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Came through Friday's tour day with flying colors.  Hope today is just as good. Friday was "coming out day" for the 41 Roadmaster with So Florida Classic Car Club Region.

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On 2/2/2018 at 3:45 AM, Pilgrim65 said:

Love the car Bernie , bit spooky photo though, bit like a Hitchcock movie scene , no people! ?

 

1800 people in that village, not like the 10,000 over on my side of the county line. If Alfred Hitchcock or his heir ever wanted to do a sequel to The Birds called The Squirrels this is the place.

 

 

We only drink water that has been boiled in a coffee pot and limit lunch choices of bird and fish.

 

It is a five mile walk for me along the Erie Canal towpath from my village or one to the west. I walk it and meet my Wife there for lunch and a ride back, never without my trusty shillelagh.

 

Bernie

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Took my 54 out on the highway today 75mph, kept up with traffic, rides really nice on the highway without speed bumps and stuff.   I'm surprised how well she's doing in 26 degree weather too!

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I took out my 1956 Buick Century today for a 50 mile trip.  It runs so good that I can't stand it. Hit a max of 70 mph.

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34 minutes ago, Airy Cat said:

I took out my 1956 Buick Century today for a 50 mile trip.  It runs so good that I can't stand it. Hit a max of 70 mph.

 

 Why so slow?:D

 

  Ben

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The '41 Roadmaster ran great all weekend. I could maybe have been smoother, but it basically ran great.  I stopped on the way home and bought $20 worth of gas (ethanol gas) at $2.59 @ gallon.  I had run the car down the road for a  half hour or more at 60-65 mph like an arrow.  While stopped the temp needle went on up.  Even with a new radiator and water pump she seems to run a little over 200.  That stumps me a little.  Immediately after getting gas the car seemed to have vapor lock, but the electric fuel pump didn't seem to help.  The last 15 miles she ran rough.  I decided it was some bad gas with water in it because it was so immediate and didn't clear as the temp came down.  So yesterday I put in a bottle of HEET (yellow) and also some Startron.  She started and ran perfect.  All in all we drove about 100 miles on Black Beauty's Maiden Cruise and the other people on the CCCA Tour seemed to like the car.  All encouraged me NOT to repaint it.  A former CCCA National President said it might not be a 5-foot driver, but it was certainly an 8-10 driver.  Non-Ethanol is only available at one place where I live in Sebring, FL and it was $3.729 last week.

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2 hours ago, Dynaflash8 said:

The '41 Roadmaster ran great all weekend. I could maybe have been smoother, but it basically ran great.  I stopped on the way home and bought $20 worth of gas (ethanol gas) at $2.59 @ gallon.  I had run the car down the road for a  half hour or more at 60-65 mph like an arrow.  While stopped the temp needle went on up.  Even with a new radiator and water pump she seems to run a little over 200.  That stumps me a little.  Immediately after getting gas the car seemed to have vapor lock, but the electric fuel pump didn't seem to help.  The last 15 miles she ran rough.  I decided it was some bad gas with water in it because it was so immediate and didn't clear as the temp came down.  So yesterday I put in a bottle of HEET (yellow) and also some Startron.  She started and ran perfect.  All in all we drove about 100 miles on Black Beauty's Maiden Cruise and the other people on the CCCA Tour seemed to like the car.  All encouraged me NOT to repaint it.  A former CCCA National President said it might not be a 5-foot driver, but it was certainly an 8-10 driver.  Non-Ethanol is only available at one place where I live in Sebring, FL and it was $3.729 last week.

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Looks like a scene out of the great gatsby , love it!

I know the 41 to late  for era , but it’s class  fits in well

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 Thanks for the pictures, looks like a great time was had. Much better than here in Ontario!

 This was my experience when I did my '41 Roadmaster. First I ran cleaner through the system quite extensively, flushed it, then knocked the frost plugs out and could not believe how much cr.p was still in the back 2 or 3 cylinder's water jackets. Must of got half a coffee can or so out. After all that, and a fresh rad, it usually runs 180-190 F in warm to hotish weather. Though it will easily top 200 if stopped in a hot traffic jam. I added a (non authentic) rad fan to help with this.

