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  1. Today I cut the duck cotton, which is a rough, thin material used to cover the wooden bows and top pads. In reading David Coco's advice I cut the bow material " on the bias" or 45 degrees and I installed the "duck" with tacks instead of staples. With nails it is easier to reposition the material to remove wrinkles and I do not know why I cut the material " on the bias" , I think it has to do with wrinkles too. In the photos, the first attempt to wrap the bow left a messy look, did much better the second time. The final photo are reproduction pins which secure the sockets to the
  2. Sun is shining and the spring is the time to go for a drive. The 1939 Century started quickly since resting since Christmas and our 30 mile trip around a country block was pleasant and uneventful, except for tooting at a few people we recognized and getting waves and thumbs up from others. Washed the car in the driveway, dried it and put it away, ready for pre war events, when and if they occur. I washed the car, my wife says it is too large, she looks after the white walls. Stay well, Gary
  3. David Coco (Trimacar) is a valuable resource for the AACA. I have been watching a fellow renewing his top on the Dodge Brothers thread and David once said he can take 40 hours just to align the bows before he begins the job of sewing and installing the new top. When I read that I thought to myself how can that be but since I am doing the measuring, lining up and rounding out the bows to produce a sharp looking top, I think how does he do the job so fast? In the photos under the pile of laundry is my project covered in wood chips after using a power plane to round out the bows. T
  4. I've painted the top irons, which is the last of the refinishing, except for any missed items. 1915 McLaughlin is painted. A fellow brass car enthusiast in Ontario recently acquired and arrived home with this lovely 1913 McLaughlin model 25 touring car. He sent me a snap. Best of luck, hope the car gives you miles of smiles. Stay well, Gary
  5. Try this. When I rebuilt my 3 3/4 X3 3/4" engine I overfilled the crankcase with a few liters, spun the engine by hand crank a few times to splash oil onto the cam, lifters, fill any pockets and drained the excess off using the petcock Brian mentions. Smoked when I started the engine the first few times but it is fine now. Best of luck, great looking McLaughlin. Gary
  6. The executive of the Snappers Brass and Gas have decided to reschedule their meets from this summer and push the events to 2021, which I am thankful for and agree with. The spring and summer 5 day tours will now occur in 2021 and the 2021 events will be 2022 and so forth. The Snappers have three events in the fall and are on for now but we will see. Bev and are working on returning registration fees and will not make plans for 2021 until after the Old Car Festival in September. On the garage front, I continue to work on the McLaughlin's top sockets and bows. In the p
  7. Beginning the job of fitting a new top by installing the sockets and bows to the 1915 McLaughlin C25 touring. Regards, Gary
  8. Experimenting with photo editing software, my Model 31 parked on a gravel driveway last May during the Gilmore Museum's pre war days. Regards, Gary
  9. Today I worked on getting my horn ready for paint. After removing it from the car I washed the horn 3 times with lacquer thinner to remove all oils which would weaken the adhesion of the new paint. The original finish was a thin layer of japan black paint which a spinning wire wheel stripped quickly. Next I sanded the parts with 220 grit sandpaper again to aid in adhesion. Washed the parts again with thinners and taped off the motor. I could have sandblasted the metal parts but I wanted to keep grit out of the motor. I have a collection of other parts to coat with epoxy primer
  10. I sorted out an electrical problem with a simple fix, I hope. When I acquired our 1915 McLaughlin touring car it had been fitted with accessory, or after market, push pull switches to turn on the ignition and begin the starter/ generator spinning. I've taken out the incorrect switches but that left me with the original switch which would work but only occasionally. It seems the paddle? was worn and making inconsistent contact to the starter/ generator wire. I cut a strip of brass shim stock, 001", glued and wrapped it around the paddle. I've added 0.003" to each edge of the paddle and it
  11. Thanks Doug; These are difficult times, Bev and I have no activities which we can attend for the next few months, everything on hold. My mom and I used to be considered homebodies, now I am self isolating and supporting the health effort. Not so bad for me, Bev, also stays home and makes me lunch. Life is good with friends and photography. Regards, Gary
  12. Yes Larry, our friends Charles and Darlene invited Bev and I to a high wheeler get together at the Gilmore Museum maybe about 2015. Earlier in this thread I said "these are the good old days!" I seems I was correct since we are facing, self isolation, postponements and cancellations today. The best part of the early car hobby to me is the willingness of owners to share their cars by letting us sit in them, give rides or teach others to how to master driving them. Here are a few more photos from the recent past I picked out from my files to demonstrate. Stay well, Gar
