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  1. Despite the need for only a Mini-Gathering-

    only local / immediate family,

    son & daughter and their spouses (speece? - our in-laws),

    and son's mother-in-law,

    the turkey, ham, sweet potato pie, potato casserole, broccoli-cheese casserole, home made bread, breading/stuffing, gravy, apple pie, TWO types of pumpkin pie, iced tea, wine, football games on TV, everything was excellent

    No political arguments (all in agreement)


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  2. 2 minutes ago, TTR said:

    Pacific Coast Highway, also known as California State Route - 1.

     PCH ?


    We have traveled most of the length of the PCH with our '63 Impala & '54 Cadillac convertibles-

    Also covered the full length of the Blue Ridge Parkway with the '41 Cadillac convertible,

    and other vintage cars, driving

    Tail of the Dragon

    Going to the Sun Road (Glacier National Park)

    Columbia River Gorge

    Beartooth Highway (Northeast from Yellowstone)

    And the great River Road from Lake Itasca in Minnesota all the way to Venice , Louisiana - down-river from New Orleans,

    Only did segments of:

    Route 66

    Lincoln Highway (Times Square to 

    "Jefferson" Highway - mostly US-90 Partially replaced by I-10 between the PCH in Santa Monica, California to I-95 at Jacksonville, Florida


    Wish we could travel this year !


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  3. On 11/24/2020 at 4:25 PM, CHuDWah said:



    Huh?  How did you get that from what I said?


    victorialynn2 said she got chickenpox as an adult and got very sick - I said that's often the case when adults get so-called "childhood diseases" like chickenpox.  It's the same virus but kids seem more resistant for some reason.  Apparently when you get the virus as a child, it stays in your system and can reappear as shingles in adulthood.  My wife and I both had chickenpox as kids.  She had shingles before there was vaccine and was miserable with it.  We both were vaccinated with Zostavax, then with Shingrix when it came out later - no more shingles so far.  Shingrix is now the prefered vaccine.


    Getting Chicken Pox as an adult may affect your ability to procreate

  4. Just now, Elpad said:

    Growing among 🇺🇸 American cars, Citroen 🇫🇷 cars were a frightful thought. I remember reading about a model that could be driven with only three wheels.


    Yes, that was our Hydraulic D-Series,

    and if I hooked to the trailer using an Equalizer Hitch, I cold remove BOTH rear wheels and drive .

    That was also the model featured in the movie "Day of the Jackal" where an attempt on the life of Charles DeGaulle was thwarted by the Citroen's ability to be driven at great speed even on four blown (shot-out) tires.

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  5. On 11/24/2020 at 3:15 PM, RivNut said:

    Don't know about west coast rain landslides, I just Googled "New Orleans hurricane" and this is one of the pictures that came up. It's pretty much representative of others that I found.  


    Maybe part of the trouble with google - there is no raised land like that picture here in the New Orleans area 😐

    Sure, we have our issues - who doesn't - but we deal with what we have,


    and if life deals you rain,


    Pat O'Brien's (the location of my Bachelor Party back in 1969) makes their own style of "HURRICANE" :

    Light Rum

    Dark Rum

    Jerro's Red Passion Fruit Cocktail MIx


    Slice of Orange

    Served in a tall Hurricane Lamp Glass

    while sitting in a dueling-Piano Bar sharing Bawdy Songs and Backroom Ballads


    Wishing all a peaceful and safe Thanksgiving

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  6. 23 hours ago, Elpad said:


    As  you might expect, the real reason was a fantastic woman,

    great at waterskiing, fishing, off-shore boat handling, hand-thrownpottery, tour/rallye directions &driving,


    How about Buicks?


    Nope - no Buick, at least not at that time, but it did happen later. She drove an almost new '67 Toyota Crown station wagon (Maybe a luxury dream of a Chevy II Knock-off?) Overhead Cam Straight-Six, Stick with Overdrive, and her father (a Pharmacist) had an Olds 88, the Boat and "Weekend Palace", a fantastic "camp" at Grand Isle, LA (barrier Island at the Gulf of Mexico) for off-shore fishing, skiing, shrimping, and generally good times. 


    We eventually bought a new Buick, among other things, but traded the Toyota for a Citroen DS-21, later a series of Citroen models including the Citroen Maserati-engined SM sport coupe, 2-CV, DS-21 Pallas, three different D-21 station wagons, Ami-6, and others. Trimacar (David) got us back going down the "Antique" road back in the 1970s, and we've never regretted the cars, friendships, and memories - driving the "Lower-48" and more.

  7. Humidity, as well as heat are a way of life here in New Orleans, so "just put down the top" is NOT an acceptable solution - especially when travelling cross-country on the interstates.

    While not a Buick, our '54 Cadillac convertible brought us to the same decisions you face. Our solution was to buy a complete set-up from Vintage Air with the under-dash version, and modern style Sanden-type compressor, and the to source a correct factory bracket appropriate to our engine family (new model but same block design. Vintage Air supplied an adapter between the bracket and the compressor, and we fabricated a mount so as to use a dual belt pulley alternator rather than the original generator, matching the compressor. No, it does not look "factory" under the hood, and the interior looks as it would have with aftermarket A/C in the 1950s, but ours is a serious driver, and is comfortable even here in our heat and humidity, as well as when we drove through Phoenix during rush hour traffic.


    Your choice - and good luck.

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  8. 13 hours ago, CHuDWah said:


    Yeah, adults frequently get sicker from childhood diseases than kids do.  I had chickenpox and both kinds of measles as a child - don't recall any of them being that bad.  Never did have mumps though.  You may know shingles is caused by the chickenpox virus - have you had the vaccine?  I got it and haven't had shingles.  Wife had shingles - it ain't fun.


