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Raise your hand if you drove at least one old Buick this weekend

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First day without rain in a week made for a wonderful drive to first Monday trade days followed by a great lunch and a couple summer shandies to welcome back the sun for a couple days. All made the better having an out of state friend in town who has never gotten to experience the joy of a leisurely 20 mile morning drive in an old Buick.  Now she wants to buy one ! 

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Took the '92 Century wagon to the Rhinebeck NY Auto show today.  Ok, it's kind of cheating but it is 26 years old and sporting over 181K right now.  Anyway, the day started out with roads freshly wettened overnight and then got worse as it poured on the trip to Rhinebeck.  The wagon performed great! Just like a Buick!  And 70 miles later arrived on the Dutchess County Fairgrounds.  

 

Some background on the event.  It runs for Friday, Saturday and  Sunday.  Friday is set up day for the large vendor count swap meet, which continues through Sunday.  Not many Buick parts there but fun just the same.  And there is a car coral for all three days of the meet as well.  But on Saturday the main theme is modifieds and hot rods, while on  Sundays the main theme is restored/original classics.  Both days anything that shows up is let in so there is something for all if you spend the time to look.  

 

I did not take any pictures of my own car but when we arrived the parking guys tried to flag me to the car coral.  But we kindly declined and said we were headed for the show field.  Then we paid our dues and drove onto the field, which was a huge soggy bog!  Good thing I still have the snows on there.  The little Buick just slogged through to the next spot, and there she sat amongst all types of hotrodded muscle and classic cars and 4 wheel drive pickups lifted to the heights of 18 wheelers!   LOL... It looked so tiny there!  But it immediately got some love from some attendees.    Anyway, as I roamed the field I got some pictures of some interesting sights.  Here they are. 

 

First up was a factory 3 speed stick shift  57 Olds.  Thought it was amazing that it was a factory 3 speed!

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Then there was this 62 Chevy 409.  Just something about the 409 speaks to me. Yeah, it was a 4 speed car!  4 speed Buicks are so hard to find... Those other GM guys have all the fun!

 

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And here was a clean 66 Galaxie.   I think the 66 Galaxie sports a nice balanced design.  Always liked em.

 

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Then there was this 84 Lesabre out in the field.  A very clean car.

 

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But what may have been my favorite car ( next to the '92 mind you) there was this absolutely solid and original 67 Chevy Caprice!  

 

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When I saw this car I thought @EmTee was a brave guy!   But it turned out it was from the NYC area.

 

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Later there was this Caddy in the swap meet.  Check out the asking price!  And this thing needed ton's of work!!!  TONS!!!!

 

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To be continued when I can upload more photos...

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Here was one scary machine!

 

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Can't imagine how long it will run with that #4 plug wire touching the header.

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Then there was Jim's car! A decent 62 Electra convertible that can be used and driven!  If I had the space and $$$ I'd be on this one.

 

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And in what may be of interest to some, this with a stuck motor!

 

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Check out the art work on these rear quarters!

 

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Lots of bondo and broken glass!!!  But still an interesting car. 

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In terms of just interesting cars, here is one I am sure was the nicest on the field!

 

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And then there was this combo!

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Is this the origin of the term,"Fifth Wheel"?

 

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And by way of explanation:

 

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But lest you think this was all seriousness, here was one for the little folks.  Wonder how many of them know what it is?

 

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Anyway 160 mile round trip that does not get added to my 2019 challenge total, but was still very enjoyable in my old Buick...

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Does last 2 weekends count?  

 

Took the old girl to get her first bath since purchasing our 1927 Standard!

 

Before and after, IMHO for a quick wash and one coat of yellow wax by hand I think “she shined up real good” as my Grandmother used to say!

 

Enjoy.....

 

ps, white walls will be hit with bleach white the next time I have her out!!  

