1940 Buick Series 50

Owned By: Don Stone    City; Florence, OR
Club Member: Rhody Cruiser


Don Sez… I’ve always enjoyed the ‘art deco’ style exhibited by my 1940 Pontiac and now my 1940 Buick. This Buick for the moment, is BONE stock. However, I’m leaning towards keeping the body stock and upgrading the chassis to more modern and safer running gear.
Time will tell..

Around the Club…

IMG_8922Tim and Pat, along with Kim Shelton and his family attended the Portland Roadster Show. 
Tim brought his Double Trouble, and Kim with his ’34 Chevy Sedan. Looks like a great way to start the year… Hey, what you guys win?

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Gary McDaniel spent a lot of the winter with his son, Mark, at his shop in Modesto. Lots of mechanical improvements to the Vega and a new interior…
Good Guys in Pleasanton? Really? Close the shop. Got to go! 

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Look for Don Stone and his new 1940 Buick. Its a great looking car, and Don will whip it into shape.

 

Christmas at the Adobe

Adobe-XmasA trip up the coast in the winter is always interesting. Braving the tail of a storm for the promise of good friends and a yummy buffet, we picked up Sonja and Jim and charged into the wind, rain and hail. When we arrived, the Resort was all decked out for the holiday, and the staff was friendly and efficient. While still early, there were a lot of Cruiser’s jackets and hot coffee. Soon there were about 60 members and family standing around, greeting in a holiday spirit. The buffet was open with custom omelets, sliced beast and all manor of lovely edible delights. The sea was crazy mad, making a great spectacle for us all, cozy and warm behind the glass. Everyone had a great time eating and chattering, telling stories and making plans. Too soon, people began filtering out. It’s always great to see the Rhody Cruisers family, and to share another good time.

Gary’s First Hot Rod…

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circa 1964

I started working on my first Hot Rod in about 1964. It was a ’17 Dodge bucket, model A frame and a 312 Thunderbird engine. It was someone else’s abandoned project… pretty much a piece of junk, but I got it going and drove it around anyway knowing I could build better.
As a young guy, freshly married and a couple toddlers, time and money was limited. That engine and 4 speed were transitioned, over the next 12 years into a pretty sweet glass body T roadster pickup. Hmm.. I must have a picture here someplace.

These pictures just turned up. Photos are circa 1975 or so. This is my second Hot Rod, and made partly from my first. It’s running that 312 Thunderbird with a “Police Interceptor” Intake setup. T-10 4-Speed, and an early Jaguar e-type rear end. Oh to be 30 again..

From The 2015 Rods ‘N Rhodies Invitational…

Another Rods ‘N Rhodies is in the books.
What a great weekend. We had 103 cars from all over Oregon, plus amazing cars from British Columbia, Washington, and California.
Best of Show is that little dark green ’36 Ford coupe. Great fun for me was getting a ride in the winner down to Mo’s where we did a photo shoot for next years poster. There were many well deserved Merchant awards, and lots of volunteers hustling around. Here are a few of my pictures.

Best Coastal Cruiser 2015…

Oregon Coast Hot Rods will again Award the coveted Best Coastal Cruiser at the Rods ‘N Rhodes Invitational Car Show on Sept 9-10.

From my Facebook Post 2015:
Previously on Oregon Coast Hot Rods {…Oregon Coast Hot Rods will be presenting a Merchant Award this year. “Best Coastal Cruiser”.} This was as tough as I had feared. I was close with a sweet Chevy II, a 51 Chevy hauler, and a few others. I love vintage cars, more than bling. I just kept coming back to the ’51 Chevy Suburban. It is owned by Dave Surmon and his wife Linda from Albany OR. This Suburban started life in the Air Force. After it was discharged it got a job as a School Bus. Then it dropped out and became a Hippie Hauler in Berkeley, with Rainbows and Flowers no doubt. The remnants were picked up, and taken to a farm where its new owners did extensive restoration and upgrades. Today, with Dave’s help, it is a fabulous cruiser with lots of room for family and fun. From the 2015 Rods ‘N Rhodies Invitational Car Show, presenting
Oregon Coast Hot Rods choice for “Best Coastal Cruiser”

Stand-Around at Pops Smokehouse

Thursday Morning 8/24 …I just made it to the end of my driveway when Jim blew by in his ’47 Mercury. The Flathead humming and Sonja waving. Following him was a string of 22 cool cars piloted by long time members and local characters.. I jumped in on the tail end, adding yet another local character. Parking was plentiful and we had a sweet car show going on. Everyone Stood-Around and “WhatsSupp?ed” for a while. Once inside the staff was ready for us with plenty of servers and booths for 54 people. Menus went around, and the buffet was ready to dig in. Sonja made a couple announcements, Bill Files proposed we rename “Stand-Around” to “Cruise-In” and it passed. I announced the opening of the Rhody Cruisers Store, and Gary Neal pitched the Rods ‘N Rhodies Show. We were so glad to see Tony Androsky after a couple of years of health issues, along with many folks we don’t often see. A guy named Bud, visiting from Alaska, announced that  it was great we had a car show just for him, and mentioned his two ’57 Chevys at home. All together it was outstanding to have the family together. When I got done snapping pictures, everyone was gone.  I hope we can do this together often.