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  1. Part of driving Snapper era vehicles are these banners which are given out during tours. The owner ties them to your car during the event to show you are part of the group and are really works of craftsmanship. They highlight great slogans such as Brass Does the Fruit Belt, which by the way was over a hundred cars and our largest tour or Wheelin' 'Round Woodstock. After the tour the car owner keeps the banner and they are too nice a souvenir to throw out, but then what. I tie them up in my workshop, they age and get dirty and remind me of interesting days. No banners this year, Gary
  2. Yes, Keith, I bought Mr. Forester's 1915 McLaughlin from a Kijiji ad by phone and I was very happy with the condition when I saw the car. Bruce told me he owned the car from 1969 to 2015 when Bev and I acquired it, 45 years. You likely have heard the old joke when someone has owned something for a long time, "just two more payments." My upholsterer told me he plans to restart finishing the car on August 10th. So it is nearly restored. Thanks, Gary
  3. I have a problem with my runningboard covers on my 1939 Buick. The car needs new runningboard mats though no one is reproducing them for the Century, Roadmaster or Limited, just the Special. My solution is to remove the complete boards and send them 2500 miles to a shop which will make a custom set. Cost is over $2000.00 plus tax and shipping, too expensive for my situation. Watching television, a pitch man is promoting a rubber rejuvenator product. So I bought some. Very easy to acquire and use. Wash the boards with soap and water and spread the thick material with a stiff bristle brush, recoat time is one hour so it is very fast as well. Not as fulfilling as new rubber but much nicer than old, cracked, pieces missing boards, and less than $50.00. In the first photo is the start, original mats, then the product and the first light coat and finally after two more medium coats. Total cure time is one day and I think I can keep adding layers if I think it is wise, Gary
  4. I have not driven or even moved our 1939 Buick since Easter and since the record heat wave had moderated into a hot and dry summer we took a 10 mile uneventful test. When we got back and parked outside the sun seemed to strike the car right to record some detail close ups. The paint is dirty and it shows the brightwork is pitted but too nice to spend dollars to replate, IMHO. Good though, the Buick sat unloved and forlorn, five gallons of fresh gas and all is right with the world again. Gary
  5. House painting task completed, next step is to install new soffits. In my model 31 after I finished adjusting the clearance in the bearings and a short road test the engine would bog down on acceleration, idle, starting and cruising were good though. I have two Bosch magnetos so I swapped one for the other. The point gap was 0.016 and one side was nearly flush with the locking nut and the other was gapped at 0.020 and the platinum points appear stouter. Since the mags are the same make and model and I have changed them often I am able to make the swap in ten minutes. Last fall during the Lansing to Dearborn Endurance Run the Buick developed a high speed miss and I pulled into someone's laneway to take one off and put the other on. It is not as hot as the weatherman said it would be today and the car needed another road test so I collected my Mrs., she really enjoys riding in the '13 Buick. Engine performance is smooth in all conditions and I declare the car ready for it's next adventure. Stay well. Gary
  6. I can picture you and Harold talking since you are both engineers, when he and I conversed he would be patiently explaining a concept and I would try to follow along. Hope all is well, Gary
  7. It is good when a plan comes together. I finished inspecting and adjusting the main and rod bearings of my model 31this afternoon and the engine started on the second pull of the hand crank. The engine seems quieter, I thought I could hear some bottom end noise before. The crank is stiffer, more resistance to spinning and I now have 0.002" clearance in each bearing as measured with Plastigage. I also found the plug on the bottom of the oil pump leaking oil, I acquired a new copper crush ring, installed and tightened it, less oil on the ground is good. I installed new locking nuts for the rods, often the rods are secured with castellated nuts with cotter pins, this may be an upgrade. Don't know. I have two Buick Special sparkplugs and I compared the reach to the Champion 44's I am using, the electrode is about in the same location. In the photos, I took a picture of the engine running, see the fan is blurry and a view from the back tonneau and what the driver would see. Next weekend our local car club is visiting a nursing home parking lot and soon the Fleetwood Country Cruise is back and will be an actual cruise instead of a car show. Stay well, Gary
  8. Could be a throwback to the good old days when a few close friends get together before organized events. This afternoon I answered the phone and it was an invitation to join a tour of relaxed driving involving a few cars for a weekend. Happy to be invited anywhere, I said yes. Here are photos of the cars coming. a 1909 EMF, 1913 White, 1912 Ford, our Buick and a 1907 Darracq. Regards, Gary
  9. Have not mentioned it lately, corona virus is changing everything. Today would have been the first day we would have had more than 50 brass era cars running around Chatham, On for five days of touring. The weather is nearly perfect this week, upper 80's F. and dry, calm breezes. Our area has been mostly spared from the virus except for big agrabusiness greenhouses, however we are in stage 2, which means no more than 10 people together and restaurants are open to outdoor patio only. My neighbour gave me a haircut in her backyard, my first since March. The Snapper's have postponed our meet until next summer, the AACA Vintage Tour have announced plans for the second week of July in the Lock Haven, Pa and I am thinking Chatham first or second week in August. Our last event in 2020 has been cancelled, the Old Car Festival in Dearborn, Mi has been a highlight for antique cars for 70 years. Hope it comes back, we need a vaccine before we can put this behind us. Stay positive, Gary