  13. Covid-19 and me. I do not have it, however, it has certainly affected me though everyone is feeling some pain. I've lost enough money from my retirement stock holdings to buy a Packard, but not as much as a VW microbus. I remain especially inspired by the positive reactions from my fellow Canadians, auto plants building medical devices, musician hosting internet shows or even from the porch, and daily briefings from the Prime Minister for instance. The cancellation of the Auburn AACA meet has hit me hard, I planned to have my newly finished 1915 McLaughlin judged there. I am wo
  14. Thanks everyone; Please take your time and thanks for the update. Gary
  15. I knew the owner and the car well, he was a happy member of the Kent Historic Auto Club. Enjoy your new wheels, it should be a well sorted car. Regards, Gary
  16. This thread is informative but dismisses the efforts the organizers have invested in hosting you. Please take a moment to send the folks a thank you note for putting on tours, shows, etc. you are sorry to have to miss and wish them the best. My wife and I are hosting a tour in July, so far, it is a go, but the dining halls we have booked are now closed, by government order. Now what, I can to find alternate arrangements. We are on but all of our work for the past year will have to be revamped for the current reality. Wish us luck, Gary
  17. I am replacing the rear carpet and had the my 1913 Buick model 31 outside, weather was cool, calm and dry, too nice to pass our first drive of 2020. Regards, Gary
  18. I've been interested in floor coverings for the rear tonneau for my early Buicks lately. Coco mat is lovely for the 1915 McLaughlin, looks antique and the car has chestnut linoleum running board mats and front floor to match. My 1913, however, is decorated in black and white colours with a thread bare, modern material, black carpet. Once a person loads the car with luggage and lawn chairs, rear floor is covered anyway. My friend Gregg Lange, from Michigan, told me an original old Buick he knows of has a thin material floor covering and that comment got me thinking instead of c
  19. First the elephant in the room, then a Snapper Tour update. Presently there are no reports Covid-19 cases reported in Chatham Kent. Registrations continue to be sent in for our Chatham 5 day tour and plans are being tweaked. Yesterday I sent a message to the Snapper's club offering to postpone or cancel the event, Bev and I would be disappointed but understanding, I heard back, carry on. For the Buick side of things, we have 3 1913 Model 31 attending. We were together at the Old Car Festival last fall, I have toured with Larry and Joyce, and with Lisa and Jim, but Larry has not
  20. Charge on, this afternoon I finished the rear floor woodwork, fit the tool box, made a pattern and then installed a 5/8th" thick cocoa mat. I think the under seat toolbox, that is what I call it, is a McLaughlin only feature. I saw cocoa mat in a friends car last summer and felt it is perfect for my car, also used for model T Ford rear mats. Leather covers the tool box and back of the front seat. The photos are start to finish and self explanatory. Regards, Gary
  21. Crime Story, On Amazon Prime, TV series in 21 parts, set in Chicago 1963. Many scenes with and around cars with rock and roll, blues and jazz music. Gary
  22. The best part of fixing 105 year old car is also the worst part. No one knows everything or even anything. I mounted my electric horn today in a bracket I designed, had fabricated and altered for the job. A fellow sent me photos of a car the same make and model as mine, however I chose to mount the bracket and horn slightly differently. It is a guess, using experience, judgement and "I think it will work and look best here." If I am proven wrong I can change it. Maybe this solution will become the "correct way it was done." Regards, Gary
  23. In the top photo are some old parts I wanted to reproduce in thick, not stretchable leather and I have just the man for the job. He is the last shoe repair guy in our small city of Chatham, On and he is a character. Once he sent me back outside to look at his sign to see if the sign said anything about auto parts. In the last picture is a metal shop I used to make a bracket for the McLaughlin's newly acquired horn. Every day brings me closer to completing the task, full steam ahead. Today, I received a registration for a Buick big 6, seven passenger touring car, for
  24. Interesting times. The following tale I repeat recently happened to me and I do not intend this story to be praise or criticism of companies, the post office or Canada Customs. The saying goes " it is what it is." I ordered some antique auto parts from a well known restoration supply company in California, (wink wink), the order was $90.00, the box was the smallest box I have ever seen and postage was $30.00. Canada Customs charged me $25.00 taxes and handling and the box took two weeks to arrive. I ordered an 3/4 HP electric motor, to give you an idea of the size and weight from
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