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  1. There is an interesting to me discussion in the General Forums called " well sorted out pre war car" which is something I declared to own. Thinking back to last fall, the last time I drove the 1913 Buick, the engine seemed hard to start, required much cranking. When the engine is in a fine state of tune it will start with a half turn of the crank, a child could do it. When a person has to put their shoulder into it rather than turn a key, it is tiring and it is not well sorted out. I use Robert Bosch magneto FU4R and I have two, one connected to the engine and one under the back
  2. I know of a one man restoration shop just a few miles from my home and I feel lucky. I even helped him 2 days a week for 3 years when he was commissioned to restore a big piece of fire equipment. He still lets me bring parts to his shop for sandblasting, a while ago I had my windshield frame there and showed him a small dent. He pulled the dent on the spot and gave it back to me, no charge. Later one of my fenders needed a new skirt, I thought it was a quick job, it was not, and I paid nearly a grand for 12 hours of shop time. Not complaining, happily paid up and thanked him.
  3. The late Harold Sharon had much to say concerning keeping brass cars on the road but my favourite expression I learned from him is "the car owner deteriorates with the car." Try to get a copy of his book "Understanding your Brass Car" by Morris Publishing, Kearney, Ne. 1 800 650-7888. The book is full of useful tips and techniques. Harold died Aug 25th 2007 and I miss him, he helped my plumb my gas lamps and understand my Schebler carburetor. Regards, Gary
  4. Today is a fine fall day, the weather forecast is cold and rain for a long stretch. My wife and I are hosting an AACA Snapper Brass and Gas tour next summer so we are testing routes and destinations this fall. We used our 1939 Century, perhaps for the last time for a long while, to go to an original Carolinian stand of trees. Carolinian bush is an area of native to Ontario hardwood trees which has never been cleared for farms. Sinclair Bush is owned by a conservation group so it will remain beautiful. I do not winterize this Buick , so if we get dry roads at Christma
  5. Presentation and a clear title. When I purchased my last car, a '39 Buick Century sedan, I bought the car from a motivated seller, very reasonably. In the seller's main photo of the car it was showing a very soft tire. Really, did not even pump up the tires to show the car in the best light. I've had the Buick 3 years already and changing the wiring harness has made for a good, comfortable car. PS, I would not buy a car with messed up paperwork, Gary
  6. Thanks for the photo of the Detroit Fire Dept's ambulance. The fan's shaft broke and when it did the whirling fan damaged the rad. Stan received the Packard following the Chatham's Fire Fest in September for rebuilding. The rad was sent to California for a new honeycomb core and while the Packard was waiting Stan is changing parts and fasteners that the hot rod shop thought would be OK. The local hot rod shop restored the truck like it was a hot rod and Stan has 75 hours in making the Packard look like a proper piece of antique fire fighter equipment. The Packard rad is due back in Decemb
  7. Doug; Hope all is well. Stan Uher's Classic Coachworks has a pattern at Witmer's Woodworking in Pa and he told them 57" wide and they came in in just a few weeks and were perfect, well, perfect for a wooden item. And they cost just $27.00 each, I paid more to ship them than they cost to produce. I have not picked a top maker yet though I have broached the subject with Stan, he is busy. Likely, if we do it in his shop he would be in charge and would do the sewing and fitting and I would be the cheap labour. I have the old top maybe as a pattern, though it too is a replacement a
  8. Our 1915 McLaughlin touring car restoration has been going on for 4 years so far and I feel it was an easy restoration. The car has been parked since 1991 and now I know it was abandoned to the garage because the rear axle pinion and ring gear were about to give up the ghost. The axle and torque tube were given to a mechanic friend who saved it by fitting modern seals and bearings. Another friend supplied me with a replacement ring gear and without their generosity this car would remain garage furniture. The rest of the restoration was straight forward, clean, sand and paint, ov
  9. Snow has started to fly in southern Ontario and today I finished winterizing my 1913 Buick, model 31, everyone has their own way of getting the car ready and the following is mine. Previous to parking the car it was thoroughly washed in the driveway with soap and clear water and left to dry in the sun. I drain all the fuel from the gas tank and carburetor and replace the gas cap and close the drains. Then I push the Buick into a single car heated garage with the top up and all of it's parts attached. I do not start the engine to reduce oil dripping onto my fresh cardboard laid o
  10. We have an early cold weather snap and yesterday I reviewed old pictures and saved some to a disc. The photos may highlight why I think brass car touring is the best thing in the hobby. Going to a show and parking on the lawn is fine, but here is my friend's model T on a rock in northern Ontario. The next is a line up while the people are visiting some venue, likely lunch or ice cream. Running boards replace lawn chairs, since these cars have no trunk the rear floor is for the driver's to carry parts, tools, spare tire and picnic cooler. You can be sure if you ever catch a ride in a 100 y
  11. Received a Snapper's newsletter by email this morning. It includes a synapse from this years AACA tours and promotional text of next years events. The Snapper's ( pre 1916 vehicles) have hosts and locations for three week long tours each year until 2023, as well as, Hershey Hangover and Lansing to Dearborn Endurance Run. I cannot attach it here but I can forward the newsletter by email if you contact me. Regards, Gary
  12. Larry; I just this week received three oak steam bent bows through a local restoration shop to add to the one good one I got with the car. On a packing slip I learned they were made at Witmer Coach, New Holland, Pa and they cost $27.00 each for 57" bows. My top sockets/irons, luckily for me, are in good shape. I sandblasted them inside and out, glued in the wooden blocks with an epoxy which also filled in any pinholes in the steel, primed and are ready to fit the new bows. I will paint everything when the sockets and bows are assembled. Regards, Gary
