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My son and I went for a cruise in the '41 Roadmaster this afternoon. It was an amazingly clear day, with an intense blue sky, a bit cool, almost like Fall is around the corner! The car ran well, a bit grumpy at first at sitting for a month or so, but settled down and ran lovely. I drove around some of beautiful country roads here, and stopped in at a local brewery and took this picture. Those regulars might remeber a similar setting where I did a shot of the Reatta earlier this year, it is the same place. Of course they were closed, so no beers for us!

 A bit less than 20 miles today.

 Keith

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21 hours ago, Dynaflash8 said:

I lived in Maryland for 32 years, just south of Baltimore in Anne Arundel County.  I couldn't wait to get out of the place with its high taxes and traffic.  After retiring we moved to Virginia, just south of the Potomac River.  There was no car club there, but everyone on the Northern Neck was friendly and not many into street rods.  I started an AACA Region there and we all had a lot of fun (they still do) with almost no traffic or taxes.  It was 20 miles to a hospital, doctors, or Walmart, but that never bothered us.  Then we made a lifelong mistake and followed my parents who moved to Florida 19 years ago (they moved back to the Northern Neck to be near me before passing).  Here there is low taxes, lots of traffic and absolutely no place worth going to on a back road.  The people are not friendly as old car people, and those who have cars build streetrods.  There is no AACA Region, virtually nobody interested in antique or classic cars, only cruise-ins with streetrods.  I hate it here, but at 82 (wife now 81) I can't figure out how to move all my stuff again.  I can't load the car trailer by myself anymore like I did in Virginia.  I don't have any friends like I did in Virginia (or Maryland for that matter) and I'm stuck here.  One mover told me $23K to move us back with them doing all the work.  Another sent a girl here and she said $14,500.  There are some good car clubs in Florida, Miami and Lake City are two, but both are 150-200 miles away.  But all of the others are on the west or east coasts, 80-100 miles away.  Time is moving on now, and we're running out of it.  We haven't even been able to travel to Virginia this summer due to the virus.  If you want to move to Florida to get away from state income tax due a lot of research and pick a place with an active AACA Region.  We moved to this God-Forsaken town because my restoration man from Maryland lived next door, but now he's gone and other than one daughter we have nobody here.  She works for an assisted care facility, is happy with the job, and I guess we may need her knowleldge nd contacts in the next 10-15  years, but that is truly the only pluss.  The other daughter is in Baltimore.  I sure would like to take my Buicks back to Virginia and  rejoin all my old friends there.

 

I live in AA County.  There is always plenty to do with car shows and the like.  When I retire I will move elsewhere but local car clubs and or events will not really be a determining factor as to the area we choose.   I enjoy shows certainly.  But I enjoy driving my Buicks more.  My wife and I will find some place in country with open country roads.  Sorry for your situation in FL and little to do with your cars. 

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Last getaway for the year. A little peninsula on the Tugaloo River, Lake Hartwell. The Wagon performed fabulously after the QJet rebuild, especially on some of the grades that gave a bit of trouble last year. 

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1 hour ago, MrEarl said:

Last getaway for the year. A little peninsula on the Tugaloo River, Lake Hartwell. The Wagon performed fabulously after the QJet rebuild, especially on some of the grades that gave a bit of trouble last year. 

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Looks like a beautiful area

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Went to the cruise spot Saturday evening and took our 75 Century Pace Car and another Buick owner we know showed up with his 75 Lesabre Indy Festival Pace Car. Great little side show. His car was at Indy, my car was sold out of a Harriman, NY dealer and spent it's life in Harriman until I brought it to Long Island.

 

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1 hour ago, MrEarl said:

Last getaway for the year. A little peninsula on the Tugaloo River, Lake Hartwell. The Wagon performed fabulously after the QJet rebuild, especially on some of the grades that gave a bit of trouble last year. 

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Glad to hear the Buick is pulling the trailer without issue and a good time is being had by all.      

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11 minutes ago, avgwarhawk said:

 

Glad to hear the Buick is pulling the trailer without issue      


no gladder than I Chris,  tha’s for sure 😁

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5 hours ago, avgwarhawk said:

 

I live in AA County.  There is always plenty to do with car shows and the like.  When I retire I will move elsewhere but local car clubs and or events will not really be a determining factor as to the area we choose.   I enjoy shows certainly.  But I enjoy driving my Buicks more.  My wife and I will find some place in country with open country roads.  Sorry for your situation in FL and little to do with your cars. 