 Keith

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1 hour ago, Buicknutty said:

 Thanks for the pictures, looks like a great time was had. Much better than here in Ontario!

 This was my experience when I did my '41 Roadmaster. First I ran cleaner through the system quite extensively, flushed it, then knocked the frost plugs out and could not believe how much cr.p was still in the back 2 or 3 cylinder's water jackets. Must of got half a coffee can or so out. After all that, and a fresh rad, it usually runs 180-190 F in warm to hotish weather. Though it will easily top 200 if stopped in a hot traffic jam. I added a (non authentic) rad fan to help with this.

 Keith

I just talked to Doug Seybold and he does a couple of things.  One is he removes the spring apparatus in the thermostat housing and runs a 160 thermostat.  I think mine is a 170 or 180.  I've heard of removing the spring bypass thermostat before.  My car had one with that removed and I put in an authentic one.  Doug also machines something in the thermostat housing.  So, I'm going to take him the old one out of my car to the AACA convention in Philadelphia and let him do his magic to it and send it back to me.  I'm also getting a lower thermostat from him.  I had a number of 150 degree genuine Harrison thermostats but I've used up all that I had over the years.

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We drove our 38 Buick on the HCCA Portland Regional Group Mackinaw Tour last Saturday.  Met for coffee and drove to see a private car collection and pizza for lunch.  Round trip was just under 100 miles and the heater worked great!

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This is the closest I got to driving the Special with 11 inches of snow yesterday! 

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That's just uncivilized, fit for neither man nor beast.  Nor Buick!

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3 hours ago, Fr. Buick said:

That's just uncivilized, fit for neither man nor beast.  Nor Buick!

You're obviously a fan of WC Fields "A Fatal Glass of Beer"...great taste! 

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11 inches of snow. 3-10" is a dusting. That's about what we got Friday night.

 

So, Saturday I came back from having coffee with the cars guys in my Wife's Tahoe, put it in 4WD and drove in a big loop around the back yard. I made sure the front wheel passed within a couple feet of the man door to my garage.

I put an 8' LED light fixture up in the back of the garage for a test and managed to lean something against two of the LED bulbs. I put good ones in yesterday and stepped back to see the results. That's when I polished a little of the Riviera rear quarter with my rear quarter. As I left the garage I pulled my shirt sleeve over my hand and dusted off the length of the '60 Electra. That was the extent of my Buick experience yesterday.

 

The light is really nice. I am going to pick up 9 more.

Bernie

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Always read this thread ,particularly as I miss Ruby over winter , so looking through my photos here’s one taken end one the summer , reminds me of good times past and good times to come .

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31 minutes ago, avgwarhawk said:

Two weekends ago.   Going to Mission BBQ.  My wife and I were on a mission for vittles. 

 

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Sounds like the type of mission I like ?

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22 hours ago, Pilgrim65 said:

Always read this thread ,particularly as I miss Ruby over winter , so looking through my photos here’s one taken end one the summer , reminds me of good times past and good times to come .

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What happens to Ruby over winter?

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21 minutes ago, 50jetback said:

 

 

What happens to Ruby over winter?

Ruby in Cyprus. parked in the car port I built specially , had a soft cover then a waterproof cover , held on with bungees . All alone but my friend checks often . Good news off there in two weeks and will take her out a few days weather permitting. Can’t wait ?

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3 hours ago, Pilgrim65 said:

Sounds like the type of mission I like ?

 

 

The mission was a success in the urban assault vehicle.   

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On 12/02/2018 at 6:58 PM, Pilgrim65 said:

Always read this thread ,particularly as I miss Ruby over winter , so looking through my photos here’s one taken end one the summer , reminds me of good times past and good times to come .

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With Ruby's toothy grin and the grin on all the faces in the car, not hard to tell everyone is having a good time! :)

Good to hear you are getting back to have some more fun.

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I took my 1956 Century out for lunch with some car club guys ( Mountain Road Rattlers ) of Oakhurst, CA.  I put about 32 miles on it.

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