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  1. On Saturday, May 4, I took out my '63 Electra 225 and pretty much repeated the drive I took with my '57 Roadmaster a few weeks earlier in April. (The Roadmaster photos were posted in this thread a few weeks ago.) The day started out pretty cold, so I drove up to Wisconsin with the top up. By mid-day with the sun shining, it was warm enough to put the top down. Ike The photos below were taken near the boat launch in Williams Bay, WI, on Lake Geneva.
  2. Photo taken on Saturday, April 13. (That's Williams Bay, WI, on Lake Geneva. It's about 54 miles away from my home, as the crow flies. Fortunately, the drive is longer and very pleasant.)
  3. I got my '57 Roadmaster out of storage a couple weekends ago and drove it only a little at the time. I took it out for a long drive this past Saturday, knowing that we were going to be hit by an April snowstorm on Sunday. I drove from my home in north suburban Chicago north to Pleasant Prairie, WI, and after getting gas at Costco, I drove west to Lake Geneva, WI, Williams Bay, WI, and Fontana-on-Geneva-Lake, WI, before driving back home. It was a 146 mile drive. The weather on Saturday was a beautiful, and the car drove beautifully, too. I'll be getting the '63 Electra 225 out of storage next
  4. A tailgate party should be a lot of fun! I'm planning to be there, and I hope to have my dad with me again this year -- if he's up for it. Ike
  5. So... not only can I not afford to own an actual full-size 1954 Buick Skylark, I can't afford to buy a 1/6-scale model of one! <sigh>
  6. The weather in Chicagoland has been extraordinarily mild so far this autumn. I took advantage of that to drive my 1957 Roadmaster to work today. It always gets a lot if attention, but more so lately with the Cubs magnets on the doors! Ike
  7. Thanks for arranging the 2016 Forum Breakfast/Happy Hour, John! I plan to be there with my father. Ike
  8. From June 2013, my 1957 Roadmaster Riviera on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park.
  9. Sorry. You're right. The article says "Jim Williams". I don't know where I got "Dan".
  10. I stumbled across this interesting article online today. This 'Buick guy' has a GS California model that few people knew existed (photos) Lots of photos -- not just of the GS. From the article: "[Dan] Williams, of Baldwinsville, N.Y., definitely is the Buick guy. He's owned a 1967 Buick GS that he restored and realized he had turned it into a trailer queen. In other words, it was too good to drive. That car won a bunch of important awards and when it could go no further he sold it. Now he has an unusual 1967 Buick GS California, a low production tw
  11. I really appreciate all the comments and discussion my post generated. I'm sorry I haven't responded sooner. I must say that I'm not that upset about my photo being used (perhaps I should be); rather, I was slightly annoyed by it because it seemed dishonest. I guess I was misinterpreting the posted name of the item: "Details about 1963 Buick all-model factory cost/dealer sticker pricing for base + options $$" This initially suggested to me that the seller was trying to pass off the cover sheet as part of a factory options/pricing catalog. Clearly, he/she just creat
  12. Imagine my surprise while browsing ebay listings when I came across an item using a photo I took of my 1963 Electra in July 2012. This is the link to the ebay item: http://www.ebay.com/itm/1963-Buick-all-model-factory-cost-dealer-sticker-pricing-for-base-options-/381152853997?fits=Year%3A1963|Make%3ABuick|Model%3AElectra|Submodel%3ABase|Engine+-+Liter_Display%3A6.6L&hash=item58be7affed:g:it0AAOSwpDdU2lFg&vxp=mtr This is the photo of the item for sale on ebay: Now here is the photo I took of my car in July 2012: I took this photo on S
  13. Hi Pete, I sent you a PM. I'm looking for a control knob for the driver side AC vent on my 1957 Roadmaster. Ike
  14. Lance, Congratulations! What a great find! Ike
  15. JohnD, in case you hadn't counted us in yet, I can confirm that my father and I will be at the forum breakfast/lunch. We arrived in Springfield, MO around 4pm today. We made very good time in my father's 2013 Enclave. Only 7 hours and 15 minutes from the north suburbs of Chicago to the Springfield Doubletree Hotel down the street from the Ramada. (And that includes a brief detour in St. Louis to drive by and around Busch Stadium.) Looking forward to the events of the week, and especially to the forum gathering on Friday. Ike
  16. I was at Oak Ridge National Laboratory today for meetings. I was thrilled to discover that there was a car show scheduled on site today. There was only one Buick on display: a beautiful 1934 model 67. Mr. Earl, I'm posting this from my not-so-smart smart phone, and it appears that the photo is not oriented correctly. Can you work your magic and re-post it correctly? Ike
  17. I'm hoping to be there with my father again this year. (I think he's up for the drive from Chicago!)
  18. Compression, By all means, you should get a hard copy of the chassis manual. Until you get one, though, you can access the information online at the following link: http://www.teambuick.com/reference/library/57_chassis/ I think this site also offers you the option to download a pdf file of the entire manual for $10. Ike
  19. No, it won't. The '57 wagons were built on Century/Special frames, which, as you discovered, are a little narrower than the Super/Roadmaster frames. Lots of valuable information is available on the Team Buick web site: http://www.teambuick.com/reference/years/57.php
  20. Hi buick man, I was referring to the wire mesh contained in the air cleaner element. I think the others were, too. See the following image for some text and figures from the 1957 Buick Chassis Service Manual. Ike
  21. Sunday was a beautiful day in the region surrounding Washington, DC, so I took my '63 Electra 225 convertible out for a short drive (only 250 miles or so). It was a lovely day to be touring with the top down, but I've got to remember to keep a hat in the car -- my bald head got a little too much sun. Sorry, no photos of the car; but I did quickly take a photo as I started to cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge going eastbound on Hwy 50. The closest gas station to me that sells 93 octane ethanol-free gasoline is on the Delmarva Peninsula in Easton, Maryland. For those of you unfamiliar with the g
  22. FYI...The 1957 Buick Chassis Service Manual states, in capital letters: DO NOT USE KEROSENE Though, it doesn't explain why. The text below was copied from the Chassis Service Manual chapter on "Lubricare," under tasks to be performed every 5000 miles: 2. Air Cleaner and Oil Filter Caps. Every 5000 miles (more often under dusty operating conditions) remove the air cleaner element and the oil filler caps and wash the filtering ele- ments in a non-inflammable solvent. DO NOT USE KEROSENE. Allow elements to drain until dry. Do not use air blast on filtering ele- ment. Oil the filler cap elements.
  23. I agree that an oil bath air cleaner setup may be more efficient than a paper filter. However, I'm pretty sure that this is possible only when the oil bath actually has oil in it! Last weekend I happened to check the air cleaner oil bath level in my 1957 Roadmaster. To my surprise and dismay, it was dry! :eek: I didn't have any SAE 50 oil on hand, so I filled the oil bath reservoir to the line with 10W-30. I plan to replace the 10W-30 with SAE 50 as soon as I get a chance this weekend. Since I took delivery of the car in May 2013, I have regularly checked the levels and condition of the engi
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