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I have a photo or two on my phone but the gentleman who owns the 1940 Brewster bodied car that is here (and was in Danvers) was volunteering with the Bulgarian collection. We had a good chat with the family. Later I see Suzanne and Joseph getting into the car and getting chauffeured away. 

 

Of course, we are driving two cars daily now. In spite of the rain this evening we had a good time at Dorney Park hanging out with Ed Logan and Aaron Clark. Ice cream and a carousel were involved. It was neat coming out to the parking area assigned to the BCA and seeing the Reatta, the pace car, and Ed's hearse being the last cars in the lot. 

 

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Had the 56 out today, to drive my neighbors to their wedding.  Just 41 miles with uncountable smiles.  Picked up the groom and Groom's men in the next town, and then returned to my block to pick up the bride and bridesmaid.  Brought them to the hall where the ceremony was and stayed till they had a chance to get some pictures.  While waiting many of the guests went out of the hall to check the car out, and I saw quite a few of them taking their pictures with the 56.  The part I liked the best was when the grooms Father, who was driving a late model Corvette, said, Man, that thing sounds great!!  It just purrs!!!

 

Made it a Buickful day in the neighborhood!  

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So I took the '69 Electra out to storage today, and brought the '41 Roadmaster home for a few weeks. No pictures of the '41, but a couple of the Electra. One of the front seat, now upholstered correctly. I am now fairly certain that it is the front seal that is leaking, but she is resting with my friend's Fords for a little while, then I'll bring it back home and do the repairs. I am getting the '56 Roadmaster ready for a long tour for next week, and plan to use the '41 as my fun, and cruise night car this week. Nothing major on it, just some maintenance, minor repairs and detailing.

Keith

 

 

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I drove the Wildcat out of the garage this morning, washed it, and drove it back into the garage. 

 

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I took the '41 Roadmaster to a local cruise night tonight, and here's a picture of it, and a nice Allante that I hadn't seen before. Also, and I may have posted this car before, my friend's 1919 Ford Model T. He bought this car over the internet a few years ago as a basket case. The old refrain, someone started on the car, and didn't finish it. So he got it all together, running well, and he drives it regularly around the streets in our part of the city.

Keith

 

 

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That is a very sharp '67 Skylark!  Looks like a very nice original car.  I had a '65 Skylark and wish I had never sold it.  One of my favorite cars.

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Been busy with work around the house with the summer weather, but have been able to get the Electra out several times.  Here's a pic of Electra with it's new tires and hubcaps (still have the ralleys in the garage) against my freshly painted house.  I guess I really like blue!

 

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I got up early Saturday morning and made the 100 mile drive up to New Bern NC for the 2016 SE Fall Meet. The drive up was wonderful. The car performed flawlessly. The Meet was good, but it was 92 degrees by the afternoon. After the meet ended at 3 pm, I drove home with the car performing flawlessly again but the heat made the trip less fun than the early morning trip. Here are a few photos. There was a wide variety of cars there but not too many Buicks. I have more photos from the Meet posted in the AACA Meets and Tours Forum.  On the way home I stopped by the USSNC Battleship Memorial for a few photos.

  

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After completing a cylinder head rebuild and piston ring change was I able to drive my Buick this weekend.  3 long months and a car show season just about behind us.  A missed once in a lifetime opportunity to bring my Buick to the 50th BCA show in Allentown I'm please to say she is running well once again. 

 

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 Well, I haven't driven any of my Buicks, for a couple of days, as too much family stuff going on, plus I have been doing some maint work on the '56 Roadmaster as we are leaving tomorrow (Tues) morn for a long McLaughlin Buick Club tour the rest of the week. Likely we will be driving 1,000 -1,500 miles this week.

 I will post some updates we go.

 Keith

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We drove for about 6 hours from Toronto, Ont, to Pembroke, Ont., through constant, pouring rain, but we made it to the hotel safe and sound. Rained almost like we had at times in Allentown at the National, only this lasted all day. It seemed like it couldn't get any worse, then it did. The car ran absolutely perfect through it all, didn't miss a beat even once. Though it doesn't mean that we didn't have our adventures, to put it mildly. The defroster on the drivers side wouldn't clear the fog, so at a gas station I got under the dash to make sure that everything was connected, and it was. The rain kept on coming, and my wife was clearing the windshield by hand for me, but I got a crazy sounding idea. So we stopped again and using a couple of old Tim Horton's paper coffee cups and duct tape, I made up a duct that went from the air outlet on the side of the dash to the top of the dash panel, aiming towards the windshield. Kind of weird looking, but it worked and my side of the windshield stayed clear from fogging up the rest of the trip. We took on only a bit of water inside the car, quite remarkable considering the conditions. This is very nice countryside, and normally a scenic drive, as most of the roads are secondary highways, primarily 2 lane, and in decent repair, except where under construction. Some of the gravel sections were being washed out due to the high rainfall, so were pretty rough at times.

