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

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We only went 228 miles yesterday.  We had another great breakfast at Pegs Place,

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and then drove along the lake towards the next stop. 

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At one point we got on the Thruway to make up some lost time and were traveling along minding our own business when there was a traffic jam and everything came to a halt.  We were right at an exit so we decided to go back to Rt 5 for a while.  That's when we came upon this nice little park and lighthouse..

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After that we continued on Rt5 and would have stayed on it, but got side tracked in Erie when the road forked and we must have missed the sign.  So next thing we know we are in downtown Erie, which is quite large.  A quick break for some fast food and etc, and we were back on Rt 5.

About 4 PM we decided to take Rt 18 back to the thruway.  This was a neat ride with several old buildings reminiscent of what used to be here.  Damn shame they are just wasted now.

 

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And as we got back on the Thruway we noticed the AC just wasn't cooling as much as before.  None the less we drove 45 miles to the rest area and then discovered the compressor wasn't coming back on.  Since we had prepaid for a room and were meeting bill and Mollye for dinner we pressed on, 51 more miles.  Windows down, and the sun in our faces I was just thinking we could get through this when we hit the rush hour traffic on rt 90 in Cleveland.  WTH!!!  How many years does it take to fix this location.  Almost a half hour to go two miles!!!  Sheesh! 

 

Later we had a great time with Bill and Mollye though so it was worth it.  This am Bill took me to the parts store where he referred me yesterday, to get new thermo fuses.  $4.00 apiece.  Then he took me to a mechanic who is not an AC specialist but who was able to install the one can of refrigerant I had.  Then I lucked out and found a supply of 7 more cans locally. So instead of making alternative arrangements to carry on without the car or my wife, we are now moving forward with the rest of our trip..

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The Queen will never get lost with GPS stamped on her plate :lol:;)

 

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Actually, 

Had the Special out this afternoon but.....

She said, That was enough, I need some attention! :o

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Clocked 188 today.  Couldn't find non ethanol but the car still ran great regardless.  The AC is holding and working excellent!  At one point the windows fogged up on the outside and we had to up the temp to clean them up.  Later we had to run the system at the half heat setting otherwise it was just too cold. 

We got a really late start today but still managed to drive along the lake through Sandusky.  WE love seeing all these old buildings.  We had lunch at the Main Street  Soda Grill in Vermillion OH.  The lunch was very good and the shop was full of memorabilia.  The Sandusky water front district was interesting but we could not get out to explore as the rains came in with vengeance.   Then we drove Rt 6 to Auburn IN, where we plan to tour the Auburn Cord Duesenberg museum  tomorrow.  It rained the entire distance and we drove through some heavy downpours on occasion.  Many of the fields were sporting large ponds of rainwater.  But the road was really nice, and there were many obviously turn of the 20th century homes and barns.  We even passed one old junkyard which was obviously out of business but it was raining too hard to explore.  

 

One more problem did present itself tonight.  I noticed some surface rust peeking out from the roof trim on the trunk tonight.  Not sure the extent of the damage there and I hope that top does not have to be removed to address this.

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3 hours ago, dei said:

Actually, 

Had the Special out this afternoon but.....

She said, That was enough, I need some attention! :o

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Uh oh, what happened??

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Well......

The short answer, the fuel pump gave up.

With the long weekend I'm not expecting to source a new or rebuilt one before Wednesday when we will be leaving for the Meet.

Not sure I would even attempt to drive her now without cleaning out the tank and lines etc.

Been lucky and glad it happened at home rather than on the road with a not so mechanical wife in the front seat...... That would have been FUN. LOL

 

No one was hurt and it can be fixed, just not what I had hoped for.

 

T'was fun waiting 2 1/2 hours in the car in pouring rain for the truck. 

You would think we had a snow event with that kind of wait time????

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Well, I have not driven my Buick this weekend but I have started planning the 1200 mile round trip to the Buick Club of Victoria's 50th Anniversary meet in October 2017.  The map shows the highway route but I will be travelling out further west to take in old country towns such as Katoomba located in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. Bathurst, site of first Australian gold rush in the 1850s and location for the most famous of Australian car races - the Bathurst 1000. Cowra - famous for the escape of Japanese prisoners of war in WWII and moving on through the towns of Young, Cootamundra, Temora (has a fabulous aircraft museum) Jerilderie, the town linked the infamous Ned Kelly bush ranger and his gang in the 1870s and finally Echuca/ Moama, in the 1870s the largest inland Australian port and still famous today for its fleet of paddlesteamers.  I am hoping to persuade a number of other pre-war Buick owners to form a convoy and also hope to put together a video diary of the trip.... 

