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Drove the 1950 Special about seventy miles Sunday. Just drove.Wherever the road led. Still not far enough.

 

  Ben

Next time you get that urge, throw your tool belt and a change of skivvies in the '50 and head east on The Buick Highway, it ends at Buick Gardens, ya know. ;-)
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Hub caps. Want to get a few more miles on the car and then re-torque the lug nuts before installing the caps. This was a low end Special equipped with a manual transmission and column shift. Fun to drive! And oh what torque! All original chrome except for three pieces that I had to replace and re-chrome. I was told that in was a Texas car. No rust issues except the floors.

Ahh! Caught up in the modern vernacular - "Lug nuts."  Lug bolts  :)

 

My dad had a very similar car back in 62.  Brings back memories of some of my first dates when Dad would let me drive one of his cars rather than making my date ride in my POS.  As a kid of 16, I had the misfortune of getting on the brakes too hard on the wet road and sent this one into a ditch.  It didn't come home.  :(

 

Ed

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 I took the '41 Roadmaster out to buy lunch today, I was working from home as my modern Buick was in getting new tires. The '41 was running a bit sour on the trip home from Oshawa last week. So on the weekend I had done some ignition tuning and then some carb adjustments, it seems as though the back one was out of balance with the front. So the trip out for lunch was a bit of a test drive, and it is running great!

 I also took it over to pick my son up from school today, and sure got a lot of positive reaction from the other students!

 Also, I was at a car flea market on Sunday and took this picture of a '47 or '48 Caddy custom in the parking lot. Interesting paint, a taxi company in Toronto uses the same kind of colours.

 Keith

 

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Drove the wagon 270 miles today.  Went to Syracuse and retrieved my GS bumpers from Sandys Bumper Mart.  The weather here is breaking records for temperatures and late date of the first snowfall.  It may have hit 60* in Syracuse when I was there. 

 

The Wagon is looking worse and worse for wear. So bad I don't even want to take a picture of it.  But it still gets so many positive comments every time I drive it, that its almost comical.   So many people come up and comment they remember riding in the rear facing seat as kids...  So many people just love to look at that car.  I'm really going to miss it when it's through.

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Drove the '37 Roadmaster just enough to get her ready for next weekend. Our next-door neighbor's daughter (soon to graduate Med School) is getting married, so this coming Friday I'll transport Sarah and her parents to the church, and then to the reception.

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Since we have had a very rare Fall, with no snow up to now, I was able to use the 56 for Church yesterday.  I was an neat to park next to my friends Corvette, which is a Fuel Injected 4 speed car, that they purchased new, in 62. 

 

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Took the 64 Riviera out on Friday afternoon and a long romp Saturday morning before rain.  Ran like a scalded dog.

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Well finally had time to get the 1950 Super model 52...my first car by the way..out and as we make the move from central Ohio to Holmes county Ohio the old girl made the 89 mile trip under her own power...It felt good to get it all warmed up again.

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Today we gave the '37 Roadmaster a brisk drive through River Ridge and Kenner, LA, and then stopped for a fresh tank of No-Ethanol before driving home.

Skies were blue and clear with temperature in the low 70s. 

 

The bride-to-be and her parents will be riding together to the church, so we tried out the Roadmaster to ensure that Sarah in her big wedding gown (with long train and veil) still had enough room, sharing the back seat with both parents - all was comfy for them. I had offered her the '30 Packard 7-passenger Touring, but she prefers the BLACK & WHITE ROADMASTER.

 

This bride has "CLASS" !

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 I took the '41 Rodamaster out for a short scoot around the neighborhood Fri. night. Its' been very nice for this time of year, and I wanted to get another drive in as its' supposed to be getting colder this weekend, and there is the possibility of salt on the roads again.

 I cannot ever remember having one of my vintage cars out this late in the year, and though it will be cold and with snow flurries this weekend, its' supposed to warm up again next week.

