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  1. 25 points
    Discussions of BCA Club Business/Politics Folks, we have come to a 3 pronged fork in the ol’ Buick Highway in relation to the discussion of BCA Club Business and Politics. One would have had to have been hiding under a rock if they are not aware of the disruption and disturbance that a recent thread brought to our generally peaceful and friendly forum. I have always tried to allow discussions to ebb and flow unchallenged and unimpeded but feel that I may have been negligent in intervening in a few in the past. I would first like to say that contrary to some of yall’s perceptions that I have been biased and one-sided in my efforts to moderate some threads, I ask that you please believe me when I say I have tried my best not to be and to please put aside those perceptions and allow me the opportunity to try and move us out of the ugly quagmire that we are in. Back to the forks in the Buick Highway. The fork on the left is the fork we seem to be headed toward. It is full of potholes and dead man curves filled with more fomenting, stir the pot posts, back and forth bickering, hurt feelings, lost friendships and lost members. The center fork is one of a positive environment, civility, continued old friendships, helping one another with their cars and the making of new friends and very importantly, new members. It is a multi-lane road that all drivers, pre-war, post-war, modifieds, performance, Riviera’s, Reatta’s, and Opels can drive down at their own speed. It looks to be nicely paved with beautiful scenery, rolling hills and gentle curves. The fork on the right is one that I don’t think anyone would want to be forced down. It is filled with total censorship of any Club Business/Politics discussion and would involve potential loss of communication and informative discussions that are vital to our Clubs health and growth, and ends with us falling into a giant sink hole. SO folks, I have chosen to take the center fork and I hope you will all join me as we head down it. But take notice, I see quite a few regulatory signs down that peaceful roadway we will have to abide by if we are going to enjoy the ride. Those signs include No Nonfactual or Knowingly False or Inaccurate Comments, No Speculative or Conjectural Discussions aimed at stirring the pot, No Tempestuous Arguments, No Political Grandstanding (save it for the Bugle BOD candidate issue), No Personal Attacks, No Defamatory or Slanderous Assertions, No Provoking/Abusive Language, No Threatening, Harassing or Hateful comments. And be aware, enforcement will be stricter and those unwilling to comply with those posted signs or those who post discussions that a moderator considers as to having disturbed the order, dignity and harmony of this forum may find those posts removed and themselves left behind and standing on the side of the road. Nothing really new here, just some clarification of what you agreed to when you signed up here that I hope will make more clear the guidelines I will be using to keep the Buick Highway a more friendlier and peaceful place. Drive safely my friends.
  2. 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
  3. 24 points
    Well, after 21 years with the same company helping to recruit and hire healthcare professionals, I've officially RETIRED! Of course I've done it before when I retired after 23 years in the U.S. Navy, but this time I'm not wondering what my second career will be- it's already happened, and it certainly was enjoyable and so satisfying. To think the people we hired made such a difference in peoples lives is awesome. Proud also of the projects I initiated to hire our veterans. Those talented hospital corpsmen and medics can do so much more than what is normally allowed in the civilian world, and now we're successfully breaking down barriers for them and putting their experience and skills to work in the right place. Friday was officially my last day at work, although I'll go back later this week for my retirement luncheon and to pick up a few things still in the office. I woke up this morning without an alarm clock, didn't have to fight traffic, and spent the day leisurely sorting and packing for Hershey. Best part of this is I won't need to work by axx off so I can go, ain't worried about what's going on while I'm gone, and won't have to unscramble some crisis when I get back. Sweeeeeeettttttt! So-if I walk by at Hershey with a kinda frozen smile on my face just figure I'm having a really great time! Terry
  4. 24 points
    I'd like to just take a moment, and thank the AACA (and the moderators!) for providing this great forum, and to all the Forum members who share their thoughts and knowledge. It's a lot of fun, both entertaining and educational, and we should all be very thankful it exists. I've really enjoyed it, as it helps me stay in touch with people now that I'm retired. You read a lot of articles about having enough money for retirement, but rarely is mentioned the fact that when you leave a business or profession, you also leave behind a lot of contacts and "business friends". So why this sudden outpouring of thanks? Why, it's my 7000th post on the forum, and I wanted it to be a little bit special! Thanks to all .............David Coco Winchester Va.