If you want the country, near fishing and swimming maybe, choose Westmoreland, Richmond, Northumberland or Lancaster Counties in Virginia just south of the Potomac River Bridge.  Rt. 301 to VA Route 3 and start looking.  Good old car club there too.

 

 

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50 minutes ago, dmfconsult said:

Was there a specific issue that was found during the Qjet rebuild?  Asking for a friend.... 🙂

😆Not that he mentioned. He also removed as much of the smog hoses and parts also though. He’s an old school race car guy and most if not all he described that he did just went right over my head . 

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4 hours ago, MrEarl said:

Last getaway for the year. A little peninsula on the Tugaloo River, Lake Hartwell. The Wagon performed fabulously after the QJet rebuild, especially on some of the grades that gave a bit of trouble last year. 


 

 

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Elvis (and your wife) sure look happy.

He looks like quite the great companion.

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2 hours ago, Dynaflash8 said:

If you want the country, near fishing and swimming maybe, choose Westmoreland, Richmond, Northumberland or Lancaster Counties in Virginia just south of the Potomac River Bridge.  Rt. 301 to VA Route 3 and start looking.  Good old car club there too.

 

 

As it would have it, my 54 was purchased from a family living in Winchester VA. 

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Have a photo of our Mason-Dixon treasurer's car, a 1965 LeSabre at our club meeting yesterday with my 1937 in the back-round. This has been the first time more than one old Buick was driven to a club meeting in a long time. I usually try to drive mine. 

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Beautiful 65 degree day in Central PA. No vapor lock for my 37 on the 100 mile round trip. I was able to fill up this time with Non Ethanol! The same trip in July caused vapor lock.

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Giving the engine a breather at the July meeting in front of the C&D Grill and Bar.

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 Just a serene drive home to Chambersburg on the old Lincoln Highway.

5 miles west of Gettysburg about to start up the three mile grade to the top of South Mountain. Not a hint of vapor lock.   JOY.....

 

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12 hours ago, avgwarhawk said:

As it would have it, my 54 was purchased from a family living in Winchester VA. 

That's a nice place too, but almost in the mountains.  Attended my first old car event there in 1958 and first car show in 1962.  I just like the Northern Neck best of anyplace in Virginia, east of Fredericksburg, east of Richmond.  Chilly there this morning though (47...burr) 🙂

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On 9/21/2020 at 6:48 PM, dei said:

 

Elvis (and your wife) sure look happy.

He looks like quite the great companion.

 
indeed, both best friends and great companions, trained to go on beer and firewood runs without argument. 
 

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Well at last! Was able to complete the Bay to Birdwood run in a pre-war Buick! This is a biennial event held in South Australia,  pre 1949 vehicles and post 1949 vehicles running in alternate years. However being the 40th anniversary it was decided that all years would be represented.
 

Running 72km (about 40miles) from Adelaide through the picturesque Adelaide Hills to the historic town of Birdwood, home of the National Motor Museum it gives a great opportunity for enthusiasts to showcase their cars as many thousands of spectators line the route.

 

With a ‘29 DeSoto as a back up, we had a leisurely drive to Birdwood, with several other Buick’s making the run also. A few pics here! The DeSoto and ‘38 Buick covered a total of 178 (s)miles over the weekend.

 

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On Saturday the local Caddy Club invited our Buick Club to participate in a tour to a Cadillac/Buick dealership in our general area.  It was a round-about trip.  Where -as the dealership is approximately 40 miles away the tour took us around the Sacandaga Lake which added another 40 miles to the trip.  

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It was a foggy morning in the area by my home, so I was considering forgoing the event.  But I already had the car out, so....

 

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I met up with the group.   I had not seen that other 56 Special before and of course I was curious. 

