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  1. I've been working on the front floor trim, linoleum and fitting the four pieces to the body. Originally the McLaughlin used 5/8th' solid wood floorboards, but my car had plywood installed. Good for patterns, I used 7/8th" ash for the floorboards, cut down to 5/8ths" where they sit in the body. I glued the new Battleship Linoleum to the wood with a mastic cement which was the recommended system, but it did not hold smooth and tight so I stripped it and replaced the joint with Gorilla Glue, the water activated type. I replaced all the floorboard trim with 1/4" aluminium which I polished, I made the trim plate which surrounds my exhaust cutout and one piece of sheet metal around the petals. I had the neat piece which surrounds the gear lever and parking brake lever, and the floor thimble, the circle is a repop. The chestnut Lino matches a piece of original flooring and is also used for the running board mats. Regards, Gary
  2. According to the book 70 Years of Buick, the model 21 used the 255 cubic inch four cylinder engine, 109" wheelbase and Buick built 3,000 of them. So, it is Buicks second largest car in 1911, at a time when Durant was ousted and management was departing the smaller cars market and interested in going upscale. For best information join at I think they have about 400 members and are active. Welcome to the AACA Forums and best of luck. Gary
  3. Talked on the telephone yesterday with my friend who he sewing and installing the new upholstery in the McLaughlin after a successful heart operation. It will be quite a long time before he is recovered but since I am not going anywhere anyway we will work on the car again when he is ready and able to resume. He must exercise, lose some weight and heal, God speed my friend. In the meantime, I have many small jobs and improvements. Here are some photos of the project 5 years ago when I acquired the McLaughlin from Fenelon Falls, Ontario, last run in 1991. Seems I should exercise and diet, too. Regards, Gary
  4. Making patterns for diamond tufted upholstery job. So far I have sewn the main section for both front and rear seat backs in vinyl and next I work on the side panels, then join them together. Add the stuffing/padding, buttons, fit it to the car then cut them apart and trace the patterns to the final finish, black leather. The third photo is a my friends dashboard from his 1916 McLaughlin D 45S. Stay well, Gary
  5. Thanks for thinking of me, John. When I say the top is finished I should say finished for now. Next step is to sew and install the seat upholstery, then, I can fasten the rear curtain to the beltline. After the upholstery is completed everything is trimmed and covered with a gimp and hundreds of 7/16th" black head nails. Hopefully the McLaughlin will be finished in June. Funny story, my younger sister asked me to park her long camping trailer in my driveway for the winter until the trailer parks open. The camper is blocking my garage door and the camp grounds remain closed. What can you do, it's family. Regards, Gary
  6. Is this the last step? On a piece of vynal I drew a pattern to place the buttons on a back rest. It also gives me a chance to practice sewing, sort out thread tensions, how to place the material under the needle and stretch the pattern on the car to be sure it looks straight and correct. I do not keep track of hours, I work on the final project until it is as nice as I can do with the leather. BTW a picture of a red Cardinal in my Juniper bush. Regards, Gary
  7. Tada. Finished installing a new top. I will not post a picture now because it looks very much like the previous ones and I have not driven the tacks home yet. A fellow, who was helping me with the leather seats, had developed some rather serious health issues which required surgery. There are just a few places where the seats are top stitched and with the successful top job I am going to take this upholstery task on next. On the home front my dishwasher packed it in after 8 years. I took it out and apart yesterday, no problems are obvious so today I am shopping. Keith, yes to the 1916 McLaughlin. I talked with the owner last weekend and he is bummed, all of his summer events are cancelled. I have not mentioned it to Bev yet, I have a germ of an idea for a few days during the summer with my local pals, exercising social distancing, run what you brung. Stay well, Gary
  8. Hello Keith; No worries. Your McLaughlin top is the one man style and relies on steel to keep everything in place and is more open, maybe prettier. Mine is the two man top which has top sockets in the front seat area to hold the roof up. Stan, at Classic Coachworks in Blenheim, is sewing a new top for a 1923 Gray Dort this month. It is the same style as your McLaughlin, give him a call, maybe stop in and see the job and have a talk. I love the look of a well fitting top, they seem to get old so quickly in the sun. I have a friend who has a 1916 McLaughlin D45 nearby we could visit if you like. Leave the top down, very sporty open air motoring. Regards, Gary
  9. I'm stoked. This afternoon my wife and I attached the side panels to the main top and top stitched both sides. There that's done. The center section of the top is a straight edge and the side panels are curves and it is the reason the whole job lays nicely without wrinkles. Trimacar is helping us with advice every step of the way. Thanks, Gary
  10. Coming along well. I've installed the rear curtain and windshield baffle and have the three parts of the main deck roughed in. I've marked where to trim before joining the parts. The top material is 100" long, Bev is going to help me support the top as eight feet of Stayfast goes through the sewing machine twice. Regards, Gary
  11. My sewing machine has been working poorly and it was not entirely the fault of the operator. The machine would sew well for a couple of feet , then the thread would begin to fray at the needle. Turns out the needle plate where the needle carrying the thread would pass through the plate to the bobbin was rough and I managed to replaced it today. Hopefully problem solved. I finished sewing the rear curtain and tacked it up, I think I will get 2 additional yards of Stayfast topping material and try again. Practice, man, practice. In the photos today are the rear curtain with the McLaughlin diamond shapes, my notes in the works binder and the next task, a windshield baffle. Regards, Gary
  12. Thanks John, good catch. The size and six diamond pattern I copied from a 1912 McLaughlin located in a Museum. The original photograph, from Calgary, Alberta BTW, shows five diamonds, so I will make the correction. Thanks again. The collector, which just rescued a 1913, sent me a close up of his rear curtain and the size is smaller ( 9X20") with five diamonds. There is another photo on these forums of a 1917 McLaughlin with five diamonds in two rows with an oval shaped window. My car is a 1915 and I haven't any proof which window shape is correct. I've pointed out before when dealing with 100 year old cars it's a judgement call. McLaughlin made less than a 1,000 cars in 1915 in all series. Today, I begin to install the top and it starts with the rear curtain, just in time, my friend. Gary
  13. Progress, and yet another example of " over restored." The main part of the top is 4' 2'' wide, side to side, I had to cut a strip off the length of the top material. That left me with a piece which was perfect for another strap running front to back. I see that style on big, expensive cars, I got the thread of an idea to incorporate the extra support on the McLaughlin. Then I stretched the top deck over the bows to mark with chaulk the outline where the sides are going to join the deck. Pretty straight forward, the tricky part will be fabricating the diamonds of the rear window. Regards, Gary
  14. Very sorry to loose this event, the excitement will be missed. I was organizing an AACA Snapper's pre '16 tour this summer so I can imagine the difficulties trying to deal with closed venues. The Snapper's have rescheduled our run for the summer of 2021, is that something the Reliability Tour could do? Stay well, Gary