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  1. Earlier in this thread I said the fellow driving the Jasper Park car was Emile Hermery of Red Deer, Alberta. He was a soft talking, quick witted friend and I found this photo in my collection of Kodachrome slides of him and his Model T truck. You can see by the blanket behind the truck it was picnic time. Through the windshield of the 'T' the fellow unloading his Packard Clipper trunk was Ted Carswell, he was the local auto wrecker in Red Deer, another great guy. Thanks for the memories, Gary
  2. Near Rocky Mountain House Alberta 1985. Gary
  3. Drove our 1913 Buick model 31 and parked in front of our house under a mature crab apple tree. I wanted to take the picture during the short few days the tree is in bloom, missed it and had to settle for this. This is my new old look, top and windshield folded down, and notice my hundred year old accessory trunk mounted inside the spare rim and tire. All is well. Gary
  4. I've been working on the front floor trim, linoleum and fitting the four pieces to the body. Originally the McLaughlin used 5/8th' solid wood floorboards, but my car had plywood installed. Good for patterns, I used 7/8th" ash for the floorboards, cut down to 5/8ths" where they sit in the body. I glued the new Battleship Linoleum to the wood with a mastic cement which was the recommended system, but it did not hold smooth and tight so I stripped it and replaced the joint with Gorilla Glue, the water activated type. I replaced all the floorboard trim with 1/4" aluminium which I polished, I
  5. According to the book 70 Years of Buick, the model 21 used the 255 cubic inch four cylinder engine, 109" wheelbase and Buick built 3,000 of them. So, it is Buicks second largest car in 1911, at a time when Durant was ousted and management was departing the smaller cars market and interested in going upscale. For best information join Brassbuicks.org at BB@BrassBuicks.groups.io. I think they have about 400 members and are active. Welcome to the AACA Forums and best of luck. Gary
  6. Talked on the telephone yesterday with my friend who he sewing and installing the new upholstery in the McLaughlin after a successful heart operation. It will be quite a long time before he is recovered but since I am not going anywhere anyway we will work on the car again when he is ready and able to resume. He must exercise, lose some weight and heal, God speed my friend. In the meantime, I have many small jobs and improvements. Here are some photos of the project 5 years ago when I acquired the McLaughlin from Fenelon Falls, Ontario, last run in 1991. Seems I should exercise
  7. Making patterns for diamond tufted upholstery job. So far I have sewn the main section for both front and rear seat backs in vinyl and next I work on the side panels, then join them together. Add the stuffing/padding, buttons, fit it to the car then cut them apart and trace the patterns to the final finish, black leather. The third photo is a my friends dashboard from his 1916 McLaughlin D 45S. Stay well, Gary
  8. Thanks for thinking of me, John. When I say the top is finished I should say finished for now. Next step is to sew and install the seat upholstery, then, I can fasten the rear curtain to the beltline. After the upholstery is completed everything is trimmed and covered with a gimp and hundreds of 7/16th" black head nails. Hopefully the McLaughlin will be finished in June. Funny story, my younger sister asked me to park her long camping trailer in my driveway for the winter until the trailer parks open. The camper is blocking my garage door and the camp grounds remain closed. What can you
  9. Is this the last step? On a piece of vynal I drew a pattern to place the buttons on a back rest. It also gives me a chance to practice sewing, sort out thread tensions, how to place the material under the needle and stretch the pattern on the car to be sure it looks straight and correct. I do not keep track of hours, I work on the final project until it is as nice as I can do with the leather. BTW a picture of a red Cardinal in my Juniper bush. Regards, Gary
  10. Tada. Finished installing a new top. I will not post a picture now because it looks very much like the previous ones and I have not driven the tacks home yet. A fellow, who was helping me with the leather seats, had developed some rather serious health issues which required surgery. There are just a few places where the seats are top stitched and with the successful top job I am going to take this upholstery task on next. On the home front my dishwasher packed it in after 8 years. I took it out and apart yesterday, no problems are obvious so today I am shopping. Keith, yes to t
  11. Hello Keith; No worries. Your McLaughlin top is the one man style and relies on steel to keep everything in place and is more open, maybe prettier. Mine is the two man top which has top sockets in the front seat area to hold the roof up. Stan, at Classic Coachworks in Blenheim, is sewing a new top for a 1923 Gray Dort this month. It is the same style as your McLaughlin, give him a call, maybe stop in and see the job and have a talk. I love the look of a well fitting top, they seem to get old so quickly in the sun. I have a friend who has a 1916 McLaughlin D45 nearby we could
  12. I'm stoked. This afternoon my wife and I attached the side panels to the main top and top stitched both sides. There that's done. The center section of the top is a straight edge and the side panels are curves and it is the reason the whole job lays nicely without wrinkles. Trimacar is helping us with advice every step of the way. Thanks, Gary
