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  1. I also feel very attached to the 1954 Landau. I covered the story when it was displayed in a small museum in Texarkana, TX, where the original thermos and cups were reunited with the Landau. The son of the original owner was there, too. See the March 2009 Bugle for the complete article. in 2011, Mr. Earl let me and my wife, Michelle, sit in it. What a thrill that was. Mr. Coker and Lamar were great care-takers of it.
  2. Trailer parking will be in the Sears parking lot, which is just across the driveway that comes into the hotel. There is room for probably 75 trailers, all in walking distance. It is an ideal location.
  3. Thanks, Brian. And thanks for giving Michelle credit. I am the guy up front, but she works hard, too. We are a team. I didn't get the rock joke, so it doesn't matter.
  4. There have been many discussions on this forum about redials vs bias ply. Personally, I think that if a car (and wheels) is designed for bias ply tires, then that's what I use. I try to find the right size, whether it be metric or not, as long as they are close to the original size. You may get a softer feel with radials, but then that takes away from the driving experience that I get when I drive a car that was designed before radials. It is like putting a modern radio and speakers in an older car. Sure, you will probably enjoy the radio more than the original AM, but you lose the nostalgia feeling. When I drive an older car, I want to experience what it was like to drive it as it was designed, and tires are part of the experience. As far as judging, the mandatory deduction for incorrect tire type and/or size will eliminate the car from receiving a Senior Award, assuming it had enough points otherwise. I've known some owners to put the correct bias ply tires on for judging, then switch to radials for driving. Expensive, but it has been done.
  5. Everyone who registers will receive a confirmation letter as soon as it is entered into the computer. It doesn't matter how you register. If you register online, you will first get a confirmation from the website, but once we receive it, we will enter it into the computer and you will get a confirmation from us, too. If you provided an email address with your registration, the confirmation letter will be emailed to you. Otherwise, it will be sent by regular mail.
  6. Get your registration in before June 1st and avoid an additional $15 registration fee.
  7. Ahhh, Miller High Life in the large bottles. Those women knew how to relax on a sunny afternoon. I'm thinking the third person is taking the picture.
  8. Here is the complete schedule as it stands right now. Tuesday, July 4th Swap Meet Setup Noon-5pm (indoor and outdoor) Sheraton hotel Wednesday, July 5th Registration Open 8-5pm Sheraton Hotel Wisconsin Room 5 Swap Meet 8am-5pm (outdoor) Sheraton hotel parking lot Swap Meet 8am-5pm (indoor) Sheraton hotel Wisconsin Rooms 1-4, 7 Photo lane open Hospitality Open 9-5 Milwaukee Ballroom 2 EAA-The Spirit of Aviation Museum Tour 8:30 - 3:00pm Harley Davidson Museum Tour and Miller Brewery Tour 8:30 - 4:00pm 4:00 -10:00pm Car Cruise to Pewaukee, WI 5-6pm National Meet Committee Meeting Milwaukee ballroom 1 Thursday, July 6th Registration Open 8-5pm Sheraton Hotel Wisconsin Room 5 Swap Meet 8am-5pm (outdoor) Sheraton hotel parking lot Swap Meet 8am-5pm (indoor) Sheraton hotel Wisconsin Rooms 1-4, 7 Photo lane open Hospitality Open 9-5 Milwaukee Ballroom 2 EAA-The Spirit of Aviation Museum Tour 8:30 - 3:00pm Harley Davidson Museum Tour and Miller Brewery Tour 8:30 - 4:00pm 5:00pm -??? Reatta Rendezvous (tentative-confirm w/Jim Finn and need departing) 3-4:30 pm PreWar Division Meeting Milwaukee ballroom 1 4:30-6pm 65 Gran Sport Division Moorland 4 7-9 pm General Membership Meeting Milwaukee ballroom 1 Friday, July 7th Registration Open 8-5pm Sheraton Hotel Wisconsin Room 5 Swap Meet 8am-5pm (outdoor) Sheraton hotel parking lot Swap Meet 8am-5pm (indoor) Sheraton hotel Wisconsin Rooms 1-4, 7 8am – Noon Board of Directors Meeting Milwaukee Ballroom 1 Hospitality Open 9-5 Milwaukee Ballroom 2 EAA-The Spirit of Aviation Museum Tour 8:30 - 3:00pm Harley Davidson Museum Tour and Miller Brewery Tour 8:30 - 4:00pm 2-5 pm Judges Training in Milwaukee ballroom 1 5:30-6:30pm Modified Meeting Milwaukee ballroom 1 Photo lane open 6:00 -10:00pm Buick Heritage Alliance Gala Brookfield Ballroom Saturday, July 8th Registration Open 7-10am Sheraton Hotel Wisconsin Room 5 7-8:30am Judging Breakfast Brookfield Ballroom Swap Meet 8am-Noon (indoor) Sheraton hotel Wisconsin rooms 1-4, 7 Swap Meet 8am-3pm (outdoor) Sheraton hotel parking lot Photo lane open Hospitality Open 9-2 Milwaukee Ballroom 2 3:00-4:00pm Reatta Meeting Moorland 4 3:30-4:30pm Heartland Region Meeting Moorland 7 9:00 - 3:00pm Judging of beautiful BUICKS 9:00 - 2:30pm Milwaukee Art Museum Tour 6:00 - 6:30pm Social Time with Cash Bar Brookfield Ballroom 6:30 - 10:00pm 51st Annual BCA Banquet & Awards Brookfield Ballroom
