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  1. First outing this summer for our 1939 Buick Century was to my home town for a cruise night with me and my wife, Bev. Regards, Gary
  2. Low 20's is lovely weather in Canada, sorry. I meant to imply the spring has been unseasonable cool and wet and with showers in the forecast, well, the weekend was perfect. Here is a photo of a stunning beautiful cabriolet parked in a nice setting. There were other Buicks at the Gilmore Museum show but I do not want to shrink this picture, so just one photo today. Regards, Gary
  3. Caught this chance to get a snapshot of Larry Schramm's 1915 Buick truck and my 1913 Model 31 parked side by side today during the Gilmore Museum's pre war tour, show day tomorrow. Temps in the low 20's and a very slight late day sprinkle of rain. About 60 cars and trucks ranging from 1907 to 1941 made for an interesting rolling car museum. Regards, Gary
  4. I am attending the pre war show at the Gilmore Museum in Mich this weekend and I know of at least 4 Buicks that will also be there. If the topic of this post is the popularity or viability of this part of the car hobby I will ask around and report next week with the opinions I find. If the point of this thread is the best way to market a pre war car the answer IMHO is to drive, show and attend events which highlight these cars and encourage people to want one because it is a good, fun and useful hobby. Maybe see you there, look us up, Gary
  5. I hesitate to enter this discussion except I am a pre war driver and I am in the market for an open car. Fender skirts and wheel colours mean nothing to me, what hurts the desirability of Earl's Special to me is that it is not a big car such as a Roadmaster or Packard Super Eight. When I wanted a brass era car everyone said get a Ford and they were right from a practical point of view. I spent more money and bought a mid sized car, a Buick, and when I attend a meet the car gives me a presence/ status. Possibly silly but that is how I feel. The Buick is also more comfortable than a For
  6. It really is her car, the guys at the Kent Historic Auto Club have given her a nickname, "Bevalfi". I don't have a nickname and when I do drive her car it is always good natured? ribbing like " does Bev know you have her car?" or "did she send you out for gas?" There is just one other lady in the KHAC who has her own car, she is a young police constable and her dad looks after it for her. No reason for women not to share in the old car hobby, or is there? Bev has driven our old Buick too, but I am a nervous passenger, so she does not like to. Regards, Gary
  7. One day of mild weather and my wife hinted she wanted her car. I drove a 6 year old Triumph when in high school and many of my friends drove sports cars too so when my wife said we should get sports car I was all in. When I found I could acquire an Alfa Romeo spider for the cost of an MG that was the one for me. The thing I did not understand was the fact I was buying a chick car and my wife has taken the car as her own. Last fall the Alfa had a vibration and a local shop rebuilt the driveshaft but it did not resolve the issue and I was advised the vibration was a bad front whee
  8. When I purchased my 1915 McLaughlin from a long time owner and director of the McLaughlin Buick club here in Ontario I did for the flowing reasons. First, you do not get many opportunities to obtain a hundred year old car, second, it was 400 pounds lighter than my 1913 Buick and third it had an electric starter so the McLaughlin should be easier to drive. Today I find it is lighter because every part is lighter, for instance, my 1913 spring mounts are forgings and on the 1915 they are sheet steel. A friend with the same chassis in a 1913 says the electric starter is stupid because it adds t
  9. A few from a trip to Cuba in January. Gary
  10. The local weatherman is calling for a wintery mix today and I believe him because it is cold outside for this time of year. We did however have one nice day last week and I managed to paint the spokes and felloes of my wheels. I also finished putting hats on my carriage hub bolts, lightly sandblasted them and the rim clamp parts and finished up with epoxy primer. I painted the brake drums black so next week I can assemble the wheels and paint the metal parts black and then hang the wheels on the car and get it mobile. Hard to think in just three weeks is our first tour of the summer.
