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Hi all,

 

The weather here of late has been rather rainy with little opportunity to get out for a drive in the '36. I managed to get a weeks leave for the first time since last December so spent the time fiddling about with the Buick, completing projects I had been planning for some time. Today was a short reprieve from the rain and a good chance for a 40 mile drive with a stop for a fish and chip lunch by the sea. Hope you are all doing well out there, Cheers Paul 

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18 hours ago, JohnD1956 said:

Had a beautiful day here today.  Perfect for a 40 mile jaunt with the Super with no particular place to go.  

 

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@old-tank  It's official...this is my favorite car! 

 

 

Nice pics John, wish i could go on a 40 mile drive without having traffic LOL

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2 hours ago, MRJBUICK said:

Nice pics John, wish i could go on a 40 mile drive without having traffic LOL

Ha ha!  You could do that Marty.  Just move off Long Island!  Actually, couldn't you get that in on the Robert Moses Causeway?  I'd love to see that beach again.   

 

 

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Commemorative Air Force (CAF -formerly Confederate Air Force) displayed their B-17, a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, flown in from Texas, along with several other WarBirds. In strict accordance with COVID-19 restrictions, the public was invited to share what some of our “Greatest Generation” built, maintained, and flew.

 

Representing Lagniappe Chapter of Louisiana Region, AACA, Chapter President Whitney Richard and I displayed the 1937 Buick Roadmaster 80C Phaeton, an unrestored example, previously the Parade Car for New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. Dan Kennedy and Evelyn Geist were a hit with their red and white 1957 Chevrolet Bel-air 2-door Hardtop. Freddie and Celeste Hebert, and Ken and Linda Smart also represented our chapter, after which the eight of us did what we do best - enjoyed a wonderful meal at BROADWAY restaurant in Metairie, Louisiana. (The Texas Chili, Baby Back Ribs, and loaded stuffed potato were excellent, along with the cheese toast). The weather cooperated.

 

We want to thank the dedicated members of the CAF Gulf Coast Wing based in Conroe, Texas, near Houston, both for their ongoing efforts, and for hosting this weekend's event in New Orleans to share their passion with the public.

 

The B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engined heavy bomber developed in the 1930s for the United States Army Air Corps. Competing against Douglas and Martin for a contract to build 200 bombers, the Boeing entry outperformed both competitors and exceeded the Air Corps’ performance specifications.

 

Top speed: 287 mph

Wingspan: 104 feet

Range : 2,000 miles 

Number built: 12,731

Engine type: Radial - 9 cylinder 

 

 

Featured in many movies such as 

Memphis Belle

Twelve O’Clock High

Fortress 

 

 

Photos are also available at this link:

https://forums.aaca.org/topic/353231-caf-warbirds-at-new-orleans-lakefront-airport-today/?tab=comments#comment-2129317

 

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1 hour ago, Marty Roth said:

Commemorative Air Force (CAF -formerly Confederate Air Force) displayed their B-17, a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, flown in from Texas, along with several other WarBirds. In strict accordance with COVID-19 restrictions, the public was invited to share what some of our “Greatest Generation” built, maintained, and flew.

 

Representing Lagniappe Chapter of Louisiana Region, AACA, Chapter President Whitney Richard and I displayed the 1937 Buick Roadmaster 90C Phaeton, an unrestored example, previously the Parade Car for New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. Dan Kennedy and Evelyn Geist were a hit with their red and white 1957 Chevrolet Bel-air 2-door Hardtop. Freddie and Celeste Hebert, and Ken and Linda Smart also represented our chapter, after which the eight of us did what we do best - enjoyed a wonderful meal at BROADWAY restaurant in Metairie, Louisiana. (The Texas Chili, Baby Back Ribs, and loaded stuffed potato were excellent, along with the cheese toast). The weather cooperated.

 

We want to thank the dedicated members of the CAF Gulf Coast Wing based in Conroe, Texas, near Houston, both for their ongoing efforts, and for hosting this weekend's event in New Orleans to share their passion with the public.

 

The B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engined heavy bomber developed in the 1930s for the United States Army Air Corps. Competing against Douglas and Martin for a contract to build 200 bombers, the Boeing entry outperformed both competitors and exceeded the Air Corps’ performance specifications.

 

Top speed: 287 mph

Wingspan: 104 feet

Range : 2,000 miles 

Number built: 12,731

Engine type: Radial - 9 cylinder 

 

 

Featured in many movies such as 

Memphis Belle

Twelve O’Clock High

Fortress 

 

 

Photos are also available at this link:

https://forums.aaca.org/topic/353231-caf-warbirds-at-new-orleans-lakefront-airport-today/?tab=comments#comment-2129317

 

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Took a ride on B17 (aluminumovercast)at Savoy airport(champain,il.) Friday 10-30,was a bucket list thing.TE Nugent ROA 12969...