  5. 23 points
    Please allow an old man to brag a bit. After 37 years of restoring professionally the business was turned over to my 35 year old Son Devon two years ago. I still come in every day and do a bit of upholstery and woodwork but for the most part I just get in the way. At last week's Hershey we showed a 1960 Eldorado Biarritz which was the first full restoration run completely by my Son from start to finish. Happily it was well received and garnered a First Junior Award. I can now rest easy knowing the business is in good hands
  6. 20 points
    While taking time at lunch to watch a celebration of the work and life of Martin Luther King Jr., I couldn't help but think that as old car lovers we often find ourselves reminiscing or fantasizing (for those younger members) about a time gone by. Let's not forget about the trials and struggles that got us where we are today. Let's not forget, the past is different for everyone, we all have a different journey, some not so rosey. I for one appreciate the style and simplicity of the past, however I would never live there. Appreciate the treasures we care for from the times gone by, but also appreciate the forward movement of the human story. Remember that we are all 99.999% genetically identical and appreciate the differences in your neighbors, friends, coworkers.....Do something good!
  7. 20 points
    If you're a white guy older than 50 and still sporting dreadlocks, you have made a very wrong turn in your life somewhere.
  8. 19 points
    We finally had a day where we could rotate the winter toys(snowmobiles) and the summer toys(Model Ts) with the help of the my boys, and before I knew it the T was up and down the back roads with the dust flying. I was enjoying every minute watching them go. There are young kids out there that have interest in old cars and not just 60's-80's cars. Now if we just get the antique automobile insurance companies In Ontario to take off the min 10 years of driving experience before they can get insurance we would be even further ahead with getting kids involved in the hobby. For now, they are stuck to the side roads around the house. Jeff
  9. 18 points
    WOW my generation gap is showing, I saw the title listed and when I clicked on this expected to see an MG , TC not a Chrysler Town and Country. Anyone else have that reaction as well?
  10. 18 points
    Names and places have been changed or omitted to protect the innocent. A few months ago I sold a wonderful automobile to a gentleman who lived some distance from me. He called and had several conversations. We sent additional information and helped him get an inspection and financed through a third party. Once everything was in place he was going to wire the funds. The day before he was set to wire funds his wife called and left a scathing 10 minute message on our answering machine which would garner a R rating in theaters. Her opinion was that we helped her husband buy this car behind her back and we were evil. She continued that he is not allowed to buy any more cars. We also received a nasty email from her explaining that her husband was not buying anything with out her permission. We assumed this was the end of the deal. The next day our customer called happy as could be. Said he was sending the funds and couldn't wait to get his car. I asked what about your wife? His response was that he was in the process of moving out and had already called a divorce attorney. She asked him the choose between her and another car. He added that he couldn't wait to get the car. So the age old excuse that guys love to use: "I have to check with my wife" has been made null and void. You don't need to check with the wife, just have a good divorce attorney.
  11. 18 points
    Well, I promised my wife that I was not going to buy a car at Mecum Indy where I am this week. Intended to just have fun watching others spend money and a lot of nice Buicks changing hands. Yesterday I broke my promise.I was thumbing through a catalog of The Maryland Collection, 47 cars being sold at 'No Reserve' and noticed a 1921 Buick Touring car for sale. I walked to the display and was blown away by this wonderful car that had been restored over the years and looked awesome. In the back seat was a 3 ring binder full of the car's history including history back to early 60's, complete restoration receipts from 1979-80 and later by the renowned White Post Restorations of White Post, VA.After reading about the car and work done I decided to check with a friend that knows early Buicks on pricing to confirm what I thought the car might be worth. We were both on the same page so I decided to bid on the car and after spirited bidding, I won the car. I am thrilled as it will be a fun car for family, shows, parades etc. Apparently there are very few 1921 Buicks left, especially in this condition. The car had been sitting in a 100+ car collection in Maryland for more than 10 years and after the passing of the father in 2017, the family decided to liquidate the collection, hence my lucky day.Called the wife and explained what I had done, then sent photos and she forgives me since she loves the older, antique cars.Buicks forever Chuck
  12. 17 points
    I am honored to be the recipient of "The Terry B. Dunham Historical Award," for 2018, the Buick BUGLE's Literary Award, for my article, "The History of Buick on La Isla de Cuba." Presented just last Saturday at the BCA's National Meet in Denver, the award pays homage to legendary Buick historian and author Terry B. Dunham. I met Terry at Hershey about 20 years ago, our only face-to-face meeting, but we communicated about Buick history over the years before his untimely passing in 2012. What a thrill to receive recognition for an unchartered area of Buick history about which Terry would be enthsuiastic, encouraging and proud. From the Buick Club's 2012 Tribute... "Terry B. Dunham, 72, the founder and a past president of the Buick Heritage Alliance, died on Friday, November 2, 2012. Terry was considered one of the world’s leading experts on the heritage of the Buick automobile, creating an award-winning book, a national enthusiasts’ organization, an innovative website for vintage car owners and major magazine articles." http://www.buickclub.org/terry-dunham-tribute/ Thanks to the BCA, BUGLE Editor Pete Phillips and Cindy Livingston, Graphic Artist Extraordinaire! TG
  13. 17 points
    My wife Bonnie finally got her first ride in "Miss Vicky", our '25 Buick Standard Coupe. In fact,it was the first run for the car this year.Runs like a watch. Jim
  14. 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...
