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

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Had the GS out Friday evening.  It was such a perfect night for it that I didn't stop for any pictures.  And had the Super out tonight.  Not sure of the miles traveled but since I last fueled up on 7/2 I have put 184 miles on it going nowhere in particular.  Still, sometimes you get a decent picture right in your own driveway:

 

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And sometimes you get a decent picture out on the road:

 

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And sometimes the best opportunities for pictures occur just before you find the right spot:

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Yet, it is always fun to see decent pictures even if they are not optimal framed.

 

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Noting the open grill on the hood ornament...  

 

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my electra and friends 67 skylark and 87 turbo regal at a show yesterday in pittsfield mass

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Finally got the '68 (Little Red) out of the trailer today, from it's excursion to the GS Nationals in BG, KY last October. Put some ethanol free in it and went over to see the "The Old Guy" since I hadn't see him since March, he's still old and crotchety! No wait curmudgeoning. 
His son, Chris has the '40 Super all ready to go to Buicks on the Bricks on August 17 with a special parking spot so Joe and Bernice can be seen and hugged, etc. 

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Tonite's offering

 

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There is not much like a big car from this era!  Just a wonderful driver!  

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It's very odd, in the past 4 years of restoring my blue 1915 McLaughlin I have never photographed it with my 1913 Buick model 31, until today.

 

I'm getting the '13 ready for a 5 day AACA Snapper's tour and road tested the car today.  Since the last outing I swapped out all of the clevis pins in the brakes and clutch, changed to a higher quality fuel cutoff tap, drilled out some loose rivets and installed grade 8 nuts and bolts in their place and filled all of the grease cups and lubed the chassis.  There will be 65 pre 1916 cars in Kingston and I DO NOT want to be the guy sitting on the side of the road trying to fix something which could have been done at home.  The car must be reliable for the next 600 to 700 miles.

 

Tomorrow, Saturday, we are driving over to RM Restorations for cars and coffee.  It is a different world, walking past Packards and Cadillacs to get to Duesenbergs and Ferraris.  A life style I would like to become accustomed to.  They have a 1910 Daimler, first choice of British royalty.  Awesome.

 

Regards, Gary

 

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I like Gary have been working on my 1913 Model 31 in preparation for the Kingston, Ontario tour the first week of August.  I just hope that I have not missed anything.  Looking forward to having a great week.

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Hope you have a lovely five days touring in Ontario. Larry.  Probably overstated the fear of having a breakdown, these cars quit often and there is no shame in it.  We all maintain membership in AAA for a reason, the occasional tow truck ride back to the hotel and trailer.

 

Just got off the phone with another Model 31 owner, this time from NY state.  The Snapper's tour will be his 1st outing with the car and a week before the tour his car started to run with little power.  He thinks oil is going past the rings and fouling the sparkplugs, I suggested too rich a fuel mixture because I recall when that happened to me and how the Buick behaved.  He is also running a Remy magneto, which I believe may be an issue.  I offered him the loan of a spare Bosch which I trust I will not need and may solve his problem?  A wise man once said 90% of fuel problems are electrical.

 

Regards, Gary

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Enroute to the Hemmings Classic Car Appreciation Day Cruise-In  I wanted to try and get some better pictures in that one treacherous spot around the Reservoir.  Amazingly, there was only two cars that passed us while we were here taking pictures, unlike the last visit where there were numerous trucks blasting by.  So I was relieved and got a few new photos:

 

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Here is what the view looks like to the sensible people

 

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And on the drive over, since the route was lightly traveled I had a chance to get this picture, which is another one I always hoped to score!

 

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Just says Vermont all over it, although it is still in New York!  

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Here are a few interesting cars from the Cruise In.

 

First up is "Sliver Annie"

 

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Not a true BCA style Restoration,  but probably a lot of fun to drive:

 

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I've heard of wood framed cars, but this one is :

 

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Yep!  Plywood!  

 

This next one is more true to it's date of manufacture:

 

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In the Hemmings Museum

 

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What you cannot see is the "3" under the speedometer needle

 

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36000 miles!  I think that is quite a lot for a 1910 considering the following fact sheet:

 

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Keep in mind there is no cabin heater!  Yikes!  

More in the next post due to upload limitations.

 

 

 

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This one gets it's own post.  With nothing else to disprove it, this is one of 40 "official Pace Cars" for 1975.

