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    Well said, enough already... I had a really pleasant time at the meet and I hung out with my friends on both sides of the supposed issues...and you know what...we talked about Buick's and enjoyed Buicks...and the sun rose and set each days...let's not forget there are more important things...
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    Perfect weather here and my '46 Roadmaster made it under its own power, didn't miss a beat, but threw off one hubcap somewhere along the way.
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    Well I came here thinking just maybe someone would be kind enough to report the results of the BOD meeting election results but instead find this crap. Y-Job, you sometimes make some good points but subjective and rude comments like those above are what get threads dumped. Plus most folks on both sides of the highway are getting tired of all the contentiousness that's gone on over the last couple years so I really wish you and others would just lay off it, at least on here.
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    This is probably a good discussion that warrants its own topic rather than being buried in here. A week ago I wrote a long topic on this very subject but never hit post simply because I was afraid it would devolve into the usual discussion. Perhaps I was mistaken. There's a lot to do if we're going to engage young people and our biggest problem is that we're simply not speaking their language. It's more than just a website, it's figuring out how to operate on their level. There's much derision of young people using their phones and social media, but that is how they communicate and do business today. Ignoring them and their preferred methods of communication is probably a big turn off. I've seen a lot of people on this forum who think young people are idiots who only care about Facebook and looking at their phones, and that's a mistake. Those same young people think you're an idiot for being willing to wait six days to get a piece of information that should be available in seconds. The problem isn't that young people aren't interested, they just aren't interested in doing it the way we used to do it. It isn't unreasonable for them to want instant access to information because that's how their entire world works and has since they were born. And I think theirs is a valid complaint that many clubs have yet to adequately address. Anyway, this topic deserves its own thread with informed discussion. It's more than just a website and letting them know there's a club. Way more. It's changing how the clubs and the hobby operate that is key to attracting and keeping them involved.
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    Is interest in pre war cars fading? Here are fifty Pierce Arrows on tour this week in the mid west.
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    Smells like mouse pee. Trying to air it out.
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    Hello Everyone! Thank you for all the offers of adopting the family "51 Buick. I have found a few people that are a great fit and will finalize the 'adoption paperwork' after they have taken a look at it. Those chosen were the first ones to respond AND also wanted to keep it in Historic Preservation condition. They were also interested in the story behind the car. Everyone was so enthusiastic and passionate about the car and I thank you all for being such great caretakers and enthusiasts. Keep your eye out for it and a meet-up or show near you! I am sure it will be out there for your enjoyment. Thank you all so much. I will post the new owner here once everything is finalized and they pick it up.
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    Manitoban Mayhem is on the move.
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    To those to whom it may apply, no matter how loosely! HAPPY FATHER'S DAY 2019
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    I would try to repair it first. Find a piece of heavy walled tubing that the filter will slip over, Then reshape the flanges with a hammer to make them round again. I always try to repair first before replace.
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    It is a mistake that has been around since the second generation of people. I still remember my early experiences in the hobby at 13 and 14 years old. Nasty, surly old men that I just disassociated from. There were plenty of publications to enjoy and close friends my own age. I was in my early 30's before I got involved with the organized hobby. 70 now, and still don't care to associate with old men. They carry the badge of some self perceived Rite of Passage the was harder, tougher, and more enlightening than any future generation could comprehend. Better left alone. Just last night I heard some grousing about a kid who bought a new truck and didn't go to the dealer his father always went to, a real scourge to the family. I asked how old the kid was; 50, the old guy told me. Myopia is not limited to only a physical condition.
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    After seeing some of the U-Haul equipment guys have used to try to move cars, I wouldn't trust that stuff to move a lawnmower. The equipment is badly neglected and/or abused. Cracked welds, broken ramps, bald tires (that are undersized--usually passenger car tires) and that hokey tie-down system they use is really sketchy. Either pay a hauler to move it for you or see about renting/borrowing a real car trailer. For something as big and heavy as a 1957 Cadillac, I wouldn't want to take a chance with U-Haul gear. It's always tempting to do it yourself and try to save a few bucks, but I bet the cost difference between a U-Haul rental and having a pro deliver the car isn't really that much. Always better to be safe than sorry!