  13. Coming along well. I've installed the rear curtain and windshield baffle and have the three parts of the main deck roughed in. I've marked where to trim before joining the parts. The top material is 100" long, Bev is going to help me support the top as eight feet of Stayfast goes through the sewing machine twice. Regards, Gary
  14. My sewing machine has been working poorly and it was not entirely the fault of the operator. The machine would sew well for a couple of feet , then the thread would begin to fray at the needle. Turns out the needle plate where the needle carrying the thread would pass through the plate to the bobbin was rough and I managed to replaced it today. Hopefully problem solved. I finished sewing the rear curtain and tacked it up, I think I will get 2 additional yards of Stayfast topping material and try again. Practice, man, practice. In the photos today are the rear curtain with the
  15. Thanks John, good catch. The size and six diamond pattern I copied from a 1912 McLaughlin located in a Museum. The original photograph, from Calgary, Alberta BTW, shows five diamonds, so I will make the correction. Thanks again. The collector, which just rescued a 1913, sent me a close up of his rear curtain and the size is smaller ( 9X20") with five diamonds. There is another photo on these forums of a 1917 McLaughlin with five diamonds in two rows with an oval shaped window. My car is a 1915 and I haven't any proof which window shape is correct. I've pointed out before when
  16. Progress, and yet another example of " over restored." The main part of the top is 4' 2'' wide, side to side, I had to cut a strip off the length of the top material. That left me with a piece which was perfect for another strap running front to back. I see that style on big, expensive cars, I got the thread of an idea to incorporate the extra support on the McLaughlin. Then I stretched the top deck over the bows to mark with chaulk the outline where the sides are going to join the deck. Pretty straight forward, the tricky part will be fabricating the diamonds of the rear window.
  17. Very sorry to loose this event, the excitement will be missed. I was organizing an AACA Snapper's pre '16 tour this summer so I can imagine the difficulties trying to deal with closed venues. The Snapper's have rescheduled our run for the summer of 2021, is that something the Reliability Tour could do? Stay well, Gary
  18. The man, with the mustache, in the photo with number 8 was my friend Emile Hermery. He lived on an acreage outside of Red Deer on the road to Sylvan Lake and was a gunsmith/ locksmith. The great fellow who owned the car started collecting cars in the 1930's, his eye sight was failing so folks of our local car club, the Central Alberta Vintage Auto Club (CAVAC) would drive him and his cars to events. Funny story, once I was with Nettie in our antique car and my wife, Bev, was driving one of Charlie's cars when word got around we were wife swappers. On the run to the Banff Windermere
  19. Another milestone along the McLaughlin path, all the parts which hold the top to the car are in place, clamps, supports and covers removed, ready for the new top. I also made a pattern for the unique McLaughlin rear window curtain. Looks like a car now, full steam ahead. Regards, Gary
  20. When I lived in Red Deer, Alberta in the 1980's there two nearby. One, was a 1930?, big six, seven passenger, running and driving. We drove the Jasper Park Buick to the Banff Windermere National Parks Centennial in Radium Hot Springs, June 30, 1985, I still have the dash plaque. The car was dark blue and the owner would point out heavy scratches in the paint on the side of the car and tell people a bear made them. Maybe there is a picture or story from the BC event? The second was an eight cylinder, seven passenger touring car in storage. Hope this helps, stay well, Gary
  21. Took a long walk after lunch, talked with my older sister this morning, still had a few hours to work on our 1915 McLaughlin convertible roof. In the top photo is my Mrs. Bev using a steam generator to remove some bagginess from the thin cotton wrapping one of the wooden bows. In the next photo is my attempt to place one of top pads and fit a side panel of the roof deck from a piece I received with the car. The masking tape line is the projected height of the new top. I like upholstery work, it's light, clean and showy. Isolating with a fixed income and an interesting project.
  22. I do not worry about the value of antique cars, as a matter of fact, I have been wanting to add a '20's - 30's roadster for the past few years though I found them too expensive. I believe we are going to get a hefty round of inflation and that will cure current low values, not this year but next year. Governments around the world are running the printing presses as fast as they will go and dropping money from helicopters. Buy something, anything cash has no value. Stay well, Gary
  23. I completed my first of six top straps, they are used to tie the top bows together and support the top material with x or cross bracing. The straps are three thicknesses of topping material and because I had some light nylon strapping I included it, too. My Singer sewing machine worked like a champ, a hot knife through butter. I needed bonded polyester # 69 thread but with the stores closed I could not order any, I turned to Amazon and even though they showed the thread delivery time was four weeks. Luckily for me, a local restoration shop gave me a spool to use as much as I nee
  24. I apologize David for putting words in your mouth and appreciate your willingness to share with me and others. I do follow your advice, using tacks instead of staples would have never occurred to me. Please drop in on this thread occasionally, thanks. Gary Van Dyken
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