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After gassing up the Riding Mower this morning and cutting the grass where Special is I dragged out the seat from the Limited parts car to compare the seat bracket.

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I'm not sure I have that curved piece anywhere but will have to check out a bow or two up in the attic of the garage at home. Sure would help if it is around and get it welded back i rather than looking for another seat back and have it re-upholstered.

With that shelved for now I get a call hearing the mower just came in so with more grass to gut, went and settled up. 

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Interesting that for the money I paid they didn't even fill it up with gas...

 

Currently parked in the LOCKED Shed!!

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Another rainy on and off day today so went back to the garage with the Special and started with cleaning up some things and came across the rims from the parts car Limited.

I think one is quite rusted beyond using and the other appears to be the Special series (smaller) but the other was in better condition requiring just some sanding and paint.

The tires on the Limited at home are old and bias ply right now. They are not holding air so thinking I will put the old radials from the Special on the car as rollers.

Took a few moments to sand this one and brush a coat of paint on.

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I will dig around a bit and find one more, have the two radial tires mounted and swap out the tires and rims on the car to be able to roll it in and out as needed without having to air them up every time.  

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@deiProbably makes one feel good to see em all shiney with new paint, but they may not hold air any better than what you have, what with all that rust on the beads. 

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Went back after work today John and found a 2nd rim to clean up then paint but took this shot of the one I painted already. I only scuffed the front but wire wheeled the inside so maybe what looks like rust in the picture is the bit of paint I didn't clean off before putting the red paint on?

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In other news...

 

I get a call from the wife in the afternoon saying there was a note with a name and a phone number asking if he had stolen my lawn mower? 

Made the call and with apologies all over the conversation he came by tonight and I have it back with sharpened blades.

Goes to show there are some good people when they realise they made a mistake! 👍

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My son went to Colorado last week for work and while in Denver getting ready to come home look what he saw.

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The group of engineers he was with were quite thrilled to see something like this in as good a shape as it is but were taken aback when Mark said he grew up with his Dad having four 1958 Buicks and that he had actually driven my Special Convertible.

 

Anyone recognise this car as being in the BCA?

 

It sure is a beauty!

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10 hours ago, dei said:

get a call from the wife in the afternoon saying there was a note with a name and a phone number asking if he had stolen my lawn mower? 

 

Lesson learned -- next time you go in to yak on the phone or take a 'nature' break, remove the "Free to a good home" sign from your mower first!  :huh:

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1 hour ago, EmTee said:

 

Lesson learned -- next time you go in to yak on the phone or take a 'nature' break, remove the "Free to a good home" sign from your mower first!  :huh:

 

Yes I have to own that part EmTee. In fact the man said that he occasionally picks up mowers out at the road because he cleans them up and lists them for sale so didn't think to knock on the door and ask either, but after looking at mine later soon realised it was in too good a condition to be left for junk!

In an even more twist to this experience, when I explained my 20 minute absence, his 20 year old son explained he had cut lawns in the area (right on the corner from me) and had seen my Special occasionally. He hopes to have an old car one day. 

They live at the far end of my long street and again I expressed my gratitude for taking the effort to make things right. I also said that maybe later we can go for a coffee and possibly share a laugh over this? 

Life is too short to stay in a dark place...

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On this festive Mother's Day I was able to sneak away for a few hours over to the Special to explore the drivers seat bracket shape and size.

I needed to take the back off the car and compare if indeed the bracket is similar for the Special series and the Roadmaster / Limited (or amongst all the series).

Started with removal of the side panel to access the "C" clip which holds the bracket on the pivot bar.

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I next pulled off the side panel before taking the clip off.

Looking at it at this point it sure looks like it is standard but wanted to set the seat next to the Limited one and compare.

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Yes the Special seats are really showing their age but hey, what you see is original to the car, it should look well worn at 61 years old!

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Once it was out I placed it beside the Limited seat.

