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  1. 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...

  2. 13 hours ago, lancemb said:

    I hope all goes well with the move.  Sad you have to sell a car, but I've been there.


    I was pretty sure you would get what is going on with me and remember that black Roady you had up for sale. Nice car! 

    At a different time I might have been a '57 convert as it really appealed to me but... only car guys get that.


    For added peace of mind last night I added some heavy mill plastic after supper I had in case the patch on the shingles does quite take.



    While on the roof I looked things over and saw branches have crushed down a vent also further back.



    My reason to purchase this property was three fold.

    When Dad offered to gift me the Overland, Whippet and Nash, the place he had built a 28x40 pole barn was on my sisters property on the edge of the City. She had sold it to move to the States and he ended up renting it back for about 10 years... That property was right in the path of a major road development of a new road/highway system to the new bridge crossing the Detroit River (it's coming but slowly guys) so knew there would be a move to new storage in the works then as it was purchased by the Province and was to be torn down. 

    I already had the Special and my '52 inside the garage you see for the trade of grounds keeping services and sadly, when the owner passed away, I approached the inheritor asking what their plans were? Needless to say we worked out an agreeable offer/sale price and looked at it as an investment for my retirement fund down the road.

    The original garage was a 2 and a half car ending at that 2nd window until the Dad added the back section with a screened in area and fireplace.


    Interesting bit of trivia regarding him. His name was Joe Maniaci, a football player for the Chicago Bears who was awarded MVP in 1939 and then became head Coach at  Saint Louis University.

    I never met him but became friends with his daughter, again sadly until her passing and the consequent purchasing of the property.


    With the inherited three cars and the pending loss of Dad's pole barn, once I purchased the property I measured and took out the interior back wall to the screened in room which gave me enough space, albeit tight, to get five cars inside. It's been a great place all these years but as others have said, if you have more space you never really do because you fill it up!

    I've envied Auburnseeker at times seeing his highly crafted building but now think, if I had a building that size, I would be in 10 times the stress that I have now...


    The third reason I felt (in my mind) this property would be good for me was that my oldest son was ready to move out so worked out a rent agreement with him and some of his friends.

    That will be left for another time and place to discuss but here I am today basically due to the natural course of life's events.


    Hope this doesn't bore anyone with the details but it is all because of what started by keeping my 1st two cars which happened to be both 1958 Buick's. 




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  3. 3 hours ago, lancemb said:

    Are you moving?


    The simple answer is no..., but yes.

    See I have two places, our principle residence where the Limited is in the garage and another place that my son & daughter-in-law has been renting for some time. They decided a month ago to look for a house to call it their home and raise my soon to be expected grandson. (due October 31st)

    Where my angst is coming from and the moving part is true is that we don't want to be landlords again so will be putting it up for sale after they move out August 31st.

    Sounds fine so far right?

    The stress is coming from the the fact the rest of my car collection & parts are in the large garage and carport and there is NO room for them at home until I get the garage addition built. Even with that being done (should I find a contractor available in this short time span... ) I have to find storage for the Special (and the Nash if not sold by then).

    Hence my shout out to stop the clock and get some ducks in a row!



    I'm actually at the property now repairing a roof leak that has appeared from the heavy rain storm we had all night Friday into Saturday. Looks like a branch broke off one of the many trees here and punctured a shingle or two. Going to spread several coats of tar repair for now since it is to be dry for the next few days...

    The weather at 90 plus hasn't been helping either this past week and a half but know when to quit to avoid heat stroke again.

    It's nice today in the low 80's with a light breeze.

    Man I wish the Special was together as it's perfect for a top down drive tonight!


    If I dissapear for awhile guys it's 'cause I might be a little preoccupied...

    Oh for the love of cars.

    Having been to your place Lance I think you might understand where I'm at right?



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  4. Good Lord please slow down the time machine!

    I know as one gets older time is exponential but...

    My focus for any car time is somewhere in mid September and even then the stars need to align to be on schedule. 

    90 plus heat this past two weeks is almost been a killer but not a stranger working outside all year round. 


    Need to get back and shoot some pictures of the Nash points and distributor for the parts guy as he thinks what he has listed on back order isn't right. 

    Nice to have a guy looking out for you on the parts counter instead of ordering things and it isn't correct!

    Told him I would do that last week (?) ....


