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  1. Boxwood Manor is a Century Farm (owned by the same family for at least 100 years) from 1790 in nearby Pendleton, SC, and both celebrate 225 years in 2015. The same family has owned the house since 1790. They had a Christmas open house yesterday with a small car show, so a friend drove his '63 LeMans, and I took the Roadmistress. Afterwards, we both headed to a gas station near the lake and topped off the tanks with non-ethanol.




    It was very Buick-y (Century Farm, 225 years) and a beautiful day, warm in the sun, cool in the shade.



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  2. Finally, a show about the car hobby that covers a wide range of vehicles and foregoes the manufactured-drama of its hosts. It's about the cars, their value (both in dollars and what they mean to each owner), and features believable experts who provide realistic input. Mine is just one opinion, but so far the only programs worth watching have been Chasing Classic Cars, and Jay Leno's Garage. I preface these remarks by admitting that I know and like two-thirds of the cast, Tom Cox and Chris Ritter, and I look forward one day to meeting the third, Ben Neff, the Vegas High-Roller. I like the graphics, the music, and the show's vibe.
    No show is going to be everything for everyone, and I'm not that in to the modern exotics in Episode Two, but they're off to a fine start. For such a show to survive, it has to have a wide breadth of subject matter to appeal to a broad audience. 
    While I love totally original or restored to original cars, featuring the '50 Mercury Mild Custom was great. It reminded me of reading about the Hirohata Mercury and other classic customs of the '50's, when I was a teenager in the '70's. An important point made was that its modifications could be reversed without much effort. There are plenty of AACA and other clubs' households whose garages include and embrace both types and, for that matter, all types of cars.
    On a personal note, I was honored earlier this year when some friends who host an annual Ferrari Club Concorso invited the Roadmistress to be shown on the lawn with mostly modern exotic European marques, because they like her style and patina. It was fun, even gratifying, to watch the owners of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches and other exotica make the trek across the lawn and up the hill to ogle and take pictures of the old '57 Buick. While they were doing that, I was learning about the passion for their cars, thereby broadening my own horizons. Win win.




    We need to thank the producers, the talent (on-screen and off) and, most of all, the sponsors of The Apprai$ers who brought this show to air. For it to succeed, we need to watch and tell our vast networks of friends to watch it. I look forward to the next, and many more episodes, and hope you do, too.



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  3. Wow, where the heck was I during that discussion. :wacko:  Some interesting observations and conclusions there, thanks Tom. Now if I can just remember these facts next time it comes up. :huh:


    No one can be everywhere, Lamar. The discussion began with a really nice original '57 that was running wire wheels on Fabricast drums, and branched off, as they often do.


    On this post's thread, that's why I made the jab about the seller's claim that the wires were factory options for all Buicks from '53 to '58.


    I really should have cut him some slack, 'cause he probably read that at a popular tire retailer's site (and elsewhere) who sells ersatz wires for ANY car, just because they can. Folks see and believe the BS, it becomes rote, "I saw it on the Internet", and perpetuated.


    Then jerks like us come along with proof from our pesky parts manuals, order forms, dealer price lists, service bulletins, etc., and upset the apple cart.


    Forgive them for they do not know, but this is the part of research I love best.


    Apples blown out of the cart, flying everywhere!



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  4. I was taking my information from the Standard Factory Installed Items list below. But the Master Parts Book lists "55 All" also so I guess that would confirm your assertion.  I personally don't consider the BCA Judging Handbook book to be the final authority though.




    The date on the dealer price sheet is 11/54. At some point in the model year, and certainly by April, '55, wire wheels were optional on the 40 Series. We hashed all this out last year in this discussion. It was about the '58 Fabricast Aluminum Drums and factory wire wheels.



    I agree that the BCA Judging Manual, any judging manual, is not the be-all, end-all, and can be changed when new info comes to light.

    It's happened before and will happen again.   :mellow:



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  5. Very cool, Joe Hope she sees it!




