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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Thanks, Bob, for the post. We have many friends touring in Kingston, lovely place to drive antique cars. Hope all goes well. Please send more. Gary
  18. First test drive. I bought this 1915 McLaughlin as a last run in 1991 from a McLaughlin Buick club director four years ago. I've run the engine before but this is the first time using the clutch, managed to get the car into second gear before I ran out of street. The engine ran cool and smooth, seems to have a wide ratio gearbox or faster axle than I am used to. Overall happy consumer and using the original Marvel carb, too. Regards, Gary
  19. A week before our trip to Kingston, On I dropped a large filling in one of my teeth. Luckily for me there was no bleeding or pain but the dentist said it was too far gone for a filling and I needed a crown. Two weeks of eating soft food then yesterday, the dentist, hygienist and I began the procedure. It wasn't very painful so yesterday I finished installing new glass for the windshield in the '15 McLaughlin, and picked up the right front fender from the restoration shop. They made a new skirt, sanded the fender down with 80 grit and sprayed it with epoxy primer, ready for me to
  20. On last weeks HCCA/AACA tour in Kingston, On we had three Model 31 touring cars on tour. All three performed well and finished five days of driving city streets and county roads, including a gas light parade. Regards, Gary
  21. One more post from the HCCA/AACA Kingston tour. We had the wrap up banquet last night after 5 days of pre '16 touring and the hosts had a 12 year old boy welcome the guests to the dinner and a young lady from a different family gave the blessing. A student from McPherson College gave a short talk on school life. No awards, trophies or other boring programs. Short and adorable. Regards, Gary
  22. Day five is over except for the wrap up dinner at this hotel. About 30 miles today driving around Kingston, visited an old folks home, a few museums and put the 65 cars on display downtown in Market Square while everyone found a restaurant for lunch. We had lunch with Joe and Lynn Konarowski, ( Joe from Canada) they are hosting the AACA Vintage Tour out of the same hotel as this meet in two weeks with 40 cars ranging from 1907 to 1931. One Locomobile was out with an electrical fault, one of the 1912 Buick model 35 had their muffler fail and long story short one of the 1913 model 31s had
  23. Finished day four and a few interesting items. We were on a boat trip through the 1000 Islands and the sky and radar said there is going to be an unforecasted rain shower or thunderstorm. Out of 60 cars, only 6 decided to wait for the rain to pass. I was one and we had a nice coffee break with another couple, drove back to Kingston on drying roads, missed the stop and go rush hour traffic. Got back to the hotel at 6PM and heard everyone got wet. That would be 90% of the drivers thought they could beat the rain? There is a nice mixture of cars, 7 Buicks second most popular afte
  24. Day three was a wow. We all visited the town of Bath, On and had three stops before lunch at a luxury golf coarse, but because the stops were small we broke into three groups. Antique cars driving everywhere and in all directions, smiling, waving buzzing horns many visitors in town to talk to. All of the Buicks still running and getting stronger. Todays photos are 2 1912 Model 35 touring cars in beautiful trophy winning condition and at lunch 4 Buicks in a row, 2 model 31, a C37 and a Model 35. Tonight, it's 9:30 PM and the group is out on a gaslight parade.
  25. Hey Joe, Gary here and I am on the HCCA tour you are asking about, Bev and I are talking over your question and she thinks the early cars attract young families for the following reasons. The cars are often handed down from father to son and that makes them young families, the planners make a point of having activities for children and younger adults, and I think it is because the early cars are exciting and foreign. Look at the picture the teenage daughter is the navigator, no seatbelts, open air sights, sounds and smells. They are all doing something. Good luck with the Vintage T
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