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Today is monday, but since I'm on medical leave, every day has been a weekend for me these past few weeks. Today I took my grandpa to the doctor's. He had bypass surgery and his heart had gone into fibrillation. After several blood thinner visits, he finally had a new pace maker installed. I always joke, it's like that new car part you install in your vintage car to keep it running. Anyways, that was a year ago, today he's doing well. He doesn't like getting his picture taken, so I snapped these:

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Later we went for breakfast (at 5pm) and he talked a bit about the car, among other things. It's always funny, he brings up the Boeing aircraft seat belts he installed in 58 every time he gets in the car.

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God Bless Him and you Beemon.

 

Everyday is not only special but the moments should be cherished while you can! 

Thanks for the photos.

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Thanks for the kind words, Doug! I started this project to save an old, depressed man after the death of his wife and I think I've succeeded. I keep moving forward because I unlock the memories and see the joy it brings. One of his care givers told my mother he's only got a couple years left in him so it pains me to go off to college, but at the same time I'm glad he got to experience the car he started a family with again. 

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Went to the weekly cruise in last night.

Came real close to winning the 50/50 of $155.00.

 

Have to watch the car more as someone was picking at the driver seat stuffing where the stitching has let go while we were eating......

Otherwise it was a nice evening weather wise.

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18 hours ago, Beemon said:

Today is monday, but since I'm on medical leave, every day has been a weekend for me these past few weeks. Today I took my grandpa to the doctor's. He had bypass surgery and his heart had gone into fibrillation. After several blood thinner visits, he finally had a new pace maker installed. I always joke, it's like that new car part you install in your vintage car to keep it running. Anyways, that was a year ago, today he's doing well. He doesn't like getting his picture taken, so I snapped these:

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Later we went for breakfast (at 5pm) and he talked a bit about the car, among other things. It's always funny, he brings up the Boeing aircraft seat belts he installed in 58 every time he gets in the car.

 

I recognize that shirt. Does he ever see this guy when he is shopping?

 

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Haha don't know about the guy but he does talk to the ladies and plays the Platters. 

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 I took the '41 to the local cruise night, where it garnered quite a bit of attention. A perfect evening in Scarborough, temp, humidity, all just right!

 A Riv that is often at these cruise ins was there, but I'm also added a few pictures of a 1978 Mustang II. A completely original car, bought new in Calgary Alberta, but has led a papered life in Toronto, since 1983, and the current owner bought it from the original owner only a year or so ago. It has less than 25,000 kms, documented, and that is well under 20,000 miles. You might notice the pop up sunroof, which was an Ford option, and it has a cover that goes into place in the headliner.

The selling dealer's plate is kinda of neat, with the cowboy on one end, and an oil derrick on the other, two things that Alberta is famous for.

 Keith

 

 

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9 hours ago, Buicknutty said:

 I took the '41 to the local cruise night, where it garnered quite a bit of attention. A perfect evening in Scarborough, temp, humidity, all just right!

 

Not hard to believe Keith! The sun captured that deep paint just nicely!:)

 

Have to enjoy the weather when one can. Lake Ontario humidity and big city heat can make for some challenging days and nights some times.

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Returned from the nationals on Saturday. 1,915.5 miles door to door. The 37 gave us a few bouts of vapor lock trying to cross the central PA mountains. Photo of my "dirty thirties" car at my daughters home in Indiana PA. after a day of Ohio storms.DSCF6200.thumb.JPG.9028883916be5d3c2e9812698da9805e.JPG

The last hot mountain climb did in the manifold gasket for #s 1, 2and 3.

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2 hours ago, dibarlaw said:

Returned from the nationals on Saturday. 1,915.5 miles door to door. The 37 gave us a few bouts of vapor lock trying to cross the central PA mountains. Photo of my "dirty thirties" car at my daughters home in Indiana PA. after a day of Ohio storms.DSCF6200.thumb.JPG.9028883916be5d3c2e9812698da9805e.JPG

The last hot mountain climb did in the manifold gasket for #s 1, 2and 3.

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You are Da' Man, Larry!  As much as it seems nostalgic to drive a '37 sedan across country, I can only imagine the hardships in the heat in the closed car, in heavy rain storms, in todays "push you off the road traffic"!  Then to have repairs afterwards on top of that really, sucks!  Hope the repairs go easy.

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No pictures and not the weekend yet but took the car and wife for ride after dinner last night to cool off as the heat here has been in the upper 80's and low nineties during the day these last three days! :o

So far the battery seems to be holding a charge nicely but noticed when driving over one particularly rough road section the ammeter was bouncing to discharge and charge till the road soothed out.

Then, my turn signal column collar seemed to be loose and when I moved it, sure enough, the ammeter started jumping around!

I promptly headed back to her garage and disconnected the battery before any possible fire took hold.....

Will be pulling the steering wheel and see what is going on inside that turn signal area tonight as there is a fund raiser Car Show Saturday I was planning on attending.

 

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 Just getting caught up here. A few nights ago I took the '41 Buick to another cruise night and a friend was there with his '41 Special, so I was able to park beside him for a photo op. Also, amoungst many others, there was a neat little Nissan Figaro there. A 1991 model imported to Canada from Japan, which is why it is right hand drive, like cars from the UK.

There is a company that imports cars from Japan and Europe into Canada, as when they pass a certain age they can be imported even though they didn't meet the regulations of the time.

 Keith

 

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Just got back from a rather serendipitous drive in my '41 - the local pizza shop owner had his '51 Roadmaster parked in front of the shop, so I stopped and we had a great chat about it, the '68 Wildcat he used to own, then went into his garage to see his '75 LeSabre convertible.  We could have had a small Buick show right in front (and probably will in the future!) Here's the '51.  

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Not the weekend, but I got in a good ride on a warm night with the top down on the Park ave. One of the fuel injectors had a slight leak in the body. That was a new one on me. And it even had a slight skip.

 

A Rock Auto email came listing close-out parts for the car. A $50 injector was $20 including the shipping. 10 minutes after the mail came I was rolling. It came in a Federal Mogul box with Carter on the end flap. Maybe I will grab 5 more.

Bernie

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Took my 55 Century to a show on Sunday, brought home a "Top 5" award!

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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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The T-storms broke.

To the end of the driveway and back.

Forgot the dang pinion seal was leaking   :wacko:

 

 

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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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Drove in the Chrome City Ride that supports the Sisters of St Benedictine School in Ridgely MD.   Raised $120k for this school that helps and assists families with special needs kids. 

 

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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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