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It would appear that the curved piece is the same and welded to the seat frame specific to the series seat frames.

(From the Special)

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(From the Limited)

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Now to find a seat that will donate that bracket to fix the Roadmaster seat.

 

Meantime I'm going to continue removing the rest of the seat from the Special to clean and lubricate the seat adjusting slides. I suspect there is next to nothing in the way of lubricant on them...

 

Feeling better about Lance getting the seats complete and not putting him in the hunt for a good seat back.

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Doug, I will find you your seat back one way or the other if no leads come up to you.  I already have my bloodhounds sniffing one out.

Your seat is just what I need with the full bolsters and trim, so I know a donor from a lesser model is out there!

Thanks so much for the help.  Now that I think I've passed the threshold of critical parts needed, it's probably about time I start a thread on that car soon, though it will be a slow burner.

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9 hours ago, lancemb said:

Doug, I will find you your seat back one way or the other if no leads come up to you.  I already have my bloodhounds sniffing one out.

Your seat is just what I need with the full bolsters and trim, so I know a donor from a lesser model is out there!

Thanks so much for the help.  Now that I think I've passed the threshold of critical parts needed, it's probably about time I start a thread on that car soon, though it will be a slow burner.

 

Appreciate the help on the quest for that bracket Lance. 

At least if I have a complete seat back on hand it will accomplish what I intended for the parts car Limited seat for down the road with the Roadmaster. 

 

Meantime I'm going to removed the front seat on the Special to clean up the tracks as it doesn't move very well at all. 

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Being a convertible, it is a lot easier to get it out of the car compared to a hardtop. 

Going to replace the red kick panel too. The original just disintegrated and I had grabbed the one out of the Roadmaster which really sticks out but hey, it did the job (I guess...).

It is an example of the difference in size between the small series and senior series cars. I had to bend it a bit to fit the smaller space. 

I've seen the cardboard panels on eBay for what seems reasonable price but will look for a direct buy from  Cars or one of the other Buick suppliers.

 

Looking forward to bringing the Limited seats to Jim's and the road trip out to you this weekend.

 

Will be posting the journey / fun.

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7 hours ago, dei said:

 

Appreciate the help on the quest for that bracket Lance. 

At least if I have a complete seat back on hand it will accomplish what I intended for the parts car Limited seat for down the road with the Roadmaster. 

 

Meantime I'm going to removed the front seat on the Special to clean up the tracks as it doesn't move very well at all. 

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Being a convertible, it is a lot easier to get it out of the car compared to a hardtop. 

Going to replace the red kick panel too. The original just disintegrated and I had grabbed the one out of the Roadmaster which really sticks out but hey, it did the job (I guess...).

It is an example of the difference in size between the small series and senior series cars. I had to bend it a bit to fit the smaller space. 

I've seen the cardboard panels on eBay for what seems reasonable price but will look for a direct buy from  Cars or one of the other Buick suppliers.

 

Looking forward to bringing the Limited seats to Jim's and the road trip out to you this weekend.

 

Will be posting the journey / fun.

Doug, I have a set of kick panels for a 57 Super new, never used.  I don't know if they will fit exactly or not, but if not probably could be made to.  They would need to be painted red though (I think they are black or gray).  They are yours if you want them.

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2 hours ago, lancemb said:

Doug, I have a set of kick panels for a 57 Super new, never used.  I don't know if they will fit exactly or not, but if not probably could be made to.  They would need to be painted red though (I think they are black or gray).  They are yours if you want them.

 

Will talk to you about them and see if they will work.

If they are black that is perfect as they would be for the Special. 

See you soon.

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Stole a few hours this evening to address some cleanup of trim on the Special.

I noticed the seat back panel and the base panel were looking tired so put a brass wire wheel to them. 

 

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A bit of cleaning on the seat back and some paint... voila!

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Naturally could not stop there as the door trim paint was worn off so again put the wheel to it.

