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  1. I have viewed every photo in this thread though I have not had anything to contribute, until now. My friend restored a 1923 Gray Dort and he had an original photograph of the same make and model taken near the Gray Dort factory in Chatham, On. This afternoon we drove the car about 40 miles for the first trip to the location where the original photo was taken nearly a hundred years ago. Regards, Gary
  2. Old car bubble buddies ramble on. A few things we learned to do with my circle of early car guys is to have a weekend visit once a month, plenty of social distancing comradery and keep the daily mileage down to 50 to 60 miles per day to encourage the members to bring their small, single and two cylinder cars. Here is a sample group of photos from near perfect summer like weather of our activities. Bev and I hosted the coffee stop this morning and when we were leaving one car would not start, dead battery. Usually the unfortunates would climb into another's back seat, this time e
  3. Friday, day one Bev and I are hosting a small group of pre '16 car drivers this weekend which has swelled to a dozen cars. What a great collection '04 Oldsmobile, '04 Pope Hartford, '06 Cadillac, '07 Darracq, '09 Oakland, '11 Oldsmobile, '12 Cadillac, '13 White and Buick, '15 Gray Dort and a couple of Fords. On the home repair front the long thin battery from my 1939 Buick had to be replaced after five years. The battery would charge and read the correct 6.5V but would be dead after 15 seconds of cranking the engine. The 93EH battery is a stock item at my favourite shop and cost
  4. On another website I follow called BrassBuicks a fellow wrote in describing a repair he made for a dragging clutch which caused me to check my linkages and clean everything up. Here are the photos of a neat piece, a cast aluminum clutch case cover, the clutch and transmission cases showing the linkages and finally the front floor back in place. I am a believer in fixing the car at home and hopefully drive the Buick in my old car bubble without incident. I'd like to promote the idea Buick built good cars, while not mentioning the hours of maintenance. Stay well, Gary
  5. A black 1939 Buick Century sedan with side mounted spare tires and wide running boards parked on a pier with Lake Erie as a backdrop makes for an attractive pre war sedan photo. Regards, Gary
  6. Hello Doug; Thanks for posting the photos of your dad's Overland. I think it is a wonderful car, I can think of the time you would have tinkering with it, ice cream runs, cruise nights, giving rides to neighbours and enjoying your family's history. Life is fine at 35 MPH. Regards, Gary
  7. "Glowing Gaseous Globes" uses this snap of my 1913 for the banner photo for the web site BrassBuicks and it's nearly five hundred members. Regards, Gary
  8. I've read all of the posts and I would offer some ideas and ask some questions about Classic Cars and the hobby. I am interested in Brass Era cars and the Horseless Carriage club has maintained the pre 1916 cut off date for national tours and I don't know for sure but they seem to be doing well as a club. When I owned Chevrolets the Vintage Chevrolet Club had tours for the early cars, four cyl up to 1928, early six cyl up to 1954 and those events were popular. As for the CCCA cars I have friends who have them and they are beautiful, but I rarely see them on the road. A few years
  9. My wife and I are members of an old car bubble which meets one weekend a month for brass era touring. We have seven members, somehow our next tour at the end of September was announced in our Southern Ontario HCCA regional newsletter. It's a snafu and our Chatham meet is not open to the public. I dread the ringing telephone or email check because I have to turn my other friends away. Bev and I have set up a drive with picnic lunches and a museum which is closed will have someone to greet us and give a talk and stroll while practicing social distancing. These are difficult times
  10. My '13 Buick repair is back together and my '15 McLaughlin starter/generator was acting up. I cleaned the battery terminals on the '15 and I added a heavy braided cable from the starter/generator to one of the engine bolts and that seemed to get the starter churning. My wife and I gave the McLaughlin a major washing so I can polish the paint. Waiting on upholstery to finish the restoration. I gave Bev a lesson so she could drive the car and she handled the event well. A variety of detail photos and a lady driver. Stay well, Gary
  11. Well, well, well, from the you're never too old to learn file. I parked our 1915 McLaughlin C25 touring car and we gave it a thorough wash in preparing to give the paint a polishing. After we finished and the car was drying in the gentle breeze my Mrs said would like to learn how to drive the car. I gave her a lesson, mostly the backward gear selection, she started the car, set the spark advance until the engine was purring and drove the touring car slowly into the outbuilding garage next door. Couldn't be more pleased she shares our hobby. Stay well, Gary
  12. Happy use of an antique car Larry and Joyce. I have visited the Piquette factory museum, time has not looked favourably on that part of downtown Detroit. I have a friend who often declares you are welcomed and can go anywhere in a brass era car, as you have shown. BTW, here is my photo when our Buick was invited to a wedding. I know you will have a great time at the Gilmore Pre War show next month, Bev and I will miss it dearly this year because the US/Canada border remains closed except for essential service. Thanks again, Gary
  13. Update my 1913 model 31 rear axle grease leak today. The shop who relined my 1915 McLaughlin brakes does not answer the telephone and though their website is up the shop seems closed. I got another name of another friction shop about three hours away. Kent Fabricators is the name of a large shop in Blenheim who I believe can repair anything, farm equipment, elevators and antique cars. I showed the broken sleeve to a fellow and asked them to source a replacement. He said it could be TIG welded because I needed a temporary repair so I could use the car for a few hundred miles before winter.
