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Took 29 minutes yesterday to check out the seat back I got from Lance.

Amazingly it appears to be the same size as the Roadmaster seat which surprises me.

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I will need to find someone who is good with a welder to fix the lost bracket but should be good now.

 

THANKS AGAIN LANCE!

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Finally a day with NO RAIN!

That however meant trying to catch up on the work pushed back and was a long day...

Called my wife and said we were going for drive and get ice cream.

 

Took our time driving along the Detroit River to the small historic town of Amherstburg, Ontario (Canada).

 

As posted earlier the water levels are at their highest and drove in to check out one of the public boat launches.

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It's hard to see but the man standing behind the boat on the trailer is standing on the dock and it is almost to his knees!

 

The air was about 63 degrees but being around water always feels cooler so left the top up and continued till finding a parking spot in the quaint area downtown.

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Amherstburg has developed a beautiful waterfront park called King's Navy Yard Park. Being that it is at the mouth of the Detroit River it played an important part in the War of 1812 aiding to establish the border of Canada.

Naturally a stroll was in order to walk off that chocolate hot fudge treat!

 

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This building was built in 1915 which housed the newspaper Amherstburg Echo established in 1874. It published articles until December 2012 when Sun Media (the last owners) closed it down...

It was finally sold to an investor that is operating it as a restaurant/bistro.

Not sure where the historical collecting of newspapers have gone?

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Getting cooler with the setting sun it was time to head back.

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With the Special performing well it was a satisfying end to a long day.

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On 6/14/2019 at 6:43 AM, dei said:

Took 29 minutes yesterday to check out the seat back I got from Lance.

Amazingly it appears to be the same size as the Roadmaster seat which surprises me.

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I will need to find someone who is good with a welder to fix the lost bracket but should be good now.

 

THANKS AGAIN LANCE!

Doug, that's surprising indeed that it's the same size!  With that being the case, I might suggesting just having a trim expert swapping everything onto the seat frame I got you.  It's pretty clean, and wouldn't have to worry about potential weak spots from welding or alignment issues...

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That thought had crossed my mind before getting the Limited interior to you (for down the road...) but luckily for you didn't move on it.

I'll search around now that I have both seat backs and see what can be done.

There is a fellow that used to work at RM Restorations in the early days and started his own business restoring cars that would be my first choice for this. It is mostly a one man operation consequently slow but work is excellent and after all, I'm not restoring the car just now so... 

Hopefully the seat material is in good enough condition to survive a transfer but will see.

 

At the very least it would be a nice road trip out to his place in the Special!

 

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13 hours ago, dei said:

That thought had crossed my mind before getting the Limited interior to you (for down the road...) but luckily for you didn't move on it.

I'll search around now that I have both seat backs and see what can be done.

There is a fellow that used to work at RM Restorations in the early days and started his own business restoring cars that would be my first choice for this. It is mostly a one man operation consequently slow but work is excellent and after all, I'm not restoring the car just now so... 

Hopefully the seat material is in good enough condition to survive a transfer but will see.

 

At the very least it would be a nice road trip out to his place in the Special!

 

Doug, for a good upholstery guy this is not a big deal and I can guarantee your upholstery would survive just fine.  In fact, any weak spots could be reinforced while off.  I wish I'd known they were the same size and I would have tried to talk you into bringing your seat back to me when you came so I could have my guy do it for you.  I can still do that if the seats get down here.  Swapping upholstery is without a doubt what I'd do, for what that's worth. 

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8 hours ago, lancemb said:

Doug, for a good upholstery guy this is not a big deal and I can guarantee your upholstery would survive just fine.  In fact, any weak spots could be reinforced while off.  I wish I'd known they were the same size and I would have tried to talk you into bringing your seat back to me when you came so I could have my guy do it for you.  I can still do that if the seats get down here.  Swapping upholstery is without a doubt what I'd do, for what that's worth. 

 

Thanks for that offer Lance!

Sure wish I lived closer to you man. I will look around here to see who other guys do their work and if I'm happy that this can be done properly OK, otherwise a small road trip to Blenheim, Ontario will be in order to see if Stan Uher of Classic Coach Works would be able to take this on.

