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  1. 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
  2. Thanks everyone; Please take your time and thanks for the update. Gary
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. RansomEli; In the photo and for test purposes we are using loose polyester batting sold for stuffing children's animals. In the final product I have washed, curled horsehair from Weavers Leather Supply in Ohio. I cannot tell the difference but I have a friend who can look at a job and say horsehair, poly or foam material. Funny story, A guy told me he bought some horsehair and soon had a house overrun by tiny moths. I haven't brought my box into the house. Regards, Gary
  14. I am presently trimming a 1915 car, you did not say what your guy wants to upholster. My car had a replacement interior which got us going but if it was bare there would still be pictures available to show how it should look. My trimmer has never done anything this old so we are working on it together. He made a pattern out of vynal, stretched it on the car, decided to make some changes and produced a second pattern before cutting into the leather finished material. Long story, short, sit down and practice. I started by making drop sheets, sewing long seams, straight. I doubt
  15. I finally did it. Last summer, Joe, (Cardinal 95) advised me to change my Singer sewing machine to a DC motor rather than continue to fight with old clutch setup to slow the machine down for upholstery work. I finished the change over yesterday and the machine will chug over at a pace I feel I can control. Full steam ahead. Gary
  16. Not a Buick, still, hope you are happy to see a 90 year old Ford truck ready to hit the road year round. Just two more payments and it is free and clear. Regards, Gary
  17. An update concerning the AACA Snapper's summer tour in Chatham, plans and routes are set until May. That is when the registrations close and many details get hammered out and everything made ready for our guests. Today, in the mail we received our 30th car registered and it is a Buick, we have 3 so far, also 4 REOs, 3 Oaklands, a few Cadillacs and 8 or 9 Fords. Moline, McIntyre, White, Oldsmobile, EMF and Hupmobile are among the other cars coming. Waiting for spring, I collect the mail everyday and am getting my McLaughlin finished. The first 3 pictures are Buicks which are com
  18. Last summer, maiden voyage of my project car, a 1915 McLaughlin C25, registered to have it judged by the AACA at Auburn in a few short months. Gary
  19. I telephoned my little sister this morning to wish her a happy birthday, when we hung up Bev said I was acting as if it were my birthday. Last week I ordered hardware from California, spoke with a plater to apply new nickel to my last 4 pieces, ordered a new DC motor and controller for my Singer industrial sewing machine and ordered beautiful material to use for our rear floor mat. I have 100 new upholstery buttons and now I see it is woefully short, I ordered 200 more and a 10" long tufting needle to make the assembly slicker. Gregg Lange agreed to let me buy one of his horns, the last
  20. Here is my photo upgrading the old fashioned, bicycle bearings to modern tapered roller bearings. Gary
  21. Take your time and do it right. Pat, my upholsterer and I felt the backrest springs were making the seat upholstery pattern too puffy and we devised a method to compress the bottom set of springs in line with the upper set. Tomorrow we try again. Top photo is from today and the bottom picture is when I started the job. Regards, Gary
  22. McLaughlin Buicks used a diamond shaped radiator emblem and this theme is carried over to the rear window curtain. I am trying to scale the size from this original old photograph and think 9" tall by 18" wide which would make the individual diamonds 3 3/8ths' by 4 1/2". I made a half pattern, in the second photo the white paper will be black top material and the black will be clear. It will take some skillful sewing but to my eyes it is a highlight of McLaughlin cars. Regards, Gary
  23. I've registered to have our 1915 McLaughlin judged by the AACA at Auburn May 9th, now it's full steam ahead. The car is missing it's horn and I did not even know where it would mount. I asked which horn was correct on a great site called BrassBuicks.org and received a quick response with pictures from my friend Gregg Lange. I planned to use a Delco Remy horn but it is too long to fit the space so I phoned another friend, Bert, who is restoring a 1913 McLaughlin, similar to my car, and he has an extra proper horn and he is willing to let me have it. A person could have
  24. Working on old cars and learning a new skill. Yesterday, Pat, my upholsterer brought to my workshop a diamond tufted pattern he laid out and sewed for my 1915 McLaughlin touring car. We installed buttons and stuffed them as if it was the finished product and started to install it in the car's front seat. When it is fitted to the car he will see what alterations need to be made, then the same system of pattern making for the rear seat back before he slices into the actual leather. So far it's great, I even like the colour and the care Pat is taking so the job turns out beautifully.
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