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About dei

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    Southern Ontario, Canada
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    Antique cars, Cars in general, Boating, Trains (model and real), Exploring the back roads


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    BCA # 35039

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  1. I have been very busy the last three days, unfortunately not with the Buick's, as my youngest son took possession of his first home. He has been fortunate to be able to live at home while getting his Masters in Mechanical Engineering and with his permanent hire in the last stages has decided it was time to be on his own with a wonderful girl who has been patient for 10 years. We (my wife and I) have regained one of the three bedrooms back for possibly an office / den and.... I managed to free up some space around the Limited!!! 👍 It took two trailer loads which is going to be a big help to progress with her. So we are officially empty nesters... Tired but a HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!
  2. Talk about "the elephant in the room"... (groan)
  3. Not sure if this helps but here is what is on my friends '65 Riv. This is a numbers matching car.
  4. I've only been to four since joining the BCA in 1998. Richmond, Va was my 1st and we drove our 1994 Buick Lesabre but did not register it and made a vacation out of the next week working our way home. The 2nd was Flint, Mi in 2003 and did drive the Special as it was so close to home. The 3rd was 2013 in South Bend, In and drove there and back in one day primarily for the Swap Meet but had time to see cars that were not out on the tours. Great rewards there to bring home but a long day... The 4th was 2017 in Brookfield, Wi which the Special failed me three days before leaving with a bad fuel pump... We went anyway in our Van (blah..) and my wife LOVED the shopping experience next door at the Mall! We are looking forward to 2020 in Strongsville, OH as it is relatively close and should have issues on the Special straightened away to drive up with the top down! How many more? Will see...
  5. From my experience.... I have this car (and three others) since High School. Two were daily drivers and the others were project cars. I paid for this one at the time what a used car was worth (no price deal) and back then was not really a collector car. Over the years I've had it on and off the road as my life moved in different directions. I got serious about getting it back on the road, out from good storage for over 13 years, and can tell you that is has cost just over $5,000.00 in the past two years for things like tires (5), transmission rebuild, water pump, gas tank restore, gas sending unit, fuel pump, new battery, complete brakes and an exhaust tail pipe to get it to what you see in this March 2019 picture. And this was for a running car which I put away initially just needing a new steel brake line. My point is, any car, used or hobby, will require maintenance and project cars will cost more to bring them to the standard you are wishing it to be safe on the road at a minimum as a driver. The advice about spending what you can afford for a running, driving car to start is GOOD advice for sure but it will need those maintenance issues as it is being used just like any car does. Mine is no show car needing a complete new interior, body work and paint and detailing under the hood which is way out of my budget (short of that Lottery win) to bring it up to that standard but... It's out on the road now and enjoying the ride again! Take your time and figure out what you expect the car to be, what resources (money) you can allocate to it and what you are willing to learn about the car you purchase to maybe turn a wrench or two yourself (to save some money and get the satisfaction of saying, "I did that!"). Not a lot of us have driving/show cars over night when purchasing a project, even with unlimited resources, so plan on having fun looking for parts, meeting new like minded collectors if you go that route and time. Those half hour car cable shows are just that, a show, never giving us a REAL time line. Good luck with your adventure into the old car Hobby.
  6. Hey Martin, I thought you might like the video here. The first two are '61 Ford Starliner's vs your Mercury but like the self proclaimed videographer says, quite rare to see. I claim no part or interest in the making of this video. Just sharing what is up here in Southern Ontario Canada. Hope you enjoy.
  7. Adam, Did your Limited and Roadmaster have the Flight Pitch Transmission in it?
  8. Well, geographically you are really up there compared to us here in Southern Ontario. An interesting point not well known is that Pointe Pelee National Park, the southern most part of Ontario (besides Pelee Island out in Lake Erie) is along the same latitude as the Northern Border of California. Yes we get the minus degree temps and snow but the duration swing in temperature are frequent so occasionally get those chances to go for a ride. That helps to break up the monotony of a long winter. On the other hand, I admire your dedication (effort and costs) to join the Buick fun at Nationals etc. in the lower 48. I think it takes hardy people to live where you are! Best regards.
  9. Waiting today for a cleansing rain and mild wind to send winter on it's way to pass so thought I'd post a shot or two of the Plymouth mentioned above. I arranged to purchase it from the Museum/Car Club I belong to back around 2002. My one partner (we were four initially) had been lucky enough to have been involved with it years before it was donated to the Museum. The owner at that time had found it near Toronto in a Rail Road Recycler yard and being a retired RR Employee, brought it home and ran it. Word got out amongst the local RR guys and had some fun on weekends. The chassis is chain driven by friction plates much like some early automobiles are. The original motor was a gas 4 cylinder Continental that soon gave out so a Model A motor was put in and is turning free still. Here is an example of a Plymouth Chassis like ours without any cab metal. From what we have researched, these were mostly used in brick yards and possibly small lumber operations but have no information to verify exactly where ours came from. With no real big equipment and to save contractor costs we started moving rail and ties with the trailers we had and manpower we could get (and on weekends using back roads the 32 miles to her new home) to get a track section of track built for the engine to sit on when the time came to move it. This took most of two summers which was fine with the Museum working around wet times at both places. To say we were maxed out according to the Ministry of Transportation (MOT) well... lets just not say! A spot was designated and rail was spiked on the highest section of three acres that could be used. When finally ready it was time to move the engine. Fortunately my neighbour is in construction and was curious about this venture. He graciously donated his time, equipment and fuel saying he liked a challenge. We made a ramp using rail and ties to the height of his trailer and basically pulled the engine up. In this move with the rig he had there we no issues concerning transporting this load safely. Once at the new location the rails were adjusted to the trailer height and it was a piece of cake to roll it down the her resting spot. If you notice that is my Dad helping out. His enthusiasm was about as great as mine was at this point and in there like a dirty shirt, even at his age! With this big hurtle out of the way the rest of our efforts were spent moving the balance of materials from the Museum on weekends when it was dry and not too hot. Most days it was two of us and occasionally three. By November 2007 we got it looking like this. While it was a lot of work we did have some fun times making this happen. We lost two of our group and things changed for my partner too so progress stalled as did the plan to have it running. This diversion might help explain why my Buick's have been on the back burner for awhile... no excuse, just sayin'.
  10. There is approximately 1,000 feet of 3" high rail and lots of ties. It doesn't need large radius so one could make it work. We had big plans but as the saying goes, Life just got in the way.
  11. You've got about 50 miles on me Keith but I'm sneaking them in when I can. Spring can't be too far around the corner. I checked my calendar from last year and started cutting lawns April 8th so thinking we will be watching Winter move on out soon.
  12. That's great you guys having model RR's! I have an 11' x 17' room in my basement running HO scale that has been dormant for some time. Guess I'm saving it for when I have grandchildren... I also have a partnership in a 36" gauge Plymouth RR sitting at his place that was running at one time. Sadly we have reached our funding limits on this project and wish to have it go to a good home. Anyone interested in playing with their grand kids on this?
  13. So after last Sunday and Monday of this... The last 5 days have slowly come about freezing and today the roads were dry so... Decided after warming the Special up I went for another test drive. With no specific destination in mind I finally ended up at my old College which is not too far from the garage. I went there from 1973 through 1975. Not big miles but sneaking them in when I can. TOTAL FOR THE CHALLENGE IS UP TO 48.4 MILES so far.
  14. Managed to go for a drive today as roads were dry not wer. Too early to say goodbye to winter?