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  1. Though this posting is not antique Buick related I want to share a Hurrah to the NASA engineers who successfully landed a car on Mars.  The video of joy following "seven minutes of terror" gives me hope for the human race's future.  When I watched on the news the steps which had to be pre programed for the landing to occur and they did it, the staff seemed to be all about thirty years old, well done.  Some threads on these forums carp about young people do not care about antique cars, I don't care too, let them carry on.  We old folks should step back and get out of their way.


    Stay well, Gary

  2. I think the correct term for the device which winds up the magneto before releasing and spinning it fast enough to create a spark is called an impulse.  At least when I contacted a rebuilder to order a spare mag and told him I needed an impulser he knew what it was.


    On my 1913 Buick with a 201 cubic inch engine, it has never kicked back.  A few years ago a group of us stopped at a High School shop class and I had a line of teenagers try to crank start my Buick.  With my impulse device a child can start the engine if they can get the engine to rotate, any speed, when the impulse releases the Bosch generates spark and the engine runs.  The students were thrilled, their teacher was first and then supervised.  I would retard the spark for every start and advance it afterward for a smooth idle, shut down before the next student turn ( pun intended).


    Stay safe, Gary

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  3. I am 67 years old and do all my own antique car work.  All help is in the community, library books, you tube videos, local restoration shops will bail you out if you are over your head, plating shops make everything you send in look beautiful, you can buy tires, etc.  People say it is rewarding, even small progress is grand and when you are out showing or cruising your car ( assuming you finish ) you can tell the public I did it myself.


    Regards, Gary






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  4. My thoughts concerning 1940's cars I do not find them comfortable to drive in traffic.  I bought a 1939 Buick Century sedan a few years ago to drive to long distance events but I feel as if I'm being tailgated and generally crowded.  I think the other drivers around me expect it to be modified, faster and it is not.  I drive the speed limited or a little above and my 320 cu In engine will keep up with traffic.  I feel I am not getting any respect for the cars limitations.


    My other car, a 1913 Buick touring car, is wonderful to drive, everyone stays well clear.  It is obliviously stock and even at 35 MPH I am a contented motorist.


    Stay safe, Gary 


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  5. Hello Bob;  Bev and I plan to attend the Vintage Tour.  That being said I do not see how it is possible considering todays conditions and restrictions.  We are hosting an AACA Snapper Tour in August and I am not making any plans until May with the exception of arranging a host hotel, final banquet site and taking names.  I'll send you a PM with some thoughts from the Snappers and HCCA with some possible work arounds.


    We live in hope,  Gary

  6. For my 1915 McLaughlin C25 I received the carby on the left, it had been rebuilt and I run it on the engine.  It is marked in the casting as 501 A2 and has stamped on the boss 123309 E2.  I bought the carb on the right from a fellow enthusiast and it has 501 A2 cast in the body with B 41640 stamped on the bottom of the float chamber and nothing on the boss.  They seem identical but are they model A, B or E, bolt pattern is 2 3/8ths" and throat size 1 1/8th" for both?  I have set or tune up directions in a Dykes manual for a model E. 


    The weather here has turned wintery, snow and cold all week.

    Thanks in advance, Gary




  7. Antique cars are put up for the winter and with the Corona Virus lockdowns, makes for quiet days.  I talked with the receptionist at my Doctors office this week asking her when Bev and I could expect to be vaccinated and was told May, June or July and it would not be at her office.  I am following some summer plans and am hopeful and cautious.


    When I visited the newly revised Horseless Carriage Club of America (HCCA) website I was pleasantly surprised to find a photo of Bev and I leading one of the categories.  It was a lovely fall day with the top neatly folded, tonneau cover in place mean long distance touring, hats and jackets, empty and unmarked roads, ah, the good old days of friendship at 35 MPH.  The second photo is our 1913 Buick with the acetylene lamps lit and is the banner photo on BrassBuicks.Org.IO.  


    Stay well, Gary




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  8. Bev and I are hosting a Snapper's week long tour in Chatham during the first week of August, rescheduled from last summer.  We were in lockdown over the holidays and I tried to think of antique auto drives which would entertain my friends, I had an idea to host an optional weekend in Leamington.  Bev and I enjoy Point Pelee National Park anytime but especially from the seat of our open air Buick.  Here are some photos I snapped last summer to illustrate how beautiful the Park is, our guests would be getting seven days of tours, always give a bit more than you promised.


    Stay well in 2021, Gary






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  9. My 1939 Buick has old runningboards, some voids and cracks, and they are not reproduced for my model.  I cleaned them and used a paint brush to spread multiple coats of a rubber liquid I bought at a local building store.  I poured the rubber into the voids until the area was level with the existing mat.  The job is shiny and serviceable.


     I think of it as good, old mats; better, voids filled and shiny black; and best, new vulcanized, manufactured and professional.