    Sunday will be "MY TIME" and move on with that plus get at more sorting...

    Then there will be the house to go through in 8 more weeks to get ready to sell....

    SOMEBODY please stop the CLOCK!



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  5. After supper looked out the front windows and saw this come up the driveway.



    My car buddy was out and decided to stop in for a visit.

    The Cadillac is a local car all it's life and Joe bought it from the original owner's daughter.

    It was repainted once but the chrome is all original as is the interior.


    Surprising how sitting by itself the styling makes the car look so big and bulky but here beside my truck not quite so big. 





    It was a nice visit.

    I need to get the Special back together and find time for a ride or two...

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  6. Spent the better part of the day Sunday with more exterior cleanup and things are looking better as far as eye appeal. Decided to scrub down the garage door and siding which was really dirty.



    Yes the garage is stuffed and another bin will be needed with the move and sort operation.

    Fortunately I have made arrangements to have use of a Sea Can for parts storage and can start with the transfer next weekend, hence the property cleanup efforts for now.

    I still have plenty of paver stones so decided to place some on this corner to neaten things up along with mounting a matching trellis I saved from Mom's.



    Got a small start going through the front of that pile, sorting what is to be kept and what is to be thrown out. It all has to be moved before I can get into the rafters and bring stuff down...

    And so it goes.



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  7. Naturally Nash parts are on back order. So fitting with this hurry up get in line and wait new world order...

    It is what it is and moving along with the other priorities needed. My son ordered a bin for stuff he is disposing of and was planning to throw stuff out from the basement and share the cost but... after coming back from working the lawns found he literally had it full to the top!

    We covered it with my tarp that night to keep the furniture from getting wet (adding to the weight charge) from the overnight storms.

    Thinking it would be picked up on Saturday took the cover off and decided to squeeze cut off branches on top.



    I got so carried away with the cleaning up yard waste I had to use my small trailer and make a trip to the City Recycle Centre. Fortunately Residential Yard Waste can be dumped for free as long as there is no grass in it. 

    Again the hurry up and wait system was in place there too.



    OK enough gripping. 


    The one good thing this week was the place out in Kingsville finally got their unit back from the shop and man is it big and very powerful being a diesel.

    Due to the cut size it has shaved off an 1 hour and 15 minutes leaving some time to do trimming around the buildings and fences. It barely fits into the Sea Can and have to be careful parking it.


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  8. Turns out while cleaning the Nash up a fellow car buff down the way stopped by as he had never seen the Nash before and as we talked gave me the name of a guy at a local Auto business who has been in the trade for many years unlike the new counter guys who have never even heard of a Nash let alone where to look for parts...

    Ted is going to check as there are two different distributors for the car and with pictures of mine try and set me up.  

    Not sure when they will come in or when I can get my mechanic to come over to install but have to keep moving forward. 


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  9. I didn't use the starter spray, poured gas, sometimes a bit and sometimes a lot with the choke both open and closed over about an hour or so then pulled a plug wire, put in a screw driver in it and asked a neighbour to watch  for a spark as the starter button for this Nash is on the bottom of the clutch pedal. No dice with that so tested continuity of the coil wire and that was good. 

    Has power to one side of the coil. 


    Any suggestions accepted.

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  10. 13 minutes ago, old-tank said:

    If it ran with those points and rotor before, it will probably run again.  Try RockAuto for replacements.


    Unfortunately that was 11 years ago and moisture has it's way of creating issues.

    Going to go over connections and clean them to ensure good contact.


    Being in Canada running into a few places that won't ship across the Border (Internationally) but will check them out too. Thanks.

  11. 1 hour ago, High Desert said:

    I'm compiling a list of questions for my Dad to answer on camera about his memories of both driving the car and of the connection he had assigned between a decrepit Buick and his own father who died when Dad was only in his early 20s from a heart attack. I have some other interviews to capture also from other family members and friends. I'm contacting the small town newspaper and school newspaper to see if I can find a copy of the photo that shows him driving the Buick around the school football field while his cousin, just elected homecoming queen, sits high on the folding top in the back, waving at the crowd. 


    Agree with you 100% regarding this!


    I have a few video tapes with Dad and his cars plus a lot of photos let alone three of his antiques so believe me when I say "they are special".


    Dad saved this article from his local paper.

    The T was his daily driver (sitting behind the wheel) in 1941.



