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Had a great time touring today with the 36-38 Buick Club and my friend Matt Hinson. Beautiful weather, about 15 awesome Buicks, great tour stops, and a nice drive. All the cars, including ours, performed flawlessly, even on the drive home where it was 85 degrees and we were dicing with rush-hour traffic on the highway. The Limited never missed a beat and got a lot of positive comments from the guys on the tour. Felt good to be among Buick guys for a change. Nice job to everyone who put the tour together (they're still touring tomorrow, but we have to get back to work and our kids). Thanks everyone!

 

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This is why cars have curved rear windows (that's Matt Hinson's 
1937 Century catching the sun at just the right angle).

 

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Oh, and check out the major flooding we're having here in Ohio--LOTS of rain except for today!

 

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On 6/24/2019 at 1:37 AM, NC1968Riviera said:

This evening at the Gettysburg National Military Park. Picture taken by my wife. 

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Just wanted to see the cannon besides the beautiful car . Hope you don’t mind

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Not necessarily the weekend but Almendrón participated in an Amazon TV series scene as the hotel limo bringing Mrs Maisel to the Fountain Bleau, Miami Beach. Not to worry about the decals they had no glue made of pressure sensitive vinyl which easily came off afterwards 

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Brought the '56 to last nite's edition of the Hemmings Cruise in.  Drove around the reservoir and stopped at this picturesque location.

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and soon learned that it was not a good place to take a photo.  Not good because since the road was repaved it is now frequented by speeding large trucks, and there is limited sight due to the curves in the road.  This made me conscious of getting the pictures quickly and resulted in poor quality photos,  again.  I did get these:

 

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Honestly, I have the wrong camera for my ability.  But I am not in a position to replace it at this point.  So I'll have to just try to adapt.

 

Anyway, here are some cars from the event that I thought noteworthy.

A very nice '68 GS convertible!  Refinished with drivability in mind, thus lightly resto-moded.  One can't see the 4 wheel disc brakes, but other stuff is recognizable.  Still a very nice job considering the description of the work performed.  This fellow has owned this car for 40 years, 

 

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A cute MGB  

 

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And some Oldsmobiles 

 

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One more '56 pic in front of a large old and historic church in Bennington.  

 

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Maybe I should have gone inside and asked for help with this camera?   

 

 

 

 

 

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Only about 5 miles and it’s hot enough that I wasn’t interested in hanging around or anything, but I drove the 1959 LeSabre home from the shop.  Things are improved.  Next step is to take it to an upholsterer for carpet and get the exterior trim installed (first need to do an inventory to see what clips are in the back of the car).

 

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Drove the Limited and Melanie's '56 Chrysler station wagon to Columbus for the big Arthritis Foundation car show this afternoon. It's about 120 miles, so a nice stretch of the legs for the cars. We started on the highway but it got kind of tiring (holy crap truck tires are LOUD), so we dumped I-71 and got onto some quiet country roads which were a VAST improvement. It added about an hour to our travel time, but it was 100% worth it. Quiet roads, 45-55 MPH speed limits, interesting terrain, just the way you want it to be. Both cars performed flawlessly. More from the show tomorrow!

 

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We left Canton, Ohio Friday morning. We took the "scenic route" for the first 400 miles or so on the way home. Driving the smaller roads (Google Maps really takes the "Avoid Highways" setting seriously!) including some really narrow country lanes and interesting Ohio and West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia mountain roadways was quite fun. We traveled through a lot of historic small towns with interesting old buildings. We found an interesting smoke filled bar in Baker, West Virginia with really good burgers and fries. After leaving there, we discovered that following our Google maps generated "off the beaten track" pathway led us into a cellular service dead zone as we left the bar. After driving a while before I got phone service again, We decided to generate a new route. The car was driving so good that with regular gas and bathroom stops, we decided to go ahead and drive the rest of the way home. We arrived at about 1 am, making it a 16 hour or so trip covering a total of 671 miles for the day and a total of 1,502 miles for the week. It was a great trip, but I am happy to be home.

