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  1. Here are my photos from todays pre war tour in Ontario. After supper I asked the driver of the big 6 1914 Buick b55 if he would give me a ride in his car and before he could start the engine he had a car load of guys. With the cool dusk air blowing we felt the torque of the 55 HP engine and everyone of us enjoyed the experience. Life is grand. Regards, Gary
  2. Our first overnight trip with the "39 Century is to a pre war weekend hosted by the Antique and Classic Car Club of Canada (A4C's) and forum member Keith, Buicknutty. It is a trip of 100 miles from our house along two lane roads, but I have a map showing various cruising routes aimed at motorcycle riders because it is water resistant. Should be more interesting with great views of Lake Erie. In the photo is the trunk packed for two adults for two nights and includes a small took kit and lawn chairs. Regards, Gary
  3. Bev and I last Saturday in Flint, Mi. Back to the Bricks. The Buicktown Chapter of the BCA posed every Buick which attended the Buicks on the Brick exhibit in front of the original Durant Dort Carriage Co building for a photograph. Next event for this Buick is the Old Car Festival in Dearborn, Mi after Labour Day. Regards, Gary
  4. A part of having a Snapper's car is giving rides, something I know does not happen in other vintages of the car hobby. This is the first time however I have ever gotten a thank you note via email. "We did not properly thank you after your hubby took us and our granddaughter for a ride in your beautiful vehicle in our village of Bath recently. It was such a lovely and generous gesture on your part. The Horseless Carriage Club of America coming to Bath was a unique and special event for us. We hope you had pleasant time during your visit to Kingston." We did indeed and your welcome, Gary
  5. Just got home in light rain from Flint and Back to the Bricks, thanks to Buicktown chapter of the Buick Club of America, Bev and I had a great time. Mostly people caught my interest, my friends Mr Chevrolet, Pinky Randall and Joyce in front of their 1914 Chevrolet light 6, a fellow dressed in WW2 garb, a procession of veterans and there were cars too. Thanks again Buick Club of America for the invitation, we had a great time Saturday. Regards, Gary
  6. After five days of driving with the HCCA I had to degrease under the bonnet and try to get the 1913 Buick clean to go on display at a cruise in Flint, Mi this Saturday called Back to the Bricks. In the first photo is the mighty 201 cu in. (3.3 l) 32 hp engine, Buick built this engine for three years, 1911 to 1913. The second photo is after a liberal hosing down with Spray Nine, rinsed with copious amounts of water and blow dry with compressed air followed by new oil for the rocker arms and valve guides. Walter Marr, Buick's chief engineer invented the overhead valve engine. The third photo is my Air Friction carburetor, though not original to the engine, works well and is simple enough for me to understand. I have the correct Schebler carb but it is not consistent, sometimes the carby will go to very rich mixture and blow black smoke everywhere. Embarrassing. In the fourth photo is some oil staining on the felloe of my right rear wheel and that means, likely, a leaking axle seal. Finally my car carries the monogram of Mary Ellen Carter (mec) it is a folk song about a fishing boat with a great story, please look it up on Wikipedia. Regards, Gary
  7. Loaded the 1939 Century for a day at the Bothwell, On car show. Arrived early, paid $10.00 entry fee, parked and unfolded lawn chairs, we we're set for the activities. A middle aged man approached my wife and I and declared his love for a '39 Imperial sedan. I gave him the whole tour of our car and he said he especially liked our side mounted spare tires and wished he had that option on his Chrysler. He also thought our dynaflash engine looked more interesting than his spitfire straight 8. I then went over and viewed his Imperial, I coveted his beautiful, crack free, ivory steering wheel. Why should Buick wheels be so poor? His car had a standard overdrive transmission and he explained the operation to me. I didn't ask but I think most overdrive cars have very slow rear axle ratios and my faster ratio likely gave me similar engine speed as his car while cruising. I noted his Chrysler was outfitted with radial tires and he told me he drove about 80 miles down the freeway to be at the show, Bev and I came about 35 miles on old bias ply tires. The first two pictures are my car at the show and then his, followed by as many general photos as are allowed. BTW I informed him of a pre war car weekend later in August so we may see him again. Hope so, good guy. Regards, Gary
