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  1. 1913 wheel update, I am refinishing two wheels at a time. Since there is some wood compression where the rim bolts clamp the rim to the wheel I decided to remove the hardware and fill the space underneath. It will also mean the felloe will be more thoroughly sanded and will have new paint under the parts. The rim clamp parts will be sandblasted and epoxy primed, the final step will be to reattach the hardware with new 3/16ths" X 2" mild steel rivets then painted with a touch up brush. The photo shows new filler sanded flush with the existing wood. I suppose if the car is being readied for trophies I would have sent the wheels to a wheelwright shop for new spokes and felloes but I appreciate the fact this car has it's original parts and do not mind some dings and knocks. The car came by them honestly and it is a for touring automobile. After filling and final sanding the wood will be treated to a epoxy type sanding sealer then primed before the final coat of body colour single stage paint and the metal hubs, rim bands and clamps will be black. There are two thoughts on refinishing the spokes, one is to let the woodgrain show through the paint and the other is to completely fill the grain so the paint is smooth. I have always liked the woodgrain to show but this time I am opting for smooth and shiny. Don't know which would have been correct a hundred years ago. Thanks, Gary
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    Winter Buicks

    Winter is late this year. Regards, Gary
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    Epoxy-like Filler & Seal Coating

    Sound like a new product called Poly All 2000, two part epoxy, thin as water and sets in 5 minutes. A friend recommended it, I never used it but I did look it up with the internet. I used a product called Enviro Tex Lite similar except thicker, maybe like watery maple syrup and slower to set as in a few hours. Hope this helps, Gary
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    This photo is taken on the Melecon in old Havana, Cuba, in the background is a fort which was built in the 1700's to protect the city from pirates. My wife and I were on the Malecon last week, below is a photo taken nearby which shows what happens to Cuban cars when they get to old to be driven as taxis. Short of being parked on a golf course driving range I can not imagine what could have happened to it. BTW the '50 was parked illegally, usual for Cuba, cops everywhere. Regards, Gary
  5. Hello Doug; I, too, was 16 years old in 1968. However my dad had no interest in autos, our family car was a VW he bought new, his first new car, followed by a Maverick in 1970. Do you know where the Whippet came from, a fellow club member maybe? BTW, Dad built a new house soon after the Maverick came and it became a truck, once he hauled a 45 gal drum of water in the trunk for the brick layer. Regards, Gary
  6. Weston Mott had been supplying wheels and axles for everyone when Billy Durant proposed they come to Flint, Mi and organize a factory to supply Buick. Weston Mott left their Utica NY factory making parts for bicycles, etc. and moved to Mi in 1906. Business grew rapidly for Weston Mott and they improved the design of their rear axles by using Hyatt bearings and Brown Lipe gear sets. As a side note Hyatt Bearing brought Alfred Sloan to GM but that is another story. Buick and Weston Mott merged in 1916 and CS Mott became a director of GM, as did Sam McLaughlin, yet another story which has been be told. In the accompanying photo you can see a trace of red, that is copper electroplated to the rim band, and is a feature of Weston Mott design. So far I think each wheel will take two days to rough sand all the old paint off. Afraid chemicals will leech out and ruin the new paint and sandblasting could affect the wooden felloes, that leaves sanding. It's not awful. a few hours at a go, listening to the radio in my heated garage, likely easier for me than the workman who created the wheel a 100 years ago. Regards, Gary
  7. Bev and I just returned from our annual fun in the sun trip to Cuba and thought you might like to see some photos of the iconic taxi cabs. These cars are the original resto mods, for show but they are working cars, like the Clydesdale draft horses from Budweiser, a symbol of the company but they also have to pull the beer wagon. We hired the '55 Bel Air for a day trip the old Havana with a excellent driver, whose patience could teach me how to be a more courteous driver, and university educated guide with history and languages. I brought some AACA magazines for distribution, they were popular and taken away in a few moments. Regards, Gary
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    2019 Grand National - online registration open

    Good to get a definite answer. Thanks, Gary
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    2019 Grand National - online registration open

    Just to be clear. I tried to register a car for it's first junior at Auburn and then travel to a Snapper's tour in Wisconsin beginning the next day. Sort of a " two birds with one stone" idea. A note on the AACA registration form told me my car had to be a senior car to qualify. Can I have my car judged at Auburn or not? Thanks for the clarification, Gary
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    1920's dash board light

    Dash lamps. I found a complete lamp, base and fixture at a flea market and felt very good at 5.00 until I paid the plater over a $100 for new nickel. Repro is around $35, depends if you want a lamp or show piece? Think spring, Gary
  11. Congratulations, Gary. Whenever I make a repair I ask myself how would Gary do it and refer to your thread. Please everyone post here occasionally to keep it current and available as a valuable resource. Thanks again, Gary V
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    1920's dash board light

    Restoration Supply in Ca advertises reproduction dash board lamps, perhaps model T suppliers as well. Good luck, Gary
  13. Sanding spokes is a tedious job and I have until spring to finish it. However, there are other things to do. Friday the temps reached into the 50'sF and I switched out my wife's sports car with my 1915 McLaughlin in the shop after a steady rain. I had an hour before supper so I took a top stick to the wire wheel to strip paint and rust. The parts will be eventually sandblasted, which I find to be miserable work, noisy, dirt up my nose and grit in my eyes, so I clean everything first as to minimize the sandblasting. I had the sticks stored on the body and I noticed for the first time the aligning ball and socket aligning pins did not fit on the first or front one. I measured the difference and it was 7 1/2". Looks right, but isn't. I'll either move the ball to fit the remaining sticks or possible add a ball to hit the socket. The other thing is this aligning ball and socket style was used also on Model T Fords, perhaps someone sometime changed the top parts to Ford. My '13 used fork and blades style and original photos do not show the details I need. Small details are interesting to me. The photo illustrates the parts I am trying to describe. Thanks for looking, Gary
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    Restoration vs. Preservation ??

    Not this truck but there is a Packard which attends the Old Car Festival they say has patina. Holes rusted through the fenders and running boards, the body colour and hood are different and badly weathered everywhere, runs and drives though. I think sometime a car is too worn out to be displayed, sometime there is too little left of the original to be interesting, when is the line crossed? Every owner of every car has to decide for themselves. Again not this truck, I vote, if I had one, to preserve the local history and use the truck sparingly. Thanks, Gary