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It is Sunday, October 8th.  A long day at Hershey yesterday.  Got home late.  A great day for a show.  We had a fun day.  I think the Buick did OK.  I will know in a week or so if we got our HPOF award.  I did get dinged for repainted fender and an incorrect oil filter.  We stayed with other HPOF cars for most of the day, but did take a walk to see all of the restored cars.  We were way in back on the show field.  Lots of nice cars in the HPOF area.  Here are the pics I took of interesting cars.

 

 

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Still Sunday.  And we just got back from showing the Jaguar and the Morris Traveller at the MG Club's Hunt Country Classic for British cars.  Rain this morning and sprinkled up to about noon.  So only about 50 or so cars attended.  Some nice rolling stock.  Alice won first in her class for the Morris Traveller, and I won the best in show British Ambassador's trophy for the Jaguar.  Quite an honor for the Jaguar.  Met lots of people as we parked the Jag and Morris side by side the last three hours of the show.

 

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John.,

 

Sorry I did not go back to the HPOF section and try to find you, but after walking in the swap meet all week, after I was finshed judging, I headed home. In addition to the Brewster that I now know about in HPOF from your photos, there was an interesting Brewster bodied Ford in Class 21E that I judged. Until seeing that car and speaking with the owner, I had no idea that Brewster built exclusively on Ford chassis in 1934 and 1935. Some of those car bodies have been transplanted to Buicks in later years.

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Before I ask the larger forums I thought I would post an issue with the 1928 Buick.  While cleaning it I noticed a dusting of material near the window sill jams.  I am going to assume that this is an indication of a wood post beetle infestation.  My question, how do you treat the condition without actually getting to the wood framing?  Suggestions?

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Vessels and containers carrying timber arriving and leaving this country are often fumigated to kill such pests. Basically, the vessel or container is filled with a toxic gas for something like 36 hours.

 

Typical gasses used are phosphine and methyl bromide. These are not for amateur use!

 

You may be able to find a commercial operator that can fumigate the car in a container for you.

 

 

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Yahoo!  I was just informed that the 1928 Buick, model 29, Town Brougham received its AACA HPOF designation/award. 

 

 

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It is Sunday, October 15th.  We went for a walk on our neighbor's farm.  We came upon his old tractor.  He said he forgot to set the brakes and was just using compression to hold it.  He just finished pulling it out of the woods.  I think it is toast.

 

 

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Yes, that's pretty sad....

 

I had a friend who had a work truck, 1.5 ton and welding machine and gas tanks for cutting on the back...lives on a hill, forgot to set the brake, transmission cog slipped and he watched it go down a LONG hill into the woods....Mr. Gravity will get you for sure...

 

As a side note, congrats on your HPOF on the Buick.....nice car.....

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Hey Guys,  I asked this on the Avanti owner's forum but things are bit quiet over there.  I'm thinking someone on this thread can explain this to me. 

 

Could someone explain the differences between the "production orders" copies, invoices and inspection reports  being sold on ebay:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Studebaker-Avanti-1963-1964-Original-Build-Sheets-/120500497210

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Studebaker-Avanti-Factory-To-Dealer-Invoice/120498414658

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Studebaker-Avanti-Factory-Inspection-Sheets/110462680783

 

And what you can get from the Studebaker museum?

https://www.studebakermuseum.org/store/studebaker-production-orders

 

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Thanks John.  I thinking that the ebay seller is actually Nostalgic motors.  Studebaker owners are quite lucky that there is this much factory info on their cars.

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Production Orders are the documents to begin the manufacture of an Avanti. They specify what equipment will be fitted along with color and other particulars. Production Inspection Reports detail the various stages that are followed to manufacture an Avanti. The report notes any discrepancies and their correction. Nostalgic has the production order, production inspection, and dealer invoice forms. He will sell you a set for your Avanti. He retains the originals and provides high quality copies. Well worth the cost. JWL

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Going to be in the movies.  It is Monday, October 30th.  If the stars align, the 1928 Buick will be back in the movies.  We have been notified that the car will be needed in late November in our town of Warrenton, VA at the pony and show grounds, for two days of shooting the movie, "Billy and Blaze".  Here is a funding video for your information.  This will be the second movie for the 1928.  It was in "J Edgar" a few years ago.  More to come, it is a bit iffy right now.

 

http://www.billyandblaze.com/feature.htm

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November 1st.  I got the awards plaque for the HPOF certification.  I do not have the proper brass tacks so mounted everything with what I had on hand.  Will update it next week when I get the proper tacks.  I have also sent away for the brass backing for the car emblem, and will mount it to the front of the car when it arrives.

 

 

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I'm not used to going so long without updates here! Hope all is OK.

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It is Monday, November 11th.  Zipdang, I am hanging in there.  Just have been doing farm work and getting ready for winter.  Right now I am cleaning and changing oil in all my mowers and tractors.  I have to get the Passat on the lift and change oil and put on winter tires.  Then I can move the Avanti off the four post lift and begin to change out the single brake cylinder for a dual, and redo the rear brakes.  I have a bunch of little stuff to do on the Avanti.  I have been debating on pulling the engine to fix all the oil leaks, but will wait until I have the brakes working correctly.  Believe it or not, the power steering hoses are easier to replace when the engine is out.  

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Great to hear from you! I guess that's one of the issues with being such a fixture in the forum - you're missed quickly!

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Well then I better keep posting.  Took Camaro Steve down to Dan's shop to pick up Barney, his 53 Ford P/U.  Barney now has a new heating and AC system.  And Dan was doing the body work on a Chev P/U that will be all original, it is 4 wheel drive, and a 3100 series.

 

 

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And I picked up a BMW emblem for the engine bay, and installed it.  Just a bling piece, but looks much better than just an embossed image of the badge.

 

 

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And finally for a farm report, hauling round bales of hay into the pastures for the llamas.  These are the first two of about sixty that I will need over the course of the winter.  

 

I wanted to see if the loader would pick up the bales without a spear, which I do not have.  So with a ratchet strap and the loader it worked just fine.

 

The llamas are very happy.

 

 

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It is Saturday, November 18th.  A beautiful, but coolish day, for the filming of "Billy and Blaze" movie.  The shooting was for 4 or 5 non-speaking  scenes at a small town riding arena.  Billy and Blaze in the last picture are spending a day practicing jumping.  There were probably about 60 some extras in period early 30s clothes.   Only two cars were needed so our 28 Buick and a Ford Model T made the cut.  In one scene I had to drive behind the arena as the horse was jumping.  I did this about a half dozen times before the "cut" was given.  All in all it was a fun day and the Buick ran great.  I figure that we put about 40 miles on the old girl.  Here are some pics.  Lots of horse shots.  And even Alice and myself in our period garb.

 

 

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