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On 7/23/2017 at 10:40 AM, Malo48 said:

Just got back from a rather serendipitous drive in my '41

Now there is a great example of exactly the right word when writing about a Buick.

 

I immediately remembered a '57, maybe Roadmaster, that we had on the car lot around 1966. The shocks were bad and about 3 miles of my 6 miles drive home was on a sectioned highway with tar strips. Those cars will really bound in the rear with those coil springs. Serendipitous, with an emphasis on "dip", couldn't pick a better word!

Bernie

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Here is our truck that we used camping last weekend in northern Michigan. 

 

Loaded with firewood and a kayak returning back from town. Grayling, MI. 

 

Put about 120 miles on the truck driving around the area visiting friends and going to town.

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Oh Man! August already.  Last night was the 2nd to the last Hemming's Cruise in of the season!  Where did the time go?!?!  And since it was s hot sticky day,, and the GS is temporarily out of commission, I took the easy road over, with the Electra.  

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On the way I met up with Ed and Thom at the Man O Kent restaurant where we decided to have a bite to eat before the show.  This was most fortunate since we had a nice meal out on the deck over looking the gorge, in the shade with a breeze.  Meanwhile under a blue sky with lots of sun, the cruise site got an intense downpour.  

 

Any way, I just enjoy the ride over there.  It's usually highway speeds, with minimal traffic and delays.

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Long enough to warm the car up without being overload. And usually there are some very nice cars and almost always, something not seen before.  Here's a few of the Buicks in attendance and one such "nice car" never before seen.

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And the ride home usually includes a sunset view or two.

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 So, I had the '41 Roadmaster out for a nearly 10 mile drive last night, the first time I've had it out for a couple of weeks. I had made arrangements with Doug Seybold to give him my carb, at the Wisonsin BCA meet to take back and check out, and I got it back from him a couple of days ago. So this was another test drive! I got installed, and balanced it with the rear one, then was ready to drive it. All in all it performed very well. I did not take it on to the highway, as my trunk lock is not working (another story), and I didn't want the chance of it opening at speed. Smooth, lots of power and though I could only get it just over 50 MPH on non freeway roads, it ran smooth, and pulled very strong. Driving slow was equally nice, it would idle at just over 10 MPH, then pull smoothly away to normal road speed.

 This weekend I hope to get the trunk sorted out and take it for a longer drive.

 Today, the only Buick I drove was my wife's '16 Envision!

 Keith

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I just got back from lunch in the town 5 miles to the west where I bought my '64 Riviera in May 1978. I drove the Riviera. I haven't been driving it much since I removed the vinyl top it came with. The roof is still brown (Sahara Mist) and I painted the car maroon (claret mist metallic) in '81.

As part of the top removal I also replaced the windshield. What a pleasure to look across the hood through that crystal clear glass. That made me happy the whole ride!

 

I didn't think to bring my camera. I bought the car at a Texaco station and used car lot. A convenient store is there now and the parking spot my car was in is still marked off at the edge of the ravine. Maybe next week I will ride over and get a shot of my car in the global position it was in the day I bought it.

 

The waitress, a good car girl with a jacked up Chevy 4X4, commented on my car sitting on the square. I told her I bought it before she was born, confirmed, she's a 1984. She said she had seen pictures of the Texaco station.

 

Sure like that new windshield!

Bernie

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Ok, Since we don't hear from "The Old Guy" ( Joe Taubitz) much anymore, being a friend and neighbor(3.8 miles) for over 30 years has some perks, I was #7 on his automatic dialer on his phone (they have 6 kids!) So today was the Annual Taubitz Family Reunion and this year was the 1st Car Show held during the reunion! Here's some pictures.

The '37 Coupe now belongs to son, Jim and wife Jullie, they also own the '72 Red GS, son, Chris and wife, Kris own the '40 Super and the '67 Skylark  Hairy Canary, the Reatta's belong to Dan and Rose Marie, who are Joe's wife, Bernice's cousins,  the yellow Camero is Joe and Christie's car,  she found it for him as a surprise gift. The Blue Camero is Joe's daughter's Karen's, the GTO is Joe and Christie's son's Mike and the Nissan is Joe and Christie' son's Zak, and the Mini is Jim and Jullie's son, Timothy's, and my Grand National!! What a great day of family, food and fun! And there were other Buicks in the back 40 cause, well of course. And the Roadmaster wagon is Joe's old car that Grandson, Dillon put back together and drives it everywhere!

 

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 I had the '41 Roadmaster out for a 20 mile drive tonight, and it ran well, but not perfect, the odd "hiccup", ie misfire, of some sort. This was the first highway drive since I now have speedo correction unit on, and the rebuilt front carb. It otherwise pulled well at full power in third, to my self imposed speed limit of 70 MPH, and cruised smoothly at that speed for a couple of miles till I was at the next exit. Idle is still a bit fast, and I am running an old distributor, which hopefully I can change tomorrow.

 When I haven't driven this car for a little while, I forget how much attention it garners. Unlike the Electra, which sometimes seems to go under the radar, the '41 is so much unlike anything else on the road, people notice it. I even had a little old lady put the window down, to tell how nice my car was.

 Keith

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Drove my 1908 Model F Two cylinder on the first day of the KISS Tour.  Got a flat tire at the first tour stop, at a saddle shop where they made new top straps for me for only $20.   I got overheated in the hot weather fixing the flat, so after drinking lots of water and siting in front of a fan for several minutes, we got going again.  Just a few miles down the road, the lock ring failed and the tire rolled past us.  So, the car got a ride on the trouble trailer for the rest of the day.  Upon examination back at the hotel, we found the previous owner had fabricated the lock ring from mild steel, so we put the car in our trailer and followed the tour in our modern car (with AC on) for the last two days of the tour.  

