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  1. Hi Steve, Yes, your memory is correct! I dressed for the occassion, and was wearing an original Buick Salesman's sport jacket, complete with a beautiful embroidered Tri-Shield on the front pocket. I bought the jacket at one of the early BCA National Meets. It is in perfect condition, barely used, and it fits me perfectly. My guess is the jacket is from the 1960's. The photo here was taken on July 26, 2003 before the banquet. Gary 1955
  2. Lamar, Here are what the 2003 Banquet and awards presentation tickets looked like. Due to the high number of people attending, the banquet was outside under large tents. The awards presentation was inside in the auditorium. I still have these tickets as shown in the photo. Gary BCA #1955
  3. Here is a photo that I took at Hot Rod Cafe in Post Falls, Idaho, of Brian's beautiful '59 Electra Flattop. This was the first night out of Seattle with a caravan of Buicks heading to Flint in 2003. I'll add to what Brian mentioned in another posting, that this week was a Buick lovers dream come true!! I sure wanted to buy the '55 Buick couch that was in Hot Rod Cafe! They also had a '56 Buick couch, and the front end of a small series '55 Buick on the wall above the bar!
  4. 60Flattop mentioned the 1956 Buick chassis on display at this meet. The restoration work was very high quality, and I still think about that chassis to this day, and what model '56 body will be reinstalled on the chassis. What is the status of that chassis nowadays? Is the body back on the chassis? My guess is that the Century pedal car seen in one of these photos that I took at the meet in 2003 was a prediction of what the real car was going to look like once it was completed. Gary Klecka, BCA #1955 1955 Roadmaster Riviera
  5. On this day, July 26th, in 2003, the BCA celebrated the 100th anniversary of Buick Motor Division with a national meet in Flint, Michigan. It's hard to believe that was 17 years ago! What a fantastic show that was! I brought my '55 Roadmaster Riviera back "home" again for the 2003 meet, covering over 9,278 miles roundtrip to attend that meet. The Fireball V-Eight engine ran like a champ. I drove the entire length of the Alaska Highway during that trip. The whole trip was from July 6, 2003, to August 9, 2003, with a few stops in Seattle and Chicago. That road trip and BCA meet was the "Thrill of the Year" for me! Buicks are meant to be DRIVEN! Gary Klecka, BCA #1955 1955 Roadmaster Riviera
  6. In 1977, I attended the BCA National Meet held in Strongsville, Ohio. This meet was held at a Holiday Inn in Strongsville. I just looked at my 35mm Kodak slides I took at this meet to confirm that the 1977 show was at a Holiday Inn. Does anybody know if the 2021 BCA National Meet at the Strongsville Holiday Inn is the same Strongsville Holiday Inn used for the 1977 meet? Gary Klecka, BCA #1955
  7. I've been driving my '55 Roadmaster Riviera with an original set of Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels since the early 1970's, always with bias ply tires and have never had any spokes break. This includes driving cross country, and driving the whole length of the Alaska Highway on these wire wheels. These wheels still have the factory chrome plating, and have never been taken apart. Yes, these wire wheels take a long time to properly clean, but they look beautiful on a car. Here's what I have done for the past 40 years to clean my wire wheels: I always remove the 4 wheels off of my Roadmaster to wash them. With the wheels off, I can clean the inside of the rim thoroughly and to my standards. If you don't remove the wheels, the brake drum makes it difficult to get way in the back of the rim to clean the dirt. Also, while the tires are off the car, the inside of the tire can also be scrubbed clean. I like to see a clean tire and a shiny chrome rim when I look under the car at the inside of the wheels on my '55. I usually spend about 45 minutes cleaning each wheel. The photo shows one of the wheels off the car just after cleaning it. Gary Klecka, BCA #1955
  8. Buick drivers, I couldn't get my Buick out of the garage until this past weekend due to a pile of snow on my driveway, right at the garage door. I got the snow and ice shoveled out of the way this weekend, and I took my 1955 Roadmaster 76R for a short Sunday drive on beautiful, dry highways! This was the first time that I've been able to drive my '55 since last October due to icy or wet road conditions. The Fireball V-Eight engine ran like a champ! Gary Klecka, BCA #1955 The Thrill of the Year is BUICK 1955!
