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

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50 minutes ago, Ben Bruce aka First Born said:

OK, I will ask. What is the story on the spigot on the Ford radiator cap?

 

  Ben

 

Probably for hot water for your coffee or hot chocolate.  ;)

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21 minutes ago, Larry Schramm said:

 

Probably for hot water for your coffee or hot chocolate.  ;)

Love a little Earl Grey mixed with ethylene glycol?

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Had the car out to a nice car show on Sunday. About 60 mile round trip as I tend to take longer, slower, laid back routes.  My son and I had a great time!  That, my friends, is what it is all about!

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23 hours ago, Ben Bruce aka First Born said:

OK, I will ask. What is the story on the spigot on the For

I have no idea! Just thought it was rather unusual.

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 Today was the day that we lead the tour for the McLaughlin Buick Club Homecoming tour, about 155 miles in the '56 Roadmaster. It ran great throughout the day!

 We visited two private collections, then a zoo. It all went well, and everyone had a nice time, and more important, I didn't lose anyone on the tour.

 I'll post some pictures later.

 Keith

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Drove less than 5 miles round trip to a GM Dealership calling the event The Dream Cruise Tune Up. 

Lots of cars and had to back out at the back but not alone.

 

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 About 120 miles today, also in the '56. Visited a TV station where run about 40 channels out of, a car museum, and a shop that sells great baked goods, and a lot of other things. Too many to list!

 Keith

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 Here's a few pictures of our travels from our last couple of days. The '56 Lincoln MKII is a car I've long admired, and an uncle had one through the late 60's to the early 80's, and this is the first one I've seen in a number of years. The mini rat rod also brought back memories, it was made from a ride on lawn mower of the 60's, as my grandfather father had the same one, sold by a large dept store here in Canada, Eaton's. I really wanted to drive it (my grandfather's), but I never did as I was too young at the time. He had lots of trouble with it, and with only 5 HP, to propel you, and cut the grass, it would seem a bit under powered!

 The yellow Rolls Royce is a Silver Ghost model which according to our tour guide brought most of the owners bad luck with their marriages. The first owner divorced his wife to marry his mistress, but then couldn't as he was titled, and she wasn't, so he paid an impoverished Italian count to marry her, then divorce her, so she could become a Countess, and was therefore able to marry her! Wow, I'm glad I'm just a regular guy. It is currently owned by the Canadian Automotive Museum in Oshawa, Ont.

 The lion shot was taken at Jungle Cat World, which we visited on Tues.

 Just a sampling of our adventures this week.

 Keith

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Last night I ran the GS to the Wednesday night cruise in.  It's roughly a 40 mile round trip.  That car never fails to please!  Today, my friend Pete, his dad Vince and I did a dry run of most of the After tour we are planning for our Regional Meet, then we went to the last Hemming's cruise in of this season.  Ran  it with the 56, and drove approximately 140 miles in total.  The fuel gauge is giving me some issues now, so to be sure, I filled it before leaving and after returning.  17 MPG!  And it ran near perfect, with the only concern the inconsistent off line (4GC) stumble.  Meanwhile the tour promises to be a laid back, and scenic event. 

 

 

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After resolving an issue with my camera and pc interface, here are a few pictures which I would have included in my last post.

 

Wednesday evening was picture perfect!  But we are losing sunlight earlier now, so here is the result:

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And two other notable cars I had a chance to see for the first time.

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It's not often you see an Impala with it's original Blue Flame 6 and a 3 speed on the tree!

 

The Mustang was just exceptionally clean

 

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As to distance, maybe 10 miles round trip but.... she did me proud getting there down the Main Street to the Waterfront for a local show and back home later that night. :)

 

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Great show and lots of cars I have never seen before.

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Guys, I'm sure you all know by now, when the wife is happy, Life is good! :D

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Good weather, good music, good friends = GOOD TIMES!

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Wednesday evening Bear Mountain NY cruise in. Over 300 cars. Always a great turnout. Took the Electra for its first cruise in and my first time at this venue this year. Around 40 miles roundtrip. 

