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  1. Coming along well.  I've installed the rear curtain and windshield baffle and have the three parts of the main deck roughed in.  I've marked where to trim before joining the parts.  The top material is 100" long, Bev is going to help me support the top as eight feet of Stayfast goes through the sewing machine twice.


    Regards, Gary





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  2. My sewing machine has been working poorly and it was not entirely the fault of the operator.  The machine would sew well for a couple of feet , then the thread would begin to fray at the needle.  Turns out the needle plate where the needle carrying the thread would pass through the plate to the bobbin was rough and I managed to replaced it today.  Hopefully problem solved.   I finished sewing the rear curtain and tacked it up, I think I will get 2 additional yards of Stayfast topping material and try again.  Practice, man, practice.


    In the photos today are the rear curtain with the McLaughlin diamond shapes, my notes in the works binder and the next task, a windshield baffle.


    Regards, Gary





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  3. Thanks John, good catch.  The size and six diamond pattern I copied from a 1912 McLaughlin located in a Museum.  The original photograph, from Calgary, Alberta BTW, shows five diamonds, so I will make the correction.  Thanks again.  The collector, which just rescued a 1913, sent me a close up of his rear curtain and the size is smaller ( 9X20") with five diamonds.


    There is another photo on these forums of a 1917 McLaughlin with five diamonds in two rows with an oval shaped window.  My car is a 1915 and I haven't any proof which window shape is correct.  I've pointed out before when dealing with 100 year old cars it's a judgement call.  McLaughlin made less than a 1,000 cars in 1915 in all series.


    Today, I begin to install the top and it starts with the rear curtain, just in time, my friend.  Gary



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  4. Progress, and yet another example of " over restored."   The main part of the top is 4' 2'' wide, side to side, I had to cut a strip off the length of the top material.  That left me with a piece which was perfect for another strap running front to back.  I see that style on big, expensive cars, I got the thread of an idea to incorporate the extra support on the McLaughlin.  Then I stretched the top deck over the bows to mark with chaulk the outline where the sides are going to join the deck.  Pretty straight forward, the tricky part will be fabricating the diamonds of the rear window.


    Regards, Gary






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  5. The man, with the mustache, in the photo with number 8 was my friend Emile Hermery.  He lived on an acreage outside of Red Deer on the road to Sylvan Lake and was a gunsmith/ locksmith.

    The great fellow who owned the car started collecting cars in the 1930's, his eye sight was failing so folks of our local car club, the Central Alberta Vintage Auto Club (CAVAC) would drive him and his cars to events.  Funny story, once I was with Nettie in our antique car and my wife, Bev, was driving one of Charlie's cars when word got around we were wife swappers.

    On the run to the Banff Windermere Centennial in 1985 the Buick suffered often from vapour lock and I would douse the fuel pump with cold water.

    A different hobby in the old days, IMHO, we did not take the vehicles seriously.  Gary

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  6. When I lived in Red Deer, Alberta in the 1980's there two nearby.  One, was a 1930?, big six, seven passenger, running and driving.  We drove the Jasper Park Buick to the Banff Windermere National Parks Centennial in Radium Hot Springs, June 30, 1985, I still have the dash plaque.  The car was dark blue and the owner would point out heavy scratches in the paint on the side of the car and tell people a bear made them.  Maybe there is a picture or story from the BC event?

    The second was an eight cylinder, seven passenger touring car in storage.


    Hope this helps, stay well, Gary

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  7. Took a long walk after lunch, talked with my older sister this morning, still had a few hours to work on our 1915 McLaughlin convertible roof.  In the top photo is my Mrs. Bev using a steam generator to remove some bagginess from the thin cotton wrapping one of the wooden bows.  In the next photo is my attempt to place one of top pads and fit a side panel of the roof deck from a piece I received with the car.  The masking tape line is the projected height of the new top.  I like upholstery work, it's light, clean and showy.


    Isolating with a fixed income and an interesting project.  Gary




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  8. I do not worry about the value of antique cars, as a matter of fact, I have been wanting to add a '20's - 30's roadster for the past few years though I found them too expensive.  I believe we are going to get a hefty round of inflation and that will cure current low values, not this year but next year.  Governments around the world are running the printing presses as fast as they will go and dropping money from helicopters.  Buy something, anything cash has no value.


    Stay well, Gary

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  9. I completed my first of six top straps, they are used to tie the top bows together and support the top material with x or cross bracing.  The straps are three thicknesses of topping material and because I had some light nylon strapping I included it, too.  My Singer sewing machine worked like a champ, a hot knife through butter.


    I needed bonded polyester # 69 thread but with the stores closed I could not order any, I turned to Amazon and even though they showed the thread delivery time was four weeks.  Luckily for me, a local restoration shop gave me a spool to use as much as I need and return the rest.  Thanks, Stan.


    In the post today, I received my application to have the McLaughlin judged in Auburn returned, sorry to miss it.  Thanks AACA staff.


    Stay well, Gary.




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  10. 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 holders, they cost $9.00 each and I need 4 of them but they are beautiful and there is a car in there somewhere.


    Regards, Gary







  11. 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



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  12. 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.  The second photo are locks I had a retired machinist make for me to secure the top prop nuts and the final photo is the area and prop nuts for reference.


    Regards, Gary





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  13. 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


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  14. 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

  15. 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 photo I've stretched a car cover over the bows to get an idea of the way the finished product will look.


    The definition of irony, we have time, pleasant weather, low priced gasoline, antique cars, but no where to go.


    Stay well, Gary



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  16. 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, then a heavy coat of black Poly Urethane, the very definition of "over restored."


    Stay well, Gary




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  17. 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 seems to be enough, I've run through 6 start/ stops and it worked every time.


    The car also had an electric fuel pump which was removed and is sitting on a shelf.  Gravity fuel flow for me.


    In the picture is the offending switch before restoration.  The 2 push/pull switches on the left, turn on the ignition and start the generator motoring.  The other 3 push/ pull switches are for the headlamps, dim lights and tail lamp/ dash light.  I've circled the area of the switch that was built up without disassembly.  Also, I have bypassed the circuit breaker, on the left with a pair of long springs, with an inline fuse.  The round resister pictured on the right offers too much resistance so I am still in the woods with grandma's house in sight.


    Hope you understand, I find electricity difficult.  Stay well, Gary



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  18. 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



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  19. 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, Gary







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  20. 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 working on the car and hopefully it will be finished by May but now I have nowhere to go.  A new party dress and my date stood me up.


    For the Snapper's tour in July, the US/Canada border is closed to tourism, many restaurants I chose are not presently available and we have 33 registrations to date from people who are counting on Bev and I for a pleasant week of driving around Kent County.  It will be May before we know what to do.


    Here are pictures from the recent past.  Hoping for a successful outcome from the Coronavirus.  Gary





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