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    Can't open the door to operate the window crank because the trailer fender is in the way?
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    I’m not about to change the title of the thread, although Grenouille is now headed in a general northerly direction. We started a bit later this morning than I wanted, getting on the road shortly after 8:00. We made our first pit stop in northern Oklahoma off I-35, where there was a bit of a police presence. After using the facilities and stocking up on caffeinated products, getting out to the car, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol officer made a comment about the car, which started a conversation. Of course it reminded him of his mother’s new car, which was a Monza. His first ride involved spilling a milkshake in the back seat. We made another pit stop in Kansas for facilities and perhaps more caffeine. Being Father’s Day, it was appropriate that I get chauffeured around for a while. Somewhere along Highway 50 was a sign that I would like to have...if not physically, at least in photo form as it gave us the false belief we were almost home (Canada 12 to the left). Teresa stopped in Strong City, KS for fuel and a reunion. At that stop, a farmer chatted with us for a while as his children had had a Skyhawk. As we were talking, another gentleman made positive comment. I asked about possible routes to Sioux City as I was interested in going over new territory on the way home. We backtracked a mile to head north on 177, which brought us to picnic tables at the National Park Service Tall Grass Prairie Preserve. All photos are on the camera, so will have to wait. We had some leftovers from the other night for lunch and spent a few minutes looking around. I’d say it was a worthwhile stop. Onward we went...and went...and went...driving through Kansas seemed to take forever, while getting through Nebraska felt quick by comparison. We had dinner in Blair and drove the remaining roughly 60 miles to Sioux City. I’m looking forward to getting home to my own bed and the poodles.
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    Drove about 200 rt miles this Fathers Day, Athens GA to Greenville SC to see my son Jordan and grand baby Etta. Car performed wonderfully. So far since I’ve started the challenge, 940 miles.
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    Drove the Limited and Melanie's '56 Chrysler wagon to Stan Hywet Hall down in Akron for the annual Stan Hywet Father's Day Car Show. We took our personal cars down a day early so we could be there today to help unload and park a few other cars that were coming in and needed some help. Then we can just zip down there in a modern car at 6AM to get started (Melanie runs the show). It was also a great chance to park the Limited in front of the manor house and take some photos. Looks right at home, doesn't it? It's about a 40-minute drive from our shop to Stan Hywet, pretty easy drive, but there's one particularly long, steep hill that always creates a struggle for old cars. My '29 Cadillac will do it but it needs 2nd gear to finish the job. When I was a kid, we rode with a friend in his 6-cylinder Mustang and I recall he had to back up the hill otherwise it just wouldn't make it. It's long, winding, and STEEP. Even my late-model Cadillac CTS had to drop down a few gears to make the climb. Nevertheless, the Limited actually ACCELERATED up the hill in high gear. I was very impressed! Melanie snapped a photo of the Limited along the way, showing the LED brake lights and turn signal doing their thing.
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    Boys made it here...they got some hands on Buick action. First with the Obermeyers 1908
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    I ordered a Number 29- Beef & Broccoli with fried rice. These guys are relentless......
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    Well folks, we made to the meet a short while ago. About 1230 miles driven to get here. The weather is warm and sunny, but not too hot right now. Though it ran a bit hot at times, the Electra ran beautiful the whole trip. Now she has to get us home again in a few days! Keith
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    So the 17 illegals in the car can breathe ?
