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  1. 5 hours ago, Bill Stoneberg said:

    Doug lives n Canada and the borders are closed at the moment.


    That's right Bill.

    The border closure was extended recently till August 21st and living right on the border to Michigan (Detroit is my entry point) boy do I miss going over!

    I wish I could get over to see both 1957buickjim and 95cardinal.

    Joe was kind  enough to inform me of 364 motor that supposedly came out of running '58 Buick where he was going to drive to getting parts for one of his cars. The price seemed fair enough so he put it in his pickup, brought it to his warehouse and is storing it there till things open up again...

    I thought it would be good to connect it to the transmission I have waiting for the Limited, drop them in the frame and get it running. Even with the rad off it would be easier to move the Limited around that way rather than trying to push it. 

    After seeing the video Smartin posted of his then Limited chasis, driving it down the road and back on a milk crate (?) ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!

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  2. After picking up some drinks (for later?) got back to the Bin and went inside to continue getting  stuff to the stair landing before bringing it out & into the bin.

    Must describe what it is taking place...

    The house was built in 1908 and explains the reason why the service utility basement is what it is, no one back then considered using a basement like we do today.

    Being over well over 6 feet tall the height is a challenge for me as when I stand straight up the floor rafters are almost below my jaw and have to be careful not to hit my head on the occasional nail sticking down from the hardwood flooring upstairs!!

    That beam you see is even lower and can't tell you the number of times I've almost blacked out from not ducking down low enough to get to the other side...


    When you say Lance (I meant to type ADAM... sorry) that I will be amazed how quickly the bin will fill up, just look at what I started with.



    Thank heavens we have the bin for a week...


    Somewhere I have a black & white picture from a neighbour of the house about 1939 showing mine before the renovation and hers were the only homes around with apple orchards all around. 

    The last owners before me did a second floor renovation with two story addition back in the 50's and updated the wiring to 120 amp service at that time plus new interior plastering.

    Being a 5 bedroom house hoping someone will feel it's worth saving but will likely see it torn down and a new home built on the large lot.


    On my way over to continue haul stuff upstairs. 

    And so it goes...



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  3. Work had to be in play Saturday morning so went out and had to fuel the mower and trimmer up plus restring the line before starting. 



    As this was going on doesn't the boss show up (unusual) but with some good news for me. Seems they had contracted a company to spray around the buildings to kill the weeds and on some of the chain link fences so only had to cut the big field as they wanted the stuff to act on fully leafed plants and hopefully cut down on the trimming time.

    Cool! That cut down my time there and could return to the house/garage sooner than expected.


    Sometimes things do work out for the good but wondered how the spray is going to work out.

    It started to spit rain on the way back home and when I got there it just teamed!! Not my problem with that but now have to transfer things into the bin in the rain as radar showed it to be on going off and on all day.


    I left the night before having gathered all the paints and chemicals knowing the bin would not allow it and figured taking it to the City Disposal Site doing the responsible thing.



    This stuff as stated earlier has been in there for a long time as evidenced by the Ajax cans. As old as I am I don't believe I've ever seen that label. Not sure what was up but found about 16 cans there...




    Hooked up the trailer and took off in the light sprinkle and found the Saturday lineup just like I expected... After finally clearing the scales, pulled up to the building with mask on and waited for the attendant. This facility takes this stuff for free and has helped the landfills and ditches from being littered so expected no issues till, after finally understanding the guy, that I was limited to certain amounts to be left!!! Huh? Example - 20 litre of paint cans per visit?  There is the sign Sir. Seriously? 

    Oh but you can come back again and dump them for free then, otherwise you have to pay.

    Ya that's going to happen waiting again the 30 minutes in line to dump for free... Said I'd find another way to get rid of what you won't take now just as the rain started to pound down!

    Everything is a process with regulation rules, I know. I've dealt with that for 47 years in my business but I'm very aware that it is more regulated than ever now! (Am I just getting Old??)

    The guy must have seen that no one was waiting behind me and maybe took pity on a grumpy old man saying, Go ahead bring it all on the table. 
    I would have reached out and shook his hand for that but Social Distancing you know, I said a heartfelt "Thank you" as the rain now felt like the start of the Forty days & Forty Nights! 

    (Sorry for the rant gang)




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  4. Yesterday we had a bin delivered (albeit later than promised) for removal of both our junk from the house and what I think is to go from the garage.



    Could just about fit a car in that thing but it would have to be a convertible to be able to get out of it (oh the shame of that thought...).


    I knew there were shelves of cleaning chemicals, old paint cans and weed killer and the like in the basement that had to be treated separately so brought my trailer over and squeezed it between the bin and hedge carefully. Surprised myself and son getting it in there with only two moves.



    Loooong day eventually feeding a few mosquitoes before calling it quits but made headway with the house! Long story but there is a lifetime of the original owners things that were left in the low ceiling service basement that we kept saying we were going to take our time, sort through and throw out.... Now it's time to do it all at once!

