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 I drove the '41 Roadmaster to a local cruise night, less than 15 miles round trip, but it was nice to get it out and drive a bit with it. I parked beside three Grand Nationals, and there was a nice Allante there that I hadn't seen before, plus a bunch of the "usual suspects", which was nice to talk so many other friends. This is kind of bittersweet for me as I'm just over a month away from my final move out of the big city to the country house.

 Keith

 

 

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9 hours ago, Buicknutty said:

Thanks, Derek. Just the way we were lined looked kind of neat.

 

Like holding a mirror to another mirror!  ;)

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I guess it is close enough to the weekend being after 5 pm on Friday. I drove this one onto the trailer this evening. It looks better in photos than it does in person.

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I did 60 miles in the Model 87 this morning...used a 1 qt of oil and filled up after getting 8.75 MPG... My oil leak seems to definitely be better (I replaced the valve cover, push rod cover and oil pan gaskets) but still leaking very bad from the front block somewhere. If stop leak doesn't fix it (which it is too much oil in my opinion for stop leak to fix) I REALLY don't want to have to pull the whole front end off the car to get to the various gaskets for the water pump timing chain cover and the motor mount. OH and found some pin hole leaks at the top of the radiator too.

 

But in spite of all that it was a great day for a drive and the car drove beautifully and got lots of compliments at Cars and Coffee which was nice. I get the feeling people get tired of rows and rows of late model Mustangs and Bimmers...

 

I'd really like to drive it to Hershey this year and OKC for 2019 BCA National. If I can get this oil leak squelched I see no reason why it cant do both, but we will see.

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Went to the Fleetwood Country Cruize-In yesterday covering 245 miles round trip.

Early morning rise.

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Fantastic venue spread over 108 acres and saw many vehicles of all types and conditions.

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Did some highway driving on the way home which I think must have cleaned the last of any carbon build up from city driving this past year...

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Due to the less hot weathertoday, I took the 52 Special out for local errands.  I stopped at a nice assisted living facility to visit a widow from our church.  Its  always appreciated by those who can no longer get out on their own.

 

 

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 After a bit more tinkering, I took the 41 Roadmaster out for about a 3/4 hour run, and stopped for coffee on the way home. Ran well, except for a bit of hiccups at higher speed 65 or so, which then seemed to go away. Then took the secondary highway home, and was great at the 45-50 MPH range. I'm always fiddling with the carbs on this to keep it in the sweet spot. One of the issues seems to be the air weighted butterfly under the rear carb, I lube it up, and its' fine for a while, then it starts sticking again.

Here's a shot of it taken just before it started raining.

Keith

 

 

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Made a 80 mile highway trip in 101* heat as a "stress test".  The car and A/C performed well and is ready for the trip to Denver.  The only issue is I don't know if I would perform waiting 1-1.5 hours for roadside assistance if there was a breakdown.  Never worried until I got old 😫.

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We attended the Tarheel Tigers Pontiac Club Car Show in Cary, NC this last weekend. We were able to park in the 50th Anniversary section of the show with some pretty awesome 68 Pontiacs. 

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We received a 3rd place trophy in the 1960-1969 Buick-Olds-Cadillac classification. We tied with a 1968 Buick Electra 225 convertible.

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We were also awarded a trophy for Best 50 year old Buick-Olds-Cadillac and we were presented with this 50th Anniversary Buick-Olds-Cadillac display banner. 

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Here are some of the other beautiful Buicks at the show:

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I drove the '73 4 speed a little to blow out the cobwebs. Then onto the trailer for the Greenwich Concours American day Saturday. Had a great time and the quality and variety of the Muscle Car class was outstanding.

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 I had the 41 out again for a bit of driving after some carb adjustments. Idle and moderate speed is nice, idle actually is perfect, but still losing a bit of power at higher speeds, same as before, 65+ MPH, otherwise good.

 The neat thing was it turned over 99,999 miles on the way home. Unfortunately, by the time I got somewhere that I could take a shot of it, I had rolled up to 00001. It had about 91,700 on it when I first put it on the road in 2012.

 Keith

 

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 Even though it was a cool, breezy evening I went to a local cruise night with the Reatta. A rather interesting truck there, it was an early 50's Mercury one ton truck. It was originally a Western Canada truck, and is very patina'd. The owner has restored it mechanically, but is keeping the patina intact. Naturally a very spartan environment inside it, this is when a truck was a truck!

 For those unfamiliar with Mercury trucks, these were badge engineered Ford trucks built in Canada for the Canadian market, and production ended in 1968.

 Keith

 

 

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 Today, Friday, we drove out to join a vintage touring group that we are a member of. This is for cars built in 1942, or earlier. This was a difficult choice, as we are only 4 weeks away from our move, and there is still lots to do, but it will be hard to tour here, as it will be over 3 hours away, that's in good conditions, from our new home, so we decided to do this tour.

 Traffic is always a problem on Friday afternoons, plus some construction, so it took us about 2 1/2 hours to go the 80 miles to our hosts place for a BBQ supper.

 Here are a couple of pictures of the line of some of the cars. We will be touring all day tomorrow, and a bit Sunday morning.

 Keith

 

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Took the GS to last nights Hemmings Cruise In.  I decided to drive around the reservoir this time and was about half way into the trip when there was a road block due to the closure of the road.  It put me on a road less traveled, but so worthy of the ride.  Considering it was the detour I could not stop for pictures but I plan to run that route again, Meanwhile here are a few from the ride over. 

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8 hours ago, JohnD1956 said:

It put me on a road less traveled,

 

I like that road!  ;)

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Technically it wasn't quite the weekend, but I took Goldie over to my father's house yesterday (about 30 miles round-trip).  I hadn't had her out for about 3 weeks because of other activities getting in the way...  It felt good to be behind the wheel again!  ;)

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Last weekend, I drove my newest 1938 Buick Century project car onto a car hauler trailer in Pennsylvania. On the way home, my friend's 2012 Dodge 3500 truck had some mechanical problems in Virginia. I left the truck, trailer, and 1938 Buick at a repair shop and caught a ride home with some local AACA friends who were returning home from the AACA Grand National in Pennsylvania. 

 

Today, I went back to Virginia and retrieved the repaired truck. I brought the 1938 Buick home without any further problems. I backed it off of the trailer and drove it into the back yard for temporarily storage until I can play some musical chairs with a few cars.

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