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yea just got home with my 90 Regal,,went to Fremont Oh car show didnt stay locals show ,went up to Marbehead Lighthouse on Lake Erie then "Check engine soon" light came on took it easy going home

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Benefits of AACA Membership.

We have had the Roadmaster out every day this holiday weekend. Just got back from driving to Providence to drop our daughter off at a friends. Had to stop on the way home for ice cream. Seems like that is the destination when we take a car out. Happy 4th!

 

 

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12 hours ago, Buick Regal GS said:

yea just got home with my 90 Regal,,went to Fremont Oh car show didnt stay locals show ,went up to Marbehead Lighthouse on Lake Erie then "Check engine soon" light came on took it easy going home

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You weren't kidding when you said you took it easy going home....it took you 12 years!

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I do not have pictures, but I have put on about 75 miles on the '13 in the last couple of days.

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Had a chance to run the '56 for a few hours today. And what a fine few hours it was. It was 90° when starting out.  After a thorough warm up of 20 miles or so on a generally uphill trajectory I drove a fairly steep mountain road for this area. The road rises from 600 ft asl to 1400 asl within a 2.5 mile stretch. While on this section the engine temp climbed to the hot side and promptly cooled off on the downhill side. I did get too much pinging for comfort though. 

Anyway stopped for a few pics of which I like this one...

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Then cruised home around the lake. Just a nice 80 mile round trip. 

 

Then after dinner I was able to get the GS out for a 20 mile ride in the area.  

 

As before, the GS just loves to go!

 

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I took both corvettes out this afternoon for 1/2 hour rides and the Buick went for

a longer leg stretch of an hour long ride. Was dark when got home and of course, too busy driving for picture taking. 
 

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I had the '41 out for a short 12 mile run on Sat., and planning a longer run a couple of days.

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Out again tonight. Drove 30 min out for ice cream and 30 back. Beautiful night. Buick runs without a hitch. Smooth!!!!

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A small “socially distanced” car meet at a friend’s country property last evening. One of the guys brought a really nice original ‘64 Wildcat droptop. About 50 miles round trip in the Roadmaster. 
 

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 Drove a couple of them on Thursday. That was the hottest day of the year here, so far, at about 95F. That's on the North side of Lake Erie.

 Going back a bit, I had been running Evaporust in the system of the '41, as I felt that there was scale building up again, which I couldn't get out. I went through this during the restoration, and had flushed the system really well, but then I knocked out the rear frost plugs and I couldn't believe the crud still in there. The problem is the length of the engine, and it sits tilted back a few degrees, and the block drain is closer to no. 6 rather than at the very lowest point at no 8.

 So on a suggestion Matt Harwood gave me when he was up here last year, I drained, flushed with water, and refilled with that stuff. A bit expensive, but I was able to get it in 4 L (about a gallon) jugs on sale. Then I drained it, extensively flushed with water, then reinstalled the coolant, which was less than a year old. A bit of running around and then checked and topped up cold. Then I wanted a hot day to kind of torture test it.

 

 Back to my Buick adventures!

 I decided to take to a gas station about 20 miles away, then back and into town to give it a 50+ mile run. Mostly 50 MPH, and a bit of 60. Well, doesn't the old girl not want to go! I thought it must be a connection or something, then I got my voltmeter, and it read out at just under 6 volts, not too bad, but then with the lights on, it was 3 volts! So the battery charger got put to use again.

 Then I decided to take the Electra out, because it hasn't been driven in a few weeks. It started well, and the AC was still working, but it quickly started running hot after only a few miles, so I came home. That has been an issue I've had with it since the rebuild. Last year I had a high density 3 core made for it, and I have a 160 stat too.

 

 With a bit of a boost, the '41 started right up. Here's the good news. It ran at about 180, and that's with a 175 stat in it. Going through town it built a bit of heat, then shed it as soon as I got going again. Then I decided to try the drive through at Tim Horton's and get coffees for us. With the rad fan on it held about 195 or so for the 10 mins I was in line.

 So I'm thinking that girl is about as good as she gets. Putting a 160 in it might be a good idea, and will give more latitude fir long climbs or traffic.

 Sorry guys! No pictures!

