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Had an AACA meeting this afternoon and put about 40 miles on the Buick - sunny, cool and windy, but a great day to dive the Buick.  We had two new families join and another visiting, so a good day for the AACA!  Out of 21 member families we had 10 old cars (25 years or older) at the meeting. 

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Got the chance to get the Queen out today.  Not a leaf out on the trees here yet, but it could happen soon.  We've had such a mild winter I feel bad saying it knowing what some of ya'all went through.  Now the last two weeks have been more winter like than the last four months.  Anyway, a massive rain storm came through Friday so with temps in the high 30-low 40's I pulled her out for a spin.  Just love to drive that car!

 

When I came home I found my spare clock that I got at that junkyard that was closed two years ago. It was dead when hooked to my spare battery.  I pulled off the two light sockets and was able to drop some speedometer cable lubricant onto the mechanism through those holes. Then I was able to spin the clock with the adjustment knob.  I was pleasantly surprised to see it work when I attached it to the battery a 2nd time.  Now I just gotta get it in the car.

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The AACA - Texas Region had our Spring Tour this weekend. Group met North of Denton, Texas and took Hwy 380 to Bridgeport and toured the Wise County Veterans Memorial Museum, then on to Bowie where we encountered some light rain showers, and then on through Nocona.  Passed over the Red River into Oklahoma and traveled back roads to Durant for the evening.  Up and back on the road by 9:00 Sunday morning and found our way back to Texas and ended the tour in Whitewright, where the 10 cars went their separate ways toward home.  By the time we arrived home we had put 357 miles on the Buick and had a fine time doing so!  I see that Bowie is currently experiencing large hail and severe thunderstorms, so we were very lucky to have only had rain while there.      

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Had the annual West Australian Buick Club Autumn run this past weekend. Just over 800kms ( 500 miles ) over the 3 day run. Took the club to some of my old stamping grounds, visited a farmer who restores veteran motorcycles and has turned his hand to casting small parts in a home foundry. Also visited the farm of an 88 year old local in Wubin who has been collecting " treasure " his entire life.

 

This link will take you to some photos of the run

 http://www.westernbuicks.org/Events/Autumn%20Run%20Dandaragan%202016/Events%20Dandaragan%20Run%202016.htm  

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I drove my 1954 Buick 41D 36 miles on Sunday.  What a pleasure it was.

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Had the 56 out to Church on Sunday, and had the GS out this afternoon for some topless activity.  Hoping those in the southwest are doing okay .

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We had the Electra out for a nice 20 mile run on Sunday. Great day here in Toronto, but still some salt on a few roads. Rain is forecast later in the week, so hopefully it will get cleaned up then.

Keith

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Just returned from a 80 mile one way trip to a swap meet in my Lucerne. Did not find anything Buick related that I need but did get a good deal on latex gloves to keep my hands clean.

Wanted to show you a Texas convenient store (this is not a truck stop as a sign out front says NO 18 WHEELERS)  Buc-ees is a south/central convenient store chain that pumps a lot of gas.

For size see the picture...15 rows, x 4 pumps = 60 pumps in the shot and another 60 where I am standing.   They also have unbelievable rest rooms...huge, clean...I guess if 100 plus cars are getting gas

they need large rest rooms.....Willie, Stoneberg and other Texans have been there.  This one is on I-35 just north of New Braumfels

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Sunny and about 50 here. I just ran the convertible up to the edge of the muckland and back to splash hot oil inside the engine. Now it's time for a rerun of Superman, supper, and a rerun of Wonder Woman.

 

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1 hour ago, Barney Eaton said:

Just returned from a 80 mile one way trip to a swap meet in my Lucerne. Did not find anything Buick related that I need but did get a good deal on latex gloves to keep my hands clean.

Wanted to show you a Texas convenient store (this is not a truck stop as a sign out front says NO 18 WHEELERS)  Buc-ees is a south/central convenient store chain that pumps a lot of gas.