  9. Reminder. The registration goes up by $15 if we receive it after June 1. Better get them in now.
  10. There is no official schedule yet on the various meetings, but I hear it will come soon. I am the contact for volunteering, either for judging or other positions. Just fill out the volunteer form and send it in with the registration form. I keep track of all volunteers and pass the information along to the person in charge of judging or volunteering assignments.
  11. I owned three of those Geo Metros in the 1990's as I was traveling around town every day. My 1991 was the same blue color as yours. I thought they were great cars for getting around inexpensively. I got over 50 MPG with a standard shift. I remember the first time I ever paid more than $10 to fill one up (10 gallon gas tank). I put over 200,000 miles on one and I swear I never had any trouble with the 1.0 Liter 3-cylinder engine. I was hauling computer equipment around at the time so the back seat always stayed down and the hatchback gave it plenty of room and easy access. I gave my first one to a friend of mine who was going through a divorce and just needed a car. I got mad when I found out he traded it in for a Firebird two weeks later. If I had know that I would have kept it. The other two were eventually totaled in accidents that were not my fault. Great little cars, though.
  12. That was one of the first books I ever bought on Buicks and I still refer to it constantly. I'm sure it will be appreciated. Good deed, Mr. Earl.
  13. JIm, I hear you about the dates conflicting with Iola. That is unfortunate. But at this point it is too late to change. As far as who picked the dates, I don't know the direct answer to that for this particular meet, but I do know that the dates for any National Meet are decided upon several years in advance.
  14. More information on the Buick Chrome Road Wheels, according to the James Brothers Bugle article (June 2002): 1st Design (1964 Wildcat): It can be used on other full-sized Buicks from 1964 and earlier years that have a 3 1/2 inch wheel hub diameters. 2nd Design (1965 Wildcat and Riviera): Unique to 1965, but can be used on other 1965 full-sized Buicks. Since to only difference in design #2 from design #1 is the register ring, if you remove the register ring then it can be used on all other full-sized Buicks that design #1 can be used. 3rd Design (1966-1967 Wildcat and Riviera without disc brakes): Can be used on same cars as design #2, but has a 2 1/8" center cap hole. (Designs #1 and #2 have a 2" center cap hole) 4th Design (1967-1970 Wildcat and Riviera, 1970 LeSabre): Can be used on same cars as design #2 and 1967-1970 full-sized cars with disc brakes. It has the 2 3/4" register ring and 2 1/8" center cap hole. 5th Design (1971-1973 Centurion, 1971-1978 Riviera, 1971-1985 LeSabre, 1973-1984 Electra): Can be usd on full-sized cars from 1971-1987 except the 4 3/4 inch B.C. LeSabres and Electras. No register ring, and back to 2" center cap hole. 6th Design (1980-1987 LeSabre and Electra): Can be used on 1971-1987 full-sized Buicks if tire to fender clearances are adequate. They are an inch wider at 15x7.
  15. I talked to the head judge for this meet and he said you will be able to park anywhere you want up to Saturday. However, on Saturday the cars will need to be parked according to the judging. This means that the cars judged in the formal 400 Point system, Driven class, and Display will be parked together according to the 400 point classes. But since the Modified cars and the Archival cars are judged differently, and by different judging teams, they will be parked in their own areas. This is the same format used in previous National Meets where there has been judging. Allentown did not have formal judging, so they were able to park the cars strictly according to year. This is a judged event.
  16. Hello Everyone, Just to fill everyone in, while the host hotel block for the discounted rate has been fulfilled, they do still have rooms open, but may be a little more expensive rate. For example, they are out of Standard Kings but upgraded Kings are available. Also, the Sheraton still has a few standard doubles and upgraded doubles as well. They would be delighted to have our group essentially take over the hotel. Rates are: Standard: $114 Deluxe: $134 Club Level: $144 (includes breakfast and evening hors de oeuvres) I just wanted to bring everyone in the loop.
