JohnD1956

Raise your hand if you drove at least one old Buick this weekend

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So my 60+ old memory fails me again! Thanks John! Truly I wasn't positive about the year, though I do remember when these were new.

Happy Birthday, Matt!!!

Keith

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Yup, that interior looks original to me...much like my '75 in a different colour. 

 

I seem to remember a hullabaloo surrounding the Iltis...contract signed for a light duty vehicle when that wasn't what our under-equipped land forces needed. 

 

Have a Fabulous Friday birthday Matt!

 

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Had our 1971 Riviera brought up to Virginia from Florida yesterday and drove it four miles to the house.  Will drive the starch out of it over the next two months up here in Virginia.

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I had the '41 Roadmaster out for a short drive, only 8-10 miles, but it was nice to drive it. Also, I got the replacement door glass for the '56 Roadmaster, so I can put it back together soon.

 Don't know if mentioned it, but when I went to move it back into the garage after I took the glass out of the door, the gas pedal linkage broke, at the joint right under floor where the shaft from the pedal goes through. So that needs fixing too, but I have been busy doing other things to get into working on that.

 Keith

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I took Goldie to cars & coffee this morning.

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The only other Riviera there today (or ever, as far as I know)...

 

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Also at C&C:

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On the way home I stopped for a 'glamor shot'...

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...and then when nearly home, we ran across this distant relative!

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A beautiful late summer Saturday morning!

 

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The Manitoba Classic and Antique Auto Club had their annual corn roast today.  The host for over 30 years passed away earlier this summer, so there was a bit of a presentation to the family and I think that had something to do with a really good turnout.  Aside from the Wildcat and pace car (the latter came late), there was a '41 Limited and '57 Roadmaster for the Buick representation.  The weather was very nice and the company was pleasant.

 

 

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I didn't take any pictures, but I took my '60 Electra to a Cadillac Club ice cream social about 30 miles away yesterday. And I got my lactose intolerant friend who is just recovering from a stroke to follow me in his Rolls-Royce. I expected it to be pretty entertaining. Maybe it was later. He took a different route home.

 

What a great season for drives. The sunlight is really special this time of year.

Bernie

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Once again I took the '41 Roadmaster to the local cruise. A nice warm night here in Toronto. After some carb adjustments, it is really running great, though I still have the cracked fan belt, so I'm not driving it far, or fast.

There was a nice '67 Wildcat there, that I hadn't seen before. The car, though very nice is still a bit of a work in progress, so it hasn't been out much yet.

I talked to the owner for a while, and the story is interesting. His first car was a '67 Wildcat, that he bought for $500., and he drove it for a while, but it had mechanical troubles, and his father made him get rid of it, but of all the cars he owned, this is the one he wished he could of had again. Over the years, he had looked for one from time to time, and a few years ago this one was for sale on the 'bay, so he bought it, had it shipped to Toronto and then had some restoration done on it. A nice solid car, but needing some work.

Keith

 

 

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So far, a really great Buick weekend, as I've driven all three, four if you count the '02 Rendezvous. I finally got the new fan belt from Bob's for the '41 yesterday, so I put it on right away, the fit was just right. Then I filled it with empty boxes and after supper we took it for a drive over to my Mother in Law's (old) place to pack up some more stuff from the house. Less than 10 miles, but at least I wasn't in fear of the fan belt breaking! For those that don't know, she passed away the very last day of Feb this year, and only a week before her 94th birthday.

Then today (Sat) I drove the '56 Roadmaster out to storage and brought the '69 Electra home for a few weeks. That's about 60 miles each way, terrible long weekend traffic on the way out, as this is a popular route to cottage country, but no other issues. Interesting driving the three right after one another.

 So then I am going to change the timing chain cover on the Electra over the next few days.

 Sunday there is a local tour for pre WWII cars, but I've promised my wife that I will help her pack up some more of her Mum's stuff, so I decided not to go, and did not know if I would get the fan belt in time. The weather here for the weekend is looking perfect, so perhaps I can sneak out with the car and have a small unofficial tour of my own!

 Out near the storage facility we drop into a local Tim Horton's (it's Canada of course) for a bit of refreshment and there was a Unimog in the parking lot. Quite a machine! It was sporting some kind of European plates, not Ontario ones.

Keith

 

 

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 After supper, we took the '41 out for a half hour's drive around the East end of the city. I also got the Elephant Ears back from the plater's a couple of days ago, and here's a quick picture of the front with them on.

