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Everything posted by J.H.Boland

  1. If it's the one from Surrey that was on Ebay, it's newer than a '25.
  2. There was an exhaust heater in the closed cars. It was controlled by a floor mounted lever which actuated a valve in the exhaust pipe. Attached are a couple of pictures of the unit in my 25-six-28. Finding parts can be tedious, but members on this forum are very helpful in tracking down stuff. Jim
  3. My dad had Chevies in my formative years ( a '39 Canadian Pontiac-Chevy powered, a '49 and a '55). I learned to drive in the '55 and my grandfather's '53. The influence can work both ways,too. I had a great-uncle that was a service advisor at a Ford dealer's. He would always get me going when he would argue that Fords were better. From about age seven,I always hated Fords. What goes around comes around however. My second wife worked at Ford dealers for 50 years,compaired to my 42 years with GM. I had to tone down the rhetoric and our daily driver is now a Ford Escape !
  4. An old neighbor of mine threw a rod in his '50 Chevy years ago. He dropped the pan and removed the rod and piston and drove home. He installed a piece of cedar post in the cylinder and drove it for a couple more years.
  5. The battleship grey linoleum was original until 1925. I bought the molding from Bob's Auto in California. Jim
  6. I once had a '40 Olds opera coupe with only 56000 miles on it. Haven't seen it in years. This is my '40 Packard, a 110 business coupe with 43000 original miles .It has a 245 cu,in. 100 HP six and three on the tree. Ads of the day for Olds, Buick, Mercury and Dodge, who's corporate noses were out of joint at Packard entering the mid-price field, called Packard styling old fashioned. Packard called their offerings "classic" styling, to which I wholeheartedly agree.
  7. I've never owned a vintage Ford, but presently own a pair of '20's cars; a '21 Chevy roadster-pickup and a '25 Buick coupe. Both can be driven locally but due to limited speed and scarcity of parts ,they are both primarily trailer queens. My driver of choice is my 1940 Packard 110 coupe. It has excellent hydraulic brakes, synchromesh transmission, sealed beams, and cruises comfortably at about 55 mph. I have found parts to be fairly easy to find,with many routine maintenance items available at NAPA,etc. The seat is adjustable,too. Good luck with your quest, but as has been mentioned alre
  8. Received a new exhaust manifold for my '99 Jeep TJ Wrangler. The whisper sound from the crack was beginning to bug me and the new one was 60% off !
  9. This is a Christmas card sent from a Pvt. Slater with the First Canadian Tank Battalion, Christmas 1918.
  10. This McLaughlin-Buick ad was posted in the Christmas edition of the Farmer's Advocate magazine in 1919. Looks like yours. I'm guessing by December 1919 the 1920 models would be in production. Jim
  11. Not auto,but when I bought a new Cub Cadet lawn tractor I had three Chinese tubes blow out in three weeks.
  12. Perhaps more in keeping with traditional Christmas images, this McLaughlin-Buick ad came from a 1919 Farmer's Advocate magazine.
  13. I don't have an original old post card that I can recall, but we did this one up a couple of years ago. The photo was taken on an 80 degree day in September. Photoshop did the rest !
  14. I learned to drive in dad's '55 and grandad's '53 Chevies, so they bring back memories, but both had their headlights fall out before they were eight years old. I'd still like a '53-'54 but a southern US import would be the only way to go. I've always been a pre-WW2 car fan, even though I'm a boomer.
  15. It seems that some of my cars have become "collectable" simply because I never traded them in ! I never dreamed when I bought my '78 GMC Caballero new that I would still be enjoying it 42 years later. Likewise my '72 Chevy C20 bought in 1984 for a tow vehicle or my '92 Buick Park Avenue bought in 2000 and now only two years away from qualifying for historic plates. Even my '99 Jeep TJ (Wrangler) Sahara that spent it's life between BC and Arizona and has never suffered the ravages of salty Ontario winters will soon be considered collectable in these parts. As to the exotics listed by Hagerty,
  16. OK OK It's a Blue, but definitly not a Blue Lite !
  17. This 1919 White was restored for the Labatt Brewing Co.
  18. Another Labatt truck restored by Joe and Vic Scott. Joe was the proprietor of London White Trucks. I remember seeing this 1919 White sitting in the back compound awaiting restoration.
  19. Two Scott brothers from London, Ontario took on that massive restoration project, one of whom is still living. A trailer was found being used as an office in a gravel pit. All the oak ribbing had to be replaced and large sheets of aluminum had to be sourced from England. No original cab was ever found, so this one was recreated from scratch, using original photos for scale and reference. A standard White cabover chassis was used. They did an incredible job.
  20. A recent survey showed that about 50% of snowbirds still plan on taking their chances and flying to warmer states for the winter. They can't cross the border in cars/motorhomes but they can still fly down. Granted, that's a 50% hit on snowbird dollars.
  21. Pre-covid I would get my US purchased parts shipped to a pickup point just 10 minutes from the Bluewater Bridge in Port Huron, MI, which itself is a 1 1/2 hour drive from my home. There was really not much of a saving, but it was a nice little road trip and involved the inevitable stop at Cracker Barrel ! Hopefully things will eventually open up again. I miss mingling with you Americans. Jim
  22. That's a rare car worth restoring or preserving.
  23. A year ago, I advertised here for a set of accessory rear bumperettes to match the front one I found for my '25 Buick Standard. A set turned up on Ebay, but the brackets had to be fabricated. Finally this week I got them back from the platers and installed. Thank you to those who shared ideas ,leads and photos. This has been posted on the Prewar Buick forum also. Jim
  24. The new rear ones on mine have a slight downward tilt , but considering that the brackets were scratch built,I'm not complaining. Like you, I'd have to heat them up and bend them,and then repaint them again.
  25. Just had it out for a short run (to see if the extra weight affected it's performance). All good.
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