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OK gang, never been to a National where there wasn't a get-together of forum members of some sort and can't let this be the first. The SouthernBelle and GroovinThe Argosy will be on display on the show field Saturday.  Rita and I would like to invite all forum members to drop by between 11:30 and 12:00 (this could change) for a little social time/meet and greet/friendly get-together or whatever you want to call it. We will be serving drinks (no koolaid), cheese, crackers and..... you guessed it SPAM. There will a drawing for   keepsake type door prizes at noon so if you'd like to bring some little something to contribute to that it would be great but NOT REQUIRED. Guns, politics and hard feelings will be left at the door. 

 

If you have a door prize to bring, post a picture here.

 

More later, I'm off to swap a leaking valve cover gasket out.....  for the third time.

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Pete, if you put the loot in the 1932 right away, then we won’t need to remind you...or in your tow vehicle if that will be a safer ride for the glass.

 

This ad and book have been added to “the pile” of papers etc I need to bring.

 

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I’m a bit concerned about the time...it might be a bit early for folks involved in judging.

 

Then again, it’s a smaller meet this year, so there shouldn’t be too many Buicks to judge, therefore we ought to be able to get off the field in time 😉

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5 hours ago, Thriller said:

I’m a bit concerned about the time...it might be a bit early for folks involved in judging

 

 

would 1:00 to 1:30 be better. We will have to have time to run the trailer back to the camp site and get back before the banquet.

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1 hour ago, Bill Stoneberg said:

I can’t wait Lamar, it will be good to see you again

 

I can't wait to see EVERYONE,  it's been a long time, seven years in fact.

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On 6/7/2019 at 8:47 AM, MrEarl said:

More later, I'm off to swap a leaking valve cover gasket out.....  for the third time.

 

and by the way, I "think" I got the valve cover gasket leak stopped.  First time just changed the gasket, second time tried straightening the cover and another gasket, third time bought a set of covers that were guaranteed not leaking when pulled, another new gasket,  careful to not over tighten and so far so good.  Tha's the way it's been with practically every task I've undertaken with prepping this car to tow and get us to OKC,  one step forward one step back, sometimes two.

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4 minutes ago, 50jetback said:

Damn it Lamar - not enough time to post some VEGEMITE over for you all to enjoy.

 

 

 

Ahh, shucks! 

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1 hour ago, MrEarl said:

 

and by the way, I "think" I got the valve cover gasket leak stopped.  First time just changed the gasket, second time tried straightening the cover and another gasket, third time bought a set of covers that were guaranteed not leaking when pulled, another new gasket,  careful to not over tighten and so far so good.  Tha's the way it's been with practically every task I've undertaken with prepping this car to tow and get us to OKC,  one step forward one step back, sometimes two.

 

Lamar,

 

Let me tell you about a 1915 Buick Truck and the challenges of the last two weeks.  I had the engine rebuilt last winter and only had 125 miles on that new rebuild of the engine. We had only went on one 85 mile tour and some around town driving on that new engine.

 

Then an oil line failure which puked 4 quarts of oil on the ground and that took out the rod bearings. I could not turn off the engine fast enough.  Fortunately only the rod bearings were hurt.

 

Off comes the pan, out comes the rods & pistons,  fixed the rods, put it all together and then started it up and now a wiring problem with a wire that shorted to ground. 

 

Hopefully I will get it sorted out so I can bring it to OKC. 

 

If not, the fall back plan is to bring the 1913 Model 31.

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24 minutes ago, Larry Schramm said:

and now a wiring problem with a wire that shorted to ground. 

 

ha ha, same here....after fixing the leaky valve cover I was wiping and cleaning all the oil off the starter heat shield and all the wires to the starter. Put too much pressure on the fusible links and one of them shorted out with sparks flying. Had just replaced them about 3 weeks prior so the second time was a charm. 

  Car was scheduled to be at local shop the next morning so worked til midnight to getter done

 

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"Sparks flying"??  Good heavens!!  Any "hurried exits" or "language" accompany that event?  Hopefully, the wheels on the creeper were well-lubed before that happened.

 

What OTHER stuff are you getting done at the last minute/second??

 

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I took mine out for a test run and discovered I need to put moore R 12 in the AC if I want to stay cool.  That is scheduled for the morning.

changed the oil/greased the chassis and washed the car on saturday.

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7 hours ago, NTX5467 said:

"Sparks flying"??  Good heavens!!  Any "hurried exits" or "language" accompany that event?  Hopefully, the wheels on the creeper were well-lubed before that happened.

