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On ‎5‎/‎22‎/‎2019 at 12:06 PM, Thriller said:

I drove the 1959 to the mechanic this morning for some odds and ends.  It’s only money....

 

 

You can say that again.  I had the engine for the '15 truck completely rebuilt last winter.  Went on a tour last Friday at the Gilmore Museum. Put about 85 miles on the truck and it worked great.  Saturday took the truck up to my daughters house and put on about another 30 miles.  Worked great.  About 125 miles on this new engine.

 

Sunday AM we were taking the truck to church and unknown to me while driving an oil line came loose and dumped 4 quarts of oil on the ground. You know what happened next.  I could not turn the engine off quick enough.  Engine apart again and new bearings poured and machined.  Over $400.00 later for rod work, I am now trying to get the engine back together this weekend.

 

"It's only money....."

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Larry;  I am so sorry to learn of your engine problem.  Looking for a silver lining, the problem serves to remind me to "get out and get under" and put a wrench on various fasteners to seek out issues which can be repaired at home instead of on tour.  A few years ago a different friend of ours had a brass headlamp come loose, fall on the road and he ran over it.  Ouch.  That occurrence was my first reminder to crawl underneath and check antique, truck and trailer.

 

All the best in Oklahoma,  Gary and Bev

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Drove Almendrón to a local car show held at Tamiami Executive Airport in South Miami- Dade County, FL. Summer Temperatures over 80 degrees.They also had  a mini vintage airplane show. Only three Buicks at the venue, my Roadmaster and two Grand Nationals. I posted some show pics under Gallery 

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7 hours ago, cxgvd said:

Larry;  I am so sorry to learn of your engine problem.  Looking for a silver lining, the problem serves to remind me to "get out and get under" and put a wrench on various fasteners to seek out issues which can be repaired at home instead of on tour.  A few years ago a different friend of ours had a brass headlamp come loose, fall on the road and he ran over it.  Ouch.  That occurrence was my first reminder to crawl underneath and check antique, truck and trailer.

 

All the best in Oklahoma,  Gary and Bev

 

This was a part that tight.  It was the pressure side of the oil line that goes to the oil sight gauge.  The nut was tight because it was a connection that was needed to be removed for the engine work.  What happened was the packing wore loose and allowed the line to back out of the connection.  I will try to put up some pictures up when I get a chance.

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More pictures of the car show. I put about 25 miles in the car. Took second place due to a nice 57 Chevy Belaire even thought it was a resto mode. Sometime even participant judges do not appreciate a restored to original car.

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Took the Wagon 236 miles yesterday.  Went to a U Pull It yard in Binghamton, NY. Young son was after a set of chrome rims for his 2000 Regal. Being a U Pull It place they said the car was there,  but they dont inventory parts,  so did not know if the wheels still were.  So we took the chance and used the wagon in case he could get all 4 rims. 

The rims were there but we soon found they had wheel locks and the key was missing. So came home empty handed. Today I took the Regal GS 262 miles for a family picnic.  Two great Buick drives! Not one picture!

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Great weather (it was HOT) and great cars at the 30th Annual Piedmont Classic Chevy Club Car Show at Lake Wheeler Park in Garner, NC. 

They give show participants a plaque with a picture of your car and the current year dash plaque affixed. 

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5 hours ago, Elpad said:

More pictures of the car show. I put about 25 miles in the car. Took second place due to a nice 57 Chevy Belaire even thought it was a resto mode. Sometime even participant judges do not appreciate a restored to original car.

 

Working A/C?

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9 hours ago, old-tank said:

Working A/C?

Willie. Need to fabricate the return bellow type ducts from the evaporator outlet to the bottom of the package tray return grilles and need to connect electrical wires to the under-dash fan control switch. An in line drier (the one that goes underneath the passenger side frame) has to be replaced as well. I have the new part from an AC shop that they match from a GM motorcoach. Go figure! Remember 53 and 54 were commercial Frigidaire type “after-market” factory systems. Then I must charge the system, check for leaks and proper operation of other components. The compressor and the condenser were previously checked before installation. As you know this system operates with now illegal and expensive Freon 12. I would think if I convert to 134 I would loose originality as the cooper braided pressure hose. My dilemma at this point is why to expend money and effort on a car that I only use once in a blue 🌚 ! Willie I guess I could of answer you as simple as 

No, it’s not working. but thank you for reminding me of the task ahead. Simply, I forgot where I left of more than two years ago. I still think I can live w/o AC for few hours!

 

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I put the top down on my convertible for the first time yesterday, even took a couple pictures of the lid going down. Promptly deleted them from my camera.

 

If I didn't have a little paintwork to do it would probably be down until September or October.

 

Since I lost the new pictures:

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 We had a busy weekend with the Buicks, as we hosted a tour for the McLaughlin Buick Club. It started with a BBQ dinner Fri evening for everyone at our place, then the next day (Sat) I led a tour to two museums. The first is called Dowler-Karn, they are a long time supplier of all kinds of fuels to many consumers in this area. The owners had been collecting all kinds of gas and oil realted items for 30 years or so, then decided to build a museum to house and display the collection. There is no charge for admittance, but they ask for a donation which goes to the local Shriner's group. They had about 6 trucks on display, mostly vintage, but there was also a race truck which is currently run in drag racing from time to time. Then a huge propane truck from the 50's, some other tankers and a great looking Supertest tanker. Supertest is long gone, but the graphics used to promote themselves were first rate, and  much in demand by collectors of late.