    So I support your idea, hearing your Dad's stories in his own words will be a great treasure for all.

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  12. This mornings rain (somewhat needed) has put work on hold today so posting a bit more on the Nash.

    Keith, several years ago (actually a lot of years ago...) my youngest and I were up in Newmarket

    picking up a 10x20 portable tent, stopping for lunch and a group of antique cars rolled in. Low and behold wasn't there an identical black '51 Nash Canadian Statesman! We chatted some before the group headed back out on their tour and I thought we exchanged contact info but looks like I lost it with the last computer hard drive crash. 

    See, I looked further into the distributor Sunday finding no spark from the points so looking to replace points, condenser, rotor and cap before stressing the new battery further. That contact might have proved helpful (if he still has the car...).  

    If your friends with those Nash's might know where to source parts I'd appreciate the help. 


    The box I have on the shelf proved nothing for those new parts so chasing down sources like the Nash Car Club of America and waiting to hear back.


    Meantime, I might have a solution for the vast amount of Buick parts that will need a new home. Details are being worked out so not to jinx this I will hold back those details till confirmation.


    Going to try and finish a small fence I want to put in. Most everything is painted up now requiring assembly/installation.



    This is week 10 till everything has to be cleaned up & or moved... 

  13. Sunday (Fathers Day) was of mixed blessings.

    The good was seeing and talking to both boys and their mates. Got a WiFi extender from one of them and appreciate I will now be able to use my I pad out on the deck now.

    Went over to the Nash earlier to discover my firing issue is indeed moisture in the distributor...

    The rotor looked like this so will have to find the box marked Nash parts and see if Dad has spare ignition parts to put in.



    With that I spent the rest of the time with cleaning her up since it was sitting out.

    The vinyl on the doors had mildew so grabbed my Mothers cleaner and it came up nicely.





    Realised with this shot the lens of my camera has some scratches and the sun makes for the distortion at this angle...



    I use that throw blanket to save the original upholstery some.


    It's coming along getting it to look like she should when I last drove her.

    Looking at the sticker on the back plate proved to be enlightening. It was last on the road in 2011!!


    To be continued...


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  14. 2 hours ago, EmTee said:


    I'd try filing the points.  I'll bet the contacts are oxidized.  give everything under there a good look while you have the cap off.  ;)


    Good call EmTee.  I discussed that (via text) with my go to mechanic last night who stated the very same thing so will be heading over this afternoon and see how things look. 


    Once it runs I will continue with the cleaning as she is really dirty.



    One surprise (and set me back) was opening the trunk to find Dad's case sitting there with some trophy's and plaques from car shows he drove the car to.



    He told me that when he was called up on the draught in WW2 he packed this bag and reported to Wolseley Barracks in London, Ontario, Canada by train. When he got there they asked what branch he wished to sign for and he said the Army.

    During the physical he discovered he had flat feet and with all the marching required they felt it was not the branch for him to serve. Then with the fact he was an only child and his parents had a 25 acre farm they offered him a Hardship Discharge as the war effort felt food was as important as the man power to support the cause.

    Who knows if I'd even be here if things had worked out differently...


    That bag is going to get a good preservation cleaning and hold a special place.

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  15. 10 hours ago, lancemb said:

    Dang, that's a lot of grass!


    Sure is!

    It's a 14 acre property I supply the labour on their machine which takes a full 6 hours to cut with this machine. They are hoping to get their bigger diesel back soon when the correct parts come in. Supposedly it will knock time down to 4 hours. Meantime it's work and a cheque.

    I just need to find my radio headphones...



    Kingsville is located on the north shore of Lake Erie and the property is located across from the Kingsville Harbour which makes for a great spot for a lunch break.


  16. Friday was a hot day on the machine but finished reasonable early so went to the battery store afterwards to buy a new 6V battery for the Nash. No sense in playing with charging an old battery only to find it is beyond it's life expectancy.



    Spent a good three hours today pulling her out to clean and pump up the tires before removing the old battery. The hold down bracket had some residue so took it into the garage and wire wheeled it before painting it and the bars up.



    She cranked over fine but didn't fire up...

    Tried a few things but had to pack up for the day as we have an evening planned.

    Fathers Day will leave me time to try again.


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  17. With having caught up early today I ran over to the garage and spent a couple of hours.