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I recently acquired a 1938 Buick Century Model 61 project car. The car was a good running, driving car until the previous owner died in 1993. Unfortunately the owner's family left the car outside in Massachusetts weather until last year. Last year, the guy who last worked on the car for the previous owner bought it to save it. I bought it from him recently and am going to try to save it. The drivetrain is in relatively good shape but the body is a bit of a disaster from the decades of weather exposure. Yesterday I bought a battery. Today I hooked up the battery and a temporary gas tank. I started her up and drove her up and down the driveway a bit today. I got all of the doors opened up and pulled the seats out of her and used a shop vac  to clean about 4 or 5 more gallons of dust, rust, dirt, mouse nests and other debris from the interior. I used a garden hose to wash out the interior and left it out in the sun to dry out. It ran well until it ran long enough to empty my small temporary gas tank. After a quick refill, I let it run some more. While I don't have any good photos from today attached is a video showing the engine running. The idle is set high on purpose to be able to drive it because the accelerator linkage is currently missing. It starts from the carburetor linkage and even the horns work on the car.  It has good oil pressure and the temperature gauge shows a steady 180 degrees.  

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I drove the '15 truck to downtown Flint for the Back to the Bricks car show.  The show took up all of downtown Flint and then some.

 

The picture is of our truck in front of the GM Factory One today with other Buicks from the Buick club.

 

Here is the website for the building.  http://www.gmfactoryone.com/product/public/us/en/factory-one/home.html

 

 

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I put about 170 miles on the Skylark yesterday between a trip to PA for a clambake at a friend's place in the Poconos, and a cruise-in at a local restaurant here in Sussex County that has the event every Saturday night during the summer. My only disappointment was that by the time I got to the cruise-in the parking lot where the classics are displayed was full, so I had to park in the adjacent field among the great unwashed. Otherwise, it was a fun day.

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She claimed victory Saturday.  :)

 

 

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 I never got the chance to finish the story about our tour. We drove about another 150+ miles in the '56 Roadmaster and got home a bit late after the wrap up dinner, then were off looking a houses first thing Friday morning! We are planning to move at some point in the next year. Glenda has retired, and we would like to get a nice place with lots of parking out of the city.

 I took a few pictures of our Thurs adventures, but they are still on my camera. We drove the '56 about 5-600 miles over the three days, and as usual, it ran perfect. It really is a great old Buick!

 Today I had the '41 Roadmaster out for a short cruise to a local coffee shop for a cuppa, and a lunch snack. Hopefully I'll have a chance to get it out again later today, but now back to some work!

 Keith

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Our Western New York Chapter of the Cadillac LaSalle Club had an ice cream social today in Williamsville New York. That is about a 120 mile round trip for me. I'm still hunting for my Caddy, but showing up with a Buick is OK too, even Pontiacs are welcomed. Last year I took my '60 Electra.

 

Now, this ride is no small undertaking and the pioneers have nothing on me. After leaving my town I crossed the muckland. That's the wet remains of the glacial Lake Tonawanda. Exiting the Muck I crossed the headwaters of the Oak Orchard River that drains the boggy areas of the remaining low spots. From there it is passage through Indian country, the Seneca reservation. Then the remainer I followed RT 5 the old cattle trail in the 1800's.

Well, I was lucky to do most of it at 60 MPH, top down, and sucking up sunshine.

 

Some people just drive that route and never know the adventure they are taking.

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OH S@#T! :o:angry:

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 Doug, please forgive me, I just can't give your last post a "like"! Hope it all worked well out for you.

Keith

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I understand Keith! I wasn't liking it myself thank you.

The tire blew out doing about 45 mph on a very gentle curve and fortunately traffic was exceptionally light. It never shredded so no damage was done to the car fender but I just might have to send that front seat blanket I have in to be cleaned! :blink:

Looks like I will be asking Santa for a new set of tires for Xmas.

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We went to a local cruise night tonight. I drove the Skyhawk and Suzanne drove the Reatta. British cars were featured tonight - I have some photos on the camera. Only one obligatory GN tonight. 

 

 

 

 

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Racked up 324 miles on the Happy car ( the GS) Sunday, traveling to the Yankee Chapter show.  I did not take many photos of the trip or at the show either.  I have documented the trip several years so it's old news.  But I did get this one photo on the way over in the AM

 

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No, there are no mountains high enough in this area to be snow covered peaks.  Luckily the show was way south of the Vermont Green Mountains!

 

Turns out I never even got a picture of my own car at the show site, but here are a few others:

 

Here is the class winner and Dealership award winner ( Sorry for the fuzzy photo)  But I never saw a battery hold down like that!

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And, here is Philip Roitman with his ( practically) NEW Electra!  This car is gorgeous!

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