    Finding a few "Pickers Treasures" (maybe?) and some things are out at the curb for the scrapper and yard sale resellers to lessen the weight charge for the bin like this beautiful hard wood head and foot board. My son is good with Kijiji and figures he'll get a buck or two for them.

    That will offset the cost of the bin some.




    Once the house junk is loaded I hope to attack the garage as we have the bin for 7 days before it has to be picked up and with Monday being a Provincial Holiday (Civic Holiday) I can literally pick my way through hings and decided what needs to go or stay. 



    Fortunately I have made an arrangement with a fellow to use his 10x20 bin for the Buick parts and such. Willing to help me out and says we will work it out for trade of services. That can be risky but right now, helps out a great deal. Time is going to tell on that...


    Now, if I could find a buyer for the house at the price I think the appraiser is accurate about...

    To Be Continued. 


  5. That's very nice of you Bill! Thanks.


    I'm going to try and book a room again for next year in Strongsville and let's hope this pandemic has seen it's last fight by then that we don't have to do a National Meet in a magazine again...

    My other boy has booked their wedding for Jul 3, 2021 so with fingers crossed it's going to be a busy month.


  6. I just realised this morning it's the deadline for picture entry to Pete for the October issue of our cars that we would have driven or brought to the 2020 National this year so spent some time going through my picture files (and I have a lot!).

    I emailed it and Pete just confirmed it will be in the edition.

    This will be the first published picture of the Special in the Bugle. 😎

    Might just have to buy the hard copy edition as I only get the electronic membership.



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  7. Thanks John I appreciate it!

    My son that's moving and I discussed the truck and possibly my selling to which he expressed he really liked it but... with a new house and his first child coming it was going to be a bit more than he wanted to take on right now, otherwise...

    It's too bad the garage he will have is only a car and a half or he just might have inherited it earlier.

    I do feel the truck will sell much quicker than the Nash simply because of it being more desirable. The fact it has F**d on it ensures that even more. 


    My neighbour is Not a car guy but does own a Carrea convertible. He is in construction and keeps saying to my wife, "You want I should help Doug out and bring my bin over?" Told the two of them should that happen I will rise up and haunt them both for the rest of their natural lives so shut up and pour me another glass!!


    This whole year has been a mental adjustment for a lot of things as I'm sure with many others here too. Just wish to say, you guys are the best.

    Thanks for letting me work things out out loud, it helps some.

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  8. It has been under the radar till now since this is mostly about my Buick's but while I'm on here...


    Bought it locally from a family that had two 52's and a 53 over the years. The dad used to load the boys in the box, drive along the county roads having them look for pop bottles in the ditches and cash them in. That was when the deposit was a nickle a bottle. The son that I bought it from said they would be gone all day and had so many bottles the box was full!

    The old flathead was running but smoked some (typical flathead Ford dad used to say), and for 1500 as tough as it looked I had it tuned up, put on new standard brakes and rebuilt the transmission which got me on the road.

    Guess the boys put their personal touches on it when dad gave it to them and that was sort of what caught my eye seeing it one day out on the side of the road with a For Sale sign.


    Over that winter I had the seat reupholstered adding my personal touch and cleaned/painted the floor of the cab which was not rusted out at all.


    That next spring I was happily moving on down the road killing mosquitoes.


    It's the original drive train with the 6 volt positive ground wiring (needs to be replaced, which I have new from Dennis Carpenter to install). Those rims need to be kept up as there is some rust but with the tires that are on her it drives and handles like any old truck with a straight axle should.



    I also have both steel front fenders, a lower valance and fibre glass running boards if I ever get to it but have had many fun miles driving just way she is.

    On occasion I would put my magnetic signs on and go to do an estimate. More than one potential customer commented that he got the message on my sign that says, "Since 1953". Not everyone in the general public knows the difference between a 52 & 53.


    That blue motor you see on the engine stand in front of the Limited is one I bought from a guy that swore it has only 35,000 miles on it. I got it running and idling with not very much effort sitting on the cement in the driveway so tend to believe him.


    I'm torn as to parting with it right now but time is against me getting at it too I guess...


    1952 Ford - Sept 2003 - safety work - pic2 - Copy.jpg

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  9. I want to get it running to show a prospective buyer it's not just a 1500 dollar car so it's at the mechanics shop where I hope he gets to it with his tools and such right there.

    Once that is accomplished (I'm going in 5 directions at once right now...) my son's co-worker is interested in it and will see where we have to meet to close a deal. 

  10. Spent the better part of the afternoon and evening continuing with the cleanup around the garage and finally was able to open the garage door again after putting the Limited back on the ground.



    I will be dragging her out to get at the back passenger flat tire later today if the rain quits.