 

What OTHER stuff are you getting done at the last minute/second??

 

NTX5467

 

Me and Jesus have had quite a few conversations lately, a couple I’m sure he didn’t appreciate. I think he’s just been testing me but I wish he’d let up now. For instance yesterday I turned on the newly reconditioned radio. Nothing. Off on, off on, AM to FM to AM, tape in, all nothing. I bypassed Jesus and went straight to God and he reminded me that when you have the phone plugged in to the auxiliary then you need something coming out of the phone. Turned on Apple Music and wahla, it worked, unplugged the phone and all radio systems working. Thanks God, tell Jesus not to be crossed at me for circumventing him, just when it comes to my music I can’t play around. 

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No box/small suitcase full of tapes?  '79 was the first year for Delco factory cassette radios.  

 

Perhaps Mother Delco was trying to tell you something about "messing with things that you didn't fully understand"??  Upgrade the amps and speakers, too???  Subwoofer in the old spare tire compartment??  Where's Grisswold?

 

Miles of smiles,

NTX5467

 

 

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When I bought the '46 Roadmaster conv., seller assured me that the brakes had just been done. On test drives around here last week, I thought the brakes were atrocious--would barely stop the car with all the pedal pressure I can muster. Decided to check the wheel cylinders yesterday afternoon. Took the front wheels and drums off (had to pull one off with a drum puller), brand new shoes, brand new brake hoses, ancient wheel cylinders with jellied brake fluid, sticky rubber caps, and plenty of rust--probably the original ones! Luckily, I had some NOS front wheel cylinders on the shelf. Got done last night about 9 pm., so a very late evening meal! Car should be in tip-top shape for the highway now. This one gets driven, not trailered to the show.

Pete Phillips

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8 hours ago, Bill Stoneberg said:

and washed the car on saturday.

 

Oh crap,  you’re supposed to wash them, forgot about that. We were scheduled to leave today, Sunday. With the last three days of torrential rains I am just now getting to the cat scales to sort out the weight distribution. She handled well on the trip 30 mile trip up through hills and curves. If I can get the weight distribution tweaked I will try to wash her this evening.  And hit the road Monday morning sometime.

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4 hours ago, Pete Phillips said:

When I bought the '46 Roadmaster conv., seller assured me that the brakes had just been done. On test drives around here last week, I thought the brakes were atrocious--would barely stop the car with all the pedal pressure I can muster. Decided to check the wheel cylinders yesterday afternoon. Took the front wheels and drums off (had to pull one off with a drum puller), brand new shoes, brand new brake hoses, ancient wheel cylinders with jellied brake fluid, sticky rubber caps, and plenty of rust--probably the original ones! Luckily, I had some NOS front wheel cylinders on the shelf. Got done last night about 9 pm., so a very late evening meal! Car should be in tip-top shape for the highway now. This one gets driven, not trailered to the show.

Pete Phillips

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Pete, The brakes had been done in 1946!!!

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9 hours ago, old-tank said:

Wash it after you get there...after you help me with mine.;)

 

Why wash it.  We have a work truck.  We haul all kinds of stuff in it including moving desks, chairs, etc.. for friends around the neighborhood.

 

We drive it in the rain to clean the dirt and mud off.

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“ Hon, let’s buy a camper, that way we can take it to the Buick Nationals every year. IT WILL BE FUN “she said. 

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Tongue jack failure. Thankfully it happened BEFORE I got on the scales to weigh and not during as there were two semis waiting behind me. So didn’t get to check my weight distribution adjustments on the scales but the front bumper is only 3/4 inch higher than when unloaded and the trailer tongue is a tad low, she steers great so I’m good. 

Now to find a new tongue jack in town or figure out where this jack and stand is riding 

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22 hours ago, NTX5467 said:

No box/small suitcase full of tapes?

 

You mean like these? 

 

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1 hour ago, MrEarl said:

“ Hon, let’s buy a camper, that way we can take it to the Buick Nationals every year. IT WILL BE FUN “she said. 

 

My wife stays on me all the time to get a camper or motorhome.  She thinks it's a cheap and easy way to travel across the USA.  I'm going to get her to read this thread about the ordeal you have went through to get your camper ready for a trip.  If that doesn't change her mind I don't know what will.  :)  Good luck and safe travels my friend!