Map from Woongarrah, New South Wales 2259 to Moama, New South Wales 2731

 

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Doug - it's almost always a wait for a flat deck here. If we had "ordinary" two wheel drive cars that they could just toss around, a tow truck could be dispatched quicker. 

 

Paul - sounds like an incredible trip. I really admire the Australian collectors for their fortitude and perseverance in the distances they have to travel through some potentially harsh conditions. It sounds like an incredible journey you have planned. Enjoy!

 

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6 hours ago, dei said:

T'was fun waiting 2 1/2 hours in the car in pouring rain for the truck. 

You would think we had a snow event with that kind of wait time????

Looks like roadside assistance stinks even in Canada.

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Took the '37 out to do grocery shopping while the '06 Jeep was being serviced.  It would seem that the Buick is more reliable these days.

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Didn't go far today.  And I apologize in advance for those who have seen this already but :

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7 minutes ago, JohnD1956 said:

Didn't go far today.  And I apologize in advance for those who have seen this already but :

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Very interesting museum.  If you look at the pictures in the hall on the second floor, my great uncle Ernie Olson is on a bunch of them. He was a riding mechanic that drove with Jimmy Murphy.

 

I also like the museum behind this building with all of the trucks.

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Had a mid winter (yes, winter here in Australia) run to historical town of York, Western Australia, for a small car show. About a 200 mile round trip. Blustery winter weather yesterday probably kept the numbers down but the day turned out great with long periods of sunshine. Winds were cold though! Unfortunately mine was the only Buick, but cars displayed ranged from a 1910 IHC to a new Lamborghini with restored cars and modified parked along the main street and nearby park. Nice to stretch the Buick's legs a bit on the country roads.

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 Today we celebrated my daughter's birthday, it was only today that we could get everyone together for an extravagant lunch. After a bit more work on the Electra yesterday, I took it out to meet the rest of the family for lunch on the other side of Toronto, perhaps about 120 miles round trip. The car ran great, though there always seems to be a "but". The new compressor is cooling good, but a bit noisy at times, and the temp ran a bit warmer than I thought it should considering its' not that hot. I will check the coolant level in the morning.

 This was basically the last test drive before the trip to Wisconsin.

 Keith

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Last night, took the 47' convertible for a 50 mile ride for ice cream.  Tonight, had her out for the fireworks display!  Love driving the convertible!  Beautiful nights!

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Made a run to an antiques mall in Newburgh yesterday and took the Skylark on I-84. She cruised smoothly and flawlessly at between 65 and 70 mph with coolant temperatures staying between 190 and 210 degrees F with outside temperatures around 86 degrees. My new power steering pump and hoses stayed dry as a bone. I still have to find and fix an oil leak, and the clicking noise I described in another thread continued to annoy me, but it was too nice a day to keep the car in the garage.

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Yesterday was a beautiful day in Indiana too. 

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Went a leisurely 140 miles with a few side stops.  I did find " recreational fuel " in Angola IN, but at an extra $1.00 per gallon, I decided to use the ethanol blend instead. Route 20 is a road that just calls out for a ride.  While not as famous nor as preserved as Route 66, it does have a nice flavor and a good road surface through most of Indiana.

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In Elkhart we stopped to see the Beardsley Homestead. Havilah Beardsley was the founder of Elkhart The house is the oldest home still in existence in the city.  

 

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While filled with period pieces of furniture, apparently none of the stuff inside was original to the house.  The Historical society did not allow pictures to be taken inside.  When asked why it was said that s because of privacy with the furniture and things, leading me to speculate that the stuff is all stolen.  Anyway, it was a nice little tour and allowed the car to cool a little.  After that we went and toured a little of Notre Dame University.  Even though I did the infamous walking tour during the South Bend meet, Linda could not make it that day, so she never got to see it.  We just drove through and around to see much of it.  It is an awesome campus.

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Then we drove Route 20 to Michigan City and over to the Indiana Sand Dunes National Park.  I did not know it at the time but apparently we were right down the street from the 1933 Chicago world fair "Century of Progress House". 

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Later, a delicious dinner at Texas Road house, and another torrential rain storm ended the evening for us.  The Buick is performing excellent, and drawing a bit of attention. 

 

 

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 Finally the day to leave for Wisconsin has arrived!

