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  1. 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
  2. Greenville, Ms, Washington Ave, home of the cities first Buick Pontiac dealer. Gone but not forgotten? Regards, Gary
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. That looks great and makes me think everything else you try to do will be a easy peasy ( sp). Gary
  10. 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
  11. Every year I look forward to seeing the photos and videos from the Holiday Excursion in Pasadena, Ca or from New Jersey's New Years Day tour, this year has been so mild and dry in southern Ontario it has hardly seemed like winter. However, we took out our 1939 Century for a drive on Boxing Day to a small fishing village on the shore of Lake Erie and found a couple of interesting photo opportunities for the holidays. No snow in the 14 day forecast and temps in the low 40's (5C), every day is one day closer to spring, however I miss the white stuff. Regards, Gary
  12. Merry Christmas from Southern Ontario to all. Bev and I thank you for the great year in the antique car hobby and wish you the best in 2020. Gary
  13. Sounds like a real bus man's holiday and I know you enjoy driving your tour car. There are some other fellows from Michigan who expect to leave the trailer home " so not to wear out the trailer" and travelling across the St Clair river so you might buddy up for that portion of the trip to Chatham. For other readers of this thread driving brass era cars long distances has a long tradition. In 2015 Bev and I drove around Lake Erie in our 1913 Buick, 800 miles in 9 days, including downtown Cleveland. We often pack the Buick and take the ferry to Pelee Island for a weekend. We have
  14. Larry and Doug; I visited Ontarioferries.com and the base rate for a crossing with a 20' vehicle from Leamington to Sandusky, Oh this year is $46.00 but because you would be over 7 1/2" tall they consider it oversize and double the cost. It is priced in Canadian dollars so Larry would get a 27% discount for USD. I wonder if an open trailer would be less than 7 1/2". On a positive note the ferry does save about 3 hours of driving, whatever that costs and Ambassador Bridge tolls. Bev and I have only used the crossing one time, with a brief stop at Pelee Island and then a pleasant trip along
  15. Merry Christmas to you as well. Thank you for posting your lovely winter scenes with your great dump truck, I can almost hear the roar. Also, thank you for reminding us to reach out to friends and relatives. Gary
  16. Doug; I am looking for help and you and Cindy would be welcome. Members of my local car club, the Kent Historic Auto Club, have been asked to help park trucks and trailers on Sunday, July 12th, help man the hospitality room at the Travelodge and greet the guests and distribute the tour packages. There may be a BBQ as well. Some of the Buick drivers are leaving Chatham Thursday night and boarding the ferry from Leamington to Sandusky, Oh to attend both Fields, Factories and Firetrucks and the Buick Club National Meet. The closing dinner carries a separate entry cost so the Buick
  17. Exciting news from our AACA Snapper's Tour next July, I can now declare to the pre '16 tourists our Thursday lunch stop is planned to be on an island in the St Clair river hosted by the Hadfield family. Roger Hadfield learned to fly warplanes during WW2 is the retired from Air Canada, and still maintains his pilots license. Their two boys, David, also retired from Air Canada, last summer flew a P51 from the National Aviation Museum in Ottawa to an air show in Oshkosh, Wi. Chris Hadfield is retired from the RCAF and was the Commander of the International Space Station, an astronaut.
  18. Getting the McLaughlin ready for new upholstery, I tied up the front seat back and compared the job to how the car looked as found. The method in 2019 is to connect the spring coils at 8 mounting points with a light rope with a fine sheath compared with horizontal and vertical points only and with binder twine. Also the gas tank top was cut off, sandblasted inside and out, and a new top manufactured and soldered into place. Regards, Gary
  19. Restoring brass era cars is interesting, today, I "tied up" some backrest springs. I met an upholsterer who is willing to help me recover the seats but he did not know about tying up springs, I learned how to from YouTube videos. In the photos see the process, the cover is stout denim so the stuffing doesn't sink into the springs. I also picked a leather supplier from Toronto because he has lovely hides from New Zealand. Regards, Gary
  20. My 1915 McLaughlin is registered in Ontario by the serial number plate attached to the floorboards. I would say if it is registered do not make work for yourself, accept it as correct. My car is registered as a 1914 and the Ministry wants a letter from a recognized authority who can verify the car is actually a 1915, before they will change the ownership. In my case, since I have RM Restorations nearby, and a C25 car is obviously a 1915, it is a formality. I haven't bothered yet to make the change. BTW, my engine number is also on my brass plate attached to the floorboards. My
  21. Oh, how times change. When my wife and I acquired our 1913 Buick the car had gas operated headlamps, but not functional. Using a web site named BrassBuicks.com a great fellow Harold Sharon gave me advise to get the correct pipes, hoses and all the parts to get them to light up. When the job was completed I was so happy and excited I sent in a photo and called it Glowing Gaseous Globes. For the past 20 years my photo was the banner picture on the BrassBuicks.com homepage. Yesterday the moderator telephoned me asking if I had a higher quality photo for use in a new site. I did not, the
  22. One week until the Wayne Funk Christmas gathering for old car people from southern Ontario, lower Michigan and northern Ohio. What began with wieners and beans in Wayne's garage has morphed into a pizza party organized by Stahl's Auto Collection. It is a pleasant day seeing old friends, drinking coffee, thinking about past adventures and planning for spring. Now the day is called Back to Basics, Dec. 11 10-4pm at Stahl's, 56516 North Bay Dr., Chesterfield, Mi., 48051. They do still collect toys for the Marine Toy Drive, $12.00 for the day or $2.00 less if you bring a toy. Every
  23. I think the 1910 Ford roadster participated in the Lansing to Dearborn Run, a co-sponsored event by the HCCA and the AACA Snappers, last September. The Ford still looks that way I recognized the script, is this the car, perhaps someone made their car a clone. Gary
  24. I'd like to introduce the concept of unintended consequences to this thread. The future will tell us if tariffs are good or bad for the US and the rest of the world. All, I think, we know today is tariffs are charged and collected on certain imports from many countries, Canada included. The US government is in trade negotiations with the Chinese and China buys soya beans from south America, not the American heartland. History books will tell us if the US guessed the Chinese would boycott US beans or was it an unintended consequence. For example, when an Archduke from Austria wa
  25. Please feel better, you have friends. Everyone has stories, I feel I was abused by an appraiser while trying to buy a car from a widow and I have sold a car in a day too. Look to your successes. In Canada, thanks to our federal government, we have marijuana brownies. Maybe you should take a vacation. Gary
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