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  1. And that dirt road will make you feel comfortable driving slower and actually seeing/enjoying the countryside.


    I'm aware Michigan still has dirt back roads "if you will" but here in my part of Southern Ontario one has to look hard to find a dirt road anymore. Most have been tar and chipped or paved with asphalt.


    I remember a particular trip well taking back dirt roads when I was a kid in a car club members 1931 Buick bus along with a full passenger list.



    That's me on the far right.

    Quite the experience when the old straight 8 couldn't make it up the hill with the full load. it had to unload everyone, back down the hill (almost going into the ditch), back part way up the hill and then give it all it was worth while members assisted by pushing. 



    Ahhh... it seems like yesterday...


    So I'll cheat and post this even though it wasn't today. 😁

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  2. 4 hours ago, Matt Harwood said:

    I should be keeping in my pocket in case cars stop selling when things go to hell in about three or four weeks...   


    I know exactly what you are feeling Matt regarding our hobby / driver cars.

    I have put off getting at my car even with all what I have in stock thinking I will need to put her back together as like what your are experiencing, I'm sure one thing will lead to another and my small business is way off it's mark...  

    Concentrating on bringing in money another way and that is slow so with free storage and no even local car gatherings... leaving those nuts and bolts and tools right where I left them till things are in better shape. 

    God I hate the expression "We are all in this together" from the Powers That Be but here on the Forums dare I say it kinda does apply?

    Hang in Matt, that's all I'm going to do. (What real choice do we have?)

  3. 1 hour ago, JohnD1956 said:


    It will be a challenge this year.  However one side benefit for now is the lack of traffic on the local roads.  It has been nice to get out with the cars and not be tailgated or unsafely passed, and then robbed at the gas pump. 



    Challenging year is right John...


    However, to your statement above, since our P M has started to open a few things up some the traffic volume in town is more like it was back in February. Maybe it is lighter out in the County but with Chryslers going back into production this week will bet the commuters are hitting the bricks anxious for that full pay cheque again. (can't blame them for that)


    As to the driving habit's I've experienced...

    I missed the memo stating that the Rules of the Road during this pandemic have been rescinded like stopping fully at stop signs or red lights, totally ignoring the speed limits, cutting across three lanes (at high speed last minute) and other infractions!

    Panic stops are suggesting I need to do a brake inspection!


    I'm sure I sound like Wendy Whiner here but the gas prices are going up!

    Four weeks ago I paid 63 cents per litre for regular and finally had to fill up again this week.

    It was 93.9 per litre yesterday! The 75 bucks it cost me only put just over half a tank in my F-150  where it only cost me 68 dollars to get a full tank last time!

    And the price of a barrel is at what?

    Collusion and gouging isn't dead yet!~


    Now, if I can just get back to the Special...

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  4. 2 minutes ago, auburnseeker said:

    I told the wife (from a farming community and her family had all kinds of farm animals growing up on their 100 acre more hobby than anything farm) That she tried so hard to distance herself from farming life that now she is knee deep in it (literally) as I watch her out theri in her muck boots cleaning out the coop.  Brings a little smile to my face.  :) 


    Seems the older I get I find myself leaning to things I did when I was young too. 

    Might be that simpler comfortable time thing?

    Guess that's why I kept my High School car all these years...

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  5. On 5/3/2020 at 1:01 PM, 38Buick 80C said:

    Some scratches in the windshield.





    I polished with steel wool and mother's mag and aluminum polish. Followed be polishing compound.


    Much better but still visible. Will just have to keep working at it. Can really see it on the inside. Also sratched from wiper.


    I'm curious as to the process you used with steel wool and mag polish.

    What grade of steel wool did you use?

    Was this done only by hand motion or with a polisher?


    I have wiper scuffing and wondered if this might reduce or clear it up.



  6. While not my 1930 Buick Bus it is me (on the very right) & my dad with the cap on the right helping hold up the sign. 



    The year was 1969 and the Club was going on a day trip along the north shore of Lake Erie. That old straight 8 got a work out with all the wicker seat filled.


    The owner eventually sold the bus to an actual bus company 40 miles east and they restored it but were able to save those wicker seats (which were very comfortable). 


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  7. Long before the advent of YOM plates Dad found a set for his 1920 Overland and put them on with the current registered plate.



    This was taken in 1969. He never ran into a problem with the police on them but did get stopped once because the car didn't have turn signals. Hence you see them bolted on the front apron.

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  8. Received a call wondering if I would be interested in some work in Kingsville so met the man early, discussed the project after showing me some equipment that would be involved and decided to drive on down to where we had cottages years ago.

