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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. "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
  11. 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 back I attended a large car show sponsored by a well known Classic collector. I expected to see his friends attend with their Classics but there were none, just a regular car show, I was disappointed. I have not seen a Caravan. A friend offered to sell me his '31 Lincoln but I do not know what I would do with it. I could have it judged by the AACA and after two showings I would have a Senior Award but then what? I already own a 1939 Buick Century, a sedan with dual side mounted spare tires in black, but there are many events I can attend and would not likely join the CCCA just because I could. Stay well, Gary
  12. 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 but I am getting used to the "new normal" and especially getting closer to my bubble friends and their wonderful cars. We have two each Fords, Cadillacs and Oldsmobiles coming. Regards, Gary
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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. I checked with a bearing store and was told there was no modern sealed bearing which would work without adapters, so that will be winter work. I am putting the old parts back into service for one more gathering with my car buddies in Chatham, weekend of September 27th. What could possible go wrong with my plan? After much scrubbing and brushing with paint thinners the greasy wheel looks good again. Regards, Gary
  17. 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.
  18. 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 the fuel flow and not open the carb to fuel. So, over time the carb bowl would fill but not open enough to replace the fuel the engine burned while idling. I had a spare carb and I hated to rob a part from it but I did. I've never had a pin loosen before but there is no thread lock and it is a brass threaded pin in a bronze carb. I used a sharp punch and lightly tapped the joint of the pin and body to lock the threads. I spoke with my " understanding" mechanic to arrange for him to come to my house and perform a Provincially required safety inspection before I can get the McLaughlin licensed for the road. He told me the officials have made things more intolerant and he could not do that anymore. He has to inspect the car in his shop, I will load the car in the trailer and deliver it to him next week. another problem solved. Regards, Gary
  19. 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 month the car will be finished and on it's way home to northern Manitoba. Hood and fenders are painted, Stan has to fabricate and cover the runningboards in gray linoleum and give it a test drive. Hope to get a ride before the Gray Dort leaves for the West. Two things to look for in the photos, I copied the dark blue colour on my 1915 McLaughlin, with Stan's permission and notice the wings ( or strengthening ribs ) on the top beside the rear window. They are unique to this model and rarely seen on other cars. Regards, Gary
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. "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 perfectly climbing a short but steep grade. It was the thrill of a lifetime for me because I've wanted one forever but Bev is uncomfortable and says she feels as if she sitting on a park bench high in the air. There is no Oldsmobile in my future. Stay well, Gary
  23. 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
  24. Invited to meet with a small group of friends and drive near London, Ontario. Gary
  25. 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 a particularly nasty cancer. Stay strong, Gary
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