dons56

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  1. Did you ever see the movie The Long, Long Trailer?
  2. Even with 6 kids from 5 to 15 and two adults, I don’t think anyone went hungry that night... pictured are the fishermen... growing up in the depression, my dad was quite the outdoorsman... still, I’ll bet it was an exciting day for everyone in that boat on Yellowstone lake... Even though that car has a huge trunk, we still used up a cartop carrier. Somewhere west of Milwaukee, someone got a new sleeping bag... we assumed it wasn’t tied down sufficiently and blew off... pictured: back row, Cleo & dad front row Jim & Ken... I was the 5 year old not pictured...
  3. about the first day of summer 1956, Yellowstone...
  4. The guy who found it is willing to part with it. It doesn’t have much value to me except to hang on the wall. Of course special education has a birthday coming up... he could hang it on his wall... or use it as a soup dish... LOL. yes I know what I spelled... anyway, he wants me to make an offer... what would be fair?
  5. if you twisted my arm really hard I would drive it. Actually, I would drive it if you threatened to twist the arm of my worst enemy... LOL
  6. I worked for Oldsmobile when these came out and thought they were pretty slick. This dose sound like it belongs in a horror movie though. What I heard was they made the car heavy but that was pre oil embargo.
  7. I love the car but the setting is great too. What lake?
  8. Just guessing I went with my parents from Lansing, Michigan to Nova Scotia. After all these years I don't remember too many details other than we went as far east as we could. It was great traveling the Trans Canadian highway. Some of it was under construction. That was back in the day you could just drive there and answer a few questions when you crossed the border. Oh, and I am old...
  9. North shore? The flag on the boat explains it all... LOL I guess it was before the maple leaf flag which means you must be really old... LOL The boat looks like a dandy. Still have it?
  10. My grandparents were too frugal to get a Buick. At the time this picture was taken they drove a Studebaker. I am guessing about a 1951. They traded it for a 1957 Chevy. The Buick in the photo would have belonged to my uncle who owned a Buick dealership. I am sure this Roadmaster had everything offered.
  11. Everyone is giving good advice and info. Auveco makes the clips. When I bought I got full boxes of the ones I would use the most of. Yes, compare the sizes to the trim at the locations of the holes in the fender. I see no advantage using old clips even if they are usable. I worked for GM in the early '70 and believe it or not there were things such as this that were "choose what fits best" when the first couple cars went down the line at model changeover. They sent one of the new models along with with the old about a month before they quit building the old so they could make sure things went together correctly. Things sometimes changed mid mid year too.
  12. I have a copy of the official Buick magazine dated November 1955 which had a photo of a dealership in an unidentified location. I did some research and found it not far from you, in Detroit, depending on your definition of IN Detroit.
  13. You are a Michigan guy, aren't you? i miss the landscape... I wish it was a reasonable drive from here...
  14. I am rather surprised that my dad never took any photos of the family car. You have to remember that he grew up in the depression. By the time he bought his first new car the depression was over, WWII was over and we had entered into the 1950s. He came to the conclusion that when you bought a used car you were buying someone else's headache.. The first new car was a 1951 F*rd. He drove it until 1956 when he traded it in for a 1956 Buick Special. He received as much for the used car as he paid for it but the Buick was far superior. I remember going with him to pick up the new car. We didn't have it long when he took 6 kids and 2 adults from Lansing, Michigan to Yellowstone. We took the Milwaukee Clipper across Lake Michigan but on the return home we crossed at the Straits of Mackinac. The "Big Mac Bridge" was under construction. The pictures he took from the clipper ship didn't even show the road deck and yet, the following year, 1 November, 1957, the bridge opened to traffic. What a wonderful day it was when we crossed for the first time. Just look at those beautiful clouds. You can see the hood of the Buick and I can tell you two things from this photo alone. This Buick was built in the spring and the hood ornament did not have holes in it. How do I know that from this photo. It was shot on Kodachrome film and the colors are still fantastic after 60 years. That is a bittersweet hood. Bittersweet was a spring color. The hood ornament had holes in it early in the production cycle but someone was concerned about debris going through the holes and getting into the engine so it was replaced with a flat plate painted to look like it had the rectangular holes in it. I wish I had better pictures of that car. It took us far, but after 4 years he sold it to his alcoholic brother who drove it up a tree. It is only because of that car that I own mine today. We have enjoyed it for 22 years now. What a car it is. It may not show is camping or pulling a trailer but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless...
  15. While you could try to look up some of them there is no doubt that most of the people who were old enough to drive in 1955 or 1956 are pushing up daisies... Small pool to with with...
  16. That woody looks about like what SpecialEducation's rig will look like when he is done...
  17. I assume there is a place for trailers too? Is it difficult to find a campsite or is there great capacity?
  18. I would love to visit there sometime... If we can work out some details so my wife can get in and out of the camper I just might make it in the next year or two... I grew up in Michigan where camping is great and places abundant. Always wanted to visit the Fjords of Norway but Washington has some similar landscape and would cost less... Unfortunately I won't take my Buick... I'll bring my photo equipment...
  19. This looks like a great place to camp. Where was it?
  20. Yup old man, I'm just a kid... however, we were both 5 in 1956 for 8 months