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4 hours ago, kgreen said:

Based on a quick view of your video, the body doesn't look bad at all.  The engine sounds tight, looks like you have a winner on your hands.  Congrats

 

Take a closer look at it in the Our Cars and Restorations Forum and you will see that the body needs serious help. 

 

 

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Had the '39 out on the 49th Annual Bug Tussle Tour our Texas Region of AACA hosts each year.  There were 53 registered cars and 99 people, although there were unregistered cars and people cruising along with us.  Started Saturday at 8:30 in Farmersville, where the town always welcomes us with coffee and snacks and a goody bag, then on to Leonard to tour the town square and visit Pete Phillips' collection of Buicks and a few other vintage cars, the Leonard Historic Museum, the Leonard Pharmacy complete with a soda fountain where they were playing old tunes on a sound system on the sidewalk, several other shops and their farmers market.  We purchased about 2 pounds of great looking okra (we fried some and had it for dinner last night with country fried steak).  

 

Then on to Bonham to their town square and Visitors Center with many shops and also Pete Phillips' garage and shop with some of his cars and others that his crew is working on.  He also has a bunch of shelving loaded with NOS Buick parts that he is in the process of cataloging and selling.  One of the cars on the tour had a leaking fuel line, and Pete was able to supply tubing to get the car ready to go in short order.    

 

Next stop was Bug Tussle - nothing there except the old deserted store, but the tradition is to stop and have some cheers led by our club's "classically trained cheerleaders", (and outfitted) too. 

 

Honey Grove where we were welcomed by the town into their Civic Center to eat our brought from home sack lunches and ice tea and water provided by the Honey Grove Chamber.  We also each donated canned goods to their food bank as well as a donation.  There were several shops open that trekkers could stop and shop in following lunch.

 

Then on to Paris - Texas that is - where trekkers stayed at a couple of local motels with a hospitality room set up at the main hotel.  Dinner was catered in a banquet room at their Heritage Hall and Train Museum.  Awards were given to the oldest female and male drivers, the youngest driver, the one who traveled the furthest to attend, and the one who had attended the most Bug Tussle Tours - one of our female members has attended all of the 50 tours.  Since this was the 49th Annual tour and the second one was labeled the first annual, this was actually the 50th. The hospitality room then provided a place to snack, drink, tell stories and visit till 10:30. 

 

Sunday morning following breakfast the the hotel. we lined up for departure at 9:00 to return to Farmersville for a catered lunch at their Civic Center.  Along the way to Farmersville, we stopped in Celeste for a chance to stretch our aging legs, get fuel and/or lose some coffee if

needed.  From Farmersville we all departed toward home, having had the best weather anyone could remember for this tour that always falls toward the end of August.  Not unusual for it to be 100+ degrees, and this year it never made it out of the 80's.  Had a few short rain showers that were spun off from Hurricane Harvey, but not enough rain to create any problems.

 

A Great Tour - many thanks to those who attended and our club members Charlie and Nichole and their infant son who planned and led the tour, and Mrs.G, who hosted the hospitality room (and has attended every Bug Tussle Tour).

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5 hours ago, MCHinson said:

 

Take a closer look at it in the Our Cars and Restorations Forum and you will see that the body needs serious help. 

 

 

I see now.  It has been stored outside for to long.  What are your plans?

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56 minutes ago, kgreen said:

I see now.  It has been stored outside for to long.  What are your plans?

 

I will be ready to remove the body from the chassis in the next few days. I will be restoring the chassis first. I will then see if I can restore the body, unless I find a semi-affordable replacement body before I spend much time on that one.  

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Tuesday, I drove my 1912 Model 34 Roadster to test it before the next Pre-1916 Tour in two weeks.  It has been hard to shift, so I installed a temporary clutch brake that needed some testing.  I had also straightened the drive shaft inside the torque tube to eliminate a wobble in the rear end.    I had almost worked out the best timing for shifting it when the rear end started to wobble again.  I found the drive shaft was bent and twisted this time.  So I removed it and found the twist had revealed where it had been welded before.  So now it is at the machine shop to be replicated with much stronger material.  I just hope it it ready in time to re-install it and test it again before the tour.

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Took Ruby to town , Thursday , but had a bad petrol leak , thought carb ,but was perished rubber fuel pipe , sorted last night so went to lunch at local hotel today , nice to drive without smell of petrol . To hot for roof down but still fun .??

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Last night Almendrón traveled 40 miles to downtown Miami to ferry a newlyweds... clear night until sudden showers on the way back..... wipers quit working....thank you RainX...... should not have done this video but I did anyways.... shame on me of all people! Need a GoPro!IMG_2882.MOV

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1 hour ago, Elpad said:

Last night Almendrón traveled 40 miles to downtown Miami to ferry a newlyweds..should not have done this video but I did anyways...

 

Bad boy :o, but I loved it:D!  Nothing cooler than a Buick dashboard in action!

