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  1. 24 points
    Dear friends, Yesterday I submitted my request to Steve Moskowitz and Peter Gariepy to remove my status of BCA Forum Moderator and thanked them for the privilege of doing it for the last ten or so years. I have not received a reply, but feel it important to go ahead and announce it so that a new moderator can be selected/appointed. For a couple of years now I have not spent much time with my cars and tried to make up for that by starting the My Buick Sales and Service garage thread but now I'm not even able to spend time with that. I think it is important that a moderator be more into the subject for which they moderate than I currently am. Additionally my wife and I plan to start traveling a good bit in our newly acquired Airstream and will at times be boondocking off grid where there might not be internet service for several days at a time, therefore creating days of dead space in regards to effectively moderating the forum. Sadly there are other circumstances going on behind the scenes here that also helped with my decision but I will spare you those explanations here. Do know though that it has nothing to do with the current club political controversy, I never back down from a fight. I want to thank every one of you for your support over the last 10 or so years. I have worked to try and build the forum with interesting thread subjects, subforums etc in an effort to maintain interest and keep the forum alive and dynamic. I have tried my damnedest to be as honest, upfront and fair with any editing or removing of posts that I thought improper or hurtful to persons or the forum as a whole. No doubt I got some wrong and I am sorry if so. But God, hasn't it been fun!!!! Watching the builds of cars from rusty shells and of garages from cut up power poles and scrap steel. Following road warriors on their annual trips cross country to Buick meets and the fun and camaraderie they had when there. Hearing happy stories of new Buick purchases and sad ones of when they were lost in a wreck. Believe me when you peruse these accounts and posts thoroughly EVERYDAY, they and the people behind them become a part of your life. And a part I would never want to forget. Not sure how the process of bringing in a new moderator will go but I know there are some good prospects out there, very qualified folks who will be up to the challenge. So anyhow, tha's it my friends. Love ya all, every effin one a ya. Buickly, MrEarl cc @Steve Moskowitz @Peter Gariepy
  2. 16 points
    I like the philosophy where we enjoy Buicks. Whether driven or judged, weather old or new, restored or not. I like the philosophy where we attract new members. There shouldn't be 2 philosophies, only one...enjoy Buicks PERIOD, FULL STOP soapbox departed, thread unfollowed...
  3. 16 points
    In addition to looking for a candidate in favor of extending the National Meet Social Time to one hour , I will also be looking for a candidate who pledges to work toward ending the current divisiveness within the board and bringing peace and solidarity back to it (and the club). Someone who will strive to bring a harmonious atmosphere and attempt to end the current hostile aggression that is present there today. Someone with open mindedness that isn't stuck in a my way or the highway attitude. Someone who will listen to the MEMBERS and not just their buddies. Someone who will listen to, consider and work with other board members ideas instead of against IE that don't dig their heels in and rule out any compromise. Someone who is devoid of self interest and personal agendas. Someone willing to work on REAL problems and not imaginary ones. Someone who will actually WORK and PERFORM tasks required to get things done and not just stand on the sideline with a "not my idea, I ain't doin jack" attitude. Someone who will respect the authority of those elected to senior positions whether they helped vote them in or not. Someone who doesn't let their personal likes or dislikes of fellow board members and club members effect their WORKING relationships with those persons. Someone who will not look down on diversity as a bad thing but rather see it as beneficial, accept it and make it work to the good of the club. Are all of the above issues currently going on? Maybe, maybe not, but from what I see and hear many of them are. I know, that is a lot of "someones" in the above wish list but hey there are 3 positions open, spread the work load! Do I expect to see much of the above contained within a Bugle BOD candidate application? Not really, but if there isn't at least a recognition that some of the above concerns exist and some pledge of working together toward a solution, then don't count on my vote. I fear the worse for this club if something isn't done to turn things around. Membership is on the decline already without the help of infighting and its negative psychological affect on all members. Our individual and immediate interests may be prewar, postwar, or whatever, but we are all members of the same club, the BUICK CLUB of AMERICA! We need to work together to save it.
  4. 15 points
    Yesterday I picked up a 1955 Special 4 door sedan, that is actually for my son. I had bought a car for his sister, who is about 9 years older, at about his age (she still has it, an '05 Sebring convert), so I had promised to buy him one, when he was old enough. Instead of a modern car, he wanted a vintage car. His desires, lke so many of us here are varied, for the "Doc" Hudson Hornets, '65 Rivs, 46-48 Sendanettes and the second gen Skylarks, from 61-63, plus Corvettes, and other performance cars. We considered many, lots that were way too expensive, as I had a specific price range to stick to. Importing a car to Canada from the US these days is so expensive, by the time the exchange, taxes, duties, and transport are paid for, it nearly doubles the purchase price of the car. Then whatever needs to be done to it is more. This car was quite local to us, about an hour's drive, and is a running driving car, and was licensed and driven last year. Canadian built, and I think that the only option it has is a Dynaflow, no radio, no PS or Brakes either. The Dynaflow leaks like any good Buick should. We'll see if it can get to an acceptable level or if it has come out sooner rather than later. This is resonably solid car, and shows 57,000+ miles and might be correct, by the obvious wear and tear signs, pedals, floor mats, etc. The floor mats are interesting, rubber up front, and a very short loop pile in the back seat, and it appears original. The has damage, like something fell on it, but it was painted over, not straightened very well at all. So this is for sure a 20 to 30 footer. Plan is to chack things out, fix it and get it certified, hopefully this Spring. We shall see. The picture shows the seller on the left, and my son Graham on the right with the on the car trailer, just after we loaded it up. More to come later. Keith
  5. 14 points
    Well it is move in day for the Detroit Autorama. Here are some pictures of loading it from the shop and taking it to Cobo Hall in Detroit. I even got to ride in the car. Joe told me that I was the first person to ever ride in the car since it is done. While we were putting it on the floor of Cobo, there were a number of persons coming over to look at the car. It truly is a stunning vehicle with all of the triple chrome overlay from the '58 model year. Enjoy the pictures.
