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We took the '25 Buick to the local pioneer village for their agricultural fair. It's a neat place for some period photo ops. The '25 was originally owned by a doctor. There is a doctor's house preserved on the grounds and the doctor was in. Also present were a 1918 Dodge and a '29 Hupmobile raodster.

 

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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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I know this isn't quite the weekend but with all the rainy weather we started early. Took the 60 to the LI chapter meeting Thursday night it looked good next to a 70 and 71 GS, Beautiful night 

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Today, I drove my 1937 Century to lunch. Later, I washed it, took a short drive to blow off most of the water and then finished drying it with a towel. The first photo shows it in the driveway after I washed it. Later this evening, I drove it to dinner. After returning home, I took a photo of it with the 1938 Model 67 in the background. The Model 67 is scheduled to be picked up by Dave Tacheny in the next few weeks. I recently scrapped the remains of the body donor Model 41. As soon as Dave picks up the Model 67, all of my Buicks will fit in the garage. I will soon be down to the daily driver Lesabre, the 1937 Century and my 1938 Century project. 

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On my 80C I replaced the mechanical fuel pump a few weeks back which I had noticed leaking from the center section meaning the diaphragm was shot. It was a NOS or rebuilt in the box and i should have known when i put it on the car just a month or two back, but it gave me the chance to rebuild the one that was on the car before and is now back on the car. I also replaced the electric fuel pump with one recommended by Doug Seybold. I have a fairly steep hill in the neighborhood which has become my test hill as prior to today I would have trouble making it up the hill at WOT and in the heat of the day. 

 

Today while I did notice it was not perfect going up the hill I could do so multiple times without assistance of the electric fuel pump. Which ultimately was my goal. I also noticed a stumble when I depress the accelerator (no doubt fuel related and something to do with the accelerator pump in the carb) and a slight miss at idle along with difficulty starting while hot. From here I will check the points/timing/etc. but I feel like I finally took a step forward on my fuel/vapor lock issues. I didn't take it out of the neighborhood today, but one step at a time. HNR AACA has an event next weekend I may decide to take it out for, we will see.

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We have a ridge on the south side of town where the wind is good for lifting light plains. Since this was Art Festival weekend in the village I just rode out to the quiet spot, top down, of course.

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Brian, I feel so close to you, each of us having top of the line Buick convertibles. Good thing they are different colors.

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Drove George to Vernon, Tx yesterday. Unfortunately, no pictures. This was to Summer's Last Blast car show.  A '39 Special, a '70s Skylark and a '39 restomod were the only Buicks there.

 

  Drove just over 100 miles. Another 55 today just tooling around.  Appears as though I MAY have licked the torque ball gremlin. We shall see.

 

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Since the Queen was due for her annual State  Inspection,  I took it Friday, and realized that since I flew to Denver,  I had hardly any seat time in it this whole summer.  So, regardless of the forecast I had it out a few times today.  It's such a Buick!  This car is my favorite!  And even though these pictures aren't the best ones I ever took, they are all I took today.

 

 

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 Today was my son's 18th birthday, hard to believe, but many of those here likely have grandchildren as old, or older.

 Whoops! This isn't the forum to discuss our kids! Unless they're named Buick, of course.

 I had to make an hour's drive to pick up my daughter, as I had been getting some repairs done on her little Suzuki SUV, and it was now ready for her take home, in the meantime she has her Sebring convert to drive. So, I decided to drive the '41 Roadmaster to pick her up, and give it a really good run, as we are leaving early next Fri on a long weekend tour in it and it hasn't had a long drive for a while.

Nice that my birthday boy came along for the ride too!

 After I picked my daughter up we stopped at a coffee shop for some refreshment, and it generated so much attention, it could of had its' own fan club.

 Plus some other driving in it, and though I didn't think to check the mileage when I left it was likely 120 to 130 miles all together. Not a perfect run, as it gave me a few little hiccups, here and there. Not too hot, low 80's F, and low humidity, so it was comfortable driving with no AC. Engine ran 180, only built a few degrees on the hills, and in traffic, and shed the heat again easily.

 Keith

 

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After nearly 10 ears of frame off restoration and approx 40 years since it's had valid plates on it I had my "64 Buick Electra convertible that my dad bought new. In other words..... this is the first time this car has been driven on the street in nearly 40 years!!!

He ordered it triple black loaded with buckets and a super wildcat 425. Unfortunately there is a reason it took 10 years to complete but here it is......