    She will sit under the cover with a car cover on once the matching roller tire is on and then pull her out from under to sit on the side of the driveway later once I get the back wall opened up making access to the back easier for construction materials for the addition.

    My wife hasn't commented on this plan yet but at least I laid out the plan... Married 40 years this past May so should be no real surprises right? LOL



    Thinking I might bring those two inner fender panels in the basement as they are nicely painted and clean. Back in my hobby train room out of sight might be the way to go...



    Moving along...

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  11. On 7/27/2020 at 12:53 AM, lancemb said:

    Nice treasure trove! 


    With having started going to swap meets with Dad since the age of 13 and knowing when I got the Buick's I was going to keep them, I bought things when I could afford them for a long time.

    Part of that fun now is discovering exactly what I bought since it has been shoved here and there for some time. Sorting it out for the Limited knowing I will put the best of what I have on her is part of the point to finally get her on the road.

    Like I found this steering wheel tucked away.



    It's not perfect as evidenced by the cracks at the spokes but can't recall why I would pick up a blue one. It must have been a good deal?



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  12. My wife left me playing in the garage and finally had to call me to come in for a late supper but accomplished what I wanted to get done. The trunk is finally cleared off...



    I was able to open the trunk lid but not completely as it wouldn't clear the shelf unit due to having the front end on jack stands still.



    I had forgotten I'd put the trunk card board from both Limited's and the Roadmaster in there, it's been that long...



    With the fan doing it's job and the radio at a decibel above the roar of the fan I managed to bag, sort, label and box the rest of the stuff on top of the upside down hood resting on the roof.



    Pleased with myself getting this far. I honestly can say I have not laid eyes on that sign for quite awhile.



    Before calling it a night (it was 10:30) I grabbed my tape for hellery and did a rough measurement.

    I think a 9 foot door is going to give me lots of room to get her in the back if I want to.



    There is lots more clearing up of things on the floor in front before I can drop her down on her tires and drag her out (on that rear passenger flat tire) but with a forecast of rain tomorrow afternoon, might get a chance to accomplish that...

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  13. After returning home for a late lunch I figured it was time to get into the garage with the Limited and start cleaning off the things that have piled up to prepare for dragging her outside.

    After a cool drink and a sandwich checked the temperature and almost quit before I even started.



    Naturally being in Canada it reads in celsius ... I still can't get used to that! 

    It converts to 91.4 real temperature but the "Feels Like" reading is 98.6.


    Decided to open the back window and bring my industrial fan inside to try and keep cool.





    That sure helped and started removing things, sorting out spares and such labelling and boxing as I went.



    Need to get more organised as finding things like a rebuilt oil pump might come in handy when I finally get at the Limited motor.



    Some more sorting uncovered a small box with these in them.



    My Limited only has the drivers side mirror now but I obviously picked up the NOS passenger side and another NOS driver side over the years. Not sure if there is a difference but the numbers on the box are not the same.


    I uncovered the kick panels from the car and gave them a quick cleaning before wrapping them up as they have been off for a long time to gain access to the nut that holds the fenders on.



    The trim has the usual marks from use one would expect of a car that has 54,000 miles but might see if I can get most of them out or at least reduce the most obvious ones.



    I was going to kick myself when I came upon these two fuel pumps having needed one a few years ago till I thought about when I bought them. It was most likely before the introduction of ethanol so would likely need to put new gaskets in to avoid a break down on the road. They read for 58's but there is a slight difference in the main body.


    Does anyone know if that would make any difference?


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  14. Just back from my big 4 hour lawn job and taking a few minutes break before hitting two more residential customers.



    I agree Lance it will be good to see the Limited outside again!


    My wife doesn't know it yet but I plan on leaving the Limited in her usual parking spot for her van under the tent till construction of the addition will start. (DANGEROUS  I KNOW - LOL)

    That alone will allow me working room inside to clear shelves, take off the wall panelling and remove the insulation before cutting out the opening. I might have a wall plug or two and some wiring to move also. It will also be a good time to put some plywood on the ceiling back there to stop the plastic from coming loose and be a stronger anchor for the garage door tracks. I'm installing it to roll up into the existing garage not the new addition. Should things work out, the new addition with the door down, might turn into a bit of a man cave?

    Just putting it out there but ready for plans to change...

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  15. Thanks for your thoughts Joe.

    Wish I could keep her. Didn't someone on the Forums here state, You can't keep them all ?


    Went to my buddies that owns the green Cadillac as he has a sectional garage door that will work perfectly on the back wall of my garage at home. My plan is to use it to keep dust down when working on the Limited parking the Overland, Whippet and my Ford F1 in the new addition.

    Joe had his garage greatly expanded and put in a bigger wider door but saved the old one thinking someone could use it. Typical car guy thinking huh!