  6. 13 points
    Oh and here’s a follow up of the ditch digging photo. The Argosy barn has lights. But nothing compared to Gods light as displayed in this photo. Thank ya Jesus, thank ya Lord🙏
  7. 13 points
    I am a new member of BCA. My car is a 1963 Buick Wildcat convertible that I purchased in January of 2018. My grandfather had a 63 Wildcat a brand new 2 dr hardtop in Granada red/blk and even then at 9 years old I knew it was a special car. Grandpa Bill was a Buick man all the way. In my life, he owned a 56 Century, a 61 LeSabre, the Wildcat and his last car a 1965 Buick Electra. He was the superintendent of the two mills owned by Arcata Redwood Co. of California. He lived in the executive home owned by the company and it was clear by what he drove he was doing well enough for a man who came from nothing and had no formal education. I know there are Buick enthusiasts out there who don't think much of the Dynaflow transmission but that is one of the features that I loved most about his Wildcat and now mine. His wife "Babe" had an all-out driving style. She was on the gas all the time. I'd sit with my chin on the back of her seat and wait to get thrown back when she accelerated. I didn't really understand the mechanism at that age but I knew that the Wildcat was the smoothest car I had ever ridden in. When the big logging trucks would see the Wildcat coming up from behind on the 2 lane highways they would pull over as far as they could and let the bosses wife go by. And what a sound! I smile every time I drive mine. Can't wait for spring! Still getting used to this site. I hope I posted this correctly.
  8. 13 points
    Yesterday, February 26, 2019, I helped to build the last Ford Taurus Sedan. It was a black one--fitting for a Ford. When I came in for my 6pm to 6am shift at the Ford Motor Company Chicago Assembly Plant on February 25th, we were told that the last Ford Taurus had been built. People apparently were signing a car or the hood of a car to commemorate the event in a lobby area near where the cars rolled off the line. Sure enough, we produced Ford Explorers all night. Near the end of my shift, low and behold, a Ford Taurus came down the line. My line built the doors of what I think was the last Ford Taurus between 0430 and 0530 central time on February 26, 2019. Since I knew that some car was being signed down at the end of the line and sensing a potential last car controversy down the road, I decided that I needed to record the circumstance of the last Ford Taurus to come down the line. I went over to the end of my production line to record the VIN and the Ford Rotation Number (and noting the time) of the what I thought would absolutely be the last Ford Taurus. A line supervisor saw what I was doing and gave me a build sheet from the car. So the last Ford Taurus has been built. I don't know if another Ford Taurus had been built while I was sleeping off my 11.5 hour midnight shift. I hope not. Back in 1986, I worked at a place called Nu-Car Carrier, where we transported the first generation Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable cars from the Chicago Assembly Plant to the nearby Railyard or Truck Transport terminals for transport to Ford dealerships across the country. So I was there at the beginning of the Ford Taurus run and I was there for the end of the Ford Taurus production run. No one thinks of the Ford Taurus as a classic car, but the Ford Taurus was in production almost continuously for 34 years, longer than the Model T and the Model A combined. I am proud to have been there for this part of Ford Motor Company history. . . .
