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  1. 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
  2. Doug; Hope all is well. Stan Uher's Classic Coachworks has a pattern at Witmer's Woodworking in Pa and he told them 57" wide and they came in in just a few weeks and were perfect, well, perfect for a wooden item. And they cost just $27.00 each, I paid more to ship them than they cost to produce. I have not picked a top maker yet though I have broached the subject with Stan, he is busy. Likely, if we do it in his shop he would be in charge and would do the sewing and fitting and I would be the cheap labour. I have the old top maybe as a pattern, though it too is a replacement and not original to the car. Next on this McLaughlin is the upholstery and I looked at beautiful black cowhides from New Zealand when Bev and I were in Toronto last week. I hope to meet up with Joe's , (Cardinal 95) upholsterer, he actually lives in Chatham. He works elsewhere but I hope to get him to take on this job or at least most of it. I will post more as we go, Gary
  3. Our 1915 McLaughlin touring car restoration has been going on for 4 years so far and I feel it was an easy restoration. The car has been parked since 1991 and now I know it was abandoned to the garage because the rear axle pinion and ring gear were about to give up the ghost. The axle and torque tube were given to a mechanic friend who saved it by fitting modern seals and bearings. Another friend supplied me with a replacement ring gear and without their generosity this car would remain garage furniture. The rest of the restoration was straight forward, clean, sand and paint, over and over on all the other parts. One surprise was the top bows, one bow was a replacement and very good but the other 3 were cobbled together. Why would someone replace one bow and not four, I guess that was how it was done in the 1960's? Same reason the McLaughlin was painted resale red instead of beautiful dark blue? A local restoration shop uses an Amish woodworking shop in Pennsylvania and they ordered me 3 new 57" steam bent, oak bows to go with the one I had. Pleasantly surprised, received them quickly and at a reasonable cost. Yesterday, I fit them into the metal sockets and now I can set the assembly aside until it becomes time to fit a new top. I have 10 yards of black Stayfast topping material for the job with new side curtains. Regards, Gary
  4. Snow has started to fly in southern Ontario and today I finished winterizing my 1913 Buick, model 31, everyone has their own way of getting the car ready and the following is mine. Previous to parking the car it was thoroughly washed in the driveway with soap and clear water and left to dry in the sun. I drain all the fuel from the gas tank and carburetor and replace the gas cap and close the drains. Then I push the Buick into a single car heated garage with the top up and all of it's parts attached. I do not start the engine to reduce oil dripping onto my fresh cardboard laid on the floor under the car. The engine has permanent antifreeze which I leave alone. Today I jacked up the car and placed it on axle stands, then to reduce a chance of mice taking up residence I remove the seat cushions so they will not have a place to hide. I plug the exhaust pipe and carburetor air intake with steel wool for the same reason. I do not think I have rodents but I keep some poison under the car and I monitor the garage for mouse tracks. I also place dryer sheets around inside the car even though I feel it is hooey. Can't hurt. I have a car cover but I do not use it, car is always clean in the spring. Last winter I performed a big job of refinishing the wooden wheel spokes, this year everything seems good to go for another summer of driving satisfaction. Regards, Gary
  5. We have an early cold weather snap and yesterday I reviewed old pictures and saved some to a disc. The photos may highlight why I think brass car touring is the best thing in the hobby. Going to a show and parking on the lawn is fine, but here is my friend's model T on a rock in northern Ontario. The next is a line up while the people are visiting some venue, likely lunch or ice cream. Running boards replace lawn chairs, since these cars have no trunk the rear floor is for the driver's to carry parts, tools, spare tire and picnic cooler. You can be sure if you ever catch a ride in a 100 year old car you will be stepping over stuff to get to the back seat. My friend's 1913 Benz, he drives a car where he has to wear a helmet, googles and gauntlets, no weather protection or windshield. Finally, teenagers love driving brass era cars, these cars are for kids of all ages to enjoy. Regards, Gary
  6. Received a Snapper's newsletter by email this morning. It includes a synapse from this years AACA tours and promotional text of next years events. The Snapper's ( pre 1916 vehicles) have hosts and locations for three week long tours each year until 2023, as well as, Hershey Hangover and Lansing to Dearborn Endurance Run. I cannot attach it here but I can forward the newsletter by email if you contact me. Regards, Gary
  7. Larry; I just this week received three oak steam bent bows through a local restoration shop to add to the one good one I got with the car. On a packing slip I learned they were made at Witmer Coach, New Holland, Pa and they cost $27.00 each for 57" bows. My top sockets/irons, luckily for me, are in good shape. I sandblasted them inside and out, glued in the wooden blocks with an epoxy which also filled in any pinholes in the steel, primed and are ready to fit the new bows. I will paint everything when the sockets and bows are assembled. Regards, Gary