  8. Sometimes my 1939 Century clutch will not disengage. A mechanic friend of mine has a shop which is now closed because he retired but he offered some help with the clutch problem. He adjusted the linkage to get the maximum push, made sure the throw out bearing was not contacting the forks, and I was helping him the whole time. It is not the kind of shop where you talk to a service writer, fill out a work order and wait in the showroom. He also found a rear brake issue and we repaired that as well, we adjusted the brakes for best effect. Might have saved a life. The '39 is driving better than ever, so far the clutch is working perfectly. Today Bev and I are driving across the county to a mega car show at Bothwell, On, next weekend we are going over to Flint, Mi for Back to the Bricks, then a pre war car weekend in Simcoe, On, next a car show in Essex, On where I plan to have the 1915 McLaughlin on display for the first time and finally the Old Car Festival in Dearborn, Mi with our 1913 Buick. Life is grand. Gary
  9. Thanks for the photos from the Vintage Tour. Glad the Buick performed well, see you in Flint. Today, Saturday, we are off to Bothwell, On for a huge car show with a swap meet. Gary
  10. I am restoring the same car, 1915 C25. Please let us know where you live and if you mean to say the fastener on the left of your photo, it should unscrew, coarse thread fairly robust. Here is a picture of one of my problems, loose rivets for the backing plate, also the point where the rear axle torsion rod attaches to the frame had loose rivets. Modern brake linings are available and without asbestos. Regards, Gary
  11. Thanks, Bob, for the post. We have many friends touring in Kingston, lovely place to drive antique cars. Hope all goes well. Please send more. Gary
  12. First test drive. I bought this 1915 McLaughlin as a last run in 1991 from a McLaughlin Buick club director four years ago. I've run the engine before but this is the first time using the clutch, managed to get the car into second gear before I ran out of street. The engine ran cool and smooth, seems to have a wide ratio gearbox or faster axle than I am used to. Overall happy consumer and using the original Marvel carb, too. Regards, Gary
  13. A week before our trip to Kingston, On I dropped a large filling in one of my teeth. Luckily for me there was no bleeding or pain but the dentist said it was too far gone for a filling and I needed a crown. Two weeks of eating soft food then yesterday, the dentist, hygienist and I began the procedure. It wasn't very painful so yesterday I finished installing new glass for the windshield in the '15 McLaughlin, and picked up the right front fender from the restoration shop. They made a new skirt, sanded the fender down with 80 grit and sprayed it with epoxy primer, ready for me to finish and paint. I did not feel up to starting the last fender today so I began to fabricate a metal plate for the floor which is missing. Many people say car restoring is too expensive and a person should buy the best car they can afford. I say it is expensive, maybe more than if I could buy one, except every part of this job satisfies me and the car looks just right to my eyes. Bev and I registered for an Aug 23, 24 and 25th pre war tour in Simcoe, On we learned of while we were at the HCCA tour in Kingston. Not this car however but soon. Regards, Gary
  14. On last weeks HCCA/AACA tour in Kingston, On we had three Model 31 touring cars on tour. All three performed well and finished five days of driving city streets and county roads, including a gas light parade. Regards, Gary
  15. One more post from the HCCA/AACA Kingston tour. We had the wrap up banquet last night after 5 days of pre '16 touring and the hosts had a 12 year old boy welcome the guests to the dinner and a young lady from a different family gave the blessing. A student from McPherson College gave a short talk on school life. No awards, trophies or other boring programs. Short and adorable. Regards, Gary
  16. Day five is over except for the wrap up dinner at this hotel. About 30 miles today driving around Kingston, visited an old folks home, a few museums and put the 65 cars on display downtown in Market Square while everyone found a restaurant for lunch. We had lunch with Joe and Lynn Konarowski, ( Joe from Canada) they are hosting the AACA Vintage Tour out of the same hotel as this meet in two weeks with 40 cars ranging from 1907 to 1931. One Locomobile was out with an electrical fault, one of the 1912 Buick model 35 had their muffler fail and long story short one of the 1913 model 31s had a steering wheel rim come apart. The rim was taped up and finished the drive. Likely many of the cars had parts wired together to complete the tour that I do not know about. The first photo is a resident of the retirement home. The second is all three Model 31 Buicks posed together for the first time in five days of trying. Enjoyed our trip to the HCCA/AACA Kicking it up in Kingston tour. Next year the Southern Ontario/ North Jersey HCCA annual meet will be in Belfast, Maine starting the week of July 19th. Bev and I are hosting the AACA Snappers in Chatham, On for five days starting the week of July 12th. Regards, Gary