 Keith

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Today, to celebrate Collector Car Appreciation Day, our local AACA Chapter had an informal meet up at a local ice cream stand at 7pm. Since most of our members have not been at any antique car events since March, it was a lot of fun. We had about a dozen antique cars show up as well as some additional members in modern cars. It was a hot and humid evening. Obviously, whoever chose July 10th for Collector Car Appreciation Day does not live in the South. If a Southerner came up with this idea, it would probably be in September. We had a good time, although most of us ended up skipping the ice cream since the business is only serving via drive through and the line was wrapped around the building for over an hour that we were there. I drove my 1938 Buick Century. 

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We went out to dinner with friends in the '13 Buick.  Put 38 more miles on the car tonight.

 

 

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Got the 1949 Super 51 out again today for a run around town. No good photo ops. Lawns all getting brown in Portland. Typical for the summer.

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Brief test drive after doing some rattle abatement using the ChassisEar and changing the oil in the shocks. Sucker drives pretty darned well!

 

 

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That was great -- thanks for the ride!  I've never ridden in a '37 - '41 Buick, so that was really interesting.  She sure does get up and go!   ;)

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We had a cruise around town followed by a socially distanced gathering. Looking forward to more of these!

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A friend had a birthday parade for her 90 yr old father, on Friday, he was a Michigan State Trooper. Was lots of fun!

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Took the 49 out before it got hot enough to melt the tires down to the all wars veterans memorial today in support of the fine folks still standing guard over it. Dropped off a case of cold water.  Since the cops cracked some skulls 3 weeks ago "those people" are not showing up anymore.

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Drove the Reatta to a cruise-in at the Shaws grocery store parking lot with fellow Mustang friends on Wednesday (7/8/20), about 30 miles round trip.  Only two Buicks in sight besides mine...a '65 Grand Sport and a '71 Riviera boattail.  All were adhering to social distancing and masks.  Had planned to attend another on Thursday at the old Raynham MA Dog Track parking lot, but the heat index was up in the upper 90's, so I poo pooed that idea.  Still driving around with a half tank left of last fall's gas (with Seafoam) with no problems...the Seafoam is actually helping improve my gas mileage slightly!  All local MA car shows have been canceled to date.  A few are still on the books for August and September but we'll see as these dates approach.  RI and NH have allowed a few to happen, though.

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Went for a 15 mile ride around town. Gotta get a video set up like @Matt Harwood.  But till then took advantage of the late afternoon shade at home.

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Matt, great riding along with you! So familiar in many respects to my Roadmaster. It sounds great. These are all great cars. I think about the reaction people must had when they were new, or late model used cars when you were used to the older ones, when we are so impressed with them nearly 80 years later.

The one thing you said that said is how I too sometimes try to chase perfection, and I become very unhappy when it isn't. It gets tough just to enjoy the machine as is, and yours sounds like it is at a sweet spot right now.

Keith

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26 minutes ago, JohnD1956 said:

Went for a 15 mile ride around town. Gotta get a video set up like @Matt Harwood.  But till then took advantage of the late afternoon shade at home.

 

 

We use a GoPro Hero 8 Black camera and a simple suction cup mount. The camera is a little pricey at about $300 plus the mount at about $40, but it really does a fantastic job. Incredible stability software, easy to use, decent on-board mic and both shock and water proof (mostly). Once you have one you'll find all kinds of new uses for it. I'm very pleased with it--in fact we bought two more for the driving videos so we can place them all over the car and on a chase car, which makes shooting faster and editing it all together a lot easier.

 

On the other hand, my cell phone shoots pretty good video, too. A simple mount you can stick in your passenger compartment somewhere does a decent job. The first two driving videos I shot were just with my cell phone. Worked out pretty well and with one take, no editing required. Nothing fancy, but the drive was nice.

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Beautiful day in Rogue Island, but felt the need to cruise nearby in Connecticut. Just short of 100 miles on back roads. Nothing like driving in a 41 with the top down on a sunny day! Great to see so many people enjoying their cars too. 

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I got the 1949 Super 51 out again today for a run around town. It was 73 degrees and sunny this afternoon. Here is a photo taken in the northwest neighborhood of Portland.

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