    If this doesn't work for you, contact Matt Hocker at the AACA Library in Hershey to see what else may be available.


    He knows you might be calling him.


    Library hours: Mon thru Sat, 8am to 4pm.


    Phone: (717) 534 - 2082


    Looks like someone's going to get a great gift this Christmas!




  6. Here in SC near Lake Hartwell, you can find non-ethanol in many stations at the pump, but may have to drive a few miles for Premium NE. On a recent trip to CT, I used the Pure Gas app to find NE, looking for it at the pump, as at home, but found an entirely different scenario. 


    Wanting NE that'll sit in the tanks of cars in a showroom (that are not started as often as they should be), I wound up getting high-octane C-9 Racing Fuel, very pricey, that came in 5-gallon cans. I understand that boaters and vintage car owners use it a lot for its clean-burning properties, but the concept was totally new to me. It's stable for a very long time, the cars fire right up with little effort, but I just had to get used to what I find at home may not be what I'll find elsewhere.


    The app's not perfect, but it helped in a pinch when needed.



  7. Good going Earl. There's nothing worse than putting words to print, then discovering you're flat out wrong. That sinking feeling in your gut like, "How could I have done that?", that hits you like a ton of bricks. You're absolutely right, that no one knows everything about any given subject, though some would have you believe otherwise. You've probably forgotten more than many of us will ever know.


    There are three major elements here. The first is to accept that mistake, correct the misinformation, and move on. The second is to realize that as one studies any subject over time, both scholastically and in the field, one becomes an expert, and that your words and deeds are accepted by others; they're important. The third is to grasp that no matter how hard you try, regardless of how sure you are, it will probably happen again.


    Forgive me if I've gone too long with this, but know that in my book, you'll always be a "go-to guy".


    If there's a fourth element, it's that with your apology you've shown what separates the men from the boys. 





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  8. AACA Fall Meet will also be on Chasing Classic Car on Dec. 23rd and I have a small part in that episode.  8 year granddaughter needs to see me on the Tube!


    That's how it begins, with a "small part". If she has any trouble recognizing you, have your agent ring her up and tell her,




    "Sweetie, your Grampa's the one in the beret and loud lounge wear. He sends his love and this signed, 8 x 10 glossy".  





  9. It's 1981 and I'm sitting in my new '67 Skylark Custom Sport Coupe, bought from the late Stan Farnham of Orlando. I was 24 and living in Ft. Lauderdale at the time. Stan and his partner York Monhollen were good friends with John and Janet Ricketts, who were big in the BCA; Janet would later become the AACA's first woman president. Both are now deceased, too, but their daughter Tracy Ricketts Lesher has many great stories of those heady times. I kept the Skylark for a couple of years, and, of course, regret getting rid of it.




    One day the right '67 Skylark Custom Sport Coupe will come along,

    preferably Aquamarine Poly with PW, P Seat, Tilt, AC, etc.,

    but till then I'll have to make do with the '57.

    I'm not complaining...  ;)





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  10. Thanks Sean, great information as usual. I thought, too, that maybe the Model 46 was combined with 46S production.

    Forgot to mention it between reaching for an Aleve and the Sprite mixer for the Canadian Club.


    The Canadian Manuals list these models for '51 available in Canada...


    4311 Coupe 2 door   (US 48)
    4311D Coupe 2 Door Deluxe    (US 48D)
    4327 Coupe 2 door Tourback   (US 46S, US-built sold in Canada)
    4337 Coupe 2 Door Riviera   (US 45R)
    4367X Coupe Conv.  (US 46C, US-built sold in Canada)
    4369 Sedan 4 Door  (US 41)
    4369D Sedan 4 Door Deluxe  (US 41D)
    From a 1954 Red Book, all the U.S. models, including 46 and 48, as used cars.
    For any who care to see, these are what they look like in the U.S. brochure.
    These are the Models 42, 46R, and 46D the Buick Custom Special models that were cancelled.
    De-trimmed Super models, including a Sedanet.


