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  1. Good for you and Cindy to receive your shots, my neighbours and Stan and Jane Uher too this week. The fellow installing the upholstery in my McLaughlin got his last week and I expect he will be here tomorrow safe and sound. I wish I could say I feel invincible, but we are always mindful. Regards, Gary
  2. This month I started to replace the 35 year old top of my Model 31 by making patterns, ordering new 59" steam bent top bows and 12 yards of black on black Stayfast topping material. Mark Shaw replaced his top recently and I copied his photos because it is beautifully done and he used the rear window shape I have seen in original Buick literature. Ontario entered a stay at home order for the next four weeks to flatten the Covid curve, should be about the time I need to replace my top. Being a home body it is good to have an interesting hobby which can keep you home. The first two
  3. Without changing my ignition/lights switch, I installed the new fuse box and two push/pull switches hidden behind the dash board. Hopefully the setup will prove to be reliable and not leave us sitting on the side of the road. Stay well, Gary
  4. After working on my switch which controls the starter, ignition and lights I believe it is not reliable. I am advertising and asking around if someone has an incomplete switch I can adapt to use modern push pull type switches and a new fuse box. Then the car will have modern components but still look authentic and no one will know I've upgraded until they peer under the dashboard My original switch will still be intact for the day when a technician who understands electricity can get it properly working as intended. Get vaccinated, better days ahead, Gary
  5. The way I am used to seeing the rubber divider strip is attached to the bottom pane, lip inside. Here is a photo of my 1915, I also ran the rubber under the nickeled caps on the ends to secure everything. Good luck, Gary
  6. Booked at the Sure Stay by Best Western in Auburn, I missed two years ago because the Meet was a Grand National and last year due to the virus. The US/Canada border will have to be open for tourist traffic, here's hoping. Regards, Gary
  7. Finished assembling and installing the Stewart speedometer in the dashboard of the 1915 McLaughlin. One piece missing is at the platers before I can test it. Heard from the upholstery man and he tells me he is ready to recover the seats in April. Onward and always onward. Gary
  8. Speedometer project update. I've stripped the speedometer i received last week to its bare components and unstuck the input shaft. I've cleaned the glass and it will be fine to reuse. Cleaned and polished the silver face with toothpaste, a few imperfections remain though it is original and reproducing a decal for the face is beyond my abilities nor is necessary for my use. I cut a chuck of walnut to hold the body securely as I reassemble the parts before slipping it all back into the case which will be painted black. The next photo is the location I chose to mount the speedomet
  9. Cool weather for the next few day but I saw a robin and summer is close, hope we can enjoy it. I have some parts to finish the nickel plating on the 1915 McLaughlin and I am going to try a new shop in London, On which my friends have recommended. When I called to make an appointment the shop told me the usual turnaround time to complete the job is two weeks. Excellent. Two hubcaps, two hood clamp tops, a speedo swivel, 5 tube dust air caps and a speedo bezel for my recently acquired unit. All the parts are made of brass and should come back beautifully shiny . I also have an o
  10. Lately I've become interested in antique speedometers. Today I had the opportunity to obtain a spare for my 1915 McLaughlin and maybe use it in my 1913 Buick which does not have one. The first Buick outfitted with a speedometer as standard equipment was the 1914 Buick model 55, the big six. It's good to get out of the house, especially on a pleasant spring afternoon, my wife and I travelled to Sarnia, On about an hour north. I snapped a few photos along the Bluewater Parkway next the the St Clair river. The black faced speedometer is original to the McLaughlin and is restored.
  11. The Gilmore has a full calendar of events, English cars, German car, pre war weekends, etc. which keeps thing lively. Last time I was there (pre pandemic) they had a display in the main hall of about 17 Duesenbergs. My wife and I found a nearby Bed and Breakfast which cut down commuting from Battle Creek or Kalamazoo. Regards, Gary
  12. Queen's University in Kingston, Ont. has an archive of McLaughlin family, carriage and motor car materials. When I contacted them for the brochure for 1915 they scanned and emailed me a 32 page book covering all three models McLaughlin produced that year. With Covid restrictions in place I held onto the file until conditions eased and my printing shop reopened and could do the job. The original scan would not let them make it into a book without a lot of cutting and pasting so I had them print it with the highest quality the way it was. I cut it apart and placed the pages into plastic slee
  13. Good to see photos of the Whippet. How does the old expression go, " If you can't beat it, Whippet." Spring weather Monday? Gary
  14. Doug: Remembering I'm a retired car salesman, good for you. Hope your mom is well, Gary
  15. This morning I sent an email to Bob Giles organizer of the Vintage Tour and added our name to the list to attend. The Vintage Tour is open to vehicles built by 1931, it is like a Snapper event but with twenties cars, Dodge Brothers, Hupmobiles, Imperials and Buicks. Our car is the slowest but I leave a bit earlier than the others and get in a bit late for lunch, it is a very good time with a friendly and outgoing bunch. Funny story, our first VT I did not take the opportunity to fill the gas tank when I could and ran out of gas going up a long grade. Our 1913 Buick has a gravity
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