  15. 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.
  16. 16 points
    Here in Northern California the nights are around 31 with a high of about 50 degrees. With a storm forecasted for the weekend I decided to get the 1929 Studebaker President out for a New Years drive today. Headed up into the foothills and put about 60 miles on the Studebaker. The day was perfect for driving in the hills on quite back roads.
  17. 16 points
    we just finished up my 1915 pre-fab gas station with pre-visable Gilbert & Barker gas pumps . Also working on a 1913 standard gas station with island pump cover will more of standard when finished . The windows came from old 100 year old building s that have been demo .
  18. 16 points
    A friend in Buena Park, CA, the late Al Newman, drove one of these cars from CA to Baltimore in 1967 for the first car show of a new club I was involved in starting. That was the first 41 Limited I ever saw. In 1971 he did it again from Fullerton, CA. I made up my mind then that I wanted one. In 1973 In I bought this car from Wally Rank Buick in Milwaukee, WI it was silver on the bottom and black on the top. The first airplane ride of my life was from Baltimore to Milwaukee and back to see this car and another one he had in his collection. Rank had bought it from a guy in Napa, CA. That guy, the late David Bissell, told me it had once belonged to CA Gov Goodwin Knight. In 2004 I saw a car at a CA AACA National Meet and that guy said, NO, his car had belonged to the Governor. Somebody had reupholstered the door panels and seats in brown naugahyde. Don Prather of Waldorf, MD reupholstered those areas to match the rest of the original interior. My friend repainted the car in my new garage with a Silver French Gray top and Lancaster Gray bottom, which I picked out of the Prestige Brochure. I paid $225 for the NOS trunk ornament, the most I had ever paid for a part to that time. Skirts came from California. They were standard on this model. I was cleaning out Buick dealerships in the DelMarVA area and selling parts at the time and kept all the NOS for myself. Every piece of chrome was NOS, some I did have to buy at Hershey Flea Markets, some I had. I had every piece of the transmission and a young mechanic neighbor named Bill Bond totally rebuilt the transmission with every part new. We rebuilt the speedometer and turned it back to zero and had the woodgraining redone by a local restoration shop. Both carburetors were rebuilt by an expert or were NOS. The tires came with the car and were called Lincoln Highway. I even found NOS hubcaps. In 1977 we drove the car to Hershey on a rainy day and I won a First Junior Award....my first-ever AACA National First. Once I sold it in 1981 I never saw or heard of it again. About 5-6 years ago I got a burr in my saddle to try and find it again. I named it "The Governor", but maybe it wasn't that car after all. Yesterday, after 37 years I found it. It was a very exciting day for me. It is in good hands. I joined BCA in 1966, attended the first BCA National in Flint in 1971, and again in 1972. I was only 35 when I bought this car. Now I'm 79 going on 80. It's been a good ride in this hobby, and this sort of exciting experience is what makes the hobby one that keeps on giving. I met the guy who knew how to do the research to help find this needle in a haystack right here on this thread and made a new friend too.
