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  1. Well....it has been about 5 years since the planets were aligned enough for me to get my 1931 DB 2 person coupe back on it's feet and running. Thank you so very much to my friends, Pete Bedia and his friend Sarge for all that they did for me. They brought an extra 1931 DB engine up to me from Los Angeles. While they were here, they helped my replace the master and wheel cylinders, bought me a new battery and got most of the new wire loom hooked up. I still have some wiring to figure out, but they must have done something correct because it actually started up! As soon as I get the rest of the
    27 points
  2. A well known restoration shop has rebuilt this corner service station in their town, very nice. If you're ever through White Post Virginia take a look!
    25 points
  3. Had a great day driving a long term stored 1966 Ford Country Squire wagon from North Central Ontario back to South West Ontario on the back roads. Normally I would have a car like this flat bed towed, but the seller (a small town car dealer) told me he drove it home from long time indoor storage and putted around town with it before I bought it, figured I would take the chance. I brought 2 spare tires to replace the rock hard front bias plys' that had no tread wear but were at least 40 yrs old. He really was an honest guy for a change! This rig was far better than he described and super low mi
    21 points
  4. In finding my wife, I scored big time, I won't go into all the reasons, but I will list one.......She came with great parents. My inlaws are wonderful, and as an added bonus, my Father in Law is a car guy, spent years of his adult life on a restoration of a 56 Ford pickup, and in doing so exposed his daughter (my wife) to the idea of having classic cars. For the first 20 years of our marriage, I would love talking cars with him and the conversation would alway end up with him talking about getting a 36 Ford.... his birth year and his favorite car. As the years went by, it was obvious he wo
    21 points
  5. Yesterday, I had a group of 8 Steamers on their tour stop by the workshop for a coffee stop and tour of the Cole Motor Car collection. It was a great time and a real joy for my son and I to see all of those steamers in action! A great group of people as well.
    21 points
  6. My Curved Dash Olds, on a day I did NOT go touring; my 1912 Buick on a tour in Delaware a few years ago; my 1911 Stanley, steaming up at daybreak on last year's HCCA one-and two-cylinder tour.
    20 points
  7. I am embarrassed to say I have let my '57 become kind of a back burner issue in the last 6 months. However, it's finally been squirted. My painter sent a few cell phone pics over this morning. Sorry for the quality, I think his lens needs cleaning. Orig. Raven Black on Black/White interior. Now the fun begins!
    18 points
  8. I have viewed every photo in this thread though I have not had anything to contribute, until now. My friend restored a 1923 Gray Dort and he had an original photograph of the same make and model taken near the Gray Dort factory in Chatham, On. This afternoon we drove the car about 40 miles for the first trip to the location where the original photo was taken nearly a hundred years ago. Regards, Gary
    17 points
  9. We are definitely at the drive and tune portion of the sorting. I just need to be legal down the road to do it. I won’t chance a ticket and tow here in Florida. Up in Massachusetts I could easily get away with sticking a plate on it in the countryside........here there is just way too much exposure. Now a few comments of White engineering, design, and quality. The frame on this car is heavier (read thicker) than ANY car I have ever worked on. Makes a Model J frame look like tin foil........and that’s no exaggeration. It’s absolutely absurd the frame on the car is built like it is. It
    16 points
  10. The long gone era......where a farmer was retired when he “bought the farm” and never had a day off in his life. No welfare, no crop insurance, no whining or crying..........just lots of god damm hard work for little results. Character and integrity were the lifestyle of the day, and a handshake was better than a 100 page contract drawn up by lawyers. That gentleman was of same stock as the true Americans that built the USA......like Harry Truman. People and ethics that are very long gone.......and have given us this sorry state of affairs we now live in.