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In the late 1980's or early 1990's that black B-17 flew over me on its way to the Geneseo Warbird Museum. I am about 10 miles south of the shore of Lake Ontario. I was in the small Catholic cemetery walking along the O'Brien steps, a row of ancestor's headstones my grandfather aptly named. I heard the engines and it came over the pines just above treetop height. It was quite ominous in that location. I immediately remembered all the activity and criss crossed vapor trails over the lake the evening the US attacked Gaddafi and thought "No, we wouldn't do anything with that". Erie afternoon, still stuck in my head. Life on the quiet border.

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Know this G model well. We used to do WW2 hanger dances with it when it was in Fort Worth during the start of the restoration. I have a long history of working with the WW2 history like this back to the Patton muesum in early 91 when we began restoring a Tiger II with help of some surving German mechanic's.   Think restoring a car is hard trying doing a tank or airplane !

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17 hours ago, Brooklyn Beer said:

Know this G model well. We used to do WW2 hanger dances with it when it was in Fort Worth during the start of the restoration. I have a long history of working with the WW2 history like this back to the Patton muesum in early 91 when we began restoring a Tiger II with help of some surving German mechanic's.   Think restoring a car is hard trying doing a tank or airplane !

 

Yes, 

or restoring the PT-305 (SUDDEN JERK) Patrol Torpedo Boat, Built at the Higgins Plant here in New Orleans, not far from where we did the WarBird show today.

 

 

 

 

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A great day for a drive today. Weather was warm i the low 70's. Probably the last nice day for a ride in the convertible. Drove around the reservoir. The water levels were low. The city people need to conserve better than they are. I have never seen levels this low. We picked up some lunch and had a nice picnic.

 

 

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Beautiful planes.  I used to see them a lot when I lived near Houston.

I saw the PT Boat you showed last time I was in New Orleans.  They did a heck of a job restoring it.

Powered by 3 Packard engines if I remember correctly.

Thanks for posting.

 

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Got about 45 miles on the GS today. The usual ride in the hills but stopped to get a photo of this old schoolhouse that the local Rotary is trying to preserve.

 

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Then to the overview area

 

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The Happy Car just loves to go!

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 I've had the '41 Roadmaster out for a drive a couple of times in the last few days, maybe only about 25 miles in total. Then yesterday afternoon I had the '56 out for about a 50 mile cruise around the county for the first time in quite a while.

It accidentally sustained some damage to it's hood, It took it off, and had everything lined up to get it fixed, then the lockdown hit! So finally I was able to get it in and the guy did a really amazing job matching the colour as well as the patina of the old paint.

 Unfortunately the internet here is horrible right now, and I can't upload any pictures.

 Keith

 

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Yesterday was the near perfect fall day for North TX. 78 degree's just enough breeze to start the leaves falling after a good week of great color. And the pups got to enjoy the ride to the park.

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Last evening, I drove my 1924 Buick Master Series PU from the Buick barn to my home shop.  I will give it a full lube job & winter prep for storage until the Covid limits are lifted.  Several neighbors will still out walking their dog or doing last minute yard work in the early evening.  They all smiled and waived as I drove by with only my cowl lights on.  Evidently, headlight bulb replacements are also on the punch list!

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Took the '12 Model T out for a short drive and moved the '15 Buick truck from a container to the car trailer in preparation for winter reconditioning of the torque ball and steering column spark & advance gears, and probably an inspection, cleaning & rebuild of the front end. 

 

 

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On 11/22/2020 at 8:54 AM, Mark Shaw said:

Evidently, headlight bulb replacements are also on the punch list!

The bulbs were OK, so I did some troubleshooting.  The High/low beam coil contact needed cleaning and adjustment.  So, after removing the seat bottom and contorting my relatively inflexible body, I managed to remove the ignition/light switch assy.  I cleaned the contact and adjusted the copper strap to add some contact pressure & got the headlight working again.  Now I am wondering if I should just jumper the coil so I get high beams all the time.  I really don't expect to drive at night with low beams.  This switch assy. is a bugger to re-install, and I don't want to do this again...

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40 minutes ago, Mark Shaw said:

  wondering if I should just jumper the coil so I get high beams all the time.  I really don't expect to drive at night with low beams.  This switch assy. is a bugger to re-install, and I don't want to do this again...

 

Your high beams are most likely of relatively modest brightness, especially when compared to most modern vehicles. I sincerely doubt any other driver could be even temporarily impaired by their intensity, nor their aim. After all, your vintage headlights are not high-intensity LED with computer-designed aimed reflectors. I also anticipate that your hours and location of night driving would be of minimal consequence to others.

 

On the other hand, if the switch were to act up again in another 96 years, it could be up to a younger, more flexible caretaker to tackle the ticklish (tickle the tackle-ish?) job.

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2 hours ago, Marty Roth said:

Your high beams are most likely of relatively modest brightness

Marty,  I agree.  Since these are single filament bulbs that get reduced voltage for "low beams", and full voltage for "high beams", they are still aimed the same.

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Little early or late. Traditional "load up the friends and head off to potluck Thanksgivings" at the ale house.  Friends were in town from Denver so the old 49 Buick was loaded up and can really fit 6 in comfort !  Funny the reaction from people who have never had a nice 20 mile drive in an old car.  Weather was really nice this year. 75 and perfect.

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