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I met a friend at the airport this afternoon.  He was returning a rental car, so I figured that Grenouille would be more distinctive for him to find me, so I picked him up with the Skyhawk and brought him back to our house.  About a 12 mile round trip or so of city driving.  I was nice to get one out again as it’s been about two weeks since I’ve driven anything older, and that was a brief trip.

 

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What did your friend think? Would have been equally impressive if you picked em up in the '59 wagon.

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Went out with a few friends today for a short drive in the 1913 Buick today.  92 Miles

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1 hour ago, Larry Schramm said:

Went out with a few friends today for a short drive in the 1913 Buick today.  92 Miles

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Congrats to Larry and Joyce who are driving the AACA Vintage Tour ffor pre-1932 vehicles - +/- 100 miles each day of this week.

 

Dale and I are also driving, but our 1937 Roadmaster 80C is too new, so we're driving our 1930 Packard.

 

There are several other Buicks on this tour based in Kingston, Ontario, Canada

 

 

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 We took in the Pt Dover cruise night, tonight, about 30 miles round trip in the '41. A nice, warm night, so a huge group of cars were there.

 Keith

 

 

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When Melanie and I went to brunch yesterday we spotted a sign for a Monday night cruise-in down by the river in Akron so we decided to go see what it was about tonight. It was drizzling rain when we left the shop, but the Limited doesn't care and by the time we got down to Akron it was sunny and bright. About 100 cars and it was nice since I hadn't seen most of them before. Always good to go to a new place just for that reason alone. It was pretty crowded when we arrived and we had to hunt for a parking spot, although by the time we got back from dinner at a little cantina down the street most everyone was gone. That's when I snapped this photo.

 

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Only a few Buicks, including a '58 Special with what looks like every single option including factory A/C--that has to be pretty rare.

 

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I liked this LeSabre, although there was a TON of bondo in the quarters. Still a good-looking car!

 

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@Matt Harwood  That '58 is a Super, Matt, not a Special.  And it is indeed SUPER!  Thanks for posting

 

To the '58 Guys,  What is that plastic tube  running from the radiator support towards the firewall, and next to the generator?  Is that a factory piece?  Can't say I've ever seen that before.  Also, would the ac lines run over the top of the radiator support?  Or should they go through it?  

 

 

 

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18 minutes ago, JohnD1956 said:

@Matt Harwood  That '58 is a Super, Matt, not a Special.  And it is indeed SUPER!  Thanks for posting

 

 

 

Derp. You're exactly right. It even says so right on the sign!

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10 hours ago, JohnD1956 said:

@Matt Harwood  That '58 is a Super, Matt, not a Special.  And it is indeed SUPER!  Thanks for posting

 

To the '58 Guys,  What is that plastic tube  running from the radiator support towards the firewall, and next to the generator?  Is that a factory piece?  Can't say I've ever seen that before.  Also, would the ac lines run over the top of the radiator support?  Or should they go through it?  

 

 

 

 

The fellow that owns the Super has had the car at the Flint National and indeed is one beautiful Super! 

(Now, if I could just remember his name...)

 

Not having had any 58's with air I can't say what that tube is for or remember seeing it before (that mind thing again??) but as to the ac lines, Tony (TP32) owns this Limited and shows his system with the lines in the same place not through the support.  

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His car is stock with the original air system in good working order.

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Any one else on the tube question?

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That tube appears to be some sort of add-on.  Maybe an extra vent of some sort?  I've never seen such a thing from the factory.

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The tube looks like on later A/C cars there was a duct on the back of the generator and the tube ducted outside air from the rad support to it for cooling

you can just make out the bracket on the rad support 

i am not a 58 guy but i know i have seen it on 61 buicks

might be a retrofit

i don't think the tube material might be the original material though

maybe the owner did it himself because it is not on the pic of the other 58

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I enlarged the sign in order to read it better.  Are the two exhaust pipes having a dispute about honor?  They're "duel" exhaust.  Pistols, ten paces, turn and fire.  

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Thanks for the responses.  Tony's car as posted by Dei indicates there isn't even a hole in the radiator support, while the one from Matt looks like there is a plate there for a hose hook up.  Sure does add to the crowded conditions under the hood! I assume it is not a factory piece for the '58. 

 

Meanwhile,  met some BCA friends for breakfast this am.  About a 78 mile round trip.  Kinda wish the '56 had AC...but maybe someday...  It was still a great ride and except for the loud truck tires on the highway,  very enjoyable.  

 

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 We did some driving in the Reatta, were hoping to take in a cruise night in another town, but there was some rain, but near our home, on the way back, I saw this faint rainbow, and got this shot of the Reatta and the rainbow.

 About 50 miles, or so in it.

 Keith

 

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On 8/5/2019 at 4:49 PM, JohnD1956 said:

What did your friend think? Would have been equally impressive if you picked em up in the '59 wagon.

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It would have been impressive, although more awkward...people going to the airport have enough grief dropping people off or picking people up without thinking about old cars showing up...there’s a bunch of stuff hanging out in the back as well and the front seat is marginally attached as we need to deal with carpet after floor repairs.

 

I don’t recall his specific comments, but it did stand out, making it easier for us to connect (not a huge airport).  He agreed the car is very 70s.  Our later drive required seating for five, so we took the Envision.

 

 

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2 hours ago, Thriller said:

Our later drive required seating for five, so we took the Envision.

Glenda really loves hers!

Keith

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Tonite. was just a pleasant night for a cruise!  

 

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This car has been driven only 600 miles since last October.  Kinda sad that I haven't used it more. 

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Well here are some more pictures of our tour just joy riding with a bunch of friends.  103 Miles which included two ferry rides..   These are Tuesday's pictures

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Wednesday was rain to thunder storms for the day so we drove with friends.

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Well for Thursday it only rained for part of the day so we drove over 1/2 of the day and only put on 44 miles for the day.  We went on a cruise on the St. Lawrence seaway and had lunch on the boat.  Another great day.

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That is Marty Roth's Packard to the right of the picture.  The white colored car.

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Friday was the shortest day with a visit to Fort Henry in Kingston.  With a heavy storm coming in, we went back to the hotel after the tour & lunch at the fort which went to almost 2:00. We literally got the car in the trailer 30 seconds before the heavens opened up with heavy rain. Great time, but only 12 miles for the day.

 

Now heading back home to get ready for the BACK to the Bricks event in Flint this coming Saturday.  If you are near, bring your Buick to join in the fun.  At the Durant/Dort carriage building and Factory One on Water Street in Flint.  The fun starts at 6:00AM.

 

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Thanks for the photos from the Vintage Tour.  Glad the Buick performed well, see you in Flint.  Today, Saturday, we are off to Bothwell, On for a huge car show with a swap meet.  Gary

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You folks are lucky up north this time of the year with shows and swaps. Down here we have to wait until it cools down some and your tires don't catch fire sitting on the parking lots 250 degree asphalt !

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22 minutes ago, Brooklyn Beer said:

You folks are lucky up north this time of the year with shows and swaps. Down here we have to wait until it cools down some and your tires don't catch fire sitting on the parking lots 250 degree asphalt !

 

Yeah, but you do not have 4-6 months of snow.

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Just now, Larry Schramm said:

 

Yeah, but you do not have 4-6 months of snow.

Yes, I think that is more then a fair trade off !  Labor Day here is a crap shoot on if it will be 105 or 85.  Nobody wants to go to a show and be standing on a parking lots asphalt when it will blister your feet

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