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  1. Back on the Bricks in Flint, Mi, my wife and I are there taking part in the 100th Anniversary Parade for General Motors, 2008. The photo is credited to Detroit Free Press. We, too, participated in the Buick Centennial but I have no photo. Gary
  2. Bev and I are taking a road trip on the Natchez Trace and winding up in Biloxi, Ms next week for a winter holiday. For our Snapper's Tour in July I have been talking with at least 6 persons who plan to drive one and two cylinder vehicles, making for an impromptu small car event. Gary
  3. That looks great and makes me think everything else you try to do will be a easy peasy ( sp). Gary
  4. A very mild stretch of winter without snow and salted roads let us drive our '39 Century on Boxing Day. We traveled out to a fishing village of Erieau, which is a summer destination but not for our Snapper's Tour next July. Too busy, too many other interesting stops, we cannot fit it in to the list of activities. Here is a photo of our car on the pier with unfrozen Lake Erie as the background, the second snap is the pier last winter. Regards, Gary
  5. Every year I look forward to seeing the photos and videos from the Holiday Excursion in Pasadena, Ca or from New Jersey's New Years Day tour, this year has been so mild and dry in southern Ontario it has hardly seemed like winter. However, we took out our 1939 Century for a drive on Boxing Day to a small fishing village on the shore of Lake Erie and found a couple of interesting photo opportunities for the holidays. No snow in the 14 day forecast and temps in the low 40's (5C), every day is one day closer to spring, however I miss the white stuff. Regards, Gary
  6. Merry Christmas from Southern Ontario to all. Bev and I thank you for the great year in the antique car hobby and wish you the best in 2020. Gary
  7. Sounds like a real bus man's holiday and I know you enjoy driving your tour car. There are some other fellows from Michigan who expect to leave the trailer home " so not to wear out the trailer" and travelling across the St Clair river so you might buddy up for that portion of the trip to Chatham. For other readers of this thread driving brass era cars long distances has a long tradition. In 2015 Bev and I drove around Lake Erie in our 1913 Buick, 800 miles in 9 days, including downtown Cleveland. We often pack the Buick and take the ferry to Pelee Island for a weekend. We have friends who drove their 1912 Winton from Michigan to Idaho for an HCCA tour. This summer there is a pre '16 tour to circumnavigate Nebraska. Joe and Betty Swann drove their EMF around the United States, thousands of miles. The Red Rock touring group last summer drove 2000 miles in 21 days around Virginia and West Virginia. In ancient history a had a friend who drove his 1912 Lozier from Red Deer Alberta to Newfoundland and back for Canada's Centennial in 1967 and a guy named Green drove a curved dash Olds from New Jersey to California for a HCCA meeting. In 1985 Bev and I drove from Red Deer, Ab to the mountains, the Banff Jasper highway, all the way to Cranbrook, BC, then east to Lethbridge, Al and home, far over 1000 miles. The photo is our Buick model 31 in front of the Case Western Reserve Museum in Cleveland and a Ford on the Pelee Island ferry. Best Regards, Gary
  8. Larry and Doug; I visited and the base rate for a crossing with a 20' vehicle from Leamington to Sandusky, Oh this year is $46.00 but because you would be over 7 1/2" tall they consider it oversize and double the cost. It is priced in Canadian dollars so Larry would get a 27% discount for USD. I wonder if an open trailer would be less than 7 1/2". On a positive note the ferry does save about 3 hours of driving, whatever that costs and Ambassador Bridge tolls. Bev and I have only used the crossing one time, with a brief stop at Pelee Island and then a pleasant trip along Lake Erie to Cleveland instead of the driving the Ohio Turnpike. Gary
  9. Merry Christmas to you as well. Thank you for posting your lovely winter scenes with your great dump truck, I can almost hear the roar. Also, thank you for reminding us to reach out to friends and relatives. Gary
  10. Doug; I am looking for help and you and Cindy would be welcome. Members of my local car club, the Kent Historic Auto Club, have been asked to help park trucks and trailers on Sunday, July 12th, help man the hospitality room at the Travelodge and greet the guests and distribute the tour packages. There may be a BBQ as well. Some of the Buick drivers are leaving Chatham Thursday night and boarding the ferry from Leamington to Sandusky, Oh to attend both Fields, Factories and Firetrucks and the Buick Club National Meet. The closing dinner carries a separate entry cost so the Buicks could opt out and not feel they are buying a meal they would miss. I know you cannot do this, I've heard from nearby car clubs who are coming to Chatham Friday afternoon to see the cars and watch the British romantic comedy "Genevieve" on the big screen at the Capitol Theatre. Regards, Gary
