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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 16 points
    David Landow's latest restoration wins a major prize at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. The restoration is over the top and the attention to detail and authenticity simply astounding. The award was presented by the head of GM styling at this weekend's show of over 300 spectacular cars. Even this Olds guy was wowed by this great roadster.
  8. 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!
  9. 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....
  10. 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!
  11. 15 points
    Accrued 79 miles between yesterday and today. Wrapped up with sunset tonight
  12. 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!
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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!!!
  16. 14 points
    Went 100 miles in the last 2 days. What a great Buick!
  17. 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 ?
  18. 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? ?
  19. 14 points
    Was lucky to see the sunshine here, and get the '56 out for a 20 mile drive, and, naturally, a few pictures..
  20. 14 points
    We had a local AACA Tour today. I put a little bit over 150 miles on my 1937 Buick Century. We had a good turnout with 9 antique cars plus quite a group of folks driving modern cars. It was a good day with great food and good friends. After a great Barbecue lunch, the group stopped at the Country Barn Bakery and bought a lot of great stuff that none of use really need but always enjoy. Of the 9 antiques, 2 were Buicks, a 1935 40 Series and my 1937 Model 61. Some of our members enjoyed ice cream and Kettle Corn from their "modern" Kettle Corn setup. On the way home, I stopped at an old gas station building and took a few photos of my car.
  21. 13 points
    Here's a few pictures that I took at an event I described in another thread today. Many people going by, the young woman in the capri pants was a spectator, but the woman in the red outfit was there in costume for the event. Keith
  22. 13 points
    It was another ugly weather day today, but the '56 ran great the 170 miles round trip to Rhinebeck.
  23. 13 points
    I know I have posted them before. But they are Buicks out playing in the snow.
  24. 13 points
    hi guys, my name is Pascal and i lve in France. my baby is a 55 Buick Special 4 doors hardtop. And with my wife and kids, we have three old caravans ( 2 french : Notin Chaumière 1956, and Notin Vedette 1964 / and the third one is a belgium one : Constructam Coral 1971 ) here are some pictures i hope you will like ... our 55 Buick Special with our french caravan Notin Chaumière 1956 our 55 Buick Special with our french caravan Notin Vedette 1964 our 55 Buick Special with our Belgium caravan Constructam Coral 1971
  25. 13 points
    Saturday March 3 and Sunday March 4, 2018: Installation of the Driver's Door...... from A to Z! Saturday Morning, 9:00 am. I went to the shop and Bob was finishing up the Drivers door. Getting it's final hand rub. The finish is absolutely beautiful. I spent an hour with him, and the two of us turned the door over..... And while I installed the lower door weatherstrip..... Bob installed the large one that wraps around the entire perimeter of the door. We worked as a team, I laid out the 3M weatherstrip adhesive ahead of him laying it out. Two guys working, it gets done in no time. While still sitting "shiny side down", Bob sprayed the trim black over the center section that was still in yellow self-etch. And then the two of us loaded the door into the Sequoia, and home we go! The last "paint shop" item coming into the garage ready for installation. We attempted to go straight onto the car, but this side was a lot tougher to get the hinges into position. I ended up taking a fine flat file to the inner hinge surfaces to remove any trace of paint and primer that was in there. then a light smear of oil... 2nd attempt, still no go, but getting closer. So it was a little more sanding, cleaning, oiling... And calling in the experts! Once the upper hinge found its way into position, Matthew dropped a screwdriver in there to hold it while we got the lower hinge seated. A little stressful, but ultimately we did get the door hung. I started by installing the door wedge that I polished up last week. Then the door check with a new rubber stopper installed. Again, I set it so it stops the door before the hinges bottom out. Then the lock mechanism that I finished last week. I smeared a light coat of red grease on the leather ends and inside the channels of the window regulator mechanism. I pre-built it, collapsed it into a straight line and...... Slid it up into position in the door. Fastened all six large machine screws and it was done. Coming together nicely and a couple well placed drops of oil and everything functions nice and smooth. Next item was the drip shield that sits above the vent window. Only two screws and it's in. Using the ferrule seating tool, I installed the chrome door handle ferrule with it's rubber