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  1. I like a website called BrassBuicks.  Recently I had a thought how to modernize my ignition/lights switch mounted on the dashboard of our 1915 without destroying the original.  The original switch is a mass of insulators and connections, some hot all of the time such as the horn and there are two different ignition push pull buttons.  They are marked B or M depending if you want the wet cell battery, which you do, or a set of dry cells, which are not rechargeable.  It is reasonably robust but I found the connections to be iffy and difficult to understand.  When one of the many insulators fails there would be problems.


    Back to BrassBuicks, I posted a request if anyone had a switch as photographed and would be amiable to letting me have it to contact me.  I got a positive response and said it was perfect for my purposes, he mailed it to me the same day with the request to pay what I thought was fair.   Two weeks in the mail before it was delivered and it is ideal.  The change is even easier than I imagined, there is a heavy brass plate which I bored out and tapped for the modern push/pull switch and jam nut I previously acquired.  The original brass buttons even screw on to the new switch.  I have room in the face plate for four new switches.  More than enough, and I replaced the troublesome circuit breaker with a six panel fuse box, now every wire has it's own blade type fuse.


    Some BrassBuick readers posted on the site information with diagrams how to rebuild my original switch.  It is a valuable internet resource and I am glad they let a guy like me be a member.


    The first photo is the backside showing the connections of the 1915 switch and then the first connection on the modernization.


    Thanks Buick members, Gary




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  2. Steve;  My wife and I plan to attend, we have rooms reserved but being Canadian we need to know the border to the US will be open for tourists,  I am waiting until the registration deadline.  We are vaccinated and agree the meet will be great.


    Sorry, Gary

  3. Not sure, Doug.  Classic Coachworks in Blenheim arranged for the bows.  There is a fellow in Ontario, I don't know him but I know a guy who knows a guy.  I believe the go to company for respoking wood wheels is from Ohio.  He is well known in the hobby but I can not remember his name right now.


    Thanks, I'll get back to you, Gary 

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  4. Began my Model 31 top replacement project.  I received new oak bows yesterday from an Amish wood shop in Ontario, $20.00 each times 4 or $15.00 USD.

    I marked them for orientation in case they are different side to side.


    I made a window pattern with 8X 41/4" square lights with 3/4" bars between.  Seems about right.


    Stay well, Gary




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  5. 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 photos are Mark's new top and then our car.


    Get vaccinated,  Gary






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  6. 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





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  7. 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



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  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 speedometer head.  It should be out of the way of feet, have a short cable with no tight bends and the nut hold the steering wheel can read it.  I've been learning the everything I can concerning speedometers and charted the wheel gear, swivel and pinion gear cause the speedometer cable to spin 1009 times per mile at 30 MPH.


    Stay well and wish me luck;  Gary




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  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 original, read old nickel, set of fancy wings which fits both the '15 and '13 Buick radiator filler neck.  I'll hold it back until I see their workmanship though.  This shop is an hour form my home and in a smaller city then the shop I have frequented before, in Toronto.


    Stay well, get vaccinated;  Gary




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  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.  The silver one is identical except for the colour of the face.  During 1913 Stewart Speedometer switched from a sweep hand to the drum, magnetic indicator.


    Stay well, Gary







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  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


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  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 sleeves and made my own book.  It is not a collector's item, useful facts for a rare car instead.


    One interesting fact, my 1915 has a Stewart speedometer as standard equipment, my 1913 Buick doesn't have a speedometer.  The first Buick, in my research, to list a speedometer as standard equipment is the 1914 B55, big six.  Earlier than 1914 the speedometer is after market, a dealer installed item.  Since no one is alive today who bought these cars new we need the sales books to show me the way.


    Stay well, Gary



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  13. 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 feed fuel delivery system, I had to roll the dead car down the grade and back onto a laneway with Bob Giles riding the runningboard.  Once the Buick was parked on the flat the engine was restarted and I reversed up the long grade.  I had enough gas in the tank to complete the trip.  It's all good.


    On the same tour my water pump failed and Bev and I caught rides the rest of the week.


    The last tour was in Kingston and Bev and I had to miss it for a family wedding.  Last year was postponed due to the virus.  This summer I hope to successfully finish a Vintage Tour.


    The photo is our car in front of the antique Penn Wells Hotel in Wellsboro. Pa and repairing the water pump at home.


    We live in hope, Gary




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  14. 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




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  15. 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



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  16. 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 smaller numbers the lovely and powerful Model 17 and the smallest car the Model 14 were less meaningful to GM, though popular today.  The Model 45 is a wonderful car, roomy and fast, just outside the HCCA date.


    Really just an exercise to show some snap shots of early Buicks, but feel free to comment.  The first is a 1908 Model F, mostly original and very old restoration.  Then a pair of 1912 Model 25 series.  A 1914 Model 55, 5 passenger touring car.  Three model 31's with a model F and finally the penultimate, 1915 V-12.


    Regards, Gary




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  17. 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 receive my First Junior, the car will never look as well again, and then it will resort to a touring machine.  Cars should be shown for awards, it is an important function of collecting.


    Stay well, Gary



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