    Good luck with your Hupp.  Gary

  10. John:  I hit the like button for the creative way you dug the wagon out and left the snow on the roof.  It must have been a heavy wet snow to seemingly weigh the car down or is it full of camping gear?  In southern Ontario we were part of the same storm but on the western edge and received a trace amount, thanks for taking the hit for us.  Interesting pictures.


    Stay well, Gary


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  11. The title of this weblog concerns driving Snapper era cars, part of driving cars which are a hundred years old means I have to have a vehicle heavy enough to pull our 6000 pound trailer.  Unless, of coarse, I only want to drive my cars locally.  Since Bev and I are retired we have had one modern car, a pick up truck, which is great for trips to the lumber yards and trailer hauling, not so much for the Walmart parking lot.  My truck is now 10 years old and 95,000 miles, I should swap it for a new/newer one except it is running perfectly and I like it.


    My solution to the issue was to buy Bev and new Ford Fusion Hybrid.  It is beautiful and the technology is wow, I will drive my old truck to recycling, old car holidays, coffee with the men and it should be fine for a further five years.  Bev is a modern gal learning about adaptive cruise control, lane control and reversing cameras.  Happy wife happy life.


    Stay well, Gary



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  12. Doug:  You at least have an offer, sometimes I say" life is good but it is not that good"  maybe get the buyer to accept a counter offer?  Sound as if you are far apart on price but maybe the buyer doesn't realize what antiques cost and if you tell him/her he will appreciate the Statesman more.  Good luck with the car, sorry your city is going into lock down.  I renewed my AACA membership by phone yesterday and Pennsylvania is re entering lockdown too.  Regards, Gary

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  13. This morning, Nov 25th, the buzz on the BrassBuicks website concerned fitting a new Zenith model 267 carburetor to replace the Marvel used in the 1915 C25.  My C25 is fitted with a rebuilt Marvel but I have not driven the car enough to believe the Marvel will be durable, reliable and safe.  I contacted the recommended Daytona Parts Company in Florida and ordered a new Zenith model 267 to use as the first line carb and keep the Marvel for shows and judging.


    For the Snapper's Summer Tour, Bev and I chose the first week in August.  We are collecting names for our Pre '16 party in Chatham, On and have twenty-two responses.  Tour registration materials will not be sent out until late this spring, then we will know if the Canada/US border is open, the virus is contained and any Health Department requirements remain.  We live in hope.


    The top photo is my Marvel fitted to the 165 CI engine and the second shot I gleaned from the BrassBuicks website of the same make and model fitted with a Zenith model 267.


    Stay well, Gary



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  14. I have not had much to post lately, working on the home and thinking of winter work.  Under the general forums I enjoyed Chris Bamford's thread on driving his Model T Ford touring in an early snowfall.  Well, the weather in Southern Ontario is absolutely perfect, clear, sun, slight breeze and 20C (70F), we had to get the old Buick out for a drive and I saw a fall picture opportunity on our friend's farm I wanted to snap.  Following the photo session we took our friends for a long drive around the country block and it was their anniversary so this was our gift to them.


    Bev and I are still hosting the 2021  Snappers Summer Tour in Chatham, On.  I am thinking of the the first week in August or perhaps the second week if there is a conflict.  Hope all is well and we can tour comfortably and safely in our hundred year old conveyances.


    Here are todays photos.  Regards, Gary

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  15. Lovely weather, calm, sun and 60F, we took the opportunity to drive our 1939 Century sedan for a 20 mile route.  Stopped at the orchards for a bushel of apples, umm good eating.


    I am planning to renew our woodgrain parts this winter, some glass is delaminating and will be replaced and a vent window winder is stripped.  I think I am disciplined enough to hold the line and not become a total restoration.


    Regards, Gary



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  16. I was asked by the restorer of this 1923 Gray Dort to photograph the car and duplicate an original factory picture.  Following the photo shoot, we passed the home of the Gray family, the people who built the car in Chatham, On and wheeled onto their driveway and posed in front of their coach house.


    I was thrilled with the assignment.  It even got better when I was allowed to drive the Gray Dort back to Blenheim.  Being a six cylinder the ride was smooth at 35 MPH and would cruise at 45.  Soon the car will be leaving for the west, it will leave a big hole in our lives, being a Chatham product and having spent many hours resurrecting this derelict into a car of high beauty.


    Stay well, Gary


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  17. 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


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  18. 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 everyone had already departed and we had passengers, so Bev loaned them her red sports car.  It's all good.


    This morning we joined together and did a drive by at the home another old car friend since he is recovering from a serious stroke.   A simple act seemed to lighten his load.


    Likely this is our final event of the season, hope we carry on next spring, our band of holiday ramblers.  I should mention a photo with a 1911 Oldsmobile Autocrat parked with a 1912 Cadillac, the Cadillac is the first car with the new Delco starter, not small car.


    Stay well, Gary




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  19. 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 $162.00 tax in, so not too bad once every five years.


    Photos later, Gary

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  20. 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





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