 We got all of our stuff packed in the car, and left midmorning today. We drove without A/C for a couple of hours or more, as it wasn't too warm, and with the right front window open an inch or so, and the right rear a similar amount we got good crossflow ventilation without too much noise. Though as the afternoon worn on, I turned the A/C on, and it kept us nice and cool.

 The border crossing into the US was not too busy at all, only a few cars were in front of us, though we were glad that we weren't going the other way, it was a very long wait coming into Canada.

 It was a nice surprise to see the speed limit was 75 MPH in Michigan, in Ontario we're still stuck with the 100 KPH, which is about 62 MPH, that we've had for decades. Traffic was light, and we made good time to our resting place for tonight, Battle Creek, Michigan. Total mileage for the day was 385. The first tank we did over 18 Imp., about 16 or so US, and the second was about one mpg less, higher speeds and more use of the A/C. The second tank unit I put in it seemed to be working well, but I definitely wasn't pushing it at all in case it was reading too high or something like that.

 The Electra ran great, no engine oil consumption, and other than than the previously mentioned compressor noise, which was the worst about 50 MPH, the car was fine. On the temp gauge I have installed it ran 190 F with no A/C, and 200-205 with it on. A bit warmer than I'd like considering it's wasn't too hot today. The compressor noise is also a bit troubling, but the suction side had a good coating of frost on it when I looked under the hood when gassing up, so it seems to pumping well so far.

 Keith

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Glad things are co-operating for you Keith.

You did well to get where you are from TO.

My wife and I are leaving Wednesday morning and maybe drive all day getting to Brookfield in one run.... just not in the Special.:(

 

We had considered taking the Express Boat across Lake Michigan as it is only 2 1/2 hrs but left calling for a reservation too late for a daytime crossing. They were booked on that one.

Could have taken the 9:45 pm trip but didn't want to miss the sights leaving the Michigan Port and arriving in the Milwaukee Port in the dark. At the cost of the one way fare, guess I can afford the Tolls around Chicago now. LOL 

 

Safe journey.

 

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We drove less than a hundred miles today, but it took from noon to 6pm anyhow.

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We continued on Rt 20 west, through Gary Indiana, and past the Gary Chicago airport.

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  I did not realize we were still in Indiana at that point and missed the sign when we entered Illinois. But we got onto the lake shore parkway right in the area where this gaggle of geese had blocked the rod in some sort of honking contest with the car in front of us. 

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that guy beeped and the geese honked back.  Total road block for a while there and thought someone gotta run one of these things down to show em we mean business.  Just then they moved off the road.

 

Anyhow we cruised up Lake shore drive through the traffic and past downtown Chicago

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and we were moving along nicely when the parkway abruptly ended!  Then we made the first right onto Sheridan Ave/Rd/Place.  I say all three because it seemed many times when I looked at a street signs, I saw nne of these abreviations on it.  This road, however continues north to Wisconsin.  It meanders past hundreds of lake front mansions. Not the usual Mc Mansions, these were old school brick and mortar palaces!  I was astounded at the sheer number of them end to end along the way. But didn't get any pictures.

 

As we got to lunch time we found ourselves by Northwestern University.  There was a Firehouse Bar and Grill in the neighborhood, and a parking spot a few spaces down the road.  So we scooted out just to find out it was closed for lunch on Mondays?  But there was a coffee and pie shop across the road and we went there instead.

 

We continued our run up Sheridan ave and found ourselves at the Great Lakes Naval Academy. 

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After that we just moseyed on up to Kenosha.   It really was a nice drive although we did not see much of Lake Michigan after leaving the lake shore parkway.

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Thanks John for taking the time to post the pictures and describe your travels. 

Five hours eh? Was your route choice not wanting to flog the Electra or just take your time and take in the sights?

My wife has been to Chicago a few times when in College with her girl friend (quite a few years ago ;)) but loves and remembers it vividly from your pictures.

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I live in a crowded little resort town, my shop is 10 miles out in the sticks with a real twisty road in between. Been driving my 53 322 Dynaflow home from the shop about once a week when I figure parking in front of my house should be okay. Every time, I'm really struck by how much get up and go this old boat has. She'll roll, man, there's never any traffic backing up behind ME!

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48 minutes ago, dei said:

Was your route choice not wanting to flog the Electra or just take your time and take in the sights?

 

This year we planned a more relaxed route because I was tired of flogging myself with 12-14 hour days of driving. The Queen just wants to go, go, GO!

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