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  1. Tex-Ark Auto Museum. Located in downtown Texarkana, this building was built around 1900 next door to the town's Overland Auto dealership. This place has so much charm and lives off of donations. Charles, his father, and several other volunteers run the place through their love of old cars.




  2. I had so much fun in Texarkana yesterday. It people were nice and treated me like a king. I was the only BCA member there, however. That was disappointing, especially with all the work Charles did to publicize it.

    I don't know where to begin. I guess I'll get the bad stuff out of the way first. I headed out in the 61 Electra yesterday morning at 6:00. It was still very dark. I decided to stay off the major highways and take the scenic route. I got about 15 miles from home and there was construction, so I put my bright lights on. After the construction I turned out the brights and realized then I had blown the left low beam headlight. I pulled off the road and looked at the wires. No luck. My first thought was oh well, I can just drive on brights. But every car coming at me was blinking their lights at me. And I did not feel safe with only one low beam light. Knowing I would be driving home in the dark, I turned around, went back home, and drove the 91 wagon instead. It was a nice drive, alhthough it was 4 hours long. I arrived at 10:30. The Landau was being showcased right at the front of the museum. The outside of the Landau and the engine were spectacularly restored. However, the interior was original.

    Now the good stuff. The Landau was available for all the pictures you wanted to take. And there were only a few people there. We were allowed to open the doors, hood, etc. We could not get inside the trunk, though. But the other, perhaps stronger, story is about Robert K. Blair and his father Robert F. Blair, and how the Landau was saved from Buick executives. Robert F. was a Buick executive at the time Harley Earl and Harlow Curtis left Buick and the new executives wanted to scrap it. Robert F. bought it for $750 in 1958. It had 700 miles then. Robert K. was in high school at the time and was allowed to drive it for the next three years. When his dad sold it in 1961, everyone lost track of it. Robert K., now living in Austin, was there to tell his stories about the car. He said he drove it to his high school prom, to his fiance's house many times, and around college a lot. When he arrived last night, he saw the car for the first time in 47 years. The emotion overwhelmed him. He gave a very moving speech about his dad and his memories of the Landau. Charles then presented him with the restored thermos and cups, which were placed in their proper place in the rear arm rest after 21 years of separation. Charles also showed the replica wheel covers to replace the original ones stolen while it was parked at the fiance's house one night. Charles is a guy that you can meet and in 5 minutes you're his best friend.

    I loved the museum. It is definately a grass-roots, individual effort, driven entirely by the love and interest of old cars. The museum does not own many cars. Owners of cars are contacted by the museum and asked if they would like to display them. There is no charge to see them. The museum operates solely off of donations.

    I will post a few pictures at a time, focusing on areas that are not previously displayed in this thread. If you have any questions, ask.

  3. If things go according to plan, Roger's 1924 and Ray's 1950 will be joined by my 1961 Electra 225 when I arrive tomorrow morning. It is not a show car yet, but it's not afraid to come to a party. It is a 4 hour drive from my house to Texarkana so I'll be leaving pretty early in the morning. I'll plan on arriving around 10:00. I can't wait to see all the Motorama cars, especially the Landau. Don't cut the cake without me.

  4. I have been elected to write an article about this event for the Buick Bugle. Unfortunately, the Bugle editor, Pete Phillips, will be out of town attending some little swap meet in Hershey. He asked if I could fill in for him, which as you all know, is a huge task.

    So before next weekend I'd like to try to learn as much as I can about the Landau in preparation. At this moment, I know very little other than the information provided on this thread. If anyone has knowledge, pictures, or leads to articles already written about the Landau, you can forward them to me at rfaries@verizon.net. If anyone has already started an article about this event, please contact me and perhaps I can help you. I dopn't want to step on anyone's toes. Thank you.

    Charles, I'll plan on seeing you Saturday morning. I share your enthusiasm.

  5. I truely enjoy the color combinations of the 50's Buicks, when one could order a turquoise car with red and black interior. The new buyers were a bit eccentric at times. Look at that the next time you see a bunch of them parked in a row. You will not see two exactly alike. I think all that stopped when specific color combinations were dictated by GM for manufacturing simplicity in the early 60's.

  6. How old are you? Maybe I could be your daddy?

    Seriously, though, if you get it running properly and drive it, you will not want to give it up. You give hope to all of us that bargains like that are still out there to be found. I can't wait to see the pictures. Please post some.