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I couldn't get my 37-41 out for a drive this week!  A few days ago the brake pedal went all the way down to the floor;  those rubber brake hoses in the front just don't hold up well even after only 81 years.

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Sunday, August 12 at the Land of Lakes GTO club Musclecar Classic. One photo is with my wife, youngest son and mom, 93 years young.

 

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A little more putzing around with the '56 tonight. 19 miles.  I kept hearing a periodic clunk from the pass side front area.  And after restarting the car at a convenience store I noticed that again, the amp meter was in a discharge mode.  So I got out and checked the kill switch but it was tight.  And then I figured I better get home.  So I put it in gear, and as I passed over the RR tracks I heard that clunk again.  That's when I realized my clock was working!  It had been working for the prior 4 hours too.  WTH, That hasn't worked, as far as I know, for 43 years!  And as soon as I heard the clunk and realized the clock was working I saw that the discharge situation was gone.   So apparently the points in the clock are sticking.  I'm pulling the fuse out tomorrow till I can get the clock serviced.  I don't want that thing sticking and overheating under the dash. 

Meanwhile , somewhere on one of the roads less traveled.

 

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 Been driving the Reatta and the '41 quite a bit. A couple of months ago in early June I posted a picture of the speedo on the '41 just when it passed 100,000, well here's one with it 101,000 miles.

 The shot of the Reatta was taken along the road from our house.

 Keith

 

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On 7/15/2018 at 5:32 PM, philip roitman said:

Just got home a few hours ago from the AACA North East National Meet in Gettysburg. We left Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we did the car tours, a Friday bus tour and then showed the '75 Electra Saturday. It was a fantastic event, extremely well organized and run. I was totally surprised and very happy last night at the Awards banquet when the car won it's First Place Jr. Award. The car drove flawlessly and we ended up visiting a friend in Pa. on the way home today. Total mileage for the trip was 767 miles and the car now has 22197 miles. I bought her last July with 18500 original miles and have enjoyed every mile since then.

 

 

 

There is a big difference between the original 18,500 commuter miles and the follow-on enjoyment miles.  The commuter miles had distractions like getting groceries, making the appointment on time, getting to the golf course ahead of everybody else, etc.  Your miles are all smiles!

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While it is not the weekend, we had our local AACA Chapter's Annual Ice Cream Social this evening at a member's house. In addition to my 1937 Century we had a 1935 Buick and a 1923 Buick among the antique cars driven to the event.

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Don't have my gas tank back yet from the shop but.... rigged up a gas can and was behind the wheel again. It felt good!IMG_3550_Easy-Resize_com.thumb.jpg.d0a3c005fd2e8379cfc59826002c322a.jpg

 

Can't go far but still look good doing it, right! hahaha

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With all the stalling issues lately, I’ve been focused on getting the Electra tuned. It’s running very nicely now and I have it just about perfect.  Took it today to run errands... not a lot of miles but lots of smiles! 

 

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PS. It’s not cloudy around here it’s supposed to be sunny. It’s all the smoke from the wildfires in this part of North America making its way to the coast.

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Doug - we were in Panorama this week for a family reunion.  It was hazy there, highway 93 was closed due to smoke the day before we drove it, and there were still advisories when we left Thursday.  Calgary (we flew through there) and Winnipeg have both had air quality statements issued from Environment Canada.  It’s been like that for a couple weeks, although it’s less of a dominant feature here than further west.

 

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Just got back from a car show supporting Veterans at the American Legion in Laurel Maryland. Fantastic time for a worthy cause. I am definitely going to starting to look into getting a 1 1/8 inch Performance Front Sway Bar for the Buick, she felt like she was swimming going around some corners today

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Finally got to drive my 71 GS for the first time this weekend, went to a show on Sunday.  

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@cjp69 That is one sweet  Riviera!  Love the blackwall tires!  just screams performance!

 

Meanwhile, drove the GS approximately 140 miles yesterday.  Just local touring after a late breakfast run.  This car is my favorite!

 

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The picture below is one of the dirt roads in that area.  It may look like the driveway to this farm home,  but it's on the maps and just passed by the property. 

 

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16 hours ago, Red Dawn said:

Just got back from a car show supporting Veterans at the American Legion in Laurel Maryland. Fantastic time for a worthy cause. I am definitely going to starting to look into getting a 1 1/8 inch Performance Front Sway Bar for the Buick, she felt like she was swimming going around some corners today

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