  19. 16 points
    BIG DAY! First time this car moved under it's own power since I've owned it...and probably since the '70s! Front bumper adjusted and aligned: Can't wait to drive this beast! There are a couple of updates in this next photo. First is the polished hubcap and the new emblem, ready for installation. And beneath the hubcap and emblems are the pre-cut deadener/insulators for the bottom of the spare tire storage compartment. Assembled hubcap installed: The rear bumper trim panels and all of them were corroded and/or dented. These replacements were made by Todd Reiter at Reiter's Metal Craft. They've been primed and are painted with the dull aluminum color for the "silver" areas of the panels. I made a template from the original parts to help with the masking. The aluminum color stripes are 1/8" wide, the black bands are 11/32" wide. After masking the aluminum base layer, the black was painted and the mask peeled. One panel came out perfect, but a few areas of the aluminum paint came off with the masking tape. Do-over went well: Mocking up the center section of the rear bumper. It's going to look great! Installing the deadener strips on the spare tire stowage area: Contact cement and a rubber roller...job done! Finishing up with the floor pan deadener installation: Harness covers installed at all 4 door openings:
  20. 16 points
    NOS 55 fender on Ebay in Michigan , emailed Roberta if anyone near flint could pickup the fender and bring it to one of the Buick meets. Roberta said I can do that . And so the fender started a long trip from Flint to Oswego, NY then to New Freedom PA by Roberta's brother Ted and then to Timonium ,Md . I had to drive almost 15 whole miles ( LOL )to pick up the fender . This is what the Buick club people will do to help others !! Thanks Roberta and Ted ! The fender safe at its new home . Bill Lagna BCA 3030
  21. 16 points
    Drove my 1970 stick shift Wildcat 240 miles round trip to the Pate Swap Meet north of Ft. Worth, Texas this weekend. Had time to wax and polish it all over--cleanest it has been in 3 or 4 years! First Pate Swap meet in many years that wasn't threatened by spring thunderstorms or hail! Pete Phillips, BCA #7338 Leonard, TX.
  22. 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
  23. 15 points
    Just thought I’d mention the efforts of those who post detailed restoration threads in this forum. For many, there are hours and hours of research spent on their project then hours and hours of physical work spent. While many understand those parts of a restoration, I don’t believe many realize unless they’ve done it, is the hours spent documenting their work. Many of us enjoy reading, viewing the pictures, and learning from these people, most don’t realize or fully understand the immense effort put in to make those threads so entertaining and informative. Time is spent by stopping ones work to take step by step pictures, more-time spent by recording measurements, readings, etc., Then, when the physical work is done, most relax by going through their daily pictures, notes, and general mental thoughts to prepare their often daily posts. I personally spend hours and hours in my garage though my wife barely complains of being a “garage widow”. What she does complain about is all the time spent on my computer or iPad. She often says “you’d have more things done on your car if you spent less time on the damn forums!” So thinking of what she said I immediately realized that I’m just a small part of all spending the same amount of time posting their work. My hat goes off to those here like Luv2wrench, Mike Macartney, Ron Haussmann, Matt Hinson, Joe Puleo, Hurrst, Rich Bad, Laughiing Coyote, and all the others. This forum is the most enjoyable on the site because of all you.
  24. 15 points
    More and more, cars make NO ECONOMIC SENSE, that said, why should they. I buy and drive what I like, to hell with the money/cost/out. While I don’t want to flush money down the drain, a well lived life for a car guy with gasoline in his veins means owning and driving interesting vehicles. Keeping it in perspective and within ones means is reasonable, but I have made and lost seven figures on cars in the aggregate, in the end, what does it matter. I have had more fun than any reasonable person could expect. And I’m still doing it. I plan to die broke, shrouds don’t have pockets. Ed PS- One can always make more money, no one can buy more time.......no matter how much you have. Drive you car.......your time is shorter than you realize.
  25. 15 points
    On New Year's Day our 1920 Model K-46 Buick turned 100 years old. Well, not exactly on January 1st, but, according to its frame number and Buick Motor Company car and engine production data, the car was built in the 1919 calendar year. We now have 2 Buicks in the shop that are 100 years old and getting older by the day. The K-46 has 4,596.3 miles on the odometer as of 1/3/2019. I don't know if that is a qualified record or not, but less than 46 driven miles per year is simply amazing to this enthusiast. I would not want anyone to think that we're honking our own horn here, but having 1 brass era car and now a nickle era car that are 100 years old is something that we are really proud of. The 1922 is waiting in the wings for a couple more years to reach its 100th anniversary. Terry and Barbara Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  26. 15 points
    Mark was correct. The car was calling to me and I couldn't resist. I talked to the seller, we reached an agreement, and I bought the car. Guess I will be heading to Tennessee soon to haul it home for my next project. Pete Phillips
  27. 15 points
    Well here it is, my big anouncement. My dealer has supplied steady feed to my addiction and this time I've been entrusted with one of his favorites. I am purchasing buttercup from Buick Gardens. After fixing some errors made by the owner previous to Lamar, she will be well cared for, driven, and enjoyed. Oh did I mention insured to max also? More photos to come.
