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Today was an beautiful day! Low temps and little to no humidity. Took a long ride to on some really nicely paved and shady roads to Woodstock, CT. Saw a 1987 Riv convertible on my travels. I cannot believe more antique cars were not on the road.  If it as nice tomorrow, I will be on tour again. 

 

 

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 We took the '69 Electra to a nearby town to visit a large antique store, just over 20 miles round trip, so just a short drive, not like last year when we drove it to Oklahoma City last year for the National!

 I got a set of 1969 Ontario license plates to go with the car for only $20, and in near perfect condition. One is allowed to use YOM plates here, but it is rather costly. You have to send them in to a specific address at the Ministry, pay a nearly $300. (one time) fee for them to validate them, then the license fee is the same as for daily drivers at $120. per year, and there are a lot of driving restrictions in place. So I have passed on doing it, I'll just use these when it's on display somewhere.

 Keith

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Well, Joyce and I took the 1913 Buick out for a drive today and deliver some parts to the Ford Piquette plant, where the Model T was designed and initial production was started.   To start the day we drove to the GM world headquarters, the Renaissance Center and took a picture of our car in front of the GM building.  

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Our next stop was the Ford Piquette St plant in Detroit to drop off some engine jugs for 1904-1907 Ford letter cars. The jugs are sitting on the running board of our car.

 

We had a great visit with the curator Steve Shotwell and David Flatt.  If you have not been to the plant, you need to make it one of your to do stops when in Detroit.  It is usually open Wed-Sunday.

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After Piquette, we drove by the Ford Highland Park plant where the bulk of the Model T's were made in the day.

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Not to have a total nice day, we got caught in the rain on the way home. 

 

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But the real frosting on a great day out, we stopped on the way home to have some late lunch and one of the neighbors in the neighborhood saw us out in the car and told us that her daughter who went to school with two of off spring had just gotten married and wanted to know if we would be willing to drive her and her new husband to their house from ours and we said yes.  It was great, because the bride did not know what her mother had set up and was thrilled to drive up to their house where the reception was being held.  When we drove up, both sides of the street was lined with well wishers.  What fun to know that we helped to make a newly wed couples' day special.

 

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Just another day in the Detroit area.   PS: We put on about 125 miles for the day.

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Good story Larry.  My first marriage, we rode from the church home in a 1915 Model T that was my Uncles.

Lots of fun and it was better then the 2nd marriage where we went in a Taurus.

But I am still married to the 2nd wife.  25 years this year. 

Car is still in the family, it has been passed down to my brother.

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Took Goldie to what appears to be the last local 'car show' for 2020 at https://heritagehillbrewery.com/. (The big AACA show in Wampsville has been canceled this year.)  Still some weekly cruise-ins going on, but we're losing ~3 minutes of daylight every day now, so those will wrap-up soon.

 

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Some nice cars that I hadn't seen before, including this really well-done '54 custom:

 

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Dual-quad nailhead power (401 or 425?).  Looks like '61 Chrysler taillights...

 

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Happy use of an antique car Larry and Joyce.  I have visited the Piquette factory museum, time has not looked favourably on that part of downtown Detroit.  I have a friend who often declares you are welcomed and can go anywhere in a brass era car, as you have shown.

 

BTW, here is my photo when our Buick was invited to a wedding.

 

I know you will have a great time at the Gilmore Pre War show next month, Bev and I will miss it dearly this year because the US/Canada border remains closed except for essential service.

 

Thanks again, Gary

 

 

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Well, well, well, from the you're never too old to learn file.  I parked our 1915 McLaughlin C25 touring car and we gave it a thorough wash in preparing to give the paint a polishing.  After we finished and the car was drying in the gentle breeze my Mrs said would like to learn how to drive the car.

 

I gave her a lesson, mostly the backward gear selection, she started the car, set the spark advance until the engine was purring and drove the touring car slowly into the outbuilding garage next door.  Couldn't be more pleased she shares our hobby.

 

Stay well, Gary

 

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1 hour ago, cxgvd said:

Well, well, well, ... my Mrs said would like to learn how to drive the car.

 

I gave her a lesson, mostly the backward gear selection, she started the car, set the spark advance until the engine was purring and drove the touring car slowly into the outbuilding garage next door. 

 

Stay well, Gary

 

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Now THAT is so Buickful!  And obviously smart!!!  Congrats MRS!!!!!

 

 

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On 9/7/2020 at 5:06 AM, Bill Stoneberg said:

Good story Larry.  My first marriage, we rode from the church home in a 1915 Model T that was my Uncles.

Lots of fun and it was better then the 2nd marriage where we went in a Taurus.

But I am still married to the 2nd wife.  25 years this year. 

Car is still in the family, it has been passed down to my brother.

 

When Joyce and I got married 42 years ago, we had a Corvette as our wedding car. 

 

We still have the car after all of these years. 

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Finally got the 62 Electra out for a run last weekend. Hasn't had a decent run for quite some time, now I need to replace the battery.

Also had my eldest daughter take the 85 Park Avenue for her first test drive today. She will be driving this to a country show with us this weekend. Needed a car that will accommodate a child seat for the grand daughter.