  9. 13 points
    In the rush to complete the car for the Autorama deadline, I have fallen a little behind on my project updates. Let's skip the last 4 weeks of work and take a look at the car on display at the 2019 Detroit Autorama. Move-in day was Wednesday; the show opens at noon on Friday and runs unti 7pm Sunday. Larry Schramm graciously allowed me to use his enclosed trailer to move the Caballero in the slushy mess on Wednesday. I doubt his trailer has ever carried anything this heavy; we calculated teh trailer + vehicle weight at approximately 7700 pounds. 20190227_153613 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr I've never had a car in this show; it's an exciting day for me! 20190227_153554 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr We dropped the 2 cars (my Caballero and the Modified 74 Corvette) in Masterworks' spot and left as soon as possible. There are about 800 vehicles being delivered in a 36 hour window; you can't leave your tow rig in the building any longer than absolutely necessary. 20190227_170331 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr One happy guy... 0227191641.jpg.ef5664229c7ddb1571c395dabffff5ec by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr We made a last-minmute decision to make "Before" posters; Schramm to the rescue...again! 20190301_085728 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr I like the "Air Born B-58 Buick" advertising materials and logo; the decorative plate turned out great! 20190301_085756 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr Cloth pull-up sign to tell a little story and thanks the major helpers! 20190301_114915 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr Ready for Friday opening 20190301_114943 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr 20190301_115004 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr 20190301_172323 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr 20190301_172350 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr 20190301_172405 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr POM6 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr POM10 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr POM11 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr POM12 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr That's me, cleaning and preening the car. I figure I've earned the right to wear that "Authorized Valve-in-head" service shirt by now! POM18 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr POM22 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr TRh ecar drew a lot of attention. THere was almost always a small knot of 3 to 12 people checking it out and asking questions. 20190302_111636 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr Family visitors; my daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren came to check out our handiwork P1050016 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr I didn't win any awards with the car; the class competition (1958 - 1967 Restored) was fierce and I agreed with the judges selections of the top cars in the class. Mine was close, but not as perfect as the winners. All in all, a great weekend! I'm going to be off-line for a week. I'll add more photos when I'm back. Thanks again to Pat (BuickEstate) for his interior work, Jim P (57BuickJim) and Larry Schramm for years of hard work, support and help in bringing this baby home!
  10. 12 points
    Here is where we are as of today. See pic. I am not sure how well it will run but with the enormous assistance from those of you around the country I am sure it will run. This coming week we only need fuel in the carb and a hot to the coil. Once it starts we will proceed to the reassembling of the body. Hopefully we saved one more Buick.
  11. 12 points
    As some of you know I have been looking for a '41 Special Model 47 for a few years. I wanted a pre-war straight eight car and I like compact cars and this is the closest thing to a compact pre-war Buick there is. (Is compact pre-war Buick an oxymoron? JK) This is the A body four door sedan that was introduced in February 1941. I had looked at several cars both virtually and actually and finally found this one in suburban Detroit. It met my criteria and fit my budget. I bought it sight unseen but I did have fellow BCAers check it out for me. (Thank you Larry Schramm and friend.) When it arrived I was not disappointed. It's an unrestored unmolested rust free car. It has 41,000 miles on the clock and over the years has had one re-paint and the seat cushions have been recovered with NOS material. So it''s a nice clean car. These Pictures were taken last fall the day it arrived. Check it out. Dave B
  12. 12 points
    More pictures from the show
  13. 12 points
  14. 10 points
    Well, folks, today my plans for the new garage starting to get real. Most of the materials were delivered late today. It doesn't seem to look like much, but it will be a 24X38 ft. and about 14 ft high, building, with heat, wall and floor insulation, 100 amp power, then gas heat when the rest is done. It gets cold here, and I want to keep me and my Buicks warm! The old garage, is still very good, and is staying. It holds 4 cars, and the new one will hold 3 more. I hoping that this will be the workshop garage, and to keep it to 3 cars, so that I have lots of space around them. As we all know, extra space seems to get filed up with one thing or another! I'll try to post updates as the work progresses. Keith
  15. 10 points
    It's one of those things where everyone thinks it is a privacy issue but totally isn't. Nobody can track you by your license plate beyond knowing what state the car might be in (might) because it says in what state the plate was issued right there on the plate. Only law enforcement has access to the license plate database and abusing it is a punishable offense. Nobody will track you down by a license plate, the IRS won't kick in your door for owning a nice car, nobody is going to find out where you live from a photo of a license plate and steal your car. It's ridiculous. Besides, don't they realize that they're driving around--in public no less!--with their license plates visible to just anyone? Egad! PS: Not to freak anyone out, but did you know your bank account number is RIGHT THERE ON THE CHECK YOU JUST GAVE THAT CLERK AT THE GROCERY STORE! RIGHT THERE! IN PLAIN SIGHT! YOUR BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER! The horror. The horror.
  16. 10 points
    I was browsing online one day contemplating buying an old classic car. I wasn't looking seriously, but when I came across this 65 Buick Wildcat I just thought it looked too good to not look into it more. So I hooked up the trailer and went for a couple hour drive north to take a look. It was a good deal and the car was in what I thought to be decent shape so we made a deal. Then as we were loading the car (not easy, barely fit on the trailer) I learned that the car owners wife had bought it for him as an anniversary gift three years previous with the intentions on restoring the car. I kinda felt bad as I was driving away to some tears. His plumbing and cottage renting business had taken off and they didn't have the time to do anything with the car. It had just sat in the laneway on a tarp. Long story short I got the car home... put it on the hoist and did a proper safety on it... fixed up a few things... and she is now on the road. It is an original Canadian built car with I am pretty sure the original driveline. I drive it all the time in the better weather and am looking forward to Spring. She needs some more work, and I got some more parts over the winter to do some sprucing up. But I don't think I want to do too much... she's a driver.
  17. 10 points
    It is alive! And no transmission leaks. Time to continue killing bugs and killing the planet before Comrade Cortez and company take away my fuel!