  7. A complete numbers matching car with that setup is very desirable and well worth that asking price. Wildcat owners are passionate about their Wildcats (myself included) and would love a chance to purchase a 'Super Cat' at that price. Let us know how it goes.

  8. Vapor lock can occur anywhere in the fuel system. When a fuel line, pump, or carb gets too hot, the gas will start to vaporize, causing a 'bubble' in the system. Check anywhere the fuel line runs close to the exhaust manifold or exhaust pipe. Many carburators have a metal spacer between it and the intake manifold to try to disperse heat.

    If it happens quickly after start up, I strongly suspect it is not vapor lock because the environment has not had time to get hot enough. A clogged filter or weak fuel pump is more likely your problem.

  9. I asked the owner of that 40 Roadmaster truck "How does a person come to possess an experimental vehicle like that"? He said the engineers designing it at the time had a chance to sign it out for a week or so at a time. One engineer signed it out and never gave it back. He said there were 4 of them made but he does not know what happened to the others. Too bad it never made it to production. It's a very nice looking truck.

  10. But we do know that, starting in January 1963, a rare high performance option package (code W1) could be ordered which included the 425 High performance engine, standard transmission, and posi-traction rear end. Although not a factory drag racer as we define them, it is a rare factory setup.

  11. There's not much more to tell. The welding / body shop hasn't touched it in several months. The owner's primary business is welding for oil rigs and he says he is too busy with that line of work to do anything to the car. We are getting impatient with him, but he says it will slow down after a while and he'll be able to separate the body from the chassis. After that, we plan on going back to the shop and strip the chassis down for sandblasting and painting. At the same time, he will work on the body.

    The engine is in the process of being torn down so we can detail and repaint it. At this time we have no plans to rebuild it because it was running fine and there's not that many miles on it. We have confirmed the carburator on the car is the correct number for a 425 High Performance engine with a standard shift transmission. It still has the original tag on it, which matches the number stamped on the base. So that's more validation to the authenticity of the vehicle.

    The transmission has been rebuilt and ready to go back in. The transmission shop specializes in racing transmissions and told us he was very impressed with our transmission. He said it was a very rare heavy duty transmission and was excited to help us.

    We appreciate everyone's interest. I personally find it encouraging and motivating.

  12. Mark,

    Taking photos of the cars is not a problem for a BCA National meet. There is already a process in place. Any car that wants to be judged must go through an 'Operation Check' where the car's basic safety features such as lights, brakes, horn, etc. are checked. There is a photographer at this sight to take pictures of the cars as they drive through. The vehicle's registration number is displayed clearly in the photo for future identification. So, in theory, all judged cars will have their picture taken. Once awards are calculated (identified by car registration number) the photo is found for that registration number and put in the proper place for the awards slide show. The North Texas Chapter has hosted two BCA Nationals since 1996 and are very good at this.

    The difficulty is the time it takes to arrange the awards presentation. After the judges turn in their findings, the information is entered into a computer by car number, awards are calculated, and a list of winners is handed to the person organizing the slide show. There is only a certain amount of time before the banquet starts. The more cars, the longer it takes. Simple as that.

  13. Bryan,

    You mention several issues regarding hosting the Nationals that the BCA Board of Directors have addressed recently. For example, one of the largest tasks of hosting a Nationals is the entire registration process. The registration process is more than just entering the registrant's information into a computer and noting what events he signed up for and collecting a payment. In a judged BCA Nationals, the registered cars have to be carefully placed in the proper judged classes, windshield cards and judging sheets need to be printed and managed, and the judges results have to be tallied, awards calculated, trophies built, and awards ceremony prepared for. For the first time, this entire registration process will be managed by knowledgable people selected by the Board of Directors, experienced in the entire registration process, including the software being used. This takes a tremendous burden off of the host chapter. All they need to do is have several volunteers available at the show to help at the registration desk, handing the registrants their registration packets, etc.

    I know a registration form is being composed for this meet with a volunteer section so the registrants can voice their willingness to help. There's no doubt that the host chapter will welcome any outside help they can get.

    Also, a National Meet Committee has been formed to help the host chapter in contract negotiations with hotels, event coordinators, etc.

    The 2009 BCA Nationals is the first chapter to take advantage of these services. Once the word gets out, we are hoping more chapters step up to host a BCA Nationals without fear.