  8. DEI's post in Autumn Buicks inspired me to haul out our 1939 Century for a photo shoot of beautiful colours and backgrounds if your neighbours are farmers. Dry corn will let my friends feed their livestock this winter, good for them. Windmills power their farms and provide modern, renewable energy for us. Rural life is especially beautiful in the fall. All the pictures are from Jeff and Jennifer Wilson's operation a few miles from our home. Regards, Gary
  9. This is the one thing I find exciting concerning the 100 year old vehicle part of the antique car hobby. When I acquired my 1915 McLaughlin touring car project ( which is getting new upholstery and a top this winter) it was wearing two nickel plated brass hub caps and one cast aluminum example. The top photo shows a near mint cap with 24 threads per inch, TPI, could be a model 10 but they were usually brass, my '13 and '15 have nickel plated brass, 24 TPI, where was this one used? I also found this project, somewhat crude, of someone having a go at trying to reproduce them. They are not correct for my car, however, I would like to complete the job some time. Much of the work has already been started. BTW, through a buddy I now have two more proper hubcaps on the C25. In the last photo the two wild turkeys survived our Thanksgiving! Regards, Gary
  10. Bev and I are hosting a five day tour for the brass era cars in Chatham, On starting the week of July 12th, 2020. We are making our plans based on 40 cars and 100 people and this what we have come up with so far. Arrive Sunday; hospitality night. Monday; drive around Chatham, kick off lunch at a café owned by a firetruck collector, tour of RM Restoration's workshops and collection. Tuesday; visit two large firetruck collections and a firehall. Wednesday; travel to farms and small towns in the county, dinner in the Armories and evening entertainment by Chatham Concert Band. Thursday; drive along the St. Clair river, picnic lunch, visit the Mooretown Museum. Friday; short day of driving, a restored theater will be showing the best old car movie " Genevieve" for free to everyone, closing dinner. This tour is hosted by the AACA Snappers Brass and Gas but is open to any pre 1916, if you would like to be added to email list send me a message here. Registration materials should be available in December. Bev and Gary
  11. This afternoon I post photographs of my brass car friends, some of which I contact often, others a few times a year and yet others I might see once in a while. It is a small gathering, I think the Snappers Brass and Gas Touring Region of the AACA has 300 registered members, the HCCA has 4000? They are a great bunch of friends, we have repaired cars everywhere, parking lots, trailers and one time a Ford rear end was swapped on the side of the road with an axle someone else borrowed. Gary
  12. Interesting day Sunday, began with a pair of turkeys in my front yard. Then we piled into the '39 Century and met up with 60 of our friends from our local car club, Kent Historic Auto Club for a 50 mile drive to Mooretown, On for a guided tour of their Museum. Even though we ran through light rain the Buick's handling was comfortable and not twitchy on my very old bias ply tires. My friend, however, told me that cold and wet was all part of the British sports car experience as he struggled to install his plexiglass side curtains and poorly fitting top. His wife elected to stay home. After a tour of the Museum which included buildings such as a general store and firehall the highlight was a display of running Lionel trains. We left the tour at a communal dinner and stopped on the way home to run some errands. All in all, even with light rain a wonderful way in which to enjoy a Sunday in the fall. Regards, Gary
  13. Hello Matt; In Simcoe last summer the club there used the nose to tail style of touring and when I said it was a silly practice, for the reasons you laid out, I was chastised. We are all given printed turn by turn instructions so I why follow in a herd? Like you, I think, when I travel I want to look at the farm yards, stores, lakes and rivers, not to participate in a traffic jam. When I go out in my 1913 Buick with cars going 25 to 35 MPH the general public loves to see our cars, parked and in action. If traffic is piling up we pull over onto paved shoulders or even stop in a parking lot to let them pass safely. When the tour begins at 9:00 some will leave at 8:45 others at 10:15 and lunch is between 11:30 and 2:00. During the Lansing to Dearborn Endurance Run about 50 cars leave Detroit early in the morning and for the last 35 years, no complaints or police involvement. BTW, I am going to today with my local car club to a Museum and it will be parade style, however, Sunday afternoon back roads should be light traffic. Try to leave space for modern cars to pass. Regards, Gary
  14. Reliable, well sorted out, pre '16, 1913 Buick model 31 for sale. Located in Chatham, On, has an unencumbered ownership. Last summer I drove the car to the Gilmore Museum pre war days, a HCCA/AACA tour in Kingston, On and the Old Car Festival without incident. I have owned this Buick for 20 years, comes with night covers and a spare magneto. The photos below are within the last year and taken at various events. $55,000 USD. Gary 519 352- 806three.