  11. Exciting news from our AACA Snapper's Tour next July, I can now declare to the pre '16 tourists our Thursday lunch stop is planned to be on an island in the St Clair river hosted by the Hadfield family. Roger Hadfield learned to fly warplanes during WW2 is the retired from Air Canada, and still maintains his pilots license. Their two boys, David, also retired from Air Canada, last summer flew a P51 from the National Aviation Museum in Ottawa to an air show in Oshkosh, Wi. Chris Hadfield is retired from the RCAF and was the Commander of the International Space Station, an astronaut. Registration materials are available and widely distributed, if I missed you please contact me for a copy. You do not need to be a member of the Snappers but it is open only to drivers of pre1916 vehicles. In the first two weeks of registration we have Hupmobile, Winton, Maxwell, White, Locomobile and Fords coming. I hope to attract 40 vehicles and 100 people, however, all of our venues are large and there is no cutoff number. In the photos, one day we received 4 applications, in the second is a view of Rondeau Bay in Lake Erie which is on our tour route and the final photo is how you will feel if you take a pass. Regards, Gary
  12. Getting the McLaughlin ready for new upholstery, I tied up the front seat back and compared the job to how the car looked as found. The method in 2019 is to connect the spring coils at 8 mounting points with a light rope with a fine sheath compared with horizontal and vertical points only and with binder twine. Also the gas tank top was cut off, sandblasted inside and out, and a new top manufactured and soldered into place. Regards, Gary
  13. Restoring brass era cars is interesting, today, I "tied up" some backrest springs. I met an upholsterer who is willing to help me recover the seats but he did not know about tying up springs, I learned how to from YouTube videos. In the photos see the process, the cover is stout denim so the stuffing doesn't sink into the springs. I also picked a leather supplier from Toronto because he has lovely hides from New Zealand. Regards, Gary
  14. My 1915 McLaughlin is registered in Ontario by the serial number plate attached to the floorboards. I would say if it is registered do not make work for yourself, accept it as correct. My car is registered as a 1914 and the Ministry wants a letter from a recognized authority who can verify the car is actually a 1915, before they will change the ownership. In my case, since I have RM Restorations nearby, and a C25 car is obviously a 1915, it is a formality. I haven't bothered yet to make the change. BTW, my engine number is also on my brass plate attached to the floorboards. My car also has the oil/ spinner sight gauge, also has a neat tool box/ foot rest for the rear tonneau and nickel plated headlamps which I think are McLaughlin features. Regards, Gary
  15. Oh, how times change. When my wife and I acquired our 1913 Buick the car had gas operated headlamps, but not functional. Using a web site named a great fellow Harold Sharon gave me advise to get the correct pipes, hoses and all the parts to get them to light up. When the job was completed I was so happy and excited I sent in a photo and called it Glowing Gaseous Globes. For the past 20 years my photo was the banner picture on the homepage. Yesterday the moderator telephoned me asking if I had a higher quality photo for use in a new site. I did not, the original picture was taken with an early digital camera which recorded photos to a floppy disc. Luckily I could go out to the garage, connect an acetylene tank, strike a spark and duplicate the scene with my new Nikon D5300 camera. is set for another 20 years of Glowing Gaseous Globes. Technology is ever advancing, always more and more computer power, however, motoring along in a 7 foot tall, 106 year old vehicle at 35 MPH remains my greatest thrill. Harold Sharon is not longer with us, that is my deep regret. Gary
  16. One week until the Wayne Funk Christmas gathering for old car people from southern Ontario, lower Michigan and northern Ohio. What began with wieners and beans in Wayne's garage has morphed into a pizza party organized by Stahl's Auto Collection. It is a pleasant day seeing old friends, drinking coffee, thinking about past adventures and planning for spring. Now the day is called Back to Basics, Dec. 11 10-4pm at Stahl's, 56516 North Bay Dr., Chesterfield, Mi., 48051. They do still collect toys for the Marine Toy Drive, $12.00 for the day or $2.00 less if you bring a toy. Everyone invited, stroll by a 100 classic, antique, movie, and special interest vehicles in a private museum, have lunch, visit, listen to music, and dream. Life is grand. Bev and I plan to be there, see you? Regards, Gary
  17. I think the 1910 Ford roadster participated in the Lansing to Dearborn Run, a co-sponsored event by the HCCA and the AACA Snappers, last September. The Ford still looks that way I recognized the script, is this the car, perhaps someone made their car a clone. Gary
  18. I'd like to introduce the concept of unintended consequences to this thread. The future will tell us if tariffs are good or bad for the US and the rest of the world. All, I think, we know today is tariffs are charged and collected on certain imports from many countries, Canada included. The US government is in trade negotiations with the Chinese and China buys soya beans from south America, not the American heartland. History books will tell us if the US guessed the Chinese would boycott US beans or was it an unintended consequence. For example, when an Archduke from Austria was assassinated in 1914, could the killer have known he would start WW1 and affect the world for the next 40 years. I understand your discussion how trade tariffs affect your day to day purchases, I wonder how the world will look in 5, 10, or 20 years? Regards, Gary