 

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Ha -- separated at birth?  Actually the NYC one appears to have a white interior; mine is black.  Does that make Goldie the 'evil twin'?  :huh:

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I did think about going, but the weather has been so fickle lately that I thought I'd better just stay home and keep working on the ark...  :P

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12 hours ago, JohnD1956 said:

First up was a factory 3 speed stick shift  57 Olds.  Thought it was amazing that it was a factory 3 speed!

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That looks a lot like John Appleby's old car from Rochester, New York. I remember him driving his to work back in the 1980's. Seems like he sold it for around four grand back at the turn of the century.

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Friendly visit catching my friend hard at work cutting his lawn.

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My Wife hates it when someone stops by and the mower sits like that for a week.

 

Sure looks like wet grass.

Bernie

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51 minutes ago, 60FlatTop said:

My Wife hates it when someone stops by and the mower sits like that for a week.

 

Sure looks like wet grass.

Bernie

 

A week? Well, ya.... 😁

 

When the grass is that tall it takes days after a rain to dry out completely but it's that time of year isn't it.

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Last weekend, I drove my 1937 Century to the opening reception for the 2019 Southeastern Divisional Tour, which I hosted. This weekend I drove it to our local Cars and Coffee on Saturday morning and then drove it to lunch on Saturday. This is a photo from Cars and Coffee.

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The sun finally came out today and we headed over to the next county to our regular lunch spot. I remembered to slip my camera in my pocket and we rode down into the gully.

 

They filled the Erie Canal last week so the falls from the spillway was running pretty good. The top elevation is a little below the surface of the Canal.

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Finally!

 

I actually drove three cars today, although two of them barely count.  I had to move the Wildcat to get the Skyhawk out.  I had a boy along to drive the Skyhawk home from the country spot while I drove the Estate Wagon.

 

 

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And here is a photo of my 1937 Century on the 2019 Southeastern Divisional Tour on the Ferry Ride from Fort Fisher to Southport, NC. 

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First drive of 2019 besides the driveway.  Stopped by a local car show Saturday and trip to parts store today!

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Not the weekend, Monday, but what the heck.

 

I drove the little convertible home from the storage unit today (just gotta find a ride to get my truck back).

This year it gets front gas struts and a little paintwork.

I would say within a week the top will go down and the boot put on. And that's how it will stay until Fall, unless I get caught it the rain while I am out.

 

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Ready for more of this.

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With no place in particular to go, and a late start to boot,  added just 30 miles to the '56 tonite.  It is just such an easy ride...  except the seats are really in need of rebuilding...But here's a few pics from my tour.

The Magnolia's are past peak here, while other trees are yet to bloom?

 

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It's a challenge to find a babbling brook where you can actually stop for a photo and get the water in the picture.  This is the first time I was on this back road and caught this one. 

 

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Just liked the background here.

 

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Same location with the sun dropping quickly

 

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Another "field" view

 

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And the last shot for the evening.  After 10 days of rain this pond was full!

 

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Last weekend was a busy one. Saturday was Wheels on Wheels in New Milford Ct. organized by the son of a LHVBCA member. Good weather and over 250 cars. Took the Electra as I didn't trust the weather, turned out to be a beautiful warm day. Drove 84 miles roundtrip.

Sunday was raining all day and took the Electra to Concours d Caffiene in Westport Ct and a tour in Fairfield County Ct, with a Cinco d Mayo lunch to end the tour in Redding Ct. 72 miles total for a total of 156 miles for the 2 days.

I took the Yellow Suncoupe out today to the Auto Center in Chappaqua NY, run by the President of the NE GS/GN Club for an inspection and to put the new registration sticker on, plus a gas stop to fill it up. A total mileage of 50 miles. Glad the driving season is finally here. My 2 pictures are only 6.3 MB and the site won't let me add a 3rd.  

 

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Picture of the Sun Coupe in my driveway before going back in the garage after going to the shop for the new Inspection and Registration sticker today. 🙂

 

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