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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. I do not have a D45 but a good friend does and I have driven and been a passenger it in, it seems quiet and fast, well built, and comfortable, so it would be a good touring car. Anyone with time and experience should be able to figure the car without being an engineer. In 1916 the largest Buick was the D 55, a seven passenger touring car, but the last year of production. Would not speak to value in the market place, I would say all of the '16's and up of most manufacturers are reasonable to purchase and enjoy. The value of the car depends upon the purchaser, IMHO, the 'D45 can de driven to
  14. You know me too well, Doug. It is a break wall at Erieau, On and protects the commercial fishing boats which harbour in Rondeau Bay from the lake. Last fall Bev and Ihad a one day tour with lunch at Erieau, a drive to the point at Rondeau Provincial Park then a drive home through the fall foliage of Sinclair Bush with 6 or 7 cars from the London area. Regards, Gary
  15. Though not of the Snapper's era I also wear an original Duffel or sometimes called a Monty coat, when out in the Buick late or early in the touring season. These wool coats actually began in the 1820's are still being produced and popular as you can see since my wife's coat is relatively new. The one I wear, after researching the company Gloverall, was made in London and seems to be prior to 1962. It was likely made for the navy because the lining is plain wool and not the usual tartan pattern for the general public. The photo was taken in November with Lake Erie in the backgrou
  16. Kevin; For the AACA Vintage Tour please contact Joe at Joe from Canada on page 1 of this thread, he is the host this summer. Hotel info is available now for reservations, haven't seen registration forms yet and you need to contact the office in Hershey to tell them you are going because it is a national event. Regards, Gary
  17. Things are quiet here in the winter, the wheel painting project is taking longer than I thought it would. In the post above I mentioned I have a trailer and to my mind it is the greatest downside to owning and driving Snapper era Buicks. A person has to have a trailer if you want to travel to tours, and believe me I wish I could think of a viable alternative. When on the road I primarily fuel and lunch at truck stops where I think they have more security and space to park with pull throughs, most accidents happen when backing up. Also I have to choose a motel based on their park
  18. Kevin; Lovely Cole. I plan to attend the vintage tour and if this is your first it promises to be a good time. Kingston, On has gently rolling terrain, some long grades up and down so your brakes should be in the best working order and the engine running cool and fine. Expect to drive over five hundred miles during the five day meet, you will not need lawn chairs. Generally we leave soon after breakfast and return to the hotel in time for refreshments before the evening meal with interesting places to see during the day. Last tour had fifty cars ranging from 1913 to model A's, many Chrys
  19. Thanks Larry; We do not have much planned for this summer. Likely the Pre War meet at the Gilmore in May, the AACA vintage tour in Ontario in August, the Old Car Fest in September. I expect to have our 1915 McLaughlin touring car finished and ready for test drives too. Please keep us in mind if you hear of something good, "have trailer, will travel." Regards, Gary
  20. The Snappers are a non geographical region of the AACA. This year we have a spring tour in central Wisconsin the first week of June and a summer tour, with the HCCA, in Kingston, Ontario in July. We also participate in the Lansing to Dearborn Endurance Run, a part of the Old Car Festival in Michigan and the Hershey Hangover in, well, Hershey. Our season is generally three week long events and some smaller weekends between May and October because many of the pre '16 cars have neither tops, windshields or doors. Another part of the Edwardian car hobby is costumes. Often seen in t
  21. I vote with Terry W, top up permanently. My mrs. had a small non cancerous wound on the top of her head which the surgeon called sun damage, since then I ordered a new trailer tall enough to drive into with the top erected. I agree it is not as pleasant as driving out in nature as God intended, but as they say " safety first." Regards, Gary
  22. 1913 wheel update, I am refinishing two wheels at a time. Since there is some wood compression where the rim bolts clamp the rim to the wheel I decided to remove the hardware and fill the space underneath. It will also mean the felloe will be more thoroughly sanded and will have new paint under the parts. The rim clamp parts will be sandblasted and epoxy primed, the final step will be to reattach the hardware with new 3/16ths" X 2" mild steel rivets then painted with a touch up brush. The photo shows new filler sanded flush with the existing wood. I suppose if the car is being
  23. Winter is late this year. Regards, Gary
  24. Sound like a new product called Poly All 2000, two part epoxy, thin as water and sets in 5 minutes. A friend recommended it, I never used it but I did look it up with the internet. I used a product called Enviro Tex Lite similar except thicker, maybe like watery maple syrup and slower to set as in a few hours. Hope this helps, Gary
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