  15. New subject since this has nothing to do with 100 year old cars, a friend of mine is into firetrucks and today there is a large fire muster in Chatham, On. I hung around his shop yesterday getting 8 pieces of equipment polished and prepped, meeting other collectors and learning about firetrucks. This morning, Saturday, I photographed some of his vehicles rolling by my front porch. I missed his 1925 Seagraves pulling a 1917 Province of Ontario horse drawn pumper and his newly restored Model T Ford chemical truck. Downtown King St. there will be over 70 fire related trucks, ambulances and other equipment from as far away as N.C. and the City of Detroit has there own special display. Following the show and parade the fire fighters are having a party and BBQ at the property of another collector in Chatham. Regards, Gary
  16. I'm guessing you do not know there is a Horseless Carriage Club of America tour in Belfast, Maine the same week in July next summer. It will be interesting to see who chooses to attend which tour. Personally, I am committed to an AACA Snapper's tour the week starting July 12th in Chatham, On. Regards, Gary
  17. For the 1915 McLaughlin, I found some medium density white rubber at my local craft store which I used to restore my door bumpers. It was just 1/4" and I need 1/2" thick so I glued it together, the parting line will show and someday I will replace it with the right thickness. In the photo I show the new pieces, a few of the old hard as iron pieces and tin covers in black finish, prime and raw metal. Regards, Gary
  18. Gee, I like the photo of Joyce and I remember the situation. I always hear a person can not drive this type of car because of young people texting or trying to ruin our day by crashing into us but as you can see in the photo there is no one in sight. I felt perfectly safe parking in the middle of the driving lane. We had a lovely summer, a weekend at the Gilmore Museum, Retrofest in Chatham, On., an AACA/HCCA tour in Kingston. Back to the Bricks and the Old Car Festival. Thanks for the memories, Gary
  19. Bev and I drove our 1913 Buick 792 miles this summer, counting official tours and not test drives, ice-cream runs, getting lost or just for fun. Also does not include the miles in the truck and trailer getting to events in Michigan and Ontario. The Buick ran well, without incident, and got us home every time. Our last thing was the Old Car Festival at the Henry Ford. I was so taken with the roadsters racing around the park that I turned our car into a sport touring by folding the top and windshield down. Regards, Gary
  20. This is my selection from the OCF. Gary
  21. Visiting the Old Car Festival at Greenfield Village of the Henry Ford in Dearborn, Mi. Beautiful weather has the public clicking the turnstiles, spectators everywhere and people are asking intelligent questions. I managed to catch a ride in a fast two cylinder Maytag, designed and built by the Duesenberg brothers and a 1909 EMF (Every Mechanics friend). One more day, Sunday, to savour the 800 pre 1932 vehicles without modified or hotrods. Since it is a festival rather than a car show under hood problems are studied like in the photo I snapped of this Buick. Regards, Gary
  22. There is an interesting blog on the model t ford forums from a man ( Jeff ) driving alone in a 1915 Ford from Kansas to attend the OCF. He left home Aug 29th to be in Dearborn by Sept. 5th, stopped by a friends for an oil change and made other roadside repairs. Many photos of rural America. Ron; last year I think you had 2 Kissel Kars on the Green? In the photos are my car with some OCF regalia, a Lansing to Dearborn pennant and a decal from Henry Ford which dates back to the 60's. I first saw this Buick, which I later bought and take care of, at the OCF in the early 90's. My wife says this is her favourite car event and if we just went to 1 thing it would be the OCF. Regards, Gary
  23. Labour Day weekend is nearly over with just a BBQ to go and now is the time to plan a trip to the Old Car Festival (OCF). Not as prestigious as Pebble Beach, the OCF does not have an auction and not as early as the London to Brighton Run in England, 1928, the OCF is not to be missed for believers of the 1933 and earlier cars and without hot rods. Since it is a festival over 800 vehicles will be cruising, playing car games, visiting with historians, dancing in the street with a live orchestra, a gas lamp parade in the evening and visiting friends. Below are some general photos from recent OCFs. Rolls Royce, Doble steam car playing up, 1929 Chevrolet with a limousine type body, The Henry Ford's own Sweepstakes race car, young lass piloting a Columbus electric, Same Day Response and a mom and daughter in a Hupp are mine, feel free to add your photos of the event. Gary
  24. Another milestone restoring a 1915 McLaughlin C25 was passed today. I installed the last fender, bolted everything up tight and added the runningboard trim. Looks like a car again after I gave it a sponge bath in the driveway. All the flat sections of the fenders have been wet sanded with 1000 grit, next will be finer and finer sand paper until I machine compound then hand polish until everything is beautiful again. Spoke with my "friendly" mechanic who will hopefully issue a provincially required safety inspection so I can attach antique auto license plates. The safety inspection was changed a few years ago and is much more stringent now, my car, however, only has a few safety items like steering, brakes and lights to check. Also when Bev and I were visiting Flint and Back to the Bricks we met an upholsterer who I believe I can talk into helping me finish this project. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, hope it is not a train. Regards, Gary
  25. Genevieve, 1953 British film with actual footage from the London to Brighton run is my favourite. A line from the movie is when two ladies are talking and one says Ambrose only cares about that silly old car and the other thing. Wendy says "what is the other thing, oh, Alan only cares about the car." There is a scene which still plays out, after the run there is a dinner dance and the men are talking about carburetors and self generating lamps and their wives look on in sheer boredom. Many more funny scenes, Gary