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The clock in the wagon ran, the second hand moved but that was it. I had purchased one on line but it was in pieces upon arrival. Found one in a local junkyard, swapped the bezel and face glass from mine on to it, installed it yesterday so will see how my junkyard luck is today. 
 

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The quartz clock had a tendency to drain the battery down so finally installed this blade switch on the battery. Considered the screw knob type but thought when wires might be smoking I really don’t want to be spending time unscrewing anything 

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I can tell you from experience that the unscrew type develops some corrosion that will need periodic cleaning to maintain good contact.

I thought the new battery was faulty but it was the bad contact after screwing it together.

How did I know?

I saw smoke rising from the post on my 6 volt battery in the Nash when trying to start her.

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21 hours ago, MrEarl said:

The quartz clock had a tendency to drain the battery down so finally installed this blade switch on the battery. Considered the screw knob type but thought when wires might be smoking I really don’t want to be spending time unscrewing anything 

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I like that style!  So far I have never needed one, luckily.  I have thought about adding one but don't like the screw type.

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21 hours ago, MrEarl said:

The quartz clock had a tendency to drain the battery down so finally installed this blade switch on the battery. Considered the screw knob type but thought when wires might be smoking I really don’t want to be spending time unscrewing anything 

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The nice part of this one is you can disconnect it with a stick without putting your hands in the engine compartment.  But the screw type is just as useful.  I think this is a very neat installation.  And the type to use may depend on the post location. This style on a top post is kinda intrusive in a visual way.  Plus the one I had tended to get miss-aligned by age.  However in this location I think it will last a long time.  Nicely done Mr. Earl! 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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A friend gave me this mat that was in a 85 Estate Wagon that he bought and resold. Anyone know what it might be. It’s size makes me think it may be a big body trunk mat? I’ve searched the internet and found numerous Buick trunk mats but none of this particular design. 


 

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Here's one site I found with some interesting Buick Factory Accessories

 

https://www.gransportstage1.com/accessory-brochures/

 

 

 

 

 

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On 10/3/2020 at 12:59 PM, MrEarl said:

The clock in the wagon ran, the second hand moved but that was it. I had purchased one on line but it was in pieces upon arrival. Found one in a local junkyard, swapped the bezel and face glass from mine on to it, installed it yesterday so will see how my junkyard luck is today. 
 

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clock lost about 3 minutes over the first 24 hrs so I reset. Lost a minute over the next 48 hrs so reset. Hasn’t lost a minute in over 4 weeks now so am calling it good. 
 

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In line filter on power steering.?  Wasn't aware of the need for one but Rock Auto and Summit ads both recommend them. I went with one when I replaced my power steering pump recently but wonder if it was actually needed???  Happy to report zero leaks on the old girl now.

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Decided to take one last camping trip with the wagon and Argosy before cold weather sets in. With the wagon now running great and feeling that it is fairly reliable, decided to go for the    Cherohala Skyway  ,    Tail of the Dragon and the north end of  Moonshiner 28 .

 

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And to make sure he didn't get left behind, Elvis parked himself in front of the rig and didn't move all the while we were packing the trailer.

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We planned a 4 day trip with 2 days travel to and from base camp at  River Falls at the Gorge  and a day each on the Skyway and the Dragon.


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This is our theme song for the beginning of every trip.....

 

 

 

 

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Elvis went after a couple of big cats 🙂

 

 

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2 hours ago, MrEarl said:

 
clock lost about 3 minutes over the first 24 hrs so I reset. Lost a minute over the next 48 hrs so reset. Hasn’t lost a minute in over 4 weeks now so am calling it good. 
 

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The clock in my 78 EW is very reliable. Looses 10min over the course of a week... it never fails!

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The next day we headed to the west end of the Skyway at Tellico Plains and took in River Road that runs along the Tellico River and stopped at Bald River Falls bridge.


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Love all the Skyway and Dragon photos. I go there and Bald River falls quite often. Great photo of your wagon at Deal's Gap. That's got to be the largest car that was photographed  there today. LOL

 

Here is the other end of the Dragon on the TN side. Another dragon is in the background. Did you go that far?

 

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11 minutes ago, Ronnie said:

Love all the Skyway and Dragon photos. I go there and Bald River falls quite often. Great photo of your wagon at Deal's Gap. That's got to be the largest car that was photographed  there today. LOL

 

Here is the other end of the Dragon on the TN side. Another dragon is in the background. Did you go that far?