Took all the paint and rust off before painting.

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Pleased with how it turned out as it was almost 70 today and the rattle can worked nicely.

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Between paint drying I looked up and the re-chromed rear bumper parts were staring me in the face sitting on the shelf.

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I'm really going to have to put them on before heading to Ohio next year...

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Wondering if there is a way to save this decal? 

It is a part of the provenance of the car I'd really like to save.

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Weekly Cruise-in's have started this month and with heavy rain on the Monday evening one stayed home. Last night has been the bigger of the weeks in the past car count wise but with a 20% chance of rain showers wasn't expecting that many. 

I needed to put the trim back together I had taken off and painted and other than one hole that was requiring a bigger screw due to being worn, It went well and happy with the small improvements.

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I went at the sill plate with the metal cleaner and it came out better than new for an often scratched and destroyed part!

 

Checked the sky, backed her out and called my wife.

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Well... seeing a blue sky off to the north headed out anyway with the top down and sure enough it started to shower. It was then that I decided to pull into the gas station which had that big roof over the 9 pumps and picked the very middle pump.

It was a good time to slowly fill up and check the oil!

Then it cleared a bit so decided to head on out knowing the car gathering was likely over but what the hey, the car won't melt and neither will we!

This place is on the other side of the City and traveled the main 4 lane road taking our time. Should have seen the looks from people passing us with our top down on the wet roads!

 

 Naturally the lot was empty as expected except for one brad new Corvette. It had only 400 miles on it and the owner was thrilled to talk about it...

Got a chance to say goodbye finally as we said wanted to go for supper. Went back the way we came and ended up at a place quite popular close to home so parked out in the parking lot taking up two spots where I hoped no one would nick her with their doors.

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The skies were not as bad looking so left the top down and took advantage of the $10 burger and fries special.

 

Came out and look what was parked close by.

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It was a beautiful 1967 Cadillac who apparently had the same idea we had.

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I haven't seen this car before and the owner wasn't there but expect to see him sometime later at one of the Cruse-in's.

 

Dropped the wife off at home and had a nice drive back to the garage in the evening now dry air. Not a big trip but feeling better about the cars performance every time out.

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Howdy,

Anybody knows a place/person who can fix the Temp Hose I accidentally emptied as I removed the Gauge Cluster for Speedometer repair ($400.00).

Otherwise have to hang a Temp Clock under the Dashboard 😐.

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ROAD TRIP

Having planned to meet up with 1957buickjim early Sunday morning I spent the afternoon Saturday pulling the seats of the Limited parts car out of the shed and load into my truck.

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The heaviest part was the front seat bottom with it's 6 way power seat bars and frame still attached. Fortunately my son came by at just the right time to assist hoisting it out of the parts car and into the box of my truck.

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Yes they are quite ratty condition wise but lancemb has a purpose/use for them which I will let him post that story not to spoil his excitement.

This also served my purpose to keep peace at home moving things out! To be continued there...

 

With a forecast of possible rain overnight I used a cover and hoped crossing the Border wasn't going to be an issue.

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The plan was to be at Jim's around 8 am and just like a young kid expecting Xmas, was up early in anticipation of the day!

 

Fortunately the traffic was minimal and after asking the obligatory "What is the purpose of your visit to the US?" I answered saying I'm bringing over used seats from my 1958 Buick parts car to give to a fellow Buick owner. He briefly glanced at the back of the truck from his chair in the booth seeing the covered pile and asked, "When are you returning to Canada?". I said it would be late after supper.

He handed me my Passport and said, "Have a nice day."

Buick cars, Buick friends and a road trip, you bet I will! 😁

 

I have been to Jim's on several occasions but brought the GPS (I call her Gypsy) showing I would be there at 7:50 AM.

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As you can see the day was starting out warm and sunny so had to capture this shot.