  18. 10 points
    Wonderful cars and pound-for-pound the biggest bang for the buck in the old car world. They have great road manners and superlative luxury. That one looks like it'll clean up nicely and be a good driver, but it'll cost a fortune to make it mint and you'll never recover it. Prices are extremely flat on them and I don't understand why they aren't appreciating more than they are. Obviously I'm a bit biased since I own a '41 Limited 90L, but even I have to admit that they aren't worth very much. My advice would be to pull it out, clean it up, get it running, and expect to get $15,000 or so for it. Some might tell you it's worth more, you might think it's worth more because it is so big or because the interior is so nice, but it really isn't. A reasonably nice and usable '41 Limited just sold on eBay for about that much and the '41s are arguably more desirable than the '39s, although each have their supporters and ardent fans. Don't over-reach on price, focus on getting it a good home. I wish I could say it's a gold mine or that it's worth restoring, but it's not. Clean it up, make it run, sell it to the first guy who shows up with more than $15,000 in his hands. Good luck!
  19. 10 points
    I know Dennis Gage fairly well, I think (at least from the car hobby and car industry perspectives). Both he and I have been elected to the ARMO (Automotive Restoration Market Organization) and SEMA Halls of Fame. And, both of us have been very involved in the collector car hobby and the industry which serves it for a long time. One thing that Dennis told me directly, with respect to Pringles Potato Chips: Dennis is partly responsible for the contents inside the tube, but is NOT represented by the image of the mustache on the outside of the package. Dennis is a car guy, no doubt. But you must remember that he is a full-time professional working to serve automotive hobbyists. He has to be "ON" whenever he is around car people, and he must work to make his shows seem exciting to viewers. If he were to act less-than-excited about a car featured on his show, it might be disastrous for the series. Dennis really does love cool old cars, but he knows that he is in the spotlight whenever he is around vintage iron. He must appear enthusiastic and excited, even if he doesn't feel well, or is having a bad day. I'm glad to call Dennis Gage a friend of mine. You must keep in mind that people who work in the industry which serves the old car hobby are AT WORK when they appear around other hobbyists. Although we really do love the cars and most of the people we meet, we must perform our various jobs effectively, or quickly become unemployed. It's something which is perhaps nearly impossible to understand, until you must depend exclusively on a career in the auto-hobby industry to pay your bills for a long time. I have done so since the early 1980's.
  20. 10 points
    If you do not want that to happen to your old car, simply LOAN the car to the museum. Once you DONATE it, it is up to them what happens to it.
  21. 10 points
    I think I need to go to Indianapolis and do a magazine issue comparing and contrasting each year of Limiteds! How often do you ever have six different years of them together in the same place?!!!
  22. 10 points
    This 1913 American Lafrance Type 10 is completely original, right down to the lower radiator hose which will leak for awhile each spring when we fill the cooling system. It seems like some kind of rubber coated canvas and will stop leaking after awhile when it swells up. Tires are original foam filled. We believe it to be the oldest surviving unrestored fire truck in operable condition. If anyone knows of one that’s older I would enjoy hearing about it.
  23. 9 points
    Who is that idiot spoiling an otherwise pleasant photo of old Buicks???? Oh, it appears to be me
  24. 9 points
    Finally able to scratch that itch! Only 20 miles today, but she started right up and quieted down from lifter tick within a minute...then ran like a Buick!
  25. 9 points
    Folks I'd like to take just a moment to say thank you ALL for the genuinely kind comments of thanks and appreciation and well wishes. I NEVER expected so much. I am one lucky guy to have such friends here, many of which I have never even met. As someone pointed out above this is one of the best and most unique car forums going. I have seen the negative results Facebook and other social media sites have had on forums such as this and feel good that we have survived. When I first started this thread I just threw out "10 years or so" as the time I have been moderator. I've been told that it's been for longer than that but can not recall when it was. I do recall that back in '04 Brian Lawrence aka @Centurion and Roberta and I worked on updating the forum format and adding some of the new forums namely Me and My Buick and I did find this thread referencing that. I also found a couple of threads where I had done some moderating tasks in early '06 so I guess at 14 years, it is safe to say "10 years or so". THANKS AGAIN from the bottom of my heart for all the kind words and expressions of thanks.
  26. 9 points
    It's not mine, but one man I know still owns and drives the 1936 Oldsmobile 6-cylinder 2-door sedan which he GOT NEW IN DECEMBER of 1935. This may be an unacknowledged world record, because this car has been in one person's ownership for over 83 years! The Guiness Book of World Records has a record of someone else whose ownership is shorter by a couple of decades. The owner has written in some depth about his ownership, and our AACA newsletter published his accounts. Since he is trained as a mechanical engineer, and he has driven this as his main car back in the 1930's and 1940's, his insights into 1936 Oldsmobiles may be better than those of anyone else who is alive today. The car remains original and unrestored.