 

 

 

Yea, she was a hit at the Gap,  there were a lot of bikers gathered around the wagon telling stories of their mom's wagons etc LOL.  We turned around on the lake at Chilhowee as it was getting late so didn't make it to that point.

 

It was bar season and the woods were full of hound dogs and hunters. Elvis was very curious LOL

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Back at camp, Elvis was worn out from the curves.

 

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Our view out the windows of the Argosy

 

 

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13 minutes ago, Ronnie said:

Fantastic video! I felt like I was riding with you. That old gal corners pretty flat in the curves.

 She does that Ronnie. I was pleased and proud of her performance both in power and handling. Shifted back and forth from L2 to Drive quite a bit especially on hills with curves. Between the stiff sidewall tires, the coil over shocks and the front and rear Hotchkis anti sway bars she handled beautifully, actually better than the Riviera use to.

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Lamar,  People who haven't driven the Dragon may not appreciate how well your wagon was doing in the video. I've been around those curves in a big Cadillac and it would turn up on it's side like a boat going around those curves. :) I usually just put my car in 2nd and leave it there. It accelerates good out of the corners and has good engine braking going into the corners. Sometimes it will run up to about 4000 RPM on some of the longer stretches between curves but it won't hurt it. I like going down the Dragon (toward TN) much better than going up it.

 

P.S. If you go to killboy.com tomorrow and preview some photos of your wagon posted there that you might like. They are sorted by categories and the date and time they were taken. He takes some really good photos that can be purchased if you see one you like.

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On 11/9/2020 at 5:51 AM, MrEarl said:

Here are the photos from Killboy. Also have a few from 129Photo .

 

 

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Very very Beautiful Buick :wub: :wub: :wub: , I've never seen one in France

 

On 11/9/2020 at 1:41 AM, MrEarl said:

 

 

Superb video with very beautiful landscapes ;) 

 

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woww !!, superb Dodge Challenger and Dodge Viper ! :wub:

 

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4 hours ago, sebastienbuick said:

 

Very very Beautiful Buick :wub: :wub: :wub: , I've never seen one in France

 

 

Superb video with very beautiful landscapes ;) 

 

 

woww !!, superb Dodge Challenger and Dodge Viper ! :wub:

 

 

 

Thanks for the kind words @sebastienbuick  and for identifying the Dodges, had no idea 😄

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I just caught up with this now. What a great thread from start to finish, capped by the Tail of the Dragon video! Are you going to do it next time with the trailer attached? (only kidding!) And what a nice thing to see while many of us are staying indoors a bit more these days!

Thanks again, and my best wishes to you and your family this holiday season!

 

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On 12/10/2020 at 6:11 PM, JanZverina said:

I just caught up with this now. What a great thread from start to finish, capped by the Tail of the Dragon video! Are you going to do it next time with the trailer attached? (only kidding!) And what a nice thing to see while many of us are staying indoors a bit more these days!

Thanks again, and my best wishes to you and your family this holiday season!

 

 

We actually saw a couple of Airstreams, one on Cherohala and one on the Dragon, BUT being pulled by F250's. I don't think the wagon would have trouble pulling the grades of either but some of the grades en route to and from would be a real challenge, mainly to the brakes, @ 9-12%. There was very little cell service on the entire trip so a call to Hagerty might be a bit difficult. 

Thanks and best holiday wishes to you and yours also.

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Received my Buick Bugle today.  My, my. A long roof from 79 adorns the cover!  I'm a station wagon kid. Period.  Third row seats. Clam shell opening back window and gate.  Rear gate swings open. A key or switch on the dash lowers the rear window. I recall our 73 Estate Wagon. My pop picked up a cherry tree.  The tree was hanging out of the back of that wagon.  My brother thought it would be a great idea to throw berries out of the back window at some bikers riding behind our Buick. Pop was apologizing at the next stoplight. My brother did not fair well after the exchange at the stoplight.  Of all the vehicles to chose to transport a home in wheels you chose the 79 Buick.  That my friend is a Buick fan. You upgraded. Sweated the HP. Worked on everything that could leave you roadside waiting on a tow truck. End result? She performed admirably. Enjoy the adventure. Enjoy the time with the missus. Enjoy this long roof. One of the plusher rides GM produced ever. Beautiful ride all day. 

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