  14. Hello Doug; Thanks for the comments and hope events improve for you and Windsor. My mechanic has provided me with many safety inspections and he knows I would not throw him under the bus. Since I am riding in the vehicles I want them to be safe. However, there are only a few items such as lights, steering and brakes, horn, tires etc. which apply. Bev had her first ride in the McLaughlin this afternoon, the spinning oil sight gauge seemed to delight her. She has driven the 1913 Buick but she doesn't like it because I am a nervous passenger.
  15. Interesting issue with my 1915 McLaughlin, the engine would start, run less than a minute and stall. The car has a gravity flow fuel system and the path the fuel line takes was not obvious to me so I had a rubber temporary installed. I thought I had an air dam so I took it out and put in a 5/16th" hard copper line, still not sure the path is correct. Problem persisted. Next was the Marvel carburetor, I removed it and saw a threaded pin which the float/needle pivots on was absent. I can only think it vibrated loose and I lost it. Luckily the missing pivot caused the needle to shut off th
  16. When I get advice as adamant as I got from John concerning my new brake linings I have to take it. Thanks John. I already had the 1 3/4" X 3/16"ths woven material and rivets on the shelf and a tool to install them. Here you go, parking brakes are finished. I have shop trying to source a new bearing sleeve before they have to turn one up. Perhaps the Buick will be back and running by Labour Day, fingers crossed. Classic Coachwork's Stan Uher phoned and said he is installing a new top on the 1923 Gray Dort touring car and it looks fabulous. Great work. In another mo
  17. Joe wins. This year at the AACA Grand Nationals in Gettysburg, Pa Cardinal95 won the Zenith Award, second consecutive year Buick was chosen. Here is my photo of Joe's 1958 Buick wagon, taken at Flint, Mi last summer. Congratulations Joe, you deserve it. Stay well, Gary
  18. Problem identified. A sleeve which is pinned to the axle cracked and broke, but was held in place by the housing. At the same time I will have the asbestos brake linings replaced. I drop the parts and the shop sandblasts and powder coats the brake bands, replaces the friction material with modern lining and glues them on. Turnaround time is within a few weeks. Life is good, Gary
  19. "Drive it, break it, fix it, repeat." I have begun to fix my rear axle leak last night by removing the wheels on both sides. Not sure of the problem or the solution yet and I will post the fix it as I go. The rear end was outfitted with modern bearings and seals? before I acquired the Buick. On another note yesterday I visited a good friend who recently bought a curved dash Olds and he did the antique equivalent of tossing me the keys and invited me to take it for a spin. The car was beautiful to look at, black, shiny with well done copious striping, the Olds ran per
  20. During our drive last weekend my 1913 Buick began leaking oil from the right rear outer axle seal and made a dirty mess of the wheel's spokes and tire. We completed the drive of about 250 miles round trip with the loss of about a half inch of semi fluid grease. No problem, I was reminded of Larry Schramm's saying " Drive it, break it, repair. Repeat." Stay well, Gary
  21. Invited to meet with a small group of friends and drive near London, Ontario. Gary
  22. Driving around Elgin County with a group of friends in seven cars, EMF, Renault roadster, REO, couple of Fords and White. It is very encouraging to have three young adults, including a third year sports medicine student and a Ford engineer working out of Dearborn. Bev and I left the trailer home to save wear and tear and made the 70 mile trip along quiet back roads in our 1913 Buick, one more day and home to isolation. There is talk of another trip with the group in September. All the members of our group are masked up to protect one of our ladies who is a survivor of
  23. Part of driving Snapper era vehicles are these banners which are given out during tours. The owner ties them to your car during the event to show you are part of the group and are really works of craftsmanship. They highlight great slogans such as Brass Does the Fruit Belt, which by the way was over a hundred cars and our largest tour or Wheelin' 'Round Woodstock. After the tour the car owner keeps the banner and they are too nice a souvenir to throw out, but then what. I tie them up in my workshop, they age and get dirty and remind me of interesting days. No banners this year,
  24. Yes, Keith, I bought Mr. Forester's 1915 McLaughlin from a Kijiji ad by phone and I was very happy with the condition when I saw the car. Bruce told me he owned the car from 1969 to 2015 when Bev and I acquired it, 45 years. You likely have heard the old joke when someone has owned something for a long time, "just two more payments." My upholsterer told me he plans to restart finishing the car on August 10th. So it is nearly restored. Thanks, Gary
  25. I have a problem with my runningboard covers on my 1939 Buick. The car needs new runningboard mats though no one is reproducing them for the Century, Roadmaster or Limited, just the Special. My solution is to remove the complete boards and send them 2500 miles to a shop which will make a custom set. Cost is over $2000.00 plus tax and shipping, too expensive for my situation. Watching television, a pitch man is promoting a rubber rejuvenator product. So I bought some. Very easy to acquire and use. Wash the boards with soap and water and spread the thick material with a stiff b
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