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The one that gets the best mileage and the only one on which has the cruise control works.

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  Drove to Burnet, TX to a BCA meet, via Decatur, TX and their swap meet. Found a pair of mirrors that MIGHT work.  Then by Terrell machine to meet them. 570 miles and nary a skip or miss.

  Came away with a third place win!! Thanks, folks. 

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  The old war plane over my hood. Burnet trip 021.JPG  Sunrise over the Buick.

 

  Ben

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We've been having a nice weekend with some fellow McLaughlin Buick Club members as we tour around this area of Ontario on the shores of Lake Huron. Our base is in the town of Port Elgin. The cars on tour spanned from a 1922 McLaughlin, to a late model 2010. Glenda wished that she had her 2016 Envision to add to the group photo we took in front of a nuclear power station.

 The ride of choice this weekend is the '69 Electra. It of course did not give us a trouble free drive. I do not think that I have ever had so much trouble with the vintage cars as I have this year. All three have given me problems of some kind on tours.

 I had two issues on the 4 hour drive yesterday. The upper rad hose somehow got pulled into the path of the fan, and it cut a gouge through it and it started leaking a bit. We were stuck in a small town, but I was almost right beside a Canadian Tire store. So I went in and asked the young man if they had one in stock, and of course I wasn't very hopeful. They didn't have one, but they did have the size specs, so he dug through the pile of flexible hoses they had and found the was almost the exact length. Close enough, rad issue fixed.

 The other problem was the charging system. The weekend before the "GEN" (alternator) light came on from time to time. So the alternator was noisy and took it to a local rebuilder, and it worked after the rebuild, but then the light started coming on from time to time. I drove it to the rebuilder's shop, but no light on now, however they checked it out and it they said it was alright.

 About the time I had the coolant leak, the "GEN" light came back on. I couple of miles back I went by a well known car restoration shop, the Guild of Automotive Restorers, so I went back and explained my situation. They were able take a look right away, and an old school mechanic came out and did a few tests on it. He determined that it was charging, but not properly, as one of the three stators was bad. He said that if I kept the electrical load very low, it should be alright.

 So we drove another three hours with the gen light dimly lit and made it our destination safely.

 I checked the battery voltage a few minutes after I shut the engine down and it was about 13.1 V. So it was charging enough to keep the battery up.

 Looking forward to another day of touring before heading for home on Sunday.

 No pictures, but I will up load some tomorrow.

Keith

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We took the 38 Special for a very nice cruise yesterday.  It was a beautiful day to cruise back roads from Vancouver to Chehalis WA to see the Veterans Memorial Museum  http://www.veteransmuseum.org/index.htm .  We traveled on back roads through little logging towns and literally drove along & "over the rivers and through the woods".  We stopped for lunch at a little park in Napavine before continuing to Chehalis to visit the museum.  The museum is normally closed on Sunday, but they opened it just for the car club and gave us group admission of only $4 each  (seniors is $5 if you insist).  This museum is not about the many artifacts as much as it is for telling the stories of the veterans who served the USA from WW1 to present.  It was well worth the price of admission.

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98 mile outing to the cider mill and Hell, Michigan. 

 

Perfect late Summer afternoon in pure Michigan.

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Took the family and the '41 Limited to a decent car show at the Medina County Airport. They were claiming 800 cars, but my guess is more like 350, mostly late-models and imports, a few unrestored cars, a few army vehicles, and a smattering of old cars in various condition. Lots of people and a nice event, with plenty of vintage airplanes at work, too. Surprisingly, no photos except this "Thing." You can see the Limited waaaaay over there on the left-most edge of the photo next to a--wow!--2002 Chevy Monte Carlo with a for sale sign in the window:

 

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The interesting thing was that everyone seems to want to own a late-model or some kind of resto-mod, but nobody seems to want to look at them. Nobody cares about modified or late-model performance cars. However, there were at least one or two people around the Limited all day, so after I noticed this I did some crowd watching. Most folks just walked past most of the other cars and completely ignored them. Hellcat, ZL1 Camaro, Stingray Corvette, Audi A4 with fat tires, whatever, nobody cared. But the handful of old cars that were as the factory built them were always busy with sight-seers. Isn't that interesting?

 

The Big Guy ran great, as usual. Effortless @ 60 MPH, 160 degrees coolant on the highway, and the new radials make it ride and handle beautifully. Have I mentioned how much I love this car, exhaust leaks and all? Another great outing and the The Big Guy took good care of us and got us home safely.

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We got back home yesterday, after a great weekend of car fun. The Electra behaved herself the rest of the weekend, though it is still not charging properly. All driving was in the daytime, and we didn't need A/C, but we did need a bit of heat on the last morning.

 We visited a nuclear power station, and took a picture of some of the cars in front of the main office. We also visited a couple of car collections, one with just 6 or so, the other one on Sunday just before we left for home. I took a shot of a small fan that was on the dash of a '39 Chev. A vacuum operated Trico unit.