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Thanks for the photos Matt! Sorry we were not able to connect on your return trip. We were able to have some time with Mark Kikta and Brian Heil, Larry Schramm and their wives at Fairfield PA. during the VMCCA nickel tour. I thought we would be able to get some photos of their Buicks in action but we were unable to return.

 I would like to have a copy of your route as some of those places look familiar. This type of driving is the only way to truly enjoy our cars.

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Great day at the Arthritis Foundation car show here in Dublin, Ohio. Probably more than 1000 cars of all types scattered over like 20 acres of an office park with ponds and grassy areas, plus hotels and parking lots. Cars just everywhere you look. No real rules, so there's a lot of boring, ordinary stuff, but there are a few gems tucked in here and there. Reasonably well organized, although they don't really pay attention to where cars park even though there are assigned classes--for example, one kid decided his Honda was a station wagon and parked in Melanie's spot just because it was shady. Parking staff directed me to put the wagon across the aisle, and since it was longer than what was supposed to be there, park it perpendicular taking up three spaces. Then they had to find three MORE spaces for THOSE guys. All because one guy didn't feel like parking where he was supposed to. Meh.

 

Overall a good day. Hot and the kids got burned out pretty fast, but we enjoyed it. Tomorrow we're going to the Columbus Zoo then home.

 

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Nice turn out of Buicks!

 

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Honda parked in Melanie's spot...

 

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And where she ultimately ended up across the aisle. It worked out OK other than the
fact that we were cheated out of some shade for sitting. 
Also, the

father-son team who owned the white Trans Ams behind us spent the

entire day orbiting their cars with quick detailer, constantly wiping the cars
down. They must have burned through three or four bottles of the stuff!

 

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We tried to get members of the Ohio Region CCCA to join

us for this trip. They obviously did not. The show organizer
asked me to move my car over here but I preferred staying
with the Buicks. I grow weary of the CCCA's nonsense.

 

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All kinds of cars everywhere you look--something for everyone. I do like the park-like layout.
Most of the stuff is pretty garden-variety but the volume of cars is fun.

 

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Wonderful 1942 Chrysler Town & Country
"Barrelback" sedan in mostly original condition!

 

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1940 Buick Limited in the "all original" class, although it
appears to have a repaint. This car was presumably the
Limited used in "The Godfather" and formerly owned
by Greg Field.

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3 hours ago, dibarlaw said:

Thanks for the photos Matt! Sorry we were not able to connect on your return trip. We were able to have some time with Mark Kikta and Brian Heil, Larry Schramm and their wives at Fairfield PA. during the VMCCA nickel tour. I thought we would be able to get some photos of their Buicks in action but we were unable to return.

 I would like to have a copy of your route as some of those places look familiar. This type of driving is the only way to truly enjoy our cars.

 

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Nice photos from Columbus.  Was that a 1961 or 1962 Special beside you?  

 

Great drive Mr. Hinson.  I can appreciate the drive and the feeling of getting home.  I’m impressed with how you finished that off.

 

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Matt....Thanks for the pictures from the Arthritis Foundation Show. I have attended probably 10 of these shows and always loved the event. I enjoyed the vast array of cars, as well as the bands in the evening. I have since moved to Nevada and have not attended the last 2 years. I’ll have to get get back one of these years. Thanks again.

 

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Out Friday night to a local cruise in at the mall.  Was a big turnout of cars and especially people. There was an amusement type fair set up in the parking lot next to us which brought a lot of extra foot traffic over.

 

Note the reflection of the ferris wheel in the picture of the 47’.

 

My son Kevin took the picture of the front of the car.  He is SO talented and I think he is going to follow the picture taking passion into a career later on.  He’s only 14.

 

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17 hours ago, Thriller said:

Nice photos from Columbus.  Was that a 1961 or 1962 Special beside you?  

