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    Any one else watch Perry Mason?

    If you want pre war Buicks try Torchy Blane movies, many scenes are in or near a big '37 and '38 Roadmaster police car with side mounts . That series of shows turn up on TCM or maybe YouTube have them for viewing or downloading. Offices, restaurants, candlestick telephones and clothing outfits add interest to the times cars are not featured. Torchy Blane movies were made with everything new and current, as opposed to say the Untouchables where the producers wanted a time period piece. The plots are good too, romantic comedy with some crime solving. Might appeal to the Mrs if she shares your interest in the late thirties America. Gary
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    Terry; The best repair I've done is to reline the cone clutch in new leather. The clutch is the best feature of my car now, I can move it inch by inch if needed without bucking and snorting. Good luck with your rebuilds everyone. Regards, Gary
  3. You likely already knew this but I was amazed how effective Spray Nine cleaned years of brake dust and road grime from the inside of the wheels my wife's '87 Alfa Romeo spider. I have a local shop which uses chemical tanks to clean parts and racks for manufacturing plants but they will also clean antique auto parts of paint and rust. When I pick the job up the parts are coated in a dense, water based oil to stop immediate re rusting. Spray Nine is the recommended cleaner to strip this coating. I like lacquer thinner for cleaning but didn't like what it would do to the tires, I had cans of Brake Clean but fairly expensive to cover four wheels so I reached for the Spray Nine. Excellent, the grime ran off in rivulets and even shined up the tires. See the before and after photo, I cleaned all 4 wheels in less than an hour. Happy wife happy life, Gary
  4. If you are wanting a big pre war sedan they are easy to get and inexpensive. I was offered a '38 Packard Super 8 and I have a '39 Buick Century in black with side mounts for the same asking price. Regards, Gary
  5. Wanted to buy. one at least or possibly two Baker rims as shown, 34 X 4 tires, 26 rims, 4 mounting lugs at the tire valve. Ship to Michigan, I can pick it up there. Thanks in advance, Gary five one nine 352-806three
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    GM Oshawa Plant in Canada to Close

    It's all about fuel efficiency, the EPA cancelled the CAFE standards which had been in place for decades, Before this decision manufacturers had to produce fuel sipping sedans so they could sell SUVs and trucks and still maintain a Federally mandated fuel efficiency average. No CAFE, no regulations, here you go, how do you like it now? Honda, Toyota and Volkswagen are open for business and will merrily sell the consumer any hot hatchback, wagon or sedan any citizen could possibly desire. BMW, Alfa Romeo or Mercedes if you want more punch from your wheels and do not care about the gas. Regards, Gary
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    GM Oshawa Plant in Canada to Close

    Oshawa, I feel your pain. I live in a city where Navistar/ International trucks were made for 100 years, now closed. After many incentives and guarantees from all governments Navistar decided to built a new factory in Mexico leaving the old factory to the city taxpayers to clean up. Presently it is a vacant lot covered in cement which no one will touch over environmental concerns, I suppose. We are getting a new casino but it is located across the street from the old plant. More than a few eye brows were raised recently when two new snowploughs hit the road in our municpality and they were Mexican Navistar trucks. Life goes on. Gary BTW, my 1915 McLaughlin was built in Oshawa three years before the factory was acquired for GM of Canada.
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    driving a 1939 eight special

    Good to hear of your country roads. The pre war Buick gives a soft, undulating ride which is comfortable but a handful to contain. The car will go 65 MPH but will take over 20 seconds to get there and the brakes are effective but try to have extra space in front and out back to compensate for modern traffic. Barney: Love the side mount mirrors. Where did they come from and could I buy a pair? Matt: Watched the video, good of you to post it. Though the video showed a few rolling stops and driving across painted islands, is that how they roll in Cleveland? Regards, Gary
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    Meet "Toby" my 50 Model 51 project

    Same drive to the platers for me, Toronto, however a if you like the workman it fits the definition of a "pleasure trip". Best of luck, Gary
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    Spark Plug Wires

    In Ronnie's original post he says he bought new wires, 7 mm, and they are arcing. Why would new wires be leaking spark? I purchased a set from the same supplier, 8 cyl, 7 mm, cloth covered, and am using them for two four cylinder engines now I question if they are good to use? I need 7mm to fit the caps without alteration, the oak tracer is pretty to look at but black would be fine, too. Thanks, Gary
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    Music in a Pre-War Car??

    We have a musical family in our group. In a 1914 Ford they whole family sings songs as they motor along, they learned the lyrics from a large collection of 78's and wax cylinders. They are very good, the daughter attended University in a music program and has since joined an opera. It was a wonderful experience and live music is the best, one evening, sitting a veranda beside a lake, she wowed us with an aria in Italian. Sorry, I do not know how to get music in your car. This posting reminded me of the Doddington family and I wanted to share. Regards, Gary
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    Where are the Pre-War Events these days???

    Thanks for the heads up concerning pre war events in Ontario, I seem to be out of the loop. There is no HASC in my town though I perhaps should join the local A4C's which has a chapter here. I am in a local unaffiliated club but they do not do much anymore with pre war cars. Maybe I should join your region of the AACA just to get the newsletter. Bev and I are looking forward to the Vintage Tour this summer and if you can find a job for us we are willing to help out. Thanks, Gary
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    Autumn Buicks

    The other end of Autumn Buicks is winterizing, wrap the air conditioner and store the outdoor furniture for winter. Regards, Gary
  14. Thanks for taking us all on your journey and congratulations. Enjoyed the trip, Gary
  15. Tail lamp Tuesday. Found this pleasing photo of our 1913 Buick model 31, on tour, before the Old Car Festival in Michigan. Maybe Autumn Buicks because it was September. Regards, Gary