no stopping with the Cougar! :lol:

 

Joe's Caballero is coming along and even at this point looks SPECTACULAR! 

The effort and quality of work has me in awe and getting a real understanding what I'd be facing if and when I ever went for a complete restoration...

 

The clips Jim gave me were perfect for my moulding and can't say Thank You enough JIM!

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You be sure and call me when you need a hand with your wagon OK!

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With the effects of the current Hurricane making things drizzle and light rain outside work was on hold headed over to the Special to attach the rear quarter moulding thanks to obtaining the correct trim clips from Jim.  

After backing the car around to have access in my tight parking space, I had to remove what was left of the existing clips.

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I had brush painted over them to hide the obvious pink original factory colour of the car wanting to attend last weekends car show but they had to go before re attaching the new clips.

Surprisingly trying to unscrew then, once the flat metal broke off the centre bolt, the hole in the metal panel is bigger than the head of the bolt and they all just pushed through.

 

Before removing them I decided to clear coat the clips to reduce any future rusting of them.

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Clear coat dries rather quickly so after spraying both side made a template and marked where the clips would sit in the trim piece and then set them in place.

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Put the moulding in place and attached the speed nuts lightly to align the moulding.

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Took this picture of the inside of the panel showing the original factory rust coating against the new trim clips.

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With a bit of adjustment and happy with the look tightened the speed nuts and believe I'm ready to roll.

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THANKS again Jim! :)

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Made a road trip today in the Cougar after a fuel up of high test. Managed a round trip of 225 miles and her computer said I averaged 25.2 miles per gallon driving an average 68 miles per hour. Didn't use a lick of oil and missed a serious transport crash taking another parallel route on the way home. 

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I wasn't in this mess at all "fortunately", just capture it from the news postings.

Three transport trucks were involved near or at a construction zone and no one was killed but two were injured.

Posted speed is 60 mph which is reduced through construction zones but the lead truck was stopped or near stopped according to the news report and a chain reaction ensued...

 

I hate to say driving the speed limit creates traffic problems (too slow for most) so one tries to keep to with the flow of traffic but... the higher speeds are bad when coming upon stopped or reduced speed traffic too! 

Must be getting old when looking for back roads to drive instead of at this crazy pace... 

 

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Took a short trip with the Special to a transmission shop this morning.

This shop did the transmission on Tony's Special as the torque ball seal was leaking and his parking paul (sp?) was not engaging. I figured Gil was familiar with the process of transmission removal so asked if he would be willing to swap mine out for the rebuilt one I have.

No problem was his reply and to let him know when i'd like it done. Said it would take two days to swap and ensure it was working properly.

Of course it's always about money but I just don't have the space and tools so biting the bullet and going to set it up after October. 

Since my parking paul hasn't worked for years and now she is slipping in D till the trany warms up, now is the time to get things fixed up... 

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Received a text just before supper from a customer advising I had left a piece of equipment at her house Thursday. Since it was not anything big decided to grab the Special and go for a ride with my wife to retrieve it.  

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Stopped to top up the tank and found the gas gauge was only reading between 3/4 and full for some reason...

It was a nice night here (compared to the east coast ...) and since it was a ways out continued along the Detroit River back to Downtown Windsor.

 

Boy have things changed. Friday nights at 9 pm are DEAD compared to my days with the Special. 

It was the thing to do on Friday evenings after school to cruise downtown (just to be seen I guess) and catch up at various parking lots to shoot the breeze and such... 

Some nights there was the usual guys bragging about what their latest upgrades to their cars were and a challenge for pink slips sometimes ensued whereupon anyone in the know would head out to the highway to witness the challenge, cheering on their favourite car (or in the case of the girls, their favourite guy... never was one of those with my dynaflow on either issue - sigh).

Witnessed two of those challenges at the spot known as 3B which had two overpasses which were exactly 1/4 mile apart.

A designated person would go to the one crossing over the highway coming into the city checking for traffic and police while the cars set up at the other one. Once the designated person flashed his lights the starter would flag the start of the race.

Yes this did happen and not just in the movies. Fortunately no one flipped a car or personally got hurt but heard various stories about engines and drive trains that broke down requiring a tow on a rope back to the shop. 

Guess at my age now the weekly night cruise-ins are the remembrance of those days... 

 

The things that go through my mind while behind the wheel of my old car...