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(eye) had the '41 Buick Roadmaster out for a long drive today.  Thought I'd get gas.  Murphy Gas has just installed a pump in this town for 92 octane Ethanol Free gas.  Yes, when I got there, they were pumped out.  Fortunately the big dog still shows a quarter tank.  While I was cruising out the long straight back road here at  70 mph, getting the water temperature up to 3/4 and sure enough she started starving for gas again, so I turned on the electric fuel pump and she straightened right out and stayed that way....water in the gas I guess.  Before we discovered the coil was the culprit when she was hot, the electric pump wouldn't straighten it out and I couldn't hardly get it back home.  The old guy downtown who sold the only ethanol free gas in the county ( 8 miles away ) may have gotten some water buildup because he sells so little gas to the locals.  I hope so.  I've spent a fortune trying to fix this problem, but it was much worse.  My '39 Special will sometimes do the same thing on his gas.  It basically won't run on Ethanol without vapor locking.  It is hot as Hadees here in Sebring, FL and the old Buicks just won't run on Ethanol.  After the little blip, the big dog picked up and ran 60-70 for a lot of miles until I got back around to Murphy's, and of course, their tank was empty.  But Buick guys, I got her out for a long run with noplace to go today for the first time in almost a month.  Don't ever move to this God-Forsaken place, mark my words...."no place to go".  Dynaflash8, BCA #55

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59 minutes ago, Ben Bruce aka First Born said:

Not just the ethanol. All gas likes efi.

 

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What is efi?  I never ever had this vapor lock problem with regular gas I bought when I lived in Virginia or Maryland.  I do know it is a pain in the requisite area.

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3 hours ago, Dynaflash8 said:

sure enough she started starving for gas again, so I turned on the electric fuel pump and she straightened right out

Old rubber car become porous with age. On the suction side of the pump the vacuum can pull some air into the line that will mix with the fuel causing starvation. The rubber may not show the leak when sitting or it could evaporate without a trace. To test one can isolate the line end to end and pull a vacuum on it. Or, when experiencing the symptom, just replace the aged rubber. The electric pump may be compensating for air leakage in rather than pressure loss or vaporization.

How old are the rubber sections of fuel line?

 

I have seen this cause tiny air bubbles in the gas fuel bowl at higher RPM's.

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15 hours ago, 60FlatTop said:

Old rubber car become porous with age. On the suction side of the pump the vacuum can pull some air into the line that will mix with the fuel causing starvation. The rubber may not show the leak when sitting or it could evaporate without a trace. To test one can isolate the line end to end and pull a vacuum on it. Or, when experiencing the symptom, just replace the aged rubber. The electric pump may be compensating for air leakage in rather than pressure loss or vaporization.

How old are the rubber sections of fuel line?

 

I have seen this cause tiny air bubbles in the gas fuel bowl at higher RPM's.

I have wondered about that line.  When I first got the car in 2017 it was nasty.  I couldn't get the factory one with the metal line attached to it, so the guy used what he said was rubber line for gas and installed it with a radiator clamp. The car goes back to the second mechanic to install a completely new exhaust system soon, and I'll talk to him about that.  He is a much better mechanic than that first of three I have used.  My grandfather told me about some old car he had owned that wouldn't run right and they found a pin-hole in a part of the rubber gas line.  Hey, my Grandfater.....I'm 82 😀 he would be 140 if he were still living.  So that story goes back a long way.

 

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 With enough restrictions lifted here in Ontario, there are tours popping up quite quickly. This one was back in our old area, which is 2 hour plus drive from home.

So with a good forecast in the offing, we signed up for it. We met with a whole lot of our old friends, keeping our masks on, and socially distancing as required by the situation.

 This was part of the reason I bought the Reatta, as it's quick enough, gets good gas mileage, and my wife likes to drive it too.

 So nearly 600 kms from early morn to night, which is about 400 miles. The car ran perfect, and a few other Buicks were on the tour as well. This is a mulit make car club, so anything might show up.

 Keith

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 John, yes, it sure feels like one here as well! Unless we get what might best be described as a "Native American Summer" in Oct. Sorry, just trying to be politically correct!

 Here there are a few tours popping up on very short notice, so hopefully I'll get to drive the Buicks a bit more before it all closes in on us. At least all of them have good heaters, well except for the '16.

 Keith

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On 9/12/2020 at 6:16 AM, Dynaflash8 said:

I have wondered about that line.  When I first got the car in 2017 it was nasty.  I couldn't get the factory one with the metal line attached to it, so the guy used what he said was rubber line for gas and installed it with a radiator clamp. The car goes back to the second mechanic to install a completely new exhaust system soon, and I'll talk to him about that.  He is a much better mechanic than that first of three I have used.  My grandfather told me about some old car he had owned that wouldn't run right and they found a pin-hole in a part of the rubber gas line.  Hey, my Grandfater.....I'm 82 😀 he would be 140 if he were still living.  So that story goes back a long way.

 

I am working that bug out on 46 Dodge right now. Except I found a pin hole in the metal line and when cutting it out it crumbled. I think ethanol exposes a lot of issues in fuels systems these days.

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6 hours ago, JohnD1956 said:

With all due respect to areas under duress, its getting to be like an early Fall here.  The '56 continues to run great and it is quite the smile maker.

 

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John,

That is a Bee-Yoo-T-Full car-

Feel free to visit, and to park it here anytime

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Had the '41 Roadmaster out in the mid-day heat several days ago.  Ran her hard, seventy some of the time.  Came back up toward home through stop lights and traffic to get some gas and she never missed a beat. Murphy Gas near Walmart is now carrying 92 octane Ethanol-free gas.  That is a delight.  I was paying almost $5 a gallon down in central Sebring and it was the only non-ethanol in the county.  The big black sedan sure get hot inside on a summer day in Florida.  There is absolutely no place to go for nearly 100miles, so here we sit most of the summer....especially this summer.

 

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Took the 47’ out to an apple orchard today and picked sunflowers for the girls and apples to make some pies. These are quite a big deal nowadays. Corn mazes, live music, alchohol, food.  Made for a nice couple hours with the family and daughters boyfriend got first ride in the car. Was a great day!

 

 

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