  27. 9 points
    I turned 60 this year. My Riviera and I have been together for 36 years. I bought my '65 Gran Sport in 1983 in Seattle, WA. I drove it daily for ten years here in Vancouver, BC, and must have been the only one that crazy because I rarely if ever saw another 1st Gen Riviera on the road. Same holds even truer today! I got lucky as I had no idea what a Gran Sport was when I bought my Riv. I'm not sure the previous owner knew it was anything special either, as I got it for only $2,000 and it was back then just a used 18 year old car in reasonably good shape. It was unmolested, with 113,000 original miles on the clock, still wearing its original paint, interior, etc. Soon after buying my Riv I joined the recently formed Riviera Owners Association (ROA). My low membership number 259 testifies to that. The ROA has been a wonderful resource, more so back in the days before the internet and forums such as this. Here's a pic of my GS, taken earlier this month: In the ten years I used it my Gran Sport as my daily driver I put another 100,000 miles on the car with several road trips to Los Angeles, etc. All this on its original drivetrain. Heavy on gas, yes, but extremely reliable. This car never ever let me down in all that time. After I retired it from regular use in 1995 I began the process of restoring it as funds and time allowed: first the body and paint (she had the usual back window rust, but not bad otherwise), then onto the engine and trans, while fixing other small things along the way. She's in fine form now, and I enjoy driving it immensely. I usually get several "NC's" ("Nice Car!") thumbs up each time I take her out on a drive. I've had many good times with this car over the decades, and still get that tingle of pride and admiration every time I gaze over its fine lines to get behind the wheel to again enjoy its sparkling performance.
  28. 9 points
    This photo of Great Gramp and the Chevy taken after returning home. No deer this day. Who brings old horns from prior hunts along to pose for a photo ?
  29. 9 points
    Drove the 91 Buick Park Avenue up to the AACA National Meet in Ocala on Thursday, 140 difficult miles with what seemed like 96 traffic lights. She did great. At the National Show today she was awarded a National First Junior Award......weighs 8 1/2 pounds. Will drive back to Sebring, FL tomorrow, same lousy route. Driving with a purpose is what I believe in. Car has over 3400 miles on it now...will be about 3600 when I get back home.
  30. 8 points
    Just out getting groceries yesterday. Nice 75 degree Sunday in Springtown, TX
  31. 8 points
    Thanks Yung Mi. As you know I have a lot to maintain here at Buick Gardens not to mention the cars and trying to finish the BS&S, get the Argosy ready for the road etc etc and it seems I am always in an anxious mode of "never arriving and always "just getting there". I am sure I will still be checking in and posting, could never go cold turkey on that. Thanks Cal Thanks Roberta and thanks for working with me and being my mentor years ago when I first joined you with the moderating duties.Seems like only yesterday. Thanks Carl, appreciate that. Thanks for the well wishes Cadillac Carl! Thanks for the kind words, mean a lot coming from such a gentleman as you. One of my first memories from coming on here was of following your '41 Century project. Stiiilllllll following it .... Thanks my friend. Jeeze and he still calls me buddy, even considering how many edits I've made of his "the devil made me do it" posts. Must be true friendship. One of the first members I met. Plano 2004 I think it was, right before the sideways blowing rain if I recall. Thanks Ed, and tha's a for sure on the pictures It was never a Shasta after I decided not to go with the '54 Roadmaster as a tow vehicle. The '79 Estate wagon with the 10,000 lb Class V hitch you gave me should be up to pulling the 74 Airstream Argosy. And thanks for the thanks JD On Buick Pond Thanks for the kind comments Brad. I understand where you're coming from. Honestly though I have never really considered anybody here as a "trouble maker". Just rebels for their own cause sometimes who have a sometimes crazy way of trying to make their point. But I respect them and their opinions and stands and can only hope that I have not estranged their friendships with any actions I may have taken. Fred, thanks for the kind words my friend. Must say you are one of the most sincerest and generous "automotive business big wheels" (for lack of better way of saying it) I have ever met. It is no wonder TPTools is such a success. Looking forward to visiting. Do ya think there might be room in TPTools parking lot for an overnight stay in the Argosy? More responses to come but must get back to this fun little project before tomorrow’s rain
  32. 8 points
    This and the related thread have had me looking for a popcorn-eating emoji without very good success (didn’t look that hard). I was just doing some pondering on the club with the membership numbers being tossed around. In any given (typical) year, we have in the range of 5% of membership participate in the National Meet. In any given year, we have perhaps 10% of the membership vote. Theoretically, 100% of the membership get the Bugle. More members are actively involved in Chapters / Regions than attend the National, and likely a higher number than voting as well. With that, I think it would make sense that a big focus of the BCA be the Bugle first, and Chapter support second, as well as perhaps providing support for “orphan” members who don’t have a Chapter in reasonable proximity. Since preservation is part of the motherhood statement of the BCA (sorry...correct word / phrase is escaping me at the moment), I can see some effort and energy being expended on preserving the history and documentation of the Buick automobile. This can be used in conjunction with judging, but perhaps greater emphasis / glory should be placed on the Archival class rather than 400 point judging. As I sit her and ponder, I can’t help but think that the (perceived) emphasis on 400 point judging may be a little misplaced. I’ve attained the level of Senior Judge, but don’t think of myself as one necessarily, so I’ve been involved and have had a few cars judged over the years (highest award was a Silver, so my cars are far from perfect). There’s a massive mobilization of effort involved in the judging and awards at the banquet and it seems to generate more complaints than anything else as well. From my perspective, there seems to be forgetfulness about what actually did (or could have) happened in the assembly plants and I sometimes think some of the judging is too rigid. I have certainly seen that, despite the efforts of organizers, there’s also a lot of variation in how hard the judging teams are on the Buicks. Any given year sees only a portion of the Buicks in attendance being judged as well, so it’s perhaps a very small part of the club’s participation overall. I haven’t been around long enough to know all the history of the club, so can’t say how some of this developed. I have been around long enough to see what seems to be two somewhat opposing philosophies emerge regarding the National meets and judging. The perceived opposition and an apparent unwillingness to compromise seems to be leading to some hurt feelings and general angst. Of course, I understand there is behind the scenes stuff that I’m not aware of regarding the running of the club. When I’m at a National, I do try to attend the membership meeting. I have been on the executive of a local car club, so I’m not entirely naive. I guess I’m just beginning to wonder how closely we are sticking to the mission of the club. In this age of declining memberships across the board, and events like the planned shutdown of the McLaughlin Buick Club of Canada, I’d rather see us be more tolerant and understanding of each other within the hobby. Long enough of a blather....
