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Had to drive my son out to get his Mustang for his summer cruising.

It was his second time in the Special and had to laugh when we started out. He asked if the door was completely shut? With him not being familiar with the car, I said that the rattles and chirps you are hearing is normal so don't worry about the door.

His response was because there are no seat belts he was a bit concerned if the door suddenly opened he would roll out! 

I had to stop and think about that for a minute and said to him, With all the advertising / selling of vehicles having safety features in your time, how do you think your mother and me survived in these cars without seat belts? :lol:

Thankfully having the GPS on I was able to show him we were in fact not going 70 MPH!

 

At the storage place.

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On our way home.

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Clocked another 60 miles on the trip odometer.

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30 minutes ago, Thriller said:

That's funny Mark. Out here hot days usually see a better turnout. I guess that's going to be the case when we have 4+ months of winter. 

 

 

I thought that where you live, it is both days of summer that far north.

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1 hour ago, jackofalltrades70 said:

Drove my 56' one final time as I loaded her on the trailer for transport to Sweden.

Matt, I don't know if I should give you a "like", as its' sometimes very sad to see your car going to a new owner.

Keith

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Took the Riv out to Hamilton, MT for the air/car show....man, those pilots are NUTS!  Did a little more driving, probably going to put it away and drive my Caddy for the foreseeable little bit.  Over 90 degrees here and black paint and no A/C make it kind of unbearable......

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I drove the Wildcat to and from a shop today where the R134a was recharged. We will have one car blowing cold air next week and it's better the one with a black roof and interior. At least if driving turns out to be hot, people can get a chance to switch to the cooler interior. 

 

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My wife and I attended a car show in a place which calls itself a drinking village with a fishing problem.  I have been sorting this '39 Century out since I got it last November and this show was just 7 miles from my home so at the last minute I thought to give it a go.  Quick wash in the driveway, scrubbed the whitewalls and off.  A good day between Lake Erie and Rondeau Bay.  With test drives and this successful round trip I managed to add 40 miles to the odometer.  Ready, steady go.  Gary

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Hi Gary,

Would that have been in Erieau by chance? I believe that is the Bay in the background right? or the other side outside Rondeau Park?

 

The '39 looks GREAT!

It didn't happen to come from Windsor in it's history did it?

If so, I know one of her previous owners.

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Don't you hate being right all of the time.  Erieau was the destination, my neighbour and other friends have cottages there.  The car did come from Windsor and it does look great, I like the '39 styling, with larger glass and waterfall grille. The 320 engine keeps up to modern traffic too. From the photo you can see I need running board mats and the moulding for it is off because it has many tiny dents, the car has sealed beams headlamps which should be changed back.  Glad to have it running for now.  Gary

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1 hour ago, cxgvd said:

Don't you hate being right all of the time.

 

:lol: That's funny!

I think you'd have to talk to my wife about that....

 

The fellow that had your Buick when I first knew of it can be a bit... crusty, but likes to buy cars, as he puts it, "not messed with". Consequently, they are that level of car which could qualify for Preservation Awards. Having said that, I know the car changed hands after he sold it but not sure just how many or where.

Glad you are getting to enjoy it. I think it is stunning, especially with those dual side mounts!

 

As to Erieau,

My grandparents used have friends (cousins?) living there and remember as a kid going with them to visit. It sure has gone through a transformation the last time I was there!

Back then the railroad tracks used to go down the entrance road median and on through to the coal docks at the water entrance to the Bay where the ships would unload the coal and it would then be transferred to coal cars. I was fascinated to be so close to a moving train and in the middle of a town / village. 

It sure is different now with beautiful homes and a Marina and the beaches are nice! 

I've heard stories that Comedian Tim Conway has had a summer home there for years. 

 

Might be time for a road trip one weekend with the top down! B)

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While you guys are all driving and cruising all over the place, what with the gorgeous weekend just past, all I managed was a trip to the gas station & grocery store in the Electra! And a trip to the gas station with the GS.  :o  That still leaves the 56 on a half tank and the Regal is damn near empty!!!  :wacko:  Sheesh! 

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That's OK John.

You are helping keep my oil stocks in good shape.

 

Just a friendly kidding.

(Don't forget I drive a 22 gallon gas tank Buick too.....) :rolleyes:

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LOL

 

Well, to avoid ethanol here I have to buy premium with its associated cost. That said, oil has taken a 20% hit in price, so our gas prices have come down a smidge. It should make driving two V8 Buicks to Wisconsin a bit easier. 

 

We are to be getting rain the next few days so I'm not sure how much driving I will get in. Thursday, Teresa and I are going to look at a couple Buicks that are for sale. We should also be able to get my new Envision soon. 

 

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 Well, after fixing my daughter's car, and a bit of prep on the Electra for the trip, I got back to the '41 Roadmaster this afternoon. I friend of mine set the dwell, and advanced the timing quite a bit, but it still ran about the same. Now being frustrated, I decided to try something I gave up on, the Stromberg's. So I took the front one apart and checked and it and set it up, installed it, and after a very quick set up, took it for a drive. What a difference, more power, and the drivability was much improved. though it now had too much advance, so I stopped and took a few degrees off it, and it was better. Not quite right, the same symptoms as the Stromberg gave me before, but high speed driving was way better. At 65 MPH it felt like I could drive it all day again! About 25 miles all together on it.

 So I don't know what happened to the Carter, as it gave me good driving last year, but it is not good now. Has anyone have had these castings go bad internally? Become porous, maybe?