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Jim backed up his Flex and the U-haul covered trailer to load up his portable engine hoist and we put the seats into the trailer. Double checked for some tools and off we went for the approximate 4 hour drive.

 

When we arrived Lance had his beautiful '57 Roadmaster out marking his home for us.

Jim's reason to come here was to retrieve a supposedly rebuilt 364 with a transmission attached, hence bringing the engine lift which Lance had travelled west and back to get for Jim.

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After some car talk we unloaded the seats which Lance seemed thrilled to get, brought out the engine hoist and proceeded to load up the "boat anchor" motor and transmission from Lance's truck to the trailer with some effort!

Once secured and some other parts exchanged we said goodbye and headed home to Jim's. 

By now traffic was heavier and the skies looked threatening so we decided to stop for a bite. While inside doesn't the sky open up like it is the start of the Fourty Days and Fourty Nights!

 

 

With no choice we headed on for the final leg to Jim's and saw the occasional driver that lost control and was in the median with Police and tow trucks slowing the traffic flow but finally arrived at Jim's unscathed.

By now the daylight was dimming and Jim had to move his vehicles for us to unload the trailer of the motor and transmission.

His Special started right up and he is driving her to the National this year caravanning with Cardinal95 who is bring his Caballero. (in a trailer though)

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That hoist sure was put to good use!

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Jim had to decide whether to separate the engine and trany but with getting the odd sprinkle of rain we both thought of doing this.

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Part of the motor/transmission deal was this fixed up frame from a 57 Buick so it made sense to put it to use and cover it for the night.

 

Finally it was time for me to head home and at the Border the fellow asked, "How long was I away?" then asked, "Did I received or purchase anything? I showed him a pair of '58 front turn signal chrome rings Lance had given me and said they were a gift but worth maybe 40 dollars. He handed me my Passport and said, "Have a good night".

 

I walked into a dark house at 12:15 and my wife asked if I got rid of those seats?

Yes Dear.... 😁 (MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!)

 

What a Buickfull day!!!  😎

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Hey Doug,

 

Great time yesterday! The eight plus hours in a car for the International Buick parts transfer was flawlessly a blast! It was a fun time traveling with you and just having Buick fun! Thanks for all your help and the fine conversation on our trip. It sure made the trip go a lot faster.

 

Glad the BP was lenient with you (haha) and you made it back safe and sound. We will definitely have to get together again for another International Buick rad trip. Maybe next time, we will go to that place south of Detroit, Windsor!

 

Thanks again my friend. It was a pleasure to have you as a traveling partner, rain and shine!

 

Jim

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Likewise Jim!

 

As stated on our trip, meeting you, Joe, Lance and Larry plus connecting with others via the Forums has been a great motivator to get back at my Buick's. 

It was indeed a pleasure talking with you. Man was I horse Monday! 🤣 😀

 

Lance just sent a PM and has found a seat for me that looks like it will work so is finalising details to get it. I suggested if it is alright with you for him to send it to you giving me an excuse to get together again.

Maybe you can take me for a ride in the Special?

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Ok should be close to getting your seat.  He needs to pull it off and pack it up.  I will probably have it sent directly to Jim.  Hope the thing doesn't get broken in shipping!  Looks really solid so should not be an issue.

 

As for the decal on your bumper, use a flat razor blade (not in a holder) and slowly work it downward while gently holding it with your other hand.  Have a piece of waxed paper waiting ton stick it on.  You can then choose a quality adhesive to apply a thin coat of to reapply it if you like.  I've removed some old stickers this way quite successfully!

 

Btw let me know how those kick panrls fit!  Hope they work out, perhaps with a small trim.  Then you can put the red ones comfortably back in the Roadmaster.

 

Thanks again for the seats!  They will go to good use...

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Before the road trip I had taken the two painted rims and the old tires from the Special to be put on and they were ready to be brought home from my mechanics.

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I put them inside the garage to put on the Limited later. These are only rollers for her and maybe a short test drive later when she is put back together...