  19. Please feel better, you have friends. Everyone has stories, I feel I was abused by an appraiser while trying to buy a car from a widow and I have sold a car in a day too. Look to your successes. In Canada, thanks to our federal government, we have marijuana brownies. Maybe you should take a vacation. Gary
  20. There is an interesting to me discussion in the General Forums called " well sorted out pre war car" which is something I declared to own. Thinking back to last fall, the last time I drove the 1913 Buick, the engine seemed hard to start, required much cranking. When the engine is in a fine state of tune it will start with a half turn of the crank, a child could do it. When a person has to put their shoulder into it rather than turn a key, it is tiring and it is not well sorted out. I use Robert Bosch magneto FU4R and I have two, one connected to the engine and one under the back seat in reserve. The best? mag seems to run about 200 miles then develops a miss at speed. Last fall, during the Lansing to Dearborn Endurance Run, it happened again and I swapped mags in a laneway leading to a corn field. I can change them in 10 minutes because they are self contained and identical, I completed the run and the rest of the Old Car Festival. My local magneto man died and a buddy who would look after it is over an hour away, so I feel I need to learn a new skill and learn the art of electricity. Second, as I was putting the Buick on axle stands for the winter I noticed some play in the tie rod ends. The great part and also the worst is every part is every thing is serviceable but it will mean a trip to the machine shop to have new pins fabricated and maybe bushings installed. When I look after these 2 fixes then the car will be "well sorted out." I hope. Happy Thanksgiving, Gary
  21. I know of a one man restoration shop just a few miles from my home and I feel lucky. I even helped him 2 days a week for 3 years when he was commissioned to restore a big piece of fire equipment. He still lets me bring parts to his shop for sandblasting, a while ago I had my windshield frame there and showed him a small dent. He pulled the dent on the spot and gave it back to me, no charge. Later one of my fenders needed a new skirt, I thought it was a quick job, it was not, and I paid nearly a grand for 12 hours of shop time. Not complaining, happily paid up and thanked him. He says he is going to retire when he completes his latest project, another lifelong craftsman putting away the tools. I feel there are many young people learning their crafts and trust they have a bright future, as we did when we were young. Here is a photo of my friend and his wife in their Gray Dort. Regards, Gary
  22. The late Harold Sharon had much to say concerning keeping brass cars on the road but my favourite expression I learned from him is "the car owner deteriorates with the car." Try to get a copy of his book "Understanding your Brass Car" by Morris Publishing, Kearney, Ne. 1 800 650-7888. The book is full of useful tips and techniques. Harold died Aug 25th 2007 and I miss him, he helped my plumb my gas lamps and understand my Schebler carburetor. Regards, Gary
  23. Today is a fine fall day, the weather forecast is cold and rain for a long stretch. My wife and I are hosting an AACA Snapper Brass and Gas tour next summer so we are testing routes and destinations this fall. We used our 1939 Century, perhaps for the last time for a long while, to go to an original Carolinian stand of trees. Carolinian bush is an area of native to Ontario hardwood trees which has never been cleared for farms. Sinclair Bush is owned by a conservation group so it will remain beautiful. I do not winterize this Buick , so if we get dry roads at Christmas or an early thaw the car is set to travel. Gary
  24. Presentation and a clear title. When I purchased my last car, a '39 Buick Century sedan, I bought the car from a motivated seller, very reasonably. In the seller's main photo of the car it was showing a very soft tire. Really, did not even pump up the tires to show the car in the best light. I've had the Buick 3 years already and changing the wiring harness has made for a good, comfortable car. PS, I would not buy a car with messed up paperwork, Gary
  25. Thanks for the photo of the Detroit Fire Dept's ambulance. The fan's shaft broke and when it did the whirling fan damaged the rad. Stan received the Packard following the Chatham's Fire Fest in September for rebuilding. The rad was sent to California for a new honeycomb core and while the Packard was waiting Stan is changing parts and fasteners that the hot rod shop thought would be OK. The local hot rod shop restored the truck like it was a hot rod and Stan has 75 hours in making the Packard look like a proper piece of antique fire fighter equipment. The Packard rad is due back in December, the '23 Gray Dort is due for a show in July and the Chevy taxi cab is anytime. Stan said he was going to retire when the funeral coach is finished, hope not, I need him. Gary P.S. Here is a photo of Stan and the Mrs. Jane in their 1915 Gray Dort. Classic Coachworks is providing the Snapper's next summer with a coffee stop and tour of his shop. He says the Packard funeral coach should be in pieces by then and restoration underway. Gary