    15 points
  11. Overcast day here on long island so will have to use some photos taken within the last few years, cars still look the same. The blue Buick is a 1940 model 71C Roadmaster. Engine never opened up and has about 50,000 miles on it from new. It got a cosmetic restoration in the very early 1970s. Car is tight - no rattles whatsoever for a conv sedan. Sold new in northern California. I have had it about a decade. Heater has two speeds - off and furnace ( two heaters one under the passenger front seat one on the firewall.) at one time owned by the San Francisco Chapter of the Hell's Angels motorc
    15 points
  12. Everyone, I was hesitant to join the AACA due to my lack of knowledge about the earliest of cars. I’d always heard that the prewar groups are very exclusive and not friendly. I’m 43 and I absolutely love old vehicles of all types. You name it, if it’s got an American made engine I’m a fan. I had discussions with @edinmass and @Grimytoday and they’ve welcomed me and made me feel a part of this group and are both outstanding representatives for the hobby. Both are full of real world experience that needs to be learned! For the interest and hobby to continue people like these gentlem
    15 points
  13. Well a couple of things. We had a Buick visitor last week. "Dandy Dave" Brennen was in town. We spent some time together and among other things we went to my shop and he got to see my newly acquired Model T. We drove it around the shop yard. He approved of the performance. The crazy thing is he got to give my wife a drive in the T before I got to give her a ride. After his visit, Joyce and I went to Kalamazoo on Thursday to The Gilmore Museum one day tour on Friday and show on Saturday. It was a great day for a ride even though the day started about 45degF for drivin
    15 points
  14. Does it really have to be an old Buick? My Cadillac CTS wagon finally decided it didn't want to be a car anymore--maybe some soup cans or a nice refrigerator--so I've been driving the '41 Buick for the last ten days or so. However, unbeknownst to me, Melanie took some of the settlement money we got from Cadillac (you may recall that the CTS wagon's malfunctioning power tailgate mangled my hand and then their customer service rep told me to go screw myself when I asked about getting it fixed under a recall--I told GM's lawyers I would think of her fondly when I cashed their check) and bought th
    15 points
  15. So today I had the 30 and 34 out, getting ready to put them in the barn. Some folks walked by, admiring the 34 and asked me: “wow, it’s amazing. are you the original owner?” well, I turn 60 in November. If I happened to be well off at the time, and 20 years old when I bought it, today I would be 106 years old....didn’t think I looked that bad...thanks lady....
    15 points
  16. 2020 Pandemic Outings... 1933 Graham Model 64 at the farm 1928 Graham-Paige 610 in the park. We drove over 70 miles that day. 1931 Graham Model 45, first drive in 40+ years, brakes next...
    14 points
  17. I don't want to criticize how others spend their money and determine their priorities. I am an "observer" of people.......Here is what I see a lot......Generic guy Dave stops on his way to the office and gets starbucks and a scone and an apple (11 dollars including tip), at lunch he gets Chipotle and a large diet coke (10 dollars), and he gets takeout or door dash for dinner: Thai entree with a side of sushi (24 dollars including tip). There are some groceries in the house and some snacking that takes place. 45 dollars for the day spent for food, not involving getting anything at the grocer
    14 points
  18. Today was a good day at Harwood Motors for a guy who loves Buicks.
    14 points
  19. I'm only 68 (next month), but I get that question a lot.
    14 points
  20. After a lengthy search I stumbled upon a beautiful looking '37 Cadillac Series 70 Fleetwood Phaeton (I know, it's a convertible sedan, but Cadillac called it a Phaeton). It is a car that has been off the road at least 30 years but is a AACA Senior winner from about 1964. After talking at length with the family about the relative merits and demerits of the car, and agreeing that it would never be turned into a streetrod, I submitted a lowball offer which was accepted. Upon learning about the car I have found some things were already on their way to streetrod status including a '4
    13 points
  21. Closest I have as she's not on the road yet, but she wants to drive it to school when she gets older.
    13 points
  22. Update: I got very sick over the weekend. Worst I have felt in twenty years........they exact way you don't want to feel during a pandemic with the China Flu going around. Took Monday off which is very unusual for me. Anyways, I had all the classic symptoms of the Covid 19. Took a test yesterday and the results today were negative. So, with feeling like garbage for a few days, I did get to play with the car. Sometime you can't stay away. Phil took time off until I got my results........so he will be back in the game tomorrow. As only old cars can accomplish something
    13 points
  23. The Eagle has landed. Chassis number 856 Body number 2141 Engine number 91256 Three owners in 100 years. Full collapsible landaulet--the top goes down, the window frames are removable, so it's technically an open car, although I bet it looks awkward fully open. We won't be trying to fold any of that ancient leather anyway, so this is how it stays. Repainted once in the '50s, everything else is 100 years old. 11,715 original miles. Not at all fussy, very smooth, surprisingly good torque. I took a quick drive up and down the road and it d
    13 points
  24. The new chapter has begun. It took us almost 8 years to get a garage, but here we are. I started moving my stuff into the new garage.I had to just throw stuff wherever. I need to organize and then I can start the work on the Buick back up. Can't wait!