 

So headed home to drop off my wife before heading back to the garage.

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Have to check the mileage for this trip down memory lane.

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Went to the Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show Sunday.

Since the Buick isn't an orphan car (just yet) left her parked and we went in one of my friends two Monarchs.

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The white one was his fathers that was purchased new.

Love his garage! There are 6 more cars behind these two!!

He invited another friend and wife to drive the other car and they brought two of their grandkids so man was there a lot to pack up. Thank heavens for those big trunks!

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Crossing the Border is always fun in an old car. Most times the Agent is more interested in the car and what it is than checking for anything else. This time was no different and we proceeded with no issues. 

 

The Park where the show is held has plenty of room and this time we had a perfect assigned spot as they do a pass and review and had to go by us on the way back to their assigned spots.

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Joe received an award this time at his turn going through the pass and review which obviously pleased him to no ends.

 

The weather was hot in the sun but with our tent and shade from that tree relief was close at hand.

All too soon the show came to an end and we headed home but hung around to avoid the rush.

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There is nothing quite like cruising in the back seat of these boats at 65 miles per hour and returning the many thumbs up!

Yes that's my wife in the front seat. Had she sat in the back, with those bias ply tires he runs, her motion sickness would surely have kicked in!

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It's only 30 minute drive to the Border and once again no issues crossing.

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Not a BUICK DAY but a FUN old car one. 

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Had another non Buick moment today.

 

At least this car is in the family.

A little history....

My Dad bought this 66 Corvair many years ago and did an amature body and paint by himself but had the engine and automatic transmission rebuilt right after finishing his paint job. He had many years of enjoyment with it. 

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One of the things on his bucket list was to have a better paint job some day so with my son having painted one of his cars, which turned out not too bad, he asked him to take on the Corvair.

Of course he was there helping what he could as he was diagnosed with bladder cancer about that time.

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His plan was to gift this car to my sister and he lived to see the car finished and managed a ride or two with my son as he had given up his drivers license a few years before this due to his failing eyesight.

 

That was almost five years ago and bringing things up to today, the car is indeed my sisters but with no place to park it at her home in Tenn, it resides at moms where it was repainted.

With concentrating on the Special I have not been too attentive to her so last week decided to see if it would fire up. Naturally the battery (even though disconnected) was dead so grabbed one of his old trickle chargers and left it till today.  

Took quite a bit of cranking but the battery seemed to be holding her charge for the size it is.

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Finally she took off and with nary any noise from the lifters, once warmed up, the chokes came off and idled like the day we parked her!

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I've emailed my sister and with her permission toying with taking her our to a Cruise Night to burn some of that old gas. Man it stinks! A little fresh Hi-test can't hurt...

 

So that is the Special, the Cougar and now the Corvair all running again. 

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After work today went over to the Special garage and reorganised (can't say it was cleaned up as nothing was thrown out...) and came upon this box. 

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I remember purchasing this at the National in South Bend but shelved due to it being unique.

Not sure the box is for these as they are 15" caps but they are definitely aftermarket as they are totally stamped versus the plastic emblems in the center.

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These two are nice chromed steel but the other three are aluminium I think.

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If you notice, the top two have a different crest than the bottom three which are missing the + and crown of the bottom three, plus they are dull comparatively.

 

I brought out my trusty metal polish and a clean rag to see what results it would bring and figure with an evening or two could polish those three up to driver quality...

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The first two appear to be chromed as there was a bit of rust here and there but the other three are aluminium like the factory hub caps.

 

Has anyone seen these what must be aftermarket caps before??

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With my wife at her "FINAL" retirement management dinner, I used the opportunity to spend time on the Special.

One of the recent car nights a fellow approached me and asked if I had been working on the car.

Explaining that mechanically things have occupied my time I said no not really. In truth I have been carefully touching up the paint with a fine brush to clean her up. 

It isn't what I would prefer but from a distance, gives a sense of just what this car is a good base for a restoration.

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Clearly the door showing the bondo from an obvious door hit before I bought it, I'm not ready to do anything right now but looks better than it was.

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After getting and estimate of $15,000 Canadian for an upholstery job will preserve her at this point and drive the hell out of her!

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Posting this video I took the other night.

She was warmed up and idling nicely. Wish the lighting was better as it is somewhat out of focus...

 

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