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My dad used to always say "Son, I say Son, it's all in the prep work"...(well he didn't quite say it exactly like that, but Mr. Earl would appreciate it).

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5 hours ago, MrEarl said:

...the front bumper is only 3/4 inch higher than when unloaded and the trailer tongue is a tad low...

If you're going to be towing at night, you might think about reaiming your headlights.  Otherwise you'll be blinding oncoming traffic with your low beams, your high beams will be bat signals, and none of the light will be on the road.  

 

Of course, your lights would then be low if you drop the trailer, but if you remember the differential adjustment, it's easy enough to go back and forth with X turns of the screw.  Besides, headlight adjustment is one of those things that folks never seem to get around to doing; your lights might be off-kilter anyway.

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16 hours ago, Larry Schramm said:

Why wash it.

 

I just have this thing about traveling in clean vehicles, can’t even take a day trip in the Silverado unless it’s been cleaned. Plus when you got a nice wash bay you can use in the rain might as well 

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6 hours ago, Ronnie said:

 

My wife stays on me all the time to get a camper or motorhome.  She thinks it's a cheap and easy way to travel across the USA. 

 

 My wife thinks the same thing. She doesn’t pump gas though… 

 

 50 miles away from OKC!  Then I get to go back home tomorrow,  load the 56 on a trailer, and do it all over again!  Glad I have a tail wind with the camper… 966336E2-FF1F-4129-AFBA-A3B85F0733C7.thumb.jpeg.0e9d48678056178b7ba407fe60c33c69.jpeg

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7 hours ago, MrEarl said:

 

I just have this thing about traveling in clean vehicles, can’t even take a day trip in the Silverado unless it’s been cleaned. Plus when you got a nice wash bay you can use in the rain might as well 

😄

 

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Did this used to be the sand volleyball court at Buick Gardens??  Wet sand between your toes?

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On ‎6‎/‎10‎/‎2019 at 7:23 AM, MrEarl said:

 

Tongue jack failure. Thankfully it happened BEFORE I got on the scales to weigh and not during as there were two semis waiting behind me. So didn’t get to check my weight distribution adjustments on the scales but the front bumper is only 3/4 inch higher than when unloaded and the trailer tongue is a tad low, she steers great so I’m good. 

Now to find a new tongue jack in town or figure out where this jack and stand is riding 

 

I have been reading a lot about the power jacks because I have been wanting to get one for my car trailer.  From what I have read, they are very prone to failure, all brands, etc.  I have read the reviews for a lot of them and that is the one single theme of all of them.  I am going to stay with a manual jack on my trailer.

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22 hours ago, Ronnie said:

 

My wife stays on me all the time to get a camper or motorhome.  She thinks it's a cheap and easy way to travel across the USA.  I'm going to get her to read this thread about the ordeal you have went through to get your camper ready for a trip.  If that doesn't change her mind I don't know what will.  :)  Good luck and safe travels my friend!

 

Like houses, the bigger the rig, the more possible issues.  My wife and I have been camping for over 40 years and our sweet spot for a "motor home" is a VW Westfalia camper. At one time our family of five all slept in the camper and traveled across the country on vacations.  Keeps us off the ground as in tenting, and has the basic amenities like sink, stove, frig, etc.  Best thing is it fits in a standard garage.  We've had ours for about 35 years.  We are getting ready to do the Route 66 tour west next year with the Lincoln Highway for the return route.

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22 hours ago, Ronnie said:

 

My wife stays on me all the time to get a camper or motorhome.  She thinks it's a cheap and easy way to travel across the USA.  I'm going to get her to read this thread about the ordeal you have went through to get your camper ready for a trip.  If that doesn't change her mind I don't know what will.  :)  Good luck and safe travels my friend!

 

Oh no big problem with the camper, it just got jealous of all the attention the Buick was getting and thought well I'll show him. We searched hard and long for the best vintage camper we could find for the money and lucked up on this one that had been restored several years ago and used very little since. You may want to have your wife stop reading before she reaches this as I will have to say we love the camper and the freedom it gives to travel. We have no regrets on our purchases of either the Argosy or the Wagon. Of course that may change depending on the final results of this trip, if we ever get to leave in the first place. More on that later...

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55 minutes ago, Larry Schramm said:

our sweet spot for a "motor home" is a VW Westfalia camper.

 

a friend and I traveled the US in a VW bus I built cabinets and a fold out bed into back in the early seventies. I'd be fine doing so again with this friend but she probably wouldn't trade the Argosy at this point. 😁

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