 So, I've been playing White Christmas on the piano today, and I said to my wife that the this might be the closest to an actual White Christmas the we're going to get. Also, do you know that the popular rendition we always hear is only half the song that the Irving Berlin wrote?

 Keith

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Sarah's Wedding was last night, and she was a beautiful bride. Her parents (our next-door neighbors) hosted a marvelous reception in New Orleans City Park at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters, following the ceremony at a magnificent old church on Esplanade Avenue.

 

Sarah's choice was the black & white Roadmaster. It was a brisk night - only about 58 degrees - and the big Buick was on her best behavior.

 

We had a Police Motorcycle Escort the entire length of Metairie Road all the way to New Orleans, up Canal Boulevard, and over Bayou St. John onto Esplanade Ave. Following the wedding, the Roadmaster made her U-Turn on Esplanade, crossed the Bayou once more, and was escorted by two Police Motorcycles right through "Celebration in the Oaks", the big New Orleans Holiday Season Light Show, right to the wedding reception, and given THE prestige parking spot at the entrance (instead of the indignity of the reserved parking lot) to the pavilion where Louisiana Spice, a 10-piece band performed. Dale and I even got dance, eat, dance, eat some more, before heading back home. The big Roadmaster was right at home, sparkling while cruising west on Interstate-10, and got lots of "thumbs-up" from some of her younger cousins with their plastic bumpers and melted ice cube shapes.

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 So, I've been playing White Christmas on the piano today, and I said to my wife that the this might be the closest to an actual White Christmas the we're going to get. Also, do you know that the popular rendition we always hear is only half the song that the Irving Berlin wrote?

 Keith

Keith, I have seen the missing lyrics and know that the intro is usually omitted, but have never heard the complete original version played and sung....looks like a YouTube video for you to do :D.

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December 19th in western Mew York.

 

Someplace Dwight KNows.

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Brrrrrrrrr, cold and windy!

 

 

After lunch heading home on a side road with Lake Ontario vaguely on the horizon

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BTW, I got the Rat Fink from Ed Roth. It used to hang from the mirror of my Jaguar. What better place for a rat than inside a cat. Cat's gone; the rat and memories of talking with Ed stay on.

Bernie

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 looks like a YouTube video for you to do :D.

 

 Actually, I might consider it. I'm a decent player, but the nerves get me when I try and perform, though just for the camera might work. My daughter is a good vocalist so it might be a neat duet for us to do. The thing is, the famous chorus makes more sense when you hear the first part. As he's stuck in LA, and is "dreaming" of the White Christmas.

 I'll post a link if/when we do it.

 Keith

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 Once again, I had the '41 Roadmaster out for a 20 min drive Mon night. It is supposed to be mild till after Christmas, so maybe I will be able to again.

 Keith

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It's not the weekend yet, but YES I finally drove a Buick! The stromberg 97 dual carb linkage parts had arrived when I got home from work this evening and after installing them I fired up a motor in the car for the first time since 1956! Also I learned that Buick distributor rotors spin counterclockwise... I threw a chunk of 8"x12" beam on the floor and backed out of the garage and down the driveway, since it's dark outside and there is no electrical in the car yet I just drove back into the garage.

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 Congrats! It seems like a small thing, but so nice to get behind the wheel and actually drive the car under its' own power for the first time, even if its' just a few car lengths, or to sneak it around the block. Not that I would do such a thing.

 Keith

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I usually drive daily in one of mine for 10-50 miles.  Any drive in a Buick is pleasant, but yesterday 3 things happened that should not happen in late December:  killing bugs; running the A/C; vapor lock.  The heater cables are frozen from disuse...may fix them if I ever need the heater.

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12-24-2015:  Did not drive it far, but with record breaking high temperatures in this area,

 

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I too, couldn't resist the warm weather, and lack of salt and had the '41 Roadmaster out for a short drive today.

Keith

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Christmas day, 48 degrees in Northern IL, out for a drive with Sam's folks.  Great day with a great car!

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