For size see the picture...15 rows, x 4 pumps = 60 pumps in the shot and another 60 where I am standing.   They also have unbelievable rest rooms...huge, clean...I guess if 100 plus cars are getting gas

they need large rest rooms.....Willie, Stoneberg and other Texans have been there.  This one is on I-35 just north of New Braumfels

 

...and if  cheapest gas:  $1.70 today

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We took "Lucy" out for exercise to church then a 40 mile trip around the beautiful South Central PA. countryside. Gas has gone up to $235 here. When we drove to Chickasha in March it was $1.65 in VA.

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 Precious little vegetation on the trees so far in this part of the world, but we've had a nice day touring through the Niagara area and the scenic town of Niagara on the Lake.

Went through a bunch of bugs last night on the way here, as you can see by the picture of the front on the car. Proves my car is driven!

 We stopped to take a few pictures of the whirlpool, which is downstream a few miles from the Falls themselves. As the name implies the current and he bend of the river forces the flow to swirl around the basin.

 The cable car gives a great view, if you're not afraid of the heights, that is!

 Keith

 

 

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Apparently my parents honeymooned at Niagara Falls. I understand they drove there from Saskatchewan in the '57 Chev Dad had when they were married. 

 

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I took the middle child out to the country to swap the proper wheels onto the pace car, then I drove it home.  Everything went well, except we gave up on putting all the Center Lines on the donor car to get it off the jack stands.  I'm presently working on cleaning up and installing the trim rings and center caps on the car (even though what I have isn't very nice, they do dress it up quite a bit.

 

 

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Neat, Derek. It still is one of the most popular honeymoon spots.

We made it home safety and the car ran great on the whole trip. We drove nearly 300 miles over the course of the weekend, and got about 16 mpg, Imperial, which is about 18 or so to the US gallon, which I think is decent. The driving was a mix of highway, with quite a bit of heavy traffic at times. 

Keith

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Took the '41 Limited on its first long(ish) journey on Saturday the 30th, a CCCA tour to the Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio, then a few side trips. About 50 people met at our shop to start, and even though it was gray and cold there were still quite a few old cars. After coffee and pastries, we headed east on country roads with modest (35-55 MPH) speeds so the older cars wouldn't have any troubles. The big Limited just purred along without any effort and holy cow, this sucker is STRONG. On hills where my '29 Cadillac would lose 10 MPH, this Buick (with 5 people aboard, plus our gear) was actually able to accelerate with ease. With most of the rattles abated, the exhaust nice and quiet, the carburetors tuned, and fresh bushings in the shifter linkage, it was just a joy to drive. Temperatures held steady at 160 degrees no matter how hard we were running, oil pressure was above 50 PSI at speed, the brakes are remarkably powerful, and it never stuttered for a moment. Many admirers of the big Buick at the Packard Museum, and when parked next to a '41 Packard 160 sedan, you could see just how much lower and sleeker the Buick really is, despite its immense size.

 

Halfway through the trip, we stopped to put gas in it, since the fuel gauge still isn't working, and I was pleasantly surprised that it only took 6 gallons--suggesting as much as 12 or 13 MPG, which is about 50% better than I expected. Nice!

 

The drive home was also uneventful, and since we were driving alone, I felt comfortable pushing it up to 55-60 MPH, where it happily cruised in near silence except for some leaky weather-stripping on the passenger's vent window, which was annoying. There was a Cleveland Indians game on the radio, and even when it started raining, the big brute never missed a beat. And holy cow, even the vacuum wipers work!

 

The big limo took us about 145 miles in total comfort. My wife rode in back with the boys and is now 100% on board with keeping the car, should I decide we need a high-speed tour car. A flawless performance and a good prognosticator for our upcoming 300-mile trip to Allentown in July.

 

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Everyone meets at Harwood Motors showroom for coffee and donuts.

