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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. This is my selection from the OCF. Gary
  10. Visiting the Old Car Festival at Greenfield Village of the Henry Ford in Dearborn, Mi. Beautiful weather has the public clicking the turnstiles, spectators everywhere and people are asking intelligent questions. I managed to catch a ride in a fast two cylinder Maytag, designed and built by the Duesenberg brothers and a 1909 EMF (Every Mechanics friend). One more day, Sunday, to savour the 800 pre 1932 vehicles without modified or hotrods. Since it is a festival rather than a car show under hood problems are studied like in the photo I snapped of this Buick. Regards, Ga
  11. There is an interesting blog on the model t ford forums from a man ( Jeff ) driving alone in a 1915 Ford from Kansas to attend the OCF. He left home Aug 29th to be in Dearborn by Sept. 5th, stopped by a friends for an oil change and made other roadside repairs. Many photos of rural America. Ron; last year I think you had 2 Kissel Kars on the Green? In the photos are my car with some OCF regalia, a Lansing to Dearborn pennant and a decal from Henry Ford which dates back to the 60's. I first saw this Buick, which I later bought and take care of, at the OCF in the early 90's. My wi
  12. Labour Day weekend is nearly over with just a BBQ to go and now is the time to plan a trip to the Old Car Festival (OCF). Not as prestigious as Pebble Beach, the OCF does not have an auction and not as early as the London to Brighton Run in England, 1928, the OCF is not to be missed for believers of the 1933 and earlier cars and without hot rods. Since it is a festival over 800 vehicles will be cruising, playing car games, visiting with historians, dancing in the street with a live orchestra, a gas lamp parade in the evening and visiting friends. Below are some general photos fro
  13. Another milestone restoring a 1915 McLaughlin C25 was passed today. I installed the last fender, bolted everything up tight and added the runningboard trim. Looks like a car again after I gave it a sponge bath in the driveway. All the flat sections of the fenders have been wet sanded with 1000 grit, next will be finer and finer sand paper until I machine compound then hand polish until everything is beautiful again. Spoke with my "friendly" mechanic who will hopefully issue a provincially required safety inspection so I can attach antique auto license plates. The safety inspection was
  14. Genevieve, 1953 British film with actual footage from the London to Brighton run is my favourite. A line from the movie is when two ladies are talking and one says Ambrose only cares about that silly old car and the other thing. Wendy says "what is the other thing, oh, Alan only cares about the car." There is a scene which still plays out, after the run there is a dinner dance and the men are talking about carburetors and self generating lamps and their wives look on in sheer boredom. Many more funny scenes, Gary
  15. Returned home late Sunday afternoon from a pre war car weekend thanks to the Antique and Classic Car Club of Canada, A4C's, with a positive outlook for usefulness of early cars. There were no children on tour however there were young adults participating or driving their own car and are proud of their cars. I estimate at least half or maybe more had jobs and were too young to retire. I call BS on the theory people are only interested in cars from their youth. The A4C's host 3 pre war weekends per year in Ontario, the AACA Vintage Tour, the Gilmore Museum has a pre war weekend in Mi and the
  16. Here are my photos from todays pre war tour in Ontario. After supper I asked the driver of the big 6 1914 Buick b55 if he would give me a ride in his car and before he could start the engine he had a car load of guys. With the cool dusk air blowing we felt the torque of the 55 HP engine and everyone of us enjoyed the experience. Life is grand. Regards, Gary
  17. Our first overnight trip with the "39 Century is to a pre war weekend hosted by the Antique and Classic Car Club of Canada (A4C's) and forum member Keith, Buicknutty. It is a trip of 100 miles from our house along two lane roads, but I have a map showing various cruising routes aimed at motorcycle riders because it is water resistant. Should be more interesting with great views of Lake Erie. In the photo is the trunk packed for two adults for two nights and includes a small took kit and lawn chairs. Regards, Gary
  18. Bev and I last Saturday in Flint, Mi. Back to the Bricks. The Buicktown Chapter of the BCA posed every Buick which attended the Buicks on the Brick exhibit in front of the original Durant Dort Carriage Co building for a photograph. Next event for this Buick is the Old Car Festival in Dearborn, Mi after Labour Day. Regards, Gary
  19. A part of having a Snapper's car is giving rides, something I know does not happen in other vintages of the car hobby. This is the first time however I have ever gotten a thank you note via email. "We did not properly thank you after your hubby took us and our granddaughter for a ride in your beautiful vehicle in our village of Bath recently. It was such a lovely and generous gesture on your part. The Horseless Carriage Club of America coming to Bath was a unique and special event for us. We hope you had pleasant time during your visit to Kingston." We did indeed a
  20. Just got home in light rain from Flint and Back to the Bricks, thanks to Buicktown chapter of the Buick Club of America, Bev and I had a great time. Mostly people caught my interest, my friends Mr Chevrolet, Pinky Randall and Joyce in front of their 1914 Chevrolet light 6, a fellow dressed in WW2 garb, a procession of veterans and there were cars too. Thanks again Buick Club of America for the invitation, we had a great time Saturday. Regards, Gary
  21. After five days of driving with the HCCA I had to degrease under the bonnet and try to get the 1913 Buick clean to go on display at a cruise in Flint, Mi this Saturday called Back to the Bricks. In the first photo is the mighty 201 cu in. (3.3 l) 32 hp engine, Buick built this engine for three years, 1911 to 1913. The second photo is after a liberal hosing down with Spray Nine, rinsed with copious amounts of water and blow dry with compressed air followed by new oil for the rocker arms and valve guides. Walter Marr, Buick's chief engineer invented the overhead valve engine. The
  22. Loaded the 1939 Century for a day at the Bothwell, On car show. Arrived early, paid $10.00 entry fee, parked and unfolded lawn chairs, we we're set for the activities. A middle aged man approached my wife and I and declared his love for a '39 Imperial sedan. I gave him the whole tour of our car and he said he especially liked our side mounted spare tires and wished he had that option on his Chrysler. He also thought our dynaflash engine looked more interesting than his spitfire straight 8. I then went over and viewed his Imperial, I coveted his beautiful, crack free, ivory stee
  23. Sometimes my 1939 Century clutch will not disengage. A mechanic friend of mine has a shop which is now closed because he retired but he offered some help with the clutch problem. He adjusted the linkage to get the maximum push, made sure the throw out bearing was not contacting the forks, and I was helping him the whole time. It is not the kind of shop where you talk to a service writer, fill out a work order and wait in the showroom. He also found a rear brake issue and we repaired that as well, we adjusted the brakes for best effect. Might have saved a life. The '39 is drivi
  24. Thanks for the photos from the Vintage Tour. Glad the Buick performed well, see you in Flint. Today, Saturday, we are off to Bothwell, On for a huge car show with a swap meet. Gary
  25. I am restoring the same car, 1915 C25. Please let us know where you live and if you mean to say the fastener on the left of your photo, it should unscrew, coarse thread fairly robust. Here is a picture of one of my problems, loose rivets for the backing plate, also the point where the rear axle torsion rod attaches to the frame had loose rivets. Modern brake linings are available and without asbestos. Regards, Gary
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