gasket. Following the directions, I made four "punches" with it. It does "pull" the ferrule nice and tight into the door. (And now I'm done with the tool so if anyone needs to borrow it.......) It makes a nice, neat job. Then on to the handle and the handle retaining screw. It's so cool opening these bags from a year ago and now I hardly have any bags left to open. From the Buick manual. Turn the handle slightly down to line up the internal holes and give you room to install the handle pin. Screw it in and the outside door handle is secured tight. And the handle sits nice and level on this side. So now it's time to get all the upper window / glass / channels installed, adjusted, checked, double checked..... Just like the passenger side, I basically install everything first JUST TO GET THE WINDOW properly seated in its carrier. All this work just to double check the glass is in the correct position fore and aft and moves easily through the door felts and seals properly. So here goes with the window installation stuff: Install the vent window. Four upper screws secure the vent window frame into the door, four lower large machine screws hold the mechanism to the door. I put one screw in the bottom just to hold it. Then, while flexible, I install the upper screws to be sure the frame is nice and straight. Then finish the lower screws to complete the installation. Next, install the vent window separator. I was getting a lot of pushback from the new rubber vent seals, so I s-l-o-w-l-y used a new blade and trimmed back the rubber until it all fit nicely. Next, the lower window channel that goes in the belly of the door. I install this part very loose for now, as I have to loosen it to fit it to the glass so there is no binding as the glass moves. Now on to the window felt. Like before, I simply use the glass as my template and very slowly and very carefully start making the bend. You have to go out to the end and get it "moving" so it doesn't bind or tear. Take your time, it'll go. Here's the basic shape. The corner looks like it has a "flat" spot, but I got that radius smoothed out. So, I measured 14 inches beyond the glass surface, marked it and cut it with a dremel cut-off wheel. Now over to the door frame. I like this way of doing things. I first place tape over all four holes. Stick the punch through and mark the spot with marker. When I bring the felt channel over to the door, I use a gold marker to transfer the line onto the channel. Be sure to push that channel nice and tight into the door frame before making your marks. I also make a mark so I can custom cut the front edge to mate with the vent window. Over to the vice. There is a 1/4" piece of wood bracing the channel while I drill. If you look close, you can see the gold dot on the side, which guides where I make the mounting holes. Before installing the channel, I tapped all the holes with the new screws. Here's the finish up top where the felt channel meets the vent window separator channel. Also, the vent glass meets the division separator rubber nicely and all this looks good. Now, to install the glass, this has to come out! So I removed the three top screws from the felt channel, dropped the channel to gain access to the vent window separator mounting screws. Then remove the vent window separator, and crank open the vent window. Now, I'm ready to drop in the glass and get the glass aligned properly in the carrier. But first, the new glass goes inside for a cleaning to remove all the dried on tape and whatever. Drop the glass in and insert screws to hold the carrier to the regulator. Then line up the lower glass felt channel, re-install the vent window separator and the window glass channel. I raised and lowered the glass several times and when I was finally happy that the glass was operating smoothly, I marked it's position and took everything back out. I know it's a lot of extra steps, but I really want the glass to set in position without binding or stressing the glass. So here is my mark with the final position the glass will be set. Again, a bead of 3M "Window-Weld" along the bottom of the carrier and drop the glass in. Let it set up overnight, cut any excess with a sharp blade and its ready to be installed "for good" Sunday March 4: Final installation of all the glass related stuff. Now sure everything is aligned, today I started by dropping the glass into the door and securing it to the window regulator with four screws and shake proof washers. Then the vent window separator, the felt channel and finish lining up the lower felt channel. Roll it up, and down, and up..... nice! It's a lot of work, but I need to double check each little step along the way. So now, only one thing left, and it's the fun thing! Grab 10 mounting clips, snap them in to the side molding... Line them up one at a time, and start snapping the trim strip into the door. And the door is DONE!! View from the back. Driver's side. Passenger's side. She's looking sharp! The lines of these cars are pure perfection! Every elevation, every angle........ beautiful. Tomorrow I'll start covering my rear arm rests, and then on to interior installation. Have a great night out there! Gary