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

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11 minutes ago, woodstocker said:

 

Trying to drive this,but bad carb and even worse brakes are making it kinda sketchy!

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Nice Buick!  Have you had it a long time?  

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Sorting them out always takes time, more than you'd hope. But if you get it right, the car will be a joy to drive. Take the time to dial it in and you'll have much more fun. I enjoy the sorting process quite a bit because every little thing you do makes the car tangibly better and many of the jobs are easy weekend projects. Start chipping away at those little things and you'll have fun in the garage as well as on the road.

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 Drove the '41 Roadmaster to a cruise in at a town 15 miles away. A beautiful evening and night here, so a great turn out. Lots of neat cars, and also few not so old, including a yellow 2007 Aston Martin that was parked near me. The '41 ran and drove great. I had a leaky exhaust gasket, and changed them out yesterday, and it's now nice and quiet. Smoother too, it must of been drawing in some air into the intake as well.

 The main reason for this is that I don't torque the bolts as tight as spec, to try to avoid the stress that can cause the exhaust manifolds to crack and hadn't checked them for a long while, and they were all a bit loose, and therefore the leaks!

 No pictures right now, as they are still on my camera.

 Keith

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On 7/20/2019 at 9:29 PM, dei said:

A test for the Special today.

It started out with temps about 77 degrees and ran great!

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It was about a 30 mile trip on a quiet secondary road to my friends place for a meeting with a group to move our RR collection in preparation for them to take it back to their place in a few weeks.

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One thing about living in the country is people think you have extra room for things and one of Rick's buddies brought this Packard out to "temporarily" store it.

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When it came out it was a nice shinny running car but...

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Not only has sitting out in the weather taken it's toll but the mice have made themselves quite at home...

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The day otherwise was productive and the next meeting will likely be the final move for the RR.

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Fired up the Special to head home in the now 96 degree heat and she performed better than I expected. With the top down had to have the floor vents and door vents open to keep cool though.

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I'm always curious as to why it's not a good idea to text while you drive but it's perfectly okay to out that phone in front of your face to take picture?

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7 hours ago, RivNut said:

I'm always curious as to why it's not a good idea to text while you drive but it's perfectly okay to out that phone in front of your face to take picture?

I always have my co-pilot hold the wheel. Works good too when you need a bottle opener for your beer that is on the key chain.

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6 hours ago, Brooklyn Beer said:

I always have my co-pilot hold the wheel. Works good too when you need a bottle opener for your beer that is on the key chain.

You should probably just have her sit on you lap then so she can reach the brake pedal as well.  Or perhaps she was trained to be a rural letter carrier and can drive from the passenger's seat.  Sitting in your lap might create other problems though,  could be even more distracting. How would you explain that one to the officer at the scene or your insurance agent? 🤔  

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My old truck I had a star X wall mount bottle opener screwed to the dash.  Can't do that today with plastic dashboards.

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 Here's a few pictures from last night's cruise in Tilsonburg. As mentioned, there is my '41, and the '07 Astin Martin, a beautiful restored '27 Studebaker, a '53 Sunbean Alpine, the '60s ones are better known, as they became the basis for the "Tiger", a stunning gold '64(?) GTO with the tri power engine, a '66 Ford pick up truck with the 240 6 cyl and stand trans. This was mechanically identical to another '66 I drove in the early 70's, only that one was black and was a Mercury truck, another "only in Canada" model. My friend had his '32 McLaughlin Buick there as well, a stunning looking restored car. The same gent also has a great looking '58 Limited I posted a few weeks ago.

 Keith

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Tony's '32 is indeed stunning Keith!

I need to get up your way one day...

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11 hours ago, dei said:

I need to get up your way one day...

You will be most welcome!

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Took the GS to the last night's Hemmings Cruise in.  Had planned to meet up with Ed @ 4 pm but had massive issues enroute. 

 

No, not problems with the Happy Car!  If that car is unhappy it is because I haven't used it enough.  Due to the 2019 Challenge most of the time I am driving the '56.  This was external factors.  To start with the weather forecast was for 20% chance of rain.  I was just a mile away from home on a bright sunny 83* day when I saw the massive storm type clouds right in the direction I was planning to travel.  With no other clouds around I decided not to return home to close the windows which I had left open slightly on the Regal and Wagon.   A few miles later I pulled over and tried to get a weather radar on my cell phone, but that didn't work.  And just then there was a HUGE thunder clap overhead.  So I put the top up, but decided to leave the windows down.   a few miles after that In Mechanicville, I had to put the windows up.  Sheesh!

 

Then I turned onto Rt 67 for the eastward drive and the train tracks I have never seen a train on were blocked by a stopped train!   I did think I was getting a message to go back home, but I turned around and drove 6 miles north to Stillwater where I could catch the next bridge over the Hudson River.  This brings me to essentially the same place.   Just a short extra trip through Saggicoke and I'd be back on track.  However, on Rt 40, the main passage through this town, there was roadwork with the highway reduced to one alternating lane of traffic.  It was here that I was wishing I had fixed the AC in that car!  But eventually I got through and drove in soft rain to the meeting spot, arriving a half hour late.