 Then I parked at the hotel, and when I shut my door, the side glass broke! Not what I wanted to see after the hard drive!

 No pictures today, just too wet to take pictures.

 Keith

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New Bern, NC AACA Meet from Charlotte, 525 miles round trip on bias ply tires.  Won her Repeat HPOF.

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Nice weather today, till about sunset, then a rainstorm, but rather short. We drove into Quebec this morning, which is quite close to here, and saw some waterfalls, had some great food, and traveled through farm country on nice rural roads. Helps to make up for the terrible weather of yesterday. We drove about 120 miles all together today.

The rainbow after this evening's rain was spectacular, a full arc that lasted for 10 mins, or more. I got a few quick shots of it, but I could not get the total arc in the picture, even with my slr, but I've posted one that looks almost like the rainbow is ending in my car. Plus a shot of my car with a very pretty '49 Super convert, and the oldest cars on the tour, a pair of '37's, and a '38. One of the '37's drove from Indiana for the tour.

Keith

 

 

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Buicknutty,

 

Is that Bob Ward's 1937 Buick on the right? If it is, please tell him I said hello and he should feel free to write up a nice story with some photos about the tour and send them to me for publishing in the Torque Tube II. :)

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Caught a break on the sloppy weather today, and got to the Wednesday evening /cruise in

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It was an opportunity to try and work with my camera. I have been unhappy with the quality of the pictures lately.  So here are two other pictures of some nice vehicles.

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Keith - the rainbow shot reminds me of the classic one with the end of the rainbow being at a beer store. 

 

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That is indeed Bob Ward's '37 McLaughlin Limo. I will be seeing him again in a couple of hours, and I shall pass on your greeting, and request on to him.

Keith

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We had another great day of touring, a bit less than 100 miles, the weather was about as perfect as you could get. We visited a gentleman who had a very large collection of tractors, perhaps 150 or more. His favourite seemed to Allis Chalmers, as he had more of them than any other make, from very small ones, to huge 8 wheeled monsters with 731 cu in turbo diesels.

I'm posting a few that I found interesting. One, called a Graham-Bradley must of been a rather upscale tractor for its time, late 30's, very pretty and it used a Graham Paige engine. if memory serves, they weren't using that name at the time, so perhaps they bought up engines that had been made some years earlier. This was a very nice looking machine with its' side panels and car like grille. Somewhat like a '38 Buick, I thought.

 Also, there was an air cooled, diesel tractor made by Porsche. According to the info provided less than 200 were imported into North America.

 A small tractor that brought back memories to me, a small Gibson, more like a garden tractor, but unlike the newer ones, this was like a small version of a big one. I used one similar to this one, though I think that the one I used was a bit smaller, but it has been more than 40 years since I've seen that it! Not owned by us, but by friends who used to loan it out to us to work our garden. It came with a full complement of farm implements, plow, rake, culitvators, etc. It had an air cooled, rope start Wisconsin engine with about 6 or 7 HP and a 3 speed transmission. A Waterloo Bronco, now I had a Ford Bronco at one time, but this wasn't a Ford!

 Plus a tractor that was built on a 30 degree angle to mow ditches.

 Later on we stopped at a blueberry farm, and had a plate of blueberry pie, garnished with blueberry ice cream, and fresh blueberries that were so good, words cannot describe how good it was!

 Keith

 

 

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Twas the last Hemming's Cruise in of the season tonight.  Hard to believe, but the summer's almost gone!  Hope everyone has had their fill of driving their cars this year.  Hope the southernmost fellows have a good driving season coming up.  Anyhow tonight's turnout was one of the better ones of the season.  Some new Buicks I have not seen prior.  Here's a few photos.

The drive over was sunny and warm.  Comfortable with the top down, but the clouds to the north looked troublesome.

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Still, it was an hour or so of cruising the open stretches of backroads to and through Vermont.

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Prepped for rain while eating dinner. 

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And after a rain free break I caught these Buicks tonight.

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There were others which I've posted before.  But this is the one I cannot wait to share with my nephew, who now owns my former 64 Corvair

 

 

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