  28. 15 points
    I can't believe it's been a year since I purchased the Slattery 53 Skylark at auction. I really started the restoration in May/2018......lots of rust repairs...floors...rockers.. I got the motor to run pretty good....no smoke...transmission feels ok..... I got the car in Rust Defender today.....i thought I'd post an update photo. The goal is a nice driver.....so far so good....lots of work though....but having fun. Thanks, Mike B in Ct
  29. 15 points
    I was wondering how many 16V's are still operational. Let's use the "Like" button on this page to do a poll. If you have a 16V, and it is still operational, please click the "Like" button below. It should be interesting to see the result! Thanks in advance!
  30. 15 points
    There are always reasons that one can come up with not to enjoy life. It's too expensive. It's too far away. I have no place to put it. I'm not sure my wife would like it. I don't want to lose money on it. All foolishness. If you want to have fun, see things you can't see otherwise, meet people you wouldn't meet otherwise, and just plain enjoy the pride of ownership, buy a car you like and ship it or finance it or rent storage or talk your wife into it. Excuses. I'm getting sick of them. Just get out there and have fun...the hobby has made my life so much richer for over 50 years, and one can start now, or keep up the excuses....
  31. 15 points
    We arrived at the host hotel just after 4 pm today. That makes it almost exactly 24 hours for the trip from Cary, North Carolina to Auburn, Indiana, with a stop overnight in Charleston, WV. The trip odometer shows 702 miles traveled when we arrived at the hotel. It was a great trip. We enjoyed some of the variety of the roadways seen in the US. We traveled on a lot of Interstates, some other large roads, small mountain country roads, a bit of the old Lincoln Highway and about everything else you can imagine. We ate a great meal at an Ohio truck stop that has been in operation since the 1950s on the LIncoln Highway. The waitress asked if she could have a photo taken with the car, so we went outside and another of the employees took a bunch of photos of her with our car. I took a few photos on the road to hopefully capture a small sample of the sights. These were shot with the "hold up the camera, point it through the windshield without looking through the viewfinder, and push the button technique". On Sunday, I typically drove between 65 and 75 miles per hour most of the trip. Today, since I was not trying to get anwhere before it got dark, I took my time and we cruised at 65 mph. I knew that the speedometer was off a little so when I thought to check it via gps today, I remembered that it displays 3 mph slow at those speeds, so I guess today's average cruising speed was actually 68. This Century is happiest when going down the road with the speedometer showing between 60 and 65. The Ford truck had a nice air conditioner, but to be honest, we were comfortable in the Buick going down the road with just the cowl vent open and the back wing windows open. That gives you a nice gentle breeze through the car with little wind noise. For those who think you need to modify a car to enjoy it, I will point out that this is a 6 volt car with bias ply tires, and the original unpressurized coolant system. It never needed a drop of water added to the radiator. We have already had a great trip and now we get to tour with friends old and new in the 36-38 Buick Club for a few days!
  32. 15 points
    Accrued 79 miles between yesterday and today. Wrapped up with sunset tonight
  33. 15 points
    Well, you leave for a couple of days and look what happens! Hey, folks I needed a little humor today. You will be getting a thorough and complete explanation in the next couple of days including documentation and proof that the letter sent by the museum board was nothing more than an attempt to smear our club and cause discontent within our ranks. You will hear from our entire board and you will see a document from our attorney that will speak volumes. Not innuendo, not "we have heard" but a fact based document. You will have to ask yourself why the museum is fighting to keep a charade of a relationship when it is not a part of AACA. This is by far the strongest words I have used here since this tragic story has begun. There are some people on the museum board I like and respect. I have no idea why they are a party to all of this but that is their right. I know one thing, your executive director and your board have not made this personal and you have to question what kind of person or persons use this as a tactic (which it obviously is). Now for the opposite. THANK YOU! To all of you who have stood up for me personally (hey guys it goes with the territory to get a little mud slung) and for AACA and our leadership I cannot possibly convey my great appreciation for your willingness to go public with your thoughts. I do not know all of you but I do know some, we do not always agree but we have done so respectfully. A lesson others need to learn. The other opposite, and not meant to highjack this thread was the wonderful members who put on our Winter Meet this weekend. Wow what a great, warm and hospitable crew! It was a fabulous weekend for the club and all who attended in a great location. Most of your board were in attendance. AACA is about what is good in the hobby. Consider our mission, this forum that hosts many car clubs for free, our library that is free to the world and on and on in small and big ways. Now we are going to add another major great step around the country for AACA to be present at other antique car related venues. Stay tuned! We hope to have our response out to the museum's letter on Monday but if not I am sure by Tuesday. We will not sink into the gutter to give a response although it would be fun!
