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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. "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
  7. 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
  8. Invited to meet with a small group of friends and drive near London, Ontario. Gary
  9. 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
  10. 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,
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. I have not driven or even moved our 1939 Buick since Easter and since the record heat wave had moderated into a hot and dry summer we took a 10 mile uneventful test. When we got back and parked outside the sun seemed to strike the car right to record some detail close ups. The paint is dirty and it shows the brightwork is pitted but too nice to spend dollars to replate, IMHO. Good though, the Buick sat unloved and forlorn, five gallons of fresh gas and all is right with the world again. Gary
  14. House painting task completed, next step is to install new soffits. In my model 31 after I finished adjusting the clearance in the bearings and a short road test the engine would bog down on acceleration, idle, starting and cruising were good though. I have two Bosch magnetos so I swapped one for the other. The point gap was 0.016 and one side was nearly flush with the locking nut and the other was gapped at 0.020 and the platinum points appear stouter. Since the mags are the same make and model and I have changed them often I am able to make the swap in ten minutes. Last fall
  15. I can picture you and Harold talking since you are both engineers, when he and I conversed he would be patiently explaining a concept and I would try to follow along. Hope all is well, Gary
  16. It is good when a plan comes together. I finished inspecting and adjusting the main and rod bearings of my model 31this afternoon and the engine started on the second pull of the hand crank. The engine seems quieter, I thought I could hear some bottom end noise before. The crank is stiffer, more resistance to spinning and I now have 0.002" clearance in each bearing as measured with Plastigage. I also found the plug on the bottom of the oil pump leaking oil, I acquired a new copper crush ring, installed and tightened it, less oil on the ground is good. I installed new locking nuts for the
  17. Could be a throwback to the good old days when a few close friends get together before organized events. This afternoon I answered the phone and it was an invitation to join a tour of relaxed driving involving a few cars for a weekend. Happy to be invited anywhere, I said yes. Here are photos of the cars coming. a 1909 EMF, 1913 White, 1912 Ford, our Buick and a 1907 Darracq. Regards, Gary
  18. Have not mentioned it lately, corona virus is changing everything. Today would have been the first day we would have had more than 50 brass era cars running around Chatham, On for five days of touring. The weather is nearly perfect this week, upper 80's F. and dry, calm breezes. Our area has been mostly spared from the virus except for big agrabusiness greenhouses, however we are in stage 2, which means no more than 10 people together and restaurants are open to outdoor patio only. My neighbour gave me a haircut in her backyard, my first since March. The Snapper's have postpone
  19. The tropical heat wave has a few more days before a short cooling off and I thought you might enjoy a view of the bottom end of the mighty 4X4", 201 cu. in. 30 HP Buick engine. A few interesting technical oddities make this unlike most Buick engines, aluminum crankcase is common but the crankshaft enters from the rear, it is called a barrel crankcase. The front main bearing is 4" long and poured babbit in one piece, a tube, then machined in place, the rear main bearing is installed from the rear too. The engine is a dry sump and a total loss engine oiling system, in one of the photos of the
  20. One and two cylinder vehicles are special and I agree the REO and Buick are the best, I do not have one. The fours are smoother and more comfortable, when I do manage to catch a ride I feel the firing of each cylinder in the neck. The four cylinder cars have more horsepower so they have larger bodies and wheels. However, great events like the London to Brighton, Lansing to Dearborn Endurance Run or the New London require a one or two car and the guys who run them are wonderful friends. Regards, Gary
  21. Happy Independence Day tomorrow, we had Canada Day Wednesday, Bev and I had a quiet picnic lunch by the side of Lake Erie and another couple arrived in a Ford rag top. When I joined the early car hobby there was a fellow named Harold Sharon with tips and advice which I still follow. With the current heat wave in Southern Ontario raging I am going to use the time to inspect my crankshaft and connecting rod bearings while the 1913 Buick's engine is resting in an air conditioned garage. Mr. Sharon preached inspect and repair the car at home and do not wait for it to leave you strand
  22. I need to update with the good news my upholsterer is on the mend after open heart surgery and would start on the McLaughlin project next week! We talked on the phone and he is concerned with Covid and his present health, also he looks upon the McLaughlin as therapy though I will have to do the "heavy lifting". Good guy and I know everyone wishes him the best. I am getting the car ready for a safety inspection before I can license it for the road. My hometown of Blenheim. On is hosting an antique car cruise night Friday which involves gathering at a church parking lot
  23. I've determined my annoying coolant drips are caused by the brick red rad hoses I am using. They seem to have a too large diameter to fit the hardware and I must over tighten the clamps. I am going to change to black hoses my local auto parts store carries and hopefully they will fit tighter before the clamps. The square tube radiator is not the original rad when the car was new, it was fitted during the 1960's, though it looks great and very antique. You can see in the third photo I cracked the water inlet tube of the rad and I will have to expand the tube and solder the crack closed. On
  24. Ted and his travelling mate, Howard, visited me with the Brill at my house in Chatham, Ontario during the coast to coast tour. Sorry no pictures. I think Ted remembered every nut and bolt of any job he performed. We would go to swap meets together and often he would point to an item and say I should buy it because it fits a car I owned. Off topic, My wife and I lived in Alberta from 1971 to 1987 and joined the old car hobby in 1978. Fun and different times but these are the good old days. Gary
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