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  1. 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 Schramm, top down, hats on, and smiling broadly motoring along in their 1913 Model 31 Buick.  It's a keeper.  Here is my photo of the Schramm car at one of the stops taken the same day.


    Regards, Gary



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  2. 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 become the Mayor of Detroit and United States Senator.  If not for his Canadian birth, he would have become President of the United States."


    I am going to have to put his residence as a stop on our Snapper's tour when we drive around Chatham in July in our 100 year old vehicles.


    Regards, Gary

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  3. 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?


    Sorry for the delay, we have been on our own road trip and just returned home.  Gary

  4. 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 and 49.  This crossroads is immortalized in blue's music history as the location where Robert Johnson is believe to have sold his soul to the Devil in exchange to be able to play guitar.


    As an aside we prowled Beale Street in Memphis Friday and Saturday, my wife has never wanted to go to Memphis before but she had a great time.  These are the best years.  Gary


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  5. 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 McLaughlin.

  6. 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

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  7. 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


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  8. 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 gives the installer about 160 square feet, could be enough left over for a Buick ottoman.  Next I must order a batch of curled, washed horsehair for stuffing, there are two places in central Ohio who have it.


    The photo is Bev and I learning the warp and weft concerning leather, a nice lady who helped us snapped the pic.


    Regards, Gary






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  9. 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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  10. 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


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  11. 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 friends who drove their 1912 Winton from Michigan to Idaho for an HCCA tour.  This summer there is a pre '16 tour to circumnavigate Nebraska.  Joe and Betty Swann drove their EMF around the United States, thousands of miles.  The Red Rock touring group last summer drove 2000 miles in 21 days around Virginia and West Virginia.


    In ancient history a had a friend who drove his 1912 Lozier from Red Deer Alberta to Newfoundland and back for Canada's Centennial in 1967 and a guy named Green drove a curved dash Olds from New Jersey to California for a HCCA meeting.  In 1985 Bev and I drove from Red Deer, Ab to the mountains, the Banff Jasper highway, all the way to Cranbrook, BC, then east to Lethbridge, Al and home, far over 1000 miles.


    The photo is our Buick model 31 in front of the Case Western Reserve Museum in Cleveland and a Ford on the Pelee Island ferry.


    Best Regards, Gary



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  12. 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 Lake Erie to Cleveland instead of the driving the Ohio Turnpike.  Gary

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  13. 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 Buicks could opt out and not feel they are buying a meal they would miss.


    I know you cannot do this, I've heard from nearby car clubs who are coming to Chatham Friday afternoon to see the cars and watch the British romantic comedy "Genevieve" on the big screen at the Capitol Theatre.


    Regards, Gary

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  14. 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.


    Registration materials are available and widely distributed, if I missed you please contact me for a copy.  You do not need to be a member of the Snappers but it is open only to drivers of pre1916 vehicles.  In the first two weeks of registration we have Hupmobile, Winton, Maxwell, White, Locomobile and Fords coming.  I hope to attract 40 vehicles and 100 people, however, all of our venues are large and there is no cutoff number.


    In the photos, one day we received 4 applications, in the second is a view of Rondeau Bay in Lake Erie which is on our tour route and the final photo is how you will feel if you take a pass.


    Regards, Gary





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  15. 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




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  16. 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






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  17. 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 car also has the oil/ spinner sight gauge, also has a neat tool box/ foot rest for the rear tonneau and nickel plated headlamps which I think are McLaughlin features.


    Regards, Gary

  18. 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 original picture was taken with an early digital camera which recorded photos to a floppy disc.  Luckily I could go out to the garage, connect an acetylene tank, strike a spark and duplicate the scene with my new Nikon D5300 camera.  BrassBuicks.com is set for another 20 years of Glowing Gaseous Globes.  Technology is ever advancing, always more and more computer power, however, motoring along in a 7 foot tall, 106 year old vehicle at 35 MPH remains my greatest thrill.


    Harold Sharon is not longer with us, that is my deep regret.  Gary


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