  34. 14 points
    Well, I sold my 70 Skylark in October this past year. I kept saying I wasn't going to buy another car for a while, but sometimes they just fall into your lap. I am picking it up on Tuesday (possibly Monday if I can work the schedule). A bit of a long-winded story, but I'll try to keep it short. Lance and I went to go look at a 57 Roadmaster 75 coupe that is currently advertised on eBay. It is local to me, so we made a day out of the inspection. The coupe came from a wealthy collector in Southern CA that is having this dealer broker his cars. Apparently, he is selling anything that is not valued at $1 million or more. Oooook then. We were less than impressed with the coupe, so proceeded to small talk the dealer, and found out the owner has another 57 that he sent over in another building. He said "You don't want to see it, it's a turd and the transmission is out." We said, "we'd like to see it please." So 30 minutes later, a guy brought a key to the other building and opened the door. What we saw was this car in the photos. Yes, the transmission is not currently "working," but I am hopeful that it's a simple fix. Even if it's not, I'm not concerned. It does need an exhaust system, the current one is pretty rotted. It originally was all garnet red top and bottom, but sometime in its life it was painted its current combo. All (or most) of the chrome is original clean, no pits. Interior has been redone is mostly correct fabrics. Dash pad and upper door panels are not quite right, but I can handle that. Headliner has a white perforated material that isn't right either, but that's a pretty easy fix. It's just a clean car. Factory AC and wonderbar radio. Not a speck of rust to be found anywhere. I've been hounding the guy for 2 weeks to get a price from the seller, and he finally got back with me yesterday. Today, the deal is 99% done. I just have to sign some paperwork and pay him. We currently have snowmageddon 2019 happening, so I can't get back out there until Monday or Tuesday. If I could've picked it up today, I would have. Darn snow storm rolled in about 1pm today. I plan to have this in OKC this year. I have to thank Lance for allowing me to buy this ahead of him. We were both salivating at the prospect. I'll have to make sure I get his black 57 extra spiffy for him. This is the "turd" ...it's better in person. It still has all the grime on it from the trip East..
  35. 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.
  36. 14 points
    This is a known car that has been around for quite a while. My gut says this is an inexperienced seller who came into ownership of an old car, and this car is a restored car showing 1500 miles on the odometer, with the odometer having been set to 0 during the build. Note the poor fit of the doors, the missing rubber grommet on the air cleaner, the condition of the plastics (proper storage or not, time will destroy those early plastic steering wheels no matter what you do), the loss of the crisp trunk ornament ridges, the cold air hose is missing from the air cleaner, and a lot of other little stuff that wouldn't be wrong on a 1500-mile car. And while you could technically have any color combination you want, that is not quite a factory color combination. It's almost Yakima Gray and Nightshade Blue, but the Yakima Gray is much too light, and I bet few people were custom-ordering a Special in 1941. Those cardboard tags are readily available--I have a set for my Century already. I'll wager the spare tire has a 1990s date code on it and those fog lights are modern reproductions. Also, the price raises some eyebrows. It's the right price for a very nice '41 Special sedan with a good restoration. It's way too cheap for a time-capsule car with 1500 original miles. Finally, if the story is true and it was actually purchased after the attack on Pearl Harbor, it should be a '42, shouldn't it? The '42s went into production in October 1941. No, this is a decent older restoration that somehow was put into storage some time ago and an inexperienced seller mistook signs of age for originality and mistakenly believes that mileage numbers are actual (I hate when they reset to 0 during a restoration, which really muddies the waters).
  37. 14 points
    Well it is official. Brian Heil is retiring from General Motors after 39 years and 1 month of service. I attended his mass retirement party last Friday at the GM Propulsion Headquarters in Pontiac, MI. Great engineer that had a number of patents to his name especially for his work on the 3800 V6 engine. Now he can come on more tours with the group!! PS: In the picture he is standing real TALL for his contributions to GM.