    It was a real a eye opener when I stopped at what was once known as The Municipal Beach.



    There used to be a sandy beach out to the end of those steel groynes.

    Lake Erie is at an all time high and with the south westerly winds lots of damage to property going on.

    Drove on down to the cottages and took this shot.



    While not quite as critical it still will be a problem if the wind either doesn't shift direction or slow down.  Dad had to put the concrete in back in the 70's when a three day blow washed out the block and wood wall they had then. Then ten years later he and the neighbours contracted to put in those steel groynes. They have saved the beach until now but looks like mother nature is going to win this one. Once those big rocks are place forget ever  having a sandy beach again...


    This is what the beaches looked like then.


    That's my 15 ft Lyman and my then girl friend (before I knew she was going to be my wife) in front of the cottages. 



    On the way back home I took a small road and look what I saw. At least he is further back from the lake than some. 


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  9. Sunday morning I made a trip to a Home Depot Store on the outskirts of town that is rather large and allows one to actually get in a line to ask to purchase goods instead of on-line or calling on the phone. It was worth the gas as I had spent from 1:30 till 4:15 Saturday trying to get through at my regular store on the phone and then only to be told I could pick up the few things I wanted sometime after 3 the next day>>>??? 

    Staying isolated not able to earn a living is one thing but this hurry up and wait in a social distance line is testing my patience. Was told by my neighbour I'd better just get used to it...

    There, got that off my chest.


    So having purchased a can of spray foam I put some into the Vinyl dash piece as it was 78 degrees on Sunday and left it over night to cure per instructions.

    I think I got enough in there.



    After cutting lawns I sat down with a knife and after unscrewing the wood braces took out the piece and cleaned it up.



    I'm mostly happy with the way it worked out and will save the box in case I have to do the same thing for the Limited and the Roadmaster.



    Now, time to get into that dash again...

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  10. No issue at all Keith.

    Like Dad's antique cars, family treasures keep him alive for me and obviously you too regarding your grandfathers furniture. Dad told my son Mark that he could have all his wood shop tools and know he would like them as a hobby craft also being the mechanical engineer that he is.


    If I think of it will dig out some of the toys and shoot some pictures Dad made for the boys when they were young.


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  11. On 5/2/2020 at 1:18 AM, lancemb said:

    Those are some really beautiful pieces your dad made!


    11 hours ago, Buicknutty said:

    Lovely work, Doug!


    Thanks guys!

    Dad used to say he was the prime example of "Jack of all trades but master of none". 

    In his day growing up (like many others) living on a small farm money was tight, so one had to do things that the young generation today (not all...) say, Take it in to be fixed or through it out and get a new one cause it's cheaper than having it fixed...


    He always said he would have loved to be a carpenter working with wood but back then labour didn't pay what it does comparatively today so went to work as an Operator In Training for the Ontario Hydro till becoming an Assistant Operator in what was the then maned distribution yards. This is a facility that reduces the power from those huge lines coming from Niagara Falls to service Windsor with it's local power. Eventually those places were fully Automated which reduced man power requirements and when Dad turned 59 the Company offered him early retirement with not only full pension but a years salary incentive to boot!!

    It was then that he built his 16x16 wood shop in the back yard and delved into finish wood working. 

    Along with his antique cars, three of which I still have (Thanks Dad), and the various charity organisations he worked on, his life was very fulfilled. 


    Short story about his job.

    With having cottages 40 miles from home and his job being in Windsor, he would drive after work to the cottages and be with us as there was always something to do there. He was driving the Limited at that time (before he gave it to me) and one day getting ready to go on his afternoon shift he asked if I wanted to go to work with him?

    The station he was posted at was a sub station and didn't have a large staff during the evenings so sure, why not. 

    Different times then as it would not be allowed to have non employees on site even with permission!!! As a young lad it was fascinating to be in that building hearing the humming of those big transformers reducing power to be sent to the City and the Chrysler Plant right down the road.

    Dad's job was to monitor the equipment meters and be on site to switch power around should there be any disruption in power through out the system allowing Linemen to fix the problem safely so I was left to explore the yard and building with strict instructions to "NOT TOUCH ANYTHING!!" 


    Back to the Limited...

    As the evening wore on I was getting tired and with no place to lay down Dad said he would pull the Buick into the bay and I could sleep on the back seat. That was my earliest experience with the back seat of that car...

    Next thing I knew the car door was shutting as it was 12 pm and his shift was over so time for the 40 mile drive back to the cottages.


    Being about 13 then, life seemed to be a lot simpler.



    Happy Birthday Dad. 

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