 

But no problem, we finished the drive to Hemmings and parked the cars, then walked the three blocks downtown to get some dinner. 

 

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As usual, there were a lot of interesting cars but I took a bunch of lousy pictures.  Here are some though,  that came out ok.

 

In the "Not your father's Buick" class, but still pretty damn nice!

A '34 Packard

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Sorry for the bad pictures but this car was just too nice to not post it.  I am always amazed at the size of cars in this era.  I know that would not fit into many of the small garages that were built after WWII.   

 

And there was this Chevy Truck,  interesting in it's choice of transmission.

 

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Continuing with the NYFB class, with some Chevies:

 

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Still miss my former '64.

 

But even then I really wanted a '65 or up

like this one!

 

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Oh well,   next life...maybe!

 

And yet another full sized 65 Chevy with a factory 4 speed!

 

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And in the NYFB  "O"  (orphan) Class:

 

'65 Imperial:

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I like the luxury car class a lot, and these things just scream it!

 

Not to be outdone:

 

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And this neat '50 with the roof addition!

 

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a '78 Oldsmobile

 

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"Rare"  you ask?

 

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Try to find another '78 with a factory 5 speed stick!  If this was a Buick it would be one of les than 15 cars, to the best of my knowledge, but I do not know about the Oldsmobile statistic.  Maybe it was more than that. 

 

 

 

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The Model A club showed up en masse.  There was around 15 of them when we got there.  But by the time we got back from dinner there was only these three left

 

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Found it interesting that these three all had converted to an alternator from the generator.  Couldn't see much more about the conversions as none of them opened the hood on that side. 

 

Then in the "Probably your  Father's Buick" class there was this low mileage '83 LeSabre

 

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And this 70 LeSabre:

 

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Let me talk a little about this one for a moment.  See that guy with the light blue shirt?  That's the owner.  He is 91 years old!  He drives this car everywhere!  He is out 4 - 5 days a week going to Cruise In's and rarely misses a bigger show, like Rhinebeck or Lake George events.   Two weeks ago he drove myself and two others to dinner before the Hemmings event and had to parallel park in downtown Bennington.  He got that car within 6 inches of the curb on the first shot!  He is my new idol! 

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To top off the evening Ed won the "Favorite GM" award for his '75 Caddy.  Some of you may remember Ed from the last few Nationals.  He drove his '67 Skylark to Oklahoma this year, and he is the guy who gave me a ride to Bonanza Oregon to pick up my '72 Electra.  A few years after the Oregon trip he fell into a sweet deal on this 13K '75 Caddy! 

 

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As a matter of fact, just to keep this topic related,  his Caddy is riding on the '72 Electra's original wheels and rims.   Probably why he won that award!  😁

 

Then it was just a matter of driving home!

 

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On 7/23/2019 at 4:19 PM, Matt Harwood said:

Sorting them out always takes time, more than you'd hope. But if you get it right, the car will be a joy to drive. Take the time to dial it in and you'll have much more fun. I enjoy the sorting process quite a bit because every little thing you do makes the car tangibly better and many of the jobs are easy weekend projects. Start chipping away at those little things and you'll have fun in the garage as well as on the road.

Yes. this one is turning into far more problems than last owner described, or failed to describe.  This is the the 3rd Buick in a row that has been mis represented by the owners! Usually I've had good luck with Buicks.

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1 hour ago, woodstocker said:

This is the Buick I'd like to be driving!!

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You bet, me too, I'd race you for the keys!

Keith

 

Seriously, it yours?

 

 

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Had a family party for my older brother's birthday this weekend.  Pulled out the Queen for the trip.  312 miles round trip, and had to use the A/C on the way back today.  I was very satisfied with the 16.8 MPG and the overall ride too!  

 

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And my younger brother brought his Corvair ( my former car which he acquired back in 1974 when Linda and I got married) 

 

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Drove the Special today to the historic Town of Amherstburg for their annual Car Show.

Sign of the times when street rod are on the dash plaques...

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We took our time getting out there and ended up blocks away from the popular tree covered Park but a block off the Detroit River at 10 am with a registration # 485.

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After a long stroll looking at the cars the walk through the water front park was a bit of relief from the 89 degree sun.

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As with all local car shows, we get used to seeing the same cars (and characters...) so didn't take many shots but it is becoming more and more street rods....

This show had more Corvettes than I've ever seen together before which isn't necessarily a bad thing but they are newer and newer which I guess qualifies as a car show but... suppose it fits the bill "Car Crazy". 

Afternoon thunderstorms threatened but didn't happen so it was a good day. :)

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I have had the 87 Regal T type out several times but always forget to take a picture . Today was our car club annual ice cream run.  I bought the car new and it now has 109,000 klms on it, still all original and fun to drive!!  Leon 

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