 The latter was truly amazing. Eighty six cars stored in a series of new top notch buildings on this man's farm. I took a lot of pictures, but they are all on my camera, so it will take a day or so to get them off and sorted so that I can upload a few. A 1928 McLaughlin Buick which was used as a Royal tour car for the prince's Edward, and George before either one ascended to the throne. Plus a couple of Skylark GS's, one a stage 1, and many other muscle cars. GM, Chrysler, and Ford were all represented, but also quite a number of other cars that you do not expect to see along with muscle cars. A Chrysler Town and Country, an Erskind, an Abbot Detroit, two 30's Packards, one of them a V12, and even a Franklin, plus many others.

 Here are a few pictures from Sat., as I said, I'll post the others later on.

 Keith

 

 

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3 hours ago, Matt Harwood said:

The interesting thing was that everyone seems to want to own a late-model or some kind of resto-mod, but nobody seems to want to look at them.

 I take my '41 to a few of the local cruise nights, and I find much the same thing happening. In fact, I started taking the Electra because I couldn't get away from the people wanting to talk to me about my car, and I never got to look around at the other cars there. Young as well as older ones.

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Didn't go too far, but had the Electra out for the annual local truck show.  It was a great show and swap meet at the county fairgrounds.  Even though it was a truck show the Buick got a fair share of WOW's!!!  Anyway, here's a few photos

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Although I saw a lot more, I'll just post just a few more pictures, I promise.

 

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19 hours ago, Mark Shaw said:

Brian,

    Did you go to Hell for ice cream again?

 

No ice cream this time since we just ate a greasy sack of fresh donuts at the cider mill 45 minutes earlier.

 

For those who have need to be concerned about Hell since they may end up there; there is ice cream, and a bar and as my Dad used to say: 'Hell aint but half full'.  72F and sunny too!

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I'm still trying to get caught up on my pictures from the other week. We had taken the Electra to Port Elgin for a weekend of touring. Here are some pictures of the gentleman's place who owns the beautiful '40 Buick convertible sedan I posted earlier. There's a '39 Chev, a very original car also owned by the same person, and the car under restoration is a 1922 McLaughlin. The auto collectibles he had was quite amazing!

Keith

 

 

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Here are some more pictures from our tour the other weekend to Port Elgin with the MBCC, and on Sunday just before we all left for home we visited a great collection of 86 cars, and most of them finished to a very high level. Talk about saving the best for last!

 There were many muscle cars from the late 60s' and very early 70's, from GM Chrysler and Ford, though most were either GM or Chrysler. He had two 1970 Skylark convertibles, one a GS 455, the other a 455 Stage 1. The other Buick in the collection was a 1928 McLaughlin Buick Touring car built for the 1927 Royal tour. I know that seems to be odd, and contradictory. This is how the story went. When Royal Tour was annouced the Canadian Gov't asked Sam McLaughlin to supply two touring cars for the use of the Princes during their 5 week stay, but at the time there were none being produced, so they used two prototype 1928 cars, and extensively modified them into touring cars. This was for the Prince of Wales, who had bought a ranch in Alberta a few years before, and his brother Prince George who were the Royals which were visiting.

 There is one at a museum in Ottawa, but this one had been out of the country for many many years till it was finally acquired last year and brought back to its' home turf. The colour in the picture is a bit funky due to reflections off of the red floor, but it similar to the later Sequoia Cream.

 A few other of the unusual ones, were Eskind, an air cooled 1926 Franklin, and an Abbot Detroit.

 Also, a couple of Packards, one a V12, a 1935 Auburn Supercharged convertible sedan, and Chrysler Airflow.

 I took a lot of pictures, and here are a few of the more notable cars, and a couple of shots of the buildings he houses them in.

 Keith

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WOW 

 

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What a nice tour, thanks for sharing.

 

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I can't quite tell...did you like that Lamar?

 

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I drive my Buick every weekend, but this is the first year she sits out in the rain... and boy did it rain today. I had a place to store the car at my grandfather's, but now that he's letting some kid live there (also currently in prison), his car has been in my spot all summer. I want to believe one year of rain before next year's tax returns (aka paint season) has nothing on 40 years of entropy, but we shall see...

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Oooooo, I feel your pain...  My experience has been that leaving such things exposed to the elements does not end well.  The damage is usually not 'linear', in that the effects increase exponentially.  :(

I just put my boat away for the season and paid ~$300 to keep it clean and dry for the next 7 months.  It may be worth investigating similar options in your area.  I'm of the opinion that $300 spent now will save you twice that next year in 'undoing' the exposure-related damage.

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On 10/9/2016 at 5:41 AM, EmTee said:

Oooooo, I feel your pain...  My experience has been that leaving such things exposed to the elements does not end well.  The damage is usually not 'linear', in that the effects increase exponentially.  :(

I just put my boat away for the season and paid ~$300 to keep it clean and dry for the next 7 months.  It may be worth investigating similar options in your area.  I'm of the opinion that $300 spent now will save you twice that next year in 'undoing' the exposure-related damage.

 

We fortunately got it figured out last night. Drove two hours in the pouring down rain from Seattle to Ocean Shores (where my dad lives) and put it up in the barn for the winter. Guess I'm now on restoration vacation, but at least the car is safe.

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Good choice -- judging from the dusty wood floor it appears to be nice and dry in there!  This picture of the Buick together with the poster on the wall almost qualifies for posting on the 'Girls on Buick' thread!  ;)

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