  33. 8 points
    Have we given out the award for worst ad yet? A new contender has entered the arena.
  34. 8 points
    I will have to simply agree to diagree with you. I don't drink koolaid of any kind. I simply research, ask questions, evaluate information received from all sources and make an informed decision. I would suggest that trying to think that you can group individuals together as "prewar", "postwar" or in any other type of category, is part of the problem. We need a board of directors working for the best interest of all of the members of the club. Having a board focused on any single segment of the overall club is a bad thing. If you want to dismiss any member of the club due to the particular year of Buick that he or she owns, that is reflective of the problems that need to be solved. Hopefully the next election will result in a board of directors working in the best interests of all of the club instead of a small segment of the club.
  35. 8 points
    The problem with that car (appears to be a '31 CD8 sport phaeton--very, very rare) is the same problem that plagues my '31 CD8 roadster. It's not a Full Classic, but it's expensive like one. They live in a kind of no-man's land where the CCCA guys with the money won't touch it but the rest of the hobby has trouble justifying it. This roadster is a gorgeous car, beautiful restoration, and drives extremely well, but I can't get anyone to bite and I've had it for a long time. I sometimes get offers from people that say, "It's just a Chrysler, not a Packard, you're asking too much, I'll give you $25,000. You should take it." I don't agree that it's too expensive, only that the buyers are too narrowly focused. I suspect 93 out of 100 enthusiasts with this much money to spend would buy a somewhat ratty Packard instead of a really nice non-Classic Chrysler. I hate that this is how it is, but it certainly seems to be the case. $110,000 is probably way too much for that car, especially since this one isn't selling at $75,000.
  36. 8 points
    Hello! I wanted to share my new-to-me car. After selling my Suburban back in September, I've been looking for a station wagon... Preferably one 1970-1995, big block, bucket seats, not blue, and preferably GM (although I didn't say this out loud). I can't tell you how many cars I've looked at in that time! However, none really "spoke" to me, nor kept me thinking about it. I first looked at this on in the beginning of December - she's a 1995. While this one is blue, it doesn't have a BBC - but it does have an LT1 - nor does it have bucket seats (it has a split bench), it's in pretty good shape and bought from the original owner. There's been no modifications, mileage is around 114,000 miles and it's been sitting for a few years. We've already bought a few things, ordered a bunch of parts and will get started getting her running. Now I know this is not what most of you would pick up, this works for me as it needs to be my daily driver as well as my AACA car and I think this will work well in HPOF! If you have owned one and have anything you'd like to share about what to look for/watch out for, what was good or bad, please feel free to share. She won't be on the showfield this year obviously, but look for her in 2020!!
  37. 8 points
    No, it is not an antique car. But it is a true one of one.This prototype of the John Deere Electric rear engine rider was rescued from a weed patch at a farm auction in central Missouri about 30 years ago. We stored it inside until we had the opportunity to have it professionally restored (no, I did NOT do the work.....I cannot paint )The mower deck is still at the restoration shop. It was an absolute mess, rusted badly from the TOP side. One of the reasons for the electric was to sell it to suburban yuppies to be able to mow with less noise. However, Deere found that the noise of the whirling blades was almost equal to that of the engine on gasoline powered mowers. So they glued insulation strips on the outside of the mower deck to attempt to quiet the sound. These absorbed moisture and caused rust (just like the *&^%$#@ car cover I stupidly put on one of my GTO's......very bad idea in areas with high humidity). I will post a picture of the deck when it is finished.John Deere was way ahead of the public with these electric mowers (they debuted in 1970). The prototype was probably assembled in 1969. The Deere dealers literally hated these, and the general public wasn't much different. They did not sell well.I have been interested in electric vehicles my entire life; and would have purchased an electric car in the 1970's except for what I considered a silly Missouri law which has now been repealed.About 1980, when Dad and I were trying to acquire parts, information, etc. on the electrics, I asked a sales manager who had been at the dealership long enough to remember the Electrics why the dealers hated them as they did.He laughed, and said there were two ways a salesman could get fired from the dealership. The first was to have an affair with the bosses wife, the second was to trade for a used electric.After we finished laughing, he told us that because the electric drive motor was so quiet, the motor was often left on, running down the batteries. And the servicemen were not then really up on electronics; and the onboard charger was not overly reliable.But this is the only one of one vehicle I have ever owned (I do have quite a few one of one carburetors), and I found it strictly by accident.The mower actually works very well, and if one will mow about once every five days, 3/4 of an acre may be mowed on a battery charge.Jon.
