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  1. Bev and I are hosting a Snapper's week long tour in Chatham during the first week of August, rescheduled from last summer. We were in lockdown over the holidays and I tried to think of antique auto drives which would entertain my friends, I had an idea to host an optional weekend in Leamington. Bev and I enjoy Point Pelee National Park anytime but especially from the seat of our open air Buick. Here are some photos I snapped last summer to illustrate how beautiful the Park is, our guests would be getting seven days of tours, always give a bit more than you promised. Stay well in
  2. My 1939 Buick has old runningboards, some voids and cracks, and they are not reproduced for my model. I cleaned them and used a paint brush to spread multiple coats of a rubber liquid I bought at a local building store. I poured the rubber into the voids until the area was level with the existing mat. The job is shiny and serviceable. I think of it as good, old mats; better, voids filled and shiny black; and best, new vulcanized, manufactured and professional. Good luck with your Hupp. Gary
  3. John: I hit the like button for the creative way you dug the wagon out and left the snow on the roof. It must have been a heavy wet snow to seemingly weigh the car down or is it full of camping gear? In southern Ontario we were part of the same storm but on the western edge and received a trace amount, thanks for taking the hit for us. Interesting pictures. Stay well, Gary
  4. The title of this weblog concerns driving Snapper era cars, part of driving cars which are a hundred years old means I have to have a vehicle heavy enough to pull our 6000 pound trailer. Unless, of coarse, I only want to drive my cars locally. Since Bev and I are retired we have had one modern car, a pick up truck, which is great for trips to the lumber yards and trailer hauling, not so much for the Walmart parking lot. My truck is now 10 years old and 95,000 miles, I should swap it for a new/newer one except it is running perfectly and I like it. My solution to the issue was to
  5. Doug: You at least have an offer, sometimes I say" life is good but it is not that good" maybe get the buyer to accept a counter offer? Sound as if you are far apart on price but maybe the buyer doesn't realize what antiques cost and if you tell him/her he will appreciate the Statesman more. Good luck with the car, sorry your city is going into lock down. I renewed my AACA membership by phone yesterday and Pennsylvania is re entering lockdown too. Regards, Gary
  6. Looks good Doug and son. I performed the same job on my 2010 Toyota truck with 152,000 Kms two weeks ago. I used premium parts and changed the calipers as well. Easy and the truck stops better now than when it was new. Swapping out a (w)holy muffler this afternoon. Regards, Gary
  7. This morning, Nov 25th, the buzz on the BrassBuicks website concerned fitting a new Zenith model 267 carburetor to replace the Marvel used in the 1915 C25. My C25 is fitted with a rebuilt Marvel but I have not driven the car enough to believe the Marvel will be durable, reliable and safe. I contacted the recommended Daytona Parts Company in Florida and ordered a new Zenith model 267 to use as the first line carb and keep the Marvel for shows and judging. For the Snapper's Summer Tour, Bev and I chose the first week in August. We are collecting names for our Pre '16 party in Chat
  8. I have not had much to post lately, working on the home and thinking of winter work. Under the general forums I enjoyed Chris Bamford's thread on driving his Model T Ford touring in an early snowfall. Well, the weather in Southern Ontario is absolutely perfect, clear, sun, slight breeze and 20C (70F), we had to get the old Buick out for a drive and I saw a fall picture opportunity on our friend's farm I wanted to snap. Following the photo session we took our friends for a long drive around the country block and it was their anniversary so this was our gift to them. Bev and I are
  9. Lovely weather, calm, sun and 60F, we took the opportunity to drive our 1939 Century sedan for a 20 mile route. Stopped at the orchards for a bushel of apples, umm good eating. I am planning to renew our woodgrain parts this winter, some glass is delaminating and will be replaced and a vent window winder is stripped. I think I am disciplined enough to hold the line and not become a total restoration. Regards, Gary
  10. I was asked by the restorer of this 1923 Gray Dort to photograph the car and duplicate an original factory picture. Following the photo shoot, we passed the home of the Gray family, the people who built the car in Chatham, On and wheeled onto their driveway and posed in front of their coach house. I was thrilled with the assignment. It even got better when I was allowed to drive the Gray Dort back to Blenheim. Being a six cylinder the ride was smooth at 35 MPH and would cruise at 45. Soon the car will be leaving for the west, it will leave a big hole in our lives, being a Chath
  11. I have viewed every photo in this thread though I have not had anything to contribute, until now. My friend restored a 1923 Gray Dort and he had an original photograph of the same make and model taken near the Gray Dort factory in Chatham, On. This afternoon we drove the car about 40 miles for the first trip to the location where the original photo was taken nearly a hundred years ago. Regards, Gary
  12. Old car bubble buddies ramble on. A few things we learned to do with my circle of early car guys is to have a weekend visit once a month, plenty of social distancing comradery and keep the daily mileage down to 50 to 60 miles per day to encourage the members to bring their small, single and two cylinder cars. Here is a sample group of photos from near perfect summer like weather of our activities. Bev and I hosted the coffee stop this morning and when we were leaving one car would not start, dead battery. Usually the unfortunates would climb into another's back seat, this time e
  13. Friday, day one Bev and I are hosting a small group of pre '16 car drivers this weekend which has swelled to a dozen cars. What a great collection '04 Oldsmobile, '04 Pope Hartford, '06 Cadillac, '07 Darracq, '09 Oakland, '11 Oldsmobile, '12 Cadillac, '13 White and Buick, '15 Gray Dort and a couple of Fords. On the home repair front the long thin battery from my 1939 Buick had to be replaced after five years. The battery would charge and read the correct 6.5V but would be dead after 15 seconds of cranking the engine. The 93EH battery is a stock item at my favourite shop and cost
  14. On another website I follow called BrassBuicks a fellow wrote in describing a repair he made for a dragging clutch which caused me to check my linkages and clean everything up. Here are the photos of a neat piece, a cast aluminum clutch case cover, the clutch and transmission cases showing the linkages and finally the front floor back in place. I am a believer in fixing the car at home and hopefully drive the Buick in my old car bubble without incident. I'd like to promote the idea Buick built good cars, while not mentioning the hours of maintenance. Stay well, Gary
  15. A black 1939 Buick Century sedan with side mounted spare tires and wide running boards parked on a pier with Lake Erie as a backdrop makes for an attractive pre war sedan photo. Regards, Gary
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