  17. I found a Bugle article (June 2002) written by James Brothers, BCA #27388. It is about how to identify Buick Wheels (1964 through 1987 RWD). I hope I'm not breaking any copyright laws for posting this, but there is a summary paragraph that I will recreate here word for word. On 5 inch bolt pattern wheels: "An X stamped next to the center cap hole is a 3rd design (1966-1967 15x6). Measure across the outer edges of the rim. if 8 inches, the wheel is a 6th design (1982-1987 15x7). Place the wheel, outer face down, on a flat surface. if the wheel rests on the center cap mounting surface and not on the rim, it is a 5th design (1971-1987 15x6). If the wheel rests on the rim and does not have a register ring, it is a 1st design (1964 15x6). If the wheel has a register ring and a 2" center cap hole, it is a 2nd design (1965 15x6). If the wheel has a register ring a 2 1/8" center cap hole and no X, it is a 4th design (1967-1970 15x6)." In summary: 1st design (1964 Wildcat only): If the wheel rests on the rim and does not have a register ring. Rim code "Unistyle". 2" center cap hole. 15x6. 2nd design (1965 Wildcat and Riviera): If the wheel rests on the rim and has a register ring. Rim code "Unistyle". 2" center cap hole. 15x6. Same as design #1 but with a register ring. 3rd design (1966-1967 Wildcat and Riviera without disc brakes): Has "X" stamped next to center cap. Same design as #2 (wheel rests on rim and has a register ring) but with 2 1/8" center cap hole. Rim code 802. 15x6. 4th design (1967-1970 Wildcat and Riviera, and 1970 LeSabre, with disc brakes): Same design as #3 (wheel rests on rim and has a register ring) but more room for disc brakes, 2 1/8" center cap hole, no "X" near center cap, Rim code 853. 15x6. 5th design ( 1971-1973 Centurion, 1971-1978 Riviera, 1971-1985 LeSabre, 1973-1984 Electra): If the wheel rests on the center cap mounting hole. No register ring, 2" center cap hole, "JJ" bead type, Rim code 865, application code WK, VT, 15x6. 6th design (1980-1987 LeSabre and Riviera): 15x7, same basic design as #5 but an inch wider. Rim code 011, application code VC.
  18. I have already taken two small lines off and compared them to the new lines. I am very pleased with the match. The top one is the short line that runs from the distribution block to the left front wheel. Notice the protection 'spring' on the new one exactly matches the old one. The bottom one is the line from the master cylinder to the distribution block. I'm excited that they look so closely alike. I'll send other comparisons when I get the old lines off.
  19. I took all of your advice into consideration and purchased a complete preformed set of OEM brake lines from a vendor that was recommended before. I thought it might be fun to do it all myself, but buying the tubing and the necessary tools and fittings was not something I thought I could do in a timely manner. I have limited time for working on this old Buick, so I took the lazy way out. I was excited when I got the notification that they had been delivered. Four days delivery wasn't bad at all. I was surprised when I saw the box, though. It wasn't nearly long enough for the brake line that runs from front to back. My first thought was that perhaps they sent it in sections and I would have to make the connections to form a longer straight line. When I opened the box I discovered they had bent the lines to fit inside the box. I really wasn't expecting that. Now they expect me to straighten them out. At least they gave me instructions on how to do it. Except some of the tags had fallen off. I guess I'll figure it out when I get the old lines off.
  20. Wow! What a nice looking car. Being a current owner of a 1966 Electra Convertible, seeing one this nice is an inspiration.
  21. Ha! How did Grandma get in the trunk? I bet she never thought she'd end up on a forum looking like that. I love the picture, though. So unrehearsed. And I have a thing for 1966 Skylarks. I've owned more of them than any other Buick.
  22. Wildcat1562, You do not have to wait for an official BCA membership to fill out a registration for the upcoming National Meet. On the form, where it asks for a membership number, just write PENDING or NEW, and register as a member. We will double check all of the numbers with the National Office before the show begins. Welcome to the BCA.
  23. Thanks for all of the opinions and advice. I'll keep you in informed of what decision I made and how it went.
  24. Has anyone had experience with purchasing pre-formed metal brake lines as a package? There appear to be several companies offering them online. I need to replace the lines on my 1966 Electra Convertible, as they all seem to be rusted from sitting outside in Houston for several years. I know I can take mine off and have a shop make them, but buying them from someone already formed seems easier. Any thoughts?
  25. One registration fee covers you and members of your immediate family. So, if you want to bring your spouse and son, that's all included in one fee. However, if you want to bring your spouse and 2 of your friends, The spouse is included but the friends will count as additional guests at $20 each. Now that you point it out, it does look confusing. I will take out the # line for future registration forms.