    13 points
  25. My 31 Pierce is still in a hundred pieces but here is one from when it wasn’t and my T from the Fourth of July makeshift parade.
    12 points
  26. Examples? This is by far the most restoration-per-dollar I have in my showroom right now: That's an $80,000 restoration on a $22,000 car. Beautifully done, drives great, no needs (except maybe tires). Now you may argue that you don't particularly want a 1933 Chevy and had your heart set on a 1934 Ford that costs 3x as much. Well, that's you taking yourself out of the game before you even get in because you have caviar dreams on a pauper's budget. This powerful, roadworthy Full Classic Buick sold for about $30,000. Nicely restored, high-speed
    12 points
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  28. Or just use a five dollar bill 🤔
    12 points
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  30. Update: Most important post yet. CAR IS DONE! 👍
    12 points
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  32. My daily (well not so much daily at the moment, less than 1000 miles on it since delivery in March) and the 22 Cadillac I haven't measured, but I believe if you include the tyres the cadillac is slightly longer Bear in mind, I have 19" rims on the station wagon.... the cadillac is comedically large
    11 points
  33. So wasn't the weekend but a few pics we got of the Centurion yesterday in and around Letchworth State Park.
    11 points
  34. Pickedup Almendrón from storage today and took a ride home to clean and polish. The car was last used in February this year just before the pandemic hit hard. I occasionally start the car but at last driven today to photo shoot my daughter’s civil wedding to be celebrated today with close family and friends at my son’s home. Don’t have to drive it far since his house is two houses away from mine. My daughter cancelled the wedding party Due to COVID but postponed for May next year and still insist to ride the car then. So luckily two photo ops.
    11 points
  35. Well we took the '13 out for the final drive for the season. It was a super day for a drive. Tomorrow it goes to the trim shop for a new top. Besides taking a drive around town, we ran some errands. Went to FedEx, Sams for gas, Home Depot for some flowers, and finally to Kroger for some grub. Great day out.
    11 points
  36. Update: After pounding on this car for the last 8 weeks, Phil and I took a few days off. We got back to it tonight. Windshield is back in. Started to play around with the top........figured out how to fold it. Worried about it holding up. We don’t have a top boot.......it’s going to be a problem. I think it’s safer right now to run it with it up. We did another compression test today, used a different set up, and we got: 80, 81, 80, 80. I would call that pretty consistent. We are going to try dialing in the magneto........and probably swap over to the Zenith. I have a 1917 photo sh
    11 points
  37. Only at Hershey! Recently my friend Jim Wellock of Akron,Ohio mentioned that his first Hershey was 1964 when he was around 16 years old. His family slept in their station wagon! Jim's dad was a co founder of the Akron Model T Ford Club. He mentioned he had 1964 photo slides of the Bill Harrah 1907 Thomas Flyer that went around the world from N.Y to Paris and won the race as the only American entry. He said he had a photo of it being shown at Hershey that year, AND a photo slide of it pulling a brass era Rolls Royce also owned by Harrah with a tow rope! Both photos are attached. Look at all of
    11 points
  38. I used to get that question all the time. My collector cars range from 106 to 116 years old. Now I turn the tables. Someone asks me how long I've had the car and I say: "I suppose I can't convince you that I bought it new." They look at me funny, and we both have a good giggle. I'm contemplating getting a skeleton to put in the passenger seat with a sign: "Original purchaser. Died of carowner virus."
    11 points
  39. Ed, one of the best phone calls I ever made. The fellow who owned it was dispersing his collection, and he was down to two vehicles. I was able to place both of them in good hands, and though I'd have had the White had I been a younger man, I could never have done it the justice it deserves as Ed has done (yes, I know, my high school English teacher is jumping up and down about that sentence).
    11 points
  40. In an earlier post it shows the beautifully restored 1930 Packard phaeton bought new by Chris's grandfather. What always amazed me was that the car was 9 years old when it was used to tour the Queen around. It obviously had been well kept . The first time I saw the car was when Art Falawka was painting it in his garage in March of 1958. In 1961 when Doris and I were married Art and Cathy chauffered us around in the Packard. It was a spectacular wedding car and certainly impressed our guests. We met Chris at the Crescent Beach Concourse in 2014 where he showed the car. We introduc
    11 points
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