  10. The tropical heat wave has a few more days before a short cooling off and I thought you might enjoy a view of the bottom end of the mighty 4X4", 201 cu. in. 30 HP Buick engine. A few interesting technical oddities make this unlike most Buick engines, aluminum crankcase is common but the crankshaft enters from the rear, it is called a barrel crankcase. The front main bearing is 4" long and poured babbit in one piece, a tube, then machined in place, the rear main bearing is installed from the rear too. The engine is a dry sump and a total loss engine oiling system, in one of the photos of the front main bearing the gear to the right powers the oil pump. It is a plunger pump which lifts one drop of oil at a time and drips in a sight gauge on the dashboard before returning to the center main bearing and is then splashed throughout the crankcase. The oil pump is adjustable, the owner decides how many drips per mile the engine receives. Too much oil in the crankcase results in smoke and carbon build up, though there are four taps. one for each connecting rod, to set the correct level. The valve parts are oiled manually before starting the engine and the timing gears are in a separate gear case at the front of the engine and are lubed with gear oil, not connected with the crankcase. So far all the components check out sound. Gary
  11. One and two cylinder vehicles are special and I agree the REO and Buick are the best, I do not have one. The fours are smoother and more comfortable, when I do manage to catch a ride I feel the firing of each cylinder in the neck. The four cylinder cars have more horsepower so they have larger bodies and wheels. However, great events like the London to Brighton, Lansing to Dearborn Endurance Run or the New London require a one or two car and the guys who run them are wonderful friends. Regards, Gary
  12. Happy Independence Day tomorrow, we had Canada Day Wednesday, Bev and I had a quiet picnic lunch by the side of Lake Erie and another couple arrived in a Ford rag top. When I joined the early car hobby there was a fellow named Harold Sharon with tips and advice which I still follow. With the current heat wave in Southern Ontario raging I am going to use the time to inspect my crankshaft and connecting rod bearings while the 1913 Buick's engine is resting in an air conditioned garage. Mr. Sharon preached inspect and repair the car at home and do not wait for it to leave you stranded on tour. My dad used to implore my brother to not take thing apart, leave them alone, " if it ain't broke, don't fix it ", he was mistaken. I recommend you purchase a copy of Harold Sharon's fine book " Understanding your Brass Car." It's a peach. I am also taking this lockdown as time to replace my homes soffit, fascia and eavestroughs. Luckily the house is a single story and I can work off a stepladder, I start in the morning and quit when it gets too hot. No hurry. Stay strong, Gary
  13. I need to update with the good news my upholsterer is on the mend after open heart surgery and would start on the McLaughlin project next week! We talked on the phone and he is concerned with Covid and his present health, also he looks upon the McLaughlin as therapy though I will have to do the "heavy lifting". Good guy and I know everyone wishes him the best. I am getting the car ready for a safety inspection before I can license it for the road. My hometown of Blenheim. On is hosting an antique car cruise night Friday which involves gathering at a church parking lot and driving in the county to Erie Beach, Erieau, about 20 miles. This is the first event in our part of the world. Regards, stay well, Gary
  14. I've determined my annoying coolant drips are caused by the brick red rad hoses I am using. They seem to have a too large diameter to fit the hardware and I must over tighten the clamps. I am going to change to black hoses my local auto parts store carries and hopefully they will fit tighter before the clamps. The square tube radiator is not the original rad when the car was new, it was fitted during the 1960's, though it looks great and very antique. You can see in the third photo I cracked the water inlet tube of the rad and I will have to expand the tube and solder the crack closed. Onward ever onward. Regards, Gary
  15. Ted and his travelling mate, Howard, visited me with the Brill at my house in Chatham, Ontario during the coast to coast tour. Sorry no pictures. I think Ted remembered every nut and bolt of any job he performed. We would go to swap meets together and often he would point to an item and say I should buy it because it fits a car I owned. Off topic, My wife and I lived in Alberta from 1971 to 1987 and joined the old car hobby in 1978. Fun and different times but these are the good old days. Gary
  16. 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
  17. Near Rocky Mountain House Alberta 1985. Gary
  18. 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
  19. 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 made the trim plate which surrounds my exhaust cutout and one piece of sheet metal around the petals. I had the neat piece which surrounds the gear lever and parking brake lever, and the floor thimble, the circle is a repop. The chestnut Lino matches a piece of original flooring and is also used for the running board mats. Regards, Gary
  20. 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
  21. 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 and diet, too. Regards, Gary
  22. 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
  23. 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 do, it's family. Regards, Gary
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