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Hemmings Musclepalooza was postponed from Sunday to Monday. Instead of taking the FAST 73 GS to run Qualifying yesterday and having to go back Monday and sleeping over with nothing to do Sunday. I decided to only do 1 qualifier tomorrow and then the races. So yesterday I took the wife on a 200+ mile ride up the west coast of the Hudson river and the return ride down the East coast of the river. Stopped at West Point, Kingston, Saugerties, Olana, Rhinebeck, and Hyde Park. We took the Bear Mountain bridge West over the Hudson and the Rip Van Winkle Bridge back East over the Hudson. It was our first time in Saugerties and our first trip over the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. Beautiful day for a scenic drive! The Electra now has a little over 19,700 miles from 18,500 when I bought it a little over a month ago. I did sign up for the AACA mileage award and making good progress. Looking forward to racing tomorrow at Lebanon Valley. 

 

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After 6 years on the forum I finally get to post here,  and while today is Monday,  being labor day and I'm off work,  I'm taking the liberty of calling it the weekend!  Thanks to everyone who helped me along the way....  one 15 mile round trip down and hopefully many more to go! 

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Managed two different car shows this weekend. 

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This was our clubs semi-annual event on Sunday. Cars and attendance were down but starting out with light showers and cool temps does that.

 

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This was Unifor's annual car show and parade celebrating Labour Day on Monday.

 

IT'S GOOD TO RUN WITH THE PACK AGAIN! :)

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11 hours ago, dei said:

Managed two different car shows this weekend. 

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This was our clubs semi-annual event on Sunday. Cars and attendance were down but starting out with light showers and cool temps does that.

 

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This was Unifor's annual car show and parade celebrating Labour Day on Monday.

 

IT'S GOOD TO RUN WITH THE PACK AGAIN! :)

 

Wow, that must be some important dude... you letting him lean against your car while you took a picture!

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:D Not all that important a dude but he is a fellow car guy and friend. In fact he owns that Mustang sitting beside my Buick.

Ironically it somewhat illustrates my feelings about my car right now.

Sure, I don't want anyone with belt buckles or studded jeans scratching up my battle worn paint but.... Had I spent a tonne of money in body work and paint, I know I would not have enjoyed any car shows seeing what you do here. 

Some day I 'm sure it would be nice but I love my driver and making the most of it for now. :wub:

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 Doug, that's how I feel about the '56. I'd love to do a paint job on it, but I'm so much fussier than I was the last time it was done, that I'll make it so nice I'll be afraid to drive it. Also, all the chrome shows the same kind of patina that the paint does, so then if I do the paint, the chrome will look shabby. Paint costs, but since a lot of it will be my own labour, I could afford to do it. The chrome is another matter though!

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Regardless of the condition of the car it is rude (to say the least) for someone to lean on it.  At the last Hemmings of the season some large guy leaned against my top grill bar on the 56 while watching the parade of cars leaving the lot.  Geeze, nothing like leaning on an irreplaceable part!  I did have to shoo him off.  Just another reason I try to drive my cars.  No one can lean on a moving car. 

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Cars are a natural place to lean, running boards are for sitting upon.  If the car designers did not want people to touch them, the car would be covered with spikes and metal studs.  

If you can't stand for fondling at a car show you brought the wrong car.  Gary

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On 06/09/2017 at 2:42 PM, cxgvd said:

Cars are a natural place to lean, running boards are for sitting upon.  If the car designers did not want people to touch them, the car would be covered with spikes and metal studs.  

If you can't stand for fondling at a car show you brought the wrong car.  Gary

Fondling at a car show ,  sounds like '7 little girls seating in the back seat kissing an a hugging with Fred ,' lucky man ??

Im the sad guy keeping my eyes on the road ☹️

 

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Alright for the fair weather drivers.   Joyce and I are on the Old Car Festival Dearborn-Lansing tour and took the '15 truck from Dearborn to Lansing today.  We drove 111 miles in the truck.  The last about 50 miles was in the rain that varied from a down pour to light rain.  Here are some pictures arriving at the hotel.  Come join us.  There were 39 entries of pre-'15 cars on this experience.

 

ps: The temperatures were in the 50's.

 

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23 minutes ago, Larry Schramm said:

 

Alright for the fair weather drivers.   Joyce and I are on the Old Car Festival Dearborn-Lansing tour and took the '15 truck from Dearborn to Lansing today.  We drove 111 miles in the truck.  The last about 50 miles was in the rain that varied from a down pour to light rain.  Here are some pictures arriving at the hotel.  Come join us.  There were 39 entries of pre-'15 cars on this experience.

 

ps: The temperatures were in the 50's.

 

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You are awesome!??

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7 hours ago, Larry Schramm said:

Alright for the fair weather drivers.   Joyce and I are on the Old Car Festival Dearborn-Lansing tour and took the '15 truck from Dearborn to Lansing today.  We drove 111 miles in the truck.  The last about 50 miles was in the rain that varied from a down pour to light rain.  Here are some pictures arriving at the hotel.  Come join us.  There were 39 entries of pre-'15 cars on this experience.

