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  1. Today I worked on getting my horn ready for paint.  After removing it from the car I washed the horn 3 times with lacquer thinner to remove all oils which would weaken the adhesion of the new paint.  The original finish was a thin layer of japan black paint which a spinning wire wheel stripped quickly.  Next I sanded the parts with 220 grit sandpaper again to aid in adhesion.  Washed the parts again with thinners and taped off the motor.  I could have sandblasted the metal parts but I wanted to keep grit out of the motor.


    I have a collection of other parts to coat with epoxy primer, then a heavy coat of black Poly Urethane, the very definition of "over restored."


    Stay well, Gary




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  2. I sorted out an electrical problem with a simple fix, I hope.  When I acquired our 1915 McLaughlin touring car it had been fitted with accessory, or after market, push pull switches to turn on the ignition and begin the starter/ generator spinning.  I've taken out the incorrect switches but that left me with the original switch which would work but only occasionally.  It seems the paddle? was worn and making inconsistent contact to the starter/ generator wire.  I cut a strip of brass shim stock, 001", glued and wrapped it around the paddle.  I've added 0.003" to each edge of the paddle and it seems to be enough, I've run through 6 start/ stops and it worked every time.


    The car also had an electric fuel pump which was removed and is sitting on a shelf.  Gravity fuel flow for me.


    In the picture is the offending switch before restoration.  The 2 push/pull switches on the left, turn on the ignition and start the generator motoring.  The other 3 push/ pull switches are for the headlamps, dim lights and tail lamp/ dash light.  I've circled the area of the switch that was built up without disassembly.  Also, I have bypassed the circuit breaker, on the left with a pair of long springs, with an inline fuse.  The round resister pictured on the right offers too much resistance so I am still in the woods with grandma's house in sight.


    Hope you understand, I find electricity difficult.  Stay well, Gary



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  3. Thanks Doug;  These are difficult times, Bev and I have no activities which we can attend for the next few months, everything on hold.  My mom and I used to be considered homebodies, now I am self isolating and supporting the health effort.  Not so bad for me, Bev, also stays home and makes me lunch.  Life is good with friends and photography.


    Regards, Gary



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  4. Yes Larry, our friends Charles and Darlene invited Bev and I to a high wheeler get together at the Gilmore Museum maybe about 2015.  Earlier in this thread I said "these are the good old days!"  I seems I was correct since we are facing, self isolation, postponements and cancellations today.


    The best part of the early car hobby to me is the willingness of owners to share their cars by letting us sit in them, give rides or teach others to how to master driving them.  Here are a few more photos from the recent past I picked out from my files to demonstrate.


    Stay well, Gary







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  5. Covid-19 and me.  I do not have it, however, it has certainly affected me though everyone is feeling some pain.  I've lost enough money from my retirement stock holdings to buy a Packard, but not as much as a VW microbus.  I remain especially inspired by the positive reactions from my fellow Canadians, auto plants building medical devices, musician hosting internet shows or even from the porch, and daily briefings from the Prime Minister for instance.


    The cancellation of the Auburn AACA meet has hit me hard, I planned to have my newly finished 1915 McLaughlin judged there.  I am working on the car and hopefully it will be finished by May but now I have nowhere to go.  A new party dress and my date stood me up.


    For the Snapper's tour in July, the US/Canada border is closed to tourism, many restaurants I chose are not presently available and we have 33 registrations to date from people who are counting on Bev and I for a pleasant week of driving around Kent County.  It will be May before we know what to do.


    Here are pictures from the recent past.  Hoping for a successful outcome from the Coronavirus.  Gary





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  6. This thread is informative but dismisses the efforts the organizers have invested in hosting you.  Please take a moment to send the folks a thank you note for putting on tours, shows, etc. you are sorry to have to miss and wish them the best.


    My wife and I are hosting a tour in July, so far, it is a go, but the dining halls we have booked are now closed, by government order.  Now what, I can to find alternate arrangements.  We are on but all of our work for the past year will have to be revamped for the current reality.


    Wish us luck, Gary



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  7. I've been interested in floor coverings for the rear tonneau for my early Buicks lately.  Coco mat is lovely for the 1915 McLaughlin, looks antique and the car has chestnut linoleum running board mats and front floor to match.  My 1913, however, is decorated in black and white colours with a thread bare, modern material, black carpet.    Once a person loads the car with luggage and lawn chairs, rear floor is covered anyway.


    My friend Gregg Lange, from Michigan, told me an original old Buick he knows of has a thin material floor covering and that comment got me thinking instead of carpet, something else.  Yesterday Bev and I visited a huge fabric store and I bought a piece of poly cotton blend fabric in dark gray and I plan to change the rear floor.  It is bonded so I can cut it to shape and have the edges serged.  Also in the photo is a sea grass mat I was going to use for carpet but Bev has been liking to keep it in the house.


    The top photo is a detail of my model 31 carpet and the second photo is the material I want to use laying on a sea grass mat.


    Go cat, go.  Gary




  8. First the elephant in the room, then a Snapper Tour update.  Presently there are no reports Covid-19 cases reported in Chatham Kent.  Registrations continue to be sent in for our Chatham 5 day tour and plans are being tweaked.  Yesterday I sent a message to the Snapper's club offering to postpone or cancel the event, Bev and I would be disappointed but understanding, I heard back, carry on.


