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  1. 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
  2. Three weeks of cold and snow made for a dark February, spring is in the air today, Saturday. Cleaning up the yard led me to the space where I keep my 1913 Buick and it seems to have weathered ( pun intended) the winter well. I gave the crank a lift to rotate the engine without turning on the gas or setting the choke. I gave the crank another turn, to open the closed valves and close others, the engine started and ran a few seconds. She seems tired of winter and Covid restrictions, too, ready to ramble. Think spring, Gary
  3. Welcome to the AACA Forums, David. I would suggest you start your work on your grandmother's car by cleaning the body with soap and a little water, degrease the engine and driveline and vacuum the interior. Save anything you find since it may or may not belong to the Model K. Photograph everything. Join a car club, read history and repair books, don't be in a hurry. Ask questions. Hope your grandma is well, Gary
  4. Here is my list of important cars from Buick in the early days which I feel made GM a viable concern. The model C of 1905 continued as the Model F and G, popular today with the one and two cyl bunch. The Model 10 was built starting in 1908 and continued, growing larger, adding electric start and left hand drive, until 1915. Historian say the Model 10 was the only profitable GM car and was the cornerstone of the company. The big six, series 55, began in 1914 and propelled Buick into the twenties with a modern engineering. Also built but in smalle
  5. I've been a judge and had cars judged a few times and appreciate the efforts of everyone. Sometimes I am surprised my cars scored so well and when it didn't I knew why and understood. Funny story, we were on weekend driving tour which took us to a small town's parade. A fellow on the tour drove a beautiful 1932 Auburn and he lost to a scruffy Model A and he was angry. A friend reminded him the winner lived in the town and the trophy had nothing to do with the cars. When Covid-19 conditions allow I plan to show a car I restored from an older restoration. I hope to re
  6. Though this posting is not antique Buick related I want to share a Hurrah to the NASA engineers who successfully landed a car on Mars. The video of joy following "seven minutes of terror" gives me hope for the human race's future. When I watched on the news the steps which had to be pre programed for the landing to occur and they did it, the staff seemed to be all about thirty years old, well done. Some threads on these forums carp about young people do not care about antique cars, I don't care too, let them carry on. We old folks should step back and get out of their way. Stay
  7. I think the correct term for the device which winds up the magneto before releasing and spinning it fast enough to create a spark is called an impulse. At least when I contacted a rebuilder to order a spare mag and told him I needed an impulser he knew what it was. On my 1913 Buick with a 201 cubic inch engine, it has never kicked back. A few years ago a group of us stopped at a High School shop class and I had a line of teenagers try to crank start my Buick. With my impulse device a child can start the engine if they can get the engine to rotate, any speed, when the impulse rel
  8. I am 67 years old and do all my own antique car work. All help is in the community, library books, you tube videos, local restoration shops will bail you out if you are over your head, plating shops make everything you send in look beautiful, you can buy tires, etc. People say it is rewarding, even small progress is grand and when you are out showing or cruising your car ( assuming you finish ) you can tell the public I did it myself. Regards, Gary
  9. My thoughts concerning 1940's cars I do not find them comfortable to drive in traffic. I bought a 1939 Buick Century sedan a few years ago to drive to long distance events but I feel as if I'm being tailgated and generally crowded. I think the other drivers around me expect it to be modified, faster and it is not. I drive the speed limited or a little above and my 320 cu In engine will keep up with traffic. I feel I am not getting any respect for the cars limitations. My other car, a 1913 Buick touring car, is wonderful to drive, everyone stays well clear. It is obliviously st
  10. Hello Bob; Bev and I plan to attend the Vintage Tour. That being said I do not see how it is possible considering todays conditions and restrictions. We are hosting an AACA Snapper Tour in August and I am not making any plans until May with the exception of arranging a host hotel, final banquet site and taking names. I'll send you a PM with some thoughts from the Snappers and HCCA with some possible work arounds. We live in hope, Gary
  11. Thanks Jon; I think I understand the two carbs are Model E, they may have internal differences and do not sweat the details. Sorry for posting in the wrong forum and perhaps a moderator could move the posting up one to Pre War Buick. Regards, Gary
  12. For my 1915 McLaughlin C25 I received the carby on the left, it had been rebuilt and I run it on the engine. It is marked in the casting as 501 A2 and has stamped on the boss 123309 E2. I bought the carb on the right from a fellow enthusiast and it has 501 A2 cast in the body with B 41640 stamped on the bottom of the float chamber and nothing on the boss. They seem identical but are they model A, B or E, bolt pattern is 2 3/8ths" and throat size 1 1/8th" for both? I have set or tune up directions in a Dykes manual for a model E. The weather here has turned wintery, snow and co
  13. Antique cars are put up for the winter and with the Corona Virus lockdowns, makes for quiet days. I talked with the receptionist at my Doctors office this week asking her when Bev and I could expect to be vaccinated and was told May, June or July and it would not be at her office. I am following some summer plans and am hopeful and cautious. When I visited the newly revised Horseless Carriage Club of America (HCCA) website I was pleasantly surprised to find a photo of Bev and I leading one of the categories. It was a lovely fall day with the top neatly folded, tonneau cover in p
  14. I received my issue yesterday in Southern Ontario, Canada, a six hour drive from St Joseph, Mi. Good going Canada Post. Thanks and stay well, Gary
  15. I, too, am from Ontario and recognize the new issue license plates and am amazed how hot rodders can pass the required safety inspection? At least you did not apply to use Antique Plates as many of you hot rodders do. Gary
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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