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  1. One day of mild weather and my wife hinted she wanted her car. I drove a 6 year old Triumph when in high school and many of my friends drove sports cars too so when my wife said we should get sports car I was all in. When I found I could acquire an Alfa Romeo spider for the cost of an MG that was the one for me. The thing I did not understand was the fact I was buying a chick car and my wife has taken the car as her own. Last fall the Alfa had a vibration and a local shop rebuilt the driveshaft but it did not resolve the issue and I was advised the vibration was a bad front wheel bearing. Parts are available and I changed all the wheel bearings and added new brake rotors and pads while I had it apart. However by the time I repaired the Alfa it was too cold for a road test and Sunday afternoon was first opportunity. The vibration is gone and all is ready for Bev. The nice thing about her Alfa is I get to attend Italian Car Day in Toronto in August and hang around with Ferrari, Lambo and Maserati guys while getting in on a children's ticket. Regards, Gary
  2. When I purchased my 1915 McLaughlin from a long time owner and director of the McLaughlin Buick club here in Ontario I did for the flowing reasons. First, you do not get many opportunities to obtain a hundred year old car, second, it was 400 pounds lighter than my 1913 Buick and third it had an electric starter so the McLaughlin should be easier to drive. Today I find it is lighter because every part is lighter, for instance, my 1913 spring mounts are forgings and on the 1915 they are sheet steel. A friend with the same chassis in a 1913 says the electric starter is stupid because it adds too much weight to the car, hurts performance and is unnecessary. The McLaughlin is not finished yet so time will tell if I made a good choice, however, the driving compartment give me 3" more leg room, that's good. I had to buy 2 12" rivets to attach the rim clamp hardware for my newly painted 1913 Buick wheels and they are beautifully zinc plated so I decided to paint the pieces which attach to the face of the wheel a matching silver. Just 10 days to go before our first event and the weather remains cool and damp. Regards, Gary
  3. A few from a trip to Cuba in January. Gary
  4. The local weatherman is calling for a wintery mix today and I believe him because it is cold outside for this time of year. We did however have one nice day last week and I managed to paint the spokes and felloes of my wheels. I also finished putting hats on my carriage hub bolts, lightly sandblasted them and the rim clamp parts and finished up with epoxy primer. I painted the brake drums black so next week I can assemble the wheels and paint the metal parts black and then hang the wheels on the car and get it mobile. Hard to think in just three weeks is our first tour of the summer. Bev and I are registered for the summer Snapper's tour and we received an invite to attend Back to the Bricks in Flint, Mi. There is going to be a reserved parking place for the early cars in front of the old Flint Wagon Works offices downtown. Regards, Gary
  5. Larry; Thanks for posting the link to RetroFest. I have never visited Auto Fair at the Sloan but I have been to Golden Memories there. Hard to believe I began this wheel repair and refinishing last December, just today I completed all the sanding and the wheels are in "final prime" and ready for top coating. Two coats of sanding sealer followed by two coats of epoxy primer with a thorough sanding between coats. Whew. I do not think it matters but I plan to paint the wooden parts, body colour, first, wait some days for the paint to harden then mask off the new paint and paint the metal parts black. Everything will be spray painted mounted in a vertical stand where the wheels can be rotated for complete coverage. Wish me good luck. Regards, Gary
  6. I reside near Chatham, On which also is the starting place and current head office of RM Restorations. I say this because this is the fourtieth anniversary of the business RM/Sotheby and they are throwing a party on the weekend of June 21st, 2019. Last night I attended a regular meeting of a local car club, KHAC, of which I have been a member for more than thirty years and heard the plans. RM with the city governments enthusiastic approval is mounting their own parade downtown lead by 10' foot tall mechanical elephants and cars, of coarse with invited celebrities. RM has also hired big name bands for our local restored 1500 seat theater and they are hosting their own car show with fabulous cars from Alfa Romeo to Zagato. The local club, KHAC, is putting on our usual show called Retrofest at the same time with a popular Friday night cruise and Saturday car show downtown. The city mayor when asked where we are to park the expected larger turn out of cars told us they will close as many streets as is needed. So RM is in the driver's seat, the city is riding shotgun and the KHAC is along for the ride. I think the weekend is going to be spectacular. Funds from the various shows is going to be divided among three local charities. Chatham, On is an hour east of Detroit and three hours west of Toronto. My wife, Bev, volunteers at the restored theater and our 1939 Buick has been invited to be on display there. Mark your calendar, Gary
  7. At a restoration shop where I work part time we use stainless steel nuts and bolts everywhere. A simple slather of grease from a container applied with an artists paint brush was the norm. I also had to grind away the bolt markings, then sand the grind marks off using finer and finer sandpaper until I reached 800 grit and finally a turn (pun intended) on the polishing wheel. The parts come out looking like new nickel plating and that is why restored vehicles are so expensive and beautiful. Regards, Gary
  8. Wheel bolt dilemma. My 1913 Buick had the original tall, round headed carriage bolt on the front wheels but the rear, which has been re spoked had smaller plain carriage bolts. Since I've come this far I wanted to fit the correct wheel bolts to the car. I call them wheel bolts though a better term would be hub bolts since they trap the inner and outer metal hub parts and secure the wooden spokes to the center hubs. A very important function, if the connection between the wood and metal fails, which I have witnessed, it can lead to an accident and personal injury. I scouted various catalogues and the internet and found a near perfect replacement bolt, 716th" x 2 1/4" long. When I ordered them it came back as obsolete. I bought 18 7/16ths" carriage bolts in mild steel, since they are painted anyway, and turned the heads down to the proper diameter to fit the hubs. I tried the braze up the top of the head with brass but I found that difficult and messy. I made a die to match the original contour and now fill it with steel epoxy and give the carriage bolts a hat. Each bolt takes four hours in the die for the epoxy to harden. The bolts are strong as new and the tops are decorative, I bought new thick walled nuts and thin serrated washers. Hopefully it will work and the epoxy will hang on while whirling away at a furious pace carrying the happy tourists along life's highway. In the photo and from the left, is an original, hundred year old bolt, the epoxy topped one, then the brass top first try and finally the new carriage bolt after turning to size on a lathe. Also the die I made to form the tall round head. With a hundred year old car a person has to be inventive. I recall when I was invited to carry dignitaries during a parade and they were dismayed they could not get their magnetic sign to stick to the car. My car has a wooden body, non magnetic, I placed their sign on the hood. Regards, Gary .