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Yesterday went inside, grabbed the jack and before taking the old rim and tire off checked the pressure. Dang if it wasn't soft! Took it outside and threw it back into my truck to drop off in the morning. 

Today I received a call from the garage saying it was fixed. Guess the new fat valve stem was not sealing... I will get the tire swapped out this weekend, get them to take the old bias ply tires off the rims, clean and paint them up and bring back to have the other two roller tires put on. 

I will then be able to roll the Limited out and back in without having to fill the tires up each time!

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Today after work I had to move the Special out to access equipment for a job tomorrow and once loaded up looked at her sitting there and decided to go for a ride. Before closing the garage door my wife called to say my son called the house to ask if we could go over and let the dog out as both he and his girlfriend (soon to be wife) were working late and the dog would likely have to go out. Now I know why I got a key...

Timing is everything in life i guess.

Sure enough it was a good thing I was there to let her out as she was pulling on her collar as I hooked up her chain.

She's a smart lab apparently as she has an eye for a Buick. 😁

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Took Sunday off (sort of...) to attend the Can-Am Nationals Car Show.

The day looked promising at 7 am but with forecast for rain after 3pm.

This is their 45th event and is usually held at Gilmore Park in LaSalle, Ontario. This park is on the Detroit River with a small marina / public launch ramp and cars park on the nicely groomed grass.

This year with the high water levels and all the rain we have been having the Town fathers decided to ensure the event was moved to avoid the obvious damage that would have happened.

To the rescue came the local Chevrolet Dealership who moved all it's inventory off the large paved lot. Thanks Reaume Chevrolet!

I managed to park in the middle of the show which is well attended.

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This is the first actual car show for the Buick this year and got a few good compliments on her.

One block from where I keep the Special is a fellow I have been keeping in touch with as he found this 1971 Corvette locally that had been sitting in the guys driveway for some 16 years.

I sat in one like it at the new car show in 1971 at Cobo Hall in Detroit and if I could have afforded one, it is my personal choice for a Corvette.

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Not unlike my Special it has some issues but think I convinced him to attend anyway.

He plans to have the car painted back to it's original blue which again was the same colour as the one I saw back when new.

Being a rod show there were still a lot of originals to see but... 

This Buick caught my eye.

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Clearly it's modified but is impressive.

This one appeared stock (not sure).

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This REO appeared stock so had to investigate.

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Under the hood was a nice surprise short of the non stock alternator.

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Looking inside the car was nicely redone but found the front seats were the big Cadillac / Lincoln high backs in it.

I had to think, Your Car, do with as you like.

 

As the morning wore on watched the skies as it started to look like this with the ocassional dark spot.

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By noon sure enough, it sprinkle and by the time I got back to the car was soaked through my shirt while putting the top up. 

Now the car show was pretty much over so headed back to her garage putting on the heat to help dry things up inside.

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No real harm with the interior and as one of my fellow car owners says, "They won't melt".

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Timing being what it was regarding the rain out of the car show, I planned to go with my son to head out to our winter storage place and bring home my Cougar and his Mustang anyway.

The owner was ready waiting for us and we reconnected the batteries trusting they would fire up.

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All went well there and just had to take a shot of George's beautiful Chevrolet.

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Naturally the second round of rain hit for the drive home but moved on when arriving back in the City.

I followed them back to their house as the plan was to help him move some things in his garage to be able to park the Mustang inside. With sitting for a celebratory beer together with one of his buddies, that plan was derailed so said goodbye and went the long way home.

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When we had our boat we used to keep it down the road at a marina that was simple but reasonable so headed that way to reminisce and check it out.

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The place is really looking run down and with the water high, boy my wife would not be please having to climb up into the boat.

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I miss boating in general but have my cars to keep me occupied. 

 

Next weekend is the Fleetwood Country Cruise-in so keeping fingers crossed the rain will be gone!!

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