  38. 8 points
    It went very well!....here are a few shots.
  39. 8 points
    Had a great day at the Autorama yesterday! It wasn't too long before I located Joe and his 1958 Caballero. It took me quite awhile to get this shot as there was a continual crowd around the ideal spot on the end of the isle. Joe and some of the people from Master Works were busy fielding questions and think Joe was very happy (and a bit surprised maybe)with the interest the car was drawing. After spending time meeting people and good conversation moved on the see the rest of the show. If you have never been to Cobo Centre, it is a huge facility where they hold many shows including the North American International Auto Show. To say I planned the day to see it all was JUST enough time with that! Much to see and that leaves no time to actually talk with the owners about their prides and joys. The one thing I noticed was that wagons have become popular, much like trucks did a ways back. Yes not all are "Restored" to Joe's quality and customised but there are many classes to compete in and one has to appreciate the imagination and engineering it takes to make them work and look good. Surprisingly Buick's are not looked over from the imagination either. What was once a grampa car gets new life. Love the window decal! Just had to capture this shot from behind. The same owner had these two. There is a lower level where the Rat Rods show themselves and you can tell it is a different crowd from the upper trophy crowd. It is a lot of fun with a smaller display area and they had live music playing which made it that much more fun! They even had this display showing the welding going on to lower the roof on this Buick. Notice the tail light treatment? Naturally there were all kinds of makes and models and ideas people come up with but will keep this posting to Buicks. Just to prove Buick's are not left out of the creative minds here is one that had incorporated the '58 Buick grill. While not my intention my Buick's, I appreciate the efforts and (some) designs. It was a fine way to spend a day! 😀
  40. 8 points
    To be fair... hotel banquet food is rarely great, I buy a ticket and go to the dinner to support the club, and take what I get... the people and the cars are why I attend... not for the hotel food.
  41. 8 points
    The “new” string was installed. It’s more difficult to close the loop because the material is slipping more than cotton. After some up and downs, it seems that this is OK. I’ll let it that way for the moment; I will check if the tension is getting less and less, but I don’t think so. In between, I removed the chromes parts to both front fender and I removed as good as I could the orange peel, something I did not when the model was ready. The almost 30 years old paint is still good and the shine is nice. Not as deep as the Mark II paint, but quite acceptable. I wanted to show the smooth surface with those pictures; I did maybe 12 or 15 and kept only those 2.
  42. 8 points
    The seat side trim panels came back from the anodizer. Time to install them! I test-fit the passenger side panel and discovered that additional padding was required along the side of the seat. I inserted multiple layers of thin, felted cotton. Installation took a lot of finessing and adjusting. The lower panel on the passenger side required an "Ionia Body" tag. 57BuickJim to the rescue! Using a high-resolution image of an original Ionia tag, Jim re-created and printed new, replacement labels. The backing plates were made from .030" aluminum and the new tag was attached to the side panel with split rivets. To avoid deforming the thin aluminum side panels, I used a dab of clear silicone on the back of each rivet to bond the tag to the base panel. The rear corner closeout has to be installed before the upper panel. I used the original cover patterns to help locate teh attaching screw holes, then some gently prodding with a small pick allowed me to find the original attaching holesd in the seat frame. No new holes required! Near the top of the upper panel, the robe cord escutcheon attaching screws also retain the inboard edge of the upper trim panel. My grandson painted the spacer needed to align the rear folding seat back latch to the seat back. The liftgate window has 2 "layers" of stainless steel exterior moldings. The first layer was installed after the glass was installed. The second layer is retained by unique spring clips, many of which broke or disintegrated when the moldings were removed during disassembly of hte liftgate. I have not been able to find any replacements for these clips, so I had to fabricate 8 of them. The clip inside the white circle is one of the replacement clips I made, using a medium binder clip as the raw material. A heavy bead of glass bedding compound was applied to the liftgate surface and the clips were pre-inserted into the molding. I interspersed my fabricated clips with the original clips, using the originals in the most critical positions. The masking tape on the glass was marked to indicate the position of each clip (C) and each screw(S) for the two layers of moldings. I centered the molding on the glass and pushed each clip into position. The outboard, vertical moldings also act as retainers for the pillar scalp moldings. Quite a complicated molding scheme! I managed to scuff the top edge of the quarter panel with the molding edges. Another touch-up for the painter. All moldings in place; my clips appear to be working well.
