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On 4/2/2020 at 7:26 PM, Brooklyn Beer said:

What did they call the "Holy crap were gonna crash"  strap by the window back then ?


I always referred to it as an “Oh Jesus” strap!

 

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38 minutes ago, NC-car-guy said:

For my company it is a holiday weekend although I do have to go in tonight.  Went on another 5 mile jaunt and got fuel.  Everything appears in good order. I even let @Pinhead63 drive. 

 

Sweet should have bought it when you were in a downer mood.😁

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2 hours ago, NC-car-guy said:

For my company it is a holiday weekend although I do have to go in tonight.  Went on another 5 mile jaunt and got fuel.  Everything appears in good order. I even let @Pinhead63 drive. 

 

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Enough time to compare the big body car to the small body one?

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37 minutes ago, JohnD1956 said:

 

Enough time to compare the big body car to the small body one?

I mean...  I guess not.  Looks to me like the back seat is different, but until I get new tires and really put it through some paces, I won't know much in handling.

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I don't think it will ever be gone until that magical "vaccine" gets injected into everyone along with something else to act as an identifier that proves you had it done.  You know that discussion on the smart chip to monitor your "health".  Already being experimented with in some European countries for the past 2 years.  I say around mid July it will roll out

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Sun is shining and the spring is the time to go for a drive.  The 1939 Century started quickly since resting since Christmas and our 30 mile trip around a country block was pleasant and uneventful, except for tooting at a few people we recognized and getting waves and thumbs up from others.  Washed the car in the driveway, dried it and put it away, ready for pre war events, when and if they occur.  I washed the car, my wife says it is too large, she looks after the white walls.

 

Stay well, Gary

 

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It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood today so I unwrapped (literally) The Aqua Zephyr and took her our for the first time since New Year's Day. 

 

I knew better than to take pictures of her when the sun is at its highest in the sky and most intense. The color of the car in the pictures always suffers. A polarizing filter did help a little though.

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 Joan and I are fine if not antsy to get out and about, but we are all pretty much locked down. Today a fellow Mason-Dixon member Steve Torrico who is laid off from his job wanted to come for a visit. Keeping our distance from each other when he arrived. He drove his very original 1927 Model 27 sedan FROM ELIZABETHTOWN! 72 miles. Just to show it to me and ask advice. He wanted me to drive it to get my opinion on it's performance. So I got to chauffer him. It runs/rides and drives better than my 1925. I believe around 62,000 original miles. He is the 3rd owner.  Yes! All original paint and upholstery.DSCF8070.thumb.JPG.afdffb43d9c0be97a1c16817beab881f.JPG
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 So I took him for a ride in Beulah in turn. Neighbor Monty stops by to check out the New Buick in the neighborhood.
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Couldn't resist.

No I didn't drive it but dreaming of the day I actually do drive her again. 😍

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I got up early and thought I'd try to do a quarantine homage to the 'Easter Sunday 1941' photo which was taken not far from my house. 

This is just about in the same spot as the original photo was shot.  As you can see, a lot has changed along the street. Maybe next year I'll try it again with some kids.  Doubt I'll get a Pontiac to truly replicate it, though.

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A few miles to warm it up before an oil change. A quick photo in front of the local ANG site. Spring has been dealt a setback with recent cool weather.

 

 

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After two back to back rain filled weekends today is turning out to be a super mid 70's Easter Day.  So time to get the big girl out and give her a little exercise.  Seems I wasn't the only one thinking that. Gas station in town was mobbed. Head over to the grocery store to pick up dinner for "Surf and Turf Sunday" and they are full. But a fully stocked meat and seafood case made me happy. Then headed over to the town park for a couple photo's and everyone is out enjoying the sunshine and doing Easter Egg hunts.  Not a parking spot one to be found. Jeeze. So I gave up and headed to the hardware store and that parking was almost full too !  Folks getting the summer gardens going it looked like. Ran in and got my fuel stabilizer and thankfully the line moved at a good clip. Then jumped on the highway quick and blew out the cobwebs on a high speed 10 mile jaunt and then home. Nice to enjoy an actual Spring this year but I already need to mow again after 4 days !  grrr. 1 inch of rain followed by two 96 degree days will do that.

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Such a nice day in my area today (4/12).  So I took the Reatta out for a quick exercise down the highway for one exit and back home through the back streets...no pictures.  Highways are almost void of cars but those who are on it are speeding wicked...bunch of looser's!  Then it was on to raking my front lawn. 

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Got the 25-45 out of winter hibernation and took it up our driveway to the main road.  Not much of a run so will have to wait until this self isolating is over.😕  Leon

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I got a chance to take a drive this afternoon.  The first sunny day we've had in a while, and a lot of people were out -- but keeping their distance as far as I could tell.  I went up on the north side of Twin Peaks for a nice view of the city with the Marin headlands in the distance, and then dropped in on a neighbor to take a side-by-side photo of my '41 with his '53 step down Hudson.  The photo really shows just how revolutionary the step down was -- it must be a full 6 inches lower than my Buick.  And keep in mind that even though the car in the photo is a '53, the step down was introduced in '48.