    The full garage width shed he has on the back of his looks about like my garage with the Special and those 4 sections were way at the back requiring moving lots of stuff just to get hands on them to be able to pass them out to me.

    The fact it is on the west side of the garage and no air circulation had us both soaking wet from sweat in a very short time!

    He found everything short of a few hinges and with being only 9 feet wide things fit in my trailer quite nicely.

    Once things were put back inside (he sorted through some stuff he decided needed to go) we locked up and decided to sit down for a break.

    Have to say sitting inside his garage beside the Cadillac, that cold Blue Lite never tasted so good as then!!!



    Hopefully this weekend I can finish cleaning parts off the Limited, to pull her out enough to get the last good tire on and park her on the side of the driveway covered to then rearrange shelves and stuff to cut open the wall for the new/used garage door. Having that door in place will provide better access for the building materials needed for the addition also.

    Oh and it's supposed to be in the mid 90's all weekend....


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  16. Life is whizzing along... (at least no one in the family has contracted the virus)


    Still dealing with a heat wave but just like our winter weather changes, after that first month one seems to get acclimatized and moves along.


    After waiting for my mechanic to come over to the Nash I bit the bullet and had her towed to his shop. 





    The driver/operator stated he had 15 years experience and showed me pictures of some of the unusual cars he hauled making me assured he would not over tighten the cables and harming the unit body frame. The car is solid (in my opinion) but over torquing an old car isn't a good thing.

    I followed behind to settle up and fortunately it wasn't very far from home.



    I will feel better about having her running before I entertain listing for sale.

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  17. Something similar happened to dads 70 LeSabre. Turned out to be (?) on the automatic transmission allowing oil to be sucked into the engine.(sorry, the part name escapes me...)

    That wasn't all that big a repair as it was on the outside of the transmission once diagnosed.


    As to the diaphram, should it be that, replacing the fuel pump is not a huge effort either.

    You didn't say what year Skylark but with ethanol in the gas those original fuel pumps are susceptible to breaking down due to the gas today. Mew replacement pumps have proper diaphram material that are not effected by the enthanol.

    That happened to Dads 51 Nash only it had the effect of putting gas into the engine (not good) and found the problem when idling with oil leaking out the fill tube. Was lucky there was no spark under the hood with that gas/oil mixture.


    Good luck and come back to let us know how you make out.


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  18. On 7/13/2020 at 6:44 PM, Buicknutty said:

    Some people do think I'm crazy, and they might be right, but as long as I'm enjoying the ride, so what!



    Can't agree with you more on the "so what" part Keith.


    What's getting to me is getting the 'storage together time line' right now.

    It's in the details like "to get to this I need to have this, then to have that this needs to happen" all of which has a time line on top of those things!!

    There is a very dim light at the end of the tunnel as of now but expecting something else to crop up and have to be dealt with...


    I have great respect for General Contractors that orchestrates sub contractors for any kind of building projects!!

    I've experienced personally the rath of a GC in my trade service more than once, hence my appreciation now in those shoes.


    Looking on the bright side, where I will be 6 months from now will be, looking back, better for me and my wife. 

    Have to keep reminding myself what I've said before, Getting there is half the fun...

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  19. 35 minutes ago, old-tank said:

    Don't you just love insurance companies?  I finally got through after putting the phone on speaker and the charger for over an hour (pathetic for any company).  And yes, the agent agreed that club members get a discount.  However they at first wanted to pro-rate the refund.  They gave the full refund after telling them that others got it that way.  Just about as bad as my homeowners insurance not giving the discount for a monitored alarm system because I did not ask for it!  Don't you just love insurance companies?

    $25 by the way....I can drink that much beer while waiting on hold.;)



    Funny you should mention having a drink, I just poured one after quitting for the day to sit and check the Forums!


    I agree with you 100% about any company that can"t respond in a reasonable time. Even with this virus and all, businesses are and can work from home as effectively as at at a desk in an office.


    My issue is with the different standard re the discount for Canadians. Just because a US company buys out an established customer base here and calls Head Office in the US shouldn't leave the Canadian paying customers out. (whether 25 bucks or not)


    Will be following this up and report back unless the Moderators feel my post needs to be deleted...

  20. Well All my Canadian Buick Club Members,

    I finished with the Hagerty online Chat person this morning after many hours on hold waiting on the phone for a pick up and have been told (once the chat person realised I was in Canada) that Hagerty DOES NOT offer a discount in Canada!!! 

    When asked why not, the reply was that "It's due to how we are filed for certain programs and discounts in Canada with our underwriting company Aviva".


    Hagerty bought out a Canadian developed Insurance Company offering Antique and Classic Car Insurance coverages at reasonable pricing called originally The Silver Wheel Plan by Tony Lant in Souffville, Ontario as he himself was an antique car owner and felt there was a need for those rates. 


    There will be a further communication to Hagerty and this Aviva to see about the differences...

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