 

We always enjoy these tours, even when we have car troubles.  This one will be an easy fix when I find a replacement locking ring for a 30 X 3 1/2 Firestone Wheel. 

 

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Put about 300 miles on my 65 Riviera on Saturday taking it to Vancouver WA for the Portland BCA chapter show.  Came away with a first place in the 63-65 Riv category and People's Choice award! 

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On ‎8‎/‎5‎/‎2017 at 2:56 PM, 60FlatTop said:

I just got back from lunch in the town 5 miles to the west where I bought my '64 Riviera in May 1978. I drove the Riviera. I haven't been driving it much since I removed the vinyl top it came with. The roof is still brown (Sahara Mist) and I painted the car maroon (claret mist metallic) in '81.

Mr. Bernie,

 

So, you pulled out the Riv'.

Did you stumble across any of that Trico (wash) tubing stash? 

Thars gold buried in ye barn  ^_^

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On 8/5/2017 at 2:56 PM, 60FlatTop said:

Maybe next week I will ride over and get a shot of my car in the global position it was in the day I bought it.

 

That would be fun to see!  ;)

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48 minutes ago, PWB said:

Did you stumble across any of that Trico (wash) tubing stash? 

I looked where it was supposed to be and didn't find it. That bothers me because I put it there quite a while ago. If I had just set it down 5 minutes ago and couldn't find it, well that's normal. Tomorrow I'll look where it shouldn't be.

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I took the new for me 75 Electra Ltd to a cars and coffee Sunday morning and then a ride to Greenwich Ct. for a Madison Avenue Sports Car Driving and Chowder Society annual picnic. Nice drive and a good time. Lots of pictures on the AACA FaceBook page. Has anyone ever seen a 4 door Avanti before? It was a first for me!

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 Today was a fun day with the Buicks. First I drove the '69 Electra the 60 miles to my storage to park it for a few weeks and brought the faithful '56 Roadmaster home, and will drive it on a tour through mid week, next week, and a bit of other use. So that's two, then I had the '41 Roadmaster out for a 10 mile cruise later this afternoon, then we took Glenda's (my Wife '16) Envision out for supper with the family, and my son's good friend to celebrate his birthday, which is not until tomorrow, but tonight was the only time this weekend we could get everyone together. That leaves the '02 Rendezvous undriven, and of course the Wildcat, which is still under restoration, and not currently in drivable condition.

 So to paraphase the old rock song, four out of five ain't bad.

 Keith

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Drove the Skyhawk last night to spend an evening celebrating a friend's birthday. Suzanne drove the car for the first time on the way home. Among other brands, he has a 1938 McLaughlin-Buick Special and a 1947 Roadmaster convertible. 

 

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 Just arrived home from an all day pre WWII touring group tour. A really great drive through some little used back roads (all paved!). Lots of turns, many hills and scenic views everywhere. Not the least of which was no rain. A beautiful sunny day, not too hot, and low humidity, perfect for driving vintage cars with no A/C, that also leak in the rain!

 About 185 miles on the '41 Roadmaster, which was once again, tied for as the newest car there. The other '41 was a Ford, another regular of these tours.

 I took lots of pictures, and I will post some of them later when I get them off of my camera.

 Keith

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Here are a few pictures from Sunday's tour. Mine was the only Buick on the tour, another gent had signed up with his '29, but his wife was seriously ill and could not make it to the tour.A few of the cars pictured, are two Pierce Arrows, the green sedan belonging to our tour leader and the yellow convert coupe which I had never seen before, and did not get to talk to the owner. A stunning looking car. A '22 Olds, with what is not very politically correctly called a "fat man steering wheel", it slides out of the way to allow for easier in and out of the car. A friend's '38 Chyrsler coupe is parked beside my '41 coupe, which he has only had about a month. Plus a '52 MG which had stopped in to look at all of the other old cars. A few cars on the tour were more than a 100 years old, several model T's, and a '15 Studebaker as well.

 Keith

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 It really was a great group of cars, and many unusual ones, along with all the Ford's. No ofence intended if there are any Ford people on the forum! Though the model T guys have less trouble getting parts than I do.

 We covered about 185 miles in the '41, at about 16.2 mpg, Can., that's about 14 or so US. Not too bad, considering all the turns, slow driving, etc. In two week's time we are on another tour with the same group but a longer, three day trip further East and North in Ontario, to the town of Bancroft, noted for its' minerals, which we are really looking forward to as well. The car ran alright yesterday, but something seems to be a bit amiss with the ignition now.

Anyway, it seems to keep me off of the streets at night, and away from the pool halls.

 On a "Buick note", the tour leader, the gent with the green Pierce, has another car, recently bought, which is a 1914 Buick (US made) model 55 (?), which the the first six that Buick made. It is currently being worked to get it road ready, though it is in good condition and doesn't need a full restoration. Plus the guy with the '29 McLaughlin Buick who didn't make it yesterday, has the Canadian version of the same car, a McLaughlin built one, though it will be a few years before that one is on the road. Quite remarkable to have two such rare cars within an hour's drive of each other!

 

 Also, we are now starting a three day, mid week tour with the McLaughlin Buick Club. This time we have the '56 Roadmaster, which sadly, has been a bit neglected this year. So it is now out to do what Buicks do best, take us through hill and dale in comfort. This one is close to home, so we won't have a lot of driving to do as at times.

 Keith

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