Stan restored and drives a Grey Dort Touring and has a few more stored last time I heard. 

 

Anyway, I'm whole with our trade/business and much appreciate doing it!

 

 

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With a light work day Monday quit at 4:30, grabbed the Special, picked up my wife and went to the Monday night Cruise-in at Brews & Cues for the first time this season.

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We went in for dinner (wings were great!) and stayed until door prizes and 50/50 were drawn then looked around at the cars. I saw this nice 1967 Mustang which the owner said he had restored.

I used to have a '67 coupe also but sold it to get a '70 Buick LeSabre.

This is not that car as it has a numbers matching 289 automatic and mine was a 6 three speed on the floor with no console. 

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They are fun cars to drive and would love to have another if I weren't so deep in Buick's???

 

We decided to drive along the River to downtown and the phone rings. Seeing it was Tony who owns a '58 Limited four door we pulled into one of the public parking areas along the river. Seems he had a question about the brake pressure switch on his car. It had the original single mater cylinder replaced with a dual but was having issues with the brake lights working then not working. All the time the brakes themselves worked properly so wondering if the switch itself would be defective. He is a bit frustrated after changing out a third one only to have the same situation after awhile.

Best I could offer was to make a call to the company that supplied the dual master and see if they have experienced calls on this issue.

Meantime we talked about next weekend getting together in Chatham, Ontario for what will be RM Restorations 40th Anniversary Celebration along with Chatham's annual Car Show. He is coming so hope to connect then and see his Limited again.

Thankfully the parking lot was busy and the boats on the river were out keeping my wife occupied during another "car conversation"...

 

Unfortunately my camera battery decided to go flat so no pictures but the drive through downtown on a Monday night was discouraging! 

Windsor has decided to move the Public Library on the main street to another location and is giving it to a homeless organisation... Word must be out as every corner has pan handlers of all ages hanging around and just... Sad. 

We are NOT a large city with only 200,000 officially but would think we are going through another recession by appearance. 

So be it, there are other places to be and enjoy.

 

Put the Special away after dropping of my wife and took notice of the trip odometer.

It reads 699.0 miles.

The Chatham trip next Saturday will be another 120 miles or so round trip. Pleased things are going smoothly with her.

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Where to start...

 

The good things:

Finally there is a window of three days with NO RAIN! 

Went to a clean up dump run for a customer and slipped home for lunch to find "the crew" out back doing something on the retainer wall/fence project.

They were securing the footing forms in anticipation for the cement truck to come that afternoon. 

 

Just then the phone rings...

It was Mom in obvious distress  and she said she had fallen and thought she broke her ankle!

Fortunately I'm not far away and when I walked in found her on the phone on the floor talking to 911.

While waiting for the ambulance found out she was out in the front yard pulling out weeds and stumbled, falling over on her right side telling me she heard something pop. 

The neighbourhood only has 12 houses on it and is quiet so naturally no one was out to see this happen. She crawled across the lawn on her knees, up the three concrete steps, opened the door and on into the back family room of her ranch style home using an old wooden yard stick to get the cordless phone.

Fortunately the ankle did not swell up which usually happens immediately when something breaks but the ambulance attendants said that an ex-ray was needed to confirm.

The incredulous thing is my Mom is 91, lives at home by herself and still drives! One tough bird!~!

 

After putting a neat looking plastic splint contraption on her foot/leg we hear one of the attendants asking on the radio which hospital they were to go to. 

As stated in my earlier post, Windsor has only 200,000 city residents and the surrounding area has possibly 100,000 or so more but... there are only two emergency rooms in the city and one other some 45 miles away in Leamington. Guess which one they were sent to?

 

Off they went and I grabbed the keys of mom's van out of her purse as she has a handy cap parking sign to head on down after talking to my wife.

The good thing, no broken bones, just a severe sprain so she is wrapped up and told not to put pressure on it for a week and then only if it feels OK to attempt to walk on it.

This all took from 12:30 till finally getting home at 8 pm.

Life.., one just never knows...

 

Meanwhile, with all this going on and texting progress to my wife, she tells me there is a huge cement truck in our back yard!  This is just for the footing.

