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Today I wanted to get out to our country place to do a bit of puttering.  Suzanne wanted to clean up some as well in the house and brought Teresa along to help.  Spring is sprung...temperature was in the mid-teens / high 50s, the cherries and apples are budding, as are the high bush cranberries and Saskatoon berries, the grass / weeds are starting to green up.

 

I’d thought about moving things around and possibly trading the truck for the Skyhawk, but with three of us and two standard poodles that I didn’t want on the seats of that car, we left the cars as they were.  However, while I didn’t drive any, I did lay eyes on each and every one of my Buicks today, so I’ve got a bit of a photo essay for all y’all.  These aren’t the greatest photos and I did nothing about the clutter that has accumulated around some of them.  I didn’t think to take a photo of the 1954 parts Century model 61.

 

This batch includes the 1952 Roadmaster, 1956 Special, 1961 Invicta convertible with 2 of the 1976 Indy Pace Car Replicas (the far one is the t-top car that I’ve driven a short distance), the 1959 LeSabre Estate Wagon with the third 1976 PCR, the first 1988 Reatta and 1941 Special, and a look into the shop with the 1975 Electra butt and centre.

 

 

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Here we have the 1976 Skyhawk, 1966 Wildcat beside the Electra (with portions of 1923, driver quality 1976 PCR, 1954 Century, and 1941), the 1923, and the 1954 Century Estate Wagon (model 69).

 

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It is spring...a pair of Canada geese may have set up in our dugout.  That could create some grief, but we’ll manage.

 

I could only get this one photo in at the moment without getting the 9.77 MB limit message.  I’ll give it a bit of a rest and try back later.

 

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Here we have the 1976 Pace Car Replica known as Spirit - if I remember correctly, it was in South Bend in 2013 and Allentown in 2016.  We have the newest Reatta, in multiple respects - it’s the most recent one added to the fleet and it has about 3,500 miles.  It shares the country garage with the 1962 Special convertible.

 

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It seems that by waiting long enough, I am able to get around the 9.77 MB issue.  

 

Here we have Saphira, the Reatta that our daughter has her eyes on.  There's a broken part in the ignition, but I was able to get a replacement blue steering column in Brookfield in 2017.  Finally, the McLaughlin-Buick 29-51, which has had the mechanicals gone through and wheels refinished.  Unfortunately, the tubes we got had valve stems that were too short, so adding extensions on has caused leak issues.  I hope to get that dealt with this year so that I can actually get on the road.

 

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Wow @Thriller !!!  That's some collection you've amassed!  Looks like many are ready to drive too!  You must have a  month's worth of work just keeping up with oil changes! 😁

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I wish @JohnD1956...9 are licensed, but historically, not all of them move every year (3 got licensed last year).  If they don’t move in a year, no oil change.  I wish more of them did move and got attention annually.  I don’t know what it’s like to sell a collectible Buick as I’ve never done it yet, but I’m getting to a point where that needs to happen, for the sake of the cars.

 

The low mileage Reatta joined the fleet last year.  I purchased it to keep it among collectors rather than it falling into the used car market.  It may depart the collection.  The 1962 hasn’t moved for a number of years - it lost the reverse clutch patch in the transmission.  I’ve got a transmission rebuild kit for it, but every year has seen other priorities.  I first got it on the road in 2006 and would like to see it get back there, but it just hasn’t happened.  There’s a couple that realistically could be sold - I don’t see ever getting to the 1956 nor 1952.  The former may find it’s way to a high school program as it’s not a very valuable car as it sits, so perhaps that’s the best way to give it more life.  The Roadmaster was an impulse buy...I did drive it a bit years ago on limited use Antique plates, but it’s been slowly losing priority over the years.

 

If I had to put an order to things, I think getting the 1929 roadworthy is the first step, then getting the 1923 mobile - it shouldn’t need much, but the longer it sits, the lengthier the list gets.  Following that, I think the Invicta convertible would be the next restoration project.  It’s a never-ending list around here.

 

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1 hour ago, Thriller said:

It’s a never-ending list around here.

 

Yes, I imagine it is very hard to keep up with it all. I cannot even get ahead with just the few here.  But that is a nice garage to keep em all in.  Too bad we didn't live closer together.  I'd be happy to help you put some miles on some of the more obscure ones. 🙄

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You know JD that you’re always welcome if you want to visit the middle of the continent.

 

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Oh man!  

5 minutes ago, Thriller said:

you’re always welcome

 

Another dream trip! 

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On 4/22/2019 at 9:03 PM, Barney Eaton said:

Thanks for showing us your car museum.

 

A long term thought, once the shop walls are insulated, would be to create murals / set pieces to create something of a display within.  Whether that happens or not only time will tell.

 

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Love this longroof!

 

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And  my wife complains about "2"

Very nice collection and a great verity .

Bill

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14 hours ago, EmTee said:

Love this longroof!

 

So does @MrEarl surprisingly.  He figgers I stole that car.  It’s high time I gave that one some exercise...maybe this year pairing it up with the ‘59 LeSabre.

 

Dennis Gage chose it as his favourite at one of the local Sunday night cruises a few years ago when he was visiting up here.  

 

I guess I’ve had it a while now as we had it in Ames in 2010.  Time flies.

 

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3 hours ago, billbuickgs said:

And  my wife complains about "2"

Very nice collection and a great verity .

Bill

 

I'll bet!!!

 

Oh wait, I read that as 2" at first. My bad.... :D

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On 4/22/2019 at 4:11 PM, Thriller said:

Here we have the 1976 Skyhawk, 1966 Wildcat beside the Electra (with portions of 1923, driver quality 1976 PCR, 1954 Century, and 1941), the 1923, and the 1954 Century Estate Wagon (model 69).

 

 

 

 

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Tell me tha's not what I think it is on the back roof and fender.

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No birds in the shop, but some crud does seem to fall from the ceiling insulation.

 

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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. - Lao Tzu

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Love the 40s sedanette in silver and blue. That would be my pick! 😁😉

Fantastic collection! 

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