    For the Buick side of things, we have 3 1913 Model 31 attending.  We were together at the Old Car Festival last fall, I have toured with Larry and Joyce, and with Lisa and Jim, but Larry has not run with Jim.  This summer we three are at the same hotel and driving together.  Jim told me he rebuilt his engine over the winter.


    We received a registration for a 1915 c55, 7 passenger touring car from Michigan and a second big 6 from Ontario hasn't registered but may be there.  I haven't gotten anything for a 2 cylinder Model F/G though they are around, however, one of our stops has an original, museum quality car to look at.  We have a c37 roadster from Michigan and a buddy from Ontario contacted me and said he sold his Ford and bought a 1913 McLaughlin 25 series touring car.  With my c25 that will be 2 McLaughlins and 7 Buicks to date.


    The picture was taken at last years Old Car Festival at Greenfield Village.  Good times.  Gary


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  9. Charge on, this afternoon I finished the rear floor woodwork, fit the tool box, made a pattern and then installed a 5/8th" thick cocoa mat.  I think the under seat toolbox, that is what I call it, is a McLaughlin only feature.  I saw cocoa mat in a friends car last summer and felt it is perfect for my car, also used for model T Ford rear mats.  Leather covers the tool box and back of the front seat.  The photos are start to finish and self explanatory.


    Regards, Gary







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  10. The best part of fixing 105 year old car is also the worst part.  No one knows everything or even anything.  I mounted my electric horn today in a bracket I designed, had fabricated and altered for the job.  A fellow sent me photos of a car the same make and model as mine, however I chose to mount the bracket and horn slightly differently.  It is a guess, using experience, judgement and "I think it will work and look best here."  If I am proven wrong I can change it.  Maybe this solution will become the "correct way it was done."


    Regards, Gary



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  11. In the top photo are some old parts I wanted to reproduce in thick, not stretchable leather and I have just the man for the job.  He is the last shoe repair guy in our small city of Chatham, On and he is a character.  Once he sent me back outside to look at his sign to see if the sign said anything about auto parts.


    In the last picture is a metal shop I used to make a bracket for the McLaughlin's newly acquired horn.  Every day brings me closer to completing the task, full steam ahead.


    Today, I received a registration for a Buick big 6, seven passenger touring car, for the AACA Snapper's tour in Chatham the second week of July and I sent an application to an owner of a second Buick big 6, we may have two!


    Regards, Gary





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  12. Interesting times.  The following tale I repeat recently happened to me and I do not intend this story to be praise or criticism of companies, the post office or Canada Customs.  The saying goes " it is what it is."

    I ordered some antique auto parts from a well known restoration supply company in California, (wink wink), the order was $90.00, the box was the smallest box I have ever seen and postage was $30.00.  Canada Customs charged me $25.00 taxes and handling and the box took two weeks to arrive.

    I ordered an 3/4 HP electric motor, to give you an idea of the size and weight from on Friday.  It was delivered to my house Monday with taxes and shipping included in the purchase price.


    It is what it is.  Gary

  13. RansomEli;  In the photo and for test purposes we are using loose polyester batting sold for stuffing children's animals.  In the final product I have washed, curled horsehair from Weavers Leather Supply in Ohio.  I cannot tell the difference but I have a friend who can look at a job and say horsehair, poly or foam material.


    Funny story, A guy told me he bought some horsehair and soon had a house overrun by tiny moths.  I haven't brought my box into the house.


    Regards, Gary

  14. I am presently trimming a 1915 car, you did not say what your guy wants to upholster.  My car had a replacement interior which got us going but if it was bare there would still be pictures available to show how it should look.  My trimmer has never done anything this old so we are working on it together.  He made a pattern out of vynal, stretched it on the car, decided to make some changes and produced a second pattern before cutting into the leather finished material.


    Long story, short, sit down and practice.  I started by making drop sheets, sewing long seams, straight.  I doubt if your engineer began at the drafting table designing the Titanic.  How do you get to Carnegie Hall is an old joke.  Practice, man, practice.


    In the photo is the pattern for the front seat back.


    Regards, Gary


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  15. I finally did it.  Last summer, Joe, (Cardinal 95) advised me to change my Singer sewing machine to a DC motor rather than continue to fight with old clutch setup to slow the machine down for upholstery work.  I finished the change over yesterday and the machine will chug over at a pace I feel I can control.  Full steam ahead.  Gary




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  16. An update concerning the AACA Snapper's summer tour in Chatham, plans and routes are set until May.  That is when the registrations close and many details get hammered out and everything made ready for our guests.  Today, in the mail we received our 30th car registered and it is a Buick, we have 3 so far, also 4 REOs, 3 Oaklands, a few Cadillacs and 8 or 9 Fords.  Moline, McIntyre, White, Oldsmobile, EMF and Hupmobile are among the other cars coming.  Waiting for spring, I collect the mail everyday and am getting my McLaughlin finished.


    The first 3 pictures are Buicks which are coming then some of the others.


    Regards, Gary



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