 Then we drove the scenic route to a tourist town on the North Shore of Lake Erie, Port Dover, which has a long history as a commercial fishing port, as well as boat building. Many artifacts have been brought together and are displayed, and run by the local county government. I took only a few pictures here, but they have the wheelhouse (bridge) from a large lake boat (ship, really, but they often call them boats on the Great Lakes) which was saved when it was scrapped years ago.

 On Sat, I drove the '41, and it worked out to be about 160 miles, and my daughter drove the Reatta. It was nice that there was another white one, a coupe there. Then Sun., I took everyone for a nice brunch in a restored 19th century building, this time leading with the Electra.

 Keith

 

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Went to the Can-Am Nationals Saturday.

Started out like this parking in the middle of the show.

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It's a fund raiser that's well attended, had a good band with lots to see. It had to be moved to a car dealership as the grounds where it usually is held on the Detroit River has risen so much the grass would have been ruined!

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Just like most of the country this year we kept our eyes on the skies with dark clouds looming off in the south west.

Sadly just about noon it started to rain and basically the show ended.

I had to put the top up before she got washed inside!

Turned the heat on during the drive home to dry things a bit before parking in the garage.

 

No harm, no foul and it didn't melt!

 

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Took my '73 GS 455 to Lebanon Valley Dragway for a NE Buick race. Only did 3 runs. So I drove it 3/4 of a mile.

It went very well. Car got its fastest ET and 60 ft. 12.475 ET and a 7.57 6o Ft. I lost in 1st round because I knew it was a good run and did not want to let off, so I broke out on a dial of 12.56 that ended up being the 12.475 run!

Not bad with factory Buick intake, Carburetor, and exhaust manifolds. 😉

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I suspect a little experience at the wheel helps too!

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Conscious of the devastation in the Midwest,  and hoping that the weather changes before anyone else is hurt, I did spend some time behind the wheel of the '56  yesterday and today.  Roughly 60 miles, with only one place in particular to go,  and I found another back road I never traveled before

 

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And on the way I crossed this stream

 

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And passed this coral

 

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But missed another photogenic sunset. 

 

And today I paid my respects to the fallen military during the town's small memorial day service!

 

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For all those who have served, and currently serve, I offer my deepest gratitude!  Thank you! 

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Buying some Ortho Poison Ivy Killer was a good enough reason to take the '60 Electra for a 30 mile round trip on the back roads along the Erie Canal and a lot of apple orchards yesterday. Over to Albion, New York, another old canal town. Shoulda brought the camera.

All the stuff is put away in the garage now, 55 degrees, rainy, and dark enough so you need a light on to put water in a glass at the sink.

Bernie

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On 5/25/2019 at 8:19 PM, JohnD1956 said:

Took the Wagon 236 miles yesterday.  Went to a U Pull It yard in Binghamton, NY. Young son was after a set of chrome rims for his 2000 Regal. Being a U Pull It place they said the car was there,  but they dont inventory parts,  so did not know if the wheels still were.  So we took the chance and used the wagon in case he could get all 4 rims. 

The rims were there but we soon found they had wheel locks and the key was missing. So came home empty handed. Today I took the Regal GS 262 miles for a family picnic.  Two great Buick drives! Not one picture!

Next time take your impact sockets and a 5 lb sledge hammer with you.  Find the socket that barely fits over the lock and beat it over the lock. Then it's a simple matter of putting the breaker bar on the socket and removing the lock.  Loosen all the other bolts first, less pressure on the lock.

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over 104 Buicks were driven on Sunday to our 40th annual Long Island Buick chapter show. 

the oldest vehicles were a 1916 D45 and  a 1916 truck a great turn out of prewar

we had great weather, great people attending Beautiful Buicks and great members helping to run the show.

thanks to all who attended.

i drove my 57 and in taking the advice as discussed on the forums my daughter drove my Pace Car and her boyfriend got to try out the Reatta,

the only problem is now she is talking about my will lol

 

for more pics check out our website libuickclub.org  they will be uploaded soon

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Grew up on Long Island but now transplanted to TX some 25 years.  Thanks for sharing a little bit of home.  Glad to see Spring has finally sprung !  Where was the show located?  I grew up in Blue Point.

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show was held in Wantagh NY at the train station parking lot near the fire house

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I’m interested in seeing the 1916 truck.  I saw a blurry photo on Facebook...I’ve never seen one done in two tone red and white before, so I’m curious to get the story on the truck, whether someone painted it their own way, or a “new” truck has sprung up.

 

Thanks for sharing.  I’ve had the same issue with daughter and cars....

 

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Yesterday, after giving it a lube and safety check on the lift, I took my 08 Model F Buick (Ruby) for a test drive around the neighborhood.  I installed new transmission band linings and wanted to make sure all was OK before the KISS 1&2 cylinder tour in three weeks.  She ran great and is ready to tour this summer.

 

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