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Not much for colour on the bald prairie (there are locations that it could work), but I got an opportunity to take a few photos today.  There have been a few flakes falling this afternoon, so it’s good that all the old cars are now in appropriate locations.  Sigh.

 

 

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On 10/8/2018 at 3:18 AM, Beemon said:

(though hands down, John snaps the best photos, lets be real for a second)

 

I think I smell another challenge coming!

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6 minutes ago, 60FlatTop said:

Here's the best position to view the autumn colors.

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I agree 100 percent!

 

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Hopefully you're not saying the best view is through the view finder while you're driving.  

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We’ve had fantastic Autumn weather around here for the past 2 weeks, but I’ve been too busy with work and other commitments to take advantage with the cars. Today I was able to get the convertible out before all the leaves are gone and the rain returns. 

 

 

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Hey Doug, we have a retreat in Whistler the first weekend of November...there isn’t a pile of time, but we drive back after the event Sunday afternoon and fly out Monday morning.  We will be staying at the Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport in Richmond the night of November 4 if it works to get together.

 

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The colors are just starting to turn on the island so this might not look like an autumn picture but it is. A very blustery day on the South shore of Long Island on the Great South Bay, Robert Moses Causeway bridge in the distance. To windy to even put the top down. But still great chance to drive the Reatta

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2 hours ago, Thriller said:

Hey Doug, we have a retreat in Whistler the first weekend of November...there isn’t a pile of time, but we drive back after the event Sunday afternoon and fly out Monday morning.  We will be staying at the Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport in Richmond the night of November 4 if it works to get together.

 

That sounds great Derek, I’ll send you a PM with my contact details and we can touch base when you’re back from Whistler. 

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The other end of Autumn Buicks is winterizing,  wrap the air conditioner and store the outdoor furniture for winter.

 

Regards, Gary

 

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1 hour ago, JohnD1956 said:

@cxgvd So soon? 

 

Well.... Driving an open touring around here is... Frosty. ?

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Time to update my vehicle list in the signature.

 

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Before the new shoes  ^^   then after  vvv

 

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Very nice John!  I hope you enjoy it as much as your old Estate Wagon.  We had a 93 Century sedan that eventually made it's way to my sister.  That thing was indestructible as she only changed the oil when the light came on!

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@dmfconsult  I haven't driven it much yet Doug but I am pretty happy with it.  This one has the Buick 3300 engine.  Did you have that motor or the 3.1?  This car is a California vehicle.  Bought new in the San Francisco area and in that general area till 2011, when it went to Washington DC.  It was sent to an area near me in 2017, where it was immediately sidelined outdoors. Up to now it has always been owned by members of the same family.  It's a high mileage vehicle, much more than  I would have liked,   but to look at the chassis one would never know it.  It's half the size of a real wagon. But I'm okay with that.  I just want to avoid driving the '13 Regal in the winter.

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I do think it had the 3300 John, although it’s been awhile. My sister is not easy on vehicles and it survived her. She eventually traded it for an SUV.  In fact that became a running joke... at the same time I had a 97 Chevy lumina with the 3100 that I meticulously maintained. I had all kinds of problems with that car (worst I ever owned) while my sister who did nothing, no maintenance, had no issues with the Buick. 

 

I joked the secret to keeping that vintage of GM vehicles running was to never maintain them. 

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Pay attention to the coolant level -- those 60-degree V6 engines are notorious for developing intake manifold coolant leaks which allow coolant into the crankcase.  Watch for 'disappearing' coolant with no outward trace of a leak.  Milky froth on the underside of the oil fill cap is another bad sign.  Having said that, miles alone doesn't hurt them and given its age the intake manifold gaskets may have been replaced already with better aftermarket ones.  Good luck with her, it's almost a shame to subject such a clean car to NYS winters, but I understand perfectly!  ;)

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