  11. Larry; Thanks for posting the link to RetroFest. I have never visited Auto Fair at the Sloan but I have been to Golden Memories there. Hard to believe I began this wheel repair and refinishing last December, just today I completed all the sanding and the wheels are in "final prime" and ready for top coating. Two coats of sanding sealer followed by two coats of epoxy primer with a thorough sanding between coats. Whew. I do not think it matters but I plan to paint the wooden parts, body colour, first, wait some days for the paint to harden then mask off the new paint and paint t
  12. I reside near Chatham, On which also is the starting place and current head office of RM Restorations. I say this because this is the fourtieth anniversary of the business RM/Sotheby and they are throwing a party on the weekend of June 21st, 2019. Last night I attended a regular meeting of a local car club, KHAC, of which I have been a member for more than thirty years and heard the plans. RM with the city governments enthusiastic approval is mounting their own parade downtown lead by 10' foot tall mechanical elephants and cars, of coarse with invited celebrities. RM has also hi
  13. At a restoration shop where I work part time we use stainless steel nuts and bolts everywhere. A simple slather of grease from a container applied with an artists paint brush was the norm. I also had to grind away the bolt markings, then sand the grind marks off using finer and finer sandpaper until I reached 800 grit and finally a turn (pun intended) on the polishing wheel. The parts come out looking like new nickel plating and that is why restored vehicles are so expensive and beautiful. Regards, Gary
  14. Wheel bolt dilemma. My 1913 Buick had the original tall, round headed carriage bolt on the front wheels but the rear, which has been re spoked had smaller plain carriage bolts. Since I've come this far I wanted to fit the correct wheel bolts to the car. I call them wheel bolts though a better term would be hub bolts since they trap the inner and outer metal hub parts and secure the wooden spokes to the center hubs. A very important function, if the connection between the wood and metal fails, which I have witnessed, it can lead to an accident and personal injury. I scouted vari
  15. With warmer weather coming I must finish painting my 1913 Buick's wheels, the magneto, which I had rebuilt and still is not reliable, and the carb was running rich last fall. Three jobs which need to be completed by the middle of May and our first summer event, Pre war Days at the Gilmore Museum. For my 1915 McLaughlin, which I hope to finish this summer, I have had the seat covers stretched out on the floor of my rec room all winter. I hoped to reinstall the upholstery and start driving the car and at some later time if all works out then replace the top and upholstery with new
  16. That surprises me I guessed a running, driving car as popular as a full sized Buick and in an eastern state like NY, and offered at a discounted " on sale" price would be taken fast. Sorry to hear the news but best of luck. Maybe reviving the thread and spring weather will motivate a sale. Gary
  17. I was thinking about this '39 Roadmaster, did you sell the car? I have a '39 Century and I enjoy the car very much and it is not actively for sale but someday I may need to and it would give me comfort today to know someone may want it. Please give us an update. Regards, Gary
  18. It would be interesting to me to hear how many hours or days this running, driving, pre war Buick Roadmaster takes to find a new home. Seems as if the car is reasonable priced in a very populated and could I say antique car crazy part of the US. Please post when you sell your car. Best of luck, stay well, Gary Van Dyken
  19. Wheel painting update. When I refinished the paint on the body some 5 years ago I decided to chose a lighter gray colour than was correct and original. I chose the very pale gray, or most people call it white, because I think it is beautiful, formal looking, and the original gray is drab and boring looking to me. Second, a friend we tour with has a very nice warm toned, gray car and finally another friend would say " why did you leave the Buick in primer. When are you going to paint it." and he would repeat it every time I saw him. Now, the question. I have to decide the colo
  20. Great guess, I looked it up in Buick, The Golden Era book by Prof. Therou, the 1906 model D was shaft drive and a photo in the book of the chassis shows an enclosed drive shaft. The 2 cylinder cars were all chain drive until the end with the model 14 in 1911. Regards, Gary
  21. My wife, Bev, and I will be there for the tour and show, we had a blast there last year. It will be our first experience with Airbnb, too. Regards, Gary
  22. Bev and I are hosting a five day Snapper's Tour in and around Chatham, On starting July 12th of 2020. The theme is Fields, Factories and Firetrucks because we are in farming country, there are many current and former auto factories to view and three firetruck collectors nearby. We have secured the local Travelodge for accommodations and that is all for openers. Get your pre 1916 vehicle and join us in this AACA event. Regards, Gary
  23. The Buick is a Special model with fender top lamps. It is also an early production car so it may have a short frame or more probably a Buick dealer modified rear frame. I like and have a '39 but the '38's are more desirable. Regards, Gary
  24. Doug is correct, as usual, the Snappers are the pre 1916 touring group with membership in the AACA similar to the Horseless Carriage Club. On pages 80 and 81 of the latest Antique Automobile is an excellent story with photos of the last Lansing to Dearborn Endurance Run (LDR) titled Snapper's Brass and Gas Touring Region. The '07 Darracq in green with red trim was stored at my house for 3 weeks prior to the run, it is a small and tight group of people who appreciate odd mechanical things. I do not know how many different ways to describe the early car hobby like pre '16, brass era, motorize
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