  9. Thank you! The NOS Motorcraft pulley/bearing looks like the one I need. I'll check the FoMoCo part number to confirm. Thank you wldavis My car uses a V-belt, not a serpentine fan belt. Victorialynn2, I'm going to check out Parts Geek.com because what I need looks like what is pictured in their website. I'm guessing that on Ford products, the pulley and bearing might be the same for a whole bunch of models, and just the support bracket that holds the pulley is different between models. Good lead--Thank you! Once I have a new pulley/bearing assembly, then I might also try going to an industrial bearing supply to match a new bearing as Rusty 'Toole suggests just for having a spare part for the future. Gary
  10. I've been unsuccessful at several local parts stores and Rock Auto in trying to buy an idler pulley/belt tensioner for my 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V with a 400 cubic inch engine. This idler pulley puts tension on the air conditioning fan belt, and is manually adjusted, not spring loaded. Does anyone know if this part is available somewhere, or can just the sealed bearing be replaced? It looks like the idler pulley can be disassembled, and perhaps just the bearing be replaced. The only problem with my idler pulley is that the bearing is worn. I tried using an idler pulley assembly from a 302 Ford engine of the same vintage, but the offset is different, so the pulley did not align with the fan belt. Any help with this would be appreciated. Gary 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V Collector's Series
  11. Hi, I'm having trouble posting a photo. Sending me an e-mail at 225carguy@live.com would work better for me with photos. Also, if you did a Google images search for 1931 Packard speedometer, there should be a photo there. The '31 Packard speedometer is oval, and has a window showing the numbers of the car's speed, not a needle pointing to the speed as in most speedometers. Thank you
  12. Thank you for your reply. Unfortunately, my '31 speedometer is oval and uses a different layout. Still looking for a speedometer for a '31 Thank you
  13. Wanted: A complete speedometer, or any parts of a speedometer, for a 1931 Packard. I'd consider buying the following individual parts from you if they are in excellent condition: -faceplate reading "North East," -glass lens, and -chrome bezel around glass. What have you got? Contact me at 225carguy@live.com Thank you!
  14. Wanted: A complete speedometer, or any parts of a speedometer, for a 1931 Packard. I'd consider buying the following individual parts from you if they are in excellent condition: -faceplate reading "North East," -glass lens, and -chrome bezel around glass. What have you got? Contact me at 225carguy@live.com Thank you!
  15. Wanted: A complete speedometer, or any parts of a speedometer, for a 1931 Packard. I'd consider buying the following individual parts from you if they are in excellent condition: -faceplate reading "North East," -glass lens, and -chrome bezel around glass. What have you got? Contact me at 225carguy@live.com Thank you!
  16. I bought my set of BCA license plate frames about 45 years ago possibly at Flint 1971 or Flint 1972. If I recall, the national BCA club was selling them, not a region. Yes, they are chrome plated metal. Gary Klecka, BCA #1955
  17. I don't know if this counts, but I drove one of my newer Buicks this weekend-- my 1972 Electra 225 Custom #8439 4-door hardtop. But then again, this is the newest Buick that I own, and it is my everyday car, summer and winter. In Alaska where I live, the roads are messy and icy this time of year, but my Electra handles very well in any type of road condition. Buicks were built to be driven! Gary Klecka, BCA #1955
  18. I'm looking for a set of four (4) used 6.50x19" Blackwall tires for my '31 Packard to be used to move the car inside the shop. My car is not running at present, and will not be driven for several years. When the car is eventually drivable, new tires will be installed. But in the meantime, I just need a set of rollers. I would also consider buying two (2) matching tires in 6.50x19" if you have just two (2) tires. What else do you have for a '31 Packard? You can e-mail me at: 225carguy@live.com Thank you!
  19. Are these headlights still available? Are they from a Standard Eight or Deluxe/Custom Eight? Depending on condition, I may be interested in buying them. Please E-mail me at 225carguy@live.com Thank you
  20. I have two tires that were made many years ago, and are now obsolete. I'd like to find out what company made these tires, and in what years they were made. They are 6.50x19 Defender blackwall tires from my 1931 Packard Eight. These tires, made in USA, are most likely from the 1940's or earlier, and may have been made by a large tire company. Any information on Defender tires? Thank you! Gary Klecka AACA Buick Club Packard Club Lincoln Club Model "A" Club CCCA
  21. I hope that there will be a bunch of '65 Buicks. When was the last time that you saw a '65 LeSabre at a car show? Steve, I hope that you will be able to bring your '65 LeSabre! Gary Klecka, BCA #1955
  22. Thank you for the beautiful photos and tribute Lamar. I remember seeing the Landau on display at one of the early BCA Flint National Meets, around 1972-1973. The color of the car was a lighter blue than the current color. I was excited about the style of this car back then, and I am still excited to see it today! Gary Klecka, BCA #1955
  23. The windshield on my '49 Super Sedanet leaks water. The glass is not cracked, just that the rubber glass channel is probably hard as a rock because it is original. What is the most effective method to reseal the windshield without breaking the glass or creating bigger problems? R&R the glass and install brand new rubber channels or just remove the windshield trim and apply glass sealant in the glass channel? Do the replacement windshield channels currently being sold fit OK? Is it easy to R&R the windshield glass on this car? Gary Klecka, BCA #1955 '49 Super Model 56S Sedanet
  24. Wanted: Outside door handles for a '31 Packard Standard Eight Sedan, especially the right front and right rear. You can contact me at my e-mail: 225carguy@live.com
  25. Wanted: Outside door handles for 1931 Packard Standard Eight Sedan. I especially need the right front and right rear handles. Good used condition is OK, as long as they work. You can contact me at my e-mail: 225carguy@live.com
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