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  1. Congratulations on the award, Ben! Nice to meet you and talk Buicks in Denver. Dan
  2. Lynn and I will be coming in the '49 Super. Looking forward to our first National meet. Dan
  3. I went through all his cars and the best one on the lot was a 64 Chevy Impala SS 2dr convertible that was in reasonable condition. Price was $57.5K. Next time you drive through Quartzsite on I-10, stop and see if Silly Al's is open. Order the "Everything" or "Meat Lovers" pizza.
  4. No. When I asked permission to wander about and look at the cars I was told not to open any doors or hoods. The hood didn't close properly as you can see in one of the photos.
  5. Wandering about Arizona and found this 54 Buick Special sitting in Quartzsite. I have included a picture of the sales price to make you smile.
  6. I just got reservations at the Marriott South Park tonight using the event URL/key without problem.
  7. Another tumbler, spring and installation tool kit has become available. Hard to find if you need it. http://www.ebay.com/itm/1948-1949-Cadillac-Buick-Oldsmobile-Door-Lock-Latch-Spring-Set-W-Hubs-Tool-/391851767672?hash=item5b3c2f7778:g:l5MAAOSwXYtY4AwQ&vxp=mtr (I'm not the eBay seller nor do I know him/her or have any monetary interest in these parts.) Dan EDIT: Just noticed - he has three available.
  8. That's great news if someone out there is making reproductions. I just found that the eBay seller where I got mine has posted another set. If any '49 Super or Roadmaster guys and gals out there need this repair, here is your chance. http://www.ebay.com/itm/1948-1949-Cadillac-Buick-Oldsmobile-Door-Lock-Latch-Spring-Set-W-Hubs-Tool-/391825614542?hash=item5b3aa066ce:g:l5MAAOSwXYtY4AwQ&vxp=mtr
  9. In April, while opening the driver's door on my 49 Buick Super, I felt the handle lose tension and fall half way out of the escutcheon on the door. Examination revealed that the door handle remained in this loosened condition but now the door was unlatched and would not close and remain latched. What follows here is a brief description of the problem with a few photos to visualize door lock mechanism including details of how I repaired the lock. The 1949 door lock (not to be confused with the door key cylinder assembly) is hard to find these days. The 49 Buick door lo
  10. We looked for the shoe tree and did not see it. We were aware of it before we got to Amboy. Rain in So Cal this past fall and winter was transforming to many landscapes so it would not surprise me if it has disappeared. Dan
  11. We stayed overnight in Kingman, again at the El Trovatore. You just can't beat this motel for Route 66 ambiance. There was a group of at least twenty New Zealanders here at the motel, all in ten rental Mustangs in which they are traveling Route 66. This adventure must be costing them a small fortune just in car rental but here they are, foreign tourists enjoying a road trip that is uniquely American. I have learned in my reading that there are almost as many Route 66 Associations in Europe as there are in the United States. I met Gary, a fellow Buick enthusiast, two years ago i
  12. We are east-bound on Route 66 today. Amboy is our next stop. This location has been cut-off to westbound travelers due to bridge washouts during the exceptionally wet fall and winter just past. You can still get here, but you have to double back after passing it for some distance on I-40. Old Route 66 is still open to Amboy from Ludlow on excellent road surface. Once you get to Amboy, you must detour north on Kelbaker Road to I-40. Amboy is an iconic Route 66 location. The "Roy's" sign at Amboy is probably one of the most well-known Route 66 symbols, especially o