    I'm putting in a fence on the side lot and painting a post before screwing in the braces and boards to clean things up and then painted the side doors for the same effort.



    I then went over to the Nash to see what cleaning it will need.

    Sadly it has been long enough the chrome needs some big cleaning so decided to get at that.



    Patience and LOTS of scrubbing is doing the trick but it wasn't like when Dad gave me the car.


    A little here and a little there...





    So I got about half of the front chrome cleaned up and had to head home but planning on the weekend to see if I can fire her up to move her out and do a proper washing.



    Dad was the third owner and verified from the previous owner (who he worked with) the car only spent one winter of driving here in Ontario since new. It has it's original black paint and interior even though it shows 100,000 miles.

    With it's 6 cylinder standard transmission having had a valve job at around 50,000 miles the last time I drove her it was quiet and comfortable at 55 miles per hour. 


    Will see what the weekend brings to get her running...


    Moving forward....

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  18. Thanks @EmTee for the support and will report today I did spend about an hour accessing where to dig into the garage a bit. Cleaning/moving empty boxes was a start right now...

    Some will be needed to put small things in off the shelves so a bit here and a bit there is where I'm at now. 

    I took a bit of video but can't recall tonight how to post it and maybe shouldn't as it is embarrassing what things have gotten too. 🙄


    Will try and keep active as things show a more positive result.

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  19. The rubber hose is a fuel "supply" line.

    The end of the hose at the rear of the car connects to the gas tank on the fuel gauge which has the pickup in the bottom of the tank. The tube at the top of the tank is only a vent with a short hose clipped onto the cross member above where the springs, are preventing it from draining the tank. 




    My tank is a '58 with the gauge on the side whereas the '57 I believe is on the top of the tank.


    The hose goes onto the fuel pump naturally on the engine. Then there is a hose that goes up to the fuel filter and then another on to the carburetor.


    Hope this helps. 

  20. 23 hours ago, JohnD1956 said:

    Hey @dei. Hope everything is okay. Haven't seen a post in a while?


    15 hours ago, EmTee said:



    14 hours ago, lancemb said:

    I was going to also send Doug a jolt.  I suspect the turn in weather just has him extra busy right now...


    Hey guys,

    I saw JohnD's post late last night and was going to respond but had to think about it at the late hour I read it and then saw you both asked today while I was out working.


    First let me say right off that my wife and I are OK physical health wise but my mental health, while questionable at times in the past, is being put to it's test.

    I don't want this to be a "Wendy Whiner" piece but like I'm sure some of you are dealing with, changes to the normal way of life for us are big and don't expect things to be the same ever again.


    95Cardinal reached out (as did Gary - cxgvd) via PM and want to express my THANKS to you ALL for your concerns as I now realise it has been over a month having posted something or accomplished anything with my cars. 


    Let me explain, being self employed in the service industry for 46 years and watching business slowly dwindle away since the "economic (shafting) recession" of 2008 and turning to a more seasonal business, this shut down has virtually become my FORCED RETIREMENT which I'm not really prepared to do! 

    If anyone ever comes up to you and says "You're in business, man you have it made", do me and him a favour and give that person a slap in the head!


    I've worked physically hard to raise my boys, pay off our house, live modestly, preserve my cars, watch my saving (investments) loose 30% back in 2009, gain some /most of that back and now loose another 22% of that and the business sinking only to revert to a labour job to assist the house hold income!

    Am I the only one with these woe's? NO, I"M SURE NOT! 

    It's about like what my business partner said to me when he found out HE had leukemia, "It's not where I thought I would be in my life at this age..."


    I/we have our health so thankful to be able to continue on and ... the one bright light to look towards is we will become Grandparents of a baby boy come around October 31st!!

    Things look good so far and waiting anxiously for a healthy arrival for everyone concerned.


    Changes... I now have to consider selling the place where I keep the cars and PARTS after August 31st so need to find car storage for 5 cars!!!!! That's only 11 weeks away come Monday and... 


    So, the Special is still apart under the dash but I can and have had it running as it sits but have come to the rationalisation that I'm going to sell Dad's beloved '51 Nash to reduce one space requirement.



    It's been sitting for some time and will need some attention when I manage that time... 


    Again I want to thank those who have been following along and reached out before my thread got onto the third page.


    I know I'm not alone here in some ways so THANKS for thinking of me and listening.


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