 

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Took the Reatta out to the auto parts store on Sunday for a quick maintenance on my 60IMG_20200411_130838832.thumb.jpg.7d277767540a746df1a5df197ca68d94.jpg

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3 minutes ago, mp67riv said:

Didn't go far, but took the 61 225 and its little German cousin out of the garage, and went for a short run in the little guy!

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nice Manta looks in real nice shape stick or auto. like the 225 Riv as you can see in above post love the 6 windows. Elegance!!!

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8 hours ago, mp67riv said:

Didn't go far, but took the 61 225 and its little German cousin out of the garage, and went for a short run in the little guy!

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Very nice Opel. I had a '73 with the same body style and color, except that mine was the Rallye with the flat black hood and instrument package. Was trying to find one a few years back but finally gave up.

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MRJBUICK - thanks much! I love your 60 225 6 Window Riv as well - looks like our cars are the same color and are great examples of the elegance of the early 60s Electra 225 4 door hardtops - they look really cool with the windows down given there is no center pillar!  Also, the 60 and 61 were the only two model years with the Mirrormatic speedometer cluster! The Manta is a 4 speed stick, and has a factory sunroof...great little car!

 

MachineGun - nice Mantas are really hard to find! I've owned this one since '79 so obviously it is part of the family at this point Hahaha! I've added the Rallye instrument package to the standard Luxus interior so it has the best of both worlds! Had to replace the Luxus cloth on the seats since that stuff didn't wear very well, but kept it with a nice velour cloth.

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My brother-in-law and his wife joined us on an Easter afternoon "social distancing" cruise on the backroads to the old mining community of Wilkeson.  Here we are at the 1913 Wilkeson school building, with my brother-in-law's '65 Riviera GS and our '59 Electra.  My father-in-law joined in the fun.

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Nice, dry day today, so I got my '70 Wildcat out and drove it to work today (34-miles round trip). Ran great. Hard to believe this car is now 50 years old, and only has 17,200 miles. It sat for many, many years after the original owner died because no one in the family wanted to drive a 3-speed standard shift car, but that's what I was raised on, so feels totally natural to me. I got it up to 70 mph a few times and the old 455 was ready for more.

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12 minutes ago, Pete Phillips said:

Nice, dry day today, so I got my '70 Wildcat out and drove it to work today (34-miles round trip). Ran great. Hard to believe this car is now 50 years old, and only has 17,200 miles. It sat for many, many years after the original owner died because no one in the family wanted to drive a 3-speed standard shift car, but that's what I was raised on, so feels totally natural to me. I got it up to 70 mph a few times and the old 455 was ready for more.

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I've admired this car for a while Pete, I think the Springfield National is when i first noticed it. Glad to see you enjoying it, my friend!!

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 Pete, as I'm not always up to speed and developments, I thought that you didn't have this car anymore. Last year I had a discussion with a fellow car guy, and a writer about your car. He referred to it a "legendary car", in that though the stick was on them, but how many were actually built? So I had to pipe up and say a friend of mine in the Buick Club has one.

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Jo and I relieved the boredom with a drive in our ‘38. After a difficult starting issue, we got underway without further problems! Our destination walk was closed so we found another place. And Jo tried her arty farty photo shoot!

 

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5 hours ago, rodneybeauchamp said:

. And Jo tried her arty farty photo shoot!

 

Nicely done Jo!  Thanks for posting Rodney!  

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Dehumidified the exhaust pipes on my favorite car today during a 35 mile run.   Stopped at the State Boat Lock on the Mohawk River.  Those are removable gates that help control flooding, when needed, on the river.  Was a nice easy ride!

 

 

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Buick drivers,

 

I couldn't get my Buick out of the garage until this past weekend due to a pile of snow on my driveway, right at the garage door.  I got the snow and ice shoveled out of the way this weekend, and I took my 1955 Roadmaster 76R for a short Sunday drive on beautiful, dry highways!  This was the first time that I've been able to drive my '55 since last October due to icy or wet road conditions.  

 

The Fireball V-Eight engine ran like a champ!

 

Gary Klecka, BCA #1955

The Thrill of the Year is BUICK 1955!

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On 4/19/2020 at 5:51 PM, JohnD1956 said:

Dehumidified the exhaust pipes on my favorite car today during a 35 mile run.   Stopped at the State Boat Lock on the Mohawk River.  Those are removable gates that help control flooding, when needed, on the river.  Was a nice easy ride!

 

 

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Great looking car,

I really like the 1956 model year Buicks, and one of my dream cars wold be a '56 Roadmaster convertible - Red & White, white top, white leather interior, maybe with red piping and red carpet of course

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20 hours ago, AK Buickman said:

Buick drivers,

 

I couldn't get my Buick out of the garage until this past weekend due to a pile of snow on my driveway, right at the garage door.  I got the snow and ice shoveled out of the way this weekend, and I took my 1955 Roadmaster 76R for a short Sunday drive on beautiful, dry highways!  This was the first time that I've been able to drive my '55 since last October due to icy or wet road conditions.  

 

The Fireball V-Eight engine ran like a champ!

 

Gary Klecka, BCA #1955

The Thrill of the Year is BUICK 1955!

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Sweet Roadmaster Gary!  So things are warming up in Alaska?  

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On 4/20/2020 at 11:17 PM, AK Buickman said:

Gary Klecka, BCA #1955

 

So, which came first -- your membership number or the car?  ;)

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