  13. DEI's post in Autumn Buicks inspired me to haul out our 1939 Century for a photo shoot of beautiful colours and backgrounds if your neighbours are farmers. Dry corn will let my friends feed their livestock this winter, good for them. Windmills power their farms and provide modern, renewable energy for us. Rural life is especially beautiful in the fall. All the pictures are from Jeff and Jennifer Wilson's operation a few miles from our home. Regards, Gary
  14. This is the one thing I find exciting concerning the 100 year old vehicle part of the antique car hobby. When I acquired my 1915 McLaughlin touring car project ( which is getting new upholstery and a top this winter) it was wearing two nickel plated brass hub caps and one cast aluminum example. The top photo shows a near mint cap with 24 threads per inch, TPI, could be a model 10 but they were usually brass, my '13 and '15 have nickel plated brass, 24 TPI, where was this one used? I also found this project, somewhat crude, of someone having a go at trying to reproduce them. They are no
  15. Bev and I are hosting a five day tour for the brass era cars in Chatham, On starting the week of July 12th, 2020. We are making our plans based on 40 cars and 100 people and this what we have come up with so far. Arrive Sunday; hospitality night. Monday; drive around Chatham, kick off lunch at a café owned by a firetruck collector, tour of RM Restoration's workshops and collection. Tuesday; visit two large firetruck collections and a firehall. Wednesday; travel to farms and small towns in the county, dinner in the Armories and evening entertainment by Chatham Conce
  16. This afternoon I post photographs of my brass car friends, some of which I contact often, others a few times a year and yet others I might see once in a while. It is a small gathering, I think the Snappers Brass and Gas Touring Region of the AACA has 300 registered members, the HCCA has 4000? They are a great bunch of friends, we have repaired cars everywhere, parking lots, trailers and one time a Ford rear end was swapped on the side of the road with an axle someone else borrowed. Gary
  17. Interesting day Sunday, began with a pair of turkeys in my front yard. Then we piled into the '39 Century and met up with 60 of our friends from our local car club, Kent Historic Auto Club for a 50 mile drive to Mooretown, On for a guided tour of their Museum. Even though we ran through light rain the Buick's handling was comfortable and not twitchy on my very old bias ply tires. My friend, however, told me that cold and wet was all part of the British sports car experience as he struggled to install his plexiglass side curtains and poorly fitting top. His wife elected to stay home. After
  18. Hello Matt; In Simcoe last summer the club there used the nose to tail style of touring and when I said it was a silly practice, for the reasons you laid out, I was chastised. We are all given printed turn by turn instructions so I why follow in a herd? Like you, I think, when I travel I want to look at the farm yards, stores, lakes and rivers, not to participate in a traffic jam. When I go out in my 1913 Buick with cars going 25 to 35 MPH the general public loves to see our cars, parked and in action. If traffic is piling up we pull over onto paved shoulders or even stop in a parking
  19. Reliable, well sorted out, pre '16, 1913 Buick model 31 for sale. Located in Chatham, On, has an unencumbered ownership. Last summer I drove the car to the Gilmore Museum pre war days, a HCCA/AACA tour in Kingston, On and the Old Car Festival without incident. I have owned this Buick for 20 years, comes with night covers and a spare magneto. The photos below are within the last year and taken at various events. $55,000 USD. Gary 519 352- 806three.
  20. New subject since this has nothing to do with 100 year old cars, a friend of mine is into firetrucks and today there is a large fire muster in Chatham, On. I hung around his shop yesterday getting 8 pieces of equipment polished and prepped, meeting other collectors and learning about firetrucks. This morning, Saturday, I photographed some of his vehicles rolling by my front porch. I missed his 1925 Seagraves pulling a 1917 Province of Ontario horse drawn pumper and his newly restored Model T Ford chemical truck. Downtown King St. there will be over 70 fire related trucks, ambulances and ot
  21. I'm guessing you do not know there is a Horseless Carriage Club of America tour in Belfast, Maine the same week in July next summer. It will be interesting to see who chooses to attend which tour. Personally, I am committed to an AACA Snapper's tour the week starting July 12th in Chatham, On. Regards, Gary
  22. For the 1915 McLaughlin, I found some medium density white rubber at my local craft store which I used to restore my door bumpers. It was just 1/4" and I need 1/2" thick so I glued it together, the parting line will show and someday I will replace it with the right thickness. In the photo I show the new pieces, a few of the old hard as iron pieces and tin covers in black finish, prime and raw metal. Regards, Gary
  23. Gee, I like the photo of Joyce and I remember the situation. I always hear a person can not drive this type of car because of young people texting or trying to ruin our day by crashing into us but as you can see in the photo there is no one in sight. I felt perfectly safe parking in the middle of the driving lane. We had a lovely summer, a weekend at the Gilmore Museum, Retrofest in Chatham, On., an AACA/HCCA tour in Kingston. Back to the Bricks and the Old Car Festival. Thanks for the memories, Gary
  24. Bev and I drove our 1913 Buick 792 miles this summer, counting official tours and not test drives, ice-cream runs, getting lost or just for fun. Also does not include the miles in the truck and trailer getting to events in Michigan and Ontario. The Buick ran well, without incident, and got us home every time. Our last thing was the Old Car Festival at the Henry Ford. I was so taken with the roadsters racing around the park that I turned our car into a sport touring by folding the top and windshield down. Regards, Gary
  25. This is my selection from the OCF. Gary
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