  9. With warmer weather coming I must finish painting my 1913 Buick's wheels, the magneto, which I had rebuilt and still is not reliable, and the carb was running rich last fall. Three jobs which need to be completed by the middle of May and our first summer event, Pre war Days at the Gilmore Museum. For my 1915 McLaughlin, which I hope to finish this summer, I have had the seat covers stretched out on the floor of my rec room all winter. I hoped to reinstall the upholstery and start driving the car and at some later time if all works out then replace the top and upholstery with new leather. This is a replacement interior though well made it is not the original. The material remains hard and brittle so I do not think my plan will work so I am talking with a shop to replace the interior with new leather sooner rather than later. I bought 10 yards of Stayfast topping material some time ago, that is enough for the top and side curtains. Regards, Gary
  10. That surprises me I guessed a running, driving car as popular as a full sized Buick and in an eastern state like NY, and offered at a discounted " on sale" price would be taken fast. Sorry to hear the news but best of luck. Maybe reviving the thread and spring weather will motivate a sale. Gary
  11. I was thinking about this '39 Roadmaster, did you sell the car? I have a '39 Century and I enjoy the car very much and it is not actively for sale but someday I may need to and it would give me comfort today to know someone may want it. Please give us an update. Regards, Gary
  12. It would be interesting to me to hear how many hours or days this running, driving, pre war Buick Roadmaster takes to find a new home. Seems as if the car is reasonable priced in a very populated and could I say antique car crazy part of the US. Please post when you sell your car. Best of luck, stay well, Gary Van Dyken
  13. Wheel painting update. When I refinished the paint on the body some 5 years ago I decided to chose a lighter gray colour than was correct and original. I chose the very pale gray, or most people call it white, because I think it is beautiful, formal looking, and the original gray is drab and boring looking to me. Second, a friend we tour with has a very nice warm toned, gray car and finally another friend would say " why did you leave the Buick in primer. When are you going to paint it." and he would repeat it every time I saw him. Now, the question. I have to decide the colour again, I have some mixed paint left over and I could go with the same colour as the body, which is correct. Or I could add some black paint and go a few shades darker gray, which is closer to the original factory colour. I've seen cars recently with different coloured wheels, is that a modern look? In the photo is a wheel in gray primer to give an idea how it would look. Sorry for the quality of the photo, the Buick is in a heated one car garage and somewhat tight. Our first event is the Pre War tour and show at the Gilmore Museum in mid May, so I'll be busy now that spring is near. No robins yet but I've seen geese flying north. Regards, Gary
  14. Great guess, I looked it up in Buick, The Golden Era book by Prof. Therou, the 1906 model D was shaft drive and a photo in the book of the chassis shows an enclosed drive shaft. The 2 cylinder cars were all chain drive until the end with the model 14 in 1911. Regards, Gary
  15. My wife, Bev, and I will be there for the tour and show, we had a blast there last year. It will be our first experience with Airbnb, too. Regards, Gary
  16. Bev and I are hosting a five day Snapper's Tour in and around Chatham, On starting July 12th of 2020. The theme is Fields, Factories and Firetrucks because we are in farming country, there are many current and former auto factories to view and three firetruck collectors nearby. We have secured the local Travelodge for accommodations and that is all for openers. Get your pre 1916 vehicle and join us in this AACA event. Regards, Gary
  17. The Buick is a Special model with fender top lamps. It is also an early production car so it may have a short frame or more probably a Buick dealer modified rear frame. I like and have a '39 but the '38's are more desirable. Regards, Gary
  18. Doug is correct, as usual, the Snappers are the pre 1916 touring group with membership in the AACA similar to the Horseless Carriage Club. On pages 80 and 81 of the latest Antique Automobile is an excellent story with photos of the last Lansing to Dearborn Endurance Run (LDR) titled Snapper's Brass and Gas Touring Region. The '07 Darracq in green with red trim was stored at my house for 3 weeks prior to the run, it is a small and tight group of people who appreciate odd mechanical things. I do not know how many different ways to describe the early car hobby like pre '16, brass era, motorized buckboards or Snappers but I have likely used them all trying to keep this writing fresh. I've learned to time my magneto by ear, adjust the fuel mixture by smell and when traveling in a group I keep my eye on the pavement looking for spilled oil drops so I know we are on the tour route. The Snappers were invited to the Pre war tour and show at the Gilmore Museum and these are some of the scenes. Regards, Gary