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    I was up at sunrise this morning with the hood up. Wiper motor replaced with correct vacuum unit, all new vacuum lines and washer jar was cleaned up. The wipers work for about 3 swipes and then quit. I don't plan on using them, anyway. Most of my cars wipers never work. Rain X is a wonderful thing. All of the fender bolts with square washers were removed and cleaned up, then painted a silvery color that's as close to silver cad plat that I can find. They were all body color from lazy painters in the past. Hood hinges were badly oversprayed with body color, too. I did my best to just hose some flat black on them to hide the fact they're covered in Garnet Red paint. Front marker lights were replaced with ones from the parts car. The harness was cut right at the bulkhead at the radiator support, and then sloppily pinch-coupled together with stupid stupid connectors. I cleaned up all of the wiring the best I could with lacquer thinner and a rag...tons of black paint all over the place. The hood latch parts on the radiator support and the hood itself were all hosed with black paint. I pulled those off and bathed them in thinner...then used a brass brush to clean them up without disturbing the original plating. New plug wires to replace the ugly blue ones. Battery hold-down bracket was too skinny to hold the new battery...so I "modified" it to fit. Hopefully no one will notice one side of it is missing 🤣 I made a feeble attempt to put tower clamps on the top radiator hose. Did fine with the top one, but the one at the t-stat housing snapped when I tightened it up....so I piggy-backed a worm drive clamp on it closer to the end of the hose. When I got the car, it had a crappy plastic fuel filter on it, and the bracket/glass filter was MIA. Thanks to Lance for getting me a fitting that connects to the bracket for mounting. I was able to get all of that fixed up correctly today, too. I still have a ton of detailing to do...but it's close. It's on the trailer and ready to go tomorrow. I still have to pack...but at least all the part I'm bringing to sell are loaded.
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    Hi I will be bringing my 1976 Buick LeSabre custom limo to the show with 19000 original miles from a car collection
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    Seems to me that too many folks get sucked into a competitive mindset, wherein those who don't do a frame-off or obsess over every screw or whether the wires are made from copper ore from the original mine somehow feel inferior. IMHO, if it goes, stops, turns, and keeps you dry, you're 90% of the way there. If you've got seat covers instead of new leather, or a temporary MDF floorboard, BFD. The view through the windshield is the same, the smile's just as big, and the stress is a lot lower. Having said that, a modified frame-off can be a matter of efficiency. If you're going to have a go at the engine, transmission, brakes, shocks, axle, etc., the time spent pulling the body might be repaid several times over in the ease of accessing all those systems from above rather than below. Clean them, fix them, and put it back together. You don't need to completely disassemble everything, or have anything blasted, or paint the frame, or polish every bolt, or touch the body or finish at all.
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    The minutes for May, April, March, as well as a teleconference for 4/19/2019 have been posted on the BCA web site. A set of minutes from a November teleconference that had previously overlooked have also been posted. My apologies for the lateness of some of these , but it was because of a variety of reasons, mostly health related issues.
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    The electrons won,t mind traveling a few feet farther......bob
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    Few more pictures. Because I had a few questions about the shock handle on the dash, I thought the pictures would help people understand how it’s setup. The down rods are attached to bell cranks that move both the front and rear shock valves at the same time.
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    Yay! Just got off the phone with the service station and they have the gas cap. I’m going to attempt to try to not form an opinion on the gal I spoke to the other day. Thus, our route tomorrow is being planned through Strong City, KS to pick it up. Excuse me while I do a little dance of joy....
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    Then @Larry Schramm gave them a lesson in Buick trucks.
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    Some people get originality, some don't, that's cool. For those who do get it, this awesome Monza Red 'Vette will check all the boxes. First, the important stuff: 100% matching numbers, LS5 454/390 V8, factory A/C, power windows, leather interior, and it has been owned from day one by the same guy who bought it when he returned from Vietnam. It wears original paint, the leather interior is 100% original, and it shows just 58,344 miles. We've had a lot of Corvettes pass through our hands, but not many have been as appealing to me as this cool survivor. For preservation-class competition, either AACA or Corvette clubs, this is a great choice. The code 974 Monza red paint still looks awesome after 50 years of life and Michael was able to really bring up a great shine. I see no evidence of repainted panels our even significant touch-ups, and the original owner (who is now in his late 70s) says it has never been hit, not even a little ding. That means bumpers are original with nice chrome and even though fiberglass doesn't dent, there are no chips or cracks in the