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I knew there was clay underneath the three feet of top soil but wasn't sure the bank would hold with the kind of weight one of those units would carry. 

Hopefully by Friday the wall will be poured and sometime next week the back filling will take place...

 

To be cont'd...

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Whew! Glad to hear your mom is not seriously hurt. Time to eliminate the gardens that need that type of maintainence ?

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On 6/19/2019 at 9:25 AM, JohnD1956 said:

Whew! Glad to hear your mom is not seriously hurt. Time to eliminate the gardens that need that type of maintainence ?

 

OH yes John!

We now have an understanding that this is #1 strike.

Should she get to strike #3 there could very likely be an address change in her future...

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Had a pleasant return call last night from Classic Coach Works owner Stan Uhre.

Explained fully the needs on the Roadmaster seat back and he is more than willing to do what it takes to get the seat to work for me. Once He knew the whole car wasn't coming to his shop, he said that he likes to do those kind of table top jobs between car restorations.

I told him we are planning to be at the Chatham, Ontario Retrofest this Saturday and hoped we could meet up to discuss it further.

He was very agreeable to doing that but with my trunk on the Special being full of spare parts and car show chairs and a cooler told him I would most likely not be bringing the seat backs with me. 

Besides, it would give me an excuse to go on another road trip later to his shop in Blenheim!

 

Nice thing about this arrangement with Stan is that he said he could likely have it completed in about two weeks for me. 

Dang, it wants me to get thinking about working on her now....

Focus Doug, focus...😯 

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2 hours ago, GARY F said:

How is the wall coming along?

 

Things came to a screeching halt yesterday with the all day rain making things too muddy to continue...

Prior to that the boys put re-bar and wire mesh in place before the forms are in place. This thing (wall) will outlast my lifetime! 

Did I mention the contractor is German? Everything he does is over engineered but done right!!

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Down loaded the pictures of the wire going in the wall tonight.

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Those are the boards that interlock once taken out of the cage to form the wall to pour the cement between. 

You can see the water that remained after the all day rain yesterday. Clay does not drain easily... There will be drains put in the wall and the back fill will be gravel to avoid water being held back and freezing when winter comes.

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Access for this work was due to my neighbour wanting the same wall for his property and with the City alley on the far side of his house allowed equipment and cement trucks to back up right into my yard which saved about 1,500 for a pump truck that would be needed for the concrete.

 

When the work is completed and a fence is up will see what it will take to add onto my garage...

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Saturday was an early morning start (5:45 am) to meet three other cars and go to Chatham, Ontario RetroFest where RM/Sotherby is also celebrating their 40th Anniversary.

With upper 50's temps I left the top up to keep Cindy happy and lead the way for our group.

I watched the GPS and glad I did as the car is running so well that it seems I creep up the speed now and then...

 

Once we entered the Downtown area to park I went further than the rest as they stayed close to the entrance, but felt I had a better spot to show off her well worn glory.

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There was much to see of the 800 plus cars spread over 7 or 8 blocks like:

 

This beautifully restored Grey Dort parked right around the corner from me.

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Just a stunning Willys Knight roadster.

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Check out the door treatment. I suspect this is one of RM's restorations...

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A beautiful Buick Electra convert. (red on this beast just does it for me!)

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Another fine early Buick Touring.

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The one nice thing about this annual show is that there are a lot of "antique cars" more so than street rods like this unusual 1921 Lincoln Limo whether you are a fan or not.

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This Packard has such a classic appeal.

I believe someone said it came from Peeble Beach just to be here.

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Then there were the unusual type vehicles...

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Quite the trailer hitch... Wonder how that Model A handles the trailer??

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Don't know what chassis or power is under all this.

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When was the last time you saw a Nash bus?

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I heard some say that Jay Leno and Tim Allen were around but that might have been on Friday for the Cruise which had 700 cars attend. 

I did see Wayne Carinii from Chasing Cars being driven around on a golf cart...

And missed seeing Kidd Rock but here is his Pontiac.

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Not as nicely done as the Wells Fargo '58 Limited Convertible in my opinion but too each his own.