 

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And while the owner says it eems to have no top end limit, he said " it is just a 350 with a 2 bbl !  "

 

 

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I will add these two only because I rarely see any like them.  Having said that, the first one shows up regularly at the bimonthly cruise ins

 

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This one I hardly ever see, but did note, it's a "SUPER"

 

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Now back to your regular programing!   😏

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 Great pics and post, John!

 Well, I had the '56 Roadmaster out for the first time this year last night. It has been laid with a couple of things, which had taken some time to get sorted. First, the brakes, I completely overhualed them about five years ago, with new linings, master cylinder, and all new lines. This originally a California car, and all of the lines were still original, except for one at the back which was damaged some time ago, and replaced, of course. So, I did all of them, mainly for peace of mind, however the issue I had was with the linings. After all the work and money, it stopped terrible! Compared to the '41 Roadmaster which has smaller drums, and no power assist, I've give the '41 as having much better braking.

 Now that we are settled in the new place, I pulled the shoes off ans sent them out to a place called Porterfield Brakes, in California, and they re-shoed them with Kevlar based lining material.

 So, that took some time, but the main hold up was the broken left vent window frame, so having got that back a short a while ago, I set to getting it back together. New seals as well, of course, which took a lot of fiddling to get in right. The door flipper is still a bit wonky.

 Only about 10 miles last night, and it was so nice to feel the smooth dynaflow and nailhead pushing me down the road again! Running great, and brakes feel better, but they need seating in and then a readjustment before I'll really know.

 Today, I will re check the wheel nut torque, then off to a friend's place with it for bbq,

 Keith

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JD,

Great pic's especially the Rivieras!  How many cars typically show up at the Hemming's cruise in?  I had plans to do a Hemming's cruise in 'over-nighter' early in this year's season but family stuff just got in the way.  Hopefully I can attend one next season.  

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Enroute to the Hemmings Classic Car Appreciation Day Cruise-In  I wanted to try and get some better pictures in that one treacherous spot around the Reservoir.  Amazingly, there was only two cars that passed us while we were here taking pictures, unlike the last visit where there were numerous trucks blasting by.  So I was relieved and got a few new photos:

 

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Here is what the view looks like to the sensible people

 

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And on the drive over, since the route was lightly traveled I had a chance to get this picture, which is another one I always hoped to score!

 

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Just says Vermont all over it, although it is still in New York!  

Can you tell me the route and town ?

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@Buicknutty  Thanks for the kind words Keith and David. .  Although I endorsed the over the counter shoes I put on my '56,  I am rethinking that now.  I understand the idler arm on my car is showing some looseness, but I have had the brakes pull both left and right on me, as well as no pulling to either side.  Probably time to invest in rebuilding the center link for me to tell if I have a brake shoe problem.

 

@DShip  I never counted the number of cars, but typically they park em in the spots around the center island of the lot. Then they park them as far out onto the grass as possible on the outer edge of the two parking lots, and then,  park em 2-3 rows across in the lane between the spots.  Depending on activity, they will also park them in the driveway past the building out to the road.  If they fill all that they send people to park at the hotel across the street, which is up on a hill, so those cars tend to get overlooked. However, for the couple of events I have attended this year they have not filled the lanes entirely.  Last night they did fill em,  and had cars parked on the driveway next to the building.  Check the picture:

 

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@Brooklyn Beer The farm is on Rt 7 in the town of Hoosick, NY.  This is just outside the  Tibbetts State Forest.   The lakeside pictures are around the Tomhannock Reservoir.  

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Don't know if this counts.  I didn't quite drive my old Buick, but I did drive, and my old Buick and I went to the same place.  Does feel good to have the Buick home again.

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Drove the Special today but not too far as we attended a car show held at an Italian Club near me.

Perfect property with trees for a show.

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Managed to be in the shade all day and the pavilion / kitchen was very close by which served a good variety of food from the usual car show burgers and such...

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I think the shade made my friends Riv look even darker.

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We stayed till 3:30 then drove over to my sons for a brief visit then dropped my wife off at home before taking the Special back to her garage.

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Was a good day to just go for a ride.  But first a picture with one of the flower gardens. 

 

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Then found this spot out in the country!

 

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And this one too

 

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And two hours after I left I returned to get these shots in the yard

 

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And the Happy Car was sad when I put her back in the garage.  Oh well!  

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No pics, but I drove the 65 Riv to a cruise in on Friday night, the 55 Century to a show on Saturday, and the 69 GS 400 convertible to dinner on Sunday!

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Choir picnic on Friday and all day doing errands on Saturday. "Beulah" is finally running well.

 

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I finally have something to smile about!

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