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  11. Did Buick offer a rarer 1951 Model 46 than the 46C or 46S?


    The Model 46, 2-Door 3-Passenger Tourback Coupe...also known as a Business man's coupe...that is addressed in the FACTS FOR SELLING A 1951 BUICK and the 1951 BUICK SHOP MANUAL...


    You're on to something intriguing, Al. My '36 to '59 Buick Master Body Parts Manual doesn't list the Model 46, neither does the Encyclopedia of American Cars, 1930-1980, so I was thinking maybe the 46 was catalogued, but 86'ed before production.


    However, it is listed in the Red Books (National Used Car Market Report) at f.o.b. $1,987, the only '51 below the $2,000 price point, and is listed each year with correspondingly lower used car prices. It had to exist for the Red Books to publish used car prices for the seven years they listed the '51 models. 


    It's not listed in my '46 to '57 Canadian Master Body & Chassis Manuals.


    1951 is a confusing year with its variety of Specials, (cancelled) Custom Specials and more.



  12. John_S,


    You're welcome about the before and afters, I agree, so much beauty was lost, and pictures and films help us realize what's gone.

    Can't dwell on it, but I do enjoy walking around looking for facades and buildings that survived, imagining their charmed past.


    Then, a short train ride away, you run across a gem like the Automuseum Dr. Carl Benz in Ladenburg,

    virtually unscathed during the war, and the collection housed in the former Benz Werks... 





    1937 Mercedes-Benz 170H "Heckmotor" (Rear-engined) Cabrio-Limousine


    Beauty is where you find it,




  13. Hi Matt,


    Thanks for your reply, I forgot you were open on Mondays. I appreciate the heads-up for future articles,

    and will definitely take you up on the offer when needed.






    I really enjoyed my visit there two weeks ago, and all your help; the Library is a great, often untapped resource.

    On my trip, I was introduced to a known marque but new-to-me model, the Armstrong-Siddeley Star Sapphire,

    and was pretty thrilled to find multiple brochures and press photos of it in your vast holdings.






    (Plus, I got to fill in some blanks for a friend's '63 Pontiac LeMans convertible).


    Very cool!


    Thanks, and have a good one,



  14. '57ADV, 


    Since you're no stranger to research, the next logical step is to track down a complete set of Automotive News issues, the industry trade publication. Things like the Spring Selling Season and the new colors were usually announced there, often with big, splashy ads. Try the AACA LIbrary & Research Center, the National Automotive History Collection (Spellman Branch, Detroit Public Library), or the Automobile Collection at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Focus on issues from late-February to early-April.


    Chrysler's in-house magazine that dealers sent to prospects/customers is another obvious source (Buick announced their Spring colors and the new Roadmaster 75 in a separate issue included in their monthly BUICK mailer). 


    I found this Dodge Swept-Wing Spring ad in my collection, from Holiday magazine but undated.


    I'm confident you'll find your answer, and won't rest till you do.


    Happy hunting!




  15. Hey Library Staff,


    Just clicked on the Homer Laughlin, Jr. car post to see if maybe it was related to the Homer Laughlin China Company that made dinnerware, perhaps most notably Fiestaware (from the '30's on). Clicking on, "View the full article" opens the same sized image that can't be read easily without a magnifying glass or photographer's loupe.


    Reading or saving the file is sort of useless if it's not enlarged, so is there a way to share a bigger file with us, and thereby with posterity? I find that many posts are the same size when you click "view the full article". Is it a tumblr hosting size-limitation? 


    With a little digging I found out that Homer Laughlin, Sr. retired to L.A. and that in all likelihood Homer, Jr. built the car, as the scion of the family long after his father sold the china company.


    So I think I found my answer, but I'd still like to be able to easily read the article (all the articles) that you so generously post.

    Difficult to do when the text is lilliputian.


    Thanks, and keep up your good works,




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