  38. 14 points
    Sunday December 30, 2018: Final visit to Bob's paint shop for the hand compound and final polishing I have 190 miles on her now, and Bob had a few days open in his shop schedule to get the Buick in for the last steps to finish the paint. There were a few touch-ups to make around the hood and a boo-boo I made in the trunk. The most pressing issue for me was the hood alignment at the front. So over the last few days, Bob fixed all that stuff and I got her back this afternoon. (Disclaimer: I had a REAL TOUGH time trying to resize photos tonight! I took hours trying to get these on the site) Back in Bob's shop for the final paint work. Here's the front end and the hood (mis)alignment. I just couldn't stand the way it all lined up. And touch-up work needed on the forward edges of the hood where it meets the front clip. As always, Bob takes his time and evaluates every inch of the car. I caught him doing a little fine touch-up on the inner surface of the trunk lid. I like watching the technique. After the front edges were all touched up. Now she's ready for the hand compounding. Using this 3M product, Bob hand-rubbed the entire car, starting with the roof. After all that labor, the car then got a finish coat of wax. All the labor done by hand, no machine for this final stage. She looked just beautiful inside the shop under the lamps..... ..... and looked even better outside! The front hood / grille area lines up so much better now! The gaps look great on both sides. (I'm really sorry for the poor quality of these photos.... some are dropped down to 218KB.... ) I took my nephew out for a 20-mile run! So much fun. 2-years ago he was two. Now he's four and loves the cars. Have a great night out there! I wish you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year!! Gary
  39. 14 points
    After nearly 10 ears of frame off restoration and approx 40 years since it's had valid plates on it I had my "64 Buick Electra convertible that my dad bought new. In other words..... this is the first time this car has been driven on the street in nearly 40 years!!! He ordered it triple black loaded with buckets and a super wildcat 425. Unfortunately there is a reason it took 10 years to complete but here it is......
  40. 14 points
    As did Tom, I received an award from the Bugle and Pete Phillips. To even be mentioned in the same presentation with Tom is an honor. Wow! I have waited this long to acknowledge it as I needed to confirm what it was for! Have done so. The Repair/Reconstruction/Technical Writing Award. For "Hop Up", a shortened version of the thread about my 263 build for the 1950. Mr Earl saw fit to feature this in the " whats happening on the forum " pages in the Bugle. I mention this not to toot my own horn, although that does feel good, but to say thanks to a couple of great guys for noticing. Thanks, Lamar. Thanks, Pete Ben
  41. 14 points
    I took my 1937 Century out this morning to allow a fellow enthusiast to drive it. He contacted me after seeing a photo of the car in an issue of the NC Region News. He is 82 years old and is looking for an identical 1937 Model 61. He drove a 1937 Century Model 61 as his first car when he was in high school. He is looking for another one since he never got over his father selling the car in 1952. I told him that I am not interested in selling mine, but he was welcome to come visit me and drive it. We arranged a visit and after riding in it and driving it he told me that "You made an old man happy." I think his expression says it all.
  42. 14 points
    Here's the best photo so far: I asked the four Obermeyer brothers to pose in the 1908 that has been in their family since it was a new car. I think they are all in their 80s; one lives in California, two of them live in Indiana, they all met at this meet. What an honor to document this!!!
  43. 14 points
    Went 100 miles in the last 2 days. What a great Buick!
  44. 14 points
    Went to a small classic car lunch today , friend turned up with his new girlfriend, she loved the car , and wanted a photo with it so didn’t miss the opportunity ?
  45. 14 points
    Having been born and raised in the United States of America, I have already “won” the lottery by anyone’s definition. Money is just a tool, and while important and centeral to all our lives, living in the greatest country that has ever existed at this time in history is better than any monetary windfall. That being said, would you like to know my lotto numbers? ?
  46. 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!
  47. 13 points
    Skinniest tires I've ever owned...
  48. 13 points
    Here you go! Still taking them.
  49. 13 points
    325-mile round trip in the '70 stick shift Wildcat today for a N. Texas Chapter meeting in Hillsboro, an hour or so south of Dallas. Photo is taken in downtown Waxahachie. I'll also include a photo of the Ellis County Courthouse, which is one of the most beautiful courthouses in the state, right across the street from the first photo.
  50. 13 points
    It was another ugly weather day today, but the '56 ran great the 170 miles round trip to Rhinebeck.