  13. I knew I was going to get a comment like this. LMAO! That water looked cold - and wet!
  14. We got up early today - 2:15 a.m. We left our motel at 2:50 a.m. and headed west on Foothill Blvd which is old Route 66. The remaining distance to the western terminus of Route 66 was 73 miles and all on surface streets. We passed through many cities along the way - Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Claremont, La Verne, San Dimas, Glendora, Azusa, Duarte, and Pasadena. Our route through Pasadena along Colorado Blvd was on the street used each year for the Rose Bowl parade. We passed over the old Colorado Street bridge and drove on the Arroyo Seco Parkway, formerly known as the Pasadena F
  15. On the way back. Amboy is one of the locations cut off by the bridge wash-outs. We have to do a little double back to get to Amboy now. This is all bad because San Bernardino County is responsible for maintaining this road; they haven't really done a credible job of it in many sections; now they are broke as in bankrupt; now there are three bridges that have been washed out - and if you look at their web site on road closures, they have not a clue when they will have these bridges repaired. The guy that recently bought Amboy is probably a bit worried right now. Dan
  16. We spent the night in Ludlow, CA last night. This is right on old Route 66. You go to the Chevron gas station and check in to get a room at the motel across the street. This probably sounds really seedy but, in reality, this place is highly recommended by a number of Route 66 authors. We found it to be exactly as described. A clean, nice room and inexpensive. AND, the food in the cafe was very good. This photo depicts the character of the land we were driving through. Mohave desert. This country is rather sparse in vegetation but some of the Mohave is rich with
  17. John, I have not had a bit of trouble with the engine temperature. I show a slight increase on long hills but on the more level portions of highway, she holds a steady temperature for the 180* thermostat installed. Yes, we are on the National Trails Highway across the desert, but as you will see in my last post, Route 66 has been cut in three locations by bridge washouts in last year's storms. This is probably expected but the disappointment is that the governmental authority responsible for repairing the bridges and road surfaces has not set a time for completion and repairs cou
  18. Last night we stayed at the El Trovatore Motel in Kingman. This is another Route 66 landmark motel. Constructed in the 30's, it featured large rooms with a shower, toilet and sink in each room. Norm for the day were communal bathrooms in travelers' accommodations. Because you didn't have to share toilet and bath with others, it is alleged to have accommodated a number of celebrities in the 30's and 40's. The motel saw a lot of government and military use during World War II as the Air Force kept a large bomber command on desert airfields near here. Very nice rooms to g
  19. John - The daytime temps for the most part have been running in the high 70's to mid-80's. Today we saw 88 in Needles as we passed through. There is an expected high of 90 tomorrow for San Bernardino and we will be in that area. My navigator-meteorologist tells me the temperatures are expected to drop a bit as we start the next week. I think that thermometer at Hackberry was registering a bit high. 75 might have been more accurate. Dan
  20. Day 6 - Part 2 Last night we stayed in Seligman at the Supai Inn. Another example of an old Route 66 motel that is well-maintained and sought after by Route 66 travelers. Leaving Seligman, we headed west and stopped at the Grand Canyon Caverns. This attraction is located on private land east of Peach Springs. The Grand Canyon Caverns have nothing to do with the Grand Canyon but they are a large expanse of deep-underground caverns left behind by water erosion of limestone after what is now the Pacific Ocean receded from this land hundreds of
  21. Continuing with the Snow Cap in Seligman, a few more pictures. Here is a picture of my wife trying to bribe me not to take her picture inside the store... And some scenes from outside the store. It just doesn't get any more kitschy than this... Not far west of the Delgadillo business, The Rusty Bolt. Tonight, we dined at the Road Kill Cafe here in Seligman. Route 66 doesn't get any better than this. But wait, there's more... Da
  22. Day 5 - Part 2 We left Williams headed west. The town of Ashfork is the first place where old Route 66 roadway is still there. We stopped at Zettler's Route 66 Store and met Kirk and Yvette, the owners. As is so very usual out here on Route 66, you meet the nicest people. We stayed and talked with them for an hour. Their store is an interesting mix of biker interest and Route 66 nostalgia. An old 50's jukebox and and old console radio from the early 40's also can be seen by visitors. An interesting fact: 80% of their business is foreign tourists and the top-selling item: o
  23. I LOVE THESE SIGNS! They were everywhere when I was a kid. Dan
  24. Like time travel, Ben. These are cars used in the 50's and 60's - all restored. Riding the train was almost as much fun as driving my Buick. Dan
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