 

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I don't know much more about it other than it was purchased as a low mileage vehicle, it was a 3 speed stick shift car, and it was possibly the same model as Dad's 55 that I learned to drive on.  It even matches the colors of Dad's 55.  But the interior was very nice.  Look at that steering wheel!  And the polished panel between the top of the dash and the chrome bar is something I've not seen before.  I know it is the deluxe steering wheel, but this car has no power steering or brakes.  So I am not sure how that panel came to be polished like that.  But it sure looked pretty good.

 

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Anyway, we drove that twisted path to the dealership.  We had 17 cars and since there was a lot of left turns we naturally got separated.  

 

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But we finally arrived. 

 

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The dealership put out a lunch for our group.  And parked us in the front line of his lot.  This did generate some floor traffic for them and a lot of visitors for us.  Here are a few of the cars I photographed.

 

 

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I am not really a Cadillac guy but I would be interested in that '57 for sure!

 

Anyway, I drove a more direct route home and racked up roughly 120 miles for the day.

 

The Super was...SUPER!  It ran great, and got its share of attention.  And the Dealership invited us back for a repeat in the Spring.  It was a great day!

 

 

 

 

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On 9/20/2020 at 4:41 PM, neil morse said:

I made it out to an informal "Cars & Coffee" event this morning.  Very heavily skewed towards hot rods and muscle cars, but I was able to find a few kindred souls.

 

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Is... is that FOG?

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The Northeast Ohio Buick Club had their clambake today so Melanie, Riley, and I headed over there to visit a bit--Riley loves clams. It's been a strange summer without many events, so it felt odd getting reacquainted with the folks in the club. A great turnout of Buicks, including no fewer than FIVE 1941s: four Supers and our Limited. Also a handful of Rivieras including a gorgeous GS, three or four '50s Buicks, and a low-mileage Reatta (like 8000 miles). Oh, and my friend (and builder of my 1941 Century's engine) Al Blake brought one of my all-time favorites, his black 1963 Skylark with the little aluminum V8 and a 4-speed--what a neat car! Good food, good time to visit, and hopefully not the last time we get out this year. The drive was uneventful--the big Limited hammers down the highway at 65 MPH without issues, so it was about a 30 minute drive. Easy!

 

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32 minutes ago, Matt Harwood said:

Is... is that FOG?

 

It most certainly is.  A very common occurrence here in the Gateway to the Golden West.  We're just happy at this point that it's actually fog and not smoke from the terrible fires.

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9 hours ago, Matt Harwood said:

The Northeast Ohio Buick Club had their clambake today so Melanie, Riley, and I headed over there to visit a bit--Riley loves clams. It's been a strange summer without many events, so it felt odd getting reacquainted with the folks in the club. A great turnout of Buicks, including no fewer than FIVE 1941s: four Supers and our Limited. Also a handful of Rivieras including a gorgeous GS, three or four '50s Buicks, and a low-mileage Reatta (like 8000 miles). Oh, and my friend (and builder of my 1941 Century's engine) Al Blake brought one of my all-time favorites, his black 1963 Skylark with the little aluminum V8 and a 4-speed--what a neat car! Good food, good time to visit, and hopefully not the last time we get out this year. The drive was uneventful--the big Limited hammers down the highway at 65 MPH without issues, so it was about a 30 minute drive. Easy!

 

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Matt,

 

These are some great pictures! I drove the blue 1941 Business Coupe, your Limited is absolutely gorgeous. 

 

Alex

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11 hours ago, Marty Roth said:

Those '57, and '58 Caddy convertibles sure are "showy" cars,

and as you know, besides Buicks,

I am also a Cadillac guy

 

Being that this area is famous for, or rather,infamous for, rock salted winter roads it is always a surprise to find cars from this area in good condition. I don't know about the 58 but the 57 was always located in my home county, which makes that a rare car by virtue of its existance.  I always liked the design of the 57 Caddy. Those single headlights just look balanced vs the dual headlights on the 58. And I especially like the backslash angle to the taillights.  Always looks like its moving forward...it was a great car!

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Well, I drove several miles to see if by my changing out the original rear shocks on my 1937 improved things. Last week when driving home from our Mason-Dixon meeting I was really feeling the sway and bounce. On another post in the Pre-War section about a 1940's Weak Bouncy ride made me decide to change out the shocks. (More details on that thread.) I only put it off for 31 years! Needless to say the shocks were shot. The rebuilt shocks changed the ride dramatically!

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