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Buick8Bill

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  • Birthday 08/05/1947
  1. A beautiful day in Northwest Washington. I took our '56 Special model 43 for a short 6 mile trip up to the local gas station to fill the tank and get the car limbered up. I also drove our '36 Special business coupe over to a friend's house about 5 miles away, then the long way around (another 7 miles) toward home. It was good to get behind the wheel after a lengthy restoration.
  2. I drove our '56 Model 43 a few miles on Saturday just to get the juices flowing. I was planning to take the '36 business coupe for a spin, but it was a quart low on oil and I didn't have any on hand. I picked up a couple of quarts on the way home from church and was able to get the car out for a short drive. This time of the year here in the Pacific Northwest, I take the car out most every time there is a nice day.
  3. On Saturday September 13, we took our '36 Special model 46 to the Arlington (WA) Drag Strip Reunion and car show. A distance of about 35 miles from home. Over the course of the day the battery went dead due to the contacts in the generator cut-out relay being stuck. AAA was called to ferry the car home. This past Saturday, we took our '56 Special model 43 on a 125 mile round trip to the town of Darrington, WA past the town of Oso which was hit by a deadly landslide earlier this year. The area is remote and was hit hard economically after the slide. Our goal as a car club (Port Gardner vin
  4. I'm not familiar with the forum breakfast. When is that held?
  5. I drove my '36 Model 46 1.7 miles today. Doesn't sound like much but the car is in the process of being restored. I think the generator is cranking out too much voltage and cooking the liquid out of the battery. Look for it at the BCA Nationals in Portland, Oregon July 23-26.
  6. We took our '56 43R on a 260 mile round trip with our "other" car club. Aside from an exhaust manifold leak, the car ran well. On another note, with help from a mechanic friend of mine, I started our '36 model 46 for the first time in over 16 years. Nothing like the sweet sound of the old straight 8. The '36 won't be totally finished in time for the Nationals, but it will be there.
  7. Nice photos and great progress. About the trailer hitch; my guess from memory is a clamp-on bumper hitch with some metal bars that would go forward and attach to a point somewhere on the back corner of the frame. Imagine a triangle for rigidity. Probably state-of-the-art in it's day. These days, we wouldn't think of towing anything heavier than a golf cart trailer.
  8. Billy: Nice to see that you have a full frame in the rear. Some early models in '39 had no frame aft of the rear suspension. It came to light that that was not enough support for the aft end of the body. What a read was that a group of GM execs were taking a test ride and in the process drove over a good sized bump in the road. At the end of the drive the rear doors wouldn't open due to a buckling of the body. The recall added a sub frame out back to correct the problem. Later Production featured the full length frame. Bill
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