 Keith

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 Beemon, it does have compound carbs, and the Carters were nicely synced. The Stromberg isn't well set up yet, I did it as a quick test to see what difference it makes, and as I said it seems to have made a difference. Now I need to solve the other issues the Stromberg has.

 Keith

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46 minutes ago, JohnD1956 said:

With my obsolete PC I am slow posting some pics of our trip. Here's some of what we saw.  And if you find yourself in ?Herkimer NY ever, we highly recommend Ottos for dining

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Are you driving AND taking pictures at the same time?

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We only went 228 miles yesterday.  We had another great breakfast at Pegs Place,

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and then drove along the lake towards the next stop. 

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At one point we got on the Thruway to make up some lost time and were traveling along minding our own business when there was a traffic jam and everything came to a halt.  We were right at an exit so we decided to go back to Rt 5 for a while.  That's when we came upon this nice little park and lighthouse..

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After that we continued on Rt5 and would have stayed on it, but got side tracked in Erie when the road forked and we must have missed the sign.  So next thing we know we are in downtown Erie, which is quite large.  A quick break for some fast food and etc, and we were back on Rt 5.

About 4 PM we decided to take Rt 18 back to the thruway.  This was a neat ride with several old buildings reminiscent of what used to be here.  Damn shame they are just wasted now.

 

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And as we got back on the Thruway we noticed the AC just wasn't cooling as much as before.  None the less we drove 45 miles to the rest area and then discovered the compressor wasn't coming back on.  Since we had prepaid for a room and were meeting bill and Mollye for dinner we pressed on, 51 more miles.  Windows down, and the sun in our faces I was just thinking we could get through this when we hit the rush hour traffic on rt 90 in Cleveland.  WTH!!!  How many years does it take to fix this location.  Almost a half hour to go two miles!!!  Sheesh! 

 

Later we had a great time with Bill and Mollye though so it was worth it.  This am Bill took me to the parts store where he referred me yesterday, to get new thermo fuses.  $4.00 apiece.  Then he took me to a mechanic who is not an AC specialist but who was able to install the one can of refrigerant I had.  Then I lucked out and found a supply of 7 more cans locally. So instead of making alternative arrangements to carry on without the car or my wife, we are now moving forward with the rest of our trip..

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Clocked 188 today.  Couldn't find non ethanol but the car still ran great regardless.  The AC is holding and working excellent!  At one point the windows fogged up on the outside and we had to up the temp to clean them up.  Later we had to run the system at the half heat setting otherwise it was just too cold. 

We got a really late start today but still managed to drive along the lake through Sandusky.  WE love seeing all these old buildings.  We had lunch at the Main Street  Soda Grill in Vermillion OH.  The lunch was very good and the shop was full of memorabilia.  The Sandusky water front district was interesting but we could not get out to explore as the rains came in with vengeance.   Then we drove Rt 6 to Auburn IN, where we plan to tour the Auburn Cord Duesenberg museum  tomorrow.  It rained the entire distance and we drove through some heavy downpours on occasion.  Many of the fields were sporting large ponds of rainwater.  But the road was really nice, and there were many obviously turn of the 20th century homes and barns.  We even passed one old junkyard which was obviously out of business but it was raining too hard to explore.  

 

One more problem did present itself tonight.  I noticed some surface rust peeking out from the roof trim on the trunk tonight.  Not sure the extent of the damage there and I hope that top does not have to be removed to address this.

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Well......

The short answer, the fuel pump gave up.

With the long weekend I'm not expecting to source a new or rebuilt one before Wednesday when we will be leaving for the Meet.

Not sure I would even attempt to drive her now without cleaning out the tank and lines etc.

Been lucky and glad it happened at home rather than on the road with a not so mechanical wife in the front seat...... That would have been FUN. LOL

 

No one was hurt and it can be fixed, just not what I had hoped for.

 

T'was fun waiting 2 1/2 hours in the car in pouring rain for the truck. 

You would think we had a snow event with that kind of wait time????

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Well, I have not driven my Buick this weekend but I have started planning the 1200 mile round trip to the Buick Club of Victoria's 50th Anniversary meet in October 2017.  The map shows the highway route but I will be travelling out further west to take in old country towns such as Katoomba located in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. Bathurst, site of first Australian gold rush in the 1850s and location for the most famous of Australian car races - the Bathurst 1000. Cowra - famous for the escape of Japanese prisoners of war in WWII and moving on through the towns of Young, Cootamundra, Temora (has a fabulous aircraft museum) Jerilderie, the town linked the infamous Ned Kelly bush ranger and his gang in the 1870s and finally Echuca/ Moama, in the 1870s the largest inland Australian port and still famous today for its fleet of paddlesteamers.  I am hoping to persuade a number of other pre-war Buick owners to form a convoy and also hope to put together a video diary of the trip.... 

Map from Woongarrah, New South Wales 2259 to Moama, New South Wales 2731

 

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Doug - it's almost always a wait for a flat deck here. If we had "ordinary" two wheel drive cars that they could just toss around, a tow truck could be dispatched quicker. 

 

Paul - sounds like an incredible trip. I really admire the Australian collectors for their fortitude and perseverance in the distances they have to travel through some potentially harsh conditions. It sounds like an incredible journey you have planned. Enjoy!

 

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6 hours ago, dei said:

T'was fun waiting 2 1/2 hours in the car in pouring rain for the truck. 

You would think we had a snow event with that kind of wait time????

Looks like roadside assistance stinks even in Canada.

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