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Something different is what it is all about I guess... (coming from someone that still has three '58 Buicks!)

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I loved this Airstream Bambi trailer the owner had behind his Ford! 

After talking to him saying I'd love to have one behind my Special that it would compliment all the chrome on the car, he told me how much it takes to keep it looking the way it is...

Might just have to reconsider...

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Met up with Tony & Susan who drove their '58 Limited four door from Delhi about two hours away.

Spent time with them at the Special showing some things under the hood. He says he has the springs I gave him from my Limited parts car all cleaned up and is going to use them on his to see if it will level better than the ones he has now. 

One more piece of my old girl will live on.

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Having come later in the morning he was parked way down the end from me but one day hope to get shots of the two cars together.

His car would be a nice addition to my '58 collection...

 

The show ended around 4 pm so gathered up our group and set out for home. Not before we filled up again just to be safe.

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My top up was only 27 bucks this time filling her up with the 91 octane that was available.

The Special is performing quite well (touch wood) and found myself having to back off the accelerator more than a few times when I realised the gang was falling behind.

When we got home had a call from my buddy in the white Monarch asking if we would go with him for supper? 

Sure was our response and met at a place called Smoke & Spice for a great order of ribs & wings. 

Brought some home I could not finish it all!

 

We said good bye and went for a drive out to the City Marina again since we were at that end of the City to see what the water level was doing.

OMG!

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Local authorities are saying that there will be flood watches posted for the rest of the summer as storms will push levels to historic highs... 

I love the lakes and such but glad I don't live along there to fear damage to my property.

 

Had to take this shot with the top down.

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Parked the Special finally in the garage at 9:30 for a very satisfying day!!

 

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Thanks for posting photos from RetroFest, the show was a smashing success for Chatham, On.  I had too many jobs helping out so I didn't bring a camera.  I am a pre war guy and you posted the highlights, the Willys Knight Plaidside roadster is a Pebble Beach car as well as the Packard V-12.  The 6 cyl 1916 Buick D 45 is from NY and we toured with them 2 years ago at the AACA Vintage Tour in Pa.

Thanks again, Gary

 

PS. Here is my photo of the Willys leaving on the Friday night cruise around Kent County.

 

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14 hours ago, cxgvd said:

Thanks for posting photos from RetroFest, the show was a smashing success for Chatham, On.  I had too many jobs helping out so I didn't bring a camera.  I am a pre war guy and you posted the highlights, the Willys Knight Plaidside roadster is a Pebble Beach car as well as the Packard V-12.  The 6 cyl 1916 Buick D 45 is from NY and we toured with them 2 years ago at the AACA Vintage Tour in Pa.

Thanks again, Gary

 

PS. Here is my photo of the Willys leaving on the Friday night cruise around Kent County.

 

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It was great talking with you Gary. Cindy was surprised you recognised her till I explained afterwords that she has been in a few of my postings. 😁

 

There indeed was much to appeal to everyone's taste in cars! Great Show!!

 

Not sure how long you have been a member of the Kent Historic Automobile Club but would you have been way back when our Clubs met at the campground in Morpeth and toured (1973)?

Every time I go past this location on #2 Highway it reminds me of that day. I had blown an under the seat heater hose , found a station open, put on a new one and caught up with the group here hence I wasn't back in the line from the tour.

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As to the wall...

When we came home after the car show to find this scene.

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Seems they went to work on Saturday to take advantage of the dry day.

Apparently 95% was completed/secured and the remaining work is the details at the ends of the wall which should be completed on Monday (if the rain holds off till later per the forecast...).

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There has been water running through the 8 inch clay drain pipe (hard to see) since the last snowfall this year.

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When we first moved her in '83 the ditch wasn't kept clean by the City very well and once the debris floated down to this culvert heading under ground blocking it, naturally the water backed up all along our properties. My neighbour had a 14 ft aluminium boat and a 10 year old son who actually rowed down it as there was three feet of water into our yard. 

Don't know why I don't have pictures of that but it did happen MrEarl! 

 

Many calls to the City and they finally sent out a back hoe to clear the opening so the water would drop. (My name I'm sure is on a list down there somewhere...)

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