usual spots. He drove the car and enjoyed it properly, so there are a few marks here and there, but it's also obvious that it's been loved all its life. The rubber weather seals are still supple and the T-tops lock down and don't rattle, a rarity in a vintage C3. The headlights pop up properly and even the windshield wiper door leaps out of its well when you hit the switch. Nice! Code 403 is black leather and yes, that's original upholstery, original carpets, original door panels, original dash pad, and, well, you get it. All the gauges work properly except the clock and the fiber-optics on the center console all light up as they should. Gauge markings are crisp and bright, day or night, and we just converted and charged the A/C so it works well. You also get an AM/FM radio, power windows, and an automatic transmission, making this something of a luxury-oriented 'Vette that's very easy to live with. Yes, there's some wear and tear, with the most notable thing being a split in the carpet at the base of the driver's seat (not usually visible), but overall it's quite well preserved. The engine is the original, numbers-matching LS5 454 cubic inch V8. This was the top engine in 1970 (oddly, the LS6 was not available in the Corvette), and the CGW-coded block grunts out 390 horsepower and a towering 500 pounds of torque, all with great road manners and a hydraulic cam so it's very user-friendly. It carries a matching partial VIN on the stamping pad and there's just no question this is a correct car. We cleaned it up but we didn't restore anything, which seems inappropriate. We did, however, have the radiator re-cored and it runs ice cold now. We also installed new correct hoses and clamps, installed a new master cylinder, and tuned it a bit, but it really didn't need much. You'll note it still has its original Rochester 4-barrel carb, factory ignition shielding including plug wires, and that's factory Chevy Orange paint on the block--we didn't touch it. Underneath, it's grungy the way a car that has been driven would be, but there's no rust and it has obviously never been used in winter weather. Critical areas like the kick-up ahead of the rear wheels are completely solid and the frame is straight with no signs of an accident. The transmission is a stout TH400 3-speed automatic that's virtually indestructible and still shifts crisply. There's a newer exhaust system that sounds right and offers correct rectangular tips and remarkably, it feels like it has 3.08 gears out back, which makes it a flat-out awesome high-speed cruiser. If you want a vintage 'Vette that can eat up miles of highway on a road trip, I can't think of many better than this (provided you can afford to feed it). Rally wheels and fat 255/60/15 Goodyears look great and fill the fenders perfectly. I'm not a Corvette guy but I love this car. It's ferociously fast if you want it to be, but it's also relaxed and comfortable if you just want to turn on the A/C and sit back for a cruise. And as a survivor, it's really nicely preserved. If you don't need perfection but appreciate cars that have been properly maintained but never disassembled, this should appeal to you. It's also reasonably priced at $47,900, giving you a lot of pedigree and performance for the price of a generic 5-year-old C7. Thanks for looking!
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    When a couple of touch ups gets out of hand.
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    Update on my "lost" speedometer. Miraculously I just received it back Priority Mail from Alan. It looks beautiful, not yet installed but I'm sure it will work fine, just needed lubrication. It was a frustrating 2 months not being able to contact Alan and he still didn't cash my check. He hinted at a health issue but that's all I know. Sometimes we just have to trust and accept some of us have issues , not an easy thing in this scamming, insane computer driven world. Alan Kriss came through. Sadly there's fewer capable repair guys out there every year. I wish him well. From what I've learned, there was none better.
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    Interesting thought, but then again, there are ALWAYS more collector cars than there are collectors. Simple math. It's rare that any antique car collector owns just one car. I have 11, many have more, but few have only one. Thus, there are many more cars than there are collectors. At any one time, what's your guess on cars that are for sale that fall in the "collector" category? I'd guess 10,000 or more, that's only 200 per state, so probably a low number estimate. All that said, there is still a huge interest in pre war cars, and there always will be. Anyone waiting to buy the car of their dreams "for pennies on the dollar when the market crashes" is playing a fools game, and all they're doing is robbing themselves of enjoyment and friendships that ownership and usage of car would provide. Yes, the market has ups and downs, but taking individual cases and making that the norm is not a true indication of market...
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    Hello Everyone, The Buick has been spoken for. I am sure you will see it in prime condition at a meet-up or show soon. Thank you all for your interest and passion in finding a home for this family heirloom.
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    The rain decided to hold off this Sunday. I attended the Harry Cooper VFW Post# 160 car show and benefit with my 54 48D. The 54 Special picked by post members to receive 1 of 4 memorial trophies. Great honor.
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    Something strange going on here: The Rte. 66 tour is 66 miles long and there are now 66 cars signed up to take part in it on Friday!