 

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Some of the other cars joining us on the tour. Gray skies kept many away.

 

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Everyone seemed pretty comfortable in the big Limited. The ultimate road-trip car?

 

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Packards and non-Packards alike at the Packard Museum in Warren, OH

 

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Long-haul gang at the last stop at the world's largest Amish horse & buggy

 

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On 4/16/2016 at 6:32 AM, 50jetback said:

Had the annual West Australian Buick Club Autumn run this past weekend. Just over 800kms ( 500 miles ) over the 3 day run. Took the club to some of my old stamping grounds, visited a farmer who restores veteran motorcycles and has turned his hand to casting small parts in a home foundry. Also visited the farm of an 88 year old local in Wubin who has been collecting " treasure " his entire life.

This link will take you to some photos of the run

 http://www.westernbuicks.org/Events/Autumn%20Run%20Dandaragan%202016/Events%20Dandaragan%20Run%202016.htm  

 

Apologies to Stuart. New Link for the photos of the run above. Changes to the website thanks. WesterBuicks

http://www.westernbuicks.org/dandaragan-april-2016/

 

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 Yesterday, Sat., we had the Electra out on another tour, this one a garage tour and drove it about 150+ miles through some very scenic countryside east of the city. The plan was to drive the '41 Roadmaster, as the Electra had a long tour the weekend before, but a leaky fuel line fitting put it out of action at the last minute.

 One gentleman we visited had an interesting collection of quite old cars. Two pre 1910 Caddillacs, one original, and not running, the other, an '06 currently under restoration. Plus a Maxwell, a Brush, too many Ford T's to count, and my favourite, a 1911 Buick Model 32. A small 2 seat roadster, which was in running and driving condition, with current Ontario license plates afixed to it. Also a bit of army stuff, a few radial aircraft engines, and some very old stationary engines.

 I took quite few pictures, plus a video of the '11 Buick running, which are still on my camera, and I will post later.

 We also visited a shop which converts car engines, usually LS1 or2 Corvette engines for aircraft use, then to another gentleman that has a collection of Edsels, and a few other Fords too.

 Keith

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Yesterday I took my Brand X car to the RROC Tech Session at Doug Seibert's Garage in Rochester, New York. A beautiful sunny day and lots of talk about the intricacies of oil changes, brakes, and general car ownership.008.JPG003.JPG024.JPG

 

Today we went to the little town over in the next county for lunch in the '60 Electra. It was an interesting anniversary of sorts. In May of 1966 I was a month away from graduating High School and I bought this '60 Invicta flattop.

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60 years later to the month I'm still in the same type of car. My kids say they will never call me a throw back. I haven't moved ahead enough to qualify!

Bernie

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Picked up my son with the 55 Century 4dht. Went out for supper and then ice cream after. First chance I have had to test the new fuel tank and electric fuel pump. Mud

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approximately 70 miles yesterday in the 72.  To my son's in-laws boat club on the Great Sacandaga Lake for Mother's Day Buffet, then a side trip to the casino ( shhh, don't let em know I left with quite a bit of their money)   then returned home.   Pulled into this Public boat ramp to scope it out for some fall pictures.  Not quite full spring time there yet.  But still a beautiful spot!

 

 

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Here are a few pictures that I took during our first stop on Sat's tour.

The army truck pictured is one of 6 built by Chysler in 1969 for testing by the Canadian Army. It was not put into production due to some rather odd service issues, like to repair the brakes one needs to remove the engine first! It was designed to be completely amphibious as well.

The trail bike is driven by the front wheel, as well as the rear one, so you could call it All Wheel Drive.

Keith

 

 

 

 

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Great time, and neat pictures.  I love this one the most!

 

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Thanks, John. I like that one too. It looks like it could of been taken 100 years ago, instead of three days, except for the colour photography. The person in the background is a metal statue of a gunfighter, I've posted a picture of him here.

Keith

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