    So ---

    If you get Chicken Pox as a kid you get sick,

    but if you get it as an adult, 

    you don't get kids?


    We both had Chicken Pox as kids,

    saw my wife's Dad suffer with shingles,

    and both have now had the Shingrix vaccine shots,

    hoping that prevention is the best cure

  9. 1 hour ago, RivNut said:

    I think you forgot to mention hurricanes.




    That pic looks more like the result of west coast rain landslides.

    Yeah, we get hurricanes here, and also had them in Jersey,

    but unlike a tornado - with hurricanes at least you have a couple of days to decide to stay or to get out of the way-


    but that wasn't the reason for moving here-


    As you might expect, the real reason was a fantastic woman,

    great at waterskiing, fishing, off-shore boat handling, hand-thrown pottery, tour/rallye directions & driving,

    and after better than 51 years, it was still one of the best decisions I ever made !

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  10. On 11/21/2020 at 4:08 PM, Bleach said:





    Dear, would you please check the TOUR DIRECTIONS one more time?


    I'd prefer that you not get the trophy for "Most Lost Navigator" again !


    And when we got to that tricky intersection,

    yelling "Turn Right Here ! - Left !"  ---

    No, I wasn't really mad at you (mutter, mutter, mutter)...


  11. 5 hours ago, Machine Gun said:

    And for New Jersey! Wait.....nobody says that.


    New Jersey ?


    Wait -- Is that one of the reasons I moved FROM New Jersey?

    Maybe it was because of what else New Orleans offers:

    Great Food

    Hardly ever snow (maybe once every 20 years - and then just a dusting)

    Great Food

    Drive convertibles ALL YEAR LONG - top-down

    Great Food

    Great Music - even on the streetcorners, and I've played trumpet and trombone with some of the best over the years

    Great Food

    No need to "Winterize" antique cars (or any others unless you travel north)

    Great Food

    Some of the nicest folks anywhere

    Great Food

    No driving on icy streets

    Great Food


    Oh Wait, - Did I mention Great Food ???

    Our only Snowballs come in a cup with many differing flavored syrups !

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  12. 17 minutes ago, Brass is Best said:


    Marty I think the small cap went away after 1953. When the hubcap attachment method was changed.




    My 1954 convertible came with the spare's small black cap (as did our '52 convertible) - still have the cap.

    The cap is held to the spare in the trunk by a pair of spring clips which go through the spare's center registration hole.

    It is dome-shaped, and has a hole large enough to allow a finger to be inserted, allowing the cap to be pulled from the spare.

    My guess is that it keeps "unsightly" center section from view, as well as any dirt around lug area?

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  13. 4 hours ago, trimacar said:

    If you've since sold the car hopefully I won't offend you with the following comments.


    The artist's misconception on the convertible coupe is fine, but doesn't show a bright white as the main body color.  


    The color scheme that Buddy did on the car (and I hate green cars, by the way), was much more elegant and keeping in the theme of a classy car.  I'd stand next to the car and just feel good, admiring the details.  I just don't think that bright white helps the car, but am sure it seemed right at some point and the new owner enjoys it.



    I had strongly considered buying Buddy Walton's Cadillac, and already owned the spare '29 chassis, fenders, and steering assembly with an eye (but maybe not the budget) toward building a speedster. I recall the Caddy's paint falling off in sheets. I also looked seriously at buying Buddy's '29 Packard 640 Dual Cowl Phaeton, but was aware of a series of problem areas. It went to a couple of tri-five Chevy brothers, and then to another gent who commissioned a full restoration, got a First AACA Junior at Charlotte, and (as I recall) then sold the car.


    Buddy and another friend once borrowed my Suburban and trailer to take the '29 Caddy to a Cad-LaSalle show in Dallas, TX. Somewhere between Houston and Dallas they saw a trailer wheel pass them, and realized it was familiar. Leaving the 'Burban and trailer at a shop untul they could retrieve it on the return trip. they drove the '29 up and back - no surprise there !

  14. On 11/21/2020 at 6:21 PM, MCHinson said:

    Unless I am missing something, I would suggest you need to simply lap the bottom plate to remove the grooves that the gears have worn, probably get rid of the gasket, and bolt it back together. That is how you take a late 30's Buick oil pump and return it to factory oil pressure.  


    Agree with Matt's note-

    That is exactly what I did with my '27 Chevy's oil pump-

    and it restored oil pressure to above factory specs, even when hot and at extreme slow idle (got it staying smooth even down to 225 RPM)

  15. On 11/13/2020 at 8:04 PM, Classic Mike said:

    Drivers door drops a little. Hinges are solid  may need a little adjustment. Passenger door closes perfectly. 




    Dropping door, especially with good hinges, usually indicated bad wood in the frame supporting the door,

    and/or bad wood in the door itself -

    an expensive, labor-intensive repair.

    That issue was what took me so long to eventually find our former '34 Buick,

    but what made a dozen years of toring, and the eventual body on chassis restoration to Repeat Senior AACA status so much better (and affordable)-

    since gone to new caretaker on this FORUM

  16. As I recall, at least in 1950, the lower series Statesman had the Flathead Six-cylinder,

    while the upseries Ambassador had the OHV Six.

    The "600" wassold alonside the Statesman and Ambassador through 1949, but was discontinued after the 1949 model year - at least per my aging memory.

    My father's 1950 Statesman was notoriously underpowered, as Dad frequently reported, having been the replacement for our 1942 Chevrolet Special DeLuxe

  17. 22 minutes ago, Tinindian said:

    1939   About 21,600,000 results (0.50 seconds) google search



    The pictured 1939 Plymouth above appears to have aftermarket headlights -

    as I recall, the '39 Plymouth had rectangular headlights with rounded corners,

    unless Canadian versions differed from US models?

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