 

The perspective at the time that truck was new would have been one of great appreciation for the "modern" transportation.  Fair weather or not, your ride was much faster and in greater style than if you had taken the buggy.  

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8 hours ago, Ben Bruce aka First Born said:

You folks are gluttons! :D.  And is that smile frozen on her face?   

 

  Ben

 

Yes it is.  Actually she was laughing about the ride with my sister & brother in law.

 

And remember that there were almost 40 cars on this drive.

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Here is the tally for the 2 day trip.   This is in the lot of The Henry Ford / Greenfield Village.  You can see the oil flow meter of my truck in the lower left corner.  The truck ran best about 30-32 MPH.  The 36 was going down hill.

 

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Also pictured are some of the almost 40 cars that were with us on the trip including about 1/4 of the time in the rain.

 

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I didn't exactly drive a Buick this weekend, but I at least pushed the '41 Limited out of the corner where it's been sitting since the rear end fiasco a few months ago. I have a machine shop who might be able to get the rear end back together so I was feeling a little optimistic about the car again and decided to tinker. When I bought it, the dash lights were working fine, but I sent it to a mechanic to fix a few other things but he sent it back without dash lights, so I tackled that. I bought an NOS instrument light switch and installed that, but that turned out not to be the problem. I started tracing wires and found a bad splice between the switch and the lamps, so I fixed that and voila! Lights again. They're  kind of dim so I might see if I can find some brighter bulbs, but some light is better than none. The car is still immobile, of course, but I pushed the button and it ran perfectly, just as it always does. I sure miss it. Hopefully this machine shop can get the rear end fixed and I can have my old friend back. At last I have some time to fix a few things before then, I guess.

 

Next up--fixing the gas gauge...

 

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Well, not to a car show, but I put the Estate Wagon to work over the past few weeks.  All lumber trips, 1st to get some long 2x6's to replace some rotting trim around the garage doors, and the 2nd (pic below) for the installation of a long, but thankfully short, retaining wall for a planting bed running on an uphill slope on the edge of my property.  About 150 lineal feet of 4x4's hauled (can't see the lumber lying flat on the deck in the car) and the Estate Wagon brought it all home easily!  I wish the installation of the wall was as easy as the lumber haul!

 

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Hi all,

 

The Buick Club of NSW recently attended one of Sydney's biggest classic car events at Eastern Creek Raceway with about 150 clubs and over 1500 car in attendance. Although it is not a Buick I had to include a photo of a beautiful V16 Caddy. Aside from the obligatory show and shine I managed to take the '36 for a burn around the track with a blistering 60 mile an hour down the straight! Of course I am appropriately dressed for such extreme driving as you can see. I have also included a video of the Buicks in attendance. Hopefully you can view it.  Cheers Paul 

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Took the '37 Roadmaster Phaeton out for a drive this morning to visit a friend who is a genius at Classic and collectible vehicle upholstery. She turned 12,985 miles this morning, and drives and steers like a dream. I couldn't be happier with the way this Buick handles, especially considering her size, wheelbase, weight, etc. I have attached a couple of current photos taken this morning. Also attached are a couple of sneak peeks of a one-off dream car which is currently receiving a custom top - the one and only Dodge Granada which will likely soon be housed in a private collection here in Metairie, Louisiana which, among approximately 150 vehicles, includes the famed Buick Landau.

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    Well, after breaking an axle loading our 1913 Buick Model 31Touring Car , we took our little 1912 Buick Model 34 Roadster on the Skagit/Snohomish HCCA Tour in Idaho.  The little car performed quite well for it’s first time on tour.  Before this tour, it had only been driven around the neighborhood while I was trying to learn how to shift it without grinding the gears.  Fortunately, the first day of the tour another HCCA member related a story about an old timer who showed him how to shift his 12 Buick.  I tried it, and it worked perfectly.  So with no shifting issues, we toured for more than 300 miles over steep terrain via switch-back roads.  They named this tour “It’s Uphill from Jawbone Flats” with good reason. 

     We only had one overheating issue that put our little car on the trailer just before lunch in Moscow ID on Tuesday morning.  It cooled off on the way back to the hotel while we caught a short ride back with friends.   I put about 2 gallons of water in the car and she started on the first pull, so we drove it for the rest of the tour.  This was more of a hill climb endurance run than a standard HCCA tour, but we made it without any major problems.  However, I do have a punch list to work on before the next tour:

·        Pin the windshield supports so they cannot let go & push the windshield onto the steering wheel when going fast into a headwind.

·        Replace the wine bottle in the acetylene generator with the biggest water bottle that will fit.

·        Put a complete tool roll in the trunk. (I didn’t have an open end wrench to fit the windshield fittings).

·        Adjust the detents for the shifter so I don’t need to manually move the spring levers in the shift gate when shifting down into first or reverse.

·        Replace the top rest that was lost somewhere down the road.

Plenty to do…..

Mark

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