  43. 7 points
    I just came back to looking at this thread since just before Christmas and I saw that Edinmass posted a Factory pic of a 33 Studebaker Speedway Roadster and there was some conversation that came up and links about the car my father owns. My dad has owed his 33 Studebaker since 1963, he first saw the car in the 50s thru some family friends who owed the car. He told the owner if he ever wanted to sell the car he would be interested, my dad at the time would of been in his mid 20s. In 1963 the owner drove up to the garage my Grandfather owed and my dad worked at, and asked him if he still wanted to buy the car. My dad said yes indeed and had to scrounge up the money to buy the car. Dad always said his dad, my grandfather was mad at him for buying the Studebaker as he could of bought 10 Model As and 5 Model Ts for the price he paid for that car. My mom and dad drove the car regularly thru the 80 and he even drove the car down to Hershey in the early 70s from where we live in Ontario. The car was parked in 1982 as there was overheating issues and the water jacket side panel was rotting off and would not hold water anymore. He car sat in the garage till about 2002 when I took the car out to my place to work on it and get in on the road again. My dad was getting older and I knew he would never do it so I took up the challenge and over a 1yr period fixed what was required so my mom and dad could enjoy driving the car again .So for about 15 yrs now the car has been in regular use all summer long. As the car has always been local to us, my dad knows the full history of the car and it does have a very interesting past, including being the show car for Studebaker at the Toronto CNE car show in 1933.Their was mention of the car colour and that has an interesting story to it. The car was put away in a hay-mow to hide the car during the scrap drive for the war and was hand painted yellow and covered in straw to hid it. A Ford/Mercury dealer bought the car in 1953 and they repainted the car Ford/Mercury Parklane green, and that is the paint and the colour that is on this car to this day. Our 33 Studebaker is the 13 of 18 President Speedway car built for the Canadian market. Of the 8? President Speedways known to exist 4 are Canadian cars the other 4 are US cars. Ours is 1 of 2 known Speedway Roadsters to exist as was previously mentioned and we have been helping with whatever we can to assist the owner of the 2nd car get that car back together and on the road again. Below is a couple of pic.. 1955 when my dad first saw the car a took a pic of it. The original colours in fender well..Cloud Mist Grey Light and Cloud Mist Grey Dark and the Yellow that it was Painted during the war. last is a pic from a couple of yrs ago. My avatar is a pic at Hershey this is past fall of my Dad and the owner of the other Roadster. Jeff
  44. 7 points
    Nice enough today, only 33deg. Sun shining. Not working. So fired up Trujis and took her out for some much needed leg stretching and filled the tank with fresh gas. Looks like spring is here!
  45. 7 points
    My 1965, 1966 and 1971 Rivieras. David Baker #14360
  46. 7 points
  47. 7 points
    What’s the VIN, I want to do a CARFAX on it. That is an ambitious project.
  48. 7 points
    To me, contributing factors to reducing the appeal of the hobby are donating rare, desirable cars to museums, or hoarding them up into the huge vanity car collections, thus reducing the number of such cars available to individual collectors. I drive all my cars, take them on tours, and enter them in shows. More people see my cars, touch them, sit in them, hear them run and sometimes even ride in them than would ever be the case if they were housed in some museum where "people can see them."
  49. 7 points
    I'm not at all surprised by the very high survival rate for the Gullwing, which was unlike anything else ever offered to the motoring public. There had been expensive, exclusive cars in the past, but the Gullwing offered performance, racing heritage, exclusivity, and civilized road manners that had never been seen before. They were never "just another old car." Even today, they are shockingly modern to drive and they're approaching 70 years old. In 1955, the waiting list for people who wanted a Gullwing was far longer than the number of cars they could/would build. When production stopped, many of those people still wanted one. They were expensive and special when they were new, owners maintained them, and there was always a waiting list to own one second-hand. They never passed into being just a used car, they never went out of fashion, they never became anachronistic; they were always something remarkable with enthusiasts who desired them and cared for them. They were unique in almost every way, not just because of a weird confluence of options on an otherwise common car. They built about the same number of 1965 Corvettes with the L78 396/425 engine as they did Gullwings, and while the Corvette is a relatively rare and desirable car, it's still a Corvette and there were are another 23,000 or so very similar cars built that year, merely with different options. I can't think of anything analogous today that would indicate just how special those cars were. Maybe the McLaren F1 or the Ford GT, neither of which ever depreciated and most of which are still in existence--I expect that to continue to be true in coming decades. Cars that are special when they're new tend to stay special. Not special cars tend to have some examples simply exist long enough to become interesting. Not quite the same thing. Just being produced in low numbers isn't sufficient. Perhaps scarcity is a better term than rare, which suggests that there are more buyers than sellers. There are surely fewer 1963 Rambler station wagons in existence than Gullwings, but that fact alone doesn't make the Ramber a million-dollar car or increase the pool of potential buyers. Remember that in many instances, a car is "rare" because nobody wanted it when it was new. The fact that they didn't make many of that unpopular car doesn't make it any more appealing today.
  50. 7 points
    To all owners of 1919 Buicks: This year, in celebration of our wonderful Buicks turning 100, there will be an informal gathering for any and all owners of a 1919 Buick. Your car does not have to be in the show, nor does it have to be roadworthy. Just come for a champagne toast and a meet and greet. We will meet at my 1919 H 45 in Class 16 at the AACA Fall Meet (Hershey) show field on Saturday October 12th at 1 PM. Happy Motoring!