  19. I do not have a D45 but a good friend does and I have driven and been a passenger it in, it seems quiet and fast, well built, and comfortable, so it would be a good touring car. Anyone with time and experience should be able to figure the car without being an engineer. In 1916 the largest Buick was the D 55, a seven passenger touring car, but the last year of production. Would not speak to value in the market place, I would say all of the '16's and up of most manufacturers are reasonable to purchase and enjoy. The value of the car depends upon the purchaser, IMHO, the 'D45 can de driven to the local cruise nights, to the beach, around town and AACA events, For touring in larger national events such as the Snapper's and HCCA then you need a 1915 and earlier autos, then you will notice the price rises. Hope this gives you some answers you are seeking, good luck. Gary
  20. You know me too well, Doug. It is a break wall at Erieau, On and protects the commercial fishing boats which harbour in Rondeau Bay from the lake. Last fall Bev and Ihad a one day tour with lunch at Erieau, a drive to the point at Rondeau Provincial Park then a drive home through the fall foliage of Sinclair Bush with 6 or 7 cars from the London area. Regards, Gary
  21. Though not of the Snapper's era I also wear an original Duffel or sometimes called a Monty coat, when out in the Buick late or early in the touring season. These wool coats actually began in the 1820's are still being produced and popular as you can see since my wife's coat is relatively new. The one I wear, after researching the company Gloverall, was made in London and seems to be prior to 1962. It was likely made for the navy because the lining is plain wool and not the usual tartan pattern for the general public. The photo was taken in November with Lake Erie in the background. Under my coat you can see the logo of the fighting Irish from the University of Notre Dame which I do not wear to visit Michigan, but that is another subject. Regards, Gary
  22. Kevin; For the AACA Vintage Tour please contact Joe at Joe from Canada on page 1 of this thread, he is the host this summer. Hotel info is available now for reservations, haven't seen registration forms yet and you need to contact the office in Hershey to tell them you are going because it is a national event. Regards, Gary
  23. Things are quiet here in the winter, the wheel painting project is taking longer than I thought it would. In the post above I mentioned I have a trailer and to my mind it is the greatest downside to owning and driving Snapper era Buicks. A person has to have a trailer if you want to travel to tours, and believe me I wish I could think of a viable alternative. When on the road I primarily fuel and lunch at truck stops where I think they have more security and space to park with pull throughs, most accidents happen when backing up. Also I have to choose a motel based on their parking lot rather than the swimming pool. Living in a village in farming country I have room and can keep my trailer at home. During the winter it is empty except for storage of patio furniture and theft is a worry. Trailers are easy to steal, fairly expensive to buy and police do not seem to keen to recover them, who really pays attention to a trailer. On a positive note they are portable garages, when I return from a weekend and we are going again in a few weeks, the Buick stays parked and we can hook back up and go. My trailer was ordered from a dealer with a few options such as 5200 lb axles and extra height, every trailer owner picks his own requirements. Finally with a 6000 lb trailer load I drive a 3/4 ton pick up truck all the year round which means if I go to Walmart on Saturday afternoon I must find parking the back fourty. Trucks use more fuel than a hot hatchback but they are handy for trips to the lumber yard. Although, when the Buick is in fine fettle, the sun is shining, I'm out with my mates and I am describing my car to some interested bystanders then it is the best collector car I am indeed fortunate to operate. I won't post a photo as it is an oversized bread box on wheels and you have seen trailers. Regards, Gary
  24. Kevin; Lovely Cole. I plan to attend the vintage tour and if this is your first it promises to be a good time. Kingston, On has gently rolling terrain, some long grades up and down so your brakes should be in the best working order and the engine running cool and fine. Expect to drive over five hundred miles during the five day meet, you will not need lawn chairs. Generally we leave soon after breakfast and return to the hotel in time for refreshments before the evening meal with interesting places to see during the day. Last tour had fifty cars ranging from 1913 to model A's, many Chryslers, RR, Hupmobile, etc. A tour has so much to do, meet like minded folks, cars break down and are often repaired on the side of the road or overnight, catch a ride in a luxury car or a model T. And Ontario roads are in much better condition than you will find at home in Michigan. Hope you can make it, Gary
  25. Thanks Larry; We do not have much planned for this summer. Likely the Pre War meet at the Gilmore in May, the AACA vintage tour in Ontario in August, the Old Car Fest in September. I expect to have our 1915 McLaughlin touring car finished and ready for test drives too. Please keep us in mind if you hear of something good, "have trailer, will travel." Regards, Gary