  17. Finished day four and a few interesting items. We were on a boat trip through the 1000 Islands and the sky and radar said there is going to be an unforecasted rain shower or thunderstorm. Out of 60 cars, only 6 decided to wait for the rain to pass. I was one and we had a nice coffee break with another couple, drove back to Kingston on drying roads, missed the stop and go rush hour traffic. Got back to the hotel at 6PM and heard everyone got wet. That would be 90% of the drivers thought they could beat the rain? There is a nice mixture of cars, 7 Buicks second most popular after Ford, 4 big Locomobiles, '14 Cadillac, '13 Stephen Duryea and a Columbia were the large powerful cars. Mid sized cars include 2 REOs, '14 Overland, EMF, '10 Cadillac and small cars included 2, 2 cylinder REOs, '05 Northern and an '07 Cadillac. Also there are 4 professional car restorers here and on tour and they are all helpful sorting out problems and keeping the cars on the road and having fun. Todays photo is my 1913 Buick at one the stops. Regards, Gary
  18. Day three was a wow. We all visited the town of Bath, On and had three stops before lunch at a luxury golf coarse, but because the stops were small we broke into three groups. Antique cars driving everywhere and in all directions, smiling, waving buzzing horns many visitors in town to talk to. All of the Buicks still running and getting stronger. Todays photos are 2 1912 Model 35 touring cars in beautiful trophy winning condition and at lunch 4 Buicks in a row, 2 model 31, a C37 and a Model 35. Tonight, it's 9:30 PM and the group is out on a gaslight parade. Regards, Gary
  19. Hey Joe, Gary here and I am on the HCCA tour you are asking about, Bev and I are talking over your question and she thinks the early cars attract young families for the following reasons. The cars are often handed down from father to son and that makes them young families, the planners make a point of having activities for children and younger adults, and I think it is because the early cars are exciting and foreign. Look at the picture the teenage daughter is the navigator, no seatbelts, open air sights, sounds and smells. They are all doing something. Good luck with the Vintage Tour, Gary
  20. Finished day two of five days and all Buicks are performing well. Here are the others to attend, a '15 C37 from Mi with new owners, a 1915 C55 7 passenger touring car with new owners and a 1912 model 35 touring car. Lovely weather, dry and temps in the mid 70's. Regards, Gary
  21. Day 1 is over. We visited a creamery, the oldest general store in Ontario, had a cold cuts on fresh buns at a small town Legion for lunch and visited a cheese making operation all in just 46 miles. All the Buicks performed great, one time after a left hand turn there was a steep grade going up, of coarse, which made me drop down into first gear. Later there was a longer grade and two of the Model 31s made it on top gear and the green car had to gear down. We gave it a tune up in the parking lot last night, I donated four Champion W89D sparkplugs which have a longer reach than the Autolite 3076 he was using and he reset his valve clearance from .020 to a more reasonable .008 intake and .010 exhaust. The engine started with one pull and sounds stronger. Fingers crossed for today, 90 miles. Two of the guys got out a 1904 Northern and '06 Cadillac, both single cylinder cars, and were giving rides last night, just love these tours. Did I mention 12 children under 12 years old? Life is good. Regards, Gary
  22. On a Snappers/ HCCA tour, completed the first day with no problems. There are 3 1931 Model 31 Buicks, mine and these two. Among the 65 pre '16 cars are a 1915 C37, a 1915 C55, '12 model 25 and another model 31 owner with a different car. More tomorrow. Regards, Gary
  23. The joint Snappers/AACA tour has 65 cars, 150 people including 12 children under 12 years old. There are 3 Model 31 Buick, we outnumber the 1913 Fords, I think. Everything is going well after the first day of 5 days driving. Here are photos of two of the other than mine 1913 Buicks. The green car is the first outing with a new owner and is from NY, the blue car is from PA and is owned by a young family with two boys. More tomorrow, Gary
  24. Being a Canadian who lives an hour drive from the USA I sometimes forget things. When I read the colours for my 1915 McLaughlin touring car was a dark blue body and black bonnet, I thought blue car with a black top. Then my English came back. Rod, do you have a '13 Buick? I'm going to a meet today where there will be two. Regards, Gary
  25. Sounds good Larry, you are invited to stop in for coffee on your way to Kingston. A friend used to say " Go ahead and buy it, I've never seen saddle bags on a coffin!"