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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Terry; I found a Boyce Motometer glass from the midget model was the same size as my old glass and was less than .015" thicker. Yesterday I glued it to the ring with black silicone adhesive. Let it set for 4 hours, cut a gasket from cork composite gasket material, 2 rounds of Teflon tape on the ring threads and re-installed the assembly. Like you I have yet to start the engine so it will tested in combat. I noticed in your photographs the oil lines are vertical, some time I see them mounted horizontally which leaves an ounce of hot, dirty oil in the bottom half of the sight gau
  4. 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
  5. Terry; Thanks for your posts. I have a spinner sight gauge very similar to yours and today I tried to stop an annoying oil leak, instead I broke the glass when the glass hit the spinner before the ring felt tight. I will get new glass cut, in the thinnest likely 1/16th", and I am using paper thin gaskets, maybe I could use thick gasket material? My ring is new nickel so I polished the flat rear most surface with 400 grit sandpaper in case roughness was causing my leak. I also ran a thread file to smooth out the threads and installed the ring with Teflon tape. The ring was going on like a
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. I reside near Chatham, On and I could try to get some local historians to look into this pin. As Joe K reminds us Chatham had a car culture, William Gray built bodies for Ford of Canada, there was the Chatham car and an active car club, though I have only seen pictures of the tourists at the beach for picnics, day trips. Detroit would have been overnight, maybe two, and would have involved a ferry from the end of Ouellette St in Windsor. Detroit is our major city, Hamilton, Toronto are at least twice as far, London is sixty miles away, perhaps the group wanted to catch a Tiger's game?
  16. Arrived home after driving our pickup truck 3275 kms or 2035 miles to the Mississippi delta to explore towns like Tupelo and Clarksdale and enjoy live blues music in old time juke joints. The reason I post to this weblog is because I did not pack any tools, not a screwdriver or locking pliers, just a snow brush. I thought there is nothing I can repair if something broke anyway so why bring stuff. It seems to be a reliable vehicle even though it is 10 years old and turned 145,000 kms ( about 90,000 miles). In the photo is the truck with my wife, Bev, at the crossroads of Hwy 61 a
  17. Greenville, Ms, Washington Ave, home of the cities first Buick Pontiac dealer. Gone but not forgotten? Regards, Gary
  18. You asked for car clubs to join, I would look to the Antique and Classic Car Club of Canada (ACCCC) since they are promoting 3 pre war weekend tours per year. Seeing the cars in the background you should belong to the Antique Auto Club of America and your McLaughlin is welcomed to the Buick Club of America. Is the touring car in the background, missing its hood, a Stanley? The Ford, without front doors, is welcomed to join our Snapper's ( pre '16) week long tour In Chatham, On next July. Good luck with your fantastic find. Gary PS. I have a 1915 McLaughli
  19. Anthony; Thanks for answering my question concerning the fate of this wonderful antique car. Please continue to post and ask questions, many interested people here to offer help, your English is tres bien, better than my high school French. I would suggest you look further down the main page and look in the Pre War Buick forum, they are very active participants and love a good story with pictures. Many friends there. For Mercer; Buicks in 1919 used a 252 cu in 6 cyl engine. Regards, Gary
  20. We forum members rarely meet the purchaser, please let me ask you how you envision the cars future with you. I know you just got it but do you plan to give the car a full restoration for Pebble Beach, get it going and use the Buick as found, park the car in your garage, tinker and admire it, or something else? I think you are in Quebec, what is the state of the early car hobby there? I love traveling in Quebec, we did a 2 week tour of the Gaspe peninsula recently, beautiful. Congratulations, and BTW is it a 5 or 7 passenger McLaughlin. Gary
  21. A fellow must be happy when a plan comes together. I've met with an upholsterer who has agreed to redo my 1915 McLaughlin and I will be the hired hand and all around helper and gopher, etc. First step was to measure the quantity of leather needed. We carefully worked out the sizes of the front and rear seats, door panels and the miscellaneous parts and came up with a little under a 100 square feet. A 3 hour trip each way to Toronto and a shop called Tandy Leather had 12 full hides of black cowhide from Italy, we went through them all and picked out 4 for our job. Four hides giv
  22. Back on the Bricks in Flint, Mi, my wife and I are there taking part in the 100th Anniversary Parade for General Motors, 2008. The photo is credited to Detroit Free Press. We, too, participated in the Buick Centennial but I have no photo. Gary
  23. Bev and I are taking a road trip on the Natchez Trace and winding up in Biloxi, Ms next week for a winter holiday. For our Snapper's Tour in July I have been talking with at least 6 persons who plan to drive one and two cylinder vehicles, making for an impromptu small car event. Gary
  24. That looks great and makes me think everything else you try to do will be a easy peasy ( sp). Gary
  25. A very mild stretch of winter without snow and salted roads let us drive our '39 Century on Boxing Day. We traveled out to a fishing village of Erieau, which is a summer destination but not for our Snapper's Tour next July. Too busy, too many other interesting stops, we cannot fit it in to the list of activities. Here is a photo of our car on the pier with unfrozen Lake Erie as the background, the second snap is the pier last winter. Regards, Gary
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