 Keith

 

 

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Had the GS out for a little bit today.  It's such a happy car.  But I am going to change the timing chain and gears just as soon as the backordered original style battery cables arrive.  The positive cable runs through a channel attached to the bottom of the engine and it just looks easier to remove and replace when the timing chain cover is off. 

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10 hours ago, JohnD1956 said:

Had the GS out for a little bit today.  It's such a happy car.  But I am going to change the timing chain and gears just as soon as the backordered original style battery cables arrive.  The positive cable runs through a channel attached to the bottom of the engine and it just looks easier to remove and replace when the timing chain cover is off. 

 

John. I have the same task in mind for Goldie this winter.  Where did you source your timing set?

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I got mine through Advance Auto. CARQUEST Kit part number 73045.  I have this set in the Queen and it has been good through Springfield MI and Allentown,PA meets. Plus a whole lot of other driving too.  However, I just thought of something. 

 

The 72 is the low compression 455.  My 69 and your 67 are much higher compression.  And I keep thinking of Keith's 69 crank gear failure.  I wonder if I should be using the more expensive set in the 69?  The visible difference in the sets are the holes cast into the cam gear.  The set I have has pretty large openings in the gear.  The more expensive set has smaller openings in the cam gear.  Otherwise the crank and chain look identical.  I just wonder if higher compression puts more stress on the cam and subsequently the cam gear and if that's not what may have contributed to Keith's situation? 

 

I'm going to see if I can get the other set up for the GS.  Otherwise I'll never be comfortable  with this.

 

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15 hours ago, First Born said:

Very sharp!

 Thanks, Ben!

 I had to take one back to the plater's as part of it was not as bright as it should be. He told me that it was because the nickel had not been polished well enough before the chrome went on. Anyway, there are redoing it without any argument. I have had virtually all of the chrome work for the car done by them.

Keith

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Got a few more miles in on the Electra today.  I just love that big car ride! 

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I took my wife and her sister to breakfast Saturday morning in Goldie.  On the way home we passed the bottle redemption shop and the same green '55 Special was outside just like last week (ref. the picture in last week's post).

 

P.S. Thanks , JohnD for the timing set info.  I'm going to look for a name-brand non-offshore part (if I can find one).  Rock Auto has a Cloyes set that might fit the bill http://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php?pk=904136&cc=1319059&jsn=426.

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 I did manage to take the '41 out for a nice drive out to some scenic countryside in and around a small town I spent some years in when growing up. Much more built up now, even from a couple of years ago, and there is a parking lot in the exact spot our house once was.

 I visited the cemetery where my grandparents and other friends and relatives are interred. Hope no one minds, but the car looked so nice with the trees as a backdrop, I took a few pictures.

 The car ran great during the hour and a half drive, and beautiful weather as well.

 Keith

 

 

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Bride and I are reading to Michigan early in the morning.

 

Of course driving our 41 Limited.  70 plus MPH.  First stop is Flint, getting a private tour of Sloan museum at 1.  Since the Buick Bug is back on display I will be able to get up close and personal with it.  Some of you know I'm making a 1/4 scale model of it.  I need to add to my many photo's of it, missing is an overhead shot if the width provile.  David Langdon has provided to me many detailed measurements, and photo's, but this trip will help even more.  David will most likely be our guide, looking forward to meeting him for sure.  He has been so much help with this build.

 

Then later in the day we will visit Sharon's birth home in north Detroit.  Her parents the year she was born, 1940, built a new home for $3,000.00, bought a new Ford for $700.00, and she was born.  We did a satellite view of her home, and it appears to be a nice neighborhood.

 

Thursday we will hook up with Michigan friends of over 50 years.  Friday and Saturday us guys will attend the car show in Frankenmuth Michigan along a beautiful river.  Frankenmuth is a great city, the girls have lots planned, and we all meet up at night for a great meal together.

 

Sunday we will head south to Indy, COASTING all the way, it is downhill you know.  .hehe 

 

Grandson's BD is Monday so can't miss that.

 

Fun time, FUN IS GOOD!

 

Dale in Indy

 

P.S. This will be the first time folks will see the Sweep Spear I just installed.  It is an inspiration of the Brunn rendering of 1940, but was never built.  I love it.

 

 

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Drove the 1937 to a Labor day Picnic .I almost have my porch repainted in the back round. I can't finish it this weekend as we are attending the Old Car Festival!DSCF2603.JPG

 

 

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