 

 

The yellow one is a '62 Special convertible. My friend Al Blake (who is the machinist who rebuilt my '41 Century's engine that's on my mock-up stand) also brought his wicked little black '62 with a 215 V8 and a 4-speed. I didn't know it was his when I saw it a few weeks ago at the Buick-Oldsmobile-Pontiac show.

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(This is the photo from the B-O-P show)

 

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2 hours ago, Matt Harwood said:

 

The yellow one is a '62 Special convertible. My friend Al Blake (who is the machinist who rebuilt my '41 Century's engine that's on my mock-up stand) also brought his wicked little black '62 with a 215 V8 and a 4-speed. I didn't know it was his when I saw it a few weeks ago at the Buick-Oldsmobile-Pontiac show.

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(This is the photo from the B-O-P show)

 

 

Thanks Matt.  The yellow would be essentially the same as mine then (although both the V6 and 215 V8 were available).  Of course that one was at an event, so it’s definitely running better than mine at the moment.

 

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Returned home from the ROA meet in Gettysburg yesterday.  Amazingly, no rain the entire time (Tuesday --> Saturday), aside from a few 'spittles' on the windshield near the NY/PA border during the return trip.  Goldie ran flawlessly, even though we were stuck in I-81 construction for almost an hour on the way down to Gettysburg.  Mileage was 90,275 when we left on Tuesday; here's where she sits now:

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So, just over 700 miles round trip.  About 40 miles of that was added during a beautiful tour of the Gettysburg countryside that we participated in with other rivieras on Wednesday evening.  Check out the ROA forum for pictures and a couple of neat videos from the tour!  ;)

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Hello on the photo with gas station it was just west of Silver Creek NY on US route 5 ,apparently it was used as a restaurant after being originally a gas station, you can see the former gas pump location in front of the Buick.Attached another photo 

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Went to a really nice show at Morgan Park in Glen Cove, waterfront with the 57, this show always draws hundreds of really nice cars. i was lucky and got a shady spot on a hot day, included a couple of non Buick shots

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I now have 49 new miles on the Caballero since I put it together.

 

For one of my shakedown runs, I took it to "Cars & Coffee" at Pasteiner's Collectibles & Hobbies in Birmingham, Michigan on Saturday.

It was a big hit!

 

And I took a few pics on my way home...

 

 

 

 

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31 minutes ago, 95Cardinal said:

I now have 49 new miles on the Caballero since I put it together.

 

For one of my shakedown runs, I took it to "Cars & Coffee" at Pasteiner's Collectibles & Hobbies in Birmingham, Michigan on Saturday.

It was a big hit!

 

And I took a few pics on my way home...

 

 

 

 

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Gorgeous! 

 

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Leon:

 So glad to see you and the McLaughlin out and about. 

 We are still getting re familiarized with our 25-25 now that I feel that it is running properly. We drove it 4 times over the weekend. Since we had no rain yesterday and today we did several more drives with the top down.

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Still a work in progress. But, at least it is drive-able so we can enjoy it after over a year and a half of no Buick fun..

 

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I took the '73 Sun Coupe to the AACA National Meet in Parsippany New Jersey this past weekend. The car drove flawlessly getting there and back to NY plus 3 days of Touring and shopping in NJ for a total of 370 miles. Had a great meet and won a preservation award. We visited two fabulous collections, one was the worlds largest Mack truck collection with 4 seperate large buildings on their property and the other was a wonderful Brass era collection of cars and motorcycles, pedal cars, etc.. Both places were chock full of Automotive Art work and automobila. It was jaw dropping.

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Last week we took the '13 out with a bunch of friends for a one week tour in the Gettysburg area.

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We drove it, hurt some things, and now fixing those items. 

 

We are scheduled for another tour in Kingston, Ontario the first week of August and I need to get the car ready for that tour.   Then after that tour, we are scheduled for another tour,  the HCCA Old Car Festival tour in September. 

 

Nothing like keeping the wheels rolling all summer.  That does not include the around town trips.

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