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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Here is my photo upgrading the old fashioned, bicycle bearings to modern tapered roller bearings. Gary
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. Bev and I have been with the AACA for a short time and I am very much impress with the friendliness and efficiency of the office. I mentioned in my weblog under Me and My Buick, here as well, I would like to have my car judged and today I received a registration packet for Auburn. I like the AACA to be pro active, it leads me to believe the club cares about me. Back to the shop, my 1915 McLaughlin has a deadline to meet. Thanks Steve, Gary
  15. I would like to have my McLaughlin judged this spring and I have two and a half months to get it ready before the cutoff. I've spent a lot of effort and money on parts of the car which do not show such as fitting modern bearing and seals in the axles to make the car dependable but that does not add a farthing in judging. On the other hand if parts were showing signs they were nickel plated I stepped up and had the parts replated, even though they could have been painted and looked fine. Sometime I just like what I like and I really like to use cocoa mat for the rear carpet. So far the only
  16. I would like to have a car judged at Auburn, except it is not finished yet. Assuming I read the registration form correctly can I register anytime up to Apr 20th, mail in hand at the AACA office? Can I switch a vehicle for judging by the same date, if the original vehicle is not completed and ready for showing. I think I am asking what is the latest date I can sign up for judging at Auburn? Regards, Gary Van Dyken
  17. These are side curtains I received with the 1915 McLaughlin project and though they are slightly faded and have a few very small holes from wear I will not replace them. I plan to have the car judged by the AACA, maybe this May in Auburn, In and I should lose some points for condition but not all the points for not having side curtains. For touring they will be perfect to keep Bev and I out of the weather when the inevitable cold and wet happens. Regards, Gary
  18. I hope someone with an interest in pre'16 touring is here and ready to buy. I own and drive both the 3 3/4' and the 4" Buick engine cars. The specs do not tell the story, the larger car is more comfortable, larger wheels, bigger brakes, etc. The 4" car is in the mid sized category and this car is nicer than a Ford, should be more money but likely due to parts availability the Ford is more user friendly and desirable, IMHO. However a nicely sorted 3 3/4" car, maybe this one, is more interesting and attractive than a T, again in my opinion. There are so many tours for
  19. Restoring vehicles in 2020, a philosophy. A car can only be original, once. Full stop, and that is why they are sought out and beautiful. When restoring cars to a certain period, like my 1915 McLaughlin, I have to choose modern day alterations due to current public tastes and which materials are available. My car is getting new upholstery and I wanted to install leather door checks even though there is no sign the car "originally" had them. I changed the car from the way it left the factory to the way it should have been delivered to the customer. I should lose points in judging at the A
  20. On July 15th Bev and I are taking the Snapper's Summer Tour to Rondeau Provincial Park for nature day and today we visited and asked some questions. In the first photo is a road the Park Warden closed many years ago to protect creatures like snakes and turtles, I am making a case for him to be able to open the road for our brass era cars for a few hours. He wants to and I have to assure him we would be slow, careful and thankful for his consideration. In the next photo is the picnic shelter we rented for our gourmet lunch. There is excellent parking, modern washrooms and the park store
  21. On page 4 of owning, fixing and driving weblog there are pictures and a story of a 1929 Packard ambulance formerly owned and operated by the Detroit Fire Dept. The truck has received it's rad back from California with a new core to replace the one which was damaged when a water pump shaft broke into 2 parts. Today, Friday, I helped Classic Coachworks install the rad and hood. Since the truck has to travel back to Virginia on an open trailer, because it is so tall, Stan and the owner must find an acceptable time and weather for the trip. Regards, Gary
  22. As registrations roll in for our Snapper's tour Bev and I work on destinations and routes, one trip is giving my problems. Thursday is a long drive, I am trying to keep the day at a 100 miles but I have to find a way to cross 2 rivers and avoid 4.7 miles of fairly busy two lane highway and the destination is 40 miles from the hotel. We are stopping at a retirement home and they are providing us with a "nutritious snack" mid morning. Lunch is hosted by Roger and Eleanor Hadfield on Stag Island in the St Clair River. They have had this cottage for 60 years and this is where Chris
  23. Doug; I trust you are becoming less sore? When you feel able I'm sure your many friends would appreciate an update, all clear or taking time off. Sorry, Gary
  24. I received my copy of the Antique Automobile this week and was pleasantly surprized to find a report from last September's Lansing to Dearborn Run. A very interesting write-up by Paul Sloan, Paul is a young man of about 30 years old I would guess, does not own a car which qualifies for this tour but he is a partner in organizing the run with the Grace's. There are seven pictures with the story and they show easy driving conditions without 18 wheelers trying to climb up our exhaust pipe or distracted driver's crashing into us. One large photo is our friends, Larry and Joyce Schram
  25. I may have the reason and the occasion for the pin found in a history text book called Romantic Kent by Victor Lauriston. On page 565 the author is reciting the activities and history of the Couzens family of Chatham, Ontario. I won't bore you with the details except to say their home and factory were located in a place which has become not very attractive today. In 1910, young Jim Couzens was working for the Malcolmson coal yards. I quote from the text " Through that he got in on the ground floor of the Henry Ford new motor enterprise. He ultimately retired a millionaire, to b
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